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Benefit Make Up Brushes | Complete Set

  • Wednesday, 27 August 2014



 
Concealer Brush | £18.50 | Link

 
Hard Angle/Definer Brush | £16.50 | Link

 
Blush/Powder Brush | £23.50 | Link


 
Foundation Brush | £20.50 | Link
 

 
Cream Shadow Brush | £18.50 | Link

 


When I said goodbye to all of my work friends at Boots a few weeks ago, they sent me packing with a huge box of goodies  which included a make up brush set, by Benefit no less! I've been saving them, not only to write a bog post all about them but also because I'm quite happy with the brushes I am currently using. However, I think it is now time to take the plunge and start using my new set and leave my other ones as back up brushes.

I was given six brushes in total, one for powder, foundation, a hard angle brush for brows, a concealer brush and two for eye shadow. I only ever used to use brushes for eye shadow but for Christmas, a year before the one just gone, I was given a No.7 foundation brush which changed the way I applied make up forever! Since using one I could never go back as my foundation has a much more flawless finish, I end up using a lot less product and it is applied very evenly over my skin. Now I use a brush for pretty much everything I apply on my face, which is great because I only ever use as much of each product that I need to and don't have to run to the bathroom every two seconds to wash my hands!
 
These brushes are very high in quality, although I would expect nothing less from Benefit. They are extremely soft to touch with lovely long handles which is great because I find make up much easier to apply as there is a more secure hold on the brush. The eyeshadow brushes and hard angle brush are a perfect size to apply make up with great precision and the concealer brush has a wide spread fan to easily blend concealer and primers. I would usually prefer a larger powder brush to I will most likely use this one for bronzer and blusher as it is better designed for a more precise application. Overall I'm so so happy with my new brushes and think that they will really enhance my make up application.


What make up brushes do you use? Can you recommend any brands to use other than Benefit?
 
 
 
Maddy
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Body and Beauty Holiday Prep | Lanzarote 2014

  • Monday, 25 August 2014



If you follow me on Twitter then you'll probably know that I'm going on holiday for a week at the beginning of September. Me and the boy have booked an all-inclusive trip to Lanzarote which will be lovely and relaxing I'm sure. With us only booking it a few weeks in advance I've decided to go on a mini health and beauty kick in order to get my body primed and prepped for our summer holiday. I thought I would share the few simple changes I have made and will continue with until we jet off.
 
Cutting out the rubbish food - This is an obvious one I'm sure, but I've basically been trying to cut out crisps, sweets, chocolate and eat more smoothies/fruit/veg instead of snacking. This is not only to see if I can loose a few pounds but also to decrease a bloated belly, so that it is bikini worthy, and to clear my skin of impurities as I tend to hardly wear any make up while I'm on a sunny holiday by the pool.

Exercise - I've been heading over to the gym a lot more, again to help shift those few extra pounds I'm not comfortable carrying around in skimpy summer gear. I've been doing a fair amount of toning exercises with a lot of sit ups, and have been walking more on the treadmill with a combination of varying speeds and inclines.

Cut out the caffeine - It is a well known fact that caffeine decreases metabolism which is counter-productive since I'm trying to eat better and exercise a lot more. So I have cut down on the milky lattes and cups of tea and instead having been opting more for peppermint and green teas. Not only will this cut down on the extra calories but it will also promote good skin and encourage a better sleeping pattern which will also help with increasing metabolism and improving my skin.

Palmers Firming Butter and Dove Gradual Tan - As well as getting my body healthy for me jollys, I also want to head off with a healthy looking glow. I hate the feeling of being extra pasty when I first go away so I'll be slapping on the gradual tan a few days leading up to the flight. Although, to be honest, with this recent lovely weather we've been having, I've been popping on the fake tan the last few weeks anyway, so I'll most likely just be maintaining the sun-kissed colour I've been rocking lately.

Hair Care - My hair is pretty damaged anyway (due to a bleaching phase I went through a few years back, and because of the length, most of it still hasn't recovered!) so having it sun-exposed for a week will do it no favours. So, I'm having a friend to cut it before I jet off and from now until I go away I will use conditioning treatments and oils to make sure it is fully moisturised in order to decrease sun damage.
 
So there you have it, a few holiday preparation bits and bobs that I will be doing on the build up to my holiday to get me summer ready. Would love to know if you have any tips or ticks that you have to get you ready for your holidays, get in touch if you do!
 
 
Maddy
xxx
 
 
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Protest | Summer Style | Outfit Review

  • Friday, 22 August 2014

 
 
 
 
Evidence Beach Short* | Rainforest | Link | $24.99  $17.49
 
 
 
 
 





 
 
Teeton Singlet* | Basic | Link | $24.99  $12.49

 
 

 
 
 
 



 



A couple of weeks ago I was approached by the clothing brand Protest (a link to their website here) who asked if I would be interested in seeing their latest collection. Of course I jumped at the opportunity and they sent me over their online catalogue. They have a suffer/beach wear style to their products with lots of shorts, vests, bikinis and sandals as well as sarongs and dresses. It is all very boho yet colourful. Think The White Stuff meets Animal.
 
I was so excited to then be told that they would send me over some samples to have a look at and I was so lucky to receive a gorgeous pair of green beach shorts and a funky vest top which will be perfect for me to take away on holiday at the beginning of September. The clothes are really well made and the sizing is spot on. The shorts fit really nicely and are made with 100% polyester so will be really lovely to wear by the pool or at the beach because they will dry really quickly in the sunshine. They are the colour 'Rainforest' which is a very bright green but because of its dull, matt-type finish it is not too over powering and is just a really nice summer shade. They are extremely light-weight and have a small pocket on the right hand side. They also have  lovely appliqued swirly pattern on the left hand side, just at the top of the thigh which has been made using thread that is the same shade as the shorts, which adds a subtle but cute detail.
 
The vest is again, a really nice addition to my summer wardrobe. It is from their basic range and is 100% cotton. This again will be really light-weight to wear whilst away on holiday and because it is white, will go with most of my summer holiday collection. I love the fact that it is a vest but that the straps are still thin. Sometimes, I find, that the straps on vests can be too thick and don't really suit my frame and end up making me look too boxy. This vest top however is very flattering. There is a quirky, pop art-like image on the front of the vest. Usually I don't tend to go for clothing with pictures or images on them, mainly because it becomes distorted due to my bust, but because the image on this vest is more like a panel down the centre it is much more flattering than other items I have worn.
 
Over all, I can't thank Protest enough for opening my eyes to a new brand, which I absolutely love, and for giving me the opportunity to try some of the clothes for myself and to let my lovely readers have a nosey too!
 
 
Have you bought any thing from Protest before? What do you think of my new shorts and vest?
 
 
Maddy
xxx
 
 
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Superdrug B. Toffee | Lipstick Review

  • Monday, 11 August 2014



I've been wanting to try Superdrug's makeup brand, B. for quite some time now and so when I received an e-mail the other day informing me that there was a half price offer across the whole range, I decided to pop in store before work. I only had a quick few minutes before the start of my shift so I opted for one of their Rich Intense Colour Lipsticks and chose the shade, Toffee. I wanted a new 'everyday' lipstick. I usually wear Mac's Brave (see full review here) as my day to day lipstick as it is neutral enough to wear at work and during the day. However, now that the sun is coming out and the bronzer is going on a lot more I felt like I needed a soft colour with hints of brown and gold, as I find Brave, with it's pink and blue undertones, suits a more pale skin-tone.
It is a really soft lipstick, I wouldn't consider it a hydrating one, but it definitely isn't drying on the lips. I suffer quite bad from dry lips and often pop on a dap of lip balm before I apply any lip product and this was no exception. It actually helped with the application if I'm completely honest because they're really not lying when they say it is a Rich Intense Colour lipstick! Using the balm before hand helped to water-down the lip colour if you know what I mean, and ensured that there wasn't too much product on my lips. The pigmentation is amazing and so if you like a bold colour this lipstick range is definitely for you. Personally I prefer a little less product to give a more subtle appearance. So even though I love the brown/gold colour, to put it on with out the balm to soften the intensity, would be a little too much colour for my liking
I have found this lipstick to be very long wearing as I still had hints of it remaining once I had eaten breakfast and had a whole pot of tea. That is also with my light application so god only knows how long it would last with a full application of colour! I really like the packaging too, although it took me a while to understand how to keep the lid from falling off! (You have to push it right in until it clicks, otherwise it just keeps sliding right off!) Although I do prefer a smarter finish, lets think Mac's bullet-type casing, I like the simplicity of the grey and silver, really making the colour of the products stand out.








Overall, even though I'm not the biggest fan of the intensity of the colour, I'm not too disappointed because I would probably wear it with lip balm anyway, which discourages there to be too much product on the lips. I think it will definitely become one of my summer lip products as it really does suit a tanned face, and makes your teeth look lovely and white!
What B. products have you tried from Superdrug? What is your summer lipstick colour?
Maddy
xxx
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Glossy Box | July 2014

  • Thursday, 7 August 2014

 
 
It's fair to say that I've been feeling a little bit stressed of late. Having a new house, a little kitten to look after and just starting a supervisor role at work, things seem to be quite hectic! So I love it when I receive my monthly Glossy Box which is a little something for myself. I was really excited about July's box as it was all based around the idea of the 4th July so everything was very American, including the box! I don't know to much about American make-up brands and so it was nice to be introduced to some different brands I might not have thought to have tried. There was a great range of products this July  and with four out of five of them being full sized, it was hard to be disappointed.

 
 
Bellapierre Cosmetics Ltd | Mineral Lipstick | RRP £20
 
I love the colour of this lipstick! When it comes to lipsticks I much prefer a natural or nude looking tone, if I want a slightly bolder colour I tend to opt for a lip-gloss or stain. Sticking to the American theme, Glossy Box have chosen a reddish lipstick named Mandaring which has slight coral and peach tones. You only need a small amount as it is highly pigmented. I'm yet to see how long-wearing it is but I am quite hopeful that it will be extremely so based on the high amount of pigmentation.


 
 
ABSOLUTE New York | Perfecting Eyeshadow Primer | RRP $4.99
 
Lately I've been wearing a lot more eyeshadow on a daily basis and so I've been wanting to buy an eye primer for a while but haven't been sure which one to purchase. This one by Absolute New York looks like it will do the job, it is oil free yet still creamy and easy to blend. Once applied it matches to your own skin tone and so it evens out blemishes and acts as a base for your eyeshadow without compromising the pigment of the eyeshadow itself.


 
 
 
 
 
Carmex | Lip Balm | RRP £2.69
 
I've heard a lot about Carmex and have always wanted to try it. However, I was slightly put off my the fact that it is in a vasaline-type tin. I think it must be a hygiene thing but I really hate the idea of constantly dipping my finger into a tube and then applying product on to my lips. Also, what do you do with your finger once the product is on your lips? rub it into your hands? on to your clothes? But besides the application process I'm sure I will love the product itself. It contains beeswax which is very nourishing and hydrating which is great for my lips because mine tend to be quite dry. I'm not a fan of the packaging, I think it is quite garish and not really my thing, perhaps I will keep it in my bedside draw to use as part of my night-time regime.

 
 
 
Color Club | Glossy Seal | $8
 
This is a New York brand and they made this shade especially for Glossy Box to pop into their July Box! It is a really lovely dark teal shade mixed with a blueberry blue, a very nice colour for summery nails. I think that I will probably only use this one on my toes, I only tend to wear pinks, reds and nudes on my finger nails, but will look great with sandals and flip-flops. It has a really nice thick lid which is great to hold to ensure a steady application, plus the brush is thin but long which will aid in creating a precise finish with even colour.   


 
 
 
Pur Minerals | Dirty Girl Detoxifying Mudd Masque | £18
 
I love a good pamper night and you can't have a pamper night without a face masque! I really like the clay ones as well because I have a fairly oily T-zone and so mud masques to dry out my skin without taking out all of the moisture. This one by Pur Minerals is detoxifying and because it is a miniature I'm going to save it to take away with me on holiday so that I can have a pamper night while I'm away.
 
 
Swatches - Eyeshadow Primer | Lipstick
 
 
 
So, all in all it was a pretty good box for me this month. I genuinely think I will use all of the products that I have been given, even the Carmex!
 
What did you think to July's Gloss Box? Did you enjoy the America theme?
 
Maddy
xxx
 
 
 
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