Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette Review

So I've been having a bit of a rummage through my makeup stash and realized how many eye shadow palettes I have! I thought I'd start to review them for you, starting with the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette (Sephora)...

This is a great little palette, with cheeky names, perfect for travelling and just general everyday use. It's really versatile as there are 9 shadows in total and they can be mixed and matched or used in the order the palette suggests.

The eye shadows are pigmented and fairly easy to blend. Some of the colours need a bit of building up when covering the whole eyelid, especially Honey Pot (and the more shimmery shades).

The palette comes with a handy little guide showing various looks you can achieve with the palette.

I have followed the guide for each of the above looks and took a snapshot of them for you to see. The 3rd look is easily the most pigmented and unnatural look of the 3. But I think my favourite is the Day look.

Row 1 is your Day look and the shades are Heaven, Cashmere Bunny and Sexspresso. This combination is the most natural look you can achieve from the palette, but you can build the colours up for a more intense look.

L-R Heaven, Cashmere Bunny, Sexpresso

Row 2 is your Classic look and the shades are Silk Teddy, Push up and Erotica.

L-R Silk Teddy, Push-Up, Erotica

Row 3 is your Fashion look and the shades are Nudie, Honey Pot and Chocolate Martini. This is a really golden look, honey pot is a lovely pigmented gold shade and suits most eye colours.

L-R Nudie, Honey Pot, Erotica

My go to shades are Silk Teddy all over the lid with Cashmere Bunny through the crease and Sexspresso/Chocolate Martini in the outer V.

So what do you think, what’s your favourite look? & do you own this palette?

Take care,
Amanda x

Sunday, 31 August 2014

August Favourites

Considering my blog is 7 months old I'm surprised I haven't done a Favourites post before. This month I thought I'd post about a few of the things i've been loving in August!

Oskia Renaissance cleansing gel, this is the only cleanser I have been reaching for since I got it. It’s like Turkish delight for your face! Yummy! I use this morning and night and it's my most used cleanser this month!

Maybelline Forever Strong SuperStay nail polish in uptown blue! This has been on my nails the majority of the month. It's long lasting and the colour is just fabulous!

Bitebeauty luminous creme lipstick in Cava. I got this from Sephora in early August and it is the only lipstick I have used since, even on the days I don't leave the house! Definitely worthy of a spot in my favourites!

My Starbucks (cold) cup! Is that weird? I bought this recently and have since been obsessed! Any cold drinks I have, I drink them out of this! Something about it just makes me feel good!

Nestle Lion Bars! I have seriously been addicted to these and eat one at least 3 times a week! Maybe more! Don't judge me! We all need a bit of chocolate to keep us going through our crazy lives!

Pretty Little Liars! I have found a website where I can watch this in the UK and I am currently on season 5 episode 7 so almost up to date with the US! I love this series and hate when it finished in the UK! Please no spoilers if you're from the US!

So what have been your favourites this month?

Take care,
Amanda x

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Body Scrubs

Hey Guys!

I don't know about you but although I have a great facial skincare routine, I often neglect my body.

Going into summer this year I had a few events that meant showing the old legs off so that meant self tan and that comes with preparation...

I invested in some exfoliating mitts as they turn your regular shower gel into a scrub and are so easy to use! You just lather up your gloves and wash your body as normal but you're left with soft skin with no dry patches! What could be easier?

I also bought a couple of actual body scrubs, first up is the Mio Double Buff dual action enzyme exfoliator. It has pumice, lava and bamboo which make up the scrubby bits and also has papaya and pineapple fruit enzymes to make it the dual action scrub it is.

This is the one I use before I self tan as the scrubby bits and added enzymes work brilliantly to get rid of rough dry skin and leaves it extremely soft and ready for self tan! I have used this with the mitts but it works just as well without them. Out of the exfoliating methods I use I find this scrub the best one to use prior to self tanning.

I use the Soap & Glory shower gels a lot and I picked up the scrub from the sugar crush range for a more luxury and gentle scrub, it contains smashed brown sugar & sweet lime. Almond oil & macadamia grains and it smells divine! It also works really well! It sticks to the skin whilst you use it and doesn't drop off like some others I have tried in the past. Perfect for use if you're soaking in the tub!

I now use either a scrub or the mitts at least twice a week and they keep my skin extremely soft and in tip top condition! I just need to remember to moisturize now!

What are your favourite body scrubs? Any recommendations?

Take care,
Amanda x

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Colourful Eyeliner

So is it just me or have you guys also seen a comeback in the coloured eye liner trend?

I recently got rid of a blue eye shadow that wouldn't have been out of place in an 80's movie and then I see blue eye liner everywhere!

Granted I won't be slapping blue eye shadow all over my lids anytime soon but a pop of colour around the eyes actually looks pretty darn good!

I picked up a blue liquid eyeliner and a couple of Kohl pencils in turquoise and green and they look great just on their own or with a really neutral eye look.

If you saw my recent Sephora haul post you would have seen the liquid eyeliner I got. It's the Sephora Collection Colourful Waterproof Eyeliner 24 HR Wear in 06 Pool Party (Matte Flashy Blue) I have used this a few times now and have received compliments every time!

It is a very wet formula so I was worried I would make a right mess but this made me extra careful and it went on easier than I thought. The trick is to just let it dry properly and then it won't budge! I only use this on my top lash line as I think it would be a nightmare to apply to the lower lash line!

Sephora Pool Party, Emerald Sparkle, Aqua Sparkle

I also have 2 Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definers in Aqua Sparkle and Emerald Sparkle (Kohl pencil liners) and have used these on both the upper and lower lash lines and they're great too. No smudges, once set and they're really creamy so apply like a dream!

They also come with a built in smudger and a sharpener as even though they're a mechanical pencil they will need sharpening over time.

No one is more surprised than me that blue eyeliner is back but I am loving it and intend to keep up with trend all the while it lasts!

How about you guys? What do you think and have you rocked any coloured liners yet?

Take Care,

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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Haul ('Haul Week')

Hey guys!
Welcome to the last day of 'Haul Week'! As you know I had 3 hauls to share with you this week and today's is the final one and I have to say it will probably be my last one for quite a long while! Personally I think I have saved the best till last!

If you don't already know I adore Charlotte Tilbury's makeup line. I already have a few items and seeing as I was already on a bit of a spending spree I thought I would add a few bits to my collection.

I placed my (rather expensive) order online and qualified for free Fast 'N' Fabulous delivery. My items came in a beautiful box and were wrapped up in her signature burgundy colour tissue paper and looked just beautiful! (As you can see from the pictures).

I have seen various reviews on Charlotte's Light Wonder Youth-Boosting, Perfect Skin Foundation and really wanted to give it a try. I ordered it in shade 2 Fair and got 3 samples with it in shades 1 Fair, 2 Fair and 3 Fair so you can try them before opening the full size product so you can return or exchange it which I have to say is a brilliant idea when buying online. It turns out shade 2 is perfect for me so I was happy!

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation Fair 2

I have used the sample a couple of times and it is really nice but it clings to the dry patches on my nose and accentuates the dryness. The coverage is great, light to medium and it's a lovely texture but due to it clinging to dry patches, I'm just not sure. I have used a buffing brush and my fingers to apply this and each time it still accentuates the dry patches. I have decided to send this back as it just doesn't work great for me. I'm sure it works well for others and I am disappointed as it's the first product of Charlotte's that hasn't worked for me.

I also picked up her Wonderglow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash which is her version of a primer. This is beautiful when applied to the skin, it really does illuminate in all the right places. You can either use this on it's own to give you a dewy glow, or as a primer under/mixed in with your foundation.

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow

All Charlotte's complexion makeup has skincare ingredients too so it's aimed at being better for your skin than other foundations etc...

I have had my eye on her Filmstar Bronze & Glow Face Sculpt & Highlight palette since it launched so again decided to pick it up. It's essentially a contour and highlight palette but it comes in the most amazing packaging! I got a bit photo happy with this one just because it's so beautiful! Oh and the product does actually live up to expectations!

Charlotte Tilbury Sculpt & Highlight Swatches

The contour shade is perfect for fairer skins and the highlight has just the right amount of shimmer to leave a beautiful sheen on the cheek bones and anywhere else you want to apply it.

I picked up another Rock 'n' Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Eye Cheat which is a nude eye liner ideal for the waterline and is part of her bigger brighter eyes collection. This is a really creamy formula and glides onto the water line with ease and the colour payoff is amazing!

Lastly I picked up her make-up bag (The front is what I have photographed the other products are). I really wanted her limited edition one when it came out but failed to get my hands on it and surprisingly I don't have an everyday makeup bag to keep my essentials in and I love the design on this. I know she has another one coming out for Christmas so might bag that one too...

(All of the links are for Selfridge's (apart from the make-up bag) as they ship internationally and Charlotte's website does not)

So what do you think? What would your picks be from my 'Haul Week' and do you already have any of these items?

Take care,
Amanda x

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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Sephora Haul (Haul Week)

Hello Lovelies!

Welcome back to 'Haul Week' today I am bringing you the 2nd of 3 hauls this week and this one is from Sephora!

Sephora had a triple points offer on recently and also some good point perk deals so as there were a few more bits I wanted I decided to go ahead and place my (final, for a while) order!

I am pretty late on the Tarte bandwagon but apart from the blushes nothing else really took my fancy, until I saw the Tarte Limited-Edition Rainforest After Dark Coloured Clay Eye & Cheek Palette (£30.00/£23.90). This contains 1 Highlighter in Champagne, 1 Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess, 1 blush in Unleashed (nude rose) & 6 eye shadows all in one convenient little palette!

L-R Champagne, Park Avenue Princess, Unleashed

The eye shadow shades are Bare to Explore (pink beige), Make a Mauve (plum mauve), Plum Away with Me (dark plum), Up to No Gold (gold), Tan-gled Up in You (tan), Don’t Turn A-Brown (dark brown). I have swatched these in order from left to right in the below picture.

I then picked up a couple of bits from Marc Jacobs. I have seen The Bronze - Bronzer Brush No 12 ($78.00/£49.06) on a few blogs and vlogs and really wanted to get my hands on it. It is very expensive for what it is and I am yet to use it so although I'm praying it is! It may not be worth the money... I will update you.

After getting the Marc Jacobs 'The Lolita' palette and absolutely loving it, when I saw the new palette 'The Dreamer' (212) ($59.00/£37.11)  I knew I immediately wanted it and would love it!

'The Dreamer'

The eye shadows are described, from left to right in the palette, as follows: Golden Tan shimmer, French Vanilla satin, Deep Espresso matte, Warm Peach matte (Love This), Fiery Copper shimmer (and Love this too), Warm Gold shimmer. I have swatches these from left to right in the picture below.

Next up is a Sephora Collection Colourful Waterproof Eyeliner 24 HR Wear in Pool Party ($12.00/£7.54) which is a vivid cobalt blue colour (described by Sephora as a Matte Flashy Blue) for the top lash line. The first thing I noticed is how wet the liner is and thought it might be a nightmare to apply, but its actually not that bad. Although it's a wet formula it applies easily and dries quickly and it looks amazing!

Pool Party - Sorry for blurred image

Can you guess what's next?... You got it! Another Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick! ($24.00/£15.10) I got the shade Cava (lilac-beige) which is a mauve-nude shade and is really flattering on! I have reached for this a lot since I got it, even when i'm not leaving the house! It looks fabulous on its own and especially over MAC Whirl lip liner.


I also got 3 100 point perks. A Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Brown(out) 54 ($25.00/£15.92). A Sephora Collection Rouge Infusion Lip Stain in 10 Red Essence ($14.00/£8.92) and a Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder ($34.00/£21.66). (I didn't get a choice with the colours I was sent).

My free samples were Kat Von D Unlock-It Makeup Remover Wipes ($15.00/£9.55), Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil Shampoo ($30) & Conditioner ($33) (cannot be shipped to the UK) and a Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment ($69.00/£43.95).

All of the links are for Sephora and if you're in the UK they have recently dropped the shipping cost from £10 to £6 on orders over £75 but you do still have to pay taxes/duties costs on top but you won't be chased for any customs fees upon receipt of your goods. Maybe shop with a friend and split the costs, it could still work out cheaper for you.

Hope you've enjoyed my 2nd haul of the week and found something you fancy. Let me know what your pick of the bunch would be and if you'd purchase any of these items.

Take care,
Amanda x

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