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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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Stila Eye For Elegance Liquid Eyeshadow Set


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After purchasing the eye for elegance liquid eye shadow set from Stila, I decided to write a quick post letting you know my thoughts.

I am always looking for a glitter eye shadow, as I feel that they complete any evening look. I seem to struggle when it comes to finding an eye shadow that is both glittery and pigmented. I decided to pick up this set and after testing it out a few times now, I am really impressed.

The set comes with six mini liquid eye shadows. Three of which are described as shimmer and glow, which have a more metallic look and the other three are glitter and glow, which as the name states are much more glittery. The shades easily match up with each other, which allows you to wear both a metallic and glitter eye shadow at once.

 

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Next To Notte and Twig.

This is a swatch of the two deeper red shades. They work beautifully together and are very pigmented as you can see. The glitter and glow eye shadow has more of a copper tone, which works well when matched with other brown shadows.

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Kitten and Peachy Sheen.

These are by far my favourite shades. The glitter shadow has a peachy, champagne tone which I love. The metallic Kitten shade is also incredible and can be work everyday. These shade really brighten up a look and help give off that perfect glow.

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Grace and Smoldering Satin.

These two shades are a lot more pinky than the the previous two. The glitter shade Smoldering Satin is a lot pinker than I would usually go for, but can be toned down with a darker shadow. 

 

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These liquid eye shadows are great and they dry really quickly. After wearing these all day at work, I was pleased to find that they don’t budge at all. By using a liquid glitter eye shadow you don’t have any of the residue ruining the rest of your makeup which is also a plus. If you’re looking to try out a new glitter or metallic eye shadow, I would definitely recommend you try these out.

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The Gossip Nail Bar

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I recently visited The Gossip Nail Bar in Bristol and I am so impressed with my new nails. The Gossip Nail Bar has recently opened in Old Market, Bristol. The nail bar is working in collaboration with Glitch Hair Salon, a trendy place which works perfectly with this quirky new addition.

 

I absolutely love the atmosphere of this nail salon, and the work Emily creates is amazing. Unlike many other nail salons, Emily ensures that you feel comfortable with your nails and that your experience in the salon is one to remember.

Along with her amazing manicures, you can also choose to have some unique nail art and designs added to your nails. I chose to go for Acrylic nails with a Gel polish finish. My nails were ready just in time for Christmas and I am so impressed with the end result.

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My glittery pink nails are definitely ready for the festive season. I love the gems which were added on and the textures that were created. I can’t wait to head back to the salon and try out a new design in a few weeks. 

If you’re looking for vegan friendly, quirky and glam nails, then I would definitely recommend you check out The Gossip Nail Bar.

 

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Winter Tan Treats

As temperatures start to drop, there’s nothing I love more than wrapping up warm. But even though I will spending most of the winter months covered up, I still like to make sure that I maintain a bronzed glow.

Most of us have Christmas parties and events to attend, which means that you have will have an excuse to wear anything with a hint of glitter. With that in mind, it’s even more important for me to ensure that my skin will also be glowing. Not all of us are lucky enough to jet away to a warmer climate to get that tropic tan, so I have been looking for an easier alternative.

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St. Tropez Express Sheet Mask

When it comes to tanning my face I am always worried that it will leave me with a bright orange face, along with a ton of breakouts. As I am always impressed with St. Tropez tanning products I thought that I would give this a go.

Unlike other face tanners, this product comes in the form of a sheet mask. It’s advertised as being nourishing and glowing, so I was hoping that it wouldn’t dry out my face. As soon as you take the product out of it’s package you can feel how much moisture is in it, which I love. One thing to note is that the mask is very delicate so be extra careful when unfolding it.

I left the mask on for just over five minutes. The product develops gradually and I applied it before going to bed, so I was very pleased to wake up with a light glow to my face. Most importantly I did not break out after using this product which was amazing. The only downside is that you only have one use out of it, but it is definitely a product I will be stocking up on.

 

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Bondi Sans – Self Tanning Foam

This is my new go-to tanning product. I always find that foams work better than lotions, especially when you can see where the tan is developing. This product blends perfectly and you only need to leave it on for an hour to get a bronzed glow.

I tend to go for the Light/Medium shade and I leave it on overnight in order to create the perfect tone. The shade is not orange at all and it leaves you looking like you have been relaxing on a beach all week.

This product also smells incredible, which is always something I look for in a tanning product. If you’re looking for a product which is super easy to apply and will leave you with a natural looking glow, then I would definitely recommend this self tanner.

 

 

 

 

 

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Barry M – In the Glow Body Oil Review

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After returning from my summer holidays, I am devastated to see that my tan has started to fade away. Although it has not left me completely pale, I have been looking for a product which keeps the little bit of tan I have left looking healthy and natural.

Whilst browsing several reviews I saw great recommends on bronzing oils. I’m sure most of you have heard of Estee Lauder and The Body Shop bronzing oils, which seemed to be the most popular and reviewed oils.

As these oils can be quite pricey, I decided to look for a cheaper alternative. After searching my local Boots for a budget version, I came across In The Glow by Barry M. At £7.99 this product is less than half of the price of many other well know oils so I jumped at the chance to try it.

My main worry when trying out this oil was that I would end up orange, or that it would transfer on to my clothes straight away. But after applying the product and leaving it to dry for a good 5-10 minutes, it didn’t budge at all. I was also impressed with the fact that it didn’t give off a horrible scent, which is always a bonus.

I was confident enough to wear a white top after using this product and it did not smudge on to my clothing at all. The oil dries perfectly and gives you an extra glow without covering you in glitter.

 

If you’re looking to try out a cheap bronzing oil then I definitely recommend you give this one a go!

 

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Chanel Ombre Première Eyeshadows

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I recently visited the Chanel counter in Boots and was lucky enough to try out the new Ombre Premiere Eyeshadow Collection. The collection features two new textures, cream and powder, both with a long lasting effect. There are 24 shades in the collection, with multiple finishes, including matte, metalic and satiny.

When I arrived at the counter, the regional makeup artist for Chanel greeted me and introduced me to the new range. She then began matching up the colours best suited to my skin tone and eye colour. As I have greeny/blue eyes, she was looking to match me with a colour that would make my eye colour pop and brighten my eyes.

 

We decided to use both textures using a layering effect in order to create a soft smoky eye. The shades she picked were Sable 28 and Desert Rouge 36 in the powder range, along with Pourpre Profond 810 and Scintillance 804 in the cream range.

I was amazed at how pigmented the shadows were and I love the way the cream and powder eyeshadows blended perfectly.

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The look was completed with the Le Gel Sourcils Eyebrow Gel in Transparent 350 and the Imitable Intense Mascara in Noir 10.

I am in love with the new range and I was so impressed with my finished look. The product did not budge all day, so I was happy to invest in this amazing range.

It didn’t take long to apply these products and I would feel comfortable in this look in both the day and night.

The shades are incredible and I would definitely recommend you try out these products.
xox

 

 

 

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Lipsticks to look out for this summer.

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Summer is finally here and there is nothing I love more than completing my look with a good lipstick. Whether you are going on holiday, or simply just thinking of treating yourself this summer, then I would definitely recommend you try out these lipsticks.

I hope you love them as much as I do!

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Mac Matte – Lady Danger

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Chanel Rouge Coco – 418 Misia

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Maybelline Matte Colour Sensational – 883 Orange Danger

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Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Metallic Lipstick – Macaron

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Mac Lustre – See Sheer

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NYX Intense Butter Gloss – 11 IBLG

I hope that you like these shades as they will definitely be making an appearance this season.

I’d love to hear what products you are loving this summer!

xoxo

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Mystic HD Spray Tan – The Tanning Shop Bath

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Last week I was lucky enough to try out the Mystic HD Spray Tan at The Tanning Shop in Bath. I love using fake tan before a big event or night out, but the process of applying it and waiting for it to dry is always a pain. I recently heard about Mystic HD Tanning and couldn’t wait to try it out.

 Unlike many generic spray tans, Mystic HD Tanning is an automated booth which allows you to obtain an even and natural looking tan. I love the idea of having a private booth and being able to use the product at a time best suited to you. The tanning only takes three minutes which is perfect if you’re pushed for time.

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I visited The Tanning Shop in Bath in order to get my tan. The Tanning Shop is so clean and the staff there are incredibly welcoming. Being able to pop in to the shop on the day of an event made the process very easy and stress free for me.

Before stepping in to the booth I was advised on which shade would best suit my skin tone. I decided to go with the Luminous Light tone mixed with a Mocha Kyssed Bronzer and an Accelerator. The Bronzer ensured that I would have a bronze tan, rather than having a dreaded orange glow, which can be the downfall of many other spray tans. The Accelerator helped my tan develop in time for my event later in the evening and also helped to hydrate my skin.

 

Before stepping in to the booth I was also advised to apply the Barrier Cream to areas which were more drying. I applied the cream to my hands, knees, elbows and feet. As I didn’t want to ruin my nails, I also applied a thick layer to them in order to keep my light pink polish in tack.

After applying the Barrier Cream and hair net, I stepped in the booth ready for my tan. There is an automatic voice which advises you how to position yourself in the booth which is very handy. I couldn’t believe how fast the process was and the fans helped my tan to completely dry before I left the salon.

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I washed the excess tan off after four and a half hours and I was amazed with the results. The tan looked so natural and there were no streaks or patchy areas at all. The Barrier Cream really helped to create an even looking tan. I was also amazed to find that there was no fake tan odour with this tan, which I dread when trying out a new tanning product.

 I used the Mystic HD Tanning Booth last week and my tan is still looking amazing. I was really worried about becoming patchy as it wears off, but this hasn’t happened at all.

If you’re looking for the perfect bronzed glow, then I would definitely recommend you try this out. I will definitely be going back to The Tanning Shop in Bath next time I need my tan topped up.

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Technic Cosmetics Review

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Technic Cosmetics Review.

After reading many reviews of this brand, I was excited to try out the products for myself.
Technic Cosmetics has an amazing range of cosmetics at very affordable prices.  The packing of their products is very sleek and light weight, which is very appealing and helpful if you travel a lot.

After trying a few products out for myself, I was amazed at the quality of the products, especially as they were all priced under £5.

I decided to write a review of the products I tried out – I hope you enjoy!

Get Gorgeous Highlighting Powder – Pink Sparkle £3.00

I am so happy that I had the chance to try out this highlighter as it is truly beautiful. This highlighter is extremely pigmented and unlike many other budget highlighters, this one leaves a glowing finish, without looking like you have tons of glitter on your face.

I have used this highlighter in both the day and night and it is extremely long lasting. If you’re looking to try out a budget highlighter I would definitely recommend you try this one out.

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Face Powder Brush – £4.75

I used this Face Powder Brush which is also from Technic Cosmetics to apply my highlighter. Not only is the colour of this brush amazing, but it’s so soft and fluffy which I adore.

Juicy Stick Lipstick – Bare Necessities £2.99

I tried the Juicy Stick Lipstick in the shade Bare Necessities. The shade has a Nude/Caramel tone which I love. This product is long lasting and doesn’t dry out your lips which is great.

Eyeshadow Primer – Shimmer £1.99

This Eyeshadow Primer has an amazing highlighting base, which can be used on it’s own or under eyeshadow. I found this product really helps to stop eyeshadow from creasing and it also allowed my eyeshadow to stay in place all night.

Mega Lash – £4.00 

Mega Lash is described as a ‘mega volumising mascara’ and it does exactly that. I was surprised at how amazing it made my lashes look and it wasn’t clumpy at all. The brush on this mascara makes it really easy to ensure that every eyelash is covered and not squashed together.

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Here is my finished look using the products.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my review of Technic Cosmetics and I would love to hear if you have tried out any of their products!

xoxo

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Lace in Fashion -Fashion Museum Bath

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Last week I was lucky enough to attend a sneak preview of the Lace in Fashion exhibition at The Fashion Museum in Bath. The exhibition runs from February 4th 2017 until the January 1st 2018.

“Drawing on the riches of the Fashion Museum’s collection, as well as generous loans from contemporary fashion designers, the exhibition showcases 50 exquisite pieces, showing how lace has been used in fashion from the 1500s to the present day.”
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On arrival we were welcomed with refreshments and had a chance to admire the collection whilst waiting for everyone to arrive. We were then given an amazing tour of the collections, enabling us to revisit the history behind each piece.

It was interesting to see how lace had began as a hand made art, taking hours to complete and only to be worn by the wealthiest of people. Many of the pieces we visited included collars and cuffs, carefully designed and perfected by delicate hand made lace.

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It was amazing to see how far lace had come in terms of both technology and fashion. Lace can now be easily found on both the high street and catwalk, which makes it interesting to see how it has transformed throughout the years.

There are many collections to see, featuring some interesting and inspiring work.  Glamorous pieces come into play throughout the exhibition and there are some beautiful dresses which definitely caught my eye.

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If you’re looking to spend the day admiring wonderful fashion, then I would definitely recommend you head to the Fashion Museum in Bath. Not only will you find this extraordinary collection, but you can venture through galleries filled with historical and contemporary fashion.

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There are also several courses and classes available at the Fashion Museum if you wish to learn more about lace.
You can find a list below, along with the full schedule on their website.

 Bobbin Lace – 6th May
Weaving Lace Effect – 3rd June
Tape Lace Butterflies – 1st July
Lace Knitting – 5th August