NYX Ultimate eyeshadow palette in Warm Neutrals review

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Over the last few years of reviewing countless make up and beauty products, I’ve really grown to adore eyeshadow. It’s one of my favourite items of make up to buy and use; fundamentally due to its ability to create many looks.

This hasn’t always been the case, at first it was the enemy. I remember looking at the first eyeshadow palette I was ever asked to review. Staring at it aimlessly, expecting it to perform by itself before my very eyes. Stepping into unknown territories, the thought of applying a bright purple above my eyes filled me with absolute fear. The make up of doom. Now, after carefully learning to blend, and which colours shot my eyes – eyeshadow is my best friend. She’s honestly been there for me through thick and thin (and believe me some of the early blending I did really was thick, in a literal sense). If anyone reading this does struggle with the concept of eyeshadow application, my biggest tip is to keep practicing. Practice makes perfect. And as cliche as it sounds, because every MUA on YouTube has quoted this for the entirety of 2018: ‘Blend, blend and blend some more.’

There is just so many looks you can create with different colours and combinations of eyeshadows. NYX is an impressive brand when it comes to eyeshadow, you can get a professional MUA-style quality for drugstore prices. When I received their ultimate eyeshadow palette in warm neutrals for my birthday – I could not wait to test it out!

How does it perform?

The ultimate palette comes in four shade variations and I have the warm neutrals version (perfect for autumnal feels, which I am radiating all over this blog post). It features 16 neutral / nude and warm shades, with 4 shimmery shades and the remaining 12 shades being matte textured.

As expected the colours are pigmented, as I swatched four shades I was amazed at how little fall out there is. Without being deliberately offensive or slanderous, I’ve heard brands which charge triple the amount for their palettes have a huge amount of fall out. I would not be pleased with that.

I like this palette because there is such an array of neutral colours, you don’t need to be an expert to play with these colours. There are also bolder colours, in warm shades for the more daring of us. The combination of shimmer and matte allows so many looks to be created. I would recommend to anyone wanting to expand their nude eyeshadow collection, especially with an autumnal feel 🍁.

NYX Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette is available here, for £16

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Best of beauty this April – Spring picks

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Despite the extremely bi-polar weather that we are currently experiencing, it is officially Spring. Spring is often associated with new, fresh beginnings. This means we often switch up our make up too. Fresh, lighter make up, and a perfect excuse to refresh our product stock. (I’m using the word stock purposely, because I own so many products I could indefinitely open a shop).

Here are my favourite picks of what I’ve been loving this April;

1. Malin + Goetz Cilantro Conditioner, £20 for 236ml

Although this seems rather pricey for a conditioner, this 236ml size would last me years as I have been co-washing my hair recently. However, when I dye my roots every 6-8 weeks consequently I have to wash my hair (annoyingly as it’s so much commitment); and have fallen in love with this conditioner. It smells like a spa treatment, a natural relaxing scent. And it contains absorbent fatty acids, which are brilliant for over processed hair such as mine. It doesn’t weigh my hair down like some conditioners do, but leaves hair feeling revitalised and healthy.

2. Rodial Clear Brazilian Tanning Gel, £35 for 150ml

This is an amazing product for busy individuals wanting a natural looking tan. Again, it’s quite pricey but you can use it sparingly.

The formulation is super lightweight, meaning you can apply the gel like a normal moisturiser and gain a light, even tan.

3. Reb’l Fleur Body Must by Rihanna, reduced to £5 at Boots

Found this complete bargain whilst picking up all my beauty essentials on a recent trip to Boots. I don’t usually buy celebrity perfumes, which is probably not the wisest of choices from an economical point of view. I’ve realised they are usually cheaper than their designer counterparts, and can become some of your favourite scents. This Rihanna body mist smells gorgeous, it’s a girly scent perfect for Spring. Plus the 236ml bottle means that even wasteful individuals like myself won’t have to worry about using it up too quickly.

4. NYX Lid Lingerie Eyeshadow Palette, £9

This is £9 very well spent. Consisting of 6 basic looking colours, this palette has taken me from Winter to Spring effortlessly. With a beautiful combination of natural nude shades and bright colours. You can create an array of looks by experimenting.

(As pictured) You can create natural, pretty looks with the nude shades. You can easily convert these into more dramatic looks by adding in the brights; or alternatively by building the colour up.

How to get more beauty bang for your buck

On another note I wanted to talk about one of my personal goals for Spring, that I think may help everyone. I’ve been really disciplined in saving money this year, and yes that includes spending on beauty products (waaaah *sadface*).

As I’ve mentioned I took a trip to my local Boots last week to stock up on some essentials; and I managed to get all the products in this picture for £25!

I would like to share my tips on how to get the best beauty bang for your buck. Here are my top tips;

1. Special Offers

Of course when shopping everybody keeps their eye out for special offers, but you can be smart with offers. By stocking up on products that you don’t need immediately but in future, you will save yourself some serious money. For example, on my shopping trip I didn’t need two bottles of dry shampoo but seeing as they were half price, I got one for future use.

Building up a useful stock of products helps you not to buy needlessly. I’ve made a pact this year to use a product up fully before buying another similar product.

2. Clearance

Again, always check the reduced items on sale. I picked up this lovely Rihanna body mist for £5, which doubles as a perfume for me. I didn’t need it right now, but I was aware that my current perfume is running out; and £5 is much cheaper than any perfume I would have picked out in Boots. You will save a lot of money buying in advance.

3. Don’t double up

Another important fact to remember about beauty products, is that they do in fact have expiration dates. So we may think having 10 moisturisers in our drawer is a good idea – but actually you only use one at a time, and by the time you come to use the other 9, they may not be fit for purpose. Consumer wastage is a huge part of our capitalist culture, but it needn’t be. We can avoid endlessly throwing away products by sensibly buying what we need. Unless, as stated above it’s a product that you are aware you use everyday, and gets used up fairly quickly.

Ultimately, what we need to do is shop with a clarity. Instead of being blinded by pretty marketing campaigns, think about what you actually need and actually use.

4. Don’t be blinded by names

There are also certain products whereby you needn’t buy a known name brand. For example, I needed hay fever tablets. Instead of opting for Piriton allergy tablets which were around the £4 mark. I got an unbranded packet of allergy tablets for 85p, and generally when you cross check the ingredients in both branded and non branded – you find they are scarily similar. Naturally, this won’t be applicable for every product. But where you can, I would advise sticking to non branded as you will save a bundle of cash.

Happy saving!

What’s in my everyday make up bag? 

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When you are fortunate enough to review a myriad of products from various brands – inevitably you end up with favourites. It says a lot about those products that you actually continue to use and would agree to buy again. 

Here are my current favourite products that I use daily (and yes that is a My Little Pony make up bag, isn’t it super cute?): 

1. Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, £36 

This bronzing make up base is a godsend. Despite the hefty price tag, the quality is well worth the investment. I use it everyday before applying foundation, it provides a natural looking tan and a smooth base. 

2. NYX HD Studio Photogenic Concealer in CW04, £6 

Great great value for money. This concealer even manages to hide my dark circles, which is the equivalent to an actual panda. Hugh coverage without being too heavy on the skin, has longevity also – after wearing it all day it doesn’t crack under your eyes. 

3. No7 Lash Impact Ultra Mascara, £13.50 

I am such a fusspot when it comes to mascara, I like them to be thick but not clumpy. And extra voluminous. This No7 mascara is an absolute beaut, in its glittery casing it looks the part – and performs just as well. After applying just two coats I have thick long natural looking lashes! 

4. No7 Pop & Glow Cream Blush, £10 

I usually use powder blushers, so it’s a wonder I’ve been converted to cream blush. In actual fact it’s much easier to use, just smooth it on and blend it in to your own preference. Previously I was using a powder blush by Charlotte Tilbury which although I was happy using the product, it was so difficult to get it right. The blush was so highly pigmented that one swish too many and you ended up looking like Pennywise from IT. Not a look I would strongly recommend. 

5. No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow Trio, £10 

This is possibly the cutest and most useful mini Eyeshadow palette I’ve ever owned. The colours are neutral yet striking, pigmented enough for a day look. However if you want to transition to a night time, more dramatic look you can layer up the darker brown colour. Love this palette. 

6. The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer, £3.90

An absolute steal for £3.90. I’ve mentioned this primer before, but it’s one I’ve been using religiously the last two months. And when it runs out I will be purchasing again. It provides a smooth base for make up, it isn’t greasy and it isn’t overly Matte either. The result is natural, fresh looking make up. 

7. High Definition Beauty Brow Highlighter, £16.50

The best brow neatener I’ve ever used. I will legit cry when this finishes. Makes my brows pop without any effort whatsoever. I outline my brows with this, smudge it with a brush and they look amazing. Real HD effect with little effort. 

8. L’Oréal Brow Artist Sculpt in 01 Blonde, £5.99 

Slightly difficult to get on with at first but I have grown to love this product. The blonde colour is perfect for my eyebrows, and the brush has a clever double side. One part you can use to add colour and definition, the other is an eyebrow brush which you can use to neaten the hairs. AND it lasts forever! 

NYX beauty school dropout palette review and swatches

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Much like every make up obsessor I often sit and think which products I need next. Like, of course I NEED a new eyeshadow pallet to add to my already huge collection of about 20. Pssssh. My justification was that I decided to branch out to bright, pigmented colours. I wanted one palette with every colour – so that when I’m getting ready I don’t need to have a gazillion palettes surrounding me. It just gets messy and confusing. On my quest to find the perfect palette I came across NYX’ website. NYX is both amazing quality, and great prices. 

The beauty school drop out palette also has a variety of blushes and lip colours. It’s currently on sale for £22.50 which is an absolute steal!  

From the swatches you can see how pigmented the eyeshadow colours are; fortunately for a larger palette the quality of the eyeshadows has not been compromised. The only problem is choosing which shade to use because there’s just so much choice and I’m so goddamn indecisive. Not to mention scared of leaving my comfort zone. Buying this was a real step outside my ordinary box, and I’m so grateful that I did that. If you never take chances in life you won’t ever discover anything new. 

For the initial use I decided to experiment and go for a pink smoky eye, it was my first attempt to use any eyeshadow colours apart from nudes and blacks (nudes and black are life though) . 

In conclusion I found the eyeshadows a great pleasure to use. It’s like being a candid kid at the candy shop, waiting to apprehensively, excitedly chose your pick n mix sweets 😍

One tip I would suggest is to spritz your eyeshadow brush with setting spray and then apply. Gives an even more pigmented than usual colour, you will look like a walking rainbow. 🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈 
Have a great Sunday guys! 

That’s so hot: best of summer 16

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Even if this summer in England was a complete wash-out (quite literally); there is still an intense need to compile favourite / much needed beauty products for summer. Who even needs an excuse to buy more?

  1. Serum me up baby

Chanel -Hydra beauty serum, £78 for 50ml

Let’s be honest buying and using Chanel products can make anyone feel like Audrey Hepburn. The epitome of class; this hydrating serum is a must-have. It smells divine, and it is multi-purpose. Can be used as a primer before make-up application, as a daily moisturiser or treatment for skin. Plus it looks great on your dressing table. (Yes I am that superficial).

Quick tip: Try to buy Chanel products at the duty free section at airports, I got this serum for around £45, which is almost half price.

2. Mattify me

NYX – Matte blotting paper, £3.50 for 50 sheets

NYXX is slowly becoming my favourite beauty brand. Such good value for money – and these blotting papers are a life saver. If, like me after 3 hours your make-up looks like you’ve been dipped in a chip fat fryer; then you need these blotting papers. They soak up excess oil without spoiling your contour, and they fit in your handbag. Cuuuuute.

3. Baby,baby

Maybelline – Baby skin instant pore eraser, £7.99 for 22ml

If the blotting papers aren’t adequate defence against major grease, I would recommend this primer. The trick to achieving a matte face (espesh in summer when humidity makes your face melt off like an Ikea candle), is attacking it from all angles. Prep is the best defence, and with this primer you’ll be as matte as matte can be.

4. Good enough to eat

Hawaiian Tropic – SPF 25 lipgloss in island berry, £6 for 20ml

This does actually smell good enough to eat. And it’s brilliant because it gives a seductive glossy finish to lips, and is intensely moisturising plus has SPF 25 to protect lips from harmful UV rays. If you are going abroad this summer to a country with a hot climate – don’t leave without this sexy (practical) gloss.

5. Milky

L’Occitane – Milk veil with almond proteins, £28 for 250ml

If there’s one thing summer does do – it can seriously dehydrate your skin. This milk veil is the perfect moisturising treat for skin, apply morning and night (after bathing is the best time). This will make you smell gorgeous, and your skin will be as smooth as silk. This milkshake will bring all the boys to your yard!