THE SWEETEST COLLECTION EVER?! MAD BEAUTY TAKES ON WINNIE THE POOH…

The sweetest collection ever? I think it might just be!

I was kindly sent some Winnie the Pooh themed products to test out and honestly they are just the cutest!

Mad Beauty know how to absolutely nail a Disney release so you can imagine how I excited I was to get stuck in. They had me feeling some type of way I tell ya!

Products range from £3.99 up to £15.99 which is incredibly reasonable in my opinion and includes makeup, skincare and bathroom essentials.

Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.

Winnie the Pooh

The Honey Pot Lip Balm Duo, which costs £7.99, has became a handbag staple. Cute as hell but also hydrating so perfect for this time of year when my skin really suffers.

When it comes to eyeshadow palettes I kind of think I’ve seen it all to be honest but I will always appreciate a warm toned moment! The 16 shade Winnie The Pooh Eyeshadow Palette retails for £15.99 and contains and mix of formulas to take you from day to night. It’s literally my favourite kind of colour story so I was an easy sell.

To top it all off I had the pleasure of experiencing the Piglet Face Mask (£3.99). Now, if you’ve seen my reel you might question my choice of words there as I’ll agree I did look like some sort of Disney obsessed Leather Face. However! The sheet mask itself was lovely. Paired with the Piglet Hairband (also £7.99) which will just be great in general for when i apply my skincare, I was looking kind of adorable!

In conclusion, yes to Disney themed cosmetics and yes to Mad Beauty. I’m a fan!

I REWATCHED BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, AND HERE’S WHAT I LEARNED (BLOGMAS – DAY TWENTY-SEVEN)

I’m an anxious little soul and one of my coping mechanisms has consistently been revisiting an old favourite TV series or film. The familiarity is so comforting and really helps me to relax or get through the more mundane, everyday tasks I find myself doing.

For the last few months I’ve been rewatching Buffy The Vampire Slayer (and Angel too!). Experiencing one of my favourite shows of all time through the eyes of an adult has been something else entirely and here are a few things I’ve observed along the way…

Buffy was under appreciated…

Guys, the girl saved the world repeatedly! She killed the love of her life without any thought for herself and step up for her friends, family and random members of the public countless times but was still given nothing but shit when she eventually came to the point of needing some backup. Buffy sacrificed her own happiness more times than I can count.

Ungrateful swines.

Xander was a bit of a dick…

I will never get over what he did to Anya and the fact he never really suffered any concrete consequences but besides that rather huge point he was just always a bit of an entitled knob really, wasn’t he?

His behaviour towards Buffy and hatred of Angel was so childish and it still pisses me off that he never got a smack for not passing on Willows Message to Buffy in the Season 2 episode ‘Becoming’.

The women in his life were consistently treated like property and whilst I don’t hate him I will never think that his class clown act made up for his horrible attitude.

At least he was good to Dawn I guess.

Anya was the best character…

Funny, sarcastic, strong, beautiful and intelligent. She was goals and anyone who says otherwise is just wrong, I’m not even sorry.

Anya’s character progression was insane. To go from a fun little one episode feature to a full blown, beloved member of the show is huge. She managed to stay true to herself whilst growing as a person and I’m still obsessed with her.

That show did her dirty though and I’m still livid.

Kennedy was pointless and annoying…

If Anya is my number one then Kennedy has got to be right down towards the bottom. I hated how overbearingly strong she came in and the way she felt so entitled to slot herself into the group, changing the dynamic and Willow. I genuinely don’t see what positives she brought to the table. The polar opposite to Tara who was selfless til the end. just a pointless love interest for the sake of it that I’d rather have done without.

Buffy & Spike were the better match…

Ok, I’m a HUGE Angel fan but do I truly believe they should have ended up together? Absolutely not. I still don’t feel like their relationship was built on anything really whilst Spike was another matter altogether.

I love an enemies to lovers story arc anyway but the whole thing just felt so natural, so inevitable. Their connection was honest, gritty and relatable. I ship!!!

You can watch Buffy The Vampire Slayer on Disney+

WANDAVISION DISNEY+ REVIEW (BLOGMAS – DAY SIX)

Haven’t watched WandaVision on Disney+ yet?: Watch here.

Hands up if you’re a Marvel fan! When these most treasured stories and characters started making their way to the big screen in what is now known as the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) over ten years ago I was both hesitant and overjoyed. Thankfully (in my opinion) it has been done justice (mostly).

‘WandaVision’, a Disney+ original series based on the ‘House of M’ story arc has been one of its most exciting additions so far. Full of mystery, suspense and intrigue as well as a healthy dose of humour and heartache. It has everything you could possibly want from a Marvel release and I honestly think it’s a worthy rival to any of the bigger budget movies.

Set three weeks after the events of Avengers: End Game (2019), Wanda Maximoff and Vision are living an idyllic suburban life in the town of Westview, New Jersey, trying to conceal their true natures. As they begin to enter new decades and encounter television tropes, the couple suspects that things are not as they seem.

Wikipedia

Sounds confusing, right? Well it is but in the best way possible!

Wanda is played by Elizabeth Olsen (younger sister of the ICONIC Olsen Twins) in such a way that you both adore and fear her, with power that seemingly knows no bounds hiding a vulnerability you can’t help but be drawn to. This is perfectly complimented by Paul Bettany’s Vision, A vibranium-synthezoid (kinda like a fancy robot) brought to life by a combination of the Mind Stone and Tony Starks AI J.A.R.V.I.S (Just A Rather Very Intelligent System), the love of Wanda’s life whose deeply honourable intentions don’t always align with her own.

If you’re a fan of the MCU (which you need to be really or you won’t have a clue what the hell is actually going on) then you will be pleased to see quite a few familiar faces thrown into the Wandavision mix. I do love a cameo!

With nine Wandavision episodes ranging anywhere from half an hour to fifty minutes, there was a lot of time to explore the new world that Wanda and Vision found themselves in. Discovering secrets and betrayal along the way, all leading to the most heart wrenching conclusion that anyone could have imagined.

The series leaves you wanting more by opening the doors to various storylines that will undoubtedly be told in future Marvel releases. Which is great as WandaVision was written as a limited series with no plans for any further episodes (although you’ll be happy to know that we WILL see Wanda again in ‘Dr Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ which is due for release next year).

All in all I genuinely don’t think the the story could have been told any better than it was and Elizabeth Olsen is a shining jewel in the MCU crown (or should that be infinity stone in the gauntlet?!). I hope her presence becomes even more prominent in the next phase of the franchises universe.

To finish off I just want to add some of my favourite parts of the series:

– Wanda’s retro Scarlet Witch costume. Well everyone’s really!

– Evan Peters popping his head in. What a treat!

– How effortlessly the show seemed to jump between time zones and tropes.

– Every single opening credit scene. They deserve a blog post of their own!

– The sheer amount of marvel Easter eggs we were graced with. The attention to detail is immense.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR DISNEY LOVERS (BLOGMAS – DAY TWO)

If you’re anything like me then Disney is something you will have clung to like a comfort blanket made of nostalgia since childhood (and show no sign of letting it go anytime soon).

As my passion for the beauty industry has grown one of my favourite things to do is discover collaborations that really light a fire within me and it just so happens that they are usually of the Disney variety.

So if this sounds like someone you know (or even just yourself, I won’t judge!) then stick around because I’m about to make your Christmas shopping a whole lot easier!

Beauty Bay

A collaboration with a twist if ever there was one. This modern take on some of my favourite classic Disney movies has me more excited than ever to pass on my passion to a younger generation.

Created in collaboration with Disney Colour, our new makeup collection is here to help you bring the classic Disney films to life. The Disney Colour and BEAUTY BAY collection has been inspired by the original colours from some of the most iconic Disney films, allowing you to create makeup looks that will help you bring your favourite scenes into your reality.

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With a multitude of products to choose from (but why choose when you can have them all?) it’s hard to pick a favourite.

Spectrum Collections

Spectrum Collections are just as famous for their stunning Disney collaborations as they are for creating innovative yet stylish brushes and I’m so here for it.

The spectrum sisters (Sophie & Hannah) are constantly surprising us with their dreamy visions of all things Disney and I find myself constantly on the edge of my seat looking forward to their next drop.

I Heart Revolution

Last year I Heart Revolution released their very first Disney Princess Collection (with the spotlight on Cinderella, Belle and Tiana) and since there have gone from strength to strength with an ever expanding line of magical products for for royalty.

From eyeshadow and lip toppers to highlighters and lashes this collaboration really does have that something special. It’ll have you digging out your favourite Disney movies in no time.

Mad Beauty

Mad Beauty are a relatively new obsession for me but that doesn’t make them any less magical!

The brand are famous for their huge array of collaborative products based on your favourite movies and tv series (and you all know how I feel about Friends).

Their Disney lines are unique in the sense that our favourite villains get just as much of a look in. They also boast incredible collections of Star Wars products too so there really is something for everyone.

Morphe

Morphie can be a bit hit and miss for me but if there’s one thing they do right it’s capturing the aesthetic of a collaboration perfectly.

The Mickey and friends collection is artsy bold and super cute. A must have for any Disney fan.

Urban Decay

Urban decay have been my guilty pleasure ever since I started on my make up journey roughly 10 years ago now. They were the first higher rent brand I ever spent money on and just hold a really special place in my heart.

If you know anything about me then you’ll know I am a Marvel fanatic and the new Eternals collaboration just screams decadence at me.

It’s pricey but it damn sure looks luxurious.

Catrice Cosmetics

Catrice are the type of friend you just know you can rely on to release products that are going to get the job done. Their new Disney collection has just hit the nail on the head with its cute aesthetic spot on shade times.

I guess objectively it might be a little bit on the childish side but if grown-up vibes of what you want I think you’re reading the wrong blog.

Wet Brush

I don’t know how many hairbrushes are too many hairbrushes but to be honest I don’t want to know the answer.

Wet brush have fast become my favourite every day hair tool brand and I pretty much have one of their brushes in every room in my house at this point.

I love the fact they Disney releases all have a completely different feel from a poor part aesthetic to cottage core fairytale dream vibes.

To be honest I just think it justifies having as many as I do.

Ciaté

When I’m having a really rough day I try and channel Edna Mode and to be honest that usually does the trick. She doesn’t suffer fools and neither should you.

This collection is colourful vibrant and just the thing to pick you up on these dreary and dark winter days. A pop of colour in the waterline does wonders for the soul.

Essence Cosmetics

Last but not least we have my old faithful Essence Cosmetics and their Disney Princess Collection.

Yes it’s simple and just a bit basic but to be honest if you want something that screams Disney without a luxury pricetag then you’re headed in the right direction.

He also can’t deny Essence products are just a bit bloody brilliant. Like have you tried their mascara?!

I hope I’ve managed to fill your Disney gift quota for today and you managed to find something special. Let me know if you pick anything up or if you find some Disney releases of your own.

BLOGTOBER X BLOGR CHALLENGE 2021 HALLOWEEN COLLECTIONS TO DIE FOR (WEEK 4 – TWENTY-EIGHT)

Halloween is right around the corner and to be honest I’m far too excited for a woman in her 30’s.

One of my favourite things since I started my Instagram and blog has been discovering the outstanding Halloween collections that brands grace us with year after year.

I swear they’re becoming more and more bold (which I’m all for!) and although not necessarily frightening they really do strike the perfect balance between childhood nostalgia and a love of all things spooky.

I’ve rounded up some of my favourites to give you all of Halloween feels in preparation for the big day (or night).

ColourPop x The Nightmare Before Christmas

ColourPop x Hocus Pocus – The Coven Crew Collection

Hipdot x Addams Family

BH Cosmetics Poison Shock

Makeup Revolution x Corpse Bride

Makeup Revolution x The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror

Sheglam Wretched Romance

Kylie Cosmetics x Nightmare on Elm Street

Mad Beauty Pop Villains

XX Revolution x The Matrix

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE – PART THREE: THE BEAUTY BAY UP TO 50% OFF SALE 25th – 31st CONTINUED (BLOGTOBER – DAY TWENTY-SEVEN)

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A couple of days ago I set my sights on the Beauty Bay Sale and it’s still the hottest news around. Brands galore are discounted within an inch of their lives and if you’re in the position to stock up for Christmas then now is the time to do it!

Today I’ve focused on all things under £10 so perfect for those of us on a budget or if you’re looking for the perfect stocking filler!

By Beauty Bay Sunset Horizons Palette

Was £15 – Now £7.50 (50% off)

Create those classic autumnal looks with By BEAUTY BAY’s Sunset Horizons palette. The 20-shade eyeshadow palette is inspired by the contrasting hues of an autumn sunset with deep purples, bright oranges, and creamy shimmers in BEAUTY BAY’s iconic powder formula. With everything you need to take your looks from dusk until dawn, the collection of effortlessly wearable and ultra-pigmented matte and shimmer shades is your ticket to autumn all year round.

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Corpse Bride x Revolution Brush Set

Was £20 – Now £9.95 (50% off)

For looks that last all Halloween long (and beyond), add the Corpse Bride X Revolution Brush Set to your brush collection. Including four super-soft face and eye brushes, to highlight, blend, contour and define your way to dreamy makeup looks, day or night, this ombre-bristle set sounds like your vibe.

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Sunday Rain Winter Watermelon Collection

Was £10 – Now £6.95 (30% off)

Relax, refresh, and reset with the Sunday Rain Winter Watermelon Collection. This set features four of Sunday Rain’s iconic watermelon bath and body products in the sweet and refreshing watermelon and mint scent, that is good enough to eat (please don’t!). Featuring a bubble bath, foot soak, exfoliating cubes and bath crystals all enriched with watermelon extract, this set helps to hydrate, soothe, and moisturise the skin.

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Sample Beauty Romantic Pigments Bundle

Was £18 – Now £9 (50% off)

Fall in love with the Sample Beauty Romantic Pigments Bundle. Featuring five luxuriously rich matte and shimmer pigments, each contained in a premium glass jar plus a multi-use gel that can be used in an infinite number of ways, this bundle is all you need to create stunning eye looks, that last.

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Beauty Cooler Angel Wings Rose Quartz Gua Sha

Was £15.95 – Now £7.95 (50% off)

Sculpt and shape your face with the Beauty Cooler Angel Wings Rose Quartz Gua Sha Pair. Gua sha’s are a facial massage tool that has been practiced by tradition Chinese medicine for thousands of years to lift, firm and improve the overall health and radiance of the skin. These uniquely shaped wings have been specially designed to mould to the contours of your face, helping to improve blood circulation and reduce puffiness and inflammation for a heavenly, glowing complexion.

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Let me know what bargains you manage to bag!

I HEART REVOLUTION X DISNEY BELLE COLLECTION REVIEW (BLOGTOBER – DAY EIGHTEEN)

Tale as old as time…

Mrs. Potts, Beauty and the Beast

Last week I featured the I Heart Revolution x Disney Princess Snow White Collection and what a love fest that was!

I actually purchased the Belle Collection last year when it was first released but this blog didn’t exist then so here we are.

This collections feels like it was pulled straight out of my heart, If I had a kindred spirit within the animated world then it’d be Belle.

I want adventure in the great wide somewhere! I want it more than I can tell!

Belle, Beauty and the Beast

The collection consists of…

I Heart Revolution Disney Fairytale Books Palette Belle – £15

I Heart Revolution Disney Fairytale Books Heart Highlighter Belle – £8

I Heart Revolution Disney Fairytale Books Lashes Belle – £8

I Heart Revolution Disney Fairytale Books Lip Topper Belle – £5

The face products included in the palette are arguably my favourite part with a selection of subtle blushes that really bring everything to life but the Belle Lip Topper is just something a bit special and would be perfect for adding a little bit of sparkle to your look this Christmas so I’m here for it.

Just as affordable as the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs collection with a similar line of products, it’s definitely worth picking them both up if you a collector!

Each aspect of the collection truly captures the essence of what the film meant to me as a child. It’s magical, elegant and full of bold choices. I can’t wait to collect more from the collaboration!

Take it with you so you’ll always have a way to look back… and remember me.

Beast, Beauty and the Beast

WHAT’S THIS? THE MAKEUP REVOLUTION X DISNEY NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION REVIEW (BLOGTOBER – DAY TWELVE)

What’s this? What’s this?

Jack Skellington

If you’re a fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas (and of course you are, who isn’t?) then you’ll know the time old debate surrounding the seasonal target of the film. Was it made for Halloween or Christmas?

Well director Henry Selick confirmed back in 2017 that it was intended to be a Halloween movie whilst Danny Elfman who beautifully set the tone of the film with his music said that whilst it’s clearly about Christmas he always considered it to be a Halloween film.

I’ll just carry on watching it from October until December every year just to be sure. That seems like the sensible thing to do, right?

That’s right. I am the Pumpkin King!

Jack Skellington

Anyway, last year Makeup Revolution absolutely smashed it out of the park when they realised a whole collection celebrating the cult classic and and so pleased to be able to say it’s still just as popular a year later!

The whole aesthetic is classic nightmare and I’m living for it. Striking the balance between childhood nostalgia and adult functionality perfectly.

My only regret is picking up only half of the collection but you know, adult stuff comes first apparently 🙄

Just because I cannot see it, doesn’t mean I can’t believe it!

Jack Skellington

I picked up…

Makeup Revolution Disney Nightmare Before Christmas Eyeshadow Palette Jack – £15

Makeup Revolution Disney Nightmare Before Christmas Highlighter Moonlight, Mischief & Madness – £8

Makeup Revolution Disney Nightmare Before Christmas Lip Gloss Jack £5

Makeup Revolution Disney Nightmare Before Christmas Lip Gloss Zero – £5

The highlighter is beyond stunning and such a wearable shade whilst the palette truly is a Jack of all trades with a nice mixture of neutrals and brights in various finishes.

I’m not much of a gloss fan if I’m honest but the packaging swung me if nothing else and they’re always handy to have.

I excel without ever even trying.

Jack Skellington

The rest of the collection consists of…

Makeup Revolution Disney Nightmare Before Christmas Brush Set – £20

Makeup Revolution Disney Nightmare Before Christmas Eyeshadow Palette Sally – £15

Makeup Revolution Disney Nightmare Before Christmas Makeup Bag Clear – £8

Makeup Revolution Disney Nightmare Before Christmas Makeup Bag Black – £8

Makeup Revolution Disney Nightmare Before Christmas Highlighter Misfit Love – £8

Makeup Revolution Disney Nightmare Before Christmas Lip Gloss Sally – £5

Makeup Revolution Disney Nightmare Before Christmas Lip Gloss Oogie Boogie – £5

My dearest friend, if you don’t mind, I’d like to join you by your side, where we can gaze into the stars.

Jack Skellington

Have you invested in the collection? Should I take the plunge and pick up the rest?

I HEART REVOLUTION X DISNEY PRINCESS SNOW WHITE COLLECTION REVIEW (BLOGTOBER – DAY NINE)

Lips red as the rose, hair black as ebony, skin white as snow.

Magic Mirror, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Once upon a time there was a little girl with hair black as ebony, skin white as snow and a serious aversion to most fake tans.

She was also incapable of ever growing up and cherished the memories of the many Disney VHS tapes her mother bought her at car boot sales.

Among her favourites was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Snow White was kind and beautiful. She allowed the girl to feel comfortable in her own skin by showing her that not all princesses looked the same and even she could be considered beautiful.

…and so, decades later a collection was released and the girl rejoiced.

All was well again and she lived happily ever after…

Have you ever seen a more incredible interpretation of a classic before? I’ve been a fan of the I Heart Revolution Disney collections since release but this one holds a special place in my heart.

Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?

Evil Queen, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The concept is simple yet striking and keeps things traditional with magical fairytale themes.

When hearts are high the time will fly, so whistle while you work.

Snow White, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

She’s beautiful, just like an angel.

Bashful, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The collection consists of…

I Heart Revolution Disney Fairytale Books Palette Snow White – £15

I Heart Revolution Disney Fairytale Books Mini Palette Seven Dwarfs – £8

I Heart Revolution Disney Fairytale Books Apple Highlighter Snow White – £8

I Heart Revolution Disney Fairytale Books Lip Topper Snow White – £5

I feel like some subtle fluttery lashes would have really helped to finish capture that Snow White essence beautifully but other than that I have no complaints. Each product is so pretty.

I Heart Revolution thoroughly understood the assignment with this one!

… and then he will carry me away to his castle, where we will live happily ever after.

Snow White, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs