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

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

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

Spring Nude Nails

Hey Internet Friends,

I think a lot of people go through stages of searching for some kind of Holy Grail product whatever that may be and mine in the run up to spring seems to be the perfect nude nail polish. Don’t ask me why but I think this is going to be a real trend throughout spring as its sophisticated, goes with every outfit and is light enough for the spring weather.

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I have picked out four of my favourite shades for you and will talk about them all a little bit. The perfect nude nail shade obviously differs based on your skin tone and my complexion is fair to medium so if yours is too maybe these will work for you.

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Essie Spin the bottle, Essie Ballet Slippers. Barry M Pink Lemonade and
Seventeen Pick Me Up.

Spin the bottleEssie – Spin The Bottle

This is probably my favourite of the lot as its the perfect balance of a peachy nude but not too pink to feel childish, the finish is everything you’d expect from essie and the coverage is beautiful.
The image shows two coats with no base coat or top coat and as you can see its clearly covered.
This product can be purchased individually or as part of the Essie Nude duo kit.

Ballet SlippersEssie – Ballet Slippers

This could be a little bit too light for some people and more of a white than a nude but if you want a perfectly pure nail colour than this could be for you. I think the coverage and delicacy of this colour is beautiful.
This can also be bought individually or as part of the Nudes Duo from Essie.

DSC05968Barry M Gelly – Pink Lemonade

Barry M is my favourite Nail Polish brand, my collection is extensive and I can promise you that this is the best nude they offer.
It is more of a pinky toned nude but the shine and coverage is insane, its so good.
It will set off any skin tone amazingly and you won’t be disappointed with the longevity.

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This is the lowest price nail polish I have included, retailing at just £1.99 it is absolutely incredible value for money and the colour is possibly perfect.
The only tiny bug bear of the product is the long drying time (half my life, I swear) and the coverage. This is two coats and personally I think it could be better. It wasn’t as rich in colour as the other brands.

BUT for the price its amazing and the colour is divine!

Hope you guys enjoyed this Nude Nail post,

Whats your favourite Nude polish at the moment?

Leave me a link to any posts you think I’ll like in the comments. 

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

A week in photos | Instagram

Hey Internet Friends,

This is something I am thinking of doing fairly regularly so let me know if your into it?
A week of photos from Instagram. Instagram is something I’m really getting into at the moment and if you like what you see maybe you could give my insta a cheeky follow. You can find my account HERE

Let me know what you think?

If you comment on a photo on instagram telling me you’ve come from this blog I will happily follow you back! 

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xx

Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette

Hey Internet Friends,

As you’ll know if you saw my last post I was ridiculously excited to try out my new Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette. As an avid fan of the Pixiwoo sisters Sam & Nic and the products they create with Real Techniques so my expectations were incredibly high for this brush cleansing palette.

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Real Techniques make some bold claims about the brush cleansing palette on the website stating that:
Cleans brushes 55% better.
Great makeup application starts with a clean brush. The brush cleansing palette helps sweep away makeup, oil, and impurities from bristles to give you truer, more consistent color application.
 performance-grade silicone: lightweight and ergonomically designed to fit comfortably over your hand
exclusive multi-textured surfaces: designed to gently work between the bristles for enhanced deep cleansing

What Did I Think?
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The first thing I will say is the mixed textured surface works incredibly well for your different brush needs, the smaller bumps work perfectly for getting rid of tough eyeshadows and liner from smaller brushes, the middle raised texture is amazing for stubborn matte foundations and the larger rounded bumps clean powder brushes in seconds!
This actually made my brush cleaning experience pleasurable, as someone who religiously cleans my brushes every single week this can be a difficult thing to enjoy but with this it took me about 15 minutes to clean 22 brushes!
Now thats impressive!

The pliable silicone material makes it comfortable to hold and it doesn’t slip off your hand at all, it also doesn’t have that horrendous plastic smell you’d expect. When you combine this with the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Gel it really did make my brushes feel good as new!

How do you use it?

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Its the easiest process you could imagine and I bet it isn’t that different to what you already do.
Add a drop of brush cleansing gel onto the palette then some warm water.
Mix the tip of the brush into the gel and water into the palette surface until the brush is fully clean then rinse your brush under warm water.
Gently squeeze an excess water and leave your brush to dry overnight.
Simples!

Don’t take my word for it that its so easy to use, watch Nic from pixiwoo demonstrate it in the video below.

There you have it!
I am so glad I added this product to my Real Techniques collection, now I’ve actually got a reason to be excited to clean my brushes. 

Hope you guys enjoyed finding out a bit more about this product,

Have you guys tried the RT brush cleansing palette?

What did you think?

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

Fabulous Red Glitter Nails

Hey Internet Friends,

Ive got a week off work and that means one very exciting thing! It means I can do my nails however I want, no neutral colours and trimmed short, its time to be long, glittery and fabulous!

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This look is really easy to create if Im being honest once you do the initial false nail prep its simply a few licks of paint.
Here is everything I used to create the ultimate red glittery nail.

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In order to prep the false nails I simply take a generic false nail brand and apply it using quick dry nail glue working from the base of the false nail and applying it to my natural nail bed.
When painting false nails your going to want to rough up the surface of the nail using a file, this just allows the polish to sit better and dry faster.

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I then get started on the paint, I used three different nail paints for this look.
A Seventeen clear varnish for a base and top coat, a dark purple colour by Barry M and the ultimate glittery polish also by Seventeen.
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I started with the clear base coat and then the dark purple. I wanted an intense colour underneath the red glitter so I applied two coats of the dark purple. This colour is a beautiful and rich vampy colour and would work wonderfully on its own.
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After this had fully dried I then went over it with this amazing Seventeen Red Glittery polish. The results for this are fantastic! Such a bold effect and exactly what I wanted! I then protected the red glitter with another coat of the clear topcoat. I like to apply two coats of clear top coat to really make it shine beautifully.

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B-E-A-UTIFUL!
Exactly what you need to make you feel a little more special and glamarous on your week off!

Hope you guys enjoyed this little nail post.

What nail colours really make you feel fabulous?!

Don’t forget to leave me links to posts you think I’ll like. 

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xx

Beat the January Blues…

Hey Internet Friends,

Apologise that I missed a post, I haven’t been well but thought I had enough scheduled posts to keep the blog running. Apparently I counted wrong!
January is always a tough all month with a lot of us feeling down in the dumps, me included so as soon as I was feeling up to it I popped into town and picked up some bits and bobs to make me feel better.

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I got a collection of things to make me feel a little better to cover all different areas of my personal life. So shall I show you what I picked up?

hairNew year new you? Not so much but new year new hair colour sounds pretty good! I love the Live XXL colours from Schwarzkopf and thought I’d give the cosmic blue colour a shot, Im hoping its going to go like black with a blue shine under the light.
I always use Silvikrin hairspray in level 5 because once Ive done my hair I like it to stay put! A nice big new can is always a mood boost for me.
I also got another tub of the Lee Stafford hair growth treatment I recently reviewed because Im already starting to notice a real difference.

faceI know I have enough Foundation to sink a battle ship but hear me out? Ok?
I love the Rimmel Match Perfection foundation and think its a real diamond product for a great price but I especially love mixing it with my Mac Studio Fix Fluid. I find that mixing the two leads to a perfect skin base with just the right colour and desired finish.
Not to mention it makes the more expensive Mac foundation last so much longer.
The wake me up concealer is my go to concealer I love how well it reduces redness and doesn’t go cakey so I thought seen as I need cheering up a new full one might be a bit lovely.

skinThis is a product I’ve never tried before but it just looked so luxurious that I just couldn’t resist.
No7 says about it
An indulgent treat for your skin.Give yourself an indulgent start to the day with this cleansing shower oil. With a combination of nourishing Argan Oil, hydrating Grapeseed Oil and Almond Oil combined with Vitamin E, this gently foaming oil truly transforms your everyday shower. Forumlated with high oil levels which work to condition the skin and moisturise all day long. The oil’s lather gently cleanses, leaving your body feeling soft, supple and hydrated.Hypo-allergenic: Because all skin can have sensitive moments, all our products are hypo-allergenic using ingredients we know and trust.

Im really excited to try this product as I think it will be a real treat for the skin and will make showers extra special.
Exactly what you need in January.

diaryI honestly cant believe its taken this long for me to get a new diary! Its normally one of the first things I do in January and I look forward to it the most.
I got this cute spotty one from Paperchase and it has a page a day and a shared page on weekends so its perfect for what I need.

I hope you enjoyed this little beat the January blues post.

What do you guys do to beat your January blues? 

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx