My Updated Make Up Bag…


Hello!

A little while ago I posted about my make up bag-and, to be blunt, it seemed to be overly stuffed, and quite cumbersome in size. Since then, I’ve whittled it down to just a few essentials, as you can see above. And I’m going to take you through it! (Please note: Benecos products included in this post were sent to me, in order for a review. However, in spite of the fact that they are a PR sample, I do use them!)

  • Tangle Tamer. This is essential to me, because my hair is fairly horrible. I can’t style it, and it just wraps itself up in notes. Anyway, I keep this with me to look just a little bit professional-otherwise, it would look awful!
  • Benecos Natural Eyeshadow Matt. To highlight my eyes! There’ll be a tutorial up soon…it also hides the fact that I may be tired..
  • Deodorant. Because no one willingly wishes to stink, do they?!
  • Topshop magic liner. I love eyeliner, and I think, firstly, anyone who attempts a cat flick is brave, and it virtually suits anyone. What’s not to love? Anyway, I wear it as I wish to feel positive about my eyes, which have horrible vision.
  • Gimme Brow by Benefit. To tame the unruly eyebrows!
  • The two brushes: The larger one is for applying the eyeshadow, the smaller for the lipstick. However, if I’m in a rush, or cannot be finicky about it, I just go for a swipe. Better coverage that way!
  • Lipstick by Benecos in Peach. Because my lips can become very chapped, but this colour is a nice hue, and is not to over powering. It also smells really nice.
  • Instant crush spray by Superdrug: because…yeah…
  • Wonderstruck perfume by Taylor Swift: a quick spritz of this, and I’m ready. I really love this perfume-I have some memories attached to it-and many people ask me what perfume I’m wearing, which is a good conversational starter.

What is in your make up bag?

Lydia

XO

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I am pleased to announce that I am working with Basic Beauty Tools. If you go to their website via this link , and order the Spongedry, you can get an extra free foundation blender by adding under ‘Note To Seller’ your colour code: LYDIAPINK for pink, LYDIAPURPLE for purple, and LYDIABLACK for black.

 

Get the natural look; a tutorial.

Good morning!

I’ve never attempted a beauty tutorial before-and would I?-but I wish to encourage a more ‘nature’ look that’s lightweight, as well as being something that emphasises your own features. Here we go!


And before I begin, I would just like to recommend that you use products relative to your own skin tone. Also: do you preparation before! This differs for everyone-if they mosturise, by cream, etc-but since I know not a lot about this, I thought it was best to leave out. Also, remove any make up, and make sure your face is clean. Also, please note that the Benecos products were sent to me, however I did review these honestly, hence why they are appearing here again.

Products used:

  • Tangle tamer.
  • Natural eyeshadow in Matt from Benecos.
  • Eye brush from Benecos.
  • Gimme brow from Benefit.
  • Magic Liner from Topshop.
  • Lipstick in peach from Benecos.

Method:

Firstly, after you’ve mosturized your face-as refer to in my aside above-start to work your way inward. I have very curly hair, and it can become very knotted. Generally speaking, I like to tease it out into big waves, almost Hollywood-esque style. (But I’ll need to brush later if walking in the wind.)

Next, I start from the top of my face. I use the Benefit gimme brow to tame eyebrows-because, to be totally honest, they are not at all tidy. (This is because I’m alternately lazy, and am too busy to be really fussed about it.) Anyway, brush outwards to do the same.

Now, eyes. I use the eyeshadow in Matt, alongside its own brush, to highlight my eye-so, I brush over the lid, and a little bit into the crease and socket, as well as slightly underneath. This edits out any tired lines-my eyes are red underneath if I’m tired-and they help to draw attention away from this.

After, I outline my eyes using the liner only slightly. (No Big cat flicks here!) The eyeshadow is a good base, and the eyeliner should sit atop this. (And I feel it emphasises my eyes, which have glasses. Ugghhh!)

Next, finish up with a peachy shade!

What do you think-would you try this look?

Lydia

XO

 

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I am pleased to announce that I am working with Basic Beauty Tools. If you go to their website via this link , and order the Spongedry, you can get an extra free foundation blender by adding under ‘Note To Seller’ your colour code: LYDIAPINK for pink, LYDIAPURPLE for purple, and LYDIABLACK for black.

 

The Spongedry; heard of it? Here’s a review.

DISCLAIMER: This was sent to me as a PR sample for me to try, at my own request. What follows is my honest opinion.

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Good morning.-

If you follow me over on Instagram, you’d have probably have guessed what this post is about. (Ever heard of a ‘Sponge dry’? If you go to the widget on the right, you can follow my accounts to find out more.) Anyway, for this post, I will be reviewing a Spongedry!

Just what is it?

A sponge dry is an instrument that you can easily slip into your make up bag, which stores your blender, in order to dry it. (You can also get the blenders on the website-or with my code-more about that in a minute.)

Packaging.

I think that this was one of the only things that let the Spongedry down. Obviously, it has to be secure, however I could not open the box without a pair of scissors. Also, I hadn’t realised that the instructions were on the back-rather than in a booklet-meaning that I threw them away! (Although this was my fault, I do feel that it could have been a bit more clearer.) Asides from my mistake, the Spongedry was also hard to get out of the box, as it was seemingly stuck in. (But it had not arrived smashed, or broken, which is always a bonus.) I have since been informed that there are instruction videos and information on the website-link at the bottom of this post-so if you’re like me, I’d advise you to visit the website!

Branding.

I like the branding-it’s like almost talking to a dear friend. However, the brand itself could stand out more on the box-just to re-home that this is their product, and it’s really cool.

The Product itself.

Now I will admit, I’m not much of a heavy make up user-too much can sometimes lead to acne. (Because who wants that?!) So, I did ask my sister for some help. The Spongedry works well-and she liked the Blender that came with it. The blenders are really soft, squishy, and easy to use, because of their size. I think that this will easily become a cult beauty product-and for any beauty fans, this is what you need!

Click here to go to the Basic Beauty Tools website. If you’re ordering the Spongedry, add under ‘Note To Seller’ one of the following codes, in order to receive an extra free blender: Purple: LYDIAPURPLE , Pink: LYDIAPINK, Black: LYDIABLACK. 

See you tomorrow,

Lydia

XO

Two of the best facial scrubs; guest post by Grace Brown.

This is part of a series of guest posts this week; to view Grace’s blog, click here.

So today I wanted to talk about two of the best facial scrubs I’ve ever used. I’m a big fan of exfoliating scrubs, I feel that they give my face a much more thorough cleanse than standard face washes. I’ve tried and tested quite a few over the years however these beauties are by far my favourites.

I’ll start with my old faithful; The Body Shop Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub. I’ve been using this face wash for years and I’ve not yet tired of it. Its actually made several appearances on my own blog as I just love using it that much.

GRACEBEE BODYSHOP TEA TREE SQUEAKY CLEAN SCRUB

The scrub is fairly pricey compared to other similar products, coming in at £7.50 for 100ml. That being said its worth every penny. This product features ‘purifying tea tree oil’ and the exfoliating micro-beads are biodegradable meaning they wont hurt the environment. Its perfect for normal or blemished skin and I will always go back to repurchase more when I run out.

The next scrub I’ve fallen in love with is the Miss Patisserie Orange Coffi Scrub. I’ve only been using this product for around 2 months but its already a firm favourite. The scrub is from a small cosmetic brand based in Cardiff that I probably never would have heard of had I not been invited to a press day there last year.

GRACEBEE MISS PATISSERIE ORANGE COFFI SCRUB

This product is a coffee lovers dream. The exfoliating granules smell incredibly strong but also include hint of sweet orange so that its not overbearing. This beautifully scented scrub is infused with both coconut and almond oil to leave you skin feeling soft and hydrated. Again its a fairly pricey retailing at nearly £14 a pop but for that you get 200g of product which will last months.

So those were my two absolute favourite facial scrubs that you can buy right now! I’d also just like to thank Lydia for letting me guest post on her blog!

Grace x

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I am pleased to announce that I am working with Basic Beauty Tools. If you go to their website via this link , and order the Spongedry, you can get an extra free foundation blender by adding under ‘Note To Seller’ your colour code: LYDIAPINK for pink, LYDIAPURPLE for purple, and LYDIABLACK for black.

Jewellery Box Haul And Review. 

Disclaimer: this post contains a review of a PR sample. These pieces were sent to me to honestly review, which I have done so in the following piece. Thank you to Jewellery Box for working with me!

What girl doesn’t love jewellery? And good quality for a low price at that? (I know I do!) This is why I was delighted to receive this haul! (Because the post really excites me…) Let’s see what’s inside…please do be aware that this is a very ‘photo heavy’ post, designed to show these samples off..

(By the way, how do you like the new photography? I’m using a fancy new iPHONE now..)

Packaging/branding:

Well, it’s well branded, isn’t it? For every teeny tiny parcel that was included, the logo was stamped onto it. Classy! (On a serious note, I do love a brand that makes itself known.)

The packaging is also really cute…I like the theme, almost tropical in that respect-the hue of the paper and on the boxes reminded me a little bit of palm trees. And the packaging is far from excessive; what’s not to love? Environmentally, this is a good unique selling point.


And it’s almost alike to getting a lovely letter from your best friend! I particularly loved the envelopes best of all, simply because of this. (And what other brand uses envelopes as packaging? I can’t think of many.)


Even if a parcel, look how good the packaging looks! It’s like a package from a pen friend, who you haven’t seen in a long time. And as I was having a bad day when I received this, it really cheered me up.

The pieces themselves:

Oh, I have been spoilt!


This ring has to be my favourite piece overall. I love butterflies! (But the only finger it fitted on was this. Please, no jokes about engagements..) And this is somewhat of an oddity, as I’m not usually a ring person. But the metal used ensures that you are not left with a green band encompassing your finger at the end of the day. It also is small enough as not to get caught on anything-always a bonus.


And how do you like this new thumb ring? It was a little bit big, so it did slip and slid, yet it looks nice…so, I’ll look past this flaw for now! I also love how it looks a little bit like Pandora, yet has placed its own unique slant on the design. And besides, it makes my hands look more feminine. (As you can probably tell from my time of writing, they do get some abuse-nail biting, etc.) Let’s detract from that now!


Now I will admit to being a little bit silly. Whilst looking at the website, I got a little bit carried away, in noting that these were rose gold. I thought they’d be big hoops! (Turns out that they’re tiny..and I really struggled with the clasps. Turns out they were too tiny to fit in my lobes.) But they’d be a perfect gift for a niece..


I love charm bracelets, really I do, and I think I have found the next best thing. This braclet has an adjustable length, meaning it can be as long or as short as you like. It also means that there are spaces for a lot of charms! (Because who wouldn’t want that?) But as someone who has some sensory issues-ASD means I dislike some sensations, etc-this was also quite comforting. It doesn’t ‘bite’ or catch the skin, meaning that it slides freely up and down your arm. Perfect! I also love the L charm I was sent..


Can ya see it?

Finally..


Because I love the pendant, okay? The chain again didn’t make my neck itch, and it was small enough to be somewhat of a choker. Although I did struggle with the clasp a little bit, I love it regardless.

Feedback and general points:

  • The website could have photographs of people wearing the products, just to give a better sense of sizing, style, etc.
  • Clasps could be made just a little bit easier to use.

But all in all, I’m happy that I came across this brand, and will be turning to them for birthdays and for gifts. Visit them at their website to see more.

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I am pleased to announce that I am working with Basic Beauty Tools. If you go to their website via this link , and order the Spongedry, you can get an extra free foundation blender by adding under ‘Note To Seller’ your colour code: LYDIAPINK for pink, LYDIAPURPLE for purple, and LYDIABLACK for black.

 

Friendly soap review; so good, smells nice, and a free from cruelty brand!


Disclaimer: Having been sent some Friendly Soap in my Little Known Box, I wished to work directly with the brand. This post contains a PR sample, yet is my honest review, having requested to review the product directly.

Part of any hygiene routine involves some form of soap; literally, just to get rid of dirt. So, I was very happy to be reviewing Friendly’s soap-and was quite overwhelmed with how generous they were with me.

Packaging/Branding:

I was impressed with the packaging, in that part of the branding is to note that each soap is free from cruelty, and is natural as well as handmade. As a brand, I feel that this is far more responsible than some consumer products; it also acts as an incentive to buy it! We need to be kind in our consumerism, after all.

Similarly , the packaging is also very brightly coloured for the soap-although not for some of the other bars as the above photo shows. I feel this is a bonus; after all, why would anyone want to buy a product that is the antithesis of this? This instantly screams to me good quality, confidence in themselves, and therefore a good brand.

Product:

Firstly, I think it’s important to note that I could smell the soap through the parcel packaging. However, it wasn’t really overpowering; rather, I was curious about using the soap. This was in addition to the fact that they have flavours-or should it be smells?-that I regard as being more than just conventional.

Once you get the actual soap out of the packaging, it’s a really chunky size. Like, really chunky. And it’s far too big for me to hold in just one hand. (Bigger than your average soap bar!) You’ll receive more for your money, however the shape is a bit cumbersome. (Two hands is what I suggest-just to prevent it slipping away from you.) Bit the ingredients are nice enough, meaning that I could wash inflamed, itchy skin-which has now settled as well.

I have yet to use all of these, but will do so in good time.

What do you think about Soap?

Lydia

XO

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I am pleased to announce that I am working with Basic Beauty Tools. If you go to their website via this link , and order the Spongedry, you can get an extra free foundation blender by adding under ‘Note To Seller’ your colour code: LYDIAPINK for pink, LYDIAPURPLE for purple, and LYDIABLACK for black.

 

Benecos Cosmetics Package Review.


Disclaimer: this was sent to me to review at my own request. What follows is my honest opinion. Thank you to Ingrid Hume at Pravera!

Imagine this; it’s a rainy day, you’ve been drenched, and drive home in a bit of  a sullen mood. You start to blog, seemingly in a miserable mood, but then the postman arrives. (He’s more drenched than you, by the way.) But he has a package for you!

That was me on a Wednesday afternoon.

Benecos is a brand that I read about over at Kimberly Jessica; I also really liked its USP, in having certified organic and natural cosmetics. (After all, our skin does have to breath, and it doesn’t always benefit it, coating it on make up that has been lumped on.) Needless to say, that was something that I was sold on instantly.

I received….

  • Natural eyeshadow in Matt.
  • Lip brush.
  • Eye shadow brush.
  • Natural concealer perfect coverage, light.
  • Lipstick, peach.

You can see all of these products together as above.

Packaging:

Fistula, for the two brushes, I felt that the packaging was a little bit excessive. Quite simply, it dwarfed the actual product, and whilst opening the lip and eye brushes, I was at risk of mangling the bristles a little bit. (You open up the package from beneath, which expands the plastic pocketing the brush is in.) To be honest though, this was my only real criticism.


Design:

For me, things have to be functional, as well as pleasing to the eye. The products fit the bill in this respect; I live the feel of the brushes, they are very soft. They are also shaped well enough to be twirled about etc., when applying make up. The eyeshadow also has a really nice case, meaning that any excess powder can be caught. The casing for the lipstick is also pretty. The concealer was the only one which could be adapted slightly; the brush is not as flexible, meaning that blending the coverage is not really as possible as it could be. (I used my fingers in the end-not that I advise you to-but it is a good product.

See….just look at this brush!!

I’ll get to the product part of the review in a minute, I promise. Bit a brand that promises to be natural and organic, as well as having a pretty design, is what I love best. Because, well, who wouldn’t?!

But they are jeer than the averge , relatively cheap brush as well. When applying the eyeshadow, the brush really does glide well. And in terms of cosmetics, that’s needed, in order to get a very smooth application, surely? It worked for me.

Although isn’t matte spelt like matte, not Matt? (I’m not sure, that’s a genuine question. Any answers I’d love for you to leave in the comments below.)

Product:

I’ll go by each product, one at a time, for this section, because I can be more logical, as well as chronological, in that order:

  • Natural Eyeshadow Matt.

Now, as somebody who is very shortsighted, I do have trouble applying eye make up, or anything related. But this eyeshadow is soooo nice! Glides on easily, highlights my eyes, and generally stays put. I love it, quite simply. And I think that any blog reader would love it also.

  • Lip brush.

I’m not really sure what to make of this, really. It feels nice, and the lipstick glides on, but it doesn’t seem to pick up much pigment. And it also needs to be really cleaned after.

  • Eyeshadow brush.

I love this brush! It works really well with the eyeshadow, and is designed well enough, meaning that it can be used effectively.

  • Concealer.

The brush in this is not flexible at all, meaning that you can’t actually really blend any of the liquid. This is a pity, because although it looks very orange at first, it blends really well, and is quite light on my skin. I’ll definitely use this for any acne breakout!

  • Lipstick.

I live this product best of all! It smells good, has a thick and creamy texture, and lasts reasonably well.

What do you think of these products? Click here to find out more about the brand involved, and maybe purchase a few.

Lydia

XO

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I am pleased to announce that I am working with Basic Beauty Tools. If you go to their website via this link , and order the Spongedry, you can get an extra free foundation blender by adding under ‘Note To Seller’ your colour code: LYDIAPINK for pink, LYDIAPURPLE for purple, and LYDIABLACK for black.