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24/08/2016

Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Palette.

Just recently I posted about the Sugarpill Cold Chemistry palette. Today I wanted to talk about something a little more girly and perhaps easier to wear. I mentioned before that Sugarpill is definitely known for their bright mattes which I know isn't for everyone.

The shades are available in the palette format for around £25 depending on where you get it from. You can also buy the shadow pans individually for £9ish but buying it as a palette makes the individual pan price significantly cheaper.


Kitten Parade is described as a shimmery peach with an opulent gold sheen.

Frostine is a frosty pale lavender that almost looks to be a matte shade, it does have the slightest hint of shimmer in it.

CandyCrush is a glistening mint pearl but it looks a look more aqua blue, with a white shimmer.

Hotsy Totsy is a bright cool-toned magenta full of iridescent sparkles but an overall matte finish.

The overall feel of the palette definitely has a distinctly more girly feel to it. The mint and pearl packaging has a much larger mirror than the Cold Chemistry due to the more uniform shape of it. The kitten on the front is a cute little addition and we all know I love anything with cats on!

As for the shades, I'm struggling to pick a favourite from the first three. Hotsy Totsy is a lovely shade but a little harder to work with because it's such a bright colour. I don't want to be looking like I have pink eye.

The shades do have a slightly drier texture which could make it difficult to apply but I find the best way is patting rather than sweeping. But I use this technique when applying any shadows. They apply better on the eye on top of a good primer such as Urban Decay's Primer Potion and blend out with ease.

I really like this palette though I feel you can't wear all the shades for one eye look. Each individual shade brings a little something to a netural look when popped in the centre of the lid and they look beautiful alongside other complimenting colours.

It's definetly more of a wearable palette whether you want to do a wash of colour on the lids or a full blown dramatic eye. If you haven't tried the brand before Kitten Parade is a great starter shadow if you're not sure about purchasing the entire palette.
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Price:
£24.95 / 4 x 3.5g
£8.95 / 3.5g single shadow

Where to buy:
www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk
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22/08/2016

Birchbox - Dive In.

Birchbox has switched things up again by getting rid of the box completely this month. Instead replacing it with a dove grey neoprene bag with a pop of neon colour. They're chosen at random from pink, yellow, turquoise and orange.

I actually really rather like this bag, I would probably use it for things such as shampoo and the like when travelling. If it leaked it would be easy to rinse it out and make it clean again.


Merci Handy - Love & Hand Cleansing Gel - Black Vanilla
£2.99 / 30ml
It's kind of funny to me that I received this as a few days before getting my box I used up some of my Birchbox points. To make the order up to £30 I popped this in my basket, the exact same scent. Good job I like it since I now have two! It reminds me a lot of ones from Bath And Body Works, same shape bottle they used to use and it has those funny little beads inside. As for the scent, it's pretty inoffensive, not overly sweet. Leaves hands feeling fresh and clean without any kind of sticky residue.

Voya - Silky By Nature Shampoo
£18 / 200ml
I haven't had a chance to use this yet and I wasn't overly excited about it until I smelt it. Mmm yes! It's packed full of oils such as sweet basil, lemon peel, lime, and mandarin just to name a few. This gives it a deliciously zingy scent which feels really uplifting. The vitamins and minerals it contains help to keep hair healthy and shiny.

Anatomicals - The Buff Stuff Citrus Body Scrub
£3.99 / 200ml
I've used Anatomicals in the past and have enjoyed their products, from the puns to the packaging. It all seems to fit together and give an overall more fun vibe. I tend to me more careful with exfoliators as the dangers of microbeads have once again hit headlines. I researched to make sure and this doesn't contain any, instead, it uses walnut shell to exfoliate. It comes with a pink grapefruit scent so it's definitely one of those that should be used in the morning.


Nude - Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly
£32 / 100ml
The sample size of this is crazy small which is understandable since it's rather expensive. I haven't used it yet but I have a feeling it won't even cover half of my moon face!

Marcelle - Waterproof Eyeliner - Mulberry
£10.50 / 1.2g
There was a choice between a brown and a purple liner. I very rarely wear brown so I opted for the Mulberry shade. It's a dusky greyed purple but when the light hits it you get a wonderful purple shimmer that's almost hard to capture. Once on this liner stays put until you remove it with a cleansing balm at the end of the day.

Amie Skincare - Morning Clear Purifying Face Wash
£4.95 / 150ml
Recently I've been a lot stricter with my skincare routine so I'm trying not to disturb it too much. This cleanser is soap free but still gives you perfectly refreshed skin. It's full of active ingredients such as mayblossom and elderflower, helping with problematic skin. Along with cocoa seed butter and sweet almond oil that keeps skin hydrated.
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Price:
£10 (plus p&p) per month
Subscriptions also available with discounts

Get £5 worth of Birchbox points when you sign up here

Where to buy:
www.birchbox.co.uk
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19/08/2016

Pandora Essence.

Pandora seems to be one of those things that once you start buying, it becomes a bit of an addiction. Ever since I received my 'moments' bracelet as a Christmas gift, I've spent countless hours browsing their website and adding things to my wishlist.

The Essence line is slightly different in the way they work. First off, the bracelets are slightly thinner. At present, you can choose from a standard snake chain bracelet, a silver bangle, a silver ball chain or a two tone bracelet which features a 14ct gold clasp. All the Essence bracelets feature a spherical clasp.

As for the charms, they tend to be somewhat more simplistic in design. One of their main features is that they're lined with silicone. This allows the charms to be fixed in one place on the bracelet, meaning they don't slide around. This means that you can't use these on the regular bracelets and vice versa.

They also tend to represent your inner qualities such as compassion, friendship, courage and wisdom just to name a few. This is stamped on the silver portion of the core, which serves as a little reminder. Especially in my case.


Essence Silver Bangle
£49
I decided to go for the bangle option as I didn't like the look of the silver ball chain bracelet and I wanted something a little different to offset my regular Pandora bracelet. I did think this would be awkward to get on and off but you just twist the ends and it opens up easily enough. The bangle uses metal memory which means that it just springs straight back into place once you let it go. It can on occasion be a little fiddly to do the clasp up but you get used to it.

Essence Positivity Charm
£35
I knew straight away that I wanted this charm. Not only because of the marble-like pattern but the quality it represents also. Positivity is something I severely lack so I thought it'd be a sweet little daily reminder. The charm has a sterling silver core encased in a magnesite surrounding. Since this is a natural stone there can be variations between charms, as seen in my last photo. I opted for the left-hand charm as I wasn't particularly happy with the first one I had. That's one of the reasons I prefer buying in person but I didn't this time around. That'll teach me!
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17/08/2016

Glossybox - August.

August marks five years of Glossybox. Five! It doesn't seem like it was that long ago that monthly beauty subscriptions were popping up all over the place. Some haven't stood the test of time but Glossybox is still here.

August gives us the 'Glossy greats' box*. They've also teamed up with accessory label Rae Feather to design the box and a surprise inside.


Rae Feather - Mini Monogram Pochette
£20
I must admit when I saw this I was pretty disappointed. Upon checking out their website it seems celebs love them but I've never heard of the brand before. I can't say I'm a fan of their products or this little bag. It feels cheaply made and doesn't seem to hold a lot.

Spa To You - Deep Pore Facial Cleansing Brush
£6.99
A big toothbrush for you face. That's basically how I would describe this. The bristles are supposed to buff away dead skills for a deep but gently cleanse. I find the bristles on this to be a little scratchy. It's not something I feel comfortable using on my face as I feel people could overuse it and do some damage to their skin.


Cowshed - Wild Cow Invigorating Body Lotion
£20 / 300ml
Containing lemongrass, ginger and rosemary this lotion is sure to give you an energetic buzz for the day. It also includes shea and cocoa butter to help nourish the skin and deeply moisturise. Perfect for the imminent colder weather. It's made in England, using natural ingredients and is full of essentials oils that your skin will just drink up, with a scent that is light but zingy.

Mudmasky - Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask
£53 / 60ml
Damn this face mask is expensive! It claims to be the firs PH-balanced facial treatments. It's made using all natural ingredients and contains no parabens. It helps to detoxify the skin, refine and detoxify pores, hydrates, brightens and smooths. Giving your skin a really boost. It has a slight tingling sensation which is completely normal and it will give you a dark grey looking face once applied. It totally gave me moon emoji feels.


MUA - Eyeshadow Palette - Hall Of Fame
£4 / 9.6g
I have more than enough eyeshadow palettes to last me a lifetime so I will be passing this on to someone else. The Hall Of Fame palette features a good range of light nudes, medium transition shades and the perfect darker tones for a smokey eye. It also has a range of finishes, including both mattes and metallics, with the dark black being a glittery shade. Everything you need to take your daytime to look to a dramatic evening affair.
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Price:
£10 (plus p&ap) per month
Subscriptions also available with discounts

Where to buy:
www.glossybox.co.uk
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15/08/2016

Imperial Leather Shower Gel - Marshmallow.

It's not very often I generally favour a no-frills shower or bath usually it's because I'm ill. I've been enjoying something that's rather cheap in comparison to my usual Lush gels.


Last year Imperial Leather released a range of sweet inspired shower gels. I posted about the Spearmint which I wasn't a fan of.

This, however, has a sweet scent that isn't too strong. It's just nice and comforting without being too overbearing. It foams up really well when using a shower lily (which is such a nicer name than loofah btw!) and doesn't leave my skin feeling uncomfortably dry.

There's not much I can say about this but if you're looking for a cheap, nicely scent gel that's readily available then this is a lovely little addition.
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Price:
£1

Where to buy:
www.boots.com
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13/08/2016

Birchbox - Never-Ending Summer.

I seem to be running a little behind on the beauty box reviews but hey, I'm getting them done. Even if it is a little late. The mini reviews might be helpful to someone out there. And how I could I resist writing about this beautifully designed box?

For July Birchbox teamed up with Millie Macintosh to create a summer infused box. Along with an exclusive lip shade.


John Frieda - Frizz Ease - Forever Smooth Anti-Frizz Primer
£9.99 / 100ml
I think along with most other people, I'm not a fan of my natural hair. It's wavy and not in a nice way so I straighten it. But once the weather turns humid or it begins to rain it starts getting frizzy. This helps to not only protect against heat but with the addition of coconut oil, it helps keep hair more smooth and manageable.

Caudalie - Polyphenol C15 Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Anti-Wrinkle Protect Fluid
£29 / 40ml
That couldn't be a longer name for a product if it tried! This helps stimulate cell renewal whilst helping to diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Whilst I won't be using it for that purpose, the fact that it has SPF and smells like oranges means it's something that I will gladly smother my face in. It can't just be me that hates having anything on my face that I don't like the smell of?!

Thermaliv - Micellar Lotion
£12.90 / 100ml
Not the most exciting thing but it's a handy travel size. Micellar waters were something that really took off last year but I don't tend to use them unless I'm feeling really sleepy and just need to get my makeup off stat. It doesn't take off hardcore makeup but if you're just wearing a little it seems to be ok. It has a light, clean and fresh scent to it.


LOC x Millie - Ultra Gloss Lip Pencil - Bohemian Rose
£9 / 2.5g
I'm really not a big fan of lipgloss in the traditional sense but I can get on board with glossy lipsticks. This pencil is packed full of hydrating ingredients along with being cruelty and paraben free. I feel like this is a universal shade, it's not too pale and not too bright. It's a lovely rosy pink shade with very fine shimmer. This is the perfect addition for just keeping in your bag for little touch ups on the go.

Nails Inc - Nail Polish - Sloane Street
£14 / 14ml
When I first started this blog I was a big fan of Nails Inc. I went off them when they started raising their prices and finding better formulas at a cheaper price point. I haven't tried this yet but Sloane Street is a brightened blue-based pink.
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Price:
£10 (plus p&p) per month
Subscriptions also available with discounts

Get £5 worth of Birchbox points when you sign up here

Where to buy:
www.birchbox.co.uk
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