The Beauty Book Shelf: How To Walk In High Heels

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Another entry in the Beauty Book Shelf and this one is How To Walk In High Heels: A Girl’s Guide to Everything by Camilla Morton (£8.99). It’s a little step away from the usual beauty books, being more of a lifestyle guide but I have had this for years and always go back to reading it for some motivation when I’m feeling in a bit of a rut life wise. (excuse the battered book photo but this is well loved).

How To Walk In High Heels Camilla Morton

Throughout the book Camilla answer any possible “how to” question you can think of in such a direct and funny way it’s almost like talking to a best friend. The book has such cute illustrations and you will find little snippets of advice and tips from the likes of Manolo Blanhnik, Vivienne Westwood and Gisele.

Chapters included cover: politics, climbing the career ladder, buying a house, DIY lessons, staying in credit and most importantly How to walk in high heels. From each section Camilla offers a brief history about the topic with some strategies and plans to accomplish the matter.

It is written in such an informative way and you can really learn something from the advise she gives. I now have an idea of how to bleed a radiator if I was ever to need to. I also gained some success in my wallpapering skills after applying some of the tips suggested.

If you are looking for a really fun, care free read that you don’t have to concentrate on, or even a book just to use for lifestyle reference this is a good option. I have loved this for years and it has a firm place on my beauty book shelf.

Camilla also has a follow up book A Girl For All Seasons (£3.99 kindle addition) which follows along the same line as the first but is sectioned around the changes in season.

A Girl For All Seasons: Camilla Morton

For me it would be another I recommend looking at if you like this style of book. The illustrations keep in with the first and even more of your “how to” questions are answered.  My favourites consist of, “how to blog”, “how to strike the right work/life balance” and “how to make a face mask”.

Again there are guest articles from Dita Von Teese, Christian Lacroix and Lulu Guinness (there are many more).

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At the beginning of each month Camilla gives a little history lesson on a powerful, interdependent women that you can muse over and at the end she includes a ‘foot note’ (a style of shoe which is then described and explained to how it became about). Honestly it is so interesting, there is always a section to learn from.

I have loved both of these books for so long and couldn’t help but add them to my Beauty Book Shelf (both have beauty elements to them).

Let me know if you have read these and enjoyed or even if they are not really your style of book. Are there any other lifestyle books I could take a look at? Which one’s have become your ‘life bible’?  I’ve seen the new Zoella one so if anyone has had the chance to give that a read, comment below as I’d love to hear some opinions.

Next post will be tomorrow.

Kate x

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Handmade Beauty: DIY Beauty Product Book Review

TooCoolForSchool Pumpkin Purifying Mask: A Review

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Today I will be looking at the TooCoolForSchool pumpkin purifying 24k mask. Well it is the season for pumpkin’s! I’m going to jump straight in and give you the in’s and out’s of this peel off mask.

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Too Cool For School has such cute packaging

The Basics

The pumpkin puritfying mask comes in at £18 for a not too bad 100ml, it will last quite a few uses. The mask contains 24k gold powder and golden yellow pumpkins which combined are meant to give the skin a soothed and toned effect.

Application is to clean dry skin, dispense a thin layer and leave to for twenty to thirty minutes and then peel off from the bottom.

Usage

I was expecting this to have a really pumpkin smell but it actually just smells like a mask, which is a little disappointing. On the plus side it is bright gold in colour which makes using a lot of fun. The gold is very reflective so It looks a bit like an all over face highlight, just call me Goldmember.

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The texture is a lot less sticky then other peel off masks I’ve used. It is really smooth and easy to apply, leaving little mess. You don’t need to use much product as it glides onto the skin evenly without any trouble.

At first I was a bit apprehensive about paying £18 for a face mask but from how little product I needed to use with each application I’ve realised the 100ml will probably last about ten/ eleven uses. So price wise it works out at just under £2.00 per use which makes it much more affordable.

Each time I’ve left the mask on for the full 30 minutes although it has felt quite dry and smooth before the time was up I wanted to make sure I was doing as instructed. The wait isn’t bad, due to it being a peel off mask you can move around and get other things done without the product slipping or falling off your face (Sheet mask I’m looking at you).

Removal was simple. The mask dried down well and leaves a strong layer which is easy to pull at without it breaking. I was able to take it off in one whole piece without having traces left around my face.

The Results

I have used this a number of times and on each my skin feels more toned and hydrated. The hydration plumps up my skin leaving me looking more refreshed and awake. To touch it is smooth, soft but also feels incredibly moisturised.

I have used this during a bad breakout where I have had a couple of blemishes that have been sore and painful. The purifying mask did help to soothe the ache and also removed a lot of the redness from my skin during these times.

Overall I have enjoyed using the mask. It does everything it claims to do and is fun to use. I like that the bottle is a good size and leaves for many uses. The pumpkin packaging is very fitting to Autumn and the all round experience has been pleasant. I will be sure to finish the rest of the bottle and have even looked into getting the TooCoolForSchool Sleeping Pack (£16.50).

If you have used the Sleeping Pack let me know in the comments section, I’d love to hear some thoughts before purchasing. What do you think about the pumpkin purifying mask? Is it worth a go for you or will you be avoiding?

Next post will be 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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Beauteque Box Monthly Subscription : A Review

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All six items from the August Beauteque box

It’s that time of month where I have received and worked my way through the Beauteque monthly subscription box. This month’s has a Kawaii theme and as you can imagine everything has a cute, pretty packaging but do they work?

Milatte Fashiony Fruit Soothing Gel ($14.99/£11.40)

One of my favourite products in this months box. I like that they used a soothing gel rather then a cream as it absorbs into the skin so quickly it is so much less hassle.

The gel itself is a transparent red and is meant to be water melon scented although this is rather faint. I enjoyed using as it glides on easily, is absorbed quickly and leave your skin feeling very refreshed. It has a cooling/ soothing effect on the skin which is very nice. I would imagine this would be great on sunburn as it really does settle the skin of any irritations. After use my skin feels softer and fully moisturised.

The bottle is 200g (full sized) and is going to last for ages. The soothing gel is perfect for using post shower as a quick way to put moisture back into the skin and feel soothed and refreshed without waiting ages for a product to dry down.

Tony Moly Magic Food Banana Hand Milk ($10/£7.60)

One of the “cult – favourites” if your a fan of Tony Moly, this hand milk has the cutest packaging ever (my kids love it). When first applied the scent of banana is quite strong but this does ease once the product starts to dry.

Not one of my preferred hand milks as I do like to use a thick cream and this formula is a lot less intense. The cream melts into the hands quickly without leaving a sticky residue and is also non greasy so you can use your hands again quickly after use.

Due to the drop in temperature and the sharp breezes my hand quickly become chapped and dry at this time of year and I don’t feel this made an major differences or changes to my skin. I will be sticking to my thicker based cream for hand care.

CC Mint Coin Tissue ($4.99/£3.79

Such a great idea and ideal for travelling or just to keep in your handbag for on the go. The plastic tube contains seven soft fabric tissues that unfold when you add a few drops of water.

Once expanded I was surprised buy the size and quality of the tissue, it is a lot less brittle then I thought it would be and is actually quite tough. They can be used for make up removal or just general washing of the body (much like a wet wipe) and then disposed of.

Each coin is engraved with the word ‘coin’ on one side and ‘made in Korea’ on the other which I though was a nice little touch to the detailing.

When I first saw these had been included in the monthly box I was a little underwhelmed but they have come in so handy and I like how easy the are to carry around without taking up much space in your bag.

The Saem Saemmul Single Blusher ($6.99/£5.32)

The coral coloured blush is nice and a colour that I would normally use. I always find it really difficult to give opinions on a blush as I find as long as it does what it’s meant to there is not much else to say.

The packaging is pretty basic and not something that is going to wow but the formula is soft and easy to use without there being much fall out. As far as blushes go it works well.

For the price The Saem single blush is 0.80 ounces in size which is reasonable but there are others available for the same quality and less of the price from high street brands such as Make up Revolution.

Mermaid Makeup Brush ($12.99/£9.88

Another super cute looking item. This make up brush is one of the softest I own, I really really like it. The bristles have been very nicely packed together so the brush is not too dense and has great movement. I like the tapered shape and for a synthetic brush it is good quality with no fraying or loose hairs.

The handle is plastic but still has a bit of weight to it for a better grasp. Due to the Mermaid shape this does take up a bit of room in a brushes bag or holder. Although due to the shape and look of the brush I will be putting mine on display at my vanity anyway.

JM Solution Marine Luminous Pearl Deep Moisture Mask ($5/£3.80

If you have read my Beauteque reviews before you would know this is my favourite item in each box. Since getting my first one four months ago a three step mask has now become “my thing”.

The first step of this particular one is the marine water full essence which you apply before the sheet.  The formula provides the skin with a boost in hydration and contains hyaluronic acids which is always good. The sachet is 1.5ml in size which is more then enough to cover your whole face before applying the sheet.

After application of the sheet mask and the 15-20 minutes wait step three contains a marine all face and eye cream that can be applied all over the face and neck but also to the more sensitive eye are. Again this is 1.5ml so you will be able to cover both your face and neck generously. This does take quite a few minutes to sink into the skin (about half an hour) but once it became completely dry I was so pleased with how my skin looked and felt. I have never had it feeling so plumped and hydrated, It looked so supple and glowy. The hyaluronic acid really helped to replenish and revitalise my skin so it appears smoother and more youthful. I will be purchasing this particular mask again.

Have you seen anything available in this box that you have taken a liking to? Have you used any of the products mentioned before and have a different view? I’d love to know your opinions and view point. Comment down below and we can start discussing.

Next post will be available Friday.

Kate x

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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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Revisiting Make Up Geek: Back To Basics

Make Up Geek
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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The Beauty Book Shelf: Handmade Beauty A Review

Handmade Beauty
Handmade Beauty: Natural recipes for your face, body and hair

The beauty book shelf is back and this month I will be looking at Juliette Goggin and Abi Righton’s Handmade Beauty

Handmade beauty is a hardback, hefty book full of natural recipes to make your own skin, body and hair care products. I have loads to say on this so I will get started.

First off the book is larger then I thought it would be especially as I only paid £8.94 on Amazon for it. It is quite heavy and looks to be of a higher value compared with the price I paid. Inside is full of lovely illustrations and photography that are so pleasing to look at you will be dying to start making the products for yourself.

I’m going to say right at the start, if you know anyone that loves DIY projects and is a beauty addict like myself then this would make a great gift.

The book begins with an Introduction, a few tips before you begin your DIY projects and ideas on where to source the ingredients needed. It also goes into further detail of each ingredient giving examples of the benefits it has for the skin and why it is used in the products. From the first few sections you can really learn a lot about skincare in general. There is also detail on measurements, with instruction on understanding the measurements used throughout the book. The first few pages are thorough in getting you prepared.

The next section is about equipment needed to make your skincare. A lot of what is needed can be found in your kitchen but you may need to purchase a few things in order to make more complex recipes. I’ve had a little gander online for a few things I need and many of them are inexpensive. I’d advise taking a look through the recipes to decide what you would like to make first and getting what you need for that particular one instead of going full force buying everything suggested.

Once you have everything you need your ready to cook up your products. The book contains step by step guides for almost anything your face, body of hair could need. You can start at any level. Go big by producing a cleanser, hand cream and shampoo or start smaller and make a lip balm, body scrubs or mask. The choice is yours.

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A little look at the lovely photography and recipes

The recipes are laid out in sections, starting with Skincare and then moving into body and hair care. It is very easy to find something you want to make and you are given different options. There is not just a one mask fits all recipe but many different ones which can fit around skincare type or your skins need. This goes for all of the recipes body care and hair care there is so much choice from this book.

From the final chapters you will find topics such as finishing touches (which will have you buying or saving up loads of empty bottles, jars and ribbons in order to make you creations look as beautiful as they do in the book), and a Glossary of ingredients. The glossary, for me, is the most interesting part of the book as it goes into a little more detail of the ingredients used and their benefits. I also gained understanding of my current over the counter products from the lists.

Handmade Beauty has gained a place on my beauty book shelf for so many reasons. I love learning and gaining knowledge of skincare. I love making my own products and this book helps do that to such a great extent. The step by step guides are impeccable and make it easy for a novice, like myself, to create something pretty and usable.

As I said before the book would make a great gift for someone who loves homemade products. It’s fun and pretty. Hopefully if I progress and become a dab hand at making a few things for myself I will be buying some cute packaging to make family members products for Christmas. For me handmade gifts give a special touch to Christmas so I will be trying out the bath bomb recipes.

How do you feel about DIY beauty product? Have you made any or know of any good recipes? Comment down below so we can start the discussion.

Hope you have enjoyed this post, my next is on Tuesday so until then have a great weekend.

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

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