Friday, 6 February 2015

THE PERFECT NEUTRAL | Bobbi Brown Sparkle Shadow & Longwear Shadow Stick

Friday, 6 February 2015

I have not really tried much from Bobbi Brown before, i have no idea why but after watching Gabby Lindley's channel for sometime and idolising this particular shade of eye shadow, i ran out and purchased it as soon as i knew what it was. Bobbi Brown's Sparkle Eyeshadow in Cement is stunning, the colour is so unique; my dream neutral shade. 

The consistency of this eyeshadow is so lovely; such a buttery and creamy formula despite the reflex glitters running through it. These eye shadows are really build-able and look beautiful either with a simple wash of colour or as part of a smokey eye. They have great longevity, i really wanted to test out the lasting power of these products so i used the Bobbi Brown Longwear Shadow Stick a my primer and i have to say, i'm impressed. The Shadow Stick and Sparkle Shadow did not budge all day.  

As for the Longwear Shadow Stick in Sunlight Gold; this is the smoothest and most luxurious feeling cream shadow i have ever laid my eyes on. They do set quite quickly so you don't have a lot of time to play with the placement off them once they have touched the skin, however this is too be expected with long wear products. This colour is a stunning base for any neutral eye, it gives any neutral the perfect touch of glamour; although i also think this would be stunning in the inner corner of the eye to really brighten the eyes and lift the face. 

The Bobbi Brown Sparkle Shadow & Longwear Shadow Sticks can be found here... 

My Story With Depression

In 2011 I had so many great experiences, I graduated from college, I passed my theory and driving test, I got my first car, and I got a new job. However, all these positive memories where pushed aside due to all the negativity and sadness surrounding me and at that time.

You see I have always viewed myself as a positive upbeat person. I was always happy, had a thirst for new experiences, and was surrounded by great friends. However 2011 felt different. I would wake up in the mornings and want to stay in bed all day by myself and wallow in my sadness. The strange thing is I had no idea why I felt so down. It was like a switch flipped from a sunny day to a huge cloud of darkness and gloom. I was at college full time and worked part time at Superdrug; I loved college and I really enjoyed my job, it was like a little family. My friendship group was stronger than ever, I was getting good grades and had been spending a lot of time with my family. I was so confused as to why I felt like this when I did not have anything contributing to my sadness. 

I left college on June 2011 after battling through several months of dragging myself out of bed in the mornings and faking smiles to avoid the prying questions from friends and tutors. I decided to take a year out between college and university due to personal reasons; I wanted to find myself and start living for me. This was possibly the worst mistake I could of made. When September rolled around and I was watching all my friends move away and start university I felt nothing but envy and emptiness. I became bitter. I lost contact with my closest friends as they embarked on a new chapter of there lives and I felt even more depressed than ever. 

Months went by where I went to work, came home and sat in my room alone all night watching rubbish tv and having early nights. I didn't want to eat, i didn't want to go anywhere or see anyone and any sort of social situation made my heart race at 100 miles per hour. This was so unlike me, I didn't recognise myself. Why didn't I want to spend my Sunday's shopping with my mum and sister, and Wednesday nights at the cinemas with my friends anymore? 

My mind began playing tricks on me and I would think thoughts that no human should ever have to feel. I hated myself. At my lowest point I broke down crying rocking back and forwards in a corner of a room for no reason at all, I just could not help it. I decided I needed to do something's about this as my life could not continue like this forever. Is this how it was meant to be for me? I could not of done this without the support of my mum, she is literally my rock. 

After several tough months I began too see a small light at the end of the tunnel. In 2012 I bit the bullet and applied to study Children's Nursing at university; this is the best thing I could of ever done for myself. I found my purpose. I had something to look forward to and work towards. I would go out purposely to spend hours in WhSmiths and Paperchase searching for cute stationary and books for my degree, without realising I was outside in a social situation without panicking. It was like therapy. September 2013 university rolled around and I felt the most positive I had ever felt. I had started living again. My life was back on track, I was making new friends, I had something to get out of bed for in the mornings and I felt valued.

It's been two years since this dark time in my life. I'm not ashamed or embarrassed because it made me the person I am today. I have a great family, fab friends and an amazingly supportive boyfriend. I am back to my bubbly and somewhat hyperactive selfie; as per driving my family and friends up the wall. I am finally in a place of acceptance and understand this was my journey through depression and anxiety, I'm on the other side of it now and I never want to go back. 

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

REVIEW & SWATCHES: Naked 3 Palette

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Hello lovely's. Today i wanted to share my opinion on the much talked about Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. I think everyone and their mothers have heard about the very successful Naked Line from Urban Decay, so much in fact that many other major makeup brands are attempting to recreate this wonderful palette. However, Naked 3 is quite different to many of the other brands because of its beautiful pinky/rose tones; so its nice to see UD expanding to meet everybody's criteria.  

The packaging of the Naked 3 Palette is very similar to that of the Naked 2 Palette, a sturdy metal case that snaps shut and is very easy to clean and keep all pretty on your vanity. That's the one thing that gets me about the Naked Line; Why is the Naked 1 Palette packaging awful?

Strange: A very light matte pink shade with slight beige undetones
Dust: Very shimmery peachy pink with silver reflex glitters
Burnout: Satin brown/pink shade
Limit: Matte brown shade with very pink undertones

Buzz: Satin Rose with brown undertones, very tiny microglitters
Trick: Copper pink with silver microglitters
Nooner: Matte taupe
Liar: Satin pinky mauve

Factory: Satin brown with very warm undertones
Mugshot: Gold taupe with a satin finish
Darkside: Satin taupe with plum undertones
Blackheart: Matte coal black with copper/pink glitters

Overall i love this palette. I love how versatile it is from very neutrals to a smokey eye and it is something different from the typical everyday brown shades. All the shadows in the palette swatch beautifully with the exception of dust due to its high glitter content but i found with a spray of Mac's Fix+ it leaves a lot less fall out. My favourite shades in this palette are Buzz, Trick and Limit. 

I hesitated purchasing this palette for a while as i was unsure weather i wold be able to pull off such pink toned shadows without looking like i had been balling my eyes out to an episode of hollyoaks. But i actually found it to be very flattering and a nice change to the staple brown shades i reach for on a daily basis. 

Naked 3 is available in all major department stores, i got mine at here (£38) 

Do you love pinky neutrals? Will you be trying this palette out? Let me know. 


Friday, 14 November 2014

Would You Rather? Beauty Edition!

Friday, 14 November 2014
I am suffering with a severe form of writers block right now. I have so many planned posts to write but every time i sit down at my computer, every word disappears out of my head. Hopefully a fun and light hearted beauty blogger tag will relieve some of the stress and get me back into my flow. 

1. Would you rather loose all of your mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks and lip glosses or loose all of your palettes and eye shadows?

100% I would rather loose all of my palettes and eye shadows. Only reason being without mascara i resemble somewhat of a bald eagle, and who wants to look like a bald eagle on a daily basis?

2. Would you rather chop all of your hair off or never be able to cut it again?

I would never chop my hair again. I am such a baby when it comes to my hair, i get really anxious when i get it trimmed even though my sister in law is a hairdresser and is more than capable. My hair is like my little comfort blanket, it would be staying. 

3. Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?

I think i would rather have a pink cheek. I tend to stick to darker pink blushes on a daily basis and slightly shimmery pinks when im feeling a little more glam bam. I never tend to reach for a coral. 

4. If you have £1000 to spend would your rather spend it on clothes or makeup?

MAKEUP! £1000 is alot of money to spend on makeup so i would be indulging in my guilty pleasures i cannot justify buying. Hello chanel!

5. Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner or eyeliner as lipstick?

Hmmm, that is a tough one. I think it would have to be eye liner as lipstick because a glossy or creamy lipstick would not be comfortable to wear on the eyes. I dont even want to picture that haha!

6. Would you rather only shop at mac or sephora?

We dont have sephora in the UK, sadly! So i would say mac. But sephora, if your reading this, i would really appreciate a store in the uk to spend my hard earned money on ;)

7. Would you rather use only one eye shadow colour or one lipstick colour for the rest of your life? 

That is tricky. But i think i would have to say wear the same eye shadow for the rest of my life, purely because i love rocking a red lip in the winter and bright pinks and corals in summer. I am a huge fan of a statement lip. 

8. Would you rather wear summer clothes in winter or winter clothes in summer?

Winter clothes in summer. I am not a good person to be around when i am cold. My boyfriend always laughs at me because i constantly complain about being cold regardless of how warm it is. In my defence, i do live in england. 

9. Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year round?

I sat and thought about this question for far too long. I love dark nails in the winter, i always feel they give you that sexy vampy feel. But bright nail polish in the spring and summer makes me so happy and there are sooo many colours to choose from. I am going to go for bright but i do really love dark nail polish. 

10. Would you rather give up your favourite lip product or favourite eye product?

I would give up my favourite lip product because i love my mascara and eye liners. I do not feel complete if i haven't got lashing of mascara gracing my lashes. 

11. Would you rather be only to wear your hair in a ponytail or a messy bun?

I would prefer to wear my hair in a messy bun. Just because you can tweak it a little more and play around with cool styles. Being a student nurse i spend the majority of my life wearing my hair in a bun so i have became very used to it. 

12. Would you rather never be able to paint your nails again or never wear lip gloss?

I would rather never wear lip gloss. I hardly wear lip gloss as i find it fiddly and annoying. Plus I am a huge nail art addict.

13. Would you rather shave your eyebrows off and have none at all or have to sharpie them in everyday?

I think i would rather sharpie them in everyday. I could rock a scouse brow like i intended to make them look like that. 

14. Would you rather live without nail polish or makeup?

Is that even a question. MAKEUP. False nails dont count as nail polish right?


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

MAC Objects of Affection: Mini Pigment Sets

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

For those of you have been reading my blog for a while now will know i have a huge love for my mac palettes; they are very much my babies... so how have i been a lover dover of mac for so long and not yet tried their pigments? After my 1am finish from my A&E placement, i found myself wide awake and scrolling through the interwebs only to come across the Mac Holiday 2014 Collections. I am 100% one of those people who has far too much makeup that it would be impossible to use it all; so when mac release the mini holiday collections i feel slightly less guilty as there is a considerable amount of product instead of enough pigment to share with the whole blogger world. 

The MAC Objects of Affecton Pigment Set is available in four limited edition colour collections for £26 each. The pigments in these sets contain 0.09 oz of pigment and 0.14 oz in the glitter vial, which is a nice amount of product and with normal pigments priced at £17, how could i not?

I have found the vials to be kind of fiddly to use as they tend to be a little messy compared to the larger sizes as they are easier to dip my brush in and keep upright when in use. However, the pigments in these holiday collections are super pigmented, lusts of shimmer and sparkle, very long lasting and super easy to blend. 

I got the Gold/Beige Collection & the Rose Gold Collection. I fell instantly in love with these as soon as they landed on my doorstep. The colours all work so well together and would be perfect for the holiday seasons, but could also be used for a subtle hint of glamour during the daytime. These two sets have very warm undertones so if you like warmer eye shades i would 100% recommend this. It contains some gorgeous shades of gold, brown and taupe as well as a beautiful everyday champagne colour. I found the glitters very hard to swatch as they need a cream base in order to adhere nicely to the skin. 

My favourite shade in the Gold/Beige collection is Lithe, It is such a stunning reflex nude shade.Lithe blends so beautifully into the lids and feels so silky to apply. Deep brown is another staple shade in the collection for me. It is the only matte shade in both of the sets  purchased. It is a very finely milled pigment that applies easily to the lids and instantly smokes out any of the pigments and gives a dramatic feel. 

These collections live in a plastic glitter sparkly box with a vintage esq cameo on top. The case feels very good quality and really gives the pigments that holiday feel, it would make a perfect gift. I will be keeping this pot to store in my bits and bobs once i am done with my pigments. 

Overall, i was super pleased with the MAC Objects of Affection Pigment Sets. They will make perfect gifts for the girly girl in your life over the holidays and regardless of weather you like a subtle touch of glamour or a dramatic smokey eye, these will work for you.


Sunday, 7 September 2014

It's Like Heroine

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Anyone who know's me will be very aware of my lipstick love. During the autumn/winter months statement lipsticks are a staple in my makeup bag, i love how they completely change a makeup look and i feel i look instantly more polished and put together when my lips have been splashed with colour. 

Iv'e had my eyes on Mac Heroine lipstick for a couple of months now and a few days back, i finally bit the bullet and purchased. How have i lived without this lipstick in my collection? 
It is a matte formula so bang on trend for autumn/winter, has great longevity and looks absolutely stunning on the lips. I have found i need to prep my lips well before i wear this otherwise it can make the lips appear dry, so i have been accompanied with Lush Lip Scrub and My Balmi latley. 

I put off buying this lipstick for a while because although i love the purple lip trend, i was worried this would be a little too purple to wear on an everyday basis. I was wrong. Very wrong. My skin is a little paler at the minute and i love how there is such a contrast between my skin & lipstick shade. 

 -Great longevity
-Amazing Pigmentation
-Looks great with any skin tone
-Defiantly a unique statement shade
-Fades to an even shade 

-Can be quite drying
-Lips require quite a bit of prep prior to application
-It can smudge quite easily if applied heavily

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Instagram Diary

Thursday, 4 September 2014
I have had such a lovely summer this year. Although, i have not been away this summer i have spent alot of time catching up with old friends, time with the boyfriend, family time and i discovered a love for blogging. I am just preparing myself for the mayhem that is the return to uni come Monday (although, secretly i am really excited to get back to it).
- So i have spent a ridiculous amount of hours hitting the shops this summer, it has became a little out of hand. Endless days in town, and uncountable visits to the Trafford Centre with my best friend. It also came to my attention i am some what off an enabler. Toni has now became a Mac addict and she 100% blames me for it. Sorry chicken!

- I spent hours looking through our old family photos with my mum a couple of nights ago. I spent the night umm'ing and ahh'ing over some cringeworthy shots and it got me thinking about how much can change in such a small space of time. I had a fantastic childhood and i really enjoyed reminiscing all the memories with the special lady who helped me to create them. Can we just take a moment to appreciate the sleeping in Men In Black shades?

- I have really enjoyed spending this time off with my little sister. We have become alot closer (if that is possible) over the summer and it is really nice to watch her blossom into a young lady. Although, it does make me feel really old. This snap was taken on the train into town, yet another sister bonding session at the cash register. 

- I have always been a bit of a lover for Starbucks and i did miss my morning coffee run on the way into lectures in the morning. So, in order to help my homesickness a Starbucks date was on the cards. I tucked into a triple cheese toasted sandwich and a caramel creme and felt no guilt at all. It was too delicious. 

- It really breaks my heart hearing young girls and boys so worried about their weight. I have witnessed children as young as seven & eight claim they are on diets and worrying people will think they are 'fat'. It is not just children & teenagers, even us adults are constantly obsessed about weight and the number on the scales. I have seen first hand how this affects families and it truly is heartbreaking. I saw this picture on instagram and i just had to repost. 

- I have been pondering over two lipsticks from Mac for a while now. Heroine & Velvet Teddy. After alot of staring at swatches on instagram and reviews on blog's i caved and made a trip to Mac to purchase. Unfortunately, due to high demand Velvet Teddy is sold out everywhere but i did manage to finally get my hands on Heroine. It is the perfect statement purple look and it will most defiantly be gracing my lips throughout the approaching colder months.

- Over my past few weeks off i have been spending alot of cuddly time with my puppy, Ozzy. He is almost two now and cuter than ever. He has just learnt how to give his paw for a treat and he is in process of roll over. We have been on endless walks and had none stop playtime. 

- Unfortunately i have spent some time in the hospital this summer with a very poorly family member. He is three years of age and currently undergoing a very long, gruelling and painful treatment process. He is my warrior and so brave. His little smile can melt my heart. You can check it out more here (link)

- I have been in a bit of a style dilemma recently. My fashion style seems to be changing and i am discovering so many new trends and styles i am enjoying trying out. I purchased this bowler hat from Primark and i have not stopped wearing it. I love how when paired with a dark lip and a subtle smokey eye it gives the perfect grunge look to any outfit. 

What have you guy's gotten up to over the past few weeks? Let me know!


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