Thursday, 27 November 2014

Beauty Swap with Alexandra - The A Style

I love doing beauty swaps with fellow beauty loving bloggers from around the world. I've done swaps with Cassidy from Hot Mess In A Dress and also Sara from Passing Fancy and I enjoy them so much! So much fun buying things for someone else.

I love reading Alexandra's blog The A Style and I commented on one of her posts mentioning that I would love to try the product. She kindly said she would send them to me and we began sending emails back and forth and it went from a small little swap to a huge list sent to each other and spreading it over 4 months. Needless to say, I was so excited when my box arrived. I hate the fact that England have to pay custom charges and tax but after paying for my box at the postage office that was keeping it hostage, I finally got to rip into it in the car. There was a lot of squealing and OMG's throughout the unveiling. 

I can't believe how many EOS lipbalms Alexandra sent me, I love them so much and these all smell incredible. I received the Ray of Sunshine holiday collection box containing Orange Blossom, Pink Grapefruit and Strawberry Kiwi. I also received the single lip balm of Pomegranate Raspberry which I have been after for so long! 

The Maybelline Babylips are what started the swap off in the first place and I love the ones that she sent me. Babylips Crystal in Beam of Blush and Gleaming Coral, they smell divine! Also a Dr Rescue in Coral Crave which is a medicated balm and feels fab on the lips. 

I love lip crayons and asked for Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in the shade Coraly Nude. It's such a pretty shade and will look amazing around Christmas time. Alexandra also popped in a couple of Flower products which I have never heard of before. One being a Kiss Stick in the shade Sweet Peony, it's a beautiful nude pink, my favourite type of shade. 

Finally, NYX Butter Glosses and Xtreme Lip Cream where high on my list. I never order NYX online and they don't stock it in any local Next stores near me. I received one Xtreme Cream in the shade Nude Peach Fuzz and three of the Butter Glosses in the shades Creme Brulee, Vanilla Cream Pie and Eclair. They are all such pretty shades and I can't wait to try them all. 

For face products, I went a little crazy with the baked products, I just love them and feel the need to try them all! Alexandra asked me if I wanted to try the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso and immediately said yes as it was something I was going to add to my list. I also asked for the Milani Baked Bronzer in the shade Glow which is just beautiful. Two products from Hard Candy which I have never tried before, a gorgeous blush in the shade Living Doll, a beautiful pink with a light highlighting shade running through it. Also, a bronzer in the shade Tiki which I chose because it's so light, it can easily pass off as a highlighter and it's beautiful!

I asked for another Maybelline The Eraser Eye concealer which you can buy in the UK but it's always out of stock. And finally, the Covergirl & Olay Tone Rehab foundation which I think may be a little dark but I can make it work. I just wanted to give it a try and see what it was like, I always love Covergirl foundations. 

Eyes - Shadow & Creams
Most of the products are from Maybelline, I just love them as a brand! Alexandra kindly added The Nudes palette into my swap which is amazing, I'm going to start using it today. A Color Tattoo Leather Effect in the shade Chocolate Suede which is so pretty, a deep chocolate brown with a slight gold shimmer in it. Two Color Tattoo Pure Pigments in the shades Improper Copper and Buff & Tuff which are both fab shades for this time of year for creating a brown smoky eye. Finally, the other Flower product was a cream shadow in Wind Geranium which is a true rose gold shade, so pretty!

Eyes - Mascara & Eyeliner
I was so surprised when Alexandra had told me she had picked up the Sephora Favourites Draw The Line set for me. It's so beautifully packaged and I will be writing a separate review on it. It contains 5 different eyeliners and 2 different felt tip eyeliners. I didn't realised a Marc Jacobs pencil was included and so I'm super excited to give it a try. 

For mascaras I asked for my old faithful, Covergirl Clump Crusher which I've had before and loved and wanted to use it again. Last but not least, Physicians Formula Organic Wear mascara which just looked so funky and cute. 

I am so so grateful to Alexandra for sending me such a fabulous box of goodies and I can't wait to try it all. Thank you so so much! You were so generous and I really hope you loved your box too! If you want to see what I picked up for Alexandra, you can do so here!

Which products would you like to see a review on? Have you tried any of the products?

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Zoella Beauty

Most people have heard of Zoella, aka Zoe Sugg and having been a subscriber to her channels for about 3 years now, I of course rushed out to buy her first range of beauty releases. I heard that some stores sold out of her products within hours of them being released. It took me a while to get my paws on everything that I wanted and ended up buying from two different places. Her products are available from Superdrug and Feel Unique.

The entire range is the same floral scent which at first I was a bit "eh" about. It reminded me of products I used to buy when I was in my teens but since her following is said to be aged between 11- 17 (I disagree and think it's 11-26 maybe older ) I wasn't surprised about the scent. It has grown on me now and I have thoroughly enjoyed all the products I bought. 

A quick touch on packaging, I have to say it's spot on, I adore it. The colours are so pretty together and the look as a whole has Zoe's vibe written all over it, perfect.

Fizz Bar - £5.00 - This was one of the products I was most excited about. I love my Lush products and couldn't wait to see how this compared. The scent isn't too strong and it's brilliant how you get about 10 chunks that can be broken off separately or used as one. They fizz for a while and nothing really happens but they smell nice. The only thing I would change would be that it turns your water a girly pink, something that makes the bath a little more pleasing for the eyeballs. 

Guinea Pig Beauty Bag - £8.00 - I loved the look of both of the bags and since I own way too many anyway, I stuck to just one make-up bag. I love the greeny blue on the eyes makeup bag but something about a guinea pig in glasses makes me giggle and so I chose that one. The bag is the perfect size, it fits so much in without loosing shape and it's nice and compact for travelling. It's easy to clean inside and out which is always handy. I may end up with the other make-up bag in the future as I would totally use one as a wash bag at the gym. 

Soak Opera Bath Soak & Shower Gel - £5.00 - For a small price you get a hefty 490ml of product which is great. I haven't actually used this in the bath yet so I can't comment on bubbles but I love it as a shower gel. It lathers up really well and the shea butter that's in the ingredients leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth with a lingering hint of the scent.

Blissful Mistful Fragranced Body Mist - £9.50 - The bottle of this is just so darn pretty, it looks fab in my fragrance collection. The scent is the same as the other products, light and florally but it's a great one for day wear and if you prefer a mist over a heavy scent. It doesn't have the best staying power on my skin but it's a great price and I wouldn't expect it to last all day long anyway. 

Let's Glow Fragranced Candle - £5.00 - This is probably my favourite product out of everything. I just love the tin and the pretty packaging, I'm a sucker for visually pleasing products. The candle burns really well and the scent isn't too overpowering which for me is spot on. Unfortunately, I left mine burning for too long and the wick ended up falling over and getting covered in wax but I am going to repurchase it at the weekend.

Overall I am super impressed with Zoe's first beauty range and can't wait to see what else she releases next year. Since her new book, Girl Online was released today, I thought it was very fitting to write my Zoella Beauty review today. She has achieved so much and she's still just as humble and down to earth as she's always been. Such a huge following and she's still the same amazing girl, she's brilliant. Yes I am 100% a Zoella fan and I am proud!

Have you tried any of the Zoella Beauty products? What are your thoughts?

Sunday, 23 November 2014

LUSH | Granny Takes A Dip

Granny Takes A Dip - £3.35 | link

I am a huge fan of LUSH and I think everyone around this time of year loves to take a wonder through their scent filled stores. I'm not any different, I always find myself making multiple purchases and online orders. The final picture is actually from the first Granny Takes A Dip bath bomb that I used and the other pictures are from the second one that I used this weekend. As you can see, the patterns of pretty colours differs from every bath product which I love. Mine does look like it has leprosy or something as it got damp and dried to this funny dotted print, however it didn't effect the product at all.

The first time I used it, I knew I would be repurchasing it as it just smells amazing. With a mixture of ginger oil, black pepper oil and lemon oil, it's a strange combination but smells so lovely. It fills the bathroom and the scent lingers on the skin for a little while after as well.

I love the gorgeous colours of this bath bomb and how the colours stream out layer by layer, it looks so pretty in the water. The blue, pink, green and orange all mix together to leave the bath a beautiful deep pink/purple shade. The water is super moisturising and my skin is left feeling really soft.

Granny Takes A Dip is on the high end of the bath bomb budget at £3.35 however it is a hefty size and took a good 5 minutes to do it's magic. I love this bath bomb and will definitely be buying a third!

Have you used this bath bomb? What are your thoughts?

Friday, 21 November 2014

Love Stories | Love Lace Bralette

Love Lace Black Bralette - £48.00 | link

Back in the summer I was completely obsessed with lace bralettes, I wanted to own every single one that I found. I just love how feminine and pretty they are and since I wasn't blessed in the breast department, they are so comfortable and surprisingly, they give me a little shape too. 

Whilst looking on my favourite store the other night, Next, I stumbled across this beautiful black lace bralette from the brand Love Stories. I haven't heard of them before and I have never seen them for sale on Next. I fell in love and somehow it ended up on my doorstep the next day....strange how that happens....

The Love Lace black bralette has such gorgeous lace detailing all the way around the cup area, it looks so beautiful on. Even though it's not wired, the thick elasticated band gives great support and doesn't ride up. It's so incredibly comfortable. I much prefer wearing these types of underwear to bras now. I find that wired or supportive bras dig in and hurt me, I have been measured and I'm wearing the correct size, but I find bralettes are just so much better for me. I also love the look of a v-neck tee, or loose top with the lace poking out a little, so pretty!

Unlike most bralette's that you have to pull over your head, that does get annoying, this one has a bra-like clasp at the back which is so much better. With double-strap detail and a little label with "LS" written in gold thread, there really isn't anything to say thats bad regarding presentation, just stunning.

I love the cute little draw-string bag that the bralette came in and will continue to keep it in there so it doesn't get ruined or caught on anything. I can't get over how beautiful it is, I love it and will most definitely be going back for more!

Have you tried any underwear from Love Stories?

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Brand Focus | Fiorelli

I have always been a handbag girl, I always used to buy mine from River Island and Topshop and probably bought a new one every season. I would use them for a bit and then sell them on eBay and buy my next one. Crazy I know. Recently I have fallen head over heels for the brand Fiorelli. I've always known about this brand, I just never thought about buying any bags from them. 

Recent Debenhams trips and surfing, I came across some styles that I just couldn't say no too. I don't know about you, but do you feel the need to own a bag in tan, black, big, small...etc...or is that just me?!

My most recent purchases are the Riva Mini Tote Black Mix and the Stella Large Zip Around Purse. I have loads of huge bags that can fit everything but the kitchen sink in and found this gorgeous mini tote for the days when I don't fancy bench pressing a huge bag all day. I love the combination of fabrics on the bag, faux leather on the front and back and a kind of suede on the sides. The gold hardware and logo look really pretty too. Considering it's a mini sized bag, it still fits in all of my essentials. I've just seen this in full size which is so dangerous as it's so beautiful but I just can't justify another black bag already. 

The purse wasn't a necessity however my current purse which I have is so scratched now. My lovely friend bought it for me a couple of birthdays ago, i'm still going to keep it but decided to get a new one in black. This way I can drop it all I like and you won't notice any scratches....hopefully. 

The only tan bag I have ever owned. I originally saw this in black, but they only had tan available on but now I actually prefer this colour. The Mani Tote is relatively big with a zip closure. It has so much room inside that I can still fit my 13" MacBook Air in and still have tonnes of room left. I've used this the most so far out of all the big bags and although they say you can't wear black and brown together, I do. I don't really listen to that rule anymore, I like the two shades together. 

The Kenzie Tote bag sadly isn't available online anymore but it was the first Fiorelli bag I bought. It's a great size that can fit a lot of things in. The only issue I have with this one is that the opening doesn't open as wide as the others but it's still a great bag overall. 

The Perry Crossbody bag has received the most love. I used this pretty much all over summer, on holiday and whenever I go out and just need to take a couple of things with me. I love how small and compact it is and even full to the brim, it keeps it's shape. The purse that slots in the back is fab and it fits loads of cards in and I was using this as my actual purse at one point. Sadly again, this bag isn't available online anymore but they do have lots of new different crossbody styles here.

Fiorelli is definitely a brand I will continue to love for many years. They may not be the cheapest of bags, but they are definitely excellent quality and are great investments. I do look after my things quite well but all these bags look as good as new. Excellent quality and design.

What's your favourite handbag brand?


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