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20 December 2014

ACER Aspire Switch 10

When I started my blog exactly two years ago, I had no idea how time consuming it would in terms of the time I'd spend online... with blog post writing, emails and multiple social media platforms. When it comes to writing my blog posts, I use my laptop which is practically a brick and definitely not something I can carry around so I've been looking into getting a more portable, lightweight option. I have my iPad mini which I love, but it does have its flaws as a blogging device.. It's extremely difficult to blog on, commenting on blogs is so time consuming and I can't transfer my photos from my DSLR into posts very easily so I tend to just use it for managing my social media accounts and email.

A few weeks back I was contacted by ACER, to see if I'd like to review their Aspire Switch 10 which if I'm brutally honest, I'd never heard of but after researching online, I knew it had potential to be the lightweight and portable device I was looking for. The ACER Aspire Switch 10 is really quite unique as it's essentially a computer in a 10.1" tablet form, with an attachable keyboard allowing you to use it as either a tablet on its own or with the keyboard.

ACER Inspire Switch 10
ACER Inspire Switch 10

Setting up the Switch 10 was incredibly easy, and only took a matter of minutes after I'd charged it up for the very first time, straight from the box. I'm really impressed with how solid the tablet feels, it feels so much more sturdier and robust compared to my iPad mini and it fits comfortably in the hands. Obviously it's a lot bigger than my iPad mini as its 10.1" but this is actually the perfect size at night when you're sitting up in bed, as it lays across my lap comfortably. The keyboard feels slightly less solid than the tablet, but that's to be expected as the battery and processor are all in the tablet. I was initially worried that the keys on the keyboard may be a little too cramped for my sausage fingers which would make typing difficult but they're really not, and I can type comfortably and easily. 

ACER Inspire Switch 10
ACER Inspire Switch 10

To attach the keyboard to the tablet, there are two plastic connectors which slide into the base of the tablet thanks to strong magnets, which makes attaching (and removing) the keyboard very quick and easy which I love. What makes the Switch 10 stand out, is that it has a USB 2.0 port on the keyboard, and it has a mini USB port on the tablet, so you can attach external hard drives, printers, cameras etc with ease which you can't do with an iPad. I can upload images directly from my camera onto the Switch 10 which again I couldn't do with my iPad which is seriously frustrating. There's no disc drive on the device, but you can go to the website of the brand of your camera, phone, or printer etc to download a link to install it onto the system so it's really no issue not having a disc drive.

The operating system on the ACER Switch 10 is Microsoft Windows 8, and it even comes with Microsoft Office which is amazing as it'd cost you around £80 to purchase that alone so to see it on the Switch 10 is really impressive. The interface is really easy to use, maybe even more so than a conventional laptop as you're able to use the keyboard or the touchscreen, or you can use a combination of both which I really like doing, especially when blog reading/commenting as you can scroll much quicker than say using the mouse track pad. 

ACER Inspire Switch 10

I am genuinely so impressed with everything about the ACER Aspire Switch 10, and there's nothing that I don't like. It really is the perfect blogging device that makes writing posts, reading blogs, commenting, social media and emails incredibly easy especially as it's so lightweight with a battery of upto 8 hours which is so much better than my laptop so it's ideal for taking out and about. If I was made to give the Switch 10 back tomorrow, I'd definitely purchase it for myself as it makes blogging so much easier, and amazingly I rarely even turn my proper laptop on now, as the Switch 10 does everything that my laptop does but it's quicker, much more lightweight and compact as well as being extremely user friendly. The Switch 10 would make for the most perfect Christmas present for anyone, but this really is the dream device for bloggers...

19 December 2014

Beauty UK Ultimate Contour Palette

The beauty world has become contouring crazy thanks to Kim Kardashian's makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic revealing all his tips on how he creates Kim's heavily sculpted makeup look. Now for me personally, contouring isn't something I do on a daily basis.. but it is something I like to do when I'm wearing perhaps a fuller face of makeup to stop my skin from looking one-dimensional. Until now I've been enjoying using my beloved NYX Powder Blush in Taupe, which is a cool-toned grey shade, for my contouring but when I spotted that Beauty UK had created their custom Ultimate Contour Palette, I had to give it a try especially as it's only £4.99.

Beauty UK Ultimate Contour Palette Review
Beauty UK Ultimate Contour Palette Review

The Beauty UK Ultimate Contour Palette contains three shallow, circular pans of Contour, Bronzer and Highlighter creams inside a black cardboard box with a magnetic lid. The packaging isn't particularly great, as it's a little flimsy with a thin piece of plastic in lid. Each pan contains just 2.36ml of product which isn't very generous, although the palette is only £4.99.. but it's something to consider if you plan to use it everyday as I can't imagine it would last for very long at all. On the back of the box, there is quite a good guide to show you where each of the three products should be used which I really like, making it ideal for contouring newbies.

Beauty UK Ultimate Contour Palette Review

The contour cream is a great shade, as it's not at all warm or orange toned so it's perfect for creating the appearance of a natural shadow. The bronzer shade is pretty orange, so it'd be most suited those with a warm undertone, and the highlight shade is a slightly warm cream which doesn't contain any shimmer particles. I like to apply the contour shade with a brush like the Sigma F60, in the places I want to use it such as the hollows of the cheeks, jawline and temples and then use the Real Techniques Stippling Brush to blend it in to get rid of any harsh, obvious lines. For the highlighter cream, I like to use a blending brush like the Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush. 

I love the contour cream as it's really effective, but I don't like the bronzer as it's just too warm toned and it looks very muddy against my skintone. The highlighter shade applies well, but I feel that it'd be more noticeable on those with darker skintones as this shade is actually my skintone so it doesn't actually make very much difference. I think this palette is impressive for a drugstore contour palette, as I've not found anything comparable from other brands.. but it would be better suited for those with a darker, warmer complexion than mine. 

18 December 2014

No7 Smokey Eye Brush & Lash and Brow Brush Pro

No7 Smokey Eye Brush & Lash and Brow Brush Pro
No7 Smokey Eye Brush & Lash and Brow Brush Pro

I've tried a fair few No7 products over the years, but never have I tried their makeup brushes. I'm not entirely sure why their makeup brush range has escaped me, but when I'm at a No7 Counter, it's their makeup that usually catches my eye. I've been trialing two of their eye brushes over the last month or so, and I'm actually really impressed. From the twelve strong No7 Makeup Brush range, I have the No7 Smokey Eye Brush £7.25* and the No7 Lash & Brow Brush Pro £8*.. each of which are individually package within a protective clear plastic wallet.

No7 Smokey Eye Brush & Lash and Brow Brush Pro

The No7 Smokey Eye Brush is really sleek with a glossy, black wooden handle with a shiny black ferrule, and the name of the brush is printed on the handle which is great if you own multiple brushes, or you're just starting out with makeup brushes. The brush has natural bristles that are shaped into a tapered dome that No7 suggests using for smudging out liner or shadow. I wear eyeliner pencil within my waterline on a daily basis which can look a little harsh, so this brush is ideal for smudging the liner for a softer look as well as helping it to stay in place for longer. The small, rounded, dome shape of the bristles also lends itself well as a crease shadow brush for when I want a more defined, precise contoured crease.. and it can also be used to smudge shadow along the upper and lower lashlines too.

No7 Smokey Eye Brush & Lash and Brow Brush Pro

The No7 Lash and Brow Brush Pro is an impressive little tool that contains a long spoolie as well as a metal lash comb that can be folded down into a compact rectangle taking very little room inside my makeup bag. I think this is such a genius grooming tool as it keeps the tools protected and free from dust which is essential when the tools are for using around the eyes. The spoolie is pretty standard for a spoolie but this is full size yet compact as it doesn't have a long handle. The spoolie helps to tame the brows as well as blend any product I've added to them. The lash comb is amazing for gliding through your lashes once your mascara has dried, to separate them and gently remove any clumps. I really like how compact this dual-use tool is, and I've been using it every single day since I got it and now couldn't be without it.