Mac Cosmetics Art Library Flame-Boyant eyeshadow palette. Review, Swatches & Tutorial

Hello bee’s, I hope you find yourself well. I’ve had a wonderful week and have been taking the time to enjoy the sunshine this week as things start to open up again and go back to some kind of normality.

In today’s post I wanted to share my thoughts on a palette I picked up as a birthday treat for myself recently from Mac Cosmetics. I managed to pick up a haul as everything on the site was discounted. I had my eye on the Mac Art Library Flame-Boyant eyeshadow palette for a little while and was so glad I picked it up with a discount!

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, opinions are honest and my own.

As I gain knowledge of the beauty community and makeup in general, especially over the years I tend not to buy into products with a gimmick and turn my shopping interests to brands that cater to artistry on magazines and runways or makeup that’s been made by makeup artists themselves. This is because I find the products to be better quality and the colour stories from eyeshadow palettes more cohesive.

To start my review I want to talk about the packaging of this palette. It’s part of the Artistry collection and this is 1 of 3 palettes. I love the creative swatch style art on the front of the plastic palette. The packaging itself doesn’t feel cheap like morphe palettes often do, instead it feels heavier and much more sturdy. This would be a great travelling companion as it has a large mirror that takes up all of the underside of the lid.

Inside you will find twelve eyeshadows that consist of seven mattes and five shimmers. I absolutely love the colour story and will have no problem finding looks that I want to create as they flow so nicely next to each other. The pan size is a decent medium size which makes it super easy to dip a brush or your finger into the shadow without creating mess all around the rest of the palette.

Moving onto how the shadows performed, starting with the mattes. I found picking up nearly every matte in this palette on a brush was easy with a small amount of fallout, I always do my eye look first so this is never a problem for me. I didn’t have any problems blending and didn’t find the formula dry or patchy, these also built up very well when packed onto the lid. I am also very pleased with the pigmentation which is very rich, especially in the darker shades. The only problem I had and you will see by the swatch below was the shade ‘Louvre at First Site‘ this is extremely patchy and unless used very sparingly, looks patchy on the eyelid too.

Next is the lust worthy shimmers which I have no bad words to say about them. The formula is very smooth but not too buttery, I love how fine the texture is and damn that pigmentation packs a punch. I tried them with a dry brush which worked very well to pack the shadow on the lid and also blend out to a smoke very well. I also tried spraying the product on my brush with some Fix+ and it really made the shimmers pop. I’m really pleased with this formula, especially the shade ‘FlameBoyant‘ which is my new favourite.

  • What’s the Pointilism: White gold pearl (Shimmer)
  • Samoa Silk: Warm orange beige (Matte)
  • Amber Lights: Peachy brown with shimmer (Shimmer)
  • La Vida Mocha: Brown with bronze (Shimmer)
  • Dada Issues: Peachy brown (Matte)
  • Rule: Vivid orange (Matte)
  • Daliwood: Burnt brick orange (Matte)
  • Embark: Intense reddish brown (Matte)
  • Fan the Flames: Warm reddish copper (Shimmer)
  • FlameBoyant: Metallic red (Shimmer)
  • Louvre at First Site: Cool red (Matte)
  • Everyone’s Darling: Warm wine burgundy (Matte)

To create this look I applied the shade Samoa Silk all over the lid as my base colour, then I took Daliwood and applied this to the outer V and up into the crease of my eye to create depth. Next I applied shade Dada Issues to the rest of the lid and then topped it with shade Amber Lights. Lastly I lightly lined the eyelids with shade Embark.

This palette costs £39 and can be found here.

What are your thoughts on this palette? Let me know in the comments below!

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Summer blues & glossy nude makeup tutorial

Hello bees, I really hope everyone is okay with all the events that are happening in the world right now. It’s always important to remember that change doesn’t happen without feeling uncomfortable first.

For today’s blog post I wanted to share with you a gorgeous makeup look that I’ve been loving recently. I have been using blues in my summer makeup, especially with a glossy nude lip.

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Starting with my favourite part of any makeup look, the base! To prime the skin i opted for the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter, this is such a dream for a dewy look and peaks through foundation making any makeup applied on top look super fresh and flawless.

My current favourite foundation is the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream. This is like magic in a tube, it has a light feel with an amazing medium to full coverage and looks so stunning on the skin. I also love how this wears through the day. To conceal my dark under eye circles I used a small amount of the Glossier Stretch concealer . I’ve been trying to use this up as i love the formula but i’m not too fond of how it creases on me.

To add some colour back into my cheeks I used a swipe of the Colourpop Blush Stix in shade ‘under pressure’. I like to apply this with a brush to the apples of my cheeks and blend out with my fingers. This melts into the skin and is the perfect coral blush. To set the skin I’ve been using a old favourite of mine, the Too Faced Perfect Peach Setting Powder sets your base all day and makes the skin look so pretty. Plus it smells like peaches!

To add some depth back into my cheeks I used the bronzing shade from the Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Face palette . This is the perfect shade for my skin and isn’t insanely pigmented which is what I opt for in a bronzer.

I can’t do a makeup look without a mega watt fresh glow and I have recently rediscovered my love for the L’Oréal Glow Mon Amour highlighting drops in the shade ‘sparkling love’. This is the perfect shade for my skin and gives a beautiful wet look finish. I apply this by putting a small dot of product where the light would naturally hit my face and then blending out with a brush.

To prime the eyes I always use a concealer rather than a primer as I find this works better for me. For this blue look I wanted to play around with the Illamasqua Expressionist Artistry and started with the shade ‘canvas primer’ to set the concealer on my lids. To add depth to my lids I used shade ‘deeestorted’ into the inner crease. Lastly I took the shade ‘blue period’ dense brush, picked up this gorgeous blue shadow and sprayed my brush with a spritz if Mac Prep & Prime Fix+ to make it extra pigmented.

To make my lashes look a little more voluminous I used my current favour mascara, the Glossier Lash Slick. I love how naturally full this makes my eyelashes look and how it never clumps. To fluff up my brows I used my absolute favour brow gel, The Glossier Boy Brow is a must for those who love the editorial soap brow style.

Lastly to add some colour and shine to the lips I used the one of my favourite coloured glosses, the Lime Crime Wet Cherry Gloss. The way this hits the light in super pretty and this will makes people lips look larger. I used the shade ‘bitter cherry’.

Here is my finished look, what do you think of the colour combination and do you like to wear blue? Let me know in the comments below!

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Lime Crime Sun Kissed palette review. The perfect face palette for summer?

Hello Bee’s, I hope you’re all doing well with everything that is going on in the world right now. Everyone deserves a medal when we come out of this year. It’s my birthday this weekend and I never thought I’d have one in quarantine that’s for sure and the weather is set to be raining!

Luckily we have had so much beautiful weather to see us through in general and in today’s post I will be reviewing a product that’s so perfect for your summer makeup collection.

I have really been getting into face palettes this year and have so many on my wish list, The Lime Crime Sunkissed Face Palette contains six mix and match shades in neutral and bright.

Lime Crime never fail to amaze me with their packaging designs, always so bold and beautiful and the yellow and chrome print goes so well with the summer vibes. This palette has a mirror on the inside of the flip top lid which makes it perfect for travelling. The box is super sturdy and I’m rather impressed with the huge pan sizes and you’re definitely getting value for money.

As mentioned above this palette contains six shades and I want to talk through all of them and how they performed for me.

Salty– This medium matte bronzing shade is perfect for my skin tone for added some depth when I’ve got some added colour from the sun. I found this blended into the skin really well and didn’t look too dry or patchy. I often opt for a cream product to add depth to my skin for that reason so was glad to see it didn’t look muddy on my face. This shade will be too dark for me in the winter and is a fully matte formula without glitter.

Golden Hour- This is a yellow gold shimmer meant for use as a highlighter, this shade is so beautiful and has a finely milled formula so blends into the skin very well. Sadly this shade is far too yellow for me as it it leaves a yellow cast on my highlighted areas. This will be great as a eyeshadow though as it’s super pigmented.

Sun Daze- This is a champagne pink shimmer highlight which after swatching, slowly realised that this palette is catered for deeper skin tones. This like the shade above left a dark pink cast on the skin so isn’t suited as a highlight for me. Again the shine and pigmented is incredible when it hits the light.

Sizzle– This bright orange matte blush is my favourite shade out of the six. It’s super pigmented and I don’t own anything like it in my collection. I suggest using sparingly to avoid looking like a clown like i did the first time I used this! When used with a light hand this looked really pretty on the skin. This also doubles up as a gorgeous eyeshadow if you like to wear a monochrome eye and blush look.

Malibu– This pink shimmer blush was another of my favourites in this palette, it has tiny light golden flecks. This looks super pretty on the skin when used on the apples of my cheeks sparingly. I love the finely milled smooth formula which applies very well on the skin.

Bask- The last shade is a brown shimmering bronzer, sadly this was far to dark for use on my skin so I will be using this as an eyeshadow. This is super pigmented and blends out perfectly into the skin.

Overall I really like this palette and think this will be perfect for those with deeper skin tones. Sadly I’ll have to repurpose the shades that were far to dark for me as eyeshadows and they don’t sell a lighter alternative. This palette costs £46 and can be found here.

What do you think of this palette? What’s your favourite face palette? Let me know in the comments below!

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Spring/Summer 2020 Makeup Trend: Colour Clash

Hello bees, I hope you’ve had a great week, I’ve been busy creating lots of content for my makeup account and trying to soak up as much sun as possible whilst on my daily walk!

Disclaimer– This post contains affiliate links but as always opinions are honest and my own.

I’m back today trying another makeup trend for Spring/Summer 2020. It’s nothing new that bright colours are used in the warmer months but the current colour clash trend gets me excited! It’s super simple to achieve, choose a bright colour for the eyes and then a constrasting bright colour for lips for the perfect clash.

If you know me then you will know that I’m a sucker for bright, eye catching colours. I love working with bold colours and I decided to go full on with my look but you can also tone it down with a a coloured eye liner and clashing lip. The most important thing is to have fun experimenting! Below is a step by step on how I created my look as well as some fun colourful products on the market that would suit this trend perfectly.

When it comes with all trends on the catwalk, they always opt for clean fresh glass like skin. This is my favourite to do and I’ve somewhat perfected this kind of base over the past few years. I started by moisturising the skin well with the Dermalogica Prisma Protect and priming with the Essence Fresh & Fit primer.

For a light but full coverage base, I’ve been loving the healthy dew finish of the IT Cosmetics CC+ cream in shade ‘fair’ and applied this with a buffing brush. Next I added a small amount of the Glossier Stretch concealer in shade ‘G10’. To add some colour back into the cheeks I used blush, bronzer and some natural highlight. All from the Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm palette . To set the undereyes, around the nose and the chin I used the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores setting powder

Moving on to the eyes I only used one product and it’s my favourite for a bright yellow, the Mac Cosmetics single eyeshadow in shade ‘chrome yellow’. This is such a rich striking colour. To contrast the yellow I thought a red lip would be fun and is there a better red lipstick than the Mac Cosmetics Matte lipstick in shade ‘Ruby Woo’?

To finish this look I wanted some natural looking brows so that the focus remained on the eyes and lips. To do this I simply brushed some glycerin soap through my brows to create a natural looking bushy brow.

1. NYX Ultimate Brights eyeshadow palette

2. Colour Pop Creme gel colour

3. C.Y.O Swipe Once Butter Glaze liquid

4. Illamasqua Powder eyeshadow

5.Revolution Beauty Maxi Reloaded palette Monster Mattes

6. Jeffree Star Velour liquid lipstick

What do you think of this trend? Are you bold enough to wear bright colours? Let me know in the comments below!

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IT Cosmetics first impressions. A flawless base?

Hello bees, I hope you’re having a good start to the weekend. Although at this point I’m not sure that it matters since all the days are blurring into one during this lockdown.

So I’m sure like me you’ve been doing boredom online shopping while safe at home, during a YouTube sesh which led to a shopping spree I decided to try some base makeup from a brand I’d never tried before. IT Cosmetics admittedly was a brand I’d never heard of before but after watching another blogger use a few of their products I had to try them out for myself.

Disclaimer– this post contains affiliate links but as always opinions are honest and my own.

The first product I picked up was the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream which was the most surprising product of all three, typically when I think of a CC cream I think low coverage so don’t usually opt for them but this is advertised as a ‘colour correcting full coverage cream’ so it peaked my interest. It claims to be hydrating, anti-aging, and contain SPF 50. The CC cream comes in a plastic tube with funky holographic packaging and a push down pump with a lid. I really enjoy the choice of packaging and love that it stands up on my dressing table, this comes in 12 shades and contains 32ml for £31 which is on the pricier side.

I was very surprised on the consistency of this product, I expected it to be a lot thinner but when pumped onto the back of my hand it definitely stayed put. When applying it feels like gel but has such amazing coverage, one pump was enough to cover my entire face and a little goes a long way. I was so pleased with the finish, it truly looks like a healthy dewy natural skin whilst offering coverage. It didn’t cling to my dry patches and didn’t sink into my pores and as for the wear throughout the day I didn’t have to touch up once and it still looked amazing hours later. I picked up the shade ‘fair’ which turned out to to be a perfect match for me. I will definitely be purchasing this again in the future, it’s also lemon scented which is one of my favourite scents!

I also picked up the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer after reading lots of reviews about it being high coverage whilst hydrating, which is a must for me with concealer due to my dark and dry under eye situation. This claims to be water resistant, highly pigmented, long lasting and contain skin loving ingredients to improve appearance of lines and wrinkles. The concealer comes in a small squeeze tube, costs £25 for 12ml and comes in 24 shades. Consistency wise I found this concealer very thick, which worried me as these type of concealers have always creased on me in the past.

I was pleasantly surprised with how little you needed, I only needed a small dot which covered both my under eyes. Surprisingly this did blend into the skin very well considering it’s thickness and worked very well with a damp beauty blender. The coverage is definitely full and I really loved how hydrated and healthy it left my under eye looking. Sadly this did exactly as expected and caused horrendous creasing after just an hour of wear and I did set my under eyes well with powder. Usually I don’t need to keep retouching when I use thinner cream concealers so unfortunately I won’t be buying this concealer again as it really didn’t look good. To get my moneys worth I’m going to be trialing it as a eyelid primer when I do my more dramatic looks.

CC cream in shade ‘fair’, Bye Bye Under Eye concealer in shade ‘light sand’ and Bye Bye pores setting powder in shade ‘translucent’

Lastly I picked up the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Setting Powder in shade translucent. I suffer with large pores in the areas of my face where I’m oily so thought this would be great for me. This comes in both a pressed and loose texture and claims to help erase the appearance of pores and imperfections and is talc free so doesn’t cause the dreaded chalky white flashback. This costs £24 for 6.8g which was rather disappointing for me when I saw how small this jar was for the price.

I picked up the loose version as I’m not a fan of pressed powders, the first thing I want to to say about this is be careful once the film seal has been peeled off as this powder flies everywhere when opening. I’m pleased to report that this a very finely milled powder and a little does go a long way. This feels super light on the skin and does make the skin look silky smooth and gives a satin finish. I was super pleased to see that my pores look significantly smaller and apart from needing to touch up my creased under eyes (because of the concealer) I didn’t need to touch up my face. I will definitely be putting this on my buy again list when this pot runs out.

If you look closely you can see how much creasing I have underneath my under eye even after setting the concealer.

Have you every tried anything from IT cosmetics? What are your favourites? Let me know in the comments below!

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Melt Cosmetics Gemini palette. Swatches, review & look.

Hello bees, I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed the sunshine if you had it where you are! I also hope everyone is keeping well during this time. Anxiety and not being able to sleep has set in big time for me so I’m doing everything I can to keep my mind busy, including getting around to using makeup in my collection I haven’t tried yet. Which leads me to today’s post.

I picked up the Melt Cosmetics Gemini palette just before Christmas from Beauty Bay when they had a promotion, I had my eye on it for so long but the price of £49 would always put me off. I’m so glad I picked it up however and wanted to share my thoughts, swatches and a look created with this palette.

First off Melt Cosmetics can do no wrong when it comes to packaging, their designs are always so aesthetically pleasing. The palette packaging itself is slimline, sturdy to hold in the hand and definitely feels expensive. It comes with a matching box and a mirror on the flip top lid which makes it great for taking it on trips.

Look at that colour scheme, I love how nicely the colour story flows and it doesn’t leave me stuck for inspiration which is a must for me when choosing a palette. Inside you will find ten grunge worthy eyeshadows which consist of eight mattes and two metallic textures. I wasn’t too mad at the fact there’s a fair more matte shades than metallics as I usually only pat a metallic into the centre of the lid or in the inner corner to give a eyeshadow look more depth. It’s also important to note that these eyeshadows are cruelty free and all shades except for ‘bonnie’ are vegan.

The first half of the palette contains the more neutral shades, these include:


Luna – This Honey Beige hue is the lightest shade in the palette. Perfect for softening and blending away any harsh edges.

Gemini – A mutable vermilion duo chrome shadow with a brilliant gold shift. Gemini is versatile, can be used as a striking accent shade or even a vivid blush or highlight.

Lorelei – A classic mustard hue, this shade can be used as a transition shade or a bright and easy to wear wash of color all over the lid.

Polkadot – A warm tawny brown ultra matte , this shadow can be used in the crease as a transition shade or to add depth to natural makeup look.

Cupcake – A true brown Ultra Matte eye shadow. This shade is the deepest brown in the palette and can be used to create a chocolatey smoke or for added depth.

The next half is my favourite, I’m a sucker for a green colour story and this is what drew me into the palette. These include:

Bonnie – A true jet black, Use this shadow to add dramatic, blown out smoke to the under eye and outer corner or for added intensity and depth.

Leo – An army green ultra matte eye shadow. This is the deepest green in this palette, pack it on the lid for a bold deep green smoke, blend it in to the crease or use it in the inner and outer corners of the eye to add dimension for a halo eye effect.

Goalz – A Golden Lime metallic shade with dimensional glitter flecks, this catches the light effortless and can be used as a lid topper or all over colour.

Fire OG -The perfect olive-green eyeshadow in their signature ultra matte formula.

Mochi – This olive mustard is the perfect blending color for a vibrant olive-green eye look.

Now onto the formula and performance, and it’s definitely a mixed bag. When it comes to the mattes, they definitely meet the definition, some are smooth and easy to blend out such as bonnie, cupcake, fire og and lorelei. However shades leo, mochi and polka dot were very dry and applied a little patchy on the lid and as you can see by the swatches above, did give some kick back. I’ve tried this palette with a few different brushes and I do find that using a really soft and fluffy brush does help the application but having to improvise isn’t something you should have to do considering the cost.

Lastly we have the two metallic shades gemini and goalz, now I don’t know if I’m missing a trick with these but I find them so hard to pick up on a brush, I’ve tried with various different brushes and even tried to spray the eyeshadow on the brush with setting spray to make the shadow more pigmented but still nothing transfers onto my lid. I have found the only way to use this is to use my finger to press these into the eyelid which is ideal if you wish to use these as a shadow topper but not so much if you want to use it as a liner or all over lid colour. They are just too dry and chunky in the pan, I would be so appreciative if you could let me know any tips on using these as they are such pretty colours!

Using shades ‘cupcake, leo, fire og, goalz, mochi & bonnie’

What do you think of this palette? And what’s your favourite Melt product? Let me know in the comments below!

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Spring 2020 Makeup Trend: Pastel Eyeshadow

Hello bees, I hope you all find yourself well and productive on the start of the UK’s third week in isolation. I’ve been smashing my home workouts, love doing PE with Joe on YouTube with my son and getting really creative with my makeup account on IG.

Whilst looking in magazines and makeup artists social media feeds, I noticed one of the biggest trends for spring is pastel eye makeup, I know what you’re thinking pastels for spring? That’s obvious. I know but I don’t make up the trends *sarcastic laugh*. On this blog I want to recreate current trends and had to try this one! Pastels come in a range of different colours, from blue, green, yellow, peach, lavender, mint and pink.

One key theme I’ve noticed on beauty and fashion models is that a fresh, dewy barely there base is used when paired with a pastel eye. I love how pretty and playful this look is and look so ethereal on the really pale skin tones. This look doesn’t have to be neat, there is no limit on what shape or the placement on the eye and you can either apply it sparingly for a more natural look or pack it on the lids for more of a kick.

Starting with the skin, I wanted my skin to look healthy & dewy so prepped it first using the Dermalogica Prisma Protect. This does a great job at putting the hydration back into my skin and gives a gorgeous glow that peaks underneath foundation. To prime the skin I used a tiny amount of the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter on my drier parts of my face where texture tends to show. This really smoothes them out.

Next onto the base, I used one pump of the Nars Luminous Weightless foundation in the shade ‘Gobi’. This gave me a gorgeous skin like finish and I love this foundation as a little goes a long way. To conceal under my eyes I opted for the Revolution Conceal & Define concealer in shade ‘C4’.

Cream products provide a more skin like finish so I added a small amount of the Colour Pop Blush Stix in shade ‘under pressure’ I like to use this by applying onto my finger and gently patting this into my skin. To contour and add some depth back into the skin I used my favourite Benefit Hoola Quickie Stick, this is the perfect natural contour shade for me as I really hate the overdone type of contour!

To highlight the skin I worked a little of the Glossier Haloscope into my fingertip and patted to my cheek bone and brow bone. This is the second time using this product and I’m loving the smooth wet look glow this gives. This is in the shade ‘Opal’ and I will have a first impressions of glossier coming soon!

Moving onto the star of the show, the pastel eyes. This was super easy to do and I used the shade ‘Art’ from the Morphe 25L eyeshadow palette. This is the perfect shade of mint, I applied it to the inner corner and stopped midway for the perfect pop of concentrated colour and took a clean fluffy brush to blend out the centre. As I wanted the eyeshadow to do most of the talking I decided against using a brown or black mascara and applied a few coats of the Essence Clear Lash & Brow mascara just to give the lashes some lift. I also applied this to my brows to give them some much needed volume.

Lastly I wanted to keep the lips with the natural theme so sheered out my favourite lipstick. I used the Illamasqua Glamore lipstick shade ‘Starkers’ with a small dot of the Glossier Mango Balmdotcom balm.

What do you think of this look? What pastel shade are you loving this spring?

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