A Super Duper Exciting Update

C: Hi guys! Just wanted to post a little life update today, just so you are aware of a few changes that might occur over here (from me anyway, Annie will still be ginger). I am super happy and excited to finally announce that L and I are expecting a little peanut in September! Yes you heard it, my eggo is preggo mamma bears (finally… a reason to quote Juno).

Now, as this is the inter web I am not going to be sharing my scan pictures, as we want to keep them private/just for us for a little longer so I do apologise. However, after being convinced I would go for my scan and there would be nothing in there… I can confirm that baby owl is healthy and well!

So there is my gossip for you lovely readers (and the people who have read it on Facey-b for a little nose)! So you can be expecting some slightly different lifestyle posts from me now, as I share with you my pearls of wisdom from this experience (lesson number 1… first 12 weeks are like a permanent hungover hangover, but with none of the wine. Not good), as well as some bumpalicious OOTD’s and wish lists of all the miniature stuff I am lusting after!

P.S. Annie is super excited to be an Auntie!

Thanks for reading, and let me know if you have any tips/recommendations etc! #twolittleowlsblog

How To: Ombré Nails

C: so I love a bit of ombré/tie dye, and although I have always liked the ombré nail art I have seen, I have never given it a go before! Please bare in mind that this is my very first attempt, so although it isn’t perfect I wanted to share it with you guys so you can see how easy/not so easy it is! So here it is:

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So to do this, I followed a couple of super easy steps:
1. File, do a base coat. The usual stuff.
2. Paint your nails with your base colour. Usually the palest colour you are using! Allow to dry.
3. Apply your next colour to a make up sponge and start from about one third up your nail. Just do short dabbing motions. Then reapply your nail polish to the sponge and layer up the colour towards the tip of your nail.
4. Once happy with the ombré effect, apply a top coat and allow to dry!

I only used two colours for this, and the ombré effect isn’t super obvious. So I am guessing if you use a third, darker colour then it will be much more obvious!

Let me know what you think of my first attempt! #twolittleowls

Review: W7 Eyeshadow Palettes

A & C: we picked up these W7 nude palettes (UD wannabes!) for a bargain £5 a couple of weeks ago. We both love eye shadow palettes and nude colours are always a winner. So what did we think?

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 C: I bought the “In The Buff” palette which contains 12 brown/black/highlighting shades, with two being matte and the rest contain a small amount of shimmer. I would have preferred a better mix of matte and shimmery shades, but to be honest I use shimmer eye shadow most of the time anyway. The packaging is okay considering the price and it contains a double ended brush/applicator so it is perfect for taking away with you or for doing your make up on the go.

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 Here are my swatches – apologies for the view over my balcony, but its the only way I could get the right light to show off the colours. As you can see they are all very pigmented and show up well – this is with just one swipe of each colour. They are also quite long lasting – about 5/6 hours on their own but have lasted all day on me when I have used my eyeshadow primer (I use Benefit, Stay Don’t Stray).

Annie will be posting swatches and a review of this later in the week, so make sure you keep an eye out!!
What do you guys think of Chloe’s palette? Overall she would recommend them for the price, especially if you are just starting your make up collection or are looking for a bargain! #twolittleowls

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Review: FAB First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

C: now, as I have sensitive skin I don’t often mix up my skincare routine as I’m too scared of a break out/reaction to any new products. However, I saw this brand mentioned on Essie Buttons blog, and obvs trusted her recommendation/googled it and had a read about the company. FAB are a company  that specifically designs their skincare around sensitive skin/problems such as eczema, aging and acne – which sounds absolutely perfect for me! As a bonus their packaging is lovely, and makes you feel like although you have sensitive skin/eczema you are still allowed to use luxurious, lovely products (a nice change from the chemical looking tubs most eczema skincare comes in!). So obviously I was sold and needed to try it, and Annie also wanted to so I got us both a sample (Annie got hers in the little beauty box I made up for her for Christmas, me being such a good friend and all).

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C: First impressions (after the packaging which I have already raved/moaned about lots) is that as a cream cleanser it is lovely and thick/nourishing to use, and the formula is slightly glittery?! I don’t know why that makes a difference, but I enjoy washing my face in glitter (its more of a shimmer and doesn’t make your face all shimmery, don’t panic). I used this with my Magnitone Lucid to really give my skin a deep cleanse and blimey. I loved it. No allergic reaction just soft, clear skin. I now use this twice a day, and it is not too much for my skin (it might be too much in Summer, but then I can just use it in the evening!). This is now my go to cleanser, and I will be repurchasing ASAP!

A: now as far as cleansers go, I was 100% sold on my hg from Lush; Ultrabland (check out my skincare routine including Ultrabland here). But I was really excited to get this as part of my Christmas present from Chloe because of its reviews on the blogosphere; and I wasn’t disappointed when I came to use it. It’s a lovely texture, creamy and rich without being too heavy. It dissolves my make up easily – even my mascara which is amazing cause I wear crazy amounts on account of my super ginger/pale lashes. Like Chloe, it leaves my skin feeling super soft and luxurious with very little residue – which Ultrabland doesn’t. I’m still waiting to see how it affects my spot prone skin – I haven’t been using it long enough to get a real reaction, but I will be keeping you all updated in our soon-to-come Magnitone Lucid Review.

If you guys fancy trying this batboy the FAB website is here and the Face Cleanser costs £14. However, if like me you have super sensitive skin and would like to try it out before you commit yourself to £14 then you can add a sample from Amazon (click here) for £3 if you are spending over £10! Bargain! Let us know what you think #twolittleowlsblog

Februarys Empties 2015

C: After a mixture of beauty related Christmas presents and January sales shopping, I decided it was finally time to sort through my stash. This has resulted in me throwing away several items because they have been opened too long, and in using up the many samples I have floating about from subscription boxes etc. All in all, this has resulted in a lot of empties this month! So here we go!

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1. Lush Ultrabland Cleanser – one of my current skincare essentials! I won’t talk too much about this as we reviewed it here, but I absolutely loved it. If you have sensitive or problem skin then you need to check it out!

Repurchase? Yes once I have used up some of my stash!

2. Merumaya Iconic Youth Serum & Melting Cleansing Balm – two samples from one of my You Beauty boxes I believe. I only got one use out of each sample, so I cannot really comment on its skincare effects. However, both smelt amazing and I did not react badly to them (I have sensitive skin).

Repurchase? I shall definitely be doing a little research into the brand.

3. Yardley Uplifting Daisy Body Lotion – another You Beauty sample. I wasn’t that eager to try this out, and to me Yardley is an old person brand that my nan uses! However, I am happy to admit when I am wrong! This smelt amazing and did a super job of moisturising my stupidly dry skin.

Repurchase? Yes if I didn’t have about 20 body butters/lotions to use up first!

4. Mac Prep + Prime – another product we have previously reviewed here

Repurchase? Hella yeah.

5. Rimmel Nail Polish 500 Disco Ball – I bloody love this nail polish but it has gone gloopy. I have had it for well over two years though so I cannot complain! It is super glittery, easy to apply (but not remove unfortunately) and lasts a long time. Perfect.

Repurchase? If they still do it, I would happily repurchase.

6. Avon Glimmerstick Eye Liner in Blackened Night – I bought this ages ago and then kind of forgot about it, but now I love these! They aren’t too glittery so you can get away with wearing them every day, they are super black and easy to apply. For the price you can’t complain!

Repurchase? I already have another!

7. Aromatherapy Associates Revive Body Gel – now I received this in my first Birchbox, and even though I love the smell I still don’t understand what the point of it is. Like seriously, it says apply to problem areas such as thighs, feet etc but doesn’t actually say what for. So now its going in the bin. So if anyone knows what its for please do tell me!

Repurchase? Nah!

Well, that was a long empties post today! What do you think to the products I have mentioned? Have you tried any of them? Let us know! #twolittleowls

The Starting Over Tag

C: now I didn’t actually get tagged to do this, but saw this on Katies Blog (Plus+Beauty), and thought it was a great idea! Basically, you have to pick 16 products that you would first re-buy if you lost all of your make up collection – the perfect post for someone that is new to make up and wants to start a capsule collection of the essentials! I have tried to include a mixture of drugstore and higher end products, and haven’t included brushes etc just make up, so lets get started:

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1. Rimmel BB Cream in Matte – a bb cream is an essential in my make up bag now, for those days when a full face of make up isn’t necessary. For the drugstore price, this is perfect! It covers imperfections and doesn’t irritate my skin. Perfect for any bb cream/foundation newbie (it does need a setting powder though!) (Check out my previous review here)

2. Mac Matchmaster Foundation – my current favourite foundation that is one of the only ones I have ever repurchased. Although expensive compared to some, this lasts absolutely ages and I love using it.

3. Benefit boi-ing Concealer – another repurchase here for me. This is too thick for me all the time, but when I am having a break out I cannot cope without this. It literally covers anything and everything, and lasts all day.

4. Benefit Professional Primer – probably not an essential for other people who do not have problem pores, but it is for me on a night out/occasion. I don’t use this every day, but it really does help create a flawless base and make up lasts much longer. (For a full review click here)

5. ELF High Definition Powder – I wasn’t sure on this when I first bought it, as if you use too much you end up with a white moon face. But now I have got the hang of it I love it. Seriously. Love. It sets my foundations perfectly and keeps shine/make up slip at bay all day!

6. ELF Eyebrow Kit – now I will be honest, this is the only eyebrow product I have ever tried, but it works so well I have never felt inclined to try any others. Sister in law assures me it is comparable to Benefits Browzings at a fraction of the price, perfect.

7. Benefits Hoola Bronzer – another blogger favourite, that is perfect for pale skin. Easy to blend, not orange and gives a lovely contour. I have been using the sample size in the photo for about a year now, and still haven’t hit pan, so it is well worth the investment!

8. The Balms Mary Lou Manizer Highlighter – another cult beauty product that I also love! Gives a beauty glow that lasts all day – review here if you are interested!

9. Mac Blusher in Stay Pretty – it was hard to pick a blusher, but I love all the ones I have tried from Mac and I think this is my favourite colour. It is so girly and pink, but looks super natural if blended well.

10. Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Eyeshadow Primer – never thought I would be the type of person to have an eyeshadow primer on my essentials list! But seriously, this is some good stuff. It enhances the colour/pigmentation of your eyeshadow, reduces creasing and makes it last longer.

11. Rimmel Eyeliner – I don’t have a favourite eyeliner, but I always have a black one to hand, and normally buy them from Rimmel, Cheap and do the job.

12. Rimmel Glameyes Liquid Eyeliner – super black, easy to apply and I am not allergic like I am to most other liquid liners. This is a constant repurchase for me, and I am not sure what I would do if they discontinued it!

13. Urban Decay, Naked Basics Palettes – its UD and a neutral palette. Enough said when compiling an essentials list.

14. Benefit They’re Real Mascara – another product I have previously reviewed and love. Click here if you want to have a read!

15. Model Co Lipstick in Kitty – my favourite every day lipstick. It is super comfortable on the lips, lasts a long time and is perfect for any occasion. This lipstick sparked off my love of lipsticks!

16. MUA lipstick in Shade 01 – a capsule make up collection is not complete until you have a nice red lipstick in there. This costs £1 and is the biggest bargain ever for such a beautiful lip colour.

So there are my essentials! Any you agree/disagree with? Would love to hear! #twolittleowls

A Mini Rimmel Haul

A: I was having a wander around my local B & M shop last weekend when I found the most amazing bargains ever, I had to buy some for both Chloe and I – even though its is a little embarrassing that I got them from there, but you won’t believe how much they were!

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Four Rimmel lip products; two Apocolips Lip Lacquers and two Lasting Finish Colour Rush Balms.
I went for Drive Me Nude and All You Need is Pink in the balms, and Shooting Star and Lunar in the lacquers. Chloe and I are going to share them out between us and we already can’t wait to review them for you because these products have created a lot of talk in the blogging world.

They were just £1.49 each, which is amazing for Rimmel products which are available on the high street at £6.49 for the lacquers and £5.99 for the balms. Sometimes it pays off to shop around a little!

Have you tried these products or shades from Rimmel? What do you think to then? #twolittleowlsblog