Thursday, 28 November 2013

The One Brand: MUA

So here it is, the third week of The One Brand. Now I know I am also part of The Winter Project but have struggled to get posts up for the past two weeks for those so I do apologise. The One Brand posts seem to come a bit more naturally to write so that is my excuse.

Anyway lets get onto the topic of this week...MUA. I am a newbie to MUA if I’m honest. I only had one product until recently. Before becoming a beauty blogger I have to shamefully admit I was a bit of a make up snob. If make up brands were amazingly cheap, I thought that it would be too good to be true, oh how I was wrong! Yes some cheap brands out there are in fact rubbish, but there are some beauties, and MUA is one of them, that I just really can’t believe scan be so good and so cheap.


In my opinion, the most amazing products MUA sell are their lipsticks. I don't know why I was so surprised about how amazing these would be. I'd read so many rave reviews about these before I actually got them, but I guess I though for £1 there had to be some sort of catch. Well there certainly wasn't. As I am a lover of matte, I did expect their new (ish) matte range to be extremely drying but I think they are the most moisturising lipsticks I've ever tried.


As I'm going through a blush love phase at the moment, I have chosen two from MUA's collection. The first is a cream blush that, like their above lipsticks, is fairly new to the MUA scene and are only £1. This specific shade needs a bit of building to create a decent pigment but once on, it gives such a lovely 'natural flush' look to the skin.



The other blush I love from MUA is the complete opposite in every single way. It's a powder that is extremely pigmented. So pigmented in fact it is pretty easy to look a bit clown like with it. Once you get the technique right and you learn than less is definitely more, the colour of this is almost identical to my MAC 'Stay Pretty' so you could save yourself £15! Both of these blushes have great staying power too. They might not last you all day (as we have to remember they are extremely cheap) but they will give a bloody good attempt at doing so.


My first MUA product, and something I couldn't live with out, is the Pro-Base Eye Lid Primer. I have mentioned this so many times, and will probably mention it many more. This product is supposed to be used as an eyeshadow primer, and yes I do use it for that, but I think it is best suited under the eyes. I use it as a primer for my concealer and it makes a huge difference as to when I do and when I don't use this. My concealer doesn't move through out the whole day when it's applied on top of this. There is also no creasing issues either, and when I have to use 4 concealers to cover my bags that can usually be an big issue. Yes it works brilliant as suggested on the lid, but this is definitely a multi talented product. 


Finally we come to my final MUA love. I was a little cynical about this when I popped it in the online basket, and if I'm honest I only got it to take me over £30 to get free shipping. I'm definitely glad I decided to add it to my collection though. I view it as a pretty good substitute to my bare minerals foundation powder. Ok it doesn't give as much coverage but it advertises itself as translucent and I wouldn't say that was the case at all. It's great for those like me who like to set their liquid foundation with something a little bit heavier but won't cake.


So that's my MUA favourite. Have you tried any of these? What MUA products are in your top list? Again, any links to others participating the The One Brand, link them below.

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx
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Monday, 25 November 2013

L'Oreal Nail A Porter Review

I have never been a false nails kinda gal, I've never had them professionally done and I've only bought stick on ones on odd occasions in the past. However, my opinion changed when I got some Impressed nails for a friends wedding the other month. Now, I fully intended on doing a review for them but never got round to it. Then yesterday, for some reason (and by that I mean I'd seen them all over the bloggisphere and had to get them) I picked up a few pairs of the L'Oreal A Porter false nails.


There was a 3 for 2 offer going on so of course I took advantage of this! I wanted the red ones for a my christmas day nails and the black and gold ones for any fancier nights out I might have leading up to the festive season. So, when it came to choosing the pack I would get free I had to go for the ones that had my favourite nail colour on, grey. The nails go on extremely easily as you simply peel the adhesive stickers off the sheet and place it on your natural nail, then you add the false one on top of that and squeeze to the high heavens.


Now, I am completely undecided on these. I sometimes look at these nails and think the look lovely. I then look at them again and think 'jeez these look so fake.' I have also found that, like most fake nails they do make things harder to do and feel like they have a good chance of falling off, however, these feel like they're even flimsier than normal. I also found these nails were all pretty unusual sizes, some fit like a dream and others are too long and too wide for the suggested nail (see the little pinky nail above).

Saying this, it was only when I went to take pictures of these nails, that I realised there was in fact 24 nails and not the 12 I originally thought were given, so I could have potentially found ones to fit better, but I'd have been limited to one use from the packet.


I have to say though, I love the style of these. Although I could potentially regret getting 3 pairs, I will be testing them out again. I will also, most certainly, be copying the style with real nail varnish on my own nails. All in all, I'm not completely sold on these, but I'm not completely disappointed by them either. I guess it all comes down to how long they last on the nails which will be the deciding vote.

Have you tried these nails? What do you think of the quality and the style? Are there any other good fake nail alternatives out there? 

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx
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Thursday, 21 November 2013

The One Brand: Rimmel

I think this is the week I have been looking forward to the most. I'd go, not quite as far in saying Rimmel is my top highstreet brand, but it's definitely in the top 3. As we all know, Rimmel is a London brand...you know 'Get the London Look' n'all, or 'Get THAT London look' as us Yorkshire lasses say!!!

This brand was founded my Mr Rimmel himself (Eugiene) in the early 1800's, 1834 to be more exact. It's not just popular in the UK but it sells amazingly across the whole flipping world, go Rimmel!! Obviously when we think of Rimmel good old Kate Moss springs to mind, but the brand has been supported and endoreced by many amazing and beautiful models and celebs across the board. Clearly it's a very popular brand...or there's just a genius running their marketing department.


Now, Rimmel haven't been without the odd bit of controversy. They've had adverts taken off the TV and banned from magazines for being "deceptive and misleading" as they used false lashes in their mascara adverts. Naught Rimmel, thank god I don't use any of their mascaras!! However, I have no doubt other companies play similar tricks. I am under no pretence that others, and I even know of a brand in this series, use other and better products in their advertising. For me, as long as the product they are directly promoting isn't enhanced, replaced or altered, I think I'm ok with this. It's a dog eat dog world out there and there's just too much beauty competition!

Any road on to my top products. I've mentioned Rimmel a few times in various posts so a lot of this will be repeats, but I think it's worth the read!

My favourite Rimmel product has to be their new Stay Matte Foundation. I did a review on it last week so check that out here. Basically this is great for those with the dreaded shine. Yes it's a thick mouse and yes it's a little difficult to work with but it's feather weight on the skin and if you thin it out with a moisturiser it's a bloody faultless foundation.


The absolute saviour in my life comes in the shape of Rimmel's stay matte powder. I nearly forgot to add this to this weeks post (hence why it's not in the first picture). Because I use it so much, it's almost become second nature. It's also so amazing I forgot it came from a high street brand! I have two of these, one for my dressing table and one in my bag. It's under £4 and perfect for 'powdering your nose' throughout the day. I have wrote about this little bad boy hundreds of times on my blog as it's perfect for setting make up and, more importantly, hiding the shine. I think every girl should have one of these on them at all times.


Next we hand over to my first ever Rimmel purchases, the Kate Moss matte lipsticks. I got these because I really wanted some bold colours and these too really do tick those requirements. Because they're matte they can be a little drying, but with a good lip routine and a good lip scrub (see here for my routine) these beauties glide onto the lip perfectly. The pigmentation is brilliant but the lasting power could be better. However, the price of these lipsticks is so good, I can let any issues slide.


I have recently received 2 new Rimmel products from the box swap I did with Rebecca (full post on the box coming soon). The first one was the Scandal eyes eyeliner and oh my god I love it. I had heard wonders about this but never actually tried it before, or any other pen like eyeliner for that matter. I was always one for a liquid, but lets just say this present from Rebecca has won me over. It lasts all night, is easy to apply and you can create different thicknesses of liner with one quick sweep. 


The other Rimmel product I was introduced too was the Rimmel eye shadows. The one I received was in Midnight Ruby, a deep purple colour. I haven't actually had chance to use this yet but when I swatched the colour, it looks amazing and so flattering, so I can't wait to try it. Again, I've heard great things about this range and have no doubt it will live up to all my expectations. 


So that's it, my top Rimmel products (of the moment, I'm sure I will add to my collection and love everything that I do). Have you tried any of these? What are you favourite Rimmel products? Any good recommendations will not fall of deaf ears I can assure you hehe.

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx
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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

So I was nominated by the lovely Sheen from Golden and Sheen for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award and I want to send her a big thanks for that. I have had the pleasure of meeting Sheen and she really is a lovely gal so go and check her out.

I have previously done a post with facts about myself here so go check that out here if you like, but I will be creating some more facts for this one.



The following are the rules for the award:
· Display the award logo on your blog and link back to the person who nominated you
· Share 7 facts about yourself
· Nominate 10 other bloggers and notify them that they have been nominated

So lets get onto the 7 facts, as it's coming up to Christmas I thought I'd sprinkle my own Christmas fairy dust twist on it and make my answers festive themed. Here we go. 

1. I haven't grown up yet and have a Disney Christmas tree. When we were younger we had one at home (well, we still do now). We were lucky enough to head to Disney Land Florida and Paris a fair few times as kids and my mum would buy a Disney decoration every time we went. When I moved out I cheekily asked if I could have the decorations to take with me and was met with a firm, and understandable, no. So I started collecting my own. Now I have more than my mum. I buy out the whole Disney Christmas range each year. This pretty little thing sits at the top of my tree.


2. Talking of Christmas trees, the smell of a real fresh Christmas tree is my favourite smell in the whole wide world. 

3. One of my favourite things about Christmas is my Christmas Eve tradition. Me and my dad watch 'It's A Wonderful Life' every year without fail. I love this tradition because not only do I get to watch my favourite film of all time, I get to spend some sentimental time with my dad. As we are the most sentimental ones in our family I really love having this tradition with him. If you haven't seen the film you really should. It's the most heart warming story you'll ever see. I have seen in the news today they are planning on making a sequel, I'm not sure how I feel about that!

4. Christmas Day is the only day I don't mind not seeing my boyfriend. I know it sounds harsh and obviously I'd love to spend all my time with him but, to me, Christmas is about being with your family. He has his family Christmas and I have mine so I'm just about OK with the fact we can't mix the two. It also gives us an excuse to have a fake Christmas together a few days before so we get two...yay. 

5. In my opinion, no matter how old you are (24 in mine and 27 in my brothers case) you are never too old to unwrap Christmas presents in your PJ's. It's what I love doing and for me, Christmas is just not the same if I don't spend the first few hours in my pyjamas.

6. I wish this wasn't the case but I hate the "Christmas Flavour." You know what I mean, all the different spices, especially cinnamon. I really wish I did because I love the idea of mince pies and mulled wine. For the amount I love Christmas I feel I'm missing out on the whole excitement around Christmas food. These foods should make me happy not screw my nose up.

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7. I don't know if it's just me, and I'm probably going to sound strange here, but I find that Christmas just has a whole different feel to it. It looks different to every other normal day, it spells different to any other normal day and it has a different atmosphere. It's hard to describe without sounding crazy, but everything about the day feels different and special. 

So on to the nominations. Now I know a few of the people I will nominate have already been nominated by Sheen herself so don't feel like you have to do it twice (or at all for that matter. I know it can be difficult scheduling normal posts let alone these little extras). So here they are.  

Rebecca from Dizzee Darling
Danielle from Polkadella
Rebecca from Cloud Nine Indulgence
Hayfa from London Loafers 
Hannah from hbbeauty 
Hayley from Tea Party Beauty
Ashley and Julie from 20/30 Glam
Charlotte from Looks 2b Loved

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Sunday, 17 November 2013

My Make Up Christmas Wishlist

My Make Up Christmas Wishlist
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

As everyone is aware, Christmas is coming and I really couldn't be more excited. I love Christmas, I always have an always will. I love the build up, I love the day and I love the aftermath. Normally I get the same little make up presents from my mum. This consists of my Bare Minerals Mineral Power, My YSL Mascara and YSL Touché Éclat. If it was up to me, when she ask's 'what would you like for Christmas?' I would happy only give her a list of make up. But, unfortunately she refuses to do that so, I have created a wish list of stuff I would love to get, or would buy myself if I got the chance (had the money!!)

1. The most talked about product of the moment, the Nars One Night Stand palette, is every beauty lovers top product. I keep seeing posts about it everywhere and I just really want this in my life. I'm running out of my Laguna bronzer and thought I might as well get a highlighter and four blushes for an extra twenty quid.

2. When I was thinking of prizes for my give away (which is still going by the way so enter here) I said that I was a rubbish beauty blogger. This is because I have never tried a Mac lipstick. So if I could use my Christmas wish list for anything, it would be to rectify this. I'm not sure on the exact shade I'd go for but I'm looking for a nice deep purple shade. Something like Rebel or Cyber. 

3. I have already tried the YSL Touché Éclat foundation and I love it, but I have run out hence why it is in this wish list at number 6. I've heard so much about the new YSL foundation. The Forever Youth Liberator Foundation has a tiny percentage of their wonder serum in it. When I tried to get a sample of this from the MUA at the counter, she informed me that even though I'm only 24, I have to start thinking about preventing my skin from ageing already. This product should hopefully help whilst covering any blemishes at the same time. Plus, I've heard it has really good coverage and people have had nothing but compliments when they wear this. 

4. OK, so we all know about my issues with my under eye circles and I have finally got a pretty good ragieme going on. However, when I saw this in a recent post from Ruth from A Model Recommends I just knew I HAD to test it out. It's meant to give really good coverage and hide even the darkest of circles. If it's anything like the double wear foundation, the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place High Coverage Concealer will definitely be brilliant. 

5. Another product that has been popping up in posts and videos everywhere is the Bourjois Java Rise Powder. As someone with oily skin I'm always looking for powders and setting products. It also helps that this powder has the cutest vintage packaging I've seen. It is unfortunately the only high street product on my wish list...oops!!

6. See post 3...basically, I need a top up of this as I love this foundation but I'm all out.

So what make up has made it on your christmas wish list? Have you tried any of these products? I'd love more products to add to my shopping list hehe.

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx


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Thursday, 14 November 2013

The One Brand: Barry M

Barry M was created in 1982 by Mr M himself (the M stands for Mero by the way) so they are a relatively new brand. Barry M is a London brand who are know for their HUGE colour range. When I think of Barry M I think bold, bright colours and according to their website, they have around 400 different shades across their many ranges.

I would have to say my favourite product from Barry M has to be their nail varnishes. They seem to be everyone's go to brand (well high street anyway) if you want a new colour or textured varnish. I don't have a particularly large collection of varnishes, although the other half may disagree there, but 90% of them are from good old Mr M! They are reasonably priced polishes, with a good enough staying power. You will need to have a bottom and top coat if you don't want them to chip in the first few days but most nail varnishes need that. If I was to pick my favourite shade it would be 'Grey' as I think it is perfect for all year round. This is closely followed by any of the colours in the Matte range, they're all amazing.


The only other Barry M product I have is their Lash Vagas mascara. I got it free when I spend £9 on nail varnish's (yay I love a good freebie). I wasn't expecting great things from this but after using it, I think it's brilliant. It certainly gives Maybelline's The Falsies a run for its money. This mascara gives great length and amazing volume. However, its only let down is that it does tend to smudge and flake a little when it comes to the end of the day. I find that happens with most High Street mascara's though so it's nothing I didn't expect.


The first on my wish list has to be their Natural Glow Palette as it looks so much like the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. Since I'm not big on eyeshadow, however since the SO project I really am trying, I don't fancy forking out £30+ for something I will barely use. However, being a make up obsessive, I really bloody want it! So this little dupe seems like the perfect alternative.

My Barry M Wish List

Next is something that I heard about from a friend and then just kept seeing it pop up in blogs every few months. Yes it may look like your lips worst nightmare, and no I haven't gone completely mad because this green lipstick is not, well...a green lipstick. It's in fact one that adapts to your natural lip colour to create the perfect shade for you. Therefore the shade is different for everyone so it's kind of like a mood ring for adults! I'm also pretty curious to what colour will come up on me. This lipstick would really create the (overused phrase) 'your lips but better' look.

And finally, I had to throw a little blusher in here. Blush is soon because my obsession at the moment. I just can't stop buying them. I have a fair few shades now but they all tend to be along the pink/peach range. I got a lovely colour from sleek in pomegranate from Rebecca in my blog swap (more on that later) which is a lovely plum shade. But have been looking to try a more drastic red shade for a while now. When I saw this I thought, yep, why the hell not? So that's why it's made it's way on to my Barry M wish list.

What are your Barry M top products? Leave your link below if your taking part in the one brand.

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx



Barry M green lipstick
urbanoutfitters.com

Barry M blush
urbanoutfitters.com

Barry M blush
asos.com
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Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation Review

Thanks to the unfortunate situation of my YSL Touché Éclat Foundation running out on me on a spending ban (sod's law isn't it?!?) I've had to look for foundation in new places, mainly High Streets rather than High End.

Being someone who always has and always will love High End foundation, most make up is brilliant from drug stores but foundation just isn't in the same league in my eyes, the though of not being able to repurchase freaked me out a little! However, as if the make up gods were trying to help me out, there is one new High Street foundation I was actually curious about trying!


I have heard a few reviews about this foundation which have spurred my curiosity but before I read them, the Rimmel Stay Matte foundation actually appealed to me. After reading about 5 reviews, and not wanting to use up all my samples, I bit the bullet and headed to boots. The spending ban is really having a positive effect on me as I managed to resist the 3 for 2 that was EVERYWHERE!!! I also managed to avoid the Superdrug that was 2 shops along. What is happening to me? Am I finally learning to resist the temptation of brand spanking new make up? I highly doubt it.

Any road, the lovely purple and white tube fell into my basket and into my life. Although its not as sleek and timeless as most High End containers (I am partial to a glass bottle) I actually do like the packaging. The fact it is in a tube makes it so much easier to get the product out.

The consistency of this foundation is definitely leaning towards the mouse side. It is a thick foundation that provides a medium to high coverage but it feels feather weight on the skin. Really, you can barely feel that it's there. Even to touch. This thick consistency does cause one little issue, but only a tiny one, and don't worry it can easily be solved. That is, I do find it pretty hard to work with. I find it too thick on its own to blend in with my brush and I really hate using my fingers. With my oily skin I like to avoid using anything that will aggravate my real problem area. My solution! Mix it in with a bit of this!


The Soap and Glory Bright Here Bright Now is my go to product to thin out a heavy duty foundation or tone down regular ones to make a BB cream. It claims to bring a glow to the skin and on inspection it does have a hint of shimmer but nothing that is detectable once blended. This product is the perfect thing for anyone, but particularly oily skin. We have the issue of wanting to hide the shine but still want that natural glow and Bright Here Bright Now helps achieve this. When mixed with the thick Rimmel Stay Matte foundation, the mouse turns it into a lovely workable consistency without compromising the matte effect. You could use a moisturiser to thin this foundation out if you don't want to fork out the £12 For the S&G but I don't think it will have such a striking effect. I am annoyed they have changed the packaging though, it doesn't look as glamorous any more.


So with the only (slight) issue I have with this product out of the way, lets get onto other reasons why I think it's great. To say this product feels barely there on the skin, this product has a brilliant coverage. It's naturally very good but you can really build it up to help cover any issue or blemish you have. I also think it provides a really great base for all my other make up products. My bronzer and blusher seem to be lasting longer when placed onto of this. Talk about a winning point there Rimmel!

OK, yes the shades range isn't huge, and yes I probably went a little too dark for my skin tone, but with a bit of blending you can't notice. I do find than when you pile it on too much it can have that 'dirty' look people get when they have far too much make up on, so I'd watch out for that. No heavy handedness here please.

The longevity of this is pretty good. It lasts for most of the day without fading or sliding off. It also doesn't cling to any dry patches and never looks cakey. So, even though it's targeted towards those with the dreaded shine, I think it would work wonders for combination, normal and dry skin too. Finally lets address how it copes with that shine. Does this product actually keep my face matte all day? Does it prevent my nose from becoming reflective? No, Not quite! But it does a bloody good job and trying. I don't have to powder anywhere near as early as I have with other products. And with the cleanser I'm using at the moment, that's saying something (not happy with it at all certainly missing the Liz Earle C&P that's for sure).

All in all, this foundation isn't a miracle product but it does do a very good job and trying to be one. It hasn't convinced me not to repurchase my YSL when I stop my ban, but it has convinced me that High Street foundation has got a hell of a lot better since I was a teenager so I will no longer be shying away from them. Would I repurchase this? I definitely would, especially at only £5.99!

Has anyone else tried Rimmel stay matte? What are your thoughts?

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx
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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

The Winter Project: Nails

So welcome to the first instalment of the winter project, yet another project, along with The One Brand, that is filling the void that The SO Project once held. The Winter Project was set up by Kellie and each week we will celebrate a different aspect of beauty and fashion that we all love over the winter. It will also have a few Christmas posts thrown in too. So what does the first week entail? Winter nails.

I love the fact you can change so many things fashion wise to match the season change, especially your nails. It's seems like such a small thing but getting excited about the different colours you can use for different seasons is definitely something that goes on with me. Although I don't stick to the rules to a fine tooth comb, I am partial to a bright coral any time of the year, I do enjoy the winter shades.


My very favourite all round colour, which is probably more acceptable in winter, is a grey shade. I love them, from the deep dark grey to the purple undertones ones! I think they look brilliant with every outfit but they definitely get more use in the winter months. I like the Barry M in Grey (original Barry M!) and Illamasqua in DWS (I think...It's all I can see on the bottle). 


 

Then we go to my favourite autumn shade, which is handed to the burgundy hues. As the nights draw in and the leaves turn brown this colour really reflex the autumn changes in my eyes. I think the deeper the shade the better the effect. My new and very favourite came yesterday in my box swap from Rebecca and it's the Barry M's Matte effect in Crush. She knows me so well, Matte and Burgundy!! I also got it her, great minds hay?!? Other loves are Barry M's (I see a pattern here) Matte effect in Mocha and Red Black from it's regular range which are both great autumn shades.



Next is certainly one for the Christmas season and that is, very obviously, the glittery red. Now, I am normally not a glittery person at all, not in the slightest! But at Christmas time I let in the glitteryness and embrace it for, my nails and eyes alone! Still, that's only occasionally. This red glittery shade from Number 17's Fast Finish is in Garnet and it really does just say Christmas all over. Anything that can remind me of/get me excited about Christmas gets five starts in my eyes. However you wouldn't catch me wearing this at any other time of the year. The best thing about this polish is that it really does have a fast finish, it dries in a matter of seconds.




Finally, a good colour for Christmas decorations (and by that I obviously mean nail art) definitely goes to the summer trend, white. It can be used to draw snowflakes and snowmen on your nails when we get closer to the 25th of December! It would also look pretty Christmasy on it's own or with some red nail detail. Basically it's very bloody versatile and can xmas up and colour.



So that's the first Winter Project post done, I can tell I'm going to enjoy this. What are you favourite winter shades, which do I need to add to my collection? Any body else doing this project? Leave your links below so I can check your post.

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx
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Box Swap with Dizzee Darling

So I while back I entered the lovely Katie's Autumn Box Swap. This isn't the one I am doing because of my spending band with Sophiee Rose, that's a whole different box but for more on that see here. This one is a swap that was meant to be full of product's we thought we're great for Autumn. It was also a great excuse to get to know a new beauty blogger out there and I was paired with the lovely Rebecca from Dizzee Darling. I received my box yesterday and will be doing a post on the amazing things I received but wanted to do a little intro first.

After a few e-mails back and forth trying to figure out what each other would like, or most importantly wouldn't like, we decided to do things a little differently. As neither of us had any major no no's or any major 'I need to have that product' requests, we decided to fill a box full of some of our own favourite products. Therefore we can send each other some of our personal beauty must haves and we both get a chance to delve into each others loves.

Me and Rebecca have been sending each other the odd e-mail and we are trying to arrange meeting up when she is next in London, however sometimes arranging meeting up is much harder than expected. Hopefully we can eventually put a real face behind the box rather than one that is just from the internet.

Now, I cannot put what is in my box as I am doing a swap with Sophiee Rose and it will look pretty similar. There will also be a full post of what went in both these boxes once the swaps have been done, and once I have done posts on what I have received.

I love the idea of Box Swaps, I think it is so nice to send, let's face it, a complete stranger something through the post. I love that you can make some one feel excited and happy through sending them something of mutual interest, and in this case beauty and make up.

So watch this space for some more box swap related posts. Has anyone else done a box swap? What do you thing of them?

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx
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Thursday, 7 November 2013

The One Brand: Revlon

You can read more about The One Brand here but for now let's start talking about the brand that is Revlon. Revlon is an American brand that is over 80 years old. It was created in the early 1930's and started off as solely selling nail varnishes but added lipsticks to their collection a few years later (and thank god they did). Revlon was also one of the first cosmetic companies to stop testing on animals, so good on them!!

So what are my favourite Revlon products? As I said in my lips post of The SO project, Revlon lip butters are a little bit of a god send in the beauty world. A cross between a lipstick and a lip balm these products should be part of every beauty lovers collection. They provide a lovely amount of moisture to the lips and don't dry you out so they are perfect for those with dry and sensitive smackers. The lip butters also provide an excellent colour pay off. Now the are not the most pigmented of the lipstick bunch and no they aren't going to provide the statement lip we all crave and love from time to time but they will provide you with the perfect hint of colour to make you lips look gorgeous. They also provide a lovely amount of shine to your lips without giving you that god awful 'sticky' look many lipglosses can give.



I think Revlon had created an absolute winner with their lip butters. They are perfect for those who want to experiment with bold colours without being too much. I always have candy apple floating around in my bag in case I want a subtle hint of red lippy half way though the day. Yes they are a little pricy at £7.99 but for the effect they have and the fact they sooth you're lips at the same time, think about it like this. You're saving money on a lip balm. Unfortunately this post has made me realise that I don't own any other Revlon products so if I did here is what I would get.

My Revlon Wishlist: The One Brand

I've heard great things about Revlon eyeshadows, and since the SO projects eyeshadow post where a few lovely suggestions from other bloggers came in. Using purple shades to add some colour to my usually neutral eye was a recurring suggestion, hence this colour palette choice.

I am also loving a bit of nail art at the moment and these lends look like a great way to help me practice. They made be a bit more on the summery side, but you know, you can't let this weather get you down. I also mentioned in the SO Project foundation post that The Revlon Colour Stay Foundation is meant to be great for oily skin. Since the spending ban I have had to embrace the High Street foundations, so this one may just have to be purchased. Finally I would love to try this lovely Lip Crayon. I have yet to try one of these crayons from any brand and this colour looks, not only beautiful, but the perfect Autumn/Winter shade too.

So these are my top 5 Revlon products / Revlon wants!! Has anyone tried any of these products? Does anyone have any Revlon recommendations, I'd love to hear them.

I hope your enjoyed my first 'The One Brand' post. Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx

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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

REN's Mayblossom T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel Review

I'm not going to say that this is going to be a negative review because I'm sure this is the perfect product for someone with a different skin type. I AM going to say that I was extremely disappointed with REN's Mayblossom T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel and let me explain why.


I do hate saying bad things about products, I don't want people to not buy things just because I said it didn't work for me. However, I have to tell you why I don't think you should get this if you have oily skin. First of all, and I don't know why I didn't think of this when I was buying it, it's a gel. Gel's have never helped tame my oily skin and I don't think they ever will. If you suffer from the dreaded shine like I do, you're best sticking with a cream cleanser for sure. I don't know why this is the case, maybe because the gel cleansers are an oilier consistency, but I've now officially realised I have to stay clear of them.

My skin has been so shinny since using this, I really am disappointed. I had just got my skin looking nice and matte (pretty much) most of the time. After using this I feel like it's taken me back to square one. And as I said on twitter, I feel like Take That wrote 'Let It Shine' about my face.


Another thing that has let me down with this product is that it's not the best at taking make up off. After using it at night I still find I have a noticeable amount of mascara on and need to do another liquid cleanse with my Bioderma. The smell isn't the most appealing either. It's got a chemically whiff to it. It's not a bad smell but it's not a good one either. I'd rather no smell at all then a chemical one. I'm aware the cleanser is made up of some chemicals but if I'm reminded of that, it puts me off.

However, not one to never at least try and look for the good in things, my skin HAS been crazily soft since I started using this. I feel this cleanser would be great for doing the exact opposite of what it has set out to do. I think this would be great to use if you have dry to normal skin.


Another positive, the packaging is lovely. I know it's simple but I love it. I like the verging on pastel colours on all REN products and I like that you can see the product inside. At least with this cleanser there will be no surprise when I run out, unlike with the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. The product is also kept in a bag inside so you can use up every drop. There is no annoying bit at the bottom that the pump just doesn't reach! Genius! The pump also gives out the perfect amount of product. Not too little, not too much, just enough to create a lovely lather. So I give REN a 10 out of 10 for packaging.

So all in all, with my skin type, I wouldn't repurchase. I think if you didn't have oily skin, go for it it could be great. If you do, unfortunately, the REN T-Zone Control won't help control your T-Zone. Thankfully Due to a few freebies from a magazine, I haven't been put off REN at all.


Have you tried the T-Zone Control Cleanser? What did you think? What other REN products have you tried and which work for you?

Once again, thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx
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