Monday, 30 December 2013

14 Things in 2014

On twitter I've seen lots of people tweeting about new years resolutions and different posts to bring in the new year. I decided to jump on the bandwagon and do a 14 Things in 2014 - 7 blog related and 7 personal things that I hope to achieve by this time next year. 


7 Blog goals -

1) To reach between 300 - 400 bloglovin followers
2) To attend a couple of meet up and events
3) To collaborate with some of my favourite bloggers and friends
4) To create a little monthly series that I stick too and not miss out a single month
5) To meet some of you lovely people who I talk to on Twitter
6) Get the hang of html, seo and photography
7) Plan time to blog consistently, get to grips with scheduling if need me. 


7 Personal goals  -

1) Graduate from university
2) Get a job
3) Become more independent
4) Save money
5) Become more organised
6) Conquer the art of contouring
7) Lose weight!!

I'm going to make this post into a blog page so if you want to keep an eye on my progress you can always look there :)! 
Do you have any goals for 2014?


Saturday, 28 December 2013

What I Got For Christmas 2013

I'm going to start this post in the same way as so many people by simply saying that this post is in no way me showing off or bragging. I feel extremely grateful for everything I received and I would like for you to have a little nosey, as I love reading these posts. I thought i'd show you all the beauty bits and bobs that I got rather than everything but I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and have the best new year!


Ted Baker Vida Perfume - handbag size
Vera Wang Love Struck Floral Rush
Beyonce Heat
Zara Rose 


Urban Decay Naked 3 palette
Mac Eyeshadow Quad 
Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle
Mac Studio Fix Concealer


No7 Illuminating Mirror
Nikon Coolpix L820 (what these pictures were taken on woo)
Ghd V Pink Diamond Hair Straighteners
Kindle Fired HD and Pink Case


Books & DVD's
Kimberley Walsh Autobiography
Wreck This Journal
Gossip Girl Season 6
One Direction This Is Us 

Expect lots of reviews of these products very soon, I'm totally in love with everything I received, especially my palettes. 

If you have done a post like this, please link it below as i'd love to see what Father Christmas bought my lovely blogger friends!


Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas Everyone

Just a quick post to say Merry Christmas to you all. I hope you've all had a lovely day and Father Christmas brought you everything you want!! I can't wait to read lots of reviews of every bodies New beauty bits and pieces :)


Monday, 23 December 2013

Rimmel Space Dust Nail Varnish || Review


Who doesn't love sparkly, glittery nails at Christmas time? These Rimmel Space Dust nail varnishes are the perfect addition to your glitter polish collection. There are 5 shades altogether and I'm definitely going to be buying the other two asap. For only £3.99 they are such a bargain!


I have the shades Total Eclipse (green/black shade), Aurora (pink/champagne shade) and Moon Walking (purple/blue shade) and think they are gorgeous. I particularly like Total Eclipse as I love how the shade changes depending on what light you're in. If I don't decided to try some Christmas nail art, this is definitely the shade i'll be wearing on Christmas day. 


I painted the nail wheel using two coats, Total Eclipse definitely needs two coats as the glitter doesn't show through after just one. However, Aurora and Moon Walking would be fine after one coat. This was also really easy to remove, unlike several other glitter polishes i've tried. It lasted for around 3 days without a top coat which is pretty darn good for my nails.

Overall, I would definitely recommend these nail varnishes. The colour range is gorgeous and perfect for this time of year! I would probably class these as more textured polishes rather than glitter but there is still glitter elements.

Have you tried these before? What is your favourite glitter polish?


Saturday, 21 December 2013

Happy 1 Year Blogiversary To Me

You might be able to tell from the title but if not I've been blogging a whole year today! Wow, I can't even tell you where the last year has gone but I do know that blogging has changed me in so many years! I love my little space on the internet where I can write about things which I truly are passionate about. I've spoke to some of the nicest people since I've been blogging, some of which I speak to nearly every day. I couldn't imagine how I would be spending my Saturday's without my little blog! 

Student-stylexo has grown so much in this year, I never thought 10 people would read my blog let alone more than 100. It's amazing that people actually want to read what i'm saying so i'm grateful to every single one of you! You've made this last year one of the best for me, reaching little milestones I set myself is so rewarding and you guys are the ones who help me do that.

To celebrate my one year of blogging I asked some of my favourite bloggers and friends if they would share with us their thoughts on blogging and what impact it has had on their lives. I loved reading their responses and I hope you do to...

Charlotte @surelychar -

Hi! I’m Charlotte and I started my blog Surely Char just over 2 months ago. I read a lot of blogs and have done for ages, and I saw the beauty bloggers chats on Twitter and always wanted to join in! Also, before I buy anything I always search for reviews and they are usually blogs – I think it’s really helpful to see swatches when buying makeup online and I like reading other people’s opinions on products before buying anything new. People were always telling me to find a hobby  but as I have 2 children I can’t go out in the evening (I’m a single parent) and with work and studying for a degree, I didn’t really know what I could do for me that would fit in with my lifestyle. I’ve got a real passion for makeup and skincare so I figured I’d give beauty blogging a try.

Blogging is a big part of my life because I blog as part of my job and I also do the PR for my company, which involves finding bloggers to review our products; so I guess it was only a matter of time before I started my own blog!
I actually do think it’s changed me in the short space of time I’ve been doing it. I feel more confident in myself and I like the feeling of achievement you get from blogging. I suffer from anxiety and depression and I think that blogging is helping a little with that too. Being part of the blogging community means that you feel less alone, there’s always someone with similar interests to you who is happy to talk! I’ve got to know so many nice people and I can’t wait to go to some meet-ups next year. Having my own blog has also helped a lot with my work, I’ve improved my writing style and using Twitter for my blog means I have a better grasp of using social media to promote my business. I’m really glad I started blogging, I just wish I had more time to spend on it!

Laura @Lthornberry -

I'm not really sure where the idea of blogging really started for me if I'm completely honest! I previously had a different blog to start with, that I literally published 2 or 3 posts on, but I just didn't know if blogging was for me, what sort of things I wanted to write about or if I was any good at it, so I decided to delete it after a few months. I was an avid viewer and subscriber of  fashion and beauty Youtube channels, such as Zoella and Sprinkle of Glitter, and also found out that they had there own blogs as well, which I quite often read, and I thought that it would be something I would love to do myself. It seems like ages ago now that I created my little space on the internet, the 1st of January to be precise, after so many name changes, header and layout changes, and finally owning my own domain name, I'm pretty happy with how things are going with my blog.

   Nearly a year of blogging under my belt and I have had so many amazing opportunity's already, which is absolutely crazy and I've been pretty lucky by working with a handful of fashion and beauty brands, joining in on a Bloggers Secret Santa, as well as making some amazing friends through blogging and finding other blogs to gain inspiration and ideas from. I never thought that my blog posts would be seen by so many people, and after just 12 months of blogging, I've accumulated just over 800 followers on a combination of social media platforms and nearly 15,000 page views, which is just completely insane! I never thought that me just rambling about things I liked, things I bought, product reviews, OOTD's etc would ever amount to this, and I'm very grateful of all those people who have enjoyed what I post about! It has been definitely a lot of hard work, but I'm very proud of how far my blog has come and I look forward to seeing what the new year has in store for me!

Thanks for having me on your blog! I started blogging (in the beauty world) because I wanted my own space to talk about the things I love, a little place in the internet where I could meet like minded people and discuss things that I'm passionate about. I'm loving it so much, and the people I've met are amazing. I've only had my blog for a short while, but already I can't remember not doing it. I've found that the community is amazing, everyone is so supportive and friendly, it's honestly the best. The best part of my day is chatting with everyone and reading all the new blog posts!

Vicki @alifeofgeekery

Before I blogged I spent a lot of time browsing the web for recipe inspiration, then one day I came across a food blog that just stole my heart. I read that blogs archives from start to finish in a day and decided there and then that I needed to blog. I was already sharing photos of my recipes on facebook and twitter, so this was just an extra little leap and a way to make my own 'recipe file'.

Wind forward 18 months and I'm seeing the fruits of my labour. I'm in Morrison's magazine this month. An episode has just gone live of me cooking with food legend Loyd Grossman. Google 'chilli jam' and I'm there in third place below BBC Good Food and Nigella. It's all a bit bonkers but I wouldn't change it for the world. What on earth did I do before I blogged?!

Blogging has given me more confidence. I'm really learning that hard work pays off. I've built friendships that I expect to last for many, many years. Finally having a creative release has made me so much happier.

Well what made me get into blogging was I was on Maternity leave and started to get bored really easily with having no work and nothing to do. I also had a friend that lived round the corner who loved blogging and it seemed really fun so I thought why not give it a try? So I did, I first started of as paigewallbankxo but wanted a more personal name on there so had a little chat with my boyfriend and he actually came up with Paige's Preferences I loved that along with my idea Paige's beauty hideout. Which is where I blog really, I have a little beauty room upstairs that I could get lost in for hours surrounded by all my favorite things. Nail polishes, Make up, Shoes, Skin care and Jewelry. But stuck with Paige's Preferences as it was more ideal, my preferences on things on my blog. So that's what made me get into it really and have enjoyed it ever since even with fitting it round looking after a baby and now a nearly 1 and a half year old. 

Change wise, it has made me open out my shell a little and realise there are some good people out there! The blogging community is one of the best community's to be apart of! Everyone is so lovely, understanding, helpful and generally great for little chats about anything. I love being apart of the chats on twitter there really a fun way of getting to know people and getting people to notice your blog. I have genuinely found better friends through blogging than in real outside life. Always cheer me up on a bad day. Including meg ;) Also after reading fashion blogs makes me want to tear out my inner creativity and be more unique than stick to the same boring wardrobe staples and jazz things up a little.

But that's my answers  and look forward to hearing everyone elses, thanks meg for letting me be apart of your Anniversary post and a big Happy Anniversary to you :) xxx

I started blogging for more personal reasons. I wanted a place to keep pictures of looks I'd created and the products I used. It's progressed a lot since then to include a lot of reviews as well. But I feel that apart from the obvious (improving my make-up skills over the years) I've become a lot more confident - and better at writing/editing since I started blogging. I even bagged myself a job interview through showing my blog on my CV - I didn't get the job, but it meant a lot to get that far! 

So back to student-stylexo. Next year I hope to attend some events and meet some of you lovely lot and I'll also be having a giveaway in the new year which i'm excited about :)! I can't wait to blog more in 2014 and to be able to balance my blog with hopefully a full time teaching job, eek!


Thursday, 19 December 2013

Christmas Up Your Makeup Bag || Guest Post

If there's one thing every girl needs to do ready for Christmas and New Years Eve, is festive up that make up bag. With a couple of pieces you can turn a regular day's make up into Christmas ready fabulous face!

First things first; glitter. This is the season to sparkle and what better way to start that by with some sparkly numbers! Eyes are the obvious and so here are some of the glittery shadows I love to keep on hand once December strikes.
Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy - I love this so much I have 2 individual pots and 1 in a palette! It's a gorgeous champagne colour but with some mega glitter. I sweep over during the day or build for the evening for an eye catching dramatic look.
I love a good golden glitter too and Barry M's Dazzle Dust in Gold Iridescent is just perfect for a subtle sweep under your bottom lashes or the inner corners of your eyes. It's a creamy white colour that shimmers gold in certain lights, it's so angelic looking!


These are the two shadows that I stick with at this time of year, I tend not to make them too bold because I love a good statement lip - this year I'm all about the deep purples. My favourite two are Kardashian Beauty Honey Sticks in Blackberry Honey (the most delicious tasting lip gloss in the world!) and No7 High Shine Intense Lip Crayon in Sultry Kiss - both are roughly the same shade, last for ages and are mage pigmented! Great for having a lipstick effect but with the moisturisation of a lip gloss/balm.
And now for those cheek bones, the subtle but gorgeous last tough to a Christmassy make up routine. I was taught by a makeup artist that the best way to highlight is to do a 'C' shape from the cheek bone round to brow bone, and if using liquid, dot and blend rather than line. So there's a top little tip from me! As I'm all about budget I'd SO recommend these two - I bought them mysefl last week and have not looked back!
MUA Undress Your Skin highligher - single handledly the most gorgeous looking powder compact, it's a subtle pink pearlescent and glides on so subtly and smoothly.


I also found a Look Beauty liquid highlighter (based on Look magazine, which I ironically just finished working at!) - I've been looking to experiment with the liquid ones. I'd not heard much about it, but read a review that sad it was brilliant, and I have to agree! It retails between £8-£10 depending on where you buy it from (have a look on Super Drug for the sales - it only cost me £4!) and I agree, it's beautiful. It's a more peachy colour, a great middle ground between the pink and golden highlighters and it mixes in well with foundation as well as on top. Definitely worth investing in!


And there we have it! To me investing in a glittery shadow, bold lippy and a good highlighter is all you need to make your face fabulous this Christmas! You could also be daring and using the Barry M Gold Iridescent as a highlighter (but do use sparsely - it's very high pigmented!) for an extra shimmer!
I hope you all enjoyed it, and these are things that I at House of Bargain own myself - and I'm not one for splurging unless ABSOLUTELY necessary, and I think in these cases you don't always have too - who needs Benefit High Beam when you can get MUA highlighter for £3 which is just as good?!
Lots of love and Christmas Wishes,

Anna at House of Bargain @HouseofBargain_

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

MT Dermaroller - A New Addition To My Skin Care || Review


Slightly different post for you today but one that I'm hoping will excite those of you who fancy being a little bit adventurous with your skin care. I was approached by the people from Dermaroller about reviewing one of their products and I was instantly intrigued. The thought of running 200, 1.0mm needles over my face and body scared me slightly but also made me want to try it. 


After a few emails were exchanged, I decided to try the 1.0mm needle as I have some strech marks around my thighs and this seemed like the best option for me. The Dermaroller works by jump starting the skins natural healing process, tiny little pinprick holes are created when using this, which open up the skins pores and begins the healing process. Makes sense right? 
I used this after I got out of the shower, it's important to cleanse first to make sure the skin is clear and fresh. The instructions advise you to roll the dermaroller 10 times vertically, then 10 times horizontally and finally 10 times diagonally in both directions. Afterwards, I applied some Bio oil to the area and felt my skin literally drink it up!


 The whole process lasts around 20 minutes and I must admit at times it can feel pretty uncomfortable, but not necessarily painful. I will warn you though that your skin is left looking pretty darn red, so be warned if you want to use the dermaroller on your face! After my first treatment, I haven't really noticed that much of a difference however that is because visible changes may take a few weeks to occur (I will keep you posted). The Dermaroller should be used once every three weeks and I'm going to continue to do this to see if it makes any difference to my stretch marks. I have high hopes that it will so fingers crossed!


The lovely Kaia also included four huge face masks in my parcel to which was such a nice thing to do. I haven't tried any of them yet but i'm really excited to use them. You can also buy them from the Dermaroller shop too! These look really relaxing and I love that they are designed for certain days of the week and to help you deal with the stresses of the week.

Overall, I'm really excited that I got to try this product as I would never think to buy or try anything like this. I really hope it makes a difference as stretch marks can really affecting my confidence at times. 

Have you tried anything like this before? Do you have any remedies for stretch marks?


Sunday, 15 December 2013

My Top Drugstore Lipsticks - Guest Post

Hi I'm Jess and I blog over at, and today Megan has asked me to guest post on her lovely blog! I decided to post about my top 3 drug store lipsticks and as christmas and new year is fast approaching so I'm sure you're all invited to parties and there's no point in having a super lovely dress and fabulous make up if you don't top it off with some lippy! My favourite by far is the splurge of the group, it's soap and glory which comes in at £9, my favourite shade is perfect day (and it smells lush too if that's important to you) it's a pink shade which is great if you're not confident enough to wear an in your face red or pink, the lipstick also leaves your lips feeling really soft and stays on for a fair while! Secondly is the seventeen stay pout lipstick, my favourite is make an entrance, which is an orange shade and to some of you that is a no way, but I think orange actually looks quite pretty this shade is really glittery and stand out, i'd recommend it if you well want to "make an entrance.." I never really tried 17 before this lipstick but lovelove it and would tell all you girlies who haven't to go buy yourself one, afterall it's only £5.99! Finally is one of the greatest lipsticks you will ever find and it's been with me through some good and bad times i've been buying Kate in many shades over the last three years, i've owned the brightest red, to a more subtle shade of pink I'd recommend trying any shade of Kate as they're all fabulous and long lasting, trust me you will not be disappointed, it's also another cheap lipstick at around £5.99 how can you argue with that! So this party season I dare you to be brave wear those colours you wouldn't usually dare, I recommend a red!!

Love Jess! 

Thursday, 12 December 2013

The Christmas Tag

As it's only 13 days till Christmas (eeeeek) I thought it was about time I completed the Christmas tag. I love everything Christmassy and now seems like the perfect time to do this as uni is just about finished for the year and i'm nearly finished my shopping!

What time of the year do you start your Christmas shopping?
I normally don't start until around the end of November, beginning of December but this year I was very prepared and started in October. I've found that by starting early i've saved so much money as a lot of things were on sale earlier in the year and in December they're almost double the price.

Do you have any festive recipes for food or drink you limit solely to the Christmas season to share?
I'm not really into baking as much as I would like to, I get bored way to easily but I think my sister and I are going to make and decorate some christmas cookies this weekend and I also really want to make some gingerbread houses we can decorate.

Tell me how Christmas goes down in your home.
Christmas eve starts the festive feel off in my house, we usually go to the pub and have a few drinks and then go bowling with our friends or order a nice takeaway at one of our houses which is lovely. Then when it comes to bed time, my sister and I always share a room on Christmas eve, I can never, ever sleep so i'm always up pretty early. We arrange a time that we can get up the night before (yes I am 20 and my sister is 23, ha) and then we knock for our parents. We go down the stairs, my dad first to check if he's been obviously and then we all rush in. Drinks are usually made and then we take it in turns to open our presents from Santa and those under the tree. We then get dressed and have a 'play' on our new presents and then wander to the pub for a few drinks. My mum cooks the dinner and we all sit round for lunch when the boyfriend arrives and then we'll either go back to my boyfriends house or stay at my house and settle in watching christmas tv.

Do you have any Christmas traditions?
Er, we don't have any proper traditions but we usually set our presents out the same, my sister and I have our own sofa's for presents so we keep them the same over Christmas. We also always put the tree up together with my mum too which is a nice little tradition.

Do you have a favourite festive coffee?
I don't drink coffee unfortunately but I don't mind a nice hot chocolate once in a while. Costa's white hot chocolate is delicious this year and I love their christmas cups.

What's your favourite Christmas song?
I have too many. I love fairy tale of New York like most people but I pretty much like them all. Michael Buble's christmas album is a favourite of mine too.

What do you do on Christmas Eve?

Er, I don't really do anything on the day. Usually watch films and make sure the house is all ready for Christmas and then in the evening we usually get together with some friends and go bowling or order a nice takeaway.

What's your Christmas wrapping strategy? Do you have a strategy?

I love the idea of wrapping but I usually end up getting pretty bored. I'm also really bad at wrapping so I like to watch my sister and pick up little tips and tricks. I actually need to start my wrapping pretty soon.

What's your dream gift this year?

I've asked for lots of make-upy bits this year which i'm pretty darn excited about. My lovely boyfriend has also bought me a new camera :D i'm so excited to use it for blogging, I really cannot wait.

Describe your Christmas tree. How tall? Real or artificial? How is it decorated?

The family christmas tree is a 6ft, artificial one which already comes with lights. It's decorated with gold and brown baubles which look lovely. My mum is OCD with the tree so it's decorated beautifully.

Do you decorate just the tree or other areas of your house e.g. windows, banisters?

We have the christmas tree in the living room and other festive decorations in the living room such as a Father Christmas, a snowman and a penguin on the fire place but the other rooms in the house usually aren't decorated. We have lights outside and a gorgeous wreath on the door too. 

What do you wear to Christmas parties and what do you wear on Christmas day?

I tend to get new clothes on Christmas day so i'll probably be wearing those this Christmas day and for Christmas parties I like sequin dresses or anything remotely festive. I love dressing up but I definitely make more of an effort with my makeup at Christmas, especially a bold lip.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Top 5 High End Makeup Picks - Guest Post

Hi lovelies! I'm Charlotte from Surely Char and this is my first ever collaboration post, featuring my top 5 high end make up products.

First up is Benefit Boi-ing. This is one of the first high end products I ever bought, and have continued to repurchase time and time again. Boi-ing is a staple in my make up bag, as it covers blemishes, redness and dark circles. The lightest shade is perfect for me because I'm quite pale and I sometimes find that concealers can be too dark. I really like the consistency of this product and it lasts for ages! As it comes in a pot, you can make sure you get every last bit out using a concealer brush. I love it.

Next on my list is Nars Sheer Glow. I absolutely rave about this foundation. I know some people don't like that it doesn't come with a pump but I really don't mind - I just pour a little onto the back of my hand and get to work! I tend to use my fingers to apply this, as I found that I was using more product when using brushes. At high end prices you don't want to be using more than you need :) I tap the foundation onto my face as I think it really helps to work the product into the skin and blends it really well. I never thought that a foundation with a name like 'Sheer Glow' would be any good for my combination/oily, acne prone skin but it really is the best I've ever tried. It gives amazing coverage and I often go without concealer on blemishes when I've used this foundation - that's how good this is!

The next product on my list is one I discovered when I had some false lashes applied at Shu Uemura. The MUA used their liquid eyeliner to fill in the tiny gaps left when she had finished. This product is a bit like a felt tip eyeliner but with a finer point, making it super easy to apply. It's really easy to handle and has really helped me get to grips with liquid eyeliner again! I sometimes use this to draw out the shape I want for my liner, then go over with a gel liner for a really dramatic finish. The other thing I like about this pen is that it's refillable - you just buy new cartridges when you need them. I think the cosmetics industry encourages lots of waste so I like that this can be reused :)

This next item is an absolute must have for me. The Nars blusher. This award winning blush is available in a multitude of highly pigmented colours and varied finishes. One thing I've learnt is that natural hair make up brushes are best for picking up the pigment in powder products, so I always use my Bobbi Brown blush brush when applying mine. These fab blushers are really simple to apply and there's shades to suit all skin types. My current favourite is Douceur (pictured below) as it works with every make up look, whether it's a simple no-make-up make up look or if you're going all out with eyes or lips - this colour is perfect.

Last but not least is YSL La Laque Couture nail lacquer. This is genuinely the most long lasting, glossiest finish, easy to apply, nail polish I have ever had the pleasure of using. I love Rose Futuriste (pictured below) which is a gorgeous true fuchsia colour. It makes me feel amazingly glamorous and sophisticated when I wear it and I've never smudged it when applying (which says a lot as I can be pretty rubbish at painting my own nails)! Everything about this product feels really special and that's why it just had to be part of my top 5.

Thanks Megan for letting me feature on your blog! I really hope you've enjoyed reading my top 5 high end make up picks :)

Charlotte x


Sunday, 8 December 2013

I'm A Beauty Blogger Get Me Out Of Here - Part 3

Part three is here already! This means that I'm a Celeb 2013 is coming to and end, tonight! I loved this years line up and i'm happy with either Kian or David winning. Anyway, I shall get on with the final 8 questions.

1) Big congratulations! You won last week’s bush tucker trial. Your reward is the chance to create your own perfume. What ingredients/scents would you choose?
Hmm, I think it would be something similar to the Victoria Secret's scents. Kind of sexy ad sultry but still fun and girly. Something that's perfect for both day time and night time.

2) Around the camp fire you’re all sharing tips. What is the best advice you can give someone to keep your skin healthy?
Find the skin care that works for you not what every body says is good. There are so many 'wonder' products out there but everyones skin is different and you need to find your own 'wonder' items.

3) How do you think your camp mates would describe you?
Err, this is a hard one because i'm quite loud but i'm also a pretty good listener. I enjoy being involved in things and would always be suggesting things to do because I hate being on my own but i'd definitely be respectful of those people who just wanted to be left alone.

4) You’re missing your family and friends so to bring a bit of comfort to the jungle you are given the opportunity to send one twitter message (max 140 characters). Who would you text and what would you say?
Probably my mum and I'd say something like... I miss you and can't wait to see you, hope you're proud of me and send my love to everyone :) xxx

5) You’ve made it to the final two and are awarded the classic three course meal. What would you choose for starter, main and dessert?
My starter would be something garlicy like dough balls or garlic bread. For my main i'm really into veggie burgers and for dessert probably sticky toffee pudding or eton mess i'd say.

6) You’re out of the jungle and the luxury hotel awaits! What will be the first thing you will do?
Get a bath! For sure! I've really gotten in to baths at the minute so i'd hope whoever was meeting me in Australia would have bought some Lush bath bombs and a candle. I'd have a face mask on too :)

7) Now you’re out of the jungle and have all your luxuries back, what would be one product you have lived without and could continue to live without?
It definitely wouldn't be makeup so i'd probably say perfume. I'd have to make sure I had pretty darn good deodorant though.

8) Challenge – you have the choice of setting the challenge. What is your challenge and to whom?
I would challenge Joey to a counting challenge I think. Just for the fun of it really, I think he came across as such a nice boy!

I hope you've enjoyed this little series, a massive thank you to the lovely Rochelle and Natasha for making this tag. You can see part 1 & part 2 here, let me know if you've joined in. 


Thursday, 5 December 2013

Battle Of The Brow Palettes: REVIEW


If you've been reading my blog for a while now, you may know about my brow addiction. I'm always on the look out for new brow palettes, pencils or shadows that I can use to get the best out of my brows. I have quite dark hair, so it's fair to say my brows are quite obvious and somewhat 'bushy'. Now, i'm okay with this but I definitely need to tame them a little before going out in public and these three little palettes definitely come in handy. I'm going to review each one and let you know which I think is the best.


 The Mua Brow Kit retails for £3.50 so it's a pretty budget option but that's not to say it's budget quality. The kit comes with three shades; a dark brown, a light brown and a peachy brown. It also comes with a white gel, which goes on clear to set the brows. I use the darkest brown shade to outline the shape and then the lighter shade to fill in any sparse parts. This gives them a really natural finish and doesn't make them look to 'done'. The peach shade is a gorgeous highlight shade as it's very subtle and the brow gel works really well to hold them in place and doesn't look sticky or overloaded.

The packaging is pretty basic, but the mirror comes in really handy when you're rushing or travelling. The lid is also magnetic so good for moving around with. You also get a little brush with it but I think it holds too much product and creates a really obvious finish. Overall, I really like this product and for the price you can't go wrong.


Next is the HD Brow palette in the shade Foxy, this is the most expensive of the three palettes; retailing at £19.96. I received this in the Latest in Beauty box which I reviewed here and I was so excited to try it. This palette has four shades, Nude, Carbon, Warm Brown and Dark Brown which makes it versatile for all brunettes. The one issue I have with this palette is how powdery it is, the product gets everywhere. But I do love that this can double as an eyeshadow palette too. The nude shade is a good highlight or base colour, carbon is a dark brown/black shade perfect for outlining, the warm brown colour doesn't really match my brows but it's lovely for some shadow definition. Finally the dark brown colour is what I use to fill them in.

Again, the packaging is quite simple but I think it makes it look quite expensive. The mirror is also a really good size too. The brush again, is a bit redundant but would be useful if you ever forgot your eyebrow brush. I really love that this can double up as an eyeshadow palette to so for the money this is worth it but the powdery-ness of it really lets it down.


Finally, the last and newest palette to review comes from Elf.  I have got the shade medium and it's a really good match for my dark brows. Unlike the other two palettes, this only has two shades. The first is a dark brown wax which I use again, to outline the brows. I love using this as it is just enough product to make a very subtle different. The other shade is a light brown powder shade which is similar to Mac Wedge and again I use this shade to fill in the front of my brows and any sparse areas.

The packaging is very similar to the others, but this one is considerably smaller which makes it easier to travel with. The mirror is super small though which is the only downside. But if that's the only negative of a £3.75 eyebrow palette then I rest my case.


Overall I would say that all three palettes are good and I enjoy using them all. However my favourite is definitely the Elf Eyebrow Kit. It's just really simple and easy to use and such a bargain price. The HD Brows palette is also really nice but I just don't like the powderness of the shades. Finally I love that the Mua palette includes a setting gel, something which the other palettes miss and again for the price you can't complain.

Have you tried any of these palettes? Which is your favourite?

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