Kat Von D Beauty – Birthday Haul

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For my birthday my wonderful family gave me some Debenhams vouchers. As soon as I received these, I went straight online to add to my Kat Von D Beauty collection. When I went to visit the Kat Von D beauty counter before, I brought a Studded Kiss Lipstick in Cathedral and a Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Exorcism (check out my previous haul here). I feel in love with the formulation of the liquid lipstick, that I wanted more for my collection.

After traipsing the internet for swatches, I decided to add; Lolita, Loltia II, Double Dare and Nosferatu to my Everlasting Liquid Lipstick collection. This selection pretty much sums up my lipstick favouring – I love a nude/pinkish shade or a strong red. I did feel I was being a bit silly buying Lolita, Lolita II and Double Dare as they are quite similar, but after consulting my best friend Emily who said ‘but at least you will wear all of them!’ they were in my basket. And I’m pleased I did because seeing the swatches up close, they all bring something different – Lolita is a brownish nude, whereas Lolita II has more of a red undertone and Double Dare is defiantly more pink toned. I also decided to pick up Nosferatu because I love a vampy red for evenings.

Included in my order, I also picked up the Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner. I’ve heard soooo many good things about this eyeliner and if you know me well, you will know I love my liquid liner. The Tattoo Liner is famous for being long-lasting and smudge proof, along with a great brush perfect for precision drawing a winged-liner – this ticked all the boxes for me. My initial thoughts is that I really like it but I will give a full review once I’ve once used a bit more.

Have you used any of these Kat Von D beauty products?

 

My #1 Look Fantastic Beauty Box

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For my birthday, my lovely work colleagues brought me a 3 Month Gift voucher for Look Fantastic. I thought this was such a great idea as it lets me try a new beauty box and it’s like an extended mini birthday treat arriving at my door for next 3 months.

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Within my first Look Fantastic beauty box I received; The Vintage Cosmetics Company Slanted Tweezers, Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara, Pixi Brow Tamer, Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, Nuxe Gentle Toning Lotion and Trifle Cosmetics Liquid Glow.  They are a couple of common beauty samples brands such as Pixi and Nuxe, which you often find in other beauty boxes but there are also a few brands which I hadn’t heard of before such as; Briogeo and Trifle. I’m looking forward to testing these samples and potentially finding some new favourite brands.

I’m really pleased with my first Look Fantastic box and looking forward to receiving my next box in February. Once I’ve finished my gift subscription, I will then decide if I carry on my subscription but I love about Look Fantastic is that you can choose how many boxes you want to sign up too. You can buy a one off box for £15, sign-up to 3 months for £14.50 per month, sign-up for 6 months for £13.75 per month or sign-up for 12 months for £13 per month. And all options come with free delivery. Plus I love that you can give these boxes as gifts – perfect for your beauty loving friends and family members!

Have you tried Look Fantastic Beauty boxes before?

 

 

What I Got For My Birthday – 2017

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On 7th January, I turned 27 years old! I always love watching videos or reading blog posts on ‘What I got for my Birthday’, so I thought I would do my own blog post this year. If you’re like me and your birthday is in January, you will understand that birthdays aren’t always great – everyone is broke after Christmas and on some form of diet or drinking ban. Nevertheless, my friends and family always come up trumps with eating birthday cake with me, sending my beautiful cards and always giving my some lovely presents – here is what I received –

As everyone know I love a bit of Soap & Glory  so I got spoilt rotten with S&G goodies! The first set came from my best friend, Emily who brought a gorgeous Revolution Blush Palette and the Soap & Glory Pink Pamper set. This cute triangle bag contained some of the S&G cult favourites; Face Soap and Clarity 3 in 1 Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash; Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream; Heel Genius Foot Cream; Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel; The Scrub of Your Life Body Buffer and The Righteous Butter Body Butter. And all in travel sized too which is sooo handy for up and coming trips in 2017.

The other two sets came from my fiance mum and auntie – they know me so well! From my fiance’s mum, she brought me a Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker set containing four mini lipglosses in; Sugar Peach, Spun Sugar, Pink-Out-Loud and Bare Enough. These are so cute, I’ve always loved these tingly lipglosses. Ash’s auntie got me some more lip products with the No7 Lip Locker Lip Crayons – I’ve never tried these before, so I’m excited to start using these gorgeous shades. She also got my the Soap & Glory Zingle Belles set containing; Sugar Crush Body Wash; Sugar Crush Body Buttercream; Sugar Crush Body Spray and Super-Sudsy Shower Puff. I’ve you haven’t smelt the Sugar Crush scent, I encourage you to go and have a smell of it when you’re next in boots – it’s a lovely sweet citrusy scent which I love using for morning showers.

I also got some lovely tech pressies. The first came from my other best friend, Jenn, she brought me this handy, pretty Oliver Bonas Mobile Charger. The second piece of tech was the FitBit Charge 2. I actually brought this with my birthday money as I’ve been looking to update my old FitBit for ages. In comparison the my old FitBit (which was the old Flex) this does so much more; tells the time (a simple featured I was excited about because my previous one didn’t), tracks your heartbeat and also tracks certain exercises such as weights and running.

As well as birthday money, I also received Debenhams Vouchers. My mum and rest of my family know much I’ve loved the Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks, so they brought me vouchers so I can continuing adding to my collection. I jumped online with my vouchers on the day of my birthday and purchased four new lipsticks as well as the highly recommended Kat Von D Tattoo  Eyeliner – more of these in an up and coming blogpost.

Finally but by no means least, my lovely work colleague also surprised my with a lovely birthday card and also a 3-month gift card for Look Fantastic beauty boxes. I’ve only been there four month and they already know how much I love my makeup and beauty goodies, so they decided to get me a voucher to enjoy some new beauty boxes. I thought this was a fantastic idea and a great way of trying a beauty subscription which I’ve never tried before! As soon as I receive my first box, I will let know what’s it’s like.

Thank you to all who made my birthday very special. I love all my gifts and already enjoying using them all!

Have you tried any of these products before?

M&S Beauty Advent Calendar – Full Review

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I know I’m really late sharing my full M&S beauty advent calendar, but I did promise that I would give my full review and share exactly what I got, so here it is –

On Christmas day (yes, it feels like a lifetime ago already!), I finished my M&S Beauty Advent Calendar. First of all, let me show you exactly what I received –

  • Neal’s Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Hand Cream
  • Rodial Super Acids X-treme Acid Rush Peel
  • Filorga Time Filler
  • Pixi Brow Tamer
  • Josh Wood Radiant Shine Hair Treatment Oil
  • Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner in Black
  • Ultrasun Face SPF 30
  • Alpha H Liquid Gold – my favourite sample I’ve tried so far!
  • Autograph Nail Polish in Cranberry
  • Nails Inc Gel One Coat Nail Polish in Cranberry
  • Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm – I love this cleanser but hadn’t used it in a while so nice to be able to use this sample
  • Look Good Feel Better Mini Powder Brush
  • Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream
  • Rosie for Autograph Lip Glossy in Supermodel Shine – such a gorgeous shade!
  • Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse
  • Philip Kingsley Elasticizer – I’ve always wanted to tried this, so I was excited to receive this.
  • REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream
  • Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Body Cream
  • Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm
  • Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream
  • Pur Minerals Correcting Primer Prep & Perfect
  • Leighton Denny Mini Crystal Nail File – this file is not only cute but its great!
  • Studio 10 Miracle Effect Priming Serum
  • Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm – I use this lip balm all the time so it was a nice surprise to find this
  • Shay & Blue Atropa Belladonna Natural Spray Fragrance

My final thoughts – I LOVED IT! After researching a lot of the beauty calendars and seeing a lot of them were quite expensive, I decided to opt for the M&S Beauty calendar purely because it was a lot cheaper and had a range of beauty brands I really like. The calendar was £35 when you spent £35 on Marks & Spencer home range, clothing or beauty range. This may seems like a bit of a nuisance spending a extra £35 for the sake of it, but I used it to start my Christmas shopping – M&S home range is gorgeous and managed to pick up some really lovely gifts for my family and friends.

I also thought the range of beauty samples were great too! Out of all 25x gifts, I  would honestly say there was only 1-2 samples I won’t use/didn’t love – Autograph Nail Polish, just because the colour is not for me and also Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm, only because I have sooo many samples of this from various beauty boxes. The rest of the samples, I will definitley give a go and some I was over the moon about receiving as I had always wanted to try them. One of which being the Alpha H Liquid Gold sample. I’ve heard a lot about this in the blogging community and I can now see what all the fuss is about, so much so that I’ve already gone out and brought a full size bottle. Some of my other favourite samples were; Nails Inc Gel One Coat Nail Polish in Cranberry, Philip Kingsley Elasticizer; Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm and Rosie for Autograph Lip Glossy in Supermodel Shine. I also love the fact it including beauty tools such as; Leighton Denny Mini Crystal Nail File and Look Good Feel Better Mini Powder Brush.

I can definitley say that if Marks and Spencer decided to do another beauty calendar next year, I will be first in the queue!

What was your favourite beauty calendars last year?

 

Welcome to 2017…

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Happy New Year! As my first post of 2017, I wanted to share my new year resolutions with you. Not only as a nice blog post to begin the year with, but to physically write them down for myself and sharing them makes me feel a little bit more accountable. It will also  be a chance to review how well I did at the end of the year.

Now, I know there a lot of mixed feelings about new year resolutions. Often with people having the opinion of ‘why should a new year mean change or a fresh start’ and that’s absolutely true but the control freak in me loves an excuse to wipe the slate clean and begin a new habit. I tend have make one resolution for different pillars in my life as well a life habit I want to trying and live by, and here they are…

Life: Beginning with the life habit, I want to try and stop being such a perfectionist in everything I do. Yes, bit of strange one as why wouldn’t you want to do things perfectly? My trouble is however, I tend to be such a perfectionist with certain things that it will sometimes put off start anything new. When really I just need to go in head first and give something a go and remember it’s ok to make some mistakes – no one is ever perfect from the right from start.

Personal: Starting a bullet journal. If you don’t know what a bullet journal is, its a ‘customisable and forgiving organisation system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook and diary, but most likely it will be all of the above’. I brought a Leuchtturm notebook about 4 months ago, but its still currently sat in the wrapper because – guess what – I’ve been too scared of not doing right or making a mistake in my bullet journal that I’ve not started it yet, hence my first resolution! I want to start one as I really like the idea of keeping my thoughts, notes and list all in one place.

Finance: Keep a better eye on my money. I have this resolution every year,  but actually whilst planning a wedding I’ve recently been needing to do this, so I just want to keep it up after the wedding. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Girlboss Radio (check out this amazing podcast here) and Sophia Amoruso preaches about looking after your money and saving when you can, and it really starting to resonate.

Career: Quite simply – work hard! As you may already know I’ve recently just starting a new role in Brighton. Its a brand new role at the agency I work at and there is a lot of opportunity to build something great – and I’m determined to do it!

Blog: Be more sociable. I of course want to make more time to blog this year but I also want to focus at making more time to communicate and meet other with bloggers. I’m still fairly new to Brighton and there is awesome community of bloggers here, so I want to make more time and have more confidence to go along to more meet ups.

Bonus: Learning to cook. Just another extra resolution I want to make this year. I want to lose weight this year and continue my journey with Slimming World, but rather than making the typical resolution on losing weight, I wanted to be able to cook more healthy meals. Hopefully then, the rest will follow.

What are your new year’s resolutions?

December Birchbox (#2) – Xmas Edition

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I say it’s my 2nd Birchbox, because it’s the second box that I have received from my subscription however this is technically my 3rd box as I recently built my own Birchbox in Selfridges last month (find out more here).  Soo a little bit Birchbox heavy on the blog at the moment, but I’m actually really loving this subscription. I get so excited arriving home after my Birchbox has been delivered and can’t wait to start testing and swatches everything.

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For December there was of course a Christmas theme, with the box being a gorgeous red and sliver. Also comes in a standing box design, which makes for a lovely pot for beauty tools afterwards. This month I received four beauty samples; Laura Mercier’s Caviar Eyeshadow Stick in Amethyst, Benefit’s Dew The Hoola Liquid Bronzer, Percy & reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm and dr. brandy PoreDermabrasion Mask. I also received one full sized product – Ciate London Fierce Flicks Eyeliner which I have to say I’m already loving! I actually ran out of liquid eyeliner as my box arrived so started using this straight away and I hate to say it, but I think it could be a real contender for replacing my faithful Soap & Glory Supercat Skinny Eyeliner…

Above I have swatched the Ciate eyeliner along with the Benefit Bronzer and Laura’s Mercier’s Eyeshadow stick. I had previously tried out the Hoola liquid bronzer before, so no surprises really here but the surprise came from Laura Mercier’s Eyeshadow Stick. I was shocked that a minute or two after swatching this gorgeous colour, this shadow did not budge! I’m really looking forward to trying this with a make-up after the festive season.

Are you subscriber to Birchbox?

 

Kat Von D Beauty Haul

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Whilst I was visiting London recently, I couldn’t not go to London without visiting the new Kat Von D counter in Debenhams on Oxford Street! I’ve loved Kat Von D ever since I can remember. When she released her own makeup range 8 years ago in US I was eager to get my hands on some of her products – it was the first thing I hunted for when I visited New York for my 21st Birthday. I treasured the Kat Von D eyeshadow palette I got from Sephora, I’ve still got in my collection – more for memories nowadays rather than using it. I literally jumped for joy when I found out earlier this year that she was releasing her range in the UK in Debenhams, Oxford Street.

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As soon as I knew we were going to London a couple of months ago, I made sure we arranged time to visit her counter in Debenhams. I would of loved to pick up one of everything in her range, but being good I went straight for her lip collection. There has been so much hype around her liquid lipsticks, I’ve read countless amount my blogs about them and see a lots of swatches of these beautiful shades – so knew I needs to pick one of these up!

I ended up going for the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks in Exorcism. It’s a shade which has really caught my eye quite a few times and I kept seeing the lovely Alice (from Annie Writes Beauty) rave about it – it looks beautiful on her. I also picked up one of Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipsticks in Cathedral. I haven’t seen much about her lipsticks, but I’m not going to lie, I was actually most drawn to the beautiful  studded packaging. I ended up going for the shade Cathedral after having a lovely chat with on the make-up artists on the counter and I’m really glad I went for her recommendation because I love it! The formulas for both of these are fantastic and really long lasting. I’m looking forward to adding to my collection soon!

Have you tried any of Kat Von D’s beauty line yet? If so, what are you recommendations?