The Big Blogger Expo


Sunday 24th July was the Big Blogger Expo held at the Danibus Hotel near Regents Park. I was excited about this event as it was my first ever blogger event. It was also great to go with my friend and fellow blogger Shannon (check her out at

First up was Bonnie Boo Gifts, a newly launched brand. Bonnie Boo Gifts feature hampers for newborn babies, which are all high quality and hand packed. This makes a great gift to give when you’re unsure of what to get and also a great gift to receive to receive a wider variety of products. Everything looked so cute on this stand.

Next up was Two Three. I loved how the name was inspired by the two sisters who founded the brand being the 2nd and 3rd out of 4 daughters. This is all about fashion for bold, confident women.


Jewellery Box

Jewellery Box was my favourite display, I loved how put together everything was and how the pieces all complemented each other. The jewellery is all either sterling silver or 9ct gold. Everything also appeared to be such good quality at affordable prices. I loved the tinkerbell necklace and all of the rings.



Juvadent offer high quality Botox and Dermal Fillers based in Chelsea, London. This was the first time I had heard of treatment for excessive under arm sweating, which given it lasts for about 8 months considering the winter months would only need to be done once a year.

Living Proof

This is a patented brand that features no silicone. The dry shampoo smelt amazing and makes the hair look straighter and tames frizz.


Dr Paw Paw

Having heard the name Dr Paw Paw before but with limited knowledge it was interesting to learn more about the products. Dr Paw Paw is a fragrance free balm that can be used for anything from cracked heels, for cheeks, flyaway hairs, for moisturising lips and so many other uses. Great for having a product on the go small enough for your bag.



Jody Belle

There were a wide range of outfits on view at a very popular stand, which are hand made in Spain. There was quite a buzz around this stand with excitement.


Heaven Skincare by Deborah Mitchell

Heaven skincare are the inventors behind the bee venom mask. We were able to sample one of the cleansers called the cleanse and foam wash which smelt really fresh from the mandarin scents.


4 You By You

When I was a student I remember the times of being on a budget. Bringing beauty to students on a budget is such a great concept. Scott founded 4 you by you on his placement year I was so impressed by his passion and drive. This is a concept where it’s run by students for students. Learning about the different products from instant effects was great too as Scott was so informative. I was definitely interested in the instant lash which increases the thickness of lashes by up to 20%!


Brandbassador is all about creating a platform to engage with brands, which is invitation only. There are missions to be completed such as following brandbassador on twitter which add up to points and points equal perks. This stand also featured pieces from onepiece which focuses on slackwear great for lazy Sundays.


Borough Box

A London based company – Borough Box had a wide selection of hampers on view and with samples to taste. Everything seemed to be really good quality and these would make perfect gifts!


Big thank you to Lauren and Abi for organising and for all of the brands for taking the time to show us their great products!

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Nivea Men Sensitive Post-Shave Balm Review


So I finally picked up the Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm after hearing so much hype about it I wanted to see what the fuss was about.

This originally came to light as being used as a primer from the Youtube guru NikkieTutorials.

This retails for £5.35 in Boots for 100ml but currently on sale at Superdrug for slightly cheaper. This contains Vitamin E and the ingredients Bisabolol and Calendula which both work to calm the skin. Most importantly it also contains Glycerin which encourages other products to stick to the surface of it.

This is relatively runny when tipped out so you don’t need to use so much. As per the below photo this is just a standard bottle with no pump so be gentle when tipping out.


It feels very lightweight on the skin. Once applied to your face I’d recommend leaving it to sit for a little while until it goes slightly tacky. It does have a manly smell (which I guess can be expected from a men’s skincare product!) but once make up is applied this smell disappears.

Once I applied my foundation over the top of this I did find that it blended in easier and it gave my face a radiant glow. However, after just a few hours I became oily around my T-Zone especially around my nose area. I also found that it had settled into the fine lines around my mouth. Therefore, I’d use this product again but it wouldn’t make it onto my go to list of primers. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for a primer that won’t break the bank.


  • Fraction of the price of other primers
  • Feels very lightweight on the skin
  • Absorbs very quickly


  • Runny texture – may be better to transfer to a pump bottle for less messier use
  • Lasting power not great for oilier skin

Overall I’d give this a 6/10.

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NYX vs Urban Decay Setting Sprays


The battle of the setting sprays this is my review of NYX vs Urban Decay.

Setting sprays work to pull your make up together and should prevent it from moving throughout the day. I would say these are good for if you’re doing a full face of make up on either a long/warmer day.

NYX Make Up Setting Spray 

Retailing at £7 at Boots for a 60ml bottle. This is available in the matte shine-free finish or the dewy finish glow. The one that I have is the matte finish.

I was keen to try this one as I had heard some good reviews and also the price makes it good value for money. This does actually come with a cap for the spray pump but I just couldn’t seem to find it today.

I find with this one it does help to complete the look but it doesn’t make my make up last as long as I would like it too. I also found there is a slight scent to it and you need to spray it a further distance away from your face. It also on rare occasions comes out in droplets rather than a mist (not ideal). This did help to mattify my face but it’s lasting power is not great. Perhaps this is better suited for use on a shorter day out.

Rating 6/10

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Retailing at £22 for 118ml this also comes in a convenient travel size of 30ml for £9 (also good if you are just looking to initially try it out). This has temperature control technology, which lowers the temperature of your make up to keep it in place.

This product really does help to extend the longevity of a full face of make up – it also dries quickly on the face once your first spray it.

One way that I would recommend using this is spraying it onto your sponge and then using your slightly damp sponge to apply foundation as this helps it to blend more easily and not look so heavy.

Another way is to give an eyeshadow brush a quick spritz before applying eyeshadow and it will make the colour pop.

Also, if there are any areas on your face that look cakey just give your sponge a quick spritz and lightly dab the impacted area.

This is my current go to setting spray.

Rating 8/10

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NYX concealer and eye pencil reviews


Now that NYX is in stock in Boots I’m sure there will be more NYX reviews to come but for now here’s my thoughts on some of the NYX eye products i’ve been trying out recently.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil 12g in Milk

Retailing for £5 this is a great product to either use on its own or as an eyeshadow base. Coming in a wide range of colours, milk is the first one I went for as I always think white eye pencils are so versatile. This is also great for lining your eyes and making yourself appear more put together after a late night. Also works well for applying just to the inner corners to brighten the eye area. I would recommend this, I think it’s a steal at £5 only and I’m sure I will be adding more jumbo eye pencils to my collection.

NYX Dark Circle Concealer 

Retailing at £6.50 from Boots I purchased this one in the shade light. This is a concealer with orange undertones to combat the appearance of dark circles and comes in 4 shades: fair, light, medium and deep. I like to place this in a triangle shade on my under-eye area with a concealer brush and lightly pat in with my fingers which works to warm up the product simultaneously.

For me this is more of a corrector which I apply under a brightening concealer. This does correct some of the darkness under my eyes but I’m not sure if this is a product I would shout about from the rooftops.

NYX concealer wand 20g in yellow

This retails for £5.50 at Boots and is a lightweight concealer that can easily be blended into the skin. I picked up the yellow for colour correcting the dark circles under my eyes. This does not appear cakey at all and I am yet to experience any creasing. This does work to colour correct my darkness but I do find that I need to build it up to get enough coverage. It’s also extremely easy to apply with a wand applicator.

NYX  concealer wand 20g in green

Similar to the product listed above I also purchased the concealer wand in green to combat any redness in my skin. I’m not sure why but every time I apply this on my face it makes me think of toothpaste (I’m sure it’s just the green colour). This does work to colour correct but can appear odd at first due to the green tinge on the skin but once foundation goes on over it, it’s noticeable how the redness is magically cancelled out. I’ve also found that a little goes a long way with this one. I would recommend this product and I do prefer it to the yellow concealer if I had to choose between them.

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Current skincare and perfume favourites!


I always enjoy reading other peoples top favourite products as it gives me an opportunity to learn and try out great new products so I just wanted to share some of my current favourites.

Garnier Skin Oily Skin Clarifying Wash 150ml

This retails for £3.29 from Boots in the UK and is quite often on special offers e.g. 2 Garnier products for £4. This is a daily cleanser for combination to oily skin that contains Green Tea and Moringa extracts that cleanses and purifies simultaneously.

Although this is directed to be used twice a day I just like to use it in the evenings by lathering it in my hands and applying to my wet face in upwards circular motions focusing on my t-zone before rinsing off. I always pat my face dry afterwards and apply moisturiser.

Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser 125ml

This one retails for £4.19 at Boots in the UK and contains vitamins that claim to keep skin moisturised for 12 hours.

I like to apply this one after cleansing my face and it feels very lightweight on the skin with no fragrances to it. When my skin becomes very dry – usually due to changes in the weather this one keeps me feeling moisturised all day.

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream 15ml

This pot of goodness retails for £32 from Bobbi Brown. Although it sounds steep for an eye cream a little goes a long way with this one. I find this to be a great base for concealer and other eye make up. The cream absorbs quickly and feels really hydrating around my eye area. This contains mineral water and aloe vera too.

I’ve been using this for a while now and feel that it has improved the puffiness under my eye area.

GIORGIO ARMANI Code for Women Eau de Parfum 30ml

This is my all time favourite perfume, it is a very distinctive gorgeous smell that is very long lasting. This is also the perfume that I am also most likely to be complimented on. This can be a bit too strong for the day but perfect for dressed up evenings out or even casual dinners.

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MAC Lipstick Swatches

Hi all,

Just wanted to share my favourite MAC lipsticks.

MAC – lipsticks retail for £15.50 in the UK. They can be found on the mac website directly, Selfridges MAC counter, Debenhams and House Of Fraser also stock MAC in the UK.

Twig – from the satin range very wearable neutral shade for everyday. Pinky-brown shade that is quite pigmented. I would recommend exfoliating lips first or applying a touch of lip balm.


Craving – great for those venturing towards the more red toned mac lipsticks. Described my MAC as a burst of plum this is an amplified creme lipstick. It feels quite moisturising on the lips and again has strong pigmentation. One of my go to lip products for a dressed up evening event. Keen to try more amplified MAC lipsticks, which are more pigmented and won’t dry your lips.


Brave – from the satin range, described by MAC as pink-beige with white pearl. This is a great my lips but better shade. More of a semi-matte finish but does not feel too drying on my lips. Great for everyday where.


High Tea – this was one of my very first MAC lipsticks from the lustre range. This is in the beige-pink shade. This one gives my lips more of a frosty, shiny finish. This feels very lightweight on the lips and I do find if I do not moisturise my lips first it can apply to dry patches. This is a great nude lipstick that is very wearable.

High Tea

Velvet Teddy – a matte deep-tone beige. Another my lips but better shade for my yellow toned skin. Although this is matte it does not feel drying on my lips and it has great lasting power. This would be great for a wide range of skin tones.

Velvet Teddy

Below are the swatches – from L-R Twig, Craving, Brave, High Tea and Velvet Teddy.

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Next on my MAC lipstick wishlist: Crosswires, Amourous and Ruby Woo.

MAC lipsticks remain my favourite lip products due to the wide range of shades (170 on the MAC website to choose from!) and formulations not to mention its staying power.

My favourite ways to exfoliate my lips are either: lightly brushing over them with a toothbrush or to mix a small amount of sugar and olive oil working into my lips. I would do these either once or twice a week.

So what’s your favourite mac lipstick shade?

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Too Faced Born This Way


After hearing all the hype over the Born This Way foundation by Too Faced I finally got my hands on it. Having heard rave reviews about its coverage and lasting power I was tempted to try it (i.e the standard YouTube made me buy it!). This is also my first Too Faced purchase.

The availability for this is limited in the UK. I found a Too Faced counter on the Oxford Street branch of Debenhams. It is just a rather small selection and at the time I went there was no one to help swatch shades for you. This retails for £29 in the UK for a 30ml bottle.

Just to add my skin is typically on the combination to the more dry side with yellow undertones.

So this foundation comes in a range of 18 shades, is oil free and has  coconut water infused which adds a touch of moisture and radiance. It also has hyaluronic acid which helps with smoothing and balancing skin. All these magical touches to create a flawless finish. So how did it live up to expectations?

Firstly the packaging is gorgeous very reminiscent of Giorgio  Armani lasting silk foundation with a pump! I also really liked the pink box packaging. I got this in light beige which is for light to medium complexions with neutral-to-golden undertones.

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This to me is medium to full coverage, buildable without feeling too heavy. One pump goes a long way – initially I applied over my hourglass primer with a damp beauty blender. One extra layer covered pretty much everything and it does look like your skin but better. It definitely hid the redness on my face.

Having set with powder I gave it a whirl for a few days. For me after about 5-6 hours I found it did become slightly patchy around my nose and my t-zone but otherwise it stayed in place. All in all I was quite impressed with this product. Going forwards I would purchase a slightly darker shade to mix in with this one. Definitely keen to try more too faced products after using this though. 


Pump Bottle, build able coverage, good range of shades, good lasting power.


Not easily available in stores in the UK

Higher end price point

No spf

If you have tried this please let me know how you found it.

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