Beauty Pie | Review

Sunday, 19 February 2017

There is an ever growing love for subscription boxes across all categories and the beauty category is no different, but I hadn't got round to trying any beauty subscriptions until now. Beauty Pie is a subscription service whereby you pay £10 a month to be a member and this then entitles you to premium make up at a discounted price, all of which are Beauty Pie own brand products. You have a monthly allowance of £100 (this is based on items at their full price, but you pay a lot less as a member) allowing you to try a large selection of products so there's always something you'll need. My friend has a membership with them, but wasn't going to use her monthly allowance for February, so offered me the chance to try some of the products from Beauty Pie and I obviously couldn't resist!

So what did I buy?

1./ The Ten Best Natural Eyeshadow Shades Palette
This was the first thing I saw on the Beauty Pie website and it was released just at the time I was looking to make my purchases. I'm a sucker for natural eyeshadow palettes and you can never have too many right? So I knew I had to get it. They also have a smokey eye shadow palette, but I didn't think I would use it as much as this one. Whilst I love the colours in the palette, they're not the most pigmented so they're ideal for an everyday work eye look, but I will probably still reach for my Urban Decay Naked palettes for weekends / days out.

2./Uber Curl Drama Mascara
I was in need of a new mascara for work, so I was keen to give one from Beauty Pie a try. I loved the sound of the 'Uber Curl Drama' and whilst there are a few mascaras to choose from, I decided this one would probably suit my needs the most. I must admit, I really do like the mascara, it curls my lashes well and provides a good amount of volume without being too thick or clumpy. I've been wearing this for work and have been loving it.

3./One Powder Wonder
I've been wanting to try a setting powder for a while and had been looking at one from MAC, however, when I saw this one on Beauty Pie I was eager to give it a try. I think this is my favourite product I ordered from Beauty Pie, the consistency of the powder is really soft and it applies really easily to the skin. I have noticed a considerable improvement in my make up staying in place when I've used it. I'm definitely enjoying adding this into my everyday make up routine.

4./FutureLipstick - Matte in Cowboy Nude
I always find buying lipsticks online really difficult because it's not always easy to judge what the shade is like. However, my friend had told me how good the lipsticks from Beauty Pie were so I was keen to give one a try. When this arrived, I was a little concerned that the shade would be too brown and too dark for me. However, once I tried it, I immediately fell in love. It's not as pigmented as I first thought, which actually works in my favour as it's more of a nude colour once applied, which is definitely more the colour I was after and would really recommend giving this a try.

Would I buy from Beauty Pie again?
Yes, definitely. I have been really impressed with the products and particularly the value for money. You get really premium make up, for a fraction of the price of other premium brands. Also, the order comes beautifully wrapped, so it feels as though Beauty Pie have really taken the effort to ensure your products arrive safely and with a more personal touch. Many subscription services don't give you the option to select which products you receive or if they do, the choice is often very limited. However, this isn't the case with Beauty Pie, you can select what ever products you like and there's a huge range to choose from. If you're looking to try a subscription service that you have control over, I'd really recommend Beauty Pie.

Have you tried any Beauty Pie products or other beauty subscription boxes?

New Year, New Blog

Friday, 17 February 2017

Okay, I know it's not technically New Year anymore, but this is something that I've been working on since January. I've wanted to refresh my blog for a while, but what with work and life commitments, blogging often takes a back seat. However, at the start of this year I was determined to finally get round to a brand new look for Ramblings of a Blonde.

With the help of my very talented boyfriend Emil, I have an amazing new blog layout, brand and logo which I'm super excited to finally be able to share with you! I'm totally in love with it, it feels so much more fresh and modern!

So what else is new?
Along with a brand new look I also have a new Facebook page, which I'd love you to take a look at and 'Like', I'm going to stop using my personal Facebook to promote posts and start using this page instead so make sure you've 'Liked' it so you don't miss out on any posts.

I've also got a new email address - so for any PR enquires or collabs or any other general bits and bobs, feel free to email me on this address. I definitely want to work with more brands this year, so please get in touch if you'd like to work together.

Some of you may or may not already know this, but I currently upload every Sunday and Wednesday evening (for the most part when work isn't crazy busy!) and I'm going to continue doing this with added bonus posts whenever I can.

Also, I want to start doing some Giveaways. I am so lucky to be surrounded by such supportive bloggers and I want to be able to give something back. Keep an eye on my Twitter in the immediate future as I'll be launching a Giveaway once I hit 1.5K followers, but I'll also be running Giveaways on my blog in the not so distant future, so keep an eye out for those.

Finally, now that I'm in a good place with my blog, I will be starting up a YouTube channel alongside it, so I'll share all my details on that once it's live - eeeek (please subscribe! I'm scared I'll have 0 subscribers!)

So that's everything, I'm so excited for what this year has to hold for Ramblings of a Blonde. Do let me know what you think of my new 'look' and thank you to everyone for your continued support - I love you all!

Sleek Colour Corrector Palette | Review

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Colour correcting concealers are a real trend right now and like most beauty trends, I'm always intrigued to see what all the fuss is about. I had originally wanted to try the Colour Correcting Fluids from Urban Decay, but at £19 they're quite expensive for a product to trial that I barely know anything about. Therefore, when I spotted this Sleek Colour Corrector Palette in Boots for only £7.99 I couldn't resist! 

It's such a weird concept applying these bright colours to your skin and I really wouldn't have much clue on what colour to use on which part of my face. Fortunately, Sleek have you covered, on the back of the box, it lists all the colours, what colour they correct on your skin and what they're best at concealing. Whilst this is super handy and a real life saver, I wish they'd put it on the back of the actual palette as I know the box will get really tatty and marked after a while meaning it'll be hard to read or I'll end up losing it. 

What do all the colours do?
- Green: Neutralises redness - ideal for concealing scars and blemishes
- Lilac: Neutralises yellow - ideal for lightening sallow, dull complexions
- Blue - Neutralises orange - ideal for concealing freckles
- Rose: Adds radiance and brightens dark spots - adds radiance and evens dark spots
- Yellow: Neutralises purple - ideal for concealing under eye circles on light skin tones
- Orange: Neutralises blue - ideal for concealing dark circles on dark skin tones

So what do I think about the actual product? 
Well there's a few colours that are a bit redundant for me such as Orange, mainly because I have really fair skin, so that's the pro of buying individual colour correctors like the ones from Urban Decay I guess. Having said that I am really pleased with how they work. Once you get over the fact your rubbing a green substance into your face, they do actually correct the colour on your skin. I don't find them to be the most pigmented, so I do end up having to use quite a bit and I do wish the consistency was a little creamier to make them easier to blend, but at only £7.99 I can't complain. Admittedly, I haven't had a chance to try all of the colours yet because I haven't had a need for them, but so far I've mostly used Green and Yellow and have also tried Lilac and Blue and I am pleased with the results.

Finally, as with all Sleek products, the packaging is very simple and minimalist which I love. It's in a really convenient compact size which means it's easy to throw in your make up bag if you're going away or want to top up throughout the day. There's also a pretty decent mirror in the lid of the palette which is always handy to have.

Would I recommend this product? 
If you're beauty lover, yes. It's exciting, something different and at a reasonable price point. If you're not that fussed by beauty, then probably not because it's an added step to your make up routine and one that I don't think is entirely necessary. 

Have you tried any colour correctors? I'd love to know your thoughts. 

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