Sunday, 22 October 2017

Beauty : Glossybox October 2017

As soon as I saw the theming for this months Glossybox I was praying that I would receive the Mermaid box, and I wasn't disappointed! As excited as I was to get the Mermaid design, I did think it was a little bit of an odd theming considering October is the month of Halloween. With that being said this month's box did not disappoint and I can't wait to share with you all what I got inside. The idea behind the October box is the magical way makeup makes you feel, hence the Mermaid vs Unicorn box designs. This month's box includes four full sized products, which is always a lovely thing to receive! 

This month's box design matches the Mermaid theme completely. If you have read any of my other Glossybox reviews (I have been doing them for over a year now - crazy!) then you know how much of a fan I am of the classic pink and black design. Every now and then Glossybox decide to switch it up with the box design and this month's box is one of those occasions. The October design is a gorgeous purple/blue Mermaid inspired box with foiled writing on the top and sides. I usually save my boxes and put them away as storage, but this box is going to stay out because quite honestly it is stunning! 

So let's take a look inside...

Makeup Revolution Mermaids Vs Unicorns Eyeshadow Palette | £4 | Full Size
If I was to have spotted this palette in the shops I probably would have lusted over it then placed it back on the shelf with the realisation I would never be able to pull off any of the colours included. This palette includes twelve dreamy, colourful and shimmery shades which is designed to unleash your creativity. As someone who sticks to more of a neutral eye, this palette scares me! I have never really tried creating a green or blue eye look but really cant wait to give this a try. The pigmentation of the shades in this palette are better than I thought they would be for such bright colours. The first six 'Aqua' shades are extremely pigmented and creamy. The final darker shades are equally as pretty, but are less pigmented and more chalky when swatched. The light lilac purple in particular comes out looking very patchy so would have to be packed onto the eye. 

Sleek Makeup Crème to Powder Blush in shade 078 French Rose | £5.99 | Full Size
This product was one of the most exciting items in this month's box for me. The idea of a product going from a cream to powder definitely sounds magical! Once applied to the cheeks the cream sets into the skin and transforms into a light powder which truly lasts the whole day. I mentioned in my last blogpost that I am not a big fan of blush usually, but love how subtle this shade is. 

Kawaii Enterprise Brush Cleansing Egg | £7.99 | Full Size
I love these cute little brush cleaning eggs! I actually purchased a cheap one online a couple of months ago and find it makes my whole brush cleaning routine so much easier. I love the aqua colour, and how comfortable it is to use. 

Lord & Berry Magic Brow Perfect Eye Brow Pencil in shade Brunette | £14
I love brow products, especially when they claim to be perfect! I was sent the shade Brunette which isn't really the right shade for me, however it is completely workable and blends nicely into the brow to fill in sparse areas. The pencil itself has a variety of colours which adds to make the brow appear more natural. If only this shade was in my colour! 

Bang Beauty Cream Colour in shade Dolce Pink | £19.50 | Full Size 
This product is a full purpose cream that can be used in a variety of ways including the lips, eyes, cheeks, blush and even highlight. They recommend to use this product on your finger tips, although they also note it applies nicely with a brush too. I love it when a product can be used for a variety of different things as it makes it amazing for on the go. Personally, I think this shade would look really pretty on the eyes and I can't wait to try it out properly! 

One little extra in this month's box was a 'Half Mermaid' clear plastic sticker with a Aqua blue shine. Being someone who is obsessed with swimming, I love this added extra! It's currently on the back of my phonecase looking gorgeous, and I can't wait to show it off! 

So there we have it! This month's October Glossybox did not disappoint and I loved the whole theming and products that were included. I would be interested to know if anyone got the Unicorn box this month, and if you did what was included? 

Thanks so much for reading! 
Until next time, 

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Beauty : 3INA - It's all about the eyes

It's always an exciting day when packages arrive randomly in the post. It's even more exciting when these packages turn out to be full of amazing new makeup! The 3INA (pronounced MEE-NAH) cream eyeshadow has become one of my go to products when creating a long wearing makeup look, so I was really excited to try out more eye products from their new range. 

The four products that I was sent to try are in the perfect autumnal shades which meant I have been able to have a proper try of them in the makeup transitional period! 

The Eyegloss shade 503 | £9.95
I have seen so many bloggers using eye glosses over the last couple of months and, if I'm being honest, I didn't really understand the whole attraction of it. To me the concept of having something glossy on the eye doesn't sound like a great idea. I have tried this product on a  couple of occasions now to really test how it works. I don't hate this product, but I don't really love it either. The shade itself is a gorgeous cranberry and the applicator makes it easy to apply to the lids. I just couldn't handle my hair getting stuck in my eyeshadow, and as someone who isn't a massive fan of lip gloss either I'm not sure this product is for me! 

The Duo Eyeshadow shade 602 | £10.95
This eyeshadow combines two beautifully paired shades in one little handy compact. The shades can be applied dry for a natural look, or applied wet to add a little bit of impact. Initially the cranberry shade scared me a little as it's often a colour I stay well clear of in my other palettes. This palette is really something a little bit different to other shades I have tried in the past, so it's a big thumbs up from me! 

The Eyebrow Kit shade 402 | £15.95
This kit is claimed to be your 'one stop go to' for defining and framing your brows. The handy little compact comes with a powder, wax, tweezers and two applicator brushes. When it comes to doing my brows I can be quite lazy and opt for a eyebrow mascara or a pencil. Basically any product that I can use quickly to do my brows in the little time I allow myself in the mornings! I love how my brows look when using a kit like this, so I am glad that I had the chance to try this out. My only criticism of this compact, which isn't really a criticism, is that the brushes are absolutely useless for defining anything. Personally this wouldn't be an issue for me as I don't tend to do my makeup on the go, but it would deffo be a problem if you do. 

The Gel Eyeliner shade 801 | £9.95
'The Gel Eyeliner has a creamy texture that applies effortlessly and precisely framing eyes with highly pigmented colour. Doesn't smudge and doesn't fade'. All of these claims are true, and this eyeliner is now my absolute go to in my makeup collection. Eyeliner is always the one makeup step that I tend to go without, as I am absolutely useless at applying it. I have tried it all, pencil and brush but I just suck! Using this product with a small brush has made a big difference to me as you can slide it onto the eye quickly to create smooth lines. A BIG thumbs up! 

Overall all of the products work amazingly on the eyes and have all become major parts of my routine, especially the cranberry eyeshadow which is something I never thought in a million years I would say! For me the eye gloss is the only product that I have hardly touched and will most likely be giving away to a friend. 

Let me know what you think of all the products mentioned above, or if you would like to see a makeup look using the cranberry eyeshadow palette? 

Until next time,

*All the products mentioned in this blogpost were sent to me by 3INA to try. As always the photographs, opinions and wording are 100% my own and are 100% honest. 

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Beauty : Lush Sleepy Review

I'm a light sleeper, always have been always will. In a recent trip to London, my mum and I made a dive into the Oxford Street Lush store where I told her how my lack of sleep was beginning to affect me. As soon as she mentioned this product and how brilliant she thought it was I was intrigued! After a quick little twitter search, I discovered that my mum wasn't the only one with these thoughts. In fact it seemed that there is actually a lot of hype around the product - but does it really work?

Lush claim 'You'll sleep well after dipping into this dreamy lotion, made with a gentle oatmeal infusion, calming lavender flower and comfortingly sweet tonka absolute. A rich, malty and floral perfume conjures up visions of sugar plums and hot drinks topped with whipped cream while the heavenly ministrations of creamy Fair Trade organic cocoa butter and delicate lavender water cool and enrich the skin. Blanket your body in this lovely lotion before stepping into soft pyjamas for snuggly nights beside the fire.' Now, I'm sure you will agree that that's quite a claim! My initial worry with this product was the inclusion of the Lavender ingredient. As someone with anxiety, Lavender is a product that is recommended to use to calm my nerves, however personally I am really not a massive fan of the scent. This lotion is quite different and although there is a scent of Lavender it's not too overpowering so the product smells sweet and comforting. 

To test 'Sleepy' out I added it into my usual evening skincare routine of bath, lotion, pjs and bed. I applied the product over my arms and chest up to my neck, as well as on my legs. The product itself applies smoothly and quickly sinks into the skin leaving it feeling nice and refreshed.  

So does it work? Honestly? Yes! I applied this product every night for a week and had the best nights sleep in years. I'm not going to lie and say it sent me straight off to sleep each time, but I did relax and feel 'sleepy' quicker when using it. I also wouldn't say I am cured, but I have noticed such a big difference with my mood throughout the next day on the nights that I have applied the product.

Sleepy is priced at £7.95 for a 95g tub or £13.95 for 215g. I currently own the smaller sized container, although know I will be purchasing the larger size as soon as this one has run out.

So what are your opinions on this product? Do you think it works, or do you have a product that you think works better? Let me know! 

Until next time, 

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Lifestyle: September Favourites

The month of September was always a tricky one for me. As a child it meant returning to school after an amazing summer holiday, growing up it meant starting a new chapter of my life by starting at a new university and now it's brought a whole new concept of change to my life. This year marks the very first September month of no education, and although I thought I would be so excited about this I haven't really taken to the change great at all. On the plus side, since graduating from university I have already had so many amazing experiences through working within different companies and learnt so much more than I thought I would.

Anyway, onto the main point of this blogpost. My September Favourites! As I mentioned a little bit above, I undertook work experience in a couple of places which meant commuting into London for most of the Summer. During this time I discovered some of these favourites that I found myself reaching for and can't wait to share! 

Elle Magazine
I have been a subscriber to Elle magazine for the last 3 years. Nothing beats a little fashion read on a Sunday evening with a cup of tea. The last couple of issues have been particularly interesting and enjoyable to me thanks to the new creative director. As much as I hate change, this change of look, style and imagery within Elle looks amazing! The last two cover stars have been Cara Delevigne and Rihanna and they both looked absolutely gorgeous on the cover! 

Zara Snoopy Camo Jacket
If you didn't catch one of my latest blogposts then you might not have spotted this gorgeous little Snoopy jacket! I actually bought this in Cyprus in the Zara sale and have been wearing it constantly over the last month. My favourite styling of it is with a pair of denim jeans and slouchy V neck shirt underneath. I also wore this jacket on my recent visit to Buckingham palace, so it really is fit for royalty!  

Dune London Handbag
So as mentioned above, I was lucky to secure two work placements over the Summer. One of them was working for Dune London within their press team. I still can't believe that I was allowed the opportunity to work with such a well known brand and I learnt so much in such a short amount of time that will help me to secure future jobs. Whilst I was at Dune, I was invited to one of the sample sales. OMG what a sale it was! Amongst the 4 BIG bags of stuff that I had to struggle with on the tube in rush hour, was this gorgeous glittery pink cross body bag with two interchangeable straps. I will admit I was a total magpie and spotted this from a mile off - I guess it's the Essex girl in me! 

Victoria Secret Pink Body Spray in Warm and Cozy
Travelling in and out of London is never fun, especially in the Summer. One thing I always had in my handbag was this little body mist to keep myself smelling fresh. This is one of my favourite scents from the Pink range, and I love how homely it smells. As someone who feels a little homesick at times this spray comes in handy for making myself feel comfortable!  

3INA Eye Shadow in 313 and NYX Cosmetics Highlighter in Narcissistic
For beauty, this month I have been finding myself reaching for these products most times when applying makeup. I love how easily both of these products apply which makes them perfect to do on the go. The 3INA shadow is a gorgeous bronze shade that allows you to blend onto the eye smoothly. Once applied the shadow sets and doesn't budge at all. I have loved using this with the more bronzed tones in my Peach Palette for an everyday look. Next let's talk about this beautiful NYX Highlighter. This was another product that I picked up in Cyprus and have been completely obsessed with! Initially I was a little bit disappointed with the colour pay off, although now I have used it a couple of times I have found it looks gorgeous in the brow bone and inner corners of the eyes. The peachy tone to the highlight really suits my skin tone and I just generally love to apply it! 

Pandora Princess Ring
My final favourite for this month has to be my Pandora Princess ring. This was the final thing I purchased in Cyprus Airport before flying home and I am in love with it. I know I am a little behind the trend with this one, but I just couldn't help myself. This ring is now a staple within my wardrobe and not one day has gone by since that I haven't been wearing it. 

I hope you enjoyed reading what a few of my favourites were for September. Like always, there could have been 1093028 things in this post but I wanted to keep it short and sweet! 

Until next time,