Saturday, 30 May 2015

LUSH Review | Space Girl Bath Bomb

Space Girl was one of those bath bombs I spotted on my first trip to LUSH, and always ment to pick up but never did. I recently got the chance to try it and am so happy, as I think it's going to be a firm favourite! And at £2.35 it's probably one of LUSH's cheapest bath bombs. 
The bath bomb is a cute light purple planet with rings, dusted in orangey red powder calling to mind Mars.  
It smells very sweet, not floral, and carries a strong still-there scent in the bath. This is one thing I'm really excited about, because I've found that a lot of LUSH's bath bombs often lose a lot of their scent in the tub. 
It creates gorgeous bright pinky purple water, with a little silver glitter, and it smells divine. I would've liked some popping candy or something, or even for it to last a little longer when it as fizzing. But for the price, and how nice it smelt in the tub, I'm really pleased with this purchase. 

Have you tried Space Girl? What's your favourite bath or shower product right now? 
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Monday, 25 May 2015

Review | Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick | Wolvesmouth

Kat Von D's makeup range is something I've wanted to get my hands on for a long, long time. Unfortunately, it's only sold in Sephora. If you are a UK based makeup fan, you'll know Sephora doesn't exist here in the UK, no matter how much we cry and beg for one. 
Therefore getting one's sticky mitts on anything from Kat Von D's line is a straight up pain in the ass! There are so many things I want that I cannot have, and that is infuriating. 

However after searching like a mad person I finally stumbled upon Roses Beauty Store, a shop that sells US brands to us in the UK.
And they sell Kat Von D, albeight at extremely high prices. I picked up Wolvesmouth for £26.99 ouch. 
The packaging is the bomb, literally it's probably some of the coolest packaging to come out of the makeup industry. The top has Kat's KVD seal, and the sides are studded. It's shiny black plastic, which means its really easy to clean, however it does carry fingerprints if you look up close. The packaging is sturdy, and doesn't feel cheap. 
I like that Kat's seal is also engraved into the actual lipstick. You get 3g of lipstick, which is the same as MAC lippies. I guess this makes the price even higher, they are over £10 more expensive than MAC lipsticks, again OUCH! 
Wolvesmouth is a gorgeous purple burgundy with pink and blue shimmer. For some reason when it's coming up to summer, I'm constantly drawn to shimmery and metallic lipsticks. Don't know why. 
Left - One swipe 
Right - Several swipes
Top - With flash
Bottom - Without
In the sunlight this looks super metallic and shiny, but indoors in looks like a really dimensional purple red lipstick. Scent-wise it smells a little like MAC bit is much less scented, so for people who don't favour the strong vanilla/lipstick scent of MAC, this could be a good alternative. It feels silky and smooth on the lips, and lasts for a pretty good time, about 3 hours before touch-ups. Please remember I lick and bite my lips A LOT, so it'll probably last longer for you if you don't have these nervous ticks. 
I absolutely love how it looks on, but think I might have to put it away until the Autumn, or if I'm feeling a little gothy at some point this summer. It's a little dark. 
I like the colour, the texture and the lasting time. The packaging is awesome, and I can't wait to see the super secret Christmas colours! But, price-wise it's pretty expensive, you can order from the Sephora website now, but again, that's pretty expensive to get shipped here. I guess you could share an order with a couple of friends to split the cost? 
I definitely want to get my hands on Gothica, but will have to save up for it again. 

Which lipstick would you want to try from Kat's line? Which is your favourite metallic lipstick? 

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Summertime Budget Sunglass Picks | 2015

It's here! My favourite sunglasses this year that you can buy on a budget. Like the majority of people, I can't afford to spend more than £30 on a pair of sunnies. I am clumsy and forgetful, so to buy designer sunglasses would be a huge commitment. Every year I always rely on budget high street sunglasses, I buy a couple of pairs to switch it up a bit. 
As you may know from my previous post on designer sunglasses, I want to get into fashion blogging a bit more, I haven't done a lot so bare with me. Uncharted waters here guys. 

I'm not a particularly 'trendy' person, I either dress grungy or really sleek and polished, there's no in-between. Just thought I'd give you a little background! 

All of these sunnies are £30 or below. 
These super sleek glasses are from one of my personal favourite high street retailers, River Island. I love the gold metal frames and the slight cat eye edge to them, and I always have time for tortoiseshell. The gold champagne pink of the lenses is chic and I think would look really sophisticated, especially with white on the beach, or sipping Cosmos at the pool bar! They are also available in deep red tones, which would look amazing with a darker coloured outfit. 

These are definitely some of my favourites from my picks, and these are from Warehouse. The chunkier gold frame really shows up, and as you can probably tell I am really inclined to gold in the summertime! The frames are a dark brown colour, and look slick and sophisticated on. At £16 these are definitely a great bargain, and when on I think they actually look really expensive. 

Probably a second favourite, because who doesn't want sunnies that make it look like there's flames in them!?!?!? These are from Urban Outfitters, and are a big, chunky pair of glasses. They look amazing on, but beware they are HUGE so if you're not a fan of big sunnies, I'd steer clear. The lenses are a deep brown, and I just think that these look awesome. These'd be brilliant with some blue denim shorts, a vest top and a checked shirt. They are also available in a crystal brown finish

I initially picked these out from Urban Outfitters because they reminded me of the Enchanted Garden sunnies from my last post. But, I think I like these ones more...? I'm a huge fan of the translucent style frames, I like when frames aren't quite opaque as I think it takes some of the 'heavy' look away from glasses. If you know me IRL, you'll know that I'm a HUGE fan of hardware, I have metal accents on shoes, hairbands, jumpers you name it. So the really simple gold hardware on top of these sunglasses really calls to me. I like that it's a really thin, simple line, rather than a huge chunk on the front. These are also available in black with the same gold hardware. 

These are the most expensive glasses here, on the higher side of 'budget'. These are by Quay but are sold in TopShop. For me, this pair is all about that amazing gold hardware. I like that the hardware extends as the arms, and these look wicked on. They'd definitely be a serious statement/conversation piece, and they are also available in black with smokey lenses if you'd prefer to be on the dark side. You could pick out the hardware on these with some hardware on a bag, a swimsuit or even flip flops/sandals! 

I hope you guys enjoyed my 2015 sunglasses duo posts! If you did let me know which is your favourite pair from this post. What do you want me to talk about next? I'm thinking of handbags/crossbodys for summertime tourism or shoes...? Let me know! 
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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Review | Tanya Burr Lipgloss - NEW COLOURS!

You guys may, or may not know that I love the Tanya Burr lip glosses. They glide on beautifully and I found myself gradually adding to my collection  over time. She recently released a few more colours, so obviously I had to take a look! 
Fragrance Direct are having a huge sale, and the Tanya Burr bits are all included, so naturally I took advantage. I bought three of the new colours, all for £1.99 each! 
I picked up the colours Aphrodite, I found Nemo and Lunch Date. 
From left to right - Aphrodite, I found Nemo and Lunch Date. 

Aphrodite is a gorgeous coral-red colour, that is a little less opaque than I'd honestly like it to be. However I do like the gel texture, rather than milky/creamy glosses. It has a lovely amount of pink shimmer in, that isn't too much, and shows up subtly on the lips. 
It does go on a little inconsistently and patchy, but I really like the juicy raspberry coral colour. These glosses are a little sticky, so be careful in the wind with long hair! 
I found Nemo, is a pretty peachy orange colour. However on the lips it's not as peachy gel as I'd like, it's a little more creamy. There's subtle gold peach shimmer, which again, I really like. I feel like a little glitter adds some dimension to the lips. I did find that this was a little more cream finish like Lunch Date, rather than wet finish like Aphrodite. 
Lunch Date is really creamy, and is probably my least favourite of the three that I bought. I feel like although Aphrodite settles in the lines it makes my lips look wetter, whereas with Lunch Date, it just looks a little thick. I do like this as a pretty, nude lipgloss, but it lacks the shimmer that the other two have, and in so doing, it lacks that dimension.

I really do like the general formula of the Tanya Burr glosses, they smell amazing, like red laces. They have a nice flat sponge applicator - I much prefer these to the weird splaying brushes you can get in some glosses, however they do need a coat or two to get a more even finish. They are a little sticky, but they are nowhere near as sticky as MAC glosses, and only really get tacky later on in the wear time, and obviously with long hair and wind - y'all know how it is! 

I'd definitely say try picking a couple of these up if you can, especially now that they are only £1.99 in the Fragrance Direct sale! But you can also pick these up at Superdrug. 
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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Summertime Designer Sunglass Picks | 2015

I am a huge fan of sunglasses, such a huge fan that I actually have a whole drawer dedicated to sunglasses. 
The only designer sunglasses I own are from my beloved TKMaxx, and whilst I have a while to go until I can afford to buy designer sunglasses, it's nice to dream right? 
I will also have a budget sunglass picks list next week, for those of us who can't afford to spend hundreds on sunnies. 
Also, I know I'm constantly saying that I'm not a fashion blogger, but I've really been wanting to get into it more. 

Pair one are from Dolce and Gabbana, they are a gorgeous shell peach colour, and inside they are a dark leopard pattern. I am in love with shell colours at the moment, from peaches to pinks even some white, love them! Whilst I really like injecting some colour into my wardrobe in the summertime, I also get excited to bring in these delicately coloured neutrals. 
These glasses come in a few different colours too, red, blue leopard and black. I'd love to find some high-street dupes for these, as I really like the delicate take on a Wayfarer shape. 

TWO - RB2180 49 - £135
Pair two are from Ray Ban. Unfortunately I can't find a name for this style. I really like this darker take on a regular neutral shade, and the dark lenses are really stylish. They are a rounded, curved version of Wayfarers and are made of a translucent coloured plastic. I really like when glasses are made of this type of plastic, as I feel that they look a little lighter on the face. I used to have a hand-me-down pair of Nicole Farhi sunnies (before they were lost at Discovery Cove), that were a gorgeous translucent shell pink. 
I think these would look lovely with some bright summer coloured clothes, or a neon bikini. These come in browns, blacks and greys. 

THREE - FT0374 61 - £249
I am in serious lust with these Tom Ford sunnies. The gold criss cross frames, and the champagne brown lenses are stunning. These are some sunglasses that I'd love to see in real life. I'm a huge fan of RayBan's Aviator style, and these feel like a more mature, classy version. 
These feel like the type of glasses rich women would wear on their way to tea at the Ritz. The glasses come in three different colours, brown, green and blue.

FOUR - BV8156B 54 - £273
These glasses from Bvlgari are a pair I didn't think I'd initially like, however, I do like tortoiseshell so maybe it's that? 
They are a gorgeous dark brown tortoiseshell, but what I really like is the gold detailing on the sides. It's very art deco, very The Great Gatsby. I think that you could easily find an amazing swimsuit to go with these sunnies, maybe in white or black with gold accents? 
There's also gold detailing around the rims, and indentations on the corners which incorporate the metal accents on the sides. I don't own any glasses with a cat eye shape, but for those of you who like the shape, these are beautiful! 
They also come in black with copper metal accents. 

I've never been one to really, want designer sunglasses, but if I were to leap into paying full price for a pair, it'd be some original Ray Ban Aviators! They come in a huge variety of colours, I really like these which are the gold and pink ones, but also love the polarised gold and orange ones. 
I think these would look amazing with crisp, white clothing in the summer. 
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Friday, 8 May 2015

Avengers Inspired | THOR | Makeup Tutorial

I've seen several YouTubers that write accompanying blog posts to their videos, and it's always a continuity thing that I've been interested in. So, here's the first one! I'm not promising a post for EVERY video, but it's a habit I'd like to get into. 
I've been wanting to start off this series since the last Avengers movie came out, and yes, it has taken me this long to get my shit together. 
I started off with Thor because since watching 'The Avengers - Age of Ultron', I like the character so much more. I don't know why, I just do. 
Thor's character in the comic's has a lot of blue and red going on, and in the movies his clothing (armour) is usually more cool-toned. So, I decided to incorporate a lot of blues and greys, as well as some metallic shadows. I obviously had to use red too, because, he has a red cape (NO CAPES!). 
I did a nude lip and didn't really like it, so added the gloss on top and I think it definitely finishes off the look well. 

If you want to check out the tutorial you can do below, and my latest videos are always in the sidebar. 

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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Rimmel Good to Glow Highlighter | Review

I know, I haven't been around in a while, and by a while I mean a really, really long time. What's it been since we last spoke? A month? Actually just checked the date on my last post and it's been over a month! 
I will talk about why I've been away in a bit, in a later post once I get my ish together. However, I'm going to start off with a good, old-fashioned review. 

Strolling down the aisles of Boots I saw that they had these new highlighters, now, I don't think I actually own any liquid highlighters. So this is something completely new for me. 
This is Rimmel's Good to Glow liquid highlighter
It comes in three different colours, 001 Notting Hill Glow, is a beautiful white pearlised pink. 002 Piccadilly Glow is a gorgeous golden coral, and 003 Soho Glow is a pretty tanned gold. 
I was initially going to pick up all three, but to be honest, 001 was very similar to one of the colours in the Sleek Highlighter palette. And 003 wasn't really the right colour for my skin right now, not ruling out that I'll buy it this summer though! 
002 as mentioned before is a gorgeous summery coral/orange. Initially I was a little perplexed by the colour choice, white/pearls I get, and golds I get, but orange? So naturally that was the colour I had to go for! 
I am so glad I did! 

I am not really a huge fan of glittery blushes, because I feel like they stand out from the skin, and just look sparkly and chunky. Whereas, because Good to Glow is a liquid, it sinks well into the skin and gives a gorgeous, glowy look. But don't get me wrong, it is still very sparkly, just not really chunky. 
It smells pretty nice too, it doesn't have the foundation smell or the suncream smell. It's light and pleasant. GtG isn't hugely pigmented, which is a bit of a downfall as I feel like Rimmel really could have packed colour in as they are a gel formula. I wish it was more colourful, then you could have the option to put it on top, or underneath foundation. 
It's not a replacement for blush, but if you are like me and rarely wear blush with your makeup (rosacea - YAY!) this colour could be a good replacement. 
002 kills two birds with one stone in that way., but you could also use it over the top of a blush. 

I can see this looking good on camera, and really pretty in the summertime. I think I might pick up 003 later on in the year, as it'd give a nice golden glow to the skin. 
I've enjoyed using the Good to Glow and like the gel formula. However, I feel like it could be more pigmented, less sparkly and just brighter overall. 
At £4.99 I'm pretty happy with my purchase, and Rimmel's having a 3 for 2 in Boots right now, so if you want to pick this up...GO! 

Have you tried out the Good to Glow? Did you like it, or is there something else you prefer? 

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