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.



Sunday, 1 May 2016

Lifestyle | Brighton Foodies Festival 2016


Yesterday me and my mum made our way into town to visit the yearly Foodies Festival on Hove Lawns. We went last year and despite the poor weather we loved it, so decided to make it a yearly occasion. All week I've been checking the weather and it said rain up until yesterday morning when it said sunshine all day! Unfortunately this wasn't true and it did pour with rain but luckily it was right before we were ready to go home. In case you're unsure what the Foodies Festival is (which I'm sure the name gives it away!) it's a festival with numerous different street food vendors, drinks tasting and stalls you can purchase goods from. We started off trying out a Crispy Duck Wrap with Duck Fat Chips from a stall which I believe was called Crispy Duck Rotisserie. Quite possibly the best chips I have ever tasted, the wrap was full of flavour, and they don't skimp out on the filling!! Throughout the day we had a pint of Pimms, tasted several cheeses, went to two live demos and my favourite part... Ice cream made in front of your eyes. A little story behind this is, if you've been to America and tasted the heavenly delights of Cold Stone Creamery you will know what I'm talking about. They create the ice cream in front of you, mashing in your favourite toppings. I went for Oreo & Nutella and my mum chose Coffee & Walnut. All in all it was a busy but successful day and I would encourage everyone to check if they visit a place near you and go see for yourself!











Have you been to the Foodies Festival before?



Sunday, 24 April 2016

Haul | Crowd Colour Personalised Palette



You may have seen all over Twitter about Crowd Colour and their new venture into personalised palettes. Straight away I was on it and helped with their fundraising and soon enough it came the time to design my palette. I knew I wanted it to be linked to my blog, so thought what better than to have my blog logo (which I must say a big thank you to Laura from Lolaandbehold for designing it for me). It's exactly what I've been looking for as I could never bring myself to purchase a Z Palette. Now that they have got their foot in the door, as well as offering the option to create your own palette they also have pre-made collections you can choose from. My personal favourites have to be (although I love them all) the Glitter Glam Collection and the Pastel Marble Collection. Prices start from £11 for a small palette, £14 for a medium palette and £16 for the large which I think is very reasonable.

All in all I love the idea!

Have you got a Crowd Colour Palette?

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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Beauty | My Favourite Beauty Items


I always find it hard to choose what my favourite beauty products are as I love too many. But I am a creature of habit and tend to stick to the same products for a couple of week, so I thought I would share with you what I've been loving lately.

First off lets talk about my new makeup bag and how perfectly it suits my life! It's by Lola & Gilbert and I picked it up from Boots for £12.99. They had quite a few to choose from and also have wash bags too. I love the funny sayings on them and I'm sure there's definitely one to suit everyone. I've been using the original Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water for the longest time and love it as a pre-cleansing product and then I saw they released the new Garnier Oil-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water. Normally I hate the bi-phase oil cleansers as I find a lot of them leave a greasy film even though they claim not to. But as this was on offer I threw caution to the wind and purchased it. I'm so glad I did as I absolutely love it. I love the way it leaves my skin feeling, soft and smooth but not greasy, and I feel it takes less product to remove my makeup than the original one does. The next two products work wonders together, L'Oreal Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation and L'Oreal Infallible 24H-Matte Powder. I've mentioned the foundation on my blog before (read that post here) and mentioned how it's my absolute holy grail foundation, well that plus the powder is a force to be reckoned with. My makeup lasts all day and keeps my oil at bay, what more could you want! For concealer I've recently been trying out the bareMinerals Bareskin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer and it works great alongside my foundation. It stays put all day and the name rings true, it really is a complete coverage concealer. My new everyday lip product has been the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Obsession which I was a bit wary of as I had heard a lot of mixed reviews about them not being very matte. I'm glad I tried it out for myself because I have fallen in love with it. It does take some time to dry down matte but once it has it literally doesn't budge, even after eating and drinking. I was kindly sent the So Eco Bronzer Brush* to try out and after only a couple of uses I think I'm going to love it. The bristles are so soft and it's not too dense so you don't get too harsh of a look. Last but not least is my favourite eye combo which is the Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in the shade 06-Golden Brown with L'Oreal Color Riche Mono Eyeshadow in the shade 200-Over The Taupe. It's such a quick and simple eye look which is great for me when I have to get up at 2.30am for work.

Have you used any of my favourite beauty products before? What do you think of them?