Sunday, 23 December 2012

Nails of the Day: Model's Own, 'Ibiza Mix'



A few weeks ago I went to, The Clothes Show Live in Birmingham again for the second year in a row. I'd really recommend going as you can pick up some extremely good deals and goodie bags. I got this, Model's Own glitter polish in, 'Ibiza Mix' which is part of the Hed Kandi collection. The Model's Own goodie bag was probably best goodie bag on the day. In the goodie bag, I got to choose two nail polishes of my choice, and inside the goodie bag I also got a Black nail-art pen, two eye-shadows, a lip-liner, a eye-liner, nail-file/buffer and lip-gloss all for £10 which I think is amazing considering each polish costs £5 each!


I picked up this polish as it's one I've seen about a lot and thought it was really pretty. It has a mixture of Blue, Purple and Gold glitter pieces in the polish. It's perfect for applying as a top coat over any other nail-polish. In the pictures above I've applied the nail-polish on top of, Barry M, 'Mint Green'. I thought this would look really cute and go with the pastel vibe of the glitter pieces.

The only thing that really annoys me about this nail-polish is how hard it is to actually get off! I've got some other glitter polishes from Topshop but they are no where near as hard to get off as this one. It takes more time to get off than it should but I guess that's inevitable with wearing glitter polishes. 
Overall, I will definitely be getting a lot of use out of this polish as it jazzes up my nails with only two coats.
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Thursday, 6 December 2012

Jeffrey Campbell's: Let The Shoes Do The Talking

About a month ago I was casually browsing the internet (mostly online shopping, as you do) and I came across these beauties on Office. I've loved these shoes for ages and I really prefer the Jeffrey Campbell Foxy's compared to the Lita's. I was shocked to see that these were on sale on the website from £125 to £60! That's £65 off the original price - I knew I wasn't going to get these cheaper anywhere else so I went ahead and bought them. I have to say, these came super quick (around two-three days after I purchased them). When I first opened the box, I was a little scared. The shoes are quite heavy, because of the platforms and the spikes but once I tried them on I was in love. They are sooo cool.
I wore these out for the first time around a week ago and I did get a few looks from people who genuinely looked scared about what these babies could potentially do! Haha. I already have another pair of Jeffrey Campbell Foxy's in Burgundy and I have to say they are so so comfortable, especially on a night out. They only hurt me the first time wearing them because you need to break them in a bit, but once that's out the way, you won't even realise you're wearing heels this high.
(Riding Pants: American Apparel/Skirt: Primark/Jeans: Topshop)

I wanted to show how versatile the shoes are. Here I have paired them with three key pieces I would probably wear them with. The glittery pencil skirt I am loving at the moment, I have been looking for it in Primark for ages and just found it recently! The Riding Pants are also great for a night out, especially in Winter. The heels are perfect for jazzing up a casual outfit with jeans as well. Because the Jeffrey Campbell's are Black, you can pretty much wear them with anything.


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Thursday, 29 November 2012

Christmas Beauty Wish-List

(All images from Google)

(From left to right)
Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss, in, 107: As you all probably know from my favourite Autumn lipsticks blog post here, I love love love Berry/dark lip colours all year round. This is another one which I've been eye-ing up lately. I also love matte lipsticks over anything so you can imagine how much I am loving the sound of this one. The first collection of Kate Moss lipsticks got rave reviews and so have this newer collection so I'm dying to test them out. I swatched this a couple of days ago and was really impressed. It is matte, yet glides smoothly and evenly so dry lips with this product aren't likely. It's also really pigmented so worth the money. It's really cheap as well! £5-ish from the high-street. The perfect festive lipstick!

Benefit, 'They're Real' Mascara: Weirdly, all the mascaras I've been using at the moment have run out, all at the same time which is really annoying. Some have lasted ages and ages whereas others have run out in a month! So I'm on the hunt for new mascaras as I always love to try new products instead of sticking to the same ones. This mascara is apparently the UK's number one selling mascara - based on that I automatically feel the need to have it!

Real Techniques Starter Set: I've wanted this set for absolutely ages now and haven't got around to getting it so that's why it's on my Christmas list. I really just want this for the brush Pixiwoo always use for applying their concealer - it looks amazing and I haven't got a decent sized brush for concealer at the moment so I want it so much! Although, I know all these brushes will come in handy as you can never have enough eye-shadow/liner brushes.

Topshop Nail Polish, in, 'Brazil': This nail polish reminds me exactly of, Model's Own - Ibiza Mix. It's very similar. I haven't been able to find the Model's Own one for ages so this looks like a good dupe. They are both roughly around £5-£6 as well. At the moment, Topshop have so many amazing and unique glitter polishes so it's worth having a browse if you love a good ol' glitter manicure especially around this time of year. I reckon this nail polish would look the best on top of Black nail varnish. 

MAC Lip-Liner's, in, 'Stone' and 'Cherry': Lip-liner's aren't something I tend to buy often but a lot of the time they are really needed, especially to create that perfect pout. I already have a Red lip-liner but it smudges before my lipstick comes off so ends up making my lips look weird! I've also seen, 'Stone' being used a lot in make-up tutorials and I really love the effect it gives. It's perfect for just enhancing the natural lip shape and makes them appear slightly fuller. This would also be great for using with any Nude lipstick.


These are the main beauty bits that are on my Christmas list this year! I'll be doing a Fashion one soon. What's on your beauty wishlists this year?
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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

LUSH, 'Sweet Lips' Lip Scrub


So as it's getting closer and closer to the coldest months of the year I thought it would be a good idea to invest in a lip scrub as I have on and off dry lips all year round. Especially now that Winter is just around the corner, I've noticed that my lips are suffering majorly from the crisp cold weather. After some research, I looked in to this LUSH lip scrub. 
They have quite a few different flavours/scents of the lip scrub - 'Sweet lips' is the one which  I've got and it smells and tastes Chocolate-y. They also have, 'Bubblegum' flavour (which the sales assistant told me is the best-seller), 'Mint Julips' which is a Mint-Choc Chip one with Peppermint, Vanilla and Tagetes Oil, so it does have a sweetness to it as well, if you're not the biggest fan of Minty products. Their newest offering of the lip scrubs is a limited edition, Popcorn flavour one! Unfortunately, the one I bought, is now discontinued :( If I had to recommend any other flavour I'd probably go for Bubblegum.
It's so easy, quick and effortless to use. You just need the tiniest bit of the product and scrub it all over your lips in a gentle circular motion. Once you're done, you do, 'exactly what it says on the tin' - lick it off, as all the lip scrubs are one-hundred percent edible! I have to admit, I'm not the biggest fan of the taste and it tends to leave a bit of an after taste, but I'm sure everyone else would probably love it. After you've done your scrubbing, apply a lip balm to seal in all the moisture. DON'T use a lip-gloss/lip-balm/lip-plumper which usually leaves your lips feeling tingly straight after, because your lips are even more sensitive after the scrubbing so the stinging sensations may feel uncomfortable.
This product definitely works. It leaves my lips feeling smooth, soft and glossy once I've used it. The sugar helps to exfoliate the dead skin away. The scrubs also include, Jojoba Oil which helps to keep lips smooth and moisturised. Exactly what I needed. I'd definitely recommend this if you love wearing matte lipsticks but hate the way they emphasize the dryness of your lips when wearing them! I'd apply this scrub about half an hour before I apply my lipstick. 

A perfect, long-lasting product for £5.25 as you only need the teeniest-tiniest amount every time you use it. 

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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

My Favourite Autumn Lipsticks

Swatches from L-R: 
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in, 'Black Cherry'
MAC Satin Finish Lipstick in, 'Rebel'
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in, 'Spiced Brandy'
Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in, 'Electric Plum'

Hey guys. Sorry for the lack of posts recently. I've just been busy with work, University, my birthday and other things, that I haven't had a chance to write as many posts as I would have liked to. And I really didn't want to write a crappy, rushed post.

Sticking to the theme of Autumn, I've decided to do a post on my favourite Autumnal lipsticks this year. As you can probably tell, they are all quite dark, vampy shades. I am a lover of dark Berry shades of lipstick all year round anyway but it seems that everyone has gone mad this Autumn, especially for these types of lipsticks as they fit in with the current colour trends that are so popular at the moment. (E.g. Burgundy/Wine shades).

My favourites are:

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in, 'Black Cherry' which is quite a recent buy of mine. I actually bought it in the Summer but have only just started using it. It's the darkest of my four favourites and I picked this up especially because I wanted a dark Brown type of lipstick. It is quite pigmented but it's no where near as pigmented as, MAC, 'Rebel' which I love. I also think this shade is a bit hard to pull off and sometimes makes me look a bit washed out but with the right outfit and make-up it can look stunning on anyone! 


MAC Satin Finish Lipstick in, 'Rebel' is probably my favourite lipstick, of all time. That's how much I love it. I wear it all year round (not on a daily basis - usually on a night out) and just fall in love with it every time I go to apply it. I wanted this so bad and it was sold out everywhere and after searching high and low for it for some time I finally got my hands on it around January this year. It's quite similar to, 'Black Cherry' but it's a lot more wearable and has pinky-purple undertones rather than Brown undertones. It's highly pigmented and lasts ALL DAY. It's actually so long lasting and even when I wear this all night and take it off once I get in, it's so hard to get off and in the morning I can still see a Pink stain on my lips! I just love this lipstick, I have no negatives. I wear this with, MAC, 'Current' Lip pencil.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in, 'Spiced Brandy' is another recent buy. It's quite different from any other shade I own and it's more Red compared to the other three lipsticks I've mentioned. It also has gold flecks/shimmer which are a nice subtle touch and isn't too OTT. I think it's a perfect shade for the Christmas season coming up. The colour isn't too strong on the lips either and it has a slight glossy feel. It's nice if you want a change from a typical Red lip and are scared of wearing something as dark as, 'Black Cherry'.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in, 'Electric Plum' is the lipstick which I've had for the longest - when I was first trying out darker shades of lipstick. The good thing with this lipstick is although it looks quite dark, once applied, it's quite a soft shade of plum which has a glossy finish. This lipstick isn't as long lasting as the others, probably because of the glossy feel but it doesn't dry yours lips out whatsoever. This is great for anyone who is nervous about trying out the darker Berry/Vampy colours on the lips but still want to try it out. It's also the cheapest of my favourites mentioned here, so if you don't like it, it's not the end of the world! :)
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Sunday, 21 October 2012

My Favourite Autumn 2012 Fashion Trends

As it's Autumn now I'm getting so excited to start wearing and layering up all my Wintery clothes. I much prefer Autumn and Winter clothes-wise because you can do so much more with your outfits. I love love layering my clothes in the colder months, I think it can make an outfit looks ten times better and give it more dimension. For example, shirts under jumpers, crop top jumpers over plain skater dresses and ankle socks over tights are just a few ways I'd style an outfit. 
I thought I'd do a post on my favourite Autumn trends this year... You probably all know about them already but I've also found some really cute pieces searching on line that I want to show you. 



At first, I wasn't quite sure about Tartan making a comeback but slowly I have become swayed. I do think that if it isn't done right it can look REALLY bad - a bit like a Boarding School uniform haha. So I wouldn't maybe think about wearing both the blazer and trousers in this as I think it's a little too much but if you're brave and can pull it off, why not? I've been really thinking to buy the H&M scarf as it can give a nice flash of Tartan to a Winter outfit and would look amazing with a Khaki coat. 
Also loving the Fashion Union shirt because of the difference with the leather collar and Gold chain detailing - so affordable too! I would definitely recommend trying Tartan out, but I can see why it's not to everybody's taste so perhaps the subtlety of the Green and Blue Tartan Topshop shirt would be an easy way to break in to this trend. 

(L-R) 
Blazer - River Island
Trousers - River Island
Blue and Green Shirt - Topshop
Scarf - H&M
Leather Collar Shirt - Fashion Union




I was obsessed with Velvet last year, and I still am. Especially, Black and Oxblood coloured Velvet. I haven't really experimented with any other colours yet. Velvet clothes are perfect for the chilly months and they have that real cosy feeling about them. Unlike Tartan, I think this trend is a lot more versatile when it comes to dressing. There are even Velvet Dr. Marten's! They look a lot similar to the boots I picked up from H&M a few weeks ago but are triple the price - still love the dainty floral pattern on them though. 
Also a big factor I love about Velvet is the way you can layer it up with different textures in an outfit. For example, a Velvet Bralet and Chiffon skirt would look beautiful. The Topshop leotard above would also be perfect for layering under a high-waisted skirt or shorts... even trousers. I'm going to have to stop myself from buying everything Velvet this Winter!

(L-R)
Dress - Yayer

Leotard - Topshop
Knickers/Hotpants - Topshop
Dr. Marten's - Asos
Leggings - Next



Burgundy, Wine, Dark Red, Maroon, Oxblood - I've heard so many names for this colour now I don't know what to call it anymore. I've gone for Oxblood as that's what I've been seeing more recently. This is literally my favourite colour to dress in. I think it's a really easy and flattering colour for anyone to wear. I prefer it a lot more than wearing bright Red, I don't even have one piece of Red clothing in my wardrobe that's how much I hate Red! This colour just instantly reminds me of Autumn, along with Khaki, Brown and Tan. This colour is literally everywhere in the shops - perfect for the festive season. I think everyone should at least have one piece in their wardrobe that's this colour purely because you can dress it down, and also dress it up and makes a nice change from boring Black's and Brown's. Here are some pieces I found online at the moment that I fell in love with!

(L-R)
Dress - Lavish Alice

Skirt - Topshop
Jumper - Rare London
Dress - Miss Selfridge 
Boots - Asos

What's your favourite trends this Autumn?
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Monday, 15 October 2012

ELF, 'Red Carpet' Lip-Stain & New Fashion Buys




As you probably saw in one of my last posts I was raving on about how much I wanted this, ELF Lip Stain in the colour, 'Red Carpet'. I finally got round to purchasing it and I've got to say, the delivery was super quick so I was really happy with that! I hate waiting around for a week for things to arrive but this came in around 3-4 days after I bought it on ELF's UK Online website. 
Overall, I am loving this product, especially for the price as well (£3.75). This applicator makes me really easy to apply the colour straight on to the lips and allows to be precise to a certain degree. I don't even think you need to apply a lip-liner first as you can be pretty neat with this depending on how steady your hand is!
The colour is a perfect, 'Red Carpet' look Red-shade. It dries a lovely matte effect. I love matte lips, especially Red. The colour does remind me of my favourite Red lipstick ever, 'Ruby-Woo' by MAC but this is a lot less drying on the lips than the MAC one. I feel this ELF Lip Stain may even look amazing on top of, 'Ruby-Woo' to make the colour even more strong and long-lasting. If you're not a fan of matte lips then you can apply the clear gloss provided on the other end of the tube.
I don't think you can really go wrong with this product. It's definitely worth it, considering how cheap it is as well!

Also as well as buying this, I thought I'd show you a few fashion bits I have got recently. 


These amazing high-waisted vintage Levi shorts from Love Clothing and some Doc-Marten-esque Burgundy Velvet boots from... H&M! Couldn't believe it when I saw them in there. Loved them so much, they were an instant purchase.
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Friday, 5 October 2012

My Make-Up Collection/Storage







The other week I decided that my make-up and pretty much everything beauty related that I had needed to be sorted out properly. All my make-up was stored neatly in make-up bags/boxes in my drawers but I didn't like that. Purely because I couldn't see everything visually and therefore would tend to forget about certain products that I had. So a lot of the things I have bought would become neglected and that's not exactly good when you're spending money on products which are there to be used. 
With this, I went to IKEA in hope to find some sort of plastic compartment trays or some other kind of storage to fit in to my drawers so that I could organise everything neatly. I actually did see a lot of nice storage ideas in there and most of them where really cheap. I ended up picking two different types of storage to use for my things. The first is the transparent, 'Antonius Basket Insert' which you can look at/buy, here. They're only £1.70 each! I got three of these for my three drawers which fitted perfectly in to them. I also bought a set of six different sized boxes in the colour White from the, 'Skubb' range for £6 in total. (Look at them, here). Don't worry about them being fiddly to assemble, it takes two seconds literally. All you do is, zip up the zip at the bottom of the box and they will flip in to shape. 

In my first drawer, (Images 1 and 2) I have my foundations, tinted moisturisers, primers and blushers in one compartment. Lip-glosses in the one next to that. I tried to get a picture of the back of the drawer but it was way too dark. At the back we have mascaras, and eye-liners/pencils. In the White boxes, I have my everyday essentials in the front and in the second behind that, I have small brushes (Real Techniques, MAC, Benefit) and tools (such as, tweezers). Naked2 Palette also fits neatly in to the gap there.

On to the second drawer, (Images 3 and 4) I have all my nail polishes. I don't know if you can tell but they are all colour coordinated. Yes, I definitely am a neat-freak and may have slightly OCD tendencies. I love organisation. In the White box to the left of the nail polishes, is a bit of a miscellaneous collection of things. I keep my nail files in there, along with body sprays, some creams and brushes from a make-up brush set I recently got. 

Finally, in my last drawer, (Images 5 and 6) I have eye-shadows and eye-crayons in the middle left compartment. In the drawer behind that, I have mostly Barry M Dazzle Dust's along with some MAC ones which also fitted snuggly in there. At the back, are also my trusty few highlighters. In the middle right compartment, here is where I keep my glitter/eye liquid liners - which I rarely ever use to be honest. In the front I keep my lip-liners along with my lip balms and bronzers.
Lastly, in the Skubb White box I have my bigger brushes and some sets of eyelashes for good measure!

I am so glad it's all organised. Can't wait to start using those products I've forgotten about. Also, if anyone reads this and has a similar post, link me to it below, I love reading/watching Make-Up Collection/Storage videos on blogs/YouTube!
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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Mid-September Beauty Wishlist

Hey everyone. Thought I'd do a quick post because I've been lusting over so many beauty buys lately I've lost count. BUT, I've put myself on a spending ban so these are a few items I will be purchasing eventually.

(From left to right)
Elf Studio Lip Stain, in, 'Red Carpet': Now I'm not a fan of lip stains in general because I feel they don't give full coverage and very rarely are they brightly coloured whilst on the lips. Most I've seen slightly accentuate the lip colour to give a natural look, which is good if that's the effect you want. I've heard about this product and ELF for quite a while now but recently fell in love with this shade because of how amazing and bright the Red is. Not only this, the colour when applied dries matte which I love as I'm not a fan of lip-glosses at all. So I doubt I'd be using the gloss end very much. Unfortunately, ELF don't have a store in the UK :(. So if you like the look of this, like I do, you'd have to purchase it online. The price of this lip stain is only £3.75, BARGAIN!!

Simple Purifying Cleansing Lotion: I've also recently been looking for a product that is perfect for cleansing and/or removing all my make-up because using wipes doesn't do the job well enough. I also have sensitive-to-dry skin so I use Simple products all the time anyway. So when I watched Tanya Burr's latest video I was so happy she mentioned exactly what I've been looking for. You can watch the video, here. I also didn't want to pay a lot for something I'd use everyday and would be having to re-purchase all the time so this is great as it's only, £2.99!

Real Techniques Starter Set: I have the Core Collection set and use it practically everyday, especially the Buffing Brush for foundation and the Contour Brush for... Contouring lol. I love this set because it's more for use of make-up on the eyes. It's only £21.99 from Boots which may sound a lot but for five brushes it's so so good (roughly £4 a brush). Plus, you can't really go wrong with these brushes, they clean well and are super soft.

MAC Lipstick in, 'Please Me': Another nude/pink lipstick? Yes. I feel that I'm starting to go a little crazy with these pinky-nudes lately. I swatched this when I went to a MAC store about a month ago and loved it. Mainly because of it's matte finish. If you can't already tell, I love matte lipsticks/lip stains, anything! MAC describe the shade as a, 'muted-rosy-tinted-pink'. I'm also really loving, 'Angel' as well lately. Price is, £14.

MAC 239 Brush: This is the perfect brush for applying eye-shadow underneath the eye because you can create a nice line with it. I also think this brush would be good for packing on eye-shadow's that are glittery - or pigments that are likely to have fall down if you use a more fluffy brush. This brush is, £19 (basically the price of all of the Real Techniques Starter Set!).


Have any of you got any of the items I've talked out?
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Saturday, 15 September 2012

Back To Black




(Blouse: Primark/Skirt: River Island/Bag: Topshop/Loafers: Topshop)

Hey guys. I'm trying to blog as frequently as possible so let me know what kind of posts you like to see/want to see so I can make my blog bigger and better - sometimes it's hard to see where I need to improve or what things I am doing right so I'm up for hearing any suggestions. :-)
This look I wore yesterday out to dinner and it's really reminded me that Autumn/Winter is just around the corner. That does kind of make me upset because I've had such a great Summer, but I love the cosiness of the cold nights and layering my outfits once it gets chillier. This blouse I found in Oxford Street Primark and when I saw it, my jaw literally dropped. The studs on the neck look exaaactly like the ones they are selling in Zara but for three times the price. I knew I'd have to pick it up at the bargain price of, £12! Can't go wrong with a studded collar, or any collar if you're slightly obsessed with them like I am. I love the velvet polka-dots too. 
I teamed this blouse with a skirt I hadn't worn in ages which is from River Island. This skirt has to be at least four years old and I'd kind of forgotten about it. I love finding something tucked in my wardrobe that I haven't worn in ages, but fall in love with all over again. In the pictures, it looks like it's got polka-dots on it but they are actually little hearts. Finally, I'm wearing another pair of my trusty loafers, this time in black and also from Topshop like my brown ones in this post, here. Thankfully no need for a jacket or cardigan as it's not too cold yet. Can slowly feel my tan slipping away. Bye bye Summer! :-(
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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Brick Lane & OOTD




(Blouse: Primark/Heart Print Trousers: Topshop/Bag: Topshop/Cardigan: Next/Loafers: Topshop)

Yesterday, I went to Brick Lane in East London because I heard they have really good vintage shops that aren't ridiculously expensive either. I was a bit skeptical of what it would be like but I wasn't disappointed. There are loads of vintage shops all along the road and some down the side roads connected to it so there's definitely a lot to look at and browse over. I've been to some vintage shops before but none were as good as the ones I went to yesterday. I've never seen so many Levi shorts, and most of them cost around £20 each which is so good compared to other more well-known brands who rework them and sell them, *cough* American Apparel *cough*. There was so much to look at, I really was in heaven. On a Sunday, Brick Lane has a market also so I think that's the best day to visit although all the other shops are open everyday. 
I love this Topshop Black studded bag. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to get it, it's one of those bags that aren't really going to date much so it'll get so much use. It's also a really good size, not too small but not overly big so that it practically weighs me down. I also wore my pink heart printed trousers which make a nice change from jeans and leggings and are super comfy and the hearts are velvet. My blouse is an old Primark buy and my loafers are one of my favourite pairs of shoes, can't go wrong with them although they're getting a bit scuffed up now because I've worn them so much. :-(
Does anyone know of any other good vintage shops in London?
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Sunday, 9 September 2012

Urban Decay Naked2 Palette




I'm sure there has been tonnes and tonnes of reviews on this palette on YouTube and in the blogging world since it first came out but I thought I'd give my review and thoughts on it for anyone who cares enough to read!
I first got this palette last month on the plane back from Cyprus haha. Usually it costs around, £36 from stores like House of Fraser and Debenhams but I got mine for £30. Not much of a difference but I'd wanted this for ages and knew that finding it for a cheaper price than this would be most likely impossible. I really wanted the original Naked Palette but after inspecting both out, they are quite similar to be honest so I'm quite happy with this one.
The colours are (from left to right), 'Foxy' , 'Half Baked' , 'Bootycall' , 'Chopper' , 'Tease' , 'Snakebite' , 'Suspect' , 'Pistol' , 'Verve' , 'YDK' , 'Busted' and 'Blackout'. My image doesn't show all of the eye-shadows because I wanted to get a real close-up of how they look in the palette and how amazing the colours are!

Aspects I love about the palette:
The fact that all the colours are neutrals means that if you are an eye-shadow wearer/lover you most definitely will get so much wear and use out of it during both the day and night because the colours are perfect for both occasions. Not only that, other high-end cosmetic brands eye-shadows cost round about between £12-£20 EACH, so to get all these colours for Thirty-something pounds is so so good. The colours are also highly pigmented so you don't need tonnes of it applied at the end of the brush. It's definitely a palette which would last ages!

There is also such a good balance between matte and shimmery shades in the palette. Arguably, I'd say there are about Seven shimmery/glitter shades and Four matte shades (although some of the more matte shades do have a slightttt shimmer in them such as, 'Bootycall' and 'Busted', but they're not as intense as some of the other glittery eye-shadows like, 'YDK' , 'Chopper' and 'Half Baked'. 

With the palette you get a double ended eye-shadow brush and a mini Urban Decay, 'Lip Junkie' lipgloss. 
The brush is surprisingly super-soft and something that I'd actually use (in the past, the brushes in palettes I've got tend to be crap). The fluffy end I'd use to apply a base colour and the more tapered brush I'd use in the crease for definition. 
The lipgloss I'm not a fan of, purely because I'm not a lipgloss fan. However, this feels sooo good on and isn't sticky in the slightest. It also smells amazing - the only way I can describe it, is that it smells like Mint After Eight Chocolates haha. 

Aspects I don't particularly like about the palette:
When using the super shimmery colours, (especially, 'YDK') you find that when you apply it, it falls out all over your face. I've tried different brushes and techniques and still there is a lot of fall out. So when using these shades, I'd recommend priming your eyes first, doing your eye-shadow and then applying your foundation. One of the big mistakes I made when first using it!

Other than that I haven't really got any other negatives as the palette is just worth every penny. 

Favourite shades:
'Bootycall' - PERFECT tear-duct highlighter.
'Tease' - Great base colour.
'Chopper' - A mix between a Gold/Bronze shimmery shade. 
'Snakebite' - Less shimmery than, 'Chopper'. A sexy deeper Brown shade with shimmery flecks.

Least favourite shades:

'Pistol' and 'Verve' - Not a fan of Silvery tones on my Brown eyes... I think the warm golden/Bronze tones work better. Nevertheless, I'd still wear them layered with some of the other colours. 

Anyway, that's my opinion on the popular Naked2 palette. If you have this palette, let me know what you think/what you're favourite and least favourite shades are!

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Sunday, 2 September 2012

MAC, 'Brave' Lipstick



I'm in love with this lipstick! Heard about it for a while and finally picked it up at the Duty Free in Cyprus for 12 euros. It's another nude shade with more of a pink tone rather than a peachy shade. On Mac Cosmetic's website they describe it as a, 'pink beige with white pearl' colour. To me, that kind of gives the impression that it has shimmery tones to it but it really doesn't. The lipstick is a satin finish but it's definitely heading towards more of a matte shade compared to that of another nude shade I reviewed called, 'Plink!' here. 'Plink!' as you can see from the swatch is a LOT more shimmery, hence the reason I also bought this shade as it's nice for when I don't want an as sheer finish. I have to say, in the images I have taken the lipstick seems like it would be a lot darker on the lips than it really is. The swatch, however, is quite an accurate representation of what it actually looks on. For me, it's just a few shades darker than my actual lips which I love. With this, I wear, 'Boldly Bare' lip-liner (sold out at the moment and I think it's limited edition?) also from MAC and it goes perfectly. As I have a tan at the moment I think it suits me better than if I was my normal pale self! So I'd definitely recommend this if you're olive skinned - I'm just hoping it will suit me when I turn back to my snowman colouring :-(. 
I can definitely feel this becoming one of my favourite pink/brown nudes. The only thing I would say is that because it does have more of a matte texture, it can feel like your lips become dry when wearing it for hours and hours so just make sure you have a lip balm handy also. Other than that, I wear this constantly and would definitely re-purchase.
  
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