Month: November 2015

Tarte Bling It On Blush Palette Review

Last week, I published my Huge Sephora Haul, and promised that I would be giving you all more in depth reviews and comments on some of the products.

When I was at Sephora, the holiday gift sets and palettes were everywhere, and I although it may not look like it from the amount I purchased, I genuinely had to utilise some serious self-restraint to stop myself from throwing them all in my basket.

The Tarte Bling It On Blush Palette was on my wish list before I left, so it was one of the first things I threw into my basket. I have never tried the cult Amazonian Clay blushes, and when I checked the shade range out before travelling, there were several that I wanted to try. This palette was therefore an excellent way for me to delve into the world of AC blushes as I get 5 shades to try out. Like all holiday sets, this is a limited edition palette as well as a Sephora holiday exclusive product (why does limited edition status immediately make a product 100% more appealing?!), so I wouldn’t umm and ahh too long before committing to buying one…

Before I get started on the product itself, can we take a moment to appreciate the packaging?! Its slick, “blingy” and beautiful. The black sequin sparkle detail is perfect for Christmas and I just think that it looks so pretty in my make up bag (Heart eyes emoji). There’s also a good sized mirror inside along with rose gold detailing and a magnetic closure. The packaging is slim and lightweight, making it ideal for the indecisive traveller. Personally however, I think that  the packaging could get battered quickly if you choose to travel with this palette, so bear that in mind.

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The palette itself contains five good sized blushes, and for $44, it’s an absolute steal. Each blush in the palette is 0.15oz whereas in comparison, the standard AC blush is 0.20oz and costs $28 a pop, so you are getting a hefty 0.75oz of product for a fraction of the standard cost.

The shade range is great, and for me, the only base that isn’t sufficiently covered in the palette is a really nice bright coral, but that certainly isn’t a deal breaker. Four of the five shades are limited edition, but I think sufficient alternatives can be found in their permanent lines.

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 There are four matte shades (Fetching, Dollface, Prim and Smashing) with one shimmer (Beaming).

  • Fetching – a  warm toned, medium rose pink;
  • Dollface – a cooler toned light pink;
  • Prim – a nude, plum tone with mauve undertones (my personal favourite for Autumn);
  • Smashing – a slight coral pink; and
  • Beaming –  a mild apricot shade with silver shimmer.

For me, Beaming is a tad on the glittery side as opposed to shimmery, and whilst I am not usually a glitter fan, I’m not totally adverse to how it looks on the skin when applied as it doesn’t transfer as obviously to the skin.

Tarte Amazonian Clay blush Swatches

I have been using these blushes every day since I bought them to get a good feel for the product and I have to admit, I love them. These blushes are incredibly pigmented and a light hand goes a long way, particularly with Fetching and Smashing. They are also very long wearing (12 hour wear)  and I have found that they are still visible on my cheeks after a full day at work without touch ups.

The texture of the blushes is wonderful. They are very buttery smooth and blend out with minimal effort on the skin. On first use of Smashing, I was a little too heavy handed and was left with an extremely bright cheek. However, I only had to work softly with my brush for a second and the colour intensity had blended out completely to leave a lovely glow.

My verdict on this blush palette is GET IT WHILST IT IS STILL IN STOCK!! It is incredible value for the price. The blushes have fantastic longevity and the shade range allows for a variety of make up looks to be achieved. I think this would make a beautiful Christmas gift for the make up junkie in your life.

What are your top recommendations for the holiday gift sets?

Lynsey xox

Huge Sephora Haul!!

Hello everybody!! Apologies for the lack of blog posts recently. I have been in Florida having the time of my life and I haven’t had a millisecond to myself! To announce i’m back, I thought I would give you a peek at what I picked up in Sephora.

Remember that Sephora wishlist I made before I took off? The one that was big enough but not extortionately large? Well, the haul is here and I admit, I went hard (VERY HARD) and a little off list. I think it’s safe to say that I won’t be buying anything for a very long time. Enjoy….

Huge Sephora haul 2015

I don’t want to go on too much in this post, as there are a lot of products to get through and the majority of what I bought will feature in review posts over the next few weeks. So I will fly through this post just to share the goodies….

First up are the skincare products.

Worthy of it’s own special mention is something that I spotted in the Holiday gift sets is this Peter Thomas Roth Mask set. I hadn’t tried PTR before, but had heard wonderful things, all 5 for $75? Sold!

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You would think that 5 PTR masks would be enough skincare. Nope, I was far from done!

Huge Sephora Haul

I also picked up:

  • 2 x Sephora Rose eye masks;
  • 3 x different Boscia sheet masks;
  • a Dr. Jart+ Water Replenishment sheet mask;
  • 2 x Sephora sleeping masks; and
  • Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil.

Next up (and my personal favourite), is make up. The holiday gift sets in Sephora are exquisite. I literally wanted them all and found it really hard to maintain any level of restraint.

Sephora haul

After marching up and down every single square inch of the store at least twice, I settled on:

  • Marc Jacobs Beauty lolita eye shadow palette;
  • Sephora creme lip stain;
  • Smash box colour correcting primer;
  • Becca liquid shimmering skin perfector;
  • Bite Beauty Agave lip mask;
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit (swoon);
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Whiz (eventually!!);
  • Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop; and
  • tarte Bling it On Amazonian Clay blush palette.

With the blinkers still firmly on my face, I also threw some “necessities” into my ridiculously full basket:

Sephora haul

  • Sephora Collection Advanced Airbrush brush collection;
  • Sephora Collection must have large powder brush #30;
  • Elizabeth and James Nirvana White rollerball; and
  • Sephora Collection daily brush cleaner.

Just when I thought my weary arms couldn’t carry anymore products, the lovely ladies whipped out a rather large pile of samples for me to take home at the till including a birthday gift of two adorable mini Nars lip pencils.

Sephora Haul So there you have it! Yes, I know I bought a lot. But I saved hard to buy this and treat myself. I promise to come back with more detailed reviews and thoughts on the products I picked up along with swatches. I would also really love to hear which products you are most interested to hear about!! Please let me know by commenting below, or by tweeting me, I’m always excited to see new followers!!

Until next time 🙂

Lynsey xox

Orlando low-down: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Hello everybody!!

I’m back! Apologies for not publishing any posts recently, but as you should know, I have been away having the time of my life in Orlando, Florida. Before I left, I was full of good intentions to write a few mini posts while I was away. As many of you who have visited Orlando before will know, that was a tad ambitious. Orlando can be the most jam packed holiday you’ve ever been on, and we crammed so much in while we were there that at the end of each night I was absolutely shattered and was falling asleep within ten minutes of my head touching the pillow.

I thought this might be a fun post for you all to read my main thoughts on my two favourite parks and see some snaps from our trip.

We visited all of the theme parks while we were out there (with the exception of Epcot, boo) and although all of the parks are absolutely outstanding, my favourite was The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and visiting this park is a surreal experience for any true wannabe wizards. One MUST visit Ollivanders to pick up a wand. Ollivander actually comes out and picks someone to participate in the wand choosing ceremony. I won’t spoil too much, but the magical effects throughout the ceremony are out of this world. I had to buy an interactive wand (Harry’s if you’re interested). There is a spell map included in the box which shows the various locations around the park where you can perform a number of spells which actually work. I do have a slight fear that I am a bit of a squib (sad face) as I struggled with many of the spells while my 12 year old sister had no problem.

The rides at Harry Potter are also outstanding and surpassed any of my expectations. Escape from Gringotts (set in Gringotts bank, where a huge dragon blows actual fire out of its mouth on the roof) has some of the most advanced digital graphics I have ever come across. Again, I don’t want to spoil the ride for any of you who may be planning a visit, but let’s just say a few villains make an appearance and if you aren’t even a little bit scared, you’re solid Gryffindor material.

Hogwarts Castle houses another simulator style ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Similar to Gringotts, the graphics and effects are amazing and I defy anybody to come off this and not want to go straight back on. The queue for this ride alone is worth it as it incorporates a tour of Hogwarts where you’ll see the sorting hat, have the paintings talk to you and catch glimpses of your favourite Hogwarts students. Even the Daily Prophets scattered around the tables have moving pictures and eye catching headlines! The attention to detail is second to none, I rode the ride twice and still noticed hundreds of details the second time around.

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The WWHP is actually located across both Universal parks (Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure), with the infamous Hogwarts Express connecting the two. From US you board the train from platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station (including a walk through the wall moment!!) and witness the journey from inside of your compartment (you’ll hear Harry and co. too). On the IOA side, you board the train from Hogsmeade Station and will be treated to a completely different experience. I recommend travelling both ways.

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Hogsmeade village  is complete with snow capped buildings where you’ll find the likes of Honeydukes sweet shop where you can stock up on chocolate frogs, jelly slugs and Bertie Bott’s jelly beans to name a few. You can also treat yourself to a butterbeer (I highly recommend the frozen version) in the Three Broomsticks or catch a glimpse of some Durmstrang or Beauxbattons students who perform in the main square. You can see Hagrid’s hut and Buckbeak himself in the queue for Flight of the Hippogriff (a family friendly roller coaster). For those looking for a bit more adrenaline, you can ride both Dragon’s Challenge roller coasters. This ride theme incorporates the Triwizard Tournament where you can ride either the Hungarian Horntail or Chinese Fireball. I rode both as they are two completely different rides and enjoyed the Horntail most. You can also spot the infamous flying Ford Anglia in the forrest on the way into the queue for this ride.

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Back in US there are hundreds of photo opportunities. You can pose outside 12 Grimmauld Place (look closely at the second floor window, Kreacher makes an appearance). You can also chat with Stan and Ernie at the Knight bus or receive a secret message from The Ministry of Magic by dialling MAGIC from the red phone box.

A venture into Diagon Alley is essential. The minute you walk through the hole in the wall you’ll be overwhelmed with detail. Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, Gringotts Bank, Madame Malkins and Florean Fortescues all appear identical to how they are in the films. You can pick up a pigmy puff pet where they’ll have a naming ceremony for you or you can venture down the dark and eerie Knockturn Alley. You can easily spend 3-4 hours alone here and in my case several hundred dollars.

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To sum up, if you’re even a mild fan of Harry Potter, you will LOVE WWHP. I would recommend allowing for an entire day in your itinerary if you’re visiting the park for this alone. We spent a full 9-10 hours here and still didn’t get to do everything we wanted. It is one of the most popular things to visit, so be prepared for huge crowds and potentially long waits for the rides.

Have any of you visited before? I would love to hear your highlights!!

Lynsey xox