Monday, December 24, 2018

A festive lush haul

I  figured I really ought to get this post up before Tuesday. I've had this stuff for a couple of weeks now but just never got round to sitting down and writing up the post. Working in hospitality I've spent   the entire of December and plenty of November working, going to uni and sleeping hence the lack of posts over here, on my insta and on my youtube channel. I'm hoping to organise my time a little better next year but I'm not going to promise anything. 

Anyway getting on with the post, I went a little crazy with the Christmas collection but with them rereleasing some old favourites and bringing out some incredible sounding and smelling new products I couldn't resist. Obviously it had to be a snow fairy heavy haul too! 

Snow Fairy Body Spray - My life goal is to smell like Snow fairy all the time and I have to say this pretty much gets me to my goal. It smells exactly like the shower gel and is something I've been reaching for all the time. It isn't the cheapest coming in at £20 for 200ml but if you are a massive snow fairy fan you need this in your life without a doubt. 

Cinders Shower Gel - This one is a warm and spicy scent and really reminds me of Christmas. It's just one of those scents that makes you feel so warm and toasty.

Sleepy Shower Gel - I use the body cream all the time so when I saw that they had bought out a shower gel to match I had to have it in my life. 

Snow fairy Shower Gel - Obviously I had to buy a bottle of snow fairy but I was very restrained and only bought the 260g bottle rather than the huge bottle. 

Butterbear Shower Jelly - Shower jelly's are one of my favourite lush products. Butterbear smells so beautiful and soft. I feel like its just really soothing and is a scent perfect for bedtime.

Santas Belly Shower Jelly - This one is much sweeter and fruitier than butterbear. I've had this one before and I love it, it's amazing frozen when you want something nice and cooling but obviously not at this time of year! 

Rudolph Jelly Face Mask - This is something I picked up because of a recommendation from Make over Erin, I have to admit I'm yet to try it but I am super excited too as I love the jelly mask formula. 

Buche de Noel Cleanser - This stuff is the best on my super dry skin. It feels super soothing on my skin and really adds a boost of hydration. 

Luxury Lush Pud - A classic, this is one I go back to every year. 

Naughty Elf - A new one for this year, with this being a bubble bar I'm pretty sure I'll get at least two uses out of it.

Candy Mountain - A snow fairy smelling bubble bar, yes please! This looks different this year but I have to say I like the new shape even if it is small. 

Star Light, Star bright - Lets face it Christmas wouldn't be complete without a little sparkle and as much as this one makes a horrible mess I can't resist it. 

Yog Nog - This stuff smells insane, like vanilla cake and spices. 

Perle De Sel - A super simple one, the smell almost reminds me of butterbear if you amped up the scent. 

Cheery Christmas - Fruity and delicious, I'm going to be honest the colour is definitely what drew me towards it. 

So that's everything I picked up, I'd love to know your seasonal lush favourites. 

Sunday, November 25, 2018

The Autumn edit - Eyes

I am fully aware it has been forever since I wrote a post and the fact I'm a terrible blogger but I'm back and I'm really gonna try my post to post at least semi consistently. I'm so tempted to do blogmas again but really don't want to fail so keep your eyes peeled. Today I thought I'd do a very late autumn edit post. if you are a regular reader you will know I love warm tones and berry shades so when it comes to my favourite season for makeup it's 100% autumn. 

First off lets talk eyeshadow palettes.. 

Soph X Revolution extra spice - 

Soph killed it with her first palette but this second one is by far the best in my opinion. As with most of the Revolution eyeshadow palettes the formula is absolutely gorgeous. The mattes blend beautifully and the metallics are incredibly intense. I love the fact that this palette as a whole is not just warmer but is deeper in tone than her previous palette making it so perfect for this time of year. Also the yellow is what dreams are made of. 

Urban decay Naked heat - 

When I first got this I just didn't love it as much as I thought I would being a warm eyeshadow lover. However over the past month or two I've been trying to use it more and I have to say I have really grown to love it. It's definitely a more basic warm neutral palette, and one that I reach for when I just want to do a quick and basic eye look. I wish the shade range was a little more diverse but when you think about it in terms of the Naked palettes are meant to be the basics it really is a gorgeous palette.

Jeffree Star Blood sugar - 

This is definitely my favourite out of the three palettes I've mentioned today. Ever since I picked this one up I have been well and truly obsessed with it. It has every warm toned shade a gal could ask for as well as a few pops of brighter colour to add a little something more to a look. The formula is absolutely incredible and is just so easy to work with on the eyes. I would definitely say that this is now one of my holy grail palettes. 

Illamasqua Powder eyeshadow in Vapour -

This shadow has been one of my go to shades for a transition which is on the deeper side for such a long time now. It's a gorgeous Mac and cheese orange shade which just looks beautiful in the crease to blend out a look. The Illamasqua powder shadows are such high quality and are definitely on the more expensive side of things. However they are definitely worth the splurge if you find a colour you love. 

Essence Melted chrome eyeshadow in Copper me -

The Essence chrome shadows are fairly new to the range however I have completely fallen in love with copper me. It's a stunning deep red metallic with an almost wet formula making it super intense and foiled on the lids especially when used with a little setting spray. I would honestly say this formula compares to a lot of high end metallics I've tried so if you love metallics you need these in your life. 

Barry M Glitter bomb glitter shadow in Queen - 

Finally I had to include a little glitter. Liquid glitter shadows have been everywhere this year and I really like the Barry M ones as a drugstore pick. They aren't quite as smooth as the likes of Stila however they are still a much easier way to apply glitter. Queen is the perfect autumnal copper and one I find myself reaching for again and again. 

So that's it for the eye version of this post, I'd love to know what you've been loving this autumn. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

New in - Budget foundations

The drugstore are on a roll with foundation releases at the moment. Today I thought I would go through all of the recent releases I've picked up and tell you how I feel.

Barry M - All night long full coverage foundation.

I really loved the stick version of this so I was excited when I saw they'd released a liquid. I have to admit this is a little too drying for my skin unless I go in with a super moisturiser and a moisturising primer on top of that. It does tend to collect around my nose a little but it does offer an incredibly high coverage. The range is quite small in terms of shades but it does cover a good range, I have the palest shade and that is more than pale enough for me.

Maybelline - Superstay full coverage foundation stick.

Another one where I loved the other products in the range so decided to give this one a go and I'm so glad I did. This has amazing coverage like it's liquid counterpart, even so it doesn't look heavy or cakey on my dry skin. The only thing I will say is that you really don't get a lot of product but a little does go a long way. The shade range isn't great and even though I have the lightest shade I can seem to get my hands on I still can only wear this when I have fake tan on.

Sleek - Lifeproof foundation.

This is another super full coverage product, and oh boy is this one full coverage. The first time I applied this I actually considered going out without concealer on - I didn't I'm not a mad woman. It does look a little teeny bit dry around my nose but as long as I prep the skin well it's okay. The shade range is pretty good and the palest fits my casper the ghost skin.

NYX - Can't stop, won't stop foundation.

I was very excited to give this one a go but I have to say I was disappointed. I just found it looked really dry even over a very hydrating primer. I'm going to give it another couple of go's and see if I can get it to work for me. The shade range is absolutely fantastic and for a change I was able to buy the second from lightest shade. I'd love to know if any of you have any tips for using this one with dry skin.

Maxfactor - Radiant lift foundation.

This is my favourite out of the bunch, it looks beautiful and radiant on the skin. For my drier skin I do tend to lean towards a more dewy looking foundation. This just looks so healthy on the skin and a medium coverage making it one I reach for on a daily basis. The shade range isn't great as with most max factor foundations which is super disappointing.

Revolution - Conceal and define foundation.

This one is everywhere at the moment, again this is one I've only tried once at the moment. Again this one looked super dewy and healthy on my skin. I've seen a few people have a few problems with this foundation as it's been too dewy or not good at dealing with oiler skins for them but I honestly love the way it looks on the skin! As a bonus this has a huge shade range too. 

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Currently obsessed with 01

It's been forever since I last did a favourites post. At the start of the year I was positive I was going to do a favourites post every month however that hasn't worked out so well. Its been about six months since I last did a favourites and there has been so many products I've loved however I thought I would just mention a few from recently. 

Revolution Fast base concealer - 
I am obsessed with the foundation stick from this line so when they announced they were releasing the concealer and I have to say I love it. It's super high coverage but doesn't feel heavy or look heavy on the skin. I have the shade 0.5 which is a very pale shade with pink undertones. The only thing I don't like is the sponge tip applicator purely just because I don't like that I can't wash it at all. 

Maybelline Master fix setting powder - 
I've recently been trialing a few drugstore loose setting powders and this has definitely been my favourite. It leaves the skin looking so smooth and filtered but it doesn't cling to any of the dry patches on my skin which is a huge problem I have. 

Benefit powder blush in Rockateur - 
Benefit blushes are my favourite alongside the Urban Decay ones. Rockateur is just the prettiest pinky shade with rose gold shimmer in it. It just leaves the skin look so healthy which is something I am all about. The thing I love about the Benefit blushes is they don't have too much shimmer in them put still leave a beautiful glow. 

Jeffree star Blood sugar palette - 
I am so annoyed at myself for not picking up this palette earlier. I absolutely love it, if you are a regular on my social media channels you will probably know I am absolutely obsessed with anything warm/pink/red toned when it comes to shadows. I also absolutely love the pop of purple in this palette to add a little bit of something bright to a pink look. The metallics are so beautiful and honestly look like they've been used wet even when used dry. The mattes blend so beautifully and it is honestly probably my most used palette of the year. 

Charlotte Tilbury lip cheat in Pillow talk - 
This is something I've recently dug out of my collection and I'd completely forgot how much I loved it. It is just the most perfect your lips but better shade. It honestly just works beautifully under any lipstick and has the most beautiful texture. It is honestly the most comfortable lip liner I've ever used and I forgot how obsessed I was with it. 

L'oreal Tinted lip oil in peach - 
This is one of those products that I reach for on an everyday basis. It's such a pretty slightly pink tinted lip oil which is so comfortable on the lips. You will probably know I have super dry lips so things like this are perfect for me when I can't be bothered with anything crazy bright or my lips are just even drier than usual. 

So that's it for today, I'd love to know what your current favourites are!

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Imogenation X Makeup revolution

Revolution have been bringing out some incredible collaboration palettes at the moment. Imogen is one of the happiest gals on youtube I swear. It doesn't matter how down I'm feeling her videos never fail to cheer me up. When I hear she was bringing out a collection with Revolution I knew I had to have it. I'm yet to be able to find the face palette in stores so I haven't picked that up yet but when I saw they had one palette left I grabbed it. 

I love the set up of this palette, I always get through transition shades before I finish any other shade so to have them as double pans I think is genius. I also love that there is a vary of transition shades and not just one. The theme of the palettes is so me with the orange and pink tones. I do understand that some people are over the warm tones but I still love them and I think this palette offers the perfect variety of shades. I feel like this palette would be excellent for beginners due to the wide shade range and how affordable it is. 

The packaging is a beautiful lilac iridescent finish which looks so pretty and it has a huge really fab quality mirror. Moving onto the actual shadows the metallics are stunning. I do find that the baby blue shade looks better wet and so do a few more of the lighter shades just to make them really pop. The deeper shimmers look amazing even when they aren't wet. Although I love to wet them just to give an even more beautiful metallic finish. 

As with all revolution mattes they blend like an absolute dream. They are super pigmented, meaning there is quite a bit of fallout however that's not something that has ever bothered me. I love the red and orange shades and I have been getting so much use out of them. I feel like over this palette there is just a good simple range or shades. So without further ado lets do a deep dive into the shades. 

Angel - A basic champagne shimmer 
Butterfly - A stunning icy baby blue metallic
2Nice - The medium transition shade, a basic tan matte
Forever friend - A beautiful baby pink metallic
Huns - A deeper more yellow toned champagne shimmer
Honeybee - A orange toned mustard yellow matte
Shoppy - A very yellow toned medium brown
Lovin life - The lightest of the four transition shades, a peachy matte 
Babygirl - A duochrome orange/pink shimmer
Raise N Praise - A deep cranberry shimmer

Mills - The deeper version of honeybee with a touch more orange 
Imagine - A mauve toned brown matte
OKKKKK - A medium ever so slightly cool toned matte brown 
Pinky promise - A mauvey pink matte
Berry blast - A deep cranberry matte
You know - My favourite shade in the palette, a orange toned red
Get to know - A very warm toned terracotta brown
Sorry not sorry - The deepest of the big transition shades, a yellow toned matte brown 
Trying it - A cranberry toned brown 
Limo - A deep matte black

That's it for today, I'd love to know if you've tried this palette and how you got on with it. 

Friday, September 28, 2018

New Essence releases

I am aware I've been a bit AWOL at the moment! Moving into uni and settling into a new house has been hard but I'm all settled now and am finally getting into a little bit of a routine. Today I thought I would talk about some of the bits I've recently picked up from the brand. I love Essence as a brand, their products are high quality but super affordable, so without further ado lets get into the products. 

Insta perfect foundation - I love the packaging of this, its super cute and easy for travel. It's a little plastic bottle and is perfect for chucking in a makeup bag. The foundation itself is medium coverage and is incredibly comfortable and lightweight on the skin. I have to say I've been really impressed, a lot of essence products aren't pale enough for me at my palest however this one is super duper pale. It just sits so nicely on my dry skin and is a fab everyday kind of foundation. 

Camouflage + concealer - I love the original camouflage concealer so when I saw the new higher coverage one I knew I needed to give it a go. This is super high coverage, it isn't one I would reach for all the time but when I want a really high coverage face this is one thats perfect. Again the shade is super pale and matches me at even my lightest. 

Matt Blushes - The blushes are my favourite super affordable blush, they have just enough pigment and even though there aren't that shades in the range they cover a really good range. They blend really beautifully and look natural on the skin. These are definitely ones I would recommend if you are starting out. The two shades I picked up are new, I love a good nude peach colour so I was instantly drawn to that one and the brighter berry shade was one I decided would be perfect for winter. 

Melted chrome shadows - These are brand new and I am obsessed. They are super highly metallic and work both wet and dry. I've been wearing so many cut creases on my eyes recently and these look beautiful on the lid. I was a little concerned that they might seal however I haven't had any problem with that thus far even after using them wet. Out of the three shades the more rose gold shade is definitely my favourite. 

Electric vibes pencil liners - I've been experimenting with colour on my eyes recently so these really attracted me. They're super neon bright shades, the blue is definitely my favourite out of the two as it is a lot more pigmented. They are both however super creamy and easy to apply in the water line. 

I need a miracle mascara - This is meant to tint the lashes as you use it but I have to say I haven't noticed that at all. That being said I have been loving this mascara, it's super volumising and gives the lashes lots of lift and curl. I'm largely a fan of the Essence mascaras and this is definitely one of the best ones I've tried. 

That's it for today, I'd love to know what you've recently tried from Essence.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The palettes worth investing in

I am a palette junkie, I cannot deny that at all. I am a woman obsessed and today I thought I would share with you the palettes I think are really worth investing in. 

Anastasia Modern Renaissance and Soft glam. 

I tried so hard to pick between these two but I just couldn't. I absolutely adore the formula of these two palettes and without doubt I think they're the best out of the five Anastasia palettes I own. Soft glam is a really stunning basic warm toned neutral palette and is one that I reach for all the time when I want something nice and basic. Modern renaissance is a beautiful neutral palette with a couple of pops of deep pink. The mattes from these palettes blend beautifully and the shimmers look so stunning and metallic. If you don't already have these palettes in your collection I really think you need them! 

Blank Canvas cosmetics Master palette. 

I never hear anything about this palette but I feel like it is the perfect everyday palette. It is almost completely matte and that is something I love about it. Very often when I want to keep my makeup natural-ish I reach for an all matte palette and this is the one I tend to go for. As with most of the palettes I own this is warm toned however not as much as warm as soft glam. These shades are really blendable and easy to work with although definitely require more building than something like Anastasia however if you ask me that only makes it better for beginners. 

Coloured Raine Queen of hearts. 

This palette contains some of my most favourite shimmer shades. They are incredibly metallic and go on so high shine even without using them wet. I love the mix of shades in this palette as its almost neutral but not quite. A few of the mattes don't swatch so well however on the eyes they preform beautifully and blend so easily. 

Certifeye Tropical wonders palette. 

I absolutely had to include this palette. It is by far my favourite rainbow palette, the colours are so intense and blend so beautifully. If you love bright shadows then this is the palette for you. The pigmentation is so intense yet the shadows don't have huge amounts of fall out and are still very easy to work with. Honestly I feel like I could go on and on about this one all day. If you love bright makeup or you are wanting to try bright colours then you need this palette. 

Jeffree Star Blood sugar. 

I had to mention this one as I am using it so much at the moment. I love the fact that it is half neutral and half super pink and bright. The two shimmer shades are super intense and metallic and the mattes blend so nicely. I feel like the formula has really been stepped up from Jeffree's previous palettes. If you love warm tones and pinks this is the one for you. I love the packaging too even though its super bulky I just love how expensive it looks. 

That's it for today, I'd love to know what palettes you think are worth investing in? 

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

My favourite Jeffree star nudes

If you follow me on social media you will probably know that I absolutely love the Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks. Today I thought I would share with you my five favourite nude shades. I know Jeffree is a controversial guy however there is no denying that his cosmetics are incredible quality. I have to say his brand is one of my all time favourites. 

First off the lightest of the shades is I'm Nude. This one is definitely not one for people who don't like the concealer lip look however on me I adore this shade. It is a slightly cool very pale nude shade. I personally like to pair this with a darker lip liner for that classic nineties nude lip. 

I was so glad when it was announced that Christmas cookie from the Christmas 2017 collection was being made permanent, unfortunately though without the beautiful glittery packaging. This is a brown based medium nude shade with slight hints of pink making it one of those perfect your lips but better shades. This is the one I reach for on the everyday when I don't feel like using anything with too much colour. 

I'm nude, Christmas cookie, Leo, Gemini, Androgyny 
Leo is a beautiful orangey pink nude shade. I feel like this shade is so unique. It's not something I could dupe at all in my collection everything seems to be too pink or too orange. I absolutely love pairing this shade with a warm eye look as it really pulls out the orange tones. 

Gemini is a more pink shade than Leo. This is more of your traditional slightly darker pink nude shade. It is quite similar to Leo and again pairs beautifully with a warmer toned look however this one also compliments cooler look. 

The darkest of my five favourites is Androgyny, now I know to a lot of people this wouldn't be classed as a nude however for me even though it is super dark it is still a nude based shade. It has a really beautiful purple undertone. In terms of pairing it with looks I prefer to use it with more purple looks as it really pulls out the purpley undertones. 

So that's it for today, I'd love to know if you have a favourite Jeffree star shades!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The best primers for dry skin

If you are a regular reader you will know that I have the driest skin in the world. So today I thought I would share with you some of my favourite primers for my skin type. I didn't until after I'd taken these shots that these are on the higher end of things however I thought I would share them with you anyway as I think investing in a good primer can make or break your entire look. 

Starting off with probably my favourite, we have the Pixi Rose Flash balm. This is a beautiful super thick moisturiser which can be used under foundation, but also as a mask if you layer it thickly onto the skin. This stuff is potentially the most hydrating product I've ever used. It creates a beautiful sticky base for under foundation and is the one out of the four products I wanted to share today. 

The lightest product out of the four is the Smashbox Primerizer, this feels like a very lightweight serum on the skin. It sinks in so quickly and you can barely feel it on the skin. It isn't the most hydrating however when I'm having a slightly less dry skin day this is the one I reach for. This really does help with the longevity of my makeup. 

Something I love for more of a glow is the Clarins Instant light radiance primer. It has an absolutely stunning pinky reflect which really helps to add more radiance to the skin. This does add some hydration to the skin however I do feel like I need to add a moisturiser or serum under it on my more dry skin days. This is one I'd really highly recommend for anyone who has dull skin and is looking to add some radiance to the skin. 

Finally I had to mention the Stila one step moisturising primer. This stuff is just slightly less moisturising than the Pixi but is still one I reach for really often. This again leaves the skin really nice and tacky prepping it beautifully for foundation. I definitely don't need another moisturiser underneath it. 

I would love to know what primers are your favourites. 

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The most hyped collaboration of the year - Smashbox and Vlada MUA

This is most definitely the most hyped colab from this year. The first sneak peaks had me hooked and I knew I had to pick up something from the collection. This highlight is so beautiful, in the end I went for the shade Gilded Rose. This is the lighter of the two shades with the textured rose on the packaging. It is the most stunning champagne, pink duo chrome shade. I was a little worried initially that this would be a little too dark on me but luckily I haven't had any problems. 

I don't find this has too much shimmer in it but it does have the most stunning duo chrome metallic effect on the skin. I don't find this picks up on the texture on my skin and I find it lasts really beautifully without the base shade disappearing and the shimmer being left behind like so many highlighters can do. I love the duo chrome finish on highlighters and as I wear so many warm tones on my eyes and lips this works really beautiful with huge amounts of the looks I do. I have to mention the packaging which is absolutely beautiful, it's 100% my favourite packaging of any product in my collection. 

Overall I absolutely love this product and I would highly recommend everyone gives it a go whilst it's still available. If you are even paler than me it might be a little too dark on you but I would definitely recommend you give it a go. 

Sunday, August 19, 2018

The summer lip favourites

Since it looks like we're pretty much at the end of the Summer in the UK I thought I would share with you the lip shades I've been loving this summer. This isn't quite as huge as my normal summer lip favourites as I thought I would do a little bit of a more curated selection. 

Starting off I had to mention the Maybelline Super stay matte ink in the shade Lover, this has been one of those lip shades that I just feel like I can throw on with any makeup look. It's a beautiful browy toned medium pinky nude shade. These products are so comfortable on the lips and are something I reach for when I want a super long lasting matte lip but I don't want something a dry as your traditional matte liquid lip. If you are a regular reader you will know I absolutely love the NYX Butter glosses and the shade Sunday Mimosa is the perfect summer shade. It's a beautiful coral gloss which I have been loving both for a milky coral shade alone or over the top of other orange toned lip shades. 

Next up we have the Smashbox Be legendary lipstick in Fireball. This is the most beautiful orange toned red shade and reminds me a lot of Mac Lady Danger however I find it is a little more red toned. The Smashbox matte lips are so beautifully comfortable on the lips, they don't dry down as much as some bullet matte lips but they give the appearance of being very matte on the lips. 

Maybelline, NYX, Smashbox, Mac, Revolution, Jeffree Star 
Mac Breathing fire is the more raspberry toned pink shade rather than candy yum yum which is more blue toned. I find this one more flattering on my skin tone personally. This is a very matte lip shade but isn't too uncomfortable. That being said the Smashbox one is definitely more comfortable. I have been obsessed with all three of the Soph x Revolution lipsticks lately however my favourite is definitely Cake which is the lightest of the three. It's just the perfect brown toned pinky nude and the formula of these lipsticks is just so gorgeous and comfortable. They're also such a fab price it would be crazy not to try them. 

Finally I wanted to mention Jeffree Star 818 from this years summer collection. This is the most amazing bright pink, coral almost neon shade. As many of you will know I've recently dyed my hair pink and I am just looking the combo of the bright pink lip with my bright pink hair. If you love 714 from J star then I definitely recommend you give this one a go as it's like the more sophisticated older sister. 

That's it for today, what summery colours have you been reaching for recently? 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

An Anastasia haul and review

Today I thought I'd share with you a little Anastasia Beverly Hills haul. On International lipstick day Anastasia had an offer on where you could get buy one get one free lip products so I felt it would be silly not to take advantage especially as I wanted to pick up the Norvina palette anyway. 

First off the liquid lips, I went for Violet which is the new release alongside the palette. It is a stunning deep neutral purple. Meaning it doesn't lean too red or too blue. The other shade I picked up was Pure Hollywood which seems to be a cult shade. I expected it to be a milkshake pink shade however on me it pulls a little cool meaning it compliments the Norvina palette so well. In terms of formula these are definitely on the drier side, due to them being super lightweight on the lips but still opaque enough. I find one dip into the bottle covers both the lips even with Violet. 

In terms of wear time I didn't;t really know what to expect however I am so impressed. Once you put these on they aren't going anywhere. Throughout the day they do become a teeny little bit dry feeling on the lips however considering how long they wear for it's only to be expected. I find I can get a good 7 hours out of these with only reapplying a tiny bit after I've eaten to cover up the inner rim of my lips. 

Moving onto the palette, I have to admit I feel as though this palette is missing a few shades however I do still enjoy using it and I have been happy with most of the looks I've created with it. The first couple of looks I did turned out a little muddy however now I'm used to the shades I don't have as much trouble with it. I have to admit its not a palette I would recommend for beginners like I would with soft glam or modern renaissance. Don't get me wrong it isn't as hard to work with as subculture but I just find I have to be a little more careful and it isn't one I'd reach for when I had only a little time do makeup. 

I think that this palette could definitely do with a warmer purple red shade just so there is something a little deeper to add some depth to the looks. I really like the formula of these, as always with ABH shadows they do have quite bit of fallout however not as much as subculture. I do find one of the shimmery shades tends to have some glitter fallout on the face but I'm not 1000% sure which one it is. Im pretty sure it's Drama which is the darkest shimmer however I cannot guarantee it is. 

Moving onto the shades in the palette.. 

Dreamer - This is such a beautiful duo chrome pinky orange shade. I really like this pop of warm which can be added to the inner corner just to ground a cool purple look a little. 

Summer - This one is a medium copper/gold shade which makes a beautiful lid colour. 

Wild Child - This is most definitely my favourite shade in the palette. You will know if you are a regular to my blog I love a good pink shade so I'm not surprised at all that I love this shade. 

Rose gold - This one definitely does as it says in the tin, it's a pinky gold shade. 

Celestial - The first of the purples in the palette. This one is so stunning on the lid however I find to do this I have to reach for other palettes in order to create a full look. 

Dazzling - This shade is pretty much a mix of summer and rose gold so I feel like it's definitely one of the shades in the palette I'd change. I'd love it to be a gorgeous duo chrome lavender pink. 

Drama - As I mentioned before I think Drama is the culprit of the glitter fallout on my face. It's a deep purple shimmer which looks really pretty packed onto the outer corner to deepen a look however I almost wish it was a little deeper. 

Base - This shade is just a good all rounder, it sets the lid and provides a shade as almost a transition for the transition shade. 

Soul - This is the shade that initially drew me to the palette however I feel like I'm not really 100% on what to do with it. It looks beautiful as the deeper shade for a halo eye however I find I want to reach for shades from other palettes for the middle. I do really like this shade I just feel it needs more purple shades to work with. 

Incense - This is your standard warm brown and a shade I just don't really reach for. I just feels like its very similar to eccentric which I like just a touch more as its warmer in tone.

Love - This shade is my second favourite (Again the pink obsession continues) out of all the mattes I find this one has the most pigment and is the best shade to use as a transition especially when working with the purples. 

Volatile - This one is a cooler toned matte brown shade, this is good as a crease shade when I work with the more neutral shades in the palette. 

Eccentric - As I mentioned this is the warmer of the two medium browns in the palette. This is the one I tend to reach for as I prefer a warmer eye look. Again though this is one I only use when using the more neutral shades. 

Passion - This is the deepest shade in the palette, I would describe it as a cool toned Burgundy shade which is nice to deepen however I feel like for me I would prefer is if it was deeper and more red toned to offset the cool purples. 

Overall I do really like this palette and the quality is great however its not one I would recommend for beginners as it can tend to all get a bit muddy. I have to admit I expected purples and pinks from Norvina however I did expect it to be a purple palette not a neutral palette with three pops of purple. I do hope ABH go on to release a fully purple palette in the future. 

I'd love to know what you think of this palette. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Hyped products that we've forgotten about.

I thought today I'd chat through some products which used to be all over the blogosphere but sort of dropped off the radar. I thought I'd talk through how I feel about them and whether my opinions have changed on any of the products. So without further ado lets get into it. 

Giorgio Armani Luminous silk was so hyped up it was ridiculous. I have to admit this isn't one I've ever liked. I find it is very patchy on my skin, it clings to dry patches and just doesn't look as luminous as I feel like it should. There was so many positive reviews of this product but for me the wear and the finish were just not what I wanted especially for the price. The other base product I wanted to mention is the Bourjois CC cream, this was everywhere. I actually bought a shade far too dark so I can only use this when I have fresh tan on. That being said this product is so gorgeous. It look so glowy and dewy on the skin, it is the perfect summer base product for anyone with dry skin. 

The Naked concealer is something I still really love. I feel like this one was overtaken by the taste shape tape however I am yet to try that and am still obsessed with this concealer. It isn't the highest coverage in the world however I find its enough for me and doesn't cling to any of the dry bits on my face. The Jeffree star Skin frost got a lot of hype when they were first released however I feel like it has definitely died down. I have a couple of shades and I like them but they aren't a product I reach for all the time. I feel lie across the range of these highlights there are a lot of inconsistencies. Some are so incredibly beautiful and highlighting whereas some are super chunky and glittery. I know a lot of people also have a lot of trouble with the pans sealing.

The body shop honey bronzer did the rounds due to it's diverse shade range. I found that the range didn't go deep enough however for the paler and medium skin tones there was a great shade. I actually picked up the second shade and for me I love it on a very subtle makeup day however for me, as someone who loves a deeper bronzer it just doesn't pack enough punch for me. I really enjoy it but it isn't one I reach for regularly as it isn't dark enough for me most of the time. It would still be amazing for people who are super fair and don't love a deep bronzer. 

I feel like Rimmel Santa rose is definitely the oldest hyped product in this post. I love this blush it is a staple in my collection and is something I have pretty much almost always had. It is the prettiest pinky peach shade with a golden sheen to it. I feel like this no longer gets the credit it deserves which is such a shame as it is so beautiful. Next up I wanted to mention the Makeup geek eyeshadows. I still adore my makeup geek eyeshadow palettes but I have to admit I don't use them as much as I should. another product I still love is the Kiko Eyeshadow sticks. When Kiko first came to the UK I was so excited and bought so many of these. I still love them, they're beautiful, shimmery and something I love when I need something super quick and cute. 

The final product I wanted to mention is the Bourjois Rouge edition velvets. These where everywhere, everyone loved them and then all of a sudden they just dropped off the radar. They are very comfortable on the lips but don't completely dry down meaning I don't reach for them as I personally prefer a matte liquid lip that dries down completely. These are a nice product but not one that I reach for often. 

So that's it for today, what products do you feel lie have dropped of the blogging radar? 

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Why I love blush and you should to

I feel like blush is a super controversial thing in the blogging community, some people love it, some people hate it. I personally love it and I wanted to talk about a few of my favourites and why I love it so much. 

For me blush gives me such a healthy look, being super pale I feel like it really adds something, however I feel like blush looks beautiful on any skin tone. Without it I feel completely flat faced and 2D. I feel like a little shimmer in a blush helps even further to make the skin healthy however I am very careful with shimmery blush as it can go too far and be sparkly. I do tend to prefer a higher end blush, that being said there are a few gems from the drugstore. So without further ado lets get into my favourites. 

Starting off with the more affordable, I love Milani luminoso which is a beautiful shimmery peachy shade. I need to try more shades from this range as I love how glowy and healthy they look on the skin. I actually also love the Essence matte and satin blushes. They're such high quality for the price and come in a really nice range of shades, nothing too out there but a nice range for everyday. Moving onto the higher end products the Clinique cheek pops are absolutely beautiful, the shade above is Berry pop which is a beautiful deep pink shade. These feel slightly creamy yet apply like a powder. I also love the pressing in the pan. I mean who would not want a blush in the shape of a daisy. This is another one I need to buy more shades of. 

Benefit blushes are always beautiful but my favourite currently is gold rush which is a beautiful peach with a quite heavy gold sheen. This for me is the perfect everyday luminous blush which just makes you look so healthy. It also an amazing blush for a super heavy eye look if you don't want anything to clash. The Mac blushes are a classic and a staple for many. Fleur power is a really pretty medium pink shade. I love the fact Mac blushes aren't too pigmented so they are a little harder to go overboard with. I just thing this shade is a really lovely classic blush shade. Finally I wanted to mention Urban decay's Afterglow blushes, the shade above is indecent which is a gorgeous muted neon peach. Again this is another shade thats amazing to go with a super heavy eye look. 

Gold rush, Luminoso, Indecent, Berry pop, Fleur power

So that's it for today I'd love to know how you all feel about blush and if you love it what is your favourite. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The evolution of the Pinky neutral

I feel like the pink toned palette has come so far in the past couple of years. To think that Anastasia Modern renaissance kicked off a trend I am now so obsessed with.   

Starting off with the original, Anastasia Modern renaissance is still one of my go too palettes. I really wish all the Anastasia palettes had this formula. the shadows don't have too much fallout but are still incredibly pigmented. I love the fact this palette has a mix of the warmer orange shades and pink shades. It's definitely the least pink of all the palettes I wanted to mention. 

Lime crime Venus XL is the perfect slightly deeper pink toned palette. It doesn't have as many of the bright pink shades it leans a little more on the Burgundy side of things. It does have a couple of bright pink peachy shades which make gorgeous transition shades to add a little pop of colour to the look.

Violet Voss Holy grail is such a gorgeous palette. I adore the Violet Voss shimmer formula. They're so creamy and pigmented and just look amazing and foiled on the lids. I feel like this palette is a good mix, again like modern renaissance it has enough of the warm brown shades to make it a neutral palette. If you want to give a pink based neutral palette with plenty of shimmer I would definitely recommend this one.

Out of all four of today's palettes this is the brightest, I absolutely love the purple shades and the true red is absolutely stunning. Out of all of the Jeffree star palettes (I have all four) this one is definitely my favourite of the four formula wise. The mattes blend beautifully and the shimmers are so intense I absolutely love the formula. 

So that's my round up of the pinky neutral palettes in my collection, I'd love the know how you feel about pinky neutral palettes.