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Friday, 26 February 2016

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette

I am a huge lover of highlighter. What did we do without it? It takes my complexion from dull to glow within seconds and boy does my new highlighting palette have the right amount of glow. Oh it is ever so dreamy, and it is from the drugstore too. Yes, I am talking about the wonderful Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette. I was reading review after review about this particular palette(all positive of course) so it was quickly added onto my wishlist. There was a recent offer on selected Sleek products, 2 for £10, and so I couldn't resist picking it up, alongside the Contour Kit.
Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette
Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette
The Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette has the most beautiful gold packaging, it looks very luxurious and high end. Within the palette is a reasonable sized mirror, four of the highlighting shades, three which are of the powder formula, and there's also a cream too. There is also a brush but I find that to be of no use to me, it's not dense enough for application. Each of the highlighters are silky smooth and easy to apply. I like to apply the cream highlighter with my middle finger(I find it to work the easiest) and the powders with my Real Techniques Setting Brush.

The four highlighters within the palette are Ecliptic- a rose gold cream, Hemisphere- an iridescent lilac/pink, Subsolar- a yellow-gold, and Equinox- a warm peachy-gold. The standout for me is definitely Hemisphere, it is unlike any other highlight shade I own. It looks amazing especially on the top of my cheekbones, but I also like to apply it down the bridge of my nose and cupids bow. The lilac hue is really striking, I have been wearing it non stop. I have had many lovely comments when I've worn this shade, I've even had a friend of mine mistake it for a high end highlighter. That's a good sign isn't it? The other highlighting shade that stands out for me is Equinox. This highlighter paired with bronze smokey eyes and a nude lip is the perfect combination.

I'm not so keen on the cream shade, Ecliptic, but then again that's because I'm not used to the formula, but I do find it best applied under the brow bone and down the bridge of the nose. It could even be used as a cream eyeshadow too. Subsolar is not my favourite shade of them all unfortunately, I don't think it provides me with as big a glow as I'd like, as opposed to the other shades within the palette.

All of the highlighters really do pack a punch in pigmentation, not that it is a bad thing at all. You literally just need to take one swipe to get the glow. It is not at all subtle in the slightest. I always go in with a heavy hand as I love a strong highlight so it is perfect for me. It's absolutely divine.
Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette SwatchesL-R; Ecliptic, Hemisphere, Subsolar, Equinox

I love how affordable the palette is too, and even more so when there are brilliant offers on like 2 for £10, especially as the Solstice Highlighting Palette retails at £9.99. It's always worth checking Boots and Superdrug for any offers. You can purchase here from Boots.
Have you tried the Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette?

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Sunday, 21 February 2016

My Birthday Wishlist | Beauty

In just a weeks time I turn 22, oh how I've been looking forward to the day where it's entirely necessary to listen and sing '22' repeatedly throughout the day. I unfortunately haven't got any plans for my birthday cos, you know, work n' all. Stocktake day happens to fall on my birthday too. Is that just bad luck or planned? wahh. The joys of working in retail. However, I have a week off after so maybe that's not so bad after all. A week of pure bliss, or maybe not, when I have a cheeky little one year old to take care of.

This year I feel like I haven't got that much on my list for my birthday, or those that I do really want are just not available in the UK, yet. Can we please get a Sephora here now already? With that aside, let's get down to the nitty gritty. What's on my birthday wishlist this year?
Birthday Wishlist
The first thing that I reeeaally want need in my life right now is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Series Cream Contour Kit in Fair. I've had it on my wishlist for what seems like forever but never purchased it because if I'm honest, the thought of using a cream contour scares me. I'm so used to using powder. However, this palette has the most perfect shades for my skintone which I love. 

It wouldn't be a birthday wishlist without Charlotte Tilbury would it? The new Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in 'Between the Sheets' caught my eye ever since it's release. It is such a pretty rosey-pink shade. It's so me. I've never tried any of the CT lipsticks so it would be a welcome addition to my ever growing lipstick collection. 

I used to have a Beauty Blender over a year ago which I received in my birchbox, but unfortunately I just never used it and passed it onto my sister. Oh how I regret that now. I feel like it would work so much better to blend in my foundation than my current blending brush. It can be seen as a little expensive for what is essentially a sponge but I need to achieve that flawless skin look.

For the love of makeup I cannot remember where I first seen the new Zoeva Rose Gold Vol 3 Brushes but it was love at first sight for me. I am yet to purchase the Vol 1 brushes but oh my, these look even dreamier. 

An eyeshadow palette that I've been lusting over since it's release is the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bon Palette. I have the original chocolate palette and I adore it but this particular palette is what my dreams are made of. It is all kinds of pretty with it's pink packaging, heart shaped eyeshadow pans and beautiful range of matte and shimmer shades. 

The only skincare product on my wishlist is the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. Again, it's one that I have been wanting for so long. It smells absolutely divine and I feel like it would be the perfect mask to use when my skin is looking and feeling lacklustre and dehydrated.

You know how much I love my highlight so of course the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Gleam had to be added onto my wishlist. I am aware that it's not available in the UK as of yet but the amount of youtube videos I've watched with this particular palette in is seriously insane. It makes me want it even more now that it's not available in the UK.

Lastly is the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden. I tried a few samples of this primer potion which came with my Naked Palettes and I absolutely loved it. My eyeshadow always stayed intact for hours, plus it did a fab job of covering up any veins and discolouration I had.

Is it your birthday coming up? What's on your wishlist?

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Friday, 19 February 2016

The Inexpensive Contour Kit | Collection Contour Kit Review and Swatches

Contouring, well where do I start? I was never really into it when it became the 'next big thing' in the beauty industry, in fact I always thought it was a step that wasn't worth adding into my makeup routine. However that has changed and I'm truly amazed at how much it changes the shape and definition of my face. I have my fair share of contouring products, from my beloved Hoola Bronzer to the most recent addition, the Collection Contour Kit.
Collection Contour Kit
Collection Contour Kit
The Collection Contour Kit is pretty basic plastic packaging, both slim and sturdy but also small enough to fit in my makeup bag. It also features a mirror strip just above when you open it which I find to be quite pointless. With that aside though, I like the idea of it being see through so you can see the shades within it. There is 10g worth of product which is quite incredible, especially as the kit is just £4.19(currently on offer for £2.99 at Boots at the moment). It's quite the bargain. 

Inside the palette is a highlight and contour shade, both of which are the same size. The contour shade leans more towards the cool end of the spectrum, but has a little warmth to it which makes it all the more appealing to most skin tones. It especially works for me(I'm fair skinned). I always find it hard to find a contour shade that doesn't turn a muddy orange on the skin and I'm happy to say that isn't the case with this. It isn't too heavily pigmented which I find is quite good as you can build the contour up to your hearts desire. It blends so well too, I adore it. You could even use it as a bronzer too as it has a matte finish. As for the highlight, it is a subtle creamy-silvery shade, but unfortunately it's not for me. It is very wearable but doesn't have the staying power and intensity that I am used to. I love a strong highlight. However, if you don't like your highlight to be overwhelming like me then I'm pretty sure you'll love this, especially if you're quite fair skinned, due to it being quite light in tone.
Collection Contour Kit Swatches
Overall it is a handy palette to have and great value for money. I think it would be perfect for anyone that's just starting out in contouring. Admittedly at first glance I didn't have high hopes for it but never judge a book by it's cover. 

You can purchase the Collection Contour Kit here at Boots. Why not grab it and give it a go? especially as it's on offer at the moment. Tempted yet?

Have you tried the Collection Contour Kit? What contouring products are you enjoying at the moment?
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Sunday, 14 February 2016

Valentines Day Lipstick Picks

It's Valentines Day today so you're probably already preparing for the night ahead, whether you're staying in with your partner or friends, snacking out and watching Netflix or going out for a lovely meal with your loved one, it's sure going to be a lovely day. Unfortunately for me though I'm working and so I won't be spending as much time with Josh(and Alfie) as I'd like to. 

However, Valentines Day is another opportunity to bring out the Pink and Red Lipsticks. If you're a regular reader of my blog then you'll know about my love for lipsticks. I am completely besotted with the beautiful pink hues, but I only recently started wearing Red lipstick last year. I have a few favourites that I think will be perfect for this particular day, mainly high end(sorry!).
Valentines Day Lipstick Picks
One of my favourites from last year was the NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg, a vibrant, cool toned pinky-red shade. It's super moisturising, has amazing lasting power and gives you the most gorgeous juicy, glossy looking lips. Beautiful. 

The one and only Drugstore lipstick is the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Unapologetic, a bright pinky-red shade which looks bloomin' amazing. It really brightens up my complexion. I think it would look absolutely beautiful paired with nude eyes so there is more attention paid towards the lips.

The most perfect balance between a classic red and a slightly darker red comes in the form of Clinique Lip Pop in Cherry Pop, a bright medium red with blue undertones. It applies evenly and smoothly, leaving a lovely shine behind on the lips. It looks particularly outstanding on pale skin tones, but I believe it will suit all skin tones too.

One similar to that of the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm mentioned above is MAC Impassioned, a vivid pinky-red(again, I know). I promise they're all different, aha. It has an amplified creme finish which means it has a fairly creamy consistency but it doesn't lack in coverage or pigmentation. I wore it all day yesterday and it lasted for soo long, after a good 3 hours it dries down to a slightly matte finish and the colour stayed nice and vibrant throughout.
Valentines Day Lipstick SwatchesL-R; Luxembourg, Unapologetic, Cherry Pop, Impassioned, Cruella, Lingerie Pink, Please Me

For those that enjoy a slightly darker, vampy lip then NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella is the perfect choice. It's a deep wine-red with blue undertones and a matte finish. Although it can seem a little drying once applied, it certainly stays put, even through a drink and a bite to eat. To prevent your lips from feeling too dry then I highly recommend a lip scrub and lip balm beforehand, and perhaps pop a lip balm in your handbag too if you're going out for the night.

The most luxurious lipstick I own and love is the YSL Rouge Volupte in Lingerie Pink, a pretty baby pink. It is extremely creamy, opaque and literally drenches your lips with moisture. It feels absolutely dreamy on the lips, but unfortunately it doesn't have the same incredible lasting power as the other lipsticks. 

Lastly is MAC Please Me, one of my latest additions to my MAC lipstick collection. It is a medium toned nude pink with a matte finish. It applies smoothly without dragging and sure has incredible lasting power too. I can't be sure whether it would work for all pale skin tones. I have neutral undertones and it completely works for me, I love it.

What lipstick will you be sporting today?

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Friday, 12 February 2016

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette | Review and Swatches

Eyeshadow palettes have recently become somewhat of an obsession lately and one of the recent additions to my eyeshadow collection is the Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette. I first spotted it on Maybellines Instagram when it was released in the US and I knew I had to have it. As always, it was released in the US first but since then I have been eagerly awaiting it's arrival in the UK. As of a few months ago it finally touched down in my local Boots and I couldn't contain my excitement so I purchased it ASAP.
Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette
Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette
Who could resist that beautiful rose gold packaging? I for one could not pass up on that. The palette is of course not the most practical, being plastic, but there's no damage to the palette itself or the eyeshadows. Perhaps not the most travel friendly palette either but it's certainly budget-friendly, costing only £9.99 from Boots. Within the palette, aside from the eyeshadows is also a duo eyeshadow 'brush' with a sponge applicator on one side(urgh), and the other being a base eyeshadow brush. Again, that's just pretty useless and shall be going in the bin. 

In the Blushed Nudes Palette is a total of 12 neutral eyeshadow shades, ranging from a pretty pink matte to a glittery peach and bronze shimmer. I can only liken some of the shades to those from the Naked 3 Palette. My particular favourites are on the bottom row, first from the left, and second from the right. The first is a beautiful antiqued gold and the other is a cranberry/plum shade. They are both equally incredible as an all over colour. I guess you could say that the bottom row is the best of them all. Each eyeshadow is buttery soft and pigmented, although there are shades that need building up a bit more, particularly the mattes.

As always with eyeshadows I tend to wear an eyeshadow primer underneath to prolong wear and I cannot express enough how much it is needed, especially underneath these eyeshadows. Without a primer they wouldn't last past the 2 hour mark, if that, until they start fading and creasing, especially the shimmer shades.
Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette SwatchesTop Row
Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette SwatchesBottom Row

If you're saving the pennies then I think the Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette is a wonderful dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. Although it's not as pigmented as the latter it is definitely one for those that are just starting out with eye makeup. 

You can purchase the Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette from Boots here. At the moment there is £2 off selected Maybelline products which means this beaut is just £7.99 instead of £9.99. 

Have you tried the Maybelline Blushed Nudes Palette?

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Sunday, 7 February 2016

The Lush Comforter Moisturising Shower Cream

It goes without saying that Lush is my bae. Last year my obsession with Lush began and there's no sign of me stopping just yet(see my latest valentines lush haul here). If there is one thing that you need in your life right now it is this wonderful bottle of pink goodness, the Lush Comforter Moisturising Shower Cream. It was firstly only exclusive to the Oxford Street store but as of a few months ago they rolled a few of their exclusive products out nationwide, and I couldn't be happier.
The Lush Comforter Moisturising Shower Cream
For those of you that are familiar with the Comforter Bubble Bar, well, this is essentially the same, but in liquid form, and boy is it dreamy. With a blend of sweet cassis, bergamot and almond oil, it's certainly not one for those that have a sensitive nose. 

'Like a cuddle in a bottle, cypress oil, cassis absolute and bergamot oil create an uplifting, reassuring fragrance'.

 As a fan of the comforter bubble bar, I obviously knew I was going to like it, but the difference is the shower cream has added skin benefits. As a moisturising shower cream, it lathers well, and leaves your skin feeling soft and nourished. I'm guessing that's down to the almond oil working it's magic.
The Lush Comforter Moisturising Shower Cream
That signature blackcurrant scent gets me every time. It's strange for me to say that though as I absolutely hate blackcurrant. The taste of it, the smell of it, eurgh, no thanks. Clearly that's not the case with this though. I dare you to go into a Lush store and not pick it up. I very much expect you will fall in love with it. It's fruity and sweet and yes it might be a little intense, but if you're a sucker for sweet scents then I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Be warned though, as it's pink it can get a bit messy but that's not something that can't be sorted. 

I've been using it just over a month and I can't get enough of it. I have the 250g bottle and it doesn't look like it's going to run out anytime soon. It's also available in a range of sizes from a small 100g to a whopping 1kg costing between £4.95-£27.95. My 250g bottle cost £9.75 which is pretty reasonable, especially as it will last me a long time.

Have you tried the Lush Comforter Moisturising Shower Cream?
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Friday, 5 February 2016

NARS Lip Pencils

Okay, so before I go babblin' on about how bloomin' amazing the NARS Lip Pencils are I've gotta draw attention to my blogging schedule. A few weeks ago I vowed to stick to a schedule, posting between 2-3 days a week on a Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Well that didn't last long and I went off grid again. However I've now changed the Thursday to a Wednesday recently(if you noticed) which is a lot easier. With that aside, just look at these lip pencils. It's love.
NARS Lip Pencils
I only started dabbling with NARS Lip Pencils around two years ago when they released the Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret, including dinky lip pencils in a variety of shades. However, I wasn't quite obsessed with them at the time, I was more into my MAC lipsticks and such like. Everything changed last year when NARS released their limited edition lip pencil sets in the summer(see review and swatches here), alongside a new cheek palette.

The lip pencils have different formulas and finishes to them, which I like, so you have a bit more variety. You can either choose from a Satin, Velvet matte or Velvet. Satin gives a very intense colour pay off while adding some much needed moisture to the lips. The Velvet Mattes leave a completely matte finish with a long wear time but without feeling drying. The Velvets are so dreamy and creamy to apply, leaving a beautiful, juicy glossy shine behind. 

There is no lack of pigmentation, it's full wham bam, thankyou mam. Very out there, and although they're quite intensely pigmented that's not to say they're not wearable

On show are the lip pencils from the Summer Gifting Sets from 2015, all of which are well loved, but I'm missing my favourite winter shade, Cruella from the Coffret. Boy is that the most beautiful shade. A little bit vampy but not overally so and surprisingly so wearable.
NARS Lip PencilsL-R; YU, Stourhead, Biscayne Park, Provocative Red, Luxembourg, Sex Machine

YU; Shocking blue toned fuschia satin
Stourhead; Pale cotton candy pink satin
Biscayne Park; Peachy-brown nude satin
Provocative Red; Rosey-brown velvet matte
Luxembourg; Cherry red satin
Sex Machine; Mauvey-plum velvet matte

I'm completely hopeless at describing shades *hands over fave emoji*, however they're all so gorgeous, especially Luxembourg. It sure brightens up my complexion and makes me feel all sassy and shizz. 

Altogether I have 11 lip pencils, including the travel sized pencils within my Digital World Lip Coffret but I am absolutely besotted with them all and I'm looking to add more to my growing collection. What shades should I buy next? 

Have you tried the NARS Lip Pencils?

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Lush Valentines Day Haul 2016

A few weeks ago I took a trip to Exeter for the day for a friends birthday. We did a little bit of shopping and headed to Nando's(it was our first time), and my god was we missing out. Before we leave for the train we always go to Lush, without fail, because, well, it's not a real shopping trip without going into Lush. After all we live an hour and a bit away from Exeter, and it is our nearest store. At the time they had just brought the Valentines Day range out so I was dying to check it out.

As always I came away with a few things, although I didn't go too over the top like I normally would as I have quite the collection of Lush goodies at the moment. I was a good girl this time and only picked up six things, four of which are from the Valentines Day range. So what did I pick up on my Lush Haul?
Lush Valentines Day Haul 2016
The first thing that I knew I was going to pick up was the Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar. Isn't it just the most prettiest, magical thing you've ever laid your eyes on? It's very colourful and has a certain calmness about it, with ingredients such as lavender oil and ylang ylang oil, it's sure going to relax you. I bought two of these last year and I find that you can easily get three baths out of one of them. Pretty reasonable right? especially as it's just £4.25 too.

A new bubble bar(as far as I'm aware) that I discovered was the Big Bang Bubble Bar. Not only is it really vibrant and eye catching, it smells pretty damn good too. It's very citrusy and refreshing, which are my most favourite kind of Lush products. I haven't used it yet(but the fella has). He was super sneaky and used it in his bath yesterday afternoon. I can't blame him though, it does smell pretty amazing. At £3.75 it's sure to last you between 2-3 baths.

Alongside this, I also discovered two more new products in the form of the Razzle Dazzle Bath Oil and Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment Bath Oil. They are both different scent wise I'd say. Razzle Dazzle smells a bit floral, whereas Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment smells really sweet, it sure smells like the signature Lush snow fairy scent. I'm yet to use Razzle Dazzle but I couldn't resist popping that sweet smelling beauty in my bath the other day. It leaves my skin feeling very soft and moisturised, and I was very taken in by the smell. Seriously, how long does that scent last after you've left the room and let the water out? Incredible. Both of them cost just £2.

One that I am most excited to use is the Lover Lamp Bath Bomb. I'm unsure as to whether it is new to the Valentines Day range, but it smells soo good. It has a concoction of sweet vanilla and brazilian orange oil. Oh it is quite heavenly. It isn't the most creative of bath bombs but I adore the cute little red hearts. It costs £3.95.

And lastly is the Kiss Lip Scrub. It smells so lovely, with a strange combination of almonds and mandarin, but it works quite well together. Inside this pot of goodness you'll find some super cute red hearts too, perfectly edible of course. It will last you a bloomin' long time too. It is available to purchase at £5.50. 

Have you bought anything from Lush recently? I'd love to know what you picked up 


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