Lime Crime Plushies – Review

Woohoo I haven’t written a review in what feels like FOREVER. I’ve been sitting on these and waiting for the right time to write a review on them and it finally feels like time to get something done and out there.

As I always do with reviews, I’ll talk a little about the company, the products and show plenty of pictures of the items.

So I’m binge watching The Office whilst I write this, so let’s get on it!

 

Lime Crime have been around for 10 years now and at first everyone went made for their products, but a while ago people were boycotting them. Over the years I’ve on and off wanted to try and use their products, but always been apprehensive due to various different things.

Years ago me and my friend Claire were talking about make up brands we love and she was telling me about how much she loved Lime Crime’s Velvetines liquid lipsticks and even showed me some. I loved the texture of them, as well as the how long the product lasted. I wanted to order one but I was really into Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks at the time and for a year I couldn’t wear any lipstick products due to an infection/eczema on my lips.

Thankfully I can now wear my favourite lip products again, but from having the year hiatus from them it’s made me realise that I don’t really like liquid lipsticks anymore, or at least not half as much as before. I still love my lipsticks, lip creams and lip tints but I really did miss how long lasting liquid lipsticks are.

When Lime Crime announced their Plushies back in January this year, I got a little excited to see what new product they planned on bringing out. When they revealed it and showed swatches of the lip product I knew I eventually had to own it!

I’d on and off wanted to buy some lip products from Lime Crime in the past, including their Diamond Crushers but every time I went to websites and added them to my cart I just never really ended up going through with it. I’m glad I didn’t in the end as I don’t think I’d have worn them.

After months of even being undecided about the Plushies, I FINALLY ordered not one, but two shades and they have fast turned into my go to lipsticks to wear for work and on days off.

I ordered Cherry Soda and Gum Drop from Beauty Bay quite a while ago it feels now and since then I’ve worn both shades a handful of times. I’ll be talking about both shades, how they look and how they both wear as I feel they’re both somewhat different.

Experience the softer side of a bold matte lipstick with Plushies, the new generation of nude lips. Non-opaque, soft focus formula enhances natural lip color while making your lips look as plush as a teddy bear! This highly pigmented and long wearing soft matte lipstick keeps its just-applied look for hours. Choose from our selection of 18 different shades, our collection of soft matte lipsticks has something for everyone. Offering a burst of creamy color and full coverage, this formula goes on silky smooth and sets to a beautiful matte finish. One coat is all you need for that coveted my-lips-but-better effect, or build to your liking for more intensity. Show off your beautiful natural lips with the blackberry scented Plushies from Lime Crime.

Plushies are a liquid lipstick but softer in texture and feel and are made to look more natural to application and colour payoff. They remind me of a lip tint but more opaque, which I really like! These feel really velvety when worn but last ALL DAY! They’re so much more comfortable than a liquid lipstick too, well in my opinion anyway.

Make your lips look as plush – and playful – as a cuddly toy with Lime Crime’s new generation of nude lip colours. The velvety matte, soft-focus formula enhances your natural lip colour with touch-proof, hassle-free, all-day wear (it’s so comfortable, you’ll forget you’re even wearing it) and it’s infused with an irresistible candied blackberry scent. The super-sweet shades range from sheer golden brown ‘Butterscotch’ to deep red ‘Jam’ via sheer berry ‘Gum Drop’. They’re utterly irresistible!

Before I talk about the shades, I want to quickly talk about the packaging. It’s so cute and playful and reminds me of something you would have seen in the 90’s/00’s, which is what Lime Crime is all about! The tube itself contains 3.5ml of product which is clear so you can see the product inside. The lid is a gorgeous baby pink shade with a cute white teddy on. Such a lovely touch and the rubber feel of the lid makes it feel comfortable and easy to hold when applying the shade.

The first shade I’m going to talk about is Cherry Soda, which is actually a limited edition shade made only for certain stores. It’s a soft cherry red and is such a gorgeous shade of red for all times of year, especially autumn and winter! This is the colour that I’ve always wanted to get out of all the Plushies but at first this colour was one I just didn’t feel like I could get on with and due to that I worried I was going to regret my decision of buying it. More recent however I’ve really got along with Cherry Soda and it’s such a fabulous shade, which I cannot wait to wear more of during the Christmas period this year!

Cherry Soda applies really nicely without any patchiness or streaks throughout, but before now it has done so I feel like you need to apply this in one go and not layer, otherwise that patchy look will be there. I just love how delicate this red shade looks, like just bitten lips which is a trend I have ALWAYS loved! I love bold shades, but to have a bold shade and it also be delicate and blotted looking is really nice and a total game changer.

The second shade I picked up is Gum Drop. I’ve always liked the idea of picking up this shade as it reminds me a little of MAC Rebel, which is one of my favourite lipsticks! It’s a sheer berry colour and looks so perfect if you want to experiment with a dark berry shade, but don’t want it to be too out there and in your face! This is definitely a shade to wear during autumn and winter, berry doesn’t really shout spring and summer to me. 😛

Unlike Cherry Soda this has always applied like a dream and has rarely been patchy or streaky. At times it has been but it’s nothing a bit of blotting can’t deal with! Like Cherry Soda, this also looks like a blotted colour but the colour also packs a punch, which I really liked. Something that I noticed on both of the Plushies is that they have a fruity and sweet scent to them, but I couldn’t put my finger on what exactly they smelt of. When I searched for it online, it turns out it’s blackberry sweets, which I think is really cool! Blackberry does seem a tad random to me though… These are also meant to wear like liquid lipsticks, which I tend to find they do to be honest with you! I’ve worn these at work all day and they’ve lasted well. If anything they’ll start to wear down on the inside of my lip and this will usually happen after drinking loads of water/hot drinks and then eating lunch.

They feel really velvety on the lips too and you wouldn’t even know they were there!

Overall I LOVE Lime Crime’s Plushies and they’re definitely a game changer for me. As I said before, liquid lipsticks aren’t really my thing anymore but I wanted something like them with a good staying power. The blotted and nude look and payoff of the Plushies really works for me and it’s something that I’d been after for the longest time. Of course I picked up the brighter colours but they have LOADS of nude and natural looking shades, there is just something for everyone.

I have my eye on more shades in all honesty, including Angelic (sheer muted mauve) and Sorbet (fire red).

What do you think to Lime Crime’s Plushies? Have you tried them and if so which shade(s) do you like? Do you want to try them and if so which shade(s) do you want to try?

Also make sure to let me know which Lime Crime products you like the look of, own etc!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you had a lovely weekend and are having a good week so far.

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Etch and Pin – Coventry Inspired Pin Badges

As regular readers will know, I am a massive pin badge collector and it’s something that only really took off towards the middle of the year! Either way I love pin badges, especially sharing new and unique designs I’ve discovered.

I recently became a part of the Coventry Bloggers community, which I adore and love so much! Dane is from Coventry so whilst I’m not originally from there and don’t live there, I do visit there quite often for various reasons. I love visited there for friends and Dane’s family, as well as to be a part of the blogging community.

I heard about Etch & Pin through the Coventry bloggers and was offered to review October’s pin badge. I couldn’t turn it down after seeing the previous designs and knew I’d love to talk about it. The pin didn’t take long to arrive at all, a few days at least! I’m just so excited to talk about this pin, as well as the owner and brand themselves.

Aaron Ashmore, owner of Etch & Pin, with the It's a Batch pin badge

Image taken from Coventry Telegraph

Back in July this year Aaron Ashmore the guy behind Etch & Pin decided it was time to release a pin badge that all people from Coventry could relate to!

I remember not long after me and Dane had made it official we were out shopping in Morrisons for some bits and pieces, when he turned to me and said, “Hey Nat? Shall we get some batches to have for dinner?”

My response? “A batch of what?”

It was pretty funny at the time and I’ll never forget it. It pissed me off at first as to me in Birmingham we say bread roll, cob or bun. Batch appears to be a Coventry thing. Since us living together I now say batch as I’m just used to it.

So when I saw that there was a batch pin badge, I got pretty excited!

The ‘Its a Batch’ pin badge came out in July and sold 75% of stock within the first few days! Aaron said to the Coventry Telegraph back in July, “It’s always a bit nervy starting something new like this but we had a really positive reaction. We had to go and order some more.”

Every badge that is sold a £1 will be donated to a different Coventry charity each month. A proportion of the proceed from the ‘It’s a Batch’ badge sales were donated to the Coventry Myton Hospice.

Three months on and Etch & Pin is booming and doing really well! Each pin badge that is released had celebrated one of the city’s landmarks. Aaron said to the Coventry Telegraph, “Collectable pin badges have had a resurgence in the past couple of years and we are hoping that the people of Coventry will wear our pins as a badge of honour showing how proud they are of our city. Our badges are made by Coventry people, for Coventry people.”

I think this is so lovely and amazing how it isn’t just pin badges about Coventry, but it’s completely to do with Coventry. I don’t feel like this happens much anymore and it’s just great, especially as Coventry won the UK City of Culture 2021 nearly a year ago.

As I mentioned before, a new badge will be released each month, however they are limited edition and are only available the month they’re released.

Image taken from Etch & Pin Etsy

July was It’s a Batch, which is now sold out (unsurprisingly!) but you can pick up the It’s a Batch fridge magnet*, which was attached to the pin badge I was sent.

Image taken from the Coventry Telegraph

August was Coventry Ring Road, which is still available to buy.

Our badge celebrates the Coventry Ring Road and looks to show that being ‘sent to Coventry’ is something to be proud of.  We are also proud that £1 of every badge sold will be donated to a different local charity each month. The donation in August will be made to Free Radio’s Cash for Kids.

September was Three Spires, which is also still available to buy.

The September #covpinclub badge is our take on the three spires that dominate the Coventry skyline. As with every Cov Pin Club badge, £1 from every badge sold is donated to a Coventry charity! The charity we are partnering with in September is YMCA Coventry and Warwickshire who support local young people with accommodation, advice, guidance and training.

Finally we have this months pin badge for October which is Lady Godiva*, of course this is available to buy now. This is the pin badge I’ve been sent to talk about today.

The fourth Coventry Pin Club pin badge celebrates the Coventry figure that is perhaps best-known around the world, Lady Godiva. £1 from every Lady Godiva badge sold in October is donated to Shine A Light Support Service who support families in Coventry and Warwickshire who are affected by childhood cancer. An exceptionally worthy cause, I’m sure you’ll agree!

Like the batch, I have a fond memory of my first time in Coventry town centre with Dane when we went on one of our first shopping trips together. I’d been in Coventry a couple of times before we’d met, but I never knew about the Godiva clock in Coventry’s Broadgate House. Dane asked me if I’d ever seen her pop out before.

“What naked lady?” I asked.

“Well it’s nearly midday so we’ll stand here and wait for her to come out.” Dane said. We waited for the couple of minutes in the light rain for the naked Lady Godiva to pop out, but that day she never did.

We tried a couple of times to see her, but we never really got to. Dane Googled about it whilst I was writing this post and apparently it broke 7 months ago, so if you’ve tried to see it recently and it hasn’t work, that’s why.

Instead of waiting for it one day whilst in town, we had a look on YouTube instead. It’s interesting enough and I get why Dane wanted me to see it.

So when I was sent the Lady Godiva pin, it did have a very special memory behind it for myself, which I feel is something that Aaron wanted to bring to his designs! I feel if you’re from Coventry or have lived there for a long time you’ll definitely love these pin designs and they’ll have a fond place in your hearts as well a provoke memories for you. They definitely remind me of when me and Dane first became a couple and although I’ll never move to Coventry, the place does have some amazing memories for me.

The pin badge itself is limited edition and I have number 67. I love that each pin has its own number, it makes it feel more limited and special. The pin is a nice size and isn’t anything big and obnoxious (like my pin badges usually are! :P) which I really like. I feel like it means anyone can wear them from children to the elderly.

The pin badge comes with a blue rubber back, which are my favourites! I hate those silver squeeze lock backs, I feel like they don’t hold pins properly.

I have to say for the size, the quality and fine details of the pin badge are AMAZING! You get the detail of the horse and Lady Godiva perfectly.

It’s a really lightweight pin, which I really like too. I’m used to bigger pins, which sometimes weigh a little more. Again, this will make it perfect to pin on anything for anyone of any age.

Every pin badge that Etch & Pin have released to date all remind me of Coventry and spark certain memories, which I love so much! I especially love that profits from these pins are donated to all sorts of Coventry based charities, it’s absolutely amazing and Aaron is doing such an amazing thing.

I feel like this is too nice to wear to be honest with you and due to it being limited edition I think it will stay on my pin flag alongside my other pins.

With Christmas looming I would love to pick some of these up for Dane’s family, including his mom and gran as I find these will make lovely gifts for people from Coventry, especially people who collect pin badges.

I mentioned how I was also sent the It’s a Batch fridge magnet and as soon as I opened the package and saw it tucked by the pin badge, it went straight onto my fridge! I’m not a massive fridge magnet person, but I have a couple from Fuerteventura (my second home) and now I have Coventry on there, which of course is where Dane is originally from.

Overall I love Etch & Pin’s designs. Although they personally don’t remind me of home (due to the fact I’m a dirty Brummy…) they do remind me of Dane and his home, as well as the memories we shared together when we first got together. These pin badges really are something special and they’ve clearly had a lot of love and care put into them by Aaron. The fact they give to the members of Coventry, as well as Coventry charities is wonderful and I wish more people would do stuff like this.

If you like what Etch & Pin do, make sure to check out their Etsy store, as well as their social media, which I’ll link down below!

Etsy Store

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Interview with Coventry Telegraph about It’s a Batch pin badge

Internet with Coventry Telegraph about Ring Road pin badge

What do you think of Etch & Pin? Are you from Coventry, and if so would you pick up these limited edition pins? Have you learnt a little something about Coventry if you aren’t from there? Make sure to let me know all your thoughts about these amazing pins in the comments down below!

Until next time though, take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely week so far!

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The Body Shop Coconut Bath Bubble – Review

From hardly any reviews on my blog, to LOADS! Aww I do love writing reviews and I always forgot how much I love writing them.

I’m back with yet another The Body Shop product to talk about and today it’s going to be another bath product. I recently spoke about the strawberry bath bomb on my blog and after using the bath bubble, I just knew I had to share how amazing it is with you all!

As I mentioned on my review of the bath bomb, I am still always trying to find brands that amazing bath products that won’t leave your bank account crying afterwards. The Body Shop is doing such a great job with creating amazing bath products and whenever I pick up new ones, I’ll definitely be sharing them with you all!

At the same time as I bought the strawberry bath bomb, I decided to pick up one of the bath bubbles too. I picked up the Coconut Bath Bubble as I found it sounded the most appealing to myself. Whilst the strawberry scent from The Body Shop will always be my favourite hands down, I also love the coconut scent too. I used to use it all the time as a teenager and it was my go to whenever I shopped in The Body Shop.

Like the bath bombs there are various different scents you can pick up for the bath bubbles including coconut, moringa and pink grapefruit. Like the bath bombs these don’t break the bank and only cost £1.50 each.

Like the bath bombs these are only 28g but for how small they are they really do pack a punch and leave you with a bath full of bubbles, scent and colour.

The bubble bar itself is in such a cute little heart shape, which I wasn’t expecting! I don’t know if the other two scents also share this shape, but if they do that would be so cute! It’s also this gorgeous baby blue colour, which really shows when you pop it into the bath. Of course it smells of coconut and I know this sounds odd but it just smells of The Body Shop coconut, a creamy scent that reminds me summers abroad and sun cream. I love it!

Like my Lush bubble bars I use a sieve/strainer to make sure I get the best bubbles possible! I sometimes crumble said bubble bar up into the sieve but I found the coconut bubble bar was quite strong and hard to break so I ended up just popping the whole thing into the sieve and running it under the hot tap.

The blue bath colour really does begin to show through pretty quickly, which took me by surprise! These aren’t big bubble bars but they really aren’t messing around when it comes to the colour payoff in the bath! You can see when you move the bar away from the water how it continues to foam up and bubble, which entertained me for a while.

Even halfway through me running this under the tap it was still really hard to break up and make crumbly, so I had to continue with this until I managed to break it up. It’s a really strong blue colour and I can understand why it gave off such an amazing blue to the water now, as well as loads of bubbles.

Oh my God, look at all the bubbles and all the blue water! I felt like a mermaid to be honest with you and I was loving it!

The water itself had a lovely delicate coconut scent, nothing too strong or too weak, which I really loved. The water was somewhat conditioning on the skin, but nothing like the Lush bath bombs and bubble bars. It did the job though and I felt so pampered after using it. It left a light scent of coconut on my skin too, which would be lovely to compliment afterwards by using either The Body Shop coconut body butter or body milk (which I used to use constantly as a teenager!), or the coconut body mist or eau de toilette.

Since trying the coconut bath bubble I’ve bought three more since as I just love using them so much. I am actually so happy that The Body Shop have brought out stuff like this as like I said on the strawberry bath bomb review, I really don’t want to keep buying and supporting Lush anymore, so if I can support better brands who also won’t rip me off, that would make me so happy!

What do you think of The Body Shop bath bubbles? Would you give them a go? Have you already? Let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all and I hope your weeks are going well so far.

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Jordandene – Geeky Handmade Goods

I am here today to bring you guys a post I have been super excited to write! I’m always excited to write for you guys (as well as for myself of course!) but I have been pretty stoked about the goodies I’ll be talking about today.

Not long ago Kosi from Jordandene contacted me to ask if I would like to work with them and suggested a variety of different ways we could do this, including being sent some products to review. I decided to go for that one, as I thought it would be lovely to show you guys the awesome merchandise that they sell on their store.

Before I show you guys what goodies I was sent, I thought I’d talk about The Sartorial Geek and Jordandene and what their brand stands for.

Jordandené started as a fun way to put a nerdy twist on traditional handmade goods. Our first product, the geek chic apron, makes all mundane household tasks a little more tolerable. Even the worst chores (dishes!) get better when you do them as Batman or R2D2, right?

Not wanting to be confined to the kitchen, we now make all kinds of subtly geeky products that stay true to our deepest nerdy selves, yet aren’t too extreme for everyday life. We focus on combining a few of our favorite things with good design and quality materials. No cheap plastic, comic sans, or boxy graphic tees here.

We’d be lying if we said settling in Brooklyn didn’t affect the way we do business. We try to keep our process as eco-friendly as possible— from the inks we choose to the way we package our products. And we’ve also adapted the strong community aspect of city living; we love working with other local businesses and strive to always take care of our partners and our customers.

All of our products are sweatshop-free and screen printed by us in Brooklyn. Our designs are hand-lettered with a traditional brush and ink. The aprons and crayon bandoliers are sewn by real people across the East Coast.

As well as the website and store, Jordandene also have a podcast called The Sartorial Geek, which you can check out here.

The podcast is for the geeky girls in all of us and they focus on pop culture, girl power and cool stories told by cool people, of course all told by the team of Jordandene. The podcast currently has 34 episodes and has been running since 16th March 2018.

Alongside the podcast, they also have a blog which they write on regularly. It’s a pretty good read and I recommend you checking it out if you like the sound of the podcast. You can read it here.

Finally, onto the goodies I was sent! They asked me to pick some items and I ended up picking three. One of the items I picked was sadly out of stock, but I hadn’t realised at the time so was sent an alternative, which was lovely.

Of course, as I always do with gifted items, I pop a little * next to the items I’ve been gifted. 🙂

Without further ado, let’s talk about the items!

  • Be a Dragon Enamel Pin* – $10.00 (link)

Although I’m talking about this item first, it’s actually one of the last items I decided on that I wanted to be gifted to review. As regular readers will have noticed, I have become a MASSIVE pin badge fan in a very short space of time. I’ll always have a nose at pin badges now if I ever see any designs in store or online, so of course I couldn’t not check out the selection of pins that Jordandene sell. They have quiet a few different designs to choose from, 10 in total. The one that shouted out to me the most was this Be a Dragon pin and there are a couple of reasons why. I love the colour scheme which is white and red, but most of all I like to think that dragons are pretty badass and something you don’t want to mess with. This is a pin I’d rock when I’m planning on having a day that involves facing things I don’t want to. I may have to wear this pin next week when I’m going to a gig, as I’m so anxious to meet certain people afterwards who I’m going to see. 😛 This pin has a secure back to it too, which is always a good thing.

  • I Have Journeyed Farther Journal* – $15.00 (link)

This is the item I mentioned that they sent me to replace the out of stock item (which is here if you’re interested) which was lovely of them! I’m always happy to add a new journal to my collection, especially when it comes to jotting down blog ideas! This is a gorgeous journal to be honest and is perfect for notes. It has a hard cover, a elastic band to keep the book closed, a bookmark so you can keep your place and even a pocket in the back of the book for you to keep any bits and pieces you may need in there. It seems like the perfect book for a bullet journal to be honest with you but as I’m not into doing bullet journals myself, this will be used for blog writing.

  • I Rebel Scoop Neck Tee* – $35.00 (link)

I don’t know what it was that I liked about this t-shirt the most, but I really did love the colour! The colour really stood out to me the most as the t-shirt is a gorgeous red colour, with multi coloured flecks throughout. Jordandene screen print all their own t-shirts, so the I Rebel on this t-shirt has been done in house, by them which I think is really cool! It makes each piece feel more personal. The t-shirt itself has a scoop neck so that means it’s quite wide and low down. I never usually opt for this style of t-shirt to be perfectly honest with you, but I can see this really working for lazy weekends and days around the house with a pair of jeans or black leggings. I can’t wait to wear it during my week off work next week!

Overall I really love the goodies I was gifted by Jordandene as they’re all so perfect, unique and all have a lovely touch of geek! They’re not in my your face geek either, which I rather like. I’m full on when it comes to that and sometimes it does need toning down a little. Rocking up to places wearing a Pokemon or Persona 5 themed piece of clothing is amazing, but sometimes you just need to remember you’re approaching 30… 😛

I’ll pop their website and social media links down below!

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

YouTube

What do you think of Jordandene and their awesome geeky items? Which item(s) do you like the most? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely weekend so far.

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ESQIDO Lashes Gel Eyeliner Pencils – Review

I am back today with another review about the brand ESQIDO Lashes!

In May I was asked by ESQIDO Lashes to review a pair of their lashes, I was honoured and as I haven’t worn lashes in years I thought it would be fun to do, as well as something different. I loved them so much and have since worn them a few times around the house for my own pleasure when feeling a bit bleh.

You can check out that review here!

ESQIDO Lashes recently reached out to me again to express how much they loved my review on their lashes and how they wanted me to write a review on their new gel eyeliner pencils! Although I don’t wear make up anymore, I wanted to give them a go. I used to wear eyeliners all the time, so still to this day I know a good eyeliner when I see one! 😛

Like I did on the lashes review, any items that have been gifted to me to review will have a * next to them.

Before I start to talk about the gel eyeliners I was sent, I’ll tell you a little bit about the company.

When I first viewed the company online my first thought was, “Oh wow! It’s an American store!” I know this sounds silly to think this, but alas, I did. However, the eyelashes arrived super quickly in the post and via Royal Mail. I think they must have a warehouse in the UK seeing as these arrived from Northampton! My reason for the whole American lark is due to their prices being in dollars. When looking into this further, it turns out that ESQIDO has shops and stockists all over the world, which I think is so amazing and it honestly makes me feel so privileged to be working with them.

The one thing I really love about the company is the fact that they offer a 60 day returns and exchanges policy. 60 whole days and considering they’re eyelashes, I’m even more surprised. I think it’s such a great policy for people to be able to get the most out of their new set of lashes and if they aren’t happy with them, then they can send them back. I also agree with this policy because these lashes aren’t the cheapest in the world and if you aren’t happy with them, then damn right you should be offered your money back! I can only assume that this offer applies to the gel eyeliners too.

Although ESQIDO Lashes are known for they mink lashes, they also stock gel eyeliner pencils too, which if you haven’t gathered by now, is what I’ll be reviewing today.

Experience the benefits of a gel eyeliner with the convenience of a sharpenable pencil. With intense color payoff, ultra-smooth glide, and a waterproof, long-lasting lightweight formula, the ESQIDO Liner is your new holy grail. Get the eyeliner in black or brown.

A creamy smooth glide & pigmented formula for perfect cat eyes or winged liner.

The ESQIDO Eyeliner is specially formulated for all day wear, and to deliver continuous flow with smooth even lines. Packed with product in a retracting mechanical body, combined with a silicon ring closure to provide an airtight seal, the eye liner is made to last.

It’s a fine line between great work, and your greatest work. The Liner includes a precision sharpener, so you’re always ready for your finest hour.

A little goes a long way. With a highly pigmented formula and a twist dispenser, you’ll be able to make the most of the Liner.

Key Benefits

All day wear, pigmented formula, continuous even flow that covers in one perfect coat, dries matte, retractable and sharpenable gel pen, pairs well with any makeup look.

Safe Formulation

5-free and latex-free. Formulated WITHOUT formaldehyde, parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. Fragrance free. Suitable for sensitive eyes.

Making the most of your ESQIDO Eyeliner:

Apply on inner lid to seamlessly blend in with your ESQIDO false lashes

Apply and smudge/blend before it sets for a smokey effect

Colors Available in Black or Brown

Volume 0.5g

Features Built-in sharpener, airtight ring seal, twist & retractable dispenser.

They even list the ingredients on the website, which I thought was amazing!

Ingredients (Black)

Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Synthetic Wax, C30-50 Alcohols, Plymethysilsesquoixane, Silica, Polybutene, Microcrystalline Wax, Acetylate Glycol Stearate, Triethoxycapryllsilane, Mica (CI77019), Iron Oxides (CI77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI77510)

Ingredients (Brown)

Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Synthetic Wax, C30-50 Alcohols, Plymethysilsesquoixane, Silica, Microcrystalline Wax, Acetylate Glycol Stearate, Triethoxycapryllsilane, Aluminum Hydroxide, Mica (CI77019), Titanium Dioxide Oxides (CI77891), Iron Oxides (CI77491, CI77492, CI77499)

I was sent both of the Gel Eyeliner Pencil in black* and the Gel Eyeliner Pencil in brown* to review for my lovely readers.

Both the gel eyeliner pencils are currently (date of writing this review 09/09/2018) on offer for $10.00 each, when they usually retail for $16.00 each. So if you like the look of these by the end of the review, you can go and grab yourself a bargain whilst the launch offer is in place!

The gel eyeliners themselves arrived so quickly and I couldn’t wait to give them a go. The first thing I did was check out the packaging. It isn’t as luxurious as the lashes packing, but if does the job.

Like the website the packaging contains the ingredients, the contents and weight of the product, which colour you have purchased, expiry date, how to use and the funniest part for me, it tells you not to freeze the product… I’ve never heard of anyone freezing an eyeliner before but I wouldn’t be surprised if someone has. 😛

The eyeliner itself is simple but looks and feels really nice. It has a matte feel to the packaging which gives it a good hold and feels comfortable and like you have a good grip on it. The base of the gel eyeliners have a ring with the colour of the shade you’ve picked, which is a simple and nice touch, leaving the rest of the eyeliner pencil looking clean. I love the white packaging the most, as I just said it looks clean.

When you take the lid off of the pencil there’s the silicon ring closure which is there to make sure that the pencil never dries out. I’ve never seen this with an eyeliner pencil before, nor a lip pencil to be honest with you. It’s such a genius idea, even for something so minute.

The one thing that interested me the most about reviewing these gel eyeliners is the packaging, not even the product! I love how they’ve made the packaging and if anything, it shouts unique to me straight away just purely due to how you can sharpen the pencil.

This is a twist up eyeliner so you twist at the bottom and it causes more eyeliner to appear. Everyone knows how these work, it’s pretty straight forward. However, with eyeliners like this that I’ve owned in the past, they’ve always been blunt or awkward to sharpen due to the gel texture. However, ESQIDO Lashes thought ahead and attached a sharpener to the bottom of the pencil! You wouldn’t even know it was there though, which is a good thing.

You just pull out the bit at the bottom and hey presto! You have yourself an eyeliner sharpener. This is easy enough to use, clean and click back into the bottom of the eyeliner pencil. However, one issue I found was if you forgot to pop this back in, or misplaced it, it would be frustrating! It is a tiny piece and some people may find this lose able. Other than that, I LOVE IT!

Finally onto the gel eyeliner themselves!

They’re a gel consistency and texture so they’re really creamy and smooth to apply and incredibly pigmented! With one swipe they apply perfectly first time and don’t need to be touched up at all. Due to the tip of the liner you can do lines at thick or as thin as you please. The creamy texture also makes them easy enough to create designs with, if you’re that way inclined.

They’re quite lightweight for such a long lasting and pigmented formula and really took me by surprise. You wouldn’t even know they were there! They’re also waterproof so will last ages. I tried these on the back of my hand and nothing was making them budge to be honest with you, not even the hardest of rubbing and smudging.

I found that if you plan to smudge these out and work with them to give yourself a smokey eye look, then you’ll have to work fast as these dry really quickly! They’re really nice to blend out though and work easily.

Personally whilst this might be great for most, I’ve never been a massive waterproof eyeliner and mascara fan. I like to think I can get stuff off easily as and when the time comes for removal. I don’t want to be scrubbing away to remove stuff, thankfully this isn’t the case with these eyeliners.

When I went to remove the eyeliner swatches off the back of my hand with a baby wipe it was pretty hard to do and it definitely required a bit of force. However, with a good make up remover it came off like a dream, my favourite one to use for any make up is the Garnier Micellar Water.

I’ve never in my life worn a brown eyeliner so that was the shade I was interested in the most, especially to compare it to the black one. I’d still not opt for brown however, I always used to rock black eyeliner growing up, so I’ll always sway to that shade. 😛

So, what did I think of the gel eyeliner pencils overall? They’re pretty amazing to be honest for the price, both at the launch off her $10.00 and the regular price of $16.00!

Would I buy these again for myself? Probably not, but that’s because I don’t wear eyeliner much these days. These on their own will last me aggges now. They’re certainly worth the price and I’d definitely pick these up for family members to pop in stockings and gifts as fillers. My best friend Gabriella loves make up and I could imagine these would be perfect to add to her collection, whether she’s doing make up on herself, or someone else.

Overall these are amazing and I highly recommend them to people who want to try a new gel eyeliner pencil, or just wish to pick up something new to try.

Would you pick up one of the ESQIDO Gel Eyeliner Pencils? Make sure to let me know in the comments, as well as which colour(s) you’d pick up out of the two.

I also want to thank ESQIDO Lashes for sending me another cute little gift review package! They’re such a lovely company to work with and I cannot recommend them enough to people wanting to pick up some new eye make up pieces! 😀

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a great week so far.

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The Body Shop Strawberry Bath Bomb – Review

Okay so I know the last review I did on my blog was about a product from The Body Shop and as you can tell from the title of this post, this one is about the same brand again.

I’m sorry for posting another review about The Body Shop BUT lately I feel like they’re ticking all the boxes and doing something right. I want to talk about them as much as I can, whenever I can!

I found out when writing my wish list Wednesday post about The Body Shop that they now stock more bath products, which makes me feel so damn happy!

If there is one thing I have been trying to do throughout 2018 is find a replacement for Lush bath products. As cool as Lush products are, I really don’t like them anymore, for so many reasons. If you’d like to know why, please let me know and I’ll do a post about it.

For now however, I’m going to be talking about one of The Body Shop’s newer products, Strawberry Bath Bomb.

I recently picked a couple of these up to try because if there is one scent I love from The Body Shop it’s definitely Strawberry! I have so many childhood memories of my mom taking me into The Body Shop to buy a bottle of both the strawberry and satsuma shower gels, alongside some bath pearls and animal soaps.

There are various different scents you can choose from for the bath bombs including strawberry, mango and green tea. I didn’t pick up the other two as I wasn’t 100% sure if I’d like the scent, but for just £1.50 you wouldn’t be spending a bomb (Ha… Get it? Bomb? :P) on one of these.

That small price makes sense considering these are only 28g. They’re not very big, but I rather like this. I feel like these will make great stocking fillers at Christmas, as well as good little gifts to pad out someone’s birthday present. They’re especially great for children and teenagers who are starting to get into beauty and bath products.

The strawberry bath bomb is a cute pink colour and smells just like the other products, especially the shower gel. For such a small bath bomb, the scent really does pack a punch and I was so pleased these smelt strong. I say strong, they’re not like Lush bath bombs, I just mean strong for the size of them.

I popped this straight into the bath and wow did the fizz on this last a long time, or what?! It also produced a pink shade similar to the bomb itself. I was pleasantly surprised at how “dark” the bath bomb was when it had finished. I couldn’t wait to get in to be honest with you!

In all honesty this felt slightly moisturising but meh it wasn’t anything special. I didn’t not feel moisturised but I didn’t feel like I was all at the same time. If anything I would want to use the Strawberry Body Yogurt afterwards so I could smell of The Body Shop strawberry for as long as possible.

I have sensitive skin and after using this I didn’t find I encountered any issues. This felt really gentle on the skin but as I said, if you need moisturiser after a “boring” bath then you’ll need it with this too. These are like the Lush bath bombs where you feel conditioned and soft afterwards.

This being said I did notice that I could smell the strawberry on my skin throughout the day on and off, which was really nice! I did use the shower gel alongside it too in the bath, which was amazing!

Okay so this next part has kind of resulted in a mini rant about Lush and the hipster standards they now seem to have set up for bath products. I read a couple of reviews on The Body Shop website for these bath bombs and urgh, I’m now raging.

Granted to Lush fans this ISN’T an exciting bath bomb and nor is it pigmented but for the price, what the fuck do you expect?! I’ve noticed a couple of people on The Body Shop website review the bath bombs and moan at how they’re nothing like Lush. Why do we always compare to them? They weren’t the first people to create bath bombs and they certainly won’t be the last. I honestly feel like there is nothing natural in their products half the time. I don’t want greasy butters in my bath bomb and nor do I want edible glitter. I just want a plain bath bomb that I can enjoy and not feel greasy or look/feel like Tinkerbell afterwards when she’s being shaken around. I do apologise for the mini rant, but I am sick and tired of the “standards” that Lush have set for bath products, when in all honesty they’re actually pretty shit and WAY OVER THE TOP.

Rant over. 😛

Overall my thoughts on The Body Shop Strawberry Bath Bomb is pretty awesome and for its size it really does pack a punch and all for just the sweet price of £1.50! This won’t break the bank at all! These are especially great for kids and teenagers to spend their pocket money on! You could buy all 3 scents for just £4.50, you’d pay more than that for just one bath bomb from Lush, as well as other bath product sellers.

Do yourself a favour and get to The Body Shop and pick some of these up! Which scent(s) would you like to try? Or have you already given them a go? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

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

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Tokyo Direct – The Place To Go For Japanese Goods!

I’m bringing you guys a pretty cool post today that I’ve been excited to write about since I received my goodies last week! As regular readers will know, I love anything to do with Japan, especially the food, games and anime and manga.

A while back Tokyo Direct followed me over on Twitter and mentioned to me how they were looking for bloggers and vloggers to talk about their brand and some of the stuff they sell. Months later I FINALLY got back to them about this and they agreed to send me some goodies in the post to talk about on my blog.

Tokyo Direct are a UK-based online shop that sell Japanese products and ship worldwide.

Tokyo Direct is founded in 2017 to bring amazing Japanese products directly from Japan to UK, Europe and worldwide. Our products are carefully selected by our Japanese staff and imported from Japan so that genuine products and trends in Japan are guaranteed to deliver to you.

I was so excited for what they were sending me and let me know what I would be expecting. They sent me some Japanese candy, as well as a sheet mask. I’ll be talking about them on this post of course!

The first thing I took out of the package is this sheet face mask!

  • Hadabisei 3D Mask Series in Ageing Care Whitening* – (link)

The first thing I want to mention about this product is that on the website they actually sell a box of 4, which is the item I’ve also linked in this post. So sadly if you only wanted to buy one, I don’t know if you could or not!

I noticed on the packaging that there isn’t any English on it, apart from a few little bits and pieces. This doesn’t matter though really as it’s fairly straight forward how you use a sheet mask, you know?

I was sent the ageing care whitening mask which contains highly pure vitamin C, which is said to help brighten your skin.

As of yet I haven’t given this face mask a go as I’m waiting for the right chance to use it, which will probably be during my week off work this month. I cannot wait to give this a go as I’m such a sucker for face masks to be honest with you, especially sheet masks on a warm evening!

The Japanese candy that I was sent are some old favourites of mine and I was happy to receive them!

  • Morinaga Hi-Chew Green Apple* – (link)
  • Morinaga Hi-Chew Grape* – (link)

I’m no going to sugar coat this when I say it, but to send a blogger stuff is amazing, absolutely amazing! But to send someone out of date stuff is pretty shocking. Sorry Tokyo Direct but whilst I’ll still eat these, it’s still pretty lame and it’s a tad disappointing.

I used to love Hi-Chew’s back in the day when I first discovered Japanese sweets and snacks and I would always make sure to pick up a tube of the grape flavour! I always buy these in my local Japanese supermarket if they have my favourite flavours too, which includes peach alongside grape.

Hi-Chew are fruity chew sweets and were first released in 1975. The sweets were created so that Japanese people could have an edible chewing gum which could be swallowed. This is because of the Japanese taboo against people taking food out of their mouth/

If you have never given Hi-Chew sweets a go then I HIGHLY recommend them, especially the strawberry and apple flavours, as I know so many people who love those flavours.

 

Also, the links above aren’t for single packets of the sweets, but actually for a pack of 12.

Overall I love my little blogger package that Tokyo Direct sent me, although very disappointed with being sent out of date products.

Would that put me off buying food products from them? Oh definitely and sadly I doubt I ever will due to that! I’d definitely love to try to order some of the beauty products from there in the future though, as well as the stationary items! I’ve already got my eyes peeled at some I’d love to pick up for work. 😛

I’ll pop all of Tokyo Direct’s links down below!

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

What do you guys think of Tokyo Direct? Would you order any of your Japanese goodies from them? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time all, take care and I hope you’re ready for the weekend.

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