Cohorted Beauty Box | May


I'm pretty sure you all get the drill by now when it comes to my monthly subscription box of choice, Cohorted. This month's box is so incredible and I literally jumped for joy when I saw this month's picks. So, without further ado, let's jump straight into it!

Right off the bat I was immediately drawn to the signature Hourglass packaging, and when I saw what product was inside I probably let out a squeal..the Hourglass Lipstick Opaque Rouge in 'Riviera' is the most beautiful dark orange shade for the upcoming summer; I'd seen this raved about by a couple of YouTubers a few years back and I always wanted it, but could never justify it's £23 price tag - now I get to try it, and I can't bloody wait.

The second product to capture my attention was the insanely cute Jimmy Choo EDT Mini, I recognised the packaging straight away and I rushed to give it a sniff. 
'Opening with luminous green top notes full of glittering radiance, the heart of rich and exotic tiger orchid lends a creamy seductiveness to the fragrance.'
In my opinion, baring in mind I'm hopeless at describing scents, this smells very fresh and there is definitely a floral vibe in there, but it does have a spicy undertone; this is such a versatile scent, and I love the fact the mini allows you to trial it!

This month's box included a nude nail option, once again great for the summertime. This particular polish is by a brand called HJ Manicure (shade: Lace) which happens to be a vegan and cruelty free brand - even better! I haven't given this a test yet, but I'll probably include a swatch in a post later on.
And last but not least is TheBalm Bon Voyage Vol.2 Palette. I think palettes are the perfect way to test new colours of eyeshadow that normally you maybe wouldn't gravitate too, this one has a beautiful ocean blue shade and I can't wait to play! 

Would you pick up any of these bits? Have you tried Cohorted?
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*Products and items featured on my blog may have been sent through PR for review. Many items I have also paid for myself. All opinions are honest and my own, and are not influenced by brands or companies. for more information see my disclaimer.
Items in this post may not all be cruelty free, however I am not investing my money in them due to receiving these through PR. At the moment I'm still working out my CF guidelines and am still transitioning, please respect that.

The Cruelty Free Makeup Guide


At the end of last month I posted this blog post updating you all on my recent decision to go cruelty free with my makeup, and many of you wanted to see a compiled list of brands that don't test on animals - so here it is! 
Obviously this doesn't cover every makeup brand as the list would be endless, but I thought I would include brands which I personally love and use, most of them are available in the UK but there are some independent/indie brands that I wanted to throw in there too. 

It's been quite an easy transition thus far to be honest with you, I'm using up all of the makeup I already own that isn't cruelty free, but I'll no longer be buying any products that test on animals. After doing a fair bit of research, I was pleasantly surprised to see how many brands are actually cruelty free, I was super happy to see some of my favourites up there. I just hope that more brands realise that animal testing really isn't necessary and change their ways ASAP.

If anybody wants to see a full list of brands that do test on animals I'd be happy to get my head down and get a saveable image made for y'all.

Are any of you cruelty free? How have you found it?
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My Top 5 Foundations | High End & Drugstore


Over the past six months I've been sticking to my promise of trying out and experimenting with foundations and I have to admit, I've been loving it! I'm so pleasantly surprised by the number of incredible bases I've discovered, and I've finally whittled it down to my top five foundation picks.



DRUGSTORE

Revlon Colorstay: I think this is the first foundation that I bought and immediately loved from the drugstore; it provides a stunning medium, semi-matte coverage which leaves your skin looking radiant and clear, whilst still allowing for your own skin to show through. Some may like this, some won't, but if you're in the market for a natural, daytime foundation, you may find happiness in this one. 

L'Oreal Infallible 24H Stay Fresh: Similarly to the Colorstay foundation, this is definitely a medium coverage foundation. I feel this is a little higher in the coverage department than the Colorstay though, which makes it perfect for both day and night wear. I think this is actually the palest foundation shade I've found in the drugstore and it suits my skin perfectly. It covers all redness and discolouration, but still lets my freckles peek through which I adore.



HIGH END

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation: I actually did a full review on this foundation which you can read here if you fancy. With the high price point that accompanies this foundation, I was expecting miracles for the appearance of my skin. I certainly was not disappointed by this; the coverage is medium, but is definitely buildable to get that higher coverage, whilst still feeling lightweight on the skin. What I actually love the most about this though is that your base still looks like skin, no cakeyness here! And not to mention, the packaging is rose gold, dreamy.

Makeup Forever Ultra HD: Full review here. This is definitely on the higher coverage side of the spectrum, and on the higher price range as far as foundations go. BUT, and thats a big but, it's definitely worth it. The formula is super long wearing, a little goes a long way, and the finish is dewy but not oily looking whatsoever. I'm converted.

Kat Von D Lock It: This is the most recent addition to my foundation collection, but that makes it no less brilliant. This foundation is the highest coverage I've found as of yet, and is incredible for photography. I work in front of a camera when I do my makeup looks, and it withstands my soft boxes and ring light and still remains flawless. This is the palest foundation I own too, the shade range really does cater for almost everyone. I use my beauty blender to apply this and it really meshes well into the skin rather than just sitting on top of it - full coverage but definitely not cake face material.
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There you have it! As you can tell I don't really look at the lighter coverage products; I'm more of a 'go hard or go home' type of girl when it comes to my base. I either stick to concealer where I need it or go all out, there's really no in between!

Do you own any of these, what're your thoughts?
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*Products and items featured on my blog may have been sent through PR for review. Many items I have also paid for myself. All opinions are honest and my own, and are not influenced by brands or companies. for more information see my disclaimer.

Cohorted Beauty Box | APRIL


Another month another beauty box, this time in the form of Cohorted Beauty Boxes. I'm so over the moon with this months picks, and I've actually got my fair amount of use out of pretty much every product which is a rarity for me, usually these things tend to get neglected, sadly. So let's get into the box, shall we?

This month's box adds up to £93 so you really do get your money's worth; it also has five beauty bits and a chanel code for money off yo' lippies - super!
The first product that immediately caught my eye was the MAC Patent Polish Lip Pencil in the shade Spontaneous; the perfect dusty tea rose shade which would work a treat this coming summer. I was also pretty chuffed to have received The Body Shop White Musk Libertine Eau De Toilette/Perfume. White Musk was one of my favourite scents during high school so this was definitely a blast from the past, I love the sweetness of this particular scent, it's so fruity and feminine - and it's cruelty free! 
Cohorted also included another lipstick, this time from MDM Flow in the shade Panther. This isn't a shade I would usually gravitate to as I really don't suit pinks which is such a shame as the formula is so beautiful. It packs a punch colour wise, and certainly still feels moisturising and looks semi-matte on the lips; I'll probably gift this to one of my friends so it gets the use it deserves.


As well as makeup products, Cohorted also threw in a bath time luxury in the form of the Miss Patisserie Bath Melt. I was so excited when I saw this little guy hiding in the box, I love a good bath and I love post bath melt skin even more. I'll be popping this in my bath at the end of the week when I can finally wind down. This smells amazing and not to mention the fact it looks like a (very realistic, can I eat it? Probably not..) cupcake is just so cute.

And last but not least by any means is the Gold Elements Nail Care Kit. I actually am really truly impressed by this, I'm one of those that definitely doesn't take enough care of myself when it comes to hands and nails generally, so to be able to have an all in one kit is amazing. The hand cream works incredibly well and keeps my hands moisturised for a good few hours, and the same goes for the cuticle oil. I can't wait to put this to better use and finally have nice hands and nails again - it's been far too long.

And that's it ladies and gents! I love the diversity of products that you get in beauty boxes like these, and they're a great way to discover newer indie brands. You never know, you might find your new staple product in here!

Have you tried a beauty box before? What're your opinions?
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*Products and items featured on my blog may have been sent through PR for review. Many items I have also paid for myself. All opinions are honest and my own, and are not influenced by brands or companies. for more information see my disclaimer.

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