Ingot Berry Palette | Review

It's been so long since I feel like I've posted and I know the Christmas period is a busy time for everyone, I'm no exception. I hope to post as much as I can but I'm not sure how much that will be. I haven't reviewed any products from Inglot before as I don't own any but I got to try some recently and I really love the quality of the brand so I will definetly be up for trying more products soon. I'm not sure what other countries Inglot is in, but in Ireland it's very popular. I've been loving their Berry Palette over the past month or so, so I thought a review would be something you'd all like. 




This palette comes in cute little packaging which is about the size of my hand, which makes it perfect to carry around and for travelling. It also has a magnetic casing which is easy to close. It comes with four different shades, the shades are 301, 302, 07, 450, two of which are matte, berry smoky shades, the other two are a shimmery, one a pink and one a gold shade. What I love about this palette is how well all the colours go together without using ny other eyeshadow palettes. 301 is a deep red cranberry colour which is matte and my favourite shade in the palette, it makes for a very nice shade over the whole lid by itself. 302, is the darkest colour in the palette which I'd consider a dark brown red colour, which is very autumnal and makes the whole look much more vampy and intense.The next shade is 450 which is a pink fuchsia, which is bright and vibrant on the eyes and contains elements of shimmer in it. The last shade is 07, which is the gold colour with shimmer, which is very different to the other shades but makes a really good colour for the inside of your eyes and brightening the whole look. 




My favourite thing about this palette is how pigmented all the shades are. A little goes a long way and they blend really well into each other. It's a really good palette for nights out and more intense looks, which I really love for the winter months as the evenings are darker and I think darker makeup suits a wintery environment. I will probably be wearing this palette on Christmas day in some way. These are all colours that I think will suit everyone and for four shades, I think there is a lot of combinations and looks that can be made with them.

(Shades above are 301, 302, 450, and 07)

Has anyone tried this or any other Inglot palettes before? What do you think?

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks | Review

Okay so I've been after these liquid lipsticks, and just anything Kat Von D for ages, after I heard they were coming to Ireland I was delighted as they are a vegan brand, which I am all for. I had heard a lot of wonderful things about all the products, but most of all the Everlasting liquid lipsticks. They're quite expense, working out at about twenty euro each, which is quite steep in my opinion, but at the same time the quality and longevity you get out of them makes up for it. I think they're the prefect thing to treat yourself with or even to gift someone. 


The shades that I wear most are mainly nudes, brown nudes and pink/purple tone nudes. When it comes to liquid lipsticks I love simple but pretty, especially because of how hard they are to get off, wearing something crazy isn't always the best idea. But if wilder shades are what you're into there are some really pretty blues and reds in this collection that I would love to be able to pull off. 

The shades that I have are Plath and Hawkwind. These shades are both very similar in terms of how they look in the tube, yet on my lips they are very different. In the swatches and tube Plath looks much darker than Hawkwind, yet they are the opposite when I wear them. Plath is a deep russet red, but when on, I think it is a very deep red with brown undertones. Hawkwind is probably my favourite out of the two and is described as a nude sienna, on the lips it is a dark nude brown, which isn't as dark as it seems it would be. They're both dark lipsticks in general though.

The consistency of the lipsticks is very nice, with a very smooth and easily applicable formula. The colour dries almost instantly on your lips, so you need to be careful, yet the formula is not drying at all and it doesn't dry out during the day either. I think that it is the longest lasting lipstick I've ever tried and it would last the whole day with one application, although it would rub off a bit and fade, a lighter version of it remains, which is still very nice. Even when I'm taking off my make up I find that this lipstick just doesn't want to budge off my lips, it takes a lot of effort to wipe it all off. 

 (The above swatches are of Hawkwind and Plath)

Overall, these are worth the price that you pay, they're all beautiful shades, good quality, good colour payout and longevity. I would highly recommend these and will definitely be starting a collection

Has anyone else tried these or any other Kat Von D products?

Fall & Winter Outfit Essentials

If you're anything like me then the Fall/Winter time is your favourite time of year in regards to fashion. I don't like the cold so much but I do love the style and layers of clothes that you can wear at this time of year. There's so many things that you can experiment with so I thought that I would put together some outfits with some pieces and things that I love to style at this time of year. 




My first outfit includes my favourite piece of clothing that I have at the moment, it's the pink, fluffy biker style jacket from Pull and Bear, and it is the coziest and cutest piece I own, I actually bought it in black for Chirstmas also but shhh. I feel like the most important outfit essential to have at this time of year is a really cozy winter jacket, mine always happen to be the furry ones, and this one is the softest I've seen.

    


My second outfit is more colourful and maybe not so appropriate for the really cold days but I do love a good jumper and skirt combo. I think it's really nice to have pieces with vibrant colours in your wardrobe at this time of year when everything is a bit more dull and dreary, it's always nice to pop some colour into your day. This bomber jacket is from Zara and I think the colour is amazing, definitely the cutest yellow/mustard jacket I've seen around. I think it looks really pretty on simple outfits with darker colours but it surprisingly goes well with other colours too, which means you don't have to stop wearing bright colours even in the dark evenings. 



I find that in Fall/Winter it's a perfect time to wear accessories to make a simple cozy jumper and jeans look more intriguing and also to complete an outfit. I love doing this through wintery boots and simple jewelry. Recently I've been wearing my Anna Saccone Libra zodiac necklace non-stop, which I think is really beautiful and probably my favourite piece of jewelry that I own, it has the weighing scales on it which represents the Libra, which I am
The other piece I'm always wearing is the Alex and Ani bracelet which has my birthstone on it which matches my necklace, which is also so pretty.

Other pieces of jewelry that I think would look so amazing to complete a fall/winter outfit is the jewelry from AUrate. They make handmade pieces from New York City that use ethically sourced materials, and the best part is that they give back to economically disadvantaged school children with each purchase, which you can read about here. I think some of their pieces would go perfectly with any outfit, I love the look of the quality and simple style of their pieces, I'm especially loving their Gold earrings at the moment, which I do need a good pair of soon.

What does everyone else love to wear in the Fall/Winter season? What are your go-to accessories?

Lush Bewitched and Goth Fairy

Yes, I know Halloween is over but I wanted to give some of these Lush products that I've loved for Halloween a review, before they go out of stock, if they haven't already. My favourite products in Lush come out at Christmas/Halloween and there's never enough time to buy and try them all, and I know it would defeat the purpose to have them out all year round, but I'd love it.

I'd picked out my favourite Halloween products to use for Halloween before I couldn't get them anymore and thought I'd share them with you, even if we have to buy them again next year.



The first product is the Bewitched bubble bar. This one is super cute and is shaped like a cat. I love this one as it's really easily crumbled under running water and leaves the bath in this deep dark black colour, perfect for Halloween, even though it's passed. I find it much different to the other bath bombs that are very bright and colourful. It smells very subtle of blackcurrant and a little citrus.


The second product is the Goth Fairy shimmer bar, which I have never tried before. This is a massage bar, which you rub straight onto your skin for massaging and moisturizing qualities. I prefer in shower moisturizers so I never tend to buy these but I was drawn to this one because it's more of a shimmer bar than a massage bar. It has the same moisturizing qualities as the other massage bars but it leaves your skin with a pretty glittery shimmer after use, which I love. It's shaped like a little ghost, or goth fairy as it's so called and smells really sweet like blackcurrant. I don't really like blackcurrant but love the scent. I think it's perfect for something to add to a night out to give you that extra sparkle. 

Has anyone tried any Lush Halloween products this year? What do you think?

Zoella Treasure Me Gift Collection | What's Inside

Around Christmas, I know it's still so early, I love getting big bath sets of a range of different products and I also love giving them. If you don't already know for the past year or so Zoella releases a Christmas range with really cute gift sets. I didn't actually get one last year, I had enough stuff without it. I thought it would be a good idea to show what's inside the Zoella Treasure Me gift box to give an idea if anyone else would like to buy it themselves or for someone else. i find with stuff like this sometimes it's hard to tell if you're getting your money/value worth or not. 



The gift comes in a rather hefty and large box, with very pretty rose gold detailing and includes eight products. It's currently on sale in Superdrug so you can get it for even better value. For the sheer amount that you get I don't think it's bad value compared to some of the other sets, but you definetly need to have a lot of baths to get use out of it all.


When opened all the products come individually wrapped and it does seem disappointing seeing how much bigger the box is compared to everything inside, although the box can be reused, which I will be doing so it's not all a waste. 


The first product you get is the Snow Fresh body wash, the scent is really floral and fresh with a hint of mint, and I think all the products have a similar scent. It's quite misty and shiny and it's a little bit sticky but I think it will leave a nice shine on your skin, you can't really go wrong with that. 

The next product is the Winter Wonder hand cream, I don't really use hand cream but I know a lot of people do. This packaging is possibly my favourite, the shape of the bottle and the rose gold colouring just look really pretty. The texture is really watery which I don't like and your hands feel wet even after a few minutes, but I do love the smell it leaves behind.


The Splash of Milk bath powder is something that I think is really interesting. You get two sachets in the box and you pour one into your bath which then turns your bath milky and it's meant to me moisturizing and soft, kind of like a Lush bath oil.

You then get a Snow Silky body lotion, I've previously tried Zoella body lotions and I do like them, but I think they take a long time to soak in completely, and the scent is never as strong as I would like it to be. 

You also get a Snow Polished body polish, and I'm not too sure how different the two products are. I think they're both similar in use but with the body polish its like an in shower body lotion, you rub it into your skin with water and watch it lather, which is something I prefer than a regular lotion. 


The next thing is the Snow Smooth body butter. I don't really like this body butter as it feels quite plastic-y and hasn't got much of a scent, it's probably my least favourite product from the bunch. 

You also get one of those loofahs, I'm not really sure what to call them and I didn't really understand their use until recently and I really love them now. This one is white with baby pink around the edges which is cute. 

The last product you get is the Snow Scoop bubble bath. This is one of my favourite things, I love a good bubble bath. The tub is also very cute, you scoop some of the product out with your hand and swish it under running water to produce bubbles, I think it's really cute.


Overall I think this is the best Zoella gift set you can buy. You get a lot of products for your money and it would be much more expensive to buy them all separately. Although there is a few products that I wouldn't use out of it I do like the majority and it makes a really good present.

What do you think of Zoella's christmas range? Have you tried any? 

The Body Shop Vanilla Pumpkin Range | Review

The Body Shop is one of those brands that I don't give enough credit too, probably because I buy most of my bath/skincare in Lush, but recently I've been trying out some of their products and realized how amazing quality they are. I also love the ethics of the shop, and being vegetarian, it means I can happily buy all their products. If you're anything like me and love the Halloween festive time of year and all it's Pumpkin and spooky glory then you will love the Body Shop's Vanilla Pumpkin range


When I saw other bloggers posting about this range I loved the sound of it straight away, although I didn't pick it up right away I wasn't disappointed when I finally went in store to pick some up. If you love picking up a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks and love the scent then you will love these. Obviously it smells of vanilla and pumpkin, yet it's not overwhelmingly strong, it has the perfect combination of sweet and spice, also reminds me slightly of coffee.

The first product that I tried was the Vanilla Pumpkin shower gel, and I'm a huge fan of Body Shop shower gels. I find that they lather up amazingly and you don't have to use much product for it to take effect. It fills the shower with a warm sweet scent, I might have to buy another one in case it's just a seasonal product, does anyone know?

The second product is the Vanilla Pumpkin Hand Cream, and I'm actually not one for hand creams but if it makes your hands smell as wonderful as this does I'm all for it. It has a smooth and creamy texture that isn't sticky and absorbs quickly. It makes you feel like everything you touch is instantly more Autumnal.


Has anyone else tried these products? What do you think?

Pamper Night and Self Care Ideas

If you're anything like me, this time of year is a time where you want to feel cosy all the time. With the cold weather and the intensity of college life, self care is very important. I'll admit I'm not the best at it but I do love a good pamper night now and then to look after myself and de-stress. I thought I'd share some of my favourite things to do on a pamper night.

 (Some of my favourite pamper and relaxing things at the moment.)

Bath
My number one thing to do when I have some time to myself is to run a bath. My favourite kind being a Lush bath, I normally add my favorite bubble bar and bath bomb to relax. For extra relaxation is to add candles and your favouite hot drink, which is perfect for Autumn.

Netflix
Another thing I do either after a bath or even just before bed is to put something on on Netflix and just chill and watch something good. I'm still watching my fave Gilmore Girls at the moment, and also starting to watch Riverdale again.


Mindfulness
A thing that is often looked over on pamper nights is to take time to think about your feelings and give your mind some rest. A perfect way to do this is to try to meditate or do some yoga, which is personally my favourite, it's good for your body and your mind. It leaves you with a clearer mind and more relaxeed body

Body Love
Looking after your body and your hair and skin is something that I think is very important. It goes without saying that usually when you feel like you look your best, you feel your best, well that's what happens with me anyway. So when I have time to pamper myself I take the time to look after my skin, hair and nails. I apply my favourite moisturizers for my skin to revive itself and take in all the nutrients it needs as a pick me up, especially in winter. I also find that putting a fresh coat of nail varnish on is another simple way to look after yourself, as I always pick chipped nail varnish. I also think a face-mask is perfect when your have extra time to treat your skin, Lush is very preferable.

Another thing that I think sometimes you forget is part of a pamper routine is to look after your hair, especially maintaining your hair colour, if your like me and have your dark roots always making an appearance. I recently learned about eSalon and their customised hair colour, which you can check out here. What I love about this is that it's customised and personalised to your hair colour and history, which means your hair will be looking its best. Also for October for Breast Cancer Awareness month, they have created a #SpreadHope campaign with Cancer Care where every purchase made goes to help someone affected by cancer, which is amazing. You can also check this out here. They've also constructed their own list of pamper night ideas that I totally agree with, and basically follow anyway.



Books
Being an English student, I obviously love to read, but I often find that reading before bed is also a great way to wind down and escape the real world. The one I have started recently is All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher, pictured above. It's also great to put on your coziest PJ's and wrapping yourself up in piles of blankets.

What do you think of my pamper night ideas? What else do you do to pamper yourself?