Sunday, 26 July 2015

Sleek Eye & Cheek Palettes - All Day Soiree & Midsummer's Dream

For years now since I can remember I have been using sleek products. Their blush was one of the first make-up products I ever bought. The brand caters for all skin tones at affordable prices giving you great coverage and high pigmentation. I was extremely happy to receive these two palettes through a competition I won at work. In this post I will be reviewing one palette 'All Day Soiree' and showing you a simple make-up look I created using the palette. 

This eye and cheek palette provide all of your colour essentials in one convenient compact. It contains four eye-shadows and two blushers. 

All Day Soiree is made to refresh any beauty look, It's shimmering peach and beige hues create a delicate feminine finish. The on trend blush shades of creamy champagne and pastel pink provide a healthy flush to cheeks. Both the eye-shadows and blushers are highly pigmented, long lasting and easy to blend. The packaging is in a sleek handy travel sized compact with a mirror and two essential brushes.

All Day Soiree Make-up Look

In this picture I started off priming my eyelids with Urban decays primer potion. I would suggest using a eye primer especially if you are dark skin as it makes the shadow colour pop more. I then used the darkest orange colour from the palette (Top Right) on the inner part of my lids, Then the shimmery orange shade to the left of that to my outer lid. I then used the matte brown colour on my crease (Bottom Left) making sure to blend it all in well. The shade to the right of that I used to highlight under my brow bone. I then used the shimmery gold blush colour (Top) to highlight the top of my cheek bones. The pink blush colour I used on the apples of my cheeks.

If you have any other questions about this post or anything about the look i created please comment below. 

Maria xoxo
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Zoella Beauty 'Tutti Fruity' Range

After hearing a lot of hype about Zoella's new range coming out. I was excited to try them out and show some support as it is a huge achievement. She started blogging things that she loves just like me and now has her own beauty range and book deals. Slightly jel but i honestly do admire her hard work. Every bloggers dream I'm sure!

There are seven products in the new range. They are incredibly affordable with the most expensive product costing £8.00 whilst the lowest is only £3.00! The whole range is available at most major Superdrug stores. The whole range is made to make you feel refreshed and revitalised.

I decided to pick a few items from the range to give my readers my honest thoughts...

Zoella Candy Cream Body Lotion - £5.00

This candy cream is packed with bursting beads and extracts of Acai and Blueberry to pamper and protect your skin. 

The first thing that mainly made me pick it off the shelf was the packaging. Its cute and very summery, I love the colours and decoration. I'm a huge fan of body creams and keeping my skin soft and moisturised so it was a must try for me. The smell is lovely and sweet not too over powering. The actual cream itself is really soft and soaks in quickly so you don't feel sticky after applied. Although I have quite dry skin if i applied the cream in the morning and I wore shorts or a skirt, I would have to opt for a different cream with more moisture or have to keep reapplying this cream to avoid dryness. But I'm sure if  you don't suffer with dry skin then you should be fine. 

 This cleansing shower gel is said to help soften and soothe the skin again it contains extracts of Acai and Blueberry, leaving you feeling refreshed ad energised.

Again packaging is very cute and eye catching. The gel is a pretty pearly pink colour. The shower gel is nice on my skin its a bit sweet but was expecting it to be a stronger more fruitier scent and for me the foam as described was none existent although the shower gel on a whole did clean my skin and left me feeling refreshed. At it's price you simply get what you pay for. 

This little adorable treat is said to transform your bath into a fragrant, fruity soak to leave your skin feeling refreshed and re-energised. 

I'm a huge fan of Lush bath bombs so couldn't resist picking this item up to try it out. Once opened it looks like a bar of chocolate accept its white. As it hits the water it dissolves quickly and doesnt give much of a colour change and also doesn't add any bubbles. It does have a sweet scent at first but it doesn't last very long.

Overall the Zoella beauty range is great for the age group it is aimed for. I'm sure it will make a great gift to any teenage girl or younger. My favourite item out of the three product i bought was the cream. My worst will be the bath bomb as it doesn't do much for me! 

Let me know what you think... have you tried any products in this range? 

Maria xoxo

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Saturday, 23 May 2015

Superdrug Coconut Water Shampoo, Conditioner & Hair Therapy Oil With Coconut

Hey! Hope you are all well. I received my latest hamper from Superdrug last week as I am a Superdrug insider. Im always thrilled to receive and test out any new products they send me. Everything in Superdrug's beauty range carry the leaping bunny symbol. All products are cruelty free. This is my first time trying any shampoo or conditioner from Superdrug's own brand. 

Fresh coconut water is by far one of my favourites drinks. Ever since I went to the Caribbean a few years back I fell in love! I would literally drink it everyday if I could. Not only does it taste good it boosts hydration, gives you great skin and is very rich in nutrients.  Coconut is the scent of summer. Just think... lounging on the beach somewhere tropical and sipping a Malibu and pineapple... Superdrug have captured this in a new haircare trio which promises hydration without leaving residue. 

Hydrate & Shine Shampoo takes coconut water to help hydrate the driest of hair leaving no residue leaving the hair feeling soft and smooth. The product provides gentle yet effective cleansing and adds shine for healthy-looking hair. 

I wear virgin human hair extensions and as everyone knows they can get dry and dull looking after a few weeks. At the moment i have a loose wave pattern in. I used this shampoo through my real hair and extensions and it is amazing! My hair feels clean, weightless and soft and my scalp feels good too. Its not expensive and I just love the coconut smell. 

To add even more shine and softness, Use the coconut water shampoo. This will help replenish and rejuvenate the hair adding softness and shine. Make sure you leave it in the hair for abouut 3-5 minutes for best results. 

Specially developed for dry hair. The Hair Therapy Oil with coconut water gives the hair an instant boost of shine and seals in moisture. Hair is left touchably soft and looks healthier with each use. All of this is done without any added residue, so that hair is not weighed down. It naturally leaves hair replenished and conditioned. 

Superdrug have done it again. They do a great job providing products that do a great job, cruelty free at jaw dropping prices. I love that these products add shine and softness without adding any residue so hair is not weighed down. Instead my hair was left feeling full and light. 

Thinking of using any of these products or used them already? Would love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment below for any questions. 

Maria xoxo
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Sunday, 3 May 2015

Anastasia Beverly Hills 'Pure Hollywood' Liquid Lipstick

For so long now I have been admiring Anastasia Beverly Hill's products on Instagram and YouTube. I already managed to get the Dip brow Pomade last year as it was selling on a UK make-up website. Since their release I have have been patiently waiting for the Liquid Lipsticks and Cream Contour Kits to be available in the UK at a reasonable price! Quite frankly I couldn't wait any longer I saw one of my favourite YouTube Guru's from Australia wearing Pure Hollywood and It was just a instant reaction for me to get it! It looked gorgeous on her. 
On my hunt to get myself this lippy. Firstly I went to the actual Anastasia Beverly Hills website and not to my surprise it was sold out... Luckily I found a MUA on Depop (the app) who was selling this brand new in the box. I ended up paying £27 including postage. Its a bit much but totally worth it! 

Pure Hollywood appears on my lips as a cool toned beige with a slight hint of pink. I was a little worried being dark skinned the colour would be too light for me. But it was perfect. The formula is very lightweight and doesn't leave lips feeling dry or bitty like other liquid lipsticks, Once applied, it sets in under a minute and stays on for hours. The longest staying lipstick I own and all you need is one coat. I can apply in the morning go to work and lipstick will still be on by the evening. Once it sets, it is smudge and budge proof. If your a fan of nude lips I would highly suggest you try this colour! I will definitely be trying out different colours from this collection. I'm in love!

This is me wearing Pure Hollywood in natural light. I applied a thick outlining using Barry M Lip Liner in chocolate 6. Let me know what you think. If you need any other details about this look please comment below.

Maria xoxo
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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Nike Air Max 90 | All White

I have been eyeing up all white trainers for awhile now. From Huarache's to the classic Nike Air Force one's. I just fancied some cute and comfy trainers to throw on when I have time off. I have an obsession with Nike. Although I saw Pharrel's new Adidas Supercolor collection on every trainer website I went on. I don't think they can compare to any Nike trainer. I'm just not feeling them so I will not be hopping on that trend anytime soon!

White trainers never go out of style and they make any simple all white outfit pop. These trainers originally released in 1990 have a graduated mid-sole for cushioning and are really comfy to wear. I have had a lot of compliments on them when I wore them. Which is a plus because I'm usually a heels/pump kinda girl. So if your looking for some comfy and on trend shoes right now and you are not sure which ones to buy. I highly suggest these!

What is your favourite pair of trainers right now? 

Maria xoxo
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

B. Sweet Like Candy Collection

Last week as an Superdrug insider i was thrilled to receive some new make-up by B.
B. offers a collection of premium skincare and make-up at a mainstream price. Their products are not tested on animals and the range is suitable for vegans and vegetarians. All products have been dermatologically approved and are paraben free.

The new B. Sweet collection consists of three products. Popping Candy Highlighting Serum, Whipped Blush (two shades) and Candy Shop lipstick (three Shades).
This new limited edition collection has been designed taking inspiration from one of this spring's hottest catwalk trends, bursting with pretty pastels and sweetie-style shades.

This is the first product that caught my eyes when opening my package. Bursting with illuminating pearls which are encased in a lightweight serum which helps to hydrate the skin. It is designed to instantly brighten and improve your complexion.  This is without doubt my new make-up bag must-have! It can be used as a highlighter or as an illuminating base. I use it as a base or mix a little with my foundation which instantly gives my face a beautiful glow. 

B. Sweet Whipped Blush is available in two fresh flattering shades - Strawberry a sweet pink and Peach. The packaging is gorgeous and you simply twist to open. The blushers again are a lightweight whipped texture which provide a soft flush of colour to create an instant healthy glow. It goes on like a cream but dries instantly to almost a powder.  

B. Sweet Lipstick in Lollipop

B. Sweet Lipstick in Orange Boom

These lipsticks are available in three delicious candy colours: Lollipop, Sherbet Dip and Orange Bloom. The packaging again matches the blusher above. The lipstick texture is creamy and moisturising. To open just simple press the bottom and the lipstick ejects and comes out. Amazing i thought... :)

Lipstick Swatches On Dark Skin

In this picture I applied the Popping Candy Highlighting Serum as a base using Mac's 187SE duo fibre face brush. I gently applied a little of the Sweet Whipped Blush in strawberry using Real Techniques Contour brush from the Core Collection. The lipstick I'm wearing is Lollipop. I personally love this collection its cute, bright, girly and affordable it has something for everyone. 

Would love to hear your thoughts on this collection. If you have any questions or you have or are thinking about buying any of these products please leave a comment.

Maria x
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Sunday, 19 April 2015

GOSH Cosmetics Mineral Powder & Powder Brush

I typically reach for mineral powder when setting my concealer. I never use it over my entire face. I find it gives me a soft flawless look and makes my skin appear soft and smooth. 

This mineral powder from GOSH has a very light and silky texture which is easy to blend into the skin. It provides medium to full coverage and a natural looking matte finish. It comes in 4 different shades and is also perfume and paraben free.

Mineral powder offers professional results and easy application for all skin types. It is light on the skin, allowing natural beauty to shine through while still covering blemishes and even out skin tone.

The easiest way to apply mineral powder is to use a large, thick brush. Like shown in the picture above. The brush is very soft and made with 100% natural hair. You basically gather some of the mineral powder on the mineral powder brush and gently tap to remove excess. Apply the powder in a circular motion until blended in. 

What's your favourite mineral powder? Have you tried this one? Let me know your thoughts below.

Maria x

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Give Yourself A Spring Clean - New Vitamin E Skincare By Superdrug

Hey! I'm happy to reveal I have been chosen to be a Superdrug insider. As an employee I applied and my application was successful. There is 20 of us from different stores who try and review brand new products from there own brand range. 

Superdrug's best selling skincare range, Vitamin E, have launched new products to the collection each of which harnesses the antioxidant power of naturally sourced Vitamin E.

This is a effective toner mist spray which can help even out oily skin whilst giving it a healthy drink of moisture. I spray it on each morning and evening as part of my cleansing routine its very refreshing. With soothing Aloe Vera it helps to instantly revitalise and tone the face whilst giving your skin a boost of moisture with each spray. 

Body scrub has become an important part of my beauty routine. I try to indulge myself at least once a week I usually use soap and glory's body scrub. 

This scrub is a luxuriously rich formula consisting of a blend of natural exfoliants. Sugar, sea salt and walnut shell granules to gently polish and stimulate the skin, whilst nourishing sweet almond and grapeseed oils will leave your skin feeling soft, supple and super smooth. 

For me the body scrub doesn't feel to harsh which is a plus. It exfoliates your dead/dry skin and leaves it feeling soft, smooth and hydrated. It doesn't have a strong lingering smell and it works well with other products from the Vitamin E collection. 

A versatile,  Light weight and non greasy formula with Argan, moringa and jojoba oils to moisturise and soften skin and hair.

For me this is a great quality product at a great price. I use it everyday and find it very handy. It has improved my skin texture and doesn't sit  on your skin. Its a non greasy residue. For my hair it keeps my hair soft, de-tangled and moisturised. 

Out off all the products sent to me this product is definitely my fav!

Its a triple action cleanser, mask and scrub. It has a rich, purifying and nourishing formula with Vitamin E. It effectively removes make-up and impurities fora refreshed radiant complexion. 

I use it as a face mask at least once a week and use it as a face scrub in the shower every morning. It left my face feeling extremely soft and smooth and i have noticed some great changes since using it. My skin is a lot more clearer and healthier.

These micellar cleansing wipes are specially formulated to cleanse away impurities, dissolving make up and helping to remove waterproof mascara. The micellar technology cleanses, tones and helps to sooth without the need for rinsing. Enriched with Vitamin E, Aloe Vera and cucumber extract. They leave your skin feeling smooth, refreshed and perfectly primed. 

I wear make-up almost everyday and I must admit sometimes i get lazy and forget to wash my face at night. These wipes are easy to reach for at the end of a busy day. They help to remove stubborn make-up and leave the skin feeling soft. 

This overnight peel is formulated with a unique energising complex infused with kiwi fruit and mulberry extracts to help revive skin radiance and even out the skin tone. It also contains Glycolic acid and a fruit acid blend. The refreshing gel formula also refines and retexures the skins surface providing a brighter, more youthful complexion. 

I applied a pea size amount of this gel on my face at night after cleansing and toning my face. The gel is clear and has a slight fruity scent to it. As the gel absorbed into my face I could feel my face getting slightly tighter which was great I thought. I went to sleep with the mask on washing it off the following morning. My skin felt soft, smooth and moisturised. I also had a few comments on my skin the following day at work with people saying looks really good. This peel is great and I definitely will be buying again. 

Have you tried any of these product from Superdrug or anything similiar? 

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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Majenta Beauty Cheek Colour In Shocking Pink


Today's post is a review on Majenta Cheek Colour in Shocking Pink. For those who don't know what Majenta Beauty is, Its a make-up brand located in the UK. They have a online store with several stockists in the UK. It is a up and coming brand founded by a mother and daughter team. Their products have had great reactions in the UK at catwalk shows, road shows, in magazines and online. The brand will continue to grow both nationally and internationally. 

I love this colour! It has an oil-free silky ultra-fine creamy fine powder formula. A vibrant, playful, warm and cool shade to contour the face, add cheek colour and emphasise cheek bones. Triple milled fine powders give an even long lasting professional application. It's easy to carry compact includes a mirror and natural hair blusher brush. Its also paraben free and can also be used as an eye-shadow.

It is highly pigmented as you can see from the pic above and that is just one single swipe. You defiantly need to use a very light hand to add the product on the brush and then to apply it. Making sure its blended well. The colour will not only just give you a healthy look but also help brighten up your face instantly. It has great staying power it lasted a good 7 hours on me.

What do you think?

Maria xoxo

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Mac Velvet Teddy Lipstick

Through my obsession of 90's style nude lips. I recently finished my everyday nude lipstick from MAC called 'Spirit' and was browsing through their website and saw 'Velvet Teddy' was back in stock. I have heard a lot of hype surrounding this lipstick and apparently Kylie Jenner uses it to get those pretty plump lip of hers along with the whirl lip liner which I know is lie... I mean maybe she does wear this lippy but she clearly has had some kind of lip injections. 

Moving on to the review... 

Swatch on dark skin from left to right: Mac Honey Love, Mac Velvet Teddy, Mac Lip liner in Chestnut. 

I would describe this lipstick as a creamy pinked beige. Its full coverage and is definitely my new favourite nude lipstick for the spring. The texture is great and will work with any skin tone it also has a sheen to it so it doesn't dry out your lips. Its a matte lipstick i must say other matte lipsticks i have bought from MAC tend to dry out my lips after awhile but this lipstick doesn't. 

I paired the lipstick up with MAC 'Chestnut' Lip liner. I did a simple outline. Then applied the lipstick.

What is your favourite nude lip colour at the moment?  

Maria xoxo

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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Floating Flower Bath Bomb (Lush Valentine's Day 2015)



My boyfriend went on a little lush splurge for me for valentine's day and i got this lovely  floating flower bath bomb from their valentine's day collection. As soon as i opened the bag the smell was delightful. It has a sensual jasmine fragrance. Its vivid, colourful layers create a bouquet of pink, orange, and green froth in the water. I left the tub feeling very relaxed and smelling irresistible. I really have to start stocking up on these bath bombs they are great! 

Just simply fill your bathtub up with warm water, drop in the bath bomb and lay back to enjoy its lovely colour and gorgeous fragrance. 


What lush products are you loving at the moment or which one will you recommend? Let me know in the comment section below! 

Maria x

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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow

This is my first ever cream eye-shadow and this lil' max factor pot has been gracing my eyelids almost everyday since i came across it. I wear it almost everyday without fail. Its perfect for work as its quick and easy to apply and lasts all day. 

The shadow's feature a 'smart' 3D silicone gel formula, which is designed to hold the metallic colour in place for up to 12 hours. 

They provide 'intense luminosity and a smooth finish that lasts'. The formula is blendable and gives a smooth feel for easy application. The metallic colour pigments deliver shine and strong colour intensity. 

Shades include: Pink Opal, Copper, Bronze, Crystal, Pearl and Onyx. They are available at Superdrug and are priced at £7.99 each.

Tried these yourself or thinking about trying them let me know what you think.

Maria x

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Friday, 20 February 2015

Happy Birthday, Rihanna

Image Via Elle

This Bajan beauty is a big inspiration to me from her sleek hairstyles, perfect make-up, great fashion sense and her general idgaf 'bad gal' attitude. I admire her in so many ways. 

We have all seen her grow so much since 'Pon de replay' and its always great to see someone from the Caribbean like myself, make it in the mainstream media. So I will always support her. By sticking to what she believes in and not caring what other people think she clearly shines bright like diamond. She is constantly evolving I hope to see another album from her soon!

Happy 27th Riri!

Maria x
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Thursday, 19 February 2015

GOSH Cosmetics SS2015

Hey! Hope you are well.

I was extremely happy to receive a box of goodies at work by GOSH to promote their new SS2015 collection. I have to say this is my first time ever trying any product from GOSH so I was delighted to receive these products as I do love to try new things and I will give a honest review.

*Forever Lip Shine - Price £6.99

These are simply gorgeous! A twist-up lipstick in 10 intense colours. The tip is perfect for outlining like a lip liner and colouring the lips. Its like a lipstick and lip liner all in one. The smooth texture glides easily on the lips whilst leaving long lasting colour and shine. The lips are left soft and moisturised. They come in 10 shades ranging from nudes to bright to match any occasion!

The colours above from left to right are: 001 - Baby Baby, 003 - Love Story, 004 - Fluffy Feeling, 005 - Flirty Dreams, 006 - Magic Monday, 007 - Funky Friday, 009 - My Valentine, 010 Lady Like.

Close up of 001 - Baby Baby

*Eyelight Trio - Price £6.99

The new go-to compact for sexy statement smoky eyes. They come in 4 shades a nude, brown, pink and blue. They have 3 textures in one, an highlighter to light up eyes, a glitter shadow for sparkling colour and a satin texture to add depth and contour eyes.

*Xtreme - Liquid Gel Eye Liner - £5.99

Was really exited to try these. As I'm a big fan of eyeliners. These new brilliant liquid gel eyeliners come in 9 dazzling, long lasting colours. The gel formula is perfume & paraben free, dries instantly and is smudge-resistant and waterproof .I had fun playing around with these the tip is soft and precise for easy application.

This is a quick basic example of what you can achieve with the eyeliners. I didn't go outside or wear my eyes like shown. Its just to show you guys how great the eyeliners are so you can see for yourself. The pic hasn't been edited in any way. 

All items shown are now recently released and you can purchase them at superdrug. I'm sure you will like them as much as i do! If  you have any questions please leave a comment and ill get back to you. mwah x

Maria x

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