Sunday, 22 April 2018

Makeup Collection: Eye Shadow Palettes

Hello everyone!

I must say, I am really enjoying my makeup collection series which I have had on my blog over the past few weeks. Today I am going to be sharing all of the gorgeous eye shadow palettes!

MAC Warm Neutrals Palette:
This is such a staple in my makeup collection as it has 15 gorgeous shades which I can use to create endless amounts of looks. The shades are all warm toned, which is what I like best, and they're all really pigmented just as any MAC eye shadow usually is. 

MAC Custom Palette:
I created this custom MAC quad quite a while ago now. I love the shades in this as they are perfect for creating either a natural looking eye shadow look or a more smokey dark look. I definitely want to design more custom MAC palettes in the future as it is the perfect way to put all of your favourite eye shadows in one place. 

Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Palette:
These next two palettes I am going to share with you are both from Collection and they're really affordable too. I love using them for quick and easy eye makeup looks as the shades are really easy to blend making them great for quick application. The shades in the Nude Palette are very natural looking and perfect for everyday wear.

Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Bronze Palette:
The other Collection palette I own is my favourite because the shades are really pigmented and shimmery. I took this on holiday with me last year as they looked beautiful on tanned skin. I definitely recommend the Nude Bronze palette if you are looking to buy just one Collection palette!

Makeup Revolution Redemption Day To Night:
I own quite a few Makeup Revolution palettes as they're quality is amazing for the price you pay. The first palette I own is this one, which contains such a wide range of shades. This is perfect because, just as the name suggests, there are shades in here for both daytime and nighttime. The first half of the palette is more on the neutral side and the final 6 shades are so gorgeous and create a mean smokey eye look!

Makeup Revolution Flawless 3 Resurrection Palette:
I love this eye shadow palette as the colour scheme reminds me of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette, which is something I have wanted for ages. There are mattes, shimmers and everything in between in this palette- so you're guaranteed to enjoy it a lot!

Makeup Revolution Mermaids Forever Palette:
I am not someone who usually incorporates a lot of colour into my makeup looks but I absolutely love the colours in this palette anyway. The shades are all really pigmented and look gorgeous, I especially love the purples and greens. 

Makeup Revolution Beyond Flawless Palette:
Of course I also own a 'safe' palette AKA a neutral palette. I own so many different nude eye shadow palettes because you just can't have enough of them when you use nude shadows pretty much everyday. This does consist of mainly shimmers but it's lovely nonetheless. 

Makeup Revolution Girl Panic Palette:
The final Makeup Revolution palette I own is definitely one of my favourites. I really like how there are 6 matte shadows at the bottom of the palette which are great to start a makeup look, and then there are 12 gorgeous super glittery shadows to really make your eye look more glam. 

NYX Gumdrop, Tryst & Showgirl:
Just as I mentioned with the custom MAC palette, I love the idea of custom palettes because you can tailor them to your preferences. I have so far got 3 shadows in my NYX custom palette so I definitely need to add some more shades, but the three shades that are in there so far are blendable and the copper shade looks so stunning when applied with a damp brush or the finger. 

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette:
Whenever I use this Too Faced palette I just cannot stop smelling it because the shades smell so yummy. I just love everything about this palette and it's definitely needed in any makeup bag. 

MUA Spring Break Palette:
I have three MUA palettes in my makeup collection and they are really nice palettes if you're on a budget. They cost £4 each and you get 12 shadows in each palette, so that's around just 33p per shade. I think that that is an absolute steal for shadows which have some great pigmentation. The first MUA palette I own is this Spring Break palette. Unfortunately it was a limited edition palette so it's no longer available, but the shades are still really pretty for the Spring time. I am loving the purple shades and also the really glittery gold shade!

MUA 5th Birthday Palette:
The 5th Birthday palette is definitely my favourite palette out of the three I own because the looks you can create with this are beautiful. There are some matte shades in this which are perfect for starting off your eye look, and then there are some really glittery shades which look stunning on the lid. The glittery shades are really pigmented and I especially love the copper shade and also the pink shades. Again this is a limited edition palette which is such a shame because this is definitely the one you need in your makeup bag! 

MUA Undressed Palette:
Thankfully this MUA palette is still available to purchase as it's a really good one too! This palette is more of your 'everyday' palette as it's filled with lots of lovely nude shades. As you can tell from the image I have used this palette quite a lot because it's just so easy to work with. Again, I do like the glittery shadows a lot because I find that they have a lot more colour payoff but the mattes are nice too. 

Kylie Cosmetics Burgundy Palette: 
This palette probably cost me the most money out of all of my high end palettes because the shipping and customs charges were ridiculous! I absolutely treasure this palette and don't like using it all too often because, although it's an amazing palette especially in the Autumn/Winter months, I probably would never repurchase it. Like I mentioned, there are some beautiful warm toned shades in this palette for the colder months and all of the shades blend out seamlessly on my eyes. If I am using this palette then my go to shades are the top middle shade in the crease, bottom left and right shades in the outer corner, middle left shade on the centre of the lid and top left shade in the outer corner. 

Sleek I Divine in Oh So Special:
I haven't really reached for this palette in a long time because it sits at the back of my makeup drawer and I always forget that I own this. It isn't a terrible eye shadow palette but it's not the best palette I own either. The shade range is pretty but it is very similar to a lot of my other eye shadow palettes, such as the Too Faced Sweet Peach, and I don't really enjoy using this as much as I enjoy using palettes like the Sweet Peach. Most of the shades are pigmented with the exception of one or two, and they are quite difficult to blend on the most part. I did use this palette quite often a few years ago because I thought it was brilliant, until I discovered some of the other palettes I have mentioned in this post haha!

Nip + Fab Sculpted Palette:
Nip + Fab is a brand which I have only discovered fairly recently, but I am really enjoying using their products. I like the fact that this eye shadow palette mostly consists of matte shadows as that is quite rare. Usually matte shadows are quite hard to blend but these blend out really well and don't look patchy or unflattering. The colour scheme of this palette is great for me and I like that there are a few shimmery shades amongst the mattes. 

Zoeva Caramel Melange Palette: 
I was so happy when I bought this palette because I have been lusting over Zoeva makeup for ages- they're items are just so pretty! I had high expectations for this palette and it totally blew me away with how amazing it is. Just look at those shades- they're stunning! You can create natural looks with this palette and you can also add pops of colour to your looks too, which is what I love about the shade range. I also want to mention that the palette is so thin which means you can easily take this travelling with you, although it would be nice if there was a mirror included too:) 

Morphe Copper Spice 25A Palette:
There are so many gorgeous looking Morphe eye shadow palettes and this one is definitely no exception. There are lots and lots of matte shadows in this palette so if those are what you like then this palette will be great for you. There is also an entire row of shadows which are super shimmery and they have insane pigmentation. They also look stunning when applied with a damp brush. 

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette:
I am completely obsessed with Urban Decay eye shadow palettes despite owning only 3! Urban Decay shadows are some of the most high quality eye shadows I have ever tried and you definitely cannot go wrong with them; especially the Naked palettes. I have no idea why I don't own the original Naked palette or the Naked 2 palette because I love the others so much, so those are definitely going to be added to my collection in the future. The Naked 3 palette is full of beautiful rose gold shadows so if that's something you like then you will definitely be a fan of this palette. 

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette:
The second Urban Decay Naked palette I own is the Smoky edition which, you guessed it, is full of gorgeous shades to create lots of smoky eye looks. Just like any other Urban Decay eye shadow, the shadows in this palette are pigmented and blend nicely. I like that for every matte shade there is also a corresponding shimmery shade which is similar, and that way you can alternate between shimmery smoky eye looks and matte looks. 

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette:
The last UD Naked palette in my collection is the most recent palette to be released, of course I'm talking about the Naked Heat! I do go for warm toned eye shadows the most because I feel like they compliment my skin tone the most, so the shades in this palette are very much my every day eye shadow shades. Again, I cannot fault the formula of these eye shadows as they tick every box for me. 

Those are all of my eye shadow palettes- I know, there's quite a few! What is your all time favourite eye shadow palette?

Shop this post: MAC Warm Neutrals Eye Shadow Palette (£49.50) // MAC Pro Palette Refill in Malt (£10.00) // MAC Pro Palette Refill in Naked Lunch (£10.00) // MAC Pro Palette Refill in Cranberry (£10.00) // MAC Pro Palette Refill in Black Tied (£10.00) // Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Palette (£3.99) // Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Bronze Palette (£3.99) // Makeup Revolution Redemption Day To Night (£4.00) // Makeup Revolution Flawless 3 Resurrection Palette (£8.00) // Makeup Revolution Mermaids Forever Palette (£8.00) // Makeup Revolution Beyond Flawless Palette (£8.00) // Makeup Revolution Girl Panic Palette (£4.95) // NYX Pro Shadow Refills in Gumdrop (£2.50) // NYX Pro Shadow Refill in Tryst (£2.50) // NYX Pro Shadow Refill in Showgirl (£2.50) // Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette (£39.00) // MUA Undressed Palette (£4.00) // Kylie Cosmetics Burgundy Palette ($42.00) // Sleek I Divine in Oh So Special (£8.99) // Nip + Fab Sculpted Palette (£12.95) // Zoeva Caramel Melange Palette (£18.00) // Morphe Copper Spice 25A Palette (£19.00) // Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (£39.50) // Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (£39.50) // Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette (£39.50)

Until next time,
Emily xo

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

5 Study Tips

Hello everyone!

I mostly write about beauty on this blog but I also want to write about subjects that are useful for you, my readers. If you're in school/college/university then chances are you're going to be sitting exams at some point, and you want to be prepared as possible for them. Today I am going to share some study tips that work for me, and I hope they work for you too!

1. Leave enough time!
This first tip may be obvious but, unfortunately, a lot of people do not leave enough time to revise all of their course content before their exam. You don't want to be waiting until the week, day or hour before an exam! I find that starting with a small amount of revision about 5 months before an exam works for me, and then I revise a little bit more each week leading up to the exam, and that way I've covered everything I need to. 

2. Make a revision timetable
I always find it useful if I make a revision timetable before I start studying and then I know what I'm going to be studying each day without wasting precious revision time by searching for what topic I need to cover next. So, make a revision timetable and STICK TO IT!

3. Find a method that works for you
You definitely don't want to be sitting for hours on end copying paragraphs from a textbook, you need to find a good revision method that works best for you. It may be mind maps, flashcards or something else, but whatever it is make sure you are covering all information that could possibly show up on the exam.

4. Tidy up
There is absolutely nothing worse than sitting in a messy room trying to revise. You'll waste lots of time looking for paper, pens and whatever else you could possibly need. Tidy up whatever room you're going to be studying in and get out all of your equipment so you're not wandering around endlessly looking for things. 

5. Take breaks
This is probably one of the most important study tips, and you've probably heard it a million times but I am going to say it again! Take short breaks at regular intervals so that you don't become restless. If you sit for hours on end reading books and doing revision then you will definitely not be able to remember everything you have revised that day. What I find useful is revising for 20 minutes, taking a 5 minute break and then testing myself on what I just revised. 

So, they are 5 of my best study tips! I hope that these help you in some way. What are your study tips? 

Until next time, 
Emily xo 

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Makeup Collection: Powders

Hello everyone!

Today I am going to be sharing all of the powders I own. I may not have that many, but the ones I do have are great and really worth sharing:)

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder:
I am always really well stocked up with this powder because it is amazing at mattifying the skin. I have been a fan of this for years and I cannot even begin to imagine how many pans of this I have went through. You really wouldn't think that this powder costs under £4 for the job it does; I would pay so much more for it! 

NYX HD Finishing Powder:
When I first discovered this powder I really liked it, and then I discovered the RCMA powder and I realised that this one just wasn't that great. This was the first loose powder I had tried and to be honest it is just too powdery and finely milled for me. More product ends up on the floor than what's actually on my face, so I find that a lot of product does get wasted which isn't great as you don't get a lot of product in this to start with. It's also a HD powder which is fine until you get your photo taken with the flash on- and then you look like a ghost!

RCMA No Colour Powder:
For about the last year and a half I have been setting my makeup in place with this loose powder. It locks my makeup in place and it doesn't budge all day, which is definitely what I need in a setting powder. It is translucent so it doesn't make my skin look super pale or super orange, and it really isn't badly priced considering one bottle has lasted me almost a year! 

Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder:
I have expressed my love for Kat Von D products, particularly base products, pretty regularly on my blog over the past year or so. The Lock It Setting Powder is the perfect addition to my makeup routine, setting my foundation in place flawlessly and making my skin appear brightened but blurred at the same time. 

Makeup Revolution Loose Banana Powder:
Banana powders have been very popular in the beauty industry and I obviously had to jump on the bandwagon, so I bought this loose banana powder from Makeup Revolution last year. I am not really sure how I feel about this product if I am completely honest. I love the pressed banana powders in the Kat Von D Shade & Light palette and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit as I can control the amount of product I pick up on my brush and the powder actually brightens my under eye area too. I don't feel like this brightens my under eye area as much as some other banana powders do, and I always end up with too much product on my skin as it is a loose powder and once it's on the skin it's really hard to brush off in time before it settles. I am going to give this one last try and if I can't make it work then sadly I will have to pass it on to someone else.

Those are all of the powders I own; some of which I absolutely love and some not so much! Do you prefer loose powder or pressed powder?

Shop this post: Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (£3.99) // NYX HD Finishing Powder (£9.00) // RCMA No Colour Powder (£13.00) // Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder (£22.00) // Makeup Revolution Loose Banana Powder (£5.00)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Bathroom Beauty

Hello everyone!

Beauty products can be found in many places, and the bathroom is no exception to that. In today's post I am going to be sharing all of the beauty products you'll find in my bathroom.

Wilkinson Sword Extra 2 Beauty Razors:
I'm not really sure if a razor constitutes as a beauty product but it's in my bathroom so I'm including it! I love the Wilkinson Sword razors because they're gentle on the skin and removes hair right down to the skin. I definitely prefer disposable razors because they're so much easier and convenient than reusable ones too.

Johnson's Baby Softwash:
This is technically for babies but I have been loving this recently, and I even featured it in a 'Currently Loving' post. This is amazing for lathering on your legs before shaving them as it just gives a smoother shave and leaves the legs feeling extra silky soft. The scent is really gentle too and is perfect if you have sensitive skin. 

Zoella Beauty Snow Fresh Body Wash:
I know that this is a Christmas product but I am still using it in my bath/shower to get washed with. It is no longer available unfortunately but the scent is amazing and it leaves my skin feeling really clean and refreshed. 

Soap & Glory Clean On Me Shower Gel:
I have been using Soap & Glory shower gels for such a long time because I always seem to receive lots of them at Christmas, not that I'm complaining! I love the miniature bottles for taking on holiday with me too. Clean On Me is such a classic Soap & Glory scent and the scent stays on you throughout the day which is always what I want from my shower gels, especially ones that smell as great as this. 

Johnson's Baby Shampoo:
My scalp has been really irritated lately and the only thing which hasn't irritated it is the Johnson's Baby Shampoo. My hair has actually never felt cleaner and I will continue to use this because it leaves my hair not only smelling amazing but feeling and looking amazing too. 

Alberto Balsam Coconut & Lychee Conditioner:

Alberto Balsam is a really affordable brand for shampoo and conditioners, costing just £1 per bottle, but they do the job just as well as any other hair product would. The Coconut & Lychee conditioner is my favourite scent and I just cannot stop smelling my hair when I've conditioned it with this product. 

Radox Feel Recharged Bubble Bath:
I absolutely love a nice soak in a bubble bath and one of my favourite things to put in the bath, besides LUSH products, is Radox bubble bath. The Feel Recharged bubble bath is advertised for men but I like the musky scent and it makes me feel really relaxed. 

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel:
Moving onto skincare now, the first main skincare piece in my bathroom is the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel which I absolutely swear by for removing my makeup. I definitely need to repurchase this ASAP because my bottle is very nearly empty and I don't know how I would cope without this. It removes my makeup so easily and my skin feels amazingly soft after using it too. 

Montagne Jennesse Green Tea Peel Off Mask:
The feeling of peeling off a face mask is so satisfying, it almost feels like you're revealing a fresh layer of skin. This Green Tea mask softens my skin and it feels so moisturised and replenished after using it. 

Which beauty products do you currently have in your bathroom?

Shop this post: Wilkinson Sword Extra 2 Beauty Razors (£3.99) // Johnson's Baby Softwash (£2.29) // Soap & Glory Clean On Me Shower Gel (£6.50) // Johnson's Baby Shampoo (£2.29) // Alberto Balsam Coconut & Lychee Conditioner (£1.00) // Radox Feel Recharged Bubble Bath (£2.29) // Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel (£3.99) // Montagne Jennesse Green Tea Peel Off Mask (£6.00)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Spring Fashion Wish List

Hello everyone!

I haven't done a wish list post since before Christmas so I thought that I would share some Spring fashion pieces which are currently on my wish list. I am going to be doing a beauty wish list soon too, so keep an eye out for that:)

Forever New Floral Organza Sheer Blouse With Lace Trim & Flueted Sleeve:
I don't wear blouses all that often but when I saw this gorgeous lace blouse on ASOS I just wanted to buy it! I love the floral detailing to this and I think that this would look gorgeous with some black skinny jeans or even a black skirt if you really want to dress it up. 

The Jetset Diaries Floral Panel Maxi Dress:
I love a good maxi dress and I am in love with this gorgeous pink floral print design. I am going on holiday this year so this would be perfect for wearing on an evening out (it's far too nice for the beach!) with some sandals, or it could be paired with some biker boots and a biker jacket if you wanted to wear it in the Spring time when it's still chilly outside. 

ASOS Pearl Leather Look Biker Jacket:
Talking of biker jackets, I came across this lovely one from the ASOS own brand. I especially love the pearl detailing to this. This is giving me serious Grease-esque vibes right now!

Topshop Embroidered Lace Mini Dress:
Embroidery has been very popular over the past year, and I have definitely jumped on that bandwagon with a number of my purchases throughout the last year. This dress is just right up my street and I can really see myself getting a lot of wear from it too. 

Topshop 'Venice' T Shirt by Tee & Cake:
This pastel pink t shirt is very Spring appropriate and looks like it would be a great t shirt to throw on with some ripped jeans or a denim skirt when the weather gets a bit warmer. 

Topshop Rose Denim Shacket:
Another item which is in a very Spring appropriate colour is this shacket (mix between a shirt and a jacket). I have been seeing so many rose coloured fashion pieces lately and I think this shacket in particular looks lovely. 

River Island Navy Jacquard Ruched Sleeve Blazer:
I actually don't own any blazers but I have always wanted one as they are very versatile. They can be dressed up either casually or smartly, and that is what I really like about them. This blazer from River Island is a little bit different as it's patterned and has ruched sleeves, but I think it's a lovely statement piece of clothing. 

River Island Yellow Kettle Shoulder Bag:
I often stick with black handbags, and all of the bags I own are black, but I definitely want a coloured bag to add to my collection as they look great. This yellow bag from River Island is such a vibrant colour which would look amazing with jeans and a black coat to really make it stand out and take centre stage!

River Island Black Embellished Block Heel Shoe Boots:
When I saw these on the River Island website I just absolutely fell in love with them. I love block heels and I love embellishments, so these are obviously just made for me! I own a few pairs of River Island shoes and they have been really comfy and sturdy so I would love to get my hands on a pair of these. 

Pretty Little Thing Kerstin Multi Halterneck Sequin Bodycon Dress:
There are some lovely dresses on the Pretty Little Thing website, far too many to include in this post! One of my favourite dresses is this halterneck sequin bodycon dress. I absolutely love anything sparkly!

Those are some of the lovely fashion pieces I have on my wish list right now! What do you have on your fashion wish list?

Until next time,
Emily xo 

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