Book Review| Death Plays A Part by Vivian Conroy

As I’m sure you all know by now, I love to read! So when I saw that the lovely Vivian (@VivWrites on Twitter) had a new book out, I had to give it a read. We’ve been following each other for a while and are regularly in ‘twitter contact’, so when she announced it was available for preorder I disappeared off to Amazon to buy myself a copy. Whilst on holiday, it was delivered to my kindle on release day and it was time to see what Viv was made of!

The genre and general theme of the story reminds me a lot of reading Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books when I was younger but with a slightly more adult and modern feel to it. It’s an easy to read whodunnit style novel that honestly had me guessing who the culprit was right until the second that it was revealed. I hate it when I can predict the outcome from the start so Viv was onto a winner here for me as I honestly didn’t have a clue! The actual theme of the book was a new one for me as it was a ‘closed door mystery’, which basically means that the crime involved was basically committed under near impossible circumstances. I found this to be a really interesting twist as it let Vivian get creative with the plot of the story, with plenty of twists and turns! It’s safe to say that she could come up with some ingenious ways to bump somebody off should she wish so I’m planning to stay on her good side!

As with all of these style books, there is of course a wonderful heroine who helps to puzzle it all out and this time it was Guinevere and her little Dachshund Dolly who were there to save the day. I did fall a little in love with these two as they were such a sweet pairing and just gave the book such a lovely feel to it. As a die hard dog mum myself, I felt the connection between the two of them and I loved the inclusion of a little furry pal! I did find that each individual character had a particular ‘voice’ throughout and they were each very unique which I liked. Viv has done a great job setting them all apart and making them each pinnacle components of the plot.

The final thing I loved about the book was the setting and how descriptive she was when referring to it. The book is set on a fictional island, Cornisea, off the coast of Cornwall. It really made me want to head down to the south coast and discover some hidden islands and castles as I believe I was only 2 when I last went to Cornwall so I’d love to see what it has to offer. Saying that, I felt like Viv had really transported me there through ‘Death Plays A Part’ and all the tiny side streets and little cafes were like they were from my own memory.

I just want to take the time to congratulate Vivian on such a lovely book, she’s done such a great job with everything from the plot to the scenery and I can’t wait to read book two, Rubies In The Roses. If you fancy reading Death Plays A Part, then you can do so by ordering  for the tiny price of 99p from Amazon here. If like me, you’re intrigued by the second book already, then that came out a couple of days ago and is available from Amazon here.

Much Love

xoxo

 

 

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The New Setting Spray On The Block?| Rimmel #Insta Fix & Go Spray!

If you’d asked me a year ago whether I used a setting spray, the answer would have been a big fat no. What on earth could spritzing ‘over-priced water’ on top of my makeup do to benefit me really? Well, I was wrong. I now use a setting spray every day and I’m always on the hunt for new ones to try, be it from high end brands or brands available in Boots. With all that being said, it’s safe to say that when Rimmel London came out with their new setting spray, I was very eager to get my hands on it to see if stood up to some of my favourites.

In terms of the packaging first of all, I think it’s okay. It doesn’t wow me and jump off the shelf saying ‘buy me’ nor does it put me off. Yes Rimmel is a more affordable brand so their packaging is a little cheaper so it never bothered me in the slightest. They are by far my favourite drugstore brand so I’d rather buy them for the quality than the packaging. However, the packaging contributes to my biggest gripe about this product, the spritz. The spritzer on this bottle is one of the worst i’ve come across and I actually tweeted Rimmel to see if I had picked up a dud, but sadly they failed to reply. Setting sprays need to be a fine mist, or at the very least a mist of some description. However, this one fires out in one direct stream and hits you straight in the face! Imagine the setting spray equivalent of a hose being used on the ‘jet’ setting.

Needless to say, we kind of fell at the first hurdle as I couldn’t use the product to properly try it out. So, when my last Urban Decay All Nighter bottle finished, I thought i’d put it to good use and empty the Rimmel spray into the bottle so I could at least try it out better! I’ve since been using it with a fully working spritzer in a couple of my Urban Decay bottles and I’ve thankfully been able to test out it’s ability to set makeup rather than simply it’s ability to blind me.

There’s one more issue with this product for me though sadly, again before we even get onto it’s effectiveness, and that’s the scent. I despise anything that smells of cucumber and this is one of the strongest cucumber scents i’ve ever experienced. So much so that I used it the other day and Tom asked from across the room where the cucumber scent was coming from. It is very overpowering and does linger a little on the skin although thankfully not for too long!

Finally, onto the actual product and overall it is a nice setting spray. It sits nicely on top of my makeup without making it go funny, its lightweight and refreshing and seems to do a pretty good job at keeping it in place all day. Naturally, these are all the things I look for in a setting spray and at only £6.99 it is a real bargain too! It’s also meant to be double use so you can use it as a primer too which is a real plus. I’m just so disappointed at the scent and the terrible spritzer. The scent is a preference thing and I know that most people like cucumber scents so I may be outnumbered there, but one key thing to get right with setting sprays is the spritzer. I did do some research and a lot of people rave about it being such a ‘fine mist’ so maybe I DID get a dud.

For me, the scent alone puts me off buying it again, however, had it been a different scent and just the spritzer that was the issue, I would potentially buy it again and decant it as the product inside is pretty good. As I say, I’m a HUGE Rimmel London fan so I was sad that this wasn’t an instant win for me but I guess not everything is going to work for you every time. Have you tried the Insta Fix & Go Spray? If so what did you think of it?

Much Love

xoxo

The Travel Diaries |Norfolk June/July 2017 – An Entirely Dog-Friendly Guide!

Back towards the end of June, Tom, JJ and I headed off for a week long trip to Norfolk rather than jetting off to Europe like we usually do. Our main reasoning was that we hadn’t really done a UK holiday together before and also that we HATE leaving little J behind. Laden with bags, we packed up my car for the 3 hour journey and headed off to the East Coast! If this sounds a little familiar, I did write a post over on Steph’s blog as part of her guest blogger series, so if you fancy a more straight to the point version of events, then click here. This post aims to go into a lot more detail of where we went and has lots of extra pictures!

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The gorgeous guesthouse was actually owned by Holkham Estate!

In terms of accommodation, travelling with a dog can restrict you slightly as not everyone fancies a layer of dog hair being left when you leave. However, Norfolk is a county of dog lovers and we found an absolutely wonderful place in the seaside town of Wells-Next-The-Sea, somewhere I had actually visited many moons ago and loved. We stayed in the Manor Farm Guesthouse run by a wonderful couple called Jim & Annette who actually had two dogs of their own, Rolo & Summer.

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Summer & Rolo very quickly sussed we kept treats in our room!

I think on average it cost us £78 per night for the three of us, including a delicious breakfast every morning. We were in the smallest room called The Snug, which was a little out building but that suited us perfectly as JJ had full access to the garden at all times. It was really cosy and JJ was made as welcome as we were, he was even allowed in for breakfast with us which was a lovely touch! The location was no more than 40 minutes drive from everything we wanted to see and I don’t think we could recommend it any more! If we head back to Norfolk, we will most definitely be staying at Manor Farm again!

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J’s first experience of sand!

So after arriving mid afternoon, we all had a bit of a doze before heading on a little walk to find some food and let J stretch his legs. We made it all the way down to the beach front (quite some walk I’ll have you know!) and let JJ get his first experience of the beach. It was absolutely adorable and it’s safe to say he LOVED it! On our way back to the B&B we stopped off at The Globe Inn which is a lovely, dog friendly pub. To be honest, the majority of the places we went to eat were dog-friendly gastropubs as it seems that Norfolk do those very very well! Tired after the long journey, we headed to bed so we could get up nice and fresh to enjoy our first full day.

DAY ONE

IMG_3193.jpgHaving decided we were going to make up what we were doing each day as we were going along, we decided to pay a visit to Holkham Hall as it had a lovely dog friendly walk! It was really beautiful and the café at the end was incredible! I totally recommend the Victoria Sponge!! Dogs can’t actually go into the hall but you can really get a nice feel for it from the outside regardless. There are deer roaming the park and there are some absolutely stunning photography spots all the way around.

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Did you say field of wheat Theresa?

There’s a lovely walled garden too but we didn’t head in as we had JJ (who likes to be as free range as he can and would probably wee up the flowers) but I think you could take dogs in regardless.

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The tiredness was beating him.

The gift shop was pretty incredible too and I could have spent a hell of a lot of money in there! We actually bought JJ a handmade leather dog collar and a hook to pop it up in our new house (when we have saved up enough deposit to buy one that is!). About lunch time, the heavens opened and unfortunately the weather set in for the rest of the day so we drove back to the B&B to have another little snooze. IMG_3189.jpgWith the weather being pretty damn rubbish that night, we didn’t want to stray far so headed to the nearby Crown Inn for some tea. This was our favourite place we ate at during our stay and it also had it’s own menu dedicated to gin. I was sold.

DAY TWO

The next day was sadly another total wash out with the weather being the typical UK summer offering. Tom got a right earful that day from me as he was the one that suggested the UK holiday. Sorry Tom. Movies were watched, chocolate was eaten and JJ slept off some of his exhaustion from the fun of the previous few days. In the evening we tried a pub by the harbour called The Golden Fleece which was nice but we definitely ate at better places during our stay. It was a much more lively pub, clearly popular with the locals and was pretty packed. I would say that the food was okay for the price, but as I say, we had better!

DAY THREE

Hallelujah, day three brought much better weather! Unsure as to whether it would last, we really made the most of it and crammed our day full of things to do! We started off  a little off the beaten path at the ruins of Baconsthorpe Castle!

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Smug J and his castle.

It was actually free to go and was very pretty to see. It would only take you a quick half an hour but if you’re in the area it’s very instagram-worthy! We even found a tiny baby bird whilst we were there and JJ loved playing king of the castle! From there we carried on to Holt Country Park so JJ could have a nice long walk! It’s probably only something to do if you want to walk a dog but we enjoyed it all the same, despite getting lost and wandering off the path into the literal middle of nowhere. IMG_3195.jpg

Back in the car again and we wanted to see some proper British seaside fun and Cromer seemed to tick all those boxes. The weather was a little grey, but warm and we got to wander around the town, eat chips and ice creams sat on a wall and even take JJ down the pier. Unfortunately, at high season, dogs aren’t allowed on the beach, but having spent lots of time on Wells beach, we weren’t too fussed.

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J gets his resting bitch face from his Daddy.

With JJ barely keeping his tiny little eyes open, we headed back in the car to drive through some villages we wanted to see before dropping him off at the B&B and heading back to our favourite, the Crown Inn, for some much deserved dinner and wine!

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Not cool Mum, you’re crushing me.

DAY FOUR

Having heard many good things about Old Hunstanton beach, Friday morning meant a trip there and oh my goodness, it’s beautiful. IMG_3198.jpgBeing a midlander, we don’t see long stretches of beach that often and we all loved it. JJ got to play and run and dabble in the sea and we just soaked up the fresh sea air. Regardless of whether you’re taking the dog for a walk or not, make sure you take a trip here as it’s gorgeous!IMG_3201.JPG I’m sure you can see from the pictures, how happy JJ was and that just made me melt a little inside! We also bumped into a couple with 3 Jugs (JJ is a Jug – Jack Russell x Pug FYI!) and that was great as you really don’t see too many of them surprisingly. IMG_3199.jpg

The evening brought a little bit of amusement to us when we’d booked a table at the proper local pub, The Bowling Green. Strolling in at our designated time of 7.45pm we were surprised to find it quite rowdy and everyone dressed in black. We were also the only ones seated at a table and definitely looked like outcasts. It was incredibly noisy in there and Tom and I were shouting to hear each other. A little while later, a waitress came up to take our order and apologised for the noise and gave us a free round of drinks AND a bottle of wine. To cut a long story short, the pub had been booked out for a 90 year olds funeral and they’d over stayed their welcome, meaning that we were the only other ones there! I dread to think what it must have been like if they got together for a happy occasion as I’ve never seen such a loud and rowdy funeral in my life! Needless to say the free drinks got us quite jolly and we went back to the B&B laughing and stumbling about the fact we’d crashed a funeral.

DAY FIVE

On Saturday, the weather was simply gorgeous and really really hot. We headed to the harbour to do the traditional tourist activity of crabbing, much to my delight. Well, when I say we, I mean I engaged and Tom sat as far as way as possible with his resting bitch face. Oh what a regular occurrence this is from the cheery other half. I successfully caught 40 crabs in one hour and gathered quite a crowd of onlookers. Fearing I was going to get sun burnt, I threw them all back into the water and we nipped back to the B&B before heading out in the car again.IMG_3203.jpg

One thing Tom was desperate to do was to go to the Queens Sandringham Estate. Although dogs aren’t allowed in the actual grounds, there’s a fantastic country park as part of the estate that goes on for miles and miles as we soon found out.  IMG_3204.jpgJJ had an absolute whale of a time and we must have done at least 5 or 6 miles before coming back to have an ice cream made in their own creamery and apple juice pressed from the Queens own apple trees! It was such a wonderful afternoon and the estate is beautiful!IMG_3205.jpg On our way home, we stopped in a nearby village of Thornham to try out a lovely looking pub called The Orange Tree. The food was amazing and definitely more like high end restaurant style cuisine than pub grub. Sadly we had to shovel it in pretty quickly as JJ was being a pain in the bum as he was so tired. I’d totally recommend it though if you’re in the area! IMG_3206.jpg

DAY SIX

Our final day and I think it was safe to say that we were all sad that the holiday was coming to an end. We’d had such a lovely time exploring the area and I really would have liked to have stayed even longer. We simply took JJ back to spend time at Wells beach and enjoyed the glorious weather, eating ice creams and sweets by the harbour and just generally enjoying ourselves. We had to pay a visit to our old fave The Crown Inn one last time, but we opted for Sunday Lunch this time and, after three courses, rolled our way back to the B&B for the last time.

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Norfolk or Spain?

We had the most amazing week in Norfolk and made so many lovely memories. I really hoped you liked this post and that it helps if you’re planning to take your own pampered pooch on a holiday in the area. We found everyone to be incredibly welcoming of all three of us and that nothing was too much trouble at all. I would 100% go back again in the future and despite having one bad weather day, we were generally pretty lucky! If you have any other suggestions as to where to go or what to see in Norfolk, then please leave them in the comments!

Much Love

xoxo

 

Everything You Need To Know About The Ordinary Foundations & Primer!

The Ordinary is a brand that has been seriously doing it’s rounds in the blogosphere lately and the products that intrigued me the most were the foundations and the primer. I didn’t want to chance it and order a foundation online, so when I went to London earlier this month, I headed to the Covent Garden Deciem store to give them a swatch. The store is actually very modern and chic and I’m so glad I swatched the foundations as they came up very light in my opinion!

Let’s start off with the foundations first then and the number one thing to know is that there are two formulas! The first formula is a ‘Coverage’ formula and the second is a ‘Serum’. For the sake of the blog, I picked up both formulas to try in the same shade, 2.0YG. When buying foundations, I normally go to the second lightest shade or the lightest shade with golden undertones first. The shade 2.0YG here is actually the 12th darkest shade on the website which in my opinion shows that they come up pretty damn light! There are five shades on the website that I would say come into the category of ‘dark’, but out of 21 shades this is pretty slim pickings for darker skin tones!

To break down my shade for you, the 2 represents the fact that it’s in the medium skin tone category (I would definitely say i’m normally ‘light’) and the .0 represents that it’s the lightest shade in that category so this one is described as light-medium. The Y represents that the shade is suited to skin tones with Yellow undertones and there are also P (pink), N (neutral) and R (red) undertone options available. Something I didn’t know is that the G in my shade means that there are slight gold flecks in the foundation for added highlight. I probably wouldn’t have picked this had I known, but there was no 2.0Y as an option and this was the best shade match. There is also an S (silver) option in some shade for silver flecks but as I can see this is only available on one shade out of the 21.  On their website, they state:

these shades use natural-looking and exceptionally fine dispersions of metallic effect pigments for added highlight. The Ordinary will introduce individual enhancers and highlighters in the near future to customize all shades.

To me it seems a little random to have this in certain shades only and also, to not offer those particular shades without the highlighting effect? I’ve got to be honest and say it hasn’t really effected me massively, however this would probably explain why I’ve felt extra glowy when wearing these foundations. In hindsight I would say it’s a touch TOO glowy for me but I might try it with only a tiny amount of my regular highlight next time I wear them and see if that improves it. I usually prefer a satin finish so perhaps the glow is just too much for me. I’d love to try it without but as I said, they don’t do my shade without the added gold particles, whereas the other shades that have the shimmer particles, have an identical counterpart shade without them. To me the shade range seems all over the place to be honest and a little bit more care should have been made when creating the range. which_foundation_from_the_ordinary

Onto the actual formulas themselves, my favourite is definitely the coverage over the serum. I believe that the actual formulation is very similar but the coverage formula includes higher quantities of the actual pigment. I do prefer a more medium coverage I would say so this was definitely more suited to me. I found that it covered the issues I have with my skin pretty well and actually stayed put most of the day. I loved how this applied and it felt like I was wearing absolutely nothing on my skin which was great and exactly what I look for in a foundation.

The serum foundation, as mentioned above, is pretty much the same formula just with less pigment so it’s more like a light coverage foundation. To be honest, I never wear light coverage foundation so found I needed to compensate with more concealer in those more troublesome patches. I also found that the first time I wore this one, I came out in a lot of spots which was a bit frustrating. They were like tiny, under the skin, bumps that were particularly obvious across my brow and forehead. I did try it a second time and it wasn’t so bad so maybe the light weight feel was a shock to the skins system originally!

The key difference for me was simply how much more liquid the serum foundation was compared to the coverage. This is clearly due to the pigment quantities and perhaps it was the liquid feel that my skin didn’t like so much. I may see if I can sell the serum formula and buy another coverage as it is just too lightweight for me. For £5.90 each these are an absolute bargain and the quality of both of them is incredible. I did expect there to be more of a difference in terms of formula between the two foundations, however it does make it easier to decide which one you’d like best, simply depending on the amount of coverage you like. The final thing to mention on these foundations is the packaging, which is simple and matte with a pump that can be locked to avoid spillages in your makeup bag. I think it’s really nice and chic, without too much fuss and to be honest, it’s completely perfect for a foundation. Lightweight, plastic and lockable, what more could you ask for.

Finally, onto the Primer and I actually have only one of the two formulations that they have on offer. I have the High-Adherance Silicone Primer which retails for only £3.90. I have to say I had pretty low expectations for something coming in at such a low price tag, however I’ve been pretty impressed so far! I feared that with it being silicone-based, it would feel greasy and heavy on the skin and give that really fake-feeling base for make up to go on top of. I was wrong actually and it’s more like a moisturising feel when you apply it, yet you can tell it has some silicone in as it’s so smoothing and evens out the texture really nicely. I noticed some difference in the longevity of my makeup when I wore it and I’ve tried it out with a multitude of foundations (not just The Ordinary ones) and it worked well under them all.

Whether you’re on a budget or not, I feel like this primer is a great buy as a tiny amount goes a really long way and creates a lovely smooth canvas, without feeling fake, greasy or cakey like many other silicone primers do. For me, this is the perfect combination of a hydrating primer and a smoothing primer and I’m really enjoying using it. You get a full 30ml in the tube which is crazy considering the cost and I would say you definitely don’t even use 1ml each time. This means it costs you around the 13p mark each time you use it which is ridiculously cheap! Again, I really like the packaging, simple yet effective and unlike some cheaper products, the packaging doesn’t disintegrate or the writing rub off after one use!

Overall I’ve been really impressed by The Ordinary products I’ve tried. I feel like they’re simplicity at it’s best and I’d like to try out some of their skincare range out now! In terms of the foundation, if you’re a lightweight girl then go with the serum foundation, if you want more coverage then definitely the Coverage foundation. I would completely recommend swatching the colours before you buy it as they are very fair in my opinion! If you have any questions, please let me know, if not, I hope this covered everything! Have you tried anything from The Ordinary? If so, what was your favourite?

Much Love

xoxo

 

ABH Brow Wiz Dupe?| Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil!

Everyone and their mother has probably heard of the infamous Anastasia Brow Wiz but I haven’t every used it apart from a swatch in Sephora when I was in the States. For me, I always found the pencil to be very hard and that always dissuaded me from purchasing it. I know it’s a cult favourite but I really don’t like to use hard pencils on my eyebrows as I find them really difficult to work with.

Bring in Billion Dollar Brows (BDB) and their Universal Brow pencil* which, visually, looks very similar to the ABH Brow Wiz with a retractable pencil on one end and a spoolie  brush on the other to brush through the brow hairs. The pencil is designed to be suitable for all brow shades, by pressing lightly for lighter hair types and pressing harder, or building up the colour, for darker hair types.

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These are the different shades I managed to get with the same pencil using different amounts of pressure when applying. 

I would say I have a fair/medium hair tone but I do like my brows to be a little bit darker so they stand out and frame my face. I have had no issues with the shade and I find it works really well with both my complexion and hair shade. I also love the soft feel of the pencil as I find that it applies really easily and sticks to the hairs offering a nice colour.

My issue with this pencil lies with how thick the nib of the pencil is and I find it very hard to stay ‘within the lines’ of my brows and that it ends up looking a bit smudged and messy. The way I’ve found to counteract this is to use my regular brow product (Benefit’s Ka Brow!) and use the BDB pencil to fill in those tough, sparser areas. This has really helped me to conceal gaps in my brows and to give them a really seamless look that I’ve been loving.Billion_Dollar_Brow_Universal_Brow_Pencil_Review

The pencil has been working great for me in terms of colour, texture and ease of use. However, I feel like they’ve missed a trick by not making the nib that little bit thinner. Had this of been the case, I would imagine it would have been a pretty good dupe for the Brow Wiz, yet for me I don’t feel like they are directly comparable in this aspect as with the Brow Wiz you can almost draw in individual hairs as the nib is so thin.

In terms of price the BDB pencil is £12.95 from AllBeauty and the ABH Brow Wiz is only £15.50 on Beauty Bay so they are very close in price to be honest. I would say that the BDB pencil is best for filling in large areas and if you prefer a softer pencil whereas the ABH Brow Wiz is more suited for individual hairs, small areas and is a much harder pencil. Overall, I’ve enjoyed using the BDB Pencil and find it to be great for giving a really flawless finish but it’s difficult to use for sharp edges of precise brow hairs. I do think it’s worth the money for the price, however if you are lusting after the Brow Wiz, it is only a few pounds more for that so you wouldn’t be saving yourself too much money realistically.

Have you tried either of these pencils? What is your favourite brow product?

Much Love

xoxo

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Send Nudes| Sephora Give Me Some Nude Lip!

As a UK citizen, it pains me that Sephora is STILL not available to peruse at my leisure in the shopping centres. Seriously Sephora, what are you playing at?! I would say one of the things I love the most about visiting one of the stores or browsing online is their favourites collections. Annoyingly, these aren’t even able to be shipped to the UK so if I can, I try and get them wherever possible as I love them so much. Lora and her husband Chris headed to the US for their honeymoon and whilst they were there I asked them to pick up the latest Give Me Some Nude Lip set. Halfway through there trip, Lora still hadn’t seen them and I told her not to worry as I probably shouldn’t be spending the money on it anyway. And that was it, or so I thought! A few weeks after they returned I met up with Lora and the rest of the gang (Sophie & Rach obvs!) and on the way home Lora said she had a gift for me in the glove box from her and Chris as a graduation gift. She’d only gone and bloody got me the lip set. There’s a reason she’s my bestie.

Story time over and on to the actual lip set! I’ve had two other set previously, another nude lip version and a bold lip version too. These are such good value for money and always contain at least one full sized item. In this set, the full sized item is the Urban Decay Liquid Lipstick in Trivial which is a matte nude pink. I would say it’s quite dusky and there’s definitely some shimmer in there. I’ve only tried this out once but I didn’t find it too drying in the slightest and it had a nice moussey texture to it. As with most UD products, I love the gun metal packaging too!

Next up in the set is the Too Faced Lip Injection in Spice Girl. I’ve heard so many people rave about these and I have always wanted to try one. Two things about this product: 1) it does actually make your lips look pretty plump and luscious, but 2) it absolutely kills in the process! This is one of the most painful lip plumpers I’ve ever tried and after 5 minutes I couldn’t hack it anymore. My lips looked pretty damn good though so at least it does what it’s meant to. There’s a reason they call it lip injection though so be warned!

DSCF0568.JPGTarte is a brand that I am really growing to love, the more products I get to try and the addition of one of their Lippie Lingerie’s in Revealed (described as a light mocha but i’d definitely say burgundy) was very welcome for me! This is a bit like a chubby stick in terms of the packaging but it packs a punch with the pigmentation. I LOVED wearing this and I found that it had a bit of a glossy finish to begin with but died down to a satin after an hour or so. It lasted really well on the lips and I adore the colour. A real winner for me again from Tarte!

When I saw that there was a NARS product in the box I was a bit indifferent to be honest as I’ve yet to find my real stand out NARS item. I find their stuff okay but nothing that sets it above other brands in my opinion. However, the Velvet lip glide in the shade Bound has really surprised me. It’s more of a glossy finish but is so comfortable on the lips and has really good pigmentation too. The applicator is perfect for getting nice clean edges and I really enjoyed wearing it. This is one of the cooler more ashy shades in the box too and I love it as I find those kinds of mauve shades look fab going into winter.

Again, living in the UK, Marc Jacobs is slightly harder to come by and I like to be able to properly try things out before investing in that amount of money. I’ve heard many a YouTuber rave on about their lip glosses and thought nothing of it really as gloss isn’t my thing. When I saw the shade Sugar Sugar was included though, I was definitely intrigued to try it. There is definitely a reason you pay a high price for premium products as this is the most silky lip gloss i’ve ever tried. It give a wonderful shine and feels weightless when worn. I like to use it over the top of other lip products but I’ve also tried it on it’s own as a very light pinky tint. I was surprisingly very impressed!

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L-R Tarte, Urban Decay, ABH, NARS, Too Faced, Marc Jacobs

The final item in the box was from the one and only Anastasia Beverly Hills! I’m not going to lie, I initially thought it was one of the liquid lipsticks which i’d wanted to try for ages so was a little bit disheartened when, instead of drying down to a matte finish, it stayed glossy. It is actually their lipgloss in the shade Kirsten and I would describe it as a liquid lip with shiny finish. This is so pigmented and bold in just one swipe but has a glossy finish that means it’s oh so comfortable to wear! I really like the cool pink shade too and find that it just goes with so many things!

If I was to say one thing, I would have liked a few more brown-nude shades rather than predominantly pink and I’d have liked a mixture of finishes as the majority of things in the box are glossy. Saying that though, I really really like the products and there are things in there that I’ve wanted to try for ages. There’s a good mix of high-end brands and I always find these sets to be well put together and great value. This only retails for $28 yet is apparently worth $70. I did do a price break down on a previous box, gram for gram and I found their estimate to be surprisingly accurate. I think these make great gifts and having now owned three sets, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy more. If any of you Americans fancy shipping me the latest one, i’d be forever grateful! Have you tried any of the Give Me Some… sets? Which one was your favourite and why?

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Worth The Hype? |Fleur De Force Lip Glosses!

I’m not one for buying into YouTuber products really, as I often find they’ve just slapped their name on somebody else’s products and are reaping the benefits. However, I bought a gift set from Feel Unique at Christmas and this gloss was one of the products inside. I decided to try and avoid making any early judgements as I really like Fleur and hoped that this product would be a good’un!

This is one of the most pigmented lip glosses I have ever tried; it’s a strong colour in one swipe and has a similar colour payoff to a liquid lipstick but with a glossy finish. I really like the way it looks on the lips as it pack a punch with the pigmentation, but with a more natural finish because of the gloss. The colours available are all reasonably neutral but this red one, in the shade Lucky Star is a lovely addition!

What I like about these lip glosses the most is just how reasonably priced they are! You can get them for as little as a few pounds and it means they’re accessible to everyone! Fleur has also put a lot of her personal style into the packaging with a sleek gunmetal top and her logo, complete with stars, on the packaging. You can clearly see what colour the product is as the packaging is either clear or the exact colour of the product inside. The applicator is quite a traditional doe foot, however it’s comfortable on the lips and also precise enough to get a nice neat, crisp edge.

The lasting power of this lip gloss is not too great as you can probably imagine. Not down to the product itself but the glossy finish does wear away easily! It does leave a little stain to the lips which is nice so that adds to the longevity. The best thing about this gloss is that it is completely non-sticky! I’m sure you’ve all experienced the horrible hair stuck in lip gloss scenario so it’s nice to have that avoided for once!

I’m a bit annoyed as i’ve had this post in drafts for a few months and I’ve finally got round to writing it and it seems they are no longer sold on Feel Unique! I have found it on Amazon for £7.50 here if you do fancy getting your hands on one. I do think they are worth that price to be honest as they are a really lovely, quality product. A quick glance told me they sell the other shades on Amazon too if you are interested!

Have you tried one of Fleur’s glosses or any of her other products for that matter? If so which one is your favourite?

Much Love

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