Review: Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara

We all know mascara is my have-to-have makeup item. I just don’t feel myself without a coat (ok, maybe three coats…) of mascara on my lashes. I am forever searching for the best mascaras to plump up my lashes and open my eyes up. I have tried so many mascaras and have become quite picky with them.

Today, I thought I’d give you my thoughts on the Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes mascara.

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For starters, the main thing that stands out for this one is the applicator wand. It is small and spherical, instead of the long ones you normally get. I quite like this because, yes it takes a bit longer, but it allows you to be very precise and get every little lash, without getting mascara all over your eye lids.

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I have also found that this product is quite lengthening, but I do put on a couple of coats to get it to how I like it.

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The negatives, it does take a little longer to put on. This isn’t really a quick swipe and go product. It is also a bit more pricy at £24, so I would say this is more of a treat yourself kind of thing, but I do love having it as an option in my mascara bag (yes, I do have a cosmetics bag just for mascara…..don’t judge me!) I do think that you can get other mascaras that will work just as well from a high street brand, so if you aren’t in the market for a pricy mascara, have no fear, you will find some pretty fab ones at Superdrug.

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Overall, I give this product a thumbs up because it goes on easily, it does lengthen my lashes and gives me an ‘eyes wide open’ look, which I love and I do really like the smaller applicator wand.

Let me know if you like this product too, or if you don’t think it’s worth the money.

Until next time gang,

xx

B.

Isn’t Life Worth Celebrating (with Vegan Cupcakes)?

Hello everyone,

A lot has been going on in life lately and I thought in honour of some changes, I would make some vegan cupcakes (which are insanely delicious) and share what I have been thinking about recently with you, so here we go!

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Isn’t life worth celebrating? It’s spring, the flowers are starting to bloom and perhaps it is this that has me looking up, but I am determined to focus on celebrating the little things. In life, it is all too easy to focus on the negative and dwell on what is going wrong, but when we do that, it is often that we end up looking over the little things that deserve a celebration. For me this week, it was moving to the next stage of interviewing for a job I am hoping to get (keep your fingers crossed for me!). I would never normally think of that as something to celebrate, rather just another average bit of news. BUT, I think that this is just the sort of thing we should be celebrating. Even the fact of getting an interview at all should be a small win that brings on a little victory dance, but these sorts of things just fly under the radar, for me at least.

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So, as I was rummaging through the pantry looking for all of the ingredients Minimalist Baker (one of my faves, def check out her recipes) said I would need, I decided these are going to be celebratory cupcakes, and this little acknowledgement of success is something I need to do much more often! Shoot, I might start celebrating simply making it through the week if it means I get to treat myself to some mouth watering treats! And so the baking process began.

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I measured, I beat, I poured and I taste tested, all the while thinking about all of positivity I should be focusing on. I tried to draw inspiration from the people around me since it is often easier to see their reasons for happiness and celebration. I’m not sure about you, but I noticed that it isn’t just me who is overlooking life’s little wins so often, I see it in my family and friends as well. So I encourage you to point out these little wins to loved ones when they might over look them, but more importantly, remember to congratulate yourself. Admittedly, there is more than enough negativity in the world right now to overwhelm us all 100 times over, but I think that means we should look even harder for a chance to do a little victory dance, tell yourself how amazing you are and (of course) celebrate with some cupcakes.

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Remember to share a smile today and I’ll talk to you soon!

xx

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Beauty Without Cruelty: Brand Review

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. It’s snowing where I am right now if you can believe it! What a better time to do a review post than sitting at home warm and snug away from the cold of the snow?!

The post: brand review. The subject: Beauty Without Cruelty.

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I found this brand because, as you guys know, I love cruelty free, vegan products when I can find them, and this brand caught my eye. The whole ethos is based around cruelty free cosmetics, how cool is that?! I have tried out a few of their products (all vegan) and wanted to share them with you! Let’s get to it!

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Concealer: The first thing I tried was the cream concealer pencil. I have to admit, I wasn’t totally sold on the idea of this product, but when I tried it, it quickly became my favourite of the bunch. It’s really soft so it goes on easily, which is good for under eyes. I actually love using this product as a highlight, so it’s perfect to brighten under the eyes and give the cupids bow a lift. I’ve found that it’s light coverage, but using it as a brightener is perfect!

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Foundation: As you know, I don’t wear foundation that often because I hate the feeling of having something all over my face. We may have found a solution. This foundation is a slightly more liquid-y formula in comparison to my other foundations, but I like it because it is so weightless. I don’t feel like I have something caked all over my face, in fact, I don’t feel it at all! It is light to medium coverage as well so its good for days that you want to just give a nice, subtle even skinned, natural look.

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Powder: The translucent powder is also something I see myself using quite often now. You get a good amount of product and I like using this to set the foundation and concealer. Again, it doesn’t feel like I have anything on my face, so I am a fan! I also really like the packaging of this product, doesn’t it just look pure and natural?

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Eyeliner: The soft kohl pencil is exactly as I’d expect, nice and soft so it’s really easy to apply. It isn’t waterproof, so it can smudge easily, so be aware of that, but I’ve been using it to just enhance the lash line and it looks nice. I have this in the colour Walnut so it is great for getting a really natural look. I’ve even used it to contour! No complaints from me here!

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Mascara: The first thing I noticed about this was the applicator brush. It’s this cool kind of wave cut out, which just looks edgy! This mascara is quite soft and feels nice on the lashes. I often get eye infections and have to be extra careful about keeping my eyes clean. The fact that this mascara is vegan, and has natural ingredients makes me so much more comfortable using this product as opposed to another less natural product. It doesn’t offer a lot of curl, but when I give my lashes a good pre-curl it tends to hold up quite well and it defines the lashes, so it is great for a no-makeup makeup look.

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Lips: BWC also have a range of lipsticks. This one is in the colour Pomegranate and it is a pretty bright pink. It is really pigmented and it has a nice finish on the lips. I would caution, that they are very pigmented, so the colour might end up being a bit different than you expect from the pictures on the website. I like that the main ingredients in this are natural oils (like jojoba and caster seed oil), so I feel better about wearing this lipstick knowing that it’s a natural product.

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Hair: I also tried out the Rosemary, Mint and Tee Tree shampoo and conditioner. When I saw this scent on their website, I was so excited because mint anything is going to be a favourite of mine. I also really love tee tree since it has healing properties, and of course rosemary, mmmm, three of my favourite scents rolled into one! You guys, these products have such a strong smell. When I opened the box, I was immediately hit with the smell of rosemary. It was great. After using these two products, my hair felt so light and soft. I also just love of the feeling of a conditioner with mint because of the cooling effect on the scalp!

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You can check out BWC here:

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A big thank you to BWC for sending these products my way!

Overall, I am impressed with this brand. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I have enjoyed using these products. If you are looking for a cruelty free, vegan brand, this one is worth giving a try. Have any of you tried the Beauty Without Cruelty products? If you have, what did you think? Let me know if you have any suggestions of brands to try!

Until next time gang,

xx

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Review: Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Hello everyone!

How are you all on this lovely day? The sun in shining here for the first time in the week I have been here, so I am very excited about that!

I haven’t done a review in a while and they are some of my favourite posts to do since I get to just gush about a product, so today I am breaking the silence. Todays subject: Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner.

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The verdict: try it!

You can find it on SALE here!

I normally tend to stay away from the liquid liners because they are a bit easier to mess up than a felt tip liner, but for some reason I felt compelled to give this liquid one a go. I actually really like it!

I found that it goes on very easily and I love the finish that it gives. You know how some liners dull as soon as they dry and then you feel like you have to put on another coat? Well, this one didn’t seem to do that! It stayed jet black even after it dried and to me, that’s a win. It is also waterproof, so on days that the allergies are playing up, or you get caught in a rain storm, this stays on, no black lines on this face!

Another thing that I love about this product is that it is by Urban Decay and a lot of the Urban Decay products these days are vegan. I just find that I feel so much better about using products/brands that are vegan and I am thrilled that UD advertise a fair few of their products as such. On top of that, the products are amazing, so I can’t ask for much else.

I love hearing from you guys so let me know if you guys have tried this product, as well as what you think about UD advertising vegan products (do you like it? do you care? etc!).

Talk to you next time,

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Bring on the Spice: Indian Cooking Class

Hello everyone,

For my birthday last year by boyfriend set up a cooking class for the  two of us, since we always have trouble deciding on what to cook. Unfortunately, classes that are vegan friendly are few and  far  between so we had to  wait a few months before we got to go. The classes were based on type of cuisine, so there were Thai food classes, meat based classes, etc., and we choose Indian.

The day started early with a bus ride out to the country where the cooking school is located. It was so beautiful and I loved getting out of the city for a little while. Each dish started with a demonstration and then we  got to go and try our hand at them. We had such a good time but we got the feeling we  were at the bottom of talent scale in comparison to the rest of the class. We had to ask a lot of questions and made a few mistakes but we managed to not burn ourselves  on the deep fat fryer and I take that as a win. I may not be an expert with Indian cuisine yet, but we were really proud of ourselves when we turned out some delicious food. Check it out!

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London In A Day

Hi everyone!

I know my last post was about my weekend in London, but I talked too much about the Glamour Beauty Festival that I thought I should break it up and post some pictures of the rest of the weekend separately. London is too great not to share, so here is how I spent my free day.

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Sunday was spent wandering around the city, hunting down plant-based food and trying to squeeze in as many sites as possible. I had spent a bit of time in London before and have done all of the site seeing things, but London doesn’t really get old for me and I wanted to see it all again. We started the day by heading to Camden Market to get some street food and because we wanted to find this vegan/gluten free bakery called Cookies and Scream. I had a falafel wrap for lunch which was amazing but I was really after the dessert. Take me to the sweet stuff! After quite a lot of searching we finally found Cookies and Scream, and holy cow you guys, it was so good! We got a couple of milkshakes and we couldn’t wait to dig in…..so the picture came after we had finished about half of them. Seriously you guys, if you are in that area, hunt this place down!

Next stop was Oxford street for a little shopping. I cannot tell you how much I love the Lush store there. It is massive! As in one whole floor of bath bombs. Of course I had to pick up a few (in the process forcing my bf to sniff them all haha). They have some really cute Easter themed ones at the moment, these carrots are so cute:

 

I also had to hit up Victoria’s Secret, because we don’t have one in Scotland, and to me, that is just unacceptable, so I made sure to make a stop there. I love their PINK range, and found another sports bra-esque top that I love. They come down a bit lower on the torso, which I find really flattering. If you love these too you can buy it here:

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After our wallets had taken a little bit of a beating we wandered around St. James Park, and took some pictures of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London eye before heading to the airport for our flight home.

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It was such a good weekend that I didn’t want it to end and am already starting to plan my next trip to London. Let me know if there is anything you think I should make sure to do on my next trip and share your London experiences with me in the comments!

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Review: Maria Nila Hair Masque

Hello everybody!

It has been a little while since my last post. Life has gotten so busy! I have been caught up with projects at work and Christmas excitement and just life in general. Although its nice to be busy, I have also been stressed to the max, so its been a little slice of heaven to get in the shower and have a few minutes to myself with calming music and all the lovely shower gels and bubble baths. Queue the Maria Nila Hair Masque!

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I was particularly excited to try this product because it is 100% vegan and I love using vegan products when I get the chance. The packaging of this product is also really cute. It’s professional but still fun, which is personally what I look or in packaging.

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I used this after washing my hair. The instructions say it’s best on damp hair but my hair has been wet every time I’ve used it and the results have still be great. I can’t say that I am a massive fan of the smell but that is only because it’s a bit too sweet for me. The cream feels luxurious and coats hair easily, which is nice because I have really thick hair so anything that goes on easy is a great help!

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I notice that my hair is so much softer and shinier after I use this product and I love it! I am really looking forward to trying some more of the products from this range. It gets a thumbs up from me, so if you are in the market for a hair masque give this brand a try here.

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I hope everyone is having a good weekend and staying warm! Until next time 🙂

xx