Friday, 29 July 2016



Hi! Today I'm showing you which products I used to create this makeup look which I did last week. It's a warm smoky eye (my fav!) with bronze skin and very dark brown lips. This is definitely one of my favourite looks at the moment, I've been wearing it a lot and I'm absolutely obsessed with this lip colour. Obviously dark brown lips isn't for everyone but this would look just as good with a nude or red lip. I've also done quite bold brows (although when don't I?), bronzer and a strong contour. This would be perfect for a night out, although if you're into slightly heavier makeup looks then you could easily rock this during the day- as I did. All the products I used will be listed down below:


  • PRIMER: Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base
  • FOUNDATION: NARS Sheer Glow [Shade: Punjab] mixed with Cover FX Custom Cover Drops [Shade: G30]
  • CONCEALER: L.A Girl Pro Conceal [Shade: Porcelain] mixed with Urban Decay Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer [Shade: Fair  Neutral]
  • POWDER: Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder & MAC Pro Shaping Powder [Shade: Emphasise] to set under-eye area. Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Powder Foundation [Shade: Medium 53] on the rest of the face
  • BRONZER: Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer 
  • CONTOUR: Kevin Aucoin The Sculpting Powder [Shade: Medium] 
  • BLUSH: Milani Baked Blush [Shade: Luminoso] 
  • HIGHLIGHT: Becca/Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop & The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer
  • SETTING SPRAY: Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Setting Spray

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade [Shade: Chocolate] 
  • Rimmel Brow Pencil [Shade: Black Brown]
  • L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper [Shade: Medium/Dark]

  • EYE PRIMER: NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer [Shade: Chantilly] set with Makeup Geek White Lies
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette: Golden Ochre & Raw Sienna
  • Makeup Geek: Chickadee 
  • Makeup Geek: Cocoa Bear 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette: Burnt Orange & Red Ochre
  • ON LID: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette: Primavera 
  • INNER CORNER & BROW BONE: The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer 
  • LIQUID EYELINER: Rimmel Glam Eyes [Shade: Black] & NYX Matte Liquid Liner [Shade: Black]
  • WATERLINE EYELINER:  Zoeva Graphic Eyes [Shade: Black to Earth] 
  • MASCARA: Max Factor Voluptuous False Lash Effect [Shade: Black] & Jordana Best Lash [Shade: Black]
  • LASHES: Ardell Demi-Wispies

  • LIQUID LIPSTICK: Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick [Shade: Dominatrix]

thanks for reading, 



Tuesday, 26 July 2016



Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of the most popular brands in beauty and quickly established itself as the Holy Grail of eyebrow products. From eyebrows they branched out into contour palettes, liquid lipsticks, eyeshadows and, most recently, they've released a series of 'Glow Kits'- full-sized highlighting palettes. Having never tried ABH eyeshadows for myself, I thought it was about time I broadened my horizons and when I saw the Modern Renaissance Palette, I knew I had to have it. With 14 beautiful warm shades I immediately knew this would be for me, I'm all about those warm smoky eyes so oranges, yellows and warm reds are my absolute favourite. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills can be a (slightly) difficult brand to get in the UK, while websites such as Beauty Bay and Cult Beauty do stock them, they don't have the full range of products and neither of them stock their individual eyeshadows. I'd always passed up on the opportunity to get their other palettes- I try to avoid getting a full palette if I don't think I'll use at least 75% of the shades and this was true of both the Self Made and Artist Palettes. Thankfully, the Modern Renaissance palette seemed perfect for me, and I was even happier when I found out it was going to be made permanent. 

I bought my palette for £41 from Beauty Bay, although it's around the same price ($42) from the official ABH website and Sephora, obviously American brands are usually slightly more expensive over here so this was no surprise, and for 14 pans I didn't find this price at all unreasonable working out at just under £3 per pan. 

The packaging is quite nice, I love the lettering on the front with the ABH logo, although the colour pink just isn't for me. Additionally, the material used for the actual packaging (some kind of soft felt) has a tendency to get a bit dirty, although neither of these factors bother me at all and I'm much more concerned about the actual product. I also love the fact that it has quite a big mirror inside, making it easy if you're travelling or doing your makeup on-the-go (something I never do because I always end up looking like the joker).

As for the actual product I can safely say they're amazing: pigmented, buttery and very easy to blend. ABH have an amazing reputation when it comes to all their products and this is no different. All the shades are wearable for both day-to-day situations or for a more dramatic look. Additionally there are enough shades in this palette to create endless combinations of eyeshadow looks, and the mixture of matte and shimmers means that there is really nothing you can't achieve with these shades. This palette has quickly become one of my favourites, so much so that I've had to actively stop myself from using it as I've been neglecting my other eyeshadow palettes. It even got the seal of approval from my mam when I used it to do her makeup (I am a Geordie and writing any other word than mam just feels unnatural).
This is one of my favourite looks I've done with this palette, just a simple warm smoky eye with some kind of sparkle on the lid and inner corner. I really love the shimmer shades in the palette, although one of my favourite colours to put on my lid is Champagne Pop by Becca/Jaclyn Hill- it goes really well with the warm smoky colours. I always always always wear winged eyeliner, although I think it goes really well either way. 

Overall I'd definitely recommend this product and this brand as a whole. Anastasia Beverly Hills have and keep producing amazing quality products, many of which I already have, and I plan to buy a lot more in the future, starting with their individual eyeshadows- I've already bought a Z Palette to put them in!

thanks for reading, 





Welcome to my first official blog post! I've been editing and getting it how I like for a few days now but its finally time to jump in and actually write something (sidenote: starting a blog is really difficult!).  This is the first blog I've ever had, although I've thought about starting one for a few years now and as hobbies go, I feel like it's a beneficial one. 

I'm going to try and update as much as I can, especially when I buy new products, hopefully I'll be able to balance all my work at university with working and writing, but I'm sure I'll manage. Even if no-one reads this I feel that writing about things I love will give me a satisfying outlet for my love of makeup and beauty products, which I never tire of talking about. It'll also give me yet another excuse to try and buy more things!

Besides makeup, I'll be blogging about other random aspects of my life, just whatever seems right to write about but I'm just going to roll with it and see what I feel like doing. 

Anyway, thats all for now- I'll be thinking of some things I can blog about and if anyone has any ideas of things they'd like to see feel free to contact me! All my social media platforms are linked to the icons on the right. 

thanks for reading,


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