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Other // My MAC Eyeshadow Collection

My recent post on my MAC Paint Pot Collection seemed to go down really well so I thought I would re-create it with my little eyeshadow collection. I think you will be able to tell from the photos that my eyeshadows aren't as well used as the paint pots are. The truth is, I just don't reach for them everyday like I do with the paint pots. And to be honest, I am not sure why.

MAC Eyeshadows are incredibly pigmented, velvety soft and last all day long. Out of the six that I own, they all have a subtle shimmer to them which does very slightly fallout when applying. Because of this, I apply my eye make-up first when using MAC Eyeshadows before applying my foundation and concealer afterwards. 

I think another reason why I don't wear these eyeshadows too often is due to the shades that I own. I wouldn't say they were day-to-day eyeshadows, nor are they my go-to neutral toned eyeshadows. Out of the six that I own, my most used are Cranberry and Mythology. 

Here are my MAC Eyeshadows, in order of the above swatches!
Greensmoke- Tarnished olive.
Knight Divine- Black with silver pearl. 
Expensive Pink- Pink with duochrome.
Seedy Pearl- Chilled lavender pink.
Cranberry- Red plum with pink shimmer.
Mythology- Copper.

Like the paint posts, these eyeshadows too last forever and a little goes a long way. £13 for a single eyeshadow may seem pricey but if you think about how long you will own it and how long it will last you, you definitely won't feel so bad parting with your cash! If you are yet to try a MAC Eyeshadow then I really, really recommend them.


Review // Lush Cinders Bath Bomb

Another week, another Lush Bath Bomb. Up until recently, I wasn't too bothered about bath bombs, or Lush products as a whole, to be honest. I couldn't see the point of spend £3, £4 on a bath bomb of which I would get one use. Having a relaxing bath that costs roughly £4 per time is a fairly expensive habit to get into so an occasional treat is fine by me!

The most recent bath bomb I purchased was the Lush Cinders Bath Bomb. It seems to just be out at Christmas time to enjoy around the festive season, although you wouldn't immediately think this from its immediate appearance. Whilst it does not scream Father Christmas or Yuletide Joy, it does smell an awful lot like Christmas. It smells spicy which is incredibly warming and immediately makes me think of Christmas!

About the Lush Cinders Bath Bomb:
"With stimulating cinnamon leaf oil, the warmth of the hearth and the scents of hot fruit punch are a bath away. Skip the open fire and curl up with a fireside gathering of coarse sea salt and popping candy instead."

Doesn't it just sound warm and comforting? I feel all warm inside just reading the description! Like with all of the Lush bath bombs I buy, I try not to look them up online beforehand so I get a nice little surprise when I drop the bath bomb under hot water. Because of this, I didn't quite hear the sound of the bath bomb crackling like fireside, purely because I wasn't listening out for it. When dropped under hot water, Cinders immediately dissolves into a yellow haze and the red crackles dissolve with the hot water. Whilst it wasn't as aesthetically pleasing when dissolving like some other Lush bath bombs, it was nice. Not spectacular, just nice.

Unfortunately, like a previous Christmas Lush bath bomb I have tried, Dashing Santa, Cinders was not too pleasant to sit in. Not because of the warming, spicy scent, but purely because of the colour. Whilst Dashing Santa made it look like I was on a rather heavy period, Cinders made it look as if I couldn't be bothered to get out of the bath to have a wee. Urine yellow does not a pleasant bath make.

Overall, it was a pleasant bath bomb that whilst it smelt divine, nothing too amazing happened and the final colour made me want to get out of the bath immediately.


Other // My Favourite Black Friday Deals

Let's not beat around the bush here. Black Friday is slightly irritating, right? For the last week or so, every day I have been bombarded with dozens of emails regarding Black Friday sales, each email tempting me more and more. Although Black Friday is not just a day now, is it? It is now a whole week. Black Friday week, Black Friday weekend..

The scenes last year of everyone fighting over a few crappy tv's in their local Asda that no-one really needed but as it was included in the 'Black Friday event' everyone believed was an incredible bargain had me laughing at my laptop screen. What have we become? Fighting strangers for a 28-inch telly with a tenner off. Ludicrous. 

That said though, I am obviously going to take advantage to all of those deals that are flagged in my inbox. But as I place all of my Black Friday orders, I will ask myself this - will I pay full price for this? If yes, then proceed. If no, then I will delete that item from my basket. It's only a bargain if you wanted it in the first place.

Here is my pick of the Black Friday deals and some discount codes for you all. Happy shopping! Oh, and if you are going to be camping out overnight for that flat screen telly outside Tesco, wrap up warm, yep?!

ASOS- CYBER. 20% off. Ends 1/12.
SELFRIDGES- SELFCCE. 20% off. Ends 29/11.





Happy shopping!!


Other // Would You Rather? Beauty Edition

I love blog posts like this so when I saw it on Beauteur recently, I thought I would give it a go too! I actually think I might have done this before but never mind, my thoughts might have changed since then!

1.) Would you rather lose all of your mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks, and lip glosses or lose all of your palettes and eye shadows? 
I'd rather lose my mascaras, eyeliners and lipsticks as I just don't think I can live without eyeshadow. I can fake eyeliner with eyeshadow so that wouldn't be a problem but I would definitely miss mascara!
2.) Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?
I'd rather chop it all off. In fact, I did do today but hey, that is a story for another time. Hair really benefits from a haircut now and again so I definitely could not go without not cutting my hair.
3.) Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?
I would much rather have a coral cheek. I try and stay away from pink blusher as my face is quite red anyway so I think pink blusher just makes me look embarrassed all the time.
4.) If you had £1000 to spend, would you rather buy clothes or makeup?
Clothes, definitely. I would have a wonderful time in River Island!
5.) Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner, or eyeliner as lipstick?
I would definitely rather apply lipstick as eyeliner. You can get some wonderful dark lipstick shades in MAC so they would be quite the dream on the eye, I reckon.
6.) Would you rather only shop at MAC or Sephora?
Ahhhh! This is a hard one. I think Sephora as they stock so many varieties of brands in there, you get more choice.
7.) Would you rather only use one eyeshadow color or one lip color for the rest of your life?
I would probably wear one eyeshadow for the rest of my life. I wear pretty much the same tones day in day out so that wouldn't bother me too much! 
8.) Would you rather wear winter clothes in summer or summer clothes in winter?
I suppose it depends on what sort of clothes we are speaking of. Are we talking about a fully fledged ski suit complete with goggles and boots? Or just a coat and a bobble hat? Because of that I would probably wear summer clothes in winter. I would rather get hypothermia than heatstroke.
9.) Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year round?
Dark nails. I am kind of over neon colours at the moment.
10.) Would you rather give up your favorite lip product or your favorite eye product?
I'd give up the lip product. I could happily live without lipstick but no way could I live without eye products.
11.) Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a ponytail or a messy bun?
A ponytail. I just cannot pull off that messy bun that takes hours to create.
12.) Would your rather never be able to paint your nails again or never use lip gloss?
Never use lip gloss as I don't use it anyway!
13.) Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all or sharpie them in everyday?
Sharpie them every day. I would never shave my eyebrows off.
14.) Would you rather live without makeup or nail polish?
Err.. I cannot stand my nails without nail polish on them. Even the feel of a bare nail makes me feel all inadequate but that said, I would scare everyone away if I didn't wear make-up so as much as it would devastate me, I would have to live without nail polish.

Well, that was fun. I hoped you had fun reading it. Post a link below if you have answered this Would You Rather? I would love to see your answers!


Other // My Current Everyday Make-Up Products

 I thought I would do a post on what my current everyday make-up is. This is the make-up that I have found myself using practically everyday for the past few weeks! I will say that after photographing all of the above, my Sephora foundation slipped out of my make-up bag and smashed on the floor which, as you can imagine, is pretty devastating. I will look back at these photos of it as if I were looking at an old friend.

For the face:
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in Light Vanilla- I bought this foundation a while ago due to its high regard amongst the blogging world with everyone saying it makes a flawless base due to its medium/full coverage. I do agree to an extent but even the lightest shade is slightly too orange for me so I have to mix it with another foundation. When it runs out I think I will try a different foundation but I will happily revert back to this one if needs be.
Sephora 10hr Wear Perfection Foundation in Light Ivory- RIP old pal. I bought this in Sephora in America and I am absolutely gutted it smashed on the floor - so much so I did wonder if I should just scrape it off of the floor but no, that is going too far. This foundation is much thicker and creamier in consistency compared to Bourjois Healthy Mix and a small pump is definitely all you need to cover the whole of the face. Like my other foundation, this is just a tiny bit too dark for my skin so I will definitely buy the lightest shade in the range when I come to repurchase.
Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights- A new, recent favourite. I haven't had this highlighter for long but I have worn it everyday since I bought it. I recently reviewed it and for £3, I cannot fault it. It is a beautiful off-white highlighter which is perfect for the cheekbones.
Natural Collection Solo Eyeshadow in Willow- I know this is a powder eyeshadow but it makes for the most gorgeous highlight! Another new favourite which I recently reviewed, this eyeshadow/highlighter hybrid is a beautiful shimmery pink champagne which is intensely pigmented and a bargain at £1.99.
ELF Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in Turks & Caicos- I have owned this duo blush and bronzing powder palette for a while now and it went unused for a while. I recently re-discovered it as I went through my make-up and I have made sure to add it into my everyday make-up routine. I love each shades individually and they both are perfect for contouring.
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent- A pure essential. Immediately makes my oily, shiny face completely matte with just a few sweeps of a brush. I couldn't live without it and I don't mind reapplying throughout the day!

For the eyes:
BareMinerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer- Another new addition to my make-up bag, this is a mini version of their popular eyelid primer. It may be small but goodness me, it works like a dream. It does exactly what you want it to do and makes eyeshadow stay put all day long. I will 100% be purchasing the full size!
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Vintage Selection- I absolutely adore MAC Paint Pots which might be evident from my recent post on my Paint Pot collection. Vintage Selection is the newest shade in my collection and along with Painterly, it is m most used. It is the most beautiful champagne shimmer and looks lovely on its own or on top of other eyeshadows.
Natural Collection Solo Eyeshadow in Willow- As well as using this eyeshadow as a highlight, it is also a beautiful eyeshadow! For £1.99 it is incredibly pigmented and a real bargain.
BareMinerals The Finer Things Eyeshadow Palette- I reviewed this eyeshadow palette yesterday and I am utterly in love with it. Each eyeshadow is intensely pigmented and I would say they were on par with MAC, if not better. For £16.99 this eyeshadow palette is wonderful. 
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper- My favourite eyeliner of all time. It is intense in colour, lasts all day, does not budge or smudge and most of all, it makes creating a winged liner effortless due to its fine tip. I would repurchase this until the end of time!

What are your current everyday make-up products?


Review // BareMinerals The Finer Things Eyeshadow Palette

BareMinerals The Finer Things Eyeshadow Palette - £16.99*
I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with a website called Save On Make Up via The Blogger Programme and I got sent this gorgeous little eyeshadow palette to try out, along with a Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain. The palette I was sent was the BareMinerals The Finer Things Eyeshadow Palette which came with a mini BareMinerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer*.

Before I tell you about the product, let me tell you about Save On Make Up! Save On Make Up is a website where you can buy high end and drugstore make-up at discounted prices, making your money stretch a lot further. With brands such as MAC, BareMinerals, Too Faced, Urban Decay and YSL featured on the website, it is definitely a website to save to your favourites.

About the BareMinerals The Finer Things Eyeshadow Palette:
"Splurge on the finer things in life with the BareMinerals The Finer Things Set, a perfect gift for those who want wearable eye shadow colours with an extra bit of glamour. BareMinerals READY Eyeshadows provide vivid, long-lasting colours in a silky texture for seamless blendability. As always, it contains the SeaNutritive Mineral Complex which helps to deliver a softer, smoother, revitalised eye area. Apply over Prime Time Eyelid Primer to maximise the intensity and staying power of these eyeshadows for crease-proof, fade-proof looks."

I haven't tried any of BareMinerals make-up before so I wasn't too sure what the pigmentation or longevity would be like but I was definitely looking forward to trying each shade out. Inside the set is the Prime Time Eyelid Primer and an eyeshadow quad with a duo end brush which I am yet to try. Also in the set is a little guide to show you which eyeshadows to wear together which I think is quite handy to have and a nice little extra.

I will do a separate post on the primer which I love so much it deserves its own post but let's talk about the eyeshadows. Each eyeshadow has its own name which makes it much easier when trying to distinguish each shade so let's go through them.

Penthouse- Black glitz. Penthouse is deep black matte with silver sparkle running throughout which is incredibly pigmented. You only need the tiniest amount of Penthouse to get into the crease of the eye due to its intense pigmentation. What I love most about this eyeshadow is that the silver sparkle is very evident on the eyelid which I find some darker eyeshadows manage to lose their sparkle when applied. I think it would be incredibly easy to get carried away with this eyeshadow but hey, that is not a bad thing.
Custom Made- Pink quartz pearl. Custom Made is a beautiful soft pink with an almost metallic shimmer running through it. It instantly reminded me of MAC's Expensive Pink without the orange undertones. I would actually go one step further and say I much prefer this to Expensive Pink. I find it be soft, blendable and intensely pigmented.
Chateau- Slate stone. Chateau is a dark grey with an almost matte finish. I think out of all of the shades in the palette, this is one of the shades I am least likely to use but I can imagine it would look beautiful buffed into the crease of a matte nude eyeshadow.
Truffle- Glistening chestnut. Truffle is a golden copper with a metallic shimmer running throughout. As shades go, I think I already own this eyeshadow in many other similar palettes so colourwise it is nothing original but it a beautiful, easy to wear chestnut shade.
First Class- Light silver sheen. First class is a cool pewter shade with a metallic shimmer running throughout. Like all of the other shades in the palette, this shade is intense in pigmentation, soft to the touch and incredibly easy to blend and apply.
Upgrade- Upgrade is a wearable taupe with brown undertones. It has a metallic finish and is intensely pigmented. I think out of all of the shades in the palette, this is the shade I have worn the most as it is the most neutral eyeshadow in the quad.
Fivestar- White light. White light is a white eyeshadow with a satin finish. Out of all of the eyeshadows in the palette, I doubt I will never wear this shade. I am so pale and ghostly white already, I really cannot see myself reaching for this eyeshadow which is a shame as it is beautifully pigmented and I love the satin finish.
Private Isle- Cobalt sheen. A dark blue eyeshadow that is neither metallic or matte in finish. It is not very bright which makes it more wearable but it is rather subdued in colour. Like Fivestar, I can't imagine myself wearing this eyeshadow too much.

All of these eyeshadows are beautifully soft and easy to blend. As eyeshadow palettes go, it is a varied bunch of shades put together but they all work well together. I cannot fault their pigmentation or their longevity - they last all day and do not crease nor have I experienced fallout at all. Overall, I am very impressed with this quad and would say the eyeshadows are just as good as MAC Eyeshadows, if not better.

(In the photos above, the shades swatched are as followed:
Image 1 - Penthouse, First Class, Custom Made, Upgrade.
Image 2 - Chateau, Fivestar, Truffle, Private Isle)


Review // Natural Collection Solo Eyeshadow in Willow

It has been quite a while since I browsed the Natural Collection stand in Boots. I am definitely in no way a make-up snob. If I like a product then I don't care what brand it is or which shop I bought it from - after all, we don't wear the labels on our face, do we?

I love watching Youtube videos at the moment and a channel in particular that I take great enjoyment out of watching is Jamie Genevieve. Jamie is a professional make-up artist and I can only dream of having her talent for all things make-up related. A little while ago she upoaded a video of a drugstore make-up tutorial and I sat and watched in awe. The girl can do wonders and one item in particular that she used was one that I decided I had to have, in hope that I could create her masterpiece on my own face. The product in particular was the Natural Collection Solo Eyeshadow in Willow.

In the video Jamie uses the Natural Collection Eyeshadow as an eyeshadow and as a highlight and it is gorgeous. It looked so beautiful, especially on the cheekbones for a subtle shimmery pink champagne highlight. At the moment I am currently building my highlighter collection but it is nice to have a 2-in-1 product that costs just £1.99!

Packaging wise, as the product is cheap then of course the packaging will be too. In the video, Jamie's eyeshadow actually fell out of the packaging so it goes to show what you are working with but that hasn't happened to me yet. I have quite a few Natural Collection lipsticks and I can't even remember how many times I went to twist up my lipstick to use to find the whole bullet had broken off inside the plastic packaging. 

Product wise, I cannot fault it. It really is the most beautiful cool toned shimmery eyeshadow/highlight that is an absolute bargain at £1.99. I did try to take photos of Willow on the skin without flash but my camera did it no justice whatsoever which is a shame as I would love for you all to see what it is actually like, although Jamie's original tutorial is probably the best place to view it in all its glory. Considering it only costs less than £2.00, this eyeshadow is well pigmented and soft to the touch which makes it incredibly easy to buff and blend on the eyelids and the cheeks. It lasts fairly well on the face, especially so as I have fairly oily skin and I find make-up seems to shine away as soon as I have applied it.

Overall, I just cannot fault it. If you want a cheap, easy to use, easy to wear eyeshadow come highlighter then look no further. 


Other // My Current Favourite Things

A slightly different post from me today. I thought I would do a little 'my current favourite things' post that is mainly non-beauty related just so you can subtly find out a little bit more me! If you follow me on twitter then you may occasionally see me mention a few of these things - that's if you can get through the scheduled tweets, ha ha.

One Direction- My favourite. I love One Direction so much. Harry Styles even more than that, if it were possible. Whilst my bedroom is not a shrine to all things 1D, I do own a One Direction t-shirt. And a necklace that says 'Mrs Styles' on. No, really, I do! Their new song Perfect is currently on repeat on Spotify, and in my head. I won't lie to you, I was utterly shocked and horrified when I heard that they were 'having a break' and don't even get me started on Zayn leaving!!

Christmas- I am 100% in the festive spirit now. We have just over a month until the big day and in my eyes, each sleep is one step closer. I could quite happily watch Christmas movies all day long and relish in the cosiness and sheer joy of it all. Unfortunately I have only purchased one Christmas present so far and I am in serious debate with myself over keeping it for myself so...

My nails- Okay, slightly weird one but my nails are so long and lovely at the moment, I keep staring at them. I am currently wearing a beautiful nude nail polish from Mavala which I will post about soon! When I meet someone for the first time, the first thing I notice about them is their hands so I think it is important to have well looked after nails. Obviously if you have an issue with biting your nails then you can't help that but I'm really lucky that I have never decided to make a meal out of my nails. 

Candles- Awfully stereotypical but I am currently really enjoying candles! When I get home from work of an evening, all I want to do is sit and watch tv whilst occassionally seeing the flicker of a flame out of the corner of my eye. I have an awful lot - one would say I am a bit of a hoarder - so I have a lot to get through.

Missguided Lingerie- A couple of days ago I wrote a post on the Missguided lingerie collection and I have not stopped thinking about it since. I think the bras are so pretty. If I could get away with wearing one visibly so all could enjoy then I would do. I am contemplating placing a pretty hefty Missguided order and I believe a few of their lingerie will end up in my online basket.

Makeup Revolution Baked Highlighters- I bought the Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights recently and it has very quickly become one of my favourite make-up products. I cannot believe it is only £3! It is a beautiful off-white shimmery powder which looks beautiful along the cheekbones for a soft glow which can quite easily be built up for a stronger highlight. You can win one and a Makeup Revolution Concealer Palette in my giveaway!

Spotify- Remember the days of the MP3 players and old, chunky iPods? The day I got my first MP3 player, I could have cried with happiness. I even remember getting it, such a monumental day in my life it was. Well those days are gone. Now all of our music is found on one little app and it is glorious. I only discovered Spotify recently but it has opened my eyes! All of my embarrassing music can be found at one handy little place. Lovely. 

My Blog- This little website is definitely one of my favourites. I am putting more time and effort into it and hopefully that comes across in the regular posts that I am creating and trying to publish daily. I recently mentioned that I had an on/off relationship with my blog. I fell out of love with it, I hated my blog layout, I didn't like what I was posting.. I felt like I was fighting a losing battle. I decided to change my attitude so I purchased my own domain, I purchased a blog layout.. I decided to spend more time on my photos and how I edit them, I generally made more of an effort and now I absolutely adore writing content, finding new things to share with you all and generally being a part of the blogging bubble. 

Your blog- Whilst writing my own, I love reading others! I currently have 843 posts to read on Bloglovin' so it is fairly hard to catch up but I try and comment on every post I read with positive messages, just like the ones you all leave me.

(Just want to clarify that I did not buy the Mrs Styles necklace for myself, nor do I wear it!)

Brand Focus // Missguided Lingerie Collection

I was so excited earlier today to find out that one of my favourite online brands, Missguided, have launched a lingerie line! I will admit and say that I find underwear shopping very, very boring, mostly because all of the pretty lingerie is so expensive I daren't look at it. I absolutely love the lingerie NastyGal sell but it is pretty much on the pricey side and don't get me started on Agent Provocateur. Sometimes I waste a hell of a lot of time browsing through their website looking at all of the beautiful matching sets. Although, that said, I can imagine my body will look a hell of a lot different in them than on the model!

Missguided's affordable lingerie collection has the perfect mix of sultry and everyday underwear that is very similar to NastyGal whilst being more affordable whilst forgoing the hefty shipping charges that their items come with. Just browsing through the new collection on the Missguided site, I have already added a few items into my online basket. (One thing to note - some of the bras aren't sized in the standard bra sizes, instead they are sized by clothing size.)

About the new Missguided Lingerie Collection:
"Introducing the new Lingerie collection from Missguided, for the late night lovers and the dirty dreamers. If it’s a little support you’re looking for, we've got your back girl with silky lace push up bra’s and deep plunge super push-ups. Undress to impress to reveal sexy satin pieces or wear me out in a satin gold triangle bra, worn beneath a hot-as-hell sheer t-shirt. It’s not what’s on the outside, it’s what’s underneath that counts."

Here are a few items that have caught my eye and have ended up in my online basket!
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What do you think? Will you be buying anything from the new Missguided lingerie collection?


Review // Mavala Nail Color Cream in Mexico

You all know how much I absolutely love nail varnish, which is the reason why I own well over 100 bottles. The fact that I own so many doesn't bother me - I love variety and choice. The one issue I have with owning so many is storing them. How does one store over 100 nail varnishes so they are all upright and not on display? If you have any special ways of storing your nail varnishes then please let me know in the comments!

Due to owning so many, I very rarely buy new ones but I recently decided to treat myself. I bought the Mavala Nail Color Cream in Mexico which I was really looking forward to trying as I have never used Mavala products before. One of the reasons why I bought a Mavala nail varnish is due to the size. For £4.75 you get a small 5ML bottle for your money which doesn't sound much when you can buy a 10ML bottle of Barry M for £2.95 but how often do you finish a bottle of nail varnish? I think I can count on one hand how many times I have finished a bottle of one particular colour. That said though, I am definitely not going to pay more for a bottle of nail varnish just because it is in a smaller bottle! 

About the Mavala Nail Color Cream:
"The long-lasting quality paint produces a professional finish that's even, smooth and glossy, yet comes off easily with one sweep of remover. The small pots are perfect for travel or handbag. The iconic 5ML pots of colour are an affordable way to buy into key trends. Unlike traditional nail colour, Mavala's unique formula delivers microscopic air pockets to allow nails to breath, ensuring your natural nails are cared for."

Mexico is a deep, dark purple nail varnish which can look almost black in certain lights. I have worn this shade continuously for two weeks (with re-applications!) and I have had so many compliments. Whilst the shade is not particularly unique, it is beautiful. It is the most perfect Autumn/Winter shade, one that I will most definitely be wearing for a long time to come. 

Formula wise, it is fairly middle of the road. It isn't thin or sheer and you can get a good opaque block of colour with just one coating but I do apply a few coats out of habit. I have to say that I was quite disappointed that Mavala claim that this is a long-lasting nail varnish when it isn't, not really. I didn't apply a top coat and noticed minor chipping within a day, although it is only minor and nothing that a little going over won't solve. It dried fairly quickly which is a massive plus as I can't sit still for long! 

Overall, I love this little nail varnish. It does chip a little without a top coat which is a shame, but I love the colour which is an incredibly wearable shade for Autumn/Winter.


Other // My MAC Paint Pot Collection

My first ever MAC purchase was a Paint Pot. I had a discount code for Debenhams online and didn't know what to buy so after careful consideration that lasted many hours, I finally purchased the MAC Paint Pot in Painterly. That was a very long time ago and even now, all these years later, it is still my favourite. You can see how much of it I have used in the photos above which was why it was featured in my recent most used beauty products post.  

MAC Paint Pots are my ultimate favourite MAC products. You can either use them on their own or underneath another eyeshadow. They are the perfect primer too, they do not crease and they help other eyeshadows stay put all day long. £16 does sound fairly steep for essentially one eye product but they last so long! I have had Painterly for so long I can't remember, I use it nearly every day and I still have about 1/5 of product left which is remarkable considering how many uses you get out of the little pot. 

Because I love them so much, I thought I would share with you my little collection! I only have five but I definitely want a few more, in fact I am already eyeing up the shade Perky, which is a cream coral with a white pearl finish. 

From left - right
Stormy Pink- Muted lavender with a grey base.
Vintage Selection- Warm peach with a champagne shimmer.
Painterly- Nude beige.
Frozen Violet- Frozen silver with taupe undertones.
Groundwork- Mid-tone neutral taupe.

Out of the five above, my most used are Painterly, Vintage Selection and Frozen Violet. I haven't found myself reaching for Stormy Pink or Groundwork that often but I will make more of an effort to do so, especially as they are so wearable and have many uses. 

What do you think? Do you own any MAC Paint Pots?


Review // Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum

Did you realise you were looking at heaven in a bottle? No? Well you are in for a little treat! Last year Yves Saint Laurent bought out their latest perfume, Black Opium. It is based around the original, bestselling Yves Saint Laurent Opium Eau de Parfum, a fragrance I am yet to try. Whilst writing this review I decided to delve a little deeper into the YSL perfume world and I was surprised to read that the Creative Direction of Yves Saint Laurent sent out a press release shortly after the release of the Black Opium Perfume, stating that under no circumstances was he involved with the fragrance and he wanted nothing to do with it. I can't understand why as it is pretty glorious.

About the Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum:
"Discover Black Opium, the new feminine fragrance by Yves Saint Laurent - new glam rock fragrance full of mystery and energy. An addictive gourmand floral with notes of: Black Coffee - for a shot of adrenaline; White Florals - to instantly seduce; and Vanilla - for sweetness and sensuality."

I will admit and say that whilst I had heard of the Yves Saint Laurent Opium Perfume, I have never smelt it nor can I recall seeing it in the perfume stands of department stores. I think this is due to the bottle and packaging. It is essentially the same as Black Opium without the glitter texture whilst being incredibly..brown. It would not stand out to me on the shelves so I am pleased to say that the Black Opium version is entirely different! I immediately spotted it when I walked into Boots recently and couldn't resist a little smell - it is truly wonderful. It is dark, deep and, dare I say it, sensual. It is not the perfume for bright, summer days. Instead, it is the perfect scent for dark Autumn/Winter nights where you are rushing out the door in your sequined dress with your heels in your hand, dark red lipstick on.

The packaging and bottle is beautiful. Dark and glittery - completely appealing to a younger audience. The glitter is just a textured coating so you needn't worry about the glitter falling off the bottle whenever you pick it up to spray yourself. But, of course, the best bit of any perfume should be the smell and luckily this does not disappoint! With notes such as vanilla, black coffee and white florals, this fragrance is dark, warm and spicy. One spray on the pulse points is plenty as this perfume is long-lasting and lingers on the skin all day. It may be a pricey perfume but it is well worth every penny and most definitely a luxurious treat.


Other // Makeup Revolution Ultra Cover and Conceal Palette + More Giveaway!

I have been thinking about doing a giveaway for a while now so here we are! It is just a little one for now but I will be having a very exciting giveaway planned soon so keep an eye out!

Today I am giving away the Makeup Revolution Ultra Cover and Conceal Palette in Light - Medium and the Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights which I recently reviewed. I absolutely love this powder highlighter. It is more of an off-white shade rather than golden but it is truly beautiful on the cheekbones.

In order to win the above, and a few other lovely things, just enter your details into the widget below. Please complete the mandatory entry requirements and it is up to if you would like to enter the other requirements for a bigger chance of winning! Don't be a sneaky sneak as I will check :)
P.s, UK only, sorry!

I will pick a winner at random on the 13th of December so good luck!


Review // Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights

I have been after a really pretty, shimmery highlight for a while now. I was tempted to treat myself to the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade but before I hit that checkout button on the MAC website, I decided to have a little look in my local drugstores first. Fast forward to today when I spent 36 minutes staring at the same make-up stand in Superdrug. I know. 36 minutes. That is indecisiveness for you. I did come away with a few items though, including this little beauty. The Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights. Want to know the best thing? This is a dupe for MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade! 

The Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights is a phenomenally pretty powder highlighter that is creamy white in colour; not really golden at all. I expected it to feel quite gritty in texture and fortunately it isn't. Instead, it is silky smooth to touch although it can feel a little bit chalky but only just a little bit. I bought this earlier today and as soon as I got home I decided I couldn't wait until tomorrow to try it out so I immediately took my make-up off and re-applied it. If this highlighter looks pretty in the pan then goodness me, does it look good on the face!

I applied the highlighter to the top of my cheekbones using a fan brush and it instantly gave me the pretty, shimmery highlight that I have been longing for. One small swipe of product on my brush was plenty to cover both cheekbones whilst leaving a healthy glow to the face although this can be built up quite easily if you wanted a stronger highlight. It stayed put for the rest of the day without wearing away or fading and there is no glitter fallout either.

For £3, I cannot speak highly of this product. It is a beautiful, soft powder highlight that is easy to build up to a stronger shimmer if you so desired. For three measly pounds you get a massive 7.5g of product which is guaranteed to last you a very long time, especially as a little goes a long way. One small little niggle is the packaging. I really would not want to drop this product as I imagine it will all end in tears! Whilst I wouldn't say it was flimsy, it does feel slightly cheap but as the product is so god damn good, I think we can let that go!

I have a little giveaway coming tomorrow so keep an eye out!