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Monday, 13 October 2014

LUSH Skin Drink, Enchanted Eye Cream & Shimmy Shimmy Review

I've always been a bit iffy about LUSH products to be honest. And I guess it doesn't make sense that I've purchased their products and now writing a review about them. But let me explain…

During the past few years, I've seen the odd few LUSH hauls where people whip out bath bombs and basically well, bath stuff. And I'm not a bath kinda person, so the whole bath goodies never really appealed to me. 

However, recently I've been dealing with drier skin due to a change in my skin care routine, and my under eyes have been causing havoc for my concealer! You know when you apply concealer and it just settles in your lines, and then when you try to combat that and apply a bit more concealer and set it with powder, hoping that it will do the trick. I've had to do that on multiple occasions, however the concealer just accentuates my dry skin and I end up looking a little rusty. 

After explaining this to my sister, she insisted I try out an eye cream from LUSH that she swears by. (Which is really weird because it's usually me telling my sister which products to buy haha)
I've tried eye creams before and the only one which did the trick for me was by Soap & Glory. However as their eye cream is a little pricey for me at the moment, I opted to go by my sister's recommendation.

So off to Leeds City Centre we went and popped at the new LUSH shop - which is so pretty and just gives me a sort of 'free spirit' vibe!
I picked up a few items including: the Enchanted Eye Cream, SkinDrink Moisturiser and the Shimmy Shimmy Tint.

As my skin has been quite dry recently, so I opted for the SkinDrink moisturiser in hopes that it will get rid of my dry patches and keep my skin in supple condition!
It's quite a thick consistency which did give me doubts that it would cause my skin to break out. But honestly, this moisturiser has made my skin very soft and not caused any acne - woohoo! I do apply this sparingly however, as too much can make my skin look overly greasy. Once it's rubbed into my skin,  do have a slight oily appearance but my skin is left feeling soft.

The Enchanted Eye Cream is definitely a winner, as I found that it has really hydrated my under eyes. Initially I was a little bit worried that my skin would absorb it instantly as the cream has a very watery texture. It's very light on the skin and doesn't leave any residue. I've found that this eye cream has really improved the appearance of my under eyes and my concealer no longer cakes up or looks dry. 

I have sometimes used the Enchanted Eye Cream as a facial moisturiser - which may seem unusual - but as it is a cream rather than a gel, it felt light and pleasant on the skin :)

I also decided to treat myself by buying the Shimmy Shimmy Tint, which is a heart shaped little brick that when you rub it on your skin, you are left with a little shimmery tint. Which might I add, it smells absolutely amazing! 
I was tempted to buy the Black Stockings Tint - as that gives you a slight golden tan along with the scent and shimmer, but maybe next time :)

Once you rub the Tint brick on your skin, you end up with a nice light shimmer which you can then rub with your palm (to make it look a little more natural). 
I absolutely love this as it makes you look glowing, it's not too shimmery and the glitter specks aren't too large. The scent of this too, it absolutely divine. It's not an over powering scent, and it's not too sweet either. It's a very soft vanilla sort of scent and just lingers on you :)

I hope you guys liked this review, and I have a lot of products to review so I shall be updating this blog a LOT :)

Thanks for reading!
~ xoxo

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Halloween Tutorials In Collaboration With Poundstretchers

It's that time of the year again where we wonder, "Well… what am I going to dress up as on Halloween?" I know that thought always pops into my head.
Luckily I have got you covered as I have a few Halloween costume ideas. Recently I was kindly sent a huge box from Poundstretchers, which was filled to the top with Halloween goodies.

I received:
A Skull Kit
A Witch Kit
A Vampire Kit
Fangs & Glow In The Dark Paint
Fangs & Blood
A Coloured Wig

Each kit came with it's own individual accessories in order to achieve the desired look. For example the Vampire Kit came with fangs and an accessory, the witch came with a fake nose and teeth. 

I personally used the paints to create a different look, as I wanted to test how they worked in terms of pigment and lasting power, rather than using the kits to create the stated costume. (But also because I have already created a Vampire and a Skull makeup look before :P)

Although the paints may look like they're not enough (this was my initial thought), they are definitely plenty for a single face. Or, if you're using it for minor details or for small areas of the face, there is definitely enough paint to go around.
To create both of my looks, I used the black and white paints from the Skull Kit, and I found that to be plenty for my face. 

The white paint is very pigmented, even for my tan skin, enough to make my face look almost white. And the black paint is very pigmented and easy to work with. You may need to apply it liberally on the brush / skin to make sure you have the desired intensity of the colour - as it can look a little transparent with a small amount.

These are the looks that I created:

The first costumer idea is a sort of Kitty / Leopard look, which I created using the black paint from the Skull Kit. 
I used a very fine detailing brush to create the 'fur' effect of the leopard spots on my face, and for all of the detailing. 

Watch the video here:

The second look I created was a sort of Jack Skellington Pumpkin King inspired Halloween makeup look. I took the original idea but made it a little more life-like and creepier.
I used both the black and white paint from the Skull Kit to create this look.
A large sponge was used to apply the white paint liberally all over the face to create the blank white canvas, and then a fine detailing brush was used for the the eyes and mouth. 
This look required a bit more blending (around the eyes and eyebrows). 

Watch the video here:

As you can see from the first few images, the kits are very affordable and inexpensive from Poundstretchers. Do check the kits out even if you're going to what I did - and just use the paints - as it is good value for money!

Thank you for reading guys! :)
~ xoxo 

Friday, 10 October 2014

Zoella's Blissful Mistful Body Mist Review

After finding out that Zoella was launching a little beauty brand with her own Zoella beauty products, I was so curious to see what they would be like. I knew they'd be along the lines of cute packaged skincare products but still, I was very curious.

Then the day came.

I received an email from Superdrug with a huge announcement that Zoella products are now being sold on the website. Initially I thought I'd wait (as I'd received the email quite early), only to see that within an hour, two of the products - including the Blissful Mistful perfume - were out of stock.

Fast forward a few days and a few hours into the evening, where I was happily online shopping for a few makeup palettes. I decided to check up on the Zoella products and ta dah! Superdrugs had the body mist in stock. I instantly bought it there and then, and I also went to sleep with a big smile on my face :)


When I opened up the package to see my few goodies that I had bought, my first impression of the body mist was that it was pretty small. I originally thought it was more of a perfume but having learned that it was a body mist, I wasn't too happy. Honestly, £8 for a 45ml bottle is a bit much. I can understand that it is Zoella, and her products may be a bit pricey because she can… I still don't think it's really worth the money. This is just comparing it with my large Hollister Body Mist that goes with me everywhere and literally lasts a year.

Size aside, let's get into the actual review of the body mist itself.

I wasn't really sure what I was expecting from the descriptions I've read about the scent of this body mist. But when I sprayed it on my wrist and took that initial whiff, I was taken back to a time when I was younger. I have no idea where I have smelled the scent before, but I have. It was nostalgic. It was sweet. And I love it. 
It's a lovely scent which isn't too over bearing, or too concentrated, or too… bizarre. Some perfumes I've smelled before and they're pretty 'toxic' but the Zoella Blissful Mistful scent it really pleasant. I can understand when people say it's 'sugary'. It's a nice sweet smell :)

However another thing I wasn't too impressed with was the lasting power of the body mist. I understand body mists aren't as concentrated as a perfume so I wasn't expecting a big deal. However, comparing this body mist to my Hollister body mist - which practically lingers on me all day - this body mist lasts for 30 minutes max. So I can imagine people using this body mist often and literally rinsing out the spray because they want to smell nice all day.

As much as I love the scent of this body mist, I think this is a body mist that people should really consider before buying it. I prefer a bit more bang for my buck, so I don't think that I'll be repurchasing this body mist. I will definitely use it as I love the scent, however I do think there may be cheaper alternatives of a similar scent.

~ xoxo

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Woah, where have you been?

It's pretty evident that I've not been on here in quite a long time. And to be honest, I don't know the exact reason why. A long vacation? Focusing on other areas of social media? 
Nonetheless, I am back in the blogging world and I have of writing to get done! :)

But first of all, here are a few things that have happened during the few months of my hiatus.

The first one being my hair. Yes, my hair. As you can see, I've had a whale of a time playing around with bright purples and plums (not to forget the moment I went a tad blonde). 
I really like the idea of experimenting with my hair and it's been something that I've done for many years now :)
I'll be blogging in the upcoming weeks about my haircare, the products I had used and all about my current hair colour :)

On the 21st July, I finally graduated with a BA (Hons) Journalism degree under my belt :) It was a pretty strange feeling putting on my robe and cap and walking around the same campus I once lost my way around. But it was a proud moment for me and my parents and definitely a highlight of my year! 

I finally turned 22 years old a few days after my graduation, and to celebrate, Ryan and I made a day trip to Manchester city centre. I'd never been before so it was really exciting and special! Obviously, OBVIOUSLY, we had to take a look in Selfridges (I mean, who can resist?!) We also went into Hotel Chocolat, an American sweet shop and a load of other shops too! 

This wouldn't be a 'TheRaviOsahn' certified blogpost without a selfie and pictures of food. So here is the first of a few food pictures!
For lunch/dinner, we headed off to Chiquitos in Printworks - which is a lovely Mexican restaurant. We had the best nachos EVER. Literally, the best nachos we've ever tasted in our lives, and I had a quesadilla whilst he had a chicken dish (I think). 

That was the first time I'd eaten there and it was a lovely experience! 

Around two weeks ago, it was our first year anniversary! The past year had gone by so quickly and it's been an amazing year :) We decided to go to Ciao Bella in Huddersfield as it was one of those restaurants I've always wanted to dine at. 

But the night before that, we headed to Bar Maroc (also in Huddersfield) after Ryan had been going on about their pizzas and Nutella crepes. I couldn't say no to either Nutella or pizza, so we ended up in a food coma after eating a freshly made feta cheese pizzas topped with spinach, tomatoes and olives! Yummy! The crepes were absolutely amazing too, as there was a bit too much Nutella in them. However… you can't really complain about too much Nutella right?

For our anniversary meal at Ciao Bella, we started off with a sharing platter which consisted of a large breaded Mozarella piece with a peppery sauce, lamb meatballs, chicken wings, sliced pitta bread and a nice helping of nachos in the centre! (You can tell how much I love nachos eh?!)

We then had the main course; Ryan had a lamb and potato dish and I had a King Prawn linguine with sliced olives. 
For the dessert, I had a delicious tiramisu with ice cream and Ryan had a strawberry cheesecake. 
(My mouth is watering whilst I'm typing this…)

So what now?

At the moment I'm still uploading on my YouTube channel - and I currently have a series of Halloween makeup tutorials! 

I'm loving these makeup transformations and I'm still undecided whether I'll stop doing this as soon as Halloween is over, or carry it on and keep filming these transformations… I'll see! :)
I also want to get into the working world too, something along the lines of social media and PR… and possibly beauty too as I have a large interest in it.
Currently my options are open, so I shall see which opportunities come my way :)

Thank you for reading guys (if you've made it this far!) and do check back on my blog as I will be posting much more regularly now!

~ xoxo

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

La Bella

Taken: 8th June 

Apologies for how late this post is… Thought I'd share some delicious food porn photos taken on Ryan's birthday. We went to a lovely Italian restaurant, and now, I'm craving this food again. I should've titled this post 'Red Snapper', because that fish is the main star of this post. 
Red Snapper, a.k.a Red Skank. 

~ xoxo
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