The only blush palette you will ever need : Benefit Cheekathon

Hey Internet Friends,

I have a confession, an admittance if you will. Ive fallen in love. A special kind of love. Make up Love. I also have a secret for you my loyal readers, I have found the blush palette to end all blush palettes. I showed it you last week, in my London Haul but I tend to write blog posts for this site well in advance, I have actually had the Benefit Cheekathon for a whole month so its time for a little review. You ready?

 

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Benefits new cheekathon palette is the dream team of blushes and bronzers combined in the most beautiful, value for money and special palette I have ever seen. And you probably like me have never heard of it before.
At the weekend I was at my local Benefit counter and the women working there hadn’t even heard of it. So I am going to tell you everything you need to know about why you should 100% buy this product.

Firstly lets start by explaining why its such good value for money.
One blush or bronzer box from Benefit is £23.50.
This palette is £44.50 and you get 5 blushes and bronzers.
Now I know what your thinking, but there not full size products?
But the amazing thing is they are!
For less than the price of two Box O Powders you can have 5?

YES! YES YOU CAN!

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So why should you buy it?
The shades flatter pretty much any skin tone, I am deadly pale as you all know and I can easily wear every shade.
Lets have a shade breakdown shall we:
Dandelion is a sheer pink tone that makes for a pretty everyday blush, this doesnt have to much shimmer and is super wearable.
Hoola – you guys know this is my holy grail bronzer. The perfect Matte finish thats both build-able and subtle. Perfection.
Rockateur is a rose gold shimmer blush that gives the skin a real flush with insane colour payoff.
Dallas is a blush and bronzer combo that gives your face a flush of colour, this works incredibly well to give definition and warmth.
Coralista is a warm coral blush with a strong shimmer, perfect for the summertime.

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From the wrist down – Coralita, Dallas, Rockateur, Holla and Dandelion.

The literal only downside to this palette is the fact that the packaging is absolute enormous. But its just as beautiful as it is big, with Benefit you could to expect beautiful and quality packaging and whilst I appreciate the massive mirror and the brush I will never use it doesnt feel as innovative as some of the other Benefit packaging.

But my faithful ladies and gents, its whats inside that counts!

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The brushes I would pair with this palette is the Blush brush which is perfect for both bronzer and blush especially when trying to add definition, I use the expert face brush for popping a bit of blush on the apples of the cheeks and the powder brush for some real smooth blending.

These brushes are the perfect cheekathon palette.

I honestly give the Benefit cheekathon a solid 9/10! It only looses a point because of that annoying brush nobody uses!

Hope you guys enjoyed this post.

Whats your favourite blush shade and product? Let me know in the comments. 

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xx

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London Haul : Benefit, Lush & Libertys

Hey Internet Friends,

As promised here are the lovely goodies I picked up whilst in London. HAUL TIME!

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Lets start with….

Lush Oxford Street

As you saw from my last post lush oxford street is a place of dreams but I had to show some self control! As I am moving to a new place soon that finally has a bath I decided it might be a smart idea to stock up on mainly bath products but as always with a visit to lush I had to get a little something extra too…

I decided to go for some oxford street exclusives and some everyday Lush addict staples.
I picked up:
Butterball Bath Bomb – So cute, so pure and so fresh!
Intergalactic Bath Bomb – because you just have too don’t you.
Two Bath Melts – so cute, so cheap and smell divine!
Hottie Massage Bar – Luxury in bar shaped, if you thought chocolate was your favourite thing shaped as a bar think again!
Cyanide Pill Bath Bomb – How can something that looks so pretty not be amazing?
Big Blue Bath Bomb – Sometimes bigger truly is better!

Then I went for a little nosey in Liberty’s…

Liberty of London is known for a lot of things but mostly for being incredibly luxuries, walking into that beautiful atrium of scarves that flows beautifully through cosmetics, chocolates and designer accessories how could you not feel transported into a simpler more beautiful time.

I know what your thinking, is that it? Well yes my loyal and brilliant readers that is it and let me tell you for why.
I received a sample of this lip moisturiser a while ago and I’ve been absolutely OBSESSED with finding it again ever since. Its amazing, its super nourishing and they sell it at Liberty’s.

Now this is where I went a tiny bit mental….

The Benefit Shop

If you come to this blog often then you know that Benefit is one of my brands, I am loyal to all my favourite brands but theres just something about the benefit products that really deserve my attention. The products, the packaging and the overall atmosphere of the brand. So when I found the benefit shop I just couldn’t resist.

The lovely lady at the Benefit shop gave me a bunch of free samples.

I bought the new Cheekathon palette that contains 5 blushes and bronzers all of which I love and I think are incredibly versatile. Beautifully packaged and with an amazing mirror.
I love the idea of having all my blushes and bronzers in one place so this product is perfect for me.

I also grabbed the Porefessional Pore away kit, I feel I owe porefessionl another shot.
So lets see how I get on with this.

Hope you guys enjoyed this Haul post.

What products have you picked up recently that you’re super happy with?

Speak Soon

HollyPop xx

London Trip including LUSH OXFORD STREET

Hey Internet Friends,

Recently I spent the weekend in London with Jay and to watch my mum run the London Marathon, do a blogger there is nothing more exciting then a trip away because it means new experiences to share with you, when your trip happens to be to the city that has a GIANT lush store things get even better.

 

These are most of the photographs from my trip and the Lush Oxford Street store. Don’t worry theres a massive london haul next week for you showing all the amazing goodies I picked up.

DSC06478The London Eye from across the Thames

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The Tower Of London in the rain!

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DSC06505Gorgeous Sweet Treats in Lola’s at Harrods

DSC06506Stunning breakfast at Kings cross followed by a beautiful stroll in St. James Park…

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Then off to see the royal guards and Number 10!

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And now for the photographs you’ve been waiting for….

LUSH OXFORD STREET STORE
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Three amazing floors of pure bliss, amazing smells and exclusive products. Its the place of beauty blogger dreams. I was in heaven!

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Just imagine the best smell you’ve ever smelt and multiply it by a million. Every product you could ever imagine and all the time in the world to explore, that is Lush Oxford Street in London. The amount of self control needed to not buy every delicious smelling thing you see is unexplainable.
The colours and the brightness are overwhelming and the calming influence amongst the hustle and bustle of central london just washes away.
If you can get to Lush Oxford Street and you haven’t already then you really must!

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Hope you guys enjoyed this post about my little trip to London?

Whats your favourite city to visit and why?

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xx

Using Activated Charcoal to whiten teeth

Hey internet Friends,

When I posted my current favourites post last month it was requested that I talk about how I use Activated Charcoal to whiten my teeth so you asked and I deliver.
Here Goes…

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Firstly let me tell you that this is absolutely disgusting but it really does work.
I know it seems mental but charcoal is known for removing toxins and impurities. Its used for so many medicinal and environmental reasons.
Its used for poisonings and water purification so it kinda makes sense.
Just be prepared for all the tiles and sinks in your bathroom to be absolutely ruined!

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What Is Activated Charcoal?

Common charcoal is made from peat, coal, wood, coconut shell, or petroleum and you probably wouldn’t want to put it in your mouth.
Activated charcoal is similar to common charcoal, but is made especially for use as a medicine. To make activated charcoal, manufacturers heat common charcoal in the presence of a gas that causes the charcoal to develop lots of internal spaces or pores.
These pores help activated charcoal absorb chemicals.

Activated charcoal is used to treat poisonings, reduce intestinal gas, lower cholesterol levels, prevent hangovers, and treat bile flow problems during pregnancy. Doctors prescribe it to you and its commonly used in Emergency Rooms so its 100% safe.

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How to use it on your teeth:
Open the Charcoal capsules onto a piece of kitchen paper to avoid completely chaos in your bathroom.
Dip a wet, clean toothbrush into the powder so it covers all the bristles.
Quickly and carefully put the toothbrush in your mouth and brush in small circles for two minutes.
Spit and rinse as normal.

Once a week you can also dilute some hydrogen peroxide with water and use it as a mouthwash for extra whitening power. I have been doing this for about 2 months and I think the results speak for themselves. I also have made a small change in my life to only drink through straws and that has also made a real difference to the whiteness of my teeth!

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During (HORRENDOUS)

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AFTER

Im really keen to keep whitening my teeth and may consider professional whitening before my wedding.

Have you guys ever tried it?
What happened and what did you think to it?
Please Link me to any posts you know about it?

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

Instagram Photo’s

Hey Internet Friends,

Time for another Instagram update.  I try and post on Instagram as often as I can, I love taking photographs of my life and sharing them with you guys. You can find my account HERE and the good news is I usually follow back!


If you like what you see and decide to check out my instagram let me know in the comments on one of my photographs and I’ll probably follow you guys back.

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

LIFE UPDATE: Where have I been?

Hey Internet Friends,

Its been a crazy insane month. Absolutely ridiculous actually. Im in over my head.

I can give you no excuse as to why I haven’t been blogging, it deeply saddens me to not be writing to you every week but I did warn you this may happen.

This month I’ve taken on 3 of the most stressful things you’ll ever do in your life. Start your career, buy a home and plan a wedding. Am I insane? Probably a little bit yes.

These are all super exciting things and honestly I couldn’t be happier but life is a little hectic at the moment. So here are the things I’ve done this month that I think you should know about. Ready?

  1. Started my new job
    This job isn’t just a ‘job’, its the beginning of my career. Its a job using my degree and in the UK thats a rare thing at the moment, a lot of university graduates really struggle to get a job in their field and I’m incredibly proud of myself for managing it.
    Now I just have to keep it…
  2. I had an offer excepted on a new home
    I like many people my age am renting an apartment in the city from a private landlord but that annoys me because this isn’t helping set me up for my future.
    So I have taken the plunge into being a homeowner with the help of my parents, I’m moving out of the city which isn’t as convenient and definitely doesn’t have enough decent Thai places. Its very early days and a million things could go wrong, but I’ve got a good feeling about it. Its a start and its a home and thats whats important.
  3. I had my 23rd Birthday and it was amazing! I plan on doing a full post on what I got for my birthday as us blogger types do, but I spent the day with Jay and saw all my family throughout the week which in this mental time was very welcome.
  4. I bought my wedding dress. I say my wedding dress instead of ‘a wedding dress’ because strictly speaking it isnt an actual wedding dress. It wasn’t from a bridal shop and it isnt white but its casual, relaxed and very very me. I wish I could show you and share it with you but unfortunately you have to keep some things a little bit secret!
  5. I’m off to london next weekend which although hasn’t actually happened yet I am very excited. Expect a full post dedicated to it! My mums running the marathon but Im there for an extra two days so I plan on doing lots of shopping – especially at the Lush Oxford Street Store! And my new pad actually has a bath so that means BATHBOMBS

I hope you guys feel a little bit more up to date and I can get back to posting more regularly.

Thanks for understanding.

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xx

Current Favourites!

Hey Internet Friends,

WHERE HAVE I BEEN?! Well you beautiful people, as you know if your a loyal reader of this blog Ive started a new job recently and its been a lot more than I bargained for! I am so busy! I love blogging and I love all of you so hopefully things can calm down soon, I am thinking of changing my post day to Sunday so its a bit easier, how would you feel about that?

Today I want to do a quick catch up with all of you and talk about some of the things I have been LOVING recently. Everything from room fragrance to teeth whitening.
You ready?

DSC06316Wax Melts!
Have you guys tried these yet? Absolutely amazing. Imagine your favourite yankee candle just ten times cheaper and much safer!
I absolutely love candles but Im always scared to leave them on overnight or for a really long time. With this amazing electric wax melter you can burn your favourite scent safely and for so much longer.
The burner itself is beautiful ceramic with intricate detail so it doesn’t look out of place in my living room.
The Yankee Wax Melts are also only £1 and last for a few days burning continuously.
Brilliant product, if you haven’t got one already, what are you waiting for?!

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Yes to Body Wash!
Amazing amazing amazing!
They come in a variety of different scents but these two are my favourites.
These products are super kind to the skin and leave your entire body feeling silky smooth and squeaky clean.
I don’t know about you, but I like a lot of soap and foam in my body wash and these natural products really pack a punch when it comes to the amount of bubbles. Absolutely divine!
And the smell, where do I even start with the smell! Amazingly luxurious and smell like little soapy smoothies.

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My love for Mac has never been a quiet affair, I practically scream it from the rooftops most of the time but over the past months the drugstore has really been calling out to me.
Unfortunately with my new job where Im out of the house for unto 11 hours a day the drugstore foundation and lipsticks were just not doing the trick, they were leaving my skin patchy and sad.

The Mac Pro Longwear is absolutely brilliant for a long day and looks just as good in the 11th hour then it did in the first especially when you combine it with the Mac Studio Fix powder. The photo below is after 9 hours of wear, pretty impressive right?

I am also loving the Mac lipstick in MEHR MATTE.
Its the perfect shade for the office and it lasts for a super long time, only really coming off when you eat.
Its not an overpowering shade and really would complement any skin tone.

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Using Charcoal to whiten teeth.
Now hear me out! I know what your thinking, Charcoals black.
And your right charcoal is black but it does amazing things to remove toxins and staining.
I just take one of the little capsules, mix it with my toothpaste and use it on my teeth.
Easy Peasy!
I then rinse with 1 part Hydrogen Peroxide 6% and 4 parts water.

If you want to hear more about charcoal teeth whitening let me know and I’ll do a full post on it?

Hope you guys enjoyed this current favourites post,

As always leave me links to posts you think I’ll like.

What are your current favourites?

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

New Job Haul

Hey Internet Friends,

Where have I been?! Well let me tell you my lovely lot, Ive been getting myself a new job! Its in the area that I studied my degree so Im really excited about the opportunity, but I had a bit of a problem, the job Ive had for the past three years has required me to wear a uniform so I needed to get a few more pieces for my wardrobe and other bits and bobs to make me look like an actual grown up. Ive gone with pieces that I can team up with things I already have to look that extra bit nicer!

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I still have a few more bits and bobs of stationary to get but this is the main bulk of it. I hope this job turns out to be what Im after because its cost me some major £££!

Lets Start with the clothes…

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I also picked up some black trousers but you all know what black trousers look like….
Oh and a black dress!

I really wanted to do you a cute look book for this post but the weather in Sheffield where I live is absolutely horrendous! And as much as I love all of you Im not willing to stand in the rain for you.

The three tops are from New Look and are very reasonably priced.
All under £30 which is a real bargain for the quality of the pieces.
The coat is a military style fitted coat from Wallis and is absolutely stunning, the lining is satin and it really feels special. This is my favourite pieces that Ive bought recently.

The Shoes…

shoesThe shoes on the left are a beautiful suede fabric with a wooden heel and surprisingly they are very comfortable so hopefully I can cope with wearing them all day. Im usually a Vans and converse kinda girl…
The flats just a more comfortable option for when my feet finally give in and lets be honest on really busy days they might, I may even leave them in office so Ive got my flat ‘security blanket’ shoes on hand.

The Organiser….

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This Organiser is from Paperchase and I’ve never had a proper organiser before so I feel incredibly responsible.
You buy the organiser with a few files already inside but I chose to buy the additional sections of the cute sticky notes, agenda, to do and shopping sections.
I am honestly really happy with this buy and feel it was a real bargain with 50% off from £22 at £11.

And now for the fun stuff, the new Make Up….

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New Mac Lipsticks are my favourite new make up things.
This shade is Mehr in the Matte finish and it is beautiful!
I think we shall talk about that in more detail soon if you’d like?

I also grabbed a new Mac Ebony eyeliner because these are the most pigmented long wearing eyeliners EVER and are perfect for tight lining.

The Concealer is my favourite for dark under eye circles which will help with all the eye bags I’m going to have from working all these hours! Its got excellent coverage but if your a BBlogger you probably know that already because EVERYBODY loves it.

The Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter are another little mega star in the bloggersphere recently, I’ve seen a lot of you going crazy about these so I wanted to see what all the fuss is about and I totally get it. Beautiful subtle shine and perfect for any skin tone, what more do you need!

Hope you guys enjoyed this little post about my new job bits and bobs.

Any tips for my first day? They’d be much appreciated!

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

Lee Stafford: Hair Growth Treatments

Hey Internet Friends,

I struggle with hair growth, its probably one of the things about my appearance that bothers me the most. It just will not grow! So I’m wanting to try out some new products to help me fix my little problem.

titleThe Lee Stafford hair growth products are complimented throughout the beauty blogger community so it only makes sense that they’ll be the first product I try.
I chose two product from the range that I’ve heard the most praise about and although these products do normally have a heavier price tag but at the moment theres a two for £10 offer at boots.
Today I just want to tell you a little bit about the products and I’ll get back to you with the results once I’ve given them a proper try.

Hair Treatment for Hair that never grows past a certain length. 
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I first heard about this product from the popular youtuber Velvetgh0st, her hair is stunningly long and with the praise she gives it I had to try it.
Lee Stafford claims that “This gorgeous, thick, intensive treatment with PRO-GROWTH™ complex fertilises your follicles whilst going deep down into the cortex to condition and strengthen from within. Its soothing formulation reduces irritation and moisturises the scalp, providing the perfect base for hair to grow and reach its maximum potential length

You can use this treatment as as a quick treat or you can leave it on longer to really get to work, the packaging is stunningly pink and smells absolutely amazing. Super thick and creamy consistency that I imagine is going to fix my hair right up.

You’ve made some big claims Lee Stafford, lets hope you can live up to it.

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Lee Stafford Hair Growth Leave in Treatment
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Im a bit of a sceptic when it comes to leave in treatments if Im being honest, probably because I cant feel the goodness working straight away. But it was in an offer so it made sense to just give it a try right?
Those offers really drag me in.
Lee stafford claims “Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp! This spray will increase micro-circulation to the scalp and help create the best possible environment for hair to grow. The best thing is you don’t wash it out so it is continuously working on stimulating and strengthening from within! A follicle fuel to increase root productivity ‘for HAiR that never GRowS past a CERTAiN LeNGTH’

The idea is that you take the spray and spray it directly onto the wet roots and brush it through to the very end of your hair. I like the idea of this as it seems super easy to use and it wouldnt be a nightmare to add into my routine so I will try it in combination with the treatment mask and fingers cross, its a little miracle worker.

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If I can have long hair for my wedding I will be the happiest girl in the world, so if you have any other hair growth tips for me, preferably ones that don’t involve raw eggs or not washing please let me know in the comments!

I shall get back to you with the results.

Have you guys tried any of these products?

What did you think?

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

KIKO Haul 2015

Hey Internet Friends,

I am super excited because a Kiko store has opened near me at Meadowhall in Sheffield and I was there recently and just couldn’t help myself when I saw how incredibly affordable the products were.

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The store in meadowhall is set out so beautifully with all the products clearly on display and unlike other stores of a similar layout you don’t have to ask the sales team for products hidden away somewhere else. There all clearly there for you to pick up yourself, its actually an incredibly easy place to shop in.

Also, just a warning, in this post I am going to continuously talk about the prices of these products because I frankly cant believe the true value for money. INSANE.

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The cool thing about these eyeshadows is that there part of this [clics] system so you can buy a bunch of eyeshadows and make your own palette, I know a lot of brands do things like this but not for £2.80 per shadow. That kind of value is insane.

I swatched so many of these shadows in the shop and can safely say not a single one disappointed me, the pigmentation is truly fantastic, I honestly cant wait to pick up more and build a real collection.
The texture of these is really velvety and smooth.

Shades from top to bottom:
229, 292, 200 and 233

Smart Eye Pencil
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These eye pencils are so soft and creamy with an incredibly staying power!
There designed to work on both the inner and outer eye to create a defined line.
This retail at around £2.50

I picked up the shades
801 – A dark bronze shade
815 – A lovely smoky grey.

Natural Concealer
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Yes, I do realise I have bought blue concealer.
Now let me tell you know why, the blue pigment seriously reduced under eye dark circles and really radiants the skin.
You wouldnt normally find these sorts of products of a specialist nature in a less expensive brand but Ive always wanted to try it so when I saw it for £5.50 I knew I had to give it a try.
And I’m excited about it.

What Kiko Say
Liquid concealer, natural, light and smoothing, easy to apply.
Boasts an effective coverage of dark circles and blemishes, smoothes fine lines while carrying out a purifying action.
Fights free radicals thanks to the vanilla extract.
Protects against the sun, since the vitamin E acts as an antioxidant.”

Cream Crush Lasting Colour Eyeshadow
DSC03935This is a cream eyeshadow that reminds me of the maybelline colour tattoo or the Mac Paint pots.
I think it will works incredibly well as an eyeshadow base, it has a really gorgeous shimmer to it and I imagine it would also work really well as a highlighter.
This was priced at £6.90

What Kiko Say
Highly blendable, long-lasting cream eyeshadow. The silky and soft texture goes on easily for bold eye make-up that stays on for up to 10 hours.
The formula applies perfectly to the eyelids and feels weightless. The bright shades with velvety finishes add a touch of style to every look.
Cream Crush Lasting Colour Eyeshadow is enclosed in an elegant glass pot which allows you to clearly see the colour. Available in 16 colour shades with matte or pearl finishes.

I hope you enjoyed this little Haul, I know I did!

Have you guys tried Kiko products before?

What did you think?

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xx