Sunday Review Time – Benefit’s Cutie Cravings

Hello Everyone!

What better to browse on a Sunday afternoon than a good old review (go make yourself a cup of tea in preparation). We had a glorious day of sunshine yesterday, today however I am looking out the window and it’s as drab as ever, doing that odd spitty drizzly rain thing that makes you wonder why we live in the UK. Today I will be reviewing the Benefit Cutie Cravings make up kit.

This set is an odd one for me, I love the packaging as it’s a tin that looks like a little shop, but even saying the words ‘Cutie Cravings’ makes me shudder inside and think ‘Why, Benefit, why!’ (When I hear cutesy words like that it makes me want to be sick).

Anyway, enough of that, I think it’s time for you to see it and hear a bit more about the contents:

IT'S A LITTLE SWEET SHOP
IT’S A LITTLE SWEET SHOP

The lid to this flips up to show you the inside:

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OH OH, NO IT ISN’T!

This set includes a mini Porefessional primer, 4 Benefit Eyeshadows with sponge applicator, a Hoola bronzer with little brush, a sample size ‘They’re Real’ mascara and a lip gloss.

I really like the mix of products in here as it’s not too skincare focused, or too eyes focused. One thing I noticed straight away is the shade of the Hoola bronzer looks much lighter in here than in the full size version, but I have had my full size version for quite a while so that may be why.

I have tried the Porefessional primer before, I wasn’t blown away by it but it is a good primer to use around the T zone before applying make up to make it last longer and to minimise the look of pores (surprise surprise).

For me, the really impressive parts of this kit are the eyeshadows and the mascara. The eyeshadows are a great consistency, buttery and velvety, they apply like a dream. The only criticism I would have is that the fourth glittery shade has coarser glitter particles than other higher end eyeshadows. The shades are really subtle and pretty, and the third matte brown colour is great for applying in the crease. I do think a double sided brush rather than a sponge applicator would have been more useful.

Here’s a close up:

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Hi, Sponge Applicator that I will never use. Shades from left to right are: ‘It’s Complicated’, ‘Nude Swings’, ‘Quick, Look Busy’ and ‘Thanks a Latte’

The mascara ‘They’re Real’ had a massive hype when it first came out. I was quite late to the party with that one, but it really is an amazing mascara. It lengthens, holds a curl really well and is a true jet black colour (not ashy like some that you can get). I tend to put this on on days where I want it to last, and also when I know I won’t have to rush to take my make up off. This stuff sticks fast, so you will need a good make up remover to get it off!

The lip gloss in this set is really lovely, it looks like quite a non descript colour in the tube but once applied it is very opaque and balmy. It’s not too sticky, but it is one where you would have to reapply it often.

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Finally, onto the Hoola bronzer, which I have used before in a full size version and loved it. It’s the perfect matte warm shade bronzer, that has great staying power. The product itself lasts for ages too, so this sample sized amount will last me a very long time! The little brush again I doubt I will use, but if it is one of those sets you will be travelling with it is a great idea.

All in all, this is an ideal gift for a make up junkie, with the stand out performers being the eyeshadows and the mascara for me personally.

What are your favourite Benefit products?

Thanks for reading 🙂

Roshni xxx

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My Favourite Looks from LFW…

Hi Everyone!

Happy Saturday Morning :). Today I thought I’d bring to you my favourite looks from London Fashion Week, which can be used as inspiration for shopping and outfits you might want to put together! Obviously there are LOADS of fashion shows to choose from, but I have my personal favourites which I will run down here.

For me, sometimes one of the best things to do is to sit with a cup of tea, maybe a chocolate malted milk biscuit and a good browse on the Vogue website. I LOVE this website, it has the most amazing quality pictures (which you will see here as that’s where I got mine from), it’s really user friendly and just, really REALLY COOL.

Settle down troops, prepare to feast on some fashion:

VALENTINO

This is my favourite show of all that appeared at London Fashion Week (and that’s saying something). Although I’m into make up and shiz, generally speaking I’m not a massively girly girl. However, there’s something about the romanticism and overall FLOWINESS of a Valentino catwalk show.

Below is a classic example of a Valentino: Gorgeous, romantic, beaded and muted tones.

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A slightly shorter and more contemporary version is the image below. I love how this reminds me of the illustrated children’s books you would get back in the day, and this outfit is essentially a dark blue sky barfed onto a dress (not the greatest description I know but it fits for me).

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JENNY PACKHAM

Anyone who loves fashion will know about Jenny Packham. Known for beautiful flowing dresses, she is a massive name in the world of fashion.

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This dress is designed to be a stand out piece, but it is still more modern with a shorter style. Doesn’t stop it looking like it’s itchy to wear though…despite this it’s gorgeous, and I like how full the skirt is compared to the waist.

ZAC POSEN

Honestly, I’ve never really seen much from Zac Posen before. I really love how different this dress is to anything I’ve ever seen before. The cape style neckline and back is really chic, and it looks VERY EXPENSIVE (I know that my suspicions are warranted here.) The monochrome style is really understated, but it has enough embellishment to make it stand out from the crowd.

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ELIE SAAB

Again, the looks in the Elie Saab show were very different to anything I’ve seen before. I really like the colour palette used in this show, as it harks back to the more autumnal shades but gives it a spring update. The vertical lines on these pieces are not only very flattering on the figure, but it really shows the quality of the material and tells you for a fact, this is a luxury range. There’s something dark and moody about it, without being too Adams family/Beetlejuice.

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***Disclaimer*** All of these images came from the Vogue website 🙂

What were your favourite looks from London Fashion Week?

Thanks for reading 🙂

Roshni xxx

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Barry M ‘Watermelon’ and what might be my favourite polish of all time

I have a quick little post for you today on a weird colour for nail polish: GREEN. Not a huge fan of the acid, lime or foliage types, I tend to swerve more towards the turquoise, emerald and teal types when it comes to beauty and nails.

The polishes I have used today are a deep dark green, with the glitter being more of a navy teal kind of colour. It’s that same 17 polish I’ve spoken about before that I thought they had discontinued, I’ve just had a look on the Boots website though and it looks like they have it! REJOICE. I’m getting to the last few drops of mine, even tried to pour a bit of nail polish remover in it to spark it up again but ALAS, it didn’t help :(.

Barry M Gelly in 'Watermelon' and 17 'Navy Glint'
Barry M Gelly in ‘Watermelon’ and 17 ‘Navy Glint’

This look uses ‘Watermelon’ all over and then ‘Navy Glint’ as an accent. I can’t stress how much I love this colour, I think its the perfect everyday glitter that looks really chic and understated. It also comes off with remover like a dream!

I already love the Barry M Gelly polishes, they are some of the best that I have tried. The finish is always great and the opacity is brilliant once you get to your second coat at least. I find that the darkest colours come up the best in this range, as they really pick up the shine.

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What do you think of this look?

More importantly, what is your favourite polish in the world? Think of if your collection got stolen (god forbid) what is the shade you’d pine for the most?!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Roshni xxx

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5 Things you only realise once you’ve cut your hair short…

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In January I cut my hair short, it was quite long but I had ombréd (just realised this isn’t a verb) it around 3-4 times and they ends had got very dry and brittle. The chop was much needed and my hair is definitely healthier and thicker. I also dyed it back to dark brown as once I had it cut I still had some red ombré bits poking out at the bottom of my graduated bob.

Now I have had this cut for a few months I have been thinking of doing a little mini guide, to either PREPARE you for a long to short hair transition, PREWARN you or make you excited for biting the bullet.

On the whole I know that I made the right decision, but jeez as soon as I cut my hair off, this are the main things that I realised:

1. You can no longer forego a scarf

 When my hair was long, I admit I used to use it as a bit of a scarf. Now I have to actually USE normal scarves, which is great and cumbersome at the same time. It’s a hard life.

2. Your whole dressing style has to change

Things that you could wear before without a doubt in your mind, you either can’t wear now or have to really think about how to put outfits together with them. I have now found that nice little dresses and tops with collars looked great before, but now when I wear them because I have quite a baby face I just look 9 years old. Like I’m going to a party where we are going to play pass the parcel. (I liked that game in fairness, but not when you get the worst sweets out of the bunch when it lands on you and it’s just a layer of paper :'().

3. Having long hair can actually be quite slimming 

The only reason I say this, is because I have realised the reverse of this since having my hair cut. By the reverse, I mean that having your hair short can make your figure look quite different. I have started to notice more how my neck, shoulders and arms look simply because beforehand they were partially covered by my length of hair and now they aren’t!

Cue some running and a partially more active interest in exercise. (Yeah everyone should be the size they want and blah blah but hey, #justbeinreal)

4. Wait until the time is right to curl your hair

I remember a few weeks after I had my hair short, I thought ‘hmm this might look quite nice with it curled!’ What I failed to remember that was because I went for a graduated bob, the section at the back of my hair basically rested on my neck. This meant it was VERY SHORT, and hence could only just about go through straighteners. I did however try to curl my hair, and I ended up looking like one of those Betty Spaghetti dolls, but one that had been put in a tumble dryer. I think I’m now going to wait until my hair is at least shoulder length before I try again *slaps forehead*.

5. The first time you go to tie your hair up into a pineapple onto the top of your head, you will feel sadness

This probably pains me the most of all the points I have made here today *holds up hand in scouts honour gesture*. I now long for the relief and that feeling of tying your hair up into a messy but OH SO comfortable bun on the top of my head. I have to make do with either two clips (one for the top and bottom), a dissatisfyingly low bun, or PIGTAILS. Can you imagine.

I know I’ve been pretty short hair bashy in this post, but when I say I made the right decision, I do believe that. This is because it will make my hair much healthier when I grow it back to being LONG AND LUSCIOUS AND LENGTHY. LONG LONG LENGTH.

Do you have anything to add to this list? 🙂

Roshni xxx

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#ColourMeMarch – What outfit would I wear to the Cheltenham Races?!

Hello Everyone!

I was recently lucky enough to be accepted into the etailPR Blogger Network and stumbled upon their campaign for the Cheltenham Races Ladies Day which is on the 11th March. Although I’m unable to attend the event itself I love an excuse for a bit of online browsing 🙂 and so I’ve put together an outfit that looks off into the distance, to Spring!

I really can’t wait for spring and for the weather to get warmer, so the outfit that I’ve put together would be perfect for those days when it’s sunny and you are in the mood to wear some bright colours!

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Dress from River Island, Bag from Topshop, Necklace from Accessorise and Shoes from New Look!

I went for a coral strapless lace dress (£40 from River Island), as this colour stands out from the crowd and the way that the lace falls below the hem is really beautiful. I have always loved lace dresses like this, that aren’t too restricting like the long sleeve versions you can sometimes get. This would also be very comfortable if you are standing by the racecourse cheering on your horse! (GO JIMMY GO, I imagine there’s a jockey somewhere called Jimmy).

I’m most definitely not a hat person, this statement stretches to fascinators too so instead to accessorise I’ve gone for a statement coral and gold necklace (£12 from Accessorise), and a simple black clutch bag (£28 from Topshop) that can have the handle looped around the wrist. This means once again when cheering on your horse, you can wave your arms in the ayer like you just don’t cayer, without spilling your 101 beauty ‘essentials’ all over the grass.

Finally, these slingback cream court shoes (£17.99 from New Look) are probably not the most practical part of the outfit but damn would they look good. Just hope that it doesn’t rain the night before…and to combat the grass you can get some of those heel add ons that appeared in Dragons Den that let you walk on grass without sinking! Genius!

What do you think to this outfit? 🙂

If you fancy entering this competition, all you need to do is upload a picture of your chosen outfit  and share it via Twitter. Make sure to use #ColourMeMarch and upload it before 1.50pm on Cheltenham Races Ladies Day, 11th March. Also don’t forget you can follow @ColourMeMarch to keep up to date and see all the other entries! Make your entry direct to the website here.

What would you wear?

Roshni xxx

(I would like to note I would wear two shoes, not one).

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One Swipe Wonders – Lip Edition

I was originally going to do a post all about one lipstick, which happened to be the best nude I have ever found, that I recently rediscovered. When I was looking through the lip products I use on the regs, I actually found that there were around four that I reach for on an almost daily basis. I’ve put these together to show you the best lip products that give you maximum pay off for the least amount of effort (I spoil you, I know).

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Take the worn nature of the Soap & Glory gloss stick (far right) as a sign of how much it’s been floating around my handbag…

The Pigmented One (click for link) – 

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This lip gloss is from Tanya Burr’s range by Eye Candy, which I’m sure most of you guys know about now (I have the shade ‘Aurora’). She has recently expanded into eyelashes as well but am yet to try those! These lip glosses are SO pigmented, sweet smelling and long lasting. The only thing I’m not keen on is that they are slightly sticky, but I reckon she probably has got the formula of these bang on because if they weren’t this consistency I don’t think they would last half as long. I can put this on in the morning and still see the colour a good 4-8 hours later, without it going patchy or weird!

The Shimmery One (click for link) – 

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I picked this YSL Rouge Volupté lipstick in ‘Tasty Raspberry’ on the way back from a holiday, so unfortunately I think this shade isn’t available in the UK :(. It’s a sheer shimmery baby pink, but because it’s not too heavy it doesn’t look too pale. This has the nicest watermelon scent, and the most gorgeous packaging. It has a lip balm texture, doesn’t fade oddly and is very moisturising. Pricey, but well worth it!

The Muted Red One (click for link) – 

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The writing on the bullet of this has almost completely rubbed off, this is because this gloss stick is ALWAYS in my bag! This shade is ‘Plum Jam’ and it’s similar to the consistency of the Tanya Burr gloss so it can be quite sticky. What I do like about this is that the colour is quite strong, but suited to a gloss so it doesn’t need topping up too much and isn’t too drying. I personally think they should have more colour options in the range, but I guess S&G don’t tend to do this very much with any of their products!

The Perfect One (click for link) – 

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DROP ERRYTING. NOW. This lipstick is the most perfect nude that you will ever find. It’s in the shade Beehive, the colour payoff hasn’t been done justice in this picture but trust me it seriously is amazing. Essie Button spoke about this shade in one of her most recent videos and I’m sure she said it was discontinued, but not in the UK!! Especially if you have a light asian skin tone, this will suit you so go out and get it! It’s a pinky toned nude, what pees me off about most nudes for asian skin tones is that they always have an orangey peachy undertone to them and I hate how they look. This lipstick is moisturising, slightly sheer with no hint of shimmer…perfect!

What is your holy grail lip product? That one product you can’t bear to take out of your bag!

Happy Sunday everyone 🙂

Roshni xxx

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