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Review | Spectrum Eyeshadow Brushes

At the moment I can't seem to stop buying make-up brushes - eyeshadow brushes in particular are my current obsession. I recently bought some Morphe brushes which I wrote a little post about declaring my love for and I haven't stopped using them since. They weren't very expensive at all - each brush I bought costing just £2.50. I use three of them every day when doing my make-up and they blend out eyeshadow beautifully. To begin with I did notice a slight bit of shredding from the bristles but it was only one or two here or there. Because I loved them so much, I decided to try some more but this time from the brand Spectrum.

Spectrum brushes have become so popular recently. They look pretty and the sets they offer are not only beautiful in appearance but they are also reasonable priced - even more so when they have a sale! Because I have seen so much of Spectrum on social media I really wanted to try out a few of the brushes and see how they compare to the ones I already own, and more importantly, to see if they live up to the hype. 

Spectrum A16 Precision Crease Brush
Small, flat precision crease brush with firm and rounded bristles. Use for precise application of cream and powder eye colour to the crease of the eyelid. This little beauty is perfect for creating an on trend cut crease look. The small head is also ideal for applying product to the lower lash line and inner corners of the eye.

Spectrum A13 Short Smudge Brush
This beautiful brush is the perfect tool for applying powder or cream eyeshadow around the lower lash line, to get a soft & smudgy effect. The short bristles are feathered, so you can build the colour to be as intense as you like.

Spectrum A07 Stubby Shader Brush 
The bristles on this brush are still soft and fluffy for blending, but the stubby shape means you can really pack on the colour. This brush is the perfect starting point for creating super smokey eyes or very pigmented colour.

I could have quite happily bought all of the Spectrum brushes on offer but decided to just limit myself to three. I have said previously that I would buy new eyeshadow brushes rather than just wash the ones I already have and I still firmly believe in that statement, which is why I chose three brushes I thought I would use the most, although I could have done with a couple more blending brushes, such as the B06 or the A18. 

When I received my order and opened it up, I was quite surprised at just how flat and fairly stiff the bristles are on each of the brushes I bought. I had expected them to be slightly more fluffy therefore making blending easier but the brushes I purchased are more for the purpose of application rather than buffing or blending. That said, they still work incredibly well. The A16 Cut Crease Brush is completely flat with the bristles packed tightly together, making it the perfect brush to pat on glitter pigments across the eyelids. The A13 Short Stubby Brush is wonderful at applying eyeshadow on the lower lash line and is the brush I have been hunting for. Before now I have been using a tapered blending brush to apply eyeshadow on my lower lash line but because the brush itself is quite thick, I find that I end up applying more eyeshadow to my eyeball and end up giving myself some sort of 'carpet burn' on my actual eye. The A13 makes it easy to apply eyeshadows underneath the lash line as well as on the inner corners of the eye so it is certainly a brush I have been using a lot since I bought it. And finally, the A07 Stubby Shader Brush which is perhaps my favourite out of the three. It is fluffier and softer than the first two brushes and is my current go-to brush for applying my base eyeshadows with. It also blends out a crease shade wonderfully well and it is the perfect every-day all rounder.

Overall, I am really pleased I tried out some of the Spectrum Eyeshadow Brushes. I know they have a lot of hype around them but the hype is warranted. Plus, they look pretty damn good in your brush holder! I could have lived without the A16 Brush, purely because I already own three brushes like it which very rarely get used as it is although I will try to use this more often than my previous, but I really do love the A13 and the A07 Brushes. They are incredibly inexpensive at just a few pounds per brush and they are vegan as well which is incredibly important. If you were wondering if Spectrum Brushes were worth the money then yes, they most definitely are.


Other | Stocking Fillers For Under £20

With Christmas nearly here, it is time for us all to panic about what to buy friends and family and whether or not you believe in the gift so much that you say no to the mighty gift receipt. Has anyone ever received a gift and taken it back because you didn't like it? I haven't, although I have bought someone a gift and had them take it back in exchange for the money. Ouch. Yeah, it hurt. But, it is the thought that counts - apparently. 

I am always stuck as to what to buy people for presents. My Mum in particular being incredibly hard to buy for, especially since she doesn't like make-up or candles, aka, my favourite things. On the other hand, I find my twin sister incredibly easy to buy for - if it's make-up and I like it, she will like it - it it's clothes and I don't like it, then she will love it. That is how we work.

This post is a little inspiration for stocking fillers and gifts under £20. I find some gift guides rather unbelievable, especially when some people think a £200 bag should be considered a stocking filler. We don't all have that kind of money, we aren't all Zoella! So instead, sit back and read a very realistic stocking filler gift inspo, with each gift £20 and under.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Experience - £15.50 / Urban Decay Vice Cream Lipstick - £15.00
Fanella Smith Flamingo And Pineapple Mug - £17.50
Charlotte Tilbury Party Eyes Kit - £20.00  / Nails Inc Gift Set - £20.00
Joules Hare Print Mug - £9.95 / Charlotte Tilbury Lip Kit - £16.50
SJP Lovely Perfume 50ML - £14.99 / Katie Loxton Sweet Dreams Candle - £20.00
Dose of Rose Tiny Star Ring Set - £15.60
Dreaming Of Unicorns Pillow Case - £13.95 / Real Techniques Core Collection - £14.69
Invisibobble Hair Ties - £3.75
Joules Blossom Diffuser - £19.95 / Fanella Smith Pug Ring Plate - £15.00
This Works Bedtime Bliss Collection - £15.75 / Bando Luggage Tag - £13.00
Dr Lipp Nipple Balm For Lips - £8.40 / TheBalm Highlighter - £12.80 / Mario Badescu Drying Lotion - £11.05
New Look Bodychain - £6.50 / Vogue Colouring Book - £10.00
Faux Shearling Hot Water Bottle & Socks Set - £9.74 / Eyeshadow Palette - £4.99 / Bando Sip Cup - £11.20
Trio Strobe Highlighter - £7.99 / Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Liqueur - £18.00
Velvet Contrast Cosy Night In Cushion - £12.99
Liz Earle Winter Glow Gift Set - £8.00 / Charbonnel et Walker Sea Salt Truffles - £3.60
Crabtree & Evelyn Biscuits - £5.00 / Kate Spade Thermal Mug - £16.00 
Pink Watch - £12.99 / Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick - £16.00
Nails Inc Candy Cane Collection - £17.50 / Slogan Candle - £7.99 / Tangle Angel Brush - £13.95
Fanella Smith Pug Notebook - £8.50 / OCC Cosmetic Glitter - £11.00
Pixie Glow Tonic - £10.00 / Glow Highlighter Stick - £4.99 / Unicorn Slippers - £14.99

And finally, a few little personalised gifts from Not On The High Street..
Karma Necklace - £20.00 / Initial Double Disk Bracelet - £16.80 / Wishbone Earrings - £20.00
Star Ear Studs - £12.00 / Skinny Bar Necklace - £18.60 / Initial Disk Bracelet - £11.20
Personalised Make Up Bag - £16.00 / Sassy Mirror - £7.50 / Coffee Scrub - £15.00
Cocktail Lip Balm - £3.75 / Chill Pill Bath Bombs - £10.75 / Make Up Bag - £12.00

I hope this has been helpful to some of you struggling to find a little bit of inspiration gift wise, I know I am. Oh, and look! A gift guide without a Chanel or YSL handbag in sight!


Review | Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Water Foundation in Fair Neutral & The Tarte Double-Ended Foundation Brush

I recently shared with you how I placed a QVC order for a whole load of the Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea make-up products whilst it was on offer on their website. For less than £40 I managed to pick up a foundation, a foundation brush, eyeshadow palette, lipstick, eyeliner, mascara, make-up bag and a lash primer, all for just under £40. I literally could not resist that deal, especially when the foundation alone is worth £28 and the double-ended brush having a value of £26.. The whole collection is currently on sale on the QVC website for £44.88 which is still a massive bargain, especially since it is usually on there for £70 so if you want it then be quick as it does seem incredibly popular.

The first product from the collection which I wanted to share with you is the Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Water Foundation. I hadn't tried a water based foundation before so I thought it was going to have the constiency of water, be really loose and sheer and not give much coverage at all. I could not be more wrong and whilst this may be a bold statement, I would say it was definitely one of my favourite foundations.

About the Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Water Foundation:
"This luxurious, lightweight foundation is designed to give full coverage while hydrating your skin, to leave your complexion looking radiant and flawless. Infused with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide and features an innovative pipette dispenser."

The Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Water Foundation comes in 12 shades, ranging from Fair Neutral, the palest shade in the range, to Deep Honey, the darkest. I think this foundation has a great selection of shades for lighter skin but only one shade for darker skin which I think is really disappointing. That said, I do like how on Tarte's website it tells you which shade to get based on your skintone, for example, I chose the shade Fair Neutral because not only was it the lightest shade they offer, but also it is best suited towards people with fair skin but with yellow and pink undertones, which is the perfect description of my skintone. Because of this I found that the foundation matched my skin perfectly which is incredibly rare. I just wish they had a darker shade range to cater for a wider customer audience as I think having just one darker shade is rather disappointing.

I absolutely love the dark purple to gold ombre which is stretched across the whole range on the packaging so I absolutely adore not only the foundation bottle, but the absolutely beautiful Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Water Double-Ended Foundation Brush. I mean, just look at it. So beautiful. I will talk about the brush a bit more later but not only do I love the look of the foundation bottle, I love the 'innovative pipette dispenser'. The first time I came to try the foundation I was a bit stumped as to how to get the product out. I thought it was a regular pump as it has a push-down button on the top but in fact it is more like a big dropper. You have to unscrew the lid, revealing the dropper then push out a drop using the button at the top. I love this way of dispensing the foundation as I guess it is a bit of a novelty although it can be a bit messy pulling the dropper out of the bottle so you have to be careful not to waste product when you pull it out. 

I find that I need 2-3 drops of the foundation to  cover my entire face which doesn't seem too much considering they are rather small drops. Like I said before, I was really expecting this foundation to be really runny and loose in consistency considering it is a water-based foundation and whilst it is probably one of the runnier foundations I have tried, it is in no way the consistency of water. It isn't thick and creamy, instead it is lightweight and thin but definitely not in a bad way. This makes the foundation incredibly easy to build up to more of a higher coverage as I prefer a full coverage but I would say just a couple of pumps applied to the entire face gives a medium coverage. When built up, this foundation gives a completely flawless, almost airbrushed appearance on the skin which I really was not expecting. It is not heavy, it is not cakey, it doesn't sink into fine lines on the face nor does it show up any dry areas on the face, something which a lot of foundations seem to do. I found the Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Water Foundation to be incredibly lightweight and buildable, leaving the skin with a really lovely dewy semi-matte finish. I really wasn't expecting this foundation to be this good!

I mentioned before about the Tarte Double-Ended Foundation Brush which I absolutely adore for its appearance but I am ultimately a Beauty Blender kind of girl. I tried applying the foundation with the larger end of the brush but I found that I was itching to get stuck in with my Beauty Blender to save time on blending it out with the brush. As beautiful and pretty as the brush is, I really can't see myself using it that often which is a shame but I am sure that if I hadn't been on the Beauty Blender bandwagon then I would probably really enjoy using it.

When I first placed my Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Collection order with QVC, I was really worried that I had made a mistake with the foundation and hated the thought of wasting my money on buying the wrong shade which I couldn't use but I am completely over the moon with it. I bought the whole collection for less than £40 and now I can see what a great bargain I had, especially when the brush and the foundation alone are worth £54. I can't recommend the foundation from within the range enough and whilst I can't see myself getting a lot of use out of the foundation brush, it sure does look pretty in my make-up brush holder! If you really wanted to try out something from the Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Collection, or just anything from Tarte in general, it is really worth checking the QVC website regularly as they often have really good deal on. Like now for example, where you can get the Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Collection for just £44.88. You definitely won't end up regretting it, that's for sure!

(Usual price but often half price)


Other | Yankee Candle Christmas 3 Small Jar Gift Set

I don't usually do posts like this but I thought that if you were struggling for a little bit of inspiration as to what to get friends or family for gifts this Christmas then maybe this will help you. If everyone you know likes candles, that is.

I recently saw this little Yankee Candle Christmas 3 Small Jar Gift Set in my local Yankee Candle store and I just thought it would make a lovely gift for someone, or for three people if you wanted to split them up and give them out separately. Included in the set is three small sized jars, each of which have a Christmas scent to them.

Within the set you get Berry Trifle, Sparkling Snow and Spiced Orange. I hadn't smelt any of them before and whilst I can't say Berry Trifle is my cup of tea, I absolutely love Sparking Snow and Spiced Orange, the latter being my favourite. It just smells so festive and so Christmassey.. it is definitely one I will be buying in a larger size, that's for sure.

I found this set in a Yankee Candle store for £11 which is great value for money when you take into consideration that the cost for one small jar is around £8.99.. Which is why everyone I know will be recieving candles for Christmas this year. Everyone likes candles, right?


Review | Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipsticks in Midi, 1st Base & Are N Be

I don't know if the matte liquid lipstick trend is well and truly over or if we are all silently embracing it still, but my goodness, I do own quite a lot of them. I must have at least 20 by now, ranging from the cheap and cheerful NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams to the pricier Kylie Jenner Lip Kits. I think over the past year or so I haven't really worn traditional lipsticks, in fact, I can't remember the last tine I wore one. I really love the matte finish and the texture of them, although they can be rather unforgiving on dry lips. 

In my recent Colourpop order (and by recent I mean about 6 months ago), I bought lots of the Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipsticks and I am very slowly managing to work my way through them. Today I want to show you perhaps my three favourites out of the range, Midi, 1st Base and Are N Be. 

About the Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipsticks:
"This thin and lightweight formula glides onto the lips smoothly and leaves SUPER intense pigment-rich colour with a bold, ultra matte look. It's very long wearing and completely kiss proof! We suggest storing these babies upright and shaking before application!"

The Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipsticks come in over 45 different shades so if that isn't enough choice for you, I am not sure what is. The formula to these liquid lipsticks is quite creamy and thick in formula rather than loose and watery like some other lipsticks. Each of these lipsticks that I have tried have been incredibly pigmented - just look at the swatches above! Those were all from just one swipe with the doe-foot applicator which is pretty impressive, especially since they don't apply streaky when swatched or when on the lips. Longevity wise, they don't last as long as some of the other liquid lipsticks that I own but they do last for a good few hours before fading away and I haven't experienced them to flake on the lips at all, not like some of the Kylie Jenner Lip Kits. 

The shades I have above are;
Midi which is described as being a soft neutral beige which whilst I agree, the photos and swatches of it on the Colourpop website show it to be more of a soft, baby pink whereas it really is more of a beige in reality. It is still a pretty shade and whilst it would be flattering on most skintones, I do think it is perhaps too much like my actual skintone therefore it does give me the illusion of having foundation lips!

1st Base which is described as being a mid-tone true pink and to me, this is a true 'Barbie pink' shade. I don't think I have ever owned or tried a pink lipstick as bright as this before. It is very pretty and very girlie and actually, it is a really flattering shade on my pale skin and I can see it as being a shade flattering for all skintones.

Are N Be which is described as being a rich mauve plum and I can honestly say, this product is exactly what I wanted and what I expected from the Kylie Lip Kit in Kourt K. The two shades are incredibly similar in colour with Kourt K perhaps being ever so slightly deeper. I found Kourt K to be unwearable and a complete waste of money but fortunately Are N Be is a wonderfully wearable, plum shade which is absolutely perfect for Autumn/Winter and I really think this may be my fvourite out of them all.

I really cannot fault the Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipsticks, from the formula to the longevity to the fantastic shade range. The only problem I have with them is getting them sent to the UK. You can either pay to get them shipped to you from Colourpop directly, an option they have only just started to offer, or you can use a shipping-on service such as MyMallBox which is how I got my Colourpop order sent to me. I will definitely be making another Colourpop order, and I will probably have to add another few of the Ultra Matte Lipsticks in there too - I just can't resist!


Review | Philosophy The Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel

A little while ago now I very kindly got sent a few products from Philosophy to try and I think I have definitely saved the best till last. I got sent the Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Moisturiser, the Philosophy Purity Cleanser and finally, the Philosophy Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel* which is quite frankly, one of the best skincare products I have ever tried. I realise that that is a rather bold statement and that the product itself is rather pricey but boy, is it good.

About the Philosophy Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel:
"Philosophy pioneered a next-generation microdermabrasion procedure that rapidly resurfaces the skin as it replenishes the skin with vitamin c. The treatment is known as the microdelivery peel and is light years ahead of traditional microdermabrasion. We are proud to offer an in-home version of this revolutionary microdermabrading treatment. the peel is ideal for all skin types. Results are immediate and remarkable."

The idea of the Philosophy Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel is that it is an in-home version of a microdermabrasion peel, something which you can expect to pay around £55+ for for a single treatment in a clinic. This product is Philosophy's version which you can use at home and at your leisure. Whilst the cost of it may appear pricey at first, a little goes a long way with this product and it is bound to last you for many, many weeks so it is definitely worth thinking of it as a bargain when you take into consideration the cost of a single treatment at a clinic.

I'm sure you are now wondering what on earth a microdermabrasion peel is - don't worry, I did too when I first saw it. It is essentially a really deep exfoliation which uses microcrystals across the skin's surface to remove the top layer of skin. It is often advised to be a progressive treatment with your skin gaining visible improvement across a few treatments at a clinic but fortunately Philosophy's product means you needn't worry about having to leave your own home. Along the same lines of the treatment you would recieve at a top clinic, the Philosophy Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel is used by combining vitamin C peptide crystals and lactic acid gel together which form a white foamy mixture. Leave on for a few minutes then rub in gently, wash off and your skin will feel as if it is brand new. I was so scepticle about this product when I first recieved it but oh my goodness. I have had dry skin on my face for months now and no amount of exfoliating with a scrub has made any impact except for this peel. I am so impressed!

When you buy the Philosophy Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel, you recieve two products within the box - a little tub and a little bottle. Within the tub is vitamin C peptide crystals and within the bottle is the lactic acid gel. It is advised to only use a small amount at a time and I completely agree as a little goes a hell of a long way. The idea of the two products is that you mix them together to create a white foam and at first, I wasn't sure which was the best way to do this. After a little trial and error I found that the best way to mix the crystals and acid together was with an old make-up brush in an old plastic bowl. Mix it all together, slap it all over the face, leave for a few mins, wash off and you are good as new. The vitamin C peptide crystals are quite strange as they smell just like orange juice but have the consistency of a fine body scrub, whereas the lactic acid is a completely clear liquid. Once applied to the face you are left with a warming sensation which isn't too unpleasant and when washed off a few minutes later dead skin cells have completely gone and the skin feels so soft without feeling tight or uncomfortable.

This product is best used weekly to maintain results which I have been doing for the last 4 weeks. I have really struggled with dry skin on my face and no amount of moisturiser or facial scrub has removed this and I can't believe how well this product has treated this. Also, if you are an avid reader of mine you will know that I am always going on about wanting a really, really harsh exfoliator to get rid of the dead skin cells. I used to say I want big, massive chunks of gritty bits to really wipe away the dry skin but this product has taught me that I don't need that after all. Whilst this product may sound scary what with the little bottle of acid but it really is gentle on the skin and I didn't find that it irritated me at all, although I don't have sensitive skin.

One thing to mention about this product is that because it contains alpha hydroxyl acid which can increase the skins sensitivity to the sun, you may be more likely to get sunburn. It is advisable to limit sun exposure whilst using the Philosophy Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel, as well as using suncream each day.

I really love this product and I actually really look forward to using it once a week as I know that it will deliver results and leave my skin feeling almost brand new. The Philosophy Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel may sound scary, especially when you read the instructions and see that you have to re-live your science lessons and mix acids together before applying them to your face but the whole process could not be simpler nor more gentle. At first glance it seems pricey but it really is worth the high tag and more importantly, it does everything it claims to do and delivers wonderful results.

(*PR sample)


Other | Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette First Impressions + Giveaway

Oh my goodness. Never have I wanted something as much as I did this product. Boy, is it hard to get hold of. I joined every waiting list possible in order to get one of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette's and the waiting finally paid off. At 3:55 am one morning I happened to be awake, glanced at my phone and saw I had an email from Sephora saying the palette was back in stock. Hurriedly, I logged in, added 3 to my basket, went to pay before realising they wanted me to pay nearly £60 in shipping fees. Errrr, no. I mean, I wanted it, just not that badly.

Fast forward to last week when one afternoon I received an email from Cult Beauty telling me the palette was back in stock and I was on that website faster than I could even type it into Safari. You can only buy one palette per order so I cheekily made another couple of accounts in order to get 3. I know it is naughty but I promise I haven't bought them in order to flog them on eBay or Depop for triple the price - oh no. One is for me, one is a gift for someone else and one is a gift...for you.

About the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette:
"Quite possibly the most-coveted Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palette yet, Modern Renaissance features 14, highly-pigmented powders in a rainbow of pinks, taupes and berries. With 11 matte and 3 metallic shadows, alongside a dual-ended soft bristle brush for seamless application and diffusion, the versatile palette is a thing of beauty and a joy to use - perfecting for creating an array of day-to-evening make up looks."

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette is utterly beautiful. What first drew me to this eyeshadow palette was the berry and burnt orange shades; Love Letter, Venetian Red, Red Ochre and Bealgar are the shades I was most excited to try out. I haven't used my palette properly yet but I can firmly say that all of the shades are incredibly pigmented and all of the shades within the palette compliment each other perfectly. I can also honestly say that there isn't a shade within this palette which I wouldn't use. Usually there is one or two rogue shades which are shoved in purely to make up the numbers but not in this instance - I will quite happily use each of the 14 colours included. I am really looking forward to using this palette, especially in hope to try and recreate a few of the ABH Modern Renaissance Palette looks I have seen on Pinterest! 

Now, onto the fun bit - how one of you can win one! The giveaway is fairly straight forward, just enter your details in the widget below. Please don't be a sneaky sneak and not fill your details in properly, I do check ;)


Wishlist | Another Autumn Wishlist

Autumn is all about being warm and cosy, spending an extortionate amount of money in Starbucks on hot chocolates and buying new clothes to take you from Autumn into Winter. I much prefer going shopping for Autumn/Winter clothing than that of Spring/Summer. I am much more of a black velvet, chunky boots, checkered scarf sort of girl than a pastel pink, pretty summer dresses and sandals sort of girl. Although I do like the latter. Quite a lot, actually.

I have already made a few A/W clothing orders this year, although I am eyeing up a few more bits which have made it onto my wishlist below. Here is a tiny little bit of inspiration for you all, as well as a little insight into what I will be wearing during the colder months.

Phew. I hope you are feeling more inspired clothing-wise now, I know I am! 

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Review | Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in Peach Nectar

I very recently turned *gulp* 23 and fresh in the pain and upset of becoming one step closer to being in the 'Overs' category on the X Factor, my sister surprised me with perhaps the most glorious thing I have ever seen in my life. Opening up a little wrapped up box to discover the Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in Peach Nectar made me squeal slightly - look how beautiful it is. It is so hard to really capture its true beauty through photographs so if any of you would like to come round to my house to see it in the flesh then you are more than welcome, ha ha.

About the Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminators:
"Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator adds a subtly exquisite veil of perfection to the complexion effortlessly. Featuring a mosaic-style design of pressed powder, Illuminator utilises brightening pigments to inject a lit-from-within glow that makes the complexion appear healthy, radiant and flawless. Packaged within a mirror compact, this innovative highlighter allows for full creative control whilst on-the-go, meaning that you will look enchantingly beautiful everywhere and anywhere. With a versatile texture, Illuminator can work tirelessly to brighten the brow bone, the cheeks, the nose and the decolletage, whilst simultaneously making the ideal addition to a contoured effect for the skin."

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminators are available in 4 different shades; Starlight, Riviera, So Hollywood and Peach Nectar. I have Peach Nectar which is a beautiful warm peach which has a champagne gold coloured undertones running throughout. There is no doubting how beautiful this is, it is just such a shame that photographs don't seem to do it any justice whatsoever. Peach Nectar is such a pretty, warm, peachy highlighter which looks beautiful applied lightly on the cheekbones as a highlighter or applied a little heavy handed to the cheeks as a blusher. What I love about the ABH Illuminator's is that they are more shimmery than glittery and don't emphasise pores like some highlighters do.

The ABH Illuminator's are not cheap at £28 for 9 grams, although they are slightly better value for money than the Becca Highlighter's which cost £30 for just 8 grams. That said, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator's are incredibly rich in pigmentation - one dab of your make-up brush is plenty to cover the entire face if you so wished. The formula is very finely milled so you don't get any fallout or great big chunks of glitter applied to your face. The texture is very soft making the illuminator incredibly easy to apply and it lasts all day on the skin without fading away meaning you can glow all day and all night. Happy days!

One final note: how utterly gorgeous does this look in the pan?? I absolutely love the mosaic effect of the product in the pan, it is nearly too pretty to use. Nearly. The packaging is all very nice and in keeping of Anastastia Beverly Hills' other products and I can quite honestly say that I now want all of the illuminators and I have even signed up to the waiting list for the rest!


Review | Morphe 35OS Colour Shimmer Eye Shadow Palette

"Can you have enough eyeshadow?" I asked myself as I bought yet another eyeshadow palette. At the moment I can't seem to stop spending money. I would love to say I have been spending the money on others what with Christmas coming up but no, it's all been spent on myself. Whilst that's nice, if I carry on treating myself at the rate I am going then I may be treating myself to an overdraft too!

My latest eyeshadow palette purchase is the Morphe 35OS Colour Shimmer Eye Shadow Palette. I recently really wanted to buy the famous Morphe 35O Palette but after browsing through all of the palettes I ended up torn between the 35F and the 35OS Palettes. Obviously you can see which one I bought but when the 35F Palette comes back into stock, it will most definitely be mine.

About the Morphe 35OS Eye Shadow Palette:
"With 35 shimmering, velvety-textured shadows - from palest ivory to dark chocolate via a rainbow of orange, tangerine and pomegranate hues - this palette stars a multitude of sumptuous, neutral tones; earthy ochres sit alongside fiery coppers and shades of rust, mocha, bronze and peachy-apricots, to create the ultimate eye make up wardrobe in one, slimline (portable!) case. A favourite of professional make up artists, the buttery powders blend together beautifully to achieve a seamless, high-definition finish."

When I first saw the Morphe 35OS Eye Shadow Palette, I was completely and utterly drawn to the pomegranate shades within. They are so beautiful and so wearable, I hate to say it but it really is a wonderful Autumnal palette. Each shade within this palette is incredibly wearable - there is not one dud shade out of all 35 eyeshadows. From the pretty, ivory shades which make for perfect bases, to the bright tangerine matte shade at the top of the palette, I can see myself wearing each and every shade which is pretty rare to admit when it comes to eyeshadow palettes - there's usually one or two that you would never use but I can honestly say each of the 35 eyeshadows will be applied to my face at some point!

I have only tried a handful of the eyeshadows so far, perhaps 5 or 6, but each of those have been very pigmented. The tangerine shade makes for a wonderful transition shade and looks lovely in the crease, and the pomegranate shimmers look incredible as a flush of colour with one of the ivory shimmers patted on top. I am obsessed with this palette, especially since there is a very convincing dupe for the MAC Cranberry Eye Shadow within. 

With every compliment there is a slight complaint but only very very slight. Most of the shades I have tried so far have had a lot of fallout, particularly the cranberry shimmery shades. I didn't notice it with the ivory and tangerine shades but the pomegranate colours have quite a lot of noticeable fallout to them but it's not the end of the world, let's face it. Also, I mentioned it with my last Morphe 35T Eye Shadow Palette review but the packaging to these palettes is incredibly cheap and flimsy. Whilst I don't make a habit of purposefully dropping my make-up, I'm not certain it would survive in one piece, let's put it that way!

Overall, I am utterly obsessed with this Morphe 35OS Palette. I love every shade within the palette and there is not one that I would not use. This palette has made me excited every day to apply my eyeshadow and that in itself is pretty impressive.