Thursday, 23 November 2017

Very Blogger Christmas Party Event - #VeryParty

Shopping for festive party outfits is one of my favourite things to do at this time of year! invited me to their #VeryParty at their headquarters to see their latest fashion launches.

The showroom looked incredible, it was beautifully decorated for Christmas and had sections for ladies partywear, menswear and children's clothing. The outfits were separated into colour coordinating pieces, making it easy to envision outfits and matching pieces.

There were plenty of gorgeous sparkly going out dresses, tops and jumpsuits, all perfect for Christmas and New Year celebrations. Some of my favourite pieces were the embellished blazer, sequin jumpsuit, embellished boots and a cute bee clutch bag.

You can see their full partywear collection here.

Very Partywear #VeryParty - Pink and Black Outfits
Very Partywear #VeryParty - Bee Clutch Bag
Very Partywear #VeryParty - Red and Black Outfits
Very Partywear #VeryParty - Display
Very Partywear #VeryParty - Silver Sequin Dress
Very Partywear #VeryParty - Party Outfits
Very Partywear #VeryParty - Christmas Tree

There were also some lovely suppliers on hand, Illasmasqua, Skin Doctors and Lola Rose Jewellery. It was amazing to speak to the team members of these brands and learn more about their products. Illasmasqua gave a half an hour smoky eye demonstration, which gave lots of helpful tips about creating that sultry look without the hassle. Skin Doctors were on hand to chat with us about skincare concerns, plus the goody bag had some of their products to try out. Lola Rose Jewellery provided stunning arm candy to go with the Very partywear.

Very Partywear #VeryParty - Illamasqua
Very Partywear #VeryParty - Skin Doctors

I had an excellent time at the event and I can't wait to order a festive Christmas party outfit!



Monday, 20 November 2017

GIVEAWAY - Mococo Thomas Sabo Together Forever Bracelet Worth £89

I'm super excited to be teaming up with Mococo Jewellery for my latest giveaway. If you haven't heard of Mococo before, it's an online jewellery retailer that stocks popular brands like Olivia Burton, ChloBo, Swarovski, Clogau and Thomas Sabo.

If you live in the North West of the UK, they also have stores in Wrexham, Chester, Liverpool, Birkenhead, Warrington, Wigan, Ruthin and Mold.

Mococo Giveaway - Thomas Sabo Together Forever Interlocking Rings Bracelet Worth £89

During the week leading up to Black Friday through to Cyber Monday, they have 20% off when you spend over £100 with the code SPARKLE20. Jewellery makes an excellent gift, so it's an ideal time to buy Christmas presents.

To celebrate their Black Friday offers, Mococo has kindly provided a Thomas Sabo Together Forever Interlocking Ring Bracelet, worth £89, to giveaway to one of my readers. This stylish piece is made of sterling silver and has two interlocking rings, one with the words 'Together Forever' engraved and the other with diamante sparkles.

Mococo Giveaway - Thomas Sabo Together Forever Interlocking Rings Bracelet

All you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. This is a UK only giveaway and over 18s. There is no cash alternative. Any false entries will mean you are disqualified. Good luck everyone!
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Sunday, 19 November 2017

IT Cosmetics - Bye Bye Undereye Concealer, CC Cream, Super Hero Mascara and Brow Powder Pencil Review

I was first introduced to IT Cosmetics by Anna from The Anna Edit, she raved about the IT Cosmetics CC Cream and its lovely glow so I had to try it out. It’s been in my collection for a few months now and I frequently reach for it when I want to opt for a lighter, radiant finish to my base makeup.

IT Cosmetics - Bye Bye Undereye Concealer, CC Cream, Super Hero Mascara and Brow Powder Pencil Review

IT Cosmetics sent me a cute makeup bag filled with mini samples of their cult products to try. Inside was two mini sizes of the CC Cream, which will be handy to have for travelling. There were also two shades of the Bye Bye Undereye Concealer, a Brow Power Eyebrow Pencil and a Superhero Mascara.
Reviews I’ve read online say that Bye Bye Undereye Concealer literally erases dark circles and I can agree with that. It’s a super thick, slightly tacky paste. You only need a drop the size of a pinhead under each eye and this can be worked into the skin with a beauty blender. I think the consistency would be hard to blend with a traditional concealer brush.

I am very impressed with the coverage of this concealer, I used the shade Light and it really illuminated the eye and hid any unwanted purple tones from my dark circles. I used a very thin powder over the top to matte down the slightly tacky texture. During the testing period, I applied the concealer before a long day travelling to Manchester and shopping and lasted brilliantly.

Although the Brow Power Eyebrow Pencil is labelled as a universal shade, I don’t think it is truly suitable for all. I have ombre hair, dark brown at the roots down to a light blonde on the ends. I usually use a medium brown shade on my brows but the IT Cosmetics one is too dark. I can make it work by using the spoolie on the other end to distribute the colour. The pencil is shaped into a fine line which makes it easy to mimic brow hairs as you draw them in. 

Finally the Super Hero Mascara, this has natural bristles and grabs every lash. It both volumises and lengthens my eyelashes and lasts all day without smudging or flaking.

Have you tried anything from IT Cosmetics? They now have their own UK website and you can get 10% off if you sign up to their newsletter.
*PR Sample


Friday, 17 November 2017

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette Review

I’m still not over the fact that Urban Decay sent me their Heavy Metals Metallic eyeshadow palette and a rainbow light!

Since I was a teenager I’ve lusted after their Heavy Metal Eyeliners, adding them to my Christmas list each year (sadly I never received any from Santa haha). I was excited to see they have transformed their cult glitter eyeliner concept and sparkle into an eyeshadow palette.

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches

The eyeliner range has gorgeous golds and silvers but also vibrant shades like blues, purples and pinks for those who like to experiment with colour. They have reflected this in the chosen shades for the palette. One side is more ‘wearable’ shades, silvers, golds and bronzes. The opposite, on the other side of the mirror in the middle, are more colourful metallics. These include purples, greens and blues.

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette Close Up

I’ve talked about UD eyeshadow palettes on my blog many times as there really isn’t a formula that compares. Unlike the Naked palettes which has mattes and shimmers, the Heavy Metals Metallic palette only have shimmers/metallic eyeshadow options. The latest palette provides the same buttery soft, pigmented formula, consistent with its sister palettes. When applied with a fluffy brush the eyeshadow is a beautiful shimmery, diffused colour. If you use your finger or a flat brush, the pigment and sparkle is amped up providing a non-patchy, glittery eyeshadow look.

My most reached for shades are on the more wearable side, I can’t get enough of Maiden, a ‘suits all’ gold shade. ‘Acoustic’, a shade between gold and silver, and ‘Bass’ a shimmery brown, are also well loved. There is also some beautifully vibrant golds and reds, perfect for an Autumn look.

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette - Metallic Gold, Bronze, Silver
Left to right - Scream, Roadie, Afterparty, Demo, Bass, Acoustic, Maiden, Angelfire, Starfire and Glory

I’d love to do a festive green look with the shade ‘Mullet’, which is on the more colourful side of the palette. For me, the shades on this side aren’t for everyday wear, but I am glad to have them in my collection for nights out, especially with the party season coming!

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette - Colourful
Left to right - Twisted, Mullet, Metalhead, Spandex, Ground, Glamrock, Amp, Punk Rock, Dive and Aluminum 

The only gripe I have with this palette is that you must put it back in its purple sleeve the correct way, it has grooves and stoppers so if you try and slide it in another way it won’t go in. I don’t mind the mirror being in the middle but I have seen reviews stating this is a little bit inconvenient.

The Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic palette is priced at £42 and has 20 eyeshadow shades. That works out as £2.10 per eyeshadow! The pan size isn’t huge but the pigment is concentrated so you don’t need to use as much to build the colour and glitter. With the Christmas party season coming, you need to get your hands on this palette!
*PR sample



Thursday, 9 November 2017

Busy B 2018 Perfect Planner Review

I’m the person who forgets an event or appointment, so I’m trying to get my sh*t together and get organised. Que the Busy B 2018 Perfect Planner!

Busy B 2018 Perfect Planner Review

I’m now an ambassador for Busy B so I thought I’d share my thoughts on their planner ahead of Christmas, as lots of people put them on their Christmas list.

The Busy B 2018 Perfect Planner is a lovely pale teal colour with gold embossed numbers. It’s a week to view diary, which displays the week over two pages. You’ll also find a section for notes and a mini month calendar on the same page.

Busy B 2018 Perfect Planner Review - Week to View

There is plenty of space for me to fill in meetings, birthdays and events. I don’t plan my day by hours, so space is ample. A month to view is also available, with a square for each day. Organisation lovers will love the pages dedicated to birthdays, expenses, reminders and contacts.

Busy B 2018 Perfect Planner Review - Month to View

I love that there are handy pockets to slot papers and tickets as well as a tear off notepad on the back page. Sticker lovers will be happy to know that the planner comes with metallic planning stickers included.

Busy B 2018 Perfect Planner Review - Stickers

Busy B also kindly sent me a set of pens and some fun sticky notes which I can use inside the planner. I’m very impressed with the quality of the planner and I adore the design features. I can’t wait to get planning 2018!

Busy B 2018 Perfect Planner Review - Designs

The Busy B 2018 Perfect Planner is £14.99. You can get 15% off your first order with the code BB15.
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Friday, 3 November 2017

Ideal World Bloggers Box - Ideas for Christmas Presents - GIVEAWAY

It’s not often I discover a new way to shop online for beauty products. I’m glad that I’ve been shown Ideal World for beauty shopping, the site is filled with beauty brands and products that are completely new to me.

The blogger box arrived just when I was starting to think of Christmas gifts. Everything included in the box would make a great gift for a beauty lover, whether that be your mum, sister, aunty or a friend, there is something for everyone.

Ideal World Blogger Box Review

First up in the box was a perfume, Change by Lisa Riley. The clear square bottle would look great on anyone’s dressing table and I adore the orange box that it is presented in. This would be ideal for those who don’t love overly floral fragrances as it has a sexy masculine note running through it. Lisa Riley also has her own clothing line on Ideal World, if you wanted to check it out.

Next up is something that is perfect for the party season. A white smile can really boost your confidence, the Nano Tooth Whitening Kit is perfect for this! I find continued use of a tooth whitening toothpaste really does help keep my teeth looking fresh.

The Strictly Come Dancing Show Stopper Gradual Tanning CC Cream would also be great for nights out during the party season. Gradual tans are the most foolproof way to tan, you can build the layers for an even glow.

Elizabeth Grant products were also featured in the blogger box I received. There was the Face Mask Collection and the Day and Night Cream. The mask set is so handy to have, my skin changes throughout the season so you can switch up which formula you use.

The Blogger Box also contained the Elizabeth Grant Supreme Cell Vitality with Gold Day and Night Cream. The product is housed in beautiful tubs with diamante detailing. They even come with a mini spatula which you can use to hygienically take the cream out of the pot before applying. 

Ideal World Blogger Box Review - Elizabeth Grant Day and Night Cream

I think there is something for everyone in this box, Ideal World has plenty more fantastic beauty products online.

I'm giving away the contents of the Ideal Beauty Blogger Box to 1 lucky winner. Please use the Rafflecopter giveaway form below. Over 18s and UK only.
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Thursday, 2 November 2017

The Beauty Box That Changed My Mind

When beauty boxes first launched they were an exciting concept that all beauty bloggers wanted in on. However, the market quickly became oversaturated with options and it was hard to tell which brands had the best deals and products.

I personally haven’t subscribed to a beauty box before, as I’m not a huge fan of not knowing what is in each monthly box, you could end up with some duds! This is where Latest in Beauty comes in.
LIB provides monthly beauty boxes where you can choose the products that come inside. Yes, the surprise is gone but you are guaranteed to receive products which are suitable for your skin and the best value for money.

Latest in Beauty 'Beauty Guru' Box Review

There are 3 types of subscriptions, Beauty Novice, Beauty Enthusiast and Beauty Guru. Beauty Novice allows you to choose 3 products for £9, Beauty Enthusiast is priced at £15 for 6 products and the Beauty Guru, which I received is £18 for 9 products. All boxes come with free delivery and there is also an option to receive a beauty box as a one-off for a little bit extra. 

There was plenty to choose from when I made my selection. Samples differed from sachets to 30ml sizes. I picked out products that I hadn’t tried before from brands I recognised. Here is what I select in my Latest in Beauty ‘Beauty Guru’ box.

The 30 ml sample should hopefully cover 2 usages. I’ll be adding this to my pamper routine as my hair has become drier since I have had ombre added to my hair.

This comes in a tiny 5ml size but enough for a few applications to test out the formula. It contains 0.3% retinol, an ingredient famous for its anti-ageing properties. Now I’m in my mid-twenties I’m eager to start adding products to my skincare routine that will help reduce the appearance of wrinkles in the long term.

This is a bit of an odd product, as I’ve never heard of a foaming micellar water before. It also says it’s suitable for removing eye makeup, I have sensitive eyes, so I’ll report back. The sample size is 50ml.

Latest in Beauty 'Beauty Guru' Box Review - Sanctuary Sample

Aromatherapy Associates Support Breathe Bath and Shower Oil
I always add these bath oils to my Christmas wishlist but I’m yet to try one out. The fragrance has eucalyptus, pine, tea tree and peppermint notes. It’s refreshing and would be amazing to clear the sinuses if you had a cold, just add a few drops to your night time bath. The sample is 3ml.

This cleanser will be excellent in the winter months, the AHA’s and BHA’s will work together to remove dead skin cells, leaving a glowy, clear appearance to the skin. The sample is 30ml.

You might have seen my Jurlique facial review, where I discussed my love for their facial mists. I’m glad to have this little travel-friendly version, it’s only 15ml.

Latest in Beauty 'Beauty Guru' Box Review - Jurlique Sample

This brand is raved about by skincare bloggers, but I am yet to try anything from their range. It’s a dark cleanser with natural pumice particles to help exfoliate the skin. The sample provided is 30ml.

Masque Bar Pore Refining Crème Mask
Another refining skincare product I selected, this one comes in a 15ml sachet. The only problem with sachets is that you can seal the product back up if you hadn’t finished the mask completely.

I’m already a huge fan of the Origins masks so I thought it was about time I tried one of their serums. It’s lovely and lightweight and smells zesty and refreshing. The sample is 15ml.

I’m very impressed with the selection of brands available to choose from within the Latest in Beauty boxes. If you selected a one-off box, you could pick a few products a friend might like a personalised pamper box.

Have you had a beauty box from Latest in Beauty?
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Thursday, 26 October 2017

Jurlique Chester 25 Minute Facial Treatment Review

Jurlique is a brand I've wanted to know more about for ages. I've seen lots of bloggers talk about their products especially their mists, so when I was invited to try their new 25-minute facial treatment at my local Debenhams store.

Jurlique Chester Counter in Debenhams Browns of Chester

I met with the lovely Amelia who is the Counter Manager in Chester, her counter is beautiful. She chatted to about the brand's Australian history and their natural ingredient ethos. I was very happy to hear that all their skincare ingredients are grown and collected on their farm in the Adelaide Hills.

Jurlique's natural skincare products on the shelves.

Amelia asked me about my current skincare routine and any concerns I have. At the moment, with the change in seasons, my skin is super sensitive and dry. I do get the occasional spot, but the tight, overly sensitive state of my skin was the aspect I wanted to work on.

The 25-minute facial treatment takes place away from the shop floor in a quiet room with a treatment bed, spa music and candles burning, a very relaxed environment. I was asked to choose between three essential oil scents, I liked the fragrance of the revitalising one, this was used to scent the treatment.

The treatment began with cleansing the skin, Amelia opted for skincare products from the line that were tailored to sensitive skin. The routine included the Soothing Foaming Cleanser, this was used twice as a double cleanse, Purity Specialist Compress as a detoxing treatment to be used weekly, Daily Exfoliator, which softens the dead skin cells, in a more gentle way than chemical exfoliators. This was then followed by the Calendula Mist, Restorative Treatment Serum, Herbal Recovery Advanced Eye Serum, Herbal Recovery Advanced Day Cream.

The mist felt wonderful on the skin, it instantly helped to soothe the skin. She also gave me a hand, arm and shoulder massage which was incredibly relaxing. I also loved the feeling of the Herbal Recovery Advanced Day Cream, it felt lightweight and very hydrating.

I left the treatment room feeling very calmed and revitalised. My skin was calmed and soothed and the quality of my skin had instantly improved. I can highly recommend the Jurlique 25-minute Facial Treatment, especially if you like to use natural products and ingredients in your skincare routine.

A selection of Jurlique skincare products at the Chester counter



Monday, 23 October 2017

My Blogging Journey and How I Stay Motivated 7 Years On

When people ask how long I have been blogging for, I only imagine it to be 2-3 years but I have actually been producing content since 2010. I started up a YouTube channel that year, around the time of Laura from Lollipop26 and Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup (now the Anna Edit) only had a few hundred subscribers.

I remember looking to Laura and Anna backing their honest reviews by purchasing what they recommended. Back then no one did it for the money or even dreamed of it being a job. People uploaded videos because they just loved to chat about makeup. You had to apply to be a ‘partner’ of YouTube back in 2010. If accepted, only then could you make money from your videos. This has all changed, as now you can make money right from your very first video!

2010 was also the year I started university, some of my housemates found my YouTube channel and teased me a little. I was quite sensitive at the time and just wanted to fit in, so I deleted my channel and all the videos I had. I really do wish I’d carried on, who knows I could have been as big as Zoella!

While at university studying journalism and online media, I was encouraged by tutors to set up a blog to practice my writing. Cherries in the Snow was born. I uploaded the odd article here and there but didn’t take my blog seriously until 2012-13 in my last year of uni. It was an excellent way to show my hobby and passion for writing and online media during job interviews.

I’d say I really started working on my blog around 2014, I bought my own domain and blog layout, as well as a DSLR. I tried to make my posts more structured but also improve the quality of my photos. I was previously taking small, crappy photos on my old phone.

Over the last few years, I have seen a shift in blogging and YouTube but also the way I blog. I do use affiliate links and Adsense to gather a tiny, tiny income but it’s not my main source of money. I work full time as a Social Media Executive, so I fit blogging around this.

I can definitely see a difference between full-time bloggers and hobby bloggers. The main difference is the time spent on content, photoshoots, press trips and assistants aren’t part of my blogging process.

I take my own photos, write my own content, schedule my own social media, and chat to brands myself. I prefer it this way!

So how do I stay inspired and enthusiastic about blogging after so many years?

I haven’t got bored of playing with makeup, whether I blogged or not, I’m sure I’d still be dropping £30 by accident in Boots when I just came in for one thing. There are endless amounts of brands and products out there just waiting to be discovered.

I still get that little buzz when a brand contacts me and asks if I would like to work with them. I appreciate every sample sent out to me.

I also like that people find my content useful, perhaps they only visited me once from a Google search but I provided them with a review or answer about a foundation or eyeshadow.

Seeing your peers create great content could make some jealous, but for me, I like to support those fellow bloggers and see them as a source of inspiration.

I’ve never been one of those popular bloggers, I do chat within the blogging community but never felt deeply a part of it. However, I have met some amazing people through the internet. Chatting to them about their blogs and seeing how passionate they are helps me stay motivated too.

I’d love to know how many years you have been blogging for. How do you stay motivated?

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Lush Liverpool Halloween and Christmas Blogger Event

I go to a few blogger events a year but the Lush Halloween and Christmas Blogger Event is always my favourite.

Lush Liverpool Halloween and Christmas Blogger EventLast Monday, I headed to the Liverpool Lush store to see what they had in store for Autumn and Winter. I got stuck in straight away, one of the Lush staff members named Alex was creating bubble bars with the bloggers who attended. I grabbed some rubber gloves and got involved with creating the Comforter Bubble Bar, which is one of my favourite products.
We added tubs of liquids and powders to a mixing bowl and then used our hands to combine the mixture. We then smoothed the mixture over some greaseproof paper and used teamwork to roll the mixture like a sushi roll. We got to take home a slice of the Comforter Bubble Bar we had created.
I’d been eyeing up the Naked Shower Gels since they launched. They are a fantastic idea, proving that not all products need to be packed by plastic. I tried the Snow Fairy one in the sinks at the store, it feels like a soap when you lather it up but when you add further water, it feels smoother and more moisturising on the skin. I’d recommend trying one in store!

There were also little black pots by the skincare section to fill up with any products you wanted to test. I opted for one of their new Jelly Face Masks, which sound very fun but also unique to the beauty market. 

Lush Liverpool Halloween and Christmas Blogger Event
Lush Liverpool Halloween and Christmas Blogger Event
Lush Liverpool Halloween and Christmas Blogger Event

Lush Liverpool Halloween and Christmas Blogger Event
Lush Liverpool has its own spa upstairs above the shop floor. They have a little kitchen with a table and chairs, making it feel homely. There are a few treatment rooms available, each offering a cosy and relaxing space to enjoy your treatment in.

Lush Liverpool Halloween and Christmas Blogger Event

Before we left they presented us with a goodie bag of products to take home and try which was very generous of them! Inside was a Snow Fairy Naked Shower Gel, Butter Bear Wash Card and a Naked Black Rose Lip Balm.

I had a great time at the event and I now have a list as long as my arm of products I want to buy from the new ranges.

Have you ever visited Lush Liverpool or ever been to a Lush Blogger Event?

Monday, 16 October 2017

My Glossier Buying Experience and Haul

Beauty bloggers went into a frenzy when Glossier announced they would start shipping to the UK. Last Monday, their website was ready for UK customers. I excitedly placed an order so I thought I would chat you through the experience and show you what I purchased.

My UK Glossier Buying Experience and Haul

I wasn't too sure what the Glossier UK situation would be when it came to prices, shipping or unexpected taxes. I'd seen people on Twitter chatting about a warehouse within the UK which they collate orders from to save shipping costs. I didn't experience any additional taxes or international shipping costs thanks to this.

I also wasn't sure if they would hike up the prices as the brand was so in demand, however, I think they have a good dollar to pound conversion.

I placed my order on Monday, I use Amelia Says' affiliate link which entitled me to money off my first order and free delivery as I spent over £25.

The parcel was easily tracked via their website. My order was sent out via Royal Mail. I believe larger parcels are sent out with DPD. It arrived on Friday, as I had selected the standard shipping option. They do have a quicker delivery option which is £6. 

The parcel came with a Glossier logo tape on the outside and a pink interior. I picked up the Phase 2 Set which is £35. This comes in a white box with the pink 'G' on the top. Inside the box and the famous pink pouch was a Boy Brow in Brown, Stretch Concealer in Light and a Generation G Lipstick in Crush. The Phase 2 set is customisable by shades, you simply select your options as you go along.

I'd heard Anna from The Anna Edit rave about the Stretch Concealer, saying it was great for a light coverage. I'll be using this on minimal makeup days to lightly conceal under my eyes and the redness on my cheeks and nose. The Stretch Concealer is £15 and comes in Light, Medium, Dark, Deep and Rich.

Glossier Stretch Concealer in Light

Anna also sings the praises of Boy Brow, which is a brow gel with a tiny wand, running this through your brows is meant to tame and tint them at the same time.Boy Brow is £14 and comes in Clear, Brown, Black and Blonde.

Glossier Boy Brow in Brown

I picked the shade Crush from the Generation G Lipstick line. It's a raspberry pink shade that I hope will have effortless lip colour vibes. These little sticks are said to give that 'just blotted' look without the blotting. The shade range includes Crush, Cake, Like, Jam, Leo and Zip and is priced at £14.

Glossier Generation G in Crush

Buying the Phase 2 set from Glossier saved £8. I was tempted by the Phase 1 set which includes the infamous Milky Jelly Cleanser, along with the Priming Moisturiser and a Balm Dot Com of your choice. However, I opted for just the Milky Jelly Cleanser on it's own.

I'm a collector of cleansers, so I can't wait to put Milky Jelly Cleanser to the test. It's priced at £15 for 177ml of product. I think everyone who made an order must have opted to try this as it is their most talked about skincare item.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

Inside the delivery box, there was also a sample of their soon to be launched perfume called You, a sample of Milky Jelly Cleanser plus some cute stickers. I'm very impressed by the look and branding of Glossier.

Glossier Samples

I'll be putting these products to the test and reviewing them very soon. Once I have decided if I like the products and their quality, I might order some new products.

If you would like to receive 10% off your order you can use my affiliate link.

Did you buy anything from Glossier?
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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

3ina Makeup Tested and Reviewed

I recently tried out 3ina's bestselling makeup products which I fell in love with. A second PR parcel arrived with more 3ina goodies to put to the test.

3ina Eye Gloss, Eyebrow Kit, Duo Eyeshadow and Gel Eyeliner Review

The first product is the Gel Eyeliner in 802, which is a bright teal green. Although this worked well and was pigmented, I just don't see many people reaching for it due to its colour. However, I think makeup artists would be interested in this shade for creating vibrant looks. It could even be used all over the lid as an eyeshadow. I'd be interested in trying the black version of this product.

The Eyebrow Kit is let down by the brushes inside, they aren't as precise as I would like when doing my brows. The powder and wax work well with a different angled brush. The powder worked through the brows well and so did the wax.

Next up is the Duo Eyeshadow in 602. This arrived smashed which would make me wary of purchasing any other shades. The colour combination wasn't that wearable together, a frost pale white/cream shade and a matte terracotta pink. The eyeshadows had reasonable pigment but they were a little powdery.

3INA Eye Gloss, Eyebrow Kit, Duo Eyeshadow and Gel Eyeliner Review

The Eye Gloss in 500 is a very odd product. It feels like sticky vaseline when applied to the eye. The packaging says this eye gloss can be used on its own or over eyeshadow. I tried it with just foundation and powder on my eyelid and used the sponge applicator. It dragged and pulled away some of the foundation from underneath. I think makeup artists may be able to work with this product but for me, it's a miss.

Have you tried anything from this brand?

Monday, 9 October 2017

Revlon Youth Fix Fill and Blur Range Review - Primer for Face/Neck, Primer for Forehead, Foundation and Concealer

Testing new base products is one of my favourite beauty items to trial and review for the blog. Revlon has just released their Youth Fix range which includes the Fill and Blur Primer for Face/Neck, Fill and Blur Primer for Forehead, Fill and Blur Concealer and Fill and Blur Foundation.

Revlon Youth Fix Fill and Blur Range Review - Primer for Face/Neck, Primer for Forehead, Foundation and Concealer

I'm probably not the target market for this range as I am in my mid-twenties but I do like blurring products to reduce the appearance of texture and acne scarring.

The first item I put to the test was the Fill and Blur Primer for Forehead. This nail polish-esque packing looks rather intense with its sharp handle and nail polish style brush. You swipe this over any creases or fine lines on your forehead. I think I put a little too much of this on when I first tried it, it took ages to dry down. However, the second time I used it more sparingly and it dried quicker. I can't say it did much for my fine lines and it seems to be a little bit faffy in my opinion.

Revlon Youth Fix Fill and Blur Primer for Forehead Review

The second primer from the Youth Fix range was much better than the one intended for forehead wrinkles. The Fill and Blur Primer for Face/Neck is dispensed through a few holes in the top of the white teardrop shape top. You then use the white applicator to smooth the product out. I wanted to see if the product blended as well just using your hands but surprisingly the novelty applicator worked the best. It is a thick gel which settles into fine lines and adds an overall blurred effect. It was a smooth base to apply my foundation too.

Revlon Youth Fix Fill and Blur Primer for Face/Neck Review

The Fill and Blur Foundation comes in 7 shades, the lightest being 110 Ivory. This colour was so orange on my skin tone (I'm an NC15 in MAC for reference). Gwen Stefani is the celebrity face to the range and she is similarly pale as I am, so I can't actually see this product being able to suit her skin tone. Putting the terrible colour aside, this had a mousse-like thick texture which seems to have a silicone blend. It did blend well over the skin.

Revlon Youth Fix Fill and Blur Foundation Review

Finally, I finished up with the Fill and Blur Concealer in 02 Light. The product only comes in 3 shades. Again, this was such an odd colour, very dark with a yellow undertone, too dark for me to actually wear after testing. Very similar to the foundation, it had silicone mousse consistency which helped the concealer blur over the fine lines under my eyes. It was very pigmented and wasn't cakey at all.

Revlon Youth Fix Fill and Blur Concealer Review

I wish Revlon had a better colour range for both very pale and dark skin tones. I did enjoy the Fill and Blur Primer for Face/Neck and the Concealer. However, I think the Fill and Blur Primer for Forehead is a miss and so is the foundation as the palest shade is so orange.

Have you tried anything from this Revlon Youth Fix range?
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