Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Loreal Unlimited mascara review

Hey guys! Today I wanted to talk about a mascara from Loreal. This mascara has been talked about quite a lot and I thought I would share some of my own thoughts about this.




Firstly, this mascara has a really bulky packaging which I'm not the biggest fan of but it doesn't annoy me too much! It's kind of like a large bulb which makes it kind of hard to travel with if you have a thin makeup case! A big feature of this mascara is it has a bendy wand, so you can move the wand sideways which could be pretty useful for some people but I personally don't really use this feature. Either way, this product looks pretty unique and interesting and definitely stands out to other drugstore mascaras.

I really love the formula of this mascara! It's really lengthening and volumising without being clumpy or spidery at all. It doesn't feel heavy at all on the eyelashes either. The only thing I wish was that this mascara would be more curling. I find that although it gives length and volume it doesn't lift the lashes up which for me is a problem as my lashes need that bit of curl from a mascara!




One thing I have seen people saying about this mascara is that it's a benefit bad gal bang dupe and I can seen why people are saying this because the volume this mascara gives is amazing! After a few coats my eyelashes look really good which as ever my very straight eyelashes need. I honestly actually prefer this formula to the bad gal bang one, I think it's a lot less wet and messy, and it doesn't transfer as badly as bad gal bang does! Also, this mascara has amazing length and separation too, something really missing from bad gal bang which was really clumpy, unlimited isn't clumpy at all!
(Pst, If you want to read my full review of the bad gal bang mascara you can here.)  I think that if you like bad gal bang you will really like the unlimited mascara even more and it's cheaper!

I think this mascara has a really nice plastic brush which I really like too and you don't need too many coats of it to cover all of your lashes and make them look really long and volumized! This mascara is around £12 I think, so quite pricey for a drugstore mascara but I really think that it is worth it since it's so good! Loreal mascaras are really good in my opinion anyway and I think this is another good mascara from them! There's honestly nothing negative I have to say (I know that's unusual for me) for this mascara and I just think it's a really good option!

If you're looking for a drugstore mascara I would personally recommend this.
Lot of love,
Eleanor x


Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Revolution fast base concealer review

Hey guys! Hope you are doing well! Today I wanted to do a review on the Revolution fast base concealer. Everyone has been talking about the conceal and define (which I am still yet to try because they never have my shade in!) but I've not seen that many people talk about this one so I thought I would give some of my thoughts!



This concealer is similar to the Maybelline age rewind concealer with a twisty end and the product coming out on a little sponge on the top which I personally quite like! It's really simple and effective even if I did have to spend ages trying to get the product out to begin with, and it does mess up the lid...

I really like the formula of this product. It is a medium consistency I would say, it's not too thin or too thick which is good, and doesn't look cakey under the eyes at all and it feels really lightweight! Also, this concealer doesn't crease at all which is such a big plus! It does a really good job of brightening too! (Im in the shade c3 btw).
It blends in really well but I would say to use it with a beauty sponge because I find that you can really see the brush marks with this concealer. I find this product to be really hydrating too and doesn't cling to any dry patches. I personally only need one twist for both eyes so I think it will last me a long time.




I have to say the concealer does wear on me after a while and by the end of the day I am noticing that I am looking quite tired and my eye bags are poking a bit through the concealer!

Also one strange thing is that I really don't like the smell of this concealer? I can't even put my finger on it but when I put it on in a morning I have to hold my nose a bit because I really don't like it! It goes away immediately and I can't smell it during the day or anything but the other day when I was really hungover I honestly couldn't face putting the product on my face because it smelled so bad so I had to use my trusty erase paste by benefit.

Another thing I noticed about this product is that it it's not very good to do cut creases with. When I tried to do one the other day it looked a bit strange on my eyelid! Not as good as my Revlon colour stay concealer looks anyway.

Despite the smell, I really like this product actually and I would really recommend this! It's a lovely lightweight medium buildable concealer that brightens, doesn't crease and doesn't cling to dry patches and for £5 that is pretty good!
Lots of love,
Eleanor

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Glossybox October 2018 review

Hey guys! I hope you are doing well. Obviously, it has been a while (again) since I have uploaded a blog post! I am sorry but at the same time I have just started a masters and I am still getting used to everything and working out how blogging fits into everything for me so I would imagine my blog posts are going to be a bit scarce for a while, as I get back into the swing of things!

Today I thought I would do my review of the October glossybox (2018) and go through the products we received this month! I was overall very impressed by what we got! The theme of this month was Halloween and there were two boxes you could get, the trick or the treat box! I actually received the treat box this month and this is what I got!



Firstly, we received one of the Illamasqua anitmatter lipsticks, we got ours in the shade "nebula" which is a bright pink/purple lipstick! I really like the formula of this lipstick, its a pretty bright colour but if you pair it with a nude lipliner it can calm it down a bit and make it more wearable. This retails for £20.

This box also contained the MUA luxe strobe and glow highlighter in the shade pink lustre. I think the trick box contained the bronzer version of this product! I honestly love this highlighter! It's such a pretty colour and it's really pigmented too. it has a Powder and a cream highlight and yeah, not much to say but I really love it plus it's only £5.

Another thing we received in the box is the sleek i-divine palette in "oh so special." This palette is pretty cute, it has a perfect "day" to "night" ratio with the colours and they're really pigmented. There is a lot of kickback with this palette but it's such a nice little palette and I really love the colours.

The fourth makeup product we received was the Luna by Luna loose translucent setting powder. I had never heard of this brand before but I love a good translucent powder so I was excited to try this. The packaging isn't my favourite not going to lie, to me it feels quite cheap and the product leaks out a little too. I do like the product though and it doesn't cling to dry patches or anything and it is really brightening!

Finally, we received the this works in transit camera close up primer, mask and moisturiser. This was the only thing which was a deluxe sample size. I have been using this as a primer and I do like it. It's quite heavily scented and is white so you have to rub it in quite a lot! The full size product is £35 which to be honest I wouldn't pay not going to lie because i don't think it makes that much of a difference to my face or makes it look that amazing really. But I will still continue to use up the sample.

And that's everything we received this month! This was my second every glossybox and I was really impressed again and I'm really excited to see what we get next month!
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Friday, 28 September 2018

Amsterdam 2018

Hey guys! Hope you are doing well! I am back from a bit of a blogging hiatus! Basically, after my last blog post, I went to Amsterdam for a week and then two days after I got back and went back to Uni to start my masters so I have been busy settling into my new flat! I thought I would talk about what I did in Amsterdam, just in case you are going soon and what some ideas!



Amsterdam is definitely one of the places to be at the moment, I feel like everyone is jetting off there! I had wanted to go for ages but I wasn't sure if I would have the chance, but me and my boyfriend fell in lucky and he managed to get some time off so we could go. We booked a jet 2 package deal and stayed for 4 nights, but our flight in was really early and our flight out was late so it felt like we got a full 5 days there too.

Monday:
Like I said, our flight was super early and we got to Leeds/Bradford airport at half 4 for our plane at 6:45. Because Amsterdam is an hour ahead, it was pretty early by the time we arrived! We caught our tram and the train to our hotel, (XO hotels park west) which luckily we were able to go to our room straight away at about half 10. I was pretty tired so I closed my eyes for a bit while we decided where to go for lunch. We bought a 4-day tram ticket which was only £22 euros which was so good considering we used the tram everywhere every day! We weren't 100% sure what to do on our first day so we decided we might as well just head for the red light district and headed for that museum. Which was definitely an experience! Here's a lovely picture of me there (you're welcome).
Afterwards, we sort of just walked around all around there and where the palace is and stuff and just got a feel for the city! I didn't take too many pics because I didn't bring my camera with me but I really enjoyed my first day there just exploring really! We did, however, stop for (apparently) hollands best chips which were, to be fair, pretty yummy!
After hours of walking, we made our way back to the hotel and genuinely fell asleep so early we were exhausted!

Tuesday:
On Tuesday we decided to visit Vondelpark which was really nice! We had a pretty lazy morning and then headed here in the afternoon with a little picnic and just walked around the park which is really big! It's really busy and full of people on bikes but I would recommend going there! It's really pretty too!


We then had a walk around where all of the museums are, the Rijksmuseum and Van Gough. We didn't go in any yet but we just had an explore of that park of Amsterdam which was really nice! We also took some pictures next to the famous I Amsterdam sign of course!



We later went back to the hotel and then went back out for tea in the evening! We went for burgers from Thrill Burgers which were pretty good.

Wednesday:

On Wednesday we went for pancakes for breakfast! We headed to Mook Pancakes which were absolutely amazing and if you're in Amsterdam I would seriously check them out! Then we headed to the Van Gough museum which I was really looking forward too (Luke less so). I really enjoyed it though! Next time I want to go to the Rijkes instead!



After spending even more time wandering around that area we headed back home to grab our coats for the ice bar! I really enjoyed the ice bar experience it was really fun! You pay about £18 euros but you get three drinks included and coats and gloves! You get one drink in the warm area and two in the actual ice bar. The drinks are pretty limited to beer and shots in the cold part but the shots are actually really delicious and I really enjoyed it!




Thursday:
When we woke up Thursday we tried really hard to get Anne Frank House tickets and we luckily managed! If you are going to Amsterdam and want to go you have to book them so far in advance! They let out a limited number on the day (all online btw you can only buy tickets on their website) but they go quite fast! We didn't realise this but luckily after trying for a few days, we managed to get them on our last full day! I really enjoyed the experience and I thought it was really moving and I would 100% recommend going.

For tea we went to Cannibale Royale right in the red light district which was amazing! The food there was so good and I would also recommend this place to eat it was delicious!

Firday:
On our last day in Amsterdam, we had no idea what to do! We had been really lucky with weather all week untill Friday when it rained pretty badly! We decided to go back to our favourite places and we actually went into the prostitution museum which was actually really interesting! It's a pretty good museum and I would recommend it if you're interested in that sort of thing! We also, of course, went back for some more lovely chips where we visited on Monday!

And that was basically our city break to Amsterdam! I hope you enjoyed this post! Have you been to any of these places?
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Origin- Dan Brown book review

Hey! I hope you are all doing well! I am back with another book review (i know I've been overloading you with book reviews but once I get back to uni I probably won't be reading much!). Today I wanted to tell you some of my thoughts on Dan Brown's latest instalment of the Robert Langon novels, Origin. Not going to lie, I actually haven't read any of Dan Brown's books before! Not even the infamous Da Vinci code but I wasn't sure what to read next so I thought I would give this one a go.



In this 5th instalment in this series, Langdon faces a predicament when his old student and friend Edmond Kirsch invites him to an evening in the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao where he is told Edmond has discovered the extremely controversial answer the two main questions in our lives; where did we come from? Where are we going? Facing threat after the chaotic end to the presentation, Langdon is forced to run with the museum curator to try and unlock Edmond's secret.

This book really delves into the controversial subject of science and religion, and the battle between the two and indeed how they can exist together. I liked the different opinions in this book, and how Langon is in favour of both of them existing together and it provided some very interesting ideas. I think it is pretty relevant in today's society too. I know that Dan Brown gets a lot of hate for his books and he's not considered a literary genius or anything but I found reading a little bit about Spain's history and the Catholic church really interesting too!

This book takes you through Barcelona in Spain, a city I love and it was pretty nice to be taken here and into some of the buildings that I love and have visited so I really enjoyed that aspect too. This book might be considered "drivel" to some, but it really does whip you into an exciting story that kept me gripping on to the very and I thoroughly enjoyed the book! I think this is the kind of novel that you just need to read and enjoy it on face value and not go into plot holes or things like that!

For what the book is, I honestly really enjoyed it. It was really tense and exciting and kept me guessing until the very end! I wasn't sure how it was going to end and I honestly didn't even guess the ending at all! I would definitely read some more of Dan Brown's books now and I want to try Angels and Demons and the Da Vinci code.

What did you think of this book?
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Glossybox September 2018 review

Hey guys! I hope you are doing well! I took the plunge at the beginning of this month and finally made the decision to subscribe to Glossybox. I have been wondering about whether to get a subscription box for ages and which one to go for and I've finally settled on Glossybox for a few months at least to see how it goes! So I put my order in for the rolling month subscription on the first of September and the box was shipped out pretty quickly and I was really excited to get it! This months box was themed "back to school" with 6 handbag essentials. It included 2 makeup items, 1 haircare item and 2 skincare items and 1 random one! Since it's my first box I thought I would do a review of the products in this months box!




Firstly the box included the Bang Beauty eyebrow pomade. I was excited for this product but pretty nervous too because the shade they gave us was "Auburn" and I was really worried it would be too warm toned! I was surprised they gave this colour actually I thought they would have gone for a light or dark brown! But actually the shade is fine, it is a little warm but it works fine it's not a brick colour like some auburn eyebrow shades are. The actual product I love! It's a gorgeous creamy formula and it looks so nice! I am obsessed with how it looks actually and it makes filling in your brows really easy, especially for people like me who aren't very good at eyebrows!

The second makeup product the box included was the Karl Lagerfeld and Model co lipliner in Rosewood. I was really excited for this and it doesn't disappoint at all I love this lipliner! It's an amazing formula and glides on the lips and is an absolutely gorgeous colour honestly. Because of its creamy formula, it does go down quite fast, I've used it twice and already I need to sharpen it so I think it'll be used up quite fast!

I thought I would include a pic of me wearing the lipliner and the eyebrow pomade! I am not a makeup artist or anything obviously so please excuse my dodgy eyeliner but hopefully, it will give you an idea of what the products look like on!


The hair care product this box included was (the only) deluxe sample size of the Grow Gorgeous scalp detox. This is basically an exfoliant for your scalp! This is a pretty pricey product full size (£30) and if I am being honest I'm not 100% sure how much it does, I think it might do more if you use a lot of product on your hair which I don't really. But it smells amazing and it feels like you are giving yourself a little spa day! It's a nice luxury product I just don't think I'd buy the full size!

The box also included the Daily Concepts your Facial mini scrubber. This is a little face scrubber which I use with my facial wash! I like this product it gives your face a nice exfoliate without being too harsh or making my face red or upsetting it. I really like this product and when the label becomes faded that's when you're supposed to buy a new one which I think is really cool.

Another skincare item the box included was the Pro beauty charcoal face mask. This is a single-use sheet mask for acne prone skin like me! I really liked this mask, I feel like sheet masks need to be used a few times to see much difference but I thought my skin looked a lot brighter after using this which was pretty cool but I didn't see much of a change in my breakouts!

Finally, the box included some wet wipes! Not much to say about these but I will definitely be bringing them for Amsterdam next week with me!

Overall I really enjoyed this month Glossybox and I am excited to get next months too. If you're looking for a subscription box to get into I would recommend this!
I hope you enjoyed this post!
Lots of love,
Eleanor x


Thursday, 6 September 2018

Soph extra spice palette and Imogenation highlight to the moon review

Hey! I hope you are doing well! Today I wanted to review two recent Revolution palettes, the Soph extra spice eyeshadow palette and the Imogenation highlight to the moon palette. I put a tweet up a while ago asking if people wanted a review of the extra spice palette and most people said yes! Plus I also wanted to talk about the "highlight to the moon" palette by Imogenation.



In case you haven't stepped into Superdrug recently, the makeup company Revolution has been bringing out quite a lot of palettes with a few YouTubers. I have a few of the recent launches and I wanted to share my own thoughts and opinions on them! I already did a whole post dedicated to Carmi MUA's eyeshadow palette which you can find here . The only other palette I have that I haven't reviewed yet is Tammi's palette so I might talk about that some point in the future.



Soph x revolution extra spice:




First of all, this eyeshadow palette is gorgeous! I love the shiny peach packaging and I love the layout of the palette, with the shade names under each shade too I think it looks really high end! I actually own the first palette Soph brought out with Revolution so I was pretty excited to see this one!

But, I have to confess something here with absolutely no disrespect so Soph who I love, I personly just wasn't overwhelmed with the colours when I first saw it. Some of the colours seemed quite similar to me to the colours in her first palette, for example, the crease colours, although gorgeous, were quite similar to some of the ones in her first palette. There is a shimmery purple colour as in the old palette, a flash of green also as in the first palette and a shimmery gold ( we had 3 shimmery golds in the first palette), a matte black, a dark brown, and I was just a bit underwhelmed, I'm sorry! For me, I was worried they would be too similar. But perhaps Soph designed this palette with the idea that not everyone had the first palette! So wanted to include some similar colours.

When I actually got the palette I started to really love it! There are a lot of colours in the new one that the old didn't have, for example, two matte oranges and a yellow, as well as a gorgeous shimmery yellow! Furthermore, the bright red shade really stands out to me, as well as the gorgeous silver (I love a good silver eyeshadow) and the colour " every day."

The standard and formula of these shadows are amazing for only £10 and blend really easily, and using these shades I created a really gorgeous sunset eye makeup look which I loved! Overall I would recommend this palette it does fit in really nicely in my collection!

Imogenation highlight to the moon:


As with the Soph palette, I love the packaging on this! The reflective purple blue look is really cool and I love it! The only problem I have is that I find it really hard to open? But maybe that's just me! Despite the name, this palette actually only holds 3 highlighters. The rest of the palette consists of 3 powders and 3 contour shades so the name is pretty misleading. In my personal opinion, I wish she had included 3 blush shades instead of powders but that's just me! I have used the powder "pretty heart" a lot under my eyes and to be fair I quite like it I don't really have anything negative to say about it. The other two powders are a yellow shade and a darker warm-toned shade.

This palette consists of 3 contour shades, but I think the shades "literally" and "warrior" are basically the same colour? Both of them work well for my fair skin tone and they would be really light for a lot of people. "Can't deal" is a darker contour shade but I am not too sure if it's dark enough for a lot of skin tones really, plus since the other two shades are so similar there isn't really a shade for a medium skin tone!

Finally, I really like all three highlight shades! Slay my life is my personal favourite and I've been wearing this a lot! But again all these shades are good for my skin tone, and I think she should have included a deeper highlight shade as I imagine the shades are too light for a lot of people with a deeper skin tone! I also find that although the shade "slay my life" looks like a peachy gold shade, the shade "angel face" is actually a lot more peachy/ golden which is strange.

So those are my thoughts on these two palettes from Revolution!
Lots of love,
Eleanor x