The Body Shop Metal Lip Liquid and Matte Lip Liquid on a pink background with pretty pink props

The Body Shop Metal Lip Liquid & Matte Lip Liquid // Review and Swatches!

Hi guys!  How are you?  Getting excited for Christmas?  I know I am!  I’m opening my beauty advent calendar every day and it’s so exciting 🙂  But that’s not what today’s post is about.  Today I’m reviewing The Body Shop Metal Lip Liquid and Matte Lip Liquid lippies for you!  Hang about for hand and lip swatches, plus a review of how long each one lasted on the lips.

The Body Shop Metal Lip Liquid and Matte Lip Liquid on a pink background with pretty pink props

The Body Shop Metal Lip Liquid and Matte Lip Liquid (R)

I picked these beauties up when I went to The Body Shop Christmas event, where they launched their Play for Peace campaign.  I’d seen swatches on their Instastories and the magpie in me needed to get my hands on them!  I chose the Metal Lip Liquids in Plum Titanium and Fuchsia Chrome; and the Matte Lip Liquid in Tokyo Lotus.

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Two The Body Shop Robot Money Box Gifts

The Body Shop – A Compassionate, Cruelty-Free Christmas Collection!

Hi everyone!  If you like your Christmas vibes to start in November, you’re in the right place!  If you don’t, then sorry about the last few posts but it seems to be all about the festive events at the moment.  My second Christmas event of the year was with The Body Shop!  Bear with me, because there’s lots more to this than just Christmas fun!  

The Body Shop Makeup

Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to The Body Shop Christmas Preview at their Briggate store in Leeds.  We all met up at the shop and I made the most of arriving a little early by having a good old browse of the makeup!  I’ve been dying to swatch the new liquid lipsticks but don’t get into town often.  I wasn’t disappointed… they’re gorgeous!  The Body Shop have brought out a new range of Metal Lip Liquids in six shades.  I swatched most of them and they are all beautiful – opaque, metallic and so pigmented. 

Shop display of The Body Shop liquid lipsticks

Metal & Matte Lip Liquids

There was a 3-for-2 offer on, so I treated myself to two of those and a matte lip liquid.  I chose Fuchsia Chrome and Plum Titanium (gorgeous on and lasted amazingly well when I tried it out!)  In the matte, I chose Tokyo Lotus.  Sadly in my first test, this hasn’t lasted very long on the lips.  I’m planning a full review post soon though, so keep your eyes peeled!  I also grabbed a Honey Bronze Drops of Sun – a liquid bronzer.  I’ve got a Kat Von D foundation that’s way too light for me, so I’m planning to use it for that.  The Body Shop girl who helped me with the makeup was equally as obsessed with makeup as me!  It was really helpful to hear her tips and recommendations (use the metal lipstick as eyeshadow, for example!) 

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Christmas Tree and Presents Underneath

Christmas Creativity & Calligraphy // Viking Arty Party!

Hi all!  How are you?  Feeling Christmassy yet?  Well I certainly am, since I went to the Viking Arty Party a few weeks ago!  Arranged by stationery and office supply company Viking, we were treated to a very festive day of getting crafty.  I absolutely love anything crafty, so this event was right up my street!

Event Room at Lambert's Yard set up for our day

Event Room at Lambert’s Yard in Leeds (photo credit: Matt at Search Laboratory)

We got off to an amazing start, as we were greeted with steaming glasses of mulled wine – the best thing about winter, in my opinion!  Viking had hired the lovely event space at Lambert’s Yard in Leeds, which was perfect for this event.  It was massive, so plenty of room for all us bloggers.  It also had lovely lighting for photos, due to the huge windows!  They had decorated it beautifully, with a big Christmas tree piled up with presents, and lots of twinkly lights.

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Yellow and grey nail art Nails Inc Seven Dials Smith & Cult Subnormal nails nail art mani

Yellow and Grey Nail Art // Nails Inc Seven Dials and Smith & Cult Subnormal

Hey guys?  How are you?  Hope you’re having a good day!  If you’re not, take some time to do a bit of self-care.  Maybe have a nice bath, eat some good chocolate (Dairy Milk counts!) or do your nails.  That’s what I did today 🙂 (Note from future-Katie: I was too ill to finish off this post the same day, so by now the nails have all chipped haha!)  I haven’t had the energy to make much effort with my nails recently.  However, I got this super bright yellow nail polish in my Pink Parcel box and it was calling to me to use it!  So I decided to do a bit of yellow and grey nail art using Nails Inc Seven Dials* (yellow) and Smith & Cult Subnormal nail polishes.

Yellow and grey nail art Nails Inc Seven Dials Smith & Cult Subnormal

Nails Inc Seven Dials and Smith & Cult Subnormal

I have to be honest, I’d seen a preview of the three Nails Inc shades you could receive in the August Pink Parcel and literally thought, “oh god, I hope I don’t get that yellow one”.  Yellow just isn’t a colour I wear or particularly like.  But I swatched it on a piece of paper and was impressed with how opaque it was in one coat.  Plus I like how vibrant and bright it is, so decided to branch out and give it a go!

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Where I've Been - Health Problems and chronic illness Notebook with makeup and rose

[Insert Cliched Blog Title Here]…! // Chronic Illness

Hi everyone! Remember me? I’m Katie, I blog around here. Well, I used to – not so much for the last two months or so! I hold my hands up, things have been pretty quiet round here recently. I’ve still been trying to stay active on social media, but haven’t sat down to blog for ages.  Why? Well, as you know I have a lot of health problems and suffer from chronic illness. I’m always pretty unwell and spend a lot of time bedbound and/or housebound. But life has taken its toll on me in the last month or two.

A few family events, whilst lovely, have left me spending a long time recovering. I’ve been to a couple of beautiful family weddings, and the payback was worth every minute. But it does mean it’s taken me a while to get back to the health (or chronic illness) level I was at before them.

Where I've Been - Health Problems and chronic illness me at wedding

Me at my Uncle’s Wedding (Dress: Simply Be, Sprinkle of Glitter range)

When you have chronic illness, the slightest thing can have a knock-on effect.  Just one day of significantly overdoing things can leave you with weeks of symptoms – more fatigue, increased pain and a reduction in stamina.  I knew these weddings were coming up for quite a while beforehand, and they were of very close family members.  I generally try not to overdo it or push myself too far, but sometimes I have to take the decision to just go ahead.  When it’s something really important, that will leave me with memories for a lifetime, I think the payback is worth it.  Hell…. but worth it!

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Dr Botanicals Cocoa Noir Time Reverse Facial Serum Review Natural Vegan Cruelty Free Skincare

Chocolate Heaven: Dr Botanicals Cocoa Noir Time Reverse Facial Serum!

Hi guys and dolls!  How are you today?  I hope you’re having a great day!  Confession:  I should have written this post about 3 weeks ago… It seems all my recent posts begin with the confessions of a bad blogger!!  I’ve been quite poorly but the odd time I’ve had a better day, the light has been too bad to take the photos (I know, excuses excuses!)  Anyway, we’re here now: and I’m going to tell you all about the gorgeous Dr Botanicals Cocoa Noir Time Reverse Facial Serum.

Dr Botanicals Cocoa Noir Time Reverse Facial Serum Review Natural Vegan Cruelty Free Skincare

Dr Botanicals Cocoa Noir Time Reverse Facial Serum


If you’ve read my blog before, you might know that I’m a Dr Botanicals ambassador!  This means that they send me one product a month to review for you guys, free of charge.  I’m not being paid for my reviews and all opinions are totally honest and completely my own!

About Dr Botanicals

Dr Botanicals are London-based, and aim to combine a passion for plant based traditional thinking and the latest science. They use a lot of natural oils and plant extracts, as they believe they can make a genuine difference to the skin.  I love that they use 100% totally natural ingredients.  There are many ‘natural’ brands, but most don’t use entirely natural ingredients, as it can be more expensive and difficult to source.  There are no parabens or harmful preservatives in any of the products.

My favourite aspect of Dr Botanicals is that they don’t ever test on animals.  They are also vegan and PETA certified, which is even better!


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Budget v High End Mascaras Benefit v Primark Mascara Match Benefit Rollerlash Benefit Bad Gal Mascara Primark Mascara Reviews

Mascara Match // Benefit They’re Real v Primark False Lash Effect // Can Budget Beat High-End?

Hi guys!  You may remember this recent post, where I pitched budget against high-end mascaras.  The second installment here saw Benefit Rollerlash and Primark Lash Defining Mascara come in at a tie!  Well today is the final installment of Mascara Match!  Today I’m pitching Benefit They’re Real against Primark False Lash Effect mascara.

Budget v High End Mascaras Benefit v Primark Mascara Match Benefit Rollerlash Benefit Bad Gal Mascara Primark Mascara Reviews


Budget v High-End Makeup

As I’ve said in my earlier posts, it’s so easy to assume that if a product costs more, it must be better.  After trying out a ton of different makeup products and brands over the years, I feel like that’s really not the case.  Some of my go-to products that I use every single time I wear makeup are budget AKA cheap!  

I tell anyone I know ‘in real life’ about how great Primark mascaras are, and that they must try them.  So it’s about time I share the secret with you too!


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