Cougar Cosmetics | Festival Makeup #CBFEST

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Festival season is still upon us with Leeds & Reading festival coming up this weekend, I must admit I am pretty jealous! The last festivals I attended is Parklife and Bingley which were like YEARS ago.. I kinda felt sorry for myself so i’ve had to do something about that and booked tickets for Nothing But Thieves in November YAY.

Cougar Cosmetics challenged bloggers to create their own festival inspired looks using their *’6 Shades Of Nude’ eyeshadow palette (£13), which features nude and copper mineral eyeshadows. With their beautiful warm colours and autumn fast approaching I had to do a more autumnal festival look, of course.

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If your one for nude & copper shades then this palette is definitely going to be right up your street, they are super pigmented with just one sweep across your eyelids and are so buttery blending amazingly well.

With their 6 shades it allows you to create a variety of day and night looks with amazing lasting power, perfect for those festivals.  What makes this palette handy for festivals is that it is so compact, it’s about the size of a blusher palette making it handbag friendly.

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Grab yourself 20% off their products using CBFEST211

*PR Samples*

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Marie Curie | The Blooming Great Tea Party Campaign

Everyone loves tea and cake right?! I know I definitely do, in fact it’s probably a little obsession of mine which doesn’t do too well for the waist line. So when the opportunity arose to raise awareness for the charity Marie Curie who are currently running their new campaign ‘The Blooming Great Tea Party’ obviously I said yes!

If you’ve never heard of the Marie Curie before then they care for people who are living with terminal illness and their families, the nurses and other professionals at Marie Curie offer expert care, guidance and support allowing them get the most from their time they have left.

As mentioned above the Marie Curie charity are currently raising funds with their current campaign ‘The Blooming Great Tea Party’, with your help by hosting your own tea party whether it be at home, work or in the community it can raise money to keep providing the outstanding care to those in need. When a tea party comes to mind straight away I think mini sandwiches, Victoria sponge and scones, so below is a recipe for a classic Victoria sponge to give you a helping hand for your own tea party.

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Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe

Ingredients

300g Self Rising Flour

300g Caster Sugar

300g Unsalted Butter (softened)

4 Large Eggs

Splash of milk

Icing Sugar For Dusting

Jam 

250ml Extra Double Cream

Method

  1. Preheat your oven on 190C/Gas mark 5.
  2. Place your softened butter and caster sugar into a bowl and beat until a pale creamy consistency.
  3. Gradually add eggs in one at a time, beating them.
  4. Fold in your flour and mix well.
  5. Divide the mix into three tins, or two if you wish. Place into your preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Check that the mixture is fully cooked, you can do this by popping a knife into the centre, if no mixture is on the knife then it’s ready, if not pop it in for 5-10 more minutes.
  6. Take out of the oven and allow to fully cool before assembly.
  7. Spread your choice of jam over the cake and top with your whipped cream.
  8. Sandwich your cakes together, if you wish place fruit on top and dust with icing.

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What are you waiting for? Eat your body weight in cake and raise some money for a good cause! You can grab your fund raising pack over at Marie Curie’s website. Good luck fund raising!

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Kat Von D | Beauty Haul & Giveaway

Since watching LA & Miami Ink I have forever been obsessed with Kat Von D, who isn’t?! So when I saw that she was bringing her own beauty range out I was so excited BUT there as a down side, I would have to order from America which comes with customs fees so when Debenhams announced last year that they would have Kat Von D’s range online exclusive to them my dreams had come true.

With my birthday approaching next weekend my husband said that he would get me a couple of bits from Kat Von D *dances* I was over the moon. Scrolling through Debenhams website again for the millionth time after previously eyeing up what I wanted I grabbed the Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette £37, Everlasting Liquid Lipstick £17 and Lock It Foundation £27.

Being pale is always a problem when your looking for foundations on the high street as most of them for me are warmer tones so they have an orange tone to them, I tend to have to lighten them or look for high end makeup brands. With that in mind I picked up the Lock It Tattoo foundation in the shade 41 neutral, which is her lightest shade and looked like the colour would match my skin tone online.

I was so excited to try this out as i’ve heard great things about it especially after reading Caitlin’s post ‘The Base That Will Not Budge’ over at Through The Mirror, Kat claims that “Lock-It’ foundation is the only long-wear liquid formula we can count on to create a perfect canvas. With one pump it will even out discolouration, stop shine and hide blemishes, offering amazing coverage that’s so long-wear you can go a full 24 hours without re-applying.” sounds like the perfect foundation right?!

I blended the foundation onto my skin using my Real Techniques Buffing Brush and honestly it’s practically a shade from white, the foundation is incredibly pale and far too pale for me which NEVER happens! I looked drained and ghostly. Once fully blended into my skin after 1 pump the coverage was about medium I would say, even though it claims to be full coverage, I could still see redness from spots so a second coat might be better. The foundation sank into my pours clogging them rather than covering over them and didn’t really live up to my expectations, which I was gutted about, I don’t think it was the right foundation for me. On a positive note though I do absolutely love her packaging, the plastic container is a nice touch making it handbag friendly!

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Another absolutely beautifully packaged item from the Kat Von D beauty range I picked up was the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Exorcism which is a beautiful deep purple. I absolutely adore my dark lipsticks, it’s pretty much all I wear now a days, so this was definitely a must into my basket. The lipstick glides across my lips with a doe foot applicator without any pulling, the formula is really creamy drying matte in seconds! What I love most about this liquid lipstick is that it is SUPER pigmented, only one swipe is needed across your lips for an intense colour which last all day long without highlighting any dry patches. I definitely need to get my hands on more shades, especially the shade Woolfe.

Head to the end of the post to enter the giveaway to win your own Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in your choice of shade!

Lastly I picked up the Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette which i’ve been lusting over forever and possibly the main reason for the order. The palette is a hard cardboard base as opposed to the usual hard plastic containers eyeshadows are usually in, I was quite worried as I thought it would get ruined but the case is super sturdy and has a magnetic lid protecting those beautiful eyeshadows.  The palette consists of twelve matte shades which include neutral, warm and cool shades split into three quads consisting of base, contour, define and highlight shades.

Neutral Shades: Laetus, Samael, Solas and Lucious

Cool Shades: Lazarus, Saleos, Shax and Liberatus

Warm Shades: Ludwin, Succubus, Sytry and Latinus

The palette comes with a little leaflet on how you could transfer your eyes through the art of contouring which I find super handy because i’m absolutely useless when it comes to using eyeshadows, so it’s a great palette for beginners.

Each of the twelve shades allow you to create both day and night looks in one palette *dances* with each blending beautifully with their buttery formula and super pigmented powder giving you those dramatic eyes you’ve been lusting over. I would definitely recommend this palette to all you beauty addicts, it’s a must have in my eyes.

As a huge thank you for reaching 1k followers over on my Twitter I am hosting a giveaway that you can enter below to win your own Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick of choice! 

Terms & Conditions:

Entrants under 18 please seek permission from parents

Giveaway ends 25/05/2017 00:00, winner will be announced and have 48 hours to respond otherwise a new winner will be picked. Item will be shipped once giveaway has ended & winner has picked shade.

ALL entries will be checked and verified, with any incomplete, false or duplicate entries being removed.

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What’s on your Kat Von D wish list?

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Nip + Fab | New Beauty Range

If you have never heard of Nip + Fab before then they are a skincare company that are well known for their cutting edge ingredients in their skincare ranges, I personally have never tried their range before but have always read fantastic things about them. Nip + Fab have recently released their own make up range about a month ago which I was pretty excited about especially after seeing it all over their Instagram, at the moment you can only buy it off their website directly or Superdrug‘s website.

“Discover our range of makeup staples that will guarantee you #Nofilter status in no time. From easy-to-use contouring palettes to create those killer cheekbones, an eyeshadow palette for mesmerising eye definition through to flawless foundation shades that you can custom-make, heads will turn at your #Makeupgame.”

I headed over to Superdrug’s website and had a flick through what they had, they currently have 3 for 2 on their products so I literally wanted one of everything but I had to limit myself *sobs* so I grabbed their foundation in shade 10 (£12.95), concealer in shade 10 (£8.95) and powder blush set in blush 1 (£8.95).

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First up is the Nip + Fab foundation, not having the products in store makes it incredibly hard to buy without testing it out before hand *sad face*, I picked the foundation up in shade 10 which I believe shade 5 is the lightest, though on the website photos it looks like 10 is lighter than 5.. you see my problem here. The good thing about these Nip + Fab foundations is that they also do a lighter and darker foundations drops (£12.95) so you can just add a couple of drops in and make your own shade.. magic!

When I first applied this foundation I noticed that it has a warmer tone to it rather than the cooler tones I tend to go for but once applied it gave me that much needed vibrancy that my regular skin tone lacks. The foundation is medium coverage, it blends incredibly well and manages to cover over all my imperfections nicely without any need for a second coat leaving me with a flawless matte base.

The foundation is so lightweight I even forget i’m wearing any which is perfect for me because there is nothing worse than it sitting heavy on my face all day especially with summer coming up. I’ve found that at the end of the day i’m left without an oily t-zone and no need for a top up, a win win in my eyes! This has definitely got to be my new favourite foundation as of yet!

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I grabbed Nip + Fab’s concealer in the shade 10 but i’m in the same dilemma with that in terms of shade as again it is a warmer tone. The concealer is light weight and not heavy on the eyes but provides full coverage, it’s so great it even covers over my horrendous black eye bags.

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Lastly I grabbed Nip + Fab Blusher Palette in Blushed 1, which comes in four beautiful pink and coral shades, Flamingo, Cocktail, Whisper and Velvet. Each of the shades are buttery and beautifully pigmented leaving a soft and subtle glow to my pale skin, absolutely perfect for summer.

I would definitely recommend that you head over and treat yourself to some Nip + Fab bits, you won’t regret it!

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My New Blogging Photo Set Up |

I am so jealous of those with beautiful laminate flooring, I have forever lusted over a grey washed laminate floor for my front room, as you will know I have a HUGE obsession with grey and recently painted my front room feature wall Mineral Stone Grey. Unfortunately with renting a house there isn’t a lot you can do to it, well I say that I bet some landlords will let you change the flooring but in the end it will only benefit them in the long run.

I have seen various bloggers photography and they usually have the marble worktop or gorgeous flooring featuring in their photos, I usually take my photos on my grey IKEA fluffy rug but it’s not quite cutting it anymore, after reading a blog post a while a go which I can’t for the life of me remember who it was, I saw that you can create that look with literally less than £20, you can do it with wallpaper, vinyl & laminate samples. I headed to B&Q and had a look at their laminate flooring, I saw their Berkeley Effect Antique Finish Laminate which is beyond stunning and picked up 6 samples of that costing £12, £2 each which is equivalent to a drugstore foundation. My husband glued and attached them to some MDF to make it a little stronger, awaiting it to be cut down to size but it is honestly the perfect size for blog photos and barely cost a thing, grab some fresh/fake flowers and there you have it, a nice little set up for more professional looking photos. Step aside crappy blog photos there’s some new boys in town.

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I’d love to build up my photography & editing skills, do you have any goals for your blog?

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H&M Wish List

I am absolutely obsessed with H&M I want everything when I go in store and they’re always reasonably priced, these are definitely the times that I wish money grew on trees. Though I always find myself disappointed in their sizes especially when it comes to jeans, they only go up to a size 16 and I can’t even squeeze my thighs into them which doesn’t give you a boost of confidence but the t-shirts, jumpers etc are absolutely fine.

Long cardigan £14.99, Oversized jumper £14.99, Pom pom hat £7.99, Short lace dress £29.99, Pj leggings set £14.99, Glittery blanket £29.99, Small glass plant pot £7.99, Kids patterned duvet set £14.99Scented candle in glass jar £0.99, Eyeshadow palette £9.99 , Eyeshadow palette £9.99, Ankle boots £29.99,Wool-blend bouclé coat £39.99

This wish list is full of cosy wear and home bits ready for winter,  my absolute favourite of the bunch is the short lace dress which would be perfect for any upcoming Christmas and New Year parties.

What’s on your wish lists?

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Busy B Weekly Planner

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Personally I think that planning is really important when it comes to blogging otherwise it is absolute chaos for me, I had tried to plan a lot of posts on WordPress previously but that didn’t really work out. When I saw that Busy B was offering to work with bloggers on The Blogger Hub I jumped at the chance to work with them, luckily I was accepted and was gifted this Busy B Weekly Planner* (£8.99) it couldn’t have come at a better time.

This super cute floral weekly planner comes with 60 weekly sheets with a few spare incase of any mistakes and also two magnets which are perfect for the fridge and definitely somewhere that you won’t forget to see it. Even better this planner even doubles up as a mouse mat if you don’t want to use it for your fridge.

I have been using the planner to set out what post I want to do and for what day to try and get me back on track to having quite a few ready to publish. It has also been an absolute life saver for writing my work shifts down too. I love that the sections for each day are a decent size so your not having to write super small and you can cram quite a lot of information in each of the boxes with an added bonus of a ‘to do’ box where your able to write a few extra little bits in.

Do you have any favourite tips for planning your blog posts?

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Ozeri – 20 cm Green Earth Frying Pan

Both myself and my partner are big into cooking and good quality kitchen utensils are a must in order to get that food the best that it can be. So when I was kindly offered this *Green Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri I was so excited. I had been looking at getting a ceramic frying pan for a while so this was the light at the end of the tunnel.

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*Ozeri 20 cm Green Earth Frying Pan (RRP £39.99 currently £23.99) 

  • Utilizes GREBLON ceramic – an ultra-safe ceramic coating from Germany which is 100% PTFE and PFOA free (no heavy metals or chemicals).
  • Innovative textured pan surface delivers unprecedented non-stick performance without releasing harmful fumes or toxins at high temperatures.
  • Features a scratch-resistant 100 percent ceramic coating that is super easy to clean.
  • Made out of durable heavy-gauge pure aluminum with no heavy metals or harmful chemicals.
  • Boasts a comfortable heat resistant silicon coated handle, and a magnetized induction stove safe base for rapid heat transfer

After testing this product for 2 weeks I can happily say that it meets all of my cookware expectations. I have used many non stick pans and they always seem to have a greasy texture on top and always required a little scrubbing in order to get it clean. But with the Ozeri Green Earth pan this was not the case, I could literally shake away any left over food and all it needed was a quick wipe around with a soapy sponge and it was squeaky clean and instantly dry. I have also previously found whilst preparing a meal to cook usually an empty pan would fall over on the hob due to being an uneven weight, however with this product it supports itself nicely on the hob without any extra support whilst preparing your meal.

The centre of the Ozeri Green Earth frying pan has a 20cm cooking area which is 100% ceramic coated and features a honeycomb texture leaving a lovely texture on your food which adds to its presentation. I have found that unlike traditional frying pans this one seems to sit on top of the flame consistently meaning that certain parts of the pan do not become hot spots and others cool this resulted in even cooking throughout the food.

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Overall I am extremely pleased with this product and would definitely recommend it to those cook fanatics! It ticked everyone of my boxes that I was looking for in a pan and for this it has to be given a 5 star rating.

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You can purchase this pan from Amazon HERE and can visit their website by clicking their logo below.

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Have you tried this product before? What do you think?

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