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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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

Sunshine Blogger Awards: A Fun Q&A

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Today I am going to be doing something a bit different from the usual beauty review and this is because I was nominated to take part in the Sunshine Blogger award by the lovely A Shouty Ms and I thought it would be a great way to let you all know a bit more about me.

Firstly I’m going to let you in on what the sunshine blogger awards are all about,

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog to this post
  2. Answer the eleven questions asked by your nominator
  3. Nominate eleven bloggers
  4. Ask them eleven questions, different to the ones you’ve answered
  5. List the rules
  6. Display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and blog site

What sort of a feminist are you?

I don’t think I’m brave enough to call myself a feminist but I do wish for everyone to be seen as equal. I also follow the rules of building females up rather then knocking one another down, that way we can be so inspirational to each other.

What’s your top tip for a new blogger?

To get as organised as you can, know what you want to incorporate in each post and be ready to work your nuts off writing and self promotion. It’s also important to remember why you blog, and if you feel there is something special in what you do –  keep pushing!

Dogs or cats?

We actually have both in our house, a border Collie called George and two cats, Miss Bojangles and Wusseywat. I love them all but nothing beats a snuggle with my cats.

How do you give back to others?

I try my best to be as helpful towards others as I can, to be honest there is a lot more I could do and will be something I look at myself about and evaluate. I should really get involved in my community a bit more and help at local events, this will be something I’ll set goals towards.

What’s the thing that you love but lots of people hate?

It’s disgusting and I know you shouldn’t but I love pimple popping I find it fascinating, I could watch Dr pimple popper on Youtube all day and not be at all squeamish.

What are your top three books?

I have loads but here goes:

  1. Melvin Burgess Junk
  2. George Orwell 1984
  3. Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse stories

What are you grateful for today?

I am grateful for having a happy and healthy family that I can love and care for, nothing else matters as long as I have the ones I love around me.

What song will be played at your funeral?

I haven’t got one probably something up beat that made everyone feel happy instead of sad, I know my husbands’ is Blue Oyster Cult “Don’t Fear The Reeper”.

Where would you like to go on a city break?

It’s cliche but New York, I want to be Carrie although Samantha is more my personality (I can be quite crude).

If you could add one thing onto the school curriculum, what would it be?

I would add courses about finances and how to manage yours as you grow older. There would be topics such as bill paying, overdrafts and just general financial planning that prepares you for adult life.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

To be unapologetic for who you are as person, to stay humble and treat others as you wish to be treated.

Thanking A Shouty Ms for the great questions I hope I’ve managed to answer them all to a satisfactory level. The eleven questions I decided to ask have been kept to blog based as that’s an immediate thing we all have in common and I would find it really interesting to see why everyone blogs. So without further delay here they are :

  1. What interested you in blogging to begin with and gave you a kick to starting?
  2. Who has been your biggest inspiration withing the blogging community?
  3. How do you plan/prep your posts?
  4. Do you have any tips or advice you’d like to share on getting started with a blog?
  5. How do you get in the mood to start writing? (If I don’t have a cup of tea, a candle burning and earrings in … It’s not happening)
  6. How do you cope with writers block?
  7. What has been your most fun post to date? (Add a link so we can all have a good read)
  8. Have you been to any amazing events as a result of your blog, if so where? If not are there any you’d like to attend?
  9. How do you feel about the photography game that comes with blogging?
  10. What do you hope to achieve from your blog space?
  11. Can you sum up how blogging makes you feel in three words?

The people I am nominating to take part in this fun, little task are:

@Newlune , @lifewithlilred , @bibisbookblog

@beautyholics101 , @tarheelfit , @katedaysaweek1 , @adventuresofacornishmaid

Hope you have enjoyed getting to know me a little better and this has as much fun to read as it was me thinking of answers. I will be getting back to normal on Tuesdays post so until then have a great weekend.

Kate x