Brand I'm Loving: Benefit Cosmetics

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

I've been thinking about which makeup brands really stand out to me lately, and one that always comes up time and time again has got to be Benefit. Although I'm by no means one of those makeup buyers who is 'brand loyal' as such, I always find that Benefit never lets me down, and there are more staples in my makeup bag from Benefit than any other brand. This being the case, I thought it was about time I went through my all-time favourite products from Benefit.

They're Real Push Up Liner*
Being an eyeliner worshipper for years now, as soon as Benefit released this bad boy I knew I had to try it. A liner that combines the ease of pen-style application with the lasting power of a gel? It doesn't get much better than this. I know there have been a few mixed reviews on this one but I absolutely love it, and think anyone with an addiction to eyeliner needs this in their makeup bag. The staying power is immense and the liner itself lasts months and months before you use it up - trust me, I use it every day!

Porefessional
A long-time favourite of mine, Porefessional is an incredible primer that always ensures my makeup stays in place, my pores are minimised and my skin matte. It works amazingly well with my go-to foundation, Estee Lauder Double Wear, and whilst it's not the cheapest it's the best primer I've tried.

They're Real Mascara*
I'm not the biggest mascara fan, as I can never find a mascara that compares to falsies, but this is a very close second to them. It's probably the best mascara I've ever tried in terms of volume, curl and length. It's a bit of a pain to get off but if you've been on the hunt for a 'wow' mascara for a while now, this one is definitely worth a try.

Porefessional Agent Zero Shine*
Whilst I'm not the biggest fan of the packaging (I find it a bit of a faff trying to get the powder out of the small top) I do really like this powder. I'm a bit fan of loose powders and the fact this has a slight tint saves your skin from getting that 'ghost' effect. It is super soft and works really well with the original Porefessional to keep skin matte. The cute little brush it comes with is handy too.

Bella Bamba
I'm a bit gutted that Benefit seem to have discontinued this blush because it's my favourite of theirs! It's a gorgeous watermelon shimmery pink (it smells amazing too) and is perfect for summer. I really hope they rethink getting rid of it but it looks as though Rockateur (a muted down pink with gold) has replaced it. Booo!

Hoola*
The perfect matte bronzer, Hoola has been a staple in my daily makeup bag since I discovered it ages ago. I love how matte this is but I have fallen a bit out of love with it lately - it just doesn't quite stand up to my NARS Laguna, unfortunately. It's a bit too dark for paler complexions but is fab for contouring.

Roller Lash*
The newest addition to my Benefit collection, the new Roller Lash mascara is a really good mascara - for lengthening, not so much curl. I find this lengthens my lashes amazingly but doesn't do much in the way of curl - which is odd, considering that's it's main selling point! I've been reaching for this over my beloved They're Real lately though, so that definitely says something. I find it's really good for doing my lower lashes too.

What are your favourite products from Benefit? Let me know!

JUST EAT App Review

Sunday, 19 April 2015
I was recently contacted by the guys at JUST EAT to review their snazzy app. Being a big food fan, I jumped at the chance (and the excuse) to treat myself to a takeaway whilst giving you guys an insight into what the app is like, and trying it for myself. 

I'm a big fan of apps, particularly when it comes to ordering food (I mean, nobody enjoys ringing takeaways up and sweating over whether you told them the right order, do they?) and I always find using apps so much easier than ordering via the phone or directly online. This being the case, I had high hopes for the JUST EAT app. 

I wasn't disappointed. The app is quick and easy to use and has everything you need to ensure you get the takeaway you want - from the offset it's simple to pop in your postcode (or use the geo-locate technology to find it for you) and choose which restaurant you'd like to order from. There are tonnes of different restaurants on there and the best thing is there are loads of reviews too (as well as the option to filter restaurants by a specific cuisine). It's really simple to order the food you want and payment is easy peasy - I honestly had no complaints and really enjoyed a stress-free takeaway experience. If you've seen the JUST EAT adverts, you'll know what I mean when I say that it was definitely a 'mini fist-pump' moment when our takeaway arrived! 

Take a look at my full review on the app in the video below, and let me know if you've used the app before/what you thought to it. You can check out the app at the JUST EAT website here

April Wishlist

Wednesday, 8 April 2015
pastelspring
1. Topshop - £28
2. New Look - £17.99
3. Rebelle - £40
4. Accessorize - £8
5. River Island - £28
6. New Look - Top: £14.99 Bottoms: £7.99
7. New Look - £14.99

Lately I've been doing a lot of online browsing, and I'm loving seeing so many spring and summer items working their way into the shops. Being a big pastel fan, spring is my favourite time of year for fashion and the one where I find myself writing countless wishlists!

I spotted this sixties inspired pelmet skirt on Topshop and immediately fell in love - it is just the sort of thing I'd wear at this time of year (well, maybe when it gets a bit warmer), with tanned legs and a cute top. I'm not the biggest fan of Topshop at the minute, but I do find the occasional item that catches my eye - anyone else a bit like this? I really want a new pastel bag for spring (not like I don't already have quite a few) and this peach one from New Look is seriously cheap and seriously pretty. I love the peach colour and the cute details - I think it looks so much more expensive than it is.

A brand I've become a little obsessed with lately is Kate Spade - I bought myself a purse in the sales after Christmas and since then I've been addicted. I find the cute things tend to sell out on Kate Spade's website pretty quickly, so when I saw this adorable 'Cheers' bracelet on Rebelle (a cool website for second-hand designer goodies) for £40 it immediately went to the top of my wishlist. Definitely worth checking out Rebelle if you've missed out on something designer and can't find it anywhere (trust me, I've been there many times!) As it's very nearly the time of year when everyone jets off on holiday, I thought this cute suitcase purse from Accessorize was pretty appropriate, and these vintage-esque shorts from River Island are a steal at £28 and they even have a matching top.

Speaking of summer holidays, I absolutely adore this candy lilac bikini from New Look - it's just the sort of thing I'd wear on holiday (once I get my bikini body in shape, of course). Finally, these rose gold quilted plimsoles look seriously comfy and again, are a total steal at £14.99. I need them!

What's currently on your wishlist for spring? Let me know!

Happy Easter from Lush

Monday, 6 April 2015

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you've been having a lovely long weekend, enjoying the festivities and, obviously, eating lots of chocolate eggs. Of course, Easter wouldn't be Easter without an adorable range of products from Lush's Easter collection, and this year certainly didn't disappoint. 

With a nice big selection of spring-like, Easter-themed goodies, Lush have delivered yet another fantastic range, and one I'm a huge fan of. I was sent a few goodies from the collection to try and thought I'd run through and fill you in on what these look and smell like! 

First up, a really popular product has got to be the Hoppity Poppity bath bomb*. Shaped like the most adorable rabbit ever, this fizzy bath bomb contains popping candy (hence the name) to make for a really fun bath. It has quite a herby scent and is ideal for pre-bedtime baths as it contains lavender - perfect for sending even the most difficult snoozers to sleep. It also contains lime oil and violet leaf. Gorgeous! 

One of my personal favourites, the classic Fluffy Egg bath bomb* is filled with the incredible Snow Fairy scent that fans of sweet scents will absolutely adore. A must for pink lovers, this egg fills your bath with a candy pink colour and has all the sweetness of candy without the calories! I wish they did this bad boy all year round. 

Finally, the Bunch of Carrots bubble bars* are a fantastic quirky treat for swirling around your bath tub to add some much-needed bubbles and have the gorgeous uplifting and zesty scent of buchu, lemon and grapefruit oils - ideal for those early-morning bathers in need of a wake-up call! I really love this bubble bar if I ever feel like I need a pick-me-up, and you have to admit the little carrots look adorable sitting by the bath tub! 

Other fab products worth mentioning from the range include the blingtastic Golden Egg bath bomb melt, the Somewhere Over the Rainbow soap and Immaculate Eggception Pink bath bomb. I need them all! 

Have you been enjoying Lush's Easter collection? Let me know which are your favourites! 

Little Things #12

Thursday, 2 April 2015
I was recently sent a few goodies from Antipodes to introduce me to the brand, and I've been obsessed with the 'Joyful' hand and body cream ever since. It smells delicious and leaves my skin feeling super smooth and soft thanks to the avocado oil in it. The best thing is that the ingredients are all natural so you know you're not putting any harsh chemicals on your skin. I'm hooked already and can see me wanting lots more from this brand! It's not the cheapest in the world but the packaging is gorgeous, the product is fab and the fact the ingredients are all natural makes it even better. 

I've been a Sims girl for years - after discovering the game on the shelves of my local Game store all those years ago, I never looked back. If you've never played The Sims, you are seriously missing out. I can lose whole days to this game - with no regrets. The new Sims 4 game recently got released on Mac (hoorah!) and I had to grab it as soon as it was available. I've been playing it for a couple of weeks now and I'm impressed with a lot of the features - there are so many details in this version it's insane. Now I'm just looking forward to all the expansion packs! Seriously, just take all my money EA Games. 

I got this lipgloss last year and fell in love with it straight away, but over the winter months I neglected it. Now it's officially spring (sort of) I thought I'd dig it out and I'd forgotten how much I love it. I'm not normally a fan of lipgloss at all, but this one gives such a lovely colour and finish. It's not really sticky like traditional lipglosses either, and the colour pay off is fantastic. It also looks amazing with a tan. I don't use much from Maybelline if I'm honest but this has definitely made me more inclined to check out the counter when I'm next shopping. 

You all know I love unicorns, right? Having been a fan of fantasy novels growing up, and a fan of the film The Last Unicorn (even though the Red Bull used to scare me) when I was little, now that unicorns seem to be very 'in' I am totally jumping on that bandwagon. I have unicorn plush toys, unicorn ring holders, unicorn paintings and it's pretty much a given any item of clothing I see with a unicorn on, I buy. So, when I saw this in New Look it made perfect sense that I bought it. I'm not sure where I'm going to hang it yet, but it'll fit in nicely with the rest of my unicorn accessories, I'm sure. 

Like the majority of people, I've been known to get stressed out sometimes. When I do get stressed, I usually find a good solution to help me relax is to light a candle and have a pamper session, listen to relaxing music and just 'be'. So, when Karm Candles got in touch and said they'd like to send me some to try, I had to say yes. I wasn't sure what to expect, but honestly these luxury scented candles smell amazing and come beautifully packaged in a gift box. They're available in a wide range of different scents and they even come with their own matches - I mean, it doesn't get much better than that, right?! At £14.99 I think they're a great price compared to some of the higher end brands out there and are totally worth checking out. 

I've been meaning to mention my love for Estee Lauder's Modern Muse fragrance on here for a while now, and when I received a little sample of the perfume and the shower gel recently I thought it was the perfect opportunity. I've always loved Estee Lauder's fragrances, but this is the first one that I've fallen head over heels with. It smells seriously incredible and is definitely one of those 'classic' fragrances everyone needs in their perfume collection. 

I've become a bit of a Netflix addict lately - okay, so I've always been known to binge-watch series on there, but it's reached a whole new level recently. I got the free month trial thing last year and made the mistake of watching a few episodes of Breaking Bad, which then turned into me spending weeks solely consuming the frankly incredibly series. I didn't finish it in time for the free trial to end, so since then I've been paying the £5.99 a month to use it and honestly, I think it's totally worth it. There are a lot of dud films on there, I'll admit, but for TV series it's amazing. I'm currently hooked on Pretty Little Liars (no spoilers please) and Better Call Saul, the prequel to Breaking Bad. The good thing about Better Call Saul is you can't binge-watch the whole thing in one sitting - they're releasing an episode a week which is fine with me. I'd also put my hands up and say Netflix is worth getting purely for Orange is the New Black - another incredible TV show that is a total must-watch.

Homebase Wishlist

Friday, 27 March 2015
homebase
1. Heart Memo Board - £9.99
3. Teapot Tray - £1.43
4. Home Town Cushion - £2.93
5. Floral Drawer Chest - £19.99
7. Patchwork Box - £6.49 
8. Green Tray - £7.99
9. Giant Floor Lamp - £89.99

I haven't done a wishlist for a while and since moving out on my own, homeware has been far more appealing than fashion or beauty. So, I thought a Homebase wishlist would be appropriate, after heading to Homebase the other day and falling in love with everything I saw. 

I get really excited about making my home as pretty as possible, and being an avid collector of all things kitsch and shabby chic, I tend to accumulate a LOT of knick knacks and bits and pieces - which, in my opinion, make a home all the more homely. Homebase has a lot of the knick knacks I speak of available, as well as more practical things too - and practical can be pretty too, right?!

The first thing that caught my eye was this gorgeous heart memo board - I already have a pink heart-shaped one of these, but I loved the addition of the little hearts at the top of this one, and it's perfect for popping in photos and shopping lists - I think it'd look really cute in a country-style kitchen. Next up, this little heart-shaped dish has 'Favourite Things' emblazoned on it and is a total bargain at £2.49 (I'm such a sucker for buying stuff like this - over and over again!) This baby blue teapot-patterned tray would go in my pastel kitchen perfectly, and the home town cushion is a total steal at £2.93. 

I've been after a floral chest of drawers like this for popping bits and bobs in for ages now, and this one is seriously cute. I noticed Homebase have a lot of Habitat things for sale too, including this super cute little bird mug. For keeping things stored and stylish, the patchwork/floral box is really cute and half price - perfect for keeping all my stuff hidden away in! I've become a bit obsessed with trays lately and this green one would, again, look lovely in my kitchen - Homebase seriously have loads of fantastic kitchenware at the minute. Finally, I've wanted a big floor lamp like this for ages now and this one is perfect - and I don't think a bad price at £89.99. 

I'm really impressed with what Homebase have for sale at the minute and am very tempted to get buying a few bits! Are you lusting after homeware too at the minute? Let me know!

*This post is in collaboration with Homebase*