Thursday, 30 January 2014

Review | MAC Cranberry and Sketch Eyeshadow

Review | MAC Cranberry and Sketch Eyeshadow

Review | MAC Cranberry and Sketch Eyeshadow
Review | MAC Cranberry and Sketch Eyeshadow

Review | MAC Cranberry and Sketch Eyeshadow

Review | MAC Cranberry and Sketch Eyeshadow
MAC Cranberry and Sketch Eyeshadows £10 each 

When in Florida I went slightly mad in MAC with their eyeshadows. I have wanted to start up my own MAC palette for ages and the price difference in America sealed the deal for me. I love the idea of creating your own palette and picking the shades you know you will love and use. I succumbed to a bit of a blogger hype by picking up Cranberry and Sketch pan refill eyeshadows. Obviously I am in no way a make up artist and my skills aren't the best, but I love the idea of having two colours that compliment each other and are really simple to apply.

Cranberry is a beautiful eyeshadow, it really deserves the love it gets. It has a frost finish, meaning it's metallic and shimmery. It's definitely has glitter but it's not too much and is still very wearable. It's a really soft and creamy shadow that's easy to apply and blend, plus it's seriously pigmented! It's a hard shade to describe, but I think the name matches it really well, it's a red/purple/burgundy mix that looks scary but can be made as sheer or deep in colour as you want. It catches the light and looks beautiful all over the lid.

Sketch is a velvet finish and has a small amount of glitter infused into it. It's a slightly more matte formula and another beautiful colour. It's a deep purple/burgundy shade. Sketch isn't as brilliant as I find it can be more chalky and the pigmentation can be patchy. The texture is a lot harder than Cranberry, it might be to do with the finish but I'm not sure. I applied this to the outer corner of my eye and buffed it in to mix with Cranberry. I love the way it looks but am slightly disappointed with the quality of it. I will get a lot of use out of it still, it's a great crease colour.

I love the way Cranberry and Sketch look together. It was a really simple look to create and took barely any time. Even though both eyeshadows are different from the neutral shades I tend to stick too, I think there are so many ways they can be used and I'm excited to start experimenting!

What do you think of Cranberry and Sketch?

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

The Blogger Made Me Buy It!

Who are your most influential bloggers? Who are the ones that you really rely on for reviews and swatches?

I read and love so many blogs that it's hard to find anyone that influential over anyone else. I just really enjoy reading different bloggers opinions and thoughs on things. However there are a few bloggers that if they say something is good then it will jump straight to the top of my wishlist. I am influenced by bloggers that seem genuinely passionate about what they are talking about, that always makes me take interest in their opinions!

Do you buy a product solely as a result from one review from your favourite bloggers, or do you look for more reviews from others?

I am getting much better with how much I spend and will only buy something if I am desperate to try it or really think I will like it (or I need it). If I am interested in something I check for reviews to see what other bloggers think. I always like to look at different foundation posts to find swatches, being pale skinned makes it super hard to find a good match! I don't tend to be swayed so much by just one blogger's review, but if there is a general good vibe then I am usually sold!

What is your most favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?

Definitely Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation, it had been on my radar for a while and now I barely use any other foundation! It's just brilliant, I love it so much. 

What is your least favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?

A couple of shades of the Baby Lips I was quite disappointed with, but I do like the Cherry Me one. I'm also not a fan of the L'Oreal Super Liner range but will have reviews on that up soon! Apart from that I'm struggling! I do my research before I buy so that I don't end up not liking things that often. 

Name 5 products you have bought recently as a result of blogs.

Revlon Matte Balm Crayons, I went a bit mad last night but they were bought with vouchers! Apart from that it was products I picked up in America as I haven't had the spare cash to spend lately. MAC eyeshadows were something I bought there because of reviews along with the Soft and Gentle Skin Finish. I got super excited when I found the Make Up Forever HD Foundation and have been enjoying putting it to the test. I also went mad at Wet and Wild stocking up on a few blogger favourites, like the eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks.

Have you ever given into blogger hype? If so, which hype?

All the time. Most recently last night. I had a meltdown in Boots trying to decide what shades to buy of the Revlon Matte and Lacquer Balms. I got 6 and still feel like I need more...

Have you ever avoided blogger hype? If so, which hype?

I seemed to have avoided Naked 3 so far, but my longing for it grows every day and it won't be long before I cave. The same thing is happening right now with the NARS eyeshadow palette that's out! Products seem to go through phases of being really hyped up, I always end up wanting something that is hyped but tend to try and hold off to see if I still want it when it's not the latest craze.
I was desperate for the Bourjois lip crayons when every blogger and their dog started reviewing them, but now I am glad I didn't succumb as I have a lot (and now more with the Revlon newbies) of that style of balm already.

Is everything you buy based on blogger reviews or are there some items you buy without checking out a review?

I don't really spend that much on make up now as I have a fair amount to get through, so I really do enjoy deciding what to buy and doing my research into it before. I do pick things up randomly sometimes too tho and like taking chances on things, especially if they are new and not that talked about yet. I'd say it's a mixture, I love make up shopping, discovering new things and testing them out. But I also like being clues up with what works and doesn't so I don't waste to much money!

If you've done this tag then let me know in the comments so I can read it and I tag you all to do it! :)
Big thanks to Chloe for tagging me :)

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Review | Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream

Review Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream
Review Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream

Review Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream

Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream* £4.50 for 100ml

I consider myself a bit of a hand cream addict, I refuse to not have one in my handbag, however I only use two regularly and am loyal to them both! I love the Soap & Glory Hand Food, but during the winter it's something I need to reapply every few hours to keep my hands really soft and hydrated. My winter love is the Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream. Balance Me have quickly become one of my favourite skincare brands, the Cleanse & Smooth Balm is an essential for me and I'm trialing (and loving) a few more brilliant products at the moment.

The Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream has won multiple awards and is seriously lovely. The hand cream is said to help soothe working hands and help prevent aging. It probably seems weird but looking after my hands is important to me as they go through lots every day (this is starting to sound weird) and the idea of them aging quickly worries me a bit!

It's full of enriching ingredients that help the skin 'bounce back' from daily. Ingredients include vitamin packed shea butter, fatty acids, sweet almond oil, rose hip oil, carrageenan gum and Patchouli. There is also two ancient skin loving conditioners in the cream, the Egyptians’ embalming ingredient benzoin, and yarrow, which was what Achilles used in the Trojan war apparently. Granted I don't know much about some of the ingreidents but they all work wonderfully well to leave my hands incredibly soft and smooth, even on the driest and coldest days.

Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream is much richer and heavier in texture than Hand Food but sinks in so quickly, leaving my hands instantly softened, nourished and hydrated. I use it a few times a day and it has really helped to keep my hands smooth and stop them from drying out all the time. It smells really luxurious too!

I still love Hand Food, but this has become my absolute favourite and a mini obsession. I cannot sing its praises enough!
Have you tried Balance Me?

*pt sample, review 100% honest as always

Friday, 24 January 2014

American Drugstore Haul!

Here's a look at all the drugstore make up I picked up from Florida last year! Including some brands we know and love, as well as some American products I've been lusting over for a long time!

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What American products are you desperate to try?

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Review | MAC Lady Danger Lipstick

Review | MAC Lady Danger Lipstick
Review | MAC Lady Danger Lipstick

Review | MAC Lady Danger Lipstick
Review | MAC Lady Danger Lipstick
Review | MAC Lady Danger Lipstick

Review | MAC Lady Danger Lipstick

MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger £15

Lady Danger had been on my wishlist for a while, although my MAC lipstick wishlist has stopped growing as their prices keep going up.. Every time I go to purchase one, which is rare to be honest, the price has risen by about 50p and it's become much harder to justify spending £15 on a lipstick.

Not much needs to be said for the packaging, I think MAC's lipstick casing is iconic and makes me happy. I'm a bit to satisfied by the 'clicking noise' when you snap the lid shut too, just me? Lady Danger is a matte formula and a bit of a cult shade, it's well loved by lots of celebs. Described by MAC as a vivid bright coral red, which I agree with but it's definitely more orange toned than coral and a really different shade of red than Ruby Woo. Lady Danger has quickly become my go to red. It's the perfect mix of red and orange in my opinion, it's very pigmented and opaque. It's definitely a bold shade and will get you noticed, but if you love a bright lip then this is the most wearable red that I have.

The matte formula means you should exfoliate lips before applying and use a good balm underneath. It's definitely not as drying as Ruby Woo, it's quite creamy but leaves a soft matte finish that doesn't cling to dry patches if you prep lips before hand. It's quite long lasting, about five hours before fading to a stain, it lasts well through all the stuff that tends to make lipstick vanish like eating and drinking etc. I really do love the shade, it makes my teeth look whiter and I think it goes well with my super pale skin. It's also got that super yummy MAC lipstick smell!

Overall I really am obsessed with it, it's such a beautiful lipstick, but please MAC stop putting your prices up!
What do you think of Lady Danger?

Friday, 17 January 2014

Review | ghd Straight & Tame Cream

Review | GHD Straight & Tame Cream
Review | GHD Straight & Tame Cream

ghd Straight & Tame Cream* £14.95 

 We all know and love ghd for their completely awesome straighteners (I'm still in mourning for my beloved pair that recently passed on and have my heart set on the Wonderland Styler) but not so much is said about their hair products. I was offered the chance to review the ghd Straight & Tame Cream and thought it would be an interesting product to put to the test and see if it lives up to the brilliant quality of the straighteners.

I love having straight hair, but my natural frizzy mess means it's usually a whole lot easier to achieve a wavy or curled look, I'm not the most patient when it comes to hair styling to be honest! The ghd Straight & Tame Cream works to calm and smooth rebellious hair, bringing it under control and protect against heat damage. To use you apply 3-5 pumps, depending on hair length and thickness, into towel dry hair and then blow dry as normal.

The Straight & Tame cream smells really luxurious, like how your hair does when you've been to the hairdressers! It's a creamy texture that feels quite thick at first but when worked into hair is light weight and doesn't weigh it down at all. I love the fact that it has heat protector in it as it means I don't need to use an extra product.

I apply 5 pumps of the ghd Straight & Tame Cream to my thick frizzy mop, blow dry upside down for a couple of minutes to remove most water and to try to get a little bit of volume. I then flip my hair over and blow dry it in two sections with a brush, it really tames the hair and leaves it a lot smoother. It doesn't give me poker straight hair but it eliminates the frizz and leaves it sleeker, softer and a lot more manageable. I imagine going on to use a ghd straightener with this would give the ultimate straight look that would last all day!

The bottle is going to last forever, so if you like straight hair or want to tame yours a bit this is worth investing in! The ghd Straight & Tame Cream can be bought direct from ghd or at a slightly cheaper price here.

Have you tried any of the ghd hair products?

*pr sample, review 100% honest as always

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Review | Chelsea Beautique Brows Kit

Review | Chelsea Beautique Brows Kit
Review | Chelsea Beautique Brows Kit
Review | Chelsea Beautique Brows Kit

Review | Chelsea Beautique Brows Kit

Chelsea Beautique Brows Kit* £35

I will never not be amazed at how eyebrows can change someone's face! Mine are seriously sparse so filling them in is an essential part of my make up routine. I was recently contacted by the lovely team at Chelsea Beautique and asked if I'd be interested in trying their Brow Kit. I'd personally not heard of Chelsea Beautique before, but am always keen to try new brands. They specialise in preminum quality products including mink lashes, coloured contact lenses and hair chalk. 

The Chelsea Beautique Brows Kit contains everything you need to get the 'perfect brow'. There are 6 different stencils to help you get your desired brow shape, at first I thought they were a bit unnecessary but have really enjoyed experimenting with the shapes. The kit comes in 7 shades and there is info on the website to help you determine which would be right for you. I picked the shade Chestnut for dark brunettes. The shade itself is quite dark and a good match for me but is slightly red so I do need to blend it out. The powder is really pigmented and doesn't budge all day until I take my make up off. 

The kit comes with tweezers, which are really good quality, and a double ended brush. One end is a slanted typical eyebrow brush, it's slightly to big for my liking but I use it to get the basic shape filled in, the other end is a bigger and fluffier brush that I have been using for blending out eye shadow. 

At £35 this kit is definitely on the pricey side. If you can find a perfect shade match for you and you'd make use of the accessories then this would probably be a good investment. The tiniest amount of powder is enough to do your brows. The powder can also be bought separately for £15 here
What do you think of the Chelsea Beautique brow kit?

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Event | #SuperdryLCM

Last week I was really lucky to be invited to the #SuperdryLCM event with Lorna. The event was to showcase the Superdry new collections and was held in the Old Sorting Office in London. Unfortunately we didn't make it inside in time for the fashion show, but you can tell from the images that it was super impressive, Superdry have a lot of amazing stuff coming out soon.

We made it inside for the after party and were a bit over whelmed at everything going on. The huge warehouse style room was full of models, bloggers, celebs and Nick Grimshaw blasting out some brilliant music. Samuel L Jackson made an appearance, along with the photographer Rankin, Made in Chelsea cast members and a few other well known faces. It was all very exciting!
The room was kitted out with a huge Superdry sign and had a really nice vibe. The free bar was definitely put to good use as well! We tried all the cocktails, for review purposes of course...

Superdry definitely know how to put on a party, and I am really grateful to have been invited, we had an amazing night!
You can check out more about #SuperdryLCM on their Facebook page.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Review | Zatchels Dark Brown Leather Satchel

Review | Zatchels Dark Brown Leather Satchel

Review | Zatchels Dark Brown Leather Satchel

Review | Zatchels Dark Brown Leather Satchel

Review | Zatchels Dark Brown Leather Satchel

Review | Zatchels Dark Brown Leather Satchel

Review | Zatchels Dark Brown Leather Satchel

Last year I was really lucky to be invited to the launch of the Zatchels boutique at Westfield White City. I've admired Zatchels for a very long time, so being invited to the event was very exciting. The team at Zatchels were seriously generous and offered me the chance to have my own Zatchel made. I almost cried with sheer joy! A satchel is such a classic style of bag that will never go out of fashion. I was torn between getting a classic colour or either a metallic or pastel shade, but I decided to go for something I knew would match every possible outfit and a colour I'd always love.

I am now the proud owner of a Dark Brown Leather Satchel 13inch size with a handle! Isn't it absolutely beautiful? All Zatchel bags are hand made to order, something that makes the whole thing so much more special. I think it's amazing to know your bag will be made exactly to your specification. Zatchels have lots of different customisation options for you to decide from when ordering, such as whether to have a handle, back pack straps, a card holder on the front and much more!

Each bag comes with a certificate of authenticity to tell you who made your bag and when. The craftsmanship and quality of the satchel is seriously impressive. I've never seen a bag so well made! The leather is strong and the bag is of such a high quality, I can not recommend them enough if you want to invest in a bag that will last you a lifetime. The strap is adjustable as well as removable. The buckels to open the bag take a bit of getting used to and are a bit stiff to start with, but they are really sturdy and safe as they keep everything protected and secure.

I chose a satchel from the Classic Collection, I knew this would be a bag I'd use all the time. If you were after something more eye catching, browse the website as they have designs to match every taste. At the event I was offered the chance to have my Zatchel personalised, a service offered at the Westfield boutique and when ordering online. Zatchels can be personalised onto a tab to go on the outside of your bag or inside on the center of the lid. The text is laser engraved on as this gives a incredibly clean and crisp finish that contrasts beautifully with the leather. I jumped at the chance to have my bag engraved, I got my initials on the outside and my blog name inside. I think this is a lovely touch as it really makes my bag even more unique than it already is.

If you are looking to invest in a bag that you'll love forever and use all the time then I cannot recommend Zatchels enough. Their customer service is brilliant and they really make sure your bag is exactly how you want it to be.
What do you think of Zatchels?

*bag gifted to me at press event 

Friday, 10 January 2014

Review | Tigi S Factor Silky Smooth Moisture Serum

Review | Tigi S Factor Silky Smooth Moisture Serum
Review | Tigi S Factor Silky Smooth Moisture Serum

 Tigi S Factor Silky Smooth Moisture Serum* £16.90

This is one for those with hair like mine! Dry, frizzy, damaged and generally living a life of it's own.. The Silky Smooth Moisture Serum is part of the S Factor range from Tigi. Tigi created a great group of hair ranges for different hair needs, S Factor is for the woman who wants 'sensational hair every day'. Well who doesn't?! If you desire silky, smooth, shiny, sultry and soft hair then it's worth checking out the S Factor range that is stocked at Dirty Looks.

The Silky Smooth Moisture Serum has a scientific blend of ingredients that smooth the hair cuticle, helps to protect against environmental damage and restore moisture & balance. With ingredients like sunflower extract and glycerin, which work to battle against the frizz and damage to leave your hair protected and sleeker. I love the bottle, it makes me feel all professional, it's like something that you'd get in a salon! Plus it's really easy to dispense the amount of product you want out. 

The Tigi Silky Smooth Moisture Serum can be used on wet and dry hair, something that I really like. Not many smoothing and softening products can be applied to dry hair as they tend to way it down or make it look greasy. I can apply bucket loads of this and it doesn't do this at all, my hair seems to love it. It's a lightweight gel formula that really works to tame my frizzy mess head and calm it down. It also smelly like really yummy fizzy sweets and fruits. It's slightly moisturising but not so much on my bleached ends, it works well to smooth out the mid to ends of my hair and make it look a bit sleeker. I use this on dry hair, I take about two pumps for each side and work it in from about ear level down to the ends. It leaves my hair easier to style, softer and keeps it mostly frizz free through the day (unless the weather gets nasty!)

If you're after something to help keep the frizz away and give your hair a bit of TLC then the Tigi S Factor Silky Smooth Serum is really worth trying. It's currently on offer at Dirty Looks here.

*pr sample

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Competition | Guess The Prize with BT Infinity

Everyone loves a competition and a sale right? To celebrate the BT Big Broadband Sale offering BT Infinity for only £7.50, BT have created the world's first game show live on Twitter! 

You could win an amazing prize by taking part in one of the rounds that are happening at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm tomorrow (January the 10th) on a Twitter live stream. The amazing prizes include Xbox 1, Home Entertainment system, Barclays Premier League tickets and many more which will be unveiled during the competition. 
Twitter users will have 7 minutes and 50 seconds to spot the prize worth £7.50 from the selection shown on the conveyor belt, (think Generation Game style). To enter just tweet your answer and the hashtag #guesstheprize to @BT_UK. 

Every correct answer from the live stream will go into a prize draw and the winner, randomly selected, will be announced live straight after the end of the round. After the last round an extended prize draw will be open til 9pm, where the huge prize bundle will be shown with what you can win. 

I know what I will be doing tomorrow! 

*I was compensated with an Amazon voucher for this post. 

2013 Beauty Favourites!

If you have a spare 20 minutes, I've finally got round to posting my Beauty Favourites of 2013! Sorry it's a bit of a long one, but I'd love it if you watched, liked and commented (all the good stuff!)
You can subscribe to my YouTube channel here!

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Wishlist | MaryJane Fashion


If you are looking for everything from sequin party dresses to warm winter coats then you definitely need to check out MaryJane! I've put together a wishlist of my favourite picks from the website!

Glitter Thread Smock Dress- I'm in love with smock dresses at the moment, I think they suit my figure and are fab for throwing on with tights and boots. Burgundy is one of my favourite colours and this dress is right up my street. I love the hint of glitter and that it has long sleeves, essential for keeping warm in this weather!
Khaki Sleeve Parka- I've wanted a coat like this for a seriously long time now! I really like the contrast between the body and leather look sleeves, plus the fur hood adds a bit more detail too. I like that it has the strings to pull in at the waist to make it more fitted if you wanted to.
Black Heart Shift Dress- I've yet to try a shift dress but really like the simple shape of the dress and think they look like another easy to wear style. I think the monochrome heart print is quite 60's and on trend at the mo (probably wrong!)
Daisy Print Jumper- I love daisy prints and this jumper is unsurprisingly a 'blogger favourite'. It's similar to the Wildfox designs but so much cheaper and doesn't have those weird holes in. I really love this and would wear it all through the year!
Cut Out Boots- If interning debt wasn't making my bank account cry then I would buy these straight away. They are really versatile and could be worn all year long and I love the rose gold hardware. With tights or pretty socks, these boots would go with so many outfits!

What do you think of my picks? With everything from jumpers to a gorgeous range of heels from MaryJane, it's definitely worth checking their website out if you are after some fashion bargains!

*sponsored post

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Review | Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Review | Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Review | Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Review | Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
Review | Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation £28.50

Double Wear is one of the most talked about foundations and has been on my wish list for ages. I had been put off trying it from some of the mixed reviews stating it's amazing and others it's too thick and 'cakey'. I was worried about it feeling heavy on my skin and wouldn't work with my dry skin. I got my hands on it as an early Christmas present and it's quickly become my favourite foundation!

Something that winds me up about this is that there is no pump. I really love the packaging, it looks classic and elegant, but when you're paying top price you would really expect it to have a pump. It does take practice to pour out the right amount and not waste any of the product.

Double Wear is a full coverage foundation and is thicker than other foundations I've used, but it's still easy to work with if you blend it into the skin quickly as it sets quite fast, I use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush and don't need to set it with powder. The coverage is beautiful, it leaves my skin looking it's best, I've had compliments saying how 'flawless' my skin is! It covers pigmentation, scaring and blemishes amazingly well but still leaves my skin looking natural and fresh. I have dry skin so the matte finish put me off trying it, if I've been looking after my skin it doesn't highlight or cling to drier areas. I always exfoliate my skin and use a good moisturiser before applying Double Wear. I'm the shade 1C0 Shell, the best match I've ever had, it is pale enough and pink enough, it just matches seriously well. The shade range is good with a mix of yellow, pink and neutral tone shades.

The most impressive thing about Estee Lauder Double Wear is how long it lasts. I can apply this at 9am and it still looks good by 9pm, I just need to powder lightly once through the day. It's definitely not a Summer time foundation, but at the moment this is perfect and I am so glad I finally got my hands on it. I use this when I really want too look my best or know the day is going to be a long one. It gives me a lot of confidence knowing that my skin looks good and I won't have to worry about my make up disappearing through the day. I also find it photographs well, as I'm so pale it doesn't really wash me out but this is something I've heard others say it can do.

Repurchasing it is definitely going to sting and I still wish it had a pump, but this is full on head over heels love.
Have you tried Estee Lauder Double Wear?
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