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Brands I’d Like To Try!

Being the mad raving beauty addict that I am, there are not many brands that I haven’t tried. However, when I was contacted by a company working on behalf of Lime Crime*, I realised that there were perhaps more than I originally thought. I have narrowed it down to 5 brands I would like to try and at least one specific product that lures me in!

  1. Makeup Geek – It’s the Makeup Geek shadows that really draw me in. Many a time have I created a palette on BeautyBay and I’ve always convinced myself I don’t need another palette. However, shades such as Dirty Martini, Cocoa Bear and Peach Smoothie really draw me in and I’m sure it won’t be long before I cave!
  2. Lime Crime – Lime Crime are a brand that I’ve heard loads about over the years but I’ve never actually tried. Their Velvetines have been a blogger favourite for years and, after looking into the brand further, I discovered their Venus palette which is like something dreams are made from! Think all warm red-toned shades that would just make the most dreamy looks ever. It’s definitely high up on the palette want list now!
  3. Tom Ford – The most luxurious brand there seems to be on the market, Tom Ford oozes quality and designer style. For me, it’s their eye shadow quads and their lipsticks that appeal the most. Everything from the packaging to the colours and texture draws me in and makes me want to spend my hard earned cash! Sadly it involves parting with a lot of hard earned cash and as a student, it’s a little out of my reach at the moment.
  4. Anastasia Beverly Hills – I know they are most famous for their brow products but it’s their other products that I like the look of the most. The new glow kits, liquid lipsticks and eye shadow palettes look like some of the most gorgeous products that I am just itching to get my hands on them. If I was to pinpoint one product it would have to be the Modern Renaissance palette as that is just full of very ‘me’ colours.
  5. Kat Von D – Now finally available in the UK, Kat Von D has now become more accessible to us British Beauty Lovers and I for one couldn’t be happier! Her foundation is so well talked about that I am really keen to try it and her liquid lipstick in Lolita really appealed to me when I was in the states. I’m definitely going to be hitting Debenhams with some birthday money to try some of her products out!

On reflection, it was very very easy to conjure up five brands that I want to try and I could probably go on further if I thought for a bit longer. Even now I’m thinking of Colorpop and Juvias Place so the list is probably pretty endless! What brands are you keen to try? Have you tried anything from the brands I’ve mentioned above? Please leave me any tried and tested suggestions in the comments as I am eager to try some more brands!

Much Love

xoxo

*This post is very kindly sponsored by Lime Crime.

FOTD: GLITTER!

Now I am an absolute glitter lover and nothing can ever change that! So last week I decided to have a play around with my new Violet Voss Glitters from my beauty bay  and come up with something that allowed my inner sparkly princes to shine through…literally. Coppertini was calling to me that day so be prepared for lots of golden/bronze tones and of course a hell of a lot of glitter!

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For my base I was finishing off the L’oreal Infallible 24 Hr foundation which I had been enjoying but now that it’s over, I’m not really missing it and I probably wouldn’t buy it again! I used the LA Girl Pro Conceal to conceal and brighten under my eyes and set everything with my MAC Studio Fix Powder. The rest of my face makeup was quite predictable really: Benefit Hoola to Bronze up my cheeks; MAC Crisp Whites Blush for a subtle flush and Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector for some kick ass highlight! Brows were Benefit Ka Brow and High Brow Glow which are my current favourite duo!

Now onto the star of the show, the eyes! On reflection I used a hell of a lot of products so accept my apologies on a) how many products are required and b) how expensive they all are! I started by priming my eyelids with Urban Decay Primer Potion, something I am trying to remind myself to do daily! I used MAC’s Woodwinked to add a wash of colour to my entire eyelids and then used Wedge to darken the crease and Amber Lights to enhance the copper tones in the inner third of my eye! I then took my Nars Single Shadow in Bengali to deepen up the outer third as it wasn’t dark enough, I also used this later to line my upper lash line and create a subtle flick! Over the inner two thirds of my eye I applied MAC’s Copper Sparkle pigment on a brush that was dampened with Fix+! Not wanting to stop there, I applied Duo Eyelash glue over the inner 1-2 thirds of my mobile lid and waited until that was tacky before pressing Violet Voss’s loose glitter in Coppertini over the top! I popped a touch of MAC’s Shroom in my inner corner to brighten it up and blended a mix of Woodwinked and Bengali across my lower lash line with a tiny amount of Copper Sparkle in the inner third.

To finish the look off I applied quite a liberal amount of Lancôme’s Hypnose mascara to both my top and bottom lashes. I decided to opt for a neutral lip rather than the red I love to wear with warm eye looks and chose Charlotte Tilbury’s Very Victoria which is quickly becoming a firm favourite of mine! I sprayed my face with Urban Decay All Nighter Setting spray and honestly this makeup did not budge until I cracked out the makeup remover in the evening to attempt to remove the glitter! Two little tips I’ve found when working with glitter:

  1. Use a tiny amount of tape wrapped sticky side up around a small makeup brush to remove any fall down glitter!
  2. Use an oil based eye makeup remover to take the makeup off in the evening! It’s much quicker and you don’t end up with glitter everywhere!

I hope you liked this makeup look, I do have quite a few more Face of The Day posts planned as I have really been experimenting with colour and styles lately and I wanted to share it with you all. If this is something you’d like to see then please let me know in the comments!

Much Love

xoxo

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Budget Beauty: Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Bronze Palette!

I know that most of the makeup I talk about on this blog is high-end and that is because I just seem to prefer high-end products. However, I do find drugstore products every now and again that really impress me and make me want to write about them and this little Collection palette is one of those!

Back in August I received this palette as part of the goodie bag from the #NottsAlzheimersMeetup and was dying to give it a try as a lot of the shades look very similar to those from the Naked Palette! The palette features 6 shimmery shades across the bronze spectrum from a light inner corner and brow bone highlight to a dark shadow that would intensify and smoke out any looks created using it! At only £3.99 these are incredibly affordable and a much cheaper alternative to the likes of Urban Decay!

Firstly, lets talk about the shades included in this little palette! Below is a picture with finger swatches for all size of the shades:

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L-R Ivory, Mink, Ochre, Golden Brown, Ember, Nutty
  • Ivory – A creamy shimmer that is actually quite pigmented for a lighter shade. This is a perfect inner corner or brown bone highlight and blends really nicely.
  • Mink – A bit of a cool-toned lighter shimmer that is a great colour for chucking all over the lid for a easy day time look.
  • Ochre – My favourite colour in the entire palette and very similar to Half-Baked in the Naked 1 palette. Very highly pigmented and really easy to blend!
  • Golden Brown – Does exactly what is says on the tin, a nice warm brown with golden undertones to it. Pairs nicely with Ochre for a quick two-colour smoky eye!
  • Ember – Has slightly more red tones to it than the other colours and wouldn’t go amiss in the Naked 3 palette!
  • Nutty – This came across as the least pigmented in the swatches and its a cool-toned dark brown shade. Would be really nice for smoking a look out or pressing along the lash line to create a subtle liner!

The packaging of this palette is cheap and cheerful. I don’t hate it and I think it’s pretty good for £3.99 but I don’t hold out much hope that it will last too long! It doesn’t include a mirror as the top is see-through so this wouldn’t be that great for travelling and it also includes one of those rubbish sponge applicators who’s only decent use is for apply shadow to the lower lash line. It is a magnetic closure lid though so it won’t open too easily in your makeup bag which is quite a nice plus!

Overall I am impressed with the pigmentation and the texture of these shadows. They have clearly been well formulated and will make a great alternative for makeup lovers who can’t afford the Naked Palette. I think this is also a great size for travelling and would make a lovely gift or stocking filler for a beauty lover this christmas! One final thing I do want to point out though is that these shadows do smell very cheap and powdery, this isn’t something that translates onto the eye but in the packaging they do smell like they cost less than £1 to make so bare that in mind! Have you tried any of the collection eye shadow palettes? What did you think of them?

Much Love

xoxo

FOTD: I Do My Cousin’s Makeup!

The other week I had a few days off blogging and disappeared up north for some family time! Whilst I was there I got to see my younger cousin Lily before she headed off to uni for the first time! She’s asked me for ages if she could make her ‘debut’ on the blog and of course I had to agree so we spent literally 2 hours giving each other makeovers. It was so fun and girly and Lily shared a few of her tips and tricks with me too. Today’s post will show you the makeup I did on Lily and I will write another post on the makeup Lily did for me. I went quite neutral, Lily went quite daring!IMG_1785_Fotor.jpg

Lily has beautifully clear skin so I decided to keep it nice and light for her. I primed her skin with the NYX Primer Spray  and used her Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation mixed with the Benefit Dew The Hoola to create a suitable colour base as she has just come back from her holiday! Now this is a really light coverage base so it allowed her natural skin to show through too! For a natural highlight rather than a glow, I used LA Girl Pro Conceal in Porcelain under her eyes and down the high points of her face. I didn’t use any powder to set this as her skin can get quite dry. I obviously used Benefit Hoola to bronze up her face and I also used MAC Crisp Whites for blush and Becca Opal for her highlight!

Looking through Lily’s makeup bag I was so pleased to see that she also uses Benefit Ka Brow to do her eyebrows! She uses one shade darker than me though, in shade 3, so I popped that through her brows to fill them in and give them a bit of a shape! I also ran my High Brow Glow pencil along her brow bone for some added glow!

For her eyes I kept it quite subtle and neutral in tone. I picked the warm brown and shimmer shades from the Vice Reloaded palette and some matte shades for the crease from the Stila Mind Palette. I used my new Morphe Brushes to do the blending and it created such a soft smoky look! I was really really pleased with it. We used Lily’s Chanel mascara for her lashes and then to finish the look off we used Charlotte Tilbury Stoned Rose on her lips which is a lovely dusky rose shade that almost looks a bit grungy too (think Kate Moss!). Here’s a close up of the eye makeup:

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I was so happy with how it turned out and I can’t wait to do more makeup looks on Lily in the future. We have done a few before but I have never blogged about them so I will have to make sure I make a note of them in the future for more features! Make sure you keep a look out for Lily’s makeup look on me, let me tell you this it features a hell of a lot of blue!

Much Love

xoxo

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Book Review: Girl Number One By Jane Holland!

So both of my previous book reviews have had really good feedback, so after reading Girl Number One* I decided that this would have to be my third one here on the blog! A couple of weeks ago I joined NetGalley which is a site where you can receive books prior to their publication in order to read and review them. The website works on an approval basis so there’s no guarantee that you will get the book you request. However, they also have a ‘Read Now’ section where there are a number of books that you can download for free and read straight away with no approval necessary. This is how I came across Girl Number One and the blurb really intrigued me into reading it!

There’s a body in the woods. At least, there was. Eleanor Blackwood saw it on her morning run: a young woman, strangled to death.

But the police can find nothing—no body, no sign of a crime—and even Ellie has to wonder if it was a trick of her mind, a gruesome vision conjured up by grief. It’s eighteen years to the day since she witnessed her own mother’s murder on the same woodland spot. But what if she really did see what she thinks she saw? What if the body was left there for Ellie alone to find?

And there’s one detail Ellie can’t shake: a deliberate number three on the dead woman’s forehead. When she discovers a second body, this one bearing the number two, Ellie is convinced they are not messages but threats. The killer is on a countdown: but who is girl number one?

The story is centred around Eleanor Blackwood who is a young P.E teacher in a small cornish town. When she was 6 years old she witness her mothers murder but has never been able to piece all the information together enough to allow the police to convict anyone. On the 18th anniversary of her mothers death, she decided to conquer her fears of the woods by running along the path where her mother died to prove to herself that she has overcome her problems. That is when she discovers a body, in the exact same place her mother died 18 years previously.

This is a really easy read for anyone who loves a thriller or murder mystery. I love the fact that the storyline is so different and it keeps you guessing right until the end. I really like the way that this is written, although it can be a tad jumpy from time to time, whereby you feel like you’ve missed something. Something that I really like is that the chapters are quite short, I hate it when they drag on as I am one of those people who like to stop reading at the end of a chapter! I feel like the characters are really relatable and that the plot has been really well thought out, something that some authors still don’t get quite right!

Overall I would give this book 4/5 stars. One star for the characters; one for how easy it is to read; one for the plot and one for the fact it kept me guessing all the way through. It lost one for the occasional jumpiness! I am happy to say that that I did guess ‘whodunnit’ correctly about 3/4 of the way through the book but I won’t give any spoilers away and I suggest you head out and grab yourself a copy and let me know your thoughts!

Much Love

xoxo

*This was received as a free download but it was not requested that I write a review, nor was I paid, I just thought you’d all like the review!

 

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Spa Day Haul!

So if you read yesterday’s post, you’ll know that Mum and I headed off for a spa day last Friday. We both paid a little trip to the shop as we saw they stocked Clarins products and we are both massive fans of their stuff! There was an offer on on the day that if you bought two products, one to be skincare, you got a free goodie bag. Now we are suckers for freebies so off we headed to bag ourselves some goodies. Here’s what I got:

  • Clarins Instant Concealer in shade 1 – I have had this in the past and I absolutely love it! It is so creamy and so pigmented that I couldn’t help but pick it up again! This is great for undereyes and covering blemishes so it really is a fantastic one to have in your makeup bag! Sadly it only comes in four shades, I wear number one, mum flits between shades two and three and my Nan wears shade 3 so this one really isn’t for anyone with more than a medium skin tone sadly! They have only recently added shade number four and I don’t know quite how dark that comes but looking at the others it won’t be very dark!
  • Clarins After Sun Moisturising Self Tan – I’ll be on holiday in Tenerife when you read this post so this really caught my eye. It is said to help moisturise and cool skin whilst enhancing and prolonging your tan! This really appealed to me as I am so so pale that I thought what the hell and decided to give it a try! I will update you after the holiday with my thoughts and perhaps I’ll do a before and after of me looking like a milk bottle and then hopefully a bit more golden!
  • Clarins Moisture Rich Body Lotion – This was the first freebie in the goodie bag and it is such a generous sample size! It is a full 100ml of product which lasts forever as I have used this moisturiser before! The full size is 200ml and is worth £30 so you are getting a £15 product for free!
  • Clarins Exfoliating Body Scrub for Smooth Skin – This was the second freebie and is again 100ml and the full size is 200ml and £30 so another £15 freebie! This is a really gritty exfoliator and something I’ve liked using for a few years now. The tube makes it nice and handy to use and it smells so refreshing!
  • Clarins Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate – This is one of my favourite ever products from Clarins as it smells divine and really does make you relax when you use this in the bath. A little bit lasts you a really long time and this sample is 100ml which is half the normal size again so it will last forever and is worth £10. I’ve never had to buy the full size as they always include these in their gifts!
  • Clarins ‘Relax’ Body Treatment Oil – I’ve never actually tried this product but I’m intrigued to see if it’s worth the money as the full size is £40 for 100ml! This sample is pretty generous at 30ml so i’ll be able to give it a good test run!

All in all my freebie was worth £52 and seeing as I only paid £43 I don’t think that’s too bad at all! It even came in a super cute double sided canvas makeup bag! To make it even better, I still had £24 left on my spa gift card so it was even cheaper! Have you tried any Clarins products? What are your favourites?

Much Love

xoxo

Spa Day At Eden Hall in Newark!

Last Friday I went off to Eden Hall with my Mum for my first ever day spa experience! Eden Hall is a luxury day spa located towards Newark that has won lots of awards over the years for how fabulous it is! I was the lucky recipient of a Day Spa pass from my Godmother for my 21st Birthday and we managed to get mum a pass on the same day on one of their offers! I thought i’d talk you through the day today as I had no idea what to expect when I went and I thought you might like to know what we got up to!

eden_hall_promo.jpgSo on the day we were able to get there from 9am so we arrived at 9:30 am to a lovely welcome of cranberry and raspberry tea! The building is absolutely stunning and is set in beautiful grounds that you are able to explore at your leisure. We signed in, got our passes and headed off to find our lockers. Inside all lockers you get a dressing gown and two towels which can be replaced throughout the day as required. There are so many things to do once you get there but we decided to head to all the specialist steam rooms and the pool first. Now the setup in this area is amazing! It has so many little rooms and special showers that you don’t know what to go to first! Our favourites were probably the Herbal Caldarium ,which is like a herbal infused steam room, and a tiled bench where water flowed over the back and your feet were blasted with little jets at the same time! It was so so relaxing.

Afterwards we decided to go for a dip in the pool and we even braved it into the outdoor section which was pretty chilly to say the least but surprisingly very relaxing as it was raining at the time! Probably our favourite place was the outdoor hot tubs. It was so nice to sit in the hot bubbly water whilst the weather outside was cold and rainy. We sat in there until we were all wrinkly but incredibly relaxed! platinum-pool-731x568.jpg

The great thing about a spa day is that a three course lunch is usually included and we went off to have out lunch upstairs in the beautiful restaurant. It was so weird eating out in a restaurant in your bikini and a dressing gown but it did make it quite funny when you looked around! I had Tomato & Roasted Pepper Soup to start; Mushroom Penne for my main and Coconut Panna Cotta and Pineapple Carpaccio for pudding. It was delicious but I was so so full afterwards! We headed into the lovely conservatory seating area in the afternoon to chill and read our books. It was so relaxing that mum actually fell asleep! We decided to not book any treatments on the day but you could pay extra for those if you wanted. There were also exercise classes but that is SO not relaxing to me!!

We spent the afternoon having a look in the spa shop (a little haul will be posted tomorrow) and then we popped back to the pool for another swim and relaxation session. It’s amazing how many hours you manage to while away whilst doing nothing! We were both so sleepy and relaxed but decided at about 5pm to get ready and heady back up to conservatory for a bellini to end the day on a high! We also had some naughty snacks in the form of macaroons and churros but they were so worth it!

We had such a lovely day and it’s definitely something I would do again in the future. It was great to spend some quality time with my mum and we had a great time along with a lot of laughter which is always important! Have you been to a spa before? Do you have any good recommendations for other places around the country that we should try?

Much Love

xoxo

P.s photography is taken from Eden Hall’s Website as you aren’t allowed phones/cameras in there!