Thursday, 19 October 2017

Mad beauty product review

 
 
I love trying out new things, especially when it comes to make up and beauty, I love uncovering hidden gems... especially when they have been staring you in the face for so long. 'Mad Beauty' is a beauty range based here in the UK who offers a variety of make-up, beauty and stationary, all of which is ridiculously cute and very affordable. As much as I have seen the range in shops, including popular drugstore 'Boots', I have never actually tried any of their products, so when Mad Beauty sent me some of their products to try I was super excited....
 
I received such a mix of products, you will see this as you read through the post', which meant  could sample a good selection of treats that they have on offer. Keep reading to see what I have to say.
 
 
 
Make Up Range
 
The first thing I received was a set of 4 small mini make-up palettes, including 6 lip, eye, brow and contour shades. The are literally the cutest little palettes I have seen in a long time and think they would be great for someone just getting into make up or wanting something small and easy to travel with.
 
 
All the shades are very wearable and their is a good range of colours to suit every personality and occasion. The eye palette is my favourite as it's right up my street... the plum and burgundy shades just scream Autumn! The brow palette also includes a setting wax, which I feel is a nice little extra touch as this would often be missed out in a palette this size and is very useful for on the go!
 
Each palette also includes a small debrief of how the shades should be used, perfect for someone in their teens, possible just starting out in the world of make-up (or if you just need a little bit of guidance).
 
The packaging on these is adorable, the notepad palette and colour scheme is super cute and I can't wait to start including these in my everyday make up routine.
 
 
 
 
 The next Make up piece I was sent was these 'on trend' Oval Make-up brushes, in size 6 & 8. I have used this style of brush in the past and absolutely love the application they give, so was extremely intrigued to see how these faired against my usual set...
 
 
Again, 'Mad Beauty' didn't let me down. These brushes are much better quality than my old ones, the handles are extremely sturdy and super easy & comfortable to use. The brushes themselves are super soft and blend your make up in flawlessly, leaving no streakiness or patchiness on your skin.
 
I was sent 2 of the 3 different sizes 'Mad Beauty' have to offer and I am very impressed with the size of these brushes as they can be used for a large range of application. Everything from foundation (with the no.8 brush), to highlighter and concealer (with the no.6 brush) can be applied, again perfect for keeping your make up collection simple and easy to use.
 
For £7 each, these brushes are a steal and would be a great asset to anyone's make up collection. I think I will be throwing out my old brushes and replacing them with these....
 
 
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I was also delighted to receive this trio of lip balms, shaped like handbags and of course... Sparkly!
 
They come in 3 colours, with 3 fragrances, vanilla, cherry and strawberry! These are such great handbag essentials (see what I did there) as you can never go wrong with a lip balm in your bag, especially with Autumn/Winter upon us. I am a big sufferer of dry lips so these will be something I use for sure!
 
 
 
 Christmas Range
 
 I was also sent a small sample of products that 'Mad Beauty' have released from their Christmas and trust me, it's making me excited for the Christmas season....
 
 
So I was sent 2 beauty items. The first item was a small cracker containing a tube of hand cream and the 2nd item is a star bauble containing bath salts.
 
Firstly lets start with the cracker. The packaging on this again is adorable, the black and pink look so good together and the hand cream inside is a great handbag size. This would make a great stocking filler, or Secret Santa gift for anyone of any age. It is Strawberry scented... so a great fragrance for everyone!
 
 
The Bath Salts I think are my favourite! I love the idea that you can actually hand it from your tree! You receive a good volume of salts, enough to give you maybe 2 or 3 uses and has the same Strawberry scent as the hand cream. Again, this would make a great Secret Santa gift, or stocking filler, especially for a teenager, or younger adult.
 
 
Unicorn Specials
 
 
I absolutely LOVE unicorns, so was thrilled to be sent these 2 little beauties. The first one is a small Strawberry scented lip balm. I believe this is also part of the Christmas range because of the Christmas hat, but I think they deserve their own section in the post!
 
The lip balm as I said before is such a must have in every women's handbag as it helps keep lips hydrated and soft. It's also another strawberry scented product from 'Mad Beauty', so not only will it keep your lips looking and feeling good, but it will make them smell nice too!
 
The other unicorn item I received is this beautiful bath bomb. Unfortunately it became a bit bashed in the post, hence the broken nose etc in the picture, but I absolutely love this product! Unfortunately, I don't have a bath so won't be able to use this (i'm sure one of my friends will be receiving this soon)... however this bath bomb looks and smells amazing... even through the plastic packaging it smells incredible and I am sure it will be great in a relaxing night bath!
 
Disney Range
 
 
Now on to my favourite part... DISNEY!
 
The first item I received was this beautiful Bambi make up bag, including a small shower gel and body sponge. This is the cutest little set I have seen in a long time and can't wait to start using the make up bag soon!
 
It features a Bambi sketch on the front, which I love as it makes it a little more mature and unique, rather than having the actual cartoon animation on the front. The 50ml body wash is a great size for travelling (I will be using it next time I go away from home) and the little loufa goes perfectly with the set. This is such a perfect gift for someone and very reasonably priced.
 
 
 
The last item I received from 'Mad Beauty' is this beautiful Beauty and the Beast Beauty Jar, containing a Hand Cream, Body Lotion, Body Wash and a soap. It comes presented in this plastic jar, with a ribbon on top and rose print on the bottom.
 
I adore Beauty and the Beast and fell in love with this when I opened the delivery box. It comes so well presented and looks amazing. To be honest I will be keeping the products like this on my worktop, I think it looks so complete.
 
Of course everything is Rose scented, and from someone who loves floral scents, it smells great and isn't too overpowering. You also get a lot of product for your money too, as each tube is 75ml, so great size for home use or travelling!
 
 
The packaging and attention to detail with this product is the thing that sells it for me. The set is so well presented and so much thought has went into the colours and detailing. This would be such a lovely skincare set for any Beauty and the Beast, or Disney lover out there, whether a gift for someone else or even just for yourself!
 
 
 
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I want to thank 'Mad Beauty' so much for sending me all these products to review, I truly was spoiled. Please note all opinions are my own however, and I fully tested all the products before reviewing here to give you, the readers, the best insight into the products 'Mad Beauty' have to offer.
 
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Thursday, 12 October 2017

XTAVA review and giveaway...

 
I have said it before and I will say it again... I am someone who simply could not live without her straighteners. I am among the popularity of women with pretty frizzy hair naturally, therefore I defo need to use some hair tools to give my hair some style and shine.
 
I was super excited to be given the opportunity to test out a pair of the 'XTAVA' pro satin flat irons to see how well it worked on my frizzy thick hair and was presently surprised on the results....
 
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Firstly, the presentation and packaging of these straighteners cannot be faulted. The design is modern, yet unique and the straighteners come packaged in a magnetic presentation box and also a storage bag, perfect for travelling. The flat irons feel sturdy and good quality and I think I will get a lot of good use out of these and will have no problems with them!



I always use wide straighteners as I have such thick long hair, so the size of these straighteners suited me perfectly, ensuring my hair was left looking straight and healthy in much shorter time than a regular set of flat irons would achieve. I also need a high temperature to keep my hair from going dry and frizzy, so the 230degree setting does my hair perfectly (although the range of temperatures are great for any hair type). They are simple to use, with very simple controls (basically and on/off and temperature control, perfect for those looking for something simple and effective).
 
The straighteners also feature an infrared system, that help heat your hair, all while causing less damage and ensuring your hair stays straighter for longer... perfect for me who can get kinks in her hair throughout the day.



Having tried and tested many different straighteners over the years, I do know what brands I like and which ones I don't, however these really have impressed me and have taken over as my first choice of flat iron. They are simple to use and look elegant and sleek, all while performing extremely well.
 
I would for sure recommend these for any type of hair, however going from my own experience would work extremely well for people similar to myself, wit thicker, longer hair. The wide plates and infrared technology are great for keeping the hair styled and healthy at the same time.





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Monday, 9 October 2017

The importance of dry shampoo

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If their is one hair essential I will never be able to live without, it is a good bottle of dry shampoo. Although my hair isn't oily as such, I definitely need a little help to make my hair look its best between washes. Dry shampoo is perfect to make my hair look fresh and clean, without causing damage that comes with washing your hair too often.
 
So many people are put off dry shampoo for a variety of reasons, many of which I have overcome over the past few years. Many of these problems are down to how the dry shampoo is used in the hair, as wrong application can leave the hair with too much product, therefore leaving it tacky and powdery to look at.
 
Reviews.com have allowed me to share their perfect 'how to' guide to ensure you apply dry shampoo the best way. This will help you get the best results from your bottle of dry shampoo!
 
 
Reviews.com have also researched over 50 bottles of dry shampoo, ranging from budget to mluxury and narrowed it down to the top 5, great if you are trying to figure out what dry shampoo you should try! Check out the guide here:
 
 
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Many people don't understand how dry shampoo can actually be good for you. Over washing the hair can cause your hair to become dry and increase the chances of dandruff and other scalp conditions. Washing the hair of course cleans the hair, however if done to regularly, strips the hair of all its natural oils and vitamins. This can cause the hair to become weak and damaged over time and reduce shine and elasticity.
 
By using a dry shampoo that works for you, the chance of damage is reduced and your hair will last much longer between washes, increasing your hairs health and shine. Thanks to my dry shampoo, I can go a few days in a row without having to wash my hair, and I love how good my hair looks and feels.
 
Dry shampoo can also be a blessing for those you suffer from thin or flat hair, as the texture of the product help give the hair some hold. I often use a small amount in the roots to reduce the oil, but also increase volume....
 
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Dry shampoo really does have so many advantages for your hair. A lot of people can see it as adding a build up of product on your head. However with the right dry shampoo, it is easier than ever to keep your hair clean and looking great, without having to get wet in the shower every day!
 
Ensure you check out the link above to read Reviews.com amazing guide. No matter if you are a dry shampoo connoisseur or just trying it out for the first time... it is great for discovering some of the best dry shampoos out on the market!
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Thursday, 5 October 2017

My new autumn/winter bag....

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I still can't believe we are into October and I have begun to buy some key Autumn Winter pieces to last me throughout the seasons. That includes chunky knits, warm boots and wool coats being purchased, as well as some accessories... one of which has already began to play a key role in my wardrobe.
 
As many of you will already know, Boutique of Molly is a company I regularly work with, and they once again asked if I would like to purchase one of their super cute bags... of course I couldn't say no!
 
 
The bag that I chose to purchase was their 'Geneva' bag, which is this gorgeous small over shoulder bag, with a buckle detail and features a gold chain strap. It also features black and red detailing on the front and continuing through to the back. The lining inside is gorgeous too, basic, but a beautiful burgundy red colour, making it ideal for Autumn.
 
 
It is a small bag, which I prefer as I have a habit of carrying way to much stuff around with me. The bag itself is well made, and will certainly last me the Autumn Winter season here in Scotland, possibly even longer depending on how often I use it! The colour suits everyone and every outfit making it extremely wearable, in the pictures I pared it with this blue cardigan from Matalan, and grey jeans from New Look.
 
If you don't mind me saying I think it looks great!
 
 
This is a great grab and go bag. It fits all my essentials nicely and looks stylish with any outfit, smart or casual. For £30, I think it is pretty expected for a bag of this style and size... the only issue I have is the length of wear I will get as I know I will use it so often and I am unsure how the quality of the bag will hold up.... however I am willing to find out how I get on!
 
 
 
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I really do love Boutique of Molly and have now got many of their products in my ever growing wardrobe. This bag has been a welcome addition to my collection, perfect for Autumn/Winter and for a variety of styles and looks. If you are interested in buying this bag, make sure to visit:
 
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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Mallorca in pictures....


I have been spending the last week sunning myself in Mallorca and can't believe how quick the week went. As per usual, I took plenty of photos for you all of my trip.... I just can't resist a good travel photo!

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