Friday, 23 May 2014

Product Review: L'Oreal Glam Bronze Golden Bronze 06

I've been looking around at other bronzers for the spring, because as much as I love the Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer; I don't have the same tan I did before, and it was beginning to look a little too orange on me. This bronzer was recommended by 'Zoella' on her April Favourites as not being "too muddy" and a nice colour, as you can see from the packaging it looks like quite a pale bronzer so I was really excited to try this bronzer. 
To begin with; the packaging is really sturdy and great for 'chucking' in a makeup bag (not that I do that of course ;) ) and also, because it has to click to open and close, it doesn't easily open and close in my bag. 
So nothing else is turned orange- isn't that just the worst thing?!

With regard to the colour, it did actually come out a little darker than expected but gave a really gorgeous summery glow which really did last all day, which was great for wearing over the areas that the sun would normally hit, especially as it is quite a matte bronzer as well. Once it has been blended in it doesn't seem so dark but at the moment I am definitely loving this bronzer, ALOT. 

Another plus, is the secret compartment underneath (which did actually take me a few hours to discover haha) which contains a little brush and a mirror. The mirror is so so useful, I wish more products followed this design as it means I don't have to carry around mirrors etc for my make up so makes life that little bit easier when I'm in a rush! I cannot see the point in the brush, if I'm being really honest- unless you want to draw whisker style lines up your face! It's so thin!?! But kind of them to include it all the same.

Ooh another artistic close up of this bronzer, how nice is the colour though?! 

Overall; I'd reccomend this bronzer as it's a gorgeous matte colour and gives a really gorgeous, natural glow- which is much needed during exam season (considering I've practically lived in a cave). It can be bought for around £6.99 from Superdrug or Boots, so is pretty good value for what it is and at the moment they have many 3 for 2 offers, so it's definitely worth picking up.

Saturday, 17 May 2014


 Since coming onto the blogging scene, I have always had my eyes on the Naked Palettes, everyone who had them seemed to rave about their pigmentation, the colour range and how they last so long! All of which made me want to buy one of the palettes even more! I bought Naked 2 as a form of much needed retail therapy (really really helps ;) ) for 20% off which was amazing! I put off buying Naked 3, trying to persuade myself that I really didn't need another 12 'naked' eyeshadows- but there's only so much persuading I could do before the gorgeous, rose-gold, Naked 3 ended up in my basket! I actually only purchased Naked 1 the other day as I had a £10 off code for Feel Unique and I couldn't turn down such an amazing deal- and that's what spurred me on to write this post (a little late to the band wagon, but "better late than never" right?!)

Naked 1 has some gorgeous matte browns, such as 'Buck' and 'Naked' which are perfect for subtle nude looks and blending into the crease or brow bone if you don't want anything to OTT. It also contains 'Gunmetal' which is an eyeshadow shade I have been after for a while. This palette certainly doesn't fail to live up to my expectations, it's all you could want in a palette and more! Naked 1 seems to be an all-rounder, it has a really wide range of shades from quite dark to really quite bright.

I would say, of the three palettes, Naked 1 and 2 are most similar in the shades, and I think one or two colours including 'Half-Baked' are featured in both. Naked 2 seems to take on a darker brown tone which is perfect for working into the crease and using for smokey eye looks! My ultimate favourite shade has to be 'Bootycall' (third from left), its a shimmery pearl colour which I wear on a daily basis without fail to brighten up my eyes- look how beautiful it is!!!

As you can see in the photo; Naked 3 takes on a rose-gold theme, all the browns seem to have a pink undertone. I LOVE this palette, and use a lot of these colours for use on my eyelid as the shimmery pinks are just gorgeous! These colours will be amazing for spring and summer as they are quite light and shimmery and would look gorgeous with a tan.

Many of you may think I'm mad for buying all three, I'm inclined to agree but it became my little obsession and I just felt the need to complete the family! It certainly isn't a waste having all three as all the colours are different and can be mixed around and used for different things, so I am certainly glad I bought all three- but if I were to reccomend just one to buy.... I'd have to say Naked 1 as it has a large range of light to dark shades and some really gorgeous matte browns... But then again; I cannot live without 'Bootycall' sooo it's a really tough decision! I JUST LOVE THEM ALL!
These palettes aren't the cheapest in the world, they are around £37 each so do take a chunk out of the bank, which is why I bought them gradually over time and not all in one go! But they are 100% worth every penny and I couldn't recommend them more!

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

FOTD: Gunmetal Grey

As you all will probably know if you follow me on twitter or instagram, I recently picked up the Naked Palette for £10 off the original price ( I am definitely an addict!)- but seriously- £10 off was too good a bargain to miss! -and so a night out proved the perfect opportunity to play around with the smokey, darker colours in the palette- My eyes were particularly drawn to 'Gunmetal', which I am wearing on my actual eyelid in the photo. It's a really gorgeously pigmented matte grey colour which is perfect for this look. 
I blended 'Buck' into my crease first, along with a little bit of 'Hustle' to blend in the grey colour, and used the L'Oreal super slim eyeliner along the lash line, and my new favourite ever mascara 'L'Oreal telescopic. 
You may notice that my eyeshadow has quite a harsh line on the outer edge, this is because I used sticky tape whilst I was blending to create these harsh lines, I think doing make up like this can make it look a little tidier, but also gives a great 'template' for an eyeliner wing to make it more accurate on both sides- because we all know eyeliner can be a pain in the ass at the best of times!!! 
ANYWAYS; This look is great for a night out, it's quite a subtle smokey eye because of the brown blended into the crease as opposed to black or dark grey, which can make it perfect for during the day as well, 'Gunmetal' could be replaced for a lighter colour if you didn't fancy going so dark or even a darker colour for an evening occasion- it's such a versatile look!  

I opted for natural lips with this look so that the focus was drawn to the eyes as they were the main feature, and just a touch of bronzer on my cheeks to add some colour! 

Saturday, 3 May 2014

The Vintage Cake House, Farnham

I love finding new/quirky cafes to add to my list of favourites and The Vintage Cake House, Farnham is definitely up there, it's an independant cafe along Downing Street in Farnham (Not London- although tea with the Prime Minister would be interesting!) which to me makes the whole experience a lot better than a standard chain cafe- as the name says, everything in it was very "vintagey"- you probably already guessed, but still. As you can see, all the cups and saucers were all individual designs which just made the whole thing really cute- the design kind of reminded me of Cath Kidston. I wanted to photograph everything as it was just so gorgeous, but you get the general idea! 
The staff  were really pleasant and the food was really really good, we ordered cream tea which was a scone  (they were delicious!) with a little cup of jam and cream, and obviously a pot of tea! I think it was about £5-6 per person which is a really good price, and such a lovely thing to do as a break from revision or work with a group of friends.

(Look at the little cups- so cute!) 

( So hard to not eat this before photographing, it tasted so yummy! If you do get to visit The Vintage Cake House, I recommend the fruit scones)

I hope you guys enjoyed this little post about my day out, it's something a little different but if you know of any cute cafes in the Hampshire area, my friends and I definitely do not mind trying them out hehe, we are all up for more tea and cake!