Dupe Alert! The UK’s answer to Colourpop Supershock Shadows.

I love Colourpop Supershock Shadows. The crème-powder formula is super pigmented and has just the right level of micro glitter. Whenever I wear it I get compliments and am regularly asked what eyeshadow it is I am wearing.  At just $5 they are a bit of a steal. Here is my predicament though. I live in the UK so suddenly they are not so cheap and accessible. If I want free shipping, I have to spend $50, and don’t get me started on those bloomin import taxes. That will be why I own just two then!

What If I told you that I’ve found a dupe for Colorpops Supershock shadows that is very accessible to us UK based fans? Well Love Me Beauty have only gone and done it with their latest Phase Zero product launch, Metal Foil Eyeshadows. 

I can’t compare shades but the formula is bang on. They have managed to capture the unique bouncy texture that Supershock shadows are known for. They perform in almost exactly the same way, dare I say but  actually find them a smidge easier to blend (the colourpop shadow is the first swatch in the picture below).

I am wearing the middle shade Goth Girl in the picture below.

Individually the shadows  are priced at just £4.75 to LMB members. If you buy a bundle they are even cheaper. Shipping is £3.95 regardless of the size of your order.

If you are already a Love Me Beauty member and haven’t tried these out yet do it, you won’t be disappointed. If you aren’t now is a good time to check the website out. They are currently offering 90 days free membership trial. Also if you use my referral code KATY6849 you can get £5 off your first order*.

I am in love with yet another Phase Zero product and will definitely be grabbing these in a couple of other shades.

Phase Zero Metal Veils – It’s Love! 

It’s not often I instantly fall in love with a product. These liquid eyeshadows from Phase Zero however have really impressed me. 


I have the shades Fancy which is  yellow gold, and Regal which is a warm red toned burgundy. 

The formula is highly pigmented and feels nice and creamy. 

It has a small doe foot applicator making it easy to work with. I find I can be quite precise with the areas that I am wanting to apply product. I then like to use a blending brush to soften the edges. 

Once the formula dries it doesn’t budge. This is great for lasting power but just remember you do need to work quickly if you do want to blend it out. 

I find this is a great product to use when I’m in a hurry. I love how the look below came out. It is something I would wear for an evening out and only took me little over a minute. 

This look was created using regal over the lid and a gold pressed eyeshadow dabbed into the centre. 

Priced at just £4 to Love Me Beauty members these are a great little addition to my makeup collection. 

If you wanted try these out for yourself I have a £5 off first order referral code KATY6849 (I would receive a £5 LMB voucher as well).

5 Things In May

It’s been a little while since I have had time to write. Lots has been happening in my life, I thought then It would be a good idea to share some of the highlights with you in one post. So here goes….

I Ran My First 10k

On the 9th of May I achieved a huge personal goal. Along with my sister Michelle, AKA marathon runner, and Husband Chris who completes triathlons, I ran my first 10k. 

We took part in a runthrough chase the sun event at The Olympic Park in Stratford. 

I am so proud of myself especially as I had to push through the last km. My calf’s were starting to feel like I had weights attached to them, yup it hurt! 


My Fourteen Year Old Son is Taller than Me!

The difference In these two photographs is crazy. Since the second picture was taken he has grown even taller. 

This dawned on me the other day. Harrison has always been cheeky, however on this occasion he was being a bit too cheeky. I was telling him off and he was looking down at me! What!!! 

No wonder he has been eating me out of house and home. 



I Finally Finished ‘Me After You’ 

This was such a great book. It is the sequel to Jo Jo Moyes bestseller ‘Me before You’. Set a couple of months on, after Will takes his own life, the book tackles grief and whether you are able to move on. It has a somewhat humerous approach whilst managing not to make light of the subject matter. 

At times I did want to give the main character Louise a good old shake, other times I just wanted to hug her. 


I have been channeling my inner Marie Kondo

My head is in that place where I’m feeling it’s time to get my home and life organised. 

I have been having a good old clear out and a reorganise of my storage. I just want everything organised so that I can eventually be more productive with my time. The sight of all these neatly folded tops makes me so happy. 

Infinity War Was AMAZING!!

Okay so technically this was released in April, but it was May before we went to see it. 

It was such a good film. It’s not often the outcome of a film leaves you speechless. I left the cinema thinking ‘I don’t know how I feel about that!’ 

To be honest I’m still reeling at what happened and cannot wait into the second part next year. 

This is hands down my favourite Marvel film so far! 

So that’s at little update of what’s been happening In my life recently. 

New soap formulas | A mini #LushLab Haul

Who else was wondering what had happened to the  #LushKitchen? It seemed to disappear without any explanation. Each time I checked the section of the Lush website there only ever seemed to be sweatshirts and tees available. Not exactly what I was long for then….

According to Twitter the #LushKitchen does still exist but is now running under the hashtag of #LushLab. So what exactly is it?

I am interpreting this as a research and development project aiming to challenge what is ‘normal’ for the cosmetic industry. Product development is experimental with Lush’s creators seeking to look outside of the box when it comes to ingredients. Think kinder, natural and more ethical without compromising on functionality.

There is also the opportunity to provide feedback on the experimental products with the best products potentially being launched on a long term basis.

The first products released are all variations of soap. They has been developed to be free from Sodium Sterate, the typical ingredient that solidify soap, and free from SLS, whilst still having the ability to create a foam.

This involves using a blend of fair trade organic cocoa butter, extra virgin olive oil and organic caster oil. No nasties present!

This combination of ingredients also means that the soaps are now free from that increasingly controversial ingredient Palm Oil. Check out this article from Lush if you want to find out more about why this is. If I went to it in depth now this would be a very long post.

For now I’m going to share with you the soaps I picked up.

Komorebi £1.50 5g – Vegan

I love the idea of this little soap. You are supposed to be able to hold it up to the light so that it shines through mimicking the sunshine through trees.


It has a fresh earthy scent with a hint of Lavender.

Key ingredients are Ho Wood Oil providing that floral and woody scent. Oak mossextract and MapleWater adding a touch of sweetness.

Oat – £6.95 135g – Vegan

This is a naked liquid soap. I choose it because I wanted to try a soap that would be soothing and moisturising.

Oats are known as a natural remedy for eczema but I have always thought that it would create a big mess if I added oats to my bath. This seems like a great alternative.

As well as Oat milk it also contains moisturising Soya Yoghurt, cinnamon powder to provide a warm and stimulating scent as well as uplifting Cocoa Absolute. 

I love the scent of this, it reminds me of cinders bath bomb. The shape is pretty cute as well.

Poppy £6.95 120g – Vegan


I choose this because a) it looks pretty and b) I wanted an exfoliating soap. This contains poppyseeds to create the exfoliating element. Yay for natural exfoliants! It has a very sweet jam like scent whislt still remaining floral. This is provided by the black current absolute and bergamot oil. It smells amazing, even the Husband commented on how good it smells.

So that was my modest all. I feel I have some very interesting products here to try out. Keep you eyes peeled on my Instagram page to be updated about how I get on with them.

What do you think of the updated #Lushlab? Have you tried any of the new soap formulas?


Feel Unique’s sample service| My latest picks

I love getting my hands on a variety of different beauty products to try out. This can prove costly though especially, if you have a weakness for high end products. This is why I love Feel Unique’s sample service. I get to try out some of those high end products without committing to a full size product.

This can avoid a lot of costly buyers remorse. Let’s face it not all products are going to suit everyone.

The service offers you the chance to pick 5 samples to try out at home. There is a small handling fee of £3.95 however you do receive this back in the form of a voucher to use against future purchases. If you remember to use this you are basically getting the samples for free. Some of those samples are worth a fair few pennies as well. So you can find yourself getting a really good deal. 

These are the samples I picked up in April. 

Burt’s Bees lemon butter cuticle cream rrp £6.49 15g 

At 8.5g this is a good sized sample and worth about £3.46. It comes in a sturdy tin as well, perfect for keeping in my bag. 

This is such an effective product. My cuticles had been looking quite rough and dry. After a couple of uses they are looking so much better. I love the refreshing lemon scent as well! I shall be purchasing a full size once I’ve finished my sample. Though as you only need a tiny amount this is going to last me quite a while. 

Elizabeth Arden Standing ovation Mascara rrp £22 8.5ml 

This is another decent sized sample. The 2.5 ml tube is worth £6.47. It gives you a good chance to try out a high end mascara before committing to purchasing the full size. 

The brush is supersized promising to amplify, build and curl lashes to create a bold volume look. 

Based on first impressions I really like the formula. It is very black, and most importantly stays put. I do find the oversized brush a bit cumbersome though. 

Clarins Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover rrp £20 125ml

This 10ml bottle is such a cute sample and actually would be perfect to hold onto for a weekend away. I couldn’t wait that long though and wanted to test it out straight away. It is worth £1.60. 

Clarins say the eye makeup remover has been ophthalmologist tested to be suitable for sensitive eyes and those that wear contact lenses.

 My eyes can be sensitive so I do have to be careful with some eye makeup removers. This though actually felt quite soothing and refreshing. It did a good job at removing my eyeshadow and eyeliner. I’d did have to hold it over my mascara though to allow it to soak in a bit. Considering I was wearing Benefits BADGal Bang, I feel it held it’s own. 

I’m not sure if I would rush out and buy the full size as it is expensive. It is perhaps worth considering if you have specific needs such as being a contact lens wearer or you have very sensitive eyes. 

Also from Clarins, I choose the Hydra-Essentiel moisturising reviving eye mask. Mouthful! 

This 5ml sample is worth £4.83. The full size is 30ml with an rrp of £29. 

This is an interesting product created to help combat dehydrated eyes and visible signs of fatigue. It can either be used as an express 10 minute treatment or overnight. 

So far I have only tried it as an express treatment. The product has a creamy gel texture. 

Below are my before and after pictures. 

Ignore my broken nose it makes my whole face look very wonky. That will be why I rarely show a straight on picture of myself. Needs must though for this post! 

There is a definite reduction in puffiness and an overall improvement in the appearance of my eye area. (These pictures were taken in different rooms so the lighting is slightly different.) 

I have to say I’m quite impressed with this product. 

Lastly I opted for another sample pot of Nude by Nature radiant loose powder foundation. Rrp £25 for a 10g pot. This 2g sample pot is worth £5. 

Having tried this in the past I quite like it with B.B. cream. It stays matte throughout the day with even wear. I’m still trying to find my correct shade though, hence another sample pot. This actually though seems to be the one! 

Combined these samples are worth £21.36. So a bit of a steal really considering you only pay a £3.95 processing fee for your five samples, and your getting a voucher. 

Here is a little tip also if you are looking for the larger samples. Refine your search by sample types. Select the options pot and tube, these tend to be the larger sized samples. 


Have you used the Feel Unique Pick n mix sample service before? Do you think it is worth it!

Organic Shop Lavish Avocado & Avocado Haircare |Product Review

I recently was given the opportunity to try out a new purse friendly haircare range that is now available in Tesco stores. The range is developed using natural and organic ingredients and is also cruelty free. It includes a selection of shampoos, conditioners and hair masks all of which are priced at just £2.50.

5 different formulations are available, each developed to meet specific haircare needs. I opted to try out the Lavish avocado and honey repairing formula. It sounded exactly like what my hair was in need of.

The formula promises to soften and restore dry feeling hair. Protein rich Avocado Oil contributes to stronger and healthier hair growth whilst Honey helps to restore shine and control frizz. It claims to do all this whist still being free from silicones and parabens. As it also has no synthetic colours, dyes, fragrances or GM ingredients it is certified by the soil association and Cosmos Natural.

So is it any good?

I found the packaging to be fairly basic. This doesn’t surprise me considering the low price point. It does have the benefit of a pump on the shampoo and conditioner bottles which I found really practical.

None of the products are very scented but you can smell a slight hint of honey.  I found the shampoo lathered well which is surprising considering it claims to have no SLS or SLES (that’s sulphates). A quick check of the ingredient list though and I can see why it lathers well for a ‘Natural’ Shampoo. It contains Sodium Coco-Sulfate which is usually  derived from coconut oil. This is where the lather comes from and probably why it states on the bottle that it is 98% of natural origin. Fortunately my scalp doesn’t feel irritated by this.

After using all three products together my hair feels soft and smooth without that weighted down feeling. That feeling has lasted between washes. It is worth noting that I usually wash my hair every 3rd day. My hair has continued to look shiny throughout that time period as well. I don’t feel it looks any greasier that it would normally do.

Overall I think this is a good option for someone that is looking for ‘as natural as possible’ ingredients on a budget. As it is stocked in Tesco it is easily obtainable, though you can also purchase the products directly from the organic shop website. Here you will also find the full range of bath and body products available including bath foams, salts, scrubs, body conditioner and much more. I know I’m interested in trying out more from the brand. They have a candy floss body scrub! 

There is also the opportunity to enter a competition to win a holiday for two in in the Carribean. 

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5 things to consider when looking for the perfect pair of Jeans

Hands up if you find it a bit of a chore buying new jeans. 

I went for years wondering why my jeans never looked quite right. I was guilty of buying my jeans a size to large and wondering why they would suddenly go all baggy. I’d be constantly having to pull them up and never felt quite put together. 

I can’t quite remember who set me right. I may have been watching a style segment on This Morning, it might have been Lorraine? The point is I had a light bulb moment and I haven’t got it wrong since. 

I work in fashion retail and so many times I see ladies making the same mistakes that I used to. That is why I’ve decided to share some tips so that you don’t make those same mistakes. 

This first point is crucial and really is a game changer.

A good fitting jean shouldn’t be easy to put on. 

They may even take a bit of wiggling to get into. That perfect fitting jean should feel snug yet comfortable. I’m not talking so tight you can’t eat or move in them but remember that denim stretches with wear. Your jeans will loosen and not feel so tight after a couple of wears. If your jeans don’t feel snug when you buy them they are too big.

    Think about fabric. How is the denim itself  constructed? You will get a better fit with jeans that have multi directional stretch. A weightier denim is also more flattering as it will minimise the appearance of any lumps, bumps and VPL’s. 

      NEXT figure jeans are a firm favourite with me as  the denim is very stretchy yet feels thick and holds its shape well. They are a great price at £35 as well. Ever the budget fashion fan I do tend to regularly trawl the clearance section of their website in the hope of finding them on sale. 

      Next figure skinny jeans £35

      Know your waist measurement. A lot of jean brands are sized this way rather than by dress size. This will save you a lot of time and confusion when looking for your size. 


        Consider footwear
         are you intending to wear heels or flats? Take your shoes along along with you to try on. How many times have you got home with what you thought was the right length only to find you were wrong? It’s annoying isn’t it. That boot leg that is actually too short does not want to work well with your heels!  

          Experiment with the cut

          Let’s face it not all of us are shaped the same. I have chubby knees that twist skinny jeans the wrong way. Yes it’s a thing! 

            If like me your not comfortable in skinny jeans but really want a sleek silhouette consider a straight leg jean. 

            If you tend to be a bit hip and thigh heavy try a girlfriend fit jean as it can be much more flattering. The fit is not as casual and loose as the boyfriend fit and still looks smart. It just gives extra room for those curvier hips and thighs.

            Boden Cavendish Girlfriend fit Jean from £26
             
            This Jean is perfect to me as it is also high waisted so great if you are worried about your tummy. A high rise waist will give you some extra control. Fellow Mummy’s will know exactly what I’m talking about. 
            That higher waistband will also guarantee avoiding any unplanned flashing of your underwear! 

            Lastly don’t be afraid to roll up your jeans. Ankle grazers are super flattering and instantly make a simple jeans  and t-shirt combo look that bit more stylish. 

            Dandi Patch – A viable alternative to deodorants & anti-perspirants? 

            Let’s be frank here, we all sweat. It’s one of those necessary body functions designed to to keep us cool. It’s no fun though when it starts to pong or leave embarrassing sweat patches on your outfit. No wonder the top two selling brands, lynx and female sure,  net a cool £172 million in annual U.K. Sales. (Source: statista)

            For years many of us have hardly given a second thought about reaching for chemical based products in an effort to combat the odour.

            It is only fairly recently, now that Aluminium free options are on sale, that I personally have questioned the safety of such ingredients. Can they really contribute to breast cancer?

            So far I’m yet to come across any scientific evidence that it does, but given my family history with breast cancer I now use such products with caution.

            Here’s the conundrum…I am yet to come across an Aluminium free anti-perspirant that works as effectively as one with it in.

            I recently came across this product the dandi patch on the Latest In Beauty website. I definitely had to try this out!

            So what is a Dandi Patch?

            These triangular patches are designed to be a discreet and effective solution to the problem of underarm sweat marks and the inevitable odour.

            They are the brain child of sisters Theresa Pope and Hayley Leete, who won ‘British Invention of the year’ back in 2015, for the product. The pads can be worn for up to 24 hours and claim to hold up to 2000 times the average amount of underarm sweat.

            As sweat is trapped within the pad it means you no longer have to suffer those embarrassing damp sweat patches, bad odour or ruin a light coloured top with yellow staining. Why does sweat do that?



            I’m got going to lie and pretend these things are sexy. They’re not! In fact to me it looks like I’m wearing a giant plaster. I certainly would only ever wear these with sleeves.

            They are not uncomfortable but did take a little bit of getting used to.

            I deliberately choose to wear a blouse that I have previously had a sweaty patch problem whilst wearing. Off I went to deliver my work presentation, feeling a little hot and bothered. I could already feel the nervous sweat starting.

            One presentation down and the patches have done their thing. I might have been internally sweating but on the outside you would never know. There were no sweaty marks or unpleasant odour. They work!

            I don’t think I could use these on a daily basis. I am far too conscious that I’m wearing them. However for certain occasions they are a great confidence booster. I didn’t have to worry about my appearance or how I smelt and could focus on the task at hand. Did I tell you I nailed that presentation?

            Dandi patches are available in a pack of 10 for £8.99. They also come in a male sized patch as well.

            Let me know whether you would ever try these out or if you have actually come across an Aluminium free deodorant that works.


            The Sunshine Blogger award

            A couple of weeks ago I was tagged by Em, author of Em’s World to take part in the Sunshine Blogger Award. If you don’t know what this is it is a fun Q and A type post, with all the questions being set by the blogger who tagged you.

            What is your favourite social media platform for promoting your Blog?

            Pinterest is a really useful tool for generating blog traffic. However my favourite is still Instagram. I know it has had a lot of bad press recently, what with all the algorithm changes, but I haven’t fallen out of love with it. 

            If you forget about numbers, ignore all the bots and follow unfollow nonsense,  it is a great way of making genuine connections with people of similar interest. Just keep liking and commenting on the type of content that you want to fill your feed! 

            Do you prefer TV or films?

            Can I cheat and say Netflix? I tend to watch TV programs more than films I just rarely do it in the traditional way anymore. 

            What was your proudest accomplishment of 2017?

            Last year I was promoted at work to Supervisor. I genuinely didn’t think I’d get the position. However I applyed with a  ‘Whats the worst that can happen? They say No’ mentality. 

            Having got the job and proved myself this has now led me to now stepping up to Assistant Manager on Maternity cover basis.  It’s going to be hard to step down again but is proving great experience for the future. 

            What is you favourite song right now?

            I don’t know? Sorry a a massive cop out but I can’t pick just one. 

            The last song I downloaded though was fire in me by John Newman.
            If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

            I would love to visit Iceland. It would be amazing to see the northern lights, geezers and volcanoes. 

            Do you have any pets? If so, what?

            We have a King Charles Spaniel named Izzie, who we adopted from my cousin. She is getting rather old now bless her, she spends most of her time seeking out cosy corners around the house to have a snooze in.


            What is your favourite quote?

            This isn’t really a quote but an acronym of the word FAIL – First Attempt In Learning.

            What do you do to motivate yourself?

            I respond best to a list. It sounds boring but i am a very visual person. Physically seeing items ticked off my list never fails to push me to achieve more.

            What is the best thing that has ever happened to you?

            Agghh! It is really hard to narrow down just one thing. My answer is going to sound extremely mushy but I’m going with…meeting my Husband. This is because I consider it to be a defining moment in relation to the direction my life has taken. We met at work 17 years ago when we were just 17 years old. He has officially been in my life longer than he hasn’t. It wasn’t planned but I fell pregnant nine months into our relationship. We were very young and had a crazy amount of growing up to do. At times it has been hard but I wouldn’t change it. We now have three children, live a comfortable life and both have careers that are moving in the right direction.

            Do you have a bucket list? If so, have you ticked anything off yet?

            It’s not really a bucket list, more of a list of goals for 2018. I recently went to see the west end show, Wicked, which was on that list. You can see my full list of goals in this blog post. 

            What do you find most challenging about blogging?

            I don’t have time in my day to join in with many blogger chats. I definitely think this has limited the speed at which I grow my readership. 

            As the rules state is is now my turn to tag 11 other bloggers to pick up the baton and answer somw questions from me.

             

            My Questions

            1. Who is your favourite fellow Blogger?
            2. How would you describe your personal style?
            3. Would you ever consider plastic surgey? If yes what would you have done?
            4. Where is the favourite place you have visited?
            5. What one piece of advice would you give your teenage self?
            6. What is your earliest childhood memory?
            7. Can you remember what your last dream was about?
            8. Do you have a shopping wishlist? If yes what is currently at the top of it?
            9. Have you had more than one career?
            10. What meal would you choose for your last supper?
            11. What advice would you give to anyone considering starting a blog?

            I’m tagging 

            Ashleigh from ashleighsteaparty.com
            Megan from Beauty-ful World

            and anyone else who things this is a fun tag and wants to answer my list of random questions. 

                April Reading List

                Just a quick one from me today. This post is about keeping me accountable. I’m trying to get myself back on track with my 2018 reading goal. At the start of the year I vowed I was going to read 24 books, which breaks down to two a month. So far I’m only a quarter way through my 4th book. Not great progress then as I should be starting my 7th by now. 

                The plan for April is to finish Jo Jo Moyes After You, and then two further books. 

                Those books will be; 

                Who’s That Girl?  – Mhairi McFarlane 

                This is a Call: the life and times of Dave Grohl – Paul Brannigan 


                I do not seem to be be able to pick short books which could be why I’m finding it so hard? Perhaps I will have to find a couple of short stories to help me out? If anyone has any suggestions please help a girl out and drop them in the comments section.