Sunday, 25 October 2015

Best Bombshell Buys | Weekly Wishlist

NARS One Shocking Moment / MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Oh, Darling / NARS A Woman’s Face Set
Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 20 / Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Le Grand Chateau / Bite Beauty Best Bite Rewind / Too Faced Le Petit Trèsor Set
Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette / Urban Decay Urban Spectrum Palette
Tarte Bling It On Blush Palette / Tarte Stroke Of Midnight Brush Set / Tarte Light Of The Party Makeup Case

I am back today with a humongous Weekly Wishlist and this will be my beauty edition. I can also do a fashion post - if you would like to see that also. Anyways, I love me some shopping. Seriously online, in store, I don’t care, as long as I'm spending that money honey. If you know me, then you will know I am all about that life. I can’t get enough makeup, literally. The world could be ending and you will still find me hoarding all of my beauty products. The thing that appeals to me the most is trying new formulas and unique shades, as it allows me to experiment further. I also like getting the chance to play with new exciting brands. Anyways, let's get into it.

This year there are a lot of Christmas releases that I want. Normally I don’t buy into the hype, but for some reason this year, a lot is appealing to me. There are a fair few mixed reviews on a lot of the Sephora exclusives, but I am all about trying products for myself. The main two items I really want to get my hands on from America is the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix Palette and the Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 20. For me the Kat Von D Palette is completely out of my comfort zone, as it's packed full of colourful shades. I usually wear more neutral tones and sometimes mix it up with pinks, purples, reds and burgundies - but that’s about as far as I go, so the KVD palette is sure to excite me. Then what draws me to this Marc Jacobs beauty is that it's mixed with cool and warm shades - which I tend to lean for more warm eyeshadows. I love both of these brands and I recommend them highly. The only bad thing is that you sadly can't get them here in the UK, unless you place an online Sephora order. I would like to mention that I have purchased from the US Sephora website multiple times and it's really good. I know some people are put off from ordering online, let alone from another country, but I have personally had no problems. The only thing you have to keep in mind is that once you go into the checkout there will be an added cost for shipping and handling (which can be a lot, depending on your order total), but other than that, it's quick, easy and great.

Then some other products I want are by NARS, including the One Shocking Moment Palette and the A Woman’s Face Set. I have to say that the packaging by NARS this year is slightly strange and not holiday appropriate or themed. NARS actually teamed up with the iconic photographer Steven Klein for this collection, which is very edgy and fun. Some of the packaging is rather risque and if you Google the collection, you will see what I mean haha. I have to say they might not make the perfect presents for your family members, but they are unique nonetheless. I have actually pre-ordered the One Shocking Moment Palette and I am waiting for Space NK to get the rest of the collection in, so I can place my order as soon as possible. Next up is the two limited edition palettes from Urban Decay. These babies are selling so fast in America and the Urban Spectrum Palette has already sold out there. So I would say if you want it, you better be quick. I am actually currently on the waitlist for these, so I will get a call once they come in. So I would try calling your local UD counters to put your name down, as that way you won't be left disappointed. Then last but certainly not least, we have the MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Oh, Darling - which I seriously need in my life! I'm not too fussed on the MAC Holiday collection this year, but I really want this highlighter, as it looks beautiful. MAC lovers out there will know what a pain the holiday releases are, as you have to stalk the website until the products go live, as MAC are notorious for not releasing the date and time until the last minute, so again get your cards at the ready and be prepared for a long wait.

I hate to admit that this isn’t even everything I want to buy, as I also want to pick up both the Sephora Favorites Brow Raising Brow Wardrobe and the Sephora Jem and The Holograms
Truly Outrageous Liquid Lip Set. Then I want to grab the limited edition Bobbi Brown Christmas Shimmer Brick in Pink and finally, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Palette. There will probably be other things here and there too, but I am going to try and contain it (somewhat). Yeah right, who am I kidding? I will be back next week showing you more stuff I want. I know this may seem a little extreme, but what can I say? I’m a makeup junkie and proud! I will be placing a huge Sephora order tonight or tomorrow and I will be sure to share with you all my purchases once they arrive.

Lastly, I also want to mention that I am currently deciding what lighting to purchase for my blog photography. I’m not sure if I want to buy umbrella lighting, soft boxes or a ring light. As the majority of the pictures featured will be product photos, I think soft boxes will be my best option. However, if you have any recommendations, please help a sister out LOL.

Finally, let me know what’s currently on your beauty radar?

Speak soon!

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Sunday, 4 October 2015

The Fall Favourites TAG | Bow Bombshell 2015

Hi guys,
I'm back. I apologise for being missing in action for such a long time, but I have been extremely busy. I have been posting daily beauty and fashion tips on Twitter @BowBombshell - so definitely feel free to catch me over there, if you would like to. Again, I'm so sorry that I haven't been able to post lately, but I am back for good and I'm here to stay LOL. In regards to me mentioning trademarking a few months ago, I'm pleased to say I have now trademarked my company name internationally and that is now sorted and complete YAY! There was a lot of work to do with that, which is one of the reasons why I couldn't post as much as I wanted to.

Anyway, I have a lot of hauls to share with you guys over the next few months, as I have bought sooo much. Plus, all of the holiday palettes are slowly starting to come out now and I have cheekily purchased some - so I would love to share them with you also.

In today's post I am going to do Jaclyn Hill's Fall Favourites TAG. Firstly, I have to say I love Jaclyn. Not only is she a great make-up artist, but she seems like such a sweet girl. I'm sure many of you watch her and love her videos too, which is why I thought it would be good to come back and share with you all my answers from her new tag. I absolutely love Autumn (or what I will be referring to as Fall during this post LOL) and this seemed like an appropriate tag for me to do. Jaclyn set nine questions, however, I thought I would add in another one, just to make it an equal number. Perfectionist problems right there haha.

After that long ramble, let's get into it...

Favourite candle?
I adore candles! I feel candles truly make a house a home, by the way they set the ambiance and mood. I like a fair few candle companies, but one that I have been loving in particular is Diptyque. I mainly buy mine from Space NK, but you can also purchase them at John Lewis and Selfridges. My favourite two currently are the Vanille and Ambre scents (basically the Vanilla and Amber LOL). My mum is also a fan of the brand, so we always seem to have one burning at any given time. I also want to do a quick shout out to Neom, as I love their candles too. My mum actually introduced me to the brand a few years ago, when she bought me a Neom gift set and ever since I have been in love. They make the most luxurious natural candles and bath products.

Favourite lip colour?
I have been loving the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita for a while now. So much so, that I have nearly finished my first tube and I luckily have a backup. If you are from the UK and you are wondering where you can get your hands on it, it's sadly not available over here. But rest assured, you can order one (of if you're like me, several) from the US Sephora website - which is what I always do. Sephora actually describe Lolita as a "chestnut rose", which is pretty accurate. Personally, I would say it's that perfect Kylie Jenner shade, that has a touch of the ever so cool 90's vibe, whilst still being modern and natural. I highly recommend all of the Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks, but this shade is my favourite. Also side note: these babies last all day, do not crack or go funky and they look absolutely perfect.

Favourite drink?
This is probably a little controversial, but I do not drink any hot drinks LOL. I have just never been into them. So for me, I do not have a favourite Fall approved drink. I would love to go to Starbucks and order an ever so famous Pumpkin Spice Latte - but they sadly just aren't for me. So for this one I will have to say orange squash (how exciting) haha.

Favourite blush?
For me this is really hard, as I am a blush hoarder (well a total make-up junkie in general haha). But if I could only pick one, it would have to be the shade Sin by NARS Cosmetics. It's described as a "berry with gold shimmer" and that's truly what it is. Not only is the blusher super pigmented, finely milled and silky smooth, but once it's blended into the skin, it gives the most beautiful plummy glow to the cheeks. I would say a light hand is needed with this blusher, as too much can make you look slightly muddy or even worse bruised. However, as long as you use a good brush and get the application technique right, then I think it would work on a lot of different skin tones.

Favourite clothing item?
For me I love nothing more than a good snuggly jumper. However, even though jumpers sound a bit boring and drab, I mean glam jumpers LOL - in the sense that they have cute patterns and designs or feature glitter particles etc. I also love adding scarfs into my autumn and winter accessories. My current favourite is an orange and pink sheer scarf I own from Diane Von Furstenberg. It's lightweight and doesn't add any bulk, yet it still adds a special touch to any outfit. Lastly, I have to mention booties! Who doesn't love a good pair of boots during Fall?

Favourite Fall movie?
For a lighthearted film, I love to rewatch Hocus Pocus. I was a baby when the film was first released, but I still remember watching it years later. It's one of those classic old school films, that still manages to be entertaining today. Then in terms of scary films, I don't have a favourite, as I watch them year round. However, I do love watching even more horrors and psychological thrillers around Halloween.

Favourite TV show?
I don't watch a lot of TV anymore, so I'm not really up-to-date with the latest shows and series. But when I do watch TV, it tends to be true crime programmes or reruns of Law and Order - which I'm addicted to!

Favourite Thanksgiving food?
Well I don't celebrate Thanksgiving, as I am in the UK. But I will answer this question regardless. My favourite food during the colder months has to be roast dinners with all of the trimmings. Come on, surely everyone loves that?! I love it all from yorkshire puddings to stuffing and gravy. Another food I am currently liking is bean enchiladas (I personally have the vegetarian option, but you could have it with meat instead). I think it's delicious and I could certainly have it everyday LOL.

Favourite Halloween costume?
I hate to say this, but I haven't worn fancy dress in many years. There were a few occasions whilst I was at university that I could have worn fancy dress, but I just really didn't like the themes (vanity, hey?) haha. My last known Halloween costume was a cat, which isn't the most imaginative, but it was cute LOL. If you think I should dress up for Halloween this year, then let me know!

Favourite thing about Fall?
For me, Fall is my all-time favourite season. I like going for long walks and seeing the leaves change colour. I also enjoy going to more outdoor events, such as Christmas markets and fairs. This year I will also be going to the iconic Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park (yes I know I'm in my twenties, but there's nothing wrong with that, surely?) LOL, I just love it. Another thing I like about this time of year, is how all of the limited edition holiday palettes and gift sets are being released and as an avid collector, I already know they have a place within my beauty collection. I think I can also safely say that a lot of people love all of the festivities that happen during Fall (Halloween, Thanksgiving etc), which then lead up to the big C - yes that's right people, I'm going to say it... CHRISTMAS! Plus you get the opportunity to wrap up warm, eat tasty hot food and enjoy the change in seasons.

So, that's it! I hope you enjoyed my answers. I tag anybody that would like to do this. Also feel free to leave a comment sharing your link if you have done this tag on your blog also, as I would love to read your answers.

Lastly, let me know what you love the most about Autumn/Fall?

Stay beautiful everyone!

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