C: If you guys are regular readers, you may have noticed that Annie treated me to this amazing blush palette for my birthday! She knows how much I love a good palette, and this one certainly didn’t disappoint! I hate opening new things… because then they aren’t new anymore? But I have finally given in and busted this bad boy out so thought it was definitely time for a review!
Firstly lets discuss the packaging, the palette itself is a black shiny case which is pretty sturdy and includes a massive mirror! This gets bonus points from me as its perfect for travelling and applying on the go – you could just take this on holiday and have all the blushes/highlights you could need! Plus its just beautiful really isn’t it? Shiny make up in a palette = heaven to me.
As you can tell from the swatches, all of the blushes are really pigmented and pretty finely milled for such a bargain brand – although we all know Makeup Revolution don’t often disappoint on quality I was still impressed by these! There are 7 shimmery shades and one matte colour on the bottom right – this is pretty good for contouring actually, as although it looks quite orange in the swatch (it is the top colour) if you use it lightly it gives off a lovely colour and blends easily.
The rest of the colours are equally as easy to blend, meaning you can use as little as you like for a natural flush or build the colours up slightly for a more pigmented and dramatic look without looking like a clown – although a heavy hand is not recommended! They also lasted all day on me – although I do use a primer and setting powder so I wouldn’t know how well they last without these!
So what do you guys think of this palette? Have you already tried it or are you thinking of investing? I absolutely love having so many different options in one little palette, I can’t see myself getting bored of these bad boys any time soon! #twolittleowls
C: Now I am still not entirely convinced about baby showers… it is definitely a very American thing to me (although when it comes to Halloween and Christmas they have got the art of celebrating down!) and I didn’t really want one! However, the sister in law can only minority be tamed, so I had a baby shower/afternoon tea on my birthday and it was actually lovely! I didn’t want people to feel like they had to bring a gift, so I made sure that was specified on the invites, but one of the gifts I received I thought deserved a special mention on the blog – the Neals Yard Mother and Baby Organic Collection which is £45 and available here.
First of all the packaging is absolutely beautiful, and I loved that it is a gift for mums to be as well as babies – its nice to get some pampering in before baby arrives as apparently I won’t have much time for that once my bundle of joy (poo and nappies) is here!
Obviously I haven’t tried any of the baby products yet, but I shall make sure to update this post once baba has given her verdict on them (She’s still too young to be trying them)! However, the Mothers Bath Oil is by far my favourite product! It smells so lovely and relaxing, and really helps to calm down both me and my troublesome skin! Im not particularly keen on the Massage Oil just because I personally don’t like using oils/I keep dropping it and making a mess and L moans about the slippery bathroom! But the flannel is lovely quality and I enjoyed using the Mothers Balm on those pesky stretch mark areas – it stopped my skin getting itchy and kept it supple and moisturised!
This is literally the perfect gift for any mum to be! It is beautiful and functional, and the bonus is that it is all organic too where possible! I know a lot of pregnant ladies are super concerned about only using organic products on their body as obviously what your body absorbs is potentially finding its way to the little one, so this is perfect! Personally I have still been using what works for me as my skin is too sensitive to be swapping products around, but this is still perfect when you are unsure on what to buy someone for their baby shower – everyone buys baby clothes etc so its lovely to get something different!
What do you guys think of this from Neals Yard? I haven’t tried many of their products before, but I shall definitely be popping in to my local store to see what goodies they have! #twolittleowls
C: I recently decided to invest in a couple of salt sprays for my hair, hoping they would easily give me a natural/beachy hair look. I have a 3 week old baby now so was thinking these would be the perfect way to control my naturally wavy hair and look slightly put together without putting in too much effort! I picked up two different ones, modelled here with my excellent stags head bedding:
Schwartzkopf got2b beach matt mermaid look texturizing salt spray/the longest name ever – first of all I really like the scent of this, and the spray cap is perfect for spritzing this evenly throughout my thick hair. It also really helped define my waves, so definitely did add texture and tousle… not sure about the body claim as my hair has too much body already. However, this did not in any way tame the frizz, which is fine as it doesn’t claim too… but I can’t use it alone and leave my hair to go wavy as I end up with a terrible frizzy mess after a couple of hours. Not good – although perfect if you don’t have frizzy hair (lucky you)
Tresemme Sea Salt Spray – this actually does the opposite of the Schwartzkopt offering (and incidentally has a super short name, interesting) and reduced frizz but didn’t really add much in terms of defining the natural waves in my hair. It also doesn’t smell as good, which is a shame but you can’t have everything in life apparently. But if you have super curly hair that tends to frizz up this would be great for you to try!
So obviously… they both addressed different aspects of my hair needs, so I tried using both. Definitely not recommended as I ended up with a bit of a sticky mess going on. Therefore, I am afraid my search for the perfect sea salt spray shall continue – although I have been using these up by spraying them in my hair before I plait it and sleep so I have wavy controlled hair anyway!
Do any of you guys have any recommendations on sea salt sprays to try? These two offerings would be perfect for those of you with better controlled hair than mine! Let me know if you agree! #twolittleowls
A: Okay so I have actually had this beautiful little trio for a long while now, and I hadn’t used it for ages – but it’s now one of my faves!
It was a bargain that I picked up from TK Maxx for £9.50, at the time I hadn’t heard of the brand – I just thought the colours were really pretty but after a bit of research when I got home, I saw that these kits actually retail at £39.99 which is crazy!
Firstly, the brushed alone are worth £14.99 each, and they are really lovely to use. The liner brush is super precise and the blender is lovely and soft too and lends itself perfectly to blending the metallic minerals.
So onto the shadows themselves…
As you can see you get three shadows in the kit; a light, a medium and a dark shade. The kits come in various colours – this is the ‘Pretty Woman’ kit. They designed to use together to create that perfect smokey eye look, which they work really well for – but they’re also beautiful on their own as an all-over eye colour because they are so pigmented and shimmery.
I’m really pleased I got my hand on this particular kit because the copper tones are perfect for me. The kit actually also comes with a primer (forgot to photograph this soz!), but this really helps to keep the shadow in place all day/evening.
I’m really excited to show you some make-up looks with these – if you want to see the whole collection by Bella-Pierre, just click here! #twolittleowls
C: I received this in one of my previous subscription boxes (a Pink Parcel I think!) and hadn’t had a chance to try it out until now – my nail polish collection is verging on ridiculous now/I need to stop buying more! This is a beautiful pale blue and silver glitter polish that has finely milled glitter as well as slightly larger silver glitter running throughout, making the name “stargazer” pretty apt really!
I decided to use this just on my ring fingers, as a statement glitter finger… but totally regretted it as its such an amazing colour I am totally using it all over next time I paint my nails! As soon as I painted the first coat I was impressed – it was pretty much opaque glitter in one coat! With the second coat it was a full on glitter experience and you wouldn’t be able to see any of your natural nail colour under neath! It also painted on super smoothly and the brush was the perfect size for my nails, making the whole experience super easy to get a professional looking manicure.
In terms of longevity I wasn’t impressed or disappointed, it lasted the standard 3 days with a top coat – which I suppose is pretty good really considering this pot of glitter brilliance will only set you back £3.95.
Have any of you guys tried any of Binkys nail polish range? You can get this polish from here if you fancy trying it out for yourselves! #twolittleowls