Review | Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Paints in Rich Russet & Golden Bronze

Hello! I’ve had a lovely first week off of uni, and have managed to PLAN the rest of the posts for December! *gives self a round of applause* but after this week I need to crack on with Uni reading and assignments and try to get me head around it all again.

rimmel scandeleyes shadow paints

Review | Lord & Berry ASOS Exclusive Lip Colour Set

I recently picked up this set from ASOS and seeing as it’s even cheaper now (£11) I thought it would be a suitable time to review it ^_^
*EDIT: Just read that these are RRP £7.50 each!! SO THIS IS AN AMAZING BARGAIN*

ASOS Haul December ‘13


Hello lovelies! First of all I wanted to say a BIG thank you for all your support! I’m at 150 bloglovin followers and just over 100 Facebook likes and don’t even get me started on all the love I get from IG <3 You guys are so kind, and it means so so much to see all your support *huggles*

Review | The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter–HG STATUS

marylou manizer

I have owned this highlighter for months, and it really is the best I’ve ever tried! Firstly The Balm is an American cosmetics company, and it sits between highend- drugstore. The prices are a little cheaper than MAC, and the quality is just as brilliant. I first heard about this from the YouTuber EmilyNoel83 who adores The Balm, so I would recommend checking out her channel for more info on the brand ^_^

Review | Real Techniques Sam’s Picks LIMITED EDITION set = BEST BRUSH SET EVER!

real techiniques brush kit
Hello again! Feels like an age since I sat down to write a blog post, but thankfully with the assignment deadlines and exams over (for this month) and a splendid three week holiday from University I am able to share with you guys some fantastic bits and bobs I’ve picked up recently.


boots haul!

Hello ^.^  These are the goodies I picked up at the latest boots point event, which was basically when you spend £50 you get £12 back in boots points. I think I’ve spent more money in the past two weeks than I have for the past 4 months in terms of makeup/skincare/otherstuff but December and January are the two months in the year where you can spend that hard earned money, on things you’ve wanted for a while, and still save money! 

Sweater Weather Tag (and a little update)

sweater weather tag

I was tagged by the lovely Rima from life in a perfume bottle (WHAT A CUTE NAME! do check out her blog, she’s a very new blogger and has possibly the cutest yet chicest background, ever oh la la) 

NOTD– dotty for dots

Hello! This is just a quick little NOTD, featuring Barry M’s matte polish in Vanilla, which is strangely more of an off-white/lilac shade than anything remotely vanilla. I am a huggggge fan of Barry M so I was ultra excited to try these out. However when I painted my nails using just this polish they looked like this:
barry m vanilla matte nail polish

Review | Fashionista Eyeshadows #3 Chocolate Dream, Bliss, Berry Brown, and Brave

I won’t even talk about how long I’ve had these on my ‘to-blog list’ (which by the way is a list longer than my arm!) So today I' m going to be reviewing the next four shades of shadows from my Fashionista collection, and I hope this post is useful to anyone looking to buy them! To check out the first post where I go into lots of detail about prices, places to buy etc.; click HERE and for the second batch of swatches click HERE

fashionista eyeshadows bliss chocolate dream brave berry brown

Review | Seventeen Phwoarr Paint in Medium

phwoarr paint

100 followers giveaway ^___^ [CLOSED]

Hello lovely people!

Ahhhh! Around the date that my blog turned 3 months I noticed I was two bloglovin followers away from the big 100 and I was so shocked, I mean I know everyone tends to say the same sorta generic stuff but I genuinely couldn't have imagined 100 would be reading my views and experiences (and rambles!) and I couldn't be more thankful - blogging is just the kind of hobby I needed and the fact that I've met some truly wonderful girls in the process only makes it more of a pleasure ^_^
So the prizes for this giveaway are:
  • 2 Revlon Nail Polishes Minted and Blue Lagoon
  • 1 MUA Eyeshadow palette 'Ever After' Matte Palette REVIEWED HERE
  • 1 Calvin Klein Eyeshadow in Tangelo REVIEWED HERE
  • 1 L'Oreal Paris Colour Infaillible shadow in Tender Caramel
  • 1 Rimmel Moister Renew Lipstick in Funtime Fuchsia
  • 1 iPhone 5 case

I am so sorry that this is not an international giveaway, but as it is my first ever giveaway and I'm a student(with a not so huge budget) this one is UK only. However I promise my next giveaway, whenever that may be will be international for sure as some of my personal favourite bloggers live overseas so it's upsetting that I can't include them.

Rafflecopeter is below – winner will be announced on WEDNESDAY 11TH OF DECEMBER so get entering and GOOD LUCK! ^_^

a Rafflecopter giveaway

E.L.F Haul

e.l.f haul

I just could not resist a 50% off haul from e.l.f…mainly because in their last one a lot of the things I wanted were out of stock, and I always rave about their 50% off because everything is such brilliant value! Yes some things can be a little hit and miss but the majority of the time I do a quick google search of fellow blogger’s reviews and if a particular item is consistently being rated negatively…clearly I’d not waste monies on it :) My favourite line is the studio one without a doubt, but I adore the mineral line’s lip products – they can do little wrong!

Review | MUA – 'Ever After' Matte Palette

mua matte palette

Hello lovelies!

I’ve been meaning to post this review for a while, but I’ve been so disorganised with taking photos and what with the clocks going back and less sunlight I need to start planning ahead more! Not complaining about the cooler weather though - sweater weather is better weather tehe

Review | Ben Nye Banana Powder

ben nye

This has been a favourite of mine for quite a few months now, infact it’s become the kind of product that I find myself thinking ‘how did I manage without this before when doing my makeup??’ and most certainly if I had to pick 5 items from my collection to keep forever, this would be on that list!

Review | Calvin Klein Tempting Glance Intense Eyeshadows–Tangelo and Vanilla Cream


Review | Barry M Lip-gloss ‘2’ Toffee

Barry M Lipgloss Shade 2 Toffee
Barry M Lipgloss Toffee | LINK | £4.49

Hello! Now way back at the end of July, I mentioned this little gem in my favourites, but never got round to do a full review of it so… here is why I love this gloss so much and the reason it is an essential in my makeup bag!

Review | Dusty Diamonds

Hello lovely people!

Review | Bath and Bodyworks Pocketbac Anti-bacterial hang gel in ‘Smart Cookie’ and ‘Swingin’ Vanilla’

phhhhhhew that was a long title!
bath and bodyworks pocketbac
Hello lovelies!

Review | MUA Blusher ‘bonbon’

bon bon blusher MUA

The Autumn Tag!

the autumn tag

Review | Laura Geller Blush ‘n’ Brighten–Berry

Review | Manhattan Soft Mat Lipcreams

manhattan lip creams

Updates, 7 weeks of ‘the blushing giraffe’ and apologies!

little update

Review | Blistex Relief Cream (HG STATUS)

Blistex relief cream

Review | Fashionista eyeshadows #2 [Nude Glimmer, Private Fitting, Sweet Kiss and Radiant]

Hello lovlies!

I have finally got round to swatching part 2 of my fashionista series. Part one (which you can check out here) was a h-i-t with the most viewed post on my whole blog! proving that numerous attempts at taking pictures of swatches in 50 different light settings were all worth it because people found it useful – yay ^.^

Fashionista eyeshadow swatches

Lilac Glitter Ombre Nails!

lilac glitter ombre nail art

August Haul

Hello my lovelies ^_^
I wanted to show you some of the bits and pieces I’ve bought this month and a couple of kind gifts too ^_^
I wasn’t intending to splurge or treat myself as early this month...

Review | No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream Normal/Dry

No7 BB Cream

Liebster award! (X3)

Hey guys ^_^

Review | Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser

Superdrug hot cloth cleanser review

The Versatile Blogger Award ^_^

A BIG thank-you to Vanessa from Citron and guavaberry for nominating me for my first ever blog award! 

It’s such an honour to be nominated for this already as my blog isn’t even a month old yet and *Oscar award speech drumroll* honestly I've been overwhelmed by the comments and the niceness on the blogosphere, it’s so lovely waking up to thoughtful comments and yeah you guys are ever so appreciated thank you! <3

This award is pretty straightforward -

1. Thank the person who nominated you & link their blog.
2. Each nominee must name 7 things about themselves.
3. They must nominate 15 blogs or bloggers they've recently discovered or follow regularly.
4. Inform the nominees about their award.
5. No tag backs!

Review | Sleek Blush – Flamingo

sleek blush flamingo review

A Lovely Surprise…

Two days ago a lovely pink box loaded with goodies arrived at my house…special delivery via my grandparents!

Review | Benefit b.right! 6 Piece Skincare Set

Benefit Skincare

Review | Fashionista eyeshadows #1 [earth star, exclusive collection, gold rush, subtle glamour]

Let the eyeshadow swatching begin! If you read this post you’ll know I was pretty impressed with Fashionista eyeshadows. For a high-street brand they’ve packed a punch with these shadows in a very generous amount (2.5g)

The first four I’ll start with are earth star, exclusive collection, gold rush and subtle glamour.

Fashionista Custom Design Palette

Hi guys!
The more I blog the more you’ll get to know that the two products I could continue collecting for ever and ever are blushes and eye shadows ^_^


Review | MUA Power Pout in Rendezvous

MUA Power Pout Rendezvous

Hey guys! We’ve seen quite a few brands across the drugstore create these chubby, twistable sticks of colour in the form of a balm, following the well known Clinique chubby sticks of course. MUA’s version is a whole lot cheaper and personally I think we’re on to a winner.

Summer Nail Art– Roses

Hello ^_^
So a while back I purchased these nail art dotting tools from Amazon and I have to say they are pretty awesome, especially for that price!

I’ve created one or two different looks, but haven’t really had the time to spend ages over my nails. I’m certainly not the type of girl who’ll weekly use a nail file and buffer to make sure my nails are in tip-top condition and I’ve always wished I had slender, pretty hands but mine are the clumsy type – which nonetheless work perfectly fine so I can’t complain haha.

Occasionally I like to attempt being creative and so I thought I’d share this summery look.


Welcome to my blog! It'll be mainly focused on beauty, after spending a year and a half watching YouTube videos and avidly reading other blogs I have plucked up the courage to start my own. The Blushing Giraffe, is a place where I intend to share my opinions on products, hauls and favorites, as well as to discover other beauty lovers and connect through that blogosphere.

I'll start with 5 random facts to introduce myself with;