Guest Post | Birthday Sparkle FOTD

Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Hi everyone!  It’s Alyson, from Beauty Vanity and I’ll be guest blogging today while Becky is on vacay.  Since Becky and I are both celebrating our birthdays this month, I thought I’d create a look that was very birthday girl appropriate.

For my base, I used the Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation with the Bobbi Brown Corrector and NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer under my eyes.  I like to whack on the bronzer on a night out and here I’m using my favorite at the moment, the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer (it smells sooo yummy).  I applied the bronzer all over my face, really concentrating on my cheeks to create some hollows.  Since my lips and eyes were on the bolder side, I skipped out on the blush.

For my eyes, I used the Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick in Topaz (omg does not budge!) as my base all over the lid and packed on Garnet from the LORAC PRO Palette.  I blended everything with the Taupe shade and under my brow bone, I used Cream to really define and highlight my brows.  I smudged Garnet into my lower lash line and used Champagne as my inner tear duct highlight.  I winged out my eyeliner and gently placed the Make Up For Ever Diamond Powder in #15 on the center of my lids for that extra birthday sparkle.  Next, I used my favorite falsies to complete the entire eye look.

Lastly, I used the Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in #16C since it has amazing staying power and the Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Fuchsia over the top.

I know this look is a bit dramatic, but a special occasion always calls for special makeup!   If any of you recreate this look, tweet me on Twitter - I’d love to see!  :)

<3 Alyson
www.beauty-vanity.com

My 21st Birthday | What I Got Up To

Wednesday, 30 July 2014






Hello Beauties! I hope you're all having an amazing week and enjoying the remaining few weeks of Summer before it's back to school and Uni for a lot of us! Today I thought I would share with you what I got up to on my Birthday this year, as I felt like taking a break from all things beauty today. 

This year, I was lucky enough to spend my 21st Birthday in Marco Island, South West Florida and I had an amazing time. Before we flew to America the week before, my parents told me that they had planned some surprise activities on the morning of my Birthday and my Brother then told me that we would be going on a Jet Ski tour of the Island. This made me so nervous as I hate going in the sea over there as I've been deep sea fishing so I've seen some of the sharks, etc in the water, and I really hate wet suits haha! They had me believing that this is what we would be doing right up until we arrived at our destination on the morning of my Birthday, I'd even taken sea sickness tablets and everything as I was so scared of going! 

I was actually taken to the Naples Gun Range and Emporium in Naples, Florida. Here they offer shooting classes and have a gun range, as well as selling all of the necessary equipment. Firstly, we attended a gun safety class to make sure that we didn't accidentally shoot ourselves or anyone else, basically and make sure that we were being safe at all times. Then we attended a short class with one of the workers there who taught us how to use a revolver and a semi automatic fire arm. We were taught what the differences between the two were and how to properly use and load each one, and also what to do if they got jammed or broke, etc. At first I was a bit nervous, as I was completely rubbish at using the semi automatic gun (it's really heavy and you need to be strong/have practice to be able to use it if your anything like me!). After the class, we were then taken into the shooting range and given targets, we were given a quick recap of how to use the guns then we were allowed to practice our shooting on the targets. I was really shocked at how hard it was to use the guns, it's definitely nothing like in the movies and they are so incredibly loud! I know this kind of thing won't be for everyone, however I thoroughly enjoyed myself and would definitely go back! It was a great shout by my parents as it was something we could all enjoy, and its definitely something I will never forget (not your typical 21st activities!). 

After we'd had our class, we stopped off for some lunch and headed home for a quick swim before heading out again. In the afternoon, me and my Mum spent some quality girly time at the local nail salon where we were treated to pedicures and acrylic nail extensions (I love having this done as I have terrible nails!) and I had a fab time getting pampered. After this, I headed home to get ready to go out for dinner and drinks that evening. If you'd like to see my make up from the night, I've posted a few pictures on my Instagram (@becky_derbyshire), but I opted for a golden smokey eye and neutral cheeks and make up, as the weather is so hot over here, anything else would just melt off! 

That evening, we headed to my favourite local Italian restaurant, Da Vinci's on Marco Island. I started off with some cocktails and got to use my ID for the first time in America which I thought was still quite exciting despite being able to drink for three years in England haha! We then had a beautiful meal, and the staff at the restaurant surprised me with a beautiful birthday cake which was a surprise to all of us (they saw it was my birthday on my ID!).  

I had an amazing 21st Birthday and its certainly a day I will never forget, and a massive thank you to everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday, I was so surprised to receive so many lovely messages and comments! I'm still in the States at the moment, so I won't be back to regular posting until some time next week, but until then I have some amazing guest bloggers to share with you all, so stay tuned for that! 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

21 Before 21: Update

Monday, 28 July 2014

Hello Lovelies! Back last year I published a list of things I wanted to accomplish before I turned 21, so as today is my 21st Birthday, I thought I would republish the list and let you all know what I've ticked off and what I still have to complete! 

1. Live in London - I lived in London for a year while I was completing my year in Industry for my degree and had the time of my life, it's definitely one of my favourite places which I've lived in so far. 
2. Get a placement for next year at Uni - For a while I was slightly concerned that I wouldn't be able to find an internship/placement and complete my Uni degree. Competition for Internships is fierce and there are so many students who want them now, so me being my usual doubtful self didn't think I could do it. However, I was lucky enough to be offered an internship working for Disney, and can honestly say that I had the time of my life working there. 
3. Get 300 followers on my blog (slightly ambitious I know, but a girls got to dream!) - I was so shocked to actually complete this target. I now have over 2500 followers on Bloglovin' and it's a bit shocking to me really, I never thought anyone would want to read me ranting on about lipstick! 
4. Attend a blogger event - I've been way too shy to do this so far! - I attended my first blogging event in May last year for the launch of Benefit's Stay Flawless Primer. To this day, it's still been one of my favourite events and I was lucky enough to meet some of my blogging friends there, who I am still in contact with today. 
5. Get my drivers licence  - I got my drivers licence after 3 attempts at taking the test (nerves got the better of me) and this Summer I'll be getting my first car! This year, I'll be living at home and commenting to Uni to save money as I now live fairly close to campus, so I'll be needing a car to get me from A to B. 
6. Have my own proper income - As I said before, I was lucky enough to be given an internship at Disney which of course came with a salary, I loved earning my own money and being able to treat myself every now and then, so I can't wait to get another job to keep this up. 
7. Get my belly button pierced  This one took me three years to complete, I'm such a chicken and was so scared of it hurting, but now I love it, although I know it's not to everyone's tastes. 
8. Actually start my MAC Lipstick collection - After receiving my first MAC lipstick in a giveaway about a year and a half ago, my addiction to MAC lipsticks got a bit out of hand and I now own about 8 or 9, all in very similar colours!
9. Visit a city I've never been to before - I visited Brighton in November to go see my friend who goes to Uni there, and I've also visited Salisbury, not the most exciting cities but I still did it!
10. Stop being so shy - I wasn't sure whether to cross this one off or not, as I have gained confidence through blogging and working, however I'm still a very shy person, so I don't think I can completely tick this one off just yet. 
11. Buy an Macbook - I was in desperate need to a new laptop and despite the high price, I really wanted a MacBook Pro. So, I saved up all year and finally bought myself one this Easter, and it was definitely worth living off Sainsburys Basics all year! 
12. Learn to stop biting my nails! - I don't think I'll ever be able to stop this, I know its a terrible habit but I just can't seem to stop myself. 
13. Lose a bit of weight - Again, my plans to go to the gym lasted about a week before I gave up, I'm really terrible for complaining about my weight then doing nothing about it! When I get back from Miami, I'm hoping to go to the gym more and get a bit fitter, as all of the American food I've been eating is doing my waistline no favours! 
14. Meet someone who inspires me - This is a tricky one. All of my friends inspire me, they wouldn't be my friends if they didn't, but by this, I meant meeting someone who truly changes your life and although I've met people who have changed my life in small ways, I don't think I've met the person I was thinking of when I wrote this point. 
15. Finally fill my big photo frame (i've been attempting this for a while) - I guess I can cross this one off, as I have filled it. However, I now want to change all of the photos as there are a lot of people in them that I'd rather not remember or have a daily reminder of, so this Summer I'll be attempting to replace them with better memories. 
16. Own something from Tiffanys - I actually only just managed to cross this one off, for my 21st Birthday, my parents bought me a beautiful Tiffanys necklace, as it's something Ive wanted for years. 
17. Work for a cosmetics company - I've also only just managed to cross this one off. I was recently offered a job with Benefit Cosmetics and have just received my starter kit. I'm so excited to start and officially become a Benebabe! 
18. Go on a makeup artist training course - This was something I wanted to do while I was living in London, however once I had looked into the training courses and prices, I decided that this was just something I couldn't do. I wouldn't have gone into being a make up artist full time, so for the money it just wasn't worth it to me. 
19. Own something by Chanel - Okay, so I only own a perfume but it's still Chanel right?, It might not be the handbag of my dreams, but it certainly is my favourite scent. 
20. Get a proper blog design made for me (any recommendations?!) - Since writing this, I've had several blog designs. I love the simplicity and girly-ness of the one I have at the moment, so for now I think I will be keeping this one, or at least until enough people read my blog to warrant me spending an obscene amount of money on a design!
21. Be happy with my life when I turn 21. - I haven't crossed this one off just yet, as there are still some aspects of my life that I would like to change, however, for the moment I am definitely happy enough with my life at 21 - I still have the rest of my life to figure the rest out. 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x

Guest Post | New Look Kimono OOTD

Friday, 25 July 2014




With the lovely Becky off hopefully having the time of her life in Miami, she's kindly loaned her blog to me to share my recent OOTD with you all. With the weather having hotted up recently, it's been great to be able to wear summer dresses and sandals again. However with the British weather being what it is, it's quickly turned from sun to rain and the need to have something to throw over your shoulders becomes apparent. It's because of this that kimonos have recently become my new obsession. They are perfect for the summer as they can be worn in so many different ways be it for a festival, or sophisticated evening out. They really are a summer staple. 


The most recent addition to my kimono collection is this beautiful one from New Look. It's all black with darling embroidery flowers on the shoulders and hem and is finished off with one of my style favourites - a whole load of fringing. I teamed this kimono with a Topshop cami, my Jamie jeans and black wedges from New Look that are super comfortable and a staple in my wardrobe. I think this is a really fun yet elegant look and I can't wait to get more wear out of it this summer!


Have you been mad over the kimono trend?


If you'd like to see more OOTD's and beauty reviews then I blog over at teapartywithalice.com!

Eucerin Micellar Water | Review & Comparisons

Wednesday, 16 July 2014



Hello Beauties! Since Micellar waters took the beauty world by storm, I've tried countless brands trying to find the perfect micellar water for me. So, when Eucerin asked me if I'd like to try their new Micellar Water* of course, I said yes. I still haven't tried Bioderma yet, as I wanted to test out the cheaper brands first (at the moment Garnier is the best I've tried). 

The Eucerin DermoClean 3 in 1 Micellar Water has three functions, it acts as a facial cleanser, eye make up remover and toner. It's also suitable for all skin types and has been tested on sensitive skin, something which I always look for in my skincare as I often struggle with products being too harsh for my skin, causing dryness and breakouts. 

The Eucerin micellar water is extremely mild and gentle on the skin, and I find that it removes most of my make up effectively with just one swipe. I found that tougher eye make up needed a couple of tries at removing it, but no more than the Garnier and L'Oreal micellar waters. I find that the formula is most comparable to the L'Oreal formula, as I did find it left my skin feeling a bit tacky and sticky, like the L'Oreal one did. However, if you're a big fan of the L'Oreal micellar water then I'd definitely recommend giving it a go. 

I would really recommend this micellar water to anyone suffering with dry or sensitive skin, as it works as an excellent make up remover, but it doesn't dry out your skin or irritate it like some other micellar waters. However, the Garnier one still comes out on top for me. 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x

Blogs To Bookmark #1

Monday, 14 July 2014

Hello Lovelies! Today I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite blogs. Of course, being a blogger and beauty junkie, I read hundreds of blogs and couldn't possibly mention them all. So this is just a small selection of blogs which I regularly read...you know those ones that you have to read all the time



I adore Milly's blog, as soon as she updates it I'm straight there admiring her new post and adding everything she talks about to my never ending wish list. Her photos are stunning, and I love that she takes the time to photograph the product while she's wearing it. Not a lot of bloggers do this, and it's something I definitely want to get in to doing - it's just finding the time that I'm struggling with!



I've been following Liza's blog since way before her YouTube and Mummy days, and I still love it to this day. Once again, she has excellent photography and somehow manages to find the time to photograph the products on and look gorgeous doing it, despite having a little boy to look after. She's super lovely too, so I'd definitely recommend checking out her blog if you haven't already. 


Kayleigh was who originally got me into blogging, I spent hours looking through all of her posts and then finally got the courage to try it myself, and I'm so glad I did. Her photos are to die for and her posts are brilliant and informative. She's another one responsible for the size of my wish list, not that I'm complaining! She's also really friendly too, which is always a bonus. 



Beth is another blogger who I've loved since when I started my own blog. She has amazing photography skills and her writing and personality is completely relatable. As soon as she posts something I'm right there reading every word. We have similar tastes in beauty as well, and I know I can count on her for a great bronzer recommendation! 

Who are your favourite bloggers/blogs? Let me know in the comments below so I can check them out for myself!

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x


MAC Pigment in Rose | Review & Swatches

Saturday, 12 July 2014



Hello Beauties! Since I bought my Naked 3 Palette home, my love for Rose Gold has only grown stronger. So when my housemate was clearing our her old MUA kit and said I could have this pigment, you can only imagine my excitement. 

The MAC Rose Pigment is a beautiful rose colour with gold shimmer running through, it's a truly stunning colour. Like all MAC Pigments, this is highly pigmented (as the name would suggest) and extremely glittery/metallic. I'm a big fan of metallic/shimmery/glittery eyes, so Pigments are perfect for me. 

However, I did have a bit of trouble making this pigment 'work' for me. Its quite an intense colour, and as a girl partial to her neutrals, using something like this can seem a little scary. After a bit of testing, I've found that this pigment looks really pretty with a bronzed look and a nude lip. As it's such a bold colour, I wouldn't pair it with a bright lip as it would just look a bit too much. 

The only real downside to this pigment, like all pigments, is the fall out. It's an extremely glittery loose shade which does get everywhere if you use it loose. However, there are a couple of ways you can get around this. Firstly, if you knew you were going to be using it a lot (I think I will when it comes to Winter as it will look beautiful paired with MACs Cranberry eyeshadow), you could purchase the MACs Mixing Medium which turns it into a past/cream/gel formula and results in no fall out, or alternatively you could mix it with a little water and apply it wet. Another way to minimise fall out is to press the pigment. I've done this with all of my pigments and its a fairly easy job. All you have to do is mix the pigment with  little vodka or alcohol and leave it to set under a stack of heavy books - there's loads of tutorials on YouTube of how to do this, and this is something I've now done with all of my pigments. 

Lots of Love,

Becky xx

Hothair Brianna 3/4 Wig | Review

Friday, 11 July 2014




Hello Lovelies! Today I have yet another hair post for you all. I was recently send the Brianna 3/4 wig by HotHair in the colour Ginger Brown. Now, I've never really been one to wear hair pieces and 3/4 wigs, so this review will be based on minimal experience of applying them, etc. 

The Brianna 3/4 wig is an extremely long hairpiece with gentle waves through the ends, which HotHair say is the perfect 'glamour puss' look. The Brianna wig clips securely on to the back of your head, and even with minimal experience of getting them in, I managed it with ease. However, I didn't feel like this was all that secure, but that was probably just because I'm rubbish at these sorts of things. 

The Brianna wig definitely gave me a lot of added length and volume, but it's just not a look I'm used to. I have mid length hair and this hair piece was a lot longer than my natural hair (you can probably see this in the picture) which I know some people like, but for me it just isn't a look I usually go for. It's also a synthetic hair piece which means it can't be styled using heat or dyed. This was something I struggled with as I found that the hairpiece was a lot darker than my natural hair, but the lighter shade would have been too light, and as it's synthetic I wasn't able to dye it to match my hair colour. 

I also found that the synthetic hair was a lot shinier than my natural hair. HotHair say on their website that their synthetic hair looks exactly like human hair, however I don't have shiny hair, so I can definitely tell what is my natural hair and what isn't, unlike the human hair extensions that I've tried. 

I would say that if your a fan of synthetic hair pieces, then you'd probably really like this one. It's definitely great for a night out as the synthetic hair won't react to humidity, and the curls won't drop like your own hair, and it definitely gives you a heck of  a lot of volume and length, but personally it's just not a style I usually go for. 

What are your opinions on synthetic hair pieces?

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

June Favourites

Thursday, 10 July 2014





Hello Beauties! Once again, I'm late to the party with my favourites post! I'm not even sure if I posted one last month or not, everything has gotten so hectic recently that I'm struggling to keep track of what I have and haven't posted. Anyway, without further a due, here's what I've been loving this month. 

MAX Factor Face-Finity 3-in-1 Foundation

I discovered this foundation earlier this year and absolutely loved it, but for one reason or another I stopped using it completely and even left it at home ready for when I moved back. Since moving home, I've rediscovered this foundation and I've been using it non stop. This is one of the few foundations that keeps my face matte for most of the day and oily/shiny skin is something that has been getting me down recently, do this has worked wonders for my confidence. Also, as this foundation also acts as a concealer, I've found that most days I don't feel the need to apply additional concealer apart from the odd occasion where the foundation fails to cover up those pesky dark circles! The only negative I have about this foundation is that it does pick up on every lump and bump in your skin and as I'm breaking out at the moment, it hasn't been ideal. However, this has still been my most used and most loved foundation this month. 

Maybelline Master Brow Pencil

It's not often that I try drugstore brow products, as I often find the colours are too dark or they just aren't soft enough to create a natural look. However, when I ran out of my beloved Trish McEvoy Brow Shaper, I decided it was time to try something from the drugstore. Someone told me that Maybelline did a brow pencil which was quite natural looking, so off I popped to Boots one lunch break. Fast forward two months and I've already stocked up on this so I have two back ups. This pencil is super easy to use and is also a little waxy, so it's great for keeping your brows in place all day long. I do like to add a little bit of brow powder on top just to soften the look, but all in all, you can't go wrong with this brow pencil for only £2.99. 

L'Oreal Glam Bronze Bronzer

It seems like I was having a bit of a drugstore moment this month, possible due to the fact that I was leaving my job and this would be my last proper pay check! I picked this up after hitting pan on my Benefit Hoola Bronzer and being too poor to replace it, and I'm really glad I did. This is the perfect contour and is also amazing at creating an all over glow to warm your face up a little. I's really recommend trying this out if you don't want to fork out the money for Benefit Hoola Bronzer. 

Mitchum 48 Hour Deodorant

This may seem like an odd thing to include in my favourites post, but this is the only deodorant I will buy and with the hot weather this month, it seemed like a good idea to include it. This stuff is pretty much industrial strength which gives me the confidence to go out on a hot day, like the ones we've been having, and not have to worry about smelling not-so shower fresh. I'll definitely be stocking up on this for my holiday later this month. 

Headmasters Super Smooth Blowdry Cream

I've had this sitting in my draws for months now and never even thought about using it, but with the recent hot weather, my hair has been crazy. I have very curly hair which I straighten, and whenever its hot it's frizz central, so in a last attempt to tame the frizz I thought I'd give this a go. I'm really impressed by this blow dry cream, as soon as the heat from the hair dryer hit my hair, I noticed a difference. It really helps to keep your hair sleek and smooth and eliminate frizz. Since using it that first time, I can't be without it. I'd really recommend this if you're going anywhere with humid weather, because nobody wants to be caught doing a 'Monica' in all of your holiday snaps. 

Lots of Love, 

Becky xx



Nicky Clarke Mayfair Multi Styler | Review

Wednesday, 9 July 2014






Hello Beauties! I hope you're all having a great week, whatever you've been up to! This week I've been finishing decorating my room and I've already started packing for America, despite not flying until the 18th (excited, much?!). Anyway, today I thought I'd let you all know about a fab hair tool that I've been using lately - the Mayfair Multi Styler* from Nicky Clarke. 

I'll be the first to put my hands up and say that I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to hair tools. I have extremely curly/frizzy hair which I like to straighten and the only straighteners I've used (which I also use to curl my hair) are GHD's, I've tried others but I haven't been able to achieve the same effect, which resulted in me only ever wanting to use GHDs. However, I was recently sent these to test out, and I've been pleasantly surprised. 

The Nicky Clarke Mayfair Multistyler comes with three detachable heads - a thin pointed wand which is great for creating ringlet curls, a medium sized wand which will give you your standard curls, and a large barrel wand for creating more wavy curls. This is probably me just living in a bubble, but I've never come across a styler which you can change like this, and I think it's a great idea as you are basically getting three curling wands for the price of one - bargain! The styler was also created using ceramic and tourmaline technology so you can create smooth, shiny curls, without damaging your hair. Needless to say, I'd still use heat protection on my hair. 

In the pictures above, I've used the large barrel wand to create a kind of messy wavy/curly look which you can scrunch and mess up a bit to create a more beachy texture. I've also used the thin wand when I've left my hair naturally curly, as it's great for curling the frizzy bits! 

Overall, I'm really impressed with this curling wand, it's great for creating loads of different looks and I also love that it doesn't take up too much room in my draws, as I'm struggling a bit with storage at the moment! It also has a really pretty design. It's sleek and black, however the handle is slightly glittery and grey, which I think looks really pretty and classic. This is also on sale at Debenhams at the moment for £30, so if you wanted to pick one up, I'd recommend doing it now as it's usually sold at £60. 

Have you tried any Nicky Clarke hair tools? 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

L'Oreal Glam Bronze Bronzer in 'Golden Bronze' | Review & Swatches

Tuesday, 8 July 2014




Hi Beauties! I hope you've all had an amazing week! A little while ago, I hit pan on my beloved Hoola Bronzer by Benefit Cosmetics. I usually find that once I hit pan on something it disappears pretty quickly, so while I was in Boots I decided to pick up this L'Oreal Bronzer as a cheaper alternative, and save my remaining Hoola for special occasions (I do this a lot with expensive makeup). 

I always find it really hard to buy bronzer from the High Street, as they are often too muddy or orange for my ghostly pale skin, but when I swatched this in store it looked like it would be a good match for me, so I popped it into my basket (along with quite a few other items...oops). The L'Oreal Glam Bronze Bronzer comes in two shades, so I went for the lighter one (Golden Bronze) just to be safe...however, I didn't notice too much of a difference in shades. 

The bronzer comes in the standard L'Oreal packaging which I quite like. I always see L'Oreal as the 'high end of the high street' and I think L'Oreals packaging helps to reflect that. Now I know that the packaging isn't the be all and end all of the product, but nice packaging always draws me in, and I hate flimsy plastic packaging (Rimmel Stay Matte I'm looking at you!). 

The L'Oreal Glam Bronzer in Golden Bronze is a light, cool toned bronzer that is perfect for dusting all over for a sun kissed look, or for contouring as the olive undertone will create a more natural shadow, rather than an orange streak across your cheek (eek!). It's also quite a dense powder meaning that it has minimum fall out. There's nothing worse than specks of orange/brown all over your cream carpets every morning! However, I really would recommend only using a little bit of this bronzer, as it's quite highly pigmented so a little will go a long way. 

Overall, I really like this bronzer and it's an excellent high street buy as it'll only set you back a mere £7.99, and as I said, a little goes a long way so it's bound to last you months. Have you tried anything from L'Oreal that you would recommend?

Lots of Love, 

Becky x

July Birchbox | What I Received

Sunday, 6 July 2014




Hellp Beauties! I hope you're all having a fab weekend! Today I'm off to see McBusted at Hyde Park British Summertime Festival and I couldn't be more excited. I really miss living in London (despite only being gone a week) and it will be great to catch up with some of my old work friends and see a few friendly faces again after what hasn't been the best week. 

Anyway, July's Birchbox is 'Sun, Sea & Sand' themed as it is now officially Summer. Despite this being the theme, I didn't receive anything directly related to this in my opinion (no suncream, tanning products, etc) but nevertheless, all of the products I received will definitely come in handy when I jet off to Miami in two weeks!



Laqa & Co Lip Lube

As soon as I opened the box, this was the first thing I noticed. I always find makeup more exciting than skincare, and as a massive lip product fan, my eyes were immediately drawn to this little lip crayon. Shockingly, I've never tried any of the lip crayons, chubby sticks, etc (I know, bad beauty blogger right here!) and I don't really know why as I've always thought they were pretty cute. I received this cute peach shade which will be perfect with Summer make up. I've given this a little try already and it's lovely. It glides on to your lips effortlessly and is extremely pigmented. 


Gilchrist & Soames Mineral Bath

I'm not going to lie, I have never heard of this brand. When it comes to bubble bath, if it's not your standard Radox, Lush or something special like Jo Malone, I've pretty much never heard of it, which is odd considering how much I love the bath. Anyway, this little travel sized bubble bath contains sea kelp to invigorate the sun. I think this will be perfect to take away with me and it will definitely be earning a place in my travel wash bag this month. 

Whish Lavendar Body Butter

I've also never heard of this brant either, which is beginning to be a bit of a theme with this months box! I'm usually not too fussy when it comes to body butters, but I'm really not a fan of the lavender scent. Although this is a nice body butter, I doubt it's something I'll use because of the scent, but I'm sure I will be able to find a home for it. 

Weleda Millet Nourishing Shampoo

This little bottle contains a natural and organic fortifying shampoo. I've never tried the brand before, but I'm always looking for mini shampoo and conditioners for hotel stays and holidays. I'll be staying in a hotel for a night in Fort Lauderdale this month, so this little bottle will be perfect for that. 


Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream

Just the other day I was saying how I really needed to pick up a new eye cream, and it's like Birchbox ready my mind. I've never tried Balance Me, but it's a brand which gets a lot of love in the beauty blogging world, so I'm excited to give this a go. This is a light eye cream which helps to brighten your eye area (definitely something I'm in need of) and keep wrinkles at bay. This comes in a little tube which will be perfect for taking away with me this month, too. 

Ultra Dex Breath Spray

As my little lifestyle extra this month, I received the Ultra Dex Breath Spray. At first I was a little bit like 'meh' because you know, breath spray isn't exactly exciting. But when I thought about it, it's a handy little handbag product and not something I would have bought myself (always been more of a mints girly, myself). I'm sure it will come in handy when I'm off out straight from work, or when I insist on having italian (i.e garlic) food in restaurants - probably a little TMI for you there! 

Overall, I really liked this months Birchbox. It's not as amazing as June's and if I wasn't going away, I probably wouldn't get as much use out of all the travel sized products, but since I am, this is perfect for me. If you'd like to receive a monthly Birchbox yourself, you can get them for just £10 a month by clicking here

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x

Pebble Grey LED Compact Mirror | Review

Saturday, 5 July 2014





Hello Lovelies! I hope your all having an amazing week, whatever your up to! I'm currently adjusting to 'unemployment' (summer holidays) which basically means I've spent most days watching endless episodes of Teen Wolf and re-organised my make up collection about 20 times! Anyway, a while a go I was sent this lovely little mirror from Pebble Grey, so I thought I'd share my thoughts with you all. 

Pebble Grey produce LED light up mirrors for your bathroom, etc (I've always wanted one of the Hollywood ones!) and they also produce smaller versions of their classic light up mirrors, perfect for taking around in your handbag. 

They come beautifully packaged in a dark grey box with a velvet bag inside containing the mirror. I was really impressed with how the mirror came and think that this would make the perfect gift for someone. I also think the concept of this mirror is really great. I know I've been in situations before where I've needed to top up my make up (clubs, bars, etc) and been stuck in a bathroom with low lighting. This little mirror essentially eliminates this little annoyance and allows you to touch up your makeup and actually be able to see what your doing (always a bonus). 

Overall, I think this is a really great idea for a compact mirror and it would have taken pride of place in my handbag if my Mum hadn't have taken a fancy to it!

Lots of Love, 

Becky x

Blog Sale!

Friday, 4 July 2014

Hello Beauties! After moving house/sorting out my make up collection and organisation, I've realised that I have so much that I never use and a lot of it hasn't even been opened! I'm also jetting off to America in two weeks so I'll definitely be needing the space to fill with all of the american goodies I plan on bringing back! Anyway, on to the boring stuff...

Rules

- UK only. If you are wanting to buy a lot of stuff and are willing to pay international shipping, please leave a comment and I will consider shipping overseas. 

- Postage is £3, however if you buy a lot of products, this may vary according to Royal Mail prices. 

- Everything has been cleaned and is in date (I regularly throw away out of date make up). 

- If you would like to see swatches of a particular product, tweet me and I may be able to send you a picture. 

- Please pay within 24 hours of receiving the invoice. 

- I accept PayPal only. 

- If you would like to purchase something, please comment below with what you would like to buy and your paypal email so I can send the invoice. 

Happy Shopping!




CyberLink Photo Director Ultra for PC & Mac V4 - £30 (RRP £80)



La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Cream Compact in 02 SPF 50 - only swatched £8
Garnier Ultimate Beauty Oil 95% left - £3
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain 90% left - £3


Paul Mitchell Ultimate Wave Beachy Texture Cream - £5
L'Oreal Fibrology Thickening Serum - £3


Elf Travel Brush Set - Unused £3


Elf Baked Eyeshadow Palette - Unused £3


Rouge Bunny Rouge Lipgloss and Liquid Blush Duo - £3
Elf Mineral Lipgloss in Trophy Wife - £1
NYX Lipgloss in Pink Frost - £1
MAC Pigment in Push The Edge - 50% left - £6
MAC Pigment in Fuchsia - 90% left £10


Elf Single Eyeshadows - swatched only, £1 each. 


Smooch Blusher, swatched only - £3
Elf Blushers, swatched only - £2 each


Rimmel Quad in Beauty Spells - £2
Elf Shimmering Facial Whip - 50p
Benefit Longwear Powder Shadow in Kiss Me I'm Tipsy, swatched only - £10
Benefit They're Real Mascara Mini - £3
Maybelline Brow Drama - £2


Elf Cream Blushers, swatched only - £2 each


Barry M Dazzle Dust Pots, all barely used - £1 each


Elf Light Brown Matte Shadow - £1
Elf Bronze/Brown Cream Eyeliner - £1
Elf Cream Eyeliner in Dark Brown - £1
Elf Light Brown Matte Shadow - £1
Elf White Matte Shadow - £1
Elf Shimmer White Pigment Shadow - £1


Elf Tame & Treat Brow Gel in Ash - £1
Elf Body Shimmers - 50p each
Elf all over colour stick in Permission - 50p


Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Permanent Taupe - £1
Elf Mineral Eyeshadows in Innocent and Enchanting - £1 each
Rouge Bunny Rouge single eyeshadow in Bejewelled Skylark - £1


Elf mineral blush in Bliss - £1
Elf mineral glow - £1
Elf Cream blush - £1




Elf baked bronzers - 50p each
Le Keux Peach Lip and Cheek Stain - £1
Cresty Brow Powder - £10 (RRP - £35)



Elf Mineral Lip Liners in Bark and Spice never used - 50p each
Elf Lip Stain and Gloss in Bombshell, Mysterious and Bombshell - £1 each
Elf Matte Lip Colour in Tea Rose - £1
Elf Lip Liners in: Natural, Brown, Fuchsia, Pink Grapefruit, Rose and Wine - 50p each


Elf and NCLA nail polish - £1 each


Nails Inc Concrete Effect Polish - £5
Maybelline Colour Show Polish - £1 each
Models Own Mini Polish - 50p each


Missguided and Barry M Polish - 50p each

Lots of Love, 

Becky xx



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