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The Budget Cosmetics You NEED For Autumn!

Posted on September 22, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Ok so I’m finally admitting it, Autumn is upon us. No more sunshine, sunglasses, bikinis or sunscreen – not that I would ever wear a bikini – and now we’re left with just cold and miserable weather. Ok maybe I’m being a bit OTT but I feel like I kind of missed the summer as I work in an office, all the sunny days must have happened while I was stuck indoors! Boo!

Anyway I digress! So, while I’m coming to terms with the cooler weather I’m also starting to embrace autumnal beauty shades – namely browns and berry hues. The lovely guys at W7 have sent me some of their gorgeous new Autumn releases to check out and show you, which I’m really excited about as I haven’t used W7 cosmetics before!

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First up is their  eyeshadow pencils, in Coffee, Mocha, Cappucino and Latte. Yes there is a slight coffee theme going on here! These are all gorgeous, easy to wear shimmer shades ranging from cream to dark brown. The pencils give a beautiful shimmery finish, with a fantastic level of pigmentation.

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How gorgeous are these colours though!? You can see they apply evenly – and easily, and have a lovely soft texture thats great for blending too. These pencils are a very reasonable £4.95 each so definitely worth stocking up on!

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Next are the  lipsticks in Very Berry, Racing Red and Bordeaux. These are part of the Butter Kiss Reds collection and they’re £4.50 each. I have to say I am really impressed with these. As ever, my preconceptions of budget brands meant I wasn’t expecting too much, but I was very pleasantly surprised. The formula is super creamy and moisturising, and also amazingly pigmented.The lipstick didn’t bleed or dry out my lips, and lasted a good few hours before I felt I needed to re-apply.

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For £4.50 each, these lipsticks are a complete bargain too. Amazing! I feel W7 may be a bit of a dark horse on the cosmetics scene (can you tell I was writing this whilst watching X-Factor??) and I can’t wait to try some more of their products! I really love the Chunky Eyes and Butter Lipsticks, these need to be added to your makeup bag!

I’d love to hear if you have any W7 cosmetics and which products you’d recommend I should try? I hope you enjoyed my review 🙂 xxx

This post contains a sample provided for review

MAC A Novel Romance Good Kisser Lipstick | Review

Posted on September 20, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Well, you know when you order something, and you wait for it to arrive, and it doesn’t arrive, and you check your emails and realise you didnt actually order it. Yeah that. I swear I’m going crazy. As soon as they came on sale on the MAC site I ordered A Novel Romance & Good Kisser lipsticks from the A Novel Romance collection, and Grand Pumpkin from the Simpsons collection. But my order never arrived, I have no email receipt and no paypal receipt. I. AM. CRAZY.

Anyway, of course everything sold out in about three seconds, so I was proper miffed when I realised my new goodies weren’t going to turn up. I then happened to notice they popped up on the Debenhams site the week after, phew! The Simpsons collection wasn’t on sale but I managed to get both lipsticks I wanted so I was happy!

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So, I went for Good Kisser, described as a mid-tone fuchsia with a matte finish. Good Kisser is a gorgeous bright fuchsia pink, with awesome colour payoff, as expected. As soon as I opened this colour I thought YES! This really is my kind of pink! I wore it all day yesterday and considering it’s a matte, it was really comfortable to wear, and lasted for hours and hours (I wasn’t timing exactly but around five hours I’d say) before I needed to re-apply. It did stain my lips though, but this doesn’t really bother me.

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I know everyone’s getting into ‘autumnal’ colours at the moment, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I just love how bright and vibrant this shade is! What do you think? I’d love to hear if you purchased anything from the A Novel Romance collection?I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

Rimmel & Tesco Gold Envelope WIN!

Posted on September 19, 2014

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Hi Guys!

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be one of ten winners in Beauty at Tesco’s #RimmelGold giveaway! I just replied to their tweet with the hashtag and luckily won, woo hoo! My prize was a golden envelope filled with some awesome Rimmel makeup goodies!

Inside the envelope was –

  • ‘How to get the Wonderfull look’ leaflet,
  • Match Perfection Foundation in Soft Beige
  • Brow This Way Brow Gel in Brown
  • Scandaleyes Gel Eyeliner in Black
  • Wonderfull Mascara in Black
  • Colour Rush Balm in Not an illusion

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The Colour Rush Balm in Not An Illusion is a lovely mid-tone pink. I can’t tell you enough how much I love the formula of these balms, they feel really, well, balmy! They’re not sticky, don’t dry the lips, and give a good amount of colour which lasts a good couple of hours before you need to reapply. Not An Illusion is the perfect every day shade for me too.

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The Brow This Way product though, hmm. I must say I wasn’t very impressed. I found this product really hard to apply. It seemed to come out really patchy and not stick to my brows very well, and when I applied more pressure to make it stick, the thickness of the wand means it just made a mess everywhere and felt really heavy to wear. I’ve added a look photo at the end of this post so you can see the state of my eyebrows after using this! If you’ve used this and have any application tips, please let me know!

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The Match Perfection Foundation was another good product though. Again this is a great every day product if you’re looking for a foundation you can just throw on every day that won’t break the bank. Soft Beige was probably a smidge too dark for me, but still wearable, and I have been wearing it quite sheer. Which reminds me to mention this foundation is really easily to build up the colour and coverage if you’re looking for a more full coverage look. This is definitely a winner in my book!

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I just realised I forgot to swatch the eyeliner, oops! The Scandaleyes Gel Eyeliner reminds me very much of my Maybelline Gel Eyeliner, even down to the style of packaging. This product gives a fantastic intense deep black line that’s super easy to apply with the included brush.

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And lastly the Wonderfull Mascara. I’m afraid this wasn’t wonderful at all and was really bit of a let down for me. I have really short and fine lashes so I need both volume and length, and unfortunately this appeared to give me neither. It just didn’t work for me.

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So here I am wearing the products – you can see my eyebrows are a bit of a state! Maybe I was just applying it wrong? I don’t know! Please tell me if you have any tips for using this product!??

So overall I have three wins and two fails in this little bundle, and I really can’t recommend the Colour Rush Balm enough, I may have to treat myself to some more shades now 🙂

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these products? I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

NEW Makeup Revolution Matte Lip Lacquers!

Posted on September 12, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Today I have some of the newest offerings from Makeup Revolution to share with you! They have just gone and added four new shades to their Salvation Velvet Matte Lip Lacquer range, and I happen to have noticed that three out of the four shades are dead ringers for Lime Crime’s Clueless Witch Velvetines collection…

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First up is Depravity, a bright clean blue toned purple, and it is stunning! This is easily my favourite shade out of the four and I can’t get enough of it! It’s everything I look for in a lip product, with 100% full opacity and a matte finish, what more does a girl need!? I also found this one applied the most evenly and was the easiest to manipulate compared to the rest.

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Next we have Rebel, an intense pinkish red. This is definitely the most easy to wear colour out of the four shades, this bright intense berry red is the perfect colour for the impending autumn and winter seasons too!

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Next is Vamp, I’ve just described this as deepest purple, it’s almost black but not quite. Now I should probably point out that this was actually the last colour I tested, as you can see the edges of my lips have gone a bit pink due to rubbing the previous products off. Once dried, these lacquers seriously DO NOT BUDGE, but I”ll tell you more about that in a bit.

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And lastly we have Black Heart, which is a super dark purple, so dark it really is almost black. You can see this is very similar to Vamp, there’s really not much in it al all except this is slightly darker.

Now these lacquers are tricky things, the formula is obviously a liquid, which is easily to manipulate on the lips when wet, you can spread it around and build up the colour, but as soon as it dries it’s pretty much like glue! It doesn’t budge for love nor money! (think that’s a phrase my mum uses) I had to rub and rub and RUB to get this stuff off when I was testing it. And yes it was a bit of a pain, but at the end of the day we all want long lasting lipstick, don’t we? So now we have it!

I’d recommend practicing with these before rushing to put them on before going out, like I said, this stuff won’t move once it’s dried. I found it pretty tricky to get a good clean line around the lips – because the lacquers are so super pigmented, any tiny hint of imperfection shows. My personal favourite, Depravity seemed to be the easiest to apply, though I’m not sure why as the formula appeared the same at the other shades. And the darker shades seemed to be a bit more difficult. All you need is a bit of practice and a steady hand!

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I’ve compared some of my hand swatches to the Lime Crime Clueless Witch Velvetines product images above. I do have a Lime Crime Velvetine, but it’s not one of the Clueless Witch collection, so I don’t really think it would be fair to compare. You can see the colours are pretty similar though!

So there we have it, another fab bunch of products from Makeup Revolution, oh and did I mention these are only £3 each! What a bargain! I wonder what they’ll think of next!?

(Oh and I just thought I’d mention I haven’t actually got my septum pierced, it’s a fake ring from , do you like?)

I hope you enjoyed my review xxx

August Beauty Favourites!

Posted on September 9, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Ok I have quite a large list of favourites for August, some have been reviewed already and some I haven’t had a chance to yet, so I thought I’d tell you about them today. I also wanted to include my Christian Louboutin Nail Polish but I’VE LOST IT. I know, how do you lose an eight inch spiky nail polish? I’ve probably put it ‘somewhere safe’ and I’ll find it soon, I hope, but yeah that would have been included here! Otherwise I’ve got a good mix of makeup, skincare and fragrance to tell you about…

Alesha Rose Quartz EDT Fragrance* – Now I’m not often a fan of celebrity fragrances, actually if a celebrity brings out a perfume I’m more likely to look the other way, compared to a beauty or luxury brands (sorry I’m a it of a fragrance snob) So when I was sent this to try out I didn’t expect too much, simply due to my own preconceptions. But hand on heart I actually love this fragrance! It’s a pretty classic floral scent with notes of bergamot, grapefruit, rose, amber, patchouli and musk. It’s perfect for every day and it’s only £25 for a massive 100ml bottle so it’s going to last for ages, what a bargain! I’d definitely recommend trying this if you’re poking for a lovely every day fragrance that won’t break the bank.

Sleek i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Au Naturel* – I’m such a big fan of Sleek’s i-Divine palettes, they’re fantastic quality but with a budget price tag, and with ten shades per palette you have everything you need in a handy slim makeup bag sized palette. The shades in the Au Naturel palette are perfect for every day wear, with darker shades included too so you easily go from a day to evening look.

Sleek Lipstick in Liqueur* – This is my absolute perfect nude pink lipstick shade, I was actually surprised how much I loved this! It’s such a great colour for my pale skin tone, it warms up my complexion without being too dark. It looks really natural and just makes me feel a bit more polished.

Essie Nail polish in Sittin Pretty – I love this colour so much! It’s a bright neon cream shade of purple, it’s so summery, and yes I know it’s now Autumn but I’m not letting go of the summer just let! Plus as it’s a neon it looks great with a tan 🙂 – which I don’t have, I’m just saying in case you do have one!

Bioderma Hydrabio  and * – Bioderma are a brand new brand for me, I’ve never used their products before so when I was offered to try their Exfoliating Cream and Moisture Mask I was thrilled. I’ve heard many good things about Bioderma, and especially as these two products part of the Hydrabio range for dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin – check, check and check over here – they sounded perfect for me. The exfoliating cream contains patented Aquagenium technology which is a biological complex that stimulates the skin’s cellular capabilities, re-training it to generate in depth, and to lock in essential moisture. I found this scrub very effective and followed by the Moisturising Mask my skin was left feeling amazingly soft and supple. These products are definitely going to be purchased again!

So…? Fresh-Tival Gift Set* – This sweet little set contains two dry shampoos, one to freshen up and one for volume, and two body sprays. I threw the volumising shampoo and one of the body sprays in my bag an was quite surprised when I realised how many times I’ve reached for them in the last month. My hair is really fine, so it’s super handy to have a little bottle of volume in my bag for when I need it on the go!

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation – This foundation is EVERTHING. I won’t go into too much detail as you can read all about it in my review, but I genuinely believe this is the foundation release of the year. Whether you have dry, sensitive, oily or normal skin, I haven’t seen a bad review of this product yet. You need to try this.

Magnitone Lucid* – Since I’ve been using the Lucid, my skin has officially never felt cleaner. I don’t think I’l ever look back! Take a look at my review for all the details!

So that’s about it I for August! I could have put many more products in but you’d be reading  this forever! I’d love to hear which products you’ve been loving lately, and if there’s anything you think I should try this month? xxx

Cartoon Clutch Bags! | Trend Spotlight

Posted on August 19, 2014

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Hi Guys!

So I just happened to be browsing the Selfridges site the other day, lusting after all the gorgeous things that I can’t afford, and I happened to notice there seems to be a bit of a trend for novelty / comedy clutch bags at the moment. I remember the big hoo-ha about Moschino’s MacDonalds themed collection – would you want to sport the famous arches on your designer bag? Personally I wouldn’t, but each to their own. Anyway, Selfridges seemed to have quite a few fun and quirky clutches going on, Charlotte Olympia, the queen of quirky herself had a few fun styles to complement her awesome shoes. I LOVE the Eye Want You clutch. And Anya Hindmarch has a definite snacks based theme going on with her clutches – anyone for a ginger nut??

I’m afraid all these bags will set you back a small fortune, each, not for all of them. Unfortunately I can’t afford a clutch that costs more than a month’s rent, but I’m hoping the high street will catch up soon with their own nifty novelty offerings. I have checked out the usual suspects such as ASOS, Topshop and River Island, but the best I could find was an orange or lemon slice shaped clutch from New Look, as cool as this is it doesn’t compare to a tube of Rich Tea hanging off your arm!

So what do you think? Are these clutches awesome and fun? Or a bit silly and stupid? xx

Summer Brights! The Best of Coral and Orange Lip Products!

Posted on August 11, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I thought i’d put together a little post to show you all my favourite bright lippies, I’ve got quite a few  and it was hard to cut them down, but I’ve managed to get together four orange shades and four corals for this post, I’ll then put together another post shortly with the pinks and reds!

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So first up I’ve put the Oranges together… |I used to be scared of orange lipstick, any orange makeup for that matter, but as soon as I saw MAC’s Morange I knew I needed to try it, and now I’ve got a bit of a collection going on!

1. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable in 040 Rendesvous. If you want to try an orange lip but you’re a bit unsure as I was, this is a great ‘starter’ orange, it’ll just give your lips a hint of colour. It’s moisturising too!

2. Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in 912 Electric Orange. As soon as I saw this I was like WOW! This is such a true bright tangerine colour, and I love Maybelline lipsticks as a cheaper alternative to MAC. I highly recommend this if you want a high street priced tangerine orange.

3. Sleek Pout Paint in 155 Lava. Again another super bright colour, this is definitely the most intense of the lot! The pigmentation in this product is amazing, it’s like OCC Lip Tars but without the price tag! Sleek also offer a great range of colours in their Pout Paint’s so there should be something to suit everyone if you’re not a fan of orange!

4. MAC Morange. Morange has to be my favourite orange at the moment. It’s just so intense!  The formula is spot on too, it’s creamy and forgiving on the lips, giving you fab even coverage. It also has the most amazing colour payoff that lasts for hours on end. If you’re an orange lip fan you need this in your life!

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And now the lovely Corals!

S&G Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Fuchsia-Ristic. Now I’m gonna be honest, I didnt actually know I had this until I was rummaging throughout my makeup drawers and spotted it! I think I must have bought it from a blog sale a while ago and completely forgot! Oops! Anyway, this is a pretty pinkish coral gloss which is great for a hint of colour!

Lord & Berry Shining Lipstick in Fire. I’ve recently rediscovered this from the back of my stash. Fire is  an intense reddish coral with a semi-matte finish. This is a fab statement colour if you wanted something slightly different from a true red.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in 910 Shocking Coral. This is such a pretty, easy to wear colour. Maybelline’s Color Sensation Lipsticks are really underrated, they have a fab formula and are really affordable.

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Coral Ahh my new favourite lipstick of all time, this really is the most perfect coral shade, click on the link to take a look at it on me and you’ll see what I mean! This is the most perfect true coral colour, and the formula is EVERYTHING. I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the Melted Lipsticks!

I’d love to hear which coral or orange lip shades you’re loving this summer? xxx