Independent Artists I Love! #1 Cosmicolor

This is a mini series I have been meaning to write for as long as I can remember but I’ve just never really got around to it, until now! I love independent artists thanks to conventions and shops like Etsy and Tictail!

For my first post in this little series I wanted to talk about Roo who owns and designs for their store Cosmicolor. I discovered them through Twitter funnily enough and fell in love with their Persona 5 designs straight away! I waited patiently for them to be released in the store and as soon as they did I had to order some!

NOW this post would have gone up on my blog on Thursday instead of the ranting post BUT this post actually contains one of my best friends birthday presents. I only saw her yesterday to give it to her so I wanted to make sure it was kept as a secret.

I ordered 2 charms, even though a part of me wanted to buy all of them! I bought myself Akira/Joker/The Protagonist and I ordered Ysuske/Fox for Gabriella. They’re both our favourites in Persona 5!

It took about 2 weeks for my parcel to arrive, which was fine as it travelled all the way from Canada. The price of the charms was reasonable in my mind, as well as the postage! They cost $12 each, Morgana costing $10. Altogether it came to about £20 for the charms AND the postage from memory. Either way it was well worth the money for these cute charms.

When you ordered any Persona 5 charms you also got a cute little card with them too, which of course I got. I wish I had asked for two now to be honest seeing as one of the charms is a gift for Gabriella. Oh well, coulda, woulda, shoulda.

The charms themselves have a clasp style chain so they’re easy to attach and detach. They also have black or red stars on, mine has the black star and Gabriella’s has the red one. The charm designs are also double sided with one side being happy and the other being serious.

Image taken from cosmicolor.tictail.com

If you’re a Persona 5 player you may have noticed that Akira and Yusuke are wearing their personas costumes, so they’re little cosplayers! All the members of the Phantom Thieves are dressed in their personas costumes, which I love! I haven’t seen anyone else do this and it really does add something new and different to the characters.

So, down to the charms themselves!

As I mentioned above I picked up Akira for myself as he’s my favourite character for various different reasons. He’s so damn cute in Arsene’s (his main/first persona’s name) outfit and I especially love that all the characters also have happy and serious fighting style faces. It really adds to the characters more. You can tell that all of these were really well thought into in so many ways. I mean look at all the detailing! Even so much as adding the cards for all of the characters that you get throughout the game. I love it so much! He’s going to go onto my Loungefly Pokemon bag (which you can read about here).

As I mentioned this charm is for my friend Gabriella so I’ve had to try and keep it a surprise on social media, as well as on my blog! Yusuke is the same as Akira and the other characters in his personas costume, as well as having a happy and serious face. I’ve obviously left him in the packaging due to him being a gift. I want him to get to her safe and sound! I hope she likes it. 🙂

This is the card that Roo sent out with the Persona 5 goodies and it is so damn cute! I love how Roo sent these out attached to a bit of card so that they wouldn’t get bent in places and ruined. I don’t yet know what I’ll do with the card but I think it’ll probably end up in a frame somewhere, especially if I create a Persona 5 themed picture for the office.

The designs on both of the cards are amazing and I would LOVE a proper print of the Leblanc design for my kitchen. I am just in love with all the little touches on the Leblanc image. If you don’t know what Leblanc is it’s the coffee and curry restaurant that Akira the main character stays in throughout the game. As you can see from the picture there’s a cappuccino/latte with a cat face in the milk froth, the phone can be seen peeping in the corner and finally Morgana and Akira are both staring at a plate of curry. SO DAMN CUTE! It actually makes me happy to look at. I didn’t really capture it in the picture but this side of the card is holographic, WHICH IS AMAZING! The other side is simpler as it’s meant to be like a playing card with Joker (Akira’s nickname) and both Akira and Morgana dressed  up in the middle. Morgana in a dress is so damn cute and this also makes me happy! FYI Morgana is a boy. 😛

I wish I could have ordered more goodies from Roo when I originally ordered these goodies, but I wanted to watch my money at the time. I was going to make another order last week for a couple more charms, but left it due to needing my cash for holiday goodies. I’ll probably wait until October now when I’m back from holiday to get myself some more charms. I want to own all of them!

Images taken from cosmicolor.tictail.com

My current mini wish list of items I want to buy next from Roo is the Ryuji and Morgana charms. I’m thinking ordering 2 each time will be a nice treat every other month.

Image taken from cosmicolor.tictail.com

As well as wanting to own all of those charms I also really want some of the mice charms too. I was going to just select a couple BUT I can’t decide which ones I really want. I want them all! If I had to choose three I’d pick Akira, Ryuji and Akechi. I’d want them all to link them together, which is what Roo will do if you ask! I’d hang them up somewhere in the office, or maybe the living room.

Overall I am in love with Roo’s designs and I can see me going back for more, whatever they design! Not only does Roo draw Persona 5 pictures but they also do Love Live, Tales of Berseria, Nier, Kingsmen and many more!

If you like what Roo does, then please check out Cosmicolor as well as all the social media! I’ll leave all the links below.

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So that was the post to kick start this new series off! I for one am so damn excited to continue this series as I love discovering new independent artists. Posts will probably be once a fortnight if not once a month. I’ll see how I feel! 😛

Do you like the look of the amazing work Roo creates? If so make sure to go and let them know over on Twitter! The link is above.

Until next time all take care and I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend.

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Pretty Little Thing Clothing – A Rant

First of all, I’m sorry I’ve been away from my blog for a week today. You know what though? It is probably one of the first times I haven’t written sweet fuck all for my blog and not given a shit. That sounds really negative but I’m actually glad I didn’t. Instead of writing or even thinking about what to write I was chilling out with Dane playing games with some work friends and binge watching TV shows and films on Netflix.

Today’s post is one I knew I would write about as soon as I experienced the poor customer service with Pretty Little Thing. I feel bad outing them, but at the same time I don’t because the experience I had with them is something that NEEDS to be shared. I don’t want anyone else to go through the shit I have.

I want to first of all say that the issue I had/have STILL hasn’t been resolved and it has been over a week now.

I also want to say that although I have had an appalling experience with Pretty Little Thing the first time (and only time!) I shopped with them, it doesn’t mean everyone will. I’ll elaborate on this however…

I can’t remember which blogger or YouTuber I heard about Pretty Little Thing from but I had never heard anything bad about the brand before. I had a nose on their website for some stuff I could order for the holiday and I can’t remember how I did but I stumbled across some rainbow high-waisted shorts. I immediately fell in love with them but was so undecided about whether to order them or not. In the end I did as I knew they’d be great for the holiday in both the daytime and the evening, as well as for evenings out with Dane in the UK.

I decided to order a size up due to them being high-waisted and not really knowing what the sizes were like with Pretty Little Thing. On their website they were advertising about £1.00 next day delivery, which usually costs about £5.00. “Great I can get them tomorrow!” I thought to myself. There was a timer for it and I had about 5 minutes to order these shorts with the cheap next day delivery. So I add the shorts to my cart, put in all my information, the code for the offer and whatever else you do when ordering stuff online.

I payed through PayPal, fine the next day delivery offer was on there and everything, but oh wait, what’s this? It charged me for the bloody full price delivery! I found out through a sodding email from both PayPal and Pretty Little Thing.

Annoyed about how I’ve just been cheated my offer I took to Twitter to contact Pretty Little Thing about the issue. I tweeted them, I messaged them, I even did the same on their special customer service Twitter account (which hasn’t even been active for a month! :S). Have I heard back from either accounts? HAVE I FUCK.

Image taken from Pretty Little Thing official Twitter account

When you go onto the Pretty Little Things Twitter page the first thing you will see is a pink picture of them telling you how their customer service is down. This has been there since the start of August. At the time of writing this rant/post there are 55 replies to this image, including one of my own of people complaining about things. All sorts of things.

Same as me where they have been charged for something they shouldn’t have, people not receiving their parcels even though someone has “signed for them”, returns needing to be sent back but not being able to due to messages not being replied to and many more.

People have also stated how long they’ve been waiting for from one week, to almost a month. It’s pretty appalling really. I understand that they CLEARLY have some customer service issues right now, but when I had a look on Google about this obvious issue it appears to have gone on for ages now. It’s pretty bad.

It made me worry though from reading all the negative comments from shoppers about whether my shorts would even arrive! I mean I paid for next day delivery, I fucking expected it. I worried they wouldn’t arrive and if they didn’t, who would I have moaned to about it? NO ONE!

Luckily they arrived the day after and when I tried them on I was so gutted at first. They didn’t fit how I expected them to and they felt really tight. I was disappointed but I didn’t want to send them back due to the bullshit that everyone else had been through with the customer service, including what I had already been through. I sat smug and miserable for ages about it. It made me wonder if I had put on weight and feel crap. Then later on when I felt better I tried them on again and they felt better.

Every time I tried them on they felt better and still a week on they feel better every time I put them on. So I AM happy with the shorts! I really am! Even though they could be a bit baggier. I actually love this outfit that I put together with them and will probably wear stuff like this in the UK as well as possibly on holiday in the chilly evenings.

Do you know what pissed me off more though? Not the fact that I was charged more for the delivery than I expected, not even the fact that I’ve still to this day been ignored by customer service (when it clearly shows on my Twitter messages that they’ve seen my message!) BUT that they had a FREE NEXT DAY DELIVERY code on their sodding Twitter page.

It has just made me feel like a complete mug and to be honest it still does. They have promotional codes all over the place for all sorts of things. I do feel like it’s a catch to get you to pay more for the delivery. I know this could just be me being annoyed about what happened, but something doesn’t add up.

Although I love the shorts I bought I definitely won’t be buying from from Pretty Little Thing ever again. Their shitty customer service and their shoddy past with it has just put me off. I work in customer service myself so I know what good service should be like. I didn’t even get an apology for the wait BECAUSE MY ISSUE STILL HASN’T BEEN DEALT WITH.

Do I care if Pretty Little Thing reads this post? Do I fuck. Read it and learn from it because you really need to sort out your shoddy customer service issues. It shouldn’t take at least 2 months to sort things out for people who have trusted to buy from you.

Good luck is all I can say.

Have you shopped with Pretty Little Thing? If so have you had issues? What sorts of issues if any? Share any rubbish customer service stories too! I love to hear about them.

I do apologise for the rant, but as a blogger I sometimes feel it’s my duty to write good reviews as well as bad ones.

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re all well!

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Benefit Gogotint Cheek & Lip Stain – Review

Don’t you just love when you have enough Boots Advantage points to treat yourself to something fancy? I noticed recently that Benefit Cosmetics had added a new lip stain to their ever growing collection and it’s definitely one of the nicest I’ve seen! I was going to be good and wait until me and Dane go on holiday, as I could have picked it up in the airport but I fancied a treat now… 😛 I had nearly £90 worth of points on my Boots card so I decided to treat myself before payday.

I’ve owned this stain for a week now and I am in love with it! I knew I had to review it for you all and compare it to Posie Tint, which I own the mini version of.

If you didn’t know Benefit have a lip stain line which you can use on the cheeks and lips. Before adding the new Gogo shade they had 4 shades in the collection, Gogo makes it 5.

There’s Benetint which is a rose colour and from swatching it in the past on my hand it’s actually my least favourite of all the tints. It’s a water like consistency is really awkward and annoying to work with and due to that I also feel that the colour doesn’t built up much and isn’t very pigmented due to it. I know it’s just a stain and isn’t meant to be pigmented but for the price I don’t feel that Benetint is worth it.

Rant over! 😛 The rest of the lip stains have a gel like texture to them, which is what I love! It’s easy to apply and feels really comfortable on the lips. The other shades include Chachatint which is a mango shade, Lollitint which is a candy-orchid shade and Posietint which is a poppy pink shade.

Of course we have the new shade Gogotint which is a bright cherry shade. Of course this will be the shade I’ll be reviewing today. I found this chart on the official Benefit website so thought I would pop it into this post. I don’t personally feel like it’s accurate though. I wish I had all the shades to swatch for you guys. As I own Posietint I’ll be swatching that alongside Gogotint so you can compare. I’ll probably review it in the future though as I’m hoping to pick it up in the airport before we go on holiday. I currently only own a mini version of Posietint so I’ll take pictures next to my full size of Gogotint for comparison.

Image taken from benefitcosmetics.com

Posietint mini next to full sized Gogotint

The full size of all the Benefit lip stains is 10ml, and the minis which you can buy or get in gift sets are usually 4ml. I got my 4ml mini lip stain from Boots about a year ago for £5.00, which was a complete bargain in my opinion! I don’t think Boots do the lip stain minis anymore, but they do do other minis as well.

ANYWAY! I want to talk about the packaging first. It’s got the typical Benefit retro pin up style to it that they’re so well known for. I love the bottle for Gogotint so damn much! It’s a gorgeous metallic glass bottle in a cherry pink colour to match the colour of the shade itself and a white lid with some detailing on it. I’m sure the detailing on the lid has only been introduced recently. The fact that it’s a glass bottle makes me a little wary and nervous, but I’m sure I wouldn’t damage it in anyway, unless I threw it. 😛

I love the bottle so much as it looks simple, yet expensive and pretty at the same time. However, the one thing I don’t like is not being able to see how much product you have left. It’s kind of a guessing game with these. The only lip stain to be in a clear bottle is Benetint. All the others are in the metallic coloured bottles.

Gogotint brush with product

Gogotint brush without product

Posietint brush

The brush for the Benefit lip stains remind me nail polish brushes. It’s really weird to be honest due to how flexible it is but how fiddly it is at the same time! I’ve struggled a little at times to use it when lining my cupids bow. It’s not too bad really as you can wipe away any mistakes you make, but all in all it is a pain in the arse if you’re in a rush. I find with my mini Posietint that due to the size the brush is a little thicker and therefore easier to use. I do wonder if a lip brush might be worth using when trying to be precise with the full size bottles. Either way I manage. 😛

Now I’ve spoken about the basics of Gogotint, I’ll FINALLY talk about the product itself!

I found a bit about it on the official website and Boots website too:

Brighten up with cherry red lips & cheeks!

Gogotint is the wildest flush you can get from a bottle! Our see-through bright cherry red lip & cheek stain is vibrant, juicy & pops till you drop. You gogo, girl!

• Cherry red lips & cheeks
• Kiss-proof & smudge-proof
• Longwear cheek & lip stain
• Instant pop of color
• Bright, see-through flush of color

Gogo-getter! Too busy for beauty? Never! Brush gogotint cherry red tint on cheeks and lips then blend for a vibrant flush. It only takes 5 seconds! BEAUTY TIP: Thank you CHERRY much! Gogotint’s flush will get you lots of flattery. Not used to all the attention? Just respond “thank you cherry much”…they’ll get the hint!

I had a look around Instagram and YouTube for ages of people swatching and showing off the colour of this so that I could get an idea of whether I would like this colour or not. When I heard it was a cherry red/pink shade I KNEW I would love it. These sorts of pinks are right up my street. I can’t be dealing with light colours. 😛

Dark heart – Gogotint, light heart – Posietint and circle beneath is Gogotint blended out

This really is a bright colour and would actually be a great lip colour for anyone who is wanting to venture over to the dark side of the none nude variety! This in my opinion is the most vibrant and pigmented shade that Benefit have brought out in their lip stain collection to date. I love it!

Wearing Gogotint

Wearing Gogotint

As I’ve already mentioned this has a gel consistency to it and isn’t too thick and isn’t too thin, so it’s perfect for applying. It’s especially great for applying to the centre of your lips for a just bitten look. This is something I have tried somewhat with Gogotint and it looks gorgeous with this shade.

The one thing I really like about this shade is that it’s buildable so you can dab a little on with your finger to create a soft pink shade and look, or apply a couple of coats to really pack a punch with that gorgeous cherry red colour for an alternative pin up girl look.

Wearing Posietint and Gogotint

Wearing Posietint and Gogotint

Wearing Posietint and Gogotint

I have tried both and love them both just as much as the other. I also applied this in the inside of  my lips and then applied Posietint on the outside for a gradient and just bitten look.

I’ve worn both of these at work and they last really well to be honest! I’ll have to top them up when I go for my break (4-6 hours into my shift) but that’s kind of normal to me for something like this. I also use my Vaseline before applying this and making sure to wipe away most of the excess when applying the lip stain. I also use it over the top of the stain throughout the day to keep my lips soft. It doesn’t dry out the lips though and if anything feels comfortable and not like you’re wearing anything on your lips.

I can’t really put my finger on what the scent of this is and it smells exactly the same as Posietint. I don’t want to say a chemical smell because it doesn’t smell like that at all… But it doesn’t smell of anything either… It’s scentless! 😛 It doesn’t smell disgusting, let’s put it that way and it doesn’t smell when you apply it to the lips, which is good.

Of course as the name states, you don’t have to just use this on the lips, you can also use it on your cheeks as a blush. I won’t be doing this but it looks so pretty when blended out!

I tried to test if you can remove this with my Garnier micellar cleansing water and it removed really easily which I was surprised about. This is a little disappointing but at the same time I can’t complain! I’d be moaning about it staining if it didn’t come off. 😛

Wearing Gogotint with a blue highlighter on top

Wearing Gogotint with a blue highlighter on top

Another little thing I like to do with Gogotint is I like to apply a highlight onto my lips to give it a pop of colour! I never thought of doing this before and I’m so chuffed with the outcome, which I’ll show on here of course!

As I always do, here are some picture of me wearing Gogotint alone, with Posietint and of course with the highlighter. Loads of pictures await you!

My overall feelings on Gogotint is that it’s an amazing lip stain and one that I don’t regret buying. If anything it will become one of my go to lipsticks now! I’m definitely going to take it on holiday with me as it’ll be lovely to wear both in the daytime and the evening when going out.

All 5 of the lip stains by Benefit cost £25.50 from both the official Benefit Cosmetics website and Boots. As I mentioned before you get 10ml of product for this price and right now I feel it’s well worth the money as a little bit of the lip stains really does go a long way and of course it’s a 2 in 1 product, you can also use this on your cheeks as a blush!

What do you think of the new lip stain? You like it, or are you not sure? Do you own any of the Benefit lip stains? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time all, take care and I hope you’ve had a lovely week so far.

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Loungefly x Pokemon Duffle Bag

I’ve owned my Loungefly Pokemon bag for roughly a month now and I LOVE IT SO MUCH! It really does gain some attention whenever I’m out and about which is always nice. If I ever go out shopping it town or anywhere else

I thought I would show off the bag a little more than what I did on my recent geeky haul post (which you can read here) including inside the bag as well as what is in my bag, as I know people love those kind of posts!

This isn’t really a review, but more of a show off of my new bag really. I just love it so damn much that I can’t NOT share it with you guys!

Over the past 10 years I’ve owned various pieces by Loungefly but of course this is my favourite one to date. My first Loungefly bag was a Skelanimals one which sadly broke and I had to return it to the store I bought it from. It didn’t put me off however and a few years after that I bought a bag with Bambi, Thumper and Flower on. I still own this bag, even though I don’t use it much anymore, if at all! After that the only other two items I bought from them were wallets, both fox ones. Sadly one was stolen when I worked in Costa but I still own my current one.

I wasn’t exactly in need of a new handbag, especially considering that the one I was previously using was a Michael Kors one. Although I love that handbag, I wanted something that reflected my personality and a handbag covered in the Red, Blue and Yellow starters is definitely the way to go!

I know a lot of people are going to ask me where I got it from and for how much. Well, I didn’t get it directly from Loungefly due to them not shipping to the UK. I’m pretty sure places like Hot Topic stock it, BUT I’d decided to go down the eBay route to prevent spending a fortune on customs. It took a while to find one but eventually my bag went up for sale and at first it was £50.00 but the seller put it down to £45.00 which is what set me off to buy it. I haven’t regretted it or looked back! Technically this was an anniversary present from Dane as he bought himself a new part for the computer, which cost around the same price as my bag. Instead of us buying them for each other we just bought them for ourselves instead. 😛

After I bought my bag I noticed that Loungefly were coming out with more designs in the Pokemon series for the duffle bag style (which is what I have). They came out with 3 new designs which are the tropical starter, Pikachu/clouds and Gyarados Magikarp waves. They all retail at $70.00 each, same for my tattoo flash design as well.

When I converted this online (I used XE… This is not a promotional post! xD) it said that $70.00 in pounds is £53.30, which is obviously more than what I paid. That obviously wouldn’t include any import tax that may have been added on top! I can only imagine the person who sold  me the bag paid out nearly £80.00 for this. SHIT.

So now I’ll FINALLY get onto the bag, because I know you’re probably waiting for it. 😛

This is a duffle style bag which you can carry using either the handles on the bag, or the shoulder strap which can be taken on and off the bag as and when you wish to use it. I didn’t like the shoulder strap myself so I carry my bag on the crook of my arm, or just by the handle. It depends on where I am and how I’m feeling. You could JUST hook it around your shoulder but it isn’t comfortable for myself. This being said though the handle loop is huge, which I love!

As I mentioned the shoulder strap is removable. It removes and is attached via a clip, which is the same colour as the hardware on the bag itself. As I don’t opt to using it the loops on each side of the bag are left bare. Soon enough I’ll be adding a keyring I recently bought from Roo from their online store (http://cosmicolor.tictail.com) which is Joker/Akira from Persona 5. I intend to buy more from there in the future, but for now I’ll be attaching him to one of the loops when he arrives. I honestly can’t wait!

The size of the bag itself isn’t too small and it isn’t too big. I did worry that it was going to be smaller than the image on eBay showed but alas it wasn’t. It’s a perfect size for me and I love it! I does feel like a bit of a Mary Poppins bag and I often feel like certain items get lost at the bottom of it.

The print on the outside is amazing! It has that alternative pin up look with the tattoo flash print with the Red, Blue and Yellow starters on it, which of course are Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur and everyone’s favourite Pikachu. You also have a Pokeball print too. Everyone compliments me on this bag due to the print and you can tell when you meet a die hard Pokemon fan (like myself) when they go crazy over that alone. 😛

My favourite Pokemon on the bag has to be Bulbasaur. He just looks so happy and I love the blue rose underneath him too. It just looks really good and works well. It’d be a very nice tattoo to actually get done on my thigh… Not that I will. xD

So as you can see the Loungefly/Pokemon logo isn’t on this side of the bag, making it the “back”. WHEN in actual fact this is the front of the bag when I carry it… I hope that  makes sense. 😛

On the “front” of the bag you have a metal badge that has the Loungefly logo on, as well as the Pokemon logo. I love this as it makes it feel more like a designer bag. The reason I used ” for the front description is because the logo doesn’t face at the “front” for me, but actually at the back. I like the zip to be near to me so I swap the bag “front” around. I’ll show in pictures what I mean.

Not only is the print on the outside amazing, but the print inside is also pretty damn nice too. It’s a cream coloured fabric inside with black images of all the starter Pokemon, Pokeball and even a tudor rose. To fill a bit of empty space there is also some little stars and diamonds dotted around.

Inside the bag you get a zip pocket on the one side to keep things in and a phone pocket on the other side. Nothing really too special about the inside of the bag… Other than the awesome print. 😛 The pockets themselves are really deep, which is amazing as it means you can store loads of things inside of them. I always keep my phone in the phone pocket and in the zipped pocket I always keep my beauty related things, such as lipstick, lip balm, face powder, tablets, etc.

Both the zip of the bag itself and the zip for the pouch inside share the same zip. The hardware on the bag itself is like a rusty gold colour. I don’t like gold hardware on bags but this works really well and I love it! The zip has the Loungefly logo on and the zip is big and chunky so it’s easy to grab and use.

This of course is faux leather, although for $70 I would want it to be real! 😛 SOOOO this is a great company for vegans to buy from to be honest.

Overall I LOVE my Pokemon handbag and for years now I have always said how I’ve been after a bag that really does reflect me as a person. I know this sounds really weird, but if I’m going to be carrying around a bag all the time I want people to see me in the bag, as well as myself holding it. Pokemon is something I have been in love with since I was 5 or 6 years old and that love hasn’t died or calmed down.

I’m so damn excited to take this bag on holiday with me. I know it’ll turn quite a few heads.

Loungefly have LOADS of different designs and bags to choose from, not just Pokemon! They have Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, Hello Kitty and more.

The official website doesn’t delivery to the UK, BUT there are a couple of stockists in the UK that you can buy certain Loungefly pieces from. The biggest one and one I’ve always gone to previously is Beadesaurus, a Birmingham based alternative fashion company. I remember when they used to have their own stall in the Oasis Market in town! Now they’re all online and as I said, stock Loungefly. They don’t stock Star Wars, Pokemon or Disney stuff though so you’ll have to probably track certain stuff down online.

EMP also stock Loungefly BUT they don’t state that it is Loungefly. If you’re after Star Wars stuff you’ll have to just search for Star Wars and narrow down what you’re after (e.g. accessories and wallet) same goes for anything else. They stock the Deadpool bag and wallet on there that I used to want. Not SOOOOO much now but I’d totally get the Deadpool bag for nights out! They also stock some Disney stuff, but again you’ll have to go and have a good search.

Amazon are said to stock SOME Loungefly stuff too but whether it’s legit or not, I don’t know. Same for some eBay sellers. When buying off of eBay make sure you can see a picture of the actual product. That’s what I looked for when buying my Pokemon bag.

ANYWAY do you like Loungefly? If so what piece(s) have you got your eye on? Have you ever owned any Loungefly stuff? If so let me know what!

Until next time all, take care and I hope you had an awesome weekend!

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L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Face Mask in Blemish Rescue – Review

These face masks by L’Oreal are still doing really well a year on and they recently added two new additions to the face mask range! When I heard about them on a trip to town with Dane a few weeks ago, I knew I’d need to have a look at them to see what they were all about.

As older readers will know I picked up the detox mask in August last year, not long after it came out and reviewed it on my blog, which you can read here.

The first three masks to be released were the Detox, Glow and Purity masks. Out of the three I have still only tried the Detox one and I still have to try the other ones! I was tempted to pick them all up when picking up the Blemish Rescue one, but alas I need to save money. 😛

So as I mentioned before, L’Oreal have recently released two new masks, including my new one which is Blemish Rescue and Bright.

Each mask does something different:

Purity deeply purifies and mattifies, detox cleanses and clarifies, glow brightens and exfoliates, bright evens tone and illuminates and blemish rescue clears and unclogs.

I’m a massive fan of charcoal face masks as I find they help my oily t-zone as well as fight against any blemishes I may have. SO when I heard the bright blue face mask that L’Oreal was bringing out was blemish fighting, I knew I’d be getting it.

Blemish rescue contains 3 pure clays:

Kaolin – A highly effective natural clay, known to absorb impurities and excess sebum.

Montmorillonite – Rich in minerals, a clay recognised for helping to eliminate imperfections.

Ghassoul – A pure clay highly concentrated in minerals renowned to help clarify complextion.

On the packaging for blemish rescue it states:

For the first time, the L’Oreal Paris Laboratories have selected three Pure Clays and combined them with Marine Algae extract, known for its anti-blemish properties. The creamy texture targets deep into the pores, to unclog blackheads and clear imperfections, leaving the skin pure and fresh without drying it out.

It claims that it immediately leaves skin feeling fresh, pores shrunk and blemishes reduced. After a week blackheads are unclogged and skin if mattified. Finally use after use will leave pore cleared and skin looking visibly transformed!

It tells you to use this face mask twice a week, which I’ve been doing whenever I wash my hair, so Wednesday (mid week) and Sunday (end of the week.

Like Detox the packaging is exactly the same with Blemish Rescue. The product is in a clear glass jar so that you can see the product inside. The lid is a different colour mind and instead of green which is was for Detox, it’s now white. Nothing major but I don’t know why they changed it.

As I mentioned on my review for detox I love how expensive the glass jar makes the face mask appear and it really does make a nice change to sachets and Lush’s plastic black pots. It also means you can see how much you have left after each use.

The mask itself is an awesome bright blue colour and looks almost metallic, but I think it’s just where it’s clay. I did feel like it went metallic when it dried on my face though…

You get 50ml of product and like the detox mask a little bit of this goes a hell of a long way! There’s supposed to be 10 applications in a jar but I can’t see this myself. I use my detox mask once a fortnight, I’ve owned it almost a year and yet it appears there is loads left in the packaging.

I like to pop this mask on all over my face before I jump into the bath or shower, as it makes it easier to wash off. I leave it on until it dries and then wash it off. It’s hard to tell with this mask when it’s fully dry as the colour doesn’t lighten. It’s more of a case of touching your face to see.

I stated up above how this claims to leave your skin after immediate use and I don’t know if it’s due to going to work straight after using it and rushing to get ready for work, but I didn’t notice a change straight away. A few days later I did notice that my blemishes had reduced, which is great! I also noticed that my t-zone was mattified too which is something I am forever searching for in a product.

I definitely want to try this mask on Dane’s skin due to his oily nose to see how it work with his blackheads and excess sebum.

I can’t wait to see what more use of this face mask will bring to my skin though. It’s definitely a mask for people to use with combination skin, as I didn’t find that it dried out my cheeks. That’s where the Glow or Brighten mask can be used alongside this one.

At the moment Boots have all these masks on offer at the moment for £5.99 instead of £7.99. Sadly I don’t know how long for, so if you want to grab one of the new masks to try then get one as soon as possible!

I’ll definitely be buying the other masks eventually as I want to try them all! Have you tried any of the original 3 masks, or either of the 2 new ones? If so what do you think of them? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time take care all and have a lovely weekend!

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Barry M Colour Changing Lip Paints in Genie, Neptune and Unicorn – Review

L-R: Genie, Neptune and Unicorn

Wow this post has been sitting in my drafts for God knows how many months now… SINCE MARCH! Oh jeez… That’s when I bought Neptune to be honest.

Top-Bottom: Genie, Neptune and Unicorn

There are now three of these colour changing lip paints by Barry M and although I love my liquid lipsticks and MAC lipsticks equally I really do love these lip paints. The first lip paint Genie is one of the first lipsticks I bought and started wearing daily and it’s from this that I found my love of wearing lipsticks, especially dark pink shades. It wasn’t called Genie back then though and instead was called, “touch of magic” lip paint. Genie works better. 😛

If I’m known for one thing it’s my lipstick. Although my lips haven’t been in the best shape lately, I always usually have lipstick on, whether it’s liquid or a normal creamy one. As I mentioned before when I first started wearing bright lipsticks, the Barry M green lipstick was the one I wore the most. I loved it so much I wore it down to a nub! I remember the packaging was all black too, not colour coordinated like it is now. I definitely prefer the packaging now to back then.

So I thought why not review all of these lip paints? They’re all amazing, perfect for summer as they work like a stain as well as being a colour changing and unique shade to you.

I’ll do them in the order they were released, so the first one I’ll be reviewing is Genie!

Genie is the first shade that came out and goes on green and turns into a hot pink shade. I’ll pop a bit about it from the official Barry M website.

It’s green but magically turns your pout an ultra-long lasting personal shade of pink. It does this by adapting to the Alkaline in your lips. In other words, every person is different and every look is unique! Genie lasts for eight hours too so you can achieve an all-day custom kiss that’s all your own (Genie is an improved formulation of Barry M’s popular ‘Touch of Magic’ lip paint.)

I know a lot of brands claim that your lipstick will last for 8-12 hours, but this ACTUALLY does! I feel like it’s more of a stain than a long lasting lipstick, which I love! Due to this I feel like you can apply various coats of it and it’ll help it last longer, as well as create a darker shade which of course is good.

FYI this is my favourite picture of the bunch and one of my favourites I’ve taken of myself since my blog profile picture! :’)

Genie is green and goes on as a hot pink shade. It’s one of my favourite shades out of the three due to how vibrant the colour looks and due to that it can be worn all year around.

I first bought Genie (well touch of magic!) back in 2009/2010 when I first started getting into wearing bright coloured lipsticks. My mom loved it too and bought one at the same time as me. She still uses it to this day like myself, which just goes to show what an amazing product it is!

It’s from Genie doing so well over the years that I can only imagine encouraged Barry M to create not one, but two more colour changing lip paints to add to the collection!

At the end of March 2017 they decided to release a second shade, Neptune which is what I’ll be talking about next.

Neptune is a blue lipstick that turns a raspberry pink/purple shade when applied to the lips. Although Genie will always hold a place in my heart, this is a shade I adore due to it being near to being purple. I LOVE purple lipsticks so much!

Neptune, a magical new sibling for Barry M’s signature Genie Lip Paint. Neptune is blue… but turns lips a miraculous, personal shade of dark pink! Like Genie, Neptune reacts to the Alkaline of lips, creating a unique shade for everyone. Neptune also stays put for up to eight hours so it’s magically long lasting too!

My only problem with Neptune is I find sometimes when applying it to the lips the blue shade will stay around a while and I’ll have to use my finger to blend the lip paint into my lips a little more to help create that gorgeous raspberry pink/purple shade.

Like Genie this does last a long time on the lips and the more you apply the darker the shade will become. I would say it’s more of a raspberry pink shade than purple, but I sometimes feel I apply so much it becomes purple more than anything.

All of the colour changing lip paints are really comfortable to wear on the lips and I always find myself applying lip balm over them to keep my lips hydrated. This doesn’t affect the colour at all, which is great!

Finally we have the newest edition to the colour changing lip paint family! Unicorn was released recently at the end of May for Barry M’s 35th birthday!

This of course is the last colour changing lip paint I’ll be writing about on this post.

Following on from the magic of Genie & Neptune, Unicorn is the latest launch in Barry M’s family of beaut magical Lip Paints! This time yellow magically turns your pout an ultra-long lasting personal shade of pink.

Like Genie Unicorn is a lip paint that turns into a light pink shade, but it’s originally yellow! This isn’t as dark a pink as either Genie or Neptune, it’s more of a light soft pink which I really like for the summer months when you don’t want to wear a heavy or strong lip colour.

I was hesitant to pick this up when I first heard about it a couple of weeks ago because of it being pink. My first thought was, “But you already have a pink shade… Why make another?” I mean I’m surprised Barry M didn’t go for a coral colour to coincide with the summer.

This being said this is a lighter pink than Genie and it’s gorgeous! I love it and I can’t wait to wear it more over the summer here.

I haven’t mentioned it yet, but these don’t really have much of a scent. If anything it reminds me of aloe vera, that sort of refreshing smell. I really like it but I’m glad it isn’t strong otherwise it might have put me off.

Overall I LOVE these lip paints and I don’t think any other high street beauty brand in the UK will be able to pull it off and say it’s a unique idea.

These cost £4.99 each and are worth EVERY PENNY. If you have never tried these before and want to then get on it! Boots currently have 3 for 2 on Barry M, so you could get all of these if you wanted to.

If you want to read more about them or have a look on the official Barry M website, then here is the link for that.

What do you think of the Barry M colour changing lip paints? Do you own any or want to own any? If you own any what shade(s) and if you want any which shade(s) would you like to pick up?

I hope you enjoyed this review, I’ve really missed doing them lately! My lips are really sore still and due to this I couldn’t even take pictures the day of writing this review. BUT that was actually due to allergies, which still sucks. 😛

ANYWAYS… Until next time, take care all.

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L’Oreal Paris Hydra Genius Liquid Care – Review

I don’t feel like I’ve written a review for aggggges, which of course sucks! Probably due to lip issues again as my lips appear to not be 100% healed, sadly. BUT I recently bought a product that NEEDS to be reviewed as soon as possible. 😛

I couldn’t remember when this came out in the UK but it feels like AGGGGGGGES ago! From what I could find on their Instagram page it said March 5th 2017 that it was first being spoken about… But I’m unsure if this applies to America, or Europe… I know it’s been  out at least a month because my friend Claire has been using it that long, PLUS I’m sure I eyed it up that long ago in Boots!

ANYWAY I finally decided to pick it up on a trip to Boots and I’ve used it for about a week now and I can safely say I love it and it needed to be reviewed.

First of all I’ll talk about the product itself.

Hydra genius is a liquid care moisturiser which you use on a daily basis in the morning and/or evening. I picked up the normal to combination skin as I have the latter, an oily t-zone and dry cheeks and chin.

I’ll type up what it says on the packaging as it’ll explain the product itself  better than I will. 😛

The Liquid Care; Fresh as water hydrating as a cream. Locks in Moisture for 72hrs. Enriched with Aloe Water & Hyaluronic Acid. Instantly Refreshes. For Normal to Combination Skin. Inspired by Asian skincare, L’Oréal Paris Laboratories introduces THE LIQUID CARE. It delivers pure moisture that penetrates quickly, deeply and continuously – without overloading the skin.

INSTANTLY REFRESHES. Immediately absorbed, the water-like texture rehydrates and reinvigorates the skin.

INSTANTLY LOCKS IN MOISTURE. The forumla penetrates deelpy for a healthy-looking glow.

72HR RECHARGE It releases continuous hydration and drenches the skin with moisture for up to 72 hours.

How to use: Every morning and evening, alone or after your serum, apply one pump to the face and neck. Massage in circular motions for better absorption. Use instead of your daily moisturiser.

You get 70ml of product in the tube and I’ve found a little bit goes a long way! I’ve seen people on Instagram using three pumps but I’ve found one to two is enough for me! Three is a bit overkill I find.

I’ve been applying this when the weather has been really warm in the mornings before work and in the evenings after using a face mask, both sheet and clay. I’ve found it’s given my skin a real treat more so in the evenings as part of my pampering routine, which feels lovely!

This doesn’t have a heavy scent to it which is great but it smells so refreshing and that alone I am in love with! It smells of aloe vera of course due to the aloe water ingredient. I can’t stop smelling the back of my hand after taking the pictures for this post. 😛 It reminds me of holidays in Fuerteventura.

As we all know in the UK it’s been REALLY HOT this past fortnight so our skin has been in need for cooling down, especially the face for myself. Alongside the hydra genius I’ve been using my twin-ball facial massager from The Body Shop loads lately and it works so damn good with hydra genius! The metal balls feel cooling on the skin and that mixed with the cooling sensation this moisturiser leaves too it just feels amazing. I highly recommend that facial massager, I’ll leave a link to it here.

I did notice a change in my skin after a week though to be honest. Not in the sense of moisturisation but in the sense of how it has helped with my oily t-zone. I’ve found that it doesn’t look as shiny and like I’ve dipped that entire section near a fat fryer. To be honest my t-zone isn’t bad, I mean it could be worse but when it’s warm it’s just not as good as it could be. You know? xD

I know it sounds really daft but even the packaging itself pleases me and reminds me of a Korean beauty product, which is what inspired L’Oreal to create this in the first place. I just love how to it a gorgeous and summery turquoise colour and it kind of reflects the ingredient aloe vera really. Well I think so anyway. 😛

Hydra genius does remind me of something from years before that I used to use, but to honest I prefer the hydra genius, which I’ll explain. The product I’m talking about is another product by The Body Shop, it’s the Vitamin E Aqua Boots Sorbet. It costs £14.00 for a 100ml jar and a little bit of it goes a long way. It’s definitely like a sorbet but is of a gel and lightweight consistency. This being said it’s thicker than hydra genius and does feel like you need to put a little bit more work in to make it sink into the skin. I wouldn’t fault it though, it’s a great product to use if you need to feel cooled down. I reviewed it when it first came out back in 2014, which you can read here.

This is the perfect product to use during the summer when the weather is hot and also an awesome product to take away to hot climates for holidays. I know I’ll be picking one up for when I go to Fuerteventura, but this being said they probably already have it for sale over there.

So what are my overall thoughts about this product? It’s pretty damn amazing to be perfectly honest with you! I didn’t actually think it would be as great as it is, but it’s wonderful. It might be a light weight moisturiser but it really does do what it states it will, all whilst being cooling and comfortable on the skin.

Although I would use this in the colder months, it’s been invented for summer really and it will definitely work best when there’s a heatwave.

Although I picked this up in normal to combination skin, you can also get it in normal to dry skin and sensitive skin. I was stuck for choice on which one to pick up, but I’m glad I went for the one I did now as it really has helped my combination skin!

Although this is usually £9.99, Boots have an offer on where you can pick it up for £6.66. I had a look to check the prices in Superdrug but it doesn’t look as if they stock it, which is a surprise!

I would say if you like the look of it, pick it up ASAP as I’m sure that discounted offer won’t last forever, sadly. I’m going to pick up a couple more bottles when I get paid next. I hope the offer is still on then.

Will you be picking up hydra genius? If so which version will you get? Do you already own it? If so what do you think? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time all, take care and I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

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