Saturday, 31 May 2014

Beauty favourites: May

may beauty blog favourites

This month I've been all about keeping the makeup pretty simple and minimal, and I think my favourites reflect that quite well! I've pretty much used the above products on a daily basis and I've found myself reaching for the same products over and over again - always a sign that I really do like them!  

For face products I've been loving using a mix of my Maybelline fit me concealer and Collection lasting perfection concealer.  The maybelline one is very creamy and great for the under eye area, although I do wish I had found an even paler shade (mine is in the shade 10). The collection concealer is an oldie but a goodie; it's great for blemishes and hiding spots but isn't great for under the eye area as it is quite drying. Hence why I like to use both! The only thing that bugs me is the bloomin' packaging - why can every other brand manage to create black writing on their packaging that doesn't rub off all over your hands? Another face product I've enjoyed using lately is the elf studio stipple brush which is great for applying a pressed powder as it helps the powder to give a natural non-cakey finish! 

I've also been enjoying using my £1 mascara from Primark, which is great for everyday and works well at making lashes black and fuller looking! I really can't grumble for £1 - definitely worth checking out next time you're in Primark. On my cheeks I've been gravitating towards this beautiful Nars blush in the shade deep throat (review here), which is just the perfect shimmering pink! Speaking of pink, this Rimmel colour rush balm in the shade '100 give me a cuddle' is lovely; it smells gorgeous, feels smooth and nourishing to apply but also packs on the colour and lasts a good few hours! 

My favourite scent of the month has definitely been this Cate scent from Ted Baker Sweet Treats (reviewed here) which is beautiful, long lasting and great for throwing in a handbag! Finally I've been loving using this Nuxe Reve De Meil honey lip balm, which is incredible! To me it smells more like chocolate orange rather than honey, but it's a beautiful scent and is quite possibly the best lip balm I've ever tried. Well worth the £10 price tag, it's like a little miracle treatment for lips. Seriously good stuff. 

Have you tried any of these products? Which ones do you like? 

Friday, 30 May 2014

Fragrance Friday: Miami Glow by JLO

miami glow perfume fragrance review

This week's Fragrance Friday is all about a celebrity fragrance; Miami Glow by Jennifer Lopez.  Before this, I hadn't tried any of the JLO scents at all and as far as celebrity scents go there's only been a few I've liked; namely Beyonce, Rhianna and Katy Perry. More and more celebs are releasing perfume, but this one has actually been around a while and you can pick it up at the super cheap price of £13! BARGAIN! 

I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised and impressed by this scent; it's a mix of fruity, holiday type smells, musky vanillas and citrus. Sounds strange, but it works well - I think this is a perfect summer scent and great for holidays! The top notes include passionfruit and grapefruit which give it a sweetness aswell as some coconut. The middle notes include a blend of orange blossom, cyclamen and heliotrope which give it a freshness and citrus-esque touch whilst the base notes include amber, musk and vanilla which give it warmth and depth. It's the kind of scent that lingers and leaves people asking what you're wearing when you walk into the room (which is always nice)! 

It's simple packaging, compact design, cute little bracelet add-on and beautiful fragrance make it the perfect choice for a new holiday perfume or a summer scent. You can find it for the bargain price of £13 on Amazon with free delivery too (link). 

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Wishlist: Pastel Blue Fashion Trend

light blue pastel wishlist barry m zara instax new look aldo

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Lately, I've seen so many lovely things that are this pretty pastel blue shade, it's everywhere at the moment and as a general life rule - I love pastels, so this is a bonus! Although I'm not overly keen on this shade in clothing (other than jeans), I've found so many items I love in this colour including some accessories and what I guess you could call electronics... is that weird? I'm talking about these pretty perriwinkle blue GHD stylers (£110 - I wish) and this amazing pastel blue Fuji Instax Camera (£57 - high on wishlist!) 

In terms of accessories, pastels are huge at the moment. This gorgeous perforated mini shopper from Zara comes in a great range of colours, as well as the larger version but I just love this pale blue shade - it's also only £29.99 which is a great price! It would be perfect for summer, along with these Topshop retro glasses which are light blue with pink floral details. Okay, so I probably wouldn't wear these anywhere other than my own garden, but they were too cute not to include in this pastels wishlist for summer! 

To finish off, this Barry M Gelly Shine polish in huckleberry is perfect for fingers and toes and definitely a shade on my 'to buy list' very soon! I love the finish of these polishes, they are super shiny and have a great wear time of around 4-5 days chip free, not bad for £2.79! This stunning light blue statement necklace from Aldo (available at ASOS) is rediculously pretty and I really like the design, it would look great paired with a plain white tshirt for a casual look or worn with a pretty dress for a more formal look. 

Do you like any of these? What's on your wishlist at the moment?  

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Palettes: Walking on Eggshells & Comfort Zone

Wet n Wild ireland UK prices walking on eggshells comfort zone palette

Wet n Wild ireland UK prices walking on eggshells comfort zone palette

I'm still waiting for Wet n Wild to hit the UK; it would be much appreciated! Luckily, they've already made their way to Ireland and my super fabulous friend Lauren was kind enough to send me over two of their most talked about palettes from their line. First up is the 'Walking on eggshells' trio and second is 'the comfort zone' palette. 

I'm seriously impressed with both. The shade range is great, with a mix of lighter neutral shades and smokey, darker shades which allow you to create a variety of looks from one palette. I like that they have the embossed words, letting you know where you should apply them; although you don't have to stick to that layout of course! Each of the shades are smooth and buttery in consistency, which makes for a really strong pigmented application and colours that really show up well. They packaging is simply, nothing fancy but very compact as well as coming with two small applicators which aren't great but they are usable if needs be. 

Walking on eggshells is a great little everyday trio, very easy to wear and great for a simple neutral eye with a shimmering highlight. The Comfort Zone palette has 4 neutral, golden, brown shades great for everyday but also has 4 darker shades that are great for adding to the crease and adding depth to your eyeshadow colour. 

If you're in the US/Canada these are readily available. If you're in Ireland you can get your hands on these in Dunnes; trios are €4.49 and 8-pan palettes are €6.49. If you're in the UK like me, you have three options: 

a - patiently wait until the UK gets with the times and stocks wet n wild 

b - pay extortionate shippping fees on the likes of ebay 
c - do a makeup swap 

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Barry M: Summer Love Shadow & Glow Palette Review

barry m summer love shadow and glow palette review

barry m summer love shadow and glow palette review

barry m summer love shadow and glow palette review

Barry M Summer Love Shadow and Glow Palette is the latest addition in Barry M's line of palettes, perfect for Spring/Summer. As with previous palettes, the packaging is a sleek, simply but sturdy cardboard palette with a decent sized mirror housed inside. The palette contains 6 powder eye shadows as well as one cream highlight, unlike the other palettes which are all powder products. 

Aimed at Summer time, the palette contains a range of soft pastel shades as well as a darker, smokey brown. The first two shades are great for everyday, with a smokey brown for the crease and a neutral shade for the lid. The remaining four shades are typical pastel shades with your peach, pink, lilac and baby blue. Although pastel shades, they aren't overly chalky and do have great pigmentation and colour pay off. I find them best used with a primer, to really get the most out of the colour. The cream highlight is a nice feature of the palette; a pearl golden cream that looks lovely on the cheekbones and brow bone. The highlighter isn't massively pigmented, but it does provide a subtle, easy to apply hightlight. 

The Summer Love shadow and glow palette retails for £6.49 and can be found in Superdrug (currently on 3 for 2!) 

Monday, 26 May 2014

Summer Lip colours : Lip Crayons!

lip crayon primark ted baker revlon rimmel

lip crayon primark ted baker revlon rimmel

lip crayon primark ted baker revlon rimmel

lip crayon primark ted baker revlon rimmel

lip crayon primark ted baker revlon rimmel

There's just something about summer that really makes me want to try brighter lip products. Lately I've been obsessed with lip crayons; they are so easy to use, great for throwing in a handbag and require minimal effort. There are so many brands branching out into lip crayons right now, these are just a few of the ones I've tried, tested and loved!

First up is the bargain of the bunch; this £1 lip crayon (no shade name) from Primark's newly launched beauty range 'P.S beauty' (see my primark beauty haul here). This is a sheer wash of colour with a rosy pink/faint red tint that looks glossy and pretty on the lips. It's not drying, has around 2-3 hours wear time and is a great find for £1! Next up is another affordable addition from Rimmel, which is their lasting finish colour rush in the shade '100 Give me a cuddle' retailing at £5.99 - kudos for the cute shade name. This is a soft pastel pink which is almost bright but not too out there, which I love. It's great for adding a pop of colour and is a really moisturising, non sticky, wearable, everyday shade. Side note - these have a vanilla/minty scent which is gorgeous and literally smells like Tic Tac flavoured cupcakes.

Onto the slightly higher end of the highstreet lip crayons are Revlon's infamous just bitten kissable balm stains, mine is the shade Rendezvous. These retail at 7.99 and come in a great range of shades. Rendezvous is a true orange that doesn't look 'wacky' on the lips. As much as I love orange, it's a hard colour to pull off and I normally gravitate more towards a peach, but this is a perfect summer bright shade that's wearable too. Unlike the other balms, this has more of a staining effect and is prone to becoming a little dry after long wear so reapplying is always good. Finally is another un-named shade, this time from Ted Baker in a glorious deep pink shade. This was part of a gift set, but I've tracked it down for anyone interested (link). Again, a lovely moisturising formula that gives a great wash of colour - although not a stain. 

Which lip crayons do you love? Any recommendations? 

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Salon Sunday: No Knots/Tangle free hair with Mark Hill

mark hill detangling no knots spray and comb

Having knotty, tangled hair has to be one of the most frustrating things in the world. I hate it when I wash my hair, condition and treat it to a bit of TLC and by the time I rinse it out it has knots and tangles from towel drying. I've been using this 'No Knots' detangling spray from Mark Hill together with this wide tooth comb to try and combat the tangles! No Knots is a light-weight, non greasy spray that includes vitamins and minerals to inject moisture back into your hair and prevent knots. 

I spritz a bit of the tangling spray onto towel dried/damp hair and then comb through with the wide comb. I've found the spray makes it easier for the comb to glide through the hair without tugging and really helps with detangling any knots. I've also used the spray on dry hair, as recommended on the bottle! This apparently helps to add some moisture back to the hair throughout the day. I've only tried this when I wear my hair up in a pony tail as otherwise I find it a little wet to spray onto dry, straight hair. That's probably because I have the kind of hair where it sees one drop of moisture and morphs back into a curly lion's mane kinda style. 

Mark Hill hair care range is available to buy at Boots. 

*PR sample 

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Highstreet/Drugstore blushers worth buying

When it comes to blushers, I'm all about finding pretty pinks and peaches and if I am 100% honest with you guys - I definitely own more blushers than the average human being needs. But I don't care, I love them. Unlike foundations, concealers, mascaras etc where I find a good one and stick to it, I like to experiment with blushers. So here is a quick collection of some of my favourite budget blushers which are all available from the highstreet and drugstores with something for every budget! 

If we're talking low budget then Natural collection have some of the best on offer! They are priced at £1.99 and incredibly good value for money. Okay, the packaging isn't pretty but the shades are beautiful with great colour pay off. My favourite is Peach Melba! Another great budget friendly brand for blushers is Miners Cosmetics, and these little blush sticks are great for a dewy finish and a subtle pop of colour. If you're outside of the UK (Ireland for example) you'll be able to get your hands on Essence! This budget friendly brand has great quality, judging from the products I've tried so far of course. The blush above is actually from a Justin beiber collection strangely enough, but don't let that put you off - the shade is intense and highly pigmented which I find to be true for all of their powder products. 

Bourjois cream blushers are around the £8 mark and are definitely one of the nicer cream blushers I've tried. They have a powder finish and are easy to work with, yet still provide a natural dewy look. If you can get your hands on some Dainty Doll blushers from the Nicola Roberts range I'd highly recommend 'you are my sunshine' which is a pretty close dupe for the infamous Nars Orgasm blusher, but a fraction of the price. Speaking of Nars Orgasm, this sleek trio holds 'rose gold' which is another awesome dupe for Orgasm and excellent quality for the price. This can be purchased individually for £4.49 or in a trio for £9.99. Bargain! And finally this mosaic type blush from Soap and Glory is a great everyday blush and highlight combo that looks beautiful on the skin and suits almost all skin tones, which is reasonably priced at £10.99! 

Friday, 23 May 2014

Fragrance Friday #3 : Juicy 'Couture Couture'

juicy couture couture perfume bottle sale

Firstly, let's just discuss the packaging. This is a stunning perfume bottle, that looks expensive and looks great out on display. This is my 3rd bottle now, it's definitely one of my favourite scents ever; and yes, I do keep the bottles because they are pretty. 'Couture Couture' by Juicy Couture is actually an infusing mix of two of their best selling fragrances - Juicy Couture and Viva La Juicy. Described as an 'it girl' fragrance it has a mix of floral, fruit and musky notes that together make a delicious, girly yet sophisticated scent. 

Floral notes include star jasmine, plum and honeysuckle whilst the fruity notes include mandarin and natural orange flower. The musky features of the scent include amber, sandalwood and vanilla which really add some depth to the fragrance. I think this is a great fragrance for any age, it's not too light and girly but it isn't too heavy either - so it's also great for all times of year. 

P.s This 100ml bottle is currently half price in superdrug for £27! Such a bargain! 

Thursday, 22 May 2014

cute DIY personalised photo frames

Since clearing up my room and adding some new furniture (see room tour) I've been thinking about making some kind of frame wall. I've seen tonnes of them on pinterest and really want to create my own so I'm gradually collecting frames, pictures and doing a few DIY projects to complete it. Here is a really simple DIY frame I did earlier this month. 

As well as having pretty things, pictures and a few quotes up there I wanted to add a few personal touches. I kept a piece of card from a present from my niece and nephew, just because it's cute and they're cute. I also used some backing paper from tiger to add a cute pop of colour and avoid having a blank background. I then bought a UK map poster from Clintons cards (£2.99, although it was in a 2 for £1.50 offer!). I liked the idea of framing a map and I decided to frame the Wales section of the map, after all Wales is all I've ever known and I do like it so I thought this would be a nice touch. 

To measure the images I just used the original image from inside the frame to map out where I was going to cut (no pun intended). It's a good idea to pencil on the back of the image for a cutting guideline. 

I think they make beauiful, personal framed pictures and I can't wait to put them up. It took a grand total of about 5 minutes and turned out to be cheaper than buying a similar print in a shop! I can't wait to do more. The white frames came in a pack of 2 for £2 from Asda by the way - I think I'm going to pick up a few different sized frames next time I'm in Ikea too! 

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Nars Torrid Blush review

Nars torrid blush review swatches on cheeks

Nars torrid blush review swatches on cheeks

It's official, I now own two products from Nars, both of which I received for my birthday last month. I posted an earlier review of the shade 'deep throat' which you can read here and today I'll be talking about  'torrid'. Nars blushers are definitely a luxury, high end item retailing at £21.50 each. The black and white packaging is sleek and sophisticated and the rubberised texture is something a little bit different, although as everyone else told me - it does get grubby quite quickly! So, here's what it looks like on: 

Nars torrid blush review swatches on cheeks

Nars torrid blush review swatches on cheeks

Torrid   is described as light peach blush without the shimmer of 'Orgasm' Torrid is a stunning matte peach coral shade that is subtle yet bright. This shade can be applied lightly to give a quick flush of peach or built up for a heavier coral shade, which is great.The consistency is very finely milled and although this is a matte shade it still has that buttery consistency with immense colour pay off. I really love the way this looks on the skin, it's a bright coral and peach yet it still looks quite subtle on the cheeks which I really like. 

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Soap and Glory Solar Powder: The perfect Pale Girl's Bronzer

Soap and Glory's Solar Powder bronzer first made an appearance in my blog post all about matte bronzers from the high street/drugstores. Since then I have been using this beauty almost daily and I've swiftly fallen in love with the soft, matte bronze colour. At first when I purchased this I was overwhelmed by the iridescent layer of shimmer on top of the product. Luckily for me, this disappeared after about two uses - which isn't great if you're buying the product for the shimmer of course! 

Once the shimmer leaves, the compact shows off an impressive matte bronzing duo, perfect for paler skin tones. The darker side is a very soft, dark shade that is ideal for contouring and adding depth whilst the pale side is golden and ideal for a sunkissed look. I'd like the point out that the light side isn't 100% matte in the pan, but no amount of shimmer transfers onto the skin - which is great! I like to swirl both colours together for a soft contour/bronze. 

Although both halves of the duo have great pigmentation and a buttery like consistency, I like that they apply lightly to the skin. They do have colour pay off, and they are visible but it's definitely okay to use a heavy hand with this product. That's something that always puts me off bronzers, I use one swipe of my brush and BAM! I'm orange. This is different; it's soft, gentle and beautifully bronze - perfect for my skin tone (I wear ivory foundations). 

For £11 you get an impressive 9g of product, a decent sized mirror and adorable packaging - although I do wish it was a little sturdier instead of cardboard. With that being said, I would still recommend this to all the pale girls out there who are searching for the perfect bronzing contour powder! 

You can purchase it in boots or online 

Monday, 19 May 2014

Beauty Drugstore Haul - Boots, Superdrug & more!

beauty drugstore uk haul boots superdrug

So, considering I was on a spending ban for a whole month I thought it was about time I picked up a few pieces of makeup from the 'drugstore' to try out. Then 3 for 2 happened. Oops. So here's what I got. I think it's safe to say, I wont be needing more makeup any time soon - note to self - make conscious effort to not buy makeup

beauty drugstore uk haul boots superdrug

Barry M Gelly Shine nail polish in 'rose hip'  £3.99 Superdrug 
Bourjois Happy Light concealer - £8.99 Superdrug
Bourjois BB Bronzing Cream - £9.99 Superdrug
Loreal Blur cream 'light to medium' - £9.99 Boots 
Loreal Telescopic mascara (clean definition version) - £10.99 Boots 
Max Factor Face Finity all day flawless foundation in 'beige' - £12.99 boots 
Rimmel Scandaleyes shadow stick in 'buff' - £5.49 Superdrug

beauty drugstore uk haul boots superdrug

Maybelline Matte Maker pressed powder - £3.99 Superdrug
Bourjois 123 perfect CC Cream - £9.99 Superdrug
Maybelline Fit Me concealer - £5.99 Superdrug
Nuxe Rive De Meil Lip balm - gift (£10

Phew! I haven't bought that much makeup in a long time, and after seeing this and adding it up I'm pretty sure another spending ban is in order. With that being said, I can't wait to try out all of these goodies and hopefully review them for you and discover some new favourites from the drugstore! 

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Salon Sunday: Frizz free with Trevor Sorbie (& some haircare rules!)

Trevor Sorbie frizz free hair rules haircare boots

This week's Salon Sunday is all about achieving frizz free hair. This shampoo and conditioner duo from Trevor Sorbie is targeted towards dry, frizzy hair and helps to inject moisture and control back into your hair. Retailing at £5.40 each they are certainly a bit more expensive than standard shampoos and conditioners, but I have really enjoyed using them. They contain replenishing technology that gives an intense 
moisture boost to reduce frizz and add shine. 

Who knew there were so many rules to washing and conditioning your hair? For example, you shouldn't really use scrunching circular motions when applying shampoo as this can cause damage to the hair cuticles! Instead you should wash in the direction of the hair growth, gently as shampooing too vigorously can damage the scalp and increase greasiness! Who knew eh?! (just me?). When it comes to conditioner, quality is better than quantity; I definitely found that I needed less of this product to condition my hair than what I use on a regular basis. 

As far as being frizz free, both products together did help reduce frizz somewhat. I have naturally thick, wavy hair and I feel like these helped to tame it a bit. The shampoo felt clarifying and gave my hair a deep clean, it wasn't overly moisturising but then I never expect shampoos to perform in this way anyway! The conditioner left my hair feeling moisturised and nourished, especially at the ends where I have quite dry hair. Styling my hair after using these was great, I felt like my hair was less frizzy and more manageable - plus it smelled delicious, just like a Salon! 

Trevor Sorbie frizz free hair rules haircare boots

If you need even more help to combat frizz, this frizz free shine oil from Trevor Sorbie is a great option for dry, frizzy ends. This is something I use after straightening to really give my hair a sleek, smooth look and help it stay frizz free throughout the day. It can be used as a kind of pre-shampoo treatment, but I haven't tried that method yet. It smells divine, doesn't leave hair feeling greasy and is enriched with Argan Oil which is always a nice addition! It retails for £7.50 and you can purchase it in boots or online (here). 

*Post contains PR Samples 

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Baker days cakes featuring RYAN GOSLING

ryan gosling baker days letterbox cake delivered

Earlier this week, this little white box fell through my letterbox and inside was the most beautiful man ... on a cake! Yep, you read right - a man on a cake, and not just any man .. Ryan Gosling. Baker Days are an online cake business who deliver cakes right to your door, such a brilliant concept and one that I've not come across before. Their letterbox cakes are £14.99 and arrive packaged in a letterbox sized cardboard box that can be posted straight through your door - making them a great gift idea for just about anyone who likes cake! They also offer gluten free cake, which I thought was great as well as cupcakes and larger cakes! 

ryan gosling baker days letterbox cake delivered

Of course, I had to choose a cake I could personalise and what better way to do it than put a Ryan Gosling image on it? I'm sure ladies reading this will agree! The cake is housed in a cute round tin to keep it secure and dry, and you could always keep the tin or reuse it which is good. You also get everything you need for sending this as a gift including a little card, balloons, a party blower and some candles! I think this would be such a sweet gift to send to somebody who you couldn't see on their birthday.  

ryan gosling baker days letterbox cake delivered

ryan gosling baker days letterbox cake delivered

The cake was absolutely delicious! Although it was just a plain sponge cake with no jam or cream, it wasn't dry at all. The icing was sweet and yummy and the image printed on the cake was great! Overall I was really happy with the entire experience with Baker Days and thoroughly enjoyed my cake ... and Ryan! Ha! 

You can check out baker days here to see more of their fab cakes. 

Friday, 16 May 2014

Fragrance Friday #2 : Ted Baker 'Ted's Sweet Treats' Cate Perfume

ted baker sweet treats cate perfume fragrance review

Ted's Sweet Treats are a range of minature fragrances from Ted Baker and this week's fragrance Friday feature is all about 'Cate'*. These are the cutest 10ml bottles of perfume, ideal for handbag journeys and housed in a cute triangle package - I am a sucker for good packaging, and I love this! 

Cate is a mix of subtle fruity scents, with a little bit of floral and a prominent musky scent that lingers and lingers. It smells beautiful and lasts all day long! It's not similar to any other perfumes I own, but it does remind me of something - I just can't think what! The top notes are peach, apple and orange but it's definitely not a fresh fruity fragrance, it has some depth. The floral notes are violet and jasmine, which give it a feminine girly touch and the base notes are vanilla, musk, sandalwood and patchouli. I know why I like this, scents with vanilla, sandalwood and musk in are usually my favourites. If you're more into light, fruity florals then Poppy is for you, and if you like sensual, heavier fragrances check out Vida! 

All of Ted's Sweet Treats retail for £15 and are available at Boots  in store or online. 

*PR Sample

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Shearer Candles: Egyptian Cotton

shearer candles tesco egyptian cotton

shearer candles tesco egyptian cotton

So I think it's safe to say, I have a slight addiction to candles. I have my typical scents and they are always along the line of linen, cotton, baby blanket, fresh washing etc - I just love having soft, gentle pure scents that smell clean and fresh. When I saw this Egyptian Cotton candle from Shearer Candles in Tesco I couldn't resist it! Now, for some reason this cost me only £2.50 but they actually retail for £15! So, either it was some kind of price error or Tesco were feeling generous with the discounts. Glad I picked it up when I did! 

It comes presented in this beautiful box packaging, which I've actually kept for storage purposes in my makeup area! The candle itself is house in a thick clear glass jar with the words 'couture' around it. It's simple and chic and looks lovely out on display. As for the scent, it is beautiful! It is described as a smooth silky floral with notes of rose, jasmine and carnations warmed with a touch of clove. It really is a lovely, fresh floral scent that fills an entire room. It smells like crisp, fresh linen and is perfect for any room. I absolutely love it and would love to try more scents from the range! Burning time is around 40 hours. 

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

W7 Naked Nudes Palette Review

w7 naked nude palette urban decay dupe

W7 Naked Nudes Eyeshadow Palette  contains 4 gorgeously neautral shades and is pretty obviously targeted as being some form of dupe for the infamous Naked palettes by urban decay. The palette retails for between £3 - £5 depending on where you purchase, but I've tracked it down on amazon for £2.33 including delivery! 

w7 naked nude palette urban decay dupe

The packaging is sleek and compact with a clear casing allowing you to see all shades. Of course, as with most inexpensive palettes you receive a classic eyeshadow applicator that none of us really use that much. Still a nice addition, but not something I'll make use of. Each shadow is 1.4g which is only slightly less than Mac individual pan shadows (1.5g). The shade range is very subtle and soft in tone with 4 beautiful shades (which I'll refer to as 1 - 4) with a light brown (1), soft beige (2), white (3) and pale pink (4) all of which are shimmer shades. There are of course some naked dupes in here as expected, with all 4 of the shadows being comparable to shades from naked 1 and 2! 

w7 naked nude palette urban decay dupe

shade 1 is a pretty close dupe for Hustle from the original Naked palette, a little less smokey but a darker metallic brown all the same. Whilst shade 2 is comparable to Verve from Naked 2, with its silver undertones and almost pewter shade. Shade 3 is a basic white shadow with a very subtle hint of pink quite similar to virgin from naked 1 or venus from the naked basics palette. Finally, shade 4 is a soft metallic pink which is almost identical to bootycall from Naked 2! In texture they are smooth and buttery, making for easy application and minimal fall out. I find the white shade is a little powder-y compared to the others, but nothing too major. 

Overall it's a great little palette for the price and includes some gorgeous, everyday nude shades that suit almost any skin tone. The colour pay off is great, the shades are pretty and you'll get a lot of product for the price in a handy sized case. The only thing missing for me is a mirror inside, but that's just me being picky. You can find the palette below for £2.33 including delivery: 

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Nars 'deep throat' blush review

nars deep throat review swatches
It's official, I now own something from Nars! For my birthday last month I was lucky enough to receive two Nars blushers in the shades 'deep throat' and 'torrid' (thanks Lauren & Amy!). They are definitely a luxury, high end item and I have used them every day since I received them. The packaging is sleek and sophisticated and the rubberised texture is something a little bit different. However I do agree with everyone on how quickly they become dirty! Oops. 

nars deep throat review swatches

Deep Throat (still doesn't feel right writing that shade out, weird name choice Nars) is described as a shimmering peach which is pretty much correct, however I do feel it is on the pink side of the peach scale. Does that sentence even make sense? I digress. Deep Throat is a stunning shimmering, pretty shade that can add a bright pop of colour or provide a subtle flush. The consistency is very finely milled considering the shimmer and the shimmer particles are small, which is great as this means the product won't enhance pores and highlight any imperfections. Instead, this blush provides a sweeping hint of peach/pink on the cheeks, perfect for everyday. 

nars deep throat review swatches

The colour pay off is intense and pigmentation is brilliant. One swirl of your brush and you're good to go. With that being said, the formula is very blendable and easy to work with so nothing to worry about if you are a bit heavy handed when it comes to blusher. I really love this shade, it's great for day to day wear and I'd say it will work well with most skin tones as you can easily build up the colour from a subtle tint to a bright sweep of pink/peach! 

NARS Blush - Deep Throat (4.8g/0.16oz) retails for £21.50.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Haul: Primark beauty section

primark beauty section makeup haul nail polish mascara lipgloss

primark beauty section makeup haul nail polish mascara lipgloss

So, it appears that whilst I was hiding away during a spending ban (see here) Primark decided to launch their own beauty section? It's called 'P.S' or 'P.S Love' and either way, I missed it and was pleasantly surprised to see a whole new range of products in what I like to call their 'bits and bobs section'. The prices were mostly £1 or £1.50 so I decided to pick up a few things and try them out, I really couldn't leave them there for that price, could I? 

I decided on 3 nail polishes, which don't have shade names but they are the mint green, soft grey and taupe/mushroom shade, all were £1 each and the packaging is remarkably similar to that of Butter London nail polishes. For lip products I chose one of their lip crayons (£1) in a bright red and a lipgloss in shimmering pink (£1.50). From the eye section I chose their volumising mascara (£1) and Brow pencil (£1) in light. I have no idea why the lipgloss of all products was 50pence more expensive, but that's just me being picky. I thought I'd let you all know my thoughts on these super purse friendly beauty buys: