Thursday, 22 December 2016

Tanya Burr Advent Calendar: Swatches/First Impressions

Hey everyone, hope you're all enjoying your week and looking forward to Christmas! On the 30th November I was surprised with a Tanya Burr Advent Calendar from my dad, as he kept telling me he couldn't find them anywhere! I was super excited and have really enjoyed opening the doors for the 12 days (I wish there were 24 but I can't really complain). My friend Sophie over at Planet Whispers also got the calendar so we decided we wanted to do a collaboration, where she discusses what was in the calendar and I show swatches and my first impressions. I was going to do a makeup look using the products but I have been under so much stress recently I have rarely had time to put a look together (I will have one for you soon though!) Make sure you head over to www.planetwhispers.blogspot.co.uk to check out Sophies post!


Lips: 

Left to right: Christmas Stocking, Berry Pavlova, Candy Cane

It was crazy to see 3 very similar lip colours in the calendar this year, as I think there were 2 last year. To be perfectly honest, I'm not a lip gloss kinda girl, I hate the feel of sticky lips, so I much prefer to stick to cream lipsticks or mattes. I was so happy to find out that Christmas Stocking is actually a Matte lipstick and the colour is simply beautiful and right up my street. The packaging is so lovely and classic, which I love. I will most likely wear the matte lip on Christmas day, but I probably won't touch the glosses, so I may look into giving them away (I'd rather them not be sat in my draw rotting when someone can get the use out of them). They are all beautiful shades and my kinda colours and the names are so cute and well thought of, so overall I'm impressed so far. When I tried the matte lip it lasted so long, wasn't patchy in any way so it's definitely something I'll find myself reaching for.

Eyes:

Left to right: Snow day, Champagne Sparkle

Again, last year there were shimmer pots included in the calendar, so I guess there a favourite in her collection. They are the most perfect subtle colours, so if you love neutrals and shimmer then this will be right up your street. I did find the shade snow day to be a little rough when applying, but I soon got used to it, and it creates the most perfect shimmer on the eyes. I can see myself reaching for these to add a little bit of extra glam! The product size is a bonus too as you only need the slightest little bit and their the perfect size for travelling. The packaging is sturdy and won't come undone either so it won't end up everywhere! 

Liner:

Left to right: Ice Crystals, Treasured

This would be perfect to go on top of black winged liner. I love how she included both colours of gold and silver to switch it up a little, so I'm really excited to try them (even though I'm RUBBISH at liner). They seem quite patchy on my arm so will have to see when i apply to my eyes as I haven't had chance to yet, so it will be interesting to see. The wand is also quite thin which is a bonus as I find with some glitters they end up all over the place (I find it in my eyebrows, seriously!) Non the less, I can't wait to try them.

Nail Polish:

Left to right: Sleigh Bells, Glitters and Gold, Glitter Rain

I'll be totally honest again, there were too many nail polishes both last year and this year. Personally I'm not one for my nails, never have really been bothered with them. I'd love for them to put more makeup in, for example the liquid highlighter would have been perfect. I find that nail toppers really don't stay on and don't dry and smudge and I end up in one big mess so I don't bother. I expected the red to be less pink, although it was very shimmery, which the picture doesn't do justice. So overall, they'll probably go in my nail varnish collection and not come out often. Sorry, that's just me being honest.

Overall, for £15, I am very impressed with the products and how they perform. Although I wish there was more of a range, I think it's all festive and a lot of thought has gone into the formulas. It's just that I prefer a matte lip to gloss and makeup to nail polish, which obviously people may think differently of. I'm glad I managed to get one and can't wait to see what she comes up with next year. Make sure you check out Sophies post!

What calendars did you have this year?

Georgia Xxx

Friday, 16 December 2016

Glossy Box: December

I'm sooo sorry for not posting in what feels like forever, but so many things have just got in the way. I have had essay deadlines, a presentation to prepare for and now I'm finally home for the Christmas Holidays. I still have a reflective summary to do (sigh) and I've had the worst migraines in the world the past couple of days, that have prevented me doing anything. Whilst writing this, I still don't feel 100% but I need to do something productive to keep me occupied whilst waiting for my next attack (I literally just try and sleep the whole time but then I was awake til 3am). So currently sat in a dark room, I decided to write my Glossy Box post. I did receive this about a week ago so I realise this post is long overdue, and I haven't tried out anything yet, as wearing makeup is the least of my worries at the moment. Anyway, enough of me rambling and feeling sorry for myself, here is what I got in this months box! (I also cant get over there are 5 full size products!)




Firstly, can we just please admire the packaging. With a festive touch, I think this is one of my favourite designs so far. Each box is perfectly packaged and I couldn't wait to get my claws into the products.

MDMFlow: Semi Matte Lipstick - This month, there was an option of two shades of lipstick and to be honest, I didn't mind which one I ended up with as they were both amazing shades. I got the nude shade which is called Bossy and it retails for £18. Already, the price of this product alone has exceeded the price I paid for the box, so this is literally why I love Glossy Box so much! I'll be totally honest I haven't tried this yet, but looks perfect for the upcoming Christmas season. Fancy taking a peek? Have a look here.

Essence: Light up your face luminizer palette - As soon as I saw this in the box, I was super excited. I've been obsessed with my highligher I got Makeup Obsession, so I think this will be a nice change as I like to switch things up a bit. It has 3 gorgeous shades which look perfect for my skin tone, which I can't wait to try out.. It retails for just £3 so on the cheap side, but the packaging is still sturdy and sleek. You can purchase it here from Wilkinsons, where it provides a sheer to shimmer highlight, so perfect for going from day to night!

Collection: Define & perfect eyebrow powder - I own a few things from collection and I have always been impressed at the quality. There not an expensive brand, but I love their setting powder and of course as you know the lasting perfection concealer. I have never tried an eyebrow powder before, from any brand, so this will be interesting to see. I usually stick to my trusty brow pomeade from ABH and Gimme Brow by benefit, but I can't wait to try this and review it! It retails for just £4.19 (the same as the concealer) Have a peek at it here.

Lipcote: Lipstick sealer - I have never actually heard of this before, but think it will be perfect for the party season! From the information on the Glossy Box card it states to put over blotted lipstick to help it be water and wine (yippee) resistant! I was actually surprised at the price (£3.99) as it looks like such a luxury product, so lets just hope its good! Will be looking forward to trying this out over the Christmas period. You can actually get it a little bit cheaper at Superdrug, which is always a bonus.

Revlon: Nail enamel - This looks like the perfect nail colour. I got a beautiful red glitter polish in my Tanya Burr Cosmetics Advent Calender, which will fit perfectly with this colour. It also seems the most perfect shade (mines in Gray Suede) It says it can last up to 10 days so will be perfect for me, I just hope it decides to work! It retails for £6.49 which personally I wouldn't pay for a nail varnish, but my mind might be changed if its any good, so only time will tell!

I think you can probably tell, this box has been my favourite (I know I probably say that every single time, but they honestly just keep getting better and better!) After adding it all up, the overall cost of the box is £35.67, which is really good considering I literally pay £13. It does usually work out to be more, but I'm really excited to try out all the products!


What did you get in your box this month? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading,

Georgia Xxx




Friday, 2 December 2016

TASH Cosmetics: Fiber Fused Mascara*

A few weeks ago, I got in contact with TASH Cosmetics, who I'd followed on Twitter for a while. They very kindly asked for me to try their new mascara, which of course I couldn't refuse, as I've never tried this kind of mascara before. I have seen loads of people trying the one from Younique and I was always put off by the prices, but fiber fused mascara is the best thing I've ever used. Overall, the brand were very polite and the shipping was fast, even from America so I was chuffed! Now, on with the review...


As you can see, the wand is pretty much like any other one. The only difference is, this is fiber mascara, which adds so much more volume. It adds little extra fibers to your lashes, creating a lot more length than any regular mascara. It's a really deep black so makes my brown lashes look so dramatic, which I love! It's not clumpy in any way, adds length and volume without them looking like spiders! The packaging is classy and sophisticated, and also sturdy with clear writing, so you know exactly what your using. I have also noticed that with some of the fiber fused mascaras there are two steps, but this one is just one so it's a bonus, as I can;t be dealing with faffing about in the morning. Someone I know also had an experience of getting the fibers in their eye and causing so many problems, but I can never see this happening with this mascara as everything just stays in place perfectly! 


Now I know this picture looks a little big and weird, but I just wanted to show you the results. It's all well and good beauty bloggers being like wow this is soo good you have to buy it but I believe in being honest and I wouldn't ever lie in any of my posts, it's just not what I'm about. See the results for yourself. My lashes are awful (definitely got them from my Dad!) and they are not curly whatsoever and not defined in any way. This mascara curls, lengthens and separates my lashes and I am so happy with the results. Most mascaras I've tried have always flopped the curl, but not this one. The lashes stay on point all day, which is something I've never seen in a mascara before. Someone even asked me where I got my eyelashes extensions done, which I've never had before! I am so happy with the mascara and TASH cosmetics, they have been amazing to work with, so thank you so much for the oppurtunity and I can't wait to buy some more goodies! (there skincare looks AMAZING!) It beats Younique any day of the week! It retails for $20 which is an amazing price and can be purchased here.

Make sure you head over to http://tashcosmetics.com/ and check out their line. They are also natural, organic, paraben free and cruelty free which is always a great thing in beauty products!

Have you ever tried a fiber fused mascara? What are your thoughts?

See you soon,

Georgia Xxx

* - This was a sample sent to me, All opinions are my own and I was not paid to publish this post.




Thursday, 1 December 2016

November Favourites

Again it's the time for my monthly favourites. I have been sticking to the same things in my makeup routine, but also trying out some new goodies. I try to vary it as best as I can, but finding things I use all the time can be hard. This month I have included a new mascara, blusher, brow product, brush and concealer. Want to find out more about each product? Just keep on reading!


TASH COSMETICS: Fibre Fused Mascara - I posted a picture on my twitter on how amazing this makes my lashes look, I think its a new firm favourite. I was kindly sent this product to review (which is coming in full very soon, don't worry!), but I am so happy with it because to be honest, I didn't think fibre mascaras were worth purchasing, but trust me after using this I really would! I've been using it constantly and can't wait to review it for you all. It costs $20 and can be purchased here.

BENEFIT: Gimmie Brow - I'm pretty sure I've wrote about this before, but I will again. I only like using this when my brows are tinted, which gives them a much more natural look. I love using this with my dipbrow pomade, and it keeps everything in place perfectly. I have the lighter shade and only a sample size (I believe they have now changed the packaging) and I can't wait to purchase another one after discovering it again. The full size product retails for £18.50 and you can but it from Boots here.

MORPHE: M518 Brush - This is one of the best investments I've made without a doubt. I purchased a few brushes from Beauty Bay this month and just fell in love. It was definitely influenced by YouTube as EVERYONE seems to be using Morphe Brushes these days. It reminds me so much of the MAC 217 (well, it basically is a dupe) and it blends everything into the crease so effortlessly. I will definitely be purchasing more of them soon! On beauty bay, this costs £5.50 (bargain!) and can be purchased here.

ESTEE LAUDER: Blush - I got this blush last Christmas and have only just started using it because I was so scared to swatch it! It's the most prettiest pink shade and feels luxurious on the skin. The packaging is so pretty and sturdy, and a beautiful gold shade that makes you not want to use it! It costs £29 and can be purchased here, and select the correct shade (you won't regret it!)

CATRICE COSMETICS: Light Camouflage High Coverage Concealer - Last but not least, we have a concealer that my friend Sarah sent to me (all the way from Germany), you can read the post here and I have been using it non stop! It's perfect for the under eye area as well as covering spots and redness. It's apparently that good it can cover tattoos (which I don't know about as I don't have any!) but its such a good concealer. It doesn't crease, oxidize or come off, which is always a bonus. This is one of my new faves, hense why it's in my November favourites! 

What have your beauty faves been this month? Let me know in the comments!

See you soon (which will most likely be a review of the mascara featured from TASH Cosmetics!)

Georgia Xxx