Beauteque Box: Product Review

Today’s post is going to be a review and look at the latest Beauteque box mainly due to the fact it has been my most liked yet and was full of products I love and needed. It also arrived on my birthday so that was an extra treat for me!

I’m going to jump right in as there is quite a bit to get through and it is all so good.

Beauteque

Cute Moose Headband ($7.99/£6.25)

I have been meaning to buy a headband to keep my hair out of the way during washing or applying a mask so this was perfect.

The band is nice and firm and fits comfortably without being too tight. The material is nice and soft so there is no damage done to the hair and the band has cute ears and antlers so is very adorable.

Esfolio Green Tea Facial Cleansing Tissue ($8.00/£6.25)

I was so glad to see these in my monthly box as I have been in desperate need for cleansing wipes.

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The Esfolio packet contains 20 cleansing tissues of reasonable size. The Green Tea ingredient helps remove excess oils and leaves a fresh feel to the skin. For a tissue they are quite thick and not as easy as expected to rip or break.  I will be keeping these for on the go when I need an emergency clean up as they are quick to use and dispose of.

Cos. W Collagen Eye Zone Mask ($6.99/£5.47)

On first look I was a little bit disappointed as these little eye patches replaced the usual three step mask in the box but once I had a proper look and used the product the disappointment soon evaporated.

I have four favourite products from the box this month and the Cos. W eye masks are one of them. The eye patches come in a resealable packet which contains 15 pairs so there is plenty of usage for the price.

Each pair are really easy to separate from the others despite the fact they are saturated in the Green Tea and papaya extract (designed to help with signs of ageing). They place really well under the eyes with ease and fit almost perfectly . Once left for 15-20 minutes you can remove and throw away so there is little mess.

I have really loved using these as they leave my under eye feeling tighter whilst giving a boost in hydration. The patches are so quick and easy to use, they are like a mini pamper session for when your pushed for time.

Bergamo Luxury Caviar Wrinkle Care Cream ($24.99/£19.56)

I have been using this every evening since the moment I received it and I am in love. I have quite a bit of texture to my skin in places and Caviar induced products can help with this as well as fine lines.

The product information states to use as the last step to your evening routine. The cream light and easy to apply. It doesn’t feel heavy, especially as I normally apply mine after using a night moisturiser. Over the past few weeks of using I have been waking up to my skin feeling a lot firmer and an improvement in the texture.

From this months subscription it was another one of my absolute favourites and a product I will repurchase.

Botanic Farm Soft Cover Pore Balm Primer ($18.00/£14.08)

Honestly how can you get so many good products in one box!

Botanic Farm

As I said previously I have textured skin in places and also suffer from large pores and the Botanic Farm primer has been a god send. So much so that I have been wearing it alone without make up purely because it minimises my pores so well and helps even out the texture.

As the product is a balm it is firm in the jar so I tend to use a beauty blender to pick up the product and then apply to my face with the blender. It puts me in mind of other more expensive primes such as the Benefit Dr Feel Good (£26.00) and leaves my skin feeling velvety.

When using this with foundation it has worked very well (the foundation sitting nicely with the primer). I have had no major issues and my pores have continued to appear minimised.

This will be added to the list of repurchases although I think the jar I have will be lasting a while due to the amount you need for application and the 0.71 ounces supplied.

The Saem Semi Pro Multi Colour ($7.99/£6.25)

The Semi Pro Multi Colour is described as a little pot of pigment that can be used on the lips, cheeks or eyes. The colour I have is 19 Scarlet and a little pot of pigment colour she is. This is bold and I really like it.

You need to be very light handed with these as the colours are so strong. There are tips to mix them with other make up products to achieve different colours and looks which is probably what I will be doing mostly.

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I really like the packaging resembling a small paint tube as that is how the product looks and performs. When used on their own these do have a strong transfer and are a little difficult to remove but for me when it has that strong a colour pay off it is worth it.

Hope you enjoyed my little review of this months Beauteque box. Each product included in the box is full sized and the links provided are for the individual product but below I will put a link for the box itself. Let me know your thoughts and feelings in the comment section  or if you have any other subscription boxes you love.

Beauteque Monthly

Next post will be Tuesday, have a good weekend.

Kate x

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Primark Minnie Mouse Nails

If you follow me on twitter you would know that this weekend I took a trip to Primark and was super excited to go wild in the isles. I had yet to have the time to look at their beauty range and was really looking forward to getting my hands on some items as I’ve read some really good reviews.

Am I the only one who get’s overwhelmed in Primark? I just couldn’t cope. There were so many people and I just idly  looked at all the beauty products without knowing what to get or even what I was really looking at. I bought one item and don’t get me wrong they are cute but it just wasn’t the exciting shopping trip I had hoped for.

Anyway back to the purchase. I have read so many good things about the Primark false nails section, mainly them being super affordable and pretty decent when being used. I picked up a set of the Disney versions, going with the Minnie Mouse nails for the small sum of £3.00. Let’s jump into my thoughts and feelings on the product and if they are worth your hard earned money.

Minnie Mouse Nails Primark

Minnie Mouse Nails

What you get: 24 PK Nails with no Adhesive included so aware when buying.

Price: £3.00

Sizing: This is one of the first issues I have with the set. The sizing is way off. They are very small in size and I began to question if they were for children?!? please let me know if they are. There is no place on the box that suggests these are for younger people.

I found it difficult to find nails that would fit my fingers nicely and some left gaps to the sides so my natural nail could clearly be seen. Due to the odd sizing it was difficult to get the patterns of the nails in sync on each hand and they became a mumble jumble of bows, glitter, polka dot and black.

Texture: These are a very soft plastic and once glue has been applied and you place them on the natural nail they bend out of shape when adding pressure to ensure they stick down. I also found them quite brittle when filing the edges for a smoother appearance.

Once on they feel okay but are not as strong as other more expensive brands.

Appearance & Packaging: The packaging looks similar to other brands with the wheel of 8 nails with and design of nails shown as the main attraction. The rest is polka dot cardboard which fits in with one of the nails designs.

Once open you find the other 16 nails in a mini lock and seal bag which is a bit cheap if you ask me. This is also not suitable storage as some of the nail designs contain glitter and the said glitter had become loose and transferred over the other nails in the bag. This had also ruined the design on the glitter nail and as sizing is a bit of an issue it could have been a nail I really needed.

I like the designs on the nails and feel they incorporate Minnie Mouse slightly. They are cute to look at and have a good theme to them.

Conclusion: I don’t think I will be purchasing these again and will stick to buying a more expensive brand that I know work and will last a few days of wear. Three pound is good value for money when the product works and does what it is supposed to, unfortunately my personal experience with these doesn’t reach these expectations. I would like to say I really wasn’t expecting the nails to be as good as other brands that cost more, but I was expecting a little more then I received.

Have I got this all wrong? I really think something may have gone wrong after reading so many good reviews. Let me know if your experience has been different as I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you used the other Primark nails that are not Disney related and had a better experience?

Next Post will be Friday, hope everyone has a great week.

Kate x

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3 Autumn Lipsticks for under £7

It’s been a while, two weeks tomorrow to be exact but I am back. I have had my surgery and other then coming out with Rosacea all over my body I am now feeling back to normal.

Today’s post is going to be a quick round up of the top three lipsticks I have been using throughout the Autumn period. Each one has a more comfortable price point of under £7.00 and work like a dream.

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NYX Soft Mate Lip Cream £6.00 (8ml)

The soft matte lip creams have been one of my latest purchases’, I have never used a Nyx lip product before and I am impressed.

The shade I have been using the most is Stockholm, it’s a lovely pink based nude that compliments my fair skin well. I often have trouble with more brown/cream based nudes as they can be to harsh on my paler complexion or wash out my lips completely. I need something with a slight pink in to add some warmth and Stockholm does this perfectly.

I am really enjoying the formula with these soft mattes. It is a little creamier then other liquid lips I’ve used and applies as soft and smoothly as a traditional lipstick. From me this lip cream dries down but does not dry completely, which has been great during the Autumn weather as a full matte would ruin the condition of my lips.

Nyx soft matte lip cream Stockholm

I chose this particular colour as, during Autumn I do like to be a bit braver with the darker colours eye shadow wise and I like to balance the look with a more nude lip.

Overall I would give these a big recommendation Their shade range is large so there is something to suit everyone, they have a good price point for the size of product and during the colder months I am enjoying having a liquid lip effect without my lips becoming overly dry.

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate £5.49

I bought this when I did my guest post over on Kate Day’s A Week. I needed something that fitted into my full face of make up for under £30 challenge and since then I have not stopped using it.

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The shade I have is number 30 (light purple/plum shade) and it is fantastic for the Autumn to Winter period. It’s a bold shade so I go a bit less on the eyes and let the lips be the focus point but it is very wearable for both day and night.

I have recently been buying more high street make up in a effort to be frugal and the Rimmel long lasting lipsticks have surprised me. They have great staying power and I often only reapply once a day. They apply really well and have good pigmentation so you don’t have to keep building the colour.

Hint: I use a liner for the more bold colours in the range as they do bleed slightly so the liner helps keeps this under control.

Since using the Rimmel lasting lipstick for my Make up Challenge I have actually purchased a few more shades from the range due to how well they work. 

Maybelline Colour Sensational £6.99

The colour sensational from Maybelline has such a high volume of shades available within the range and it is easy to see why they stuck with this formula. These lipsticks glide on so softly and effortlessly it is hard to make a mistake with them.

The formula is lovely and soft and the texture is more like a lip balm then a lipstick, yet they have an amazing colour pay off. Throughout the Autumn these have become my go to as they feel a lot more moisturising for my lips in the colder months.

Maybelline color sensational stellar pink

The shade I have been using the most is Stellar Pink which is a pink/mauve with a frosted effect. Granted the frosted effect is not for everyone but it is quite subtle and resembles a top coat of gloss more then a metallic lip. I have been using this shade when I have created a strong eye look but don’t want to use a basic nude.

I have quite a few of the colour sensational and when looking for a more affordable lipstick I would always gravitate towards using these as they are good quality for the price.

Do you have any Autumn Lipsticks you couldn’t live without? Have you altered your lipstick due to the weather? I’m trying to use less matte liquid lips as they are really messing with my lips condition in this cold. Let me know in the comments section down below and we can all start discussing.

Next post will be Friday. Wishing everyone a good week.

Kate x

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One shade from each Palette Challenge

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A couple of weeks ago @catisbored (from the fabulous KateDaysAWeek) sent me a link to Smokey Glow‘s Youtube channel in which she takes a few of her favourite palette’s and chooses just one shade from each as her ultimate shadow. This was so fun to watch it got me thinking about my own collection and what I would choose as my favourites, so today (day 9 of blogtober) I am going to do just that.

This has actually been a lot harder then I originally thought it would be. From one self confessed make up addict to another, my number of palette’s owned is beyond normal so I am going to narrow it down by picking from my top four most used palettes. Prepare yourself for quite a few shimmer shades as I love these for completing an eye look.

The Jaclyn Hill Palette (£37.00)

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette

I had to pick one from here as it is the palette I use the most. The shadows are great quality, it is my favourite palette I have and picking one shade has been a challenge.

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I have chosen Diva as the shade I couldn’t live without as it is unlike anything else I have used before. To look at, in the pan it is a silver colour but once applied it has an almost green sparkle. It adds so much more to a look then just being a plain silver shimmer as it has such lovely reflective elements. If you use this really lightly it can tone the shimmer down and leaves a lovely light silver/grey.

BH Cosmetics Take Me Back To Brazil (£20.00)

BH Cosmetics: Take Me Back To Brazil

This is one of the latest palettes I’ve bought and I have really been enjoying using. As you can see the colours are so bright, you can really create something that will stand out with these shades.

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The one I have chosen as my favourite is the purple second row from bottom on the right. It is one of the only mattes I’ve chosen throughout this challenge but the shade is so opaque when applied I don’t think I’ve ever used a purple as good. I find the colour pay off in this palette is so good from a more affordable brand.

Revolution: Soph x (£10.00)

Revolution Soph x

I have been using this a lot recently as it has so many colours that fit in well with the Autumn season.

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I have chosen the shade I use most in the palette and that is peaches. As suggested in the name it is a lovely peach colour that I use as a transition shade to add a bit of dimension and warm up the crease area.

Morphe Dare To Create 39A (£34.00)

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The 39A is my go to palette for the festivities during Winter, it has so many rich colours to create something spectacular with. I love the layout and how all colour ranges are divided into sections, it makes for such easy use. The shadows are so soft and smooth they blend really well, Morphe palettes are a favourite of mine as they are good quality for the price point.

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The shade I have picked is “Tailor” a lovely aquamarine colour. It’s a blue/green mixture with some added sparkle, it is definitely something different from other colours. When used in a look it gets a lot of attention and can really accentuate the eyes.

I’d like to give Kate a big thank you for giving me the idea to join in this challenge. I’ve added all her links at the top so all beauty addicts need to check her page (she writes amazing product reviews).

Let me know your thoughts on this particular challenge, comment all your favourite palettes and shades. I love hearing what others are using and if they work well, I could always do with adding to my mountains of Make Up.

Next post is tomorrow.

Kate x

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Three Autumn Palette’s Worth Taking A Look At?

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I love this time of year! I love the colours and the warmer clothes. It is now I can start using all my favourite shades when creating a make up look and I feel at my most inspired.

For day four of my Blogtober challenge I am going to be talking to you about three eye shadow palettes that have the ability to create some amazing Autumn inspired looks. Each one has something different to the other and each has a different price point so I hope you find something you like. Let’s get started:

Palette 1

Morphe 35o
My messy Morphe 35o

It wouldn’t be Autumn unless I was talking about the Morphe 35o (£23 for 35 shadows, both shimmer and matte). Now yes this has now been out a while but this is a cult favourite with so many. The one pictured is the original 35o as Morphe have now created a matte based one, a shimmer and the 35o2.

The colour spectrum in the palette just fits so well with the season, I just grab for it as soon as September begins.

The palette includes plenty of nudes to use as a base and build up the transition area, you can then warm this up with the large selection of browns (both cooler and warm toned). My favourites are the luscious burnt oranges and reds, in particular the shimmer red to the bottom right. I die every time I look at it.

Morphe 35o swatches
Swatches

I really enjoy Morphe palette’s and think they are great value for money. The 35o is no different, the shadows are smooth and soft with great blend-ability. The colour pay off in this palette is so good. They are a little messy so I do my eyes before the rest of my face when using these but other than this it works like a dream.

Palette 2

Huda Obsessions Warm Brown
Huda Obsessions: Warm Brown

The second palette I chose was the Huda Obsessions (£25.00 for 9 shadows) in Warm brown. This is quite pricey considering the size of palette you get but it’s so travel friendly, I use it mostly on a night out or if I’m away and need something small but quality.

Shade wise you have different choices to the 35o. I find the colours a lot deeper and more intense. The plum and purple colour are so rich along with the red to the top right. Plus the gold shimmer in the middle is out of this world (swatches don’t really do it justice).

Huda Obsessions Swatches

Usage wise I really like the formula of Huda shadows, they always seem to get the shade range right within their palettes so you can create a look with each shadow blending into one another seamlessly. The have a buttery texture which is easy to move and blend into the eye, they have a good pigmentation and create little to no mess when using.

Palette 3 

MUA Ever After palette
MUA: Ever After matte

MUA Ever After matte palette is great if your living on a budget or just want to save a few pennies. The palette photographed has now been discontinued and reborn into the Undressed palette (£4.00 for 12 shadows) with a few shimmers added.

MUA: Ever After Swatches
Swatches

I picked this purely for the colour choice. The blue/green is such a lovely colour to create an eye look with a difference. The shadow quality is not as good as the other more expensive palettes and it is a bit of work as your going to have to build up the colours to create a nice gradient but for the price its not terrible. The formula is quite dry and chalky so priming the eyes and making sure the primers dried down would be good before applying these.

Let me know what you think about these palettes. Have you tried any of the ones mentioned? What eye looks do you like to create during the season?

Another thing I’d like to know is is anyone really ampping it up Make up wise for Halloween? Comment all your thoughts down below and lets get chatting.

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading, next post is tomorrow.

Kate x

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Autumn Make Up Under £30: Guest Post With KateDaysAWeek

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Hi everyone! It’s Kate! Not your beloved Kate from Kateshomebeauty, but the one from Katedaysaweek. 
We have exchanged blogs for the day and have challenged each other to create a full face of autumnal makeup for under £30. I think it’s fair to say that it’s been quite the challenge for both of us!
Here are the products that I have chosen: 
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The first product that I chose was the Colourpop No Filter Foundation, which is one of the cheapest foundations that I own, but it also happens to be one of the best. I’m not going to go into great detail as to why I love this product because I’ve recently written a review about it. Spoiler warning: it’s amazing value and I love its very natural finish. And it does make you look like you’re wearing a filter. 
My second choice is the Colourpop No Filter Concealer and I’ve also just written a review about it.  TL;DR: again, a great value product and probably in my top three concealers. It works extremely well with the foundation (would be a shame if it didn’t). I just wish I hadn’t picked such a light shade, but luckily it oxydizes a little bit and eventually looks more natural on my skin after a while. 
Product #3 is the Catrice Glam Doll Waterproof mascara. Believe it or not, it’s one of the best mascaras you will find in that price range. I absolutely love the wand because it’s not too thick. I have the privilege of having quite short lashes and simultaneously being very clumsy, so fat wands aren’t for me. Another thing I love about this mascara is that it doesn’t dry or leave residue and turn your under eye into Pompei after two hours. 
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For the lip, I chose Sleek’s True Colour Lipstick in the shade Cherry. I think it’s the perfect colour for autumn and it’s extremely comfortable to wear. Again, this is another wonderful affordable product of great quality. And overall, I really recommend Sleek 
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Finally, on to the eyeshadow palette. I had to go with Revolution because they are the cheapest and have the most interesting colour stories. This particular Iconic Division palette (a supposed dupe for ABH’s Subculture) isn’t my favourite as, to be perfectly honest, the quality of some shadows is mediocre. The colours are interesting, but they’re actually badly executed. I chose it because it’s very affordable and I could use it for different purposes (lids, brows and as a highlighter). A lot of them aren’t nearly pigmented enough. I had to try different eye looks to find one that satisfied me and looked autumnal. 
So I finally went with a very simple eye look: I packed on a shade onto the lid and blended as well as I could and finished with a darker one in the inner corner and on the lower lash line.
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This is the final look. I’m not totally happy with how it came out, but I think that’s the best I’ll do with this particular palette and my limited makeup abilities (let’s keep it 100). 
All in all I really enjoyed this challenged as it forced me to rummage through makeup that I bought and never really used and made me step out of my comfort zone. I’m glad I rediscovered that Sleek lipstick and I’m definitely going to be wearing it this autumn. 
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.
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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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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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Autumn changes to my Make Up bag

Autumn has begun and I’ve had to preform my seasonal make up bag clean up. I have removed all my summer products and exchanged with items more suitable for the cooler months. I’m hoping this means I can create a look on the go that fits in well with the warmer clothes and colours.

Benefit Perk Up Artist £23.50

This is the first thing I add to my Autumn make up bag. It is a custom complexion corrector containing three colour corrector’s that correct, cover and brighten the areas where you need it.

Due to the drop in temperature the redness in my skin gets a bit more prominent from the wind blowing in my face and I also find my under eyes looking darker then normal.  Using this helps to cover my imperfections before I start applying my foundation.

This little compact also comes with a decent sized mirror so is great for travelling around with and fixing up on the go.

L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover £9.9

As we were blessed with a hot summer I changed my usual full coverage look to a bit more natural. I have not used a full coverage foundation in a while and I am so glad to add L’Oreal Infallible to my make up bag. The coverage on this is amazing, every flaw disappears. I have used this for quite some time and I love how the formula is lightweight but still has good coverage.

When used with a blurring primer I find this sits nicely on the skin without cracking into lines and pores. Infallible does dry down quickly and has a very matte finish although this is something I do look for from my foundations.

Laura Lee Cat’s Pajamas Palette £35.00

Laura Lee Cats Pajamas
I love the colours in the Cats Pajamas palette, perfect for Autumn

I find this palette great for Autumn as the shades just remind me of the season. The matte to shimmer ratio is good, giving plenty of options for creating different looks. I like they have included a black and off white to use as a liner or highlight. The formula of the shadows is actually really good and the colours work well, giving good pigmentation whilst blending with ease.

Apart from the packaging I do really like this palette and feel it is a little underrated.

E.L.F Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls £5.0

As my eye and lip looks get a bit darker in Autumn I like to keep subtle with highlighter and have a more natural glow rather then blind everyone who walks by.

Moonlight Pearls is lovely and soft without being chalky. It leaves the gentlest of sheen to the cheeks and nose which is so effortless and easy to achieve (You can build it up for more dramatic effect if wanted). I have a pale complexion and this is such a light colour it looks radiant on the skin as apposed to shiny.

Huda Beauty Contour & Strobe Lip Set £29.00 

For lips I have changed from my usual nude to the Huda Beauty lip set in Trophy Wife/ Shameless. The rose pink colour is perfect to start transitioning into bolder colours without overpowering. Throughout the day I shall be wearing it without the strobing gloss.

The formula is one of my favourites as far as liquid lips goes, it dries down quickly without being sticky and lasts for ages before needing a re-application.

For evenings I will glam it up a bit by using the strobing gloss which has lilac and gold glitter flecks in making the gloss so reflective. The liquid lip does not last as long with the gloss on top but this is to be expected.

Another thing I have to mention about Huda Liquid lips, they all smell amazing so are really pleasant to use.

Do you have a make up bag clear out every season and switch your products up or am I just high maintenance? What are you all looking forward to using during the Autumn season? I for one can’t wait for Halloween and will be trying to create something creepy with my make up. Let me know in the comments below and we can all start discussing.

Next post will be available on Tuesday, hope you all have a good weekend.

Kate x

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Z Palette with Make Up Geek shadows

As of lately I’ve felt in a bit of a make up slump. Not many new releases have inspired me and the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill release I was really looking forward to left a bad taste in my mouth (here). In order to reignite the passion I started to go through my bulging Make up drawers and to my surprise found so many products I have loved and forgotten about.

The main items inspiring me and helping me to feel creative have been the Make Up Geek shadows. I really can’t fathom why I haven’t used these in so long, they are fantastic.

Price Point

Make up Geek have such a wide range of shadow shades available and are great if you are on a budget. Their matte/ shimmer shadows have over 42 colours available and are priced from £3.95. There are also 14 foiled shades available (from £6.50) and 8 duo chromes for $4.95 – £7.95. At such an purse friendly rate you can’t really go wrong and with so many shades available the brand gives you the ability to create so many looks.

As we are on the topic of value for money I feel these shadows are great for beginners as they are cheap enough to buy a few and experiment with colour until you work out what you like and what suits you best.

Essentially you are creating your own palette with colours of your choice therefore hopefully, you will get good use out of them as your not going to be stuck with the odd shade that doesn’t appeal to you. In my opinion this is a bonus when considering the price point.

Quality

Make Up Geek do make quality shadows. I find the formula nice, soft and easy to work with. I started using these when I first started to up my make up game and they have always been very comfortable to use. They give a great blend and you are able to build up a seamless gradient of colours with basic skills.

The colour pay off is good considering the price range. Are there better shadows available? Yes but you will be paying a lot more for them.

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The pigmentation is there and as I said previous they blend well due to their soft texture, so if you wanted the colour to be a bit stronger it is very easy to build up.

This is another reason why I think these are great if you were just starting to experiment with make up and finding your feet. I used to have such a heavy hand with eye shadow but whilst using these I learnt to be a bit lighter, take my time and build up the colour and look I wanted.

Downfalls

I only have one issue with Make Up Geek shadows and that is they are so soft they tend to have a bit of fallout. It is never anything to drastic, never ruins my look (if using these I do my eye make up first and then move on with the rest of my face) but it is my only fault with them.

To Conclude

Make Up Geek have really given me some nostalgia over the last few weeks and it has been so much fun. I would really recommend taking a look at these if you love make up and are on a tight budget. If you are just starting out, don’t want to spend loads but want something with quality and something you can learn from I would honestly give these a try.

Make Up Geek have recently launched some new products after being a bit quiet for a while. They now have colour pigments available that are so bright in colour I can’t wait to try them out. They have also started selling their own empty palettes which you can fill with your choice of shadows. I like these as they have the MG logo and you can keep all their shadows in one place (some of my Z palettes are a mixture of brands and it can get confusing).

Do you ever go back to brands you haven’t used in a while and wonder why you stopped using them? For me it really has been nice to look back at products I haven’t used in ages and start to fall in love with them all over again. Let me know your thoughts and feelings in the comment section below and we can start discussing.

Next post will be up on Friday so until then have a good week.

Kate x

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