Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette – Swatches and First Impressions!

Hi everyone! I hope you are all well. Today I received the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette that I ordered from Sephora, so I wanted to show you guys the palette and swatches with my first impressions of the product.

The palette itself is beautiful, a lilac velvet with white and gold lettering. It’s very pretty packaging and also very simple, with a magnetic closure.

thumb_IMG_0501_1024

The palette contains 14 shadows and a dual-ended brush – I have had one of these brushes in another ABH palette and they’re really good to add to your collection, they’re very soft and apply and blend shadows well. One end is a fluffy blending brush and the other is a more precise brush, for applying shadow on the lid or blending underneath the eyes.

The shadows are pretty much all very warm-toned, which I love as I don’t own a palette with a lot of warm shades all in one place. There are a lot of pink, orange and red-toned shadows, so it will be really easy to match together shadows to create lots of different looks. The palette contains a lot of shades that are perfect for summer and there is a mixture of mattes and shimmers, so this palette has the perfect mixture of different shadows and the included brush makes it travel-friendly, too.

thumb_IMG_0503_1024

Now for the most exciting part – the swatches! All of the shades were easy to swatch and have a lovely, pigmented formula. Here are the two rows swatched separately with each shade labelled:

Top row:

IMG_3269

Bottom row:

IMG_3270

As you can see, the shades are all lovely and the pigmentation of each shadow really shows up in the swatches. I love the shimmery shades, Primavera and Vermeer, and the bottom row is my favourite – the shades are all so beautiful and I love the range of rich, orangey-red tones. My favourite shadows are Burnt Orange, Red Ochre, Venetian Red and Primavera and all shadows seem to have excellent pigmentation – I can’t find one shadow that doesn’t live up to the rest in terms of formula and colour pay-off.

I haven’t used the shadows to create an eye look yet, but will definitely be trying them out so keep a look out for another post soon! I can’t wait to try a few different looks out and have high hopes from the swatches, as they all seem very soft and easy to blend. I’m so pleased that I decided to buy this palette and think it is an excellent addition to the collection of any beauty lover!

Did you pick up the Modern Renaissance? Let me know your thoughts below!

Elegant Summer Nails!

Hey guys! Yesterday I decided to try something fun with my nails, lately I’ve been loving Essie’s colours but I fancied something a little different. Here’s what I ended up with:

image

To create this look I used four products, including a base and top coat which have become essential to my nail routine:

image

I’m going to a summer ball in a couple of weeks and thought this type of nail would be perfect; although, I don’t have my dress yet so may change the base colour to compliment that! To start off with I used Essie’s base coat “grow stronger”, which has really been helping my nails grow. The base colour I used was Ciate’s “sugar plum”, which is such a pretty pastel lilac. I applied two coats of this and then added Essie’s top coat “good to go”, before layering Orly’s “hair band” multiple times at the base of the nail. I love this glitter, I think it goes so well with “sugar plum”! Finally, I topped it all off with one more coat of Essie’s “good to go”.

That’s the finished look! I really hope you enjoyed reading this quick tutorial, let me know what you think!

Easy, Beachy Summer Hair!

Hey everyone! I thought I would create this quick post on a laid back, effortless hairstyle that i’ve been loving recently! It reminds me of summer and being on the beach – combining loose waves and a relaxed braid creates a fun summery look!

image

To begin with, I curled my hair in sections using the Babyliss Pro Perfect Curl, which makes it super easy to curl your hair! All you do is place small sections of hair into the curler and the mechanism winds the hair in, curling it really quickly and beeping to let you know to release the curler. Once I’d done this, I lightly brushed through my hair with a comb to destroy the curls as I didn’t want them to look set at all – I think they look much nicer when they are more relaxed.

image

Finally, I sectioned the front of my fringe and created a small plait, taking it some extra pieces of hair rach time I crossed the plait over. To finish, I pinned the plait into place behind my ear and bought some of the curls forward to cover where I had pinned.

That’s the final look! Really easy and I think it looks so fun and cute. It can be dressed up or down depending on what makeup and outfit you choose – you can even make it neater for a more formal occasion and not destroy the curls if you wish, or use some dry shampoo for added volume! My favourite is Batiste.

I hope you enjoyed reading!

Tom Ford Summer 2015 Collection & Swatches!

Hey everyone! Okay, I’m so excited to be writing this post, because the items I ordered from Tom Ford’s summer 2015 collection have ARRIVED! Before I say anything else: They. Are. Amazing.

FullSizeRender-8

I’m going to get this part out of the way, as I’m sure you all know – they’re also very very expensive. I think part of me died a little when I purchased these – £84 on two items of makeup is crazy, but they are so beautiful I just couldn’t resist.

The first item I knew I definitely wanted was the cream and powder eye colour, in the shade Golden Peach (03):

IMG_3267

IMG_3250

This cost £46 and the little compact is made up of two different products; you can unscrew the bottom to reveal an incredible rose gold cream eyeshadow, which is so pigmented and absolutely stunning. The top of the compact also has a cap, which lifts to reveal a slightly sheer peach gold shadow, packed with glitter. They look amazing on their own and paired together, as you can see below (on the left is the powder layered over the cream, in the middle is the cream alone and on the right is the powder alone):

IMG_3262

I just want to squeal looking at those swatches!! My absolute favourite is the cream shadow – I don’t think i’ve seen anything so pigmented before, it really is incredible quality. The only thing I found a little disappointing is that the compact is plastic, especially for the price. I still love the design and colours though and the product is definitely the most important part!

I decided to go for a lipstick to wear with the shadows and opted for Skinnydip (09), which is a beautiful sheer and shimmery peach:

IMG_3242

The lipstick cost £38 and I don’t own anything like it – the formula is so smooth and buttery and the colour is perfect for summer. As for the packaging – it’s lovely and definitely has a more expensive feel compared to the shadows. Here is Skinnydip swatched:

IMG_3260

So, that’s what I purchased from the new Tom Ford summer 2015 collection! Let me know if you’ve bought anything or if you plan to – i’d love to know what you think!

Hope you enjoyed reading!