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I decided to get these two colours because they were the only ones I was interested in and they didn't have much of a range of colours, it was all coppers and nude shimmers. "Realm" is the lighter of the two, it's a lovely nudey pink colour with so much shimmer in it. I love this for highlighting the inner corners of my eyes and the brow bone. It looks quite intense when you first apply it but with a little blending (with fingers) it soon sinks into the skin. It does remind me of a highlighter because of the way it looks on, it can look very natural if you're light handed. I picked up another one in the shade "Trickster" which is again, super shimmery and a copper colour with tiny gold glitter. I thought that this one would look really nice all over the lid.
With a name like "Smoke Sticks" I'm assuming that you're meant to use these all over your eyelids and blend them out to create a smokey eye however this is easier said then done as they aren't the easiest things to blend! Once they're on the lid, they want to stay there. However the best way is to do a little at a time and use warm fingers as this will help move the product. I think the lighter colour is definitely easier to blend then trickster but both look really pretty once on.
I've been enjoying experimenting with these. A darker colour (such as grey shimmer or black) would work really nicely to do a smokey liner along the lid. I also just want to say that I'm not a fan of the name, it sort of seems like someone just went "that'll do" and left it as that? I mean yes it's what they are, but I think they could have been called something more creative/interesting!
Have you tried anything from Topshop's beauty range before? What do you think of these?
Another month another subscription box through my door!
Seascape Unwind Body Wash
This is probably my favourite thing out of this box! It comes in such cool packaging which really has thought put into it and that made the whole product feel a lot more special. I love the little seahorse on the packaging! In the bottle you can't really smell this but once you use it, it smells really lovely (not overpowering) and like lavender, it's so uplifting for either morning or evening use. Apparently it contains 100% natural essential oils to soothe and relax. It also contains Ylang Ylang to balance the mind and ease tension. It's so lovely to use and has been the only body wash I've been reaching for lately!
PHB Hand Cream
This is another favourite of mine. Hand cream is something that I never really buy, use or pay that much attention to however hands are a part of the body which shows signs of ageing so they need to be looked after! I found the packaging of this really cool, I love the little tub that it's in. It's a very creamy formula (a little goes a long way) which sinks in well and doesn't leave any greasiness. I've been keeping this on my desk so I remember to use it. I find that when using hand cream you really feel like you're looking after yourself?! It also smells so nice, (Ylang Ylang again) it's very uplifting and the scent doesn't disappear after two secs which makes it a treat to use.
Hurraw! Papaya & Pineapple Lip Balm
Lip balms are something that I always have with me and always applying. I have one everywhere, near my bed, in my bag, on my desk and at work! It's not that my lips are dry, I just like applying lip balm and I like having something on them as I don't tend to wear lipstick etc. This one is lovelula's own range and contains cold pressed papaya seed oil which is great for the skin. I like the fact that this is really natural as putting harsh ingredients/chemicals near my month is a bit of a turn off.
Laidbare For Richer For Porer
The name of this brand and their packaging really stood out to me as soon as I saw this. I typically put this mask on all over my face, leave for around ten mins and then wash my face with it. It's really soothing and doesn't dry at all. It has Kaolin Clay in it which draws out impurities and toxins, Japanese Seaweed Extract to detoxify, Shea Butter hydrates and conditions and Liquorice helps minimise inflammation! All this and it also has Rose Water to soothe irritation. It really does it all, I like to use this mask if I'm having trouble with spots or irritation or when I'm hungover. I have quite sensitive skin so some masks out there can be quite harsh but this seems so light and soothing.
Kimberly Sayer Sample
The last thing which was included in this months box was a sample of a Kimberly Sayer moisturiser. I don't really have much to say about this apart from it did seem very moisturising and I really like the fact that it contains SPF. Talking about samples is hard as I need to use a product a few times to get some thoughts on it however my first impressions of this brand are good!
And thats it! I actually really liked everything which was included in this box as they're things which I'm going to be using all the time and not just put in a corner and never used again. I think this would be the ideal first box for someone wanting to try out cruelty-free items as you've got a bit of everything in there, including every day items such as shower gel etc.
Have you got anything from Lovelula before? What do you think of this box?
Lottie London were part of a cruelty free Asos wishlist that I put together a little while ago which focused on beauty, rather than clothes as I felt their beauty section never got as much of a focus even though it's really great. I noticed Lottie London on there and instantly fell in love with a lot of their products, I think they're the perfect mix of high quality products with fun, cool packaging which reminds me of Topshop make-up a little bit.
I decided to pick up a few of their products recently as I was feeling like treating myself (when don't I) but also I needed a new powder so it worked out well. I picked up four items, I probably didn't need two primers but there you go.
Ready Set! Go Translucent Powder
Insta Filter Pore Eraser Stick
B.A.E Illuminating Primer
Get The Look Palette #Selfie
I have a few favourites within these items however I did also get the powder in the wrong colour, I got this colour because the other one was sold out however this one is too warm for me. I'm still gonna use it and when I'm slightly more tanned it'll be fine. I got this loose powder as I've been "baking" under my eyes and under where I put my bronzer recently to help set/enhance my make-up and it has been working really well.
Another product which I've been loving and using everyday is the #Selfie palette. I'm not crazy about the highlight or bronzer that they have included however the blush is my absolute favourite at the moment. It gives such a nice rosy glow to the cheeks and the shade works really well with my skin tone, its also quite pigmented so you don't need tons. I'm not that happy with the style of the packaging as the thin strips are so hard to get a brush into properly, but I can live with this. I'm not been using the eyeshadows too much lately as I've been wearing quite natural make-up however these seem quite pigmented and I really like the colours which have they included.
The last two things which I've been using all the time are the primers, one technically isn't a primer but a "pore eraser". I've been wearing these together as I feel like they do two different things. The Before Anything Else Primer is a nice, light pink colour which disappears into your skin, I've been putting all over my face. The Insta Filter Stick is a twist up, gluey type consistency which I've been using mainly under my eyes, down my nose and across my chin and forehead. I think that these two have really helped make my make-up last a lot longer and they work quite well together. I've also been loving mixing the illuminating primer and the Tanya Burr Face Illuminator for a really glory base.
I've enjoyed trying more of this brand and I think that they have some great products, which are a high quality and also a little fun. I'm really pleased with all the items which I picked up, I think they would make good additions to anyones make-up bag. Their foundations and concealers also look quite interesting so this these will probably be the next things that I treat myself to.
Have you tried anything from Lottie London before? What do you think of their products?
Sleek Solstice Highlighter Palette
I picked this product up from Superdrug recently cause I've heard good things about this highlighter for a while now. I've heard people talk about how amazing it is however what I didn't realise is how amazing it also looks. When I got it in Superdrug, it was in a sealed black box and it wasn't until I got home and opened it up that I was greeted with the stunning gold packaging. I really think that this attention to the packaging and the little details makes it a really nice product to own, it's made it that little bit more special and it isn't "just" a highlighter.
Inside, as well as a massive mirror and a brush (which I have to admit I haven't used and probably won't but it's a nice touch) is four decent sized highlighters, two baked, one cream and a silky shimmer. They all have names:
Ecliptic: this is the cream highlighter and the first of the four, it is quite pink looking and very pigmented. A little of this goes a long way. I generally wear powder highlighters more than creams however I imagine this would be good in the summer. This with another of the highlighters layered over the top would look amazing.
Hemisphere: one of the baked variety, like Ecliptic it is quite pink toned but more of a soft lavender with iridescent pinks and silvers.
Subsolar: probably one of my personal favourites. It looks very yellow in the palette but once on the skin, it sort of sinks in and the yellow disappears. I would say that this one is the most natural looking, and would suit most skin tones.
Equinox: this is the second baked highlighter, it looks quite orange in the palette but isn't at all on the skin. This and Subsolar look really nice when worn together.
I don't really like to put tons of highlighter on as sometimes I think it can look quite fake and too sort of powdery? However these are so easy to use, wear and look really natural. They are the perfect buildable highlighter to just help enhance your skin and complexion. I would recommend this palette to anyone as I think it would suit all skin tones and because there is four highlighters and they're all different, it gives you so many options.
Have you tried anything from Sleek before? What do you think of this highlighter palette?
I thought I'd do a quick post on some of my favourite false eyelashes as I get complimented on them quite a lot and a lot of people ask if they're real! I used to be really into wearing thick, heavy and very unnatural looking lashes just because I didn't know any different. I used to wear the Eylure ones however after my recent eBay post, it's the only place I get them more now as it's cheaper and I think they're just as high quality.
I've recently started wearing a really fanned-out, natural but lengthening looking lash which is so good for everyday use, it just adds that tiny bit of glamour and really opens up the eye area. I've always been told that I have huge eyes so these lashes really play up to that. One thing that I will say is that you have to be careful with which ones that you get from eBay as some are really really long and even though you can trim lashes down, Ive never really been one for this. I buy from sellers who include good quality images so really pay attention to these so you don't end up with eyelashes that are six foot long! I've included some that I've worn below
Five Pairs False Lashes - Demi Wispies
Vivi's Collection Fashion Lashes (Lots of options but can be a bit long depending on which ones you get)
5 Pairs Natural Eyelashes - These are my personal favourites
I reuse lashes probably for way to long, but I do like to take care of them so they last. I think something that is really important is having a really good quality glue and the Duo one is honestly one of the best out there. If you ask anyone (who wears lashes lol) this is what they'll use because it just works so well. It's doesn't really smell (although some people will say that it does, maybe I'm just used to it), dries quickly and is so easy to remove. You can also get it in two different colours, either white (which will dry clear) or black. I get mine from Beautybay.com and they always have super quick delivery. I also think that you get loads for the price, it'll honestly last you such a long time.
Have you bought any beauty items from eBay before? Let me know what you think and where you buy your eyelashes from!
I thought that I would share the concealer which is having a moment and that EVERYONE is raving about, the L.A Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer. If you go onto any video on instagram on the explore page of people doing mini tutorials, you'll notice that this is always their concealer of choice!
So I ordered these three concealers off of beautybay.com at like half seven on a Saturday night with standard delivery (which was free) and they turned up the next morning! I was so impressed but anyway I decided to order three as I really wanted to try them out. They have tons of colours on the website but I ordered a red, green and then a colour that I hoped was my skin tone, it's really hard to tell off of a website. I've seen people use these concealers to do the whole colour correcting thing so I thought this would be a good time to try this trend out. I get quite red skin sometimes so I was really hoping that having a green concealer will come in handy.
As you can see from the images, it's a decent size, maybe a bit on the small size but for £5 thats fine. It's got a bit of a weird applicator, you squeeze the tube to get the product to come out of the brush end which makes it quite difficult to just get a small amount of the product out. Not very good for touch ups but I wear a lot of concealer so this doesn't bother me. I use a slightly wet beauty blender to do both my foundation and concealer and it works well this way, they blend out really easily. It doesn't take forever to settle into your skin, it's also not drying and you've got time to blend everything out. The finish is quite glory and sort of light, not cakey at all.
I think that overall this is the perfect "drugstore" concealer as it's cheap but also has a really good coverage. It's the type of coverage which is light at first, but buildable and doesn't get cakey which I love. My favourite concealer up until now is the Collection Lasting Perfection one however sometimes I feel this can look slightly cakey as it's so easy to use too much with that concealer. I've been enjoying using this recently and will continue to use it in the future to really try it out, I don't know if I love it yet or if it'll replace my Lasting Perfection Concealer, but we'll see.
Have you tried this concealer or anything from L.A Girl before? Let me know what you think!
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Zoella Bath Latte
Zoella Sweet Inspirations Body Mist
Tanya Burr Face Illuminator
I've wanted to try some of these products for literally ages! I've heard some many good things about both of their products as they are everywhere and it was about time that I picked some up. When I went into store to purchase these (Superdrug if anyones wondering), I noticed that they their display (which was together) was really well stocked and everything had been laid out nicely. I also thought that all the prices were really good for the items and because of the nice packaging, any of their products would make lovely gifts.
I picked up the Bath Latte as I've heard good things about it. A little goes a long way with this as it makes quite a lot of bubbles which I personally love, however I did notice that it didn't have much of a scent to it and I found myself adding something else to my bath as well which had more of a fragrance. Maybe this is something to bare in mind however it doesn't bother me.
As well as this, I also picked up the Sweet Inspirations Body Mist as they had different ones on display. As soon as I tried this I had to get it, it smells that good. Even my mum agreed and was both of our favourites out of the three on display. I love anything sweet smelling so this is perfect for me, I won't try to even begin to explain how this smells as I'm terrible at describing scents but if you're near a Superdrug, go and check it out as you won't be disappointed.
The last thing which I picked up is the Tanya Burr Face Illuminator, I've not followed her make-up line that closely however I have seen this in a video of hers and thought that it looked interesting. I've not had a chance to properly try this out yet however I have experimented by mixing it with my foundation and I did think that it had a brightening effect. I think this product would be perfect for the Spring/Summer months and I look forward to using this more soon.
What is your favourite product from Zoella or Tanya? Let me know what you think!