Friday, 17 March 2017

Five beauty items I won't be buying

After watching The Anna Edit's anti makeup haul on YouTube the other day I thought I'd do my very own anti haul and share with you five things I won't be purchasing anytime soon.

Benefit They're Real Duo Eyeshadow Blender, £19.50

If there was ever a bigger gimmick this has to be it. In case you haven't seen it it is basically two eyeshadows that go together one of them is for the lid and the other is for the crease. You're meant to rub the dome blender into both of the eyeshadows at the same time then sweep across your eye to create an easy smoky eye. First things first, what even is that blender?! Nobody has the same eye shape or size so I don't know how this is meant to work. I've watched countless videos and I haven't seen it work yet for one person, they end up with a crazy rainbow across the eye! I'd much rather save my pennies and buy two nice eyeshadows.

Unicorn Highlighter

For some reason there has been hype revolving around unicorns all of a sudden and a few brands jumped on the bandwagon and released a unicorn highlighter; this is basically just a rainbow stripped highlighter. Other than fancy dress I don't see why or how anyone would wear this, this product is clearly just for the Insta's and then to collect dust in the darkest depths of the beauty drawers.

Kylie Lip Kits, $29

I do secretly still want one and I feel like I'm the only one who still hasn't, but my goodness I can not bring myself to pay for delivery then shipping charges, by the time that's all added up I could have brought a car. Plus everywhere does them now so I don't need them in my life (bit of reassurance to make myself feel better inside).

Anastasia Beverly Hills X Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit, $40

I love ABH, I love Nicole Guerriero and I also love highlighters and think this palette is to die for but I don't need so many highlighters and I think I'd just buy it to look at it lovingly. If they sold each one separately (and in the UK) I would be all over them like a rash.

Benefit They're Real Double The Lip, £16.50

Sorry Benefit, I do love you really but just not these two products! Again, this looks like another gimmick that I'm not going to jump on board with. I just really don't see the point in it and none of the colours really stand out to me anyway.

So there you go, five beauty products I won't be reaching into my pocket for! What products will you not be buying?

Ellé x


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Have dupes gone too far?

There has been quite a bit of controversy recently regarding fast beauty brands dupes especially Makeup Revolution (TAM Beauty). If you haven't read Beauty By The Bunny's blog post, I would recommend a read as it definitely started a debate, just look at the comments at the bottom! The argument does seem very split, some people believe that fast beauty brands copying higher end brands products is a huge problem and demoralising for the brand, whereas on the other hand, lots of other people are disagreeing and saying if it wasn't for these dupes they wouldn't have access to some great products. Now I'm in two minds and can see it from both perspectives but I do think I'm leaning more to the 'wrong' side and am agreeing with Angela from Beauty By The Bunny. As I said, make sure you give her post a read as well as she has done a lot of research and has even got some quotes to support her argument.

Hear me out, I have previously brought products from Makeup Revolution and probably still will. When I first set across blogging I did a haul with dupes for the Too Faced Sweet Heart blushers and Chocolate Bar palette. Hand on heart I can honestly say I enjoyed using those products and do still use them. The reason I initially bought them though was because I had seen swatches and reviews on how good they were and then when I realised it was a dupe I guess it did encourage me to buy it more. Although I enjoyed those products I have also brought some of their other products and I've thought they were a waste of money, it's just a bit hit and miss like most brands.

My makeup is a stash of high-end and drugstore products and I tend to buy what's right for me and what I like. If that's something from Makeup Revolution or say MAC then so be it! I love a good dupe, who doesn't?! But I love dupes for the fact that the product is the same colour/quality/pigment as the other product. I do not care for dupes that are only based on packaging and names as there's no substance to it, and this is where I think brands like TAM Beauty and W7 are going wrong. There is no doubt they do some great products but there are other times where they just push too much out that you do have to start questioning the quality. In Beauty By The Bunny's blog post you will see that she got a quote off Adam Minto himself saying that they've made 3,000 products in 3 years, now that's a lot. High-end and even drug store brands don't do this as they put a lot of thought into the product hence why you pay the price, but TAM Beauty and W7 are both delivering for the customer demand.

Pictures used are from the brand's official website.

Overall I think there's no harm in good quality dupes but I do feel that where they copy the whole thing from the packaging, shade's and names I think is a step too far. What's your opinion on this?

Ellé x


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Pixi Beauty First Impressions

It has been a whole month since I last posted on my blog and a lot has happened within that time. First off I got engaged, we've also brought our first house together and then I went and dislocated my knee! With everything happening so fast I haven't really had a weekend to my self to get some blog pictures taken, so today I am back with my first impressions of Pixi Beauty.

As part of my Christmas present my parents (mum) brought me these loose eyeshadow pigments called Fairy Dust Favourites in Metallic Warmth. Aside from them being slightly messy they are absolutely beautiful. When using them I pat them on with a flat topped brush to stop any fall out and then blend afterwards with a fluffy brush. They are great warm colours with a metallic sheen which everyone could get use of and they have great pigment which is soft and easy to blend. They come stacked up on top of each other making it easy and compact to carry around, but the only issue is if you wanted to just take one with you, only the top colour has a lid.

If you read this blog post back in October you may of gathered that I had been getting some annoying hormonal blind spots on my chin that were leaving nasty marks and taking ages to get rid of. I had brought the Glam Glow Youth Cleanse Daily Exfoliating Cleanser after hearing rave reviews about the mask's in hope that it would help sort my skin. Boy was I wrong. The first time I used it everything went well and then the second evening my face had a huge reaction leaving me with more spots, extremely dry skin and eczema. I was then back on the market for another cleanser that could hopefully save my skin and decided to return to Pixi.

Pixi Beauty have recently just launched 3 new collaborations with bloggers / youtubers including the double cleanser with Caroline Hirons, who is the guru of all things skincare. I've been using this product for about 2 weeks now and I can hands on heart say this is the best thing I've ever used, especially with having such sensitive skin. I tend to remove my makeup first with a wipe then used the Solid Cleansing oil to get the rest of the makeup off, I then wipe it off with a damp muslin cloth, then go back in with the Cleansing Cream and my No.7 cleansing brush. Afterwards my skin looks refreshed and clean and feels so soft.

Whilst I was there I thought I might as well try the raved about Glow Tonic. I damp a cotton pad with the tonic then sweep all over my face after cleansing which again leaves a refreshed glow over my skin. Since using the cleanser and toner together my skin looks 100 times better especially around the chin area. I may just have to go out and bulk buy the Double Cleanser in case its limited edition! Overall since trying these products I've become a fan of Pixi Beauty and next on my list are the serums.

Have you tried Pixi Beauty before? What's your favourite products?


Saturday, 24 December 2016

The Christmas Tag

Illustration by The Smell of Roses

I was planning on doing the Christmas Tag myself for this blog post but thought I've probably answered the majority of these questions in a round about way in my previous Blogmas posts, so I decided to rope in my nieces (Evelyn - 7 and Belle - 5) and ask them instead, plus they're a lot more entertaining than me!

What's your favourite Christmas film?

Evelyn - "I really like The Grinch because it's funny. I like it when The Grinch dances and wiggles his hairy bum!"
Belle - "I like The Santa Clause because I like it when Santa falls off the roof and I love when the reindeer pumps like this (makes pumping noise)!

What's your favourite thing about Christmas?

Evelyn - "Presents and all the food because its a really nice thing with family and friends at Christmas."
Belle - "Turkey and nuts."

Favourite festive food?

Evelyn - "The turkey and pistachios."
Belle - "Turkey, nuts and wine."

What gift do you want the most this Christmas?

Evelyn - "Lego Funfair because it looks so cool and it's going to be so cool."
Belle - "Lollipop Maker because I want to make lollipops then eat them."

Favourite Christmas song?

Evelyn - "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday because it's nice and jolly and I like to shake my hips to it."
Belle - "Santa Clause Is Coming To Town because I like to say HEY and do this." (She then fist pumps the air)

Favourite memory from Christmas?

Evelyn - "Opening my presents and seeing ones from my list. I got really excited when I saw my Puppy Suprise because I forgot to put it on my list cos I was really really busy with life, but Santa read my mind and knew cos I was wishing out my window and he saw me!"
Belle - "Eating turkey and nuts" (Belle's clearly a huge fan of turkey and nuts!)

What's your New Years resolution?

Evelyn - "Not to eat sweets for 2 months, and I really mean it Auntie El so stop looking at me!"
Belle - "To start carrying my own school bag for mummy."

Can you both name all of Santa's reindeers?

Evelyn - "Comet, Blitzen, Dasher..." (thinking hard)
Belle - "I know! Cumin, Donner, Blitzen, Mole cos I like that name, urmmmm Blitzen."
Evelyn -  "Oh and Rudolph!"

I hope you enjoyed this post. These are their genuine answers typed up word for word, and I can assure you Belle has eaten turkey and nuts on other days other than Christmas!

Leave me a link below to your Christmas tag, I'd love to have a read!



Monday, 12 December 2016

10 of my favourite Christmas songs!

Illustration by The Smell of Roses

As soon as Halloween ends I get the Christmas movies on the TV (add link to 10 xmas films) and the Christmas music blasting from my car. There is not a lot of time between Halloween and Christmas day to fully appreciate the songs made especially for this time of year, so I like to give myself maximum time to enjoy them until my heart is content.

Wham! - Last Christmas

Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas

Boney M - Mary's Boy Child

Carol of the Bells

Michael Bublé - Christmas

Chris Rea - Driving Home for Christmas

Bing Crosby - White Christmas

The Pogues - Fairytale of New York

Elton John - Step Into Christmas

Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone

What's your favourite Christmas songs to get you excited for the big day?

Ellé x
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