Monday, 20 February 2017

A Morphe 35O Lookalike Palette?!♥*

Morphe palettes, Zoeva and now Crownbrush. Such a variety of palettes with so many colours, the options are endless really. When Crownbrush offered to send me out one of their best selling palettes, I was delighted. They sent me out their 35 Colour Nude Shadow Palette* which as you can see, is full of beautiful shades, all of which are right up my alley.

All of the shades are so me - they are screaming my name. Golds, browns and warm toned oranges, what more could a girl (or guy!) wish for? One thing I happened to notice is that the warm toned oranges remind me of the ever so popular Morphe 35O palette. Each shade is different to one another; none of the browns are the same tone and the oranges all vary from shade to shade, which means no two shades are identical. There is a mixture of matte and shimmer too, creating a palette of variety. All of the shades are warm toned, and I personally like that.

I love how versatile this palette is, I can create various different eye looks. I find that at first use, the colours aren't overly pigmented - it's as though there is a layer over the shadows? - but by the second use, the colours will blow you away. Seriously. I accidentally forget how pigmented these shadows are and put way too much on my brush, but that's not a bad thing at all in my view as they blend really effortlessly and the completed look is guaranteed to always look beautiful.

I've been blown away with this palette. Course I had high expectations and it's only fair to say that they were met. If you're looking for an inexpensive palette which has lots of shadows to offer, definitely one to look in to!

*PR Samples

Monday, 13 February 2017

Crabtree & Evelyn Will Save You This Valentine♥*

Throughout Winter, my hands get incredibly dry and sore. Being blessed with the beautiful and freezing Scottish weather all year round means that due to the cold, my hands are guaranteed to end up with dry skin. This is when I decide I need to use hand cream, whether I like it or not. Crabtree & Evelyn are a brand which I see over social media with people praising their products, particularly their hand creams, and when I was contacted, I was more than ready for a challenge.

I was sent three of their Valentine's Range hand creams; Rosewater*Evelyn Rose* and Pear and Pink Magnolia*. First thing I noticed was that they are all following a pretty, girly pink theme, and I personally adore that touch, seeing as they are for Valentines Day after all. The packaging is ever so cute, but I like how it still looks quite simple and minimal. 

Rosewater*; This hand cream has a strong, distinct scent of rose, and I know that some people are funny when it comes to rose scented items, but to be honest, it doesn't bother me too much. I do find that after the skin absorbs it, the scent isn't too noticeable. I do really like this hand cream though regardless of the scent!

Evelyn Rose*; I find the scent of this hand cream to be rather soft and delicate. It smells pleasant however I cannot quite pin point the exact smell. Although it's a delicate scent, it's also rather "clean", one which would make a marvellous scent for a candle in my opinion.

Pear and Pink Magnolia*; Out of the three, this scent is definitely the most obscure and unique one. It's got quite a sharp scent, which is more on the fruity side as opposed to a floral scent like the last two. It reminds me of some sort of scent that the Body Shop would adapt to one of their body butters or something. If I had to pick, I would say that this one is my favourite of the three purely because the scent is more likely something I would buy myself.

The best part about these hand creams is that they aren't greasy at all. A tiny blob honestly goes the longest way, and I have found that my skin absorb them in record breaking time (for a hand cream anyway!) I recently had a few dry patches on my hand from the cold, so I instantly decided to give these a bash and thankfully, my hands aren't as bad as they had been. I apply some each night before bed, and when I wake up in the morning, my hands are as smooth as can be!

My favourite thing has to of course be the cheeky tin of biscuits they sent on over too. I received the rose and white chocolate ones, however I cannot seem to find them on their site. These are delicious; they smell exactly like shortbread and taste heavenly. Not to mention how beautiful the tin is that it came in - it has quite a vintage feel to it in my opinion!

So if you want super, soft hands, then Crabtree and Evelyn are the way to go. Their hand creams come in a 25g and a 100g tube so whichever takes your fancy, go for it. I promise they won't let you down!

How do you achieve super soft hands?

*PR Samples

Monday, 6 February 2017

Oh, How Too Faced♥

Ha, bet I had you at that title! Nothing out the norm, don't worry, I'm just hitting back with another beauty post, this time with a brand I haven't ever mentioned before - Too Faced. I hadn't actually tried the brand before now, and when I got one of their La Crème Color Drenched Lip Creams for Christmas, I was practically buzzing to try it out. The adorable box was enough to draw me in to the beauty it held inside.

I can assure you now, Too Faced get a strong 10 out of 10 for their packaging - I mean, just look at it! It's absolutely stunning, and for me, I feel the gold adds an element of luxury. I like to keep it out on display in my lipstick holder - it's just too pretty to keep away! I feel that the fact Too Faced is engraved into the lipstick looks uber chic, and at the end of the day, who doesn't love a gorgeously packaged lipstick?

I have the shade Fuchsia Shock - which as you can imagine, is a vibrant, hot pink. I imagined it to be like an ordinary lipstick formula, however, it's not as expected - it's quite a thin, glossy formula. As it's quite glossy, I'm always afraid in case it smudges but it isn't actually too bad. It seems that there is a large variety of shades available so there is something for everyone!

Do you own anything from Too Faced which I should try next?

Monday, 30 January 2017

Flutter Those Lashes♥*

I really love mascaras, they make such an impact to your finished makeup look and nowadays, there are so many different types - lengthening ones, voluminous ones and probably some more too. When I was contacted by falseeyelashes about trying out some products, I think I replied in record time. I opted to try out two mascaras they had to offer, but they also do false lashes too!

 L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara (Black)* - I purposely chose this mascara because I hadn't ever tried L'Oreal and I heard that it was an amazing product. The wand is exactly as I like - not intimidating, but works amazing. I can't decide if it's more of a lengthening or voluminous mascara as I feel it does both. It doesn't look clumpy and doesn't smudge much either. I often forget I'm wearing it as it doesn't weigh my lashes down at all. I guess it is as good as they make out!

Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara (Black)* - Oh this mascara was plastered everywhere on social media, YouTube and blogs when it was first released, so I was curious to what the hype was all about. This wand is more curved than the previous, and I tend to stick with "straight wands" so I wasn't sure how I'd get on with this mascara. It's more of a voluminous mascara rather than lengthening, which I normally prefer lengthening, and I felt that it was quite "wet" and clumpy. Maybe it's just me, but it's definitely not my favourite mascara, it has the tendency to smudge also.

I suggest you check out falseeyelashes - the site actually has a lot to offer, with many different brands. They offer free 1st class delivery, and who could knock that back? Not only are there false lashes and mascaras to choose from, but also brow products! 

Have you ever shopped on falseeyelashes?

*PR sample

Monday, 23 January 2017

Yet Another Love From Marc Jacobs♥

Marc Jacobs always steals my heart with his adorable perfume bottles and his delightful perfumes. I was sucked into buying Dot because of the eye catching and stunning bottle, not to mention the excitingly fruity scent. At Christmas, I received Daisy, and I think it's only fair to say I couldn't wait to use it and display it on my shelf alongside Dot.

I adore how elegant and classy the overall aesthetics of the bottles are. I feel Jacobs had the right balance in the completed design - the bottle itself is plain yet girly, whereas the main focus is on the star itself, the flower cap. It's a captivating piece that will definitely always catch my eye!

I feel that there are numerous words that I could use to describe this perfume, and I could probably talk about it for days. The one word that comes to mind when I think of this perfume has to be feminine. For sure. It is one of the most feminine scents I own, and I couldn't fault it. It's extremely girly and fresh, yet I feel there is an element of absolute beauty in it. It makes me feel like a princess, or even a goddess. It is such an easy and "light" perfume to wear, and I just adore how beautiful it smells. It lasts a long time on my skin, and people have been complimenting how nice it is. After all, when you gain a compliment on your perfume, that's when you know you're winning, right?

Not only had I received the perfume, but also the body lotion and shower gel (which was part of a gift set). They smell the exact same as the perfume so I don't need to go into too much depth about their scent. The shower gel lives up to it's name - bubbly. A little goes a long way where this is concerned, or else you'll end up having a bubble shower as opposed to a bubble bath. I love the body lotion, my skin absorbs it so quickly and well, meaning no waiting around for it to dry, and minus the horrific greasy feeling too. Using the body wash, body lotion and perfume in three is the perfect combination.

Marc Jacobs, you have officially done it again - made me fall in love with yet another one of your precious fragrances. It's such a delicate perfume you can wear anywhere for any occasion - it's rather versatile that way. I know that many people's first Marc Jacobs perfumes tend to be Daisy and I'm completely overwhelmed at the fact I haven't owned it before now - it's bloody brilliant!

So if you haven't got your mitts on it yet, what are you waiting for?

Monday, 16 January 2017

Rivage Skincare♥*

There are so many skincare brands out there that it's hard to keep up with them all and their new releases. I hadn't ever heard of Rivage* but when they contacted me, I was curious as they use natural dead sea minerals. The concept really intrigued me and I was sent three of their products.

Nourishing Facial Mud Mask* - I love nothing more than a good face mask, especially a mud mask. I wouldn't say there's a noticeable, distinct scent. It dries pretty quickly, and washes off fairly easily too. Afterwards, the result is incredible - my skin feels impeccably smooth - and I think that this is due to the fact it is enriched with honey extract, and honey is a natural ingredient often added into homemade face masks. Not only does my skin feel better, but it also looks better - my skin looks brighter also. I honestly love this and it has been my go-to face mask lately. It helps to dry up any spots I have, helping to improve my skin.

  Regenerating Sea Salts* - If the fact these are regenerating doesn't draw you in, then what will? I couldn't wait to test them! I got carried away first time using them and probably used more than required, but it didn't spoil the bath. The water turned blue, which I had anticipated, and it honestly looked as though a lush bath bomb was used. It had quite a strong, refreshing scent which I can't quite distinguish but I like it, personally. My skin felt really smooth and I loved using these after a long day - perfect for de-stressing and unwinding!

Revitalising Bath Salts* - These bath salts are revitalising, and to say the least, I was excited to try them, and the colour did draw me in slightly too. Just like the previous salts, these changed the bath water, this time to orange. I really liked the smell of these too - they were minty and rather refreshing too. I feel they were on the revitalizing side as I felt quite relaxed and as though I had managed to unwind a bit after using them.

I would say that I am highly impressed with Rivage and their products. If you could get your hands on them, then I suggest you do, especially the face mask!

Have you ever tried Rivage?

*PR Samples

Monday, 9 January 2017

Worth The Hype? ghd Straighteners♥

Only recently have I started straightening my hair. I never really used to bother because I didn't have my own pair of decent straighteners (I've been borrowing my mum's Remington straighteners for months now and they are actually pretty amazing) however, for my Christmas, I received a pair of the ghd V Gold Max Styler straighteners, completely unexpected! ghd are raved about non-stop, but the real question still lies - are they worth they hype?

One thing I was delighted to see was that the plates were thick and wide, which is absolutely ideal for me as I have overly thick hair. This means that I can straighten thicker sections of hair and it straightens my hair in a shorter period of time. It glides down my hair as easy as pie and I'm left with poker straight hair almost instantly.

Maybe I'm just easily amused, but I thought that the power switch was rather fancy. You click it either on or off, and it lights up. Once it has heated up, it makes a "beep" noise, which is an indicator that it is ready to be used. Another extra bonus is that it heats up fairly quickly, meaning there's no messing about before starting the dreaded chore (or not so bad with these bad boys!)

So the question is, are they worth the hype? As much as I do love them, and they are incredible, I believe that you could find straighteners that do the same thing for a lower price. They do leave my hair looking lush and straight, but also quite shiny too. If you're looking to splurge out on some straighteners, I highly recommend these, because as I've said, the wide plates really do make all the difference in both the overall finish of your hair, and the time it takes to do your hair.

What are your opinion on ghds?

Monday, 2 January 2017

Don't Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle♥*

Covershoot Cosmetics* have really been hitting it off with their products and are constantly impressing me. If you can recall me raving about their products in a previous post (reboot your memory by finding that exact post here), then you'll know that I loved the products. When the PR offered to send me more products to try out and play around with, I jumped at the chance and couldn't resist the offer.

Baked eyeshadows; something I don't own many of but no idea why. I loved the diversity in colours that I was sent as every one of them are unique and vary from each other. With me being me, I was instantly drawn towards the gold shades - can we please talk about how gorgeous they are?! They aren't overly pigmented, but they still have a decent colour pay off. For their price (normally around the £3 mark), I reckon they are quite good.

I wasn't aware that Covershoot actually did blushes and bronzers, so I was intrigued to try them out. I liked the bronzer because it was light enough for my pale skin but wasn't too on the orange side, and the blushes were natural yet effective in a way. They aren't chalky thankfully, and aren't too pigmented, which I believe is a bonus as it saves you from using too much product. My favourite has got to be the bronzer, it gives some definition without being too dramatic.

I was perhaps most excited to try out the brushes, and I think that's mainly down to the fan brush - I finally own one! The eyeshadow brush* (which is a bit dirty, oops!) is pretty good at blending out the edges of any shadow, or for smudging shadow on the lower lash line. The fan brush* I like, as it applies just the right amount of highlight without looking "chunky" but doesn't quite give the "blinding look" I desire, however, up the layers you apply and voila! The foundation brush*, not exactly my favourite brush but this isn't down to this single brush itself, it's because I'm not a fan of foundation brushes in general. The angled blush brush* I like for contouring or bronzing as it fits perfectly into the hollows of your cheeks. It also blends it out really well and naturally. Finally, the kabuki brush*, which I particularly like to use for my all over pressed powder as I find it works best for that.

Again, not a let down from Covershoot Cosmetics. All of their products are affordable, so who can knock them back? I feel that you won't be let down regardless which products you try!

Have you tried any of these products? What are your favourite Covershoot Cosmetics products?

 *PR Samples

Monday, 26 December 2016

We're Going Down Town♥

Is it really Christmas if you don't receive at least one perfume, or aftershave? This year I received the Calvin Klein Downtown perfume from my aunt. I hadn't actually heard of this perfume before, but I knew it would smell beautiful because I simply adore Klein's perfumes. I had no idea what it smelt like, or what the bottle looked like, but it's fair to say, it didn't disappoint.

The bottle appears to be quite round, and it is 90ml. I like the simplicity and how basic the aesthetics are. Personally, I don't keep my bottles in their boxes, instead I like to display my perfumes on the shelf, and this is one you wouldn't want to keep in it's box for sure! It's minimalistic style looks beautiful but overall, has an effective finish.

 Now for the exciting part; the scent itself. I absolutely love fruity perfumes, and this one is right up my alley. Not only is it fruity, but also fresh and quite sharp too, but this combination works surprisingly well. It is blended with top notes of bergamot, green pear and watery plum, heart notes of pink peppercorn, violet leaf and gardenia petals and base notes of vetiver and musk. I have owned numerous perfumes which are fruity, and believe me, this one is completely different, rather unique I must admit. 

If fruity perfumes are your thing, then I recommend giving this perfume a whirl. I don't see how you could dislike it though, it has so much to offer. Although it is strong and fruity, it isn't too overwhelming or overpowering to wear on a daily basis. For staying power, it lasts a good few hours before it begins to fade, but who can complain really? Not me.

Have you ever tried this perfume before?

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