Thursday, 29 January 2015

Natural Looking False Lashes For 24p!

False eyelashes - the ultimate night out staple,adding a dramatic edge to any look and taking it from day to night.  If you're a little daunted by false lashes, remember they don't have to be huge and dense. More natural lashes can provide a perfect alternative to mascara and are superior in that they don't wear away and end up under your eyes, transforming you into a panda! These super-affordable and natural looking lashes were provided to me for review by BornPrettyStore and are perfect for both the falsie-obsessed and those simply wanting to give them a try!

BornPrettyStore False Eyelashes Review


Arguably the most attractive aspect of these eyelashes is their incredible affordability. At only £2.41 for ten pairs, they cost a fraction of the price of a SINGLE pair of drugstore eyelashes and work out at only 24p per pair! Additionally, the delivery is completely free. However, as mentioned in previous reviews for BornPrettyStore, you will be faced with quite a wait for your order to arrive, ranging from 7 to 20 working days for most countries.

Despite their very low price, the quality of these lashes has not been sacrificed and they do not feel at all cheap or flimsy. Were it not for their affordability withdrawing the need for such justification, I would refer to these lashes as an investment as they are truly the only lashes one would need to buy for years! Each pair, of which there are ten, could easily be used multiple times, provided of course that they are cleaned between uses.

BornPrettyStore False Eyelashes Review


The overall appearance of these lashes is fairly subtle when compared to others on the market, with well spaced fibres and tapering in the inner corners as one would see in natural eyelashes. Although perhaps a little on the long side for some, I have found them to be the perfect length to create a natural yet doe-eyed look. Unfortunately, the thickness of the strip will act as a giveaway that these eyelashes are fake, making them a little impractical for daily wear but this can be disguised with liquid liner or a darker eye look. One should also bear in mind that a thicker strip can lead to the edges lifting and become un-stuck from the lashline, but I have not found this to be the case with these lashes thus-far.

If you put in an order for these falsies or anything else from the BornPrettyStore website, don't forget to use my 10% off coupon code! - WRH10

Do you wear false eyelashes? What are your favourites?

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Hotshop Lipsticks

Some of my readers may remember that in November, I worked with BornPrettyStore to review the Me Now Generation 2 Matte Lipglosses. Since then, BornPrettyStore have been so kind as to send me some amazing products which I cannot wait to share with you over the next few weeks, beginning with these lipsticks!

The Hotshop Lipstick Review


As I'm sure many of you immediately noticed, the very pretty packaging of these lipsticks is an almost exact, and very cheeky rip-off of Topshop lipsticks, which are much loved in the blogging world! These 'Hotshop' lipsticks are half the cost of their Topshop counterparts (which are already very affordable!) at only £4.01. However, if you are hoping to find a dupe of a specific shade, you may not be in luck.The shade range of this lipstick is far more limited and, whilst the Topshop lipsticks have shade names, these copies are instead numbered. It is thus unclear which, if any, are exact dupes - whilst some shades may prove to be identical, the numbered system will make them difficult to identify as photographs alone can be deceptive.

Although I have yet to try a Topshop lipstick and thus can make no comparison to them, I am in love with the formula of these 'Hotshop' lipsticks and am dieing to buy more of the shades for myself. They apply like a dream and have a very smooth and long lasting formula with a satin finish, Despite having a very opaque and vivid colour, they also feel extremely lightweight - I have, at times, forgotten I was even wearing any! I have found these lip paints to be very moisturising and, unlike some lipsticks, do not become increasingly drying throughout the day.

The Hotshop Lipstick Review


The two shades which were provided to me for review are 08 and 12. Shade 08 is a perfect, classic pillarbox red and one which every woman should have in their collection. It is orange toned but this is far less pronounced that in the photograph, in which it looks deceptively orange. Shade 12, at risk of sounding like a blogger cliche, is 'your lips but better' and is the perfect pink-y nude shade. Another lipstick staple, it's the perfect everyday lip colour for a more natural makeup look.

If you put in an order for these lipsticks or anything else from the BornPrettyStore website, don't forget to use my 10% off coupon code! - WRH10

Have you tried Hotshop lipsticks? What are your favourite makeup dupes?

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Modern Vintage Style Jewellery

These two gorgeous pieces of jewellery were sent to me by Lynn from Modern Vintage Style. If you, like me, have a weakness for pretty jewellery and all things vintage/retro, this is most definitely the shop for you! They offer both genuine vintage pieces and their own original vintage-style jewellery for those on a budget, such as this bracelet and pair of earrings.

Modern Vintage Style Jewellery Review


This pair of drop-down flower earrings retail at only £14 and, if green isn't your style, are available in a range of colours, such as blue and pink. They suit even those with teeny-tiny earlobes like me and are fairly lightweight, meaning they wont weigh down and stretch your ears from frequent wear. These intricate earrings are hand-made from an original design with antique bronze filigree beadcaps and green swarovski crystals - certainly not something you'll find in a high street store.

Modern Vintage Style Jewellery Review


This delicate-looking bracelet is priced at £24 and, once again, is available with different coloured stones and beads. However, I particularly love these grey-coloured beads which perfectly compliment the sterling silver links. Again, it is handmade and beautifully intricate but, be forewarned, is as delicate as it looks. The thin and intricate links have a tendency to bend if the wearer is not careful. Although they are easily bent back, this will of course weaken the metal if done on a regular basis. 

The necklace and earrings were delivered in good time, packaged carefully and handsomely, with both pieces placed in individual gift boxes with pink tissue paper, and tied with a white bow. They would make perfect gifts for a friend or loved one.

Do you like vintage and vintage-inspired jewellery? What's your favourite piece from Modern Vintage Style?

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Saturday, 3 January 2015

Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions 2015
In the past I have never been one for resolutions and, when I have made them, I haven't exactly stuck to them, something I know a lot of people are guilty of. Full of optimism and excitement for what I believed to be a 'new start', I would set myself goals which, let's face it, I was never destined to achieve. But this year, I hope that it will be different (famous last words). Some of my 'resolutions' may perhaps be overambitious but I hope that in putting them out there on the internet, this will pressure me and push me stick to them.

Perhaps that which I am most determined to do this year is develop my blog and ensure it's continual growth. Unsurprisingly, blogging has become a big part of my life and I could not be more excited to see where it will take me in the future. Although I do not imagine it will become anything more than a hobby, I want to make it into something I can be truly proud of, even more so than I already am. If I am to achieve nothing else, I would love to have reached 1000 followers by 2016!

Make better quality videos and upload them more frequently
This year I really want to up the anti on the YouTube front, spending more time on editing and thumbnails, acting more confident, and generally increasing their quality. Up to this point, my uploading has been rather erratic with no clear schedule. Although I'm not sure that I shall be able to post weekly due to the time which university work consumes, I do plan to upload more regularly rather than simply when I realise that "oops, it's been a while since I uploaded a video".

Go to more events and meet other bloggers
This year I really want to take blogging out of my bedroom and immerse myself in the blogging community! Blogging gives so many opportunities to meet some amazing people and have some incredible experiences. This year I want to take full advantage of that and now that I am in living in London, I'm in the right area for attending events! I have my tickets booked for the Bloggers Love LFW Dinner Party in February and, if any of my readers are aware of any upcoming events, I'd love to know about them!

Spend more time promoting my blog and YouTube
In order to encourage the continuinal growth of my blog and YouTube, it's going to be so important to promote them through twitter chats and commenting on other blogs etc. This is been my most neglected aspect of blogging but is something I am determined to change for the New Year!

Get organised - learn to balance and prioritise
If I am honest with myself, this is probably the most unrealistic of my resolutions. I have always been very disorganised and unable to balance school work, blogging, and leisure. However, at university this is certainly not something to shrug off - I really need to get myself sorted and stop making excuses. Whether I actually will is a completely different matter, but I'm remaining optimistic! 

Cut down on binge watching
This resolution links to the above point, my binge watching having largely been the cause of my reluctance to get work done. I will watch an entire television series in 2 days which is hardly healthy and does not promote productivity. Nothing can make me give up on my binge watching but cutting down is a must if I am to get myself organised!

and most importantly...MAKE 2015 EVEN MORE AMAZING THAN 2014 HAS BEEN!!

I hope all of my readers have a Happy New Year. Please leave a comment telling me what your resolutions for 2015 are. Do you have any from my own list?

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