Monthly Archives: August 2015

LA Splash Cosmetics Lip Couture Liquid Lipsticks

Posted on August 27, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Apologies for being AWOL the last couple of days, I’ve been super busy at home then ended up with a splitting headache yesterday. I’m back today though with some gorgeous liquid lipsticks to share with you!

I’ve had these little beauties for quite a while now, but I’ve been really busy lately so I’ve only just got around to reviewing them. LA Splash had been vaguely on my radar for a while, but for some reason wasn’t really a brand I was interested in – I think this was just because they’re US based, making purchasing a bit of a pain, and I’ve been trying to save money too. It was only when I saw these liquid lipsticks up for sale in a Facebook group that I became very interested indeed!

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I love liquid lipsticks, and the bright purple and ‘greige’ shades here caught my eye especially, so I just had to snap them up 🙂

If you haven’t heard of La Splash, they’re a US based cosmetics company, known for their lip colours as well as offering a few other beauty products.

The Lip Couture Liquid Lipsticks offer rich and intense, waterproof shades that leave a velvety, matte finish that won’t transfer. They’re very much like Lime Crime’s Velvetine’s, or Anastasia Beverley Hills Matte Finish Liquid Lipsticks.

If you’re a fan of Liquid Matte Lipsticks, the formula is pretty similar between the above mentioned brands, the product itself has a lovely creamy yet light texture that glides on the lips with ease, giving amazingly intense pigmentation that dries to a full on matte finish.

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The shades I have are (from L – R) – Ghoulish, Criminal and Simmer Bliss.

Ghoulish is a beautiful muted beige with a hint of grey – or ‘greige’ as it’s now know as.

Criminal is a bright and intense mid purple.

Summer Bliss is an orange toned bright coral.

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I’m not sure why, but the applicator for Criminal is slightly different to the others. Maybe this was produced at a different time? I didn’t buy these originally myself so I’m not sure!

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Ok so I’m in love with these shades! They’re by no means the easiest to wear colours, but I think they’re fab none the less. The formula is definitely one of my favourites out of all the liquid lipsticks I’ve tried, but as always, you need to make sure your lips are in tip top condition before applying, as liquid lipsticks are not very forgiving, and will highlight any dry areas on your lips which never looks good!

And because this stuff does not budge at all (it seriously takes a lot of rubbing to get this stuff off) LA Splash also offer a Shea Butter Lip Couture Remover, which has been specifically made to remove this product. I haven’t tried it though, I’d love to hear if you have and if it’s any good? I think it’s a fantastic idea if it works!

LA Splash’s Lip Couture Liquid Lipsticks are $14 (£9.07) at LA Splash Cosmetics.

I’d love to hear what your favourite liquid lipstick is? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Gorgeous Stationery From Too Wrapped Up!

Posted on August 24, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I appear to be having a bit of a stationery obsession at the moment, so when the team from Too Wrapped Up contacted me asking if I’d like to share some of their products with you guys, well I just couldn’t say no! 😀

Too Wrapped Up are a fantastic one stop shop for original gifts, cards and wrapping paper, especially curated for creative types who love gifting but are just a bit too short on time to trawl around the shops. Their aim is to ‘bring you super stuff at reasonable prices from the best new designers to inspire your gifting.’

As you can see above, they also wrap your gifts in beautiful wrapping paper which is handpicked especially to match your purchase, which I think is a lovely touch!

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They kindly sent over the Creatures of the North Notebook (£7.00) and the Good Stationery Set (£12.00)

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The Creatures of the North Notebook is a gorgeous chunky A5 notebook by Stormy Knight, featuring a repeat pattern of eight super sweet Nordic creatures, including a fox, a brown bear, a bison, a moose, an arctic fox, a lynx, a reindeer and a wolf. This notebook is made of 100% recycled manilla card cover and contains 100 lined pages on FSC approved paper.

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Next up is the GOOD Stationery Set by The Green Gables. Now this is not just one item, it’s a whole stationery set… ooohh! Included is a lovely A5 Kraft cover notebook, four A6 printed note cards with envelopes, a sheet of 15 stickers, and a pencil with an eraser and a metal pencil sharpener. Which really is a complete bargain for £12.00! It’s also lovely to know that the A5 notebook, note cards and envelopes are all made with recycled paper, and the pencil is made in Britain with wood from responsibly managed forests.

I should also point out that this set is made by The Green Gables, who work with the Fresh Start Foundation to supply children in The Gambia with the equipment they need to study and build a better future for themselves. On purchasing this set, The Green Gables will make sure a child in The Gambia will receive a school stationery kit including two exercise books (paper is very expensive in The Gambia), a pencil with eraser and a pencil sharpener. Amazing!

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So what do you think? If you’re a stationery fanatic like I am, I’m sure you’re going to love these. I’m really impressed with my new goodies from Too Wrappd Up – make sure you check out their site if you’re looking to purchase stationery or gifts!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Affordable Skincare Solutions You Need To Try + Giveaway!

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Hi Guys!

Now I’ll be the first person to admit I have a bit of a thing for fancy skincare and makeup, if it’s expensive, the consumer in me instantly thinks ‘it must be good’ – and especially if it’s pretty, it’s most likely I’ll want to buy it. This is pretty ridiculous though, price does not necessarily indicate how good or effective a product will be, and how nice the packaging look definitely doesn’t reflect on what’s inside, it just entices us to make a purchase.

I do try to look beyond fancy packaging, high end names, and crazy price tags though, and give more purse friendly skincare and makeup a go. Just because something is expensive, it doesn’t mean it’s any good, and jus because something is budget, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s of lesser quality. I’ve tried some excellent makeup that’s cheap as chips (Makeup Revolution for example) and now I’ve discovered some effective budget skincare products too…

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So, this brings me on to Balance Active Formula products. This is a new brand to me, and I was surprised at their extensive range of skincare, as well as their very affordable prices.

Balance Active Formula offers high performance skincare at realistic prices, and they use only the latest clinically proven ingredients to give visible results. It’s refreshing to see they don’t overprice their products to pay for expensive advertising and excessive packaging.

These products can be purchased from a site called Beauty and the Bunch, which specialises in ‘bunching up’ beauty and skincare products so you can save money, rather than buying items singularly.

The Balance Active Formula ‘Youthful Bunch’ includes three products –

Hyaluronic Moisturiser – this contains active levels of Algisium C2, a multi-functional skin perfecting ingredient, as well as Hylasome EG10, a powerful type of ultra-moisturising hyaluronic acid. Together they work to moisturise and even skin tone, improve radiance, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and smooth skin’s texture. This is a lovely ultra-hydrating gel-cream product that soaks into my skin, leaving it feeling plump and refreshed.

Stop Puffy Eyes Eye Gel – this is a refreshing and revitalising eye gel with Aloe Vera and active levels of REGU-AGE to help reduce the appearance of eye puffiness and fine lines. REGU®-AGE is an active complex of rice & soy peptides, and it’s clinically proven to help brighten the eye area and help reduce the appearance of eye puffiness & fine lines. I have a real problem with dark circles and puffy eye bags, so this product sounds perfect for me! The gel definitely feels cooling and refreshing on my eye area, I think I’m starting to see improvement in my eye puffiness, I’m hoping that longer use will bring even better results!

Vitamin C Power Serum – this is a light-weight and non greasy pro-radiance serum that contains active levels of Illumiscin and Stay-C 50. The synergistic action of these two forms of stabilised Vitamin C plus Zinc PCA and Oleuropein results in reduced age-spots and a brighter, smoother more radiant and even toned complexion. Now I do love a serum, and this Vitamin C Serum is just fantastic. I’ve been using it on a daily basis and my skin has been feeling better all round, my complexion just looks more healthy and radiant.

Beauty and the Bunch are also kindly giving away some of their Balance Active Formula bunches to you guys!

There will be THREE winners in his giveaway, the first prize will be three beauty bunches of the winners choice, from any brand and at any price across the Beauty and the Bunch website. Second place will win two beauty bunches and third will win one beauty bunch.

This giveaway is open internationally, it will run for 2 weeks, if you have any questions please feel free to get in touch. Good luck! xxx

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I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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The Weekly Top 5 #16

Posted on August 23, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Happy Sunday! 🙂

Is it me or do the weeks just seem to be flying by really quickly at the moment? I saw someone tweet that X Factor is starting next weekend, which pretty much means it’s Christmas really doesn’t it? Crazy! Anyway, we’ve had a great couple of weeks with my brother in law and his family, they came over from Japan and for the last two weeks we’ve been having some lovely days out. Freddy’s really going to miss his cousin now they’ve gone, so I’m trying not to talk too much about them as I don’t want him to get upset.

Hopefully blogging will return to normal this week. Just from having a few days out and evening meals, I’ve found it so much harder to plan my time and fit everything in. I should have a whole load of posts coming up this week with some gorgeous new beauty products and stationery to show you.

Here’s this weeks top five –

Lemon Curd High Tea Classic Jar Candle from Flamingo Candles. This scent takes me right back to my childhood when I had a phase of having lemon curd sandwiches for breakfast! I just love the sweet smell of this candle, it’s lemony-sweet and yummy and just makes my house smell amazing. Flamingo Candles offer a massive range of scents that are really affordable, so definitely check their site out if you’re a candle fan!

17 Month Classic Florabunda Agenda from Ban.do. My amazing stationery order from Ban.do finally arrived (after some rather hefty import fees) and I think I’m in love! I’ll have the full details in a post hopefully later this week, but until then, just marvel at the beauty of my new agenda! Isn’t it pretty!

ASOS CURVE 90’s Skater Dress with High Neck from ASOS. I had a little ASOS splurge last week and bought myself some much needed new clothes. Half the items didn’t fit – thank God for free returns hey! But out of the few that did, my favourite was easily this really simple but pretty skater dress. It hugs me in the right areas, and skims over those I’d rather cover up. The colour is also much nicer than the picture, it’s more of a muted terracotta-red shade. I’m very happy with this purchase!

Nivea Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover from Boots. Considering Nivea is a massively popular brand, I haven’t actually tried many of their products at all. So I was really excited when this brand new eye makeup remove arrived on my doorstep last week. The Daily essentials Double Effective Eye Make-up Remover has a two-phase extra strength formula, including an oil phase to effectively remove even waterproof mascara and eye-make-up, and an aqueous phase to protect and care for the eye lashes, without leaving an oily residue. And it really does work! It takes my eyeliner and waterproof mascara off with minimal rubbing, and leaves my eyes feeling clean, refreshed and happy!

And lastly Pia Jewellery – I have some gorgeous pieces from Pia that I’ve been wearing this week, including this beautiful Mystic Topaz ring. Keep an eye on the blog later this week for my full post 🙂

In case you missed it –

#Bloggerbalckmail has been the talk of the week on social media, and when I say this week, it was trending on Twitter on Monday, being mentioned on Tuesday, and pretty much forgotten about by Wednesday. In case you somehow missed this and want to catch up with the drama, take a look here for my thoughts.

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Other things worth mentioning –

As a blogger, you know when you get a really exciting email and your heart skips a beat? Well I had one of those last week. A very exciting project is on the cards, it’s only in the very beginning stages right now, so watch this space!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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House of Fraser Estee Lauder Gift With Purchase

Posted on August 21, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Happy Friday! I’ve just put together quick post to let you know about House of Fraser’s latest exclusive Gift With Purchase (GWP) promotion.

From yesterday, Thursday 20th August until Saturday 5th September you can take home this fantastic luxury Estee Lauder gift set, with any two Estee Lauder purchases from House of Fraser, with one purchase to be skincare or foundation.

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The gift set includes –

  • Advanced Night Repair Serum, 7ml.
  • Advanced Night Repair Eye, 5ml.
  • Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Creme, 15ml.
  • Perfectly Clean Milti Action Foam Cleanser, 30ml.
  • Pure Color Gloss in 09 Rock Candy, 6ml.
  • Pure Color Nail Lacquer in G9 So Vain.
  • Lips To Envy 3x mini samples in Intense Nude, Powerful & Envious, and a Doublewear Concealer mini sample in Light / Medium
  • Limited Edition Makeup Bag

You can shop House of Fraser’s Estee Lauder products here.

I hope you enjoyed my post, and happy shopping! xxx

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Max Factor Smokey Eye Kits & Lipfinity Lipsticks

Posted on August 20, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I’ve got some gorgeous Max Factor goodies to share with you today! I’ve been trying to think of the last Max Factor product I used, and the only thing I can come up with was a dark grey eyeshadow when I was about 13, which I covered my eyes and half my face with for Haloween! So this is a long overdue proper introduction the the brand! Anyway, I’ve been trying out a couple of new mini palettes from their Smokey Eye Drama range, and two new Lipfinity lipsticks…

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Max Factor’s new Smokey Eye Drama Kits (£8.99) were developed after new global research for Max Factor revealed the smokey eye as the ultimate beauty look women want to achieve, but they found that 37% are too nervous to try it as they fear getting it wrong.

So Max Factor’s mission was to make creating a smokey eye look as easy as possible. Recognising women’s frustration with smaller eye shadow palettes featuring only one or two shades they desire, Max Factor brought its expert shaders together with top Hollywood make-up artists to mastermind six perfectly formulated palettes. Each has four shades, to deliver a variety of looks that enhance each individual’s own colouring.

From earthy tones, such as sultry browns, taupes and slate coloured greys to suit blue eyes, to neutral tones with gold shimmers to complement deeper skin tones – each palette contains a beautiful selection of vibrant, buildable shadows, enriched with skin conditioners for smooth and even application.

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So firstly, I love that these palettes or ‘kits’ are super dinky. They’re small enough to easily fit in your hand, as well as being super slim too, which is just perfect to throw in your makeup bag, handbag, or even clutch for a night out. The downside of that is the pans are pretty small, which is usually a bugbear of mine, but in this case I’m happy to forgive because the kits are so amazingly space saving.

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03 Sumptuous Golds shown above is just beautiful, I think these gorgeous golden shades will look fab on any eye colour, but I have blue eyes, and I love warm browns and golds especially so this is definitely one for me. The shadows all give great colour payoff, with a fantastic pearly shimmer.

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And this is 05 Magnetic Jades. Perfect for brown and green eyes, this palette contains some beautiful deep jewel tones, in teal and olive green, as well as a neutral mid brown and a highlight.

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And just look at the lipsticks – WOW! Inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s iconic look, Max Factor has launched its latest lip innovation with the new Lipfinity Long Lasting Lipstick (£8.99) – a no compromise long wear lipstick, delivering moisturising, bold colour that stays looking luscious all day long.

In Max Factor’s research I mentioned earlier, they also found that 38% of women love the impact of a striking, bold lip but find that long wear products feel drying on their lips. Max Factor are offering a solution to this with the Lipfinity Long Lasting Lipstick – its first one-step, long-lasting lipstick for rich, gorgeous lasting colour that keeps lips feeling soft and moisturised lasting for up to 8 hours.

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I mean just look at the intensity of these shades! The finish really reminds me of MAC’s Amplified lipsticks – full on pigmentation with a creamy, non-drying finish. The amazing pink shade is called 50 Just Alluring, and the orange-red shade is 30 Forever Striking.

I’m so glad I’ve had the chance to try these products out, they’re all fantastic but I have to say I definitely love the lipsticks the most!

You can check out the full range of Max Factor’s products here.

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

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Zoeva Bon Voyage Travel Brush Set

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Hi Guys!

Now you know I’m a big fan of Zoeva brushes, when the Rose Gold Luxury Vol 2 Set was released, I bought pretty much everything, including the matching brush holders. And they were just so pretty I actually bought some extra ones just to use in the background of my blog photos – I must be mad! 🙂

One of Zoeva’s latest offerings is the lovely Bon Voyage Set

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This is a mini set of four full sized brushes, with their own makeup bag which can also be used as a clutch if you wish. The idea of the Bon Voyage Set is you have a set of essential brushes to cover makeup application basics, in a small enough bag that’s perfect for travel.

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The bag is of course, beautiful. It’s made of a super high quality faux leather (I actually thought it was real leather to begin with and had to double check). It has a hot pink lining, with an interior zipped compartment, silver hard wear, and a silver Zoeva logo. This bag just oozes quality, and there’s something really nice about the chunky zip – it pulls really smoothly, like the zip on a designer handbag.

Anyway, I think I’ve drooled enough over the bag, let’s take a look at the brushes, which are made of both natural and synthetic fibres –

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First up is the 125 Stippling Brush – this is designed to give an airbrushed finish to the application of your foundation. The brush head itself is made of shorter, finer black bristles, dispersed with longer, slightly thicker and firmer bristles specifically designed for stippling.

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Next is the 128 Cream Cheek Brush – this is perfect brush for cream and powder blush application. It has a slanted head, with super soft flexible bristles.

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And onto the eyes we have the 228 Luxe Crease Brush – this is designed for blending and shading eyeshadow in the crease. This brush is just the right size to get right into the crease for blending, with long and super soft bristles.

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And lastly the 237 Detail Shader Brush – which is perfect for the detailed application of eyeshadow. This brush has a small, flat head, with short sturdy bristles.

What a gorgeous set, hey? I’d love to hear if you have any Zoeva brushes?

The Bon Voyage Brush Set is £30.95 and available now from Beauty Bay.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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