Wednesday, 24 January 2018

#BEAUTY | Gold halo eye using Essence Cosmetics




Essence Cosmetics isn't a very well known brand, at least to me it isn't. I have memories of seeing it in Wilkinson's stores but not anywhere else. I was also of the opinion that the brand wasn't of great quality...once again stereotyping and a lesson of why we shouldn't stereotype!

I got sent these samples from a PR company and felt really inspired to use the star product for me, the gold metal shock eyeshadow.


oh how pigmented is thee? for a product that retails at £3.50! they come in 4 colour shades I believe, and are of a cream texture with the applicator which I guess I would use if I was applying it on my full lid but as I was just creating a halo eye I used a smaller brush for precision. It dried in just the right amount of time so it didn't transfer on my upper lid area :)


The only other product I used for this look was this highlighter. I mean I thought the rainbow highlighter craze had been and gone but its still around brightening up those blue Mondays! It doesn't show up very well on camera, but it was an alright highlighter with reflects of the rainbow colours, but not really a product I would go to pick up in a shop.



 this lipstick isn't a shade I would wear, but I swatched it anyway :) I love the imprint on the actual lipstick itself, its a creamy texture which is great if you don't want a lipstick to be drying. well needed lipstick during winter I say


my second fave is this nail varnish. enter the realm of galactic space, its a pinkie white nail varnish but when the light hits its green! like a holographic green colour and I think its so beautiful. I was actually mesmerised by my nails for a while aha

overall I think some of the products are hits and some are misses, but if you find the good ones you will be pleasantly surprised and as most of the products are such descent prices so you not going to be majorly disappointed if you don't end up using it

I added some similar products below x






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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

#BEAUTY | Makeup Revolution Flawless 4 eyeshadows + NEW concealer


In my bid to do a full face of affordable and decent makeup, I went on a shopping trip to gather my items....and of course to grab that concealer the whole beauty world is talking about (or so it seems) so my trip was a disappointing one as the store I went to was near enough empty of makeup revolution :( so I bought this flawless 4 eyeshadow kit and concealer and intend to buy other bits like foundation, brow and lip products etc somewhere else. For the time being though I wanted to share my thoughts on this palette.

The colours are stunning, I'm actually so happy at how high street brands are really good quality for the money, I believe this palette was £6. I was drawn to the pinks and reds and of course the shimmer shades, both being really pigmented. There is a bit of fallout but mostly in the darker colours. There is a good range of mattes and shimmers and saying that also a good range of crease colours and lid colours.




The concealer which is being compared to tartes shape tape, which I am not going to compare as I haven't used tartes one...yet. I got C5 which is good for my skin tone but I do want a lighter shade for highlighting. The consistency is really great, its not runny and it really does blend out beautifully. Holly Boon on YouTube has a really good video demonstration on this concealer. Makeup Revolution is and has been one of my go to high street brands for a while, I hope they keep bringing out fire products <3

Has anyone used these products yet? If so , let me know your thoughts!

xoxo





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Friday, 12 January 2018

#FASHION | Topshop 1950's-1960's inspired key pieces

 I love a good old 1950's into 1960's transition, yet find it hard to find affordable pieces to put together to create that kind of look. So I did a little bit of digging around and found a few pieces which I think pretty much fit that description. You'll be beboppa-luling around in the coolest decade around ;)
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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

#SKINCARE | My Skin Story With Dermalogica - precleanse, cleanser, superfoliant, soothing cream


Hello my lovely readers,

If you prefer the spoken word then I do have a YouTube video with my first impressions and how I used these products in my skincare routine, all links are on my blog.
But I did have a little trouble with the audio and the timings of the speech so I didn't feel I could fit everything I wanted to say on the video , alas my blog post

Just to recap, I got sent this Dermalogica box via Influenster which is a site for bloggers to review items they have used and to be also in with a chance of getting sent stuff to review free of charge.

I was actually glad for two reasons that I got sent this Dermalogica box
1) I had never tried anything from this brand beforehand
2) my skin of late has been feeling like an abandoned umbrella on a rainy day 

my skin is oily to combination, mostly an oily t -zone and I do get dry patches here and there through out the cold season

The two products which I found to be most useful to me were the pre-cleanse balm (came with the mitt) and the moisturiser, I say this because I do moisturise everyday sometimes 3x a day and I do like to use a thick product like the pre cleanse balm to clean my face ( it also has a lovely lavender smell ) Both of the products was hydrating to my skin without making it oily and created a healthy glow.
The cream claims to basically combat outer worldly pollution, so like a filter on the face and it contains arnica, aloe and cucumber; I love the fact it has arnica in as it is used to cool bruises and has a real refreshing / calming feeling to it.

I already use a glycol scrub from Nip and Fab for exfoliating and for my skin type that works really well, so I wasn't overly fussed shall I say about the daily superfoliant . I think it is a cool concept of mixing the power with water to create a paste type mask thing , but I also felt its a it of a fuss to do that.....in reality its me being lazy aha

like I mentioned in my video I wouldn't recommend the cleansing gel, as it made my skin feel tight and dry-ish, it isn't so bad if you do moisturise with a thick cream after but If you are planning to just cleanse it will leave your face feeling dry and tight. Again it may work well on other skin types, but for me it didn't


I am really looking in to trying some of the other products, which may be more suited to my skin type. Let me know if you have tried any or recommend any!






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#FASHION | £30 & UNDER HEELS...look glam for less!

My inner Fagin is always on the lookout for bargains, especially when it comes to heels, a show that is for an occasion and not everyday wear. So spend less but still look like a Hollywood star :) 


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