Kiss Coture Faux Mink Lashes

I’m not the girl who wears false lashes for two reasons 1. time and 2. I can never get one of my eyes looking good. I know practice makes perfect but sometimes life just doesn’t give you time to experiment with false lashes.

So when I was sent these Kiss Lashes  to review I thought ok let’s just see if I can make these work.  The lashes are attached to a thick band making them feel sturdy but still soft and flexible, I had to trim the sides of both lashes to fit I then applied the black coloured Kiss Lash adhesive and let them sit for a minute before applying. As usual for me, my left eye was easy and I got it to sit perfectly first time, my right eye is always a struggle but I managed to get them to sit perfectly without any drama.

 

These Midnight Lashes are thick and long enough to add intensity to you eyes, without looking over the top. I wore mine with a nude eyeshadow and black gel liner to give some depth to my eye lid.

The Kiss adhesive was great, it comes with a sturdy application wand rather than a plastic tip or in a squeezy tube. Great for applying directly onto the lash band without making a sticky mess.

 

For me these lashes are a winner wether you’re a pro or not at applying lashes, I think this couture range is a great product from the ease of use to the look.

Despite trying hard to find fault, I literally cannot fault these lashes.

Great work Kiss!!

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ERDEM X H&M Collection. My First Fashion Blog

I’m not one for going crazy at the shops or queuing up for limited edition lines but I turned up to work on my day off by mistake. I was there for half an hour when one of my colleagues said I was meant to be off today! By this time it was 9am so I had two options go home or go shopping. Naturally, I chose shopping! And even better this was launch day for the ErdemxHM collection.  Luckily there wasn’t much of a queue in the Glasgow H&M store and I only had to wait 10 mins.

I’m very happy with my choices from the collection, the beautiful fabric and romantic floral prints are timeless and breathtaking. A great deal of detail and love has gone into this collection which is obvious from how it feels, flows and falls.

I picked the Black Floral long sleeve dress, White Floral T-Shirt earrings and brooch.

I teamed up the T-shirt with the beautiful jewelled brooch and this cobalt blue cardigan from Primark. Annoyingly, I’ve not been able to wear the brooch as when I took it out the box the back pin was broken off it. Really annoying as I just can’t seem to fix it.

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My favourite piece is the dress, I love all the frill details on the shoulder, back and front.

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The beautiful bow earrings are clip ons, something I’ve not seen for a long time. I love the diamond and pearl drop on these, they are a little heavy wearing and so far I’ve not been able to keep them on for any more than a few hours but that’s maybe just me.

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The staff on the day at H&M Glasgow couldn’t have been more helpful, there was a great buzz in the air and every customer was having a great time thanks to all the staff who were running around handing out cake pops and genuinely making everyone feel welcome.

Overall, a lovely collection and a great shopping experience. Well done H&M!

 

 

 

Bargain Mascara Miss Sporty Really Me

Gone are the days of paying too much for a mascara, I’ve finally found a great drugstore mascara that I’m loving so much I just had to share with you.

So I’m just going to jump in with this mascara to say I’m absolutely loving it, it’s a great dupe for the Dior backstage black out mascara.
For £3.99 you get a great quality black mascara that coats the lashes perfectly with a luscious jet black cover, adding volume with the addd bonus of the non permanent tint that gradually builds colour to your lashes, perfect if like me you have very pale lashes, this mascara is a god send.

Im also loving the cute bubblegum packaging, it makes it so much easier to find it in your makeup bag. Look out for this Miss Sporty Really Me Mascara at  Superdrug   Just now they have this on offer on 3 for 2 across all makeup ranges.

 

 

Marks And Spencer Advent Callender 2017

I remember as a child sharing my advent calendar with my sister, each day, before school, we would take it in turns to open the windows. Back then we didn’t have chocolate calendars,  just a simple calendar with a Christmas theme and lots of glitter.

Then came the chocolate calendars that our mum said we weren’t allowed, denying us  the luxury of having chocolate for breakfast ( thankful for her strict food upbringing now though)

And then came the beauty advent calendars, just about every store and beauty brand are doing these from drugstore beauty and high street stores to luxury brands. Thankfully good old Marks & Spencer have come out with an incredible calendar filled with beauty treats worth over £250.

 

 

Below I have written a review on each product, this could be a bit long winded if you’re not into reading too much in blogs so I’ve included lots of images so you can get the jist of whats in the box. I will say that I’m over the moon with every product. Each one is a generous sample or full sized product. There is something for everyone of all ages in the calendar and if you don’t want to keep some of the items they will make great little presents or stocking filler. Look out for the * on my favourite products.

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Rosie for Autograph Amazing Radiance Glow  * Beautiful shimmer cream that absorbs quickly into your skin leaving a healthy glow with a lovely delicate slightly sweet scent. I loved this product especially as the difference was very subtle but just enough to make a difference to leave your skin looking healthy and feeling smooth.

Filorga Smoothing Mask  This mask left my skin feeling soft and dewy. This is a great sample size and a little goes a long way. It’s an opaque white cream that feels luxurious and soft on the skin.

Nuxe Precious Scented Shower Oil with Golden Shimmer  I love Nuxe products so to get this fabulous sample size in this calendar is wonderful. This lovely tinted gel leaves skin feeling silky smooth, once you’ve tried this you will want to try the rest of the Nuxe range.

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Gatineau Melatogenine Aux Probiotics  Thick pearly white cream, a little goes a long way, best to use sparingly. The product absorbed well into the skin it doesn’t leave the skin feeling tacky but definitely gives the feeling of instant nourishment.

Radial Dragons Blood Sculpting Gel  Radial is one of my favourite brands and this good sized sample is a great introduction to their products. The gel will help reduce the appearance of fine lines by plumping the skin.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick  Honestly M&S you definitely picked the perfect shade from the Stila liquid lipstick collection. I’ve had so many comments from friends on this shade. Not everyone likes liquid lipsticks but this one isn’t as drying as most liquid products it goes on really buttery and does dry down after a few minutes as you would expect.

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Korrs Wild Rose Advanced Sleeping Mask.  This is my first time trying a Korrs product. This has a nice velvety texture and melts quickly into the skin. Contains wild rose oil vitamin C & Hyaluronic acid for a softer smoother more radiant skin.

Black Magic Mascara  I have mixed feelings with this mascara. The finished application is fantastic my lashes definitely looked longer and fuller. The wand is slightly curved and this is great if you are careful when applying your mascara however I did find that I poked my eye with the curved tip a couple of times so I’d say apply slowly,  not a good idea to use on the go.

Nails Ink Gel One Coat  The shade in my calendar was Milton Star and I loved that one coat was indeed enough to cover the nails with a glassy glossy shine.

Formula Reveal Cream * I absolutely love this product, my skin felt I’d just had a mini spa treatment. At first I thought the product contained little soft beads until I realised it was the dead skin on my face that was very gently rubbing away. By far one of my fav products in this great calendar collection. I’ll be purchasing the full sized product.

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Ultra Sun Lip Protector  SPF 30 great for sunny days under your lipstick, also perfect for winter sun protection .

Alpha Liquid Gold Rose  This limited addition product reduces surface roughness, pigmentation and sun damage. This limited rose is an enhanced version of the original.

Shay Blue Blood Orange Perfume * British made with real flowers, fruits and spices. This is a very generous refreshing scent with deep notes of musk and wood perfect for either male of female.

Emma Hardy Cleansing Balm  Removes all traces of makeup including eye makeup. Once rubbed into the skin remove with a hot cloth for the best results.

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Diego Della Palma Mascara *  Very intense deep black mascara that applies easily giving length and volume to your lashes. Absolutely love this mascara.

Percy & Read Hairspray  Love the packaging from this brand, the product gives a strong hold while adding gloss to the hair without it looking sticky or stiff.

Ren Instant Firming Beauty Shot  Apply before your usual moisturiser. I also tried this under my makeup as a primer although not sold for this purpose I actually found it helped my foundation sit well.

Ameliorate Transforming Body Lotion  Loved this body cream it’s fresh light and absorbs into the skin quickly leaving a lovely light scent.

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Leighton Deny Nail Polish in Star  Beautiful sparkly polish with a glossy finish. Looks great on it’s own or on top of any nail polish shade. I found that applying it on top of the nails ink polish in this calendar worked fabulously, giving a lovely sparkle to the gold gel.

Pixi Lip Gloss  Exactly what it says. It’s a nice gloss not too tacky. I liked to wear this on top of the Stila liquid lipstick that comes with this calendar.

Balanceme Rose Otto Face Oil  100% natural ingredients containing pure rose Otto Palma rose & other essential oils. A very light weight oil helping improve delicate skin.

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Autograph Hydrating Boost Primer * Probably the best primer I’ve ever used, this amazing primer from Marks and Spencer leaves a lovely silky texture allowing foundation to apply and sit nicely on the skin.

Formula Absolute * This is a new range from Marks and Spencer. Apply this at night then wash off in the morning. This formula says it will give the the appearance of an 8 hour sleep. So I guess you may get this with any face cream applied before bed but this is actually a good cream and a little goes a long way.

Pure Correcting Primer  Really nice cream that quickly absorbs giving a slight glow to the skin. I liked to use this on top of my foundation on the tops of my cheekbones and brow, to give a nice subtle glow

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And finally on Christmas Day you will find a pretty makeup bag to fit all your goodies from the calendar into. Ok so not everything is going to fit in here but it’s a lovely pouch that is exclusive to this calendar.

 

The calendar will be available in store and online from Marks & Spencer from November 9th for £35 with any purchase of £35 or more.

This calendar was sent to me for reviewing purposes, all opinions are my own

 

ImPress Press On Manicure Nails From Kiss Nails

 

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If you are like me and have an ongoing issue with getting the perfect looking nails without having semi permanent false nails from the salon put on, then finding the right press on false nails is a must.

I try to keep my own nails healthy but sometimes no matter how many times I paint them they never really look great unless I go to the salon for a manicure and only then they will look fabulous. The problem with going to the salon is that it can be hard to just get a walk in appointment and usually when I have time and book ahead the appointment times I’m looking for are rarely available.

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This is why I like to keep a supply of Kiss false nails in my vanity. No longer are press on nails boring or difficult to apply. They are fun playful glossy and instant with no fussy glue or time to wait on them setting. Kiss press on nails are the easiest and most convenient way to give your nails a makeover. Easy and quick to apply and best of all they have a great variety of designs available to suit any occasion and any mood. I love how glossy these red and black dotty ones are they retail at £7.99 but boots and Superdrug always have special offers on for 3 for 2 across beauty and accessories throughout the year.

Available from Superdrug  and Boots

A quick guide on how to apply.

Follow link for step by step instructions for Impress Press On Manicure

Images from Kiss

 

 

 

 

A Good Nights Sleep With Feather & Down

I’ve never had any trouble sleeping, in fact my husband always says that by the time he’s switched off the light and climbed back into bed I’m already fast asleep.

When I was younger my mind was always on hyper mode drifting from one thought to another, I could easily survive on just a few hours sleep and still be bright eyed and full of energy the next morning.

All that being said I know not everyone has the luxury of being able to fall asleep easily and if something can help then why not give it a try.

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Feather & Down “Sleep Matters” range  definitely leaves you with a relaxed calm sense of being. Although I don’t have trouble sleeping I’ve found these products really helpful after a long stressful day at work to help you unwind and relax in the evening.

All Purpose Sleep Balm

A lovely little travel and handbag sized pot of balm blended with vitamin E and essentials oils, apply to your pulse points and after a few minutes breath in the calming aromas to unwind and relax a few hours or less before bed. This will help your body relax and unwind helping you to switch off from the stress of the day. It’s also good for travelling if you’re feeling a little anxious as the beautiful aromas can encourage you to relax and unwind.

Melting Shower Gel

This is absolutely divine, either in the shower or squeezed into the bath for some light bubbles and aroma. This beautiful shower cream lathers easily into lovely soft bubbles that cleanse and rinse off your skin without leaving any residue. On use, you are immediately hit with the dreamy aromas of Lavender and Chamomile essential oils that melt any tension and stress leaving you feeling calm and relaxed. This is one of the best shower creams I have used in a long time I’m really impressed by how calming and soothing this product is. An absolute must have even if you aren’t feeling stressed. I would love to try this formula in other scents too as the quality of the product is perfect.

Pillow Spray

An Infusion of Lavender and Chamomile essential oils to help calm an anxious mind. Lavender and Chamomile are known to help aid relaxation so its perfect that Feather & Down have mixed both essential oils into a pillow spray to aid relaxation and calm a busy mind.  I find spraying your pillow 30 min to an hour before bed will also help gently fill the room with the relaxing aromas before bed.  I find this is the best way to use the pillow spray as its very potent a bit like when you first spray on perfume it takes a while to settle.

My thoughts on this brand  Im really impressed with the quality of the products especially for the price the All Purpose Sleep Balm  retails at £7, Melting Shower Gel retails at £6 (great value) and finally the Pillow Spray  retails at £7. All are available at Boots and online at Feather & Down  Although these products don’t claim to guarantee you a perfect sleep, what it can do is help  your body relax and unwind and over time will probably improve your sleep pattern. My favourite product is without a shadow of a doubt the Shower Cream but I also love the Sleep Balm, this is a great little pot of calmness that you can carry around with you in your handbag or in your pocket.

If you are struggling to sleep and nothing helps, it’s worth making an appointment with your GP to discuss it. Remove any unnecessary electronic devices from your bedroom such as televisions and computers, do not use a computer for 30 mins before going to bed and try these great Feather & Down products to help induce a deep natural refreshing sleep.

YouTube Makeup v’s Instagram

Hi guys, so recently I’ve found myself shopping less for new makeup. I was the girl constantly purchasing the latest YouTube guru’s products of desire from the latest lipstick, gloss, foundation, eyeshadow and blushes.

To say I’d spend a couple of hundred pounds a month on makeup was reality. Now I’ve learned that all that glitters on your favourite YouTube makeup video isn’t always gold.

More often than not I was disappointed with just about everything that I purchased based on what my favourite YouTuber was using and raving about.

I ended up with drawers full of products that look good but just don’t live up to the hype.

Now I’ve learned that the best advice I get is from the blogging and beauty community is from Instagram  Not everyone on there is selling or promoting a brand for money or hype.

Through bloggers on Instagram I’ve found honesty and most importantly a real love for makeup and skincare, there are thousands of wonderful people to connect to who will give you their  honest tried and tested opinions on makeup and skincare.

So the moral of this blog is take your time do your research and go with what works for you.

Shop around, ask for samples, all good beauty departments are happy to let you sample products before you buy.