Makeup Revolution £1 Lipstick Swatches

 It's no surprise that Makeup Revolution are pretty much the make-up brand of the year, just an opinion. But with how well their pallets and their lipsticks have been selling over the past 12 months, the hype from this brand just hasn't gone away. I see countless amounts of posts floating around the blogging world about these lipsticks, and this has only been my second purchase of them (crazy i know). I picked up a few i hadn't already purchased, i think i have around 11 shades now, if you didn't know i really do love these Lipsticks and for the price of £1 the quality you're getting is so so good. I really love the shade of Bliss, i didn't expect it to be such a peachy colour but i know it's going to be perfect for the warmer days next year. Another gorgeous deep red from Passion, Makeup Revolution have a strong pallet of reds and each shades are nothing but pretty, darker shades of the range. Dusky was a random pick for me, as i don't normally go for shimmery shades but this is a perfect pink which for me isn't too standout-ish, a perfect everyday colour i reckon.

I can never say bad about this range of Lipsticks, my only complaint last time was the looseness of the lids (which was pretty much at the start of their range earlier this year) and the lids seem so much better! It's great that they listen to what we say, it's like we matter in production, they want us to be at our happiest with the product we're getting. If you haven't picked up a few shades, i suggest you do. Superdrug are always filling their shelves with them, so go get some while they're still in stock!


Real Techniques DUPES for Under £3!

I have previously written about these brushes, some time last year i think? I had just purchased them and having never used a Real Techniques brush, i didn't have much to compare to, so i thought i'd do an updated post about these wonderful Dupes i found. When i first started blogging, i had no job, which meant little money. I lusted after Real Techniques brushes for so long but i knew i could never afford them. I have been a lover of bargains since i started having pocket money, so eBay was always a favourite website of mine, you really can trust the sellers and know that you're getting a good bargain. I originally purchased these two brushes for under £2 from a Hong Kong seller, but i managed to find some more from London, for just a little bit more.

I'll start off with the design, yes it's pretty much very similar to Real Techniques brushes with the rubber bottom and a frosted colour leading up to the brush itself. A simple yet smart design. The handle itself is curved which i really like as i find it easier to hold in my hands, a perfect fit. Now the brush itself, after using the Real Techniques buffing brush, you know how soft those bristles are, well the dupes are so much more softer, you wouldn't believe. They are pretty much exactly the same size as the RT brushes so you're not getting any less at all. It's an all round comfortable brush to use and they last forever, i don't think I've washed my buffing brush properly yet and it's still soft as ever and there's been next to no bristles breaking off and falling apart. For what you're paying, it's a deal you're crazy not to try. Even if the brushes aren't for you, you really aren't losing out money wise, like you would if you separately bought a RT brush.

I highly recommend any newbie to make-up to try these, which i still consider myself as. No shame here, i just never expanded my options in the make-up world til this year and these brushes really have helped me to use different products i never thought of trying.

Design: ♥♥♥♥♥
Usage: ♥♥♥♥♥
Value: ♥♥♥♥♥
I overall give it a 5/5, i really can't fault these brushes at all and i highly recommend you trying them. You can buy them here on eBay, if you have a browse there's sets of them you can buy for even better value, which is crazy.


Glossybox November 2014

With this months Glossybox, a very cute designed box full of goodies to help battle the dryness of skin and hair this winter. I don't know if that was Glossybox's idea, or even they knew what i needed in my head, but whatever they thought, they thought good! My skin has been awful this past month, the cold is really getting to me and drying up faster than i can even blink. The H20+ Face Oasis was a perfect little sample to help me keep my skin feeling more alive, only a small amount is needed for coverage which is also amazing. I was happy to spot a Burts Bees item in the box as i had never even thought to try this brand before (no idea why) and it's a lovely little edition. Of course, with the ongoing cold weather destroying every part of my face, my lips definitely needed some TLC and it was a perfect product to help with my chapped lips. I don't normall go for glosses if you didn't already know, but once again this surprised me and it wasn't sticky on my lips at all (yay!) 

I'm still trying out the other three items but it's always great finding brands i'd never heard of, always broadening my beauty knowledge, it's great! Has anyone else tried these products? Let me know!


Mini Christmas Giveaway!

Hey lovelies! Hope you're all doing well, thought i'd make a quick post to say my giveaway is now LIVE! I've been collecting a few goodies to give away as i'm very grateful for every person who takes their time to have a look at my blog. It means a huge lot, thank you all so much! I've been browsing the gift isles and i picked out a few little treats to give away. Best of luck to you all, and once again thank you <3

List of prizes:
Makeup Revolution Encore
Makeup Revolution Reckless
Makeup Revolution Crime
Makeup Revolution Chic
Soap and Glory Lip Balm inside a Bauble
Models Own Hypergel x10
Simple Petite + Simple Gift Set

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Birmingham German Market

 There's nothing more festive than visiting a German Market in the weeks closing up to Christmas. The cold air, dark nights with Christmas lights illuminating up the streets of Birmingham. It's my favourite, i wasn't looking forward to Christmas much this year (I'm still not, really) but visiting the market once a year is always a lovely time, no sadness, just pure happiness. Filled with food and beer and the most beautiful trinkets and presents to buy (sometimes with silly prices for what you're getting, but it's only once a year so why not?!) Apart from the recent 'pickpocketers' reported to be raiding Birminghams German Market, i kept hold of my Camera very tight, often hiding it under my scarf, i couldn't take any chances could i? I thought i'd show you a few photographs i took the night i went. 

TRESemmé REVIEW: Split Mend Intense Recovery Masque

£5.75 from Boots for 300ml

If you've seen my previous post about TRESemme's Split Remedy range, you know how i couldn't
praise these products enough. Since i posted that, i was contacted by the TRESemme Twitter team (who were ever so lovely) about my post and it was amazing to see how much they enjoyed reading it, and how they wanted to send me some more goodies from the Split Remedy range. I was sent three different products and I wanted to mainly speak about this one today.

Lets talk about the size of the product first, it's a fairly big tub of gloopy goodness. A whole 300ml full of product that will surely last a lot longer than you think, I've been using this on and off for a month now and i'd say i'm just about half way through. You really can't fault the price for around £5.75 (depending on which shop you go to). As I've said previously, the Split Remedy Shampoo and Conditioner did wonders for my hair. This product pretty much sealed the deal on my love for it. I find it so much easier to just grab a handful from the tub and just massage it into my hair, whichever way i wanted. Maybe that's the child inside of me wanting to make a giant mess on my head, maybe so. But it's so easy to apply and it always gives great results. It's said to leave on between 3 and 5 minutes which is perfect time for the product to soak in, and it's ideal to comb it through just to make sure the product is reaching every inch of my hair. Like i said, my hair looks ten times healthier and considering i haven't had my hair cut in a very long while, it really does help tame the dead ends i've yet to have cut off.

I've been wanting to grow my hair for so long and this year i decided to fulfill my dream, which did mean me avoiding my local hairdresser for many many months. I know it's healthier to get a cut every month or so, but i knew for a fact if i went they would just cut off too much and i would literally be back at square one in growing my hair! I've never had a positive outcome from cutting my hair, i guess i just never know what i truly want. Having products like this really help to maintain the dead ends and really do make you feel better about it, because i know how horrible it feels to be walking around knowing how dead my hair looks, not a great feeling.

Overall, i really cant fault this hair product range, it really does help and i seriously would recommend it to anybody who needs help with split ends.

Beauty Advent Calendars for 2014

Christmas is coming around ever so scarily and quickly this year. My favourite part as a kid was my mum buying me a chocolate advent calendar and getting excited to count down each day. As I've grown older i guess the novelty has just worn off and if anything most chocolate in the calendars taste awful... Which is where the beauty calendars come in, i only discovered this wonderful invention last year when Boots released their own, which i sadly was too late to buy as everywhere was completely sold out of them. This year i am prepared! I already have one sitting in my room, i have my eye on quite a few which to me is super exciting and maybe(?) a bit expensive (oops).
Okay my first choice isn't beauty related but how amazing is this? 25 tea-light candles with the loveliest of Christmassy scents, i am determined to burn them all before Christmas! 

I only recently tried this brand and yes i do totally regret leaving it so long before doing so, but this is a great way to help broaden your collection of nail polishes with maybe some shades you never imagined of trying? I know i tend to stick to the same colours so this would be great for someone who's stuck for what suits them and what doesn't.

Benefit Cosmetics - £60
A very popular advent calendar by far! I recently looked on the website and it's already sold out unfortunately. But what a steal it is! With all the gorgeous selection of mini products from Benefit to try, it's more than worth the money you'll spend on it.

I remember Zoella showing this calendar on her vlogs of last year, it always got me excited to try it as i remember it being huuuge! It really is packed full of goodies which i'm desperate to try, 

    No7 - £35
Possibly the biggest bargain yet, if you can't afford to splash out over 60 pounds for one, this is a perfect medium that still gives you miniatures of No7s best selling products. Sounds perfect to me.

    Topshop Jewellery - £25
Another steal, in case you want something different instead of make-up. 24 boxes full of gorgeous jewellery, need i say more? I love this idea!

What calendars are you hoping to get this year? I think I'm going to grab Boots' when they put it on sale as i know how quick they sell! Let me know of any i didn't mention please xx

Glossybox October 2014

 Hey everyone! I'm sure you're all pretty aware of these wonderful monthly subscriptions and it's just me who's only just recently getting into them. I'd seen this months box many many times in other blog posts I've read and i fell completely in love, considering the price I am paying per box (£13.25 including postage) and the quality of items i'm getting it literally took me two seconds to order my first. I fell in love with the art, i am not going to lie. Being an art student for many years it really did bring me back to the days of learning about pop art and artists such as Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. The artwork was perfect and it completely stood out to me, without even look at the products (I have a serious problem with enjoying the look of things a lot more than anything else haha!) It's so nicely packaged and nothing was damaged in the slightest which is a dream, the quality of everything i received looks amazing.

As this is my first box, i am super excited to be trying new products as i really do suck at trying new products, i tend to just stick to the same old and that can get very boring. It's time for my newbie self to broaden the horizon of the beauty world! It's daunting but i can't wait to get stuck into these lovely products. But I'm mostly excited about the gorgeous Ciate bottle of nail polish I've received, never trying this brand before i regret very much because it's such a beautiful shade i can't wait to use it! 

Have you got this months box? Did you like it? Let me know!

House of Fraser SALE Necklaces

Hand of Fatima Necklace - £6.65   Leaf necklace - £8.10

I was messaged by the lovley Bethanie who was able to send me these beautiful necklaces that i personally chose off the House of Fraser website. I searched through the options to find the perfect necklaces that i knew wasn't going to break my bank. You know me, i like to grab a bargain whenever i can! My first choice was a Layered Hand of Fatima necklace, which actually are two in which I've changed the length to show both effectively. It's a beautiful little silver plated charm with a bit of sparkle for the eye in the hand. I literally haven't taken them off yet, they're gorgeous little necklaces and for £6.65 you can't go wrong with what you're buying! My second choice was a brass piece which was such a perfect gold colour, it wasn't too overwhelming at all (i'm not a gold jewellery person at all). Three beautiful little leaves which aren't joined together, freely threaded through a chain. I'm a fan of necklaces with small charms, i have quite the collection. So these two will fit perfectly into that, if i ever take them off (ha).

I feel super lucky that i was able to choose something off the House of Fraser website,  and i am incredibly thankful that Bethanie gave me the chance to review such beautiful jewellery. I definitively recommend checking out the website, yet it's a daunting thing as i'd never think to look myself! It opens my eyes to see that yes, it's an expensive brand but that shouldn't fool you to think that you could never pay hundreds for a chain and a charm. I've learned my lesson, plus there's a sale in any shop, of course there is. But the sale pieces are worth grabbing, it's so worth it i promise!