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All That Glitters – December Glossybox Review

After being pleasantly surprised with last months Glossybox, I decided to try out the Christmas Edition. This months box contains five full size products, along with an extra treat. The products in this box are designed to make you feel prepped and fabulous for the magical Christmas season.

The first thing I love about this edition is how festive the box looks. The red and gold design is everything I love about Christmas.

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The first product in the box is a Fantasy  Icons Cosmic Unicorn Shower Gel from Imperial Leather RRP £1.99. The shower gel doesn’t have a very strong scent, but it does leave your skin feeling soft and sparkly.

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The Cosmic Pink Ruby Glitter Peel Off Mask by Vitamasques RRP £4.99 was the next product to catch my eye. The mask states that it is designed to revitalise and firm the skin. I cannot wait to try this mask out. With it being pink and glittery, I couldn’t think of anything better!

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This edition contains three makeup products. One of these being the Doucce Relentless Matte Lip Crayon in Winterberry RRP £16.95. I absolutely love the colour and texture of this crayon. The shade is perfect for the party season and it is really long lasting. This is one of my favourite products by far.

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The second makeup product in the box is a Shimmer Roll from Bellapierre Cosmetics RRP £19.99. This product is so pigmented. It is in a Champagne colour and I can’t wait to cover my face in it.

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The last makeup product in the box is a Liquid Jelly Blush in the shade Bali by Niko Pro RRP £12.00. I’m not a big fan of using a blush in my usual makeup routine so this isn’t really a product that I will be using.

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The extra treat inside this months box is The Incredible Pore Strip by Maybeauty RRP £3.50. I absolutely love pore strips and I cannot wait to get this one on my face. I regularly use pore strips on both my nose and chin as they are the perfect way to get rid of blackheads.

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I have really enjoyed opening this months Glossybox. I think that the products inside are definitely worth the price of the subscription box and I cannot wait to try them all out.

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Glossybox November Edition

A few years ago I was obsessed with beauty subscription boxes, but after a while I always ended up disappointed in the products I received.

 After seeing some recent reviews on Glossybox, I decided to sign up again and see what they had to offer. The subscription starts at £10.00 a month, with options to pay for one, three, six or twelve months. With some subscription boxes charging a lot more than this, I was interested to see what kind of products would be inside.

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As always the box looked beautiful and sleek, the soft pink colour theme is still my absolute favourite. I was so excited to unbox this Glossybox after hearing a rumour of what I would find inside.

It is safe to say I was pleasantly surprised. Here is a sneak peak of what you will find inside this month’s Glossybox.

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Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick – Venus

I had previously seen that they were featuring Huda Beauty products in the months edition and I was so happy with the Liquid Lipstick I received. The colour is absolutely perfect for an everyday wear and it is very long lasting. I think it is worth buying the box for this product alone as the RRP is usually £18.00.

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Stylondon Eyeshadow Palette – Eaton Square

This brand is one that I have never personally tried, but I am in love with the colours of this palette. They are also really pigmented which I love. These tones are perfect for the winter months and Christmas period. I can’t wait to test this product out and see how long the colours last.

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Palmers Coconut Butter Formula Mini 24 Hour Formula

I have always loved Palmers products so I was really happy to receive this inside the box. It is only a 30g tub which is the perfect size for popping in your handbag. I could smell this product all day as it is absolutely gorgeous!

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Context Micro-Derm Regenerator

As you may know I absolutely love anything to do with skincare, so I was so excited to try out this product. I love how light this product feels on your skin. It definitely removes all the dirt and nastiest from your skin. This product is also cruelty and perfume free. I can’t wait to try this product out for the rest of the month.

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Eyeko London Fat Liquid Eyeliner in Black

This product couldn’t have come at a better time as I am in need of a new eyeliner. I love this brand and I was pleased to try out this product. The felt tip applicator makes the product really easy to use. This eyeliner didn’t smudge either which is always a bonus!

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Chloe Eau De Parfum Sample

This was such a lovely addition to the box. I had never tried this perfume before and I was definitely missing out. The perfume gives off a soft powdery and fresh scent to it, which works wonders. I will definitely be taking this sample along with me in my handbag. 

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It’s safe to say that I really enjoyed receiving and opening this month’s Glossybox and I look forward to seeing what next months edition brings.

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Dior Backstage Collection

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You may have seen me post a lot lately about the new Dior Backstage collection. I recently had the chance to attend their product launch evening which was amazing. We were able to preview the products, along with watching a live demo of the products being used.

After falling in love with this range, I was excited to be able to have the look demonstrated on myself. The Dior counter in Boots, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, invited me down to have a one to one make-up masterclass using the Backstage Collection and of course I jumped at the chance.

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The Backstage Collection is a range designed for the catwalk. All of the products are long lasting and work beautifully with flash photography. There is definitely none of that horrible flash back when wearing these products.

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Prep Time

When I sat down for my make-up lesson, we discussed what type of look I usually go for. I explained that I like a full coverage foundation, with a dewy glow.  We decided that we would also go for a smokey eye look, but one that you could get away with wearing in the day.

Before any of the make-up products were applied, my face was prepped with Dream Skin. This product is multi-functional as it can be used a moisturiser, anti-ageing cream and even a primer. By using this product underneath my makeup, I was able to get the desired look to last all day long.

The Makeup

The foundation used on me was the Backstage Foundation in 2.5 Neutral. This foundation is amazing as it is sweat proof and waterproof. It is a buildable foundation leaving it up to you to create the texture and shade you desire.

The bronzer used to contour my face was the Dior Backstage Contour Palette. This was beautifully paired with the Dior Bronzer in 03. The glow on this look was incredible and it was created by using a range of the highlighters in the Backstage Glow Palette.

For the eyes we used the Backstage Warm Neutrals Palette, blended in with a fluffy brush to create the desired effect. The Backstage Brows Pallette was also used on my brows in the shade light.

For the lips which are my absolute favourite, we use the Backstage Lip Palette as a base, with the Lip Maximer in 002 on top. I love the Lip Maximer as it can be worn as a gloss on it’s own, or over the top of another shade. You definitely see a difference when the product is on as you get a natural fuller look.

Finished Look

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I was really pleased with my finished look. All of the products work really well together and you can get such an amazing outcome when experimenting with them.

The girls at the Dior Counter in Boots, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol are all extremely helpful and friendly. If you’re looking to try out the products then I would definitely book yourself in or head down to the counter for a chat.

 

 

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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.