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ELF Makeup Review

Like a lot of us, I have recently been on a mission to find quality make-up products that are not tested on animalsI thought it would be hard, but it’s a lot easier than I imaged. Brands such as Too Faced, Kat Von D and The Body Shop are all animal friendly and don’t test their products on animals. I recently found that ELF don’t test on animals either, so I thought I would purchase some of their products and test them out.

I have previously used a few of ELF’s products before as they used to have a small boutique in Cardiff which was great. All of their products are reasonably priced, but as they don’t sell their products in any stores near me, buying online makes it that little bit harder. After finding out that they had a Spring Sale on, I decided to buy a few of their products and hope for the best.

I must admit that some of the products I ordered were slightly disappointing. Mainly because I had picked the wrong shade in some of the concealing products, but also the lip glosses I purchased were a bit too sticky for me. With that being said, there were some products I absolutely loved.

 

 

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ELF Blemish Control Face Primer

Out of all the products I purchased, this was definitely my favourite. I have used this product every day since receiving it and I am so impressed. As someone who suffers with problematic skin, I was intrigued to see if this product would live up to its name. Not only is it a great primer that keeps your make up in tact, but it has also left my skin looking much clearer than usual. It’s not a heavy primer which leaves your skin feeling very light and fresh.

 

ELF Flawless Finish Foundation – Light Ivory

This foundation is a buildable full coverage foundation, which is perfect for an evening look. When used with the Blemish Control Primer it can be very long lasting. One thing to note is that the foundation leaves you with a matte finish. I love a matte texture, but if you have dry skin I’m not sure if it would work as well.

 

ELF Made for Matte Eye Shadow Palette

I am so pleased I purchased this palette! I think I have used it everyday since purchasing it. It has the perfect nude tones which can be worn for any occasion. The shadows are very pigmented and like the foundation, stays put all day.

 

ELF Prism Eye Shadow Palette

The second palette I purchased is full with beautiful shimmery shadows. I have used some of the lighter shades as highlighters as they give the perfect glow. Like the previous eye shadow palette, these shades are so pigmented. I can’t get over how amazing these palettes are considering as they cost less than £10 each!

 

ELF Highlighter – Moonlight Pearls

As always, I couldn’t test out a makeup brand without purchasing one of their highlighters. This champagne toned highlighter was only £5! The pot is quite small, similar to a single eye shadow pot, which can be very handy for travelling. I love the tone to this highlighter and like many of ELF’s products, it feels really light on the skin. I have been using this as my everyday highlighter and it’s definitely worth the money.

 

I am really pleased that I purchased these products from ELF. Not only are they a great brand for not testing on animals, but their products are reasonably priced. If you’re looking to try out a new brand, then I would definitely recommend you purchase some of ELF’s products.

Have you tried any of ELF’s products before? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the brand x  

 

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Health & Beauty Bristol Blogger Event

I recently attended a Blogging event in which Health and Beauty bloggers and brands met to collaborate and socialise with each other.

The event was held at the Bristol City Centre Marriott Hotel. On arrival we were greeted with an amazing spread of delicious sweets and treats. I was so impressed with the decor in the hotel. The room we used was themed with Bristol’s greatest attractions and some incredible artwork. Below is a feature wall which I automatically fell in love with. 

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Not only was the atmosphere incredible, but the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. If you’re looking for a place to stay in Bristol, then I would definitely recommend you check out this hotel as it’s in the perfect location and you will get a real taste of Bristol

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I really enjoyed socialising with other bloggers and it was great to hear what others are truly passionate about. Along with meeting like minded bloggers, there were some really great local based brands at the event. The brands featured at the event were Amphora Aromatics, The Somerset Toiletry Company, Shy Mimosa Perfumery, Scentered, Grace Emmerson and The Pilates Room. All of which were incredibly friendly. I can’t wait to try out some of their lovely products for myself. 

 

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Thank you so much to Heather Cowper for organising the event. It was a really good opportunity to socialise and collaborate with some brilliant people. I’d also like to thank The Marriot Hotel for having us all, it was a great evening and I really enjoyed myself.

If you’re currently starting up your own blog then I would definitely recommend attending a local blogging event in your area. It’s a great place to pick up tips from like minded people and help get your name out there.

 

 

 

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Billion Dollar Brows Universal Pencil Review

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I have recently tried out a new brow product which I am really impressed with, so I thought that I would share it with you in hopes that you love it as much as I do.

Throughout the past few years I have tried and tested many brow products, some great and some not so great. One of the main issues I have when finding a brow product is that it seems to be hard to find the perfect shade.

With that in mind, I was excited to try out the Universal Pencil by Billion Dollar Brows, as it states that it is a brow pencil suitable for all hair colours and skin tones.

 

 

The pencil features a spoolie brush on the end which is amazing as it helps you blend the product beautifully. I was so impressed with how easy the product was to apply, with a few light brush like strokes I was able to create the perfect look.

The product is very buildable, which is helpful in creating the right shade and tone to match your hair colour. I also like the fact that the pencil does not need sharpening as it uses a retractable tip pencil.

 

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This is my end result after the using the product. I was pleased to find that the colour did not fade or smudge, leaving me with a natural brows for hours.

If you’re looking to try out a new brow pencil then I would definitely recommend you give this product a try. It can be purchased from the brands site at http://www.billiondollarbrows-uk.com 

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Benefit – Bold is Beautiful Brow Project

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When it comes to getting my eyebrows done, I always visit my nearest Benefit Brow Bar to get a wax and tint. I love how quick and easy they make it for me to achieve the perfect look.

This month I was pleasantly surprised to find that Benefit were giving 100% of their profits from their Brow Treatments to the charities Look Good Feel Better and Refuge.

It was great to see such a well known brand supporting a good cause. Along with giving the full price of the treatment to these charities, they also offered all customers a free gimme brow mini as an incentive to purchase the treatments.

After having my brows done, my brow technician also explained to me that they were also taking additional donations for the charity. With every donation they were giving away Benefit Popcorn and a sample of their new foundation, The POREfessional – Pore Minimising Foundation.

I took up the opportunity to help out the charities and in turn was gifted with some cute items. Not only did I enjoy munching on the popcorn, but the sample of the foundation worked wonders on my skin. I feel that it will definitely be a product to watch.

As always I left feeling very pleased with my brows, along with the customer service and acknowledgment I received. It’s always great to see brands helping out charities and I would definitely recommend you check out their Brow Bar.

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My look after having a wax and tint from the Benefit Brow Bar in Debenhams Bristol.

 

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Flawless Foundations

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If there’s one beauty product you need to get right, it’s definitely investing in a good foundation. Foundation is the base of your makeup look and I feel that by having a flawless foundation, it is easier to create a sleek and perfected look.

Over the years I have tried and tested so many great, and unfortunately not so great foundations. I decided to write a post of my four favourite foundations. These are all high end make up brands, but for the quality of the product I definitely think that they are worth every  penny.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet – 20 Beige

This foundation is very light on the skin, leaving you with a fresh, matte full coverage finish. I love to use this foundation in the summer as it allows you to have full coverage, but will still leave your skin feeling fresh and breathable.

Too Faced Born This Way – Warm Nude

This is a new favourite of mine. After reading mixed reviews of the product I was keen to try it out for myself. I was pleased to find that this foundation leaves you with a glowing full coverage complexion. I tend to apply this foundation with a beauty blender as it leaves your with an airbrushed look.

Giorgio Armarni Luminous Silk Foundation – Shade 4

I love to use this foundation when I am in need of a long lasting look. This foundation is very buildable which allows you to create a texture suited to your choice. I love how dewy this foundation leaves my skin, giving off the perfect glow suitable for both day and night.

Urban Decay All Nighter – Shade 4.0

As the name states, this foundation is great if you’re looking for something that will last all night. This product definitely provides you with full coverage. The only thing I would say is that the texture of this product is very thick, which can leave your skin feeling  heavy.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my review of these flawless foundations.
It would be great to hear which foundations you love!
xox

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Lipstick Loving

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Hey guys, this month I have purchased a few lip products which I adore, so I decided to do a quick review of them.

The products I have chosen are all individually unique and beautiful.
This post features both liquid and regular lipsticks, as well as an amazing lip palette.
I hope you enjoy! 

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Maybelline New York Vivid Matte Liquid – 50 Nude Thing.

I recently tried out the Maybelline New York Vivid Matte Liquid Lipsticks and I absolutely love them! Unlike many other matte liquid lipsticks, this product doesn’t leave your lips feeling dried out. The texture of this product is very velvety and the colour lasts longer than I was expecting, although I would recommend taking the product with you to top up throughout the day as it does transfer after eating.

The shade of this product looks dark in the above swatch, but it has a orange tone to it which works beautifully for both day and night.

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MAC Kabuki Magic Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour – Sweet Thing.

This range from MAC is one of my favourites at the moment. The texture itself is very matte and the product is extremely long lasting. This is my new go-to product if I know I will be spending the night out and want something that will definitely last. 

The shade of this lipstick is incredible. It’s a mixture of both a dark nude and pinky tone, which suits many different looks. If you’re looking to invest in a long lasting liquid lipstick, then I would definitely recommend you give this product a go.

Maybelline New York Colour Drama Lip Contour Pallette – Blushed Bombshell.

I recently tried out this contour lip palette after hearing so many great things about it. The palette consists of a range of pink and red tones, along with a lip primer and highlighter. By using both the lip liner and lip colour, you are able to create a contoured lip look.

I decided to use the lighter shades for the above look as I was only popping to the shops, but the dark shades are also incredible. Although I don’t usually like lip palettes as they’re always harder to carry around, this palette is very small and will easily fit in my handbag.

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MAC Matte Velvet Teddy.

This product is an all time favourite of mine. The nude tone is perfect for any occasion and it is always a product I have to hand. I feel that MAC lipsticks last longer than other brands, so if you’re looking to try out one of their shades, I would definitely give Velvet Teddy a go.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my review on my latest lipstick favourites.
It would be great to hear what lip products you are loving at the moment!

xoxo

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Makeup Revolution Haul

I’ve read a lot of reviews of Makeup Revolution products and after trying a few out for myself I decided to write a post to let you know what I think of them!

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There are a few primers in the Makeup Revolution range, but I decided to go for the Ultra Face Base Primer. When testing out this primer it seemed to have a matte texture to it, which I love for an everyday primer.

On application this product leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and allows you to apply your foundation at ease. After a evening out my make up still seemed to be in tact which I thought was amazing seeing as the product only cost me £5.00. This primer is a good dupe for the Smash Box Photo Finish Primer.

 

After applying my foundation, I decided to use the Makeup Revolution Bronzer in Kiss. This is quite a matte bronzer, but it can be perfectly matched with a highlighter to give a bronzed glow. There was an offer on in store when I purchased these items which allowed me to get the Love The Revolution Palette for free! 

The palette consists of several eyeshadows and highlighters. I used the bronze highlighter for my cheekbones and the lilac toned highlighter under my brow line.

This palette is really pigmented which I was extremely impressed with, especially as it was free.

 

I also purchased the Beyond Flawless Ultra Eyeshadow Palette. This palette consists of matte shadows, mixed with a few golden shimmer tones. Again the shadows were surprisingly pigmented and easy to blend. I decided to use the shades Flawless, Toasty and Chesnut to create my look.

I found that the shadows aren’t as long lasting as others I have tried, but at £8.00 I am still impressed with the product.

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I finished my look with Eyelure Volume Lashes in Petite 107 and Mac Lipstick in the shade Yash.

Makeup Revolution has some great products and they’re all reasonably priced. If you’re looking to try out some budget make up, I would definitely give this brand a go.

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Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation

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 Winter has arrived and my skin is slowly adjusting to this freezing cold weather.

Last week I decided that I needed to fix up my skincare and makeup routine in order to stop my skin turning into a dry and flaky mess.

Usually I love using thick and full coverage foundations such as Double Wear, but the truth is, a lot of the full coverage foundations I try can be VERY drying. I feel like no matter what I am wearing underneath my foundation, the moisture will always be sucked out and my skin is often left feeling deflated.
Obviously I’m not writing this post to slate Double Wear in any way because it’s usually my go-to foundation, but in the winter I just need something more suited to my skin.

So this is where Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet steps in. As I was passing through House of Fraser last week, I decided to try out some of the foundations Chanel had to offer. I explained to the lovely lady at the counter that my skin had become very dry lately, but that I still wanted a full coverage foundation. She advised me to try out Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet as it has more of a velvety texture (hence the name), rather than a thick, sticky texture.

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 I was matched to the shade Beige 20, and after using it for a week, I can honestly say it’s one of the best foundations I have ever tried. Not only does it last all day, but it feels so lightweight on my skin and covers almost every blemish!

I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t tried this foundation before. It’s amazing how different my skin feels after using it. I finally have moisture back in my skin, even on the coldest of days. The texture of the foundation is so soft and easy to work with which I love.

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If you’re looking to switch up your foundation for Christmas then I would definitely recommend this one – it’s amazing!

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My favourite makeup products this month!

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This month I have purchased several items which I have fallen in love with and I thought I would share them with you!

I am always on the look out for new make-up products to try out and reading reviews on them help me decide on what to buy, so I am hoping this post may  help some of you.

This month I was lucky enough to take a trip to Paris with my boyfriend. Whilst I was there I was amazed to find that we were staying five minutes away from Sephora. So of course I had to stock up on a few new items and this palette was one of the items I purchased.

The palette is called The Delicate and features some amazing nude, bronze and golden eye shadows which I absolutely adore. I feel that the colours are perfect for this season and they’re so pigmented and long lasting – if you’re looking for a small eye shadow palette to add to your collection, I would definitely recommend you check this one out!

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The second product I am loving this month is the Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation. Before trying this product I heard mixed reviews about it, but I decided give it a go anyway. This foundation gives full coverage, which is perfect for a night out or a long day at work. Unlike many other full coverage foundations I’ve tried, it’s not too thick and it still lets my skin breathe which is amazing. I’ve actually started to mix this foundation with my Double Wear and it’s become one of my new favourites.

When shopping at the Urban Decay counter I also decided to pick up the Afterglow Highlighter in the shade Sin. This highlighter promotes itself as lasting 8 hours and I can honestly say it does the trick! I usually wear this highlighter every day to work and it’s been staying on my face without me having to use any setting spray which is amazing. I probably wouldn’t use the product for a night out because it’s still quite subtle, but it’s brilliant for everyday use.

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The last product I recommend you try out is a NYX Intense Butter-Gloss. I love this range and have tried out many shades, but the one I am loving at the minute is the shade Chocolate Crepe. This shade is a dark brown shade, with hints of red and is perfect for this season. I would wear this product both day and night, as it goes with almost any outfit. This gloss also lasts all day which is always a bonus.

So there you have my favourite makeup products of the month. There are so many items I am loving at the moment and I am always on the hunt for more – let me know what products you recommend I try this season!

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Five New Skincare Favourites

When it comes to skincare I usually stick to the same old products, but this time I have decided to venture out and try some new products.

By doing so I have found some amazing products I feel that I should definitely share with you guys. So here are my top five skincare products – I recommend you give at least one of these a go!

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No7 Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking Wipes.

When it comes to removing makeup I tend to try and cleanse and remove my makeup without using wipes, but when you’re in a rush or on the go, these wipes are just what you need.

Admittedly these wipes cost slightly more than the average face wipes, but you can definitely see the difference just after one use. These wipes remove waterproof mascara, along with the toughest of foundations. They also leave your skin feeling silky smooth and refreshed, which it what I absolutely love about them. If you fancy treating yourself to a new skincare product then you should definitely give these easy use wipes a go.

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Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair.

After recently attending an Estée Lauder blogging event, I was generously given the chance to try out this amazing product. This serum is the perfect fix for when your skin is feeling dehydrated and a lack of sleep has taken its toll.

By simply applying a small amount to your face before bed, you are guaranteed to wake up with a softer and more even skin tone. This product is so easy to use and it really does leave you feeling like you’ve had a luxury facial.

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Heaven Bee Polish with Organic Raw Cane Sugar & ABEETOXIN.

This Bee Polish by Heaven is an amazing product which helps reduce fine lines and any signs of aging. I particularly this product as it is great on sensitive skin, as well and leaving your skin feeling silky smooth.

After just one use you can immediately see your skin becoming more plump and firm. This product is the perfect anti-aging treatment and takes minutes to use.

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Estée Lauder Take It Away Makeup Remover Lotion.

This lotion is one of my favourite makeup removal products. By adding a small amount of the product, it is amazing how much makeup is broken down and removed from your skin.

This product particularly works well with Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation. If you wear the foundation yourself, you will know how tough it can be to remove. But by using a small amount of this product, the foundation and any other waterproof mascara is removed without a trace being left behind. The lotion also leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and moisturised in the process.

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Nivea Daily Essentials Rich Regenerating Night Cream.

When it comes to night cream I have so many different products its hard to decide which ones really work. After just a week of trying out this product, my skin was visibly more hydrated and any dark patches or blemishes seemed to disappear.

I purchased this product whilst it was on offer, paying less than £3.00 for it. With the price being as low as it is, along with the quality being of such a high standard, I definitely recommend you include this essential cream into your daily skincare routine.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my review on these skincare products and I would love to hear what products you are loving at the moment!
xoxo