Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Two New BarryM Palettes!

Hey lovelies!
A look at two new BarryM palettes for you today, and I must say they are lovely.
There are 3 palettes available; The Natural Glow, Smokin' Hot, and Glamour Puss. I decided to get the natural and smokin' palettes, as for me the colours had the most appeal.

Let's begin with the packaging! Ok, so it's not the greatest packaging, but it's certainly not the worst. I feel like they will get marked and messed up pretty easy as they are like a cardboard-ish material. However when opening the palettes up, I find the layout and the mirror very good. For the price I wasn't expecting a mirror, and it's a very clear, decent sized one. The eye shadows and blush themselves are a very good size (very Naked look-alike!) and you definitely get a good amount of product!
The products themselves are very good quality, and I was pleasantly surprised! As with all palettes that are from the drugstore, I am naturally very dubious on the actual quality, but BarryM have definitely not disappointed.
The Natural Glow palette is a great every day essential, and come with some beautiful shades, and a nice range of matte, and shimmer shadows. The pigmentation of the lighter shades are the best but they give enough colour payoff for everyday. The darker, more shimmery shades are lovely, and will be great as crease colours, or for use as a liner to give a more subtle look.
The blush is nice, but I wouldn't necessarily use it as a blush, as I find I don't seem to get much colour at all. I do think however that this is a really pretty highlight, as it has soft but lovely shimmer.


Now onto the Smokin' Hot palette. I think that this is a really good day to night palette, as the first 3 shades are great to wear for a subtle everyday look, and the last 3 shades are really pretty, night-time colours. As with the first palette, the pigmentation is just lovely, and I'm so pleased with them. A big difference from the first palette to this one, is the blush has a much better colour payoff. It's a very pretty dusky pink colour, and has a very light shimmer, but nothing too in your face!

All in all I give these palettes a 8 out of 10, and congratulate BarryM on a lovely product, at a good price!  

Thursday, 3 October 2013

The Autumn Tag.

Hello lovelies, hope your all well!?
I saw this tag on Fee's blog and loved the questions, and I love Autumn, so thought why not!
Feel free to do this tag yourselves, and leave your links below because I'd love to check them out!
1} What is your favourite thing about Autumn?
As much as I love summer, and all the clothes and bright colours, and not having to pile on 15 layers before leaving the house, I actually enjoy that part of things when the weather turns colder. I love coming in from the cold outside, lighting a candle, and jumping in a nice hot bubble bath! I love the cosy feeling of Autumn. When the nights start to get darker early, and you can just get all snuggly and warm, (and delve more into my obsession with Breaking Bad!).
2} What's your favourite drink?
I'm not the world's biggest lover of hot drinks, but there's one I do love having in the colder months, and that is Horlicks. I do love the stuff! It's just something that I make a mug of before getting into bed for the night and drink whilst reading a book or watching something. It makes me lovely and toasty, and helps me get to sleep.
3} Favourite scent/candle?
Again, I don't really have a favourite scent, I wear whatever I feel like, whenever I feel like, whatever the season! However, candles on the other hand. I LOVE candles. Anything warming and homely in the winter I welcome. I do enjoy Yankee Candles Vanilla Cupcake, but at the moment my Mum is burning Yankee Home's Cherry Vanilla, and it's lush. Fills the whole house with scent. I would really like to try Yankee's fireside treats.
4} Best Lipstick.
I'm a complete lipstick junkie so this is really hard to name favourites, but some that I do enjoy in the Autumn are Bourjois ShineEdition number 23 - Grenade in, Revlon's 725 Love that red, and of course Kate Moss for Rimmel 107!
5} Go to Moisturiser.
I have really dry skin anyway so I like to use Avon's Intensive Moisture Face cream. It's a lovely thick cream, that my make up applies well on top of. Also Bio-oil. Although this is not a moisturiser, my face loves it in the winter time right before you go to sleep. For me it's a must-have any time of year.
6} Go to colour for the eyes.
Any nice natural browns, beiges, taupe's. I love MUA's Undress me too palette, which is a complete steal for the quality! I also am loving BarryM's Natural Glow palette (review coming up soon -stay tuned!).
7} Favourite music/band/singer to listen to?
I don't really stick to seasons to listen to music in. I kind of just listen to whatever's taking my fancy at the time.
8} Favourite outfit to wear.
I can't specifically say I stay to once outfit that I love wearing in the Autumn/Winter months, but any outfit of mine would consist of chunky, cosy knitwear, boots, and a cosy scarf. They are my Autumn musts.
9} An Autumn treat.
Well, I'm a bit of a foodie (which isn't a good thing when you're trying to lose weight), but an autumn treat would be a big stinking hot chocolate, or a takeaway. Or both! Why the hell not. Once out of my lovely hot bath, the last thing I'd want to do is cook!
10} Favourite place to be.
All locked up, and cosy with my family and my cats.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

The infamous top coat I have a love-hate relationship with.

Hey guys!
A post today about something that has been hyped up to the max in the blogging and YouTubing world, and that my friends is the infamous Seche Vite Fast Drying TopCoat .
I thought I'd write a little post although you are all probably sick to the back teeth of hearing about it, but I need some help!
I do on the whole think that this is a great top coat, and does exactly what it says on the bottle. It dries super fast, I mean the fastest I've known any top coat dry. The problem I have is that it tends to chip like a bugger... well not necessary chip, because I know it's not advertised as an anti-chip top coat or nothing, but it seems to make my nail polish peel able...?
Does this happen to anyone else? Perhaps it's a combination between my base and top coat that causes it? But I literally do not even have to polish remover as I can sit and peel it all off! (Really bad to do that to your nails I know *slaps hand*).
So if anyone else has this problem, or if you have suggestions on solving it, please let me know! :)
I do so love this top coat, but I also love having my nails painted for more than 2 days too!