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Collaboration with Statement Made Jewellery

'Statement Made Jewellery'  is an independent company which specialise in beautiful personalised jewellery pieces, from bracelets, to necklaces, anklets and engraved pieces, which all make the perfect gifts. The company have very kindly sent me one of their necklaces to share with you, which comes in this really cute pouch along with an information card which adds a nice personal connection with the company.

This unicorn necklace is one of many of the lovely pieces from the website, which can be personalised with the recipient's initials to give the gift a personal touch. What is also so great about the website is that the affordable prices, where nothing seems to be over around £20, means that the gifts could also be used for younger girls, whilst also having collections for adults. They also offer free UK shipping, which I live for! 

The wide range of collections means that there is something for everyone, and, after browsing the site myself, I personally really love the Zodiac and Constellation range, and  any of the pieces from this section would make beautiful, personal gifts.

Regarding the necklace itself the quality feels really great, and the way that it comes in a gorgeous felt pouch does make it appear more expensive than it is. The company have provided care instructions too, which means that the long lifespan of the pieces can be maintained. With their social media platforms the brand also seems really connected to their customers, which I love, as there are so many easy ways to get in touch with them. 

Overall, Statement Made Jewellery is a gorgeous brand with some really great pieces, which are also so affordable. I will definitely be purchasing from them myself in the future, as the pieces suit everyone and would make perfect Christmas or Birthday gifts.

Shop their website here | Visit the Statement Made Jewellery Blog here.

Thanks for reading,
Natasha x

Zoella's new 'Splash Botanics' Range

I always love Zoe's new launches and get so excited when a new range is released. This one in particular caught my eye, with beautiful botanical packaging making me swoon. Every time she releases a new line I wonder how the packaging can get any better, but it always does! With this in mind, I popped down to my local Superdrug yesterday and picked up a few pieces from the range, making use of the 3 for 2 offer that we all love. 

With regards to the scent of this range, we gave the body mist a miss this time, purely because the fresh scent of the range isn't one that I would usually use as a spray. That being said, it is a gorgeous scent for bath and shower time, especially in the summer months, but isn't really our thing as a daily fragrance. The scent is gorgeous and refreshing, though I must say that I personally have preferred some of the other fragrances and that this isn't my favourite. 

Drench Me Bath soak - £6.95

Let's face it, the milk carton packaging of this product is one of the most gorgeous things I've ever seen. According to the packaging, this has 'refreshing aquatic notes' with 'extracts of hydrating coconut water and radiance boosting lychee', giving it a lovely fresh scent that is actually quite unisex, comparatively to Zoe's other ranges. Only a small amount of product is needed to create a generous amount of bubbles, so, even though this probably is a little more expensive for a bath soak (well, it is for me as a student) it will last a while and a little luxury never did anyone any harm! Overall, this one gets a 10/10.

Quench me body sorbet - £7

This is by far my favourite of the range that I have tried. I am generally very lazy with moisturising as I hate feeling sticky, but this sinks in so beautifully and quickly that it is actually pleasant to use! I would even go as far as to say that this is my favourite of any Zoella range, and the scent lasts on the skin for hours which is a massive bonus. 

Zoella Make a Splash body wash - £6

Though this body wash moisturises the skin and does feel gorgeous to use, I personally prefer something that lathers more than this. When using it I would probably also use a generic body wash to feel fully clean, then use this after wards as a moisturiser. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of combining a body wash and moisturiser, as, like I said, I am very lazy, but this personally I would have to use another body wash that lathers a bit better with this. 

Lagoon Love Bath Milk - £3

Zoe brought out a similar concept last year with her Gelato range and at Christmas with her bath tea gifting set, and I personally really like it. When you pop this powder into the bath it makes the water really soft and gorgeous, doing the same to the skin. There is probably enough in a sachet to use twice too, which I love. Again, this one is a win win for me, and it quite unique to Zoe's brand. 

Zoella beauty can be purchased on 'Superdrug' and 'Feel Unique'. 

Have you tried any of the 'Splash Botanics' range? What did you think? Let us know. 

Natasha & Emily x

Life update and how we are spending our summer so far || FloralsAndCoralsx

Last month was a bit of a crazy one for us; after coming home from Gran Canaria at the start of the month we were thrown straight into our A-Level exams which have to be the hardest things we've ever done. Thankfully these are now done though, and we have a three month break a head of us before heading to University in September (hopefully, if we get the grades haha). I suppose this explains the lack of blog posts for two years...looking back after our previous post on the Soph Extra spice palette you'll notice that we haven't posted since 2016, which makes us poor excuses of 'bloggers'. The truth is, during our GCSE summer break we were free and highly blog motivated, producing posts and really managing to build an audience. This all changed when our A-Levels started, as of course the work load from this took over the blogging work load, and eventually our blog posts just diminished. But, alas, here we are trying again, attempting to be less of a pair of blogging embarrassments! With a fresh blogging start we have revamped our site's design, making it more professional and sophisticated than it was before. We now love our new design, and hope you do to! 

Of course, now we have finished our A-Levels we have a lot of time on our hands, and so we thought it would be nice to share with you today a few of the things that we are doing to make the most of it.

The sixth form ball
To celebrate the end of an era the wonderful head girl at our sixth form put together the sixth form ball in a stunning venue, which was a time for us to bid a farewell to all our teachers and fellow students so that we can all go our separate ways. This genuinely was an incredible night, as well as a perfect excuse to be fully extra with our makeup and outfits. 

Before our break started I was under the illusion that I would be grabbing LOADS of extra shifts at work, rolling in the dollar, where as actually all I am doing is going out, spending the dollar. Typical me hehe. But I have managed to pick up some beautiful pieces including.... 
Wilko's have just bought out another stationery range, and every time I think it is the best yet, they throw another beautiful line our way. So far I've purchased the stationery set, which costs £1.50 for cute miniatures that will be perfect for my uni bag, as well as a gorge pencil case and daily planner. Turns out I couldn't even go a week from sixth form without stationery.

Even though I already have one of these cute stationery sets from a previous Wilko range, I bought another...justified by the idea of "Oh, I can have one in my bag and one in my room".. Logical? Maybe not. 

Links: Pencil pouch - £3 , Stationery set - £1.50 , Daily planner - £3

I've also bought two tops in the past couple of weeks, using the excuse of my holidays approaching. 

Primark crop top - £5 

Floral tied crop top from George Asda - £6 in the sale

Oh my goodness, being able to read something that isn't a text book or revision guide is such a novelty! Being such eager book worms one of the things I've missed not doing the most is grabbing a good book to read, but since finished we are flying through them. Of course, the warm weather helps; a YA novel and sun...yes please! My favourite of the month has to be either 'Everything, Everything' by Nicola Yoon or 'Holding up The Universe' by Jennifer Niven, author of 'All the Bright Places'. Both are touching love stories (I mean, what else would I be reading?) which had me hooked and I finished in just days. Emily has also enjoyed 'Apple & Rain' by Sarah Crossan, though 'Everything, Everything' was definitely a stand out to her too. We've also loved 'Noah Can't Even' by Simon James Green, which is a cute, hilarious easy read.

And of course, we've been spending lots of time with our beautiful doggos which we love dearly. <3

Poppy proud to make her feature

If you're at school or college, when is your summer break and how are you spending it? Also, do you like these types of posts or would you prefer us to stick to the makeup posts? Let us know, we'd love to have a chat. 

Thanks for reading,
Natasha & Emily xx

Soph x Makeup Revolution Extra Spice Palette || Review

I think Makeup Revolution will always be my favourite makeup brand - when they are selling really affordable makeup with a high end quality there is nothing I can pick fault with.Therefore, Soph's  second collaboration with them on her 'Extra Spice' palette got me so much so that the Revolution beauty website (formerly TAM) launched the palette at 10am and I had purchased by 10:03 - lol. Since her first palette has been my go to since it's launch last year, I had high expectations, and was not disappointed with the beauty that she had created. 

This palette contains 6 beautiful shimmers and 12 mattes, with shades for the more everyday look and the more imaginative look, depending upon your preference. It also comes with a large mirror - something that is essential in my palette choice. All of the shades blend so well with high pigmentation (even from the matte shades!) which some palettes can often lack.
It is also so lovely how Soph has accounted for all skin tones here, selecting a broad range of transition colours that are both cool and warm dependent on the skin type. The palette really is versatile and would suit you no matter what your skin tone is. 

Example look using the shades 'Running Late', 'Vitamin C', 'Twenty one', 'Mulled wine', 'Brownies', 'Infinity' and 'Everyday'.  

If you haven't already got your hands on one of these definitely do. For £10 I really would struggle to find a better palette, and it has become a staple in our makeup collection. Available at Superdrug and Revolution Beauty.

Natasha & Emily x

Benefit Dew the Hoola || Free with Elle Magazine

Everyone loves benefit's hoola bronzer, that's a fact. And so the thought of the same product in a liquid form with an ever so sweet pun name ('dew' and 'do'...get it?) excited me greatly. Especially when I noticed that I could pick one up for free in the September Elle magazine that costed me £4.10 for 370 pages of high end fashion adverts that none of us can afford. But hey, it's the product we want here, right? Not Cara Delevigne looking gorgeous and telling me to buy expensive perfumes and clothing. 
 (I apologize about the horrendous lighting here; I just couldn't seem to get it right today. One of those bad camera days huh? The pictures seem a little blurred which is so annoying)

The product itself came in a cute, metallic box and is disposed via a small pump. Looks all good so far. 
Being a liquid product, I find it best applied and distributed on a damp beauty blender or complexion sponge with dabbing motions over swipes.
Then it came to the swatch. The excitement was obviously an anti climax, it seemed. Personally, I found dew the hoola to be extremely orange in colour, rather than a pretty. glowing bronze. It made me look more 'only way is Essex' than 'I've been to Hawaii and topped up the tan'. Whether that's because I am quite light or what, I haven't enjoyed this as much as I expected, which is such a shame.
I also felt it sort of blended into a nothing ness on my face due to the fact that it is largely water based - something else which I disliked. I'm glad this was a sample rather than a full priced product; my purse would be extremely sad as it would be £22.50 short. 

Overall, I am generally not impressed. I do think I should probably try using this in a different way though. Maybe mix into some of my lighter foundations when I am more tanned to give a better match? I feel that would be more suited the to product. 

Have you tried Benefit's new twist Hoola? Were you more impressed than I was? Let me know. 

Natasha x

Mac Lipstick Collection 2016 || FloralsAndCoralsx

You've gotta love Mac for their wide range of lippy shades, right? There's just something about their quality formulation and sleek packaging that really makes my mind scream 'BUY IT' every time I enter a Mac store - hence the reason why I am now left with £77.50 worth of lippies (*silently cries*) although technically two of these were kindly gifted to us by our bae (love ya). Some may say this collection is tiny - I've seen ridiculously huge collections consisting of double figures - yet to me I think the £15 mark for a lipstick is pretty cray cray and slightly over that budget.
Mac Lipsticks
My collection:
- 'Ruby Woo': A gorgeous blue-toned red with a matte formulation, perfect for the Christmas season and super long wearing! I'm genuinely already excited for Christmas just because I'll get to wear this more.
- 'Vegas volt': An amazing amplified creme formulation and coraly orange in colour - beautiful for the summer months.
- 'Velvet Teddy': Typical 'Kylie Jenner' style lippie, with it's beautiful matte consistency and browny nude shade.
- 'Please me': A magnificent matte, that is a muted pink in colour. I find this a perfect subtle shade for school and work!
- 'Brave': A sleek satin that is pink-nude in shade, and again ideal for work or school!

Mac lipstick swatches
Kind of a colour trend, isn't there? Yep, I love a good nude me. But my fave of them all? I think that would have to be 'Brave' or 'Velvet Teddy' - these shades are so super wearable and really suit my strict 'no makeup' policies at school. 

Do you have any Mac lipsticks? Which is your fave? Comment below and let me know! 

Emily x

Studio 10 Beauty || FloralsAndCoralsx

Studio 10 Beauty is a brand that until recently we hadn't heard of before or looked into, yet upon finding some of their products floating around other beauty blogs we were absolutely sold. Their chic matte black packaging and gorgeous products are an absolute steal, so we contacted them right away, and they extremely kindly agreed to send us some products to show you all. What lovely people. 
Can we firstly point out the super cute tissue paper that this package arrived in? It'll for sure be one of those things that I never throw away because it's too cute - attachment issues right there. Sorry, we are obsessed with sweet things like that, they just make the heart bleed. 

Studio 10 Lip Perfecting Plumping Lip Gloss - 01 rose. 
This was the first thing that our eyes were drawn to when we opened up the package, you know, being lip product obsessives and all. Enriched with Omega-3 rich plankton extract, the idea behind this beauty is to protect the lips from fine lines and add gorgeous lip shape, plump and contour, whilst moisturising the lips due to emollient oils that help the skin hold onto water for longer. Some impressive science if you ask me. 
Application of this is super, super simple, with a traditional doe-foot applicator that you cannot go wrong with. And, regarding the colour, it shows up as gorgeously glossy but just 'my lips but better', so great for an every day use (awesome when school and work policies are as strict as ours). I adore the shape it gives the lips and the shine that it beholds. And of course, as advertised, I found this to be super plumping. Win win win.

A mascara that can do 6 things all at once? Nourish, condition, define, lengthen, thicken AND volumise? Sounds like a winner.
With horrendous lashes ourselves the benefits to this are simply the best. Better than all the rest. Whilst lengthening and volumising the lashes, it also supposedly helps them to grow stronger and longer, whilst resotring elasticity and shine. The idea that my lashes can be treated and look great at the same time is certainly fantastic in my book. 

Oh, and it is double ended! Yes mate.

 The first end to this has a traditionally bristled wand that gives the lashes volume and length.
The other, not such a traditional wand. This sort of wand is one that I prefer to use on the bottom lashes, or second to separate any clumps.
A great mascara with some great benefits that I will be waiting to notice soon; definitely worth a go. 

We are not overly enthusiastic about filling in brows as I find it so bloomin' difficult to get them looking natural and not drawn on, so I was skeptical at the look of a pencil at first. But that, my friend, was before I tried this beauty! Double ended. with one highlight end and one brow end, this babe has it all covered. I now find filling in my brows so much easier, as this pencil isn't too waxy with too much colour pay-off but gives just the right amount of pigment to make my brows look natural. Perfect!
Highlighter end, which is generally best used on the brow bone or to clean up around the brow.
Brow end, which can be used with fine strokes to neatly imitate natural brow hairs.
I love a good primer, don't you? And the idea of a 'miracle effect priming serum' particularly melts my heart. Claiming to reduce spots, wrinkles, enlarged pores and hydrate the skin this again sounds as though it will be a product to protect the skin and make your makeup look on point. We only received a sachet of this to give a go, so of course benefits are barely noticeable, but I will be sure looking into this further. Sounds like a beauty. 

Have you tried Studio 10 Beauty? What did you think?

Natasha & Emily x