A Review and Swatches: Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Passion

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A: I bought this a couple of weeks ago in the Feel Unique sale, and was so excited because I’ve been lusting after Daniel Sandler’s products since I saw them on Essie Buttons blog a few months ago (he created a custom colour especially for Essie, we were SO jel – click here to see it on her blog).

His watercolour blush’s are made from a silicon-based, oil free formulation which “doesn’t clog pores and suits every skin type.” The silicone means that its virtually rub-off proof and water-resistant – perfect for long-lasting wear. It’s a Multi-award winning blusher and contains Vitamin E and Jojoba to enhance application and nourish skin, which makes it even better. It did take me a while to decide on a shade because there are SO many beautiful ones. I went with Passion though and I am so happy I did because it suits my skin tone perfectly. It is a deep-rose pink with an almost coral hue, and it also has silver and gold highlights and a shimmery pigmentation – perfect.

Because it is a water based blush, it is super blend-able which is perfect for me as I don’t wear foundation – just BB cream and powder because I have an insane amount of freckles. I haven’t ever used water based products on my cheeks before but I am now a total convert. You can build up the colour as much as you like, but still maintain a natural look (i.e not look like a 5 year old who has found her Mum’s blusher). I just add a small amount to the back of my hand and then use my fingers to blend it onto my cheeks.

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This cost me £11.60 in the sale, but they are normally £15 which is still a good price because I think it will last me ages -you don’t need much at all to achieve a good colour on your cheeks. My only problem is that now I want to buy more shades, because I love this one so much. I don’t know if I was super lucky with my choice because it suits my skin tone so much, or if they are all as lovely as this but I definitely want to find out. You can see the Daniel Sandler range on his website here. We have so much love for all of his products and can’t wait to try out more!

Have you tried any Daniel Sandler products? #twolittleowls

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Chloe’s Autumn Beauty Wishlist

C: After our Autumn fashion wishlists, Annie posted about her beauty wishlist for the coming Season (which you can view here). She got in there first and wrote about the amazing Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks that I want SO bad, but don’t worry I have plenty more beauties to lust after and tell you about!

photo(27)1. First Aid Beauty, Ultra Repair Cream (£9.00 from Feel Unique) – As much as I love Autumn for cosying up in knitwear, scarves and beautiful coats, I am not so keen on the accompanying dry, flaky skin. As I also have eczema I was recommended this cream for its ultra moisturising properties and I definitely think I am going to invest before it starts getting too chilly!

2. Essie Nail Polish in Bobbing for Baubles (£9.99 from Boots) – I love the darker nail polish shades of Autumn, they always seem so sophisticated after the pastels and brights of Summer. Essie is one of my favourite nail polish companies, and I love this colour! I also enjoy the Christmas reference… I may already be super excited (/I have definitely started my Christmas list).

3. Mac Lipstick in Rebel (£15.50 from Mac) – I feel like this addition to my wishlist needs no introduction or explanation as to why I want it. It’s a Mac lipstick, its Rebel, its the perfect wintery colour that suits everyone. I think we all need one.

4. Body Shop Elderflower Unperfumed Eye Gel – (£7 from The Body Shop) – this is for men apparently… but we aren’t sexist here and I still want it. I keep getting super puffy eyes due to lack of sleep and I have been searching for something that can help with that but not irritate my super sensitive eyes. This seems perfect and I definitely NEED it.

What are you guys lusting after to get you ready for Autumn? Let us know! #twolittleowls

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OOTD: Is there such a thing as too much glitter?

A & C: Last night, we went to Annie’s sister-in-law to be’s Hen Party. We were really excited when we got the invite because it was fancy dress – something which we absolutely love. And even better than that, the theme was Charleston!! We both had things in our wardrobes which would make perfect outfits (we can’t decide if this was a good thing or not!). We knew we would just have to show you what we wore in an OOTD!

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Chloe wore a black slip dress from New Look and an amazing sequin jacket (otherwise known as her Elton John jacket). She teamed it with standard Charleston pearls and a feather head dress. For make up, she went for black and grey smokey eyes and bright red lipstick, and let’s not forget the body glitter on her cheekbones – it was fancy dress after all!

Annie wore a velvet peplum top with a black tube skirt and a gold beaded cape. She wore pearls and a peacock feather head dress (she’s really sad she didn’t get a photo of it to show you!). She wore massive winged eyeliner, gold eyeshadow and red lipstick.

We had such a fun night, although we are both feeling a little worse for wear today (just Annie, Chloe is a winner). Fancy dress is one of our favourite ever things – if nothing else, it’s an excuse to wear too much glitter on our faces.

What do you think to our 1920’s OOTD? #twolittleowls

An Introduction to Foodie Friday – Gourmet Burger Kitchen!

A & C: As most of you probably know, we are great lovers of food. Any kind of food makes us happy – cheese, cakes, donuts, sunday roasts, beetroot, garlic naans, pecan plaits, pickled onions, steak and onion rings, chinese, pizza, pasta – we love all the foods, and to reason the excessive calorie intake, we have decided to start a weekly installment; Foodie Friday! Every Friday, we will share some of our favourite meals, recipes and food with you – whether that’s meals we have had out in amazing restaurants or something we have cooked ourselves at home. So here is our first Foodie Friday – and the only way to introduce our new project is with a burger!

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When we visited London a few weeks ago we stumbled across a Gourmet Burger Kitchen, or GBK. We hadn’t ever been to one of these before – we live in the middle of nowhere and the closest one to us is nearly a two hour drive away, but we had heard amazing things and we do love a good burger, so we had nothing to lose. We visited the GBK on Westbourne Grove in London – it was just round the corner from our hotel (perfect for us because we were in a food coma by the time we headed back to the hotel). The restaurant had a really cool retro feel, with swish lighting features and an open kitchen so you could watch the chefs hard at work. The menu choice is also huge, it took us both ages to decide what to have – The Cambeburger, The Taxi Driver, The Kiwi or The Don – and if this wasn’t enough choice, you can even ‘make your own’ from a choice of toppings, bun and burger. Plus they ask you how want your burger cooking, which is such a good option to have – we both decided on medium!

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A: I decided to go for the Blue Cheese – a 4oz or 6oz prime beef burger topped with house mayo, relish, salad and a slice of gorgonzola or blue cheese sauce in a toasted sesame seed bun. I went for a 4oz burger (cos I’m a whimp) with a gorgonzola slice and it was £6.45. Looking at the picture, I could eat it all over again. The burger itself was really juicy and having it cooked medium was perfect – it was just pink in the middle and really tasty. The gorgonzola cheese made a really good topping too!

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C: I went for the 6 oz (because I’m better at eating than Annie) Cheese & Bacon Burger which included smoked cheddar, BBQ sauce, crispy bacon, house mayo, dill pickle and salad. For £9.20 I think this is one of the best burgers I have ever eaten, and I like to think of myself as quite the burger connoisseur! It was cooked to perfection and was just what I needed after a busy day walking around London.

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We both decided to share sides, and chose the sweet potato fries with baconnaise and homemade onion rings with garlic mayo. We LOVE sweet potato chips – they are one of our fave ever things, and to be totally honest you need to visit a GBK even if it’s just for the sweet potato fries. They are super crispy and yummy – the onion rings are just as good too! We also loved the way everything was presented – the enamel mugs and containers go really well with the retro feel.

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We were going to be super sophisticated and have cocktails too but we were far too full/had been laughing to much at this sign that someone has obviously changed. Kudos to whoever did it (we are very easily amused), the staff were also very concerned that we would be insulted – they obvs don’t know us very well – and asked us if we would rather move. Very kind and considerate of them. GBK also have a downloadable app, which makes it really easy to find your nearest one (always a winner), and it’s full of challenges and games. We got a free dip for just making our first visit to a GBK! We’ve included a link to their website here, but we will warn you – the photos of their burgers will make you really hungry, if you’re not already after reading this! We will definitely be visiting a GBK again soon, and we can’t wait.

Have you ever been to a GBK? Any other burger recommendations for us? #twolittleowls

Annie’s Autumn Beauty Wishlist

A: We posted our Autumn Fashion Wishlist’s recently (click here to see mine, and here to see Chloe’s), so we thought it was time to show you our Beauty lusts.

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Matte Revolution Lipstick by Charlotte Tilbury

“Go from Desk to Disco with my sumptuous Matte Revolution duos. Each duo is colour-curated to take you from chic and fresh in the AM, through to divine at dinner, and even more mesmerizing at midnight. Buildable, and blendable – refresh, layer, ombre… and embrace the Matte revolution…

Bond Girl is a uniquely chic, natural berry that’s perfect for the day. Prepare to wow with Glastonberry its partner lipstick – as this divinely, sheer blackcurrant transforms any wearer into a stylish, sex kitten with a rock n’ roll twist.”

A Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick is at the top of nearly every girl’s wishlist at the moment. The rose gold packaging, the matte tones and the berry shades – what more could a blogger want. My favourites from her new matte revolution range are the Glastonberry (lol) and Bond Girl – and she offers them in a ‘Desk to Disco’ set for £42.00, or £23.00 for one. Why add one to my wishlist when I can add two? Click here to see her other amazing shades.

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You Look Lovely Today Canvas Pouch by Alphabet Bags

“This ‘You Look Lovely Today’ canvas pouch is an extremely complimentary and very useful zip clutch from Alphabet Bags. The lovely design has been screen printed in black ink onto lovely thick canvas with a black cotton lining. The pouches have been lovingly stitched and printed in the UK, complete with a heavy-duty gold-colour zip.”

I’m in the market for a new make-up bag, and I’ve had my eye on this one for ages now. I love the simple design, the size and the gold zip (very important to me that things are gold and not silver, bit weird I know). The phrase on the front is enough to make you smile on a dull morning whilst you’re attempting to make yourself look remotely presentable/human. This is £18 and is available through notonthehighsteet.com.

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Real Techniques Sam’s Picks

“A collection of Sam’s favourite brushes. Whether adding to or just starting, Sam’s Picks is an essential for every collection.
- Multi-Task Brush: for effortless application of powder, blush and bronzer
- Buffing Brush: ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation
- Essential Crease Brush: soft, tapered design for effortless contouring
- Setting Brush: complete any look with a controlled dusting of powder or highlighter
- Pointed Foundation brush: use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage
- Fine Liner Brush: ultimate tool for precision application of liquid or cream eyeliner”

I’m also desperate for some new brushes and I’ve heard so many good things about this collection, plus Chloe loves her Real Techniques brushes. This set is £29.99 from Feel Unique.

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Korres Wild Rose 24 Hour Moisturising Brightening Cream

“Wild Rose oil is a natural source of vitamin C, which demonstrates significant repairing activity to fine lines and skin colour disorders, while adding brightness and radiance to the skin.
Wild rose fruit is noted for its high vitamin C level that demonstrates significant repairing action on fine lines and pigmentation disorders. Furthermore, wild Rose oil, rich in linoleic and linolenic acid, offers significant moisturising, healing and softening properties. At the same time, it forms a protective film on the skin that helps the cell regeneration and improves the texture of the epidermis.”

I’m still looking for my holy grail moisturiser – I just haven’t been wowed by anything yet. I don’t get particularly dry skin but I do have the problem of some serious spot invasions at the moment, which feels like it’s been going on for months. This caught my eye because of it’s healing properties – something which will help tame my irritated skin. This is £20 and from Feel Unique (again!).

What’s on your Autumn Wishlist? Do you have any moisturiser recommendations? #twolittleowls

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Review: Bee Good’s Vanilla & Honey Lip Balm

A & C: we both received one of these super cute lip balms from Bee Good whilst at the #bloggersfestival (to look at our posts about the day click here and here) and we were looking forward to trying them.

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Described very aptly by Bee Good as:

“A rich, deeply replenishing lip balm to repair, intensively condition and soothe dry chapped lips.Active ingredients include protective British beeswax, natural source vitamin E, British borage oil; a rich source of skin strengthening essential fatty acids and British echium oil to replenish dry skin”

C: I cannot describe this much better than above as I really enjoyed using a product that contained such lovely ingredients. It helped soften my lips and although vanilla/honey scented it wasn’t over powering so it was perfect for every day use. The perfect way to protect your lips and prepare them for perfect lipstick application!

A: This is so lovely to use, the scent is beautiful, and like Chloe says not too over-powering but just the right amount of vanilla and honey. I’ve been trying to get into the habit of starting my make-up routine with a lip balm to make the lipstick application a little smoother, and this will definitely help me keep the habit because it’s such a good product and a treat to use.

Bee Good was founded by husband and wife team Simon and Caroline – Simon is the chief beekeeper and Caroline was keen to harvest the honey for a skincare range, and so Bee Good was born. They are proud of their British heritage – and of the British Bees, and so they should be because they help them make really lovely products.

Have any of you guys tried any of Bee Good’s products? All products are made from natural ingredients, they never test on animals and they support our British Bees! They also have an amazing skincare range available here, which we plan on ordering from very soon! #twolittleowls

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