Building Up A MAC Pro Palette! {PART 1!}

Sunday, 19 April 2015


For the longest time, I've wanted a MAC Pro Palette. Ever since I started getting into make up, watching videos and reading blogs about make up, I have wanted to start one of these palettes. Unfortunately, at £10 a shadow, money wasn't on my side. But finally I bit the bullet and went for it. I purchased a pro palette and 5 shadows to go with it. I decided to do this post in 3 parts so you guys could see the process of me building up the palette. This way I figured I could go more in depth into the shadows I picked and why I picked them. The palette itself was £12 and I purchased it from the MAC website. At the same time I bought the insert which was an extra £2.50. At the same time I also bought Satin Taupe which was £10. 


Okay. I know the layout seems weird but I have an in depth plan of where I want each shadow to go when I get it because I am extremely anal and obsessive organised. I don't have a MAC counter near where I live really so I am relying on online swatches and John Lewis Click & Collect to build up this palette. I have watched probably about 200 'what's in my MAC palette?!' videos over the past 3 weeks deciding what colours I should get and where they should go. It's still subject to change because I was looking at my list the other day and was thinking to myself 'do I really need all these highlight shades? Like, I know they're pretty but seriously!' so that's why they're in a weird order and it's all gappy. It makes sense to me. I promise. 


Name: Shroom
Finish: Satin
Pigmentation: 7/10

Okay, this is Shroom. In the pan this looks quite peachy but swatched and on the lid it's not very peachy at all. It's an off-white with shimmer. MAC say this is a satin but it is very shimmery so I would say it was more frost-like but with less pigmentation because it is quite shimmery. It is a gorgeous inner-corner highlight and also looks really nice on the brow bone. It's a really gorgeous colour. Unfortunately, the swatches for this colour (which will be below) didn't come off very well so I'm sorry about that. Google swatches though and you will find some. This is a well-known highlight from MAC and I think it's very beautiful. 


Name: Wedge
Finish: Matte
Pigmentation: 10/10

This is Wedge. Wedge is a beautiful, matte, warm, muted brown. It's an amazing transition colour. It's easy to work with, highly pigmented and really deepens the crease. It works really well with Patina. Wedge is just a nice everyday crease colour that has become a staple in my make up routine. I really love it and if you love easy to work with browns then this baby is the one for you. It's 100% a 'MAC Best Friend' colour. 


Name: Satin Taupe
Finish: Frost
Pigmentation: 10/10

This is the first one I bought purely because of its cult-classic standing in the blogger world. Everyone and their dog has Satin Taupe and I wanted to join in the party. I am not disappointed. I adore this shade. The pigmentation is incredible, it's so easy to work with and it's lovely in the crease for an everyday look or all over the lid for a night-look. It see why it's so popular. I think it's gorgeous and if you don't have it... you need it!


Name: Patina
Finish: Frost
Pigmentation: 10/10

HOLY GRAIL ALERT! This shade is stunning! I have been wearing it everyday with Wedge in the crease and I love it. It's a brown with gold shimmer which sounds boring - and it might be to some people - but it just looks so nice. I can't explain how it makes my eye look. Just get this. If you love neutral eyeshadow then you need this in your life. I just. I can't, guys. I just can't.


Name: Sumptuous Olive
Finish: Frost
Pigmentation: 10/10

Woah. A colour. I must be growing up. Sumptuous Olive is a muted green with gold shimmer. It's a very pretty colour. It's not been a staple in my make up routine recently but I am trying to find a way to make this colour work for me. It's so pigmented, gorgeous and it's a nice way of getting colour onto your lid if you're scared of colour like I am. I think I will get wear out of this, even though it won't be daily. It really compliments my eyes and brings out the green in them and I think if you have brown eyes you need this shade!

F-B: Shroom, Wedge, Satin Taupe, Patina, Sumptuous Olive
So, here are all the shades I have and a brief description of them! I hope this was useful to you guys and that you like the idea of a 3 part series on my palette. I'll see you when I have 10 shadows! 

WORTH THE HYPE?! || Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

Tuesday, 24 February 2015


Buying a high end foundation when on a student budget like me is a huge commitment, so I am going to make this review as detailed as possible, with before and after side by sides, shade advice and anything else you could possibly need to know before setting out to buy this foundation. By this introduction, you have probably guessed that I think this foundation is worth the hype. I really like it. I had been coveting it for ages because I have seen so many people rave about it on the internet. My nearest Nars counter is about a 45 minute drive away from home and it wasn't something I was going to buy over the internet so my friend and I set a date and we went up to Bath for a shopping trip.

As we are only students and maybe not the savviest or most stylish of people, we were worried about being looked down on by scary sales ladies (as I have been in the past by MAC employees!) but the lady who served us in Nars was really lovely - she was helpful with helping us get colour matched and wasn't frosty with us in the slightest. She did try and flog us the Radiant Creamy Concealer - and I was tempted - but she was helpful, polite and kind. Wish the ladies at Benefit later that day had the same attitude to sales!

The shade I was matched to was "Gobi" (Light3) which is a pretty good colour match. It's very yellow toned. If you are going to buy this, don't just guess your colour by using findation.com or something. Findation thought I would be "Mount Blanc" which I wasn't. I suggest getting matched at a counter. There's 20 shades to choose from and online swatches aren't always that clear and can be misleading. Sheer Glow is expensive at £31 - don't waste that money on a foundation you can't use!


Don't let the name fool you - there is nothing sheer about Sheer Glow. It gives a medium coverage which is build-able but looks very natural - almost like a second skin. The dewiness of the foundation gives you that "glow from within" look that everyone seems to be loving and I find that it looks gorgeous once you warm up your complexion with a light, matte bronzer. I like the dewiness of the foundation because I have fairly normal skin but if you are a particularly oily lady you might want to go for Sheer Matte instead. I still set this foundation with a powder on my t-zone though. I use Soap & Glory's One Heck Of A Blot just to stop the foundation from slipping. Below is my face before I apply this foundation and after; excuse the blemishes and slight scarring!


My only bug-bear with this foundation is the bug-bear everyone woman who owns this foundation has. THERE. IS. NOT. A. PUMP. Irritatingly, Nars think that it's perfectly fine to charge you £31 for a foundation and then an additional £3 for a pump. They seem to have learned their lesson with their newest foundation and included a pump with that one! But Sheer Glow comes pumpless. The day after I bought it I searched online for a pump. Don't buy it from Nars - they think it's acceptable to charge £7 postage making the pump £10. Umm... no Nars! John Lewis do the pump for £3 and you can Click and Collect to your local Waitrose meaning next day delivery and no postage! Yeah! 

Packaging wise, this foundation is very sleek in its fancy glass bottle and matte black lid. It feels expensive (because it is) when you hold it and doesn't it make you look fancy to have a high end foundation! There just isn't a pump. Yeah, I'm still a little bitter about that. The lid also doesn't fit on the foundation once you put a pump on. It's badly designed. It's also very heavy. I wouldn't travel with it. I'd much rather travel with my trusty Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum as it's in a plastic bottle and feels much more safe.

Nars market the foundation for dry skin but I would be wary trying it if I had dry skin. I have pretty normal skin - sometimes gets a little oily on my t-zone - but I had a small dry patch around my healing blemishes. The foundation definitely clung to those. But that doesn't bother me in the slightest as I don't have dry skin. My best friend bought Sheer Glow at the same time as I did, though, and she has extremely dry skin and she says she can't use it on particularly dry days. I'm sure it would be 100% fine if you moisturised and you didn't have severe dry skin.

Overall, I think this foundation is worth the hype. I love the finish, the coverage and pretty much everything about it. Apart from the pump. If you want a medium coverage foundation that has a gorgeous dewy finish then you should definitely try this foundation. I think it's good for pretty much any skin type - just moisturise if you're dry and use a good powder if you are oily!

Have you tried this foundation? What do you think about it? Let me know in the comments below! Oh, and if you haven't entered my giveaway to win a Naked palette yet then why the hell not?! Check it out here!

WORTH THE HYPE?! || Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blushes

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

        

Hey guys, 

Sorry I was MIA on Sunday. I haven't been feeling very well recently and I managed to pull myself out of bed and grab my laptop so I could put together a quick post for you guys on something I was super excited to try: the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blushes. These babies - sort of - landed in the UK a few months ago but that is not how I got my hands on them. The Tarte UK stuff is shocking. There's a poor range of colours, most things are only available in sets with brushes which bumps the price up considerably and it makes me shake with rage because everyone and their dog seems to love this brand and I can never get my hands on their items!

So how did I acquire this I hear you cry! Not some expensive trip to New York and a mooch round Sephora if that's what you were hoping for. Nope, I bought this blush in the sleepy county of Dorset on my sofa after an intense eBay bidding war. I got this for £12 and I believe it is a mini - kind of irritated it wasn't advertised as that but hey ho - for £12 I'm not complaining! I got the shade 'Dollface'. I'm a fan of a light pink flush to the cheeks so I decided it would be a worthy investment.

This is not what I was expecting. I love the packaging. It's so cute and I love the pattern on the actual product inside but it feels very unsafe in the pan. When I swirl my brush in it the whole thing moves. I have heard that these are easy to depot and I can see why. It makes me nervous.... I'm not 100% sure why but if travelling I don't take this with me (I take my trusty Naked Flushed) because I worry for its safety. I don't know whether this is me being overly cautious or what but it just makes me uncomfortable.

On to the actual product - the blush is nice. It doesn't bowl me over with it's overwhelming beauty - it's no Nars Orgasm - but it's a nice baby pink flush to the cheeks which is natural and warms up your complexion considerably. As for texture, it's very fine. I was expecting these to be more buttery but they're not buttery at all. It's not unpleasant or difficult to work with it's just different to what I imagined. It claims to have 12 hour staying power and as someone who generally does wear her make up for 12 hours a day because of school etc, I found that they last about 8 hours before a touch up is needed. When I got home from school I found the colour was fading. Pretty good staying power if you ask me!

So, are these worth the hype? People like Essiebutton have raved about these to the moon and back but I just think they're average. I love the cute packaging and the product is good but compared to other brands like Nars and even MAC, I don't find this blush as nice. I have only tried one of these however and the others might be different but UK ladies - if you want one of these desperately I wouldn't pay the crazy prices on QVC because they're not worth it. Try eBay or get a kind American friend to do you a solid and ship one over. It's a nice blush but I wouldn't say it was worth all the hype it is getting.

Hope you enjoyed my review. I try and put up a post every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday so stay tuned.

Chloe xx 

J'adore Amour! (Nars Blush Review)

Sunday, 18 January 2015






You're going to think I am a wretched human being when I tell you how I came about buying this blush. Please don't think any less of me. I know it was awful. For Christmas, my Grandma got me a set of Ted Baker lipsticks. Really nice idea but the nudes washed me out and made me look dead and I just didn't want them. So... I sold them. On eBay. Yes, I am an awful granddaughter. I appreciated the efforts that she'd put in but I didn't want to keep lipsticks that made me look like I had the complexion of Voldemort. In the end, the lipsticks sold for £22 and so I bought something else of equal value from John Lewis with that money and for ages I'd really coveted Nars Orgasm. However, it wasn't in stock and after many online swatch searching I decided Nars' Amour looked a really nice colour - scary in the pan but lovely on the cheeks.

It arrived super quickly (praise John Lewis' click and collect!) and I was blown away with how small it was for the price I paid. I had never had a Nars blush before - they'd always been too expensive for me sadly - and I thought I was going to get a bit more bang for my buck. Nevertheless, the colour pay off is really beautiful. As you can see, this blush is matte and a dark pink in the pan which makes it look utterly terrifying. Nars describe this as a 'peachy pink'. I wouldn't say that it was very peachy but when you swatch it you can definitely see some peach tones in it which soften it and make it easier to wear.

Pigmentation wise; this blush is extraordinary! I use a very light hand when applying this in fear of looking clown like but it is very easy to blend out. I wouldn't say this blush had a very buttery consistency - it's definitely more fine - but it is very easy to blend and the consistency is still soft and looks like a natural flush on the cheeks. The colour lasts on my cheeks all day and I have had a few compliments on it since I've been wearing it which is something that I always like. As you can see from the pictures, the packaging does get pretty dirty. I'd had it only a few days when that picture was taken! That is the same with all Nars products though!

Amour isn't a very well-known Nars shade unlike Orgasm and Deep Throat but it's a shade that I personally really like. So here is my rundown:

Score out of 10 overall: 9/10. Would be 10 if it was slightly bigger.
Would I buy more/buy it again?: I certainly want to add more Nars blushes to my collection - especially Orgasm, Deep Throat, Sin and Seduction.
Was it worth the money/would I pay full price?: Yes & no. If we're talking about size then no but if you are talking about quality of product then yes.
Hate, like or love? Love!

You can buy Nars Amour from the Nars Website, John Lewis and eBay!


What's On My Phone?

Tuesday, 13 January 2015


Hey guys! I have been wanting to make a post like this for a while and I figured I should make it just to break up all the reviews I've been bombarding you with of late (there's more to come - a Nars blush review, a Tarte blush review and I have some Benefit stuff coming in the post which may excite you!). So, this is what is on my iPhone! I have a blue, 32GB iPhone 5c which I have had for about a year so it's not new or anything - I just wanted to share!


First up - my phone case! My dad got me this for Christmas and it is a Taylor Swift 1989 case - as you may know by now that I am obsessed with Taylor and her music and have been since I was 13 so a great present from my dad. I think he got it from Amazon but you can get them anywhere as I am sure they are not to hard to track down if you are a Swift fan like myself. 



Hardly suprising but my most used folder on my phone is my shopping folder (named purse emoji, money emoji) which has 2 whole pages of shops that I regularly browse. eBay is actually my most used app on this first page because it is where I get most of my high end make up from as it is so much cheaper. I also really like the ASOS app - not only do they stock some great clothes but they also have Benefit, Nars and Too Faced all on there so I love to browse and wish I could afford everything. On the second page I love UNiDAYS. I am not yet at uni but our sixth form offers us students discounts - 10% off BooHoo, ASOS, Topshop & Urban Outfitters as well as many more! 


As for games, I don't play many! I have 6 actually. Temple Run 2 and Crossy Road are my favourites! I lose interest in games really quickly but I do enjoy a game of Crossy Road. I lost interest really quickly with the Kardashian game and Plauge Inc. and I haven't deleted Flappy Bird because I have reason to believe it's been taken off the app store and I don't want to risk not having it! My games folder is titled with a games controlled emoji. Some of my folders are named after emojis but quite a lot aren't!


As for TV and Radio the only app I use on here is Netflix and occasionally the iPlayer. I use Netflix app to stream things via my Chromecast to the TV and sometimes at school I watch episodes of The Office if I get really bored! TV Catchup is a good app though - it lets you watch TV shows live as if your phone was a TV! I sometimes put this on in the bath if there's a TV program on that I really want to watch!



Last but not least on my phone you can find selfies and a hell of a lot of them. This is one that I took with my cat earlier. I also instagrammed this one! I am a fan of the old selfie - even if most of the selfies I take end up deleted and only the select few make it to Instagram!

So, that is a few things that are on my phone! What about you? What do you have on your phone?

MAC Kinky - My make up collection just got a little kinkier!

Monday, 12 January 2015

                                           

First and foremost, I just want to point out how hard it is to take pictures of a lipstick while it's on the floor when you are using a camera with a bulky lens. I am not really happy with how the picture of the actual lipstick turned out so I am sorry about that. You guys don't mind though - right?!

MAC launched a new range based on the musical Kinky Boots earlier last month. I have not seen any hype at all about this range and when I was thinking of buying this lipstick I tried to google for reviews on this lipstick and found very little which was disappointing and unexpected. I only found out about this collection through my email. Anyway, I love red lipsticks and I didn't own a red lipstick from MAC - surely a crime?! - so I decided that when I got paid I'd invest. I went for Kinky over Ruby Woo because I had heard Ruby Woo was very drying on the lips and Kinky, although a matte, is not a retro matte. So, I just went for it. I took the bull by the horns. YOLO.

I ordered this online and it came the next day (didn't even pay for next day delivery!) so I was pretty impressed with that. I'm not even going to talk packaging because all MAC lipsticks are generally the same packaging although I did want to point out that even though this is part of a limited edition collection/collaboration these lipsticks do not have a special packaging unlike some other lipsticks have had in the past eg. the Maleficent collection. The formula of this lipstick is matte and I would describe this as a classic, Taylor Swift red. It will suit practically anyone. 

For a matte, it's not drying on the lips at all. I didn't prep my lips before applying. I slapped it on quickly when it arrived in the post. It has excellent colour pay-off; one swipe on the lips gives a nice opaque finish. It's a very wearable red despite being bright. It's very classic - I can't see it going out of fashion... ever. I have seen that a lot of people have compared this to Ruby Woo but brighter and less drying. 

I personally love this colour - it's a shame it's not permanent because I am going to be rationing this like hell. I never want it to run out. And the name! I just love the name! Overall, a good buy and I am very impressed! Sorry for the inundation of reviews at the moment (there's more to come as well!) but I have just been buying products in sales and I've been paid recently so obviously devoting all my paycheck to buying make up. 

Review: Naked Flushed

Saturday, 10 January 2015



This year I told myself I wouldn't get involved in the Boxing Day beauty sales because I was going shopping the following Sunday and I didn't want to spend too much money but of course I am constantly tempted with various online offers and Feel Unique had Urban Decay's Naked Flushed for £16.50 which is quite a sizeable reduction in price from the £22 it usually is. I added it to my basket and ordered it right away because it's something I have been coveting for a while. I got the shade 'Native' because it seemed the best match for my skin from the reviews I have read and I obviously didn't want to look too ridiculous.


My first impression from the packaging was that it was very compact. It was smaller than my phone (iPhone 5c for those wondering) in length and only slightly wider. The text on the front is raised up and shiny gold and I actually thought that it looks more expensive than Naked 2 and 3 and more on the packaging level of the original palette (even though it's not felt, it's hard plastic). I love the packaging for Naked Flushed. It's very sleek and easy to fit in your handbag and quite often I stay at my dad's house and taking a separate bronzer, highlighter and blush is sometimes quite ridiculous so Naked Flushed puts those 3 together and in a really compact way.



Now onto the bronzer. This bronzer is really nice and I really like it. It's not matte but the shimmer in the powder is really fine and you barely notice it which makes the bronzer very good to contour with as well although I still do prefer Benefit's Hoola for contour purposes. I will say this though - and this is a recurring theme - the bronzer is exceptionally pigmented. You need a light hand or you risk looking like you have two large brown stains on either side of your face. I use the Real Techniques contour brush to apply this and I lightly dust the bronzer under my cheekbones and then intensely blend it out. Pigmentation is obviously a good thing but can look strange and blotchy with a heavy hand.

The highlighter is really nice. Similar to the bronzer, it is extremely pigmented and a light hand is needed to dust this on the top of your cheek bones. It's not too obvious when you have it on and just provides a light shimmer to the cheekbones with is flattering and doesn't make you look shiny. It is a very shimmery highlighter and therefore catches the sun really nicely I find. It's nice for everyday but you could definitely put more on and turn it into a night time look. I am a loser and therefore don't really go out at night so I wouldn't know but you could definitely try it!


The blush is just your average pink blush. Nice colour and very pigmented but nothing that bowled me over with how beautiful it is. I will use it quite often because it gives a nice pink flush to the cheeks. I sound like a stuck record but it's so pigmented so if you use a heavy hand with this blush you are at risk of looking like a clown. However, when blended, a light dusting is very flattering and very sweet and unadventurous (so just up my street!) and I find it a really pleasant. 

Overall, this trio is great for travel and touch ups on the go due to it's compact packaging and the large mirror and the shades are very flattering to my skin tone but if you smudge this on with a heavy hand then you're going to look like you ran away from the circus. It was definitely worth the £16.50 and I would have eventually bought it at full price as I was coveting it and I wouldn't have been disappointed if I'd bought it for £22 either. If you're fairer/darker skinned than I am then I urge you to check out other shades of the palette (there's 4 overall) because Native may not be the one for you but I am light/medium and I find all the shades very flattering and pretty.

My Lush Skin Saviours

Monday, 5 January 2015


My skin has been a mess recently; there's no two ways about it. Late nights have led to taking my make up off with just a wipe and forgoing my evening skin routine. Christmas has led to chocolate for breakfast and crisps whenever I fancy and more trips to McDonalds than I'd care to count. There are always 2 items from Lush that always seem to help prevent spots and blemishes from appearing from my skin and I never really knew their value until I stopped using them regularly this last week or so. These do not cure spots - they don't make them go away and they don't stop you getting the odd one but they do help tame breakouts and keep my skin feeling calm and happy. 


The Tea Tree Toner Water is £3.95 for a small bottle (and a small bottle is all you really need!). I'm sure you all know how toners work. I apply this to my skin after cleansing. What I like about the Lush toner waters is that they have a squirty top meaning that you can apply 2-3 squirts to your face directly and then I just pat with a towel or my hands to dry. I don't ever rub as this can remove toner water and irritate the skin. Because this water contains tea tree - an ingredient known for being tough on spots but gentle on your skin - it prevents break outs and keeps your skin happy, healthy and harm free!


One of the first Lush products I ever tried was Mask of Magnaminty. This mask feels lovely, smells lovely and does lovely things to your skin. It smells like mint - if you hadn't already guessed from the name - which is very refreshing and cooling on the skin and it's self preserving which is a huge bonus for me because it means I can keep it in my bathroom and not in the fridge! It has a thick texture but it is thinner than some of the fresh face masks and it really helps to curb those break outs. I flit between using this mask and another minty favourite Cupcake which both do similar things but Magnaminty lasts longer so I tend to prefer to buy that one. 

Alone, these products are great but together they truly are a dream team for fighting spots. If you have skin that is prone to break out I suggest a trip to your local Lush store. These products are inexpensive and really work!

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