Sunday, 21 May 2017

Beauty : Eye Candy Lashes Review!*

Today's post is very different from the ones I am used to posting! Over the past couple of months I have really been enjoying experimenting more with my makeup and using more of the products that I have rather than buying new. I was contacted a couple of weeks ago to see if I wanted to try some of the gorgeous lashes from Eye Candy, which of course I did! As soon as they arrived I knew exactly the eye look I wanted to create with them. 

The lashes I was sent were '004 Volumise Strip Lash'. Much like it's name, these lashes are perfect for given the impression of thicker fuller lashes. I will be honest, when I first saw them in it's box I thought they would appear a lot heavier and thicker than they actually did when being worn. The box states that they are a 'classic Style', 'Balanced Look' and 'Lightweight'. All of these statements are spot on in my opinion. In the box you also receive a small amount of clear eyelash glue. Personally, I have been loving using my Pinky Goat black eyelash glue instead, but the clear glue also works perfectly too. If you are looking for a pair of lashes that don't look natural and will give an impact then these are the lashes for you! 

To match the lashes, I thought that I would try out a few of the colours in the Too Faced Peach Palette that I have never used before. The photograph above isn't really showing off the colours that well, but they are much greener in person. I used the shades 'Bless her heart' all over my lid, and blended 'Peach pit' into the outer corner and in the crease. I then applied a little bit of 'Bellini' just above the crease to blend out the edges of the shadow. To finish the eyes I reapplied 'Bless her heart' with my finger into the centre of the eye as well as in the inner corner. It was at this stage I applied the lashes as close to my natural lash line as possible which I found easier than I thought to do. After applying the lashes I used my Makeup revolution black liquid eyeliner to hide the lash strip. Finally I used my favourite Benefit 'They're Real' mascara to blend the lashes to my own. 

Overall I am really pleased with how this eye look turned out! I am not used to wearing such a heavy makeup look generally, and usually stick with using more bronzed tones on my eyes so loved venturing out of my comfort zone to create this look. 

The lashes are also a big hit in my books. I love how they looked on my eyes, and although they aren't everyday lashes, they would make the perfect lashes for the right occasion. 

What do you think about false lashes? Have you tried any that you think I would like? Let me know in the comments! 

Until next time, 
*The lashes mentioned in this blogpost were kindly sent to me. Like always the photographs, words and opinions are 100% my own and are honest.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Beauty : Glossybox May 2017

Hello, it's been a while...

The last couple of weeks have been so busy as I have officially finished my university course studying Fashion Textiles! Even just typing that sounds crazy! Unfortunately with there being so many deadlines I had to take a little step back from blogging, so although there have been a few scheduled posts going up on a Sunday, the majority of them were written way way back in March! But I am so excited to finally have the free time in the evenings and weekends to actually blog and take photographs again. (Although this post is going up a little bit later than planned!) 

For those who may have not read any of my other posts, each month I share the contents and my thoughts on the latest Glossybox UK, which in my opinion is the best beauty subscription box that I have tried. This months May box is equally as exciting, and I am really excited to try out a few of the products already. Arriving in its cute little pink box with black accents and matching black bow, this months Glossybox was themed around 'basics'. Lets take a look inside...

Scrub Love Active Charcoal Body Scrub | £13.95
This body scrub was the first product that really caught my eye when I opened this months box. Charcoal beauty products have really made their entrance over the past couple of years, yet I personally haven't ever tried any! This product is 100% natural, vegan and vegetarian friendly, which can only mean great things for your skin as well. With the summer coming soon and fake tan season approaching, I know I am going to be getting some good use out of this! 

Dr. Paw Paw Original Balm | £6.95 | Full size product
When looking for a 'basics' product, this little gem is perfect. The balm can be used for pretty much anything, which makes it the best handbag accessory to have ever! It can be used as hand/face/body cream, lips, hair, bug bites or even patted lightly on top of the cheek bones to give a natural looking glow. Seriously, this is the product that keeps on giving! I am so excited to finally give it a try.

Ruby Powder Blush in Coral | £14.99 | Full size product
Ok, so the picture of this product doesn't really give it much justice, trust me it isn't as bright as it seems! This cute little pot of blusher is perfect to add a pop of colour to your cheeks for a summer glow. The powder is really silky and applies lovely when used with a small blusher brush. My only issue with this product is the price. For a £14.99 product, I would have expected better packaging and more product. The pot just feels a little bit too plastic-y for my liking! 

Model Launcher Brow Duo Pencil | £10.50 | Full size product
This is the one product in the box that I was the most excited for this month. It's only been in the last couple of years that I have really started to fill in my brows properly when doing my makeup. I am obsessed with Benefit Goof Proof brow pencil, and am always on the lookout for other products which could work as well. I think I may have just found it here. Appearance wise, this product is very similar to Benefits Goof Proof. The double ended applicator has a spooly one side and then the product on the other in a angled point, something that Benefit are known for with their brow products. After swatching this product I noticed how much more precise you are able to be with it, something that I would probably want when doing a full face of makeup for an evening occasion. I am going to be giving this a little try for a while, so make sure you check back soon for my final thoughts! 

Lavera Naturkosmetik Hand and Cuticle Cream | £4.95
This is probably the least exciting product in the box, but important when it comes to basics all the same. The hand and cuticle cream has a light texture with a refreshing smell. This product contains organic olive oil, chamomile extract and avocado oil, which works together leaving the hands soft and smooth whilst also protecting the nails and cuticles. 

Overall, I am pleased with some of the discoveries in this month's box. I am really excited to try out the brow product, and love the initial look and sound of the charcoal scrub. If you receive glossybox, what bits did you most love this month? Let me know! 

Until next time,

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Fashion : Summer Primark Haul

Shopping in Primark is probably one of my favourite things to do. Although it is a dangerous place too as I always go in for one or two things and leave with much more than that! I especially love shopping in Primark during the Summer season and love finding simple pieces that would work well when abroad. As a soon to be university graduate with little money, and no current income, I like to buy bits for my summer holiday at the start of the year so I have some nice new bits to take away with me. Like everything with social media, I was suckered in to browsing for some costumes which obviously led to me buying the whole store!

So I may have gone a little OTT in the shoe department...but everyone needs a new pair of shoes right? I have seen so many people rocking the Primark sliders so thought I would jump on the trend and get myself my own pair. I knew that I wanted to try the furry sliders, but loved the gorgeous embellishment on the pale pink pair so wanted to get them too! Both of the sliders were £6.00. Then as I was leaving the shoe section I saw a huge stand of the pumps pictured above in different colour ways and styles. I really love the espadrille trend and wore a pair of Zara ones almost everyday of my summer holiday last year so knew that I would get good use out of these too. Plus at £6.00 it doesn't matter if I leave them on holiday! 

One of my favourite thing about Primark at the moment is all of the gorgeous prints and swim wear that they have in. They really have stepped up their game this year which is great when they are at such an affordable price. This leaf, palm print is so pretty and feminine that I think I bought the pattern on everything it was on in store. 

First of all I spotted this bikini from the window and knew it was something I needed to get. The great thing is the different styles that are available in the same print. For example, this bikini came with shorts, tankini, triangle top and a swimsuit. Personally I really love the flattering style of the ruffled top and normal bottoms, plus I think the pink and green combination is my favourite thing ever! (Top £5.00, Bottoms £6.00.)

Obviously I couldn't buy swimwear without buying the matching towel right? There's not really anything special about the towel, in fact it's quite thin, but what else can you expect from a £4.50 towel? This towel is the perfect size though for laying on top of on the beach, but also light enough to have folded at the bottom of your beach bag just in case you come across the beach!

Going along with the palm print theme, I also spotted this gorgeous play suit. I think this is actually meant to be a swimsuit cover up, but I would totally wear it during the day or for the evening. I love the cinched in waist and ruffled hem as it makes it look really flattering when worn. The play suit cost £8.00, although I would have paid more as the quality on it is really good. 

Moving on from the leaf theme (finally), I also couldn't help but buy myself another towel. This time I went with a design featuring my favourite Disney movie ever, The Little Mermaid! Again, this towel is quite thin but I love it nevertheless! (The towel cost £5.50). I also decided to get this zip of Bikini Bag for £1.50. I have been on the lookout for something like this for a while and think I am going to go back and get one for each of my bikinis. The only downside to this one in particular is the size as it can only fit one set in it. This also came in a variety of different styles too, so you can mix and match which ones you like. 

Finally, I was so excited to find these little gems! (Sadly, I think they are all sold out now!) Emma, my brother's girlfriend, and I have been looking at different floats since we booked our holiday last year so was so excited when she told me she had found them in the store as they were so hard to find. Emma got us the Flamingo and Unicorn float for £10.00 each. The watermelon is slightly cheaper at £5.00, although just as fabulous! I really can't wait to use them, although I'm hoping I'm not the one that has to do the mammoth task of blowing them up! 

Hope you enjoyed this haul! Let me know if you've been shopping in Primark recently. What bits have you found?

Until next time,