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A No7 Christmas Count Down – Day 9! 

C: morning guys! I hope you are all impressed I have remembered to do this every day?! Well so far anyway… Let’s not jinx it! 

  
Today I received a 10ml sample of their Skin Illuminator Radiance Boosting Beauty Fluid. I actually already have a sample of this that I received in a no7 gift with purchase offer and have never really used. 

On the tube it says apply alone or under foundation for a radiant finish… And firstly if I was doing make up that required highlighting and all that jazz I would 100% be wearing foundation? And if I put this under foundation…. Surely you won’t see it?! I dunno… I deffo need to have a play around with this! 

Has anyone else tried it? Any tips on how to use it? #twolittleowls 

Review: Bourjois Java Rice Loose Powder

C: now I know, I am pretty late to the party with this one… but still anything this good is still worthy of a review on this blog, even if I am about a million years too late! I got this in my recent haul post (which you can see here if you fancy), and I basically picked it up because I liked the packaging. Which is ridiculous really, but I also always use a powder to set my make up so I figured it would definitely get some use! This powder is £9.99 from Boots here, but is also often on offer so keep an eye out for a bargain!

“Bourjois celebrates its 150th birthday by reinventing its best selling cult classic from 1879! The delicately scented feather-light powder boosts skins radiance, smoothes the complexion and sets make-up. One transparent shade suits all!”

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First of all shall we just admire the packaging? I absolutely love that they used the original design for the packaging, all they did was upgrade from the original cardboard packaging to a more sturdy plastic pot which I definitely appreciate!

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When you first open this it looks very pink… which is quite scary. But when applied there is no pink tinge! All you get is perfectly radiant looking, beautiful skin! It lasts all day, and manages to do an amazing job of keeping my shiny, oily skin in control whilst giving me a beautiful luminous complexion.

I don’t want to get too excited… but I think this might just be my new HG powder! Since trying it, I have also been looking at lots of reviews online (mainly cos I was originally scared I would have a pink face) and I can’t find any negative reviews! So it really must be good! Plus if you don’t like it, it would make a lovely addition to any dressing table, just for the packaging alone!

Has anyone else tried this? If so what did you think? #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: Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Base

A: I’ve had this product for about a month now and have been using it almost every day, so I thought it was time to share a review with you!

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I got this from my local department store where the lovely saleswoman recommended it as both a radiance boosting primer, and a highlighter. I’ve been after a liquid highlighter for a while now and as this is a 2 in 1 product, I couldn’t say no; I love me a dual product!
The packing for this is lovely, the tube is iridescent and the gold lid and pump work beautifully – and makes it feel really luxurious.
It’s designed to illuminate and correct, so it can also be worn without foundation. My favourite way of wearing it though is as a highlighter on my cheekbones.

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I chose the shade Rose, which is suited perfectly to my pale complexion. I’ve tried to pick up how iridescent and light-reflecting the formula is. It’s so beautiful and has such a silky texture – it applies beautifully and feels lovely in your skin. It also lasts all day too – which is exactly what you want from a highlighter.
As a primer, it works really well too. It keeps my make up in place but also illuminates from underneath my make up too.
It is pretty pricey, but it’s a high end product so the retail price of £18 is prefect if you’re looking to treat yourself.
I can’t wait to show you this in a FOTD so give us a follow if you’d like to see it, it will be coming soon!

What’s your favourite highlighter?#twolittleowlsblog

Review: The Balms Mary Lou Manizer

C: I have no idea how I have not featured this bad boy on here yet! This is currently my favourite highlighter, and I haven’t used anything else for the past couple of months – a long term relationship for me and a beauty item as I love trying out new things.

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First of all lets discuss the packaging… it’s amazing! I love The Balms packaging, its so cute and vintagey (that’s a word right?). The metal case is also very sturdy, so it will be safe in your make up bag as it doesn’t open easily. The mirror (dirty in this photo, apologies) is also very handy for re-applying when you are out/in a rush.

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So on to the product itself. In the above photo you can see how pigmented it is before and after blending. It is such a beautiful colour (it suits my pale skin, but I imagine it would suit most skin tones) and adds the perfect highlight to the top of your cheekbones, down your nose or under the arch of your eyebrow. It is also super soft and easy to blend, as well as being long lasting and giving a beautiful glow in photos – what more could you possibly want from a highlighter?

I got this from Birchbox (as I had some points to use!) and it was £15. I know it is a little pricey in comparison to other highlighters available, but in my opinion it is totally worth the money! I have been using it for several months and as you can see from the photo I have barely made a dent in it, so I imagine it will last for a long time!

Have you guys tried this before? What do you think to the beasty Manizer? #twolittleowls

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FOTD: ginger2’s hen do!

C: I went out for the beautiful Nadine’s hen do on Friday night – it was amazing! Well… Strippers are gross but I had an amazing night with the ladies! So here is how I did my make up:

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I went for a full base (mac of course) and a silver/grey smokey eye. Because I went all out with my eye make up I went for a pink tinted lip rather than using lipstick. Which was one of the no7 lip crayons – amazing chubby stuck dupe.

Base: Benefit Porefessional, Mac Matchmaster foundation, rimmel powder, Benefit Hoola Bronzer, the Balm Mary Lou Manizer highlighter and Mac blusher.

Eyes/Eyebrows: ELF eye brow kit, Korres Mineral eyeliner, Rimmel liquid eyeliner and Dior eye palette.

Lips: no7 lip crayon.

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A recent haul!

C: I have made several orders and been shopping with week – oops! So I thought I would share with you what I have been buying!

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First up we have the Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter which Annie ordered me as they were having a 40% off flash sale. I had seen a lot of reviews on this, and first impressions are very good! I shall do a review on it as soon as I have been using it for a while and have a better understanding of its long term effects (oooh listen too me, Uni mode!). I also went shopping with Annie (we are bad people) and picked up this Rimmel liquid eye shadow at the bargain make up shop in Spalding. Reduced from £4.99 to £1.99, I just had to have it. My excuse was that I needed change for parking… that counts right?

Whilst shopping I also picked up this jumper from an M&S outlet for just £9! You really should check out M&S sales as they have some amazing things, you just have to look through. I really like the detailing on this and will be perfect for those summer nights when it starts to get chilly.

I also used my Birchbox points up this month so I got the BALM’s Mary-Lou Manizer and these Model Co lipsticks for just 50p… amazing! This reward scheme is one of the reasons I love Birchbox, as it really is very generous. I have one of the Model Co lipsticks in “Kitty” and I have almost used it up so I needed to repurchase. Reviews to come of course!

Have you guys tried any of these products before? What did you think?#twolittleowlsblog

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