28.1.15

Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette Review

After months of dropping hints, 'accidentally' sending pictures of the palette to my mum and outrightly asking her, I finally have my hands on the gorgeous Naked 3 Palette! By the looks of my Instagram feeds over Christmas, it also seems like so many of you have also been gifted it! 

I'm not much of an eyeshadow gal and have only in the last six months or so started to use them. I didn't fancy shedding out almost £40 to grab a palette I wasn't even sure with and one I didn't even know how to apply too well, but now I have it, I haven't even looked back. 

Urban Decay is a relatively new brand for me. I'm not too keen on the packaging of their products personally, as they're not entirely 'neat' or 'attractive' in the rest of my makeup collection. Urban Decay as a brand is also largely centred around the experimentation of bright and different colours and as an avid lover of the natural, simplistic look doesn't suit me well. That said, there is something about those Naked Palettes that are just absolutely gorgeous, and the nude shades all in a mix of shimmery and matte tones are beautiful. 


I don't think I can quite dictate my absolute favourite shades on this palette as all of them have been used already. Matte's are my favourite for daily wear, and the shades of 'Limit' and 'Nooner' are absolutely stunning and the shimmery likes of 'Factory' and 'Blackheart' are as beautiful too.  In the same way, the variety of nude tones means that it doesn't matter what skin colour you have, you can always create a gorgeous smokey eye look. 

The popularity of the palette is definitely worth it, with so many beauty bloggers and youtubers constantly showing different looks achievable with it. One of my favourite tutorials is here, by Alexis Kaymor

As I explained earlier, with a price tag of just under £40 (just over $50), these palettes aren't the cheapest, but do however live up to their reputation. I see this palette lasting me a long, long time and the variety of shades mean I can continue to experiment and switch up my looks whilst still sticking to staying natural. You can buy palette's from numerous stores such as Debenhams and House Of Fraser or online on Urban Decay or Feel Unique.

How does everyone else find the Naked Palettes? Do you have any, and which ones are on your wishlist? x

31.12.14

Hello 2015!

I've been loving seeing so many lovely 2014 round up posts over the last few days. I feel like they are such a lovely way to reflect back on the year and share your hopes and dreams for 2015.

I've not had the craziest or most exciting year, it's only really been life at university. It has, however, been such a lovely one! I achieved a 2:1 in my first year of Uni, went on a gorgeous holiday to Barcelona, created this blog, spent time with friends back at home and managed to survive (just about) my first semester of year two! I wanna thank all my family members, friends and followers who made the ups in my life as positive as they were and who helped me with the downs. 

I'm pretty excited and have high hopes for this new year. With a list of resolutions as long as my arm (including blogging more) i'm ready for 2015!  

Happy New Year everybody! xx

22.12.14

Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation Review.

Unless you've been living in a beauty-hidden cave these last couple of months (which admittedly, my lack of posting & attendance on the blogosphere might have suggested), you'll have known all about the Smashbox #FoundationFriday promotion. Like I've mentioned in my BareMinerals BareSkin post, being a beauty-whore means that I will jump on any opportunity to gain a high end sample of a product, so I was obviously crazy excited to find out Smashbox were offering a free, full-sized foundation. 

The only other Smashbox item I've ever used was their primer so trying out their make up range was quite interesting! I've never really heard much about their products bar the primer so I was pretty excited, especially knowing its supposed to give you 'photo-finish' skin!


The foundation promises picture-perfect skin for 15 hours as well as buildable coverage (an obvious fave anywhere!) and though 15 hours is by far a long promise, it doesn't do that badly!  I've used the foundation every day, daily and for nights out for around a month now and am in love with it. It may have even replaced my beloved MAC. 

The first time I used this foundation was as part of my 'safe Halloween' face (above) and I fell in love with how easy it was to apply and how long it lasted. I feel like I can really optimise on this foundation. For every day, going to University or work makeup, I often use this stippling brush (Essentially an Ebay dupe of Real Techniques, but with a larger base) and buffer one layer of Studio Skin. For a night out, I'd mix the foundation with a little bit of Maybelline's Fit Me Foundation and use the Real Techniques stippling brush and buffer a couple of layers! 

This is definitely one I'd recommend, especially for you MAC foundation lovers! Smashbox have created a saviour for those of us with olive undertones in our skin that completely brightens it up!

For £28.00, it is a little pricier than others, but I would definitely argue it's worth it! You can buy the foundation here.

Has anyone ever tried this foundation or other Smashbox items? I'm keen to explore more of the brand. Any suggestions?

14.11.14

Where have I been?

There are no excuses for this rather lengthy hiatus from blogging, especially when I waste my time in lectures on Bloglovin' anyway. I've had 'returning-to-uni-meets-blogging-block' issues but am hopefully using this little post to ease my transition back.

I came across Leather & Lace's post recapping her last two weeks through her iPhone lens here and decided it'll be the perfect way to show you what I've been up to, especially as I failed to write up my 'Hello November' post! (Donny, I hope you enjoy these pictures)...


I'm excited to get back into blogging and have quite a few reviews I cannot wait to write out and share! I hope you're all well! x

8.10.14

Eyeko Hydrogel Eye Patch Review.

Today's review is of something I had never actually heard about until receiving my YBD Beauty Box a couple of months ago. I'm sure all of you know of, and may have even used, beauty boxes before but for those of you who haven't, they're simply Beauty subscription boxes that differ, company to company, but generally offer to send you a few trial sized products for a certain price each month. YBD have a lovely concept where you're allowed to pick two products to be sent to you, and whilst we all know my slight obsession with products for under-eyes, I saw this Eyeko Hydrogel Eye Patch & hence, after this incredibly long intro, a review awaits!


Promises? "Our botanically infused instantly brighten eyes for a wide-awake look. Concentrated botanical blend with Vitamin B and fruit extracts to treat the delicate eye area, visibly diminishing the appearance of dark shadows and puffiness, leaving the skin hydrated and firm"

First Impression? I literally had no idea what to expect with this Eye Patch, but when opened, it comes out as this incredibly slimey (beauts) crescent shaped, almost jelly-like slices! Something I really didn't like was the lack of instructions given. I even tried to google so, but I could find no instructions on how or how often to apply them. I also saw that the back of the packet advised me to leave them on for 30 minutes, whereas the website only said 20 minutes. I personally prefer my products to have decent instructions given... so I was not too impressed there.

The Test?  Originally, I found them quite difficult to apply on my face, as I have quite small eyes, so I fit them in as best as I could and spent my half an hour watching New Girl and simultaneously praying none of my flatmates knock on my door! The patches felt fine under my eyes, but after around 5 or 10 minutes, I deffo have to lie down as they often end up sliding all over the place. The patches turn from a significantly white colour to 'invisible' and are easy to apply and take off. I also dabbed my under eyes with my ring finger once I took them off just to let the remaining moisture fully soak in, as recommended on the packet. My result?  I automatically felt my skin directly under my eyes was tighter, which in turn made it so much easier to apply concealer. It may just as easily be a product of the placebo effect, but I love what it's done to my skin! My circles are still visible (thank you genetics), however so significantly reduced!

Buy Again? Yes! Yes! Yes! I am in absolute love with the fact I've come across these! The price means they'll have to be a 'pamper evening' product as opposed to daily, however I am in love with how my eyes look now. I only applied these patches this morning, so we'll see how long it seems to stay in my favour, but I'm deffo in awe of these!

Has anyone ever used these or other eye patches, and if so, how did you find them?

You can buy the Eyeko Hydrogel Eye Patches on their official website here or on BeautyBay here, £15.00 for a pack of 4.

x

3.10.14

Living in University/Private Accomodation Tips.

Hello lovelies! Moving into second year means that I've had to find rented accommodation to live in and with that comes a whole, long list of landlord do's and don't's! Without a lovely homely room, I find it virtually impossible to get settled and feel comfortable into a University routine & therefore since the day I've moved in, I tried to make my room as homely as possible! Some typical landlord issues (no blue-tac, no candles etc..) do get in the way, but I thought I'd share with you all a few of my tips to make your room away from home more homely (bloody 'ell that sentence was a long'un!):







Clothes Rail
My wardrobe in my new house is absolutely tiny! Instead of using quite a few hideous plastic boxes to try and squeeze my clothes into (& undoubtedly making a mess just to get out that one jumper), I decided on investing in a clothes rail. I currently use this one, and absolutely love it! I can easily add and take my clothes off without making a mess and it helps me to see more of my clothes, instead of a few just hiding away. I was more than ready to also buy some spray paint, so the rail would match the interior of my room, however the colour's barely obvious & covered in light fairy lights. I love the clothes rail & how well it fits into my room! 

Battery Operated Fairy Lights
Fairy lights instantly light up a room (If you'll pardon the pun). I've found the most gorgeous sets of Battery operated Fairy lights (as seen in the picture above) from Primark for only £3. I've also got a set of lovely heart shaped ones, however as they're made of felt, they're not very bright! Look out for caged ones, they'll set such a gorgeous and warm atmosphere in your room, especially now it's coming to winter!

Fragranced Sachet's instead of Candles
As i'll have definitely mentioned before, I live in a house with all boys. It means exactly as you'd assume... strange smells that (as my room is right next to the kitchen) waft into my room! I've always absolutely love candles and though admittedly nothing beats them, fragranced sachet's are an absolutely brilliant alternative! They make your room smell absolutely gorgeous and all you have to do is leave them somewhere! With pretty packaging such as the one I have, I have no problem leaving it out in the open & having no flames also helps my asthma!

Get a rug
This is a slightly contradictory remark as my rug is back at home, however a rug makes such a huge difference to your room you wouldn't even realise! I've spoken to so many people who are in hatred of their carpet in their houses and just by adding a splash of colour, or pattern to your carpet, you set the theme for your whole room! One of my best friends has an absolutely gorgeous native patterned rug in her room which looks so beautiful I can't even explain! A rug is definitely needed in mine, and I'm bringing mine down as soon as I go back home! 

Removable Glue Tac
Blu-Tac is absolutely hated in many Landlord's books! Someone suggested these glue dots (basically blu-tac but without the colour & easily removable) and I love them! I added all my photos up on my wall, and they stay up! It's so nice for me to wake up, get out of bed and have my photo wall right there!

It's the little things you never even realise that make a room you're renting into a room you're living in! Let me know if you try out any of these tips & if you have any to share yourself!

Will hopefully see you all soon x

1.10.14

Hello October.

2 more beautiful months away from my favourite month of all... December! You'll all have known how much of a busy month this has been for me due to my lack of blogging, so a sum up post right now is an absolutely perfect way for me to explain myself!


Goodbye September.
❃ My little sister turned 16 this last month and it was so nice to spend the day with her, spoiling her & making sure she had a beauts day!
❃ I returned back to Uni, and have been getting settled ever since! It's been so ridiculously nice to see everyone again, go out and get back into a routine where I actually learn things!  
❃ Living off campus has also involved me exploring Bath, which is so beautiful! I'll hopefully be posting a few pictures in a post soon!
❃ I reached & passed 250 Bloglovin' followers which is so super amazing! I promised a giveaway once this happened, which hopefully I'll be able to launch this coming month! 

Hello October.
❃ I can finally get settled into a routine which after a busy summer is much awaited! I aim to make sure I blog at least once, hopefully twice, a week! 
❃ Halloween! I absolutely love halloween at Uni, as there's always a whole week devoted to it! I can't wait to try out some exciting & scary make up looks (which I'll of course be sharing with you!).
❃ I've only been at Uni a week, but I cannot wait to go back home and see my family again, so I'll hopefully be going back home this month! 

What's all planned for you lovelies in October? Let me know x