Pure Halal Beauty - Mineral Eye Shadow Review

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

If you're a regular reader of my blog you’ll probably be aware that I whole heartedly support brands and products that have an ethos whereby they believe that organic, natural products are better for their customers skin and subsequently are the way forward. 

This is why I was absolutely delighted when Pure Halal Beauty got in touch with me recently to see if I would be interested in reviewing a few of their products for Be Beautiful. After a quick look on their website and discovering that their products were:

A. 100% Natural
B. Organic
C. Not tested on animals
D. Didn't contain any animal ingredients 
E. Eco-friendly 
F. Vegan
G. Paraben Free

it didn't take me long to jump at the chance to get involved with the brand. I was sent a selection from the range but today I'm going to talk about my favourite items that were sent - the mineral eye shadows. Now you know me, I love a good mineral eye shadow - they last longer, are better for the eyes and typically have fewer harsh chemicals in them. It's safe to say that PHB's version didn't disappoint. 

The first shade I was sent was 'Cherry Blossom' retailing £3.99 for a mini pot which I think you will agree is an absolute steal for a mineral eye shadow. I wasn't sure what I thought about the shade at first, it’s a light pink with some shimmer in it. I thought it was a pretty shade but I wasn't sure whether I could personally get away with wearing a pink eye shadow. Nevertheless I gave it a go and was really pleased with how it came out. When you mention pink eye shadow you automatically think bridesmaids/ mumsy pastels (or at least I do anyway) but when applied it I was honestly so pleased with the result.

I've never worn pink eye shadow but this is a really soft, almost demure pink that I thought flattered my blue eyes perfectly. I applied it up to the brow bone then swept liquid eye liner along my lash line for a really clean look.


My pictures aren’t fantastic and don’t do this shade the justice it deserves but they do give an indication as to how gorgeous the colour is.

The second shade I was sent was ‘Moroccan Earth’ which again retails at £3.99. You can buy this shade and ‘Cherry Blossom’ from here if you are interested in trying them out yourselves. ‘Moroccan Earth’ is a dazzling brown/bronze shade with a healthy dose of shimmer. This looks beautiful when paired with some darker brown shades to create a more wearable smokey eye for during the day. I've also been adding a drop of water to the pigment and using it as an eye liner on my bottom lashes! I’ve been applying this shade for the last couple of mornings and would quite happily consider it one of my staples in my ‘everyday’ make up bag.

The great thing about PHB mineral eye shadows is that you can buy the mini pots to test out the shades for a fraction of the price. If you like it you can then purchase the larger pot. I think this is a fab idea that more companies should get on board with! 

As you can probably tell, I’m completely in love with this brand and its ethos and would really recommend checking out their website. I’ve asked for a few more of the mineral shadows for Christmas so let’s hope a few more turn up in my Stocking on the 25th

Christmas Make Up Inspiration - whatever the occasion!

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

I've really been getting into the festive spirit today (some of you will have seen my Christmas picture of my doggy on twitter) and it got me thinking about how I'm going to do make up for all of the Christmas events that I've got coming up in December so I thought I'd do a short post of some of the pictures I've found and saved over the past couple of weeks.

Image Source: Valerie Paniagua Pinterest

So first up is an eye make up look that you could probably only wear if you were in fancy dress unless you are super confident! It's a 'candy cane' theme inspired look using lots of different techniques. It looks like the lips have been done by using those lip tattoos that appear to be in the beauty media a lot at the moment. They look beautiful on this picture and they look like they belong on snow white or something. All in all a gorgeous OTT look which I love!

Now from what I've read I believe this look was created using an Urban Decay palette. If anyone recognises the shades please do let me know as I love the brown and purple used in this look. This is a much more wearable look for Christmas and looks like it would be relatively easy to do. You could switch up the colours depending on what you have too. I think a nice midnight blue would look good instead of the purple. What do you think? 

Now this is probably my favourite look out of the ones I've put on this post and is the look I'm going to try to recreate for a couple of my Christmas parties. I'd get the glitter effect by using one of Collection 2000's glam crystals which can be found here. I think the shade 'dig it' would look gorgeous in this look. It goes without saying that big falsies would be a must for this look too!  

How will you be doing your make up this party season? Lots of glitter and glam or simple and elegant? 

Oh and one last thing before I forget. Tonight is the final night the give away is open! Enter tonight or miss out! You can enter here. 

Madara Organic Body Care Nourishing Cream £15/150ml

Monday, 28 November 2011

With the winter getting really quite chilly I've started to up my moisturising routine. I can't stand having patchy legs so I've started to moisturise with a new moisturiser whose ethos I really identify with. Madara are a Latvian skin and body care brand that have recently started to break into the UK market. All of their products are Vegan as well as being certified as natural and organic by ECOCERT so as you can imagine, this brand was really up my street. 

What is the packaging like? 

The packaging is beautiful. Simple, clean and high quality the range oozes sophistication. It actually reminds me a little bit of my own with the green colour too! 

What does it smell like?

I really can't put my finger on the smell. I can't tell you exactly what it smells like as it smells like something I've never smelt before (wow, that was a long sentence!)  I wasn't very keen on it to start with but it's definitely grown on me. 

Does it moisturise?

Absolutely yes. I've been using it for just over a week, twice a day and my skin is so much softer than it was before when I was using a genetic body lotion.

How much does it cost and where can I buy it from? 

You can buy this and other products from Madara range from here. The organic nourishing body cream I have been using retails at £15. 


I love this moisturising lotion and would definitely ask for it again as a present or gift as I think it's a bit too steep to treat myself to but if anyone else wants to buy me one then by all means do! Other than than I love that the brand is so eco-friendly and genuinely cares about what it's customers put on to their skin! 

No7 Extravagant Volume Mascara 9ml/£12.50 Review - Due For Launch In January

Saturday, 26 November 2011

It’s happened. I have a new favourite mascara. I’ve been so devoted to Clinique’s Lash Power mascara for so long that it feels a bit naughty to be switching sides! The mascara in question is No7 Extravagant Volume. Now this isn’t to be confused with No7’s current mascara Extravagant Lashes which looks like this...

Image Source: www.beautybykrystal.com

I personally hate the look of this brush, I don’t like that it’s square and it looks like it would be quite difficult to use.

That said, I must admit that when I first saw the extravagant volume mascara I wasn’t overly thrilled. It had a really chunky brush which I’m usually not very keen on. Fortunately, my lash power had run out so I was forced to use No7’s mascara and I’m so, so pleased I did.

Have you ever seen the Givenchy ball mascara? Just in case you haven’t here’s a picture.

Well, the tip of the wand on the extravagant volume mascara is designed in the same way; it has small spokes which I use to cover the teeny weenie lashes in the corner of my eye. It coat’s them beautifully and gives lashes blacker than black finish from root to tip which I absolutely adore!

I’ve also found that it’s pretty robust when it comes to smudging. It’s not waterproof yet I’ve shed a few tears in it and it hasn’t moved for me personally. Yet when it comes to removal it comes off really quite easy. A warm flannel when I’m cleansing my face usually does the trick which means no tugging and pulling of the eye area to remove it.

It retails at £12.50 which isn’t a bad price. It gets even better when you take into account the No7 £5 vouchers making it £7.50 which is an absolute steal in my eyes. Now I’m not sure of the exact date this mascara is released but I’m assuming its sometime in January. If anybody knows please let me know!
I whole heartedly love this mascara and I’m so chuffed that No7 gave me the opportunity to review it. I’ll definitely be buying another when they are released!

Super Duper Festive Nails!

Friday, 25 November 2011

It's a month until Christmas therefore I feel this gives me the right to start adorning my nails with sparkles and glitter! 

This is a super simple design. First of all I started with a base coat followed by two coats of No7 'grey matter' from their Midnight Enchantment collection and left to dry. 

Next I used Barry M's gold foil effects with a stamper to create the stars.

If you really want to go OTT with festivity you can even add a layer of glitter top coat. I've added Bourjois disco glitter to the top. 

These nails are so beautiful when they catch the light. They'll be absolutely perfect for all those Christmas parties I'm sure you all have lined up. They'd also look fabulous on New Years Eve!

I'm really getting into the festive mood at the moment. I've made Christmas decorations for my blog and everything! I'll also be doing a '12 days of Christmas' feature where I'll be writing about DIY beauty gifts and other present inspirations so make sure you keep an eye out for that on the 1st December :)

How To Turn Old Broken Eye Shadows Into Nail Polish - Thrifty Tip!

Thursday, 24 November 2011

I've been meaning to share this tip with my fellow bloggers for quite some time now  but just haven't got round to it. So many of us have old, cracked and broken eye shadow and often, we don't know what to do with it. Well for a good couple of years now I've been turning mine into lovely and unique shades of nail varnish!


It's so simple and easy to do yet I'm surprised at how many people don't know this little trick! Basically all you need to do is take a pile of the eye shadow (crush it up into a powder) then pour a few drops of clear nail varnish on top. Mix it together and what do you know?! You've got a new nail varnish!

You don't necessarily have to have broken eye shadow to do this either. I've found it works well with loose pigments (you can get some truly stunning nail varnishes from these!) as well as some other eye shadows that I've just scraped a bit to get some colour.

Hope you enjoyed this little trick. If you've ever done this and have some swatches of your result please link me. I'd love to see your creations! I was lucky enough to find the above pic to demonstrate the tip as my camera is currently out of use. 

Soap & Glory 'Make Yourself Youthful' Eye Cream

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

I’ve been waiting to review this eye cream for a while now; I wanted to make sure I thoroughly tested it out before writing my review on it. If you’re like me, then you’ll be a bit suspicious when it comes to eye creams and dubious claims they make. Recently, however, a fellow beauty blogger recommended the soap and glory ‘make yourself youthful eye cream’ so I decided to give it a go.

The product itself retails at £12 and is available from Boots or the Soap & Glory main website.  I think this is a pretty reasonable price to pay for an eye cream considering that I was going to pay nearly double that for an origins one. It comes in a 12ml tube which might not sound like a lot but only one pump is needed per application. I’ve been using mine for about 3 and a half weeks now and it still feels like it’s got a lot left in it.

The one time where I feel I look the worst in terms of how tired I look and how much worse my bags look is when I’m on Skype to my boyfriend (he’s in Newcastle, I’m in Manchester). I don’t know whether it’s the lighting or my crap, built-in webcam but I always look terrible and nearly always notice how knackered I look. Recently, however, I’ve noticed my whole eye looks a lot more awake and I tend to look less tired. This is only a recent development (I’d say the past week or so) but my eyes definitely look more revitalised on webcam than they usually do. And it’s not just on webcam either; you know that horrid lighting in restaurants/bars/clubs etc? The lighting that makes you look like you’ve just crawled out from under a rock? Well, I actually looked half decent for once with my whole eye area looking lighter, brighter and a lot more refreshed.

Another thing I love about this product is the texture. It’s soft and smooth and an absolute dream to apply as it soaks in pretty much straight away (no waiting around for it to sink in so you can apply your concealer). I apply it by pumping the tube once onto my ring finger then lightly tapping it all around my eye area (which I’m sure in itself will help with de-puffing my eyes etc). It’s also contains lovely shea butter, oat kernel oil and cucumber extract to soothe and hydrate too.

I think they real trick behind this wonder tube is the soap and glory call their ‘light scrambling lumispheres’. You’ll be able to see from the swatch that its quiet luminescent which I think is why it makes my under eye area appear brighter.  Some people will just want to use a highlighter under their eye but for me personally this just works better.

The only negative’s I have about this product is a couple of the ingredients in there. For me personally I try to cut out mineral oil and paraben’s in my cosmetics, particularly those that stay on the skin. I really should have checked the ingredients first before I bought it but, at the same time, I do feel it’s made a difference to my skin so I’m a bit torn. I think once I finish the tube I’ll have a proper think about it as I’ve completely cut both ingredients mentioned out of my skincare routine and adding them back in the form of an eye cream doesn’t really sit well with me so we shall have to see. But for those of you that don’t have a problem with mineral oil and paraben’s by all means buy this cream. Purely on the basis that it’s made a real difference to my eye area I’d definitely recommend it!

Purple Nails With Golden Lace

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

I've been dabbling in the odd bit of nail art recently and thought I'd show you a nice colour combination that I came across when I was experimenting the other night. I'm really into my nail art at the moment so if you know of any good nail art blogs or websites please do let me know! 

With Flash
So I did this look using 2 Barry M shades - Bright Purple (here) and the Gold Foil Effects (here). I love Barry M nail paints as I think they are just SUCH good value for money for the high standard of quality they are. 

 I painted 2 coats of the bright purple over the top of a base coat and left to dry then used a stamper to put the gold lace effect over the top followed by a top coat. You can see I totally messed up and did two nails upside down - I'm still learning! 

I'm also really into my glitter top coats at the moment. My friend Emily recently bought the rainbow connection polish I talked about. She sent me a picture of her nails after a couple of coats and it does look really, really lovely. Hopefully Santa will bring me one this year! I've also heard a lot about cheaper glitter top coats that can be found on market stalls etc so I'll definitely be having a gander at some point this week at my local beauty market stall! 

Have you ever dabbled in nail art?

Getting Organised For Christmas

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Image Source: www.bhg.com

Now this may seem a little premature for some of you, in fact it probably is for a lot of people but I absolutely love Christmas and nearly always OD on it. I start thinking about Christmas presents for people in September. Maybe that's a tad OTT for some but that's just me, I love all thing's festive. 

I always think that the sooner you start to get your ideas together the less stressful Christmas will actually be. I don't know about you but I absolutely HATE the shops in December so I like to be as prepared as possible and to be honest, I do a lot online now too. However, that isn't to say that I don't love a good wander around the Christmas Markets in Manchester! 

To start my preparation I always start by getting a pretty notepad and listing everyone I'll be buying for. This year I'll be on a super strict budget so I'll be trying to be as thrifty as possible. I'm planning on make quite a few gifts for family members like some preserves, chuntneys and spice mixes. There are lots of wonderful ideas in Nigella Christmas and I'm sure if you Google home made Christmas gifts you are bound to find lots more inspiration. 

Christmas Sangria - www.hgtv.com

I like to organise my diary as well. You say yes to so many Christmas gatherings that it's hard to keep up so make sure you keep a diary so you don't double book yourself! I'm particularly looking forward to an evening with my best friends at the legendary Bar Wizards which is in a village nearby to us. Before we go I'm hoping to have everyone over at my house for a couple of hours to get ready and have some festive treats. I'm thinking of making this Christmas Sangria (how GOOD does that look?) and these adorable Santa Strawberries as well as some other goodies! 

My absolute favourite part of Christmas however is, without a doubt, decorating the house. I HAVE to do it and no one else can do it without me being there. I love retro, cute decorations and lots and lots and lots of natural greenery about. I'm planning on getting some mistletoe from the greengrocer this year as we haven't had it in our house for years! I'm also thinking of making a few of my own Christmas decorations this year too. Whether I get round to it or not is another question!



So how do you prepare for Christmas? Do you have any handy hint or tips? Let myself and others know by leaving a comment below. I'd love to hear your thoughts! 

Winter Nails inc Barry M Silver Foil Effects

Friday, 18 November 2011

I've been promising to show you all the silver Barry M foil effects that I bought last week so here it is. I've layered it over the of 'Grey Matter' from the No7 Midnight Enchantment collection and I think it looks really good! 

The darkness of them with the touch of sparkle makes them very winter-y in my opinion and I'm sure I'll be repeating this look for some Christmas parties! 

I've messed up a bit on my forefinger and thumb so ignore the messyness! 

How are you all wearing your nails this winter? 

Make Up Storage Inspiration PART TWO

Thursday, 17 November 2011

image from weibo.com 

How AMAZING is this mirror? Obviously I know it's filled with accessories and jewellery but if you had the time and patience you could easily make one for all your make up. Although I do quite like it as accessory storage too!

I also want something like this for my desktop. I've seen Leighton Denny nail varnishes displayed on something similar. If anyone one knows where I can get one please comment below! :) 

Image from bing.com

And on a completely unrelated note...

Image from tumbler 

:) Enjoy your day!  

Studded 3D Nail Trend

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Not sure what I think about the first image but seriously, how gorgeous is the second one? If you haven't done already make sure you check out nailasaurus' blog for loads of nail art inspiration - very talented blogger/nail artist!

Source: Pumpkin Cat

So, studded nails? Thoughts? 

The question of vitamins...

This is more of an invitation to share your thought's as opposed to me talking/reviewing. I'm so bad at taking my vitamins but with winter coming up I'm determined to keep up taking them daily. 

I (try to) take a multi-vitamin capsule, a zinc tablet and flaxseed oil everyday. I was wondering what supplements and vitamins you take? I like to think my flaxseed oil really helps my skin out and the zinc also seems to have helped with my complexion. What multivitamins do you take? Do you take any in particular for your skin/hair/nails? Share your secrets by leaving a comment below, I'd really love to know what my fellow beauties take to keep themselves in tip top condition. 

Flaxseed Oil 

I get mine from Holland & Barrett when they have offers going on (i.e. the penny sale they sometimes have on.) I really do notice a difference in my skin when I take this supplement. It just seems more congested and appears a lot brighter. I decided to take flaxseed oil after my boyfriend's Aunt told me she took them and trust me, she looks unbelievable for her age! Have you ever tried flaxseed oil?


I don't know why I take this particular brand of multivitamin to be honest. It's just one that I've always taken and never really questioned until now. The one I take is supposed to help keep coughs/colds etc at bay. I'm determined to not have a break from taking it winter so I will let you know the verdict in Spring! What multivitamins do you take/if any at all?


I heard/read somewhere that taking zinc can aid in the health of your skin. My multivitamins contain zinc already but I thought taking a separate tablet might boost my skins complexion even more. I asked my pharmacist if this was OK and he said it was fine so I've been taking it daily for about 2 weeks now. Zinc, in addition to the flaxseed appears to be making my skin somewhat brighter so I'm going to carry on for now. Do you take zinc? What are your thoughts ?

So as I said please please share your thoughts and opinions on supplements and vitamins. I'm not expert and if any of you have any advice or guidance I'd love to hear that too!