You know when you put loads of thought and time into buying someone a present for them to turn around and say not only do they already own that present, but they didn't like it to begin with? I had that situation this Christmas.

I bought my sister a MAC Paint Pot, which I was convinced she would love, in the shade Frozen Violet. Frozen Violet is a beautiful frozen purple silver shade with taupe undertones with a beautiful silver shimmer throughout. As soon as I saw it in my nearest Cosmetics Company Outlet Store, I knew she would love it but I didn't expect her to already own it and dislike it. So I did the right thing. I kept it for myself.

I love using MAC Paint Pots as bases for eyeshadow. Painterly is by far the one product I could not live without so I always keen to build up my Paint Pot Collection. I already own Groundwork and Stormy Pink so Frozen Violet is the next shade to be welcomed with open arms. With Groundwork, Painterly and Stormy Pink being fairly matte, Frozen Violet is a nice change to have as a base, as well as on it's own. It is really easy to layer up to build depth on it's own or as a nice base colour for more beautiful, shimmery taupes to be applied on top. 
I did worry about Frozen Violet being a bit OTT to wear everyday, perhaps being preferred to an evening but so far so good. It makes a nice change to wear something a bit different to my usual ashy browns. 

Like the other Paint Pots, Frozen Violet stays put all day and doesn't crease or budge. I did get a tiny bit of glitter fallout but not enough to make it rain.

Review // MAC Paint Pot in Frozen Violet

Whenever people buy me 'nice' bath stuff, I can never bring myself to use it. I couldn't figure out why this was, until I had a conversation with my friend and we finally came to a conclusion - they are for 'special' baths. Whilst I'm not entirely sure what signifies a 'special' bath, every now and then I feel like I should forgo my regular Radox bubble bath and treat myself to a luxurious bubbly treat. Or in this instance, my sister wanted to treat me so say hello to the Lush Butterbear Bath Bomb.

What Lush say about Butterbear:
"Cocoa butter creates a creamy soft bath that is great for nourishing and protecting your skin, with the same vanilla-like fragrance as Butterball Bath Bomb. Moulded into a friendly and sweet-smelling bear, this is sure to be a winner with little and big kids alike!"

Butterbear is a cute little white bear shaped bath bomb which smells wonderful. If I could get a perfume made out of the scent then I definitely would do. It's fresh and clean but sweet at the same time. Lovely. I think one of the best things about Lush bath products isn't just the lovely scents, it's the surprise you get when you run them under hot water. What will happen? What will come out? Will the water change colour? I love the 5 seconds of anticipation you feel just beforehand. (Reading that back makes me sound a little bit sad but come on, we all do it!)

When submerged under hot water, Butterbear fizzes wildly and whilst the water doesn't change colour, beads of cocoa butter and ylang ylang oil appear which look a little like grease but when you bathe in it your skin is left feeling wonderfully soft. Even after Butterbear was dispersed, the bath water still smelt amazing and my skin felt (and smelt) amazing afterwards. 

Whilst nothing utterly fantasticly mind-boggling happened in the water, I utterly loved Butterbear. The one downside to this product is that afterwards, the bath is left feeling awfully slippery due to the products within the bath bomb, meaning you could potentially be one step away from being faceplanted in your own bathtub but hey, at least you will smell good.

Review // Lush Butterbear Bath Bomb

If you had £4,450, what would you spend it on? A holiday? A car? Put it towards a deposit for a house? Or, how about a bracelet? Yep, if you had £4,450 to spare, you could purchase yourself an 18K gold Cartier Love Bracelet.

"A child of 1970s New York, the Love collection seals a love that defies boundaries. With undeniably elegant lines and stamped with the trademark screw motif, the creation is a timeless tribute to passionate romance. Studded with diamonds, yellow, white or rose gold: how far would you go for Love?"

Meaning, can you put a price on Love? Yes, you can, and it costs just over 4 grand. Thanks to the Kardashian/Jenner clan, we have been seeing the Cartier Love Bracelets on their wrists near enough in every selfie they take. They caused a little bit of controversy with Kylie uploading a photo of her arm-candy which was worth more than £12,000 - a figure that some people don't earn in a single year. Don't get me wrong, if someone was willing to spend £4,000 on a bracelet for me then I wouldn't be stopping them but how about a cheaper alternative?

A cheaper alternative that cost £1.69 to be exact. Hello, replica.

It isn't 18K gold. Nor does it have diamonds embedded into the screw motif. It doesn't come with an adorable little screwdriver to keep the bracelet securely bolted to your arm. The website describes them to be made out of sterling silver but they are made out of alloy - at £1.69 with free shipping from China, what can you expect?

I bought the Silver and Rose Gold versions. They arrived within a week and I thought I had broken them straight away. They didn't come with instructions so you had to guess how they opened, ie, by giving them a bit of a yank and hope that when the two pieces come apart, it isn't them breaking into two! They snap together easily enough but opening them is a bit trickier. If they were to break then for £1.69 I wouldn't be too heartbroken. I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for but as I literally cannot justify (nor have) £4,000 for a bracelet, £1.69 is much more manageable. Hey, and I can afford one in every colour.

Recent Purchases // Cartier Love Bracelet Replica

Jacket - New Look
Boots - New Look
Bag - Primark

I love this top.
As soon as I saw it, I wanted it. Then I saw Jourdan Dunn wearing it and I wanted it even more. It sold out ridiculously quickly and has just been added back onto the website so if you are quick, you might be able to grab one. It is ridiculously oversized so size down if possible. Mine is a little too big so the hem and the sleeves are rolled up about 18 times but hey, I like it. It is super easy to wear too.

I bought these jeans in Forever 21 on Oxford Street the other day. I walked in a little bewildered and bumbled my way around in a bit of a daze at all of the gorgeous coloured faux fur gilets on offer and took a heap of clothing to the fitting rooms. Somehow I managed to pick up these ripped jeans. I like them as they aren't the stereotypical ones from Topshop everyone is wearing and I adore the little rips on the thighs that still manage to maintain a tiny bit of dignity. Sizing wise, I have no idea what size they are or how F21 size their jeans but I bought a 27 which was far too big for me in a different style of jean but with these ones they fit okay. Their website has a great sizing chart if you get a little stuck.

I absolutely adore this little bag with detachable crossover straps. I bought it for my sister as a little birthday present, I think it was around £6 from Primark, and luckily for me she absolutely hated it so her loss is definitely my gain! Yes, my purse is so big it probably wouldn't fit into it but it's a cute little 'out and about' bag.

Outfits // The Missguided Supermodel Tee

Forever a lover of matte lipsticks, I recently bought these three Lip Pencils from Maybelline. I couldn't decide which one to buy so I thought I'd just buy 'em all! There are 10 different shades in the range and quite frankily, I could have quite happily bought them all. There is definitely a shade made for everyone!

The Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils are fun-sized crayon pencils with chunky nibs which pack plenty of colour. They are semi-matte with the colour very much packed with pigment.

What Maybelline say about their Velvet Lip Pencils:
"Our slim lip kohl makes lips pop with on trend shades and a creamy texture."

The first Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil I will be reviewing is in the shade In With Coral. As the name states, it is a really creamy pink toned coral which will look very pretty in the summer months with a bit of a tan. 
I found that your lips have to be in really good condition to make these lip pencils receive their full potential. They do seem to show up dry areas on the lips slightly so using a lip balm and exfoliating beforehand is crucial. It was fairly easy to apply, it glided on with ease and didn't drag or pull at all. I did, however, find it slightly drying on the lips. This will probably be down to not applying lip balm beforehand so it can be a tiny bit uncomfortable otherwise.

Overall, I really love these little Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils. They are great dupes to the Nars Velvet Matte Pencils for a fraction of the price. I found that In With Coral didn't last too long on the lips but I did eat and drink a lot that day. It was easy to apply, the pigmentation is amazing and the selection of shades available is incredible. You do need to prep the lips beforehand as they do show up dry skin and because of this, it can be a little uncomfortable but as a whole, for £4.99 they are great value for money!

Review // Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in In With Coral

Seventeen Back Lash Mascara - £6.49
Forever on the hunt for a new mascara to see if I can find one that outshines my beloved Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara, I picked up the Seventeen Back Lash Mascara whilst on a recent shopping trip. I was really drawn to the packaging which is a real bitch to photograph. I hadn't heard of the Seventeen Back Lash Mascara before I bought it so thought it was a new product launched but after a little google I found out that it has actually been around for a while.

What Seventeen say about their Back Lash Mascara:

"You can have it all. Volume. Length. Definition. Lift. 100% greater lash impact. The evenly spaced fibres of the brush gently combs through lashes to deliver an even coverage of mascara from root to tip, without being overloaded. The tip of the brush is shaped to catch the smaller corner lashes."

I really like the packaging to the mascara which has a regular twist up lid. I wish it would make a little clicking sound when it was fully closed so I knew that it was properly closed as I am a little worried it would dry out quickly. It has a standard bristle brush to it which is smaller at the tip to make it easier to get into the small corners of the eyes. As mascara wands go, it is very standard but sometimes, that's all you want from a mascara.

I really love the natural results Back Lash gives. The colour is black, like it states, and the mascara gives definition, volume and lift as well as separating the lashes. I love the results after one coat of Back Lash (first photo) and have often left my eyelashes like that rather than adding a few more coats, top and bottom. 

Overall, I really love the results Back Lash gives. It delivers all it claims and the results are lovely and natural. The formula isn't too wet or dry, nor does it transfer onto the eyelids which I often find from some mascaras. Next time you pop into Boots, give it a try!

Review // Seventeen Back Lash Mascara in Blackest Black

You only officially turn 21 once, despite how many times you declare that you are 21 at "your next birthday" even though you turned 21 four years ago. But what do you get someone or wish for on your 21st? You don't just buy anyone anything when they turn 21. A 'The Vamps' CD will simply not do. You need something special.. something memorable.. something you can keep for years and everytime you look at it, you think, "I got that when I was 21" So, pals, take note!

I think jewellery is a great place to start. Buying some special a piece of jewellery means everytime they wear it, they will remember their special birthday, who bought it for them and more importantly, they could wear it all the time and get the cost per wear down. My one worry of recieving a nice piece of jewellery is being too scared to wear it in case I knock it and it breaks, or I lose it or scratch it. Perhaps you could buy them insurance that includes loss to go alongside it!
THREE: Tiffany Bead Bracelet / Tiffany Lock Pendant / Tiffany Knot Pendant / Tiffany Arrow Pendant
Watches! Everyone needs to know the time so why not buy them a watch in order to do so? I know some people find watches a waste of money as they would rather check their phone instead but I much prefer a watch which I can match my outfit with. Plus, your watch battery lasts more than 4 hours.
ONE: Marc Jacobs Baker Gold Watch / Michael Kors Cooper Rose Gold Watch / Armani Exchange Active Rose Gold Watch / Marc Jacobs Amy Rose Gold Watch
TWO: Marc Jacobs Amy Gold Watch / Karl Lagerfield Chain Gold Watch / Armani Exchange Active Gold Watch / Marc Jacobs Baker Gold Watch
THREE: Fossil Cecil Rose Gold Watch / Michael Kors Rose Gold Sport Watch / Fossil Riley Rose Gold Watch / Marc Jacobs Blade Rose Gold Watch
What about a lovely, expensive handbag? My reasoning for this (and the reason why I wrote the name of the bag I want on a piece of paper and slipped it under my Mum's bedroom door) is that I can pass it on to my future children when I die. We all win. It's an investment piece. In the future these things might be worth a fortune, we, as human beings, should invest in this stuff. Plus they make our arms look nice as we carry them with pride. 
ONE: Mulberry Willow Tote / Michael Kors Selma Tote / Givenchy Antigona Bag
TWO: Valentino Rockstud Trapeze Bag / Chloe Clare Shoulder Bag / Mulberry Willow Tote
THREE: Michael Kors Selma Tote / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Trapeze Bag / Givenchy Pandora Bag
What about shoes, perhaps? Like above, you could pass them on to your future children or just keep them in the box in your wardrobe and every once in a while, pull them out and stroke them, thinking of the fond memories you formed when you were 21.
One: Christian Louboutin Malabar Hill Spiked Pumps / Jimmy Choo Abel Pumps / Christian Louboutin Follies Resille Pumps
Two: Christian Louboutin Pigalle Spikes Pumps / Sophia Webster Nicole Feather Trimmed Sandals / Christian Louboutin Bille Et Boule Pumps 
Three: Saint Laurent Tribute Sandals / Charlotte Olympia Dolly Pumps / Saint Laurent Jane Chain-Embellished Sandals
Other excellent gifts include:
A basket full of puppies.
Everyone loves puppies.
A life-size cutout of Harry Styles.
Everyone loves Harry Styles. And if they don't then there's something strange about them. Uhh, I mean, there are 4 other 1D band members to choose from.
HD Brows.
Everyone needs a strong brow.
(Images from Google.)

As for me? Well, I imagine I will be receiving a £20 gift voucher from New Look for my 21st, which is on the 21st of this month. If my Mum happens to learn how to use the internet between now and then without my help, then the Michael Kors Selma will suffice. No preference to colour.
xxx
(P.S, friends, if you are reading this, please don't buy me a life-size cutout of Harry Styles for my birthday. As much as I adore the guy, my bedroom is only big enough for one of us. And it ain't gonna be him.)

Wishlist // 21st Birthday

If you know me well then you will know that I wear a lot of smokey brown and neutral toned eyeshadows. Occassionally I venture outside of my safe zone and try a cranberry eyeshadow (see: MAC Eyeshadow in Cranberry review here). But what about lavender? I have had this eyeshadow for about 10 months and haven't used it. It has been sat in my room since Christmas and I haven't got round to using it. I think someone bought it for me for Christmas as it definitely isn't an eyeshadow I would have gone out and bought myself. Not to say I don't like it, it's just not something I would have been drawn to.

MAC Eyeshadow in Seedy Pearl is described as a 'chilled lavender pink' on the website which I completely agree with. Being a frost eyeshadow, it has a beautiful iridescent, shimmery appearance which my camera can't seem to pick up but it looks so much better in real life.  I had a bit of a struggle in swatching it. I am naturally very pale so needed a few layers of Seedy Pearl in order for it to show up on my skin. When it came to applying it to my eyelids, I first applied my MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as a base before applying a good few layers with a flat Avon eyeshadow brush.

The results are really, really subtle. I imagine if you aren't as pale as I am then Seedy Pearl would show up a lot more on your skin than it does on mine and the results wouldn't be as subtle. I found it really hard to get the eyeshadow to show up on my camera as the shimmer is more noticeable than the colour in real life and sadly, neither of them really come across in the photographs.

Whilst I won't be reaching for Seedy Pearl everyday, I definitely will be reaching for it when I want a soft, neutral, subtle colour on the eyelids. I can see myself wearing it a lot in the spring/summer when I want my make-up to be a lot lighter but for now, pass me the dark, smokey, bronzey eyeshadows!

Review // MAC Eyeshadow in Seedy Pearl

Does anyone remember when I used to buy a new nail varnish each week? I now have quite the hefty collection. So much so that I had to stop buying it as I ended up just buying dupes of dupes of nail varnishes that I already owned. Luckily, I recently managed to find a nail varnish that I haven't owned in one way or another. The best bit? It was £1.99.

 In my local Boots store was a stand of Seventeen's Colour Carnival Nail Varnish which has 60 different shades and varieties. I stood and uhhm-ed and ahh-ed for about 15 minutes. The variety and possibility was too much for me to handle so I haphazardly chose 2 nail varnishes. The first one being Purple Glitter. Purple Glitter is a purple based varnish with small, tiny particles of irredescent glitter running throughout. It is a really beautiful nail varnish and it's a shame as my photos do it no justice at all.

Purple Glitter applies pretty sheer so a good few layers are needed for each nail. In the photos above I applied 3 layers but I think I may have needed an extra layer, just to get a deeper base colour. As nail varnishes go, this one dried pretty quickly and I didn't manage to smudge it either which is a great surprise to us all! Overall, a really cheap nail varnish which needs a good few layers to build up colour but once it's there, it packs a punch. For £1.99 you can't really go wrong and as there are 60 shades, there is bound to be something to suit everyones tastes. 

Review // Seventeen Colour Carnival Nail Varnish in Purple Glitter

Autumn is all about bronzey eye make-up and berry lips. But what about the other way round? What about berry eyes and bronzey lips? I've got the berry eyes covered. Enter MAC Eyeshadow in Cranberry. I bought this a very long time ago, left it in my cupboard and forgot all about it. When I had a very much needed sort through my make-up last week I rediscovered it and plucked up the courage to use it - and guess what? It's a bit of a dream.

Cranberry is a beautiful deep raspberry with a subtle shimmer which can look a little intimidating in the pan. It is rather bright when applied so I know a lot of people apply it with other eyeshadows in order to tone down the colour a little but I decided to test it out on it's own. After applying my beloved MAC Painterly Paint Pot all over my eyelid as a primer, I then applied Cranberry using a flat ELF eyeshadow brush. It is wonderfully easy to apply and is beautifully soft in the pan. I really expected a lot of fall out from this eyeshadow and expected to have to re-do my foundation afterwards but hardly any of it fell out which is great and pleasantly surprising!

Like I thought, Cranberry applies very bright and vibrant on the eyelids. I applied two layers of it to get maximum, vibrant colour then applied a little bit underneath the eye too. I instantly fell in love with the results and although I won't be wearing Cranberry on it's own everyday to work, I reckon it would work wonderfully well paired with another eyeshadow to tone it all down a little bit. I wore Cranberry for about 8 hours and it didn't wear or fade at all although I was wearing Painterly underneath. Like all of MAC's other eyeshadows, it is a beautiful vibrant cover which is a dream to apply. I will definitely be wearing Cranberry throughout the Autumn!

Review // MAC Eyeshadow in Cranberry

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