Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Wishlist Wednesday: A day at the Beach

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Firstly I need to apologise for the lack of posts the past week or so, I have been in full on holiday mode which has meant packing, sorting euros, trips and all the rest of that malarky. With saying that roll on Friday as I am looking forward to spending a couple of weeks in the sun. But today I wanted to share with you all a Wishlist Wednesday for a day at the beach.

I don't think you can ever beat a good kaftan for the walk down to the beach, and I'm really loving the George Chiffon Kaftan it's just such a lovely colour and perfect for throwing over a swimsuit or bikini. When it comes to sandals I am easily pleased and I'm loving the New Look Coral Sandals - you'll see a theme coming shortly but I think that the colour is perfect for the summer and after all my rule for sandals on the beach is that they need to be comfy and easy to throw off so that I can check my feet stuck in the sand. I am cheating a little here as this was a cheeky purchase that's already in my case but I couldn't resist the F&F Aztec Swimsuit. Firstly the pattern is so gorgeous and honestly I would have never thought that this came from a supermarket, and secondly the fit is so flattering and this gives a good cup fitting - which is important if you are a little top heavy like me. I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this whilst I'm away. You can't go to the beach without a bag, and I really have my sights set on the Ted Baker Pink Bow Tote Bag I have wanted one of their tote bags for what seems like the longest time, and this will be perfect for throwing my purse and towel in as it looks a good size and I don't have to worry about it getting sand or water on it because it's easy enough to sponge and clean. Last but not least I'm really loving the look of the Topshop Sassy Catseye Sunglasses from the block colours to catseye style, and after all I can't resist something with the name sassy in it!

There we have it - I'm sorted for a day down on the beach. I'd love to know what your beach must haves are!


Saturday, 25 April 2015

FloridaTix 10th Birthday Party

On Wednesday I ventured in Birmingham to celebrate FloridaTix 10th Birthday bash for a night of cake, cocktails and all things Florida! I met up with some of my faves Becky, Katrina, Rachel, Chloe and Sam, and it was great to get chatting again to these lovelies over cocktails and food. 

Florida Tix is a Birmingham based online ticket specialist for Florida theme parks and attraction tickets. As someone who has been to Florida several times I know how important planning is prior to going, and there is just honestly so much to do there that fitting it into a couple of weeks can be hard. So with the help of their dedicated team they can help tailor your trip so that you get the best out of it and can order your tickets all in one go.

The event itself was held at the Island bar, a place I had never tried previously but they serve the most amazing cocktails! The evening started with drinks and a little game of spotting 10 hidden Mickey's that had been spread around the room - something that was so fun! Then we were introduced to Simon who gave us a talk about FloridaTix before cutting their amazing cake. Which let me add not only looked amazing but tasted delicious - I loved looking round the cake to spot the little Florida attractions. The night ended with a pub style quiz based on all things Florida and Disney, Katrina, Chloe and I were 'Team 3' - original I know, but we had no idea what to call ourselves! Each round covered topics like Disney, theme parks and Florida knowledge, I think Katrina will admit also that we ended up loving the Disney sound round a little too much! We actually came second in the quiz and won a Disney beach towel, which will definitely be making its way into my suitcase for my holiday next week. 

Last but not least I couldn't do this post without mentioning the AMAZING goody bag, filled with goodies that did leave me a little giddy. The Minnie Mouse plush already has pride of place amongst my other Disney teddy's on my bed (yes I am 23 but you'd never think it looking in my bedroom).

Overall the night was so much fun and I enjoyed every minute of it! A big thank you to Cindy for organising such a fab event, and it has me so excited to book my next magical Florida adventure!

What is your favourite thing about going to Florida?


Sunday, 19 April 2015

My MAC Lipstick Collection

MAC Lipstick Collection

I had been toying with the idea of posting my MAC lipstick collection for a while now, part of me has been a little scared and another part of me excited to share this with you. I'm going to just add a little disclaimer here I'm not trying to show off, I just wanted to share with you something I love collecting and I have either purchased these over the years or friends and family have kindly purchased these for me. 

Altogether I have 51 MAC lipsticks (a spare Creme Cup which I haven't shown) and yes I do have a problem - I lack self restraint everytime I walk past a MAC counter. However the hoarder collector in me wanted to share you with my MAC lipstick collection.

I've arranged them all by shade starting with nudes at the front including pinks, peaches, nudes and mauves, then going into brighter pinks and corals then purples and finally my reds and oranges. I actually didn't realise how much I love my nudes or reds until placing them side by side like this. I won't actually be swatching each lipstick individually in this post because we could be here all day (and night) so instead I'm going to separate the shades in a separate post and leave this as an overall collection post. 

Here's just a quick rundown of the shades I own:

Front row:
Pure Zen
Shy Girl
Kiss the King
Velvet Teddy
Royal Ball
Creme Cup

Second row:
Morning Rose
I Love Winter
Haute Attitude
How Darling!

Third row:
No Faux Pars
MAC Viva Glam Miley
Full Fuchsia
Red Balloon
Toying Around
Betty Bright
Sunny Seoul
Hot Gossip
Speed Dial

Fourth row:
Heavenly Hybrid
Milan Mode
Private Party
Up The Amp
Creme de la Femme

Fifth row:
MAC Viva Glam Rihanna
MAC Viva Glam IV
MAC Viva Glam I
Ruby Woo
Salon Rouge
Sparks of Romance
Damn Glamorous 
Lady Danger
Dreaming Dahlia
Toxic Tale

There we have it my MAC lipstick collection, let me know which shades you'd like to see first. And I'm dying to know which are your favourite MAC lipsticks?


Saturday, 18 April 2015

Discovering Burberry Kisses

Burberry Kisses 05 Nude Pink and 85 Sepia - Link

Burberry have really hit the nail on the head with their latest marketing campaign, which has created quite a stir these past couple of weeks over social media. To celebrate the launch of their Burberry Kisses Lipstick range they were offering people the chance to sample a mini lipstick for free - all by simply receiving a nomination and nominating a friend over Twitter. 

The Burberry Kisses range is described as an effortless buildable lip colour, designed to give multiple lip looks with just one shade. The weightless gel texture formula delivers a customisable makeup result. With four shades on offer I couldn't decide between two, so I was a bit cheeky and gave my boyfriend a link to get the second shade for me. 

I've never tried any Burberry makeup products before so didn't know what to expect, however I did have high hopes for this luxury brand. Nude Pink is a gorgeous nude and honestly I do have a soft spot for shades like this, whilst it's not unique I think it's a really easy nude to wear and can be worn as a subtle tint or built up for a nude to compliment a smokey eye. Sepia is a perfect mauve pink with a glossy satin finish. This rosy shade is a great choice if you are looking for a 90s lip without venturing down the matte route. This is definitely a shade that I can see myself getting a lot of wear out as once applied it's a very classical pink that can be worn day or night. 

Formula wise I find that both shades are buildable allowing the choice between a sheer/tint to opaque finish depending on the look you want. I was a little worried that Nude Pink would end up washing me out when layered on, but it was completely the opposite and really complemented my skintone. Once applied I found these to be very moisturising almost balm like which I am a big fan of as there is nothing worse than a lipstick that dries your lips to the point of soreness. These would make a great option for those who don't like the feeling of a heavy lipstick, and would rather opt for a more breathable lightweight formula. These do have a subtle floral scent which is divine also, and what can I say I adore a lipstick which smells delicious also - after all it is being applied to your lips and I would rather apply something tasty then something I really disliked the scent of!

In terms of lasting power I found that these didn't last the 6 hours as advertised, I found that these wore for around 2-3 hours and to be honest I'm putting that down to the finish as these are quite glossy once applied, and I never find glossy lipsticks lasting that well on me personally. 

Now whilst this is a 1g sample, and comes enclosed in the tiniest packaging I do feel that this will last a while and gives you ample opportunity to try the product out before making the decision to purchase the full size. 

As a lipstick hoarder I adore the packaging, it just speaks volumes of luxury with everything from the outer packaging to the lipstick itself. I love that the sample has been embossed with the same detailing just like their regular sized products, and the packaging feels so sturdy that I'm sure it would survive a few knocks as I have the tendency to drop my lipsticks all over the place - I have a serious case of butter fingers. 

Overall I am a big fan of these lipsticks but I'm just not sure I could justify £25 per lipstick and think they would be more of a splurge for the packaging then anything else as I do think the shades are quite universal and easy to dupe as is the formula. However saying that I love the idea that Burberry had as it allowed people like me who hadn't tried the brand before to explore some of their gorgeous range.

Did you snag yourself a Burberry Kisses sample? If so which shade did you opt for?


Thursday, 16 April 2015

Wishlist: Step Into Spring

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It seems as if the British weather has turned itself around since the Easter Bank Holiday weekend and the sun has finally got his hat on. Cue a new Spring wardrobe and I wanted to share with you a few bits I'm lusting after to help me step into Spring with style.

I don't know about you but I seem to go through sunglasses so quickly, I either end up breaking them, scratching them or losing them somewhere. I saw the Gold Ealing Floral Lense Sunglasses (Link) online and I instantly fell in love, the filigree detailing is so perfect for the summer and I can't resist a good pair of aviator sunglasses. I'm really into backpacks again, and I love the look of River Island's Black Faux-Suede Mini Backpack (Link) the bag itself is small but perfect for me because if I go for bigger bags they end up full of receipts, and I love the simple black and gold detailing simple as! Next up is a bit of a cheat as I have picked this up already but it's the Black Jersey Tile Print Playsuit (Link), I have to start off by saying the print is so gorgeous and the material is so soft making it one of my comfiest S/S pieces. I'm wondering into new territory next with the Daisy Trim Fedora Hat (Link) the design is so cute and I love the daisy detailing around the trim, this makes a great accessory for when the sun makes an appearance. What's a wardrobe update without a new pair of shoes? I really love the look of the Emilio Luca Sandals (Link) I love the floral trim on the top of the sandal making a cute pair of shoes. I'm on the hunt for a decent pair of sandals because as much as I love Primarni I'm sometimes finding that after a couple of wears they are ruined so these look the perfect choice to see you through the warmer months. 

How have you updated your wardrobe for Spring?


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

New Beauty Arrivals from Yves Rocher

Yves Rocher Makeup 
LtoR: Sumptuous Colour Eye Shadow Quad, Volume Vertige Mascara, Intense Kajal 100% and Fixing Eyelid Primer*

It seems as of late I can't get enough of Yves Rocher, after swiftly falling in love with their skincare range I couldn't wait to see their offerings in the beauty department. As France's number 1 selling makeup and skincare brand I jumped at the chance to try out a selection of their gorgeous eye makeup. 

It may come as to no surprise that I'm a big fan of eyeshadow palettes and I instantly fell in love with the Sumptuous Colour Eyeshadow Quad in Brilliant Green (£12.50)*. Yves Rocher are reinventing the smokey eye with their new quad eyeshadow palette with four effects for endless customised makeup options. Now I will admit while I don't necessarily opt for green eyeshadows I have really loved experimenting with the shades - and who knew green eyeshadows work out really well for those with blue eyes. The shades are extremely pigmented and the texture is so soft and buttery meaning that they apply really smoothly and easily. The packaging is gorgeous also - I love the gold casing as it gives it that luxury feel and could really rival higher end brands! The palette is also very versatile in the sense that the eyeshadows can be applied wet or dry, and when wet the pigmentation is intensified making a great choice for a statement smokey eye. 

I've heard many good things about Yves Rocher mascaras in the past, so when I received the Volume Vertige Mascara (£11.50)* I couldn't wait to apply this to my lashes. The unique combination of the Reservoir Brush - which releases the perfect amount of mascara to maximise volume - and fixing botanic extract leaves your lashes looking sensational. I have to admit I haven't been disappointed with that mascara as of yet, and truly lives up to their rave reviews - the brush itself is quite unique and the shape allows you to disperse product evenly and prevents the formula from clumping. I like that no matter how many layers you apply of this the lashes still look separated and never clumpy, and does a great job of keeping my lashes curled throughout the day. 

I haven't tried Kajal eyeliners in a few years I think the last one I had was the Sleek one so I was interested to say the least to try out their Intense Kajal 100% eyeliner (£9.95). This creamy and intensely pigmented Kajal creates a captivating look that unveils the key to your powers of seduction.  Firstly I have to comment on how pigmented this eyeliner is, and definitely lives up to its intense name, formula wise this is really creamy which means that you can create a defined black line easily, without any dragging or a smudged line to complete a smokey eye. If you are new to eyeliner this wouldn't be the product for you as it can sometimes leave a thicker line in comparison to liquid eyeliner. My only gripe with these kind of products is that they become a bit difficult to work with when you lose the sharpness of the initial shape, other than that this eyeliner is a definite hit!

I am a big fan of eyeshadow primers, so was really excited to try out their Fixing Eyelid Primer (£7.50). Enriched with Camellia oil, this eyelid primer soothes and fills wrinkles and fine lines whilst keeping your eyeshadow in place and leaving colour more radiant for longer. I love that this tube is so small as it is perfect for throwing in your makeup bag and travelling, and is so easy to apply on the lids - I literally dab a small bit on my fingers and blend it's as simple as that. The primer has a nude tint to it and I find that this helps neutralise your lids prior to applying eyeshadow which is great if you do have red tones to your eyelid. I've noticed that since using this it has stopped my eyeshadow creasing throughout the day which is a big plus as there's nothing worse than looking in a mirror and seeing that your lid is practically empty but the crease is full of colour. 

Overall another winner from Yves Rocher, not only is their skincare great but I've found some real gems from their makeup range. I love that everything is so reasonably priced and the quality definitely could rival that of higher end brands.

Have you tried any makeup from Yves Rocher? 


Sunday, 12 April 2015

MAC Cinderella Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette

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MAC Cinderella Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette £38.50 - Link

I promise now that this will be the last MAC Cinderella post from me, but I wanted to share with you my final purchase from the collection, and probably the item that was the top of my wishlist - the MAC Cinderella Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette. While I didn't manage to get this the day of release I was able to get this for a reasonable price off depop. If you want more Cinderella goodness you can check out my reviews of Royal Ball and Coupe d'Chic.

The MAC Cinderella Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette contains six neutral eyeshadows, eyes look entrancing in the softest browns, glimmering champagne and sparkle-flecked black of Stroke of Midnight. Five of the six shades are actually a part of the permanent range - Vapour, Phloof!, Omega, Quarry and Satin Taupe with Stroke of Midnight being the only limited edition shade.

Vapour is described as a peach-pink with violet pearl eyeshadow (velvet finish), and unfortunately for me this was a bit of a let down. This has very little pigmentation and I found that while it gives good payoff when swatched on your finger, it doesn't when applied to the eyes which is a shame. This makes a good base shade or highlighting shade for under the brow bone. 

Phloof! is described as a frosted off-white eyeshadow (frost finish), this is definitely my kind of shade as I'm a girl who loves glitter. This has a soft buttery texture which means that this applies really easily on the lids and is a gorgeous base shade for a shimmery eye, or even sometimes to finish an eyeshadow look I find that this is perfect for lightening an eye. 

Omega is described as a soft muted beige-taupe eyeshadow (matte finish), this is the only shade that I owned prior to this palette and a definite favourite of mine. This is a really soft eyeshadow that blends easily on the lid and this is not only a great shade to apply on the eyes but also makes a perfect brow shadow as this matches my eyebrows perfectly. 

Quarry is described as a soft muted plum-brown eyeshadow (matte finish), and may look like a weird choice as it does venture into the reddish/brown tones - however is one of those shades that just pairs easily. Texture wise this is really soft which means that it applies smoothly and is a great choice for teaming with a darker shimmer creating a natural smokey eye. 

Satin Taupe is described as a taupe with silver shimmer eyeshadow (frost finish), and is probably my favourite shade in the whole palette. The texture is so smooth and buttery making it really easy to apply and a little goes a long way. This is an easy shade to work with, and I like to pair this with Phloof! or Quarry for a quick look so that I can be on my way in minutes.

Stroke of Midnight is described as a black plum with sparkle pearl eyeshadow (velvet finish), now for me this  is a little weird as it looks very plum in the pan but when applied looks rather black. I've found that the sparkle/glitter doesn't really translate either when applied, you kind of lose that so instead of applying this as an eyeshadow I like to use this as a powder eyeliner to complete the look.

The palette has been transformed from the signature black MAC packaging featuring the Cinderella pearlized light lavender blue packaging and gold detailing. I love the pop of colour and the pale blue really reminds me of Cinderella's stunning gown. It may sound strange but I love that the lid is clear as it allows you to clearly see the range of products and is great for quickness in a morning when you are debating what to apply. The palette itself sits comfortable in my hand and the casing itself is quite sturdy so would be great for travelling, despite the no mirror which I can forgive as it looks so pretty!

For £38.50 I think this is quite reasonable considering the cost of individual eyeshadows whether they are in pan format or refills for your palette. I think that this makes a great starter palette for anyone venturing into eyeshadows, as there is a lovely balance of mattes and shimmers and a range of shades that are really wearable.

Overall I think that this is a stunning palette transformed perfectly for the Cinderella collection, creating a palette that is really usable despite the rest of the items in collection - a couple of which I haven't had much luck with. This is a welcomed palette which I can see myself getting a lot of use from, creating perfect neutral looks for daily wear to transforming to sultry smokey eyes for a night. 

Though as much as I do love this palette I wouldn't recommend paying some of the higher prices that this is going for, because you can basically make this palette up by purchasing individual eyeshadows all bar Stroke of Midnight - which to be honest I'll be getting the least use out of. But on the plus side I have found new shades that will definitely be making their way into my pro palette when I've hit pan.

What are your favourite items from the MAC Cinderella collection?


Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Yves Rocher Sérum Végétal

Yves Rocher Sérum Végétal Plumping Day Care and Night Cream £29 - Link

Yves Rocher are a brand that I've only recently been introduced to this year, however have instantly come to love and couldn't wait to try their skincare out. Now I'm a firm believer in prevention is better than trying to repair something later down the line, and even at the grand ol' age of 23 I don't believe there is anything wrong with adding anti-ageing products into my skincare routine to try and help delay the effects of anti-aging. 

The latest release from Yves Rocher comes in the form of their Sérum Végétal range, containing mesembryanthemum crystallinum (yes definitely a mouthful), also known as crystalline ice or life plant, which stimulates the skins protein which reactivates the cellular mechanisms that fight wrinkles - you can learn more about it here.

The Yves Rocher Sérum Végétal Plumping Day Care Cream is not only a mouth full, but designed to rebuild skin to regain plumpness with its plumping texture to moisturise the skin all day long and is an excellent base for makeup. I found that the day cream is so light and creamy and applies like a dream in the morning, it never feels heavy on the skin and despite the lighter formula doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy in the slightest. On a morning this gives the appearance of healthier more awake skin, I've found that this also makes a great moisturiser to apply before makeup as this provides a smoother and firmer base allowing my foundation to glide on. 

The Yves Rocher Sérum Végétal Plumping Night Care Cream is designed to restore firmness to the skin. Its satisfying balm texture intensely nourishes the skin and is used each night over the whole face. The main difference between this and the night cream is that the night care cream is slightly thicker in consistency and more balm like, so may not be a good choice for those who stay away from heavier formulas. However saying that I still find that this sinks in quite quickly, without leaving your face feeling greasy. This is the biggest winner out the two for me, as I normally find a restless night leaves my skin looking dull, however by applying a layer of this on the night before I wake up with more forgiving skin that looks well rested and healthy.

Now I have been sharing both of these with my mom so that she could comment on the wrinkle properties side of both creams, because whilst it's great to get into wrinkle creams at 23 I can't comment on the anti-wrinkle properties. Though she has commented with daily use she has noticed a difference when it comes to fine lines especially on her forehead and eyes, as they do appear to be smoother and when using this as a base for her makeup helps smooth out lines before makeup application. 

Both products are slightly scented, but not strong enough I don't think to cause irritation. Instead it has a light fresh scent which I find a little addictive as I always end up smelling my hands afterwards - yes I'm weird! Packaging wise I love the glass jars that these come in, it helps give a luxury feel to the brand, my only bugbear is that they become a pain when you start to get to the bottom of the jar and you're scraping around to get the last few bits and it ends up in your nails and well I'm sure you know what I mean. 

Each cream retails for £29 each, but Yves Rocher have a deal on at the moment where both are half price, which would basically works out as buy one get one free and works out a good bargain considering how good the product is. 

Overall since using I've noticed that my skin has felt a lot softer and well moisturised whilst looking more awake in a morning which is a big plus. I've noticed that both of these have also helped reduce blemishes and to even out my skin tone. 

Have you tried Yves Rocher skincare before? I'd love to know your thoughts!

Sunday, 5 April 2015

MAC Cinderella Coupe d'Chic Iridescent Powder

MAC Cinderella Coupe d'Chic Iridescent Powder £23 - Link

Continuing on from my previous MAC Cinderella post where I reviewed Royal Ball, you can read the review here. I wanted to share with you my other purchase when MAC re-stocked a couple of weeks ago, the MAC Cinderella Coupe d'Chic Iridescent Powder. Meaning that I can finally get my princess worthy glow on!

MAC Coupe d'Chic Iridescent Powder is described as a light golden peach with a gold shimmery sheen that will make you the belle of the ball. Now I will be honest in saying that I had no idea what an iridescent powder was before purchasing this, but since have found that they can be used as either a highlighter, blush depending on your skintone or mix it with your foundation for a healthy dewy sheen. 

In the pan Coupe d'Chic is a gorgeous soft rose/pink with speckles of golden glitter, however when swatched this lacks the pigmentation you'd expect, leaving a very pale blush. After looking at this in the pan I was expecting this to be very similar to Nars Orgasm or Sleek's Rose Gold blush but instead the colour acts as more of a luminising product then anything else. Being pale I do find that when swept across the cheeks this leaves a fresh peachy tone that would mimic a healthy glow, but doesn't pack a lot of punch. This is a bit of a weird one to wear as a highlighter because this is very very shimmery to the point where you could end up looking like a disco ball. Instead I've found my favourite way of wearing this is as a topper for my blush, just to give it that extra radiant glow as it's a little too shimmery for my liking to wear daily on its own. 

Texture wise this is very soft and buttery, and would be a dream to apply - but I find that the specks of glitter stop that. Because the powder is so heavily packed with fine glitter it makes the application almost a little gritty. I do have to give this props however in terms of lasting powder as this did last around the 5-7 mark on my oily skin which is quite good for something so sheer. 

Again this features the Cinderella pearlized light lavender blue packaging and gold detailing, transformed from the signature black powder packaging. I love the gold trim around the powder - there is just something about the way it compliments the colour of the powder that I really love. The addition of the mirror inside the casing may be simple, but I have to admit I love it when a powder product contains a mirror it just makes life a lot easier when out and about!

For £23 this is a little steep for something that I'm not entirely sure I have found a proper use for yet, I had high hopes for this as a gorgeous summer blush but they were quickly shot down with seeing how pale it transfers onto the skin. This looks lovely as an illuminating product, but you have to apply with a rather light hand as the glitter is so fine it easily transfers onto the skin. 

Overall this is a nice product, and I think that's as far as I could go describing it. I'm interested to see how this will apply and look on my skin with a tan, but at the moment I'm just not fully convinced. I would say if you aren't a fan of glitter then this certainly isn't the product for you, but if you are after something to illuminate your complexion this could be a great alternative to a highlighter.

Did you pick anything up from the MAC Cinderella collection?


Saturday, 4 April 2015

Orelia London Jewellery

Orelia London Jewellery: Geometric Statement Necklace £18* - Link
Large Wishbone Necklace £15* - Link

Jewellery is something that I have always loved, especially fashion jewellery - I love that you can add a necklace or a pair of earrings and instantly transform your look. My style always changes also, one minute I can be loving statement necklaces and the next I'm opting for more delicate pieces, but that's the joy of fashion. Orelia London have quickly become a favourite brand of mine stocking a wide range of cute fashionable pieces and a fine jewellery range for those looking for something a little more classical. And did I mention their pieces are also available from two of the biggest fashion giants Topshop and ASOS.

The first piece I received was their gorgeous Geometric Statement Necklace which is just simply stunning, what I like about this piece is that it's not overly big but instead a lightweight piece that looks elegant when teamed with a plain top or dress. The combination of the white plated chain and gold crescent centrepiece makes the perfect necklace for both Spring and Summer! I love layering this piece also as it looks great teamed with either a choker or longer necklace.

Secondly I received their Large Wishbone Necklace which is my favourite piece out the two, as I'm having a major moment for wishbone pieces. I didn't actually realise that this necklace hangs lower than other pieces, but to be honest I love that it does as it's perfect for teaming with a chocker style necklace. The necklace itself is very dainty and delicate so you do have to be careful when storing as the chain can get tangled around the wishbone but apart from that this looks really pretty when worn, and is great for either casual and evening wear.

Overall I've really fallen in love with Orelia both pieces are stunning and I will be getting a lot of wear from them. I'll definitely be checking out their range next time I'm in Topshop to stock up on some fashion jewellery. 

Have you got anything from Orelia before? I'd love to know!


Thursday, 2 April 2015

Brand Focus: Crown Brushes

Crown Brushes LtoR: SS001, C141, C436, BK10, SS025, C422, C431, C433* - Link

I am a big fan of makeup brushes, and over the past couple of years my collection has rapidly expanded, gone are the days of makeup sponges and foam eyeshadow applicators. Now my collection spans buffing brushes to eyeliner brushes, and I have come to the realisation of how important a good selection of makeup brushes is to perfect your makeup. After trying out Crown brushes a few years ago and being really impressed I couldn't wait to try out their latest offerings.

So like I said it has been a fair few years since I have tried Crown brushes, however at the time I found them to be a really great budget alternative to premium brand brushes, so when this little selection landed on my doorstep I couldn't wait to get stuck in. Crown brushes have actually been manufacturing brushes for over 20 years - something which I didn't know - and offer quality brushes at low industry prices making them affordable for any beauty junkie.

The SS001 Deluxe Large Foundation Brush (£9.39) is described as a flat base deluxe large foundation brush with gentle synthetic hair making a great brush for cream and liquid based makeup, BB creams and cream highlighters. Personally for me I have never liked foundation brushes, when I first got into makeup they seemed great but since I have discovered buffing brushes I've never used a foundation brush for foundation. Instead I have really enjoyed using this with cream bronzer, the tapered end means that you can be precise when applying your contour and have full control over the product.

The C141 Small Chisel Brush (£5.49) is a soft natural fibre brush which is perfect for shading and highlighting the cheeks and face with blush. This is one of my favourite brushes from their collection as I love not only how small the brush is but the rounded shape of it also. This is perfect for applying either blusher or highlighter, especially blusher as this fits perfectly into the apples of my cheeks and blends effortlessly. This also helps to create a really natural highlight as the bristles are soft and not too densely packed.

The C436 Mini Duo Fibre Blender (£7.39) is not only one of their best selling brushes, but the slightly shorter head makes this brush very soft and excellent for blending. Duo fibre brushes will always have a special place in my heart since being introduced to the MAC equivalents, and I have to safe this is the perfect dupe for the MAC 130. I love using the mini duo fibre for concealer application as the smaller head is perfect for blending those hard to reach areas such as around your nose and eyes. 

The BK10 Oval Concealer Brush (£3.49) is a small flat shaped precision brush with synthetic bristles for flawless application of cream or liquid concealers. One brush I don't use as much as I should is a concealer brush, I always tend to use my foundation brushes to buff concealer into place. However I have found a new love for this brush, the bristles are so soft and the tapered edge means this makes a great brush to use when applying concealer to finish a look such as around the eyebrows or around your lip line. Particularly for me I love this when applying concealer around my brows as it just helps give a neater more defined finish!

The SS025 Syntho Brow Duo Brush (£3.99) is the perfect brow groomer, this double ended brush comes with a synthetic angled brush for brow powders and a spoolie to brush your brows upwards. This has to be one of my favourite brushes from their collection, I love how easy this is to use and honestly DUPE ALERT, this brush is a great dupe for the Anastasia duo brow brush as I couldn't tell a difference in terms of the way they apply and quality. This has worked wondered when used with both my Brow Zings and Dipbrow products. 

The C422 Crescent Shadow Brush (£4.19) is an easy to use eyeshadow brush. This brush is so soft and I love that this has become a multi-use brush for applying eyeshadow. This is great for applying eyeshadows especially base shades, and I find this very similar in terms of quality and feel to my trusty Sigma brushes. Because this is so soft I also find that this is a great brush for blending eyeshadow into the creases of my eyes.

The C431 Precision Detail Brush (£4.39) is described as a pencil brush for shading in the crease of the eye along with the lash line or lid. This is a brush that when I first had a look at I wasn't too sure if I was going to get much use, however since trying it out I have really fallen in love with. The brush itself is really compact, where the bristles are tightly packed together creating quite a firm brush - for that reason I haven't tried it as a shading brush instead I found this brush works perfectly for applying a darker eyeshadow against the lash liner creating an eyeliner effect and for that it's perfect!

The C433 Pro Blending Fluff Brush (£6.09) is the perfect brush for applying contouring or highlighting powder-based products. Now I will be honest and say I haven't used it in the way that Crown recommend, and instead I find it a great budget alternative to the MAC 217, this does a really great job of blending eyeshadow and the tapered shape is perfect for getting into the crease of your eye. My only gripe with this is that the bristles are a little scratchy to begin with, when being used around the eyelid area however after a wash I have noticed that the bristles have softened. 

I'd love to know what your favourite Crown brushes are!

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