Lancôme Absolu Voyage Expert Makeup Palette | Review & Giveaway!

Monday, 30 March 2015

Hello Beauties! I've said it before and I'll say it again, I am palette obsessed. I'm not sure what it is about them that draws me in, but I really can't help myself where palettes are concerned, and the one I have to show you today is particularly beautiful. The Lancôme Absolu Voyage Complete Expert Make-Up Palette is a Duty Free Exclusive, however if like me, you're not jetting off anywhere anytime soon, you can also get this palette direct from Mizspa

The palette contains pretty much everything you'd need to do a full face of make up, apart from foundation, making it perfect for travel, and I'm sure I'll be getting a lot of use out of this palette over the next month as I will be doing a lot of travelling for graduate job interviews - who knows, maybe this palette will actually see me packing light for once?!

Firstly, I'll talk about the packaging, as I'm a bit of a packaging nerd. The palette comes encased in a black velvet sleeve which I think is a really nice touch. I've always been a little envious of my Mum's Dior palettes and their little velvet sleeves (sad, I know!), as I think they make the product feel a lot more 'high end'. The actual palette is surprisingly small considering how much is crammed inside, which again, makes it perfect for travelling. It is quite a chunky palette though, as it has two layers stacked on top of each other. The packaging is plain, being shiny black plastic with the little Lancôme flower in the corner of the palette. I really like how it isn't covered in branding as again, I feel it gives the palette a more high end look. 

Anyway, on to the contents. The first thing I noticed about the palette was the eyeshadows. The palette comes with six eyeshadows which are all shimmers apart from one white shadow which I think would act as a gorgeous highlighting shade. There's a gorgeous shimmery brown shade next to the white which I think is so unique as it has an almost purple tone to it. The palette also contains a gorgeous light pink shade, perfect for sweeping across the lid, and a darker purple toned brown shadow which comes out as a semi-matte shade. Another unique shade that the palette contains is silvery grey shade with hints of lilac and blue, paired with a darker blue shade, although I found the darkest shade to be slightly chalky which you can probably see in the swatches below. 

Also on the top tier, the palette contains two 'solid lip colours' in a gorgeous peachy pink and rosy pink shade, along side a gorgeous light pink gloss with little iridescent sparkles running though it. Next to the lip colours is the most stunning blush for Spring/Summer. The blusher comes in the shade 'Rose Sable' which is a gorgeous pinky peach shade which I think will look lovely on fair skin tones, in fact I love it so much I'm tempted to buy the full size. Above the blusher there are also two concealer shades, a lighter shade perfect for highlighting any areas and concealing dark circles, and also a darker shade for covering up any blemishes or redness. The top layer of the palette also contains a deluxe sample size of the Virtrôuse mascara which I'm excited to try. Lancôme do some of my favourite mascaras so I'm keen to see how this one compares.

In the bottom layer the palette contains a translucent powder and a sponge to apply the powder, a mini blush brush, a lip brush, and eyeshadow brush. The bottom layer also contains a lip pencil in a gorgeous rosy pink shade and an eyeliner in black to complete the look. 

Overall, I love this palette. The shades are all gorgeous and very 'me'. I've never actually tried any Lancôme makeup before, apart from their mascaras, but trying out this palette has definitely convinced me to give the brand a go. All of the products included are extremely high quality and are really a pleasure to apply, and it's also handy having everything in one palette. If you're interested in taking a look at the palette for yourself, it is currently available from Mizspa for $63 (roughly £42), which I don't think is a terrible price considering everything you get inside the palette. 

Also, the lovely people at Mizspa have also given me one of these palettes to give away to one lovely reader! If you'd like the chance to win this palette for yourself (and really, why wouldn't you?) then all you have to do is complete the form below and I will be announcing the winner on Twitter! 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

*Post contains PR samples

New In at Crown Brush

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well? Recently I have been testing out some new makeup from Crown Brush, and today I thought I would let you all know my thoughts on a selection of the new products they have in stock. Crown Brush is fast becoming my favourite place to shop for makeup brushes, the quality and selection are amazing and I've been so impressed with what I've tried, but one thing I had never given any thought to was the Crown Brush makeup line, until the lovely Zoe from Crown Brush sent me a few bits to try out. 

All of the makeup at Crown Brush is really affordable and they have some great makeup artist 'essentials' (I have my eye on the concealer palettes!) along with some great dupes for higher end items, such as the UD Naked palettes. The packaging is all kind of standard black packaging, nice and sleek but nothing fancy, and for the price you really can't ask for anything out of this world. 

Crown Brush 'Sunkissed' Bronzer | Here

One of the first items I tried out is one of their new bronzers. Crown Brush have released a collection of new bronzers, and a bronze, blush and highlight travel palette which is next on my wish list. The one I've been testing out says 'matte/sun kissed' on the front, which was really confusing, as it's anything but matte, but name aside, it really is a lovely product. It's a fairly light, shimmery bronzer, which gives your cheeks a lovely glow without being too noticeable, so it also works well as a highlight. In fact, it's an almost identical shade to theBalm's Cindy Lou Manizer, so if you've been eyeing up that for a while, then I'd definitely recommend checking this one out first. I can definitely see myself getting a lot of use out of this bronzer during the summertime, and for £6.99 it's a complete steal. 

Crown Brush Chubby Eye Pencil | Here

Another product which I've been loving from the collection is the new Chubby Eye Pencils. I often find that eye crayons pull on my eyelids and tug at the delicate area around my eyes, however this one is so soft and creamy that it glides on like a dream and blends out effortlessly for a seamless look. The shade pictured is Curacao which is an electric blue shade, and not really something I'd wear (I'm more of a neutrals or purple girl myself) however the line does include some gorgeous neutral shades, so I think I'll definitely be picking some of them up, as the formula is to die for. 

Crown Brush Eyeliner Pencil | Here

Another product I've been testing out is the new Eyeliner pencils. I'm not really a fan of eyeliner pencils, or eyeliner in general, as I usually just use a dark shadow and angled brush to line my eyes, and again I was sent a light, sparkly blue shade which isn't really a shade I'd pick. However, I did give it a trial run and I'm happy to report back that it's a lovely creamy consistency that glides onto your eyes really well, as again, I often find that eyeliner pencils can pull on my eyes. The line does have some pretty purple, black and brown shades though so If you're more into your neutrals like me then you should be able to find the perfect shade!

Crown Brush Chubby Lip Pencils | Here

One thing I never really got into was chubby lip pencils, I do own a couple of sample size ones but never really went out and bought the whole collection of Revlon ones like every other blogger seemed to do, so when I discovered this in my package I wasn't too excited, however I really shouldn't have dismissed it straight away as it's actually rather great. The colour is a little on the bright side for me, however the formula is amazing, they glide on really smoothly and sit really well on your lips, and the pigmentation is great. I think I may purchase one in another colour, as Rio (a lovely muted rose colour) seems more my kind of shade. 

Crown Brush Lip Liner Pencil in 'Not Pink' | Here.

One product I've been after for months now is a light pink/nude lip liner that doesn't cost the earth, and that's actually in stock - thanks for that Miss Jenner, and I think I've finally found the perfect one. This is a great dupe for MAC's Hip n Happy and goes so well with Creme Cup and other pinky nudes. It lasts all day and helps to keep my lips looking defined and neat. I'm not one for overdrawing my lips, as it just looks ridiculous on me, so I can't vouch for how well it works for that purpose, but for £2.99 it works really well as an everyday lip liner. 


Lots of Love,

Becky x x

*Post contains PR samples

BD Trade Secrets Luminescence Silk Primer | Review

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and looking forward to the weekend, I know I am! I've been so stressed these past couple of days with all of the things going on in my life at the moment, but hopefully I will have some good news to share with you all soon (fingers crossed!) and I can really get back into blogging. Recently I don't feel like I've been giving it my 'all', which really upsets me. Blogging is usually my little place to go when I'm feeling stressed, an 'outlet' if you like, but with everything going on at the moment I just haven't been able to give it the time it deserves. However, as I said, hopefully this will all be over soon and I'll get my mojo back! 

If you read my recent post all about the BD Trade Secrets range, exclusive to Tesco, then you'll know that I had a pretty bad reaction to one of their primers, so recently I've been trying a different primer from the range to see if it worked with my skin any better, and I'm pleased to say that it has. 

The 'Luminescence Silk Primer' is supposed to revive your radiance and restore your complexions vitality, while having a comforting effect on the skin. The primer is a thin clear liquid which sinks straight into your skin, there's hardly any drying time required, which I really like. I hate it when makeup just sits on your skin, which I find is the case with a lot of more silicone-y primers that I've tried. I found that when I was wearing the primer my makeup did last a lot longer, and it also helped to control my oil, which I wasn't expecting from a product that leans more towards the 'moisturising' end of the spectrum. 

The only real downside I had with this primer was that it didn't really do anything for my pores. I have huge pores left over from my acne years (which are still continuing on into adulthood!) and I usually rely on a primer to fill them in slightly and reduce the appearance of them. I wouldn't say that this primer sunk into them and enhanced them in any way, it just didn't help them, so I find that when I'm using this primer I do need to dab a little bit of something like Benefit's Porefessional across my cheeks. 

Overall I'm really impressed with this primer, especially as it's from a Supermarket brand. The primer costs £9.99 which I guess is leaning towards the higher end of the drugstore, but you do get 30ml for this and it comes in a lovely glass bottle with a pump which makes it seem slightly more luxurious. 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

*Post contains PR samples

The £3 Beauty Blender Dupe

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well? Today I wanted to share with you all an exciting discovery I've recently made. Well, I found it exciting...but I think that says something about what final year of Uni is doing to me haha. 

For months now I've been using the Original Beauty Blender to blend out my foundation and other cream products, so much so that it's now got to the point where I can't apply my foundation without it. However, the only downside is that every couple of months it needs to be replaced, even if you take good care of it and clean it, and it's now got to the point where mine needs replacing as it's starting to smell a bit funky (no matter how many times I was it!). With me being a student and attempting to be a bit more careful with my money, I can't really justify spending £16 on a sponge at the moment, so I took to Twitter to look for replacements. A lot of you had mixed opinions about the Real Techniques sponge so I decided to give it a miss, and then Alice from let me know of one she'd found on eBay that was a good dupe - so really this is her discovery, not mine! 

The sponge I bought was from Teardrop Beauty and cost me around £3 with free delivery - seriously, what a bargain! The sponge is bright pink, exactly like the Beauty Blender, and comes packaged in a velvet pouch. This is the only downside to the product compared to the Beauty Blender in my opinion, as I much prefer the plastic pot to store the sponge in, especially when it's damp. 

Just like the original Beauty Blender, the Teardrop Beauty Sponge expands when wet and is best used dry. One of the main problems I usually find with the cheaper sponges is that they're a little bit stiff and dense but this one is just as soft and squishy as the Beauty Blender, making it easy to blend your foundation in and achieve a flawless finish. 

If you're thinking about trying out the Beauty Blender, I'd seriously recommend picking this one up first. I ordered mine from eBay here, and it took around 2 days to come. 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

Esqido 'Unforgettable' Mink False Eyelashes | Review

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're well? Sorry for the slight delay on tonights post - I have some graduate job interviews coming up next week so I've been busy preparing for them! Today I wanted to share with you all these beautiful ESQIDO false eyelashes which are made from mink hair. Now, before I get any of you worried, these are made from the highest grade naturally shed Mink hairs, so no harm comes to the animal while the lashes are being made. 

The 'Unforgettable' style is described as being natural and elegant, and I'd have to agree. The Mink hairs really make the lashes look a lot more natural than your average strip lashes and the gradient of increasing thickness and length across the lash band creates a subtle and fluttery winged out effect. These lashes also sit on a cotton band as opposed to a plastic band, which made them so much easier to apply and much more comfortable to wear. I often find that when I wear false eyelashes they can make my eyes look slightly droopy, I'm guessing from the weight, but I never really had this problem with these lashes due to the cotton band and the sheer weightlessness of them. 

Although I don't wear false eyelashes on a daily basis, I've tried my fair share of styles and brands, I once even spent over £20 on a custom pair from the Tokyo Lash Bar by Shu Uemura, and nothing comes close to these lashes, they really are the best I've tried. I have quite hooded eyes which can make my eyes look a bit closed sometimes and make them appear smaller, however these lashes gave me just enough volume and length to counteract this and really open up my eyes without looking too fake. 

I've worn these around 4 times now and they're still looking in a really good condition, which is surprising, as I'm not the most reliable person when it comes to looking after my lashes. ESQIDO do recommend that you use DUO Lash Adhesive (I used the Shu Uemura one and it worked fine), and when removing them it's recommended that you use a cotton bud dipped in some oil free makeup remover and dab the band area, wait for a few seconds so that the glue can dissolve then slowly push the lashes off using the cotton bud. This avoids pulling on the band which can over time loosen the material and will generally leave your lashes in a bit of a sorry state. 

Another point to mention about these lashes is the packaging. I've never had any false eyelashes that have come as beautifully presented as these. The lashes come in a white and rose gold, leather effect box, complete with a little instructions manual and tips booklet. I definitely think the packaging has helped me to keep them in good condition too, as I know I have a safe place to store them without them falling out or getting crushed in flimsy plastic/cardboard packaging. 

Overall, I'd completely recommend these lashes and I can see why YouTube stars such as Jaclyn Hill rave about them so much. They are slightly more expensive than your regular Eyelure lashes at $36, however I've seen people say that these will last you up to 25 wears as long as you look after them, so I see them more as an investment. I don't mind spending extra for lashes that suit me, and that stand the test of time. I'm also thinking of doing a FOTD post soon using these lashes, so let me know in the comments below if that seems like something you'd like to see! 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

*Post contains PR samples

Baking | Homemade Chocolate Fudge Cake

Monday, 23 March 2015

Hello Beauties! For a while now I've wanted to start including some different types of posts every once in a while, as seeing as fashion photography or just fashion in general is not one of my few talents, I thought I would try my hand at baking. I recently posted a picture on my Instagram (@rderbyshire93) of a chocolate fudge cake I'd tried my hand at, and a lot of you seemed interested in the recipe, so thats what I thought I would share with you all today. Now I do realise that it's become a bit of a trend for bloggers to share healthy recipes and I'm over here like cake, but in all honesty I've never been much of a salad girl!

You'll Need:
For the Cake:

200g Plain Flour
200g Caster Sugar
1 teaspoon of Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda
40g Cocoa Powder
175g Unsalted Butter
2 Large Eggs
2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
150ml Sour Cream

For the Icing:

75g Unsalted Butter
175g Dark Chocolate
300g Icing Sugar
1 tablespoon of Golden Syrup
125ml Sour Cream
1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
Fudge Cubes for decoration

Before starting, preheat the oven to 180 degrees/gas mark 4 and line and butter two 8 inch sandwich tins with removable bases. 

Step 1: Pour all of the cake ingredients into a food processor and blend until you have a smooth, thick batter. 

Step 2: Once you've got your batter ready, divide it in half and pour it into the two separate cake tins. Once you've done this, just pop it into the oven for around 35 minutes until it's fully baked (use the skewer method to check this!)

Step 3: Once you're certain that the cakes are done, leave them to cool on a cooling rack for about 10 mins before removing from their tins to cool further. 

Step 4: The next step is to make the icing while the cake is cooling. Slowly melt the butter and chocolate together in a bowl either in the microwave or over a pan of simmering water if you don't have a microwave. While this is melting, sieve the icing sugar into a separate bowl to remove any lumps. 

Step 5: Once the butter and chocolate have melted, add in the golden syrup, followed by the sour cream and vanilla. After this is all added and mixed together, slowly add in the icing sugar. 

Step 6: Once you have your icing made, spoon about a third on to the centre of one of the cakes and spread with a spatula until the top of the cake is covered. One you've done this, slowly press the other cake on top to make a 'sandwich'. 

Step 7: Now all you have to do is spread the remainder of the icing on to the top of the cake. There's no need to be particularly neat with this step, just spatula the icing on to the top and it should be thick enough to create the effect in the picture. 

Step 8: Once you're happy with how you're icing looks, sprinkle the little cubes of fudge across the top of the cake and enjoy (or Instagram first if you're anything like me!). 

I hope you liked this recipe, and if you'd like to see more baking posts then please let me know in the comments below so I can decide what to bake next! And if you do attempt to follow my recipe, I'd love to see a picture of your creation! 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

Make Up Revolution Obsession Palettes | 'Paris' and 'West End Girls'

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Hello Beauties! I'm back today with yet another Make Up Revolution post. One thing I love is a good palette, apart from foundations, palettes are my main make up love and there's no stopping me when I spy one I like. So when I received a lovely package from Make Up Revolution containing some of their new Obsession palettes, my face was all kinds of heart eyed emoji. Today I have 'Paris and 'West End Girls' to share with you all, two beautiful but very different palettes from the range. 

If you're anything like me and love anything sweet and girly, then Paris is the palette for you. 'Paris' contains 10 eyeshadows, with a mixture of glitter, satins and mattes meaning that the looks you could create are endless. The palette is mainly pink themed I would say, with a handful of neutral shades thrown in for good measure, and also some darker shades to create some pretty smokey looks. All in all, this palette has pretty much everything (apart from neon brights) you'd be looking for shade wise. I'd have to say my favourite shade from the palette is the glitter shade, which is a lovely golden brown shimmer, a lot like 'Sidecar' from the UD Naked Palette. Packaging-wise, these palettes leave a lot to be desired, they come packaged in thin, black plastic packaging with a clear acrylic lid (no mirror), however for the bargainous price of £3.99 you can't really expect much more. 

If you're into your smokey eyes and more glamourous looks, then 'West End Girls' is the palette you need. Again, this palette contains a mixture of shimmers, glitters and mattes, with some neutral shades thrown in for good measure. This palette has a row of lighter shades, which I think make perfect transition colours, or for blending out/highlighting certain areas, and then a row of six darker, shimmery shades perfect for creating that smokey look. With the darker shades being a mixture of different colours, this palette allows you to get creative with your smokey eyes and really go for it with your eye make up. 

Overall, I'm really impressed with these palettes. The shades offer good pigmentation and blend out well, and for only £3.99 they would make the perfect palette for anyone starting out in make up, on a budget, or anyone who just loves a bargain! As far as I know, these palettes are limited edition, so if you want to get your hands on a couple then I suggest you do so sooner rather than later, especially if you're after 'Cult' (the neutral palette in the range), as I expect that one's going to be a sell out! 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

*Post contains PR samples

Blogging On A Budget | 10 Blog Post Ideas

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Hello Beauties! I've previously done blog posts over here on Lipgloss & Lashes all about how to blog whilst on a budget, and since they went down so well I thought I would revisit the subject and share a couple of 'budget' blog post ideas with you all. I'm a huge believer in the fact that you don't have to be loaded to be a successful blogger, as it's more about content than owning the whole of MAC's latest limited edition collection. As I'm coming to the end of my University life and about to venture into the world of job hunting (the joys!), I need to remember this now more than ever, and since I'm going to be saving up over the next few months, expect to see a couple of the following posts appearing on here too! 

1. Most Loved Makeup

I love reading posts like this as it really shows what the blogger loves and gets the most use out of, as oppose to pristine products trailed for a matter of days and then forgotten about. These types of posts could be broken down into a million different categories, such as, most loved MAC products or any other brand, most loved drugstore products, you could break it down by budget/time of year/special occasion...the list is endless! 

2. Seasonal Makeup Picks

Makeup trends change dramatically from season to season, and it would be really interesting to see how you're changing up your everyday makeup products and what you're loving for for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. 

3. Personal Posts

Whenever I ask my readers what they'd like to see more of on Lipgloss & Lashes, personal posts are always top of the list. It doesn't cost anything to tell your readers a little bit about yourself, who you are, what motivates you, an experience you've been though...

4. Personal Style Posts

This is another one which my readers always comment they’d like to see more off, and admittedly the only reason I haven’t done it is because I don’t really have anywhere to take the posts, and I don’t have someone to take them. But if you do have these things, or feel comfortable with a tripod then this is a great way for you to post without spending money. Show us some of your favourite outfits or pieces which you own! 

5. Whats In My Bag?

Everyone loves a good whats in my bag post, and I'm sure most of us use a handbag, so why not delve inside and show us all what you're carrying around with you. This post can also be split up into so many ideas...make up bag, everyday handbag, travel bag, clutch...

6. A Day In The Life Of...

Why not take your camera out with you one day and get snapping, take photos of things which you’ve done throughout the day and put them together in a ‘day in the life of…’ style post, I think this is a good alternative to a vlog if you’re not into videoing yourself! 

7. Recipes!

If you make a mean brownie, then why not show your readers and share your tips! Bloggers seem to love a bit of baking, and the best part about these kinds of posts? You get to eat the cakes afterwards!

8. Room Tours

I love a bit of interior design and room tours are one of my favourite videos to watch on YouTube, but there's no reason why this can't be transformed into a blog post. Show your readers how you store and organise things, some cute homeware bits you've got in your room, etc. 

9. Blogging and Photography Tips

My blogging and photography tips posts always go down a storm and it's something you can do for absolutely nothing. By no means do you have to give away all your secrets, but sharing how you set up your photos or some tips for newbies is always a good idea. 

10. Shopping Your Stash

This is definitely something I need to do more of. I'm sure like me, you've got some old favourites lurking in your make up collection which need a little love, so why not dig them out and find out why you loved them so much the first time round! I see no problem with re-doing old review posts, if you have something new to add! 

Got any other budget friendly post ideas? Why not share them in the comments below - sharing is caring! 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

Toni & Guy Extreme Volume Heated Rollers | Review & Giveaway

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Hello Beauties! If you've been reading my blog recently then you'll have seen a post I published last week all about the look I had recreated from LFW using the Toni & Guy Extreme Volume Heated Rollers. As a lot of you commented on the post saying you liked the look, I thought I would pop up a full review of the rollers to give you all a bit more information, and Toni & Guy have kindly given me a set to give away to one of your lucky readers, which I'll go into more detail on at the end of the post. Anyway, on to the review...

The Extreme Volume Heated Rollers set includes 10 rollers - 4 large ones and 6 medium ones, however you can also purchase an additional 4 rollers, which I did find useful as although my hair isn't that long at the moment, it's still pretty thick and there's a lot of it, so having the extra rollers definitely came in handy. The rollers come encased in a small, sleek plastic case, with a clear lid so you can see the rollers. The set is surprisingly easy to use, when I was reading about them I thought I'd be sat around waiting forever for them to heat up, but you simply close the lid, flick a switch and then the rollers are heated up within 2 minutes - easy peasy! The rollers basically sit on metal rods in the case, which then heat up therefore heating the rollers up. Once the rollers have heated up, you can open the lid and begin using them. You do have to be a little bit careful as obviously they are hot, but they aren't so hot that you'll burn yourself, as long as you're careful. 

Each of the rollers are encased in a velvet material which not only protects your hair, but also helps you to pick the rollers up without hurting yourself, and each roller also has a clip around it, so that you can easily secure the rollers in place. The medium rollers are 25mm and the larger rollers are 38mm, which Toni & Guy recommend you use at the roots of your hair for extra volume and umph. If you're familiar with using rollers then you'll find these ones a doddle, but if you aren't Toni and Guy have created a short video which explains how to use the rollers, which I did find useful when testing them, as I'm not the best when it comes to hairstyling! 

Overall, I really like these rollers and they've been making a regular occurrence in my hair routine, as I like to use them to give my hair a bit of lift and bounce. I just pop them into my hair then leave them in for about 30 mins, which gives me time to do my make up while I'm waiting, then I just take them out, run my ringers through my hair a bit to loosen the curls and I'm good to go, and they definitely beat a painful nights sleep wearing sleep in rollers! Toni & Guy also have a great collection of other hair styling tools at affordable prices, which you can view here

Now, onto the exciting part...the giveaway! If you'd like to win yourself a set, then all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below - good luck! 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

MAC Mineralize Quad in 'Great Beyond' | Review

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all having a great week! For the last couple of months I've been on the hunt for the perfect lilac/purple eyeshadow quad with little or no luck. Ever since I borrowed my Mum's Dior quad in 'Petal Shine' aka the most prettiest purple palette ever, I've wanted one in a similar shade myself. I even went to the Dior counter, fully prepared to spend the better part of £50 to get my hands on the shades, however Petal Shine was limited edition and is no longer sold, the lady at the counter did suggest 'Femme Fleur' to me but the shades were a little bit more pink toned than I wanted, as I knew I wanted a purpley brown shadow in the quad. Then, when I was browsing the MAC counter one day, I came across the Mineralise Quads and 'Great Beyond' which was exactly what I'd been looking for. 

This little (emphasis on the word little) quad is part of MAC's mineralize line which I'm quite a fan of, their single mineralise eyeshadows are just beautiful, but I never knew that they did quads and after discovering this fact I now have about 3 of them on my list. It comes packaged in the new look packaging for the mineralise range, which I'm definitely a fan of. When they first changed the packaging I hated it, but now I've had a chance to get used to it I really like how sleek and professional it looks. 

The quad is made up of 4 shades (duh!), one being a light icy lilac shade which is perfect of your inner corner or for sweeping all over the lid on days where you don't want a really dramatic look. 'Great Beyond' also contains a dark violet colour which comes across as a kind of grey toned purple, a medium lilac/purple colour and a brown toned purple which looks great used as a crease colour to darken the look up a bit. I honestly love all of the colours in this palette, however I am a bit of a purple fan, so I know they won't be everybody's cup of tea. 

The one problem I see people having with this quad though, is the size. This little quad is the same size as the single MAC Mineralize eyeshadows, so each individual colour is quite teeny, just about big enough to swirl your brush around a bit. I also found that I had to be careful not to get the colours mixed up, as the colours all merge into one instead of being separated like most eyeshadow palettes. I knew this when I bought it though, so it doesn't bother me too much. I rarely reach the end of eyeshadows, especially ones which aren't my regular neutral shades, so having less of each colour really wasn't a problem for me. 

This little quad could be yours for just £18 which I really don't think is a bad deal, considering I was going to pay Dior prices for similar shades. Admittedly, the Dior shadows are slightly better quality, but thats not to say that the MAC ones are rubbish, far from it. I think if you want to try out purple eyeshadow (or another colour, they do some really pretty cominations) then this would be a really good idea as you're getting a quality product, but just a little less of it, and it's also really handy for travelling as you can create at least 4 looks from this palette without having to lug a huge palette around with you. 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

Free iPhone Wallpaper Designs #2

Monday, 16 March 2015

Hello Beauties! After the success of my last little freebies post, I thought I would share with you some more of my little creations. As Spring is just around the corner, I've tried to make them a little more spring themed than the last set I made. Once again, I've put the links under the images to my Pinterest board where you can save the designs - I hope you like them!

3. Love

Lots of Love,

Becky x x 

Avon 'Luck' Perfume | Review

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well. I've been getting stuck into my Dissertation recently (thank you to all of you who completed my survey!) so I haven't really had the chance to test out too many new products, or a chance to sit down and blog properly. However, today I thought I would give myself a little break from it all and get back to blogging, and specifically to talking about this perfume from Avon. I've never tried any Avon products before, mainly due to the fact that where I live we don't have an Avon representative, however on a recent trip to the Avon head offices I was given this perfume as a little thank you for coming gift so I thought I would pop up a review. 

Firstly, let's talk about the packaging. 'Luck' comes in this pretty little golf bottle with the cutest bow on the lid. Personally I think the packaging of this perfume makes it look a lot more expensive than it is, and I now have it sitting on my vanity with 'Daisy' by Marc Jacobs, as I thought the packaging was daily similar, in colour and design. I also like the fact that, also like Daisy, the writing and logo, etc is fairly small, as I sometimes find logos on perfume bottles can look a bit tacky when plastered all over the bottle. 

Moving on to, the most important aspect of a fragrance, the smell. 'Luck' is quite a sweet smelling presume, almost sickly sweet, and to tell the truth it's a little on the sweet side for me, however if you like sweet perfumes such as the Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture or Lady Million then this may be right up your street. 'Luck' is also quite a strongly scented fragrance so a little splash on your neck and wrists will be enough, and the scent really does last all day. When I put this on in the morning I find that I'm still catching whiffs of it at the end of the day, which is something I really look for in a fragrance as I'm so useless at re-applying it! 

'Luck' is currently available either from the Avon website or through your local Avon representative, and costs a mere £15 for 50ml which I think is a complete bargain. 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

BD Trade Secrets Make Up | Brand Overview

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Hello Beauties! I often get asked to feature more affordable or budget make up here on Lipgloss & Lashes, and your wish is my command - today I've got some lovely pieces from BD Trade Secrets, formerly known as Barbara Daly, to show you all, all of which are now available at Tesco. I've got a couple of pieces from the brand, so I thought I would do a few mini reviews and a sort of 'brand overview' as there are some absolute gems in this collection. 

The one product I was most excited to try from the range was the Vital Skin Longwear Foundation as I've heard so many good things about it recently. I was sent shade 4, which is a little dark for me as I probably could have done with shade 2, but I put it to the test nevertheless. The Vital Skin Longwear foundation is a cream formula with algae extract to protect elastin and collagen, giving you a more youthful look. I'd say that this foundation is pretty comparable to the MAC Studio Fix, so if you like that then you'll probably like this one (and it's half the price!). 

BD Trade Secrets Light Effect Concealer Pen | £7.99

Another product I was desperate to try out was the Light Effect Concealer Pen, which is comparable to the YSL Touche Eclat and the MAC Prep + Prime concealer pens. It's basically a highlighting concealer that you can use to brighten your under eye area or anywhere you want to stand out. It's a fairly light coverage concealer, so I do like to apply it over my normal concealer to highlight the under eye area, but it is excellent at brightening my eyes up. It comes in a really pretty looking gold packaging, which is pretty similar to the Touche Eclat itself, with a brush on pen applicator which makes creating that triangle shape under your eyes effortless. For only £7.99 you really can't go wrong, as it's a pretty close dupe for the YSL which will cost you double that. 

I've never really been much of an eyeliner person, usually opting for smudging black eyeshadow along my lash line to create a softer look, and I definitely wouldn't have gone for a pencil eyeliner, however I'm so glad that I've tried this one. I usually find that pencil eyeliners are quite hard and difficult to work with, and often they pull on my eyelids, but this offering from BD Trade Secrets is actually quite good. It's a soft pencil which glides onto the skin effortlessly, and it's seriously pigmented. Once you've applied this and left it a few seconds to dry it will not budge, even after I tried to remove a swatch of this with a face wipe it wouldn't budge, so if you have trouble with watery eyes or eyeliner transferring onto the skin under your brows, then this one may be for you. 

The star product of the collection for me is the blushers. I'm normally more of a high end girl when it comes to blushers, as I often find that the ones in the drugstore just don't suit my skin tone, don't blend well or they aren't pigmented enough for me. However, this one in the shade 'Fruity' is my current favourite blusher. The packaging isn't fancy like my usual favourite blushers, but the product inside is incredible. It's super soft and smooth without being chalky, it's pigmented and easy to blend and also its a really wearable colour. This peachy pink shade is the perfect shade for my skin tone and has recently become my go-to blusher now that the days have got a little sunnier. For only £5 I think I will definitely be picking up a few more shades! 

If tinted moisturiser is more your thing then this may be the product for you. Unfortunatly I find that tinted moisturiser just doesn't have enough coverage for me, however this is one of the better ones I've tried. This does offer the tiniest bit of coverage and did manage to even out my skin a little but it didn't manage to cover up my redness and acne scarring which was an issue for me. It did manage to control some of the shine on my face though and gave more of a second skin finish rather than that tacky feeling which some tinted moisturisers have. I think I may get some use out of this in the summer or on 'no make up' days, but mostly this just doesn't offer enough coverage for me. 

Lastly, I've also been testing out the Flawless Primer. The Flawless Primer is a mattifying primer with illuminating particles, designed to smooth over pores, fine lines and wrinkles, creating a smooth base for you to apply your foundation over. I'd say that this product is a cross between the Clarins Instand Smooth Perfecting Touch primer and the Benefit Porefessional, and it's definitely the best pore smoothing primer I've tried from the drugstore. The Flawless Primer also contains ingredients to help moisturise your skin, however I did find that it does have a tendency to pick up on any flaky patches you have, a lot like the Porefessional does. However, after using this my skin broke out like crazy and was so tight and dry, I think I may have had some kind of allergic reaction to the product as my skin was so red and sore. I do have sensitive skin though, which may be why, especially as this product is designed to basically block up your pores. It's such a shame though as I really did love the product! 

Overall, BD Trade Secrets has definitely surpassed my expectations. I'd say if you're not sure what to pick up from the range that the Flawless Primer and the blushers are your best bet, they're amazing quality from the price and I've started reaching for them over my MAC alternatives. BD Trade Secrets are currently available in Tesco, and if you want to take a look at the full range, you can do so here

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

Going for the Chop...My Experience

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Sorry about the awful iPhone quality!

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, then you'll probably know that I recently took the plunge and cut my hair shorter, I say shorter instead of short because it's nowhere near a pixie crop but it's still shoulder skimming which is pretty drastic for me. Since cutting my hair I've had loads of you say you're tempted to do the same, so I thought I would share my experience with you all in case you were wondering what to expect from your new shorter hair! 

Long bobs or 'lobs' are pretty popular right now with the likes of Taylor Swift and Rosie Huntington-Whitely sporting the look, but I'd actually been wanting to get mine cut since about November. However I know what I'm like, one day I'll want no hair, then the next I'll want mermaid locks, so I decided to wait until the new year to give myself a couple of months to properly think about it, because I knew that there really would be no going back. I've had long hair for as long as I can remember, apart from the one time my Mum thought it would be a good idea to cut my ponytail off - less said about that the better, so I knew that this would be a bit of a change for me, and I really wasn't sure that the shorter style would suit me, so I booked a consultation in with an award winning salon in my local area to have a proper chat about my new look. I originally wanted my hair to be shorter at the back than the front, but after speaking to my stylist we decided that it would be better to cut the length all one length and put a longer layer in to create volume, as this would avoid my hair doing that annoying thing when it flicks out - and then I let her cut all my hair off. 

It's fair to say that after I had it done, I was pretty distraught. There were tantrums and tears which involved a lot of yelling 'I look like a boy!' which when I think about it now, was a massive overreaction. Fast forward a few weeks and I love my new look. At first I think it was slightly too short for me, but it's been about 4 weeks now and has grown out slightly which is a much easier length to work with in terms of styling and curling it. If you're anything like me and hate going to the hairdressers, then be prepared to hate your new look for a couple of weeks while you get used to it and find a styling technique that works for you. 

Since accepting my new shorter look, I love it - not only does it look so much thicker and healthier, but it also takes me half the time to wash, dry and style it, which can only be seen as a win. It took a lot of deliberating, but I've decided to keep my new look and really focus on keeping it looking healthy by having regular trims (I used to go once a year!) and giving it the treatment it deserves. 

What do you think?

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

My New Holy Grail: MAC Matchmaster Foundation

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

When it comes to make up, it's base products that really get my heart fluttering. As much as I love a shimmery eyeshadow, foundations are really what gets me excited, I love testing out new ones on a mission to find my ultimate HG foundation - and I think I may have just found it. If you've been reading my blog over the past couple of months, then you'll know that way back in January I picked up a sample of the MAC Matchmaster Foundation, in the hopes of it solving all of my foundation woes, and I was pleasantly surprised (read: ecstatic) to find that it did just that. However, as this foundation is priced slightly higher than MAC's other foundations, at £27, I had to keep putting off buying it as other expenditures took priority. That was until recently, when I noticed that Debenhams were having a 10% off beauty event and I just had to snap it up. Luckily, I knew my shade as I'd picked up a sample so it was just a matter of ordering it online instead to trekking to my local MAC counter. 

Firstly, I'll start off with the packaging. I normally wouldn't bother talking about packaging for a product like this, as it's a pretty standard glass bottle and black lid, however IT HAS A PUMP! If you've read the majority of my past foundation reviews, then you'll know why I'm so happy about this. I find it so annoying when high end brands fail to include a pump, when I've just spent the best part of £30 on a foundation, I do not then want to have to spend a further £5 on a pump just so I don't waste it all. The pump on this is also pretty good, it's discrete so it doesn't ruin the aesthetic of the packaging and it only pumps out the tiniest amount. This does mean that you have to use several pumps to cover your whole face evenly, but it means that you can really control how much your using and there's no risk of wasting any. 

Moving on to the actual product. Unlike most MAC foundations, the Matchmaster Foundation doesn't come with the usual colour matching scheme, instead it comes in 12 shades all just given a number instead of a name (e.g.: I used to be NW13, in this I'm Shade 1). The reason for this is that the Matchmaster Foundation contains special translucent pigments which match the foundation to your skins own subtle undertones and finish, which is perfect for me as I'm always struggling to find the perfect match for my pale, cool toned skin. I use the lightest shade which is 1.0 and I find that it matches my pale skin perfects without oxidising and going orange throughout the day, which is always a problem I have as my oily skin tends to darken foundations. 

The Matchmaster is perfect if you've got combination or oily skin, as it dries to a matte finish, but without making your skin look flat. This is my proffered finish in a foundation, as I do have quite oily, shiny skin, so I need something to combat that, but I also hate that completely matte 'chalky' look that some mattifying foundations can give. I also find that this foundation lasts hours on me, way longer than any other foundation I've tried and it doesn't feel tacky like so many other foundations on my skin. It has a medium coverage which can be built up, but it doesn't completely mask your skin like the Studio Fix does. It covers just about everything I need it to - dark circles, acne scarring, spots and redness - but it still lets the natural tones of your skin show though, giving you a more natural look. If you do feel like you need extra coverage, like I do on my cheeks, then you can quite easily built this foundation up without it looking cakey. 

Overall, I love this foundation. I'm never usually one to repurchase foundations as I'm always on the hunt for the next best thing, but I think I may have just found the best yet. If you'v got oily or combination skin, I'd really recommend going and picking up a sample of this, I can't gush about it enough! 

Lots of Love,

Becky  x x

Lipgloss & Lashes is 2!

Hello Beauties! Two years ago today I was sat in my dingy room in my cold student house bored out of my mind. I was supposed to be revising for my exams but as usual, I was achieving an A in procrastination and a C in everything else, so instead of changing this age old tradition and actually doing some work, I thought I'd try my hand at beauty blogging...and here we are today. 

The past two years have been full of ups and downs while I've been finding my feet in the blogging world, but I wouldn't have it any other way. It may seem silly to say, but blogging has actually changed my life. It's helped me to improve my confidence, writing skills and photography, it's given me something to do and a creative outlet to express my passion for makeup and beauty. But most of all, it's given me some amazing opportunities and friends. It sounds dramatic, but I really wouldn't be where I am today without it. 

I wanted to mark the occasion, however a giveaway didn't seem right as I've only just done one and I have a couple more planned for the coming weeks, so instead of a giveaway I decided to give Lipgloss & Lashes a little make over. I did like my old design, however I found that it was a little bit cluttered, so I'm hoping this new, cleaner look will be much easier to read and navigate. I'm still tweaking a few bits, but I'd love to know your thoughts on the new design! 

I don't want to ramble on too much as I do have another post for this evening, but I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your continued love and support, I couldn't do it without you. 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

Flamingo Candles Spring Collection | Green Apples Candle Review

Monday, 9 March 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and enjoying Spring - I've been loving the lighter evenings which mean that I don't have to get up at the crack of dawn to take my blog photos! Speaking of Spring, Flamingo Candles have recently launched their Spring 2015 collection and have kindly sent me one to review for you all. This year Flamingo Candle's Spring collection includes the fragrances Rose & Marshmallow, Raspberry & Salted Caramel, Mango & Dragonfruit, Green Apples and Daisy, all of which sound so amazing that I really did struggle to choose a favourite! All Flamingo Candles are made from organic soy wax with a cotton wick, and have a burn time of 50 hours, which I think is pretty impressive considering the size of the candle. 

The scent I chose is 'Green Apples' which smells incredible. The Green Apples candle comes in a little jar with a screw on lid like all Flamingo Candles, however the actual candle is red which surprised me as I was expecting it to be a light green colour. Like all Flamingo Candles, Green Apples also comes with a little flamingo on the jar in a cute green colour. I love the packaging for these candles and I think the bright colours really make them stand out in a room. 

However what really matters when it comes to scented candles is well, the scent. Green Apples smells exactly how you'd expect it to - fresh, crisp, fruity and well, like green apples. Over Christmas Yankee Candle launched a scent which I believe was called Red Apple Wreath which smells identical to this offering from Flamingo Candles. I fell in love with the scent from Yankee Candles but never got the change to get my hands on it, so I'm so glad that I now have this one from Flamingo Candles in my collection. 

The Flamingo Candles Spring Collection is currently available at ASOS, Amazon and Flamingo Gifts if you'd like to take a look at the range for yourself, which I really recommend that you do! 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

*Post contains PR samples

Toni & Guy for LFW | Heated Rollers Look

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well! Today I have a slightly different type of post for you...I was recently challenged by Toni & Guy Electricals to recreate a look from London Fashion Week in celebration of their newest range of hair tools, the Salon Professional range, being used backstage at London Fashion Week to create some of the key looks showcased. I decided to base my look on the Vivienne Westwood show. Vivienne Westwood used a lot of olive greens and earthy colours, paired with natural 'messy' hair and I just loved the overall look. She also used these strange red blobs of paint in her make up looks, however I don't think I could really pull that off, so I chose to bring the earthy tones into my make up instead. 

To create the messy beachy waves that I've attempted in the pictures above, I started off by sectioning my hair into layers, and then popped some of my Toni & Guy heated rollers in the top sections to give my hair a bit of volume and a loose wavy curl. As my hair is quite short at the moment (well, short for me) and the underneath sections are a lot shorter than the top ones, instead of using the rollers, I used a medium sized curling tong and just loosely curled my hair while the rollers were setting. After the rollers had set and I had taken them out, I gave my hair a quick spritz of hair spray and salt spray and gently messed up my hair using my fingers (you can also shake your head upside down) and voi-la! It was super easy to create this look and I've found that recently I've been doing this on a daily basis, as it looks like I've spent ages on my hair when really it only took about 15 mins! 

For the make up, I wanted to create a golden olive look that was simple to create. To start off with I primed my lids using the Urban Decay Primer Potion then applied MAC's Antique Gold eyeshadow in the crease and blended out to create a soft golden olive look. Then, to add a little bit of dimension to my eyes, I added Urban Decay Half Baked from the original Naked palette to the centre of my eyelid. To finish off the eye look I just lined by eyes using my trusty MAC Fluidline and applied a few coats of the new Benefit Rollerlash Mascara, and voila! 

I hope you liked this make up look, I tried to make it as 'daytime' appropriate as possible as I know most people don't go full on glam all day everyday, and if you'd like to see more make up or hair looks then please let me know in the comments below - I've been thinking of doing a post on 5 easy short hairstyles now that my hair is a lot shorter! I'll also be popping up a full review of the rollers to give you a little more detail and giving you a chance to win a set for yourself so keep your eyes peeled! 

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

*Post contains PR samples
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