A Fairy Princess? Who wouldn’t want to be one? I would that’s for sure and when Nickelodeon got in touch to celebrate the launch of ‘The Other Kingdom’, their new live-action series, I was incredibly excited! This series brings together a world of mythical creatures, magical beings and high school teens and follows the journey of Fairy Princess Astral and her battle choosing between being a fairy princess or becoming a human teenager. With her time in the human world running out, she is torn between saving her homeland and choosing her new life. The series is packed full of self-discovery, romance and sinister plots and premieres in the UK on the 8th August at 6:30pm on Nickelodeon!

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I was tasked with the mission to transform myself into my very own Summer fairy princess! So here are the results and the products used to make my transformation, I hope you enjoy!

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In order to achieve the finished look, I applied my base makeup as normal using the Collection lasting perfection concealer, the Make up Forever Ultra HD Stick Foundation and set both of these with the Laura Mercier Translucent setting powder. Then to achieve a bit more of a bold and vivid glamorous eye I used the Urban Decay Shadow Box, specifically the shades Sin, Bordello, Tornado and Flash. This palette has some beautiful colours and Sin is perfect for an inner corner highlight! I then used my Laura Geller Intense Lengthening mascara and to make the yes pop even more I used the In Your Dream face gems underneath the lower lid and also added a splash of chunky glitter. These gems and glitters would be perfect with the upcoming festival season! For lips, I used the Winky Lux Glossy Boss in the shade Poodle Pink which unsurprisingly is a bright pink shade and also has flecks of glitter. To finish the whole look off I used the Body glitter on my arms and across my chest to add a little extra sparkle and also added the french glitter tip nails from elegant Touch to make me feel even more like a princess! Add the Moonstone necklace and the floral crown and the transformation is complete!

Products Used:

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Make Up Forever Ultra HD Stick Foundation

Laura Mercier Setting Powder

Urban Decay Shadow Box Eyeshadow Palette*

Laura Geller Intense Lengthening Mascara

Winky Lux Glossy Boss in Poodle Pink*

In Your Dreams Face Gems and Chunky Glitter in Purple Unicorn*

Claire’s Accessories Body Glitter*

Elegant Touch Statement French Glitter Tip Nails*

I absolutely loved getting creative and attempting to transform into my very own fairy princess! It definitely reminds me of being younger and getting dressed up and imagining I was different characters from my favourite programmes! Remember if you would like to catch The Other Kingdom it aires weekdays at 6:30pm beginning on Monday 8th August!

Let me know in the comments what you thought of this look and also let me know, who is your favourite Princess of them all?

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I’m a complete convert to the sponge when it comes to applying concealer and foundation. I first received the original beauty blender in an old edition of the Glossybox and at first I was a little confused by all the hype – why was this sponge so much better than a brush? Why was everyone going mad for this small elliptical shaped sponge? Well, I quickly retracted my initial thoughts. The original beauty blender applies makeup so smooth and effortlessly and your foundation looks so flawless and you don’t lose loads of the product onto your brush/sponge. Now at £16.00 it is quite an expensive purchase, although many of us wouldn’t hesitate to spend this on a specific foundation brush. So after the sad passing of my beloved beauty blender (for some reason it fell apart and started to go mouldy after washing it), I decided to try seek out a dupe that would offer the same, or similar quality but was a little bit more affordable.

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Now the cheapest alternative that has hit the market is this duo pack from Primark at a budget price of £1.50 for 2. Of course I was somewhat sceptical but thought I would give them a try nonetheless! The orange sponge has a similar shape to the original beauty blender but was a little smaller in size. The green blender is a bit more of an unusual shape but would probably be best for concealer and covering dark undereyes. I carried out my normal concealer and foundation routine with these two blenders and sadly as expected they just didn’t perform anywhere near as well as the original beauty blender. The orange one in particular was very stiff and didn’t have anywhere near as much flexibility and bounce as the original and as a result the blender seems to soak up the product into the sponge rather than blend it on to the skin – not what you want especially when you are using an expensive foundation. Even when run under water, the blender just doesn’t seem to change shape and is very rigid. It therefore isn’t a very pleasant way to try apply your makeup as you are more or less dragging the foundation on your face and you end up having to use way more product than normal to get a flawless finish that is much more easily obtainable with the original beauty blender.

 

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Next up is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge (on the right in comparison to the Primark blender). Now excuse the grubbiness of this but this evidences how well loved and used this product is! You can pick this blender up from a variety of places but I’ve found Boots sell this for £5.99 which is in the middle in term of price range between all the blenders I’ve found. Real Techniques is a brand that I already love and trust and there brushes are of a fantastic quality so I had a good feeling about this one. Unlike the Primark dupes, the Real Techniques blender is on the larger side and also increases in size when it’s damp. It also has a more bouncy and spongelike feel which is not too dissimilar to the original beauty blender. In terms of application, this blender applies foundation seamlessly and unlike the Primark version, it doesn’t soak all the product in but does more so than the original beauty blender. I find this dupe gives a really great finish and it is dead easy to apply foundation. I actually prefer the shape of this blender to the original as you have the point to get into your undereyes and apply concealer and then also the flat shade to apply foundation and contour around the eyes and nose.

If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to the original beauty blender then I would definitely recommend the Real Techniques version, I’ve found that it’s a great dupe and it’s one that I have bought twice already and will continue to re-purchase. Gone are the days of foundation brushes, sponges are definitely here for the long term!

Let me know if you’ve tried these dupes or if you have any alternatives that you would recommend!

 

 

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If you missed the first instalment of this series, take a quick peek here. Now it’s been a while since the last one and so as you can imagine, a lot of food has been consumed! And I’m afraid to say this has included too many takeaways for my liking but hopefully this habit will change shortly! Here’s another sneak peek into some of the meals that I’ve had since the last instalment, again a lot of these recipes are from ‘Lean in 15‘ of which there are now 2 different books, both of which are fantastic and have such a great choice of meals and food inspiration so I would definitely recommend that you take a look at them!

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Italian Stallion Sausages

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French style Cod

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Porridge Oats with Strawberries, Apple and nuts

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Gnocchi and Sausage Ragu

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Tortilla Pizza

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Joe’s Big Beefy Meatballs

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Joe’s Chicken Pie (again!)

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…and of course, too many ice creams!

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