Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Featured On Laura Ashley's Website

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Laura Ashley Pink Handbag*

Last week, I was tidying up my wardrobe and pulled out several pink handbags, I've got 6 in total, all of which are similar shades of pink! Nobody needs that many pastel pink handbags, but I actually didn't even realise I had so many because I only wear pastel coloured accessories in the warmer months to go with my more Summery outfits, otherwise it's a black satchel all year round for me! When I say 'warmer months', what I really mean is the couple of weeks of the year where the weather is proper nice and sunny - which explains why most of my bags gets neglected as it's shoved at the bottom of my wardrobe for the majority of the year!

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The digital team at Laura Ashley asked me to pick a bag for a blog feature they were putting together and without realising I had so many pale pink handbags, I gravitated towards this cross-body envelope bag in the colour... you guessed it... PINK! Unlike the other ones, though, this is quite a good size so I will be making the most of this! 

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If you pop over to the Laura Ashley blog, you can read the full feature!

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Monday, 20 April 2015

Beauty News: New Products From Zoeva

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Zoeva are one of the hottest brand in the beauty industry right now and they're pretty much dominating with their high quality signature brush sets. They're becoming a cult classic and I think that every beauty fan has their eyes on a Zoeva brush set, I know I have! But apart from their brushes, what else has Zoeva got in store? Here are some of their latest releases:

1. Zoeva Rose Golden Brush Set Volume 2, £55
When Zoeva launched the original Rose Golden brush set, I thought these were the most beautiful make-up brushes I've ever seen. A couple of months ago, they followed this up with a 'volume 2' set which I think looks even better than the original! The set contains 8 brushes for all the essentials, and it comes with a rose gold clutch bag to store your brushes in.

2. Zoeva Luxe Cream Lipsticks (new shades for Spring), £7.50 each
These lipsticks are creamy and have a high pigmentation. Formulated with a nourishing blend of ivy elixr, mallow and elderflower to nourish and moisturise your lip. There are three new shades for Spring and they are: 

- Pop Stitch: Bright and vibrant fuchsia pink
- Cross My Heart: Rich dark wine red
- One Wish: Deep plum violet

3. Zoeva Bamboo Brush Set Volume 2, £55
Another irresistible set but this time it's made of eight vegan brushes crafted from three renewable materials; Soft vegan taklon hair, bamboo wood and golden coloured aluminium ferrules for a spot of eco luxe. This set comes with a bag to store your brushes in and a brush holder too.

4. Zoeva Rose Golden Eyeshadow Palette, £15
This Rose Golden Palette consists of ten eyeshadows in metallic, satin and matte finishes. I'm really surprised to learn that this entire palette only cost £15, and from the swatches I've seen on the site, they look really rich in colour.

Are you loving Zoeva as much as I am at the moment?
Do you own a set of brushes from Zoeva?


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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Models Own HyperGel - New Shades For Spring

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Models Own HyperGel Nail Polish (Shade: Cerise Shine)*
£4.99

Gel effect nail polishes are all the rage these days and I've well and truly jumped on that bandwagon because in my eyes, when it comes to nail polish, the shinier the better! As you can see from the photo above, Models Own HyperGel gives a beautiful, super glossy finish, it's impressive!

I have it in the shade Cerise Shine, which is actually a colour from the original collection which launched last year. I can't comment on the other shades in the HyperGel collection because I have found Models Own formulas to be quite hit and miss depending on which shade you go for, but Cerise Shine is smooth and opaque making it a dream to apply. It's non-streaky and you only need one or two coats. I don't know why but it never feels right to apply just one coat so I went for two to get the full coverage!

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It was touch-dry in a about 2 minutes and I could apply the second coat after 5 minutes. It was chip resistant for 4-5 days but the shine did fade a bit. I didn't apply a top coat because it didn't look like I needed to but I would recommend using a glossy top coat to seal the polish and make the shine last longer. I really love the Essie top coats for a high shine, they dry so quickly too.

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Models Own HyperGel launched last year, and they have added 10 new shades as part of the Spring collection. I quite like the look of Tropical Green and Caribbean Crush - they will look AMAZING in the Summer time! No UV is required and you can achieve that gel effect nails in ten minutes in the comfort of your own home! You can find HyperGel at Boots and ASOS, and retails at £4.99 per bottle and comes in a total of 31 shades!

Which shade will you be going for?

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Friday, 17 April 2015

Affordable Beauty Products : Models Own Make-Up

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Models Own are not particularly well-known for their make-up, but only because their awesome nail polishes overshadows them. Amongst all of their bright and colourful nail polishes, Models Own have a small range of make-up products available which include lipsticks, lipglosses, blushers, eyeshadows, eyeliner and mascara - all of which are really affordable with most of them under £5! Not bad, right?! 

Models Own Smokey Eyeshadow Palette
Models Own Smokey Eyeshadow Palette

Models Own Smokey Eyeshadow Palette*
£5.99

This smokey eyeshadow palette from Models Own is really neat and compact, it's small enough to put in to your pocket! It contains 6 shades of greys and black, with 5 of the eyeshadows gleaming with a bit of a metallic shimmer whilst one is a matte black.

For the super affordable price of £5.99 (which works out at 99p per eyeshadow), you can't ask for much and as you can see from the swatches, the pigments are not strong but this might be a good palette to start you off with if you're a beginner at creating a smokey eye. I've had a lot of practise using dark shadows and I like the pigments to be really intense. However, I know all too well that working with black and grey eyeshadows can be pretty daunting if you're not experienced (pandas are cute but we don't want to look like one) and this kit will help you practise smokey eyes, because the shades are so subtle and not as scary! So, if you've always wanted to give dark eyeshadows a go, check out Models Own smokey eye palette as a starter kit.

They also do a nude eye shadow palette too, and each of them come with a handy mirror and dual ended brush and sponge applicator. I would recommend using a primer base (such as INIKA Pure Primer which is suitable for vegans and it's cruelty free) before applying the eyeshadow on.

Models Own Gel Eyeliner
Models Own Gel Eyeliner

£4.99

I can't get enough of eyeliners whether it's gel, kohl, liquid... I'll take whatever comes my way! It doesn't matter what shade of eyeshadow I've got on, eyeliners always complete the look by adding a gel or liquid eyeliner to the upper lash line and a soft kohl pencil for the lower water line. I feel naked without it!

After trying the smokey eye palette, I wasn't expecting the gel eyeliner to be as pigments but it's actually pretty decent, as you can see! And it has good staying power throughout the day too! I tend to go for black eyeliners but a brown makes a really nice change. It comes with a brush which there's no chance of losing because it's bright pink and the gel eyeliner itself is quite a hard texture which is unusual for a 'gel'. The texture isn't as creamy as MAC's Fluideline or Maybelline's Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner but if you swirl the brush in the pot a few times, it will pick up a good amount of product which transfers on to your skin as strong as my swatch shows.

Models Own are available from their website, Boots stores and ASOS.

Have you ever tried Models Own make-up before?




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