Reviews

Joules ‘The Big Bag Theory’ Review.

Firstly, what an amazing name for a bag! I’m a fan of the The Big Bang Theory show (though not quite as big a fan as my sister -or my dad actually who may be reading this) so I think Joules have done really well with coming up with such a quirky title. I’ve never tried anything from Joules before, even though i have admired the brand, so I was really excited to try this out. As you can see, the bag itself is a hold all bag which is pretty massive and can pretty much fit anything into! If you’ve got any clutter around the house you could pop your books and magazines in here and it would still look gorgeous thanks to the stunning design of the bag! It’s really up to you what you use the bag for, i think I’ll use it as a shopper as it’s really sturdy and won’t break in my hand like those pesky cheap carriers. Plus, this is much more stylish!
The design of the bag is called ‘Sky Blue Peony’ and it’s just my type. I love the pastel blue shade, with the pretty floral patterns along with a simple pink handle, finished off with the Joules logo. The bag is available in three other designs of ‘Spring Green Dash’, ‘Pink Wildflower’ and ‘Blue Zig Zag’ but this pattern is definitely my favorite.

HD Eye & Brow Kit Review

If you’re reading this review, chances are you enjoy beauty products so you may understand the importance of our brows and how they frame our faces. Up until around a year ago, I was never fussed on filling in my eyebrows until I started using Benefit’s Brow Zings which I love. My Brow Zings has sadly come to the end of its life and retailing at £23.50, I was hoping to find a cheaper alternative. Enter HD Eye & Brow Kit. I had heard and read great reviews of both the products and treatments, so I was keen to try it out for myself. it must have been my lucky day when I decided to check it out further as HD Brows official website were offering 10% off all products and free delivery so it seemed the perfect time to give it a try.

The Eye and Brow kit is available in three different shades. ‘Bombshell’ is best for fair hair and skin. ‘Foxy’ is best for medium and hair and skin whilst ‘Vamp’ being the darkest shades are best for dark hair and skin. Being a brunette, it appeared that ‘Foxy’ would be the best suited shade for my hair and skin tone for myself. The kits packaging is kept simple yet sophisticated with its black outer colouring and their traditional HD Brows logo embedded on the cover. Inside the kit you will find a built in compact mirror, four different shades and a double sided versatile brush. The four anti-smudge powders are each matte finishes and double up as eye shadows as well brow colours. The four shades include ‘Nude’, ‘Warm Brown’, ‘Dark Brown’ and ‘Carbon’. ‘Nude’ can be used as a highlighter under your brows or to create a neutral eye shade. I have personally found that ‘Dark Brown’ suits my brows the best, whereas on days where I want a lighter shade I will use ‘Warm Brown’ as an alternative. ‘Carbon’ is a shade too dark for my brows so I do tend to neglect this shade. The beauty of this palette is you can also double up with the shades and create the perfect smoky eye. The quality of the powders are excellent and I really long lasting. A usual makeup day I am more concerned about the longevity of my foundation and luckily enough the HD Eye & Brow Kit means I don’t have to worry about my brows at all. It stays perfectly in place throughout the day and I can highly recommend this palette. The kit has become an everyday favourite in my makeup routine and it’s now a step that I don’t miss out on. If I could make one adjustment, I’d love to be able to buy the shades alone as I get the most use out of ‘Warm Brown’ it would make sense for me to be able to buy this particular shade alone. It does seem pretty pricey, with the palette retailing at £19.95, but with four shades which are completely versatile, you definitely get your moneys worth.

The Mascara Awards

Best for length: Eye Of Horus ‘Goddess’ Mascara.*
The first time I tried out this mascara, I wasn’t overly impressed. I hadn’t felt it did an awful lot to my lashes, so I cast it aside for a little while and only recently did I begin trying it out again. I’m so glad I did as the formula had thickened up slightly and I love the length it gives to my eyelashes. This is a good contender for a dupe of Benefit’s ‘They’re Real’, but if you ask me I’d go as far to say that it’s even better. I find it so hard to ‘find’ any of my eyelashes sometimes and I cant stand mascaras that aren’t just going to leave my eyelashes looking stumpy and short. The ‘Goddess’ mascara in black gives me an almost false lash effect look and doesn’t leave any clumps on those days when I go overboard when applying it. It The only problem I do have is that I wouldn’t use this mascara alone as it doesn’t give me enough volume, so I do need to add another mascara on top.
Best for volume: Rimmel Scandal’Eyes.
This is my all time favourite volumising mascara. I use this mascara in the darkest shade of ‘Extreme Black’ as always! It’s really affordable and has become an everyday mascara for me which I know I will repurchase time and time again. So, why do I love it so much? In my mascara routine, I will usually use this on top of a more lengthening product as it gives a lot of volume and ‘oomph’ to my lashes. The brush is pretty big but picks up lots of the product and I love the thickening dark black effect it gives. When this is teamed with black eyeliner I feel it’s at its best. Despite the brush being pretty hefty, it’s easy to apply to the bottom lashes and makes them look a lot more prominent. It does have a tendency to clump if too much is used in one go, so I do try to keep it to a minimum. It’s a pretty thick formula regardless so you don’t need an awful lot.
Best for both: Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Mascara.
That was a mouthful wasn’t it? I first tried this little beauty when I received a free sample from a website offering free samples of this mascara around a year ago and we were then reunited when I received another teeny tiny free sample with my Boots purchase. As you can guess, it’s pretty pricey so I was really pleased with a freebie! The mascara is amazing at giving both length and volume. This is the only mascara I can actually say is perfect to use alone, there’s no need to add any extra volume on top. It builds up good length, separates the lashes and volumises both my upper and lower lashes.
Best for bottom lashes: Maybelline ‘Great Lash’.
My mum gave me this mascara in a little gift set for Christmas and I have recently been trying it out. This mascara is a beauty classic which is very popular over in America. The brush is pretty slim and I haven’t quite found that this works amazingly on my upper lashes just yet. This is my top go to mascara for applying to my bottom lashes as bigger brushes can make it hard to pick up those teeny tiny bottom lashes which are hiding away. As the brush is smaller, it’s perfect for catching the smallest of lower lashes and gives good volume too.
What’s your favourite mascara? x

Top Five Beauty Instagram Accounts To Follow

‘Feeluniquebeauty’ – Feel Unique is one of my favourite beauty websites to shop from as they always have exclusive brands and products perfect for any beauty lover. I love keeping up to date with their latest additions, favourite picks and tips. They also have some amazing photography setups, perfect for finding inspiration.
‘Escentual’ – I love browsing Escentual’s website as they have stunning brands such as Elie Saab, Chloe, Guerlain and lots more for me to drool over. I love following on Instagram to get my fix of all things high end beauty as well the odd cute Moschino teddy bear!
‘thesundaygirluk’ – The Sunday Girl is my favourite beauty blog of all time. Adrienne puts so much hard work into her blog, posting over three times a day and I love to keep updated. When I haven’t got time to catch up on her newest blog posts, I’ll keep updated on Instagram instead to see any new releases.
‘ctilburymakeup’ – If you’re a beauty lover, chances are you wont need me to introduce you to Charlotte Tilbury. I’ve never tried any of her products thanks to the hefty price tag, so I get my fix on Instagram instead! Makeup artist to massive celebrities, I think Charlotte’s an inspirational makeup artist.

‘bourjoisuk’ – Last but not least, it’s Bourjois. There’s lots of Bourjois products that I’d love to try and they’re showcasing some cute pastels ready for spring! I love keeping up to date with their products and with over 50,000 followers it looks like it’s not just me!

Do you have any favourite Instagram accounts?

Joules ‘The Big Bag Theory’ Review

Firstly, what an amazing name for a bag! I’m a fan of the The Big Bang Theory show (though not quite as big a fan as my sister -or my dad actually who may be reading this) so I think Joules have done really well with coming up with such a quirky title. I’ve never tried anything from Joules before, even though i have admired the brand, so I was really excited to try this out. As you can see, the bag itself is a hold all bag which is pretty massive and can pretty much fit anything into! If you’ve got any clutter around the house you could pop your books and magazines in here and it would still look gorgeous thanks to the stunning design of the bag! It’s really up to you what you use the bag for, i think I’ll use it as a shopper as it’s really sturdy and won’t break in my hand like those pesky cheap carriers. Plus, this is much more stylish!

The design of the bag is called ‘Sky Blue Peony’ and it’s just my type. I love the pastel blue shade, with the pretty floral patterns along with a simple pink handle, finished off with the Joules logo. The bag is available in three other designs of ‘Spring Green Dash’, ‘Pink Wildflower’ and ‘Blue Zig Zag’ but this pattern is definitely my favorite.

Aussie ‘Fresh Mate’ Body Wash Review

Did I need another shower gel? Of course not. Did I buy it anyway? Of course I did! You may know Aussie from the fabulous hair care range and they’ve now branched out into the body care sector, releasing a total of four different body washes. The four to choose from are ‘Shower Smoothie’, ‘Fresh Mate’, ‘Mega Watt’ and ‘No Rush’. Each shower gel comes in either a 250ml or 400ml bottle and after dithering at the stand for a while I decided to choose ‘Fresh Mate’ in a 400ml bottle as it was only 50p extra for the larger bottle. Of course I could have happily bought all four, but I managed to restrain myself.
I put this to the test last night as I was in the middle of washing my hair in the shower. Realising I’d left this in my handbag, I made a mad dash to grab my shower gel so I could put it to good use – I promise I had my towel on! So, onto the shower gel itself. ‘Fresh Mate’ is an everyday body wash, with eucalyptus extracts giving it a fresh scent. The scent itself smells similar to that gorgeous typical ‘Aussie smell’ and as you can see the packaging is very similar – so don’t go getting your products mixed up! After a busy day, this is the perfect shower gel to make me feel squeaky clean without an empowering scent and leaves me smelling lovely. The formula of the shower gel itself is thicker than I expected and doesn’t slip out of my hands the second I get some ready to apply. If you’re looking to treat yourself I can definitely recommend Aussie for their ‘Fresh Mate’ body wash. Next step – trying the next three!
Would you try an Aussie body wash?

My Favourtine Disney Instagram Accounts

I think Disneyfind has to be my all time favourite Instagram account. Every time there’s a new Disney product released, whether it’s a top in Primark, to stationery to pyjamas – anything Disney related will always be right here. Some Disney items can be very popular and sell out pretty quickly, so I love finding out about the new releases. If I bought everything, I’d have no pennies to my name but it doesn’t mean I can’t dream!
‘Disneyproductsuk’ is pretty much very similar to Disneyfind. I find that it’s always good to follow more than one account as sometimes we can miss out on things that other people find, so this way there’s no way of missing out on all the perfect new releases.
‘Inkeddisney’ is such a fabulous account. I have no tattoos and I don’t plan on having any as  I change my mind way too often! I could guarantee that in three months after a tattoo, I’d be wishing I had chosen a different design! As I’m sure you can guess, this account has loads of pictures of peoples tattoos based on Disney. I love seeing how creative people can be and seeing the Disney magic live on.
Scrolling through Instagram can give me many different images, so I love to make sure I’ve got my fix of Disney in there somewhere. ‘thedisneysclub’. The account doesn’t focus on specific things such as products or tattoos, instead focuses on all things Disney. You can find quotes, cupcakes, illustration, characters, rollercoasters and lots more. It’s perfect for brightening up your feed.
If there’s one thing that’s my lifelong dream then it’s to get married in Disney. It’s ridiculously expensive so unless I win the lottery, I can’t see it happening any time soon! So, I can dream about my happily ever after instead with the ‘disneyweddings’ account. It’s pretty much self explanatory, but there’s such cute pictures of dresses, cakes and ceremonies it’s too good to miss.
Do you have any favourite Instagram accounts?