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!

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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!

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.

Real Techniques Bold Metal Brushes

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First off, sorry for the major blogging fail recently – I don’t even have an excuse as to why i’ve been neglecting my blog! But I’m back and I’m talking about one of my obsessions – make-up brushes!

I’ve been lusting over the Bold Metals collection from Real Techniques ever since their launch, but I never seemed to get round to picking some up. Compared to the original Real Techniques line, they are on the higher price end, having said that, the quality of these brushes are insane. Firstly, the handles are stunning (especially the rose gold ones). They’re designed in a pyramid shade, enabling them to lie flat once placed on your dressing table – such a simple yet great idea!

Out of the whole collection, the powder brush has to be my favourite. The bristles are so soft and disperse powder like a dream. It’s also big and fluffy enough to be perfect for applying bronzer. I do love however the contour brush also. It’s dense and neatly packed meaning it gives you a great sharp contour. It would be the ideal brush to use for cream contour because of this.

The most unusual brush out of the collection has to be the foundation brush. It’s like no other foundation brush I’ve come across before because of it’s shape. It is shaped like a pyramid meaning you have a flat side to ‘paint’ on the product, with narrow sides making it easy to get into the contours of the face. The tip can also be used to buff the foundation into the skin. It has taken me a while to get used to, but so far I’ve been loving it. Because of the fact that it doesn’t really buff the product into the skin, I find that it gives a higher coverage than the Expert Face Brush for example.

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The eye brushes are also gorgeous. There are 3 in the collection all with silver accents. The base shadow brush is the one I have probably got most use out of so far, however, the crease brush is also great for defining the crease. The eyeliner brush is also really good – i’ve been enjoying it to apply black eyeshadow as a more smokey liner along my lash line.

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If you’re unsure or having doubts, I would defiantly recommend you to pick up these brushes. If not all of them, then at least one. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

NIP + FAB Dragon’s Blood Plumping Serum

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After hearing Kylie Jenner mention that this is the serum she uses in an interview recently, I’ve wanted to try it! It’s a “lightweight serum that delivers an instant shot of moisture to dehydrated skin and leaves skin looking plumper”. With my skin being more on the dry side, this sounded right up my street.

It has three main ingredients. Hyaluronic Acid is meant to hydrate the skin leaving it looking and feeling plumper, Velvet Flower adds extra moisturisation and Dragon’s Blood comforts and restores the skin through skin hydration. Now i’m not going to lie, i’m not entirely sure what Dragon’s Blood actually is..I mean dragons aren’t real..

I use this morning and night under my moisturiser and so far i’ve been loving it. I find that it’s a great base for foundation as it has an almost tacky/primer like feel once applied. I’ve defiantly noticed that my skin has been more hydrated, as i’ve seen less dry patches than I usually get. However, I wouldn’t say i’ve particularly noticed my skin looking plumper, perhaps I need to test it out for a while longer to see more results.

I love the packaging as far as the box is concerned, but I was expecting the actual bottle to be a bit better in terms of quality than what I received. For the price (£19.99) it looks pretty cheap.

All in all I would recommend this serum. It’s a great budget alternative compared to other serums being over the £20 mark. If you head to Superdrug at the moment it’s around £13 so defiantly go in now while you’ve got the chance!

MAC Prep and Prime Fix +

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I’ve had my eye on this product for a while before I finally decided to give it a go. I haven’t tried out many makeup setting sprays before, so I was curious to say the least. It retails for £15.50, which I honestly don’t think is too bad compared with Urban Decay’s sprays costing more in the region of £20. The website describes this product as “A lightweight mist of water packed with vitamins and minerals, infused with a blend of green tea, chamomile and cucumber to gently soothe and refresh the skin. Gives an instant boost of hydration while delivering a soft sheen to refresh and finish makeup.”.

How I personally like to use this product is by spritzing my face before and after applying my makeup. I find that spraying on top of your makeup gives it a more dewy finish. I also spray a little onto my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and use that to blend out my concealer under my eyes. I’ve also heard of people using it to make eyeshadows more sheeny – a great tip if you’re after that wet eye look.

I love the packaging. The spray makes it super easy to apply and it delivers the right amount of mist onto your skin. It has no real scent – great if you have sensitive skin. It feels just like water on your skin, so perfect for days when you want a instant boost of hydration and at the same time refreshing your makeup.

Overall I would say that is isn’t something you ‘need’ in your collection, but for makeup lovers like me, it’s a great all round product that defiantly is more of a treat to use than anything. I would however recommend, I’m a little obsessed with this now!