Thursday, 26 November 2015

My Guide to Black Friday/Cyber Weekend

Todays post really isn't aimed to be overly fancy, simply informative. It's almost Christmas and we all like to save a little bit of money so I have but together a list of the best Black Friday/Cyber Weekend offers. As it's still Thursday and Black Friday only starts tomorrow I'm sure they'll be lots of more info added right until Monday so keep checking back. Also if you have any other great offers for me to add than please let me know!

All Saints 20% Off Code 'Cyber' 

Amazon - Up to 50% Off

ASOS - 20% Off Code 'Cyber' 
Great stable place to shop as this is 20% Off everything! ASOS stocks lots of different brands, even beauty so a great place to look if the shop you want to buy off isn't on offer. - Select Daily Deals
Great fragrance and gift set offers at the moment but it does change daily

Forever 21 - 50% Off Selected Lines

Kurt Geiger - 20% Off Everything - 15% Off with Code 'LF15'
I suspect they'll have better offers over the next few days

Miss Selfridge - Up to 50% Off

New Look - 
Up to 50% Off

Office - 20% Off Code 'Snow' 

OSKIA - 20% off all full size items

Topman - Up to 40% Off 

Topshop - Up to 50% Off

Urban Outfitters - Up to 50% Off 

Whistles - 20% off

I have a lot of exciting offers which I can only tell you about tomorrow so don't forget to pop back. I will hopefully update at about midnight to get you the latest offer info. As always I'll be on Twitter and Facebook so let me know if you find any great offers and I'll be sharing my finds there too.

Drugstore Naked Palette Dupe

In all honesty I don't think that the title of these blog post is that ground breaking since it seems every drugstore brand has tried to produce their own version of Urban Decay's Naked palettes. I've tried quite a few of the similar drugstore brands and there's some great ones although I think I have found my favourite.

A little pricer than most drugstore palette but under half the price of the Urban Decay Naked palettes, is Soap & Glory's The Perfect 10, £16. As the name suggests it houses ten eyeshadows, similar to those found in the Urban Decay Naked palettes; wearable nudes, bronzes as well as a few darker deeper shades.

It's a great makeup palette for anyone on a budget looking for a staple go-to palette which they can use to create both day and night looks with. Theres is a nice mix of matte, satin and shimmery shades, with all of them being pigmented and creamy. They're not quite as pigmented as Urban Decay but I think that's not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you aren't very confident with eyeshadow as I think the Urban Decay ones are almost too pigmented.

Packaging wise it's nice, just a strong cardboard with a magnetic closure and mirror which makes it quite light weight and travel friendly.

As with most Soap & Glory it's currently 3 for 2 in Boots but I do think it's limited to this time of the year so pick it up before it's gone.

Great gift for a friend or even as an affordable treat to yourself. What is your favourite inexpensive natural eyeshadow palette?

Monday, 23 November 2015

New In: November

Just before the Christmas madness starts and all I post about is the festive season I thought I would share what new products I received this month. Theres been quite a lot of products arriving, largely for Christmas but I think I chose a nice edit for this video, with a variety of highend and more affordable bits. 

Friday, 20 November 2015

Unwinding with New Nintendo 3DS

When Nintendo asked me to try out one of their new New Nintendo 3DS and game I wasn’t too sure if it was something I would enjoy but since I loved Nintendo when I was younger and I have a friend which uses her DS regularly I thought I would give it a go. 

Luckily the game, New Style Boutique 2 - Fashion Forward (exclusively for 3DS), is all about fashion and beauty, you get to create your own character and life in an imaginary world, work as a stylist or run your own boutique- sounds like a fun world right?! 
Right from the beginning I enjoyed the game, I love the idea of building my own character- you can design it based around yourself or be really creative and imagine up a whole new person. 
I decided to base my character on myself and really concentrated on getting her to look as much as me as possible, thinking about my own face shape, colouring and features. Doing something like this is something that I find really helps with real life makeup application and working out if you have a wide face, for example, allows you to then use makeup to alter this if you want to. 

You also get to choose clothes for both yourself and the clients that come into your store. Your own wardrobe at first is a little smaller, think capsule wardrobe, meaning you have to be quite creative and mix and match different available pieces. For the clients that come into my store I love choosing the more expensive pieces but still have to ensure they look good. 

I’ve been playing this game for the last few nights and it’s a really great way to get off social media before bed, especially as I’m not much of a reader. I like to relax for an hour or so in bed with a cup of tea and catch up with my boutique and ensure all my clients leave looking their best. Although I enjoy playing games I never have enough space on my phone for them so it’s great to have this on a separate console and I’m so impressed that they have fashion and beauty games too! 

If you’re looking for a way to relax and unwind in the evening and like the sound of running your own virtual boutique from the comfort of your sofa or bed than this is the game for you! 

To celebrate the launch of New Style Boutique 2 - Fashion Forward you can download a demo version of the game on the 3DS eShop and you can watch the trailer and find out more about the game here.
 This post is sponsored by Nintendo

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Bobbi's New Mascara (& a little sparkle)

Bobbi Brown is probably my biggest discovery of 2015, until the beginning of this year I had never tried a single product (crazy but true). I've actually really fallen for the whole range and can't wait to discover more of it but was particularly excited with the launch of some new eye products as I have never tried a mascara from Bobbi.

The truth is that I very rarely get excited over mascara, I have a firm favourite and really don't stray much from that (Too Faced Better Than Sex) but once I saw the results of the Eye Opening Mascara I knew I had to try it for myself.

I love the packaging, nothing too fancy or fussy but very sturdy. The brush is a traditional brush which I love but is a little larger than most. The formula is super black and designed to magnify each lash to deliver long, thick and curled lashes which I really think it does! The shape of the brush allows lashes to be pushed up and out, without the use of an eyelash curler, it adds lots of volume and good length too.

It's not quite my favourite mascara ever but it's one of the best I have tried for a while and particularly good if you're looking for a lift in your lashes and add a curl.

I have also been trying out the Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner's just in time for the party season. I have 10. Pink Oyster and 11. Goldstone both of which I love although Pink Oyster is probably my favourite. They are designed to be used as either cream shadows or liners although I do think the colours I have might be a little light as liners. In the photo above I use Pink Oyster over a shadow look I already had on to add a bit of shimmer. As you can see it's still fairly subtle but it is quite buildable. A really great item to keep in your desk draw during December to take your makeup from Day to Night.

EDIT: Turns out it's only out in January so still a little wait but it'll be worth it!

Ps. I've clearly brushed over my skin in the above photo, I didn't want to mislead you- my skin is truly awful at the moment.

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