A Huge Beauty Haul!

So I’ve recently gotten a new job, and I’ve been earning a lot more money than I’m used to, which means one thing, and one thing only… Beauty Shopping!

When transferring from my old job to my new job, I went through a phase of getting paid from both, and having never seen so much money in my account at one time, I ended up spending a lot on beauty products…

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My first stop for my shopping spree was Colour Pop. I’ve wanted to try Colour Pop for SO long, but knowing I would be graced with a huge custom fee slip I’ve always stopped myself from ordering. Recently I tried a friends highlighter from the brand and completely fell in love with it, and it was that, that inspired me to do an order finally.

So the first thing in my basket was said Highlighter- The Super Shock Highlighter in the shade Flexitarian. This highlighter is gorgeous! Its a beautiful champagne shade, that suits my skin tone so well. The texture of it is so interesting too! Its like a hybrid of a cream and a powder. Its so smooth and silky and look so beautiful on the skin.

I also picked up the Give It To Me Straight eyeshadow palette, which is beautiful! Its a warm toned neutral palette and the shades are so pigmented and creamy! Its my current go-to palette! I also wanted to try one of the individual shadows, so I got the shade Sequin, which is a rusty, glitter shade, and its BEAUTIFUL!

The last few bits I got are the Brow Boss Pencil in Dark Brown, the Creme Gel Eyeliner in HoneyDude, Two Lippie Pencils in BFF and Clique, A Lippie Stix in Brink and the Concealer in Fair 02.

I absolutely LOVE everything I got, and I wish I’d done an order ages ago!

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I haven’t bought any brushes in ages, and I defiantly needed some new eye ones in my collection. I have a couple of face brushes from Spectrum which I love so I decided to pick up some eye ones! I got the You Look Marbleous 8 Piece eye set, and I absolutely love them! They’re so soft, and they look so chic! Would definitely recommend!

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Feel Unique were having a really good deal, and I was in desperate need of some new skincare, so I grabbed a few bits! The deal  was spend £80 on Skincare and get £90 worth for free, so of course I spent £80! I picked up the Antipodes Manuka Honey Mask. I’ve had this before and loved it, so this was a great repurchase for me. I’ve wanted to try The Ordinary Lactic Acid for SO LONG, so I finally got my hands on it, and it hasn’t disappointed yet! My skin is looking incredible since using it! I also got the Kiehls Glow Formula Skin Hydrator, which is honestly Incredible! I’ve been skipping out on foundation so much recently because of this. Its gives my skin a gorgeous, tinted glow, that makes me look so healthy. Absolutely love it!

My favourite thing from this order has the be the Nugg Mermaid Marine Peel Off Mask. This is a super thick mask, that dries down to a rubber like texture. Its super cool, and it feels really tingly and fresh on the skin which was so relaxing. My skin felt incredible after using this and I need a life times supply of them ASAP!

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My last purchase was defiantly an impulse buy, and was heavily encouraged by a friend, but I definitely do not regret it! The Luna Beauty- Life’s A Drag palette was released on Beauty Bay and I couldn’t not get it! I’m a sucker for a versatile palette and this one has such a good mix of neutral and fun colours. The shades are gorgeous and creamy, and those two shimmers are INSANE! Also can we take a moment to appreciate how MASSIVE this palette! The pans are huge, and its such heavy, luxurious feeling palette. Absolutely LOVE.

I think I’m all spent out on Beauty Products for the next LONG while!

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Concealers | Top 3

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I’ve never really had a selection of concealers in my makeup collection before. I normally just stuck to my usual Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and never tried anything else. Recently though I wanted to give some other ones a go, and I’ve ended up with quite a large selection of concealers in my makeup collection.

Since using a lot of different ones I’ve come across a few that I’ve completely fallen in love with and would purchase over my Collection Lasting Perfection!

The first concealer is the Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define concealer. Now I’ve always had problems with Makeup Revolution makeup and using it near my eyes. I can’t use their eye products because they really irritate my eyes and this is the case with this concealer also, meaning I can’t use it under my eyes which is annoying. So although I can’t use it under my eyes this concealer is my favourite for highlighting down my nose and on my forehead, and it also works well at covering blemishes as its so full coverage. The formula is super creamy and long wearing, and the shade range is also incredible. I use a darker one of this to bronze my skin too!

The next concealer is the Kylie Cosmetics concealer. This stuff is amazing! The formula of this is so creamy and blendable which I love, and the coverage is so good! What I love the most about this concealer is that it doesn’t crease on me at all, which is so rare! Most concealers I use will always crease a lot under my eyes, no matter how much I blend, how quickly I set etc. but this one doesn’t. I cannot live without it! I just wish it was easier and cheaper to get hold of! Those custom fees are ridiculous!

Lastly is the Colour Pop no Filter Concealer. This is super similar to the Kylie Concealer. It’s super blendable and creamy, and again the coverage is so good! The only downside to this is that it oxidises as soon as it goes on the skin, so I would suggest getting a slightly lighter shade than you think you’d need. Once its blended in its not that noticeable though, and still looks so good!

Overall all three of these concealers are all incredible and are firm favourites in my makeup collection! I couldn’t recommend them enough!
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My Current Beauty Favourites

I’ve found myself not as into makeup as I’ve always been lately. I’ve had a lot more makeup free days, than days wearing makeup. That being said when I do wear makeup I’ve been going back to the same few products over and over again.

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As a base I’ve been loving the Sleek Lifeproof Foundation. This is a medium coverage foundation, but I’ve been wearing a light layer of it, and its helped to even out my skin tone, and it makes my skin look fresh and natural. I’ve really been trying to embrace my skin lately, and I’ve finally got a skin care routine that I love and is working for me, so this foundation has been great at showing my natural skin, but also evening out my uneven skin tone.

Along side that, I’ve been loving the ColourPop No Filter Concealer. This is such a creamy concealer, with great coverage, which is perfect for me as my under eye circles are SO bad. This also does not crease on me at all, which is rare in a concealer! The only downside is that it oxidises quite a bit, but I find once its been blended in its really not that noticeable. Just go for a shade lighter than you think you’d need.

The last makeup product I’ve really been loving is the Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless pressed powder. I’ve really struggled to find a powder that I can use under my eyes to set my concealer, that doesn’t look cakey or crease instantly, but this one is perfect. I apply it using a power puff and I press it into my skin, and brush away the excess. This has been working so perfectly for me and its so cheap too!

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As I mentioned earlier I’ve found a skin care routine that I’ve been absolutely loving lately, and pretty much all of it is from L’Oreal. The first product I’ve been loving is the Hydra Genius Aloe Water Moisturiser. I’ve been loving this as it’s a gel, rather than a cream and it feels so much lighter on my skin, but still gives my skin the moisture it needs.

The next product is the Smooth Sugars Glow Scrub. This smells incredible and has worked so well on my skin. I use it on dry skin to make it work more effectively, and it makes my skin feel so smooth and soft, but also gives it a really lovely glow. Its not a harsh scrub either, so it feels gentle on the skin, and not like its causing damage like other scrubs I’ve used in the past.

The last product I’ve been obsessed with the is Pure Clay Glow Mask. I use this alongside the Detox mask, which is also amazing. The Glow mask really helps to brighten the appearance of the skin and makes the skin feel so smooth, as it includes exfoliants in it which help to remove dry skin.

My skin has felt amazing, and my bank balance is pretty happy with it to, when compared to all of the Kiehls products I used to use. You can get amazing skin care for a small price and I’m so happy I’ve finally realised this.

A Valentines Makeup Look

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Happy Valentines Day!

I’m not a fan of Valentines Day at all, but I still got inspired by the day to create a pink themed makeup look, so I thought I would share with you how I created it.

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For my base I used the NARS Radiance Primer which gives the skin a gorgeous glowy look, and I then applied the Iconic London Foundation Stick, which I’ve really been loving lately. This gives a really full coverage look, but also manages to look quite natural and dewy on the skin. I used the Rimmel Match perfection concealer, and I cream contoured using a Primark Concealer stick in a dark shade. I set everything in place with the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, and bronzed my face with the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer. For blush I used a Kiko cream blush in the shade Rebel Bouncy. This is quite a dark pink shade, that gives a gorgeous natural blush to the cheeks. Finally to highlight I used a mixture of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam                  Glow kit, and the Kat Von D Alchemist Palette.

IMG_0409Moving onto the eye’s the main product I used was the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette. I thought this would be the perfect palette for a pink, Valentines inspired look as the shades are perfect for it. I used the shade ‘Shy’ as a transition shade through the crease, an then I used the shade ‘Flamingo’ to deepen the crease. I used the shade ‘Moon Dust’ on a flat brush with Fix+ to pack onto the eye lids. The Fix+ is great at intensify shimmery shades. I finally used the shade’s ‘Bossy’ and ‘Man-eater’ to deepen the outer crease of the eye, and to blend the shimmer. I added ‘shy’ and ‘Flamingo’ onto the lower lash line, taking it quite far down to smoke out the look. I used the shade ‘Pink Opal’ from the Kat Von D Alchemist palette in the inner corners, and I applied the Eylure Enchanted lashes.

IMG_0410For my brows I used my absolute favourite product- The Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow, in the shade Dark brown. I absolutely love this as it makes my brows look so defined. Finally for my lips I used Jeffree Star liquid lipstick in Doll Parts with a Tanya Burr lipgloss in the shade ‘DayDream’  on top.

Shopping My Stash | January

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One of my goals for 2018 is to save money, and not spend my money on unnecessary things . So having said that I’ve decided to start ‘Shopping My Stash’. By this I mean, going through my makeup draws, wardrobe and beauty stash and using the products I already have, but barely use.

I have so much makeup, and loads of clothes that I never wear so each month I’m going to make a conscious effort to use things I wouldn’t normally in the hopes that I will re-dicover old favourites and save money during the process.

For my January/February makeup draw I decided to pull out The Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation, Sleek Contouring and Blush Palette, Nars Laguna bronzer,MAC Blankey Lipstick and The Morphe 35W Palette.

I forgot how much I loved the Rimmel Match perfection Foundation! I use the concealer on a daily basis, which I love, and used with the foundation works so lovely on my skin. The coverage is medium, but its build able, and although the shade is a bit light, it works well on my skin type.

The Sleek Contour and Blush Palette is one I have loved time and time again. It’s the perfect palette for travelling as I love and use all three of the shades! The bronzer/contour shade is very similar to the Benefit Hoola, the blush is the perfect dupe for NARS Orgasm and the Highlight is so pretty! I could happily live with just this palette for the rest of my life!

NARS Laguna bronzer was a favourite of mine for a while, before I replaced it with Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess. Since pulling it out I’ve fallen in love with it again. It’s such a good shade for me, and I love the slight shimmer running through it.

The L’Oreal True Match Powder is okay. I bought this when I ran out of my Laura Mercier  Powder, and it worked well for me, but I will be sticking to my favourite Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder.

I’ve not been loving lipstick for quite a while now. I’ve been more than happy to wear a full face of makeup, without any lipstick on, but I’m ready to get out of that habit! I’ve decided to pull out MAC ‘Blankety’ lipstick, as its such a gorgeous nude shade, and its a creamy finish which is my preferred lipstick type. I’ve really been enjoying wearing this again lately.

Lastly for makeup is the Morphe 35W Palette. I bought this ages ago and never really used it. I have so many palettes in my collection that loads tend to get forgotten. This has some lovely shades in and I’ve actually had some lovely comments on my eye makeup since using this, so I’ve been really enjoying this.

Huda Beauty | Warm Brown Obsessions Palette

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I definitely squealed a little bit inside when I saw the teasers for the new Huda Beauty mini palettes on trendmoon! I already own the Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette, so I knew if these were any way as good as that then I would love it!

There are four different palettes to choose from- The Smokey Obsessions Palette, The Warm Brown Obsessions Palette, The Mauve Obsessions Palette and The Electric Obsessions Palette. I was instantly drawn to the gorgeous warm tones of the Warm Brown Palette, and I knew that it would become a staple in my everyday makeup routine.

These palettes retail for an affordable £25 each which I think for the quality, and the brand in general is pretty reasonable, and you can purchase Huda Beauty products from Cult Beauty.

When the palette arrived I was surprised by how small it was. I don’t know why but I was expecting it to be a lot bigger than it is, but now looking at it, it is the perfect size- especially for travelling! The palette comes with a pretty good mirror, and the nine shades, in reasonably sized pans.

So moving onto the actual shades. The palette consists of 8 matte shades, and one shimmer, which I think is okay. I personally really love an all matte eyeshadow look at the moment, so this wasn’t a problem for me at all.

The top row has a Deep Burgundy shade, a bright orange and a dark red (it looks more bright in the swatches). All of these swatched really well. The pigment is really strong and they felt really creamy.

The middle row has a really dark, chocolate brown, a super shimmery gold, and a creamy white. The brown is perfect for deepening up the crease, and the pigment of this is really good. The gold shimmer swatched amazingly! As you can see in the images the pigment is so strong, and it looks so vibrant and bright. I cannot wait to play around with this. As for the creamy white, its the perfect shade to put all over the lid, to set any eye primer you use, and to neutralise the lid.

The bottom row has a peachy, pink shade, a light brown and a rusty red. Again these all swatched really well, the pigment was really strong on all of the shades. The light brown shade is the perfect transition shade for the crease, and the rusty red is such a pretty shade. I can see myself using it a lot.

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So here is a makeup look I created using this palette. I love how the palette performed on the eyes. The colours were pigmented and blended out so easily. The gold shimmer is so intense and pretty, and I absolutely love it. Overall I’m super happy with the palette, and it’s definitely going to be a good one for everyday wear.

On my face-

Foundation- Too Faced Born This Way

Concealer- Rimmel Match Perfection

Powder- Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder

Contour- Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette

Bronzer- Estee Lauder Bronze Godess

Blush- NARS Orgasm

Highlighter- Anastasia Beverly Hills That Glow

Eyes- MAC Painterly Paint pot, Huda Beauty Warm Brown Obsessions Palette

Mascara- L’Oreal False Lash XFiber Xtreme Resist

Lashes- Doll Lash- Grace

Brows- Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow

Lips- Kyile Cosmetics- Love Bite Liquid Lip

 

KatVonD Cardiff Blogger Event

I love a beauty blogger event. The chance to meet new bloggers, try new brands and products, and the goodie bags are always a plus too! When I found out Kat Von D were opening a counter in Debenhams in Cardiff I was so excited! And of course with the new counter came a beauty blogger event, for all of us Cardiff girls to try out some Kat Von D products!

The event was a ticketed event, and the tickets cost £5 each, but you could then redeem that £5 back on products, which is fine by me seeing as I had list of things to pick up.

We took our seats front row and the lovely MUA’s went though an awesome makeup demo using all of Kats products!

The demo started with the base makeup, created by the lovely Dom. Dom created a flawless looking base using the Lock-it Hydrating Primer mixed with the famous Metal Crush Eyeshadow in the shade ‘Thunderstruck’. This gave the skin a really gorgeous, glowy complexion, and was the perfect base to apply the Lock-it foundation on top. She demoed how to use the Shade and Light palette in a really natural way to give the face some really subtle structure, and then finished the base by using ‘Thunderstruck’ again as a highlight.

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Allies was next up to create a really cool, high fashion eye look. To create the eye look she used the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks in the shades ‘Roxy’, ‘Echo’ and ‘A-Go-Go’. I loved that she used the liquid lipsticks as its such a different take on the regular eye makeup look. It showed just how versatile the products were. She started off by applying Roxy all over the lids and bleeding it out. Once that had started to dry she added Echo to random areas of the eye, not really keeping to a specific look, but rather just going with the flow. The two colours started to mix slightly creating a gorgeous dark purple shade. Once this had dried she applied A-Go-Go using a mascara wand. This was a really interesting technique to learn as the mascara wand gave a really different texture to what a brush would give. It really gave the look that ‘High Fashion’ feel to it. The neon orange really stood out against to two darker shades too. To finish the look she used the Alchemist palette and the Setting Spray to add a holographic look. This really tied the look together and it was what convinced me to buy the palette afterwards.

(Images taken from the KVDartistrycardiff Instagram page)

Overall the demo was really interesting and I picked up some many tips to use in the future.

Now onto what I bought and the Goodie bag!

So the one thing that was on the top of my shopping list was the Lock-it Concealer. I’ve never owned a High-end concealer before and I can definitely tell the difference between this and my collection one. This concealer is so thick and creamy, and covers all of my dark circles.

I then picked up a Liquid Lipstick in the shade ‘Ayesha’ which is a lilac purple shade, and its beautiful! Carry on reading to see a makeup look I created using it!

The last thing I bought is the ‘Alchemist palette‘. This is so beautiful, and so versatile too! It can be used as a highlighter, and also as eyeshadows, on the lips, anywhere you want to glow basically. Spray this with a little bit of fixing spray and Oh my, you will be blinded! This is being discontinued soon, so if you want it get it now!

Now onto the goodie bag! We got a travel sized Tattoo Liner which I’m so excited about! I’ve already used this and honestly, its the most incredible liner I’ve ever used. I find most liners leak and spread in my inner corners, but this didn’t do that at all. Amazing!

We also got samples of both fragrances, ‘Saint’ and ‘Sinner’. I much prefer Sinner out of the two, but both are gorgeous scents!

As soon as I got home I had to have a play with all of the products I got! I wanted to create a look really out of my comfort zone. I used a sample of the Lock-it foundation as a  base, and the Lock-it concealer to conceal and highlight.

For eyes I used the Liquid Lipstick in Ayesha and created a cut crease. I normally really struggle doing a cut crease with eye shadow, but I found it so easy using the liquid lipstick! I then used the Tattoo Liner to create a winged liner, and went over that with the Alchemist palette, ombreing the different shades along the line. I also used both the Liquid lipstick and the Alchemist palette on my lips.

Overall I love this look, and the event was such a great night! I’m looking forward the next one coming up soon!

Shopping My Stash

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So as of right now, I’ve finished uni for the time being, and I’m working part time, meaning money is pretty tight at the moment. It’s gotten to the point now where I’m not really able to treat myself to new bits of makeup whenever I feel like it, and splurging on some new clothes. So I’m taking the opportunity to go through my humongous stash of makeup and rediscover some bits that I used to love, and to try some products I’ve not really given a go yet.

The Bobbi Brown Long-wear Cream Shadow Sticks used to be a favourite of mine. I have three shades of these and I used to wear them all the time. They are perfect as a cream base for eyeshadow, or blended all over the lid for a really simple eye look. My favourite shade of this is ‘Golden Pink’ and I’m so excited to start using this again.

I purchased the Anastasia Beverly Hills Concealer on a whim and it ended up shoved at the back of my draw, having never been tried. I think now would be the perfect time to give it a go.

I bought the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick from Duty Free about a year ago, and I liked it quite a lot. It didn’t blow me away like other highlighters I’ve tried, but I’m up for giving it another go.

I bought the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette, again on a whim (I need to stop doing that), and I fell in love with it. This was my palette of choice for quite a few months, but then other palettes came in, and it got forgotten amongst the rest. I’m excited to use it again in my daily makeup routine.

Lastly is the Maybelline Fit Me foundation in the Matte finish. I don’t often wear matte foundations so I’m not really sure how this crept into my collection, but I’m up for giving it a go and seeing how I feel about it.

What products have you got stashed away in the bottom of your draws? Let me know in the comments.

My Everyday Makeup | SimplyBeki

Even though I’m an absolute beauty addict and a makeup artist, I find doing my own makeup an absolute chore most days, so I’ve come up with an everyday makeup routine that takes me no time at all, and that looks good to.

So lets take a look at my everyday products…

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For my base I always start off with the Too Faced Hangover Primer. Primer for me is an absolute must, especially if I’m going to be in work all day. This one helps to brighten my skin, and ensures my foundation goes on flawlessly. My everyday foundation changes all the time, depending on what kind of coverage I want on the day. For this particular day I used the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation. This foundation gives a flawless finish, and is a medium coverage. My absolute favourite concealer is the Rimmel Match Perfection concealer. This covers my dark circles really well, whilst also highlighting under my eyes. This also doesn’t crease at all. To bronze up my skin I use the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel. This gives my skin a gorgeous, bronzy glow. And finally to set this all in place I use the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder.  This leaves my skin looking matte, and it feels so lightweight and smooth on the skin.

For contour and blush I’ve been loving my Sleek Contouring and Blush Palette in Light. This is a palette I constantly go back to, due to the pigmentation and blend-ability of all of the powders. This is my must have when I’m traveling. To highlight I’ve been obsessed with the NYX Strobe of Genius palette, especially the purple shade. Its not a subtle highlighter, but I absolutely love how different it is.

Moving onto eyes, I’ve been obsessed with the NARS Loaded Palette. I use the shade ‘Castille’ all over the lid and blended into the crease, and then a small amount of ‘Privilege’ on the centre of the lid and in the inner corners. Its a super simple look, but I love it. For mascara I’ve been loving the KIKO Maxi-Mod Mascara, which unfortunately was limited edition, and is no longer available. I love the small wand, as it gets all of my lashes covered, and it really adds loads of volume to my lashes.

My absolute favourite product for my brows is the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade. I use the shade medium brown, and I fill in my brows using this. To set them in place I use the Sleek Brow Gel.

For lips I tend to switch it up depending on the day, but for the most part I will usually wear a nude shade. The one I’m wearing now is MAC Faux.

My Favourite Palettes | High End..

I’m a sucker for a good eyeshadow palette, and since studying makeup I’ve built up quite the collection of High End Palettes. I love a good neutral shade, but I also love a palette with a bit of colour and originality, and thats what I love about these four palettes.

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The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette is a favourite among many people and for good reason! The orange and red tones in this palette are so beautiful and are perfect for the Autumn season. As you can see from the image above Primavera’ is a favourite of mine. I love using this shimmery champagne shade all over the lid, or just in the inner corners. I also adore the shade‘Burnt Orange’ all over my lid and blended out in the crease, on its own for a statement orange eye.

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I was so excited when I saw the shades in the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. It has so many beautiful neutral shades, with a few more unusual colours thrown in too. I absolutely love the shade ‘Bless her heart’ which is a khaki green shade. This looks stunning blended on the lower lash line. ‘Luscious’ is a mother beautiful shade, which is perfect all over the lid. Not only are the colours of this palette gorgeous, but it also smells on Peaches which is amazing.

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The Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette is so beautiful! The pigmentation of this palette is amazing and the glitters are so good! ‘Black Truffle’ is honestly the best black eyeshadow I’ve ever used. The colour selection of these shadows are stunning. ‘Henna’ is my absolute fave from this palette, and ‘Flamingo’ is such a gorgeous bright colour if your feeling more daring.

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The NARSissist Loaded palette is the newest addition to my collection, and probably my favourite out of all of these palettes. All of the shades are so wearable, and the pigmentation of these is insane. The shadows have such a creamy texture and blend out beautifully. My absolute favourite shade is ‘Castille’ which is a gorgeous warm, brown shade, which is perfect for an all over, everyday eye look.

 

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these palettes before and what you thought of them!