My MAC Pro Palettes

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

When I got into beauty, the idea of creating your own palette really excited me. Now it's very common place, but a few years ago, it was only really MAC that was in my price point that offered that service. I pondered about creating a palette for a while - even the empty palettes were expensive with eyeshadows being £10 a pop, I was very aware that a completed pro palette would cost me £160+. However, one day, I bit the bullet and bought the empty palette. Fast forward 3 years, I have a completed 15 pro, and a 9 one that is 1/3 full. 

I wanted to make this palette as neutral as possible, with mostly shimmer shades and some pops of excitement, but nothing too extreme. The shades I decided on were (L-R, Top to bottom) Blanc Type, Shroom, Naked Lunch, Honesty, Wedge; Woodwinked, Tempting, Satin Taupe, Patina, Mystery; Amber Lights, Sumptuous Olive, Antiqued, Swiss Chocolate and Club. I use some more than others, but I still use every single eyeshadow in this palette at least semi-regularly. 

My favourites are Patina (as you can probably see by the huge dent in it), Woodwinked, Tempting, Amber Lights and Honesty. And yeah, I know, they're literally all the golden brown ones! Mystery is a shade I use in my brows, but looks amazing in the outer corner for a deep brown smoky eye and Wedge is a staple crease colour in my collection. As for quality, I find that they are all reasonable, but some are better than others. For example, Blanc Type is a Matte Squared formula and I much prefer that to the normal matte shades as it is so much softer and easier to blend. 

A few months ago, Johnny treated me to a 9 palette and two reddy-purple eyeshadows and so started my next vision: my red and purple palette! Eye shadows with red and purple tones are my favourites after neutrals, and MAC have some wonderful purple and red shades. I do have plans for what shadows I am going to pop in this palette, and where they will go (hence the weird layout... I've drawn out a plan... I'm not weird...) but for now I have (starting at the middle centre and working left) Coppering, Star Violet; Beauty Marked. Coppering is a light, shimmery red, Star Violet is a light, shimmery purple and Beauty Marked is a deep, almost black-purple, with flecks of red and purple glitter. I don't reach for this palette as much day-to-day but for special occasions, this palette is perfect and I can't wait to complete it!

And now, some swatches:

Blanc Type, Shroom, Naked Lunch, Honesty & Wedge

Woodwinked, Tempting, Satin Taupe, Patina & Mystery

Amber Lights, Sumptuous Olive, Antiqued, Swiss Chocolate and Club

Coppering, Star Violet & Beauty Marked

Do you have any MAC eye shadows? Which ones? Do you recommend any for me to get next? 
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A Day Out in Brighton

Sunday, 25 June 2017

A week ago, during that thirty degree heatwave, Johnny and I decided to take a trip to the beach and where better to go that Brighton! We'd never been before, but had a lovely day out. It was amazing to explore somewhere we'd never been before. We spent the morning walking along the seafront, then had some lunch (which was average at best and wish we'd eaten when we went to the Lanes) and then we wondered through the Lanes, bought some tea from Bluebird Tea Co. and headed to the pier!  Below is a photo-diary of our trip!

The Best of Nars

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Nars has always been one of my very favourite make up brands. Ever since I got my hands on Sheer Glow, about 3 years ago, I have been obsessed with the brand. I can't find concealers better than Nars offer, or a blush I love more. I've picked four of my favourite Nars products (it was a hard narrow-down!) to tell you about today.

While I originally fell in love with Sheer Glow, my favourite foundation from Nars is the All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. This foundation does what it says on the tin - it's luminous, weightless and lasts all day. The demi-matte finish means it's a perfect foundation for summer and the almost watery consistency feels light and soft on my skin, leading to a natural medium coverage. I always have a bottle of this foundation in my drawer, so even when I'm trying other ones, I can always go back to this one because I know it's perfect for me. I'm in the shade Light 3 Gobi - a perfect match for my skin. 

Only recently have I tried Nars concealers - like, within the last 8 months - and I'm so impressed. The first one I got my paws on was the Radiant Creamy Concealer and as soon as I put it under my eyes, I knew what all the hype was about. It's so easy to blend, provides a perfect amount of coverage and brightness under my eyes and covers blemishes really well as well. I liked this so much that I decided to get the Soft Matte Concealer when it came out, and I think I may even love this one more. It's so easy to blend and doesn't cling to dry places, despite being matte. The coverage is insane. I quite often use this as my only base product. 

Finally, my first true blush love was Orgasm. Despite the interesting name, this blush was my first dive into high end blushes so will always have a favourable place in my heart. It's a beautiful rosy gold shade, with flecks of beautiful gold. It creates a really glowy, pink tint to your cheeks and enhances your natural flush. If you don't have this blush, you certainly need it. 

So, there you have it. Here are my favourite products from Nars. I'm thinking of doing other posts like this about other brands - let me know which brands you'd like to see next!

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A Day Out in Greenwich

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Last week, on one of the sunniest days of the year so far, Johnny and I decided to take a picnic to Greenwich park and have a wonder around Greenwich in the sunshine. If you're ever in London and want to feel like you're in a Dorset town, head to Greenwich where the only reminder that you're in London is the skyline over the river and the red London buses. 

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