Saturday, 20 December 2014

Estee Lauder Defiant Nude Scultping Eyeshadow 5 Colour Palette

From the minute that I bought this eyeshadow palette I was dying to share it with you. I will start by saying that Estee Lauder isn't a brand which I have bought a lot from in the past, maybe a concealer and blush and that's about it. I was browsing the make up counter in Boots and the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Eyeshadow 5 Colour Palettes caught my eye and one in particular, Defiant Nude. I am a neutral eye girl through and through so the colours in this palette appealed to me straight away.

 Tom Ford is part of the Estee Lauder Group and I know that some products from Tom Ford are actually the same as some Estee Lauder products only repackaged and more expensive. I love my Tom Ford eyeshadow quad so with this in mind I thought I would give the Estee Lauder Defiant Nude palette a go in the hopes that it would be of comparable quality.

The palette comes with five beautiful colours, three matte shades and two shimmer shades. The shimmery shades are beautiful, although they are not sparkly or glittery at all; I would say they are more of a satin finish.

All of the colours are pigmented and so buttery soft, making blending a dream!

What I love about this palette is its versatility. There is so many looks you can create with this and the colours are so wearable. I have been wearing the shimmery champagne colour all over my lid with the bronze shimmery shade in my crease, I have been wearing the matte nude colour on its own with flicked out liner and using the dark chocolate matte shade when creating a more night time smokey eye. This palette does it all. For me it's perfect, the best of all worlds. 

The packaging and feel of the palette is gorgeous and high end and the mirror is actually really good, the sponge applicators maybe not so much.

Today I used it to create a simple yet pretty winter glow look. If I could describe this palette in a couple of words it would be effortlessly pretty.

For me the Tom Ford eyeshadows still have a bit of an edge but this palette is £23 cheaper, so considering it is substantial cheaper and has an extra eyeshadow, I would say it is a very very good alternative. Estee Lauder have a great range of other palettes in this range, 12 in total I think. The palette also comes with a little booklet which gives you three or four different looks you can create with this palette and where to place each colour which is useful if you find eye make up a but of a minefield.

Have you tried any of the Estee Lauder eyeshadow palettes?

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Benefit Nice Package Custom Makeup Kit

I was browsing the Benefit website a couple of weeks ago and came across such a cool gift idea. Their Nice Package offer allows you to build a custom make up kit step by step. 

You start of buy choosing one of three complexion products (a choice of thePOREfessional, Hello Flawless Oxygen foundation or the POREfessional:agent zero shine) you then move on to pick one of three cheek products (Rockateur, Lollitint or Benetint). Next step is eyes (They're Real! Mascara, They're Real! Push Up Liner or Gimme Brow) and the last step is to choose your free gift (Creasless Cream Shadow, Longwear Powder Shadow or Ultra Plush Ligloss).

All of the products are full sized products and they all come in a free Benefit make up bag! I thought this was a great deal as for four full sized products and a make up bag it is only £66. I decided to give it a go, why not?!

My order arrived beautifully wrapped in Benefit tissue paper and inside was the cutest pink make up bag. It was slightly smaller than I had anticipated but I was actually glad that it was a nice compact size as most of my make up bags are huge. The make up bag was really really good quality and is perfect to use as an everyday cosmetic bag. Adorable!

Inside was all of the products that I had chosen.

At step 1 I chose the Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Foundation. I am always on the search for the perfect foundation so I thought I would give this one ago. It is oil free which is great for my combination skin and helps to brighten the complexion. I had guess my shade and I finally went for Honey which was a fairly good match for me if not slightly warm toned.

At step 2 I chose Rockateur blush which is a beautiful rose gold/ bronzy blusher. I'm not really a liquid/cream blush kind of girl so the Lollitint and Benetint weren't for me. This blush is gorgeous, it gives such a pretty glow to the cheeks and goes with just about every make up look.

On to step 3, eyes. As I already have the They're Real Mascara and didn't need any eyeliner I went for Gimme Brow. This is a brow-volumizing fibre gel. It contains tiny fibres to help your brows appear fuller as well as setting them in place. I have similar products from the drugstore however I must say that I am really impressed with Gimme Brow. I got the dark brown shade which suits my dark brown hair. I still fill my brows in with my theBalm Brow Pow but then apply this over the top to set them in place. This really helps my brows to look great and keeps them in place all day without smudging. Plus I really like that the wand is ultra small.

For my free gift I instantly went for the Creaseless Cream Shadow. I already own a couple of these shadow and love them! This time I got My Two Cents which is a beautiful bronzy/copper shade. These shadows are great for applying all over the lid and blending out to give a pretty wash of colour to the lids. They are quick, easy and effortless which I love especially for early starts.

I was so pleased with all of my products that I chose. When adding up all of the products I got the total came to £83, which meant that I saved £17 by doing the Nice Package, not to mention I also got a free make up bag. To me that's an amazing deal! 

I love that you get the choice of lots of products and colour options. This would make a great Christmas present for any make up lover. Benefit is a great, high quality brand and the products and packaging are just too cute. Or if like me and you just want some Benefit products but want to save some money then this deal is super!

On top of everything I got to two two free samples as well and I mean everyone loves free samples!

What's your favourite Benefit product?

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Aromatherapy Associates Miniature Bath & Shower Oil Collection

With the cold Scottish winter in full force now, I have been really in to two things, candles and hot baths. The two are a match made in heaven, don't you agree? 

One day when I was feeling particularly rubbish I decided to treat myself to this adorable Aromatherapy Associated 10 Miniature Bath & Shower Oil Collection. I had been eyeing up one of these Aromatherapy Associates sets for ages. 

I love aromatherapy products and I must say Aromatherapy Associates do them well! This set contains 3ml glass bottles of their bath & shower oil in ten different unique and powerful blends which are customised to deal with just about anything that life throws at you.

The set comes in a beautiful purple and gold compact box with a card which tells you what blends are included, which are:-

All you need to do is run a hot bath, choose your bottle, pour its contents in to your bath and wait for your bathroom to be turned in to your very own 'at home spa'. These little glass bottles pack a punch and the scent is strong yet not overbearing.

The other night I decided to use the light relax bath oil which contains lavender, ylang ylang and petitgrain (which is apparently from the leaves of the bitter orange plant). This helped me to really unwind and relax for the evening.

The quality of Aromatherapy Associates are second to none. Yes, they can be a bit pricey but totally worth the indulgence. This little set is great if you want to try out the range before buying a full sized bottle (Revive is my fave....not so keen on Inner Strength). This would also make a beautiful Christmas present for anyone who loves baths or just pampering in general.

I picked mine up from Space NK and used my N.dulge points to get £5 off which was a bonus :) I think I am hooked on Aromatherapy Associates products now as I have their Revive candle burning as we speak....oops!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Latest In Beauty Ultimate Pamper Box Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered my Nars Giveaway last week. Joanna W was the lucky winner, I hope you enjoy your goodies!

I'm back this week with a brand new giveaway and this time you could win a Latest In Beauty Ultimate Pamper Box. I bought one of these for myself a couple of weeks ago and have been loving using all of my product so why not give one away to my reader?!

The Ultimate pamper box contains lots of pampering goodies, to find out exactly what is in the box check out my original post here.

To enter all you need to do is make sure you follow the steps below, following me on Bloglovin and Twitter and make sure you leave me a comment below letting me know what is on your Christmas wish list!

Again this is only open to UK readers due to shipping restrictions. Good luck everyone!

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