Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Highlighters EVERYONE Should Own

Hello everyone!

Following on from sharing my ultimate favourite eye shadow palettes a few weeks ago, I also wanted to share the highlighters I cannot live without as highlight is definitely up there in my top makeup products too.

I always used to stay well clear of highlighters as for such a long time I was a die hard fully matte faced girl, but highlighters just add so much dimension to the face. Plus, they're SO pretty!

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo:
My most recent highlighter purchase is this gorgeous Fenty Beauty highlighter duo. I was so excited to finally try a Fenty Beauty product and I think that this highlighter was definitely the perfect starting point. These two shades blend in perfectly with blush because they have pink undertones to them. I will definitely be trying more Fenty products soon, especially their highlighters. 

The Balm Mary Lou Manizer:
This is probably the oldest highlighter I have in my makeup collection, and the very first highlighter I ever used. This is still going strong as you really don't need to use a lot of product- it's really blinding. I love classic champagne highlighters as they go with any makeup look and this is such a classic. This one also looks really beautiful in the inner corner of the eye as it's really long lasting and will not budge. Just look at that STUNNING swatch!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette:
This is one of my more high end products that is really worth the price tag. I love that this palette has two classic champagne shimmery highlighters and then a more bronze one as it looks stunning when you have a tan, and even on the eyes too. These powders are so soft and I'm almost afraid to use them because I know if I used them more often I would need to repurchase (thinking of my bank balance haha!). 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sugar Glow Kit:
I featured this in my 2018 favourites post recently as it has been the highlight (excuse the pun!) of my year. This palette is so versatile as there are 4 different undertones in the palette, and the pigmentation is incredible. I love ABH products in general and this definitely lives up to the usual standard. 

Sleek Solstice Highlighter Palette:
A drugstore favourite of mine is this little Sleek palette which was really inexpensive but was a good find. There are three powder highlighters in the palette which I, of course, use all of the time. The final highlighter is a cream formula and I really like it for on top of the shoulders and collarbones.

Makeup Geek Highlighter in Midnight Sun:
My final highlighter favourite is from Makeup Geek. This is the only highlighter I have tried from Makeup Geek and I really don't know why because I love this one so much and have been wanting to try more for ages now. Midnight Sun is a bronze toned highlighter so I get more use from it when I'm tanned- I used it religiously during and after both of my holidays last year.

Do you love more of a matte look or highlighted? Let me know!

Shop this post: Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo (£26.00) // The Balm Mary Lou Manizer (£20.00) // Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (£56.00) // Anastasia Beverly Hills Sugar Glow Kit (£41.00) // Sleek Solstice Highlighter Palette (£9.99) // Makeup Geek Highlighter in Midnight Sun (£14.95)

Until next time,
Emily xo

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Eye Shadow Palettes EVERYONE Should Own

Hello everyone!

Eye shadows have just got to be up there in my ultimate favourite makeup products; I just love how creative you can be with them. I have some cult favourites which I think everyone should have in their lives, and I will be letting you all in on the secret today!

You will definitely notice a trend in this post- I am an absolute sucker for warm toned eye shadows!

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar
This palette has got to be up there in my ultimate faves- just look at it! This is everything I could ever ask for in a makeup palette as there is not a single shade that I wouldn't, or don't, use. The shadows are really creamy and are so easy to use- but what else would you expect from Jeffree Star Cosmetics?! If you love warm toned shadows but want something a bit different then you need to get your hands on this palette because those reds are STUNNING, and I have never ever seen those shades anywhere else before!

(Left to right: Blood Sugar, Prick, Cavity & Donor)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam
It took me such a long time to actually try ABH eye shadows but they have been raved about for such a long time and I knew I couldn't go on much longer not knowing how I would get on with them. I definitely think that the Soft Glam palette was the perfect first palette to try from ABH and it will not be the last either. The shades are just what I like for everyday wear. They are a little on the powdery side and therefore there is a little bit of fall out, however this just means they blend out the best. 

(Left to right: Mulberry, Bronze, Sultry & Rose Pink)

Kylie Cosmetics Burgundy
This palette really converted me to wearing more colourful shades on a daily basis; including purples and burgundies. I have had this palette for such a long time but I still use it regularly. It has just the right amount of shades to create lots of different looks whilst still being travel friendly as it's very slim and compact. Kylie's shadows are the most pigmented ones I've tried and this really was the beginning of the burgundy love for me. 

(Left to right: New York, Dubai, Burgundy & LA)

Urban Decay Born To Run
I actually picked this up in the airport on holiday as it was significantly cheaper than buying it in the likes of Debenhams or House Of Fraser. I had had this on my wish list ever since it came out as the shades just screamed 'ME!'. I used this every evening on holiday as it has the perfect mix of neutral shades and glam shades, so I'm definitely pleased I picked it up when I did.

(Left to right: Wildheart, Wanderlust, Guilt Trip & Hell Ride)

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Ring The Alarm
Warm toned shadows is what I like best and this palette reminds me so much of my beloved Kylie Cosmetics Burgundy Palette. Again, I love that this is full of burgundies because those are the shades that are easiest to incorporate into everyday looks whilst not being too bright and daring at thesame time. There is great pigmentation with the mattes which are usually the least pigmented shades in a palette, plus those shimmers are perfection.

(Left to right: Alert, Bomb Ass, Boom & Lolli)

Too Faced Sweet Peach
This palette is just so versatile and has been a favourite in my collection for almost 2 years now. I love the shimmers in this palette as they're so pigmented. You wouldn't believe the amazing looks you can create with this palette- don't be fooled by the neutrals! The delicious peach scent gets me every time too haha. 

(Left to right: Delectable, Bellini, Just Peachy & Luscious)

I hope that you have gained some palette inspiration from this post! Do you own any of these? If not you're really missing out!

P.S. I totally would have included the Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette in this as it's the ultimate neutral palette but they don't sell it anymore:( 

Until next time,
Emily xo

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Currently Loving #17

Hello everyone!

This is my first favourites post since both Christmas and my Birthday so I definitely have quite a few products to get through. I will try to keep things as brief as possible and if there are any products you would like a full review on in a separate post then please do let me know.

Missguided The Glow Up Shimmer Body Mist (sold out):
This body mist was part of one of the gift sets which I featured in a Christmas gift guide back in December, and I absolutely could not resist keeping this one for myself. This body mist contains gold shimmer so you can imagine just how beautiful it looks on the skin- especially on an evening! The scent is also divine and I just hope that they bring this back in December. 

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Alien Palette (£46.00):
There was absolutely no doubt that the iconic Jeffree Star Cosmetics Alien palette would be making an appearance in this post, nor should it shock you. This has been a Holy Grail product of mine ever since December and you can definitely tell how well loved this is. I will be needing a new one soon haha!

Pandora Enchanted Crown Ring (£60.00):
This ring is something I also got for Christmas and I honestly could not be happier to finally have it. I have been lusting over this for months because I don't have anything quite like this and I think it's just stunning. I absolutely love the black stones and that makes it quite unique. 

Shawn Mendes Signature 2 Perfume 100ml (£41.00):
I am a big fan of the first perfume Shawn released, and have went through about 4 bottles, so I was super excited when he released Signature 2. I knew that I would love this from the get go and I totally do. It's quite a musky scent compared to the Signature 1 however a beautiful scent nonetheless, plus I can still smell it hours after putting it on. 

MAC Matte Lipstick in Whirl (£17.50):
I have been a lover of liquid lipsticks for quite some time now but sometimes it is so much quicker and easier to just swipe on a regular lipstick, especially if you're in a rush or doing a more natural makeup look. When I went to Edinburgh in December I spotted this MAC lipstick in the shade Whirl and it just looked like the perfect everyday colour for me, plus it's a matte formula which is pretty much all I wear! I love this as it's really quick to apply and it's on the darker side so the perfect way to brighten up your makeup whilst still sticking with a nude. I hadn't bought a MAC lipstick in about 2 years prior to this but it has reminded me just how much I love their products, especially the lipsticks. 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light (£45.00):
Also on my Edinburgh trip I picked up this bronzer from Hourglass. One of the artists at the Hourglass counter used this on me and it was just so beautiful that I could not say no. These bronzers are really special as they have Photoluminescent Technology infused into them which really manipulates the natural light to give your face a sculpted look whilst still looking natural. I love just grabbing a fluffy brush and buffing this around the face. 

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette (£42.00):
I was really surprised to get this gorgeous palette for Christmas and I have been getting so much use out of it ever since. I did a whole blog post about this beauty but in a run down the shades are so unique, pigmented and pretty. 

MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in NC35 (£26.00):
I have wanted to try this powder for quite some time now as it is definitely one of the most raved about beauty products. I finally got my hands on one for my Birthday and I tried it out immediately. I absolutely love this as it adds just that bit extra coverage to your face because it is a powder foundation. This is definitely overtaken my Rimmel Stay Matte as I do not have to touch up my face whatsoever throughout the day. Definitely going to repurchase this when I've finished this pan, which shouldn't be too long as I am using this everyday! 

Those are the bits and pieces I am loving at the moment. What are your current favourites? 

Shop this post: Missguided The Glow Up Shimmer Body Mist (sold out) // Jeffree Star Cosmetics Alien Palette (£46.00) // Pandora Enchanted Crown Ring (£60.00) // Shawn Mendes Signature 2 Perfume 100ml (£41.00) // MAC Matte Lipstick in Whirl (£17.50) // Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light (£45.00) // Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette (£42.00) // MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation (£26.00)

Until next time,
Emily xo

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette | Review & Swatches

Hello everyone!

After receiving the gorgeous Urban Decay Naked Cherry palette for Christmas I thought it was only fair that I did a whole post dedicated to it, sharing swatches and my final thoughts.

The packaging:
I own all of the previous Urban Decay Naked palettes and they are all the same rectangular shape, each containing 12 shades. This has got to be my favourite palette in terms of packaging as I love the different coloured cherries on the front which each correspond to a shade in the palette. It's a sturdy plastic which I also really like as it just makes the palette feel all that more high end. I also really like how every Urban Decay Naked palette comes with a dual ended brush. The brush in this palette is a transparent pink shade and I will definitely put it to good use. 

The shades: 
I have never really tried eye shadows that are pink like the majority of these- I just didn't know how I would make them work. I love the colour range as there are enough shades for full eye looks which is a must have with any palette. I actually used this palette for the first time on Christmas day and I loved how the shades Feelz and Devilish blend together for the perfect crease and outer corner shade. Bang Bang is a shade I do not own anything like as well so that is definitely a stand out of the palette for me. 

The formula: 
It's no surprise that these shadows are super creamy and really easy to work with. They don't take a lot of blending out and the pigmentation is on par. I definitely do not expect anything less with Urban Decay eye shadows considering I have been using them, and loving them, for years now.

The swatches: 
Of course I wanted to share swatches of all of the shades with you all so you can see just how beautiful the shades are;
 (Left to right: Feelz, Bang Bang, Caution & Hot Spot)
 (Left to right: Bing, Ambitious, Turn On & Juicy)
(Left to right: Privacy, Drunk Dial, Young Love & Devilish)

Overall thoughts: 
The Urban Decay Naked Cherry has, yet again, been an absolute hit in my books. The shades are unique and something I definitely need a lot more of in my makeup collection. This is why I absolutely love Urban Decay eye shadows.

Have you tried the Urban Decay Naked Cherry palette? What are your thoughts?

Shop this post: Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette (£42.00)

Until next time,
Emily xo

Sunday, 13 January 2019

What I Got For My Birthday | 2019

Hello everyone!

On Friday I celebrated my Birthday which meant I got some lovely prezzies, and I wanted to share them with you all today.

For my Birthday this year I asked for a few bits and pieces but I did just mainly want money as I was planning on getting a tattoo. I am writing this post after my Birthday so I have got my tattoo now, and I am already planning on getting another very soon. If you would like to see what I got then head over to my Instagram or you can wait until my blog post which is coming soon.

On to the presents, the first item I received is the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Androgyny Palette (clearly I cannot go one post without mentioning his products haha!). I own two of his most recent palettes but this is one I have wanted for a while, it is just always out of stock whenever I have the money to buy it. I used this on my birthday as well as the days following and it has reminded me just how much I am obsessed with JSC products- if you couldn't tell already!

I think it's probably quite fitting if I also mention the other Jeffree Star Cosmetics product I got; another one of his 2018 holiday liquid lipsticks. This time I got the shade Scandal which is a pretty mauve purple shade. I don't own anything like this and it looks so pretty so I'm really excited to show it off.

I also asked for a few everyday makeup bits because the products I use are on the pricier side so they make great gifts. First of all I got my Holy Grail Kat Von D Lock It Foundation in the shade Light 45 Warm, and this is my absolute perfect shade match. I absolutely swear by this foundation as it's so high coverage and lasts at least 12 hours without the need of a touch up. To go along with the foundation I also got the Lock It concealer in Light 7 Warm which is the perfect shade for me.

To go along with those makeup base products I also received the MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in NC35, which is something I also did ask for. I have actually not tried this before now but I have heard many amazing things about it so I thought it was about time I tried it too. Expect this to be in a favourites post soon because so far so good!

From my friends I got some bottles of Koppaberg aka my favourite drink ever alongside some Thornton's shortbread and some croissants which I ate straight away- they were delicious!

My sister got me these gorgeous earrings from Goldsmiths as I have been loving this style recently. She also got me a wine glass which I absolutely love because if you know me then you know I love anything with glitter on it.

Last but not least, my main present was a beautiful Tiffany & Co necklace. I have had my eye on this necklace for years now but it is quite pricey and just couldn't justify buying it however I am so excited to finally have my hands on it. This gift was totally unexpected and it is just absolutely gorgeous. The chain is the perfect length and the charm is perfect too- I'm never taking it off haha.

Let me know in the comments when your Birthday is! How are you going to celebrate it?

Until next time,
Emily xo

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