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Saturday 27 July 2013

MUA Undressed Palette

 Yesterday I finally got my hands on the MUA Undressed palette which has been sold out for so long in all my local Superdrugs'. I was so excited to take it home and try them out because I haven't seen how they come out on my skin tone. 

The packaging of the palette is pretty much what you can expect from a cheap brand like MUA, it's not amazing but it does hold all the shadows nicely and I think it is quite a nice design. The hinges don't look like they'll hold for very long as they don't feel too sturdy but at £4 what more can you expect.

I love how there is a range of matte and sparkly colours as I find that sparkly colours look slightly OTT and really dress up an outfit, so if you're simply going out shopping, you're going to look a little silly - in my opinion. This palette therefore can be used during the day for a natural look and at night. It really reminds me of the Sleek palettes and its been said before that this is like a dupe of the Naked palette by Urban Decay - but a quarter of the price.
excuse the fact the palette is looking dirty, I did swatches with it before taking this picture.
 At this point I had really high hopes for this palette so I decided to swatch each colour on my arm. Some of them I was impressed with, others...not so much. I found that shade 3 did not even come out the palette, it was like there was a thin layer of plastic covering it but there wasn't , so I had to scratch into the surface to even get a small bit of colour onto my arm. All the other colours were absolutely stunning though! A couple were slightly too similar to my skin tone so I probably wont use them unless I just want to even out my eyelids, but the range of colours is just fantastic. I did find that the sparkly colours were far more pigmented than the matte ones, however this may just be due to my skin tone. I like how there are two smokey colours at the end of the palette which means you can create a perfect smokey eye for a night out if you have slightly darker skin where a brown smokey eye just wouldn't look as nice. 
The colours from left to right are Shade 1, Shade 2, Shade 3 etc etc you get the picture haha!

The applicator that was included in the palette is a little flimsy but it does the job. I would recommend getting another applicator however, if you do not have one already. I find that the ELF ones are amazing and they're literally £1 or something ridiculously cheap like that. It is quite handy though how there is an applicator included, as this means you can use the palette on the go without having to carry an extra brush which will only get dirty in your bag! 

Overall I am very pleased with this palette because at £4 I really wasn't expecting much, and I usually find that with natural palettes the colours don't really suit my skin tone because they are too light and are more suited to fairer skin. However there was a huge range and some of the colours were very pigmented which again I wasn't expecting. I do recommend this palette because it's just such good value for money. If you have darker skin like me, then the sparkly colours will come out so much nicer than the matte ones because for some reason these aren't so pigmented but oh well! I'm still so glad I made this purchase. I give this palette a 9/10 purely because it's so cheap, the packaging is okay and the range of colours is amazing!

Friday 5 July 2013

Fragrance Direct Haul!

As payday was last week I decided to order a few bits and bobs from Fragrance Direct (amazing makeup for extremely reduced prices). I ordered 2 Maybelline Popsicle Lipsticks, a Calvin Klein Lipstick and an Elizabeth Arden Colour Intrigue Cheek Colour (i.e Blusher). This lot only came to something like £12 which is incredibly considering the Elizabeth Arden blusher alone is usually double this (at precisely £24).The Elizabeth Arden Blusher was only £4.50 and I got it in the shade "Berry Blush" because I own quite a few pinky blushers and I thought that a purpley shade was different, and something I certainly wouldn't normally pick up in Superdrug. I was a bit worried one I placed the order that maybe this was the wrong choice but now that it's come and I've tried it out, I'm so impressed and happy that I bought it! You really don't need a lot of it (else it looks like a bruise on your cheek), and the colour is so beautiful yet subtle. There is a slight shimmer to it but not too much - which is perfect for me! I'm so pleased I put this in the basket before I paid because it was 100% the right choice!

 I got the Maybelline Popsicle Lipsticks (RRP £7.49) in the colours Tropical Pink and Cherry Pop. Again I hadn't heard very good things about these lipsticks but at £1.99 I thought I might aswell give them a go. I chose the pink and the red because they were the most standard colours available and the ones that I would get the most wear out of. I swatched them on my hand when they arrived and I thought "what...they don't even have a colour" - but if you go over it a few times there is a subtle colour and it looks really natural and pretty. I find that these leave my lips feeling moisturized unlike most lipsticks! I do recommend these but I don't recommend paying the full £7.49 because although they are good, they aren't that good. 

Lastly, the Calvin Klein Delicious Truth Lipstick in the shade Contrast. I was a bit disappointed by this product if I'm completely honest because I find the twister to make the lipstick rise up is very weak, in other words it takes a lot of twisting before the lipstick is usable. I'm not sure if mine was just faulty but I found it didn't seem right. The colour on the other hand is lovely, maybe slightly too much shimmer but the colour itself is very nice and bright. I suppose that since I only paid £1.99 for it (RRP was £15) I cannot complain about there being too much shimmer.

Hopefully you can see the colours and the way these products came out on my skin from the swatches above. Personally I think my camera has dulled down the colour of all the swatches a tiny bit - but you can get the idea!

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Tuesday 2 July 2013

Get Cara Delevingnes' Natural Look!

I have this new found love for Cara Delevingne and her eyebrows. To be totally honest she is who inspired me to sort my eyebrows out and make them more even and bold!
I created this little collage of all the things I think you need to create this natural look that Cara has in most of her Burberry photos. Obviously I am no makeup genius, however from what I know and have tried, I believe that you can create a similar (less expensive) image with these products.
One thing that seems to have fallen off my product list is the Sleek Eyebrow Kit which in all honesty is the thing that holds this look together. It contains a wax and a powder - and together they create perfect bold eyebrows. You do have to perfect the technique of applying the product because too much can ruin the effect you're going for.
I believe the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation would be a good alternative to the, probably, incredibly expensive one in which Cara has in this photo. It makes the skin look revived and bright, whilst leaving a natural look but also providing good coverage. I know this post isn't detailed because I didn't want it to turn into a tutorial, just a "here's the products you need" sort of thing.
I hope its been somewhat helpful!
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It's A Neon Summer!

I absolutely love how fluorescent colours have come back in recently! I created this little outfit which I think is just perfect for an evening out or evening a day out with shopping with friends.
I've had my eye on these Joni jeans from Topshop for so long but as a curvier girl with the least flat stomach ever, they really don't look that great on me - one day!
This satchel is my all time favourite item from June. Unfortunately I cannot afford a Cambridge Satchel as at £115 with only a weekend job, that's over half my monthly wages. I shall just have to continue to look at it and admire. 
These shoes are from Topshop - again so beautiful but I don't think I can pull them off as I'm fairly tall as it is and these would make me well over 6ft. I can imagine them being worn on an evening stroll along the seafront in Spain or something. I'm really getting into the summer mood!
On the top right is just a plain white spaghetti strap Cami which I am in love with! River Island have an amazing variety of these loose fitted Cami's for only £10 - I'm in desperate need of a bright coloured one so I may be taking a trip down to River Island. The white one in this picture isn't from River Island, I believe it was Forever 21 - but its very similar!
At the bottom I put a picture of an infinity bracelet that I bought of eBay back in February. My boyfriend and I both have one and they've joined our ever growing bracelet arm. I literally paid 99p for them and they're just so cute - and as they're in black they go with every outfit, so there's no need to take them off!

Lets hope we get the weather to wear all these summery clothes this year! 


Monday 1 July 2013

Nails of The Week

Last week I was wearing Barry M Gelly - Grapefruit. I feel there is a grapefruit theme running on my blog, I promise it was unintentional! This colour is such a beautiful pinky-coral and I have this weird thing for coral at the moment so I had to put this on my nails for the sunny weather. I did two coats and then applied a top coat just to ensure it really didn't chip as I didn't have time to redo my nails last week. Luckily they didn't chip, I find the Gelly nail polishes last well. At £3.99 I can't really fault this nail polish, I'm a sucker for the Barry M makeup stand in Superdrug...sorry bank balance!

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