Review | Maybelline 24Hr Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze

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Hello everyone,
So I'm pretty late in jumping on the bandwagon with Maybelline Colour Tattoos and reviewing them. I'm a big fan of these type of cream eyeshadows because i love just sweeping the colour over the lid on days i don't want to wear much make-up or I'm in a hurry and don't have time for a more complicated eye look. Another reason i was really intrigued to try these was because i really like the Benefit Creaseless Cream/Shadows but at £14.00 (approx) its a bit expensive to try out a lot of shades, so i was curious to try out these and see if they were a good cheaper alternative.

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The shade i have is 'On and On Bronze' which is perfect for me, i love nude/brown shades which you'll probably already know by now if you've followed my blog for a while. I must say I'm pretty impressed with these they have good pigmentation, easy to apply and blend nicely. They last really well throughout the day, i found it only started to crease towards the later part of the day. I use a primer underneath but they are good enough to wear alone as well, or to wear as a base for other eyeshadows, so its very versatile you could also use it as a liner.

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In comparison to the Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liners the colour tattoos actually have a much creamier formulation and i felt they we're even easier to apply, i still love Benefit ones but the colour tattoos are so much cheaper and offer a wider variety of shades. I think this particular shade would be lovely for fall/autumn especially on lazy days when i can't be bothered to wear too much make-up. 

I really like this shade especially and would definitely recommend these to people who like cream shadows or who want something that is super easy to apply.

Have you tried these? Thoughts?
Natalie xx

Inspire | Down Do's

Hello everyone,
Ive been browsing a lot of images of hairstyles on pinterest (feel free to follow me) and i love all the different hairstyles that people create and attempting to have a go at doing them myself. So i thought i'd show you some of my favourite 'down-do' hairstyles that ive come across.

All images are from pinterest
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As you can probably tell i have a bit of an obsession with curly hair, i just think its beautiful - hence why nearly all of these hairstyles have curly or wavy hair.

What down-do hairstyles do you like to wear?
Natalie xx

Guest Post | Adele Halsall

Cruelty Free Beauty

A few months ago I became quite concerned with buying beauty products that were ‘cruelty-free’, meaning of course that neither they, nor their ingredients, have been tested on animals purely for cosmetic purposes. I spent quite a large amount of time researching the topic with regards to today’s beauty product market - I would spend almost every evening searching online for cruelty-free alternatives to my current beauty regime, and go through company policies with a fine toothcomb, to actually make sure that their idea of ‘cruelty-free’ matched up with my own. It’s now something I’m very passionate about.
I think the main problem today is that companies can use terms like ‘all-natural’, ‘organic’, and ‘cruelty-free’ without actually having to provide any evidence as to how they uphold these claims. It’s incredibly sad, but in my experience I have found that the majority of companies will claim their products to be cruelty-free even if the ingredients of a product are animal-tested, or if the testing takes place outside of the company’s own production site. However, with A LOT of reading, checking, and admittedly trial and error, I am starting to forge a list of certified cruelty-free brands that I feel offer excellent quality and I can go back to again and again.
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Liz Earle
It’s true what they say: Liz Earle really is the holy grail of skincare. I almost don’t like to tell people about her products, as it feels like I’m giving away one of my greatest secrets! But between you and me, the Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth cleanser is something every woman should try; not to mention her whole array of bath, shower, and make-up products. All ingredients are cruelty-free and include naturally sourced ingredients. As well as the cleanser, I regularly enjoy the Skin Boost tonic, the Eyebright eye lotion and the Sheer Skin Tint. Liz Earle products are available in John Lewis department stores, but if you choose to order online, their delivery is super fast and comes beautifully wrapped.

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Urban Decay
Not only free from animal-tested ingredients, but some of their products are vegan too, meaning no animal-derived ingredients (just look for the purple paw print!). I’ve never really been an Urban Decay girl, but when I had to ditch my faithful No.7 concealer for a more animal-friendly alternative, I turned to Urban Decay, and I’ve not been disappointed so far! Their concealer is creamy, easy to blend and long-lasting, and I hear that their lip tints and eyeshadows are really vibrant and long-wearing. Urban Decay overall has a reputation in the make-up industry as being the go-to brand for looks that are a little more than alternative. Money well spent then!


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Lush
Of course this was going to make its way onto this list! LUSH is one of my favourite stores at the moment, as I absolutely adore their solid shampoo and conditioner bars, and their body salt scrub. I’m currently trying out Trichomania, a coconut shampoo bar which is good for making curly hair soft and smooth, as well as smell absolutely delicious. I’m also dying to try out one of their fresh face masks sometime. If LUSH’s array of delightful smelling, environmentally-friendly, cruelty-free and fresh-as-a-daisy beauty products aren’t enough to entice anyone, then I don’t know what is! Whilst you’re shopping there, be sure to sign their petition for putting a stop to animal-testing.


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Dr Organic at Holland & Barrett
I’ve recently started going to Holland & Barratt every now and then to pick up my foodie things – manuka honey and chia seeds mainly. But after a couple of visits I noticed that they provide a lot of organic and natural toiletries too. Stuff like deodorant and toothpaste can be the hardest products to find cruelty-free versions of, because the ingredients that make them work well are usually animal-tested for medicinal purposes. But in Holland & Barratt I’ve managed to find both of these things, as well as my new replacement to shaving gel – almond oil. It’s fantastic for giving you a smooth shave and leaving your skin incredibly moisturised and soft, with no nicks or scrapes 99% of the time. Holland & Barratt is definitely not to be overlooked!


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Lee Stafford
Cruelty-free hair styling can also be tricky, as a lot of brands are owned by the same company (often L’oreal, who are an animal-testing company). Lee Stafford is one of my favourite haircare brands though and assures its customers that neither their products nor their ingredients have been animal-tested by them, or on their behalf. Most of you have probably delved into Lee Stafford products before now and are well aware of how amazing they smell, but if you haven’t, I suggest you go get the P2Fifty Heat Protection spray for your hair. It’ll thank you for it! Not only that – Lee Stafford is a great brand if you like a more alternative hair look, as it supplies coloured hair putties, salt sprays, volumising powders, and dozens of other clays, mists and waxes, for whatever your hair desires. They also come in his awesome trademark pink packaging.


I could probably go on, but those are the main ones. At the moment I’m finding it really difficult to find a good shaving razor to replace my Gillette Venus ProSkin, as it’s so gentle, I can’t imagine any other razor being able to match up! Unfortunately though, it’s owned by Procter & Gamble, a major player in the realm of animal-testing.  So I hope I can replace it with something better soon.

Superdrug's own brand of toiletries are also cruelty-free and vegan too, and Marks & Spencer’s own toiletries have also been free from animal-tested ingredients since 2006 (although you may want to check with certain ones before you buy, just in case it’s not a wholly owned M&S brand).
Main companies to avoid are:
Procter & Gamble (P&G)
Unilever (this is annoying, because they own almost everything!)
Johnson & Johnson
S.C. Johnson
Reckitt Benckiser
L’oreal
Clorox
Church & Dwight

Yes, it seems incredibly hard at first, but once you find a cruelty-free brand that really delivers on quality, you’ll rarely need to look anywhere else! If I’m not sure about a new brand, or want to know if it’s owned by a larger umbrella company that does test, I just do a quick Google search to see what others have said about it. More importantly though, the links below are some websites I have used in the past to point me in the right direction 
A list of companies with a break-down of their animal-testing policies: http://nottested.co.uk/Cosmetics.html

The famous PETA.com...for all your animal-rights queries. On here you can find comprehensive lists of companies that both do and do not endorse animal testing. Unfortunately many of them are located in the U.S, which can be costly for us Brits to order specifically. But this website is insightful all the same:

This website is useful for checking whether a brand you regularly use is cruelty-free, as well as guiding you towards certified cruelty-free brands, whether you’re shopping for cosmetic or household products. As its UK based, the companies are easily accessible.

**Thanks to Addie for being a Guest Blogger!

Review | Real Techniques Blush Brush


Hello everyone, 
A little while ago i was very lucky to win a Real Techniques Blush Brush in a giveaway - i've been dying to try out these brushes for so long but lack of funds has prevented me from doing so, so i was so excited when i found out id won one!

 
I'm assuming everyone will probably know this but for those of you who don't Real Techniques Make-up Brushes are by Samantha Chapman, who is one of the Pixiwoo sisters on Youtube. They are pretty well known in the make-up industry and their videos are fantastic, so i would definitely recommend checking out their tutorials if you're not already subscribed to them!


This has to be one of thee softest make-up brushes i have ever tried, it feels so nice and soft against the skin. The bristles are actually made out of Taklon which is synthetic, they hold their shape well and don't shed. The handles of the brush are lightweight but they are really sturdy too.

The brush is quite large and it tapers in the centre which is great for precise application, the brush blends the blush in really nicely, i've only been using it for blush so far but i think this brush would be really great for contouring the face too, especially with the tapered centred. 

I adore this brush; i love the way it applies my blusher and the way it blends out, i really want to get my hands on some more of the Real Technique Brushes but if they are anything like this one then i really need them in my life!

Have you tried any Real Techniques Make-Up brushes? 
Which one is your favourite?
Natalie xx

Review | Mac Creme Cup Lipstick

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Mac Cremesheen Lipstick in Creme Cup is a cult favourite amongst many bloggers and youtubers and i was lucky enough to win it in a giveaway that i posted about sometime last month, since i got it, I've really enjoyed using this lipstick!

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I really like Mac lipsticks - every one that i own, i love and this is no exception. It's cremesheen formulation which means it really creamy and easy to apply. I've tried a selection of the formulas and i think the cremesheen might be my favourite because it just feels really nice on the lips. The shade Creme Cup is a light nude pink shade so i really excited when i got this, whenever i buy Mac shades i tend to go for more brighter and out there shades because i already own a lot of drugstore nude/pink lipsticks so i couldn't wait to try this out.

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I think this lipstick will be a staple item in my collection because i really love nude pink shades, they are colours i tend to wear the most especially during the day as it is a classic yet simple combination. This shade is also the perfect lipstick to compliment bold eye make-up looks because of its nude quality to it. It retails for £14.00 which although it is a little steep i personally believe it's worth every penny, its a gorgeous shade, creamy, moisturising and easy to apply and its lasts on the lips for a good few hours before needing to be reapplied. I really love this lipstick and would definitely recommend it to people who like me love their nude pink shades!

What is your favourite Mac Lipstick?
Natalie xx

Important//Update!

Hello everyone!

Im moving house (WOOP) however this also means im not going to have internet for a little while nor am i going to be able get online much whilst im packing everything up which is a major bummer. I have scheduled a number of posts for over September so that should hopefully fil the void of my absence. Any comments you leave i promise i will reply to them all once my internet will be set back up so don't feel im being ignorant if i havent replied!

So yeah, just thought id let you all know. Im hoping i wont be ages without the internet and ill be back to posting everything like usual.

Don't miss me too much ;)
Natalie xx