Friday, 21 November 2014

Review | Maybelline Master Graphic Eyeliner

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I'm still having a love affair with the Soap and Glory Supercat Liner but in between using that I've also been dabbling with another eyeliner the Maybelline Mastergraphic Eyeliner. I was instantly intrigued by this after reading many positive reviews and so far so good.

It's similar to most felt liners in that it's like a 'marker pen' but what makes this different to others is that the nib is angled. I read a review about this that said they think it would be a good liner for beginners but i actually disagree with that. Whilst the angled nib does give you excellent control on the application it actually took me a good few tries to get used to handling the angled tip - this could be because I'm used to the normal felt tip liners though.

As well as being able to control the application more easily, the angled tip is also great for controlling the size you want because the nib allows you to create either a really thin or thick line so you can control it a lot better. I actually quite like this liner; it has excellent colour pay off and it lasts really well too and i do really like how my liner goes after I've used it.

I do prefer the Soap & Glory Supercat Liner over this eyeliner but this definitely comes close and a good option if you are in the market for a new liner - it is really good quality and at £5.99 it's very affordable.

What's your favourite felt tip liner?

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Review | Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O' Blushes

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Dandelion, Bella Bamba, Sugarbomb, Coralista, Rockateur, Hoola

I'm sure you've all seen this beauty floating around the blogosphere and like most i was desperate to get my hands on it and at £29.50 it is quite a bargain. It may sound like a lot of money but if you think about it; you get 1 bronzer, 5 blushes, a highlight sample and a small blush brush - normally, one box o' blush is about £23.50 so for the extra £6 you are getting 6 more products and a brush so it does work out pretty good value for money.

The packaging for this is rather beautiful and it has a tin casing so it's very sturdy. I don't think this would be ideal for travelling or for keeping it in your handbag because it's quite bulky but the design is really cute and festive looking. Although, you could easily get away with this being on your dressing table all year round as it's not an obvious christmassy design - if that makes sense.

The blushes you get are really beautiful and such good quality, they've picked a really good selection of their blush shades for their palette because not only is their one to suit everyone - their is a blush to cater to every occasion and make up look. My swatch photo does not do them justice in the slightest - unfortunately my camera truly is on deaths door and hasn't picked it up quite as well as I'd have liked it too but i hope it gives you a general idea of what the shades are like.

Dandelion:- This is a sheer ballerina pink that helps to give the complexion a really radiant boost. It does have a slight shimmer to it and the colour is buildable so if you find it's too light for you, you can build it up to how you prefer. I've also read somewhere that you can apparently use this as a face powder too - Ive not actually tried it that way but it's good to know it's a multi use product.

Bella Bamba:- This is described as being a 3d watermelon blush - it is quite a bright looking pink shade but it doesn't transfer quite so bright and it's laced with a shimmery gold that helps to give the illusion of a more defined face and sculpture features. This is actually one of my favourite Benefit blushes already - I've used my single one so much and it's apparently been discontinued so I'm really glad to have a back of it.

Sugarbomb:- This is made up of four separate shades; peach, soft plum, pink and rose - swirling them together gives a really beautiful pop of colour and a natural radiance to the cheeks.

Coralista:- This is a warm coral-pink shade; it's a really pretty colour and is one that would compliment most skintones, it's described as giving the cheeks a 'tropical flush' - i think this blush will be beautiful in the spring/summer time.

Rockateur:- This is the shade I've found myself reaching for the most. It's a rose gold shade that has a slight gold shimmer to it and it honestly gives a really lovely but subtle flush of colour to the cheeks.

Hoola:- As well as 5 blushes you also get a bronzer, i already own Hoola but I'm glad to have a back up of it because it's a really lovely bronzer. It's described as being a soft bronze, it doesn't have any shimmer in it either so it's a good bronzer to use to contour with or to give the complexion a healthy and natural looking tan.

Watt's Up Highlighter:- I love that it comes with a little sample of this - I've been wanting to try it for a while and this gives me a chance to try it without spending a fortune on it. It's a cream highlighter with a pink tone to it - it looks really beautiful one; it blends into the skin really nicely and gives a really lovely and healthy looking glow.

I genuinely love this palette a heck of a lot and their is not one thing in it that i would replace, I'm so glad i bought it. If you are thinking about it, id definitely recommend snapping one up soon before they disappear because with it being part of their Christmas range, i imagine it's limited edition and you really do not want to miss out.

What's your favourite Benefit Blush?

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Top 5 | Eyeshadow Palettes

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Looking over all my collection to find the products to feature in this top 5 series has scared me a little bit because it has made me realise just how much make up i own. Over the years, I've accumulated quite a few eyeshadow palettes so i found narrowing it down to my top 5 quite difficult. After much deliberation i think I've finally decided on which are my top 5 palettes.

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Urban Decay Naked Basics
This is such a handy and versatile palette; it may only be small and have 6 shades but you can achieve so much with it that you definitely get your monies worth. They're all matte shades and all are natural too so you can easily work with them to create both daytime and evening looks too. There's a shade suitable for highlighting, one that's great for filling in the brows and you could even use the black shade as a liner. They're really good quality eyeshadows and it's such a handy sized palette that makes it ideal for travelling or taking on the go.

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Make Up Revolution Iconic 2 Palette*
This is actually a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette (which i also love) but i didn't want this top 5 to just consist of all the Urban Decay palettes. So if you are a looking for a cheaper alternative this is definitely one to check out - they're really good quality too - they're is 12 eyeshadow shades with a mixture of matte and shimmery - my personal favourite is shade number 10 (silly palette doesn't have individual names) I don't quite know how to describe the shade but paired with a crease colour and some liner it's a really lovely eye look.

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Urban Decay Naked Palette
As i mentioned above, i love all my Naked palettes but the original one wins me over every time. It's filled with warm toned nudes and it has my personal favourite eyeshadow 'sin' - it's mixed with 12 shades both matte and shimmery shades and this has every colour in it you could possibly need to cover both day and night. The only thing i don't enjoy about this palette is the packaging because it's velvet which i can't cope with.

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Benefit World Famous Neutrals in Sexiest Nudes Ever Eyeshadow Kit
I'll be honest, i don't use this half as much as i should but it's such a gorgeous palette. The nudes are purple toned which isn't a colour i tend to lean towards but these are just beautiful and it's the palette i always go to when i want something different but don't want to stray too far away from a neutral look. I love this palette because its quite minimal but it also gives you cream bases and a little booklet with tips in it.

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Too Faced Naked Eye Palette
I think this was the first palette i ever bought and it still remains a firm favourite. The shades in this are so beautiful and you can create some really lovely eye looks with it. It also comes with little cards showing you how to create different looks to which is great for beginners or people who might want a little extra help. They're really good quality eyeshadows and as you can tell from the photos my favourite shade out of the palette is pillow talk.

As you've probably noticed their is a running theme of neutral shades with all my palettes - i rarely step out of my comfort zone when it comes to eyeshadow, i love neutrals and i love how versatile they are and how you can adjust them to the intensity that you want.

What's your favourite eyeshadow palette?

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Review | Enrapture Amplify Jumbo Waver

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If you don't follow Chelsea (which btw you totally should) she has the most amazing wavy hair and when i found out it was down to the Enrapture Amplify Jumbo Waver, it immediately went to the top of my christmas list and my lovely sister got it for me.

I've actually had this since last Christmas but since chopping my hair off back in January I've not had much chance to use it as i didn't feel like i suited having my hair wavy when it was so short.Since my hair has started to grow and its slowly getting back to its former long length, i decided to get this back out and wave my hair again. I don't feel my hair looks as great waved when i wear it down (maybe with a parting change or when it gets longer it'll look better) but i do love wearing my wavy hair in a half up, half down style because it's less lion mane looking but my hair still has a wavy look to it.

I also find that it's great for adding volume into the hair; whenever i do a messy bun after my hairs been waved it always looks much better. The waver itself is massive; like seriously you could do some damage if your not careful but the size of it makes it easier to wave the entire head much quicker. It's so easy to use and you can even alter the level of heat to your own preference.

It's so easy to use and really does give lovely mermaid-esque waves. It's a great tool to have if you're in need of an easy hairstyle. Enrapture products are usually a little pricey around the £60 mark but they are often on offer for around £40 in different shops.

I love Enrapture products a lot; they're so easy to use and make it so easy to get lovely hair - i also have their totem styler which i rate a great deal.

What's your favourite hair styling tool?

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Thursday, 13 November 2014

6 Make Up Staples | High Street

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I recently posted about my 6 Make Up Staples from the High End range; which you guys seems to enjoy. I know that not everyone can afford to splash out on tonnes of high ends products so i thought it was only fair i shared my 6 staples from the high street too.

Max Factor Excess Mascara* | Review Here
I normally dislike dual ended mascaras as i find layering them usually gives you clumpy lashes but i absolutely love this mascara. Using the first side 'Extreme Volume' gives amazing results to the lashes - it separates the lashes and gives amazing volume. The second side 'Dark Lacquer' locks it all in place. I never expected to like this mascara as much as i do but i just love the way it makes my lashes look.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze | Review Here
This is the one eye product that i always go back to time and time again. Any day i want a really simple eye look that requires little effort this is the product I'll turn to. It blends out so easy, giving a really lovely colour that you can build up to the intensity you prefer and it lasts really well too.

Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner 
I'm always trying to look out for better felt tip liners but this is the one i come back to every time - it's so cheap and it's such a great product. I much prefer using felt tip liners because they are so easy to use and the tip gives you control over the application. It's really pigmented and applies black and it lasts really well too.

Bourjois Cream Blush in Nude Velvet | Review Here
This is one of the products i didn't know i needed until i had it. Normally I'm not a massive fan of cream blush but this blends into the cheek really easily and has a cream to powder finish. This is the perfect shade that goes with every make up look - it's a really natural and subtle colour so it works with a really bold make up look but it still great for simple everyday make up too.

Revlon Colour Burst Lip Butter in Candy Apple | Review Here
This is probably one of my all time favourite lip products. Lip butters in general are my favourite type because they're so moisturising on the lips but still offer the pigmentation of a lipstick. I love wearing a red lip and Candy Apple is a true red shade but i don't often feel very comfortable wearing a really bold lip for day to day but with the lip butter it gives a sheer application so it's much more subtle and not as bold but still gives the me the chance to wear a red lip.

Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro Primer
I fall in and out of using face primers and there hasn't been many that I've genuinely loved using. I used a sample up of this and literally ran out to pick up a full size once I'd finished. It's feels so nice to wear and it gives the skin a really soft and smooth base ready for the rest of my make up.

So those are my 6 high street staples and the six products from the high street that are must haves in my collection and ones that i just hate to be without.

What are some of your staples from the high street?

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Review | Pantene Pro V Breaking Defence Shampoo and Conditioner

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This actually came through my letterbox at the perfect time as i was literally on my way out to pick up a new shampoo and conditioner. I was even more excited to try it out as I'd seen Fleur De Force rave about the Pantene Pro V Breaking Defence Shampoo and Conditioner* in her videos too.

The first thing i noticed about these was the scent - to me it has a slight apple scent which i find it really pleasant. The shampoo feels really clarifying and it lathers up really lovely too. After rinsing the hair it does feel a little matted which did concern me at first but after using the conditioner it was fine. In fact my hair felt really smooth and healthy.

Breaking defence claims to make your hair strong and healthy from root to tip, especially against styling damage - this apparently brings up to 97% less hair breakage. I'll be completely honest and say that i don't know if their has been that much less hair breakage but as someone who does style their hair quite a lot i do feel like my hair is healthier and stronger.

They retail for around £3-4 each which is a really reasonable price - I've been enjoying using this since it landed through my mail box and my hair has definitely been grateful for it.

Have you tried the Pantene Pro V Breakage Defence Shampoo and Conditioner?

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Review | Soap & Glory Supercat Liquid Black Eyeliner Pen

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Eyeliner is a massive part of my make up routine - it's very rare that i don't wear it and when i don't i feel naked without it.

As it's a product i use everyday; I'm forever trying out different eyeliner to find out which is the best - my latest experiment and current love affair is with the Soap & Glory Supercat Liquid Black Eyeliner Pen. I've heard many good things about this eyeliner but i was always put off buying it, partly because of the price. I don't know if it's been lowered in price permanently but i bought this for £6.

As this is an eyeliner pen it's exactly like using a felt tip pen - it has a thin nib which makes it perfect for controlling the application and it's really good to control the thickness of the line that you want it to be. I've also found that since using this, I've been able to wing out my liner a lot easier too.

One of my favourite things about this eyeliner is the pigmentation - it's a proper black colour and it actually applies that colour too. I've really been enjoying using this because when applying it, it literally feels like it glides across the eye and i just love the results i get from this. It also lasts really well too.

I think that this eyeliner would be really good for beginners to try because it does make applying liner really easy. At the moment, I'm pretty much head over heels with this eyeliner and i can see why people have been giving it positive reviews.

What's your favourite eyeliner?

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Thursday, 6 November 2014

Lifestyle | The Lakes

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Whilst i had a week off work me and two friends decided to go on a little road trip to the Lakes for the day. I haven't been to the Lakes in years - possibly not since i was in Primary School so i was so excited to go. I'm not a massive country girl, i couldn't live their full time but its definitely somewhere i love to go just to get away and to soak in the views.

I don't think the weather could have been any better; it was the perfect crisp Autumn day. The first stop once we arrived there was to find a cute little cafe where we could get something to eat and a lovely warm drink and we definitely did that - we went to Wild & Co which was really lovely. It had such a lovely cosy atmosphere and the staff was so friendly too and the food was delicious. I had an English tea and a Cumberland Sausage and Onion sandwich which was massive and a struggle to finish but it was really tasty and it was the perfect way to start the day.

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The main place we wanted to visit whilst there was The World of Beatrice Potter which was a bit of a walk from where we had parked up but we decided to take a bit of a detour to where we was directed so that we could go past Lake Windermere. We had to take a little footpath through a forest(?) which was really lovely and scenic.

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Once we reached Lake Windermere it was nice to have a little sit down and enjoy the view, and take a few selfies - of course. I could have sat here for hours but a swarm of seagulls were getting a bit irate so we ventured onto The World of Beatrice Potter.

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I'm a big fan of Beatrice Potter; I've loved her stories for as long as i can remember. I came here many years before when i was Primary School but it was so long ago that it was nice to go back as an adult when i could appreciate it more. Seeing the likes of Peter Rabbits Garden, all the different animals and my personal favourite Mrs Tiggy-Winkle. I did take more photos than these but i didn't want this post to be extremely heavy. We also paid a little visit to the gift shop were we each got photo key rings and i also picked up a lovely bookmark (of Mrs Tiggy-winkle) and a lovely handbag sized diary ready for 2015.

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As if the day wasn't lovely enough and filled with some incredible scenery we ended the day with a stop at Costa in the services and sat outside to this. It was insanely beautiful and somewhere i could have quite easily stayed for many more hours. It was so calming and peaceful and being their with two of my favourite people just made it even better. It's not often we do days like this but it was lovely and i really enjoyed myself. So much so that we're hoping to plan a little getaway after Christmas and rent a cottage for a few days.

Have you been to the Lakes?

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