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Measurable Difference Face and Body Bronzer Review

After dancing the night away I awoke and felt pretty shoddy (no hangover thankfully, just pain from wearing my ridiculous high heels and dancing to hip hop for over four hours). After an hours note taking for one of my up-and-coming university essays, I decided to lift my spirits and venture into town to do some shopping. This either means buying makeup, clothes or stationary and sometimes it can be all three, oops.

Thankfully for my bank balance, I went with just makeup and clothes (I got an adorable black embellished playsuit but it is too big on me so must sadly be returned tomorrow) this time. Yet again I purchased all of these items from my beloved TK Maxx, I am in there so often now for beauty products it is verging on ridiculous.

Along with the playsuit, I bought three Hello Kitty lipsticks (I have a scary obsession with the brand, most find it strange) and the Measurable Difference Face & Body Bronzer, which I just adore.

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So, how do I feel about the Measurable Difference Face and Body Bronzer?

The ‘bronzer’ is actually not bronzed at all! It is a lovely delicate shade of pink and multi-purpose so “can be worn on the face, legs, and body”. As my Mac Pink Swoon powder blush is on its last legs, I felt this could be the perfect (and less costly) alternative.

I applied the bronzer with my Nanshy blush and bronze brush as advised and found it to subtly added colour, giving me a perfect summer-kidded glow. To create a more defined look, Measurable Difference advises you continue to build upon the colour until you are satisfied.

As I am quite pale I rely on my bronzers and blushers to brighten my complexion and this pigmented bronzer highlighted my face wonderfully, it also leaves your skin with a bit of a shimmer which is always nice, especially on those dull and dreary days.

Look out for it in TK Maxx stores or buy it online here.

What is your favourite bronzer or blusher? Have you used Measurable Difference makeup before? 

Stephanie xox

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Wandering around TK Maxx with my girl friends hunting out discount shoes recently our eyes crept towards the beauty products.

I have become a bit of a fiend when it comes to the discount store, seeking out makeup and delicious treats. I find that TK Maxx stock a lot of beloved UK brands as well as foreign, and all for a fraction of the cost (shipping fees are not kind when buying your makeup internationally).

Amidst Look Beauty, Physicians Formula and Calvin Klein cosmetics I found the tinned treasure which is the W7 In The Nude palette, a perfect Urban Decay Naked3 dupe.

This natural and nude eye colour palette is fantastic and  around a quarter to an eighth of the cost of the renowned Naked3 palette depending on where you purchase it.

The 12 shades come with a double ended applicator brush (the quality of the sponge applicator side is questionable, but the shades are so fabulous considering the price you cannot really complain) and include the following: Latte, Angel, Venice, Marilyn, Copper Pot, Sun Kissed, Alice, Bad Manners, Coffee Cup, Mud Slide, Tokyo and Fashionista.

My favourites have to be Latte and Copper Pot, the two compliment each other perfectly for a natural look with a little shimmer (glitter is a girls best friend, always).

W7 say themselves that the shades are “inspired” and the pigments are almost identical to the Naked2 palette. In The Nude is packed full of creamy colours, rich textures and a wonderful variety of matte and shimmery eye shadows.

W7 other palettes Lightly Toasted and In The Buff dupe Naked and Naked2, completing the copies of the original Urban Decay Naked trio.

I apply all my eye shadows with primer beforehand and find the In The Nude shadows last throughout the day or through the night (and we have some pretty wild nights out in Nottingham) without creasing or fading.

In my experience it lasts as long as my Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. II palette eyes shadows (I have adopted a friends but I am yet to invest in my own Naked palettes, impoverished student and all that).

In The Nude is available online at W7 here  and in some TK Maxx stores.

Are you a fan of dupe products? Which eye shadow brand is your favourite?

Stephanie xox

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Rimmel Scandaleyes and Apocolips BIG Bang review

It has been a while since I treated myself to some new makeup (I say treated myself, the reality is that my mother pities me and my student poverty so bought me this trio) and after my flatmate Natalie got an amazing new Rimmel eye liner (which I kept borrowing) I just had to get one of my own.

Luckily, Boots were doing a 3 for the price of 2 offer (Is it just me or are the Boots Christmas time offers brilliant? So many points and discount combinations!) and I managed to nab the Scandaleyes Waterproof Gel Eye Liner in Black, Scandaleyes Mascara in Extreme Black and Apocolips in Big Bang.

I really like Rimmel as a more affordable and quality brand, especially for their eye products.

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So, what did I think of Rimmel Scandaleyes and Apocolips?

The Scandaleyes Mascara thickens and lifts lashes, the Extreme Black edition is very darkly pigmented, which I love. However, it may look a tad striking on those with lighter lashes. The MaxDensity™ brush is tapered in shape so lifts and volumises lashes. With this in mind, I tend to go over it afterwards with a straight brush to ensure no sign of clumping (I find clumps can happen with even the most expensive of mascaras). The formula includes collagen and keratin which plumps the lashes. I actually prefer this mascara to my Benefit They’re Real!, which seemed to dry out very quickly.

I would say the Scandaleyes gel eyeliner is for more experienced users as it comes as a pot and brush set.  The brush supplied is firm and the liner dark. The shape of the brush enables you to create thick and thin lines depending on your preference. It is also waterproof and I find it stays on throughout the day and doesn’t tend to smudge.

I have wanted an Apocolips Lip Lacquer for quite some time now and I adore their lovely matte texture. The shade I chose is Apocolips Big Bang and not only is it a lasting but it is a ridiculously bold red. It is just perfect for the festive season, nights out or for a more daring daytime look. However, be sure to keep your lips moisturised as I find mine often feel chapped in winter and cracked and dry lips never look good combined with a beautiful lipstick!

What is your favourite Rimmel product? What new makeup do you want this Christmas?

Stephanie xox

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I always get very excited when I find a new makeup brand to test out so I was delighted when I received this palette by Physicians Formula!

Physicians Formula is an American beauty company that is extremely ethical when it comes to skincare. All of their products have been created with sensitive skin in mind and are hypoallergenic meaning they do not irritate, are non-greasy and are given the dermatologists seal of approval!

I was gifted this beautiful Enhance Green Eyes palette (my eyes are in fact blue, but all of these colours are so beautiful and who can resist a good green eye shadow?) from the POP! Collection by my mother.

I have been rather stressed with my third year of university lately, so a beauty treat was in order apparently!

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My specific palette features nine colours, divided into ‘looks’ trios. These shades and colours include white, four shades of green, three shades of purple and black. These are placed alongside a professional eye shadow applicator, angled for “perfect blending and precise lining”.

Not only can you create a variety of looks with these bold and bright colours, they are also made to blend and can be used either dry or wet depending on how dramatic you desire your look to be.

I have fallen in love and will be investing in one of their more natural palettes in the near future. Have a look at the other Physicians Formula eye shadow palettes here.

What do you think of Physicians Formula? Do you like this POP! Collection palette?

Stephanie xox

The Body Shop Beauty With Heart-tile

We believe true beauty comes from the heart. For us, beauty is much more than a pretty face. It’s about feeling good and doing good, too.

Beauty With Heart is the latest celebration of the work from The Body Shop. It details their products and how they care and support those around them.

Against Animal Testing

In 1996, 4 million people had signed for The Body Shop Against Animal Testing Campaign to the European Commission. By 1998, testing of cosmetic products on animals have been banned in the United Kingdom.

By 2013, 1 million signatures had been gained for the Cruelty-Free International Pledge. This calls on governments and regulators to ban animal testing worldwide.

Support Community Fair Trade

The Body Shop continue to support 25 suppliers with their community fair trade commitment and ethos and have done since 1987. They actively seek out small-scale farmers with expertise in the field, offering them good trading practices and prices for their produce. Labeling themselves as ‘the pioneers of fair trade in beauty’. 

Around £200,000 of their sales from Christmas gifts have gone on to build five schools in India, Nepal, Ghana and Honduras.

Activate Self Esteem

The Body Shop have had numerous successful ventures when it comes to raising the self esteem of people nationwide. Their work as headline sponsor with Teenage Cancer Trust in collaboration with the Royal Albert Hall Concert Series has raised over £500,000 for the charity.

They also raised £18,273 in store over three days in May 2013 with store members celebrating teen spirit by dressing up as teenagers! These are just a few of their many fun ventures to raise awareness and money for good causes.

Defend Human Rights

The Body Shop Foundation has raised £319,851 towards 39 human rights groups. These include groups such as The Big Issue Foundation which began by seed funding from the foundation in 1991, the Stop Violence in the Home global campaign of 2003 to assist and support those affected by domestic violence and the Yes Yes Yes! To Safe Sex campaign in partnership with the MTV Staying Alive Foundation which raised over two million pounds to educate people about safe sex and support those affected by HIV and aids.

Their biggest campaign to date is the Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People in which 24 countries pledged and in which 7,044,278 voices were heard. These are only a selection of the campaigns started or participated by The Body Shop and they continue to work with many charities and organisations.

Protect the Planet

The Body Shop fund a variety of environmental and animal protection groups. Their efforts have raised £120,051 for 24 environmental and £142,987 for 29 animal protection groups with their Sumatra Jungle Trek raising £40,000 for the Orangutan Foundation.

This year alone, volunteers have given 3,470 hours of their time to support The Body Shop and its causes.

It appears that beauty is so much more than just a pretty face!

For more information on The Body Shop and Beauty with a Heart, view the full infographic here.

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Department store Debenhams and beauty company Benefit Cosmetics have teamed together against the fight for cancer!

The support of the collaborative duo is in aid of the Brow Arch March initiative, a nationwide fundraising event for charitable organisation Look Good Feel Better.

This will be the first annual Brow Arch March and the charity have hopes to raise over £150,000 across the United Kingdom.

The event, dubbed as “the gal’s answer to Movember”, will last throughout March and is available at fifty Benefit Cosmetics Brow Bars within Debenhams stores.

For a £5 donation, beauticians will wax and shape your eyebrows, for a fraction of the normal price of £11.50.

Funds will be used to support and raise awareness to the visible side effects people face during their cancer treatment.

Actress Kara Tointon is also leading a walk on Sunday the 9th of March in London as spokesperson for the event.

“Sadly, cancer affects the lives of so many and the charity plays an important part in helping to regain a sense of control and normality”, she says.

To participate visit or ring your desired Debenhams store to book an appointment, one hundred per cent of  proceeds from the initiative will go to Look Good Feel Better.