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A week in photos - Torquay

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Ahh, yet again - long time no speak. I have literally been so busy through the summer it generally feels like all I've done is work and sleep for work the next day. You may remember in my 'Summer Goals' post that I chatted about just doing less, well that never happened and is still not happening but I really want to make it a priority for next year because I want to make more time for blogging and I really want to just be able to go on day trips, holidays and id just like to be able to do less in terms of work. As I'm writing this I got back from a few days away in Torquay which I really loved and having the time away has also made me realise how much happier I am when I'm having a break from working constantly.

Anyway, enough of the rambles let's get on with the post and as I said I've been in Torquay for the last week and I absolutely loved it, I also took 10000000 photos (not literally ofc) so I thought I'd share them here!.

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Paignton 







Paignton Zoo
















Living Coasts Aquarium - Torquay 







New favourites in my makeup collection

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Long time no speak, again. I'm still so busy recently and if you're wondering why my posts are a little unscheduled compared to normal I explained it all in my most recent post and on top of the business I've had a cold from hell all week (well, since Friday) so I've been a little bit behind with my blog, I really wanted to write a post though, I'm having a few writers block recently as well so just bear with me, it turns out you can get a little out of touch with writing posts when you haven't done it in a couple months.

Anyway, let's get on with the post. I've been a little naughty with my spending recently (OOPS!) and treated myself to a few bits and I've found some solid new faves.

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Urban Decay 'Naked Skin' Foundation 

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My first new fave is the Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation, I went for the shade '0.5' and to be completely honest I wasn't sure what to expect from this but I tried it out and now I'm never buying anything else and I'm not being dramatic. The formula of this is quite watery and thin which made me worry about the coverage a little but one thin layer of this covers most of my acne which is ridiculously impressive for such a thin, lightweight foundation. I'm ridiculously impressed with this





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Urban Decay 'Deslick' Setting spray

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Next is the Urban Decay De-slick setting spray, I only really brought this because it's on sale ( I really didn't need anymore setting spray) but oh my god, it was so needed. With the temperatures so high and with the fact that I work in a kiosk that's been hitting 40 degrees recently my make-up has not lasted 5 seconds, so I tried this setting spray out the other day and my makeup lasted a solid 8-10 hours, it still looked fresh. I will say I do have oily skin so this is perfect for me but there are different versions of this product tailored to different skin types.






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MUA eye-define eyeliner

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The MUA eye defines liquid eyeliner is another firm favourite. I mainly like this because it has a long nib, I really hate those eyeliners that have proper short nibs, I just can't use em!. This is also like jet black rather than that faded grey ya sometimes come across and the best part about it? it cost all of about £3.



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Real Techniques blending sponge

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After absolutely despising beauty blenders (well I say beauty blenders I mean the little £2 ones you find in Primark and boots) I decided to buy an actual decent sponge to try but at the same time I didn't want to splash out on an actual beauty blender, I've read so many great things about the Real Techniques  blending sponge and I am obsessed. This blends make-up flawlessly and they're super affordable I'd 100% recommend it if you're on a budget.



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Revolution Blush palette 

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There are some items of make-up I find easy to apply and some that have taken me quite a lot of practice and one of those is contouring, the dreaded contouring, I find whenever I buy contouring 'duos' the shades are just never right for me, they're either bright orange or too cool and look muddy, there's just not a lot of in-between and the shades are just never right for my skin tone I find either way it seems to end up looking ridiculous. I decided I would get a contour kit, I've seen them around a lot and I always think I'm going to buy one and never actually end up doing it, I saw the Revolution one like dirt cheap and whacked it straight into my basket. I really like the variety of shades in this and I love the fact it has 2 baked blushes in there as well, the bronzers blend out as well which makes it even better. I couldn't find this exact one but I have linked a simular one below.




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Have you tried any of these bits? What did you think?.

Where have I been and a few summer goals.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

It generally feels so refreshing to just sit down and write a post, I feel like I haven't written a post in ages. Which is pretty much true, my last post was published about a month ago now and I haven't had a chance since then to write another. I just wanted to check in and say 'Hi' essentially with this post and just like vent a little bit, so grab yourself a cuppa and come and join me (if you hate rambly posts you may want to click off now and come back next week). So without going on too much of a rant I have worked a hell of a lot these last few weeks, It generally feels like I've had 0 times to myself for weeks and it's been shit, like real shit. Obviously, there are perks to this like the money but it's not all it's cracked up to be because literally, everything else has just gone straight to the back of my mind; cleaning the flat, keeping on top of my self-care and of course my blog. So now that we're all caught up I want to talk about a couple of goals I have for summer.


Work...

Through the summer at work, I just want to do less I've worked really hard in the run-up to summer so I just want to enjoy the actual summer and just have some time for myself which hopefully will happen (fingers crossed).

Blogging...

At the moment blogging has taken a bit of a back seat and if the first goal doesn't happen then it's likely going to be a bit kind of here, there and everywhere in terms of publishing but my goals for blogging is to get back to one post a week (I'm going to try and bulk write posts whenever I get chance). I'd really like to work with a few brands through the summer and if you're a brand wanting to work with myself please do check out my work with me page for a little more information. I feel like I found the perfect balance when it came to blogging through the winter and I got my posts exactly how I wanted and my photography was exactly what I wanted and I just want that to carry through this year, or improve because I worked so hard through the winter to get to the point where I was generally happy with my content.

General...

 So, in general, there are a couple goals I'd like to achieve through the summer, I definitely want to get out a bit more but that will only come with the first goal (seems a lot relies on that one). I definitely want to go shopping and have a couple of days out through this summer as I didn't really do that last year. By the end of the summer, I'd like to be kind of 'close' to doing my driving test, I don't think I'll be completely there but it's coming along really well already so I'd like to be close. 

Hopefully, everything will go as planned, I know a lot of my goals are very Mundane and just things that people do every day but for me, they're all a challenge because of my busy lifestyle, it's a lot of just doing less and slowing down a little which I already can't wait for and I also just am so happy to be back blogging, See you next week (hopefully!).




Revolution Soph x extra spice palette review and swatches

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Ever since the Soph x palette came into my collection it's been my most used palette, the shades are perfect for my skin tone and the shades blend perfectly. When I saw Soph was bringing out a new palette (The soph x extra spice) I was absolutely thrilled, I couldn't contain my excitement. I used my last day before payday funds to grab this and it arrived yesterday, I couldn't bluddy wait to do this review so I've sat down straight after work and grabbed the palette to try.

Packaging



I was so excited to see what Soph did with this palette, Like the first palette it came in a sleeve with the shades on the back and they're very true to the shades in the palette which is always handy. The palette itself is rose gold and metallic (actually stunning) and it has 'Soph x' written on the front in baby pink, essentially the opposite of the last palette. The palette has a really sturdy clasp (which we all know I like because I'm terrible at just throwing things in my bag) and it feels really sturdy as well which is perfect for someone as clumsy as me. There's a nice big mirror in this palette just like the last one which makes it perfect for travelling because you could do your full face using that easily.

Shades


This palette is bluddy dreamy in terms of shades, Soph's gone a bit more 'out there' this time with the colours and this one is much more colourful and bright than the last palette. There are 18 shades 6 shimmers and 12 mattes which I think is a perfect balance. There are a few really good transition shades in here and I think this would work so well alongside the OG Soph x palette. There's a lot of potential with these shades; straight off I think you'd get some perfect green, purple, gold and bronze shades using this palette and there are for sure some sunset vibes going on here. Personally, I'm instantly drawn to the shades 'Everyday' and 'Infinity'.

Application and pigment


From my first impressions, I am so bluddy happy with this palette. Firstly I'll chat about the mattes, so as I mentioned there are 12 mattes; Running late, Cheesecake, Cookie Dough, Vitamin C, Sweet n Sour, Twenty-one, Enchanted, Laked, Brownies, Chocolate orange, Mulled wine and reputation. The mattes blend out so lovely and they build up really nicely as well which is a bonus, the pigment on these is amazing like you don't need to dig your brush in there so you won't be wasting your shadows. For a drugstore palette, I'd say the pigment is really impressive and the shimmers (Everyday, Infinity, Dreams,  Romance, LA sun and Aurora) are on a whole new level they're actually so pigmented, They kind of remind me of higher end shadows and if you apply them with your fingertips they come out so bold which I absolutely love.

Swatches

Row 1; Everyday, Running late, Infinity, Cheesecake, Cookie dough, Dream
Row 2; Vitamin C, Sweet n sour, Twenty-one, Romance, Enchanted, Lakes

Row 3; Brownies, Chocolate orange, Mulled wine, LA sun, Aurora, Reputation

Have you picked up this palette yet?




Naked 3 palette, is it worth the hype?

Friday, 1 June 2018

I've lusted over Naked palettes pretty much for as long as I've shown interest in make-up, everyone hypes them up and it seems like there's one in most girls collection. I get that I'm a little late to this bandwagon but I got my hands on the Naked 3 a few months ago and I've been using it since then and to be honest I've got some opinions I wanna share on it, so I thought I'd do a full in-depth review and on this and test to see if it's worth the hype.

Packaging



The packaging itself is a rose gold tin, it almost reminds me of those pencil cases we used to have through primary school it has 'Naked 3' embossed across the top in gold and it's a complete reflection on the shades inside which 100% drew me to this palette (like a little magpie). The packaging itself is quite durable which is perfect for someone as clumsy as me, it shuts with a clasp which I always like because it gives me peace of mind that it won't come open if it's chucked in my bag.

When you open the palette up you have 12 dreamy 'pink nude' inspired shades; 3 mattes and 9 shimmers, you're quite limited with your matters so I'd definitely say this is a 'shimmer persons' palette. There's also a large mirror on this which is super handy for when you're travelling. The pan sizes are smaller than other high-end palettes I own but they're still a good size.

The palette also includes a double-sided brush which I am so thankful for as well as a slot to store it in, this brush is such a good quality for saying it's come out of an eyeshadow palette it's honestly replaced my current blending brush and I use it all the time. The flat side of this brush is really good for packing on your shimmers though I'd recommend using your fingers if you want the best from this palette which brings me on to the application.

Application


I have mixed opinions with this palette in terms of the application. I'll start with the mattes which I absolutely love because all of them are lovely to apply, they're creamy and they're blendable, they can also be built up really nicely they're also really nice transition shades which makes everything a little bit easier.

In terms of the shimmers I have mixed reviews the darker shades apply perfectly on my lids but generally I'd advise you apply them with your fingertips if you want them to really stand out but the lighter shimmers, I don't think it's just me (perhaps it's just my light skin?) but they just do not apply as well as the darker shades 'Dust' in particular just seems like a different consistency to the rest of the shadows and it only really applies well when you use your fingertips which can be a little bit of a pain.

I've used the palette with both concealer and primer and it's applied well with both, you can also use the palette without it but I wouldn't generally do this because my eyelids can get quite oily which means it'd just be a mess within an hour or so but you would have to build it up a little bit more.

Swatches

ahh the best part of the post, you get to see all the dreamy shades out of the pan, I used my finger to apply these to show the best pigment possible and I'm sure you'll be able to see what I mean about 'dust' in these photos.


Left to right: strange, dust, burnout, limit, buzz, trick, nooner, liar, factory, mugshot, Darkside, Darkheart

Shimmers - 

dust, burnout, buzz, trick, liar, factory, mugshot, Darkside, Darkheart



Mattes - 

strange, limit, nooner


So is it worth the hype?

Personally, I really like this palette and I would repurchase it, it does have a couple of small issues but that wouldn't put me off buying Urban Decay shadows again, it is quite pricey though so that's the only thing that would really put me off. The shade range is stunning and I really like how durable the packaging is, I would for sure recommend this.


Have you tried this palette?.
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