Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette Review. ♥

Sunday, 24 September 2017

♥ Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eyeshadow Palette* - £39 - available here 

I'm SO excited to share todays review with you all, I've been desperate to rave about this eyeshadow palette for WEEKS and today is finally the day where I'm going to share my thoughts on it and explain why I'm pretty much obsessed. I've always been a huge fan of Too Faced make up, and their eyeshadow palettes forever have me falling in love. It was no exception when I tried the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette around a month ago. If you love a good, old, nude eyeshadow palette that has a slight pop of girly, colour, this is the palette for you! I've been wearing it pretty much every day, both for work, casual and evening occasions, as the palette is so versatile and the shade range means you can alter your look depending on the occasion really easily! So enough of the rambling, here are my thoughts on the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette, and why you all need it in your lives... ♥♥♥

♥ Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eyeshadow Palette* - £39 - available here

♥ Packaging 
Ok so lets discuss the packaging, I mean, if this isn't packaging goals I don't know what is? It's SO beautiful, incredibly, pink and girly, and basically my dream packaging with the pastel, baby pink casing, heart shaped eyeshadows and promising chocolate scent. As soon as I spotted the packaging, I was in love. It's very ME. I think it's my favourite make up product packaging - ever, and definitely my favourite Too Faced Palette. And that's saying something! It's just so pretty to have displayed, sitting on your dressing table and it's very Instagrammable. If you're anything like me and swoon over anything pink and girly - you'll be obsessed with this palette's packaging. It's beautiful and reminds me of something Barbie would opt for, for some reason. The packaging is also very durable, and has a metal tinned, outer shell, making it incredibly fool proof, and perfect for travelling. There is also a really handy mirror inside the palette, once it's opened up, which makes it perfect for applying the eyeshadows on the go.

♥ Scent
So once you open to the palette itself, almost immediately you're welcomed by the sweetest, most delicious scent of chocolate - yep, that's right, the eyeshadows themselves are actually chocolate scented. Too Faced really went to town with this beauty! I mean if the actual shades themselves weren't already amazing enough, they had to make them smell like chocolate too?! On many occasions when using the handy, compact mirror (which FYI is really nicely sized, and is fairly large for an eyeshadow palette compact mirror) I find myself just sniffing the eyeshadows themselves. They're almost good enough to eat, and smell so yummy! I mean who doesn't want chocolate scented eyelids?


8 Less Hyped, High Street Make Up Favourites ♥

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Who doesn't love a bargain? I know I certainly do! I'm forever on the hunt for affordable make up, that ticks all of the boxes of high end products, but at a fraction of the price! Today I thought I'd share some of my favourite bits of make up with you all, but best of all these beauties are all highly affordable and can all be found in Highstreet stores including Boots, Superdrug and Wilkos! I thought I'd include products, that despite the fact they're amazing, they're not as hyped up as your typical Collection Lasting Perfection Concealers and are sort of like little hidden beauties in the High Street make up world. Hope you find something you love! ♥♥♥

♥ Essence Volume Stylist Curl & Hold 18 Hour Mascara* - £3 - available here 

So first up, is an amazing mascara from a brand I've become obsessed with over the past 6 months, Essence products can be found in Wilkos. If you haven't tried their products before, I recommend them 1000000%. They're such amazing quality products, yet they're so affordable, with most of their products being under £4, how insane?!  You see a full range of their products on the Wilkos website here. I couldn't write this post today without discussing the Essence Volume Stylist Curl and Hold Mascara which is just £3.... yep go out and buy 10 guys, it's only £3!!! You all need this in your make up bags. It boasts of incredible lash curl, and up to 18 hours of lasting volume. The wand is a fully loaded paddle brush, with long bristles on one side, and shorter ones on the opposite side.

 It keeps my lashes separated, and coats the lashes evenly, with no fuss, or problems and gives them that all important curl I'm constantly craving from a mascara!  The formula is stunning, it boasts of of micro styling waxes that give extra hold, volume and curl. The texture of the mascara is creamy and wet and it coats the lashes perfectly giving you a dark, black, bold finish that really does last all, day long! SO GOOD! It's a buildable mascara that you can keep applying to reach your desired finish,

 I find one to two coats of this enough to give me the full effect, and I'd only recommend applying two coats of this onto your lashes, before it starts to look a little clumpy for my own personal liking. This mascara doesn't start to come off throughout the day, it says in place really nicely, and doesn't flake. It's survived the long 12 hour shifts at work, which is witchcraft, as even some high end mascaras can't do that for me. I'm so impressed with it, and for just £3, I think it's a mascara we all need in our lives. 

♥ Revlon Photo Ready Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick 'Gold Light'* -£9.99 - available here 

A highlighter I've become obsessed with recently, and definitely one I'd recommend you all giving a go for yourself, is the Revlon Photo Ready Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick in 'Gold Light'.  It leaves me with such a lovely, natural, luminous glow that I simply cannot get enough of! The Golden shade gives you a gorgeous shimmer that's not too overpowering, just a lovely, healthy glow that makes you look amazing and feel confident! 

It's really simple and easy to apply to your skin. I tend to apply it to my forehead, cheekbones, bridge of nose, chin, underneath my eyebrows and anywhere my skin would naturally attract a bit of a glow! The stick function makes application easy and precise, especially for on the go top ups! Lasting power is fantastic, the glow lasts for most of the day, and will last my 9-5, with just one top up at lunch time - which is amazing right?!

Pigmentation is fantastic, as you can see from the swatch above, where I only swatched one coat. I tend to use just one coat during the day for a more natural, subtle glow but if I'm on a night out, or it's a special occasion I will build the product up for an even more glowy, luminous, strobed finish. The stick will last a fair while too, as a little goes a long way! Revlon also do another variation of this highlighting stick in the shade 'Champagne' - which I really want to get my hands on! For the price, amazing pigmentation, lasting power, finish and quality, you simply cannot go wrong! 

10 Ways to Boost Your Mood Today. ♥

Sunday, 17 September 2017

We've all been there, when no matter we try and do, or what anybody else does to try and help, we're in the worst mood ever, something sets you off and it sets the tone for the rest of the day. Those days are the worst. Or if you've had a really bad day at work, and you're just taking it on yourself and those around you. It sucks right? Often I find it's really hard to snap out of moods, and it's so easy to feel sorry for yourself and hate everything and everyone. Recently if I've been feeling like this, there are 10 things, based upon self care, and looking after myself, that will always make me feel better. In no particular order, here are 10 Mood Boosters that are sure to snap you out of that bad mood, in no time! Often it's just the little things that truly make a big difference to how you feel. ♥


Wear your favourite make up - I don't know what it is about wearing my favourite make up, whether it be a lip product, my all time favourite eyeshadow palette (as shown above!) or, just an amazing mascara that really makes my eyes POP. I actually love applying make up, you wouldn't have ever thought it would you? And it instantly boosts my mood whenever I use my favourite products because I feel more confident, and I just adore using my faves! I know your mood shouldn't be affected based upon your apperance and how you look, but let's be honest, are you gonna feel amazing and is your mood going to be increased if you look like rubbish? If I'm in a bad mood, a slick of a good, bright lipstick often makes me feel that little bit cheerier. Honestly it does work, try it. 


♥  Pamper yourself - Another instant mood boost for me, when I'm feeling down or I've had a really long, tough day at work, is to come home and have a good old pamper session. By this I mean quite literally turning my bathroom into a relaxing spa, candles lit, bubble bath, all of my favourite pampering products, a good book/tv show playing on my iPad and all of my favourite snacks on hand. Just thinking about this makes me happy! :) It's all about self care, slowing down and making time for yourself, and making myself relaxed, and pampering myself always does the trick. 


♥  Eat your favourite food - Please don't binge eat, that's not what I'm saying here. But everything in moderation is of course fine. Don't starve yourself of your favourite treats, sometimes the only thing that's gonna make you feel good after a really shitty day is a Dominos Pizza and a share size bag of Maltesers. That's ok... do what makes you happy! I don't want to be that person that promotes comfort eating, and rewarding your body with unhealthy good etc, but sometimes, just sometimes, the chocolate bar will make you feel good and it tastes bloody amazing. Don't deny it ladies...

 Work out - just to counteract all of healthy living police who are cursing me for allowing myself a treat on a bad day, I thought I'd include working out in this list too, because guess what, sometimes after a long day, and three chocolate bars, working out also makes me feel pretty amazing and boosts my mood. I never used to think I'd be that person, where I'd come home from work really stressed, and exercise would be my mood booster, and release, but honestly it does make you feel amazing and the endorphins (happy hormones) it releases in your body increase your mood massively. It can sound like a chore, and the last thing you'd want to do if you're in a bad mood, but believe me, try it, it can make you feel amazing: just do something you love, whether it be yoga, going to the gym, weights, a dance class, football, whatever type of exercise you love, do that. You'll feel amazing! For me, it's always Yoga it calms me and makes me feel SO good.


Read a book - There's just something so therapeutic to me about reading a book. Although as I start reading the book, I'll admit I'm in the worst mood, but as I begin to turn the pages and get lost in another fantasy, another world, another storyline, I feel as though I've escaped. It doesn't matter what I'm reading, it just instantly makes me feel better and I feel good. Accompanied by a strawberry milkshake, or a hot chocolate and you're on your way to feeling amazing.

Catch up with a relative/friend - I don't mean the type of toxic friends or relatives that you've been putting off talking to for months because they make you feel crappy, cut those sorts of people out of your life. I mean the kinds of people in your life that always make you feel good, that make you laugh, that support you and are there for you. Give them a text, or a call, better than that meet up if you can, it will boost your mood instantly! You don't have to talk about your problems, or theirs, just being in there presence will make you feel better.

 Listen to your favourite music - loud - is there any other way to listen to music other than LOUD, especially when you're feeling down! Create a playlist of all your favourite songs, and whenever you're feeling down, pop those headphones in and get singing at the top of your voice, the louder, the better. This one always works and makes me feel good.


Have a hot chocolate - especially in your most favourite, pretty mug. With all the toppings: marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate shavings. Go for it! I mean whoever thought to create hot chocolates was clearly all about self care and indulgence because as soon as I sip a hot chocolate, with marshmallows and whipped cream, I feel good, cosy and in a much better mood. Allow yourself 5 minutes out, longer if possible. Drink your hot chocolate and don't dwell on bad thoughts, remind yourself that you have so many positive things to be happy about. :)

♥ Go outside - A breath of fresh air, big, deep breathes, and counting to 10, taking in the scenery always makes me feel better. It reminds me that everything will be ok. I love going outside, although I'm a real homely person, sometimes you've just got to escape and a 10 minute walk, away from the craziness can do wonders for the mind and soul.

♥ Stop feeling sorry for yourself - If all else fails, girl stop feeling so sorry for yourself. You've overcome everything in your life so far, what you're worrying about could be really silly, or it could feel like you've got the whole world on your shoulders. Talk it out if you can, but stop feeling sorry for yourself. You've got to get on with things, especially if you're worrying that you haven't got anything to wear in your wardrobe and it's stressing you the eff out... girl we've all been there. But we've just got to get on with it... Pinterest outfit inspiration, and put together a new outfit with something you already have in your wardrobe... problem sorted. In most cases, minor mood swings and problems can be solved with a little bit of self care and positive thinking. But if you're seriously worried about something, and feeling down a problem shared is a problem halved. Talk to people you trust and get some help. You don't have to struggle alone. ♥

I hope you've found something that helps you feel happier, and will boost your mood today! 
What do you do when you need an instant mood boost? 

Have a lovely day,
Sharna
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