Sunday, 31 January 2016

January Birchbox

Birchbox £12.95*
Benefit They're Real Tinted Primer £18.50
Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner in Black £12
Caudalie Fleur de Vigne Shower Gel £9
Parlor Shampoo and Conditioner £16
Absolution L'Eau Soir et Matin £27
This month's Birchbox is in collaboration with Pinterest, with lots of cute illustrated prints in the box too which are absolutely adorable! You also receive a cute little mirror to help you do your makeup on the go, perfect to pop in your handbag for when you're running late and need to do your makeup on the train or for touching up your makeup throughout the day! Receiving a Benefit product in my Birchbox is always great and this month you get their tinted primer which separates, lengthens and boosts every lash to make sure they're ready for mascara! I was also really happy to get the Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner as I've used this before and really love it for creating a really thick wing! It's super black and the nib makes it really easy to appy in seconds! The Caudalie Shower Gel is perfect for me as it's formulated for even the most sensitive of skins, it's delicate so won't cause your skin to dry out or become irritated!

Which products are your favourite from this month's box?
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Sunday, 24 January 2016

NYX Tame & Frame Dipbrow Pomade

I've gone on about the Anastasia brow products for months and months, they've been staples in my makeup collection and I never thought I would try another brow product. However I was wanting to try some more products from NYX and decided to test this one out to see if it was a dupe for the Anastasia Dip Brow. I went for the lightest shade, Blonde which is slightly cooler than the Anastasia Dip Brow in blonde which I like and find more flattering for my brow shade as it matches my hair slightly better. The consistency of this is a lot smoother which I find both a positive and negative factor, while it makes it easier to apply to the middle 'hairier' parts of my brows, it can make it more slipperly when creating the general shape of my brows on my skin. The staying power is not quite as good as the ADB but it is very close, I was very surprised at how good it lasted, even on a full day of work and university! I tend to apply this with the Anastasia Beverly Hills #12 Angled Brush, which is perfect for creating a great defined shape. If you're after an alternative to the Anastasia Dip Brow, this is definitely one to check out. The results are SO similar and for around a third of the price!
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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Olympus Pen E-PL7 Camera

 The Olympus Pen cameras have been all over blogs lately, I had been after a smaller camera for a while as my Canon 600D is pretty bulky if I'm carrying it with me in my handbag and since I had heard loads of great things about the Olympus Pen, I decided to buy it. At first I was a little unsure about whether I had made the right decision, it is very different to my Canon which I have had for almost four years so I'm used to working with a much bigger camera. However after I played around with it more, I began to fall in love. If like me, Instagram is a big deal and the quality of photos is important; this is a god send. The simplicity of being able to snap amazing quality photos, and then send them straight to your phone within seconds to edit and then post is brilliant as I don't like using my iphone for Instagram photos, personally this feature alone would sell me this camera. Another amazing feature is the remote control, perfect for outfit photos or groups photos, you can connect the camera to your phone, and use your phone to focus and take the photo. I always struggled with my DSLR to take these kinds of photos, mainly because my remote never seemed to work and I could never get a photo I was happy with, however with this camera, I can check my photo is perfect before I snap from afar!

The flip down screen is also a bonus for me, my Canon also has this and I find it so helpful when shooting flatlays as I can easily see what is in shot when my short arms are attempting to take a photo from above! The camera comes in three different colours, while I originally liked the cream one, I ended up going for the retro and classic looking silver and black, which I'm really glad I went with in the end! I went for the cheapest option at £399, however I had a 25% off code so ended up paying only £299 (tweet me if you would like the code and I will try and find it!) which I thought was a brilliant deal. Overall I am loving this camera, all my Instagram snaps are taken on this and the quality of my feed has definitely improved since buying this. If you are after a camera either for blogging, instagramming or just a general camera to pop in your bag, I would 100% recommend this nifty camera!

What do you think of the Olympus Pen Cameras?
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