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A Mini Mavala Haul with Swatches

A: My lovely aunt bought me these little beauties at the weekend and I’ve been so excited to share them with you. As you can probably guess, I love a green nail varnish (it’s actually a bit of an obsession), and these two are perfect for me. 

Mavala isn’t a brand I’ve actually heard of before, my aunt couldn’t believe it when I told her! But after some research, the brand is pretty impressive and are obviously proud to be leading natural nail care. Click here to find out more! Now, onto the products!

Black Night 107

This is a beautiful two tone polish; high shine black with an emerald green shimmer. It wasn’t easy to get a photo showing the shimmer, but hopefully you get the idea! The polish itself has amazing coverage – this is just one coat! It also has a ‘volume effect’, which I wasn’t sure I understood but it has made my nails really smooth, a lot smoother than other varnishes do. I love dark polishes, and it’s not easy to find a black with green so this is a perfect addition to my collection!

Emerald Gold 350

This is another two tone polish, green and gold. I’ve never had a polish that has such a dramatic two tone as this though, in some lights it’s definitely gold, but in others it’s 100% green! It isn’t as high coverage as black night, but it paints on beautifully if you do two thin layers.  This one is a little more suited to this time of year, and I think it will be one of my staple summer to autumn polishes. I’m pretty sure it’ll be great at Christmas too with some gold glitter!

Both of these are from the Mini Polish collection at Mavala, which are available from Boots (click here to see the whole range – there’s an insane amount of colours to choose from!).

Have you tried anything from this brand before? #twolittleowls 

A Review and Swatches: Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Passion


A: I bought this a couple of weeks ago in the Feel Unique sale, and was so excited because I’ve been lusting after Daniel Sandler’s products since I saw them on Essie Buttons blog a few months ago (he created a custom colour especially for Essie, we were SO jel – click here to see it on her blog).

His watercolour blush’s are made from a silicon-based, oil free formulation which “doesn’t clog pores and suits every skin type.” The silicone means that its virtually rub-off proof and water-resistant – perfect for long-lasting wear. It’s a Multi-award winning blusher and contains Vitamin E and Jojoba to enhance application and nourish skin, which makes it even better. It did take me a while to decide on a shade because there are SO many beautiful ones. I went with Passion though and I am so happy I did because it suits my skin tone perfectly. It is a deep-rose pink with an almost coral hue, and it also has silver and gold highlights and a shimmery pigmentation – perfect.

Because it is a water based blush, it is super blend-able which is perfect for me as I don’t wear foundation – just BB cream and powder because I have an insane amount of freckles. I haven’t ever used water based products on my cheeks before but I am now a total convert. You can build up the colour as much as you like, but still maintain a natural look (i.e not look like a 5 year old who has found her Mum’s blusher). I just add a small amount to the back of my hand and then use my fingers to blend it onto my cheeks.

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before blending

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after blending

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crazy hair

This cost me £11.60 in the sale, but they are normally £15 which is still a good price because I think it will last me ages -you don’t need much at all to achieve a good colour on your cheeks. My only problem is that now I want to buy more shades, because I love this one so much. I don’t know if I was super lucky with my choice because it suits my skin tone so much, or if they are all as lovely as this but I definitely want to find out. You can see the Daniel Sandler range on his website here. We have so much love for all of his products and can’t wait to try out more!

Have you tried any Daniel Sandler products? #twolittleowls

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