Sunday, 19 June 2016

Glow Getting Look Fantastic Haul || Illamasqua, The Balm and Bare Minerals

Glow Getting Look Fantastic Haul || Illamasqua, The Balm and Bare Minerals with swatches

Glow Getting Look Fantastic Haul || Illamasqua, The Balm and Bare Minerals with swatches

Glow Getting Look Fantastic Haul || Illamasqua, The Balm and Bare Minerals with swatches

Glow Getting Look Fantastic Haul || Illamasqua, The Balm and Bare Minerals with swatches
We've all been there, it's late at night, you're watching youtube tutorials and suddenly you find yourself browsing your favourite beauty websites. That's what happened to me - these three items just happened to fall into my Look Fantastic basket after watching an amazing tutorial by Rach Leary.
I picked up 3 bits; one i've wanted for years (The Balm's Mary Lou Manizer Highlighter £16), one that i've very nearly ordered lots of times before (Illamasqua's Radiant Veil Primer £32) and a complete new discovery that sucked me straight in (Bare Minerals Concealer in Well Dressed £19). Without actually realising this is a pretty glowy haul, it is summer after all and we all know how much glowy and dewyness beauty bloggers like in summer.
Mary Lou Manizer is just amazing, you can see from the swatch just how glowy it actually is - i've tried it for the first time and i'm in love. I think I went in quite light today so I can't wait to give it a go when I'm looking for a more obvious highlight. Radiant Veil Primer is also the perfect product for a glowy base. I'm looking for a replacement to my much loved Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (it's amazing but so so expensive, you can see my reviews here and here) and I'm hoping this is the one. I'm slightly worried it will make me look oily rather than dewy but fingers crossed it'll work! Finally the Bare Minerals Multi Tasking Powder is a complete new discovery to me. The colour is universal and once I saw it applied in Rach's Summer Bronze/Copper Goddess look I swiftly added it to my basket. It just brightens and sets the concealer perfectly, it's a complete game changer!
xo

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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation || Review & Swatches

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation Review & Swatches
I've owned the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation for at least 2 months and there's probably been about 7 days when I haven't worn it- that is how much I love it. I was lucky enough to buy this from QVC and it included the Double Ended Foundation brush which retails on Sephora for $34 - I got the pair of them for £34!
At first I worried the shade was too dark for me but I actually love the way it looks on my skin. It's definitely a medium coverage foundation but it is buildable, I've worn this on a night out and it looks beautiful. As with many foundations I do find I have to powder - damn you oily skin but now i've found my holy grail powder this isn't a problem. I've found the best way to apply it for me is with the double ended foundation brush, using the fuller size. It's very similar to a buffing brush but nothing at all like a Beauty Blender which is usually my go to. It blends really nice and doesn't settle into pores or dry patches.My only criticism is the packaging - well not so much how it looks. We can all agree it looks beautiful but the application is so bloody tricky. When you unscrew the lid you are greeted with a pipet style applicator. I understand why, this is a water based foundation and no lid would equal a lot of mess and a pump would probably dispense too much product but it doesn't make it any easier to use. In order to get enough product, I shake the bottle; squeeze the top presser thing (description is definitely my strong point here), open the lid and then dispense the product on to the brush. I find one 'drop' does one side of my face then I like half a 'drop' to perfect everything.
This lasts forever on the skin - I mean forever. It's one of the best foundations I've tried for longevity - it's my new work base of choice. I love teaming this with my Mimosa highlight shade from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Palette (reviewed here). Teamed with a nudey brown lip , it's fast becoming my favourite go to makeup.
xo
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Sunday, 12 June 2016

Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea || Hallmark Hotel Review

Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea || Hallmark Hotel Review

Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea || Hallmark Hotel Review

Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea || Hallmark Hotel Review

Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea || Hallmark Hotel Review

Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea || Hallmark Hotel Review

Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea || Hallmark Hotel Review
This may just be the cutest post I've ever written and one that I couldn't wait to write. A few weeks ago my lovely Hull Blogger pals and I were invited to review the Alice In Wonderland themed Afternoon Tea at the Hallmark Hotel. I'm a massive afternoon tea fan and I have to admit i'm quite partial to a bit of Alice in Wonderland too. We decided to arrange it as a surprise to fellow Hull Blogger and Alice in Wonderland enthusiast Kate and boy did we do well.
We picked the nicest day (I definitely caught the sun on just one shoulder) and when we arrived the lovely staff had rearranged out table so we could sit outside. The view is breath taking, the balcony looks out onto the Humber Bridge - the hotel is definitely a hidden gem in Hull. Our table was set out beautifully, covered in playing cards and bunny ears for the 5 of us. We also had the nicest tea cups and ornaments which added to the Alice theme. We were greeted with a glass of fizz and some water and once we'd all arrived the afternoon tea was ordered!
There is definitely something for everyone:
Assorted finger sandwiches/wraps: Ham & Pickle, Cucumber & Cream Cheese, Cheese & Chutney & Egg Mayo & Rocket
Home Made Mushroom meringues
Savoury Scotch Egg and Boiled Egg/Tomato Toadstool
Eat Me popping candy cupcake
Freshly baked Scones and Strawberry Jam, Lemon Curd & Devonshire clotted cream
Strawberry ‘Drink Me’ Syrup
Popping Candy
Pot of Tea or Coffee
but it was the cakes and the 'Drink Me' syrup that got me. They were insane, I'll definitely be dreaming about them in the future. It costs £17.50 and is 100% worth it, the afternoon was the nicest I'd had in a long time.
We were well and truly looked after, the staff were always asking if we needed anything else and the lovely waitress offered to take a picture for us which was nice. The chef came and chatted to us too which was a nice touch - he did an amazing job. The food not only tasted amazing but looked delicious too, it definitely attracted the attention of other guests! I think this would be the perfect gift for mums, grandmas and sisters but also a lovely occasion to have a catch up with friends etc. I'm looking forward to booking again and taking my mum as I'm sure she would love it - that drink is not something that can only be tasted once!
Thank you for having us and looking after us so well Hallmark Hotels, it was amazing! Thank you to Alex, Ashton, Kate and Heather it was so nice catching up with you. There's lots of pictures on Twitter and Instagram using the #madhatterafternoontea - it's definitely instagram worthy!
xo
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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Lord & Berry Lips and Eyes || Review

Lord & Berry Lips and Eyes Review and swatches

Lord & Berry Lips and Eyes Review and swatches

Lord & Berry Lips and Eyes Review and swatches
Lord & Berry is a brand I've heard a lot about but I haven't ever tried them until now. I was very kindly sent 3 of their products to try and I've been very impressed. The colours are not something I would necessarily pick but actually they are really nice.
Firstly, we'll start with lips as I was sent two different lip products. The first one is the 20100 Shiny lip crayon in the shade Tulip Red (£10*). This is an amazing dark purpley, red colour which is perfect for autumn winter. I never normally wear a dark lip which isn't matte but this actually looks really nice. It's a good shade for a night out but just make sure you top it up regularly. It lasts for a few hours but definitely needs adjusting after eating/drinking. The other lip offering I was sent is the Vouge Lipstick in Rebel (£12*) - this is a matte finish which is my favourite. It's a beautiful brown red which is something I don't own. This isn't drying and lasts a while on the lips, out of the two I would prefer this for a night out as it's less maintenance.
The last product is the Seta Premiere Eyeshadow in Barockque (£12*) which is obviously a single eyeshadow. At first I was worried this wouldn't suit me as it's pretty pink toned but I was wrong. This is the perfect crease shade if you're creating that 'sunset' eye look that is everywhere right now. With this in the crease and then a glittery red/purple shade in the centre and a burnt orange/copper in the outer corner you are good to go. It's completely matte so perfect for the crease and it lasts without a lot of fall for the whole day.
What Lord & Berry products do you recommend?
xo
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Saturday, 4 June 2016

L'oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation and Glam Bronze Soleil || Review

Anything 'gimicky' and i'm in - this product got me more intrigued than an episode of Hollyoaks! Now, I'd seen this type of product floating around everywhere, Lancome have recently released a foundation one, as has Kiko but the L'oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation and Glam Bronze Soleil has got me more excited than the others. They are both currently on offer for £9.99 (regular price £14.99) and are available from Boots and Superdrug. I decided to try both the foundation and the bronzer and I'm pretty happy with them both.
Firstly, the foundation is a light coverage but can be built up to give a more medium coverage. It's dewy and light in finish which means it's perfect for the summer months. When I asked my boyfriend what he thought he said 'it's more natural and looks like you' so I guess that's a winner. I'd definitely say this is a good holiday base - it's travel friendly (there's no way this is going to smash and break after being thrown around an aeroplane) and it's perfect for a light base in the day and then easy to build up for a night time look. There are 7 shades currently, I am shade 3 (I'm having a love affair with fake tan - you can see my review of my favourite here) and I think it suits me well. I do find that I need to powder over this but that's a regular step for me anyway. It has good longevity and lasting power, I'm having a bad breakout on my chin at the minute and I only had to reapply concealer once in a pretty full on day.
Moving on to the bronzer and controversially my favourite out of the two. This only comes in one shade which is slightly disappointing but with a light hand I feel I can make it work - it also helps that I'm fake tanned up to my eyeballs! Just like with the foundation, the sponge that comes with it is pretty redundant but I apply this lightly using my Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Double Ended Foundation Brush. I use the slanted side and apply this to anywhere the sun would naturally hit. Honestly, you need such a small amount as a little goes a long way. Again, this looks natural and lasts all day on the skin. I'm super happy with this and if you're only going to buy one of these I'd recommend this the most!
xo
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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Zoeva Pink Spectrum Blush Palette

Zoeva Pink Spectrum Blush Palette

Zoeva Pink Spectrum Blush Palette

Zoeva Pink Spectrum Blush Palette

Zoeva Pink Spectrum Blush Palette Swatches
Another sneaky Beauty Bay purchase! This time in the form of the Zoeva Pink Spectrum Palette (£15). There are 3 different shades of this palette; pink, coral and nude. I decided to go for pink and the shades suit my pale skin better than the others. The shades names go from PKO10 to PK040 and the swatches start with 30, 10, 20 and then 40 - confusing I know.
All the shades are incredibly pigmented which is amazing for the price. I use a Real Techniques blusher brush to apply these blushes, they are quite powdery and I often have to clean the palette once I've used it but it's a small price to pay for beautiful shades. PKO10 is very similar to Nars Orgasm a gorgeous pinky with gold speckles. PK040 is very bright but looks gorgeous with a no makeup look, it adds the nicest healthy look to the skin. PK020 is a neutral fleshy tone which I use when i'm going for a more bronzey makeup as it just gives a bit of dimension to the cheek bones. Finally PK030 is quite a highlighty shade but again just gives a bit of dimension and colour to the face.
For the price, this palette is 100% worth it. £15 for 4 big shades is so good. They last on the skin well and the pigmentation is just amazing. I'm so tempted by more Zoeva palettes because this has really opened my eyes to how brilliant they are.
xo
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