56 Years Without Marilyn.

Fifty six years ago, the World’s Brightest Star took her final breath and left millions of fans in a state of shock and disbelief. No one could understand why this young beautiful talented woman, loved by so many, could leave Earth in such a heartbreaking manner. An autopsy was performed and the official cause of death was ruled as, “probable suicide” noting how Marilyn had experienced, “severe fears and frequent depressions” throughout her lifetime. However, an extremely large number of people still to this day could not except this as fact, fueling an enormous amount of conspiracies from the incredulous to down right bizarre about this very special human.

Ultimately, the only person who knows what happened to Marilyn on the night of her death is the lady herself and many can speculate for hours and hours but will still not have the precise answer they’re looking for. Marilyn’s tragic death should not and does not define her, she lived for 36 years and experienced and achieved more than many could wish for in a whole lifetime. She pursued her dreams fearlessly, constantly striving to reach her goals and become the best actress and person she could be – that should not be forgotten.

Personally, I believe her death was due to medical negligence, either accidental or possibly intentional – Marilyn did have a few attempts of suicide over the years, but her anxiety and depression could often change and I don’t think she wanted to leave the world forever, maybe just in that moment.

However, I don’t want to dwell on Marilyn’s final moments on Earth and I’m sure she wouldn’t want that either, the focus should be on the beautiful person she was and the unique life she had. When people pass young and unexpectedly, conspiracies and in some cases, morbid curiosities take over and in time this can dehumanize the person and make many forget about who they truly were. Furthermore, when someone has already obtained legend status in their lifetime, it can be further exaggerated and influenced when they are no longer here to speak for themselves.

Just because Marilyn was and will always be Hollywood’s most brightest star, that doesn’t mean she wasn’t a real person – she deserves just as much respect and love as we would give to any other human. I understand how people can forget this, as it’s almost hard to accept that someone so legendary as Marilyn was ultimately, one of us mere mortals. As she left the world over half a century ago, people seem to dismiss her as a real person and think they can repeat morbid conspiracies and disrespectful myths. Everyone has their right to freedom of speech, but that doesn’t mean a beautiful person should be lost over hearsay and flat out lies.

I always think to myself how lucky I am to have taken the time to learn about Marilyn and appreciate her for the amazing person she truly was. Sadly, so many people will miss out on this because they believe everything that’s posted on the internet and automatic judgement steers them away from any authentic research. If there’s anything I can do for Marilyn after all she’s done for me, is to spread the truth and facts about this wonderful lady who blessed us with her presence.

Marilyn was a woman always ahead of her time, she believed in equality, feminism, speaking out and most importantly, kindness and generosity, none of these should be forgotten. She used her platform to share her story and was continuously giving with both her time and money, never forgetting her fans throughout her ever growing stardom. 

On this day I will of course always feel sadness, that is simply impossible to ignore considering how much I adore Marilyn. However, I will focus on Marilyn herself and her incredible life, in all the years before and through all the years after, there will truly never be another one like her. So wherever you are beautiful Marilyn, I will always think of your wonderful words which remind me that no matter how hard life can be, there is always hope. 

“Remember now, cheers, no tears.”
– Spoken by Marilyn to the cast and crew of The Misfits after filming had finished in November 1960.

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics Beauty Killer Eyeshadow Palette.

If you like to experiment with makeup, want to stand out from the crowd or simply just love the colour pink, then Jeffree Star Cosmetics is the Brand for you. Jeffree Star Cosmetics was established in November 2014 and since then has gone from strength to strength, regularly selling out products within days. Since I discovered this amazing Brand, which is not only cruelty free but vegan also, I have managed to build up a mini collection of products. Well, in reality it’s more like a handful, yet slowly but surely it’s growing.

With the increase of Eyeshadow Palettes being created and the realization that I’d yet to add one to my Collection, I came across Jeffree’s Beauty Killer Palette, which is also available to buy from Beauty Bay. At £40, this price range is pretty standard for most Brands, with some ranging up to £50 or more. Plus, the great thing with this particular palette is that the eyeshadows are huge, so you most definitely get your money’s worth. However, I was very fortunate when I bought this product as Beauty Bay were having a 30% discount offer, so I actually only paid £28, (!) which is obviously a huge bargain. 

Within the palette you get ten shades and a mirror also, which is incredibly important as believe it or not, I’ve seen some products that do not come with one! Each colour features Jeffree’s signature star logo imprinted into it and have a matte, glitter or frosted finish, which are blend together easily or can be worn alone. The shade names are as follows: Star Power, Princess, Violence, Rich Bitch, Courtney, Expensive, Confession, Vanity, China White and Black Rainbow.

Out of all ten, my favourite three colours would have to be, Star Power, Princess and China White. I regularly like to create a pink ombre with the first two shades, they work so well together and are extremely pigmented so a little goes along way. Furthermore, I often use China White as a concealer, it has such good coverage! The Beauty Killer Palette is so versatile and can truly create so many different looks, for every day to partying the night away. I haven’t been brave enough to try some of the darker shades yet, but I hope with experience and more practice I can one day create the perfect smokey eye!

Not only are the shadows incredible quality and long lasting, the packaging is so stunning, even the cardboard it comes in is beautiful – and yes, I’ve kept it. This truly stands out from other Eyeshadow Palettes, not only for it’s bold shades and size but, for it’s pink dream house look, it really is every girlie girls dream! I hope one day Jeffree releases the shades separately, as I’d love to buy a few of my favourites again, but I know this will be lasting me a long time, so I won’t get too worried just yet!

Jeffree has also recently released his second Eyeshadow Palette – Androgny, which is also the same price as Beauty Killer, but they are completely different. The Beauty Killer is definitely very feminine, daring and girly, whilst Androgny is a neutral palette, featuring nude, blues and brown shades. Thankfully for my Bank Account, although very beautiful, these shades aren’t really for me, so I’ll be holding out to see what’s next in store for Jeffree Star Cosmetics!

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Happy 92nd Birthday Marilyn!

If Marilyn was alive today, it’s incredible to believe that she would be turning ninety two years old. In the seven and a half years I’ve known and loved her for, I still find it incomprehensible, due to Marilyn leaving the world at such a young age. I guess I almost have to remind myself that even the most famous woman in the world was just like us, she was human too. However, I’ll openly admit that I don’t know if that fact will ever sink in, not because I view Marilyn as an Icon, although she undoubtedly is, but because it’s amazing to think that she walked the earth we all live on.

Although it’s been over fifty five years since Marilyn left us, in many ways it feels like she’s still here, almost like she never really left. What I mean by that is her spirit and presence is so prevalent in today, I bet there’s not one person in the world that doesn’t know her name or face. Of course, with such fame and status comes the dreaded myths and conspiracies, which myself and many strive to dispel, but, I do like to think that the majority of people smile and feel happiness when they see or watch Marilyn. She has such a unique warmth and kindness that truly lights up the screen when she appears and I’m sure it’s true that she lit up a room when she entered one over half a century ago.

Every year Marilyn’s Birthday and Anniversary come around, I always wonder to myself what I should write and how do I go about not being repetitive. After all, there’s only so much that can be said on one particular person, however, to me it’s all about spreading love and enlightening others on the real Marilyn and if I can do that through writing a few words, I’ll definitely try. I’ve mentioned many times how inspiring I find Marilyn, how unbelievable her story is and how she achieved so much considering the odds against her were beyond enormous. I’ve also said how Marilyn was so much more than a beautiful Blonde Bombshell, she was a special soul who was always striving to perfect her talents and be the best person she could be. However, even as I reiterate previous statements, I can’t help but thinking about how true they are and how incredible Marilyn really was.

Of course I absolutely adore Marilyn and there’s no doubt that I truly cannot say many, if any bad things about her, some would say I’m extremely biased and I would to an extent admit to that. However, I pride myself in being honest and speaking the truth and everything I state about Marilyn’s life and achievements are historically proven. Therefore, this is the main reason why I’m so dumbfounded when people don’t like or respect Marilyn, I mean, how can you possibly not? Not everyone has to become a huge devoted fan like myself, but to be so judgmental, inaccurate and assuming is such a huge annoyance to me – we should all be supportive and admire anyone’s achievements and why should Marilyn be any different? Just because a person has their struggles doesn’t make them someone not to admire, to me it makes them even more inspirational in that they achieved so much when they were suffering.

Ultimately, today is a very special day for myself, all of Marilyn’s fans and Hollywood, for without Marilyn the world would definitely have been a little duller. Not only did she accomplish so much and forever make her mark in Cinema, she was a kind person and just wanted to put a smile on people’s faces. I always love reading little anecdotes showing Marilyn as a person and not the star as they show her beautiful soul and caring nature. Things like her anonymously gifting money to crew members in need or bringing a cow inside because it was raining, just show how generous she was and how little material things actually meant to her.

Wherever Marilyn may be I hope she knows how appreciated, loved and respected she is by so many. There may be a few ignorant and judgmental people still out there but she had that during her lifetime and I like to think it wouldn’t phase her all too much. Marilyn always knew that people didn’t expect much from her other than a pretty face and she never failed to prove them wrong. At 24 years old I think about Marilyn every day and have done since I first discovered her in late 2010, she fills my heart with love and joy and I will never not stick up for her. I like to think that however old we all get, Marilyn will continue to always be with us in spirit and never fail to place a smile on a sad face. It takes an incredibly special person to have the ability to make someone feel such love and emotion for someone they have never met and Marilyn is one of those rare people. I love you with all of my heart beautiful Marilyn and I undoubtedly always will.

“I don’t understand why people aren’t a little more generous with each other. I don’t like to say this, but I’m afraid there is a lot of envy in this business. The only thing I can do is stop and think, “I’m all right but I’m not so sure about them!” – Marilyn to Richard Meryman in Life Magazine, August 1962.

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Cath Kidston x Alice In Wonderland Collection.

When I found out on Instagram that Cath Kidston was doing a collaboration collection with Disney’s Alice In Wonderland, I knew this was something I was not going to be late for! If you don’t get that reference, we really won’t be able to be friends. 

I’ve loved Alice In Wonderland for as long as I can remember, I mean, how could you not want to follow the white rabbit and fall down the rabbit hole into Wonderland?! The enchantment, overall aestheticism and fairy tale elements of the whole concept has always been such a dream to me, so a big thank you to Mr Lewis Carroll. 

As for Cath Kidston, ever since discovering the Brand through the Nokia Mobile collaboration which happened in 2006, I’ve continued to adore the whole style and look. Retro floral and animal patterns are simply timeless and a vintage lovers dream therefore, when 1950s Disney and Cath Kidston come together, it’s truly on a level like no other!

The collection launched early on Thursday May 24th at 7PM in selected stores and officially on Friday May 25th, which was when I ventured into my local Cath Kidston store. I was in complete awe of each individual item that had been so beautifully made and was truly beautiful, a collaborators dream! The first fifty customers who spent over £50 on Alice In Wonderland products were able to receive and exclusive limited edition tote bag – thankfully, I was number 48!

I decided to make a list of the items I wished to purchase from the collection beforehand, as I wanted to be prepared and try and be fairly controlled with my money, emphasis on fairly. Ultimately, I actually surprised myself and didn’t buy every single thing on my list, which is pretty impressive if you ask me! Considering this was such an iconic collection, the prices for each product were most definitely reasonable and I was fortunate enough to purchase most of the things I had hoped for. The only thing I just couldn’t justify was the stunning Alice and Friends Leather Lozenge Cross Body Bag as at £115, that was sadly way out of my price range.

However, as noted previously, I did purchase some beautiful items and will name each one;

Alice’s Meadow Boxed Gift Mug
Painting The Roses Tab Saddle Bag
Falling Alice Moving Iphone 6/6s/7/8 Case
Alice’s Meadow A5 Hardback Notebook
Alice’s Meadow Chunky Pen
Alice’s Words Shirt Dress (sold out online)

I can only dream of the next Cath Kidston x Disney collaboration and wait with excitement and a huge lack of impatience for the new announcement! Which reminds me, make sure you sign up to hear about it first! Thank you so much to Cath and Disney for making something so special for all the vintage lovers and Alice In Wonderland fans out there!

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The Girl: Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch and the Birth of an Unlikely Feminist by Michelle Morgan; Book Review.

Whenever I hear the news that a new Marilyn book is to be released, I’m mostly filled with joy and excitement, as well as slight trepidation around the accuracy and respect given towards my favourite lady. However, if the Author is Michelle Morgan, aka in my opinion, the best Marilyn writer, I know one hundred percent that there’s truly nothing for me to worry about.

Michelle has recently released her latest book on Marilyn, which takes a refreshingly new focus beyond the image of the legend and on the actress herself. The Girl overall stays between the pivotal years 1954 to 1956 and tells the true story of Marilyn taking control of her career by breaking through the male dominated Studio Systems and proving to the world she was so much more than just a pretty face.

Thanks to Michelle and Running Press Publishers, I had the pleasure of receiving a media copy to read and review before the release date and as I expected, I was definitely far from disappointed. The introduction alone was truly memorable and it’s so refreshing to read how much Michelle herself loves and cares for Marilyn, writing with respect and sensitivity, whilst staying completely unbiased. Furthermore, she makes sure to portray the three dimensional person Marilyn was, conveying her many struggles and successes, dedicated to preserving the truth and staying far away from the gossip and sensationalism that sadly so often is unfairly connected to our Star. Plus, I love how witty the title is; any super Marilyn fan will know that The Girl is in fact Marilyn’s character name in The Seven Year Itch (1955) and writer George Axelrod actually had this to say about the unnamed lady.

“I have been asked if there is any symbolic significance in the fact that the Girl has no name. The truth of the matter is that I could never think of a name for her that seemed exactly right, that really fit the girl I had in mind. I think if I were writing the play today, I might be tempted to call the Girl Marilyn.”

Even though Marilyn lived for just 36 years, it’s undeniable the amount she achieved in such a short lifetime and for any Marilyn fan or someone who’s interested in Hollywood, Feminism or the 1950s, this book is simply a must have for your Library. I personally feel Michelle has done such a good job with accuracy and creating a detailed perspective that she could write many volumes focusing on each year of Marilyn’s life! In fact, I really hope she does.

At just over 300 pages long, this book is just right – not too long and intense and not too short and lacking detail. Even though it doesn’t document Marilyn’s full story, through focusing on these such important years, you arguably learn more about Marilyn than you would in a standard biography. However, if you’re wanting to read more and well, who could blame you, there’s always Michelle’s other books on Marilyn and I recommend them because in my opinion, they are the best – respectful, honest and sincere.

Out of Marilyn’s 30 Films, three are discussed in The Girl and those are the following; The Seven Year Itch (1955), Bus Stop (1956) and The Prince and The Showgirl (1957). Even though this is due to the specific time period documented in Marilyn’s life, I think it’s wonderful for someone who may know Marilyn only for her image and Icon Status. I say this because the three discussed throughout the book show her versatility and strength as an artist – something she continually dreamed to be known and appreciated for.

The Girl consists of a Preface, ten Chapters, an Epilogue, selected Bibliography and Source Notes, with between 30-40 beautiful photos of Marilyn featured throughout the book. The colour theme consists of red white and gold and I absolutely adore the cover photo chosen; a 1955 Marilyn wearing a Red Sweater by Milton Greene. It’s refreshing to see a different perspective of Marilyn shown yet still being undoubtedly, The Star. Plus, it’s lovely both a photo from 1955 was used and one by Milton – someone so pivotal in believing in Marilyn as a human being and helping her change the course of her Career.

Each Chapter Title conveys many important words that should continually be used to describe Marilyn, some may say I’m biased and I would never deny that. However, you cannot be biased about the truth and each of these titles contain important moments and achievements Marilyn herself made happen, through sheer strength and determination. Although beautiful and talented, she was never viewed as anything but a Blonde Bombshell, a Sex Goddess who added glamour to the Silver Screen and ultimately Marilyn had all the odds against her throughout her whole life. Yet, through The Girl, Michelle shows that even the Underdog can prove to everyone that not only was she Beautiful, she was also strong, passionate, intelligent and believed that she deserved better.

I can without a doubt say that The Girl is one of my favourite Marilyn books and definitely a staple in my Marilyn Book Collection – 167 and counting! At £19.99 this isn’t the cheapest one available, but quality and authenticity are priceless and this is something that will be treasured and kept in your library forever. Even though I’m fortunate enough to have an early Media Copy, I will of course be purchasing one for myself! You can never have enough good Marilyn books and this will have pride of place in my Marilyn book shelf, yes, she really does have her own library.

I can’t say enough good things about The Girl and Michelle herself, I’ve been fortunate enough to know this wonderful lady for quite a few years and I know that if Marilyn was here she would be honoured to have such a thoughtful and authentic writer tell her incredibly brave and progressive story. I think it’s fair to say that I know a lot about Marilyn and with Michelle’s books there’s always unique, special anecdotes and trivia that I continue to discover. Ultimately, go to amazon or your local bookstore and start reading The Girl, I can assure you any stereotypical views you may have of Marilyn will quickly vanish and you’ll be astounded and in awe of what an incredible person she really was.

The Girl is available to Pre-Order from Amazon UK and will be released on May 31st and is out in the USA now!

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Phase Zero Makeup Eyeshadow Palettes.

Today I kindly received twelve beautiful new Phase Zero Makeup Eyeshadows and a Palette to review from Love Me Beauty, with five shades being a sheer satin finish and the other seven being shimmer. After successfully launching their Liquid Lipstick collection, they have expanded their beauty brand and created a variety of shadows with a wonderful concept called B.Y.O.P – build your own palette. I think this is such a wonderful idea, as this means that you can choose your favourite colours and create a unique set that suits your style.

Each of the shadows comes in a protected plastic case and once removed from the packaging, can be firmly placed into the palette with its magnetic hold! Altogether twelve different shades can fit into your own palette and due to each one having a magnet, they can always be moved in and out, if you want to mix it up and just have a change.

For my own palette, I was sent the following shades; Coffee Cup – a rich brown, Warm Taupe – a soft taupe, Cashmere – a dusty rose, Velvet – a warm purple and Banana Beige – a sunshine gold. These five are a sheer satin finish, meaning they offer a buildable coverage, are easily blendable and have a sheen quality. The other shadows are; Nude Newbie – a mauve pink nude, Mush-a-boom – warm grey, Party Dress – a deep glittery black, Pearl – a golden pearl pink, Cocoa – a warm brown, Bright Light – a highlighting white and Snowball – a golden white. These seven colours are a shimmer finish which apply evenly and give you a buildable, blendable coverage. Phase Zero Makeup also recommend tapping off any excess product before applying the shadow to ensure an even application and less fall out.

I really appreciate the variety of shades I’ve been able to try, I usually like to use gold, white and nude shadows to create a 1950s Marilyn inspired look and a contrast with my black winged eyeliner. Therefore, it’s great to have shades I love to wear regularly, but also to be able to try more daring colours and improve on my eyeshadow skills.

If you become a member, each shadow costs just £2.90 to purchase and if not, the original retail price is £5.90. However, you can also buy bundle shadow sets with two together costing £5.00 for members and £11.80 for non-members, three shadows cost £6.99 discounted and £14.50 retail price and last but not least, six shadows can be bought together for £9.99 or £25.50 full price. Therefore, as you can see there is a huge difference regarding each price and ultimately, I think it’s a better deal to purchase a few together, instead of buying all separately.

The Phase Zero Makeup B.Y.O.P is a beautiful holographic design and features a mirror, it’s a great size, not too big and not too small – it could easily fit in your handbag for every day use. The original price costs £10.80 compared to the member price which is just £4.80 – over 50% cheaper. Also, the palette does not come with any shadows, they are all sold individually.

Furthermore, Love Me Beauty have kindly created an influencer code for me, which offers you the chance to save £5 off your first purchase. Should you choose to buy anything – the code is, “MEGAN5” and as I pride myself in honesty, I have to state, for anytime my code is used I will receive a £5 commission.

Please note, I pride myself in making sure I write honest reviews and although I was fortunate enough to be gifted these items, I was not told to say any of the following statements I have made.

Lastly, a huge thank you to Amelia at Love Me Beauty for kindly gifting me this collection and making it possible for me to review such wonderful products!

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics Mini Red & Pink Velour Liquid Lipstick Bundle.

When Jeffree first launched the Mini Nude Velour Liquid Lipstick Bundle last year, I hoped that the time would come when he would release a red volume and so in February, when the Love Sick Collection launched, so did the Red & Pink Mini Velour Liquid Lipstick Bundle! As soon as I saw this absolute beauty, I knew that I had to have it in my ever expanding archive of makeup and when it arrived on Beauty Bay on Thursday, I ordered it straight away. Also, I simply have to give a huge appreciation to Beauty Bay, as if you order before 9PM they will ship your order next day for free – that is one seriously good deal.

The Mini Collection retails for £45, which might sound like a lot but considering each Velour Liquid Lipstick is £16 by itself, it’s a pretty great bargain. Jeffree Star Cosmetics have simply outdone themselves with the Love Sick Collection, the packaging is an absolute dream, it looks extremely luxurious and should definitely be displayed on your dressing table. The collection comes with eight of Jeffree’s most popular red and pink shades, with each one being vegan and cruelty free. Out of all eight shades in the box, I only have one – Doll Parts, which is a gorgeous mauve pink tone and definitely one of my favourites to wear. Plus, with four of the shades being on my to buy list, I’m extremely happy to have purchased this set and I can see which ones I would buy in their full size.

The other seven shades in the bundle are as follows, Calabasas, Wifey, Watermelon Soda, Anna Nicole, Prom Night, Redrum and Unicorn Blood. I think if you’re a lover of wearing pink and red lipsticks, then of course, this is most definitely a must have purchase. There is such a variety of hues and tones in this collection, from warm shades – Watermelon Soda and Anna Nicole, to blue shades – Wifey, Redrum, Unicorn Blood, Prom Night and mauve shades – Doll Parts and Calabasas.

Jeffree’s liquid lipsticks are known to be very long lasting and extremely high quality, one of the best formulas in the beauty world. He’s always pushing the boundaries with creating new shades, coming out with unique product ideas and I really do love the concept of the mini collection. Not only is it wonderful to have so many lipsticks for such a good price, but they’re the perfect travel size products to take with you wherever you go. Plus, with such a variety of products,  it’s wonderful to be able to try a shade you may not have necessarily bought separately.

If I had to choose my favourite shade from the collection it would be Redrum, this bold classic red has been one of the colours I’ve been dreaming of purchasing as soon as I discovered it. I know it’s one of Jeffree’s most popular reds and it was simply the first one I had to try! I’ve also photographed myself wearing the colour,  Unicorn Blood and I just love the tone – a cool dark burgundy red. All of Jeffree’s lipsticks dry down to a matte format, but don’t feel uncomfortable, they still keep your lips feeling moisturized. With eight shades in the collection, I’ve now tried seven and can genuinely say I love all of them and now have a new lipstick to wear for each day of the week.

I can’t wait to see what Jeffree Star Cosmetics release next, I wonder what will be the third bundle set, maybe metallics, purples or even rainbow shades? Either way, I’m so excited to find out!

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Phase Zero Makeup.

As a huge lover of Makeup, I really love discovering new Brands and trying out different products, although, which Beauty Blogger doesn’t!? Therefore, I was extremely happy when Ruth from Love Me Beauty contacted me asking if I would like to review some cosmetics by Phase Zero Makeup – a recently launched company.

Phase Zero Makeup launched their first line of lip products on February 2nd in collaboration with Love Me Beauty – all of the shades are available on their website for retail and factory price! Which means, if you join the website to become a member, instead of paying the retail amount of £12.00 per item, you’d pay the factory price of £3.50. Basically, you could purchase three products and still be under the full price of one – now that’s what I call a major deal! With the retail price being £12.00, the Brand is in the mid price range and after reviewing their items I would say it’s very high quality and worthy of it’s price.

Love Me Beauty kindly sent me the whole first lip collection from Phase Zero Makeup which includes the following; four liquid lipsticks, two lip toppers and three lip glosses. The liquid lipstick shades are; Classic Red – a bold vibrant blue toned red, Gingerbread – a rusty reddish brown and Chai Latte – a warm nude. The lip topper shades are; Holo-lip – an icy baby pink and Prosecco Kiss – a gorgeous rose gold. Lastly, the lip gloss shades are; Dark Burgundy – a vampy dark purple, Pink Suede – a romantic rosy tint and Postbox Red – a screen siren scarlet. I’ve linked all the products that are available on Love Me Beauty and I’ve noticed that the shades look slightly different compared to real life. However, I actually think the colours look much nicer in reality!

There are so many wonderful things I can say about this collection, with the variety of shades being a great start. It’s so refreshing to have so many different colours to choose from, pinks, nudes, purples and reds, meaning you can have the option to create so many different looks. I also really appreciate that a variety of formulas are offered – although I’m primarily a lipstick wearer, it’s nice to be able to wear the toppers and glosses also!

Of course, as a red lipstick lover, the one I was drawn to straight away was Classic Red and this is the shade I’m wearing in my post. Did I have fairly high hopes? Well yes, it’s nice to be positive! However, I was absolutely blown away by the lipstick! Not only did it smell simply gorgeous, but it pretty much lasted all day – almost just as well as Rihanna’s Stunna Lip Paint which I reviewed in my last post. The only flaw I have and in all honesty it’s not a fault, more a preference, is I’d have liked the shade to be even more blue toned – the cooler the better in my opinion.

I really enjoy the overall packaging, I love the white top and clear container, it contrasts so well with the bold Phase Zero logo. Plus, I really like when you can see the shade of the lipstick, it almost becomes a part of the packaging itself! Also, the silver and black cardboard metallic boxes are super chic and make the product feel even more luxurious. The wand isn’t uniquely different to any others I’ve seen, but if it’s not broke – there’s really no need to change it.

Please note, I pride myself in making sure I write honest reviews and although I was fortunate enough to be gifted these items, I was not told to say any of the following statements I have made.

Lastly, a huge thank you to Ruth at Love Me Beauty for kindly gifting me this collection and introducing me to an amazing new Makeup Brand!

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Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored.

There’s one Makeup Brand that without a doubt shook the beauty universe last year and it was Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty. Named after the lady herself, Rihanna strove to create her own cosmetic line that was suitable for everyone and in her own words – beauty for all. Whether you’re a fan or Rihanna or not, you definitely can’t deny the amazing reception her makeup has created and the hugely important awareness she has shown in providing for everyone.

If you’re in the UK like myself, you’ll be able to purchase Fenty Beauty from Harvey Nichols – a classy store for a classy brand! Although I had been drooling over the amazing products created by Fenty Beauty for a few months, it wasn’t until the Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored was released that I discovered the one item I simply had to have in my collection. This lipstick has been described as the, “perfect universal red” meaning that it is suitable for all shades and skin tones and it most definitely does not disappoint! As someone who wears red lipstick 99% of the time, I really love this concept and I find it really impressive that Fenty Beauty could create a true red for all. We’re often advised in the beauty world that fair skin pulls off blue toned reds and darker skins suit orange warm toned reds. Therefore, it’s great to see that you don’t have to follow the unwritten rules of beauty and that there’s one red for all.

The first thing I noticed about the product, was the size – I was extremely pleased to see that not only was it such beautiful quality, the quantity was incredible too! For £19 – which is definitely not the cheapest lipstick out there, but to be fair, it’s also far from the most expensive – you really do get a huge amount of product for your money’s worth. In all honesty I was pleasantly surprised that the lip paint wasn’t more expensive, as often with big name brands you end up paying more money simply because of that. Ultimately, it was refreshing to see you’re mostly paying for the quality of the product. Plus, a little product goes a long way, the lipstick needs just one application and you’re ready to roll.

After wearing this lipstick a number of times since I got it for Christmas, I’ve also noticed it has incredibly longevity. Often when lipsticks are described as 12+ hour wear and long lasting, it usually isn’t the case. However, the Stunna Lip Paint lasts pretty damn well all day long! Is it 100% perfect? Well, no – as no matter what any brand says – no lipstick can look perfect all day long however, if there’s one that comes pretty close – it’s Uncensored.

Furthermore, if the quality of the product wasn’t enough to convince you just how good this lipstick is, the packaging should definitely do the trick! The bottle is so bold and chic, I can’t think of another that stands out like this, it truly is a statement piece and should have pride of place on every beauty table. I also love the unique shape of the wand, as someone who has many liquid lipsticks, I don’t think I’ve seen one like this before.

Ultimately, if you’re a red lipstick lover, this is the red lipstick for you – thank you Rihanna!

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Lana Del Rey Lust For Life Box Set.

As many of you may know by now, my interests are definitely stuck with the movies and music from the Bygone Era of Classic Hollywood, however, Lana Del Rey is one of my few modern musical exceptions. I’m sure that’s not surprising to anyone who regularly reads my little Blog, as Lana is without doubt inspired by Old Hollywood and seems to be an Old Soul too. If you’re a Lana fan also, then you’re probably aware that with each album she releases, she offers a limited edition collectible box set to purchase from her website. Therefore, with Lust For Life being released in the Summer of 2017, along came the CD Box Set.

I will admit, I did order this as soon as I was aware it had became available and after multiple delays, it finally arrived in December. Yes, the delay was slightly frustrating, but I was kept updated with the changes and I already had the album so was happy to wait. I’m fortunate enough to have the Honeymoon Box Set too, which is no longer available – but if you’re interested I’ve linked that previous post too.

At £39.99, it’s not the cheapest item out there, but if you’re a super Lana fan like myself, it’s most definitely worth adding to your collection. The pieces in the box set are created in the same style as the Honeymoon release and feature a CD album, artworked box, photo album book and thirteen postcards. For some reason the website states you receive four lithograph prints but, as stated previously, that is no longer the case. The quality of all products in the box set is absolutely beautiful and in my opinion, worthy of every penny!

I truly love how each album Lana produces has it’s own aesthetic and different feel and era, she’s an absolute music genius and I adore her. I was extremely fortunate enough to see her live in August last year and she most definitely did not disappoint. Not only is she extremely talented, she’s such a unique presence and has had a huge impact in the world of Music. More importantly, she genuinely seems like a beautiful person inside and out, an artist that cares about her fans.

If I had to choose my three favourite songs on Lust For Life, it would be the following; Tomorrow Never Came, Cherry and White Mustang. I could listen to these three on repeat for many hours and I’m pretty sure I’ve heard them hundreds of times since the release and still, I can’t get enough of them, so thank you Lana!

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