#TRIED’N’TESTED – HUDA BEAUTY ROSE GOLD PALETTE


I managed to bag this on Cult Beauty as I’d signed up for email updates as to when this would be in stock. I imagined it would be out of stock by the time I got onto the website but it was still there! The palette was £56 which was a lot more than I thought it would be and I don’t know how I feel about it. But I kept looking at the glitter shades and was like look I’ll just buy it. As it was my first time ordering from Cult Beauty I was really impressed with the delivery time, it arrived the day after next in perfect packaging!

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I personally don’t like the packaging of this palette, it’s cheap for the price you pay. It arrives with a cardboard sleeve and then the palette is also made from cardboard within a plastic transparent lid, similar to a Z Palette. For £56 I was definitely expecting more, like think about how the Naked palettes and Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette are packaged. That was my vision. Plus once you have to keep opening and sliding on the sleeve, the corners of the palette just get scuffed.

So as I was a bit miffed at the packaging I wasn’t that excited for the shadows. They’re all talc free so there shouldn’t be much kick back and I was intrigued to see how they would blend. See below for my swatches, I didn’t add filters just so you can see the true colour.

The glitter was what I was most excited for, and you’re supposed to only apply these with your fingers. You can obvi use a brush if you want to but Huda suggested that the formula works better with fingers. The idea being you press firmly on the shade and then swipe on your lid and it glides on like a dream full of pigment. I prefer using my fingers sometimes for glitter lids but I also like spraying my brush with a bit of Fix+. Anyway I just couldn’t seem to get the glitters to swatch on my hand like I wanted them to! They seem quite flakey and you have to press down a couple of times to get the flakes to blend. A fantastic dupe of these shadows would be the Topshop singles, for £7-£9.50 they’re very similar.

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When I went to use this on my eyes I realised that this wasn’t an everyday palette, definitely more for occasions and going out. The shadows perform so much better on the eyes than in the swatches. They blend like and absolute dream. In the red toned colours there’s some kick back but I know that the formula on red shades is particularly difficult to make without kickback. The glitters work with a finger but I still went in with a brush to tidy it up, I also did my classic fix+ technique and that also works. I did have to press down firmly more than once to build up the desired amount of glitter on my lid.

Overall is this with it? I’m unsure, the price is so damn expensive and the matte shades are similar to other palettes. The shimmers could pass for Morphe shimmers once they’re on the lid. Plus I feel like you can only create a certain amount of looks with this palette, unlike a Morphe or Anastasia Beverly Hills where you can go for days. After this, I bought the Violet Voss palette Holy Grail and I’ve been reaching for that more often. It’s cute but the packaging really devalues it.

#GETTHELOOK – 7AM GET UP

Early start, early finish. The 7am shift is my fave cause you open up and get shit done then before you know it your finished and you still have the rest of your day. But it’s tidieous when it comes to make up, cause you want something quick and easy to do but you don’t want to look like you’ve just rolled out of bed and arrived at work. Plus, if you’ve got plans after work then you need a look which can do both….. Although nobody probably thinks about make up in this much detail, just me? Okay cool.

FACE: I went for a subtle contour and more of a highlight as I wanted to brighten up my face. I’d fake tanned the night before (I used Bondi Sands) so my face was quite bronzed. I used my usual Sephora foundation (although I really need to find a new foundation as this is running out, any suggestions?), Sephora creamy concealer and Make Up Forever HD translucent powder to set everything in place. Then I used Topshop Bronzer in Mohawk and the NYX contour palette to give a light contour. I went HARD with highlight, I used the Topshop Glow Pot in Polished, and both Topshop Highlighters in Sunbeam and Crescent Moon. Love a glow. I used them above my cheekbones, on my nose and on my Cupid’s bow.

EYES: I used The Balm Voyage palette in shades Bienvenue, Tervetuloa and a little bit of Valkommen to do a light warm brown smokey eye. I then used Topshop gel liner to do some eyeliner flicks. Im so bad at eyeliner I have to use sticky tape to line my eyes so my ticks are even!  For my brows I used my ultimate fave Topshop brow gel in Form.

LIPS: I used both Topshop Lip Contours to do my lips, I used Frame to out line my lips and Outline in the centre to do a nude matte ombré. I dust a bit of contour powder under my bottom lip, I learnt this trick on Kylie Jenners app and it really makes so much difference! Also works really well with these lip liners.

HAIR: I got me some extensions, blog post to follow! I styled my hair with Balmain sea salt spray to create a beachy texture.

So overall, my face is pretty much Topshop! I do fully recommend all the products mentioned. The Balm palette I bagged in TK Maxx for £8, RRP £37.50!!

#GETTHELOOK – WERK 2 BRUNCH


Having worked in retail for nearly 4 years now, getting called into a last min shift is nothing new. I don’t mind though, help the team out n all that. This Sunday I was called in for a 7am start (fresh) and I had plans for brunch after. I needed a glam look which wouldn’t take long in the morning but actually looked like I’d made effort. Whenever I’m tired, I avoid heavy eye make up and it just emphasises and draws attention to my sleepy eyes. Plus, I always go by either doing bold eyes or a bold lip, don’t do both.

Face: I mixed MAC Strobe Cream with my Sephora foundation to give my face a glow to eliminate fatigue. Then went in with Topshop Bronzer, NYX Contour Palette and Becca Highlighter.

Eyes: I used a fluffy blending brush to dust shades from the NYX Contour Palette over my eye to lightly contour the eye. Touched up with Maybelline Mascara and Brow Gel on the brows.

Lips: Dark lipsticks suit me much more now that I’ve died my hair back brown. I used a Topshop Lip Liner and Matte Lip Bullet. A great dupe of Diva from MAC.

Hair: I curled my hair the night before with a wand and then when I woke up the next day the curls had dropped out into a beachy look, I restyled it slightly in the morning with sea salt spray.

Outfit: I literally just went for my black Jamie jeans, Topshop Boutique grey vest and a leather jacket. Finished the look with my Saint Laurent scarf, you can get a Topshop dupe here.

For brunch I went to Bills on Wellington Street. V nice but Breakfast Club will always be my fave.

#FULLYRATE – NYX COSMETICS

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I’d heard about NYX on YouTube, and it wasn’t until my friend bought their liquid matte lipsticks did I realise the brand had launched in the UK. I’ve seen a lot of coverage on their Instagram about launching in Boots, but I still haven’t seen them in a Boots in London?! I bought some product from ASOS so I could use my student discount, but the majority of the good stuff is sold out. Therefore I bought some more in Selfridges as they have a pretty large and well stocked concession space which seems to be expanding.

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Powder Highlight & Contour Palette: I’ve used the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour palette for a few months now and if I’m honest I thought it was good, but not as amazing as everyones makes it out to be. I find the colours quite hard to blend out. There’s so much competition right now with contour palettes to the point where I don’t think you really need the Anastasia Beverly Hills one anymore to slay. The NYX palette had been doing the rounds on YouTube and it’s so cheap I thought I might as well try it. Well, I FULLY RATE IT. With 4 contour shades you can get a really good match to your skin tone. If you’re a contour beginner then I’d recommend you this, it blends out so easily. The highlights I’m not really fussed about however they have NAILED the dupe of banana. Available at FeelUnique.com.

Lip Primer Base: Never seen the point in lip primers as I thought there’s no way they could work. I added this to my basket as it’s cheap and if it doesn’t work then at least I tried it. I was proven so wrong! This makes such a difference, especially with matte lipstick! It definitely helped keep my lipstick on for an extra 2 hours or so. It’s a large pencil with a slightly tinted creamy formula which is available in 2 shades. Purchase at FeelUnique.com.

 

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Wonder Stick: In Paris my friend introduced me to this. She’s the kinda gal who doesn’t want to faff on with a whole palette just to get some cheekbones. She just drew 2 lines under her cheekbones and blended with a damp beauty blender, and then built up if necessary. Then used the highlight end to highlight her face. It was such a quick and easy way to contour. I bought mine in the shade ‘universal’ which is formulated for various skin tones. My skin tone changes weekly depending on how much fake tan I wear so this shade is perfect for me as I can build up the contour when needed. Available from Selfridges.

HD Primer: This works perfectly under my Make Up Forever Ultra HD foundation! Both are formulated for your skin to look flawless on camera. I only wear these when I’m going on a night out or to somewhere where I know there’s going to be lots of pictures taken. However when using products like this, remember that your setting powder has to be HD based also, otherwise you will loose the HD effect. Available from ASOS.

Mineral Stick Foundation: Recently I’ve been LOVING foundations and I’ve never used a stick based foundation before so I’m eager to try. It was quite thick and creamy when I tested it on my arm, I feel like it might blend well with my Marc Jacobs brush. You can purchase this at FeelUnique.com.

Lip Liner: Super creamy texture similar to the Sephora ones. The pigment is AMAZING and they do great dupes of MAC shades. Purchased from Selfridges.

Full Coverage Concealer: This is very thick and I’m not planning to use it under my eyes! I’ve been on the lookout for a thick concealer to help hide the acne on my face. I know spots are textures on the face and you can still see them, but I have a lot of scaring that needs covering up. Available at ASOS.

Wonder Pencil: This caught my eye because it’s a gorgeous nude shade that would look beaut in the waterline of a brown smokey eye. It seems like it’s quite a multi purpose product that could be used to highlight under the brow or in the inner corner. Purchase this from FeelUnique.com.

#TRIED’N’TESTED – MARC JACOBS THE FACE 3

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100% I am not the kind of gal who spends £37 on a make up brush, no way, but I did. When I was in Sephora this caught my eye and it felt amazing, it’s so thick and dense I thought it would be perfect for buffing and blending foundation. It’s also quite a big brush so I assumed the coverage would be on point.

Tbh I didn’t think a make up brush could bring so much disappointment. I use a very lightweight foundation and build it up to create coverage, I felt like this brush took away about 60% of my product and I was having to do 6 layers of foundation. It also made my foundation appear matte, it took away that glow and made my skin appear dull. However, I did use it with my Make Up Forever Ultra HD foundation which is slightly thicker than my Sephora one, and I found that it did work slightly better with a thicker texture.

I’ve used the Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki Brush for nearly 2 years now. I bought it for about £16 on Amazon and I’ve never looked back. It builds up product so well on the face for any type of textured foundation. As soon as I used the Marc Jacobs brush I felt myself reaching for my Sigma brush instead. Honestly guys, I fully rate the Sigma one. Major regrets going on between me and my bank balance RN.

 

#HAUL – SEPHORA

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I recently went to Gran Canaria (blog post to follow) and OBVI finding Sephora was at the top of my list. Here’s the d-low on my purchases:

Sephora Blurring Effect Primer: This primer is SO good, I was never a believer in primers until I started using this. It smooths out the skin and creates an even surface. It’s perfect for those with spots or acne.

Sephora 12 Hour Eye Primer:  I bought this because I was desperate for a new eye primer and didn’t want to splurge on Urban Decay. It does the job, it’s no Urban Decay though.

Sephora Creamy Concealer: Intrigued by the wand as it’s the same style as the Urban Decay Naked concealer. A good dupe.

Sephora Lip Liners: I double up on these whenever I purchase because they’re so small. They’re so creamy and easy to blend with so many lipsticks. If you like MAC lip liners which are a bit more hard and pencil like, then avoid these.

Sephora Pomegranate Face Mask: These masks are like sheets which you place over your face for approx 15 minutes. They’re so great if your skin needs a quick refresh before applying make up or going to bed.

Sephora Pomegranate Eye Mask: I get really dry skin around my eyes which if left untreated leads to horrific eczema. When I see the symptoms coming, I use one of these for approx 20 minutes to refresh and moisturise my eyes. Works a treat.

Sleek Contour Duo (Light & Dark): Tbh I probably could of just bought these in the UK. Gorgeous colours for a mix of skin tones. You can use these as blushers, bronzers, contour powders, eyeshadows and highlighters. I need to purchase the Medium palette.

Marc Jacobs The Face 3: Right, I am 100% not the type of person to spend £37 on a foundation brush. Full review on this to follow…

Two Faced Melted Chocolate Liquid Lipstick: I bought one of these a few months back and love it. They’re really good at moisturising my lips too! They smell amazing, the chocolate ones legit smell of chocolate too. The applicator gets a bit rank after a while though. I think when these first came out they were great, but the formula could do with improving to help keep up with competitors.

Sephora Illuminating Foundation: I think I just need to dedicate a whole blog post to this foundation. It’s amazing. Fully rate it.

Sephora Colour Correct Highlighting Pen: Bit average, didn’t really need this tbh. I was just intrigued.

Sephora Lipstick: This is the third time I’ve gone into Sephora and bought the same shade of lipstick by accident. This shade (I think is called ingenious) is a great dupe of my fave MAC Viva Glam 2.

#LIFE – BISHES IN PARIS

As part of my degree we were lucky enough to go on a trip to Paris for a few days, here’s a few of my favourite images from the trip. Click on the images for the story behind the photo!