Friday, 23 September 2016

Tarte Styled By Hrush Eye & Cheek Palette

I am reviewing this little gem today. I saw online a while ago that it would be released, but I wasn’t sure where it would be available in the UK. I was just browsing RosesBeautyStore, like I do most days, and saw this palette in the ‘new products’ section. I bought it straight away, no hesitation at all! This palette was put together by Hrush Achemyan, and she handpicked all of the shades so that they could complement any skin tone or eye colour.
Hrush Achemyan is a self-taught make-up artist and has many celebrity followers. She also has her own brand, ‘Styled by Hrush’. She does a lot celebrities make-up for red carpet appearances, mostly the Kardashian girls, who I believe she is good friends with.
The outer packaging for this palette is made of card and the actual packaging of the product is quite classy, but eye-catching. It kind of reminds me of a clutch bag/purse. It is quite small and is made of gold reflecting plastic, but the black pattern on the front has a leather feel. It has the usual opening, where you push your nail on it and the lid pops up, this also allows you to snap it closed and it won’t open if you put it in your make-up bag. It also has a mirror on the inside, which is the full length and width of the top side of the palette. It comes with a little doubled-sided look card, which has four examples of how the palette can be used to create Daytime, Soiree, Work Flow and Play Time looks.
You get six Amazonian Clay eyeshadows (0.8g) in matte and shimmery finishes. Each one is really soft and buttery and applies like a dream. They are also incredibly pigmented, just like every other Tarte palette I have tried. I always recommend using a primer, no matter the quality of the eyeshadows. The shades are:-

BLISS - WHITE GOLD
SMITTEN - PINK CHAMPAGNE
ROYAL - SHIMMERING BERRY
PINCH - WARM GOLDEN PEACH
KITTY - MATTE BROWN
VAMP- TAUPE

You also get an Amazonian Clay blush (4g) in CHEEKY, which is a MATTE CORAL. This is also really soft and pigmented and such a beautiful colour.

This little palette is just gorgeous! I am so glad I saw it and didn’t hesitate clicking the buy button. The eyeshadow shades are stunning and I think Royal is my favourite shade. The blush is also a really nice soft shade. All of the colours complement each other; they kind of remind me of a glam Autumn evening. I highly recommend this palette and I think it would suit absolutely anyone.

Price - £34.00   Rating - 5/5
Recommend - Yes        Re-Purchase - Yes
Available at - RosesBeautyStore.com, Sephora

What do you think of Hrush Achemyan’s palette?

Monday, 19 September 2016

Zoella Beauty 'Secret Scenta' Mist Set

I was watching Zoella’s video about her new and upcoming Beauty and Lifestyle collections and saw that this gift set would be on offer for Christmas. I thought it would be perfect for me, as I have already tried two of the scents and I was interested in testing the other two and I didn’t want to risk purchasing a full size bottle of either straight away. This set actually shouldn’t be for sale yet, but apparently Superdrug have some sort of test sale policy where they can sell items a while before they are officially released to see how well they can sell. I find this arrangement a little odd, they must just want to be the first to sell stuff and get the exclusive! Either way, this policy allowed me to buy the gift set this month, even though it is a Christmas release. It’s name is also a play on the tradition, ‘Secret Santa’.
The bottles are the same as the full size versions, but smaller and cuter. They are square shaped and made of glass with plastic caps. They all have the regular spritzer applicator and each bottle has a different design back drop. Blissful Mistful has a white polka dot backdrop with a rose gold cap. Let’s Spritz! has a white lace backdrop with a metallic turquoise and white polka dot cap. Sweet Inspirations has a light pink backdrop with a gold shell like pattern and it also has a gold cap. Bake My Day! has a white diagonal gingerbread man backdrop and a bronze cap. It also has a white inscription on the front which reads; “A super indulgent warming gingerbread and vanilla scent, with top notes of cinnamon and chocolate. It’s delicious!”. Each bottle contains 15ml of liquid.
Blissful Mistful
“A beautiful soft, feminine fragrance with notes of Strawberry, Grapefruit, Violet, Jasmine and Gardenia”
I have had a bottle of this scent before and I wasn’t too keen on it, but I think I have changed my mind. It is a nice delicate and fresh scent and I like it even more every time I spray it

Let’s Spritz!
“A fresh and fruity spritz with delicate notes of Raspberry and Cassis”
I have also had a bottle of this one before and I love it. It smells so fruity and sparkly and you really get that raspberry note.

Sweet Inspirations
“A delicious gourmand fragrance with notes of Sweet Almond, Creamy Vanilla and Honey”
This scent is a more recent release and I loved the idea of the collection, but I wasn’t sure about the scent description. It is delicate, but it reminds me of coconut and there isn’t coconut in it, so it must be the almond and honey mixed. I dislike the scent of coconut and I’m not overly keen on this scent but it is ok. I probably wouldn’t wear it, but I wouldn’t rule out using it as a room spray.

Bake My Day!
“A warming indulgent fragrance with notes of Ginger, Vanilla, Cinnamon and Chocolate”
This is a brand new scent for this Christmas and should be available separate to this set. You can really smell the ginger and cinnamon and it smells just like Jamaican Gingerbread Loaf. It’s not really the type of scent you would think about wearing and I am not overly keen on this scent either, but it would be nice maybe as a room spray, but the cake smell is quite strong. It is definitely more suited to the winter months, rather than an all year round type scent.
All of the scents last quite a long time on the skin, but as they are mists they won’t last as long as regular perfumes. Overall I think we can conclude that I do not like the food related scents. I don’t really like Sweet Inspirations, which is supposed to smell like macarons or Bake My Day!, which does smell like gingerbread. I do like the other two scents though, but they are just fruity and floral. Let’s Spritz! is my favourite out of the four. This is a good little set to give as a gift to someone or you could split them up and make your own little gift bundles for your loved ones. It has cured my curiosity about the two new scents, but I am left a little disappointed by them. I can’t wait to get my hands on the Zoella Lifestyle collection, which should be released soon.

Price - £16.00   Rating - 5/5
Recommend - Yes       Re-Purchase - No
Available at - Superdrug

What are your thoughts on this gift set?

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Monday, 25 July 2016

Blog Sale & Updates

Hello. It’s been a very long time!

I’ve been slacking for a long while as I have been really busy at work, I will hopefully be posting some more reviews very soon.

Also, I did a declutter a few months ago and I have finally added a blog sale page, which went live at 20:30 last night. There are a lot of products up for sale.

Please click this link to check out the sale: http://beccafun.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-sale_23.html

I am hoping to be a more active blogger and can’t wait to get rid of my sale bits, so I can make room for more!

Don’t forget to check out my sale and maybe grab a bargain!

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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Serial Sampler #7

I have had this sample for a while now and I still can’t decide whether to buy a bottle of it or not.

It is Meow by Katy Perry and it is a 2ml spritzer sample of the eau de parfum.

It contains a mixture notes such as; Jasmine, Gardenia, Tangerine, Pear, Sandalwood and Musk.

It kind of reminds me of the Viva La Juicy perfume. The fruit and floral notes really complement each other and it smells very feminine and fresh. As it reminds me of a perfume I already own, I will probably not purchase a bottle of this one, even though it is a less expensive alternative.

You can buy it in 30ml (£25), 50ml (£29.50) and 100ml (£39) and it is available at AllBeauty.com and Sephora.

What do you think of this perfume?

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Monday, 6 June 2016

Urban Decay Urban Essentials Eye Kit

I was browsing RosesBeautyStore and came across this set and bought it straight away. It is exactly the sort of set that appeals to me and Urban Decay doesn’t release kits/sets very often.
The packaging for the kit is purple themed and kind of amethyst inspired. It has a card sleeve that you slide off to reveal the box itself, which is made of cardboard. It has a flip up lid with a magnetic close and when you lift it up there is a black insert which contains the seven products. Six of the products are full size and the seventh is a sample size. The insert can be removed and you can re-use the box.
You get a 2ml sample tube of the Eyeshadow Primer Potion in the Original shade, which dries transparent. The full size 10ml tube is worth £16.00 and is available in three shades. I have used this primer before and already own a couple of tubes. It is a great primer and a trusted favourite of mine.

You get three full size 1.5g eyeshadows, which retail for £14.00 each.
Bordello - pale mauve with gold glitter (shimmer, glitter)
Sellout - pink champagne (shimmer)
Psychedelic Sister - deep amethyst (shimmer)
These are three shades you wouldn’t necessarily think go together, but they do work and look beautiful blended together. They all have amazing pigmentation and are just pretty shades. I think my favourite is Bordello.

You also get three full size 1.2g 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils, which sell for £15.50 each.
Demolition - deep brown with a matte finish
Psychedelic Sister - bright creamy purple
Zero - zealous matte black
I already own a lot of these pencils and they are my favourite pencil eyeliners, I am a little addicted to them and buy all the sets that contain them (I have a problem). I already have a few Zero pencils, but Demolition and Psychedelic are new to me. They are all creamy, non-smudging and very easy to apply but they can be a little pain to take off. They can also be used on your waterline/tightline.
I really like this kit. The three eyeshadows are perfect shades for me and I love any of the eyeliner pencils. It is always nice getting a tube of eye primer too. This product will definitely appeal to a lot of people and is a good place to start if you are new to UD products. If I was creating a starter kit or essentials kit, I would probably use more neutral shades, but all the colours in this kit do go together. The good thing is the price; if you were to buy each product separately you would be spending around £90.50, so this kit is definitely worth the price tag.

URBAN DECAY URBAN ESSENTIALS EYE KIT
Price - £45.00   Rating - 5/5
Recommend - Yes       Re-Purchase - Yes
Available at - RosesBeautyStore.com

What do you think of this eye kit?