Beauty, Lifestyle

Glossy Box Review!

I decided to give glossy box a go for a few months. I wanted to see if it was worth the hype and worth the money. I was going to give it a go for about 6 months, but I decided to cancel my subscription today, just after 3 months.

The February box was a valentine’s kind of addition and I was a bit underwhelmed really. It had two samples of Alien perfume, one for woman and one for men; a highlighter brush; toothpaste; nail varnish, face mask and a Huda Beauty lip liner.

I saw this box as a bit pointless for myself. I don’t wear nail varnish, I go and get my nails done in a shop; I have a lot of highlighter brushes and haven’t used it yet and the sample perfume went in a flash. On a more positive side the face mask was lovely, as well as the toothpaste but my favourite things from this box is the Huda Beauty Lip liner, just a shame that it didn’t come with a matching lipstick really.  Considering I paid £9.95, I had a discount on my first one, and the Huda Lip Liner on its own is £16.00, I guess it was worth it to a certain extent. Out of all the different brands from the products in this box, I have only heard off the perfume brand and Huda beauty. I haven’t heard of any of the other brands that were used.

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The March Box was the empowerment edition and again I expected more from it. Maybe my expectations were too high for a box with surprise goodies in each month, but I did think there would be more makeup that I would actually use. This box included a gym proof setting spray; the body shop body butter; a cream highlighter; lip balm and a lip crème. The only brand in the March box I know is the body shop. I haven’t heard of Laritzy Cosmetics, Bellapierre Cosmetics, Bybi and Essence setting spray. Don’t get me wrong I could put a few of these bits into my makeup kit but Its been another month and I’ve only used the body butter. I think I paid around £13.00 for this one as well as post and packaging.

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The April box looked so pretty, the box was covered in flowers, the theme of this box was fruity or floral, I got the floral one. Out of all 3 boxes I’ve had I was the most disappointed in this one. I received a body spray, makeup remover, a sleep mask, shower gel, lip balm and hand sanitiser. I actually knew three out of the five brands and extra treat in this box. But personally, for me it wasn’t worth it, I can’t use the body wash because I have sensitive skin. The rest ill use but it doesn’t excite me. I wish there was just one thing in this box that I was crazy excited about, but it just didn’t do it for me. I paid around £13.00 again for this box of stuff I’ll probably end up giving to my Mum or Nan. I honestly feel like I enjoyed the packaging of this product more than what was inside the box.

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Don’t get me wrong there was products that I liked, and I will use it all eventually or give some away to family. I think I had quite high expectations for products I was going to love but there hasn’t been anything that I had to try or had to use straight away. That’s why I stopped the subscription. I feel like I’ve wasted just over £30. The packaging is lovely, really well done. Especially the different themes, I’ve kept all the boxes for storage.

I wish there was more brands I knew in the boxes, but I guess on a positive note ill get to try different things from different brands. Overall, I wish there was more makeup products because that’s what I like but just seams a bit random really, a mix of everything. So in my opinion I wouldn’t bother getting a subscription unless you like all the products I’ve mentioned above. Plus, next time I sign up to a subscription ill look at all the previous boxes to ensure it is what I want, to avoid disappointment later. Hope this helps anyone looking into this or anyone who is on the same page as me.

Beauty, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

1950’s Project and Makeup.

I finally handed in the second part of my era project, all about the 1950’s. The same as my 1920’s project it had to be 4 A3 pages with lots of different information. All about information from the era; music, a politician, makeup influences, artist, fashion and hair. The project had to have a fully covered background, as well as glitter, gems and had to have textures/ fabrics.

As well as the project I had to complete a makeup look from the 1950’s, I based this on Marilyn Monroe because she was so iconic.

This is my 1950’s project and I got 100% which is a distinction Grade, I’m really pleased with this. Especially because of the time and effort put into this project.

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I only have one more era project to do now which is the 1960’s and due in a few weeks.

Beauty, Lifestyle

Face Paint Assessment!

As part of my college course we had to do an assessment for face, back and body paint. The way our assessment fell we only ended up having two practices before our assessments which ended up being one after the other. It was a bit daunting considering myself and majority of my class had never done it before.

For my face paint assessment, I had to choose an insect and an animal, so there was two assessments. I had 2 hours to complete both looks.

I had a merit for both my insect and animal face paint, my feedback was that I needed more of a blend of colours but that was for the criteria of our assessment and my fine lines need to be finer. I’m happy with how both turned out, I feel that with slightly more time I could have made it a lot neater. Practice makes perfect.

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Beauty, Lifestyle, Travel

New York Goodies!

I don’t think it’s possible to go to New York and not go shopping, it’s defiantly a must. Its safe to say I spoilt myself. I wanted to share some of the goodies I got on my travels, so enjoy.

MILK MAKEUP: Kush Mascara

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IT COSMETICS: CC+ foundation (Fair)

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MAYBELLINE: Fit Me loose powder (Fair)

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FENTY BEAUTY: Pro Filter Concealer (Shade 170)

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FENTY BEAUTY: Pro Filter Foundation (Shade 150)

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TATCHA: The Silk Canvas

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IT COSMETICS: Bye Bye Undereye Cream

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FRESH: Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream

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URBAN OUTFITTER: Fila Hoodie

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URBAN OUTFITTER: Blondie T-shirt

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SEPHORA: Chap Sticks

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VICTORIA SECRET: 3 X Bras and 5 x Undies

NIKE: Black T-shirt

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SEPHORA: Face, Eye and Lip Masks

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Lifestyle, Travel

What I got up to in New York!

This was the third time I ventured to New York and I still love it. Would happily go again and again, I will never get bored of this glorious city. It’s a concrete city where dreams are made, right?

I still feel like there was so many touristy things to do that I didn’t get around to on my previous visits, so I thought I would share my adventures with you and what I thought.

Bronx Zoo:

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Staten island ferry:

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Walked through Wall street:

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Visited 9/11 memorial:

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Flatiron Building:

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One world observatory:

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Empire state building:

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St Patrick’s Cathedral:

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Tramway to Roosevelt Island:

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Time Square:

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Central Park:

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I feel like I did so much in the space of a week and loved every minute of it, the weather didn’t stop us going out and enjoying ourselves. We might have had to adjust our daily plans according to the weather, but we still did everything we both wanted to. Here’s to my next adventure….

Lifestyle, Travel

New York City: Places to eat.

If you know me you know I am a foodie person, so I was in my element with the delicious food New York City had to offer. Before I even got on the plane I already had a look at different places to eat and saved lots of places I wanted to try. All the places I went were suitable for vegetarians. In this post ill be giving my recommendations and lots of pictures of the yummie food I ate when I was away… prepare to be hungry.

Ellen’s Stardust Diner:

So many people have recommended this place and I just hadn’t got around to it until my recent trip to New York and I have to say I would go again. We did have to queue outside for an hour because It is so popular but was worth it. The staff all sing and perform as they are serving the tables. All the staff are aspiring to be on Broadway someday and this is there practice and way to showcase their incredible voices. The food was lovely as well. I would defiantly recommend going here if you’re in New York.

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Planet Hollywood:

I saw this place online and it looked interesting and It was only a 5-minute walk from our hotel. The décor was quirky, there was lots of different memorabilia from movies all over the restaurant. The portion sizes were huge, we both had macaroni and cheese and I could just about eat half of it. It was the best macaroni and cheese I have ever had, delicious. Plus, the staff were really attentive, and I had a new drink on my table before I even asked, great service.

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Toasties:

There are a few of these all over New York city. We went here twice for breakfast but I’m pretty sure they do lunch and dinner too, we could see them setting up pizza as we were leaving. You go to the counter and order your food, get a ticket, go to a till to pay and then back to the place your ordered to wait for your number to be called. The service was good and fast both times we went there, and the food was so good. You must pop here for breakfast if you can. I had a bagel with cream cheese and pancakes, it was so good.

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Melt Shop:

I saw this place on Instagram and the food looked incredible. First thing that came to mind is a shop all about cheese, so I had to make time to visit. We went later in the evening, so we were hungry but didn’t want a full meal. I had a grilled cheese sandwich and a side of pickles. Well what I thought was pickles, turned out to be a huge pickle. It was so nice for an evening snack.

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Time Square Diner & Grill:

We weren’t sure where to go for our last night, we wanted a sit-down meal for our last evening before we went home so had a little explore around by our hotel and found this little gem. The food was really good and a big portion. The staff were lovely, and it was a cute little restaurant, not quite but not crazy busy. Really enjoyed this meal.

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Magnolia Bakery:

You have to stop at the Magnolia bakery in New York, literally the best bakery ever. The cakes, cupcakes, brownies, pies are all delicious. They have a few dotted around New York city, defiantly stop in if you can.

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