Saturday, 30 January 2016

Birchbox | Birchbox x Pinterest January 2016

I've given in and started a subscription to a beauty box again. I got this for super affordable 6 months for £29.95 + £7.95 postage but went through Quidco and saved myself a fortune! I'd highly recommend checking Groupon and Quidco before making any big purchases just to check if you can save or reimburse!

Birchbox x Pinterest January 2016

Inside January's box I got to try some bits I've never had before, the best part about beauty boxes! My boyfriend let me pinch his Rituals products that he was given as part of his work Christmas parcel as he has really sensitive skin so he can't use it, but I've not used this scent before! I've not actually got round to using the bits he gave me either! T'ai Chi Foaming Shower Gel is designed to help you relax, and it's a multi-tasker as you could use it as a shaving gel as well I suspect!

I've tried many a micellar water but never a cleansing water, unless the Taaj water counts but I think that as more of a micellar water! Absolution L'Eau Soir et Matin (This will be super handy for overnight stays where I don't want to have a wet face cloth in my bag or to use as a precleanse!) I'm currently studying makeup at college so I might take this in to help remove my own before assessments to save time for the other girls! It's ingredients sound amazing for the skin with witch hazel, frankincense resin and geranium essential oil which sounds like a good mix for all skin types!

Birchbox x Pinterest absolutions eyeko rituals

Eyeko Fat Liner is described as liner whizz or novice friendly and I'd like to give a try! I've used the skinny liner before and I enjoyed it till it dried up but I know now to keep this stored horizontally to make the most out of it!

Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle Spray, will be a good test! It runs slightly higher than my usual of Aussie Leave in Conditioner but it smells amazing! It kind of has a Soap and Glory-esque scent but I can't quite place it exactly. It is quick thick but it'll be a good travel size alternative.

The Benefit They're Real Eyelash Primer is the bit I'm the most meh about. I still haven't got to grips with using a eyelash primer but I think it'll be more helpful on days when I know my lashes would normally clump as I didn't remove my previous mascara very well.

Birchbox x Pinterest benefit eyeko beauty protector

Birchbox x Pinterest benefit eyeko rituals

The box also included a pocket mirror and some motivational postcards! I quite enjoyed my first box and it'll be a nice thing to expect each month if I can't afford much else! Do you have the Birchbox come monthly? What do you think?

Toodle pip till next time! xxx

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

MOTD | Simple Work/College Makeup with Colourpop

I have started to build a tiny collection of Coloupop liquid lips and my love for them is growing! I have never bought direct from Colourpop but through Facebook selling groups with other bloggers like myself set up by some lovely ladies including Michelle from TSNC and Leanne from Bubz von Chubs .

This is a look I wore to college last Friday where I didn't really want to put on a full face but wanted to look like I made an effort!

MOTD | Simple Work/College Makeup with Colourpop

For my base, I used my current go to that comprises of Nivea Express Hydration Primer for dry skin, L'Oreal Infallible 24H Lasting Perfection Foundation (010 Porcelain) and Barry M Light Reflecting Concealer (1) under my eyes. I love this base at the moment, it's perfect for my dry skin and has great coverage! 

Simple work makeup eyes colourpop teeny tiny

I primed my eyes with Benefit Stay Don't Stray and set with Makeup Revolution Setting Spray. I set my eyes, undereyes and nose with the Cheeky Trio from W7 with the highlight shade - it's so good! Well worth it and so glad my work experience got me it for Christmas! For my brows I use Freedom Brow Pomade and highly recommend for the same quality but much cheaper than ABH. I created this wing with Seventeen Lacquer Liner* following with YSL BabyDoll Mascara. I lined with lower lash line with the second silver shade from Eat Sleep Makeup Repeat* from Makeup Revolution. I also used the white from this palette to highlight under my brow bone. 

Simple work makeup lips colourpop teeny tiny

I contoured and highlighted with my Autograph Contour Kit  and using ELF Tickled Pink blush across and up my cheek bones! Finally onto lips I used my brand new liquid lipstick in Teeny Tiny from Colourpop and it lasted all day even with lunch till I took it off for my makeup lesson! One finally spritz of MUR setting spray an I left for college! 

Simple work makeup glasses colourpop teeny tiny

What's your go to for work or college?
Toodle pip till next time!xxx

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Haul | First Ever Kiko Purchases

Kiko Haul Rebel Romantic Smart Lip Pencils

I finally went into Kiko and bought some products. I had been avoiding Kiko since I had the most awful experience in their recruitment process which involves a wannabe employer shouting at me down the phone telling me I must go on the London training because they really wanted me there.. hmm they didn't get me there! Moving on as I guess it's just the stress of opening a new store, I finally went in and I was very happy with what I've picked up.

Kiko Metallic Shine Eyshadow Rebel Romantic

I've started to fall in love with using cream eyeshadows as a base for my eyeshadow rather than being disappointed with eyeshadow primers and I find I can get more of a shimmery look with a cream colour base. I was looking at the sale items in the Westfield Stratford store and they still had a few products left from the Rebel Romantic collection including 3 shades of the cream shadows! All the shades in the collection are metallics and I was disappointed they didn't have 02 Absolutely Rose left but it did have 03 Strong Chocolate and 06 Dynamic Taupe! These cream shadows are a little bit drier than Maybelline Colour Tattoos but still have lots of pigment and pretty blendable. I always use my Nanshy Blending Brush with cream shadows and it hasn't let me down, I think it is the synthetic yet soft bristles.

Rebel Romantic Metallic Eyeshadows Swatches

The other two products I picked are two lip liners. I have started branching out into more purple and purple toned products so I needed something to stop these bleeding and making my lipsticks easier to apply! What I like about these lip pencils is that they come sealed so you know they are brand new rather than having to check each product before you buy. I picked up the Smart lip pencils in shades 710 and 715. 715, Periwinkle Violet, is lilac lip liner that suits most pink toned light purples but can also be used with greys whereas 710, Rouge Noir, is a darker plum purple that I find works better with plums, dark berries or deep purples. For £1.20, what's stopping you?

Kiko Smart Lip Pencils 710 715.jpg

I'm really tempted to try some other Kiko products but none of the skin base products seemed light enough for my ghostly skin. Please let me know your favourites in the comments below!

Toodle pip till next time! xxx

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Empties | December 2015

I flew through products like a woman on a mission in December. I am determined to get my life clutter free to fit my ever so compact lifestyle into my bedroom! I watched MissBudgetBeauty decluttering videos around the end of the month and I was super into it so much that I took a whole bag of clothes to the Heart Foundation shop and now I'm sorting through makeup and nail polishes to get rid of whether through my friends or selling them! My depop is @ma_mezza so please keep an eye out for more items for sale!

December Empties Angel Flicks

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is a staple in my empties, if you've followed me for a while now it appears in most of my empties posts, however now I've finished this large pump bottle I'm using up my mini cleansers in the hopes to find a new holy grail product as I just fancy a change considering I've used this product for at least the last 4 years if not longer. This bottle was one of the limited edition scents and I'm not sure it is around anymore but I do prefer the scented versions to the original now so thank you for bringing that out Liz Earle (remember it's available in Boots now so you can get more points!)

My first ever serum has run out! The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil is amazing! I love it! It doesn't make me overly greasy, it keeps me hydrated and smells really nice too, I can't beat it and when I finish my new Rosehip Oil I'm trying out, I think this will be repurchased for sure!

Liz Earle Cleanse Polish Ted Baker Body Spray Organic Surge Daily moisturiser vitamin e overnight serum the body shop origins ginsing moisturiser

Origins GinZing moisturiser I've had sat in my drawer for about a year, I don't really follow makeup and cosmetics sell by dates so please don't nag me about it!,  I used it so much the summer of 2014 where I was in and out of stinky hot climates and needed something lightweight to try and control my then oily skin - I've severely changed skin types now and need something a bit stronger so I used this up on my days where I didn't wear any makeup to dry my skin out. It is an amazing moisturiser and I highly recommend for combination/ oily skin types!

Organic Surge Super-Intensive Daily Moisturiser has been hanging around from my Glossybox days (the packaging has now changed) and I used to use it at night but as I mentioned above, I needed something with a bit more oomph so this filled the box! I love that it is organic and cruelty free but I wasn't sure about the feeling on my skin for this one, I won't be purchasing again although it did keep me hydrated!

I've been really at the oldy but goody products this last month! Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub is from when I first met my boyfriend back in Summer 2013 and I loved it! It's the perfect pick me up scent and really citrusy and fruity, perfect for summer rather than December but none the less I loved it! I'm currently working my way through the body cream I had lying around! I actually got these when Zoella first did a video about them so that was so long again but still in usable condition, waste not want not! Ted Baker Body Sprays were the staple of my time at Sixth Form *cough 3 years ago cough* and I like how they are a liquid body spray as I find it takes more bad scents away from you and lingers around more than an aerosol! I think you might still be able to get these in Boots but they've revamped now so it might take more of a look!

Sure Clear Diamond Seventeen Make your mark eyeliner eyeko skinny liner loreal touch magique

Sure Clear Diamond Deodorant was a random part of a trio of these cans I found in a box in my brother's room. I think I'd put them away with some other bits to give to my friend Becca and completely forgot! Ah well I needed deodorant and I remember why I'd stocked up in the process! It is amazing for any coloured clothes! I'm really happy to have another couple of cans!

2 eyeliners ran out :( well dried out. I absolutely adored the Eyeko Skinny Liner, it was pigmented and really easy to use but it must be stored lying down otherwise it dries out so fast. The same with the Seventeen Make Your Mark Eyeliner, however it isn't as black as the Eyeko one but the same issues. I think now I've mastered eyeliner a bit more (some days haha!) I will leave felt tip pen eyeliners for now.

L'OrĂ©al Paris True Match Touche Magique Concealer  was a firm drugstore favourite last year; it was part of my Perfect Pair for Pale Skin and I will definitely purchase another but I'm currently trying out a new kid on the block that has risen from the dusts of my tweenage years!

Treaclemoon Marshmallow Hearts Katy Perry KillerQueen Batiste Orietnal  The Body Shop Body Butter Raspberry Strawberry Avon Secret Fantasy Perfume

You know, just a few body products this month... Treaclemoon Marshmallow Hearts Bath&Shower Gel* - I LOVE THIS! I love everything I've tried from them and I will definitely repurchase some other scents, the next one for me to buy will be the Honeycomb shower gel so I can use it with the rest of the body butter I have left! Talking of body butter I finished these two bad boys off, The Body Shop is mostly known for it's body butters and I love the scent of the Raspberry however I can only find the Strawberry online. I slather it on everywhere and I got through it at a rate of knots but it is really noticeably softer on my skin.

My two haircare saviours, Batiste Dry Shampoo and Aussie Leave in Conditioner, always repurchase! Finally, 2 perfumes finished this month. Katy Perry Killer Queen is my signature scent for the last 2 years and I've just finished this bottle. It is so affordable and I love it! My grandma originally bought this for Christmas a couple of years ago and I've loved it every since, it brings such memories of me and Jeff spending our first time in the same country together and lots of other amazing memories! I've now got a 100ml bottle to get through! Avon Secret Fantasy Perfumes are my on the run perfumes, they smell amazing and are always on offer so I highly recommend!

Toodle pip till next time! xxx

Friday, 8 January 2016

Review | Billion Dollar Brows Marvel Products

Billion Dollar Brows Marvel Products

Billion Dollar Brows are a professional brand that has only been available in salons up until recently, having just launched into the public in stores and online. In the UK, they are available to purchase from Boots (I've not seen them in store but it might be available in larger stores than around me!), Feel Unique and All Beauty as well as Billion Dollar Brows themselves.

Billion Dollar Brows Best Sellers Kit 60 seconds to brilliant brows

I was very lucky to receive an opportunity to review a couple of their kits, which spoiler, are brilliant! Firstly, Billion Dollar Brows Best Sellers Kit* contains 4 products for you to easily create gorgeous looking natural brows. The kit includes the Universal Brow Pencil where you can change the intensity of the colour by pressing harder or lighter as I've shown in the swatch below. The spoolie on the end helps to brush the product through my brows and if I've been a bit harsh it can sooth it out. 

Best Sellers Kit Billion Dollar Brows Products

The Brow Duo Pencil paired with the Smudger Brush makes cleaning up the edges really quick and simple! I've been a bit cheeky and also used it to neaten up any lipstick errors too (make sure the clean the brush in between areas to save any lipstick brow disasters!), I find the concealer a bit too dark for me so I use the highlighter as a concealer and it works as a dual use on my pale skin! It's super creamy and easy to sharpen so I hope it doesn't run too soon! 

Best Sellers Kit Billion Dollar Brows Swatches

The only product I haven't had total success with is the clear brow gel but I think it's because I think for it to do any good it should make my eyebrow hairs crunchy! This brow gel doesn't and leaves your brows feeling smooth and natural but staying in place. It's an effortless control over stray hairs that just won't go or stay where you want them!

60 seconds to beautiful brows billion dollar brows

The second kit, 60 Seconds to Beautiful Brows*, contains a brow powder in Taupe and the Brow Brush, a spoolie and angled eye brush combo. Again with the spoolies, great, amazing! the brush is firm and holds it's shape while effortlessly picking up product so you don't have to scrape it against the powder and waste any. I can get such a super sharp eyebrow tail with these products and it probably takes me about a minute to do them actually!

Billion Dollar Brows Taupe Powder Swatch

The shade taupe is cool toned light brown that fits well with my mousy brown roots before my ombre, I'd suggest this to any blondes or light browns after a cool toned powder however there are plenty of other powder shades available! 

Billion Dollar Brows are holding a Best Sellers Giveaway for the UK only and 3 different winners, I have put below for you to enter easily for a chance to win the Brow Gel, Brow Duo Pencil and the Universal Brow Pencil and Smudge Brush, I'd definitely check it out!

Toodle pip till next time! xxx

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Sunday, 3 January 2016

Review | Treaclemoon Gentle Powder Love Bath&Shower Gel*

Review | Treaclemoon Gentle Powder Love Bath&Shower Gel

I hope you all had a lovely break over the holidays for Christmas and New Year, I slept through most of it but oh well I enjoyed it! The lovely Clare over at Treaclemoon gave me an opportunity to try out a new release of bath and shower gel. I love the interesting, sweet scents but sometimes it just gets too much and something more plain and calming is in order!

Gentle Powder Love* gives the comfort of the iconic scent of baby powder; I never thought it would be up my street but it is and even my boyfriend has pinched a couple of times and he prefers something less 'manly'. It's a perfect family shower gel as it's got no parabens and is cruelty free!

Treaclemoon Gentle Powder Love Bath&Shower Gel

Treaclemoon are running a Design Your Own competition where you can use the brand new IOS or Android app to design a new flavour and bottle of shower gel and the chance to win £100 in cash and your bottle to join the existing line, read more here!

Available for £2.99 in Tesco, it's a bargain to drop in with your food shop!

Toodle pip till next time! xxx