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Annie’s Skincare Empties

A: So I don’t want any of you to faint with shock, but I’ve got an empties post for you….! I’ve actually only posted one empties since Chloe and I have been doing this blog; I’m terrible at using products up! But after months of forcing myself to, Ive got lots of goodies to share with you – starting with skincare.

This is a mixture of cleansers, toners and moisturisers – admittedly some of them aren’t empty but that’s because I’ve used them a few times and hated them so much that I couldn’t carry on using them!

So let’s get started with Clinique.



I got this clarifying lotion and cleansing foam as part of the three step anti-blemish solutions system. I have always struggled with blemishes and breakouts, but even more so in my twenties, so I eventually gave in and invested in this system last year, fully expecting it to solve all of my problems, because of all of the amazing reviews online. But it actually did the opposite. It irritated any blemishes I had, brought out so many spots after a day of using it. I persevered for three months, as advised, but I was still struggling with my skin. The clarifying lotion is so incredibly strong that it actually makes my eyes water – which makes me wonder what on earth is in it and whether it could actually be any good for my skin. And the cleansing foam had the same effect, but not quite as extreme. The three step system in the trial size versions (which are supposed to last three months) costs £25 from Boots, so I was expecting good things – but I am fully aware that everyone’s skin is different so I’d love to know  if your experience was different! Repurchase? No way!

This Boots Simply Sensitive Eye Make Up Remover was given to me by my Mum, because she didn’t get on very well with it – so I was more than happy to give it a go to see if I had the same experience. And as you can see hardly any of it has been used, between both of us, which can only mean one thing! This was another product that made my eyes sting and water, which considering its branded as ‘sensitive, no fragrance, no colour, hypoallergenic etc’ is disappointing. I do have super sensitive skin so was very much looking forward to using this but I was massively disappointed, and after talking to my mum she had the same experience! Repurchase? Nope!

The Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion was another purchase that I made when I was feeling massively stressed about my spots and bad skin, but to be totally honest with you; I’ve hardly used it. The texture is okay, and the scent too – not too strong and quite calming. But it just sits on top of my skin and doesn’t sink in at all? It’s actually like applying a peel off face mask because you can actually peel it off once it’s dry. Another product that’s promoted as a skin saviour but doesn’t live up to the hype (I promise the rest of the empties are going to get better!). Repurchase? No.

The Natio Rosewater and Chamomile Toner is something I bought from Feel Unique to bump up my shopping cart total so I got free delivery. I love rosewater so I guessed I’d like using this. And I was so right. This has got to be one of my favourite ever products, and it doesn’t exactly what it says on the packaging; it’s calming and soothing and leaves my skin feeling so lovely and soft and super refreshed. It was £6.50, which is a good price because it’s a fairly large bottle (250ml). Repurchase? As soon as I place another order with Feel Unique yes! I seem to have a terrible habit of falling in love with products which are only available online!

The Lacura Aqua Complete Serum is one of my favourite ever products and I’ve gone on about it far too much on the blog already. Just know that I love it and it costs £3.50 from Aldi. Repurchase? Already have! (If you actually want to read more about this, just click here).

Lastly, the Ultrabland cleanser from Lush. My hg skincare product. This really does work wonders, and I buy it in bulk whenever I’m near a Lush shop. You can see my full review here! Repurchase? Already have.

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think to them? #twolittleowls

Starter Stories: Home Sweet Home

AWe have recently been introduced to Compassand decided to join in on their Starter Stories blog post project about our first homes, the ways we have made them our own and our DIY triumphs. Chloe and I have both been wanting to write a post like this for a while, as we have both recently ventured onto the housing ladder and bought our first homes. My boyfriend and I actually moved into our house two years ago, and have been decorating and making it our own ever since. We still have so much to do – living in a DIY project whilst both working full time is neither a quick or easy task to take on, but we are getting there and we are both really happy with the changes we have made so far. When we moved in, our house was perfectly functional, but we (I!) felt the need to really make it our own but I’ve actually found it really hard to decide on themes and colours for each room. I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to stuff like this, and I have put way too much pressure on myself to get everything right but I’ve also been worried that once a room is finished, I’ll change my mind within six months and want to redecorate… I do have a habit of that. To get around this, our bedroom is very simply decorated, with cream walls and a cream blind and curtain voiles – after getting rid of the horrible floral wallpaper obviously.





This means that I can change the bedding whenever I like, and it will still coordinate with the rest of the room. At the moment, this is my favourite bedding….



I love the spring colours in it and the vintage florals – and it goes perfectly with the throw my nanny knitted for me. One of my favourite features in our bedroom is my jewellery storage.

I’ve always struggled to store my jewellery – maybe this is something to do with the copious amount I have, but I came up with this idea and finished the project in just a day! You can see the full blog post about how to make these jewellery hangers by clicking here



Moving onto our living area, this is one of our finished rooms. My boyfriend is a plasterer, and although he is very good at his job, it is sometimes hard work to get him to do decorating jobs at home. But when he does plaster at home, he always wants to show off his skills – understandable. So he created these arches above the fire place, and also bought me this beautiful Moroccan lampshade for a birthday; which made me decide to continue with this theme.

This kitchen and second living area is an on going project. The fireplace was actually only replastered a few weeks ago, and my boyfriend also built an area to store logs (having a woodburner as our main source of heat is a very lovely but very messy experience). We are yet to attach a handmade door, but the addition of the tiny alcoves are one of my favourite things in our home. My boyfriend knows how much I love to light candles, and tea lights in jars look so pretty tucked away in here. 



This has also been one of my favourite projects, and something I enjoyed doing because of it’s history. This set of Victorian drawers was my Granny’s, and a little worse for wear when it arrived at my house. But after sanding, painting and some cute new handles I think it looks lovely. And Granny Kath would certainly be proud I think!

Lastly, I wanted to share some of my favourite trinkets with you. Chloe and I love to go to antique fairs, charity shops, flea markets and junk shops because we both love a bargain, and anything that is unusual, old and vintage. I think it’s these extras that make a house a home, and of course a pair of fat, lazy cats. 



I hope you enjoyed having an insight to our home – and I’d love see some of your favourite features in your own homes? #twolittleowls

Review: W7 Eyeshadow Palettes

A & C: we picked up these W7 nude palettes (UD wannabes!) for a bargain £5 a couple of weeks ago. We both love eye shadow palettes and nude colours are always a winner. So what did we think?

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 C: I bought the “In The Buff” palette which contains 12 brown/black/highlighting shades, with two being matte and the rest contain a small amount of shimmer. I would have preferred a better mix of matte and shimmery shades, but to be honest I use shimmer eye shadow most of the time anyway. The packaging is okay considering the price and it contains a double ended brush/applicator so it is perfect for taking away with you or for doing your make up on the go.

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 Here are my swatches – apologies for the view over my balcony, but its the only way I could get the right light to show off the colours. As you can see they are all very pigmented and show up well – this is with just one swipe of each colour. They are also quite long lasting – about 5/6 hours on their own but have lasted all day on me when I have used my eyeshadow primer (I use Benefit, Stay Don’t Stray).

Annie will be posting swatches and a review of this later in the week, so make sure you keep an eye out!!
What do you guys think of Chloe’s palette? Overall she would recommend them for the price, especially if you are just starting your make up collection or are looking for a bargain! #twolittleowls

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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: 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

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

Blogmas 2014 Day 23 – a Christmas make up look!

A: Chloe showed you her Christmas Day make up look here, so it though it was time to show you mine!

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Base: I used my usual Mac BB cream and and Bare minerals as a base, after cleansing, toning and moisturising.

Eyes: Naked 2 palette with chopper on the outer corners and bootycall on the innercorners and under my waterline. As usual I went for a winged liner and lots of mascara!

Lips: I used my brand new Sleek Matte Lip Cream in bright red with a red lip gloss.

So what do you guys think of my look? Can’t wait to hear what you think! #twolittleowls

Ps. Annie is drunk so I’m having to write this for her as she tells me what to put! Lolz