Beauty Blog Collective: an introย 

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As some of you may or may not know (I have mentioned briefly in the past), I used to write and review beauty products for Really Ree. However, a couple of weeks ago myself and the other contributors were sent a message explaining that Ree no longer wanted us to write for her. She was changing the direction of the website, and wanted to focus solely on her reviews. 

We had a fantastic time reviewing products for the site; receiving some amazing products and receiving exposure from one of the biggest beauty blogs in the UK! A truly great experience. 

After some consideration, we decided that we weren’t done with it. It wasn’t the end for us, seven of us decided to create our own beauty blog. Beauty Blog Collective is now up and running, at its humble beginnings just yet…but we’ve got amazing plans on the horizon. 

It’s really inspiring to work amongst such hard working women. We’re all extremely, terribly busy people – but we all seem to manage to find time to do what we love. Beauty is a passion that we share, and we’re all normal women. That is exactly what we aim to represent, different types of women who have a passion for beauty. 

Here’s to the future! ๐Ÿฅ‚ 

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Make Up Revolution ‘Midnight Unicorn’ eyeshadow palette reviewย 

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Forever an advocate for amazing budget beauty; Make Up Revolution have been absolutely killing the game recently. Launching cult highlighters, lip kits to rival Miss Jenner…and now this amazingly pigmented Eyeshadow Palette. 

It certainly looks the part! With 16 colourful shades, there really is a myriad of looks you could create using this palette. The blurb claims that the shadows are heavily pigmented, and suited for professional and SFX use.


So does it perform as great as it looks?

The performance (da da daaaaa!) 

I decided to use the palette for the first time on my birthday weekend (great excuse to go OTT with the eye Make up). The colours are as vibrant as they appear in the palette, and they are super easy to blend. I used the pink and black shades, and they lasted 8 hours of drinking cocktails, formidable English rain and a rather humid sushi restaurant. It’s fair to say they got staying power. My only criticism would be the standard brush that comes with the palette is quite hard, it’s stiff and it makes application awkward. I used another of my brushes and they blended nicely. 


Overall 9/10 

I actually can’t pick any faults with this palette. And the fact that I am over excited to get the chance to use it again, really accentuates how fab it is! And you know the best best best part? It’s only ยฃ6 ๐Ÿ˜ฑ 

If you don’t buy it, I will seriously have to question your sanity. 

Best of budget: Aldi’s caviar cream reviewย 

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This little baby here, costing a mere ยฃ6.99 from popular budget supermarket Aldi is a real game changer. The caviar cream has already been compared as a dupe for La Prairies skin caviar luxe cream, which is a staggering ยฃ299.95 (prices may vary slightly depending on website retailer). 

How does the Aldi version perform? 

I have been using the cream daily for around 1 month. It has improved the radiance of my skin, and the moisturisation has longevity. 

Moreover, according to scientific studies the cream decreases the appearance of wrinkle depth by up to 35% and has a 24 hour moisturising effect. 

The cream has a luxuriant feel. It’s thick without being cloggy (think I just invented a word there, but it sounds great if you ask me?). It contains an spf, so you don’t need a seperately product to protect against sun damage. And the packaging also scream elegance and class. 

Let’s talk ingredients 

Surely if the La Prairie version is so much more expensive, it must contain exclusive ingredients right?! RIGHT? 

Actually, not really. Both the creams contain algae extract and caviar extract. 

The caviar extract is what gives skin an anti aging boost 

The algae extract is said to provide hydration 

The La Prairie cream does contain a few ingredients which the Aldi version does not. Gold extract, horsetail extract, and ginseng root extract. However gold extract is not scientifically proven to improve skins elasticity – so this could be just another marketing trick for the product to appeal more luxurious. And the horsetail extract is irritating to some skin types, so better left out. 

Overall the creams are completely on par which it comes to quality of ingredients. 

I have to ask myself, why is the skincare industry so behind with scientific ingredients? Why do brands like la prairie charge the earth for ingredients which can be found in a cream that costs ยฃ6.99? 

Before investing in luxury skincare, analyse the ingredients and the budget market. Because throwing away good money is pure idiocy! 

#StopTheFacade 

Mary Kay’s believe + wonder collection + gel semi-shine lipsticks reviewย 

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On Wednesdays we wear pink ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿป

I’m so excited about Mary Kay’s new collection, the believe and wonder collection is based around inspiring positivity. What could be better than sweet pink products and positivity!? 

They are a new collection of bath and body items, each collection contains a shower gel, body lotion and fragrance mist. I’ve got the paint the sky collection, they smell insanely sweet (which I love, all my go to fragrances are sickly sweet). There are notes of vanilla, velvet musk and pink grapefruit which provides a refreshing sweet smell perfect for summer. Because, in England we can’t guarantee the weather – but at least we can smell summery! 

Instantaneously I have been reviewing their new lipstick range, gel semi-shine lipsticks. I have been using a nude and red shade (perfect for me because I’m way too into my comfort zone to branch out to any other colours). Also perfect for me because my lips get insanely dry using matte lipsticks, it literally drives me insane on a daily basis. Most of the time my exterior looks normal, in my mind my lips feel like an actual sand pit. It’s hard being me. 

Gel has long been discovered for nails – but not so much for lips. So when I discovered these gel lipsticks I could not wait to try them out. 

Swatches of ‘Naturally Buff’ & ‘Red Smoulder’


These lipsticks are legit my new go to. Whilst they maintain colour throughout the day – they are moisturising without being overly glossy. You don’t want to look like a 90’s rendition of Lil Kim after all… 

These amazing lipsticks are available in 12 shades! Get yours now. ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿป 

NYX beauty school dropout palette review and swatches

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Much like every make up obsessor I often sit and think which products I need next. Like, of course I NEED a new eyeshadow pallet to add to my already huge collection of about 20. Pssssh. My justification was that I decided to branch out to bright, pigmented colours. I wanted one palette with every colour – so that when I’m getting ready I don’t need to have a gazillion palettes surrounding me. It just gets messy and confusing. On my quest to find the perfect palette I came across NYX’ website. NYX is both amazing quality, and great prices. 

The beauty school drop out palette also has a variety of blushes and lip colours. It’s currently on sale for ยฃ22.50 which is an absolute steal!  

From the swatches you can see how pigmented the eyeshadow colours are; fortunately for a larger palette the quality of the eyeshadows has not been compromised. The only problem is choosing which shade to use because there’s just so much choice and I’m so goddamn indecisive. Not to mention scared of leaving my comfort zone. Buying this was a real step outside my ordinary box, and I’m so grateful that I did that. If you never take chances in life you won’t ever discover anything new. 

For the initial use I decided to experiment and go for a pink smoky eye, it was my first attempt to use any eyeshadow colours apart from nudes and blacks (nudes and black are life though) . 

In conclusion I found the eyeshadows a great pleasure to use. It’s like being a candid kid at the candy shop, waiting to apprehensively, excitedly chose your pick n mix sweets ๐Ÿ˜

One tip I would suggest is to spritz your eyeshadow brush with setting spray and then apply. Gives an even more pigmented than usual colour, you will look like a walking rainbow. ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ 
Have a great Sunday guys! 

How to create aesthetic flatlays on a budgetย 

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Flatlays have become the epitomisation of every lifestyle blogger on Instagram. I have gone to extreme lengths to create beautiful configurations; butchering my parents garden to find pretty petals, taking the same picture (but ever so slightly different) 500 times, waking up extra early in order to catch that sunrise glow, perfect lighting for my pictures. If you take blogging seriously, you need good content. Flatlays are aesthetic af, and can aid your brand image. They create a consistent theme throughout your Instagram. However you don’t need to spend a lot of money in order to create beautiful flatlays… 

I went shopping this weekend specifically for flatlay items – I purchased all the above items for ยฃ10. Quite unbelievable. Everything pictured is from Primark, Wilkinsons and Poundstretcher. 
Here’s how to create great flatlays on a tight budget; 

1. The white rug 

Almost every blogger has a white sheepskin rug that they quite often use as backgrounds for their flatlays / pics. You can purchase a faux one from eBay for around ยฃ8. It’s a great cheap background especially for beauty products. 

2. Get creative with what you already have 

Use old magazines to create collages, use make up to create interesting backgrounds. Anything you have at home already could be used for pictures, so hunt around and create a box for all flatlay items. Also spending time being creative can be therapeutic. Especially for anyone suffering with anxiety or panic attacks. The creativity will relax you, and inspire further creativity. 

3. Think outside the box 

For example I reviewed a natural range for http://www.reallyree.com, consisting of a bath/body oil, body scrub & moisturiser. Now because the specific brand [Elemental Herbology], pride themselves on using natural, healing ingredients. I thought the images should reflect this, so I took some really natural shots in my garden of the products placed in the dirt, grass and flowers. Nature is so beautiful – and absolutely free to use in images! 

4. Establish a theme 

Write down 5 key colours that you want to use in all your flatlays. This will create consistency, and means you can search for items you already own that fit the theme. 

5. Shop smart 

If, like me, you start to run out of ideas and you decide to shop for flatlay items; be sure to shop around. Budget stores like Primark and Wilkinsons (plus more) have great homeware and stationery sections. Charity shops and car boot sales will also have great bargains. 

Enjoy, and happy flatlaying girls! 

A new classic? Chanel No 5 L’eau: a reviewย 

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The original Chanel No 5 has never been a favourite of mine. Infact, to put it rather bluntly – it reminds me of an old school m’am. A haggered bitter old woman, whose nose was always held up high as if where she existed there was better air to breathe.

It’s safe to say, the classic Chanel scents are not my cup of tea. I find them rather old fashioned (and not in a good way), and way too flowery. 

It’s uncanny because just last year I criticised Chanel for being complacent in product design, and suggested they reinvent some of their classic products, adding in a modern twist.  

So as soon as I saw that they had relaunched a new version of No 5; I could not wait to try it for myself. 

It is ridiculously hard to judge this perfume. The notes of the classic No 5 are so over powering as you first spray, and when the perfume dries you get a lighter fresher smell. Which, by the way, is divine. The after smell is great. 

I found myself sniffing at myself all day whilst wearing it. And this is usually a good sign. This usually means my nostrils are partial to whatever perfume I am wearing. So on that front it was a winner. 

I just can’t quite get over the initial smell, and how it repulsed me. And then shortly after I fell in love? Perhaps the strangest relationship with a perfume ever. 

I predict this perfume will be one of the new classics. It’s light, refreshing & who doesn’t love a reinvented classic? It’s what Chanel does best, after all. 

Overall rating: 

7.5/10