Is it Worth it?: Beauty77 Beauty Product Surprise Mix Bundle (7 Items – cheap bargain makeup review @L’Oreal, Jordana, New Daiz)

I started this blog because I’m often looking for new things to try out, whether it be food, beauty products or anything else, really and I love a bargain.  Let’s face it – good for those bloggers who can consistently buy high end products , but for most of us (me included!), we often have to be happy just reading the reviews because those products are, at best, an occasional treat for us when we have a little spare from food, rent, etc.

Still, I enjoy makeup and I’ve found some cheaper items work just as well, or something can be a bargain if it’s a little more expensive but goes a long way. This section will be for those products\food\everything else that constitutes being thrifty 🙂

So when I was browsing eBay under the ‘makeup joblot’ tag (I think), I came across a listing for 7 items for £3.99, but you don’t get to know what these are.  That’s 57p per item. 
Now these can be full size product, samples…the full-size would be cheap, I knew, I was never expecting Chanel or even Bare Minerals, to say the least. Still, for the price of a bus ticket, what did I have to lose, really?  The samples will be in those little plastic folders that makeup artists in stores often use (as you’ll see below and some of my future reviews.)

The website on the packaging, Beauty77 or PB7Online, leads to Beauty Online Store.  Which appears to be a sort of online semichem kind of store. The items on there actually makes sense in the context of what I received.

You can buy the actual bundle here, should you fancy – Ebay Listing – of course, yours will be different.

Usual disclaimer this is not a sponsored post, I bought it with my own money. Regardless if I’m ever sponsored or not, I’ll always be honest and give my truthful opinion.  Informing my readers and stopping to wasting your money will always come before getting on a PR list.

On that note – Let’s open it up and have a look through what I got! 

L’Oreal Color Riche Samples

(Full Size of a Color Riche polish costs around £3)


5ml 

Tahitian Pearl (900)

A sheer white with iridescent pink shimmer.


One coat of Tahitian Pearl. As you can see it didn’t do much. Bit of a sheen. 


Second coat.  Still very sheer but you can see where the pearl name comes from. It really does make your nails look like pearls. 


With a flash. The iridescence is even across the nail as I move my hands, even though it looks like it’s concentrated at the bottom there. 

I feel like this would be a beautiful bridal colour, or over maybe a nude, or just nice for work or school as it’s not really noticeable until your hands are in the light.  I would definitely buy a full size of this due to the versatility of the colour.

Peachy Pink (218) 

An er…peachy Pink! 😄 

Or a cream coral. 


The brush on mine was really odd, and made it really hard to paint with. Could have been an anomaly in the sample though as Tahitian Pearl was fine.


1 Coat


2 Coats – not much difference. 1 coat was a bit streaky. 

Both of these lasted for around 4 days before chipping, comparable to OPI on my nails and better than MAC (which lasts for around 2 before chipping)

Before this I hadn’t tried L’Oreal Colour Riche as I assumed because it was so cheap, it wouldn’t hold up to a more expensive brand. 

I would definitely buy this brand and product again.

Jordana Starliner in Classic Bronze 

New Daiz Lipstick (Unknown Colour but they’re sold by the pack anyway) 


The Starliner looks really good, it has a kind of retro Hollywood vibe.  And it’s HUGE so will last for a long time.  Sadly, I did not feel it performed well. It dragged, I had to press hard to get any colour and it did not give a smooth line at all, as you can see on my arm above, but I’ll also include a cringey photo of my lips lined in it too. 



I do not edit my pictures beyond colour correction so what you see is what you get.


Paired with Kylie Jenner’s Ginger. Note you can still see where it dragged? 

Despite the low cost and large amount for that, I would not buy this product again. 



I don’t know what colour this is as mine came broken, but I believe you can only buy them in a pack anyway. It’s a brick red, I’d say. As you can see on my arm, it’s a bit grainy too. 

It contains beeswax so is not suitable for vegans. 

Buy it Here! The pack is about £3 and easily found on eBay.


It’s quite a nice colour. Not a million miles off what Selena Quintanilla wore frequently, if you’re into that 90s vibe. 

They are very 90s colours and I was told by a friend that New Daiz are very popular in the Indian community.  It smudged easily and transferred a lot but did last through a meal and hey, I think it was fine for the price. 

I would definitely consider buying these again to keep as basics for work and stuff. A setting spray over it would probably help a lot. 

Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Trio in Twilight Glow 

This was a LE colour set but you can 

Buy on Amazon for £2.73


I could not find the individual colour names anywhere, so I’ll refer to them as “Blue, Brown and Bronze”. 

Surprisingly I loved this.  It reminded me more of the ocean or a beach holiday than a “twilight glow” with the sea, sand etc. 

The colours applied well, were vibrant and a bit opalescent. To say shimmery wouldn’t be accurate, because they weren’t glittery but kind of metallic, almost. 

I think there’s little point in swatching eyeshadow on arms because it always looks different to me on my lids. Bear in mind that these are not completed makeup, just showing how the colours look on my lid, so no eyeliner etc.


Blue – bit 80s eh? 😁


Brown 


Bronze 

I’d wear them like this, probably; 


I hadn’t tried Wet n Wild before this review but I would definitely buy their products again.  3 for £3 for full sized, in my opinion, you cannot go wrong, especially for a throwaway seasonal look.
Jordana Eyeshadow in Banana 🍌 


I’m a bit baffled by this. It doesn’t show up on my lids at all, but that may be cos I’m so pale. 

It did the colour correction thing of toning down red though.  It is very finely milled and has a silky texture but to get a colour you would really have to pack it on. 


To further prove my point of how deceiving a swatch can be, this is the same colour on my eye: 


On a base of foundation – It went on really patchy and took loads to show up. Again, maybe cos I’m pale but the patchiness for me would make me not want to buy this again. 

Not doing well, Jordana…! 😢 

L’Oreal Paris Glam Bronze Duo 

102 Brunette Harmony 

Buy from Amazon (£10.44)
Last one! And another L’Oreal.  I worked out by googling that this is the Glam Bronze Duo in “Brunette Harmony” 

I contour on a daily basis, but often have toruble with colours being too dark or too Orange toned. 

Let’s have a look.


Despite the small samples, the product distributed well and did not streak.  It wasn’t super dark either so I felt like I could build it easily. 


Right side (your right) is contoured with the Glam Bronze, left side is just foundation. The lighter Bronze is also dusted down my nose. 

It wore well for the full day and I did not need to reapply.  I also got a lot more comments on how heathy I looked haha (of course I did both sides before venturing out! 😁) 

I usually use Anastasia Beverly Hills to contour but of course this is much cheaper and, in my mind, did a great job and would probably last longer as I needed less to achieve the same result. 

I may buy another of these, it was fun to try out new things and to find that cheaper products work just as well sometimes as more expensive brands. I mean, I own a marketing agency and even I fall for the hype sometimes. 

Hope you have a great weekend! 

What are you all up to? I’m volunteering on a conservation project 🙂 

Kylie Jenner X Kim Kardashian KKW Lip Set Review and Swatches 

This cost $45 Plus $15 Shipping


I happened to spot this for sale totally by accident.  It was a bit of an impulse purchase beaucause I ((totally)) need more pinks and nudes. 

I should add I bought this, I am not on Kylie’s PR list – I should be so lucky, right?! Haha 

Even if I were you’d still get an honest review. If I’m knocked off a PR list for something that didn’t work for me, c’est la vie.

Ahem. Let me leave my personal lipstick issues at the door and get on with reviewing this. 

Although…that did give me an idea for another review. 

Okay. 

As usual, this will be an honest review and my own opinions, which means my experience of these products may differ from yours.  If you’re a Kylie or Kim super fan and don’t like constructive criticism of their products, please stop reading now. 


The sliding box is cute, but I find it can be a little awkward to get into and the card sometimes sticks.  My box came damaged at the corner like that, that wasn’t a result of trying to open it. 

The colours are actually a good range, going from light brown, to pink, to pinky orange, to a really dark brown.  I was glad (and a little surprised) that it wasn’t just a range of nudes. My first impression was honestly “I don’t know where I’ll ever wear that orange one…” 




The four colours in a little more detail.  Still hard to see in the tube, but that is how they look in the light of my room. 

Here are some arm swatches, which gives a better idea.  Same order. 


KiKi is the orange one I was talking about.  I think it would look AMAZING on tanned skin though.  You can see here that Kimmie is a flat brown, KiKi is an orange with a pink undertone, Kim is a nude-toned pink and Kimberley is a brown with more of a reddish undertone. Brick red maybe? All the colours dry to a matte, though not quite as matte as Kylie’s for me. 

They’re all named after Kim’s various names and nicknames, by the way. 

Finally, what they look like on my lips. Bear in mind I’m incredibly pale 🙂 


“Kim” was INCREDIBLY patchy on me. I tried to clean it up as well as a I could and I hope you can get an idea of what it looks like on.



As far as texture goes, my favourites were Kimmie and Kimberley, KiKi and Kim were quite patchy and hard to apply evenly for me. Even with a primer and my usual concealer over my lips as a base, I found the texture very thin and uneven.  Kimmie and Kimberley were a dream to apply.  The other two seemed to have a much thinner formulation for some reason. 

I feel it’s important to be honest about my experience with these products as, while Kylie will likely never read this, anyone buying this will know exactly what they might experience before buying. 

I would say that in the lexicon of Kylie’s products, this isn’t up there with the greats (and she does have some amazing products).  By all means get it if you’re a Kardashian super-fan, but you honestly can find much better matte pink and orangey pink shades from other brands. 

As always, thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed and gained something from this review.  

Have you tried these? Are these on your wish list? Did you have a better experience? 

Drop a comment and let me know ♥️ 

Ciao for now Saturbaes. 

Food Review: @Alpro Soy Vanilla Ice Cream 

This is not a sponsored post – I bought this with my own money. Everything here is my own opinion. 

Among other health problems, I’ve recently found out that I’m lactose intolerant.  As an ice-cream lover, for me, this was a melodramatic disaster.  I did notice a few weeks ago that Alpro had released a few flavours of ice cream.  Having tried a few of their products, such at their chocolate desserts and puddings (both of which I’ll also review), and liked them, when I saw my local small Tescos stocked the ice cream, I bought the vanilla. 

Alpro Soy Vanilla Ice Cream – Deer Not Included
 

The packaging is plain and straight to the point, like most Alpro products.  They also seem to focus on a nature theme, to emphasise their products are plant-based, I’m guessing. 

Ingredients

Water, soluble gluco fibre, sugar, hulled soya beans (6.1%), vegetable fats (rapeseed, shea), fructose-glucose syrup, emulsifier (mono and diglycerides of fatty acids), vanilla extract (0.4%), stabilisers (locust bean gum, guar gum), sea salt, vanilla seeds. 

May contain traces of nuts (no peanuts).

Free from dairy and gluten.

500ml for £2.50 (Tesco Offer) 


First off, the ice cream is very soft. Not quite soft-serve but it never seems to freeze solid.  I had assumed this was because my local Tesco freezers weren’t closed properly or something, but it was the same consistency after a night in my freezer.  This isn’t a problem for me as it isn’t runny, but if you’re putting it in bowls, it does go runny a lot faster than, say, Ben and Jerry’s (which for me freezes so solid I can’t get a spoon in it until it’s been sat out for about 10 minutes). 

The ice cream itself is creamy and smooth, but it isn’t that sweet.  So those looking for a super sweet ice cream may be disappointed.  For me, the first thing that hits me is the sea salt flavour, then vanilla, but a natural vanilla, rather than the flavouring of a lot of commercial milk ice creams.  It’s not unpleasant, not at all – it just takes some getting used to after eating the usual vanilla ice cream like Walls and Mackies for so long.  

It tastes expensive in my opinion – something much more akin to what is served in Mary’s Mill Bar in Edinburgh than a McDonald’s sundae.  Alpro Ice Cream has a mix of interesting flavours that slowly develop, so should be enjoyed slowly.  It’s easy to tell a lot of time has gone into developing the flavour to avoid it being bland.  It’s like what I imagine ice cream tasted like before the invention of flavourings, etc. 

If you’re lactose intolerant or otherwise can’t or don’t eat dairy, this is a nice Soy ice cream to try this summer.  

I’ll get a hold of the other flavours and review those as well. 

Have you tried this? What did you think of it? 

What else would you like me to try? 🙂 

A 💋 

Campsie Glen Holiday Park, Fintry Scotland Review (With Food Review) 

I used to travel a lot.  Being a travel journalist, it was, naturally, a huge part of my job.   Having been all over the world, my next goals were to travel all over Japan and Europe.  Unfortunately, ill health and two solid years of hospital appointments have put that on hold, forcing me to travel much closer to home.

After browsing the web one night, I saw a place that seemed not too far from where I was.  Campsie Glen Holiday Park is located in the Campsie Hills, about 1 mile from Fintry.

We finally arrived after about an hour of mostly back roads and hills; Campsie Glen is truly in the middle of nowhere.  If you don’t have a car, as we didn’t, you might find that restrictive as there are no pavements up the road and a lot of blind corners that cars take very quickly.  However don’t let that out you off – by using a little ingenuity, this can be gotten-around.

A taxi to nearby Kippen will cost about a fiver and buses are available to Fintry, Stirling and nearby places. Likewise, a taxi to the nearby hotel built from Culcreuch Castle (insanely popular for weddings), will cost the same.

Now, back to the campsite, as that is, invariably where you’ll be spending most of your time, especially if it’s torrential rain for the entire weekend, as it was for us.  I won’t mention that again, however, as it’s obviously not the site’s fault for the weather (though some protest differently, I know.)


Behind me here is the kind of view you can expect from the site.  You can also expect a hot tub if you book one of the new lodges when they’re finished.  The hills were shrouded in mist for a bit of the weekend, adding to the epic Rob Rob sense of mystery.

Dogs are allowed and welcomed. Here’s mine finishing a hot dog 🌭


Was it quiet? 

While we were there: yes, very.  The park was full of children and families, it was quiet from about 11:30pm until 11am the next morning.

What was there to do onsite?

The site had a dog-walking area, a small historical ruin of a former Laird’s house, a bistro\bar which had bingo on a Friday and live entertainment on the Saturday, a semi-outdoor swimming pool (hard to describe, but the closest I can say is it’s in like a massive clear greenhouse – swimming with the rain battering the roof was a cool experience) and a kids playground.

What’s the clientele like? 

I would say very working class (being working class myself.) I’ve been to many caravan parks where there are complaints about noise because people want to go hiking at 6am or a big caravan comparison show.  If that’s what you’re into, don’t bother; it’s very working class and family-orientated.

Was the food in the bistro just like reheated Rustlers burgers? 

No, not at all, and this was the biggest surprise for me.  The Burger I got was homemade, right down to the burger itself.



The bacon was wrapped around inside the burger.  Actually up there with some of the nicest I’ve had, including £15 burgers from London.


My mum’s lasagne was also really nice and well spiced.

This was the Rob Roy chicken, stuffed with haggis on a bed of mashed potato with a creamy whisky sauce.  I cut it open here so you could see the haggis, it doesn’t come open like this haha

I also had a breakfast which was really nice.  You had the option of a full breakfast, choosing 6 items off of the breakfast menu (handy if you didn’t like everything on the full breakfast) and a roll on any item on the breakfast menu.

Prices were usual bistro prices – about £7 for the burger and same for the breakfast, but the quality (especially of the haggis) made it well worth it.  A small selection of food was available to buy in the reception, also reasonably priced (£1.10 for six hot dogs).

The reception and staff in general were very kind and knowledgable.  They were very talkative and chatty and really let you get a sense of their lives in the surrounding area, including one lady on reception who bred and showed Clydesdale horses – she explained the ups and downs of breeding them and showed us pictures of the shows they had been in and the new foals. I never felt like I was being a bother to them and that’s, surprisingly, a huge thing in communication that many places get wrong.  I also have problems with anxiety, but the staff were so chatty and friendly that I didn’t feel like I was being a hassle to them.

All-in-all I had a great time and would definitely come back.  Though hopefully the weather’s nicer next time, so I can explore further afield.

 

Quick, Natural Makeup (for Meetings, Work) 

Welcome. 

For this blog, I’ll just basically be documenting my life. I may get a product to review, I may review a TV show or film, I may document a makeup look I’m doing to go out.  

This look took me ten minutes and was for a meeting of the local Community Council, on which I sit. I don’t like going out barefaced but my work often calls for an underrated look. 

This is also perfect if you’re running out the door. 

Let’s begin! 


Apply your foundation. I’m currently using Revlon’s Nearly Naked in Shell. It’s actually a little dark for me, but I’m so pale, it’s hard to find  one light enough. I usually mix this with a lightening lotion from South Korea.


Use a caramel colour on the lid, and a darker brown in the crease.  I used Luscious and Caramelized from the Sweet Peach Palette. 

Blend well. 

This video will help with blending much more than I ever could 😁

Blend Your Eyeshadow Like A Pro Video
I also used a dark brown shadow on my brows.


I always wear winged eyeliner. I use MAC’s, which is my personal favourite. This is the Selena edition (I bought the whole collection!)

Put a dot at the corner of each eye then connect it – that’s the best way I’ve found to get it even.

Perfect Winged Eyeliner

Add Mascara.  


Sorry about my well used palette! 😁 I need a new one soon. 

Contour as you usually would. I know everyone has their own technique, but this photo from Tina Yong shows the basics. 

Blend well.

Tina Yong’s Contour Guide


I’m addicted to this. Again, you’ll see how worn I is and I’ve not had it that long. I want to try the vanilla one too. This is in Cotton Candy Cream, it’s a pinky-brown shimmer.  I use this on my cheekbones, but also sometimes as a bronzer, down my nose and across my forehead (anywhere the sun would hit).


Keeping with the pinks and brown theme, I finally used Kylie Jenner’s Matte Lipstick in Candy K. 

Feel free to swap any of this out for similar products, of course. 

The finished look – as you can see it’s very subtle. 

A close-up to see the colours on the eyelid.  My wings don’t match perfectly but shh 😄😂😅

Once you get the hang of this, you can honestly do this look in less than ten minutes. 

Hope this was useful for someone! 

Next time, I’ll be talking about a little place I visited in the North of Scotland over the weekend ♥️

– A XoXo