July 04, 2015
I am a massive Pinterest addict which you may already know if you follow me there (Pinterest.com/GemmaMagpie) or on Twitter, and it’s my favourite form of procrastination. I have been avidly pinning for two years now, but only in the last twelve months have I really taken it more seriously after discovering its huge potential. Pinterest has become my biggest traffic source and every blogger should be utilising Pinterest if they want to improve their traffic. I’ve had the pleasure of working with a few brands thanks to my Pinterest, but imagine my delight when Feelunique contacted me and told me that they wanted to collaborate with me on a massive Pinterest giveaway – I was very excited to say the least.
We are giving away £500 of Feelunique vouchers in our Pinterest giveaway; one top winner will win a £250 voucher, and there will be five runners up who will win a £50 voucher. You can read the full terms and conditions here, but it’s incredibly easy to enter so you really must enter as the prizes are fantastic. If you’d like to enter this awesome giveaway, you must complete the following three steps;
- You must create a public Pinterest board and name it ‘feelunique’s Makeup Magpies’ – it’s important that all entrants use this exact title otherwise we won’t be able to see your entries.
- Once you’ve created your feelunique Makeup Magpies Pinterest board, it’s time to get pinning.. you need to pin your favourite Summer beauty looks to the board, alongside the products you’d use to create the looks which all must be pinned from the feelunique.com website. As per the terms and conditions, there should be no more than 50 pins per board.
- Lastly, you must follow both feelunique and Miss Makeup Magpie on Pinterest to be entered.
Obviously I cannot enter myself, but here are a selection of the gems I’d purchase if I was lucky enough to win.. Feelunique really is beauty product heaven. Firstly I would go for the new Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion £21.50 as it sounds like the perfect spray for creating beautiful beachy waves. I would also love to pick up the full size of the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara £19.50 as it’s my absolute favourite mascara of all time and my current tube is soon to finish. I got a sample of the DKNY MYNY Eau de Parfum £49 last month and I fell in love with it, so i’m dying to get hold of the full size. I’ve seen so many rave reviews for the new shades of the Clinique Cheek Pops £17, and I’ve already bought Pink Pop from the new line up, but Melon Pop is next on my list for sure as it’s so pretty. If I won, I’d have to have one splurge purchase and it would have to be the new ghd White Platinum Styler £165, as it’s the most amazing pair of straighteners which is proven to be healthier for the hair than other straighteners, and offers more shine too which has me sold completely.
If you would like some inspiration, you can see the board I created here with my favourite Summer beauty looks and the products I’d used to create them. I really hope you all enter as it’s such an amazing giveaway and I’m just so happy that Feelunique chose to collaborate with me on such a massive promotion; I feel very lucky indeed. If you have any questions regarding the giveaway at all, please comment below and I’ll do my very best to answer them but please check the terms and conditions for the more detailed information.
Good luck to all those that enter.. there are some amazing entries so far already, and it’s open until the 19th of July.
One of my favourite haircare brands is Macadamia Natural Oil, and I own quite a few of their products so when I saw they’d created a new range, I was excited to see what products were on offer. The new range is a professional one, which was founded to challenge one of the most basic beauty concerns – dry and unmanageable hair, and the products in the range harness the power of macadamia, pistachio and argan oils. The new collection focuses on repairing, strengthening and rejuvenating the hair, and the products are divided into two ranges; care & treatment and product & styling. The Macadamia Professional range is split into three sub ranges; each suitable for different types of hair. The Nourishing Moisture range (for medium to coarse hair), the Ultra Rich Moisture range (for very coarse to coiled hair) and lastly the Weightless Moisture range (for baby fine to fine hair).
I have the Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Shampoo £18.90 and Conditioner £19.40, as my hair is fine to medium and really quite dry so I thought this range would be best suited for my hair type, but I love that the new range offers something for all hair types. Both the shampoo and conditioner are a generous 300ml in size and are available to purchase from Just My Look, which is an online beauty retailer with free UK delivery. The shampoo claims to rehydrate, restore, rebalances, moisturises and strengthens as well as helping to retain your colour. The conditioner is designed to repair, strengthen, replenish and seal in moisture whilst nourishing the scalp. I love that the shampoo and conditioner offer different benefits so you could use them individually or as a duo, and your hair is getting many benefits either way. The key ingredients within the Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner duo are; macadamia oil, argan oil, avocado oil, hazelnut oil, collagen, vitamins A,C and E and silk amino acids.
Both the shampoo and conditioner smell incredible, just like all of the Macadamia products. They have almost a sweet, caramel and vanilla scent which I can smell in my hair all day long after washing – it’s amazing. I would seriously love this scent as a perfume, it’s just a stunning fragrance and it really does smell like a professional range. The shampoo really lathers well and thoroughly cleanses the hair but instantly makes my hair feel as if I’ve applied conditioner, as my wet hair is left feeling smooth and conditioned. I always follow up with the matching conditioner, but I really do think you could perhaps skip the conditioner if you’re short on time, and your hair would still look and feel amazing. The conditioner is lovely and rich and feels like a lighter version of hair mask so it really does treat the hair, and I tend to leave it for around ten minutes to penetrate my hair.
When I use this duo, my hair is left feeling amazingly silky soft and smooth, and considerably less frizzy and split ends are a lot less noticeable as my hair is so smooth. Not only does it feel great, it looks so healthy and bouncy and not at all weighed down which was something I was initially worried about. I absolutely love this duo and I’m now dying to try more from the new Macadamia Professional range..
*This post contains a PR Sample.
July 02, 2015
Makeup Revolution continue to impress me with their constant flow of new releases and that even know their products are coming quick and fast, they’re not compromising on quality and continue to create such fantastic products for such low prices. The Makeup Revolution Girl Panic Eyeshadow Palette contains eighteen eyeshadows and Makeup Revolution describe it as their prettiest Salvation Palette, and it costs just £6 making each shadow just 33 pence. The Girl Panic Palette contains twelve shimmer shadows which are laid out in the top rectangular pans, and there are six matte shades which are the circular pans.
The Makeup Revolution Girl Panic Eyeshadow Palette contains a beautiful mix of neutrals and pink tones and it really is a pretty palette. I have had a couple of the Makeup Revolution Salvation Palettes so far, and I’ve not been blown away by the quality of the mattes inside the palettes but this palette doesn’t have one disappointing shade whatsoever. I particularly like the balance between the shades as they’re all very wearable, and with the addition of the mattes, you really can create endless makeup looks with this palette. I love using the matte lilac on the bottom row called Clever Words, as a crease shade for every look in the palette as it blends like a dream.
I really like pink and mauve toned eyeshadows so this palette ticks all of the boxes, and it’s a romantic palette in terms of its shades. All of the shimmers are buttery smooth and super pigmented without the need for a primer and the mattes are pretty good too, with all shades having next to no fall out. I think that this Girl Panic Eyeshadow Palette is one of Makeup Revolution’s best palettes and I really recommend it, the quality is amazing.
*This post contains a PR Sample.
July 01, 2015
I really love the Latest in Beauty boxes, and I’m always excited to hear when they’ve released a new one as they’re always such fantastic value and contain some amazing brands. Their newest release is the Latest In Beauty The Best of Summer Capital Beauty Box, which is a collaboration with Capital FM. Back in March of this year, Latest In Beauty collaborated with Capital FM for their Spring Box which I featured here, so I knew this box was going to be a hit as their Spring Box was a really great box. The Latest In Beauty The Best of Summer Capital Beauty Box costs £17.95 and is said to contain the top holiday, festival and party picks and let me tell you, the box is seriously jam packed!
The first couple of items in the box are from MUA. First up is the MUA Mega Volume Mascara which is £3, and I got the ‘Black Waterproof’ version which is great for summer, as you know it’ll stay in place without transferring or smudging in the heat/humidity. I’ve not tried this particular mascara before, but the brush looks promising for creating volumised lashes. In addition to the mascara, there is also the MUA Poptastic Eyeshadow Palette worth £4. The palette contains twelve super bright eyeshadows in a mixture of matte and shimmer finishes, and would be perfect for creating some colourful festival inspired makeup. In all honesty, I’m not sure I’m brave enough to wear most of these shades but I love that I can now experiment with them, and I think the purples on the top row are particularly stunning.
Next up inside the Latest In Beauty The Best of Summer Capital Beauty Box, there is a 10ml sample of the I Love… Perfectly Peachy Bath & Shower Creme. I love peach scented products so I imagine this will smell lovely and I really like the message behind this particular scent, as it’s been created to help raise awareness for breast cancer with the symptoms for breast cancer being listed on the back of this sachet, and on the full size bottle. Then we have a cute little sealable bag containing three sample sized Malin + Goetz products; Grapefruit Face Cleanser, Lip Moisturiser and the Vitamin E Moisturiser. I’ve only ever tried a couple of Malin + Goetz products so I’m looking forward to giving this trio a go, and they’re the ideal size for taking away on holiday too.
We then have two hair products.. firstly a 50ml can of the Colab Sheer + Invisible Dry Shampoo in the Paris fragrance worth £2. The Paris fragrance contain a blend of jasmine, rose and patchouli and it smells quite nice but I’m not really a floral fragrance kinda girl. This dry shampoo promises to absorb oil & refresh the roots with a residue-free, lightweight finish. Then there is a 125ml can of the Fudge URBAN Hair Art in the shade Violet Haze which is worth £5.99, and is a spray in pastel hair colour which washes out. The shades do vary from box to box, but I’m really happy that I got the Violet shade. I haven’t tried spray in hair colour for such a long time, but I’m looking forward to giving it a try; I just hope it shows up in my super dark hair.
I was really happy to see these two products within the box.. a 100ml size of the Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Sun Cream SPF30 100ml worth £6.49, as we got this very same product in the Latest In Beauty The Glamour Beauty Edit Box last Summer and I loved it so much. It’s such a lovely suncream and it smells divine, and most importantly, I haven’t experienced any burning whilst wearing it. The next item is the Dr. Organic Dead Sea Minerals Bio Plasma Mud Mask 100ml worth £7.99 which is my favourite item from the box and the one I’m most excited to try. Mud and clay masks are my favourite as they work wonders on blemished skin like mine and this one is a oil regulating, detoxifying and anti-aging bio-plasma face treatment.
The last two items in the box are; a Carmex Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm in the shade Berry Sheer Tint worth £4.50, and a Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polish in the shade Soho Place worth £15. The Lip Balm is enriched with vitamin E and aloe, and soothes, moisturises and relieves whilst imparting a sheer berry tint to the lips. I think it’s amazing that Latest In Beauty have included one of the Nails Inc Gel Effect Polishes inside this box, especially as they’re £15 alone which is fantastic value considering the whole box is £17.95. I already own the Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish in the shade Hyde Park which I love and got in the Latest In Beauty Heart Beauty Essentials Box.
Overall this really is a fantastic box and I think Latest In Beauty and Capital have chosen some really great products to match the Summer theme. I like that the box includes makeup, skincare, bodycare, nailcare and haircare and I think it’s a really good value box. What is your favourite item within the box?
*This post contains a PR Sample.
June 30, 2015
I love beauty subscription services.. I know a lot of people are bored of them now, but I’m a fan and I love discovering new subscription services. The newest service I’ve come across is the Beauteque Beauty Bag which is a monthly subscription service of Asian beauty products, and each month you’ll receive at least seven full size products, which will be a mixture of beauty, skincare and lifestyle and each month you could receive makeup, skincare, jewellery and more. Whatsmore, each month, the products will be worth at least $65-$85 (£41 to £53) and costs $24 per month (£15.23), although you can choose to purchase multiple months in one go; three months is $72, six months is $138 and twelve months is $264. If you choose to subscribe monthly, you’ll be charged on the 15th of each month with the box being shipped shortly after.
I have the June Beauteque Beauty Bag to show you, and the theme is ‘Sizzling Summer’ with everything you need to get you ready for Summer which is perfect timing seeing as we’re expecting a heatwave over the coming weeks. Each month, subscribers are sent an email with some options for the products within the bag such as scents and shades, so you know you’re going to receive items you like shade/scent wise which is a great idea. The items for this month’s bag are contained within a satin makeup bag, and the bag changes each month.
The first item inside the June Beautque Beauty Bag is the May Island Peach Hand Cream worth $6, which has to the cutest packaging I’ve ever seen for an handcream. The handcream contains extracts of peach, apricot and shea butter to nourish the hands, and it has the most amazing peach scent; it smells identical to peach yogurt and I just can’t get enough of the scent. Not only does the cream look and smell good, it does a great job at nourishing my hands and leaves them feeling silky soft without any greasiness.
Next up is the Tony Moly Timeless EGF Second Skin Eye Goggles worth $7. This foil pouch contains an eye mask which offers anti-aging and brightening powers whilst improving the elasticity of the eye area and leaving the eyes looking refreshed and younger looking. I am really looking forward to trying this mask as I’ve really been struggling with hayfever lately, so I’m hoping this might help soothe my eyes.
The next item inside my bag is the iCharming Witch’s Pouch Lip and Eye Remover worth $10. I’ve never heard of iCharming before, but the name of this remover is so cute. This is a bi-phase remover which are typically very effective at removing makeup, so I’m looking forward to giving it a try as I’m nearing the end of my current eye and lip makeup remover. It does feel a little greasy but hopefully it won’t leave any greasy residue on the skin.
There is another product from iCharming inside the bag this month.. the iCharming Nail Polish worth $5, and the shades will vary. The packaging of this polish is beautiful, with its opalescent lid and floral design. I have the shade 505 which has a pretty lilac base that contains holographic glitter pieces as well as micro silver glitter.
Next up is the Baviphat Strawberry Toxifying Mask worth $26, which again has amazing packaging.. with the mask packaged within a strawberry shaped pot. This is a deep cleansing wash off clay mask which helps to tighten pores, control sebum and give relief to troubled skin. It contains strawberry extract and fruit acids full of vitamin C that speeds up removal of dead skin cells and tighten the pores, whilst antioxidants stave off signs of aging and protect the skin. Inside the pot, there is a little white spoon to scoop the mask out. The mask has a thick and creamy consistency which smells like strawberry yogurt (they sure like to use fruit yogurt scents). This has to be the product I’m most looking forward to trying from the bag as I love a good clay mask and this one sounds particularly good.
The next item is a miniature size of the Baviphat Peach All In one Peeling Gel worth $5, which again is packaged within a peach shaped pot – SO cute. This gel claims to exfoliate, reduce the appearance of pores and brighten the skin and is rich with vitamin C. The gel has a delicious, fruity peach scent and a jelly like consistency. This is a tiny pot, so I imagine you’d only get one or two uses out of it but I’m still looking forward to trying it.
The last item in the June Beauteque Beauty Bag is the Tony Moly Cotton Nail Ball worth $4 which is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. It’s a plastic icecream pot which contains pastel coloured cotton wool balls to look like cotton candy. I am going to keep this pot and refill it once I finish these cotton balls as it’s the cutest way to store cotton wool.
Asian beauty brands have the best packaging.. and everything smells divine. I really think this is an amazing bag, with such a great range of products. I think $24/£15 is such good value, and I would really recommend giving the BB Bag service a try if you love Asian beauty or want to discover some new brands and products that you can’t purchase here in the UK.
*This post contains a PR Sample.