I need another new eyeshadow palette as much as I would need a hole in the head but oh my goodness, what a beauty this one is. I currently have about three eyeshadow palettes in rotation, some of which are suitable for travel, one of which most definitely is not. Not that I need a new palette but if I were to buy a new one, I would want it to be travel friendly as, between you and me, I may have a new job to start soon which may include a lot of air miles.. So to prepare for this I am trying to make sure everything I buy is as travel friendly as possible in order to ensure I use it and get the most out of it. Which is why one of my (many) new make-up additions is perfect. Six eyeshadows, one blusher and a mirror compacted into a sturdy little palette is perfectly ideal and it comes from Tarte. Another one of the items included in my recent Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Collection which I bought from QVC for a wonderful price of £35, the Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Eye & Cheek Palette is perhaps my favourite product out of the bunch.

This Limited Edition Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Eye & Cheek Palette is a beauty. Featuring 4 matte eyeshadows, 2 shimmery eyeshadows and one matte blusher, I am surprised this palette which is mostly made up of neutral tones, is Limited Edition. It is lovely. Each shade compliments the rest perfectly and I am utterly in love with Mystified, the pretty, light warm pink matte blusher.

The eyeshadows within this palette definitely do not disappoint either. Whilst I do notice slight fallout when I apply the two darker shades, Driftwood and Sandcastle, when applied with a MAC Paint Pot underneath I find that everything stays in place all day long without creasing or fading away. Each of the eyeshadows are incredibly pigmented and they all blend like a dream using Morphe Eyeshadow Brushes. At the moment I like to apply Tide as a base, Sunset and Horizon in the crease as transition shades then Driftwood and Sandcastle blended out from the outercorners to give a really smokey eye. I also love Reflection which is a really beautiful pale pink champagne shade which has a silver shimmer running throughout. This looks lovely on the inner corners of the eye so for once, I can honestly say that I use every single shade within a palette! There is no dud shade here, no shade which has been plonked in to make up the numbers. Each shade holds their own and I haven't reached for anything else since I started to use it.

It is a real shame that this Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Eye & Cheek Palette is Limited Edition. I had never tried any eyeshadows from Tarte before and I definitely was not left disappointed. I love everything about this palette, from the outer packaging to the mirror within. Mystified, the matte pink blusher has instantly become my favourite cheek product out of all of the others that I own and the eyeshadows.. wow. So pigmented, so soft and easy to blend. There is a little bit of fallout but hey, it is worth it. I wish it wasn't Limited Edition as it is just so good.. but then again, maybe that is why it is Limited Edition!


Review | Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Eye & Cheek Palette

I have been wanting to try this product for so long. When I first started using Liz Earle products, besides the famous Hot Cloth Cleanser I was dying to try out the Skin Tonic, purely because I didn't really know what it was for. Do you drink it? Do you splash it on your face? I had only ever seen it in the full sized version and I kept telling myself to buy it to try it out but I never got round to doing so, that was until I managed to buy the Liz Earle Daily Rituals Set at Christmas which included a full-sized bottle of the Hot Cloth Cleanser, the Superskin Concentrate for Night (which is amazing) and a mini bottle of the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer.

About the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic:
"This heavenly floral-scented, non-drying toner refreshes, soothes and brightens your skin. Gentle and alcohol-free, it also adds a fine layer of moisture. Spritz onto a cotton wool pad and sweep over face and neck after using Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. Alternatively spritz over face and body to revitalise at any time. Naturally active ingredients include organic aloe vera to revitalise and soften and calendula, chamomile, cucumber and natural source vitamin E to soothe and refresh the skin."

The Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic comes in two variations bottle wise, either a pour bottle or a spray version. Strangely, the spray version is ever so slightly more expensive than that of the regular bottle but either way, they both do the same job and you still get the same results, regardless of how it comes out of the bottle. The idea of the Instant Boost Skin Tonic is to refresh and revitalize the skin after cleansing and because the tonic is packed full of naturally active ingredients, it also really helps to soothe and refresh the skin without drying it out or irritating it.

I apply the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic simply by spritzing across a clean, cleansed face, either before I go to bed as a little refresher or before I put my makeup on to give my skin a bit of moisture before I apply a heavy layer of make-up. I thought the spritzer would produce a really fine layer of the tonic, almost like a mist just to delicately coat the face but no, this spritzer means business! Rather than a really light, gentle release of product it comes out so quickly it is almost as if it is blasting you in the face. That said, it feels really refreshing and soothing on the skin and oh the smell is wonderful. It is a quite perfumed, florally scent and it is quite strong but it smells so lovely. I love the smell of it although I am sure it won't be to everyone's tastes.

Results wise it really does boost and perk the skin up and it feels really refreshing on the skin before applying make-up but I am really unsure if I would buy a full-sized version after trying this 30 ML bottle. I love the smell of the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic and it is so refreshing and uplifting on the skin without drying it out but if I had to describe the product as a whole in one word then it would be 'nice'. It is nice. It smells nice, it gives a nice refreshing feel to the skin but if I were to run out of it I wouldn't be scrambling online to order a new bottle. It is a nice, refreshing product which makes the skin feel and look nice but do I need another product which does that? Probably not, no. It is nice, though.


Review | Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer

You can never really have too many skincare products, can you? I have a whole cupboard full of moisturisers, face and body creams, toners, eye creams and cleansers all waiting patiently to be used but I just can't stop buying them. It is always best to have some back-up, or in my case, about 36 back-up products! My current favourite skincare product to buy is cleansers. I am a bit of a hoarder and own quite a lot already but I love trying out new products to see if I can find a new favourite. At the moment, nothing can really beat the legendary Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser or the Bee Good Honey & Propolis Cleanser which is so thick and creamy, it feels so luxurious on the skin but I really want to find a much cheaper alternative to those two to see if I can find something jut as good but half the price. I recently saw that some of Soap and Glory's skincare products were on offer in Boots so I decided to try out the Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk to see how that fared in comparison to my other two faves.

About the Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk:
"PEACHES AND CLEAN™ Deep Cleansing Milk features a special clogged-pore formula with PEACH & GOJUICE™ extracts and an OXYGINSENG™ daily skin detox which will help to purify and clarify, invigorate, soften skin, and melt away makeup, dirt, and impurities for a smooth, luminous complexion."

The Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk smells just as incredible as you would expect. I absolutely love Soap and Glory products, not only because they aren't the gimmick they appear to be but because all of their products just smell good enough to eat. The Soap and Glory Smoothie Breakfast Star Scrub in particular smells so incredible that every time I go into Boots I can't help but smell it. Is that strange? I hope not. Fortunately this Cleansing Milk is no exception although it doesn't smell how I thought it would do. I expected it to smell of peaches and cream but instead it smells like peaches and mint. It is a really strange combination but it smells really refreshing - just like peaches and toothpaste. 

I have never used a Cleansing Milk before so I expected this product to have the consistency of actual milk but no, it is just like an ever-so-slightly looser version of a creamy cleanser. It is very light in consistency and it practically melts into the skin when rubbed in. The Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk is designed to melt away make-up although I don't use this product for that purpose. I take my make-up off first with a make-up removing wipe then apply the Cleansing Milk afterwards to help remove any final bits that I previously missed and everything just gets melted away. It is so gentle on the skin and once wiped away with a warm muslin cloth the skin is left feeling really soft, cleansed and fresher than before.

I really wasn't expecting much from this product considering I usually go for really thick and creamy cleansers but I love the light texture of this Cleansing Milk. You can practically feel it melting away your make-up and it feels so gentle and lightweight on the skin. A little goes a really long way with just two little pumps plenty for the entire face so this 350 ML bottle is guaranteed to last you a while. I also love the packaging to this product as you can lock and unlock the pump, making it perfect for travel. I absolutely love this product and I am really glad I have found a deep cleansing product from the drugstore which costs less than £10!


Review | Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk

I have had a lot of experience when it comes to matte liquid lipsticks. I have lost count as to how many I own although I haven't bought any new ones in the recent months. I have tried an awful lot of matte liquid lipsticks ranging from the cheap and cheerful from NYX and Colourpop, right up to the incredibly expensive Kylie Lip Kits. Wow, what an expensive lesson they were. Don't get me wrong, they are probably my favourite out of all of the various brands I have tried but the cost of them is extortionate when you take all of the extra fees into consideration. I would hate to think how much money I have given to Kylie and I am sure if I added everything up then I would probably feel a bit sick so what I don't know can't hurt me, I guess! Anyway, when I was in Dubai in September I couldn't resist a little trip to Sephora and I ended up walking away with a new matte liquid lipstick..or four. Two of which were from a brand I was unfamilar with, Huda Beauty.

The ladies in Dubai were literally crowded around the Huda Beauty stand, swatching like crazy and shoving people out of the way to get their most coveted shade. I had never seen anything like it. It was what I imagine a wedding dress sample sale to be like, or Black Friday in Dixons with everyone pushing and shoving over 20 quid off a telly. After a little while of watching in amusement I thought "hey, they must be good if they are reacting this way" so I joined the crowd and grabbed two lip products. Today I want to show you the HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Trophy Wife.

About the HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks:
"Non-drying, featherweight, densely-pigmented and with a stunning, suedette finish, there’s nothing about Huda Beauty’s Liquid Mattes we’re not obsessed with. Already causing a furore, the silky formula applies like a lipgloss then dries in moments – cloaking your pout with a smooth, kiss-resistant veil of vibrant colour that won’t smudge, flake or transfer. Enriched with nourishing ingredients, there’s a shade to match each of the bestselling Lip Contour pencils, alongside seven stunning new hues ranging from deep plum (Material Girl) to on-trend ‘90s beige-brown (Spice Girl) – but be warned! These won’t stick around so snap yours up before your best friend beats you to it. "

The HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks are available in 16 different shades with 16 identical Lip Contours (that's lip liners to you and I) to ensure precise application. I love that each shade has its own liner as sometimes it can be really hard to find a liner which matches the lipstick and whilst it may look good on Little Mix, I am really not a fan of nude lipstick and dark brown lip liner. No, just no. When I bought my lipsticks, the matching liners had sold out so I have had to make do without but I do really think the matching lip liner would help create a much neater and precise application.

Trophy Wife is a pretty deep rosy pink, although I do think the photo on the front of the packaging makes it appear a little more purple than it actually is. Trophy Wife is a very wearable lipstick which, when applied, is actually a lot more muted than I thought it would be as I expected it to be a lot deeper with more purple tones than it actually has. It is still a really lovely shade and actually it is more wearable than I thought it was going to be. When it comes down to application I do find it to be slightly messy but name me a liquid lipstick which doesn't require 5 minutes of complete silence and a very steady hand? I really think the matching lip liner would make application a dream but the lipstick still looks good regardless, and that's the main thing after all.

Once applied, Trophy Wife appears to have more of a shine finish but after a few moments it dries down completely matte. I always seem to have dry lips, regardless of how many times I 'seductively' lick my lips throughout the day but surprisingly I didn't find that the HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick showed up any dry areas at all. I found that once it had dried it did feel quite heavy on the lips - not in an uncomfortable way but you can definitely feel that something is on there so it definitely isn't the most lightweight liquid lipstick that I have tried. Longevity wise it stays put all day long without budging or transferring which is pretty damn good. I didn't find that it cracked or peeled off whatsoever so I literally cannot fault the longevity at all. If you want a long-lasting lipstick then this is definitely one to consider!

I have to just mention the smell of these HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks as, Christ, they smell bad. So bad. The worst smelling lipstick I have ever owned. I hate synthetic, vanilla smells and blimey, this is the strongest synthetic vanilla scent I have smelt. The first time I went to apply Trophy Wife I was so shocked at the smell, it was horrendous and unfortunately it lingers on the lips for quite a long time. It is like walking around with a Vanilla Yankee Candle attached to your lips which is alright if you like that sort of thing but I really don't have the stomach for it.

If I were just to review this product on the lipstick alone then I would say it is probably the best matte liquid lipsticks I have tried. They remind me of the Kylie Lip Kits in consistency and texture but ever so slightly cheaper and I absolutely love the shade range. I would happily own every single shade as they are all so beautiful and I love that you can buy the matching lip liner to make for an easier and precise application. They stay put all day long without budging, transferring or creasing and I really could not ask more from a lipstick. The only thing that really lets this product down is the smell. Why every single liquid lipstick must have an overwhelmingly sickly sweet scent to it I will never know but boy, this is probably the worst I have smelt out of all I have tried. I will still continue to wear Trophy Wife, of course I will, it is too good to waste away in a drawer but if I look a little bit green in the face then it is because I am trying not to be ill over inhaling the smell but hey, at least my lips will look gooood!


Review | HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Trophy Wife

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