L’Oréal Paris Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll Mascara Review

I’m all for trying out new products, especially when it comes to mascara. I’m always on the hunt for a new product to top my favourite Benefit They’re Real- preferably one that’s cheaper too!

L’Oréal’s marketing campaign for this mascara was brilliant. Every time I popped onto my Facebook or Insta, they’re was an advert for the product. I loved how they used bloggers like Just Jodes as well. 

The mascara claims to give mega volume, curl and hold all day. They have a selection of colours to choose from as well; black, black waterproof, indigo, lilac, and teal. I’ll be honest, I’m not one for bright makeup so I went for black (boring I know!).

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Packaging: 

I love the packaging for this mascara, I think it is very simple yet eye catching! The pastel pink and mint green instantly caught my eye when I was browsing the makeup aisles in Boots.

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Brush: 

A mascara wand is the most important thing for me. I normally like thinner wands that make it easier to catch and coat each lash. I also prefer silicone type wands over the classic brush style. The Miss Baby Roll wand is made of silicone, however has a larger round barrell shape, I think this makes it easier to achieve more volume for your lashes. I found this made the application of the mascara trickier, as I kept on getting specks of the product on my eyelid (maybe I might just need more practice!)

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Product & Application: 

I liked the consistency of the product, I felt that it didn’t clump, even when I applied to layers- hurray!

I found that the mascara definitely gave more volume to my lashes which I loved, and I found the results very similar to that when using the Benefit Roller Lash, however the roller lash was a little bit more defined.

Wear:

Like the majority of mascara that I wear I always find it was fade and run down to my lower lash line throughout the day. This happened with the Baby Roll as well. But I did expect this.

Removal: 

Since I didn’t get the waterproof version, I found the mascara very easy to remove. I usually use a makeup wipe to initially remove the product, and then wash my face with cleanser and a wash cloth.

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Egg-travagent Shortbread

Happy Easter Weekend everyone!

I got a little creative yesterday in the kitchen after splurging on all things Cadbury and Easter related! I love making tray bakes, and so I thought I would put an Easter twist on the classic Millionaire Shortbread.

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Here is what you’ll need: 

Easter chocolates- I used Cream Eggs and Mini Eggs (my favourite!) 

1/2 bar salted butter 

126g shortbread biscuits (You could also choose to make your own shortbread if you like for the base) 

300g milk chocolate 

100g white chocolate 

1 tin condensed milk 

1 tbsp soft brown sugar 

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Method: 

Line a baking tray with grease-proof paper.

Using either a food processor, or a good old rolling pin and plastic bag, break up the shortbread until there are no large chunks.

Melt the butter and mix into the crushed shortbread until well combined, and placed into the baking tray and flatten with a spoon.

To make the caramel, pour the condensed milk and brown sugar into a pot over heat, and stir with a wooden spoon constantly until thickened. Pour the caramel over the shortbread and smooth out.

Allow caramel to cool and set before adding the chocolate.

Melt the milk and white chocolate (I use a microwave,  however you can use a bowl over boiling water), and pour over the caramel layer.

Next up is the fun part! Before the chocolate is set, drop a couple of hand fulls of Mini Eggs over the chocolate, followed by a few cut up Cream Eggs. Decorate this part however you like!

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Enjoy!

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Benefit Cosmetics Favourites

When I was younger, Benefit was the first ‘high end’ makeup brand that I tried. It all started with the Boi-Ing Concealer, a pretty heavy duty product that banishes those dark circles. From that I was hooked, and slowly I branched out and fell in love with their products. Today I’ll be chatting about my favourite Benefit makeup products that are tried and tested and always make an appearance in my makeup routine.

  1. Dandelion 
  2. Roller Lash
  3. Watt’s Up! 
  4. Lemon Aid
  5. Goof Proof Brow Pencil

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Dandelion was one of the first blushers I fell in love with. Although Benefit describes this product as a brightening face powder that can be used on cheeks as a soft blush or swept all over the face to brighten your complexion, I tend to only use this as a highlighting blusher. It is a ballerina pink colour that adds a dusting of colour. I find it really complements my skin tone as well.

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Although Benefit’s They’re Real Lengthening Mascara is in my top all time favourite mascaras, it came a close second to Benefit’s Roller Lash! Roller Lash is a lengthening and curling mascara in one. I think the idea behind this mascara was to banish the need for lash curler prior to application of the mascara- which means time saving which I’m all about! I love mascaras with delicate rubber applicators, and I find this brush is perfect for grabbing, separating and lifting my lashes. It is also water resistant, and I find I don’t get that smudging around my lower lash line that I often get with other mascaras. Over all Roller Lash works very well for my lashes, it’s very easy to apply and gives an amazing curl.

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The Watt’s Up! Cream highlighter is a gorgeous champagne soft focus highlighter that I find complements and adds dimension to my face. It’s very easy to apply and blend out. Benefit says it has a ‘cream to powder finish’. I use this highlighter over top of my foundation and blend with my Beauty Blender, or on a bare face when I just want a little glow.

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I’m going to be honest with you all, I rarely use an eyelid primer! Yes I know it adds longevity to your eye shadow and allows the colour to be more pigmented, but truth is I either don’t have time or I forget. I have however tried various eyelid primers and Benefit’s Lemon Aid is hands down my favourite. This eyelid primer colour corrects, which I really like as my eyelids tend to be quite red. The warm yellow tones in this primer really does cancel out any redness and evens out discolouration. I’ll pop some of the primer on with my ring finger and blend out before applying eyeshadow, I like how gives a good base so that not only the eye shadow is applied evenly, but it allows the eye look to last longer. However, sometimes I’ll just leave the primer on it’s own, I find it brightens up my eye area and makes me look more awake!

Last, but not least, is Benefit’s Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil. Apart from tinted brow mascaras, this is the first proper brow pencil I have used. My brows are quite thick and dark so I never felt the need to fill them in. However, I thought I would give it a go for extending the tail of my brow or evening them out. My Sister recomended this product to me and I’m so glad she did. The angled, no sharpen tip glides on almost effortlessly so it really is ‘goof proof’. I love the built in spoolie so handy and perfect for blending in the product too.

What are your favourite Benefit products? I love recommendations.

Thanks for reading!

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January Favourites

Hello everyone! I’m so excited to share with you my favourite things from the first month of 2017. January is definitely a time for a new start, and the motivation for getting active is definitely at a high, so there is a few things in my favourites this month that are fitness related!

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January started with the Bikini Body Guide 12 Week Challenge, which I am loving! It’s really getting me into a routine with fitness and making exercise a daily thing which I actually look forward to. I had the pleasure of meeting Kayla Itsines, the creator of the Bikini Body Guide, at the start of January in Glasgow at her meet and greet for her new book, the 28 Day Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Guide, she is even more gorgeous in real life (definite goals!!). I’ve been using her Sweat with Kayla App on my iPone which helps even more in following the programme. For the resistance workouts it gives you a video guide on how to perform the exercise, so you can get the correct form.

I’ve been tracking my fitness journey on a separate Instagram account 

With getting more active I have come to discover muscles that I swear I never had before, and this also comes with aches and pains… To help combat this and ease achy muscles I invested in a foam roller. This has definitely changed my life! No joke! I usually do exercises with it on rest days, or just after a work out to help ease the pain the next day. I would definitely recommend looking into getting one of these. I got mine from Amazon for only £9.99.

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I got my next favourite for Christmas from my Mum & Dad. I was really getting fed up of tangled up earphones in the gym that got in the way, so I was over the moon when I got wireless bluetooth headphones.

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Next up is another Christmas gift, I got this gorgeous mermaid Starbucks travel cup from my Sister. I’ve loving it in the mornings for taking a cup of hot peppermint tea into work. Definitely helps with the dark mornings!

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My last favourite has featured in my blog before, the Pixi Glow Tonic. I’ve been using this once a day to help renew my dull Winter skin. It’s snuck it’s way into my daily skin care routine and I don’t think it will be leaving any time soon!

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What have you guys been loving this month?

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NYX Professional Makeup Highlight and Contour Pro Palette Review 

I love contouring and highlighting! I have so many different products that all work their magic. But I also love having everything together, and this palette by NYX is brilliant, as it has variety of matte and shimmer contouring shades and gorgeous highlighters.

I was browsing the NYX stand and this kit jumped out at me. I had never invested in a contouring palette before, despite lusting after the Zoeva and ABH ones! So I decided to spend £18 (Boots) for the NYX palette, which does seem similar to dearer ones, to see if it would work for me.

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The palette comes with eight customisable highlight and contour shades. The shades in this palette are all removable, so you can swap them out for another favourite, or replace them once you’ve hit pan.

As you can tell I’ve already picked out my favourites, but all of the shades work well.

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The shimmering highlighter on the top left is fast becoming my go to colour. It is very pigmented and blends out flawlessly. In fact, all of the shades in the kit do!

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I love the banana powder for setting my under eyes, I feel it brightens and gives that awake look. Pretty much all of the darker shades are good for contouring, but I also use the lighter ones for bronzing my paler complexion.

All in all this palette has quickly made its way into my daily makeup routine, as well as my going out one!

What do you think of the NYX Professional Makeup Highlight and Contour Pro Palette?

Thanks for reading. X

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Winter Lip Favourites

As the seasons change and the weather becomes a bit colder and the days shorter, I feel I need to switch up my makeup routine. This also includes picking out the best products for my lips, not only to keep them looking and feeling their best despite the baltic weather making them chapped, but also to keep in with a theme of darker, wintry colours.

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My go to lip care product is anything Carmex. I always have a pot or tube of their original formula handy to keep topping up throughout the day. I have been using this beauty for years and it keeps my lips super hydrated. You can feel the product working as it tingles away at your lips. I recommend always using a lip balm and allowing it some time to sink in before applying any other lip product, as well as popping some on morning and night to keep your lips in good condition.

Another lip life saver I love is the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant. You can use this anywhere, but I love using in on my lips to give them a little extra TLC during the Winter months.

Here is a swatch of the lips colours I love using during the colder months:

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First up we have three gorgeous shades from NYX:

Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Cannes’

Lip Lingerie in ‘Satin Ribbon’

Full Throttle Lipstick in ‘Locked’

I love NYX, not only for how affordable it is, but for the huge selection of shades and the amazing quality of the products.

The next shade is from Benefits new product, ‘They’re Real! Big Sexy Lip Kit’ I was thoughtfully gifted this for Christmas and couldn’t wait to try it. It is basically a lip liner and lipstick all in one. I plan to do a full review on the kit soon, so stay tuned! My favourite colour from the kit is ‘Lusty Rose’, it is a nude colour but I find these types of shades very easy to wear, especially when my complexion is a little paler.

Last, but definitely not least, I’ve picked out three products from MAC:

Viva Glam 1 A25 Matte

I always like to pair Viva Glam 1 with:

‘He Said, She Said’ Pro Longwear Lip Pencil. 

Velvet Teddy A16 Matte

 

What are your favourite lip colours for Winter? I would love any suggestions!

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My January Favourites

Hello everyone! I hope you’ve all had a brilliant start to 2016, and if not, you can always count January as a false start and try again in February! 😉 How time flies! 1 month down and only 11 months to go in 2016! January has been a pretty busy month for me. I was lucky enough to have been offered a new job, and I accepted it of course! I started a couple of weeks ago now, and I absolutely love it. This was one of my new years resolutions (the only one I have managed to fulfil so far…).  This month there has been a few new beauty purchases that I have been in to, and also some old products that have made a re-appearance back into my life. I’ve also thrown in some other non-beauty related products for good measure!

Here are a few beauty products and other bits and bobs I have been loving in the last 31 days…

Hair Care:

Aussie Take The Heat Leave-In Cream Cream – After a recent trip to the hair dressers, I learned that my usual heat defence spray wasn’t really stepping up to the plate. Apparently if you’re using a spray, pretty much half of the product doesn’t even make it onto your hair. My hair dresser suggested a heat defence cream or serum, as this will coat the hair and ensure it’s protected. I love Aussie products, not only is the smell just amazing, but I find that they actually do work for my hair. After I wash and condition my hair, I use my tangle teezer to gently work out any knots, I then towel dry my hair until it’s still slightly damp. I then take one pump of the product and rub it between my palms and evenly distribute it throughout my hair.

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Aussie Take The Heat Cream

Skin Care:

My beauty routine had to be put on hold for a while this month as I suffer from eczema flare ups on my body and face. I still haven’t managed to pin point the exact cause of this, but I tend to put it down to Winter weather and stress. Normally it doesn’t bother me too much if it’s on my body, however my face is a different story. I always feel so self conscious and it’s the first thing people look at when they meet you, and so I like to try and get under control of my eczema ASAP!

I decided to go back to basics with my skin care and I bought Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, I had this recommended to me by my dermatologist a few years ago but never gave it a go, and I’m so so happy that I did. It is so gentle and fragrance free, it takes off all makeup and it also feel like it’s properly cleaning your skin without being harsh on it.

I also began using Epaderm cream as a moisturiser on my face and body again. I was prescribed this by my GP and I should learn to never use a different moisturiser as this stuff works for me!

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Cetaphil Cleanser and Epaderm Cream

As a treat from time to time I have been loving using ‘The Comforter Shower Cream’ from LUSH. The comforter was my favourite bubble bar, and when I saw they brought out a shower cream I had to try it. I was lucky enough to get a gift set with this in it for Christmas. The smell is super sweet almost like bubble gum and I can’t get enough of it.

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LUSH The Comforter Shower Cream

Makeup:

There are three new products I have been using almost every day this month, they have become almost a staple in my makeup routine and although they might seem pretty basic they work really well for me.

Barry M Mani Mask in ‘Birthday Suit’ – You might recognise this being mentioned in one of my other posts ‘Mini Boots Makeup Haul’. I can’t have my nails done for work but I also like to have a nude pink coat on to make my nails looks a bit brighter. This covers any imperfections in my nails and gives in a french pink look to it.

Rimmel Brow This Way in ‘Dark Brown’ – I have naturally dark thick brows and so apart from grooming them I tend not to do much. However I thought I’d try out a brow gel and see if I liked it. This is a good colour match and blends in really well. I like it as I holds my brows in place all day!

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Rimmel Brow This Way

Ted Baker Lipstick – My Boyfriend got me a gorgeous Ted Baker makeup gift set for Christmas, and I love all the products it came with. My favourite product was the Nude Pink lipstick. I’m unsure on the product name unfortunately. It is super creamy and glides onto the lips. The colour lasts and keeps my lips moisturised. I think it’s the perfect everyday nude shade!

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Ted Baker Lipstick in Nude Pink

Fragrance: 

Michael Kors Sexy Amber – This was another Christmas present I absolutely loved this month! I wanted to get this perfume for all of last year but never got the chance to purchase it. I did a fair amount of travelling in 2015 and every time I was in duty free I sprayed this, so it always reminds me of my holidays when I wear it! It has a deep, sweet scent with fragrance notes of Sandalwood, Mandarin, White Florals.

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Michael Kors ‘Sexy Amber’

Books: 

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And other concerns) By Mindy Kaling – I bought this book at Toronto Pearson Airport on my way back to Scotland. I read a good chunk of it on the plane, however when I got back home I didn’t have the time to finish it off. This month I made the effort to read more before bed and I finally finished it!! I love Mindy Kaling, and her personality definitely comes across in this book. It’s funny, witty and makes you feel like you’ve known her all her life!

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Food & Drink: 

Davids Tea ‘Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait’ – My sister brought a box of these tea bags over from Canada when she visited for Christmas. They are so yummy! I wish you could buy Davids Tea over here in the UK.. I’m going to need to ask her to send me some over!

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Thank you for reading and I hope you all have a brilliant February! I’d love to hear what you all think, so please feel free to leave in the comments what you’ve been loving this January!

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