Tarte Tartelette 2 In the Bloom Palette

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First off, apologies for the lack of posts recently, I have well and truly neglected my little blog. However, I’m back and with yet another review.

As soon as I saw this, I knew I had to add it to my collection. Yes, I have far too many eyeshadow palettes as it is, but the Tartelette In the Bloom palette is mostly all matte shades, making the splurge seem a little more justifiable..

All the shades are just up my alley; all gorgeous warm naturals. It has everything you need for any look, and conveniently is divided into ‘strips’ of shadows  to create different looks, or shadows that go best with one another. For me, the addition of a matte white highlight shade, as well as two almost identical brown/black liner shades, makes this the perfect everyday go-to palette. As well as the mattes, the three shimmer shades are also stunning – Funny girl, Firecracker and Rocker. Funny girl has probably been my most worn shadow, only because it’s so versatile and acts as the best highlight shade.

I picked mine up on QVC here in the UK, and the introductory offer was £30 (ish) and came with a Tarte eyeshadow brush (it’s surprisingly really good). BUY HERE

If like me and you’re obsessed with neutral palettes, defiantly pick this one up. Not to mention the packaging is absolutely stunning!

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation

 

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I had heard so much about this foundation for years before I finally decided to splurge recently.

Chanel describes this foundation as having a “soft and evanescent ultra-fine fluid texture” giving a “second-skin” perfecting result. “The complexion appears amazingly even, fresh and energised. The skin glows with seemingly nude beauty. As if lit from within. Bathed in light… “
I would have to agree that this foundation looks gorgeous on the skin. It evens out skintone and covers light blemishes yet still looks natural and radiant on the skin. When blending, it almost melts into the skin – it’s such a dream to use.

The formula is enriched with a UVB sun filter and has an SPF of 15, protecting your skin from sun damage – maybe not one to use if you’re using flash photography however.

I’ve found that it has a sunscreen smell, personally something that I love as it’s such an iconic Chanel scent. Having said that, if you suffer from sensitive skin you may want to be a little weary of this. The way I like to apply it is either with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush or Bold Metals 101, although Chanel say that best results are with your hands. I personally don’t like the feeling of having foundation on my hands, hence why I just stick with a brush. Alternatively, I have tried it with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and love the results that gives also.

This is 100% worth the £32 I paid for it, expensive yes, but the way it leaves my skin is like no other foundation I’ve used before (and trust me I’ve tried a few). Let’s just say I’m not looking forward to the day I run out.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette | Review and Swatches

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As with most things, I’m completely late on the band wagon with this palette. I tend to wait for the hype to go down before I rush to buy a new product, mainly because then I can see other peoples thoughts before deciding for myself whether or not to go and pick it up. I have seen everyone and their mothers talk about the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette for a couple of years now and have always wanted to get round to trying it. So, while out shopping with my friend the other week, who just happens to be as makeup obsessed as me, I glanced upon it in Debenhams. Having it herself, I was obviously talked into buying it..as well as a few other cheeky little purchases (we’ll leave them for another time).

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(Sorry for the bad quality in swatches, turns out it’s quite hard to take a full length photo of your arm haha)

I’m so glad I finally added it to my collection; it’s been the only real thing I’ve been using on my eyes for the past month or so. The colours are gorgeous and so up my alley. A perfect mix of shimmer and matte neutral shades, along with the odd pop of slightly more adventurous colours. The shadows themselves are buttery, pigmented and blent like a dream. Being made of cocoa powder, the shadows also smell just like chocolate (as the name would suggest), though they taste like chocolate too!! (..not that i’ve been dipping my finger in and licking them that is) haha so guilty!

The one draw back I would say about this palette however is the packaging. Although it looks adorable and ties in with the whole chocolate thing well, it does feel a little cheap. The closure for instance is a bit weak and if traveling you would feel like it was opening quite a bit.

With that to one side, this is a stunning palette that certainly deserves all the hype. It’s defiantly becoming my favourite and most used in my collection!

Best in Beauty 2015

2015 beauty favourites

Happy New Year!! I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown by – like seriously where did it go?! As quick as it may have felt, I sure used the time wisely to find some amazing new product discoveries along the way, all of which I know I’m going to be using and loving for many more years to come! Now it’s hard to narrow it down to only a few, so this may be a bit of a longer post than usual, hope you don’t mind!!

Bases

As far as bases go, there’s been a couple that I having been really loving this year. First off, the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation. An old favourite with bloggers and YouTubers alike but one I only discovered this year. It’s such a lovely base that gives enough coverage but feels comfortable on the skin. And secondly is the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. I have been totally obsessed with this foundation over the last few months of this year. It’s so lightweight and leaves the skin looking glowy and healthy and all round gorgeous.

Concealers

Again, I have two favourites from this year when it comes to concealer. You’ll all know that the Collection Lasting perfection concealer is up there at no.1, but I’ve also been loving the Soap and Glory Kick Ass concealer. The peachy shade is great for counteracting dark circles, but I’ve also been using the more yellowy skintone shade to cover up blemishes. The thick consistency makes it ideal for this!

Blushes/Bronzers/Highlighter

My favourite blush of this year has to be the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in the shade Lovely Pink. As the name suggests, it is a lovely pink shade that looks so gorgeous on the cheeks as the perfect natural flush.

As far as bronzer goes, my Hoola by benefit is once again my favourite. However, i’ve also been enjoying the L’oreal Glam Bronze for added glow during the more warmer months. It looks great paired with my No7 Boxed Highlighter – another favourite of mine.

Brows

This year has 3 stand out brow products from me. I started the year being obsessed with the Archery pencil from Soap and Glory. It’s perfect for drawing in any hairs in areas where you’re looking a little sparce. The Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 palette however has been my go to brow product. The matte neutrals makes it perfect brow shades, especially for mid tone hair colourings like me. I top it off with a quick coat of Maybelline Brow Drama in Transparent, the best brow mascara in my eyes.

Eyes

Nothing beats cream eyeshadows, they’re so quick and easy to use, especially on lazy days when you don’t want to be fussing around too much with eyeshadows. There was one that stood out to me in 2015, the Max Factor ** . It’s a more recent discovery but one I have been wearing non stop on nights out and even during the day. It’s a gorgeous red toned bronzey shade, a perfect suiting for my blue eyes!

As far as palettes go, my Naked 2 palette is up there. I’ve found that I’ve used it so much more than my Naked 3 as the colours are so much more up my street of warm neutrals. However, another more recent discovery has been the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. I have been wearing this everyday since I picked it up and haven’t wanted to put it down. It’s such a beautiful palette!

Liners

I have really been enjoying using a nude liner in my waterline this year. With contacts, I find that my eyes tend to go a bit red during the day, so a crisp nude liner helps to counteract the red and leave my eyes looking bright. Also a good trick if you’re looking a feeling tired in the mornings. My liquid liner is the same as it always is too, the Collection 24 Hour Felt Tip liner. It’s such a black liner which is so easy to use. It doesn’t have the lasting power as some more higher end liners, but for the price it’s a steal in my eyes.

Mascara

I think there has only been one mascara that I have used all year, and that’s the Maybelline Lash Sensational. This stuff gives serious definition and length to the lashes, and I find it picks up and separates every little lash. Obsessed with this mascara, and I’m sure I’ll be loving it next year too!

Lips

As we now probably know, I have a little obsession when it comes to lip products. I’m a serious lip hoarder and love nothing better than to try out new ones. The liner that I have loved this year is amazing value. At £1, yes you heard me, £1, the MUA liner in the shade ** has been my go to. It’s the perfect nude and is great under so many lipsticks. MAC’s Velvet Teddy along with Midi-Mauve have been major lipstick favourites of the past year, gorgeous shades that are perfect for everyday.

What were your favourite products of 2015? I hope you all had a lovely christmas and that 2016 is an amazing year for you!

Emilia x

MAC Midi-Mauve Lipstick

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I’m constantly on the hunt for the perfect everyday lipstick shade, and when I received this as a gift recently, all my lipstick dreams came true. It’s a shade that I haven’t heard been talked about before, but Midi-Mauve deserves a lot more hype than it gets.

A mix between the likes of Syrup and Brave, this mid tone plummy/mauve is a gorgeous shade for any makeup look and outfit you throw at it. Being a lustre in finish, it’s also super comfortable to wear and gives off a lovely wash of colour.

This is defiantly going to be a favourite of mine in the coming months.

The Sale Edit | Winter Sale Picks

Everyone loves a good sale, am I right? I love nothing better than a browse of the sales, so I’ve put together a few of my favourite sale picks; maybe even to give you some inspiration of what’s hot at the shops.

Toptop black Bell Sleeve top 

Tiptop Feather Lace Up Heels

Topshop Faux Fur Jacket

ASOS Navy Front Split Pencil Skirt

ASOS A Line khaki Mini Skirt

Zara Navy City Bag with Handle

The Best of the Beauty Sales

The best part of boxing day is browsing at the online sales! Here’s my picks of the best of the beauty sales.

REN Stop Being So Sensitive Set  – Was £34 Now £17 (Space NK)

This set contains: Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk 50ml, Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream 50ml, Evercalm Anti-Redness Serum 10ml, V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream 15ml – Perfect for anyone with sensitive skin!

Stila Trust In Love Set – Was £30 Now £18 (Cult Beauty)
This set comes with some gorgeous shadows, along with their Huge Extreme Lash Mascara and a Lip Glaze.

Aromatherapy Associates Relax & Revive – Was £18 Now £9 (Space NK)
What better way that to relax than with these gorgeous roller ball oils. Great as a quick step to unwind.

Yes To Bluberries ASOS Exclusive Skincare Set – Was £27 Now £17.50 (ASOS)
Everything you need for beautiful youthful skin. I love this brand, so this set is so perfect for anyone looking for more natural skincare.

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream – Was £26 Now from £18.20-£20.80 (FeelUnique)
I’ve never gotten round to trying this, but have heard so much amazing things said about it. Definitely one that’s going straight on my sales list.

Real Techniques Bold Metals Essentials with clutch bag – Was £64 Now £32 (Boots)
I’m in love with these brushes and use them everyday! This is such a great deal – defiantly worth picking up while you can.

Origins ‘Mask Marvels’ Skincare Gift Set – Was £30 Now £20.10 (John Lewis)
Origins is such a great brand, and their masks are amazing. I’m thinking that this one will sell out quick!

Illamasqua Celestial Palette – Was £34 Now £27.20 (Beauty Bay)
This is such a gorgeous palette, and perfect size for throwing in your makeup bag. The colours are also a little different but still wearable. I love this pick!