More Kylie Lipkit dupes!? Makeup Revolution Lip Kits

Hello Lovelies,

University is (almost) finally over. This last year has been one of the craziest, most stresful experiences of my life which deserves to be rewarded. As such, I came across these new revolution ‘Retro Luxe Lip Kits” which consist of Matte and Metallic shades. Call them dupes of Kylies Lip Kits, but I’m a sucker for some good lip shades and at £6 per kit, I’m hardly complaining.

Side Note: Revolution do not test on animals. Hurrah!

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From left to right: Royal, Reign, Echelon and Worth It.
Shade: ‘Worth It’

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‘Worth It’ is the only metallic shade in this review. I was interested to try this because I don’t always venture too far out of my comfort zone, but always enjoy when I find something that works for me. I must admit, I truly love this dark purple/blood bitten shade which is so versatile for day and night. For some reason though, I thought it would dry matte so the thick lipgloss texture threw me off guard. Because of this, the application can be difficult and patchy. Probably not great for those of us who lack patience.

Shade: Reign

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Reign is probably the ‘girliest’ shade out of the lot. Despite the brown/ nude undertones to the shade, the colour applies closer to baby pink. Personally, i’m not a fan of pink shades, just because I don’t think it fits with my personality (makes sense right?). However saying that, it is probably the most wearable shades, especially for daytime looks. Overall though, I really liked how matte the liquid dried and can see this lasting for the majority of the day.

Shade: Echelon3 lipstick

Echelon is my favourite matte liquid lipsticks in this review, and potentially my current favourite in my entire collection at the moment.  Similar to Reign, it is mostly a pink shade. However, the dark purple and nude undertones create a gorgeous lip-bitten shade that’s wearable throughout the day and night. An absoloute win from me.

Shade: Royal

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Royal an absoloute pain to applicate! As with all dark shades, it can be one of the most unforgiving in terms of not looking like a toddlers colouring book. Because the colours dry quickly too, it can be difficult to fix during the process. However, the colour was gorgeous – a dark rich purple. Not the most wearable, but it was definitely exciting to see the end transformation.

Photography credit IG: @matt_sharratt

What shades are your favourite?

Love,

lea-x

A Vegan Subscription Box!? Review

Aloha buddies!

I have a serious appreciation for subscription snack-boxes. Getting food in the mail is as much excitement as my life gets sometimes which is why when I came across a Vegan subscription box service called Earlybird, I felt compelled to throw away yet more of my money on food  to support cruelty-free industries and to get more yummy goodness in my tummy.

Before I move on, Earlybird are not solely a Vegan company, upon online registering you can select you’re dietary preferences ( “Vegan”, “Vegetarian”, “Can eat anything”) as well as having the choice to eliminate gluten, eggs, dairy, nuts and soya. This versatility is great for  anybody, but especially for people like me who are vegan but also have a nut allergy, because theres literally no fuss of having to hunt foods down in the supermarket or feel like I’m hassling staff in restaurants. I choose my dietary preferences and my snack surprise will arrive when expected. Also, all snacks are without refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, flavours or colours and nutritionist approved, which means you know the food you’re eating is great for you as part of a healthy lifestyle.

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I don’t know why, but I always feel a little happier when I see my name embellished on things, it sounds absolutely ridiculous, but I don’t think i’m the only one. Anyway, what I mean to say is that it’s a really nice touch, especially when the colour scheme is on point.

The first thing I noticed was heaps of dry fruit, which are my staple, but my eyes in particular wandered to Not an Aussi (dried Kiwi crisps)  and Cho-kale-et chips (Cacao, cinnamon and kale). Dried kiwi is rare to come by in the dried fruit section of supermarket and I had been hearing a lot about the benefits of cacao powder, so having these in my box we’re fantastic for allowing me to try new food. They tasted really delicious, although the Cacao took a little while to adapt my tastebuds to because it has a really sharp taste that can’t  really be compared to anything. Regardless it had an interesting detoxing effect on my body, if thats worth anything to you.

I do love my dry fruit but I found one major downfall to these fruit boxes: I hate coconut. I found that the Earlybird box incorporates a lot of coconut in their snack boxes, for example the coco- Cranberry (Cocounut bites). I did try the bites, and they have a great soft but crumbly texture for those who like the sound of that, but personally  it really isn’t my favourite and so I ended up wasting half of each snack box eating around it.

The second box contained my staples of dried fruit  again as well as  Shmokin’Peas, which remind me of my Graze box favourite BBQ Smokehouse Crunch, which were delicious, apart from the coconut of course. I also really appreciated seeing a  new food I hadn’t previously tried which was the Berry chia pud and I was really excited to try this. However, the one thing that was missing from this box was instructions on how to make the pudding and had to revisit the website to find the instructions, which I feel was a little unnecessary  for Snacks-on-the-go. This isn’t a deal breaker by no means, but I do hope Earlybird include instructions in physical copy just for ease of use. As for the taste, it turns out I also didn’t like it, probably because of the coconut flavouring, but the purple colour was beautiful and I really appreciate having tried a variety of new foods!

I also can not complain with having a new tea to try every week, which is unique to this snack subscription box. It was so beautifully packaged and of high quality, there are no complaints.

 

Overall, I really enjoyed trying out Earlybird snack boxes and having the ability to really make the boxes fit my dietary preferences, more so than you can do with other boxes such as Graze. The ever-changing colour schemes of each box was a beautiful feature of   personalisation and knowing they could be recycled was a reminder that not only was i doing my body good but the environment too.  I do wish snack boxes contained a little less coconut as well as instructions and a full list of ingredients in the box (instead of just online) but that is something I feel will be rectified in the near future. If you wish to try this box, I have a code and you can get your first box half price: Leann-1699

 

I hope you enjoyed this review!

lea-x

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve noticed recently that my choice of clothing was just boring and repetitive, I would often be going to work in jeans and a “nicer-than-usual top. Mostly, this was down to the fact I had put on a little weight over the christmas holidays and haven’t been as confident to get my best assets out (as far as I was concerned, they were hidden through months of hibernation). But after my 21st birthday earlier this January, I decided enough was enough and that I would be going back to my healthy ways in order to drop the weight and feel happier in my skin. As motivation I have ordered some cute items from misguided that I am able to wear to work and would love to give my honest opinions to potential customers.

The Midi Skirt

I’m 5’2 with a fairly slim but curvy figure so I’ve always avoided the midi skirt in fear that I would look like I’m drowning in material and exaggerate my not-so-great features. However a dear friend of mine, who is also very petite, advised me to find a skirt that just about hit the knee for its best effect. I’ve used Boohoo in the past and bought cheap, flimsy ones made of a jersey type material and was put off with everything that was wrong with it. This time, I decided to take a plunge and try Misguided, opting for asymmetrical cuts and see through hemlines. I have to admit that I was very impressed with the quality of these skirts, especially as some of them were on sale from £5. I did buy a nude coloured version of the striped skirt, however it appeared the skirts were slightly different in design. Instead of an elasticated waistband it had a zip fastening.

Advise: If you do want to buy from misguided please be aware that the majority of items that I have bought had a very poor zip which would often get stuck and fail to function. As I have arthritis, I struggled with this and required the help of my friends and boyfriend who also painfully struggled to fasten me up! Many of the items I just had to give away.

The Playsuit

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If you knew me when I were  between the ages 16-18, I basically lived in playsuits and shorts even if it meant taking the extra five minutes to go to the bathroom. Working at a nightclub, I saw a girl wear a really cute playsuit and re-inspired me to purchase one again. I came across this “teal” playsuit on Misguided and fell in love with the plunge feature as I don’t really have anything that shows that part of me off. Plus, I really like the almost  geometric feature that the straps have incorporated, I really cant wait to wear this tomorrow night with my new haircut.

Advice: “Teal” as in, it was supposed to be more green, but it sadly wasn’t as true to colour. I still love it regardless. 

The Bodysuit

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So, I completely forgot to photograph this one myself even though I had it ready, please do not judge me. Seeing this on the website made me question two things, 1. How bad is the camel toe? 2. How much boob spillage will there be that night? I decided to take the “plunge” and buy it anyway knowing that I wouldn’t have to worry about tucking excess fabric into my cute skirts and it making it visually obvious. So, the bodysuit isn’t exactly comfortable on my crotch and i’m definitely going to have to buy those stick on nipple/boob pads, but I’ll still give this a thumbs up on the basis that its cute.

Advice? Just do you, honey boo boo.