Sunday, 11 February 2018

Feeling vampish with The Vampy One, by Pretty Little Palettes...

New brand alert!!

I saw a Instagram advert for a buy-one-get-one-free sale that indie brand Pretty Little Palettes were having, so after a quick click and look on the site, I bought a palette as a birthday gift for someone and got The Vampy One eyeshadow palette for myself to try. Today I want to introduce the palette to you... 

When I Googled for more information on the brand, I discovered that they 
only began trading in November 2017, and that reality star Holly Hagan is one of the two investors and directors for Pretty Little Palettes - I don't watch reality shows or read gossip magazine articles on them, so that doesn't mean anything to me and won't affect my review in any way, but I'd throw that tidbit out there for those of you that might be interested. 
Anyway lets get into the good stuff and see if the eyeshadows are easy to work with and look as good after application, as they do in their pans...

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Crystal clear, with added zing; Crystal Gardenia Citrus EDP by KKW Fragrances...

If you follow the KKW Fragrances brand, you'll know that they've just released a new line of fragrances, ready for Valentine's Day. I personally think the new trio [the Kimoji Hearts line] sounds like popular perfumes from Victoria's Secret that I have/had, and I think the bottles and promotional photos make them look cheap, tacky and generally 'meh' - I know that bottle shape and pictures won't affect the actual juice, but I'm getting fussy about the presentation of fragrances.

Instead of taking a closer look at the new perfumes, I'm bringing some attention back to the original range by the brand instead [by 'original' I mean a whole three/four months old]. Today I'm focusing on Crystal Gardenia Citrus, which was actually the first fragrance in the Crystal Gardenia line I bought, and is the one which encouraged me to continue exploring the KKW Fragrances brand. So it's not going to be a huge surprise to discover that I enjoy this fragrance, but lets read why...


Thursday, 1 February 2018

It's crystal clear; Crystal Gardenia EDP by KKW Fragrances...


KKW Fragrances. A Kim Kardashian-West brand that I'd heard about and dismissed, as I've tried every perfume previously release by her under her last range [except the HTF Love one] and I wasn't wowed by them. However, I then saw photos of the pretty bottles for the KKW line and was predictably suckered in. One impulse blind buy later and I was soon receiving a bottle in the post...

If you follow the KKW Fragrances line, you'll know that they'll be releasing three new fragrances at 8pm UK-time this evening, ready for Valentine's Day. I personally think that this new trio [the Kimoji Hearts line] looks cheap, tacky and generally 'meh', so instead of looking at them I instead thought I'd bring some attention back to the original range by the brand instead [by 'original' I mean a whole three/four months old].

I'm going to start by focusing on the one that most consider to be the piller of the Crystal Gardenia range...

Monday, 22 January 2018

Yeah, baby, she's got the Venus eyeshadow palette [by Lime Crime]...


Hello guys, welcome to a new year [well, not so new now that we're at the end of the month]. I'm kicking of my blog for 2018 by... doing the same kind of reviews I spent most of the past few months posting 😆  
What can I say - I've just really been into eyeshadows recently. I am prone to depression and anxiety, so find applying my makeup before I start my day centering and calming as it's my quiet time when I plan my day in my head. 
Anyway; I think it's beyond the time to check out the palette that kick-started the warm toned eyeshadow trend, so lets jump in and start a new year of blogging with the Venus palette from Lime Crime...

Thursday, 7 December 2017

It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas: Hidden Fantasy EDP by Britney Spears...

Image result for hidden fantasy britney spearsReviewing a festive fragrance back in September made me think about my favourite "Christmas is coming!" perfume, so lets take a look at it now that the festive season has arrived...

 Hidden Fantasy was released in 2008 and is made by Elizabeth Arden. I think it was limited edition, but it is extremely easy to find online cheaply [under £20 for 100ml] most places  and it still pops up in stores too - both discount stores, and regular retailers.

It is something that I wear regularly during autumn/winter, and most days in December. It has a warming effect on me, and I find the cake batter, clove and orange combination very festive - I've made sure to have a bottle of it on hand since it's release as it very quickly became my traditional "Christmas is coming" fragrance for cold and gloomy days - I think I've gone through three bottles so far, and I just ordered a new one two months ago.

So lets take a closer look at Hidden Fantasy, whilst there is plenty of time left to pick up a bottle in time for Christmas...

Monday, 4 December 2017

NOTD: Belle of the Ball, by Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure...



Today we'll be looking at something from Sally Hansen; my favourite pharmacy [drugstore] level price-point polish brand. I try to keep my NOTD posts focused on polishes that are easier to find, so I picked the shade Belle of the Ball for today, as it's easy to get AND is fitting for the festive season - a lovely option for a stocking stuffer...

Friday, 1 December 2017

Is it a goody-goody? Saint edp by Kat Von D...

Since I've reviewed two Kat Von D eyeshadow palettes as being great gifting products, I thought that I'd follow them up by looking at one of her re-released perfumes. 
[if you're wondering; I find Sinner too strong & migraine inducing, so I can't do a decent review for it as the scent notes overwhelm me]

For this 'great Christmas gift idea' product we need to take a walk down memory lane; it was 2009 and I went into a Sephora whilst on my first visit to NYC, which is where I first encountered a fantastic cosmetics brand called Kat Von D Beauty. As well as making the lipstick shade that I still love today, they also made two perfumes; Saint and Sinner, one of which, Saint [see above for original packaging] I Ioved and bought immediately. Over the next few years I would always pick up a bottle or roller ball pen and sample the other two perfumes that followed Saint and Sinner [Poetica & Adora] when I went to the US, until the time came that when I went on one of my trips, I found that the perfumes had all been discontinued.



Back then I think that the perfumes had been US/Canada only releases only, because I never saw them anywhere else - not even eBay, and I eventually gave up looking. Fast forward to August 2017; both Saint and Sinner have been re-released in stunning new bottles, and are available on the Debenhams site [and in selected stores].

So lets dive in and see if Saint is as good as I remembered.....