Long time no see! Unfortunately, as I am now on a full-time placement, I’m going to find it hard to blog a lot but today I had something I had to write about. I have been a fan of @Sophdoesnails on youtube for a good few years and was pretty excited when she announced she was releasing makeup items with MakeupRevolution and despite my attempts at saving money (I mean I already have 7 other Makeup Revolution palettes, I didn’t need it, right?), I ended up giving into temptation and buying it. At the reasonable price of £10 and easily accessible in larger Superdrug stores, I don’t feel Soph or the Revolution team has played on the collab too much by making it inaccessible and pricey unlike other recent collab attempts *ahem* Maybelline X Gigi Hadid.
What I like most about the palette is that it is true to Soph’s channel, a lot of other YouTubers who bring out merch tend to bring out generic t-shirts (no offence to anybody who enjoys that!) but knowing her love for eyeshadows and particularly highlighter, it made sense for these to be the products she chose. I admittedly didn’t choose to buy the highlighter palette as I found it so similar to my Sleek Solstice palette I didn’t need it. The palette itself oozes value with 24 shades, a huge mirror and the aesthetically pleasing embossed rose gold logo.
Onto the palette, I love the mix of colours, both matte and shimmer, in the palette. For £10 I feel you get the ability to create so many different looks rather than them all being different shades of brown. Obviously, some colours are more wearable everyday colours (my faves including Cuppa Tea, Peaches and Pumpkin) whilst others are more outlandish such as Mixed Berries and Petrol). I’ve always found makeup revolution palettes to be really good quality and this one is no different, the colours pack a punch and blend so easily. Below are images of the shades with flash (top) and without (bottom).
Not wanting to sound overly positive I tried to think of a negative to this palette and the only thing I could come up with was that I didn’t find it in my local smaller stores and I am aware they did sell out from the tambeauty.co.uktambeauty.co.uk (the only other place it can be purchased) website for a short while but overall, it’s such a good palette for the price I paid and I think Soph should be very proud of what she has achieved.
Until next time!
P.S this is my first blog post using my new camera. Hope the pictures have improved.
So, not to brag here, but my boyfriend is pretty amazing. Not only does he put up with my makeup obsession, he embraces it. I’ve definitely caught him listening in on some of my youtube watching sessions (Hi @sophdoesnails videos). I knew he was the one when he bought me The Balm’s new palette when it came out because he knew how much I wanted needed it. But when he said he was confident enough to try doing my makeup, I thought it wasn’t going to end well. After agreeing to go out in public (well to the cinema where it would be dark- but still) in whatever look he created,the bet was on and he picked his tools.
As he started on my base it was clear he’d been doing some research, deciding to use a primer and commenting on my foundation’s “coverage” although he struggled with the concept of the beauty blender. He tackled eyebrows with ease and even noted that I’d “hit pan.
A few eyeshadows in and he began to struggle with transition colours and the amount of available brushes because there are so damn many. It was time for eyeliner and I knew this is where he would crack- because let’s be honest don’t we all? After one attempt at a winged liner he realised it wasn’t worth it and decided to go for a safe wing-less look. A few Q-tips later and the eyeliner looked somewhat acceptable.
Surprisingly , he did an amazing job. He went for the full works including a cheeky contour and highlight. I’m going to proudly go out looking like this and from now on I’ll definitely give him more credit.
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Hello all! Now deadline season is over I can get back to blogging a bit more!
Just before christmas my Birchbox Subscription ended and I’ve had an empty void in my heart for monthly beauty gifts. Thanks to a discount code I decided to give a new subscription with Love me Beauty. The difference with this Beauty box is that you get to choose what’s in them as opposed to most other boxes which I love, I cannot tell you how many time’s I’ve opened a box and been disappointed with pointless body lotions that get thrown in the pile.
Each month you get 60 credits (with the option of buying more) and get to choose from a choice of beauty items and accessories, facial and body care or jewellery (which is also a nice edition to a beauty box).
For my first box I chose:
Front and back earrings (10 credits)
Eyelash curlers (20 credits)
Facial Oil (10 credits)
A bronze eyeliner (10 credits)
aromatherapy body wash (10 credits)
I loved the box as I knew it was things I wanted especially the earrings and the facial oil, something which I’ve never really tried. The only thing I was disappointed with was the eyeliner as it doesn’t really smudge, goodbye bronze goddess smokey eye :(. However is a very cute substitute for a solid black eyeliner on days where I fancy something a bit different and I am confident it won’t budge all day.
A week after I ordered my box the options on the boutique changed to different options with some gorgeous liquid lipsticks, so next month I may delay my choices to see the very best stuff they have to offer.
If anybody wants to try Love Me Beauty, use the code TAMSI577 at the checkout to get £21 worth of credits!
PS It’s my blog-iversary, thanks out there for reading for a whole year!
Hi all! Hope you are all enjoying our rare nice weather! Today’s post is my first ever fashion related post so please bare with. This week I travelled up to Leeds to help my friend move from Uni halls to her new house which i super exciting and explored the wonderful city. It’s an amazing city for shopping and I loved the many food places!
We visited a place called The Joint, which is a cool cafe/restaurant based in an old church and styled in a way that I can only imagine is acceptable in such a vibrant place as Leeds.
We also visited the cutest place called the Bakery, a stones throw away for the university campus, and tried THE nicest combinations of sandwich fillings known to man. I tried chicken,sweet potato and bacon and was in food heaven. If I was a student in Leeds I am sure I’d visit there everyday.
Now for shopping, as I live in small Hatfield during term time, I never experience the range of shops that Leeds have.I was loving life as I explored The Trinity shopping centre. Some of my favourite buys include:
2 cute crop tops from ARC sale – a shop in which I adored
A brightly patterened cut out top from New Look
My first ever KIKO eyeshadow in 208 ( one matte and one shimmery purple in one due pot) – the shop had an up-to-50% sale on and i couldn’t resist! -I look forward to trying more of this brand.
Some gorgeous cut-out chunky heeled boots from the Topshop sale!
I already know that I will be visiting Leeds again and my bank account is already shaking at the thought of my next trip. What is your favourite thing about the city?
Sturdy Sunglasses- Last year I went through 5 (yes, 5) pairs of sunglasses within a 2 week holiday, 3 of which my Dad sat on and broke. This year I am determined to keep them intact with a hard sunglasses case.
Pumice- It’s sandal season and this only means one thing- pretty feet. I don’t have the nicest of feet so it’s nice to take an evening to treat them with a pedicure and a coat of polish.
New Perfume? Well I do have to pass through duty free.. it would be rude not to.
Waxing strips….Yikes. Ok it’s been spring for a while but in the UK it hasn’t exactly been “whack your legs out” weather and my legs aren’t at their prettiest. The best advice I have heard to get the smoothest pins is the shave then exfoliate your legs and then shave again!The new Wilkinson Sword Snap is great for on the go ! http://www.boots.com/en/Gillette-Venus-Snap-Womens-Portable-Razor-_1651118/
Waterproof mascara. I tend not to venture out of my flat without mascara on, for the sake of everyone else but the hassle of taking it on and off holiday is tedious.Instead, I take one waterproof with me and keep that on even if it’s not the most voluminous or lengthening. The biggest thing to remember is a makeup remover that will actually wash off waterproof mascara!
New books- The ONLY time I read is by the pool on holiday. I must read 10 books in a week. This year I plan to either make my way through Game of thrones or the Divergent series.
A list of cocktails to try ..I am talking slippery nipples, screaming orgasms and any other filthy cocktails I can find!
It’s 2 weeks until I fly and I am super excited … to do the pre-holiday shop that is! What are your holiday essentials?
After searching through the entirety of Hertfordshire to find this month’s copy of ELLE magazine I finally have my sample of Rollerlash! After nnnnnearly being persuaded to buy the full version in the Benefit shop near where I live for over £20, I am glad I can test it for the £4 the magazine cost (although I do not really read ELLE, give me a celeb gossip magazine anyday!)
The mascara claims to be a curling wand, something which doesn’t seem to be the main function of a lot of brushes, usually it’s plain old volume or length. I went at this mascara with un-curled eyelashes( a huge rarity for curler addict such as myself) and was pleasantly surprised at how fanned out my lashes were and indeed curled, even Ben said so! (I definitely think i get him wayyy too involved with my makeup).
At the full retail price of this item of £19.50 I would definitely splash out the cash to scoop up this new product….if I had the money, but for now I am happy enough with my drugstore mascaras and keep dreaming that one day I will earn enough Boots points to splurge on Benefit!
So by now I can only assume that everybody and their dog owns an Urban Decay Naked palette of some sort, apart from me. As a very poor student (how many times have I mentioned that now?), I use decent palettes at a much more reasonable price, one of my faves is the MUA Undress Me Too palette which cost me somewhere between £3-£5. I am using a generic picture from the MUA website as i may receive complaints about the state of my own if I was to post a picture. A few of the shades on the palette are basics which I use everyday. These are some of my faves:
Naked– This matte beige colour is a great for creating an evenly-toned lid.
Shy- This is a shimmery beige and is great for highlighting under the brow or down the bridge of the nose.
Lavish- This is a great transition colour for any smokey eyes- I find cool toned browns for this purpose so hard to find.
Reveal-This is a cute shimmery rose gold for a subtle shimmer or really blendable for an intense shimmery smoky eye.
Believe me when I say this isn’t exactly a dupe for any of the Naked palettes, these aren’t the most pigmented shadows I have ever encountered ( especially the Corrupt-disappointing for anytime you really want a dark smokey eye) but with some eyelid priming and layering they do alright. Anyway, in my past experiences all you need is some fab eyes for the first hour of a night out (for any IG photos or potentioal new profile pictures) but once your home and you look in that mirror, the £30 extra you paid for the UD pallete will no longer be able to help you honey!
So it’s friday at Uni and I hear music blasting and drunk people everywhere, what do i decide to do? Challenge my boyfriend and flatmates to the makeup challenge, I let each one raid my makeup bag and make me look my best…..sort of.
First contender we had Ben (known as Grandad) who, after breaking an eyebrow pencil and putting foundation on my lips, went for an… “editorial” look. Although I was impressed with his lip lining, the eye-shadow was just a bit much for me, in fact I just look like I’ve got two black eyes but I give him credit for going for an edgier look. Grandad was very happy with his overall look…..somehow.
Next we had my boyfriend Ben, who strangely knew how to use every bit of mymakeup, who even attempted to contour (is it normal for an 18 year old guy to know how to contour?) yet he didn’t quite understand that bronzer can go on other parts of the face, leaving me looking a bit ghostly(sorry Ben xx).Ben went for a natural look…until he got to the blusher. After using liberal amounts of blusher, he stated “I like the rosy cheeks look” and it definitely looked like he did.
My friend Chris was surprisingly confident as he stepped up to the podium.He opted to not use any brushes and used his fingers to blend- he even insisted that he blended the foundation into my neck. What let him down was his fear of my eyes, after nearly poking my eyes out he decided to go for “barely there” mascara.Upon discovering that cream blusher exists, he got a little bit too excited, I feel I have opened his eyes to wonderful world of makeup.Strangely, he chose to use lip balm instead of any colour but overall he seemed pleased.
It was a close choice between Ben and Chris, they both tried really hard and went for a natural ever-day look.Purely for Ben’s effort of using the old Max Factor lip stains neatly I announced him the winner with Chris in close second and Grandad very, very last (as punishment he received his own personal make-over in which I discovered he has wonderful cheek bones.)
So concludes the second half of my MUA haul, looking at my first impressions of the Velvet lip lacquer in Halycon and shimmer highlight.
When the lip lacquer arrived I was impressed with its box packaging ( as seen above).I have read many blogs raving about the product but I am still unsure.When applying you have to work quickly as it is fast drying so it’s better to do little bits of the lip rather than trying to perfect the pout in one swipe, to avoid any mistakes that could be difficult to get off.The colour came out a lot more orange than it appears in the bottle and as someone with such pale skin I was hoping for a more blue-ish undertone. It’s hard to deny that this lacquer DOES become very matte which is great – when you first put it on it is very sticky and hard to believe it will actually dry.The lacquer passed the eating, drinking and kissing test however after an hour or so I found it quite drying and it actually highlighted any cracks in my lips. I would not recommend this lacquer for the winter season unless you have a really good lip routine such as scrubbing to get rid of any dead cells that the colour clings to. But all in all it did last a very long time, I would buy this again but I would reconsider which colour I would choose.
Many people have been raving on about the Undress my Skin Shimmer highlighter and with a reduced price of £2.25 off the MUA website I could not resist. I opted for the pink toned one to match my skin(there is a golden one for those with tanned skin).It is hard to capture just how good this product is on camera but I love the glow it gave my cheeks however it is rather shimmery- for those who don’t like an OBVIOUS highlight I probably wouldn’t recommend but I personally like it. I didn’t have to use a lot of the product as I just quickly swept my cheekbones and fore-head so I can imagine that this product could last many years!
After reviewing the £1 MUA lipsticks I decided to try more from the affordable range.I ordered the F9 brush ,the Luxe power brow,the Undress your skin (which was on offer across it’s website) Shimmer Highlighter, the MUA Luxe velvet lip lacquer in Halcyon – which i will review tomorrow .I was disappointed to pay £3.60 for standard delivery from the website but I knew some of these items aren’t available in my local Superdrug and it did come very quickly!
Firstly i will start with the brush.As a boots worker i walk past the real technique brushes nearly everyday and have been restraining myself from buying them for years purely because I know i can’t afford them so my smart headed student side decided to try this £5 flat brush instead( it sort of counts as saving…sort of).I have to say i am very very impressed.Normally I apply my foundation with fingers but i don’t really enjoy doing so but with this brush I achieved an even finish, it’s shape allows you to cover large areas such as the neck and cheeks and use the corners to get to smaller places.A few of the reviews I read of the brush state that the handle broke after a while but customers were so impressed by the quality of the bristles that they still gave it 5 stars!For such a good pricei think i will stick with this brush for a while and (sorry superdrug) save my boots points for the real techniques in the future.
Next we have the Power brow, which comes with a brow crayon at one and highlighter at the other- efficient!I chose fair ( I believe there was medium brown and dark also)but I do have very ashy eyebrows so was skeptical as to how the colour came out but once applied they match quite well. The crayon has quite a waxy consistency which I am not used to (as i usually use powder) but it’s not that noticeable.The highlighter is such a cute touch and gives a nice shimmer- but don’t use too much!
I have just got bag from going out and my boyfriend complemented how well all my makeup had stayed on so BONUS!I will review the other items tomorrow but I am so far very impressed by such an affordable range!