Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Spain Wishlist

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I will eventually stop banging on about my holiday, but for now I wanted to share with you a second wishlist and this time for a night out in Sa Coma. I've been buying so many bits and pieces and I wanted to share with you a look I'd put together for a night in the sun.

I'm really loving gold at the moment and wishbone designs so the Orelia Large Wishbone (Link) is a gorgeous must have item. I like that it's on a slightly longer chain so sits lovely when worn, and definitely will be lusting after this for my jollies. Anyone who knows me will know I not only obsess over makeup but bags also, and I'm really loving the Kate Spade Carah Saffiano Leather Shoulder Bag (Link) I'm after a shoulder bag that is small, but large enough to hold my purse if that makes sense, and I'm totally loving the colour and scallop detailing. For a serial skater dress girl this is new territory as I'm seriously loving shift designs at the moment, the Mela Loves London Short Sleeved Lace Dress (Link) is just so gorgeous and I love the lace detailing, this would be perfect for a summers night strolling down the beach. To continue my MK love affair I'm really lusting after their Michael Kors Gold Plated Bracelet Watch (Link) everything from the gold bracelet to the pink watch face - I'm sold and after all I do need a new watch. Lastly I really want to try out the 90s chunky heel trend and these New Look Black Glitter Gladiator Sandals (Link) look perfect and I love the addition of the glitter on top, it really just helps to make an all black outfit pop!

Are you going on holiday this year? I'd love to know where and what your must haves are!

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Sunday, 29 March 2015

MAC Cinderella Royal Ball Lipstick

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MAC Cinderella Royal Ball Lipstick £17.00 - Link

Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of hype surrounding the MAC Cinderella collection, to the point where counters and online sites were sold out within a matter of minutes. If you know me  then you'll know that I have a rather big obsession with Disney, so in all honesty I was quite excited for the release of the Cinderella collection. While I was a little gutted that I missed out on the first wave of products, I was glad to get a couple of bits when MAC re-stocked last week. 

MAC Royal Ball is described as a fleshy pink which is designed to shade, define and showcase the lips. This is a lustre finish which means that the formula is quite sheer yet moisturising, and once applied to the lips is a little nude, however it doesn't venture into the dreaded foundation lips which is a positive, but if you apply a little heavy it could have the tendency to wash you out a little. For me it's one of those shades that mimics your natural lip whilst adding a gorgeous golden glow, for a lift this looks perfect when combined with a natural lip liner such as MAC's Boldly Bare.

Lustre's are known for their sheerer formulas and the constant re-applying throughout the day. I find that this lasted around the 2-3 hour mark before needing to re-apply as it fades from the lips quite quickly. I find that if teamed with a nude lipliner I get around the 3-4 hour mark, so a little longer but still not too great. What I do like about lustre finishes however is the fact that if your lips aren't in the best of condition - and mine aren't currently - this doesn't cling to dry patches on the lips. 

Now something that has divided opinion has been the packaging, and I have to admit I was on the fence, but now after seeing it in person I do quite like it. The pearlized light lavender blue packaging and gold detailing really screams Disney and Cinderella to me, and I think the child in me really loves it. While I do think they could have gone down other routes it's something different and will definitely stand out amongst my other MAC lipsticks. 

I know it was only stated in my last MAC lipstick post but again this does venture on the pricier side at £17.00, which considering the formula and how sheer it is I don't think is value for money. And no way would I spend some of the amounts that they are going for on eBay and Depop - it's just honestly not worth it in my opinion. I think if this has been a little more pigmented in terms of colour definitely, but the fact it needs that little boost from a lip liner I'm just not too convinced. 

Overall I think that Royal Ball makes a great everyday colour and is very comfortable on the lips without being drying. My only gripe is how pale this shade is, even against my skintone which I mean I'm that pale my doctor always ask if I'm ok ha! While the colour itself is lovely, it does need a little helping hand from a nude lip liner to really help make the colour pop, and for that reason this does fall on the bland side for me unfortunately.

What are your thoughts on the MAC Cinderella collection?


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Friday, 27 March 2015

Holiday Wishlist

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Today for me marks payday, and that means it is the perfect timing to have a little splurge on some bits and pieces for my holiday in May. For me going on holiday is always the best excuse to update my wardrobe with some cute items, and I wanted to share with you some pieces I am lusting after for when I go on my jollies.

I really love the Hannah Casual Sandals from Jones Bootmaker, while they are a little expensive I do want to invest in a decent pair of sandals and I love the detailing on top of the sandal. I can imagine these will be perfect for a night strolling down the beach. I'm obsessed with the Michael Kors Marina Large Canvas Shoulder Bag, I've loved this bucket style of bag for so long, and the blue/brown combination of this bag just screams perfect for the summer, and definitely on the cheaper side in comparison to LV. A little cheat but I picked up something very similar to the New Look Monochrome Scuba Stripe Dress yesterday, this is a really chic dress and I've found it to be very flattering - something I don't usually find with this style of dress. Being slightly thicker material also this will be perfect for on a night when the temperature drops slightly. Some more New Look loving with the Love Heart Gem Choker, I'm really loving chokers at the moment I tried not to jump on the bandwagon but I have, and I'm glad. I love the addition of the little charm, it's just a cute update. My look wouldn't be complete without these cute Topshop Semi Precious Bracelets, there's just something about these style bracelets that are so effortless but can look really cute when combined together with a tan.

What's on your wishlist at the moment? I'd love to know!

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Real Techniques Sculpting Brush vs Flat Contour Brush

Real Techniques Sculpting Brush £9.99 - Link
Real Techniques Bold Metals 301 Flat Contour £22.00 - Link

As contouring is having a major beauty moment as of late, it's no wonder that contouring brushes are a big hit. The introduction of the Real Techniques Bold Metals 301 Flat Contour brush caused quite a stir in the beauty world, however the brush itself is rather pricey so it was only natural that something similar would be released into their normal line - the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush. So I thought I'd do a little comparison post to see how they compare.

The Real Techniques 301 Flat Contour Brush is designed with a dense head to create shadows and highlights on targeted areas of the face to add dimension to your features, allowing you to buff cream or powder makeup into the contours of your face. I did a full review on this brush here.

The Real Techniques Sculpting Brush is described as a wide, angled head brush, specifically designed to help create defined contours or enhance your natural features. This is designed to be used with both cream or powdered bronzers to define and contour the hollows of the cheeks. You can check out my full review here

On first glances it's obvious to see how similar both brushes look, featuring unique wide headed synthetic bristles. With the only differences being that the Sculpting brush features an angled head brush, which I find fits into the hollows of my cheeks a little easier, and the design of the handles. The Flat Contour brush features a weighted handle for optimal control and comfort whilst applying product whereas the Sculpting brush features the signature Real Techniques coloured handles. 

When it comes to application I find that the Flat Contour brush is a lot denser in comparison to the Sculpting brush, however I still find that both work well with cream and powder products picking up product really well. I do find that because the 301 brush is slightly thinner I find that this gives a more defined contour which does require a little more effort, but is perfect for a strong contour whereas the Sculpting Brush is great for a natural everyday contour. Both contain short bristles which allow for easy application and blending, smoothing any harsh contour lines. 

One thing I will note is I've noticed how the Sculpting brush is more of a multi use product, I've found this not only works wonders with contouring but also makes a great alternative to the Buffing brush thanks to the angled head, helping apply foundation in those pesky hard to reach areas. 

The price point is where the brushes differ significantly, the Flat Contour brush retails for £22.00 which leaves a little sour taste in my mouth each time I say it, as you can get luxury brands for not a lot more. Whereas the Sculpting brush will only set you back a much more purse friendly £9.99, and to be honest I think I'd rather have two of these than one Bold Metals brush. 

Since getting both brushes I have to admit I've been reaching for the Sculpting brush daily, as I find it's quicker to work with and just generally easier in comparison. I feel bad for neglecting my other when I think about how much I paid for it, however if I'm contouring on a night and want something a little more distinctive this is my go to brush. 

Overall I've found that since Real Techniques launched their Sculpting brush I've found that their Contour brush has lost its unique factor - the main reason for my original purchase. I think if I had personally purchased the Sculpting brush first I wouldn't have ventured into their Bold Metals range, as I've found both brushes are very similar in terms of application. I think if you are a seasoned contouring expert you'd enjoy the Flat Contour Brush as opposed to the Sculpting, but for those wanting to venture into the world of contouring the Sculpting Brush is a cheaper way to achieve sculpted cheekbones with ease.

Would you spend or splurge on the Real Techniques contouring brushes?

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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour Review

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Clinique Sculpting Contour Chubby Stick £19.00 - Link

Contouring is definitely having a bit of a beauty moment as many of us strive for Kardashian worthy sculpted cheekbones. The art of contouring is still relatively new to me but the more I've tried the more I have enjoyed trying to enhance my barely there cheekbones giving a more defined structure. 

So when I heard that Clinique were expanding on their Chubby Stick range and releasing a contour addition to say I was intrigued was an understatement. As someone with non-exsistent cheekbones and a round face I'm always looking for a foolproof cheat to give the appearance of sculpted cheeks. The Clinique Sculpting Contour Chubby Stick is described as a creamy contouring stick which creates the illusion of depth whilst making areas appear to recede with a long wearing oil-free formula. 

To apply all I do is simply swipe the stick across the areas on my face where shadows would naturally fall, and this includes swiping in a three motion across my temples, under my barely there cheekbones and jawline and across the sides of my nose. I find that this blends really easily when using my trusty Real Techniques Sculpting brush, leaving just a subtle hint of colour which is perfect for daytime, and if I want to go for a little more definition I will lightly go over the area and build the colour until I'm happy with the look - and boy does it work when I look back in the mirror I can start to see definition in my face, hello cheekbones!

Formula wise the contour chubby stick is very similar to other Clinique chubby stick products meaning that the formula is really creamy, soft and easy to blend, yet applies matte on the skin which is the perfect combination for conquering two minute contouring. When applied to the skin you don't have to worry about this fading quickly, instead this lasts around 8 hours without fading - even on my oily skin.

Don't be put off by the colour of this sculpting contour stick, as I must admit when I first swatched it, it did look a little scary as it's a very rich pigmented warm brown and was a little scared that I'd end up looking a little orange. However when applied on the skin this blends really easily into the skin to leave either a natural finish or you can build it up for a more defined and sculpted look - so if you are a little heavy handed like me don't worry as you can salvage your handy work. 

The chubby stick design packaging makes this the perfect option for those who are new to contouring or looking for something to take on the go. The stick is the perfect size to fit in the hollows of your cheeks, so suck in those cheeks and swipe the chubby stick from your ear to around halfway down your cheeks and then blend out for a foolproof contour. 

For £19 this may seem a little expensive compared to the many contour products now available on the market, but I think because of ease of application, as this can be blended without a brush and just your fingers this is a really great product and worth the money as you don't really need a lot with it being so highly pigmented.

Overall I think that this is a great contouring product for those who are just getting into the art of contouring, especially because it is a cream formula which means that it is not only easy to apply but blends easily so you are left without harsh lines and instead a natural looking contour.

What are your favourite contouring products?

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Friday, 20 March 2015

Kylie Jenner for Nip + Fab


You may have seen a few Twitter/Instagram Nip + Fab related tweet/snaps last weekend, as Kylie Jenner was in London to promote being the new Brand Ambassador for Nip + fab. I have to admit I was a little ridiculously excited to be in the same room as Kylie as someone who religiously watches KUWTK I couldn't wait to see what the day had to offer. 

This was actually my first experience of the Shepherds Bush Westfield, which I must say I'm in love with and got to meet the lovely Jay and Katy who took me in as a Brummie tourist and allowed me to discover the wonders of GBK!

The event itself was a Q&A with Kylie and Maria Hatzistefanis where Kylie answered a few questions, including skincare, beauty - and yes the subject of her lips came up, and for those who may wonder she actually uses several nude lipsticks so I bet some other lipsticks will be getting the Velvet Teddy love if these shades were to come out and her style. She did note that Kimye were her style icons along with North West, and Khloe has taught her about the importance of wearing SPF on her hands - something I would have never thought about previously.

It's a well known fact that Kylie has commented previously about her love for the Nip + Fab range, including them in her summer skin favourites and beauty must haves. Some of her favourite products include the Nip + Fab Glycolic Cleanser, Scrub Fix, Cleansing pads and Dragon's Blood Fix. Now while I haven't tried the latter I can safely express my love for the Nip + Fab Glycolic range. 

My only gripe with the interview was that Kylie lacked a lot of personality, after spending years religiously watching KUWTK and stalking her Instagram I did go with set expectations. I don't know if this is coming down to the fact she could have been shy or just the many years thrust in the spotlight leaving her so media trained to ensure she always says the right things - I don't know. 

Overall it was a really lovely day, and the fan girl in me can now say I have been in the same room as Kylie Jenner.

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

MAC Toledo: Oxblood Lipstick

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Mac Oxblood £17.00 - Link

I have to admit I have a slight obsession when it comes to limited edition MAC collections, there is just something about them that the hoarder in me loves from the gorgeous packaging to stunning shades. So it may come as a surprise when I say I wasn't too fussed about this collection, I think because from the get go I didn't know too much about Isabel and Ruben Toledo and the shades were nice but didn't wow me from what I saw online. However this all changed when I stopped off at my local MAC and saw the range, especially the Mac Toledo Oxblood lipstick and within seconds I was sold. 

The MAC Toledo range is a collaboration with fashion designers and illustrators Isabel and Ruben Toledo who have lent their vibrant eye for fashion and art to create a collection of irrelevant colour designed to inspire endless play.

MAC Oxblood is described as a light peachy nude with a matte finish. The colour itself is what I'd describe as a light/medium peachy nude with pink undertones - and a very wearable shade that would suit most complexions and a great 90s lip option. Despite being a matte finish I find that this lipstick doesn't dry the lips out at all and this applies really easily, gliding onto the lips without any tugging. When applied this is really comfortable, as I find sometimes you can feel matte lipsticks drying your lips out with continued wear, and there's nothing worse than wanting to just wipe all your lipstick off - and after all where's the fun in that! The only thing I'd suggest would be to wear a balm underneath so that you can continue to re-apply throughout the day where need be. In typical MAC Matte lipstick fashion this doesn't cling to dry flaky skin on the lips either, which is perfect when your lips are in need of a little TLC but you still want to sport a fab lippie.

I find that Oxblood lasts really well on the lips and have found it lasting anywhere from the 4-6 hour mark, which when considering how light the shade is the staying power is fantastic. This doesn't transfer either when eating or drinking so you don't have to worry about the dreaded lip stain on your glass - is it just me that hates seeing the transfer?

Now I can't do a review about Oxblood without addressing the gorgeous packaging, I love the white bullet featuring Toledo signature graphic lines and red lippie faces . The bullet is very similar to MAC's Viva Glam Rihanna where it feels quite rubbery if that makes sense, my only gripe is that I'm a little worried I'm going to stain the bullet with foundation, lipstick or any other makeup related marks. 

There is only a slight negative with this lipstick, and that is the price point. MAC have ever so kindly decided to up their price of their limited edition lipsticks to a whopping £17, which I have to admit is slightly sickening when I can remember when MAC lipsticks were like £10.50. 

Did you cave and buy anything from the Toledo collection?
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Monday, 16 March 2015

Makeup Revolution Euphoria Bronzed Palette

Makeup Revolution Euphoria Bronzed Palette £6.00* - Link

Since Makeup Revolution have come onto the beauty scene the blogging world has gone mad, and I've really wanted to try some of their products, unfortunately my local Superdrug doesn't have a great range of stock so I've been toying around for a while deciding which products to get. However when the Makeup Revolution Euphoria Bronzed Palette landed on my doorstop thanks to the guys over at Beauty Product Testing, I have to admit I did do a jump of both glee and excitement.

The Makeup Revolution Euphoria Bronzed Palette is described as a do-it-all palette which contains 6 wearable eyeshadows and a contour system of blush, bronzer and highlighter powders to suit all complexions. 

I love the fact that this is a multi use palette as it is not only perfect for travelling but contains very wearable shades that I see myself getting a lot of use out of. The palette also comes with a full sized mirror on the back of the casing which is so handy - is it only me who hates when a palette is mirror-less? This does also come with a double ended sponge applicator, but to be honest I've never really seen the point of them so it will end up lost somewhere in my room.

The range of eyeshadows are gorgeous, for me they are right up my street and the perfect blend of everyday nudes. You can see they have really thought about the application of eyeshadow and the shades needed, making sure there are a couple of matte base shades, and a range of four shimmers allowing you to define the look you want. I've found the texture to feel very buttery when applying to the lids, not only do they apply like a dream but they are also really easy to blend which is a big selling point for me. I'm really loving the 4th and 5th eyeshadows along *see my point on eyeshadow names* as they are so gorgeous and who can resist a bit of shimmer.

The contour side of this palette contains a blush, bronzer and highlighter, which if you are new to contouring then this is a great place to start. The contour shades are really easy to work with and creates a lovely natural looking contour when blended together which is great for everyday wear. I love love love the combination of this palette, the bronzer is light yet buildable, warming your skin up without venturing down the orange/tangoed path. The highlighter is what I'd describe as a champagne toned highlighter and when applied above the cheekbones gives a gorgeous natural finish and picks up really lovely on natural light. The blush in this palette has a gorgeous rose gold hue to it that I find is very similar to Sleek's Rose Gold blush and Nars Orgasm, and once applied really perks your cheeks up.

Pigmentation wise I've found the lighter eyeshadows do require a little heavy handed application, but I think you find that quite a lot with lighter shades. The shimmers are heavily pigmented and a little goes a long way. The same applies to the contour shades, all three are so pigmented that they don't require a lot of work.

My only little gripe is that the shades don't have names, I'm the kind of person who wants to look at my palettes and say yeah I'm going to use *insert name here* not oh let's go for the golden bronze - I'm weird like that.

Overall I have fallen into the obsession with Makeup Revolution, this palette is great to have within my makeup collection as it is not only handy but it works really well as a palette giving you a lot of versatility and wearability. One thing I will say though, is don't be put off either by the limited amount of shades, if you were to compare to their eyeshadow palettes as I've found you can still create quite a few different looks with this.

What are your favourite Makeup Revolution products?

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Brand Focus: Nip + Fab

Nip + Fab Detox Blend Body Scrub, Body Wash, Glycolic Scrub Fix, Glycolic Fix Serum & Glycolic Fix Pads - Link

Nip + Fab are a brand I have only tried previously thanks to magazine freebies, and after always having a positive experience I jumped at the chance to try more of their range. If you didn't already know Nip + Fab is a fabulous skincare and body care range founded by Maria Hatzistefanis (the founder of Rodial). The range is designed to deliver targeted treatments for both the face and body, creating premium skincare for everyday concerns. 

Nip + Fab Detox Blend Body Scrub* (£9.99) 
Scrub away impurities with the Detox Blend Body Scrub, combining flesh + rejuvenating fragrance notes of tea tree, green tea and delicate jasmine. Complete with skin-polishing walnut shell to gently exfoliate and nourish skin to boost radiance. Now I will be honest in saying I don't tend to scrub my body as much as I should, however I've really loved using this whilst in the shower. This is a really gentle exfoliant that seems to polish the skin at the same time, helping to boost my skins radiance. This is perfect for scrubbing away dead skin cells and smoothy the skin, especially around both the elbows and knees.

Nip + Fab Detox Blend Bath Soak* (£8.99) 
Treat your body to a cleansing detox with this purifying bath soak, containing coconut oil, frankincense oil, green tea, tea tree and Jasmine. The Nip + Fab Detox Blend Bath Soak has become my perfect pampering product when having a relaxing soak at the weekend. As soon as this hits the warm water you are welcomed with a gorgeous uplifting scent that fills my bathroom, this doesn't foam too much either- I only notice it producing more when I pop the jets on. Once settled in the bath I find myself instantly relaxed and calm, I've found that this has worked wonders on my side - as I recently got a diagnosis on why I was experiencing such sharp pains in my side, turns out I had a twisted rib that was trapping a nerve, so this has really helped soothe the area. 

Nip + Fab Glycolic Scrub Fix* (£9.95)
A triple action facial polish, with flycolic and salicylic acids to refine, brighten and renew. I haven't actually come across Glycolic acid before so this was a new experience for me,  and this is probably one of my favourite items from their range. This is a really smooth and gentle polish that contains small beads that gently exfoliate the skin and since using it I have noticed a significant improvement in my skin, not only does it look healthier and brighter but it feels healthier too. I've found when I do suffer from a stubborn breakout this really helps to reduce the time that they are around for. I will leave this on just saying how gorgeously scented this fix is, it reminds me a lot of lemonade - so a winner for me!

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Serum* (£14.95)
This innovative overnight serum retextures the skin's appearance, while smoothing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and reducing the size of pores for a more refined even looking complexion. If you have combination skin then this will be the perfect product for you, and I tell you something this has worked wonders on my skin! I tend to suffer from quite bad hormonal breakouts and when I apply this on a night before bed I have noticed such a big difference, as my breakouts are less painful (yes I get those horrible boil things) and less red come morning. The scent of this is gorgeous also, it's very citrusy which I find myself sniffing my hand for a good couple of minutes before applying. I can say I have safely jumped on the Glycolic bandwagon after seeing some fab results!

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Pads* (£12.95)
Unveil younger-looking skin with the innovative Glycolic Fix, this moisturising formula helps to reveal bright and smoother looking skin. The Glycolic Fix Pads were described for the lazy girl like me, I love that these pads are pre-soaked meaning that you simply wipe over both your face and neck.  Again these are really gentle on this skin, whilst toning and moisturising. I really love using this after double cleansing, and I've noticed how it's improved the appearance of my skin, leaving it looks more smoother and healthier. I like to use these before applying makeup also as it leaves a really smooth base for primer and foundation. 

Overall I'm a convert to the Nip + Fab range, and I'll definitely be stocking up on some more bits soon, as much as I have enjoyed using the Detox Blend range I'm really intrigued to give the De-Stress range a go. Have you tried any of the Nip + Fab products, I'd love to know which your favourites are!

*PR Samples

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Real Techniques Sculpting Brush

Real Techniques Sculpting Brush £9.99 - Link

It seemed like the blogging world went into a frenzy following the announcement of a contour brush from the Real Techniques Bold Metals collection, and myself included couldn't wait to get my hands on it. However with the need to take out a small loan to own the collection, I was intrigued to hear that Sam and Nic were releasing a cheaper alternative to their normal range in the form of the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush. 

The Real Techniques Sculpting Brush is described as a wide, angled head brush, specifically designed to help create defined contours or enhance your natural features. This is designed to be used with both cream or powdered bronzers to define and contour the hollows of the cheeks. 

Now I don't know about you but I find that contouring can be one of the most confusing beauty techniques to master, as it can sometimes lead to having distinctive orange lines on your face or it's mastering where to contour as in my case of the non-existent cheek bones. So having the right tools can massively help impact the way you contour you face, and try and make the whole process a lot easier. 

It seems that my contouring prayers have been answered thanks to the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush, as the brush itself is narrowly shaped and quite short meaning that you can easily apply product into the hollows of your cheeks. What I really like about this brush is how sturdy and densely packed the bristles are, which means that it's not only easy to apply product, but even easier to blend - so say goodbye to those harsh contour lines and hello to a softer contour! Saying that, the small head on this brush means that you can focus on contour detailing so if you do want to go all Kim K you can, but if you're like me this also allows for a softer contour. The bristles are really soft also, just like previous Real Techniques brushes that I have tried.

I love the angled head on this brush also, which makes it perfect for applying across the cheekbones. I think this would also make a great brush for applying liquid foundation as the feel is very similar to the buffing brush. However the angled head would mean better, more precious application around both the eyes and nose areas. 

For £9.99 I think this brush is an absolute steal, and if you don't have £22 lying around to afford the Bold Metals this brush is just as good - be sure to keep an eye out for a comparison post coming shortly. 

Overall I can see this becoming a popular brush within the Real Techniques range, think back to the buffing brush sensation - well this could be round two. I think this would make a great brush for those who want to start experimenting with contouring as the bristles make it really easy to control your contour ensuring that you don't go wrong with application.

Have you tried the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush?


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Monday, 9 March 2015

OOTD | Moon Cats Scarf

Jumper: H&M Lana Del Ray Collection, Skort: New Look, Scarf: Moon Cats*, Tights: Asda, Boots: New Look

One thing I wanted to do this year was get back into fashion posts, and this included sporting the rare OOTD. I will apologise now for the awkward face as yesterday was blooming' freezing and it's just a case of becoming more comfortable in front of the camera. I have to admit it definitely helped wearing my Moon Cats Night Twist scarf* to keep me warm while the wind left both me and James freezing. 

Moon Cats is a fast-growing disruptive brand of high quality, yet affordable fashion scarves based in New York stocking elegant square scarves to stylish capes. After being asked if I'd like to review one of their scarves I quickly settled on their 'Night Twist' black chunky scarf. I love to wear chunky scarves as they are perfect for wrapping round and staying cosy during the colder months. As this is so long and chunky I can wear this multiple ways also whether it's simply wrapping it round my neck like in the photo above or by folding it in half and slipping it through.

I love that this goes with everything in my wardrobe also, and seeing as we are coming into Spring I couldn't wait to team it up with some of my brighter pieces. I teamed this with an old favourite of mine, my pink H&M jumper which was released in the H&M Lana Del Ray collection a couple of years ago and my New Look Skort and Boots.

If you're after a bargain Moon Cats currently have a buy one get one free promotion on their scarves and accessories. 


*PR Sample

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Friday, 6 March 2015

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter

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theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter £17.50 - Link

For me highlighters have always seemed like an extra unnecessary step in my makeup routine, it was always something I'd use once in a blue moon and up until recently I hadn't realised the importance of highlighters all thanks to theBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer. 

The Mary-Lou Manizer is described as a seemingly innocent honey hued luminiser that catches everybody's eye. This highlighter, shadow and shimmer diffuses light so your skin looks softer and younger while adding a subtle glow. You can layer this on your eyelids for luxe-looking lashes, sweep it on your cheeks for a sexy sheen, or use it as an all-over finishing touch before you head out for the night. 

I can't believe that it has took me so long to finally jump on the bandwagon and try a product from theBalm after hearing so many great things - so I figured why not try one of their most coveted products the Mary Lou Manizer. 

Once applied I instantly understood the hysteria surrounding this highlighter, as soon as my brush hit the tops of my cheeks I noticed how soft and buttery the texture of the product was. This blends really easily so you don't have to worry about looking like a glittery disco ball when you leave the house, and instead gives your skin a gorgeous healthy glow. In terms of pigmentation this is super impressive, so if you are a little heavy handed be warned as it is quite easy to go overboard. Personally I like to apply this gently using just the smallest amount - in fear of going overboard - as I tend to opt for a natural highlight on the tops of my cheeks. I find that this works best when applied with a small brush such as my Real Techniques Setting Brush, as I can focus on specific areas such as above my cheeks, brows and cupids bow. 

Once applied this instantly adds shimmer and a radiant dewy glow to my skin which really helps to lift my complexion and just makes my skin look healthier and more awake. The highlighter itself is what I'd describe as a golden/pearly champagne which is just perfect on my skin tone and will definitely be packing this with me when I go on holiday as I'll be lusting after dewy tanned skin. 

I can't do a full review on this if I don't talk about the packaging, theBalm have nailed it - all their packaging is really cute and fun. What I really like about this is the introduction to their Mary-Lou character and I love the cute rap sheet on both the box and compact. To top it all of this little compact comes with a mirror inside the lid which you know is a standard thing for a lot of compacts but let's be honest it's one of the most handiest things a product could have - and I have to admit I hate it when products don't just makes life a lot more complicated if you're on the move.

Overall I'm really glad I gave this a shot as this has proved to be a gorgeous highlighter and has left me wanting to try more of theBalm products. Whilst this may be a little pricey I wouldn't bat an eyelid at spending it again because the texture and pigmentation make this a dream to apply - enabling me to embrace my inner golden goddess. 

What are your favourite highlighters?

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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Fleur de Force The Glam Guide

Fleur De Force The Glam Guide £7.49 - Link

It seems that a trend sparked towards the end of 2014 and into 2015, as many of the biggest YouTubers ventured into new waters and put pen to paper and release their own books. There has been a considerate amount of hype and success surrounding these books, and with that I couldn't wait to get stuck into Fleur de Force's The Glam Guide! Fleur was actually one of the first YouTubers I discovered and have enjoyed watching her videos over the years so was thrilled to hear of the release of her debut book.

The Glam Guide is described as a complete guide that features topics including makeup, fashion, hair, health and fitness, body image and relationships making it different from many of the beauty manuals available to buy, meaning that there's a topic for every kind of reader and the perfect guide to reference back to should you need inspiration or to recap a certain tip or recipe.

I have to start by talking about how beautiful this book is, from the pretty pastel cover to the photography, typography and gorgeous illustrations by Sally Cotterill featured throughout. I don't know about you but flicking through these illustrations really make reading the book more of a pleasure. After all who can resist a book that stands on your bookshelf?

I find that the Glam Guide is a definite coffee table type of book where I don't see myself gravitating to it to read as quickly as possible but more for when I want a relaxing 20 minutes in an afternoon or before bed or even some inspiration. As soon as you begin reading the book you really get a feel for Fleur as a person and comes across very genuine in her writing, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading snippets of her personal life. Each chapter is very detailed containing some really useful tips, and proves to be a really interesting read, and I actually found myself enjoying each chapter - as I found this is aimed at a wider market from young teens just starting out in their makeup journey to thirty somethings who are after a nice easy read. At 23 I found myself thoroughly engaged in the book and found that the tips suited me and my lifestyle. 

One of my favourite aspects of this book is the top tips that Fleur reflects on at the end of every chapter, and acts as quick reference point which is great if you want to quickly recap. I like that you don't get lost in the tips she gives within the book either, as I find sometimes you can read these manual type books and find yourself re-reading pages to fully understand what has been written. 

Overall I found this book to not only be really interesting but beautifully designed also - I could spend so much time just flicking through admiring the beautiful illustrations. This is definitely one of those books that you won't read just once also as the tips will not fade with time and instead proves t be a great guide to refer back to. 

Have you read The Glam Guide? I'd love to know what you think!


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Sunday, 1 March 2015

February Favourites

LtoR: Benefit Majorette, Benefit Roller Lash, Rimmel Exaggerate Lipliner in Eastend Snob, Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade, MAC Viva Glam Miley, Seventeen Skin Wow Primer, Soap & Glory Solar Powder

It's that time of the month again - no ladies not that one- but we're another month into 2015, it is honestly flying and I can't believe we are in March already, before I know it I'll be on my jollies in May. This month well this year I have tried to experiment with my makeup, and try items out of my comfort zone whether this be a brighter lip or darker contour I've been experimenting more, and I can honestly say how much I've been enjoying trying new things, and I wanted to share with you some of my February favourites. 

I actually picked up the Benefit Majorette when it was first released and used it a few times and kind of forgot about it - shameful I know. It was only until last month that I rediscovered not only this blush but my love for it also. I am a big fan of cream to powder blushers and this is really easy to apply and the smallest amount gives a healthy glow to the cheeks. Once applied it's a gorgeous soft pink coral that looks amazing just as we are heading into Spring. Benefit have hit the mark with both their stunning packaging and the gorgeous scent this blusher packs. 

Another favourite last month comes in the form of the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara I recently did a full review of this that you can read here so I won't ramble on too much. But this mascara is the bomb dot com - to be frank. As someone who is quite picky with mascaras this delivers length, volume and even curl! The small curved wand means that you can apply the mascara to each individual lash achieving length and volume really easily without weighing the lashes down. This also looks amazing when teamed with the They're Real mascara making a dynamic duo. 

Last month I discovered the Rimmel Exaggerate Lipliner in Eastend Snob, after coming to the realisation that to get a backup Whirl lipliner is virtually impossible, so I needed something that I could use on a daily basis and something that is easier to repurchase - this is where Eastend Snob came into play. This is a gorgeous deep nude pink lipliner that is similar in terms of colouring to Whirl but for a fraction of the price. This has become a favourite lip liner this month as it pairs perfectly with many of my nude lipsticks. 

After much deliberation I caved and purchased the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Soft Brown, which coming from someone who is scared of purchasing makeup online in the worry that I'd pick the wrong shade is a big thing. I actually did a full review on this here, but in short this is by far my favourite brow product to date - not only does to help define the brows it also looks very natural and sculpts arches that I never knew I had in my brows. With someone with very fine brows this gives the appearance of fuller and thicker brows even when using the smallest amount.

Another new purchase last month was the MAC Viva Glam Miley which you can read the full review here. As someone who hadn't ventured into bright pinks this was a welcomed change from nudes. What I really like about this shade is how well it complements my complexion and with being an Amplified finish it sits somewhere in the middle of a matte and creme lipstick - which is quickly becoming my favourite formula. This is not only a fun colour to wear but proceeds of this lipstick go to the MAC Aids fund so a win win lipstick for me.

A rediscovery last month has been the Seventeen Skin Wow Primer a three way highlighter that has proved to be a big hit. I've been loving using this liquid highlighter when combined with my foundation, as it leaves my skin glowing and really brightens my face. I find it works perfectly with two  pumps foundation one pump Skin Wow. I find that sometimes my skin looks rather dull whether it be due to the winter or lack of sleep - but one pump of this and it instantly radiates the skin giving a healthy glow. For that reason I am definitely looking forward to continue using this into the Summer!

My last February favourite has to be the Soap & Glory Solar Powder which I did a full review on here (can you see a trend forming). My new look on makeup has led me to experimenting more with bronzers and contouring products and one of the newest products to enter my collection was Soap & Glory's Solar Powder. I love that this is a multi-shade bronzer and highlighter duo, because when mixed together it gives a light glow to the skin whilst highlighting the tops of my cheeks. This is the perfect shade for us paler girls also, making a safe bet for those who want to introduce bronzers into their routine.

There we have it my favourite products for the month, I'd love to know what your monthly favourites are?

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