NARS Velvet Shadow Stick | Review

Sunday, 26 March 2017

I've wanted to try an eyeshadow stick for a while now and have had my eyes on the By Terry Ombré Blackstars, however, I was recently at a NARS counter and came across the NARS Velvet Shadow Sticks which I thought looked really pretty and was keen to try. I bought the shade Oaxaca as I thought it was quite a versatile shade that I could wear with quite a few make up looks. 

What do I think of it? 

I really like how creamy this is. Often with cream shadows, I worry that they're going to be too drying or 'crack' throughout the day. However, this definitely isn't the case with this, it's also super easy to blend so there's no harsh lines once you've applied it. 

I've worn this quite a few times for work and I must admit, I've been pretty impressed with how long it lasts. I normally wear a primer under eyeshadow, but don't with this and it lasts so well.

As with all NARS packaging, I love how simplistic this is. I really like the minimalist look of the packaging and it's super easy to carry around with you.

At £21 the NARS Velvet Shadow Stick isn't the cheapest eyeshadow stick in the world. KIKO's Less is Better Long Lasting Eyeshadow Sticks are £6.90 which are a really good dupe and for a much cheaper price, however, having not tried them, I'm not sure how long they last.

Would I recommend the NARS Velvet Shadow Stick? 
I'm really pleased with the NARS Velvet Shadow Stick. It's so easy to apply and blend and is a gorgeous colour. My only criticism is that it's not as shimmery as I first thought, which is probably my fault for picking the wrong shade. However, if you're looking for a mid range eyeshadow stick that makes applying eye make up 10x quicker and provides an effective look, I really recommend the NARS Velvet Shadow Stick.

Blogger Recognition Award

Thursday, 23 March 2017

It's been ages since I've done a tag, so I was super excited when Caz from Call Me Caz very kindly nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award, so a big thank you to Caz.

What does this tag entail?

The Rules
1./Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2./Write a post to show your award
3./Give a brief story of how your blog started
4./ Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
5./Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to
6./Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created

How I started Ramblings of a Blonde
It all began back in 2013 when I was really starting to become interested in beauty and wanted to share my thoughts and findings with others. However, it wasn't until 2014 that I actually made my blog public as I was super scared about what people would think about it! Now it's become a huge part of my life and is something that I really enjoy doing.

Two pieces of advice for new bloggers
1./Interact with other bloggers - this is something I wish I'd done a lot sooner, but whilst it sounds so naive, I wasn't aware of the huge blogging community that was out there. I've made some lovely, supportive friends and I wish I'd met them sooner.

2./Don't be ashamed of being yourself - so many bloggers feel like they can't write what they want or feel like they will be judged if they do. Remember, your blog is about YOU and what YOU love, don't create content you're not happy with, just be yourself and if people don't like that then it's their loss.

I nominate (sorry if you've been nominated already)
5./ Lottie
6./Anyone else who hasn't done it, but would like to

Mother's Day | L'Occitane Gift Guide

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Is it me or does Mother's Day always creep up on you and before you know it, you're panicking about what gift to buy your mum? This year as I'm now in full time work, I wanted to get my mum something really special that I knew she would love. I was recently on the L'Occitane website browsing through to look for a Mother's Day Gift that would be perfect for my mum and came across some of their gorgeous gift sets. It's been quite a tough year for my mum so I wanted to get her something really thoughtful and L'Occitane ticked all the boxes.

L'Occitane have some of my favourite skincare and bath products. Their Shea Intensive Hand Balm is one of the most moisturising and nourishing hand balms I've ever tried and I can't recommend it enough. Therefore, I knew that whatever I chose from their website, my mum would absolutely love. On their website, L'Occitane have a wide range of gift sets that suit everyone's needs, with varying price points so you're bound to find something you love. I have my eye on their Relaxing Lavender Collection for my mum as Lavender is one of her favourite scents. They have some gorgeous products in this gift set including a foaming bath, shower gel and hand cream - everything my mum needs to relax after a busy day at work! (Really hoping my mum doesn't peek at this post and give the surprise away!)

If you're stuck for ideas of what to get your mum for Mother's Day this year, I really recommend you take a look at the L'Occitane Website, as they have some really lovely products and some great deals at the moment. Also, they have a section dedicated to Mothers' Day gifts, so it's really easy to browse through and find something your mum will love!

What are you planning on getting your mum this Mother's Day? I'd love to know your ideas!

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