Monday, 29 January 2018

Powder 'n' Pout Make-Up Brushes

When I think back to when I was younger my makeup brushes were limited... I basically used my fingers for foundation, puff pads for powder and everything else was applied with a sponge applicator! Skip forward to now and make up brushes are one of the most important parts of any look!

If you think of a builder he can only do as good of a job as his tools allow, much like applying make up, you can only get that perfect blend with a good brush.

I have always heard of Powder 'n' Pout but never tried any of their brushes so when I got a delivery just before Christmas, I was one very happy girl. I am a little bit addicted to make up brushes and always trying new ones so I was looking forward to see how these would compare to some of my favourites.

I was very kindly gifted 3 different brushes. The Fluffy Blender (P310), The Duo Crease (P245) and The Duo Tapered Powder (P210) This was a good mix to get a feel for the brand.

The Fluffy Blender (P310)

This brush is made of natural sable hair, with wooden handles featuring a double crimped nickle-plated brass ferrule. It is the perfect shape to get flawless blending and also because of its precise shape it is soo good at getting into to outer 'v'. The brush itself is super soft and the bristles are the perfect length. A lot of my other blending brushes have shorter bristles and this leads to me leaning harder, this brush made blending soo easy.

It is also a good length , you can hold it at the end to apply very little pressure. This is fast becoming one of my favourite brushes and I keep going back to it. 

The Duo Crease (P245)

This brush is made with duo fibre technology, much like the fluffy blender it has a wooden handle featuring a double crimped nickle-plated brass ferrule. The duo fibre is basically instead of one type of bristle it is made with two, this makes blending a dream and it picks up just the right amount of product. Unlike a lot of my other eye brushes this is a super soft teardrop shape, which gets right up into the crease and makes applying different colours effortless.

Again the brush size is nice and long so easy to grip and feels nice and luxurious. You can also use this brush with liquids such as concealer.

The Duo Tapered Powder (P210)

This brush is again made with duo fibre technology, wooden handle and the same ferrule. I love the size of this brush, as it is big enough to sweep over the face but not that big that it makes doing your make up clumsy. Unlike the name suggests you can use it on a lot of different products not just powder. I used it with my foundation and the finish it gave was stunning. Because of the duo fibre's it doesn't overload the brush, so you don't have to worry about having to much product on your skin.

I also used the brush to apply my face powder and then cleaned it off to try applying my blusher, again it picked up just the right amount of product and gave a lovely sweep of colour to the face.

Out of all 3 brushes the Duo Tapered Powder is probably my favourite as it can be used with so many different products and it just gives my skin a lovely glow as it doesn't plaster the foundation on.

If you are on the look out for new brushes, I definitely would recommend trying Powder 'n' Pout. They have a full collection of brushes available on their website, which you can find HERE.

I have my eye on at least another 5 brushes so when I purchase them and try them out I will let you know what I think of them, but I am guessing I will love them just as much as I love these 3.

Lots of Love..

Victoria xx

 **I was kindly sent these brushes as a PR gift, however ALL opinions and words are my own.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Sumita Centre Stage Volumising Mascara

You know that question people always ask.. 'If you were stuck on an island with just one beauty product what would you have?'

Well for me its mascara.

I love how it opens the eye up, makes the eye stand out and just draws attention to the eyes. My favourite part of the body is eyes so you can see why I love mascara.

I am blessed to have naturally long and curly lashes so I never need to curl them but I look for a mascara that lifts my lashes and holds them in place. I look for a mascara that adds volume and doesn't clump my lashes all together.

When I got my hands on the Sumita Centre Stage Mascara I read what its supposed to do and couldn't wait to try it out. It claims to "increase the appearance of lash volume by 330 percent - creating strikingly thick, sexy lashes." It also claims to "instantly gives lashes intense volume and length, in just one coat to create strikingly thick and sexy lashes."

I had my hopes high as I tried it on one eye... so would this mascara live up to what it claimed.... well the answer is a big fat YES!

With one coat my lashes were soo full and long, they actually looked like false eyelashes. As for 330 percent more volume I would have to agree my lashes fanned out beautifully.

I tried the mascara a couple more times as I don't like to just give a opinion based on one try. Each time the mascara applied soo easy, it has a large wand with a soft fibre bristle. This is my favourite type of wand as I hate the plastic ones as I feel there isn't enough movement with them.

I think you can see from the photos just how good this mascara is, if you are on the look out for a mascara that adds volume and length this is definitely one to try.

Lots of Love..

Victoria xx

*This is not a paid or sponsored post. I was however sent the item as a PR drop. ALL opinions are my own.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Peter Pan at the Grand Opera House Belfast

So that's Christmas over for another year, I don't know about you but we are a family full of traditions. We always open our presents at a certain time, we always sit in the same place, go in the same order etc... and one of my favourite traditions is doing the Christmas Pantomime at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.

If you have never heard of the Pantomime before, every year it is a different story with dancers, singers, actors/actresses and the one and only May McFettridge, who is always centre stage with her over the top costumes and some cheeky jokes. There is also a celebrity character this year the celebrity was Claire King from Corrie, other years have seen Chico (x-factor), Gareth Gates (singer) and Faye Tozer (Steps Singer).

The story this year was Peter Pan... the little boy who never wanted to grow up. Not many people will know but I love Tinkerbell, it all started one night I was out in a club and a man in the toilets commented on how I was just like Tinkerbell and I was a little fairy! My brother of course found this hilarious as I am not small or fairy like! The thought of me flying made him laugh till the tears were tripping him!

Soo.. for years I have collected Tinkerbell any time I see her and always get gifts which relate to this from my brother.

Now on to the play itself!!

As always my brother books early for the year ahead so this Christmas I received tickets for next Christmas's Panto which is Jack and the beanstalk. Because of this we always have really good seats up at the front :)

We got to our seats and the Panto quickly got underway. It started with Wendy laying in Bed and then Peter Pan came flying in. I was really impressed as you couldn't see the wire so to a child he really was flying. I may have believed it too for a second!! Peter was dressed in a little green outfit and looked just like the movie.

The story then continues and we meet Tinkerbell who is a beautiful woman dressed all in white with fairy wings and Roller boots so it looks like she is zooming across the stage, another very clever trick!

Then Peter takes Wendy and two little boys to Neverland where they meet Liger Lily and the Lost boys and girls. All the costumes and stage props are fantastic the children are all dressed to fit in with Tiger Lily.

We then meet May and her better half who have came to work on the ship... they aren't really part of the story but rather a filler between scene changes. I really like this as you are kept entertained during the whole show. In the second half however they then become characters in the story.

The story continues and we then meet captain Hook and a lovely Mermaid, the costumes are really what makes the story pop, everything is so glitzy and emphasises the characters. You learn the story of why Hook and Peter pan don't like each other and finally before the interval there is a very scary large crocodile! If you were a child you really would think that everything is real, there are no wires or body parts etc on display everything looks soo realistic.

After a short 15 min interval its back into the second half... the story then comes to an end with hook getting captured and Wendy going back to her own land.

I really look forward to going to the Pantomime every year, as it is always packed full of amazing acting, local jokes, crude jokes, fantastic pyrotechnics, good music and costumes that make me feel like a little girl again.

The Panto runs from the start of December to the first or second week in January and you can get tickets at different prices based on seating, times of the day and groups etc.

If you have never went and would like to start a new tradition around Christmas time with you and family/kids I cannot recommend checking out the Grand Opera House's Pantomime enough.

Lots Of Love...

Victoria xx