Too Faced Natural Eye Palette


Introducing what may be the prettiest little palette in my collection-

The Too Faced Natural Eye Kit.

This beautiful set of nine shadows arrived on my doorstep this morning, so I thought I’d snap a few pictures and write a little review while it’s still on sale at Escentual.

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Isn’t it lovely?! I’m a little bit obsessed with the way the shadows are organised- the top row features three very neutral ‘Day’ shades, the middle row has metallic, rosy ‘Classic’ shades and the bottom row of ‘Fashion’ shades is glittery and dark with a little more colour.

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The kit also comes with three little cards explaining how to use each row of colours. I think they’re really cute and they actually make sense, unlike some of the other colour charts I’ve seen on eyeshadow palettes.

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These little cards tuck neatly into the packaging- thank god, because otherwise I would have lost them in temper by now. Speaking of packaging, what do you think? I really like this decorative little cardboard box. It feels pretty durable but it is quite boxy, maybe not the best thing to throw in your handbag or travel with. That’s kind of a shame really, because I think the colour selection is perfect for those occasions when you need an all-events-covered palette.

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Ok, I have to be honest- these are not the best quality eye shadows I’ve ever used. They’re not very pigmented and a few of them are quite powdery and have a bit of fall out. Overall, thought, I’d say they’re definitely good enough- blendable, long-wearing, and generally quite easy to apply.

Heaven- DAY- a nice enough base colour. Not too pigmented but my very light skin tone might have something to do with that. It’s a neutral off-white that maybe leans just a little bit yellow.

Velvet Revolver- DAY- lovely crease colour. It’s very, very similar to Naked 2 from the Naked Basics palette. It’s fairly pigmented and is a nice everyday neutral.

Sexpresso- DAY- wonderful as a very subtle eyeliner and very, very similar to Urban Decay’s Crave (again from Naked Basics). This shade has pretty poor pigmentation though, to be honest, as you might be able to tell from my swatches.

Silk Teddy- CLASSIC- the formulation of this one is perfect. It’s peachy-pink, metallic and beautiful.

Push Up- CLASSIC- another one with perfect formulation! This one’s a pretty coppery bronze.

Erotica- CLASSIC- not wonderful pigmentation, but this one’s a nice enough cool toned, slightly shimmery brown.

Nude Beach- FASHION- although the colour of this one is simply lovely (pale, very shimmery pink) the formula is kind of chunky and has a lot of fall out. It can be worked with and has good enough pigmentation, but compared to the quality of some of the shadows in this palette I have to say I’m a little disappointed.

Honey Pot- FASHION- perfect formula, stunning colour. Love love love. It’s a slightly coppery peach which manages to still be neutral (not too warm or cool) which is very impressive for this kind of shade.

Cocoa Puff- FASHION- not amazing pigmentation, but it’s still better than the other two dark shades. It’s difficult to apply evenly, but it’s a very nice neutral dark brown with just a hint of shimmer.

Although 1/3 of these shadows could use a little work, I don’t think that any of them are completely unusable. The quality of these eye shadows reminds me a lot of Sleek’s eye palettes, which I would be absolutely fine with except that the Too Faced Natural palette contains less shadows and costs more money. Not amazing. I will, however, be getting a lot of use out of this palette because I absolutely adore the colour selection. It’s super pretty and perfect for everyday wear- as you may have guessed by the amount of times I’ve already said ‘neutral’ in this post.

The Too Faced eye kits are £26 (but currently on sale, see link at the top of this post) and there are quite a few to choose from. I definitely think I’ll be trying out another one at some point because even though this one isn’t perfect, I can’t get over the gorgeous packaging and the super organised eye shadows.

Thanks for reading! X

*By the way, I thought now might be a good time to mention that on my other blog (which is almost identical to this except I prefer the url) I have a gallery of make-up swatches just like these which might be interesting? I’d love it if you had a look:)! X*

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Lush & The Body Shop Haul


I’ve done a little bit of sale shopping recently, and every year I find that the most rewarding places to stock up at are Lush and The Body Shop. Lush almost never cut their prices so I love making the most of it when they do, and The Body Shop have a sale going on as well as their normal deals. It’s awesome.

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Lush

Prepare yourselves- I did a Lush order which included absolutely no bath bombs, bubble bars or soap! I’m actually really proud of myself for that because I’ve literally picked up all new things that I’ve never tried before.

Most of what I bought is skin care, actually, with a couple of little shower gels thrown in. I’ve never really been wowed by Lush shower gels and I’ve never even tried their skincare so I thought it was about time I gave them ago.

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Happy Hippy, Dirty, Rose Jam (LE), Ponche (LE)

*These have been oh-so-casually organised into Spring (HH), Summer (D), Autumn (RJ) and Winter (P). Ahem*

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Happy Hippy- My new all time favourite gel. There, I said it. It’s perfectly grapefruity- not too sour, not too sweet and the scent lasts forever.

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Dirty- This one is intensely menthol. It’s lovely, but it literally smells like tooth paste. It’s a bit much for this time of year but I can’t wait to use it when the weather warms up a little.

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Rose Jam- I love this scent so much. It’s my favourite bubble bar and one of the nicest shower gels I’ve tried too, I actually reviewed this a while ago. It’s limited edition and I think it’s gone (for now) but go and pick up the bubble bar!

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Ponche- This one’s released every year at Christmas and I can’t believe I never tried it before now! It’s smells delicious, it’s kind of a warm citrus scent.

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Angels On Bare Skin- Ok, I’ve only used this three times but I think I might be a little bit in love with it. I’ll do a better review soon (probably) but I’ve found that it leaves my sensitive/ oily (nightmare) skin feeling soothed, hydrated and ever so slightly less oily. It smells quite nice too, very floral and nature-y.

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Aqua Marina- I’ll admit it, I bought this because there were only love/ hate reviews. It’s a seaweed cleanser that claims to soak up excess oils and soothe the skin, which I thought sounded perfect for me. I have used this one once already as well and it seems to work quite nicely- but the smell. Oh my god, stay away from it. I don’t know why I find it so offensive because I love Lush’s seaweed soap, but to me this cleanser looks and smells like tuna. I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to continue to use it, but if you think you can stand the smell then definitely give it a try because it’s a really lovely cleanser.

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Mask of Magnaminty- I’VE FINALLY TRIED A LUSH FACE MASK OMG. This one smells like peppermint and is supposed to be great for breakouts and spots (of which I have had many, recently). I’ve only used it once but I really loved it and I reallyreallyreally want to try it out again.

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Cupcake- The face mask designed for teenage skin. I haven’t used this one yet but I’m so exited to! It smells like ever so slightly soapy chocolate cake- that’s a good thing, by the way. I’m currently debating whether I really do have to keep it in the fridge. The little black tub looks so pretty on my make-up cabinet!

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Grease Lightning- Again, I haven’t this yet but I thought it looked really interesting. I’ve only ever come across a couple of reviews but I seem to remember that they were very positive. I’ll hopefully have this in a review soon, too!

The Body Shop

*Currently 30% off everything online*

I logged onto The Body Shop the other day to order one item. ONE ITEM. And then I see a lovely little ‘Spend £50, get £25 Off’ sign on the homepage and it’s like I have absolutely no will power. NONE.

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Honey Bronzer- So here is the lovely item which I was originally going to buy. I’ve seen this featured in so many  ‘Favourite of 2013’ videos, and I can already see why. It’s the lightest matte bronzer I have ever found and I AM SO HAPPY.

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Lip Balms- Oh look at that, I bought ten new lip balms. What a surprise. I now own 37 lip balms (not including ones which I refuse to believe are lost). This is a genuine problem and I am worried for my own health- somebody comfort me.

*UPDATE- my mom just asked me to order her all these lip balms because she loves them. It’s nice to understand but also worrying because it’s clearly a hereditary disease.*

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Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel and Body Mist- And so begins my obsession with the Body Shop Pink Grapefruit. With Grapefruit scented things in general. Did you notice the Pink Grapefruit Lip Butter? Happy Hippy? They all smell beautiful.

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Tea Tree Lotion & Muslin Cloth- Finally, a few little boring things. My favourite moisturiser (if you have oily skin you simply have to try this) and a muslin cloth which is great for removing cleansers. Actually, it’s great with the Lush cleansers I was talking about.

And that’s everything! I’m actually really pleased with my sale shopping so far, I’m still waiting for some other things I’ve bought to arrive but this stuff is all awesome. Have you picked up anything good?

Also, I have to mention- this is the first time I’ve ordered from both Lush and The Body Shop (there are real shops literally seven minutes away from where I live) and I’ve been seriously impressed with them. With Lush I’m mainly just impressed with the super careful packaging- but they do charge a ridiculous amount for delivery which is slow and still ended up being to delivered in two parcels. The Body Shop, however, comes in a Body Shop Bag in a box, and literally arrives within the next two days with free shipping. A* to The Body Shop.

Makeup Collection & Storage


I’ve been putting off doing this post for so long! I kept thinking, ‘there’s just one more thing I want to buy first’, or ‘I’m just going to move a few things around’ but the excuses are getting ridiculous so I’ve decided it will be a nice start to 2014 to talk about my make-up collection! Maybe it can be a yearly thing, that would be pretty cool.

Just as a little disclaimer- I don’t have an insane amount of make-up, but I definitely have more than I need. I love collecting make-up and trying new things but I’ve bought everything with my own money and quite a few things were gifts from friends and family. I’m writing this post purely because I think it’s something some people might be interested in and because I think it’ll be nice for me to look back on in a few years:) .

I store all of my make-up, nail polish, hair care, body care and some of my skin care in the Ikea Alex 9 Drawer unit, what a surprise, which is absolutely perfect. I’m only going to talk about the cosmetics drawers in this post but if anyone’s interested I could maybe do a post with all the other stuff too at some point..? But anyway:)

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These are the random things I keep on top of my cabinet- mostly everday things or things I’m still trying out. My collection of lip balms is getting a little out of hand, too. *Also, five points to the first person to spot the Supernatural merch*.

Starting out with the top drawer (my favourite) which is where I keep all of my lip products. Everything’s a little bit of a mess at the moment, I need to move some things around and maybe donate a couple of things to my sisters. Some of my favourites from this drawer are my Revlon Lip Butters, the lip crayons (particularly Soap&Glory, Clinique and Bourjois’) and my MAC Lipsticks- Plumful (x2, long story), On Hold, Syrup, Sunny Seoul and Patisserie (absolute fave!).

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The second drawer is where I keep all of my face products. If I could only keep one of my make-up drawers it would definitely be this one, I have a bit of a thing for foundations and highlighters. My favourites in this drawer are Bobbi Brown Skin, Rimmel Match Perfection, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, Soap&Glory Glow All Out and Becca Ever Matte Perfecting Primer.

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The third drawer is where I keep all of my eye make-up, which is basically palettes and eye liners. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this on my blog before, but I haven’t worn mascara for about three years. Crazy, but I can’t stand having anything on my eyelashes, it just makes me feel really uncomfortable. Luckily my eyelashes are ok-ish, I can kind of get away with it:) I used to be fine with it and wear mascara every single day when I was about eleven, but now I don’t even like how I look with long eyelashes, it’s really weird.

I just thought I’d mention that in case anyone thought it was really weird that I don’t have any mascaras:D.

Anyway, my favourites in here are my Naked palettes, the Laura Mercier artist palette for eyes, Maybelline 24HR Color Tattoos, Rimmel Scandeleyes Eyeliner and my Soap&Glory quad.

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The final ‘cosmetics’ drawer is my make-up brushes- do they count? I think they count:) My favourites in here are my Real Techniques brushes (literally all of them, maybe I should do a more in-depth review?) and my Shu Uemera Eyelash Curlers. I love them so much, they’re kind of a must for me because of the whole mascara thing, they just make me look a little bit more awake.

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I really hope that was a little bit interesting or helpful! Let me know how you store your makeup, my organisation is a bit of a mess:). If you see any products here that you want a review for, feel free to let me know in the comments too!

*I’m actually ashamed of how awful these photos are, I’m sorry. The lighting and weather has been really really bad recently, but I wanted to get this post up asap.*

Happy New Year!

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