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Friday 27 September 2013

Review | Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eye Shadow

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Maybelline Color Tattoo 24Hr Cream Eye Shadow | £4.99 each

Hello everyone! So today I'm going to be reviewing yet another product from Maybelline, but this time it's one of which I'm completely obsessed with! These are the infamous Maybelline Color Tattoos and the shades that I have are: "On and on Bronze" and "Metallic Pomegranate". I've been using these cream eye shadows pretty much every single time I've done my makeup over the past few weeks and I have to say, I'm addicted!
If you want to know the ins and outs of why I love these little beauties, then do keep on reading.

So like I said, the two shades that I own are "On and On Bronze" and "Metallic Pomegranate". On and On Bronze is a gorgeous bronze shade with a golden shimmer running through it. This is the shade I use the most as it's a perfect everyday eye shadow that can work with a whole range of other colours. Metallic Pomegranate is a deep bronze toned berry shade which also has golden shimmer in it. This shade is absolutely perfect for this time of year and to me, it looks like Christmas in a pot! I like to use this shade more for night time looks or if I want a darker eye look. Each of these shades are so versatile as they can either be worn as eye shadow bases, as a lid colour or just on their own for a quick and easy eye look!

As you can see from the swatches in the photo above, their pigmentation is amazing and well worth the £4.99 price tag! These cream eye shadows apply beautifully to the eye lid, are smooth, soft and so easy to work with as you can simply use your finger to blend them out. They also have amazing staying power and I completely agree that they are 24 hour wear. They also make any other shadows you put over the top stay put all day, so if you don't use a primer, they're the perfect product to use as an eye shadow base.

The packaging of these little pots is really nice and I love that they made them in glass so they have a good amount of weight to them. This makes them look and feel like a high end product and I've heard they're very similar to the MAC paint pots. They have a simple black screw on lid that's very secure and will help stop them from drying out quickly.

So overall, as you may have already guessed, I'm completely in love with the Maybelline Color Tattoos! I think the two shades that I have are so easy to work with and compliment my eyes and skin tone really well. These are a definite staple in my makeup bag!

What are your thoughts on the Maybelline Color Tattoos?
What other shades would you recommend me to try out?

Tuesday 24 September 2013

Review | Maybelline Baby Lips in "Pink Punch"

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Hi everyone, I hope you're all doing well! First of all, I'm so sorry for the lack of posting recently. After starting college and my new job, my blog has seemed to have taken a back seat - I've just been too busy to sit down and write! I have really missed it though, so I'm going to spend the afternoon of my day off catching up on writing some posts so that I can finally get into the swing of blogging again. 

Today's post is going to be a review of the ever so famous Maybelline Baby Lips and in this case it's the shade "Pink Punch". I was so sucked into all the hype around these little lip balms that when I spotted a 3 for 2 deal on all Maybelline products, I thought I may as well give one a go - especially as it worked out it was free! I was so excited to give the Baby Lips a try, but unfortunately I'm think I'm one of the 1% of bloggers who is really unimpressed with this product!

The Maybelline Baby Lips are a range of lip balms each with different properties such as: hydration, colour tint and SPF. "Pink Punch" is a light pink tinted lip balm which has a slight moisturising effect. It's a pretty standard product that is there to give your lips a bit of a pick-me-up for when you need a hint of colour and hydration. However, I find that the colour of "Pink Punch" applies so unevenly that it actually takes a good while to apply properly - not something you'd want if you a quick and easy product! I do like the colour of "Pink Punch" and it does look pretty on the lips, but I don't like the fact it takes a while to make sure it looks even, especially as it's only a lip balm!

I also find the moisturising effect doesn't last for more than an hour, so you would have to keep applying the products if you wanted the feeling of soft lips to last. I guess this isn't too bad, but other normal lip balms I've tried (Blistex for example) actually leave my lips feeling soft and hydrated for a good few hours - and they're cheaper than the Baby Lips! This means that I very rarely reach for my Baby Lips and would much prefer to use a normal lip balm instead (at least they won't leave my lips looking uneven!). The only thing I quite like about "Pink Punch" is the fruity smell. Normally artificial smells like this give me a headache, but I actually quite like the scent of this!

As for the packaging, I like the fun bright colours and I can see why the Baby Lips were such a staple in many people's makeup bags this summer. It does feel a bit cheap but then again, this product is only £2.99 and is probably one of Maybelline's cheapest products they do!

So overall, I'm really unimpressed with the Maybelline Baby Lips. After reading so many rave reviews, I thought that it was going to be the nicest lip balm I've tried, but it's really not. I think if you're just getting into makeup or if you want to wear a lip colour to school, these would be nice to pop in your bag, but for me I'd much prefer to use any other lip product in my collection!

What are your thoughts on the Maybelline Baby Lips?

Tuesday 17 September 2013

Autumn & Winter Nail Polishes

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Each polish after 1 coat
Hello lovelies! I cannot believe how quick Summer has gone (in fact, 2013 is going way too fast!) and that I'm now thinking of Autumn and Winter kind of posts. If you read my blog, you may remember that I did a Spring and Summer nail polish post where I talked about my top 5 polishes of those seasons. I thought it would be good to keep these kinds of posts going and chat to you all about what nail polishes I'm going to be loving for the cooler months! I had a good rummage through my box of polishes and found a few that I'm really excited to start wearing again this Autumn/ Winter. I probably could have included another 5 berry shades and another 10 glitter polishes, but I narrowed it down to my top 5!

Butter London Nail Lacquer in "Shambolic"
I found this nail polish on sale last year and I instantly fell in love with it. It's a gorgeous deep golden purple glitter polish that works really well over other purple toned polishes. It has different sized bits of glitter in and can be built up to an opaque finish in a couple of coats. This is the type of polish I like to wear on my ring finger nails as an accent polish, but it can easily be worn on all the nails for a glitzy look!

Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in "Plum" | Review | LINK
I love deep, rich shades for the Autumn time and I think Barry M's Plum is going to be my go to purple shade this year! The thick and creamy consistency of this polish means it looks great in just 1 coat plus with the glossy finish, there's no need for a top coat. I think this will be a great partner for Butter London's Shambolic. 

Barry M Nail Paint in "Amethyst Glitter" | LINK
This polish is probably one of my all time favourites as it contains a range of gorgeously coloured glitters! Everything from pink to navy to gold, it's a glitter top coat that can work with a range of coloured nail polishes. Glitter polishes in the Autumn/ Winter time are a staple for me, especially around Christmas time! I think this polish will look it's best with a deep, navy shade.

Barry M Nail Paint in "Raspberry" | LINK
Yet another Barry M nail polish. I just think their colour and glitter ranges are amazing for this time of year and I'm really looking forward to their new collections for Autumn! Barry M's Raspberry is quite a popular nail polish, especially for the Autumn time as it's a gorgeous berry toned raspberry polish that looks stunning on the nails. I've been really looking forward to using this polish again and I've definitely missed using it through the Summer!

Nails Inc Nail Lacquer in "Chelsea Manor Street"* | Review
My final top nail polish for Autumn/ Winter is probably my favourite out of the bunch - Nails Inc's Chelsea Manor Street. Metallics are a really popular shade for this time of year and I think the gunmetal colour of this polish is gorgeous! Also, it has tiny specks of glitter in which makes this polish look amazing on the nails. It has a creamy and opaque formula and is one of my favourite nail polishes to use.

So these are my top 5 nail polishes for the Autumn/ Winter time! I really can't wait to start painting my nails with all different deep toned and glitter polishes, it makes a good change from wearing bright colours all the time. I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to hear what your favourite polishes are for the Autumn/ Winter time!

What is your favourite nail polish for Autumn and Winter?
What do you think of my top 5 polishes?

Saturday 14 September 2013

Primark Clothes Haul

Hi everyone, I hope you're having a lovely start to your weekend! So over the last few weeks I've been shopping in my local Primark and I'm really impressed with some of the pieces I have found. My main aim was to find a new dress for my first day at my new job plus some chunky knits for this Autumn/ Winter. Of course being me, I couldn't resist putting some other bits and bobs into my basket, so I came out with more than I expected to!

Blue Floral Cut-Out Dress | £17 reduced to £5
This is probably one of the best bargains I have found in Primark recently! I spotted this blue floral dress poking out of the sale rail and grabbed it straight away. I had seen Fleur (Fleur De Force) mention this dress a few times saying it was one of the nicest dresses she'd bought from Primark. It's in a gorgeous blue watercolour effect floral print and has cut-outs on the upper chest and back which are both very flattering. It finishes just above the knee and is one of those pieces that would be perfect for any occasion as it's so easy to dress up or down. I do wish it was still summer as I don't think I can wear this dress until next year, but I will be looking forward to it!

Navy & Red Print Cut-Out Dress | £13
I've been wanting to buy this dress for ages now and I finally found one in my size! This dress has a very pretty navy, red and white print which is perfect for this time of year. It also has triangle cut-outs on the waist which would have been great for the summer time, but for Autumn it can be quite chilly to wear! I'll probably pair this with some thick black tights and a cardigan during the colder months.

Printed Camis | £5 each
I've been obsessed with buying sheer printed camis recently and these are the three newest additions to my collection! At £5 each they are such a bargain as compared to places like New Look, a plain one can cost around £12 which is ridiculous! These camis look great paired with either jeans, skater skirts, shorts - anything really! They're such versatile pieces to have in your wardrobe and can add a splash of colour to any outfit.
I highly recommend you checking out them in your local Primark!

Wine Lace Top | £6
I love the colour of this lace top and I think it's a simple but pretty everyday kind of piece. It's quite a loose fit so is baggy and very comfortable to wear. As it's a lace effect top, you do need to wear a cami underneath because it's quite sheer. I would wear this with some jeans, a chunky knit cardigan and a statement necklace to add a bit of glam to a simple outfit.

Penguin Jumper | £14
This is the first jumper I've bought for this Autumn/ Winter and I personally think it's so cute! It's rather pricey for Primark but I think it's completely worth it, especially as it's not an itchy or uncomfortable material. The penguin is made from an even softer material and has little sequins on the belly - such a perfect jumper for this time of the year!

Bambi & Thumper Pyjama Top | £5
I couldn't resist picking up this Bambi pyjama top, it's just too cute! I absolutely love Disney characters and Bambi is one of my favourites. Primark have some really nice pyjama sets in at the moment and it's pretty much the only place I buy mine!

Bird & Blossom Scarf | £4
The final piece I picked up was this really pretty bird and blossom print scarf. I thought this would be really nice to add to a simple black dress or just to use now that it's getting a bit colder! Primark scarfs are always such a bargain as they're so cheap and they have so many different prints.

So this is everything I've picked up from primark recently! I hope you liked this haul and do let me know what you think about the clothes I've bought!

Have you bought anything from Primark recently?

Tuesday 10 September 2013

Review | Sleek Lip 4 Palette in "Mardi Gras"

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Hello everyone! Today I'm going to be reviewing this gorgeous Sleek Lip 4 palette in the shade "Mardi Gras". Sleek isn't a brand I buy a lot of products from, but when ever I try something from them I'm always impressed. I won this little lip palette in a giveaway and I have to say it's one of my favourite lip products to use! "Mardi Gras" is a limited edition palette, however I believe you can still order this off of the Sleek website.

The Sleek Lip 4 palettes consist of four highly pigmented lip colours (designed to suit all skin tones) that can be used on their own or mixed together to create a unique shade. You can either apply a thin layer to create a lip stain or use more product for a highly pigmented lip look. They come in a small sleek, black palette which has a large mirror and a little lip brush. As the lip colours are so pigmented and can stain, I would definitely recommend you using the lip brush as it does work very well! In the "Mardi Gras" palette you get:

Rio - a matte electric purple
Firework - a matte coral red
Carnival - a satin shocking pink
Masquerade - a glossy coral pink

As you can see from the pictures above, the only shade I'm not comfortable wearing alone is Rio. As it's a purple shade I do find it looks very odd on the lips and I'm not confident enough to pull it off! I also think it can look strange when mixed into the other 3 shades as it gives them a purple tint which doesn't suit me at all. Of course, if you're more confident and feel that you can pull off a purple lip, then this palette would be perfect for you! The rest of the shades are very flattering and look lovely on the lips. My favourite out of the bunch is Masquerade and is the shade I get the most wear out of, especially for the day time. I also think Firework is another gorgeous shade that can easily be worn day or night. As for Carnival, because it's such a bright pink I would only wear this during the evening with a simple eye look.

The two glossy/ satin finish lip colours (Carnival and Masquerade) have the nicest formula and are the most pigmented. With just a touch of the brush on to the product, you get enough colour to cover the lips. The matte shades (Rio and Firework) do need a little bit more product but are still highly pigmented and easy to work with. All of the shades are very long lasting and stay on the lips for a good 4 hours.

Overall I am so impressed with the Sleek Lip 4 Palette in "Mardi Gras"! This is something I personally wouldn't have picked up, so I'm really glad I got to try it. I do think this is a product worth picking up as for just £8.99 you are getting 4 highly pigmented lip colours in a travel friendly palette.

What are your thoughts on the Lip 4 Palette in "Mardi Gras"?
Have you tried any of the other Lip 4 palettes?

Friday 6 September 2013

Outfit Of The Day | Pansy & Polka Dot Dress

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Navy & Pansy Print Dress - Apricot | Black Bag - Primark | Floral Bow - Topshop | Black Lace Effect Flats - Primark
Daisy Earrings - New Look | Pearl & Gold Necklace - Miss Selfridge

Hello everyone! I hope you're having a nice week and if you're back at school/ college, I hope that it's going well too! The other day I had a job interview and I thought that I would show you what I wore. I decided to go for a patterned dress and keep the accessories quite simple so that I would still look professional. I would also like to add that it was around 30'c when I was taking these pictures so I'm sorry for my big, messy hair!

The dress that I decided to wear was this really cute pansy and polka dot print summer dress which is from the brand Apricot. I completely fell in love with the print and the facts it's very flattering on the body. This piece is an "any occasion" kind of dress as it can be easily dressed up or down. If you would like to see a close up of the print, I featured this dress in this clothes haul. I also paired it with a blush coloured blazer from Miss Selfridge but as it was ridiculously hot when I was taking the photos, I wasn't able to photograph it! I personally think the blazer went very well with the dress as it matched the pink colour of the flowers and it also made my outfit look more professional. 

For my jewellery, like I said I wanted to keep it quite simple so that I still came across professional. I wore my little daisy earrings which are from New Look - they're pretty much my everyday earrings! The only other jewellery I wore was a simple pearl and gold necklace which was from Miss Selfridge ages ago! It's a very dainty and elegant piece which I like to wear on more formal occasions like this.

For my bag I used my new black Primark bag which cost me a mere £6 - absolute bargain! I've been after a simple black bag for a long time and I was so surprised to find one as cheap as this! I love that it's such good quality and that there are lots of zipped compartments. It also comes with a long strap, which you can just about see in the second photo, as well as two shorter handles. I added my Topshop floral bow to this bag to add some colour and detail, so bear in mind the bow doesn't come with the bag! Finally I just wore a simple pair of black lace effect ballet flats which are also from Primark. These shoes were surprisingly comfortable (Primark shoes are really hit or miss with comfort) and I love the lace effect detail!

So that was my outfit I wore for my interview. Do let me know if you enjoy reading my outfit posts as I really do enjoy making them!

What are your thoughts on my outfit?

Tuesday 3 September 2013

Review | Star Gazer Cosmetics

Hello everyone! As the weather has been so lovely recently I thought it would be nice to take a few blog photos in the garden, so I hope you like the change of background! Today I'm going to be reviewing a selection of makeup products from the brand Star Gazer. When I was younger I actually used to use some of their products as they were a cheap and cheerful makeup line that offered a wide selection of cosmetics. I was a big fan of their eye shadows (I remember being in love with a neon pink eye shadow called Pink Flamingo) so I wanted to see how I felt about their products now I'm a bit older! If you read my blog you'll know that I usually tend to stick to my trusty neutral shades. So I wanted to try some bright yet still wearable colours and see whether I could come out of my natural eye shadow bubble.

Star Gazer Eye Shadows & Eye Dust | £3.00 - £4.00 each | LINK
Star Gazer offers a range of different formula eye shadows which come in a huge selection of bright and natural colours. They are affordable and I think these eye shadows would be perfect if you wanted to expand your eye shadow collection or if you're just getting into wearing makeup.

The first eye shadow I tried was Magenta which is a pink/ purple shade and is a velvet eye shadow formula so the finish has a slight sheen. It's not a very soft eye shadow but does have a nice colour pay off and lasts very well on the lid. Unfortunately due to my skin having quite a pink undertone, I don't think this colour suits me very well. Pink shades are meant to be perfect for blue eyes so I may pop this in my college makeup kit!

Next up I tried Coral Gold eye shadow which is a very pretty coral shade with some golden shimmer. This has a much softer formula compared to Magenta and again has a lovely colour pay off and lasts well on the eyes. Orange shades are meant to compliment brown coloured eyes very well and I find that it's a great colour to blend out in the crease when paired with a more neutral shade. It adds a nice pop of colour to the eyes which is perfect for the summer time!

The final pressed shadow I tried was a pearl eye shadow in Envy Green which is a green shade with lots of shimmer. This shadow has the nicest formula out of the 3 pressed shadows as it's soft, smooth and very pigmented. This is the shade I've worn the least however I would more than happily buy another one of these shadows in a more wearable shade!

The last eye shadow I was able to try was an eye dust in the shade 20 which is a deep mossy green shade with some shimmer. I really like the formula of this eye dust and I think this will be a great crease shadow for the Autumn/ Winter time! It is pigmented, smooth to apply and wears nicely on the eyes however there is quite a bit of fall out as it is a loose shadow, so take care when applying it!

Star Gazer Lipstick in 127 | £3.50 | LINK
The Star Gazer lipstick range is amazing! There are so many shades to choose from, such as reds and pinks to bold blues. My main problem with their lipsticks is that the packaging is very cheap and feels like it would break easily. I know £3.50 is cheap for a lipstick, but I do think that the tube and lid could be a lot stronger.

I chose the shade 127 which is a bright red and to be honest, is a shade of lipstick that I don't really have in my collection! The lipstick has a very soft and moisturising formula and I find it applies really well. I love how this lipstick looks on my lips but I do find it transfers easily, especially when eating or drinking. This would be a nice lipstick if you were just getting into makeup but I personally wouldn't buy another one!

Star Gazer Nail Polish | £2.50 each | LINK 
The two final products I tried from Star Gazer were nail polishes. Again, the colour and effect range that Star Gazer sells is really good - there's literally every colour you can think of! I really like how the bottles look and the brushes are quite thin and very easily to use.

The first polish I tried was 301 which is a very pretty shimmery blue that reminds me of the ocean when on the nails. The formula of this polish is quite thin but it only takes around 2 to 3 coats of polish to make it opaque. I really like this nail polish and surprisingly I don't have this sort of shade in my collection! I would recommend this shade as it's very pretty and looks great on the nails!

The final nail polish I tried was 168 which is an orange/ gold shimmer top coat. It has a very thin orange base colour so takes around 3 to 4 coats if you just want to wear this polish alone. I personally think it looks great over the top of an orange or coral nail polish to add some extra shimmer to the nails. I found that the formula of this polish was quite gloopy which was a shame as I think it would be a perfect orange shimmer polish if it was thinner. Both of these nail polishes lasted well on my nails without a top coat and as they both contain shimmer, they were a bit of a pain to remove!

Overall I think Star Gazer is a nice makeup brand but I think it is more targeted to people just starting out with makeup. As it's so cheap, it's easy to play around with colours and build up a good collection. I'm personally not in love with this brand, purely because I'm used to wearing better quality makeup, but I do think other people will enjoy it! Sorry that this post was so long, but I hope that you found it useful!

What are your thoughts on Star Gazer's products?

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