Did you miss me?

Soooo. I know. It’s been a hot minute since I posted on here. But surprisingly it’s been a really busy few months. I decided to stick to posting reviews on Instagram since that was a lot easier to fit into day to day life. But I do miss writing posts, and a quick caption just isn’t the same as an in depth review. 

So I really hope that I’ll find a bit more time to write for my beauty page and share any new hauls and product reviews with you, and just general life updates! I love reading blog posts and I hope that I can offer the same high quality content that I enjoy reading so much. 

Thank you for your patience and for sticking with me the last few months. And I’m excited to share that I just hit 7000 followers on my Instagram page which is more than I could’ve hoped for. And I know I’ll only keep growing as a blogger. 

I hope you’re all having a fabulous weekend! And I hope to catch up with you all soon. πŸ’•

Talk soon XO

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December makeup challenge β„️

  
So for the month of December I decided to take a little inspiration from the #25daysofmakeup beauty challenge which is happening over on Instagram and was created by @jennieelb & @lacey_mache. This will be great for adding a little structure to my Instagram and blog posts and will hopefully force me to post a little more regularly through the crazy month of December! 

I’m really excited to start this as there are some great themes on there. I’ll try my best to keep up with it! Id love for all of you to join in with the challenge too whether on your blog or on your Instagram. Tag me if you do! I’d love to see what looks you come up with. 

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend! 

Talk soon xx

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Urban Decay Naked Palettes Compared πŸ’•

  

 
So while I was sorting through my collection, I got a little distracted, and a tad carried away with swatching eyeshadow palettes, and in the process I fell in love all over again with my Urban Decay NAKED Palettes. This is a post for all those of you who have been considering diving into the world of the NAKED palette, but still aren’t 100% sure which one to go for or which one to try next. With 4 beautiful palettes to choose from it’s not an easy decision. So I thought I’d do a little comparison for you! 

So let’s first just clear up some of the basic over all qualities that the palettes have. 

  • They all feature 12 shades with a mixture of mattes, shimmers and satin finishes. 
  • They all include a high quality double ended synthetic brush and a large mirror. 
  • The shadows are (for the most part) very highly pigmented, creamy and extremely easy to blend and work with. 

   

NAKED Original Palette

So first up is the beautiful original. It consists of gorgeous metallic shades ranging from bright shimmering nudes, neutral mattes, and deep metallic silvers and purples. 

  

It’s mostly made up of warm toned neutral shadows but there are a few cool colours. I just love how much variety you have in this palette and how well the colours complement each other. 

  

This is a great all rounder and is perfect for creating natural day time looks or dramatic evening looks. The metallic shades come off really strong when applied so you can definitely get creative with this one. 

 
  

Colours have been swatched left to right:

  •  Virgin – Champagne with a pearl finish. 
  • Sin – Pale pink shimmer. 
  • Naked – Matte light/medium brown
  • Sidecar –  Light bronze shimmer
  • Buck – Matte medium/dark brown
  • Half Baked – Bright golden shimmer
  • Smog – Medium bronze shimmer
  • Darkhorse – Deep chocolate/khaki shimmer
  • Toasted – Light Mauve/pink pearl
  • Hustle – Deep Mauve/purple pearl
  • Creep – Deep metallic graphite shimmer
  • Gunmetal – Literally gunmetal grey/silver with a hint of silver glitter. 

  

NAKED 2 Palette

So next came the NAKED 2 palette, highly anticipated after the success of the first one. This definitely has a more obvious cool toned vibe to it, though the over all look isn’t all that different to the NAKED 1. It contains more muted, earthy tones and only shares one shade in common with the first palette which is the bright golden shade ‘Half Baked’.

  

 I must say, though I adore the colours, this is my least used of the four, as I tend to sway more towards warm tones, but there are some gems in here, and if cool toned shadows are your thing then you’ll definitely be drawn towards this one. 

  
 
  

Swatched left to right:

  • Foxy – Matte beige
  • Half baked – Bright golden shimmer
  • Bootycall – Pink champagne pearl
  • Chopper – Warm bronze shimmer
  • Tease – Matte pale brown
  • Snakebite – Cool dark bronze shimmer
  • Suspect – Pale golden beige 
  • Pistol – Light satin silver 
  • Verve – Taupe shimmer
  • YDK – Cool Rose gold metallic/shimmer
  • Busted – Deep brown shimmer 
  • Blackout – Very dark matte black with slight glitter. 

  

NAKED 3 Palette 

Easily my favourite of all the NAKED range, this rose toned palette is beautiful to look and and to play with. With bronzes, rose golds and delicate pinks it never fails to provide you with an endless choice of looks. You are able to create pretty day time eyes or sexy smoky evening looks, while the rosy tones keep it looking feminine and elegant. 

  

The NAKED 3 is my most used palette of all the palettes I own, if you don’t suit warm/rosy tones this obviously wouldn’t be for you, but I think this has enough range in it that it would suit a wide variety of skin tones. 

  

To me this palette is so different from the first two, that I think it’s worth having it in your collection, where the first two had a similar over all feel to them, the NAKED 3 has a completely different look to it as it features so much pink and generally has lighter, more daytime wearable colours. 
  

Swatched left to right:

  • Strange – Matte beige with slight pink undertone 
  • Dust – Shimmery pale pink
  • Burnout – Peachy pink satin
  • Limit – Matte pink/tan
  • Buzz – Rose shimmer
  • Trick – Copper/pink shimmer
  • Nooner – Matte Cool tan/pink
  • Liar – Mauve/pink satin
  • Factory – Warm brown satin
  • Mugshot – Taupe satin
  • Dark side – Plum/taupe satin
  • Black heart – Deep chocolate with copper glitter

  

NAKED Smoky Palette

The latest member of the NAKED family is the NAKED smoky. Very highly anticipated and not at all disappointing. The obvious difference between the NAKED smoky and the others is the striking use of cool tones. This palette contains a range of finishes, going from shimmery to satin to matte. This palette also come with a look book with tutorials on creating different smoky looks which is a nice touch. 

  

As far as packaging goes, this palette is slightly different in that it’s plastic with a magnetic closure, as opposed to the last 2 which were tin with a snap shut closure. This doesn’t really make much difference to me personally but I know some people hated to previous packaging so, take what you will from that. 

  

Over all I really like this palette, you have the ability to go daytime or dramatic, and I find that even though I tend to stay away from cool tones, this is very flattering on. There are different shades to compliment different eye colours too which is nice, the slightly blue toned satins compliment my brown eyes, the deep plum will work with green eyes and the bronzes and browns will look great on blue eyes. 
 

Swatched from left to right:

  • High – Pale beige shimmer 
  • Dirtysweet – Gold shimmer 
  • Radar – Bronze shimmer
  • Armor – Silver shimmer
  • Slanted – Gun metal satin
  • Dagger – Deep grey satin with blue undertone
  • Black Market – Black satin
  • Smolder – Deep plum satin 
  • Password – Soft  matte grey 
  • Whiskey – Medium matte brown
  • Combust – Peachy matte beige
  • Thirteen – Matte beige

  

Side by side you can see the similarities between NAKED and NAKED 2, but NAKED 3 and Smoky have their own individual look to them. I find NAKED and NAKED3 to be my favourites of the bunch as I find them to be the most flattering. But each palette has its own unique look and all contain beautiful colours and formulations. 

  

Let me know your thoughts on the NAKED palettes and which ones you use and love or which ones you didn’t get on with. I will be doing a post soon with drugstore dupes for these palettes so keep your eye out for that!

You can get these on the Urban Decay website, though I tend to do my UD shopping on Debenhams as they always have deals on their beauty department. These palettes sell for Β£38.00 each. I was lucky enough to get two of these as a gift from my lovely hubby, so maybe drop a few hints or slip it onto your Christmas list this year!! 

Thanks for reading loves! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

Talk soon xx 

Make up Revolution Ultra Metals

   
Good morning my loves. Today I just fancied sharing a quick first impressions with you, on the Makeup Revolution Ultra Metals brushes. The first thing that came to mind when I saw these, were the Real Techniques Bold Metals Brushes which I have been lusting over for a little while, but couldn’t quite justify spending that sort of money on a set of brushes for myself right now. so when I saw that Makeup Revolution had brought out their own collection, and were selling the complete set for Β£35.00 on their website, I was onboard straight away! Even better, they had 20% off their whole range that weekend so they were even cheaper! You are also able to purchase the brushes individually for Β£5.99 – Β£9.99.

 
The set included 5 beautiful brushes with a copper/rose gold handle and super soft white synthetic bristles. The brushes came boxed individually with detail on how to use them. Shown above left to right is the Ultra Flat Contour, Ultra Sculpt, Ultra Flawless Powder, Ultra Contour Foundation and Ultra Pointed Crease Eyeshadow brush. 

   

As I said before, the brushes are extremely soft, and the unique shape of a couple of them make them a great addition to any brush collection. The Ultra Flat Contour brush particularly stood out to me as it is so densely packed with bristles, so it feels very high quality, and I can see myself using it a lot. 

I’m so impressed with these brushes straight away and I still can’t get over how pretty they look sat with my other brushes! If you get a chance go and check them out on the Makeup Revolution website, maybe pop them on your Christmas wish list!!? 

Thanks so much for reading, I hope you’ve all had a great week and have a lovely weekend πŸ’•

Talk very soon! Xx

 

Makeup Revolution – Worth a try?

  
If you haven’t heard of them, Makeup revolution are a drugstore brand who are known for their massive range of low priced cosmetics including dupes on high end beauty products, and after recently branching out to the US, they are getting more and more recognition as a high quality but extremely affordable brand. 

Today I wanted to share with you some palettes from the brand so that if you were thinking of giving them a go, you have a place to start. I’ll be showing you the blush palette, contour kit, cream colour correcting palette and an eyeshadow palette so you can get an idea of pigmentation if you haven’t yet tried their products out. 

  
(Ultra blush palette in Golden Sugar Β£6.00)

Personally I’m obsessed with their face products, my favourites being the blush palette, contour palette and the baked bronzer. Their palettes are usually around Β£6.00 to Β£8.00 a piece, and the quality is really very impressive for that price. Not to mention they’re beautiful to look at. The Ultra blush palette comes in a variety of shades to choose from depending on your skin tone, and each include 8 powder shades to mix and match for different looks. The blush palette also includes shades for highlighting and bronzing the skin. So it’s a great all rounder. The powders have a beautiful finish on the skin, they can be a little crumbly, especially the baked shades but over all I think they blend well and are pretty decent powders. 

   
The Ultra Contour Palette Β£8.00

 
The contour palette was incredibly hard for me to get my hands on as it seemed to be sold out everywhere for the first few weeks of its launch. But finally I managed to order on online and I’ve really been enjoying it! There are a variety of 4 bronze shades ranging from light to deep, 3 are Matte and one has a pearl finish. There are 4 highlight shades, one matte beige, one matte yellow, one satin beige and one shimmery white/gold. Over all I think this is a brilliant palette if you’re starting out with contouring and highlighting and is a good alternative to some more expensive palettes. 

  

Welcome to the pleasuredome Salvation eyeshadow palette Β£6.00

The eyeshadow palettes are also a favourite as they have a HUGE range to choose from and include dupes for brands including Too Faced and Urban Decay. Today I’ve swatched the Welcome to the Pleasuredome Salvation Palette as it has a great selection of colours and finishes. This was the first palette I tried from Makeup Revolution. And actually one of my first ever eyeshadow palettes. This was definitely my most used palette for a long time and this is most likely due to the fact that it has a row of 6 matte shades as well as 12 BEAUTIFUL neutral and colourful pearl/shimmer shades. 

  

These shadows are SO highly pigmented. I actually forgot until I swatched this how beautiful the colours are. They apply to the eyes beautiful and there really are endless looks to be created with this palette. 

   
Ultra Base Corrector Palette Β£6.00

So I thought this palette looked interesting as I’ve seen a few companies starting to bring out these professional correcting palettes. I picked this one up to see how it worked with my skin. Over all I find that the main shades I go for are the peachy shades to correct under eye circles and dull areas on my skin, and the yellow to brighten my under eye before concealing and highlighting. I’m not sure id say this is a must have but it’s fun to have in your collection. The main reason I’ve added this into this post is so that you can see how Makeup revolutions Cream products swatch. They feel very comfortable on the skin. Incredibly easy to apply, not too thick so that you’re having to warm up the product before you apply. They are a touch on the oily\greasy side which is the only thing I’d say. So if you already have oily skin you may find these just slide right off. But otherwise it’s worth a go if you’re a beginner and fancy trying your hand at colour correcting. 

 
Let me know if you’ve tried any products from Makeup revolution, and if you have, what your favourites are! 

Thanks for reading my dears! Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend!

Talk soooon! Xx

Anastasia Beverly Hills Self Made πŸ’•

   

Ohhh so this one I’m really excited to share with you pretty people! I’ve never tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills eye shadows before and traditionally as you all know I tend to stick to very neutral, warm toned shadows. I felt like it was time to break out of my comfort zone and add a little colour and sparkle into my collection, so I treated myself to the Self Made palette.  

 
  

Self made is full of highly pigmented, versatile, beautiful shades which inspire a whole host of makeup looks. While the palette is mostly made up of shimmers and metallic pearl shades, there are 3 mattes – Sherbert which is the perfect transition shade, Buttery, a pretty cream highlight and Hot Chocolate, a beautiful, warm toned dark brown. 

  
  

The three colours which really stood out to me once I had swatched them all out were Deep purple, Metallic Plum and Hot & Cold. They were all highly pigmented straight away and had a lovely metallic finish to them. 

I found a couple of the shimmers to be a little crumbly, especially Witchy which is a lovely taupe/gun metal, but you do need to watch out for fall out.

Another beautiful shade in there which doesn’t show up so well on camera is Spirit Rock, which is a matte black with red glitter in it. It’s GORGEOUS and just adds something a little extra special with the glitter. 

And finally one which I have to mention is the colour Blush, which looks in the palette like a white shimmery highlight, but once it’s on the skin it’s iridescent and changes to a pink when the light hits it which I just thought was really pretty and unique. 

  

Over all I think this is a really decent palette which allows you to get a little more creative and make some stunning looks. The shadows are really high quality. They apply so smoothly and are very easy to blend. 

If you have been on the fence about trying out this palette, I would definitely recommend you go for it as it really is a beautiful and worth every penny. 

I got mine from Beauty Bay for Β£27.00 which I think is an amazing price for such a high quality palette.

Thank you so much for reading! I hope this review has been helpful for you, and hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Talk soon! X