Winter Warmer Challenge // Boohoo.com

westieRecently I was challenged by the lovely team at Boohoo to take part in their Winter Warmer Challenge! The challenge was to piece together an outfit from their range for under £40 and after having a quick browse I immediately got into bargain hunter mode, thinking long and hard about how I could make the most of my budget.

Boohoo understand that everyone is trying to save the pennies at this time of year and I can honestly say I think the items available from their ‘winter shop’ are great value for money and everything I’ve had from there so far I’ve loved! tartan scarfI decided to go for a classic tights and shorts combo as I’m not much of a jeans kinda gal myself and prefer wearing tights throughout winter (I’m getting there but not quite haha). I paired these cute ripped denim shorts with a plain white v-neck tee and a loose knit, batwing cardigan which I love the style of – I’ve seen loads of similar ones around recently but this one is priced so reasonably and is comfy as heck! The t-shirt is also quite a thick material which makes it ideal for this time of year.

I also managed to pick up an adorable layered gold necklace for just £4, aswell as a black bobble hat whilst still staying within my £40 budget which is AMAZING!  (I feel like a bit of a wally in bobble hats hence why it’s not pictured, sorry!) winter warmer challengeI decided to add this red tartan scarf to the outfit, to replace the hat, as I love the colours. It’s not from boohoo but I checked beforehand and they have a very similar one up on the website so definitely check it out if you’re on the hunt! My boots are from Topshop but I feel as though pretty much any kind of boots work with this outfit.

boohooI really hope you liked this blog post! I know I’ll definitely be getting a lot of wear out of all the items and would like to say a huge thankyou to Boohoo for getting in touch :)

I would 100% recommend heading to Boohoo.com if you’re looking to save a bit of money whilst changing up your wardrobe for winter this year. I’ll have all items linked below if there’s anything that’s caught your eye in this post.

For now, I hope you’re having a lovely week and I’ll speak to you soon

Love Izzy xxx

Top – currently sold out but similar one here; http://bit.ly/1NJFJ7J

Shorts – http://bit.ly/1I4kGQt (£12)

Cardigan –  http://bit.ly/1lcb9wr (now reduced from £12 to £8)

Necklace – http://bit.ly/1QXcfbz (£4)

Bobble Hat – also sold out but similar one here; http://bit.ly/1N1snmC

Very similar scarf – http://bit.ly/1YntXr4 (£5)

*all items mentioned were very kindly sent to me by Boohoo, however all opinions are of course my own!!*

Beauties Factory // 120 Eyeshadow Palette & Brushes

beauties factoryRecently I got sent a couple of things to try out from a brand called ‘Beauties Factory‘. Whilst I had never heard of this particular brand, I have always loved the look of the huge 120-shade type palettes that you can find on eBay, Amazon and various other online stores. I’ve been tempted to purchase one many times before but have always been doubtful of whether the quality would actually be any good, so when I got the opportunity to try this one out I was very excited! I mean who doesn’t want 120 very similar shades to choose from when painting their eyelids!?affordable 120 shade paletteI chose quite a neutral palette hence why the colours are very earthy with many warm tones throughout. I like this because I’m not one for crazy coloured makeup and so it keeps it simple whilst still providing plenty of scope for experimentation!

In terms of packaging, the shadows come presented in a sleek black palette on two separate layers which means you can take one layer out and spread them across both sides which is a great way of keeping the shadows intact and protected. The palette is also pretty lightweight making it great for travel.

In terms of the actual quality of the eyeshadows, obviously I am yet to try every shade so can only give you my first impressions, however they seem pretty decent! I think it’s clear that they’re not going to be comparable to Mac or Urban Decay – or even the likes of Drugstore brands such as Sleek and Makeup Revolution for that matter – however they are still pretty great if you’re looking to experiment with a huge shade range. Perhaps if you’re new to makeup and want to find out what works for you, or if you wanted to do quite a complex eyeshadow look which required a broad spectrum of shades.

That being said, I am currently swatching some on my hand and the pigmentation of particular colours is really impressive. The darker browns and smokey shadows are a lot more pigmented than the lighter ones which tend to be quite powdery and a little bit pathetic at actually showing up – but this is usually the way so don’t let it put you off if you prefer the darker colours!

I think these palettes retail for around £16 ($24.99) which to be honest isn’t the cheapest option out there. However when you consider just how many eyeshadows you get it works out as just over 12p per shade! I guess it just depends how often you would use the palette and how many of the shades you would actually benefit from.beauties factory brush setI was lucky enough to receive a set of brushes alongside the palette. I believe you can buy the two together for around £25 which is a pretty good deal!

I got a set of 12 which can be used for both the eyes and the face. I’ve been using them for the past week or so and have definitely been impressed with the eyeshadow brushes. I find that the face brushes are a little sparse and I prefer denser brushes for bronzers/blushers etc. however the small flat ones are great for packing on eyeshadow (sadly no fluffy blending brushes in here) and I have been using the small angled brush to do my eyebrows everyday and love it! There is also a really fab gel eyeliner brush in there which makes it super easy to do a thin line of liner – something I always struggle with! 12pc brush setThe quality of the brushes isn’t anything crazy special. There was one or two where the glue was visible and I have noticed with the fluffy face brushes that they do malt a little. However they are priced reasonably for the amount that you get and I really like this set purely for the eye brushes. All 12 are presented in a faux leather case which again is perfect for travelling.

If you fancy checking out the website and potentially making a purchase then click HERE.

Thankyou to Beauties Factory and EtailPR for sending over these goodies!

I hope you’re having a lovely day and I’ll speak to you soon,

Love Izzy xxx

Yankee Advent Calendar // internetgiftstore.com

yankee advent calanderIt’s that time of the year again! November is well under-way and the christmas preparations have commenced.

I think it probably took me one day to get over halloween (the day where you realise you should’ve dressed up as how you were feeling the morning after because it would’ve been scarier) and I’ve now reached 100% full throttle christmas mode. I am loving it.

One thing that definitely makes the build up to Christmas extra exciting is of course advent calendars. Oh the joy of opening a new door on each day of December and knowing; not only that there’s one less day till the day itself but also that there’s another lil’ treat inside!yankee tealightsI have always had my eye on the beautiful range of calendars available from Yankee but couldn’t ever quite justify spending that much on tiny candles all in one go. However this year I was lucky enough to be sent the Reindeer Carousel Calendar (the best of the bunch in my opinion!) to feature here on my blog and it’s safe to say December couldn’t come quick enough. I am dying to start cracking open those windows to reveal all the amazing scents hiding behind and if you’re a total candle freak like myself, you will understand why!

The calendar came from a website called internetgiftstore.com where you can purchase a whole variety of different gifts for all occasions – usually at a reduced price! This calendar is currently up on the website for just £26.99 which means you can save £6 plus you get 10% off your first order, free UK delivery AND a free santa hat (always an essential really isn’t it) so if you’re thinking about whether to get one this is definitely the place and, if you’re wondering when, the time is NOW!!bundle upThe scents that come in this particular calendar are; Candy Cane Lane, Winter Glow, Snowflake Cookie, Icicles, Bundle Up and Spiced Orange. You get a total of 20 tealights and 4 votives inside (I’m praying one of these is Candy Cane Lane – one of my all time favourites!) which will together provide you with up to 180 hours of burning – how amazing is that!?

If you’re an avid candle lover this means you can use up a brand new candle every day. If you’re more of an occasional burner you’ll be able to save these up and use them throughout the whole of winter. If you simply don’t get what the fuss is about candles then this is the perfect way to educate yourself!!

Even if there’s a scent in there you’re not so keen on, you can give them out as adorable little gifts instead (I mean some people may think you’re a bit weird but if you’re lucky enough to have a fellow yankee fanatic in your life then it works out perfectly!) It also just means you get to experiment with scents you wouldn’t normally try without having to go out and buy them all separately which is fab.flat layI am a definite fan of the advent calendar craze and whilst I will of course be getting a chocolate one to go alongside this (how could I not?) I am super excited to have something a bit more longlasting to get me through the colder months!

I’d highly recommend checking out internetgiftstore.com if you’re interested in Yankee candles as you can get a really decent amount of money off and they update and swap the scents really often. They of course also sell items from a tonne of different brands including Disney, Ted Baker, Emma Bridgewater etc. so you’re bound to find something tempting!

Let me know what kind of advent calendar you’ve got (or will be getting) this year in the comments below and if you’re a Yankee addict like myself let me know your favourite scents so I can go and check them out!

I hope you’re having a lovely week

Love Izzy xxx

To buy this Advent Calendar from internetgiftstore click HERE!