New YouTube Video: Festival Makeup! Warm, Smokey Eye and Gold Glitter!

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all well. I wanted to share with you the new YouTube video I just posted – it’s been my first in a while and i’m aiming to start filming once a week. I’d love it if you guys gave it a watch and please let me know what you think! It’s a festival makeup tutorial and i’m pretty happy with how it turned out. This is the finished look:

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If you enjoy the video then please leave a like and subscribe – also, link me to your YouTube channel and i’ll subscribe to you!

Here is the link to the video:

https://youtu.be/I2y9d1yEbV0

Thank you so much!

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Kylie Lip Kits First Impressions + Swatches! Koko K & Dead of Knight!

Hi everyone! As I’m sure you will all know, Kylie Jenner’s Lip Kits have been taking the world by storm the last few months and after debating whether to purchase some of my own, I finally went for it!

Firstly, a little bit about shipping and  customs – feel free to skip this paragraph if you just want to hear about the products themselves! Being in the UK, I was aware of potential customs fees which is why I took a while to decide whether I wanted to buy the lip kits, as although they are fairly affordable on their own, it can end up being pretty expensive with customs and shipping added on top. However, I ended up being really lucky and not getting any customs charges on top of the $14.95 shipping fee I paid! I have heard some orders end up being charged by customs and some do not, so this is something to just be aware of when ordering if you are outside of the US.

Anyway, onto the exciting part – the actual lip kits! I went for two shades – Koko K and the brand new shade Dead of Knight. The lip kits are $29 each which is around £21 – I think this is a pretty good price for a lipstick and a lip liner. My confirmation email said to expect a delivery within 10-15 business days and mine arrived in 8 – it was a really nice surprise when they arrived early! They are packaged beautifully, as you can see below:

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I love the packaging and the colours on the box allow you to easily see which lip kit is which. I was really impressed with the packaging of the actual products too – the lip liner reminds me of the style of Mac’s pro lip liners and the packaging of the liquid lipstick really stands out.

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Now for swatches! I am about to start my own YouTube channel and have got all my equipment ready to start filming, so I will be filming a video with swatches and a demonstration on the lips, too – if you guys would like to see any videos in particular, then please let me know! Below you can see both the liner and lipstick from Koko K and Dead of Knight swatched:

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Koko K is a beautiful pink shade – as I’m pretty fair, this is a really lovely mauve-pink shade on me and I can see it being a beautiful pale pink on those with darker skin tones. It’s so flattering and I can honestly see this shade working on everyone. Dead of Knight is amazing – a deep, pigmented black shade. The liner isn’t quite as dark as the liquid lipstick itself, but you can’t tell at all once the lipstick is on.

The liners glide on really easily, especially Koko K – they are very easy to apply and I love the formula. The liquid lipsticks are great too, a little drying as you would expect with mattes but they make the lips look really full and have amazing pigment. Dead of Knight is a little trickier to apply as darker shades need more precision, but overall the liquid lipsticks are easy to apply and look amazing.

I hope you enjoyed this review! Do you own any lip kits? Let me know which shades you recommend below!

Current Everyday Summer Makeup Routine! Glowing Skin + Matte Lips!

Hi everyone! Today I will be sharing with you my current everyday summer makeup. It’s really easy to recreate, with minimal eyes and lips and the main focus on glowing skin. I wear this on a day-to-day basis when I’m going to be out and about, as it’s relatively quick and easy! I always use a mixture of high end and drugstore/high street products and I’ve listed all the products used below. Let’s get started!

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Face

  • I primed my skin using Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonderglow primer – this gives the skin a subtle glow and creates a smooth base for makeup
  • Foundation – I used L’oreal’s Lumi Magique Nude Cushion foundation in the shade ___. I love the L’oreal Lumi range, the products give the skin a dewy finish and feel very light on the skin, but still offer good coverage.
  • Concealer – To cover blemishes and highlight the under-eye area, I used Urban Decay’s Naked Skin concealer in ‘light warm’.
  • To set my concealer under the eyes, I used the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in ‘diffused light’. I also used L’oreal Nude Magique BB powder to set my T-zone.
  • Contour/bronzing and highlight – I started off with NYX cream contour and highlight stick as my base contour and highlight. This double-ended product is really creamy and easy to blend, giving a beautifully subtle contour and highlight.
  • I wanted to achieve a summery glow rather than a sculpted look, so blended over the top of my contour with Guerlain’s Terracotta bronzer in shade ’00 – blondes’ and used Mac’s ‘Soft & Gentle’ highlight over the NYX cream product, to set the highlight and amplify the glow. I applied Soft & Gentle with a fan brush to the cheekbones, nose and cupid’s bow.
  • For blush, I used Benefit’s Dandelion blush.

Eyes

  • Eyebrows: I used Mac’s brow definer in the shade ‘fling’ and set this with Soap & Glory’s Volu-Boost brow fibre gel.
  • Eyeshadow: for my transition shade, I used Guerlain’s Terracotta bronzer in the shade ’00 – blondes’ blended lightly into the crease, before picking up The Balm’s Nude’Tude palette. I blended Sultry into the outer crease and packed Stand-Offish all over the lid for a light shimmer. I also blended a mixture of the Guerlain bronzer and Nude’Tude Sultry underneath the eyes.
  • For mascara, I used L’oreal False Lash Telescopic in ‘Magnetic Black’ on the top and bottom lashes.

Lips

  • I lined my lips with Mac’s ‘Oh honey!’ lip liner and applied Mac’s ‘honeylove’ lipstick (my fave combo at the moment!)

Apologies + Giveaway Update

UPDATE: The winner for my giveaway was Molly from The Rose Beauty Files! Thanks so much everyone for entering!

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all well. Firstly, I wanted to explain why I have been absent from my blog for the last couple of months – I have had some other commitments which have taken up a lot of my time and honestly, I feel like I haven’t had time to blog. I have missed it so much and can’t wait to get back into it now I have more time.

Secondly, I would like to apologise for the fact that I haven’t yet drawn a winner for my giveaway, which ended in January. With everything else this completely slipped my mind and of course, I still want to draw a winner and send them their prize of a Charlotte Tilbury limited edition ‘eyes to hypnotise’ set and a mac lipstick of their choice.

I really wanted to create this post to acknowledge everything that has been happening over the last couple of months, and to let everyone know that I will be drawing a winner today and emailing them to inform them of their win. I will also be sure to post on here who has won, so keep a look out for that!

Thanks so much for reading and I hope everyone understands. I can’t wait to get blogging again!

 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Review + Swatches!

Hi everyone! Today I’ll be reviewing the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit, which I received for Christmas. Quick side note before I begin – my Charlotte Tilbury and Mac giveaway ends soon, so click here to get your entry in! Now, onto the review! I was so excited to try out the Ambient Lighting Edit because I think it’s a great way of really getting into Hourglass as a brand. I do already own the Ambient Lighting Palette, which features three powders. One of these powders, Dim Light, is in the Edit too, but the other five I had never tried before. The packaging is lovely, really lightweight with a large mirror inside.

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The Edit features six powders, including highlighters, blushes and a bronzer. I heard a lot of people complaining about how tiny the palette is and how the amount of product inside isn’t worth the money – to be honest, it is pretty small. However, it’s a great way of trying out lots of different powders by Hourglass, without having to spend a lot of money buying individual powders. Here in the UK, a full size single powder is £38, so £65 for six miniature versions is a great deal in my opinion. Also, I have owned the Ambient Lighting Palette with the three powders in for at least a year now and still have a lot of product left, so I don’t believe buying the full size powders are necessary if you want to try a few out at once.

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The top row of powders (left to right) are Dim Light, a beige face powder which is perfect for setting foundation, Iridescent Strobe Light, a pale pink highlighter, and Diffused Light, a light yellow powder which I love using under the eyes to set concealer. I love all of these powders, however would recommend applying Iridescent Strobe Light with a wet brush if you like a slightly more intense highlight. It is very natural and pretty, but I do like that extra intensity when applied with a wet brush. My favourite of the three has to be Diffused Light – I have spent so long looking for a perfect under-eye setting powder and have finally found it! Here are the swatches of the top row:

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The bottom row contains two blushes and a bronzer: Mood Exposure, a shimmery plum blush, Luminous Flush, a beautiful rose pink blush, and Luminous Bronze Light, a  warm bronzer. All three of these powders a pretty shimmery, but this isn’t very noticeable once they are on the face and you get a more luminous finish. I am not a huge fan of bronzer as I’m always afraid it will look muddy, so i don’t often purchase it. However, I have fallen in love with the bronzer in this palette. I use it to warm up the face and it is stunning! So natural and gives the face a really healthy glow. The two blushes are amazing too and I’ve been using  Luminous Flush almost every day!

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I definitely feel this palette is worth buying if you want to try out lots of different powders from Hourglass. The price is pretty steep for a tiny palette, however for six different powders it would cost you a lot more to buy them individually as full sizes. My brushes fit perfectly into each shade so I don’t struggle applying product at all and I have found the perfect under-eye powder and bronzer! These powders are soft, blend easily and look stunning.

I hope you enjoyed reading! Let me know if you own any Hourglass powders – do they live up to the hype for you? They do for me!

TheBalm Nude’tude Palette Review + Swatches!

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all well and enjoying the beginning of 2016. How fast does the time go?! Today I’ll be reviewing TheBalm’s Nude’tude palette, which I received for Christmas. I’ve had my eye on this palette for such a long time and wasn’t sure whether to ask for this one or the Nude’Dude palette, but after seeing them both in store I slightly preferred the shades in the Nude’tude palette. Let’s get into the review and swatches!

To begin, the packaging is really fun! It is made of a sturdy cardboard and also comes with a sleeve that holds the palette closed for travelling. Once you remove the sleeve, the palette has a magnetic closure.

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Opening the palette, there is a lovely large mirror which makes this palette really useful for travelling. There are 12 shades inside and I love the vintage-style packaging! The palette also comes with a double-ended brush, which is really useful – one end applies shadow all over the lid and the other, smaller end allows you to apply the shadow as liner.

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Onto the swatches!! I have swatched these in groups of four, so you get a more clear view of each shade. All of the shadows have fun, creative names which I have labelled. 4 of the shades are matte and the other 8 are glitter or what I would call ‘velvet’ – they aren’t glittery exactly, but have a shimmer to them.

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  • Sassy is a bright, shimmery white
  • Snobby is a shimmering pale gold
  • Stubborn is a velvety rose pink
  • Stand-offish is a shimmery pale pink

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  • Selfish is a shimmery taupe shade
  • Sophisticated is a glittery, deep brown
  • Sultry is a matte taupe shade – perfect for the crease
  • Seductive is a shimmery bronze

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  • Sexy is a stunning, matte wine red
  • Serious is a deep, matte black
  • Silly is a glittery brown shade – this one has less pigment than the others, but is still beautiful as a wash of glitter
  • Sleek is a matte, very deep brown/aubergine shade

I’m very impressed with these overall! My favourites have to be Stand-Offish, Sultry and Sexy. When I first opened the palette, I thought Sassy and Snobby (the two far-left shades)  were matte and I do think this palette could have one or two more matte shades, as I love using them in the crease! Also, the shade Silly (as I mentioned previously) has less pigment than the others and doesn’t show as well when swatched. However, I definitely think this could be brushed over other shadows to amp them up or even just for a light wash of colour. Other than this shade, the others have amazing pigmentation.

The shadows feel very soft, blend really nicely and I love the variety of colours – you can create various different looks with these, from girly and fresh to deep and vampy. I am very impressed by this palette overall and if you’re looking to increase your shadow collection, I think this would be a great way of doing so! I will definitely get a makeup tutorial completed with these and post this soon, for a real demonstration of how they look on the eyes.

I hope you enjoyed reading – let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to review next!

Giveaway Winner!!

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all well. My giveaway ended today and firstly I’d like to thank everyone who entered. It had such an amazing response, so thank you!!

Now, onto the winner! Earlier today I entered everyone’s names into an online generator and it gave me one random winner as a result. That person was Stephanie from Just a Little Blush – congratulations, Stephanie!

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I have already emailed Stephanie and will soon be sending out her chosen lipstick! I’d really love to host another giveaway when I reach my next milestone – so keep an eye out for that!

Thanks so much again to everyone who entered!! 😀