Benefit Dew the Hoola || Free with Elle Magazine

Everyone loves benefit's hoola bronzer, that's a fact. And so the thought of the same product in a liquid form with an ever so sweet pun name ('dew' and 'do'...get it?) excited me greatly. Especially when I noticed that I could pick one up for free in the September Elle magazine that costed me £4.10 for 370 pages of high end fashion adverts that none of us can afford. But hey, it's the product we want here, right? Not Cara Delevigne looking gorgeous and telling me to buy expensive perfumes and clothing. 
 (I apologize about the horrendous lighting here; I just couldn't seem to get it right today. One of those bad camera days huh? The pictures seem a little blurred which is so annoying)

The product itself came in a cute, metallic box and is disposed via a small pump. Looks all good so far. 
Being a liquid product, I find it best applied and distributed on a damp beauty blender or complexion sponge with dabbing motions over swipes.
Then it came to the swatch. The excitement was obviously an anti climax, it seemed. Personally, I found dew the hoola to be extremely orange in colour, rather than a pretty. glowing bronze. It made me look more 'only way is Essex' than 'I've been to Hawaii and topped up the tan'. Whether that's because I am quite light or what, I haven't enjoyed this as much as I expected, which is such a shame.
I also felt it sort of blended into a nothing ness on my face due to the fact that it is largely water based - something else which I disliked. I'm glad this was a sample rather than a full priced product; my purse would be extremely sad as it would be £22.50 short. 

Overall, I am generally not impressed. I do think I should probably try using this in a different way though. Maybe mix into some of my lighter foundations when I am more tanned to give a better match? I feel that would be more suited the to product. 

Have you tried Benefit's new twist Hoola? Were you more impressed than I was? Let me know. 

Natasha x

Mac Lipstick Collection 2016 || FloralsAndCoralsx

You've gotta love Mac for their wide range of lippy shades, right? There's just something about their quality formulation and sleek packaging that really makes my mind scream 'BUY IT' every time I enter a Mac store - hence the reason why I am now left with £77.50 worth of lippies (*silently cries*) although technically two of these were kindly gifted to us by our bae (love ya). Some may say this collection is tiny - I've seen ridiculously huge collections consisting of double figures - yet to me I think the £15 mark for a lipstick is pretty cray cray and slightly over that budget.
Mac Lipsticks
My collection:
- 'Ruby Woo': A gorgeous blue-toned red with a matte formulation, perfect for the Christmas season and super long wearing! I'm genuinely already excited for Christmas just because I'll get to wear this more.
- 'Vegas volt': An amazing amplified creme formulation and coraly orange in colour - beautiful for the summer months.
- 'Velvet Teddy': Typical 'Kylie Jenner' style lippie, with it's beautiful matte consistency and browny nude shade.
- 'Please me': A magnificent matte, that is a muted pink in colour. I find this a perfect subtle shade for school and work!
- 'Brave': A sleek satin that is pink-nude in shade, and again ideal for work or school!

Swatches:
Mac lipstick swatches
Kind of a colour trend, isn't there? Yep, I love a good nude me. But my fave of them all? I think that would have to be 'Brave' or 'Velvet Teddy' - these shades are so super wearable and really suit my strict 'no makeup' policies at school. 

Do you have any Mac lipsticks? Which is your fave? Comment below and let me know! 

Emily x

Studio 10 Beauty || FloralsAndCoralsx

Studio 10 Beauty is a brand that until recently we hadn't heard of before or looked into, yet upon finding some of their products floating around other beauty blogs we were absolutely sold. Their chic matte black packaging and gorgeous products are an absolute steal, so we contacted them right away, and they extremely kindly agreed to send us some products to show you all. What lovely people. 
Can we firstly point out the super cute tissue paper that this package arrived in? It'll for sure be one of those things that I never throw away because it's too cute - attachment issues right there. Sorry, we are obsessed with sweet things like that, they just make the heart bleed. 

Studio 10 Lip Perfecting Plumping Lip Gloss - 01 rose. 
This was the first thing that our eyes were drawn to when we opened up the package, you know, being lip product obsessives and all. Enriched with Omega-3 rich plankton extract, the idea behind this beauty is to protect the lips from fine lines and add gorgeous lip shape, plump and contour, whilst moisturising the lips due to emollient oils that help the skin hold onto water for longer. Some impressive science if you ask me. 
Application of this is super, super simple, with a traditional doe-foot applicator that you cannot go wrong with. And, regarding the colour, it shows up as gorgeously glossy but just 'my lips but better', so great for an every day use (awesome when school and work policies are as strict as ours). I adore the shape it gives the lips and the shine that it beholds. And of course, as advertised, I found this to be super plumping. Win win win.

A mascara that can do 6 things all at once? Nourish, condition, define, lengthen, thicken AND volumise? Sounds like a winner.
With horrendous lashes ourselves the benefits to this are simply the best. Better than all the rest. Whilst lengthening and volumising the lashes, it also supposedly helps them to grow stronger and longer, whilst resotring elasticity and shine. The idea that my lashes can be treated and look great at the same time is certainly fantastic in my book. 

Oh, and it is double ended! Yes mate.

 The first end to this has a traditionally bristled wand that gives the lashes volume and length.
The other, not such a traditional wand. This sort of wand is one that I prefer to use on the bottom lashes, or second to separate any clumps.
A great mascara with some great benefits that I will be waiting to notice soon; definitely worth a go. 

We are not overly enthusiastic about filling in brows as I find it so bloomin' difficult to get them looking natural and not drawn on, so I was skeptical at the look of a pencil at first. But that, my friend, was before I tried this beauty! Double ended. with one highlight end and one brow end, this babe has it all covered. I now find filling in my brows so much easier, as this pencil isn't too waxy with too much colour pay-off but gives just the right amount of pigment to make my brows look natural. Perfect!
Highlighter end, which is generally best used on the brow bone or to clean up around the brow.
Brow end, which can be used with fine strokes to neatly imitate natural brow hairs.
I love a good primer, don't you? And the idea of a 'miracle effect priming serum' particularly melts my heart. Claiming to reduce spots, wrinkles, enlarged pores and hydrate the skin this again sounds as though it will be a product to protect the skin and make your makeup look on point. We only received a sachet of this to give a go, so of course benefits are barely noticeable, but I will be sure looking into this further. Sounds like a beauty. 

Have you tried Studio 10 Beauty? What did you think?

Natasha & Emily x



Benefit Gimme Brow Shade 5 || What I think

These magazines are so on point with their free samples just recently, specifically after the launch of the new benefit brow range; every time I pop into a good ol' supermarket and take a browse at the magazines I can see benefit staring me in the face. "You do need me. I'm free!". 
For only £2.00, August's glamour magazine offers you a free gimme brow (sample sized of course), so how could one say no? One cannot. You also get free Garnier ultimate blends hair balm sachet to try too so it's win win. Even if it is just making you spend more in boots when you decide you like the product too much to leave alone.
Prior to this cutesy sample I've never tried gimme brow - I'm one of those people who refuses to pay a lot of money for products that they could easily find at the drugstore for cheaper prices, no matter what the raves on other blogs are like. (Although it is very difficult to resist, believe me). 
Upon opening the gimme brow for the first time I was really surprised at how super teeny tiny the applicator is, which is perfect, allowing you to shape your brows neatly and concisely. Grabbing every last stray hair and lasting a long time, gimme brow allows you to have 'on fleek' yet 'non caterpillar' eyebrows that look super natural - just what I'm all about. I'm not about the insta brows, even though they are gorgeous. (To be honest they just don't look quite right on my face, but I severely wish they did).

Since the revamped packaging, I'm not sure if the formula has changed or not, as this was a thing before the new range. Let me know if you know, I'd love to find out. 
Of course, the only down side to magazine samples are colour ranges. The actual benefit brow products come in 6 shades, from 1-6, 1 being the lightest and 6 the darkest. Pretty self explanatory really.  In the store I was at there was only two options, 2 or 5, and as I am brunette 5 was the one that scored. I would say that perhaps a 4 may be better for me, but non the less, I can still get away with this and I just REALLY needed to try the formula. (Which is fabulous).

Have you tried the Benefit Gimme Brow? How did you like it? 

Natasha x

July Faves || FloralsAndCoralsx

Another month of all of our lives is again officially over, which actually seems quite depressing, but let's lighten that up with a favourites shall we? You know, those notorious posts that every blogger gets excited to tap away on the 30th/31st? Yeah them. 

This month is less about that makeup and beauty and more about those TV shows and lifestyle choices, which is quite refreshing to say really, even if that is just because I've been too bankrupt to splurge in boots as I would on a more frequent basis. *cries*

Beauty&Makeup:
PRIMARK EYE BLENDING BRUSH
There may not be many beauty faves this month, but let's kick this off with showing you three faves anyways, shall we? For months on end now I have been searching for that wallet friendly eye blender that doesn't just either shed bristles over your face or turn all scratchy after one wash (you know the feeling gals?), without spending £20 on 4 real techniques ones when really I only want one in the set - and I think I've found the one. At only £1 this Primark eye blender is honestly one of the best out there that I have so far tried - from Makeup Revolution eye brushes to my ever so loved No7 eye contour brush, this has it all covered. With soft, lightweight bristles it helps to blend your shadow seamlessly, and I have washed this and it's so far holding up. What a great find!
SLEEK SOLSTICE
We all know this palette has been cropping up all over beauty bloggers sites recently, and if you haven't seen this before, where on earth have you been!? This palette is honestly THE BEST highlighter kit I have tried, ever, and I've used some pretty damn fleeky highlighters in my time. And for £9.99 you seriously cannot complain, with one captivating cream shade and three thrilling powders. If you want to read more we dedicated a whole post to this (yep, the product is that great) and you can read this here.
MAYBELLINE COLOUR TATTOO 24HR CREAM EYESHADOW - ETERNAL GOLD
Who doesn't love a stunning golden cream shadow on a lazy day, huh? Again retailing at a cheap £4.99 this maybelline range includes honestly one of the nicest cream shadows in the drugstore, yet still one of the cheapest. Again, we have spoken more about this over on this post so you're welcome to find out more there. What I will say though is that the pigment in this is very subtle compared to the intensity of the glitter, so if you're less about the glitter and more about the pigment I would stay clear. But for me, this is a hit which is so gonna be repurchased! Goes perfectly with the solstice palette too; that golden, highlighted look is what I'm all about right naaa. 


Boredom busters:
(yes, okay that title does sound like an action packed film from last century..)
BAKING FLAPJACKS
With us now being in the deepest depths of the Summer holidays, what we're not blind to is days in where the outdoors is gloomy and there is nothing left for us to do other than lie miserable all day. And that, my friends, is where baking comes in (so much so I'm actually becoming quite concerned about my health from all of the yummy treats. High blood sugar and cholesterol is never something to desire.) But Tanya's smarties flapjacks from Tanya Bakes are just far too much to resist! They are honestly the tastiest flapjacks I have ever tasted and are so easy to make!
A BIG WARDROBE CLEAR OUT
This is a tad random, but it makes me feels so great to rummage through my clothes and say goodbye to my oldies, you know? Especially when it is peeing it down outside... it's so therapeutic! There's truly nothing like that satisfaction of knowing my old clothes will one day be bought in a charity shop and the money will go towards helping others. So kids, go and through your clothes... and be brutal! That 19th century scarf that you haven't worn since the 1900's isn't something you need, is it? 

TV shows:
BRIAN COX FORCES OF NATURE
Who doesn't love a good bit of science, huh? (Well most people don't, but whatevs). It's not often I actually watch TV - I'm more a Netflix/PLL (okay, just PLL) gal - but when I saw that Brian Cox had a new documentary on BBC1 I could not contain my excitement. There's just something about sitting cosy one night with the fam and learning something new that gives me feels. With four fantastic episodes you have the pleasure of four fantastic hours of science; what's not to love ay? You can watch this here on BBC iPlayer if you missed it.
FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER SERIES 4
Again, finding out this was back was another 'cannot contain my excitement' moment for me. I was a MASSIVE FANGIRL over the other series and I have to be honest, this series isn't an exception. Watching a family sitting over 'Friday night dinner' (that's legit what it is) is so relatable and therefore really comforting to watch. The idea of it coming back made me think 'SHIT ON IT' better put that in the diary (only watchers will get that reference).  If you missed the first episode you can watch it on All 4 here, but otherwise it is on Channel 4 every Friday at 10pm. 

Very hefty post, but we hope you've enjoyed noising through our faves of the month as much as we've loved sharing them!

What have you loved this month? Do you love any of these things? Let us know! 

Natasha & Emily x