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Monday, 9 September 2019

Morphe 35B review | look & swatches

If you've been around here for a long time you'll know that I used to have a slightly unhealthy obsession with buying makeup. Pretty much 25% of my student loan definitely went on unnecessary makeup purchases, but it was my biggest passion at the time. For quite a while makeup was on the backburner and I really enjoyed creating fashion content, but now makeup has won it's way back to 1st place. With the fashion/beauty battle going on in my heart (wow that sounded dramatic), I hadn't made any new eyeshadow palette purchases in quite some time, until the Morphe 35B palette caught my eye with its bold and bright colours.

If you're here, chances are you were thinking of buying this palette and wanted to see what someone else thought of it and what the pigmentation is really like. Well, short answer is that it is a great palette with pretty good pigmentation, but as with all palettes there are some colours which are lacking a little. Stay tuned for all the swatches!

With 35 shades in the palette, even if you don't like blue eyeshadow for example, you can still create such a plethora of looks. There's sometimes a risk with colourful palettes that they won't include some basic shades, but the inclusion of a handful of neutrals, a white, and some colours that could definitely be used as transition shades, Morphe have covered all bases. 

In terms of the texture of the shadows I did find that some of the matte shades are a little chalky, but the majority of them are creamy. The shimmers are definitely buttery in texture and didn't seem to lack in pigmentation as much as some of the mattes did. 

I do always find with larger palettes that you do get some hit and miss shades, but the ones that I found were a miss were shades I probably wouldn't get much use out of anyway. Those which were a little less pigmented were easy enough to build up and intensify, and I think that with a bit of Fix+ on a flat brush, or a lot of patience, you'd be sorted. 

I swatched each column (that sounds weird, but rows are across horizontally right?) one at a time, starting from the right hand side of the palette. The column second from the right (purple) and the second from the left (coral) were definitely the most "miss" out of all of them as I did have to do a bit of back and forth to get the colour payoff that is shown. There must be something about purple and coral shadows that makes the pigmentation really hard to nail. In my opinion, the blue and the pink columns are 100% the best, the best pigmentation and the butteriest textures.  

Just a quick warning, some of the darker colours, particularly the green shades, did stain my arm a little when swatching, so I would say that priming the lids with something like a MAC Paint Pot or a nude coloured cream shadow is essential - unless you want green stained lids for a few days.

L to R: Deep Dive, Sky, Azure, Denim, Pebble 

L to R: Ink, Lavender, Purplish, Grape Pop, Frosty 

L to R: Forest, Earthy, Ziggy, Apple Cider, Moss Bros

L to R: Beets Me, Bikini, Fuchsia, Pixie, Wild Berry 

L to R: Puffs, Chicory, Pom Pom, Lollipop, Heart 

L to R: Watermelon, Brilliant, Smoothie, Bubble Gum, Pillow 

L to R: Sunshine, Lemonade, Fairy, Pale, Chalk

My collection of Morphe palettes is slowly growing, and I do have to say they are my first point of call when I am looking for something new. They are soon to be stocked at Boots so I don't doubt that my Morphe spending will continue. I really think they are such a great brand, and something that makes them a big selling point for me is that they don't test on animals. 

I've done two looks with this palette since I got it, one massively inspired by Taylor Swift's album Lover with the pink, lilac and yellow colours, and another bright pink cut crease. Head over to my Instagram to see the Lover inspired look!

So, my final thoughts? A must-have palette that everyone who likes to be creative with their makeup should own. It's perfect for all skin tones due to its range of lighter and darker shades, and is well worth the price at almost 92p per shadow. This palette has really reignited my inspiration with makeup and I can't wait to create a whole array of rainbow looks with it. I've definitely caught the colour-eyeshadow-bug, no more neutral looks for me thank you!

Morphe 35B Palette* - £23

*affiliate link

Monday, 2 September 2019

A healthy pot noodle you say... | gifted

Yup, you heard correctly, a healthy pot noodle is now on the market. I've never actually had a "real" pot-noodle, but I was so intrigued by Mr Lee's after meeting with the brand at the Holland & Barrett press day. The story behind the brand is what really got me, and I was desperate to try these noodles after speaking with their PR. They very kindly sent me these to review, and i've really been enjoying having them as an easy office lunch for the past week and a bit.

Ok, so I know you're al intrigued by how these can be 'healthy', I hear you, so let me rewind to the story behind the brand. Mr Lee's was created by a man named Damien, who was told by doctors that he had weeks left to live after being diagnosed with Cancer. Whilst receiving his treatment, all he craved was his favourite instant noodles, but he knew that they were full of crap and essentially wouldn't help him fight his battle. So that was when Mr Lee's noodles were born.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Let's all stop pretending cellulite isn't normal.

I am so done with seeing ads and marketing campaigns for products that will "get rid of your cellulite". Where has this concept come from that cellulite is something "bad", something that we shouldn't want to have? Everyone has it, it's not to do with the size we are or how fit we are - you'll often see lots of fitness influencers with the most insanely fit bodies talking about their cellulite, so why are we demonising it?

Monday, 12 August 2019

Ethique: planet-friendly beauty bars | gifted

Is anyone else feeling really guilty about their habits, particularly when it comes to their plastic consumption? Well recently I went along to the Holland & Barrett Press Day and learnt about all the new sustainable brands they are introducing into their stores, and since then I have been feeling incredibly awful about the amount of plastic waste I am generating on a day-to-day basis (through completely preventable things). 

I was lucky enough to meet a brand called Ethique whilst I was at the press day, and they have helped me to eliminate some plastic from my life through their incredible, innovative products.

I was drawn in by the fact that they are a zero-waste brand, meaning even the packaging that the product comes in is biodegradable and compostable. But after a bit of research I learnt so many more good things about the brand such as they only use plant-based ingredients like coconut oil and cocoa butter in their products, and the best thing - they don't test on animals.

Sunday, 2 June 2019

5 Days in Dubrovnik

As a big Game of Thrones fan Dubrovnik was very high on my list of places to go, mainly so I could recreate Cersei's walk of shame *just kidding - or am I...?*.  It definitely lived up to my expectations, so I thought I would put together a little Dubrovnik guide for those of you who are maybe thinking of heading there yourselves.

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