Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Salted Caramel | Palette Project #4

Hello! Today I am sharing the fourth palette in my project with you...
The I Heart Makeup Salted Caramel palette :D
I've been looking forward to using this one as it has a shade in it that I have used quite a few times... More of that in a bit ;)
Let's get started...
It is the usual chocolate bar palette packaging, plastic with a chocolate bar style lid. I love the contrast of the shades, it makes it easily distinguishable amongst my other chocolate bar palettes. It also has a mirror inside which is the size of the lid.
When I purchased this palette I had a choice between picking up this one or the Pink Fizz palette as they were brought out around the same time. This one had the edge as I was particularly drawn to a few shades 😍
- sucker for those warm tones xD
top row : Delicious, Tempt, Heavenly, Drizzle, Enjoy
middle row : Choc, Cake, Perfect, Crunch, Sweet, Fudge
bottom row : Salted, Candy, Caramel, Spoon, Yum!

Let's take a look at the swatches...
Delicious, Tempt, Heavenly, Drizzle, Enjoy
Choc, Cake, Perfect, Crunch, Sweet, Fudge
Salted, Candy, Caramel, Spoon, Yum!

I created three looks using this palette :)
Look one...
I used : Spoon on the lid
Sweet through the crease
Heavenly as my transition shade
Drizzle to deepen the crease
Spoon on the inner third of the lower lash line
Sweet on the outer two thirds of the lower lash line
Yum! as my brow bone and inner corner highlight

Look two...
I used : Caramel on the lid
Candy through the crease
Heavenly as my transition shade
Drizzle to deepen the crease
Caramel on the inner third of the lower lash line
Candy on the outer two thirds of the lower lash line
Yum! as my brow bone and inner corner highlight

Look three...
I used : Salted on the lid
Perfect through the crease
Heavenly as my transition shade
Enjoy to deepen the crease
Salted in the inner third of the lower lash line
Perfect on the outer two thirds of the lower lash line
Delicious and Yum! as my brow bone and inner corner highlight

Throughout this past week I have enjoyed reaching for this palette. I have noticed that it has awoken the creativity in me
- yes, i have that... somewhat xD
and felt like I was trying different things. For example, the third look was something I don't normally go for. I tend to steer away from cool toned eye shadows. I feel like they don't look that great on me :/ Even though I don't particularly enjoy wearing them, I felt like this palette helped me to switch it up a bit :)

I can't give an overview of this palette without mentioning my favourite shade... Sweet. Ah man, that colour is literally a peace of my heart :')

The matte shades gave me the usual treatment - tricky to swatch but amazingly pigmented, blendable and beautiful. The shimmers were exceptional as always, I love the fact that they're so pigmented that you can see them from afar 👍

I like the fact that you have the options of cool and warm toned eye shadows in this palette. Not everyone is warm toned obsessed like me and they have catered for all here :)

I was a little disappointed that I wasn't brave enough to use Crunch (the blue shade) :/ I had thought about it but just didn't manage to muster up the courage 😔😄 Look at that swatch though 👀😍

All in all I have loved using this palette. I'm so happy that it has helped me to branch out a bit with my looks 😊

This palette can be ordered from Tambeauty for £7.99 - go!go!go! ;P

I hope you found this overview of the I Heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate Salted Caramel helpful :D
I'll be back next Tuesday with the fifth palette in my project, until then, thank you so much for stopping by :)
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Friday, 13 October 2017

4 New Habits

I am naturally a creature of habit so while keeping a routine is rather easy, I struggle to take on new things.
That being said, over the past couple of weeks/months, I have consciously taken up a few new habits.
- hooray! i'm not boring. i mix things up xD

So, let's break down what habit's I've taken up...

1. Opening my curtains.
I am so grateful that my room gets some of the best light, excellent for me as I like to film/take product photos. But over the last year or so, opening my curtains has been a humongous rarity! I mean it went  l i t e r a l l y  weeks without them being open except for if I did my makeup at any point. Well, recently I have made the conscious effort to open my curtains every morning before I go downstairs for breakfast. The light coming in is beautiful and also makes me feel like my day has begun 😍

2. Making my bed.
This is one that I have heard a lot of people talk about when discussing how to start your day positively etc.. I decided to give it a try... It now feels odd when I don't do it xD In my bed, I sleep on top of my duvet and use a blanket for cover so each morning I fluff up my pillows, fold my blanket and smooth over my duvet cover. It fills me with a feeling of bliss walking in my room during the day and it looking neat and tidy - you'd be surprised what a difference it makes! Also, when I head to bed I can just relax and lay down :)

3. Lip balm.
Now I'll be honest, I'm a huge fan of salt xD So I notice at times my lips are a bit chapped :/ Also, I recently watched Sex and the City all the way through and kept noticing that Carrie was putting lip balm on regularly. Carries does it = I do it 😁 So a little while ago whilst queuing in Primark, I got bamboozed near the tills and I bought two individual tubs of Vaseline. I now have one by my 'laptop station' (lolz) and one with my hand cream which I use at bed time. Now each morning I wake up with moisturized lips ready for any lippie if I am doing my makeup that day 👍 I'm a happy bunny :D

4. Changing my calendar.
A few years ago I was gifted a block calendar. Up until recently I had used it three times (sorry to who gave it to me, I am ashamed 💔). So I dusted it off, placed it as an actual part of my bedroom decor and now everyday after I open my curtains, I change my calendar over. I think there's nothing better than asking someone what the date is and them being able to tell you without hesitation... I'm one of those fine folks now ;D

All in all I have found that each of these habits have contributed to me feeling like I've started my day off productively... I mean it may sound a bit strange, you know, making your bed = I'm king of the world, but it does! :D I also feel like I'm making an effort with myself, each time I apply lip balm I'm like 'Yeah! We've got supple lips!' xD I definitely recommend giving it a go and see if you notice the difference :)

Thank you for stopping by :)
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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Naked Chocolate | Palette Project #3

Hello and welcome to third installment of my Palette Project!
Today I am giving an overview of the I Heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate Naked Chocolate palette :)
The packaging is the same as the previous ones - plastic with a full mirror in the lid.
This palette reminds me of milkybar? :D
I'll be honest and say that when I originally bought this palette, I was completely overjoyed at how it looked. The shades were right up my street, so I was really looking forward to using this one this past week :)
Once again, you get a plastic sheet with names on and 16 shades to work with.
top row : Smoothly, Divine, Mocha Lover, Dipped, Choc-Fest.
middle row : Adorable, Buttons, Frosted Choc, Delight, Sweet Shop, Sugar.
bottom row : Double Dip, Tob-Le-Rone, White, Milky, Way.

Here are the swatches, coming in hot! xD
Smoothly, Divine, Mocha Lover, Dipped, Choc-Fest
Adorable, Buttons, Frosted Choc, Delight, Sweet Shop, Sugar
Double Dip, Tob-Le-Rone, White, Milky, Way

This week I created 3 looks instead of the usual 2. No reason other than that I was feeling inspired and wore makeup more often :)
Look one :
I used : Mocha lover on the lid
White in the crease
Milky as my transition shade
White and Milky on my lower lash line
Way as my brow bone and inner corner highlight
Look two :
I used : Dipped on the lid
Choc-Fest through the crease
Tob-Le-Rone as my transition shade
Choc-Fest on the outer two thirds of my lower lash line
Dipped on the inner third of my lower lashline
Choc-Fest to deepen the crease
Adorable as my brow bone and inner corner highlight
Look three :
I used : Frosted Choc on inner third of the lid
Buttons on the middle of the lid
Sugar through the crease
Milky as my transition shade
Delight to deepen the crease and used on outer third of the lid
Sugar on the outer two thirds of the lower lash line
Frosted Choc on inner third of the lower lash line
Smoothly as brow bone and inner corner highlight

Upon using this palette I am sensing a theme. They're all fantastic 😄
So I will briefly summarize my thoughts.
The pigmentation is UNreal. I have to be very careful when it comes to the mattes, those suckers are insanely intense. I have to use a little and build from there. Amazing.
All of the shades look the same when it comes time to remove my makeup... It actually makes me sad because it still looks impeccable.
There is a fantastic assortment of finishes in this palette. I was spoiled for choice when it came to a matte crease/transition shade.
I found this palette to be incredibly easy to create looks with, I really feel like there's something here for everyone.
It is definitely a firm favourite of mine 🙊

You can pick this palette up from TamBeauty for £7.99 - Bargain!

I hope you found this overview of the I Heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate Naked Chocolate palette helpful, I totes recommend you buy it... Immediately 😁
I'll be back next week with the fourth palette in my project, until then, thank you so much for stopping by :)
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Saturday, 7 October 2017

Today - This Is It.

Today was a good day. Scratch that. Today was a great day.
It started with me naturally waking up at 7:50 after having a dream about Jon Bernthal... My emotions were mixed - I verbally said 'awesome!' with a beaming smile when I woke up, but I was also tremendously frustrated for waking up much too soon 😂 On a serious note, if I woke up having dreamt of Mr. Bernthal every morning, I would always be in an amazing mood xD

I had gone to bed feeling pressure that I needed to do my hair and makeup in the morning so that I could take pictures for my review of the next palette in my project. Today I procrastinated 3-4 times, thinking that I could just do it tomorrow.
Putting it off until tomorrow would have been a mistake. I would have panicked about not having it ready for Tuesday and then that would have effected my mood. I would have begun to trash talk myself : I'm lazy, Not committed to anything etc.. That inevitably would have created a low mood and I would have felt like poop.

So today, under no pressure, I had a nice shower, ate breakfast, hung out with family and then I did my makeup and hair while watching Girl Boss (again ;)). I took pictures and... I felt like a complete bad ass all day.
You see, days like this are rather rare so when they arrive I am beyond grateful.
Also, they don't just turn up, I have to work in order for them to have enough room to be here. I have to nurture the mood, the creativity, the happiness within me. The latter is usually quite easy in this situation because I am just so elated that I'm feeling good.

Below is a picture of me from today.
I'm sure you'll notice the smile on my face. Now, I have been around my face for quite some time, and I can tell you that this isn't the face of 'you're having your picture taken, smile!', this is pure joy. It is leaking out of my face. My face is showing how proud I am for pushing through the usual tricks my mind tries to pull, how happy I am with how my makeup turned out after trying something a little different, how much I love this tshirt and how when I look through the viewfinder, I see a healthy, happy person.
Writing this post, looking at this picture and the others I took today, has made me feel rather emotional. In a very good way. I am filled with pride and have a sense of accomplishment running through me. THIS is who I am. Underneath everything, this is who I really am. I was this person completely in early 2014 and I crave for her to be allowed out.
Today was different in some way than the other times. I feel alive. Like I have purpose. It's been years since I felt this happy. I have been living in darkness for such a long time, now I have had a taste of true, unfathomable, earth shattering happiness, I don't feel like I can go back.
I have been allowing my OCD, anxiety, depression amongst other things to take over. It's like I've been shown the way to a new door, how can I turn away from it?
I am not able to let this be 'just one of those great days', this is going to be my life. I really feel as though after experiencing this day, I need to make it my mission to aim for this every. single. day. I will stop at nothing.
Welcome back me, let's start living! 🙌♡
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Friday, 6 October 2017

My MS Walk Experience - The Cold, Harsh Truth

Last month I made a descion (with a whole lot of encouragement from my grandparents!) to take part in a walk for MS. There were three lengths of walk to choose from and we decided to go with the middle one, a.k.a 10km. While my experience on the day was wonderful, chatting to people
- seeing a sea of orange t-shirts was unreal! :D
and spending time contributing to an amazing cause, it unfortunately for me, wasn't all fantastic.

The day showed me my limits.
I worked out before attending that 10km was 6.2 miles. To be honest, for me that was nothing... or so I thought. I have always prided myself on my ability to shop til I drop, walk 40 minutes to work rather than get the bus etc. and on the day, the unthinkable happened.
When we reached the half way point, I felt that if I were on my own, I would have wanted to stop (which was made clear at the start was absolutely fine to do). I felt exhausted. My grandma turned to me at one point and asked if I was okay because I wasn't talking very much at all. I smiled and then tried my best to make conversation for the rest of the walk.

I didn't understand what was happening. Last October I walked to a park, round the park and back home. The total was 8.something miles. At no point did I feel like I needed to turn around/head home. That wasn't even a year ago!
I was stunned at my lack of energy, it had completely blindsided me. In all honesty, I felt embarrassed. I didn't even tell anyone until a week later when I tearfully revealed my full experience of the day.

The whole experience has shown me that my body is, in fact, not what it once was. Since my diagnosis I have felt that I shouldn't complain about my symptoms because they could be so much worse, a post for another time I feel. But I have been made aware that while I'm not as severe as I could be, that doesn't mean that I don't have struggles and limits. I need to start paying attention to what my body is telling me, because it's not what it used to be. While it will take some time for me to come to terms with that, I know that that is what I need to be learning to do.

I am so grateful to the MS Society for holding the event. I'm so incredibly thankful to my grandparents for taking me and supporting me. I feel so blessed to have had the love and support of so many others too. It was a wonderful day that I will hold dear to my heart and look back on with gratitude, not only for the amazing experience, but for the much needed lessons it taught me :)
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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Death By Chocolate Palette | Palette Project #2

Welcome to my second palette in my palette project!
- that's right, i haven't flaked xD
Today's overview is on the I Heart Makeup Death By Chocolate palette.
Let's get started!

Once again the packaging is plastic with a chocolate bar design on the lid - super cute 😍
If I were to describe the I Heart Chocolate palette packaging as a milk chocolate colour, then this one would fall closer to a dark chocolate tone. You can distinguish which is which without needing to check 👍
This palette also has a large mirror in the lid and I can't praise that enough!
Now to discuss the eye shadows themselves.
Another palette with 16, generously sized eye shadows.
To be honest, I wasn't completely drawn to using this palette. I am such a lover of warm toned eye shadows that I couldn't find the motivation to reach for this one. While there are some warmer tones, I found that the majority were cooler.
Enter my palette project.
As per my arrangement, I used this palette for a couple of looks and was really pleased with the selection and variety! 😊
Once again, I threw my plastic sheet with the shade names away
- alright! let it go!! xD
so let's get into the shade names shall we?
top row - White Light, Don't Let Go, Break Me Up, Consume Me, All Is Lost
middle row - Lick Me, Fool's Gold, One More Bar, Devour Me, Tear The Wrapper, Love You To Death
bottom row - Pray For Me, Dipped, Tease Me, Set Me Free, Bring Down Angels

Let's see the swatches :D
Row one :
White Light, Don't Let Go, Break Me Up, Consume Me, All Is Lost

Row two :
Lick Me, Fool's Gold, One More Bar, Devour Me, Tear The Wrapper, Love You To Death

Row three :
Pray For Me, Dipped, Tease Me, Set Me Free, Bring Down Angels

I created two looks with this palette.
The first was classic 'me' xD
I used : Tear The Wrapper on the lid
One More Bar through the crease and to deepen it
Break Me Up as my transition shade
One More Bar and Tear The Wrapper on my lower lashline
Bring Down Angels as my brow bone and inner corner highlight

The second look was something of an extreme rarity for me... The all matte eye look 😲
All joking aside, I think I have done this once before
- lol but not lol, i need to mix things up! xD
I used : Lick Me on the lid
Break Me Up through the crease and transition
Break Me Up on the lower lashline
White Light as my brow bone and inner corner highlight

As I have always found, these shadows lasted all day and were still immaculate when I removed them 🙌
I think that the variety of finishes once again was ideal for me. As I often go for shimmery shades, I found that in doing this palette project, it was great to have the option of matte shades that were complimentary together to create a look. I feel that this is another palette that provides you with the option of going from day to night and I think that that is perfect.

Every shade I used was very easy to blend and build-able. I noticed again that the matte shadows took a bit of extra work to swatch but they didn't apply that way - quite the contrary. In the end, I avoided using the shades on the bottom row as they looked really silver (a tone I tend to avoid), upon swatching them though, they weren't as silver as I thought they would be. They had a little warmth to them which made them rather unique. Shades I will definitely return to at some point to give a go :)

You can purchase this palette from TamBeauty for £7.99... What a steal!! 😃

I hope you found this overview of the I Heart Makeup Death By Chocolate palette helpful, I'll be back next week with the third palette in my project ♡
Until then, thank you so much for stopping by :)
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