23/12/2015

December's Taffy Mail | The American Sweetie Subscription Box

There really is a subscription box for everything. Taffy Mail have 3 different sized subscription boxes available with prices starting from £7.49 a month, going up to £24.99 for the largest of boxes. I got the largest of the boxes: they say it will have up to 20 sweets; at least one can of soda; and at least one  premium item. 
I think I got 19 items in my box (my brother straight up took the Nutter Butter that was in the box and demolished it within seconds). I've gone a bit mad and in just a couple of days I've eaten so much of this box already. 
American m&m's are amazing, their pretzel ones are just to die for. This box had a packet of mint m&m's, I can't remember if I've had these before or not... But they sound really good anyway, only down side is its dark chocolate and I'm not a massive fan of dark chocolate... 
There was also a packet of Hersheys Cookies n Creme drops. I love Hersheys chocolate, and I'm super excited to try these! 
Butter popcorn is the best popcorn there is. Its such a shame most cinemas (at least in glasgow) don't sell butter popcorn. Going to have a nice movie night with the boyfriend soon to try this out. 
 More Hersheys chocolate!! YAAAAY. This bar is called a Symphony bar, and is milk chocolate with almond and toffee chips. Its so good, I think it might be one of the best things in the box that I've tried. Theres not really anything that I can think that we have in the UK that compares to this. 
There is also a yoohoo bar in the box, the slices of this are huge! It tastes just like any old chocolate bar, quite milky though. Its a huge bar, and it does taste really good. 
Jolly Ranchers and Hershey's, my faves. And in dessert form? Yes please! I'm really excited to try the Hershey's Creamy Vanilla Pudding, it sounds amazing - so hopefully its as good as it sounds. 
The jolly rancher jelly I'm also hoping is as good as I hope it'll be, its cherry flavoured but will take 4 hours to set! Whys it gonna take so long? Does the jelly in the UK take that long? 
Abba-Zaba is something that no one in my house liked. I hate peanut butter but my mum and brother love it, but they hated this. Its a chewy taffy with a peanut butter centre. My brother and boyfriend both tried this and both thought it was really hard to eat, and that it hurt their teeth so much when they ate it. 
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites are something that I'm pretty sure you can get in poundland in the UK - and if not its just something really similar to it. These were really nice though, and I'd definitely buy again. 
Air Heads. What actually is this? I don't have a clue, it seems like it could be gum but at the same time it might not be? 
Nerds are so good, you can get these in the UK from lots of places but I do think they cost a few quid for a small box. This big gift box has 4 boxes of nerds inside it, two boxes of Strawberry and Grape and two boxes of watermelon and wild cherry punch. Both flavours are really good, but I think the Watermelon and Wild Cherry are a seasonal flavour. 
The red hots really weren't as hot as I expected them to be, like I'm pretty certain we have things in the UK that are so much hotter than these.
The Trident chewing gum was also a bit disappointing. I think it is just the same as the ones you can get here. The bits just seem a wee bit smaller than the bits you can get in the UK, but I think the pack is bigger. 
I tried the Gold Fish Crackers, but I really wasn't a fan of them. Other people in my house seemed to like them but I just found them a bit weird tasting.. 
Now the Starburst GummiBursts were amazing! Why don't we have these in the UK?! They are so squishy and have a little liquid type centre. I really really wish we had these here cause they are so good. 
The Strawberry soda that was in the box confuses me a bit if I'm honest. I can't decide if I like it or not, like when I think I don't like it I then decide that I do indeed like it. 
Theres also a Charms What a Melon Blow Pop, I'm assuming this has bubble gum in the middle of it. I'm not sure if we still have this type of thing in the UK, but I know we definitely used to. 
Taffy mail boxes are actually really good, I only with they came with a contents list that told you a little about the products you were getting. Other than that though its really good, and for less money you could have a more affordable version if you liked.  Whats your favourite American Sweetie? 

20/12/2015

Beauty Blender | The Must Have Make-up Tool

Happy December folks! Where has the year gone?! It doesn't feel like its been long enough for us to be needing to have all our Christmas presents sorted, speaking if Christmas presents - I'VE STILL SO MANY TO BUY! I'm panicking a little that I'm running out of time and money to buy things... I'll have a small nervous break down later, but first blog post. 
Until recently I honestly didn't understand the hype behind make-up sponges, let alone spending around £16 on one! 
That was until I spent a fair bit on a BeautyBlender kit, and fell in love with the Original blender and the little bar of soap it came with. 
BeautyBlenders come in the Original pink one, the Pure (white) one, Pro (black) one, the Red Carpet (red, funnily) one, the body body bodyblender, a flat sponge called Blotterazzi and finally the mini blenders that are green. 
I only currently own the original blender, but I think in time I'd like to try the Pro one and the Pure one to see how they compare to the Original.
The BeautyBlender is a hot pink,sort of egg shaped sponge, its got a wide base that leads up to a small pointed tip. Sorry for how god awful my descriptive terms are, I just can't think of words to describe how it looks, other than egg shaped. When you soak it in water it fairly expands, they say to twice its size but I'm not so sure. 
When I use my blender I only ever tend to wet it with the rea.activate. And now I'm thinking that I probably should give it a good soaking first. Either way though, it applies my foundation splendidly! 
The sponge feels so soft and spongy when your using it, even when its wet it feels super soft! One thing to note though, is do not pull at it too much. Its a sturdy wee sponge but if you twist it or wring it like you would a cloth to try and remove excess water to dry it then it could end up damaging it. 
I need to wash mine a fair bit more as I think I might only have washed it after about 12 uses, and I think that they recommend you washing it after every 4 uses... Cleaning it is super easy, I use the solid BeautyBlender Cleanser to do mine - I also use it though to wash all my brushes... Its just a really good brush cleanser. 
Right so, to wash it, I use soak it under a warm tap and rub it in the solid cleanser. It took me a few minutes to get all the foundation out of it, but I was just being really careful with it. 
For application of this product though, oh dear joy. I love love LOVE this for applying foundation, granted I've only tried the one foundation with it, but its a foundation I love. The foundation just applies so seamlessly to the skin with this, I think even my favourite Sigma foundation brush doesn't apply as well as this does... The BeautyBlender just seems to give a really airbrushed type finish, it looks so seamless - not at all cakey, patchy or streaky. 

Have you ever tired a make-up sponge? 

17/12/2015

Imperial Candles A Jewel In Every Candle | Santa's Cookies Review

I love candles so much, and I definitely - like most people - burn them a lot more in the colder months, I usually end up buying one or two of Yankee Candles Christmas offerings. This year I was lucky enough to get an Imperial Candle, these smell amazing and burn so incredibly well! And major bonus as well, all the candles (the do bath products too!) contain an item of jewellery: a ring; necklace; or earrings. Every candle contains an item of jewellery the is worth between £10 and £2000! The candles are 100% natural soy wax, and I think this helps them burn so much better. 
The packaging of these products is really pretty, its so so simple but I think it looks really classy. Sometimes I feel that candles can have really cheap, cheesy and tacky packaging but Imperial Candles really don't, their packaging is just so lovely and fits in my house so well. The Imperial Candles Santa's Cookie Candle* smells so good! It fills the whole house with a really lovely scent, its not sickly sweet like some cookie scented candles can be. It burns so well, and evenly! I love when candles burn properly so that you've not got loads of wax stuck up the sides, the little things in life give me joy. The candles contain two wicks as well, and I think this really helps with the burning process, ensuring its really even the whole way down. 
The candles burn for so long before you get to the little foil wrap that houses the item of jewellery, my candle contains a ring btw. I think I must have had mine burning for at least 5 hours before I was able to wiggle the ring out. It was a bit waxy, but the wax felt really nice and not like normal candle wax does. 
The ring was wrapped in the red foil, then in another layer of foil and finally was enclosed inside a little plastic bag. Its quite nice to see how well enclosed they are, as you know then that the ring isn't going to get any wax on it. 
This is the ring that I got in my candle. I'm really pleased with it, its a really cute wee design and is worth £30. Its real silver, and has little crystals in an infinity loop design. 
I really wish I had posted this review earlier as these would make an amazing gift for any girlies in your life, and at £24.99 they are really a brilliant price especially for what you are getting! 
They ship internationally, and make their candles on order - so your candle is made especially for you! How cool is that? You'll also receive a ring in your chosen size, ensuring the ring you get is the right size for you - meaning you can wear it right away and don't have to pay more to have it resized. 
If you order one of these as a Christmas present for someone, you might not get it in time because they do make all the candles by hand when a new order is made.
These candles are such high quality and I really feel Imperial Candles should be talked about more because they really are amazing! 

Have you ever had a jewellery candle before? 

06/12/2015

Christmas Gift Guide | For Men Higher End

I recently did a post on gifts to get guys that were under £20, and today I'm back with a more high end version of this. This varies from being still affordable at £30 to a complete splurge at over £200. But at least all your bases are covered this way. 

Mele Co Black Leather Gentlemens Five Watches Watch Box £26.99
I think watch boxes make a great gift for guys, especially if the person your buying for is especially if they are quite a stylish gentleman. You can get them in lots of different sizes, colours and some even come with little sections for cuff links. The Mele Co one I've featured here is leather, with a light grey, suede type material lining it. It looks incredible quality, and for the price I think its the nicest and most affordable option. Fossil do a lovely watch box but it is a lot more expensive. 

Star Wars BB-8 Robotic Droid by Sphero £129.95
Every time I see this in stores I pray that someone I know gets one for Christmas or that I can afford to get someone I know it. I know so many guys that would make so many girly squeals if they unwrapped this on Christmas day. Its just so expensive so a little robot, but it seems like a great gift for any guy, who doesn't love Star Wars?

Fossil Townsman Automatic Brown Leather Watch £229
Fossil watches are a thing of beauty. Although this watch is fairly pricey, although a really good price for a branded watch, it is probably out of budget for most. But how could I not include this? Personally I think guys look super cool wearing watches and a nice shirt, and a watch where you can see the inner workings is just so cool! 
The Townsman watches come in 10 different colours and styles, with some of them being a little cheaper than this one I've shown. If I had the money to buy my boyfriend this watch I 100% would, and wouldn't it be cool to put it in a watch box so they get a big surprise when they open it.  

ASOS Christmas Jumper with Xmas Ho Ho Ho Pattern £30
Christmas Jumpers make great presents, they come in lots of different styles and prices so they'll be something to suit everyone! ASOS have lots to pick from, and Marks and Spencers do so many lovely styles too! 

Star Wars Lack Of Cheer Disturbing Christmas Jumper £39.99
Another Christmas Jumper I just had to mention is this one, its such a funny jumper - a little more expensive though... All the Star Wars ones that this site sell are so cool and some are quite witty. 

Jedi Dressing Gown £34.99
Star Wars related items are a recurring theme in this gift guide, but with this dressing gown guys can feel like the Jedi they want to be. You could even go all out and get them a light sabre so they are completely kitted out. 

What are you getting the boys in your life? 

03/12/2015

Christmas Gift Guide | For Your Dog

I'm a huge animal person, I've my own Dog, you can see posts on her here and here, (a toy poodle Daisy) and two cats in my house. 
People love getting their pets a wee something something for Christmas and I'm no exception. Daisy most definitely will be getting a few new toys this year, I've found some cool dog related things that you could buy for your puppy just incase you're looking for some inspiration on what to get. 
I'm one of those dog owners that likes finding silly things to dress their dog in, I think Daisy secretly likes it although she doesn't act like shes much of a fan... 
Last year she didn't seem too happy with her jacket, might have been cause it was too big though... Yeah that's why she didn't like it... 
M&S Moustache Dog Toy £8
I saw this hysterical dog toy in Mark and Spencers and decided my dog absolutely must have it! Its a solid rubber toy that when they put it in their mouth it looks like they've got an awesome big moustache. I'm hoping my dogs wee mouth is big enough to hold this, or that shes smart enough to know how to use it... 

Personalised Pet Treat And Toy Crate £25
My dog has so many toys, they're currently kept in a really ugly brown box so a nice wee box with some new toys in it could be a great wee present for Daisy. And my mum since she's going barmy over how her toys don't all fit in the box and tend to be spread all over the floor - there's at least 5 toys spread across the floor currently. This does however still have a £7.95 delivery charge on top of the £25 for the item, so its definitely something to think about rather than impulse buying. 

Rosewood Dog Santa Hat £1.99
Daisy will have some kind of outfit or head gear this year. It makes for cute pictures and who knows maybe if they are good enough she can be next years Christmas card? John Lewis sell this little hat that I'll probably be sure to get no matter what since its so cheap. I'll wear a santa hat and Daisy can match me, we will be super cute!

Rosewood Santa Coat £7.99
Same brand, different store. Waitrose sell this cute little coat, I mean look how adorable that little doggy looks in the picture! They've currently got it on offer for £5.61, so you can get it for a little cheaper. This is still super affordable for a coat, Christmas spirit will be everywhere in my house! 

Christmas Munchy Red Velvet Cake Dog Chews £4
No Christmas present is complete without some sort of sweet, that even goes for dogs! Pets at Home sell so many really cool looking Christmas related dog treats, but these Red Velvet style ones really caught my eye! I think I'm just projecting my likes on my dog... Oh well she likes food so I'm sure she'll love them! 

Christmas Headband £5
Pets at home man, I'm telling you - they have everything to satisfy your dog present needs. I kind of feel sorry for my dog, I'm going to probably have outfit changes for her and everything. This headband though looked too sweet not to add into this guide. And as I'm typing I realise how crazy I am. Although... If you buy 2 outfit things from Pets at Home then you save 20% and I love a bargain so... Y'know why not. 

Christmas Dog Pudding Suit £10
Pets at Home, just take all my money please. I saw this pudding suit and thought it was fairly cute, they also have this Christmas Pudding jumper for the same price as this one. So I'm gonna try see what one I like best between the two. I think the suit looks better than the jumper, but I'll wait till I see them both in person before deciding for sure. My dog is definitely going to have outfit changes on Christmas. 


Dog Advent Calendar £2 
An advent calender for me and one for you puppy dearest. I've always wanted to get my dog an advent calender, only seems fair if we have one that they do too, right? 


Do you get your pets presents at Christmas? 

30/11/2015

Christmas Gift Guide | For Him Under £20

Boys are so hard to buy for. More so when you buy them the things they ask for just before their birthdays. My brother is easy to buy for this year, he only wants computer parts since he plans on building his own this year.
The only other guy in my life that I'm buying for this year, other than my brother, is my boyfriend Connor. He's a tricky fellow to buy for. I made it harder for myself than it needed to be though, since I gave him everything he wanted for his 21st the other week. Silly me. 
Almost everything I'll include in this gift guide will be things that I know my brother or boyfriend would like, or things that I think a guy would quite like. So here goes.
Metal Earth Star Wars Kits £7-10
I could honestly do a whole post on things you could get people that's all Star Wars related. I'm super hyped for the new Star Wars film coming out! There's so many Star Wars related things coming out in preparation for the film, and I think these Metal Earth kits are the perfect little stocking fitter to give to a guy in your life. Depending on the model you get depends on the cost of it, but even still the most expensive is under £10. 

Bath Pug £7
Ok. So I know what your thinking, why would a guy want this? Well... My little (I say little but he is 18 and near enough 6 foot tall) brother keeps saying how much he wants one of these. He's a big kid a heart and lets be honest guys secretly love baths much more than girls do. 
I suppose it just makes a nice wee novelty funny stocking filler for their Christmas, I'd give no one other than my brother this cause I don't know if anyone else would find this as funny as my brother and I do. 

Nandos Be Ex-Peri-Mental Seven Sauce Set £20
Cheeky Nandos, eh? The boyfriend loves Nandos and so do countless other people! I think this would be a great gift for anyone who loves food. The boyfriend was talking about maybe getting some of these sauces so I might pop these in his stocking for him.

Heat Changing Rudolph Mug £9.99
Everyone loves tea - of some form, or what ever your hot drink preference - and a cool cup makes drinking it more fun. Heat changing mugs are brilliant, I got the boyfriend the Star Wars heat changing mug and he loves it! A more festive alternative to that one is this little Rudolph mug. 

Gillette James Bond Spectre FlexBall Gift Set £19
Razor gifts are always a good shout, this Gilette Flexball set is incredibly good value for money, as you get the razor with a head on it, 2 spares and shaving gel. Theres nothing remotely James Bond-y about this set but somehow it is.... 

Reiss Cleansing Bar £8
My brother took great offence last Christmas because everyone in our family gave him some kind of shower or grooming gift, so was under the impression that we all thought he smelled. He did - but all boys do so its fine! I kid, but us girls do like buying the boys nice smelling things be it for using in the bath or to spray on their body. 
This soap not only looks like it will smell amazing, but it looks pretty luxurious - it is Reiss so you'd only expect it to be. 

Finally I think an Itunes card would be a great present for a boy in your life, especially if hes a big music lover or even if hes a wee bit of a geek and would buy games from the app store.

What would guys in your life love for Christmas? 

27/11/2015

Christmas Wishlist | Clothing and Tech

This is my second Christmas Wishlist, and my last. This is a much higher value wish list for the most part and is more or less a "if I was rich" list. 
CALIMESSA ANKLE BOOTS £125
I've been eyeing up these boots for awhile and online they are being sold for £61.90. They come in tan, grey and black, and they all look stunning! I love Levi jeans, and my leather jacket from Levi's is my fave. These shoes or a really nice pair of sturdy but comfy Chelsea boots would be so ideal for me as I literally only ever wear my converse, puma suede's or nike's. 

Nike Pro Floral Fade Training Tights £90
I would never expect anyone to pay this much for a pair of work out leggings for me, I'd never do it and wouldnt expect nor want anyone to do buy them for me. I included them in the wishlist though because they are stunning and if they ever go in the sale or I get a discount code then I'd maybe consider buying them. Minkpink do a really nice bright pair for £45 on Urban Outfitters, and obviously you can get student discount, so I think these ones are much more likely for me to get. 

Crosley Cruiser Record Player £69.99
I've fancied a record player for awhile, I've literally no space in my room for one but I still want one. I've also no idea what records I'd want, but hey I'd figure that out later. I love the Turquoise one and the mint one. For whatever reason the mint one only appears to be available on Urban Outfitters and they charge £100 for their record players... Pretty steep for something I don't have the room for. This is definitely a "when I move out I'll buy" type thing.

Calvin Klein Jeans Black Sweatshirt £90
My boyfriend first pointed this out to me, I think if it hadn't been for the price I'd have bought it right away. It was so soft and felt really cosy. If I can get extra hours in work this will be getting bought in the new year. Would be nice if I had this before I went to Rome in February... 

ASOS Oversized Square Scarf In 70s Check £18
This is actually something I only saw recently, but I've been wanting a big cool looking scarf for awhile now. Glasgow is getting crazy cold and a scarf is definitely going to become a staple in my daily outfits, so a pretty one would be great. 

Canon 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens £129
Amazon sell this lens for a lot less than it retails for, as on the page it says that its been reduced from £179.99! Lens's are expensive, but I'm really really wanting to get a new one. The 24mm seems like the best one and more or less the best value for money one... I was looking at the 40mm and the 35mm; but the 40mm didnt seem wide enough and the 35mm was just waaaay to expensive for me atm. A new lens is another thing I'd quite like to get before I go to Rome. 

ASOS Open Crescent Hair Clip £5
This is just a wee cheap thing that I quite fancy. I like pinning the sides of my hair back, and this would just be a nicer way of doing it than with a bunch of curby grips. They do other designs of this and if I'm honest I quite like them all... 

Ted Baker Crosshatch Shopper With Printed Detachable Pouch £169
I've been in the market for a really good quality bag for awhile now, all my bags are getting quite ratty looking, and again this is one of those things I'd die to have but wouldn't want someone to pay this much for one thing on me. Its just too much. They do a purple version of this bag too, but I think I prefer this one just a tiny bit more. I'll see how much money I have after Christmas and then decided if I want to splurge a little and buy this for myself. 

Anything you've been hoping Santa will bring you? 

24/11/2015

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask

This mask has been on my radar for the longest time, like seriously its been on so many blogs and has been so hyped up over the last year or so! I'm pretty sure after I saw Suzie from Hello October post about this mask, that I'd decided to myself that I absolutely must have this mask. In saying that though, she must have posted that post well over a year ago, maybe even getting close to two years... Everywhere I seemed to look for this mask, it was nowhere to be seen. I went into Space NK once and they didn't have it, boo. Beautybay didn't let me down and purchased it from there along with a couple other things that I featured in a haul not too long ago. 
So yeah, its taken me a fair while to get to this wonderful little metal tube of joy. The Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask is such a beautiful mask and is a real treat for the skin. My skin had been in such awful condition before I started using this mask and a couple other new bits. 
Recently my skin had been not reacting too well with clay masks, getting really irritated and feeling a little burnt after using some, not a nice experience...  I'd heard how amazing this was for even the most sensitive of skins and decided to not hold out any more and get the mask. 
The Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask contains so many wonderful ingredients that all do a lovely set of amazing things for the skin. The mask has so many wonderful things for the skin, the Manuka Honey in it has lots of antibacterial properties which are great for giving the skin such a good deep cleanse and stopping those horrible spots from showing their ugly heads. Its also extremely hydrating, but not to worry oily skins because its doing wonders for my skin! I'm thinking though my skin was just really dehydrated before though. 
What more could you want from a mask that will deeply cleanse the skin, ridding you of spots, whilst also keeping your skin nice and hydrated?! The mask does so much more than that though, as it also has anti-ageing ingredients! The Aura Manuka Honey Mask just seems to do everything!
The mask feels so lovely whilst on the skin, not ever getting tight nor does it leave your skin feeling dried - like some masks can. You leave it on for around 15 minutes, and honestly it feels more like you've slathered moisturiser all over your skin rather than having applied a mask.  After 15 minutes I tend to use a cloth to remove the mask, you'll instantly notice how lovely your skin is when you use it. I use this at least once every week, and each time I do I enjoy every second of it. It's definitely become a staple and a firm favourite in my skin care routine. 
Your skin just feels super clean, moisturised and so so soft! Its suitable for all skins which is great news for everyone! 
You can buy it from Beauty Bay for £19.75 (but its currently on offer for £18.17) and Beauty Bay looks to be the cheapest place to purchase from. 
What are your favourite masks to use? 

21/11/2015

Christmas Wishlist | Beauty Edition

I thought for this year I'd do a few gift guides, outfit posts and wishlist or two - starting this year with a wishlist. I love Christmas, like I absolutely love it! I'm not a morning person, but every year, guaranteed, I'll be up before 8am - sometimes waking up at 6... I'm told every year to not bother trying to get everyone up till at least 8, and if they don't have a cup of tea and some toast then they will point blank refuse to get up. 
I'm much more a giver for Christmas, like obviously I like getting presents but I adore giving people presents that I know (at least I hope I know) that they'll like. I'd much rather get presents than money, but at the same time I hate asking for things, silly me. So heres a wishlist of a few things that I'd hope to be under my tree this year. Or that I'll buy in the Christmas sales. So here we go! 
I've realised there's a fair few beauty items and a few non-beauty items that I've got my eye on this year, so I'll have another wish list up possibly at some point soon. 

NARS Steven Klein One Shocking Moment Cheek Studio Palette £49
Oh dear lord. When I first saw this palette I might have drooled a little, I just found it so pretty. I don't usually get hung up over limited edition items, but I really really really want this palette. Its almost a need for me now. The palette contains my favourite bronzer, the Laguna bronzer, along with a fair few other beautiful shades. I'd be very very happy if I received this but even if I don't I'd happily get it for myself. 

NARS Steven Klein Magnificent Obsession Cool Red Lip Set £29
I really seem to have fallen for the Steven Klein collection, and these are only a couple of the things I want from the collection, because realistically I'd happily have all the sets and all the other Steven Klein colours that are part of the collection. The Magnificent Obsession set looks so nice: I love a red lip and a set that has a lipstick, liner and lip pencil in the most beautiful red shade is right up my street. I believe the lipstick is full sized while the other two are minis, but even so £29 is  such a good price for a set like this. 

Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette £43
Oh boy, never have I wanted an eye shadow palette more than I want this one. My want for this was set in stone though after having a wee play about with the colours. The shades are just so beautiful, so pigmented and buttery. The palette looks so versatile having both everyday shades and very bright party season shades. I'm a bit annoyed though because they've also announced the Gwen Stefanni palette and IT LOOKS SO FRECKING GOOD! Why you have to release so many things I want?! 

Illamasqua Broken Gold £18.50
Suzie from Hello October used this in a video (you can see her use it here) and I fell in love instantly with it. I bought one from Urban Decay that I thought would be quite like this but I just can't seem to get on with it, so I'd love to get my hands on this - would be great for a Christmas make-up look. 

Laura Mercier Sweet Temptations Crème Brûlée Duet £35
Every year I look at the Laura Mercier sets, and for whatever reason I don't buy them. Even in the Christmas sets where more often than not they end up being half price! This year though I've decided I'm getting one. I'd rather get them in the sale for cheaper, than get it as a gift, but at the same time imagine I couldn't get it in the sale and missed out again. I'd be gutted. The honey bath smells so good and I feel like I need it in my life. I love all things honey scented, so this fits me well. 

Zoeva Classic Brush Set £52
The Zoeva brush sets are so hyped, I'd love a set but they are a fair price to fork out but I imagine they would be so worth it! The Classic Brush set has 8 brushes in it, 3 face brushes and 5 eye brushes. Their Luxe Prime Set is £69 and comes with 10 brushes, again with only 3 of them being face brushes. For an extra £17 two brushes extra to some would seem like a great price, since mac brushes cost around £20 for just one brush! While others might think £17 for two extra is steep. It just depends on what you'd want to spend. 
If a budget wasn't an issue for my friends and family I'd be bold and ask for the Luxe Complete Set - it costs £99, so I definitely wouldn't be asking this to be under my tree till someone won the lottery or got the biggest promotion of their lives. It has 15 brushes in the set, 11 eye brushes and 4 face brushes. Their sets really do seem to focus on eye brushes, that doesn't bother me as I'm really looking to get some brilliant eye brushes for my small horde. 

What kind of things are you wishing for Christmas this year? 


18/11/2015

Crown Brush Haul

Crown Brush is a brand I've wanted to try for the longest time, but for whatever reason kept putting it off. It's not even like the brushes are extortionate - they are so affordable so who knows why I've put off getting brushes from them for so long. 
Anyway, for Halloween they had a 20% off code going - so naturally I had to get one or two (or eight). I figured I'd show you the brushes I decided on, and maybe give a bit of a first impressions? LETS DO THIS! 
The first brush that added into my basket was the IB118 Spoolie, I decided on getting a spoolie brush because the one I'm currently using is the tiny one that comes in the Benefit Gimmie brow, my one ran out but the spoolie came in really handy - it's gotten a bit hairy though so I thought it was about time to say goodbye. It feels really good quality, I don't think you'd have ever guessed that it only costs a few quid! The spoolie even feels really nice on the brows, sounds weird but it really does! 
I also bought the IB117 Lip Brush, I currently use the little detailer brush that came with the Real Techniques face set for my lipstick. And I thought it was maybe about time that I bought another lip brush since I'm constantly needing to wash my brush if I want to put a different colour on. It seems like it will be a really good wee brush, feels nice and soft but not too soft, if that makes sense. 
The C431 Precision Detail looks like it will be a brilliant wee brush for upping my eye game. Its soft, densely packed and fairly sturdy feeling. The brush feels good to hold, and it actually gives me great excitement thinking of using this. Super sad I know... But when you've worked with the same style of brush for so long a new shape and type of brush brings joy to a make-up junkie like me. 
Annoyingly the rest of the brushes I've bought don't have their names on them. I'll look back and find out what they are called just in case you want to buy them for yourselves. 
Okey, so I'm pretty certain now of the names of the other brushes. 
BK16 MiniSmdger Brush, is one of the brushes with no name on them. Its a tiny wee brush, feels so light in the hand too. You could almost forget that you're even holding it. It is so soft! Like its unreal how soft it is, I think I've basically said soft about a thousand times already, and I'll probably say it a thousand more. I think this brush will be good for so many things, from highlighting the brow bone to smudging out liner and shadow. My excitement to see what looks I can create with these brushes is unreal!!
BK18 Round Crease Brush is maybe the cheapest looking, like don't get me wrong it feels nice and soft and good to hold. However its got a fair few hairs that don't look like they've been cut right... Could just be that my one was a bit bad, but I'll sort it myself by giving it a wee trim. The brush is super soft, its not overly densely packed - I feel like it could maybe be a little more packed but I'll play with it a bit before I make any final decisions.
BK42 Bullet Crease THIS BRUSH FEELS BRILLIANT! It feels like it will fit perfectly in the crease and will make applying shadow there a thousand times easier. Its super densely packed and feels so sturdy. You could even maybe use it for contouring since it is fairy pointed and sturdy.. 
C461 Infinity Precision Crease, I'm noticing a pattern with the type of brushes I've bought... They all seem to be these tapered crease brushes, ah well they'll be the handiest! This one is just as soft as the BK42, but it doesnt feel as sturdy. It'll be interesting to see how they differ. 
Final brush now, I'm pretty certain this one is the SS021 Syntho Blending Brush. It was the most expensive of the brushes, but even still only cost £4.99 full price. The brushes are so crazily affordable and such a high quality too! This brush is really soft and seems like it'll be really good for packing on shadow and blending out the edges of shadow. Its incredibly fluffy and looks like it'll do such a great job of blending. 

What brushes are your must have ones?

12/11/2015

Must Have Lashes | Red Cherry Demi Wispies #DW

I'm not a massive wearer of eyelashes, I know some people swear by them but until now I've never found that perfect wear all the time pair. I used to wear them on nights out but after looking back at photos of myself on nights out I decided to stop wearing them, I looked ridiculous, the lashes were huge and very obvious. 
I've recently found a lovely set from Red Cherry that when I put them on I fell in love. Neither my mum nor my boyfriend knew I was wearing them because they were just such a perfect pair. 
I made an order on False Eyelashes and bought a fair few Rd Cherry lashes, the ones I've fallen for so far (I say so far since I've not had the chance to  try them all yet) are the #DW style lashes. The demi wispies are so so so pretty on, and not overly obvious when applied. 
The site sells the Red Cherry Lashes - and loads more brands - for £3.49 each with free first class delivery. They are super affordable, and they usually have a discount code or two floating around. 
Excuse the shoddy photo, its the only picture I have of the lashes on where I don't look a complete riot... I don't always post like this.... I promise. 
The lashes aren't at all dramatic, instead being so natural that you could get away with them for daily wear if you were wanting soft but bigger, fuller, longer looking lashes. I've found in the past that the Eyelure ones are a bit long for my eye, and that even their so called natural style of lash just look silly and definitely anything but natural. 
It's a bit of a shame that people sell these on Depop for double the price because a lot of people don't know where to get the lashes from. There are plenty places though that sell them, FalseLashes.co.uk for one. 

09/11/2015

Best Foundation Ever? | Too Faced Born This Way Review

I've been searching long and hard for a new foundation, using all the ones I had whilst I searched through many a sample to find the best one possible. I'd almost set my mind on the Giorgio Armani foundation when Too Faced released their foundation. After reading many a review and seeing the lovely Scottish wonder that is Danielle say how good she thought this was, and watching many of Nikki Tutorials videos with her wearing this I decided I needed to own my own.  
I spent a good few weeks looking online and in store for this - as the shade I needed ( Ivory btw) was out of stock constantly! The girls in the store literally had no idea when the shades would come back in stock, telling me they had been sold out for at least two if not three weeks! Thats absolute madness, but I suppose it just shows you how completely unprepared Debenhams were for this being as popular as it turned out to be. Online I didn't have much luck either, and after missing out on getting my shade twice I took to getting a small sample of it from the store, more so to make extra sure that this was the foundation and shade I wanted. 
I kid you not, I checked the site daily to see if this was in stock and luckily one day I managed to snap it back up when it came back in stock! 
The Too Faced Born This Way foundation is described as being a medium to full coverage foundation. When applied with a brush it definitely leans more towards the full coverage end, but if you apply with a sponge - like a beauty blender - it can be more of a medium coverage. Either way though its still very build-able and blends like a dream. The only method of application I've not tried yet is using my fingers, but I just personally don't enjoy using my hands to apply makeup. Its messy and definitely doesn't blend as well. 
The shade range is ok I guess, but I was quite lucky in that Ivory is basically a perfect match for my skin, its very much a yellow toned foundation. I think the only thing Too Faced have missed from this range is a neutral toned foundation, they all seem to be either on the yellow or pink side. 
I really wish I could take one of those cool one side with one without pictures but I've not mastered my camera yet so it all looks very bright and the difference isn't very clear. 
The foundation is amazing though, the colour matches me perfectly (at least I think it does), it is super long lasting and doesn't look at all cakey. The coverage is perfect for me, I can more or less make it as light or heavy as I like coverage wise. Everything about it is just amazing, I tried to make my boyfriend share my love for it but all he could muster up was that it looks nice on my skin. One day he'll be my makeup best buddy. 
Anyways, this foundation is the bomb, the bees knees and many more amazing things. I can't imagine there being a better foundation that I could buy. 

Have you tried this foundation? What ones do you love?

06/11/2015

October Favourites

Where the heck has the year gone?! I know everyone says that, but really - how is it only two months till Christmas? 
This month I've tried out a couple new products and got myself into a pretty steady routine with my make-up and skin care. So I thought I'd share my loves for this month.  
This next item is a bit of a cheat product. I've only been using it for about a week - two at absolute most, I feel like I needed to mention it though since I've been dying to get my hands on it for the longest time. The Too Faced Born This Way Foundation has just completely evaded me recently! Every time I've gone into Debenhams its been sold out and recently I've even missed managing to snag it online. I literally sneezed and missed out on getting it, oh geez. I went into Debenhams and got a wee sample of it, and then thankfully managed to buy it online shortly after that. Its just the most perfect coverage, and Ivory is just such a great match for my skin. I've used blending brushes and sponges to apply this, and with both it applies seamlessly. When I apply it with a brush the coverage is a fair bit higher than when I apply it with the sponges. I'm so glad I bought this foundation, although I still hear the Giorgio Armani foundation calling my name. Oddly the Too Faced and the Giorgio Armani foundations are a similar price, the Too Faced being £29 and the Giorgio Armani being £36.50. I know its an almost £10 difference but considering that Giorgio Armani is a much higher brand than Too Faced its not that big a difference. The foundation is extremely nice though so the price doesn't bother me, and I'm looking forward to use it a lot more. 
My skin was so spotty last month, even having one of those horrible under skin spots that just don't ever seem to go away ( I think mine was there for at least a month, boo :( ) I got this though from Beautybay and after figuring out how to use it - dipping a cotton bud in it then putting it all over the spots, or in my case all over my face, and leaving it over night - I started using it near enough every night. The boyfriends family gave me a few weird looks but weird looks are better than having a massive spot filled face, right? 
Anyway, the Mario Badescu drying lotion works wonders! The stubborn under skin spot has even vanished! There is a small mark thats healing from where it was but its gone, my face is so much clearer than before. I can't vouch for its ability to reduce black heads but I'm going to test it out on them soon! This definitely is the best spot treatment I've used and its so highly affordable too! 

Another major issue for me this month has been my nails - they've been so brittle since I had gels on them. I think I caused the problem though my picking the gels off rather than going to a salon to have them removed... I won't be trying that again that's for sure! I've been using the Butter London Horse Power strengthener for about 2 or 3 weeks now and I've noticed a huge difference in my nails. They are definitely stronger, granted not as strong as they were but they don't bend just from my touching them any more and they don't seem to keep breaking - fingers crossed - any more, so major plus. I'm for sure going to keep using it until my nails are near indestructible! I'm so pleased I got it and that it wasn't a waste of money - if it had been I'd have wasted £15, but its not even the most expensive nail strengthener there is!
I've been smitten over my lovely new (although looking fairly used now) Red Cherry #DW lashes since I first got them! 100% human hair and 110% stunning! They just feel so natural and don't dig into my eyes at all so I don't feel like I'm wearing lashes. They look really natural too, my mum didn't even notice I was wearing any, so you could definitely call these a daily lash! For the price as well they are super good value, I'm pretty sure they cost me about £3.50, so don't be ripped off if you see people selling them for £5+!! 
Although I say they are pretty much daily wear lashes, I probably wouldn't wear them to university or work just because I don't see the need for those places. Like I'm there to learn/ earn money - I just don't feel that I need to look good doing it.
I have a few different styles of the Red Cherry Lashes but I've yet to try them since I've just been so in love with these ones!

So that's all I've been absolutely loving this month, everything is new and will probably have a separate proper review on them soon, if not already... 
What things have you been loving this month? 

03/11/2015

New In | Beauty Blender Pretty Posse Kit

I'm addicted to Amazon. I seem to be ordering things from them every other day of the week. Their prices just seem to be a lot better than other places, the Beauty Blender was slightly cheaper on their page. I decided though, instead of getting just the individual blender, on getting a set. It works out to be better value than just getting the one. The Beauty Blender Pretty Posse kit cost £30 and comes with the original Beauty Blender, a Micro Mini sponge , a Bling Ring to hold the sponge in, a mini Bleandercleanser solid and a mini bottle of the Rea Activate. Pretty good value I think for all of what you get in this kit! 
Its all contained in this fairly pretty pink and white - with a bit of glitter added in for extra charm - box. Mine smells really nice... I'm not sure if something inside is making it smell nice or if the box is scented, but either way its a nice scent to smell when you first pick up the box. 
The sponges both feel really really soft, the BeautyBlender says it can be used to apply anything from Foundation to cream blushes - I'm assuming then you could use it to contour with cream products. The Micro Mini BeautyBlender is so tiny and cute! It's described as being used for "Laser-sharp focused contouring, highlighting and concealing." I'll probably use it most for concealing but I'll have a wee browse online to see how other people use them. 
I don't know why but I expected the Bling Ring to be metal, slightly disappointed that it just feels like a really cheap plastic, but ah well. It'll just sit on my make-up drawers looking all cute and stuff. 
The solid BlenderCleanser will be really handy for keeping the sponges clean, I've also heard that a lot of people love it for cleaning their brushes so next time I clean mine I'll see how this works in comparison to normal soap.
The Rea Activate looks pretty cool, I think you spray it on your Blenders to get them ready for use. I could be wrong but that's how I see it being used - correct me if I'm wrong though. 
I'll do a proper review once I've used these more, I'm quite excited to see how they apply foundation since I'm so used to just using blending brushes. 

Have you ever tried BeautyBlender? What do you think of them? 

31/10/2015

Whats In My Bag | University Edition

I've been back at university now for about 4 weeks and I thought I'd do a wee post about the bag I've been using. The one I use is from Vans, its this really cool print galaxy style print. 
I only have two hours of classes a week, so I don't need to carry lots of books around with me, I did carry a massive - like it made my bag so heavy - folder, but I've recently taken it out in favour of leaving it at home cause I don't think I'll need it very much in class. 
The bag doesn't hurt my back or shoulders, so I'm in love with it due to that. If it hurt me then I'd be hating life so much - my last bag had tiny thin straps that were an absolute killer on my shoulders. 
In the big main section of my bag I have my note pad, I use this pad for taking really rough - near messy - notes. I keep my tidy notes in my house in a nicer note pad.
I also keep my diary in my bag, I use it to keep a track of what I have on what day and when I have tests and such like. I got this one from Paperchase, it was one of the few 15/16 diary's they still had left in stock at the time. I think it cost about £12 so it wasn't too badly priced. 
The other thing I have in here is my pencil case, I got this in first year I think from Paperchase. Its held up really well and I'm hoping it will last me till I graduate. 
I have a few other things in the big part of my bag is some pain killers, lady things - for ye know that time - and my purse. 
In the front zip part of my bag I've got a few things. I've got some coloured pens, but I think I'm gonna take these out, I don't use them in class but I do in the house so I'll probably take them out soon. 
I've got some handy hand sanitizer too, I have a bottle of hand sanitizer in every bag I own. I got this one for a few quid from Urban Outfitters. It smells really nice and leaves my hands feeling really clean. Throw in a pack of tissues and I'm ready for the worst sneezing fit or stick situation. 
I've got my calculator in here too, I'm not sure how much I need it though for my classes this year. I know I'll probably need it in my exam again though.
The final thing I have in my bag is my other glasses. These nifty little things help my eyes see things properly because my brain doesn't see things the way other people do. Only down side to these are that they dont have the right prescription in them so they give me a head ache. I'll need to get them sorted soon. 

What do you take with you everyday to university or college?