Monthly Archives: January 2015

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

Review: Lush Sparkly Pumpkin

A: I know this is a little late as Lush brought out this beautiful bubble bar for Halloween, but I got one for Christmas and after using it last night, I knew I had to share it with you lovely readers.

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This is a limited edition bubble bar, and it is so so pretty. It’s a gold glitter covered orange bar, with a cinnamon stick stalk – I almost feel bad for crumbling it up into my bath water, but it is so worth it! I was hoping I wouldn’t have to use it all in one go, but half just isn’t enough 😦
It turns the water bright orange, which I kinda guessed it would – but the scent it beautiful. It’s zesty and orangey and fresh, with hints of lime and grapefruit, as well as juniper berry. The citrus oils are uplifting and make you feel really refreshed, and they are perfect for congestion – something I needed as I’ve had a horrible virus since Christmas! The gold glitter it’s coated in fills the water and looks so pretty, I tried to get a photo but it wasn’t easy! It’s the perfect winter warmer for a cosy evening of catching up on YouTube!

Have any of you tired the Sparkly Pumpkin? #twolittleowlsblog

P.S Sorry about my half plastered wall! In the process of decorating!

January Pink Parcel

A: So it’s that time of month again, and my Pink Parcel arrived this week as a little reminder. This is now the third parcel that I’ve had, and you can see our other reviews by clicking here.

2015/01/img_5191.jpgPink Parcel is a monthly subscription box which allows you to choose your type of sanitary product to take care of those pesky periods, but also comes with a few treats to make your week a bit more pleasant! Every month, you get a bag with products ‘for now’, a box with products ‘for bedtime’, another box of products ‘for later’ and a finally a box ‘for you’. The ‘for now’ bag is designed to pop into your handbag, and the rest are self explanatory. You can choose either tampons or towels, whichever suits you. In total, I have received 20 daytime towels and 5 nighttime towels – more than enough for what I need.
The ‘for you’ box is the fun part. Pink Parcel put together a selection of goodies for you each month, and this month is a good one!

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I received 7 products ‘extra’ this month, which is amazing! Firstly, some Balance Activ pH Balanced Feminine Wipes. I haven’t used a product like this before because I haven’t felt a need to, but I’m sure I’ll give these a go at some point. They don’t really smell of anything but I guess they’d be good for camping etc?
I also received an Earl Grey Tea and Cucumber Scent Melt from Flamingo Candles – a wax melt which is super strongly scented. I wouldn’t say that it smells of cucumber or tea to be honest, it just smells super clean and fresh. I really like products like this so I’m looking forward to using it!
Lastly in the ‘lifestyle’ bunch is a caramel milk chocolate bar from Divine Chocolate. Enough said really, I’m obviously going to throughly enjoy this!
The beauty products in this months Pink Parcel are my favourite part! A Richard Ward Silk Protein Hair Treatment which smells beautiful. I will use this on the ends of my hair mainly, and it’s not a brand I’ve heard of before so I’m looking forward to giving it a go.
Maxfactor False Lash Effect Mascara, something I’ve heard a lot about and a new mascara is always a winner for me. And finally, a Binky London Smooth Coverage Lipstick in Romance. Another brand I haven’t had the chance to try yet but I will be giving this a go as soon as I can, and it is a beautiful shade of red – something a girl always needs in her lipstick collection.

Pink Parcel has a monthly subscription fee of £9.95, but your first month costs just £5.95. This is such a good price for the products that you get, and it makes the usual chore of buying boring sanitary towels or tampons a little more exciting! Plus they know when to send your box out each month as you fill in the dates of your last period before you order, and can make any changes necessary as the months go by. They also offer Teen Parcel now, a great way to introduce teenage girls to periods.
Have you tried Pink Parcel? #twolittleowlsblog

Review: Sleek Make Up Matte Me ultra smooth matte lip cream

A: Hi guys! I thought I’d treat you all to a review on the cold and windy Friday evening. This is something I bought in the lead up to christmas, knowing that I would need a long-lasting red lip product to see me through the festive period and as soon as I used it, I knew I would have to share it with you lovely readers.

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I chose the colour Rioja Red, but there are other colours available (click here to see the full range) – if you’re not a fan of pink though there isn’t a lot of choice. I don’t wear pink lip colour at all because of my super orange hair… but the red is beautiful. A bright pillarbox red which is super wearable and has a really rich tone. The first time I used this, I didn’t pre-moisturise my lips which is a rookie mistake. Because of its super matte finish, using a lip balm before you apply is really important! So here’s how it looks…

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I can’t even comprehend how long-lasting this product is. These photos were taken three hours after I applied it. And it’s still pretty much perfect!! It does start to bleed a little around the edges after a while, but I haven’t used it with a lip liner yet and I’m sure that would help stop any issues. It’s super pigmented, and dries pretty much instantly, at which point it turns from a gloss to a matte. Drinking and eating doesn’t budge it either, which is always a bonus!! It does stain your skin though, so if you don’t get it right the first time you will look like Heath Ledger as the Joker from The Batman. And I’m telling you that from experience.
I love the finished look of this so much, but there are some things which I’m not so happy with. The applicator for one thing could be better. I prefer the ‘heart’ shaped applicators when it comes to ‘gloss’ style packaging. This is just a little awkward to use because it’s just a straight nib. Also, it is incredibly drying. After I’ve used it, I always use the Lush Lip Scrub and plenty of moisturiser to try to get my lips back to some kind of normal state.
It isn’t something I would wear on a regular basis, but it is so good for special occasions where you know you will need to be able to rely on a long-lasting, durable product.

Have you tried any matte lip creams? I’d love to know because I’m desperate to find some more, I’m addicted now! #twolittleowlsblog

Review: Oriflame Nail Polish

C: We were lucky enough to get sent three different nail polishes in such beautiful colours from Oriflame to review for you lovely readers. So… I thought I would also do a few nail looks with them to share with you at the same time (Annie posted about one she had created here)! Both are super simple and easy to recreate – trust me, I am no expert!

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Look at these amazing colours! I have “swatched” (do you say that for nail polishes?!) them above for you, so you can see the beautiful colours after one and two coats. Before I get on to the looks I created with these bad boys, I just wanted to mention how lovely they are to use. The brushes are a perfect fit for your nail, so you have full coverage in two swipes. After two coats the colour is completely opaque and even without a top coat it lasts a good 3 days without major chipping. What more could you want for just £7 (they are currently available here). There colours we received are: Ruby Rouge, Tiramisu and Breeze Blue.

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To create this look, I started by painting my nails (after filing, base coat, the usual business) with the gorgeous Tiramisu shade and allowing it to dry. I then applied a straight nail sticker for doing a french mani, which you can buy from ebay for like 50p and painted the Ruby Rouge colour on the rest of the nail. Once it has dried, peel off the sticker carefully (else all your base colour comes of with it) and you are left with this simple but effective nail design!

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I won’t patronise you all by telling you how to do this… I am sure you are well aware! All you need is to buy a dotting tool and paint your accent nail a different colour and use the other shade to apply the dots. The Tiramisu & Breeze Blue shades go so well together, I loved having this combo on my nails.

What do you guys think of these nail polishes and looks? #twolittleowls