29 August 2017

The Body Shop Brushes Haul and Review

August 29, 2017 0 Comments

Some of you may not know, but I am a consultant for The Body Shop at Home, which means I sell The Body Shop products on Facebook and in person to my friends and family. I discovered over the weekend that their makeup brushes were 30% off, and when you factor in my 25% commission, I was going to be able to get a total of 55% off their already reasonably priced brushes. Since I love their makeup brushes and think you can never have enough, I decided to go for it, so here is my review and haul of the brushes I purchased this weekend!

Fresh Nude Foundation Brush | £15
The Body Shop's Fresh Nude Foundation has two different lengths and fibres of their bristles. The short bristles are to apply the product to your skin, while the long ones are designed for blending.

I think I may need to use this brush a few more times to get a full idea of it, but if I'm honest I found it very difficult to blend using this. It seemed to take a long time to get rid of the streaks from the long bristles, and the finish wasn't as natural as I would have liked. I'm going to keep trying with this to see if I can get it to work a bit better for me!

3/5

Point Highlighter Brush | £12
This narrow brush is perfect for applying highlight onto your cheekbones, nose, browbones, and cupid's bow for a glowing complexion.

I found it picked up an excellent amount of product, and it applied it to the skin evenly. I loved the soft bristles as well! I'd recommend this for those days when you want a blinding highlight - its bristles are dense so you end up with a lot of product on there.

5/5

Fan Brush | £11
If you prefer a more natural look with your blusher and highlighter, this fan brush is perfect. Its bristles aren't dense, so it doesn't pick up or apply too much product, and the design is perfect to sweep a light application to your cheekbones.

I love this brush for its light touch and the natural finish it gives. It definitely doesn't pick up much product, so if you prefer a more dramatic highlighted look, it maybe isn't the best brush for you. However, if you're just looking for a subtle glow, something like this is ideal.

5/5

Eyeshadow Blending Brush | £9
This soft-bristled brush sweeps easily over the skin for blending out shadows to avoid a harsh line. It also works well for blending shades together for a nice gradient effect.

If you want to add a colour to it, it picks up a good amount of product, but it then makes it a bit more difficult to blend out as the shadow remains on the brush for a long time. The bristles are the perfect length for blending nicely but having a lot of control. I found it blended my shadows evenly in no time at all, but when I added a colour it didn't work quite as well.

4/5

Double-Ended Eyeshadow Brush | £10
This brush has an angled brush at one end and a soft brush at the other end for applying shadow to the lids and blending.

The angled brush is nice and dense, so it picks up and applies a lot of product for a pigmented look. Similarly, the eyeshadow brush on the other end applies plenty of product, and can be used for blending shades out and together. I did find that it wasn't the best for blending, as the bristles were a bit too short and dense. This is a very practical brush, as it would save space when travelling since it's a two in one!

4.5/5

Eyeshadow Brush | £9
This flat brush is ideal for picking up pigment and applying eyeshadow all over your eyelid. For a more precise look, you could also use the slim edges of the brush.

I actually have a few of these, and I love them. The flat brush applies shadow to your lids easily and precisely, and I find it works excellently with both pressed and loose pigments. It applies an even layer of shadow, doesn't take off pigmentation or shimmer/glitter, and I just get great results with this every time. This is probably my favourite brush ever. 

5/5

Lipstick and Concealer Brush | £9
I find this brush very versatile. You can use it to apply concealer in the smallest parts of your face, such as the corners of your nose and eyes, as well as lipstick. I'd also say that it is excellent for applying a lighter shadow to the inner corner of your eyes, as it small enough for precise application.

The size of the brush is just right for applying lipstick to the peak of my lips, although it may be a bit too big for some out you. The bristles are trimmed perfectly so you have no strays that could ruin the smooth line of your lipstick.

5/5

Overall, I really appreciate the quality of The Body Shop's makeup brushes. They have soft bristles that feel very luxurious, and I find that they are all quite versatile, and can be used in a number of ways. There is a brush to suit every need, so if you're on the lookout for some new, high quality brushes, definitely have a look at The Body Shop. If you're interested in receiving discounts on The Body Shop's products, then join my Facebook group, where I share offers, discounts, and the odd giveaway too!

Have you used any of these brushes before? What do you think?

26 August 2017

Urban Decay Naked Palette Tutorial

August 26, 2017 0 Comments

Today I wanted to share a tutorial for a look I came up with using my Urban Decay Naked Palette. I ran a poll on Twitter to see what my readers would want to see, and the majority said a look with this palette! If you'd like to take part in polls like that in the future, be sure to follow me on Twitter to have your say (and see lots of photos of my cats). I think the Urban Decay Naked Palette is great for people just starting to look into high-end makeup, and I really recommend it. Now, onto the tutorial!


Base

1. I started with a serum to help my dry skin; I used the Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil from The Body Shop and dabbed it onto my skin with a damp beauty blender.
2. Once that had soaked in, I applied my Instablur All-In-One Primer from The Body Shop with my fingers.
3. To neutralise some of the purple under my eyes, I used a yellow concealer from Urban Decay.
4. I applied my Kat Von D Lock It Cream Concealer under my eyes and on any blemishes. If you fancy foundation, apply it before your concealer. I used a damp Beauty Blender.
5. To set my concealer, I used a loose powder from The Body Shop with a large brush.
6. I applied a bronzer from Makeup Revolution to contour, then blusher from the same brand for a bit of colour on my cheeks.
7. To highlight, I took the Brush on Radiance Pearls from The Body Shop on a fan brush.
8. I filled in my brows with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade and set them in place with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel. (I use the shade 'Auburn' for both of these.)

Eyes
1. I used the Urban Decay Original Primer Potion all over the lid to make sure my shadow lasts all day.
2. On a large brush, I applied the shade 'Virgin' from the Naked palette all over my lid and up towards my brow bone.
3. Using a blending brush, I blended the shade 'Naked' in my crease and towards my brow bone for a transition shade.
4. I packed the shade 'Sin' in the inner third of my eye. Using a clean blending brush, I smoked it out a bit.
5. On a packing brush, I took the shade 'Toasted' on the middle third of my eye. Again, I blended this out.
6. I gently applied the shade 'Gunmetal' in the outer third, and blended it thoroughly.
7. I then took a very small brush and blended the shade 'Creep' into the very outer corner. This is just a tiny hint of black to make the eye look more dramatic.
8. On my lower lashline, I applied 'Sin', 'Toasted', 'Gunmetal', and 'Creep' in a gradient using an angled brush.
9. I used a black kohl pencil from Barry M to tightline my eyes (darken the upper and lower waterline - be brave and don't rush!
10. Finally, I applied a mascara from Barry M and another from No7.

To Finish
2. I then decided this was a bit too light for what I wanted, so I applied the shade 'Ophelia' over the top.
3. For a bit of shine and moisture, I applied the Too Faced Peach Oil Lip Gloss in the shade 'Peach Tease'.
4. Finally, I set my makeup with a setting spray from Urban Decay.

What do you think of the look I came up with? I hope you enjoyed reading this tutorial. If you have any questions, be sure to ask in the comments.

25 August 2017

Unboxing The Cruelty Free Makeup Box | August

August 25, 2017 1 Comments

I have wanted to try a beauty subscription box for the longest time, but since going cruelty free I've put off subscribing because most beauty boxes out there sometimes include brands that don't match my ethics. That's why I was incredibly excited when an advert on my Facebook feed directed me to The Cruelty Free Beauty Box, a monthly subscription box where you can receive makeup, skincare, or both, that is all from brands that don't test on animals.

I signed up for three months of boxes, so expect a post like this for September and October as well! This box had some issues with suppliers, which is why this post is going up so late in the month, but hopefully the next two will arrive a bit earlier.



The morals of this company extend to their packaging as well - the box and packaging are made from 100% recycled materials, and are recyclable as well! This means that it's environmentally friendly alongside being cruelty free, which is really admirable.




The first item in my August box was this silver loose glitter from Bellapierre Cosmetics. It is safe for use on the eyes, face, lips, hair, and body, so whenever you need a touch of sparkle, you can reach for this! The packaging is easy to open, which means that the glitter doesn't go flying every where, and it's easy to use the design of the pot to minimise the amount of glitter you're using. If you'd like to, you can order it [HERE].




The next thing is this brow powder from Bellapierre. I honestly I am not that keen on this. My hair is dyed a vibrant ginger, so something as ashy as this seriously doesn't match me at all. If you're blonde or an ashy light brown, I think this would be great, as its likely to be long lasting and it would match you better than me. However, I hope I don't get a product like this, so dependent on my hair colour, again, unless they offer the option to say that you're ginger before your box is shipped. You can order this [HERE].



The next thing I received was this loose eyeshadow pigment from Medusa's Makeup. It's a gorgeous yellow shade, although they have plenty of other shades as well. I'm really excited to use this, as it felt incredibly smooth and was very pigmented. I did find the packaging very confusing; I couldn't seem to get it open to get at the product, and when I did I think I had the wrong technique! However, the product inside is still very good, and worth wrestling with a bit of packaging for it. If you'd like to order this, and I really recommend you do, you can do so [HERE].




This is the PHB Ethical Beauty Natural and Organic Eye Liner. It's smudge-proof, waterproof, and long lasting, despite containing only natural ingredients. When I swatched it, it glided on smoothly without tugging at the skin, and it was very pigmented without pressing hard. The swatch on the left was three strokes to show how the colour can be built up, and the right swatch is just one stroke. If you'd like to order this eye liner pencil, you can do so [HERE].




The final thing that arrived in my box was this moisturising lipstick from Beauty Without Cruelty. It's in the shade Tangerine. It's a lovely, orange shade, and I'm thrilled with the formula. It's pigmented, despite being creamy and hydrating, and it's long wearing even though it's comfortable to wear. Honestly I love this, and it's priced very reasonably for the quality product you get. I couldn't find the exact shade I have on the website, but I found one very similar for you to order [HERE].

Overall, I was very impressed with my August box from The Cruelty Free Beauty Box. I received five high-quality, full-sized products. The only one I was disappointed with was the brow powder, and everything else blew me away with its quality and beauty. I'm ready to have a play with my brand new cruelty free products! If you'd like to sign up to The Cruelty Free Beauty Box, you can do so [HERE]. For what you get, their rates are brilliant, and if you'd like skincare alongside makeup you can choose that option as well.

What subscription boxes do you use? And what do you think of these products?

23 August 2017

Cruelty Free Empties Selection

August 23, 2017 1 Comments

I've had a hoard of products in a drawer that I was going to write an Empties post about ages ago, but I honestly completely forgot! However, I recently found the products again and I'm happy to share a selection of products that I've used up fully, showing you just how much I enjoyed them.


I bought this sea salt spray to give my hair some shape and volume back when it was long. Sea salt spray texturises your hair, giving you beachy waves without heat or curlers. I just sprayed it onto dry hair and scrunched it in my hands, and got lovely looking waves in my hair! One thing I really loved about this was that it smelled lovely, and the scent remained in my hair afterwards which I thoroughly enjoyed.

I loved what this conditioner did to my hair. Like my skin, my hair and scalp can get very dry, and I found this conditioner to be extremely hydrating. My hair looked and felt softer and less straw-like. Also, when my hair was long, it got split ends very easily. This conditioner seemed to keep my hair healthier for longer, meaning my split ends weren't as obvious.


This makeup remover and cleanser was a dream to use. The last thing you want to be doing when removing makeup, particularly eye makeup, is scrubbing at your skin. A little bit of this on a cotton pad seemed to melt my makeup off my face, very gently and effectively removing it. It did a thorough job without ever irritating my skin.

This is literally the only cruelty free drugstore concealer light enough for me. The only one. Of course I love it. It blends nicely, and although I want slightly higher coverage, it does its job. Pale ladies, if you're in need of a concealer that actually matches, it might be worth looking into this!


Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel (limited edition)
I typically don't like the smell of rose, but for some reason I really loved this. It was sweet and floral, but not ridiculously strong. I also found that it lathered fairly well, which is something that I don't normally find with Lush shower gels. I think this particular shower gel was limited edition, but I'm sure it will be back again.

Honestly I wasn't terribly keen on the scent of this, but I know that many people love Lush's Karma scent so that's probably just me! I found this to be extremely hydrating. It did take a little while to sink into my skin, but once it did, my skin felt soft, smooth, and moisturised.

This bright blue scrub was great to use after shaving. It removed dead skin cells, leaving my skin feeling soft and smooth (honestly when I shaved and then used this I would NOT stop stroking my legs. It wasn't drying and it wasn't so rough that it was painful. I thoroughly enjoyed using this exfoliating scrub.


The Body Shop Banana Shampoo and Conditioner
I genuinely only bought this because I loved the smell; it reminded me of the foam banana sweets that I love. When I used this, my hair was left feeling soft and silky, and looked shiny and more voluminous. The smell I loved stayed with me after using this, and the effect they had on my hair was fantastic. If you're looking to get more life into your hair, this could definitely be worth trying.

What products have you used up recently?

19 August 2017

Egyptian Cats | OOTD

August 19, 2017 2 Comments

Today I wanted to my first ever Outfit of the Day, featuring this gorgeous 'Peggy' skirt from Lindybop!

I'm really into vintage, 50s-inspired clothing. I love the classic silhouette and I like not feeling particularly exposed (I used to wear miniskirts and low cut tops and found them comfortable to wear, but sometimes I got stares from creepy men and that was less than okay!) so I'm really drawn to these styles of dresses and skirts where the skirts come to below the knee, and the tops I wear are typically quite high-necked!

full outfit

Lindybop is my favourite place to look for clothes because their garments really fit my personal style. They have a huge range of prints, from traditional florals to quirky space unicorns, so there really is an outfit for everyone on there. I'm often trawling through the sale section to find myself a vintage-inspired bargain.

circle skirts have a lot of swing!

It was in the sale section that I found this delightful skirt. The style is called 'Peggy', and is a full 50s circle skirt. If you don't know what I mean by that, the fabric is literally cut in a circle, or two semi-circles, for a lovely swing to the garment. Circle skirts were all the rage in the 1950s because fabric was rationed during the second world war due to a lack of supplies. After the war, as rationing began to come to an end, more fabric was available, and what's the best way to celebrate copious amounts of fabric? By using as much fabric as you can, of course!

close up of the print

The print is called 'Egyptian Cats'. I'm a crazy cat lady, so the lovely little kitties all over this skirt really took my fancy. The autumnal orange hue also made a great match for my recently ginger hair! Unfortunately this print is out of stock now, but they may bring it back, so keep an eye out for it! The skirt in this print can be found {here}, and there's also a dress in the same print {here}. If you like the look of the 'Peggy' skirt style, you can find it in a range of prints and colours {here}.

full outfit

Plain black t-shirts are a staple, and with good reason. They are extremely versatile and go with pretty much anything. This particular one in from New Look, and while I couldn't find the exact same one, I found one very similar {here}. I like longline shirts in particular, because I hate that awful gap between someone's jeans and t-shirts when they sit down or bend over, and the extra length on a shirt like this removes that issue! I also feel more comfortable with a high neckline, as I am well endowed and it can make more low cut tops look a bit obscene!

my brogue shoes

I bought these brogue shoes from Clarks years ago, and they still have the same style, just not in quite the same colour. {Here} is a link for you to have a look and see if any of the colours take your fancy. These shoes are incredibly comfortable; they don't rub at all, and they have a little cushioned pad where the ball of your feet go so you are well supported yet padded for comfort. The brogue style works perfectly with a vintage-inspired look like this as well.

you can juuuuuust see my earring

My necklace and earrings are from Warren James. They are sterling silver with cubic zirconia crystals. I wear these a lot because they are lovely and sparkly, but still quite small and subtle. I wear bold makeup and I like prints, so I don't ever really wear statement necklaces or chunky jewellery - something a bit more understated helps to balance things out. {Here} is a link to the earrings, and {here} is a link to the necklace.

painted nails

Finally, I'm trying to grow my nails nice and long, so I've been keeping them painted. This is the Barry M Coconut Infusion polish in the shade 'Oasis'. It's an incredibly glossy, deep purple shade, that's supposed to nourish and hydrate your nails. You can find it {here}. I added a little gem to my index finger. I found similar gems {here} if you'd like some.

full outfit

I'd like to say an absolutely massive thank you to my friend Bethany Wright for taking and editing the photos for this post, I'm sure my readers will agree that you really showed off the outfit and its details (and I can only apologise for the number of times I flashed you when we were trying to get the skirt in motion!) To see more of Beth's photography, {here} is her Instagram, and to get to know her better, {here} is her blog!

Thank you for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it!

16 August 2017

Project Pan | Using Up my Animal Tested Products

August 16, 2017 2 Comments

As some of you may know, I am in the process of going cruelty free with my beauty products. I do still have quite a few products that I bought before I looked into animal testing, and I'd like to use them up so that I can have a truly cruelty free makeup collection. The reason I'm using them up instead of just chucking them is because the money has already gone to a cruel company, and if I just put them in the bin it feels like a waste of the suffering the animals had to endure.  Here are five animal tested products that I want to use up completely in the next three months.

Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butters
These lip butters apply a moisturising layer of colour to your lips. They are comfortable to wear due to their hydrating formula, and the colours are reasonably pigmented.

However, Revlon's cosmetics are sold in China, where animal testing is required by law. As a result, I no longer support the brand and will not be purchasing their products. I have the shades 050 Berry Smoothie (a deep pink) and 015 Tutti Frutti (a vibrant orange) to use up.

Avon Lipstick
Avon's lipsticks are pigmented and creamy. They are comfortable to wear, and I find that they last a very long time, despite not being matte.

Avon sell their products in countries that require animal testing by law, and therefore I don't support the brand or purchase their products. I have the shade Pout (a pink-toned nude) to use up.

L'Oreal Lipstick
I find L'Oreal's lipsticks to be incredibly pigmented, and easy to apply and wear. The matte ones are slightly drying, but not overly so, and they last very well, except when eating.

L'Oreal have worked for many years to develop alternatives to animal testing. While that's very commendable, they still made the decision to sell their cosmetics in China, where animal testing is required by law. I don't support their products for this reason. I have the shade 430 (a dark burgundy red) to use up.

Clinique Chubby Stick
I adore Clinique Chubby Sticks for their hydrating formula and beautiful shades. They're like a pigmented lip balm, and incredibly comfortable to wear.

Clinique, like many other brands, chose profit over compassion and sell their products in China. As a result, I can't support the brand or their products. I have the shade 05 Chunky Cherry (a bright reddish pink) to use up.

Estee Lauder Lip Gloss
I have an Estee Lauder lip gloss in a pretty nude shade. I find it to be shiny without being sticky, and it wears extremely well. Many lip glosses wear off quickly, but this isn't one of them.

Unfortunately, Estee Lauder claim to be committed to getting rid of animal testing... while choosing to sell their products in China. Once again, profit trumps compassion. I have the shade 05 Nude (a pinky nude) to use up.

Maybelline Master Drama Chromatics Eye Liner
The metallic finish of this eye liner is very striking. It's pigmented, and has a creamy formula, but I find it smudges and creases easily.

As I mentioned above, Maybelline test their ingredients and products on animals, and I refuse to support them. I have the shade Purple Light to use up.

Avon Glimmerstick
This pigmented eyeliner glides onto the skin easily and can be smudged out for an easy smokey eye.

Again, Avon sell their products to China, and are not cruelty free. I have the shade Blackest Black to use up.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Foundation
This lightweight foundation is a near-perfect match for my light skin tone. It blends out easy and looks very natural on the skin.

Unfortunately, Elizabeth Arden sell their products in China, and I don't support their brand or products because of that.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
For the longest time, this was the only powder I used. It has a good reputation, due to it's impressive mattifying power and truly translucent finish.

However, Rimmel test their products on animals by selling to China, so I can't repurchase this product, or support their brand.

I honestly expected to have more animal tested products than this, seeing as it wasn't something I paid attention to when I bought these products. That's a relief, but they still need using up! On the 21st October, I'll check back in and see how much is left of each product. Wish me luck! If any of you are planning on going cruelty free, maybe give this challenge a go.