wonderland makeup review

As a lover of makeup I love discovering new brands and being a blogger has given me the opportunity to experiment with different products that I would normally have shied away from. I hadn’t heard of Wonderland Makeup before they approached me asking if I would like to test out a few items from their website. I was beyond excited and couldn’t wait to see what arrived in the post.

Wonderland is a UK based company that sell high quality makeup at affordable prices. They are 100% cruelty free and have a vast range of products from foundations and primers, to eyeshadows and mascaras.

Here’s what products I’ve been testing so I could share what I thought with you.

wonderland makeup studio fix primer Review

wonderland makeup studio fix primer

I’ve had difficulty with some primers before as I have very dry skin. The Studio Finish Primer made my skin feel beautifully hydrated and gave me a lovely smooth base to apply my foundation. It’s a clear gel formula and you only need a small amount to cover your whole face. It’s lightweight and quickly absorbed into my skin without leaving it feeling sticky or greasy, you can basically apply your foundation straight away. This feels so comfortable to wear underneath any base products and made my foundation much easier to blend and also last that little bit longer. I think it’s absolutely fabulous as it helped to reduce large pores around my nose, which is usually a problem area for me, it also minimises any fine lines you may have.

wonderland makeup eyeshadow

wonderland makeup eyeshadow

The eyeshadows are super cute and mine came in the shade C Blue, which I knew I’d love from the moment I saw it. I’m usually into greys and browns for everyday wear but this colour will be perfect for a going out look. This vibrant blue is extremely pigmented, I only used one swipe of eyeshadow for the swatch and there was no fall out when I tried it with a brush. It’s a soft creamy powder that blends in easily, leaving a wonderful pop of colour on my eyelid and it lasted a lot longer than some other brands which cost a lot more.

wonderland makeup nail polish in shade snow white

I have quite a collection of nail polishes, some I love more than the others The last item from Wonderland Makeup was this beautiful nail polish in the shade snow white, which is a shade I wouldn’t normally wear. It applies really well and dries quickly, so that’s definitely a bonus for some one like me who ends up fidgeting after five minutes. I noticed a few chips starting to appear after about four days, so it lasts incredibly well. I think this shade would also look amazing to use as a base colour when you want to apply nail art.

wonderland makeup review

Overall, I’m really impressed with Wonderland Makeup, I think it’s worth every penny. The packaging is super cute and doesn’t feel flimsy, the products are good quality and very affordable and they have a good range of shades to choose from. I’m definitely going to add a few pieces from their range into my makeup collection.

Have you tried Wonderland Makeup before?

*These products have very kindly been sent to me for the purpose of a review, all photos and opinions are my own.

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statement red lipstickWhenever I think of a bold red lipstick I immediately think of Christmas as they seem to go so well together. If you’ve got a party to go to then a red lip adds an element of class to an all black outfit, just add a pair of heels, grab a clutch bag and you’re good to go.

You can’t go wrong with a classic red lip and these are my favourite three that will see me through December and well into the New Year.

Statement Red Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution – shade Bond Girl

This is probably not your typical party red, I think it’s more suited to day time events or a family get together over the festive period. Bond Girl is a gorgeous red brown shades in a matte formula that doesn’t dry out my lips, it’s easy to apply and incredibly long wearing. I find this isn’t too in your face for meeting the girls for a lunch date, so this lipstick will get a lot of use over the next few months.

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Lipstick – shade Lady Balls

This liquid lipstick just oozes glamour and as the name might suggested you’ve got have the confidence to wear it, trust me to choose a bright, bold red as my very first Too Faced lipstick. The sponge applicator and long wand makes it glide on. It’s super pigmented and dries quite quickly into matte formula, so I would suggest using a lip liner with this one. It’s the perfect red lipstick for a night out and sipping on few cocktails as it will see you through till well past midnight.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick – shade Temper

For someone who never used to be a fan of matte lip products I now have quite a few in my collection. Temper is a real vibrant red and probably not as long lasting as the other two but it’s a soft, creamy matte. Although it’s the brightest red I own I still find it wearable for any time of day and one coat is all you need for a true statement lip.

I absolutely love all three of these red lipsticks, they are on the more expensive side but after finding the right shade for me I think they’re definitely worth it.

I also love a good highlighter for my party makeup look. If you’d like to find out which ones are my current favourites, I’ll leave the link here.

Let me know what your favourite lipstick is for the Festive season. Have you tried any of these?

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gift guide for bloggersChristmas shopping can be so much fun but also extremely stressful, especially if you’ve a blogger to buy for. Every year I get asked by my friends and family what I’d like for Christmas and most years they’ve always been able to guess what gifts I’d love to receive. Since I became a blogger they say I’m impossible to buy for as I change my mind every five minutes.

Today’s gift guide features a few products which I personally would  love to find under the tree on Christmas morning and they will make wonderful presents for any blogger or YouTuber.

gift guide for bloggers

Technology is by far the most important thing to a blogger as it helps them to create content in the best way they can. Chances are they already have a camera and a laptop, but there are so many things that can make a blogger’s life easier.

A Portable Charger is an absolute essential, bloggers are on their phones all day, every day, they couldn’t run the risk of a low battery and hope that the very nice guy in the coffee shop will let them use the power supply behind the counter. A blogger couldn’t possibly miss that opportunity of the perfect photo for Instagram. This one from Anker is lightweight and perfect for carrying around in your handbag.

A Mini Tripod is probably one of the best gifts I was ever given. Taking photos is a large part of being a blogger and a tripod makes it so much easier for taking photos of products or outfits. I love this one as it’s flexible and small enough to fit in my bag. It even comes with a clip to use with your mobile and a bluetooth remote control.

A set of Headphones are a brilliant gift for a blogger who loves listening to music or their favourite podcast while they write up their latest post.  They are also a fab choice for YouTubers when it comes to editing their vlog. This white set from JVC has a beautiful clear sound and a nice deep base, they also have one button remote and microphone so you can use them hands free on your mobile. I personally prefer over the ear headphones and these ones are extremely comfortable to wear.

A portable harddrive is an excellent choice for storing photos, videos and media kits, which are all large files that a blogger needs to store and all take up space on the PC or laptop.

gift guide for bloggers

A diary and notebook are an absolute must when it comes to planning content and jotting down ideas. There are quiet a few planners that are designed with bloggers in mind, laid out with everything they could possibly need. There are some adorable notebooks around too, either one that fits in a handbag or a brightly coloured journal that’s perfect for a blogger’s desk.

Kate Spade Travel Mug, Coconut Lane Sweat Top

A sweat top with a cute slogan on would make a lovely gift for anyone, let alone a blogger. I want to be comfortable on days when I’m at home writing up posts or planning content and I love slouching around in this adorable pink one from Coconut Lane,

If your blogger friend loves their hot chocolate or lattes then they’ll really appropriate a travel mug for all their favourite drinks. This one from Kate Spade keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold, plus it’ll look super cute in any photo. Why not treat them to a coffee voucher, any fan of Starbucks or Costa will love opening up a Christmas card and finding one inside.

gift guide for bloggers

A book such as Capture Your Style by Aimee Song will help any blogger transform their plain old everyday photos into truly amazing stories. With almost 5 million followers on Instagram she certainly knows her stuff.

motivation print for a blogger Christmas gift

I have quiet a few motivational quotes hanging in my office and I’m sure that every time I read them they give me an extra push to finish a big task or help get me through if I’m feeling slumped on a Monday afternoon. I get most of mine from the amazing Jemma at dorkfaceshop on Etsy. I think prints and quotes make the perfect gift for any blogger, especially if you put it in a cute frame. Treatbox do some amazing prints and gifts, they also have a monthly subscription box which you can buy as a one off box or as a 3, 6 or 12 month package

blogger Christmas gift guide

You can’t go wrong with a candle, most bloggers have them all round the house, well I do anyway. B&M or Homesense have a fantastic range of scented candles, if you fancy spending out a little more then Jo Malone have some gorgeous candles plus they come in the most beautiful packaging,

If you’re buying for a Beauty Blogger you can guarantee they’ll have a wish list of all the latest must have makeup. Why not have a snoop through their blog and social media to find out what products they’ve been lusting after and treat them to a luxury eyeshadow palette or lipstick. Some of my favourites are Tarte, Stila, Too Faced and Charlotte Tibury and I think any blogger would truly love to recieve something from their latest collection.

I also have a Gift Guide For Her if you need any more inspiration.

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Lush Christmas PicksIn two years of blogging I can’t believe I haven’t posted a Lush Haul and with all the gorgeous bath bombs and bubble bars in their Christmas range I couldn’t help but pick up a few treats. There’s something calming and relaxing about having a soak in the bath on a cold winters evening, followed by wrapping yourself up in a big fluffy robe and sipping on a hot chocolate or glass of wine.

I adore shopping at Lush and often pick up a few bits if I want to add something extra special to my bath or shower, but at Christmas I cannot resist all those wonderful smells and it’s almost like there’s a huge magnet right outside the door that drags me in the shop.

Now I’m all set for those cosy nights in and over flowing bubble baths.

Lush Christmas Picks

The first thing I picked up was a bottle of Snow Fairy Shower Gel as this is one of most my favourite scents from the Lush Christmas range, it has a sweet, candy bubblegum fragrance lathers up beautifully  and I think my December mornings wouldn’t be the same without it.

Lush Christmas Haul

To go with the shower gel I picked up a tub of Snow Fairy Body Conditioner, I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this apart from it smelling absolutely gorgeous. I have really dry skin and often apply an extra body cream, the Lush Body Conditioner is a thick, creamy formula which you wash off in the shower and it’s super hydrating.

I bought a few bits from Lush as gifts last Christmas so this year I couldn’t resist treating myself to a Magic Wand Bubble Bar. It smells absolutely gorgeous, with a sweet candy fragrance, and looks so cute sitting by my bath. You simply run a bubble bar under the tap or round in the bath for a bit, then it turns the water pink with loads of bubbles. If you only splurge on one bath product from Lush this year, make it the Magic Wand bubble Bar as you get two luxurious baths out of it,

Lush Christmas Picks

It wouldn’t be a Lush Haul without a few bath bombs added in, but I was spoilt for choice and I just wanted almost every one I saw. Being sensible, I narrowed it down to four.

Luxury Pud Bath bomb

This includes lavender and Ylang Ylang, so it’ll help to calm and relax me, perfect to unwind after a stressful day and it’ll help send me off to sleep. I can’t wait to see my bath full of all it’s bright, rainbow colours.

Snow Fairy Jelly Bomb

I was so excited when I saw Lush had a bath bomb in the Snow Fairy collection. This is just as amazing as the shower gel with a sweet candy cupcake fragrance, making my bathroom smell divine for hours afterwards. I couldn’t wait to try this bath bomb first, as soon as I dropped it into the bath it began to fizz and the water was full of beautiful pastel pink and white swirls. It took some time to fully break down and there were still a few bits floating in the bath, maybe as I don’t have really hot baths, however my skin did feel extremely soft and smooth afterwards.

Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb

I was over the moon to see this bath bomb back in the Lush Christmas Collection as I’d seen it everywhere last year but never got round to buying it. It’s supposed to have an uplifting fragrance while turning the water a calming blue and releasing honey sparkles and golden stars. I’m daydreaming of getting in that bath right now!

Christmas Sweater Bath Bomb

My Christmas jumper and Santa hat this year are both pink and white, I fancied a change from the traditional green or red, so it only seemed right that I picked up this bath bomb to complete my cosy winter’s night in. It has such a warm, spicy fragrance, filled with lemon oil, ginger and mustard and designed to soothe away aching muscles after a hectic day. I I also bought one for Adrian while I was there as it’s not a feminine smell like my other bath bombs, lets hope he loves it as much as I do.

If you want to find out how I spend my cosy nights in I’ll leave the link here.

What’s your favourite Lush product?

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Affordable Highlighters

There are some amazing affordable highlighters out there, you don’t have a spend a fortune to get a gorgeous glow. It was one product I use to skip, but since trying out a number of drugstore brands I’ve found seven that I’m really in love with. A girl can never have too many highlighters, right?

Sleek Solstice Makeup Highlighting Palette 

This little beauty covers just about everything I need from shimmer on my cheeks to adding a lift to my brow bone. It comes with three powder shades and one cream formula and The pigmentation is just incredible, my favourite of all four is the warm peach shade. Everyone and their Aunt must have seen this palette by now, what’s not to love. The packaging is beautiful and it’s great for travel as there’s even a mirror inside.

GOSH Lumi Drops

It Took me a while to get into liquid highlighters but then I discovered Lumi Drops. I found them so easy to use, just add a small amount to the back of my hand, then using my finger tips I apply and blend the highlighter to the tops of my cheek bones and along my brow bone or mix it with my foundation for an all over radiant glow. I expected it to be be a runny consistency, it’s more like a gel, so they’re a lot easier to handle. I have the shades Peach and Rose Gold, which are absolutely stunning, they look a lot darker in the bottle, however they are both light, pearly colours and look beautiful after I’ve blended them in.

BooHoo Highlight Palette

This is simply gorgeous, it’s set in rose gold packaging and at only £6 you’re getting a real bargain. The powders are incredibly soft and blend beautifully, the shade on the right has to be my absolute favourite. The glow that came off this little beauty matched a couple of my more expensive highlighting palettes!

Affordable Highlighters

Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops

These are absolutely incredible, they in a glass bottle with a pipette applicator making it easy to use. I apply a small drop onto the back of my hand then dot it across my cheek bones and blend it in with a beauty sponge. It dries quick, giving off a stunning glow, making it quite possibly the best highlighter I’ve ever had. They’re available in 5 different shades and cost £6.99 each, so super affordable.

Tanya Burr Illuminating Powder

I first fell in love with the shade Peonies Please after seeing it on YouTube, so I was determined to hunt it down. Honestly it is so pretty with a soft baked feel and an almost marble effect to it. This Illuminating Powder is probably more of an all over cheek product as it adds a rosey colour as well as highlighting. I apply it with a fan brush as it’s extremely pigmented and this allows me to build up the colour gradually. It’s perfect for adding a healthy glow without being too over the top glittery.

Makeup Revolution Sophie X Highlighter Palette

Makeup Revolution has been a favourite drugstore brand of mine for ages, especially their powder highlighters. I’ve loved using the Highlighting Palette  which has three gorgeous shades and each one is a decent size, perfect for swirling a larger brush across your face to give your skin a wonderful glow and not just specific areas.

I have recently discovered their Sophie X Highlighter Palette which has very quickly become an absolute favourite and I find I’m using it a lot these days. There’s a choice of eight different shades to choose from, which come in two different formulas, five baked and three pressed. I’m totally obsessed with the pinky and peachy shades, and let me tell you, they are simply stunning. As with most Makeup Revolution highlighters I found them to be incredibly pigmented, so I’d suggest starting off with a small amount and build the colour up gradually.

Have you tried any of these highlighters? If not, which ones are your favourites?

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