Monday, 29 December 2014

Benefit Delecta-Belles Christmas Gift Set

I got this amazing gift set for Christmas and I am glad I get to try out mini bottles of the Crescent Row range. Once again I know this gift set is no longer available, however, the perfumes are all available for purchase. They cost £29.50 for 30ml, which is a reasonable price in my opinion.

This gift set was also available last year, but unfortunately when I went to buy it, it was out of stock. So this year I made sure it was on my Christmas list very early! These are perfect for carrying in your handbag as they are quite small and do not take up much space at all!! They are even better for a clutch bag, due to their size which means you can take them out on a night out. I always take most of my makeup out when I go out clubbing, now I can also top up on my perfume when I am out!!

laugh with me Lee Lee

I actually have wanted this specific perfume for a while now and am very happy it was in the Christmas gift set. The blue packaging is very elegant, sophisticated and pretty. The scent is sweet and reminds me of spring, it is a woody floral fragrance with blends of citrus, jasmine and lily blossoms. It is a very feminine smell with a mixture of floral and fruity notes.

Ring my Bella

It is like summer in a bottle which is lovely in this freezing weather and a reminder that Summer is never too far away. It is a floral scent which includes a dominant mix of pink rose petals, soft lily and summer daisy. This is my favourite eau de toilette out of the Crescent Row selection and it smells incredible. I would definitely buy this again when it runs as it is heavenly!! :D

My place or yours Gina

This is quite a strong scent and can be overpowering if you put too much on, so apply lightly. I do like it and it remind me a lot of my Emporio Armani Diamonds Black Carat, it is actually quite similar except my Armani perfume is slightly more vanilla-y. My place or yours Gina is a woody oriental fragrance which is described as sexy and alluring. It consists of pink pepper, wild raspberry and patchouli. I would describe it as a sassy, bold and confident smell.


Under my spell Noelle

Last but not least, another amazing fragrance. Benefit have really outdone themselves with this set and I am glad I got to try out so many of their perfumes. Under my spell Noelle is another timeless scent which contains top notes of cardamom, black pepper and lingonberry. It is slightly different to the type of perfumes I already have but that is a good thing. It is a timeless scent, good for all seasons and good for day or night.

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Sunday, 28 December 2014

Too Faced Under the Mistletoe gift set

 I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas, ate lots of food and got spoilt by loved ones. I had a wonderful Christmas at my grandparents and consumed way too much food!!! :) I was very spoilt and loved all of my presents, I was very lucky and am grateful. Amongst my fantastic gifts was Too Faced's Under the Mistletoe lipstick gift set which I have fallen in love with.

It was a limited edition lipstick set and is no longer available, but I thought it was still good to review the lipsticks as the non-shimmering versions are available all year round. :) I have wanted to try any Too Faced products for a while now as I have heard so many great things about them. Since I have a slight lipstick obsession, I obviously wanted to try the lipsticks and when I saw the lipstick gift set, I thought it was a great opportunity.

Too Faced La Creme lipsticks are made with a moisturizing formula that keeps your lips hydrated and very soft. I definitely got them at the perfect time of the year, because with this cold weather my lips have been quite dry so I now have the best solution.

Shimmering Naked Dolly

A perfect nude for any occasion and the shimmer just makes me love it ever so more!! The lipsticks are very pigmented which is amazing, such great detail and I love how they look on my lips. 'Naked Dolly' would suit everyone, and adds a natural definition to your lips. They look fuller, pigmented and stunning!!

Shimmering Spice Spice Baby

I like that lipstick gift sets always choose a selection of different shades and I really love this red shade. It is a subtle red, not too bright to wear during the day and would look great with a white t-shirt as it would bring out the red in your lips. It really does spice up your makeup and the finished look is fantastic.

Shimmering Marshmallow Bunny

I absolutely adore this shade of pink, it is subtle but strong. I think it is my favourite out of the three and is very natural, it really does go with everything. The name of this shade is so cute too 'Marshamallow Bunny', all of the Too Faced products have such different and funny names. I love the colour and looks adorable!! :D



Another great thing about these La Creme lipsticks is that they are vegan friendly, which is always a bonus! I really hope to buy more of the range, especially Cinnamon Kiss, Juicy Melons, I Want Candy and Sweet Maple.

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Monday, 22 December 2014

Essie Pearly White + Pure Pearlfection nail varnish

I have always wanted to try Essie nail varnish but until this month I hadn't branched out from Barry M, Revlon and Rimmel. I admired Essie from afar, but didn't want to spend £7.99 if the quality wasn't good.

A couple of weeks ago I was in Superdrug looking for a white glitter nail varnish and stumbled upon Essie's, I really wanted to get the pearly white nail varnish as well to go with it as a first base but couldn't afford it at the time. I got it the other day and I absolutely love the combo!!

The duo creates such an elegant, classy and stunning result. I love it and it is also so christmassy, very angelic. The pearl shade would be perfect for a wedding and would pair amazingly with a wedding dress. I think it is subtle enough for a bride to wear and it is so pretty.

I was very happy with the quality of Essie, it doesn't chip straight away and stays on for quite a long time. I was shocked by how quickly it dries and the fact that I didn't have to wait hours on end doing nothing. You can put as many layers as you want on and it dries just as quickly, no waiting around with Essie.

Essie is will worth £7.99 and I cannot wait to expand my collection, I really want to get some more glitter and reds.


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Monday, 15 December 2014

NYX Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippie

My collection of NYX products is slowly growing, each trip to Next at Shoreham and I am slowly trying out the different products they have to offer. The first NYX cosmetics I tried was the Butter Glosses and they were amazing, I definitely want to get more of those and the Creme Brulee shade is on my Christmas list.

 So this time I decided to check out NYXs' Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippie, as I saw quite a few good reviews online from other bloggers and they looked quite cool. Plus I find the name really funny and original.


I went for Happy Buddha and Pink Bikini, as I liked how they looked when I tried them on my arm in the shop. Especially since it is winter I wanted lip products that help hydrate my lips, which was another selling point of these.

Happy Buddha (CDHL11)

I quite like this shade and it is a nice brown/orange colour. It is great for Autumn/Winter as brown colours are really popular this time of the year, and I have seen so many blog posts on brown and burgundy shades of lipstick/lip glosses/lip crayons.

Pink Bikini (CDHL08)

Want to add a nice hint of pink to your lips? Then look no further this is perfect for doing just that, it adds a subtle colour of pink to draw attention! It is more of a daytime shade because I personally don't think it would stand out that much on a night out. It is a nice pink colour but it does look slightly like a Barbie pink sometimes, which isn't exactly my cup of tea. It is a bit of a hit or miss with Pink Bikini but it hasn't put me off trying other NYX lip products.



NYX Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippie costs £6, which isn't bad for lip products but I think their other lip products are probably slightly better. Plus I don't like the fact that they only have a generic smell and not a nice scent. I think my collection of Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippies will end here unfortunately as they are not for me and not the best lip crayons I have bought.

I think their matte lipsticks are next on my to try list and maybe one of their eyeshadow palettes... I also cannot wait to get my hands on more of their Butter Lip Glosses as they are literally the best thing ever.
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Sunday, 14 December 2014

No7 Mini Eye Palette

Don't know what to get a friend for Christmas or stuck for what you should get that person at work for Secret Santa? Look no further because this No7 Mini Eye Palette is the perfect Christmas gift whether it be for a stocking or any kind of present. It contains 8 eyeshadows chosen from a selection of popular No7 collections and has such elegant packaging.

The colours are suitable for everyone and they are stunning, I like the mix of glitter shades and the base ones. There is quite a variety to match the colours with and to create different versions of smokey eyes. It also fits perfectly in my handbag and because it is so small it is also really good for nights out as it isn't too big to go in my clutch bag.

I got this amazing eye palette whilst doing my Xmas shopping the other day, I swear it is so hard to resist buying stuff when you are shopping for others. It is almost like you have to buy yourself something... Anyhow I got this as a present for my friends 21st birthday and fell in love with the colours, so ever since then I have been wanting to get it for myself.

The No7 Eye Palette caters to all occasions, you can create a beautiful and subtle daytime look or even smokey eyes for a night out. As you can see so far I have just tried out a couple of the different shades but have loved the ones I have used. They are just such stunning colours and I love the ones subtle enough for the daytime because it means I can use it everyday.

The No7 Mini Eye Palette costs only £10 which is a really reasonable price and the quality is really good. I am very impressed and my eyes look amazing from the time I leave the house in the morning until I return in the evening.

No7 have done amazingly with their Christmas selection this year and I am beyond impressed, I love their big eyeshadow palette, mini lip treats and their crackers. Such a great range and I really hope some is left in the Boxing Day sale!! :) There was only two Mini Eye Palettes left when I was in Boots in Bournemouth so I would buy it quickly if you really want it, it is no surprise that it has been really successful!!
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Monday, 8 December 2014

Body Shop Brazil Nut Beautifying Oil

I hadn't heard much about Body Shop's beautifying oil until one of my housemates told me about it, when she was doing a Body Shop order. I am so thankful that she did because it is amazing and I got it at an absolute bargain price. It also can be used for three different purposes which makes it even more worthwhile and worth every penny, you can use it on your hair, face and skin. It is no surprise that it was recently included in the latest British Beauty Blogger Dream Box, as it is a must have in your beauty bag.

Hair

I heard mixed reviews about using the beautifying oil on hair, so I was a bit dubious. It made my hair appear quite greasy and thin, I used it on two separate occasions and only put a tiny amount on my hair but still the same result. I wouldn't apply it to my hair again as my hair is thin naturally and I want products that make my hair thicker and more vibrant. Just because it made my hair greasy, it would necessary to others so maybe it's just me.

Face

Whilst it wasn't a success for my hair, my face feels so much softer and more hydrated. I have been using it every night for months once I have taken my makeup off and just before I go to bed. It has become essential in my skin care routine and I have noticed a massive difference in the softness of my face since I have had it.

Skin

It does make my skin very soft, but I am not a big fan of putting the oil on my arms and legs as I end up getting it all over my bed and clothes. I prefer body butters or body sorbets that is just my personal opinion though, it does do the job perfectly.



I will definitely try out more of the beautifying oils when I run out, but I have a feeling the oil will last me a very long time as I have been using it for at least two months and I have barely used much.
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Sunday, 7 December 2014

The Body Shop Honey & Oat 3-in-1 Scrub Mask

I got the Honey & Oat 3-in-1 Scrub Mask a while ago in one of my many Body Shop hauls and it is definitely one of their best products. I love doing face masks because they make my face feel so smooth and hydrated. Also depending on what type of face mask you go for, they can help reduce spots and redness. I try to do a face or scrub mask at least once a week, sometimes more if I feel my skin is dry or I'm feeling a bit run down.

The Body Shop Honey & Oat 3-in-1 Scrub Mask is fantastic and I am glad I went for that one. I was deliberating between 3 scrubs to begin with: Blue Corn 3-In-1 Deep Cleansing Scrub Mask, Seaweed Iconic Clay Mask and the Honey & Oat one. Ultimately I went for the Honey & Oat one because I prefered the ingredients and it sounded a little bit better, I do want to try the other two at some point though.

The content of the pot reminds me of porridge, but don't be put off by it's appearance because it does the job perfectly. As they say never judge a book by its cover. The oats really do make the scrub great and help exfoliate your skin. My face always smells great afterwards because of the nice honey scent and it is so refreshing.

Personally I have found it helps hydrate, soften and refresh my skin. It also really does help with spots and I have found it calms them down, and reduces redness and even size.

The Scrub Mask is £10 which can seem a little bit too much for the size of the product. That was the only thing I was disappointed with when I got the mask in the post, it was a lot smaller than I thought it would be. However, you don't actually use too much when applying the scrub mask so it would last for a long time. If you think it is not worth the price then wait until Body Shop have deals on, then you can get it for a bargain price and not feel guilty about buying it.

Body Shop have a deal on this Monday where you can get 40% off, it is called Mega Monday and the code is 14665. So go grab yourselves some Christmas bargains if you haven't already done all your Xmas shopping and I would definitely recommend buying the Honey & Oat 3-in-1 Scrub Mask! :)
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Saturday, 6 December 2014

L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes So Couture

I think I have found my new favourite mascara, even more so than Benefit's They're Real mascara. I think this is definitely better than Benefit's because it is cheaper, a slightly bigger product and I am pretty sure my eyelashes look longer. The only mascara that I had found before which was similar-ish to Benefit's was a Bourjois one, but this is just better in every way. I am very thankful for the L'Oreal So Couture gift set, it is awesome and I probably wouldn't have known about or tried out the mascara otherwise.


It makes my eyelashes look so long, they look as long as if I were wearing fake lashes. I am beyond happy with the results and love the length, my blue eyes stand out so much more! I do have naturally long eyelashes but this makes them crazy long, I would recommend it to those who have shorter lashes because I think there would be a big difference.

Duration wise, the product is very good and I haven't had any bits dried mascara fall off or anything like that. The quality is great and my eyes look just as good in the evening as they did in the morning. I have even managed not to get any mascara streaks on my eyelids because of the amazing brush.


The brush is amazing and makes applying the mascara even easier. I love plastic brushes as I find it easier to separate lashes, but with this brush my eyelashes don't clump together thickly. Application wise it is very easy and you don't have to keep going back over your lashes to separate them, it does a fantastic job.

L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes So Couture could definitely give Benefit a run for their money, as it is half the price and in my opinion does a better job. I would buy the mascara again because £10.99 is well underpriced for how good it is, but I am not complaining.


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Friday, 5 December 2014

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche lipstick - Scarlett Creme

I got this little gem in the L'Oreal So Couture gift set and I am literally in love with this colour!! It is amazing that brands are doing free makeup gift sets when you spend over a certain price and that they are actually putting good products in them. This is why Christmas is the best time of the year, there are so many great deals on which you can't not take advantage of!! :)

L'Oreal did an amazing job putting this in the gift set and I 100% get why, I think this shade would look great on anyone. The fact that it is a dark red is what makes it suitable for anyone, whether you're blonde or brunette, it would look good. It really brings out the blueness in my eyes, however, it does make my skin seem slightly paler but in a good way I think.

After wearing it, I'm not sure if it is a bit too much to wear to university as it isn't that casual but I would definitely wear it out shopping or for lunch. Scarlett Creme is more than perfect for a night out with the girls and would go with most outfits. The lipstick stays on for a long time and the quality is very good, it is 100% worth buying again when it runs out.


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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub

 I haven't tried that many Lush products before because there are so many and a few seem a bit too expensive for what you get. I have had one of their facemasks before and it was really good, it helped calm down spots and made my face really soft. I saw the Lush lip scrub on Instagram by a few beauty bloggers and was a little bit intrigued, I then looked at a few blogger reviews and knew I had to get my hands on one.
There were four lip scrubs available: Bubblegum, Popcorn, Mint Julips and Santa's. I'm not a big fan of mint products so I didn't go for that and the Bubblegum scent was a bit too sickly for my liking. I was torn between the Popcorn and Santa's lip scrub, both smelt incredible!! I went with Popcorn in the end as I liked the fragrance more and it was slightly sweeter.

The good thing about the lip scrub is that after you have rubbed it onto your lips, you can lick it off as it is made up of edible ingredients. It contains Castor Sugar, Jojoba Oil, Sea Salt, Polenta, Coconut Oil, Popping Candy and Flavour. No messy washing it off or anything, simply lick it off. My lips feel so soft after using it and it is really good at getting rid of dead skin! I also think the pot will last a long time as you don't actually use that much when applying it.

I am so glad I bought the lip scrub and might even go back to pick up the Santa one!! :) I looked at quite a few of the bath bombs and some of them have a great scent, but others are way too strong for my liking! I loved The Comforter (berry) and might get it once I am back home, as unfortunately I do not have a bath here.
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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

L'Oreal So Couture gift set

So many makeup brands have amazing deals on at the moment if you spend over a certain amount then you can get a free gift set. Bourjois, MAX FACTOR, No7 and L'Oreal, to name a few are doing free gift sets. If you spend over £14.99, you can get the L'Oreal So Couture gift set which is worth more than £30. What a bargain and the perfect Christmas present for someone!!

It was hard to resist so I had to get it and am very happy that I did. It contains four great products, that I haven't tried before and cannot wait to use them.

Volume Million Lashes So Couture 

This will be the first L'Oreal Paris mascara I will have tried and it looks like a good one. The brush is a plastic one, which is my preference when buying mascaras as I find it easier to separate my lashes. Cannot wait to use this and see if it really does give eyelashes lots of volume!

Color Riche LeKhol - Immaculate Snow (120)

I have never used a white eyeliner before so this should be interesting... Not really sure what eyeshadow I would pair it with, will have to have a play around with my makeup to see what goes best together.

Color Riche lipstick - Scarlett Creme (461)

I love this shade, it is absolutely stunning!!! The dark red shade is great to highlight my blonde hair and hopefully it won't make my skin look to pale. It will be great for day or night in my opinion, I don't think it is too much for wearing during the day as it is not that bright. It would look perfect with a little black dress or a white top and leggings.

Color Riche nail varnish - Exquisite Scarlett (408)

Red nail varnish is one of my favourite colours and I own so many, I think I must have at least 10. This will be the first in my L'Oreal Paris nail varnish collection and it will be good to see the quality and how long it will take to dry.
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