Sunday, 18 February 2018

Beauty || Glossybox February 2018

I was over the moon when I spotted the February edition of Glossybox arrive on my doorstep at the beginning of the week. As sad as it sounds I rarely make online beauty orders any more, so I always really look forward to the arrival of my Glossybox every month. I had seen so many cute photographs gracing my Instagram feed of this month's box design, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on it to photograph it for myself. The pictures truly don't do it enough justice! 

This month's box theme is 'Galentines', so going along with the love theme, the box was full of pink and red toned products as well as a stunning eyeshadow palette. 

Depending on the way you have filled out your online Glossybox beauty profile, you receive 5 gorgeous beauty products. For me, I received the following: 

  • Ciate London Geology mini nail varnish in shade Mistress
  • Steve Laurent Lip Gloss in shade Nude Pop
  • Studio 10 Makeup Mist Glow-plexion
  • Icona Milano Emotion Allowed Mascara
  • Sleek Makeup Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Storm

I feel like I am constantly saying this in my Glossybox posts, but this month's box might just be my favourite yet! Ciate is a brand that I am already a big fan of and one that I would go out and purchase products from myself anyway. The new gel formula polish is interesting to me and I loved how easy it was to apply. The red shade is also a great pick for me as I don't actually own a lot of red polishes. Steve Laurent is a brand that was introduced to me through Glossybox and one that I have enjoyed using. This particular product is a lipgloss. Now, I don't often wear lip glosses but I did give this a little road test. I will be honest, it's not for me. As much as I like the shade, and think it would look pretty tapped lightly onto a darker shade of lipstick, I'm just not a fan of the pot application. I just find it messy and annoying! This product will be going straight into my mums collection as I know she will love it more than I do. The next product was the Studio 10 face mist. I am still yet to try this so can't really give my opinions yet. However, I love the sound of using it as a setting spray that hydrates and primes the skin. Next up is the Icona Milano Emotion Allowed mascara. This mascara is more of a creamy formula that builds volume and lasts for a long period of time. Another plus is that it's cruelty free, and I for one am really pleased about that factor. Finally, I was excited to see the Sleek eyeshadow palette in Storm. All of the shades are so creamy and super pigmented. They are also colours that I would have chosen for myself as they can work together to create both natural and dramatic looks.  

Overall this month's box has been perfect, and just what I needed after the disaster of last month! (I hated January's box so much I didn't actually bother writing about it or sharing it anyway - Sorry!). 

What do you think about this month's box? I would be interested to know if you received anything different if you're a subscriber?!

Until next time, 

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Beauty || My Top Pixi Beauty Picks!

One of the best things about being a blogger is discovering all the exciting, new releases from the comfort of my soft office, aka my bed! Over the last couple of years I have been introduced to some amazing brands which have become absolute favourites of mine. One of these brands in particular is Pixi beauty. I spent many years lusting over their products, and eventually purchased my first palette in October, the 'Ultimate Beauty Kit'. Since then I have gone on to try and purchase some more of their products, so jumped at the chance of testing more to share with you in this post! 

Out of the many products that Pixi have, a few stand out and have become absolute favourites of mine. I know I am not alone with these opinions as many of the products I am going to mention are very popular within the blogging community already! 

The Ultimate Beauty Kit Edition 4
This palette was the first set of products that I tried from Pixi, and it has never let me down. I have actually already reviewed this palette in full, which you can read here, but you get so much product for your buck! The palette includes 8 mineral palettes (48 shades in total), 2 Glow-y powders, 2 Beauty Blush Duo's and 2 Beauty Bronzers. Quite often when a brand tries to combine lots of products into one the quality isn't as good, this isn't the case with this palette. If you're looking for a palette perfect to travel with, this is the one for you! 

Glow-y Gossamer Duo Highlighter in Subtle Sunrise*
Before trying this highlighter duo, I never really steered far from my Sleek face form palette. As soon as I swatched this product I knew it was the one for me. The website states 'Super silky, perfectly pigmented with a creamy skin like texture'. I agree with this statement. When applied to the cheek or brow bone the powder sets into the skin to create a natural glow. It also lasts ALL day, which is something I love from a product! I love to use the light colour in the inner corner, brow bone and down the nose. The slightly more rose colour highlight looks pretty on the tops of the cheeks. 

Large Lash Mascara - Bold Black Volumizing Mascara*
When it came to mascara I was always one to stay loyal to Benefit. That was until I tried this product. I like to curl my lashes before application of any mascara, but found that I could actually get away with skipping the step before applying the product. The mascara feels light on the eyes, doesn't transfer onto the top of my eyelids throughout the day or smudge under the eye. My eyes are a little bit sensitive to certain products, but I have had no problem with this at all! 

Matte Last Liquid Lip - Matte Beige Lip Colour*
I am a HUGE fan of Matte Liquid lip products. I love to wear them whilst at work, as I know it will stay in place without budging. I am a huge fan of the Kylie Lip Kits because of this reason, but this product comes a close second. The colour I use is a gorgeous Beige 'pinky nude' colour. The unique petal shaped applicator makes the product so easy to apply and it's no wonder it was a winner of a Cosmopolitan Beauty Award! I need to purchase every colour in the range. 

Its Eye Time Get The Look Eyeshadow Palette*
I have been a big fan of the ItsJudyTime Youtube channel for years now. There's something so therapeutic about sitting down to watch a video of someone else's life... I guess I am nosey! When I heard Judy was collaborating with Pixi on this palette I knew it was something for me! The palette contains 12 silky and extremely pigmented shades. All of the shades within the palette blend together nicely, and allow you to create both daytime and evening looks. I love the fact that the palette also includes a sticky mirror that you can place where you want. Personally I don't use the mirrors in palettes, but you never know when you're going to need a touch up! 

Brow Tamer
This product basically does exactly what it says on the tin. It's a clear gel that tames the brows keeping them stuck in place when used. The formula sets the brows, but doesn't leave them feeling clumpy or heavy. As you can tell by the state of my tube, this is a well loved product and one I use every single day. 

There are just a selection of my favourite Pixi products, but I have a couple more that I love just as much including the Liquid Fairy Lights Eyeshadow in shade Passionlight. I am eager to try out the Glow Tonic next as I have heard so many great things about it. (If anyone has a review on this I would love to read it!)

What are your favourite Pixi products? 
Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time, 

* Some of the products marked with the sign in this post were sent to me kindly by Pixi. As always, my opinion, images and wording is mine and is 100% honest. 

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Beauty || Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette

I've been a 'working' girl for over 5 months now, so it's hard to believe that this is the first beauty splurge I have purchased, does that mean I am finally growing up? probably not! I was in London last weekend shopping with my cousin, when we decided to pop into  the Selfridges beauty department. By 'pop' I actually mean spending about an hour lusting over all the luxury products that neither of us could afford but wanted anyway! We came across the Zoeva stand and both of us fell in love with the products. Usually I purchase makeup if I have read a great review on it, seen it mentioned in magazines or generally if I have had my eye on it for a while. So purchasing this was a complete whim for me, but I am so glad that I did. After many swatches later the Cocoa Blend palette was mine and I have been enjoying playing around with it ever since.

The first thing that excited me about this palette was the gorgeous shimmery cranberry shade named 'warm notes'. This shade is extremely pigmented and was something I wanted to experiment and play around with! A couple of other favourite shades in the palette are 'Freshly Toasted', 'Substitute For Love' and 'Pure Ganache' which is a gorgeous golden shimmery shade. The pigmentation of this palette is something that I haven't really experienced before from a 'cheaper' eyeshadow palette. By cheaper I mean £18 compared to the Naked palette price of £39.50. If you have read my blog before, then you would note that I love the Urban Decay Naked palettes as well as the Too Faced Peach Palette. These are still firm favourites of mine, but the Zoeva palette fits right in with them for a fraction of the price. 

L-R: Bitter Start, Sweeter End, Warm Notes, Subtle Blend and Beans Are White.
L-R: Pure Ganache, Subsitute For Love, Freshly Toasted, Infusion and Delicate Acidity.

Overall, it's safe to say that I am already such a big fan of this palette. I love that you are able to use this palette to create such different looks - this makes it perfect for travelling. The pigmentation is perfect and lasts all day. I applied the makeup in the images above at lunchtime and took the final image of my eye at 11pm that night. Not only is my eyeliner still on (thanks Soap and Glory), but my eyeshadow stayed put also without any creasing! Another positive of this palette is the price tag. For £18 you get a lot for your money. I would have been prepared to pay at least £25 for this beauty. 

What do you think of this palette? Have you tried this one or any others from Zoeva that you think I might like? Let me know! 

Until next time, 

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Beauty || Makeup products I can't live without

I've now been wearing makeup for the past four years, I know I'm a late bloomer! Over the years i've dabbled with so many different products my collection is overflowing. Over the weekend I had a massive clean out of products that I no longer use. This got me thinking about the products I know I wouldn't ever be able to get rid of which led to this post. It's odd to think about a time when I didn't rely heavily on these products to give me a little confidence but hey ho! I would be interested to know what products you can't live without? Let me know! 

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation
This has been my go to foundation for the last three years. I use this daily and very rarely swap it out for a higher coverage foundation for evenings out. I find it easy to apply to the skin, and love the coverage it gives me daily. 

Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder
This powder is probably one of the most talked about 'blogger favourite' powders on the market. I love using this as it works well, and to be honest I haven't tried many other setting products. I love using this on top of the Wake Me Up Foundation

Benefit Hoola Bronzer
This bronzer is probably one of the 'marmite' products spoken about within the blogging community. I personally love using it in my everyday makeup routine as it gives me a natural bronzed look. This was one of the first 'high end' makeup items that I purchased myself so it holds a special place in my little makeup heart! 

Too Faced Peach Palette
I've been using this eyeshadow palette for the last year as the base for every single makeup look I have created. The shade 'Peaches N Cream' works as the best colour underneath shades and 'Summer Yum' is probably another one of my most used shades from the palette. 

Charlotte Tilbury 'Super Cindy' Lipstick
You know when you just find 'your' lipstick colour? Well for me, this shade is it. As much as I love wearing a super matte product on my lips, for everyday nothing beats a pretty moisturising nude. I love how this product applies to the lips and I find that it lasts for the whole day whenever I am wearing it. Plus - who doesn't love rose gold packaging? I certainly do! 

Benefit They're Real Mascara
I have tried and tested so many different mascaras in the last four years, but one product always kept me repurchasing. I love how this mascara works with my lashes. If I am in the mood for long lashes with minimal effort, then this is the product I will always go for.

What products can you not live without? I would be interested in knowing if you have similar favourites! 

Until next time,