Spectrum Fresh F.A.C.E Brush Set Review

While at the Spectrum press event I was kindly given a set of Fresh F.A.C.E brushes to try out. I’ve followed Spectrum brushes for a long time and knowing they are a Welsh company does make me pay more attention to who they are.
They are a cult favourite for brushes due to their bold colourful look and professional finish. I’ve been fairly impressed with how much these four brushes can change your look up!


Brushes are vegan and cruelty free. While at the press event they stressed that using cruelty free products along with their brushes was a huge priority for them.

Read on to see how I created a full face with the 4 brushes in this set.

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Spectrum Marbleous brush launch event

Last week I was invited to attend Spectrum brushes press event for their new collection of marble brushes.

This cruelty free brush brand is Barry born and bred and know their stuff when it comes to brushes that set themselves apart from the rest.

To launch the new whopping 35 piece set, named the Holy Grail set, we were treated to an evening of pampering from Nails Inc, buffet from local veggie and vegan cafe Milgis, and cocktails and bubbles from Candy Kittens and Dirty Martini.

Read on to see what went on in this special evening!

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Why 13 Reasons Why isn’t an over dramatisation of teenage suicide.

I just finished watching 13 Reasons Why on Netflix and it did bring back a lot of repressed and lingering thoughts about me growing up, to the point I was sat bawling and laughing at myself on my sofa during episode 13  leaving my two friends baffled and in absolute stitches watching my mascara and eyeliner being smeared around my face. There is only one thing I will cry at, and that’s pixar or general 3d animated films, so this was a shock to my system because I could see myself in Hannah’s shoes. It really hit home on how people don’t take things seriously, dismiss claims, shrug off people’s cries for help and above all a joke or someone teasing can really effect someone to the point where they blame themselves. I am really open about my mental health and people are always taken aback when I am forward with it. What shocks me is that people are shocked when I talk about it, and thankfully this programme has made it show how hard it is to accept or deal with even mentioning the word “depression”.

After watching something, I always like to read peoples thoughts and opinions on things and look at any easter eggs I may have missed during the time my mascara blocked my retinas from being able to process what I was watching. I came across this  article written on newsstateman.com and I would just like to start this probably long winded post by saying shame on you. I presume you have never experienced what it is like to be in a situation where you feel so low you can’t even murmur the word help. I presume you have never seen blood bleed from your own flesh, because of someone elses insecurities. I presume you’ve never been in a fight or flight situation where you’ve blanked out and woke up with your own blood on the sheets to stop someone elses actions. I also presume you have never seen your friends being taken to hospital for using a razor on themselves so much all because their minds have overthought a situation. It has nothing to do with what social group I was around on why we would all feel low, or take things out on ourselves, or the fact that we may have all been a little more sensitive than others. The “It doesn’t happen” attitude is why people do not seek help. People are just disgusting. Bullying happens. Suicide happens. It is real.

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Where have I been? Part 26484207482.5

It’s me again! Just a little update on my life. I feel as though I write one of these every other month, but honesty my life is so unpredictable I just can’t get surprised by the amount of poop it throws at me anymore. But, saying that, for the amount it throws at me two or three good things happen in return.

I felt like my face was going to jump off and run away.

Turns out a tooth which snapped in half last year in Amsterdam while eating a hot dog decided it had had enough and infected the whole of my left side of my face and the left side of my teeth. I have a major fear of needles so I haven’t been to the dentist for 8 or so years, but honestly the pain I was in is still indescribable, I just manned up and bit the bullet. I had to be put on a course of antibiotics and wait a few days to see what could be done but in all honestly I just wanted my tooth pulled. The infection got worse so by day 3 it had to be pulled, I manned up, had an injection, which was called the wand and to be fair, it didn’t even hurt because it didn’t look like a needle and the end is coated with numbing stuff, and after 20 minutes of sobbing, crushing the dentists assistants hand, swearing, 5 more uses of the wand and the use of Ikea looking tools my tooth was out. It has taught me a valuable lesson to man up and go get things done and maybe, just maybe, your whole face won’t get infected making you resemble a frog.

So I’d like to award myself with this award because I was a big girl.

I left my job.

I’m not going to get fully into the whole politics of it, however I will say if you’re working and don’t like your job, change it. There is nothing worse than not wanting to get up in the morning to go work somewhere you dislike. It consumes you to the point where if you say “Never guess what happened today”, your partner replies with three options and it is 99.9% always one of those things every time. There are plenty of options out there and there is a job for everyone. For me, I like to do my job, say bye, and go home for a kip. In my spare time I like to blog, nap, draw, and do things which will help me progress my career. It irritates me when you’re promised the world put all the effort you can into something and it dawns on you it was promised to 50 other members of staff and they sell you an empty promise. They’ve already picked that one person from the word go. Then you see they are giving everyone else that empty hope, to the point you realise you’re just a number and the hard work you’ve done to get noticed just doesn’t really matter because there is always someone who tramples on peoples heads to get where they want to be and get praised for everyone’s hard work. So you sit back and watch the Titanic sink to the point you see a life raft and think yeah, I’m off mate. So essentially that’s a polite way to say what happened. So I made a change on the biggest negative thing in my life.


Now for the good things…

I got a job.

I am back with Pixi Beauty! I worked with them around 7 years ago in Boots and honestly the difference I have seen in myself knowing I never have to step back into my old job is insane. I was planning on doing a post on their new launches but I suppose that it would seem very bias if I did it at this point. So here is a picture from one of the looks I did using them. If anyone would still like me to post it I can, it’s all written out and just needs to be posted. I will be based in the South West area, so plodding along the Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea and Southampton stores. Pop along and see me if you’d like to try some stuff out!


I am off to Amsterdam.

In exactly 9 days I am off to Amsterdam and I can’t wait. We’re planning on doing less touristy things this time and walking around a lot more. Museumplein has some really good exhibitions this time around including Dali and Banksy so I’m very excited for those. I absolutely love Amsterdam, everything there is so calming and welcoming, I’ll definitely have a dark cloud over me for a week or so after returning because I would do anything to live there. But life goes on and I have a lot to look forward to this coming year!


I’m improving my confidence to expand my blog.

At the moment, I’m rearranging my room to get the perfect ~Blogger~ set up, not to mention the fact my room needs a good clearout so I can find things in my room! I’m talking more to myself while doing makeup in a hope in a month or two I’ll be sat in front of a camera and talking to the internet. I’m planning on having two channels, one that has life things on such as Pokemon TCG, any games I’m playing and just my uninteresting life, then one which is makeup application, hints and tips. I just need to work on getting past the fact of people finding me who I know in real life and I’ll be A-okay.


Anyway, enough about me, normal schedule will resume after I return from Amsterdam and hopefully I will have a steady workflow!

Ultraflesh Rose Gold Blusher Review

While shopping in Mcarthur Glen I managed to pick up an Ultraflesh blusher. I’ve heard good things about their products in the past so I was excited to be finally able to try a product of theirs.
I picked up a rose gold blusher, which is out of my comfort zone and a colour I want to try and wear. So basically this was a kill two birds with one stone moment for me! The colour didn’t look too bright and just had enough of a shimmering glow to it that didn’t look too much for me to handle.
Ultraflesh blusher review
I paid £4.99 for this, but it does retail for around $30.

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Stylfile Gel Polish Remover Kit Review

During October I was kindly sent a Stylfile Gel Polish Remover kit to try at home. Being a big Apprentice fan myself and a Stylfile fan, I was excited to try the remover kit myself and see how easy it is to remove my gels a different way than using foils.

The problem with using foils is they can be tricky to apply and hold on the nail securely. This is where inventor Tom Pellereau saw a gap in the market and created this simple way to remove them. He discovered that 52% of women believe that gel polish damages the nail. I would be in this 52% if I were voting in this poll, but according to Tom this is down to poor removal.

I am up for a challenge to see how easy it is to remove, and if my nails feel damaged and brittle after removal. 2 weeks into my gel nails being applied it is time to remove them using the kit and reapply some fresh colours.  I have used a normal nail polish and a glittery one, to see if the remover two popular gel nail types.

The kit retails for £16.99 which has everything needed to remove your gels.

Stylfile kit review

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Pixi by Petra Holiday Collection 2016

Last week I was invited along to see Pixi’s new Holiday collection at the St Davids Hotel in Cardiff Bay. I’ve always loved Pixi products and I haven’t had the chance to go to London recently to see what’s new so I was excited to see Amanda for a catch up and what was new for this season.

pixi beauty blogger event

Products from the collection range from £12 and go up to £28, which include pigments, a new Ultimate Beauty Kit and a pack of eyeliners with limited edition colours. There’s also a new skincare product which I’m very excited to try!

Read on to see what products are available this season. Full reviews will follow, but here is a short summary of what products you can find!

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