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01 October 2014

New In: Gifts & Pieces

New In: Gifts & Pieces

One of my favourite bloggers, Abby of BeautyFull Homes owns an incredibly beautiful shop and online store called Gifts & Pieces. Gifts & Pieces sells gorgeous gifts, crafts, party and wedding supplies and a whole lot more at really reasonable prices considering how lovely everything is. The products are all laid out so beautifully with big, bright images.. just like those on Abby's blog, and I really like how everything is so well categorised too. I have so much love for Abby, so I'm delighted to see how successful Gifts & Pieces has been. Early last year my blog got hacked and I nearly lost everything but somehow Abby was able to salvage most of it for me and for that, I'll be eternally grateful. Abby very kindly gifted me three gorgeous items from Gifts & Pieces and I just had to share them with you, as I love them.

New In: Gifts & Pieces

The first item I got is the Cut Out Heart Wooden Tray £8.30*, which I fell in love with as soon as I saw it on the website. I love everything Shabby Chic but sometimes everything can be a little too white, and perfect for my liking (if that even makes sense?) What I loved about this tray is that it looks so rustic with the whitewash effect on the wood, and I love the cut out hearts at each end. The tray is a really good size as it's 30cm long and 15cm wide, so it holds an impressive amount of products. I've put this tray on my bedside table to hold all of my daily skincare products and cotton wool, and everything looks so much more organised and tidier. 

New In: Gifts & Pieces

My next item is the adorable Woodland Fox Makeup Bag £7.90*. I love woodland creatures, especially foxes so this makeup bag is just perfect. The print is so cute, with two foxes in love with acorns and leaves. The material is of really good quality as it has a thick polyurethane cover which is wipe clean so it really is ideal for holding makeup. I like how tall this makeup bag is, as most bags are quite short and narrow so they don't hold very much at all. This bag is 17cm tall and 21cm long and holds so much makeup, and is currently packed with my daily makeup items and there's still room for more. I think this makeup bag would make for such a lovely gift, and who doesn't love woodland creatures?!

New In: Gifts & Pieces
New In: Gifts & Pieces

The last item I got has to be my absolute favourite; the Miss Darcy Bird Lavender Mug £9.20*. How beautiful is this mug?! I have never seen such a beautiful mug.. I really hope these photo's do it justice. The mug is actually from the brand Bombay Duck, and comes boxed in a pale pink gift box which is pretty cute in itself, never mind the mug. Gifts & Pieces have a stunning selection of mugs but the Miss Darcy Mug stole my heart. It has such a pretty silver filigree design around the top of the mug, as well as silver detailing on the handle and base. What makes this mug so unique, is that there's a lavender bird sitting on a silver branch inside the mug which looks so pretty. The mug is made of fine china and feels so luxurious considering and I really love drinking from it. I think this would make for the most beautiful gift for a female of any age, and the gift box just makes it look and feel so special. I will definitely be purchasing a couple of these for Christmas presents as I love it so much.

If you're looking for pretty gifts, cute trinkets or homeware treats, I really recommend taking a look at Gifts & Pieces.. It's such a beautiful website and I love everything.

30 September 2014

Maybelline 'Neutralizer' Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer

Maybelline 'Neutralizer' Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer
Maybelline 'Neutralizer' Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer
Maybelline 'Neutralizer' Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer
Maybelline 'Neutralizer' Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer £9.99

Nothing makes me want a product more than a product I can't get my hands on in the UK.. words cannot even describe how much I want the new Lorac Pro 2 Palette. Another product I'd been lusting after was the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer. I was very lucky to receive the 'Fair' shade in my international beauty swap however I really wanted to try the 'Neutralizer' which is only available to purchase in the US. I was very excited when I saw my favourite eBay seller (they sell lots of US exclusive products) stock both the Neutralizer and Brightener shade so I snapped them up for £9.99 each (now sold out but available here) which I thought was pretty reasonable considering the standard Maybelline Eraser Concealer retails for £7.99 at Boots and Superdrug.

The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer (what a name?!) is designed to be a treatment concealer that instantly erases dark circles, fine lines and reduce puffiness and contains Goji Berry and Haloxyl. The Neutralizer shade is specifically targeted for those who suffer with dark circles, and has a slight yellow tone to it to help counteract under-eye circles. The packaging is really good and practical in a plastic tube, with a fluffy sponge on the top which the concealer dispenses through which you then use to apply to the skin.

I was worried that the Neutralizer shade might have been too dark for my pale skintone, but luckily it blends into the skin really well. In terms of its neutralising benefits.. I can't say I'm blown away. The concealer does minimise the darkness slightly, but no better than my Body Shop Lightening Touch Concealer. The formula is quite thin and watery so it doesn't offer very much coverage so to be honest, I would prefer to just use an under-eye concealer instead.