Saturday, 16 July 2016

Wishlist | Coconut Lane

Most of you are probably already aware of a site called Coconut Lane or at least heard other people talking about it. They are a website filled with cute bits from stationary to sunglasses, jewellery to home ware in which I want to buy EVERYTHING! I thought I'd run through a few of my favourite pieces from the site, also there may be a cheeky discount code at the end.

Marble Double Layer Necklace £12
I wish I wore more jewellery more regularly but I just never find anything I like enough. When I came across the jewellery section, I fell in love! They have so many nice pieces and at such affordable prices I'm sure everyone could find something they like and can afford. I chose this Marble Double Layer necklace as its so simple but still stands out.

Wing It Wall Art £6 I'm A Blogger Wall Art £6
I love a good quote so when I came across the Wall Art section on the site I got so excited thinking about which ones I wanted to hang up in my room. I could easily buy them all so it was very hard for me to pick my favourites but I went with "Wing It. Eyeliner Life Everything." and "I'm a Blogger. What's your superpower?". I just love both of these as they relate to me as a blogger and a beauty obsessive!!

LUXE Blue Tropez Sunglasses £22
I always tend to steer towards the same style/colour of sunglasses so recently when the trend started of the colour mirrored lens, I went on the hunt for a out of the box pair of sunglasses for me which don't break the bank. Luckily I came across the array of styles on CL and found these gorgeous marble framed blue mirrored pair. I love them so much and can't wait to order them.

'Classy' Notebook £6
Like I said before I like me a good quote and also I'm a list maker. So what better then a notebook with a quote on the front! They have a whole load of notebooks to choose from, not just with quotes on but also really cute and pretty designs!


Rose Gold Selfie Case £20
Finally my favourite item! I am not afraid to admit that I love a good selfie but sometimes the lighting is off and just doesn't do your makeup any justice. So I happily welcome the invention of the selfie case! You've probably seen all different versions of this but I love that it's rose gold as it matches my iPhone!


So as a Coconut Queen, Coconut Lane has very kindly given me a discount code for my lovely readers. To receive 20% discount off your order just enter adelemarie20 at the checkout. I always want to be open and honest with my readers so I do receive commission when any purchases are made with my discount code.

Do you own anything from Coconut Lane?

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Saturday, 11 June 2016

Review | Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer


One of the most talked about concealers in the beauty world has to be the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. So when I went to purchase my favourite concealer (the BareMinerals BareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer) but my shade was the only one out of stock, I thought I would try out the much raved about Nars HG concealer.
I've only heard a handful of disappointing reviews and as we all know, the only true way to know if it's going to work for you is to try it yourself. After looking at swatches online l finally decided on the shade Vanilla.


Pros
Great Coverage - The website describes it as medium to buildable full and I would completely agree with that. It's full enough to help hide those pesky dark circles and help brighten the under eye but not so full that it looks cakey.
Good Colour Range - Available in 10 shades, you're more than likely going to find a good colour match. Although I would say the easiest thing is probably to go to a counter and get colour matched, I fortunately got it right online but you don't want the hassle of having to return it.
Long Lasting - When I saw long lasting, I mean once it's set just like with any liquid product. But a light dusting of a setting powder and it was there all day which was the first product I've found that's managed to do that.

Cons
Price - One of the main turn offs for me is the price. Yes it's a good concealer but £22 is quite steep for 6.5ml of product.
Application - I don't know if this is down to the doe foot applicator or when it comes out the tube, the product gets scraped off but I find that I have to keep redipping the wand back into the tube to get more product out. I love the bareMinerals BareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer applicator which is similar but more flat so you don't lose too much product when you pull out the wand.

The pros far outweigh the cons so I will definitely be repurchasing this concealer again, I'll just be on the look out for discount codes!!

Have you tried this concealer? What are your thoughts?


Monday, 6 June 2016

Wishlist | NYX Cosmetics

As you've probably seen on Twitter and Instagram NYX Stands have been popping up in Boots stores all over the country and I am lucky enough to have one in my local Boots. I have already been in and purchased a few things but to be honest I was so overwhelmed with how big the counter was, I kinda just grabbed random things. After taking the time to look at the boots website, I came up with a little wishlist to share with you.

NYX High Definition Blush £5.50
I already own two of these blushers and absolutely love them. They are highly pigmented and being available in 24 different shades you're bound to find your perfect shade.

NYX Matte Bronzer £7.00
My current favourite bronzer is the NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny but unfortunately Superdrug have stopped selling NYC and I can't find it for a reasonable price on ebay/amazon so I'm on the lookout for a new bronzer. I've heard some good things about  NYXs bronzers so want to give this a go.

NYX Lip Lingerie Lipstick £6.50
If you haven't heard about the Lip Lingerie Lipsticks, where have you been? I've heard so many mixed reviews on these so the only way to get a true perspective is to try them myself! Available in 12 different shades now I just have to choose which ones to purchase.

NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Foundation £6.00
As much as I love the dewy look, my T-Zone is just too oily for it so I'm always on the look out for a good matte foundation. I love the L'Oreal Infallible 24H-Matte foundation (review here) but am always willing to try something new. The name of this excites me as it's exactly what I want my foundation to do be matte but not flat!

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick £6.50
These have officially become my new obsession especially the shade Sandstorm. They are the liquid lipstick of my dreams, dry down matte but don't dry out my lips and feel comfortable. Now I just need to pick up some other shades.

NYX Full Throttle Lipstick £5.50
Again I already own a couple of these but I love the formula so much that I want it in every colour. It's a waterproof matte formula with high pigmentation. Also the shape of the bullet makes lining the lips so easy.

NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer £14.00
I'll be honest, this made it onto my list because I keep hearing KathleenLights talk about it on her youtube channel. It's a primer that neutralizes the appearance of discolouration and redness but also has light reflective gold flecks which create a luminous look. I'm not too sure about the luminous look because as I said my oily t-zone can't seem to pull it off but I'll give it a go.

NYX Sculpt and Highlight Face Duo £9.00
I'm not the best at contouring but I believe I have the basics nailed, so not I want to venture out with different products. I've mastered powder but now I want to try a cream/liquid formula and this looks like the perfect product to try it out with. Plus it won't break my bank balance if it doesn't work out.

Do you own any of these products? What's your favourite NYX product?

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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Beauty | Kiko Wanderlust Haul




A couple of posts back I showed you my wishlist for Kikos new collection Wanderlust. By the time I made it to my local Kiko store most of the stuff I was after had already sold out but I did manage to grab a few things I had my eye on.

Out of Bounds Eyeliner Pen £8.90
My favourite type of eyeliner is liquid but in a pen form. I find these the easiest to apply, especially when I attempt a winged liner so when a new one is released I have to give it a go.

Desert Dunes Trio Baked Blush (03-Impulsive Mauve) £16.90
Besides lipstick and eyeshadow, blusher is my next favourite thing to purchase and I feel that these days makeup brands are stepping up their blusher game. When I saw these blushers online I couldn't choose which shade I wanted but when I got into store this was the only one left in stock so that was decided for me. Such a gorgeous colour I can't wait to try it out.

Heatwave Lip Oil (01-Coconut) £10.90
Correct me if I'm wrong but Clarins was first to release the lip oil which I've been intrigued to try but it's nice when a cheaper/drugstore brand releases their own version. Again another product I couldn't decide between Coconut and Vanilla but Vanilla was all sold out so I grabbed Coconut and made my way to the till.

If you would like a review post on any of these products let me know in the comments.

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Beauty | My Makeup Brush Cleaning Tools



Some people love it, some people hate but it's something we all should be doing. Deep cleaning your makeup brushes weekly is definitely a chore but it's a must do chore. I wanted to show you what I'm currently using to make sure my brushes are nice and clean. When I first started getting serious and cleaning my brushes I just used baby shampoo and the palm of my hand which works perfectly fine, but after a while it was taking it's toll on my hands, drying them out and they just weren't feeling or looking great. That's when I came across the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette. I've wanted the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove for a long time but could never justify the cost so when I spotted the Real Techniques version for £12.99 in Boots I had to give it a go. Like I said I used to use baby shampoo but when Freedom Makeup released their Pro Studio Brush Bath, I wanted to give it a go. And I'm so glad I did as it's been the best thing for my brushes. It makes washing them so quick and simple and I find my brushes dry a lot quicker than they did with baby shampoo. I tried to find a link to the brush cleanser but it looks like they no longer sell it. But have no fear because their sister company Makeup Revolution have just brought out their Solid Brush Cleanser.

Have you tried either of these products? What are your favourite tools/products to use to clean your brushes??

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Sunday, 8 May 2016

Beauty | Disappointing Product - Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation



I rarely come across a makeup product I don't like or doesn't work for me but on the odd occasion it does happen. The much talked about product that didn't make the cut for me is the Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation. Just for a bit of information I have a normal/oily skin type, mostly oily in my t-zone so matte foundations are my best friend. Saying that, if the foundation is too matte it can weirdly make my nose go dry and flaky. That aside I first heard about this foundation from Youtubers across the pond in the US because as usual they get a lot of the good products months before we do. I don't recall seeing any bad reviews on it so was excited when I finally saw that it had been released in the UK. I went on my monthly Boots shopping binge and picked it up after finding my closest shade. I'm not a fan! I'm really bad at explaining things so apologies but it just wouldn't sit on my skin. When I was applying it to my skin initially it looked fine, but as I tried to add another layer it started to break apart. It got even worse when I started to apply other products like bronzer and blush, even though I powdered all other products were impossible to blend. Bronzer and blusher went on patchy and in the end I just had to remove it all. I've only tried the foundation with a brush so I am going to give it another go with my beauty blender and maybe a different primer but overall I wasn't impressed.

Have you tried this foundation? What's your opinion?


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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Beauty | Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette


I know I'm about 10 years behind with this one but I finally got round to using my Urban Decay Gwen Palette more and realized I have never mentioned it on the blog. So in case you haven't come across the fifty million other blog posts about it I thought I would do a run down of all the shades in it.



Before I get into the shades, let me point out the huge mirror you get in the palette (yes I still have the sticky bit on mine, sorry!). I love when palettes provide you with a decent size mirror as they are perfect if you ever take the palette on your travels. Anyway onto the shades...

Blonde - Pale beige with pink iridescent shift. Perfect for a base colour on the lid or to highlight with.
Bathwater - Pale beige with gold pearl. Another good colour as a base/highlight.
Skimp - Pale nude satin.
Steady - Medium rose with metallic gold shift. Possibly my favourite colour of them all.
Punk - Reddish brown matte. A great shade for a smokey look with a twist.
 Baby - Cool metallic rose. A pretty shade, especially when used wet.
Anaheim - Light taupe-brown matte. Perfect in the crease for a subtle smokey eye.
Stark - Nude-pink matte. Another base colour.
Zone - Medium brown matte. Good crease colour or on some skin tones a good transition colour.
Serious - Smokey grey with iridescent floating pearl. Perfect for deepening up a smokey eye.
Pop - Pale coral with iridescent sparkle. This will be nice for spring/summer.
Harajuku - Metallic blue-pink with iridescent micro-shimmer. A fun colour to liven up a simple look.
Danger - Deep metallic royal blue with blue micro-sparkle. Gorgeous blue for a navy smokey eye.
1987 - Bright metallic yellow-gold. One of the nicest golds I own.
Blackout - Blackest black matte. Every palette needs a good standard black right?

Do you own this palette? Which is your favourite shade?
Available from the Urban Decay site for £40.