Avon Make-Up Haul

Now I’m going to be honest here. Avon make-up has never been something I’d go crazy over. Don’t get me wrong I’ve used and liked a couple of their products, such as their eyebrow powder and wax and a couple of their mascaras, but other than that I’ve always thought it could be better. I’ve never found it to have the same staying power as some other brands.

But when I saw their adverts for the new Perfectly Matte lipsticks, boasting ‘Matter than Mac’ I was like, girl gotta give this a try. 

There was a pretty wide range of colours to choose from, and I settled on Au Naturale which is a natural nude, and Superb Wine which is a deep purple red as these were both similar to shades I’d been thinking of buying from MAC.

When I ordered mine there was actually an offer on the lipsticks so they were only £5.50 each (normal price will be £8.00), and there was another offer alongside this where if you spent you over £10 on make-up you got some free gifts. Basically, A LOT of make up for your money.  So I’m gonna do a little review of each product but spolier alert, I was pleasantly surprised.

Perfectly Matte Lipsticks

As mentioned above I ordered Au Naturale and Superb Wine. I tried Au Naturale first for a day at work as it’s more of a daytime colour. I’d defo say it has equal matte-ness to my Mac lipsticks, so I’m pretty impressed so far. As the day went on it did dry out and lose a bit of colour on the inside of my lips. But I had drunk about 3 cups of tea, water and eaten my lunch. So not bad. My Mac ones do this a bit anyway so I wasn’t really complaining at all! A quick top up and it wouldn’t be too bad, or a quick dab of lip balm should solve it. I’ve only tried the Superb Wine to test the colour out so far, and it’s a really deep, dark colour. I’ll defo be giving this a whirl next time I go out out.

I’ll give these a 7.5/10.

True Colour Eyeshadow in Warm Cashmere

I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting much from this. But I have really been proved wrong. The colours are exactly my type for every day, a lightly pinky gold and a slightly darker pinky gold. Admittedly, I did use my Urban Decay brush from my Naked Palette and my Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer and it lasted all day! Not a crease in sight! Pretty sure it’s going to be my new work make-up staple. I’ll save the posh stuff for night time.

I’ll give this a 9/10

Liquid Eyeliner in Black:

I feel as though I was supposed to get brown but I actually ended up with a black one. It was sightly fiddly on my first try to get it straight as I’m not a top eyeliner pro, but once I’d got it right it looked really good. Again I’d used my primer, but it also stayed put all day!dodnt print below my brow once. Winner winner.

I’ll give this an 8/10

Nail Varnish:

I haven’t actually tried this specific colour yet, I got naked truth, but I think nail varnish is nail varnish. And other Avon ones I’ve used have been as good as any. The colour is lush though. I love it. Can’t wait to give it a try. I always use my Sech Vitte top coat to quick dry my nails and it seems to give them a more hard-wearing coat. 

I’ll give this an 8/10

So all in all I’m pretty happy! All of the above was for £11.00 because of the offers. And you can’t grumble at that. Seems as though Avon have made some improvements to their products since I’ve last tried any, and I do think I’ll re-but some of these. Happy Charlotte. 



Birchbox Time Already!?

Can someone please explain to me how we’re in MARCH already and it’s time for me to write another Birchbox post? Like, surely it’s only about 2 weeks since the last one? This year is going crazily fast. Slow down 2k16 I ain’t ready.

So far for each Birchbox post I feel as though I keep banging on about how good each box is. But seriously, does anyone else agree that they’ve upped their game from last year? I mean, I liked it as a whole last year obviously, or else I wouldn’t continue getting them. But this year they all keep impressing me. Keep it up, Birchbox!

But let’s get down to it, here’s what I got:

ModelCo More Brows:

When I opened the box I was SUPER excited to see this. Not that I’d heard of the product or brand before, but I’ve been considering buying the Wunderbrow stuff I keep seeing all over social media and this looked kinda similar. I got it in medium/dark which I think is slightly too dark for me. But I still really like it! I’m still perfecting my technique, and the colour isn’t that off that I wont use it. I genuinely think I’m going to buy this, just probably in a medium shade if they do it. It looks really natural, and I still use my Kiko Eyebrow Marker first, then just finish off with this.

Arrow Boost Colour Enhancing Lip Balm:

Well wasn’t this a nice surprise! I thought it was gonna be a normal lip balm with just a hint of pink. But the colour is actually a really strong, well lasting colour! And it’s really good at moisturising your lips. All round winner. Oh, and it’s a full size item which it just ❤

Philip B Straightening Baume:

I’ve only tested this once, on the only day I actually fully blow dried and straightened my hair (coz nobody got time for that everyday). But I did notice a difference. My hair just looked a bit glossier and sleeker. Not its usual frizzy, wavy self. So pretty good if you ask me. I just wish it smelled really lush, as it doesn’t seem to smell of much?

The Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray:

I have used this every night since I got it and I love it! I’m a really rubbish, light sleeper, and it has actually made me have some really good nights sleeps. One night it still did take me a little while to drift off, but once I’m asleep I’m actually out instead of waking up like 5 times in one night.

Whish Shave Cream:

As with most Whish products, this smells amazing! Its coconut flavour. It’s not a foam so it does leave your skin feeling soft and smooth instead of drying it out slightly. It’s a bit like you’re shaving with moisturiser, but that’s why it makes your skin feel so good. 

Indeed Moisture Boosting Mask:

I haven’t tried this yet but I’m saving it for a special occasion. Might use it before my weekend in London when I go and see The Woman in Black with Pete. It seems like it will be really effective and fancy. 


Birchbox! Yay!

Iiiiit’s Birchbox opening day again! I love how quickly this comes around. This has significantly brightened up my day today as all I’ve been doing is sitting on the sofa feeling very sorry for myself because of a stinking cold. But as I’ve not been doing much else other than moping, sniffing and coughing, I’ve had more than enough time to test a few of these lovely products out.

Spectrum Collections Tapered Powder Brush

This brush looks pretty snazzy and feels really soft! I’ve had a little practise with it using my Urban Decay Naked Flushed – Bronzer/Highlighter/Blush, and it worked really nicely with the highlighter and blush but may have been a bit too harsh with the bronzer. As I layer these up in strips then blend slightly, the bronze seemed a bit more prominent than how I normally would do it. This may have been my poor application today so I will definitely be giving it another try. But it worked really well with the blush and highlighter.

LOC One and Done Shadow Stick in Champagne Problems

Wow. Wow. Wow. I put this on this morning along with a toned done version of the rest of my make up. (I only put make up on today because of wanting to test all of these – I don’t normally when I’m ill). And after about 8 hours this is the only thing left in tact. I know I did do a lot of nose blowing which probably ruined my foundation, but my eyes were watering a lot throughout the day and this beaut stayed exactly where I put it. There’s only one other colour available at the moment but if this is how well it lasts they need to start making a wide range of colours.

Korres Milk Protein 3-in-1 Cleansing Emulsion

I only used a teeny amount of this so that I didn’t waste it, but just enough to try it out properly. It didn’t make my skin greasy or oily, and it definitely didn’t sting or make it dry. I didn’t have any make up on when I used it to I can’t judge how well it removes make-up, but as a cleanser it seems pretty good. It has a really light smell *that may be because I have a blocked nose…* so far, so good.

theBalm Cosmetics Frat Boy Blush/Shadow

This shade I am much more likely to use as a blusher than an eye shadow. I’ve tested it on me and it’s a really good colour, however with the sample size it may be difficult to test as an actual full on blusher on your cheeks as it was hard to get enough on the brush evenly. Because of the sample size it may be better used as a light dusting for a really natural look. The full size may be different.

Ayres Body Butter in Patagonia

I only tested a dab of this on my hand as I like to save these for going away or staying over night somewhere. But it made my hand feel really silky and rubbed in easily. It’s a pretty decent sample size for a body product as well which is always good. Nothing worse than just getting enough to do one leg!

Derm Eyes Make-Up Remover Wipes

This is the only item I haven’t tried yet as I don’t want to open it and waste them. (I think there’s more than one in here but I’m not sure?) I’m gonna save them for a day when I’m really tired and can’t be bothered to do my full routine and hopefully it will be an absolute life-saver and make me feel fresh and amazing.

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