Eyeshadow Sticks.. Worth the hype?


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When it comes to eyeshadow, I’m one of those people who has their fazes! I don’t wear eyeshadow every single day but since last year, I’ve been CRAZY about it! I’ve purchased tonnes of new palettes and gone WAY out of my comfort zone with colours! When I found an eyeshadow stick I had got in a Glossy Box a year or so ago, I fell in love with the ease of application and the colour range! So here are some of my FAVOURITE eyeshadow sticks of all time!

Eyeko FAT Eye Stick in ‘Satin Taupe’ – £5

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This eyeshadow pencil, much like the name suggests is just like the MAC eyeshadow Satin Taupe, which so many people LOVE! This is an excellent way to make your eyes look a little different from the average ‘matte nude’ colours which some of us rely on so much! It’s a gorgeous olive toned brown with quite a strong shimmer running through it! It blends effortlessly, applies like butter and looks like a gorgeous sheen on the eyelid! It’s so easy to wear this as a wash of colour! It also twists up so you don’t need to sharpen it.. BONUS!

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eye Shadow Stick in ‘Paranoid Purple’ – £4.49

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There was a big rave on blogs and beauty YouTube channels last year about this product and I was so amazed at the reviews! Everyone seemed to love the earthy tones that comes in this line but I was so drawn to this purple shade for some reason! When you swatch it, it’s a beautifully vibrant purple but when you blend it, it darkens up a bit and looks like a gorgeous deep purple with violet shimmer! Again, it blends effortlessly and applies like angels! It doesn’t break the bank either and I’m pretty sure that Rimmel is available in most countries!

Collection Eyeshadow Pencil in ‘Denim Diva’ – £3.19

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This stick was an impulse purchase for sure! I just loved the blue shade and it was calling to me! Again.. It’s not a colour that I would usually go for but I just fell in love with it! I bought this in the summertime because I knew that it would look fantastic in the warm evenings and I wasn’t wrong! It’s a gorgeous deep blue with a light shimmer running through and it doesn’t fail to amaze me every time I wear it! I tend to steer clear of blues because they often contradict my skin tone however, this looks amazing with just a wash on the lid and then blended with a skin tone colour around the edges! I love the lasting power of this one too!

In conclusion, YES! I love eyeshadow sticks and they have definitely become a new favourite makeup item of mine! I like all these crayon type make up products because they’re amazing for travel! I’ll be going away for a few days soon and know that I’ll have at least 3 ‘stick forms’ of makeup somewhere in my makeup bag! I really like them for their buttery-ness and application because it’s superb! Even drug store alternatives like the ones I’ve shown, they’re great! Definitely a must- have!

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Barry M Makeup Haul


I recently went to Boots and picked up some amazing products from Barry M! I mentioned in a previous blog post that they had released some autumnal matte shade nail paints and they looked amazing, so I picked them up too! Take a look at my mini haul!

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** Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Vanilla – £3.99

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** Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Crush – £3.99

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** Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Espresso – £3.99

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** Barry M Kohl Pencil in 4 – £2.99 ** Barry M Kohl Pencil in 10 – £2.99 ** Barry M Kohl Pencil in 29 – £2.99

Urban Veda Purifying Day Cream


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When it comes to skin care, I’ve always been one of those people who sticks to whatever works, no matter what the cost or how hard it is to get those products. However, since subscribing to GlossyBox here in the UK, the constant disposal of skin care products never ceases to disappoint in the skincare sector. I receive a tonne of creams and lotions and potions and often try then really hesitantly in case they do more damage than good. However, after realising my skin generally reacts well with new products, I have broadened my horizons and now try the new products willingly.

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I received a sample of Urban Veda’s purifying day cream in Septembers GlossyBox which I blogged about and instantly fell in love with this stuff! I’ve recently noticed my skin becoming even more oilier than ever before and although it’s irritating, at least I know that my body is releasing in essay oils from itself. I’ve been going crazy looking for a cream that has everything: SPF, moisture, essential oils, vitamins and all in budget!

When this cream came about I fell in love! It is designed to target oil-prone skin and is mattifying .. What more could I ask for? Well it also claims to be pore refining and lightweight! All these things.. CHECK! This cream is amazing! After trying out the sample size, I immediately purchased the day and night cream!

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Now I have to be honest and say the night cream is a little too heavy right now, but only because my skin is oily and I think during the winter months, this cream will be perfect! However he day cream is AMAZING! I’ve hooked two other people to this and they love it too!

It’s almost like wiping water on your skin, and it leaves a just-cleansed kind of feeling on your skin! It’s so mattifying, if you apply on an oily area of your skin, you’ll see the shine disappear! It’s super lightweight and the packaging is small and light enough to carry around with you for travelling! I honestly love this cream! It’s the perfect price point too at each cream costing only £14.99! A little goes a long way thus making it even lighter on your purse!

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I could go on about it.. Silly when you think it’s only a cream, but my skin loves it! And now, so do I! I’d love to try other products from their range too! Have any of you tried anything from Urban Veda before? Visit their website here.

SmashBox Master Class Palette


I AM BACK! And with a vengeance! After taking a long break (over a month.. Eek!), it’s time to get back into the flow of things! I’ve been away since my brothers wedding which had occupied me immensely but I’ve missed blogging SO SO SO much, I promise to never take such a long break again!

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To get back into the flow of things, I thought I’d show you a new palette that arrived at my disposal around 3 weeks ago! I had seen this crazy fun-filled palette on a few YouTube channels a while back and so badly wanted it and thought I had missed it because it was limited edition! That was.. Until I saw it on sale at a random shop where it was completely unused! It was meant to be! I then saw on eBay that there were tonnes of these palettes flying around!

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What is it? Meet the Smashbox Master Class Palette (1)! There has since been the release of another but these colours seemed to appeal to me more! This palette is full of eyeshadows, blushes and a bronzer! From a range of finishes including ultra pigmented matte, to uber shimmery glitters, it’s really versatile and so compact too!

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You can see from the swatches that the pigmentation is superb! As well as that, the powders blend effortlessly and seamlessly. There are no lip products in this palette but I would have loved even 1 lip colour to make it an all- rounder- travel- friendly palette! Other than that I have no regrets! For the price I paid, I practically made money!

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The colours are mega versatile and I could use them all year around! What I love is that all the colours are totally ‘me’! I’ve been loving: no eyeliner and just a simple wash of colour over the lid recently.. Just like I loved it last year and this palette makes colour choices simple!

To buy this palette, you’ll have to search on eBay but, there are LOADS available! I don’t want to recommend a certain seller because I don’t want to be responsible for a bad experience (should it happen). However, this palette is limited edition and exclusive to Sephora so if you see it floating around in there, grab it! I really like the second version, too! Happy shopping!

Top 5 summer pink lipsticks!


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Now that we’re in the middle of the summertime, it’s time to pull out our bright colours! Some people aren’t too confident in wearing bright clothing and they love a bright lip so here’s my favourite summertime pinks! Stay tuned in the next few days for my other favourite summer tones!

YSL Rouge Pure Shine Sheer Lipstick in 31 £21
A beautiful sheer hot pink colour that glosses wonderfully. Makes your lips look juicy and plumper

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Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon £20
A matte deep pink colour that looks lovely on any skin tone. Fairly natural but makes lips look plumper and really immaculate

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MAC Impassioned (amplified) £14
A vibrant coral pink with a satin finish. Like a less matte version of YSL lipstick. Really flattering bright pink colour.

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Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie £7.99
A smooth and moisturising pink shade. Although not uber sticky, glitter glistens beautifully in sunlight and is a lovely muted pink without being garish.

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Barry M in TMLP (turn my lips pink)
A melanin changing lip colour that adjusts differently on every person. It’s a moisturising pink colour that goes deeper as you do (when tanning etc) Lasts really well because it’s a stain.

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KIKO, Maybelline and Essie Make Up haul!


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I know I’m a little late with my daily blog posts but hopefully, I’ve managed to adjust my routine what with fasting and everything.. So here goes my first post!!

I recently went to Westfield and couldn’t help but stop off at one of my new favourite make up stores: KIKO! They have amazing quality products and for really good value so I couldn’t resist some of their goodies! Fortunately for me, all of the stuff I liked was on offer in their sale section!

The first thing that caught my eye was this ‘Wet and Dry eyeshadow palette in Holi Vibrations’. I bought a few other palettes from this collection which I hauled in a previous blog post and I love them! These colours are perfect for summer! They’re bright but not too bright and the shimmer will look gorgeous in summer along with those lovely pastel colours! They have fall out but nothing major so HAPPY DAYS!

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Wet and Dry eyeshadow palette in Holi Vibrations £8.40

Having tried KIKO’s eye products only, I had a little dabble with these gorgeous blushes they have to offer! I had to get 2 because I could choose! They had a few to choose from but I chose the colours that would suit me beat! I like a subtle blush at the moment (a far cry from my previous look) and these have a beautiful finish.. The beige/gold colour on the end is shimmery so creates a lovely highlighted look!

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Colour Explosion multi tone blush in Wild Sienna 01 £5.90

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Colour explosion multi tone blush in Active Mauve 03 £5.90

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And just as I was leaving the store, these grabbed my attention! When I tested them on my hand, I knew I’d use these constantly! This lovely lips and cheeks product has a lovely texture and is really well pigmented! They haven’t over-done the pigment because its to be used on the cheek too- I suppose they want their consumers to not look like clowns! I love the texture, the smell (like vanilla!). These completely remind me of Sleek Pout Polishes but are so much better.. In my opinion!

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Glow Touch lips and cheeks in Pleasent Pink Azalea 04 £2.90

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Glow Touch in Icy Watermelon 02 £2.90

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Then I made a cheeky stop to Boots and picked up some non-essential essentials ;)

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Maybelline the falsies blackest black mascara £7.99

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Essie Nail Varnish in Russian Roulette £7.99

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Sleek Candy Collection Make Up


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If you guys have seen my make up collection post or follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I LOVE SLEEK EYESHADOWS (I have almost all of them!)

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So when they came out with a Limited Edition collection, I couldn’t say no!

The collection consists on their usual 12 colour eyeshadow palette in Candy, Blush by 3 in Sweet Cheeks and Pout Paint in LOL-Lip-Pop (clever, ehy?)

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The eyeshadow palette consists of 12 eyeshadows ranging in matte, shimmer and pearl finishes! As with all Sleek eyeshadows, the pigmentation and colour range is FANTASTIC! Considering the whole palette comes in at £7.99, even if you only like 1 shade, it’s cheaper to buy this whole palette than a single MAC eyeshadow (even in pan form)!

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I love the pink and purple shades and the shimmer colours are just the right intensity. I find that some brands have shimmer eyeshadows which fade in colour and leave an awkward glitter after them but not with Sleek shadows.. They last on your skin for a long time and fade off beautifully. This palette has not failed to impress me.

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If I could change anything about this palette, I would have liked to have seen a brown rather than black (perhaps to represent Cola Bottles). Mint Cream and Apple Sour are too similar and there are 3 green toned colours in the palette.. Which they could have swapped with a yellow (to represent banana candy) and because it is limited edition.. How about a pan with 2 colours in it? That would be fantastic too! Just all suggestions for improvement or individuality from other brands!

This Blush by 3 palette is definitely different to what we’re used to because it hosts a cream blush! The colours couldn’t be more vibrant and I love the way they used 3 blushes rather than their individual ones and it costs £9.99 for all three! I love Sleek blushes because of their unique colour range!

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The cream is so pigmented and isn’t a Cream to Powder formula so is fantastically dewy and has a glow- like finish on the skin perfect for the summer time! The middle colour in the shade Dolly Mix is my favourite because I love purple shades!

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I love Sleek packaging because of its sleek look (oh I see where the name comes from now)! The applicator isn’t something that I’d use for eye makeup but I love using these for nail art!

Sleek are available in Superdrug in the UK and they also have a website where they deliver internationally.

You can buy their collection here.

Add a splash of colour to your face!


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My newest love is definitely coloured eyeliner! I always feel overdone when I wear winged liner and now it’s summer, I don’t want it running down my face! I recently done a post on a KIKO haul (a brand based in Milan available at White City Westfield, London)! I tried their eyeliner and I was blown away by how good they were! I love adding the liner on my bottom lash line very lightly and using it to add a splash of colour!

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The eyeliners last so long and they are so vivid! They have shimmer in them apart from a few colours which have a more satin finish! I’ve calculated quite a few colours now and I love how long they last and how they add a pop of colour with little effort!

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** I used about 3 coats of the liner to create these colours

To top it off, the applicator is a felt tip shape thus making application so much easier! You can create the finest of points and the thickest!

To top the whole experience off, these are so cheap coming in at £3.90 each (less than most drug store eyeliners) and there are 14 colours available!!

You can purchase the eyeliners here!

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Product Smackdown! Too Faced vs. Lancôme


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I have been looking for a palette I can travel with, for quite some time now! After going to Spain for a day and only carrying hand luggage, I realised that I didn’t have any palettes or sets which had everything I needed for an overnight stay!

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When I went to the airport (Heathrow and Madrid), I saw a palette by Lancôme which looked fabulous!! However, they had a model of this palette on the display and I was so disappointed because it was tiny!! And was over £50! When I came home, I went straight onto eBay and found it for less than half the price from a UK seller and behold it arrived the very next day.. EXCITED!! The palette is called ‘Absolut Voyage’ and is only available from Airports or online I’ve noticed.

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A short time after, I realised I had never purchased anything from BeautyBay.com before, despite being CRAZY about make up so after visiting it, I saw this fantastic ‘Little black book of beauty’ from Too Faced. Having tried a lovely palette from Too Faced recently, I knew this one would be FAB! And also, it was on sale for £27! BeautyBay deliver free worldwide.. BONUS!! The palette looked full of all sorts of goodies which would be perfect for travelling!

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After receiving the Lancôme palette, the first thing I noticed was the brilliant size and quality of the packaging! It is full of brushes, make up, pencils, a massive mirror and a sleeve to protect it! It contains:
• 6 eye shadows
• 1 blush
• 1 translucent powder
• 1 concealer
• 1 mascara
• 3 lip colours
• 3 brushes
• 1 eye pencil
• 1 lip pencil
• 1 small powder puff
• 1 built in mirror

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You can imagine, the quality of the products are amazing and each eye shadow and everything else is so well pigmented!! I was so pleased with all of the colours included as I would wear them all and it’s versatile for any skin bar, the concealer however, even this could be worn as a highlight for a darker skin tone!

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The Two Faced palette arrived in the post and it was a very small packaging as I didn’t realise how small it would be! I love Too Faced packaging because its such a sturdy packaging with beautiful artwork on it! The mascara was loose however, and I was expecting it to be included within the ‘book’. When I opened the palette it contained:
• 1 highlighter
• 1 bronzer
• 2 blushes
• 1 lipgloss
• 12 eye shadows
• 1 mascara

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Some of the matte eye shadows were almost transparent and had no pigmentation to them at all however, the rest were fantastic quality! I love the fact that the face products and lip gloss they give is so big and the packaging is tiny, so very easy to carry!

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All in all.. I think the Lancôme palette is the one for me! It has everything you need and the size of the palette is the best. The pigmentation of all of the products is lovely and the colours are versatile. The Too Faced palette is lovely to look and the cheek products are a fantastic size! The mirror of the Lancôme palette is far greater and although I love the fact that under theToo Faced palettes’ mirror, the lip gloss is protected, I would rather that the cheek products are covered because they go directly onto skin! For the amount of money you pay.. LANCÔME WINS!! Too Faced KO!

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