4 December 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sweets Glow Kit

Hi everyone! This is another one of those posts that I get so excited to write because I'm so obsessed with this product! I'd seen the ABH Glow Kits floating around online for so long, I originally wanted one of the first two which were Gleam and That Glow, however I was saving up at the time and had so many highlighters so I couldn't justify it and eventually they went out of stock and it was then announced they were limited edition and wouldn't be coming back. So when I was on holiday shopping I had a look in many different Sephoras' and no luck, the only glow kit they had in stock was the new one, the Ultimate Glow Kit but I wasn't too keen on it, I just thought it was far too glittery and chunky so I decided against it. However Matty's sister came up to me on holiday and said "look what I just bought" and I went all crazy like "WHERE DID YOU GET THAT" and Macys actually had some Glow Kits in, in Sweets which made me so happy! As I'm writing this post there is some in stock on the ABH website so if you wanted to get it shipped internationally then you still could.

I can't deal with how pretty this palette is, you get four metallic powder highlighters and I love this so much because the shades are all so different. Plus the packaging is so gorgeous, probably one of my favourite packaging on any of the palettes I own.

I'm so obsessed with the sparkly box it comes in, plus the size of this isn't too crazy considering how big the pans are inside, The four shades you get are:

- Marshmallow. Intense pear with gold reflect. 
- Sassy Grape. Lavender with blue reflect.
- Butterscotch. Gold with white reflect.
- Taffy. A fusion of peach, pink and gold reflect.

Marshmallow, Sassy Grape, Butterscotch, Taffy

I can't get over how obsessed I am with this palette, it's such good quality and the highlighters, compared to some I've used before from palettes show up so well on the skin. Out of the four the one I probably won't really use is Sassy Grape, I'm at that awkward point where I'm not tanned but I'm also not the right shade to wear a highlighter with any pink tones to it, however my favourites are definitely Marshmallow and Butterscotch. Taffy I would wear on holiday when I was tanned it would look so pretty then, when I got this I thought straight away that Butterscotch would be the one I loved the most, just because it's similar to what I typically go for but I was surprised at how nice Marshmallow. I go between the two depending on what mood I'm in, I think for my skin tone at the minute Butterscotch is better for day time use, whereas Marshmallow is so good for when I want my highlight to really stand out. 

The one issue I have with this palette is that there is a lot of fall out, it can be quite messy with powder going all over inside the palette, it's not that much that I feel like it's wasting product, it just messes up the box it comes in. These are also far more glittery than I am used to with highlighters, not necessarily a bad thing it's just really different for me. I bought this for $40 which obviously isn't cheap, however considering you get four different shades, all a really good size as well it's not that bad and the quality is so worth it! Let me know in the comments if you've tried a Glow Kit and what you think!

28 November 2016

The Travel Diaries / Florida

Hi everyone! It's been absolutely ages since I last blogged but I've had a really busy November, I went to Florida right at the start of the month and when I got back it actually took me about a week to get back to normal because I had the worst jet lag I've ever had it was so horrible! I was wide awake until about 3am every night and I was waking up at 1 in the afternoon, but I finally beat it after a week of torture! I didn't really know whether to do this post or not as I wasn't too happy with the photos since I didn't take my big camera, plus it really bugs me when I don't have landscape photos for my post but in the end I decided just to go for it as I know I'll love looking back on this post one day. Also please ignore how much of a mess I am in these photos, Florida is very hot and sweaty even in November so I've definitely looked better!

We flew from Manchester on the 4th November with Virgin Atlantic, I actually didn't mind the flight at all on the way, it took about 9 hours but we just chilled and watched films plus the food was really nice (I'm one of those weird people that actually enjoys plane food). We had decided from the get go that it was going to be a villa holiday that we just organised ourselves so we did the whole car hire thing and booked privately with someone who owned a villa just because I felt like it was so much more freedom than staying in a hotel relying on public transport. It wasn't just me and Matty this holiday though, we went with his parents and his sister which is actually really different when you're so used to going away just the two of you. Our villa was in Davenport, it was so so nice but such a good price as well, I'll link the Facebook page of it if anyone is thinking about going to Florida, just click here.

We were doing the full on Disney/Universal holiday so we'd booked the 14 day unlimited consecutive ticket which I'd definitely recommend, it saves you so much money when you consider how much you are using it. The first couple of days we spent at Magic Kingdom and then Animal Kingdom, it was so much fun, I couldn't believe how amazing Magic Kingdom is in person, I feel like you can watch endless amounts of videos and look at so many photos but nothing compares to actually being there!

The first night after we had been to Magic Kingdom we went to this restaurant called Giordanos that serves Chicago style deep dish pizzas so me and Matty decided to share one, seriously think it was the best pizza I have eaten in my entire life it was amazing! If I ever go back that's the first place I'm going to eat, so sad we don't have one of them in the UK!

The first couple of days were so good but it really does tire you out! Magic Kingdom was so amazing though, and I really liked Animal Kingdom although it wasn't massively the type of park I'd usually love, mostly because of the lack of rides however I loved Expedition Everest so much! We had a bit of a nightmare as we got to the front of the queue and it broke down and they said they were closing it which is just what you need but they gave everyone a fast pass so we went back later when it reopened and it was so good! Possibly my favourite ride of the trip I think it was so fun, I also loved the Kali River Rapids however I got absolutely soaked, there was a woman sat across from me in a full on jeans and long sleeve top outfit and she actually got a mini tidal wave over her when we went down the drop I felt so sorry for her! Glad it didn't happen to me at the same time though... I also finally got to try a Mickey pretzel with the cheese sauce which was so nice, the meals at the disney parks were really expensive but I felt like the snacks weren't too bad, so we just ate snacks mostly in the parks and then out on the night. After Animal Kingdom we ate at a restaurant called Miller's Ale House which was amazing, Matty got a full rack of ribs which were absolutely massive and I had a prime rib sandwich which I've been craving since I got home and it's slightly torturing me.

The next few days we went to Universal Studios Islands Of Adventure which is Matty's favourite park, best ride there for me was maybe The Hulk or The Amazing Spiderman and then we had a couple of shopping days after that, you definitely need a break from the parks sometimes because they're so tiring, and the shopping there is absolutely amazing! We went to Mall at Milennia which was probably my favourite place, the Sephora there is unreal, I bought quite a few clothes as well which I wasn't planning on doing. We also got to try The Cheesecake Factory which was on my list to do before we went out there. 

By the way the Popeye ride at Universal, I will never ever go on that again! Never before have I been on a water ride where you get that soaked, I was drenched head to toe, don't get me wrong it was so fun, but we were hitting all the sun spots after that ride just so our clothes and hair could dry! On the Wednesday night we went to see Wishes at Magic Kingdom which was probably my highlight of the trip, I could watch that over and over again, so much better than I'd ever imagined! We had also been to Hollywood Studios at this point to see Fantasmic where we also went on the Tower of Terror, I love me clinging on to Matty in the photo while everyone else is just sat chilling, drop rides are by far the scariest!

We paid extra to go to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, it was definitely worth the money as you got to go on rides that were too busy to ride when the park was open to everyone, but I wish I had been there for the Halloween party instead, just because I prefer the look of that one. It was such a good night though and the parade and the fireworks were so good! I love the Festival Of Fantasy parade but I think the Christmas party one might just be a little better!

When we went to Universal Studios we did Harry Potter world as well, I'm not that into Harry Potter to be honest, but it was such an amazing area of the park they did such a good job with it, and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey was definitely one of my favourite rides! I think I prefer the Hogsmeade area over Diagon Alley just because there's more to do but both parts were still really good. 

Anyone who has been to Olive Garden, you can definitely relate to how amazing the bread sticks are?! I'd seen people talk about them before but I just didn't get how a bread stick can be that good, but it lived up to expectations, that's another restaurant I will 100% go back to if I go to Florida again. 

I apologise for how unorganised and messy this post is, the whole trip was a bit of a blur to be honest because you're so tired but having so much fun at the same time and it's going so quick. My highlights were definitely Wishes, Harry Potter World, the animal actors show at Universal Studios which I could watch over and over, Magic Kingdom in general, plus just all the amazing food! I would absolutely love to go back, me and Matty are thinking about going again but not for another four years, because he will be 25 then and it won't cost him as much to drive since under 25s have to pay so much more so we would love to go just the two of us. I would definitely do all the Disney parks again and Universal, I loved them all! I'm already paid off next years holiday to Mexico because I'm such a holiday addict so I will start sorting out our excursions for that soon, let me know in the comments if you've ever been to Orlando and what you thought!

1 November 2016

Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette

Hi everyone! This will probably be my last post for a few weeks as I'm going to Florida on Friday, I can't actually believe it's almost here, we've had it officially booked since January but we've known we were going for about two years so the fact that we actually go in a few days feels so surreal! I'm at that point where I don't feel that excited because it doesn't feel like I'm actually going anyway as I've been waiting so long. So definitely expect some hauls when I get back as I'm planning on doing so much shopping, especially in Sephora and Bath & Body Works. So happy to be writing this post today as I've wanted this palette for so long but it kept selling out. I'd seen the Violet Voss Holy Grail palette floating around on the internet and I fell in love with it, I think it's definitely the prettiest palette I've seen in my opinion, but I missed out twice on Beauty Bay as it sold out so fast. When I checked my email and saw it was back and still in stock I actually had to buy it, I knew if I did I'd regret it so much!

I've never actually tried or even heard of Violet Voss before I'd seen this palette, I had seen the Laura Lee palette after I'd missed out on this one twice but it had a few too many bold colours in it for me which I knew I'd never use, however this one is so warm toned and pink and bronzey it's actually my ideal colours in one palette. The packaging isn't too exciting, just plain black, however it's not too big considering their is 20 eye shadows and it has a decent sized mirror.

I'm really not fussed on the plain packaging though because of how gorgeous the shades are! I feel like some of the shades make it perfect for this time of year but there is also some that would work so nice in Summer. To be honest I don't even use eye shadow that often but I feel like I will get quite a lot of use out of this because it's so pretty. You get a mixture of mattes, metals and satins and this palette is also cruelty free.

First row: Crystal, Ploof, Thanks A Latte, Transition, Hashtag

Second row: Awesome Sauce, Bestie, Toffee, Chill, How U Doin

Third row: Bat My Eyes, Cool Beans, R U Kitten Me, So Jelly, On Fleek

Fourth row: Brownie Points, Teddy Bear, Glamping, Cranberry Splash, Wine N Dine

I actually can't rate this palette enough, I'm so happy it didn't disappoint because I had such high hopes for it! The shades are so creamy and blendable and the shimmer shades are so pigmented! The mattes don't have as much pigment as the shimmers however they still are really easy to to blend and they aren't drying. The only two mattes that aren't as good as the others are from the bottom row and they are Brownie Points and Teddy bear, they definitely took a lot more work even when swatching and they were a bit patchier. They are still good though, just not great. All the metals and satins are so gorgeous though, the only one that isn't as good as the others is So Jelly, it took more work to make it show up and the colour isn't my favourite which was surprising because it looks so pretty in the pan. My favourite shade without a doubt is Cranberry Splash, I love the colour and it's really pigmented, and I also love Toffee and On Fleek as well they are definitely my other favourites.

This palette wasn't cheap at £42 from Beauty Bay however considering how good the quality is and the fact that you get 20 eye shadows it's not bad value for money at all. If you love pinks and golds like me then you need this in your life, I think it's my new favourite palette right now! I definitely think this is the only palette I'll be taking on holiday as you can do so much with it, plus I feel like this packaging is so good for travelling as it's quite secure and could take a few bumps. So glad I bought this, I was a bit on the fence because I did really want it but at the same time I was saving and had the whole "do I really need this" thing going on, but yeah I really did need it, it's amazing! Let me know in the comments if you've tried this and what you think!

21 October 2016

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Mini Set

Hi everyone! It's been so long since I blogged but October so far has been a VERY busy and not going to lie very stressful month! I'm definitely feeling the pressure now of being a recent graduate and a '20 something' year old who has no clue what they want to do with their life. Every time someone asks me what I'm doing now I've finished university I feel like it stresses you out more and more each time and you literally feel like you're about to scream at them to shut up even though they are just being nice! Thankfully I'm going on holiday in a couple of weeks so I'm hoping that will cheer me up and also getting back into blogging should hopefully take my mind off things! That being said it makes me so happy seeing all the gift sets being released around this time of year and it inspires me so much to try new products to post on my blog. For ages I've seen the liquid lipsticks by theBalm which are called Meet Matt(e) Hughes but I'd never got round to trying them, however I saw Debenhams had a set of six of the liquid lipsticks in a gift set in mini size so I thought I'd buy it and see how the colours were and how the formulas performed. 

I felt like the shade range in this was perfect for me as they aren't too bold, there is a red shade and a slightly berry toned shade however they aren't too full on which usually puts me off. I have to admit matte finishes really aren't my favourite, however I love theBalm and I felt like this set had such pretty shades and I do love a gift set so I wanted to try them anyway and maybe see if it turned my head more towards a matte finish.

One of my biggest issues with this set is that it is such poor value for money, which I really didn't take into consideration at the time of buying which is my own fault however it really is disappointing how little product you get when you look at the price. From Debenhams this set retails at £25, however you only get 1.2ml of product in each mini, so that totals 7.2ml of product. In comparison a single full size liquid lipstick is 7.2ml for £13.50. So you're paying almost double the price of a standard liquid lipstick for the same amount of product which I think is so ridiculous. I do love trying a range of shades but I feel like this set is such poor value for money you may as well just buy one full size, or two full size products which would be almost the same price as this set anyway. 

Left to right: Charming, Sincere, Committed, Doting, Dedicated, Loyal

Despite the issues with the price of this set and the amount of product you receive I still had high hopes for the formula and the shades because when I swatched them I thought they looked so pretty and basically were some of my ideal shades especially for this time of year. They also swatched very pigmented and didn't seem too drying, however when I actually wore them on the lips they were so disappointing. They felt very 'gloopy' and messy to apply and once applied I pursed my lips together they actually started to crack and flake off. As well as that the smell of the product put me off so much, it was very minty but very sickly as well and I already don't like the smell of mint so it wasn't for me at all unfortunately.

I hate feeling like I'm coming on here and having a whinge but this product really was a disappointment for me especially as I have only had good experiences with theBalm before, it is a shame because the actual shade range is pretty and I usually love gift sets where you can try a range of colours from a product you have never used before but the value for money and the actual performance of these were just too poor so I definitely would not recommend. Let me know if you've seen any good Christmas gift sets out already in the comments!
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