BECCA Cosmetics – Volcano Goddess – Eyeshadow Palette

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A stunningly beautiful palette of vivid, metallic and matte shades to unleash your inner Goddess.

I stumbled upon this palette whilst on Instagram, and I couldn’t believe the array of colours that were in this palette. BECCA have captured a Volcanic eruption perfectly – the deep reds, the light beige with the smokey greys and black.

I’ve seen BECCA on Instagram a lot, and in awe of their ability to create a natural glow and vivid shades, so I just had to get this one. I am so glad I did. 

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If you follow me on Instagram you would know I crushed hard on this palette, its my go to for a bit of empowering glam. The multitude of shades allow me to create unique looks every time and dare me to be braver with each look!

The formula is creamy, with little to no fallout after a Jeffree Star-esque brush tap to remove excess, and the pigmentation is very vivid – a little goes a long way making this a perfect build up the shade palette.

The shades are punchy, but can be honed for a subtle eye look or you can create a strong, empowering eye look. This is definitely a palette everyone should have in their collections, it is simply stunning.

Bottom Line: One of the prettiest palettes I have ever bought!

Price: £36 @ CultBeauty.com
£32 @ John Lewis & Partners

Rating: *****

 

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OPV Beauty – Yemoja Eyeshadow Palette

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A majestically beautiful palette of vivid, metallic and matte shades.

I stumbled upon this palette whilst on Instagram, and I couldn’t believe the colours and how vivid they were – so I had to buy it and test it for myself. And I’m so glad I did.

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OPV Beauty based this palette on inspiration from the Nigerian goddess of Yoruba, the protector of women, love, and healing. This lead to the creation of twelve oceanic shades ranging from a deep crimson red, Eko, to a deep blue, Oba.

The palette boasts a healthy amount of matte and foil shades to help add dimension and light to your eye makeup. The shadows are build-able, with good colour pay off, and blend well allowing for creating combination shades.

The foils apply easy with fingers, and via wet or dry flat brushes to help create intensity desired. My personal favourites are Ayao, a pale pink gold reflects which when applied is a wonderful rose gold appearance, and Oko, a deep foiled forest green. The diversity of the shades make this a great palette to experiment with, and the quality is superb with little fallout.

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Bottom Line: A delicious array of colours to create dramatic foiled looks as well a matte masterpieces.

Price: £29 @ BeautyBay.com
£29 @ OPV Beauty

Rating: *****

Herbivore Botanicals – Coco Rose – Luxe Hydration Trio Collection

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A wonderful introduction to the Herbivore brand!

If you haven’t stumbled upon the much coveted Vegan brand Herbivore, then this might be the set that introduces you to their world. Herbivore is a Vegan, natural company which combines the focus on the modern clean beauty movement with result-driven products, in insanely aesthetically packaging.

This is their Coconut + Rose Luxe Hydration Trio set, where you get three stars of their collection in this curated set. This set includes their Rose Hibiscus hydration spray, their Coco Rose lip conditioner and their Coco Rose body polish, in a smaller travel friendly size as a perfect discovery package.

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Their Rose Hibiscus coconut water face mist is lovely to refresh bare skin or to set makeup with a touch more hydration. The Coco Rose smells delicious, but is a harder, solid type balm which takes a while to warm up so applies in chunks rather than a normal lip balm, which is a bit disappointing.

The body polish is one of the drier of exfoliating polishes, which means it does requires a bit of water to lubricate the exfoliating as it does get a bit raw if used on bone dry skin. Due to this, it does make a wonderful exfoliator to use in the bath as opposed to the shower.

Bottom Line: Wonderfully natural, vegan products that give results every time!

Price: £36 at Space NK 

Rating: ****

 

Lifestyle – Event – Lush Bournemouth’s Palentine, Galentine, and Valentine Day!

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A wonderful evening for those looking to self pamper, or with a loved one!

I was very lucky to attend this event for Valentine’s day for me to review for my blog. The lovely ladies at Bournemouth’s Lush welcomed us with lovely Rose and Raspberry mock tail to set the mood, and introduced themselves to us and gave us an overview of what will be happening during the night.

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We also introduced ourselves and then relaxed whilst sipping the delicious mock tails and browsing the store as it was closed to the public – giving us free reign of the stock to try!

To start with we each created the Sex Bomb bath bombs, and was taught how the master compactors at the nearby Lush factory make hundreds each per eight hour shift, as they are seasoned professionals – where as it took me two tries to create one where you can see the Rose!

After this, we were introduced to Lush’s collection of solid massage bars and given information about each type and what they’re best for. Then we all grabbed a massage bar each, and gave each other arm and hand massages after learning the special techniques that Lush utilise in their Spa’s to soothe their clients aches and pains.

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Once we were soothed, we had more mock tails and then made our own Rosy Cheeks face mask from scratch, learning the important properties each ingredient contributes to the mask and the benefits they give the skin.

After all the events and activities we were allowed once more to peruse the shelves and select items we want to purchase, as well as one-on-one time with a Lush expert to have our queries answered! The lovely ladies bid us adieu! and gave us a wonderful goody bag, each containing a few surprise goodies and our personally handmade bath bombs and face mask!

Pop in to your local Lush store to see if they are holding an event soon. The next one open to public in Bournemouth is on the 28th March 6-8pm for Mother’s Day celebrations, please contact the store to reserve a spot!

 

Pro Teeth Whitening Co. – Day and Night Set – Keep Your Teeth Sparkling Night and Day – PR

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Pro Teeth Whitening Co. Day & Night Set – A two in one kit for brightening and moisturising your teeth!

I was lucky enough to be gifted this Pro Teeth Whitening Co. Day & Night set from the use of the new Brandbassador App – you can find my review on the App here! They were also kind enough to sponsor my latest giveaway on my Instagram which was up last week.

I’ve seen activated charcoal kits before, and even tried the SmileLab whitening toothpaste, but have never used a dual kit before. It was a very unique experience, I’ve never thought of moisturising my teeth. My skin obviously, but teeth? Never.

The premise of these toothpastes is pretty self explanatory – you use one in the morning which polishes teeth, whitens their appearance and provides all day protection. The night time one uses to moisturise your teeth and also balance pH which prevents cavities caused by the breaking down of food by bacteria in your mouth. This is why its important to brush your teeth before bed! They say that using a combination of the two is the best way to achieve optimal oral health ensuring all day protection – Day and Night. All of their products are created from natural sources and made entirely in the United Kingdom!

The day one I found bizarre – its black from the activated charcoal, and has a sweet, minty taste. I’ve noticed that my teeth have whitened up a shade over the paste few days, and I hope with continued use they’ll be sparkling white. Using the Night toothpaste I’ve found I don’t have morning breath as much, and my mouth doesn’t taste as weird in the morning – something they’ve put down to the balance of pH which prevents and neutralises the over night bacteria activity! This pack provides a two month supply of toothpaste which I have noticed lasts a while if you use the recommended pea-sized amount.

Bottom Line: A unique product which provides around the clock protection, and over times helps brightens your smile.

Price: Currently £12.99 @ Pro Teeth Whitening Co. 
Get another 20% off with the code “RosemaryHXO” at checkout!

Rating: *** Expected more dramatic results.

Fujifilm Camera – Instax Mini 9 – Smokey White – Early Birthday Present! Yay!

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The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 – A stunning, self printing camera to capture images in an instant!

As it is my birthday at the end of the month, I really wanted to have an Instax Mini camera and my boyfriend was lovely enough to get me one. I decided to go for the Smokey White version as its a light grey and totally my kinda colour! I chose to get the Instax Mini 9, as it is a more recent model that has a built in selfie mirror, as well as better Hi-Def functions.

I decided to get the camera plus 20 snaps, which included two packs of its film. This Fujifilm camera takes film in 10 photos packs, which are around £10 each to buy off of Amazon, or the value packs are £17-£25 depending on how much film you want to get. The camera itself retails for around £65, which is cheap compared to other modern film cameras. As the camera only holds 10 shots per film pack, its works out to be an average of 70p-£1 per snap – which is quite expensive for a photo that is 2″ x 3″, but it’s great for taking special pictures for mementos rather than taking a constant record of the night.

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The reason why I wanted an Instax camera for my birthday was because I happened to play around with one whilst out on a Hen do. It was being used by a Bridesmaid to capture the events during the night – such as our cocktails from the masterclass, our celebratory meals, as well as everyone’s special moments from the night. It seemed like the perfect way to capture the special night – and I wanted to have one to capture my special moments during my birthday!

To add a cuteness level to my camera, I couldn’t help but by a Bear themed carry case/bag for it! I just loved the little face poking out!

Bottom Line: A fun, novelty camera to capture special moments or artistic instant prints!

Price: £69.99 with 10 shots @ Amazon.co.uk
£9.96 for Bear Case @ Amazon.co.uk

Rating: *****

Elegant Touch – Press On Nails – Nail Guards – Protective Nail Strips

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A easy and affordable way to save your nails from damage!

As you would have seen from my previous Elegant Touch review – I am an avid fan of press on nails. They’re easy to use, make me feel like a #girlboss, and make my hand held photos look on fleek! But with the use of press on nails comes the risk of nail damage from the glue – but to prevent this, Elegant Touch released these nail guards!

These nail guards are a thin, plastic sticker cover that you apply to your nails before the press on nail application. They act as a sheath to protect your nails as the glue doesn’t penetrate through them. This makes the nails easier, and safer to remove – which is handy if you’re workplace doesn’t allow false nails but you’d like to have them done for a special occasion! To remove them, all you have to do is use a cuticle pusher to flip up the edge of the fake nail to pop it off! So easy!

Bottom Line: Making removing faux nails simpler, easier, and quicker with less damage to your nails!

Price: £3.95 at all high-street retailers.

Rating: *****

Makeup Revolution – Brow Pomade – Blonde

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A pigmented, easy to blend brow pomade to get your brows on fleek!

Recently I decided to change colour of my brow pomade to something lighter for the Summer months as my hair has gone lighter and my previous Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow pomade was getting too dark. I found this look-alike pomade from Makeup Revolution when I bought the stunning Abracadabra pressed glitter palette!

When comparing the consistency of the pomade compared to the DipBrow, they’re very similar – they’re both highly pigmented so a lot goes a long way, and their very easy to blend to allow for a flawless brow transition. If you’re looking for a temporary shade, then I do recommend this brow pomade, as it’s a very good dupe of the cult favourite ABH DipBrow. But, if you’re looking to get one for long-term use I’d recommend investing in the DipBrow, as its longevity is astounding.

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One thing I’ve noticed is for a blonde shade it is close to a medium brown in ABH terms, but due to the limited 6 shades Makeup Revolution has compared to the 11 shades that ABH boast, make sure you do a colour check in store to get the closest match! Plus side – this one is vegan!

What I do love from this kit is the brush that you get included – it doesn’t look like much but its a handy, on the go, applicator which isn’t half bad considering the actual cost of this pomade! It comes with an angled brush end, and a flat brush end, the latter of which is perfect for cleaning up the brow with concealer!

Bottom Line: Amazing quality, pigmentation, and a brilliant DipBrow dupe at a fraction of the cost!

Price: £6 at Makeup RevolutionBeautyBay.com

Rating: ***** 

 

Eylure – Enchanted Limited Collection – Power Flower

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Wispy, lightweight eye lashes that create a naturally but full look!

These lashes balance volume with length due to the mix of long and short lashes. As they’re spaced out and not compacted into a black block, these are stunning for use with daily outings and events without making you look over done – subtle but noticeable. They’re wispy and very lightweight which makes them comfortable to wear, and the band flexes easy allowing a better fit to your natural lash line.

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As with all Eylure eyelashes – these come with the adhesive included. The thing I love about Eylure’s adhesive is that it comes with an easy to use applicator to allow precise application of the glue due to its flat and tapered end!

These are very easy to apply and remove – I can apply these using my fingers alone or along with a pair of tweezers, or using the Eylure applicator tool.

Bottom Line: These eyelashes are perfect for a daytime event, or for everyday wear as opposed to their more glamorous, fuller luxe collection eye lashes.

Price: £5.95 from False Eyelashes .co.uk

Rating: ****