Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso Reviewed

Hey beaut's!

I keep seeing Milani makeup everywhere at the moment and something that keeps catching my eye are their gorgeous blushes, I think I now have about 5 of their blushes on my wishlist but the first one I had to give a whirl is the ever so popular Baked Blush in Luminoso.
Milani's Luminoso comes housed in a gold mirrored compact which has a flip-up compartment under the blush itself revealing a handy mirror and mini brush perfect for travelling and any on the go applications. Now lets get down to the juicy stuff... the actual blush... Luminoso is such a pretty peach toned pink shade with a gorgeous luminous sheen that looks perfect on the cheeks for Spring and Summer, it's so healthy looking and dewy without being glittery or sparkly in the slightest. Formula wise it's nice, because it's a baked powder it's incredibly finely milled and has such a soft, smooth texture with medium pigmentation which I favour because it allows me wear the blush softer some days or I can build it up for a more intense pop of colour. Lasting power is great too, the colour and luminous sheen stays put on my skin most of the day without fading, going patchy or sticking to dry patches, the only downside I have is that the blush can be a little powdery/dusty when I pick it up on my brush but it's nothing 'tapping off the excess' wont fix so it's not a major for me.

Overall I bloody love this blush and I can now see why it's so popular, it adds the prettiest flush to my cheeks and I love the fact it has that luminous sheen to it without all the glitter because I hate glittery blushes. Luminoso looks so dewy and healthy and screams Spring and Summer to me, trust me beaut's you need this bad boy in your makeup bag pronto, I think it would suit most skin tones too.

You can find Milani's Baked Blush in Luminoso for £9.95 HERE.

nopin

Living Room Wishlist/Inspo

Hey beaut's!

I absolutely adore homeware, I think personalising my house with bits and bobs I love is one of the best things about being a home owner, I could literally spend hours shopping for homeware which got me thinking.... I need to have a bit of a Spring time revamp and get a bit of inspo on what I could do or add to my lounge next.

We are in desperate need for a new leather sofa, ours is pretty much dead and it's brown so I'm definitely after something more bright and fresh looking. I keep being drawn towards anything with cactus's on at the moment too, it doesn't matter if it's homeware or clothes, if theres a cute cactus on it I want it. I'm also still after one of the letter light up boxes too, I think their so cute and would look lovely in my lounge.

Whats on your living room wishlist at the moment beaut's? I'd love to know!

nopin

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Nail of the Day featuring Barry M and iZ Beauty!

Hey beaut's!

I haven't done a nail of the day post in such a long time and seeing as I'm pretty obsessed with 2 nail polishes in particular at the moment I thought it would be rude not to do one and share these pretty spring appropriate shades with you.
If your read my iZ Beauty review (here) recently then you would of seen me rave about this pretty pink pastel polish in the shade Lily Romance, it's literally the perfect pink for Spring and I've been super impressed by the quality of the iZ Beauty nail polish range so far. I also opted for one of Barry M's new Molten Metal shades in Pink Ice on my accent nail and thumb, this is a stunning pinky-rose gold foil looking shade, I'm so in love with the colour and how it looks on my nails. 
Both shades applied like a dream with no bubbling or streaking and where completely opaque after two thin coats, the lasting power was great too, I was on my fourth day of wear before I noticed some big chips appearing. Overall I absolutely love this duo, their both so pretty for Spring and I'm kind of in love with this new shade from Barry M, I can see me getting so much wear out of it!

Whats your favourite nail polish for Spring right now beaut's? I'd love to know!

nopin

Friday, 21 April 2017

Sleek 'Solstice' Highlighting Palette Review

Hey beaut's!

Can you believe I only just purchased the ever so popular Sleek 'Solstice' Highlighting Palette around three weeks ago, their highlighting palettes are so raved about especially the Solstice palette but because I was so in love with my Mary Lou-Manizer highlighter by theBalm I didn't think I needed Sleeks offering, pah how wrong was I? The Solstice palette literally hasn't left my makeup bag since I got it, it's everything I hoped it would be and more, in fact I love it so much more than my Mary Lou and that's really saying something because I adore my Mary Lou-Manizer!
Sleeks Solstice Palette comes in a shiny rose gold/copper compact which is super easy on the eye and looks beautiful on my dressing table, it also has a well sized mirror within the flip up lid which is always appreciated and a tiny little brush for any on the go applications. Within the palette are four highlighting shades, one of which is a luxurious cream and the other three are velvety soft powders. All four shades within this palette have different hues and oh my goodness they send me into glowing, highlighter heaven, their stunning! If your into super intense highlighter then you'll love this palette because each shade delivers such a radiant glow and luminous polish to the skin, even my higher end highlighters have nothing on these, their incredible.
From top to bottom, left to right we firstly have Ecliptic, this is the cream highlighter and what a beauty it is, it's a nude-pinky-rosey gold type of shade that's works beautifully either on it's own or as a base highlighter before laying on a powder highlight. Next is Hemisphere, this is a baked powder highlighter that looks lilac in the pan but transforms into more of a silver toned metallic sheen on the skin, I thought this was going to be quite hard to wear seeing as it looked lilac but actually I've been reaching for this one a lot. The third shade within the palette is Subsolar – this is a bright, pale gold shade that gives a foil like sheen to the cheek bones, it's super pretty. Lastly theres Equinox, another baked powder highlighter and oh my shes a beauty and my favourite and most used in the palette. This is the prettiest peachy highlight I've ever laid my eyes on and again gives such a foil like glow to the skin, oh my goodness I'm in actual love with a highlighter.
All of the shades within the Solstice palette apply like a dream, I either use a fan brush or my smaller Real Techniques Setting Brush and both work well, theres never any fall out, their not chunky or glittery, they blend beautifully and the pigmentation and intensity is wellll....people in space can see me glowing put it that way! If your into highlighter this will be the best £9.99 you ever spend, trust me!

You can find the Sleek Solstice Highlighing Palette for £9.99 HERE.

nopin

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Soap & Glory FREE Beauty Flash Pack with Purchase

Hey beaut's!

Soap and Glory have an amazing deal on at the moment which is almost impossible to resist, from now until the 9th of May you can get their limited edition Beauty Flash Pack* for free when you spend £14.00 in a single transaction on any Soap and Glory cosmetics in Boots stores and online. I'm a massive Soap and Glory fan so spending £14.00 on their cosmetics is pretty easy for me, I absolutely love their blushes, kohl eyeliners and matte lip crayons, I seriously cant recommend them enough.

Within the Beauty Flash Pack are three Soap and Glory *hero* makeup products, all of which are full size and worth a whopping £26.50, this is literally a corker of a deal and such great value so I'd snap it up whilst you can beaut's. The set includes a Sexy Mother Pucker XL Extreme Plump, the Thick & Fast HD Mascara and the Supercat Black Eyeliner Pen! I've actually repurchased both the mascara and the eyeliner before, their regulars in my makeup bag so I was super pleased to see them within this set.
The one product out of the set I had never tried before was the Sexy Mother Pucker XL Extreme Plump, this is a clear gloss that claims plumps up the lips. You can either use the gloss on its own to give a nice shine to the lips, or on top of other lip products but what I like to do is whack some on whilst I'm doing my makeup, this gets my pout looking fuller ready for my lipstick application. The gloss itself smells divine, just like chocolate and instantly tingles on the lips, it can feel a little intense to start with but once your used to the sensation it's actually quite satisfying and I definitely feel my lips look more plump after using it too, and a major plus is that the gloss isn't sticky at all, woohoo.
As I said before I LOVE the Thick & Fast HD Mascara and the Supercat Black Eyeliner Pen, their a duo that never leave my makeup bag. The Thick & Fast HD Mascara features a 7-sided fan flare-180 brush along with strength-building Collagen formula which creates length, volume and definition as well as being super intense, smudge proof and flake free. The Supercat Black Eyeliner Pen is again a super intense inky black liner with an easy to use felt tip nib, I'd definitely recommend it for beginners because of it's shape, it just feels like your drawing it on he he. It's also super long lasting on me and doesn't fade, run or smudge all day long.

Will you be taking advantage of this amazing deal beaut's?

You can find all of Soap and Glory's cosmetics in store at Boots or online HERE.

nopin

Monday, 17 April 2017

3 Makeup Products To Try From Just My Look

Hey beaut's!

Just My Look is UK based website that I know loads of you beauty loving gals are going to love, theres so many brands to shop and choose from like Sleek, Urban Decay and theBalm, as well as some brands that are harder to find in the UK such as L.A. Girl and Milani which really impressed me as I've been after Milani makeup for such a long time, if that wasn't good enough they also offer free delivery on all UK orders no matter how much you spend and same day dispatch when you order before 2pm, how good is that? I've been giving three products a whirl from the site that I've been after a while and after testing them out I think you all NEED them in your makeup bags!
Seeing as I'd been after trying some makeup from Milani I decided to go for the ever so popular Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso* (£9.95). This is such a pretty blush and I can now see why it's so popular, it's a peachy orange shade with a gorgeous luminous sheen that looks perfect on the cheeks for Spring and Summer, it's so healthy looking a dewy without being glittery or sparkly. Formula wise it's nice, it has a soft, smooth texture, medium pigmentation which I love because I can wear it softer some days and more intense on others, it is a little powdery/dusty when I pick the blush up on my brush but nothing 'tapping off the excess' wont fix and it stays put on my skin most of the day without fading. I can see myself getting so much use out of this little beauty and the blush flips up to reveal a brush and mirror underneath making it great for travelling too.
Something else that's been high on my wish list for quite some time is the L.A. Girl Concealer in Porcelain* (£3.95). This concealer is again really raved about in the beauty world but I found the shade Porcelain quite hard to come across, I remember looking for it a while ago and couldn't find it but Just My Look have a whopping 27 shades to choose from including their colour correcting shades which is pretty impressive. Porcelain is the lightest shade within the collection, it's fair with yellow undertones and really brightens my under eye area as well as concealing at the same time which is just what I look for in an under eye concealer. Formula wise.. its creamy and easy to blend, with a medium-full buildable coverage and leaves a semi-matte finish that stays put really well, once this concealer has set that's it, theres no budging it, which again is just what I look for in a concealer because I don't want that bad boy to move or crease throughout the day. Overall I bloody love this concealer, I'd highly recommend Porcelain if your looking for a bright under eye concealer that covers, brightens and stays well, I want to get a couple of the other shades too for my blemishes and for contouring too because the formula is just lush.
Just My Look also have lots of Sleek Makeup to shop and seeing as I love their highlighting palettes so much I just had to get another shade to play with, Cleopatra's Kiss* (£9.95). Cleopatra's Kiss contains four highlighting shades in total, two of which are luxurious creams and the other two are velvety soft powders. All four shades are within the golden, bronzed realm and oh my goodness they send me into glowing, highlighter heaven, their stunning! If your into super intense highlighter then you'll love this palette as well as Sleeks other highlighting palettes, they deliver such a radiant glow and luminous polish to the skin, even my higher end highlighter have nothing on these, their incredible.

Have you tried any of these products beaut's? What did you think? I'd love to know!

You can find the Just My Look website HERE.

nopin

Saturday, 15 April 2017

iZ Beauty Nail Polishes Reviewed

Hey beaut's!

Spring is finally here and I'm so happy about it, finally the sandals can come back out, the light wash jeans can make an appearance and it's pastel heaven in the makeup and nail polish caddie he he. Talking of pastel shades I've been obsessed with three new nail polishes I got recently from iZ Beauty, if your new to iZ Beauty like I was their an online brand that sell soooo many nail polishes and loads of nail art products as well as a few makeup items too.
iZ Beauty* have just launched their 'Blooming Beautiful' nail polish collection for Spring and its oh so pretty, the collection is made up of four nail polishes in complimentary pastel shades all with a lovely gel effect formula. The three shades I have been road testing are Wild Sage - a soft spring green, Wisteria Lane - a pastel purple with a pink undertone and finally Lily Romance - a cool-toned pink, theres also a pastel powder blue shade in the collection too called Forget Me Not which is high on my wish list to try he he.
Each shade applied smoothly with no bubbling or streaking what so ever and where fully opaque after two thin coats, I found the polishes dried pretty quickly on my nails too despite not being classed as quick drying which is always a plus as I hate waiting for my nails to dry. As these are all gel effect polishes the finish is super rich and glossy and because they have been formulated and created with plasticiser technology it allows the polishes to resist chipping quickly so you get longer out of your iZ Beauty manicure. I'd say I got a good 3 full days wear out of mine before I noticed some chipping which I think is good considering how hands on I am at home and at work. 
Overall I'm completely obsessed with these polishes and shades, their so pretty for spring, they last well on my nails, they all apply easy, the packaging is cute and their affordable at £6.00 each, what more could a pastel loving gal ask for he he.

Have you tried any of the iZ Beauty Nail Polishes beaut's? What did you think? I'd love to know.

You can find the iZ Beauty 'Blooming Beautiful' Nail Polishes for £6.00 each HERE.

nopin

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Tangle Angel in Precious Pink Reviewed

Hey beaut's!

I'm always on the hunt for a good hairbrush, my hair is long and quite thick and I'm always whacking different products in it so a good brush is an essential for my barnet, but I tend to go through quite a few due to bent bristles and what not so when I heard of the Tangle Angel being great for detangling as well as being 'Kim K's favourite' I just had to give it a whirl.
The Tangle Angel* is a professional detangling hairbrush which is not only perfect for detangling both wet and dry hair, but is also a great blow drying brush and is suitable for all hair types. The brush itself comes in lots of different colours but I opted for Precious Pink because it was so cute and girlie, the back of the brush has an angel wing design which not only looks pretty but is multi functional too because you can hold it just by the wing design to get greater control and extra grip or you can just use the free standing handle. 
The bristles of the brush come in different lengths to catch every hair and are super soft and flexible, at first glance it reminded me of my tangle teezer but actually the bristles are much softer and more flexible with the Tangle Angel. Theres so many other benefits to the Tangle Angel bristles too, their heat resistant (the tangle teezer isn't) and retain their shape even when used with high temperatures, their anti static which is a major plus for me because theres nothing I hate more than when my hair goes static, and the bristles and the plastic also have antibacterial additives embedded within them which makes it an ultra hygienic brush.
Overall I really love the Tangle Angel brush and have been pleasantly surprised by it, it glides through my hair with ease without pulling or tugging and I've noticed that hardly any of my hair gets left behind within the bristles, not like my other large paddle brush I have which is basically full of my hair which has been yanked out. I also love how soft the bristles are, their not scratchy in the slightest and feel so gentle against my scalp, and the brush is super lightweight too despite looking quite heavy so its easy to hold whilst I blow dry or straighten my hair.

If you have long thick hair like mine that's prone to tangling or being hard to manage in the mornings then I'd definitely recommend this beauty, I mean if it's good enough for Kim K then why not hey? He he.

You can find the Tangle Angel Professional Detangling Brush for £12.95 HERE.

nopin

Monday, 10 April 2017

Topshop Magic Liner Review

Hey beaut's!

I absolutely love a good ole winged liner look, I basically wear winged liner everyday without fail which means I've tried my fair share of liquid liners over the years, however I'm still always up for trying and experimenting with different liners and when I saw Topshop's Magic Liner was finally in stock in my local Topshop (I've been after it a while) I just had to buy it to try.

The Topshop Magic Liner in the shade Engraved has an ultra thin felt pen style applicator which is great for creating very sharp, precise lines and if you struggle with feline flicks then this eyeliner will really make things easy for you. The tiny nib works great for any detailed work and for creating very thin lines, which is nice for those days when you want a less dramatic eyeliner look or if you have small eyelids like myself, this eyeliner is great because it doesn't take up much lid space that thicker liners are prone to doing. The liner itself is very easy to use and control, the nib has a good amount of flexibility but is sturdy at the same time and applies really smoothly with no tugging at the skin or skipping which is great! The formula and pigmentation is great, its an intense jet black shade that has a slight shine to it once it's dried, and doesn't fade, smudge or flake on me through out the day, I was actually quite shocked at this liners lasting power, I don't know why but I imagined it would fade throughout the day and lose it's intensity but it doesn't at all. I had also read a couple of reviews on the Topshop website where some people experienced smudging but other didn't, but I've not once had experienced any what so ever, I don't know if that's down to me having dryer skin but once my liners on it ain't going now where he he.
Overall I'm so happy I finally got to try the Topshop Magic Liner because I bloody love it, it's jet black, easy to use, long lasting, doesn't smudge or flake, can create thin or thick lines and is affordable too, I'll definitely be repurchasing this bad boy for sure. 

Have you tried the Topshop Magic Liner beaut's? What did you think? I'd love to know!

You can find the Topshop Magic Liner for £6.50 HERE.

nopin

Sunday, 9 April 2017

April Beauty Haul

Hey beaut's!

I hit the shops recently and decided to treat myself to some makeup bits and pieces that I've been wanting to try for such a long time, you know those bits that you always add to your online basket and then delete or I pick them up in the shop and then put them back again, well this time I thought 'sod it' and treated myself.
Something I've wanted for a while is Mac's Nylon Eyeshadow, the reason it's taken me until now to buy it is because I actually only wanted it for one specific thing... inner corner highlight! Seems pretty odd getting an eyeshadow for one purpose but honestly it's the prettiest 'frosty' inner corner highlight that lasts all day, I love it and I'm so pleased I bought it. Sticking with highlighter, I finally decided to cave and buy the Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette and wow...I actually feel stupid for waiting so long to buy this, if your into super intense highlighter then you NEED to get this palette asap, I love it more than my Mary Lou-Manizer and that's really saying something. I'd also been lusting after the Topshop Magic Liner for a while but it was never in stock in my Topshop until the other day so I snapped that up pretty sharpish and so far so good. I then popped into Primark because I wanted to get another one of their amazing oval brushes, this time around I opted for the smaller one best suited for concealer and contouring.
  I then popped into Superdrug and noticed their 3 for 2 offer across makeup was back on so it would of been rude not to get a couple of bits wouldn't it. I actually opted for three things from Barry M because I needed to repurchase my trusty Mist and Fix Dewy Makeup Setting Spray (review HERE), then I saw they finally had the Colour Correcting Wand for Dark Circles back in stock so I quickly grabbed that, and then if that wasn't good enough they also had the brand new Molten Metal Nail Paint shades in and Pink Ice just HAD to be mine.

Look out for some full reviews coming soon on each of these products beaut's but so far I'm loving everything I picked up.

What new makeup have you picked up recently? I'd love to know!

nopin

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Easter White Chocolate Cupcakes

Hey beaut's!

Easter is fast approaching so obviously that gives me an excuse to get in the kitchen and get my bake on again, so today I decided to do some white chocolate chip cupcakes with white chocolate buttercream and finished them off with some mini eggs, definitely the perfect chocolaty Easter treat.
What You Need - Cupcakes
– 165g Unsalted Butter at room temperature
– 115g Caster Sugar
– 3 Eggs
– 165g Self-Raising Flour
- 1tsp Vanilla Extract 
– 2tbsp Milk
– 100g White Chocolate Chips 

What You Need - White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
– 125g Unsalted Butter at room temperature
– 300g Icing Sugar
– 1 Large Bar of White Chocolate, melted
- Food Colour Gels (optional)
- Mini Eggs

How To 
1) To make the cupcakes Pre-Heat your oven to 180C/160 Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 and line a cupcake/muffin tin with 12 cupcakes cases.
2) In a bowl, beat the butter with the caster sugar until it's light and fluffy and then add in the eggs, vanilla and self-raising flour and mix until well combined. If the mixture is too stiff you can add a little bit of milk a tablespoon at a time to get a smooth light consistency which is what I did. Finally stir in your white chocolate chips until they are even through the batter.
3) Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases then bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until they’re baked through and they are springy to touch.
4) To make the white chocolate buttercream firstly melt you large bar of white chocolate then set aside to completely cool, then beat the butter with an electric whizzer for a couple of minutes until it starts to go pale and fluffy then gradually add in the icing sugar and beat again for a few minutes, then add in your large melted bar of white chocolate to the buttercream and continue mixing along with food colouring of your choice. If you find your icing is slightly stiff once you add in your melted chocolate just mix in a small amount of milk to loosen it up a bit.
5) To decorate the cupcakes I just pipped on the buttercream, then I grated a little bit of chocolate onto each cupcake (white chocolate would be better for this but I had run out so I used milk chocolate instead) and the I finished them off with some Cadbury Mine Eggs to give them an Easter twist.
These where so yummy and really easy to make, and I think they look and taste prefect for Easter because not only is the buttercream in pretty pastel shades and decorated with mini eggs but the sponge and the buttercream both contain chocolate, yummy!

What will you be baking this Easter beaut's? I'd love to know!

nopin

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Body Scrub Review



Hey beaut's!

I love a good ole body scrub, especially at this time of year when the weather's hopefully going to get a bit warmer and you want your skin to look in tip top condition for little summer dresses and shorts, so when I heard that Crabtree & Evelyn had released a new scrub in their new range 'La Source' I couldn't wait to give it a whirl.

The Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Exfoliating Body Scrub* is a creamy and refreshing scrub that features a marine blend of green seaweed extract and purifying brown algae extract to reawaken your skin, whilst the added pumice and sunflower wax beads exfoliate, polish and soften. The scrub itself is an aqua blue colour and is crammed full of grainy scrubby bits which work really well, it's not super abrasive where it slightly hurts to use but is abrasive enough to exfoliate the skin well and buff off any dry skin or fake tan. The scent of the scrub is very clean, crisp and contains refreshing aquatic notes, I also get a minty vibe and when I use it it's super cooling on the skin, a great one to use in the summer months or whilst away on holiday for sure. 
Overall I really loved this scrub, it exfoliates my skin really well leaving it velvety smooth and smelling super fresh and clean, and its perfectly abrasive enough for me, I do have areas of skin that are more sensitive than others so real harsh scrubs aren't for me however this one is great for my skin and doesn't irritate me at all, so if your a bit of a senstaive soul like me this might be a good one to try.

You can find the Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Body Scrub for £20.00 HERE.

What's your favourite body scrub beaut's? I'd love to know!

nopin

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

QVS Makeup Brushes and Tools Review

Hey beaut's!

Recently I was lucky enough to win a twitter giveaway and won some QVS makeup brushes and tools, I was super excited because firstly I never win anything and secondly I had never tried anything from QVS before so I was keen to give some of their bits and bobs a whirl.

If your new to QVS like I was, their an Australian brand that make makeup brushes and beauty tools at affordable prices starting at just £2.95, their range of brushes cover all bases such as face, eyes and lips and all can be used with either cream, liquid or powder products.
Firstly I gave their Powder Brush a whirl, this is made up of 100% natural bristles and can be used to apply finishing powder and bronzer. The first few times I used the powder brush I did get a little bit of shedding but this has calmed down now and I've been loving it for bronzer in particular, I find it's the perfect size and shape for me to bronze with, it's fab. Next up I've been giving their Foundation Brush a whirl, this is a standard flat foundation brush which is ideal for getting a seamless and smooth base with liquid foundations. It does get the job done and is great for getting into those hard to reach areas of the face but personally I prefer to use this type of brush for applying my primer or face masks. The Blusher Brush is actually quite a versatile brush that I've been using for loads of different things, it's a flat topped blender style brush which makes it ideal for not only defining your facial contours and cheekbones but also for buffing in foundation. I've not had any shedding from this brush either which is a major plus.
Lastly I have a couple of QVS beauty tools, my favourite are the Slant Tip Tweezers, oh my goodness these are easily the best tweezers I own, their just ideal for precisely plucking and shaping my brows and when I say precise these really are precise, I love them. Their Eyelash Curlers are also pretty good, they get the job done but I do have the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers which are insane, but if your looking for a good quality eyelash curler then these ones by QVS are pretty good a definitely give a slight curl and lift to my lashes.

Have you tried any QVS makeup brushes or tools before beaut's? What did you think? I'd love to know!

nopin