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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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The Body Shop Goodies

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Last week I was invited to a VIP Event at The Body Shop in Cabot Circus, Bristol. I was lucky enough to pick up some new amazing skincare products.

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you will know how much I love The Body Shop’s skincare range. With this in mind, I jumped at the chance to try out some products and see what I had been missing out on.

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Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

This is one of my new favourites. As somebody who loves to wear makeup, it’s really important that I have a product that will remove every last inch of it before I go to bed. This product works wonders at removing even the toughest waterproof makeup. It even removes Double Wear which is always a struggle.

I also love how soft this leaves your skin feeling. After using this on my face I always feel refreshed and it hasn’t led to any breakouts which is always a bonus.

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Elderflower Unperfumed Cooling Eye Gel

This product is something that I don’t think I would usually pick up, but I am so glad to have purchased it. This eye gel really helps sooth puffy or tired eyes, and leaves you feeling refreshed and ready to face the day.

I love the fact that it’s unperfumed as it guarantees no irritations to your skin. If you’re looking to try out a new eye gel, I would definitely recommend you pick this up.

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Mineral & Ginger Warming Massage Clay Mask

I am always a fan of face masks from The Body Shop and this one has definitely lived up to my expectations. When using this face mask, you get an incredible warming sensation which I love. I used this mask in a hot bath and it is incredible. It states that it’s suitable for all skin types and I have really noticed a reduction in blemishes.

 

I love all of the products I purchased at the event.
It would be great to hear what Body Shop products are your favourite.
xxx

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Barry M – Matte Me Up Lip Kit

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After hearing many reviews on Barry M’s Matte Me Up Lip Kits, it was only right that I tried one out for myself.

I tend to use both lip liners and lipsticks in my everyday makeup routine. Applying both helps you to create a neat finish and also helps the product last longer.  I find lip kits really helpful as they match up the perfect lip liner and lipstick shade for you. The Barry M Lip Kit I chose to buy features both the lip liner and liquid lipstick in the shade Go To.

 

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I love the shade of this product and as the name states, this will definitely be a go to lip product of mine. It’s the perfect shade for every day use and it looks like a dupe of Mac’s Velvet Teddy, which I adore. Using the liner first helps you keep a clean finish to your makeup look.

The liner which comes in the kit is a pencil liner, which I am really impressed with. I much prefer a pencil liner to a plastic coated one, as you are able to get a lot more use from the product by sharpening it.

I wore both products whilst on a Christmas shopping trip this weekend and I am really impressed with the outcome. After stuffing my face at lunch the product did not budge which is great. One thing I would say is that it does start to feel slightly dry after a few hours but if you apply some lip balm, the product should last all day.

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You can see my finished look above. I am really happy with this product and the pricing  is more than half of alternative lip kits such as Kylie Jenner’s. I think for £6.99 you can’t go wrong.

This product is a new favourite of mine and I will definitely be stocking up on some more shades this season.

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Highlighter Highlights

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Like most people, I love to complete my makeup with the perfect highlighter. Depending on the occasion and look I want, I tend to use a different highlighter each time.

Although I have many in makeup collection, I thought I would share with you the top four that I use the most. The highlighters featured in this post are very different as they all have completely different shades.

 

Urban Decay Afterglow – Sin

I’m pretty sure that I have featured this highlighter in one of my posts already, but I am still totally obsessed with it! The shade of this highlighter is perfect for both a day and night look. It’s labelled as lasting eight hours and I definitely agree. I tend to wear this highlighter to work everyday and it doesn’t budge at all.

Technic Get Gorgeous – Pink Sparkle

When I first saw this product I did not expect to like it as much as I do. The shade of this highlighter is not as pigmented as it first looks, although it does give you enough colour to brighten up any makeup look. This is the perfect highlighter for a summers day and with it costing less than £3.00 you can’t go wrong.

 

Kiko Milano Fall 2.0 Highlighter – Steps to Modern

This my go-to highlighter for any evening look. The tone of this highlighter goes perfectly with a warm bronzer and gives you that extra shimmer, without looking like you’ve got chunks of glitter stuck to your face. This product is also long lasting which is always a plus as you won’t need to reapply it throughout the evening.

MUA Luxe Highlight Shimmer Stick 

As you have probably noticed I usually go for powder highlighters as I find they last a lot longer and give a more natural finish. But this highlighter stick helps to create the perfect dewy look. This product only costs £4.00, so it is another budget product that I am really impressed with.

 

What highlighters do you love? I’d love to check out some new products.
xoxo

 

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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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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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LVL Lash Lift

After hearing so much about the LVL Lash Lift I couldn’t wait to try it out for myself.
For those who haven’t heard of the treatment before, the LVL Lash Lift is a natural lash treatment which leaves your eyelashes looking long and beautifully lifted.

What is the LVL Lash Lift?

Unlike traditional eye lash perms, the LVL Lash Lift straightens your natural lashes from the root, using products gently tested to ensure that there is no damage to your natural lashes.  The treatment lasts between 6-8 weeks which is perfect if you have a holiday coming up, or just looking to simplify your makeup routine.

Unlike many other lash treatment, the LVL Lash Lift does not use adhesive or extensions, which is one of the many reasons why it is so popular at the moment. The idea is that you won’t need to bother applying mascara, as your lashes look perfectly polished after having the treatment.

The treatment.

I recently tried out the treatment, applied by the talented Sherrie at Bella Beauty. The process takes around 45 minutes and is one of the most relaxing beauty treatments I have ever had.  The process is pain free and you can even use the treatment as an excuse to take a quick nap.

As you have to keep your eyes closed for most of the treatment, Sherrie ensures that you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the whole process. She made me feel at ease at is was my first time trying out the treatment, and better yet the end result was amazing!

My result.

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I am so impressed with how the treatment turned out.
As you can see from the before and after photos, my lashes look extremely long and are curled beautifully.

I decided to try the treatment just in time for my holiday and I am so pleased that I did. Now I won’t need to worry about applying mascara throughout the trip and I can spend more time sunbathing!

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If you’re looking to try out a LVL Lash Lift then I would definitely recommend you book in with Sherrie at Bella Beauty and give yourself a well deserved pamper!

xoxo

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Kat Von D ‘Bow N Arrow’ Gift Set Review

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After hearing great things about Kat Von D‘s Ink Liner and the Ever Lasting Liquid Lipsticks, I couldn’t wait to try them out for myself. On a recent trip to Barcelona I managed to find a Sephora and stock up on some goods. I was so excited to find that they were selling the Bow N Arrow gift set as it featured miniature versions of both of these products.

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Ink Liner – Trooper

I fell in love with the Ink Liner straight away. The thin tip on this liner allows application to be painless and easy. I also found that unlike many other liners I have tried, this product does not smudge, which is great when you’re using this product in a rush.

As advertised, this product lasts all day and does not transfer. The colour of the liner doesn’t fade at all, which leaves your makeup in tact for hours. If you’re looking to try out a new liner I would recommend you try this product. I will definitely be purchasing the full size product when this one runs out.

Ever Lasting Liquid Lipstick – Bow N Arrow

I am so impressed with this liquid lipstick. Unlike many other products I have tried, this liquid lipstick does not dry out your lips. The colour of this product is the perfect nude, suitable for both day and night. I also love how this product stays put after eating and drinking.

The size of this product is so handy as I can pop in every handbag. By purchasing this gift set, it has definitely made me want to try out other shades in this range.

If you’re looking to try out Kat Von D products, I recommend you purchase this set. The price is very reasonable and it gives you a chance to try out two products without having to commit to a full size product. I purchased my set from Sephora, but they are also selling these online at Debenhams for anybody in the UK.

Have you tried out any products from this brand? It would be great to hear some your opinions.
xox

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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.