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Friday, 23 October 2015

Affordable eyeshadow palette


Hunting down the perfect eyeshadow palette can be somewhat difficult. Especially when there is so much variety and let's be honest - price doesn't always match quality. Which is why when every beauty blogger promotes extremely expensive palettes, I am hunting for affordable products that are also good quality. 

Don't get me wrong, I love my Lorac Pro Palette and my Urban Decay Naked 2... but I also love my eBay LOROC 120 eyeshadow palette that cost me £4.99. Maybe I like the challenge, or maybe, just maybe I actually like to get my money's worth. 

I work my ass off 9-5 everyday to buy beauty products that I love to share with you guys. I save and save for what I want and I am realistic, if I can't afford it then... well, that's just life. It's important to me that I can share my experiences with you and I want to be honest and not just throw any brand in front of you because that's what seems to happen these days. 

So, I have been on a mission to find an autumnal eyeshadow palette that holds all the beautiful shades that I love to wear.. and I found it. For £2.99 I purchased this no name eyeshadow palette that holds 15 creamy, good quality shades that are pigmented and long lasting, but best of all affordable. 

I found this on eBay, and although the packaging is simple and well rather ugly, the quality trumps all. It's fantastic and I just had to share it with you. This December I am holding a competition where one lucky winner will win this palette along with some other amazing goodies that I have purchased to say thank you to you guys for being so wonderful and supportive. I will of course let you know closer to the time about this. 

Overall, I would suggest looking around for makeup, sometimes bargains are hidden in the most obvious of places! 
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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Those ASOS shoes

I just had to have them. Yes, it's autumn, yes they are not appropriate on a variety of levels because well it's cold and they are no doubt made for summer. However, I will rock them regardless - my poor feet may feel the pain, thank goodness I drive and well I like to think I will look rather fashionable... right? 


If you didn't guess, I recently purchased two pairs of shoes. I am currently loving the variety that ASOS have in stock. There is so much to choose from and numerous styles to fall in love with. In my current collection I am missing colour and suitable styles for work. This is why these shoes caught my attention. They are both smart and classy. I love the patent look and the bright orange style. 


I like to purchase shoes that I know will match my wardrobe. I plan outfits in my mind before I click the buy button. I can't justify wasting money. I have also had issues with their shoes previously and have been cautious about my purchases from their website as the quality isn't always the best. However, these looks wonderful so I cannot wait to receive them and try them.


I will of course keep you posted!!
 
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Monday, 19 October 2015

Morphe Brushes 35N palette


After hunting down where I could buy Morphe Brushes products in the UK, I finally found a website which sold a variety of American beauty products. Watching American YouTubers with envy as they swatch and review so many amazing palettes and makeup, I really wanted to get my hands on some of the products they recommended. 

I came across this particular Morphe Brushes 35N palette and thought it would be perfect. So I went ahead an bought it. At £15 it was a bargain, especially if you compare it to other eyeshadow palettes, such as the Urban Decay Naked Palettes which start at £38. 

I always look for more affordable products and I think £15 for a 35 shade eyeshadow palette definitely ticks the boxes. 


PACKAGING
So the packaging isn't all that attractive - plain black with a red/white logo in the centre. It wasn't the prettiest. However, the plastic casing really does protect the eyeshadows from breaking and they also wrap the eyeshadow case in bubble wrap inside the box which is both clever and designed to protect the eyeshadow too. Lets face it, I didn't buy the eyeshadow to stare at the packaging. It is simple and does the job. 

EYESHADOWS
Just wow!! I have watched review after review and to be honest, you never really know if someone is genuine or being sponsored to provide a good review on YouTube that's is just how it is. In this case, every recommendation has been true to the quality of the product. The eyeshadows are creamy, they are highly pigmented and the colours just pop. I recently purchased some Mac cosmetics fix plus which is great to really bring out the brighter colours. It's a great palette and perfect for my olive skin tone. I love the browns and pink/nudes I also like the mustard colours and oranges. I am not a fan of the cooler tones - meaning the purples, however I think on the right person these would look great. They are just not colours I would use on a daily basis. 

VIDEO
Swatch and review


The only negative is that there is slight fall out when you use them, maybe this is me being too harsh with the brush but each shade is a good size and the fall out isn't huge amounts. Overall, I think it's worth every penny. If you could only afford one palette, I would definitely recommend this one. It has 35 buttery shades that can cater for all seasons if you work them correctly. 
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Friday, 16 October 2015

Morphe Brushes brow8 palette


I never really use product to shape my eyebrows, probably because they are so thick already. I do have eyebrow mascara that is clear which I use on occasion if I get chance in the morning - this is more to mould flyway's back into place or just to buff them out. 

I like to fill my eyebrows in when I am going out, or when I am doing videos because I do like the overall look, I just do not get time on a daily basis to do this. It is time consuming. 

Recently however, I decided to purchase this Morphe Brushes Brow8 palette which cost £11.95. My thinking was that I could use this palette for much more than just my eyebrows. It is essentially another eyeshadow palette or even contour palette. The colours are perfect for A/W and the size and quality is not to be competed with. 

PACKAGING
Okay, so the packaging is simple. It's hasn't been created to look pretty but it holds the shades well and the plastic case protects from any fall out if it is knocked accidentally. Perfect for what it's made for. If they changed the colour that could maybe make it look better, however it really isn't necessary. 

SHADES
The powder shades are huge. This brow palette consists of 6 powder shades and 2 primers. The powders are highly pigmented, creamy and diverse so you can use them for more than just your eyebrows. The cream primers hold the powder into place, and is fantastic quality - these could also be used as eyeshadow primer. I think that there is a shade that caters to all skin tones. 

Overall, I love it. I think it's worth the money, definitely a product I would recommend- especially if you're someone who fills your eyebrows in on a regular basis. It's affordable and excellent quality. 
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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Coping with car anxiety



I know there are many people that suffer with anxiety either when driving or being in a car. So, I wanted to share my story. I have never been an anxious person, I have always been confident so it was strange for me when I sat in the driver's seat after so long that started to feel anxious. 

I'm not sharing this story because I want pity or because it seems that every YouTuber suffers from anxiety... I wanted to share the fear I had and my honest experience dealing with this and breaking out of this situation that was holding me back. 

Now, I never use to be an anxious driver. In fact, I used to be very confident and driving never phased me. But after not driving for 5 years and being involved in a car crash on the motorway it really knocked me for six. I just lost my confidence completely. I questioned everything and doubted my ability on the road. 

I would feel nervous just sitting behind the wheel it would panic me and my new car sat on my driveway for over a month before I built up the courage to finally drive the 27 miles to work. 

I think it takes a lot to get over something like this, and I know many drivers probably will think this blog is stupid - but I am not writing it for them. I am writing this for the many people out there who suffer from drivers anxiety. 

You're not alone! The good news is, you can get over it. I did, the more I drove the more confident I felt. I now feel that I can go anywhere and I don't feel nervous or anxious doing so. I also feel much better with passengers in my car. This was something that would make me feel nervous because I put this pressure on my shoulders that there life was in my hands. 

I thought it would be great to share with you my experience and some advice that helped me. 

Here are top tips on how to get over drivers anxiety: 
  1. Understand what your trigger is - whether it's speed, having passengers or the thought of being in traffic and losing control
  2. Go to a secluded place where you can practice - go through your manoeuvres and get more confident with your driving skills
  3. Drive shorter distances first - get use to your area and drive to a friends or to the shops 
  4. Have a passenger who builds your confidence - Gary's mum was my rock when I felt anxious and lost and she essentially helped build my confidence. 
  5. Take a deep breath and tell yourself you can do this! It's all in your mind. Overcome your fear. 
I hope this helps you, if you suffer from anxiety and want someone to chat to about it leave me a comment below or on my channel. :) 
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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Autumnal makeup tutorial



I would honestly say that I am more of a beginner when it comes to applying makeup. I think everyone has their own style and ways of applying their own makeup that they find comfortable and right for them. 

I have been trying to create more enticing videos on my 
YouTube channel for you beauty lovers out there, especially for those who are just beginning to explore makeup further. 

The look that I have decided to create in this video is simple and easy to replicate. I hope you enjoy it and make sure you subscribe if you haven't already! 


THE VIDEO


PRODUCTS
Burt's Bees lip balm 
Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional License to blot
Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer
Maybelline NY Dream Bronze BB Cream Dream - Light/Medium
Real Techniques Beauty Blender
MUA Press Powder - transparent
No Brand Concealer
LAROC 120 Shade Eyeshadow Palette 
Body Shop Shimmer Cubes - Honeycomb,Dark Chocolate and Marshmallow
Rimmel Super Volume Curling Mascara
Bourjois Maxi Delight Bronzer - N02
Benefit Cosmetics High Beam
Bourjois Pot Blush - N022
L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper - Clear
Topshop Lip Liner 
Topshop Lipstick - BeGuilded
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Thursday, 1 October 2015

10 reasons to love October


September always seems to go incredible fast. Now we have reached October - which means we are officially in autumn - the best season of them all! 

As always, I wanted to start the month on a positive note by listing all the things we have to look forward to this month! Here are my 10 reasons to love October..

  1. Pumpkins ... all things pumpkin flavoured, pies, soup and even cupcakes! 
  2. Woolly jumpers - perfect time for fashion forward individuals to start pulling out those fancy autumn clothes
  3. Halloween - Best time for kids, if you have children and of course for adults to dress up and have a laugh! 
  4. The leaves on the trees change colour and fall to the ground.. crunching noise under your shoes! Ahhh delightful
  5. The clocks turn back 1 hour on the 26 October... errrr yes! One extra hour in bed snoozing! 
  6. Makeup change - Yes it's now totally acceptable to rock out that berry lipstick..everyday!
  7. Ankle Boots - If you haven't already bought them September, October is the perfect month.
  8. Hats and Scarves - It's chilly now so get those scarves out the closet!
  9. It's only 85 days until Christmas! Ho Ho Ho!
  10. Boyfriend coats are a must have! I want... I want! 
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