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.

Review: NYX Highlight and Contour Pallet

Hello B-uties!

See what I did there?! B. Beauty… B – uties……?? Man, someone get me a mic because this comedy show is taking to the road! But first, let me tell you my thoughts on the NYX Highlight and Contour pallet.

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I bought this pallet about 2 weeks ago now (I think) for $25 and I have been using it almost everyday since.

I do really enjoy this pallet. There is a nice variety of shades and I have found them to be highly pigmented, however, they are a bit powdery, so make sure to tap that brush! I do really love the contour side of the pallet. The highlight is nice and I do find myself using it. I would never use it over, say, the Bar of Gold by Charlotte Tilbury (obviously) but it still gives a nice light and lift to the face.

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I would say it is a nice pallet to have on hand as a good addition to your makeup collection. I am always a fan of having multiple products in one pallet because its like a one stop shop, there is a little bronzer, a little highlighter, and even a little concealer help with the banana shade. Yes, please!

Have you guys tried this pallet? If so, what do you think? What are some of your other favourite highlight and contour pallets?

Until next time gang,

xx

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Micro Ulta Haul

Hello friends,

Today was a good day. Why? Because I got to get my shopping shoes on and get myself back into the beauty world of course! Although, it wasn’t in a big way because I only bought four items. But still, it’s a start! So let’s dive in. Here is what I got:

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NYX Contour and Highlight Pallet:

I have seen this on a few YouTube videos and I really liked the look of it so I wanted to give it a go for myself. I am pretty excited to use this (and review it for you) because of the different shade options. I think its going to be a good little contour/highlight go-to!

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Revlon Finishing Powder:

Long story short, I just needed a finishing powder and this was the only one I could find today, so this is what I ended up with. I haven’t seen any reviews or videos on this off the top of my head so I am hoping it is a good one, but I am excited to try it out and let you know! I am especially curious to see if the 16 hour stay claim is true or not!

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John Frida Sea Salt Spray:

I have wanted some sea salt spray for a hot minute, so today I found this little bottle on sale and just went for it. I am going to go wild with some sexy, beachy waves, just you wait…. well, I’ll try anyway and trying is what counts!

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Mario Badescu Face Spray:

I was on a mission to find a hydrating face spray and let me tell you, it was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be. Ulta has quite a lot of stuff but they were really lacking in the face spray department. I only found about four options and out of those I decided to go with this bad boy. It was small and inexpensive (only 5 dollars) so I thought it would be good to try it first to see if it actually works. I’ve used it once today and it seems quite nice actually so I think I will like using this one. Yay!

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I have also made a little video over on my YouTube channel, so if you want to listen to me talk about my shopping trip today, here it is:

 

So, what do you think guys? That is my micro haul. Good? Have you guys tried any of these products? Let me know if you have and leave a comment below if you want to see any reviews for these.

Until next time guys,

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Who Doesn’t Like to FeelUnique…?

Happy Thursday everyone!

Today is an exciting day because my FeelUnique order came a’knocking on my doorstep! This is the first time I have bought make-up on the internet…I’ll pause for a second while shock wears off…I really like to see the product and the size before buying typically, but I have to be honest, no matter how hard I fight it, the age of the internet has caught me in its big ole claw and here I am online shopping and blogging. Anyway, lets get to the make up!!

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Now, since the Naked Smokey pallet has just hit the UK, I know that this choice may not be too popular because…..I got the Naked 3 pallet! And I am really happy about it. I went on with the intention to buy the Smokey pallet, but my practical side kicked in and I love the colours (and I can wear them to work, like, everyday…not so much with a smokey eye). I know this is nothing new but how pretty are these colours?!

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I also got the Benefit Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer. I am not someone who typically wears a primer because I don’t even wear foundation on a day-to-day basis, I just don’t like the feel. I do, however, do my darnest to keep the cover-up on under my eyes. Due to this, I have been meaning to get a primer for so so long now and I love Benefit so here it is folks, my new primer. Ta da! It feels like it will have a nice skin feel and will be nice and light, just what I am looking for. I also have to mention the packaging….uh, how cute is that?!?! Of course, I will let y’all know what I think of the product in a few weeks time, but for now, has anyone used it? What are your thoughts??

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Lastly, and I am so excited about these bad boys, I got the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads. I have been meaning to try these for about 2 years (I know….yikes…) I always hear good things about this range but just haven’t gotten around to trying it yet, so I am so stoked that I finally can hold these babies in my hand. I think we all know what I will be doing tonight….face wipin’!

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Also, as a little bonus because I spent so much money, FeelUnique threw in two little samples. I chose the Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum for myself and a little sample of the Jean Paul Gaultter Ultra-Male for my boyfriend as a little surprise (at 0.02 fl oz I really know how to spoil my man :p). Not a clue what it smells like, I’m waiting for him to give it a try first. Anyone try this out yet?

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Again, let me know what you guys think of these products and let me know if there are any other products you think I should give a go! I always love hearing about what other people use!

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Carrying Around a 10lb Weight: AKA my Handbag

Well everyone, its a new week. How do we feel? I am feeling the Monday Blues a bit but I am excited to see some more shows in the Fringe! This last weekend my boyfriend and I went to a couple; a comedy show (that wasn’t too good, but hey, it was free!) and a ballet that was set to more contemporary music, which was interesting and I love dance so I am a pretty forgiving audience member. He had planned a massage and manicure sesh as well (a keeper right??) which was such a treat! If every weekend was like this last one, I would be one happy girl! Anyway, the massage was probably the best thing ever and was well needed as my neck and back are always really stiff. After I left the spa and started wandering around town again, I got thinking, the sore neck is probably due to, oh I dont know, the monster of a handbag I lug around with me everywhere! Although I may be complaining just slightly, I am totally in love with all of my handbags and refuse to give up anything that I normally carry around. So in my handbags case, this is a burden I am willing to bear. I also thought “why not share its contents with my lovely readers?” 🙂 So lets dive on in, here are what I consider to be the essentials any girl needs in her (totally beautiful) bag. Let me know what you guys have on your “must haves” handbag list ❤

The most important thing first and the only thing worth discussing: The “make up/everything I may need bag” within the bag. I never go anywhere, and I mean anywhere, without this little pouch of joy. I actually feel stressed if I go somewhere without it. It basically just puts my mind at ease that, with this bag, I will be prepared for most scenarios. Here is what it looks like:

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So in here I have some mini hand and face wipes (which have come in handy a lot more than you may think, ha! handy…), a Maybelline FIT me concealer tube, a mini-brush from Maybelline, perfume tube (this one is Candies), a tampon (I mean, duh!), a chap stick (cocoa butter with SPF, my all-time fave), Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer in Ginger Bread, a mini MAC mascara, a little hydrating face spray and some good ole vitamin D pills (aka my happy pills because, you know, Scotland never sees the sun…). I normally also have a de-tangler hair brush in here, but I have switched from a Body Shop bag to this Birchbag which is a bit smaller, so the brush has been demoted to just living in the purse itself. Aaaaaaaand I think that’s all. I know I am missing a little lotion but I think I am pretty well covered otherwise!

A bit of a closer view, bit boring visually but you get the idea right??

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On to the not as exciting stuff:

– I also always carry an umbrella. Where I come from, the “rainy state” as we like to call it, no one uses an umbrella, but hey, we do in Edinburgh, so I am never caught out without one.

-An extra carrier bag: since Scotland has started the 5p charge for carrier bags, I almost always have one in my bag. This one is from Lush, I think it is so cute!

-Extra hair tie, lip colour of the day, portable charger and headphones…ta daaaa!

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Well all, that is what my everyday burden consists of and I tell you what….it is heavy but I just don’t think I could survive without it! What do you think? I am curious to know what you carry around with you everyday, so do share!

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