Thursday, 19 October 2017

My All Time Favourite Eye Shadow Formulas & Palettes With Swatches

Oh, how I love a good eye shadow! I have had my fair share of testing and trialing different eye shadows and I thought that it was about time I share some of the best eye shadows I have tried so far. I have a mixture of single shadows and eye palettes for you all and a mixture of high end and drugstore so there should be something for everyone.
Shades (top to bottom) - 208,226
Starting with some single eye shadows that are such staples in my collection. The Kiko Wet and Dry Eye Shadows. I discovered these at the start of this year and even though I am slowly growing my collection, I wear them so often and I have so many shades on my wishlist. Even though I am a total matte girl when it comes to eye shadows, when I do want a shimmery shade, I want it to be intense and that is where these come in. These shadows are so metallic and reflective and that is exactly what I want when it comes to an all over the lid shade. You can use these wet or dry, I prefer them wet as they are just that little bit more reflective but their way, they have such a beautiful finish to them. I am pretty sure that they retail for about £6 each and they are so worth it. As you can see, I have two shades and I love that top shade also as a face highlighter as it is so reflective, so they are great multipurpose shades as well. Even down to the packaging, it is super sleek, compact and features a mirror.
Shades (top to bottom) - Come and Get it, Best Coast Scenario, Centrefold
I have spoken about these a lot recently, but I wanted to give them another mention. For the products I have already reviewed, I will be sure to leave the links below so I don't have to repeat myself. Anyways, of course I am talking about the Colourpop Pressed Eye Shadows. These are very new as I am pretty sure that they were only released this year but I know so many people that are as obsessed with them as myself. The price for a start is just incredible for the quality you get but like I said, the quality is something else. They are so creamy, pigmented and blendable, just everything you could ever want. I really can't say enough good things about these shadows and I recommend them to everyone. The shade range they offer is great also, and I find that a lot of the shades I last picked up, I reach for daily and get so much use out of. 
Shades (top to bottom) - Cocoa Bear, Early Bird, Creme Brulee, Shimma Shimma, Luna (foiled)
For the longest time, these shadows had been on my wishlist so when I finally got round to getting some, I was expecting nothing but the best and I was right. The Makeup Geek Eye Shadows have so much hype around them, and rightly so as they are probably some of the best quality shades you can get when you are on a budget. Maybe building a huge collection of Makeup Geek eye shadows, can come to quite the price, but building up the collection slowly and surely will make you realise that they are worth every penny. I have tried a lot of Makeup Geek shadow formulas and I definitely do have my favourites. The mattes definitely stand out to me as the best shadows from Makeup Geek just because I know just how hard they are to get right. I am so picky when it comes to matte shades as I know exactly what I want. Makeup Geek Matte shadows are pigmented but they blend like a dream and not to mention their shade range. I will also point out though, that one of my all time favouirte Makeup Geek eye shadow shades is Shimma Shimma which is a shimmery shade as the name suggests, but sadly that is the only shimmery shade I own from them, so I can't really speak behalf of the whole range but that one shimmery shade is freaking incredible.
Shade in photo - Luna
Carrying on with the Makeup Geek theme, a new discovery of theirs that I am totally hooked on is the Makeup Geek Foiled Eye Shadows. A bit like the shimmery shadows, I only own one currently, but I am definitely looking into getting some more. The one shade I do have in this formula though is breath taking. A bit like the Kiko shadows, it is super reflective and pigmented which is what I need, except I don't find myself having to wet my brush for this shade. One thing I will say about this formula though, is that they are very sensitive in the sense that if you were to drop this, like I did, then you will have a little bit more fallout because it is like a pressed glitter. Before I stupidly dropped this shade, I didn't get any fallout, but after dropping it, even though I didn't loose too much product, I do get a little fallout because I have obviously separated some of the powders especially on the top surface so I will just point that out.
Shades (top to bottom) - Gold Digger, Bad Behaviour, Sweet Life
Some more single shadows I had to mention are the Freedom Single Eye Shadows. These have their own review which I will link below, but they are just so good. The price of these are just complete madness for the quality you get, I am pretty sure a set of five shadows are like £5 or something, madness! Anyways, I wanted to mention these because I don't think that they are spoken about enough, they are fairly new but still, they are amazing. So far, I have tried two of heir different finishes, the foiled and the mattes, both of which, I really get along with. The mattes, are pigmented but maybe not as pigmented as the Colourpop or Makeup Geek ones but they blend really well and are great to work with. The foiled shades, again have pigment, are super reflective and metallic looking. Are they the best shadows ever? probably not, but they are not half bad. I love a lot of their shades and I find myself reaching for a lot of their colours daily. I also think that these are a great formula for beginners because they are super easy to work with, but that isn't to say that an expert can't use them because they would probably really enjoy them.
Moving onto the palette portion of this post, one I have been hooked on since I bought it is the MUA 15 Shade Eye Shadows in Fire Vixen. You have heard me go on and on about this palette, a lot like everything else in this post but it is a favourite. As soon as I had worn this, I was just obsessed, the colours were so beautiful and I think the whole scheme of this palette was really well put together. The colours are so unique and I love the use of unusual but still neutral combinations like the pinks and mauves paired with the grey and warm brown shades. This palette is a whole mixture of cool and warm tones, colourful and neutral tones and even matte to foiled finishes. I have never known such an affordable brand to release foiled shadows, especially in a palette but MUA have done it, and they did it well. As well as the mattes being super pigmented, creamy and easy to blend, the foiled shadows are so metallic and pigmented, it is unreal. I do find that they apply best with your finger as with a brush they tend to cause quite a bit of fall out but for the finish it gives, you need too try it. The photo of the swatches doesn't really do the foiled shades justice to be honest but trust me, they are intense, metallic and super reflective, plus I think the colours that are in a foiled finish were chosen really well since all of them, I would wear on the lid over the crease
A palette I have not been giving enough love recently, but one I still adore has got to be the Morphe 35O. I would consider this as more of an autumn/ winter palette so maybe that is why I have not been wearing it too much, but I needed to give it a little mention. I mainly love this palette for its value, you get 35 shades and the palette is around £25 which is a little mad considering the quality of the shades. For the colour scheme, of course, the 35O, the "O" stand for orange, which we all know I flipping love a long with a lot of other people. I love how Morphe have incorporated some really bright and unusual shades of orange and red in this palette as well as some cooler browns and even some dark greys to cater more to the people who love cooler tones. As a whole though, it is a very warm palette, very flattering on every skin tone and eye colour. For formula, there are inconsistencies in the mattes I have found particularly but as an overview, pretty good. The mattes are pigmented, they blend really well and they are not patchy, I do find some to be powdery at times but it isn't anything that I can't work with. This palette also features some foiled shades and some more just shimmery and satin shades. Like I said earlier, if I want a shimmery shade then I want it to be super intense and super metallic, so I don't really reach for more satin shades. Saying that, the foiled colours are beautiful, they do remind me a lot o the MUA ones, because they do work better with your finger, but these have a little bit more of a glitter-like finish I think. Either way, this is a beautiful palette, one I have loved dearly since I bought it and one I cannot wait to pull out again in the colder months.
I have not spoken about this palette in so long but that doesn't mean I don't love it. This is the Freedom Pro 12 Eye Shadow Palette in Secret Rose and it is so underrated. It is such a classic neutral palette with mattes and shimmers, both super pigmented and blendable. I love how this palette it more on the cool side because I feel like a lot of palettes, especially drugstore, don't release enough cool-toned palettes. This does feature some warmer shades, but for the most part it is very grey and mauve based, which I love. It is something different for me but it is so much fun to play with these shades. Each colour complements one another and you can create so many looks with these 12 shades. This palette is crazy affordable, I think it is like £4 and it is so amazing. I always recommend this palette to beginners because it is so easy to work with but even if you are great at eye shadow, you would still enjoy using this. As always, I love the mattes the most, they are pigmented, blendable and feel like butter but also the shimmers are super shimmer and pigmented, they are a little more powdery but I'm not mad because you get great pay off. I have been using this palette for years and I am so surprised that people still have never seen it. 
Considering this is probably the only main eye shadow palette I have that is high end, I am definitely tempted to invest in more considering this quality. It is no lie that I love the Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette. I got this about a year ago and it was probably my most used palette of 2016, saying that, I still use it now and I love it. The shades are so unique and I think the colour combination that have included are so original but still so wearable. I obviously love the peach shades, but I love the pops of green and purple. Once again, the mattes are everything! They are probably the best I have ever found in a palette, they blend so well and the are so pigmented, you need the smallest bit. As for the more shimmer shades, they are super beautiful, I find them to be very creamy and metallic looking on the eyes. Honestly, a few of the shades are a little funky to me so there are inconsistencies but as and all round palette, it is great. I use this in both winter and summer and I think it flatters both seasons in a different way. Saying that, I definitely use it more in summer as I love those warm browns and pink shades, but the purples and greens look so amazing in winter. Basically, I love this palette and as a first high end palette, it did not disappoint me and I am definitely tempted to try some more. 
What is your favorite eye shadow formula?
Grace xx

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Underrated Makeup I Love!

Nowadays with the way the beauty community is, we try what others love which makes perfect sense, there must be a reason why people love it so much but trying out a product that has not been spoken about much on social media to find out that it is incredible is such a strange situation. Since trying out plenty of makeup, especially on the high street, I have found a lot of products that are great but just not given all of the love and attention that they deserve so I have put them all in this post so that hopefully some of you think to try it out and you never know, you might love them too!
This is a new addition to my makeup bag but it has been one I have been wearing since I bought it. The Primark Primer Water has been spoken about a little but I'm surprised I don't see it everywhere. Primark is not somewhere you would expect there to be good cosmetics, I get that, and so I think  lot of people are skeptical about trying it out but this was not bad at all. This is the only Primark makeup item I have tried so I can't vouch for the whole line but this is amazing. Primer waters are so easy but the most well-known one is the Smashbox one, which is not cruelty free and not inexpensive which is what you want if you are paying for something near enough to regular tap water. Anyway, this was a great purchase fr me because it gave me a chance to see whether I would actually use and get along with a primer water, and I do, especially this one. I love using it to prep my face, give myself a little more hydration before foundation and sometimes I even double primer with this. It is just a great step in my makeup routine and I can't go without it now.

I cannot stop speaking about these, they must be one of the best releases all year from the drugstore and I am just obsessed to say the least. These are obviously the Freedom Single Pans which I don't think I can live without anymore since discovering them. I have done plenty of posts featuring them so I will link the review I did at the end of this post because I go in way more detail there. You can basically get these single pan sets and they are either highlighters or eye shadows. Both are amazing and I use both sets I got. I love the highlighters because all of the shades are flattering on my skin tone but I love how each highlighter is a different finish so you really have a range of effects you can get. For the eye shadows, I love them because you get a range of mattes and shimmer, sometimes an odd satin too and they are all super pigmented, blend well and the colours in each set all really complement each other. These honestly deserve way more hype as they are so affordable and they are not far off the quality of Makeup Geek or Colourpop shadows.
An oldie but a goodie that I still love is the Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit. It has been a while since I have spoken about this on my blog but that is not to say that I still don't use it. Back when I started getting into the whole full-face glam makeup this became super handy. I love how you get a matte highlight shade and a matte "contour" shade but I would say it is a more appropriate for bronzer. As you can probably tell by the photos, I have very badly hit pan on the matte highlight shade because I use to use it all of the time to set my under eyes and it worked like a dream. It would set my concealer, brighten up my under eyes and I would even sometimes use it the clean up my contour. For the bronzer shade, I am still surprised that I haven't hit pan on that. It works great as a bronzer but I use to use it all of time as an eye shadow. I think a lot of people forget about matte highlights to brighten up parts of their face but this kit is incredible. From the packaging being super compact and featuring a mirror to the actual powders being super pigmented, blendable and creamy this little kit deserves so much more hype.

I think a lot of people actually avoid the Natural Collection counter because they have this idea that their products are rubbish and bad because they are so affordable but actually the Natural Collection Blushes are amazing. They are super affordable but the quality and formula or the powder is great. Their blushes come in a sensible range of shades, all very wearable and the formula is pigmented, it's blendable and they look great on the skin. I use my blush from Natural Collection all of the time as it is just a super quick and easy way to add a flush to the cheeks. With it being so affordable, the packaging is not great but again, I don't hate it, it does the job.
Back to some more eye shadows, ones I love and don't see mention enough are the Kiko Wet and Dry Eye Shadows. Kiko as a brand has really impressed me so far, everything I have tried from them, I have loved and I definitely want to try more from them in the future but these eye shadows are just incredible. Not very often do I buy the same product in more than one shade so this just shows how good they are because I actually own two of them now and I am definitely looking into getting some more. I love these because they are the perfect metallic eye shadows for all over the lid and to highlighter the inner corner with. Sometimes, I also use the golden shade as a highlighter on my face because it is so pigmented and stunning on the skin. I love how you can use them both wet and dry, they come in a great range of shades and they are just incredible. They are about £8 each which is not too bad considering how much product you get, how great they are and how sleek the packaging is.

For brows, I tend to use what is popular since I am not the most knowledgeable when it comes to my brows but this powder is such a bargain and it is so good. You can probably guess but I am talking about the Freedom Duo Brow Powder. This is incredible, you get a light and dark shade in a little compact with a mirror. The powders are super pigmented, easy to work with and easy to blend which I think makes it great for both newbies and experts to brows. I am pretty sure that this is only a couple of pounds so definitely look into getting one of these, especially since there are so many shades to choose from.

For lips I am going to start with the Misslyn Lip Liners. This is a very new brand to me but you can get it from Beauty Bay so it is easy to get hold of I just think not enough people know this brand exist. I have only tried their lip liners but I really like them, they are a good in between of pigmented and creamy. They are not super creamy to the point where they bleed and they are not so dry that they tug at your lips, just that really good middle. Sadly, they don't offer that many shades but enough to choose from and the best part is that they are so affordable, a lot like most things in this post, but the definitely do deserve a bit more love. 
I have two glosses to mention but the first one is the Too Faced Sweat Peach Lip Oils. These just seemed to be released and then ignored, I don't know about you, but I didn't think that many people were too excited about this, saying that, I definitely was. Glosses are one of my favourite makeup products and this formula is incredible. Firstly, the scent is incredible but the formula is even better. The gloss is pigmented, but not too pigmented and the gloss is not sticky but it is creamy and wet looking. I definitely do need to get more shades in this but they are a little pricey but they are really good for a highend gloss.

For my other glosses, an old favourite, the Artdeco Hydro Lip Boosters. Once again, you can get these off Beauty Bay but I got these particular three shades in Germany. For a gloss though, these are the perfect for day to day, they are not super intense but they make your lips looking glossy, slightly wet while giving off a little colour and being super comfortable. These have to be an all time favourite and just a go to because they are so easy to use, apply and perfect for on the go. I can't recommend these enough and I feel like if people tried them, then they would know exactly what I mean.

Finally, a makeup brush brand that is so good but so undermined are the Seventeen Makeup Brushes. These brushes are insanely affordable and so good. They don't offer a lot of brushes but my two favourites are the eye brush and the cheeks brush, both super soft and well made. I find that they pick up and apply product really well, while washing easily. I have had mine for about two years and I use them almost every time I do my makeup and they have only just started shedding when I wash them so that is something to bare in mind but considering how cheap they are, definitely worth picking up.
Reviews of products mentioned:

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Makeup For Glasses Wearers

Whether you wear glasses or not this makeup look would be great for you but I just really liked the way this eye makeup looked with these fake glasses that I picked up from Primark a while back. Makeup has no rules so do what you like, I just thought that this would make a fun little blog post so I hope you like it.
I am going to leave all of the exact products I used down below but I am just going to talk through the application and order I did things in. Starting with my eyes already primed and set with some translucent setting power and going straight in with my first crease colour. I started with a matte, pale nude shade just to begin the colours in the crease with a super fluffy eye brush, I then gradually added in a slightly darker warmer brown just to start adding more dimension but I tried not to go too warm as I knew I was going to be using more cooler shades later on. Speaking of which, I then went in with another matte shade, on a more tapered, dense brush, but this was a dark grey shade which did appear lighter on the eye but it was quite simple to build up. Anyway, I focused this on the lower crease and outer part of the lid but then to blend it all together, I went back in with those first two matte shades just to make sure everything looked seamless. I repeated this step a few times until I got the opaqueness I wanted. For the inner half of the lid, I went in with a light gold shade just with my finger too get the maximum amount of pigment. I did focus this on my inner eyelid more as I felt that it really opened up my eyes more. Usually these colours I wouldn't pair together but I actually liked the way this eye look turned out so maybe I will wear it again sometime. 

Products I used:
Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Taupe
Collection Clear Lash Mascara
Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer
RCMA No Colour Powder
Morphe 35O
Seventeen Soft Kohl Eye Liner
Benefit They're Real
Mac Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Oh Honey!
Jeffree Start Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in I'm Nude

Thursday, 12 October 2017

My Go-To Outfit Currently - Comfy and Casual

I hope you are all doing well, this is just going to be a little quick OOTD. Do let me know in the comments if you would rather my outfit posts be super chatty or just short and sweet like this. I will also link what I can in case you are interested!

Top - Primark
Bag - Michael Kors

What is your current go-to outfit?
Grace xx

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Cruelty Free Makeup Brands I Love!

At the moment, I have really been loving writing about all things cruelty free. Even though I do still talk about none cruelty free things to keep things real, I have been enjoying showing you all the variety you have while remaining cruelty free.
For today's post, I wanted to talk about my favourite cruelty free brands, ones that you might nt have even known were cruelty free. Obviously I have not tried everything from each brand but from what I do own from them, I am impressed with and so I am just going to talk about the brands and mention a few products I love from each. Hopefully this post will just show all of you that a lot of brands are cruelty free and they do range from high end to drugstore, so there is something for everyone.

There is really no order to this list but starting with Collection Cosmetics, which is available from both Superdrug and Boots. Collection is a very affordable makeup brand with all of their products costing no more than £8 individually. As a brand, Collection is known for their well loved Lasting Perfection Concealer, which is a staple concealer for me and many others. There are a lot of products I have tried from Collection and a lot of them, I love and use often. Collection's base products are definitely my favourites like their Illuminating Touch Foundation and their Warm Apricot Primer along with the concealer of course. Saying that, a current favourite from Collection is their fairly new Lip Colour with SFP 15 in the shade Fudge Delight. I definitely want to try more from Collection like their eye shadows and powder face products. Along with all of the other brands, I will link reviews of products I have done from the brand so you can get some more ideas about the products.
A brand I find very hit and miss is Jeffree Star Cosmetics but I had to mention it. Jeffree Star Cosmetics, as a brand, has great morals and great products and that is why I buy from them, the person behind the brand is a whole other story but a brand that makes great products is a brand I am going to buy from. Anyways, I love JSC as a brand, and I have reviewed a lot from them so I will be sure to link them all down below. My favourites from JSC is definitely their lip products, we have all read my dilemmas with the limited edition skin frosts so I don't recommend them, but the Velour Liquid Lipsticks and the Lip Ammunitions are incredible. The lip product formulas are undeniable and there is an amazing shade range that is constantly expanding. The brand is not high end and it is not drugstore but the prices range from about £15 - £35 so not too bad I don't think. If you are also from the UK, you can get them from Beauty Bay, which I will leave direct links to at the end of this post.

I have not been trialing this brand for long at all but I already know that I love it, and I am obviously talking about Colourpop. Colourpop themselves make super affordable products but living in the UK, postage is a lot which is the only sad thing about this brand but if you are willing to pay the income fees then I would say go for it. As a brand, my favourites from them are definitely the pressed eye shadows, the ultra matte and satin lips and the lippie  sticks, all of which I use on the daily and adore. The shades are endless with Colourpop which I love because it shows that you don't have to spend a lot to create a funky look. There are so many things on my wishlist for Colourpop including their collaborations, face powder products and new concealer but again, the income fee is the issue. You can only get these from their own website but the product prices are all under $20 which I think is incredible considering the quality and shade range. 
When I thought of this post idea, this brand probably came to mind straight away and it is obviously Barry M. I adore this brand, mainly because their nail polishes are the best I have ever found. If you have read some of my old blog posts, you will know that I have quite the collection and I know that it is just going to keep on growing. As well as nail polishes, what I have tried from their makeup line, I have really enjoyed. For starter their contour kit is my favourite for when I am pale, their colour correcting primer is amazing, I loved their berry lip oil, which I still need to repurchase, and I really love the formula of their lip liners. I am definitely intrigued to try more of their products, like their glitters, base products and lip glosses. From what I have tried, I definitely have my expectations but I am sure they wont disappoint. With this brand also being from the drugstore it is super affordable but still great quality.

A brand I have not tried enough of is Anastasia Beverly Hills, but I still wanted to mention it. This brand is so popular among people, and even though it is more high end, the quality is amazing. I have tried two things from ABH, the dip brow pomade and the powder contour kit, both of which I love and use daily. Even though I have probably not tried enough to mention ABH in this post, I just wanted to because there is still so much on my wishlist. I am so interested to try their eye shadow palettes, highlighters and lip products which I definitely want to get my hands on in the near future.
The final brand I am going to mention in this post is NYX, a brand that I am still yet to try a lot from but what I have tried, is amazing. NYX is fairly new to the UK as a easy access brand but I remember the first things I tried from NYX, I actually got in Germany two years ago. My favourites from NYX have to be their butter gloss, they are such a staple in my collection. Saying that I also love their single shadows, matte bronzers and jumbo eye pencils. From what I have tried by NYX, I am impressed but there is still so much for me to try from them, like their brow pencils, blushes and liquid lipsticks. I am so interested to find out what more I could discover from this brand so hopefully I will get to try more of their things in the future.

Products I love from each brand (and any reviews I have done):
Lasting Perfection Concealer
Warm Apricot Primer
Volumax Mascara -
Lip Colour Spf 15 -
Illuminating Touch Foundation -
Colour Correcting Concealer -

Jeffree Star Cosmetics

Velour Liquid Lipsticks
Lip Ammunitions
Manny MUA Collaboration -
Summer Chrome Collection -


Lippie Sticks
Ultra Satin Lips
Ultra Matte Lips
Pressed Eye Shadows
All reviewed here -

Barry M

Nail Polishes
Colour Correcting Green Primer
Powder Contour Kit
Lip Liners

Anastasia Beverly Hills

Dip Brow Pomade
Powder Contour Kit


Matte Bronzer
Jumbo Eye Pencil
Single Eye Shadows
Butter Glosses -
Do you want to see a part two of this?
Grace xx

Sunday, 8 October 2017

How I Style Joggers - Chill OOTD

Fashion something I want to talk about more of on my blog but I find it so difficult to take the photos myself, but I am trying a few things out so let me know if you don't mind this style of photo. My room is a little awkward to take full length fashion photos in, just because my room is pretty small, but I am trying so do let me know if these photos are okay. Anyways, I have recently found myself getting so bored of what I wear and I am just a little tired of wearing jeans to be honest so I thought I would try and mix it up a little. Since I am not really use to this kind of post, (I am more of a just ramble about your favourite foundation kind of blogger) then do feel free to let me know what I can do better next time because I really want to document more fashion things on my blog as I love it just as much as beauty and it is also a great passion of mine, just one that I have ignored a little on this little side of the internet. To the point though, this post is just a little OOTD of something a little different from jeans but it is still that causal/ relax, day-to-day kind of outfit. 
I have had these super cool, almost tracksuit style bottoms in my collection fr a few months now and I think I have finally found a cute way of styling them. These joggers are super cool because they can be dressed down, like what I am showing today, but I also think that with some heels and a bralette, then they could look really cool. The joggers are from Missguided (everything linked below) and I got them in a black. Not going to lie, the red ones are calling my name currently, but I thought that the black ones would be a good introduction for me plus, they will be easier to style as that is what I was worried about. One of my favourite things about these joggers is the white detailing, I love the white drawstring and especially the white stripes down each side. I feel as though they give them a more casual and almost sporty vibe which is something super different. The fit of these is super lovely as they are high waisted and they just drop. They don't go in at the bottom, they are just tapered, which took some getting use to, but they look great. I also think what makes me love these so much is the fact that they are so super comfy. They do have some stretch to them but because they don't cling and suck you in like jeans, they just feel great and breathable.
After some trial and errors, I ended up pairing this with a bodysuit from Pretty Little Thing. I paired it with this because it sort of followed that sporty vibe with it being a racer back vest with white edging to match the striped on the joggers. This bodysuit does come in a few colours and I think all would go with this but I think the grey looks particularly good because it still maintains the neutral colours and once you see the jacket I pair it with, I think the colour just matches the whole simplicity of the look. This bodysuit is super lovely, I find that it hugs my figure really well and I think it is quite flattering on. I also think that with the joggers being high-waisted and the bodysuit obviously making it looked tucked-in really elongates your legs and makes you a little taller which never hurts.
Just to finish off the outfit, I am just wearing some plain white trainers from Adidas which I love and once again, they match the sporty/ white theme we have going on. Since the bodysuit is a vest, I figured that I would need a jacket since it is starting to get colder outside and so my pick was a camouflage jacket by Topshop. It is a super oversized fit and it is fairly long but I think the colour and print goes well with this outfit because it is very basic and so the green camouflage just adds something different and a bit of colour.
What do you think of this style of post?
Grace xx

Thursday, 5 October 2017

The Three Different Ways I Fill in My Brows & What I Use To Carve Them Out With!

For a long time, after getting into makeup, I neglected doing anything to my brows but about a year ago now I discovered that brows make a huge difference to your makeup. I find that my brows really frame my face and they even do little things like help me line my eye shadow up probably. Over the past year, I have found three different ways I fill in my brows, all of which give a different effect which I am going to get into but I just wanted to share this with you today as I know I mention them in my makeup looks but I wanted to explain it a little more so I hope you like it. As well as sharing the ways I fill in my brows, I am going to talk about some of my favourite products to carve out my brows with as well since that is another step I can't seem to skip.
I am going to start with my most dramatic way of filling in my brows which is with a pomade. Obviously, with this giving a dramatic finish, I don't use it day to day, but on a day that I am going to do an intense eye or I just want something really flawless, I use this. When I know I am going to be using a pomade for my brows, I will actually do it before anything else because I am quite messy with it and so I carve them out quite heavily and I find that more effective to do before my face and eye makeup.
The pomade I use is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Taupe. For the colour, it is a perfect match, it is a little cool but it matches the roots of my hairs pretty well and that is what I tend to aim for when picking my brow product colour. 
I use the pomade with an angled small brush, my favourite being the Morphe M158 which also has a spoolie on the other end which I love. When starting to fill in my brows, I take a little bit of the pomade, just on the tip of my brush so that I don't go too heavy straight away and I just underline the bottom part of my brows. Weirdly, I do the tail first as that is where I like the most product to be and then as I get close to the front, there is less product on my brush as I only have to dip in once to underline my brows. After that, I will just take that spoolie on the other end of the brush but you can buy them seperately so don't worry about that, and then I will just brush the product up a little bit just to begin to blend the product out a little bit. My next focus will then just be on the tail of the brow which, like I said before, is where I like it to be the most intense. Taking more product on my brush, I will just outline the top of the tail and just fill it in with little strokes and blending it a little with the spoolie again. Without taking anymore product, I will start to run whatever is left on my brush just throughout the start of my brow. Whenever I make a mistake, I just blend it out with the spoolie and then I am able to clean it all up straight after.
With a pomade, now that I have learned, it is super easy for me to use and control. I can really manipulate where the product goes and how it looks with the brush and the product itself. A pomade personally, lasts the longest on me because it is like a gel, it almost sets on its own while powders and stuff need to be set with a gel. Like I said, I do only use this on intense makeup days, but you could just use less product for a more natural look, if you only wanted one product. Even though I like certain products for different intensities, any of these products can reach any part of that scale so don't feel like you need all of these, I just use each product for a particular effect.
Next up is my most quick and easy way of doing my brows and this is with a pencil. I only use this when I am in a rush or I am doing a sort of "no makeup" makeup look. This is the quickest way for me to do my brows which makes sense since it does give the most natural finish. If I was to wear makeup to school, this is what I would probably use and just anytime that I just want a little something on my brows that's super quick and natural.
The pencil is just the Elf Brow Pencil and mine is in the shade Taupe. I find that this is a really good shade for my brows as it is the ashy brown colour that is not too dark or too light. I also love that it features a spoolie on the other side because I just like to have one near by whenever I do my brows in case I go over board and need to do some blending. The packaging of this is great as well as it is a retractable pencil and sometimes I feel like I use a lot of product so being able to just twist up more product is great.
When I am using this, just use it quite messily. I directly apply it onto my brows, starting with the front of my brow and just using short strokes. Then, I start to run it through the tail of my brow a little more heavy handed just making sure I get quite a crisp line. Once again, I just use those strokes throughout the whole of my brow until I am happy with the look. Sometimes I find myself using a lot of product, giving quite a dark brow, and other times I just very lightly use it for a lighter look but either way, it is pretty natural.
This is probably the product I use the least just because if I do wear makeup then it is all or nothing so I like quite bold brows, saying that, I just like having this for a just in case situation. I like having something that I know I can just use super quickly and just throw in my bag, it is also a lot more travel convenient because you don't need a brush to pair it with.
The final way I fill in my brows is the perfect in between for the two I have already mentioned and that is with a powder. I like to use a powder when I am wearing a fair amount of makeup but I want to do my base first or I just can't be bothered using a pomade. Sometimes I find a pomade to be quite time consuming and just difficult to use, while I also prefer doing it before my base and eyes but with a powder, it is a little quicker and I like it with my base already done.
When using a powder, I can work with eye shadow but I do prefer my Freedom Duo Brow Powder in Soft Brown. This is great because it comes with two shades, the light one, I don't use as much as the darker one but I still play around with both. This is a really good colour for me, it is a little dark but with it being a powder you can build it or blend it for any sort of colour pay off. I find that this shade has such a great neutral undertone, even though my brows are quite cool in terms of it's undertone this just works really well with it.
Once again, I like to use this with the Morphe M158 as I just find angled brushes the best for filling in my eyebrows. I usually start off with the tail of my brow for a powder just so I can create a gradient as I get closer to the start of my brow. For the end of my brow, I just use the dark shade out of the duo and just using short strokes again with the brush and just filling in the sparse parts of my brows. I tend to do a lot of switching between actually applying the powder and blending the powder with the spoolie on the other side of the brush and just building that up until I am happy. As I get towards the front of my brows though, I like to start mixing in the lighter shade just to create a little gradient and once again, just switching between the brush and spoolie until I am happy with the way they are looking.
I love powder for my brows because it is so super easy to apply and even when it gets messy, it is super easy to just clean it up and start again. I love that you can build it up from something super light to something super bold, I feel like this product has the most range for intensities, at least it is for me. Just as long as I set it, which I will get into soon, I find that it lasts amazingly too. I definitely recommend powders the most to people just because they are great for beginners and experts, they are super easy to use and you can get some really great ones for a super affordable price like this Freedom one
Just some extra steps I take in my brow routine is what I am going to talk about next, starting with brow gel. Setting my brows is something I forget but it is so important when wanting my makeup to last all day. Depending on which of the three ways I fill my brows in will likely determine whether I set my brows or not. 9/10 of the times I set my brows no matter what I have used to fill them in with, but if I didn't wear gel it would be probably because I am wearing a pomade and that sets itself so even though setting that is not essential, I try and do it anyway. That was quite a complicated explanation, but anyway, I use the Collection Colour Lash Clear Gel to set my brows. I do prefer a clear gel over a tinted one just because I find that after I have filled my brows in, I just don't need anymore colour so a clear one just does the job.
I know not everyone carves out their brows and to be honest, I never use to, but recently I just find myself unable to skip the step. Without going into too much detail, I use concealer and a flat eye shadow brush from The Body Shop. There are some more concealers that are a little more heavy duty but overall, I just use whatever is nearest to me. For concealer though my three favourites are the Rimmel Lasting Finish, Hard Candy Glamoflauge and the Freedom Pro HD Longwear
Do let me know your favourite brow product in the comments!
Grace xx

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Jaclyn Hill X Morphe Palette - Initial Thoughts

This has got to be possibly the most anticipated release of 2017 and ever since I laid my eyes on this palette, I knew I needed. I am obviously talking about the Jaclyn Hill X Morphe Eye Shadow Palette collaboration. Ever since Jaclyn announced that she was releasing a collaboration, I knew I wanted to give it ago mainly because I trust Jaclyn so much when it comes to makeup. She wouldn't release anything unless it was perfection and I think, in that sense, she is so genuine and true to herself. When I saw this palette, I just needed it, there was no doubt about that and after finding out early to the first release date that Beauty Bay were not going to be stocking it, my heart was broken for all of the UK makeup lovers, like myself. After a little bit after the release though Beauty Bay announced that they were going to be stocking it, and I was so ready. The palette was release last Thursday (28th) for all of us in the UK, and to say the least, it was a battle but since I was in school, very kindly my mum picked this up for me. I do just want to point out just how lucky I am to have gotten my hands on it this but I have heard that there is going to be another restock on Beauty Bay, so I will leave what I can at the end of this post.
To the point of this post, I received the palette on Saturday (30th) and I am writing this on the Sunday, so I have not had anywhere near enough time to have some final thoughts on this palette but I wanted to get this post up as soon as possible just to see whether it is actually worth the hype it has been given so I have decided to just share with you my initial thoughts of the palette since receiving it. If you do want to see my final thoughts though or full swatches of every shade, then do let me know and I will do that but for the time being, I thought that it would be good to see my initial impressions of this palette.
First off, I will talk a little about the packaging. This palette does come with a sleeve, designed almost exactly like the palette cover itself, but on the back it has these gorgeous pictures of Jaclyn and then a little bit of back story to the palette. For the palette itself, it is matte white with metallic silver writing which I think is so Jaclyn's style and it is so classy and sophisticated, especially since it is a Morphe Palette. One thing I don't like about the packaging is the fact that it is a matte white base just because it is just going to get so dirty so easily but then again, it is not difficult to remove but it is just something to bare in mind. The packaging is very different to a regular Morphe 35 shade palette as we have already established but it also has a magnetic close on it instead of a clicking one like the other Morphe palettes. To be honest, I prefer the clicking close just because I think it is more secure, but saying that, the magnet on this palette is super secure and I can't imagine it just opening on its own.
In terms of sizing, it is a very similar size to a normal 35 shade Morphe palette which is what you expect but it is thinner. I think this is just mainly because this palette is in cardboard while the other Morphe palettes are made out of plastic, so you could argue that this is more travel friendly and compact. To be honest though, unless I was travelling for more than a week, I would not take this palette with me just because it is so big in terms of a general palette but I do like the amount of shades you get so I think it would just depend on where you were travelling to and what your makeup would be like while you are there.
I am just going to go into the inside of the palette now and talk about shades and price. This palette does retail for £37 which, straight off is not too bad when you think about what you are getting. You are getting 35 shadows which makes each individual pan just over £1 each which is not bad at all when you compare to the likes of Makeup Geek or even Colourpop. I know £37 might seem a lot for a palette but if you like the shades in this, then I think it is worth investing in. It is more than a normal 35 shade Morphe palette but I would just bring that down to the fact that Jaclyn created this and that it is collaboration with someone as well respected as Jaclyn. What I did find really interesting about this palette though was the fact that each eye shadow has been pressed differently, which does just show the amount of though and precision that has been put into creating these. It is very rare to have each shade in a palette being pressed differently, especially for this price, but somehow they did this. From someone who has never created eye shadow, this might seem extreme but we do have to remember that every eye shadow formula is different whether it is the colour, finish or blendability each one will need something a little different in order for it to work perfectly, so this gave me even bigger hopes for that palette. Overall, I think the price is super fair and reasonable, feel free to disagree but being someone with a mixture or high end and drugstore palettes, this is the perfect in between and I think if you were to love and adore these shadows, then no money would have gone to waste.
About the inside of the of the palette, I know a lot were disappoint about the fact that there was no mirror, but for me that doesn't really bother me. With adding a good quality mirror, it would have increased the price and with it being such a big palette, I just don't think that it was needed. I am quite happy with it not having a mirror just because I would prefer one of my smaller face compacts to have a mirror instead.
For the shade range, I think she nailed the selection apart from one shade I will go into in a minute. I think the range of mattes and shimmers, is great, I love how there is also a pressed glitter and a duo chrome just to add into the mix and I think that the range of warm, cool, colourful and dark shades was done perfectly. There is something for everyone in this palette and I think that majority of these shades would flatter every kind of eye colour. Like I said before, there is one shade that I wish she had included and that is a matte bone shade just because I can't wear eye shadow without a shade like that just to set my base and to create a blank canvas but I can just use a pressed powder for that so it is not something I can't fix but it is something I would have liked to see in this palette.
I am still yet to play with this on my actual eyes but I am just going to talk about initial swatches and what I think straight off the bat. Going in with your finger onto the powder, they feel smooth, not too creamy that there is loads of kick back but not so dry that nothing comes off. The mattes in particular are just smooth but as you can see, plenty of pigment. The darker matte did come off a little patchy but I don't know whether that was just me swatching it wrong but we will find out on the eyes. For the shimmers, they are so super metallic and pigmented. They feel creamier than the mattes which is expected and they are just so super beautiful.
To say the least, I am so super excited to play with this on my eyes but initials thoughts is that I think I am going to love it. The mattes seem ideal for me and the shimmers are just super intense so I think I am in love. Saying that, let's not speak too soon as I am still yet to play with it on my eyes but you will find out once I have.
What do you think of the look of this palette?
Grace xx

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