Monday, 29 August 2016

Benecos Natural Organic Makeup

I had never heard of Benecos cosmetics until recently, but as soon as I knew what the brand was about, I couldn't wait to give some of their products a whirl.

All of their products are natural and organic, nothing is tested on animals and everything is suitable for vegans. The range is huge and has everything you could need from foundation to eyeliner, lipsticks and highlight, there really is no excuse not to go fully cruelty free with your daily makeup.
I have been trying out some beautiful products for the past month and thought it was time I shared my thoughts on them all... One of which has worked it way into my every day makeup routine!

When trying new brands, cheek and lip products tend to be my favourites as there are usually more to experiment with and they can easily be the most exciting.
The Natural Bronzing Duo is a two in one compact with bronzer and blush which sit really well on my skin tone to give a brightened up, sun kissed look to my complexion. The bronzer is really warm toned, so it's not ideal for contouring but for adding that bronze glow it's perfect. The powder itself is really silky and blends seamlessly to create a lovely, natural finish. The blush is a deep pink shade, which complements the bronze and adds a really pretty flush to the cheeks.

If you're not contouring, you just have to highlight and the Natural Highlighting Powder in 'Stardust' has become my go-to highlighter for daily wear. It is very fine and natural making it apply so smoothly to the skin. The colour is really subtle, but the light reflecting pigments really stand out and give a natural glow to the cheekbones when they catch the light rather than having a stripe of glitter which you can get with some powder highlights. The colour of this is perfect for my pale skin and it works well on the inner corner of my eye, my brow bone and on my cupids bow too.
This is the standout product of the bunch for me, I've found myself using it every day!

I'm very picky about eyeshadow and it takes a really good one to make me want to wear it (hooded eye problems!) but the Quattro Eyeshadow Palette in 'Coffee and Cream' has won me over. The colours are all really wearable for day and night, they all compliment each other and make creating a contoured or smokey brown eye really simple.
The pigmentation is great, especially with the two darker shades and they have such a wonderful velvety texture to them in the pan and on application. With a decent primer I've found these shades last all day on my lids, and with such useful, easy to wear shades, I know I'll keep reaching for this quad.

Last but not least is the Natural Lipstick in 'Watermelon'; a deep pink shade with purple undertones. I love this kind of colour for my lips as it's bright enough for a Summer shade but the dark undertones mean it's a perfect colour to wear through into the colder months also.
The formula of this is really glossy and buttery on the lips, making it very comfortable to wear and apply due to the moisturising ingredients Jojoba oil and Candelila wax which really take care of your lips.
The colour is really pigmented on the lips and is fairly long lasting... Luckily it's so easy to apply that the need for the odd touch up really doesn't matter. This is one of those lipsticks I'll keep in my handbag and use regularly, it's definitely ticking all of the boxes for me.

I'm so impressed with this brand, and the fact that I'm wearing all cruelty free, natural products on my face makes me feel so good about myself!
Do you make an effort to wear natural products? Let me know if you'll be giving these a go.
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Monday, 22 August 2016

Hotel Chocolat Cafe Liverpool

When I think of Hotel Chocolat I think of luxurious chocolate treats and gifts, until I visited Liverpool earlier in the year, I had no idea there were cafes too!

The cafes are a new concept serving cocoa based drinks and food - a chocoholics heaven.
Hotel Chocolat Cafes have developed a range of drinks by roasting cocoa beans and all of the coffees on the menu are made solely by using chocolate, coffee beans and skimmed milk, there's no syrups, flavourings or additives. Hotel Chocolate live by their mantra; more cocoa, less sugar.

The food choices are mainly snack based, including various flavours of chocolate brownies, nut bars and cake and there's even cocoa flavoured beef jerky!
They have also introduced ice cream to the menu since I visited which is infused with St Lucian Theobroma cocoa nibs, which looks and sounds incredible.

The interior of the cafe is not too dissimilar to most coffee shops you will visit, everything was clean and modern with a cocoa bean box decorated counter area. There is also a Hotel Chocolat shop on the side to tempt you on the way out for a treat to take home. 

The cafe we visited was located in Liverpool One, really central and easy to find. 
Elodie and I both ordered the Classic Hot Chocolate which is made with shaved chocolate and skimmed milk with the special chocolate cream and chocolate sprinkles on top. They were so indulgent and felt like such a treat... Undoubtedly the best hot chocolates we have ever tasted (and we're quite the connoisseurs!)

Ever since visiting I have wanted to return for another drink, they were THAT good! If you're in the North East like me, the closest location to us is York... And trust me, it's definitely worth the trip.

What's your favourite Hotel Chocolat treat?
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Sunday, 21 August 2016

Five Things To Know Before Owning A Cat

I'm not just a crazy cat lady, I'm a crazy animal lady... Big or small, I'll find a way to love it.
Right now we only have one pet; our 1 year old cat called Binky, but over the years I've had seven ponies, two dogs, three cats, an abundance of goldfish, two rabbits, a couple of budgies, a wood finch and even an injured pigeon living in my bathroom for a few weeks!

Animals are funny things, if you're not really a pet person you probably won't understand, but they all have their own personalities, character traits and habits. They become part of the family and you can love them just as much (or sometimes more!) than the humans in your life. 
I love having a cat, they're a great companion and cuddle buddy and can become your best friend. If you're thinking about bringing a furry friend into your home, here are five things I wish someone had told me before I made the decision...

You're no longer the boss: Forget those Sunday morning sleep ins, when your cat decides it's time to get up, it's time to get up. There's no compromise or discussion here, wether it takes a couple of nuzzles to your nose, a cheeky paw on the cheek or a full on attack on your feet through the covers, when cat says wake up, it's time to wake up! 

Primark bags are the best present ever: Cats love to play, especially when they're young and the pet shops and supermarkets are well stocked with various balls, fluffy mice, feathers on string and anything else you can imagine to entertain your whiskered friend. These treats usually go down really well, and will be played with until they're torn apart, however I have never known a cat be more excited by anything than a Primark bag (or any paper bag for that matter). This is when a cats imagination really comes to life, they will most likely climb in it and pretend it's their den, this goes of the biggest of bags or even the smallest ones - your cat will make itself fit! They also enjoy scratching the bags, chewing the bags, pouncing on the bags... honestly they will be entertained for hours.

Your furniture will be ruined: A slightly/very negative point to owning a cat is that your beautiful furniture will most likely be ruined in some way or another. Carpets will be pulled up, tables and mantle pieces will be scratched and the arms of your chairs and sofa will be shredded so much that you may want to cry. My wooden bed frame and brand new Laura Ashley wallpaper have also suffered at the hands (or claws) of Little Miss Binky.

You must learn to share your food: Cats can be fussy eaters, once they've had a taste of that luxury cat food with chunks of real fish or meaty jelly, they won't want to go back to the supermarkets own... They won't care how many different flavours you buy in the hope of saving some money (the go through a lot of food), once they've had the good stuff, there's no going back.
This also applies to your food... remember the day you shared that last bite of your steak or put the last few scraps of your chippy tea into the cat bowl? Well your cat certainly does, and every time they smell that familiar food, they won't let you forget it! You think a dog can beg? Wait until your cat is practically sitting on your plate helping herself to your dinner!

They can be very clever or very silly: There doesn't seem to be an in-between with cats, they're either sitting across the room from you, giving you the evil eye and making you feel guilty for something that you don't know you've done or they're climbing the walls, balancing on the top of the door frame or pouncing on your head from the top of the wardrobe when you sleep. Needless to say, life with a cat is eventful.

Please take anything I have said with a pinch of salt, of course all animals are different. Before you commit to a pet, remember they need lots of love, care and attention and they cost a lot of money throughout the year.
Despite all of this, having a pet can really complete your family and I wouldn't change Binky for the world!
(*In collaboration with Whiskas)
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