Monthly Archives: May 2014

Annie’s May favourites

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A: Following Chloe’s May Favourites, it’s now my turn to show you what I’ve been loving this month.

My latest Yankee Candle purchase, this is more of a lifestyle choice but I LOVE candles and have them burning all the time. I’ve had a super stressful time since my holiday with exams and study but this has helped keep me calm. It’s Yankee Candle’s Wild Rose. Rose is one of my favourite scents – it reminds me of summer and it’s just so floral and pretty so this candle always puts me in a happy place – and you can never go wrong with a Yankee Candle. I got this from a local outlet too, so it was a bargain at £6.98.

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My next favourite is this Avon corrector palette. I mentioned this in a haul post back in April but I haven’t had chance to review it yet. Quite simply, it’s brilliant. It has four different colour concealers which cover all of your cover up needs. I have really spot prone skin, so I need a good balance of concealers at all times. I have used the yellow one the most, as you can probably see – because it reduces redness. The orange is for dark circles, the pink is to act as a highlighter and the beige is a standard concealer. The palette comes with a small concealer brush which fits in the compact nicely and has a sturdy lid which isn’t likely to break easily. The consistency of the products are all the same and apply really well, without being clumpy or too drying but it is still long lasting. The only thing that would make this perfect would be to have a mirror on the inside of the lid. It was in a flash sale when I purchased it for £6.00 but you can buy it here for £10.50.

The next product, I have reviewed briefly before. It’s The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Facial Wash. I have been using this for a month now and I have fallen in love. Tea Tree has natural healing abilities so it’s perfect for those pesky blemishes. I use it morning and night, before applying and after removing my make up. It smells lovely although it does smell strongly of erm… tea tree. It lathers really well when you massage it into your face, and washes off easily, and it’s worked wonders for my pores! I did expect it to be drying but it isn’t at all, it’s cleansing and soothing. I do have sensitive skin but it hasn’t affected it in a bad way and my face feels super clean after I’ve used it. You can find it here for £5.00. Bargain!

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Okay I’ve saved the best till last. I was lucky enough to receive this MAC lipstick for my birthday in matte Taupe. I can’t tell you how much I love this. The colour is beautiful and so wearable, although I obviously save it for special occasions! It’s super long lasting and has a really creamy texture, which is unusual for such a matte colour. Matte lipstick is my favourite and I have bought quite a lot (too many!!) but this is the best consistency by far. All I can say is if you haven’t got a MAC lipstick already, you should definitely treat yourself. You won’t regret it, they are little beauties.

What have been your favourites this month? #twolittleowls

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Chloe’s May Favourites!

C: this month has gone so quickly, only seems like yesterday I was writing about my April favs – so much so I edited this photo originally saying “Aprils Favourites!” oops! So here we go… I haven’t had many stand out products this month, I didn’t want to just include anything so a few of these are old favourites that I keep on coming back too!

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So first up we have LUSH’s Let the Good Times Roll which is my go to exfoliator at the moment. I won’t bang on about this as we did a full review on it here but I have been reaching for this lately to exfoliate my skin and prep it for make up without irritating my skin!

Benefits Hoola Bronzer- a beauty blogger favourite. I have really got into my contouring recently and I would recommend this for anyone with pale skin. It is the perfect bronzer that isn’t orange at all and blends really easily! Perfect for a contouring novice like me!

Elf Eyebrow Kit – I love this bad boy and it is a massive bargain. Perfect for filling in my non existent brows and keeping them tame all day long. You can use as little or as much as you want for a natural or dark brown look. Love it.

Laura Mercier Vanilla Ombre Body Butter – I received this in one of my Birchboxes a while ago and have only just got round to trying it. The scent is AMAZING. I love vanilla scented things anyway but this is just heavenly. The smell lasts so long and it is really moisturising as well. I keep putting it on before bed so I can fall asleep surrounded by the beautiful scent and wake up too baby smooth skin.

Last but certainly not least we have Model Co’s Party Proof Lipstick in “Kitty”. I love these lipsticks (I now have 4 in different colours) as they are long lasting, have a smooth application and are the perfect nudes for every day wear. What more could you want? These are available for £15.50 on the Birchbox website for 3 nude or bright colours.

So what have you guys been loving this month? Let us know, we love to hear from you! #twolittleowlsblog

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How ‘Bout Them Apples – A Birchbox Review

A & C: We recently received these super cute samples in our Birchboxes and after giving them a whirl we are ready to share our thoughts with you guys! We both received the colour “Pie” which does not seem to be available on its own but the palette containing 6 shades is £26 from Birchbox.

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C: so firstly… how super adorable is this packaging? I love the BALM’s vintage feel packaging and I especially like that all the colours have apple themed names. I’m unsure on the naked men part but we won’t get in to that. So how did the product work? I have never used a cheek creme/cream blusher before so I cannot compare it too other formulas but I can say how easy it was to apply for a newbie. I dotted a little on my cheeks and then blended with my Real Techniques blusher brush and it lasted all day! I also tried it as a lip colour and I really liked it for that as well. It was a little bit drying on the lips and lasted about 2 hours, which for a multi-use product is pretty good going!

A: I really like the BALM’s products that I have had before in my Birchbox so I was really excited to receive this in my box this month, especially because I have been lusting after a cream blusher for ages. I wouldn’t normally choose this colour to go with my skin tone because it is pink based and I usually go for a brownish toned blusher but this is actually really lovely against my skin tone. I took the same approach as Chloe (except I did it as soon as I opened my box – I get way too excited about new things and have to use the straight away but Chloe has to save them…little bit strange), and dotted onto my cheeks and blended with a brush and found that it lasted all day because if it’s staining quality, but it was also easy to remove with make up remover. I do prefer to use it on my cheeks rather than on my lips, the whole dual use thing freaks me out a bit and although the shade looks good on my cheeks, it looks totally wrong on my lips. I would quite like to use the ‘crisp’ colour as a lip stain, and I really like the idea of being able to buy the whol palette so you get a choice every day – what more could you want!!

Have you tried this or any other products from the BALM? #twolittleowls

 

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Challenge: A photo and hour for one day!

Challenge: A photo an hour for one day!

A & C: After seeing several amazing posts that bloggers had done for this challenge we decided to have a go at it ourselves! As we were both off yesterday for Bank holiday Monday it was the perfect time to have the day together to do it! So here goes!

8.00 – I had stayed over at Annie’s the night before and as usual we didn’t manage a lie in and were up bright and early! Here’s a picture of Ted who came to say good morning/steal the duvet.

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9.00 – celebratory drinks were considered as I was no longer on call and could drink! We decided it was a bit early, but it’s nice to have the option!

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10.00 – we loved this photo, we were trying to get ready and just couldn’t decide what to wear – we blame the weather being too unpredictable.

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11.00 – Breakfast time! We had to wait until 10.00 for our local farm shop to be open so breakfast was a bit late today!

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12.00 – driving to the shops (only minorly distracted Annie from driving, took photo in the car park – health & safety first of course)

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13.00 – After a massive breakfast sweets were of course needed, we got ice creams too but we were so excited we ate those before remembering to take a photo!

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14.00 – Tie dying materials have been purchased.

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15.00 – Tie-dying has begun – along with a sneaky bank holiday cider!

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16.00 – Clearly we spent too much time tie-dying…

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17.00- The finished articles!

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18.00 – Ted was tired out by all the tie-dying. It’s tough being a cat.

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19.00 – we had to eat tea in Annie’s living room as her boyfriend Jim had just finished fitting her new floor and apparently “it feels so nice on my feet, I need to sit in my new living room” ha!

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20.00 – slippers and fire on, time to chill with L and get ready to watch Bear Grylls’ “The Island”

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Something a bit different from us today, but we hope you enjoyed it! Let us know if you decide to take up the challenge! #twolittleowlsblog

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Todays Competition Winner!

A & C: So we had our first competition on the twolittleowlsblog today! We are super excited about it as the prize is a tie-dye t-shirt made by us and we have spent the whole day tie-dying and making the best clothes ever. 

So…

The Winner is:

The lovely Clare from clurrrrr.wordpress.com !

Hope you enjoyed our competition guys and photos of our tie-dying day will be coming your way soon! 

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Today’s giveaway!

C: we are doing a giveaway for all our lovely followers today! All you need to do is like this post to be in with a chance of winning (you need to be following us too!)

We are doing some tie dye this afternoon (we are pretty pro!) and you will win a twolittleowlsblog special tie dye t-shirt! Winner to be announced this evening!

Love Chloe & Annie!

The Tea Tree Range from The Body Shop: first thoughts

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A: firstly, apologies for the picture but it was too funny to not use. Ted was not impressed with me for trying to use the last of today’s sunlight to get a photo, I had to move him from his favourite sleeping place. Anyway, on to the serious business.
I featured these three beauties in haul post earlier this week (see it here), and I thought I should give you my first thoughts because I’m super happy with these purchases.

I’ve used tea tree oil before, because it’s anti-bacterial, it’s a well known aid to help healing those pesky blemishes. I hadn’t ever used any other tea tree products but The Body Shop had a flash sale on last week with 40% off – practically free, so I decided to take the plunge.
I chose the facial wash, the exfoliator and the blemish fade night lotion.
I’ve been using the facial wash morning and night now since Wednesday and I can see a difference already in my skin. My pores look smaller (whether they are or not I don’t know….) and my face feels fresh and clean. The tea tree is fairly strong in this product, but I like that because it feels like I’m giving my skin a really deep clean without drying it out. After I’ve used the wash in the evening, I use the blemish lotion. This is a perfect accompaniment to the facial wash as it is like a soothing gel which sinks into your skin instantly. The tea tree is mild in this and acts in a cooling way, rather than harsh like some other tea tree products. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and moisturised – perfect.
Lastly, the exfoliator. I have only used this twice – it isn’t something I would use more than twice a week because it’s what I’d call a ‘super exfoliator’. The tea tree is really strong in this and it can feel a little harsh, but it does make your skin feel like you’ve removed every last scrap of make up and virtually brand new and squeaky clean.

All in all, I am SO happy with this range. I really struggle with break outs but (not wanting to jinx it) this seems to be keeping them at bay, so fingers crossed! I love buying stuff from The Body Shop too because it makes me feel good, and like I’m supporting a company that looks after the planet.

Have you tried the tea tree range from The Body Shop? #twolittleowls

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