Saturday, 12 August 2017

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette Review, Swatches and Eye Look

Urban Decay Heat Palette UK
If you haven't heard by now, there's a new naked in town! The Naked Heat is the 5th full sized eyeshadow palette to the naked family and this one is for sure the hottest palette so far but is it worth the hype, let's find out...
Price
This retails for £39.50 here in the UK, just like the other 12 pan Naked palettes. You can buy the Naked Heat directly from Urban Decay's UK Website here* as well as the following retailers,
- Feel Unique*
- Debenhams*
- John Lewis
- Sephora*
- Ulta*
Packaging
This comes in a beautifully packaged informative box and the palette itself is adorned in a copper case that's both sturdy yet aesthetically pleasing. The case is much like the smokey version with a magnetic closing and the lid opens right out for ease of use.

Inside you'll find 12 brand new shades as well as a decent sized mirror and double ended brush, and just like the other naked palette's you'll find the shade names underneath each colour also.
Application
Inside you'll find a great mix of warm toned shadows including 7 mattes and 5 shimmers. Lumbre and Ember also have a stunning duo-chrome effect too. Each colour is soft to the touch, richly pigmented and easy to use, and I just love the versatility of this palette overall.

I had no problem blending out each colour, however, if you're building up each shade, just remember to tap off the excess from your brush as you do get some fallout.

I also created a beautiful fiery eye look using a mix of both the mattes and metallics which I've linked up above, along with live swatches of each of the shades so you can get a real feel for the palette.

Here's a rundown of each shade also...
1. Ounce - shimmer
2. Chaser - nude matte
3. Sauced - terra-cotta matte
4. Low Blow - brown matte
5. Lumbre - copper/gold shimmer
6. He Devil - red matte
7. Dirty Talk - metallic red
8. Scorched - red/gold shimmer
9. Cayenne - deep terra-cotta matte
10. En Fuego - burgundy matte
11. Ashes - red/brown matte
12. Ember - metallic burgundy/copper
Longevity
Just like the other naked palette's the shades I applied stayed vibrant and lasted all day which was great especially as these are more stand out colours compared to the neutrals. Prior to application I just used a concealer as a base to even out my skin tone.
Overall Thoughts
Well, what can I say, this is another amazing naked release from Urban Decay, the quality, packaging and versatility make this palette second to none in my books. I'm a total fan already of the naked family and although this is very different compared to the first three it's still a very wearable palette.

I admit £39.50 for a palette does sound like a lot, but when you think of how many shadows you get and how blendable, buttery and long-wearing these are, then really it's a small price to pay for a wonderful selection of mattes, shimmers a decent sized mirror and double ended brush all in one. So if you're already a fan of the Naked palette's but you're after something a little different, then this may be just the palette you've been looking for!

I award the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette a 4.9 out of 5

*This palette was sent to me but as always all opinions are my own
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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Rimmel Insta Fix and Matte Powder Review and Photos

Rimmel Insta Fix and Matte Powder
Last year Rimmel released the popular Insta Skin Tint which was the first in their new line suitably named Insta. This year the brand has taken the #Insta family to a whole new level with the launch of their Insa Fix & Go Setting Spray, Four Colour Correcting Palettes, Three Contour Sticks and a Setting Powder.

Now I'm already a big fan of the setting spray as it's a great multitasker for Summer, but I have to say the new Insta Fix & Matte Face Powder looked like my kind of product considering the Stay Matte and Match Perfection Loose Powder are already staples in my makeup bag. So here are my thoughts...
Price
The Insta Fix & Go Powder retails for £4.99 for 8g of product whereas the Stay Matte Powder retails for £3.99 for 14g of product.
Packaging 
Now although you get more for your money with the original stay matte, the Insta powder definitely has nicer sturdier packaging.
Application
This translucent powder is finely milled and smooth to the touch, it's also slightly scented too. I've been using this with a small fluffy brush after foundation and concealer to mattify my nose, chin and eye area and this really does work wonders at reducing any shine and not looking cakey! You also don't get the dreaded white cast in flash photos either.
Longevity
This did help my make-up stay matte for a good 5 hours, however, if you're out and about I would recommend popping this in your bag for on the go touch-ups as per the packaging.
Overall Thoughts
I've really become rather fond of this translucent powder lately as it's compact, mattifying, non-cakey and it's just so easy and a pleasure to use. Yes, it isn't as great value for money compared to the stay matte powder, but it's still affordable and it works just as well if you're after a more universal setting powder that's travel-friendly too.

I award the Rimmel Insta Fix and Matte Powder a 4.7 out of 5

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Saturday, 5 August 2017

Fashion, University and Me - My Love Hate Relationship...

I've wanted to write this post for so long but I guess I've never felt ready to write such a personal post. It's been over a decade since I went to uni, which sounds crazy when I think about it and I think nowadays there are so many paths you can take and only you can know in your heart what you want to to do at 17. University gave me some amazing opportunities and valuable life experiences, that have helped shape the person I am today and I'm grateful for that. I guess what I'm trying to say is I just wanted to share my experience of living independently, careers and learning about myself....

The Beginning...

I started my love affair with fashion in my early teens. My parents actually paid for me to attend this amazing 6-week fashion camp every Saturday in the summer holidays. It was at my local college and I enjoyed every second of it. This is where I started to discover my style, creative skills and passion for fashion. From there at 16 I decided to attend the same college and study fashion full time, This was a two-year course and I can honestly say I had two amazing years of really being able to be my creative self. 

The Big Life Decision

After college, I made the decision to further my education and attend university for fashion design. I couldn't believe my eyes when I got into a university that specifically taught fashion design and marketing, it was my ultimate dream to live and study in London and it had finally come true. It actually all happened so quickly that before I knew it my parents were helping me move up to London into my new halls of residence.

This was a thrilling yet nerve racking experience, bearing in mind I had never lived away from home before and when I used to go away on school trips, I would get so severely home sick (#onlychildsyndrome) that I would want to come home straight away!

When the time finally came for my parents to leave, I think both my mum and dad and I thought what on earth was I really doing?! I knew no one and at the tender age of 18 I had decided to ship my whole life and leave all my friends and family to start a completely new life at university...

Thankfully as the weeks went on I started to make new friends who came from all walks of life and I even ended up being put into a particular residence with a girl in my class which was lovely and comforting at the same time.  


High's, Low's and Everything Good In-between 

The first year was a mix of highs and lows, living away from home, discovering who I was and just trying to do my best on what was an intense course was hard. My weight ballooned in my first year as I just didn't know when and what to eat, let's just say the whole thing was a learning curve.

The second year was also challenging as there was so much pressure for me to be someone I wasn't, I was told I was 'commercial' and 'high street' which wasn't a bad thing in my books but I wasn't unique enough creative and style wise for them to appreciate my skills I had been so passionate about at the start. 

I started to get tremendously stressed, emotional and disheartened at the pressure of deadlines, not being unique enough and just in general not feeling worthy. It got me down big time and I started to lose my passion and confidence for something I had once adored so much. 

On the plus side, I had an opportunity to style an up and coming solo artist and band with two of my other classmates. I also ran a fashion market stall for a month with two friends in a popular well known London market. 


'Life is like a sandwich, you have to fill it with the best ingredients'

My third year was my sandwich year meaning I was able to do a 6-month placement at a company of my choice. I decided to opt for the fashion magazine route and so I got straight to work at writing endless letters to magazines begging them to take me on. I finally got one reply from a magazine that is sadly no longer in business, but this was hands down the best 6 months of my whole university experience! Again I was looked down on for not choosing a fashion design company or fashion marketing internship for my placement but this is truly what my heart wanted to do and so that is what I did... 

I threw myself into the job whole heartily and finally I was mixing with a team of people who truly believed in me. I can't tell you how much fun I had, I really did work and play hard and although I only had my travel paid for I honestly would have worked there for free anyway! 

I got to liaise with PR's, assist on shoots, attend events including London Fashion Week and I even got to pick out clothes for a few fashion spreads too, which was exciting! This was also the place where I discovered I had a fond passion for Beauty too.

It was absolutely one of the best experiences of my life and I was heartbroken when my 6 months were finally up, however, I felt refreshed and finally ready to tackle my last year at university.

Falling Out of Love...

My 4th and final year was the most challenging for me. This was the year I honestly fell out of love with fashion and although there were no exams for me to take, I had to write a business plan, as well as create, design and produce a full catwalk collection. I also had the chance to showcase my collection at Graduate Fashion Week which was the dream goal, as this is where you could truly be discovered.

Unfortunately, there was only a limited number of spaces for you to exhibit at the show so you can imagine how competitive and stressful this became. Firstly I had to present my initial ideas to my tutors before I went ahead with designing the whole collection. I went in excited, positive and genuinely believing I had a potential idea that absolutely reflected me as a person. However, the meeting didn't go well and my confidence was dashed. My idea again was too 'commercial' and I guess just not innovative enough for their standards. I left feeling like I'd lost my fashion mojo completely this time. I felt deflated and I begin to think what was the point to all this and why was the reason I got accepted in the first place?

As the months went on I isolated myself a lot as I just didn't feel like I fitted in anywhere, I lacked motivation and drive and eventually, I started to not turn up because I really felt like I wasn't deserving to be on the course anymore. But I'm not a quitter and in the end, I knew I just had to get through it and complete my degree for me, which is what I ended up doing.

Looking Forward...

Despite feeling wounded after University, I worked within the Fashion industry for another year, before I decided this wasn't for me anymore. Fast forward to now and I have regained my confidence and love for Fashion, and now in my 30's I finally feel like I've found my personal style and passion for fashion again. I also realised my true love was actually beauty and fashion is now a close second. 

Lastly, I wanted to add that this is my personal experience that I wanted to share with you and in no way should this reflect your own individual decisions. I certainly have no regrets as not only did this time shape the person I am today, it gave me valuable life experience, a rather large creative skill set and most importantly a degree that I'm proud to shout about. 

And just remember things may not quite turn out how you imagine, but be sure to stay focused, follow your heart and stay true to yourself and the rest will all fall into place.
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Makeup Revolution Brow Revolution Review and Photos - Wunderbrow Dupe

Makeup Revolution Brow Revolution Gel
It's safe to say I've tried my fair share of brow products. However, I often think how can they possibly think of anything else that hasn't already been done?! Well, step forward the latest innovation, the 2 minute, fibre brow gel. This newest formula is efficient and effective at giving you long-wearing and budge-proof brows and thanks to the original Wunderbrow creation, this new trend is becoming ever more popular...

Now Makeup Revolution never ceases to amaze me with jumping on trends quickly and creating their own affordable versions, and while I haven't tried the original Wunderbrow I wanted to put to the test the next best thing, so here are my thoughts...
Price
The Makeup Revolution Brow Revolution retails for £6 for 3.8 g of product compared to the Wunderbrow which retails for £19.95 for 3g of product. The Brow Revolution is also available in 5 shades including,
Blonde
Soft Brown
Auburn
Medium Brown
Dark Brunette
Packaging
The brow gel comes in an informative box with a step by step guide on how to apply and remove the product. The gel itself is packaged in the most stunning copper tube and you really do get a generous amount of product overall compared to the Wunderbrow.

Inside the applicator is more like a lip brush which is unusual to see on this type of product.
A brow spoolie is also included too.
Application
1. It is recommended as per the box that you apply this to clean, dry brows.
2. Next, go in with the gel using a feathering motion, especially in sparse areas.
3. To finish use the spoolie provided to comb the product through.

I suggest you also watch my demo in the video linked above so you can get a feel for how this product applies live as I actually applied this two ways... For the first eyebrow, I used the brush to apply this and then for the second brow I used my usual small angled brow brush to see how they both compared.

Upon application, the best way to describe the consistency of the brow gel is more like a very thin, runny liquid eye liner and because of that I actually found my usual angled brush easier to apply the product as you could be more precise. However, if you're short on time or the brush included is all you have then this does work pretty well, I just recommend wiping off the excess before hand to prevent too much product seeping into the brows. Finally just remember to brush everything out with the spoolie included.

Overall I really liked how this felt light and looked natural on the brows, I also loved the fact this was relatively quick and easy to use.

For reference, I picked this up in Medium Brown as at the time I couldn't get hold of the soft brown, but ideally, I think the soft brown would be more suited for me personally.
Longevity
Longevity wise this stayed right in place for a good 11 hours total which was impressive!

To take this off it's recommended you use an oily makeup remover and so I wanted to test out different ways of removing this to see if it really was as budge and transfer proof as it claimed. I actually recommend watching the video for this part (9.57 to be precise) so you can see what I used and how easy it really was to remove.

Overall Thoughts
I have to say I really did enjoy using this. Firstly I think this is excellent value for money considering how much you get in the tube, it honestly would last you an eternity! (not that I advocate using this for eternity!) The colour selection is also great and the packaging is informative and on trend.

Application wise this is rather quick and easy to use and you really only need to use this one product to get perfect brows. However, having used this a fair few times now I do recommend using a separate fine angled brow brush to apply this as it gives you a more precise, cleaner application.

Overall this is a 'wonderful' and unique brow product and if you're after something that's quick, easy, long-wearing and budge-proof then for £6 this is really worth a try.

I award the Makeup Revolution Brow Revolution a 4.8 out of 5
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Thursday, 3 August 2017

Instagram Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle Roundup July 2017

Instagram Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle Roundup
Hey guys and welcome back to another Instagram Roundup Highlights. I've really enjoyed doing these so far as its a chance to share with you my beauty, fashion and lifestyle diary from the past month. As always don't forget to follow my Instagram account here for more inspiration, new releases, videos snippets and more and definitely let me know what have been some of your July highlights?
1st July
My little escape - Find out how I DIY'd this Ikea table here.
2nd July 
Sunglasses - Quay*
T-Shirt - Topshop*
Bag - River Island*
Jeans - Bershka
Sandals - Accessorize*
4th & 12th July
June Favourites 2017 - Discover everything I was loving for June here.
5th & 26th July
Revolution Banana Powder Review and Photos
8th July
Sunglasses - Quay (as above)
Camisole - H&M*
10th July
10 Dreamy Mint Green Nail Polish Picks
14th July
DIY Ikea and Pinterest Inspired Hacks - Crate Storage Ideas
16th & 26th July
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick Swatches, Review & Photos
17th July
Red Roaster Brighton - The most Instagramable place ever!
19th & 26th July
Brighton Beach - The warmest, best day in July!
Sunglasses - Quay (as above)
Top - Miss Selfridge (old)
Jeans - Bershka (as above)
Bag - Ted Baker*
Sandals - Accessorize (as above)
20th July 
DIY West Elm Inspired Planter Ideas
20th July
T-Shirt - Topshop*
21st & 28th July
10 Affordable Drugstore Highlighters Under £10
 22nd July
Top - New Look (Old)
Cardigan - Boohoo*
24th July
Jeans - Bershka (as above
Espadrilles - Primark
25th, 27th & 30th July
Sunglasses - Quay (as above)
T-Shirt - Topshop*
Bag - Accessorize*
Skirt - H&M*
Trainers - Converse*
27th July
Soap and Glory The Mask Force Review & Demo
29th July 
Watch - Michael Kors*
Bag - River Island*
 30th July
5 Beauty Hacks and Tips to Fake That Summer Holiday Glow
31st July 
Summer Road Trip Snack Essentials! 
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