Spring shoes!

Happy Friday friends, hope the week has been good to you!

I’ve been inspired by a few trends lately and usually i’m not one to jump on the bandwagon. My style is classy, not very complicated yet stylish, as i like to put it.

When it comes on to footwear, give me a pair of pumps and i’m out the door. However last season i found myself wearing a lot of strappy, gladiator typed heels and to be honest that wasn’t really my style. I suppose being the ‘fashion junkie’ that i am, i wanted to explore, and that’s quite ok, as i’ve learned what works and what doesn’t for me.

Back to my simple, statement footwear!

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These black with clear straps, snake print mules are from Missguided. Simple, elegant and sexy! Mules are very on trend and  i have to admit i absolutely love them. They add such a feminine touch to any outfit. You can find them in flats, chunky heels or stilettos.

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You can never go wrong with a pop of colour in your closet. These are such a classy number! Pumps are and forever will be trendy. These gorgeous babes are from Newlook. They are quite comfortable as well, so i’m thinking of adding a few more to my ever growing shoe collection! A little white dress, or a pair of skinny jeans are just a few ways to show these off.

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I was never a fan of the slides, i thought they were the most hideous looking slippers i’ve ever seen! What was i thinking? haha. They are super cute and perfect for running errands in without looking drab. The most popular are the ones with furs, however the bow on these adds a more girly look. Pair them with your favourite denim shorts and a t shirt for a casual nicely put together look. These are from Missguided.

I’ve showcased a few more of my favourites on my channel, so feel free to stop by. Thank you.

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Best body scrub ever?

I’m constantly trying new body scrubs and this one i came across is absolutely amazing! Could this be one of the best body scrubs on the market? Let’s find out.

I must have been through quite a few body scrubs in the past few years, one of my favourites is the coffee scrub from Lush, i’ve done a review on that one as well, here’s the link.

https://shaunzworld.com/2016/11/17/lush-face-and-body-mask/

Doing my usual shopping at one of my local stores Tk Maxx, i saw this brand, never heard of them or seen them before. The first thing i saw from them were bath salts, so i picked up a bag, yet to try it out! Went back a few months later and saw a jar of their body scrub, so i picked it up and gave it a go!

Westlab detoxing salt, body scrub and bath soak, with Himalayan salt, mint and lemongrass, has no microbeads, which some of us may know are harmful to the environment. It is 100% pure, with mineral salts and natural essential oils.

The main ingredient salt is designed to wash away dead skin cells, which sometimes sit on top of the skin, leaving it feeling rough and dull. It’s great for minimising spots or ingrown hairs. This scrub will improve the texture and appearance of the skin, resulting in a more soft, smooth and healthy look. It can also be used in the bath as well, so it’s basically two in one.

It also claims that the essential oil fragrances when inhaled can trigger mood enhancing effects, helping you to feel more relaxed and uplifted.

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My first impressions, how awesome is this stuff? My skin has never been this smooth and soft! I’ve used it twice and i have to stress that it does exactly what it says.

The salt grains exfoliates very well, and are just the right size to get all the dead cells off the skin. Silky smooth and as soft as velvet!

We are advised to take care when using it in the shower as the oils can make the surface quite slippery.

I will be heading back to the store for more, i’m really loving this scrub!

What’s your favourite body scrub?

Love

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Maybelline Fit me foundation

Rarely i find a drugstore foundation that works for me. I can count on one hand the ones that i’ve tried that i genuinely liked. Off the top of my head here are a couple of my favourites. Revlon and L’oreal Tru Match. Yes i know not much but i can use these foundations and not worry about breakouts or getting too oily throughout the day.

I actually bought the Maybelline Fit Me foundation about five years ago but somehow picked up the wrong shade, i decided that was a sign that it wouldn’t have done anything at all for my skin, so it was never used. This was the one in the glass bottle.

Now being a lot on social media i always hear others speak about products that in their opinion are ‘holygrails’, and this foundation came up highly recommended so i wanted to test it out and see what all the fuss was about.

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This foundation is available in a wide variety of shades, i was pleasantly surprised when my local drugstore had my shade and deeper ones. Our voices are being heard women of colour! The shade i’m using at the moment is Truffle, it is a little darker than desired but it will be perfect for the Summer.

Claims:

1- Give a natural matte finish

2- Great for normal/oily skin

3- 12hr wear

4- Medium/full coverage

5- Targets shine and visibly erases the look of pores

My thoughts on this foundation:

I really like the longevity and it gives great coverage. The plastic tube packaging is also a plus as it is very light, so this makes it travel friendly. It won’t make a mess as the glass bottle does as the small hole allows for manageability.

I know this foundation isn’t exactly new, but i had to say my piece on it. Great drugstore foundation find i must say, and the price wasn’t bad either!

Have you tried this foundation before? What are your thoughts? Please let me know, thanks for stopping by.

Love

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Soft sunset eyes

Hello lovelies,

I previously did a review/swatch on the OPV Beauty ‘Gorgeous’ palette, see here.

https://shaunzworld.com/2017/05/06/opv-beauty-gorgeous-eyeshadow-palette/ I wanted to test out the eyeshadows with a base on my lids to see if they would come off more pigmented and of course the shimmery shades worked well, with just a little bit of fall out. As for the matte shades, i had to work a little extra on them by packing them onto my lids for them to actually show up on my skin how i wanted them to. I also added some setting spray to my brush, so that i could intensify the eyeshadows some more, that my friend always work like a charm!

Here’s the first look i created from the palette, i will be using it to create other looks as well.

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As you can see a very soft, simple and effortless look. If you like simple, beautiful looks then you’d truly appreciate this one.

How to achieve eye look:

Use a primer or base of choice, a white base will make the shadows pop a lot more so i would recommend that.

Use orange shade as crease colour or transition if you will, add a brown shade to intensify the crease. Blend both together very well for a seamless finish.

Add the bronze shade to outer areas of the lid, then the golden yellow to inner parts of the lids, blend ends where they both meet into each other, so there are no harsh lines.

Remember blending is your friend when it comes on to makeup application! Then proceed to lining top lash line and add lashes for a more dramatic effect. Easy lemon squeezy haha. On the lips i have OPV Beauty matte lipstick in ‘Fame’.

To see how i did this look check out video! Thank you.

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OPV Beauty ‘Gorgeous’ eyeshadow palette

Hello butterflies, hope your weekend is going great so far. I wanted to quickly share with you an eyeshadow palette that i got from OPV Beauty.

I am in love with the colour selection, let’s just say this is a one stop shop for most eye looks! It has from neutrals to a few bold shades.

OPV is a UK based brand, however they ship worldwide, they have quite a bit of products in their line. I’ve been trying to test most of these items and so far they are actually not bad. In my previous post i spoke about their matte lipsticks, i mentioned how lovely they are, so you can expect to see me collecting more of them!

Back to the topic at hand! This palette consists of 35 shades, 17 matte and 18 shimmer. It’s what i would call a mixed bag! Some of the matte shades didn’t seem to swatch very well on my skin, however using a white base will surely bring out the pigments a bit more, as for the shimmer ones, wow! They are absolutely delightful, the pigmentation is top notch.

When i saw the palette on Beauty Bay it immediately reminded me of the Morphe Palettes, however i’ll have to admit the Morphe palettes take the cake! This palette is very reasonably priced at £20, and quite lightweight, so this makes it travel friendly.

Now here’s the palette i speak of, it is called the “Gorgeous” palette.

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OPV Beauty ‘Gorgeous’ palette

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What are my thoughts? Beautiful palette and great choice of colours, but as i mentioned above some are not as pigmented as others. That i can fix by using a very good base. Many looks can be created from this palette, perfect for weekend getaways! My favourites hands down were the warmer tones, if you know me, then you’d know that i always marvel about warmer tones on my skin.

How do i rate this palette? I’d give it a 7/10, just because the more neutral shades need to be a bit more pigmented for my liking.

Do you have this palette? Let me know how you feel about it. Thanks for stopping by.

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OPV Beauty matte lipstick swatches

You ought to know by now that i’m a complete lipstick junkie, haha! Guilty as charged, i was surfing the internet and saw Beauty Bay pop up, so what did i do? Clicked the link and went right into shopping mode. Oh boy, maybe i need help or not!

I was due for some new lipsticks anyway as i do get bored easily of what’s in my collection. I saw OPV and decided that i should give them a whirl. Few hours later i had five liquid lipsticks in my basket and some other bits and pieces, which you will no doubt see featured here soon.

I find myself gravitating a lot towards nudes and nudish pink lipsticks lately as they are so subtle yet flattering. It also depends on how it’s worn as some nude lipsticks require a brown lip liner to make it look somewhat decent on women of colour.

Now here are some of the lipsticks i picked up.

This one is called Boss B- It is a dusky pink. I had to pair it with Nyx lip liner in ‘cocoa’ to make it a bit more subtle and wearable on my skin tone.IMG_1436

Can someone say barbie? Haha, ok i’m not the biggest fan of this shade but i thought it would be fun for the Summer. I definitely need to tone this down a whole lot! I might use a lighter shade in the middle to give it an ombre effect. This shade is called ‘Resist’ a bright and vibrant pink.IMG_1439

I’m in love with this red called ‘Silencer’, it suits my skin tone so well. It gives me a regal, classy feel! Kind of old Hollywood vibe. This is a true red shade.IMG_1434

Pros;

1- lightweight

2.Comfortable on the lips

3.Nicely pigmented

4.Smudge proof

Cons;

1.Streaky whilst applying

2.Slight paint scent

3.Might need to apply 2 coats

These lipsticks retail for £8 on Beauty Bay. I really do like them! I have a couple more that i showed on my channel so be sure to have a watch. Have you tried them before? Let me know. Thanks for stopping by.

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Bellapierre bronzer

Hey beautiful!

I love a good highlight especially for Summer, when the sun hits my skin it gives me a natural looking, healthy glow. Now one of my friends introduced me to this bronzer and i can honestly say it is giving me life! The golden, rich tones compliment my skin so well, it looks like i’ve been kissed by the sun. The shade i used is called Starshine.

This silky smooth mineral bronzer by Bellapierre is non comedogenic, talc and paraben free. Also suitable for sensitive and problem prone skin. An absolute must have for dark to deep skin tones.

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The only hiccup about this bronzer is that it can get a bit messy as with all products that are loose. What i would suggest is to take up a small amount on a brush, tap off excess and build it up to your liking.

I am really loving this bronzer, i can’t seem to put it down. I sometimes use it as an eyeshadow, that’s one of the best parts about it, it’s multi purpose. If you think it won’t work for you as a bronzer, just sweep it onto your lids and inner tear ducts.

This bronzer is also available in different shades, so light to medium skin tones can get to experience the magic!

I give this bronzer a thumbs up. If you’ve tried it before let me know what you think about it. Thanks for stopping by.

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