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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?.

My realistic spring morning routine

Thursday, 17 May 2018

After roughly 3 days of sunshine  (of which I worked all 3), I'm declaring it officially Spring / Summer. I have quite a busy schedule through the nicer months with work so I tend to keep my morning routine a little bit shorter as I usually get about an hour before I run out the door whilst leaving my keys and anything else important inside the flat. I thought I'd share with you my realistic morning routine which involves a hella lot of rushing.

10:30 am 
I usually wake up around half ten, one thing you may have worked out by now is that I'm absolutely not a morning person, I stay awake quite late catching up with my blog and bits and bobs that I haven't had chance to get done throughout the week so a 7am start is like a horror movie to me. Usually, I'll lie on my phone (hella unproductive) for about 10-20 minutes before even moving out of bed.

10:50am
My shifts usually start around 12 so this is the point where I look at the time and realise I need to get my arse out of bed if I want to turn up even remotely on time. At this point, my boyfriends reminding me that I have work in an hour and I haven't really moved from my double chin scrolling through Instagram state.so I've grabbed myself a cup of tea (if I don't get this I'm basically a Zombie) and I've sat down at my dresser to start my skincare routine; Cleanser, Toner, Moisturiser and I move on to my makeup.


11:10am
I start actually waking up a bit around now and start to get my arse in gear, I'm starting to rush and slap on my makeup real quick and end up looking a little bit like a 5-year-old who's followed a smokey eye tutorial on YouTube. By this time it's like half 11 and I'm not even dressed (Good job Charlie).

11:30am
I've decided to actually get dressed considering I need to leave in 15 minutes. My standard outfit is usually just a pair of ripped jeans, a T-shirt, denim jacket and my Nikes'. It's now quarter too and I've brushed my teeth ready to leave, I've grabbed my bag, plugged in my headphones and ran out the door for work!.

how does your morning routine usually plan out?.

Spring wardrobe essentials

Sunday, 6 May 2018

I had an idea of what I wanted this post to be, candid beach shots of a few outfits, me messing around on the beach in the sun. Amazing photography and cute poses almost like being an Instagram model for the day but alas the expectation was not the reality and I've been ~far~ to busy to take the photos for this post and it's been way to miserable outside to go and sit on the beach in an Asos skirt and cute sunnies. I wasn't sure whether to hold off on the post but if I did that then there's a possibility the clothes are going to go out of stock (do you see my dilemma?) so I'm posting it and I've tried something with the photos rather than candid shots of me sitting on the quay let me know what you think!.

The Skirt 


This is like one of those staples that you never knew you needed, A denim wrap skirt from ASOS that goes with literally any outfit, it's a 'Stonewash blue' and it's generally such a good staple, I've paired it with my Newlook Bardot top. As I have what I like to call 'milk bottle legs' I'll for sure need a pair of tanned tights, I'll most likely keep this look casual with my Nikes but you could dress it up with some nice shoes instead.


The boots

I'm a sucker for Chelsea boots.. high heel, low heel, burgundy, grey, black literally any Chelsea boots. I picked these out because their quite casual and they go with pretty much anything. Their pretty much just the cheapest pair that came up (broke life) but they've lasted well and they generally are great.

A pair of sunnies


Is it even spring if you haven't got a pair of sunnies for that not so sunny weather?. I got this pair from a local shop in town but you can get a similar pair (Linked below). I absolutely love these sunnies they're a perfect size and they don't look absolutely ridiculous on me like most sunglasses do!, perfection.
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My drugstore hair care routine for controlling frizz

Thursday, 3 May 2018

My hair is such a burden at times, I can be straightening it/curling it for ages and it'll still be twice the size by the time I'm finished and I hate it, I've tried every hack, tip, remedy ~ I mean I've even covered my hair in egg whites (which was awful tbh) and there isn't an awful lot that works like that. I feel like I've found a few products over the last few years and built quite the routine which has really helped me out so I thought I'd enlighten you with it all, so grab yourself a cuppa and sit back all you frizzy-haired gals and grab yourself some of the following.

OGX ever straight Brazilian keratin therapy shampoo


So I'll start with shampoo, lets take it from the top at least and Imma be honest, I didn't realise this aid ever straight when I picked it up, My hair is quite ae curly natural (hence the frizz) but.I'm always trying to control it and in my  opinion, this shampoo & conditioner have just been ~AMAZINGG~ it keeps my hair feeling soft, takes off the frizz and moisturises it just so well. It contains coconut oil and Keratin proteins as well avocado and cocoa butter and yes, it does smell good enough to eat. Also going on their FAQ'S they're cruelty-free which is fab!!.

OGX ever straight Brazilian keratin therapy conditioner


I follow this up with the same brand conditioner and again it's one of the best I've tried, In terms of ingredients again it contains cocoa butter, keratin, coconut oil and Avacado, You're best to leave this on for a few minutes before rinsing because it makes your hair feel like advert worthy ~ I mean you'll be swishing your hair around the place like Ellie Goulding did in that Pantene advert before you know it.

As I'm in the process of getting rid of my non-cruelty free products I'm using up the ones I have left because your gal hadn't got a mortgage to buy it all at once. Therefore the next few products aren't likely to be cruelty-free but I'll list some alternatives.

Touch of Silver shampoo



occasionally I use the Touch of silver shampoo as I've recently had my hair dyed as an ombre, this shampoo just keeps the brassy tones out of the blonde and it was suggested by my hairdresser. I just leave this on for a few minutes to tone my hair and rinse it out until the water runs clear. Don't let the vivid purple colour scare you, this really does cool your blonde and get rid of the brassy tones, It's very affordable and you can also get the conditioner to follow with but personally, I use my OGX conditioner instead. I use this every couple of washes and I've noticed such a difference, I highly recommend it.

Heat Protect 


As my hair can be a pain in the arse frizzy I always need to make sure I'm protecting it from heat (your gal uses a lot of heat on her hair). I'm using the V05 heat protect spray which has been in my collection for a fair old' while so It's getting pretty low as a cruelty-free alternative I'd recommend the Superdrug Argan oil hair treatment,  I just spritz this over evenly and then move onto serum.

Hair serum


I always use a hair serum in my routine, I really feel like it makes such a difference to my hair, I also like the fact that it's just a little extra nourishment and protection for my hair. I'm currently using the Tresemme smooth salon serum which I do really enjoy using, it contains argan oil which I'm a huge fan of and it smooths frizz which is always a good thing with hair like mine. This isn't cruelty-free though and once it's all gone I'll be moving onto The body shops Coconut Oil Brilliantly Nourishing Pre-Shampoo Hair Oil which sounds fantastic, you use this one prior to shampoo and you can either leave it for 5 minutes or overnight for a more powerful treatment.

Heat tools

I went heat free for a good few months ~ in fact, I wrote a post all about it and to be honest it was mainly accidental after breaking both my curlers and my straighteners, but since replacing them I use heat daily, honestly I know it's terrible for my hair and I do like my natural hair but it' so difficult to maintain so I turn to my curlers by instinct. For my soft loose curls, I use my Tresemme perfectly undone curlers, for straightening it's my Nicky Clarke hair straighteners and for drying my hair it's the Babyliss pro speed hairdryer which honestly is obsessed with. 


Is your hair your biggest burden?, How do you tame it.

How to make your make-up stay all day

Thursday, 26 April 2018

If there's one thing I hate it's walking past a mirror at about 5pm and seeing your makeup has just melted of your face ~ I mean not quite melted, but you've got mascara everywhere except your lashes.I've spent many years trying to find perfect make-up that doesn't smudge but I realised it's not about your products, it's about how you use them. I thought I'd share today my top tips for keeping your makeup in place without breaking your bank.

Skincare


Let's start with the basics, your canvas aka your skin is the most important part of your makeup aka smoother canvas, smoother makeup. The first tip I'm going to throw at you is to do this at least 15 minutes before this way your makeup isn't just going to just be on top of an oily surface (moisturiser) and completely slide off your face and as well as that it's better for your skin, in the long run, this way it can benefit from your moisturiser without your pores becoming clogged with foundation at the same time

The second 'skincare' tip I've learnt is that primer is your best friend especially if you're an oily skin kinda gal (shoutout). Personally, I love The body shop's Instablur primer. This is a silicone based primer so if you're not a fan of those I'd say stay away from this one. If you prefer something a little more hydrating I'd recommend the hangover primer by Too Faced which is actual ~heaven~ on dry skin.

Matte vs Dewwy


As I have oily skin I wouldn't even dream of expecting a 'dewy' finish foundation to last all day. However, for you drier skin ladies you're most likely not going to be able to make a matte foundation last all day unless you're using a tonne of moisturiser first, purely as matte foundations are known for clinging on to dry areas, which isn't a great look when you walk past that mirror at 3pm. Cater your products to your skin type is all I'm saying, you wouldn't use an acne face wash on sensitive skin etc.

Quality of your products


This one is probably the most important one of the bunch, the quality of your products makes such a difference in these situations. I'm not about to tell you to go and spend £300 in your local House of Fraser on make-up (by the way... easily done) but make sure you're getting your moneys worth when it comes to products, I mean my favourite concealer is only about £4.50 compared to high-end products that have cost me £20+. I'd be happy to do a post all about my cheaper best wearing make-up if anyone would like that.

Order of make-up 


This is one I never paid attention too but it really does make all the difference I always used to apply my eye-makeup last but I wouldn't dream of doing that now because my foundation used to end up smudged and covered in fallout before I'd even left the house.

The order of my make-up currently is; eyebrows, eyeshadow, mascara, liner, foundation, concealer, bronzer, contour, setting powder and lastly highlight and lipstick. I'd be happy to go into detail about this in a post if anyone is interested.

Set away




One thing that's really important is setting your makeup into place, I've found if I miss out this step generally, my makeup just wears off far to easy within a couple of hours. To start with I'll for sure set everything with a powder... usually this will be the Rimmel stay matte and then once my make-up is completed I'll spritz over a setting spray, I love The Body Shop vitamin E spritz but it isn't as heavy duty as say Urban Decays setting spray but it does the job well enough for me.

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How do you make your makeup last all day?
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