Sunday, 6 November 2016

Festive Season | Ted Baker Haul

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all well and having a lovely week.

Ah Halloween… that time of the year where we have a reason to look completely crazy and go wild with the makeup and costumes! Did you do anything special for Halloween… dressed up/costumes?
Now that Halloween is of the past, we know that the festive season and the end of the year is approaching fast and almost upon us!

Leading up to festive seasons, there are many gift sets released. I do like the idea of gift sets as it’s pretty handy, not only if you are short of time, but they usually follow a theme and group particular items of interest together in beautiful packaging. However, I am usually a little sceptical when it comes to gift sets. Sometimes not all products included are to ones taste be it the shade or scent of the product. At times it seems there may also be a compromise on the quality of the products included in gift sets. 

Today I bring you a Ted Baker haul which could be of interest to someone who loves makeup… uhum ;)  The set was originally £40.00 but I believe I got it on sale at around £20.00 at Boots.  
The set is called ‘The Girl with the Beautiful Face’ and consists of products for the face, lips, eyes and nails. 

The gift box has 2 compartments. 

The top of the box can be accessed by lifting the flap which also contains a mirror. The compartment beneath is a drawer. So this piece works well as storage… I never complain when it comes to additional storage! 

The top compartment contains the following products:

2 ‘Illuminating Liquids’ (nail polish)
- Pearly Pink
- Golden Glow

2 Nail polishes which do not have names for some reason…. One has a metallic effect and is silver with a hint of pink. The other is a vibrant red shade.

‘Bronzing Compact’ which frankly appears to be more of a highlighter than a bronzer. It has a combinations of shades which include pink, cream and a dusky grey shade. This product is accompanied by a kabuki brush which is soft and pleasant.

The drawer compartment contains:


Lip crayon- Unfortunately has no name but fortunately it is a beautiful shade for fall. I would describe it as a deep plum shade with a hint of maroon.

Lipstick- Vibrant red shade. Again, has no name… I see a pattern here…

Lip Crayon (Top) and Lipstick (bottom) swatch

Eyelash curler

2 Eye crayons
- Metallic sliver shade
- Light gold, metallic effect

Mascara- Black

Eyeliner- Black

I noticed that quite a few of the products do not have a name or a code assigned which is rather odd. It could perhaps be due to the products being limited editions.

In terms of quality, I will need to use the products for a while before I can give a true verdict on all of them.

So far, I like the ‘Illuminating Liquids’ in Golden Glow.

The eye crayons are very creamy and glides on smoothly.

The eyeliner was rather disappointing as it transfers and I found that it dried out/ finished rather quickly! Definitely not what I was expecting. I am therefore a little worried about the mascara but have not yet tried this so will try to remain optimistic. I am looking forward to trying the lip crayon… I love the shade!

Do you like gift sets and have you tried any which you would totally recommend? Would love to hear your thoughts!

Til next time mes amies,

Sheen xxx

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Festive seasons, shopping and gift ideas

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all well and have had an enjoyable weekend.

The festive season is almost upon us. I thought it would be nice to put some gift ideas for the festive season together and have a few of these posts throughout the next few months. Truly, I cannot believe that we are only a few months away from the commencement of a new year. Where has this year gone?!

For the most organised amongst us, shopping for the festivities has most likely already begun if not completed! I was surprised to hear that some already start planning for the coming year festivities many, many months before. I on the other hand, do not usually plan my shopping trips or putting together gift ideas or making these purchases super early. I am indeed someone who likes to give the presents purchased as soon as possible due to the sheer excitement! I want to see their reaction, whether they like it or not etc etc. I don’t really like keeping gifts in my possession for too long… they must be delivered without delay! :D

So, for my first gift ideas, I will focus on beauty… ofcourse ;)

Choices, selection and variety

Below are a couple of products that I bought for a colleague last year. The idea was to get something, cute, relevant, and budget friendly.

A palette is usually a lovely idea for a friend who likes makeup, especially if not certain which shades they prefer. Last year, I went for the Makeup Revolution eyeshadow palette ‘What you waiting for?’ which contains 18 shades in total; 12 shimmer and 6 matte. The names of the shades are… well let’s say… a little on the naughty/ provocative side. I’m not a huge fan of giving makeup obscene names for various reasons such as exposure to children…but for now we digress! Nonetheless, the shades looked beautiful.


I paired this palette with a striking purple nail polish from Collection. I don’t think one can go wrong with some nail paints from Collection. I got this in the shade ‘Purplicious’. 

Wrapping the gift nicely also adds a special touch to gift giving. Why not try some soft gold wrapping paper to add some elegance to your gift.

Have you commenced your festivity shopping/ gift giving ideas? Let us know in the comments below :)

Till next time mes amies

Sheen xxx