Monday 26 March 2018

W7 Brow Parlour💕

Little did we know back in 2012 how significant brows would be to us in this present day. In all honesty, brows aren't the be all or end all for me. Sure, some days I'll work on them whilst other days I just leave them. Why? I genuinely have no clue, the only valid reason I have is because I have really stubborn, long eyebrow hairs that enjoy moving out of place too much for my liking that sometimes leaving them natural is the best option. Whilst on holidays, I was rummaging through a makeup shop, because that's what I do best. I came across this W7 Brow Parlour. I hadn't gave it too much thought; I was picking it up because I had actually forgotten to pack a brow product, and knew I could rely on W7.

I was delighted to see that it came packaged in a metal tin. Normally, it doesn't bother me but this time, I was glad as I knew the tin had to survive an airport visit and a flight home (all in hand luggage too!) but long story short, it made it home in perfect condition. The bright, pink packaging caught my eye, and it almost reminded me of an illustrated mirror with lighting around the edge of it - super cute and unique! The tin is slightly on the small size, but good things come in small packages.

Inside there's a mirror, which is small and compact but is all that you really require and it's handy for when you're on the go. It contains a brow wax, a highlight shade and two brow powders, as well as a tiny pair of tweezers which are ever so adorable (it should have contained a brush but mine never came with one which was a slight inconvenience whilst away as I had to try and fill my brows in with an eyeshadow brush, not cool). Brow wax kind of gives me the fear, it's such an odd concept, but I just get on with it and brush some through my brows to try and keep them in place (absolute challenge). The highlight shade I'm not a massive fan of because it does lack pigmentation and is a tad chalky too. This kit is definitely designed for someone with darker hair because the two brow powders are quite dark. The first shade is ideal for the inner part of my brow, whereas the darker shade is perfect for the tail of my brow.

For the price (I paid about 3€, retails for around £5), it's a bargain in itself. The brow powders are easy to work with; the brow wax is ok and the highlight shade is a bit naff. Apart from that, it's not too bad. Whether you're a beginner or wanting to experiment more, why not try this out?


Tuesday 20 March 2018

A Bottle Of Gold💕

If a perfume smells nice, then great. But if it has unique packaging, then I'm all about that life. I absolutely adore Calvin Klein perfumes; it's a brand whom I'm always either buying perfumes from, or receiving them as gifts. At Christmas, I received CK One Gold as a gift. I hadn't ever smelt it before, nor did I know that it even existed. But, before I begin talking about the scent, can we admire it's beauty?

CK One Gold is a limited edition unisex fragrance, created by the world famous Calvin Klein. It's a light, sweet and juicy scent which just screams Spring and Summer at me because it's so fresh. It claims to be quite a bold scent, one which provides confidence and energy to people. From looking at it online, the main target audience seems to be the youth, or at least that's how I have interpreted it. I wouldn't necessarily say that it's a young person's scent; to me, I wouldn't say that it has one specific category. It's a beautiful, fruity scent which suits everyone. 

The aesthetics of this bottle are on point. I love how they have incorporated the gold onto the bottle, after all, it is the perfume's name. The dripping effect is really smart and I think it adds to the overall appearance of the bottle. It's shiny so when the light hits the bottle, it looks effective. It's one of those bottles you just need to have out on display because it's simply too beautiful to keep hidden away in a box. With that being said, when you compare the box to the bottle, they near enough have the same packaging/design.

I have the 100ml bottle, and although it's vast in terms of volume, the bottle design is rather sleek and quite thin too. On travelling to Portugal I brought this bottle with me, and it fitted perfectly into my wash bag no problem. It's a perfume which I wear on a daily basis because it's light enough to wear, but also versatile because you can wear it in the evenings too.


Monday 12 March 2018

Maybelline Total Temptation💕*

Oh, how I love a new mascara. I'm honestly terrible at replacing them, I just kind of forget, but then again, I like them more when they go "dry", I feel they work better. Maybelline are forever blessing me with beautifully packaged PR boxes - can we take a minute to appreciate how satisfying the fact is that the tissue paper and products are a similar colour?! If I'm honest, I didn't realise that Maybelline had came out with a new range, so I was excited to give it a try.

Temptation Mascara* || £8.99 - I'm not going to lie, because the tube was pretty thick, I was expecting a larger wand, but I must say, I do like the wand this mascara has. It's a plastic wand full of little legs which are sure to catch onto every last lash. I have came to the conclusion that this mascara helps to lengthen my lashes, but also delivers a whole lot of volume too, and it just generally helps to open my eyes up too. I always curl my right lashes because they grown stubbornly straight, and this mascara helps to hold them in place. I like the formula because it's not too wet nor too dry, doesn't clump nor feel heavy on my lashes.I have noticed that there is a slight scent of coconut; for me, this is a nice added extra but it's not necessarily needed. I've been wearing this mascara every time I wear makeup and I really like it every time I wear it. It doesn't crumble which is always a bonus. I'm not entirely sure how well it works as a waterproof mascara; I haven't cried so I cannot judge, I have worn it in the shower and it hasn't melted down my face. One night, I accidentally fell asleep with it on and I did wake up looking like a panda, so I don't recommend doing so. I don't need to tug too much to remove (I use a micellar water) so all round, it's a good mascara.

Total Temptation Brow Definer* || £7.99 - For someone who sucks at their brows, I sure own quite the collection. I'm forever on the hunt for a product which is A) easy to use and B) makes my brows look decent. Brow pencils are ok, I quite like brow kits but pomades are my favourite. With that being said, I instantly knew I was going to like this brow definer. Why? Because I like that the tip of it is angled. When I first tried it, and realised how creamy it was, I panicked. I was afraid it'd be too messy, and smudge everywhere. Oh, how wrong could I be. It is the simplest brow product ever, I love it. It doesn't look too dark compared to my hair, and I don't have those dreaded "slug brows" either. I like the spoolie which effortlessly brushes my brows into the desired position and blends the product out. It takes hardly any time to fill my brows in, and it leaves them looking fuller yet natural. This product is available in three shades; Blonde, medium brown and deep brown.

I do like this range from Maybelline. Not only the fact it's pink, but the quality is fantastic. For the price, I highly recommend trying out the range because I doubt you'll be disappointed.


*PR Samples

Monday 5 March 2018

My Latest Buy From Real Techniques💕

Well, technically I didn't need them, but then again, their sale price was an absolute steal. I was in Superdrug a while back where I saw the Real Techniques Duo Fiber Collection reduced to a super low price of £5.99. Of course, at first, I thought this was a misprint, but when the sales assistant reassured me it was the real price, I could not knock it back - it was a fraction of its usual price! Their duo fiber collection is a set which I have eyed up for ages, hoping it would go on sale (it is a lil pricey for 3 brushes I won't lie) so I was glad to finally purchase it. 

It contains three brushes: a contour brush, a face brush and an eye brush. The colour scheme follows the rest of their sets with the recognisable yellow, pink and purple, with the black bottom part too. As they are a duo fiber collection, the bristles are different from the usual brushes - these ones are less dense and are "flimsier" in a way, not to mention very fluffy and soft.

Duo Fiber Contour Brush - This brush is certainly one of those that has multiple uses - the obvious, contour, setting makeup beneath the eyes and perhaps even baking. When I bake, I do find I sometimes need to use a bit more powder than usual as the bristles aren't as dense but this isn't too much of a concern. It could be used for baking beneath the eyes, or along the jawline for definition. I like to use it for bronzing up my skin. After cream contouring, it's your best friend - apply bronzer on top of where you have contoured and the definition is unreal, not to mention that it will set your contour in place!

 Duo Fiber Face Brush - As much as I love using this brush for powdering my face - it's great because it's quite a large head so covers vast areas at once - I've also discovered another use for it; bronzing. It's the ideal shape for bronzing your temples and jawline, meaning bronzing is effortless. With the thinner bristles, it means that there will be no harsh lines or excess wasted product either, and a light but steady hand is all that is required. Sometimes when I wear foundation, I like a light dusting of powder, and this brush just fulfills my requirement - it's perfect!

Duo Fibre Eye Brush - I just love the RT eye brushes (read review here) so I thought that I'd love this brush just as much. Sadly, I didn't. By no means do I dislike the brush, it's just not my first choice. I feel that it's made more for applying shadow into a specific area of the eye as opposed to blending because a) the bristles are quite long and b) the bristles aren't as dense as my preferred eyeshadow brushes, they're finer. If I'm going for a more dramatic and bold eye look, I use this brush for applying shadow into the outer corner of my eye as it applies it to the desired area.

All in all, I do think that these brushes are pretty good. I've heard a mixed response but I'm leaning towards liking them. My favourite brush probably has to be the face brush purely because it's more multi-purpose than the others in my opinion, and just performs the best. Next, I'm after the sculpting set (the one with the fan brush, and they're pink!!)

Have you tried this set? What was your experience?

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