My top 5 eyeshadow palettes

There are three things I spend my paycheck on at the end of the month; make-up, clothes and books. Many of my friends believe I have a talent on wasting money on these things … I couldn’t disagree more! There’s nothing that keeps me optimistic through a college day than knowing I have a Beauty Bay parcel awaiting me at home. In my head, I see it as a reward for putting loads of effort into my work (When I actually make the minimal effort!).

However, my favourite part of makeup is eyeshadow. Underneath my dressing table surrounded by unnecessary amounts of beauty products, is a box of my most favourite eyeshadows. They’re hidden so my friends won’t ask to borrow and also I don’t want to get them dirty or broken.

This blog post is essentially to discuss my most favourite eyeshadow palettes that I own at the moment as I need a source to rant and rave about them because none of my friends wants to listen.

5) Urban Decay; Naked 3 Palette:

The Naked Palettes are a great choice if you’re just starting out in makeup! It was the first high-end palette I bought for myself and I was nervous to use it as it was during my cringey high school days when I had grown accustomed to Collection and Miss Sporty products and excessively avoid now. In my opinion, Naked 3 is the best palette as it differentiates itself slightly from other nude palettes because it uses a plum-nude colour scheme, rather than a mix of brown and cream colours. It comes with a brush, which is easy to use and is good quality. A final thing I have to say it that there is minimal fallout when applying it onto your lid and it has a creamy texture!urban-decay-naked-palette-3.png

4) Too-Faced; Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette:

If I proceed into more blog posts in relevance to beauty, one brand that I’ll subjectively discuss with love and passion is Too-Faced. They’re my favourite makeup brand going at the moment. The Semi-Sweet Palette is one of my favourites as you can do so many different looks with this palette and it works. I particularly like to do looks with a brown-gold colour scheme with the palette as the variation of colour is in the pan, alongside so many other different colours. From my own experience, this palette how more pigment than Naked 3 and it is more fun to use. Thank you Too-Faced for becoming my religion.

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3) Morphe Brushes; 35P 35 Colour Plum Palette:

When on a night one, the one palette I always pick up to get those bold colours is my Morphe Plum Palette. Though the palette is dominated by different shades of purple I have used this palette for so many other looks which don’t include purple. There is a tad bit of fall out but for the prices, it’s easy to be forgiven! The pigment is unreal also! I’m forever trying to find a palette which matches at price with a similar level of quality too and I’m struggling. For those for love a bit of eccentricity, I’d defo recommend this palette!

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2) Anastasia Beverly Hills; Modern Renaissance Palette:

In second place is my heaven. This palette is orgasmic and it so perfect. You can use this palette for nude looks or you can use it for eccentric looks. (I sway on the eccentric side personally). It does everything. The pigment is so overwhelming and perfect. Like WTF!! ABH are one of my favourite makeup brands, I own a few of their products and have found minimal issues with it yet. When I wear its products, like the palette, I feel utterly glamorous.

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1) Too Faced; Sweet Peach Palette:

Too Faced like to play their fans emotions with this palette. They rarely bring it out for a lengthy space of time. Luckily, I got my hands on one of these palettes because of my boyfriend. I wanted it for Christmas and begged my boyfriend to buy it me when it came out. Because he’s a cool dude, he woke up in the early hours just to queue up on the online store for me to get it. Apparently, there were 7,000 people in front of him in the queue, which made me lose all hope in humanity. However, with a stroke of luck and a 3-hour wait, he eventually got one of the last remaining palettes, which led me to break down into pathetic tears. Though the wait for the palette to actually come was a month, it was just worth it. I’ve never invented so many different looks with any other palette other than this one. It allows you to be creative and bold, which is something I appreciate in a palette. There seems to be minimal fallout, and there is such a rich, creamy texture when applying it onto your eyes. The palette is good for highlighting, creating bases and pretty much everything else!

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My trip to Brighton

Hi all,

I’m back from my trip to Brighton! The experience was quite an emotional one as the city if full of diversity and colour, unlike my hometown in the Midlands.

Me and my Mum walked around the city centre, presuming it to be dominated by big fashion and food franchises, but it was actually the opposite. The area was cornered by quaint little alleyways mixed with local cafes and small businesses. Each shop you’d pass by would have a different personality. For example, we went into a cafe called Choccywoccydoodah, which had quite an alternative, boho flavour to its interior. This was a nice change, as my hometown is swarmed with a lot of big brands and hardly any independent businesses.

Followed by a few hours of shopping, we went to see the big Brighton Dome, an attraction many come to Brighton to see specifically. Annoyingly, I only got one snap of the building as it was difficult to get a good angle with legit lighting (You’ve gotta think about these things now we live in the 21st century). The Dome is seeded by a small little park in which we sat down to take in the chaos of the city. I envied those individuals who trotted through the city on their way to their permanent home.

The moonlight was approaching, thus we turned back to the city centre which loomed with different colours. Interestingly, the evening seemed to be when it was it’s most liveliest. We made our way to the Brighton Pier which was crowded with tourists, particularly families hurrying to get their last go on the rides. Me and my Mum came to look at the Ocean view and have a browse through the arcade. We had an attempt at the ice hockey table and went to a fortune teller who said I was going to lose a close friend! (Thanks, pal)

Anyhow, the night dawned on us, and there was music playing from all angles, more spotlights brightening up the black sky and more demographics walking around the streets with confidence. I felt extremely safe!

We went to Nandos for tea because my Mum thought it was Nachos for some reason. She left very disappointedly back to the hotel.

Though the day ended quite unfortunately for my Mum, I loved my experience there and was extremely buzzed to return. Brighton, I’ll be back soon! 😀

 

Brighton Buys – day one!

Hello everyone!!
Today I’ve temporarily vacated into Southern England! I personally adore travelling around the UK as each city seems to have its quirk. Currently I’m in Brighton to look at the uni for a few days and I am in the love with the diverse culture! As a bisexual I was delighted to see gay flags covering the central cities and a variety of demographics walking together as couples or friends. Despite it being the first day, the experience has been so good that I hope to share my experiences in a blog after my travels. However, today I am going to show my shopping purchases as I always turn into a spendthrift when I’m out in the high streets of respectable British cities

1) Bare Minerals – Bare Skin (£27)

 As a female adolescent, spots are the ultimate nemesis. Although I feel the need to spend over £40 on the Anastasia Beverly Hill Contour Kit or £36 on a Kylie Jenner Lip Kit, the idea of buying high end foundation terrifies me! I think it’s because it’s not the most noticeable aspect of make up, so I feel no need to venture into the extortionate territory. However, my mother gleefully pointed out how horrific and oily my BarryM foundation looked, considering it stated “flawless matte” on its questionable packaging. I personally wouldn’t stand for that as I am a very petty perfectionist so off to Debenhams I went and was recommended this foundation by a beautician. I have only tried the product on my chin as it is flowered with unflattering break out spots. The product remained matte, wasn’t oily and still remained as full coverage. Bare Minerals is also known for using natural products and being anti-animal testing which are two things I approve! Thumbs up for this foundation (Even though I applied it on 5% of my face)

2. Urban Decay – All Nighter; Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray (£10)

In all honesty, I have little to say about this product. Urban Decay has always been a brand I’ve quite liked and I was running a little low on my Gerard Cosmetics Setting Spray that I use. Of course, if you’re into you’re beauty gurus, every guru on the planet seems to recommend Urban Decay for a setting spray (Particularly that white and purple one I can’t remember the name of) so I thought it seemed justified to buy one. However, my cash was pretty tight having just paid for a meal and wasted all my change on the Brighton Pier, so I bought the cheapest and smallest one I could find.


3) Black Mesh Bodysuit – £9.99

Finally, As I currently work in a global clothing chain, I went into the Brighton store to compare as I get ridiculously competitive over the mildest of subjects. Though I think my store is better, I found a black mesh body store that made me question if money is needed to be saved on necessities. The picture makes it look uglier than it is but I can assure you it’s a bloody decent bodysuit. I am running low on clothing to wear during nights out and I personally can’t be dealing with dresses, so I thought it seemed reasonable to purchase. The material is soft and smooth and the patterns are very beautiful. 


Considering this blog has no moral or anything to learn from except how petty and picky I am, I apologise.

BTW; the post is written on an iPad. Thus implying that there will be many grammatical and spelling errors. So sorry in advance!
Anyhow, I hope you’re having a good week guys!!

How I revise!

Hi all,

Exam season is crawling up on us slowly. I am in my second year of sixth form and I am incredibly anxious as I really want to get into university. I’ve started revising early (Little bits and pieces now and again) and the closer it gets, the more efficiently I revise. To all those who are sick of the simple “Write out what the guide says” strategies, I have my own techniques which I find very useful…

  1. GoConqr: Firstly, GoConqr is a pretty legit website which allows you to write flashcards, mind maps, slideshows and flowcharts online. I often use it for flash card purposes. However, each choice of format you use is easy to use and professionally made. On a plus, it’s pretty damn useful for any type of subject. For example, I use the slideshow and mind map format to write and plan English Literature essays. You can organise your revision notes into different subjects and topics and you can join revision groups and get help from other students.
  2. Flashcards with a twist!: I for one find flashcards utterly boring without a bit of colour and creativity. However, I am too lazy to change letters into different fonts or colours. But, like the hypocrite I am, I enjoy roaming Google for internet GIFS of my favourite TV shows and films for an unhealthy length of time. I linked this hobby together with my revision for fun and it is effective if you are the sort of individual who enjoys binging on TV. When I say I linked them together, I do online flash cards on a certain topic for example “Psychology: Relationships” and to add a bit of individualism to the cards and find gifs and pictures of a specific TV Show or film to relate to the topic. In my “Psychology: Relationships” topic I chose to apply Rachel and Ross gifs and quotes which relate to the knowledge in the revision guide.
  3. Record yourself: There is nothing I find funnier than hearing what my own voice sounds like from others ears. So when I create voice recordings of me reading my revision notes I laugh! It adds a lot of comedy to revising and it’s also something you don’t need to put your full focus on and you can revise whilst doing another hobby.
  4. A revision blog: Now this is something I find really interesting. My friend has her own blog in which she plants her revision notes on with pictures of relevance. It has received a lot of interest and a lot of positive feedback as there aren’t many revision blogs made by students around! It seems to help also as she is on an A-A* grade estimation

What’s wrong with Youtube and how it can affect us

Hi, all! It’s been a while! As it is a New Year, I’ve decided to push my myself to create more blog posts (Maybe once a week?) as I do enjoy writing. In all honesty, I just got very lazy by the end of last year, but I’m hoping to change that! To start with my first blog post of 2017, I’m going to discuss something I often ponder about in my lounging hours, and that is Youtube! And when I say ‘Youtube’ I don’t mean that one hit wonder cat video or meme you may show your friends, I mean those individuals who make a hell of a good living out of it! Sure, it’s captivated the world and it provides a comforting aspect to our lives. However, there is just something about it when I sit in my bath or bed binge-watching my subscriptions that I find extremely irritating.

If you watch the more feminine side of YouTube, you’d notice the repetitive pattern of videos, such as “Beauty Haul”, “Testing £100 Foundation”, “Everyday night routine”. In my opinion, Beauty Hauls appear somewhat like bragging. Showing off all the luxuries they bought themselves right after Christmas, when in reality, people like me and you sit and mope about our empty purses as all their money has been spent on bath sets or candles for other people. Some often avoid buying drugstore makeup and just tell us we must buy some eyeshadow which is more expensive than our monthly earnings. Maybe I’m overthinking, it’s just I think it’s unfair when people like ourselves work really hard for less money than we deserve and those like Zoella sit in their candle-lit, fairy light bedrooms, earning more money simply by showing off their new Khaki ASOS jeans and getting ready to go out. It seems somewhat lazy and unfair. The night routines they make are a load of crap. Often telling us viewers that they like to do a bit of yoga before bed, or discard their phone away for the rest of the night. In all honestly, how many women do you know that do that? None. If they have vlogs, you’ll notice that this isn’t the case. It is all lies.

It is not just beauty Youtubers neither, many gaming and sports YouTubers do this. Us viewers sit and watch 9 minutes of people breaking, brand new Xbox One’s or watch a 10-minute video of someone showing us different angles of their new Lamborghini and they earn money from doing that too! And here I am, saving up for a £500 used Nissan Micra!

A further thing I find very frustrating about YouTube is this ‘perfect’ lifestyle they like to look like their living. If you watch many vlogs you’ll see a “lazy day” to them is going down to Bristol to do some shopping. Whereas, to us, it’s sitting in our beds watching Rick & Morty whilst eating a £3 takeaway meal. In honesty, no one can be so active or positive. Within a 24 hour period, they only show usually 20 minutes worth of their day. I can guarantee the larger portion of the day is beyond boring.

The scary thing is that Youtube has dominated so many minds of teenagers from 11-16. Often around this age, you’re discovering who you are and what you want to do when you grow up. I have noticed that many of those teenagers try to imitate what they see on YouTube. They try to embody a perfect individual because that’s what YouTube pushes towards us. They feel the need to be like their favourite YouTuber, who will probably have the ‘big house’, the ‘fancy car’ (Often Lamborghini’s for some reason…), and the ‘chipper personality’. However, this is impossible. No one is always happy, particularly at that age. And most of them won’t be able to gain such a lifestyle anyhow. This creates a large level of self-doubt in ourselves, that we aren’t perfect or good enough or as good as them.

I am definitely no psychologist or whatever, but from my own experience I have noticed this, and same with others too. I have been guilty of trying to buy that candle Zoella told me to buy, and that dress Tanya Burr told me to buy, and that Lip Gloss NikkiTutorials told me to buy in order to be like one of them. But it is impossible as it an unrealistic representation of females. YouTuber’s need to realise how narrow-minded they are and need to be more aware of their target audiences.

To conclude, I am not necessarily applying this all YouTubers. There are many I can appreciate as they’re almost and not false. It’s just those who few who selfish individuals. Anyhow, I do really apologise for any it may have upset or offended, it is just a lone man opinion and I just thought it’d be an interesting thing to discuss and write on my blog. The grammar and spelling may be inadequate as I wrote very quickly, due to it being a rant.

Happy New Year Folks!

See you next week!

 

 

The Girl on The Train

I am a massive fan of the best selling book ‘The Girl on The Train’, the complexity and broken layers of Rachel was really gripping and the twist left me with unnerving questions about how well do we know our pals. I watched the movie recently and was quite confused about the harsh critique. In my opinion, it stuck its origin. Though, the introduction was pretty shaky and cringey, it became stronger throughout the rest of the plot. Emily blunt was a great realistic drunk who we may accidentally stumble upon at a bus/train station and was definitely the star of the movie!

4 Stars!

AS Results

It’s been a stressful week for I and many other students this week. I haven’t got the results I wanted but still got into my final year of college! This has been a huge wake up call for me as I have realised the work needed my A-Levels to get me into a good uni! I hope everyone got the results they wanted 🙂

Just some advice… If disappointed, take it as a learning experience, what is now needed to boost up those grades, whether it’s move planning or revising slightly earlier than a few weeks in advance (As I did!).

It is gutting, but I know the phase will pass, it’s took me a few days to shake of the shock of just scraping a pass…

Hope you’re all well!
🙂