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So you can probably tell from the fact that this palette is a bit of a mess that I didn't plan on talking about it. To be honest, I didn't ever really plan on buying it in the first place and I initially didn't like it at all. On my way to Disneyland in February 2017 I realised I didn't pack any eyeshadow so I panic bought the cheapest palette I could find in duty free which happened to be this one.
 
   
Truthfully, it took me a very long time to learn to love this palette. I hid it away in my makeup draw straight after I returnED from my holiday and didn't really think I'd ever use it again. I didn't even look at it for months, that was until I was packing for a short camping trip and was tight for room. Its a very small palette with a decent sized mirror and some subtle glittery shades which I thought would be ideal for a weekend away. I used it every day that trip and I've never looked back.

Since that short break back in May I've used this palette every other day and taken it on multiple other trips. I've fallen in love with the pretty shimmery shades and if I'm honest they are really long lasting. I'd even go so far as to compare my favourite shades to some of my Urban Decay eyeshadows which are much more pricey. The quality of the glitter shades in this palette are incredible, unfortunatly I don't get on so well with the mattes which I feel aren't as vivid as they should be.


The shades don't have names in this palette which is a shame but the ones I use the most are; the second from the left which is a beautiful shimmery peach colour, the forth from the left which is a light brown/ bronze colour, and the fifth from the left which is a glowey gold shade. I use the others occasionally but only really on the outer corners of my eyes to give my favourite shades more depth. Because the shades in this palette are so warm I feel that this is the perfect palette for summer, especially warm days/ nights by the seaside. Its an ideal size to pack in my hand luggage and I feel like a glowing summer princess when I wear my favourite shades, not even being dramatic. 

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So how much will this little beauty set you back? £14.99. I know right. A gorgeous palette like this for less that £15 really is a bargain. As I bought mine in Duty Free I paid roughly £12 but I've seen deals on this palette before so its worth keeping an eye out in your local makeup store just incase the price drops.

All in all this is a decent little palette with a few really good quality shades that I now wear most days. I think it retails at a bargain price and is ideal for taking on your holibobs too!

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THE EYESHADOW PALETTE YOU NEED THIS SUMMER

 I've been in a rut lately, a makeup rut. I rarely bother with makeup on days I go to work and on days I don't I'm usually out and about having fun which leaves little time to play around with new styles in the morning. Its fair to say I got boring. I was wearing the same eyeshadow and the same lipstick in the same way I always had and I was getting a bit fed up about it.


I follow some amazing bloggers who manage to create hugely different makeup looks every single day of the week. I don't know how they have the time/ patience to perfect it every single day but they do, and it looks like they have so much fun playing around with it all too. I wanted a piece of that. I wanted to experiment with colours and feel like a completely different girl every day. I missed using makeup to express myself. 

I've always been a big fan of art and to me makeup is an art. I'm not particularly good at it applying it, and I've only ever worn fake eyelashes once in my life but that doesn't matter. All that matters is that you have fun with what you are doing. I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed messing around with new colours and techniques. I'd forgotten that makeup was a way to show my personality. I'd been using makeup to make myself feel pretty and whilst thats not necessarily a bad thing, I started to rely on my mascara's and foundation's a bit too much. 

Even as a teenager I didn't have bad skin. I never felt the need to smother my face in foundation before I left the house, I never really bothered with eyeshadow or liner, and I definitely didn't know what contouring was. I wore makeup as and when I wanted to. But lately I've felt that I kind of need all of that to feel beautiful. I needed to cover my skin and coat my lids in glitter or else I was ugly. I'd not really felt like that before and I think its quite a dangerous mindset to get used to. I needed to remember what makeup was about for me.

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I wanted to be inspired again, I wanted to take myself back to the time when makeup was just for fun and not a necessity. Luckily it wasn't very long before I found my inspiration. Once I'd started looking it was everywhere, from Instagram, to magazines, and huge billboards around my city, there were ideas in every place I looked. One of the major places I gathered my motivation from was my friend Amanda, her Instagram is constantly brimming with unreal new makeup looks. I'd be confronted by an amazing new 'face of the day' look almost every time I scrolled through my feed and to be honest thats when I really started to feel boring. She was doing some incredible things with colours I'd never dare to use and styles that were far from typical, but she looked amazing and she was clearly having a good time.


After a few weeks of watching everyone else try out wild new makeup looks I decided enough was enough. I challenged myself to start using colour. I needed to play around with some new eyeshadows that weren't my usual light sparkly shades. I needed to try something new and so eventually this look was born. Its not a hundred miles away from my every day makeup, the style is basically the same but the colours I have chosen for this look are something I would usually run from! They are so bright and dramatic, and together they even clash a little bit. They are everything that scares me about pretty makeup. But it's not meant to be pretty or flattering, it's meant to be a bit of fun! Its not the best makeup look I've ever created and if I'm honest I was too scared to wear it out of the house because the colours really are just so bright, but its the start of my new outlook on makeup.

I had a lot of fun playing around with this look and I'm determined to try new things more often. Makeup isn't just about looking pretty, at least it shouldn't be, and I need to remember that. 

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FALLING BACK IN LOVE WITH MAKEUP

I travel a lot. I try to go somewhere new every few months, but lets be honest, travel can be expensive. To keep costs down I travel with only hand luggage wherever possible which means I have to be tight with the liquids I bring. I'd like to think I'm a bit of an expert when it comes to packing now so here are my absolute beauty essentials that will easily fit into your carry on!



Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo - This is one of my all time favourite shampoos to use and it can be bought in a tiny 50ml bottle which makes it perfect for travel. As I use this shampoo on the regular anyway I just refill the small bottle whenever it runs out!

Aussie 3 minute miracle Reconstructor Deep Conditioner - Again this is my everyday conditioner back at home so its great that it can be purchased in such a small size. This deep conditioner keeps my hair looking silky smooth and healthy especially after a long day of exploring. Like the shampoo I also just refill the small containers when it runs out.

Sephora Soothing Cleansing Milk - This little beauty cleanses like a dream! I bought it maybe 2 years ago and I'm pretty sure the original product is long gone now (as I just refill it obviously) but honestly it removes every little spec of makeup on your face. It can be quite hard to get hold of in the UK but there are Sephora's dotted all over Europe so it shouldn't be too hard to track down on your next trip!



Simple Hydrating Moisturiser - Again this is my everyday moisturiser when I'm at home so I just had to pick up a small sized version for my travels. I'm sure I've reviewed this product 1000 times on the blog but I'll give you another little run down. This moisturiser is very gentle, its extremely hydrating, it sinks into the skin very quickly, and its also usually around the £2 mark for a full sized product, bargain!

Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel - Another Simple product but I've found them to be the best budget skincare out there! This fascial wash is also very gentle and although it isn't exfoliating I still feel that my skin is getting a really good cleanse.

Makeup Revolution Makeup Eraser - I reviewed this product a few months back on my Youtube channel and ever since its been my 'go to'. Although I do use a small amount of cleanser with this flannel now I can't imagine the amount of baby wipes its saved me using. Not only has this beauty saved me a small amount of money but it cuts down the amount of wipes I'd otherwise throw away. 



Mini Nail Brush - Bit of a random one I know but I hate not being able to really scrub my hands when I travel. I don't think I've ever stayed in a hotel where a nail brush is provided so I always take my own. I just use a teeny tiny brush that I think might have even come out of a Christmas cracker one year but it does the job and keeps my hands feeling extra clean! I can be a bit obsessive when it comes to washing my hands so this just give me peace of mind. 

Boots Cucumber Eye Gel - This is one of the products that I don't really need but always take along anyway because it's so small. Its a soothing eye gel which I love applying after a long day in a new place. It can also double up as a bit of a moisturiser if I run out of my usual and I've found that it also works as a great aftersun lotion if you've got a bit of sunburn!

So thats it! This is everything I will take in my toiletry bag along with the obvious toothpaste, toothbrush, ect. Do you have any beauty travel essentials? Let me know in the comments!


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MY HAND LUGGAGE BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

On Thursday, myself and 7 other ladies were invited down to Harvey Nichols (!!!) to take a sneak peak at the new Stila Spring collection. I'd not yet tried anything from them, but I'd heard good things about their products and so I thought this would be a really great introduction to the brand. 

The new Spring collection consists of 4 Kajal Eye Liners, 14 Liquid Eye Shadows, and 18 Liquid Lipsticks! Thats a lot of swatches, believe me! The collection is based around 'Bohemian Beauty' which is evident in their choice of shades and the shade names. Part of the new collection was even specifically designed with Summer festivals in mind.


Throughout the afternoon the products were passed between us so we all had  the chance play around and take some snaps. Whilst we oohed and aahed at the sparkle and shades of the products Sascha, the Stila Makeup Artist, ran us through the range and demonstrated how each of the products worked. 

Being a novice to Liquid Eyeliners I'll admit I was unsure about how I would be able to use them, I mean I can't even apply liquid lipstick without smearing it all over my face, so how would I fare with using a similar product on my eyelids? But after swatching the products and being shown how to blend them I'm fairly confident even I could wear them. Despite being liquid, the formula blends really well and can easily be built up if I wanted to go for a really striking look. I was instantly taken by several of the shades in the Eye Shadow range, however the two that really caught my attention were 'Jazabel' which is a warm rose gold tone, and 'Carefree' which is a fantastic coral shade. I'll definitely be getting my hands of those beauties as soon as possible!


As for Liquid Lipsticks, they are a product I've always struggled with. In the past I've found them gloopy and time consuming to apply. That being said I don't think I've purchased a Liquid Lippy priced over £5 and I think that might be the problem. Although there are some great budget products our there, I do think you do get what you pay for with makeup. So with that in mind, I paid special attention to the formula whist swatching the new lipsticks. Straight away they seemed a lot less thick than the previous products I'd used and they also dried a lot quicker too. As well as a standard formula Stila have also released a range of sheer Liquid Lipsticks which are a godsend for someone like me. Instead of applying like a block of colour, these Lippys are less opaque and dry very flat to the skin. They too can be built up quite easily. I was lucky enough to be gifted one of the Sheer Liquid Lipsticks in the fabulous shade 'Patina' so I will be trailing and testing that out over the coming weeks.


The last products to be passed around were the Kajal Liners. I've been a big fan of really thick pigmented Eyeliners since my teen years. I've worn a smokey eye for most of my adolescent life and so I was excited to be introduced to a high end version of a product that I've almost always used. I definitely wasn't disappointed. The Liners come in a twist up case which makes them really easy to apply, and they also have a smudge tip on the end making my go-to smokey eye a piece of cake. Now I clearly didn't listen properly during the demonstration because I attempted to pull off the lid around the smudge tip but ended up pulling off more of the case than I bargained for. I thought I'd broken it to be honest, and it wasn't until literally 5 minutes ago that I realised I had actually pulled off the built in sharpener! Yes they really did think of everything! The Kajal Liners come in 4 shades, a blue, a brown, a black, and a nude shade to be used on the waterline to really open the eye up.

Overall I pretty much fell in love with the new collection. The selection of colours and the vividness of the them all was just unreal. I'm a sucker for anything sparkly, and considering most of the products contained a large helping of what I can only assume was fairy dust, I think its safe to say I'll be back to purchase a few pieces in the near future.

Have you tried anything from the new Spring range? What was your favourite product?

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STILA SPRING 18 LAUNCH


Leaving Christmas shopping a bit late this year? Me too if I'm honest. But don't worry, if you have a beauty lover in your life because I have put together an absolute monster of a gift guide for those who love makeup, skincare, haircare and more! As always I've popped the gifts into three price ranges so there is something for everyones budget.

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XMAS GIFT GUIDE - FOR BEAUTY LOVERS | BLOGMAS DAY 18

If you are a beauty lover like me, you probably have more makeup than you would happily admit. I know I have a hell of a lot, and most of it comes in the form of eyeshadow. It's no secret that I like a well made up eye but my collection of palettes is getting a bit out of control now; I have a whole drawer full! 

So when I set my heart on the new Kylie Cosmetics Purple Palette I was faced with a bit of a dilemma: I needed this gorgeous selection of Lilacs and Violets in my life, but I didn't really have the money or the space for yet another set of eyeshadows. Or did I?


There was no way to get these shades out of my head. I needed purple eyeshadows in my life. No other palette I possess has such gorgeous purple hues, and now I can't live without them. How do I own these colours without forking out a shed load of cash or taking up yet more room in my makeup drawer? Easy, I'll make my own palette.

As someone who buys eyeshadow singles to fill the gaps in her eyeshadow colour collection, I know there is no where else that stocks such a range of shades that MAC does. So off I went, with my strict budget and ideal shades in mind to fulfil all of my eyeshadow dreams.


MAC eyeshadows aren't cheap, they start at £13 each, but when bought with an empty palette they go down to just £10. Okay, I know that still isn't mega budget friendly, but it's a lot better, especially if you plan to buy quite a few. I just wanted two. I spent a ridiculous amount of time picking my colours as there really is a massive selection, but I eventually found two I fell in love with. The shades I chose are Parfait Amour (left) and Satellite Dreams (right). The singles fit nicely into a very compact double palette which is quite moderately priced at just £4. The case is magnetic which means your singles wont fall out and its also reusable.

The total for my new personalised palette was £24. Its deffinitley not the cheapest way to buy eyeshadow but I've always found MAC to be incredibly high quality, plus by choosing all of my own shades, I know I will get use out of ALL of them unlike other pricey palettes I've bought in the past (Naked 3, I'm looking at you).


I'm super happy with my teeny-tiny palette. I can take it on the go with me and replace my shades at any time I like. I'd recommend picking out your own colours if you are a big makeup fan because there will always be gaps in your collection if you stick to just buying the popular palettes. I also think it would make a fab gift to buy someone an empty palette and a gift card so they can go wild and make their own perfect palette.

Have you ever made your own palette before?

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THE PERFECT EYESHADOW PALETTE | BLOGMAS DAY 14


I'll be honest, I own more eye shadow than I would probably admit to. I just like playing around with colour and as I don't suit wild lip shades, I can only really experiment on my eyelids. Over the last few years I got into a habit of purchasing eye shadow palettes, which is all well and good but sometimes you just need one particular shade and it makes more sense to just buy a single. Well now I have quite a collection of those too, so I thought I would share my three favourites with you all today!

MAC Eye Shadow in Shade Suspiciously Sweet - This is easily my current favourite eyeshadow. You've probably seen it before as I've been none stop talking about it for months now, but I'm just in love! The vibrancy of this little beauty is just incredible and it lasts forever on my lids. It's on the more expensive end at £13 a pop but it really is worth it!


Topshop Eyeshadow in Shade Wax & Wayne - This has been a firm favourite of mine for quite some time now. I probably don't wear it as much as I should considering I've repurchased it twice. This eye shadow is actually a pretty good dupe for the more expensive Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow which retails at £15.50. That being said this single still isn't mega cheap coming in at £9.50.

Bourjois Blush in Shade #85 Sienne - Okay so this is a bit of a cheat as it is technically a blush and not an eye shadow. I actually bought it as I was on the hunt for the perfect dusty pink/ brown shade that I just couldn't find anywhere. Although this product is meant to be used on your cheeks I think it makes a pretty decent eyeshadow. It's fairly cheap too, retailing at just £6.49. I will mention that the staying power isn't too great with this one, but that isn't much of a problem if used with a primer.


So those are my current favourite eye shadow singles. Do you have a favourite single eye shadow? Let me know! I'm always looking to expand my collection...

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