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L’Oreal La Palette Nude | Review

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My Aunty gave me this as a gift in October and I’ve been using it practically every day since! The palette is in the shades of ‘Rose’ and each one is absolutely gorgeous. I feel as though with having brown eyes, nude and pink eyeshadows really seem to enhance them. Though I must admit my favourite colour in this selection has to be the dark purple – I think it looks great with a flash of gold.

I like to mix the colours with another one of my palettes that I got some Next a little while ago. The colours seem to go really well with browns and blues. The eyeshadows themselves are really long lasting and don’t tend to gather in the crease of your eye throughout the day either! They feel so light when applied and it’s one of the first eyeshadows I’ve used with glitter in that doesn’t end up all over your cheeks!

Not to mention how amazing the brush is. Now I would never buy a palette just for the brush that comes with it, but ooooh! I’ve not been that impressed with an eyeshadow brush for ages! It blends amazingly and is so soft! I absolutely love it and have been using it with my other eyeshadow palettes too.

Let me know if you have this palette and what you think of it. Also if you know of any good eyeshadow brushes please comment with them below! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Halloween | Dragon Fancy Dress

Happy Halloween Everyone!

I thought I would do a little post to show you what I will be going as tonight. Honestly, I have no idea why I chose this outfit but it is so fluffy and cute that I just couldn’t not get it.

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You could wear this for any fancy dress party, it doesn’t just have to be for Halloween (to be fair, it’s not really that scary but it was under Halloween outfits on the website I found it so, I’m half way there).

I’ve purchased some glittery golden tights to go with it which makes my legs look scale-y and more like a dragon. For extra warmth, I’ve paired the dress with some bright green arm warmers which look really awesome.

For my makeup I have chosen to do this:

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The inspiration came from a YouTube video which you can find here, but I kind of put my own twist to the look in order to tone it down a bit.

I’m super excited for Halloween this year! Let me know what you’re going as and what you make of this outfit.

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Grey Smokey Eye

Just a quick post tonight, but I had to share this look with you!

I am loving playing around with my eye shadows at the moment. Every day I try something new, whether or not it’s a brand new colour, or a brand new design, I don’t know why I’m doing this… it’s just fun!

I’ve never done this before where you only put eye shadow on the corner of your eye and the crease… but it seems to have worked out really well! I absolutely love this look – and may be trying it gain sometime…

I hate it when it goes so perfect that it never looks as good when you recreate the look, BUT! I will give it a shot…

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Let me know what you think of this look and if you’ve ever done something like this before too!

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Blue Smokey Eyes

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I have had so much trouble getting a picture of my eye makeup! You have no idea. My room at uni is really dark and so my camera isn’t that clear on picking out detail and colour… everything looks so bland. Anyway! I took these at Uni, their lighting is amazing and I can now show you what I have been LOVING at the minute!

I have been Netflix binging on Skins at the moment and noticed that the girls in there wear blue eye shadow quite a lot – especially Cassie. I’ve never really thought to wear blue eye shadow, but it looked so good and girly on them that I had to give it a go… And now I am obsessed.

The palette I used for this is the ‘Gold’ palette from Next. My friend got it me quite some time ago, and the blues have remained unused until now. I don’t think they still stock the exact Palette I have but you can recreate the look with this one HERE. Basically you just need a few different shades of blue and a whitey silvery colour.

I always apply my eye shadow with a brush now. Here I did one coat all over in the silvery colour to give the look a base, and then began to build up. I used a light blue on the center of my eyelid and blended it out to the corner gradually getting darker. This creates dimension to the eye. I then went in the crease with the dark blue to contour, and blended it up and out until there was a natural smokey effect.

Then to finish off the look, I got a dark purple and went under my eyes to outline them, before putting on my eyeliner and mascara. (I added my blue hat to bring them out more!)

Honestly, this is my first attempt at using blue eye shadow so it was all a bit of an experiment and me just messing around this morning. Let me know what you think of the look! I think it is quite pretty and will hopefully be using blue eye shadow again.

I would love to know if you use blues when doing your makeup and how you use them! I’m always open for trying new ideas 🙂

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Clinique Foundation | Review

A couple of weeks back my skin started to go a bit dry and itchy. I don’t know what caused it to do this, maybe it was the change of the seasons or just my hormones playing around with my skin. There were many things that could have caused it, one of them being my foundation. I’d had it for quite a while and so decided it time to purchase a new one.

After debating whether or not to get a cheapish one or go all out, I thought it was best for my skin to get something allergy tested and dermatologist developed. Therefore, it had to be Clinique.

I went to the counter and asked if they could do a colour match. We went through quite a lot of different foundations. Some oily, some matt, some dewy until we found the perfect one for my skin. I ended up going for the ‘Even Better Makeup, SPF 15, evens and corrects’ in the colour Cream Chamois 04. I’ve been using it for the past three weeks, and it has to be the best decision I have made with makeup in a long time. It says that it evens and corrects and it really does! My chin has been slightly spotty for sometime, but since using this it’s the best my skin has been in forever.

It’s a medium coverage but saying this, it tends to cover my blemishes really well and gives an airbrushed finish if you use a makeup brush. It has a really nice consistency with a smooth creamy kind of texture and feels so light on your face.

It might be a little bit pricey, but it is so worth it and I will definitely be buying this again.

If you’d like to check this product out click here, I absolutely adore Clinique and would really recommend this foundation.

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The Power of Makeup | Challenge

I’ve seen this challenge on YouTube by NikkiTutorials and since then it has been posted around a numerous amount of times… So today I thought I would give it a go! I think this is the first time I have gone (half) face naked online! Which is very scary… But I loved the idea of the challenge and couldn’t not do it!

I feel as though this is super empowering. I decided not to go way out and only do my every day make-up on one half of my face. I didn’t think it would make that much of a difference but it so does! The darker circles under my eyes disappear, my cheekbones are A LOT more emphasised the blemishes seem to have gone (though if you look close they’re still there!). I don’t know, it’s kind of inspiring and maybe I will be brave enough to venture out of the house without makeup on in the future…

I hope this has helped you realise that you need to embrace your natural beauty but also to have some fun and play around with makeup once in a while. It is not a crime to wear makeup just like it is not a crime to go out as your natural self. All you need to do is be able to love yourself!

Let me know what you think of the challenge and if you guys have done it yourself, please post them in the comments, I’d love to see your results.

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Soap and Glory Eyes | Review

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When choosing makeup I always go for the same products. This is probably because I have used them for a while and I fully trust them… it scares me to try anything different. However I came to realise that I never venture out of my comfort zone!

I went to the Trafford Centre in Manchester the other week with my aunty. If you’ve never been it’s like ahuge outlet with so many different shops and stores in there, it’s amazing – and can be quite overwhelming!

I went into Boots to replenish my mascara and eyeliner and automatically started searching for Natural Collection, but my aunty said I should try something new. So after spending a good half an hour looking for the ultimate mascara and eyeliner, we came across Soap and Glory.

The only Soap and Glory products I’ve used are the body butters and the body wash, which I find are so good and smell amazing. So knowing this I did have a little faith in their eye products.

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I decided to get the Carbon Black Extreme Eyeliner Pen which has an end kind of like a felt tip. I sometimes find liquid eyeliner a challenge to apply but since using this I don’t think I’ll ever be going back to a brush! It is super quick and super easy to put on. In pretty much one stroke you have a complete look. You can get a really gorgeous thin effect with this tip or you can go quite heavy depending on your style. I find it really easy to control too especially when doing the cat eye look. It dries with a bold, glossy finish and even though it is a little bit out of my price range, it is so worth it and I will definitely be buying this product again.

The next item that my aunty treated me to was the Thick & Fast Flash Extension Effect Mascara. Mascara always worries me that it’s going to come out gloopy or leave my eyelashes stuck together with big black clumps in them, but I don’t tend to have any of that with this mascara. It goes on so lightly and defines each eyelash making them look longer and fuller. It tends to stay on throughout the day and doesn’t leave grey shadows under your eyes like some mascaras sometimes do.

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I must admit that I have been pleasantly surprised with these products and absolutely love the effect that they give to my eyes. They allow a subtle everyday look or if applied more heavily they can create a really intense finish.

I would definitely recommend these if you want to try something new!

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Find the mascara HERE and the eyeliner HERE x

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