Monday, 28 November 2016

Lush Error 404 Bath Bomb #KeepItOn


I decided to brave the high street on the dreaded Black Friday, I had images of people fighting over toasters, Mum's ramming buggies into people's legs to get a new steriliser and crowds everywhere. 
Mayhem, I predicted mayhem. 
I headed into town after dropping Mason to school and I was surprised to see it wasn't actually that bad. Maybe I just went early enough or maybe this year the majority of people decided to do their shopping online.

...which brings me on beautifully to this great little exclusive I picked up in Lush. 


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Although Lush weren't taking part in Black Friday they did have a very limited edition bath bomb that was released that day and is only around for 5 days.

I noticed a display at the front of the store, something sparkly caught my eye (nothing new there). Resembling a large golden egg was the Error 404 Bath Bomb, on closer inspection it's got a bit of a futuristic feel about it with 404 printed across the front and metallic gold finish. This particular bath bomb is raising money for a good cause. Profits from the sales of the Error 404 go to the Digital Fund, supporting activist group Access Now who are dedicated to fighting government enforced Internet shut downs. 


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Internet shutdowns occur when governments cut off public access to online communication. It usually occurs during things like protests and elections. Not only is silencing people like this is a huge violation of our freedom of speech and expressing ourselves online but it costs countries all across the world billions. 

Deji Bryce Olukotun, Senior Global Advocacy Manager at Access Now says “Internet shutdowns are early warning signs of atrocities. They block emergency services and prevent people from communicating with their loved ones. They also harm economies — shutdowns are like avalanches that shear through the foundation for economic growth, wrecking lives and businesses along the way. Governments need to send a strong message by holding officials accountable for ordering them, and companies should step up by speaking out and sharing more information.”

Shutting down WhatsApp fro just one day in Brazil last year cost the county $39 million USD due to being cut off from their businesses.

In some countries governments are controlling what people see so they're only getting half the picture, in dangerous situations it would be difficult to find out if their families were safe, they could even be unable to share information about world events that they feel people should know about.

This actually happens around the world to millions of people. Could you even imagine it? It's only fair that the Internet is equal for everyone. Access Now defend the digital rights of users everywhere by telling world leaders to treat people equally  You can take part using the hash tag #KeepItOn to spread the word.

The bath bomb itself smells lovely. It's a wonderfully soothing vanilla scent and fizzes away leaving layers of blue and gold bath water and reveals a printed text message in the middle. Although it has a metallic look to it you don't end up covered in gold like a lot of the shimmy/glitter bath bombs. For me this is  a big plus as I hate cleaning all the residue from around the bath. 
Ew isn't residue a horrible word...? 

By purchasing the Error 404 you'll add to the Digital Fund to support digital activity who are working to keep the Internet free, open and safe. You only have til 30th November to pick one up and help a good cause so head down to Lush!

You can also sign the petition here to help countries around the world #KeepItOn 


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Monday, 21 November 2016

Autumn Nail Shades 2016

Is it still Autumn? When does it officially change to winter? I know it's been bloody freezing the last couple of days but there was also a day last week where it was 14 degrees which can be seen on a Spring day. The weather confuses me. 

Either way I've picked out some nails shades that have an Autumn feel about them and I wanted to share them with you.


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There's a bit of a mixture here and I feel like all of the shades are really versatile.

On my thumb is Rimmel Super Gel by Kate Moss 071 Guilty Pleasure topped with GOSH Girls on Film glitter. Guilty Pleasure is beautiful worn alone but I do love to add a bit of sparkle and Girls on Film is one of my favourite glitters ever. 

On my index finger there's another favourite, No7 Foxglove which may just be my favourite pinky-berry shade ever. If you have one of those No7 vouchers you can pick this up for £3! Do it!



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Next, Barry M  Golden Sands which is a limited edition  shade  and exclusive to Boots. It's a nude but the tiny golden glitter makes it a lot warmer. It's so unique and great to add a little sparkle to every day - isn't that what this season is all about? It actually has a matt finish but I have used a top coat on all of my nails so they are all nice and glossy.

The next shade is my hidden gem, Max Factor Glossfinity in 50 Candy Rose. I always get compliments when I wear this and I love surprising them when I say it's Max Factor. I never think to look for nail polish at the Max Factor counter but I'll pay more attention after using this. 



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On my little finger, the infamous Bahama Mama by Essie. I have a love-hate relationship with this one, I just wish it was a tiny bit lighter. It works well in this combination though so I'll let it go. It also makes me think about  Galaxy Minstrels and I bloody love those things.

Winter shades are already calling me, I'm thinking cool blues, dark navys and festive reds. Bring it on. 




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Thursday, 27 October 2016

Shadow Switch Dry Brush Cleaner

I don't know about you, but I am terrible at cleaning my make-up brushes. I should really give them a proper deep clean far more often than I do. Come to think of it, I can't actually remember the last time I cleaned them! Terrible beauty blogger....

To avoid them getting built-up with product I give them a half-hearted mini-clean before I put them away. And I really mean half-hearted! Just a quick dusting off on the back of my hand or bit of tissue. I feel like I'm helping but when I come to use a brush again there's always some of the make up still there - not ideal for creating a quick smoky eye before leaving the house!


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I always believed I couldn't do the job well enough without some brush cleaner or at least some water.  

But that brings me on to the product I'm reviewing today. The Shadow Switch is a dry brush cleaner, yep - dry! There's no need to add water so it saves so much time.

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Inside the little tin there's what looks like a sponge at first but closer up it kind of resembles velcro. I guess a wiry, crispy sponge is the way to describe it.

It is used mainly for eyeshadow brushes but it could help to dust away powder or blush from larger brushes.

The Shadow Switch cleans your brushes really simply by dusting away the traces of shadow on the brush, ready for a new colour. 

It really is so easy to use. Just gently swirl the brush around in the tin  - you don't need to be heavy handed at all which is good news for your brushes. The sponge catches each bristle flicking away the eyeshadow particles. Your brush is then good to go, all ready for another shade. 

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It's particularly good for eyeshadow pallets, take the Naked 3 for example, I love so many of the shades and the brush is great, but once you've used both ends you can't use them on another shade without cleaning the brush. You either need to have extra brushes on hand or you need come brush cleaner. That's just too much hard work for me. Now you just grab your Shadow Switch and to dust off the old eyeshadow and you've got a clean brush again. Much easier!

 The tin is lightweight so it's great on the go - I think make-up artists will love this. I know when I help out with friends make-up before nights out this will come in really useful! 

I suppose you could just use the inner sponge but the tin is handy to keep it in if you're carrying it around. It also means it's kept clean too. When it's been used a few times there's some shadow build-up inside but you can clean it with water and fragrance free soap. 


It's currently available at Amazon will soon be available in Sephora too.



This doesn't replace your deep clean as you need some soap to was away bacterias that build up over time but it will keep your brushes fresher for longer and the deep clean will be much easier without a load of eyeshadow build up. 

There's new packaging on the way so look out for it, it's still the same great product but it will look like this on the shelves -

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I think it's such a great product and is perfect for anyone who loves to experiment with eyeshadow. At just over a fiver it's a great  Christmas stocking filler or even Secret Santa present. 

*I was kindly gifted this product but all views are 100% my own.


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