Monday, 18 September 2017

Hugo Boss Deep Red♥

Typically, I am drawn towards sweet, floral perfumes. Rarely do I ever go for deep, musky scents, however, for my birthday, my mum treated me to a bottle of Hugo Boss Deep Red Eau de Parfum, which is completely different to anything else I own.

Deep, dark and mysterious. If the bottle's aesthetics itself don't give you an insight into the perfume then I don't know what will. It most certainly is not sweet nor floral; more like secretive and seductive. I believe it is unique as I don't own anything quite like it, and is rather distinctive too as it's one I'd be able to recognise. Although I happily wear it throughout the day, I would say that it's perfect for a night out. The bottle itself is thick, dark glass which is strong and sure to make anyone feel as though they run the world, honestly.

The notes of the perfume are as follow:
Top Notes: Clementine, Blood Orange and blackcurrant
Heart Notes: Freesia, Pittosporum and Ginger Flower
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Cedarwood and Vanilla.

As you can see, the notes are varied but combine together to create a sensual, exciting fragrance, and work together extremely well. Using a range of different ingredients can be risky, however, it is clear to me that Hugo Boss managed to pull it off and once again, have created a stunning fragrance. The scent lasts on the skin for a good few hours before it begins to fade, so has a good, long lasting power.

Have you tried this perfume?

Monday, 11 September 2017

Blogging Isn't All About The Numbers - And Here's Why♥

I will put my hand up and admit, when a blog post I adore and am proud of doesn't do as well as I had expected, it can be quite deflating. You gave it your all and it just seems as though the hard work just didn't pay off as you had initially thought. Admit it, it can be disappointing to see your Instagram or Twitter following numbers drop - why did they unfollow me? Do they not like my work? Yes, numbers can matter, but at the end of the day, blogging isn't all about the digits, numbers suck - in fact, it's more important to focus on the words.

As you will most likely know, for me, blogging is my space to give my opinion on products. I just sit down at my laptop and allow the creative juices flow, and the words just come naturally. I am a wordy person, I like to write, I like words. Blogging gives me the space to write to my potential about my new lipstick that I'm loving or an eyeshadow palette that I'm lusting over without boring my friends because people who like words will read blogs. Blogs are definitely for people who like words whereas in my opinion, YouTube videos are for those who are visual. 

But, what am I getting at here? Sure, there's nothing more amazing and rewarding to see my pageviews increase, or my Instagram likes increase, or my Twitter following increase, but if they don't, then it's not the end of the world. I don't like numbers, in fact, numbers just aren't my thing, it's words > numbers, much like it's quality > quantity. As long as I'm happy putting my words to paper (or in this case, a word document), then that's all that matters. I blog because I love it, I love writing and I love beauty. Not because I'm obsessed with numbers and I want to become the next big Zoella. No. Blogging for me is personal, and nothing else.

Watching your little blog grow in terms of views is exciting, but don't be expecting miracles overnight, it takes time, much like it takes time to grow as a person - you don't just go from 4 foot to 5 foot within 12 hours do you? But, what is my actual argument here? Enjoy the blogging journey and experience. Why? Because if you're busy enjoying blogging, then you'll be too busy to even take any notice of the numbers. Your passion will shine through in your content, and people will fall in love with your blog that way. 

Lose yourself in the words, not the numbers, and watch as you fall completely in love with blogging.

Monday, 4 September 2017

New In From: Mac♥

I have spent so much money this Summer. I'm not entirely sure how because I'm such a saver but I've definitely done myself enough damage for the rest of the year. I went into mac one day as I still had some money on my gift voucher to spend (justifiable). I took forever to actually pick items because I find mac stores quite intimidating. The staff didn't hound me or make me feel pressurized to buy anything, no, I think I'm always just a bit overwhelmed by the large selection of makeup, especially when I already own so much myself. Eventually though, I narrowed it down, and walked away, satisfied, with two eyeshadows and a lipstick, swinging my mac bag around as I went to hit the other shops.

Star Violet || £13.50  - I have most certainly dived right out of my comfort zone here with this shade. A deep purple-plum. But it's beautiful. It swatched so effortlessly on my hand and the colour was just beaming right at me. As you know I tend to stick with my golds and browns but this time I decided to push myself so that I would buy a more adventurous shade. It will not be one that lies at the back of my eyeshadow drawer I can assure you that. During this upcoming A/W, I am determined to make this shade my shade. I have already used it with a gold shade (more to come on that) and I used it as the outer corner shade and I just loved how it looked against the other gold shadow as well as my blue eyes. It just blended so easily and didn't leave any harsh lines. As it's a glitter, I was prepared for the worst - fallout - but I experienced very little to none. 

Amber Lights || £13.50 - Would it be a true makeup shop if I didn't buy a gold eyeshadow? No, no it wouldn't. Whilst browsing at the eyeshadow section, Amber Lights cause my eye. It was just sitting there, shining away, almost as if it were calling my name - I swear it must have been. It's a gorgeous gold-copper shade and when I swatched it, I couldn't get over how stunning the colour was, not to mention the insane pigmentation. It feels buttery, not chalky, and it applies so well to my eyelid (I use a flat brush and apply it dry, I could only imagine how blinding it must be if applied wet). I used it one time in conjunction with Star Violet (above) and the two colours work together really well; even though they are quite contrasting. Much like the previous shade, I haven't had much fallout with it either. 

I really like the simplistic packaging that the shadows come in. At the moment I keep them both in their boxes (because new makeup needs to be kept in their packaging for so long obviously!) but I will eventually remove them. The packaging is sturdy and I know it'll be safe whilst in with my other eye makeup. I haven't tried these with primer (mainly due to the fact I don't own any eye primer #badbblogger), and they last for hours - I can only imagine their staying power with a primer!

Diva || £16.50 - You may remember my love affair with Mehr (read here) and it's never really ended. I picked up Diva as I thought that it'd be a perfect A/W berry shade, and damn I can already tell it will be. It's a matte formula, and I was a bit concerned that it'd be really drying (I've heard that Ruby Woo is overly drying and it's a matte) but I don't find this one to be too bad. As it's such a dark and bold colour, I try to apply with a lip liner just to get a precise finish. I wore it out shopping one day and I even ate a Chinese and it did not budge at all. Therefore, the lasting power is beyond amazing. It looks stunning on, and I know for a fact that it would suit such a wide range of skin tones.

I must say, I'm delighted with my choices. It may have taken me a while but I am a satisfied customer once again with the beautiful and high quality products. The lipstick looks very classy sitting in my lipstick holder for sure! (You can read more about what I bought last time at mac here).

What are your favourite mac products?

Thursday, 31 August 2017

The Most Refreshing Range Ever♥*

You'd never have guessed that I adore Crabtree and Evelyn, would you? Every single product I've tried I have loved, and not once have I been let down by anything. Their quirky packaging, high quality products and delicious scents are sure to win over anyone. Of all of the products I've tried, their scents are vibrant and strong yet not too overpowering nor sickly, and for me, I find it important that if I use a body lotion, I can still smell it hours later without overpowering my perfume, and Crabtree seriously ace this.

Recently, Crabtree launched a new line, their Every Day Nature's Care, which has six available ranges which claim to have benefits for both your mind and well-being. The six ranges include Lavender and Espresso (helps to calm you), Rosewater and Pink Peppercorn (helps to hydrate), Citron and Coriander (helps to energise), Pomegranate and Argan Oil (helps to nourish), Pear and Pink Magnolia (helps to uplift) and Goatmilk and Oat (helps to soothe), so there is a collection for everyone and to suit everyone's needs. Each range also has a different colour scheme, which I believe Crabtree have tried to colour coordinate according to the products in the specific range. When I was contacted and asked what products I wished to review, I did struggle, but instantly I was attracted to their Citron and Coriander range, but also curious to their Rosewater and Pink Peppercorn range too.

As you can see, the colours on the packaging are bright, vivid and bold, and in my opinion are sure to catch anyone's eye. Also, I think that the colour schemes for each range are ever so appropriate - could you imagine the Citron range having a blue label as opposed to yellow? I certainly couldn't as the yellow compliments it. The packaging itself is typical of Crabtree - nothing too obscure and daring, which I like - and they have kept the label to a minimum, looking professional and also smart. The label has a simple font - none of this bizarre and wild fonts you get. All in all, I think they have created a line with such playful and energising packaging.

Citron and Coriander Body Lotion* - if I were to pick one word to describe the scent, it would be tangy. I absolutely adore it, and if there's any body lotion that screams Summer, it has got to be this one. It's refreshing and fruity, and when I first saw it was infused with coriander, I was seriously intrigued as to how it would work with citrus. It turns out that it's a match made in heaven, they blend together perfectly and produce a beautiful scent. The formula has been created to such a fantastic quality; it feels creamy and dreamy, without the dreaded sticky, greasy feeling that some body lotions can, and feels very lightweight. Less is more with regards to this body lotion, I only need two pumps for the bottom half of my legs. My skin absorbs this really quickly, so it's a case of moisturise, get dressed and you're ready to go - no waiting around. I have also noticed that when I'm wearing jeans, I'm actually able to smell the scent through the fabric, but no complaints there whatsoever - it's gorgeous. It included a blend of lemon, honey, coriander and shea butter to ensure that your skin feels as energised as can be.

Rosewater and Peppercorn Hand Recovery* - if you have followed my blog for majority of this year, you will have read posts where I am raving about Crabtree's hand creams (you can read them here and here), so when I saw a hand recovery, I was curious to say the least. I had purposely chosen a different range to the body lotion because I wanted to try out the scent in this range. I must admit, I really like the concept to this product; it's practically a hand scrub. I haven't had much experience in the past with a hand scrub, possibly not even any, so I was eager to try it out and see how it worked. On my first use, I only used a small amount, perhaps the size of a 20p coin, on my damp hands and the scrub seemed to work well by doing this. It didn't irritate nor feel too harsh on my hands, and after I rinse my hands, they instantly felt smoother. The next time I used it, my hands felt just as good as the first use. It's fair to say I'm blown away by it. I try to avoid over-scrubbing, so try to limit usage to only twice a week, followed by a hand balm. I know for a fact that this will be a life saver in the Winter, especially when my hands are dry and cracked. I highly recommend this for someone who suffers from dry hands, but if you have sensitive skin, I would avoid using incase it irritates your hands.

Crabtree have not disappointed me yet again. There's definitely a range suitable for everyone depending on their tastes. Personally, I love their Citron and Coriander range, and if you love anything refreshing, definitely invest into this range!

Have you tried anything from Crabtree?

*PR Samples

Monday, 28 August 2017

Revisiting An Old Brand♥

Do you ever buy makeup from a specific brand and feel as though you have been transported back many years and feel nostalgic? That was exactly how I felt when I found myself browsing at the Miss Sporty stand in Superdrug the other week, and before I knew it, I was picking up products left, right and centre, intrigued to what they had to offer. There was a deal on, 3 products for £5, and I picked up their So Matte Perfect Stay Foundation, and I couldn't wait to see how well it worked - it had been a while since I last put a foundation to the test!

I went for the lightest shade (Ivory, 01) and I did notice that there was not many shades available (only 4!), and this could be a slight inconvenience if you have a darker skin tone. The packaging is nothing too exciting, it's a plastic bottle with pink writing, but it comes with a pump - shout out to you, Miss Sporty! In all honesty, I wasn't expecting anything overly fancy as it didn't cost me much at all. I have used this foundation numerous times now and the cap hasn't ended up covered in makeup either.

In all honesty, I didn't even know if this was a low/medium or medium/high coverage, I bought it on a whim! It turns out that it has a low, natural coverage that is easily buildable to deliver a higher coverage, without clogging your pores. It blends out effortlessly and if more layers are required, it doesn't appear to look cakey at all. The finish doesn't look dewy which is expected as it's a matte finish, and feels light on the skin - it doesn't feel as though you're wearing any foundation. I do find that I need extra concealer under my eyes and down the bridge of my nose for more coverage, but apart from that, the coverage is definitely to my liking - it gives extra coverage on any blemishes or imperfections, but freckles are still visible. It claims to last up to 14 hours, and although I've never worn it for that long, I will state that it lasts for a good 6 hours at least. It's enriched with vitamins A,C and E so it's good for the skin.

For £3.50, I have been pleasantly surprised by how good the foundation is. It's one of the most inexpensive foundation I own, and it's definitely taken me by surprise. After I finish it (and a good majority of my other foundations), I will be repurchasing!

Have you ever tried this foundation?

Thursday, 24 August 2017

24K Gold For Your Skin♥*

Here we are in 2017 whilst some brands are ahead and are in 3017. Bio Essence have created a line whereby all of their products are enriched with 24K Gold. Yes, really. I couldn't quite believe it when I first read it, and when I was given the chance to try out the brand, I replied with a firm yes, to find out what's really going on. I receive their 24K Gold Miracle Finish* which I couldn't wait to get to work with.

The product comes packaged in a beautiful, shiny gold tube which looks rather expensive and luxurious. I find that the packaging is ever so appropriate for the product itself and flatters it too. The plastic feels quite thick and sturdy so would survive travelling. The lid attaches strongly too so there's no need to worry about the product being wasted. It comes with 30ml of product, which is roughly the average size for skincare products.

The miracle finisher is applied as a last step of your skincare routine to lock in all of the previous benefits, so I apply after my moisturiser. It acts in a way to protect the skin against harmful pollutants - so is basically a protective layer. It claims to provide you with a glowy finish, which I actually agree with because I think that my skin looks bright and healthy after using. When I discovered that it's meant to leave you with matte skin, I could have jumped up and down with happiness - beat that, oily skin! When applied at first, it has a weird formula; it isn't thick nor thin so has the perfect consistency, but it feels sort of greasy, and when I first discovered this, I began believing that it was a gimmick product. However, this isn't the case. I only require a small amount for my whole face, and my skin absorbs this really quickly, and although it feels greasy when first applied, my skin is left feeling silky smooth, and the greasiness disappears - that's because my skin drinks up all of the golden goodness!

I use this twice a day and I think it's a nice way to finish off a skincare routine. As I previously mentioned, it claims to leave matte skin. I can assure you that this claim is pretty much legit. This stuff is incredible to use before you do your makeup, seriously it's worth investing for just to do your makeup. My foundation applies so flawlessly and appears airbrushed, but I guess makeup can only look perfect if your skin is playing the game well (ie good skincare routine!) 

If you pick up one skincare product, make sure it's this item. It will up your makeup game, and who doesn't want to say that they use 24K gold on their skin? I just love how it leaves my skin feeling so good - smooth, and looks good too.

Do you use 24K Gold on your skin?

*PR Samples

Monday, 21 August 2017

Blogging, Why I Must Thank You♥

My blogging journey has been an interesting one for sure. From starting out and sharing my blog with everyone to where I stand today has been nothing but remarkable, and I wouldn't change it at all. Travelling along the way, I have become more and more grateful for discovering the blogging world and community. When I started, my confidence was pretty low to say the least, and now, I'm like a complete different person. The moral of the story - I owe blogging a huge big thank you. There are numerous reasons why, and I'm sure there are many that my fellow bloggers can relate to.

1. Confidence - Linking back to the previous comment about blogging, my confidence has grown a lot. It's crazy but amazing to think that writing a few words on the internet can help, but it has. Whether you have a beauty, fashion, lifestyle or any other genre of blog, I am certain you will be able to relate. It has taken a long time to get where I am, and I'm happy; I'm confident within myself as well as my blog. Now, when I meet new people, I'm completely fine and confident in my surroundings, whereas before, it would have been my ideal of hell, definitely out of my comfort zone. Three and a half years of rambling on about makeup has truly helped me to grow.

2. Friendships - Who'd have thought blogging could form such a thing? I am privileged to be part of this wonderful blogging community, and I have met some of the most lovely bloggers ever, some of whom include KirstyHannah and Amie. I am so grateful to have created friendships within blogging because other bloggers just get me - any blogging issues or problems, they're there to help me out. I could be ranting to them about my studio lights and they would be able to relate, literally. Majority of the time, the blogging community is like one big happy family who all unite to help support each other. The best part? We all have one same common interest - blogging!

3. Opportunities - This can be quite a controversial area to discuss as many people believe some people are in the whole blogging scene purely for the PR samples (or as some people call it, "freebies"). For me, this is not what blogging is about. If an opportunity lands in my emails, I always get extremely excited about it. Of course, it has got to be relative to my blog (no, I won't promote your car parts, or sinks, or cat food *sighs*) and it's vital for me to research into the brand before accepting their offer. Each and every time I receive an opportunity is just as exciting as my first, and I am thankful for every single one. I have had the chance to work alongside well-known brands, some including Urban Decay, Lancome and Maybelline. Opening an email which is about an opportunity is like a child opening a present - full of secrets inside but sure to bring delight!

4. My Space - No, I'm not referring to the website that everyone seemed to be obsessed with back in the day, I'm referring to my own space on the internet; my little corner. I enjoy voicing my opinion with like-minded people, and it's a place where I can write as much as I want about whatever I want - it's my blog, therefore it's my rules. I can ramble on to my heart's content about my new lipstick, and how badly I want the new and latest makeup launch. Writing is something I have loved since a young age, and I feel blogging is just so appropriate to fulfill my hobby.

5. Hobby - Not only would I class blogging as a hobby, but also a passion. When I started up my blog on one rainy day in April 2014, I never imagined it to be as it stands on this very day, 3 and a half years later. My blog photos have been through their very own evolution, and dare I say it - glow up - of which I have developed an absolute love for photography; I have branched outwith blogging to pursue my love further. When I start up a hobby, I never get bored of it straight away, I give it my all, and I guess this is evident with my blog!

So, when you put your little heart and soul into something you love, then hard work and sheer determination pays off. I guess I must say one big, huge thank you to the world of blogging - so far, it has been a blast. The amount of things I have learnt is unbelievable, from how important witty blog titles are to how vital it is to get the perfect photo. And yes, blogging has made me realise that I own too much makeup and that anything rose gold, or marble, is sure to catch my eye!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

For Those Mad For Beauty♥*

Who could ever reject beauty products that have cute packaging? Not me that's for sure. If it has pretty packaging or the packaging looks uber adorable and I know that it'll look fab in photos, I'm all for it. I feel that's why I fell in love with Mad Beauty, they have a wide selection of super cute lines, including Kellogg's, Disney and so much more. When I was contacted, I couldn't possibly have narrowed down the products so instead I was sent a mixture of items, and just look at them!

Mad Beauty Animask Face Mask* - At first, I didn't realise that it was in fact a sheet face mask, somehow I never, and when I took it out the packet, it was a sheet mask with a dog's face on it. Yes, a dog's face, resembling the one on the packaging. I'm not going to lie, I did feel a bit silly wearing a face mask with a dog's face, but putting that aside, it's actually a nice mask. It smells of coconuts due to being infused with coconut oil which is enriching for the skin. As it's a sheet mask, it doesn't have the same drying effect as an ordinary face mask, so I left it on for about 20 minutes before washing off. Whilst wearing it, I had to make sure to avoid laughing, smiling or talking or else the mask would slip around, so it's definitely a case of sitting relaxing, doing nothing (ahh, the perfect pamper evening, am I right?) After using, my skin looked and felt fantastic - smooth skin, appeared fresh and healthy. With the dog face image, it reminds me of the current Korean beauty trend, and I'm hoping that this is what the whole idea of this product is. Since trying, I have actually seen this mask in Topshop and Peacocks, so they're easy to access, and inexpensive too! As well as a dog version, there are alternatives of a panda and a tiger too.

Mad Beauty Animal Head Bands* - I reckon that this is probably the most useful of the three items - a head band. Maybe it was the trend but when I was younger, and I mean a lot younger, my house used to be full of head bands, and ever since, I'm yet to come across one in my house again. God knows why. So you could imagine the nostalgic feeling when I came across this, as well as my mind thinking of all of the endless possible uses for it. I like to use it for doing my makeup as it pushes my hair back, allowing me to blend my foundation right into my hairline without getting it in my actual hair. It would be useful for face masks too, or even just your skincare routine of cleansing etc. I just cannot believe how long I've went without using one. And it's cute, so win win. It's made with such a soft fabric (which won't ruin your hair!) and has many purposes. I love it. Much like the face mask above, it's available in a dog and panda version too!

 Disney NGU Hand Cream Trio* - Who could ever dis hand cream, especially when it's Disney theme? The set included three hand creams, all with quotes on the front from characters such as the Fairy Godmother, Mary Poppins and Alice in Wonderland. I adore the simple packaging with the pretty colours - I think the quotes make the hand creams stand out a little bit more as they're quite unique. Each have their own scent, including strawberries and cream, ginger pear and cherry, all of which are fruity but refreshing. I wouldn't say they're too sickly sweet either. They have got quite a thin, water formula to them, but this doesn't bother me in the slightest because I hate a hand cream that's far too thick. They do look cute sitting out on display, and I know for sure they would make such a great gift for a beauty and Disney lover!

Whether it's super cute gifts or an inexpensive treat for yourself that you're after, I highly suggest checking out Mad Beauty. Their supplies are adorable yet affordable so who can complain? I know for sure it'll be a website I will check out again in the future when after more cute beauty!

Have you ever tried anything from Mad Beauty?

*PR Samples

Monday, 14 August 2017

My Brow's Best Friend♥

Lord behold I am extremely late onto the bandwagon here. Brow pomades have been on the surface for what seems like forever now, and I only just bought my first one last month. You may be wondering what took me so long, and in all honesty, I'm still trying to rack my brain for a reasonable answer too. Being a brow amateur (I don't think I'll ever become a professional, nuhh-uhh!) I was afraid incase I bought one that made my eyebrows look awful, or I didn't have the skill to actually work with the product. But then despite the odds one day, I caved it and bought one.

I happened to be walking up and down the makeup aisle in Superdrug when I was drawn towards the Collection stand (I guess it must have been fate). I don't own all that much from Collection so thought I would take a look (I hadn't had a makeup shop in a good while). I was drawn in by their new Instant Brow Pomade, and it's introductory price of £2.99 - who could resist? I went for their darkest shade of "dark brunette", and they had another two available options.

Inside contains a small little pot, which was actually smaller than I had expected, but I wasn't bothered either way. The size means that it's small enough to use whilst on the go as it won't take up too much room. It's clean yet simple packaging is minimalistic but definitely suits the product - I reckon that anything too fancy wouldn't go. 

The pomade claims to be waterproof and long lasting, and although I cannot prove if it's waterproof or not, I can assure you that it is long lasting. It's certainly buildable, which means you can create more simple brows, or dark, bold and heavily sculptured brows. I like my brows to be defined, but not too dark as I have found that it doesn't suit my face properly. I use a Real Techniques angled eyeliner brush, and I find that it works well with this product, and brushes on the strokes easily. Whenever I do my brows and brush them into place, I always have one patch on my right eyebrow that looks bald (I can promise you it certainly isn't bald) and this has no problem sorting this out. The shade matches my eyebrows really closely, I would say it's ever so slightly darker than my natural brows, so it doesn't look too light, dark or ashy in my brows. I do believe it may have the possibility of smudging, as I have discovered this whilst cleaning around my brows with a makeup sponge, but this is the only downside I have came across.

Here's a quick little shot of my brows after using the pomade. As you can see, they're not too dark for my face, but if you prefer darker, more emphasised and defined brows, it's possible with this product. (PS please excuse how uneven my brows look, I was needing them waxed haha).

Now that I look back, I cannot seem to comprehend why I never used to own a brow pomade. Typically, I use pencils or kits, but sometimes the pencils didn't do my brows justice, whilst the kits would leave my eyebrows "too full", so a pomade is just the right balance for me. After I finish this pomade, I definitely think I'll repurchase - it's full price is only £3.99, so why not?

Have you tried this brow pomade? Which ones are your favourite?