Sunday, 24 May 2015

Born Pretty Store Fairy Girl Lengthening Mascara - Review

Hi everyone!

Born Pretty Store Fairy Girl Lengthening Mascara Review

I have another Born Pretty Store review for you today.  This time, I'm reviewing their Fairy Girl Lengthening Mascara*... unfortunately, I can no longer find this on the website, but they have a bunch of similar mascaras available!

Born Pretty Store Fairy Girl Lengthening Mascara Review

The mascara comes in a really cute pink box with a bow design on the front.  Unfortunately, there isn't any English on the box so I couldn't begin to tell you the ingredients or claims - there is a '24h' label on the front though which suggests that maybe it's longwearing...?

Born Pretty Store Fairy Girl Lengthening Mascara Review

The mascara itself is really cute - it comes in a pink polka dot metal tube.  The brush is the fluffy bristle kind, which is my personal favourite!

Born Pretty Store Fairy Girl Lengthening Mascara Review

Bare lashes

Born Pretty Store Fairy Girl Lengthening Mascara on lashes

With one coat of Fairy Girl Lengthening Mascara

This mascara really darkens my lashes and adds visible length and volume without losing definition.  Perfect!  I did find it transferred to my upper lids a little but a cotton bud soaked in makeup remover sorts that problem quickly.  Once dry, it wears well all day.  You can't ask for much more!

If you'd like to try one of Born Pretty Store's mascaras, make sure you use my discount code AWH10 to get 10% off at checkout. Click the image below to be taken to the website :)


*Item sent for review

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Sunshield Superfluid SPF 50+ - Review

Hi everyone!

Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Sunshield Superfluid SPF 50+ Review

One of the goals I set myself for this year was to wear SPF every day, and I've been doing really well I must admit.  As we're now well into the middle of the year and the days are getting warmer, I thought it was high time I reviewed my summer SPF.  

In the winter months I use Soap & Glory's Feel Good Factor with SPF 25, but as soon as the sun comes out I need higher protection for my pale skin.  Enter the Make Yourself Youthful Sunshield Superfluid SPF 50+!

Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Sunshield Superfluid SPF 50+ Review

This sun cream comes in a reflective silver box.  You get 30ml of product for £15.

Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Sunshield Superfluid SPF 50+ Review

As with all Soap & Glory products, it makes bold claims and features ingredients with made up names!  It contains Sunshield High Energy Visible Light Protection (a Liposhield HEV Melanin that blocks sun damage from blue/violet light), Vitamin C & E Suntrigger Smartspheres (sunlight-activated antioxidant release to reduce oxidative stress and free radicals) and Insta Matte (oil-absorbing powders to mattify and even out skin tone).  Phew... basically, this is a high SPF UVA/UVB suncream that provides vitamins and coverage to the skin.

Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Sunshield Superfluid SPF 50+ Review

The actual bottle of product is white and rectangular and very small - I've pictured it here next to a MAC lipstick to show the size.  It has a nozzle that makes it easy to dispense the product accurately - this is really handy as this sun cream is quite liquidy!

Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Sunshield Superfluid SPF 50+ Review

Sunshield Superfluid has a really fluid, liquid consistency with a peachy tone to it.  It has a delicious tropical fruit scent. It's so, so lightweight and the slight tint means it sinks seamlessly into the skin without leaving a white cast.  It definitely mattifies and leaves my skin looking a bit more even, although I was unable to capture this on camera.

Even though you don't get a lot of product for much money, it spreads so easily that I don't find myself using too much in one go.  I do live in England so I'll probably only have a couple of sunny months to use it in anyway!  I haven't burned on my face at all since using this, even on really hot days, and the bottle is light enough to take out with me to reapply throughout the day.

I always associated high SPF with thick, sticky and claggy creams, so this gorgeous light fluid is like a breath of fresh air.  If you're looking for weightless high SPF, definitely give this a try!

What sun protection do you use during the summer?

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Born Pretty Store Cuticle Temporary Tattoos - Review

Hi everyone!

Born Pretty Store Cuticle Temporary Tattoos Review

I'm back with another Born Pretty Store review.  This time, they sent me some Cuticle Temporary Tattoos*!

Born Pretty Store Cuticle Temporary Tattoos Review

The tattoos come printed onto cardboard and feature instructions on the back.  You get 20 tattoos in total - enough for each hand twice.  As with any temporary tattoo, you cut out the design, remove the plastic cover, press it design down into the skin, dampen it with a wet flannel and then peel the cardboard away.  These tattoos are designed to be worn on the cuticle - sort of like external nail art!

Born Pretty Store Cuticle Temporary Tattoos Review

This particular sheet features 2 designs that look like lace beads either hanging in a loop or dangling down. They're very intricate and pretty!  There are also varying sizes of tattoos to fit each finger.

Born Pretty Store Cuticle Temporary Tattoos Review

Here I have applied the tattoos to my cuticles.  Unfortunately, I really struggled with these for some reason.  Firstly, it was really hard to get the placement correct as you can't see exactly where the tattoo is going once you press it down.  Secondly, they're so small and fragile that I found it very difficult to get a clean transfer - this photo shows my third attempt!

Once the tattoos were actually on, I didn't find they lasted very long at all, and they'd mostly disintegrated after a couple of hours.  This is such a shame as I think they looked lovely (bar the slightly wonky placement).  I wonder if this is because of the rounded nature of the cuticles and how delicate they are, as all of the other temporary tattoos I've tried from Born Pretty Store have lasted amazingly well.

It's entirely possible that my application method was slightly faulty, and I'd love to know if you guys have had better luck with cuticle tattoos! If you'd like to pick up some temporary tattoos from Born Pretty Store for yourself, make sure you use my discount code AWH10 to get 10% off at checkout.  These cost just slightly over £1.50 currently.  Click the image below to be taken to the website :)


*Item sent for review

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Wax Wednesday: Yankee Candle Honeydew Melon

Hi everyone!

Yankee Candle Honeydew Melon

Today's Wax Wednesday features a scent that's perfect for the summer months - Honeydew Melon.  I believe this was a special appearance when I bought it, although you can still track it down on websites like eBay.

Yankee Candle say: "Cool slices of vine-ripened, sun-kissed melon delivered right from the farm."

This is a pretty accurate description.  It has that cool, watery melon scent that really refreshes the room and is perfect for hot days.  It doesn't have the sweet, sugary undertone of scents like Waikiki Melon, making it really refreshing and clean.  I always love melon scents as they're just really cleansing and fresh - you really can't go wrong with them!

What candles do you like to burn during warm weather?

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Makeup Revolution: The WOW Stick in Rap-ture, Blushing Hearts Blusher in Blushing Heart & All Day and Night Eyeliner in Lustful Ways

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Makeup Revolution: The WOW Stick, Blushing Hearts & All Day and Night Eyeliner

Apologies for the monster title and picture heavy post... I've had these photos sitting on my laptop for ages and thought it would just be easier to shove them all in one review!

Makeup Revolution are a new-ish brand that really hit the ground running.  They found their feet last year and have just come on in leaps and bounds - I'm constantly reading about new releases, and the products seem to be amazing quality for very low prices.  I've already reviewed one of their Eye Dusts and was super impressed, and I have three more of their products to show you today.  These are all from their sister brand I <3 Makeup.  I'm not entirely sure why they have a sister brand as they're quite new themselves, but there you go!


Makeup Revolution I <3 Makeup The WOW Stick in Rap-ture Review

  The WOW Stick is a matte crayon lipstick type product that comes in bright pink cardboard packaging.  I believe the boxes for these crayons were initially misprinted as it claims to have a high gloss finish, but these are definitely matte as you can get!  I have the shade Rap-ture.

Makeup Revolution I <3 Makeup The WOW Stick in Rap-ture Review

The crayon itself comes in shiny black plastic with pink mirrored lettering.  For some reason I didn't take a photo of the bullet, but it has a pointed shape to allow for precision.  It also twists up from the bottom so you don't need to sharpen it.  As you can see, this is super pigmented - just one swipe leaves a really bold, matte line of colour.  Rap-ture is a really neon pink!

Makeup Revolution I <3 Makeup The WOW Stick in Rap-ture Review

On the lips, I actually find this far too matte and it feels like it's sucking all of the moisture out of my lips.  I prefer to apply it over lip balm (as shown in the second image) which gives a sheerer, shinier finish and is much more forgiving.  There's no denying the colour payoff and it wears for hours, even when I pair it with lip balm!


Makeup Revolution I <3 Makeup Blushing Hearts Blusher in Blushing Heart Review

This blusher comes adorably packaged in pink cardboard, with the back showing a photo of the tri-colour design.

Makeup Revolution I <3 Makeup Blushing Hearts Blusher in Blushing Heart Review

The blusher itself is housed in a cardboard heart-shaped box.  It's so, so cute!  It also looks very similar to the far more expensive Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush - I don't own one of these so I can't say how the formulas compare, but you can't deny the similarities!

Makeup Revolution I <3 Makeup Blushing Hearts Blusher in Blushing Heart Review

The blusher itself is also heart-shaped and features 3 different stripes of colour.  I have the shade Blushing Heart which has 3 different pinks of varying depth and warmth.  They're all fairly warm and shimmery, with the darkest shade containing a healthy shot of silver glitter.

Makeup Revolution I <3 Makeup Blushing Hearts Blusher in Blushing Heart Review

All of the shades blended give a very pretty sheeny pink flush.  The texture of this blusher is a little thin and the shimmer does emphasise pores slightly, but this is only noticeable under the harsh lens of my camera.  It looks very fresh and pretty on the cheeks in real life, and it wears really well too!


Makeup Revolution I <3 Makeup All Day and Night Eyeliner in Lustful Ways Review

These liners have been touted as dupes for the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils so I had to try one for myself.  Of course, I went for a green shade, which is rather oddly named Lustful Ways.  I have to admit, Makeup Revolution/I <3 Makeup's shade names can be quite odd!  The pencil has a soft, pointed nib and requires sharpening when it goes blunt.

Makeup Revolution I <3 Makeup All Day and Night Eyeliner in Lustful Ways Review

Lustful Ways is a sheeny, mossy green that's very light reflective and pretty.  It's soft, creamy and pigmented and lends itself well to use on the waterline.  However, it runs almost a bit too soft, meaning it can get a bit thick and bunch up on the skin, and it doesn't really set so I have green panda eyes by the end of the day!  If I blend it out with a cotton bud it's fine, though, and is quite a unique colour at a great price point.

Phew!  I'm still loving Makeup Revolution/I <3 Makeup as a brand and would love to try more from them.  The price means I never feel too guilty for splurging, and I'm currently eyeing up the website to see what I might like next... Do you have any recommendations?