Wednesday, 28 May 2014

eBay blush palette

Hi everyone! 

 Today I wanted to talk about a blush palette I got for Christmas, and have been loving.

eBay Blush Palette

This palette is from eBay, I don't remember which blog I originally saw it on but I knew I needed one the moment I read about it!

Unfortunately one of the shades was ruined when it arrives, but there is a little product still in the pan so all isn't totally lost.

eBay Blush Palette

These swatches left to right are 1-10 from the labels above. As you can see shade 2 doesn't have quite as much impact but on the whole the pigmentation of every shade really packs a punch. I am super impressed with the colour payoff of these, and they also blend super easily on the skin - which is a good thing as it can be easy to pick up too much product especially with the bolder shades.
Most of the shades are shimmery, but 8 and 9 are more matte and 6 is more of a satin finish I would say. None of them are what I would describe as glittery though, the shimmer is subtle enough once on the face. Initially most of the shades can come off quite chalky, but because of the easy blending, this is soon rectified.

eBay Blush Palette
eBay Blush Palette

On the left cheek here I'm wearing shade 8, and on the right is shade 7. I think these pictures demonstrate the difference in finishes quite well. Shade 7 (and the other warmer toned shades) gives a nice glow to the face overall which I think helps my pale complexion. Shade 8 (and the other cooler colours) is better for giving a flush of colour to the cheeks, which is also good for different makeup looks. I like that there is a variety of shades and so far I haven't found that any of the colours don't suit my skin tone. That being said, I think the brighter shades like 4 and 9 would look gorgeous on darker/tanned skin tones.

Overall I am super happy with this palette, I think it has a great spectrum of shades and the formula is much better than I expected it to be. And then there's the price! There are lots to choose from when searching 'blush palette' on eBay but I've included this link - here - as the photo looks the most similar to the shades I've got. Either way, they're basically all under £5 which I think is a total bargain. I really recommend this palette, even if you just want to test out what sort of colours suit you, this could be really useful for that.

Do you have one of these palettes, if so what do you think of it? Do you have any other eBay bargains to recommend me?

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

w7 salt n pepper

Hi everyone!

This post is almost the total opposite of my bright and cheery spring and summer nails from last week! Today I wanted to show you a polish I've had for a while and just never got round to blogging about. 

W7 Salt n Pepper

This is Salt n Pepper by W7. As you can see it's a white polish which is fairly sheer, packed with black matte 'glitter' - not sure that's the right word really! I like that this is sheer because you can get the effect of the layers showing through like it appears in the bottle. Hopefully you can see how the polish is a little textured - I quite like this but I'm sure a couple of top coat layers would fix this.

I actually have another polish from this same line with red 'glitter' which I am now looking forward to trying.

What do you think of this effect of polish?

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

spring/summer nail picks

Hi everyone! 

The weather where I am hasn't been very spring or summer like recently. But, it is the middle of May, so I wanted to share with you some of my favourite nail colours for spring and summer, some shades that put a smile on my face while it's grey and dull outside.

Spring/Summer Nails

What I tried to do was pick 5 colours, and then choose shades that would be more suited to spring and summer - basically pastels and brights. I've painted each hand in a different season, with a sort of colour graduation. For reference I used two coats of polish with every nail.

Spring/Summer Nails

For my 'spring' hand, I used top to bottom...

Kiss Me Quick pastel blue - I blogged about this here. I'd forgotten how much I'd enjoyed using this polish - easy, smooth application and a lovely colour too.

Barry M Greenberry - a vibrant mint. Mint is one of my favourite colours in general and I love it for on the nails. The Barry M Gelly formula is one of my all time favourites, so paired with the colour this is an obvious choice.

Barry M Prickly Pear - This is the only Gelly formula I've had any sort of problems with. I just find it a little thin, but the colour still applies pretty evenly so I don't mind too much.

Essie Penny Talk - This one doesn't really fit in so much with the rest but I love this rose gold colour. This polish is super opaque and could easily be ready to go in one coat, so it's great for applying last minute. 

Barry M Papaya - Peach is another of my favourite shades for cheeks, lips and nails. The Barry M offering is an orangey peach which is fairly vibrant too. Not that my super pale self has much experience in this, but I'm sure it would look awesome on tanned or darker skintones!

Spring/Summer Nails

And for my 'summer' hand, this time bottom to top...

Barry M Guava - A vibrant blue with a hint of green. I especially love how this looks with Greenberry.

Barry M Teal - This is probably one of my favourite colours ever. I know it's not hugely summery as it's on the darker side, but the colour reminds me of holidays and the ocean, it's such a lovely shade!

Essie Jamaica Me Crazy - Bright shimmery pink toned purple. Post here.

Nubar Summer Love - the name says it all! I'm not often one for pinks but this one is gorgeous. It has a purpley blue shimmer running through it and a really interesting finish which I love. Full post here.

Essie Orange, It's Obvious - A fairly simple bright orange. This reminds me of summer just looking at it!

All in all I think I do prefer the spring hand, but maybe that's because summer just seems so far away! I also just wanted to share some of the other posts about spring nails I've done over the years:

Last year - this post about the Gelly polishes from Barry M includes 3 of the polishes in this post and two others that I also think would be perfect for the sunnier months.

And here's a bonus bright spotty nail look!

Compiling this list has made me realise I've got a bit of a routine for doing spring/summer nail posts, which I didn't even realise!

Hope you liked! What polishes would you recommend for this time of year?

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

acrylic lipstick storage

Hi everyone! 

So back in my wishlist post here, I mentioned wanting to buy some of these acrylic lipstick holders. Much to my delight, there was one included in my Easter present a couple of weeks later!

Acrylic Lipstick Storage

Acrylic Lipstick Storage

I couldn't wait to fill it with lipsticks and have since played around with different combinations - grouped by brand, colour and so on. There isn't a huge amount for me to say other than that I'm super happy with this storage and love having my lipsticks all on display like this!

The current eBay price is £3.52 which I think is an absolute bargain! I know there are much more expensive options out there but I see no faults at all with the more affordable option. In my wishlist post, I mentioned that for the price I might buy two. As it turns out, this holder contains all my lipsticks apart from one. I've never known a better reason to buy more lipsticks...

Are you a fan of acrylic makeup storage?