Category Archives: Gifts

Our Beauty Giveaway Competition Winner!

C: First of all thank you so much for entering our giveaway (which you can see here!). We had so many entries, and big love to all of those new followers!

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So what does this delightful screenshot show other than the fact I need to charge my phone/have been playing on candy crush too much today? THE WINNER HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED! So congrats to Laura who has been contacted via twitter!

We hope you all enjoyed taking part, it is so nice to be able to give something back to you guys! Annie is going to host you a little competition soon too, maybe a celebratory Chloe-has-popped-out-a-baby-comp?! Who knows! Anyway, congrats again! #twolittleowls

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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: Sleek Highlighting Palette in Precious Metals

C: now this review has been a long time coming as Annie actually bought me this for Christmas! However, I have a slight issue with new beautiful things – in that I never want to use them as then they wont be new/look so pretty. But it has finally happened… I have given in and opened it!

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Now it doesn’t look that exciting from the outside packaging… then you open it up and things get super exciting!

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Look how pretty it is! Now I am aware this is the sort of packaging that will look grubby very quickly, but it goes with the precious metal theme and I enjoy it a lot. It is also super sturdy so you don’t have to worry about it breaking, although the lid is maybe too easily undone to just throw in your make up bag.

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Now I am aware these swatches are rubbish, but this is the only photo I could get in the rubbish light that showed off the colours properly. Shades from left to right are: Platinum, Royal Gold, Renaissance Gold and Antique Bronze. All of which are cream highlighters, apart from Antique Bronze which is a powder.

I had never used cream highlighters before, so I was a little nervous about trying these but they are all super creamy and easy to blend and although there is a little fall out from the powder bronzer it is also easy to use. I used these with a primer, so they did last all evening – but as they are so glittery I have not used them in the day to see if they last that long. These are definitely something to be used for an evening look, else you might end up looking a little like Edward Cullen.

Finally, on a last note. My favourite shade is definitely Platinum, just because I am so pale and it is Winter. However, I can’t wait to crack out the others once Summer is here – you can deffo get away with more glitter in the Summer with a bit of a tan! But this palette is perfect for anyone looking to add to their collection, or if they don’t know exactly which highlighting shade is best for them!

This Palette is available here for £9.99. So what do you guys think? Has anyone else tried this? Any tips for the darker shades?

Review: Holly Go Lightly Bubble Bar from Lush

A: Chloe got me this bubble bar for Christmas, and I’ve been saving it for a worthy enough use, which came on Friday night after my rather stressful week.

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Firstly, it looks beautiful. All that glitter makes for a pretty happy bathtime. As soon as you start crumbling this under warm running water, it smells amazing. Cinnamon and Orange scents which perfectly sum up Christmas. I am a little sad I didn’t use this over the festive period because it smells so Christmassy – but it still made me happy using it in March. The glitter can been seen in the water, which turns bright green – but don’t worry, the glitter is so fine that it doesn’t stick to you!

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Bubble bars are my favourite from Lush because I do like a proper bubbly bath, and this one didn’t disappoint. And I felt instantly relaxed, which is exactly what I needed. It made my skin feel heavenly, soft and silky, conditioned and luxurious as a bonus. What more could you want?

Have you tried this bubble bar? What’s your Lush favourite? #twolittleowlsblog

Real-Life Valentines Day Gift Ideas

C: I have seen so many Valentines Day gift idea posts floating around, that I decided to take a look and see what everyone is suggesting. Now, this might just be me as I am probs the only girl ever to not be that fussed about V-day (I told L off last year for wasting money on getting posh flowers delivered – I could have bought a dress with that?!) but does anyone really want horrid red/black underwear? Or beauty products/clothes in varying shades of pink that they wouldn’t wear any other time of year? No I think not. There’s nothing wrong with a nice M&S comfy floral set and neutral make up (starting to feel sorry for L here actually…). So here are my more realistic gift ideas, that I think are lovely for v-day but can be appreciated all year round.

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1. The Lush Valentines Day range – I have already hinted (told) L that I want one of everything! Now clearly I will just end up having to buy these for myself, but seriously. Want to treat that beauty lover girlfriend? These will do the trick, plus they might share with you (if they are nicer than me). If Lush isn’t their cup of tea, have a little nose round and see what brands they like and get another bath time treat.

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2. Flowers. Simple and yet effective. Now I know I already said I told L off for doing this for me, but only because I would have been just as happy if he had picked some out the garden for me. Find out what your loved ones fav flowers are (mine are peonies if you fancy treating me), or go for red roses if you aren’t sure.

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3. Imperial Candles – I found these on facebook, and absolutely love the idea! You can get a beautiful candle (pick your flavour too, my fav is the sound of the English Pear & Vanilla) with a beautiful ring inside! You can even pick a ring size (or go for random if you aren’t sure!). For £28.99 I think these are such a clever idea – just make sure your girlfriend isn’t likely to think you are proposing. Although if that happens please do report back as I would find it very amusing.

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4. Go on a couples spa day! Now this is a photo of the Imagine Spa in Kings Lynn that I have visited before and loved, but obviously you would have to pick one that’s closest to you. L would never do this with me, but I think its such a lovely idea and means you both get a treat!

Now obviously, some of these gift ideas are a little pricey (seriously, just go picking wild flowers) so if in doubt, go for home made. Cook a nice meal, or just think of something she has mentioned she likes and get it as a v-day gift. My favourite V-day present is still when L got me The Sims for the Xbox. Hours of entertainment, and although not typically romantic he knew I would love it, and this year we are going for a cheeky KFC with Annie and Jim (#livingthedream)! Let us know what you decide to go for (or if you share this as a hint) #twolittleowls

Review: Nanshy Blending Sponge

A & C: We were super lucky to receive some Blending sponges from the team at Nanshy as part of the #BHtwitterparty from The Bloggers Hub. Nanshy are a make up brush and tool company based in the UK, who pride themselves on their 100% vegan products. They sent us two of the their Marvel 4 in 1 blending sponges, one for each of us to try – which will be launched in February.

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“Easy to use, easy to care for – washable and re-usable. Tremendous quality over similar products and value at a much lower price. Latex free, non-allergenic and odour free, works its wonders with all kinds of make-up:
Liquid Make-ups, Cream Make-ups, Mineral-Based and Wet-Dry Powders PLUS Cream Blushes!
Get a look that combines hand application detail with airbrush application smoothness.”

It’s priced at £5.95 – the average amount of other similar products available.

So, what do we think?

A: I’m going to be totally honest about this, I’m not really that impressed. I’m not sure if that’s because I’ve recently tried Avon’s blending sponge and I’m comparing it to that, but I just really didn’t get on with it. Up until using the Avon sponge, I had been using a Mac foundation brush because I’d never felt a need for a blending sponge. I was really excited to see these in the post from Nanshy though because I knew I’d be able to do a comparison for you guys; you can see my Avon review here. I really love the Avon sponge, it leaves no marks when applying, doesn’t soak up loads of product and it’s super easy to clean. The Nanshy sponge also doesn’t leave any marks but it does soak up a lot of product; which I’m not really a fan of. Although it may just be the impractical paler colour, it appears very dirty after one use.
Because it’s ‘4 in 1’, it had 4 different surfaces to use in different areas of your face. But it isn’t as precise as the Avon sponge which has a really fine point to reach under the inner corners of your eyes (to cover those pesky dark circles!) and to be honest I don’t really have a need for the 4 different surfaces of the Nanshy.
I do however love the ethos behind Nanshys products. They really do pride themselves on their cruelty free products, something which a lot of beauty companies could do with following. I hadn’t heard of them before but I will definitely be looking at trying some of their brushes in the future, to see how the compare with others I’ve used.

C: I really liked using this! I have never used a blending sponge before as I love my make up brush collection so I was super excited to try this. It took a while for me to get the hang of this for applying my foundation, but once I got used to it (too used to my stippling brush) it provides a flawless base. It literally looks like you have no make up on, just perfect skin! But then… I was feeling clever and used it to blend my contour. Perfection! Seriously. I much prefer using it for this now, no more dodgy Bronzer streaks for me! You need to give it a try (and so does Annie)!

We’d like to say thank you to Nanshy for sending us these to try, we really love finding out about new companies through the Bloggers Hub, and can’t wait to try some more of their products #twolittleowlsblog

Chloes 2014 Beauty Favourites!

C: This has been our blogs first Christmas, and therefore our first New Year! To celebrate our first year (almost!) of blogging I have decided to do a post on my favourite beauty/make up items of 2014. Some of these I already loved before starting the blog, whereas others are new discoveries through twolittleowls! I have split these into several sections, because apparently blogging has been bad for my bank balance and I now have loads of favourites that I cannot live without!

Base:

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ELF HD Powder – my new favourite powder that is super cheap and lasts forever! I have used this every day since I got it 6 months ago, and it is still half full! It keeps shine at bay all day and makes foundation look super natural!

The Balms Mary Lou Manizer – I won’t go on about this, as I reviewed it here but it is definitely my new favourite highlighter!

Benefit Hoola Bronzer – another blogger favourite that is the perfect bronzer for pale skin!

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray – never thought I would be someone who wears an eyeshadow primer… I originally thought they were a bit of a lie/con! But they really do work! I received this in a Birchbox and it has lasted for ages, so I will definitely re-buy it when it runs out!

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer – this has always been a favourite of mine. Covers spots and darks circles perfectly. Heaven.

Benefit Professional Primer – never knew I was such a Benefit fan until I started this… but hey ho. This is perfect for covering up my pores. I wouldn’t use it every day as it does clog up my skin a bit but it is perfect for nights out and special occasions!

Brushes

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You can’t have nice make up, without investing in nice brushes! My favourite this year has to be my DaVinci Rondo foundation brush. It makes applying a smooth perfect base so easy! I love it! I have also become a massive fan of all Real Techniques brushes, and this precision eye shadow brush from The Vintage Cosmetics Company. All of these bad boys make my make up look almost like I know what I’m doing!

Eyes

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ELF Eyebrow Kit – another beauty product I never thought I would love! I never used to fill in or do anything to my eyebrows (don’t panic I did pluck them), and now when I look at photos I freak myself out! This is comparable to the Benefit Browzing’s and a fraction of the price!

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette – won’t go on about this too much, as there will be a review coming shortly but I am now in LOVE!

Benefit They’re Real Mascara – oh look. Another Benefit product! Perfectly separated, massive lashes. The only downside is its so long lasting that its super hard to remove!

Lips

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Model Co Lipstick in Kitty – another Birchbox discovery that I have since repurchased! This is the perfect pinky nude for me. It is long lasting yet hydrating, and definitely the product that sparked my love for lipsticks!

No7 Lip Crayons – I am not putting the shade, as this is a general love for all of them! I have a couple now, and they are amazing. They are highly pigmented, moisturising and long lasting. Definitely the perfect alternative to the Clinique Chubby Sticks if you are looking for something a little cheaper!

Laqa & Co Lip Lube – another surprise favourite. Purple lip lube you say?! never! But I love it! It is moisturising, pigmented and fades evenly so you dont need to worry about it being all over your face/looking horrendous.

So guys, what are your 2014 favourites? Any the same as mine? #twolittleowls