Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Birchbox Pop Up Shop London Review and Photo's

Birchbox UK
If you're familiar with Birchbox* then you'll know it's one of the UK's most popular monthly beauty subscription boxes. It's also a great way to discover and test out a number of sample sized products and beauty tools before you decide whether you want to invest in a particular full sized product.

Last month Birchbox opened their first pop up store where you can fully experience the thrill of building your own Birchbox Beauty Box. I decided to pop into the shop and create my own, so here are my thoughts...
If you order your box online, you will receive 5 beauty products/beauty tools that are tailored to you each month. The box can be purchased monthly, 6 monthly or yearly and with the monthly subscription there's the option to cancel at any time.
The Pop Up Shop is located at 43 Carnaby Street, London and is open until the 31st March 2018. Here you can build your own box and let me tell you there is a whole host of amazing brands and goodies to pick from!
In the shop, you can choose from Two Make-Up Items, Two Skincare or Body Products and One Hair Product. You can also decide whether you want to build one box for £15, a second for £12 and a third for £10. If you want to build a fourth, fifth or sixth box, then the price is £10 from the third box onwards.
Whatever you decide to choose from, the products are ticked off on an informative product guide for you to take home, then everything is boxed up, tied with ribbon and bagged in the most beautiful bag for you to take away there and then.
All of the sample sized product can also be purchased in full size and can be found on the Birchbox Website here*. There is also a selection of full-sized Beauty Products available at the shop also.

Overall I certainly enjoyed the experience of building my own box and I definitely recommend giving this a go if you're in London as it's a great idea if you just love testing out new products but you don't want to commit to the full size, or even if you travel a lot as all the products are travel-friendly too. This would even make a great gift for someone who loves beauty!

I award the Birchbox Pop Up Shop a 4.8 out of 5


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Sunday, 14 January 2018

NYX Eyebrow Gel Review and Photos

NYX Eyebrow Gel in Brunette
If you've seen my reviews on eyebrow products, you'll know I love trying different types of brow make-up. I recently came across this gel formula in a tube from NYX, which I had never seen before, so of course, I had to put it to the test, so here are my thoughts. 
Price
This retails for £5.50 for 10ml of product, which is amazing value for money for such a unique gel that's unlike any other on the drugstore market. The NYX Eyebrow Gel also comes in 5 shades including Blonde, Brunette, Chocolate, Espresso and Black, I picked this up in Brunette.
Packaging
This comes in a squeezy tube and also boxed, with clear instructions, tips and what the product is. Each shade represents the colour of the tube, so it's easy to see which shade is right for you, just from the box.
Application
To apply, you will need a brush and also a pot or something to disperse the product onto, which is a bit of a pain, but I actually used the lid of my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow to squeeze some onto. The tube itself is also quite hard to get the product out of, I think because the consistency of the gel is so thick, so I do think this would be better maybe in a pot form instead, for easier access to the product.

Upon application a little goes a long way, so defiantly use this product sparingly as it is mega pigmented. I used a tiny eyeliner brush to apply this, along with a spoolie to brush it out. Overall my brows looked non-sparse, groomed and well-defined.
Longevity
This gel had the most amazing longevity, as not only did the colour not budge, it also practically felt like it had glued my long brows hairs down firmly in place all day long! The only con to this, was it was super hard to get off at the end of the day, so I would recommend using an oily make-up remover to break down the product.
Overall Thoughts
This for me was a wonder product as not only did it fill in my brows exceptionally well, it defined and groomed them into place for a remarkably long time! The price is phenomenal giving how much product you get and the colour selection is lovely and I also read you can mix the shades to customise your own shade if you like too. The only con like I mentioned is the tube as you really have to squeeze hard to get the product out because of the consistency and also just make sure you have an oily make-up remover to hand too! But overall this is another unique product from NYX that sets them ahead of the game within the drugstore market because of their affordability factor and amazing product variety.

I award the NYX Eyebrow Gel 4.8 out of 5
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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow and Shimmer & Glow Review and Photo's

Stila Magnificent Metals Review
Happy New Year guys, I hope you all had a great one! I wanted to kick off 2018 with a review of the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow and the new Shimmer and Glow Liquid Shadows that will be available in the Spring. I actually picked up this gorgeous gift set in Sephora back in November while in New York and although this isn't available anymore, there is plenty of dazzling full-sized shades to choose from here*. So here are my thoughts...
Price
This set sold out pretty quickly but if you can still get your hands on it then the eye for elegance Liquid Eye Shadow Kit retailed for £45 for 6 colours containing 2.25ml of product in each.

The full-sized Glitter & Glow Shadows retail for £23 for 4.5ml of product and you can find these at the following retailers,
Stila UK*
Cult Beauty*
Beauty Bay*
Feel Unique*
Marks & Spencer*

There are 12 stunning shades to choose from including,
Ballet Baby
Bronzed Bell
Kitten Karma
Rose Gold Retro
Smoldering Satin
Smokey Storm
Molten Midnight
Gold Goddess
Diamond Dust
Sea Siren (New Duo-Chrome)
Into the Blue (New Duo-Chrome)
Sunset Cove (New Duo-Chrome)
Packaging
I adore the packaging for these as they let the shadows do all the talking.
Inside you'll find a nice flat doe-foot applicator to apply the product with.
Stila Magnificent Metals Shimmer & Glow
Application
I've linked the Stila tutorial from their website below if you need some extra inspiration on different ways to use these. I personally did prefer using a small brush as it gives a more precise application, however, if you don't have a small flat brush to hand, then the applicator works just as well.
Shimmer & Glow - The non-glitter shadows as I mentioned don't launch until the Spring unless you were lucky enough to pick up this gorgeous gift set too. But what I can tell you is these are pigmented, glide on beautifully and have the most stunning high shine metallic finish.

Glitter & Glow - The iconic Glitter and Glow formula has a more chunky consistency and each colour is full of dazzling sparkly glitter that again glides on easily. The only thing I would say is I recommend applying the liquid eyeshadow first before you do your face makeup and building up the colour in thin layers. Peachy Sheen also has a slightly more sheer base, but it still packs a punch when it comes to sparkle and shine!

All six of the colours dry down quickly, but you still get enough play time, to build up the intensity and blend out the shades.
Longevity
Both the shimmer and glitter formulas lasted well throughout the day, although towards the end of the night I did get a tiny bit of fall out from the glitter version but honestly overall these wore well without the worry of creasing.
Overall Thoughts
Overall I can see why these have had a tremendous amount of hype since their launch! Yes, they are a bit more pricey than you're regular glitter shadow, however, if you're after a next level glitter liquid eyeshadow that's pigmented, vibrant, long-wearing and certainly packs a punch then these are definitely for you! Furthermore, I'm obsessed with the amazing colour selection including the three new shades I listed above which have a stunning duo-chrome effect. Lastly, if that wasn't enough then as I mentioned above keep your eyes peeled for the Shimmer & Glow formulas which are a wonderful addition if you want something that still has a metallic finish minus the glitter.

I award the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow and Shimmer & Glow a 4.8 out of 5


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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

10 Last Minute Stocking Filler Ideas Under £10

Stocking Fillers for Her Under £10
With Christmas less than a week away, the pressure is on to pick up those last minute gifts! Today I'm sharing with you 10 Stocking Filler Ideas that are all under £10. These gifts are not only affordable but they're perfect for any beauty lover out there!

Before I go I just wanted to say a big thank you for all your continued support here on the blog and over on the PPB Channel, it means more than you'll ever know.đź’— I hope you all have a wonderful Merry Christmas and an even better 2018! Xx
Carmex Skinny Dip Unicorn Sugar Plum
1. Carmex skinny Dip Limited Edition Unicorn Sugar Plum Lip Balm £3.95
This is the perfect gift for any Unicorn lovers, plus it's on offer in Superdrug at the moment for only £2.59.

Real Techniques Mini Brushes
2. Real Techniques Mini Brushes £6
This year Real Techniques are not only doing their value brush sets again but they are also releasing the cutest mini brushes and sponges in a hanging gift box. I actually picked this one up from Walgreens on my recent trip to New York, but they have similar versions in Boots for only £6!

Leighton Denny Two of a Kind
3. Leighton Denny Two of a Kind* £10
This beautiful duo is part of the Two of a Kind Collection consisting of three different sets. Each set contains two mini nail polish shades that are ideal for anyone who loves painting their own nails and experimenting with colour.
Leighton Denny Images of the Past and Jewellery Box.

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo
4. Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo£8 each
These are great stocking stuffers for anyone who loves to travel or who maybe is a gym bunny and likes to have dry shampoo to hand in their gym bag if they're on the go alot.

Primark Magic Eraser Dupe
5. Primark Cleansing Mits £2.50 for Three
If you've seen my First Impression on this here, then you'll know how much of a great dupe these are for the Makeup Eraser. The Cleansing Mit is wonderful at removing makeup in minutes with just water and I love these when I just need to get my makeup off quickly or I'm travelling.

Bilou Cotton Candy Shower Foam
6. Bilou Cotton Candy Shower Foam £3.99
Here's one for the ultimate girly girl! I adore these cute Shower Foams from Bilou as not only do they smell delicious but they're a 100% vegan and come in a host of yummy scents!

Soap and Glory Get a Smooth on Scrub and Butter Duo
7. Soap & Glory Get a Smooth On Duo £5
Another great idea for anyone who loves a pamper or who deserves a bit of them time is one of Soap & Glory's many Christmas Gift Packs. There's quite a few under £10 this year, but I particularly love this duo as it has the iconic Righteous Butter in it along with the Flake Away Exfoliator for super smooth skin.

Boots Ingredients Sheet Mask
8. Boots Ingredients Sheet Mask £2.50
Sheet Masks are not only convenient but they're a great little additional stocking stuffer idea for the girl on the go as they're less messy, quick and a great little pick me up treatment. I adore this one from Boots in the Charcoal and Willow Bark as it's super refreshing.

Tanya Burr Mascara
9. Tanya Burr Selfie Lash Mascara* £7.99
This is one of the best mascara's to come out of 2017! It's such a great all-rounder mascara and a wonderful stocking filler idea. Read my full review here.

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighters
10. Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighters £6
These are another great product to come out of 2017 and they're also another perfect stocking idea for anyone who is obsessed with highlighter! Here are three of my favourites Rose Gold, Starlight and Unicorn Glow, you can also read all about them here.

I use the Rose Gold on my cheeks, Starlight mixed in with my face moisturiser and Unicorn Elixir mixed in with my body moisturiser to create the ultimate unicorn glow!

*The Leighton Denny set was sent to me in PR but as always all opinions are my own.
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