L’Oréal Colour Riche Smokey Eye Quad

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I picked up this cute little L’Oréal Colour Riche Quad because I figured it would be perfect for travelling with. This particular set of shades is called Nude Lingerie. The palette is small and compact but still has everything you need. The packaging is really cute too.

It has four different brown shades designed to help you create a perfect smokey eye. There is a light creamy colour for near the brow bone, a taupe shade for all over the lid, a reddy brown for the outer corners and a dark brown with you can put along the lash line like a smokey liner. The back of the palette has a helpful suggestion of where to put each shade for the best effect.

The shadows themselves are very powdery, which helps create a smokey look, but makes it hard to apply them without getting shadow everywhere. They are nicely pigmented though and I like the combination of colours; it’s a nice natural every day look. However, there is a hint of glitter and shimmer in there too which which help take the look from day time to evening if you wanted.

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The shadows also last surprisingly well. I wore these in London during our lovely hot weather without any primer (living dangerously) but I didn’t notice them creasing badly, which is quite an achievement because the other day the heat  made my Urban Decay shadows crease!

This is a nice little palette to have and I will travel with it when I have limited space, but I’m not sure I’m crazy about it – the loose powdery texture just puts me off a little. Have you tried any of the L’Oréal Colour Riche Quads? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments 🙂

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April You Beauty Discovery Box

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This is my very first You Beauty Discovery unboxing because I just got my very first You Beauty Discovery Box! I’d you haven’t heard of it, You Beauty Discovery is a subscription service that allows you to choose two beauty treats a month to try. They send them to you in a cute little box with some extra treats, all for £6.95.

Here’s what I chose this month.

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I really wanted to try either the Clayspray Glow Red Clay with Cacao Masque or the Clayspray Brightening White Clay with Ginseng Masque, but both were out of stock.

My next two choices were the Melvita Moisture Replenishing Night Nectar and the Inika Mineral Eyeshadow in Gunmetal.

The moisturiser smells a bit funky but I am reserving judgement till I’ve tried it. The eyeshadow is a gorgeous silvery shimmery shadow but very loose powder so liable to go everywhere. Still, it will be fun to use. The tiny pot is adorable too!

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My extra treats were a 9 bar which is a fruit and seed bar with carob topping (gluten free and wheat free) and a sachet of Antioxidant Face Cream from The Organic Pharmacy. I have eaten the 9 bar and it was okay. It kept me full for a long time and didn’t taste too bad.

Now I’m excited for next month!

February 2014 Favourites

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Happy March! I hope February treated you well? So what have I been loving this month I hear you ask…

Urban Decay Naked 3 – What else could possibly be at the top of this favourites post other than my new Naked 3 eyeshadow palette? I don’t really need to say a great deal, other than it has the most beautiful rose gold shadows which are shimmery, highly pigmented and long lasting. I’m in love!

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh – The horrible British weather is starting to subside in my air of the country, which makes me feel like spring is in the air. That has inspired me to reach for my Daisy Eau So Fresh perfume again. I know this has featured in a favourites post before, but now it’s back! I adore this scent, it is a really light, fresh, floral scent which lifts my mood every time I spritz it. It isn’t the best for staying power unfortunately, but the fragrance is gorgeous.

Collection Intense Colour Supersoft Kohl Pencil – I think this has probably featured on a favourites post before, but I have recently got back into it in a big way. It is quite easy to apply (it doesn’t glide on but it doesn’t require a lot of pressure either) but more importantly the staying power is fantastic. It gives me day long perfection on the upper lid and a good few hours on the waterline without needing to reapply. This, for me, is a miracle, as I seem to have super watery eyes. Better still, it’s super cheap!

V05 Smoothly Does It Frizz Free Creme – I seem to have been drying my hair quite a bit this month (usually I let it dry naturally) so I have been reaching for a styling product more often, and this is my current product of choice. It protects your hair from heat and tames frizzy, fly away hair. I smooth a bit over wet hair before blow drying. It doesn’t make my hair feel or look greasy, and I do think it makes a difference to how “poofy” my hair is after drying.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Phone Cover – I have a new phone (at last!) so I needed a new cover. I headed over to trusty Amazon and settled on this one, which I think is just adorable. It has handy pockets inside to keep a card or cash in when you go out for the night (saves room in your bag for lipstick and a camera!). It also opens up and folds out to create a little stand to prop your phone up while you watch videos. If you are interested in this, or a similar one, you can have a look at Style Your Mobile on Amazon.

Urban Decay Naked 3

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I never thought I would be writing this post, ever. I am now the proud owner of the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. My awesome boyfriend bought this for me as an anniversary present (he knows me so well) and I am totally thrilled! It’s so beautiful!

Naked 3 is definitely my favourite of the Urban Decay palette because it has a lot of gorgeous rose gold tones. I don’t care if they are right for my skin tone or not, they are so pretty! I haven’t done swatches of all the shades because they are all over the net now. If you want to see some, Temptalia has some excellent swatches. My favourites have to be Dust, Burnout, Trick and Liar.  Dust is a “pale metallic pink shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter“. Don’t ask me exactly what “iridescent micro-glitter” is, but it basically gives it more of a glittery feel that really sparkles. Burnout is described as a “light pinky-peach satin“. This one is similar to Dust but more wearable because it’s shimmery rather than glitter. Trick is probably the hardest to wear of the four. A “light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal micro-sparkle“ it’s more copper than rose gold so can wash you out if you aren’t careful. Pair it with a deep brown in the crease and go smoke crazy! Speaking of browns, I love Liar, a “medium metallic mauve shimmer“. It is brown without being too deep and it has the perfect shimmer to it.

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As you may have guessed, another thing I love about this palette compared to Naked 1 and 2 is that Naked 3 is full of shimmery shades! I wish that the palest shade, Strange, had a bit of shimmer to it though, because it looks odd having a non-shimmery shade in the corner of the eye if the rest of the eye is shimmery.

I never truly believed that there was going to be much of a difference between Urban Decay shadows and normal high street/drug store eye shadows. I was totally wrong. The quality speaks for itself almost immediately in how highly pigmented the shadows are, but where Naked 3 really comes into its own is towards the end of the day. I’m used to eye shadows creasing badly, especially without primer, but these just don’t. Honestly, I was so so surprised. I even went without eye shadow primer for a few days to really test them and the shadows still look great at the end of the day. It would probably be going  a bit far to say it’s life changing, but it’s pretty awesome! The one thing you do need to watch with some of the shadows is not putting too much on your brush. They are quite powdery, so you can get fall out under your eye if you aren’t careful.

My Naked 3 palette also came with samples of Urban Decay Primer Potion (eye shadow primer) in various shades. I’ve already used it a few times with Naked 3 shades, but as I mentioned, I don’t really need it. I shall try it with some other eye shadows to see how it holds up.

So now I have my dream palette, what’s the one thing I am wishing for now? A smaller version that I can travel with more easily. Come on Urban Decay, isn’t it time for Naked Basics 2?!

December 2013 Favourites

SAM_1479Welcome to 2014! I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone and how much fun it was compared to previous years. I suppose one of my highlights for 2013 would have to be discovering blogging! I’m really enjoying it and I hope you are enjoying reading what I write!

In this post, I am going to share with you some of my favourite items from the last few weeks of 2013.

Mavala Nail Polishes – I have had the Mavala nail biting detterant for a long time, but I had never thought to try their polishes before. In fact, I didn’t even know you could buy them in the UK! Towards the beginning of December I was searching the Internet looking for the perfect green nail polish when I stumbled across Mavala Peacock Green. I bought it, tried it, and adored it. I then got two more in my advent calendar: London and Pure Diamond. These polishes last and last without chipping and their opacity is great.

Floral rings – I spotted these little flower rings in Accessorize a couple of days ago and picked them up for £6 each. I always wear the same ring on my ring finger, so I decided to buy them a little bigger so I can wear them on my index fingers or my thumbs. I think they are adorable!

Model Co Lip Enhancer Illusion Lip Liner – I am pretty new to lip liner. I’ve always stuck to nude shades in the past so I’ve never understood the necessity. This winter I have been getting more and more into darker lipsticks like red or wine, but struggled with the lipsticks bleeding and not looking very polished. I read online that you could use a nude lip liner if you don’t have the correct shade, so I dug this one out again. It makes all the difference; my lips look really professional and polished.

L’Oreal True Match Blush in True Rose – This is my go to blush at the moment because it lasts really well and it makes my skin look really fresh and glowing. I have linked my full review below.

Bourjois Smoky Eyes Trio in Rose Vintage – This month my obsession with rose gold shades has led me to put my trusty MUA Undressed and Heaven and Earth palettes to one side (save for the brown shadow for my brows) in favour of this gorgeous little trio. This creates the perfect subtle smoked eye for daytime wear. Again, my review of this product is linked below.

Yankee Candle Christmas Eve  – Finally, a real Christmas treat. I bought this for my best friend for Christmas and it smelt so good I decided I had to have one too. According to Yankee Candle, the fragrance is “Traditional Christmas scents of a warm hearth, sugared plums, and candied fruits”. It’s perfect for anyone who wants a warm winter fragrance but doesn’t like spicy or cinnamonny scents.

Bourjois Smoky Eyes Trio Eyeshadow in Rose Vintage

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Unlike the lipstick I spoke about the other day which was very much a planned purchase following days of hunting, I bought this Bourjois Smoky Eyes Trio Eyeshadow in No. 5 Rose Vintage on a complete whim. Generally I wear brown shades, usually from my MUA Undressed or Heaven and Earth palette. This trio of shades seemed a really nice alternative; a nice colour variation but still subtle enough for every day wear. They have a bit of shimmer to them, which I like because I prefer shimmery eyeshadows to mattes, even in the day time. The few matte shades in my MUA palettes don’t get a lot of love if I’m honest.

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The trio comes with a little applicator which is a nice addition. I won’t get much use out of it because I find it very hard to blend for a smoky effect without brushes, but it would be good for travelling or emergencies. Unlike most eyeshadow palettes, the shadows themselves are raised in dome shapes, as the Bourjois blushers and single eyeshadows are. I find this an interesting visual feature, but I think it also helps pick up the right amount of colour. I guess it will be a long time till I hit pan too!

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I was really impressed by how well the colours in this palette blend together. It could give you a couple of different looks depending on how you like to wear eyeshadow, so it also offers a bit of versatility. As for staying power, the shadows are still in place 9 hours later as I am writing this (with no primer) so that’s a good sign! I’d never heard anything much about Bourjois eyeshadows, but I am impressed and I shall be on the look-out for others to try soon!

My Pick of the MUA Eyeshadow Palettes

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I have always wanted to feature a lot of budget products on this blog because I really think there are some amazing things out there which you don’t need to spend a fortune on.

MUA eyeshadows are some of my favourites and the palettes are only £4 for 12 different shades. The MUA shadows are fairly highly pigmented and they last really well, particularly if you use an eyeshadow primer underneath. I think they blend really well together and the shade range is fantastic. They are quite shimmery and you’ll struggle to find a truly matte shade, but I love shimmery eye shadows, even for day wear. My only real criticism of these palettes is the individual shades don’t have names so it’s really hard to talk about them with you!

I thought I’d share some of my favourite palettes with you so you can see the gorgeous range of shadows that you can get.

Heaven and Earth

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I thought I’d start with this palette as it’s my absolute favourite. You can probably tell that from how well used some of the shades are. I prefer this to Undressed even though Undressed is a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Palette as I find these shades more wearable, particularly everyday. The creamy, tan colour third from the right on the top row is almost at pan on one side as it is my go-to base colour. I love to apply the shade second from the left on the bottom row in my crease and in the outer corners of the eyes. The very pale creamy, white colour in the very top left hand corner is the perfect colour for highlighting your brow bone and the inner corners of your eyes.

Undressed

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As I mentioned above, Undressed is MUA’s dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Palette and I have to say I think it’s the best out there. MUA also do another palette called Undress Me Too which is, you’ve guessed it, a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. This palette has a couple of matte shades which I find a bit out of place really because I don’t blend matte shades with shimmery ones so I don’t really know what to do with them. I love some of the lighter shades in this palette and, in particular, the rose gold shade second from the left on the top row. I also love the shimmery bronze colour third from the left on the bottom row. The deeper browns and blues leave me a bit cold though, I’m not sure what to do with them.

Starry Night

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Now I’m moving on to some lesser known MUA palettes. A lot of people have Heaven and Earth and Undressed, but I hardly ever come across someone who owns Starry Night. I really don’t know why because I absolutely adore this palette. I think maybe some people are put off by the blue shades as blue isn’t the easiest colour to wear, but even if you just buy this for the greys and purples I think it’s worth it. This palette contains some of my favourite shimmery greys and silvers, in particular the pale silver second from the left on the bottom row. However, the real genius of this palette are the purples and lilacs. I love the apply a silver shadow to my lid and then blend a purple or lilac shade in the outer corners of my eyes. It’s such an effective night time look! I just wish MUA would replace the rubbish pink shade with another purple. Pink eyeshadow? Really?

Poptastic

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My final pick is not for the faint hearted! Poptastic was the first palette I bought. I got it to do some costume make up with and I have since used it a couple of times for dramatic night time looks. I’d definitely pair these shades with a nude lip and do some serious blending, but they are fantastic if you want to add a dramatic pop of colour. I love (you’ve guessed it) the purple shades, but I’m also partial to a blue occasionally. I’ll admit the yellows, red and pink are a bit of a miss, but I think £4 is still worth it for the more wearable shades.

I also want to give a shout out to the Pretty Pastels palette which is next on my list to buy as it has some gorgeous peach and lilac shades.

So there you have it. Those are my favourite MUA shadow palettes. What’s yours?