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My Top 5 Budget Beauty Products Under £10.00

Posted on May 27, 2015

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Hi Guys!

As you probably know by now, I do feature quite a lot of high end brands – and I should admit I’m a complete sucker for a fancy brand with pretty packaging. But what about high street cosmetics? There’s actually quite a few high street products that I use on a regular basis, so with that in mind I decided to rummage through my makeup bag and pick out my top 5 budget beauty buys under £10.00!

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1.  (£5.49) After using up my beloved Benefit Boi-ing Concealer which I feel like I’ve had for a lifetime, rather than forking out £17.50 for a new one, I asked the good people of Twitter for their recommendations for a budget alternative, and Seventeen’s Phwoarr Paint was suggested. At almost a third of the price of Benefit, I thought this was definitely worth a try, and it really is fantastic! This is a great highly pigmented creamy concealer that’s perfect for covering under eye dark circles – which is what I mostly use it for.

2. Sleek True Colour Lipsticks (£4.99) Sleek are officially my favourite budget lipstick brand, with my go-to shade being Liqueur, which is the perfect every day nude shade. I also love their fantastic selection of brights. The creamy yet highly pigmented finish is a fantastic dupe for MAC’s Amplified lipsticks, and at only £4.99 for a lippie, you’d be mad not to try them out!

3. Bourjois Contour Clubbing Eyeliner (£4.99) I can’t live without eyeliner, and I’ve tried a fair few in my time. I always end up going back to my trusty Contour Clubbing pencils though. My long-term favourite has to be Bleu Neon, an intense electric blue shade. I love that Bourjois have introduced a mass of different shades including blues, greens, purples and even a pink so you can experiment with eyeliner looks without breaking the bank.

4. Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2 Eyeshadow Palette (£6.99) Makeup Revolution have really upped their game with their new Iconic 1 & 2 Eyeshadow Palettes, they have an updated and much improved eyeshadow formula which is just fantastic, and I’ve found myself going back to my Iconic 2 Palette time and time again. This palette contains the perfect selection of shades to take you from day to night, as well as a large mirror and ‘Pro‘ double ended brush for easy application. These eyeshadows are amazingly well pigmented as well as being easy to apply and blend.

5. Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara (£9.99) Yes another Bourjois product! Their relatively new 1 Seconde Mascara is surprisingly one of my favourite mascaras – I say surprisingly because I usually shy away from large mascara wands as my lashes are super short so I often end up making a mess! I love the formula of 1 Seconde though, it does wonders for my stumpy lashes giving length as well as volume, and long lasting curl. This will definitely be re-purchased once it runs out!

I hope you enjoyed my post! I’d love to hear what your favourite budget beauty buys are? xxx

This post contains press samples

Kiko Modern Tribes Collection

Posted on April 27, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Kiko Cosmetics was one of the beauty brands I had my heart set on trying this year, and I’m so glad I have! I tried a couple of their lip products in one of their Valentine’s sets, and more recently their Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow from the Latest in Beauty Glamour Box, and I’ve been really impressed with what I’ve seen so far. They’ve also just brought out an exciting new collection too – .

The Modern Tribes collection is just perfect for the impending summer. It focusses on glowing bronzed skin, intense eye colours and natural pink shades for the lips. It’s a pretty hefty limited edition collection, including foundations, a whole range of colour cosmetics, fragrances and a face brush. I have a blusher, lip and cheek pencil, eyeliner and mascara to share with you today.

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The Tri-bal Soul Baked Blush in 03 Wild Mauve (£14.90) is easily my favourite product, I mean just look at it! It comes packaged in a beautiful and unusual dark wooden case with a magnetic closure, and a handy internal mirror, and the product itself smells quite vanillary, similar to a MAC lipstick. The blush consists of three complimentary shades in one pan, the shades are large enough to use individually, or can be swept together to deliver the perfect balance of colour. This is easily one of the prettiest and most wearable blushers I’ve ever come across, I love the fact that you have a choice of three shades to suit your mood, and the satin / sheen finish it leaves on your skin is just beautiful. This is a fantastic blusher to add radiance and brightness to your complexion, and it also comes in three different shades (which are going on my wish list!)

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Next the Free Spirit Lips & Cheeks Pencil in 02 Supreme Guava (£8.90) – this is a multi-functional jumbo lipstick and blush pencil that delivers a radiant matte finish. It has beautiful highly pigmented creamy texture that glides on and is easily blendable and buildable for more intense colour. Supreme Guava is the most stunning bright coral peach shade, I’ve been wearing it on both lips and cheeks and it’s just the most beautiful summery shade – I’m a big fan of peaches and corals! As with all the products in this collection, it would look fantastic with a tan!

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The Graphic Ritual Kajal Eyeliner in 03 Touch Turquoise (£6.90) is one of six vibrant inner and outer eyeliners for use on the waterline. This pencil is super soft – so soft that I applied too much pressure when I first used it and broke the tip off, oops! You know I’m a fan of coloured eyeliners so Touch Turquoise is right up my street! It’s an intense turquoise shade with a hint of sparkle, I’ve used this for nearly a full day and I’m happy to say it stayed put and didn’t smudge at all.

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And lastly the Dawn To Dusk Volume Mascara in Black (£8.90) – as it says on the packet, this is a black mascara with buildable volume. The formula has a creamy texture and gives a shiny finish to create volumized lashes. I have to say though, the wand is pretty big and I think if you have super short lashes like I do, you might find it a bit difficult to use. If you’re blessed in the lash department though then go for it as this mascara definitely creates volume!

Ok so there we go! Can you tell I’m just loving this collection? I really want to snap up the other two blush shades because they’re just so beautiful, and there’s also a bronzer in this collection too, which I might just pop into my shopping cart while I’m there 😀

I’d love to hear what you think? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples.

Five Things I’m Loving Right Now…

Posted on February 25, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I was in two minds about waiting to put together an end of month favourites, or whether to share some things that I’m currently loving today – but I thought where’s the fun in waiting!? So I’ve put together five things I’ve been really loving lately…

Flamingo Candles Rose & Marshmallow scented candle – £12.00. I LOVE Flamingo Candles, after stocking up on their winter scents in the sale – and I still have a couple of those candles left – I was completely ready for some fresh new spring scents, and then Flamingo happen to announce their brand new Spring collection, perfect timing! There are six fresh new scents availing now ranging from Raspberry & Salted Caramel to Green Apples – and I have Rose & Marshmallow, which is a beautiful light and sweet scent. I can imagine it won’t last me very long!

Lime Crime Velvetine Liquid Lipstick in Cashmere. I’ve been a big fan of Lime Crime’s Velvetines since they were released many moons ago (You can see my very old review of Pink Velvet here) Cashmere happens to be the shade on everyone’s want list at the moment though, it’s kind of a beige with a hint of grey – greige maybe? Anyway, I thought it was either going to look awesome, or give me ‘dead’ lips. Either way I really wanted it and ended up paying over the odds on ebay as it’s constantly sold out. (Also, there have been quite a few problems with Lime Crime lately, you should read about the recent hacking scandal if you haven’t already) So I wouldn’t have bought from their site anyway. So, it turns out Cashmere is actually an awesome colour, it’s really unusual and didn’t give me dead lips after all! I’ll have a full post coming up on it shortly.

Benefit  – £19.50. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll know that Roller Lash is Benefit’s latest hyped up product to hit the shelves, and I told myself I wasn’t going to buy in to the hype. I said I WOULD NOT BUY IT. But then… my family were all poorly, and on the way back from taking Fred to the out of hours doctors we stopped at the supermarket and there it was, free with Elle magazine, I was weak and in need of a treat, so I bought it. And I’m actually really glad I did. This mascara is perfect for my super short lashes, in both the formula and the size / shape of the wand, yippee! (Elle, on the other hand, was quite a let down, I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many adverts in one mag)

BD Trade Secrets Flawless Primer – £9.99. BD Trade Secrets is the brand new and re-vamped Barbara Daly range which is exclusive to Tesco. To be honest, ‘Barbara Daly’ wasn’t that appealing as a brand, but BD, along with the name has also had a formula re-vamp across the range. I’ve tried a few BD products out and so far and the stand out one for me has definitely been the Flawless Primer. It has a thick silicone gel type texture and does a fantastic job of ‘filling in’ my face and creating a super smooth makeup base.

And lastly,  By Sali Hughes – £14.96. I got this book for Christmas, and I’m sad to say that I’ve just been so busy, I haven’t had time to just sit down and read it properly. But the good thing about this book, is it’s super easy to pick up and read snippets and sections whenever you feel like it, which is exactly what I’ve been doing. Sali is just the most amazing beauty guru, there isn’t anything she doesn’t know and it’s all in this book. If you’re a makeup, skincare or general beauty fanatic like me, this is your bible and you need to purchase a copy now!

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these products? Or what you’ve been loving lately?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains some samples provided for review

The Body Shop: Testing on Bloggers

Posted on December 21, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Today I’m going to test out and review some fantastic Body Shop products, but first, did you know The Body Shop have teamed up with the RSPCA to create awareness of their new Make over the world campaign, called Testing on Bloggers?

The Make Over The World campaign includes ten companies across the globe that have committed to not using animals to develop new products or ingredients, not marketing further products in countries where animal testing is required, and also helping to further the development of humane alternative methods.

After reading about the campaign I was shocked to find out that around 27,000 animals are estimated to still be used for cosmetics testing across the world. This includes the use of mice, rats and rabbits – this is just terrible to think about, and so so sad.

The Body Shop DO NOT test on animals, all their products are vegetarian, and they also support fair trade, so I’m really happy to try out a fantastic bundle of their products to find out if they really are as good as other brands.

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First up I have a couple of brushes – The Face & Body Brush (£16.00) and Eyeshadow Blender (£10.00).

Both brushes are cruelty free and made of super-soft synthetic hair. The Face & Body Brush is perfect for applying loose powder or bronzer over face, neck and décolletage, and the Eyeshadow Blender Brush is a soft, round-tipped brush that’s tailor made for blending eyeshadow seamlessly. I’m very impressed with how soft yet firm both of these brushes are, my only quibble is the flared end which I’m not used to. It probably sounds a bit weird but I just felt them a bit unusual to hold and manoeuvre! It’s no biggie though, there still great brushes 🙂

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Next are the Colour Crush Eyeshadows in Oh, Honey! 105 and Head in the Sky 510 (£7.00 each)

The Colour Crush eyeshadows are described as being intensely pigmented whether you go for a matte or pearlescent finish, with a silky soft texture that can be used wet or dry. Oh Honey! is a nude shimmer shade verging on champagne, it has a silky soft texture that really is a dream to apply and work with. This shade is perfect for a veil of shimmer over the lid, or built up in the inner corners for a highlight.

Head in the Sky is vivid cornflower blue with a matte finish. I’ve found that matte eyeshadows often fail to live up to their shimmer / satin / pearl counterparts due to the finish making the texture quite chalky, I’m pleased to say though that The Body Shop’s matte formula is excellent! It has a silky texture that’s very similar to Oh, Honey! and gave fantastic colour payoff even considering the light shade. I’m very impressed with both of these eyeshadows!

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Next is the Shimmer Waves compact in Bronze (£16.00)

This is a pretty five shade compact in a clear casing, at first though I wasn’t sure if it was an eyeshadow or face product, as you’ll see on the images above, the brow shade is pretty dark!

Well it is in fact a face compact. The Body shop’s description doesn’t really give me too much information, just that you can use the shades together or individually. I’ve swatched them individually above so you can see what each shade looks like, and I found the top two shades worn mixed together give a lovely shimmery blush, and the lightest shade makes a good highlight. The formula is similar to The Body Shop’s eyeshadows so it’s super silky and blendable which is great. I personally think the brown shade is too dark – for my pale skin tone at least – so maybe this compact would suit darker skins (or of course you could use it as an eyeshadow palette!)

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And the lovely Colour Crush Lipstick in Red Siren 101 (£10.00)

Red Siren (which strangely doesn’t have the shade name on the casing, just the number) is a beautiful almost true red, with intense pigmentation and a creamy semi-matte finish. I really feel this is halfway between a cream and a matte finish, which I really like. It’s comfortable to wear and lasts a good few hours before reapplication is needed.

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And lastly the Liquid Eyeliner in black (£9.00) and Define and Lengthen Mascara in black (£10.00)

I have to say I’m not the biggest fan of liquid eyeliners – this one has a fine felt-tipped applicator to give you extra control and a super fine line, which it definitely does, but the product itself isn’t the deepest black I’m afraid. It does last but it fails on pigmentation for me.

The Define and Lengthen Mascara on the other hand, was really pretty good. It defined, it kind of lengthened – my lashes are super short so this is a difficult feat for any mascara – but it didn’t give me clumpy lashes at all, whilst definitely thickening them up. I think this would make a great day time mascara for when you don’t want too heavy a look.

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So there we have it! The Body Shop really do offer some pretty good cosmetics! Apart from a couple of issues, over all I’m really impressed with the items I’ve reviewed. I’d highly recommend their Colour Crush Eyeshadows and Lipsticks!

This makes me think though – if The Body Shop can create these fantastic cosmetics and brushes without testing on animals at all, why can’t other companies do the same??

If you haven’t already, please take a look at the Make over the world campaign to learn more about what the RSPCA are doing and how you can get involved.

I hop you enjoyed my review xxx

This post contains samples provided for review

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

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara | Review

Posted on July 24, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Today I have another new offering from Bourjois for you, the fabulous !

I’m a big fan of the 1 Seconde nail polishes which have been around for a while now, so when I heard of the new 1 Seconde mascaras I was eager to try them! Bourjois promises to give you instant clump free lashes, with 360 degree volume.

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This mascara comes with a special patented brush, ooh err! Inspired by professional hair styling brushes, it has spherical bristles that claim to perfectly wrap lashes for 360° volume and straight bristles to create clump free definition. The standard version offers 16 hour hold, and the waterproof version offers 24 hour hold. This all sounds pretty good, hey!?

So how did it actually do? Well, I love it. I mean I really love it. It applied easily and comfortably – I say comfortably because sometimes a mascara brush can be too spiky and kind of hurts your eyes. Anyway there was none of that with the 1 Seconde, it made my pretty stumpy lashes look full and definitely longer, and I have to say this is my new go-to mascara! It also came off easily with my usual cleanser too so I’m a happy bunny all round!

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried this? xxx

You can pick up the  for £9.99 from Boots xxx

If you love Bourjois as much as I do please take a look at my previous post where you can check out some of their fab new releases for Summer 2014!

This post contains a sample provided for review

Magnifibres Brush-On False Lashes Review

Posted on April 8, 2014

Hi Guys!

Today I’m reviewing a fabulous product for those of us not so fortunate in the eyelash department… that product is Magnifibres!

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If you haven’t heard of Magnifibres, this product is described as ‘brush on false lashes’ Erm yes please!! I have really short lashes and unfortunately there’s nothing I can do about it. I often wear ‘falsies’ for a night out, so if this product can save me a minimum of a fiver a go for false lashes, it’s definitely going to be a winner!

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On the outside, Magnifibres just looks like a normal mascara, and it comes in a unusual tube shaped packaging – but then when you open it, the brush is covered in tiny white fibres! The idea is you put your normal mascara on first, and before it has a chance to dry you brush on the Magnifibres, so the fibres stick to your mascara, thickening up and lengthening your lashes. As the fibres are white, you need to put another coat of mascara on top to make your lashes black.

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So this is my before picture, with no mascara. As you can see my lashes are pretty short and they don’t really curl at all (sad face)

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And this is after – how much blacker and chunkier do those bad boys look!? 🙂 I’m really happy with the Magnifibres effect, for me it has definitely thickened up my lashes, and provided a bit of length and curl. It’s not gong to work miracles and suddenly make my lashes twice as long, but they’re definitely longer than with normal mascara. If you have long lashes to start with I think this product could really look amazing! I wore Magnifibres for a day and evening, though heavier than just mascara alone it was perfectly comfortable, and easy to remove.

Have you tried Magnifibres? I’d love to hear if you have!

I hope you enjoyed my review xxx