Sunday, 19 October 2014

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 review.

Hello, I am back! Between going to Greece on holiday and starting a new job I haven't had time for much else, but I'm getting there. 

Today I am going to show you the latest offering from the infamous Urban Decay Naked range; Naked Basics 2. I bought this on a brilliant shopping website; Cohorted. This site offers discounts on a whole host of brilliant products, and the more people shop, the more the price drops! (nice little rhyme there). So I received my palette for around £15. 

The palette is made up of 6 cool toned eye shadows, all matte aside from 'skimp' which has a slightly more satin finish, making it perfect for highlighting (Can I just quickly mention, the lady at the UD counter suggested that warmer colours would suit my colouring more, but I actually think these look great, so don't let the 'rules' of make up put you off!). The shade range is great, as it has light, medium and dark colours, all you need to make any look.

 I actually love this palette for popping into my 'commute make up bag' (yes, I am the person who does their make up on the train) as the colours lend themselves perfectly for an everyday look and the case is nice and compact, but still has a decent mirror in the lid. My usual look for work would be to sweep Skimp on the inner half of my eye and under my brown bone with Stark blended into the outer half. Then I add a bit of definition along my lashline and crease using either Frisk, Cover or Primal (depending on my mood) and I am done! If I want to smoke up my look after work I can easily do that using Undone. These shadows blend so smoothly and easily, and all though there is a bit of product displaced when you put your brush to the powder, there is no fall out on the eye.

I also love using these shades to fill in my brows, and reckon you could get a contour our of it too if you're in a pinch, so it's a multi tasking marvel!

 Have you tried this palette yet, what do you think?

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

I'm going on holiday!

Less than a week until I leave for my holiday! So, to get into the spirit of things I have selected 3 dresses from the quiz website, that I would wear in 3 different holiday situations.


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1. First up is   Hot pink textured tunic I think this is perfect for a daytime/beach dress. On holiday you have to go bright, and this block pink dress is really eye catching. The loose fit will stop the unpleasant sticky feeling from tight clothing in hot weather, and keep everything nice and breezy.

2. Then we have the Tribal print maxi which is ideal for a trip to the pool bar or restaurant in the evenings. Still nice and loose with a lovely tribal print that just screams 'holiday!'. A swoosh of body shimmer over the shoulder and collarbones will make the most of this neckline, and hopefully your tan!

3. Lastly, the Coral v-neck embellished dress this is my holiday clubbing look, still nothing too tight, and still a holiday bright holiday, but set off with beautiful gems. A tan will be shown to perfection with bare arms, legs and chest. 

What do you think of my picks, would you wear them?




Tuesday, 2 September 2014

A free Kindle e-book review: 'Sea Sisters'

I love my Kindle, mostly because there are so many free books to read, and more often than not they are really good. 'Sea Sisters' is definitely in my top 3 books that I have read on my Kindle (and I have read a lot!).  It follows a haunting tale of a woman who loses her sister in somewhat tragic circumstances, and her struggle to understand and come to terms with her death. This journey to acceptance takes her to many different countries, following in the footsteps of her sibling, with just her journal as a guide. I got completely caught up in the ride of this book, and even thought to myself 'I don't want to read another book for a while' when I had finished, as I just needed to reflect a bit more. My mum has read this book also and loved it just the same. If you have a kindle I highly recommend you download it, it's free so you have nothing to lose!


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

100 follower giveaway!

I cannot believe I have hit over 100 followers on Bloglovin !! to celebrate and show my gratitude I picked up a little something in boots to give away to you all! The first is a Maybelline big eyes waterproof mascara, I have been loving this lately and posted a picture on twitter here of just how nicely the bottom lash wand works in particular.  Then we also have a Maybelline gloss, which I could not resist when I saw the shade 'Cashmere rose' it just looked such a gorgeous peachy-nude!! Just enter via the rafflecopter app below!







Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Work wear haul: SHOES.

A while ago I was lucky enough to win a competition hosted by Debenhams in which part of the prize was a gift voucher and personal shopper. Even more lucky for me was that it coincided with me getting my first actual grown-up job, so I could use it to get my work-wear wardrobe in one go rather than saving and buying as I go along. Anyway, here is the first part of my work wear wardrobe, the shoes!

For the shoes comfort was key, I am going to be working long days with a hefty commute. I also needed colours that would work with whatever I was wearing. When we saw these shoes mum literally squealed, apparently Hotter are very well known for their comfort. These pairs usually retailed at £70 but were down to £22 in the sale, and then it was 'Buy one get one half price' so a complete bargain!

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office shoes nude flower lining

These shoes really are so comfy, thanks to the cushioned inner sole, and have great arch support. I think they are completely perfect for an office environment! I also love the little details such as the rose atop the black leather pair, and the gorgeous lining and stitching on the suede nude ones. Plus, the little height to the the shoes helps me to feel more put together and confident.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Purple Haze-y eyes and matte pink lips.

I love this look for something fresh and summery, a lilac-purple wash around the outer crease of my eye (I find it really brings out the green in my iris') paired with a matte natural  pink lip. For the eyes I used Max Factor mono eye shadow in 02 Creme Champagne (currently on 3 for 2 in boots!) all over my lid and up to my brow bone as a base. I love using this as it makes everything I put on top so easy to blend! I then take a shimmery purple shade from a Clinique quad, it was actually a GWP, but I believe but the shadow is from the Beach Plum duo. Using a fluffy blush I gently blend this around the crease of my eye to get a sheer wash of colour. I find leaving the Max Factor shade on the lids helps to keep everything  away from the punched-in-the-face kind of look. For the day time I leave it at this and use a light coat of mascara, but this look could easily be ramped up for the evening with more colour and more lashes! On my lips I used my NARS velvet matte lip pencil in Sex Machine. This is a gorgeously creamy matte pencil that does not dry out my lips at all, the colour is a lovely dusky pink that is close to my natural lips so I love wearing it during the day!






Saturday, 2 August 2014

Burnished gold nails.

Initially when I started painting my nails I wanted a light to dark gold dip dye effect. However, once I started it wasn't quite as easy, but I realised that I quite like the 'burnished' effect I got when dabbing the lighter gold over my darker, bronzey base. I love both of these colours separately as well, they have a beautiful shimmer and sparkle to them. The lighter gold is from Avon, and the darker base is OPI.