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24 July 2014

Playing Tourist

Hever Castle, Kent - Childhood Home of Anne Boleyn
Hever Castle, Kent - Castle Grounds
Hever Castle, Kent - Garden Grounds
Hey lovelies. Now cast your mind back to January, and like everyone I did my blogging resolutions for 2014. And one was to post more lifestyle posts, so erm, I have obviously completely failed at that. I can't even ask for a high five for my attempt...but last week I played tourist and decided that the day and photos were just too lovely not too share. I visited a place that is stupidly near to where I live, yet never visited - Hever Castle. For those who don't know much about it, and I didn't till I went, its the childhood home of Anne Boleyn Queen of England, and one (the second) of King Henry VIII wives.

Anyway, I won't bore you with a history lesson, and I just got that off Wiki anyway, but just look how stunning the grounds are. I could live in a castle quite nicely I reckon, and it has given me the castle bug. I am on my tourist mission to visit all the castles I can, tour guide and all!

Have you been to Hever Castle, or any other castles that I can visit? 

23 July 2014

Loreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara

Loreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara Review

Loreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara

Hey beauts. In any of my mascara posts if I ever say I want/need a volumising mascara I can guarantee I'll get quite a few comments telling me try the Loreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara. And I always feel so rude saying, well yes I have, when I've not even done a review on it. But today that stops, even if my poor tube looks like its been in the wash several times, which it hasn't of course, but I think this just shows how much I've used the Volume Million Lashes, and just how the review might go...

I love L'Oreal, and its no secret, their False Lash Flutter Mascara is one of my ultimate hughstreet mascaras, but the Loreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara seems to be more popular in the beauty world. This mascara is slightly different than your average as it has a in-built excess wiper removes excess mascara for no clumps and the 'millionizer' brush separates lashes for a fanned out lash look.

Loreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara Wand

Loreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara

The excess wiper removes well, excess mascara. Within the first sweep I immediately noticed a difference to the length and definition in my lashes, so even in the rushed morning I can still get great results with this mascara. I always find with this mascara that I get just the right amount of mascara on the wand to achieve maxed up volume, but with no overload and no clumps. If you're not such a fan of big wands, you might make a mess with the bottom lashes, but I haven't made that much of a mess. And I can get mascara everywhere. But the tiny bristles do come in handy as a lash comb and helps me separate my often overloaded lashes.

However, I find that wands like this are better for lengthening lashes. They don’t seem to be as effective with volumizing. We will leave plusher wands for that task I think. Saying that, I have obviously used this mascara no end, and I can't fault the smooth, smudge-free formula and the absence of flakes throughout the day. Oh L'Oreal, you are the Queen of high street mascaras. 

Loreal Volume Million Lashes - £10.99 from Boots

Have you tried the Loreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara?

21 July 2014

Focus on PlayBoy Makeup

PlayBoy Makeup Review

PlayBoy Makeup UK
Hey beauties. If you have ever read any of my mascara posts, you may have realised that I am fully fledged mascara snob. And unfortunately this does often extend to all makeup. So yes, I was rather snobbish towards the new Playboy Makeup that has been released. I am sure we all remember the days when Playboy was cool (well I like to think so) and everyone had Playboy pencil cases. Bit like Jane Norman bags. But there has been a shift in the brand and now I think we all know, Playboy just isn't that cool. But hey - even MTV have covered their new makeup release, so with that in mind I did decide to try their makeup, and just see.

PlayBoy Playful Lashes Mascara

PlayBoy Playful Lashes Mascara - Naturally this was the first item I had to try, promising thicker fuller lashes I thought its worth a try. And you know what, its not too bad. It does give some volume, but is a bit wet and takes a while to build up. Its not awful, but not one I'll recommend.

PlayBoy Lipstick Perfect Kiss in Centrefold Pink and Front Cover

PlayBoy Lipstick Perfect Kiss in Centrefold Pink

PlayBoy Lipstick Perfect Kiss in Front Cover

PlayBoy Lipstick Perfect Kiss in Centrefold Pink - Such a pretty pink colour, and really hydrating, almost balm like. It is pigmented, but obviously not like my favourite MAC shades, but still not bad. The colour lasts a few hours too and does leave a stronger stain for a few more hours.

PlayBoy Lipstick Perfect Kiss in Front Cover - This is a vibrant vivid red, but not as pigmented as I would of liked. Red is just one of those colours I don't believe should ever be anything less than super pigmented and strong. This almost verges on a coral shade, and is a lovely balm idea, and it does keep my lips super hydrated, but as a lipstick not so much. Although, I do really love the black packaging, and it does remind me of MACs. Except without the 'Playboy' scribble! And on the back of each one there’s a little message that says “Life is too short to be living somebody else’s dream” Not sure Playboy are going to quite be inspiring people yet...

Overall, its not a bad collection and the quality of the makeup was better than I expected but everything does scream Playboy and I am just not sure my inner snob can quite handle that yet. Although I am sure I may find myself slipping the lipsticks in my bag as a handy balm, well maybe just the pink.

Have you tried any of the Playboy makeup?

*PR Sample/Gift