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Monday, 21 August 2017

Illamasqua Summer Sale Haul

Hey,

Recently Illamasqua had their annual summer sale and of course, me being me, I couldn't say no. It was absolutely jam packed full of amazing goodies though. Which are really hard to resist, so I may go gotten ever so slightly carried away to say the least...

Like usual with an Illamasqua Sale, there was up to 70% off and at least 50%. Plus then every so often they add a whole new drop of goodness to the line up, so I did end up making something like four orders overall for this lot, oops! Thank goodness for free delivery!
Firstly I picked up the Gel Colour in Charm, as I already have the contour version of this in the shade Silhouette and it's one of my all time favourite Illamasqua products. As they're a gel consistency, even though it looks like a terrifyingly bright neon orange. It applies to the skin in such a natural subtle flush of colour, you can see the skin right through it. You can either build it up or keep it light and sheer, plus it can also be used on the eyes and lips.

I also grabbed two lipsticks that I've been eyeing up for years and yet never actually got around to purchasing. They are Climax; a rosy matte nude and the Glamore Lipstick in Buff; which is a cool brown with a satin finish. I must admit Buff is a tad darker than I was expecting it to be. I've always loved it on other people, however when I think about it they always have gorgeous luscious tans. Unlike little old me and my MAC NW10 complexion, so maybe I can still rock it with a bit of bronzer!






I love the Sketch Sticks, I've got two from the Hypnotica Collection already. They are just such versatile products, you can use them for pretty much anything, from body art to eye shadow. Plus they don't take up too much room in your makeup bag. They have a really lovely creamy consistency that stays put. Shades such as Trance (orange) and Trip (green), make great colour correctors. A little bit of Free (pink) is a very pretty blush. Then its always handy to have a product like Haze (black) and a fun shade such as Higher (yellow).

Another product I went a bit nuts over, were the single shadows. They were reduced down to something like £5 each. I couldn't say no! Especially when there were so many of their popular shades included in the selection. I would highly recommend adding Illamasqua shadows to your stash. They are matte shades, pack a real punch in terms of pigment, as they always do! I love them as they're such a dream to work with, they blend so easily and they just do what you want. So I grabbed Incubus; a dark grey, this one is great at Halloween for skulls by the way! Vernau; a warm ochre brown, Justify; a cool pale sand, Wolf; a rich chocolate brown, Truth; a cool almost purple toned brown and I couldn't not pick up a fun bright colour like Apex; which is an orange toned red, it is Illamasqua after all.

Lastly I added a few cult Illamasqua products into the mix, such as Android Pure Pigment. Which is basically just the most magical black pigment with a silver shimmer running through it. Again another great one at Halloween for a glam skull look. Or even just pressed into some liner or onto a smoky eye.

I couldn't believe it when I spotted Androgen Cream Pigment in the sale. The Cream Pigments are another great one for colour correcting, I highly recommend adding these to your kit if you're a makeup artist. The peachy pink tone of Androgen is great for under the eye, to tackle any stubborn dark circles. Due to its waxy texture it won't be disturbed by any makeup you put on top of it either. However it does also make a really great blusher or an eyeshadow base too.

Finally I thought I would try the Bronzer Duo in Glint/Solar. Bronzer isn't really a product I use too much of. It is one however that I want to get into the habit of using more often, these two are both more of a warm summer glow kinda product though. Not really suitable if you're looking for a matte bronzer instead, but I'm still looking forward to giving them a good go!
(Swatches: Left to Right - Charm, Climax, Buff, Vernau, Wolf, Higher, Free, Trance, Trip and Haze)
(Swatches: Left to Right - Solar, Glint, Truth, Justify, Incubus, Apex, Androgen, Android)

I cant wait to have a good play about with everything and hopefully maybe get some looks up too? However now I do wish I was going to a festival to get some good work out of those sketch sticks!

Eloise x
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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

A Fresh Start

Hey,

I've been putting off writing this post for days, or had several failed attempts at writing it already. Which is really frustrating as it's something I've wanted to write ever since I started Mallow Beauty. However I've never had the guts to do it, but now after the year I've had, I want to make a change.

Which is why I'm relaunching my blog, as Editing Eloise. A place that's no longer just really about beauty, I want to discuss more than that, I want to discuss whatever I feel like discussing. Although lets face it, there still be a hell of a lot of beauty! A fresh start for the blog and me, as it's a step towards more confidence.

I've missed blogging so much and I cant believe this is actually my first post of 2017! I mean I've had a year and a half of Illamasqua hauling to catch up on, haha! I feel like there's so much to cay and I don't even know where to begin. This new chapter in blogging is going to be more personal. I want to actually put more personality into Editing Eloise, which I feel Mallow Beauty lacked.

The main thing that's spurred me onto do this is actually my health. I've not been feeling fantastic since January this year, which is why among other reasons, I haven't blogged in so long! Then last month I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. I've also kinda mentioned in the past on here that I also suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as well. But in a way I've always been scared of what people would think of me If I talked about it on here. However they're both things I'd like to discuss more of and just health related topics. I don't know if my experiences can help anyone else at all. But it feels good just to have somewhere for it all to spill out, which I think is what's so amazing about blogging.

So before I get carried away, that is something coming to the new and hopefully improved Editing Eloise. (I hope you like it!) Please let me know If there's anything you'd like me to discuss however, as I must admit I'm still terrified of sharing more than my favourite lipsticks for once, so I might need the occasional boot up the bum to get me to stick to my word! Although it's sad to say goodbye to Mallow Beauty, here's to more beauty, fashion, food, home decor, lifestyle and whatever else takes my fancy coming in the future!

Eloise x
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Friday, 9 December 2016

A Pre Christmas Treat: Beauty and Homeware Haul

Hi Guys,

I may of fallen into the trap of buying gifts for myself while buying for others this Christmas. With so many bargains about in the run up to Christmas and of course Black Friday too, I think it can easily be done. (I hope I'm not the only one!) 
I've mainly just been picking up bits and pieces for the house and some beauty bargains too. I promise I've also done some Christmas shopping too! 
I picked up two of the Clarins Ombré Waterproof Shadows in 01 Gold Peach and 02 Golden Sand at my local Clarins counter, as they were both half price. So I like to think I kind of got a buy one get one free kind of deal haha. They were a part of this years summer collection, I already have one that I purchased for going on holiday this year. I really enjoyed using that one and it really is waterproof, it didn't really crease or smudge at all and it was comfortable on yet long wearing. I was kicking myself for not picking up more shades, though I'm glad I waited now. 
Of course I couldn't miss the Illamasqua Black Friday sale! I tried to be good, although they had some fantastic bargains, which were very tempting, I just stuck to four. Which included the Nail Varnish in Remains and Quagga which are from the Extinct Collection. I love painting my nails, but I'm limited to the shades I can wear while at work, so as much as I would of paid full price for both of these. I decided to not to purchase them originally, but at £4.50 a polish, I couldn't say no. Remains is a gorgeous purple Jewel toned glitter, which completely captures my heart. As well as quagga, which reminds me of petrol, with its green duo chrome finish.   

I also repurchased my all time favourite Mascara, Masquara in Gain from the Metamorph CollectionIt just does a bit of everything, length, volume and it holds a curl. As well as subtly tinting your lashes the more you use it, so even when you're not wearing mascara, it gives a little bit of definition to the lashes. 

Finally from Illamasqua I grabbed The Corruptor which is their pro product. It's a thick gel consistency, that you can apply over the eyes, cheeks or lips for a glossy finish. But also layer it over other products, which it then breaks down slightly and leaves you with the most gorgeous textured finish. Especially if you want to use it for a grungy eye, it just gives everything that un perfected rougher finish which I love. I also love the packaging too, which is like an origami box, which opens up to reveal the corruptor inside. It's a bit different and something that really stands out on the market. 
Ever since I got my hands on Face By Pixiwoo, I've been trying to find the  Face CompactWhich is kind of like a miniature condensed version of Face. It's handbag sized and great for traveling with, it's just jam packed of useful tips and tricks, as well as gorgeous photography. It's exclusive to boots and is available online and in store, I did have a bit of difficulty trying to find it in store. But it seems to of recently popped up, so if you see it, I really recommend just grabbing it. 

I can't say I'm usually one for sweet, food type scents, so I went out on a bit of a whim and purchased the Zoella Lifestyle Reed Diffuser in Homemade TreatsEvery diffuser in the range comes with a matching candle, bar this one. Which made it pretty difficult to judge what the scent was going to be like. However I actually really do like it, it's quite subtle and not too over powering, it mainly smells of vanilla to me. However it does say it's suppose to be a salted caramel, baked goods kind of scent. 
Last Friday Cath Kidston released the Disney collection of dreams, collaborating with the brand to create a Mickey and Minnie Mouse collection. Which was part two of their Disney collaborations, after a successful Winnie the Pooh collection a few months before. Now although I had signed up for the Pre Sale in August and had a VIP pass, it took me nearly two hours to be able to check out and by then my basket had sold out. Which may have been the most infuriating shopping experience I have ever had. So instead I decided to go to the store the next morning and try to grab the mugs, as I've collected Cath Kidston Mugs for years and there was no way I was missing out on these. But I was in luck, as I managed to get my mitts on them in store. I've never been so pleased to see a mug in my life haha. Although sadly the mugs have sold out online, you can still get a good selection of pieces from the range HERE

Eloise x
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Thursday, 8 December 2016

GlossyBox Mistletoe Kisses

Hi Guys,

I'm back with another Glossybox opening post, the last one of 2016. (I still can't get over how quick this year has flown by!) Over the past four or five years that I've been subscribed to Glossybox (I've lost count!) the festive boxes are always good, however they've picked a winner this Christmas! 

There's quite a few collaborations included in this box, which is themed Mistletoe Kisses, as it's all based around lipstick. There's a collaboration between Glossybox and Missguided, which I think I'll give a go. Ive not tried a lot from Missguided, but the things I have tried have been great for the price. Then there is also another collaboration between Glossybox and Give and Makeup, who ask for new or sometimes swatched cosmetics and toiletries. Which they then donate to women in need after suffering domestic abuse. Which I think is a lovely thing to do and I'm glad Glossybox are helping to promote the idea too. 
 A few weeks ago I received an email from Glossybox, asking me to complete a survey to chose which lipstick I would like from MDM Flow. There were two options; a nude or a deep berry shade, whichever one you picked would determine the contents of your box for this month. It was a difficult decision seeing as at this time of year I wear both shades religiously, however the nude shade swayed me. 
GOSH Mono Eyeshadow in 014 Dark Green - £8.99 for 1.7g
Glossybox really do know how to win my heart, a shadow that's dark green and glittery, this just screams Christmas to me. GOSH isn't really a brand that I've tried a lot from, but anything I have tried again I've loved. But they're still not a brand I would go out and pick up while in SuperDrug. As I tend to stick with what I know and love in the drugstores. However this shadow is gorgeous, the pigmentation is great, you really don't need a lot at all. The glitter doesn't seem to fall down too much and cause a massive under eye mess and it blends really nicely too, which is a win win for me. 

Revlon Nail Enamel in 705 Gray Suede - £6.49 for 14.7ml
I think Revlon polishes are one of those brands that you just can't go wrong withThey have such a pretty selection of colours in a wide range, from classics to brighter and even smelly ones too. I've been looking for a new nude polish to wear to work, as I seem to have every other type of colour in my collection. I love the very subtle shimmer that runs through this, it is quite a cool toned nude, but it's wearable and doesn't drain the colour right out of your hands. Plus Revlon Nail Enamels hardly ever chip, they've got one of the best long wearing formulations I've ever tried. 

MDM Flow Lipstick in Bossy - £18 for 3.5g
MDM Flow is a brand that I think is a little bit more unknown, although I've heard of them and I've wanted to try one of their lipsticks for a while. It's one of those ones that I never got round to trying. (I'm still kicking myself for missing the MDM Flow X House of Glamdolls collaboration!) The lipstick itself is lovely, the formulation of it means it has a semi matte finish. It's moisturising while on and has a good amount of colour pay off, due to the formulation it doesn't drag while being applied either. The colour is quite a warm toned nude, it's definitely a little browner than I thought. The only thing I found a tiny bit disappointing is the packaging, I kind of thought it would be quiet weighty in feel. However it's quite light and just not what I expected from the look or price of it unfortunately. However I do love how fun and different it is, it really stands out on the market. 

Browcote - £6.99 for 4ml
I can't say I'm the biggest fan of Lipcote in the world, however I'm super excited to try their newest product, Browcote. As soon as I read that it's a waterproof sealing gel for your brows, I was sold. I haven't got around to trying it just yet, but I hope I've not built my hopes up too much. As I'm imaging my brows never moving again haha. It'll be interesting to see how it compares to my trusty Illamasqua Brow Build, that also gives me colour and thickens too. As the Browcote just seals the brow hairs in place and won't give it any extra colour or depth. 

Essence Light Up Your Face Luminizer Palette - £3 for 14g
A palette that's just £3 with three different highlighter shades inside?! Now usually I'd be a bit dubious of this actually being any good, but as its Essence and they're actually a really incredible brand when it comes to quality for the price. I'm very excited about this, especially as each shade has a slightly different finish too, giving you so many different options. The three shades are Nude Highlight; a satin natural highlighter, Rosé Highlight; a subtle shimmer pink toned highlight and Golden Highlight; a pearlescent warm golden highlighter. They're all really pigmented, although not the creamiest in feel, they are more powdery when applied. They're an incredible bargain for the selection and standard of the product. 
(Swatches: Left to Right - Nude, Rosé, Golden, Dark Green, Bossy.)

I think Glossyboc has outdone themselves this Christmas, it's fair to say this box is possibly my favourite from their subscription range this year. I would really reccomened grabbing it Here.

Eloise x
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