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Advent Calendar Weekly Update |Blogmas Day 4

So we’ve come to the end of the first week in December and I’ve decided that every Sunday will be and advent calendar update which works out perfectly as the last day of advent calendars is Christmas Day which is also a Sunday! I have two advent calendars this year, the first being the humongous Look Fantastic Calendar and the second being a calendar made for the Blogger Calendar swap by my friend Jay. So lets see what I got on each day:

DAY 1 :

Look Fantastic – A mini (15ml) bottle of Pixi Glow Tonic 

Blogger – A Festive Mason Jar cup

Firstly, I have tried Pixi Glow Tonic before and I really like it, perhaps not as much as glycolic pads but definitely a good acid toner. This travel size will probably be given to my mum as we share the calendar and split the contents accordingly. I want her to try acid toning so I think this a great chance for her to try it. This works out at around £1.08 in value so although it’s a good product, not a fantastic start money wise seeing as the calendar cost £70! In my blogger calendar, I got a lovely mason jar which is something I’ve wanted for a while so I can take instagram worthy pictures of my drinks! A good shout f)rom Jay!

DAY 2:

Look Fantastic – Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Magic Touch Body Cream (70ml)

Blogger – PS..Super Matte Liquid Lipstick 

I’m not a body lotion fan but I love Rituals and this cream smells gorgeous! It reminds me of the L’Occitane Almond range but with a little bit more fruitiness to it! A generous size too at 70ml which retails for £6.00 so definitely better on the pricing front! I am so happy Jay got me one of these and I actually wish I’d managed to get into Primark to get her some bits as I didn’t manage to get any makeup in her calendar as I couldn’t find anything I’d tried so didn’t know if it would be good or not. This is a lovely dark brown shade, quite similar to True Brown K so bet your bottom dollar there will be a comparison post sooner rather than later!

DAY 3:

Look Fantastic – Inika Mineral Blusher in Blooming Nude (Full Size)

Blogger – 7th Heaven Strawberry Soufflé Mask 

Ooh a makeup product and full size too! I’ve never tried a mineral blusher but the colour looks gorgeous, a kind of nude pink brown that I think would suit most people! This retails for £21 so thats amazing value for money! I’m so glad I settled on this calendar and it’s going to be great to try new brands as I’ve never tried Inika! From Jay I have a lovely face mask, I always used to use this brand when I was younger as I could pick them up in Boots so i’m intrigued to see what they are like now! I love strawberry scented things too!

DAY 4:

Look Fantastic – This Works Sleep Plus Pillow Spray (5ml)

Blogger – Marks & Spencers Milk Chocolate Bubbly Santa

Now I only occasionally have trouble sleeping and I don’t like the smell of lavender so I’m not sure about this one, but I’ve never tried it so i’ll definitely give it a go! This works out at about £1.67 so not great but you can’t expect every day to be worth £21!! I’m pleased to be able to try something new out though. From Jay I got some choccy which has been eaten as i’m writing this now that the pictures have been taken. I can assure you, it was tasty!

So there’s days 1-4 and I’m sure you’ll agree both calendars have been pretty good so far! I’ve got to the point where I’m so excited i’m getting up early each morning to open them as I can’t wait any longer. On my mums days to open the Look Fantastic calendar I am literally chomping at the bit for her to wake up! See you next Sunday for a round up of next weeks goodies!

Much Love

xoxo

GRWM: Warm Toned Eye Look |Blogmas Day 3

Day three already and for today I’ve decided to try and film another YouTube Video. For today’s look i’ve gone with one of my personal favourites which is a warm toned eye! This will be perfect for this time of the year and I hope you enjoy watching the video! I’m pleasantly surprised with how well it went but let me know if you have any feedback! I completely apologise that a) the video goes in and out of focus, b) i make some hilariously bad faces when I put my makeup and and c) my bronzer came off appallingly on camera! It looked good in real life I promise! Anywhere here it is:

Much Love

xoxo

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Review: MAC Twig |Blogmas Day 2

I can’t believe I’ve never reviewed MAC Twig in the nearly 2 months i’ve owned it! Bad blogger! Anywho, for my 22nd birthday back in October, my brother Alfie went off and picked me up a MAC lipstick in a colour of his own choosing. Lucky for me it was Twig and I thought I’d tell you all about it today!

Twig is a shade from the satin line at MAC meaning it has a slightly creamy finish than a matte but is not shiny like a cream sheen or even an amplified. This shade has been part of MAC’s permanent line for years now and has been a popular choice amongst bloggers for ages! I feel like this is a shade that looks very different on each person that puts it on as the pigment in your lips does seem to really alter the shade of this one! For me it comes up very pink (as do most shades) and is definitely a my lips but better kind of shade. It’s darker than Brave, more plum than Mehr and definitely more pink than Whirl. In general, it’s a pretty great all rounder!

As per usual, this retails at £15.50 and is available both online and instore. I feel like if you love bold lipsticks like me, then this is a great easy to wear everyday shade, but if you are slightly less daring with your colour choices, this would be perfect for the evening! I like to pair this with Soar lipliner for a very matchy matchy look or whirl if I want it to pull a little more brown! If you’d like to see a lip swatch, then check out my YouTube video and it’s the last swatch! I’ll leave the link here.

Sorry for the short but sweet post today, it’s got to the end of the week and I just don’t know where the time has gone or how I even feel! I’m hoping a nice cosy night and a good sleep will sort me out! See you all tomorrow for day three!

Much Love

xoxo

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October & November Empties| Blogmas Day 1

So if you can tell from the title, I’m attempting to do Blogmas this year! I’m not putting any pressure on myself so lets just see what happens. I have two advent calendars this year, the Look Fantastic one and a homemade calendar from my blogging pal Jay which was done as part of the Blogger Advent Calendar swap! I’m going to post each Sunday through December what I got for that week (or in this case part of the week) rather than daily as I don’t want to bombard you with advent calendar posts! Today’s post is a collective empties from the last two months and I’m pleasantly surprised at how much I’ve gone through!!

  • Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask – The hype around this mask is beyond crazy and when I saw it on offer in my local Boots for 99p I just decided I had to pick it up. I’ve got to say, I was quite disappointed as I didn’t feel it really did much. I tried out some Korean Beauty masks I liked so much more so I’m going to be buying them instead. Not worth a repurchase in my opinion.
  • J’Adore Dior Eau De Parfum – This is my go-to perfume and has been for a few years now! It’s sexy and feminine but not too sweet and I love wearing it. My Grandad always loves to buy me perfume as gifts so he has already replaced this for me.
  • Dove Invisible Dry Deodorant – You know the drill with this one by now. I have loads of new ones to try that Tom bought home from work as samples so this may be on the back burner for a bit until I get through the mountain of deodorant I have at home.
  • Ms Flow Mediterranean Fig Candle – This came in the Ms Flow Monthly box and despite not being a candle lover, this was subtle enough for me to enjoy burning without getting a headache. I hate spending money on candles though and I don’t even know if you can buy these on there own?!
  • My Burberry Perfume Sample – A little Feel Unique perk from buying all my christmas presents! This was such a lovely perfume and was a little spicy smelling! I thoroughly enjoyed wearing it but I definitely felt it would suit my Nan more (don’t get the wrong idea by that, its a gorgeous perfume!) so I suggested she buy it so I probably won’t pick up the full size.
  • Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream Sample – I’ve had so many of these over the years and despite being a lovely light eye cream, it’s never wowed me to buy the full size.
  • Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer – This came from my American haul back in April and I definitely picked a shade that was a bit too dark. The texture was lovely though and it blended in nicely. Seeing as I can’t get it very easily I won’t buy it again but if you live near a Sephora, try it as it’s nice and pretty inexpensive.
  • Shiseido Ever Bloom Perfume Sample – I didn’t even know Shiseido did perfumes but this one smelt lovely and fresh! No-one commented on it whilst I was wearing it though and that’s usually the sign of a good perfume so the full size will be staying in the shops!
  • Aurelia Skincare Miracle Cleanser – Picked up in the Glamour Summer Edit box and reviewed here, this cleanser is a pretty pricy item and is a cream rather than the usual balm I go for. The scent is gorgeous and it made my skin feel lovely but I just don’t think I can part with that amount of cash at the moment. I’d definitely use it again though in the future!
  • Lancôme Hypnose Mascara – The Lancôme mascaras are definitely some of my favourites and I’ve had the Hypnose version so many times now. It applies a great amount of product whilst adding volume and length. It’s pretty much perfect! I will definitely have another one of these in the future once I’ve used up some of my others!
  • Ardell 318 Accent Lashes – I don’t really do lashes at all but these accent lashes from Ardell are perfect for false lash morons like me! They’re nice and fluttery and because they’re smaller they’re much easier to apply. I have another pair in my drawer but I will 100% be buying these again in the future.
  • Viktor & Rolf Flower Bomb Perfume Samples (x2) – I HATED this when I first put it on as it’s so so sweet. However, everyone commented on how lovely I smelt and Tom said I should definitely buy it. By the time I had finished up two samples I’d been won over and I’ve since added it to my christmas list.
  • Oliver Bonas Pink Pepper Bath Marbles – A little birthday gift from one of my friends and a lovely relaxing and subtle scent for my baths. You do only get five in a packet though and I found two little bath bombs to be sufficient for me so a pack of six would definitely be better. A nice gift but not something I would buy for myself frequently.
  • L’Occitane Amande Hand Cream – My favourite hand cream of all time! The lovely almond scent is dreamy and the lotion is thick enough to feel moisturising but light enough to soak in quickly. I have at least another two tubes in back up around my room.
  • Clarins ‘Relax’ Bath & Shower Concentrate – My favourite bath product to date! This has some seriously amazing essential oils in that help to relax you without having a horrible lavender scent! I get out feeling a much calmer and happier human and for that reason I will continue to keep purchasing this beauty!
  • Rituals Hammam Delight Foaming Shower Gel – I love the smell of this shower gel and the unique foaming action of it reminded me of hair mousse you used to use when you were a child! I’ve since bought a large bottle of this as I like the formula and the scent so much! I reviewed it here if you’re interested.
  • Chanel La Solution 10 Sample – I’ve had this sample ages and to be honest I don’t think it really did much for me. It’s a face cream that only has 10 ingredients in it so is clearly aimed at people with sensitive skin. I don’t have that so I’m guessing it just wasn’t the right one for me unfortunately.
  • Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation – This is the second bottle of this foundation i’ve finished up and I do really like it. My review of it is still one of my most successful posts and I would always recommend it to people who want a water based, light but buildable foundation. Worth the money and the hype and potentially something I would buy again in the future once I’ve used some more foundations up.
  • No7 Beautiful Skin Exfoliator – I micro bead exfoliator in a cream base, not my usual preference and not something I would use again as there are two other exfoliators that I like a hell of a lot better. Plus all the negative press micro beads have been getting has really put me off using them!
  • NYX Priming Spray – I love the idea of priming sprays and this NYX one was a hell of a lot better than the more expensive Smashbox primer water! I’ve got some regular primers to finish up and then i’ll be picking another one of these up! A great budget beauty option!
  • Prada Candy Perfume Sample – Another Feel Unique sample and again another perfume that I enjoyed wearing. It was girly yet not overpoweringly sweet so I liked it but again probably not enough to purchase the full size.
  • Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation Sample – Oh god I hated this foundation! I was so sad about this as I love Rimmel foundations in general but this literally disappeared in patches on my skin through out the day! Definitely not their best formula! Try out their Match Perfection instead as that is my absolute favourite or even their Lasting Finish for long wear!
  • The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleep Mask Sample – Every time I go into the body shop I always poke my finger in this product as it’s so unique in texture! So when I got a sample I was so excited to give it a try. To cut a long story short, it’s horrible! It left my face so sticky that it actually stuck to my pillow in a matter of minutes and I had to prise my pillowcase off of my face. Just terrible.
  • Esocare Coconut Oil – I used this to remove my makeup and wrote a post on the pro’s and cons I found with coconut oil. An interesting and more natural product however I wouldn’t switch from my regular cleansers as I found it more of a faff that usual!
  • Eden Semilia Vitamin C Serum* – I was sent this to try and didn’t have massive hopes initially, however this was gorgeous! Such a lovely light serum that left my skin smooth and soft! I would definitely consider buying this myself as the texture was so light and didn’t clog my pores!
  • Ms Flow Grapefruit & Jasmine Candle – Again thankfully another light scented candle! Enjoyable to use whilst it lasted but nothing incredible!
  • Decleor Excellence Cream – This was very heavily scented and felt a bit too like an anti-ageing product which is pointless for me. I have another sample I think but after that I won’t be buying the full size as it’s just too weirdly scented!
  • CoLab Sheer Invisible Dry Shampoo – I wanted to love the CoLab range as I adore Ruth Crilly, however I have tried the Volumizing range and now the sheer range and I don’t like either of them. They make my hair feel thick and laden with product and it just makes it feel horrible in general!
  • Koya Beach Babe Scrub – I got this in the goodie bag from the #NottsAlzheimersMeetup and I loved it! The scent was to die for and reminded me of a caribbean cocktail or the tropical cooler from Costa!! It actually made me want to eat it! I don’t use scrubs that often and I have a mountain of them to get through but definitely something I would like to buy again in the future!
  • MAC Brave Lipstick – I’ve finally finished my first ever MAC lipstick! Cue happy dance! Brave is such an easy to wear, everyday pinky colour and the satin finish means it doesn’t dry your lips out! Whenever I don’t know what colour to go for I always reach for this. I have had another one in back up waiting for this to finish so this tube will join my back to MAC pile whilst I relish using a brand new MAC lipstick!
  • Nip & Fab Body Slim Fix – Picked up in a beauty box throughout the summer and despite being a lovely moisturiser, it did nothing for my minor leg cellulite like it claimed it would. I would imagine results are seen from prolonged use but this didn’t impress me enough to buy the full tube which is a shame as I adore Nip & Fab products!

Phew! We’ve made it to the end! That’s it for Blogmas day one and this long empties has reminded me why I normally do it monthly not every two months! Have you tried any of these products? If so what did you think of them? Let me know in the comments! Hopefully see you tomorrow if I can kick my bum into gear on the daily posting again!

Much love

xoxo

Christmas Gift Guide 2016|£20 & Under -For a Fellow Beauty Lover!

I’ve been fancying doing a gift guide for a while now so I thought i’d go with the most obvious first incase I don’t get a chance to do anymore! Today is all about amazing beauty gifts that are £20 or under! I feel this bracket is where some of the most amazing little goodies can be found so today I’m going to share with you what I’ve found!

  • Becca Glow On The Go Kit in Moonstone |£20 – Oh how I want this set so badly myself! My Becca Opal highlight is one of my absolute favourites and this half size version of moonstone would just be fabulous! Not only that but you also get a little bottle of their highlighting liquid in moonstone too. Available from Space NK hereuk200018267_becca
  • Ole Henriksen Try Us Love Us Holiday Kit |£12 – I may have already purchased one of these intending it to be a gift and it may have accidentally fallen open and into my drawer. A great way to try the brand out if like me you’ve always been a bit curious about it! A lovely range of products inside and there’s also a 4 piece collection too that retails for £18 if you want to spend a bit more! These are available on Feel Unique and I have a 15% off sign up code if you want to use it: 15% off link. Here’s the links to the £12 set & the £18 setole_henriksen_try_us_love_us_holiday_kit_1476872316_main
  • Sebastian Professional Mini Gift Set |£12.50 – There’s something incredibly lovely about using salon products at home and the Sebastian Hydre range is something I have personally used in the past so this little try it set is perfect for this christmas and it’s such good value! You get 4 products that will help you lock your style down and they’re such good quality too! Available from Feel Unique here.  sebastian_professional_mini_gift_set_1478785795
  • Beauty Bay the Collection The New Neutrals Look |£18 – I’ve been desperate to get my hands on some Makeup Geek shadows for ages now and whilst looking I came across this amazing little set from Beauty Bay. They have created an eyeshadow look in a pouch for you with step by step instructions to make the most out of your new products! Perfect for new makeup lovers building their collection or even makeup addicts who can never get enough! Available from Beauty Bay herebbay4024f_10_l
  • L’Occitane Hands & Feet Duo |£16 – L’occitane hand creams are probably my favourite ever and at this time of the year we all need to keep our hands and feet nourished! This little set is from their Shea Butter range which is their most mositurising and is also quite neutral in scent so is guaranteed to be a hit with everyone! Available from L’Occitane herep-aspx

Five beauty gifts that are £20 and under to ensure you have something for everyone and maybe a little something for yourself too! Which would you be the most happy to receive?

Much Love

xoxo

A Month of Film Reviews!

I love going to the cinema but with prices becoming near enough bank breaking, it’s a pastime that Tom and I have been doing less and less. UNTIL… Meerkat Movies made its grand debut and we decided to try and see a film a week if possible. In the last month we have managed to see 4 completely different films and I thought for a nice little change, todays post will be a mini review on each of them for you!

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BRIDGET JONES’S BABY

Admittedly we were a little late to the party with this one, but we have finally seen it and boy am I glad I did! I’m going to put it out there and say that this was my favourite of the three Bridget Jones films and by far the funniest! We meet Bridget later on in life where her career is soaring but she still has not bagged herself that all important man! As ever with Bridget, not only does one potential man come along but two and this time, there’s a surprise pregnancy thrown in for good measure sparking the question “who is the baby daddy?!”. Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey’s characters are complete opposite and that makes the whole movie all the more hilarious. Guaranteed to make you belly laugh and a perfect finale for all you Bridget Jones fans out there! It’s got to be a 5/5 for me with this one!

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THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

As an avid reader, I had read this book a year or so before and was so excited that it was being made into a movie as the storyline is brilliant! Emily Blunt has been cast brilliantly into this role as Rachel, a alcoholic divorcee who rides the train into the city everyday to avoid her problems. Every day she sees the same couple who live beside the track and fantasises a ‘perfect’ life up for them. So when Megan (one half of this perfect couple) goes missing one day, Rachel cannot help but get involved. The storyline will keep you guessing right until the end, however I was really disappointed to see this had been set in America when the book is set in London. They even went as far to make Rachel’s character British so why change everything else? I also felt that the movie was a lot slower than the book, which had plenty of twists and turns that weren’t captured on screen. Although a good adaptation, in my opinion it was nowhere near as good as it could have been and for that reason i’m going to give it 3/5.

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INFERNO

I’m going to hold my hands up and say that I have never watched any of the Dan Brown book adaptations as I just felt that they weren’t going to be my thing. Needless to say when Tom picked Inferno as his choice, I was pretty unenthusiastic. The opening few scenes of the movie are very ‘trippy’ as Tom Hanks wakes up in a hospital completely unaware as to why he’s in there. I really did wonder what i’d let myself in for at this point but as he befriends Felicity Jones’s character it becomes clear that he has a rather curious item in his possession and there are some very deadly people on his tail. Largely set in Italy this film does take it some great sights and does make you question what we as humans are doing to humanity and some of the problems that occur with an ever expanding population. After the weird first ten minutes had passed, I was glued to my seat and could not wait to find out what happened! With twists and turns right until the very end, it’s safe to say I LOVED this movie and would definitely recommend you watch it! Purely for the weird intro I’m going to give this one 4/5 and I’m determined to watch the Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons soon!

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FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

First things first, let it be known that I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan so anything new related to the series sends me into a blind panic of excitement. However, you need to know that this is completely different to Harry Potter and has very little linking it to the original movies. The story follows Newt Scamander, a wizard from London and writer of one of Harry Potters future text books, on his journey to New York and what happens when some of his magical beasts escape into the city. The storyline is quite fluid with no strict path and plenty of side stories going on, however the sheer magic of the movie meant that this wasn’t such a problem. You can tell the budget was pretty damn huge for this one as there was no expenses spared on the special effects and the camera work! Eddie Redmayne plays the role of Newt brilliantly and the surprise ending has set the scene for the next four movies to come! If you didn’t know, this movie is part of a new series of 5 movies that J.K Rowling herself is writing the screen play for and now I am desperate to watch the rest of them! Being the fan I am I have to give this a 5/5 for just letting me live in the magical world once more!

I hope you’ve liked this new post idea! If you like the format then please let me know as it may be something I can do again in the future if I can drag Tom to a few more movies! Have you seen any of these movies? If so what did you think? Are there any good movies out at the moment that you’ve seen? Let me know as I want to go and see some more!

Much Love

xoxo

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My First Ever YouTube Video?!

I’ve been contemplating YouTube for a while now and I decided to just bite the bullet and give it a go! This is just a quick post to let you know that my updated Mac Lipstick collection will be split across my first few YouTube videos with today being the first instalment! Here is the link to my Nude shades of Mac lipstick video (my first ever!): https://youtu.be/8iJJ126DUA8

Let me know your thoughts and I’d love it if you subscribed!

Much Love

Xoxo