None Beauty Haul | Books, Shoes & Lunchboxes

Friday, 23 January 2015

None Beauty Haul, Sali Hughes Pretty Honest Review, Missguided Valentina Heels, Homemade Smoothie Recipes, Happy Jackson Yay Lunch Lunchbox, Haul

Although most of my extra money tends to go on beauty products, occasionally I like to treat myself to other things and recently I've been feeling quite spendy on Amazon and Missguided. I don't normally do none-beauty hauls as I'm not sure anyone will be interested but if you like being nosy like me, you might find seeing what I've been buying remotely interesting. There's a mixture of things from books to shoes and even a lunchbox. Yep, I'm so cool. Here's a little bit about each of them, my reasons behind buying them (its always good to justify ones purchases, hehe!) and some links so you can get your mitts on them too ...

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I'm a bit of a sucker for blogger hype so when I saw every blogger and their dog talking about the book 'Pretty Honest' from beauty journalist Sali Hughes I just knew it had to be mine. Other than being super pretty on the exterior and all about one of my favourite things, its also very well written and informative. I pretty much already know most of the things sally covers in the book (skincare routines, makeup essentials, shopping at makeup counters etc) but even so, I'm still thoroughly enjoying it thanks so Sali's witty writing style. I have laughed out loud a fair few times now! A great book for all beauty lovers I'd say, especially those just starting out who need a helping hand with the basics! Sally's got everything you can think of covered!

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My boyfriend very kindly bought me the Breville Blend Active blender so I can make myself so healthy homemade smoothies, something I've always wanted to do. With this being said, I need some inspiration and that's where this 'The Smoothie Recipe Book' comes into play. I spotted this on Amazon for around a fiver which I thought was a complete bargain and although I wasn't expecting much for that price, its actually very good. It has smoothie recipes for all kinds of things - breakfast, energy or weight loss to name a few. I can't wait to give some of them a try - I might even be brave and try a 'green' smoothie. Wish me luck!

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As someone who is forever spending my free time taking photos for my blog, you'd think I'd own the basics by now. Well. no, I like to make things difficult for myself. For the past two years, I've been using a 2GB memory card in my camera which can hold no more than a couple of hundred pictures. As you can imagine, I take more than that in one blog photography sesh so it was becoming quite tiresome having to keep deleting images. That's where this SanDisk 32GB Extreme bad boy comes into play - it can hold thousands of images and film videos in HD. Winning! To go alongside it, I also bought a Canon camera remote which will come in handy if I ever decide to film a YouTube video. I will get round to doing it one day, I promise!

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Yep, I bought a plate. This highlights how random my purchases often are but I did have reason behind this one, I promise. When taking blog photos I like to add something to them to make them a little more interesting. Be it a candle, flowers or some pretty nicks naks, you'll notice than most of my photos have some kind of 'prop' in them. Getting slightly bored of my current set up, I decided to head to Amazon to hunt down some bits and bobs I can use as blog photography accessories. I found this plate which is supposedly a Yankee candle tray (no idea?!) and just loved the cute love hearts design. I've already used this in a few photos I've taken and it looks really cute with something place in the centre. When its not being used as a prop, I'm keeping some of my perfumes on it. I'm sure you'll see it crop up in future posts!

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This year is all about healthy eating for me and although I'll always have my bad days and naughty foods (who can resist a dominoes, lets face it!), I want to try my absoloute best to be healthy 80% of the time. Part of this means taking homemade meals to work for my lunch but I realised I was lacking in tupperware to store my meals in. I'm a big fan of the brand Happy Jackson and when I spotted this lunch box on Amazon (yes, I spend a lot of time on Amazon okay), I just had to have it. If anything is going to make the prospect of eating a salad more appealing, its this bright yellow lunchbox with 'YAY LUNCH!' wrote on the front. I mean come on, how cute?!

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I always use clutch bags when I go on nights out and as much as I love them, they sometimes bug me because they have no strap and when I'm attempting to juggle a bag, drink and lipstick re-application after a few vinos, things can get messy! I spotted this pretty clutch bag on Missguided just before Christmas and I thought it'd be perfect - its big enough to fit all my essentials in, plain black so it goes with everything and it has a thin gold chain strap so I can have it hanging over my shoulder. However, the strap also comes off if you prefer a standard clutch. I've been using this on all of my recent nights out and absolutely love it!

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Hello shoes dreams are made of. After spotting these 'Valentina' heels on some of my favourite bloggers Instagram accounts a few months ago, I just knew I had to have them. It was love at first sight. It seems lots of people feel the same way as every time I tried to buy them before Christmas, they were sold out. However, after lots of checking to see if they were back in stock I struck gold and managed to get my hands on them just before New Year's Eve. I did plan to wear them on NYE with an LBD but had a last minute change of outfit and didn't get round to wearing them. I'm actually planning to wear them tonight for the first time and I cannot wait - they're my favourite shoes ever, ever, ever. 

So there's some of my recent none beauty purchases. I hope you enjoyed seeing what I've been buying and have perhaps got some inspiration for your own purchases!

What have you been buying recently?

Lots of love,

Zoeva Pink Elements Classic Brush Set Review

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

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I'm a huge fan of my Zoeva rose gold brush set so when the Zoeva 'Pink Elements' classic brush set* from one of my fave beauty sites Love Makeup turned up for me, I couldn't have been more excited. For a girly girl like me the colour Pink and makeup brushes are a very good combination as they look so pretty displayed on my dressing table! However, I also love that they have gunmetal grey ferrules and a matching gunmetal grey clutch bag as Pink and Grey is one of my favourite colour combos for a pretty yet sophisticated look. The clutch bag is fab for travelling too and I use it regularly.

As with my beloved rose gold brush set, this set comes a mixture of eight different face and eye brushes, all of which are exceptionally soft to the touch and great quality. They're definitely the best makeup brushes I've ever used alongside Real Techniques and I'd recommend them to anyone! The set includes three face brushes and five eye brushes. Keep reading to find out a bit more about each of them and how I use them.

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L-R: 317 Wing Liner, 322 Brow Line, 230 Luxe Pencil, 230 Luxe Petit Crease, 227 Luxe Soft Definer, 109 Luxe Face Paint, 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek & 104 Buffer

Face brushes
104 Buffer - This brush is a flat top kabuki style brush and very similar to the famous Sigma F80 brush. Its best used for buffing liquid foundation into the skin for a flawless finish.

109 Luxe Face Paint - This brush is unlike anything I've ever used before as its very thin and flat. However, I've found that its perfect for contouring as its small enough to place product precisely under the cheekbone and create definition.

127 Luxe Sheer Cheek - Another brush that's great for contouring due to its angled shape. However, I also think this is great for blush and highlight application too.

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Eye brushes
227 Luxe Soft Definer - This is a great fluffy brush for blending eyeshadow in the crease and is very similar to the famous MAC 217 brush.

230 Luxe Pencil - I tend to use this brush for detailed eyeshadow application underneath my eye or in the outer corner. I always wear shadow underneath my eyes on a night out to give them more depth and this brush is great for creating that look.

231 Luxe Petit Crease - Another brush that's great for applying shadow to the crease but this time its more detailed. If you prefer a strong line in the crease, this brush is great. It packs shadow on nicely and due to the pointed tip its great for a detailed look.

317 Wing Liner - This is the only brush in this set that I don't have a great deal of use for as I don't really wear liners that need to be applied with a brush. However, if you are a gel liner lover, I imagine this would work very well as its really fine and flexible.

322 Brow Line - I fill my brows in every day with powder so a brow brush is a must have for me. This one is quite short and stumpy so it packs colour on well and is great for creating a sharp line on the outsides of the brow. However, I prefer my Crown Brush angled liner brush for filling in sparse areas and creating natural hair strokes.

Overall there's a fantastic selection of brushes within this set and the only one missing in my opinion would be a powder brush. However, if you aren't someone who likes to powder, this set would easily do a full face of makeup. Its a great one to get if you're just starting to get into makeup and want to invest in some brushes. Its available to buy here for £56.95. Not a bad price for eight high quality brushes and a bag!

Do you like the look of the brush set?

Lots of love,

The Kylie Jenner Lip | MAC Brave Lipstick & Soar Lip Liner

Monday, 19 January 2015

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Over the past twelve months, the world has gone mad for all things Kylie Jenner and even more so for her now famous pout. Towards the start of 2014, a selection of Instagram snaps saw Kylie with much fuller lips and soon after, everyone wanted to know what she was using to create the illusion of big lips. Lots have speculated she's had lip fillers and if so, there's probably not a lot a lipstick and liner can do. However, if makeup trickery is what her new look is down to, I can see why so many girls want to re-create it, including me. She looks amazing!

The look Kylie has been sporting is a very 90's style brown/pink toned neutral lip which is clearly outlined with a lip liner. I have to admit, I used to be really scared of lip liner as I always imagined it would be very unnatural, but after seeing the amazing effect it gives Kylie's lips, I thought it wouldn't harm to give it a go. 

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After a bit of searching around online and a lot of watching Kylie Jenner makeup tutorials on YouTube to see which products would work to create the look, I decided on two products from MAC. Brave lipstick and Soar lip liner. I actually watched a Pixiwoo interview with Kim Kardashian where she said Kylie uses Soar so that was a must-have and I really liked the look of Brave as its more of a pink toned neutral which I find more flattering on my pale skin tone than a true nude / beige shade.

I received both of the products as a Christmas present from my boyfriend and I've not stopped using them since - I'm completely in love with them worn together and worn separately. Brave is the most gorgeous neutral rose toned pink and perfect for an every day look whilst Soar is slightly deeper and has more brown tones for that classic Kylie look. 

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I've been wearing Soar all over the lip to create quite a deep look and then adding Brave to the centre of my lips to lighten them up a touch and achieve a two-tone effect. According to Kim, Kylie only wears lip liner with no lipstick or lip gloss but I'm presuming she adds a darker one to the outer edge of her lips as they tend to be a lot more defined and a deeper shade on the outer edges. Both of these products are very comfortable on the lips, even the lip liner which I was quite surprised about as it has a matte finish. Its the first MAC lip liner I've ever owned and I'm so in love with it - I now have a list as long as my arm of more I want to buy! Brave has a Satin finish so its creamy and moisturising without being glossy which is perfect for the Kylie look as she tends to favour the matte look. 

I tried to take a picture of the combo on my lips but my camera just wouldn't focus and I ended up giving up on it. I took the photo below on my Iphone which shows how full it makes my lips look but it has made the colour of the products slightly darker than they actually are so if you want to see a true to life swatch, I'd say this photo I found on Pinterest is spot on.

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Overall I'm completely obsessed with this combo and can't stop wearing it. I've always been a brights girl so I never thought I'd find myself leaning towards more neutral shades but these are really gorgeous and still add lot of definition to my lips without being too bold. I also love that I can wear this look both day and night - it looks great with a simple eye in the day time or glammed up with smokey eyes in the evening. Well done Kylie Jenner, you're onto a winner with this one.


Are you a fan of the 90's Kylie Jenner lip look? Do you like Brave and Soar?

Lots of love,