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Beauty: Introducing Beauty Pie, the New Take on Beauty Subscriptions

Posted on January 3, 2017

Hi Guys!

Now I love a beauty box sub, and I love the surprise of not knowing whats going to arrive each month, but I also feel that this concept has become a bit stale of late, with many beauty box brands becoming quite repetitive with both the brands and products they use – the whole concept of beauty sub boxes is starting to feel a bit dated and could do with a shake up in my opinion. Anyway, this mini rant brings me nicely on to Beauty Pie – because initially I thought I’d received a new beauty box in the post – which in fact it wasn’t – but it is a subscription service for beauty fans…

Ok so in a nutshell, you subscribe to Beauty Pie for £10 a month, which allows you to be able to purchase their products, at very low ‘factory’ prices, rather than RRP prices.

It’s important to point out that rather than a beauty box, which includes many brands, Beauty Pie only offer their own branded products. Promising ‘luxury cosmetics at factory prices’, they aim to bring the consumer high quality makeup products, cutting out the middle man, expensive promotions and packaging, to bring maximum discounts to the consumer – all resulting in you being able to purchase products at cost prices. So for example, a Beauty Pie lipstick which has a RRP of £20.00, will cost a member less than £3.00 – which really does sound like a great bargain (providing the products are as good as they’re made out to be)

I’ve received a PR a box of five products from Beauty Pie, including a mascara, lip gloss, lipstick, powder and foundation. Here are my initial thoughts –

The Everyday Great Skin Foundation (RRP £30.00, member price £4.75) was unfortunately very much the wrong colour for me – I received Medium Honey was way too dark and way too orange, but by tying it on the back of my hand my initial impression is that it’s a nice, lightweight feeling matte finish foundation, with medium coverage. I’ll see if I can get a shade more matched to my skin tone so I can try it on my face and give you a better idea of what it’s really like. I also want to mention the packaging, which looks pretty. The foundation comes in a frosted glass pump bottle, with a glossy plastic pump at the top – but no lid, which I thought was slightly odd. The look and feel of the product packaging in general is sleek, yet surprisingly lightweight when you hold them. Beauty Pie have explained that they don’t add weights to their packaging like many manufacturers do, which of course is a tactic to make the product heavier, and therefore appear more expensive – I didn’t even realise this was a thing!

Next we have the One Powder Wonder Perfecting Powder (RRP £26.00, member price £3.68) I initially thought was a highlighter as the surface of the powder had quite a sheen with a very slight sparkle. It is in fact a translucent setting powder though – it’s super finely milled and really rather nice. I’ve used this a couple of times now and it sets my foundation well.

The Matte Lipstick in Cowboy Nude (RRP £20.00, member price £2.23) is a lovely mid nude / brown shade which is right up my street – it’s slightly more beige toned than the image looks above. The formula is surprisingly creamy, and easy to apply, and felt neither hydrating nor drying on my lips. And the Superglazy Lipgloss in Sugar Bun (RRP £19.00, member price £2.14) is a nice non-sticky gloss – and the shade Sugar Bun matches the lipstick really well. There’s nothing particularly special about this gloss, but for just over £2.00 I think it’s a bargain.

And lastly the Uber Volume Boost Mascara (RRP £20.00, member price £1.93) – I’m quite fussy with mascaras and I was actually rather surprised with this one as I really rather liked it! My short straight lashes can be a real pain, but this mascara gave a nice curl with a decent level of volume without being to heavy – this is great for every day wear for me.

Overall my initial impression is this is pretty decent makeup (but not particularly outstanding)  and the member prices really are fantastic for the quality you’re getting – BUT – when you consider you’re spending £10 a month on a subscription, and might not buy products every month, the amount you’re spending will soon tot up. Even if you don’t purchase anything for only one month, your £2.14 lip gloss has suddenly cost you £22.14 (£10 for last month’s subscription, £10 for the current month’s, plus the lip gloss cost price) – so though I do like the concept, I think you really need to weigh it up before being bowled over by the Beauty Pie’s crazy cheap prices.

I’d love to hear what you think of this concept? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Under £15 Budget & Novelty Gift Guide For Her!

Posted on November 21, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I’ve got a super cute and handy gift guide for you today! Everything is £15 or under, fun and slightly unusual. If you’re looking for a gift or stocking filler for a friend or sister, I’ve got you covered for the gals in your life! I’ve included a Crazy Cat Lady bracelet for your cat loving chum, a fox head necklace for your little sister, a fashion game for your fashionable friend, a novelty bath milk for your mum, and a Lemon Curd High Tea candle for your BFF! I challenge anyone to not like these gifts!!

  1. Fox Necklace by Sugar and Vice, £15
  2. Panda Money Bank from Urban Outfitters, £15
  3. Crazy Cat Lady Bangle by Living in La La Land, £12
  4. Mug Cakes Book from Urban Outfitters, £7.99
  5. Lemon Curd High Tea Candle by Flamingo Candles, £12
  6. Vintage Toys Mug by Truffle Shuffle, £6.99
  7. Clueless Art Print – Cher. by Living in La La Land, £15
  8. Fashion Face Off Card Game from Amazon, £6.11
  9. Kellogg’s 50’S Vintage Tuberose And Jasmine Bath Milk from Truffle Shuffle, £6.99

So what do you think? I hope you like as I’ve got plenty more gift guides up my sleeve as yet! xxx

July Beauty Favourites!

Posted on August 6, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Well it’s the end of another month already, and it’s been a hot hot HOT one! I can’t take it! I don’t know about where you are but thank goodness the weather has calmed down a bit here now, my skin has been sweating and my makeup’s been melting, it’s not been fun! Anyway, onto my favourite products from July! Some are newbies and some are old favourites that I’ve dug out of my stash and happen to have been using quite a lot of in the last month, I imagine this is probably mostly due to my July spending ban!

Sleek Gloss Me Lip Gloss in Angel Falls – Oops I just noticed I photographed it upside down, never mind! Ever since reviewing this with the other Sleek products a couple of weeks ago this has been my go-to gloss. Angel Falls is a lovely light nude colour and I just apply a thin coat for when I want to mute the colour of my lips slightly and also have a hint of gloss. This is a great colour to wear with a tan!

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly – You know I’m a massive fan of Indeed Labs products, this Moisture Jelly has been a God send in this crazy heat wave. I don’t function well in the heat so knowing I’m going home at the end of the day to the love of my life (no not my husband!) keeps me going! This Moisture Jelly kept in the fridge, on weary skin is just AMAZE.

Bourjois 1 Seconde Mascara – Officially my new favourite mascara. Bourjois have brought out a whole load of new products this month that have ticked all my boxes. This gets a thumbs up from me all round, it gives fab thickness and length, easy to apply and remove, oh and it won’t break the bank either.

Bourjois contour clubbing Eyeliner in 45 Blue Remix – Yep another Bourjois product, I’m so in love with this blue shade at the moment. It’s like a gorgeous sparkly ocean blue – the perfect summer eyeliner colour. Take a look here to see how I wear this colour!

Laura Mercier Bronzing Gel – This has become my new go-to product for a quick tan fix. You just rub it in all over your body and face wherever you want to be bronzed and shimmery and when you’re done you can wash it off easily in the shower. Simples.

Kevyn Aucoin The Iconic Eye Set Palette – I’ve had this for quite a while but recently discovered it again due to my spending ban. This palette has all the colours I like to use day to day, and it’s really thin and compact, perfect for my ever-bulging makeup bag.

Diptyque Tam Dao and Oyedo fragrances – These are another couple of products I’ve had for a while. Individually I’m not actually overly keen on these fragrances, Tam Dao is a bit on the masculine side for me, and Oyedo is citrusy, which I do like, but also quite sharp. I’ve realised I love to wear them together though! There is still a slight sharpness on first application but after a while they dry down to a lovely warm and fresh citrus scent. Happy days!

So that’s about it for my July favourites, I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these products or which products you’ve been loving this month? xxx

My Blue Eyeliner Summer Look!

Posted on July 21, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I had a rare evening out planned at the weekend, meeting friends for a meal at Chiquito’s Norwich and then out on the town fun and drinks after, so thought I’d take a few snaps of my look so I can tell you what I wore!

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I really wanted a tan but didnt have much time to get ready, so I used my Laura Mercier Bronzing Gel – this is such a fab product, you just apply to clean skin an wait 10 minutes to dry so it doesn’t mark your clothes, and you get a gorgeous light bronzed look that just makes your skin glow! It does have shimmer to it, which I’m usually not a fan of but I have to say I love it in this product! It also washes off in the shower which is really handy. I didnt have my legs out so I cheated and basically applied this to the top half of my body and face. I then used my Dior HydraLife BB Cream on my face. This is slightly on the heavy side for this hot weather but it is perfect for evening out your complexion whilst keeping your skin looking natural.

To highlight and contour, I didn’t want to go heavy on the contour as I wanted my skin to look natural and the emphasis to be on my eyes, so I lightly used my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. This has three shades and is perfect for creating gorgeous glowing skin.

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For my eyes I used W.O.S from my Naked Basics palette over the whole eye area, this is a bone / cream colour and a matte shade that’s prefect as a base for any colours. I then used Maybelline’s On and On Bronze swept across the lid – this is one of my favourite eyeshadows at the moment, it’s a cream formula and has a gorgeous high shimmer finish. I love sticking my finger in the pot and working it over my lids! Then Venus (described as a demi-matte but it’s more of a satin) from the Naked Basics Palette in the inner corners of the eye to highlight. To add depth I then went over the crease with Faint from the Naked Basics palette which is a matte taupe brown. For eyeliner I went with Urban Decay’s Smoke, this is one of my favourite colours and the perfect matte grey shade, it’s also great alternative to black for a more subtle look. This colour is perfect for creating a softer look, and I love to wear it smudged and not so perfect. I applied this as a thin line to the upper lashes and added a small flick. I then used my new Bourjois Contour Clubbing Eyeliner in 45 Blue Remix to line the waterline. I finished my look with Hourglass Lipgloss in Child, my favourite HotHair Wig, a white vest top and neon orange kimono from H&M 🙂

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Products used:

Laura Mercier Bronzing Gel

Dior HydraLife BB Cream in 01

Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer in Natural

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze

Urban Decay Eyeliner in Smoke

Bourjois Contour Clubbing Eyeliner in 45 Blue Remix

Bourjois 1 Second Volume Mascara

MUA Ultimate Eyebrow Kit

Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lipgloss in Child

As you know I’m a big fan of blue eyeliner, I think people can be scared of blue eye makeup but there are so many ways you can wear it! I think it can look great with blue or brown eyes, and can really emphasise your eye colour too. I’d love to hear your thoughts!? xxx

NEW Sleek Makeup Products! | Review

Posted on July 16, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I’ve got some gorgeous Sleek Makeup products to show you today! I have the Rio Rio I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette (£7.99) Three Gloss Me Lip Glosses (£4.99 each) and an Eyebrow Stylist Pencil (£5.99)

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The Rio Rio palette is full of gorgeous bright shades, reflecting the exciting celebrations of the famous Rio carnival. As with all I-Divine palettes, you receive twelve shadows in a sleek glossy black casing. The shadows themselves are a fabulous array of bright and exotic colours, and at only £7.99 this would be a fab palette to buy if you wanted to start experimenting with colour! Some of these shades are amazing, and some are ok. Luckily ten out of the twelve are amazing! The only couple I wasn’t so keen on was Ipanema (third along on the below picture) and Copacabana (third along on the second below picture) These shades just didn’t have the pigmentation of the others, but the others were so good! Where often matte shades can be a bit of a let down on budget palettes, these were amazing! Just look at that electric orange! The shimmers were also to die for, hello golden yellow!

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The Gloss Me lip glosses I have are (top to bottom) 22 Maria Maria, 21 Hawaii Honey, and 20 Angel Falls. These are all fabulous glosses that I have to say, I expected to be pretty sheer – how wrong was I!? Well two out of the three are actually super pigmented! Angel Falls is the perfect nude, if you like a lighter colour than your lips nude shade then definitely go for this. Maria Maria is a gorgeous intense red, and Hawaii Honey was the only gloss that came out sheer, so it just gave my lips a hint of sparkle.

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And finally the Eyebrow Stylist in light is a really nifty little tool to have in your makeup bag! On one end you have the twist up eyebrow shade, in a handy kind of teardrop shape to suit the shape of your brows, and on the other you get a brush to tame those brows into shape! Awesome!

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So all in all Sleek have come up with yet another bunch of fab new products! (You can check out my previous Sleek post here) So what do you think? I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these products?

Papillon Artisan Perfumes

Posted on May 27, 2014

Hi Guys!

Today I want to introduce you to Papillon Artisan Perfumery! Papillon is a brand new company created by the lovely Liz Moores. It will be launching shortly with three gorgeous perfumes for the debut collection, these are – Anubis, Tobacco Rose and Angelique.

Anubis is a leather floral with notes of Egyptian jasmine, pink lotus, suede, immortelle, frankincense and saffron. This was the first perfume Liz created and was the catalyst for starting her own business.

Tobacco Rose is floral in the chypre style with notes of Bulgarian rose, rose de Mai, oakmoss, galbanum, geranium, beeswax and hay. Liz wanted to create a rose perfume that would challenge people’s perceptions of rose which is sometimes seen as dowdy or too pretty.

Angelique is a floral wood with notes of mimosa, osmanthus, white champac, orris and cedarwood.  As the previous two perfumes are big hitters Liz wanted to create a perfume with a more delicate and natural timbre.

All the perfumes are classical in their construction; using roughly a 50/50 ratio of naturals to synthetics with a high percentage of the extrait used in each bottle.

I’m definitely a perfume fanatic, and I love anything that’s slightly more unusual than your standard off-the-shelf fragrances. I’m not going to pretend I understand what all the ingredients and notes mean, because I’m no expert. But I think these perfumes are fabulous, they’re unusual – an acquired taste, and they definitely grab your attention. I can only think to compare them to Tom Ford’s Private Blend Collection, though which ones correlate to which Papillon perfume I’m afraid I can’t say as I don’t remember all the scents individually. If you love niche perfumes though you should definitely give these a try!

Papillon Artisan Perfumery will launch on 24th June, a 50ml bottle will have an RRP of £94 xxx