Friday, 27 February 2015

For me, mascara makes my makeup complete. If my mascara does not feel right, the chances are that the rest of my makeup doesn't either. I'm blessed with quite long lashes, so I'm always on the hunt for volume (and lots of it)! Yes, it's safe to say that I quite like dramatic lashes. 

When I spotted the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara on Superdrug's website, the beautiful rose gold packaging initially drew me in. The packaging really is quite pretty, I love the black and gold together and it feels really nice to hold too. However, inside the packaging, something rather special waited for me.

The Lash Sensation mascara is a curved brush and it reminds me a lot of the L'Oreal Flutter mascara. The wand actually has SIX lengths of bristles, which is not something I've ever heard of because. The curved wand and the multi-length bristles are the perfect match and it shows, because it picks up every single lash! It's a plastic brush, which I know not everyone loves, but I'm personally quite the fan. The formula doesn't clump at all, you get perfectly spread out lashes, each with lovely definition. It's true what they say, you can get amazing lashes in just one coat, but two coats really give you lashes that wow! I use the shade 'Very Black' which provides a jet black colour - I cannot stand when mascara is more grey than black.

You can pick up Lash Sensation for £7.99 (here) and it's worth every penny! 

Thursday, 26 February 2015

I have a weak point for stars, they are a little bit of an obsession for me. So as you can imagine, this 'Starry Night Pendant' really tugs at my heart strings.

It's a gorgeous sterling silver necklace, which has a simple star pendant. It's everything I like a necklace to be; it's chic, it's simple but it's beautiful. It's made by a brand called London Road Jewellery. They were founded in 2009 with the aim of creating fashionable but highly wearable jewellery, all at a good price. They choose unique designs, pair them with different textures and metals. They have something for everyone as they experiment with rose gold, silver and yellow gold, all in on-trend designs. 

What I love about the necklace is it comes on a long 16 inch chain, which can be extended to be 18 inches. I really like to wear necklaces that have a long chain as they are so comfortable to wear. The pendant itself is beautiful, it's super shiny and the quality is fantastic. It's hallmarked so you know that the silver is authentic and it feels quite weighty in your hands - it's definitely not flimsy. 

Lets take a minute to discuss the packaging for this, as it really oozes sophistication. It comes in a black box which has gold detailing in the form of the London Road logo. It has a pink band round the outside, which just gives it a pop of colour. I honestly think this is kind of packaging that makes your heart skip a beat. It feels so special and so unique in your hands, that you know something exciting is inside. 

If you want to get your hands on this necklace, you can pick it up from Jewel Street (here). Before this necklace I'd actually not heard of Jewel Street, but they are actually an online marketplace for jewellery boutiques. They have thousands of items, which range from £20 to £5000. So you can really get lost on there if you love jewellery like me! 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Of course February is the home of Valentines Day, so many boxes have been taking the month of love as a theme. Glossybox is no different "This month we're celebrating all things love... introducing you to all your beauty soul mates". Glossybox boast that we've received four full sized items in the boxes. As far as Glossyboxes have gone in the last few months this is not actually too bad. Recently I've opened boxes and been pretty upset with the contents, but this month was not full of total anger. 

So whats inside? Well if you ignore the really annoying part; another So Susan product (this time a cheek/lip quartet) it's not too shabby. There is a the spoiler item which is the Royal Apothic Tinties Balm. This looks really nice in the packaging but it's getting some really rubbish reviews, I'll try it and report back! The Got2b All Star 10-in-1 Styling Treatment (£4 here) is next. This is a treatment from Schwarzkopf which claims to provide 'shine, fullness, strength, thickness, smoothness, suppleness, protection, anti-frizz, anti-humidity and shape'. That is a lot of promises but I'll definitely be giving it a go - I like testing hair products. 

Next is the Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow - this actually looks really pretty. Seems like it's pretty pigmented and I like experimenting with eyeshadows (even if they are Glossybox's favourite thing). The next thing I noticed was a little pack of Love Hearts (cute and they actually fit the theme). The last thing in my box is the Wilkinsons Sword Hydro Silk (£10 here) razor, which I'm actually really excited to try! It sounds silly but last time Glossybox included a razor I fell in love with it (I still use it now)!

If you read my blog regularly you'll know that I recently unsubscribed from Glossybox, so this is the last one you'll see featured on my blog for a while. However, this really isn't a really bad box. For me I'm just sick of seeing brands like So Susan time and time again. They've lost their touch a little but I hope they get it back soon! 

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

This sweet little heart has been hanging in my new home since Christmas. I thought it was about time I shared it with you all! This is a gorgeous little wooden heart, decorated with a map, made by 'Little Treasures'. 

Little Treasures is a local business ran in Cambridge and it's actually the baby of a friend of mine at work. She makes these little map hearts (amongst other gorgeous items) and from day one I've loved them! The premise of the idea is that you pick a place you love; your home town, holiday destination, anywhere you love. She finds it in a map or atlas, cuts it out and then she places it on a little heart! She makes hanging hearts, framed hearts, even notebooks (her Instagram page is full of delights) - I've seen them all in the flesh and they are gorgeous.

If you're looking for a little gift, please go and check out Little Treasures. It's a beautiful little local business, ran by an even more beautiful lady! Head to her Facebook page here and let me know what you think! 

Monday, 23 February 2015

Mavala are not really a brand I'd experimented with before. However, after trying an incredible top coat, I got the bug and I needed to try some colours. So I headed to Feel Unique and picked up a little gift pack filled with beautiful colours.

I have three shades; Ruby, Berlin and Marrakech and I've been really impressed. The quality, pigmentation and formula are all on point. They are really easy to apply and dry very quickly. By far my favourite is Berlin; it's a really lovely grey shade, I've been loving grey nails at the moment!

I have to say I adore the packaging too, they are lovely little bottles and I'm a fan of the detailing on the lid. They are the perfect size, they are not too big which makes them really great for travelling. Which is good news as I'm actually in Germany this week! Mavala claim that the colour will not dry out before you reach the bottom, I'm excited to test this out! 

The best bit? Mavala nail polishes are formulation without toluene, camphor, dibutyl phtalate, colophane, formaldehyde and added nickel. They are also really affordable; this set of three only cost £9 and are under £5 each. 

Have you tried polishes by Mavala?

Sunday, 22 February 2015

I've been wanting to do a blog post about my favourite palettes for ages, but I've just never got round to it! However, today is the day - I'm bringing you palettes for all budgets and all purposes.

The 'Cult' Classic
When it comes to palettes, it doesn't get much more famous than Urban Decay. The Naked palettes are one of the most raved about products in the bloggersphere. I have the Naked 3 palette which is the most pink toned of the three. Everything people say about these palettes is true; the eyeshadows are buttery and blendable. The Naked 3 palette comes with a double ended eyeshadow brush which I love and the packaging is a sleek gold casing. You can buy the Naked 3 palette here for £37

The Luxury Option
The Marc Jacobs palettes certainly are not cheap, but they are gorgeous! Pictured here is 'The Innocent' - a beautiful three shadow set. It has a taupe for all over the lid, a dark brown eyeshadow for in the crease and a stunning gold glitter. There is no denying that you can find dupes for these on the high street, but if you like high end makeup, this is for you. This palette costs $39 and is available from Sephora here

The Budget Option
Moving from super expensive to super affordable; we have the Collection 'All About The Eyes' palette. Now this palette is actually endorsed by Little Mix, which isn't really my thing. However, you have to give the palette a chance because the quality is incredible. The best thing? It costs £2.99 - no investment is required but perfect eye makeup is somewhat guaranteed. You can pick up this palette from Superdrug here

The Palette For Contouring
Ever since I bought the Urban Decay Flushed Palette I've been obsessed with it! I have the shade 'Streak' which is perfect for my skintone. The bronzer is a perfect shade for contouring and the highlighter is really something special. I love taking this away with me when I travel as it has everything I need. You can buy the Urban Decay Flushed palette here for £21

The One That Was Limited Edition
Now I do feel bad about mentioning this, but I cannot do a favourite palettes post and not mention it. This is the Tarte Pin Up Girl Palette, featuring five of Tarte's famous blushers. I use this palette a lot and I love having these blushers in my collection. Now you cannot buy it anymore, but I have a couple of key takeaways for you. First of all, Tarte release these palettes at Christmas time, so if you want one, keep an eye out then! Second of all; the quality of Tarte blushers (and all their products) is incredible. Test a few things, you won't be disappointed. You can shop Tarte makeup at Sephora (here) and QVC (here). 

The One That Doesn't Get Enough Coverage
The last palette on the list is the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette, which I actually named by top palette for 2014. It's an incredible palette; it's packed with amazing shades and the quality is out of this world. They are pigmented, they apply well, they blend beautifully. You name what you want from an eyeshadow and these have it. The worst thing is that this palette doesn't seem to get the coverage it deserves! You can buy the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette here for £32

What are your favourite palettes? I'd love to hear all about them!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

When it comes to lips in the winter, I only use one product; the Nuxe Reve De Miel lip balm. This stuff to me (and many others) holds holy grail status and it's 100% justified! It's packed full of amazing ingredients that solves chapped lips and it solves them quickly.

I've had my old tub of Reve De Miel for a while, so it was time to upgrade. This time I went for the Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Edition. These pots were released last year to celebrate 20 amazing years since the product launched! They come in three different colours; yellow, red and green.

The Limited Edition Reve De Miel has the same award winning formula; plant oils, shea butter, grapefruit essence and honey! It smells incredible and it formula isn't greasy in the slightest. It's still free from preservatives, mineral oils and artificial fragrances; it just looks that little bit prettier.

Last week I picked up flu and it completely left me and my skin dehydrated. My lips needed some major TLC! So I applied this to my lips before bed and when I woke up my lips were practically perfect. Believe the hype on this product, it deserves it and your lips deserve it too!

You can pick up the Limited Edition Nuxe Reve De Miel pots from Escentual for £9.50 (here).

Friday, 20 February 2015

This is the first Illamasqua Eyeshadow Palette I've owned and this one is called 'Reflection'. As you can see, it comes in the standard, gorgeous glossy black packaging. I'm a big fan of Illamasqua packaging, it ticks all the boxes for me. Inside the compact there are four eyeshadows; Precipice (light white/lemon), Acute (which is the brown taupe), Graphica (the grey metal shade) and Dart (bronze/gold). What I love about the colours in this palette, is they are nice for a neutral look, or built up for something more dramatic. There are lots of ways you can go too; smokey, gold, taupe - it's all available!

Illamasqua say that these eyeshadows have a 'new water resistant formula' - I've never tried the old formula, but I can say that these definitely hold. I've worn these in the snow to work and back - they still look fabulous when I get home.

The formula isn't very pigmented, which isn't to everyone's taste. It is handy if you are not experienced with shadow (like me) - or you need to do your makeup quickly without blending for hours. So for me low pigmentation is often a plus! I'm a big fan of this palette, but I did get it in the sale. For the £34 price tag I think you can probably get better palettes; however it is gorgeous! 

The Reflection palette costs £34 and you can get it directly from Illamasqua here
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