My Eyeshadow Palette Collection

I don’t know how it happened.

One day I woke up, and the entirety of my desk was hidden.

Hidden underneath a sea of eyeshadow palettes.

So in order for them to give me my desk back, I bargained with them. They wanted their own post, so here it is.

I’m going to talk you through 80% of my eyeshadow palette collection.

IMG_2353Soap & Glory’s Perfect 10

I did all I could to get my hands on this palette. As soon as I saw it online, I tried to order it, and it was out of stock. I thought I was out of luck because it was limited edition, so I checked every Boots that I could, and none of them stocked it in-store. Just as I was about to give up, a very helpful Boots employee ordered in to be delivered to my local Boots for me.

I’m so glad I got this palette because I hadn’t tried any Soap & Glory makeup before (I know, I was missing out!) and I had heard great things. I was very surprised at how affordable this palette was, especially considering that it was limited edition. I love the shades, as a lot of my eyeshadow palettes are quite similar, but the shades ‘Damsel‘ and ‘Plumtious‘ are unlike anything else I own, and ‘Toasty‘ is a perfect all over lid or focussed crease matte.

Urban Decay’s Naked 3

Purchasing this palette was my first ever makeup splurge, and I had never felt such excitement over buying an item of makeup. The Naked 3 had been my favourite of all of Urban Decay’s palettes, and I felt that the others were quite plain and reasonably monotone, but this rose-gold infused shimmering and matte goldmine had me looking like the emoji with hearts for eyes.

You don’t need me to tell you that this palette is incredible, but I’ll quickly do it anyway. The formula of every damn shade is so creamy (yes even the matte shades!) and every colour can be blended together seamlessly. This palette gives you everything you need to simply brighten your eyes, create a shimmery pink eye, or a dark smokey eye with glints of rose-gold.

IMG_2349Makeup Academy’s Heaven & Earth

This was one of the first eyeshadow palettes that I had. I actually really loved it because it reminded me of some of the shades in the Naked 3, but at a much more affordable price. Again, every shade can be blended together to make an endless amount of smokey eye looks. With this palette, all of the shades are surprisingly creamy (I expected them to be powdery, but they’re really not.) and leave practically no fall out at all when applied to the lids.

Collection’s Little Mix

Before I had decided to make the commitment to the Naked 3, I had stalked it for ages, and realised that my favourite shade was ‘Trick’, and this insanely affordable palette from Collection featured 2 shades that were so similar to ‘Trick’ that I couldn’t pass it up. I was also impressed by just how dark the black shade was in this palette, as many drugstore palettes can lack intense pigmentation, but this one proves true one the eyes, to how they look in the palette.

Barry M’s Natural Glow 2

Another one of my first ever palettes, I’ve actually held onto this one because these shades are well pigmented, and when used together, can give a really light and bright, almost dreamy look to the eyes. I also really like that it includes a concealer shade, so once you’ve created your eye look, you can clean it up and make it super crisp.

IMG_2356Makeup Revolution’s Fortune Favours The Brave

I AM SO GLAD I FINALLY GOT THIS PALETTE. Apologise to everyone in Tavistock, yes I did take the last one, soz. Just look at these shades, do you blame me for lusting after this palette for as long as I did? Do you blame me for grabbing this and running to the till before anyone else in the store saw it? This palette really is so unique, I’ve never seen beautiful peach shades, fade into magnificent blues, to browns, pastel pinks and then purples.

So many of these shades remind me of planets, or just beautifully blended cocktails of eyeshadow dreams. I even love the packaging of this palette, it’s matte and feels so lovely. The shades are again, nicely creamy, easy to blend and compliment each other really well. I’m not crazy, this palette is a dream.

Makeup Revolution’s Beyond Flawless

Exactly my type of palette. Rose-gold tones? Yup. Blendable and complimentary neutrals suitable for daytime and nighttime wear? Yup. This was one of my first purchases from Makeup Revolution, as I didn’t want to go too bold with the shades, but I couldn’t argue with the price, as it included 32 gorgeous shades.

Makeup Revolution’s Eyes Like Angels

Once my eyeshadow collection had just started taking over half of my desk, I realised that I wanted some really vibrant and unique shades, as opposed to the usual rose-gold, pink and brown neutrals that I already had. And therefore I grabbed this palette. Once more I was really happy with the amount of shades you get for your money, alongside me already being impressed by the creamy formulation of Makeup Revolution’s eyeshadows.

Makeup Revolution’s Advent Palette

I’ve searched the entire Internet for this particular palette, but I can’t find it. I assume it was a special palette for the Makeup Revolution Christmas advent calendar last December, because no other palettes have this particular combination of shades. Once more these shades are really creamy and easy to blend. I also really like that the pigmentation of this particular palette can be built up, which I think is perfect for palettes like this that include slightly more ‘unnatural’ shades, like bright pink and green, which is perfect if you’d like to experiment with these shades, but for them to not be overdone and harsh.

IMG_2342Urban Decay’s Alice Through The Looking Glass

The palette that everyone has been talking about, and lusting after. And I completely understand why. I’m not going to give you a review right now (I’m teasing, I know) because you’re getting an entire post dedicated to this palette next week!


There you have it (almost) every eyeshadow palette I own. I purposely left some out so that I can talk about them with you sometime in the near future, so I hope in the meantime you enjoyed reading about these ones!

What is your absolute favourite eyeshadow palette?

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Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without

We’ve all got them, our ‘go-tos’, our ‘staples’, well today I’m calling them ‘Beauty products I can’t live without’ (simply because “Beauty Products That I Really Adore But Could Probably Live Without But I Would Rather Not Imagine That Existence” isn’t the catchiest of titles, so here we are.) and I’m sharing my most used and favourite products with you all!

IMG_1734Basics

Obviously a primer is a a sensible staple for everyone, because without a good base, your makeup just isn’t going to last. I consider this particular primer from Makeup Revolution a staple because it’s light, does the job for your entire face, and it’s incredibly affordable.

This Stay Matte pressed powder has also become a staple for me, because it’s perfect for matte-ifying any foundation or concealer, and it works wonders for oily areas, keeping them matte for up to 12 hours!

Collection’s Illuminating Touch Concealer is the only concealer for me, it’s so easy to use, and it has the perfect amount of coverage for me, it’s definitely a medium coverage, but it can be built up or worn very sparingly.

I also can’t imagine applying my makeup with anything but a beauty blender now. I know a lot of people rave about them, and there is this insane amount of hype around them, but they really do live up to it all. Whether you like to use it wet or dry, applying your foundation with this tool makes your base look so much more flawless and ‘airbrushed’.

If I could only use one tool and absolutely no makeup, I would choose an eyelash curler, without question. I think that if you’re having a lazy day or you just don’t want to do your makeup, just curling your lashes really adds something to your eyes, making you feel and look fluttery and gorgeous.

IMG_1737Hair & Body

For my hair my holy grail products are this Salon Professional hairspray, and Vitapointe leave-in conditioner. This hairspray is a perfect mix between being lightweight and still having an incredible hold, and it actually smells really nice, which is rare to find in hairsprays. I also really like this leave-in conditioner because it’s perfect for smoothing dry ends and adding a sleekness and shine to straightened hair.

I’ve spoken about this body butter very recently, and it definitely lives up to the hype behind it. It’s softening and light, so it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy. Perfect for all over your entire body.

I also really like using any and all Babylips chapsticks, not only because they are highly moisturising and keep chapped lips at bay, but there are so many tinted options available now, that the possibilities are endless!

 

IMG_1740Lips

I thought I’d just quickly share my ‘go-to’ red and pink lip, because I feel like I’ve finally found my all time favourites. Rimmel’s Kate Moss 107 is is a perfect dark red shade, that I’ve found is suitable for all skin tones, and you know that it suits you well enough for you to wear it with confidence. I also really love this shade from Chanel, and I know it’s a lot pricier than your average drugstore lipstick, but this lipstick is definitely worth investing in because the formula is really moisturising and creamy, so it feels really nice to wear, but also, this particular shade ‘432’ is a beautiful and natural looking pink, so again it’s highly wearable.

 

IMG_1742Makeup

I’ve mentioned all three of these products before, so we all already know that I love them and find myself reaching for them constantly, so I’ll quickly run through them all. Collection’s Extreme 24 hour felt liner is my favourite liner on the market. The fact that I know its name without having to read it off of the product itself is telling of how often I not only use it, but talk about it. It’s everything anyone looks for in an eyeliner, and it’s only £2.99, foolproof. Maybelline’s Lash Sensational, I’ve been using this mascara for a long time now, and even recently I’ve been getting comments on how it looks like I’m wearing false eyelashes, only for me to emphasise to everyone that I really don’t have time/can’t be bothered with applying false eyelashes daily, and my look is entirely down to this mascara, I’d recommend it to everyone.

Finally, there’s the Estee Lauder All Over Face Compact, I use this compact in most of my makeup looks, because it contains everything that I need to put a look together, with a nicely pigmented bronzer, and three varying shades of blush, no matter what tone of look I’m going for, I can incorporate this palette.


That’s it for my beauty staples, let me know in the comments what makeup items/tools you can’t live without!

BLOGMAS Day 17 // Festive Makeup Look

Hey guys! Can you believe that today is exactly a week until Christmas eve?!

So today I thought I’d show you guys one of my favourite makeup looks for the festive season, with a little video!

I really love seeing everyone’s favourite festive looks, so that’s why I shared mine with you today, I hope you enjoyed it!

Drop me a little comment on the video if you did enjoy it, and let me know what kinds of videos you’d like to see from me in the coming year!


What are your go-to products/looks when it comes to the party season?

BLOGMAS Day 1 // Beauty Advent Calendars

Hello everyone and welcome to the first day of Blogmas 2015! I thought there was no better way to kick of this years Blogmas, than by sharing with you guys what beauty advent calendars I have this year.

Makeup Revolution London Advent Calendar

This advent calendar is one of my favourites available this year, because it contains full sized products (including an eyeshadow palette!). It’s also a 25 day calendar, meaning you have a fun treat every single day up until boxing day!makeup academy advent calendar 2015 (1)makeup academy advent calendar 2015 (2)Benefit’s “Party Poppers” Advent Calendar

This is the advent calendar that really got me into advent calendars. It may only last for the 12 days of Christmas, but this calendar contains travel-sized versions of the famous Benefit products that we’ve all come to know and love. This was insanely difficult to get a hold of, as it sold out both online and in stores incredibly quickly.Benefit advent calendar 2015 (1)Benefit advent calendar 2015 (2)Flutter Advent Calendar

This year I’ve really fallen in love with the brand Flutter. As you can see, everything they make is covered in the cutest animals, and their products are easy to use and uncomplicated. I wanted to get this calendar as soon as I heard about it, because not only is it another 25 day calendar, but it was incredibly cheap, meaning it’s a perfect pre=Christmas gift for someone who is just starting out with makeup.Flutter advent calendar 2015


That’s it for the advent calendars that I have this year, unfortunately the Benefit one is entirely sold out now, but the Flutter and Makeup Academy ones are still available, at an incredibly reduced price at Superdrug right now, so now’s the perfect time to get them quickly, as they’re reduced. So get yours before we’re too far into the month!

Makeup Bag Staples

For those of us that like to wear makeup, we can quickly see that there are certain products we like to keep at hand throughout the day. So today I’m sharing with you guys my favourite makeup bag staples.Fotor0819173550

First things first, obviously a compact is a really handy thing to have in your makeup bag, otherwise carrying any additional products is entirely useless. I like to have a double compact, meaning there is a regular mirror and a magnified side.

The next staple is a moisturiser. If you suffer from dry skin, then it really helps to improve it if you regularly moisturise throughout the day. It also helps your makeup sit better on your skin, and give it a much higher lasting power.

For me, I also like to always have a pair of tweezers on me, if not for any last minute brow checks for yourself, then it’s always handy to lend to a friend if they are in need.

Naturally after tweezers, the next product is whatever you use for filling in your brows. I use a brow pencil, as it’s handy and easily portable.DSCN1993 (2)

A further product that I can’t even imagine leaving the house without is a chapstick. I’ve been obsessed with Babylips since I first picked up one to try out. Lately I picked up this lightly tinted one to add a little bit of colour to the lips, while also moisturising them.

Next I also like to have a natural lip look ready in my makeup bag, so I like to carry a pink lipliner along with a corresponding lipstick. My favourites are Rimmel’s Exagerrate lipliner in ‘Eastend Snob’ and Lancôme’s L’absolu Rouge in #06 ‘Rose Nu’ which I have previously spoken about in my favourites.

Finally, for the eyes I also like to always have a neutral eye look handy in my makeup bag, so I’ll always have a neutral toned eyeshadow palette on me, lately I’ve been loving Makeup Academy’s Heaven & Earth eyeshadow palette, as it covers a lot of neutral and pretty looks.DSCN1992 (2)

I can’t leave out eyeliner, so I’ve always got a felt liner on me, and once again recently I stumbled upon Collection’s Extreme 24 hour eyeliner, and it hasn’t left my side since. I also like to have my mascara on me just in case I need to touch it up during the day.

Obviously there are certain other tools that are always good to have handy, for me it’s an eyelash curler, travel brush, a hair tie and some bobby pins.


That’s it for today! What products can you guys not leave the house without? Let me know in the comments!