Stila Magnificent Metals: A Review

Stila Magnificent Metals
Stila Magnificent Metals

Hi everyone believe me when I say the last few weeks have been manic. I want to first apologise as I’ve been looking over my last few posts and realised that they all revolve around eye make up and today’s is no different. There is a reason for this, I ordered new skincare at the end of last month and I had problems with delivery so it literally arrived last week. I want to give it a good test out before letting you know my thoughts.

I am going to try and complete Blogtober so that has been taking up a lot of my time and thought process. If your also giving it a go I salute you and wish you all the best. Plus a blogger I really admire has offered people a place as a guest post during October over on her page so I’m trying to get a post ready for that and hopefully nominate myself.

Anyhow with the quick catch up out of the way lets start diving into some make up and take a look at the gorgeous Stila Magnificent Metals.

I have dreamed of getting one of these babies for ages, just not getting round to it. Finally I got my hands on one and quickly purchased.

The Basics

The Stila Magnificent Metals liquid eye shadow’s come in at £23.00 for 0.153 fl. oz / 4.5 ml which is an ok size considering Stila is a more expensive brand. The colour range on these is now quite extensive and I’m sure there will be something you take a liking to (The colour photographed is violet vixen).

Hint: If you live near a McArthur Glen Designer Outlet the beauty shops sell these for as little as £8.00 but there won’t be as much choice colour wise. 

The packaging is the tradition gold logo with a gold lid and a clear plastic bottom in which you can see the liquid shadow. The item is not very weighty but it is nice to look at and would be great for display on your vanity. 

Stila is now a cruelty free brand.

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Application and Usage

I’m cursing myself for waiting so long to pick these up. The purple colour I have is so vibrant. I have the glitter & glow version and the flecks of glitter reflect the light in such a pretty way it adds so much shine to your make up look.

The formula is very soft and easy to use, you can either apply a bit to your finger and dab on the eye or use the doe foot applicator. Either way you get a high pigmentation with sparkling effects. The glitter is not at all chunky and the shadow is easy to move around and place in the right spot without making a mess. Mine took just over a minute to dry down completely.  Once dry there is a little bit of glitter transfer if you were to press with your fingers but other then that there isn’t any fall out under the eye.

The Magnificent Metals have great staying power and stayed in place all day. It gave no effect to the shadow I had applied before using and only enhanced my eye make up. I was surprised it didn’t smudge or crease throughout the day and I wasn’t covered in glitter (bonus).

Removal was not to difficult but I did have to use and oil based eye make up remover to ensure all the glitter was removed.

Final Thoughts

I had heard good things about these Stila products and I am still really shocked by how great they perform. I think the hype around them got to me and I wondered if they could actually be that good. They are!

I would recommend these to anyone who has a serious love for glitter but also to the people who want to glam their look up a bit without being OTT as they have the ability to be quite subtle depending on the shade you choose. They are one of the easiest forms of liquid eye shadow I have used, a beginner could get to grips with these so easily and they give such a professional affect to the eyes (people will ask what you have used).

These are a massive thumbs up for me and I now have to decide on what colour to purchase next.

If you have any idea on great colours in the Magnificent Metals range comment down below and let me know your ride or dies as I need some more badly. Also let me know of any dupes for the Stila ones as I love a good High Street version.

Next post is on Tuesday and then we being Blogtober which will be every day (wish me luck).

Kate x

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BH Cosmetics Take Me Back To Brazil : Review

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BH cosmetics: Take me Back to Brazil, palette breakdown and review

Summer is officially over and as we step into Autumn I have done the unthinkable and bought a bright neon palette to get over the colder weather blues. It may be a little out of season but just look at those bright colours! Plus I figured it would be great to use for a fun Halloween look which I have become obsessed with over on Pinterest (I have a Halloween board here).

BH Cosmetics Take me back to Brazil
Take me back to Brazil

This is my first BH cosmetics palette and my first time using the brand so I have been a little excited to play with this over the weekend.

The Palette Layout

Take me back to Brazil is available for £20 and contains 32 pressed pigments in every neon colour you could find in the spectrum. There are three larger pans to the bottom of the palette containing a white, black and white with an iridescent sheen. The thirty two neon shades have 1.23 oz of shadow and overall weigh 35g which price wise is really affordable for so many shades.

Inspired by Rio’s Carnival this palette is loud and proud. Apart from my NYX cosmetics brights palette I don’t think I’ve seen as many neon shades on offer to play with.

Here’s Where The Fun Begins

I spent nearly all weekend diving into this palette and creating different looks. The colour options leave you spoilt for choice and to begin I used RawBeautyKristie for inspiration as I’d previously seen she used take me back to Brazil.

Starting with the Greens I found they had great pigment, my brush picked up a lot of colour from one press. They applied really well. They have a soft texture and the colour glides on with ease. The shades are great for building as they have a few that are so close to one another on the colour spectrum you can really add dimension and shading. The pigments are bold, my eyes were brighter than The Green Lanterns actual Lantern but I liked it. Not your typical day to day look but so much fun to use for a night out or when you want to take centre stage with your make up look.

I moved on to using some of the pinks to see if I had as much success. I’m happy to say they perform as well as the greens. I wanted to use the pinks as for me they can be an awkward colour. If they are in the slightest bit too light in shade or  have a little red in them I can look slightly ill rather then glowing. The take me back to Brazil palette did not give me this worry. The colours are so neon and bright there is no chance of looking anything but alive.

Lastly I used the palette to see if I could create a more subtle daytime look and to my surprise there are shades available for a calmer vibe. The palette contains some mild lemon/ yellow shades. There is also some blush pinks, a peach and some browns. With the white’s available on the bottom there is enough shades to tone the whole look down and get use from the palette everyday.

The Verdict

I really enjoy the take me back to Brazil palette. The shades are vibrant and I’ve had fun creating looks I would normally shy away from. The shadows perform well and have a good colour pay off, whilst being easy to blend. I did not find them at all patchy and was surprised by how little ‘fall out’ they leave behind.

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A few swatch examples

As an introduction to BH cosmetics my experience couldn’t have been better and I’m sure to be found looking at some of the other products they have available (I’ve seen some of their brush sets at great prices so I think I’ve found my next purchase). I’m happy with how much I paid and the palette I received. I would honestly recommend taking a look.

Let me know your thoughts and feelings on BH cosmetics as a whole. Have you had good experiences with their products? If you have an recommendations of other items they do it would be great to hear as I love an excuse to buy more make up. COmment down below and lets all begin discussing.

Next post is available Friday.

Kate x

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Elegant Touch House of Holland: Glam Nails Review

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A few months ago I bought a couple of sets of the House of Holland nailed by Elegant Touch nails. I normally leave my nails grow natural as whenever I get acrylics or gels I find it hard to time manage getting infills done. I tend to stick to glue on acrylics for special evenings out or if I going away. House of Holland and Elegant Touch have created numerous sets with really unique and funky designs that you could use for many occasions. Today I’m going to be giving you the insight on the Goldie Lookin’ Nails versions.

What A Stud!

The Goldie lookin’ Nails set consistes of 24 nails with ten different sizes, nail glue, a nail file and instructions. If you get the nails from Boots they will set you back £12.99 but I have found them on amazon starting from as low as £4.95 (link below).

House Of Holland False Nails

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House of Holland Goldie Lookin’ Nails set

 

The set contains five nails with gold studs embellishments and the rest are plain white.

Do they work?

I do really like these for a special occasion, I find them a bit loud and proud for day to day. Yet saying that these days nail art is becoming bolder so if you wanted to use them for every day I’m sure that would be fine.

To apply I cut down my natural nails and filed. I didn’t use the file provided as I find it rather chunky and a bit small to use. Ensuring my nails, hands and cuticles were clean I got started.

From the ten available sizes I was able to find one appropriate for each nail easily. If I found one that was a little big I gently filed it down each side of the nail to gain a more desired fit and shape.

The glue was easy to open and use without being too messy. I normally use a glue with a screw top and brush as it’s easier to apply to the nail and you can just pop the brush back in the glue pot without worrying about a mess. The Elegant Touch glue was fine to use, It dispersed onto thee nail evenly and I had no problems. I found the glue strong enough that over the 48 hour of wearing I didn’t have one nail snap off or come loose.

Once applied I left the glue to set for five ten minutes before filing down my newly applied nails. They are a little sharp due to the stiletto shape. |I did use the file provided for this as it was softer then my normal nail file and I didn’t want to alter the shape of the nail to much.

The House of Holland nails were comfortable to wear and a decent length so I was able to go about doing my day to day things without being crippled by my nails. The nails are delicate though and I found the studs do rise and come off when being worn throughout the day so it is best to be careful. I have used another House of Holland set (Ruby Tuesday) and found the embellishments also came off easily with them.

Overall I have enjoyed how my nails looked, they are really comfortable and easy to wear. They added to my outfit and all over confidence of feeling good before going on a night out. They are very fun and will gain a lot of comments from people.

For me they are twenty four hour nails as the designs do come off over time so if you were to want to wear them longer they do look a little bit scruffy. Price wise £12.99 is a little steep for me when they don’t last as long as wanted but as they are available on amazon for as cheap as £4.95 I’d happily pay for a set.

Have you tried any of the House of Holland nails or have a favourite design from the collection? Some of them are incredibly cute. Do you have ‘go to’s’ for false nails that you always use for special occasions?  Let me know in the comments below it would be great to get some recommendations on other brands and just to hear what others love using.

Next post will be on Tuesday, I hope you’ve enjoyed this one and have a great weekend.

Kate x x

August Empties : Must Have Skincare

August Must Have Skincare

As this post goes live I will be away on my first every camping trip. A tent, a husband, a two, three and five year old YAY!!

Over the month of August I have got through many products and my empties pile is looking rather full. Here are a few of the High street skincare and make up items I’ve been using. I’ve added links, prices and all the information you will need. Each item comes in at a really affordable price so without delay let’s hop straight in.

Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil – £6.99

Recently I have loved using an oil cleanser. They have great ability in removing make up and dirt to ensure my face is spotless before using a milk based cleanser. This is actually my third empty bottle of the Simple Oil cleanser. I’ve stuck with it as I can literally see it stripping all the dirt away from my face, whilst being gentle and kind to the skin. I have never had any form of breakout from using this product and it has become a vital part of my skincare routine. I do wish Simple made a bigger bottle as when using both day and night the 125ml does not last very long.

Garnier Skin Active Cleansing Milk With Honey Flower £3.49

I have been using the Garnier Skin Active cleansing milk for ages. This month I changed from my usual Rose Water to the Honey Flower and I wish I’d stuck to what I know works. I have combination skin that can often be sensitive and the honey flower did not do much for this. I found my skin was left quite dry and irritated. The product did not cause any breakouts and my skin remained clear throughout the month but the irritation was just too much. I will be using the Garnier cleansing milk again but will be sticking to my preferred Rose Water infused. The bottle weighs in at 200ml and will last the around four weeks when using both day and night.

L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask £7.99

My last skincare empty of the month and it’s a good one. These masks have been around for a while and L’Oreal keep adding to the Pure Clay collection. This particular one is charcoal based and promises to detoxify and clarify skin. The pot holds 50ml of product and the guidelines state this should be enough for ten applications (I got about eight).

For me this product really worked. As I said I have combination skin and my T-Zone can often suffer from pretty bad breakout. The charcoal ingredients in this help to clean these area right up. My skin looked a lot clearer and it helped take away the redness from blemished areas. The mask was quite dehydrating to the dry areas of my skin and it was important I moisturised quickly after usage. Overall I would definitely buy this again or even look to the others available in the clay mask collection.

 Hint : The mask does not come with an applicator and is a little messy to apply with your fingers so I used a clean foundation brush.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub £8.00

This is the ‘mother’ of all body scrubs and for £8.00 you get 300ml which will last you a good while. Soap & Glory have a few body scrubs available but the sugar crush is my favourite due to it’s lovely lime smell. The scrub has been great in helping to get my skin summer ready, the thick, grainy texture allows for a strong exfoliation. Sugar Crush body scrub left my skin feeling so smooth and soft. After spending Winter and a wet Spring covered up this brought my skin some much needed TLC before exposing to the sun rays.  I followed up with using their righteous butter (£8.00) for added hydration.

This has gone to the top of my re – purchase list a quality product worth the money.

Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Pencil £7.99

My final empty of the month! I did not stop using this micro brow pencil. The pencil is very thin with a wind up nib plus a spoolie on the other end. I prefer using brow pencils that are on the thin side rather then the chunkier ones. I feel it allows me to be more accurate and decide whether I want a bolder look or something more natural. I like Maybelline’s as the texture is a lot softer to some other pencils which allows you to use a lot less pressure to build up the colour and fill in sparse areas. The pencil was quick and easy to use and due to the soft texture you can create a natural looking brow in seconds.

Draw backs I had were I ordered online and chose the blonde as the soft brown looked quite dark on screen. Next time I will be going with the brown as the blonde was a little on the light side for me, although this is a thumbs up and would buy again.

There you have it another month gone by and we are closer to CHRISTMAS!! Has anyone started thinking about Blogmas? Will you be doing it this year? I am yet to decide. Also comment down below any products you have been loving this month, I’d love to hear about them.

Right now I am probably standing in a cold field crying and saying camping is “Not for me” haha.

Kate x

The Vault – Jaclyn Hill x Morphe: First Impressions, Comparison and Review

Jaclyn Hill x Morphe : The Vault
The Vault : Armed & Gorgeous

August the 14th saw the release of the Morphe: Jaclyn Hill Vault collection and I couldn’t resist picking at least one up. Their original collaboration is one of my most used palettes to date and I’ve been hoping the vault lives up to the expectations. To start I’m just going to give brief explanations of the basics:

How Much?

The Vault as a whole is four palettes each with ten shades and will cost you £49

Individual palettes are £15. The one Pictured is Armed & Gorgeous.

When purchasing you can use a YouTube influencer’s discount code for an extra bit of £££ off. I think the normal saving is around 10%

What You Get

Outer boxing is a white cardboard case which they have kept along the theme of the original collaboration. The box is white and Morphe have added a sparkly design on the front which adds a touch of glamour.

The palette itself is a white stiff card as with the original and sparkle design continues from the outer box to palette. This time the packaging has a shiny finish unlike the previous (matte) making the palette easier to wipe down and keep clean.

Inside they have included a mirror and the ten shades with a net weight of 16g/0.56 oz.

More Details

The Armed & Gorgeous palette is made up of six matte shades and four metallic/ shimmer shades. The reason I chose this palette from the collection is the colours. The yellow and green stuck out for me and I don’t have many palettes with this set up in my collection.

Usage wise I decided to create a golden eye look and took some tips from An Knook’s YouTube video. I have used six of the ten shades and created my opinion based on this.

Starting with the matte shades the palette performed ok. One or two light dabs and your brush is fully covered ready for use.

I going to come out and say it straight off the bat, this particular palette is not as good as the Jaclyn Hill palette.

I’m finding it hard to put into words as to why this is not working for me. The colour pay off is there. The colours compliment each other very nicely and I was able to create a look that I liked and wore all day. 

The Problem

The problem is the colours in the pan of the palette I received are very stiff they have little to no fall out and are very dry. Blending wise this creates a lot of extra work. As I stated the colour pay off is there but due to the shadow being so dry it is hard to blend evenly without getting lighter patches on the eye (opposed to one seamless colour) This is easily rectified by building up the colour but is time consuming.

Swatches of the palette. These are un-edited and in natural light. I didn’t want to add swatches originally as they don’t resemble how the product works on the eyes but I thought I’d give you guys an idea

To ensure I wasn’t going mad I got out my Jaclyn Hill palette and compared the textures. You can literally feel the difference. The shadows in the original palette are a lot softer and easier to use.

To Sum Up

Overall I could take or leave this palette. It is usable, you can create some lovely looks and the metallic shades are great. I like the size as its perfect for carrying in your bag for make up on the go. The new mirror inside is big enough to be used when applying your make up and has practicality (some palettes contain small or funny shaped mirrors that hold no purpose).  Design wise it is pretty and I like that they have now included the shade names underneath the pans.

Will I be buying the other palettes in the vault?

No. I love Morphe and have reviewed a lot of their products on my blog, more often then not they have been really worth buying. The vault has missed the mark for me and I was a little underwhelmed after being so excited for the launch of the palettes. In future I will be sticking to my original Jaclyn Hill palette and some of their others that have worked better for me.

Please let me know if you have bought the Vault as a whole or individual palettes. I would love to know if your experience has been different to mine? How do you think they compare to the original or other of your favourite palettes? Comment down below and we can start discussing.

Have a lovely week.

Kate x

Beginners Guide to Foundation : How To Find The Right Shade

how to find the perfect foundation: A beginners guide
different foundations with different shades and undertones.

The current cosmetic market is saturated in so many different products it can be hard to find you feet and know where to begin. Foundation can go one of two ways. Get it right and you have a flawless base that can illuminate your skin and is a great start to building the rest of your make up routine. Get it wrong and you can look streaky, patchy and even turn in to an oil slick. Here are some beginner tips and hints to getting it right.

What is your skin type?

Knowing you skin type is going to give you a good start for choosing a foundation. From this you can learn the ingredients that work best for your skin in order to make your base last.

Oily: Tends to have enlarged pores, suffer from blackheads, blemishes and spots. The texture of the skin can look shiny.

What foundation to choose: Powder foundations work well for oily skin (M.A.C has some lovely options). Liquid foundations need to be Oil free with a matte finish. Oily skin does well with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid as these help care for the skin throughout wear time. Tarte also offers some clay based foundations which can be great for oily skin.

Combination: Have oily areas especially around the T-Zone (Forehead, nose and chin). Other areas can be a little dry. The texture of skin can be shiny yet have dry patches on the cheek area.

What foundation to choose: Combination skin can make a foundation choice difficult. You are technically treating two different skin types with one foundation and expecting it to work. You will be looking for an oil free foundation, with a semi matte finish. Ingredients such as aloe vera will help the foundation balance your skins natural PH levels. Brands to consider are, Charlotte Tilbury, and the budget friendly L’Oreal.

Dry:  Can appear tight and flaky in areas due to a lack of moisture in the layers of skin. Texture will be matte and seem dull in places.

What Foundation to choose: Looking for dewy based foundations that contain the word luminous, glow or serum based. Ultimately you want a hydrating foundation so looking for water based and light foundations are key (when testing you want the product to swim around in your hand). Brands to check out include Maybelline, M.A.C and Clinique.

All skin can be Sensitive so I advise always using a foundation that includes an SPF. It is always important to check the ingredients for anything you are aware of that upsets your skin. If you are unsure always do a trial on another area of skin other then the face.

How To Get My Foundation Shade Right

The biggest mistake made with foundation is the shade chosen. The ranges of shades available is now bigger then ever so understanding your colouring is much more important when wanting to get it right.

Firstly you need to establish which colour section you come under ranging from light, medium or dark. An example: I am extremely fair, my skin burns just looking at the sun and therefore I fit in the light category.

Once you’ve got your colour section you are then spoilt for choice in the range of shades available. To discover which shade is correct for you, you need to understand your skins undertones. These are based around three options cool, warm and neutral.

Skin Undertones Explained

Cool: Skin will have a reddish or pink complexion. I read in cosmopolitan if you have cool undertones your veins will appear blue in colour whilst warm skin tones veins appear green. When buying a foundation the formula itself should have a slight pink hue.

Warm: Skin can appear yellow, olive or chocolate meaning you need to be looking for a foundation where the formula appears a slight yellow in colour and can often be described as golden, warm or honey on the packaging.

Neutral: Having neutral undertones means you are in the middle of both, there are no visible cool or warm overtones in your skin. Picking a foundation you can stay in the middle of both the cool and warm spectrum although a warmer tone can neutralise green area of the skin.

By looking at the two factors mentioned it should now become easier to find a foundation shade that is right for you. If you are in any doubt and worried about buying a shade you can always pop to your local department store where they now have many make up counters which can help you out in getting it right.

I hoped this has helped in gaining understanding and knowledge of skin types and tones, especially when using the information to buy an accurate coloured foundation. As always skincare is essential in helping achieve a flawless base, I have a post on my seven step skincare routine available if you wanted information on skincare.

Have I missed any of your top tips when buying a foundation? Do you have any brands that work well for your skin type? If so please share in the comments section so we can all find new things that may work for us.

My next post will be available on Tuesday. Wishing you all a great weekend.

Kate x

The Beauty Book Shelf: Sali Hughes’ Pretty Honest

Over the years I have bought so many beauty based books, some giving great advice and tips and others have been a bit underwhelming. I have since decided to share my thoughts and feelings on this by creating a special section on the blog I have entitled “The Beauty Book Shelf”.

I’m going to start with one of my favourite books Sali Hughes’ Pretty Honest. I bought this about a year ago and I generally now refer to Sali Hughes as my Oprah of beauty! Believe me this lady knows what she is talking about here’s what she has to say:

“The only thing worse than feeling like crap, is looking like crap too. Often we can’t do anything about the former, but I feel passionately that addressing the latter can only help.

I believe looking good to be an important and valid pursuit. All too often, women with an interest in their appearance are assumed to be stupid, shallow and unintelligent. Even traitors to feminism. But it’s perfectly normal to love both lipstick and literature, to be a woman who paints her nails while shouting at Question time.”

Pretty Honest covers everything you could possibly want to know from skincare routines, salon and spa etiquette to looking good in every age group. Along the way you can gather loads of tips and information to improving your knowledge and capability within your own beauty routine.

For me this book has been a bit of a game changer, Sali has used her personal experiences plus her extensive knowledge of the industry to deliver an incredibly informative and no bullshit book that is very easy to read from cover to cover.

From the skincare section alone I made improvements to my daily routine (as I said in my previous post, my skin is thanking me for it) but also learnt about what to look for in my products ingredients wise. I have made better choices when buying my skincare products because I have a better knowledge of what certain ingredients can do for my face.

If you were thinking this is just a book based around lipstick you would be wrong, other topics Sali covers include Teen beauty, beauty and motherhood and even beauty in illness. Each chapter filled with snippets of information and tips that can make a person feel back in the game of life again.

It has been very refreshing to read something empowering in a beauty based book rather then the traditional step by step and do’s and don’t of make up and skincare. As a mother of three young ones, a wife and a trying to be full time blogger I can sometimes get lost in what is going on and forget to take time out. Sali’s writing’s gave me the confidence to realise taking time to make myself look and feel good is necessary as it is part of who I am. I want to be able to show the world the best version of me and if it takes having the odd beauty treatment to give me the assurance and poise I encourage everyone to start doing so.

What are your thought’s and feelings on beauty books? Have you found one that has become your guide to life? Let me know what you think about me adding a monthly beauty book review section as it’s something I’ve been thinking of adding to my blog page more permanently, you can comment down below or find me on twitter @Katesbeautyhome.

My next post will be up on Friday so until then have a lovely week.

Kate x

Essence : A First Impressions

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A recent trip to Wilko had me doing two things, one buying a lot of cute stationary and two taking a look at the essence make up range, buying a bulk of it to come home and engross myself in new products. I managed to get my hands on enough products to try a full face of Essence and here are my thought.

Essence soft touch mousse foundation £3.80

First thing to note is the shade range is minimal (there were only five at my local Wilko) Apart from this being completely the wrong shade the mousse texture is surprisingly nice, soft, smooth and applied well with my beauty blender. For me this is an very light coverage foundation which I would use on a “good skin day” and needed little coverage but a bit of a boost in glow. It struggled to cover pigmented areas of my skin and small blemishes but on clearer parts of my face it settled nicely.

Essence 16h long – lasting concealer £2.50

Again the shade range was not really as it should be since high street brands have really been upping their game with this recently.

Usually I apply my concealer around the areas of my face and blend afterwards but this was made slightly difficult as the formula dries quickly. Blending really became a task, the more I blended the more patchy it became and I was left with the areas where it had dried being more highlighted then others.

Essence Nude Faces eye shadow palette £4.00

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Inside are ten nude shades, five being matte and the other five metallic which for £4 is very reasonable.

Usage wise I found the eye shadows hard work! The mattes are very dusty and due to this have little colour payoff so you really have to build and blend up the colour which took a lot of time and effort. The metallic’s worked a lot better, although the formula was a lot more oily then other metallic’s I’ve used I didn’t have to work as hard as with the matte shades. Having the metallic shades available in the palette was how I held my eye look for the day together and made it a bit more bearable (Sorry).

Essence Lash Princess mascara £3.00

Before buying I had heard good things about Essence mascara and was hoping I’d love it.

The lash princess said to give lashes “sculpted volume” with a fanned out edge.

The applicator is curved which helped to grab and lift my lashes in one easy swoop and from root to tip. The wand was not saturated with product when I removed it which made coating even and not in the slightest bit clumpy. I really liked this mascara as I felt my lashes were given the boost they needed without being needing to curl, the dark colour and lack of clumping gave my lashes the illusion of great length. I was happy with how they turned out.

Essence Kajal pencil (£1.00)

I have been needing a white eyeliner and at £1.00 this is just what I was looking for. The colour is nice, the pencil is easy to use, soft, ensuring it glides on. It stayed on my waterline for a lot longer then I expected. Overall I will be continuing to use the pencil and I would even buy more in other shades.

Essence Matt Touch Blush £1.00

Has a nice range of colours available (the colour shown is 20 – berry me up), as with the matte eye shadows this does apply chalky and there will be a lot of dust. I also thought the colour was a lot brighter when applied to how it appeared in the pan which took me by surprise. Not one of my favourites or something I will be using again it was just to messy for a colour that I was not expecting.

Essence Holo Wow! stick £3.50

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Even as I write this I cannot make my mind up as to whether I love or hate this highlighting stick!

It’s a cream based highlighter with pink coloured undertones which glides on and blends out effortlessly whilst giving you an unbelievable reflective glow. I really, really like the effect but I can’t help feeling like I’ve crawled out of my eight year old niece’s make up box and transformed into a unicorn. It is safe to say I am just to old to use this product without looking like I am trying really hard to be current.

Essence Colour Boost liquid lipstick £2.80

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The liquid lip formula is thick and sticky, the colour is pretty but it applies streaky. As this is a vinyl effect the liquid does not dry down and therefore continuously has to be reapplied after eating and drinking etc. A little to high maintenance for me.

It is safe to say Essence has not really worked out for me although I will be holding on to the mascara and eyeliner I will be gifting the other items to my niece as she will love all the glitter and I think they are great products for her to start out with.

Let me know your thoughts on the Essence brand, have you found anything that works great for you? I’d love to know if anyone’s experience has been different to mine.

Next post will be Friday.

Kate x

Can Lipstick Make You Happy? – The 5 Day Trial

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Coco Chanel once said “If your sad, add more lipstick and attack”

With this in mind I’ve set about wearing five different lipsticks throughout the week to see if it added to my all round sassy nature and could give me a boost in mood.

Monday – I start the week as I mean to go on with the YSL rouge volupte shine in number 4 (£28) which is a red. Unlike a lot of my bold in your face reds, this shade is very subtle its formula is so light and creamy it puts me in mind of a lip balm. This allows the colour to be very versatile as you can use it for a light splash of colour for a day look or it can be blotted and built up into a bolder night glam. The Packaging is one of the most glamorous lipsticks I own and these are great for dressing table display.

Mood Enhancing? – Yes I felt good about myself throughout the day and due to the pretty packaging re-applying the lipstick made me feel like I was having a special treat.

Tuesday – Due to the success of yesterday I decided to do a full face of make up today which allowed me to go a bit OTT with my lipstick choice. The chosen one is the Smashbox always on liquid lip in Chill Zone (£19.00) and the colour is a “go big or go home” bold grey. I chose this as I love the Smashbox formula, their applicator is really easy to use which for me is essential when using loud colours. When first applied this does feel slightly sticky and takes a little longer to dry down but once this is set I can promise you it’s good to go all day.

Mood Enhancing? – I think Coco may have been on to something, after feeling good about myself the Monday I’ve now advanced to a full face and a dramatic lip whilst feeling I can crush the balls of anyone who crosses me.

Wednesday – As a lover of Mean Girls I’ve stuck to the on Wednesday’s we wear pink moto and gone with the Ofra long lasting liquid lipstick in Bel Air (£11.00), a pink nude that is the most complimentary nude lip for my pale skin tone. Ofra has a really soft formula that glides on and feels so comfortable to apply, the liquid lip sets in about a minute and can feel a little drying to the lips. Throughout the day this did need reapplying although due to the shade being such a nice match to my skin tone this didn’t bother me to much.

Mood Enhancing? – I went for an all over more subtle look today but still felt pretty and put together, apart from one or two reapplications I liked being this low maintenance yet still feeling confident enough if I was to bump into someone I know I wasn’t going to run and hide.

Thursday – When playing with lipsticks I have a go to dramatic look I always love to do using M.A.C smoked purple (£17.50), after two days of liquid lipsticks it’s safe to say my lips need a rest and this is a bit kinder for them. The deep berry colour adds a bit more dimension then going for a solid black. As always with M.A.C lipsticks this is soft, creamy and glides on with strong colour pay off and a matte finish. Smoked purple gives the effects of a liquid lip without drying your lips out (this does need reapplying throughout the day, after eating/drink etc.).

Mood Enhancing? – When wearing this lipstick I get really nostalgic, it reminds me of loads of good times (my brothers wedding, date night at a very nice restaurant with my husband and so on). I can’t help but feel good when I wear this.

Friday – For the last day I have used one of my favourite liquid lipstick formulas and that would be Jeffree Star velour liquid lip in I’m Shook (£16.00). I’m unsure if this particular shade is still available as I believe it was limited addition but there is a vast range of colours available from this brand. I need to purchase more of these as for a liquid lipstick they are the best, soft and smooth, quick setting and colour that does not budge. The velour liquid lip is also one of the only liquid lip where I don’t get transfer onto a glass or smudging, it is my one true love lipstick wise.

Mood Enhancing? – This is lipstick you can take on the world with! I felt happy and confident throughout the day and when you think it takes a minute or two to apply it’s all worth it.

Throughout the week I have really reignited what make up means to me and learnt that it can be an instant pick me up when your feeling a bit down or frustrated. I have also found that I use make up especially lipstick to show off my personality, one day I want to be bold and eye catching, others I want to be more natural and demure. I use make up for myself and to make myself feel good, as long as you are having fun you can cake and bake as much as you want whilst ruling your own world in heels, trainers or flats (whichever you prefer).

This has been a really interesting week discovering what make up does for me, Do you ever use make up as a mood booster? What are your favourite go to products that give instant thrills? Let me know in the comments below or on twitter @katesbeautyhome as I would love to hear your thoughts.

Hope you enjoyed this post as always the next one will be on Tuesday.

Kate x

Beauteque Monthly – The Subscription Box With A Bit Of Everything

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Over the last year or so I have been wanting to get a monthly subscription box but when looking into it I have become overwhelmed and spoilt for choice. They can come in very expensive sometime for only a few sample sized products.

I really wanted something more!

Recognising the struggle my sister in-law SJ (Her Instagram is @sjmorgan89 if you want cute pics of skincare and makeup) came to the rescue. She is a massive fan of Korean skincare, has great skin herself and is generally a woman in the know about everything. SJ suggested I take a look at the Beauteque monthly website as they offer different types of subscription boxes depending on what you are looking for. One being the ‘mask maven’ box for $13.00 / £9.90 a month and the other being their ‘beauty box’ for $22.00 / £16.75 per month with no twelve month contract and being able to cancel whenever you wanted.

Knowing I was going off a good recommendation I took the plunge and ordered the beauty box, I am currently going into my third month of receiving these goodies and have never looked back.

Each month is based around a theme (July’s being Deep Detox), inside your box are six full sized products that are relevant to the theme and can range from skincare, make up to nail polish and sleep masks. All the products are available as separates on the Beauteque website so if you find something you really love it is so easy to restock.

The Deep Detox box consisted of :

Jayeon Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge ($5.99 / £4.56) – When you first remove this sponge feels like a rock but once you leave to stand in water it puffs out and becomes a great exfoliating product. Due to the infusion of charcoal it really does help give your skin and intense clean whilst still being gentle and non abrasive.

Farm Stay Charcoal Pure Cleansing Foam ($11.99 / $9.13) 180ml – Use this with the sponge to achieve a deep clean. I have spot prone skin and when I first started using this cleanser I did get a breakout due to the detoxifying properties in the formula but after a few days this cleared up and my skin has stayed incredibly clear and blackhead free since.

Baviphat Urban Dollkiss Carbonated Charcoal Clay Mask ($20.00 / £15.23) 100ml – I have really enjoyed this mask. The tub is huge and you really do not need a lot of product for application as the clay is quite thick. It comes with a small spatula to apply and as it develops on the skin it is very fun watching it bubble. The mask gave my skin a radiance and left it feeling very clean and clear.

Purederm Charcoal Design Nose Pore Strips ($5.99 / £4.56) six strips – I can’t go into to much detail about these as I haven’t had the time to use them. I can say they remind me a lot like the traditional nose strips only are larger in size so they cover a bigger surface area of the nose and surrounding cheek. They do have a pretty design on the strip which makes them nice to look at and has me dying to try them so hopefully I will get the time soon.

Vacci Royal Luminant Auto Eyebrow Pencil ($8.99 / £6.85) full sized – One end is the eyebrow pencil and to the other is a spoolie both with lids so good for travelling. The barrel of the pencil is a lot thicker to other brow pencils I have and made application surprisingly easier, the colour was a little lighter then I would normally choose but blended well. The pencil is very soft and you don’t have to be firm to build up colour. The eye pencil was a nice little make up token in the skincare based set.

Siero Surface Moisture Mask Pack ($4.99 / £3.80) – Each month you get a sheet mask pack which comes with three elements this particular one comes with a peeling gel, a vitamin booster and then the sheet mask itself. The three step masks’ have become a favourite at home treatment for me. It’s a quick and easy way to gain the luxury “at a spa” feel whilst helping the skin to regain lost moisture and giving it some TLC.

Three months in and I still look forward to what is going to be in my latest Beauteque box. I love that every product is full sized, due to this you really have the chance to try out and make sure it is working for you before committing to buying. The different themes each month add to the excitement as you are never sure what you are going to get but know that each product will be used. I am so glad SJ gave me the heads up with this subscription box as they are really enjoyable and the perfect thing I was looking for.

Do you have a subscription box you love? Are you completely and utterly overwhelmed when trying to find the right one for you? (there are so many out there now) Let me know your thought on where you stand with subscription boxes in the comments below or on Twitter @Katesbeautyhome.

Hope you have enjoyed this post, the next will be up Friday.

Kate x