Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Pure and Pose Siberian Mink Eye Lashes: Belle of the Ball Review

pure & pose lashes review
pure & pose lashes belle review
pure & pose lashes review belle of the ball

Pure & Pose lashes are 100% natural Siberian mink eyelashes available in a variety of designs ranging from subtle, natural lashes to full on and fabulous lashes. The lovely people over at Pure & Pose kindly sent me a pair of the lashes to try; mine were 'belle of the ball' which are full, thick and princess like making them perfect for occasions like weddings, proms and parties. 

Now, as some what of an eyelashes noob I was quite excited to try these full on lashes as the only other pairs I've tried have been quite wispy and natural. Belle of the Ball lashes are thicker and longer on the outer lashes which helps to give a cat-eye effect and the lashes are full and thick with plenty of length all the way around. They feel incredibly soft and natural unlike a lot of the synthetic lashes available. 

I found them quite easy to apply, although they felt pretty long against my eye if that makes sense. I imagine they are far easier to apply if you're more experienced with lashes - but I really liked the look of them on, they would be lovely for special occasions when you want to go all out with your makeup. Because they are made from 100% natural siberian mink, you aren't supposed to apply mascara once you've applied the lashes - so the second time I tried them (bottom picture) I found it a little harder to make them look blended but the first time was absolutely fine - again, I think this is down to not being an eyelash pro! They were easy to remove and felt surprisingly light to wear - I was expecting my eyelids to feel weighed down but they really didn't. 

They retail at £19.99 a pair, they come beautifully presented in a box to keep them safe and with all the instructions and care tips you need to make them last up to 25 uses. They don't come with glue, so make sure you have your own eyelash adhesive on hand too. 

Monday, 1 September 2014

Top 10 Budget Makeup worth buying under £5

top 10 makeup under £5 review
top 10 under £5 budget beauty products

Miners Maxi Mascara Volumising £3.49 (reviewed here available at miners/chemists)
There's really not much in the way of good budget friendly mascaras, I find most good volumising mascaras are around the £7 mark so this Maxi Volumising mascara from Miners is a winner at £3.49! It has a good sized brush that is curved which grips the lashes well and has a really black formula that adds volume without making the lashes clumpy. 

Natural collection single shadow 'Willow' £1.99 (available at boots)
Okay, so how many of us actually enjoy purchasing single eyehshadows? It's so much easier to purchase them in a palette but when I saw this beautiful shade for £1.99 I couldn't resist. Willow is a soft, glistening taupe shade that is perfect for a one shadow look using all over the lid. It reminds me of shades from the Naked 2 palette such as Verve and is also quite similar to a few mac shades too!

Elf studio baked blush 'Pinktastic' £3.95 (via eyeslipsface.co.uk)

These baked blushes are the perfect blush/highlight combo which look so lovely on the skin. This pinktastic shade is very similar to high end highlighters and blushes like the infamous soft and gentle by mac and also the Mary Lou-minizer by The Balm (see Lauren's post here). This is shimmery in a subtle way without making your face look like a disco ball and a universal shade that will work for most skin tones - plus it's a lot cheaper than the high end alternatives!

Natural Collection Cover up cream concealer £1.99 (available at boots)
This is something new I've been trying out recently and I've really enjoyed using it. The shade selection isn't brilliant but I find 'fair' to be a good shade for me and I wear ivory foundations. It's lightweight and creamy making it easy to blend and it's great for brightening the under eye area and concealing any redness. An absolute steal for £1.99! 

Collection work the colour eyeshadow pencils £3.19 (available at boots/Superdrug
These make applying eyeshadow so easy, it takes around 2.5 seconds. I love this white, highlight shade called 'vanilla sky' and I also love the shade 'vintage blush' which is a shimmering pink. They last all day long, they are blendable and they don't crease and there's a pretty good selection of shades to suit day and night makeup! 

Twist up concealer 99p (available on ebay
This little gem was less than £1 from ebay and works a treat at concealing any blue tones, veins or blemishes. It comes in a handy stick format which doesn't drag the skin and blends nicely to create an even base for makeup. I did a full review of this including before and after images if you'd like to read it! 

Collection shimmer shades 'way to glow' £4.19 (available at boots/Superdrug
This quad style highlight/bronzer/blush hybrid is a great all rounder for adding some colour to your face. It features a warm and cool toned bronzer making it great for various skintones and the peach blush shade is gorgeous. I also make great use out of the pearl highlight shade which is great for highlighting cheeks and brows! It's compact and also works well with one giant swirl of your makeup brush for a quick sweep of colour. 

Miners Matte Factor lip paint 'Peach' £3.99 (available at miners & local chemist)
Another great budget friendly beauty product from Miners Cosmetics are these matte factor lip paints. There are quite a few brands that offer these, I just personally love the shade selection in Miners! This is the shade peach which is the perfect bright, coral pink and I also love cappuccino which is slightly paler and more towards the nude side. These last a decent length of time and are incredibly pigmented, plus they smell like vanilla too! 

W7 Brow Bar kit £4 (reviewed here and available online
There's not a great deal of brow kits available for less than £5, so this was a great find. It features 4 shadows designed for the brows including a cool brown, a warm brown and a black which makes it great for a range of shades. As well as this you get a handy highlight shade that is lovely for under the brow and the inner corner of your eye. The shadows are soft and buttery and very pigmented but they don't give you harsh looking bold brows - instead they enhance your normal brows and fine tune them. 

Primark Matte Lipstick £1 (Primark, obviously!
This beautiful matte pink lipstick costs one whole british pound and is absolutely brilliant. It's packed full of colour, it's smooth and buttery to apply but also gives a matte finish that doesn't dry the lips or bleed out. It has packaging that looks far more luxurious than the price tag and a soft vanilla scent similar to mac lipsticks. Definitely worth picking up next time you're at Primark! 

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Salon Sunday: Phyto Paris Phytobaum Volume Conditioner review

phyto phytobaum volume conditioner review

This week's Salon Sunday post is all about conditioning. I've been trying out this new express conditioner from Phyto Paris* recently so thought I'd share how I got on. Firstly, I love the packaging - is that weird? I like the shape of the bottle, it's easy to hold and compact and it just looks nice. I also quite enjoyed the scent of this one, though it's not overpowering at all it does remind me of the salon. 

It's designed for fine hair, and I certainly don't have fine hair. I have thick hair and not just a lot of hair resulting in thick hair I mean that each and every strand of my hair is thick. I think this still worked for me though, probably because it didn't weigh my hair down but still left it feeling conditioned. It is a thick, creamy consistency that almost feels like putting moisturiser in your hair but it did really smooth my hair and leave it feeling soft and tamed without feeling greasy or weighed down (I only ever use this on the length of my hair, never the roots). I'd be sure to completely rinse this out as my mum noticed that her hair was impossible to dry if a little of this remained on the hair. I love adding my mums thoughts in on the products, we always love trying out new things and it's good to see how this worked for both fine and thick hair! (Hi Mum). 

This 150ml bottle retails for around the £14-£16 mark, so it's definitely not cheap but you don't need a lot of product, even for my thick hair. I use this as a treatment rather than an everyday conditioner and I've enjoyed it. 

Friday, 29 August 2014


makeup giveaway

After you all enjoyed my budget beauty haul from Makeup Rumours I thought I'd purchase a few more things and hold a small giveaway here on my blog! One lucky reader will win: 

1 x Natural look eyelashes 
1 x Makeup Rumours lipstick in Pink 
1 x Glitz eyeshadow palette 
1 x Glitz eyeshadow quad 

All you need to do to enter is complete the form below. 

UK & Ireland only 
If under 16 ask permission to enter 
Winner contacted by email 
Giveaway ends 27/09/2014  

P.s You can also use the code 'love10off' to get 10% + 25% off your makeup purchases at www.MakeupRumours.co.uk  

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