Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Anastasia Sun Dipped Glow Kit Review and Swatches

So, along with the Modern Renaissance palette, I may have also purchased the Anastasia Glow Kit in Sun Dipped too.
At first, I was not interested in the Anastasia Glow Kits. Like, at all. I found the shade choices a bit too pinky toned or icy for my personal taste and I was having a love affair with BECCA Champagne Pop at the time, anyway. Then.. Sun Dipped hit the shelves and I caved. The more golden/yellowy/bronze palette was far more up my street so I bought it. And before I bought it, I was stalking every picture on Instagram, every website that stocked ABH waiting for its release. I was excited, okay?

Sun Dipped is far more golden/yellow in tone, to give a more golden, bronzed look to the skin. Despite thinking it looked absolutely gorgeous and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it, as someone who is more on the pale side, I was worried about the shades being too dark for my skin tone. I knew I would be coming back from Rome with a tan, but I was still hesitant as to how the shades would look.

Like all the Glow Kits you get 4 shades. And I have to say, I am super impressed with the variety you get in here.
(Oh, just as a side note: Please excuse my finger marks in the powders. I broke the blogger rule and stuck my fingers straight into this before I took pictures. I did not think they would show up so obviously in the photos, oops!)

Bronzed is pretty dark. In fact, there is no way I will be able to use this as a highlight. Maybe, dusted around the outside of my face with a fluffy powder brush to give a bronze tint, but no way as a highlight. The shade itself is absolutely stunning and can definitely be used for other things, such as eyeshadow, which I am super excited to try out. If you have a deeper skintone, this will look stunning on you.

Summer is so up my street. A pretty, yellow/gold based highlight. Yes, please. It reminds me of Mary-Lou from the Balm but far more subtle and toned down. I think this will be the one I reach for the most out of the palette.

Tourmaline is a strange shade in the pan. I have never seen a highlight shade like it before. Swatched, it is a rose gold kind of shade, heavier on the rose than the gold. It is very pink but pretty! I imagine it'll take some playing around with to get right but I like it none the less.

Moonstone is also lovely. It has a cooler undertone than Summer and in certain lights, has a pinky/purple iridescence running through it.

So, really.. The only shade I can't wear for its initial purpose of highlighting is Bronzed but like I said, I have plans to use it in other ways. The others are fine for lighter skin tones, so if like me that was a worry of yours, there you go. Go ahead and buy it!

The actual powders are lovely. Swatching them was a dream. They are so soft and buttery and actually felt like a cream product they were that smooth. The pigmentation, as you can see, is amazing but I was actually quite surprised when I applied them to my skin. I found they were quite subtle. Well, I mean, not really but comparing them to Mary-Lou from The Balm and BECCA Champagne Pop (which are my go-to highlights) they are. But they are buildable, if you want to layer up that glow, you can. I used my Morphe M501 brush which is my favourite for highlighting.

So, overall, this is a really versatile products. The actual shade range is great, each shade is very unique. And also the fact you can build the intensity of the powders to how it suits you is great.

So far, I am happy with the Sun Dipped palette. I am glad my fear of it being too dark for me wasn't an issue, with the exception of Bronzed but like I said, I look forward to using that as an eye shadow. I may eve try layering it with a lighter shade, to lighten it up a bit? Who knows, I shall have to play with it and see.

Have you tried the Anastasia Sun Dipped Glow Kit? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Thank you for reading! 

Zoe x

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

REVIEW Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette (and Swatches)

Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette review, Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette swatches

Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette review, Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette swatches

Anastasia Beverly Hills answered all our eyeshadow prayers and have released the most gorgeous, warm toned eyeshadow palette to date. I am sure you have already heard so much about the Modern Renaissance Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills. My Twitter/Instagram have been flooded with photos and swatches of the Renaissance palette recently and I couldn't resist picking one up for myself. Especially since you can get an amazing 15% discount through Cult Beauty, which I will tell you how to get at the end of this post!

Sunday, 12 June 2016

NEW IN at The Body Shop (Pinita Colada, Drops of Sun, Skin Defense, Instaglow)

I posted on Instagram/Twitter a few days ago about The Body Shop and their new Summer releases. I have just been so impressed with the new products they have to offer that I thought I would talk about them a little bit more in depth.

The line that is getting the most buzz from the Summer of Love event is the new Pinita Colada bodycare range. To me, this is like the perfect Summer time scent. It is fun and playful and think it will make a great choice for taking away on a sunny Summer holiday. As you can imagine Pinita Colada is suppose to smell like the Pina Colada drink. It is a nice blend of coconut and pineapple. I was actually surprised at how subtle it was. I immediately imagined it would be a strong, powerful scent, especially since so many of our other scents are, but it is surprisingly soft. Do I like it as much as last years Mojito range? I am not sure, but I do love it. And yes, it is coming with me on my Summer holiday!

The Honey Bronze range has also been expanded to include the new Drops of Sun. I love everything about this, including the name! I think it is so clever and cute. So, on the bottle Drops of Sun is described as a "holiday glow creator" I couldn't have put it better myself, really. This is a tinted gel that you can mix in either with your moisturiser or foundation. It gradually builds up a natural, streak free glow to the skin. It is so easy and fuss free to use and the result it amazing. I will be adding this in to my foundation when I (hopefully) come back from Rome with a bit of a tan, to darken it up a bit. It saves you buying a new foundation shade and adds to your natural glow. It is great! And only £12, bargain.

Skin Defense, Skin Defense, Skin Defense. I have already dedicated a whole review to this little beauty but I had to mention it again. This is by far the best facial SPF I have come across. I am so fussy when it comes to SPF, everything is too heavy or sticky or sits weird on my skin. Not this guy! It is the most lightweight and easily absorbed SPF ever. It is SPF 50 with UVA and UVB protection. It is also loaded with Vitamin C and red algae to help brighten the skin and protect against environmental damage ans free radicals. If you have not tried it yet, I urge you to just swatch it on your hand next time you are in The Body Shop and see for yourself just now lovely it is.

My least favourite launch has to be the new Instaglow CC creams. I was actually quite excited for these to come out and when they did I was just left a bit.. Confused. They are described as CC creams, yet almost marketed like a primer? Okay, so, most CC creams on the market are either green, yellow, purple tinted, which is what offers the colour correction aspect, to which you then layer your regular base on top of. Others, come in flesh toned shades, with colour correction pigments running through them. They are what you'd use as your base.

The Intaglow shades are questionable to say the least. Bright Glow is a white, iridescent cream that reflects a violet/blueish undertone. It is very intense and shows up a lot on the skin, even on my pale skin. Peachy Glow is just.. Peachy. And Warm Glow is a very rich, red toned browny/bronze shade. So, this alone means they are not suitable for colour correction or to wear on their own as a base? I just don't really get where The Body Shop was going with this one. I own Bright Glow and I think it would look pretty dotted along the high posts of the face and blended out to give almost a highlighted effect to the skin. Which is totally not what it is meant to be used for but I am kind of out of ideas on how to actually make it come in useful! I'd say give these a miss to be completely honest.

Have you tried anything new from The Body Shop recently? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Thanks for reading.

Zoe x

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Disclaimer: I work for The Body Shop. However, all opinions about products from The Body Shop are 100% my own and do not reflect the opinions of those at The Body Shop. Any product given to me for staff sampling has been marked with an *. Any product from The Body Shop not marked, will have been purchased by myself, with my own money at a staff discounted price. All my opinions are completely true and honest. 

Friday, 10 June 2016

Summer Holiday Travel Essentials

After this post, you won't be hearing for me for a couple weeks as I am away on my Summer holidays! Yaaay. I am going to Rome and France. I haven't been away on holiday in years, so I am excited to share with you my summer holiday beauty essentials that I will be taking away with me this year. Obviously, I am taking 108363526 other beauty products away but these are just the ones I feel will come in particularly handy on holiday.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

SLEEK Matte Me REVIEW (Affordable Kylie Lip Kit Dupe?)

Sleek matte me review, sleek matte me swatches

Sleek matte me review, sleek matte me swatches

Despite it coming into Summer, everyone still seems to be very much obsessed with the whole matte lip trend. Including myself. Every brand is now churning out their version of a matte liquid lip, Sleek being one of the most recent. Their Matte Me lipgloss caught my eye when I was browsing and their offer for 2 for £8 seemed a far better deal than £20, plus £14 shipping for one Kylie Lip Kit, so I added a couple to my basket and checked out.

The shades I went for in the Sleek Matte Me lip glosses (I would not call these a gloss, by any means) are Shabby Chic, which is a nudey, pinky, mauve (of course) and Velvet Slipper, which is a darker, slightly vampy shade. It has a strong berry undertone too it but still ties in with the whole nudey-pink trend.

The formula is lovely. It is super light and fluffy in consistency, making it super comfortable on the lips. They aren't as lightweight as the Kylie Lip Kit, which, on me personally, I found practically weightless, but they are still super light feeling and not drying at all. Speaking of drying, I found that even though the Kylie Lip Kit did not feel dry, it looked it. Posie K sunk into and exaggerated every line on my lips, making them look really dry, the Sleek Matte Me lipgloss does not do that. Yay! Obviously, it is a completely matte formula, so if your lips are super dry anyway, it'll show but a good scrub and a balm underneath and you should be fine.

The Sleek Matte Me's are also very opaque in consistency and judging from the shades I have tried, they aren't patchy either. This may vary from shade to shade but Shabby Chic and Velvet Slipper both apply like a dream.

Top: Velvet Slipper
Bottom: Shabby Chic
In terms of longevity, they are great. Now, I don't mean to keep comparing them to the Kylie Lip Kit but with them being the most in demand matte lip product of the moment (and the only other liquid lip/matte lip gloss I have tried) I feel as it just makes more sense to. So with that being said, I did find the Kylie Lip Kit does last longer throughout the day. It really stays in place all. day. long. Only wearing away right on the inside center of my lip by the end of the day.The Sleek Matte Me do last a great amount of time though, don't get me wrong! We are still talking hours. The Kylie Lip Kit just goes that couple hours longer. The Sleek Matte Me wore away in the exact same way, right in the center, more on the inside. Everywhere else, wore evenly and did not flake or go patchy at all.

Despite not lasting as long as the Kylie Lip Kits, if you need to reapply, no problem at all. The Matte Me's stayed super smooth and even, no matter how many times you go over it.

Overall, I am so impressed with the Sleek Matte Me lip glosses. I think the quality is great, they're long lasting, pigmented and comfortable to wear. What more could you want? Oh and did I mention, they are also super affordable at only £4.99 each! Currently 2 for £8 in Boots. Amazing!

Have you tried the Sleek Matte Me lip glosses? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments below. Also, you can read my full Kylie Lip kit review with swatches here!

Thanks for reading.

Zoe x

Friday, 3 June 2016

How To Add Texture and Volume To Fine/Flat Hair

If you have fine, flat hair, like me, you'll know the struggle and the constant lust to get thick, voluminous locks. I am always looking for hair styling products to give my hair body, volume and texture that it desperately needs.