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Hello lovelies! So this week I’ve been pretty sick, and to make myself feel better, I decide to treat myself. I’ve been hoarding Boots points all year and finally, finally, found something worthy to spend them on. After lots not much deliberation, I decided to add this beauty to my basket, and let me tell you now – you all should to.

The Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette is the brand’s first multi-use palette, and it focuses on everyone’s favourite makeup trend – contouring. #SHAPEMATTERS contains 12 eye shadows for crafting beautiful eye looks, 4 face powders to contour, bronze, highlight and add glow to your face and 2 brown shades to sculpt the most perfect brow, along with a clear setting wax.

What I love about this palette is that it’s all very neutral – I know, it’s boring of me, but it’s just so wearable. The shadows are pigmented, and you’ve got everything to make an everyday look or something much more glamorous. “Blackout” is so intense that you can actually use it as an eyeliner! My favourites are “Totally Nude” (top middle) and “Platinum” (middle right).

The face section was the reason I bought this palette. The contour shade is perfect for pale skin, with it being a more ashy brown and cool toned. The bronze shade is pale girl friendly also, which I’ve always found hard to find. The highlight shade is beautiful, ever so slightly yellow toned and definitely my favourite shade for highlight. Lastly, the “Glow” powder is to die for. It’s a shimmery champagne colour and will suit everyone.

Lastly, the eyebrow shades. To be honest, they’re both a bit too light for me. These would be better for someone with blonde or light brown hair, but as mine is naturally a darker brown, they just don’t really do much. All is not lost though, because the “Sumatra” eyeshadow is the perfect eyebrow colour for me!

To top it all off, this palette comes with a dual ended brush for brows and shadows, and the world’s most massive mirror (slight exaggeration?)

All in all, I would 100% recommend  this palette. The shadows are better than anything I’ve ever used, and the contour colours are just perfect for me and what I was looking for. If you buy anything this month, make it this.

Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette retails at £60 but can currently be found for £30 at  Boots.

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L-R: Rimmel Stay Matte, MUA Pro-Base, Maybelline Matte Maker, Kiko Soft Light Powder

L-R: Rimmel Stay Matte, MUA Pro-Base, Maybelline Matte Maker, Kiko Soft Light Powder

Hey guys! I never used to be too bothered by powder, I’d just slick on some concealer and be done with it. When I was much younger I’d use in in place of foundation and pretended that it looks the same (hah!). However, when I started University, my skin started to get much more oily, and I found that my usual makeup regime would leave me looking like a big greaseball. Something had to change. So over the past 4 years I built up a little collection of pressed powders, and these are the 4 that have made the cut!

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – £3.99

This was a game changer for me. The powder is very fine, and as the shade i use is “Translucent”, it mattifies me without changing the colour of my foundation. At under a fiver, this is the one I reach to for everyday use.

MUA Pro-Base Prime and Conceal – £4

When I got this, I was a bit disappointed because it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to. the coloured segments do not cover my dark circles or alleviate redness – but it does give a subtle glow perfect for the working week. The powder is almost silver when swirled together, an it get for giving a touch of illumination over my foundation.

Maybelline Matte Maker – £3.99

This is the only one I’ve hit pan on, which is surprising because this is the one I use the least. This is no fault of the product though. It’s pretty much the same as the Rimmel Stay Matte powder, but more full coverage. My only issue is that it’s a tad dark, and given that I am Queen of the Ghost People, it’s only really suitable for nights out and the height of summer.

Kiko Soft Light Powder – £11.90

This one has a bit of a cheeky name I think – remind you of anything massively popular? This is a pressed powder that swatches very thick but can be blended on to the face to give a gorgeous glow. The yellow colour is perfect for my skin tone and it hods tiny particles of micro glitter for that reflective, radiant look. Definitely worth the money in my opinion!

What pressed powders are you using? Let me know below!

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mac satin taupe honesty eyeshadow swatches

Hey guys! Long time no blog! I’ve recently moved house so blogging has taken the back burner while we try and get everything sorted. However, today is the epitome of a lazy Saturday so I figured I’d grace your screens with a mini review of some Mac faves.

When me and the other half went to London at the end of June, I used it as a perfect excuse to do some shopping. One purse hammering shopping trip and an awful customer service experience in Mac later, I wandered out with some pieces I’d had my eye on for a while. I’d gone in with the mindset of picking up All That Glitters and Satin Taupe, but sadly ATG was out of stock. Boo.

All was no lost however, as Honesty is very very similar. Like ATG, it is a shimmery gold tone with flecks of silver glitter running through it (ATG is more golden glitter.) Honesty has a slight burnt hue to it, making it amazing for summery bronze eyes, and perfect for brightening up a smoky look.

I only really wanted Satin Taupe because everyone and their mum raves about it. I probably wouldn’t have picked it up if it wasn’t so popular, but let me tell you right now, it’s the bee’s knees. It’s not quite brown, not quite purple and not quite gold, but more of an amalgamation of the three. It’s such a unique colour and I can’t wait to slap this on my eyes over Autumn.

Mac eyeshadows are renowned for having an amazing formula, and these two gems definitely live up to that. They’re smooth and buttery, so easy to blend and very pigmented – I personally find they’re worth the £10 price mark (I got the refill pans) and I definitely have more on my wishlist for when I decide to build my big palette!

Have you ever tried Mac eyeshadows, or these shades in particular? Which are your fave high end eyeshadows?

Let me know below!

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Life can be difficult. For some people, that can mean as little as a bad day at work or exam stress. For others it’s a life limiting illness or heartbreaking choices. About 4 months ago, my life got difficult. One day I was on top of everything and coping, the next, it had all come crashing down around me. I woke up one morning after a horrible day, feeling very sorry for myself and stumbled across this image above.

And I felt better. Only a little, and it wasn’t apparent at first, but throughout that day, I found my mind being drawn back to this quote. It gave me the opportunity to start again. The horrors of yesterday were over, and it was time to repair the damage that was done.  The healing process takes a long time, but faith in yourself that you are strong enough to make it through your stormy sea is a powerful weapon.

Depression, anxiety and other such mental illnesses are very real problems, and I am in no way saying good ol’ fashioned positive thinking can fix what you’re going through – it won’t.

But remembering how strong you are as a human being will help you to pull yourself out of that struggle, to boss your way through that exam, or to assure you that the decisions you are making are the right ones, no matter how much it feels like the opposite.

It’s hard to dance with the devil on your back, so shake him off.

 

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