Monday, 5 June 2017



Liz Earle Dupe // An Honest Opinion




Hiya lovelies! It's such a dull, grey day today, where has the sunshine gone?! If you didn't watch the One Love Manchester concert last night, go on YouTube or any other catch up site and have a look! It was honestly a beautiful, moving night and all the acts were so well suited to the cause. Ariana Grande shone through with her beaaautiful soul and voice and it was just such a fitting event to honour the lives of all those lost in the recent terror attacks. 


So I've recently been updating my range of skin care products to try and just give that extra healthy look to my face and I have stumbled across the most amazing dupe! For ages now I've used the Liz Earle cleanse and polish to take my make up of, and honestly it's amazing, it really is. Because of my temperamental skin, I do struggle to change 'holy grail' products in my skin care regime because I'm so scared of breaking out. 







So when I was in Leeds I was starting to run out of my Liz Earle cleanse and polish, so, being on a budget I decided to pick up this Superdrug B brand melting gel cleanser. I'm going to go through the pros and cons of each 'category' I look for in a skin care product before telling you which one I prefer. 



PRICE

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish : £14.50 per 100ml

B. Melting Gel Cleanser: £5.99 per 100ml




HOW WELL IT TAKES OFF MAKE UP

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish: 9/10 - I love the way this just melts your make up off, the only problem I have with it is that sometimes It takes a lot of product to take eye make up off. I know they sell a separate eye cleanser so it might just be that they want you to use them in conjunction, but I like a product which does both.

B. Melting Gel Cleanser: 10/10 - This really takes off all your stubborn make up so nicely. I'm left with 0 make up on my face and eyes after using just a small amount of product so it does the job really well. 









PACKAGING

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish: 8/10 - I love the colour scheme/style of the bottle however, with the pump mechanism when you start to get to the end it does become a bit of a nightmare to get the last of it out. I've often had to cut open the packaging to get the last bits out. (I'm not wasting anything here!)

B. Melting Gel Cleanser: 9/10 - I love the simple style of this packaging, it's clear and clean. I like how this is a squeezy tube allowing you to get a lot of product out and utilise it more, especially towards the end. 




HOW IT LEAVES YOUR SKIN AFTERWARDS

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish: 9/10 - There's no denying that this product leaves your skin silky smooth and soo soft.


B. Melting Gel Cleanser: 8/10 - Although my skin isn't as soft as when I use the Liz Earle, it does leave your skin soft and refreshed.



TEXTURE

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish: 10/10 - This cleanser com
es in a thick, cream form which is very gentle on delicate areas and sensitive skin. For me, the texture doesn't affect the way this product works.


B. Melting Gel Cleanser: 10/10 - Whilst being very different in texture to the Liz Earle cleanser, it doesn't affect the product in any way. It's a thick, gel which melts away on your face to an almost oily texture. 










These products are so, so similar and they both do the job brilliantly whilst leaving your skin in wonderful condition. The only massive difference is the price point. I have to say at an £8.50 price difference I'm definitely going to be repurchasing the Superdrug B cleanser again. I just feel like it gives your skin that extra clean feeling, and sometimes with Liz Earle I have to use a lot of product for my eyes and stubborn make up, where as I haven't experienced that problem with the B cleanser.


The thing I love about both products is that they're both cruelty free, with the leaping bunny logo and they both come from brands which promote the use of natural ingredients and have a 'less chemical' approach unlike some skin care brands. 


Overall, I think I'm definitely in favour of the Superdrug brand B. melting gel cleanser purely because of the price and the fact that it works so incredibly well without damaging your skin or causing spots. There's a lot less ingredients in this product compared to the Liz Earle one and it's completely alcohol free which is lovely.



I hope you all have a wonderful evening & let me know if you've tried this dupe and what your experience was! X 









Saturday, 3 June 2017


HD Brows // Are They Really Worth It?

 Hiya everyone, I hope you've all had a lovely weeeek! I'm getting on top with all my Summer personal projects this week and also getting prepared as I have an internship which starts at the end of June which I'm excited/nervous about! 


So one of my new years resolutions was to kind of keep on top of all my beauty things, just to make myself feel better and more confident in myself. I have been slacking slightly, especially with my hair however one thing I've always been really interested in is having HD brows done.


Now I don't have super thin brows, they grow quickly and are very hard to maintain. I usually just plucked them and tried to shape them myself however I felt that they were slipping into the classic 'sperm' brow territory and decided that it was time to go and have someone shape them for me. 




(Left: Before, Right: After) 


Patch Test


Before having HD brows done you must get a patch test done. If the place you've chosen doesn't do this then DON'T GO. You could have a really serious reaction. The best thing is to have a look on the HD brows website and they have all the listed salons there where they have had real HD brow training.

Anyway, the patch test is just like a little transfer tattoo which you have done 48 hours before your appointment. Mine kind of went all crackly but it was fine, no reaction or itching or anything so it was all good.



The Appointment 


So HD brows involve having your brows waxed, threaded and tinted. I thought at first this was maybe a little bit excessive however, I was wrong. The precision which went into it was amazing, it wasn't too uncomfortable and actually oddly satisfying knowing all those rouge hairs were getting waxed away. Because I have dark hair I get a lot of patches between my eyebrow and my hairline, and they're soo hard to pluck out however with this process it was just pow, gone, bye! 


After the hair removal process and tinting I then had them filled in with some product before I left. The lady who did them was soo helpful, giving me lots of tips and tricks to how I can make my brows looks filled and well shaped with product and brushes. 


You're supposed to leave them for 4-5 weeks before you book another appointment however to get the best results you should leave them well alone, let them grow out until they are absolutely unbearable, and then get them redone. It's been about 3 weeks since I had mine done now and they're still so lovely, so i'll be leaving mine for another couple of weeks I think!





(Top left: Before, bottom left: During and right: After) 



Overall, I have to say that this experience was totally worth it, I paid £25 with student discount and I have no regrets! My eyebrows have been shaped perfectly and I couldn't believe the results after just 1 appointment. I honestly couldn't recommend it more, especially if you're used to just plucking them yourself, or feel like you need a bit of a reshape, HD brows are definitely the way to go.  


If you're located near Lincoln, UK I would highly recommend the place I went to get mine done which I will link below. I hope this has been useful if you've ever been curious about HD brows! 





Where I got mine done:









Wednesday, 31 May 2017


Morphe 35W Palette Review // Yay or Nay?



Hiya everyone! It's another beeeeautiful day here, I made the mistake of going out earlier in a thick jumper and tights and was sooo hot and clammy. I'm a terrible judge of the weather! 


I hope you all had an amazing bank holiday weekend, I keep seeing loads of holiday snaps on Insta and I'm getting so jealous, are you guys going anywhere nice this year?


A while ago I bought my first Morphe palette from Beauty Bay and thought I'd do a little review as I know loads of people aren't sure about this brand so I'm going to give my honest opinion!






So, this cost £22.00 from Beauty Bay, which is an aaaamazing website by the way, it does loads of American brands too with a very reasonable delivery charge and at normal prices. 


The W stands for warm, which is exactly what this palette is about. Lots of deep browns and purples which are perfect for Autumn/Winter but there's a few peachy tones in there too and lots of good transitional colours.


I was really excited to get this as I've been looking for a reasonably priced palette for a long time and this is great for when I go away, I can just take this one instead of lots of individuals or a few little palettes. It's not very heavy and the packaging is well, OKAY. Not the best as it doesn't have a mirror or anything but it's cheap, and that's its main selling point.







I did some finger swatches and tried to get a bit of variety in there, I didn't want to swatch the whole thing because well, there's loads. These are a few of my favourite ones. Two of my go-to looks from this palette are a deep copper look and a peachy, every day look. I haven't been brave enough to use any of the purples yet but I'm definitely going to try them soon.


Overall the pigments in these are a solid 7/10. I rated them high compared to some people because I find they work really well on my eyes, even the lighter transitional colours. The dark and the foiled colours tend to come out the best and they're not patchy at all like some dark colours can get. 


For the amazing price you can't really go wrong to be honest. You can create lots of different looks with this palette which I absolutely love. I would say it's the perfect palette if you're just getting started with eye make up and perfecting it. 







I know there's a bit of drama surrounding Morphe because a lot of influencers have coupon codes and there's a lot online saying that they make terrible quality products and just want the money. Honestly, I wouldn't pay too much attention because for the price of this palette you definitely get a good deal. The pigments are great, you get a good amount of each shade and you get a good variety too. 







So overall, I would definitely recommend this palette to anyone who's curious to try it out. Honestly, I wasn't expecting too much purely because it's so cheap but I was pleasantly surprised and have began to use this everyday. I do like that it's not too heavy purely because when you go away it's easy to carry. The only negative thing is probably the size. It's quite hard to store and kind of gets in the way but hey, that's something I'm willing to overlook. 






Now that it's my Summer holiday from uni I'm excited to get back into blogging more regularly so keep an eye out for more posts to come. I'm so close to my next goal on Bloglovin so I'd love it if you could help me reach it!


Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope it's helped you if you're thinking of buying a Morphe palette! Have an amazing week! 





Link to buy:

Monday, 29 May 2017


New skincare additions // Superdrug B, Cruelty Free!




Hello lovely people! I hope you're all having an amazing bank holiday weekend!

I've officially finished my second year of uni now, YAY! I've done a bit better than I thought I had but I'm still waiting on a couple of results, so hopefully no retakes.

I spend some time in Leeds with my boyfriend and picked up a few things from Superdrug which I thought I'd share with you all. 







I first discovered the Superdrug skin care brand B. when I was looking for a new cruelty free moisturiser, I ended up choosing the phase 1 gel one and I was seriously impressed. I love that they have the leaping bunny logo, and I LOVE the formulas of most of their products. I did pick up a night cream which I had to get rid of though because It made me break out.


 I'm always looking to upgrade my skincare routine, but hate heavily perfumed, alcohol heavy products. Superdrug had an amazing offer of buy one get one free on their products, minus the face wipes, so lots of bargains!







The first thing I picked up was the B. Clean melting gel cleanser, which I have heard is an amazing dupe of the Liz Earle cleanse and polish which is one of my holy grails. This costs £6.99 and although I haven't had the chance to try it yet, it smells amazing! I also love that there's not a huge amount of ingredients and is alcohol free, so hopefully my combo skin wont get too dried out.



Secondly, I picked up these micellar cleansing wipes. Now, if you know me you'll know how much I hate using face wipes to take make up off, I think they're the devils product for skin care. However, for Christmas I got a pack of Superdrug cleansing wipes and ended up using the whole pack because they were so nice and came in very handy after a night out, or when I was at my boyfriends house. These are normally £2.99 for 24 but at the minute they're on offer for £1.49, bargain! They are alcohol free, colour free and fragrance free so they don't dry your skin out and they're really soothing actually. 
































Next up is the B.Revealed glycolic cleansing peel which is £7.99 and comes with the nicest muslin cloth I've ever used. So, I was a bit nervous to use this, manly because I have no idea what glycolic means (sounds scary) and also the word peel (I don't want to peel my skin off you know?) But, after using this once, oh my, It's sooo lovely. It left my skin seriously refreshed, super clean and all my red/pink patches almost disappeared because it was just so soothing. It's sort of like a creamy gel which you leave on your face for 3 minutes then wash off with the muslin cloth, a really fantastic addition to my collection.


The only product which I'm not sure about is the B. Pure micellar oil which costs £6.99. It is SO oily, I was kind of expecting it to be more of a light cleansing oil but no, It's like rubbing vegetable oil over your face which I really didn't like. I definitely wouldn't use this on my eyes, but it is really good at removing stubborn make up especially around the nose area and is really moisturising on your skin, a little goes a long way.


Finally, the B. Refined exfoliating cleanser. I am in desperate need of a new exfoliator as my little Liz Earle sample is running out so I picked this up to try and I was not let down. I love the refreshing smell and I love that it's not really gritty or harsh, it's a light exfoliator which you can build up if you need to. For £5.49 it really is a bargain and well worth it!







I hope you enjoyed reading about my new skincare purchases, I couldn't recommend Superdrug's B brand more, it's super affordable and they've done a really good job at developing ingredients and formulas to make the perfect, affordable skin care! Yay!



Have you tried any of the B brand skin care or have you found something recently which you loved?! 








Thursday, 4 May 2017

 

Kat Von D and Too Faced Collaboration // First Impressions 



Heeey everyone, my final assignments for second year are all submitted, just one exam next week and then I'm finally free for Summer! I'm at that point in the semester where I could just sleep for a whole week.



So I actually didn't realise but when I was looking for some make up, Debenhams actually have a decent sale page, so naturally I picked up some bits I wouldn't usually pay full price for.



I've been keen to try the Kat Von D tattoo liquid liner for quite a while now, so when I saw this was on sale with the infamous Too Faced better than sex mascara from their recent collaboration, I had to pick it up. Currently, it's not on their offers page so the full price for this is £18, but I paid around £14 for it, which did seem quite pricey but I had high expectations. 







There's 4.8g of the mascara and 0.2ml of the liquid liner, so you literally get the teeeeniest amount for that price. I didn't read how much you got before hand so when this arrived I was quite shocked at how little they were. Definitely in between travel and sample sizes. 


Sooooo I tried them both out at the same time, this was my first time ever using both of these products but I've seen some amazing reviews so I was super excited.






Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Honestly, I wasn't blown away by this and definitely won't be purchasing it at full price. It's veeryyy clumpy and thick although didn't really do too much for my eyelashes. Yes, it made them thick and full but nothing that my drugstore mascaras don't do for a lot smaller price. The only positive thing which came out of this mascara is that it does stay on for a very long time, rather than getting flakey during the day but other than that it was pretty average.





Kat Von D Tattoo Liner 

Now, this is definitely a new holy grail of mine. I LOVE IT! The pigment is fantastic, and its so precise with a really good quality nib, so you can do a thin line, or make it buildable really easily. It stays on foreeeverrr (not literally, but you know what I mean!) When I was taking my make up off after a full day, I did have to put some extra effort to take this off. It doesn't go all dull and faded like some liquid liners do, it stays in place and stays well pigmented throughout the wear. 10/10 would recommend if you're looking to try something new, or if you're curious about it definitely give it a whirl. 






So, in my opinion this collab was kind of pricey, especially this set considering how tiny the products are. But, I did end up absolutely loving the liner so to me, it was worth it just to discover this product. The packaging is super cute, and I love the embossed effect of the roses, I think that good packaging always makes me feel a bit more positive about the product because hey, at least they've made an effort. 



Did you manage to pick up anything from this collaboration?! X





Monday, 1 May 2017


Jeffree Star Cosmetics // Skin Frost Highlighter Review




Hiya everyone! I hope you're all having a fab bank holiday. Don't you just love a fresh new highlighter?! My Beauty Bay order arrived on Saturday and I have never been so excited for new make up. I picked up this Jeffree Star skin frost highlighter and wanted to share my first impressions with you and to share my opinions.


I knoooow everybody either loves or hates Jeffree Star, this is my first time buying from this brand so I had no idea what to expect. I've seen amazing reviews, and I've seen bad reviews. I know in the past there's been a lot of controversy surrounding JS but on this occasion, I wanted to let the product speak for the brand. 






So this cost me £25.50 from Beauty Bay, an official UK stockist for Jeffree's brand, and you get 15g of product in there. So a very good amount in my opinion. I love the bright packaging and it definitely feels weighty, not a cheap, tatty plastic at all. It's very sturdy and you would have to try very hard to break the compact mirror off. 


It has all the brand information on the bottom and as you can see I bought this in the shade Ice Cold, just because I'm very pale, sometimes colours don't suit me and most of the time I'm just not in the mood for coloured highlights. I also love that it has this huge compact mirror inside it, a lovely addition because you could use this as a compact even when the product is finished. 








Next up, let's talk about the product itself. I like to apply my highlighter with a fan brush, just because at first you get that subtle glow, but you can build it up then without it becoming too much. Ice Cold is a beaaautiful frosty highlighter. The pigment is amazing without a doubt, and it's buildable. So if you're like me and prefer a long lasting, subtle glow then this would be perfect. 


I honestly just love the way this highlighter looks and feels. When it's on my skin it doesn't feel cakey or heavy, it just feels like my skin would feel without make up. I love that you can use this on your eyes too, as it looks beautiful in the corners just to make you look more awake. It doesn't have a huge amount of fall out of product either which is really good. You can easily build the coverage on this highlighter and it's so pigmented and beautiful. 








I honestly love everything about this product and will definitely be investing in more of the Jeffree Star Cosmetics products in the future. I think next up on my wishlist is the skin frost highlight in Peach Goddess. I think this highlight is definitely worth the price, not only do you get the amazing quality packaging with the mirror, but you also get a tonne of pigmented, well formulated product. 



Have you tried any of the Jeffree Star Cosmetics products?! Which ones did you love, or hate? X 

Thursday, 27 April 2017


Lush April Mini Haul // First Impressions




Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii gorgeous people I hope you're all having a wonderful week. It's assignment hand in time for me so the next week or so is going to be so busy but after the 11th i'm free for Summer, YAY!

I've had a Lush gift card lingering around in my purse for a while so today I decided to go in and stock up on some old favourites and also some things which I've never tried before but look intriguing.

The best thing for me about Lush is the cruelty free aspect of it alongside their brilliant use of natural ingredients. I love the packaging and so far everything I've ever bought from there has brought me nothing but happiness (and cleanliness haha!)






Obviously I had to get a good size bottle of my favourite Olive Branch shower gel, I've used this before and it always leaves my skin so silky smooth and fresh. It smells like olive oil mixed with mandarins, really rich and beautiful.
£9.95/250g


The second thing I picked up was the dirty springwash. I loved the fresh spearmint smell to this and the Lush shower gels always leave me so refreshed and clean. I looove the blue colour to this as well, super pretty.
£9.95/250g


Next up is something I've never used and that's the 9 to 5 cleansing lotion. I'm always a bit dubious to try new skin care products because of my temperamental skin, but this doesn't have a huuge amount of ingredients and doesn't have a poignant smell so I thought I'd give it a try. It has a soft almond smell and I love that it's not some crazy colour either.
£5.25/95g





Then I picked up this tangled hot oil treatment which you mix with boiling water then it creates a cream that you leave on your hair. I thought it looked super cool and I'm always down to try new treatments because my hair is sooo thick and tangles so quickly.
£6.50/20g


I also got given this sample of another leave-in hair treatment called H'Suan Wen Hua which I'm super excited to try. It's supposed to leave your hair silky smooth and tangle free, just what I neeeeed! £9.75/225g






So I had a tiny sample of the ocean salt scrub and it smells sooo good. It's not too rough so perfect for using multiple times a week and it leaves your skin super refreshed and smooth. It has a really nice limey smell and of course I love the blue colouring in it. I like that it's soft enough to use as a face scrub because sometimes they're a bit too rough for your face.
£15.50/250g


The last thing I picked up is the lovely mask of magnaminity which is a minty mask supposed to target spots and cleanse the skin. It also has lots of natural ingredients in it and also honey for that soft, glowy skin. I have really wanted to try more face masks this year so I'm happy I've got my hands on this.
£11.50/315g




Let me know if you've bought any thing from Lush recently, do you love it or hate it?! X