Thursday, 3 August 2017

Cohorted July, in August

As you can tell from the title i'm a little late with this one, i had to take a last minute trip to Manchester this week and everything has had to be pushed back a bit. Would you believe me if i said these photos we're taken like two weeks ago? I was so ahead, sigh, we'll start again from now shall we? Last month i received my first ever Cohorted box and i was blown away by the contents. I've been lucky enough to also receive the July box, and although you're hearing about it at the beginning of August some of the products in here have made it into my daily makeup routine so it's still relevant, believe me. 

Cohorted beauty box review

Another box packed full of products you say? Pretty much. This month's box contains a lip kit, an illuminating blush, mascara and an entire contour palette - it's basically an entire makeup look when you think about it, you could pull off a whole face with this if you tried. With a combined value of £113, when you pay £35 for the subscription. 

Cohorted beauty box review Bella Pierre contour palette

The first thing we'll go to is where my eyes always go to first, a palette. Last month's box had a Bella Pierre highlight palette and July's box has their powder contour palette; i feel like my contouring game has changed recently, and although i've been dipping my toe into cream contouring, especially when it comes to highlights, i do like powders for a more subtle look. (Is anyone else picturing me putting my toe in a cream contour palette right now? Okay i'll stop, remind me to stop making random comments during blog posts please.) 

These are incredibly soft powders, are creamy powders a thing? If they are, these are the definition because that's exactly what i thought of when i first swatched these. You can see from the swatches the colour payoff and pigment is good, even with the light shades. These also blend seamlessly and allow for subtle shade and light without ever looking like you've drawn lines on your face - like 2015 Instagram explore page vibes.  I probably won't get much use out of the Truffle and Brûlée shades, i'm too pale for something that warm. Expresso on the other hand makes for a great contour and you never know, i might dabble with the warmer shades if i ever get round to actually making my face match my body when i fake tan. 

Cohorted beauty box review Bella Pierre contour palette

The next product is a tiny little compact, it looks like something out of a Disney film - it would most definitely have magical qualities and be the key to saving a princess or something, handed down through generations. In real life however, it's a Ciate "Glow - to" illuminating blush in "Baby Doll".

 This has made it into my everyday makeup, its a kind of cream to powder formula and the perfect mixture between a highlight and a blush, with a pink tone for making me look like i've got a pop of colour to my cheeks.  I feel like this is what my makeup has been missing, this blends incredibly well, i usually stray from cream blushes because i'm scared they'll mess with my base but this just doesn't. It's the type of product that just works, it does what it says on the tin (or compact), i couldn't be happier. If i could only choose to save blusher or highlighter i would choose this, and i think that's really saying something; it does both so technically i'd be cheating the system, but seen as it's an analogy i've created in my own mind i think i'll let myself off. 

Cohorted beauty box review ciate london glow to illuminating blush

The next product is a lip kit but not as you know it, it's by Doucce and is the Lucious lips stain and gloss. Now this is a colour i would have never reached for previously but i'm pleasantly surprised, the colour applies pretty evenly and has great pigment and colour payoff too. This is definitely a summer shade and the type of colour i'd wear if i was matching it to something i was wearing, it's not a colour i'd wear for everyday but the gloss helps to make it into something more wearable rather than a really matte lip. 

Cohorted beauty box review ciate london glow to illuminating blush

The last product is a Doucce Punk Volumizer mascara, it does admittedly look intimidating on the face of things but it really isn't. The brush is fairly hefty but works well to create volume, this isn't a wet formula like i'm used to so it didn't really have that amazing lift my current mascara gives me - but it would be great for everyday when i don't want a really dramatic lash look. 

Cohorted beauty box review

That's it for July's cohorted box in August, what product you would you reach for? - Maria x

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Harrods Social Butterflies collection

We might be in the first week of August yet i'm getting serious autumnal vibes from the current weather and outfit situation, is it just the travel mug? Maybe. If you've been in or past Harrods recently you would been greeted with thousands of cobalt blue butterflies, all in aid of the Social Butterflies campaign they're running for London's most social season. Think Wimbledon and everything that comes hand in hand with the British Summer Time, these are the pieces from the collection i've been using recently to accent my summer. 

Harrods social butterflies collection zoe bradley review

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My favourite thing from the entire Zoe Bradley collection is the bag, no matter how hard i try to be a tiny clutch bag person that's just not me, so throwing everything in here is my idea of heaven. As you'd expect this is the highest quality, the material is thick, sturdy and perfect for throwing some unexpected shopping inside or packing your picnic blanket for an afternoon out on the grass. I'm actually going to be taking this with me as my hand luggage when i go away at the end of the week; my sneaky idea is that i can put my smaller handbag inside here, but also be able to have my laptop in here too - practicality excites me. 

Harrods social butterflies collection zoe bradley review

We all know i'm a stationery addict, the words "back to school" give me all types of feels even when i'm no longer in education. Seeing a beautifully designed thick notebook included in the collection was like the saying "music to my ears", except we're talking about seeing not hearing. I've never felt fancier, whipping out a notebook with Harrods on the front and the beautiful blue butterfly makes it hard to miss. To-do lists in style. Also using a matching pencil adds to the fanciness of it all, nothing like some nice stationery to make you feel like you've got your life together. 

Harrods social butterflies collection zoe bradley review

Is there anything more British than a good old cup of tea? Even in the summer time we just can't escape it (i survive on 4 a day). Journeys have become a stylish affair recently, instead of moaning about paying £3 for a cup of english breakfast in Starbucks, i can put my tea in the thermo travel mug. Hello stylish daily tea fix with a actual handle, so i don't have to keep moving the mug from hand to hand like a game of hot potato. 

Harrods social butterflies collection zoe bradley review

Harrods social butterflies collection zoe bradley review

What's your favourite piece from the collection? - Maria x

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

A new liquid lip on the block

There was a time when the only matte liquid lip under £20 was the NYX soft matte lip creams, and although they stayed cult for a while it wasn't long until the other drugstore brands followed with their own formulas. It seemed everyone had jumped on the bandwagon, except possibly everyone's favourite drugstore brand, Rimmel. That was until now. 

Rimmel stay matte liquid lipsticks review

Rimmel answered our prayers, everyones favourite stay matte range now has lipsticks, liquid lipsticks in fact and *spoiler alert* they're really good. There's 15 shades available, right through from the everyday nudes to deep purples, signature reds and even a black - who needs a Kylie lip kit? 
Even though these are a liquid lipstick they aren't what i would call a "true" liquid lip, they're definitely a creamier thicker formula but that isn't a bad thing. Sometimes classic runny liquid lip formulas can be very drying, so i do prefer a creamy formula like this a lot of the time. 

Let's talk pigment:

These are a cream formula, so you aren't going to get that shocking opaque pigment immediately like you would with a thiner formula, but the pigment on these is good especially for the price. Some shades are better than others when it comes to getting even application, but it really isn't difficult to apply these and reach an opaque finish in a few seconds and that applies to all colours - some just require a tiny bit more product.

Rimmel stay matte liquid lipsticks review swatches

The Result? 

I am pretty surprised to say i don't find these drying in the slightest, but they're incredibly long lasting. I (wrongly) assumed that because these were more of a cream formula they wouldn't be long lasting, but i was so wrong. The first time i wore one of these i got home and thought the lipstick wasn't actually still on my lips, but when i looked in the mirror i found the colour was pretty much still intact. It did need topping up in the usual areas like right in the centre of my lips but everywhere else was completely fine. 

Eating with these on does mean you'll have to top them up, but for a drugstore lipstick they're incredibly long lasting and comfortable on the lips. I've found myself reaching for them more and more, and i don't have to sacrifice dry lips for comfort any longer. Also they smell a bit like a Christmas candle, what's not to like? 

Rimmel stay matte liquid lipsticks review

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Have you tried Rimmel's new liquid lips? - Maria x

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