Ask the Experts! Must Have Spring Palettes

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Glowing Cheeks on the Cheap

Glowing Cheeks on the Cheap

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Who knows about your blog?

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YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush

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Body Shop Colour Crush Lipsticks for Spring

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Hyped Products that you just don't like? Share yours!

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NEW! Ask the Experts Weekly Posts - Come Meet the Girls!

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Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

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NYC Intense Lip Colours - Cheap as Chips and just as Tasty

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andrea garland handbag necklace

I fell in love with this pretty piece as soon as I laid eyes on it. Now in fairness, jewellery with hidden lip glosses inside can have a bit of a whack of Claire’s Accessories and ten year old girls about it (although I still like a mooch in Claire’s) but the new Andrea Garland collection of jewellery is grown up, glam and has the right dose of kitsch to make a girl like me happy.

andrea garland jewellery packagingFirstly, the jewellery itself is lovely, it feels heavy, of good quality and has a nice amount of detail. It also has a decently long chain which makes me happy as I hate when chains for larger jewellery are too short. When you pry the delicate gold handbag open, you’re met with a slab of clear balm snugly housed inside. Ok I may have preferred a coloured balm but I’m still a happy camper.

andrea garland necklace lip balm

I think people often view these type of products as gimmicky but the truth is, you can very easily melt a small amount of your favourite lippie in the microwave, pour it into the balm space within this locket and let it dry, giving you your favourite shade close to your heart all day. So in that sense, this can easily be reused (and having tried this with lipsticks before I can tell you it’s surprisingly easy to melt and set) so I actually quite love this piece.

andrea garland collection

If a handbag isn’t quite your thing, there’s a whole host of gorgeous pieces in the Andrea Garland collection, including the beautiful hare ring and owl brooch which I have a special soft spot for. The collection has a mix of lip balms, muscle rubs and body balms inside which I think is a lovely idea.

andrea garland handbag necklace up close

Now the quality of the jewellery means you’re not going to get this for spare change, the handbag necklace is in fact €45 which is admittingly steep, but you’re getting a lovely piece so it’s worth considering for your letter to Santa. Also, it’s on sale for €36 on ASOS at the moment so you have a chance to get it a little cheaper!

andrea garland handbag necklace open

If you’re tickled by this collection, the lot are available on ASOS now!

So girls, loving this, hating this?

andrea garland necklace

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  • Avril Joanne

    Oh this is so cute!!!

    • Makeup Monster

      I know!!:)

  • Ellie

    So adorable! They are quite pricey but the pieces and packaging are gorgeous. Such a good idea about melting lipstick in it to reuse it, wouldn’t of thought of that, you genius! Hope you’re well darling xx

    • Makeup Monster

      Haha thanks! Doing great thanks and glad you like this!

  • writingwhimsy

    the owl is so cute, great tip about them being reusable

    • Makeup Monster

      Yep love the owl and want the hare ring too!

  • Kat (

    LOVE this. Would make a great Christmas present for someone who loves their lippies/balms. And the tip of melting your favourite product into it is genius! Might have to treat myself for my upcoming birthday… :)

    • Makeup Monster

      Ooh nice when is your birthday? Would make a lovely treat missus!

      • Kat (

        19th November so soooooooon :D x

  • Kaelyn

    I think that it is very cute, and is a jewelry piece that is growing on me the more pics I look at. The balm inside idea I think is brilliant, as long as your don’t accidentally wash it or anything lol.

    • Makeup Monster

      Haha yes definitely don’t leave this in your jeans pocket!!

  • Stephanie (polishedandprimed.c

    Ooooh the one you have got is lovely. And useful so it’s a justifiable purchase! :) Love the owl

    • Makeup Monster

      Exactly multi-purpose:) Glad you like!

  • Grace Ziegfeldgirl

    Wow, what an unusual piece….might add the owl to my Xmas list :)

    • Makeup Monster

      Oh nice glad you like it that much!

  • Ah Sure Tis Lovely

    It’s so cute, I really like the owl.

    • Makeup Monster

      Glad you likey!

  • Makeup Monster

    Ah thanks a million Gilly!

  • Nida Moughal

    Its pretty but expensive….

    • Makeup Monster

      Definitely pricier but good quality!

  • Not_Just_Inside

    So pretty, had to laugh at the Claire’s comment, my 14 yr old has lip glosses hidden in EVERYTHING

    • Makeup Monster

      I know it’s a good excuse to act like a kid again!

  • Emma (Fluff and Fripperies)

    Loving it! I wrote about the fox ring on frillseeker last Friday – I adore it x

    • Makeup Monster

      Ah glad to see another fan!:)

  • Makeup Monster

    Brill Leanne!

  • Makeup Monster

    Ah glad you love it Gemma!

  • Girl with the skew earring

    It s such a pretty necklace, but I always worry that it will melt and run onto my clothes!

    • Makeup Monster

      Dont’ worry it’s lovely and secure inside so it definitely wouldn’t!

  • Katie Allen

    A scented perfume inside these would be a great idea too.

    • Makeup Monster

      Good idea!!

  • Lorraine Haigney

    Ahhhh! Love the fox! Don’t know if I can part with the spends for a piece that I won’t wear everyday but a girl can dream!

    • Makeup Monster

      Defo one to stick on your list for Santa!

  • Makeup Monster

    Yeah it’s lovely!

  • Nurse Fancy Pants

    I’ve had my eye on the owl for a while now but the bag is beautiful too! I think these are a great idea, something a bit different!

    • Makeup Monster

      Yep totally agree, beautiful on their own but the hidden makeup gives them an extra factor!

  • Belle Morte Beauty

    I think that’s really pretty – very kitsch. Me likey! :)

    Belle Morte Beauty