Sunday, 11 February 2018

Beauty || My Top Pixi Beauty Picks!

One of the best things about being a blogger is discovering all the exciting, new releases from the comfort of my soft office, aka my bed! Over the last couple of years I have been introduced to some amazing brands which have become absolute favourites of mine. One of these brands in particular is Pixi beauty. I spent many years lusting over their products, and eventually purchased my first palette in October, the 'Ultimate Beauty Kit'. Since then I have gone on to try and purchase some more of their products, so jumped at the chance of testing more to share with you in this post! 

Out of the many products that Pixi have, a few stand out and have become absolute favourites of mine. I know I am not alone with these opinions as many of the products I am going to mention are very popular within the blogging community already! 

The Ultimate Beauty Kit Edition 4
This palette was the first set of products that I tried from Pixi, and it has never let me down. I have actually already reviewed this palette in full, which you can read here, but you get so much product for your buck! The palette includes 8 mineral palettes (48 shades in total), 2 Glow-y powders, 2 Beauty Blush Duo's and 2 Beauty Bronzers. Quite often when a brand tries to combine lots of products into one the quality isn't as good, this isn't the case with this palette. If you're looking for a palette perfect to travel with, this is the one for you! 

Glow-y Gossamer Duo Highlighter in Subtle Sunrise*
Before trying this highlighter duo, I never really steered far from my Sleek face form palette. As soon as I swatched this product I knew it was the one for me. The website states 'Super silky, perfectly pigmented with a creamy skin like texture'. I agree with this statement. When applied to the cheek or brow bone the powder sets into the skin to create a natural glow. It also lasts ALL day, which is something I love from a product! I love to use the light colour in the inner corner, brow bone and down the nose. The slightly more rose colour highlight looks pretty on the tops of the cheeks. 

Large Lash Mascara - Bold Black Volumizing Mascara*
When it came to mascara I was always one to stay loyal to Benefit. That was until I tried this product. I like to curl my lashes before application of any mascara, but found that I could actually get away with skipping the step before applying the product. The mascara feels light on the eyes, doesn't transfer onto the top of my eyelids throughout the day or smudge under the eye. My eyes are a little bit sensitive to certain products, but I have had no problem with this at all! 

Matte Last Liquid Lip - Matte Beige Lip Colour*
I am a HUGE fan of Matte Liquid lip products. I love to wear them whilst at work, as I know it will stay in place without budging. I am a huge fan of the Kylie Lip Kits because of this reason, but this product comes a close second. The colour I use is a gorgeous Beige 'pinky nude' colour. The unique petal shaped applicator makes the product so easy to apply and it's no wonder it was a winner of a Cosmopolitan Beauty Award! I need to purchase every colour in the range. 

Its Eye Time Get The Look Eyeshadow Palette*
I have been a big fan of the ItsJudyTime Youtube channel for years now. There's something so therapeutic about sitting down to watch a video of someone else's life... I guess I am nosey! When I heard Judy was collaborating with Pixi on this palette I knew it was something for me! The palette contains 12 silky and extremely pigmented shades. All of the shades within the palette blend together nicely, and allow you to create both daytime and evening looks. I love the fact that the palette also includes a sticky mirror that you can place where you want. Personally I don't use the mirrors in palettes, but you never know when you're going to need a touch up! 

Brow Tamer
This product basically does exactly what it says on the tin. It's a clear gel that tames the brows keeping them stuck in place when used. The formula sets the brows, but doesn't leave them feeling clumpy or heavy. As you can tell by the state of my tube, this is a well loved product and one I use every single day. 

There are just a selection of my favourite Pixi products, but I have a couple more that I love just as much including the Liquid Fairy Lights Eyeshadow in shade Passionlight. I am eager to try out the Glow Tonic next as I have heard so many great things about it. (If anyone has a review on this I would love to read it!)

What are your favourite Pixi products? 
Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time, 

* Some of the products marked with the sign in this post were sent to me kindly by Pixi. As always, my opinion, images and wording is mine and is 100% honest. 

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Beauty || Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette

I've been a 'working' girl for over 5 months now, so it's hard to believe that this is the first beauty splurge I have purchased, does that mean I am finally growing up? probably not! I was in London last weekend shopping with my cousin, when we decided to pop into  the Selfridges beauty department. By 'pop' I actually mean spending about an hour lusting over all the luxury products that neither of us could afford but wanted anyway! We came across the Zoeva stand and both of us fell in love with the products. Usually I purchase makeup if I have read a great review on it, seen it mentioned in magazines or generally if I have had my eye on it for a while. So purchasing this was a complete whim for me, but I am so glad that I did. After many swatches later the Cocoa Blend palette was mine and I have been enjoying playing around with it ever since.

The first thing that excited me about this palette was the gorgeous shimmery cranberry shade named 'warm notes'. This shade is extremely pigmented and was something I wanted to experiment and play around with! A couple of other favourite shades in the palette are 'Freshly Toasted', 'Substitute For Love' and 'Pure Ganache' which is a gorgeous golden shimmery shade. The pigmentation of this palette is something that I haven't really experienced before from a 'cheaper' eyeshadow palette. By cheaper I mean £18 compared to the Naked palette price of £39.50. If you have read my blog before, then you would note that I love the Urban Decay Naked palettes as well as the Too Faced Peach Palette. These are still firm favourites of mine, but the Zoeva palette fits right in with them for a fraction of the price. 

L-R: Bitter Start, Sweeter End, Warm Notes, Subtle Blend and Beans Are White.
L-R: Pure Ganache, Subsitute For Love, Freshly Toasted, Infusion and Delicate Acidity.

Overall, it's safe to say that I am already such a big fan of this palette. I love that you are able to use this palette to create such different looks - this makes it perfect for travelling. The pigmentation is perfect and lasts all day. I applied the makeup in the images above at lunchtime and took the final image of my eye at 11pm that night. Not only is my eyeliner still on (thanks Soap and Glory), but my eyeshadow stayed put also without any creasing! Another positive of this palette is the price tag. For £18 you get a lot for your money. I would have been prepared to pay at least £25 for this beauty. 

What do you think of this palette? Have you tried this one or any others from Zoeva that you think I might like? Let me know! 

Until next time, 

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Beauty || Makeup products I can't live without

I've now been wearing makeup for the past four years, I know I'm a late bloomer! Over the years i've dabbled with so many different products my collection is overflowing. Over the weekend I had a massive clean out of products that I no longer use. This got me thinking about the products I know I wouldn't ever be able to get rid of which led to this post. It's odd to think about a time when I didn't rely heavily on these products to give me a little confidence but hey ho! I would be interested to know what products you can't live without? Let me know! 

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation
This has been my go to foundation for the last three years. I use this daily and very rarely swap it out for a higher coverage foundation for evenings out. I find it easy to apply to the skin, and love the coverage it gives me daily. 

Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder
This powder is probably one of the most talked about 'blogger favourite' powders on the market. I love using this as it works well, and to be honest I haven't tried many other setting products. I love using this on top of the Wake Me Up Foundation

Benefit Hoola Bronzer
This bronzer is probably one of the 'marmite' products spoken about within the blogging community. I personally love using it in my everyday makeup routine as it gives me a natural bronzed look. This was one of the first 'high end' makeup items that I purchased myself so it holds a special place in my little makeup heart! 

Too Faced Peach Palette
I've been using this eyeshadow palette for the last year as the base for every single makeup look I have created. The shade 'Peaches N Cream' works as the best colour underneath shades and 'Summer Yum' is probably another one of my most used shades from the palette. 

Charlotte Tilbury 'Super Cindy' Lipstick
You know when you just find 'your' lipstick colour? Well for me, this shade is it. As much as I love wearing a super matte product on my lips, for everyday nothing beats a pretty moisturising nude. I love how this product applies to the lips and I find that it lasts for the whole day whenever I am wearing it. Plus - who doesn't love rose gold packaging? I certainly do! 

Benefit They're Real Mascara
I have tried and tested so many different mascaras in the last four years, but one product always kept me repurchasing. I love how this mascara works with my lashes. If I am in the mood for long lashes with minimal effort, then this is the product I will always go for.

What products can you not live without? I would be interested in knowing if you have similar favourites! 

Until next time, 

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Lifestyle || Falling Back In Love With Blogging!

I've been doing this blogging thing for over five years now, and although it has only been a serious hobby in the last 2, it's crazy to see how far I have come from my very first post. Blogging has helped me in so many different ways. On some days blogging was a way for me to escape my life if only for an hour or two, in times that I needed it the most. My blog has seen me through my whole University education from start to finish, as well as capturing many many...many shopping sprees! The last couple of month's have been a little tough for me and as much as I didn't really want to admit to it, I had fallen a little bit out of love with blogging. 

I know that sounds a little dramatic but it's the truth. Being a blogger is a 24/7 job, and like most jobs it can be pretty draining if your feeling uninspired or unmotivated. Since graduating in June 2017, my personal life has been extremely busy. In such a short space of time I have completed 4 internships as well as finding myself a temporary Christmas job that has led into a full time 'temporary' position and applying to as many jobs as I can find in the little free time that I have had. With all that going on, it's left little to no time for me to focus on my hobbies and passions - but most importantly my blog. Don't get me wrong the content I have uploaded since then has been written with all the love and care I normally would have, but I started to get into the rhythm of uploading posts because it was a 'Sunday upload day' rather than because I wanted to. 

Photography is one of my passions and I enjoy spending the time creating the perfect flat lays and getting the lighting right for product shots, but this was something that was getting rushed and I felt like things were a little sub par to normal. I'm a creative person and like most people, I am my harshest critic and I can be extremely tough on myself when it's just not necessary, plus it added on a lot of pressure at times when it just wasn't needed. This has happened time and time again over the last couple of months where I have set up shoots that I'm not happy with so ended up having a little tantrum and scrapping the images completely. You may have noticed that I haven't actually featured in many of my most recent posts and that's partly to do with the fact my confidence has taken a bit of a dip. Hopefully now I've spoken more openly about my blog with my family I can begin to get them to help me shoot images for posts rather than relying fully on myself - let's just hope and pray they will share my same vision! 

I think a lot of my falling out of love with blogging has to do with Twitter. As much as Twitter is probably one of my favourite social media networks, it is also probably one of the worst for my mental health too. I don't see myself as a competitive person, but being on Twitter as much as I have over the last year (running my own account as well as running the GRLPOWR community page), has made me feel a little crappy about my own blog. Why is it that as a human being we have to compare ourselves to others all the time? This is a trait I would really like to have left behind in 2017! I love reading others posts and sharing them on my page, but felt that as much as I was trying to integrate myself within the community, I was still a little bit on the outside.  This is something that only I could change, and I have started doing that over the last couple of weeks by getting more involved with blogger chats again. I have a couple of GRLPOWR hosting slots lined up for the next couple of months too which I always look forward to doing. Recently the blogging community was hit with the whole 'follower bot' situation that really got me thinking about how honest blogging truly is and how much of a numbers game it has become. This is something that can get into your head and it had certainly got into mine which made me think about who I was blogging for. Was I blogging for numbers or for myself?- The latter won that argument! 

So whats next?- I have been making so many plans for 2018 that I'm not ready to share on my blog yet, mainly because a lot of these plans are ideas jotted down in a notebook that will probably never work out or happen, but it's good to have ideas right?! I was at a real low last year and I am determined to make 2018 my best year yet. Blogging is part of that plan and I have so many goals that I have set myself to try, hopefully, to reach it. 

  1. Blog 4 times a month.
  2. Get outside and take advantage of the outdoors as a backdrop!
  3. Write for me.
  4. Feel inspired! 
I'm sorry that this post was a little different to the others, but I just felt that it was something I needed to get out in the open in a hope that I'm not the only one who has been feeling this way about blogging. I can't wait to share my new ideas here, and hopefully begin to create the content I have loved to read and loved to make again! 

Until next time,

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Beauty || Rimmel London Vox Box Review

I have been a member of the network Influenster for a while now without actually getting anything from it. So you can only imagine my excitement when at the end of November I received an email to claim a box! I quickly claimed it and was excited for it to arrive! My box arrived and I was pleased with the contents inside! 

The box itself was based around the new Ink Me range from Rimmel London. The contents included a gorgeous red glitter nail polish, three lip art lipsticks, metallic tattoos, a mascara and ink me liners. My first impressions of the box were 'when will I ever wear any of these products'. After playing around with them for a couple of days I soon realised that the products were actually a lot more wearable than they first seemed. The lip art lipsticks look gorgeous when tapped lightly onto the middle of the lips. The shades I was given were 010 Pearlescent, 020 Gold and 30 Blush Gold. My favourite  out of the three is probably the Pearlescent shade as it makes the most gorgeous lip highlighter shade. Next up was the two Ink Me liners in 001 Black and 002 Gold. I found these really easy to apply as the brush itself is smooth and light to use. Next was the most pretty and glittery red nail polish in the shade 002 Ruby Crush. I was really surprised with how long-lasting this polish was. I applied it at the start of December when I received the box, and found I only had to reapply a few chipped spots once two weeks later which for ordinary polish is great! Another thing to note is that unlike other glitter polishes it's actually really easy to remove from the nails! Finally the most exciting thing for me in the box was the Ink Me metallic tattoos. Now, I know fake tattoos are the thing now, and everyone loves to use them during festival season in particular. But, I love how much they remind me of my childhood! I chose three smaller tattoos to apply to my wrist just to see how they would work and I love how simple they are to apply and how long-lasting they are too. As something that's temporary, it's lasted over two weeks now which makes me glad I didn't go all Rita Ora and apply them all over my face like the packaging suggests! 

Overall, I was super impressed with everything that Rimmel London have within their Ink Me range. I am obsessed with gold and shimmers so it was always going to be a win win for me!

I would be interested to know if anybody else has received/reviewed a Vox Box? And if so, which one it was? I have been a member for a little while now and this is my first one to have received so want to know if that's normal! 

Until next time,