My 1K Twitter Followers EcoTools Brushes Giveaway! *WIN AN ECOTOOLS COLLECTION!!*

Hi Guys!

As you would have seen, I am so close to hitting 1K on Twitter, and to celebrate the moment I do, I am hosting a 1K Giveaway where you can win the below collection of EcoTools vegan brushes and sponges!

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This giveaway is open internationally as always, and you can enter by following me on Twitter (if you already haven’t), and then liking my pinned giveaway tweet – that’s all! 🙂You can gain another entry by retweeting it!

If you already follow me, just like the tweet to enter, and retweet if you want the extra entry!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT AND GOOD LUCK!

SMALL PRINT:
  • THIS COMPETITION WILL END ONCE I HAVE HIT 1,000 FOLLOWERS ON TWITTER AND THE WINNER WILL BE PICKED AT RANDOM SHORTLY AFTER FROM ALL THE ELIGIBLE PRIMARY ENTRIES  (LIKES) AND EXTRA ENTRIES (RETWEETS).
  • THE WINNER WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA INSTAGRAM DIRECT MESSAGE, AND THE ACCOUNT NEEDS TO BE SET AS PUBLIC.
  • IF THE ENTRANT IS UNDER 16 YEARS OLD YOUR PARENT OR GUARDIAN WILL NEED TO APPROVE YOUR ENTRY, AND APPROVE PROVIDING YOUR POSTAL ADDRESS.
  • OPEN INTERNATIONALLY – ALL WELCOME TO ENTER!
  • THIS GIVEAWAY IS NO WAY AFFILIATED WITH OR ENDORSED BY ECOTOOLS, TUMBLR,  INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, SNAPCHAT OR WORDPRESS. I HAVE BOUGHT THESE BRUSHES WITH MY OWN FUNDS!
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Anastasia Beverly Hills – Eye Shadow Palette – Soft Glam

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Anastasia’s return to the softer side of the palette.

After the critically acclaimed Modern Renaissance palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills, they decided to create an on trend Grunge-esque palette called Subculture which was received to mixed reviews. People complained about fallout, the terrible blendability and left generally bad reviews regarding the formula but raved about the colours. So hearing the negative press, ABH decided to revert back to their Modern Renaissance formula and with that Soft Glam was born!

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Taking a selections of pinks, blushes, browns, and oranges, and some favourites from Modern Renaissance such as Tempera, Burnt Orange and Sienna, this is by far one of my favourite palettes which has sadly pushed aside Modern Renaissance. This is my go to palette for formal events and weddings as I enjoy the soft, glittery looks I can create.

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After how much I disliked the formula of Subculture, I am so glad they returned to the original formula from Modern Renaissance palette. The shadows are creamy, simple to blend and apply, which makes creating stunning and pigmented eye looks so quick and easy.

Bottom Line: The colours are rich, highly pigmented and silky to the touch! So glad they brought back the old, good formula!

Price: £43.00 @ BeautyBay.com
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Rating: *****

Click here for my other Anastasia Beverly Hills reviews! 

Abibu London – Nutra-Revitalising Moisturiser – HydraVictuals – PR

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A nutrient full, light moisturiser that hydrates skins!

I was very lucky to receive this product from Abibu London for me to review for my followers  – Please note I received this complimentary!

This moisturiser is part of Abibu’s revolutionary take on modern skincare, ensuring that their products in their new HydraVictuals range are full of nutritious ingredients that have scientific evidence of their beneficial properties – it isn’t some hokum whizzed up in a bottle on a false promise, it’s an elegant blend of luxury and science.

My first impressions of the product is how well presented it is in it’s box, it looks good and sleek and extremely presentable. The jar itself looks chic, a bold clean white with pink and chrome accents making it look very sophisticated on your vanity or nightstand. It’s made of a light plastic making it easy to travel with compared with glass jars that you find with other products – saving vital luggage weight for other makeup…

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This moisturiser is packed full of plant extracts, vitamins C and E, anti-oxidants, biotin, collagen, and zinc – making a treat for your skin and senses – it smells delicious, light floral with a soothing calm and not overpowering which is what I like in my products as fragrance can cause irritation! 

I have been using this moisturiser for a month to ensure I could get the best impression of the moisturiser before writing this review. I was very shocked at how easily this product sunk into my skin considering the thick appearance of the moisturiser, it has a souffle texture within the jar. It’s amazing watching it melt at the touch of my body heat – creating a soft, smooth and hydrated finale for my skincare routine.

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I’ve found it creates a taut feeling to my skin making it feel instantly rejuvenated and plumped. The hydration is brilliant – as you guys are aware I suffer from combi/dry skin and find some products knock my skins balance and can cause oiliness/breakouts – this however just adds the right amount of hydration without the breakouts as it isn’t oily so doesn’t clog up my pores.

I’ve been preferring to use it underneath my primer, or even without primer, as I have found it to sit well and doesn’t create an oily base meaning my makeup is not affected by the product and remains long-wearing. I’ve also found my makeup does not react with the ingredients as some moisturisers can speed up the oxidation of my foundation.

Bottom Line: Became a staple in my routine, even to the point of replacing my GlamGlow Glowstarter!!

Price: £66 at Abibu London , and sign up to their newsletter for 20% off!

Rating: *****

Scent & Co – Monthly Premium Perfume and Fragrance Subscription Box- PR

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A perfect way to sample, and change your fragrance monthly!

I was very lucky to receive this product from Scent & Co for me to review for my followers  – Please note I received this complimentary to review for you lovely people!

Scent & Co is a rather appealing subscription to me due to the fact I am hoarding a lot of perfumes, namely Marc Jacobs, that I’ve bought in sales and I cannot justify buying new bottles of £70-£100 perfumes when I already have shelves full. But I still want more! So this is where Scent & Co come in to rescue me from this very first world problem…Every month for £14.95 including P&P Scent & Co send you a new perfume in their custom vials to keep you up to date with premium fragrances.

You can pick a new perfume, or the same one, and have a months supply of the perfume or cologne delivered in a sturdy glass vial to fit your bag friendly Scent & Co canister. This essentially allows you to try a new perfume monthly, without having them grow dusty and lonely on your shelves and for a normal bottles worth – you get to try 4 to 6 new perfumes over the upcoming months!

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The vials contain 10ml of your chosen, or mystery, scent for you to switch in the canister for easy transport. I decided to have the Viktor & Rolf’s BonBon for my first scent as I love it to pieces but after my last bottle I just don’t want to buy it again for £55, when I can spread the cost over the next three months and save £10, but also have the opportunity to try a different scent! This is such a handy subscription to have as my perfume tastes often change depending on my mood, occasion or just general vibes!

Bottom Line: The answer to de-cluttering your perfume collection whilst staying up to date with luxurious scents!

Price: £14.95 at Scent & Co.

Rating: *****

Rodial – Glamolash Mascara XXL – Black

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A bold, non-clumping volume boosting mascara!

This is the first of the Rodial makeup and skin collection I have tried – mainly due to the price point being quite high compared to my tried, tested and loved staples. So seeings as I got this free from a magazine (RED; May edition), I was very excited to try it!

I found the brush to be what I like, not too heavy so easy to manoeuvre and apply to all my pesky lower lashes. It applied evenly and the brush wasn’t saturated -just a nice amount to work with. It didn’t clump my lashes together like spider legs but left them looking like wispie falsies – very impressive!

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I do think this will become a staple with use over time – and depending on how long the tube lasts it might even replace my beloved Urban Decay Perversion… Eeek! Never thought I’d say that!

Bottom Line: A wispie eyelash maker, adding volume without the clumpiness!

Price: £24 at Rodial.

Rating: ****

Moprhe – Jaclyn Hill Collaboration- Eyeshadow Palette – The Review!

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Hubba Hubba! Come to Mama!

As you guys know, I treated myself to one of these palettes and also treated one of my followers to one in my 8K Instagram Giveaway! I am so glad I did, this palette is absolutely incredible.

The vivid colours, the multiple looks you can create, and the quality makes this one of my favourite palettes of all time – all those instagram reviews were right! This was also my first ever Morphe palette – but it will definitely not be my last. I am genuinely, and thoroughly impressed by this creation and Jaclyn Hill should give herself a round of applause!

These eye shadows are creamy, highly pigmented, easy to blend, stunningly beautiful and such brilliant value! The blendability of these shadows is next level – it’s so easy to create seamless makeup looks with this palette.

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Look how bright and pigmented these babies are! I think I’m actually in love. Considering the price – £37- and the fact you get 35 unique matte/shimmer shades, it works out as £1.05 per generously sized pan – it’s undeniably good value! Especially when you tally it up to the £43 you pay for an Anastasia Beverly Hills palette where you get half the shades, which are smaller in size.

I cannot wait to get my next Morphe palette to join this one on my vanity table!

Bottom Line:  A varied collection of matte and shimmer shades! Absolute staple that every beauty guru needs!

Price: £37 at BeautyBay.com.

Rating: *****

Sleek Makeup – i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette – A New Day – ABH Soft Glam Dupe?!?

Firstly, massive THANK YOU! to Sleek Makeup for this huge haul for me to try out and review for my lovely followers!!!

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The first item I will be reviewing from this collection is their A New Day palette which is a stunning array of on-trend blushed neutrals, oranges and browns! Please note, I did receive this item complimentary from Sleek Makeup!

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This palette boasts 12 neutral shades for you to mix and match to create your own subtle, glamorous looks which are on trend. You get warm brown shades to define and smoke out your looks, and beautiful light shimmer shades to help highlight and create halo looks.

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Whilst I was using this palette I wasn’t surprised at the creaminess and the lack of fallout – Sleek Makeup eye shadow are brilliant value and great quality. I’ve always been excited when they release a new i-Divine! These eye shadows are creamy to apply, not dusty, blend well and are very pigmented considering their cost point! They also last a long while without eye shadow primer, so if you’re in a rush to get out the door these will stay put for hours without necessary prep time!

One thing that I did notice is how similar the palette it is to my Anastasia’s Beverly Hill’s Soft Glam palette which my boyfriend bought me. The colours are very similar, apart from the stunning foiled shadows and the brighter orange. The basic shadows are all the same hues, and can be built up to match the vividness of the ABH shadows, but there is a lack of pigmented, foiled shades to complete the Sleek palette.

This palette is perfect for matte, neutral looks but if you want more glamorous, showstopping with glitter on top shadows, then you’ll need to team it up with another palette!

Bottom Line: Lovely pigmented, great colour pay off eye shadows that are worth the price!

Price: £8.99 at Boots.com.

Rating: ****

BEAUTY DEALS – MARCH 2018 – SPECTRUM COLLECTIONS OFFERING 50% OFF! Bank Holiday Deals!

THIS IS NOT A DRILL! Spectrum Collections are having a massive sale offering 50% and 30% off sets – INCLUDING THEIR MEAN GIRLS COLLAB! You can find my reviews of the Mean Girl collaboration here!

Click the banners below to get taken to the uber deals!

I now have a Depop Account! PSA – Adopt my lonely palettes!

Hi Guys,

As you guys are aware, I will be moving in with my Bae soon so I am having a clear out of my things – including my vanity table! From reviewing, testing, swatching and blogging I have amassed a huge amount of makeup which I have decided deserve new, better homes where they will be creatively used instead of deserted, sad and lonely in my collection barely touched.

So to get them on their way to being adopted by new makeup enthusiast – I have set up a Depop! 

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I have already listed some Urban Decay, Zoeva, NYX, OFRA and SleekMakeup palettes. You can view my account by searching RosemaryHelenXO on the app, or by clicking here!

Follow my Depop account to keep up to date with my listings to ensure you grab a steal! Many items I list are 50% off retail price and I have literally just swatched some of them babies!

P.S. ONLY SIX DAYS LEFT to enter my Morphe x Jaclyn Hill giveaway so check it out on my Instagram or see the post here!

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E.l.f. Cosmetics – Eyes, Lips, Face – ExTRA Lip Gloss – Brian & Brett

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Highly pigmented lip gloss, which offers a matte lip coverage in a gloss!

I was actually blown away by these lip glosses – I have used other E.l.f. cosmetics products and I’m always surprised at the quality considering their budget friendly prices – and it was the same for these lipsticks!

These lip glosses are creamy, easy to apply, non sticky and don’t make you feel tacky whilst wearing them. They have a good formula which makes them easy and accurate to apply – I hate it when gloss is so runny it’s hard to put on and drips off like a Vladamua look.

These lip glosses come in a variety of colours and it’s easy to find one to suit your tone and style!

Bottom Line: They glide on easily, and are non sticky, but due to the high pigmentation they’re not suitable for lip-toppers but are a perfect alternative to lipsticks!

Price: £3.50 at e.l.f. Cosmetics. 

Rating: *****