Drugstore vs High end Eye Glitters | Stila & Barry M

My absolute go to eye an the moment consists of a glitter, which, until recently, was the Stila Magnificent Metals in 'Bronzed Bell'. When these were released they sent the beauty side of the internet crazy, which is what made me actually spend the money and splurge on it, as this isn't something I do often as poor student. The Stila product comes in at £23, which I appreciate isn't a crazy amount of money and isn't the most high end product out there, but to me it certainly is a little steep. Therefore, when I was watching This Morning the other day and saw the makeup artist on there use the Barry M glitter bomb as an alternative, I had to grab one and test the difference. If I can find a Stila alternative for £18 less I am SOLD.

The Barry M version has a typical doe foot applicator, yet Stila's is more flat on both sides. The difference here doesn't bother me though, since I just tap the product onto my eye lid and blend with my fingers anyway. 

(Excuse my left lazy eye...I don't even notice I have it until the camera comes out and voila, it is noticeable. For this reason, it is usually Emily in eye pictures haha. I don't know how we can have the same genes and such different eyes...I guess I was just struck with the bad luck lol.)

On the eyes the two products look so insanely similar, other than the Stila version being noticeably more sparkly than the Barry M one. We actually posted a poll on instagram with swatches of the two recently and the majority correctly guessed, presumably because the Stila product is more glittery. In my opinion though, this does actually make the Barry M option a better everyday alternative, as, even though I love all the sparkle, it is sometimes too much. 

To make the pictures fair, both eyes have the same products aside from the glitters themselves. On each eye I have used the Urban Decay Naked Heat for the crease and base, with the Soph x Makeup Revolution highlighter palette as inner corner highlight. The lashes are Benefit Bad Gal Bang and the brows are the E.L.F eye brow kit in 'medium', featuring my unplucked monobrow. 

The shades I used were 'Low Blow', 'Cayenne' and 'Scorched'. 
Regards to how the two products last, they, in my opinion are both as long lasting as each other and last me a full sweaty 8 hour day at work, which says something. The only reason I would purchase the Stila product instead of the Barry M is for the more blinding glitter aspect, meaning that it is better for special occasions. Of course, I am glad that I did buy the Stila as it is my go to makeup baby, but from an outside perspective the difference isn't really worth the extra £18. 

Have you tried the Stila or Barry M glitters? Let me know your thoughts x

Natasha & Emily x

Collaboration with Statement Made Jewellery

'Statement Made Jewellery'  is an independent company which specialise in beautiful personalised jewellery pieces, from bracelets, to necklaces, anklets and engraved pieces, which all make the perfect gifts. The company have very kindly sent me one of their necklaces to share with you, which comes in this really cute pouch along with an information card which adds a nice personal connection with the company.

This unicorn necklace is one of many of the lovely pieces from the website, which can be personalised with the recipient's initials to give the gift a personal touch. What is also so great about the website is that the affordable prices, where nothing seems to be over around £20, means that the gifts could also be used for younger girls, whilst also having collections for adults. They also offer free UK shipping, which I live for! 

The wide range of collections means that there is something for everyone, and, after browsing the site myself, I personally really love the Zodiac and Constellation range, and  any of the pieces from this section would make beautiful, personal gifts.

Regarding the necklace itself the quality feels really great, and the way that it comes in a gorgeous felt pouch does make it appear more expensive than it is. The company have provided care instructions too, which means that the long lifespan of the pieces can be maintained. With their social media platforms the brand also seems really connected to their customers, which I love, as there are so many easy ways to get in touch with them. 

Overall, Statement Made Jewellery is a gorgeous brand with some really great pieces, which are also so affordable. I will definitely be purchasing from them myself in the future, as the pieces suit everyone and would make perfect Christmas or Birthday gifts.

Shop their website here | Visit the Statement Made Jewellery Blog here.

Thanks for reading,
Natasha x

Zoella's new 'Splash Botanics' Range

I always love Zoe's new launches and get so excited when a new range is released. This one in particular caught my eye, with beautiful botanical packaging making me swoon. Every time she releases a new line I wonder how the packaging can get any better, but it always does! With this in mind, I popped down to my local Superdrug yesterday and picked up a few pieces from the range, making use of the 3 for 2 offer that we all love. 

With regards to the scent of this range, we gave the body mist a miss this time, purely because the fresh scent of the range isn't one that I would usually use as a spray. That being said, it is a gorgeous scent for bath and shower time, especially in the summer months, but isn't really our thing as a daily fragrance. The scent is gorgeous and refreshing, though I must say that I personally have preferred some of the other fragrances and that this isn't my favourite. 

Drench Me Bath soak - £6.95

Let's face it, the milk carton packaging of this product is one of the most gorgeous things I've ever seen. According to the packaging, this has 'refreshing aquatic notes' with 'extracts of hydrating coconut water and radiance boosting lychee', giving it a lovely fresh scent that is actually quite unisex, comparatively to Zoe's other ranges. Only a small amount of product is needed to create a generous amount of bubbles, so, even though this probably is a little more expensive for a bath soak (well, it is for me as a student) it will last a while and a little luxury never did anyone any harm! Overall, this one gets a 10/10.

Quench me body sorbet - £7

This is by far my favourite of the range that I have tried. I am generally very lazy with moisturising as I hate feeling sticky, but this sinks in so beautifully and quickly that it is actually pleasant to use! I would even go as far as to say that this is my favourite of any Zoella range, and the scent lasts on the skin for hours which is a massive bonus. 

Zoella Make a Splash body wash - £6

Though this body wash moisturises the skin and does feel gorgeous to use, I personally prefer something that lathers more than this. When using it I would probably also use a generic body wash to feel fully clean, then use this after wards as a moisturiser. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of combining a body wash and moisturiser, as, like I said, I am very lazy, but this personally I would have to use another body wash that lathers a bit better with this. 

Lagoon Love Bath Milk - £3

Zoe brought out a similar concept last year with her Gelato range and at Christmas with her bath tea gifting set, and I personally really like it. When you pop this powder into the bath it makes the water really soft and gorgeous, doing the same to the skin. There is probably enough in a sachet to use twice too, which I love. Again, this one is a win win for me, and it quite unique to Zoe's brand. 

Zoella beauty can be purchased on 'Superdrug' and 'Feel Unique'. 

Have you tried any of the 'Splash Botanics' range? What did you think? Let us know. 

Natasha & Emily x

Life update and how we are spending our summer so far || FloralsAndCoralsx

Last month was a bit of a crazy one for us; after coming home from Gran Canaria at the start of the month we were thrown straight into our A-Level exams which have to be the hardest things we've ever done. Thankfully these are now done though, and we have a three month break a head of us before heading to University in September (hopefully, if we get the grades haha). I suppose this explains the lack of blog posts for two years...looking back after our previous post on the Soph Extra spice palette you'll notice that we haven't posted since 2016, which makes us poor excuses of 'bloggers'. The truth is, during our GCSE summer break we were free and highly blog motivated, producing posts and really managing to build an audience. This all changed when our A-Levels started, as of course the work load from this took over the blogging work load, and eventually our blog posts just diminished. But, alas, here we are trying again, attempting to be less of a pair of blogging embarrassments! With a fresh blogging start we have revamped our site's design, making it more professional and sophisticated than it was before. We now love our new design, and hope you do to! 

Of course, now we have finished our A-Levels we have a lot of time on our hands, and so we thought it would be nice to share with you today a few of the things that we are doing to make the most of it.

The sixth form ball
To celebrate the end of an era the wonderful head girl at our sixth form put together the sixth form ball in a stunning venue, which was a time for us to bid a farewell to all our teachers and fellow students so that we can all go our separate ways. This genuinely was an incredible night, as well as a perfect excuse to be fully extra with our makeup and outfits. 

Before our break started I was under the illusion that I would be grabbing LOADS of extra shifts at work, rolling in the dollar, where as actually all I am doing is going out, spending the dollar. Typical me hehe. But I have managed to pick up some beautiful pieces including.... 
Wilko's have just bought out another stationery range, and every time I think it is the best yet, they throw another beautiful line our way. So far I've purchased the stationery set, which costs £1.50 for cute miniatures that will be perfect for my uni bag, as well as a gorge pencil case and daily planner. Turns out I couldn't even go a week from sixth form without stationery.

Even though I already have one of these cute stationery sets from a previous Wilko range, I bought another...justified by the idea of "Oh, I can have one in my bag and one in my room".. Logical? Maybe not. 

Links: Pencil pouch - £3 , Stationery set - £1.50 , Daily planner - £3

I've also bought two tops in the past couple of weeks, using the excuse of my holidays approaching. 

Primark crop top - £5 

Floral tied crop top from George Asda - £6 in the sale

Oh my goodness, being able to read something that isn't a text book or revision guide is such a novelty! Being such eager book worms one of the things I've missed not doing the most is grabbing a good book to read, but since finished we are flying through them. Of course, the warm weather helps; a YA novel and sun...yes please! My favourite of the month has to be either 'Everything, Everything' by Nicola Yoon or 'Holding up The Universe' by Jennifer Niven, author of 'All the Bright Places'. Both are touching love stories (I mean, what else would I be reading?) which had me hooked and I finished in just days. Emily has also enjoyed 'Apple & Rain' by Sarah Crossan, though 'Everything, Everything' was definitely a stand out to her too. We've also loved 'Noah Can't Even' by Simon James Green, which is a cute, hilarious easy read.

And of course, we've been spending lots of time with our beautiful doggos which we love dearly. <3

Poppy proud to make her feature

If you're at school or college, when is your summer break and how are you spending it? Also, do you like these types of posts or would you prefer us to stick to the makeup posts? Let us know, we'd love to have a chat. 

Thanks for reading,
Natasha & Emily xx

Soph x Makeup Revolution Extra Spice Palette || Review

I think Makeup Revolution will always be my favourite makeup brand - when they are selling really affordable makeup with a high end quality there is nothing I can pick fault with.Therefore, Soph's  second collaboration with them on her 'Extra Spice' palette got me so excited...so much so that the Revolution beauty website (formerly TAM) launched the palette at 10am and I had purchased by 10:03 - lol. Since her first palette has been my go to since it's launch last year, I had high expectations, and was not disappointed with the beauty that she had created. 

This palette contains 6 beautiful shimmers and 12 mattes, with shades for the more everyday look and the more imaginative look, depending upon your preference. It also comes with a large mirror - something that is essential in my palette choice. All of the shades blend so well with high pigmentation (even from the matte shades!) which some palettes can often lack.
It is also so lovely how Soph has accounted for all skin tones here, selecting a broad range of transition colours that are both cool and warm dependent on the skin type. The palette really is versatile and would suit you no matter what your skin tone is. 

Example look using the shades 'Running Late', 'Vitamin C', 'Twenty one', 'Mulled wine', 'Brownies', 'Infinity' and 'Everyday'.  

If you haven't already got your hands on one of these definitely do. For £10 I really would struggle to find a better palette, and it has become a staple in our makeup collection. Available at Superdrug and Revolution Beauty.

Natasha & Emily x