Kat Von D Beauty Alchemist Holographic Palette.

If there’s a Highlighter worthy of the term, “love at first sight” it’s most definitely Kat Von D’s Alchemist Holographic Palette. I think it’s fair to say that highlighting has without a doubt become a huge phenomena in the world of beauty and I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t fallen for the hype. Maybe it’s the ability to turn yourself into a human unicorn, or it could just be the predominant love of glitter and glowing – either way, it seems to be a trend that’s around to stay.

Since Kat Von D launched her Beauty Range a few years ago, I’ve always admired the quality of the products and heard wonderful things about them. Therefore, since the cosmetics have landed quite recently in the UK, I’ve built up a small but fairly substantial mini collection of products.

I first came across this gorgeous palette when watching one of my favourite YouTubers, Pin-up Doll Ashley Marie using it often in her tutorial videos. I already knew I loved the Brand and I thought to myself, if it has Ashley’s approval – then it’s most definitely something to purchase!

At £25, this palette is most definitely in the pricier range of Highlighters and unless you’re super into makeup – maybe it’s not for you. Of course, there are some amazingly priced, great quality highlighters available that are a hell of a lot cheaper to purchase!

The packaging is simply stunning and truly like no other highlighting palette I have in my collection, it’s so eye catching and I absolutely adore it. What did shock me at first is the size of the product, it is most definitely a lot smaller than I expected it to be, which was slightly disappointing considering the price. However, the smaller size does mean it’s easier to take out with you and place it in smaller spaces.

The Alchemist Holographic Palette comes with four opalescent shades, Green (Emerald), Ultra-Violet (Amethyst), Blue (Saphyre) and Pink (Opal). Each of the colours are extremely pigmented and a little most definitely goes a long way, but if you like a blinding highlight then you’ve definitely found the perfect product for you! Furthermore, the description states that you can apply the shades over eye shadow, blusher and lip products, proving the product is all about creativity and expressing yourself.

Furthermore, what I really love about the palette is the unique shades of each highlight. Although when you first look at them, they seem pretty similar in colour, once applied – each one truly becomes the description it advertises. I’ve been wearing this palette in my everyday makeup routine since receiving it for Christmas and I can honestly say I doubt that will change anytime soon. The Alchemist Holographic Palette is simply a dream for makeup lovers like myself and I really can’t wait to see what Kat Von D brings out next!

If I had to choose my favourite shade from the whole palette I think it would be between Amethyst and Opal, I feel the lilac and pink shades suit my skin the best, due to the cool tones. I would love for Kat to bring out a second Alchemist Highlighting Palette, I think the shades produced are so unique and it’s such a wonderful concept. The shades I am wearing today are a mixture of Amethyst and Opal on my cheeks and I applied Emerald in the inner corners of my eyes. As I noted previously, this palette is very pigmented and even though I love a blinding highlight, I actually ended up toning down the product applied to my cheeks – because it was that intense! 

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Ciaté London Glitter Flip Liquid Lipstick in Hollywood.

As soon as I discovered the Glitter Flip Liquid Lipstick, thanks to Jeffree Star reviewing it on his YouTube Channel, I knew that I simply had to try this beauty out for myself. However, due to the extreme popularity of this product, I sadly discovered that it was not in stock and waited to be notified on it’s arrival. Thankfully, after a few weeks Ciaté London sent me a notification of availability and I ordered my dream shade, Hollywood – Red.

At £17, this liquid lipstick isn’t the cheapest one out there, although, it’s no ordinary lipstick – it’s literally filled with glitter and spoiler alert – extremely amazing! Therefore, it’s without doubt worth the money and as far as I’m aware, the only product of it’s kind out there. Also, you do have to pay a small amount for postage, but when signing up you are given a 10% discount code so that’s definitely worth using.

I will admit, my hopes were very much heightened after watching Jeffree review all seven shades available, they all looked so beautiful and of the best quality. Ultimately, as soon as my Glitter Flip product arrived, I knew I was going to be far from disappointed! As I’ve said many times, red is my signature colour to wear and if I can find a blue toned shade that looks like Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers – I know I’ve found something special. Hollywood is without doubt worthy of the name and makes you feel like you’ve just stepped into a 1950s Technicolor Movie. Also, the packaging is just stunning, with the box matching the colour of the lipstick shade and the top being a bold glittering silver – so unique and eye catching!

The only thing I was slightly apprehensive about was ironically enough, the glitter itself! I was concerned about it feeling uncomfortable and the possibility of it not lasting very well.  However, my fears were simply a waste of time, not only is the pigment incredibly bold, the product dries down very quickly and it just feels like a normal liquid lipstick. I don’t know about the other shades, but Hollywood – Red is so bold that even after I’ve removed my lipstick – the stain is still noticeable the next day!

Furthermore, once the lipstick has dried within a matter of minutes, you simply press your lips together and in doing this bring out the gorgeous 3D glitter! Although in all honesty, the glitter is very prominent and you will be sparkling all day long.

Ultimately, I absolutely love this product, I’ve been wearing it non stop all week and I hope to add more shades to my collection very soon! I cannot recommend the Glitter Flip Liquid Lipstick enough, it’s truly one of a kind and incredibly innovative and beautiful.

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Amazing Cosmetics Illuminate Primer & Highlighter in Rose.

For someone who loves Makeup as much as I do, it’s shocking to admit that I’ve never actually used a Primer before! I’ve heard wonderful things about them and I know many beauty lovers will not apply their foundation without using one, therefore, when I was informed about Amazing Cosmetics Illuminate Primer & Highlighter – I knew that I had to see what the hype was about.

This gorgeous Primer is available in three different shades; Rose, Glow and Bronze – with each one offering a slight variation. I decided to go for the Rose shade, as I thought the Bronze would be too dark for my skin tone and the glow could be too shiny and ultimately I think I made the right decision! The Rose Primer aims to create soft highlights and a natural radiance in a sheer, rosy hue – with the product also being a rose gold colour.

The packaging also varies for each shade and I may be slightly biased, but I do have to say the Rose shade is simply gorgeous! It’s a beautiful vibrant pink and if you’re a girly girl, it will definitely fit with your think pink aesthetic. Furthermore, the product itself is a really good size and as only a small amount is needed when applying, it will definitely last you a good amount of time.

The great thing about this Primer is there are multiple ways in which you can wear it! For example, if you’re after a natural look, you can simply apply the product on it’s own for a subtle shimmering glow, or you can wear it under the base of your face makeup to help it last longer. Also, if you want to create an extra amount of highlight, you can  apply it to your cheekbones after finishing your makeup. In doing this I found the product created a warm rosy tint on my cheeks, great for adding a sheen of colour! 

As with all of my posts, I do feel that honesty and authenticity is key and as much as I love the packaging and adding priming to my makeup routine – I do feel that the price is quite expensive. At £28.99, this is definitely within the higher end range of products and although I really like it, I can’t help but thinking there could be other primers that are cheaper and just as good quality too. However, until I venture out to trying one – I will be continuing to use this one and see how it improves the longevity of my makeup. Ultimately, I’m happy to pay for a product if it’s long lasting and great quality, it often works out better then continuously buying lower quality products that may not last all too well.

However, back to the positives! I have been kindly given a 25% discount code for you all, so if you’re interested in trying out any products, make sure to use, MEGAN25 which is active for a whole month! I don’t make any commission on the use of this code, it’s simply something I was kindly given to share with you all.

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Lastly, a huge thank you to Sophie, Natalie Roche and of course, Amazing Cosmetics for introducing me to a beautiful new Brand! I truly look forward to trying other products in the future!

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Ps… Primark Makeup Haul; Part Two.

Ever since my favourite Beauty Blogger, My Pale Skin shared her Ps… Primark Makeup video via her Youtube Channel, I have been keeping a fairly regular check on their beauty products. Over the years I’ve tried many different Brands of makeup and have found that occasionally, the best quality buys are sometimes the cheapest. Therefore, I decided to take some inspiration from gorgeous Em and pick up a few items myself and overall, I was pretty impressed with the majority of my purchases.

Currently, one of the huge hypes in the world of makeup is the large variety of blending brushes, from unicorn to mermaid tails, you can’t really say there’s not a lot to choose from. I picked up the medium Ps… Pro Blending Brush and was pleasantly surprised by the ease and precision of it’s application! Although the brush does feel very delicate, like it could potentially break whilst I’m using it on my face, it has yet to do so! I do wonder if the quality of these brushes vary with the higher end Brands, but until it breaks – I shall be sticking with this one for now.

The second product I decided to pick up was the viral Mermaid Tail Brush, professionally known as the Ps… Insta Girl Perfection Powder Brush. To be honest, I wasn’t very concerned about how well this would apply my makeup, I simply found it too cute to not add to my collection! However, this product also works beautifully and I found it a lot quicker to use, than my regular sponge. I truly hope that Primark release more shades, as I would definitely buy another!

The third applicator I purchased was the also viral, Silicone Sponge, which came in a two pack and was around £2, so definitely a lot cheaper then some of the other ones out there. I’d heard both amazing and terrible reviews about this item and was very eager to try it out myself. Whilst applying my foundation, I discovered that a little foundation definitely goes a long way on the Silicone Sponge! I sadly concluded that the product wasn’t as great as it seemed on the many Instagram videos and it just spread the foundation around without blending it in.

Possibly my favourite blending brush I purchased was the, Ps… Pro Non Latex Double Ended Blender, which I bought to use for applying my concealer. I know not everyone is a fan of double sided brushes, but I personally think this one is absolutely amazing! The product is perfect for getting to all the hard to reach places on my face and blends the concealer wonderfully. It’s very light weight and is the perfect size to fit into your makeup bag. Plus, with the makeup sponges being attached to the brush, it prevents you getting any foundation or concealer all over your hands – huge bonus!

Besides brushes, I also picked up the Ps… My Perfect Colour Liquid Concealer in the shade Porcelain, for just £2! After seeing Em review this and comparing it to NARS Chantilly Liquid Concealer, I knew I simply had to try it – especially with the huge price variation. I’ve tried quite a few concealers and foundations over the years and have always found it extremely hard to find a shade that doesn’t end up looking orange on me. However, I was simply over the moon when I applied the Primark Concealer and noticed it actually was the shade it was advertised as! I’m very happy that I can now save a huge amount of money on concealer and have officially swapped over from NARS to Primark! Who’d have thought?

The final two beauty buys I purchased from Primark were of course, my favourite thing to buy – lipsticks! I picked up the, Ps… Get Lippy Matte Collection in Girls World and the, Ps… Super Matte Lipstick in Cherry Pie. Sadly, I was quite disappointed in the lack of shade variations available and these two colours were the closest I could find to a red or a vibrant colour. Although both appear on the packaging to be a hot pink/purple shade, they looked a lot darker when applied on my lips. Personally, I love to try bold and striking lip colours, but I found this just too overwhelming and intense on myself – and that’s from someone who adores a striking lipstick! The Autumn and Winter Seasons are definitely the right time to try a stand out lip, but I just wasn’t feeling the look or overall quality of the product. However, the matte stick lipstick does have a very sweet scent and the prices are extremely reasonable.

Ultimately, I was extremely happy with the majority of my Ps.. makeup buys and have noticed a huge improvement in the Primark Beauty Brand. I will definitely now be venturing into there more often and hopefully find lots of other hit quality products with great affordable price tags to share with you all!

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Sagittarius.

With Jeffree Star Cosmetics being one of my current favourite Makeup Brands,  I metaphorically jumped for joy when Beauty Bay sent me an email saying they were having a sale on selected products and his was one of them! Not only did I get the Beauty Killer Palette for £28.00 instead of £40.00 –  which I’ll be reviewing in another post – I bought the beautiful Sagittarius Velour Liquid Lipstick for £11.20, instead of £16.00!

It’s amazing to think how much your makeup tastes can evolve over the years. Believe it or not, a few years ago I wouldn’t wear any other colour apart from nude – MAC’s Myth to be exact – and look at me now! I think it’s important to try a variety of makeup products and shades even though some things can often look intimidating and you may even think it won’t suit you. However, once you take a chance you could end up finding a new favourite product which inspires you to break out of your comfort zone.

Which brings me to this gorgeous lipstick – Sagittarius! If you’re already a fan of Jeffree and his products, you’ll know that every year he releases a Holiday Collection and this lipstick was one of the shades created. It is a purple mauve colour and as someone who loves mauve lipsticks, I really wanted to take a chance and try something a bit daring. However, at £16.00 these aren’t the cheapest products out there, so I wasn’t expecting to be able to purchase this – until it was temporarily placed on sale!

This lipstick is similar to one of Jeffree’s most popular shades, Scorpio, although that is described as a purple toned grey, instead of a purple mauve. However, as I absolutely adore this lipstick and Scorpio is my Starsign, I may have to add it to my wish list! Ironically enough, I was slightly apprehensive about purchasing Sagittarius as I really wasn’t sure if I could pull it off, even my mum said to me that she wasn’t a big fan of the colour. Ultimately, I decided to go with my gut instinct and buy it anyway – and I’m so glad that I did!

The packaging is virtually the same as the standard Velour Liquid Lipstick, except for the top of the applicator being red instead of pink, as well as the box. The only slight negative of the product is it needs a few more layers to be completely opaque, compared to my other two Jeffree Star lipsticks. However, I know that certain shades can be harder to create and as I love applying makeup, it’s ultimately not a problem.

This lipstick is truly perfect for everyone, it’s incredibly versatile and although it’s more of an Autumn/Winter shade, it’s so unique I think it should be worn all year round. What I love about Jeffree’s Brand is he is so passionate about makeup and creates such distinctive products that are truly like no other. I love how Brands are being so innovative and constantly striving to bring new products and shades to life. In doing this it gives so  many people the freedom to create new looks, increase their confidence and helping to bring out their true self.

Sadly, there is no longer a sale on Jeffree Star Cosmetics on Beauty Bay, but I one hundred percent recommend his products – which are both vegan friendly and cruelty free. I really hope to be expanding my collection this year and truly can’t wait to purchase more amazing products!

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Makeup Obsession Highlighters.

Once again, another one of my beautiful friends, the gorgeous Demi, introduced me to the amazing Brand that is; Makeup Obsession. They produce a unique style of products, in the fact that all of them are in compact form and the highest priced item is only £10! Also, each compact has the option to fit into a beautiful palette case, which are available in a variety of sizes and colours. Therefore, you can create a unique selection of products by placing your favourites inside.

The products that are available include; Eyeshadow, Contour, Highlight, Blush and they’ve recently added Lipstick too. I had heard wonderful things about their highlighters, so naturally, I decided to buy one. I picked three shades, two of them shimmers and one of them in a strobe cream.

The first two shades are called Moon and Bare. Moon is a beautiful lilac, which is my favourite shade of highlight to wear and Bare is a lovely rosy pink, which adds warmth to my face and is slightly more subtle. The final shade I bought was Precious, which is a stunning baby blue that adds a dewy glow to my face. At first I was slighly apprehensive about buying a cream highlight as some I’ve tried in the past haven’t been so great. However, I was highly impressed by the pigment and quality of this product, a little goes a long way and it’s absolutely beautiful, a unique shade of highlight. For some reason on the website the strobe balms are under the contour section, however I definitely see this product as a highlighter and will continue to use it as one.

Each of the highlighter were only £3, which is such a cheap price, yet such an amazing quality product – it’s unbelievable! The products are so pigmented, I’d even go as far to say that they could be more pigmented then some higher end brands! Each of the shimmer highlighters has Makeup Obsession’s beautiful star logo imprinted into the product, which is very pretty and I definitely  appreciate the added touch.

There are so many different shades in all of the makeup available and for such a good price you can pick up about five compacts for the price of one mid to high range product! I decided to buy a palette to keep all of my products together and I chose a Pink Obsession in a medium size for just £4! For this size, it will hold six singles and you also get a large mirror included – bonus! Each compact can be removed, so once it’s run out you can replace it with another or mix and match depending on how many you have.

I also decided to pick up a matte nude eyeshadow called Pearl, which was even cheaper than the other products at just £2! I like using a nude shade on my eyelids to contrast with my black winged eyeliner and this product is simply wonderful, Plus, it even works as a concealer for my spots if I can’t seem to gain full coverage – who knew!

The only negatives I can think of is that the compacts are fairly small, but for the price I can’t expect them to be huge sizes. Also, Makeup Obsession is exclusive to Boots, so if you don’t have one near then it could be frustrating not being able to see each shade in person.  However, once again you can order online – so all is not lost!

I can’t wait to complete my palette and purchases many more shades in the future from this amazingly cheap but quality brand!

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Beauty Boulevard & Glitter Lips.

Makeup is without doubt one of my favourite things and being the girlie girl I am, adding a little sparkle is always a huge plus. Therefore, when browsing all things beauty related on Instagram, I stumbled upon the dream; Beauty BLVD’s Glitter Lips. That’s right, glitter for your lips – a sparkling pout like no other! As soon as I saw them I basically felt like I could recreate Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers on my lips and let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to do that? There really is no limit in the world of makeup!

Beauty Boulevard are the first Brand to revolutionize the Glitter Lips formula and I am so happy for this product to my first experience to use for creating this amazing look. Not only does it look absolutely incredible, it’s long lasting for up to eight hours and is easy to apply – in just three easy steps. Furthermore, Glitter Lips are kiss, drink, smudge and waterproof, so it’s safe to say my expectations are pretty much through the roof.

With over 18 colours available, there is a huge variety to choose from and so many bold and creative looks to come up with. If you’re not ready to be this adventurous with makeup then you probably wont be adding a Glitter Lip to your collection anytime soon, but they’re are some gorgeous subdued shades too. I was kindly gifted the gorgeous shades, Forbidden and Vintage Pretty – both are absolutely stunning and I can’t thank Beauty Boulevard enough for picking colours I would choose myself! The Glitter Lips are £12.50 to buy and for this amount you receive the gloss bond, glitter shade and applicator brush. Personally, I feel this is a pretty good price for such a unique product and you get everything you need in one amazing kit!

The products all have such captivating names, which ironically enough is one of my favourite things about makeup. Therefore, I discovered the icing on the cake when looking through the shades and seeing a stunning red called, Ruby Slippers – what are the chances?!

Psychic abilities aside, if that wasn’t enough, Beauty Boulevard kindly sent me one of their Trinity Tri Colour Lip Tint’s in the shade Lust, from the Confessions range. Each one is created with Coconut Oil, Jojoba and Beeswax, which is the must have combination for that perfect pout.  As described, this gorgeous lip tint features not one, but three colours – a coral, pink and purple, which blend together to leave your lips feeling highly moisturized and glossy. As stated before, this isn’t a bold, dramatic lipstick – it is a lip tint, so  if you’re after a statement eye catching lip then this probably isn’t for you. However, if you like a more subtle, everyday sheen with a hint of colour then this is definitely for you!

Thankfully, creating the Glitter Lips turned out to be a lot easier than I was expecting, which is another bonus! All you need to do is to follow the four steps; make sure your lips are dry and product free. Next, apply the glue onto your bottom and top lip, but separately and wait for it to change from white to clear. Once this has happened, then take the brush and dip it into the glitter pot and create the iconic look! Lastly, dust anyway any extra or unwanted product. Ultimately, I was surprised by how pigmented the glitter was on my lips, a little really does go a long way! Also, if you’re worried about it falling off easily – it’s actually really tough to remove, which if you ask me, is a very good thing! The Glitter Lips will definitely be staying put all night long.

Although it may feel a bit strange at first, (I mean it’s not every day you put glitter on your lips, is it?) once the product has all been applied and has set, then you quickly become accustomed to it. Both shades look exactly as they do on the website, so you can be sure you’re getting the desired colour. Furthermore, Beauty Boulevard’s products are all cruelty free, meaning not only are they interested in producing high quality beauty buys, but they do it in a kind and humane way.

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Lastly, a huge thank you to Abi from Beauty Boulevard for gifting me these amazing products!

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Misslyn Cosmetics.

One of the great things about Makeup is that it’s constantly growing and changing, with many new Brands being created and discovered every week. Therefore, it was with wonderful surprise, that I opened my post last week and discovered an unexpected Blogger Package! The parcel was from Misslyn Cosmetics, a Brand that was completely new to me and aesthetically, is my absolute dream.

Misslyn Cosmetics was founded in Italy over 30 years ago and is now distributed by Chleo Enterprises. For UK fans like myself, it can be purchased online from the wonderful Beauty Bay.

As soon as I saw the beautiful products I’d been so kindly gifted, I fell in love with them straight away – even before trying anything out! The packaging has a gorgeous retro vibe, reminding me of amazing Brands such as, Benefit Cosmetics and The Balm Cosmetics.

Misslyn aim to release a new Collection every six weeks – which is already incredibly impressive if you ask me! Plus, as I mentioned before, I was kindly gifted the perfect summertime makeup; their new Festival Vibes Collection. These products are simply a must for the Summer Season, when practically every week there is a different Festival happening. However, fear not, if you  love the Festival look but aren’t going to any then don’t worry – you can still fit this Collection into your weekend look or if you’re like me – every day!

The Festival Vibes Collection features the following items, Lip Candy Palette: Red Kiss Edition, Eye Love It Eyeshadow Palette: Eye Got It From My Mama, Nail Polish No. 139: Just Be Free, Nail Polish 394A: Endless Road and Jewellery Body Tattoos No.6: Mystery Land.

What’s wonderful about all of the makeup is it’s perfect for carrying around in your bag all day, they’re petite and easy to store!

If I had to choose a favourite product from the Collection it would have to be the Lip Candy Palette: Red Kiss Edition. There are two lip palettes available, a Red Kiss as shown and a Pink Kiss, so if you’re not a rouge lover like myself, there’s always another option! The palette comes with six different shades, which saves you carrying around a million lipsticks and prevents you losing any too – huge bonus! The colours are as follows: Popcorn Lovers, Candy Cane, Cherry Glaze, My Sugar, Honey Pie and Soda Pop; definitely a theme of all things sweet, which I love. I don’t know about you, but a good product name is a big plus for me and this palette without doubt passes that test! Furthermore, only three of the shades are hugely red, the other three have a brown and nude tone, so there’s even more options to mix and match with. Last but not least, the palette comes with a mirror and a lip brush, two very important things to have when applying lipstick and especially when you’re at a Festival.

Lately within the world of makeup, it seems that everyone is loving eyeshadow palette, myself included, although a lot of them are very big and not easy to travel with. However, the Eye Love It Eye Shadow Palette is the perfect product for on the go, not only is it a great size, it also features six different shades! As with the Lip Palettes, there are also two different ones available, Eye Got It  From My Mama and Eye Got My Eyes On You. Both products feature matte and shimmer colours, which are perfect both separately and together, giving you plenty of options. The eyeshadow names are: Daddy’s Girl, Daddy’s Darling, Daddy’s Credit Card, Mama’s Advise, Mama’s Favorite and Mama’s Genes. How adorable!? Within the compact there are three bold shades and three neutral shades, I usually wear a lighter shadow shade to contrast with my bold eyeliner, so I will definitely be using those frequently! I’m also excited to experiment with the bolder shades and branch out of my comfort zone.

If you’re like me and don’t have any art on you, then the Jewellery Body Tattoos are perfect for trying something new! They are all temporary, so you can pick and choose which ever is suitable for you at a certain time and know that it will last for five days. Two products are available in the Festival Collection; No.5 Indian Spirit and No.6 Mystery Land. If you’re after a bold, colourful look then I’d definitely go for No.5 Indian Spirit and if you want a more subtle look then I’d choose No.6 Mystery Land. My personal preference would be the former, however, both feature metallic gold and silver luster that reflect light, which is such a cool idea! Plus, they’re quick to apply and pain free – what could be better?

The last products I was kindly gifted from the Festival Vibes Collection are two Nail Polishes; Just Be Free and Endless Road. There are two other shades available from this specific range, but if they aren’t to your liking then there’s sixty other polishes to choose from – so plenty of choice! Just Be Free is a beautiful coral summer shimmery nude, definitely the perfect shade for this season and the daytime. Endless Road is a nude shimmery shade which contrasts wonderfully with Just Be Free and would be just right for the night. Both have a ultra glossy finish and dry in just sixty seconds! Furthermore, the polishes features a special widespread applicator brush which is meant to adapt to the shape of your nails, meaning it can be applied in one swipe. I can’t wait to test this out!

For today’s look I chose to wear the shades, Candy Cane as a base coat and Cherry Glaze over the top. Both colours glide on perfectly and are very pigmented with a matte but glossy finish. Plus, did I mention they smell absolutely gorgeous too?! For my eyes I wanted to create a subtle summer glow, that would contrast with my winged eyeliner. So I used the shade, Mama’s Genes for the overall base coat, Daddy’s Credit Card for my eyelid and Mama’s Favorite for above. Each shade is pigmented but buildable and is nice and simple to apply. Ultimately, I can’t wait to try out all of the shades and create more looks!

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Lastly, a huge thank you to Michael from Chelo Enterprises for gifting me these amazing products!

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BARRY M Satin Super Slick Lip Paint in Red My Lips 176.

We all know I love red lipstick, in fact I think if you know me it’s common knowledge that 99% of the time I will be wearing it. Therefore, when I saw Listerine were offering a free lipstick and one of the shades was red – I simply could not miss out on such a bargain!

As I’ve said many times before, I love finding high quality drug store Brands and I can definitely confirm that Barry M is one of them. They’ve been around for as long as I can remember – I always used to buy their Nail Polishes and I love that before a lot of other Brands followed the trend, they have always produced a huge variety of unique shades and dared to break the makeup boundaries.

Out of the three shades available – which are all products from BARRY M’s current Collection and retail from just £4.99, I picked Red My Lips. If you’re not a red kinda girl like myself, then there are ten other Satin Super Slick Lip Paints and two of them are offered by Listerine – Peachy Keen and Berry-licious, which are perfect for the Summer!

Red My Lips is a beautiful blue toned 1950s red, my favourite of course and is produced with a satin shiny finish. However, if you’re a matte lover like me – don’t be discouraged! Although the lipstick is a satin formula, it is incredibly pigmented and long lasting, which can be pretty hard to find from my experience. Furthermore, what’s great about this product is that it doesn’t feel sticky on your lips, which is a huge bonus as I often find a lot of glossy products do and that can be very uncomfortable. This beauty is also infused with Shea Butter and Vitamin E, so leaves your lips feeling moisturized and definitely not dry!

The packaging for BARRY M’s Super Satin Slick Lip Paint’s is a gorgeous silver chrome, which contrasts beautifully with the vibrant red shade. The product itself has a gorgeous BM Logo imprinted on the lipstick and I especially love the italic handwriting, it’s so classy and chic.

I’ve noticed that BARRY M have vastly expanded their lipstick range and have a huge variety of different products available, which is brilliant! I’m definitely looking forward to trying more products as I’m intrigued to see if the rest of their beauty buys are as good as their Satin Lipsticks!

Ultimately, I absolutely love this lipstick and I definitely hope to add more BARRY M products to my makeup collection!

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Gift of Glam by Marilyn Monroe Eyewear.

If you’ve followed me on Social Media for the past 6+ years, then I’m 99% sure you know how much I love the beautiful soul, Marilyn Monroe. Ironically, it feels almost strange for me to type out her full name, as I like to think of Marilyn as almost an Guardian Angel to me, definitely not a stranger. Some will understand that and relate, others may judge – but Marilyn will always have a special place in my heart.

A few weeks ago, to celebrate Marilyn’s 91st Birthday, I wrote, as I do every year, a Tribute for my favourite lady and was pleasantly surprised when I noticed, Marilyn Monroe Eyewear like my post and follow me on Instagram. Marilyn Eyewear is Officially Licensed by The Estate of Marilyn Monroe and is one of the many Brands they have created which is all inspired and influenced by this very special woman. As my beautiful friend, Laura has previously worked with Marilyn Eyewear, I decided it would be worth a try contacting the Brand and thanking them for following my Instagram Account. I also proposed the possibility of a collaboration. Once again, I was surprised and very thankful to receive a reply agreeing to my suggestion about a collaboration!

After just four days, my parcel from Marilyn Eyewear arrived, all the way from America! I can’t emphasize how appreciative I am of such a quick delivery, especially from so far away – I was already beyond impressed. However, little did I know that I was going to be completely blown away when I opened the parcel. Not only was I gifted a pair of beautiful Sunglasses, there were also three beauty products from Marilyn Monroe Spas! It wasn’t until I looked on their website, that I realized I had been sent the, Limited Edition Gift of Glam! Thank you so much Marilyn Monroe Eyewear and Marilyn Monroe Spas!

The packaging is a classic chic black matte box, finished with gorgeous gold writing and Marilyn’s iconic signature – what could be better!? As soon as you open it, you’re greeted by dazzling red tissue paper and inside are the iconic products all inspired by my favourite girl – Marilyn! Nail Polish in Marilyn Red, a red Beauty Blender, a Lipstick in Marilyn Red 03 and if that wasn’t enough, a pair of Marilyn Eyewear Sunglasses in Annabel Noir 001! If you’re a Marilyn lover or simply adore the Vintage look, then this is without doubt a must have – it’s simply timeless!

The Sunglasses come in an absolutely beautiful gold metallic case, featuring Marilyn’s signature, the product is wonderful quality and a great protection for the shades also. What I was most impressed by with the Marilyn Sunglasses was the attention to detail, which super Marilyn fans, or Marilynettes as we’re known, would definitely notice and appreciate. If you look at all the Sunglasses on the Marilyn Eyewear Website, you’ll see that the majority of the shades are named after Marilyn Film Characters! I think this is such a lovely statement and a unique concept which makes Marilyn Eyewear different from others. The Gift of Glam shades are named after Marilyn’s character, Annabel Jones Norris from her film, We’re Not Married! (1952) one of her earlier film roles and the only chance she had to play a Mother. (Something’s Got To Give (1962) was never completed.)

If you’re after an everyday, classic retro look than Annabel are the must have Sunglasses for you, but fear not, there are three other shades available if you’re after something different. Out of all the amazing vintage style Sunglasses on Marilyn Eyewear, if I had to choose my favourites it would be either, The Marilyn, Elsie, Iris or Rose and yes, that is my attempt at trying to narrow my choices down! All come in different colours and styles, so there are more choices to choose from and they feature Marilyn’s iconic signature – so much beauty!

The Marilyn Monroe Spas Beauty Products all have one thing in common, they are all – you guessed it, red! Anyone who knows anything about Marilyn will associate this bold colour with her, as it was without doubt her signature lipstick shade to wear. As someone who adores the Vintage Look, this was such a wonderful surprise and even better that each item is based on the signature Marilyn look.

The Beauty Blender is a must have in my every day makeup bag and ironically enough, I was just thinking a few days ago that I needed a new one! Plus, I’ve not seen many sponges that are this unique shade, so it will definitely stand out in my collection. Furthermore, the packaging has Marilyn’s beautiful signature on, so yes, I will be keeping the box! I also love how on the back of the packaging it says, “Be Wonderful” which I’m assuming is inspired by one of my favourite, genuine Marilyn quotes.

Also within the Glam Kit is the stunning, True Red 03 Lipstick. Red is the ultimate retro colour and my absolute favourite to wear pretty much every single day and I can confirm, True Red 03 definitely has my approval. The product features Marilyn’s signature in a stunning red and a gorgeous kiss print, which contrasts dramatically with the bold black packaging. I also love the shape of the lipstick as it’s perfect for creating that beautiful full pout. There are so many amazing beauty buys available on Marilyn Monroe Spas, I could honestly spend hours browsing through all the variety of shades!

The final product in the Marilyn Eyewear Gift of Glam is the Marilyn Monroe Red Nail Polish, which features a gorgeous portrait of Marilyn herself – so unique! The shade is eye catching and will definitely make your nails be the centre of attention! Plus, even if you’re not a red lover like myself, it’s worth having just for the stunning packaging with our beautiful blonde bombshell!

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, I simply must say a huge thank you so much to Marilyn Monroe Eyewear for gifting me these beautiful products, which I will truly cherish.

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