17.12.13

Seventeen Doll'd Up Mascara // Review

Seventeen Doll'd Up Mascara // Review
Seventeen Doll'd Up Mascara £6.29

I have never found a mascara that even comes close to Max Factor's False Lash Effect (which may I add, I have used for at least a good three years until now...). A month or so ago I popped into Boots with no intention of buying anything in particular (as we all do!) and I was in need of a new mascara and ended up buying Seventeen Doll'd Up Mascara. I have never bought anything from Seventeen since it has had its little revamp and I fancied a change. I wasn't expecting much to be honest, just another standard mascara. But I was so so, so wrong! 

The formula of the mascara is fab! I bought 'blackest black' and it most certainly is! It doesn't flake, smudge and my lashes only require, a couple of coats to get the desired effect of fluttery long lashes. There is non of that dreaded rubbing and scrubbing at the end of the day - removal and application is effortless. Im also very surprised that the product hasn't dried up and its still very wet. Also the packaging is very cute and not too shabby for such an affordable mascara. 


Seventeen Doll'd Up Mascara // Review

The brush is initially what caught my eye (as the different brushes where being displayed on the Seventeen stand) and I love a good rubber/plastic brush, as I find they give the best results on my lashes. This brush is incredible, no word of a lie! The brush is curved and has been designed so you get no clumps (100% accurate), the brush is also perfect in terms of separating the lashes and I love the fact you can get right into the lash line - very easy application. The only negative thing about this product is that it lacks volume, however I can look past this! When applied to the bottom lashes it gives a very wide-eyed look - which I love, perfect for those days when I haven't had much sleep! My love for this product is ever growing, especially as I keep receiving compliments on my lashes when wearing this mascara and also it really does hold a curl and my lashes still look pretty damn good at the end of the day. 

Seventeen Doll'd Up Mascara // Review

Im so impressed with this mascara, that I most certainly will be picking up a few other bits from Seventeen. What would you girls recommend? 

I highly rate this mascara over the much talked about Benefit There Real Mascara and a lot of other high end mascaras - don't waste your money, pick this up for under a tenner instead - BARGAIN ALERT! Doll'd up is certainly taking pride and place as a staple in my make-up bag. If your looking to buy a new mascara pick this one up, I promise you, you won't be disappointed! 

Have you ever tried this mascara before?
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3.12.13

"All I Want For Christmas Is...."

"All I Want For Christmas Is...."

"All I want for Christmas is yooooooou!" That’s right I’m singing Christmas songs, but hay its allowed! It’s December!! (Yay) I literally cannot contain my excitement! I could bang on about how much I love Christmas, but instead I'm going to crack on (I'll save that for another time!). Above is my ultimate Christmas wish list of all the bits and bobs (expensive and inexpensive) that I'm currently lusting after. This Christmas list that I have put together, is what I would ask for Christmas if money was no option. Don't forget to let me know what you are lusting after this Christmas, in the comments below! 


1. Hama Star 62 Tripod with Carry Case and Canon Remote Control RC-06: A couple of months ago I invested in a very lovely Cannon DSLR. Although I study Broadcast Journalism at University, I'm in now way shape, or form a skilled photographer! Filming and editing on the other hand is something I have experience in and having a tripod would be very handy - especially as I’m filming a documentary for my dissertation (eeeee exciting!).

2. Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System: I suffer from those horrid under skin spots and I’m desperate to give the much talked about Clarisonic a go! This little brush (effectively an electronic toothbrush for your face) has been raved about online and I have been pondering whether to buy it for a while now. Have you ever used a Clarisonic? 

3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (Diffused Light): I have been lusting after this pot of pressed powder for too long! It has been on countless wish lists and I’m still yet to get my hands on one! 

4. Kurt Geiger Fold Over Handbag (Black): I love, love, LOVE bags - I am most defiantly a bag girl! And this classic leather number from Mr Geiger would be a much-appreciated addition to my collection. Perfect for a night out and you can’t go wrong with black and gold.

5. Hunter Wellies (Black)My current wellies are literally falling apart! I have had them for years and my concern is that if we are expecting uber amounts of snow here in the UK this winter, I need to be prepared... and prepared in style! Classic black hunter wellies are the way forward!

6. Origins Mask Marvels Gift Set: I own one product from Origins and I’m thoroughly enjoying it (review coming soon). But the products I hear and read most about from Origins is their face masks, apparently they are pretty damn good! So who wouldn't want a gift set of their top three masks!

7. Chanel Chance Perfume: I have got through four of bottles of this perfume and I haven't repurchased it in a long time, as it is a little on the pricey side - but this perfume smells divine! It has to be one of my all time favorite perfumes.

8. Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: I've been after this book for a while now. It is often spoken about in the beauty blogging world and I like a good read and I love all things makeup... so this is just what I’m after! 

9. Clothes: As I mentioned I’m very much a bag lover (hoarder) and my wardrobe is a little unloved! Some High Waist Disco Pants  would be great for this time of year and would go nicely with this Topshop Check Shirt – which I love! I have had my eye on this Leather Skirt from ASOS and think it would look great worn with a long knit jumper and boots. Speaking of jumpers, I recently bought this J.D.Y Roll Neck Jumper from ASOS only to be told that it was unfortunately out of stock and it is now back in stock – typical! To keep warm I love this Zara Jacket! And lastly, a festive dress from Topshop Catalina Dress, which would look lovely, teamed with the Kurt Geiger bag!

10. Kate Spade PurseI love a nice purse, however my much-loved Marc Jacobs purse is looking a little worse for wear (insert sad face here) and Kate Spade has some lovely leather purses. I’m aware that there is a Kate Spade shop in Bicester Village, so I might just have to pick one up there! If you want to read more about Bicester Village click here.

11. Allure Magazine SubscriptionI have bought a couple of editions of this American beauty magazine and I have really enjoyed them. I’m always buying magazines (I must spend a fortune!) a subscription is much needed! What magazines do you buy?

12. Oliver Bonas Alphabet Make Up Bag: This make-up bag is super cute and I have had enough of rummaging around in the bottom of my bag for my lippy and concealer. Oliver Bonas is a great online shop, they also sell beauty products its worth a look!

14. I have been very good recently when it comes to buying facial products and I’m finally at the end of cleanser and toner. Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner  and REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser would be a perfect replacement. Im also in desperate need of some brush cleanser for spot cleaning! I keep picking up what I think is a clean brush and blending all sorts of colours onto my lids (nightmare!). 

15. As I’m a beauty addict no wish list would be complete without a few make-up products! Charlotte Tilbury a very successful and talented make-up artist released her own make-up line this year and let’s be honest I would happily have anything from the range, but the one product in particular that I have my eye on is the Charlotte Tilbury Bar Of Gold Highlighter. I would love to own Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder I’ve been lusting after this item after hearing and reading Vivianna from Vivianna Does Makeup rave about it, my makeup collection is in need of a good sculpting powder and I might as well try the best of the best! Lastly this wouldn’t be a wish list without a couple of lipsticks! I love Mac Fanfare/Plumful Lipstick both shades are beautiful and MAC lipsticks are yet to disappoint me!

16. Zara Messenger Bag With Zips: That’s right another bag! But this black number from Zara is more of an every day bag. I’m currently using my Vanilla Paris bag daily and as much as I love it, I need to get a casual bag to replace it before it gets ruined… (I’m such a bagaholic!).

17. Diptyque Mini Scented Candle (Baies): Now I’m not a candle snob what’s so ever, but I’m curious to see what all the hype is about when it comes to Diptype candles. Baies is a bestseller and the candle that I’m currently burning (from IKEA) needs an upgrade! 


Whats on your Christmas list this year?

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22.11.13

My MAC Pro Palette Eye Shadow x15 Insert

My MAC Pro Palette Eye Shadow x15 Insert

This post has been a long time coming! I have wanted to do a post about my MAC cosmetics palette for a while now and today is the day! For my 21st birthday back in July, a good friend of mine bought me a MAC 15x pan palette and since I have been filling it like a crazy lady... I can't get enough of it! My craze hasn't been helped by the likes of Tanya Burr, flashing her palette on multiple occasions in her recent youTube videos (thanks Tanya!)! And to be honest this palette has somewhat become my pride and joy, rather like a man and his car (is that sad?). I have never been a huge eyeshadow wearer, but MAC eyeshadows have changed all that! I can't go a day without dabbing a brush into one of the colours and sweeping it over my lids and I can't stop watching MAC eyeshadow tutorials and MAC eyeshadow favourites... like I said I've become a crazy lady!

MAC eyeshadows are highly pigmented, apply evenly and blend extremely well and the colour choices are endless! You can buy MAC eyeshadow pots individually for £12.50 (and if you do ever want to buy a palette, there are ways you can depot them.) Or you can take the plunge and splurge on a palette (I admit not everyone can afford these, but they make a fab investment, or you could always ask Santa!). The eyeshadow pans which fit into a custom palette are £10. They are magnetic and have the shade of the shadow on the bottom of the pan. A duo palette is £6.50, a quad is also £6.50. I have the large pro palette which costs £14.00 and then the 15x insert is £6.50. Or if you can afford it, they also sell a large pro palette duo which accommodates two 15x inserts - thats a lot of eyeshadow! All the palettes have see through lids and are made from a high quality black glossy plastic. 

Now, I used to find the MAC make-up counter quite over whelming (and to be honest I still do!). There are so many lipsticks with different finishes and foundations too and it doesn't stop at eyeshadows! MAC eyeshadows also have different finishes, so Im going to explain the different finishes for you just incase you too are as clueless as I once was! 

MAC eyeshadow finishes:

Frost: Frost finish eyeshadows have small shimmer particles, that create the most beautiful shinny iridescent appearance.  They are shimmery NOT glittery. Frost most defiantly is my favourite finish!  This is the bestselling finish from MAC. 

Lustre: Now, I don't own any MAC eyeshadows with a lustre finish, but I have heard and read that they have a dry and very shimmery finish which results in a lot of fallout! 

Matte: Matte eyeshadows are simply eyeshadows without any shimmer, glitter or sheen. These are best for a natural look and are great for contouring in the eye socket.

Matte²: Pronounced matte squared, this finish is pretty much the same as regular matte eyeshadows however, they have a more buttery texture and much more intense colour pay off. 

Satin: Now, satin eyeshadows vary in their finish. Some appear matte like Brule pictured below, whereas others appear frosty. They give a subtle sheen, in many ways they are a happy medium between a matte and frost finish.  

Veluxe: A much smoother creamer version of a matte finish but with less colour pay off. 

Veluxe Pearl: Veluxe pearl finish is very similar to the frost finish but they appear more metallic and ultra shimmery. The finish is soft and smooth and defiantly one of the most beautiful finishes and a popular one too! Perfect for nights out and a great way to make your eye colour pop! This is another favourite finish of mine.

Velvet: This finish is similar to deluxe pearl but less metallic. This finish gives a soft, with high colour intensity and has a plush velvety look and feel.  

My MAC eyeshadow palette: 

My MAC Pro Palette Eye Shadow x15 Insert
Top: Brule / Naked Lunch / All That Glitters / Wedge / Sable
Bottom: Twinks / Woodwinked / Coppering / Cranberry / Satin Taupe

My MAC Pro Palette Eye Shadow x15 Insert
Left to right: Brule / Naked Lunch / All That Glitters

Brule (satin): Is a soft warm cream, with beige undertones. Although it has a satin finish it appears more matte to me.  Don't be fooled, although this eyeshadow looks rather plain in the pan, it makes a great inner corner and brow highlight. But I personally like to wear this all over the lid, with wedge eyeshadow in the socket and another shade on the outer corners of my eyes - fab for everyday wear! This eyeshadow is a great addition if you are looking to make a MAC quad. 

Naked Lunch (frost): This has to be one of my most worn MAC eyeshadows! It is a warm pinky beige and looks beautiful all over the lid. It has a frost finish (shimmery not glittery) and looks lovely with sable blended into the crease and outer corners. I highly recommend this shade! 

All That Glitters (veluxe pearl): This is a famous shade from MAC and I LOVE it! It's a shimmery rosy gold and works well with all the colours in my palette. On occasion I have also used this as a cheek bone highlight (especially when I have a tan!). I have also received a few compliments on my eye makeup when wearing this shade! 

My MAC Pro Palette Eye Shadow x15 Insert
Left to right: Wedge / Sable / Twinks

Wedge (matte): Although Im not a huge fan of matte eyeshadows, I believe everyone should own a couple. Wedge is a warm toned medium brown with a matte finish great for contouring the socket

Sable (frost): Im a huge lover of MAC's Sable! It's a bronzy golden plum with a frosty finish and is very similar to twinks exept this finish is different and it is much lighter. 

Twinks (veluxe pearl): This is the newbie in my palette and it is so pretty! It is a medium-dark brown with bronzed shimmer and deep plummy undertones. Its super pretty and I know Im going to get a lot of wear out of this one! 

My MAC Pro Palette Eye Shadow x15 Insert
Left to right: Woodwinked / Coppering / Cranberry 

Woodwinked (veluxe pearl): This was the first ever MAC eyeshadow pan I bought and I wore it to death! It is a metallic golden shade and it looks fab on those with blue eyes! I totally understand why this one is so popular, its a shade that everyone should own! 

Coppering (veluxe pearl): This shadow is a rich coppery orange and defiantly my least used pan in my palette (this is only down to the fact I'm not sure how to wear it!). I have worn it on occasion in the outer corners of my eyes with naked lunch. It is such a lovely colour! Any suggestions on how to wear it? 

Cranberry (frost): I have seen this eyeshadow being used a lot recently in autumn tutorials! It is a red plum with a hint of pink shimmer and it is just beautiful and makes a great alternative for your regular smoky eye! This is one shade I would defiantly say you should try before you buy! 

My MAC Pro Palette Eye Shadow x15 Insert
Above: Satin Taupe 
Satin Taupe (frost): (Excuse my finger being on its lonesome!) This famous shade is a purply, grey, brown with a silver shimmer and Im yet to find a colour similar! Its such a beautiful colour and my go-to for a smoky eye for a night out! This colour works well with naked lunch, all that glitters and brule! This is another must have!  
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I hope you are all having a lovely November (not long now till Christmas! Exciting!). Apologises for the lack of posts, I have been swamped with university work (I don't know how some bloggers do it!) I will be posting as normal from this week. I've missed you all and I hope you enjoyed this post! 

Any suggestions on what shade I should buy next?
What is your favourite MAC eyeshadow?
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31.10.13

October Beauty Favourites

October Beauty Favourites

This month I have a handful of beauty products that I simply can't be without! Im excited to share with you my October beauty favourites - hopefully you will see something here that you would like to give a go! What a month it has been - the Christening of Prince George for one (how adorable did he look?!) and I have also celebrated a few birthdays, including my mans 23rd birthday and I'm also now back at university for my finial year (eeeeeep!). I have had a pretty busy month to be honest! What have you guys been up to this October? 

I bought this a while back during the summer and I must say I love this stuff! This month in particular this quick fix face mask, has been perfect for me. I have been super busy and when my skin needs a good deep clean I have picked this up every time. This mask contains Salicylic acid which has been proven to help unclog congested skin, it also contains oil-absorbing dead sea mud, rich in all things good for you skin. I have been applying this twice a week, five minutes before having a shower. I love the fact the formula feels light which is great for a clay mask, it also isn't tightening on my skin and once I have washed it off, it leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh. I have noticed that if I have any blemishes that won't budge this really helps to speed things up. This is my go to face mask, I highly recommend you grab this whilst Boots have 1/3 of Superfacialist skincare! 

October Beauty Favourites

This concealer without a doubt has to be my #1 high street concealer! Firstly there isn't much to say on the packaging, expect mine is a little grubby and the writing has rubbed off, but the product itself is easy to blend, leaves my under eye area brighter, whilst concealing dark circles perfectly. What I also love about this concealer is that it isn't drying or cakey - which is great as I have very dry skin. If I do get the odd blemishes this concealer covers them well and if necessary the coverage is buildable. The colour match is perfect too and it doesn't crease under the eyes unless I use too much product. Overall this concealer from Maybelline is hands down a great product at an affordable price! I haven't used  another concealer expect this one during October! 

Now this little beauty blender is a new found love of mine! It has worked perfectly with my Maybelline concealer and Giorgio Armani Foundation. To read a full review on this product click here

I have worn eyeshadow pretty much every day for the last month or so and I cant get enough of Naked Lunch and Sable from my MAC palette. They look gorgeous together, I have been wearing Naked Lunch all over my lid, with sable blended into the outer corners and the crease. Naked lunch is a warm pinky beige with a frost finish (shimmery not glittery) and this eyeshadow also looks lovely worn on its own all over the lid. Sable  is a lovely golden, bronzy plum which also has a frost finish. Im loving this duo it makes my blue eyes pop! 

October Beauty Favourites

October Beauty Favourites
Left to Right: Naked Lunch / Sable 

I L-O-V-E this foundation. I just had to put it out there. I never thought in a million years I would spend *cough* £32 *cough* on a foundation, but I caved and I would happily cave again, again and again! This foundation goes into my hall of fame without a doubt! The formula is lightweight and when applied to the skin it somewhat looks invisible and it leaves the perfect finish - not too matte or too dewy. It gives a medium coverage which can be built up if necessary. Also the pump dispenses just the right amount of product and you have to love that! With the perfect pump and formula this foundation is effortless in application and applies beautifully with my beauty blender. It also contains no SPF which means you need to make sure you apply SPF somewhere in your skin care routine, but it is perfect as there is no flash back in pictures - perfect wedding day foundation! Overall, this foundation is admittably not the cheapest, but it has performed so well on my dry skin and gives such a flawless finish - nothing else makes my skin look as good as when I use this! It comes in a whopping 21 shades (I wear shade 4). If you are hunting for the perfect high end foundation, I would certainty recommend picking a sample of this up! 

 Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream (fragrance free) has been a staple in my beauty regime for a long time now and is yet to disappoint me! In my opinion everyone and anyone should own a tube of this cream! It is a skincare classic and award winning. Although it isn't a glamorous product, it is very practical and effective - it helps to calm, and relieve cracked skin, it also helps to sooth any redness or rough patches on the skin. I always have it with me in my handbag and I apply it every evening before I go to bed and it leaves my lips super soft and nourished. This month it has also been great at helping sooth the skin around my nose, as I have had a bit of a cold, once this is applied the area instantly is relieved and by morning totally repaired. I can't speak highly enough of this product! It is worth every penny! This is hands down my favourite lip care product above anything else and the perfect all in one cream. For 1 week only Boots are selling Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Winter Essentials Kit for £24.50 thats better than half price and 50ml of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is £25 so you would be crazy not to get your hands on this! 

October Beauty Favourites

What have you been loving this month? 
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28.10.13

Crown Brushes

Crown Brushes

I have been after some new make up brushes for a while now and although I would love to own a handful of MAC brushes, not only can I not afford them, I can't justify spending £20 plus for a brush! Like I have mentioned in previous posts I'm a very loyal fan and user of the Real Technique brushes (thank you Samantha for making such lovely brushes!) but they are looking a little sorry for themselves, so I thought I would branch out and try something new. 

Crown Brushes

I came across Crown Brushes online. I haven't heard too much about them until now and I must say Im thoroughly impressed by the quality of these inexpensive brushes - Im actually surprised that I haven't heard more about them! I bought a handful online and the Pro Blending Fluff (C433) is so similar to the MAC 217 but at £6.09! I bought six eyeshadow brushes and one stippling brush, which I have been using with my beauty blender to apply my foundation - they work perfectly together. 

Crown brushes start from £2.09 and the most expensive brush that I bought pictured here, was the stippling brush at £9.29 - bargain! Don't let the price put you off, they are technically a make up artist brand (if that makes sense!) and the brushes feel super soft and expensive. Im so impressed, that as soon as Im paid I will be placing another order! 

If you are looking for some new quality brushes on a budget, I would recommend Crown Brushes. Delivery is just £2.99 and they arrived very quickly. I also received 10% off my order by using the discount code: FINBER2013. 

Have you ever tried any brushes from this brand?
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24.10.13

Star Buy: Beauty Blender Dupe

Star Buy: Beauty Blender Dupe

I have watched so many beauty gurus using this little sponge and rave about the finish it gives and all that jazz and to be honest I wasn't even slightly interested at the time, I couldn't think of worse way than to apply my make-up with a glorified sponge (sponge application reminds me of Halloween makeup!) But boy was I so wrong! I too have become mad for the beauty blender! I was pleasantly surprised to say the least! 

I bought one online via eBay just over a week a go, as I couldn't justify spending £16 on what is effectively a sponge and to be honest there can't be that much more of a difference between the original and a copy surely? So instead I opted for a £2.95 teardrop beauty blender. When it arrived I wasn't all that excited, but I got to using it straight away the next day and the results were amazing! The beauty blender its self, feels rather like a soft stress ball. Initially it is quite small, but once dampened it expands to nearly twice the size (as seen in picture). You can use it wet or dry, but I found the results are flawless when it is dampened. I apply the product (foundation/concealer) onto the back of my hand and then use the beauty blender to apply it to the area needed. I use the blender in a bouncing action, patting it onto the skin (effortless), it leaves no lines or visible streaks after application and I can't believe how good my skin looks after using it - it applies liquid foundation and concealer beautifully. I use the pointed side to reach under the eyes (its fits perfectly) and around my nose and mouth and I then use the base of the blender for the larger areas like my cheeks and forehead. I have also used it to apply cream products and it works perfectly for this too. And for those of you that are worried that it will only give sheer coverage you can use this blender to build up coverage too. 

Beauty blenders are reusable so need to be cleaned after use. I have been throughly soaking the sponge and then applying a little bit of baby shampoo onto the sponge and rubbing it onto the palm of my hand and then rinsing (I repeat this if necessary) and I then finish cleaning it by squeezing out the excess water and leaving it to dry. You can just rinse it under hot water and squeeze out the excess after each use, but a thorough clean will stop bacteria causing breakouts etc. 

I must add that I'am a loyal lover of my Real Techniques blending brush to apply my foundation I didn't think I would ever EVER say this... but I may have found a competitor - for now I have set aside my much loved RT brush! Overall, I am so surprised by the finish this little sponge gives - my skin has honestly never looked so good! I whole heartily recommend this product, they are amazing. Flawless skin for under a fiver... Bargain! 

Have you ever tried a beauty blender? Or a dupe?
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