Benefit Cosmetics Giveaway!

Secret Lives of Fiction Lovers:

This is a fantabulous giveaway from Living Disrobed that I think everyone should enter! Plus it’s international, yaaaay!! I think if I won, I would loooove to try out one of Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Shadows! Good luck everyone!

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Benefit Cosmetic Giveaway

I just wanted to thank all of my readers for their wonderful support by offering this amazing Benefit Cosmetics Giveaway! (Easy Entry, No Rafflecopter)

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Yesterday’s #FOTD

Going shopping and to the cinema yesterday gave me the perfect opportunity to try out my Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette:

  

 

I wanted to keep things quite natural so the eyeshadow colours I used were:

White chocolate

Milk chocolate

Marzipan

Hazelnut

Creme brûlée 
I used the last two along my lash line, too.  I also wore Wildly Natural’s powder foundation in Fair and Benefit’s Roller Lash on my lashes. My lips are nude with just a little of Sweet Cecily’s lip balm in Banoffee Pie.

Shopping Haul and No Makeup Day.

I woke up this morning with an awful dry patch on my chin and around my jawline. Suffice to say, I was not impressed! I *think* I’ve had a reaction to something but not sure what so will have to single out a product to see which it is. I suspect it may be my rose toner. I was going to wear makeup today as was wanting to experience with my Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow palette but thought I should give my skin a rest so this is me au naturale:

  

Bar my Yours Truly Organics Fix Me! Repairing Serum, Dr. Hauschka Daily Hydrating Eye Cream and Clinique Moisture Surge Gel Creme.

Despite me still having a cold, my sister and I had a great day yesterday. We went into Scunthorpe and did a bit of shopping before going to the cinema to see Insurgent. I love the top I bought from Select. It’s very Faith from Buffy, I thought. I thought the chemise was so cute and just had to buy. I really want to get a mint green kimono or something to go with the chemise, too. Hehe I’m such a geek and just had to buy the Wonder Woman thongs! It was actually my sister who spotted them and knew I’d love them! The smellies I bought will be birthday or Christmas gifts. The mango one will be for my sister as she loves The Mortal Instruments same as me so will totally get the reference (she got me one too haha!).

Here’s my haul:

Select:
  

Top – £8.99 reduced to £4.99.

Primark:
  
Chemise – £7.00.
  
Leggings – £5.00.
  
Top – £6.00.
  
Shorts (pack of 3) – £5.00.
Wonder Woman thongs (pack of 3) – £3 reduced to £1.00.
Bra – £6.00.
  
Belt – £1.00.
Mango & Papaya bubble bath and shower cream – £2.00 reduced to £1.00.
Strawberries & Cream bubble bath and shower cream – £2.00 reduced to £1.00.

 I love the top I bought from Select. It’s very Faith from Buffy, I thought. I thought the chemise was so cute and just had to buy. I really want to get a mint green kimono or something to go with the chemise, too. Hehe I’m such a geek and just had to buy the Wonder Woman thongs! It was actually my sister who spotted them and knew I’d love them! The smellies I bought will be birthday or Christmas gifts. The mango one will be for my sister as she loves The Mortal Instruments series as much as I do so will totally get the reference (she got me one too haha!).

Insurgent was good but as with most adaptations, it missed loads out, especially scenes that we book fans were hoping to see! It also included things that weren’t supposed to happen until the third book. So I’ve no idea how the film for Allegiant will pan out especially as it’s being filmed in two parts aswell!

I hope everyone is having a fab weekend!

E.L.F – The End of An Era?!

 

 The future of e.l.f cosmetics seems unsure after the news that the co-founders of Distribeauty, Neil Phillips and Jo Westlake – who distributed e.l.f’s products in the UK and most of Europe – have decided to part ways with the brand. I am so sad to hear this news, although I am excited to find out what ventures Distribeauty have in store for the future. I just hope that e.l.f can find a way to carry on.

Here is Distribeauty’s statement.

What’s your reaction to the news?

Too Faced…

Nooo I don’t mean a person! I mean the deliciously cute beauty brand! I was meant to be being good with my money but …. Temptation got the better of me! Oops!

              

The other day I was on the hunt for a BB cream as I seem to have fallen out with my foundation at the mo and wanted something that was a little more sheer and a little less mask-like because I always seemed to look washed out. After reading countless reviews on several different BB creams on Debenhams’ website, I settled on Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm with SPF 20 (bonus!) in the shade Vanilla Glow. I chose this because not only was it a light shade, but also someone had commented that it had a yellowy undertone to it which I thought would go perfectly with my own yellowy looking skin lol.



I’d also noticed that Debenhams were selling the Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar eyeshadow palette. I had been drooling over this for quite some time and discovered that not many places online seemed to be selling it, so for fear of it completely selling out, I bit the bullet and bought that from Debenhams, too. Eek! So I ended up spending a fair bit but boy was it worth it!



Both items arrived today. It was perfect timing as I’d been sent home from work, ill (still have a cold and a cough) so was feeling quite pooey but when the postie handed me these, it really cheered me up!



Sorry about the terrible lighting. My first impressions were that the design BB cream looked posh and fancy and the eyeshadow palette really does smell of chocolate! It smells gorgeous and the shades are all sooo pretty!

I had a brief play with the BB cream and here are the before, during and after pics:



Before: No makeup. I’d prepped my skin with some rose toner to start with.



During: I’d put on my primer and some orange correcting concealer from MAC under and around my eyes.



After: I’d applied the BB cream with my beauty blender. The consistency is more liquidy than I thought it would be (In the past I’ve used Clinique’s which is quite thick in comparison) so it will last quite a while methinks. At first I thought it made me look a little *too* yellow but when I compare the pics it’s lessened the redness in my cheeks, evened out my skin tone and I suppose it’s given me a bit of a glow, too. What do you think? Yay or nay? Oh and please ignore the wonky right eye that constantly looks like I’ve been punched lol. I’m blind in that eye and normally I’d be covering it with my fringe but in this instance I’d put my hair back just so I could apply makeup. Also, ignore my eyebrows. I know they really need doing lol.

I also had a play with the eyeshadows but shall posts pics at a later date once I’ve had more time with them. I will say that I love the colours and so far, they all seem to have really great pigmentation so no need to apply layer upon layer of eyeshadow like I do with my ELF eyeshadow palette. Can’t wait to play around with my chocolate bar palette more! Saturday I’ll be going to the cinema with my sister to see Insurgent (we looooove the books!) so it gives me the perfect excuse!

I was having a browse on the Too Faced site and I fell in love with this eyeshadow palette:



The Sugar Pop eyeshadow palette has some really cute colours that I’d love to try and how sweet is that macaron design on the front of the tin?! Nowhere in the UK is selling it as yet so was gutted to find that Too Faced don’t ship to here. 😔 Fingers crossed it’ll be available over here some time soon, though.

I hope you’re all having a lovely day! Being sent home from work gave me the chance to catch up on Vampire Diaries, 100 and the Gotham double bill.

Gifts For Book Lovers…

I love my books and I love escaping into a whole new world that isn’t my own. I find reading really relaxing and can be, more often than not, found with my head stuck in a book rather than my eyes glued to the TV – unless it’s the Winchester brothers, the Salvatore Brothers, Klaus, Daryl Dixon, Oliver or Barry and then maybe, juuust maybe, my attention may waiver just a little to the TV. 😉

I love books so much that I would probably be considered a geek as I love anything book related too! I recently found myself trawling through several shopping sites for all things book! I came across sooo many things that I wanted and I thought I would share a few of my favourites with you all.



This Hoody from Look Human is me all over! I can see me wearing this at the weekend doing just what the hoody suggests! And to be even more ironic, I can also see me wearing this on a trip to Waterstones, then once I’ve had a lengthy browse through the books, I’d  go upstairs to Cafè Neros, enjoy a lovely cup of Chai whilst reading whatever book/s I’ve purchased!



I love the classics! Although I love Pride & Prejudice, it is my sister’s favourite book and I saw this Cushion from Look Human and thought of her. The quote suits both her and me down to a tee!



This Books and Tea One Cup Teapot from Etsy is so darn cute and perfect for those who love their tea like I do! Hah I could be wearing the hoody from above whilst making a lovely cup of Chai from the teapot!



I love Etsy for their unique gifts and this Bracelet is no different. The quote is so true! I still have a tonne of books that I need to read haha!



These stud earrings from Etsy are so quirky and I love anything quirky! Might just have to buy these as they are so me!



I love Game of Thrones and although I am yet to read the book series (they are amongst the books on my bookcase that I’ve still to read), I felt this quote from A Dance With Dragons is so apt for fellow book addicts:

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

This Bracelet was another awesome find from Etsy.



I LOVE this Scarf! Also from Etsy. It has a beautiful quote from my favourite of the classics, Romeo & Juliet, which reads:

Romeo: O, wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?


Juliet: What satisfaction canst thou have to-night?

Romeo: The exchange of thy love’s faithful vow for mine.

Juliet: I gave thee mine before thou didst request it:
And yet I would it were to give again.

Romeo
: Wouldst thou withdraw it? for what purpose, love?

Juliet: But to be frank, and give it thee again.
And yet I wish but for the thing I have:
My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,

The more I have, for both are infinite.”

*sigh* There’s just something so romantic about the way Shakespeare writes.

So those are just a sample of what I found and love. What do you think?

Mascara tips and tricks

Secret Lives of Fiction Lovers:

Some of these you may know and some you may not. I never realised that the reason we open our mouths was to stop us from blinking!

Originally posted on seesje:

– Mascara only lasts for 2 up to 4 months, it’s even shorter for waterproof mascara.
– If you don’t want ugly lashes that stick together, just rinse your brush. Hot water will do the trick, it kills all the bacteria.
– Pumping your brush like a fist is a no-go! All you do is adding air (= bacteria) into your mascara and it will dry out!
– Easy way to clean your eyes is using vaseline!
– Best way of using mascara is by making horizontal and vertical movements!
– You will open your mounth will using mascara, it’s normal :) it’s to avoid blinking!
– If you want healthy lashes, use olive oil to keep them healthy.

My favorite mascara is the Volume Mascara from Hema, cheap and great results.

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Feeling a little off colour today.



I have caught a horrible cough and cold and I feel awful. :( So felt like a dressinggown day and decided to make myself look a little better by putting on some makeup. No foundation though as I seem to have had an allergic reaction to something I’ve been putting on my face which has made me come out in these weird dry patches along my jawline. :-/ So all I could put on was some MAC orange correcter from their Pro Conceal And Correct Pallette, a moss green eyeshadow from ELF and Roller Lash from Benefit. Oh and my peachy coloured lip and cheeks pencil from My Little Beauty.



Ok so the eyeshadow looks a little lighter than in the palette lol but tbh I didn’t really feel like layering it to get a stronger colour, I kinda liked the way it looked. :) Oh and sorry about the shaky pic.

I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend. I’m currently catching up on the week’s The Flash. :)

TMI TV: More Rumors from the ‘Shadowhunters’ TV Show

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Things seem to be picking up pretty quick with Shadowhunters, the television series based on The Mortal Instruments. Not only do we know which network it will air on (ABC Family), when it starts filming (May), where (Vancouver) and that they’re currently casting.

Not to mention, we have plenty of rumors floating around online to keep us occupied (and make us worried).

Here are some new rumors from the folks at Spoiler TV:

- Manga is referenced. (Specifically Dragon Ball)
– Characters are aged up by about 2-3 years.
– Clary is attending the Brooklyn Academy Of Art.
– The Institute is seen in the pilot.
– Simon’s band has different members. This includes Natalie Adams (Simon’s girlfriend) with a pomeranian named Yeti and bass player Gary.

Now, the only thing I have a problem with (and I think some fans will, too) is the part about Simon’s band and…

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My Cult Beauty Haul!



I am slowly making my way through my wish list on Cult Beauty. These were my recent purchases:

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in black - This is great because it’s liquid eyeliner in a pen, basically! So much easier to use! However, the eyeliner started to fade on my lower lashline and didn’t stay on my waterline at all. If anyone has any recommendations as to what I could use on my waterline please let me know. I’ve yet to try this eyeliner on my upper lashline but I imagine it’ll last much longer.

Kevyn Aucoin The Eyelash Curler - I wasn’t getting on with my other curler as it had a spring action to it and the rubber bit was too wide so it failed at curling my eyelashes. This eyelash curler by Kevyn Aucoin is sooo much better!

GinVera Green Tea Exfoliating Marvel Gel - I am so excited about using this! I’ve heard so many great reviews that I can’t wait to use it in the morning! I bought this because I wanted to use something that was gentle on my skin but would still exfoliate.

Have any of you tried these products? What did you think to them?

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