boohoo makeup

I couldn’t contain my excitement when I heard BooHoo had launched their own makeup collection and I couldn’t wait to try it out for myself. Scrolling through the website I came across so many gorgeous products from other brands including W7 and Technic, but I decided to pick up a few items from BooHoo’s own cosmetics range and put them to the test.

The BooHoo makeup includes eyeshadow palettes, liquid lipsticks and lip kits, a setting spray, primers and highlighter palettes. They also have a set of four rosegold oval makeup brushes and a set of two beauty blending sponges! Here’s what I bought and my first impressions.

boohoo makeup, boohoo liquid lipstick, boohoo primer, boohoo highlighter

The first product I tried from my BooHoo makeup haul was the Illuminating Primer. This is quite a thin liquid, it applied well and was easy to blend, giving my complexion a healthy dewy glow. The primer felt really comfortable to wear over the drier areas of my skin but sadly it accentuated the large pores around my nose area.

The Highlight Palette 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!

boohoo liquid lipstick

I’m still very much in love with liquid lipsticks, especially in a good nude as they go with everything, for any occassion. I chose a pack of three liquid lipsticks from BooHoo which included a nude, pale pink and darker pink. Unfortunately the packs don’t have a shade written on them, but I really loved the raspberry pink colour. The liquid lipsticks applied really nicely with an easy to use applicator, the colour dried quite quickly into a stunning matte finish. It lasted pretty well, just not quite as long as I’d hoped but for £8 you’re getting three liquid lipsticks so I won’t complain.

The lip kit I chose was in the shade Pink. The liner applied really nicely without dragging my skin but the lip shade did feel a bit sticky and took a few coats to build up any colour. I’m going to keep this one in my bag for emergencies. at £4 it doesn’t matter too much if I lose it after one too many glasses of wine on a night out!

boohoo eyeshadow palette

The BooHoo Makeup Collection has a choice of three eyeshadow palettes, Smokey, Bronze/Nude and Colourpop and these have to be my favourite products from the whole range, I have the Colourpop palette with a mix of pinks, purples and nudes eyeshadows, perfect for any time of day, the bottom 4 shades are absolutely stunning! The powder is so soft, the shades have a high pigment and they’re easy to blend. The eyeshadow palettes cost £10 and with eight shades you do get a lot for your money.

Overall I think the Boohoo cosmetics range is a good budget brand if you’re just starting out in makeup or you don’t really want to spend a lot of money out on products. The range is also cruelty free.

I’ve also recently made a shopping trip to pick up some new clothes for Autumn and if you’d like to see what I bought then I’ll leave the link here.

Have you tried anything from the new BooHoo Makeup range?

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A selection of beauty products

I completely missed the end of last month to get this post published, so here are some of the things I’ve loved during August and a bit of September. I was actually quite proud of myself for typing up 5 blog posts in a week, after that I needed some time to myself and catch up with everything else going on in my life. I’ve been helping my Aunt unpack boxes from a house move, being the nosey person I am I had a quick peek at her makeup collection, or rather lack of it. If anyone needs a wish list it’s my Aunt, so we’re going shopping next week and I am spending someone else’s money for a change!

urban decay naked heat palette

I’ve had the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette sitting in my drawer for a few weeks before I started using it, but I knew I’d love it the moment I saw it. The shades are absolutely stunning and I’ve been able to create so many different looks with it. It’s one of those eyeshadow palettes that people would assume was only for a summer bronzed look, but I think these colours would look amazing during Autumn too. I flippin love this eyeshadow palette, especially the shades Lumbre, Layenne and En Fuego.

barry m sunset gel nail polish, Barry m matte me up liquid lipstick

barry m sunset gel nail polish

I’ve been obsessed with Barry M Sunset Gel Nail Polish in the shade Fushsia Generation, it’s a gorgeous pinky plum shade and is the perfect colour for in between seasons. Barry M nail polishes always apply really easily and last for ages. I fell in love with the original Barry M Matte Me Up Lip kit, so when I saw they brought out a metallic version I knew I had to get my hands on one. I’ve been using the shade Allure quite a lot over the past few weeks, which again is a gorgeous pinky plum colour. These lip kits are amazing, the applicator makes it easy to apply and the colour just glides on, it doesn’t feel sticky or cling to any dry areas and the colour lasts pretty much all day.

jurlique rosewater balancing mist, zoella cream scrub

I adore Zoella’s Jelly and Gelato range, so much more than any of the others she’s released. The pastel and gold packaging is simply stunning and it smells divine. It has fresh, floral scent with hints of Elderflower and Pomegranate, it’s such a pretty fragrance that is perfect for everyday and not overpowering. The cream scrub wasn’t like any of the thick grainy ones I’ve used before, it’s more of a balm that you melt on your body and leaves my skin feeling super soft. Even my other half liked the smell, so it’s got to be good!

I’m obsessed with anything that has a rose fragrance so I’ve loved using Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist after I’ve cleansed my skin, and it smells incredible. This facial mist did leave my skin feeling soft, although I still need to use my daily  moisturiser. Instead I’ve been using it more as a toner to give my skin that wonderful refreshing feeling. It’s also brilliant to use during the day when I’m not wearing any makeup and feel as though I want to give my skin a bit of a wake up!

wet brush, Zoella cream scrub, barry m sunset gel nail polish

There’s nothing worse than trying to drag a comb through wet knotted hair, I’ve tried various different brushes which seemed to do more damage than good on my long hair. I was originally looking for a brush to carry in my bag for when I got caught in a rain shower, but this Wet Brush has been so good I’ve been using it to comb through towel dried hair before I style it. It’s so gentle and combs through any knots or tangles without pulling, plus it can be used on wet or dry hair.

milk and honey by rupi kaur

My favourite book (if I can call it that?) from last month has to be Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. It’s collection of poetry about survival through love, loss, abuse and violence. I could relate to this book in so many ways, it’s hard to explain, but i really needed to read these poems right now. Memories of personal experiences have been rearing their ugly head again and this book helped me get through.

What things have you enjoyed this month?

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Beauty and makeup products I've loved using this month

Well my plans to do an Instagram Story every day during July went right out the window, although I did manage a few days, this is something I’d really like to make an effort with next month. I’ve really been enjoying taking more lifestyle photos to share on Instagram. When I looked back over my Instagram from before I was blogging, my feed was full of life, hardly a beauty product insight. Gradually it shifted more towards “Rosie Loves Life” and “Sharon” kind of disappeared, it used to be my online photo album to share with friends but then I suppose that’s what Facebook is for.

Anyway, July has been a busy month for me with some very exciting things going on, I met new people, explored new places and went to the cinema for a girls night out. I’ve also been trying out some fab new products and most of them have made it to this months favourites along side some of the other things I’ve loved in July.

W7 Eyeshadow Palette Delicious

W7 Eyeshadow palette in Delicious

This is an absolutely stunning eyeshadow palette and I’d been trying to get hold of it when it first appeared online. Finally I managed to purchase the palette as soon as it came back into stock and I’ve been absolutely obsessed with it ever since! It’s a dupe for the ABH Modern Renaissance palette, but much more affordable at only £12.95. There are 14 different eyeshadows with a mix of berry and neutral shades, including matte and shimmer, some of which are totally out of my comfort zone. I’ve mainly been using the darker, berry tones, which are highly pigmented, but a few of the lighter shades don’t really show up much on me at all. I’ve been getting much braver with my makeup looks but I’m not quite ready to dye my hair pink just yet!

The Body Shop Atlas Mountain Rose Body Cream and The Body Shop Skin Defence Essence

The Body Shop has been a place I’ve loved for years but hadn’t been in for a while. I needed to replace a few bits and picked up the Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence and I’ve been using it on my skin before I go out in the sun. It’s a lightweight milk that makes my skin feel so soft, it contains SPF 50 so it will protect my skin against sun damage so it’s seen a lot of use this month and came with me on both trips away.

I’ve also been using The Body Shop’s Atlas Mountain Rose Body Cream as part of my daily skincare routine, it’s super creamy and leaves my skin feeling extremely soft. It’s has a slightly different fragrance than the plain old rose I usually go for, this body cream has less of a sweet smell due to rose mixed with warm spices and amber, so it’s a really comforting fragrance. I’ve been suffering with a lot of dry areas on my skin, especially my elbows, and this has been the only body cream that’s sorted them out. Plus it’s a wonderful body cream to apply after having a relaxing bath, oh that’ll be the next thing on my list, the bath foam to go with it!

NYX HD Foundation and Barry M Lipstick Mannequin

For a drugstore foundation I’ve been pretty impressed with NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation, I tend not to wear to much base in the summer but occasionally I need more than a tinted moisturiser. After being outside in the sun a lot I had to get a foundation that was a few shades darker than my winter one, so thought I’d try the NYX range. This foundation applies really lovely with my damp beauty sponge and gives a lovely dewy finish. I only apply a light layer but the coverage is incredible. It doesn’t feel too heavy on my skin and didn’t stick to any dry patches. Plus it comes in a handy size tube, so it’s easy to pack for a holiday.

Barry M Satin Super Slick Lip Paint in Mannequin is a beautiful peachy, nude shade and has been my go-to lipstick on many occasions this month. It contains Shea Butter, so it’s extremely moisturising on my lips, it almost acts like a lip balm and lipstick in one which has been great on busy days. It’s incredibly glossy and last pretty well considering it’s a satin lip product. I’ve also seen a gorgeous wine shade, which will be perfect for Autumn!

Sass & Belle Trinket Dish

The month started of with the most amazing trip to Brighton, I was extremely excited as it was my first time visiting there and I was going to meet my blogging friend Holly. We both had an amazing day together, exploring the sights, eating ice cream on the Pier and generally having loads of fun hanging out together. Holly very kindly gave me this pretty trinket dish as a reminder of our day together and it has sat on my dressing table with my favourite pieces of jewellery on it . Isn’t it so pretty? If you’d like to find out more about what we got up to, I’ll leave a link to my blog post here.

W7 Nail Polish in shade Fluorescent Pink

I adore pink nail polish but this has to be my favourite shade ever! I’ve been wearing W7 Nail Polish In Fluorescent Pink for most of the month and it seemed to go with most outfits I was wearing and looked pretty good when I was holding products for close up shots in my photos too! It applies really nicely, quick drying and stays chip free for days, which is pretty good going for me.

Pink Beach Hut in Southwold

My second trip of the month was a few days in Southwold. I’d never been there before so really didn’t know what to expect, but it turned out to be a really beautiful, quaint seaside town. When we fist arrived I had the most amazing vegetarian cooked breakfast in a cafe by the sea, it was so huge that I was full up for most of the day! We took a walk along the promenade and past the pastel coloured beach huts, had a stroll around the shops and walked along the pier where Adrian and I got caught in the heaviest rain shower ever! We were laughing so much and both looked like we been for a swim in the sea, but luckily soon dried off.

A painting from Dorkface Shop on Etsy

By now you’ll all know how much I adore Jemma and everything she sells on her Etsy store and I couldn’t let the month go without mentioning this gorgeous pink, white and blue painting from her. When Jemma started selling one off pieces of artwork I’ve fallen in love with every single one. She even shows little snippets on her Instagram Stories as she’s creating each piece, it’s so therapeutic I could watch them all day. It is first come first served with these larger canvas paintings, but each one I’ve seen so far has looked amazing. This one is now in my bedroom and I absolutely love it, the colours are beautifully put together. When someone commented on this on her social media they mentioned having the feeling of candy floss, clouds, flamingos and 1950’s tea dresses (sorry, I can’t remember who, so I can’t credit them). These canvas paintings are different to her usual drawings, you see what you want to see in them, she had a stunning orange, yellow and green one which had the feel of freedom in the sunshine and exploring in the woods. Jemma even had one with pom poms and glitter on!

What things have you been loving recently?

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I always get very excited when brands bring out their new season products, especially when it’s a brand I’ve loved for a while. The very first item of makeup I bought from GOSH was a clear eyebrow gel back in 2015. Back then I thought they were a relatively new company, so imagine my surprise when I discovered GOSH has been around since 1945!

I was over the moon when GOSH emailed me to invite me to the launch of their new AW17 collection up in London, I would’ve absolutely loved to have gone but I sadly I couldn’t make it that evening. GOSH* very kindly sent me out some of their new products to try, how lovely is that?

It would have been amazing to see some of the other bloggers I know there too, like Holly (from Golly Miss Holly) and Tania (from When Tania Talks), but hey, there’s always next time!

The Strobe ‘N Glow Kit in 002 Blush has a gorgeous matte blush, two highlighting blushers and a highlighter, all four shades are stunning and the powder is incredibly soft.

GOSH also have a Strobe ‘N Glow Kit 001 Highlight, which has three stunning shades for bronzing and a highlighter. If that’s as amazing as the blush kit then I’ll be adding that to my basket next time I’m in Superdrug!

The Mix and Fix Blender brush is perfect for mixing liquid foundation with concealer or liquid highlighter such as GOSH Lumi Drops. The brush is so soft and applied my makeup evenly, without leaving any streaky lines. It’s 100% synthetic and suitable for vegans.

If you love GOSH Lumi Drops as much as I do, then you’ll be pleased to know there are two new shades, Gold and Rose Gold (definitely need that one in my life!) These liquid highlighters can be used on bare skin, over the top of your foundation or just on certain areas of your face to give a healthy glow.

I was particularly interested in trying out the Prime ‘N Set Primer and Mattifying Powder in Banana. You can use it under your makeup as a primer help minimize pores, fine lines and redness. The powder can also be used to set your makeup in place and help control  shine to create a flawless look. It’s so incredibly lightweight that it didn’t feel like I was wearing any powder at all.

GOSH Colour Corrector Kit has 5 different shades for high coverage of any problems areas, a concealer (for small imperfections), Yellow (for under eye circles), Green (to cover any red patches), Purple (for any yellow tones) and Peach (for brightening under the eye). It’s a super creamy consistency which blends in beautifully, I found it best to apply a primer first as this stops the corrector from creasing.

The Lift and Highlight 2 in 1 pencil helps to define, lift and highlight, one end is matte and the other is a shimmery shade. It’s perfect for under your eye brow, the inner corner of your eyes and your cupids bow. Again, it’s a thick creamy formula that blends in easily using your finger tips. The shimmer shade is absolutely stunning and certainly gave me a more “wide awake” look!

Primer Plus+ is pretty amazing, it made my skin feel extremely soft and gave my complexion such a healthy glow. The primer is super lightweight and it’s a pale nude shade when you first apply but quickly adapts to most skin tones. It contains oak extract, plus it’s anti pollution and is perfume free, which is great for my sensitive skin.

My Favourite Mascara gives your lashes a wonderful, natural, everyday look. The large fibre brush helps to lengthen and define each lash, yet adding loads of volume without going all clumpy. It’s smudge proof, it lasted all day and still looked amazing when I got home, even after my eyes were watering thanks to hay fever!

These products are all available from Superdrug, either in store or online, if you fancy getting your hands on GOSH’s new collection!

Have you bought anything from the new collection? What would be your favourite item?

*These items were sent to me by GOSH but all opinions are my own.

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I’ve tried so many beauty subscription boxes before and I’d eagerly await their arrival, but the majority of the time I’ve been disappointed with what was inside. Sample sizes and tiny foil sachets that hardly contained any product at all, most of which sat in the drawer unused. I wanted more for my money, so I simply fell out of love with beauty boxes.

I first heard about the Curated Combination Box on social media and I knew I was going to love it before it even arrived at my door!

This is totally different to any other subscription box I’ve had before, it’s run by bloggers for bloggers. They only have 30 boxes available each month, so it’s first come, first served, you need to be quick if you want to order one! Each box costs £12.50 with free delivery, unlike many other boxes that have £3.99 added on to the subscription price. I’d already decided I was going to love this beauty box when I found out it contains full size products, not mini samples! I think the creators of the Curated Combination Box saw that people weren’t happy and decided to do something about it. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m extremely excited about the wonderful goodies they’ve sent this month.

First of all, the dark chocolate coated cranberries were a very great addition to a subscription box, but they didn’t last very long, I just about managed to get a few photos before opening them and I must say they were absolutely delicious!

I was so excited to see a Make Up Geek Blusher Pan inside, as this is a brand I’ve seen so many times but never got round to trying. I was sent the shade XOXO, which is a stunning peachy pink shade. The blusher is made from tiny milled powder and feels silky soft, it’s highly pigmented so if you’re after a more softer look then apply a light dusting first. It blends really nicely, so you can always build up the colour for something a bit more dramatic.

I’m always on the look out for new hair products to keep my long hair looking good, so I was even more excited to try out the Knight & Wilson Style Freedom Beach Body Spray. Having used it once since it arrived, I have now cast my other styling products aside in favour of this one, it’s that good! It doesn’t leave my hair feeling crisp and sticky, and it has loads more volume and waves after I’d dried my hair with a diffuser. I also like that on the bottle it promises to give me mermaid hair!

The Crazy Angel Gradual Tan is a daily lotion which contains mild tanning agents to achieve a beautiful streak free tan. I’m not a great lover of full on fake tans as I always end up looking patchy, so I love the having a body lotion which is enriched with Shea Butter and Vitamin E and will build up a glowing tan gently over time. I have used it for two days so far and I can already see a slight difference to the colour of my skin, it’ll be interesting to see what shade I eventually go. However, it has left my body feeling super soft and hydrated, so from that side of it this fantastic product to use every day.

There was also a cute pink Solait Prep and Maintain Tanning Mitt to help me achieve that wonderful summer tan when I apply the Crazy Angel Gradual Tan. I thought it was pretty thoughtful of them to include the mitt inside the subscription box as I don’t need to worry about finding my own!

Last but by no means least, there was an adorable Stigu 2017 Planner. Now I love journals, notebooks, scrapbooks, to-do lists but this is all of those rolled into one. Each week has it’s own page, plus each month has a different colour and pretty design. There are 32 blank pages for you to write your own notes or doodles, it also has a blank section for each week for you to be as creative as you want to be. The bits I really love are the motivational quotes and lists to help you get through a busy or stressful week, some give you little tasks to work through to help with your well being. The planner is a decent size (24x19cm) so there’s room for just about everything you want to write down!

Overall verdict, well I’m pretty impressed with the Curated Combination subscription box and it’s incredibly good value for money considering you get full size products! If you’d like to find out when future boxes are available head over to their Twitter page or their website.

Which of these products would you love the most?

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