Spectrum Collections X Alice In Wonderland.

Spectrum Collections first made their debut in the Beauty World in April 2014 and was created by Sisters, Sophie and Hannah, at home in their garage in South Wales. Fast forward seven years later and they’ve created huge collaborations with Household Names and Brands, such as Disney, Frida Kahlo and Mean Girls. Furthermore, they have an impressive list of stockists including, ASOS, Boots, Beauty Bay and SuperDrug. Pretty impressive, right?

On March 26th this year, Spectrum launched their highly anticipated new Collection with Disney; Alice In Wonderland! To say I was excited for this would be a big understatement, plus it just so happens to coincide with the original Walt Disney Classic, which was released to the public seventy – yes seventy years ago this year, in 1951!

There are five products within the set which are the following;

Alice in Wonderland 10 Piece Brush Set

This product contains ten brushes, to complete a full makeup look, with one in particular having Alice’s iconic headband featured on the handle – absolutely adorable! Each one is an Alice pastel blue and has beautiful gold writing asking you to, “Meet me in Wonderland..” – whilst on that subject I’d happily travel to Wonderland right now, just saying. All brushes are Vegan and Cruelty Free, like the rest of their products. In my opinion, even if you’re not a huge brush person, it’s worth having for the packaging alone and if I had enough money, I’d probably buy another to have displayed in my room – it’s that pretty.

Brushes included;

• B13 – Complexion
• A05 – Cheek
• B14 – Concealer
• A33 – Luxe Fan
• A07 – Colour Applicator
• B06 – Blending
• A12 – Pencil
• A28 – Highlight
• A17 – Brows
• A15 – Lips

Alice in Wonderland Key to Wonderland Brush

Without doubt, this is my favourite product within the whole Collection, I can’t even express how beautiful the quality and overall aesthetic is of this key. It’s such an amazing concept and I’m beyond impressed with Hannah and Sophie’s sheer creativity in coming up with this! On the top of the key is The White Rabbit, his watch, a teapot and The Mad Hatter’s hat, all stacked upon one another, with a pastel blue tag which says, “The way to Wonderland.” I’ve actually ordered myself another one today, as I simply had to have it on display with my Fantasia Magic Broom Brush. The packaging features Alice, The White Rabbit and The Mad Hatter in various stills from the film within keyhole shapes.

Cheshire Cat Kabuki Brush

The Cheshire Cat is so iconic that even before looking on the lid, you see the pink striped packaging and know straight away which character is featured. It comes within a retractable casing, which once opened reveals a beautiful pink ombre brush and is used for the majority of face products, such as bronzer and powder. A further pink cover is used for storing him and also helps prevent any damage, whilst further showing the consistent quality and care that’s been put into making each item collector worthy.

Alice Tears 2 Piece Sponge Set

The tear sponge concept is absolute genius! Two pastel blue sponges, one small and one full sized come in an adorable mini PVC bag, which features the memorable moment in the film, when Alice floats down a river of her own tears! I can’t bring myself to use these particular sponges because they are simply too beautiful to take out of the pouch! But they are proudly displayed on my dressing table in my room. However, I do use Spectrum’s sponges as well as they’re brushes and I can confirm that they’re top quality as always.

White Rabbit Makeup Clutch Bag

An Alice In Wonderland Collection could not be complete without the least punctual rabbit known to humans! The White Rabbit Clutch is white faux fur, featuring the infamous pocket watch, a keyhole label with Alice and a little white bunny tail. If that wasn’t perfect enough, when you look inside you’ll see the beautiful pink lining which is covered with The White Rabbit himself and various other objects from the film! You also get a stunning pastel blue and gold velvet pouch, which the clutch comes in. I’ve actually decided to display the former and use the dust bag for holding my brushes!

Alice In Wonderland Bundle

The entire set is available to buy together for the very reasonable price of £99.99, which is what I myself decided to do. It’s original cost is at £126.95, so you’re already saving nearly £27.00 and it truly is a must have for any Disney Collector or Makeup Enthusiast. Plus, if you add it altogether, you’re basically getting a product for free!

 

Not only are all of Spectrum’s products amazing quality – I’ve amassed a considerable collection of brushes that get used regularly so I feel I can confidently say that. But, in my opinion, they’re definitely the best ones on the market, and everything they make is Vegan/Cruelty Free and created with synthetic taklon hair. Not only is the aesthetic simply beautiful, the quality lives up to each ones appearance and the price is very reasonable too. Not insanely cheap, but not ridiculously overpriced, overall very fair and you definitely get your moneys worth! Spectrum also offer Beauty Points, in which every £1 you spend you receive 4 points and once you hit 500 you get a £5.00 voucher and 1000 you get a £10.00 one! You don’t have to buy things to gain points either, writing a review or recommending a friend will also help you build points.

I truly can’t wait to see what the Spectrum Sisters bring out next, I’m definitely sure they won’t disappoint and I can’t thank them enough for creating something so unique and beautiful.

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Primark x Alice In Wonderland Beauty Collection.

If you’ve been to Primark within the last year, then you’ll know that they are producing some incredible Brand themed products –  particularly with Disney! Every other week there seems to be a new genuine released item featuring their most cherished characters and films, which is basically every Disney lovers dream.

Within the last month, Primark have collaborated with Disney to create the most amazing collection of Alice In Wonderland beauty products and thankfully – I managed to get my hands on some of them! As well as a compact mirror brush and comb, perfume and false nails, also featured in the collection is a huge face and eye palette, false eyelashes and a trio of lipsticks – these two products I purchased for myself and will be the sole feature of this review!

The makeup bundle features the following; on the bottom shelf there are four square pan highlighters and two lip glosses and on the top there are twelve eyeshadow shades. If you’re familiar with Alice In Wonderland, you’ll know it’s known for its quirky, outlandish story and the items in the box most definitely follow that inspiration!

Within the eyeshadows, there are eight shimmer shadows and four mattes, which give a bold variety of creative colours. Personally, I would have preferred an equal number of matte colours, but both have strong staying power and are long lasting. If I remember correctly the palette was only £10, which although a bit pricey for Primark, is a great bargain in general for the amount of makeup purchased.

The four highlighter shades were very good quality and I was pleasantly surprised by how pigmented they were. In all honesty I simply purchased the products because they were so beautiful, so this was simply a huge bonus for me. I’ve yet to use the lip glosses as I’m more of a lipstick lover, but the packaging is also absolutely love and features illustrations from Alice In Wonderland too.

As for the lipsticks, you can purchase a set of three small versions together or one individually – I of course had to buy both, I have no limits when it comes to makeup! The packaging is absolutely stunning, once again featuring Alice and flowers, the full sized lipsticks are even heart shaped – which is very fitting to the theme! The three smaller lipsticks are available in a coral, nude and ruby shade which gives you the option to mix and match depending on your look for the day. The price for these products was only around, £3 – £4, so very affordable.

The Alice Eyelashes are natural but very voluminous and I think were £3 also, the only downside is they don’t come with their own glue – but this information is featured on the packet. I’ve now worn them twice and they’re still going strong, I’m very impressed and would definitely purchase more. Furthermore, not only do Primark offer Alice in Wonderland false lashes but, four Disney Princesses are also available too – each having a different style.

I’d recommend anyone who loves Disney or Alice In Wonderland to go to Primark as soon as possible and pick up these amazing products, they are without doubt any collectors dream and are simply beautiful to look at.

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Cath Kidston x Alice In Wonderland Collection.

When I found out on Instagram that Cath Kidston was doing a collaboration collection with Disney’s Alice In Wonderland, I knew this was something I was not going to be late for! If you don’t get that reference, we really won’t be able to be friends. 

I’ve loved Alice In Wonderland for as long as I can remember, I mean, how could you not want to follow the white rabbit and fall down the rabbit hole into Wonderland?! The enchantment, overall aestheticism and fairy tale elements of the whole concept has always been such a dream to me, so a big thank you to Mr Lewis Carroll. 

As for Cath Kidston, ever since discovering the Brand through the Nokia Mobile collaboration which happened in 2006, I’ve continued to adore the whole style and look. Retro floral and animal patterns are simply timeless and a vintage lovers dream therefore, when 1950s Disney and Cath Kidston come together, it’s truly on a level like no other!

The collection launched early on Thursday May 24th at 7PM in selected stores and officially on Friday May 25th, which was when I ventured into my local Cath Kidston store. I was in complete awe of each individual item that had been so beautifully made and was truly beautiful, a collaborators dream! The first fifty customers who spent over £50 on Alice In Wonderland products were able to receive and exclusive limited edition tote bag – thankfully, I was number 48!

I decided to make a list of the items I wished to purchase from the collection beforehand, as I wanted to be prepared and try and be fairly controlled with my money, emphasis on fairly. Ultimately, I actually surprised myself and didn’t buy every single thing on my list, which is pretty impressive if you ask me! Considering this was such an iconic collection, the prices for each product were most definitely reasonable and I was fortunate enough to purchase most of the things I had hoped for. The only thing I just couldn’t justify was the stunning Alice and Friends Leather Lozenge Cross Body Bag as at £115, that was sadly way out of my price range.

However, as noted previously, I did purchase some beautiful items and will name each one;

Alice’s Meadow Boxed Gift Mug
Painting The Roses Tab Saddle Bag
Falling Alice Moving Iphone 6/6s/7/8 Case
Alice’s Meadow A5 Hardback Notebook
Alice’s Meadow Chunky Pen
Alice’s Words Shirt Dress (sold out online)

I can only dream of the next Cath Kidston x Disney collaboration and wait with excitement and a huge lack of impatience for the new announcement! Which reminds me, make sure you sign up to hear about it first! Thank you so much to Cath and Disney for making something so special for all the vintage lovers and Alice In Wonderland fans out there!

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LLandudno.

Yesterday, my family and myself decided to have a day out in LLandudno, my Grandad had mentioned visiting here and Happy Valley to my mum and me last week and we thought it would be a lovely place to go. 

Such a beautiful day.

The weather was perfect, not too hot but very sunny with a sea air breeze, it was the best day to choose to visit lovely Wales. I’ve been to LLandudno before when I was a little girl, but I haven’t been back for years so I was really looking forward to it. The journey was just under a couple of hours and went pretty quickly as I, as usual, fell asleep.

Happy Valley.
Happy Valley.

When we arrived in Llandudno I couldn’t believe how picturesque it was, I’ve always thought Wales was really pretty but it is absolutely stunning, almost magical really. There are so many hills and mountains and I was shocked to see cable cars! There was also an adorable vintage looking Tram which takes you all the way up the hills, I think when I visited Llandudno as a little girl with my school we actually went on the Trams! 

Alice In Wonderland Mania!
Alice In Wonderland Mania!

To get into Happy Valley we had to walk up a large hill, which was fine for us but my Dad was pushing my Grandad in his wheelchair, so I stayed next to him spotting just encase, I like to think of myself as his Bodyguard, even though I’m only little but I try! Once we got to the top of Happy Valley, I noticed that the park actually continued even further up, sadly we could only stay at the bottom as it would have been too hard to push the chair all the way. 

I noticed some lovely sculptures in the park, first, a beautiful veranda with cards that looked suspiciously like the famous red and black ones in Alice In Wonderland. I decided to go over and take a picture of it and noticed small sculptures on the top of the veranda; The Mad Hatter, The White Rabbit and The Smoking Caterpillar! I then remembered that a few days ago my mum had told me that there was an Alice In Wonderland theme in Happy Valley, needless to say I was very excited! 

Within our distance was a sculpture of Mushrooms and and Alice In Wonderland Book and Chair to sit on, The White Rabbit and The Cheshire Cat – which was of course, my favourite! It turns out all of the Sculptures were spread out over Llandudno, when walking along the front I also saw The Mad Hatter and I saw The Queen of Hearts when we were driving to Happy Valley. I went over to the map and read that Llandudno has a link to Alice In Wonderland and it turns out, that in 1861 the real Alice, aged eight years old visited! Therefore, the theme of Alice was created in 2002 from real trees that had fallen down and were carved into these iconic characters! Sadly I couldn’t find Alice or some of the other characters, but I’m sure if I go back I will definitely make a point of seeing them.




After we had eaten Lunch we decided to walk across The Pier Front and you had such an amazing view the further you walked. I noticed that just below where we had our lunch, Llandudno was carved into the grass in huge letters, it was so pretty, I didn’t have time to take a picture though. The Pier was filled with carnival rides and shops, I even found a beautiful magnet with Marilyn on it! I always feel so much happiness when I see anything Marilyn on my travels, it makes me feel like she’s always looking out for me and just puts a huge smile on my face. I also saw some gorgeous ornaments of Elsa and other Disney characters but sadly they were too expensive and I was more than happy with my Marilyn magnet.

We all had such a lovely day out in LLandudno and Happy Valley, thanks to my Grandad’s recommendation, but more importantly, my Grandad did and that’s what matters to me the most. Wales is so wonderful, it just has such a lovely feel and brings warmth to my heart, I’m very proud of my Welsh Heritage! 

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