Sunday, 10 June 2018

June - Glossy Box

Happy Sunday everyone - I hope you're refuelling ready for Monday morning! I hope you start of the week well and it's full of productivity.

Today, I'm going to be sharing with you what is in Junes Glossy Box. First off, I LOVE the baby pink box. It's super basic but classy. So let's not mess around...

1. Nip + Fab Glycolic Scrub Fix

This is an exfoliator and you may ask, what does 'Glycolic' mean? So Glycolic Acid will react with the top layer of your skin, it will break the skin down by dissolving sebum and other substances that binds cells together. The acid itself is made up of small molecules which penetrates the skin easily and deeply. Therefore, it can treat acne, blackheads, dullness, lines and oiliness. As a side note, your skin may take some time to be able to ajust to glycolic acid, depending on the percentage in the products you're using.

This product specifially is grapfruit scented and includes 3% of glycolic acid, a good starting out product and percentage. This should be used 1-3 times per week. I have never used this before and I am currently using The Body Shop Coconut exfoliator however this is going to be one to test out! This retails for £9.95.

2. Novex Mystic Black Deep Hair Mask

This is a hair mask. It is said to leave your hair feeling hydrated, free of frizz, tangles and split ends. Novex is not a brand that I have heard of before, they also sell shampoos, conditioners and leave-in conditioner. This retails for £11.95.

3. Wilkinson Sword Intuition f.a.b. Razor

This is a razor that has bi-directional blazes built in so that you can shave both ways without cutting your skin open! Along with a water activated gel outer rim. I'm super excited to give this razor a try, if it really works well then it's going to change the shaving game and also make it a long quicker to get shaving over and done with... This retails for £12.

4. Monu Skin Eye Cool Gel

This is a cooling eye gel to relieve tired eyes. I am currently using the Clinique eye rollerball which i've found really does it for me. So I am ready to try this out and see if it over takes my current staple. It claims to deliever immediate results so I can't wait to put it to the test. This retails for £24.95.

5. Laritzy Cosmetics Shade Stix

This is a contour stick, in more of a creme forumlar. The brand is canadian (not one i've come across before) and cruelty free! You can also use this product as a bronzer and it retails for £18.00. The packaging is a lot like Mac and once i'd opened it up and had a look at the product itself, I did come across one problem. The packaging has no protector around the applicator or the lid therefore you have to be super careful when putting the lid back on because it's easy to dip into the product and take chunks out. I unfortunatley had to experience this one for myself :(

I hope you enjoyed reading about what is in Glossybox for this month, I LOVE beauty subscription boxes because you never know what you're going to get and it's like a nice suprise every month that I forget about! Also, you can play and experiment with brands you've never come across before. A great way to learn about what else is out there apart from the more mainstream brands.

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Unimpressed - KiKo Milano Review (Summer Edition)

 KiKo isn't a brand that I venture out to buying very often. I have never used many of their cosmetics and something has always steered me out of the shop door. I'm not sure why, the products are reasonably priced, their packaging is not an eye sore and their stores are always very clean and the staff are super helpful and lovely. However, there has always been something that didn't intice me. Despite this, I opened up my mind and went into one of their stores so ready for a KiKo haul. I picked up a bunch of different type of eyeshadows. In fact I turned it into a little game. I promised myself that I would buy the shade that I would never ever picture me in, nevermind would I ever buy it and I did just that. A bright neon yellow to be precise, but we will get into the eye-shadows another time.

On the front display they had their brand new out summer products so obviously I locked eyes with the bronzer to begin with. This is their Gold Waves bronzer in the sade 02 Sienna Reflection. Bronze me up all summer long please and thank you. Now this bronzer definatley does not lack on the product side. There is for sure a real good amount of product in that compact thats for sure! Also... it smells just like chocolate. The packaging is my favourite, its mirrored gold with a perfect sized mirror inside. It does not feel cheap and I am impressed with the quality. The pigment is FAB, you don't need loads of this product. The tiniest amount will go far but once you start blending is where things start to go a big downhill. Now don't get me wrong, I actually really like this product now and it does sit in my everyday make up bag despite not turning to it daily, I use it enough for it to stay in my make-up bag. It is by far the best product that I picked up from the store that day however it does tend to go patchy depending on what foundation you use it over which SUCKS. No one wants a bronzer that doesn't blend beautifully with every foundation you have in your stash. Especially when you're obsessed (like myself) and always swapping up products. I'm never sure what foundation i'm going to use until I wake up in the morning! So this isn't great but once you've found the perfect match of foundation that it agrees to blend nicely with it's a beautiful product and I really get the full enjoyment out of it. I would still reccommend people to try this and give it a good go though - it's a matte finish and leaves a great natural tan, bringing some colour back to my face.


Still talking about their summer range but onto their lipstick. So I also picked this up from their Gold Waves Matte Effect Stylo Lipstick. To be honest, I'm also sad about this product but just more sad. Lipstick's a very close to my heart, give me any shade of lipstick and i'll wear it. I love bold, bright and funky lipsticks. Matte, gloss, satins... you name it and I want it! As I have so many and tested out so many, I can tell you a bad lipstick when I sense one and let's get this straight, I gave it a hell of a good chance. I wanted to love this lipstick so much but I just can't. It's not for me which also sucks because it is the most beautfiul shade and that's what I love about it but the consistency lets it down. Honestly, the first time I applied this it was like putting sand paper against my lips. I'd describe the product as stale. It felt stale and to brush it across my lips was a CHORE. It wouldn't glide on and when I finally could get it across my lips, nothing would show for it. I had to really rub super hard over and over to get any product to transfer. HOW ANNOYING. This lipstick should be in a pot that you have to apply with a lipstick brush. Not in a tube that you're supposed to apply straight to your lips as if I ever want to use it now, I have to use a brush or i'll have lovely clumpy chunks of lipstick stuck in my lips with a cracked lip line because you can't smooth it out with the lipstick unless you have a brush.

As a side order to testing out the summer collection, I also grabbed some eyeshadows like I mentioned earlier which I have been quite enjoying. If you'd like a full review then let me know! All in all, KiKo let me down with their summer collection and i'm not sure if I'd venture out to exploring more of their products unfortinately.

Have you tried out the KiKo summer collection? What are your thoughts?

I hope you have a lovely day.

Monday, 2 April 2018

My Estée Lauder Experience (Meet Megan!)

Estée Lauder is the one brand which I never previously has much of an experience with. I has never heard too much about their products. After doing a lot of work on Dior, I knew that my next brand I wanted to get the chance to finally try out when I had some free time was Estée Lauder and give their range a shot. If I am completely honest, I couldn't of spoken in much detail about their forumlars, the brand overall or reccomend anything from a first hand basis until I came across my little star, Megan. 

Megan is a Estée Lauder Account Manager at Feel Unique. We had the opportunity to spend some time together where she educated me and introduced me to the brand, showing me the skin care and also the make-up products. 

The thing with the make-up world is that you have to experiment and give things you wouldn't normally go a shot, be open minded and reach outside of your comfort zone. It also benefits massively if you happen to have a positive experience and build/maintain relationships leaving you connected with a broader network of people.

Admittidley, at the beginnning I couldn't tell you what Estée Lauder had to offer. I couldn't tell you what was good and what was better, I couldn't tell you what went well together and what to avoid. I normally at least have a rough idea of established beauty brands, but I was clueless. When I saw that they had just launched their Double Wear Custom Coverage Correcting Duo I was SO intrigued and excited. Straight away this is because FINALLY I was seeing something unique, something different that isn't avaliable everywhere I turn. If you've been reading some of my posts for a while then you
'll be aware that I love to see brands coming up with fresh, new ideas. These are fun. They're double ended colour correctors. I mean straight away I had so many questions! Why are they double ended? What's the difference? Which is great, it's exciting. The brand has me HOOKED. I saw these through Megan's Instagram where I went in store to chat with her and find out some more information about the product. She answered all of my questions, introduced me throughly to what these products will do for me and gave me tips on what to avoid. (I am not giving too much away about these as a full review is coming soon!). 

I like to live by the rule that if you don't try it then you'll never know. Apply it to anything in life. Try that food, try that lipstick shade on, try that neon nail varnish. You might be suprised and if you don't like it then you know not to do it again! In this case, I tried and worked with the products that Estée Lauder have to offer and it's still the beginning. When you're exploring a make-up brand theres so much of the nitty gritty to get to learn and explore - it's wild and never ending! There is always more to learn. However, the little section that I have been let into has been a postitive experience and that is all down to Megan. If I had bought some products independantly and tested them out and not liked them then I probably would of given up on Estée Lauder until they next released something unique and new and it would of continued in a big circle. But because Megan shows passion and pride in her brand, it instantly spread. I became optimistic and her excitment for the products radiated onto me. I became excited to try these out and wanted to have them as part of my make-up collection. I wanted more than just these colour correctors and I hadn't even tried them yet! I also trust her opinion - this is so important. She instantly told me what she wasn't that keen on and what would work better. It's important to love what you're using and selling but it's also so important to make sure that you stay honest, not everything is going to be the best product that you will ever use even if it is your favourite brand and that's okay. 

After being super impressed (spolier) with the Double Wear Custom Coverage Correction Duo, me and Megan went full make-over. Here's the rundown... 

My top three favourites throughout the make-over were;
1. My eyebrows - I have super fine eyebrows anyway. They are extremely thin and I normally such a struggle to mess around with and not make them look fake and drawn on/filled in however I like them to be prominent. Megan did an AMAZING job. I'm not sure if this was down to the product or just her genuine technique and skills but I was so impressed and I can be super fussy with the darkness and the shape but you could see the individual hairs and she managed to shape my face so nicely with them. She used the Double Wear Pencil in Light Brunette.
2. Skin coverage - Now this could be down to multiple things. I want to pin point my finger on the foundation however I suffer quite severly from redness under the skin and have a few scars and blemishes so to cover up Megan used the Double Wear Green Colour Corrector before my foundation and then the Double Wear Foundation in Ivory Nude. A super full coverage, smooth consistency and doesn't feel thick and heavy on your skin. It gave an even finish and covered up all of my imperfections. 
3. Inner corner eyeshadow - The pigment absolutley blew me away! SUCH beautiful shades, Pure Colour Envy Defining Eye Shadow in the shades Insolent Ivory and Magnetic Rose. The shimmer is incred! You can use this to mix and match for an everyday shade or go full glam which I love! These are also the kind of shades that you can pair with a range of different tones of colour. 

I wasn't mad for the Cushion Stick Highlighter in the shade 02 Peach Glow. The shade was not the problem, it is a lovely subtle highlight that you can adjust to how you want it to look being a lot bolder or much more natural. It is also avalilable in 2 other shades, Rose Glow and Champagne Glow which are so pretty. However, I still haven't come across a liquid highlighter that I get along well with. I much rather go for a powder that I know with apply quick and easy. There is too much playing
around with a liquid highlighter for me personally. 

I loved the shade of the lipstick, Pure Colour Envy in 124 Bare Instinct however it could of been a bit more pigmented to suit my preference, as I am used to matte lipsticks the pigment is usually a lot bolder. However, I have since used the lipstick but in red and found that the pigment is much bolder and a lovely consistency, therefore it might be the case that their nude shades are really just much more subtle - I couldn't compare it to any others in their range as I have not yet tried any.

I am glad that i've had the chance to learn and explore more about Estée Lauder, be sure to go and follow Megan over on instagram to see what they have to offer, new releases and also some real sick giveaways! Stay around for my full review on the Duo Colour Correctors and their Full Coverage Foundation. I hope you've enjoyed today's post! Have you ever used Estée Lauder? If so, what's your favourite product?

I hope you have a lovely day!

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Maybelline - Total Temptation (NEW RELEASE)

Maybelline dropped a new range only days ago called 'Total Temptation'. In their range they have bought out a brow definer, a mascara and a shadow and highlighting palette. SO, let me share a little more with you...


Mascara (£8.99)

This was the first product that caught my eye. The baby pick packaging and chizzled edge definitely did it for me. From just taking a look by not actually experimenting with the formular yet, it is a thick consistency and feels as if it should give my lashes lots of definition. It has a nice thick wand and I approve of the size. They have also released a waterproof version in the same range in a baby blue tube.

What I don't like about this mascara (only down to personal preference) is the scent. This is actually a scented product - how crazy! It smells exactly of Malibu (the alcoholic drink) which TOTALLY puts me off but that's by the by. Some people are going to LOVE the coconut scented product but it has too much of that alcoholic twinge for me to crack. It's also a very sweet coconut scent instead of nutty coconut - if you get my drift HAHA.

Eye brow Definer Pencil (£7.99)

Straight away I am happy. I will ALWAYS appreciate an eyebrow pencil which has a spoolie and this one is staring at me through the translucent lid. At the other end of the pencil, the crayon is on a twisty lid instead of being a pencil that needs sharpening (super convenient) and is moulded into a kite shape. Not too sure of the shape of the head but we can work with it and experiment later on. Maybelline have released this in 4 different shades, blonde, soft brown, medium brown and deep brown. They are consistent with the baby pink packaging however this feels slightly more cheap and plasticky compared to the Mascara. But as long as the product does a good job right?!

Shadow & Highlighting Palette (£11.99)

PERFECT timing to release such georgous warm eye-shadow shades Maybelline, you have made me proud. I wasn't drawn to this palette. It was just 'okay' but after looking more into it I have adjusted slightly. I love how you can create many different looks with this but straight away if you're not as adventurous with make-up you are presented with the two 'sides' of this palette. The slightly warmer shades and slightly cooler and more glam shades, which makes it magical for having a day time and night time look ALL IN ONE PALETTE. Now i'm making myself more excited...

The left hand sides orangey, bronzey toned shades are screaming summer and the way the product is presented in the wavy pattern connotes sea, sand and sun - I WANT TO BE ON HOLIDAY!
After having a few little swatches, the shades are sparkly and creamy and if you look up close you can tell they are going to be a super nice consistency. I can't wait to get testing these!

Conclusion

I am impressed - glad to have gotten my hands on these products and I can't wait to test them out. I must also mention that as drug store products, I can't complain on the prices - they aren't anything to my surprise and you can always be guaranteed to get good quality for the money you spend on drug store products. Some times buying a luxury product that can cost 5x the amount is just has good as your typical favourite drugstore brand!

Make sure you are following my Instagram to see me try them out and be up-to-date with the current products I am using and loving and talking about!

I hope you have a lovely day!

Monday, 12 February 2018

Monday Detox

Happy Monday (again).

I am writing this after my first day of trying to be a better version of myself. I have written a list of things I want to change, I want to achieve and I want to overcome.

Reflecting back on today only, I have gone (almost) a full day without eating carbs. I haven't binged on any crappy foods and consumed more protein. Food goals? - Check.

I have hosted a bloggers chat, written up 2 posts, taken some Instagrams and done a shoot. Get back into the swing of blogging? - Check.

I have tidied, gotten organised for tomorrow and prepped some lunch. Get more organised? - Check.

It might only be Monday but I feel as if I have my life together so we're going to roll with it and i'm hopefully going to radiate my motivation and positivity onto you today! Here are some ways of self-love, self-motivation and ways in which you can inspire yourself to be a better version of you!



- Prep meals and snacks if you're trying to eat healthier. Future you will thank you in the morning for that extra 20 mins in bed and you're less likely going to chomp on that chocolate bar you're going to have to walk to the shop to buy...

- Mix up the food you eat (especially when you're being stricter with your diet), a variety will make it less boring and you'll be more likely to stick with it

- Do something you love! I recently posted about this (read here) and how important it is to ensure you find something that gives you motivation and something to invest all of your time into. 

- 'A tidy home means a tidy mind'. I am not the tidiest of people but I DO feel less stressed and more motivated when my personal space is clean and tidy (small hack I promise)

- EAT PROTEIN - consume as much protein as you can and CUT THOSE CARBS. I promise that your body will love you for it

- Make a Pinterest page. Even if you are already super motivated, get yourself on Pinterest because if you ever need any ideas or motivation or inspiration than that is the place to be. I make boards all the time for random rubbish as a place to store my ideas. Creative visuals are super fun!

- Please, please, please don't forget about a healthy work-life balance. You are so important

- Drink water (you can make drinking water so much more fun! Future post coming soon - keep ya eyes peeled!)

I hope you enjoyed today's nice easy going post. A small reminder or change can make big impact on your life whether it just makes it that tiny bit more simplier or changes your complete mindset!

I hope you have a lovely day!

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

January Empties



Introducing a new post type! Empties that I've been collecting, I mean it might not be that exciting for you but I've gathered a little collection over the past few weeks and I can't wait to share with you the different products that I've used up and clearly been loving! My goal for this whole year to make a collection of all my empties and do a huge post at the end showing you everything that I've been committed to using overtime - how exciting! Has anyone else seen any posts like this? Share them with me as I've love to have a read. 

Moroccan Oil Treatment - If you've not already seen, I've raved about this not so long ago. You can read it here. My hair LIVES for this stuff. This 25ml bottle lasted me almost a whole year! Can you believe it! Because you don't need to use much of the product (a little goes a loooong way, trust me) it's extra long lasting and you're 100% getting your money's worth.

Mac Velvet Teddy Lipstick - I'm very nearly, almost to the end of Velvet Ted, one of my most loved go-to shades. It's a brilliant everyday colour to throw on, glides onto your lips and doesn't need to be topped up throughout the day - what more could anyone ask for! I'm now going to be opening my 4th Velvet Teddy lipstick from Mac and reflecting on this, seems like it might just be in my make-up collection forever.


Almond Nail and Hand Cream - By one of my most favourite and loved brands, The Body Shop. There is deffo something about that place that I just can't get enough of. Yet again, I've polished off another tube of this stuff. Not only will you have super smooth hands, essential for everyone but you'll smell blissful with its sweet burst of almond oil. I'd definitely describe the perfect formula for hand creams as hard-to-find. I've not found many that come close to my 'dream' product but this ticks all of the boxes. 


Zoella Lazy Days Candle - Having an empty product is usually a sign that you have loved what you've been currently using, yes there is a but. Unfortunately for me I wasn't an overall massive fan of the Zoella - Lazy Days candle. Don't get me wrong, I clearly liked it enough to burn it all the way down to the end but I still can't figure it out if it was to cover the smell of wet dog on occasion or just because I generally enjoyed it... It's your typical 'freshly scented' candle but nothing compared to Yankee Candles or Woodwick Candles. But I mean it was empty so I had to feature it!


Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips - This is a new one for me - these Charcoal pore strips are something that I've heard about for a long time but never used myself. So I took the plunge and got my hands on some, these are the first ones that I came across and believe it or not also a first time using the brand, Bioré. These are SO satisfying. Yes, it's all probably a bit gross, pulling out all of the dirt thats under your skin but taking off the strip and removing the toughest of dirt that you couldn't even see really does make me believe that it's 'deep cleansing' and to it's finest! 


I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know what some of your most recent empties are. 


I hope you have a lovely day.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Have We Seen The End of Gucci?

As I stare at my blank page before writing this post, I don't know what note this post is going to end on or what word vomit is going to come out of it but we are all going to roll with it.

There seems to be this craze venturing around the internet these past few months. There are lots of YouTube videos, Instagram pictures and look-a-like dupes of Gucci products EVERYWHERE. It's plastered all over my social media, I was getting sucked into those luxurious white bags and boxes with jet black borders and 'Gucci' embedded on the front, not to mention those precious maroon, floral print boxes. Stop. No. Never have I been interested in Gucci before so why would I suddenly start now? I wouldn't be, unless I was pressured to be by the internet... So of course I found myself pondering round the Gucci website to get a real feel for how much these products are. For myself, I specifically had in mind a thick chunky belt with the gold 'GG' on the front. You know the one? Yeah that one that everyone is buying. I mean it's real nice and would go fab with some of my high waisted jeans but NOT FOR OVER £1000!! ARE YOU CRAZY!! I can't believe I want considering it for a second. 


I've got to stay open-minded here but not even I could justify spending some of their prices of pieces of clothing and I pay crazy money for some crazy things. A well known saying that you've probably heard of is 'you're just paying for the name'. What a BORE right? But it's true and it may be because Gucci is a brand that doesn't connect with me but i'd much rather take my £1000 for my belt and drown myself in bags and bags full of make-up and skin care but it's the same concept right? At least I am getting more for my money than just the 1 item. 

Suddenly I am seeing Gucci everywhere, they are blooming at the moment. And talking of blooming of course I bought myself their new fragrance 'Gucci Bloom'. It was a while back now, when it first came out but I just had to buy it. The packaging is beautiful and sophisticated, not to mention the bottle. It was definitely something about that opaque bottle for sure! Tragic right? I spent a ridiculous amount of money of a scent that I just smelt but knew I was going to buy either way (side note - I do like the scent but it would never be my go-to and it's different to what I normally go for) but mainly for what it looked like and because everyone was talking about it. This is something that is deffo staying in 2017 - no more buying because the internet told me to do so! I just couldn't help myself. 

Back to this Gucci craze, it started with sliders and blossomed to their fragrance and transformed into belts. Now we're moving onto clothing and who knew we would get to this stage?! The most expensive stage we could reach! Where did this come from? How long will it last? Which brand will be next?


There is something so crazy about word of mouth and how different products and trends come in and out of fashion. So, I ask myself the question of this post, have we seen the end of Gucci? We saw Gucci arise nearer the end of 2017 but I think there is still more to come. I predict that Gucci still has time where they are going to release a range that everyone is going to go mad for or a already existing product is going to arise alongside the belts, sliders and perfume. Who knows. I feel as if You-Tubers have definitely hit the craze hard but more of the general public are yet to save their pennies and splash out - how long will Gucci stay popular?! It won't last forever until it's another brands time to SHINE.

What are your opinions on the whole Gucci craze at the moment? I can't be the only one to have noticed it - my sub box is drowning in Gucci madness and over Christmas was the WORST. Those generic thumbnails with the Gucci bags where flying around everywhere. 

Let me know if you have any products from Gucci - what is your fave and how do you justify spending so much money on luxury products?

I hope you enjoyed today's side track post. A fun little extra one for you, hopefully to start up come discussion! :) 

I hope you have a lovely day.