Blooming Marvellous

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‘Blooming Marvellous’ – this is the title for the lovely, Spring inspired, April Birchbox collaboration with Rifle Paper Co. I absolutely loved the design of my box this month, which was even better because you were given the choice between two! I picked the more tropical colour palette rather than the pink once simply because I thought it was so cute! Even the information booklet inside had a beautiful floral design to match the 25% off voucher that Rifle Paper Co. provided.

Parlour by Jeff Chasten Detangling Leave-In Conditioner, RRP £17

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo obviously this is a sample size and the RRP is for the full size product, as with the rest of the products mentioned! I personally think this is generous for a sample size and I’m really pleased with it. I previously received a Parlor shampoo and conditioner in my January Birchbox and really liked them so I was happy to see this in my box! It does what it says it does and I really love the smell. I would definitely recommend this product for anyone who likes this sort of spray for their hair!

Kueshi Foot Care Cream, RRP £12

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAgain, a very generously sized sample product that I’m really pleased with! It’s the perfect product for this time of year as the sandals are starting to come out. I love Tea Tree Oil so the smell of this product is fab for me. After just one use I noticed a difference thanks to this product as it really softened the skin on my feet! I’ve just been using this at night if I feel like my feet are getting particularly dry, and the next day they’re soft again.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, RRP from £17

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYet another great sized sample! I feel like Birchbox were extra nice with their sample sizes this month. This product is described as being hair, face and body oil – however, I have only used it for my hair! I love using oil to treat the ends of my hair and this product is lovely! Keeps my hair soft and smelling really nice. The formula for this oil isn’t just your average oil! For once, I didn’t have oily residue on my hands after applying it to my hair. This makes me think that it might not be so greasy if I did use it for my face.. So I might use it for my drier areas and eyes and let you know what it’s like!

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner in Black, RRP £11

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m pretty sure that this is a full size product because its the same as any other eyeliners I’ve tried! It is amazing! It has a crayon like texture which gives it such a smooth and easy application. It also comes out pitch black rather than more charcoal like some black liners that you have to build up. Although, it is easily smudged if you want it to be so you have the best of both worlds. It did sort of smudge throughout the day, but what eyeliner doesn’t?

Benefit Cosmetics Dew The Hoola, RRP £22.50

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was so excited about this product being in this month’s box!  had been looking at buying the full sized product until I saw this could possibly be in my Birchbox. I’m glad I managed to get a sample size before actually making the purchase because I personally feel like I would have been wasting £22.50. I normally love Benefit, but this product just isn’t for me.. I don’t know if it’s because I’m not used to liquid bronzer and need to practice, but I just didn’t feel like this looked good on me. I will definitely be sticking tho the Hoola powder bronzer instead!

Rifle Paper Co. Notepads

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo, not everyone received these in their Birchbox as they were optional for an additional fee. Now anyone who reads my blogs knows that I love stationery, so this was a no-brainer. Of course I bought them. They are two, beautifully designed, A6 notepads that I can add to my collection! And no doubt I will buy more from Rifle Paper Co. in the future!

Thanks for reading, I do really appreciate it! Let me know if you’re subscribed to Birchbox, or any other beauty boxes, and what you received this month or would’ve liked to receive!

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The Spectrum Collections Edit

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This post is dedicated to my collection of Spectrum brushes and accessories. Since discovering this brand, I have really come to love them. They are definitely my main source for beauty tools as their products are amazing quality at such affordable prices – and BONUS, they are vegan friendly and cruelty free which is so good to see!

The Glam Clam

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The first Spectrum purchase I made was last year when the Glam Clam was first released. What is so eye catching about these brushes is the beautiful colours that they come in. All of Spectrum’s brushes are fit for any mermaids and unicorns. This set of 10 cost £59.99 (including the cute clam case) which to me was a bargain. My favourite brushes out of this set are the flat top buffer, the large domed powder and the angled brow. I love and use all of the brushes, but these are the once I use daily. I actually used my flat top buffer and large domed powder so much that the handles came loose – I blame all that blending haha. Spectrum were kind enough to send me replacements (hence the fresh clean brushes standing out). This is just another reason I love Spectrum – their customer service is the best.

Tulip Powder & Tulip Eye Contour

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My second lot of brushes were actually thanks to Birchbox! I received the tulip powder brush in my February box, and then purchased the tulip eye contour brush with my points. I was so excited to see Spectrum collaborating with Birchbox because it meant I could get extra goodies. I really love the tulip powder brush for applying bronzer and for highlighting my cheekbones as it applies the perfect amount of product. The tulip eye contour brush does as it says. I really love it for applying shadow to my crease for a more natural look. On the Spectrum website the tulip powder is £8.99, and the tulip eye contour brush is currently in the sale for £3.99 (instead of £5.99).

Marbleous 8 Piece Eye Set

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Before the release of this set, I had had my mind set on purchasing the Zoeva En Taupe eye set as I was keen to have a full brush set so I can start experimenting with new eye looks. However, as soon as I saw Spectrum’s tweet about releasing their Marbleous Collection, I quickly changed my mind. These launched on March 24th (which was also my payday – fate, right?) alongside a 4 piece contour set which is equally as gorgeous, but I already have similar brushes! I haven’t yet used this set as I’m waiting until I can sit down and take my time to create an eye look that is worthy of their use. I can tell you that they are extremely soft which is exactly what you need when it comes to your eyes. And I already know that they will be fabulous, because, well, all Spectrum brushes are!

Brush Clam & Lilac Blending Sponge

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Finally, we have come to my most recent purchase! A small, yet essential, addition to my makeup tools. There are other versions of these products available from Spectrum Collections and other brands; but in all honesty, I picked these two because they also match my Glam Clam. However, I have been looking and brush cleaning mats etc. for a while now. And I was in need of a new beauty blender. And not that I hadn’t already justified this purchase, but the Spectrum team kindly gave me a 10% off code to use on this order! The brush clam is the perfect size for even my biggest brushes, and helps to give them a deep cleanse that isn’t attainable just using your hands! It also helps prevent water going too far up the bristles which can loosen the glue and ruin your best brushes. The blending sponge is pretty self-explanatory – it’s a sponge and it blends. I just love that it matches my set! The brush clam was £8.99, and the blending sponge is in the sale for £2.99 (instead of £4.99).

I hope you enjoyed seeing my favourite collection of makeup tools! I really enjoyed writing this post as I am really passionate about the brand! So, if you’d like to see a more in depth review of the brushes/sets, let me know and I’ll dedicate a post to each set which will go more in depth!

Head over to spectrumcollections.com to learn more about them and to see the rest of the accessories, brushes and sets they have available 🙂

 

My Top 5 Travel Bucket List

Santorini Island, Greece – santorini.com

Santorini sea viewSantorini sunsetOia, SantoriniThis island is absolutely beautiful. It probably has some of the most aesthetically pleasing architecture I ever. The sea is as blue as the rooftops and I just think this would make for the most relaxing holiday. The views include a volcano and neighbouring islands; you can visit sandy or pebbled beaches; and if you explore the island you will find beautiful, domed churches that reflect the island’s culture. The fact that this island is essentially what’s left of a volcanic eruption really fascinates me and I think it would be an unforgettable experience to wander the island of volcanic rocks and visit the lagoons. I am also a massive geek when it comes to Greek mythology, so I would love to nerd up on all the history whilst I was there.

Hong Kong, China – discoverhongkong.com

Hong KongHong Kong chinese boat sailing at nightFor such a big, industrial city, Hong Kong – to me – is breath taking. It amazes me that such beauty can still exist amidst all the concrete. Hong Kong is well known for its skyline and deep, natural harbour. I feel that Hong Kong speaks for itself, as it is full of things to do and places to see: the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra – you know what? The list goes on! I would really be the biggest tourist on my visit to Hong Kong because I’d want to see all the recommended places to visit, learn about the culture, and do a lot of shopping!

Las Vegas, USA – lasvegas.com

Las Vegas Welcome Sign with Fireworks in BackgroundLas Vegas skylineI don’t think this one will come as a surprise to anyone! Casinos, restaurants, resorts, shopping – it offers everything you could wish for for an action packed get away. I would 100% want to go and see some shows as well; I mean those show dancers are an absolute dream! To me, this is more of a city break sort of holiday where you fill your timetable up with shopping, casinos and just having fun rather than it being a tourist kind of holiday. Now I’m 22, the only thing stopping me is how much it would cost. One day..

Russia

MoscowSt Petersburg.jpgRussia – where do I start? Moscow, Siberia, St. Petersburg.. I should probably just do the Trans-Siberian Express because there is that much I want to see! All the amazing architecture and old churches. I first fell in love with Russia because of Richelle Mead’s book series Vampire Academy. My favourite books out of the series are set in Russia, which lead me to do some research on everything she mentioned in the books. Ever since I have really wanted to go and travel there.

Mauritius – mauritius.com

MauritiusMauritius BeachMy last, and number one, place I want to visit: Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean. Extremely similar to the Maldives, Mauritius is warm and humid with endless, gorgeous beaches that have perfectly clear blue water. This island is home to so many beautiful resorts that you wouldn’t be short for choice. Although it is pricey, I think that the experience would most certainly be worth it. You can get involved in different water sports, diving and snorkelling, go to spa retreats and even shop! This would be the most perfect romantic getaway or a relaxing break with friends.

With Summer coming, I thought this would be the perfect post to do! Hopefully it will give some of you some inspiration if you still don’t know where you want to go this Summer yet. I’ve been considering doing a mini series of the top places to visit and include some of their top rated attractions – so let me know if this is something you’d like to see!

Beauty Bay|Mini Haul

I only recently discovered Beauty Bay, but since then I have had to restrain myself from spending way too much on their website! The best part about Beauty Bay for me is that it stocks hard to get brands. I am from the UK, so any international brands such as Anastasia Beverly Hills, Gerard Cosmetics, Dose of Colours etc. are harder to get a hold of – or end up costing a bomb in shipping and customs. If you are a big beauty addict then I strongly suggest you get on their website and have a look now! For my first little lot of purchases, I stuck to brands that American YouTube gurus always seem to use, and I wanted to try out. Here’s what I got:

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion 29ml, £12.50

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis stuff is amazing for anyone who suffers from breakouts and blemishes, like I do. Recommended by Kylie Jenner on Snapchat, it has been a big hit on all ‘best skincare products’ lists of late. So, unfortunately it comes as no surprise that it is currently sold out; however, I’m sure it will be restocked soon as I can imagine it is in high demand. At first the product confused me; it has a thicker pink consistency and then a clear liquid consistency which appear to sit separately. The directions clearly stated NOT to shake the bottle, so I’m assuming the clear liquid helps preserve the pink lotion? Don’t quote me on that one though. So, I use a cotton bud to get a small amount of pink lotion which I then dot on top of any spots or blemishes. Overnight, the lotion dries out that are and helps reduce the appearance of any spots and redness. I really love this product, especially seeing as it’s the only product I’ve used that has had such fast action!

Morphe M158 Angle Liner/Spoolie Brush, £2.50

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUnfortunately, this product is also currently unavailable.. I’m so sorry! But again, they do restock items so just keep an eye out if you do want this. Basically, I needed a spoolie to brush my eyebrows, and for £2.50 I didn’t see why I shouldn’t get this one that doubles as an Angle Liner brush – which I use to apply powder products to my eyebrows! I’m a sucker for double-ended brushes, so there was no chance I wasn’t going to get this.

Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Invasion, £9.50

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’d heard such good reviews about this liquid lipstick so decided to try one out. There are currently 11 shades available on Beauty Bay, and I chose to go for Invasion. Admittedly, on the website it looks a little less purple than what it looks like in real life. However, I was searching for a ‘greige’ lipstick, which I suppose you could say is almost lilac. I am really happy with what the colour actually looks like on though. The consistency is really soft, quick drying, and doesn’t feel uncomfortable once dried. My lips do get quite dry anyway, so liquid lipsticks do tend to dry my lips out unless I prep them properly – just a little advice for others with dry lips.

Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘That Glow’ Glow Kit, £39.00

IMG_2249.jpgOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo, I saved the best for last! I finally got my hands on this beauty. I did have to refrain from purchasing both of the palettes, because they do both have gorgeous colours. I ended up choosing this one as I wanted these bronze tones for a more summery look. Although they are all obviously shimmery as it is a glow kit, I have used the darker tones to bronze and contour. The size and weight of this palette really surprised me when it arrived! Honestly, the value for money is incredible. Effectively £10 per product, you can’t go wrong! The pigmentation is also amazing, which I kind of expect from any Anastasia Beverly Hills products anyway. I know for a fact I’ll get my money’s worth out of this palette, because even without a tan I love how these colours look on my skin. I’m also considering doing a makeup look with this palette – as it can also double as eyeshadows! – so let me know if you’d like to see this 🙂

As always, let me know what you thought! Also let me know if you’ve tried any of these products, your views on them, and if you have any alternative options you prefer. I hope you enjoyed my mini haul! I know I haven’t done many recently as I gave up shopping (clothes, shoes, accessories) for lent. But now that’s over, expect to see one soon… Probably a combination of what I’ve allowed myself to buy since!

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

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Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has been a heavily anticipated film. Franchises such as these always are; and in turn, the production companies (Warner Bros. in this case) always heavily anticipate the reviews and the gross income from the opening day, weekend, and week. I’m pretty sure Warner Bros. were more than pleased with the opening day which took $82million – yes you read that right. So is the film really that good?

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Let’s start with the main characters, because that’s important to me: I’ve got to be honest, I was not happy about Ben Affleck replacing Christian Bale to begin with! I’m still not 100% convinced – probably just because I’m so used to Bale being Batman – but Affleck surprised me. Firstly, he clearly worked out, A LOT, for this role (I’m only human); and secondly, he perfected his brooding down to a T. Some critics have said there was too much brooding, but I personally feel like that is who Batman is! So maybe I could get used to Affleck as Batman. Henry Cavill returned to his role as Superman, which I have no complaints about. Man of Steel proved that Cavill could fill Superman’s boots, so he had nothing more to prove to me. Now, my favourite part about this film? Wonder Woman’s big-screen debut! Hallelujah, she’s finally arrived. And Warner Bros. could not have picked a better person for the role than Gal Gadot. She perfectly embodies the gorgeous, Amazonian woman that Wonder Woman is described as. I liked her a lot! She was sassy and not at all a damsel in distress. Thank you Warner Bros. for depicting a strong female role! I mean, I know it’s Wonder Woman and obviously she’s strong.. But I mean even other than her identity as Wonder Woman. I also have to acknowledge Jesse Eisenberg’s performance as Lex Luthor! He played the perfect psycho, even down to the little things like mannerisms and twitches. For me, he was a a great villain. I’m not gonna go as far as to say the best, because.. Heath Ledger as the Joker? Unbeatable in my eyes.

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So, the film itself? I would never give a film with Batman AND Superman in lower than a 5/10, just based on the characters’ reputations. So, obviously, I had high expectations for this film. There are only a few issues I had.. It was 2 and a half hours long to begin with! And a lot of it just seemed to be a waste; for instance, why did we need to see the Wayne’s deaths, AGAIN? We already know Batman’s story.. I felt there could have been more Batman versus Superman scenarios, considering that’s the name of the film. However, there was definitely plenty of action and no one can say this wasn’t an action packed film. On the flip side, some of the action was a little bit too CGI/special effects for my liking. I like good, old-fashioned fist fights! I cannot deny that the special effects were done perfectly though, I’ve got to give the production team credit for that. Other than these little nit-pickings, I really did enjoy the film. So overall, I’d probably rate Batman V Superman a 7/10.

Have any of you been to see it? What did you think? Let me know if you’d like to see more film/tv series reviews on my blog 🙂

What My Twenties Have Taught Me (So Far)

Ok, so I may only be 22, but I have definitely learnt a lot – mainly about general life – in my twenties. I think university has a big part to play in this because you really grow into yourself as a person throughout the experience. I wanted to do a bit more of a personal, but motivational post, and thought of this – because I’m sure there are many people who can relate.

1. Believe in Yourself, Trust Your Instinct.

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I think this one does come mainly with age, but also with accepting yourself. I wish at 16 I would have had the confidence that I do now to believe that I can achieve my goals, no matter how big they are. You have to trust that you know what’s best for yourself, and although other people may have good advice, they don’t always have good intentions. You know what’s in your best interests – don’t let people make you think you’re not good enough, or even too good, for anything. Sometimes you’ve just got to be your own biggest cheerleader!

2. Work Hard.

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This is key to everything. In school it was always so uncool to work hard and enjoy your work. Why? Hard work pays off, and there is nothing wrong with being ‘a nerd’ when it gets you where you want to be. Again, I wish I’d learnt this lesson earlier. I’m not saying that I haven’t always worked hard, but sometimes I used to not bother because I didn’t want to be ‘a geek’ and get picked on – which leads me to my next lesson!

3. Forget About What Other People Think.

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Who cares what they think?! You can’t please everyone, and if you do, you’re probably not being true to yourself which you always should be! You are who you are, and that is nothing to be ashamed of. Clearly I don’t mean this point as in forget about other people’s feelings! But just don’t let people put you down. This also goes hand in hand with no.1, believe in yourself and other people’s opinions won’t even bother you. This is the reason I finally got round to starting my blog, which I’d been thinking about doing for years. I held back because I didn’t want people to laugh at me or tell me that my blog was stupid. Now, I just think, they’re entitled to their opinion, but I love blogging so why wouldn’t I do it?

4. Love What You Do, Do What You Love.

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Whatever you do in life, make sure you’re passionate about it. There is no point doing something if you don’t love it because it’ll just make you miserable. I know we all gotta do what we gotta do to live, but there is no reason you can’t get your dream job! Again, just work hard – even if this means working full time hours whilst doing night classes, because sometimes that’s what it takes. I’m studying a Master’s, working as many hours as I can get, blogging for my own site, paid, and for free, all so I have experience and qualifications in the right field!

5. Put Yourself First.

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This is really important! You have to look after yourself or you’ll make yourself ill. You also have to put your happiness above that of others, because you are the most important person in your life. Don’t think this is a selfish sentiment, because it isn’t! Only you can make a life for yourself, reach your dreams, and only you can look out for your best interests.

I hope you enjoyed this post! It is a bit different, so let me know what you think in comments 🙂

SS16|Makeup Collections

It’s the first day of Spring and summer is just on the horizon; which means that SS16 clothes and makeup ranges are finally being launched – yay! I love any excuse to go shopping, but this is the perfect reason. I’ve picked three of my favourite collections:

Benefit – Hoola Collection

  1. Hoola Bronzing Powder, £23.50
  2. Dew the Hoola Liquid Bronzer, £22.50
  3. Hoola Bronzing and Contouring Brush, £17.50
  4. Hoola Ultra Plush Nude Lip Gloss, £14.50
  5. Hoola Zero Tanlines Body Bronzer, £19.50

This collection is absolutely gorgeous for creating that bronzed goddess look that we all love in summer. I think the prices are pretty reasonable, especially considering that Benefit products are always good quality! I already have the Hoola bronzer and love it, but I would also really like to try the new Hoola brush. Also, a little extra: you can get a personalised Hoola bronzer for just £5 extra – how cute?!

Too Faced – Spring Collection

  1. Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, £17.00
  2. Mascara Melt Off Cleansing Oil Mascara Remover, £13.00
  3. Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Collection, £36.00
  4. Peanut Butter and Jelly Eye Shadow Collection, £27.00
  5. Cocoa Contour Deep, £30.00
  6. Sweethearts Blush, £22.00
  7. Sweethearts Bronzer, £22.00
  8. La Matte Lipstick, £17.00
  9. Royal Oil Coconut Body Bronzer, £26.00

This collection really is beautiful for Spring. It offers gorgeous pink and purple shades which I love for this time of year, and also offers bronzing shades for those who are never without their contour. I’ve never tried any Too Faced products before so I’m not too sure about paying these prices – just in case I’m not a fan! If I do try anything, it will 100% be the Sweet Peach eye palette because the colours are all my kinda style!

Urban Decay – Summer 2016

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  1. Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector, £25.00
  2. Afterglow 8-Hour Power Highlighter (Aura, Fireball & Sin), £19.00
  3. Beached Bronzer (Bronzed & Sunkissed), £20.00
  4. 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil (Walk of Shame), £15.50
  5. 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Heartless), £15.50

I love Urban Decay, so I was super excited to see this collection, and it has not disappointed! Although they already have pretty similar products; it looks like they’ve tried to extend and improve on their best sellers! These products are so on trend right now, you can tell that Urban Decay know their stuff. The highlighters are a lovely new edition (we all know how much I love highlighters), and I’d quite like to try “Sin” in particular.

I hope this inspires some makeup purchases for the transition into the Spring/Summer trends! Let me know if you’ve already purchased any of these products, or if you’re planning to 🙂