Monday, 28 November 2016

November beauty favourites

December has crept on us and it's time for all the festivities that come with Christmas celebrations. I love this time of the year and looking forward to putting our Christmas tree up next weekend. My boys are getting super excited about the Holidays, Santa and presents which just add to the magic of December.
But before we all start thinking and talking only about Christmas parties, food and gifts I want to share with you which beauty products I've been impressed with in the last few weeks.

November beauty favourites
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Thursday, 24 November 2016

Splurge or save? Too Faced Sweet Peach palette vs I Heart Makeup Chocolate And Peaches palette

We all know that Makeup Revolution brings lots of cheaper alternatives to high end makeup. Most of their products are good quality, especially considering the price point, often comparable with the expensive offerings. So when they recently released Chocolate And Peaches palette by their sister brand I Heart Makeup, clearly "inspired" by the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette (review) I decided to buy it and compare them to each other for those of you who wonder how similar they are (check my post on Semi-Sweet palette vs Salted Caramel palette).
The Too Faced palette was very hyped when it was released in Spring 2016, it was limited edition but I've heard that the brand is bringing it back for Christmas this year.
So whether you're missed out on the Sweet Peach palette a few months ago or think about purchasing it when it's back in stock but not sure if you want to spend nearly £40 on it I have a much cheaper alternative for you.

Too Faced Sweet Peach palette vs I Heart Makeup Chocolate And Peaches palette
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Monday, 21 November 2016

New lip products from Zoeva

Zoeva is one of my favourite brands when it comes to eyeshadows and makeup brushes and I was also impressed by some other makeup products I've tried from them but always thought they should expand their range. So when I saw they released three new lines of lip products I was all over them. I tried to be sensible and decided to get one of each to try the formulas before spending too much money at once.
Zoeva released new Luxe Matte Lipsticks, Pure Velour Lips and Pure Lacquer Lips lines, I picked a shade from each range, tested it out fully and want to share with you my thoughts on them.

New lip products from Zoeva
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Friday, 18 November 2016

Makeup tutorial: yellows on the eyes, eye look created with Zoeva Blanc Fusion palette

Last week I shared with you my review of the two new Zoeva palettes: Blanc Fusion and Caramel Melange which are both beautiful and pleasure to work with. But one shade, in particular, has caught mine attention, the bright yellow gold, from Blanc Fusion palette, which is very unique and different form anything I have in my extensive eyeshadow collection. So I decided to create a look with it and I think I managed to come up with something quite wearable :) And I really liked it!
The eyes would look beautiful with nude lips, or even red lipstick would complement them really nicely making it a very glamorous look. But I paired them with deep dusty rose and I loved the combination.
Without further ado let's get to the tutorial.

eye look created with Zoeva Blanc Fusion palette
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Monday, 14 November 2016

Skincare and body care products I've used up lately

Happy Monday guys! Let's hope this week will fly as quick as the weekend did :)
Not long ago I shared with you makeup products I've used up lately and it's now time to let you know which skincare and body care ones I managed to finish. Were they good enough to make me want to repurchase them? Let's find out!

Skincare and body care products I've used up lately
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Friday, 11 November 2016

Zoeva Blanc Fusion and Caramel Melange palettes, review, swatches and comparison with Cocoa Blend and Naturally Yours palettes

It's been a long while since I bought a pre-made eyeshadow palette, in fact the last palette that I got myself and reviewed on the blog was the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette, back in April. That's a bit shocking considering how much I love eyeshadow palettes and how obsessed I was with buying new ones until a few months ago. But I reached a point when I know I have enough makeup to last me a lifetime and I actually want to enjoy and use up what I have instead of constantly adding new products to my collection. It doesn't mean I don't buy makeup anymore I'm just more selective.
Zoeva is one of my favourite brands when it comes to eyeshadows, affordable yet great quality and I have many of their palettes, so as soon as I saw they're releasing two new ones I knew I will add them to my collection.

Zoeva Blanc Fusion and Caramel Melange palettes
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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Blog sale - update: all items sold.

Update: I have added a few new products to my blog sale so I though it would be a good idea to re-publish the post so it will be easily seen on Bloglovin should you wish to check it out :)

Recently I did a good de-cluttering session of my makeup collection, gave away some products to my family and friends and threw away those that were quite old or I really disliked them. Now I feel like I have more control over everything and I will actually be using all the products more frequently.
But there were still some items which I like but don't use often enough to justify keeping them in my stash so I thought I would do a good old blog sale.
There are mostly eyeshadow palettes, not surprise here if you've been following me for some time, LOL!, but also a few other products.
Everything has been lightly used, unless stated otherwise, and most of the products don't have the outer packaging but they all have been kept in good conditions and cleaned and sanitized with antibacterial makeup spray prior this blog sale.

Blog sale
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Monday, 7 November 2016

Being a mask-a-holic, trying out Peter Thomas Roth face masks

I don't know about you but I love face masks. I think they complement consistent skincare routine perfectly, allowing us to have a pamper/facial sessions at home. I use face masks 2, 3 times a week, usually doing double or triple masking which means that I usually follow exfoliating mask with a cleansing/detoxifying one and finish off with a hydrating one.
I had wanted to try some face masks from Peter Thomas Roth, especially the Pumpkin Enzyme one, for a while but just didn't get around to it until I saw this 6-piece Mask Kit on BeautyBay containing 6 different face masks in travel sizes which is just perfect to try them all out before deciding which one is worth investing money in full size.
I've used now all the face masks at least twice and while I'm not able to tell you anything about long term benefits I certainly can share with you my first impressions and thoughts on these masks.

Peter Thomas Roth face masks
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Friday, 4 November 2016

Makeup tutorial: green & burgundy, feat. Makeup Geek eyeshadows

As I mentioned in my recent favourites post I've been really enjoying using my Makeup Geek eyeshadows, I have so many beautiful warm, autumnal shades that I feel inspired every time I look at my custom palette. Today I want to share with you makeup look I posted a picture of a couple of weeks ago an on my Instagram and many of you liked it (thank you!) so I thought I'll let you know how I created it. The main inspiration for the look was Makeup Geek eyeshadow Ritzy which is a deep green duo-chrome with red-ish base and golden reflects. It's absolutely stunning and pairs beautifully with Bitten, burgundy shade. I complemented the eyes with deep red lipstick but it would look equally good with brown-ish nude.

green & burgundy eye look and burgundy lips
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