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

Palmer’s Skincare – Review!

Hey everyone!

So, today I thought I would have a chat about some of the Palmer’s skincare products I have been trying out lately.

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I saw a couple of other bloggers mention a couple of these products, and I am always on the hunt for new skincare products, especially when it’s drugstore, so I thought it would be only right to give them a go. I picked up the Day Cream, Night Cream, Facial Oil and the Natural Bronze Body Lotion.

I absolutely HATE fake tan. I can’t do it, it’s messy, it wears off so easily and I think it can look a bit too fake at times. SO, I tend to reach for tinted body lotions, or gradual tans instead. I have tried many gradual tan’s and have loved all of the ones I have tried (Dove, Garnier, you name it). However, there is just something that I love a little bit more about the Palmer’s Natural Bronze Body Lotion. It is so much more moisturising and hydrating, and it smells incredible. It looks a lot more natural, makes your skin look super fresh and glowy and you can build it up as much as you need. It is super easy to apply, goes on evenly and doesn’t leave any streaks or dry patches on elbows or knees. This is an absolute essential for Summer!

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The Day Cream is just as fab. I find it really hard to find an affordable moisturiser that is really hydrating and nourishing, particularly with SPF, which this one also has. It has the famous Palmer’s scent, which I love and it leaves my skin feeling soooo soft all day. It has quite a thick consistency, but isn’t at all heavy on the skin and absorbs super quickly. This also creates a great base for makeup. If you’re looking for an affordable moisturiser, I would definitely recommend giving this one a go!

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The Palmer’s Facial Oil has made itself a firm favourite in my skincare routine. Do you know how hard it is to find a facial oil that contains retinol that doesn’t cost a crazy amount of money? Almost impossible. This has helped my skin so much. I put it on every night as part of my evening skincare routine and it has helped with pigmentation, helped reduce any marks that blemish’s have left, and I wake up and my skin is super smooth and glowing. Not only does it include Retinol, but a whole load of other oils and vitamins that are beneficial to the skin. For the price of this product, you should most definitely try it out!

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The Moisture Rich Night Cream for Overnight Renewal is also incredible. This also contains Retinol and a shed load of other oils and vitamins that do nothing but good things to your skin. The formulation of this product is really thick and is a super rich and intensive moisturiser – perfect to apply as the final step in my evening skincare routine and just before bed. My skin is still super soft when I wake up, and it definitely lives up to it’s claims of ‘overnight renewal’.

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I have loved using these products so much, they are such good quality and super affordable. I can’t wait to try out so much more from their range, as it works so well with my skin!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you have tried any of these products, or anything else from the Palmer’s skincare range!

Links and prices below;

Palmer’s Natural Bronze Gradual Tan £7.49

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Moisturising Day Cream SPF 15 £7.99

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Perfecting Facial Oil £9.99

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter  Moisture Rich Night Cream £7.99

 

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