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Sunday, 27 May 2012

My (Must Have) MAC Eyeshadow Palette: Review & Swatches


Edit: I'm in the process of updating my MAC palette, although I like this version - I wanted a bit of a change so I'll be creating a new post on it soon :)



For a long time I wasn't happy with my 15 Pan Palette, I had a bunch of shadows that didn't really suit my skin tone and colours that were extremely similar - I was sort of just buying popular colours that I saw other people buying and not really making my own choice. I was determined to create a palette that I was excited by and so when I looked at it I wouldn't feel like I needed anything else. I don't think the latter claim will be possible but I think I could control that urge by looking through my eyeshadow collection or mixing colours. 

One thing I feel is really important - shadow placement - it makes such a difference to how your palette looks and you'll get more inspired to create different looks. So take some time looking at your colours and organising them in a manner so that you'll get the most out of them, It doesn't necessarily have to be from light to dark or warm to cool.

I have other colours too but these colours are the ones I feel go good together and that I travel with. Also I do have 2 Urban Decay shadows in this palette - they are from the new reformulated line where the pan pops out but I just depotted them out of its packaging as I really didn't care for Urban Decay's new 6 pan palette (it's a nice idea but it's too bulky for me). I just picked these up and am so impressed - LOVE!



Row #1 

Retrospeck (Lustre) - MAC describes this as a 'Beached Blonde' and I would agree - It's soft shimmery pale gold that a less warm than your average gold. This is my brightening shade - I like it for my medium complexion as it's not as stark as something like Shroom which just looks white on me. Texture wise - even though it's a Lustre finish I find it quite smooth and it doesn't give me any fall out issues. Retrospeck is a great face highlighter too

Tan pressed Pigment - I find using a pigment pressed is so much easier and I tend to use it nonstop instead of it being in some messy jar at the back of my drawer. I read somewhere that Kim Kardashian like using this shade when going for a light shimmery smokey eye - it's soft of a pinky light gold shimmery colour. Tan adds a wonderful shimmer to any look and is fun layering over your look to give it an extra dimension. Sometimes it can be a little too shimmery but I've sort of learned not to over apply it and place it carefully where I want shimmer. This also, like Retrospeck or any shimmery light eyeshadow, can be used to highlight the high points of your face.

Cork (Satin) - A great matte mid tone brown blending colour or to define the crease. I really like this to worm up cool looks that could wash me out - Cork adds the right amount of warmth without stealing the show. It's also great for eyebrows. It's very similar to Buck in Urban Decay's Naked Palette. Also, I use this to contour my nose lightly with a fluffy blending brush.


Swatches (Left to Right): Retrospeck, Tan Pigment, Cork

Row #2

Woodwinked (Veluxe Pearl) - If you're thinking about it, give in to the hype and get it. I love this antique gold with pearl but I've heard it can turn orange or green on some so I'd try it out in store to be sure. I like using this on it's own and once blended out from the lid to crease it develops another tone - almost duo-chrome like. I think this Veluxe Pearl is so much smoother than the rest - really one of MAC's softest and most pigmented shadows.

Cranberry (Frost) - This is a really smooth plum with pink shimmer. This is another colour that looks amazing when added to neutral looks and blending out darker colours into the crease. If buying this I recommend getting it in a pro pan form if you are planning to put it on a palette because because it's very soft it can shatter easily.

Antiqued (Veluxe Pearl) - This is a coppery brown shade that is great paired with heavy black liner for a deep smoky sultry look. It really looks great on brown eyes but I think the trick is to pack it on to get a nice rich pay off.


Swatches (left to right): Woodwinked, Cranberry, Antiqued

Row #3

Tempting (Lustre) - When I got this shadow I was choosing between Bronze and this and ended up choosing Tempting as it was a little cooler and in my opinion more versatile - its a lovely coco bronze. This has got to be the best Lustre finish that MAC has - it's so pigmented, smooth and shimmery! I like using this colour with blues as well as Retrospeck. I have Romp as well and I don't see the difference between the two.

Chocolate Brown pressed Pigment - This looks darker than it actually is - again it's very shimmery and easy to overuse but its nice to glam up neutral looks if you're feeling bored. It doesn't have very strong red undertones and blended out it's easy to wear everyday. Again green eyes are definitely going to shine with this kind of colour. It's a great staple pigment but I really suggest buying samples and pressing them - it's cheaper and you'll never use a whole jar of pigment anyway.

Rockstar (Shimmer) - This is an amazing smoky purple. I feel like it's more neutral compared to other purples and so I can see myself wearing this a lot especially with Beauty Marked and Cranberry. The texture of these shadows is unbelievable - it almost feels like a cream. I'm so happy with these shadows it's going to be hard not to buy more.


Swatches (Left to Right) Tempting, Chocolate Brown Pigment, Rockstar

Row #4

Satin Taupe (Frost) - I don't know why I held of getting this shadow for so long - I can't live with this taupy purply shade! It's a MAC classic and I definitely think it's worth it. Satin Taupe has a smooth pearl that runs through it and works equally well with warm colours as it does with cool. I haven't met anyone who this shadow doesn't look good on.

Greensmoke (Lustre) - One of my first MAC shadows - it's like a dirty green (but in a nice way) with greyish undertones. It's probably my favourite green of all time just because it's not full on colour so I don't have to think about going overboard with my eye makeup. It also has a nice gold shimmer through it - if you haven't seen it before, next time you're at MAC I suggest swatching it. 

Loaded (Shimmer) - Just wow! This is a greenish/teal colour with a black base. It can be used to deepen a look as it goes on very dark and once blended some of the greenish hues are lost. My favourite way to use this is over a green base and packed on to achieve it's true colour. Again - this is uber pigmented and so soft. Urban Decay's new eyeshadows are really something to look at.


Swatches (Left to Right) Satin Taupe, Greensmoke, Loaded

Row #5

Atlantic Blue (Matte) - At first glance this is a basic cobalt blue but once applied the violet tones in the shadow really show through. Blues look great on brown eyes and since it's purple undertone I can use this both with blue looks or purple ones. My favourite way of using this is with Romp all over the lid and Atlantic blue in the outer V - it may seam strange but blues and bronze tones look great together. 

Deep Truth (Frost) - is a deep blue with an eye catching pearl. If you pack it on you can get that intense blue colour but when blended it just adds depth and darkens things up. I find a lot of people like Deep Truth and MAC comes out with many variations of this colour in their million and one collections. Again, amazing with brown eyes.

Beauty Marked (Velvet) - I remember having this colour a long time ago and then losing it - I really loved it and I think it used to be a better texture. Any one else find this? In any case I prefer this to black as I find it has a more interesting effect - it's basically an off black with purple glitter. I find if you pack it on you can get that purple tone to show but it doesn't have the greatest texture.



Swatches (Left to Right): Atlantic Blue, Deep Truth, Beauty Marked 



Swatches (Left to Right): Retrospeck, Tan Pigment, Cork, Woodwinked, Cranberry, Antiqued. Tempting, Chocolate Brown Pigment, Rockstar, Satin Taupe, Greensmoke, Loaded, Atlantic Blue, Deep Truth, Beauty Marked

I know a lot of people have their 'Neutral Palette' and this is my take on it - I realise it's not all browns and beiges but I tend to wear a lot of smoky shades and dark colours so this is the perfect mix colour and neutrals for me - plus colours don't have to be applied as vibrant as they appear!

Anyway I hope you enjoyed this post, please tell me some of your favourite shadows. Others worth mentioning are definitely Club (a green/red duochrome) but I already have a dupe for that by MUA, Amber Lights (it's a little to orange for me though), Fig 1 is a great plummy matte colour with a better texture than Sketch. Brown Script is easily one of the softest MAC shadows and it would be in this palette if the Louise Young Essential Eye Palette (that I use in conjunction with all my eyeshadows) didn't have a similar colour, Smut is soft of muted black with mauvey/red undertones - when I mix Rockstar + Beauty Marked I get the same thing. Lastly I really like Urban Decay's Mushroom (intense true taupe)

Also last thing - I'm dying to depot my Urban Decay Naked and Naked 2 Palette to have everything in one Z Palette or Uni Palette. Please give me your thoughts because I have a feeling I might regret it - I just feel I like using them together and it would just be easier but I don't the Z palette to look scruffy. Let me know what you think because as far I as I have searched online, not many people have done so.

xxx

Oh and don't forget - NARS BLUSH GIVEAWAY! 

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Monica Belluci for Dolce & Gabbana Lipstick Collection: Review & Swatches



A little while ago now I took a trip down to Harrods in order to take a break from being housebound. I was in need of a splurge so passed the Dolce & Gabbana beauty counter. It's my first dip into this brand and I'm really enjoying the textures, colours and products. At the time I was in an incredibly bad mood and some in incredibly gaudy packaging was definitely the route to cheer me up.


Monica Bellucci's lipstick collection is a total of six shades that includes a nude, a coral, a bright pink, a fiery orange with red undertones, a classic ruby red and a deep plum colour. The collection is extremely well executed and encompasses Dolce & Gabbana's lipstick formulas. I think I was so drawn to the collection as Monica Bellucci has a similar skin tone to me and thought that these shades really suited me.



Granted, at £24.50 (classic line of D&G lipsticks = £23, Gloss Fusion Lipsticks = £25) a lipstick the price can be difficult to justify but, and I know this is a big claim - if I only had to have 6 lipsticks on this planet these would be it. It has truly become my favourite lipstick line and I'm devastated that it's limited edition because it really hurts to purchase more. Nonetheless, I did swatch pretty much the whole line and there are available 'almost' dupes within the line itself. The only thing that I don't like are the names - I find them a little cheesy but it really doesn't matter too much. 

As I said before the formulations across the range differ - out of the three I picked up (shown below) Natural and Italian Monica are highly pigmented, very smooth and creamy. I don't know how to differentiate them from other brands, one just needs to try them! The coral shade: Only Monica is a little sheerer than the rest and imparts a glossy finish - this is the only one of its kind in the line.. All these lipsticks are incredibly long lasting, make your lips look plump and don't settle into lines.

Furthermore, Dolce & Gabbana's permanent line (so far only available in Harrods in London - don't know where else in the UK, if you do please comment below) has a vast array of shades and I seriously think if you're looking for a new lipstick and you're contemplating YSL, Chanel or any of the other popular brands - check out Dolce and Gabbana! You won't be disappointed. 


Swatches Left to Right: Natural Monica (Nude) , Only Monica (Coral pink) , Italian Monica (Orangey red)


Comparisons...


Swatches left to right: Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream Stockholm, Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream Abu Dhabi, Revlon Mauve it Over, Mac Kinda Sexy, MAC Fanfare, MAC A Perfect Day, D&G Natural Monica, MAC Woo Me Kissable Lip Colour, Giorgio Armani Shine Lipstick #25, Nars Tzigane, MAC Bare Again, Nars Pure Matte Lipstick Bangkok, Urban Decay Naked, Tom Ford Pink Dusk

I think the closest here is MAC Kinda Sexy & MAC Bare again ( Paired with a slightly darker pinky nude or mauve lipliner 


Swatches Left to Right: MAC Vegas Volt, MAC Costa Chic, MAC See Sheer, D&G Only Monica, Burberry Golden Peach, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Antwerp, MAC So Vain, Nars Casablanca 

I think the closest is MAC Vegas Volt if you were to apply it lightly, MAC See Sheer, and MAC So Vain Kissable Lip Colour


Swatches left to right: Illamasqua Temper Intense Lipgloss, Sleek OMG, D&G Italian Monica, YSL Rouge Volupte #15 Extreme Coral 

I think here the closest is Sleek OMG - and I have a feeling MAC Lady Danger but I don't have that to show you

Edit: I forgot to mention these lipsticks are floral scented.

As always thanks so much for reading this post and letting me know your thoughts and if you haven't already please enter my NARS Blush Giveaway!


xxx

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

FOTD - Summer Pout


Today I had an amazing day in the park and in spirit of the bright sunny day I decided the wear one of my favourite lipsticks, MAC's Impassioned. I paired it with gunmetal liner and a clean looking base.
It's one of those shades that just gives you confidence and makes you feel happy - plus it's extremely eye catching due to its almost neon hue.
Face

Cinema Secrets Foundation #302-65A & #303-66A (used as concealer as well)
MAC Studio Careblend Powder in Medium Plus
MAC Warm Soul Blush
Nars Laguna Bronzer


Eyes

Urban Decay Sin & Virgin Eyeshadow all over lid, browbone and inner corner
Urban Decay Naked in Crease
MAC Pearl Glide Liner in Black Swan
MAC Teddy in waterline
Lancome Doll Eyes Mascara



Lips

MAC Nice'n'Spicy Pro Longwear Lipliner
MAC Impassioned Lipstick


What bright lipsticks are you going to be wearing during the Summer?

xxx

Don't forget to enter my Nars Blush Giveaway!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Essie All In One Base Review



So, I'm not really one for nail polish, I mean I really think one looks much more groomed when your nails look neat and clean but I don't really believe in spending copious amounts of money on variations of the same colour. Cheaper nail polish is great and one of my favourite brands is Rimmel, they're only £2.99 and they have a large shade selection. I have around 25 polishes in all even though I do have some OPI and Chanel - which I whacked from my mother hehe.. - I don't think they perform any better than Rimmel. 

Anyway, now you know how I feel about nail polish - back to review. I really needed a good base coat as my nails were starting to stain yellow and the base coat I hated the base coat I had (some NYC polish that I threw away) and it was so old anyway. I was looking into buying Illamasqua's Base Coat but when I was in Boots the other day I passed the new Essie stand and saw this so decided to pick it up and at £8.99 I thought it was reasonable. I tried it out and I really love it, it has a thin consistency and applies very evenly. It has a clear colour (although looking aquaish in the bottle) and protects the nail well whilst drying within a minute. I even think my nails have become stronger since. It's definitely made it's way into my nail routine and I recommend it if you're looking for a base coat.


What base coat do you use?

And if you haven't already please enter my Nars Blush Giveaway!

xxx

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2012!



Hey everyone! 

So the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards is now open and this isn't meant to be a plea or anything - it's simple. If you appreciate my blog and my opinions then I would be grateful if you would nominate me. I realise I haven't been blogging long at all and I'm already extremely appreciative to those who visit, comment and follow this blog!

Even if you don't nominate me - please nominate your favourite blogs as it's really encouraging for bloggers out there to obtain recognition! Also there's a chance to win £500 if you nominate a blog. (plus it's just a nice thing to do…)


It isn't complicated at all just CLICK HERE to over to the site and there's also a section where you can nominate blogs less than a year old!

Thanks again!

xxx

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Loreal Carresse VS Revlon Lip Butter Review & Swatches


Sheer moisturising lipsticks are clearly on the rise! Everyone wants that 'moisturising' feel on their lips. I really think with the recent trend the more affordable brands are the way to go. I mean as nice as the packaging is on YSL Rouge Volupte Perle - these lipsticks do the same thing for a lot less - and if you really wanted - dab your pigmented lipstick onto your lips and pair it some lip balm and you've got the same thing!

Conversely, I do like both of these lipsticks.


Revlon Lip Butter (£7.99)  - Strawberry Shortcake

I must admit, I only bought this colour because I heard it was a dupe for MAC's Flamingo Lipstick from the Iris Apfel Collection - I wanted that colour so badly and wasn't willing to pay £50 on Ebay. I do like the formulation and it is moisturising but I find it slightly gritty - I don't think I'll buy anymore - if I do I'll go for the more pigmented colours. Having said that, for a sheer lipstick they aren't really sheer.

Loreal Rouge Carresse Lipstick (£7.99) - Cheeky Magenta

I was attracted to this colour as I don't have anything like it. It's a cool toned bright pink with hints of purple. The packaging is also quite nice, reminds me of the Shu Uemura lipsticks and the blunt tip if the lipstick makes for really easy quick application almost like a balm. Formula wise - definitely moisturising, smooth, and pretty long lasting for a sheer type of lipstick - they actually remind me of the Benefit Silky Finish lipsticks just not as smooth (Benefit's actually feel like butter!). Additionally Pigmentation on this shade is really strong and for most of the line I found the same. I really want to go back for the coral colour!

EDIT! While writing this post I went and got some more : Nude Ingenue & Aphrodite Scarlet. Also I found that Aphrodite Scarlet is a dupe for Benefit Silky Finish Lipstick in My Treat - one of my favourite lipsticks, Benefit's is more pigmented, a little less pink and slightly softer on the lips but Loreal's can be built up.


Swatches Left to Right: Revlon Lip Butter Strawberry Shortcake, Loreal Rouge Caresse Cheeky Magenta, Loreal Rouge Caresse Aphrodite Scarlet, Loreal Rouge Caresse Nude Ingenue



Swatches Left to Right: Loreal Rouge Caresse Aphrodite Scarlet, Benefit My Treat



Overall

I would definitely go for Loreal over Revlon in this case, it's just a better all round product and I highly recommend them. Nonetheless, as far as price goes I think they are both priced quite high and are taking advantage of the sheer lipstick trend at the moment - I really would like to see them around the £5 mark. What do you think? 


Also if you haven't already, enter my Nars Blush Giveaway!

xxx

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Nars Blush Collection + Swatches, Review & Nars Blush Giveaway (International)!! CLOSED



I know it seems I'm a bit of a Nars fanatic and well… that's because I am! I love the quality, pigmentation, consistency of most of their line - and even though they are pigmented there's a translucency that doesn't cause it to be overpowering. With the right brush - these blushes can definitely be buildable. . However, the thing I like most about their blush range are the colours! In my opinion it is an extremely well executed array of shades and even though there are a lot of shimmery ones, I don't feel as though the shimmer takes away from the blush, instead I feel it adds a glowy look (at least with the shades I have! I haven't tried glittery ones like Super Orgasm!) I started this collection a little over a year ago and buy most of them on ASOS when they have sales and a couple from Space NK. (GIVEAWAY AT THE END OF THIS POST!)


Madly & Luster

Left to Right - Madly, Luster

Madly (Shimmer) - described by Nars as a 'soft seashell pink', I don't really agree with their description - it is rosier than Luster but not obviously so. I would describe it as mix of terracotta/brown/tan with a slight peachy undertone with a little bit of gold shimmer that doesn't really show but just stops it from being flat. I love this colour! It warms up the complexion without looking too obvious and can be paired with any look. I also feel like I can't go overboard with Madly which is refreshing for Nars' blushes. If you were wondering MAC's Warm Soul is a lot peachier and has more shimmer/glitter.

Luster (Shimmer) - 'A sheer golden apricot'. This description I do agree with - it's sort of like Taj Mahal for really fair complexions. On my olive complexion, again I can wear it with anything but I prefer it when I have a have a cooler toned eye look as I feel it balances out nicely, or layer it over a matte blush. It is pretty pigmented but delivers a translucent effect if that makes sense, your skin is still visible through - it does have a sheen which transfers to be a really glowy effect! I have posted a FOTD with this. I've heard that it can look a little reddish on some, especially fair skintones so if you are unsure I'd recommend trying it out first. Darker skins can use this as a highlight. 

A lot of people say if you have are pink toned go for Madly and if you are yellow toned then you'll be more suited towards Luster. I personally love both so I can't comment! Oh and both these colours blend in with bronzer so well its ridiculous!

Taj Mahal & Exhibit A

Left to Right - Taj Mahal, Exhibit A

Taj Mahal (Shimmer)-  Probably my favourite blush of them all, this blush is extremely unique and I haven't been able to find something like it as yet. This colour is a burnt orange with a golden glow shot through it. It is also extremely pigmented but when used correctly it gives of a gorgeous effect! This blush is widely regarded to be amazing on darker skins and I would have to agree as the orange tones give the illusion of a natural beaming complexion. If your are fair, you will have to be careful and literally dab your brush with it as it can be easily overdone. Nonetheless if used correctly fairer skin will enjoy a 'I've been on holiday' look. I use this blush all year round and am quite obsessed!

Exhibit A (Matte) -  The newest addition to my collection. I was definitely part of the 'I'm not going near Exhibit A blush' group. I mean, me, I already have redness in my skin why do I want to add more? Then the day came, around six months ago - I tried it on at the Nars counter just to see what it was like - bearing in mind I used the tiniest bit! I was surprised to realise that this red leaned very orange and was more so a warm red than a cool blue undertoned one. Due to this is actually can look the most natural of them all. After trying out BlushingPixie's way of using this, I completely agree with her method and enjoy this blush by pairing it with a sheer red or orangey lip colour! It's definitely a try before you buy sort of colour and regardless of what you complexion - use sparingly on already powdered cheeks and blend blend blend! 

Gaeity & Angelika

Left to Right - Gaeity, Angelika

Gaiety -  A coolish candy pink - I've already done a separate review on it so click here to check it out!

Angelika (Matte with glittery bits) - Pink and sparkly! What more could a girl want? Be aware that the sparkle is easily tapped of your brush if that's your preference. This pink is amazing for all complexions and in my opinion looks great on warmer complexions - because of its golden shimmer overlay. StrippedCanvas sports it incredibly well. I think out of all my pink blushes, this one is the easiest to wear and really complements natural looks and doesn't take away from eyes or lips but pulls the look together. It's a great layering blush as well - I highly recommend it.

Desire & Mata Hari

Left to Right - Desire, Mata Hari

Desire (Matte) - This is a great all round pink - if you need a pink blush. Go for this one regardless of your complexion. Seriously it's bright but it transfers onto the skin as a sheer translucent wash on the cheeks making you look youthful and girly - I can't be without it! I first heard about it from Kim Kardashian's makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic as he describes it as the perfect pink blush. I love this when paired with Nars' Laguna or Madly bronzer and will work for every skintone - very pretty combination that I learned when I was at a Nars Masterclass! 

Mata Hari (Matte) - is a pinky mauve colour. I tend to go for this colour more so in the winter or when I want something polished and understated. Also, I find this colour complementary on both warm complexions. I imagine it to give a similar effect to Sin but without the sparkle - but I don't have Sin to compare. It  This blush is very elegant and versatile and I think for cooler complexions it's definitely a winner.  

Amour & Gina 

Left to Right - Amour, Gina

Amour (Matte) - a peachy pink colour with slight reddy undertones - a great staple for any blush collection. It's similar, not exact, to Orgasm without the golden shimmer - just a tad more reddish. A great summer blush - it looks incredibly natural on the skin but at the same time adds a little something special to your look as even though it's matte it's not a flat shade. I love this colour with a greenish eye look. I don't see this blush talked about much and I hope that changes because I'm tired of the orgasm hype!

Gina (Matte) -  a pure tangerine and my first Nars blush! This is summer in a blush and I love it! Seriously so flattering and I wouldn't have paid much attention to it if not for Ingrid (MissGlammorazi on Youtube) What can I say? I enjoyed this colour so much that it triggered my Nars blush obsession! Any colour that can do that is pretty amazing in my opinion and paired with Luster is a lovely combination, but if you have an ebony skin tone I would suggest Taj Mahal over Gina. This and orange lips = perfection.



Swatches Left to Right: Madly, Luster, Taj Mahal, Exhibit A, Gaeity, Angelika, Desire, Mata Hari, Amour, Gina

The next on my list is Liberte! What's your colour?
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Now……. time for the GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED) One lucky winner will receive a Nars blush of their choice: 

Powder Blush: Orgasm, Deep Throat, Taos, Torrid, Lovejoy, Gina, Sin, Luster, Madly, Exhibit A, Taj Mahal, Amour, Desire, Gaeity, Mata Hari, Angelika, Liberte, Douceur, Nico, Sex Appeal, Nico, Oasis, Silvana, Zen, Gilda, Dolce Vita, Super Orgasm, Albatross

Cream Blush: Cactus Flower, Goldmember, Penny Lane, Lokoum, Constantinople, Montenegro 

IMPORTANT

Now the only thing is - I cannot guarantee availability of some of the blushes especially limited edition or exclusive ones but as of now these are all that I am able to get my hands on! However THIS PART IS IMPORTANT, I am about to list the RULES and one part is to comment with which blush you would like, please comment with 2 blush names - No.1: YOUR FIRST AND PREFERRED CHOICE, No.2: YOUR SECOND CHOICE IF YOUR FIRST CHOICE ISN'T AVAILABLE. If you win (Yay!) and none of your choices are available I'll contact you and let you know and we'll go from there - but I don't think that's likely. 

RULES
  1. Giveaway is worldwide so anyone can enter!
  2. Follow this blog with Google Friend Connect
  3. Comment below (once!) with your 2 blush choices (stating clearly which is No.1 and which is No.2) and your email address so I can notify you if you've won.
  4. Giveaway will end 7th June 2012 12AM GMT, I will announce the winner the next day using Random.org 
  5. Please follow all these steps so that I can enter you for a chance to win

Thanks so much for entering, I hope you enjoy my blog!

xxx

EDIT - Sorry I had put the end date as 7th May - I meant 7th June! It's fixed now!

Recent Purchases.. Summer Accessories (Ted Baker, Zara, Topshop & more)


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Ted Baker 'Blythe' Quilted Laptop Case (£49) - I couldn't resist this colour in a recent 25% sale Asos was having - it is absolutely stunning and fits my 13inch MacBook Air amazingly. It can also double up as a evening clutch or a portfolio.


ASOS Patent Watch (£25) - My other purchase from the sale, I like it because it has no markings or brand names on it (it does have 'Asos' printed on the back of the dial though) and the neutral colour goes with everything. It looks more expensive than it is and is available in an array of colours. 



Zara Sandals (£29.99) - I'm getting more and more into colour and this might be the time to let you all know about my shoe obsession! These come in other colours too - Zara has some great shoes at the moment - I might be going back for another pair of platforms! 



Topshop Bowling Bag (£36 - Can't find the same colour on website anymore) and Earrings - I saw this on BeautyCrush's (Sammi) Youtube channel and fell in love. It's a lavender grey colour with an adjustable strap thats perfect to light up your outfit without being too overpowering. I had been eyeing up a Cambridge Satchel bag but I'm so happy I didn't buy it as I much prefer this shape. Earrings are my favourite type of jewellery and I mostly have ones that dangle. These are great for everyday and make you look a little more put together.



Alexander Mcqueen inspired scarf (£5) - I had seen many interpretations of this scarf sold by street vendors but they seemed to be made of polyester and all look the same. When I saw this cotton with roses as well as skulls and a tassel detail I thought it was pretty unique. It was the only piece so I snapped it up - it goes well with the bag too!


Have you bought anything that you love recently - if so please give me some recommendations! 


xxx

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow: Pale Barley Review & Swatches


 Pale Barley is sort of a cool toned gold shade with taupey undertones and a very sophisticated, intricate style of shimmer. It is a very easy colour to wear and can be paired with a multitude of other colours. This eyeshadow has an extremely smooth and buttery formula, it's one of the best if not the best eyeshadow formula I've tried. The shadow can be overlooked as it looks quite plain and mundane in the pan but when swatched and applied it transforms and looks beautiful. 


I tend to use the colour on its own paired with brown or black eyeliner as it looks amazing when showcased. Nonetheless, if used with other colours it adds something special, in my opinion, it's a colour I haven't seen before and even though I tend to wear  darker shades I've been using this shade nonstop! On my lids (dry) it lasts up to 10 hours without a base and blends effortlessly. The pigmentation is high but also has a sheer quality to it where it is buildable giving the shadow more versatility. At the moment, in the UK as far as I know Burberry is carried at Harrods (£23) & Harvey Nichols (£22.50), it is expensive but when looking at the amount you receive, 2.5g (MAC 1.5g for £10 in pan form & £12 in pot form) it seems fair. Furthermore, the packaging has a magnetic closure, a nice weight to it and the Burberry print is on every part of the product down to the powder itself - having said that the whole of the Burberry beauty range has lovely luxurious packaging and great attention to detail. The packaging does attract finger prints but when that's the only con of a product - you know it's worth it, I highly recommend it!


Burberry Pale Barley

So far, super impressed with Burberry Beauty, would love to hear your favourites or if you know of an eyeshadow that performs similar!

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