Thursday, 25 February 2016

Birchbox | February Shine Bright Like a Diamond

Shine Bright Like a Diamond February Birchbox

Sorry for not posting for the most of the month but I've been enjoying Amsterdam and I've got a post to do for you of my hauls and my travels! I received my second Birchbox just before I left and I got some lovely goodies! 

Shine Bright Like a Diamond February Birchbox The Balm Ole Henriksen Specturm brushes ayres

Before the box was posted I received an email from Birchbox to select my favourite shade for the Love of Color One & Done Shadow Stick between two. I chose the shade Champagne Problems as it's a lovely rose goldy kinda shade. It's really blendable and I love it for a quick dash of colour. 

The Spectrum Tapered Finishing Brush I was most vary of, I felt the brushes at Pro Beauty 2015 and they felt horrible but it must have just been dirty brushes from the whole tradeshow feeling and trying them. The setting brush is great for my under eyes and I love them, I'm actually tempted to get a few more!

Birchbox Spectrum Ole Henrikensen Truth Serum Collagen booster

Ole Henrikson was a brand I've only ever heard on Sephora hauls, mainly for their high end 'treat yourself' makeup wipes that people tend to pick up on holiday in America. Truth Serum Collagen Booster is an anti-ageing treatment that hopes to fill out and reduces wrinkles forming used Vitamin C from oranges and grapefruits. I've used a vitamin C serum before from Balance Active Formula.  I'll be interested to try this serum when I finish my Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate and I hope I don't get too attached as it's a whopping £47 a bottle!

A little dinky pot of body butter is up next from Ayres, a brand I'd never heard of. I usually slap on body butter over everywhere before I go to bed so this pot won't last long. I think I'll save it for if I go away for a night or two! I got the scent Patagonia.

The Balm Frat Boy Blush

Frat Boy The Balm Swatch LOC Champagne Problems Swatch

The Balm is a brand I love and wish I could have more of but it's a little bit dear! I love my Cabana Boy blush and I was really happy to see inside my box however the sample is tiny! It is smaller than my thumb nail, but so pigmented just as I'd expect from The Balm. Frat Boy is a peachy apricot blush that looks lovely on my fair skin. The blush is matte so I love to pair with a pink toned highlight. 

There was a random hair tie but it's awful. I can't get it to tie my hair up and the plastic bobble hurts like shutting your finger in a door when it pings against your nail! L Erickson Narrow Grab and Go Ponysell for £7.80 for 6 but I absolutely detest it!

Toodle pip till next time! xxx

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Review | Eyes and Eyebrows with Stargazer Cosmetics*

Every have one of those days when your makeup feels to boring or plain? I really feel a bit meh with a nude or light brown eye sometimes and am dying to get a pop of colour in! There is such a wide range of colours on the Stargazer site and many different finishes. I got to try out most of the soft eyeshadow collection except one shade and I can say they are actually soft! They give such good blend-ability yet hold the pigmentation they bring. I'm loving using Dusty Sky* as a transition when using silver shades and Soft Pink* makes a great highlighter shade! It's stunning and the glitter particles are tiny so it isn't too chunky! For £3 it's an absolute bargain!

Stargazer Eyeshadows Sparkle Purple Dusty Sky Soft Candy Sparkle Green Soft Violet Eyeshadow Pen Sparkle

I also a eyeshadow pen to try, keep an eye out for a Twitter giveaway for a chance to win one, of the shade Sparkle*! I love it so much, it's creamy, blendable and highly pigmented. Perfect for highlighting or as a base for your eyeshadow. I'm loving it in the inner corner of my eyes. 

Stargazer Eyeshadows Swatch Sparkle Purple Dusty Sky Soft Candy Sparkle Green Soft Violet Eyeshadow Pen Sparkle

Eyebrow pencils are something I struggle to work with and find a cool shade. After playing around with the eyebrow pencil in shade 2*, I've come to like pencils a bit more! I haven't quite mastered the art of ombre brows with a pencil but for days I need a quick colour in, Shade 2* is cool toned and not too dark to quickly run through my medium blonde brows! There is a shade 1 that is much blonder that I'll be ordering once my eyebrow product collection has gone down a bit as they are waxy and smooth yet not 'stick to your brows' waxy! 

Stargazer Permanent Eyebrow Pen Brown Stargazer Eyebrow Pencil 2

Stargazer Semi Permanent Eyebrow Pen in Brown

Semi-permanent eyebrows would be the best thing since sliced bread for rainy, sweaty or the 'take her swimming on the first date' days! I've always wanted my eyebrows tattooed but I just don't have the money for it at the moment or know any decent artists! Semi-permanent will have to do! The Semi-Permanent Eyebrow Pen in Brown* is the most expensive thing from this haul, and it's a huge £5.... I'm still shocked by these prices to be honest! It really goes to show that you don't need to spend a fortune for good quality and cruelty free British products! Even though I quite like lighter brows these days, a quick light handed swipe still keeps the product light enough for me to use! There is also a black for darker browns, I wonder how long this stuff really stays on for, it states 24 hours on the website but I've only done 12 without taking my makeup off! The nib is reversible so it should last longer than other felt tip makeup pens.  

Stargazer Permanent Eyebrow Pen Brown Stargazer Eyebrow Pencil 2 Lipstick 150 swatch

Stargazer Lipstick 150

I know I said this was eyes and eyebrows but I couldn't leave out a lipstick. I know many cruelty free and animal lovers hate down on MAC, including one of my friends (you know who you are ;) ) and I don't blame them. Stargazer Cosmetics are cruelty free and are hoping to become vegan as well! I have the lipstick in shade 150* and there is no doubt that it is almost identical to MAC Velvet Teddy, just a creme finish rather than a matte! 

Have you ever tried any other Stargazer products before? I've used the magenta hair dye on this post here!
Toodle pip till next time! xxx

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Review | The Official Tansie*

Self tanning is always thought of as ruined bedsheets, wearing loose black clothes and getting orange everywhere while developing however there's a new kid on the block that saves you all those fears without needing to worry about strap marks or tide lines! 

Review | The Official Tansie*

Designed by young entrepreneur, Lucy Gronner, the unique, lightweight disposable style, anti-static material allows skin to breathe, whilst its loose fitting friction free design helps to promote a streak and stain free finish.  The Original Tansie means beauty buffs can say goodbye to washing tan stained clothes and sheets, and relax in a comfortable and affordable fit for purpose garment.

Review | The Official Tansie*

I slathered on my St Moriz Tan in Medium and suited up! You can't tell in these photos but I actually only had knickers on underneath, you can't see through the material which is great for answering the door! The Tansie* is reusable (can be washed at 30 and tumble dried on low) or single use it is completely up to you! I've saved mine for next time! 

Review | The Official Tansie*

The Tansie* is avaiable from TanGuard, current RRP £7.50. I'm officially a member of #TeamTansie  are you? 
Toodle pip till next time! xxx