Friday, 24 October 2014

#AsDarknessFalls - The Team Gleam & Daily Mix TV Halloween Party


Tuesday Night, I was incredibly lucky enough to attend Team Gleam & Daily Mix TV's Halloween party in Penthouse, Leciester Square - Central London. I think my jaw hit the floor before I squealed with excitement at receiving the invite.

You see, I've always wanted an excuse or a good reason to dress up like a Disney Princess, and this party was that reason. I got to work on planning my Elsa costume right away and made sure to RSVP in a heartbeat!  I'd also invited the beautiful April to come with me and after my slight Taxi delay, I picked her up and we headed to the venue. 

This party was like no other i'd ever been to! Everywhere you looked, there was a famous YouTuber, dressed in an incredible costume. Now, after about 3 hours of  being scared to talk to anyone and moving from empty space to empty space... and some all important encouragement from the handful of people I knew in attendance... I eventually plucked up the courage to try and speak to people. It's funny how you can spend all week planning the perfect costume, logistics and everything else that comes with attending a costume party... but the one thing I forget to arrange was my confidence. After a few hours of feeling rubbish, with my confidence hitting rock bottom and some wonderful words of encouragement from Lianne Lim Walker (who by the way is an absolute sweetheart!) I finally got to say hi to Zoella and had a lovely little chat, hung out with Gabby and chatted with Niomi and Marcus,
I had fun catching up with the lovely Scarphelia whom I hadn't seen for a while and also Victoria who i'd previously met at a Primark Event and looked amazing in her make up and black milk costume.

There were so many people that I wanted to speak to and get to know, but I just couldn't shake off my confidence issues and just say hello to people, or strike up a conversation. I've written so many times about how difficult I find it to make friends and meet new people and this night was sadly no different. But, small steps right? That's what we're aiming for... and who knows, at next years party, I might be the loudest person in the room...

I have to say that Katie had worked so hard organizing the party, decorating and generally being just being awesome. I've so much respect to her for pulling off the party of the year.
Thanks so much to Katie, Gleam, Daily Mix  for the invite, and of Course Asda for sponsoring the party and hopefully see you at the next!
Em xxx

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Review

With Autumn in full swing and winter drawing in closer every day, now is about the time to start protecting your lips from the cold weather and harsh winds. The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant* is a product which not only applies like a dream, giving you a luscious glossy finish on the lips, but it has numerous benefits too. 

Retailing at £20.00, the lip protectant stick is a product which protects from many elements. It has an SPF of 15 to help protect your lips from harmful UV Rays, Vitamin E for antioxidant protection and works with the world famous 8 hour cream formula to protect, moisturize and nourish lips to keep them feeling soft and smooth.

I've been using my Lip Protectant after every lip exfoliation and I also apply it in the morning around 20minutes before my lipstick to ensure I've got the perfect base for my lipstick to apply on top of, and to top it all off, it works wonders as a clear gloss too!

If you can look past the price tag, the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant * is a fantastic product and one i'll be wearing every day this summer.

Have you tried this product before? Let me know in the comments!
Em xxx

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

NV Cosmetics - Fever Lipstick Review

With the Berry Lips trend still in full swing, it's always nice to try out new products and explore new brands. When NV Cosmetics got in touch with me and asked if I'd like to try out a few of their products, I chose the Fever* Lipstick to add to my collection.

Fever* is a gorgeous deep berry, or red wine shade and retails for the affordable price of £6.00. It's billed as being a super moisturizing, long lasting lipstick that 'glides' onto the lips... and glide is certainly does. I have to say that I wasn't expecting it to glide as quickly or easily as it does. It's quite a slippery product and therefore I'd highly recommend lining or reverse lining with a concealer pencil to avoid any bleeding.

In terms of colour, I think it's a beautiful on trend shade that's a welcome addition to my collection. Aside from slipperiness, I think the only other downside I can think of it that the packaging is bigger than that of a tradtional lipstick, so It doesn't fit into my lipstick holder which is slightly annoying... meaning that it might get used less in the future if it's not there in front of me.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this shade. Have you tried anything by NV Cosmetics? Let me know in the comments.
Em xxx

Monday, 20 October 2014

Make Up Revolution Redemption Essential Mattes Palette Review

The Make Up Revolution Redemption Essential Mattes Palette retails for the astounding price of £4.00 for 12 eyeshadow shades. Featuring a wide variety of shades on the neutral spectrum, from nudes, to brown to taupe - there seems as if there is something for everyone in this palette.

With a lot of low priced matte eyeshadow palettes, you may find that the lighter shades are a little chalkier and harder to work with, and this palette doesn't seem to escape that problem, however I haven't found it too difficult to work with on an everyday wear. 

By far, my favourite shadesto work with have to be 1 & 12 and 11 & 12. A mix of the lighter shades is perfect for an all over lid colour and eyeshadow base and 11 & 12 can almost pass a dupe for 2 of the shades in the Guerlain Palette I've been loving as of late.

This palette makes for a great starter product if you're wanting to get more into matte eyshadows and product has similar shades that are featured in both the Naked Basics and Naked 2 Basics palette, so if you're unsure as to whether or not to splurge on a good matte palette, then the Make Up Revolution Essential Mattes palette could be the starter palette to take you there.

The only downside I've seen with this palette is that some shades are a little more on the chalky side, but for the price- that's to be expected. Overall, it's a great palette and for £4.00 - an absolute bargain.
Em xxx

Sunday, 19 October 2014

The 5 Beauty Instagram Accounts you should be following.

After buying my very first iPhone this year, the first app I made sure to download and get straight into grips with was Instagram. I wanted to share 5 of my favourite beauty accounts that I keep coming back to on a daily basis.

The current beauty queen of instagram, I love how original and often groundbreaking her looks are. Samantha is someone whose looks i've followed over the past year or so on Reddit, and I'm so pleased to see all the success it has brought her.

Cat astonishes me with how beautiful her looks are. Usually just focusing on the eyes and lips, Cat is the queen of colour and has some serious skills. She's also a sweetheart and a supportive friend and certainly one you should be following.

Jessica is not only beautiful but incredibly talented. I love her silver hair, full brows and fearless approach to black lips and bold eyes. I can spend what seems like ages just scrolling through her feed and checking out all her looks.

Caty is a MAC make up artist and produces some absolutely breathtaking looks. I'm obsessed with her hair colour and let me just tell you that she has the most incredible eyebrows. Obsessed.

Rebecca is never afraid to create an unconventional look and go for shades which aren't necessarily 'pretty'. Stunningly beautiful with amazing blending skills I always look to Rebecca's Instagram feed for new colour inspiration.

So these are my top 5 beauty accounts! I'd love to hear your thoughts on them, who was your favourite? and If you have any other suggestions on who I should be following, let me know in the comments
Em xxx

Saturday, 18 October 2014

MAC x Cinderella Collection Announcement.

NYX are a brand which don't seem to get much love over here in the UK as they're quite difficult to get your hands on. The only place to buy them in store are selected NEXT stores, and I'm sad to say that every time i've paid a visit to a store which stocks NYX, the stand has been in a terrible unloved state. However, I was lucky to have come across a stand which was in a much happier condition at the Olympia Beauty Trade Show.

This week MAC Cosmetics announced that they are releasing a Cinderella inspired collection which will be hitting stores in March and I cannot explain how excited I am about this.

As a Child (and partly now) I had a huge obsession with Cinderella. I have a very vivid memory of when I was around 8 years old, playing in the garden and wishing to be an adult so I could legally change my name to Cinderella. I slept with a poster of her above my bed and growing up I always dreamed of a Cinderella inspired pale blue wedding dress.

From the publicity image, I'd expect cute crystal inspired packaging, maybe some icy blue eyeshadow or even a silver glitter eyeliner. I'm hoping to see girly products, certainly a light pink lipstick and a pale pink blush, but i'm definitely looking forward to being surprised with what MAC releases. I have a feeling I'm going to be buying every product on release day...

I'd love to hear your thoughts on what you think will be in the collectonn?
Let me know in the comments!
Em xxx

Friday, 17 October 2014

NYX Wonder Pencil - Light Review

The NYX wonder pencil is quite simply a product that really does live up to it's name. Billed as a product which can fulfill every beauty desire, it's a marvelous multi-functional pencil that not can not only be used to brighten eyes by lining the waterline, but also as a concealer, brow highlighter, lip liner and even a lip primer... is there anything this pencil can't do?

NYX are a brand which don't seem to get much love over here in the UK as they're quite difficult to get your hands on. The only place to buy them physically in store (on the high street) are selected NEXT stores, and I'm sad to say that every time i've paid a visit to a store which stocks NYX, the stand has been in a terrible unloved state. 
However, I was lucky to have come across a stand which was in a much happier condition at the Olympia Beauty Trade Show.

There are three shades available, retailing at £4.50 and of course I bought the lightest shade. For the price, it's an absolute bargain, and after testing it out over the past week I've been super impressed. I think my favourite use for it has to be as a concealer/brow highlighter. It blends so easily under the brows to create a smooth sharp arch and cleans up my Anastasia Beverly Hills so nicely.

I really wish I bought more of these pencils as I can think of so many uses for it and I'd much prefer to have a separate pencil for lining lips/eyes to keep things neater. Overall, a fantastic product and if you find a chance to buy one of these, I highly recommend it.

Em xxx