24/04/2014

NOT ANOTHER BILL Review | Giveaway

NOT ANOTHER BILL
NOT ANOTHER BILL

NOT ANOTHER BILL

NOT ANOTHER BILL


Brace yourselves, because this is going to be a complete rave review. I am absolutely besotted with NOT ANOTHER BILL, everything about the brand from the service and packaging, to exquisite and luxurious gifts. For those of you who are new to NOT ANOTHER BILL, they are a monthly subscription service with a twist. Instead of sending boxes of product samples, NOT ANOTHER BILL send out a monthly surprise present, based on your taste preferences and chosen with high quality, unique and innovative design in mind. The idea is instead of only having bills pop through your letterbox every month, which are never fun to receive, you can have a surprise present instead! You can subscribe for yourself, if you're looking for a pick-me-up throughout the month, or you can subscribe on the behalf of someone else, perhaps a friend you want to spoil as a thank you just for being them! Each month the present is chosen depending on preferences you specify when you sign up, and each present is picked to perfectly match each subscriber.

I was very kindly sent my own NOT ANOTHER BILL present for myself, and when my present* arrived, I was instantly wowed. Even the packaging for NOT ANOTHER BILL looks fantastic, with a black chevron design, it just feel more special and chic than the usual bill popping through the letterbox! When I opened up my present, I saw a flash of bright, vivid, almost neon pink and when I pulled my present out of the packaging, I realised what it was. An absolutely stunning leather document wallet from a brand called UNDERCOVER. I've never actually heard of UNDERCOVER before, but having fallen instantly in love with my present, I decided to check out the official website. Created by Sally Leonard-Morgan, UNDERCOVER creates beautiful pieces from leather, sometimes using recycled leather, which are lovingly handmade in the humble UNDERCOVER workshop, right here in the heart of England. UNDERCOVER is one of those websites where you literally want to add every single product to your basket. I particularly love the Bug Patterned range. But that's not all! Inside my cheerfully bright leather document wallet, I found two gorgeous notebooks and an adorable bracelet. The notebooks come from a luxury British stationery brand called StudioSarah, created by Sarah Silver, who creates chic, stylist and modern stationery products. I love the colour scheme for both notebooks, which will stay in my document wallet for important notes and ideas. The bracelet inside my present is a lovely, simple yet unique piece from Fairley, created by Australian born designer Susannah Fairley. For me, my present was perfect and absolutely spot on. I'm always grabbing new notebooks to fill with dissertation notes or blog ideas, and the document wallet is just perfect for keeping all my blog and beauty notes, press releases and wishlists in one place. The bracelet is really cute and definitely a piece I would wear on a hot summers day when I want a touch of something-something, but nothing overdone.

So what do you think to NOT ANOTHER BILL? Pretty awesome, right? I'm really, really happy with my presents and they completely blew me away - I wasn't expecting something so 'me' and so perfect for everyday use, yet still luxurious and unique. NOT ANOTHER BILL have surpassed all of my expectations and more - I think I might be hooked! You can find out more and sign up on the NOT ANOTHER BILL website. Sign up before May 7th to make sure you receive a NOT ANOTHER BILL present through your letterbox in May!

The lovely team over at NOT ANOTHER BILL want to share the present love and are kindly letting me giveaway a three month subscription! All you have to do to experience NOT ANOTHER BILL for yourself is fill out the RaffleCopter below - this has both mandatory and optional entries so you must ensure to read each entry instruction carefully and properly (false entries will be removed before a winner is selected) This giveaway will run for two weeks starting today and ending May 8th 2014. This giveaway is for UK readers only (sorry International lovelies!)

Good luck!

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*The post contains a PR sample. All thoughts are my own. The giveaway prize has been provided by NOT ANOTHER BILL. For more info, see my disclaimer.

23/04/2014

The Bases: Bobbi Brown

My holy grail bases from Bobbi Brown

My holy grail bases from Bobbi Brown


If I had to pick just one brand for bases, it would be Bobbi Brown without a seconds thought. As soon as I tried the Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation, I started a love affair with Bobbi Brown bases and I've never looked back. My skin never looks more radiant, healthy and flawless as when I am wearing Bobbi Brown bases, I really can't recommend them enough. In fact, get down to your local Bobbi Brown counter - the Bobbi Brown teams are incredible and so helpful, they can match you up to any of the bases available as well as offering free makeup lessons. But back today's post! Here are my favourite bases, my holy grails. Cuppa and notepads at the ready? Let's go...

The Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector (Selfridges, £18.50) and Creamy Concealer (Selfridges, £18.50) are some incredibly coveted products. When I finally got to try them for myself, they had a lot to live up to! Although not my everyday correctors and concealers, I turn to these if I am out all day or have an appointment, wanting something which will last. Each has a beautiful creamy texture, with the Creamy Corrector being applied first to neutralise skin tone, disguising any discolouration. There's 16 shades available in the range, with pink or peach tones which match the your own skin tone. I use Light Peach which I find perfect. The Creamy Concealer is just as easy to work with, a touch softer in formula but with great coverage and easy to blend. Of the 15 shades available I use Beige, which is yellow toned and works perfectly to disguise tired eyes, making me look refreshed, healthy and radiant as well as brightening, making me look more awake. With the right setting powder (I love teaming both with the Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Banana) the longevity is enough to last from morning until night, with no creasing or fading. 

My holy grail liquid foundation and base overall, Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF15 (Selfridges, 30ml, £30) is perfection in a foundation bottle. It's my go-to for everything, favoured above all my other bases. A dreamy base, Long-Wear Even Finish is a medium to full coverage that can be built up easily to your desired coverage, with an oil-free formula that doesn't cake or fade on the skin. Ingredients including Glycerin and Shea Butter work to keep the skin moisturised with a gel base that feels lightweight and comfortable on the skin. Warm Beige is my shade, and the most true colour match I have ever found, really making it look as if it's my skin that looks flawless and not the work of a base. Longevity wise we're talking all day and all night, even holding up with my oily skin and very rarely requiring a touch up. If all of that isn't enough, it also works to protect the skin with a broad spectrum SPF15 and antioxidant Vitamin C and E. 

If you love a liquid base but prefer a lighter, more natural coverage, then the Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF35 (Selfridges, 40ml, £29) is the base for you. A skincare/makeup hybrid, this BB cream is a potent base that multi-tasks as a moisturiser, treatment, SPF and lightweight base. The added SPF35 is fab, and much higher than SPF you find in a lot of bases - although I'd always suggest wearing a regular high SPF above moisturiser too. For me this applies beautifully with a good buffing brush and provides a light yet good coverage that disguises any imperfections or blemishes, whilst looking natural and barely there. It's long-lasting, too, easily keeping up with some of my high-end bases and doesn't oxidise like many BB creams I have tried. Available in 9 shades, I use Natural which I find very similar in shade to my Long-Wear Even Finish.

The cream partner to my Long-Wear Even Finish is a product which surprised me, liking it much more than I thought I would. The Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation (Selfridges, £32) is available in 17 shades, a fuss-free alternative for liquid foundation presented in a perfectly handy compact providing 12 hours of flawless coverage. Preferring to use a traditional pointed foundation brush (although the handy firm sponge inside the compact is just as good), I find this incredibly easy to apply if you use the right amount of product. A little goes a long way and you won't need much product at all, but too much can be tirelessly hard to blend. Using Warm Beige, I find this looks just as lovely on my skin as my liquid alternative, feeling so lightweight on the skin you almost forget you're wearing product. The longevity is just as good as the liquid base, with the Long-Wear range being one of the best for long-lasting products. 

Last but not least, the latest base to join the ranks, the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick (Selfridges*, £29), a unique transparent base available in 24 skin tone correct shades. A firm yet creamy formula presented in an easy to use twist-up bullet, making application easy - just apply in the areas you need coverage, blending until you are left with an even skin tone with a good medium coverage and amazing longevity. Containing an innovative blend of emollients, such as Olive extracts and Shea Butter, it feels comfortable and light on the skin, with a finish that's smooth and flawless. If you're a minimal fuss makeup kind of girl, it's the perfect product for popping in your handbag for on the go, too! It's perfect for that natural, barely there but fantastic coverage look.

What's your favourite base?


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*The post contains a PR sample. All thoughts are my own. For more info, see my disclaimer.

Bourjois Rouge Velvet Peach Club

A gorgeous liquid lacquer from Bourjois, Rouge Velvet Lipstick in Peach Club


Bourjois have finally created a lip product I can get on the bandwagon with. I am a lip product fiend and when reviews starting popping up of the new Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick range, I knew I had to add one to my collection. Liquid lacquers are some of my favourite to wear, as with the right formula I find the colour intensity and longevity is just that touch better than your typical traditional lipstick. I've dabbled in a couple of high-end lip lacquers, but find drugstore alternatives to be just as good. The new Bourjois range is fairly priced for a Bourjois product, at £8.99, only a touch more than my beloved Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers (Boots, £6.49) 

The first thing you notice, of course, is the packaging. Although I love drugstore products, the packaging is always a touch too much on the cheap plastic side for me. Yet the new Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipsticks are perfectly sized and feel more luxurious, sturdier, with little details such as embossing on the outer casing. With a doe-foot wand applicator, which is firm and nicely sized for applying with precision, its easy to work with and fuss-free. I really like the formula, which is thicker than the Apocalips range, but feels creamy and moisturising on the lip. The shade range is pretty decent, with six shades in total ranging from nudes through to vivid pinks. I opted for Peach Club (Boots, £8.99), a gorgeous muted apricot peach. It's just as wearable as any nude and works well with so many different looks, one of those 'perfect for any occasion' shades. Longevity wise I can pop this on and get on with my day without having to reapply until the afternoon, even through eating and drinking, which is much better than I thought it'd do! 

I'm a fan! What about you? Have you tried the new range? What shade do you think I should go for next? And if you have a favourite brand for lip lacquers, I'd love to hear your recommendations! 


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22/04/2014

April Birchbox | Plus Offer

A look inside the April Birchbox UK box



This month's Birchbox is packed with brands I adore, brands I've been eager to try, and a delicious extra treat. Covering skincare, body care and makeup, the April box is a fab box themed around Spring and Easter. The first thing I spotted, like a magpie whenever I see the brand, was a sample size of theBalm How 'Bout Them Apples Lip & Cheek Colour (Birchbox, £26) in a lovely sheer red, Pie. The full size is a palette featuring six shades, and my sample size is one of the six shades. The size is perfect for popping in my handbag on the go and will last a while to get some good use out of it. A multi-purpose product, it promises to be easy to blend, perfect for both lips and cheeks, providing a long-lasting colour that's buildable and won't fade throughout the day. I love, love, love theBalm, so I'm really excited to try this. A brand I've had my eye on for a while is Yes To and inside my April Birchbox there's a handy sample size pack of the Yes To Cucumbers Facial Wipes (Birchbox, £4.99) As someone who doesn't generally use face wipes and often encourages friends to ditch the wipes, I'm not sure yet whether I'll actually put these to use. But, I have heard fantastic things about the brand and in particular, their facial wipes, so after devouring some more reviews, I may see how these fair! 

A brand which has featured in many beauty boxes was hiding inside my April Birchbox, with a teeny tiny sample of the Lord & Berry Couture Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil (Birchbox, £10) in black. Everyone loves a good black liner, but I can't help but feel this product is a dud - in other beauty boxes, Lord & Berry products are always full size. A full sized product would have been more lovely to find in this month's box! A product I am excited to try, is a very generous sample of the Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Body Butter (Birchbox, £27), which for someone who's just started to dabble in the brand, was a really exciting product to find. For me, this makes the box completely! Can't wait to try this, and you can definitely expect a full review! The final beauty product in the April box is a lovely sweet Color Club Gala's Gems Collection Nail Polish (Birchbox, Collection of 4, £15) in Gold Struck, a lovely soft gold that would be perfect for any occasion. The lifestyle extra for the April box was a bag of delicious Propercorn Sweet Coconut and Vanilla Popcorn (Waitrose, £1.59) I've been wanting to try Propercorn for ages, and after this bag I think it won't be long until I'm tracking Propercorn down in my local town. These were scrumptious!   

What do you think to the April Birchbox? Did you get the same contents as me or maybe some different products? I'm most excited to try the Laura Mercier body butter, and I can't wait to give theBalm Pie a try! If you'd like to subscribe to Birchbox you can use my exclusive offer code for Tattooed Tealady readers, to get a free Birchbox for a friend (or an extra box for you!) Just pop the offer code BBXTTL in at the checkout when subscribing to a 1 month, 6 month or 12 month subscription, to receive your full box! Full details here. 



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Benefit High Brow | Giveaway

Benefit High Brow

Benefit High Brow
Benefit High Brow

I really think that adding a touch of highlight to the right areas of your face can make a world of difference and one of my favourite places to highlight and define, is my brow bone. Because I'm very much a 'big bold brows' kind of girl, adding a softer touch of highlight to the shape and line of my brows, can really make them look more natural and well-done (which is a great trick for someone who usually massively messes her brows up) A new product recently added to my arsenal is the Benefit High Brow (Birchbox*, £15.50) has been on my wishlist for quite a while, being a favourite brow product for some of my favourite American beauty YouTubers. The benefit of a product like High Brow, is it doesn't only help shape and define your brows, but can also work wonders at disguising discolouration and any brow maintenance you've got behind on. Benefit High Brow promises to keep brows looking polished with a soft pink-toned matte in an easy-to-use pencil, that is effortless to blend. It's perfect, if I'm honest, and much better quality than others I have tried. The product is itself firm, as is the nature of pencil products, but it's just soft enough to apply easily with no dragging on the skin. Blending is easy, and it can be blended with either a brush or your fingertips. I also really like this as a liner on my lower lash line, with a soft hand to apply, as it really brightens up my eyes.

The lovely team over at Birchbox UK have been kind enough to let me give away a Benefit High Brow to one of my lovely readers! If you'd like to try High Brow, which I am smitten with, then all you have to do is fill out the RaffleCopter below. Make sure to read all of the instructions in the RaffleCopter - some entries are mandatory and require specific information! Running for two weeks, my Benefit High Brow giveaway will end on Tuesday May 6th and the winner will be announced on both my Twitter and Facebook page. This giveaway is International! 

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*The post contains a PR sample. All thoughts are my own. The giveaway prize has been provided by Birchbox UK. For more info, see my disclaimer.