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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Review: Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette

Zoeva is a beauty brand that consists of makeup brushes, palettes and much more. Zoeva is an affordable brand from Germany founded in 2008. I have always wanted to try a product from Zoeva not only for its quality but its price tag too!

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For Christmas I was lucky to get the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette, a palette of 10 beautiful shades, five mattes and five shimmer shades.

Mattes:

Bitter Start- a matte creamy white shade
Sweeter End- a taupe matte shade
Substitute For Love- a matte mocha shade with little chunks of glitter in
Freshly Toasted- a matte milk chocolate shade
Beans Are White- a matte black shade

Metallic/Shimmer-

Pure Ganache- a shimmery metallic gold shade
Warm Notes- a metallic burnt pink shade
Subtle Blend- a metallic shimmery brown shade
Infusion- a metallic grey with chunks of glitter
Delicate Acidity- a metallic heather shade

This palette has a perfect combination of shades and finishes, these shadows can create many looks for both day and night, this palette is now a firm favourite! My favourite shade has to be Warm Notes which is stunning with its beautiful shade of pink/red teamed with Freshly Toasted is amazing.

These eyeshadows are that creamy that when I swatched them and ended up ruining Warm Notes as went in too hard! Was so upset but have salvaged it! The pigmentation is fantastic, just one rub of the finger and the colour is shown not like some shadows where you have to rub over and over to get any colour to appear. The colours are not chalky and blend easily so is a palette easy to work with.

I truly adore this palette and the eyeshadows are simply stunning and for only £15.50 and is available on Beauty Bay.

A x

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Sunday, 24 January 2016

Review: Ellie Goulding MAC Makeup

Most of us know the popstar Ellie Goulding, a blonde bombshell who did the soundtrack for the raunchy 50 Shades of Grey so no wonder MAC wanted to do a collaboration with this talented little beauty!

Ellie Goulding came onto the music scene as a natural beauty queen, but as the time has gone on her makeup has become more dramatic with smokey eyes and subtle pink cheeks and her MAC collection definitely defined her style.

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The packaging for the products are sleek and have a high end appeal. Each package has a glossy black exterior with a rose gold interior featuring a rose gold triangle with Ellie Gouldings initials. Rose gold is just so pretty that it instantly appeals to many, especially with a glossy black background. The only I would say is that I wish the actual products featured the rose gold inside. A lovely addition to the products is the triangle and initials embossed on the lipsticks and blushers.

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The lipstick I have is the Only You in Cremesheen, a creamy moisturising MAC formula. This lipstick is very creamy and glides onto the lips, it is my lips but with a peach tint so is a lovely lipstick for everyday especially for the hot summer days. You do need to reapply this regularly throughout the day so if you are after a long lasting lipstick this would not be for you.

The next product I have is the powder blush featuring a peach blusher and light brown bronzer. The bronzer is the largest part of this powder blush with an embossment of the triangle symbol, it is a light brown with tiny glitter particles. The peach blusher is a pretty summery peach colour that will be stunning with a tan! I have used these individually, the bronzer isn't dark enough for me but is nice for a flush of colour. I also have swirled these colours together which created a very pretty peachy bronze colour to the cheeks, the subtle shimmer in the bronzer worked so well with the peach shade so this is a winner combo! Get swirling!
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Have you tried any of these products or any other within the collection?


A xx
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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Favourite Christmas Decorations!

A slight different post from me but I love to see how people decorate their houses and trees so thought I would showcase my top 5 current Christmas decorations on my tree! I have collected my decorations for over 6 years now and each has a memory or meaning.

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I love this cute mouse decoration that I got from Accessorize, its so sweet!

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This pretty bauble came from visiting a cute Christmas shop, I did have two but one broke.

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This bauble is from a set of four that my lovely friend bought from Cath Kidston, I adore it! So kitsch and sparkly.

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This cute reindeer was bought for me from my best friend! I am obsessed with fawns and reindeer!

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 And finally this little gem from |Wilkinsons was only £1!!!!

How do you decorate your tree?

Hope you all have a lovely Christmas!

A xx
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Sunday, 20 December 2015

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette Review

If you haven't heard already Gwen Stefani has collaborated with Urban Decay to create a beautiful palette containing 15 shades ranging from matte to shimmer, from nude to bright.
 
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Each shade is named after a Gwen Stefani song which I think is something I adore! Makes me want to put on her album! Each shade is pigmented and buttery, I adore the quality of this palette, and have managed to use the majority of the shades, its such a beautiful palette to play around with and is a must have for any beauty lover!
 
The packaging looks high end with its gold detailing, white background and black polkadot effect on the front. It has a magnetic closing mechanism which is a must have otherwise it can get pretty messy! The palette feels quite heavy but is handbag friendly in size.
 
I cant recommend this enough and am so pleased with the quality and packaging, it will be living on top on my dressing table!
 
Have you tried this?
 
A xx
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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Christmas Gift Guide!

Can you believe its that time of year already! I am so excited as this year my little boy has more of an understanding and his little face makes everything worth while, he wants everything on every advert and even points out when he thinks I would like it!
 
Here is a gift guide for you all lovely people to browse and get inspired.
 
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Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette £40.
 
An amazing palette with 15 eyeshadows ranging in colour from the must have brand Urban Decay.
 Click here to purchase.
 


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Oribe Gold Lush Christmas Gift Set £89.00.
 
 This super luxurious gift set is perfect for those who love hair products, the packaging is amazing and the products work beautifully.
 
Click here to purchase.
 
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Cheerz contacted me to chose a Christmas gift set and I chose this 18 magnet set, it comes with 18 fridge magnets with a print of your choice, two gift tags and a pretty presentation box. Such a lovely gift idea that you can create and purchase from the comfort of you phone!
 
Get £4 off you order with the code ALEBWB
 
Click here to purchase.

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Botanicals Gift Sets. Botanicals are offering various gift sets for each skin type, they kindly sent me this sample of the moisturiser that I am loving, from the Rose and Camellia gift set that includes a 10 ml moisturiser, face cloth, 10 ml anti ageing serum and a 25 gram cleansing melt all in a basket for £35.95. The products are of high quality, winning many prestigious awards.
 
Click here to purchase.


 
 
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What is on your wish list?
 
A xx
 
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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Whirl MAC Lipstick

So we all talk about the Kylie Jenner famous lip colour with people speculating what shade she uses and Whirl has been one of the lip colours she uses so when I saw a lipstick out in the shade I had to grab it.
 
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Whirl is a matte finish so lasts a good part of the day, it isnt too drying unlike the retro matte range. Whirl is a brown shade with a mauve hint to it, it certainly looks like the Kylie Jenner lip colour that is well known around the world. The colour would suit most skin tones and is perfect day or night, it is now in my top 5 MAC lipstick shades.
 


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Which lipstick is your favourite nude?
 
A xx
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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Eye Of Horus Maat Dark Temptress Palette

The classic smokey eye, who loves it? I was lucky to receive this trio of eyeshadows " Maat Dark Temptress" from the brand Eye Of Horus.
 
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From left to right the shades are as: Amarna Light is a highlight shade with a slight shimmer, with Ankh Odyssey and Dark Dynasty being a matt finish.
 
This is a great trio to have in your bag for on the go looks. The colours combined work well together to achieve a smokey eye. The colours aren't as pigmented as I would have liked with the highlight being the least pigmented out of the three, but they just need a little extra build up on the lid. The consistency is a little chalky but when applied keeps put without creasing.
 
 
The packaging is basic but with a lovely double ended brush and handy mirror, it also has a magnetic closing flap which is handy so it doesn't get everywhere in your bag,.
 

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Swatches below from top to bottom
 
Dark Dynasty
Ankh Odyssey
Amarina Light
 
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This palette retails at £22.50 and can be bought here and on Beauty Bay.
 
A xx
 
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