LAB2 Brushes*

Wednesday, 30 November 2016
I think we can safely say I have an obsession with makeup brushes. I get new ones way too often and let's be honest it's mainly so I don't have to wash them every week... Bad beauty blogger! Anyway I was sent a selection of LAB2 Brushes* which is actually a partner of SensatioNail and I love their stuff so I had high hopes.

LAB2 Makeup Brushes

I got to choose four brushes out of their range and they are so my kind of brushes. Three eye brushes were necessary as I love finding eye brushes which I can rotate in my collection. The three I chose were the Beyond A Shadow of a Doubt brush* which is a base shadow brush, Just Blending In brush* which is obviously a blending brush and finally Put a Lid on it Angled Shadow brush* which is a really versatile brush. Now the fourth brush is a face brush which looked amazing was the Triple Threat Multi-Purpose Brush*.


First up I am absolutely loving the eye brushes. I first used the Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt* with one of my KIKO stick eyeshadows. I applied the stick to my eyes and buffed it in which worked particularly well. I believe this is because of the densely pack bristles, it made sure the product was pushed into the lid rather than scraped away like sometimes more flimsy brushes do. Within the same eye look I took the Put a Lid on it Angled Shadow brush* into my crease with a powder shadow to make sure it was defined and I must say it blended it out very nicely indeed, no harsh edges to be seen. I used the  Just Blending In brush* on a separate day to blend my eyeshadow, I didn't think this worked as well as the angled one but it was still very good for the price point.


Now the most exciting brush for me had to be the Triple Threat Multi-Purpose Brush*. The reason why is as it is a dense flat top brush. Now that might not seem mind blowing but these brushes are usually my holy grail for foundation brushes. Most of the time I'll use a beauty sponge but sometimes I like a brush to really work the foundation in if I need a lot of wear time. I used it before a ten hour shift and my foundation looked pretty good at the end of the night. It has really dense bristles which allows you to pat or work it into the skin getting a flawless finish. The foundation I was using with it was the NARS Sheer Glow which I find really difficult to apply wrong, it looks good almost anyway you wear it so I'll definitely try the brush with other foundations too.


These brushes are really good quality, the price is good (cheaper than RealTechniques) and why wouldn't you want to add a few more brushes to your collection? And it's near Christmas so just think of all the people you could gift a few new products to!


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Everything's Rosie At LUSH

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Less than a month till Christmas so it's about time to put a review of a giftset up to help you decide what to get people, and for me to show my love of Lush once again. The giftset I'm showing you today is Rosie, and as the name suggests it's rose based.

LUSH Rosie Giftset

Now don't be alarmed the Lush version of a rose scent isn't like some others. For example The Body Shop's rose range smells like grannies to me which isn't a smell I like. However, the Lush rose range reminds me more of Turkish Delight and especially at Christmas is when I enjoy such a luxury it is perfect. You get five products in the box, a mixture of hair and body, which makes it a great box for those you're trying to introduce to Lush.  

LUSH Rosie Giftset

First up is Rose Jam Shower Gel, usually a Christmas exclusive but also an exclusive in this box too. Now I love this scent and this shower gel but I never want to use it because I'm afraid I'll run out, luckily I got this before the Christmas stuff came out and it got me through. Now is my new favourite Lush discovery is the Jason and the Argan Oil Shampoo Bar. These are incredible and so long lasting compared to bottled shampoo plus my hair always feels squeaky clean and smells amazing. Now Ro's Argan Body Conditioner is perfect for those who love the smooth feel of their legs after shaving. Because if you love that feeling, this makes it so much better. It's the same as a hair conditioner just for your legs! Then is Titsy Totsy bath bomb which is a gentle floral scent that adds wonderful ingredients to your bath to benefit your skin. The final product is the Rose Jam Bubbleroon, now this is quite a large bubble bar which you could get around 4 uses of if you really try. You crumble it under water and it bubbles up turning the water a lovely pink.


If you want to create another Lushie this is definitely the gift set to go for, especially if you can't find any of the Christmas sets with enough variety. Or maybe just as a Christmas pick me up for yourself. because we all deserve one of those!

Amazon Brush Sets

Wednesday, 23 November 2016
I have so many makeup brushes now because I love to experiment, and it's a good thing too because I'm not one for religiously washing each week. In fact I have enough eye makeup brushes to make sure I don't have to wash them until the end of the month. Bad really I know, but anyway a few months ago I took to Amazon to boost my brush collection and I think you might want to as well!

Amazon Brush Sets

When I bought the brushes they were around £3 for 15 including packaging and they are so beautiful. They've since gone up but £1 isn't enough to stop me buying them again. In total I have three of these sets and they are wonderful. Within the sets, which come with either black or beige pink handles, have a variety of different brush types. There were around 5 fluffy blending brushes in each set I got all slightly different but none scratchy, and they retained their shape after washing. Each had a couple of gel liner brushes, some skinny and some thicker. Then are the obligatory base shadow brushes which you get in basically any set whatever the price point. Probably one of my favourite brushes in the set are the stiff eyebrow brushes which are a must have for anyone. There were a couple of pencil brushes for placing shadow in the inner corner, which FYI also double up as good eyeliner brushes.


Now there are only a few things I don't like about these brushes. First they take a horrendous time to ship, upwards of two weeks. Second they smell like factory when they get there. And finally there are a few which shed and aren't usable. Luckily I found uses for these in my SFX kit as those brushes don't have to be the best quality, especially when you're using liquid latex!


These brushes are perfect for literally anyone. They are so affordable, up to about £4 now, but have a whole 15 brushes in the set and as long as you can deal with a few minor disadvantages these will be your new best friend! You can find them here.

SEVENTEEN Skin Wow*

Saturday, 19 November 2016
First off I have to say thank you to the gorgeous model starring in this post; it is of course my cat Nessie who was very happy to do nothing while I photographed her. Today I am going to be talking about a concealer I've been testing out lately which is the SEVENTEEN Skin Wow concealer*.


Now the packaging is very similar to a famous YSL highlighter but don't mistake this as a dupe, it is very much not a light, highlighter. The casing is gold plastic and doesn't feel particularly luxurious but it's not by any means the worst packaging in the drugstore. It works via clicking the bottom to dispense product which seems like a good idea but personally I'm not a fan as I find I always dispense too much and waste a lot, however I suppose it carries less bacteria than a doe foot applicator so I see its benefit.


The product itself is quite a high coverage concealer. It's thick and creamy and blends out well but because of the thicker texture it takes longer than some of its thinner but equal in coverage counterparts. I can't really fault the coverage it covers most blemishes I have easily. The only real problem I have with the concealer is the shade range. Fair, which I have is too dark for me so porcelain girls will not be able to get on board with this particular concealers. Then there's the issue of the lack of darker shades too which I think the drugstore really needs to sort, and soon.


Basically, if you're not super pale this shade will probably work as a highlighting concealer, or just to conceal blemishes, if not it's not going to work for you. It's from the drugstore so it won't break the bank if you do want to try it.


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LUSH Christmas 2016 Haul

Wednesday, 16 November 2016
I think we all have to give in and allow it to become Christmas as it's just over a month away and everywhere is getting festive. Starbucks and Costa have their Christmas drinks and cups, all the sites now have Christmas tabs and obviously the LUSH Christmas products are out!

Lush Christmas 2016 Haul

I'll be honest, I had to restrain myself because I could have bought so much more. If I had the money I would have bought two of everything including the giftsets. I'll make sure to say which products are new this year and which are exclusive to the LUSH Kitchen so you know where to buy them.

Lush Christmas 2016 Haul

You might be able to tell, but I love the scent of fresh apples so LUSH really have my tastes covered because they have a number of bits which sadly aren't available all year round so I have to stock up. Now the So White Shower Gel you see is a LUSH Kitchen exclusive which I'm sure will pop up between now and Christmas again. Continuing with So White are the bath bombs which got a little leaf update this year, I picked up two and I'm hoping to grab many more in the boxing day sale as they smell so good and I can't last a whole year without any! Also in the apple scent family is the Santa's Belly Shower Jelly. If it hadn't smelt of apples I probably wouldn't have got it because I completely forgot just how much these seem to leak which isn't great but it smells good.

Lush Christmas 2016 Haul

Now taking a step away from apples to meet a very cute Butterbear. If you like the normal Butterball you'll love this as it is the same but a different shape. I always think this would be perfect for getting children to love LUSH; it's a cute teddy with amazing skin benefits. Now we're on to two completely new this year products which is exciting! First is Snow Fairy Body Conditioner, if you've never used a LUSH body conditioner you should know that it's basically the same as a hair conditioner. You apply it, leave it for a bit and rinse it off leaving you silky smooth legs that smell of Snow Fairy goodness, it's got blue sparkle on the top too which makes it look magical. Finally is a new lip scrub: Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub *cheers and claps* I picked up the Santa lip scrub last year and didn't get on with the scent or taste but this one is right up my street. I'm pretty sure it shares its scent with the Comforter which instantly makes it an amazing product in my eyes. It tastes really good, not that you should eat loads, but the scrub is just the right amount of scrubbiness as it gets away the dry skin and makes them nice and smooth.


If you've been hauling in LUSH don't forget to link your posts so I can read them and see what you're loving. I'm not sure if it's bad but I've already planned my boxing day wishlist...oopsy.

BCA Box

Saturday, 12 November 2016
I am all for charities, I take part in all the Children in Need and Red Nose Day events possible and I'm never far from a pair of Pudsey ears. I got an email from Origins the other day letting me know about a beauty box in aid of Breast Caner Awareness, all the Estee Lauder brands feature in one box and it is amazing value.


The box of goodies cost £20 and was available from any of the brand websites that featured inside it. However, there was limited supply which meant I had to hunt through all the sites until I saw Aveda still had it in stock. While the box cost £20 an amazing £12 went to charity meaning the box was technically only £8. There was no way the box couldn't be justified as lets be honest, it's for a good cause and has amazing bits inside.


First up are the two Estee Lauder bits which come in the shape of their Sumptuous Knockout mascara in 01 black and the Advanced Night Repair Recovery Complex. I love my mascaras, I have way too many open at the moment so can't open this yet. Sample size mascaras are my favourite as I can throw them in my college bag and always have one near also I can usually use them up before they dry out too. The Advanced Night Repair Recovery Complex puzzles me as I'm not quite sure how it should be used. I do know that it is an anti ageing product that they suggest you apply before moisturiser so I shall give it a go.


I surprise myself as this box is the first time I have tried a Smashbox primer or anything from their Photo Finish range. Now this primer is so nice it's silky smooth and my foundation sits on top of it almost perfectly. Also it stops my makeup sticking to the lovely dry patches I get during the winter.


In the box there was also a mini Origins Drink Up Intensive mask. A few months ago I purchased the BBB Origins Box which contained a slightly larger one of these and I loved it so I'm planning to put this one to the side for when I go on holiday!


I keep hearing wonderful things about Bumble&Bumble and in the box was their Thickening Hairspray. I love a bit of volume in my hair so this is perfect and it's a decent size sample too. You get 30ml which is not to be sniffed at, there's definitely enough for you to decide whether you wish to purchase the slightly pricey full size.


The Aveda Hand Relief Moisturising Cream I think I will give as a gift as I have so many hand creams on the go. It seems nice enough but the packaging isn't all that.


Finally are two Clinique bits. I'm sure everyone has tried the Take The Day Off Makeup Remover, it's in every bonus time and free gift but I can't complain as it works so well. I always take a mini with me when I go on holiday as they are just so easy use, (and I have about 5!) Finally there is the Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief which is the main reason I bought the box. I love this stuff so so much, it's like applying a layer of water onto dry skin and it keeps hydrated for hours. I wish it was cheaper, it's about £40 for a tub of 50ml so it's on my Christmas list and my fingers are crossed.


This was a great box for such a good cause, sadly I'm pretty sure it's sold out but you might be lucky and find one. Also each brand have limited edition packaging for some of their products with money going to Breast Cancer Awareness, so if you want to treat yourself without feeling bad it's the perfect time as you'll be giving to charity!

Brush Works Sponge Set Review*

Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Everyone is bringing out makeup sponges; Real Techniques have some interesting shaped ones. Beauty Blender have cute mini ones and now I have this set from Brush Works* which has three sponges that I've been testing out lately.

Brush Works Blender Sponge Set on a H&M Silver Pineapple Tray

I'm very much a fan of the beauty sponge for my makeup, I've been switching between the RealTechniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and the Nanshy 4 in 1 Sponge. My favourite is the RT Sponge as the Nanshy one doesn't expand enough for me so I don't feel it works the product into the skin as well. That's where this Brush Works set fits in. The set comes with three sponges: the purple acorn shaped sponge and two little pink teardrop shape brushes. They look exactly like mini beauty blenders, The set comes in at £5.50 which is really good as you get three sponges and my RT sponge is about £6.99 for one.


The best way I saw to test these out was to use them while creating a Halloween makeup look as let's be honest you do so much more than normally you would. Obviously the most important thing about a makeup sponge is how much it expands when you wet it. For baking this doesn't matter but foundation it's a must, (for me anyway!) Now both types of sponge expand to a impressive size but the smaller teardrop ones expand the best.


The acorn sponge is perfect for bouncing foundation onto the skin. I prefer to use sponges as they give a more airbrushed look to the skin however it does take longer to apply in my opinion. While I like the flatter end of the sponge the pointed end isn't quite pointy enough for my liking. It can get around the corner of my nose but it can't quite make under my eyes. Luckily the pink teardrop sponges get right into the under eye areas.


As you get two smaller teardrop sponges you get to use for powder if you're in to baking. As I don't bake too often I found that you could use one, when doing FX makeup, for fake blood and it applied really nicely. It made it look even which is difficult when you use just a cotton bud.


If  you need a new sponge, (or three,) I would definitely try this set. The little ones are perfect for concealers, and cream eyeshadow bases and the big one will make your face look flawless. They're only £5.99 and you can't really go wrong as you're getting three sponges.


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Trying New Lip Stains*

Saturday, 5 November 2016
If you remember back to last month you would have seen a post including these two lip products which I thought I would go into a little more detail for you today!


The two products I have are thQi Best Long Lasting liquid lipstick* and Liphop Wine Lip Tint* both are long lasting and both are pretty good for the price.


I'm going to start with the Qi Best Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick* in the shade 603. Now from the arm swatch it looks a lot like a pinky nude however, in fact it is more of grey toned pink. Usually this wouldn't be my colour but I think the grey works as we are nearing winter. Also being pale when I saw it drying with grey undertones I thought it might wash me out, but instead it looked quite nice. And even better is that it didn't cling too badly to my dry patches which as always present themselves when I try to lip swatch. 


Now its longevity which is the important part here. For a liquid lipstick that is applied in a thin layer it doesn't crumble up and lasts a good couple of hours before it inevitably starts wearing from the centre of the lips. Obviously increased eating and drinking does affect the longevity.


It doesn't smell the best and it's really strong as well which isn't a great combination. However, it isn't too noticeable on the lips once it dries. The smell reminds me of something but I can't quite put my finger on what exactly, it could be baby powder perhaps. 


Finally the packaging for this wouldn't catch my eye I'm afraid. It's cheap and cheerful; very plasticy. The lid of mine broke so now I have a lovely random white bit that doesn't twist well at all. The redeeming feature of the packaging is the slightly straighter than usual doe foot applicator.


Now onto the best packaging of a lip product I've probably ever seen: the Liphop Lip tint* is in the shape of a wine bottle. While I'm not a fan of wine I can appreciate the packaging completely, to me it actually smells quite alcoholic which sounds strange but it really does add something to the wine bottle look. The wine bottle houses an elongated doe foot to apply the stain. 


The formula of this is very very liquidy, there is no hint of liquid lipstick here it is most definitely a stain. It's quite a blood red colour which was perfect for Halloween. However, as it is quite so liquidy it is quite hard to get a very precise line with any kind of applicator. 


As it's a stain it lasts such a long time, probably about five hours but it does end up fading which is to be expected. Honestly as it's difficult to get off and I hate scrubbing my lips as they're really dry in winter.

Lip Swatches

My favourite has to be the liquid lipstick; it's such an unusual pink for me and something that takes me a few steps out of my comfort zone. Also both products are so so affordable so I definitely would give them a go if you fancy making an order!


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LoveMeBeauty: Benefit, Make Up For Ever

Wednesday, 2 November 2016
Last month was a pretty hectic one which might explain why my October LoveMeBeauty is appearing in November, oops. But it was a good month and it really had to be as last month was all about Kat von D which unsurprisingly crashed the website. I wouldn't say that LMB went one better but this month was certainly on par. 

LoveMeBeauty October

October was the Enchanted Edit with makeup from Benefit and Make Up For Ever as well as a few skincare choices from Nuxe. I decided that obviously I would choose the makeup, sadly however a few bits went out of stock before my renewal date *insert sad face here* The bits I missed out on were the Benefit Ready, Set, Brow eyebrow primer and Dew the Hoola liquid bronzer and from Make Up For Ever the HD Power but I got some pretty good bits instead.

LoveMeBeauty October

First off thought I have to mention the makeup bag this month, I am going to use it as some point to justify buying a palette. So LoveMeBeauty I'm blaming you for when a palette review appears on the blog. To be honest it's nice to see an alternative to the traditional beauty box as you can only use so many boxes to store stuff in whereas a makeup bag I can take places and use as blog props.

LoveMeBeauty October

The first three things I got totalled 50 credits. I chose Benefit's Roller Lash as I love the mascara and my mini has just dried up which has left me needing another. While I don't think it is better than my favourite They're Real for 15 credits I was more than happy to stock up. Another mascara may have just made its way into my bag in the shape of Make Up For Ever's Excessive Lash. Now I've never tried this and it was the most expensive of the bits in my beauty bag at 20 credits but I love my mascaras. Also it was from Make Up For Ever and they're a brand I've heard loads about by haven't tried anything. Then I had to get the mini Make Up For Ever lipstick in M401 Mat, it's a really lovely red and it's so diddy but still useful which is great as some samples are just not worth it but these definitely are.

LoveMeBeauty October

The last two products I spent 20 credits on, and if you're eagle eyed you'll realise that LMB gives you 60 credits a month and I spent 70 but I had extra as I got an amazing Groupon deal which gave you extra. The Make Up For Ever Aqua Eye Pencil in M10 was only 10 credits and a mini eyeliner is never to be sniffed at especially when it's so dark. Finally was a fan favourite which was only available halfway through the month and it was Benefit's POREfessional for 10 credits. I recently used up my mini of this and it was so great to grab another.


If you haven't tried LMB yet and want to I would check Groupon for an amazing deal (50% off a 6 month subscription.) Or try my code BETH7867 to get 30 credits free! The box is around £14 including p&p so not the cheapest but the bits you get are always worth it.


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