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Saturday, 12 September 2015

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette | Review

Hello Everyone!

Today I wanted to talk to you about a recent make-up product that has come into my life, something that I am COMPLETELY IN LOVE WITH. The new Urban Decay Smoky Palette. Now, I am not usually one of those people that grabs a new make-up product that is brand new as, to be honest, usually they are ridiculously expensive (especially high end products) and I simply cannot afford them. Now I had seen this palette being raved about on the interweb and had been crushing on it for what felt like forever. 






























So you're probably wondering why I have this product in my possession then. Well basically it turns out that I have the best boyfriend ever. After a really crappy day, and whining to Tom about how rubbish I felt, he magically produced this and completely made my day. (Ridiculously lucky I know). So now, I have this amazing palette and today I am going to review it for you :)



First of all, I want to apologise for the really rubbish swatch photos for you, however all the times I tried to get a nice photo for you, the lighting meant that the actual eyeshadows did not show up to their true colour which is not what I want at all. So, I'm really sorry but this was the best I could do!

So, the actual palette consists of 12 shades, a complete mixture of matte, satin and shimmery shades. And of course, the double-ended smoky smudger/tapered crease brush. As always with Urban Decay all of the shadows are amazingly pigmented, and blend like an absolute dream. I think this palette is a complete mixture of tones, the perfect palette to get if you haven't tried any of the other naked palettes before. My personal favourites are "Dirtysweet", "Armor" and "High" (to be honest they are all to die for) as I think they are absolutely beautiful, with also the matte black shade "Black Market" being the best black eyeshadow I have ever used. The palette is of course expensive and retails for £38, however for the quality of these eyeshadows and what you get for your money I think it is completely worth it. The fallout of these shadows is also much better than the previous three, as the others have previously fallen out a lot however I barely get any with these. This palette basically gives you all the options for any kind of smoky eye, whether that be a day time natural or a night out glitter. 

It describes it much better on the website about all the different shades :) 

http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_123932046199_-1#intcmp=urban-decay-smoky-hero-shop-now 

Overall I would definitely recommend trying this palette out if you haven't tried any of the other Naked Palettes before, or just the final piece to your collection. Please let me know if you've tried it as I would love to hear your opinion!

Until next time, 

A

x x

Friday, 11 September 2015

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks | Review

Hello!

Today I wanted to talk about the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks, and  my honest opinion on them. I only have two colours in the collection, two out of the eight shades, and so far I'm enjoying using them.


The first shade I bought was the lighter pink shade, 07 Nude-ist, as I wanted to try the lightest one that I could see as I was looking for a long wearing liquid lipstick that was going to last all day. From using it, I found that the staying power is absolutely amazing! I can put this on in the morning and not even have to look in the mirror throughout the day to see if it has smudged or worn off. They are sold for £8.99, which is quite expensive for the high street I thought, but I think they are totally worth it. When applying it goes on super smoothly, and despite lots of the matte lipsticks being very drying, this almost feels moisturising as you're wearing it. The only downside to this lipstick, is that the smell is very very strange. To me this lipstick smells like blood?!? 
And I know, you're probably thinking "Why on earth would you wear it if it smells like that?", but honestly once it is on your lips, you can't smell it and the quality of the product makes it worth the horrible smell. So today I went into Superdrug and bought this gorgeous classic red shade, 08 Grand Cru, and I honestly think it is going to be my go-to red lipstick, especially if I am going out for a meal where you would usually expect lipstick to wear off.

The only thing I wish for with these lipsticks is that, despite wearing a lipstick with "nude" in the title, the lipstick is definitely pink... not what you expect when wearing a nude. Now I'm not sure if this is just Superdrug not ordering the nude shade into that store however I would l o v e a nude to wear as I feel that it is completely missing from the collection.

Overall, I definitely would recommend these products to anyone, despite the very strange smell!! I will definitely be going in to check out any other colours that they have because they are AMAZING. 

Thankyou so much for a reading, and let me know anything else from Bourjois that I should try!

Until next time, 

A

x x 

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Oreo | My New Kitten

Hello,

So I thought I would eventually write the blog post that I have been meaning to do for a very long time and I would like to formally introduce the new kitten to the family, Oreo. we have almost had her for a month now and she is unbelievably cute (if I don't say so myself). I know this isn't the usual kind of post that I do although I couldn't not write a post about the little kitten that I am obsessed with.




I hope you enjoyed this random little post, lots of love!

Until next time, 

A

x x

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

The Best Drugstore Mascara? Maybelline Lash Sensational | Review

Hello Everyone!

Recently I have been branching out on mascaras, and gradually leaving my Benefit Roller Lash craze to try and see if there any any better alternatives out there. I've tried quite a few of the drugstore / high street mascaras out there and, yes, there are some pretty good ones however not until now.

Maybelline Lash Sensational | Lash Multiplying Mascara
http://www.boots.com/en/Maybelline-Lash-Sensational-Lash-Multiplying-Mascara-9-5ml_1655586/



I bought this mascara from Boots the other day, completely by chance as I had heard randomly that it was quite good and thought I would give it a try as it was reduced from £8.99 to £6.99 (quite reasonably priced I would say).  Here on the left are my eyelashes (obviously) and I am really impressed with the lift and length that it gies my lashes. Naturally I have quite blonde and thin eye lashes, quite to my disappointment, however I think that this makes a massive difference. I really do enjoy this mascara, and it actually holds that look all day without smudging underneath your eyes, no matter how long you need this to last for. I would definitely recommend this mascara, for the length, the volume, everything. Despite the applicator being plastic, very often I find a gem that stands out from the rest. 

I really hope you found this review helpful, please leave me a comment below telling us if you did! Also if you have any other mascaras that you have tried, let me know what they are as I would love to try them..

Until next time, 


x x

P . S Thinking of starting a "Top 5 Tuesday" series?? Or maybe a "Favourites Friday?"
Let me know what you think!!