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28/04/2016

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick - Breakfast At Tiffany's.

At the start of last year Jeffree Star released his much anticipated cosmetic line. It started small, with three liquid lip colours. Fast forward a year and there's now 23 permanent shades with more on the way. Along with lip scrubs, upcoming releases of lipsticks, highlighters and an eyeshadow palette.

Some of you may remember Jeffree from back in the MySpace days. Nope? Just me then. I wasn't a fan of him then and I still find him to be a little coarse now but putting that aside, do his cosmetics live up to the hype?


I thought I would start off by showing you one of my most recent additions to my Jeffree collection. It's one of those colours that won't be for everyone but I just had to try it. Especially since it's eye safe so would make a fabulous liner.

Breakfast At Tiffany's is the most perfect Tiffany box blue, as you would expect. Is it blue? Is it green? It's the perfect mix of both.

The formula has a soft texture that's highly saturated, only needing one swipe for opaque cover regardless of your natural lip shade. Lasting for a good six hours without the need for touchups, providing you avoid oily food but the same goes for and longwearing liquid lipstick. Out of all that I've tried this is the least drying, most pigmented and long lasting.

It comes with a large doe foot applicator which can take some getting used to but it helps the product glide over your lips. In the beginning the lipsticks were unscented but Jeffree has started adding to some of the more newer shades. Instead of opting for your traditional vanilla he's gone for a vanilla root beer scent which isn't something I thought I'd like but it makes a refreshing change.

Overall I cannot recommend these highly enough. I have six currently and they all apply and wear beautifully. There's a shade for everyone be it a muted pink, an everyday nude or even a navy blue. Whilst there's a selection of colours that are more 'out there', there is definetly your more toned down everyday colours which are worth a look.
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Price:
£14 / 5.6ml

Where to buy:
www.jeffreestarcosmetics.com
www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk
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26/04/2016

Glossybox - April.

As we wave goodbye to winter - hoorah! It's time to do a little spring preening, which is what inspired this month's Glossybox*.


 Swiss Smile - Whitening Toothpaste
£28.95 / 75ml
£30? For a toothpaste?! You can't be serious. I haven't tried this mainly because I'm very fussy when it comes to toothpaste due to disliking the taste of mint. This claims to remove any staining and restore your teeth to their natural whiteness. I still can't get over the price though.

Leighton Denny - Miracle Mist
£12 / 75ml
I can't remember the last time I painted my nails, mainly due to the fact I get impatient with waiting for them to dry. That or I have a hard time deciding on a colour. This solves half that problem by making your nails touch dry in seconds. Just spray on your nails for a couple of seconds and you're good to go. The mist conditions cuticles as well as drying nail polish using silicone to create a hard film over your polish.


The Body Shop - Oils Of Life Intensly Revitalising Facial Oil
£28 / 30ml
Oils Of Life is the newest range from The Body Shop made up of lotions, intense creams and this facial oil. I've only just started using oils on my face but using this of an evening has definitely made a difference in how my skin looks and feels. It's not so dry and the texture just seems more improved. It contains black cumin seed oil, camellia seed oil and rosehip seed oil, which are all cold pressed to preserve the potent properties.

Next - Make Me Beautiful Lip Chubby - Cherry Red
£8
This one surprised me as I wasn't expecting to like it but I really do. The formula is full or plant waxes and oils meaning it glides on easily without no effort. Cherry Red is perfect if you're scared to wear reds as it has a hint of pink to the finish. You can wear it slightly more sheer or layer it up for a more intense look.

Studio 10 - Brow Lift Perfecting Liner - Universal
£22 / 1.38g
The message behind this pencil is really great. For every full size pencil purchased in the UK and Australia Studio 10 will donate a full size to charity. Every pencil purchased in the US will have 100% of the profit to the Look Good Feel Better campaign. I personally find the pencil a little too hard and it has that distinctive strong wood smell that comes with pencils, which I'm not a fan of.
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Price:
£10 (plus p&p) per month
Subscriptions also available with discounts

Where to buy:
www.glossybox.co.uk
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24/04/2016

Pandora Spring Additions.

It's not been all that long since my last Pandora post but I wanted to talk about a couple of new charms I've recently got, one of which is from their spring collection.

As you would expect their spring collection is full of florals, pinks and lavenders. All finished off with a little sparkle along with some pearlescent finishes. It also brings us some new clips, those being silicone lined. Meaning they can be placed anywhere on a bracelet (including the leather varieties) and won't slide around. Also very handy for the Pandora bangles!

Something I've found now that I've really gotten into Pandora is that the photos online don't do the majority of the charms any justice whatsoever. The only charms I've purchased online are the entirely silver ones as I know there won't be much variation with those. The rest I've purchased from my local Pandora store as I prefer seeing them in store. If you can, I highly suggest having a look in person.


Purple Shimmer Murano Charm
£35
I hadn't planned on picking this up as I was going to go for a different colour scheme for my bracelet. But the original piece I was going to get wasn't in stock and this was just too pretty to pass up. It's a lovely lilac colour with a crackled foil type effect inside that ends up shining shades of pink when the light hits it. Very hard for the camera to pick up the real beauty. Because each glass bead is hand made no two can be exactly the same. The one the sales assistant picked out for me was just not as sparkly as the one in the display case. She got out four other ones and let me look at each before I decided that the one in the display case appealed most to me. It's reasons like this that I prefer shopping in store and having a good and patient SA that doesn't mind me being fussy over what I want makes the world of difference.

Best Friend Butterfly Pendant Charm
£45
I won't go into the details behind buying this charm as it's one of those things that's quite personal to me. But part of the reason I opted for this was that it came in two pieces, which can either be shared or worn together. That and I was looking for a butterfly charm to gift to the person who received the other piece. Each having a part of this charm makes it all the more meaningful. The butterfly features a beaded body with two small antennas. The wings feature a cut out design that is the same for both parts of the charm and gives it a little something extra. The inside of the charm has the words 'friends forever' engraved into it. As the surface of this charm is flat I found it looked and sat best against a spacer. The pendant doesn't get in the way and mostly stays where it's supposed to. Overall I think this charm is really great value as you're effectively getting two.
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Where to buy:
www.pandora.net
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17/04/2016

Halsey x M.A.C Future Foward.

I honestly couldn't tell you the last time I got excited over a M.A.C collection. So much so that I was scrambling over myself to order it on my very smashed iPhone. More haste, less speed and all that.

M.A.C teamed up with four women that they see as shaping the future of the music industry to create an exclusive limited edition and online only collection. Those being Tinashe, Halsey, Dej Loaf and Lion Babe.

As soon as I heard about Halsey I knew I wanted it. She's very 'out there' in both her music and style.




Her trademark colour is blue and she opted for a different take on it, something that is unlike anything that regularly crops up in the makeup world.

Halsey is a described as a grey with a matte finish. It's a medium dark grey with a slight blue undertone. I find the finish to be more like a M.A.C satin rather than a matte, meaning it's a little more creamier but ends up wearing down to a comfortable non drying matte after a little while of wearing.

As for application it glides over the lips with opaque coverage. It lasts for around four hours on me. Whilst eating and drinking it tends to just wear away in the middle, making for an easy reapplication.

M.A.C posted on their Snap Chat about layering Halsey over various lip liners. I love the look against Nightmoth which can be seen here.

It was an online exclusive which has since sold out but I thought I'd post about it just incase something similar comes up in the future. I'm excited to see what looks I can create with this though.
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14/04/2016

Nivea Pearl & Beauty Roll On.

Perspire. Sweat. Whatever you want to call it, we all do it. But it's rarely spoken about, perhaps I'm just not looking in the right places?

Either way I thought it's about time I reviewed my current deodorant as it's been my staple for the past couple of years.


I initially purchased a travel size of this as I was going away and it was one of the only ones that wasn't a spray. I feel like they just disappear and don't do anything. I was also somewhat drawn to that shimmery packaging, not gonna lie!

First things first is the price point. I always stock up on it when it's on an offer but it's a good price regardless. The scent is fresh and clean but very subtle so it doesn't disturb any perfume I wear. I do find once applied it does take a little longer to dry but it's not that noticeable or off putting enough to put me off using it.

I apply first thing in the morning and it lasts me throughout the day. I don't have to worry about whether I'll be smelling if I'm running around at work. It protects me regardless of what I'm doing.

The formula doesn't contain alcohol though it does have aluminium in it. I do believe Nivea have one that is aluminium free. Either way this has served me well for quite some time and I can't see myself changing any time soon. Can't recommend it highly enough.
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Price:
£1.75 / 50ml

Where to buy:
www.boots.com
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12/04/2016

Birchbox - Blooming Marvellous.

After receiving my first Birchbox, I couldn't wait for another one. A few weeks before it was dispatched I received an email prompting me to pick from two box designs, which I thought was a nice touch.

They teamed up with Rifle Paper Co. to create two fabulously designed boxes. Herb Garden or Jardin de Paris, I opted for the latter. You also had the option to add a notebook in the same design to your box for a small fee but I opted not to. Also included was an exclusive 25% discount on the Rifle Paper Co. online store, good through the rest of the year.


Nuxe - Huile Prodigieuse
£17 / 50ml
I'm one of those people that tend to shy away from oils, I don't know why but I just don't seem to gravitate towards them. This little bottle contains a blend of six essential oils - sweet almond, camellia, hazelnut, macadamia, borage and St John's wort. It smells absolutely wonderful and feels incredibly light on the skin. You can use this oil on your face, body and hair so I shall see if I can get onboard the dry oil trend.

Parlor By Jeff Chastain - Detangling Leave-In Conditioner
£17 / 147ml
I haven't tried this as of yet since I slathered my hair in coconut oil for most of yesterday. I'm excited to try this as I haven't tried a leave-in conditioner since I was in my very early teens, if memory serves correct. The scent is uplifting and bright - described as ripe peach, cut grass and white woods. It helps to condition the hair whilst protecting against heat styling.

Kueshi - Foot Care Cream
£12 / 100ml
Being that I'm on my feet for the majority of the day at work I really should take better care of them. This softening treatment contains white tea tree oil which is what makes up most of the scent. Alongside royal jelly and sweet almond oil. It's easily absorbed and doesn't leave behind any greasy feeling that I've noticed from other foot creams.


Benefit - They're Real! Mascara - Black
£19.50 / 8.5g
I tried this mascara when it first came out and I wasn't struck on it. Since then everyone seems to have gone mad for it and it has a bit of a cult following. So much so that it's the UK's best selling mascara. I'm curious to see if I can make it work better for me second time around.

Cynthia Rowley Beauty - Eyeliner - Black
£11 / 0.8g
Birchbox have provided two products that you can create a stunning smokey eye with. This eyeliner is so creamy, it just seems to glide on. You have a little time to smudge it out if you wish and then it locks into place. Just what you want from a black liner.
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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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10/04/2016

Pandora Valentines.

I've been meaning to write this post for absolutely ages but it always got put on the back burner in favour of newer things I've gotten.

Recently I came across Mora Pandora. Ellie runs a fabulous Pandora blog, posting about new releases and previews, alongside reviews on charms. Since following her I've been getting more into collection releases.

Valentine's was the first collection that I could get into as by the time I started following them, the Christmas collection had already been released. Of course being that it's Valentine's it was full of hearts and pinks, which isn't something I usually go for but seeing it in person definitely helped changed my mind.


Heart Beat Charm
£35
This was the one that stood out to me most in the preview images but I wanted to see it in person before purchasing. I'm glad I did as on the website it looks quite dull and could possibly be overlooked. The charm itself is a silver heart overlaid with a pinky red enamel, giving it a jelly like finish. In some lights it looks more red than pink and vice versus. What drew me to this charm was the unique finish as I don't believe they have done something like this before.

Together Forever Pendant Charm
£25
This year was the first time I'd had a proper Valentine's (yep, I'm that sad!) and I was lucky enough to have this gifted to me. Aside from a single rose, this was my favourite as I get to wear it everyday. This charm is one of the few that isn't threaded as it's classed as a pendant charm. The front has an oxidised finished with a cut out heart. The back could have been left plain but instead it has a polished finished with 'I love you' engraved around the edges. Which I think is a really lovely touch.
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Where to buy:
www.pandora.net
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06/04/2016

Lush Key Lime Pie Lip Balm.

There's something about lime scents that are just so delightfully refreshing. When I saw this new addition to the Lush line up, I just had to pick it up.


Lush decided to opt for a vegan option when mixing up the ingredients for this, replacing the beeswax with more moisturising oils. This leads to a less waxy formula, instead it's thin and has more slip to it.

Containing nourishing oils such as almond, coconut, jojoba, argan and lime. This does mean it has a more oily feel to it though not uncomfortably so. Because it's a lighter formula it doesn't last as long on the lips as more waxy balms such as Honey Trap. It leaves my lips feeling smooth and hydrated.

As for the scent? Lush have totally nailed the authentic American dish. It's fresh, fruity and full of citrusy zing with a hint of sweetness. It also tastes yummy too, though I don't recommend consuming it.

I don't usually opt for potted balms due to them being unhygienic. But this is something I'm so glad I picked up.
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Price:
£6.75 / 12g

Where to buy:
www.lush.co.uk
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03/04/2016

Hello April.

It's been quite some time time since I did one of these little monthly roundups. So what happened in March?

» I managed to write and schedule blog posts for nearly every other day. I ended up with 14 posts which is not something I've hit in a month since 2013! It feels good to have my motivation back and to be writing again. All it takes is a bit of planning.

» I had a little switch up with the blog layout. The blue was very 'me' but I fancied a change for a little while. It feels fresh and new to me. Change is good. Sometimes.

» Halsey collaborated with M.A.C on a rather interesting lipstick shade, which I'm hoping to get my hands on.


What do I hope to get out of April?

» I think the April quote in my Erin Condren (above) is something I need to practise. I need to stop worrying over things I cannot control. Just let them go, breathe and be happy.

» I'd really like to get my home life a little more organised. Tidy home, tidy mind and all that jazz. It can just be so hard when even getting out of bed is a struggle. We'll see.

» We've had quite a lot of nice weather lately so I'm hoping it's here to stay but I'm sure it won't be. Is it ever?

I don't really have anything planned for April, it's a nice quiet month after the rush of Easter. I shall be glad when the kids are back at school though. It means it's safe to leave the house and not be bombarded with children everywhere I go.
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