Thursday, 3 August 2017

Violet Voss 'Holy Grail' Palette - My Thoughts

beauty, eyeshadow palette, Violet Voss Holy Grail

Back in February I asked for the Violet Voss Holy Grail eyeshadow palette for my birthday. I didn't get it. I didn't get anything. So of course I treated myself to it. I wasn't going to miss out, I needed this baby in my life!!

There had been a huge hype when it was first launched, I heard mixed reviews but it was still something I wanted to try myself. Full of warm toned, almost autumnal themed shades; all bronzes, browns and burgundies, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it!

I love the palette.

It's huge. The shadows themselves are a fantastic size. That's what originally drew me to this palette. You're definitely getting your moneys worth. All forty quid of it. 

beauty, eyeshadow palette, Violet Voss Holy Grail


This palette is the perfect travel friendly palette. If a huge, chunky palette fits in your case of course! ;) But the 20 eyeshadows are housed inside a hard cardboard case, with a magnetic fastening. All cosy and protected! haha. It has that shiny cardboard that unfortunately leaves messy fingerprints everywhere though, which is a bit of a pain.

The mirror is great though, a great size and an actual proper mirror too, none of that shiny silver card you can get in some palettes. 

beauty, eyeshadow palette, Violet Voss Holy Grail, swatches
beauty, eyeshadow palette, Violet Voss Holy Grail, swatches


There are a mixture of shimmers and mattes and all seem to have different formulas. I'll be completely honest, there are some that are absolutely gorgeous; buttery smooth, easy to blend and amazingly pigmented yet some are chalky, difficult to blend and have a lot of fall out. I'll admit, it's pot luck with these shadows. But the majority are gorgeous, I mean, look at those colours!

I'm not the best with eyeshadow, eye looks aren't my strong point, I definitely need more practice, but these colours are beautiful and easy to work with.

The shimmers are my favourites. They're creamy, beautiful colours and lovely to use. They're not so long lasting without a primer though. Whereas the mattes are extremely pigmented and budge proof, they actually stain my makeup brushes :/

beauty, eyeshadow palette, Violet Voss Holy Grail

Am I glad I purchased this palette?

I wish some shades were less chalky, but there are some gorgeous colours in here. I reach for it most days for just a wash of colour or a more dramatic look. I've taken it with me for weekends away and done some lovely looks on me and the bestie! 

If you fancy giving it a try, you can pick one up here.

What's your favourite palette right now?


Thursday, 13 July 2017

What Your Fitness Routine is Missing

Working out isn’t always fun and it's often difficult to squeeze exercise in to your busy day. 

But there are ways to make it less painful and still get the results you’re striving to achieve.


Set yourself goals to aim for. Each workout is a chance to do better than the time before. Set goals that are challenging, but attainable with hard work. Document your goals to make them real in your mind. Put them on paper so you can see them and remind yourself each day why you’re doing it. Write down what it is you’re after. It’s amazing what you’ll conquer when you set your mind to it. For me, my goals are simply to make myself go to my twice weekly kickboxing HIIT classes!


Going to the gym once a month isn’t going to do much for you. You need to outline a schedule and stick to a routine. It’ll become easier as you go along because you’ll expect to be working out on particular days and times. Consistency will get you in shape. Your hard work will pay off if you’re repeatedly working towards a better body. Your schedule should be consistent, but make sure your workouts are always different. Mix in cardio and strength training. Don’t let your body get too comfortable with one move or routine. 


You need a way to pump yourself up each day. It’s not always going to be easy going to the gym or putting in a long run. Download a playlist that’s motivating and invigorating. 
There'll be days when you really aren't in the mood, this is exactly when you should blast some music to help to get you in the mood. You’ll be amazed at how much energy it brings to your workouts. Select specific songs for different types of exercises and, most of all, have fun with it. At my kickboxing classes, our instructor has the BEST playlists, she knows what we enjoy and what gets us moving. We often get into the rhythm of the music when we're doing our routines.

Waist Trainer 

Get a waist trainer for those days you can’t make it to the gym. A waist trainer is the perfect addition to your exercise routine. It works your stomach without you needing to do anything. You can’t always be at the gym and that’s when you need to come up with other solutions. It also sucks in your tummy so you look thinner in your clothes. Winning! They’re easy to use and deliver results. Everyone needs one in their wardrobe. 


Working out is tough and that’s the way it should be for you. Bring the intensity at every session. Stop slacking! ;) Give it your all when you’re exercising. The harder you work out the better you’ll sleep too. 


Monday, 10 July 2017

Tips for packing Beauty Products in Hand Luggage

What do you do when life, or rather a man, screws you over?
You book a long weekend to Spain with your girl friends. 
Yaaaas! I couldn't wait for some sunshine, relaxation and some... lemon Fanta. I'm easily pleased like that! ;) A long weekend at my friends Villa in Spain. It gave me something to look forward to which was well needed. Flights were booked, clothes were bought and I was ready to get packing. 
Now as we were only going Friday - Monday, we got hand luggage only flights. Of course, this is the quickest and easiest way to fly. I'd paid a little extra to reserve my seat and get in the priority queue so I knew I'd have space to put my case in the holds above my head. And knowing I had no luggage to have to wait for and I'd be on and off the flight in no time, was great. Especially as I'm someone that always manages to get stopped at security, to be searched, swabbed and whatever else. Seriously, I must look guilty or something. Every single time! Being pulled aside and searched is all part of the process for me. Even this trip alone, I was fully searched, shoes off and all on the way out. And on the way back I was swabbed, bags open, rifling through my stuff and everything. Then left me with a half opened case as they couldn't do it back up! Do they realise how long it took me to squeeze all that in! ;)
So I set out planning my outfits for the 4 days (basically seeing how much I could roll up and squeeze in to my case...!) and then for the most difficult part, in my opinion, beauty products!
Now, this was something that bugged me for a while leading up to the trip. I hadn't flown hand luggage only before so the liquids allowance rule was a new experience for me. How on Earth was I going to whittle it down? What could I fit in? But after doing a bit of research and talking to a few friends that work in airports and cabin crew, I became a bit of an expert!
And I'm glad I did as even though my friends thought I was being OTT, I wanted to ensure I wasn't held up any longer than usual. And well, said friend got stopped due to her liquids didn't she? hahaha!!
So, here are my top tips for packing beauty products in hand luggage...

1. Liquids need to be stored in a 20x20 see through bag, with a zip lock fastening. 
I bought a Nivea Travel Set from Primark, with travel sized products inside and the bag was perfect 'hand luggage' size.

2. Buy travel sized products or small travel bottles to disperse your favourite products into.
I bought a pack of see through travel bottles, again from Primark, to put my beauty necessities into. 

3. Bottles must be no more than 100ml and the bag must include no more than 1 litre.
Remember they go on the size of the containers, even if there is the tiniest amount left in the container. So if you have a 100ml bottle of foundation, with only a small amount in the bottom, that's still classed as 100ml of your allowance, you're better off dispersing into a smaller 'sample size' tub.

4. Be aware of what products are actually liquids.
Sounds silly but it often causes some confusion. Ask yourself 'does it melt' or as security asked my friend, 'does it spread?' haha. Your mascaras, brow wax, lipsticks, lip balm... all liquids. In my liquids bag I packed my Acti Labs 3D Corrector, Estee Lauder Foundation and Acti Labs Collagen Day Cream in plastic sample pots, I dispersed my Acti Labs Collagen & Kelp Body Fondant into an old Nivea tub and then had my Nivea Lip Balm, Acti Labs Brow Wax, Lancome Defincils mascara, a small bottle of perfume from Primark, my favourite nude MAC lipstick, Acti Labs Le Joli Crayon in Posh, a travel sized Nivea shower cream and Dove deodorant. 

5. If you're going with friends, share products amongst you.
Spread out the allowance between you, if you can. Share toothpaste, hair products, etc. so you're not all taking multiples of the same thing.

6. Buy duty free or once you arrive.
I bought my sun tan oil, razors and other things I couldn't pack once I'd arrived in Spain.

7. Have a separate bag for everything else. Don't waste space in your liquids bag by putting non-liquids in. 
I got this cute marble effect makeup bag. Guess where from? haha, and filled it with my favourite powders and pencils. I took my The Balm Betty-Lou Manizer, The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer, Acti Labs Lip Pencils in buff & pink nude, Acti Labs Eye Pencil in black and Rimmel eye kohl in white. Then of course my other bits and bobs.

8. Pack multi purpose make up. 
Makeup palettes that don't take up too much room but can be used for different things are perfect. I used my Acti Labs Illuminating Palette for bronze, blush, highlight, on my eyes and to ombre my lips. And I love my pink Acti Labs Diamond Dust for a gorgeous all over glow, blush or on the eyes.

What about you,
Do you have any tips?

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Monday, 26 June 2017

June Beauty Favourites

It's been a while since I did a beauty favourites post but it was super easy to choose my five most favourite, most used products this month, although I've been loving so much lately this post could easily have been a strong ten products long, haha. 

But I've managed to shortlist my favourites and here are my favourite beauty bits this month...

Acti Labs Collagen & Kelp Fondant (£29.50)

I'm excited to introduce you to this amazing stuff!! I'm now onto my second tub and I use it daily. I'm slightly obsessed with using collagen on my skin right now. I'm in my thirties and it's getting harder for me to keep my skin looking it's best. 

This stuff keeps my skin soft, smooth and firm. It has anti-ageing anti cellulite properties and skin healing ingredients. It's perfect for sun bun, dry skin and eczema.

My skin honestly has never felt so supple. If you fancy giving this stuff a go, click here

Pamper Boutique Bath Bombs

I love bath bombs so I treated myself to a box of them from my friend who makes these amazing bath bombs and bubble bombs in the most amazing fragrances. 

They don't seem to contain the skin softening properties that Lush bath bombs do, but they do smell amazing and send the bath water a gorgeous colour. It's amazing how bright bath water changes your mood. 

Kiehls Damage Reparing & Rehydrating Leave-In Treatment (£20.00)

My hair is naturally very dry and with the bleach from the balayage, I need to keep treating it with the best possible products that will help my hair looking and feeling in good condition. This leave-in treatment is infused with moringa tree oil and hydrating ingredients to help fortify and smooth hair.

It has helped keep my hair feeling healthy and I love knowing that it is working hard to reverse any damage. 

Acti Labs Mega Matte Liquid Lipstick in Diva (£11.00)

You want your liquid lipstick to last all day right? Check. To go on smoothly? Check. To have amazing pigment and long lasting colour? Check.

These newly formulated mattes feel really comfortable on the lips and it's not budging all day and I love that! It's a gorgeous shade too, definitely been a favourite to reach for this month!

To see all the shades available, click here. The original formula mega mattes are currently on offer at just £8.50, grab them while stocks last here.

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer (£19.99)

I've possibly spoke about this before, but it deserves a mention again, it's THAT GOOD!
I use it every single day without fail, it is THE best highlighter!! I also sometimes use it on my eyes. I'll be gutted when I reach pan with this! It's a beauty! A sheer yet highly pigmented highlight, it's perfect to accentuate those check and brow bones!

What about you, 
what have you been loving this month?

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