Wednesday, 31 December 2014

The Lorac Pro Palette Review/Swatches

If you're a follower of my YouTube channel - you'll be fully aware I went to Las Vegas this summer and gleefully brought back the Lorac Pro back with my to ol' Blighty's shores. It's featured in favourites and I've used it in a few tutorials too and I thought before you doll yourself up to see 2014 through, I'd tell you all about this fab palette which you could whip out for tonight's big party.

L-R: Lt Pink, Taupe, Cream, White

L-R: Lt Bronze, Gold, Champagne, Nude

L-R: Black, Espresso, Sable, Mauve

L-R: Slate, Deep Purple, Garnet, Pewter

Let's start with the facts, this palette contains 16 shadows with shimmers and mattes in equal measure, and although leaning on the warmer side of things, it's range of shades makes it an incredibly versatile palette. The packaging is a sturdy cardboard, it's sleek, slim, and magnetic thus great to travel with and it's also that matte black which is reminiscent of Nars. When I tend to give the low down of a palette, I usually run through all the colours and give a little description of each shade, however seeing as Lorac's shade names are pretty self explanatory I thought I'd shine a light on my three personal faves. First up, the showstopper in this palette - Garnet. Garnet is a unique one, which works so well on pale eyes I can't even. I'm blessed with hazel peepers and this colour helps that green shine on through and chuck my deuces up at whoever refers to them as brown (it's a touchy subject...) but seriously, this is a fantastic shade which you could wash over the lid for a spiced up daytime look, or you could pack it on for one serious jawdropper - this shadow is a very good reason not to be afraid of reds. Another great shimmer shade is Gold. It's not a bright, yellow-based gold but a more antiqued gold. The reason I had to include this in the top three is because it could be featured in such an amount of looks I couldn't leave it out! It's such a pretty, dependable shade which I guarantee you'll be dipping your 217 in time and time again. And last, but certainly not least is Mauve. I had to include this matte shade because I think most would look over it's brilliance. Please don't get me wrong, Taupe is a fantastic crease shade, but please let me direct you to Mauve and hear me out, the shade is perfect to blow out a crease and the tone is so cool it makes an eye look just that much more interesting when paired with something simple like Cream and a feline flick. I also think it's a great pairing with a brown-toned nude which is bang on trend!

This palette is coveted for a reason, and is perfect for almost any occasion, like, say... New Year's Eve? You can rock a demure matte, a bright shimmery or a seriously smokey look, all of which are easily obtainable from this here palette. The texture of these shadows is out of this world, the blend like a dream and stick around on the lid too. This is a palette I would recommend time and time again for the girl who is a make-up junkie or the girl who wants one do-it-all palette, look no further because I think with this one you're onto a winner. Also, a side note - this palette is cheaper than a Naked palette, which is food for thought.

Whatever you're doing to kick off 2015 - have a great time and stay safe!

Which shade is your favourite?
Have a favourite palette from 2014?

Let me know down in the comments!!

Monday, 29 December 2014

December Favourites! (Video)

Hi guys - here's my final favourites for 2014! I hope you've all had a lovely year and are prepped for my 2014 favourites coming up very soon!

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Friday, 26 December 2014

What I Got For Christmas! (Video)

Let me start off by saying a Merry Christmas to you all! I hope you had a lovely Christmas Day with your loved ones and the Father Christmas treated you to more than just coal! I thought I'd rustle up a casual video showing what I was lucky enough to receive this festive season!

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Chanel Vitalumiere Powder Foundation Review

At the end of summer Chanel graced up with a new addition to their Vitalumiere range in the form of a powder foundation - and when I had some House of Fraser vouchers I put them towards this rather pricey present for me to me. This puppy is £55 so certainly not something you'll be picking up in every colour but I thought I would give it a whirl and pen what I thought.

First up let's talk about the Kabuki brush included. This puts all 'free' brushes to shame (free is in inverted commas because the price quite clearly reflects it's inclusion) but I will say this brush is of such high quality, in fact I would imagine it's as good quality as the stand alone 'Touch Up' brush which retails for £32. A 'refill' option currently isn't available so hypothetically if you wanted to repurchase this you'd end up with multiple brushes, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, just you'll end up with a large tab. The packaging is reminiscent of Tarte's powder foundation offering with that genius yet simple piece of netting which minimises spillages as general wasted product, it also lets you work the product onto brush so you can buff it in. The container itself is sturdy and I reckon could survive a few drops on the floor, although it isn't terribly travel friendly (but which loose powder foundation is? Am I right?) Now onto the good stuff inside - it has that beautiful Chanel base smell and blends in with that soft little brush like an absolute dream. Is this the base to slap on in thirty seconds flat? No. This is the foundation where you take that little extra time to buff it in and pretend that birds are helping you get ready, but not in a chaste Snow White type of way, but in a I'm fabulous Marilyn Monroe type of way. It blends seamlessly into the skin and doesn't leave you looking powdery but leaves a nice veil of even colour, and you can choose to put on a light dusting or build that coverage up without it getting heavy. It sticks around for a good amount of time, but if you decide to top up mid afternoon, layering doesn't get cakey or thick at all. I genuinely think the only drawbacks to this product are the price and the shade range catering for basically just French women.

Let's be real, that price tag is grimace-inducing, but I thought if you're lucky enough like me to have a couple of vouchers or are gifted money this holiday season, you might want to put it towards something a little more luxury to tide you over the typically austere January. Chanel rarely disappoint in the base department, I think it's just all about finding the formula for you, but if you ask me, you're onto a winner with this one!

Christmas/ New Year's Eve Look! (Video)

Hi guys! This week I decided to film a Christmas/New Year's Eve look with a classic flick and bold red lip! I also cracked out MAC's Vanilla Pigment so you know it's crimbo time when the pigments are getting dusted off!! I hope you're all having a fantastic festive season!!

What's your Christmas Red?
Are you all prepped for crimbo?

Let me know down in the comments!!

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Emergency Gift Guide/Shopping Tips! (Video)

Hi guys! This week's video I chat all about how to get the right gift for somebody and share a few of my favourite beauty bits which would be lovely for gifts!

Are you enjoying the festive period?
What's on the top of your wishlist?
Let me know down in the comments!

Soap & Glory 'The Next Big Thing' Gift Set Review

I know some peoples who begin to get those Christmas feels mid September, however for a Scrooge like me, the Christmas season starts when Soap & Glory's big hamper is better than half price, which is roughly two weeks before the big event. Yesterday, I sprung into action, grabbed the handle of this baby, marched straight up to the counter and claimed my crimbo prize (along with yet another box of Sudafed, tis the season...) until next Thursday this pup is £29 which includes 10 full size products, a rather jazzy box and a simple pink drawstring bag, now onto the products...

S&G added a new scent family to their range this year in the form of the orangey goodness. From sniffing alone I still think the Sugar Crush scent is my favourite from them, but I know this will be a nice zingy treat to have in the shower!

A classic product, with a pump for easy dispensing - Butter Yourself is a nice lotion with a formula which sinks into the skin fairly quickly. This hefty bottle will last you a very long time and I'm tempted to keep this by my bed so I remember to moisturise my weather-beaten skin during the colder months.

Speaking of moisturising, The Righteous Butter is a cult product from the brand and one I like to slather on after a nice bath and let it really sink in. This tub of babe has that signature S&G scent, it's sweet and feminine but not sickly or overbearing and is a fantastic addition to your bodycare regime.

As I mentioned earlier, the Sugar Crush family is my fave, and this scrub smells phenomenal. I love using a scrub in the shower, and I particularly like this one because it really gets the job the done all the while making my shower smell like a lime sugary cocktail - delicious!

Now this product is completely new to me, and as I am yet to try it I'm unsure whether you use this in place of a shower gel, or whether it's a Nivea in-shower body moisturiser type deal. I'm kind of hoping it's the latter because I am head over heels with in-shower moisturisers because sometimes, a girl just hasn't got time, ya know? Will report back on this one!

Now back to the products I have used, this was recently featured in one of my favourites videos because it simply does what it says on the tin. This is a really nice foot cream which is light in texture but makes a difference to those trotters of yours. I like putting an absolute tonne on my feet and then sleeping with socks on to let it all soak in.

S&G are in the midst of a bit of a re-brand, still the same iconic pink packaging but slightly more sophisticated, and although Hand Food is available to purchase, upon swatch and sniff I can't see too much of a difference between the two, so possibly my old faithful Hand Food might be getting phased out. Either way this is a nice little hand cream and because of the slender tube, it wouldn't be a pain in the ass to travel with either!

I'm not a big user of facewipes, in fact the only time I have ever really turned to them is either on a plane or actually on my hollibobs. I will hold onto these, who knows the might join me on my trip across the pond next year, I suppose they are just one of those things which are good to have in your stash!

I've used up a quite a few tubes of this mascara and I must say I'm never disappointed! I'm actually rather a big fan of Soap & Glory make-up and I always think you can never go wrong with a good tube of mascara! This one comes with a rather sizeable wand and you can really build from the roots!

In previous years, a lip gloss has always been included in the set, and as a girl who isn't crazy on lip gloss it was always something which just ended up sitting in my stash, however this year they decided to include still a lip product, but this time a lip lacquer, ooh fancy! I did wear it for the first time today and I thought it was very reminiscent of the Rimmel Apocolips, except maybe a smidgen more sticky? This particular shade - a universal inoffensive pink - I think looks best blotted down a bit but otherwise is a really nice shade!

Let's break this down price-wise: For this week only in Boots this babe is £29 which if you even exclude the decorative box/bag - that's £2.90 a product and if all of this was sold separately it would be over £75 - wowzers. It is an absolute steal of a set and after four years of it is seriously a no brainer to pick this up every festive season. The products vary slightly each year so it is always fun to see what they will include each year and it's now become a bit of a tradition for me! It's already sold out online so I would suggest either nipping to a big flagship store which would get lots of deliveries or a quiet neighbourhood store which is usually frequented for prescriptions. If you want to compare it to last year's offering - The Yule Monty - it is £2 more, however there is an extra production this year's, and I would happily pay £2 for another full sized product! This is great either as a gift as it is, split up into little stocking fillers or a gift from you to you. Soap & Glory for me are that perfect blend of quality and value all year round for me, so this is a deal I can never pass up! Once it's gone, it's gone so I'd pop to the nearest Boots ASAP if I were you!

What's your favourite Soap & Glory product?
Found yourself another Christmas bargain?

Friday, 5 December 2014

My November Favourites! (Video)

Hey look at me actually putting my video up on the blog on the day it was uploaded?! If you don't want to miss a vid from me subscribe to my channel!! I've also got a widget to the right which also shows my four most recent vids (it's not perfect, it's blogger's own widget which sometimes likes showing Charlie biting fingers, but it'll do for now) I've got a few video ideas lined up for the next couple of weeks but if there's anything you'd like to see from me please let me know either on the comments of this post or on one of my videos!! I hope you all had a lovely November and are buzzing for the impending 2015 (eeek!!)

Thursday, 4 December 2014

What's On My Charm Bracelet?

Last year I was ever such a lucky girl come Christmas time because my good pal and co-creator of this blog, Emma, gave me something I'd been harping on about for some years - a Thomas Sabo charm bracelet. She really should give herself a pat on the back as she's set herself and my other loved ones up for presents for life - you clever clogs you! I thought I'd share the charms I've accumulated over the past year and suggest this as a great gift for the ladies in your life, you could clobber together with your friends/siblings and get this and a charm or two for somebody special this festive season or even pop one of these pretty little (and highly customisable) things on your wristlist.

Statue of Liberty - £25.95
I'm going in chronological order here, last year along with the bracelet itself the lovely Emma gave me this Statue of Liberty charm. Knowing me well and my passion for travelling she got me this little French lady to adorn my wrist. And although I got this two years after my first trip to NYC, it makes me think of that city's streets, great galleries and those bright lights.

Skull - £29.95
Same crimbo, my boyfriend cottoned on to the genius that was this bracelet and also bought me a charm. I am proud of my emo roots, and this little fella will work perfectly with my Alexander McQueen ring. I really enjoy the attention to detail on these charms, this guy has a full set of teeth!

Eiffel Tower - £21.95
At the beginning of the year I decided to treat myself to a charm, and whilst missing another one of my favourite cities, Paris, I decided on the Tour Eiffel (fun fact time - Monsieur Eiffel designed the innards of the Statue of Liberty - both of which are on my wrist!) This charm was a lot cheaper than making a trip across the Channel, and there's something about the Eiffel Tower's aesthetic that I just like, you know?

Aircraft - £21.95
Are you sensing a theme here? I decided for Emma's 21st to repay the favour and when ordering her charm online (I bought myself the same one, you'll hear about it in a sec) I realised I was a tenner away from free shipping so I threw caution to the wind and picked myself out an aeroplane! I've always thought about getting an aeroplane tattoo, but until then here's something a little less permanent.

Slot Machine - £60
For my birthday, my two Vegas babes - Emma & Athena - came together and got me a very fitting slot machine before our Vegas trip. On the back it has a horseshoe and says 'Good Luck' which I think is my favourite bit!

Pug - £50
Matt knows just how much I'd love a pug, I just crave that unconditional furry love, and being the responsible adult that he is, instead of getting me the real deal he got my own mini silver one. Name suggestions are more than welcome below, and I must say if I had to pick a favourite, I think this guy might be the front runner!

Last but not least, when I was in Vegas I stumbled across one of the TS stores there and thought it was only fitting to pick up the iconic LV Sign (if you're wondering, this is the one I gave Emma too!) To date, this is my only coloured one but I really like it and think that it's really well done! I think me globetrotting picking up charms may well turn into a tradition!

So, that was my whistle-stop tour around my charm bracelet! I thought I'd include a few that I have my eye on. The recent 'Around the World' collection has definitely caught my eye, with The Globe, The Bradenburg Gate and English landmarks like Big Ben duly noted, I think I may just have to invest. The Turkish Eye and Lipstick are fun coloured ones, but I also like the more simple ones like the Anchor, Horseshoe and even a little Leo - with 629 choices available online - I'm positive you'll find one for just about anyone!

What's on your wishlist?
Which charm is your fave?
Let me know down in the comments!