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.

Disclaimer– This post contains affiliate links

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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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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Top 4 cream blushes for spring/summer

Hello bees, I hope you’re having a fab week. The weather is stunning for me so it’s been fun going for our daily walk. In today’s post I’m going to be talking you babes through my top four cream blushes.

One of the top 2020 spring/summer beauty products is blush with a cream formula and falls in line with the dewy/glass skin trend. A cream blush looks more like the texture of skin, blends easier and clings to less texture than a powder. I prefer cream products as they are great for dryer skin types as they provide hydration to the skin.

The first product Too Faced Peach My Cheeks blush is technically a cheat product as it’s a hybrid of both cream and powder. This starts off as a cream but then dries down to a powder finish. I love the shade ‘so peachy’ it’s a gorgeous hot pink and pairs so well when my skin has caught some sun. Don’t be scared of the bright colour however as this can be applied sheer or built up dependent on your makeup style. One of the best things about this is the scrummy smell of peach. This also looks super pretty on the skin and has a slight gold metallic shift when it hits the light. I apply this using a damp beauty blender and bounce it onto the skin, this really pushes the product in. This costs £25 for 12.5g

Next up is the Glossier Cloud Paint which if you read my last post, will know are two products new to my collection. These are my current favourite cream blushes, I literally adore the formula and how well it melts into the skin and literally makes you look a little flushed. I apply by squeezing a small dot onto my hand and lightly patting it with my fingers onto the apple of my cheeks. This can also be set with a powder and doesn’t ball up or go textured, this is a great tip for those of you with oily skin. My current favourite shades are ‘puff’ which is a light pink and ‘beam’ which is a coral. These cost £15 each for 10ml.

Lastly we have the Colourpop Blush Stix, the easiest to use out of the four. Simply twist up the push stick and dot lightly onto the face. This is extremely pigmented so care is needed not to over apply, I then blend it out using a damp beauty sponge or my fingers. This has a slightly more hydrating formula than the others so I use this blush when I’m doing a full dewy look and it makes the face look so healthy and flushed. I use the shade ‘mic drop’ which costs $8/£6.49 for 8g.

From left to right- Too Faced Peach my cheeks shade ‘so peachy’, Glossier Cloud Paint shades ‘beam & puff’ & Colourpop Blush Stix shade ‘mic drop’.

Have you tried any cream blushes? What are your favourites? Let me know in the comments below!

Glossier Haul & First Impressions

Hello Bees, I hope you’re keeping well and had good Easter holiday filled with lots of treats. At the point of writing this post I am sick of the taste of chocolate due to eating one too many eggs! So on to today post, just before the official lock down I decided to place my first order on the Glossier website. I hadn’t tried any of their products before and heard so many great things and wanted to review what I picked up for you babes.

I had heard a lot of great things about this brand before purchasing, mainly how well products perform for those looking for a natural, your skin but better look. I have recently opted for a minimal approach for my everyday makeup as I have finally got my skin to a consistently clear place. So if you like a full face of extremely pigmented makeup than this brand won’t be your cup of tea! Glossier also sells skincare and is a cruelty free brand.

The first item I picked up was the Priming Moisturiser as it was advertised to be light weight, even out skin texture and minimise pores. This comes in a 50ml squeezy tube and costs £18. The consistency of this is a thin cream that I found blended into to the skin in seconds, did fill in some of my fine lines and significantly shrunk my pores which I’m pleased about. This barely has a scent and didn’t leave a tacky feeling just a smooth looking and feeling base. Wear wise I noticed this primer only worked well with my liquid foundations that had a dewy finish. My base makeup looked great upon application but a few hours later started to cake up and crack around the nose when using two of my foundations with a satin finish (Nars Luminous & Urban Decay Stay Naked). However this didn’t happen when using a dewy formula (Essence Fresh & Fit). I have definitely tried better primers that work better for me and with all my foundations so after using this tube up I sadly won’t be repurchasing. I think this will be great for those who don’t wear any foundation and just a moisturiser or a BB/CC cream.

Glossier do have a foundation but I decided against buying it as after watching countless YouTube videos decided it wasn’t worth the money as it had barely any coverage so for this review I used one pump of the Essence Fresh & Fit foundation to keep it natural. I did however pick up the Glossier Stretch Concealer as it claims to have mineral pigments that give a brightening effect and a dewy, glowy finish which is something I need as I get dry under eyes. This concealer comes in Twelve shades and I picked up the shade ‘G10’. I love the consistency of this concealer, it’s light weight and can be worn lightly or built up if like me you have dark circles. This melts into the skin effortlessly and looks so pretty on my dry under eyes and covers a multitude of imperfections. I would recommend setting this concealer well though as I did notice that it creased on me, but it wasn’t a problem as even after setting it didn’t make me look dry. This costs £15 for 4.8g but a little goes go a long way and I’ll definitely be buying again.

Next up is the Haloscope Dew Effect Highlighter which sold me straight away when I learnt that it was a combination of cream pigments and a oil base that not only gives a glow but conditions your skin at the same time. I’m not really into glittery or chunky looking highlighters, I prefer a wet look/glossy look. This comes in three shades, I picked up the shade ‘quartz’ which is a pearlescent pink. I love how easy this is to apply to the skin, even on top of foundation. I rub my finger over the top and pat onto the high points of my face, where the light would naturally hit. This gives the most gorgeous dew to the skin, doesn’t make the makeup slide underneath and although it contains oil did last on my skin all day. This would be perfect to wear on its own too on a no makeup day. This costs £18 for 5.5g and I will 100% be buying this for the rest of my life.

You’ve probably seen the Glossier Cloud Paint in countless Instagram worthy flat lays which is how I discovered them. They are gel-cream blushes that claim to be light weight and blend seamless into the skin for a natural, flushed from within glow. There’s six shades of cloud paint and I picked up the shade ‘Dawn’ which is a brownish nude that I intended using as a light contour shade and the shade ‘Puff’ which is a light, cool pink. Go careful with the squeezey tube when using as I used far too much as you only need the tiniest amount of product as this is pigmented! I find this super easy to apply, using my finger tips to pat the product on and lightly going over it with a damp beauty blender. I love how skin like the finish is and gives the perfect amount of rosy colour to the cheeks. The shade ‘Dawn’ I picked up for contouring was perfect for my pale skin and gave me just enough colour to warm up much skin. This costs £15 for 10ml and I love it so much that I’ve since picked up two more shades!

I was also intrigued when I saw the Glossier Balm Dotcom universal salve. This is a lip balm and I just had to pick up the Cherry one, it’s my favourite flavour and I loved the look of the cheeky red tint the models on the site had. I always like to have something on my lips on days I don’t wear full on lipstick and I’ve fallen in love with this formula. It has a medium thickness but is very smooth and super easy to apply, this makes short work of any dryness on the lips and the subtle tint is so gorgeous. I’ve since picked up the birthday cake one and I have to say it smells so bloody good. These cost £10 for 15ml but a little goes a long way.

I also picked up the Glossier Wowder Weightless Finishing Powder to set my under eyes as I was running out of my previous setting powder. On days I want dewy skin I’ll just see my under eye and this is how I have been using this. It’s very finely milled which is what I like in a powder, it definitely mattifies the skin but doesn’t look cakey in fine lines or leave that dreadful looking chalky film on the skin. I love the packaging, it makes it simple to get powder onto the brush without powder flying everywhere! I didn’t have to retouch at all though out the day either. This costs £18 for 7.2g.

I’m currently making the move over to being cruelty free so whilst I’m using up my products that aren’t (I hate waste) I’m trialling their cruelty free replacements so picked up the Lash Slick Mascara to replace my Nars Climax mascara. I’m so glad I did as I ended up loving it more, the brush makes it easy to get into every lash without creating mess. The formula isn’t thick and clumpy or thin and watery , it’s the perfect mix to lengthen the lashes without causing clumping or the dreadful printing on the lid. It’s gives a natural looking lash which is perfect for me as I’ve never been one to wear false lashes. I will definitely be picking this up again in the future, this is priced at £14 for 8.5g.

Saving the best for last, one of Glossier’s best sellers and most talked about product in the beauty community is the Boy Brow Grooming Pomade. This is a brush-able creamy wax that claims to thicken the brows whilst grooming them and setting them into place. I’ve literally fallen in love with this brow product. The brush is perfect for my medium sized brows, it’s easy to get into the ends of my brow and brush upwards. I love how much fuller my brows look and thanks to the subtle tint this gives I haven’t had to use any brow powder to fill in my brow. This also sets my brows in place for the whole day and is perfect for the fluffy brow look which I love. Although the size of the container is smaller than expected (3.12g) I will definitely be picking this up again. This costs £14 and I picked up the shade ‘Brown’ and there’s four shades to choose from, one of them being a clear one.

This is the finished look, overall I love how flawless my skin looks whilst still looking natural and that dew, glossy lip and fluffy brow is my cup of tea for a simple effortless every day look. What do you think?

Have you tried any products from Glossier? If so what are your favourites? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

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?

Thanks for reading,

Saoirse Ronan Inspired Makeup: Glass Skin & Vampy Lip

Hello Bees, so I have a bit (well a lot) of a girl crush on Saoirse Ronan, she’s such a great actress but it’s her quirky yet romantic style and her always gorgeous fresh skin and makeup that has me crushing! I recently saw some old event pictures of her wearing the dewy glass skin trend, naked eyes and bold vampy power lips and had to recreate this look on myself.

Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the 2017 New York Film Critics Awards

I’m in love with how clean and bare this skin looks, this creates the perfect canvas for a purple/berry lip to really stand out. And I love the addition of the sharp brow tail too!

How I created this look-

The most important step when creating glass skin is skincare, the whole aim is for the skin to look flawless, glossy, barely there and almost see through. Prepping your skin correctly provides the best canvas to start putting your makeup on. I start by using the Pixi Glow Tonic as this is a liquid exfoliant and provides a smooth bright base, I then go in with the Dermalogica Prisma Protect moisturiser to hydrate the skin and for the gorgeous healthy glow it leaves.

When creating a glass skin base it is better to stick to cream products as these provide a more skin like finish and also blend out easier and look more sheer/natural. To prime the skin I used the MUA Pro Base Softening Oil Stick on my dryer areas of my face, this limits the amount of texture that shows up after using my foundation.

Next I used a pump of my favourite drugstore foundation Essence Fresh & Fit which has the perfect formula, medium coverage which can be built to full and has a dewy finish. This also looks so pretty on my skin. To add some depth back into my face I added a small amount of the Hoola Quickie Contour Stick, this blends into the skin like a dream and is the perfect shade for my pale tone without making me look muddy. To add some flush to my cheeks I used my current favourite blush Cloud Paint from Glossier in shade ‘puff.

To add extra glow to the skin I used the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in shade ‘champagne pop’ and added this silky cream highlight to the points of my face where the light naturally hits, the brow bone, cheek bone and end of the nose. To add some boldness to the eyes I added a coat of the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. For the brows I didn’t do much other than lightly groom them with a new brow product I’m trying out the Glossier Boy Brow, This gives a gorgeous full and fluffy brow effect. Lastly the vampy lip, for this I used the Sugar Pill Liquid Poison lipstick shade ‘dark sided. This is the perfect deep plum, spot on for a vampy winter look.

What do you think of this look and the glass skin trend? Let me know in the comments below and stay safe and smart in this current situation with the Corona Virus.