Saturday, 27 August 2016

Origins Mix & Mask British Beauty Blogger Box || Review

Origins Mix & Mask British Beauty Blogger Box Review

Origins Mix & Mask British Beauty Blogger Box Review

Origins Mix & Mask British Beauty Blogger Box Review

Origins Mix & Mask British Beauty Blogger Box Review

Origins Mix & Mask British Beauty Blogger Box Review
So this box is probably one of the biggest beauty bargains in the industry. It cost a grand total of £20 with free delivery - yes that was £20! I've had my eye on the Origins Maskimizer for a while but never got round to purchasing it so when I saw it in this box it made a lot of sense to just buy this; considering the Maskimizer is full size and originally it costs £18.50! Which means that the rest of the box cost me £1.50!! This was another fantastic collaboration from Latest in Beauty (you can see more LiB reviews here and here) and British Beauty Blogger Jane and unfortunately it is now sold out but I still wanted to review the products for you.
I've used some of the masks before and some are new discoveries for me. Since buying this box, I've used the Maskimizer several times and I think it does a really good job of letting the mask sink into the skin. It feels cooling and refreshing and is a nice extra step to a pamper session. The three pod masks are from their most popular masks Out of Trouble, Clear Improvement and Drink Up. I have reviewed these here when I received the trio as a Christmas present, these minis are perfect to take travelling.
You also get a bigger Drink Up mask which is an essential for me in the winter as my skin gets very dry. The Ginzing Peel Off mask is a new addition to the Origins collection and I am yet to try it. It's a copper colour and you peel it off the skin, what more could you ask for. Another travel size mask is the Original Skin Retexturizing Mask which I have used once. It does a good job of perking up dull skin, it has tiny little exfoliation beads in and feels lovely when you're wiping it off. It dries similar to the Charcoal mask, one where you don't want to talk or laugh in case you crack your mask!
I've mentioned the Maskimizer already but trust me, it's a good one. The Origins By All Greens Cleansing Mask is another product I haven't used yet. It is a self activating foaming mask that is perfect for a skin detox, I think i'm going to try this this weekend. Finally is the VitaZing SPF 15 Moisturiser which again, I am yet to try. It is good for all skin types and is supposed to leave you with a nice glow that looks like you've been on holiday for a week. I cannot wait to try it!


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Brush Works Beauty Essentials || Review

Brush Works Beauty Essentials
There are some things as a beauty blogger or just beauty lover in general that are essential. I'm thinking; sharpeners, tweezers, nail files etc - you can get these from pretty much everywhere. Drug store or high end, most beauty places will stock them. However, why pay a fortune for essentials when you can find them for less than £10 and they do an amazing job!
That's where Brush Works comes in, it's a fairly new company who specialise in make up brushes and implementations for beauty lovers around. I was sent 6 of their tools and they have come in so handy. Brush Work Crystal Nail File (*£5.99) is an essential for nail disasters. I get my nails done every fortnight but this comes in really handy when I chip a nail. It's a lot heavier than a regular nail fail too so it keeps the nails strong. Brush Works 6 Way Shape & Shine Buffer (*£2.49) is a product that brings back memories. Whenever I had sleepovers as a child we'd always use this whilst painting or nails, the shine this gives is incredible - I love it. Brush Works Foot File (*£4.99) is something I use all the time. Now i'm in flip flops a lot of the time I like to look after my feet. I like to use this after a shower or a bath when the skin is soft and then apply a moisturiser over the top.
Slanted Tweezers are the only ones I'll use now, they make everything so much easier. Brush Works Slanted Tweezers (*£2.99) are so cheap compared to others on the market and they do a really good job. I use these more for when i'm doing other peoples brows because I keep my other pair in my makeup bag. Brush Works Pencil Sharpener (*£2.49) is perfect for lip liners and eye liners. Why pay £££ money for a sharpener when this does such a good job, I keep it in my makeup bag and use it all the time. Brush Works Lash Curlers (*£4.99) are a life saver at curling your lashes. Again, I use these when I'm doing other peoples makeup but I do use them on myself. I'm lucky that I have naturally long, curly lashes anyway so I don't need to curl my lashes all the time but these do a pretty good job!

Sunday, 21 August 2016

NYX haul

NYX haul - matte lip creams, butter gloss, glitter pigments, glitter glue, eye shadow primer, roll on glitter
NYX Matte Lip Cream in - Copenhagen, Cannes and Summer Fruits
Since its release into larger Boots stores, NYX has taken over the blogging world. The price of their products is similar to many drugstore brands but the quality is amazing. I'm trying to extend my makeup kit (you will see a lot of hauls coming up, I've already posted a Sephora Haul) and i'm looking for things I don't really own such as glitters and eyeliners etc. NYX is perfect for those products as the price point is so cheap.
I'll start with lips and the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (£5.50) in Copenhagen and Cannes. They are matte liquid lipsticks (you can see my collection here) in very different shades. Copenhagen is a deep purple shade whereas Cannes is a pinky nude colour. They last so long on the lips, aren't drying at all and they apply streak free. I also picked up a bright colour but this is a NYX Intense Butter Gloss (£5.50) in the shade Summer Fruits. This is slightly stickier as it is a gloss rather than a matte lipstick but again it's not annoying or hard to work with. It applies pretty much opaque so it can be worn as a lipstick, the colour is perfect for summer too.
Moving on to eyes! I picked up the NYX HD Eyeshadow Base (£5.50) I don't have particularly oily eyelids but you can never go wrong with an eye primer. It's nice to have for nights out or when I want my makeup to last from day to night. It dries clear and helps the shadows to not crease or smudge. I then picked up the NYX Roll On Eye Shimmer (£5.50). I chose the shade Mauve Pink as I'm loving the Anastasia Beverley Hills Modern Renaissance Palette and this suits most of the colours. It applies really easily and dispenses enough product. It doesn't cover the whole lid with tonnes of pigment but it's perfect for a finishing touch.
Moving on to glitter and I picked up a glitter essential - NYX Glitter Primer (£8). This is super sticky and the perfect addition to any glittery eye. It comes out of the tube a skin type of colour so can block out veins etc on your lids. I've used it a few times and it really does a good job of sticking the glitter to the lids and lessening fall out. Then I went a bit crazy on the NYX Face and Body Glitters (£5.50), I picked up ice (white), red and copper as they are shades I wear quite often. I love that these have 3 dots in the lid rather than just going straight into the pot, it makes application so much cleaner and easier. You do need quite a lot to make these stand out and I use Mac Fix+ to wet my brushes, this works really well and makes the glitter stick a lot better.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

A Guide To Rome || Tips and Tricks

 4 days in Rome went so fast, there is so much to do and see! Before I went I spent a lot of time watching Vlogs and reading blog posts so I knew kind of what to expect but a lot of the Rome posts only talked about recommendations of places to eat and visit rather than giving people tips and tricks so that's what I thought i'd do for you!
 1 // Book any tours in advance
Because we only had a few days in Rome (with travelling taking up a day etc) we decided it was best to see the main sights via a tour. The Colosseum has huge queues all year round but going in the height of summer (we went from the 4th-7th August) means it is crazy busy. We had already been warned about this so decided to book a tour online. We went with Dark Rome as they had brilliant reviews and also did a tour of the Colosseum that included the underground cellars and an exclusive night tour (spoiler alert - it was amazing!) We also booked a best of Rome tour for the following day that was equally as good, the tour guides really know their stuff. Some of the tours are quite pricey but it means you skip the queue and it doesn't eat into your holiday money whilst you're there.
2 // Take plenty of money
We took 700 euros with us and thought that was a lot for 4 days. We knew we'd be spending 96 euros on transfers to and from the airport (taxis are white in Rome and there is a fixed rate of 48 euros from the airport to anywhere in the city centre) and we knew about the hotel tax. To be honest, we did eat out for lunch and tea every day in restaurants rather than cheaper places for lunch but that's what we wanted to do. The food in Rome is just delicious so we decided to splash out. We also did a lot of shopping and splurging in Sephora too (you can see my Sephora Haul here). I would say just bring more than you think and you'll be fine.
 3// Just cross the roads
The roads in Rome are crazy, there were several times on the way from the airport to the hotel I thought we'd be in an accident. The cars drive recklessly and the pedestrians just walk out on the road - together it sounds like a nightmare but it actually works. So if there are traffic lights and the green man, follow the rules; only walk when the green man is on. However, if theres what appears to be a zebra crossing on the road then you literally just walk out. It's pretty scary at first but if you're confident then it works, if you falter and look nervous the cars wont stop. Be cautious though, especially with motorcycles, these travel so fast that they find it hard to stop in time.
4// Google Maps becomes your best friend
Rome is full of hidden streets and back alleys so walking around can get pretty confusing. Our hotel was very close to a lot of main attractions, our furthest sight was the Colosseum and it was around 30 minutes walk. We didn't rely on transport because of this so we walked everywhere. The first day we just wondered and then ended up getting lost, in 37 degree heat this wasn't good! After this, we'd decide where we were going, get the route on google maps and then take pictures of the route seeing as we didn't have Wifi. This is such a good idea, the thought of getting lost really scares me so I definitely felt more comfortable and relaxed.
 5// There are a lot of street sellers
This is the thing that surprised me the most! Near all the main sights there are people selling things; water, selfie sticks, tours and roses. Most of them are fine when you say no but the men selling the roses can be quite persistant. They try and force them into your hands so you buy them, I either put my hands in my pockets or just very firmly told them no. It does get quite annoying but it's a small price to pay when you see the amazing views and attractions.
6// Beware of pick pockets at the main attractions
This is something everyone warned me of and I'll admit it did make me a little frightened before I went. The main sights get so busy, the Trevi Fountain was like nothing I've ever seen before and our tour guide said it was a pick pockets paradise. I had nothing in my pockets and used a bum bag for everything (it was very nice from Asos, not one of those old types), my camera was around my neck the whole time. My boyfriend had his wallet and phone in his pockets but kept his hands in them most of the time. Whilst we were there the second time, our guide actually spotted 2 pick pockets, they were young girls carrying huge bags. They had scarfs too so they could keep coming round in 'different' clothes. Just be very vigilant and don't ask people you don't know to take pictures of you - our guide constantly offered to take pictures for us.
7// Take lots of pictures but live in the moment
Rome is full of beauty, everywhere you turn there is something amazing and instagrammable! I'm pretty proud of my Instagram at the minute (@studentstylexo) it's full of churches and blue skies. I also took a lot pictures on my camera too (you can see them in my Rome Photo Diary) but it's so important to actually live in the moment and appreciate what you're seeing with your eyes rather than through a screen. On our tours we'd reach a destination, I'd snap a few pictures and then listen and observe the surroundings. Everything is so stunning and awe inspiring that I found I actually wanted to listen to the history of these wonders.
8// Dress for the weather
This is simple and very obvious one! We went in August and it was hot, probably one of the hottest places I've been - you're doing a hell of a lot of walking and it's not acceptable to wear a bikini in the streets (no one needs to see that!) this means it does feel really hot. My suitcase consisted of shorts and thin t-shirts but my main saviour was play suits, they are so cool and floaty and definitely needed in the heat. Comfortable trainers are also essential, you will walk a lot and cute sandals just wont cut it. Going shopping or walking around for 3 hours in 38 degrees does take it's toll on your body. We bought 2 litre water bottles every day in the morning and then used the frequent fountains to fill them up throughout the day (there is drinkable water everywhere, you can even walk in some of the fountains and fill your bottles up there). We also ordered a bottle of water with every meal to go alongside our alcohol or soft drinks.

If you want to know anything else, you can email or tweet me and i'll get back to you!

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Sephora Haul

Sephora Haul - sheet masks  in Pomegranate and Pearl

Sephora Haul - Wonderful Cushion Collection

Sephora Haul - Wonderful Cushion Collection

Sephora Haul - Matte Lip Cream

Sephora Haul - Matte Lip Cream Swatches
I'm pretty sure i'm not alone with this but when I book a holiday I get myself on Google Maps and find the nearest Sephora! Luckily for me but not so much for my bank account, in Rome (you can see my photo diary here) we had a Sephora at the top of our street and another 2 very close by. Now because of #brexit the euro is pretty pants, this meant that brands we can get in the UK such as Urban Decay, Nars and Chanel weren't that much cheaper so I decided to stick to mainly Sephora's own brand as it's not available in the UK.
Sephora Sheet Masks in Pearl and Pomegranate and Charcoal Nose Strip
These are everywhere, I see so many people instagramming these so I had to pick them up. The masks were around 3,50 euros and the nose strip was around 1,50 which is very cheap. I haven't tried a sheet mask yet so i'll report back with my thoughts.
Sephora Wonderful Cushion Matte Lip Cream and Blush
This collection sucked me in by their advertising, because we don't have Sephora's own collection I was quite overwhelmed by everything so I focused on their new releases or best sellers. These looked to be nearly sold out so I thought they must be good. I got the lip cream in 02 Wonderful Coral and the blush in 01 Raspberry Splash. Hopefully as they are quite close in shade numbers they will compliment each other nicely.
Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 06 and 09
I picked up another 2 lip stains as I love them. I got a nudey pink colour and then a bright corally orange shade. I love orange lips for summer, they look amazing with a green and gold eye look. I'm also loving nudey pink lips too. I love the 2 shades I already own (you can read about them here) so hopefully these will be just as good. I've heard a few people say they nude shades aren't as good but for 10 euros I thought it was worth a try.
I did pick up 2 more bits from Sephora that weren't from their own brand and something from Inglot but I thought I'd mention them here anyway. In the airport on the way I smelt Tom Ford Orchid Soleil and loved it. I find Tom Ford scents to be very strange, I can never decide if I like them or not so I sprayed it in the airport and then made up my mind after I'd worn it for a while. This was super expensive and worked out at about £56 (slightly more expensive than the UK but i'd saved euros for a perfume so made sense to buy it there). There will be a review soon of this but I absolutely love it. I then got sucked in to the minis by the tills and bought the Makeup Forever HD Powder. I've wanted to try this for ages and the travel size means it can stay in my bag for touch ups. Finally there was an Inglot shop in Rome so I picked up a single eyeshadow in 09,  they were so cheap and beautiful but one was enough. The pigmentation of this is unreal and the gold shade really suits my blue eyes.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Photo Diary || Rome - Italy

There will be a tips and tricks guide to Rome coming soon (and a Sephora haul)!

Monday, 1 August 2016

Disappointing Products

Disappointing products ft Mac, Charlotte Tilbury, Too Faced

Disappointing products ft Mac, Charlotte Tilbury, Too Faced
I'm not really a negative person but I find these disappointing product posts super helpful. Yes, we're all different but it's nice to read reviews from a variety of people and it's just as interesting hearing why people don't like different products - that way you can make your own mind up knowing both sides. I also feel like I can trust these posts, especially in the ever growing world of sponsored posts and #ads.

First up is the Mac Amber x9 palette (£30), I'm a massive Mac eyeshadow lover and I have 2 custom quads of my own. When I saw this range of palettes I was instantly drawn to it, the golden tones of the Amber palette are perfect for my blue eyes. However, when it arrived I was thoroughly disappointed, the pigmentation is rubbish! You need to apply lots of the shadow to even achieve a small amount of colour on the eye. The matte shades are slightly better but not brilliant and the glittery shades have such bad fall out that it just isn't worth using them. I wanted to love this but there are so many better, cheaper shadow palettes out there (you can see my review of the Makeup Geek eyeshadows here).

Keeping with the Mac theme is the Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks (£21), something which sold out very quickly. Like most bloggers I jumped on the band wagon and tried to order some, the shades I wanted were pretty much always unavailable so I waited a while and then took the plunge. I have two shades, one isn't too bad but the other is rubbish. The purple shade is called Oh Lady and applies nice and even, the colour lasts a long time but it is very drying. On the other hand the deep red is High Drama, the colour is gorgeous but it applies so streaky and uneven. It bleeds worse than any other lipstick I own, even with a lip liner. Every time I've tried to wear it, i've had to take it off before leaving the house.

Charlotte Tilbury very rarely disappoints but the Colour Chameleon eyeshadow pencil in Champagne Diamonds (£25) just isn't very good. The golden shade is recommended for blue eyes but it doesn't really do a lot. The pigmentation is rubbish, you really have to use a lot of product for even a tiny bit of pay off. I really hoped this would be the perfect champagney gold for my blue eyes but unfortunately I'm still on the look out. You can get much better eyeshadow pencils from the drug store in my opinion, definitely save your money.

Finally, my newest disappoint is the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (£19). This is a really sad one, I love love love what this mascara does to my lashes - they literally look incredible when I wear this but it ends up all over my face after about an hour. It smudges so so bad, people have actually asked if I've been crying when I wear this. I'm tempted to try the waterproof version but I'm worried it'll be the same :( if you've tried it please let me know as I really do love the look this gives.

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