Review: Shadow Switch Dry Brush Cleaner

I’m lazy. Fact. I’m not afraid to admit it, either. I’m always on the lookout for things that can minimize any kind of chore. So, when I found the Shadow Switch Dry Brush Cleaner by Beauty Essentials online which was being raved about by beauty gurus, I felt like I had found what I’ve been looking for. If you’re like me and find cleaning your make-up brushes a pain in the arse (but still do it because you do not want that bacteria build up. Ugh.), then we can rejoice with this little beauty…

To sit at a sink for ages to clean your brushes, then wait for them to try and all that nonsense, is really time consuming and I could be doing other things (like writing a blog post, or binging on some sort of show or YouTube series… important stuff) but this is where all our troubles are washed (or dried?) away.

The Shadow Switch Dry Brush Cleaner is a little sponge which comes in a tin to use. The instructions on the back state:

ONE SIMPLE STEP. After using one colour, simply glide your eyeshadow brush around in the black sponge in a clockwise motion to remove the colour and continue applying your eye makeup using the same brush.

 

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Why Feminism is important to me

CN:  Rape, slut-shaming and abuse are some of the topics discussed but not in great detail 

feminism

ˈfɛmɪnɪz(ə)m/

noun

 The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

 

I may have mentioned it once or twice, but never really gone into much about why I’m a feminist and why it’s important to me. People often tend to see the topic as ‘taboo’ or really misinterpret what feminism is about. It is not something in which women are “man haters” or feel that the female gender is superior to the male. The female gender has been oppressed for as long as history can remember. Of course, not everyone is aware of the history and often tend to base it on “well, I don’t feel oppressed, my life is great,” or ” I treat women with respect, therefore there is equality,” which is rather closed minded. I can straight away admit that growing up in my life, it was a close-knit family and there was indeed a lot of respect for all genders. However, it’s when I began to finally socialise more, make friends out of my small, caucasian-based community that I began to really see the difference. In the last few years, I’ve made friends from pretty much every walk of life. Non-binary genders, LGBTQA+ community, different races, religions, rich, poor, famous, nobodies and you really begin to learn.

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Feminism is important to me. Feminism is important to me because there are so many consequences of being a female. Even if up in my life until I finally stepped foot out into the world I felt extremely privileged, you wake up and see reality. Feminism is important to me because when I or my female friends or family go out, we are told “to be careful” and “don’t walk alone” because there is a fear of being raped. Feminism is important to me because we as a society are teaching women to change how we dress instead of teaching men to not rape. Because approximately 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped in England and Wales alone every year, meaning there’s roughly 11 rapes (of adults alone) every hour. These figures include assaults by penetration and attempts. And usually, there is very much a lot of victim blaming.

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Boxing Day Sales

My Boxing Day Sales Picks 2016

Dinner has been devoured, bellies are full and the Christmas specials are on the TV. The biggest part of Christmas 2016 is done and dusted, but now it’s time for one of my most favourite bits – the sales!

If you are a teen or young adult you may prefer to have smaller presents to open and then have money to spend in the sales, or just want to shop them anyway. I’ve done some research and picked out some of the best deals for this year.

FASHION

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New LookTopshop and River Island have already made a start in the game by opening their sales Christmas Eve. Up to a whopping 70% off across all departments including Curves, Petitie, Tall, Maternity, Mens and much more.

ASOS and Missguided are both offering up to 50% off across their websites including clothing, accessories and footwear. One of the big brands people are excited for is Next, who are offering up to 50% across the entire store.

Boohoo are also joining the sales with 60% off as well as H&M offering the same percentage off.

Very is another with up to half price across the entire site as well as fashion. Also in the sales, John Lewis are offering up to half price on womenswear as well as different departments having sales.

BEAUTY

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Debenhams are having an entire sale across all apartments, but most notably people are very excited for the beauty and fragrance sale, offering up to 50%. Joining in the half price sales are Superdrug, LUSH and Boots.

If you’re keen on high-end brands, you may be pleased to know that Illamasqua are offering up to 70% off on their online sale. Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty and Feelunique are also ripping off 50% of prices on their website.

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October Favourites 2016

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I’ve been on a slippery slope with monthly favourites as of late. I didn’t know what I actually favoured for some months and last month was my birthday so I didn’t want to do a post then because it’d be pretty bias, not to mention my birthday is the tail end of the month, so it wouldn’t have felt fair to me. Not that anyone is going to get offended. Anyway, this month has definitely made up for it all, with a whopping ten favourites to discuss and share reviews with you.

LUSH Shimmy Shimmy Bar

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After Lily taught me a genius little hack with this shimmer bar, I just had to get it. I’m not normally the type to use shimmer bars, but when she told me that these act perfectly as highlighters, I was instantly sold. It works really well, just as Lily said. It was perfect for when I went to a concert at the beginning of the month and since glittery/shimmery highlighters are all the rage, I felt like it was a right steal to get such a glowing look without needing to use a high quality highlighter which would cost a fair bit.

Available from LUSH for £5.50

LUSH Monsters’ Ball bath bomb

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I was given this as a birthday present and after seeing so many amazing Instagram posts of the bomb in action, I was elated to have this. Using it was so fun because of the beautiful colours that fizz from the product were so beautiful and morphed into a gorgeous midnight blue bath water. This is a seasonal product at LUSH meaning it’s only on sale for a specific period of time, so it’s sad to think that I won’t see this product until next year (possibly, if it doesn’t get discontinued) but it’s also lovely to have limited edition products to look forward to.

This product is no longer on sale 

LUSH Lipstick in Decisive

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Another birthday present was this beautiful lipstick. I’m usually one to wear a red lip on special occasions and for eveningwear. It was fairly long lasting and felt light on my lips, with hardly any smudging. I had a fair few compliments, too, which is always nice.

Available from LUSH for £14.50

Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation

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I bought this back in Brighton when on a mini spending spree and having heard so many people raving about the foundation that I was intrigued to try it. It’s a full coverage and doesn’t need much product applied to get the perfect and flawless complexion. This was my first high end foundation and I definitely think it was worth every penny, with the product being a luxury and living up to the description of long lasting.

Available from Debenhams for £27

Fifth Harmony’s 727 Tour

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As previously mentioned, I went to see Fifth Harmony perform their ‘727’ tour in Cardiff as my friend, Camryn, was the support act. I highly enjoyed the show and although not my most favourite artists, the girls performance definitely changed my opinion on them and I gained a newfound respect for them as an act. Despite them being the headline act, it was Camryn who made the show for me, but perhaps that may come from a bias point of view having been her friend and a fan for so long. The whole show was amazing to watch and I’ve found myself listening to more of Fifth Harmony’s music since leaving the arena.

Olly Murs – Grow Up

This is Olly’s second single to come from his upcoming album, ’24 Hours’ and I really fell in love with this one. It’s relatable for me on a personal level, but I’m fairly confident that everyone has a story that can track back to this song. The music video was brilliant and cleverly made, also highly enjoyable to watch Olly working with young children. It’s a song I’ve been playing a lot and is on my current playlist.

Niall Horan – This Town

The release of Niall’s debut single was pretty unexpected. We all knew he’d been in the studio, but wasn’t really talkative about his own solo career. The song is so beautiful and I always have a soft spot for acoustics. I felt as though the love song was so heart warming and definitely fitted Niall’s style. Another song I’ve listened to a fair bit over the past month.

Little Mix -Shoutout To My Ex

Little Mix are back with the new era of their upcoming album, ‘Glory Days’ and the first single, ‘Shoutout To My Ex’ is nothing short of perfection. It’s the ideal girl power anthem post-break up and is what the girls describe as a ‘happy break-up song’. The premiere was a live performance on ‘The X Factor’ and showed off the strong and powerful vocals of Jesy, Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jade. The music video is also a fantastic piece of cinematography and highly aesthetically pleasing. It’s no surprise I’ve had it on repeat for the second half of the month following its release.

Our World by Little Mix

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Little Mix’s autobiography released this month which I preordered months in advance. I felt as though the book was very real and hard hitting about the reality of four young girls living typical working class lives across the UK to becoming the first (and currently only) group to win The X Factor and become the biggest girlband of our generation,but at the same time they are fairly humble by sharing both the pros and cons of their careers. I felt as though they talked to their audience on the same level, rather than looking down as they are far superior. I had a lot to say about the book and wrote a review for United by Pop, if you’re interested.

Available from Waterstones for £13.99

The Little Book of Feminism by Harriet Dyer

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I call myself a feminist, since I am for and believe in everything feminism stands for, but I wasn’t fully educated on the background of feminism and how it began, what the origins were. This little book, only 96 pages long, is the ideal book for those wanting to learn about feminism or are intrigued by it, but don’t know where to start. Since fourth wave feminism is currently blowing up in the media, in particular social media and pop culture, this would be the perfect stocking filler for someone such as perhaps a teenager who wants to gain a better understanding of the movement. The book is more full of facts as to what has happened, what is happening,etc. rather than opinion based. It doesn’t go into too much detail, but is great for putting you on track as to understand the basics of feminism.

Available from Waterstones for £5.99

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5 cute and useful make up storage items you need in your life

 

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Make up is an amazing thing, but sometimes keeping it organised can be a pain in the butt or just not look very neat, even if it’s in designated storage. I’ve found five of the cutest and neatest ways to keep your beauty products in order and just looking amazing when not in use.

 

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These gorgeous upcycled jars painted in a stunning rose gold are perfect to organise your brushes on your dresser and look pretty darn cute, too.

Available on Etsy for £21

 

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This gorgeous cream make up caddy is great to store bits n bobs of make up, perfumes, brushes and even jewellery! Pretty much anything small that clutters your dresser or make up space can be kept in here and look much more presentable.

Available from Lakeland for £16

 

 

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This nail polish rack organiser is a great way to store your nail polishes and put them proudly on display. I personally think it also doubles as some quirky art that just shows off your love for nails!

Available from Etsy for £30

 

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These bags are perfect for any gal or guy on the move that needs to take their make up! There are four different designs and are extremely affordable!

Available from eBay for £3.45

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This is perfect for any drawer. I know that mine are very cluttered so this is perfect to put the right items in the right section. The great thing about this is that it’s expandable and fits many drawers!

Available from The Holding Company for £15.95

 

What products do you think are most useful? What do you use for storing your make up?

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Get Adele's make up look from The BRITs at an affordable price!

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If you’re big on pop culture and music, you may well have watched The BRITs on Wednesday night. If you did, you saw Adele dominate the entire ceremony by winning four awards plus giving a stunning performance to close the show. She sounded fantastic and looked fabulous. You’d expect that her make up artist used high end products to create a flawless face which was picture perfect for a star studded event, right?

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Well, here’s the plot twist – the products used on Adele are totally affordable for you and I. Here’s a rundown of the products that Michael Ashton used on the ‘Hello’ hit-maker.

 

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Eyeshadow: Tom Ford Eye Colour Quad (Nude Dip) – £64

As for the lip product, Ashton kept the secret under lock and key, but any red lip product would look amazing in a recreation of Adele’s award-winning look.

While the eyeshadow and moisture balm are on the pricy side, it’s definitely affordable to achieve Adele’s glowing skin and with a bit of experimenting, you could get a very similar look on the eyeshadow with a Naked palette or dupe.

What do you think of Adele’s MOTD for The BRITs? Fancy indulging into the products she used knowing the results it gave her?

 

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Disney Nerd: Minnie Mouse collection is landing in Sephora!

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If you’re a Disney / beauty fan, then I come baring good news for you! A Minnie Mouse themed collection will be arriving at Sephora this April and it looks AMAZING.

Despite the fact that Disney make up may sometimes be seen as for kids, this is in fact for all us maturer fans with some quality cosmetic. The Minnie Mouse collection consists of a red lipstick, lip stain kit, compact mirror, eyeshadow palette of 20 colors, six brushes, an illuminating blush and a set of two liquid eyeliners. The collection looks absolutely gorgeous and channels Minnie’s iconic style of polka dots and bows along with some stunning Disney details.

Not only is it a #RedLipstick $15? but it has #MinnieMouse on it with her signature ?Well that will be hard to use!- YES for the lipstick and YES for #NotForUse #Makeup Drawer (I know u have one too lol) ❤️?#DisneyMinnieBeauty #Collection : 1.Minnie’s Black & White Felt Liner Duo $20 A set of two liquid eyeliners Black / White 2.Minnie’s Inner Glow Luminizer Blush $22 A soft, pink shade. 3. A six-piece brush set $58 4. A lip stain set $26 5. #EyeshadowPalette with 20 shades $45 6. A Mirror $26 Will be available @Sephora around March – April What are your thoughts? ? XO #Trendmood #disney #Collection #LimitedEdition #sephora #sephoraXDisney #makeup #makeupporn #MakeupOnPoint #makeupobsessed #makeupjunkie #makeupaddict #Eyeshadow #MinnieMouseSephora pic & info: @allure THANK U for this BEAUTIFUL update: @blankbeautycanvas ?? A photo posted by TRENDMOOD (@trendmood1) on Feb 4, 2016 at 3:51pm PST

And living in the UK doesn’t even have to be a big problem because not only does Sephora offer shipping to the UK, but there’s even talks about a Sephora being placed in Harrods, London! RIP to my bank account. The collection price ranges between $15-$45 which averages to around £10-£30 and is said to be of amazing quality. What do you think of the collection – will you be purchasing anything? And have you heard about the Sephora coming to London? Let me know in the comments!   Signature

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Review: Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara

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Everyone has been raving about the new Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara, so when I was out shopping recently, I decided to pick one up and give it a try.

Warning!! Apply responsibly!! Introducing Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara. Will you dare to get the Push Up Effect? Our 1st Push-Up brush with Cup-Shaped bristles boosts and thickens lashes. The formula Instantly plumps & volumises the look of lashes, with Styling Wax to keep them lifted. Intense black colour for a dramatic, sultry look. Result: A luscious pair of plumped up, full, thick lashes that last all day and night!

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This is what my lashes looked like after one coat. They definitely have the push up effect. After applying a second coat, however, I wasn’t too impressed as my lashes seemed to clump together and look really weird. My overall thoughts are that it’s a great mascara for one coat. Avoid putting more than one because I found that there was a lot of clumping going on, but with the one coat as shown above, there was definitely some push up vibes going on. My lashes don’t look like how the product’s adverts showcase, but I’m not sure if that’s ever the case, unless you’re Gigi Hadid who’s in the ads. Pick up the mascara from Boots for £5.99 Have you tried this mascara? What are your thoughts?

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Treat yourself to free coffee and make up this Valentines Day…

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Whether you’re lonely this Valentine’s Day or totally in lust or love, there’s always an excuse for this amazing deal going on right now.

Benefit Cosmetics and Starbucks have buddied up on this amazing #BestFriends campaign. From 1st February you can head to any Benefit Cosmetics counter and pick up a Starbucks sleeve absolutely free which guarantees you a buy-one-get-one-free on any hot drink! If that isn’t bloody brilliant on its own, when you’re in Starbucks, pick up a pink emoji coaster which is also free to redeem a free ‘makeupper’ or make over. Free make over AND coffee? Uh, yes please!

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And, if you’re lucky enough to live in or be visiting London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Liverpool there will be a pop up pamper parlour in selected Starbucks stores!

So grab your BFF, your mum or your partner and treat yourselves. You deserve it.

 

Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.

January Favourites 2016

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You know how I said that 2016 was going to be a fresh start for me? So far, that’s not happened. Since New Year’s Day, I’ve been ill with this… I don’t even know what because I’m not sure if it’s the flu but it’s not a simple cold. It’s the end of the month and I’m still not feeling 100% but hopefully after visiting the doctor again, I’ll be given something to blast this bug out of me.

Anyway, that’s my reasoning for lack of blog posts and why my monthly favourites aren’t too extravagant. Please forgive me but enjoy reading about things I did favour this January.

Skullcandy Jib Earphones

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I’m terrible for earphones – I manage to lose them or break them all the time, but when I decided to pick up my latest pair, I made a promise with myself that I’d look after them. I purchased the Skullcandy earphones from ASDA for £10.00 and they are absolutely amazing for the amount I paid. I have friends who are often willing to pay around £30.00 for earphones to ensure great quality, but these earphones have a great sound to them and since I can sometimes be hard of hearing, I can hear my music in a lot more detail and feel the bass more than just listening by ear. Skullcandy are said to be a great make and were originally recommended to me by my friend who was highly satisfied with her purchase. I have to agree with her as I think they’re great and worth every penny for music lovers! They have also been a great use for Skype calls when I’ve had meetings with Maximum Pop as I can hear people quite clearly (when Skype actually works…)

Available from ASDA for £10.00

LUSH’s Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask

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On one of the days where my painkillers had kicked in, I decided to give myself some TLC with the face mask I had picked up from a mini LUSH haul I had with Courtney in the sales. I’ve used the Love Lettuce face mask before, but totally forgot how much I loved the product. I have an oily face which I find pretty stressful to clear up without breaking out, but this face mask helped dry up my skin a bit for around 3-4 days which I was very satisfied with (bare in mind I had been mainly bed bound for most of this month so my skincare routine was out the window excluding this face mask I decided to do) and I have plenty to do a number of face masks within the 3 week expiry date (tip: I’ve been told by a LUSH worker these can actually be used up to a week after the expiry date, so if you’re like me and still have some left over, don’t waste it!)

Available from LUSH for £6.75 

The Big Bang Theory Season 9 

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I’ve previously mentioned TBBT in a favourites blog, but season 9 is currently playing and I have managed to catch up during my days in bed and so far I’m enjoying it a lot. It’s been my go-to binge show this month and without any spoilers, I’ve really enjoyed seeing the characters develop more. I think Sheldon and Amy have definitely made huge developments both individually and as a couple (and yes I am a Shamy shipper. #Shamy4ever!) and think Penny has definitely matured a lot. I’m looking forward to finishing the rest of the season and as I’m writing this, I’m patiently waiting for a new episode to be released in the UK.

Tanya Burr Sugar Plum Nail Polish

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This polish was part of a Christmas set which has sadly been discontinued. I absolutely love the shade and find it perfect for the winter season of dark shades. I stupidly didn’t take a photo of my nails before they chipped but they managed not to start flaking until around 7 days after which is very rare for me as I type a lot and usually that means my polish flakes off, especially on my thumbs as for some weird reason I hit the space bar using the side which means half of my nail hits the keyboard and causes serious chipping. However, this lasted pretty well and hopefully the shade will be included in the 2016 Christmas collection or brought back as a permanent edition to the Tanya Burr Cosmetics nail polish line. Fingers crossed!

Tums Smoothies

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I suffer with acid reflux a lot. I take medication for it but some days even the meds don’t work. My mother had recently picked up a packet of Tums Smoothies which the entire family is sharing and they worked so well. I wasn’t expecting much for over-the-counter products when I get acid reflux quite bad, but they worked really well. I had the Assorted Fruits but next time I’ll probably pick up the Berry Fusion as I’m more of a berry flavoured kind of gal. I think these are perfect to pop in your bag for on the go because they seemed to work pretty quickly, which was a great relief.

Available from Boots for £3.69

PILLOWTALK – Zayn Malik

Okay, I wasn’t going to include this until next month’s favourites as it’s only just come out, but I’ve had it on repeat ever since it released on Friday, so clearly I love it enough for it to make this month’s favourites! Zayn’s debut single since leaving One Direction has finally dropped and though I never thought I would be into the kind of music he likes (I mean he was pals with Naughty Boy for a while and I didn’t take a shining to his music so…) but I was oh so wrong. It’s a great song and it’s about loving sex but he doesn’t objectify women which is kind of refreshing.

As I said, not a great deal of exciting things this month, but hopefully as I recover from this deadly bug I’ll be up and about more to use various things and then rave about my love for them!

What did you enjoy this month?

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