TARTE COSMETICS – Swamp Queen Palette – Grav3yard Girl Collaboration

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Well, well, well, looks like a Queen is reigning! 

I have a few Tarte Cosmetics palettes and products, and I have to say, this has become my favourite to travel with. This palette is the perfect face and eye palette due to the complimenting shades of blusher, bronzer, highlighter and eyeshadows.

This palette is the brainchild of Grav3yardGirl, who hopefully you all know of due to her unique and quirky personality, and pays homage to her home state of Texas. The palette has unique shade names such as ‘dogman’, ‘gator wings’, and ‘does this thing really work?’. If you’re wondering, yes it does really work.

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This palette boasts a beautiful gold highlight, which is the most pigmented highlighter I have ever used – it’s literally like painting my face with gold, and I love it. 

The blusher is a lovely rosy pink with gold reflect shimmer which is perfect as standalone as the shimmer is eye catching enough, or team it up with the gold highlight for ultimate glow!

The bronzer is a lovely warm brown shade, which is sadly slightly orange, so use it sparingly and not as your base contour otherwise you’ll end up a gilded tangerine…

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This palette has nine incredible eye shadow shades, which have been displayed horizontally in complimentary trios. They are made up of two light neutral matte shades and seven shimmering shadows in warm toned plums, browns and oranges. Together they are a lovely selection of base, crease and lid shades to mix and match or use the complimentary shades for your desired look. The palette also comes with a soft, closely packed brown eye shadow brush which is handy for adding the shimmer shadows to your look, as opposed to blending the shades!

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Bottom Line: Lovely, warm toned, highly pigmented eye shadow shades to create a vast array of everyday looks, or darken with the smokey shades for glam nighttime looks when teamed up with the complimentary blusher, bronzer and highligher. This is the ultimate travel palette!

Price: £37 at Tarte Cosmetics(Currently on sale for £22!!!)

Rating: *****

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS – Blush Kit Palette – Radiant

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Anastasia’s beautiful foursome of stunning blusher shades.

After falling in love with Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Modern Renaissance and their contour palette, I decided to snap this palette up when I bought their Sugar Glow Kit. I’m so glad I did! I was umm-ing and arr-ing about which one to get seeings as they have a large amount of shades of blush to choose from in their triplet sets, but I decided to grab this Blush Kit to get the quad of colours.

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This kit boasts an array of pink and coral hues with added shimmer! The best thing about these shades is the fact you can mix them together to create your own peachy summer glow, or your own Barbie Pink blush.

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The powdered blush are so easy to blend and apply, you can really customise your shade by layering the different blushes or use them stand-alone. They’re also very pigmented, as with most of the Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics!

Bottom Line: The colours are gorgeous and the powder formula is so easy to use and blend!

Price: £31 at BeautyBay.com.

Rating: *****

 

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LILY ENGLAND – MAKEUP BRUSHES – Rose Gold Makeup/Wash Bag – PR

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Amazing design, spacious and brilliant quality!

I received this case complimentary from the amazing folks at Lily England to try out and review for you lovelies!

It has a very large zip bag section which I put my palettes, cosmetics and foundation in. I like using the separate sections to organise my face and eye brushes to make my make up on the go easier!

I also love the hook feature as I can hang it from hotel doors to save on space on the bathroom counters. You can also use this bag for toiletries and the separated sections are handy for bits and bobs!

Bottom Line: Brilliant design and quality! Also how cute is the rose gold?!

Price: £15 at Lily England.

Rating: *****

Luvenesco – Retinol Hydrating Cream – Complete Care – PR

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A beautiful facial cream, that settles on the skin ensuring it is delivering deep moisture with a lovely. non-overpowering scent.

I’ve noticed that my skin is a lot more plumped and hydrated – which is much needed in this cold, wintery weather! It also contains a plethora of vitamins so it can help repair any damages whilst hydrating.

The active retinol is used to fight signs of ageing & ripens pores, leaving your silky smooth, supple and vivid. The reason why retinol is becoming a beauty product staple is because of its age-fighting capabilities which can help diminish most signs of ageing.

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Bottom Line:  Deep moisturising cream with a lovely scent!

Price: £19.99 at Amazon 

Rating: **** (Expected a bigger pack for the price, but a little bit does goes a long way!) 

SPECTRUM COLLECTIONS – Mean Girls – False Eyelashes – Karen Smith

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Like, Spectrum just made Fetch happen!

So after the amazing Mean Girls collection debuted with the Burn Book and adorable pink brushes, Spectrum have released new Mean Girls faux eye lashes in tribute to each of the Plastics. And they’re so FETCH!

These eye lashes are made from faux silk, keeping in with Spectrum’s vegan and cruelty free ethos. The Karen Smith design is a light and wispy for a more natural finish these lashes will add length and curl, compared to their fuller volume, more intense Regina George design. They come in the cutest packaging, with the eyelashes contained in a clear, sturdy plastic container with the classic quote “You’re like really pretty”  on it to just boost your confident a little bit more!

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These lashes sadly do not come with glue – so make sure you have your trusty brand nearby!

Bottom Line:  Extremely soft, wispy eyelashes which give a natural finish to your eye makeup!

Price: £9.99 at Spectrum Collections (Use this link for 15% off your order!)

Rating: **** (Other eye-lashes in this price range, or cheaper come with glue!) 

Bowe Organics – Lash Oil – First Impressions – PR

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An organic lash oil to promote healthy lashes and promote growth!

I received this product complimentary in return for my honest opinions – so here it is!

 

This is a natural lash oil, which over a couple of weeks should help thicken and hydrate your lashes. It’s simple to use, all you do is apply a drop or two to your fingertips and gentle massage into the eyelashes from the base to tip – ensuring you don’t get it in your eyes. It’s recommended to use before bed so that you wake up to beautifully hydrated lashes in the morning!

Its made from a selection of natural organic essential oils such as Jojoba oil, which helps with hydration and has a high content of vitamin A, D and E, and Rose Hip oil, which is rich in Omega 6 fatty acid. These oils work together to hydrate lashes to make them look and feel beautiful!

My first impressions of the product is that the packaging has a very premium feel, the matte black is gorgeous. The bottle comes with a pipette top so its easy to apply the drops to your fingers. The oil smells lovely, a classic aromatherapy feel, its not strong and doesn’t make your eyes water. It’s easy to apply and doesn’t make your lashes feel weighty or oily!

As it takes a few weeks to work, I will be using it daily before bed before leaving my review – so keep your peepers out for my full review! In the meantime, you can find more information on this product on their website here; Bowe Organics.

PMD – Kiss Lip Plumping System – PR

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A safer way to lip plumping without the bruising!

I received this product in return for my honest review – so here it is!

I bet you all saw that ‘Kylie Challenge’ that took social media by storm a couple of years ago, which has jump started companies marketing lip plumping devices. The devices often relying on a suction that basically swells the lips with blood. These devices are often dangerous as can cause extensive bruising and burst blood vessels in the delicate lip tissues – owch!

So to combat these owchy side effects, PMD have created this new device which they’ve marketed as a safer alternative way to plump up your lips. It works on the same suction principle of other devices but it pulsates the suction – meaning that its gently suctioning on and off to create a better blood flow – rather than the devices that you leave on for minutes which causes insane swelling and damage in one go. By utilising a pulsating vacuum it isn’t as intense as other devices offering subtler effects which buildup over time. It’s also marketed as an anti-ageing device as it safely boosts collagen to reduce appearance of lip lines and wrinkles while increasing the look of lip volume.

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The device has a little cup that you place on the part of your lip to increase the blood flow, and it doesn’t overlap on to the skin surrounding your mouth, you then press the button to start the suction, it pulsates and you count to ten pulses – and thats it! It was actually pleasant – no bruising, offered subtle fullness, I could easily move the device to the areas I wanted to have a fuller look, rather than ending up with everything swelled and bruised and feeling a bit delicate.

The device on it own gave a subtle look, but for a more intense pout they include their own Smart Lip Plumping Serum, which helps increase the results as it contains a substance that tingles and in turn plumps your lips. It didn’t feel too bad just a slight tingle like eating something mildly spicy, and didn’t hurt, unlike those lipglosses from Soap and Glory – I’m looking at you Sexy Motherpucker… 

Bottom Line: A safer way to plump up with long lasting effects that build up over time and less damage!

Price: £125.00 at PMD

Rating: ***

SPECTRUM COLLECTIONS – Mean Girls – False Eyelashes – Regina George

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Like, Spectrum just made Fetch happen!

So after the amazing Mean Girls collection debuted with the Burn Book and adorable pink brushes, Spectrum have released new Mean Girls faux eye lashes in tribute to each of the Plastics. And they’re so FETCH!

These eye lashes are made from faux silk, keeping in with Spectrum’s vegan and cruelty free ethos. The Regina George’s design is a wispy, full length adding length and volume to your lashes. They come in the cutest packaging, with the eyelashes contained in a clear, sturdy plastic container with the classic quote “You’re like really pretty”  on it to just boost your confident a little bit more!

These lashes sadly do not come with glue – so make sure you have your trusty brand nearby!

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Bottom Line:  Extremely soft, wispy eyelashes that are totally fetch!

Price: £9.99 at Spectrum Collections (Use this link for 15% off your order!)

Rating: **** (Other eye-lashes in this price range, or cheaper come with glue!) 

 

ZOEVA – SPECTRUM PALETTE – Contour Spectrum

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An awesome starter palette for contouring.

I’ve been looking for a powder contour palette that can easily fit in my bag for on the go contouring, so after my brilliant experience with the Zoeva Blush palette I decided to grab this one!

This contour has two brown shades for contouring, a yellow setting powder for brightening and a pearlescent champagne highlight. The powders are all very pigmented and easy to blend with a brush or a sponge, giving good coverage and depth. The dark brown contouring shades have a warm and cool tone so you’re able to mix and match them to suit your complexion.

The only gripe I have with this palette is that the lighter shade is very sparkly so its best to use as a “glow” highlight rather than a contouring base highlight. This means that I can’t just carry this in my bag for all my contour needs as I still need a lighter matte powder shade.

Bottom Line: Good for a basic contour shade, but if you want to have one definitive palette for contouring, look elsewhere….

Price: £15 at BeautyBay.com.

Rating: ***

Dr Botanicals – Tropical Invigorating Cream – PR

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A lightweight, super moisturiser that will protect ski from pollution!

This cream was gifted to me from the lovely people at Dr Botanicals for my review and opinion!

This cream as a lovely light fragrance and is very light in formula, which has helped my skin absorb it easily without the weighted residue of thicker facial creams. This cream is created with the purpose of brightening, protecting and repairing the skin due to the Elder-flower extract.

The Elder-flower extract helps protect the skin from free radicals that can damage and cause early skin ageing. This cream also contains chamomile flower extracts which can help soothe damaged and irritated skin! The Tiare flower extract helps nourish, deeply moisturise as well as purify the skin. Basically it had three kick-ass, natural extracts in which together create the ultimate fighting team against skin damage! Oh, and its VEGAN!

The cream really nourished my skin and it didn’t cause me to break out, instead it calmed the redness that I have around my nose and chin, which made me feel more confident going make-up free in work. My skin felt cleaner and plumper – might have been from the amount of moisture that was being pumped into it!

The only issue I have is the price tag, but the product does last a while, it just seems pricey for a tube that will last 2 months…

Bottom Line: A lightweight, nourishing moisturiser that helps brighten complexion and protects from damage.

Price: £39.90 at Dr Botanicals.

Rating: *** (Expect a bigger tube for the price…)