Bourjois | Makeup Bag Additions

Recently I haven't bought as much makeup as I usually do I think I've been investing a lot more into skin care and my skin has improved so much. There were a few bits that I was running low on and needed to update though, as no matter how much makeup you seem to have you're always in need of something. These two products are ones I've been testing and loving and have added to my makeup bag essentials, which both happen to be from Bourjois.


The first item I was in need of was a new foundation and I am really bad with sticking with my usual foundation and not venturing to far out but I knew this time I really wanted to try a new one. I normally like the quality of Bourjois products and I liked the sound of their Healthy Mix foundation so I though that I would pick it up. It says that it contains lots of vitamins like C, E and B5 which sounds like it would be good and not heavy for your skin and also says that it is anti-fatigue, which is something that I really need. I love really fresh and glowy foundations and after testing it out for a few weeks I can say that it does make your skin look more awake and fresh, covering dark circles and imperfections. It's very lightweight and you don't need much product to cover all of your face which is good, it's easily build-able as well and I think it's a perfect foundation for any occasion and I've not tested the longevity specifically but I haven't had any problems with it coming off for a variation of periods that I have had it on for.

The second product I've been testing and loving is also from Bourjois, it's the Volume Reveal waterproof mascara. I don't normally invest in mascara and I normally just use anything that's cheap and cheerful, I'm not normally fussy, but I decided I'd try a new one out and see what I think. This mascara brush is very long and straight and it doesn't really curve but I think it works well because it doesn't. The formulation is very consistent and drys quick when applied to lashes, it doesn't clump and even if it does it's easy to fix as it's very smooth. The thing I find very helpful is the mirror on the side which is magnifying and helpful for application. I have nothing bad to say about it, which means overall it's one of my favourite mascaras.


I love both of these products and I would buy them again if I ran out as I think they're high quality products for not a ridiculous amount of money.

Has anyone ever tried these before? What do you think?

Metamorphosis Lush Bath Bomb | Review

It's been a long time since I've gone into Lush and actually bought a new bath bomb. I don't have a lot of baths anymore but I know coming into winter there's going to be a lot more time for them. I'd seen all the new bath bombs on Lush's social media and I've been meaning to go in and buy one for a while. I picked up Metamorphosis as I really liked the name and how plain the bath bomb is on the outside. Yet, hence the name there is obviously more to the bath bomb than first perceptions.



To me, on the outside the bath bomb looks a bit like a pine cone with the same consistency, I know I'm awful at comparisons. It's very coarse and rough and smells spicy, but not overwhelming. I'm not too sure if it's meant to look like something or not but maybe it is meant to be some sort of shell of some sort for the metamorphosis to take place.


Once dropped into the bath it fizzes instantly int a dark and swirling black hole, leaving the bath a grey and murky colour, not the most appealing bath I must say.



As it fizzes after a minute or two you begin to notice colours start to fizz out and the metamorphosis begin. The colours turn from grey to yellow, then pink, and orange making your bath more colourful than expected. The bright colours clash with the dullness that was perviously there and I like the idea. It doesn't add that much colour overall into your bath though as eventually it all fades back into the murky swampy grey, so the colours don't last too long. I'd say this bath bomb would be a perfect bath bomb for children as they wouldn't be expecting the colours in the middle.


It's not my favourite Lush bath bomb as it doesn't have the strongest or nicest smell but I like the concept and the name but I don't think I'd use it again unless it was a gift as it left my bath a little grey-er than it was before.

Have you tried this bath bomb before? What do you think?

Starbucks and Scarves | Outfit

It's officially Autumn which means it's all things cute and cosy season, and I'm so excited to throw on jumpers and scarves over everything! I also had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the year, and it was as amazing as I remember it! I felt like I was looking very Autumnal the other day and thought I'd post an outfit post! It's a little weird that I took pictures infront of people for once but the lanes looked cute so I didn't do it at a backdrop for once.


I got the scarf in Primark (Penneys) and I love scarves they're actually the best thing about the winter months, although I don't think it's quite cold enough yet, but it's getting there. My yellow/Mustard-y jumper is also from Primark and it's one of the softest jumpers I own honestly think I'm going to live in it over the Autumn/Winter. My denim jacket is from New Look, it's not time enough yet to whip out the fur-lined ones. I'm also getting excited to wear boots and fluffy socks out even though I'll look like some sort of Eskimo.


Are you as excited for Autumn fashion as I am? What will you be wearing over the next few months?

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Liquid Lipcolor | Review

It's been a long time since I have bought any new liquid lipsticks, I went through a phase of buying too many and had to stop, but I think it's time to start all over again. I love Revlon lipsticks, they're probably my favourite, such high quality and high colour payout so I think it would be about time that I try some of their liquid lipsticks. I know these are quite new and I've been eyeing them up for ages and now I'm here to review them.


The first lipcolor I got was 600 HD Devotion which is my favourite. It's a dark enough pink nude and applies like a dream. The formulation is quite thick and very easily applied. It smells amazing though, it's like the best smelling lipcolor I own, it even tastes as it smells even though I don't advise eating it. It smells a little like vanilla I'm not sure if that's what it's meant to smell like or not. The packaging is also different than normal liquid lipsticks, the packaging is more oval than round and I think it's sleek looking. The colour stays on your lips very well, I wouldn't say that it lasts an overwhelming amount of time but it is quite good. The texture is non drying and I don't find it tiring on the lips to wear which is one of the best parts, plus I just love this colour.


The second shade I got is 610 HD Addiction which is a plum berry purple shade which is a little darker in the tube then on my lips. I thought it was a perfect transition colour into Autumn/Winter. I also love this colour but this one fades a lot quicker than the other one but it could just be that it's more noticeable because of the darker colour. I also feel like this one smells more like cherries but I think I could be imagining a lot of things.

The above swatches are of 600 HD Devotion and 610 HD Addiction.

I do really love these liquid lipsticks and I hope to buy a few more of the darker shades for winter as I think they're a lot more viable than a darker lipstick. I would highly recommend these and would love to know if anyone else has tried these before?
What do you think of them?

Current Favourites | August 2017

I haven't got that many things in the line of favourites this month mainly because I lost my bank card and spent most of the month without access to money, which was super annoying but there are a few little bits I've picked up throughout the month that I'd like to share!



The first thing I picked up was the Body Fantasies Signature in Pink Grapefruit Fantasy from Superdrug and I didn't need a new body spray but I sprayed it in the shop and I knew I needed it. It smells like it should be a Victoria Secret scent except it doesn't last as long. Obviously it smells like pin grapefruit and although I'm not a fan of the fruit I love the smell. It's very summery and fruity and very good for the price.

The next things I got are from Disneyland Paris, they're two collectible pins. I'd never bought any Disney pins before but I decided that I'm going to start collecting them every time I go to Disney, so I picked up two to start my collection. The first one I got is the 25th Anniversary pin as I thought it was cute and it's a good commemoration of me being there then, plus I won't ever be able to get it again so. The second one I bought is the Thumper one, where he's holding a flower in his mouth, I love rabbits so Thumper has always been a favorite of mine, I just think he's so cute. Don't forget you can check out my Disney vlog here.

   


The last two pieces I got from Kiko which I always get stuff while away as we don't have any in Ireland. I didn't need anything in particular though so I just picked up two small items, I got the Smart Colour Eyeshadow 09 Metallic Moonstone in a light grey colour. Although I wouldn't normally wear grey I got this one because it swatches more silvery and light than it looks and I think it would look nice in the corners of your eyes to finish off a look, as I haven't any other colours like it.
The second thing I bought I bought because of how cute the packaging was as opposed to the colour, not great I know. I got the Mini Divas in 01 Practical Rose which is a really pale light pink which probably doesn't suit my skin tone the best but it's such a tiny lipstick and the packaging is so cute I thought I'd just get it anyway. You get a good bit of lipstick for the size and it's so easy to bring around with you.

The above swatches are of the Smart Eyeshadow 09 and the Mini Divas Lipstick 01.

Another thing I've been loving recently is the Addams Family musical. I got to go see the UK tour live twice in the past few weeks and I am obsessed with it. It's one of the funniest musicals I've ever gone to see and the cast and production are amazing, definitely try to get tickets to this tour while you still can. The soundtrack is very hard to find to listen to as there isn't many recordings of it anywhere, although I'm hoping they do a cast recording and put in on Spotify as soon as possible. If you're interested and want to check out a few songs you can watch the full cast perform When You're an Addams here and Carrie Hope Fletcher who plays Wednesday's version of Pulled here, they're both two of my faves.

What has everyone else been loving from the past month?

Mini Lush Treats | Review

It's been a while since I've bought some new Lush products, and although these products themselves aren't new I haven't reviewed them on my blog before and thought I'd share them with you as I have loved them all. I got them while away in France so I don't have many photos of them and it's also why the packaging for each is in French.


The first product I got was a good old charity pot, which I surprisingly have never owned before. I've had the smaller packaged version but not the actual pot, it's always been a product that I've kind of avoided in shops, maybe because it's always suggested that you buy it but I'm happy I've finally given it a try. It's a moisturizer for your hands and body and I really do like the feel of it, it's very moisturizing and easily absorbed, my skin feels so much more glowy after I've used it and I'm not sure what the actual scent of it is but it's very neutral but still smells nice, if you haven't tried it before you should it's one of those must have handy items! The best part about the charity pot is that all the proceeds (minus tax) go toward small and helpful organisations which I love!

The second item was a tester pot of the shampoo Fairly Traded (look how cute the pot is), the man in the shop was nice enough to give me this for no reason. Fairly Traded is a shampoo which consists mainly of honey, which I was actually very skeptical to try in my hair! I got two uses out of the small pot and I actually think that it made my hair very smooth because of how natural it was! I think I would like to try a full bottle in the future!

   

The last product I got was Brightside, which is one of my favourite bubble bars out there. It's so citrusy and fruity and just all round fun there's no way you can't like it. You get a good sized product for the price, which I say you can get about four baths out of! It makes a lot of bubbles as you can see in the picture below. I love the bright colours of it and it makes a great body wash as well as a good bubble bar and leaves your skin with the most amazing smell! 


Has anyone tried these Lush products before? Which one is your favourite?

Modern Renaissance ABH Palette | Review

I have been eyeing up the Modern Renaissance palette for so long and it is so hard to get your hands on in Ireland without paying a fortune for postage somehow. While I was in Paris we took a trip into Sephora, which I had never been in before and absolutely loved. There were so many amazing things I was looking at to treat myself with but I knew if I was going to get anything it had to be something from Anastasia Beverly Hills as I've never even seen any of their products in person before and definitely wanted some. I know that they have their new palette out Subculture, which they didn't have but even if they did I would've got this one as the shades are amazing and so perfect for Autumn coming up!


The packaging of the palette is something I actually like but I know a few people dislike it. It's a pink velvet-y suede casing and although it can get dirty very easily, it looks very pretty and feels very soft and good quality.

   

It comes with fourteen shades, eleven matte and three metallic. The shades are mainly pink, orange and yellow and they're very good quality and it comes with a dual ended brush. The shades are very autumnal I definitely bought it in the right season. The eye shadows are some of the best quality that I have tried yet it has a lot of fallout, every time I use it a lot of powder falls out, I've heard that this is such a big problem with the new Subculture palette so I can't imagine how bad that one is. You have to be very gentle when applying as they are very powdery shades. My favourite shades are Golden Ochre, which is a bright yellow gold, but I love how matte most of the shades are. My other favourites are Realgar, which is such an unusual colour and also Love Letter which is such a pretty pink when blended with other colours. All the shades go so well together and blend so nice together I'm having a lot of fun playing with the different combinations.


The above swatches are Tempera, Golden Ochre, Vermeer, Boun Fresco, Antique Bronze, Love Letter, and Cyprus Umber.

The second photo of swatches is of Raw Sienna, Burnt Orange, Primavera, Red Ochre, Venetian Red, Warm Taupe, and Realgar.

I know this palette isn't very new but it's still worth the hype that surrounded it when it first came out, it's my favourite palette now!
Has anyone else tried this palette before? What do you think?

Paris & Disneyland Paris | Photo Diary

If you didn't know I recently went on holidays to the beautiful city which is Paris! I visited some amazing places in my time there and thought it would be good to share some (my favourite being Disneyland Paris which I actually have a vlog of up on my Youtube here if that's your kind of thing). I had an abundance of pastries and macrons over there and loved literally everything, we did the most tourist-y things also so if you're planning on visiting Paris soon you might want to check these places out!

Obviously the most tourist place in Paris is the Eiffel Tower so that was first on our list of spots to visit, and we were so lucky with the weather in the week.

This is the view from the Eiffel Tower, not from the top though that's waaay to high for me.

 

The view from the Arc du Triomphe onto the Champs Elysee.


The outside of the Louvre which I have to say was very impressive.

    
The inside of the Louvre and of course Sleeping Beauties Castle in Disneyland (My favourite place in the whole world).

The Tower of Terror which is simultaneously my favorite and least favorite ride.

    
The entrance to Hollywood Studios and my other fave ride Hyperspace Mountain, which is better than I remember it being.

    
Main Street USA on the 25th Anniversary.

Notre Dame Cathedral, in which I sang the Hunchback of Notre Dame songs continuously. 

My favourite meal of the trip which had a view of Notre Dame just along the Seine.

The view of Notre Dame from the very top, which was a lot of stairs.

    
The Eiffel Tower at night and when it sparkles is my favorite thing ever, it only sparkles between eleven pm and five past so make sure your there then!

Has anyone been to Paris before? What's your favourite place to visit?

Too Faced Natural Matte Palette | Review

I've been meaning to post this for a while but never got around to it as it's one of my favourite palettes of the past few months. Normally when I buy an eyeshadow palette I choose it for it's vibrant and shimmery colours, although I don't wear the adventurous shades, they're so pretty to look at. Yet I always wear neutral browns, beige's and pinks on my eyes, so what better a purchase than a palette that's full of neutrals and natural colours. Especially because the colours I normally buy are glittery, I was in need with a wide range of matte shades for more natural and lazy days. I always look at the Too Faced Chocolate bar palette and the Sweet Peach palette but I knew this Natural Matte palette was for me. 



I love how small and portable this palette is, and it has every day to day shade you could possibly want. It's magnetic and the case is tin material and I bring it almost everywhere with me. I also love the lace detail on the case, it's very classy and pretty. As you can see from the picture the rows are split into day, classic and fashion, which is meant to be three separate looks that come with the palette, obviously there's not only the three though. Also as you can tell most of the shades are well used. The quality is very good and the payoff is high. My favourite shades are Strapless, a pink toned light brown, Lace Teddy, a pale pink toned nude, and Honey Butter, a soft honey toned brown. I love that all the shades are matte and non shimmery, they go well together in different varieties and they also suit as bases and shade for more dramatic looks with other more outgoing palettes. 





  
The above swatches in order are, Heaven, Cashmere Bunny, Sexspresso, Lace Teddy, Strapless, Risque, Nudie, Honey Butter, and Chocolate Cookie.

I think this is a basic palette that everyone should have as all these shades are makeup staples. It's a go to palette for me and goes with every natural and neutral look I need. I love the quality of Two Faced products and this doesn't disappoint. 
Has anyone tried this product before? What do you think?