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Zoeva Coral Spectrum Blush Palette

Monday, 26 June 2017
In last week's Wednesday Wishlist post which featured Beauty Bay, I said that I wanted the Nude Spectrum palette. Well I fell in love with that palette and decided to get it HOWEVER when I was searching for it, I found the Coral Spectrum Palette and OH MY GOODINESS I fell even deeper for this one - just look at those shades. 

Zoeva Coral Spectrum Blush Palette Review

Packaging
This palette is so pretty in terms of it's packaging, although I do tend to prefer plastic casing, however I probably won't be travelling with this palette so I don't really see it as a massive issue that it isn't plastic. 


Zoeva Coral Spectrum Blush Palette Review

Application
These blushes apply so well and when I first saw the bright pink shade in the palette I thought I wouldn't get much use out of it although I tried it quickly and it actually looks so nice because it blends into your skin. Although I must say the deep peachy-brown shade is probably my favourite as it is exactly what I look for in a blush - it even has a tiny-little bit of sparkle in it. 


Zoeva Coral Spectrum Blush Palette Review

Formula
With a lot of powder products, they tend to be a bit chalky but these blushes are all so creamy and I honestly could not be any happier about that. They are also really blendable which of course means that all-in-all they are literally everything that I look for in a blush palette.


Zoeva Coral Spectrum Blush Palette Review

Colour
These four shades are perfect and really they're quite diverse from one another, like none of them are at all similar. Also, I'm not someone who has a big blush collection either so I definitely don't have anything similar to these from another brand either, which I always like. It also states on the beauty bay website that you can layer them over each other to create further shades, although I have not tried this myself.

CR010 - Bright coral with orange undertones
CR020 - Nude-tinged pink
CR030 - Mocha pink with a golden shimmer (my fave so far)
CR040 - Pale beige with warm undertones


Zoeva Coral Spectrum Blush Palette Review


Wear
This blush palette provides both subtle and eye-catching shades so there is something for everyday looks as well as night looks. I've wore these blushes every day since receiving it in the post and I must say that I cannot complain at all about the durability of them. Since these powders are creamy, they blend into your skin really well and so they do last longer than other blushers that I've tried in the past. 

Price
When I saw this palette, I initially thought that it would be overpriced, but I was so happy when I saw it was only £15, which is definitely good when you're getting four gorgeous shades that I'm sure will last a long time. I've included two links below to where you can purchase one for yourself. 

Overall
I'm loving these blush shades, they are perfect for summer and they are definitely well worth the money paid for them. A little goes a long way with these shades and it literally only takes a couple of dabs with my Real Techniques Blush Brush and I'm ready to go.


What's your favourite blush for the summer?




Zoeva Coral Spectrum Blush Palette Review

I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens

Friday, 23 June 2017
Tullynally Castle Gardens (also known as Pakenham Hall Castle) is a country house located near Castlepollard in Co. Westmeath, Ireland. 

The Castle

The Castle itself is in a gothic style and has over 120 which have housed the Pakenham family, who are now the Earls of Longford, for the past 350 years. There is currently three generations of the Pakenham family living in the Castle and so it is not open to guests, which was quite disappointing for me as I would have loved to see inside.  

I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens Ireland Westmeath

I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens Ireland Westmeath

I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens Ireland Westmeath

I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens Ireland Westmeath

I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens Ireland Westmeath

The Gardens

Tullynally Castle is surrounded by 12 acres of park land and gardens, which feature a walled garden, llamas, wonderful caricature-style sculptures and carvings. As stated on their website, most of the current layout dates from the early 1800s but the current owners have added some features over the last 50 years.

I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens Ireland Westmeath

I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens Ireland Westmeath

I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens Ireland Westmeath

I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens Ireland Westmeath

I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens Ireland Westmeath

I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens Ireland Westmeath

I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens Ireland Westmeath

I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens Ireland Westmeath

I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens Ireland Westmeath

I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens Ireland Westmeath

I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens Ireland Westmeath

I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens Ireland Westmeath

I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens Ireland Westmeath

I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens Ireland Westmeath

I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens Ireland Westmeath

I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens Ireland Westmeath


I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens Ireland Westmeath

This map (found on the Tullynally website) shows the layout of the castle grounds. I loved the day out that my family and I spent here at Tullynally and it's especially great for families, even with prams, as there are pathways and relatively even ground. 

I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens Ireland Westmeath

I Want to Live in a Castle | Tullynally Castle Gardens Ireland Westmeath





Wednesday Wishlist | Beauty Bay

Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Today's post is another in my weekly 'Wednesday Wishlist' series, although this one is centred around beauty products and I have chosen 3 brow, eye, concealer, mascara, foundation, blush and lip products that I would love to try.

Brow

The Zoeva 'Brow Spectrum Palette' contains 9 brow powder and highlighters and so this means that with one palette you can switch up your brow look on a daily basis. I myself, love to have a natural brow for a day look, when I'm just running errands or going to work, but I love a dark, dramatic brow for when I'm going out so this palette would be perfect. It's also only £20, and for so many colours, it's quite a bargain.  

Next up is the LASplash 'Ultra Define Brow Mousse' which comes in 6 different shades, so there's bound to be a shade to suit everyone. I love a good brow pomade due to their pigmentation, and I also find that they are easy to work with. 

Finally we have the L.A. Girl 'Inspiring Brow Kit' which comes in three sets - light, medium and dark and they all contain four shades. I like the fact that this palette comes with tweezers, an applicator and a mirror, as it would be good for travelling.

Wednesday Wishlist | Beauty Bay

Eyes

I fell in Love with Zoeva's 'Nude Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette' as soon as I seen it. But then again, who doesn't love a nude palette. I watched a few different tutorials on YouTube as well and honestly I have never wanted a nude eye palette so much before.

The next palette I found was the Morphe '25A Copper Spice Eyeshadow Palette' and it looks like it was made especially for a bronzed goddess. WOW there's a few shimmers in the palette that look so pigmented, I find that it's hard to find that in a pressed shimmer.

Next up is probably the palette that most YouTuber's have got and use in 80% of their tutorials, the Violet Voss 'Holy Grail Eyeshadow Palette' and let's be honest, it is a holy grail. The one thing that has made me not get this palette yet, is the price. To be honest, I don't think I've ever spent more than £20 on a palette and I get nervous thinking about spending that much on a palette, although I know I will give in at some point.

Wednesday Wishlist | Beauty Bay

Concealer

For a while, concealer wasn't even part of my makeup routine when I was going out, never mind on a daily basis, but honestly I would miss it if I didn't wear it every day now. Personally, nothing is better than Collection's Lasting Perfection concealer, but I love to try new ones from time to time.

Last week I saw Laura Geller's 'The Real Deal Concealer' and went to find some reviews on it and honestly no one had anything bad to say. It boasts that it has serious coverage which I like in a concealer, even though my skin isn't too bad with blemishes, my skin tone is quite uneven.

Next up is Artdeco's 'Long Wear Waterproof Concealer' is probably my favourite of the three, purely because it has a doe-foot applicator which I find really helpful when I'm applying concealer. I've never tried anything from Artdeco but this concealer will definitely be the first thing I get and it's currently on offer so I'll be picking up one soon.

The final concealer I chose was the LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer. I heard about this concealer from Oh So Femme and ever since I've been dying to try it, the only thing putting me off is that it's in a tube and as I've mentioned I love a doe foot applicator. Another thing that I love is that it comes in so many shades as you can see in the image below.

Wednesday Wishlist | Beauty Bay

Mascara

I am a massive mascara lover and I always love to try out a new one every time, although I do repurchase my favourites still.

The first one I picked out is the Smith & Cult 'Lash Dance Mascara' which is reported to be a weightless, volumising mascara and I love the shape of the wand and it also has the perfect amount of bristles to allow for clump-free lashes with every application.

The next one comes in from Artdeco and it is the 'Colour and Care Mascara' which is rich in nutrients including jojoba, argan and coconut oils which helps to curl and lengthen the lashes.

The Stila 'Huge Extreme Lash Mascara' is said to be a clump-free and smudge-proof mascara that creates bold lashes. The wand is curved to mimic the shape of the eye in order to allow for every lash to be coated by the mascara.

Wednesday Wishlist | Beauty Bay

Foundation

First up is the L.A. Girl 'Pro Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Liquid Foundation' which has a full coverage which allows for a flawless finish. The formula includes antioxidants which cares for your skin whilst also hydrating your skin.

The Milani 'Conceal and Perfect 2 in 1 Foundation and Concealer' is one that I have had my eye on for a while now as it claims to provide an even, flawless base. I love a flawless finish to my foundation, especially on nights out, although I would still wear it for a day look as well, just because I like the way my skin looks.

For the final foundation, I have chose something with a lighter coverage, which is always perfect for those days when you want to go for a more natural look. The Stila 'Illuminating Liquid Foundation' is perfect in providing a coverage to even your skin tone without suffocating your skin, making it perfect for summer. This foundation provides a semi-matte finish and as it is infused with Mica it reflects light and leaves a flawless finish.

Wednesday Wishlist | Beauty Bay

Blush

You can probably tell already from this post that I love Zoeva palettes their 'Nude Spectrum Blush Palette' is no different. These four shades are perfection in a palette, I'm not usually a big blush sort of person but I can tell already by these shades that it is perfect for what I usually look for. Included is a light peachy-beige shimmer, mocha-toned nude shimmer, pale-copper with chocolate and beige undertones subtle shimmer and a matte dark-peach nude.

I have read a countless amount of blog posts comparing the Milani 'Baked Blushes' to other high-end brands and so I have been looking for the right shade for me and I think I found it in the Rose D'Oro shade (pictured below) as it is a lovely rose-toned pink with a gold shimmer and I've seen swatches and it looks so natural.

Another palette that I love the look of and that I've read so many amazing reviews on is the Morphe '9N The Naturally Blushed Palette'. This palette features 9 shades in total - 5 subtle mattes and 4 shimmer-infused hues. I've seen swatches on this palette and I've also watched some tutorials which have even layered some of these colours together.

Wednesday Wishlist | Beauty Bay

Lips

The final thing that I will be looking at is lip products and at the minute nothing can beat my Barry M Matte Me Up Liquid Lip Paints, although I'm still going to try out new lip products, because I love treating myself to a new lip. I will note that I have chose a few of the colours that I liked from each range.

First up is yet another Zoeva product with the 'Pure Lacquer Lips', the shades I was particularly interested in is Strong Career (warm rosy brown) and Sensual Curve (brown-toned oxblood). The thing that attracted me to this in the first place was the shape of the applicator, as it looks like it would be precise. This lip lacquer boasts a high-shine finish which is durable, just what I look for in any lip product.

Next up is the Stila 'Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick' which is stated to last up to 6 hours without bleeding or transferring. The hydrating formula means that your lips do not dry out or crack when wearing this liquid lipstick. The shades that I particularly liked was Angelo (pale pink), Bacca (raspberry pink) and Biscotti (light brown).

Lastly is the Morphe 'Liquid Lipsticks' that have a modern matte finish. These lipsticks are said to be long-lasting with a non-drying formula that is velvety in texture. The four shades that I liked most were Suspect (nude with brown undertones), Fancy Pants (berry pink), Peanut (caramel) and Phatty (cool-toned burgundy).

Wednesday Wishlist | Beauty Bay

* All of the images used in this post are from the Beauty Bay website.





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Makeup Obsession | Custom Rose Gold Palette

Monday, 19 June 2017
For today's post I thought I would do a post on the custom palette I am creating with Makeup Obsession, which is available at Boots

Makeup Obsession Custom Rose Gold Palette

Packaging
I LOVE the packaging of this, maybe just because it is Rose Gold, but also the quality is really good.

Makeup Obsession Custom Rose Gold Palette

Application
I found that the eyeshadows were highly pigmented but easily blended, to create whatever look I desired. To be completely honest I wasn't won over by the eyebrow powder, but I tend to prefer brow pomades anyways. I also have a chrome strobe balm, which I find is really nice when it's applied lightly because otherwise it tends to look too metallic for what I like.

Makeup Obsession Custom Rose Gold Palette

Formula
The only thing within the palette that is not a powder is the strobe balm, which is a cream. All of the products are pigmented but provide a natural look when blended out. 

Makeup Obsession Custom Rose Gold Palette

Colour
Within this post, I have provided some swatches of each of the colours in the palette. As with any of the other palettes I have these colours are all quite neutral in brownish tones. My aim for this palette is to have a mixture of dark, medium and light shades that can cream smoky, brown looks. 

Makeup Obsession Custom Rose Gold Palette

Wear
Due to the high pigmentation of these shadows, I tend to use it more for night looks, as I like to go for less pigmented shadows on a day-to-day basis, because I don't tend to like anything too much for work, doing errands, etc. 

Makeup Obsession Custom Rose Gold Palette

Price
I got the Large Palette in Luxe Rose Gold which holds 12 singles and this cost £8. Looking back, this is maybe a little expensive, since I've got a few 32 shade palettes for that price and they were full. Each of the singles then were also £2 each. This means that if I was to full this palette I would have spent a total of £32, which looking at it from that perspective is quite expensive, especially since it is a high street brand. 

Overall
I am quite pleased with this palette, I don't really agree with the pricing, when I compare it with other brands. This is purely due to the price and I feel like the quality of some other eyeshadows are better, and a better price. 

What is your favourite brand for eyeshadow?


Makeup Obsession Custom Rose Gold Palette

B. Long Wear Brow Cream

Friday, 16 June 2017
B., which is a cosmetic and skincare brand exclusive to Superdrug, has just relaunched their makeup line and so I immediately had to pick up a couple of items. Over the past while, I've been looking for a new brow product, as I just feel like there's something better and more suited to my needs. And I think I've finally found it. 

B. Long Wear Brow Cream

Packaging
I definitely prefer this new packaging in comparison with the previous, as it is a lot more sleek and it all seems more durable, so therefore better to travel with. 

Application
I applied this brow cream with a Morphe E29 Elite II Angled Brow/Spoolie Brush. The brow cream gave a lovely effect on my eye brows and it didn't clump my eyebrows or dry out throughout the day.

B. Long Wear Brow Cream


Formula
As it says in the, this brow product is creamy, this therefore allows you to get the most natural brow look as it isn't going to clump and the smallest amount goes a long way. 

Colour
The B. Brow Cream only comes in 3 shades (I'm hoping they bring more out though) which are brown, mid-brown and dark brown and I got it in the shade mid-brown as I liked the tone of this one more than the other two, and thought that it would suit me best.

B. Long Wear Brow Cream

Wear
I was surprised at how well the brow cream actually lasted and I've been using it every day for the past couple of weeks. As I've already mentioned, it doesn't dry out, which is a big thing for me as I like my brows to look as natural as possible, whilst also looking thick. 

Price
This brow cream is exclusively available in Superdrug for only £5.99 - which is absolutely amazing since you don't need to use much to achieve the desired look. 

B. Long Wear Brow Cream


Overall
This is definitely going to be a staple brow product from now on, I love the consistency and finish it gives to my brows and you can't go wrong for only £5.99, next time however I might try out the brown shade.




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