I've known that H&M have had a home department for a while but I've never looked into it properly before. The other day I was just browsing through the site (as I do a lot...) and noticed there were some really nice, affordable items in this section of their site and thought that it might be something of interest to other people out there.
I've been eyeing up getting one of these palettes for a while now, since seeing quite a few other bloggers mention them. The idea is you buy a variety of 4 different eyeshadows, blushers or bronzers and fill up one of these palettes with your selections. Individually the blushes and bronzers cost £4 and the palette on its own costs £5, however superdrug are doing a deal where you get a palette and 4 items and the palette for £10, a saving of £11! I literally couldn't resist, such a bargain considering you have complete freedom in terms of what you put in it. The packaging is also really great, it comes in a choice of red or black and has a huuuge mirror on the inside which is super useful.
I chose to go for 2 blushes and 2 bronzers, one shimmery and one matte. As you can see above the shades are all really pigmented, the matte ones are a little powdery but nothing I can't live with. The colours I went for were:
London - A baked shimmery pink blush. I was a little apprehensive about how this would look on me as I don't own any other colours like this however it translates to a really pretty colour on the cheeks.
Butterscotch - A matte dusky pink shade. This blush is super pigmented so you need to use a light hand but at least that means it should last a long time. Again this is a really nice colour and one that I have been wearing a lot recently.
Paris - A matte bronzer. I have been using this as a contour and again a light hand is needed but I think it works really well.
Barcelona - A light shimmery bronzer. Although this is marketed as a bronzer I thought this would be a nice highlight colour for the tops of the cheeks and brow bone. I have tried this a few times and really like it so far.
Overall I'm really impressed with the quality of this palette and will definitely get a lot of use out of it.
Has anyone else got one of these palettes? Do you like it?
You may have noticed (but probably not...) that I haven't blogged for a long time. This is pretty much because I moved house and started a new job at the same time so its taking me a while to get into a proper routine which means blogging has been put on hold a little, however, I am planning on writing some more blog posts today that I can schedule for the rest of the week.
Now, onto the review. I picked up some new makeup bits this weekend and am excited to share some of them with you, one of them being a Kate Moss Lasting Finish lipstick by Rimmel. I normally don't go for pink lipsticks but have been wanting to stretch my wings a bit so I went for shade 05 which I would describe as a dusky, rose pink that is quite bright but not to in-your-face (I'm rubbish at describing colours sorry!)
I was a bit nervous about how this colour would look on me but I actually really like it and can see myself wearing it a lot - it brightens up your face without being to over the top. The lipstick itself is really creamy to apply and although I haven't worn it for a whole day yet the staying power seems really good. I have heard a lot of good things about these lipsticks and I am excited to try some of the other colours in the range.
You can get these lipsticks for £5.49 from Boots - I think they are a bargain considering the price of other drugstore lipsticks on the market.
Okay, so I know it's still summer and no one wants to think about it getting colder yet, but I personally find it easier to pick out clothes I like in autumn/winter than I do in summer. I think I prefer the colours and that the clothes generally suit me better - maybe I just like a big baggy jumper? Anyway, whatever the reasons may be, I thought I would pick out a few things that I will be wishing for come the cooler weather.
I know there has been a lot of "hype" around these at the moment in the blogging world and you have probably already heard a million things about them, but I picked up one in superdrug the other day and thought I would talk about my thoughts. They are basically a chunky twist up pencil design that applies like a balm but leaves a long lasting stain on the lips.I picked up the colour Romantic, I was in a bit of a rush and there weren't any testers so I chose this colour on a bit of a whim. In the tube it looks like a quite a dark reddish colour however it translates to quite an orangey-red on the lips - fortunately I do really like the colour but definitely try some testers out before choosing because it doesn't really match the colour on the tube!
It goes on quite glossy and this then wears off but the stain remains, they are quite moisturising to put on which is nice in a lip stain. After a while they do become a bit drying (but I do have very dry lips!) but you can top up with lip balm and the stain still stays. The colour lasts really well and wears off quite evenly which is nice.
Overall I think these are a great addition to anybody's make-up collection as they are easy to apply and you don't need to think about them all day like you might do with some lipsticks! I would definitely pick some up while they are still at this lower price.
(excuse the mess in the background of these photos!)
I've had this liner for a while now and been meaning to blog about it but just never got around to it.
I was on the look out for a brown eyeliner that I could use as a more subtle alternative to black, so when I saw the new Eau La La Liners that Sleek had released they looked like a great option. They are waterproof which is important to me as I get quite watery eyes and I want it to last all day. They are very soft and easy to apply as well as being very pigmented. The only problem I have is, is that because they are quite soft they seem to run down quite quickly and are a bit fiddly to sharpen.
I think sleek have put their prices up recently because I am sure this was £4 when I bought it but it is now £4.99 on the website. It is is nice product and if you are in the market for a brown eyeliner then I would definitely give this a try.
I've been really bad on the blogging front recently and just wanted to do a little post to explain why and just give a little update about me (if you care! haha). Basically, I finished Uni about a month ago now and I had my graduation on Friday :) So I've been quite busy doing things with my parents and stuff like that. Also I'm currently looking for jobs because my boyfriend and I are moving into our first house (well, a flat) together at the end of August so I need some monies! These things combined have put blogging on hold a bit. I've also been feeling a bit unsure about what to write about and I didn't just want to write about things that aren't particularly important to me or that I don't enjoy writing, I've had a bit of a creative block!
Anyway if you have read this then thank you, and hopefully I will be back on track soon with some new things to talk about and be feeling a bit more inspired.
Today I thought I would just share some pretty houses that I've been liking :)
I'm moving into a flat with my boyfriend in August and, although we wont have the money or space to make it like any of these, it's nice to dream ey?
Ok so the last one isn't a house - but it's so cool!
I'm actually pretty excited about decorating and looking forward to finding cheaper ways of doing things. We will be limited as to what we can put on walls etc but I'm still hoping we can make it cosy.
I got a sample tub of this face mask with a few other samples for a Christmas present a while ago but never got around to using it. I think it's a really interesting face mask, as in the tub it is in powder form, you then add some water to this and mix it into a paste. I was surprised to find the white powder turned into a pinky-purply colour when water was added (as you can see in the last picture)! It is 100% organic and contains brown rice flour, ground hibiscus and rose geranium essential oil. I'd never tried a face mask like this before so was excited to give it a try.
After you have applied the "paste" to your skin, you leave it on for about 10 minutes (or until dry), you are then instructed to dampen your skin and massage the mask slightly for extra exfoliation before washing off.
I normally go for more moisturising face masks as I have quite dry skin, so I was a bit sceptical about how this would work for me. One thing I will say is that it was quite difficult to remove, especially around the nose area, however, it did leave my skin feeling very smooth and not as tight as I thought it would. Although I would normally go for something for nourishing I was pleasantly surprised with the effect this mask had on my skin. If you do have more oily/combination skin I would definitely give this a try as I think you could feel the benefits more than I could. It is nice to really feel like you are deep cleansing your skin sometimes and this mask was brilliant in that respect.
You can get the full size product (40g) for £8,15 here. The trail size contained 5g so you would get roughly 8 uses out of the full size.
Just over a week ago now my dad took me and my boyfriend to Flamingo Land, in Malton. If you don't know it, it's basically a zoo and theme park in one. It was such a fun day that I thought I would share some photos on my blog. I know this isn't beauty related at all but I thought it might be interesting anyway :)
Tiger chilling out
tiger - up close!
me and oli just after a ride
lions chilling out
on the train that goes round the park :)
one of the rides we went on
baby meerkats - so cute!
capybaras - largest rodent in the world
last but not least some penguins!
That's the end of the photos now! If you live in the Yorkshire area I would definitely consider going (if you haven't already). It's a fab day out - there is a great mix of rides and soo many animals to see :)
I first saw this eyeshadow palette mentioned on Lily's blog and thought "ooh that looks nice" only to subsequently forgot about it. It wasn't till I happened to be browsing the Accessorize makeup stand in superdrug in Brighton that it caught my eye. I was already slightly overexcited as my local superdrug doesn't stock the line and everything was discounted! When I spotted this I knew I had to buy it, originally priced at £8.95 which is already a bargain, it was £3 off so I ended up paying £5.95 (!! :O) And it contains 32 eyeshadows! It's labelled as a neutral palette but does also contain some brighter colours which I like.
First off, I love the packaging. It has a really cute design on the outside and a mirror on the inside which is useful :) Even though it doesn't seem it, it actually feels quite secure when it's closed, so it's not going to pop open if you're travelling. The colour selection is amazing, there are some quite warm toned browns and greens, as well as cool toned greys blues and purples.
My swatching skills aren't the best but I wanted to show how all the colours come out on the skin - it took a while to do them all so hopefully it's worth it!
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Although there is some variability in the quality of the eyeshadows, most of them are really pigmented and creamy, some of the matte and paler colours didn't transpire as well onto the skin but I can live with that when I only paid £6! Overall I'm really impressed with the quality and colour range and will definitely get a lot of use out of this!
I'm building up a bit of a collection of eyeshadow palettes now! Think I need to ban myself from buying any more for a while (although I do have my eye on the new MUA undressed palette...).
What do you think of this palette? Any others you would recommend?