Tuesday, 19 September 2017

B&M Autumnal Candles Reviewed!

Hey beaut's!

Its no surprise that I like a candle or 50 at this time of the year, however being in the UK I feel like we sometimes miss out on some of the amazing candle scents that you can get from places such as Bath and Body Works, however trusty ole B&M make some pretty epic and affordable Bath and Body Works candle dupes so when I was in store recently I decided to pick a couple up to try. There was a few differences I noticed this year, firstly I'm pretty sure all three I bought are new scents as I never saw them last year (correct me if I'm wrong lol), secondly they now have gorgeous hammered copper lids and thirdly they where £2.99 last year and this year they £3.99 so theres been a slight increase in the price. Anywhoooo onto the scents...
Cinnamon Sugared Doughnut is definitely my favourite out of the three I bought, the scent throw is really good and it smells exactly like what it says on the jar, subtle cinnamon, sugary sweetness and vanilla doughnuts, its pretty immense and although theres a lot of sweetness going on it isn't sickly at all, I love it!
Spiced Pomegranate Cider is more subtle that I imaged, the scent throw is very minimal in fact it smells a lot stronger if you just sit sniffing the wax when it's not alight. When it is lit I do get light spicy scents and warm berry vibes but as I said this one isn't as strong as I hoped.
Pumpkin Waffles....arhhh doesn't that just sound amazing! This one has a good scent throw, it's not strong or overpowering but it does fill the house with its scent, I get pumpkin, vanilla, maple syrup and nutmeg fragrances from this one which make me feel so cosy and autumnal, its lovely!

For £3.99 each you really cant fault these candles, they look cute, smell great without being too overpowering, their double wicked and burn evenly so theres no wasted wax and have up to 25 hours burn time, their such good value for money.

Have you picked up any of the B&M Bath and Body Works candle dupes beaut's? Which would you recommend? I'd love to know.

nopin

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Technic Cosmetics Review #2 - Beauty Bargains Alert!

Hey beaut's!

You may have seen back in August I tried a few makeup bits and pieces by Technic Cosmetics after hearing such good things about them, to my surprise everything I tried was actually pretty good and most of them made their way into my everyday makeup bag pretty sharpish. After having such fab results last time it left me itching to try more, well you cant whack affordable makeup that actually does the trick can you!
I'd had my eye on the Technic Metalix Eyeshadow Creams* for such a long time, metallic eyeshadow creams and glitters seem to be huge right now but I couldn't seem to find any at high street prices until now. Technic's Metalix are just £1.99 each and they are bloody brilliant, I have the shades are Taupe Be - a golden bronze, Plum Pudding - a deep plum/purple and Champagne For Everybody - a bright gold/champagne, each one applies with a little doe foot applicator and they blend like and dream, they're super pigmented too and wont budge once their set. These are by far my favourites out of all the Technic makeup I own, their gorgeous! 
I wear liquid liner pretty much every day and the thing that has impressed me the most about this Technic Chunky Liner in Black* (£1.99) is that it stays put like nothing else, I'm surprised it isn't labelled as a waterproof liner  because it literally doesn't fade, smudge or run throughout an entire day, I can even touch my eye area and it wont transfer, I'm very impressed with it and for £1.99 you cant go wrong! The Ultimate Brow Kit* (£2.50) pretty much has everything covered when it comes to brows, theres 3 brow powders, a brow wax, two mini brow brushes and the cutest mini tweezers I've ever seen. It's an amazing little kit if your travelling or going on holiday as theres everything you need to keep those brows on fleek in one tiny palette, the lid even has a decent size mirror inside it too which is always appreciated!
I'm obsessed with makeup sprays at the moment so I couldn't wait to see how Technics Primer Spray* (£1.49) held up. To be honest I didn't see much difference in the longevity of my makeup but the spray definitely helped my base makeup blend better on my skin and my foundation seemed to sit flawlessly on my skin too. The way I like to use the spray is by drenching my face in the spray first the I go straight in with my foundation whilst my face is still wet and it does something magical when the two mix. Finally can we all just appreciate how stunning the Colour Max Matte Lipstick in Kiss Catch* (99p)  is... wow this shade is right up my street and the formula is lovely, despite being matte it isn't super drying and my lips still have movement when rubbed together which gives this lippie lots of sparkly points from me!
Overall I'm loving every single thing I've been road testing, especially those gorgeous Metalix Cream Eyeshadows. All of the Technic products are cruelty free, suitable for vegans and vegetarians too which is a major bonus for me and the fact their so ruddy cheap is such a winner, my bank card now has no excuse to keep yelling at me he he.


What are your favourite Technic products beaut's? I'd love to know.

nopin

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Zoella Beauty and Lifestyle Christmas Collection Reviewed

Hey beaut's!

You may have seen that recently myself and my friend Kate got the chance to go down to London to visit Zoella's Winter Wonderland! We had an hour to explore and look at all of Zoella's new beauty and lifestyle Christmas collections - which where amazing by the way - and on the way out we was given a lovely goodie bag with four of the new launches inside so I thought I'd share my thoughts on them all now that I've had the chance to use them quite a bit.

Zoella's Christmas beauty collection is available in Superdrug and Feel Unique this year and theres quite a few things within the range that I think will be fast sellers, the Snow'ella Body Mist being one of them! The scent of the mist is super fresh, bright, clean and snow like with a flurry of stunning notes such as peony, refreshing mint and pink pepper. Can we all just appreciate how gorgeous the bottle is too, it's a whopping new 100ml size and the pom pom detail is mega cute, I love it! The Winter Wonder Hand Cream carries the same scent as the body mist and the same formula as last years gingerbread hand cream so I knew I'd love this as I went through tubes of last years hand cream. It's super nourishing, non sticky, soaks into my hands quickly and the scent lingers for hours, it's such a Autumn/Winter staple for me!

The Cosy Vibes Mug is part of Zoe's lifestyle range which is exclusive to Boots and is in their fab 3 for 2 offer which I love, you cant beat a bit of Boot's 3 for 2 at Christmas can you! The mug itself is a decent size for all those hot chocolates, teas and coffees and the design is super cute and so Instagram-able! The lifestyle range actually has a forest green/copper theme which I think work so well together, and even though everything has a festive feel it's not too in your face and you can definitely use everything all year round! 

Finally the Bento Box Stationery Set has all of your stationary basics covered, theres  
two pencils, a rubber, a ruler, cute arrow shaped paperclips, washi tape and of course and notepad to quickly jot things down. I love this set, not only is it pleasing on the eye but super practical too.

You can find the Lifestyle range exclusively in Boots HERE and the Beauty range is available in Superdrug HERE!

What have you got your eye on from the Christmas Collections this year beaut's? I'd love to know!

nopin

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette Review & Swatches!

Hey beaut's!

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eyeshadow Palette has been hitting the beauty headlines recently and not really in a good way, theres been lots of controversy about the shades being overly powdery and hitting pan pretty much instantly, so when I won a palette for myself on a twitter giveaway a few weeks back I couldn't wait to put the palette to the test myself!
The palette itself contains 14 eyeshadows in total and is mostly made up of matte shades, theres 11 mattes and 3 metallic shimmers, all of which are in earthy, underground colours which I think are perfect for the Autumn/Winter season! The palette also comes complete with a dual-ended blending and eyeshadow brush which I've used a few times and it's pretty good, although the blending end has shed slightly, theres also a decant sized mirror within the flip up lid which I always find really useful!
As I was completely new to Anastasia Beverly Hills makeup I had no idea what to expect from the formula of these shadows, of course I'd heard some negative things about the Subculture Palette but I tried to put those at the back of my mind because I wanted my own fresh opinion on the palette. Firstly the pigmentation is crazy good, in all my years of collecting makeup and eyeshadow palettes I have never come across a palette so pigmented in all of my life, the pigment of the matte shades is seriously mind blowing, I mean just look at those swatches below, wowza! I just have to add that none of these swatches where built up, I literally pressed my finger into the pan and done one swipe on my arm, WOW!
I found all of the shades pretty easy to blend and merge together, I would suggest using a VERY light hand when picking up the shades on your brush because the pigment is just so intense. All of the shades lasted really well of my oily eyelids too and didn't crease which is a major plus for me! Now are these shadows powdery... in a word YUP! They do kick up quite a lot of shadow when dipping my brush back and forth, they're certainly more powdery than any other shadows I've used before, I think it's because their just super soft eyeshadows, even the mattes feel buttery soft to swatch, it's quite bizarre really. To be honest the powdery kick up doesn't bother me too much, obviously it slightly annoying and a tad wasteful but for me personally it's not a huge deal.
Overall I do really like this palette, yes the shadows are super powdery but for me that doesn't hinder the quality or how the shadows perform, the shade range is right up my street and I'll be getting so much use out of the shadows during the Autumn and Winter months.

You can find the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette for £41.00 HERE.

Have you tried the Subculture Palette yet beaut's? What are your thoughts on it? I'd love to know!

nopin

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Perfect Brows With Benefit!

 Hey beaut's!

I'm really into perfecting my brows at the minute, I used to hate doing them but now I find it so satisfying getting them perfect and on point, no makeup look is complete without a pair of gorgeous brows after all is it he he. Recently I've been giving some of Benefits brow products a whirl, they have so many brow products to choose from in Debenhams which has us beauty lovers literally spoilt for choice, they've certainly catered to all of our brow needs that's for sure. I'm already a huge fan of the Gimme Brow by Benefit so I had high hopes for Benefit's other brow goodies, and I've definitely found a couple of new favourites here.
 The Foolproof Brow Powder is so easy to use and I'd highly recommend it for beginners, it helps you create a natural looking full brow in just two simple steps. The little palette has the cutest eyebrow-shaped pan which is split into two going from light to dark which helps mimic the look of a natural brow, because you always want to start off lighter at the beginning of your brow and then darken up the tail of the brow so the split pan helps you out a lot. The formula of the brow powder within the palette is lovely, it picks up on the brush well and blends into my brows with ease, definitely one to try if your prefer a softer, natural brow.

Precisely, My Brow Pencil* £20.00

Brow pencils are something I don't really reach for often because I have a tendency to be slightly heavy handed with them, but Precisely, My Brow has totally erased my brow pencil fear. Precisely, My Brow is my new favourite brow product (say whatttt), it has a twist up, ultra fine tip which draws on incredibly natural looking and precise hair like strokes and the handy spoolie on the other end of the pencil is the perfect size to brush through my brows before or after application. The texture is really nice too, it's creamy enough to give good colour payoff without added too much pressure which was always my downfall, but waxy enough to stay in place all day, it's even smudge proof and waterproof, I LOVE this little pencil so much.

Ka-Brow!* £20.00

Benefit's Ka-Brow is a cream-gel brow pomade which comes in a little pot with a 'not half bad' built in brush which is super handy for when your on the go. The formula itself is really nice and easy to work with, it creamy enough to blend well with my brows but still pigmented enough to do individual brush strokes creating natural looking brow hairs, it's also waterproof too which make it super long lasting without going hard or flakey, and I can confirm that once this stuff has set it isn't budging all day, I can promise you that!

3D Browtones Eyebrow Enhancer* £20.00

Benefits 3D Browtones is a totally new kind of brow product for me, I've never tried anything like it before and to be honest I never knew something like this even existed for brows until now. 3D Browtones is a slightly shimmering/metallic brow gel that allows you to either soften the look of dark brows, or add dimension to paler brows, whilst holding them in place at the same time. It's such a clever product which I absolutely love and has become a staple in my brow routine now, it really does make my brow hairs look like brow hairs and not overly filled in, and fear not even though it has a metallic formula your brows don't actually look sparkly thank goodness he he.

You can find the complete Benefit Brow Collection In Debenhams HERE

nopin

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Halloween Nails by Leighton Denny!

 Hey beaut's!

Who else is super excited for all things Autumnal, roll on crunchy leaves, cosy jumpers, boots with cute socks, candles oh and Halloween... Speaking of Halloween, can you believe it's something like 50 more sleeps to go, time is just flying by like a witch on her broomstick isn't it (see what I did there hehe)... Anyway I'm going off track now, I've recently been giving three Leighton Denny nail polishes a whirl that are perfect for creating a spooky manicure.
The first shade that I've been trying out is Maneater*, this new shade from Leighton Denny is pretty much a Halloween staple, it's a wet-look glossy jet black shade that will add some spooky drama to those nails. I love how this shade applies, usually blacks can be pretty tricky to get opaque but two thin coats was all this needed and it was as dark as night, I love it. The next shade is Caught Red Handed*, this is a bright, iridescent red that gives a 'naughty but nice' impression. I feel like this shade could easily take you from Halloween to Christmas because it's such a striking red, it look fab on toe nails too. Finally we have Miss Behavin*, this is the most gorgeous enchanting midnight blue shade. It's the deepest shade of blue I own which has a hint of shimmer and sparkle to it, despite being quite mystical it's actually pretty too.
Formula wise... these three are lovely, they are all super opaque and only take two thin coats for complete coverage on my nails, when they go on they aren't streaky and they don't bubble up at all and they dry really quickly too which is always a bonus. Lasting power was really good too, I'm really heavy handed at work and at home with housework and what not and these kept up really well and didn't start chipping away until 3-4 days of wear which is really good for me.

Overall I really like all three of these polishes by Leighton Denny, for such dark shades they performed and applied so well and definitely add a spooky element to any manicure. Have you tried any shades from Leighton Denny beaut's? Which would you suggest? I'd love to know!

You can find the Leighton Denny Nail Polishes for £12.00 each HERE.

nopin

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Zoella Winter Wonderland Visit

Hey beaut's!

On Thursday me and my girlie Kate from Kates Closet got the chance to go down to London to visit Zoella's Winter Wonderland! We had an hour to explore and look at all of Zoella's new beauty and lifestyle Christmas collections as well as being able to tuck into hot chocolate in Zoella's new Cosy Vibes mug, get a hand and arm massage with the new Winter Wonder Hand Cream and dive into a huge snow globe and bath filled with snow, all whilst Christmas music was playing in the background. Me and Kate had the most magical time and I have to say after seeing all of Zoella's Christmas range in person it looks pretty epic, I mean don't get me wrong it all looks amazing online but being able to look, touch, feel and smell everything was just amazing!



Theres so much to choose from the beauty range this year and the scent is gorgeous, theres stunning notes of peony, refreshing mint and pink pepper throughout the range making it a super fresh, clean, snow like fragrance! The Winter Wonder Hand Cream and the Body Mist have to be my favourites, their so lovely and the packaging is super cute! 
The lifestyle range has such a cosy feel, theres everything from a cute mugs, gorgeous candles and reed defusers, stationary and theres even an advent calender this year. My favourites have to be the candles though, as you probably know I'm a sucker for a seasonal candle he he, Festive Cookie and Cosy Christmas smell amazing and I also spotted what I think will be an exclusive 'Christmas Clementine' which also smells incredibly festive!



 Me and Kate had such a fantastic time and even got goodies bag signed by Zoella containing the Snow'ella Body Mist, Winter Wonder Hand Cream, Cosy Vibes Mug and the Bento Station Stationary Set which was so generous of them!

You can find the Lifestyle range exclusively in Boots (it's on 3 for 2 yayyy) and the Beauty range is available on Superdrug and Feel Unique!

What have you got your eye on from the Christmas Collections beaut's? I'd love to know!

nopin