Monday, 21 November 2016

Blogging Hiatus & My Current Favourite Palette

Well...long time, no blog! It has been months since I have ventured onto this site to spill my makeup bag containing all my current favourite makeup products et cetera, as life just got in the way. I am currently making my way through my final year at University and honestly the idea of blogging began to seem like a form of procrastination which meant I was avoiding doing important readings, assignments and...you get the idea. Yet, I could not face the idea of missing out on blogging over the Christmas period as I always feel like year after year, beauty brands bring out amazing, elaborate collections for the festive period which I have loved blogging about previously. Despite this confession, this post is not actually about a Christmas collection but instead my current favourite palette that I feel would make an excellent gift for your sister, mother, girlfriend or pretty much any female/makeup lover in your life. 

The Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Clay Palette is pretty much everything I could ever want in a palette. As I have green eyes, I tend to lean more towards palettes that have deeper, purple shades as I find these really accentuate the green pigmentations in my eyes which in turn, makes them appear far more vibrant. Tarte is probably one of my most favourite brands for eyeshadows as the quality never disappoints. I feel like if you were to google the term 'buttery eyeshadows', Tarte's should be the top suggestion as my god, I have never experienced better. The blend-ability of the eyeshadows surpasses other competitive brands like Urban Decay, MAC and so forth and I love how the palette features multiple finishes such as rich, matte eyeshadows, iridescent gold and brassy shades as well as a lovely matte cream colour, perfect for the brow bone. I would use every shade within this palette as it is completely my aesthetic and I feel like a multitude of looks can be achieved wether you apply shades row by row or mix and match.

I tend to apply my MAC 'Painterly' Paint Pot all over my lid followed by a wash of  funny girl  to create a pretty, shimmery base which I apply with just with a soft, flat brush so I can really pack the colour on. I then apply smarty pants into the outer corner of my eye with a luxe soft crease brush and blend it up into the crease of my eye to create a neutral transition shade which I follow afterwards with leader to accentuate the purple hues which I usually apply with a petit crease brush, so the application is more defined and controlled. I then take the colour activist onto a pencil brush and apply it into the outer corners of my eyes and underneath to finish which adds to the smokiness and again, deepens the overall purple undertones. I then tend to finish the look off with either a black or dark purple liner into my waterline to tie the whole look together.

If you are after a new palette for Christmas for either yourself or a love one, I really suggest giving this a try. You can pick it up from Tarte's online store for £33 and trust me, it is worth every single penny.

What do you tend to look for in a palette?


Thursday, 19 May 2016

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly

Hi guys, long time no blog!
I have been up to my eyes in uni work and after submitting my last assignment and I thought there is no better way to celebrate then writing a new blog post! I thought I would dedicate this one to a cult favourite of mine that pretty much features in every make up look I do as it is so adaptive. This is the MAC Paint Pot in Painterly, a matte, nude base colour that glides onto the eyelids so easily and creates a blank slate ready for the eye-shadow of your choice. I love this as you could easily just slap this on, blend a neutral matte brown through the crease and add a winged liner and a few lashings of mascara and already you've have a simple yet sultry eye look. It is so wearable and so long lasting, there really is no reason why you shouldn't have this in your make up bag. I love the pinky undertone as I feel this is the quality that puts it on the pedestal. You need barely any product on the lids meaning this little pot lasts forever, making the £16 far easier to part with at the till. After using these, I find I barely use eyeshadow primers anymore as I love the fact that you gain both a long-wearing base as well as a hint of colour with this little pot of goodness. There is so many colours in MAC's collection that range from yellow-undertones to dramatic and iridescent finishes so do go and check them out.

Let me know what you think!
What is your favourite eyeshadow base? 

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Marc Jacobs 'The Lolita' Palette

There is really nothing I love more than a good neutrals palette with a nice selection of colours in conjunction with multiple finishes. I picked up this palette whilst holidaying in Canada as I was way too excited to see the Marc Jacobs products in person as they have only recently became available in England. First of all, I absolutely love the simplistic, sleek packaging, with a shiny black finish meaning there is no haunting finger prints in sight, (I'm looking at you Nars). I also am a huge fan of the name, 'The Lolita' due to it's association with classic literature. I love how it incorporates some staple matte shades such as the pale white, warm brown and a deeper, cooler brown hue, perfect for any smokey eye. I only wish the deepest shade mimicked the warm undertones present in the neighbouring shadows as I find it looks slightly out of place when blended into the crease. Nevertheless, it acts as an excellent liner if blended into the lash line to create the impression of fuller looking lashes. The pigmentation is impeccable (as you can see in the swatches above) with zero fall out. The variety of colours and finishes remind me a lot of the Charlotte Tilbury quads, especially with the packed, glitter pigment that adds an extra sparkle to the eye. They blend beautifully as the quality of the shadows are practicality the definition of 'buttery'.  I find this palette is a must-have if on the hunt for a gift for a special occasion; perfect for the quickly descending graduations and proms. It may be pricey, (£45) but I like to think that I am paying the price for good quality and I cannot wait to try more products from Marc Jacobs and will be sure to keep you posted.

Let me know what you think in the comments.
What is your current favourite neutrals palette?

Monday, 25 January 2016

Cheerz Box Review

In a society that has become predominantly technology based, it is difficult to find a hard copy of memories when everything seems be digitalised. Thanks to our phones we are able to take snaps, whenever and wherever we want and upload them to social media to interact with others. As much as this is incredible, it does take away the quality of holding a 4x4 photo, to display and share with whoever you may desire. The company Cheerz have a website and app that specialise in digital prints of your photos in a variety of different forms that aesthetically adopt the appearance of polaroids. There bold and bright website allows you to upload your photos, select your preferred printing style and sends them to your home, all for affordable prices. I was allowed to pick out my own selection of snaps that I am eager to share with you as I am blown away by the quality of their advertised products. 

The first product I selected was their famous Cheerz Box, a brilliant concept that is totally unique. The Cheerz Box supplies a pretty little decorated box filled with 30-45 of your favourite polaroid photos which ultimately can be either be presented in your bedroom or gifted to a friend including all of their favourites photo of a holiday, wedding, birthday etc. The quality of the photos completely surpassed all of my expectations with the glossy photo paper and extra fine detail. I have loved flipping through these snaps off all of my favourite memories of 2015 and cannot wait to get my hands on more of these boxes to keep and treasure. Priced at £13, the Cheerz Box is totally worth it and if you read until the end, I have a discount code that will save you money on all of your order. 

Next up, is the these cute and retro polaroid strips that include a selection of your favourite photos presented together. I absolutely loved playing around with the composition of these strips and cannot wait to present these in my bedroom. Once again the quality of the photos were faultless and my pictures really do not do the vividness of colour and attention to detail, any justice. These also came encased in a bright and retro sleeve that provided protection to the polaroids which I felt to be a nice touch from the Cheerz company. Priced at £6.50, these strips are incredibly affordable! 

If you want to get your own pictures check out their website here or visit their app and even apply the discount code LJWEF6 to receive an amazing discount.
Let me know what you think in the comments!
Would you love these polaroid photos?



*These items were gifted to me but all opinions are honest and my own

Friday, 8 January 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in Vintage Vamp

I understand that my blog is often a little high-end heavy but I am sucker when it comes to beautiful packaging. I have previously blogged about another palette from Charlotte Tilbury and expressed how I had fallen in love with the quality of colours encased in the burgundy and gold packaging and clearly that crave for perfection did not stop there. I picked up this palette initially because I am all about those purple shades to compliment and contrast my green eyes and admittedly the richness of the purple did not show up fully on camera. I love the whole systematic feel  of the Charlotte Tilbury quads as every shade has a purpose: to prime, enhance, smoke and pop! As well as the fact that it caters for all smokey-eye cravers wether you are experienced with working with shadows or not. I also love these quads as all though they are predominantly built for smokey-eye looks, I would pretty much wear any of these shades alone for a low-key eye with a little bit of liner smudged below the lashes and a glossy, nude lip. I feel like the definition of 'buttery' shadows was invented for the purpose of describing Tilbury's shadows and trust me, they are pricey but seriously, they are so worth it! The only slight downside is the glitter included, AKA - the Pop shade, isn't as pigmented as the other shades and definitely benefits from finger application (just a little heads up).  Yet, the fall out from all the shadows is practically obsolete, a massive pro in my opinion and arguably gives Urban Decay a run for their money.

Let me know in the comments if you have tried and tested any of the Charlotte Tilbury quads!
What eyeshadow palette would you recommend? 

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Mascara is one product that I absolutely love experimenting with and I find that I am always on the hunt for a new thickening and lengthening mascara that packs a punch when it comes to bold, black lashes. I am lucky enough to have fairly long natural lashes but I still find myself obsessively layering product partly because I find it strangely therapeutic and partly because your lashes can never be too long, surely? I find that I never stay faithful to any one mascara but I think that is maybe about to change. I picked up the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (yeah, let's ignore the hyperbolic name) in a Canadian Sephora. Although don't worry my fellow Brits, you can also pick this up in the UK  either online or in select Debenhams stores. First of all, I love the weighty, pink packaging that adds a twist of luxury to the aesthetics. The formula is super intense but surprisingly build-able and did not clump easily, an absolute dream quality. The formula contains collagen which explains the plumping effects which combined with the hourglass shaped, bristle brush, make for a dream paring. The formula didn't transfer at all, a usual pet hate of mine when it comes to eye products. In the words of the brand themselves, 'you'll believe in magic' after one use of this miracle product. Priced at £19, it fits snuggly into the higher end price tag but is extremely worth the money. If you are after a new mascara that focuses on more volume than length but still performs well in both, then check this one out.
Let me know what you think in the comments.
What is your favourite mascara? 



Monday, 14 September 2015

The Perfect Contour Shade for Pale Skin

When it comes to contouring, the ideal contour shade really matters. There is no point trying to chisel out perfect cheek bones with a terracotta-orange powder that adds colour as opposed to shadows. I have scoured the likes of the internet and what feels like every beauty counter with the intention of finding the perfect contour shade for pale skin. Finally, I found one that works perfectly for my fair skin and has little attention in the blogging world. The MAC Baby Don't Go Pro Longwear Blush (£20.50) is a cool toned brown that is subtle on the skin but applies seamlessly, ensuring perfect and easy application. This cool beige shade can be applied to the hollows of the cheeks and subtly under the jawline to emphasise the contours of ones face adding depth, definition and desirable cheekbones. The formula of this powder blush is very sheer so will only create an effect on paler skin tones as I feel it will be appear much more ashy and grey on anyone deeper. The sheerness of the powder also prevents the likelihood of going overboard as the powder can be gradually built up to the desired colour, adding to the simplistic application of the product. If you would like to see photos of this blush in action, check out a recent MOTD of mine here.

Let me know what you think in the comments.
What is your favourite product for contouring?