Monthly Archives: January 2015

Review and Swatches: Make Up Revolution Triple Baked Blusher

A: Chloe got me this amazing baked blusher for Christmas and I knew I’d have to show you it as soon as I opened it on Christmas Day.

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First of all, the packaging is adorable. I love cardboard packaging and this is gold and pink – what’s not to like!
Chloe chose the colour Peachy Keen for me, which is perfect for my skin tone. I definitely suit orange/coral and rose based blushers, they go really well with my complexion – I’m super pale but I have a warm rather than a cool tone. She knows me so well!
There’s two colours in this, which work really well on their own – as you can see from the swatches, but also look beautiful when blended. The orange based blush has larger gold chunks of glitter but the pink just has a shimmer. The pigmentation is amazing, and the colour pay off is impressive. It also lasts all day, something I always look for in a blusher. And because of the two different colours included, it can also be used as a highlighter, and used all year round! This is a particular bonus for me, although I don’t get an amazing tan (pesky ginger genes), I do get super freckly as soon as step out into any sunlight, so my make up changes throughout the year with the weather, but I know that this will see me right through. Make Up Revolution is a pretty cheap brand (not calling Chloe cheap – she knows I love a bargain as much she does), but this really is such a good quality product for the price range of Make Up Revolutions products. I haven’t actually used anything else from them, but I will certainly be on the look out for more because I really do love this.

Have you tried this blusher or any other products from Make Up Revolution? #twolittleowlsblog

A Big Thank You!

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A & C: Today is our first ‘blogiversary’, and we are so excited. This blog has become something that we are so proud of, and it’s all thanks to you beautiful readers and followers.
When we started this blog, it was a hobby – something to help us get through the cold, dark British winter; but we have achieved so much more.
500 lovely followers which have turned into friends, amazing experiences at lots of fantastic events, and best of all we have become part of this blogging community – somewhere to share ideas, inspiration, opinions and just somewhere to talk to like minded people.

Here’s some of our favourite photos from the last year – they’re a lot but we’ve had such a fun year blogging and we can’t wait to get started with the next year to see what it brings. A lot of the photos are food, Soz about that but you know we love a burger! #twolittleowlsblog

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Review: Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Base

A: I’ve had this product for about a month now and have been using it almost every day, so I thought it was time to share a review with you!

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I got this from my local department store where the lovely saleswoman recommended it as both a radiance boosting primer, and a highlighter. I’ve been after a liquid highlighter for a while now and as this is a 2 in 1 product, I couldn’t say no; I love me a dual product!
The packing for this is lovely, the tube is iridescent and the gold lid and pump work beautifully – and makes it feel really luxurious.
It’s designed to illuminate and correct, so it can also be worn without foundation. My favourite way of wearing it though is as a highlighter on my cheekbones.

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I chose the shade Rose, which is suited perfectly to my pale complexion. I’ve tried to pick up how iridescent and light-reflecting the formula is. It’s so beautiful and has such a silky texture – it applies beautifully and feels lovely in your skin. It also lasts all day too – which is exactly what you want from a highlighter.
As a primer, it works really well too. It keeps my make up in place but also illuminates from underneath my make up too.
It is pretty pricey, but it’s a high end product so the retail price of £18 is prefect if you’re looking to treat yourself.
I can’t wait to show you this in a FOTD so give us a follow if you’d like to see it, it will be coming soon!

What’s your favourite highlighter?#twolittleowlsblog

Ginger and Morange; too much?

A: Okay so I haven’t even worn this yet, but I had to share it with you because a) it’s amazing, and b) I need help! I’ve been eyeing Mac’s Morange up for at least a year now and I finally decided to take the plunge and treat myself just before Christmas. But now I’m worried that I’ve made the wrong decision, because as we all know – a Mac lipstick is an investment; and I’m worried I might not get enough use out of this because it is so well erm… orange. And there’s no getting round it, I’m pretty orange too…

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So why do I need your help? Well I need some advice on how to wear it! I know that it’s totally the wrong time of year to be wearing this colour, but I’m prepping for the spring and I want to be confident in wearing it so I need some practice. Have any of you guys got this shade, or something similar? How do you wear it, with a subtle smokey eye or winged liner and a coral blush?

Would live to know what you think! #twolittleowlsblog

Chloe’s January 2015 Empties!

C: Another month (year), another set of empties! As Christmas brought lots of beauty related treats I have been trying super hard to use up lots of my stash this month (L said he was gonna throw stuff away if I didn’t use it… ridiculous). As you can see I have done a pretty good job really! For me anyway!

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1. Yes to Cucumbers Face Wipes – Annie gave me these out of one of her Birchboxes as she hates the smell of cucumber. So do I, but apparently she isn’t bothered about my scent preferences. Anyway, I didn’t love these, didn’t hate them. They were effective at removing make up, but I wouldn’t say they had any skincare benefits – I was always led to believe that face wipes are bad for your skin (and the environment!)

Repurchase? No.

2. S&G The Righteous Butter – one of my favourite S&G products, although I think I now prefer the Butter Yourself scent. This sinks into the skin easily for a body butter, smells nice and moisturises well. For a reasonable price (which is also normally on offer too!) you can’t ask for more! Love it.

Repurchase? If I hadn’t received about 3 for Christmas then of course.

3. Dead Sea Spa Magik Bath Shower Gel – I am suspicious of any products that have multiple uses… Jack of all trades, master of none and all. But this was okay actually, it smelt like a spa and made me clean/I wasn’t allergic. I kept this in my swimming/work bag and it did the job perfectly.

Repurchase? No just because I didn’t love it and it isn’t the normal fragrance I would choose.

4. Silk Honey Shea Butter Hair Mask – another Birchbox product! I got a couple of uses out of this sample size and I enjoyed it actually. It smelt nice and did a good job of moisturising my hair without it feeling greasy.

Repurchase? For £55 (yes… said that correctly!) no! Too many pennies for a hair mask, but I did enjoy using it!

5. Benefit Posietint – I haven’t actually used this up, I was just going through my stash and found this tucked at the bottom looking battered and old. As I have no idea how old it is I shall be throwing it away! I do have another though and I love it. The perfect cheek and lip tint, I don’t find it particularly long lasting but as its easy to re-apply this does not bother me

Repurchase? Already have!

What have you guys been using up this month? Has the increase in Christmas beauty stashes resulted in lots of empties for you too?! Make sure you send us links to your empties posts! #twolittleowls

Review: For the Love of Kiko

C: the last time we visited London the first place we both decided we needed to go was Kiko. You can see Annie’s haul post here if you fancy a nosey! I also made a couple of purchases, as my lovely mother in law had previously treated me to a lipstick and a nail polish whilst she was staying in Italy and I had fallen in love with the brand. So here is what I picked up:

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Smart Lipstick in 913 Rosewood – £3.90

Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 04 Golden Chocolate – £6.90

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So first lets discuss the lipstick. So its less than £4… that is basically free and the biggest bargain ever for such a high quality product. The packaging is sleek and practical, it has never opened in my handbag and still looks lovely and new. The lipstick itself is comparable to some of the high end lipsticks I have spent £15+ on, as the formula is amazing. It is pigmented, smooth to apply, hydrating and long-lasting. Literally couldn’t want more from a £3.90 lipstick, apart from that I now want all the colours/to try the other formulas.

As for the long lasting stick eyeshadow it certainly lives up to its name. I read about these on someone else’s blog (I can’t remember who but if I do, I shall post a link for you all) as these are not something I would normally buy. I just remember the stick eyeshadows from my childhood that lasted about 20 minutes, had horrid chunks of glitter in and came in bright blue or pink! This on the other hand is one of my new favourite products. I went for a brown, as I wanted something I could get a lot of use out of and I love a nice neutral eye (means you can wear more lipstick) but this is so much more than that! As you can see from the swatches it has the most beautiful gold glitter running through it. It is finely milled and doesn’t clump at all, Annie wanted it as soon as she saw the swatches! It also lasts all day without creasing or disappearing on me. After trying it out I am totally ready to invest in some more colours!

Have any of you guys tried anything from Kiko? Let us know (and send links in case it was your post that swayed me to try the eyeshadow sticks!) #twolittleowls

Annie’s Favourite Eyeshadow! Ft. Urban Decay

A: Now, I am a bit of a newbie to eyeshadows. I always really struggled because I had never worn them so when I did try them out, I looked like a 5 year old wearing my mum’s make up! But after a lot of practice, I think I have found my ‘signature’ eyeshadow look and I’d love to know what you guys think!

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My current go to shadows are from the Naked 2 Palette from Urban Decay; Chopper and Snakebite (4th and 6th from the left). I apply my usual everyday make up (which you can see here, but I had just got back from Jamaica when I posted that so I was SUPER freckly…). I then move onto my eyes, and apply an eyeshadow primer to start, usually my Benefit Stay Don’t Stray. I then apply chopper all over my lid and pack it on above my lash line. The Urban Decay brush that comes with this palette is perfect for this! Chopper is such a beautiful colour, copper with loads of shimmer and gold undertones. I take it along my lower lash line too, and into the inner corners. I then apply Snakebite to my upper lash line and pack it on to the outer corners, and take it along the outer corners of my lower lash line. This colour is perfect for defining your lash line. Then it’s blend blend blend. Once I’m happy with the shadow, I curl my lashes and apply my Body Builder Mascara from the Balm Cosmetics (my all time favourite mascara!). So here’s the finished look…

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What do you think? If you have any tips about colours which would suit me, please let me know!! #twolittleowlsblog

Review: Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

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A & C: We both read this book at the end of last year, and after having some time to digest the latest revelations surrounding the ghost writing saga, we’ve decided that it’s time to share our thoughts on it with you.

Review:

A: 13 year old Annie would’ve loved this book. Yes it’s soppy, yes it’s predictable but it is perfectly aimed at its demographic. The protagonist (Penny) has a cute name, she lives in a cute house and she is cute full stop. She doesn’t fit in with anyone in the real world, except with her very best friend who is very gay – so she looks to the Internet and her blog to confide in her problems and her blog takes the world (well, a lot of teenage girls) by storm. I won’t give away anymore of the storyline as I don’t want to spoil it, but she meets a guy (who is also cute) and they hit it off and you can guess the rest. I read the book in a matter of hours, it was very easy to read – but not in a bad way! The first part was a little hard to get into, but once you get past the first few chapters you can easily carry on right through to the end without much difficulty. It has been obviously left wide open for a sequel, which from a business point of view is a no brainier for Zoe and her management team – but it does make me feel like I’m just going to have to continue buying into the Zoella brand to find out what happens to Penny. Although I can’t say that I’m massively bothered about finding out what happens to her. Ten years ago though I would’ve been, and I like that Zoe is playing her part in encouraging teenagers to read – I hope that this is the thing that’s driving her to pursue this dream.

C: As Annie has said I would have loved this when I was a teenager! In total it took me three hours to read, but I did get involved in the storyline and I enjoyed getting to know the characters. However, my favourite part of the book is the inclusion of dealing with anxiety/panic attacks. There are not many books available that deal with such a topic, a topic that can be such a big deal for many teenagers today. It not only manages to explain that such mental health problems are normal, but also includes within the story possible ways of dealing with them which may be a help to many. Plus in my opinion, if one more young person picks up a book due to Zoella’s fame? Well that can’t be bad can it?

Thoughts on the issues surrounding the ‘ghost writing’ revelations:

A&C: After discussing it, we both agree that having had the book “ghost written” was more than a little disappointing. It wasn’t that Zoe had had help with writing it – I mean if we got asked to write a book we wouldn’t even know where to start – it was the deception that was an issue for us. It was implied that Zoe had had a little help with it, a little is different to it being written by a completely different person. Although the characters and plot was of her creation, all of those things come to life through the writing and how an individual depicts them. Thousands of teenagers hang on to “Zoella’s” every word, and although we agree that she is a great role model to have, they have little understanding of Zoe as a brand and will just buy everything she puts her name too. They definitely need to be more open next time to prevent such disappointment, as we are sure just the same amount of people would have bought the book if she had been honest from the start.

Have any of you guys read Zoella’s first book? Let us know what you think/if you agree with our opinions? #twolittleowls

Review: Avon Precision Grip Tear Drop Blender

A: I ordered this from my Avon lady last week out of curiosity, and because it was half price (£3.25!!). I’ve never used a ‘blender’ sponge before because I’ve always got on really well with my foundation brushes as applicators so I never thought I had a need for one. Anyway, when it arrived I was pretty excited to give it a go and, oh my god. My mind was blown.

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Although it’s a ‘sponge’ it isn’t absorbent, like I was expecting. I used it with my Model Co BB cream which I normally apply to the back of my hand then use my brush to apply to my face. With the blender though, I applied the product straight to it, and the product just sits on the surface of it, allowing you to apply it straight to your face.
It’s distributes evenly, and doesn’t leave a single mark from applying – which is exactly how you want your make up to look. The shape of the blender is perfect to, with the pointed tip allowing you to apply in more intricate areas with ease, and the flat sides and rounded base allowing you to blend beautifully.

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It’s also really easy to clean, I don’t know about you but I always feel like cleaning my brushes is s but of a chore, but that’s totally not the case with this! And because the product isn’t soaked up by the sponge, it’s just the surface of the blender which gets a bit grubby.

Like I mentioned already, I haven’t used another product like this but now I am really interested to see if other brands differ to this one because some Beauty Blenders are quite a bit pricier than this one, especially as it was on half price – they normally retail at £6.50. I will definitely be on the look out for some more, and be posting a comparison as soon as I can.

P.S sorry about the photos, it’s super hard to take photos of this because it just rolls away…shocker!

What’re are your thoughts on beauty blenders, have you tried this one before? #twolittleowlsblog

Fearne: Made You Look – Review & Make-Up Look

C: If you saw my Christmas beauty haul post (which is here if you fancy a look) you will know that I received the Fearne: Made You Look set which I was super excited about! I love Fearne Cotton’s style, and her make up is always flawless so I had high hopes for this set!

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First of all the packaging is amazing! It contains 3 eyeshadows, a glitter pot, eyeshadow base and a double ended applicator. The eyeshadows do not have names that I can see, but there is a peachy shade, a kahki and a mink like colour. Excellent descriptions there… ha! They are all shimmery but there is very little fall out and they are easy to blend together.

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Above are the swatches so you can see the colours yourself, if you can describe them better then please give it a go! These swatches are done without a primer, and with the beautiful pearlescent eye shadow base they are even more pigmented. So here is the look I created with these beauties:

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I used the darker shade in the crease, with the mink colour as an all over lid colour. I then used the pinky/peachy shade in the inner corners of my eyes and as a highlighter! I finished the look with a flick of liquid eye liner and some mascara! As I was going for a natural look I matched this with my Clinique Chubby Stick in Watermelon, but for a night out I would add the gold glitter and use a nice red lipstick instead!

Let us know what you think of this look, or if you also received this set for Christmas! Can’t wait to hear from you #twolittleowls