Wednesday, 4 March 2015

MIA

Hey guys, 
Sorry that I've been MIA for the past month! I've just been so busy with college that this has had to take a back seat. I've had so many deadlines, but once I've gotten majority of my coursework out of the way, I promise I'll be back!

Holly x

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Contour + Highlight Palette


Hey guys,
Today I'm reviewing the highlight + contour palette I got from eBay for only £3.39 (Contour Palette, 15 shades - £3.39 with free p&p). I've wanted a contour palette for so long but I just never got around to actually getting one. However, I saw this and I had to get it! For only £3.39 it was such a steal!

It had all the colours I would need and it was less than £5. What's not to love? It took less than a week to come as the seller is UK based which is awesome as when this one runs out I can order another one and I won't need to wait weeks for it to arrive!

It's just a basic contour palette with colours to suit most skin tones. Now this may seem a bit stupid but I had no idea what the green, pink or yellow colours were for until I googled them, so now that I know I'll tell you guys just in case you don't know either.

Green: This is really good at cancelling out any red areas you have, for example, around your nose or any spots you may have.

Pink: This is good for evening out fair skin tones or cancelling out purple under eyes.

Yellow: This works well on people with olive or tanned skin, and it also cancels out any dark patches or under eye circles.


It comes in this sleek, black packaging that can easily fit into your makeup bag if you are going on holiday or staying somewhere over night. It's extremely compact and it would definitely save you space in your travel bag as it contains a concealer, under eye brightener, contour colours, and highlight colours. 




As you can see from the swatches some of the colours are quite orange, however, most of them are extremely usable and there's a great range of shades. I love using the two darkest shades for my contouring as they blend really easily and give my face much more definition and structure.

I'm sure you've seen these pictures before on my 'How I Contour + Highlight' post but I thought they would fit well here as they show how well the palette works in making me look like I have an actual jawline and cheekbones. This is definitely one of my favourite purchases, I just think it's so much fun to play around with contouring and highlighting.


Pro's:
  • They last really well throughout the day as well, not amazingly long but long enough to get you through work or a night out.
  • The colours blend really easily.
  • There's a great range of colours in the palette.
  • The price!
  • Free post and packaging.
  • I've had it for a few months and I still haven't ran out yet.
  • The palette itself is very compact.
Cons: 
  • Some of the colours have an orange tone to them.
  • I get the occasional spot off using the palette but it's rare and only happens if I'm having a bad skin day anyway.
If you want to get into contouring but don't know where to start then I would definitely recommend this palette as a good place to start. It's cheap and has plenty of colours so you can work out what works best for you.

Holly x


Thursday, 8 January 2015

Bad Beauty Habits



  1. I don't wash my brushes as much as I should.
  2. I sometimes forget to moisturise.
  3. I always forget to moisturise my body.
  4. Touching my face a lot.
  5. I don't change my bedding as often as I should.
  6. I buy things I don't need or already have.
Here are some of my bad beauty habits, what are yours?
Hollyx

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Bargain Beauty: eBay


Hey guys,
I'm always a bit weary when it comes to shopping on eBay as I've heard so many stories about people who've been ripped of. They've either never received their products or gotten something completely different to what they actually ordered, and after hearing that horror story about a girl who bought mascara of eBay and it turned out to be paint... Yeah, we have every reason to be cautious of buying things from eBay. 

I don't think I'd ever buy any mascara or eyeliner off eBay but I don't think I'd be that worried about anything else. I mean, if it's bad it might wreck my skin for a few days and make it break out but I wouldn't want anything to happen to my eyes. Because it can be quite scary to buy things off eBay I thought I would order a few things and then I could tell you guys about them. Then at least you'd know they were okay and that the seller was reliable.

So here we go...



Clear Lipstick Holder (Holds 24) - £2.47 with free p&p

I've been wanting one of these for ages but I never got around to actually getting one and whenever I looked an amazon they were always around £7 and I thought that was quite a lot for what it was... I know, I'm such a cheapskate. But I want to save money on things like this so I can spend more on the things that actually go in them. I'd been browsing eBay when I came across this, and for the price I couldn't resist. I immediately added it to my basket and checked out, it also had 5% off which was an added plus.

It took two and a half weeks to get here but I'd expected that. I was slightly disappointed when I opened it as there was a chip in it, as you can see in the photos, but for the price I didn't really mind that much and didn't query it with the seller. After all, it would soon be hidden when I put in my products. All in all I'm really happy with it. It's great for storing my lipsticks, mascaras, eye creams and other things. If you're thinking of getting one then save your money and order this one.




Blush Palette (10 Colours) - £3.81 with free p&p

I've been using the same blush for over a year as I'm not really interested in blush, I'd much rather spend my money on eye shadows and lipsticks. However, I recently hit pan on it and I decided to have a browse of eBay to see if I could find a blush palette instead of just going out and buying one colour that I'd stick to, I wanted to mix things up a bit. I saw this one and I really liked the colours so I decided to get it. The blush I'm using at the minute is a bright pink one which looks really pretty and not at all bright on your cheeks, and this palette has the same colour so I knew that I'd at least like one of the colours.

It again took about threeish weeks to come which wasn't that bad as it meant I was able to get through more of my current blush before I started to use this palette instead. I won't say much on these as I will be doing a full blog post on it, so keep your eyes open for it!




Contour Palette (15 shades) - £3.39 with free p&p

I've wanted a contour palette for so long but I just never got around to actually getting one. However, I saw this and I had to get it. It had all of the colours I would want and it was less than £5. What's not to love? It took less than a week to come as the seller is UK based which is awesome. I will be doing a full post on this so I won't say too much but it's really good and if you're new to contouring and don't want to spend a lot of money on something you might not even use then I definitely recommend this, it's really good value for money and I'll probably re-order this when it runs out.




Makeup Brushes (5 brushes) - £12.99 + £1.99 p&p

I love the real techniques brushes and I have three, however I wanted a few more but they were too expensive for me so I thought I'd go online and see what I could find. I was lucky enough to stumble across these and for roughly £2.60 per brush I couldn't resist. The arrived quickly and I was really impressed with them. The quality of them is really good considering how much they cost

They are cruelty free, elastic bristles and are super soft, they have a flat bottom which means you can stand them up. You had the choice of blue, pink and gold. I thought the blue was the nicest so I went with that and I'm really happy I did, I think the colour looks great!

I've had them for around 6 months now and they still work perfectly, I would definitely try these out if you're not sure on the real techniques brushes.




Gold Midi Rings (5pcs) - 99p with free p&p

For some reason the ones I ordered weren't showing up on my purchase history but I'm pretty sure the ones I've linked above are the same ones. I've been wanting some midi rings for a while now and I bought some from new look but they fit me weird and I didn't like the look of them, so when I saw that these were just simple gold midi rings I immediately bought them. They're exactly what I wanted! However, if you have small hands these probably won't fit you. I have really big hands and these are a touch too big, I can still wear them, they just would have been better if they were slightly smaller. They did take about a month to come but it was worth it, I love them!



Beauty Blender Dupe - 99p with free p&p

This was the only product I was disappointed with. I know you get what you pay for but because everything else I'd ordered had been good I was hoping this would be too. It didn't absorb the water and get any bigger and it was extremely unimpressive. Thankfully it was only 99p so it wasn't like I'd wasted a lot of money on it. But if you're looking for a Beauty Blender dupe then I suggest looking elsewhere.

I hope you enjoyed this post! What's your best beauty steal?
Holly x

Thursday, 18 December 2014

My Most Used Brushes


Hey guys,
Today I thought I would show you which brushes are my favourite and give you a brief description of each one. I don't have that many brushes but I do still have some that stand out as being the ones I reach for everyday.



Eye Shadow Brushes
I don't really use that many eye shadow brushes when I do my makeup. I just use one for my eyelid, one for my crease and one to blend. These are my favourites just because they do their job well. I use the one in the middle for my lid as it's great for patting the colour onto my eye and I think the shape of it is really good for what I need it to do. The one on the left I use in my crease as it has a slightly tapered edge so it works really well for putting colour into my crease, I also sometimes use it for blending or patting on powder to my under eyes or over concealer. Lastly, the one on the right I use to blend. This one isn't the best but it works well to blend my eye shadow out so it's not too harsh.


Foundation Brush
I bought this a while back on eBay and I absolutely love it. It completely changed how I put on my foundation as now this is all I use. I love it. It makes blending my foundation so much easier and it doesn't leave me with any brush strokes either like my previous foundation brush used to. I really like the finish it leaves me with as well, it makes my skin look great.


Concealer Brush
This brush is smaller than my foundation brush and because of it's more rounded top I prefer using it to blend in my concealer as it works much better. The bristles are soft and don't shed when washed and it works really well.


Powder Brush
My mum bought me this brush for prom as I didn't really own very many brushes because I wasn't really into makeup back then but I'm so glad she did. I love using this brush for my powder. It's super soft and it's just the right size for powdering my face.


Blush Brush
I'm a huge fan of this brush, I love the shape of it. It makes applying brush so much easier and it helps me make sure that I don't apply to much... Which does sometimes happen. It picks up colour really well too and because of the shape it blends really evenly. This brush doesn't shed either when I wash it so I can see it lasting me a really long time, plus, the bristles are really soft as well.


Bronzing Brush
I could probably do with buying a better brush but it works fine and is good at picking up colour, because of it's large size it's also really good for blending out my bronzer if I've been a little heavy handed with it. The only downside to this is that the bristles do sometimes fall out.

What's your most used brush? 
Holly x

Thursday, 11 December 2014

The Body Shop: Define and Lengthen Mascara


Hey guys,
Today I'm reviewing The Body Shop's Define and Lengthen Mascara. I got this a while ago and I thought now would be as good a time as any to review it. I really like the packaging, it's sleek and thin, which means it can easily slip into your makeup bag.

The formula is really nice as it's not to heavy yet it still makes your lashes look long, it doesn't give them very much volume but then again the whole point of this mascara is to lengthen which it definitely does. It is a bit more pricey than your regular drug store mascaras at £10, but you get what you pay for and this definitely delivers.

It won't replace my holy grail mascara, Estee Lauder's Sumptuous Extreme, however it is really nice if I don't want my makeup to be very heavy. I can see it being really good in the summer months as it helps to give you more of the 'No Makeup' makeup look.



The brush is thin and makes it a lot easier to get right down to the roots of your eyelashes, this also means that it works well on your bottom lashes. So if you're not a fan of using this on your top lashes then it'll work really well on your lower ones instead.

It lasts all day and you don't have to worry about it smudging at all, considering this you might think it's harder to take off on a night but it comes of really easily considering how long lasting it is.


It comes in both black and brown, I opted for the black one as I'm not really a fan of brown mascara. They look great on some people but I just prefer black mascaras on myself.

As you can see it really does help to lengthen your eyelashes. Let me know what you think!
Holly x