Saturday, 22 November 2014

Makeup Revolution; mini haul

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Makeup Revolution; Mini Haul

It's official, I'm addicted to shopping and the only thing I pick up at the moment is makeup. My head tells me to stop spending and start saving, a week of not touching my card and I begin to believe it's okay to spend some money here and there. Last week I did that, I held off for 2 weeks of longing for these products before making an order, I then couldn't stop myself and then I was waiting patiently at the letter box for the next four days. I picked up three Lip hugs, which I fell in love with instantly and before I realised I was also adding The One Blush Stick...I blame the blogging world and everyones hype for them. 

The One Blush Stick, I picked up in MATTE RUSH, I'm not always the biggest fan of shimmers and having the option to choose between shimmer and matte of each shade is such a good idea. While I'm still not sure this is the right colour for me, it was the one I thought would compliment me best from the choice online. Honestly it's warming to me, just needing to add a small amount under my cheek bone and simply blend in to create the definition. The stick itself is rather thick in comparison to what I'd prefer, this sometimes means I put too much product on my skin and it looks a little over done. But the one thing that impresses me, is the lightweight effect this has on my cheeks, while clearly showing on my skin, the product doesn't feel heavy which personally I find is great!?  
The lipsticks were my main reason for making this order and I'm completely thrilled with the products. When purchasing lipsticks, the one thing I always consider is the texture of them and these were almost what I didn't want...still wearable and rather long lasting but still slightly 'lipgloss' like, which I'm not a fan of! The colours are also a little different to what I expected but just what I wanted all the same, am I making sense? (following the photo order...) I picked up KEEPS THE PLANET SPINNING, STILL MISSING MY BABY and I AM READY. While I was looking for more plum toned colours, these are much more red toned and even one being close to nude, but in the end it's what I wanted and I haven't stopped wearing them since, I got three new lipsticks to my collection and I'll be wearing them so much throughout winter. 

Theres so many more shades of these lipsticks available, some I think I'll be putting on my christmas wish list. I love adding new pieces to my makeup collection and at the price and quality of Makeup Revolution I'm going to struggle to continue saving with the amount of products I've been eyeing up lately. 
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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Current Favourites

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Current Favourites; 

Ah well hasn't it been a while since I've done a favourites post, but since the end of October and the last two week since, everyones been sharing there Monthly favourites and while I don't always feel the need to share this post, I was slightly inspired, especially since knowing I have a number of new and old favourites. Since it's almost three weeks into November now, I just don't feel right naming this 'October Favourites' so heres my current favourites instead. Obviously most are beauty products but a few other pieces managed to sneak in while I was preparing this post.  

Snow Fairy; Did you read my Lush Christmas launch post (here), well you'll know that this is the first time I've purchased products from Lush around christmas time and the product I fell in love at first sight with was Snow Fairy. Being bright pink it doesn't really shout 'christmas' but the smell, well it kind of does, such a sweet scent and I love sweet scents! I haven't stopped using it since. 

Daisy Dream; Another thing I haven't shut up about this month has been my graduation, I'm proud of myself okay? Well as a well done, my little (19 year old) brother went shopping and surprised me with Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream, I honestly almost cried...but being me played it cool! I've been in love with these since the release and because I never shut up about it, he went and got it me...obviously I worn it on the day of my graduation and been wearing it almost every day since! 

Where Rainbows End; Ahhh, have you seen the trailers for the film Love, Rosie!? Well, turns out I'd been ignoring  the trailers for a while until I realised it was based around this book! Last summer, I found this book in a charity shop, picking it up for less than £2 and I didn't put it down until the last page...I fell in love. A story of best friends, and their relationship from childhood to adulthood, I adored it so much, and I can't wait to reread it now the films out and watch the film too! 

Apple Cinnamon Candle; My latest obsession has become candles, it's probably the fact were entering the colder months and I always like the smell of a good autumnal/christmas candle. I got this candle from Home Bargains for only £2.99...I brought one last year and again this year, a long lasting candle, smells amazing and an incredible size for the price! I definitely recommend...oh and they have so many others to choose from too! 

Nanshy (Blending Brush); Not long ago now I was sent this Nanshy brush and reviewed it (here) and I've kind of been in love ever since...Almost every other post of mine I talk about wanting to get more experimental with my eyeshadow and for ages I was on the want for the perfect blending brush and this is exactly what I needed, and it's helping me get better and better with my eyeshadows, so much so I want to share some of my latest looks on my blog soon! 

Crown Brush (BK 15 Chisel Fluff); I went to the FabbEvent last weekend (here), and as part of my goodie bag was given this beautiful little brush! A little larger than the blending brush and the brush hair are a little shorter, I find this brush is perfect for adding a deeper colour within my crease and I haven't stopped using it since last weekend! 

MeMeMe Arch Angel; Again, another product from the Fabb Event, MeMeMe were ever so kind to give us all huge goodie bag filled with products from their new range...all my products will be up as a review in the next few days, until then...out of all the products given to me, this has so far been my most used. Arch angel comes with two ends, a highlighter cream and the brow gel...simply highlight under the brow bone and then apply the gel to my brows.

Makeup Revolution Romantic Smoked; I have a review coming to my blog in a few days all about this palette...but near the end of the month I purchased this to use for my graduation, and I've not stopped using it since!? I'm in love with the colours, creating great combinations and perfect for this month and the next few to come!

I'm in love with all these products and can't wait to continue using them, possibly until they run out! 

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Makeup Revoultion; Hot Smoked Palette

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Makeup Revoultion; Romantic Smoked Palette

Romantic Smoked - £4.
Purchased from makeup revolution yet? Need a few reasons why? Well, reasonable pricing, awesome quality, so many options and even some amazing dupes...Have you all fell head over heels for Makeup Revolution yet? Well, you should! I know I'm officially no longer a student, but my bank still seems to think so, so as much as I want to head towards the makeup counters in Selfridges I have to resist and instead head towards my local superdrug for amazing dupes for a price I can easily depart with.
If you didn't know I graduated last week, post here. And as a little treat to myself, I brought two mac lipsticks and then headed to superdrug for a new palette...12 shades for £4, well it's a no-brainer isn't it! I've been eyeing this up for a while now, and I used this as the perfect excuse.
As you can see from the swatches, palette has both shimmer and matte shades both similar to each other which I think is a great choice for anyone who likes to experiment with colours. My original reason for not picking this up months ago was because I was a little nervous of the matte shades, (they aren't always my friend) but I bit the bullet and decided it was time to experiment myself...and I'm slowly getting there!?
Obviously I'm still in love with my shimmer colours, using the shimmer side of my palette for my eyes almost every day lately, using the lighter colours for my lid and the darker shades for definition within the corner of my eye and my crease, this creates a look which I think I will continue to use throughout the next few months, maybe even testing the darker and matte shades for more of a autumal look...Something I want to share on my blog in the next few weeks, if anyone's interested?

I've been in love with makeup revolution for so long now, and I'm always looking for new products, so any products you love and suggest I'm always happy to hear about?
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Sunday, 16 November 2014

My New Bedroom.

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If you don't follow me on twitter (here) well then you probably have no idea that for the last few weeks I've been decorating my bedroom. But I was talking so much about it and it was a much needed change that I wanted to be able to share it on my blog. 
My room used to be filled with photos, every where you looked I'd found a place to stick up a memory, collected things from friends and they were on display too...but over the years I've realised I'd stopped talking or seeing these friends, friendships had ended and my display of photos no longer felt special. My single bed was also beginning to make me feel like a child and everything about my room was beginning to dishearten me rather than be my special room in the house. Knowing I'll be living at home for many years still, I thought it was about time to take the plunge and do something about my miserable old bedroom. 

Choosing a wall colour was the hard part, but a light grey on one wall was the perfect choice. I wanted something basic and a neutral colour so the times when I decided I'm bored I can change my colour scheme without it clashing with my bedroom walls. The biggest feature to my room seems to be lighting, fairy lights mainly, which I purchased from both primark and asda...this was mainly because of the time of year I love fairy lights and I've been craving some adorable ones in my room for some time, I feel so at home with them all lit up! I also brought a small and large lamps, for both on my desk and shelve to light up two sides of my bedroom, perfect for night time blog write ups and reading books in bed, ah bliss! Since arranging my bedroom, I've realised everything I've purchased has been candles or candle holders...added with the fairy lights, lit candles in the evening is so comforting.
I also needed storage, lots of storage! While my bedroom isn't the smallest room, I own too much stuff and always seem to run out of space. So of course, with my build in wardrobes and selves, I also purchased a tall bookshelf, a wall shelf and some ikea alex drawers. My books and dvd's finally have space in my bedroom (turns out I own too many and ran out of space years ago)...and while I no longer have a dressing table/area, all my beauty products fit perfect into these 9 drawers, in fact give me a few more weeks of spending and the drawers will probably be filled up soon enough!
Of course me being me, I can't yet expect loosing my photos, or all the pretty things that I like around my bedroom. So with a more mature paint colour, a brand new double bed...I still have a few photos posted around, little ornaments around and different colours around. I've also already started looking at canvas prints to post on my walls, some of which have been Disney movie prints.

I wanted to share my room with you all, because I'm really in love with my little space now. I'm so cosy and relaxed when I walk into the room. Though I'm already struggle to keep control of keeping it clean, which seems so much more difficult now I have less floor space. 
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Friday, 14 November 2014

Lush Christmas Range; review.

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Lush Christmas Range Review. 

I decided weeks ago, I'd make my lush christmas range products a weekly review, each product getting it's own post and full review...then I decided to schedule my blog (so posts with be publish every, monday, wednesday, friday and sunday), with only a few weeks left of November and I've already scheduled posts for each of these days and I'm taking part in the Big Blogmas Project blog has in a certain order, so today it's a full review of each product, popped into one big blog post, so apologies for all the photos.
(A few weeks ago I went to the launch of the Christmas range, which you can read about, here.)
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Baked Alaska Soap - £3.25
When I first saw the soaps in the shop, I don't know I wasn't overly bothered, I could cope without...but if it wasn't for the fact it was the first thing I was shown in this event I probably wouldn't of brought any. And I'm so glad I was shown the soaps, I wasn't sure when I could use it, being as my parents still buy the soaps for the bathroom, but I've popped this next to theirs and I think I'm the only one who uses it, but it just smells so good! Normally a citrus smell doesn't remind me of christmas, and honestly I don't think was does now but it smells gorgeous, a beautiful fruity smell leaving my hands smelling and feeling fresh after I've used it.  I'll be so upset when I use it all up. 
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Reindeer Rock Soap - £3.10
As I said I was shown the soaps first, and while Baked Alaska was my first I picked up...Reindeer Rock was a quick second. While everyone else seemed to love the other soaps, I wasn't too keen. I'm a girl of fruity smells and this was another, and as I said Baked Alaska doesn't remind me of christmas, the fruity smell of blackcurrant does just the trick. At the moment I'm using the other soap, but I know this one will be taking place in the bathroom soon...a smell I know my whole family will love to use. Theres something about blackcurrant that I like in this, I'm not always too keen as a product, but with this one memories of my childhood come flooding to me...the early mornings of primark school, when my nan would take me, my brother & aunty to school but before we'd drink so much ribena, aw. 
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Snow Fairy Shower Gel - £7.50
I know understand everyones love for snow fairy, as with every Lush post I've made this year...this is the first year I've used their products, the first time I've got to experience Lush and with the christmas range, I could never see the excitement but now it's possibly all I've spoken about. I've used snow fairy in every shower since, again a little citrus-ey, such a sweet smell but so perfect for this time of year. Although it's a little glittery and shimmery, it doesn't appear on the skin (which I'm not a fan of anyway). And the smell is definitely lasting, it's nice to get a quick whiff of yourself and smell something so sweet. 
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Hot Toddy Shower Gel - £3.95* 
I recieved hot toddy as part of my goody bag after this event, and while the smell is a perfect smell for christmas, it's just not something I love...I think as a christmas candle, I'd be burning it all day long, but for the smell as part of my shower it's just a little too spicy for me! As I said, the perfect resemblance of christmas in a shower gel and if you love the spicy, ginger/cinnamon smells this time of year it's the shower gel of your choice!...maybe I need to step out of my comfort zone, forget I own the citrus smells of snow fairy and use this a little more...maybe more in December when my body tingles with christmas spirit and I want to have the smell to keep me cheerful too! 
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Father Christmas Bath Bomb - £3.50* The Christmas Penguin - £3.25*
This seems to be the appropriate time to admit, I haven't used either of my bath bombs I can't really review them. I was hoping I'd had to chance to use a friends/boyfriends bath to use these...but I've been too busy to get the chance to and while I sound so gross to say I need to use someone elses house to bathe, my bathroom has a shower and no bath, I don't get to experience the magic of bath bombs...and yes that really upsets me, much more than it should! But I recieved these again as part of the goody bag and I'm hoping I can find the time to use them soon! 
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Santa Baby Lip Tint - £5.95*
I adore red lips, and once I stopped this I couldn't keep my eyes off it!...the price put me off slightly, because at the time I couldn't justify half the spends of this lush haul, but erm yeah I have no real excuse. So I was grateful when I spotted this in my goody bag, and I've been using it on occasion ever since...I think I'm going to try and get more use out of this closer to christmas, or that's my plan anyway! I do love this little product, so tiny and fits ever so well into a makeup or handbag. It also means you can forget taking a lipstick round and use this instead...because it's a lip tint, not much smudges appear and the lasting power is a few hours, which is awesome for us lazy people! But it's a little difficult to apply, which is a little off putting! 
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Reindeer Knot Wrap - £4.25
My final purchase was abit of a whim, I spotted this as soon as I walked in the store and really wanted it! For no reason, I had no idea what I could use it for, but the colours and the images were something I knew I needed to own. I'm still not sure how to use it, but I think I'm going to attempt head wraps soon...anyone know how to do it, that'll be great!? But for now, I've tied it to my handbag and it works well to create a little christmas image of my everyday wear without being too obvious that it's christmas related! 

I'm in love with every product I have, though some still need some getting used to I'm so happy I have it all as part of my collection...I mean with most I've already though of repurchasing or even popping on my christmas list! 
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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

MAC: Russian Red.

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I did a naughty thing...I brought one (okay, maybe two) new mac lipsticks. My excuse, my graduation, which is a pretty good reason if you ask me! I'd always had my heart set on wearing a red lip for the day, partically to do with the fact that all the information told us to wear clothing that would be simple and 'non ageing' for the years my photos will be around my house, and the beauty blogger in me said 'that means your makeup too'...and what's more time-less than a red lip! I've also been spending months finding a justifiable reason to purchase more mac lipsticks.
I was torn for choice as I was ordering online...I desperately wanted to swatch them all to decide. Torn between Russian red and Ruby Woo, I almost brought both, but I did that before with my first mac lipsticks and I now own two nude/pink lipsticks which look too alike I shouldn't of spend £30 on two of the same colours, oops! So I tried not to make that mistake again...though I could always buy Ruby Woo in the future, maybe?

Strangely all my mac lipsticks are matte (all, being this and 3 others)...and when purchasing this I was a little worried it would be too drying, I'm not sure why as I've had no trouble with the rest. While the finish of the colour on my lips is in fact matte, this definitely isn't drying...I can wear all day long without any trouble. The colour stays on my lips for a couple of hours, which is perfect for me as I'm always forgetting to touch it up, and the colour is a beautiful shade of deep red! A shade I associate with a vintage 1920's look, I mean would it be weird to say that I feel very 1920's when I wear it, like I should roll up my hair and such things...yeah probably just me!
I purchased this as I wanted a lip colour for a special occasion, as already mentioned, a time-less colour I'll enjoy seeing for many years and I think this is exactly what I needed! I'm already planning to wear this on events I haven't been invited to yet and I know it'll be the perfect colour to be wearing over the next few months!

Who else owns this colour and loves it as much as me? I'm beginning a mac wish-list for potential christmas ideas...which is your favourite mac lipstick?
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