Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette – Review and Swatches!

I’m sure by now you all know what this palette looks like, and most of you probably already own it but I couldn’t not dedicate a whole post to one of the most talked about palettes of the year.

This palette had been so hyped up (with good reason), and I’m not normally one to jump on the band wagon straight away, especially with eyeshadow palettes because I already own so many that I really have to justify needing wanting a new palette to add to my ever-growing collection.

I fell in love with the shades in this palette instantly, they are completely me and it was kinda inevitable that sooner or later I was gonna give in and buy it. I don’t actually have a palette like this, I have a few similar shades but most of them are unique to the rest of my collection. I’m also in love with the packaging! I know a few people have said it looks quite tacky but I LOVE it! It’s so retro and is something so different to the rest of the Naked palettes!

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Although the palette was released as a Summer launch, I couldn’t help but feel slightly Autumnal when looking at it! The shades are great for all year round, but to me, warm tones and deep reds, coppers and burgundy just screams Autumn and Winter! I got this palette about 6 weeks ago and have used it everyday, and I just know that this palette will carry me through to the New Year too! I can’t wait to pair it with a deep red or burgundy lip, and create some gorgeous makeup looks for the Christmas season.

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So, onto the what I think of the actual product…

The Urban Decay Naked palettes were some of the first I ever owned, and are kinda what made me fall in love with makeup in the first place, so I will always have a bit of a soft spot for them. However, since then the world of makeup has completely grown and expanded that products and brands have improved and things have naturally just gotten better, that I just tend to reach for other palettes over the first few Naked palettes. I still like them, but there are just better quality products out there, and they did tend to have a dudd shade or two.. BUT, this one has completely changed the game. All of the shades are creamy and buttery and blend like an absolute dream. The matte shades aren’t chalky or lack pigmentation, and there isn’t too much fall out from the shimmer shades. I can’t fault them at all in terms of formulation and pigmentation, and even though the palette is completely warm-toned, there are a good variety of shades, and a nice mix of matte and shimmer shades, too.

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Shades from left to right;

  • Ounce
  • Chaser
  • Sauced
  • Low Blow
  • Lumbre
  • He Devil
  • Dirty Talk
  • Scorched
  • Cayenne
  • En Fuego
  • Ashes
  • Ember

The only negative thing I have to say about this product, is that I think it is lacking a pale gold shimmer shade, to use as an inner corner/brow-bone highlight and to break up the darker shades a bit. BUT, other than that, I cannot fault this palette at all and I can see me getting alooooot of use out of it!

I love this palette, and would most definitely recommend it!

If any of you guys have this palette, let me know your thoughts on it too!

Buy the palette here.

Zoella Lifestyle!

 

I’m a huge fan of the first Zoella Lifestyle range, so when I heard Zoe was releasing another, and permanent lifestyle range I was super excited. Many of the items from the first range came in so handy during my second year at uni, as well as making fab props for the background of blog photos. So, I knew I was bound to pick up a few of the bits from the new range.

As soon as they got released, I instantly fell in love with the colour scheme of everything! Grey, pink, white and gold is what I am allllll about at the minute. PLUS, it is the exact same colour scheme as my bedroom (which you can have a look around, here). I noticed that Superdrug had a 3 for 2 offer on the range, so I thought I’d order the bits I wanted because I knew they’d sell out crazy fast.

So, for this post I thought I would share with you the bits and pieces I got.

The first thing, is something I knew I would buy and that is the stationary book. I used the one from the first range so much during uni, to make notes, reminders, to-do lists, the lot. So, I was without a doubt going to buy this. It has little sticky notes,  so you can flag important pages in books, or diaries, a little notes section, and one for lists. The other side, has weekly goals, and has sections for morning and evening making it super easy to keep track of busy schedules. This one is soooo pretty and aesthetically pleasing, and the fact that it goes perfectly with my bedroom means it look will amazing on my dressing table. If any of you are like me, and are terrible of keeping track of deadlines, appointments, or lose all of your important notes and to-do lists, then get this.. GAME CHANGER.

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The next thing I picked up was the pack of two jotters. These, I thought would be useful for when I go back to university in September and I can use a different one for different modules. These have such a cute design and are the perfect size!

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I also picked up the Wonderful, journal. This a gorgeous, white and baby pink faux leather notebook. This is such good quality, and I think this will be ideal for planning blog posts, and I’ll probably use this for larger to-do lists as well, like planning for my holiday, or my Christmas shopping. I can’t wait to start using this.

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Along with the journal, I picked up the pack of five, Write on Point pencils. I got the pencils from the previous collection, as they were a gorgeous colour, they sat in a pot looking lovely in my bedroom and have featured in the background of many blog photos. So, inevitably, I was going to buy these. Even more so because they are stunning different shades of pink, and this time they have a rubber on the end. Each pencil has a little saying written on it which I think is adorable.

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The next thing I picked up was the Catching Trinkets, trinket dish. How gorgeous is this?! I have been looking for something to put on top of one of my bedside tables to fill an empty space for such a long time and this is the thing to fill it. Again, this will probably end up in the background of my blog photos as well, but I always end up with my rings, bracelets and watches scattered everywhere in my bedroom so it’ll be nice to finally have somewhere to keep everything altogether. LOVE this.

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The final thing I got was of course, one of the storage pots. I have the two from the previous range, which currently hold my makeup brushes, but I just could not resist this one. The baby pink with grey polka dots was just screaming my name. This could also house my makeup brushes as I seem to have an ever-growing collection of them, or I will actually use it as a plant pot as I think that is probably the one thing my room is missing.

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That is everything I picked up from the new Zoella Lifestyle range. I think the cushions are next on my ‘to-buy’ list, they are super cute!

Anyway, I hope you liked this post! Let me know if you’ve got anything from the new range, or if there’s anything you have your eye on!

Check out the new range here!

Meg x

Space NK Haul & First Impressions!

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As most of you know, Jake and I went to Brighton for a couple of days last month to celebrate our five year anniversary.

So, while we were there, it was only right that I went to Space NK. I actually went in twice, once on the first day, and again on the second day to buy the things I was too indecisive to buy the day before. I bought a bit more than I was intending to, but I am super happy with all of my purchases.

So, the first thing I picked up is something I have wanted to try for ages now, but nowhere near me stocks it and I didn’t want to just risk it and guess my shade. This is the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser. Everybody has been raving about it, so I couldn’t wait to finally get my hands on it and try it out. There was a Makeup Artist from Laura Mercier in store this day, and I’m sure his name was Hugo and he was super nice! He matched me up to the right shade, told me the best ways to apply this and how to make it last the longest. Is there anything better than good customer service? Anyway, on to the actual product.. this creates the perfect base, especially for the warmer months, plus it has SPF 20! It evens out my skin, giving a lightweight, glowy base which is something I am really into at the moment. I’m not really enjoying using foundation on my skin, so I have been reaching for BB creams, and tinted moisturisers instead and it just seems to be working much better with my skin. So far, I am loving this tinted moisturiser. I find it applies best when I use my fingers, finishing off with a slightly damp beauty blender.

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The next thing is the OUAI Wave Spray. I mentioned this in a recent post about how I achieve messy, beachy waves, here. I wanted to pick up one of the full-sized bottles, but they didn’t sell it, so I picked up the travel-size instead. I have heard such good things about this brand, and I can see why! This product has really helped with the way I style my hair and makes such a difference! I spray it through the mid-lengths and ends of my hair after I have curled it, and it gives it the most gorgeous wavy texture, without leaving it feeling sticky, or crunchy like some others do. And, it smells INCREDIBLE. There a few other things I have my eye on from OUAI, like the Dry Shampoo Foam, Hair Oil and the Texturising Hairspray, so I will definitely pick these up when I can!

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The next few things I went back the next day to pick up because there was so much I wanted to try out but knew I had to be a little bit sensible with my spending! Kiehl’s is a brand I have always wanted to try out, but there aren’t any stores near me that sell it, and I’m one of those people that wants to try out a bit on the back of their hand before they buy it. I picked up the Midnight Recovery Concentrate, the Ultra Facial Cream and the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. I won’t ramble on too much about these products, because I’m gonna do a proper review on them in a separate blog post. But just know they’re fab, made huge differences to my skin and I LOVE them all!

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I already know that the Midnight Recovery Concentrate is going to be a firm staple in my evening skincare routine. It has the most gorgeous Lavender scent to it, making it perfect to apply before bed. It isn’t greasy, and I wake up with the most luminous, glowing skin.

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I had conjunctivitis not too long ago, and since then my eyes have been extremely dry and my makeup just hasn’t sat the same under and around my eyes since. That was until I tried the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado – GAME CHANGER.

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The Ultra Facial Cream is the perfect moisturiser to use in the mornings as it keeps my skin so incredibly soft and hydrated all day long, and is the perfect base for primer and makeup. These products have now made me want to try soooo much more from this brand, particularly the Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil, Daily Reviving Concentrate and the Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque.

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I hope you enjoyed that little haul. Let me know if you have tried any of these products, and what you think of them, also if you have any other recommendations for me?

Meg x

Links and Prices;

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser £34

OUAI Wave Spray Travel Size £10

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate £38

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado £22.50

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream £24.50

 

Bedroom Tour!

Recently, we moved house so my bedroom has been complete redone and decorated, with a new colour scheme, new furniture, the lot. I am super happy with how my bedroom looks, so I thought I would share it with you, whether it’s to give a bit of inspiration for your current bedrooms or if it’s just to have a bit of a nose! I will link everything I can at the bottom of this post!

The theme, and colour scheme for my bedroom is grey, white, dusky pink with rose gold/copper accessories. Three of the walls are painted plain white, and the main wall, where my dressing table is, has been painted a pink, white and grey pattern by my very talented Mum!

My dressing table holds my makeup brushes, which are of course Zoeva, and I keep them in the Zoella Lifestyle storage pots. They go perfectly in my bedroom and are perfect for storing makeup brushes! I have a little copper pineapple, which is actually a candle from Primark, and my No7 mirror. I also have some lightbulb fairy lights along the back, which are from Primark.

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I have a bedside table either side of my bed, one with a lamp, and a little calendar, the other with an alarm clock and a little copper pot filled with sweets and treats! And above my bed is a large copper clock. Most of my bedding is from Primark and Matalan. Both of these places are incredible for homeware and are such good quality too!

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On the far right hand side of my room, are my Alex drawers which houses most of my makeup and skincare products. On top of this, is a carnival light in the letter M, an artificial plant, a couple of my favourite reads with my all-time fave perfume, Jo Malone Mimosa and Cardamom.

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Opposite this, is my wardrobe, with a couple of pink storage boxes which holds bits and pieces I don’t really need out, and old photographs, memories, etc. The wardrobe has two sliding doors, with shelves inside, and four drawers – it is actually huuuuge! Next to my wardrobe is a small set of drawers which houses all of my Lush bath bombs – (yes, I have that many that I need a separate set of drawers just for them!). And next to this is a chest of drawers, with my wireless bluetooth speaker on top, and my TV and sound bar on the wall opposite my bed.

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And, on my windowsill are a couple of cacti which are just too cute.

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That is it for this post, I hope you enjoyed a little look around my bedroom and something a bit different on the blog! Let me know what you think!

Links to everything I could find below;

Jo Malone Mimosa and Cardamom £88

Dressing Table £79

Stool £30

Wardrobe £150

Bedside Tables £25

Chest of Drawers £60

Alex Drawers £95

No7 Illumiated Mirror £49.99 (couldn’t find the rose gold one)

Zoella Lifestyle Storage Pots £10

Copper Pineapple – Primark

Lightbulb Fairy Lights – Primark

Bedsheets & Pillowcases – Primark

Copper Cushion – Primark

Pink Throw – Matalan (not online)

Pink Faux Fur Cushion £8

Pink Velour Cushion £10

Carnival M Light £49.99

Copper Clock £24.99

Copper Lamp £14.99 (similar)

Copper Alarm Clock £5 (similar)

Artificial Plant £5.99

Wireless Speaker £79.99

A trip to Brighton, and 5 year anniversary!

Last week, myself and my boyfriend, Jake went to Brighton for a couple of days for our 5th anniversary. FIVE YEARS. That is crayyyy. It has absolutely flown by but I have had the best five years with Jake and wouldn’t change a thing. *Soppiness over with.. moving on*.

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I’m not quite sure what made us want to go to Brighton. We didn’t really fancy going to London, or a big city like that, because we’ve already done that, so we wanted somewhere a bit more chill and a bit more relaxed. We’d heard so many good things about Brighton, and I’m not sure why, but it’s somewhere I have always wanted to visit, so we just kinda decided on that. We stayed for two nights, and three days.

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The train journey was about three and a half hours long, with a change and a tube journey in London – which wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and it went so quick. We arrived in Brighton at around 2pm, and checked into our hotel. We stayed in the Drakes Hotel, which was stunning! The staff were so lovely and super helpful in giving us recommendations and ordering us taxi’s when we needed, etc. When we were shown to our room, there was a card on the bed wishing myself and Jake a happy anniversary. HOW CUTE. This was such a lovely touch and extremely thoughtful of the staff. The room was insane. It was small, but had everything you needed, including a free-standing bath tub over-looking the beach, a robe and slippers along with The White Company toiletries – lush.

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We put our bags in the room, freshened up and headed for the beach. Our hotel was so close to the beach, you literally crossed the road, and there it was. We walked along the beach, and grabbed a burger and some chips from the burger bar on the beach. It was so nice to walk across a pebbled beach for a change, too! We then made our way to the lanes – which again was so close to us, it was about a five-minute walk. Also, the weather was incredible – it was so warm and sunny!

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As soon as we got into the lanes, we spotted Boho Gelato, and we couldn’t not get an ice cream. I’m not joking when I say this was the best ice cream I’ve ever had – it was incredible! Although there were SO many flavours to choose from, I played it safe and went for mint. We had a wander around the lanes and the shops and took a slow walk back to our hotel to get ready for dinner.

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Everywhere was SO busy and we hadn’t booked a seat beforehand, so we ended up in Bella Italia. I know – wild. Jake and I, (more so Jake) are fussy eaters so we don’t really tend to venture out in terms of food. But, I was more than happy with Bruschetta and Spag Bol and Jake with his Pizza and Fries. I also had a few cheeky cocktails which were super tasty! We had another walk around the lanes, and worked out where we wanted to go for breakfast the next day, and headed back to the hotel.

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The next day, we got ready and headed straight to The Breakfast Club in the lanes for breakfast. Again, we’d heard so many good things about this place so we just had to try it out! I had scrambled eggs on toast, and Jake had poached eggs. The portion sizes were absolutely huge, I only just managed to eat half!

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We decided that we wanted to do a bit of shopping, so Jake spent most of the time in the VANS and DC stores. I picked up a few bits from Space NK, but I’m going to save what I bought for another post. We headed back towards the beach and went to the Pier. We grabbed a hotdog and some chips and had a walk down, and then it started to rain like crazy!

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We ran to the inside parts of the pier to keep dry, and soon realised it wasn’t going to stop anytime soon, so decided to walk back to the hotel. And, I don’t know why but when I looked down and saw the sea beneath us, I completely freaked out and literally ran off the pier! When I got off the Pier, I could just see Jake crying with laughter at the other end! When we got back to hotel, I began to feel quite ill. For those of you that don’t know, I suffer quite badly with Arthritis, so I was beginning to really ache and I think all the travelling and walking we had done was beginning to take its toll. So, we decided to take a couple of hours to just chill in the room, and I had the most amazing bubble bath which over-looked the beach and the sea – amazing.

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We went for a walk around, and looked for places to go for dinner that night, but I still wasn’t feeling great at all, and we realised that we could actually order from Deliveroo to the hotel! How cool is that?! So, we decided to do that instead which was so lovely to just relax in our comfies, watch TV and spend time together.

The next day, our train home wasn’t until 2pm so we had quite a bit of time to kill so we went for breakfast in the lanes and headed to Churchill Square Shopping Centre to do a bit of last minute shopping.

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We bought a few bits and I bumped into Poppy Deyes which was so cool! She was so lovely and very kindly stopped for a quick chat and a photo! I also took another quick trip into Space NK to buy a few Kiehl’s products I’d had my eye on for ages. I won’t say what I got because I will be doing a separate post for that! Whilst in Space NK, I saw Anna Gardner (The Anna Edit), which was amazing! She was so nice, and stopped to talk about my purchases, and had a few photos with me! It was so amazing to meet two people that influence my blog so much and that I aspire and look up to!

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The train home wasn’t as easy going as the train there, as there were no seats so we had to stand and it was so busy that nobody could even move! But, we had the most amazing time in Brighton and it was such a lovely way to celebrate our five-year anniversary. We are already thinking about planning our next trip here!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Don’t forget to like and follow my blog! Follow my Twitter and Instagram to see even more photos from our trip!

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Keep your eyes peeled for a haul post on what I bought whilst in Brighton!

Love, Meg x