Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Anastasia subculture - Reviewed and swatched

Oh this palette has kicked up a stink. To be quite honest just to get this our the way I love it and I have seen a lot of other bloggers I follow enjoy it too. I do think that this palette has issues however I think the craziness surrounding it is a little crazy. The shades are super pigmented meaning that there is more fallout than normal, that being said as long as you are careful with them they aren't as bad as some are making out. The biggest issue for me has been that the shimmery shades have sealed which really annoys me as they are so gorgeous, I definitely feel like you really have to dig into the pan which isn't ideal. I feel like this palette is definitely the perfect halo eye palette as it has the pops of metallic and then mostly matte shades which is personally what I want in a shadow palette. So without further ado lets move onto the shades. 

Cube - This is the only highlighting shade in the palette it is one of the three metallic shades. It is a very icy white with a pink/lilac reflect in it. This one looks incredible in the inner corners for a really bright highlight however if you want to reach for something more subtle you will need to go for another palette. 

Dawn - This is my transition shade in the palette, it is a little darker than my skin tone with a more yellow undertone. This one builds beautifully in the crease and is a shade I reach for every time I use the palette. 

Destiny - This one is a Khaki green shade which looks really lovely as a slight deepening shade in a green look or a darker transition shade. I would definitely say out of all the shadows this is definitely one of the shades which has the most fallout. 

Adorn - Another of the metallic shades, I feel like out of the three this one seems to have sealed a lot less than the other two. This is a gorgeous copper gold colour which looks insane in the centre of the lid when I do a halo eye.

All star - I know a lot of people have had a lot of trouble with this shade in terms of the blending however I find I have no issues. I feel like this is just my kind of shade and I have been using it a lot. It is a very warm brown even though it looks more pink in the pan I find once on the lid it is definitely more of a brown. 

Mercury - This is a very cool toned green/grey shade, this one is a good shade to reduce the warmth of some of the yellows however I find if I'm not careful this can make a look incredibly muddy as it is a muddy colour in itself I think out of the palette this is one of the shades I try and avoid. 

Axis - This is the other shade in the palette that I tend to avoid as the fall out is completely insane. Fallout doesn't bother me normally however with this being a deep blue green when it falls under the eyes it stains the skin only adding to my dark circles. (Which are 100% bad enough by themselves) 

Roxy - This is one of my favourite shades in the palette it is a gorgeous pastel orange shade which makes a gorgeous transition for deeper looks and a really lovely crease shade for a lighter look. 

Electric - This is another favourite out of the palette, it makes the most amazing centre to a blue toned look. This is the third and final metallic shade and is probably the one that is sealed the worst which is typical as it is one of my favourite shades. 

Fudge - This is the most basic neutral shade in the palette. I know a lot of people rave about this shade and I can see why. It is just a really lovely basic shade and is one I actually reach for when I am using other palettes and shadows too. 

New wave - This is a stunning deep mustard shade which is perfect for anyone who really loves warmer eyeshadow shades. This is another of the incredibly dusty shades, however it isn't as much of an issue with this one as it doesn't stain my under eyes like axis does. 

Untamed - I prefer to use this shade than axis. It isn't quite as bright however it doesn't have the crazy fallout so unless I do my eyes before my base this is the shade I reach for if I want green. 

Edge - This shade is more of a true yellow than New wave and is much less orange toned. I actually really love this over the lid with rowdy in the crease for something a little different but also kind of neutral. 

Rowdy - The final shade is a purple brown shade. This is amazing to deepen the crease and outer v for pretty much any look I can create with this palette. This is another one which the fallout is quite intense however it isn't on the same league as axis. 

So that's it. I'd love to know what your opinions are on this palette if you have it and if you are wondering about buying it let me know! 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The drugstore neutral look

Now I get I'm kind of behind with the whole neutral look as this probably would be more suited to back to school however I thought I would share it with you anyway as I really love all of these products. 

So for foundation I absolutely love the Maybelline Dream satin liquid. This is the most gorgeous satin (as you may have guessed) finish foundation. It looks so flawless on the skin and looks beautifully natural on the skin. If any of you are on the lookout for a natural foundation for school this is the perfect one and I feel like it would work beautifully for all skin types. Concealer wise I really love the Essence Camouflage concealer. This one works nicely both under the eyes and on any blemishes. Although it is very thick and high coverage it doesn't feel heavy on the skin and sits beautifully even on my dry skin. 

For the rest of the face I've been loving Soap and glory's Solar powder, this is a split pan bronzer with a deeper and a lighter shade. I tend to do a pretty even swirl in the pan and I just love the way it looks. It has a very slight radiance to it meaning it just makes the skin look so healthy. For blush I have a classic, I feel like Rimmel Santa rose is one of the products everyone has tried. It is a really pretty peachy shade with a slight sheen again like the bronzer giving the skin a healthy glow. For the everyday I don't tend to reach for a bright highlight I prefer something more glowy like the Maybelline master strobe liquid in the light shade. This is a really lovely pinky glowy product which just makes the most beautiful glow to the skin. 

For brows I have been using the the NYX micro brow pencil which is really lovely for a natural but polished brow. I always set my brow with something and I really like the New look brow gel which is incredibly similar to the Benefit Gimme brow. For eyes I have pulled out a long time favourite which is the gorgeous Maybelline colour tattoo in On and on bronze which is a lovely Champagne bronze shade perfect to add a little colour to the lid. Finally to finish off I have been obsessed with the L'oreal Paradise mascara which is the best drugstore mascara I have ever tried. It is so lengthening and just makes the lashes look so gorgeous and fluttery. 

So that's it for today. I'd love to know what your go to budget products are for a neutral look. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

My current favourite foundation - YSL Touche éclat

So if you are a regular reader you will know I have been searching for the best foundation for my skin type (Which is super super dry if you don't already know). On my search a lot of my favourite bloggers and vloggers who have a similar skin type to me seem to love the YSL Touche éclat so I decided to give it a go.

This is the most glorious dewy foundation, it doesn't stick to any dry patches and sits so beautifully on my dry skin. In terms of the finish this is dewy however it isn't the most dewy foundation I have ever tried which I prefer as t almost feels like it sets down a little better. I find a lot of foundations seem to be drunk up by my skin however I find this sits nicely and isn't drunk up. In terms of lasting power as it isn't drunk by my skin I find it lasts incredibly well getting over 8 hours wear out of it before it starts to feel a little dry.

I love the packaging as it is super simplistic and I feel it just reflects the class of YSL. If you are a regular reader you will probably realise that this looks a lot darker than most of the foundations I buy,  this shade is BD10 which is the lightest shade and it is definitely too dark for me. It is also fairly yellow toned so it can look a little orange on my pale skin if I don't make sure it is blended well down my neck.

I'd love to know if you have given this a go and what you think of it. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Androgyny vs Subculture - Are they really dupes?

The Subculture palette - a controversial palette - Jeffree star - a controversial man. 
Its almost as though the dupe is meant to be, this has been floating round the blogosphere recently and today I thought I would do an in depth post so that we can settle this once and for all. 

In terms of the formula, the Jeffree star ones are definitely pressed harder so are much less powdery. The metallics in the Jeffree star are also much smoother and creamy and don't seal once used like the Anastasia ones do which is my main issue with the subculture palette.

First off we have the shades Safe word from androgyny and the shade mercury from the Subculture. Safe word is a much lighter transition shade whilst mercury is a much deeper mushroom shade. I use safe word as a transition whereas from me mercury is definitely a crease and deepening shade. 

Next up is the three oranges in the palettes. First off we have Edge which is a fairly grey toned mustard shade, then we have New wave which is a very orange shade both from the Subculture palette. Then we have Charm from the Androgyny palette which is almost a balance between the two shades in the subculture palette. 

These two shades are probably the two most different from the palette but I thought I would include them anyway. We have De Ja vu from the Androgyny which is a gorgeous red copper shade whilst Adorn from Subculture is a much more golden metallic shade. 

Here we have Domanatrix which is a gorgeous purple toned brown shade against Fudge which is a much more true brown shade. 

These are All star which is a deep burgundy pink toned shade, Rowdy is a deeper purple with a little less red in it these shades are both from Subculture then we have Androgyny from the Androgyny palette which is a much lighter true purple shade. 

Here we have Military from the Androgyny which is a light khaki green shade and then we have Destiny from Subculture which is a much much deeper and more grey toned green shade. 

Here we have Untamed from Subculture which is a very deep blue shade and Poison from Androgyny as you can see in the swatches it is less pigmented and a lot more green toned than untamed. 

Finally we have Swallow from the Androgyny palette which is a stunning very true deep blue and then we have Axis which is a more green toned again. 

So as you can see from the swatches I really don't think these palettes are dupes. Don't get me wrong they are similar but I do generally think that there are perks to having both of the palettes. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The coppery red smokey eye

You all know that I am obsessed with warm shadows if you are regular readers. I recently picked up the Juvias place Nubian palette which is just so beautiful. I've been using it to create a gorgeous red toned smokey eye and I am so in love with it. 

For the look I've been using the lift and laminate foundation from No7 which is a gorgeous medium coverage satin type foundation which is perfect on my dry skin. I actually put up a full review a couple of days ago so if you want to see a little more it's //Here//. Concealer wise the Clarins instant concealer is my favourite. It's super high coverage but it feels so lightweight on my skin. I make sure I'm really careful with my concealer when I'm doing a super red smokey eye making sure to conceal any redness around my eyes. Then for the rest of my face I've been using the L'oreal Glam bronzer which is a very affordable dupe for Nars Laguna. 

For blush I have been using Mac Fleur power as it just adds a really natural flush to the cheeks and ties in with the red in the eyeshadow without looking too much. Then to tie in with the eye look I've been using Urban Decay Fireball which is a stunning peachy pink shade which is just so beautiful on the cheeks. For my brows I have been using my usual which is the Anastasia Dip brow pomade. 

For my eyes I've been using one of the lighter matte shades in the Juvias place palette for my transition shade and then using one of the red shades all over the lid. Finally to build up the crease a little I've been using one of the darker shades in my crease and outer v to really smoke up the look. I am obsessed with the L'oreal Paradise mascara which everyone else seems to be obsessed with too. It is so fluttery and gorgeous. Finally I have been using Mac Boldly bare lip pencil and Yash lipstick for the perfect peachy nude shade. 

Friday, September 08, 2017

Jouer Long wear Lip cremes

So I feel like these are everywhere at the moment and I was so happy to find that Beauty bay now stock them. Now my rule when I buy lip products is normally to buy a nude and a deeper shade but after seeing all the gorgeous nudes I couldn't resist picking two of them up, and I will definitely want to expand my collection in the future. 

These are incredibly comfortable on the lips, even applying smoothly when my lips aren't in the best condition. In terms of layering it isn't perfect however they layer the best out of all the liquid lipsticks I have tried. Lasting power wise I wouldn't say they were the most long lasting however I do get a good 4 hours out of them without any fading however after this point they do begin to move from the inner perimeter of the lips. They also deal pretty well with food just wearing in the middle slightly. However anything oily will move these significantly and will need reapplying. 

Left Buff and Right Terra

The shades I picked up where Buff and Terra. Buff is a gorgeous really pale pinky nude. I love this one, it's almost a concealer lip but I really love it. The other shade Terra is a deeper more orange based nude almost terracotta hence the name. Despite it having the orange in it it still has that hint of pink in it.  These do have a really delicious sweet scent so depending on whether you are into that or not. For me this is a definite bonus. These have a standard doe foot applicator which although I prefer the likes of Dose of colours and Jeffree star I am fine with the way these are shaped. They are quite small meaning that you can get a really accurate application which I love. 

Overall I really love these and would highly recommend you give them a go. 

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

No7 Lift and luminate foundation

When it comes to foundations I have two people who I will always trust their recommendations. The first is Jamie Paige and the second one is Kathleen lights. This foundation came as a recommendation from Kathleen and as expected I absolutely love it. 

For a drugstore foundation this isn't the cheapest coming in at £16.50 however I would say it is worth the splurge if you have dry skin. First off I love the packaging as it has one of those pumps which pushes up the product so none gets wasted which I love. I find that it is super sleek and I also like the fact the packaging is plastic as it means when I am traveling and I don't have to worry about it. The texture feels quite thick which isn't like a lot of the foundations for dry skin. 

This means that it offers a really high coverage which again is something that you don't come across very often. The finish on the skin is a more satiny finish than I would normally go for however I really love it. This doesn't fall into any lines under my eyes or any patches of drier skin. Colour wise this one is the shade Calico which is a little more yellow than I would normally go for however I believe this is the lightest in the line and the shade above was too dark. That being said it hasn't put me off using it as it looks stunning on my skin. 

Overall I am obsessed with this foundation and I would highly recommend it for anyone with a more drier skin type. 

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Highlighters for Snow White skin

So you might not have noticed but I am actually paler than casper the ghost meaning a lot of highlighter shades don't work on me. I often look like I have a really beautiful stripe of colour which lets face it is never a good luck. Today I thought I would show some of my favourites so if you are pale skinned you can see if any of these will work for you. 

Benefit Watts up - This is one for if you want something a little bit easier to wear and that isn't so blinding. Watts up is a gorgeous champagne cream which is a nice as it gives us pale people the ability to wear a little bit of gold on the face. I find a lot of cream highlighters have a lot of glitter in them however this one hasn't which is something I love about it. I also find this one looks gorgeous as a base for a powder highlight. 

Urban Decay Afterglow highlights in Fireball and sin - Fireball is the darkest shade I am going to mention today. It is a gorgeous pink with a gold shift, despite this looking super dark in the swatch it is now way this dark which makes me super glad I didn't going into store as I don't think I would have picked it up. The other shade is sin which is probably the best if you aren't a fan of a coloured highlight. Sin is very similar in colour to Watts up and looks incredible over the top of it. It also looks super intense and gorgeous by itself.

Watts up, Fireball, Sin, Dandelion, Charming pink, Snow rose. 
Benefit Dandelion twinkle - I love dandelion blush so was very intrigued when this was released and super glad it actually matched my skin tone. This is a gorgeous pale pink shade. It looks incredibly natural on the cheeks and just adds the most stunning healthy glow to the skin. I think on many people this would actually be to light but for me it's perfect. 

Laura Geller Charming pink - I feel like everyone talks about Gilded honey but on me I find it to be too dark on me. I love the formula however so I figured I would give another shade a go. Charming pink is a gorgeous pale pink shade, this one is definitely a more intense highlight than dandelion but it is a very similar shade. 

NYX Snow rose - This is one of the duo chrome highlights from NYX, it is a beautiful duo chrome gold and pink shade. In the sun this one reflects a peach pink but as you can see in the swatch it looks super gold on camera. I am normally not a fan of drugstore highlights as I find they often breakdown and just leave you with a strip of glitter on the face which is not what I want. 

So that's it for today I would love to know what your favourite highlights are and what skin tone you have! 

Friday, September 01, 2017

Five faves - Benefit

So I've decided I am going to start a new little series on y blog where I show you my favourite products from some of my favourite brands. Today I thought I would kick the series off with benefit. I feel like currently they are completely killing it with the new launches and I cannot wait to give some of their new concealers a go. Now I know that some people will class the boxed powders as one range however I have split them up into individual products. 

So first off I feel like it wouldn't be a Benefit post without mentioning some of their brow products, since the relaunch I feel like they have become known for the brow products they do. Starting off with Gimme brow I had to include this as it is something I have used everyday for about three years this is actually my third tube and it is just about to run out. I love this one to just add a little more texture to the brows after pomade but it is also fab just to add some colour to the brows on a no makeup day. 

The other brow product I wanted to mention is the precisely my brow pencil. This one is super thin and reminds me a lot of my beloved Smashbox brow tech matte pencil. I tend to prefer a smaller brow pencil as I find I can make the brows look really natural. I have both the brow products in Number 5 which is the perfect ashy deep brown shade perfect for dark brunettes who prefer a more ashy brow. 

Moving onto the powders I wanted to mention my three favourites. First off we have the Hoola bronzer which is something I have been obsessed with and is one of the only bronzers I have ever hit pan on. It is a really beautiful neutral tone meaning it doesn't make the skin look ashy or orange. It blends into the skin beautifully meaning it is perfect for us pale gals.

Gimme brow, Brow pencil, Hoola, Galifornia, Dandelion twinkle 
The fourth product is the Galifornia blush. For a start this one smells like coconuts so that gets a tick for me. This is a really beautiful pinky coral shade which I have worn so much over the summer. It doesn't have loads of shimmer like loads of summery pinky coral blushes seem too but it isn't completely matte. It has a beautifully healthy sheen to it and just makes the skin look incredibly healthy and glowy. It did initially have a gold glitter overspray on it however this isn't carried through the entire product so it is definitely less sheeny after a couple of uses. 

Finally my fifth product is the Dandelion twinkle highlight. I love Dandelion blush which is a really subtle pink but I love this even more, this is one of those highlights which is definitely more on the subtle side. A lot like the blush it has a gorgeous glow to it however it doesn't look metallic on the cheeks so it is definitely one that I reach for on a work day as it isn't too intense but does still add some sheen. 

Close misses today have to be the They're real mascara which I must have used at least 5 of and the Professional primer both of which I haven't got in my collection currently (which ti be honest is the biggest reason they didn't end upon here) 

I'd love to know what your favourites from Benefit are? 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The life update - Moving to uni and life after A-levels

So the past couple of months have been pretty hectic to say the least after all the fuss of my A-levels I transitioned to full time in my job for the summer but finally it's almost time to go to uni and I couldn't be more excited. Today I thought I would just have a little ramble about uni and put this up as a bonus post. 

I feel like no-one tells you when you are applying for uni that unless you get an unconditional it is a complete pain to sort everything out. You would think that once you open UCAS on the third Thursday in august all the stress would be over. That is apparently where I went wrong. For the last week and a half I have been running around like a crazy person trying to get loans and accommodation and student passes done so that I can actually get there and don't even get me started on student bank accounts they are just a right royal pain in the arse. Although I have now got a railcard so can't complain. oh and the fact I almost forgot to enrol but we will skip past that. I could just see me turning up on the first day and them refusing to teach me. 

Other than that there has been some positives mainly the fact I got a tonne of new stationary and a trip to Ikea out of it. I'd love to know how you found sorting out Uni when you got your results or if you were one of the lucky ones who got an unconditional. 

To everyone who is going to Uni this year I wish you there best of luck and expect to see a lot more Uni posts over the next year. 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

A rather palette heavy Beauty bay haul

So I like palettes and I have been buying quite a lot at the moment. Today I thought I would show you the most recent bits I have purchased from Beauty bay including four gorgeous new palettes. Without further ado I am going to get straight into it as it's gonna be a long one already without me wittering on.

Violet Voss Holy grail - This is so stunning, it's one I have been lusting after for so long and just didn't get around to trying it. This has a beautiful mix of all the warm shades you could ever imagine, not only does it have the oranges and the berry shades but it also has some golds which means you can tone down more berry looks with a little gold.

Juvia's place Nubian - I have heard such amazing things about these palettes and I can see why. It is a beautiful palette and the shadows are such nice quality. I was very excited when beauty bay announced they were stocking them now as I didn't want to pod out the price for the international shipping. I know currently there is only this one left on the website but I did have an email about a restock a couple of days ago so if you want them I would keep an eye out.

Pur Soiree diaries - I have never seen this palette anywhere but when I saw it on the new in page I loved the look of it for an everyday palette. it has eight beautiful matte shades and then four very metallic shades which look so gorgeous pressed on the lid. I really want to shout about this as I really think it deserves some more love as the shadows are gorgeous.

Anastasia Subculture - Oh this palette, it really needs a review of it's own but briefly. I like it but I do have some issues with it. The fall out doesn't bother me so much as I don't tend to swirl my brushes in shadows I only dip them slightly so I don't have the crazy amount of powder kick up. The big thing that bugs me is the fact that the incredible shimmer shades have sealed and are just a bit of a pain to use which really upsets me as I love them so much.

Festival face glitters - I feel like there isn't much to say about these other than the fact that the moons and stars glitter has little UV stars in it which glow in the dark which is super cool and I cannot wait to wear them for nights out when I get to Uni.

Jeffree Star Velour liquid lips in Deceased and Drug lord - If you are a regular reader you will know I love these lipsticks. Both of these shades have just been re-released as they were previously limited edition. I wanted Drug lord so I could mix it with other shades to lighten them a little. I picked up deceased which is a gorgeous purple nude which I thought would be gorgeous for the transition for summer to autumn.

Jouer Long wear lip cream in Buff and Terra - These are something everyone seems to be talking about at the moment and I think they are gorgeous. Buff is a really pretty almost concealer nude shade on me which is currently what I am loving. Then Terra is a slightly darker nude with a little more pink in it. I would say this is my perfect slightly more brown my lips but better colour. 

So that's it for today I really hoped you enjoyed this post and I would love to know what you have been buying recently. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

A few new bits from Essence.

 I have loved Essence products ever since I first went to Germany in 2012, I don't often get near a counter so when I had the opportunity recently I picked up a couple of new bits. Today I thought I would do some mini reviews of the new products as well as some which are just new additions to my collection.

So first off I picked up a couple of bits for the face. Starting off we have the Camoflage concealer which is a super high coverage liquid concealer. This is a little on the dry side and the texture reminds me a lot of the Nars Radiant creamy concealer. I am really enjoying this one so far, it isn't the best high coverage concealer I have tried but if you are on the look out for an incredibly high coverage super budget concealer I would definitely recommend them. Next up we have the luminous matt bronzer which is a super beautiful satin finish bronzer. This looks so gorgeous on the skin adding just enough bronze to make the skin look really beautiful and healthy. I would definitely recommend picking this up if you are on the lookout for a beautiful. The last thing I picked up for the face were two of their one pound blushes which are one of my favourite products from the drugstore. I picked up one of the matte shades and on of the satin shades. They are both so beautiful and I would definitely recommend them to anyone because they are so gorgeous and super affordable.

For the eyes I picked out the Volume stylist mascara which is a really beautiful lengthening and curling mascara. This definitely offers more volume than the normal mascara's I go for however I still don't think it is too intense for me. I also bought the Waterproof liquid liner as we were away at the time and I didn't pack a liner. This one isn't my favourite liner however for the price I didn't mind it at all. It isn't the blackest liner of all time however it does go on really nicely and the tip is super fine which means it's fairly easy to use.

Moving onto the lips I picked up two of the matte lip creams which are really beautiful. They have a very velvety formula similar to the NYX soft matte lip creams. I picked up a pale nude pink shade and a really deep red shade. These are very comfortable however they aren't long lasting due to the fact that they don't set down matte. I also picked up one of the Shine shine shine glosses which is incredibly glossy. I love the way this looks over nude shades and as it is so glossy it makes the lips look much plumper. The one thing is that it is an incredibly sticky gloss so it is definitely not one to wear with my hair down. Finally I picked up one of their matte lipsticks in a browny nude. This is more pink than the gloss however they make a really beautiful pairing.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A few snaps from my Holiday - Abersoch 2017

Today I thought I would do a photography post as it feels like forever since I have done one, these are just a few of the photos I took on my recent camping holiday to Abersoch. I hope you enjoy these and let me know if you would like to see more photography posts.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Smashbox Matte exposure palette

I am a big fan of the Smashbox shadows so when I saw they were releasing an all matte palette I could resist picking it up. What I love about this palette is that the big shades are actually a useful lid shade rather than highlighting shades like a lot of palettes have. I love the fact that this is split into more warm shades and cool/more purple toned shades. These shades are all really beautiful and blend like a complete dream.
So moving onto the shades I am going to be going from left to right along the top with the two larger shades and then I will be going along the bottom row.
Spice - Deep terracotta pink shade, this is possibly one of my favourite shades in the palette. Not only because it is warm toned but also because it blends like an absolute dream.
Desert - This shade reminds me a lot of Crème brule from makeup geek. It is like spice in terms of it having a slight pink tone it. This makes a really gorgeous transition shade which is perfect for using with any of the shades in the palette.
Tonal - This one is a pinky peach shade which makes a really lovely lid shade and pairs beautifully with the two shades I have just mentioned above.
Wheat - The first of the larger shades, wheat is another brilliant lid shade or transition shade depending on the wearers skintone. I feel like out of all of the shades this was a really sensible one to make massive as it is one a lot of people are going to reach for a lot.
Vanilla - This is another brilliant lid shade, it is still a very slightly pink toned lid shade. It can also be used as a highlight shade on the brow bone.
Buff - Out of all of the shades this is possibly the least pigmented this is a lot more pink toned than Vanilla and again makes a really lovely lid shade.
Drizzle - This is the first of the more purple shades. This is a grey toned lilac shade which looks gorgeous in the crease of buff.
Truffle - This is an almost lilac toned grey shade which looks stunning to add a little depth to any looks.
Moving onto the bottom row we have -
Blackberry - This one is a very slightly purple toned deep brown. What I love about this shade is that it adds a little coolness to any warm looks balancing them a little better. This one isn't the most pigmented in the palette however I prefer my darker shades to not be so pigmented as I prefer to be able to build them.
Sumatra - This one is the perfect deep chocolate brown shade, this is my favourite shade to deepen up any looks.
Suede - This is the slightly pinker less orange version of Spice. This is a nice one to use to deepen cooler toned looks to add a little more warmth to it.
Grounded - This one is a deeper version of buff. This one makes a lovely lid shade for a deeper purple smokey eye.
Black Plum - This is the most incredible deep purple shade which pairs beautifully with grounded to create a smokey eye. This is such a vibrant shade, perfect to add a little colour to a more neutral look.
Blackout - This is the last shade in the palette, this is an incredibly deep black shade and is one of my favourite blacks in my collection.

So that's it for today, I hope you enjoyed this post and would love to know if you have tried this palette. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

NYX Total control drop foundation

Okay so first off can we just appreciate how pale this foundation is. I am pretty sure this is the palest foundation I have ever seen in the drugstore. I was actually really impressed with the shade range of this one as it also goes pretty dark. This has to be one of the strangest foundations I have ever tried it is incredibly liquidy and when trying it for the first time I just expected it to completely disappear into the skin however I was actually really impressed with the coverage it offered. It has been marketed somewhat like the Cover FX drops with NYX suggesting to use one drop for a light, two for a medium and three for a complete full coverage.
Due to this being water based and me having dry skin I do find I need to use quite a lot of product as my skin almost seems to drink it up. I apply a drop to each cheek, the nose, the chin and the forehead and that for me gives me the light coverage. As I mentioned my skin does drink a lot of this product up meaning I definitely have to really build it up to get any coverage. After one drop on each part of my face I am left with a very light natural looking base however for me it just doesn't cover up redness enough. Due to the lack of oil in this foundation I do find that it doesn't sit the best on my skin and once I begin to build it up it does begin to cake around my nose.
I really like the packaging but I do find the pipette to be a bit awkward and as the foundation is so liquid-y it has a habit of dripping on the way from the bottle to the hand or face. That being said I do think it looks really cool and is definitely something that would look nice out on a dressing table.
The finish of this is fairly matte, I have to say I did expect it to do a little more glowy and natural however I could see it looking really beautiful and natural on a more normal or oily skin type. Lasting wise this does last really well without changing at all really on my skin however I feel like this is due to the fact that the minute I put it on it looks like I have had it on for hours as it skinks in and collects in any dry patches. Overall for my dry skin I am not the biggest fan of this however I feel that if you have a less dry skin type then you will really enjoy this.