Sunday, 4 October 2015

H&M Eyeshadow Palette | Review

One of the first make up products I ever brought was a little eyeshadow palette from H&M which came with a sponge applicator and everything. Because of this, I knew that H&M did make up but was never that bothered by it as the quality wasn't that great. However what I didn't realize was that they had completely re branded and relaunched their whole make up range. I had a look around the beauty section and decided to pick up an eyeshadow palette.

I picked up the palette called 'Aubergine Dream' which looks ideal for autumn and contains some amazing shades. What really caught my eye was the new packaging of the products and this palette was no different. I have heard some people compare the packaging to Tom Ford and it looks very fancy and sleek. The palette comes with a large mirror and nine pretty shades. I also like how slim the product is and is a great size for popping into your handbag or make up bag for travel.

The actual eyeshadows have a very buttery texture to them and feel silky and blendable. However I will mention that some of the light matte shades are more chalky which can result in a bit of fall out but nothing too bad. I will say that the darker shades are very pigmented so be carefully if your heavy handed but blends perfectly into the lid and stays in place. The range of shades is great and includes a mixture of shimmers and mattes which I actual like and prefer. Unfortunately the brown shade on the bottom left basically contains chunks of glitter which I can't wear and that is a shame.

(Top Row Swatches From Left To Right)  

(Middle Row from Left to Right) 

( Bottom Row from Left to Right)

Overall, I would say that this is a great budget eyeshadow palette as it offers a range of different colours which allow you to create several different looks. I have been using this palette for the past couple of weeks and I have been loving it. However at £9.99 there are some cheaper alternatives on the market but the packaging of this one really makes it reach for it over others. 

Have you tried any of the re launched beauty products? 

Emily <3 

Thursday, 1 October 2015

The Berry Lips Edit

If you go back a year ago, I only owned and worn nude lipsticks and lip glosses because I felt too scared to try anything with a hint of colour to it. However fast forward, and I can't stay away from the bright and bold colours. During the summer I wear pinks but when autumn rolls around, I turn towards the berry more vampy coloured lip products. I feel like the darker berry tones suit the autumn fashion and style more and I thought I would share my favourite berry lip items.

First up is a lipgloss which I wear every week. The Revlon Colourburst Lipgloss in 'Bordeaux' is a berry shaded lipgloss which gives an opaque finish while still feeling comfortable on the lips. This is my most worn lipgloss as it applies smoothly on the lips and gives this deep wine berry colour with a bit of shimmer but isn't that noticeable. I have to mention the vanilla ice cream scent it has as well as being a non sticky gloss.

When it comes to autumn lipsticks, everyone thinks of the Rimmel Lipstick in 107 but I prefer the Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Moss Lipstick in '29' which looks very purple in the tube. However let me tell you that it doesn't actually come off that purple and more berry toned which is ideal for me as I get more wear out of it. I would say that this lipstick is a purple berry shade with a blue undertone tone to it and is fairly long lasting. Who know I would love a purple lipstick so much?!

Out of all of these lip products, this is probably my favourite. The Maybelline Colour Drama Velvet Lip Pencil in 'Keep It Classy' has been my go to lip product for the last couple of weeks as it gives off a deep, berry toned plum colour which I adore for this time of year. The packaging of this pencil is very cute and makes it easy to apply on the lips without it going everywhere. The lasting power of this product is amazing because I don't have to reapply it during the day even when I am drinking and eating.

The last product is the Maybelline Colour Elixir in 'Glam 6' which is the most intense one of them all. This lipgloss is of a deep plum berry purple shade and has the pigmentation of a lipstick which is amazing but does apply very thickly so I do normally pat some of it off after five minutes so I still have the colour stain on the lips. I find that this is the easiest way to wear this product but if you enjoy a heavy thick lipgloss than don't forget to pick this up!

What are you favourites berry lip products?

Emily <3

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

September Favourites // 2015

As another month comes to an end and a new University year starts again, I am reflecting on the products which have seen me through. I always find September an odd month because there are joys of celebrating birthdays but also the bitter sweet goodbyes as I headed back to University. However I have rounded up the beauty products that have stuck with me which include a contouring kit, an eyeshadow quad, brushes and a primer. 

First up is a contour kit which I have basically used everyday during September. I am not really a fan of contouring mainly because I haven't any idea of how to contour but when I spotted the Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit in Boots, I felt that this would be a good place to start. If I am being honest, I haven't been using the highlighter shade but rather the bronzer. This is because I prefer to use a bronzer without shimmer and this bronzer completely matte which is perfect as well as being fairly creamy and blend-able.

When it comes to Eye Primers, the Urban Decay Primer Potion was the only one I used but when it ran out, I could't afford the price tag so I researched alternatives and came across the Helen E Stage Eyeshadow Primer. This primer only cost £5 and is almost the same as the Urban Decay one. It is packaged in this plastic tube which is ideal for knowing how much product you have left. The actual product is amazing as it makes your eyeshadow more pigmented and long lasting. If your in the market for a newer cheaper primer, try this one!

In terms of eyeshadows, I have tried a fair few but one eyeshadow palette that I have constantly returned to is the Fleurdeforce Eyeshadow Quad in 'Cosmic Bronze'. I wasn't sure what to make of these quads when they were released but was impressed after using them and have a review about them here. I love using this palette for an everyday look as it contains two matte brown shades and a couple of shimmery shades to make a great daily bronze look. My personal favourite is the bronze shade on the bottom left.

The product I have used most throughout this month would have to be the Eco Tools Eye Enhancing Duo Set. I own loads of different eyeshadow brushes but these are the only ones that I have used. I find that fact they are double ended ideal for me because it means that I don't have to mess about trying to find a blending brush. I have been enjoying the shade, blend and define brush ends as they give you that effortless look. I can't recommend these enough!

I haven't been overly adventurous in terms of nail polish this month as I have just turned to my regularly pinks and mint greens shades but one new colour that made it onto my nails is the OPI Nail Lacquer in 'Just Beclus'. I brought this nail polish because the dark plum purple shade seemed very autumn appropriate. The colour is perfect for this time of year and the formula is long lasting and thick which means that clips don't occur very often.

What products have you been loving during September?

Emily <3

Sunday, 27 September 2015

No7 Stay Perfect Shade & Define Pencils | Review

One product that I haven't had great success with is eyeshadow sticks. I have tried a fair few from a range of different brands but they all creased and rubbed off my eye lids. Because of this, I wasn't too bothered about trying these eyeshadow sticks. However when I was walking around Boots, I randomly tested these on the back of my hand and was very impressed.

The packaging of this item is very sleek and simple which includes the product inside a twisted push up manoeuvre. I find that this makes it easy to apply and use and has a little sharpener inside the bottom which is ideal for making the product more precise. These sticks can be used as an all over lid shade, as an eye liner or as a eye base.

The actual product feels very creamy and is so pigmented and doesn't need to be pressed too hard. I will mention that they dry rather quickly so a lot of fast blending is required. Saying this, the lasting power is unbelievable and even stays in place on my oily eyelids. I picked up the shade of 'Cool Mink' and 'Coffee Bean' and makes a perfect pairing for a natural everyday look.

The shade of 'Coffee Bean' is a warm brown chocolate colour and is ideal for the autumn months. I prefer to use this as a eye liner as it gives a more natural look rather than a black liquid liner. I also found this product slightly easier to apply to the lashline. 'Cool Mink' is a more wearable shade and is a shimmery taupe colour which is perfect as an all over lid colour and works well as a base for me. If you find yourself wondering around Boots, have a test of these eyeshadow sticks as they are well worth the £8 and may even be dupes for the By Terry Ombre Black Star Eyeshadows!

Have you tried these eyeshadow sticks? What are your thoughts on them?

Emily <3

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Products I Need To Use More

The other day I had the massive challenge of sorting out and packing up my make up collection. During this process I rediscovered some products which I hadn't used in a while because I am always trying out different products which means that unfortunately some items are left and forgotten about but for this post I thought I would give you a run down of products which I need to get more use out of.

Revlon Nearly Naked FoundationI am not a big foundation wearer as I am lucky enough to have fairly clear skin so I don't feel the need to cover it up. However a couple of months ago I purchased this foundation for a special event I was attending and I was quite impressed with the light coverage but then just got put in a draw and collected dust. I'm not sure why this happened because I actually really like this foundation and has been put into my daily make up bag for more use. 

Max Factor Excess Shimmer Cream Eyeshadow Pot 'Copper' When it comes to Max Factor, I haven't tried many products from them, but I do own a cream eyeshadow pot. I remember using this eyeshadow everyday when I first brought it as it gives a great bronze copper base on the lids. However over the last couple of months I haven't been using this as it is quite messy to apply and dries very quickly and doesn't work well for my slow blending skills but I am trying my best to make myself use it more as it is a lovely eye base. 

L'oreal Infallible Eyeshdoaw 'Endless Chocolate'Eyeshadows are my guilty pleasure and own many different types but one that I haven't used as much is the Eyeshadow pressed pigment from L'oreal. I love the shade of this eyeshadow as it is a great dark brown colour that is ideal for blending or using as a liner. The only problem I have is that it can go everywhere if your clumsy like me even through it is a pressed pigment. I find this eyeshadow very messy and hard to use in the morning when I'm in a rush but the product itself is amazing. 

Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter 'Candy Apple' Another Revlon product that I haven't cracked out in a while is a lip product. When these lip butters first arrived in the UK, everyone raved about them and I ran out to buy a couple to try. Fast forward a couple of years later and I was shocked to find this sitting at the bottom of my make up draw. I love the texture and hydration of this lip product but it doesn't stay on my lips as well as other products so I don't reach for this as often as I should. 

What products do you need to use more? 

Emily <3 

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

The Autumn Nail Polish Menu

One reason why I love the change in season is the change in the shades of nail polish. During the spring and summer months, I wear more bright pink and pastel shades as well as mint green colours but as it becomes autumn I turn towards darker and deeper purple and pink tones. I find that these types of colours suit autumn make up and fashion better and gives me a chance to crack out the darker toned shades.

Revlon Colourstay Gel Envy 'Up To Ante' 
I brought this nail polish last autumn and fell in love with this purple colour and is the same this year. I hadn't really tried many nail polishes from Revlon before but I was very impressed by formula as it is long lasting and looks like a gel nail polish. I always like wearing this purple shade during these months because it matches the other berry tones of autumn.

Max Factor Glossfinity 'Red Passion'
A colour that I always go back to during autumn is red and this Max Factor nail polish is no different. I find that red nails give a very classic look and can be worn all year but suits my autumn wardrobe more. Max Factor is another brand that I haven't tried for nail polish but this nail polish wears very well and looks very glossy as the name would suggest and applies very thick.

OPI Nail Lacquer 'Just Beclaus' 
This is my newest addition to my nail polish collection and is ideal for these upcoming months. I am a massive fan of OPI nail polish as the quality is amazing and doesn't clip off my nails until day seven which is great. This nail polish contains pink and purple berry tones and just shouts autumn to me and is a slightly darker shade which suits this type of weather more and is a great alternative for black nail polishes. This may even be perfect for the Christmas season.

Barry M Nail Paint ' Vintage Violet' 
Another purple toned nail polish from Barry M. If there is one brand that I always buy nail polish from it has to be Barry M as they do budget nail polish like no one else. This nail polish is a more muted pale purple colour and is perfect for the colder months as it matches my darker autumn coats and lipsticks. If there is one nail polish you should try I would suggest this one.

Essie Nail Lacquer 'Haute In The Heat' 
I don't really wear pink nail polishes as much during autumn as I like to save them for spring and summer but I do like to wear this darker pink colour from Essie. I find that this nail polish gives a girly touch and is great for a party. The formula and quality of Essie Nail Polishes is unbelievable as they are long lasting and apply on the nails very thick and opaque.

What are your favourite nail polishes?

Emily <3

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Fleurdeforce Eyeshadow Quads | First Impressions

When I heard that Fleurdeforce was launching her very own beauty line, I was so excited that I may have let out a slight squeal. I have been watching Fleur for years and years and is one of my inspirations when it comes to blogging and beauty and therefore the day that her range became available, I ordered two eyeshadow quads. I thought I would do a post about my first impressions on eyeshadows which look very promising and exciting.

The first eyeshadow is called 'Cosmic Bronze' and contains four bronze toned eyeshadows, There is a pale white shade with a hint of shimmer to it and is ideal for highlighting with. There is also a light brown matte shade as well as bronze shimmer shade which has a gold undertone to it. The last eyeshadow is a darker brown colour with little sprinkle of glitter included. All of these eyeshadows are very buttery and pigmented and don't crease throughout the day. However I did notice a bit of fall out when the eyeshadows were applied but nothing that a cotton bud couldn't fix.

The other eyeshadow quad is 'Lunar Rose' which is more rose toned. On the top left is a very light baby pink shade which is completely matte and is a great brow bone highlighter. Next to that, is a rose gold toned shade with a shimmer to it and is personally my favourite shade from this quad. This is ideal for putting all over the lid. The bottom right shade is a dark purple which contains a hint of glitter to it and is great to line with or blending into the crease for some definition. The last eyeshadow is very shimmery and is almost a sliver colour and is perfect for popping in the corner of the tearducks. I found that there wasn't as much fall out with this palette.

Overall I would highly rate these two eyeshadow quads as they are very pigmented and include great everyday shades as well as some more shimmery colours. The packaging of these quads is very cute and very Fleurdeforce appropriate and the stars give it that girly touch, not to mention the cute names. A small eyeshadow brush is included and isn't the best but is better than the form ones. If your looking for a great quality eyeshadow quads, I would  suggest trying these!

What are your thoughts on these new products from Fleurdeforce?

Emily <3

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