Monthly Archives: May 2015

Review: No7 Nail Polish Collection

C: I realised today that I have not spoken much on this blog about one of my absolute favourite brands: No7! I think it is so underestimated by beauty bloggers/everyone and really is fabulous quality, so I am going to start a series of posts looking at the brand! Today I am going to start with my nail polish collection, which I absolutely love. Every time there is a No7 voucher going round I like to pick up a new colour, and my parents always get me no7 nail polish sets for Christmas as they know I love them!

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From left to right the colours I own are: gold glitter top coat, daisy darling, silver glitter top coat, temptress, stand back, beanie, damson dream, hot to trot and totally teal. (Apologies for the washing machine in the bottom of the photo… its hard to lay on the floor and take photos when almost 6 months preggo!)

Obviously the glitter bad boys are BEAUTIFUL, and then I think “temptress” is my favourite shade – it is apparently a dupe for Chanels Rouge Noir, although I personally don’t own that so I can’t vouch for it! The colours are beautiful, and here is a photo of a mani I recently created using the bright blue shade “stand back”.

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This is with no top coat applied, so you can see how glossy the formula is! This bottle is also about 5 years old… and still applies smoothly and hasn’t gone clumpy. I have literally never had to throw a no7 nail polish out unless I have completely ran it out. It is magical.

The brush is also perfectly shaped to fit the contours of your nails, meaning it is perfect for nail polish beginngers as two swipes and you are done! Two coats later and you have the perfect manicure that lasts for a good 3 days alone or about a week with a nice topcoat on top!

Have any of you guys tried any no7 nail polishes? Do you love them too? Let me know if you decide to invest in any – particularly if you get those fabulous £3 off vouchers! These polishes are available for £6 each from here #twolittleowlsblog

FOTD: Daytime Festival Looks

A & C: Festival season is already well underway, and it’s one of our favourite times of year for fun hair and make up – glitter, dramatic eyes and hair jewellery? Yes please! With Chloe being ever so slightly preggo, she obviously won’t be attending too many crazy festivals – but Annie is heading to Leeds festival and wanted to practice some make up and hair looks, and Chloe can never say no to glitter! So we’ve got a collection of festival inspired posts for you, starting with today’s daytime hair and make up looks. 

 
Chloe’s look:

  

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 I went for a light BB cream for my base (Bourjois 123 CC Cream) as it contains SPF – an essential when you are going to be outside all day, and then set it with a illuminating powder. I used Benefits Hoola to create a slight contour and silver glitter as my highlighter (because that’s a reasonable thing to do at a festival). I then used the two khaki green colours from my Sleek Au Naturel palette to create a simple smokey eye, and the black eye shadow to create a smudged winged liner. I used Maybelline baby lips in Pink Punch to add some hydrating lip colour as this fades evenly so you don’t have to worry if it comes off throughout the day – plus its easy to reapply on the go. Annie then told me I was looking extra Asian today so we added the bindi, another popular festival choice. I’ve never done this before but quite enjoyed it!

For my hair I made Annie curl it loosely, as I prefer to go to a festival with messy hair… it means its not quite so obvious that mess wasn’t the look you were going for! If you go with super straight perfect hair, your bed hair is much more noticeable! I then added some plaits to either side and pinned them away from my face, which is much more comfortable for me when walking around in the sun, no one wants a sweaty fringe!

 Annie’s look:

So I’ve gone for a simple base and eye with a bold long lasting lip. My base is MAC’s prep and prime BB cream because it’s super long lasting but also a fairly light coverage – festival days can be pretty long and the last thing I want is to wear a full face of make up all day. I then used a matte black shadow to create a smudged winged liner – this way if it gets smudged thoughout the day, it’s not super notciable – let’s face it, it’s bound to happen. I used Topshop’s glitter (Chloe I can’t remember what it’s called!) to line under my lower lashes. This is perfect for festivals cause it’s super pigmented and lasts for ages! After a few layers of my False Lash Effect Mascara from Primark, I applied my Sleek Matte Lip Cream in red. This is perfect for a long day because it truly does last for hours. I added a glittery flower too, because if you can’t do this for a festival – when can you!?

Hair was simple. It already had some messy curls in, so I tied half back to create some volume then added some plaits and a cute daisy clip – festival ready! 

What do you think of our day time festival looks? Any recommendations? #twolittleowls

Chloes May 2015 Empties

C: another month, another set of empties! Once again I have done super well at shopping my stash and using up lots of samples and half opened products, I had so many and it seemed ridiculous to pack them all up for my move! So here we go!

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1. Valentina by Valentino perfume sample – Annie gave me loads of these samples just after Christmas from her mum, and I have found them super useful for keeping in my handbag/going away bag when you dont want to risk breaking a whole bottle of perfume! I loved this scent, it was so fresh and floral, yet lasted all day! I got so many compliments whilst wearing this, even from my mother who wouldn’t normally comment on that sort of thing!

Repurchase? this is definitely going on my Christmas list next year (I never buy myself perfume… no idea why!)

2. Weleda Millet Nourishing Shampoo – another Birchbox sample here I think. This smelt amazing, and left my hair feeling clean and soft so it was definitely a thumbs up from me. Unfortunately I don’t personally think you can get a feel for the shampoo from such a small sample as I only got two washes out of this, but I did enjoy using it!

Repurchase? Sure, but only because I love Weleda products, would deffo need a larger sample to really comment on the shampoo’s effectiveness.

3. KMS Curl Up Wave Foam – oh look, another Birchbox sample. Clearly it is Birchboxes fault I have cupboards full of samples! I won’t go on about this as I reviewed it here so make sure you take a little look if you are interested!

Repurchase? I already have!

4. Rimmel BB Cream in Matte – another product that I have previously reviewed here

Repurchase? I already have! I didn’t get the matte one though, as my skin was dry and I am a bit sad cos I didn’t like it… so I will have to go and buy this one again!

5. Naobay Body Radiance Lotion – the third Birchbox sample of the post! This contains olive oil, avocado oil and shea butter, so it was super moisturising. I also loved the scent, which to me smelt like limes… but I cannot see any lime in the ingredient so I am probably just wrong on that. Soz. I really enjoyed using this, it helped my dry skin and was just a pleasure to use.

Repurchase? No. Not because I didn’t like it, as I did. But because I think there are plenty of other products that do the same for less pennies, and because I have insane amounts of body butter/lotion to use up!

So thats my empties done for another month! Have any of you guys tried any of these products? If so did you agree with my mini reviews? #twolittleowls

Review: George by Asda Nail Polishes!

C: if you saw our haul post the other weekend you will know we both invested in some new nail polishes ready for spring – you can see the post here. Mainly because they were super cheap (2 for £3!) but since trying these I have been suprised by their quality and wanted to share my findings with you!

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This was the mani I created with the colour “fuzzy peach” and an MUA white from Annie’s collection. I was in a bit of a rush so didn’t bother with a base or topcoat (naughty I know) so wasn’t expecting much from my bargain polishes. However to my surprise even with no top coat they lasted 3 days without chipping! Iv had polishes that cost over double these last less time with a top coat!

So once they chipped I tested them with a topcoat… 6 days. 6 DAYS. I applaud you Asda. 10 points to gryffindor. They also apply smoothly and are opaque in 2 coats… What more could you want for the equivalent of £1.50!

Have any of you guys tried the George nail polish range? Did you have the same experience? Let us know! #twolittleowls

A Beauty Giveaway – A thank you to all our followers!

A & C: As Chloe is about to start maternity leave/maybe not be blogging as much (don’t panic, Annie is on the case!) we wanted to have a little giveaway to say thank you to all our lovely followers! All products have been bought with our own pennies etc and this is not a sponsored post so please feel free to enter as many times as you like!

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Prize includes:

Nanshy 4 in 1 Make up Blending Sponge

2 x Models Own nail polishes in Pink Veneer and Oval Plum

L’occitane Hand Cream

Lee Stafford RePair Oil

Soap & Glory Hand Food

Soap & Glory Scrub + Happiness

Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss

Models Own Party Proof Lipstick in Get Naked

Roc Soleil Lipbalm

Me Me Me Cherub Blush Lip & Cheek Tint

Inivsibobbles

Toni & Guy Volume Plumping Whip

If you would like to enter, please use the rafflecopter here

All products are unopened/have been bought by us as we recommended them on the blog! The competition ends in 2 weeks (5th June) when the winner will be announced and contacted! Hope you enjoy! #twolittleowls

Review: Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat

C: I literally cannot believe I haven’t reviewed this on here before! Seriously, Seche Vite is my HG top coat! I was recommended this by my lovely work bestie who swears by it too, and since trying it I haven’t used anything else. You can buy this from Boots for £9 here (or sometimes if you are super lucky they have it in TK Maxx for £5!).

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So as usual you apply your normal nail polish and then use this as a top coat. You do have to apply it quite thickly, but it gives you an amazingly professional, glossy looking mani – and that is saying something with my amateur nail painting skills. It applies both smoothly and evenly, and dries super quickly so if you are impatient like me you only have to wait a few minutes for a perfectly finished manicure.

So lets get onto the important part… long lasting-ness (deffo a word). No matter what polish I am using, this top coat makes it last about 3-4 days longer than it would with no top coat/with a rubbish top coat. I have literally never seen anything like it. It is magical. The only downside to this badboy is that by the end of the bottle it gets too gloopy and it is unusable – normally about the last quarter. You can buy some strange money making concoction from Seche Vite to mix with the polish to stop this happening… or you can just buy a new one when it gets to the last gloopy bit!

Have any of you guys tried this? Or managed to find a top coat that is even better? #twolittleowls

Chloe’s Make-Up Wishlist!

C: Doing up a house is apparently a very expensive hobby, so all of my pennies have been spent on skirting boards and new kitchens rather than new make-up – resulting in quite a hefty make up lust list! So I thought I would share my wishlist with you guys! Let me know any opinions and whether the items I have picked are worthy of my saved up pennies!

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Nars Sheer Glow Foundation – every beauty blogger and their mother raves about this foundation and I still haven’t had the chance to try it! I have ordered a sample as there are no Nars stockists where I live and can’t cope with potentially spending over £30 on a useless product! I need a new foundation ready for gingers wedding next year though, so I am hoping this will be the one.

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Nars Creamy Concealer – same as above… would be ridiculous to get a new foundation and not try a concealer at the same time right? I don’t get too many spots, but I always have blemishes that need covering and pregnancy has resulted in some extra dark circles under my eyes that could do with some Nars magic.

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Anything by Tarte Cosmetics – I have seen some beautiful reviews of Tarte eyeshadow palettes and I really want to try one! I can’t decide which yet though, so if you have a recommendation please do let me know!

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Soap & Glory DIY Brow Bar – my beloved Elf Eyebrow Kit is slowly but surely running out and I need a replacement (boo ELF closing down its UK site!). I love S&G and have never tried a product I don’t like so I think this will be my next purchase to sort out my brows!

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NYX Lip creams or Butters – another brand I have seen everywhere and I am desperate to try! They seem such good value for money and so pretty… I so do not need any more lip products but that doesn’t mean I can’t want them eh?

So there’s the main make up items I am lusting after, obviously the mental list is much longer but I can’t seem too greedy now can I? Have any of you guys tried these products or do you have any other recommendations? #twolittleowls

Review: Rimmel BB Cream Radiance

A: This is something I’ve been using for a couple of weeks now after Chloe suggested Rimmel for a BB Cream when my fave one was getting low.

I went for the ‘very light’ shade because well, I’m super pale. According to the packaging, this is a 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup – so what’re it’s claims? 1. Prime, 2. Smooth, 3. Conceal, 4. Minimise pores, 5. Provides natural looking coverage, 6. Moisture for 24 hours, 7. Awakens tired skin, 8. Brightens with vitamin C complex. 9. Gives radiant finish. Jeez that’s a lot of big claims. So does it live up to them?

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To be totally honest, I prefer using a primer underneath this. It doesn’t do the sliding off your face by midday trick, but my face doesn’t look as ‘done’ after a few hours – but if I do use a primer underneath, my make up stays in place pretty much all day.

Smooths and Minimises Pores

It definitely smooths my skin, and provides coverage for enlarged pores – which is something I will unfortunately always need!

Conceals and Provide Natural Looking Coverage

I think this could be used as a concealer as well as an all over base, because it is really heavy. To be honest I think it’s too heavy to warrant being called a BB cream. I actually use this with another BB cream I have, which is a lot lighter in texture. Together they provide the perfect coverage for me, because this on its own totally covers my freckles – which makes me look really strange and like I’ve got no facial features. – not natural at all. But if you haven’t got freckles, this might be perfect for you – I’d love to know if you’ve tried it!

Moisturise for 24 Hours

This is a massive claim, and I would actually say that it lives up to it, for me anyway! Dry skin is not something I suffer from, and this keeps my skin feeling soft and supple all day. Between this and moisturising in the morning after cleansing, I have no problems at all.

Awakens Tired Skin, Brightens and Gives Radiant Compelxion

My skin looks 100% brighter when I use this, it must have some light reflecting products in it because it makes my whole complexion look healthy and well looked after – something all girls strive for? 

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So what’s my overall review? I actually really like using this, and I would think that if you don’t have the problem of having freckles all over your face, this would be a great solo use product. But it is a little heavy for me as it is, so if I team it with a super light BB cream I’ve got the perfect base; medium coverage, smooths pores and blemishes, gives radiance and brightens tired skin, and a matte finish too. It’s also really easy to blend, but I do get on better with my make up sponge rather than a brush. It’s priced reasonable at £6.99 from Boots

Chloe reviewed another BB cream here if you’re interested in taking a look at how it compares to this.

Have you tried any of Rimmels BB creams? #twolittleowls 

Review: Avon Face Pearls

C: whilst at Annie’s a couple of weeks ago I was having a busy afternoon of painting my nails and drinking fruit tea… and Annie got her Avon book delivered. So clearly I needed to add a few things to the order, one of which was these Face Pearls! I have always wanted one of these since being super young, as I remember my cousin using some and being jealous that I wasn’t old enough to wear them! So since they were on offer I went for it!

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I absolutely adore the little pot that it comes in, looks way more high end than £5 from Avon! And the little pearls are adorable. I am clearly weird… but they make me way too happy!

To use all I did was swirl my blusher brush in the pot and then apply like a normal blusher. I really love the colour, as I don’t use super bright blushers (I am too pale!) and these give a beautiful wash of natural blusherness. Yes that’s a word. The only thing I would say is to make sure you don’t get too much on your brush at once, as the first time I tried I was clearly over enthusiastic with my swirling!

It lasts all day, although if I am going out in the evening I apply a little top up. L even said I looked nice whilst wearing this blush, which almost never happens – so they must be good!

Have any of you guys tried these Avon Face Pearls? Or similar from another brand? #twolittleowls

Review: Maybelline Brow Drama

A & C: if you saw our recent shopping haul post (click here if not!), you may have noticed that we both invested in the Maybelline Brow Drama. We had heard some really good reviews, and good eyebrows are important in life so we decided to give it a go and review this badboy for you all!

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C: I have spent an insane amount of time practicing the art of eyebrow drawing and have finally perfected it – life goal complete. However, my unruly brows decide that after all the time I have spent on them they still want to move about/go fluffy/do things eyebrow hairs shouldn’t be doing… so after reading lots of reviews I decided this was the product for me. I got this for £4.99 in Asda, and I think it might be one of the best £5’s I have ever spent (which I say after spending any money to justify it, but in this case I am not fibbing).

It is basically eyebrow mascara… which is a strange concept. But I draw in my eyebrows as usual, and then brush over them with this to make them look more natural and to keep them in place. Now I personally still need to draw in my eyebrows, but if you are just looking for a little more definition/tameness then this would be perfect to use on it’s own too! It lasts all day, doesn’t disappear and keeps my brows in check. True love. 

 A: To be totally honest with you, I can’t wait for people to stop obsessing over eyebrows because mine are practically non existent – which makes my face look stupid now that it’s super fashionable to have amazing eyebrows. They’re where they should be and their shape is fine and they’re pretty full, but they are so unbelievably fair that they’re invisible! So I’ve taken to using an eyeshadow to fill them in purely because it’s the perfect colour for my weird ginger skin. But eyeshadow does not last all day, so by mid-afternoon I’m back to crazy-no-eyebrow lady. But like Chloe, if I just comb this through my brows, after filling them in with my eyeshadow, it gives them definition (not just one solid block of colour) and keeps the shadow in place for the rest of the day! I was unsure whether to get the clear or medium brown as they’re were no testers available to check the tone – and after going for the brown, although I really like it, I am intrigued to see how the clear would look so I may well purchase this next time. So for £4.99, this really is a bargain – it’s quick and super easy to use (even for brow novices like myself!)

Have any of you guys tried this? If so let us know what you think or if you have any other recommendations! #twolittleowls