When I saw SophDoesNails announce her collab with Makeup Revolution, I was super excited! I loved the look of the eyeshadow palette especially after she went through each shade and her reasons behind each shade… More
If you haven’t heard of Technic before, then here’s the low-down. They are an extremely affordable makeup brand, bringing you innovative and cute products which are quick and easy to use. I have been following the company on Instagram for a while now and was excited to see the launch of this Prism range, which includes highlighting powders, lip toppers and cream eyeshadows. You can purchase their products trough various online retailers and I went with Amazon for mine. They also offer free delivery – woohoo!
I had to purchase this product as an ‘add on’ item on Amazon. I will say first off that this is not an eyeshadow cream as advertised. It doesn’t have a creamy texture of any kind, but that’s not to say I don’t like it. I actually find the finish of this product very pretty and also surprisingly long-wearing for its low price tag. I have actually been using this as an eyeshadow topper to make matte eyeshadows pop, or even on eyeshadow-free eyelids for a pretty hint of shimmer. The product contains pink, silver and purple micro glitters which, when they catch the light, look really pretty. This is a convenient product in that it is quick and easy to apply and instantly adds something special to your makeup look. For the price, this is a good addition to your makeup bag. Get yours here.
This cute quad of highlighting powders is pretty and unique. The four shades offer versatility for most skin tones and for less than three pounds for four highlighting powders, you really can’t go wrong. These eyeshadows are buildable and don’t pack a punch straight away, but I like to have the option to build colour as there’s less chance of me going wrong. The compact itself is very travel friendly and also has a handy little mirror inside the lid. I also love how the shades are named – and what cool names they are too! These highlighters contain different coloured micro glitters – this isn’t everyone’s thing I know, but I think they would look brilliant at a night party as the glitters look beautiful when they catch the light. I also think they look nice on the shoulders and body in the sunshine (if you have any!). I love these and I really can’t get over the value for money. Get yours here.
If you’ve been reading my blog for long enough, you’ll know that I love to review a good rainbow highlighter. I’m a real sucker when it comes to these and like to think that I own most of those which have been released now. This one is surprisingly good. Once again, it does contain a hell of a lot of micro glitter but I feel this adds an extra dimension to the rainbow effect. This is also very pigmented and each individual colour is very pretty. The main reason I love this rainbow highlighter is because when the colours are all swirled together, it makes a gorgeous colour, predominantly lilac. Most rainbow highlighters when swirled together, tend to show the green or blue shade more, which is not the look I want to achieve from my highlighter. I prefer pink and purple tones. Get yours here.
When I received a box of twelve Bourjois Rouge Velvet The Lipsticks, complimentary of Bourjois and Influenster, I couldn’t have been more excited to try them all out! Every single shade appealed to me and I just didn’t know where to begin!
The packaging for these lipsticks is simple but elegant and they have a very secure closing lid which clicks loudly so you can guarantee it won’t come off on your travels and in your bag.
The Rouge Velvet lipsticks have a matte finish – but the thing I love about them is that they go on in a creamy, almost typical lipstick formula and then dry down to a matte finish. It’s like magic!
After trying the lipsticks for a few days now, I can say that they are non-drying and very comfortable to wear. They last for a few hours but the real test is when you eat. I wouldn’t say that they last very well through a meal, only a small amount of colour remains.
My favourite shade is ‘Brunette’, the darkest of the collection. Watch the video below for swatches and names of all the lipsticks.
I was MUA to Kitty Clements this week, on a shoot with the amazing Oliver Lall and I used one of these on her. We went for the shade ‘Fuchsia Botte’ as Oliver wanted a blue and pink theme (more about this in a separate post soon!). The colour looked fab and here’s a sneak peek from the shoot…
To buy these lipsticks for yourself, visit Boots here.
So who are Uncommon Goods? Uncommon Goods were founded in 1999 and headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. They are a privately owned retailer who supply unique gifts which have been sourced ethically in harmony with the environment, making sure not to harm animals or humans. I absolutely love this ethos and giving these values as a gift to someone I love, just makes that gift that little bit more special. Upon browsing the website, you can find out the story behind each and every item and also the person/people who designed and created it. Half of the items sold on Uncommon Goods are made by hand and the website is an excellent platform for these talented creators. One third of the entire collection of items on the website are also made from recycled and upcycled materials too. These stats just keep getting better! If you’d like to know more about this lovely retailer, then click here.
Mama Bear Necklaces – £98.98 – £131.97
I’m writing about these necklaces because 1. they are gorgeous and 2. I’m hoping someone will buy me one! These Mama Bear necklaces were designed by Britta Ambauen based on her own mother’s protective nature over her children. Britta sees the mama bear as a symbol for love and protection due to the fierce shielding of their cubs. The necklaces are made from sterling silver and bronze and are handmade from recycled materials. They are also exclusive to Uncommon Goods. Find out more here.
Hydration Tracking Water Bottle – £8.25
I love anything that involves fitness and health combined with technology. This bottle makes drinking more water a much more exciting task and I just love how beautiful it is in its simplicity. The dots on the lid tally how many bottles of water you have consumed in a day. This quick and simple technology eliminates the need for complicated apps and trackers. The bottle was designed by Richard and Anthony Joseph. Find out more here.
Unicorn & Rainbow Mismatched Earrings – £16.50
What would this blog be without the mention of unicorns somewhere? I adore these earrings designed by Christine Schmidt. Gilded in 22 karat gold and set on hypoallergenic posts, these mismatched earrings make excellent gifts for anyone who has caught the unicorn bug or a gift to yourself. The earrings also come in the cutest packaging – a glass vial. To find out more, click here.
Lip Shimmer Wine Flight Gift Sets – £23.10
These wine scented lip tints were created by Michelle Bucaro. The lip shimmers don’t just smell like wine, they also contain beneficial ingredients found in the beverage’s red grapes – the skin, seeds, and pulp offer natural benefits: Resveratrol from the skin of red grapes, grape pulp, and grape seed oil all contain antioxidants and the oil is rich in fatty acids and vitamins, to help keep your lips smooth and soft. To find out more, click here.
Hubble Planets Lightweight Wool Scarf – £53.61
Anything to do with space is simply cool in my books. Everything to do with the universe just fascinates me and I love anything space fashion related at the moment. This scarf really jumped out at me from the Uncommon Goods website as Autumn is on its way and I just love the contrast of the planet’s colours on the black wool. What a gorgeous item! This scarf was designed by Ali Bennaim and Ximena Chouza from New York and is made from 100% wool. To find out more, click here.
So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed my round up of the perfect gifts for any special gals in your life. If you’re looking for something extra special, then maybe take a look at the personalised gifts section of the website here. Of if you need a gift for an anniversary, click here. Take a look at the website and let me know what items you like in the comments section.
*This post was sponsored by Uncommon Goods
With high end brands releasing their own highlighter drops with a high end price tag, it’s great to see Makeup Revolution producing these little beauties for us money conscious gals. Let me tell you, these are just as beautiful, blinding and long wearing as the Iconic London and Cover FX drops claim to be.
Of the four Liquid Highlighters I bought, Liquid Champagne is definitely my favourite. The shade is perfect for my skin tone and it has that ‘wet’ look about it that I’ve been searching for from a highlighter. The champagne colour itself is just stunning and so perfect for special occasions. I also can’t wait to put this all over my face, shoulders and collarbone at Christmas!
Like Liquid Starlight, Liquid Champagne is a dream to blend and very little product is needed for a beautiful glow. Once again, like Liquid Starlight and Unicorn Elixir, the highlighter’s staying power is second to none. I’ve never used such long-lasting highlighters before and they stay as gorgeous as when you first put them on all day.
To order your Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighters, visit TAM Beauty here.
Unicorns are a craze that just don’t seem to want to gallop away. In fact, they’re getting bigger, bolder and sparklier and seem to be entering all aspects of our lives, including our makeup! I have posted many times on unicorn themed makeup products and a lot of these have actually been from Makeup Revolution. Confession time: I’m a bit of a sucker for unicorn makeup (no surprise there!).
You know from yesterday’s post that I have been so excited about Makeup Revolution’s new Liquid Highlighters and in particular this one, Unicorn Elixir. I haven’t been disappointed, this highlighter is so pretty! The highlighter drops come in a lovely bottle with a dropper lid, excellent for applying the highlight and for making you look cool like all the Instagram demos you see nowadays. I love the holographic label too (sorry if it’s not holo, I don’t know the difference!).
The highlighter itself is a translucent silver with a purple/blue reflect. I would say it’s surprisingly more subtle than the other liquid highlighters, but is still very unique in its tone. It does have a very fantastical theme to it and is unlike any other highlighter I own. I think the fact it is sheer makes it a more every day wear kind of highlighter. I really like it.
As I have found with the other liquid highlighters, this one has brilliant staying power. It hasn’t budged all day and actually the swatches were very hard to remove! I also enjoyed putting a tad under my BB cream today for a ‘glowing from within’ look. It is a very versatile liquid highlighter!
To buy yours, visit TAM Beauty here.
This week saw the release of some very exciting new products from Makeup Revolution – Liquid Highlighters and they are beautiful. I was so excited for the release of these that I spent Wednesday morning pressing refresh on the TAM Beauty and Superdrug websites until the seven gorgeous little bottles appeared. I got myself four – Unicorn Elixir, Liquid Starlight, Liquid Champagne and Liquid Rose Gold. I will be reviewing Unicorn Elixir separately as it is quite magical!
Today I swatched and tried out Liquid Starlight. This is the lightest of the collection and is perfect for very light and light skin tones. Wow, this stuff is intense! To do the swatch on my hand I only used one small drop and spread it with my finger.
The highlighter has a white tone with a pinky reflect. It is so shiny that when it catches the light it actually hurts my eyes to look at it! It is really stunning and very glam on the face.
I applied three small drops along my cheekbone and patted it in with my finger. I then blended in further with my beauty sponge. It blended easily and dried quite quickly – but with enough time for me to blend it out to how I wanted it. This highlighter has amazing staying power too – it was hard to removed the swatches I did from my hand and when it was on the face it stayed put all day. I’m extremely impressed and very excited to try the other ones.
I’ve never really been Jeffree Star’s biggest fan and haven’t watched many of his videos until recently, but I have to admit I have a bit of an obsession with looking at swatches of his Skin Frost Highlighters and getting a bit excited about them. The range of shades and the uniqueness of them is just stunning and to be honest, it was pretty difficult to choose just one. I went with Princess Cut in the end, as I felt it was best for my light/medium skin tone.
I ordered my Skin Frost from Beauty Bay as this is the only website in the UK where they are currently available. The highlighter was packaged in a gorgeous pink box, with Jeffree’s logo on the front. The pan itself is HUGE – you get a lot of product for your money. Inside the lid is a nice big mirror too – perfect for my massive face.
As you can see from the swatch above, this highlighter is bloody blinding. It actually hurts my eyes to look at it! I am in love with the colour – a very light lilac with a silver reflect. It’s beautiful.
The one downside for me – it’s a tad chunky on the skin. If I apply this to my nose it looks pretty horrendous and like I’ve sprinkled glitter on myself for fun. This is made worse by the oils that tend to occur on my nose throughout the day. A bit of a shame really, but it looks amazing on the top of my cheekbones and it really stays put ALL DAY.
To buy your own Skin Frost from Jeffree Star Cosmetics, visit Beauty Bay here.
Wandering around Norwich Market, you will almost certainly come across a unique stall which appeals to your retail needs. If you happen to stumble across stall number 126, then you’re definitely in for a treat (or two!). Stall 126 is Katie’s Cake Box, a stall containing delicious, beautiful and innovative cakes and cookies. The displays are eye catching, which makes it very difficult to choose just one cake to take away!
As well as beautiful cakes and treats to take away, Katie’s Cake Box also make custom celebration and wedding cakes to order. Let me tell you, they are absolutely stunning too!
I first discovered Katie’s Cake Box whilst on Instagram and I can honestly say that it is now one of the most beautiful accounts I follow. Be sure to have a look – you won’t be able to stop! You can find them here.
I went away with a Chocolate Orange Cookie Dough Bar (lucky me!) and it was literally heaven with every mouthful. I’ve actually never had anything cookie dough related, so was really intrigued to try it. It’s a bestseller at the stall too, so I had to try the thing everyone loves! I shared it with my husband as it was so rich and filling – very, very good! We both really enjoyed it and would highly recommend.
Last, but not least, I had to mention these amazing cookies – they’re unicorns and they are absolutely adorable. I imagine these sell out pretty quickly too!
So next time you’re in Norwich and vsiting the market, be sure to visit Katie’s Cake Box on Row F, Stall 126 – you won’t be able to walk away empty handed! If you do go, please let me know, I’d love to know what you buy!
This month’s The Vegan Kind Beauty Box is an absolute corker! Yes, I was slightly disappointed that this is the first box I have received without an item of makeup, but the more I look into and try out the products, the less I’m bothered about this! The products inside this month are just brilliant and so unique that I don’t already own anything like them. So, let’s dig in!
Zerreau Waterless Body Wash 70ml (RRP £3.99)
I received a product from Zerreau in last quarter’s box which was a dry shampoo foam. I wasn’t so keen on that, so was a bit dubious about this one. I tried it out after my run earlier this evening and my god, it’s genius! You put the foam on dry skin and lather it up, you then just wipe it away with a towel – no water required! This is perfect for post-gym sessions when you can’t get in the shower, or at a festival, or just anytime you need a super-speedy freshen up! It also has a beautiful fruity and tropical scent which stays on the skin. I’m a big fan!
I haven’t been able to give this a try yet, because I only received the box this morning, but who doesn’t love a hair mask? I recently had my hair coloured/bleached so it could do with some TLC. This mask is designed to soften and hydrate hair, whilst rejuvenating the senses at the same time. It should be applied to dry hair, left for around 30 mins and then wash your hair twice with shampoo to make sure all of the mask has been removed. I’m excited to try this!
Tisserand Happy Aromatherapy Roller Ball (RRP £5.95)We all need a little pick me up throughout the day, right? Well this aromatherapy roller ball is sunshine in a bottle. Just roll this onto temples, the nape of the neck, behind the ears and anywhere else you can sniff for a waft of joy. I absolutely love products like this and strongly believe in essential oils and aromas playing a part in our moods and emotions. I’ve put this straight in my handbag, ready for stressful situations and moments of dull moods. The essential oils inside are – bergamot, lemon tea tree and nutmeg. Trust me when I say, this smells incredible. I challenge you not to feel happier when using this for yourself!
When I looked in the box and saw this beautiful tin, I did a little happy dance! I mean, let’s take a second to appreciate this packaging – I just love that design! I have a bit of a thing about products which come in tins too – just so retro and funky looking (does anyone say ‘funky’ anymore?!). I’m excited to try the cream itself too. It’s for both the face and body and promises to deliver hydration, radiance, the reduction of fine lines and smoothing properties. Fingers crossed it achieves all of these! Figs & Rouge are an absolutely gorgeous brand, so I’m expecting good things.
Eden Perfumes – Daisy Perfume 10ml (RRP £7)
OK, this is what really did it for me this month. I’m absolutely blown away by this company and what they do. They make vegan versions of all of your favourite perfumes and aftershaves, for a fraction of the price. The one I received in my box is their version of ‘Daisy’ by Marc Jacobs and it smells INCREDIBLE! I have an issue with perfumes in that I can never smell them on my skin after about ten minutes of applying them. This one stuck with me – I’m not just saying this to gain brownie points from the company, I’m not paid to write this, I just genuinely believe in this company and perfume. I’ve even got my husband ready to make an order with me come pay day! If you get the box for one thing, get it for this perfume. Check out Eden Perfumes for yourself here.
So here we are, the final leg of my 10k journey! I can’t believe the big day has been and gone already – just where did that time go? I thought I’d update you, just one last time as I know a few of you have read these updates and have given me some lovely feedback. I hope you enjoy this one too!
On Friday evening my husband took Baby J and me to the Forum, Norwich to collect my running vest and race pack. This is when the nerves really started to bubble up – it was all becoming so real! Seeing other runners there and the organisers and seeing the very small numbers on the countdown clock was truly terrifying! I did however, really enjoy opening up the envelope which contained my numbered bib – 6110 – was this my lucky number?
I’ll be honest, I really didn’t sleep much Friday and Saturday night. I was just too nervous and when I’m nervous I tend to put myself down and plant seeds of doubt in my own mind. ‘You’re not fit enough.’, ‘You haven’t trained enough.’, ‘You don’t deserve to be there.’, etc. Not fun!
Sunday morning arrived though and I was up early – planning to eat some breakfast, but not managing it (yes, I ran on an empty stomach!). I got my running gear on and struggled for about half an hour to pin my number to my vest – not due to being nervous, I’m just not the brightest when it comes to things like that!
My wonderful husband drove me to meet my friend Ruth so that we could walk into the city together. My goodness, was I happy to see her! Ruth has such a wonderful, calming nature that just instantly puts my nerves at ease. She pointed out parts of the running route to me whilst we walked to the Forum and gave me so much brilliant advice. When we got to the Forum, the atmosphere was absolutely buzzing. I could feel nerves in the air from others though, which made me realise I wasn’t alone.
After what felt like the longest wait in the world, we were told to get into our pens ready for the start of the race. I was in the very last pen, as I’d put in a finish time of 1hr 30mins as I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself. Waiting in the pen was scary, I was actually fighting back tears which sounds pathetic now but I really was so scared! I just wanted to give Baby J a massive hug too.
Thirteen minutes after the first klaxon went for the elite runners, us pink bibbed runners were finally able to set off. Wow, what a rush as I crossed the start line – I was really doing it! I heard someone shout my name in encouragement and that felt amazing!
After about 4k I finally saw my husband and Baby J – I did stop for a split second at this point to give them both a big kiss. I was so excited to see them as I had been looking out for them the whole way. It gave me such a huge boost, I felt really strong afterwards and knew I could do it. For the first time, I actually had some confidence in myself and completing this run.
For me, reaching 7k was where I knew I would be able to finish the whole thing. I hadn’t run further than 7k in training and just couldn’t wait to reach this point. Once I was there, I felt so happy knowing that I only had 3k to go and I still had enough energy in me to do it. I loved seeing the sights on the course – what a wonderful city I live in. The race stewards were just fantastic too – shouting your name and cheering you on. They made me feel so special.
The last kilometre was painful, I’m not going to lie. I walked a little bit of it as I really wanted to sprint over the finish line. The atmosphere at the last 400m was incredible – the shouting from the crowd spurred everyone on and made me feel like I was running so fast! When I turned the final corner and saw that finish line in sight, I really really went for it. I ran as fast as I could and held back the tears as I did so. Crossing that line felt AMAZING! I knew immediately that I definitely wanted to do it all again next year and I definitely will be.
I walked to pick up my medal and goody bag and called my husband to find out where they were. After this, I was just typing out a message to Ruth to let her know I’d finished and that’s when I bumped into her! I actually ended up crying all over her and being highly emotional (and embarrassing) because I just felt so proud that I’d done it. All those negative thoughts and self-doubt hadn’t won.
I’m still getting over it now and it’s Wednesday. I just can’t describe what an incredible morning it was and how good I felt whilst doing it and afterwards. I’m never going to give up running, I just love doing it so much and I now have a PB to beat next year!
Thank you once again to all my supporters and encouragers. Thank you to everyone who sponsored me too – I have raised £155 now and there’s still time to sponsor me if you want to! Just visit my page here. An extra big thank you to my husband – what a great guy he is! I love you and Baby J so much.
I’m now looking forward to a woodland zombie run next month (err sounds bloody terrifying doesn’t it?!) and I’ll be sure to share some photos of that on my Instagram stories and account.
Love you all!