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2017 Beauty Gift Guide

It’s officially December and though the majority of people have started their Christmas preparations way back in mid-November, I personally couldn’t bring myself to do it. It’s simply way way too early and this year has been the worst with some stores having Christmas stock laid out even before Halloween.

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Ridiculousness aside, I thought this year I would finally try my hand at writing a gift guide to help anyone who is struggling for a gift idea. Quick warning-this will be a long post 😉 .

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One of my favorite presents to ever get for people is jewellery and I personally think nobody does jewellery better than Pandora. I think I own almost every variation of their charm bracelets bar the essence one but nothing beats the gorgeousness of the bangle.

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This is a simple, shape holding bracelet, that makes a statement even without any charms on it. I find it more comfortable to wear than the traditional loose bracelet and it doesn’t lose it’s shape when it’s filled with charms.

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The great thing about Pandora as a present is that if you’re not into their bracelets than you can always pick up a pair of gorgeous sterling silver earrings or a simple ring to give to someone to remember you by.

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For the book worm in your life, I highly suggest the Dior Catwalk, which is a book all about Dior (duh!). More specifically it features every single trend that Dior has ever brought to the Catwalk over the years it’s been a high fashion label.

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The book itself features images of the various models and clothes design by Dior and it gives comprehensive details about each trend in short, easy to read paragraphs. Any fashion and beauty lover would love to own and showcase this stunning read on their bookshelf. If Dior isn’t a brand they love then Thames and Hudson bookstore have a variety of various beauty related books, so one of them should be a perfect fit.

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When it comes to functional beauty gifts, nothing beats getting someone a good brush set. For me, the brand that always comes to mind whenever someone says brushes is Real Techniques and my oh my do they do stunning brushes. They also make life easy as most of their brushes already come as parts of sets so the job is already done for you. Another great thing about Real Techniques is that their brushes are affordable so you may even find yourself treating yourself to a set as 70% of time, they can be found on offer with a buy one get one half price tag on them. I also find Primark/Pennys brushes great for a gift but you do need to go to the hassle of purchasing a good few of them and popping them together to create a set if you plan on getting them as a gift.

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Fragrances and Perfumes always are an easy option when thinking of a gift for someone however I always find them a bit of a hazard when purchasing as not everyone likes the same scents.

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I found this lovely subtle scent from Next called Just Pink that I personally think is soft enough and feminine enough that anyone who simply likes perfume will like it.

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You can purchase it on it’s own but I found this gift set with the matching body lotion for 16 euros, the same price as the 100ml bottle of it so you’re basically getting the body lotion free.

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I don’t think I can finish this gift guide without at least mention some amazing makeup ideas that would make lovely gifts. The first is for anyone who loves and adores lip products. We all know that one person that has 16 lip products in their bag on a night out and when you ask them what lipstick they’re wearing they’ll rattle off 4 different products.

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TKMaxx is the place to go to find amazing valued lip gift sets. I picked up this one by a brand called Cherimoya and it contains four metallic liquid lipsticks. This retailed for only 9.99 euros so not only are you getting a lovely gift but you’re also not breaking the bank.

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Last product I have to mention is the Urban Decay Moondust palette. Yes I know, it looks beautiful and it’s a 100% glitter palette. Honestly though I think it’s one of those gifts that can be given and even if the person doesn’t use, they will still love it.

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I love mine and I think I only ever really use it on the rare night out or for parties but I have no regrets about it being in my collection and I will probably never get rid of it.

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A cute idea to add to you’re Christmas Tree or even as a stocking stuffer, is these adorable hangable baubles by Bloomtown UK. You get three in a box and I will be going through what is in each one over on my InstaStories (@SooSoBeauty) so make sure you’re following me in Instagram so you don’t miss that.

That’s it guys. I hope I’ve given you some inspiration about where to go or what to buy for Xmas. If you have another suggestions please leave them below so everyone else can gain ideas too.

-Talk Soon xx

Makeup Tools

The SoSueMe ProBlender

It’s seems every single product that beauty blogger and Youtuber Suzanne Jackson brings out get so much hype and excitement over it and her ProBlender was no different. This is basically the SoSueMe brand’s version of the iconic Beauty Blender sponge and because of all the hype I was honestly expecting great things. I can unfortunately say I have been sorely disappointed as this blending sponge is one of the worst I’ve ever tried.

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Bold claim, I know. To be honest though I don’t say it lightly, so let me break it down for you guys as to why I don’t like it. Firstly the sponge texture when you get it out of it’s plastic packaging feels rather rough. It’s also got little to no bounce to it whatsoever but this is me talking about it un-dampened.

Dampened the sponge didn’t increase it in size at all, and visually it also looked like it didn’t soak up any of the water while I was running it under the tap either. Applying my foundation with it was terrible, it basically placed the foundation on my skin like a coating rather than blending it in/sheer it out to be skin like. This made my makeup look heavy and caked on. I also found it so hard against my skin, to the point where I would considered it sore to bounce against my face.

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Personally I think this is a product to be avoided from the SoSueMe line. Oh I should mention that the sponge costs 7.49 euros which considering Primark/Pennys sells two beauty blender sponges for 1.80 euros is very up there in price.

I’m still looking for the day where I will actually find a product from the SoSueMe makeup line that I actually like so if you guys know of any please let me know.

-Talk Soon xx

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Eyeliners, Eyes, Makeup Tools

Bronx Colors Cosmetics

Bronx Colors is a Swiss cosmetics brands that loves to keep up to date with every trend that happens in every season. I was very lucky recently to get sent a few pieces from their brand to try and test out and of course I just had to share my thoughts with my readers.

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Gel Liner is a product that is very hard to get right 90% of the time. It has to be creamy yet have some thickness to it texture wise. It has to be opaque and super black (except when its meant to be colored) and it has to not dry out within a month of taken the lid of the first time. The Bronx Gel Liner Pot definitely  ticks all those boxes for me.

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This liner comes in a nice light plastic pot with a good strong lid to it. It also comes with a handy mini liner brush that it actually decent for a change and definitely can be used as a lip liner brush for the purse in the case you don’t need it for liner. I personally like to use my Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush for get liner as it can just be wiped clean after use and that way it doesn’t got hard with product on it.

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Speaking of brushes, I got two amazing brushes from Bronx Colors to talk about too. The first is the BRP01 and this is a nice fat, fluffy brush that is super soft. The size and shape of it make it perfect for blush, powder and bronzers. It doesn’t leaves any harsh brush stroke lines behind and it blends out everything beautifully.

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The other brush that I got is the BRP05 and I personally found this brush to be a great shape and size for using it to blend and buff shadow on the lower lash line. The bristles are just as soft as the powder brush so you can definitely see the consistence when it comes to the Bronx Colors products.

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Last product I have from this brand is their 12 pan smokey undercover eyeshadow palette. I really have mixed feelings about this palette. The colour selection for it is simply beautiful and looking at it when you first open it up, it looks like the perfect palette for a great smokey eye. That said the eyeshadows themselves are a bit hit and miss.

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Some have great pigmentation and blend smoothly with little to no fallout. Whereas others are super chalky and have little to no pigmentation to them and a crapload of fallout. I personally think there are better palettes on the market nowadays than this one, it’s definitely not one I would recommend.

If any of these products have caught your interest I have linked the website where you can pick them up from below

-Talk Soon xx

Bronx Colours

Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored.
Face Powders, Highlighter

Bare Minerals Invisible Glow Highlighting Powders

If I had to pick a high end brand other than Urban Decay to be my favourite it would definitely be BareMinerals. There is very little that I’ve tried from BareMinerals that I didn’t like and because of that I have quite a few of their products within my cosmetics collection. Recently I picked up their Invisible Glow powders because ever since I discovered the soft illuminator from the L.O.V Fall Collection 2017 I have been hooked on subtle highlights for my complexion. It just looks so pretty and natural and soft.

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There are two shades available in the range and the first shade is the lightest of the two. It’s called Fair to Light and is a white pearl-scent shade with peach shimmer running very, very subtly through it. The powder is very finely milled and on the face it blends out seamlessly without any harsh lines. The shimmer isn’t chunky but lovely and soft almost candle lit glow like. If I was to compare this to anything currently on the market I would say it’s very similar to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. 

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The second shade is called Medium and is definitely darker in colour than the previous shade. This is very much a peach toned highlighter but again because it’s so softly and finely milled it looks very subtle on the skin. I personally like taking this down a bit onto my cheek bones because I find the colour of it warms up my skintone whilst adding a nice glow to it overall.

These compacts currently retail for 30 euros each and I picked mine up from Debenhams Ireland who tend to do discount offers of 10-15% of makeup on a monthly basis so you can pick up this compact for less than 30 for sure.

-Talk Soon xx

Collections

Catrice Kaviar Gauche 2017

A new limited edition collection has been released by Catrice Cosmetics for the month of November and it’s another collection based on Kavier Gauche which is a popular German bridal brand. This is the third limited edition collection that Catrice has released based on Kaviar Gauche. The collection I think will be available up until mid January.

-Talk Soon xx

Blush & Contour Brush

“Brush for blush and contouring with synthetic bristles perfect for cream and powder textures.”

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Brush Bag

“High-quality brush bag in an elegant nude tone with space to store five brushes.”

Eye Blender Brush

“Brush for blending textures with soft bristles and a rounded brush shape.”

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Eye Lid Brush

“Brush for application on the lid with dense synthetic bristles for cream and powder textures.”

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Eye Shadow Palette
C01 Sans Souci

“Eye shadow palette with soft nude and brown shades that have both matte and shimmering effects.”

Highlighter
C01 Eclat D’Or

“Golden Highlighter with a powder texture that is suitable for all skin tones.”

Highlighter Brush

“Highlighter (Fan) brush that has a special shape for an accurate application for powdery textures.”

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Disclaimer: All images used in the post have been acquired via brand PR representatives and are for illustrative purposes only and not for profit gain. All images remain property of Catrice Cosmetics™.
Collections

🍁 🍂 L.O.V Fall Collection 2017 🍂 🍁

It’s official, Halloween is over, November is here and the weather is simply put freezing. Let’s not put a dampener on things though shall we, as with colder weather comes richer makeup. By richer I mean we trade out the soft shades of peach and pinks for the richer browns and plums, we swap those coral lips for rich berry tones and there is no better collection on the highstreet at the moment than L.O.V Cosmetic’s Fall Collection which has an amazing foundation, a gorgeous palette and just the right about of vampyness to it’s lipsticks.

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For most people, myself included, when the colder months come around we tend to switch out or regular foundation for something with a little more coverage. L.O.V has released a new foundation for it’s fall collection called the EXTRAordinary foundation. Packaging wise it looks like it’s going to be a cushion foundation and to be honest that’s what I thought it was when I initially saw it. It’s not, instead it’s got this really cool pump system to it that allows you to dispense just the right amount of product.

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It’s packaging also makes it extremely handy for travel as it has a mirror, sponge and because of it’s dispensing system there is no risk of it spilling all over your purse/bag. Coverage wise I would call it a medium but it can definitely be built up. I have this foundation in the shade No.025 Sand Sophistication which is the second shade within the range. A bit dark for my pale complexion but it’s easily fixed with a few lightening drops (I use The Body Shop ones).

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Once I have my foundation done I tend to like to move onto the rest of face especially if I’m not doing a strong eye makeup look. The first palette I have is L.O.V Cosmetic’s The Contourious Palette which is a 4-in-1 palette that can be used to sculpt and define the face. This palette has a love satin finish powder, the perfect sculpting shade for fair skintones, a gorgeous rose gold blush that is very comparable to Nars’s Orgasm blush and the worst cream highlighter I have ever used.

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Yes a shocker at the end I know. To be frank the Luminizer is a major let down in this palette. It’s the only one that has a cream formulation to it and as a cream it feels very waxy. With regards to luminizing -it doesn’t, it simply reflects the chunky glitter that is suspended in the waxy cream. I know I’m being very harsh on this highlighter but that’s only because I was very impressed with everything else in this palette.

The powders are so silky soft, and blend to perfection. The blush has just the right pigmentation and is such a stunning shade. I highly recommend the contour shade in this palette if you’re pale and constantly struggle to find a shade to suit your skintone. The palette also comes with a mirror so it’s also great for travel. With so many redeeming qualities to this palette, you can see why I was so disappointed in the highlighter shade.

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With the disappointment I suffered with the highlighter in the Contourious palette above, I really didn’t have high hopes for the Glowrious Palette. Boy was I mistaken. This palette makes up for that one crappy highlighter big time. Okay so in this palette you get 2 highlighter and a bronzer. The highlighters come in two different finishes; subtle and intense. Both of them are super creamy and buttery in texture and blend flawlessly.

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My favourite out of the two is weirdly the soft illuminator, which is weird I know because I normally go for the highlight seen from space kind of look but this is a highlighter that gives you that candle light soft focus glow. It’s so soft and subtle and absolutely pretty to look at that’s for sure.

The bronzer is super glowly and one I only really recommend you use in the summer when you have a nice tan on.

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Let’s talk eyes and L.O.V Cosmetics has gone and released three gorgeous palettes this season. I have the 710 palette called Devoted to Roses and as the name suggests it’s very blush pink, soft mauve toned that just labels it as a fall palette. I love the packaging of this palette! Hands down the best of all the palettes, with it’s rubberized feel it’s like I have a Nars palette without the big price tag.

The eyeshadows themselves are stunning. Texture wise they’re like butter and blend beautifully on the eyes with little to no fallout. I did find that the pigmentation of them was way better with a primer than without so I do recommend you use one with these shadows.

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There are so many amazing mascaras to choose from when it comes to L.O.V Cosmetics but one of their more unique products is actually their Lash Primer and dual-ended mascara. The Lash primer is exactly what it says on the tin, a primer for your lashes to be applied before your actual mascara. I honestly found that this product made such a difference to my mascara, even the ones that I normally use and have fantastic lashes with-this product made them work even better.

 

It’s a white mascara that has a nice fat brush that really helps elongate the lashes and volumize them too. The Liason Mascara from L.O.V Cosmetics is a fiber lash mascara and has this really tiny brush to it that makes getting at every hair on your eyes so easy. Makes for getting super long lashes.

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The other side has a nice black liner on it. It’s not the blackest I’ve ever used-that would be Avon Super Shock Liner and the L’oreal Infallible Gel Crayon-but it is a good black liner that lasts quite a good time on the eyes.

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Last two products I have to share from the collection are both lip products and each one comes from a different range within the collection. The first is from the LipAffair Mattes and is in the shade Black Mood. Love, Love, Love the colour of this lipstick! Such an amazing statement lip for the winter months and a nice change to the typical red’s that we tend to see this time of year. I personally like pairing this lipstick with either MAC’s Nightmoth Lip Liner or the lip liner that I featured in my Catrice Dawid Tomaszewski Collection review.

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The other lipstick is from their LipAffair Metallic range and this is very much hitting the nail on the head when it comes to the metalized lips trend we’re seeing everywhere at the moment. The shade that I have is called Cosmic Aura and is this stunning crimson red that has been shot through with metallized copper shimmer. So beautiful and definitely the shade to have for next month (I am not saying the C word-it’s way to early!).

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Let me know what you’re favourite piece from the collection is and whether or not you’ve tried L.O.V Cosmetics yet?

-Talk Soon xx

Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored.
Face Powders, Primer

Natural Collection Revamp

Recently I was browsing the main make-up stands of Boots, as a beauty and makeup obsessed person tends to do whenever she has spare time on her hands, and noticed that their in-house brand Natural Collection has revamped their products. Now Natural Collection for those of you who don’t know is a brand that is owned directly by the Boots company and is mainly considered to be targeted at teenagers and people who are just starting out with using makeup. Their other makeup brands Seventeen & No.7 are meant to be for the older age groups but personally I think that’s rubbish. A good product is a good product & to be quite frank I like purchasing from any brand that I like-so sale tactics be damned.

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Lady Luck had my back on the day as there was a three for two offer running on the brand. The first of the three products that I picked up is the Natural Collection Hydrating and Radiance Primer. I’ll be honest-I’ve always been wary of Natural Collection when it comes to their base products simply because they’ve always looked either heavy in the tube or way to dark. This primer however looked like a good shade to match my skin tone and with the new packaging I just knew I would have to try it out.

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Formulation wise I really love this primer, it’s nice and light on the skin and skins in rather quickly too. It did feel super hydrating when I was applying it and because it’s a primer it did set to a slight tacky finish. With regards to the radiance side of things, there is no chunky glitter! Major brownie points as chunky glitter tends to always make an appearance with lower priced brands. I did find that this primer worked great when it was mixed in with foundation too.

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My next two purchases as part of the three for two offer where blushes from their Blush & Glow selection. I got the shades Peach and Pink. These are beautiful compact powder blushes which have a distinct split between the two shades available in the pan. Both blushes have a shimmer/iridescent shade on one half and a soft matte shade on the other. Mixed together they work beautifully too.

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For the Pink Blush & Glow you get an amazing warm pink shade for the matte side and an intense icy pink shade for the shimmer. I should point out at this point that you can if you want too, use the shimmer sides of these blushes for highlight, they are both sheer enough and highlighty enough for it.

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The Peach Blush & Glow has slightly a better shade of matte blush for the coming winter months. It’s a stunning warm brick peach that’s not dissimilar too No.7’s Honey Blush (HG Blush for me). The shimmer side with this blush however is definitely more intense and obvious in colour in comparison to the Pink Blush & Glow. It’s this icy white shade that is shot through with gold reflects. Super pretty as an inner corner highlight.

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I have to say I am a huge fan of this revamped makeup range that is Natural Collection. Let’s just hope they start bringing out some new products now that they’ve upped their game a bit.

-Talk Soon xx