Urban Decay Naked Heat

Now this is something that caught my eye a few months back in its build up to release, being a big Urban Decay fan and knowing how good their other Naked eyeshadow palettes are I knew this was going to be something not to be missed. I always fall for a well marketed new product!
My god does it not disappoint! 12 new hot shades perfect for creating a gorgeous burnt orange and copper toned look, which is definitely a favourite on Instagram right now, team with a simple eyeliner flick and you’re set to go.
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Yet again Urban Decay do not let me down on the packaging, hats off to their packaging design team! However they did surprise me with a little slide out design as apposed to the other Naked Palettes simple open top box design, not that I’m complaining at all, having it this way adds to the excitement of opening it for the first time!
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With the crackled eyeshadow colours on a beautiful copper, gold holographic card box with raised Naked Heat in gold foiling (and we all love a bit of foiling) this will 100% catch your eye both in store and on your vanity table. No detail has been spared with this palette, as inside the box features a match in 12 stages of being burnt out, each one to represent the 12 shadow colours within the actual palette.
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Opening the palette certainly doesn’t disappoint either, a mixture of matt and glitter shadows you just know they are going to look hot. The palette comes with the usual Naked palette layout having a mirror in the lid and a unique brush so you can always perfect your look on the go. Personally I’m not a lover of the brushes that come with the Naked palettes as I find them a bit too big for my eyes, I usually end up using them just to brush away excess shadow from my cheeks.
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After having a quick test today using ‘sauced’ as a base colour, a warm orangey-brown shade. I then added my two favourites ‘he devil’ a deeper red tone topped with ‘scorcher’ a gorgeous burgundy glitter shade onto the outer creases. Lastly I finished the shadow with mixing ‘ounce’ and ‘chaser’ to the inner corners and blended it all together.
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I loved this mix of colours and cannot wait to experiment with the shade combinations a bit more, are there any mixes that you’ve tried and recommend?

The Little Ledge

It’s the little things in life that make a difference right, a simple smile, someone spelling your name right or even bagging a bargain!

 

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For me it’s the same thing with my room, having recently decorated my tiny room it was finally time for the exciting part – the little extra’s!

 

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Don’t get me wrong I loved picking out my gorgeous textured wallpaper (that my sister now uses as a selfie backdrop) along with its matching paint, and building a beautiful spacious wardrobe (with some much-needed help from my boyfriend of course), but now is really the good bit.

 

The main part that has brought the room together is something so little, the brilliant little IKEA ledges. Call them a mini shelf if you like but they are simply perfect, I believe they come in both black and white along with two different sizes, 55mm and 115mm so perfect for somewhere to stylishly put up all your little bits and pieces.

 

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The reason I love these so much is not only are they less invasive on the room as they are only 12mm wide, but the flexibility you have with what you can display, I can change how they look every month if I wanted to! A perfect little platform for your photo frames, prints, candles, plants, mirrors or any form of little pretty nic nac’s that you have to make your room your’s. (yes, that is a cork you can see)

 

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I’m loving my layout of frames and nic nac’s at the moment, but before you ask, yes I’m working on getting some pictures taken to go in them!

 

Home spa with Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser

We all love an at home pamper night, chilled out and stress free and lets face it an excuse for some ‘me time’. (and candles obviously)

After having my birthday a few weeks ago I received the lovely gift of a Liz Earle Limited Edition Grapefruit and Patchouli Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. Yep a bit of a mouthful of a name but such a treat for your skin.

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First though, I had to take a moment for the packaging, the cleanser itself came in an aluminium tube, with the unique cleanser design neatly wrapped around it. The design on the tube and bottle have a delicate looking and lightly sketched lemon, grapefruit and floral pattern, which instantly gives you an idea of what the product inside will be like.

To give the product that Limited Edition ‘sparkle’ the Liz Earle logo along with the word ‘LIMITED EDITION’ feature on the tube in silver foiling, an expensive finishing method but totally worth it in my eyes. That little bit of shimmer catches the light and adds a certain luxury feel to the packaging.

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The cleanser itself is a rich creamy texture with a scent that instantly bursts through. The scent to me is that literal smell you think of when you think of a spa, the fresh zesty Grapefruit fragrance mixed with the woodyness of the Patchouli. Close your eyes and you could be in a 5* spa.

After using the cleanser a few times now it really does work, my skin feels clean and baby soft all thanks to the naturally active ingredients; coca butter with it’s rich moisture, along side the toning and soothing properties of rosemary and chamomile. I’ve found this cleanser also provides a great base for my makeup, well moisturised skin holds my makeup for longer and provides a clean base for foundation.

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This Hot Cloth Cleanser has always been a favourite of mine and with the new scents introduced its going to be hard to resist starting a collection!

The Rose and Lavender scented one is 100% next on my list, have you tried it already? What did you think?

 

 

The feeling of colour

Starting a blog is much like when you buy a new notebook, you’re greeted with that first blank page, what to write or draw? A little poem? or a simple sketch? or even just your name? Either way you’ll get it wrong and want to start again.

So Instead of  having that dreaded feeling I thought I’d start with something simple, something everyone can relate to, colour… or color even if your American or live life in the land of HMTL.

Isn’t it weird how it can change your mood, or your perception even?

Take for example a simple rose, I’m guessing a pink or red one comes to mind first as these are what we see most often be it in florists or on beauty packaging or fragrances. Already they are giving off a loving and delicate vibe as well as a slight bit of sass thanks to the flamenco dancers.

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So what about the white, yellow and even black roses? White I’m feeling a wedding vibe, there’s a feeling of innocence and grace with a white rose.

Yellow to me is a happy rose a friendly one, that you could have a laugh with. Whereas black forms a darkness on the delicate texture of a rose, giving off a grieving feel along with an untold sadness.

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So all in all colour can change how we feel, especially if we’re wearing it, so why not add some colour into your beauty regime? Try that bright green face mask, the fluorescent pink eyeshaddow, or even go bold with a red lip?

How did it make you feel?