Tray It Up

This week I’ve decided to share my favourite relaxing bath time trick!

Well, it’s not really a trick, but this is something that I now cannot be without when it comes to chilling in the tub! Of course, you’ve got your candle for some mood lighting and a beautiful fragrance, and a bath bomb to add soothing oils and extra bubbles, but this little beauty is guarantee to up the ante.

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Introducing the fabulous bath tray!

This was something that I’d seen floating around on Instagram. It’s been featured in posts from my favourite bloggers like Little Lauren and posts from name-brands like The White Company.

They look great on the bath but they’re practical too, giving you a little shelf for your bathtime goodies and treats. Whether you love a bathtime read or prefer to use the time to relax with a facemask, body scrub, and candles, there’s no end to the help that this little guy provides.

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I’ve seen people adding laptops and tablets to their little trays too – admittedly the perfect opportunity to catch up on missed TV – but, to be honest, I’m not that brave!

Another trick I’ve seen is to use the tray for a drink and some snacks, though be careful not drop them in the water. A chocolate-tinged bath doesn’t bear thinking about!

 

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There are lots of different types and colours of bath trays and some even come with specific holes for holding your glass of wine or tablet, check this one out from Wayfair.

If like me you prefer something simple, a white wooden tray with room for all your bath time essentials, you can find my bath tray from, Dunelm here, and at only £10 personally I think it’s a bargain!

Found a great use for your bath tray? I’d love to hear about it!

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Feeling Flushed

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Okay, I know. I’m back to one of my all-time favourite brands… but they’re my favourite for a reason!

This week I’m focussing on‘Naked Flushed – Naked’, a cheek palette I received as an extra little gift for Christmas. I’d been holding off on using it as I’ve not really used a cheek palette before. (I know, I’m a bit behind the times!) I’m not really sure why, either, as I love an eyeshadow palette!

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This particular palette includes a super silky bronzer, highlighter, and blush in a gorgeous medium pink shade. All three colours complement each other beautifully. I’ve been using this palette for a few weeks now, and I’ve found it best to use each colour separately. Of course, this makes the application more precise, but I’m not sure I like the idea of making a mess by blending in the palette.

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So, let’s look at the colours individually.

Starting with the bronzer, the formula is both silky and buildable. I use myReal Techniques contour brush to achieve a soft, bronzed contour. It’s also great for lightly contouring your nose and jaw line.

Next in line is the gorgeous highlighter: rose-tinted to create an enviable glow.

Last, but by no means least, is my favourite part of the trio – the beautiful blush. Used with theReal Techniques blush brush , this creates a perfectly flushed look. With this amazing duo, I usually end up looking a bit over-blushed!

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Let’s be honest – I was always going to love this palette, wasn’t I? I mean, it’s by Urban Decay! Is there a cheek palette out there you think I’ll love too?

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xx

Life is Rosy

I think we can all agree that when a beauty product claims to include natural ingredients, our inner green thumb emerges and makes it even more desirable.

I was so excited to receive this beautiful little set in the post from Garnier to celebrate their 96% natural origins Rose Water range. It includes Botanical Day Cream, Soothing Botanical Cleansing Milk and a Maybelline Colour Sensational in Peach Buff. and comes in an adorable little make-up bag with ‘Life is Rosy #clearlynatural’ printed on the front.

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To start off, I tried using the cleansing milk. As a lover of the Garnier Micellar cleansing water, I was keen to try a cleansing milk to compare the two textures. As you’d expect, the milk has a creamier and more soothing feel to it. Combined with the delicate fragrance from the rose water, this product is a real treat for your skin. (And your senses!)

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This little cleanser gently removes the day’s makeup and leaves you feeling calm and refreshed – a perfect way to wash the day away! Made with Rose Water, it’s jam-packed with antioxidants and vitamins to leave your skin feeling firm, floral, and vibrant.

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I love the fact that Garnier sent a beautiful Peach Buff lipstick in their kit too. When you’re achieving soft and supple skin, it’s important not to forget about your sensitive lips. This lipstick is moisturising, but matte a hugely popular finish at the moment. The colour is obviously gorgeous: a beautiful blush pink infused with golden nude pigments to achieve a warm tone.

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Also in the set is the beautiful Botanical Day Cream, again packed with antioxidants to help protect your skin against daily pollutants. This moisturisers is specially formulate to protect and soothe, making your skin smooth and supple again.

Again, the rose scent is subtle rather than overbearing, as some rose-scented products can be. The fragrance is delicate, and feels almost vintage as it was so popular back in the day.

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The range also includes a Soothing Botanical Toner and a 3 in 1 Soothing Rose Botanical Balm that I love the sound of due to its versatility. I might have to add it to my New Year shopping list…

Have you tried any of the Garnier Rose Water range, or a product with rose as the key ingredient?

Let me know in the comments or come find me on instagram or twitter 😀

Xx

Liquid Chrome

For this week’s post I was once again swayed by a little marketing email from Barry M!

With Christmas just around the corner, I wanted to invest in a new festive gold nail polish. As if they’d read my mind, I received an email from Barry M about their new liquid chrome nail varnish. I knew immediately that this was the one!

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I absolutely love the packaging of Barry M’s nail polish. Being square, they fit perfectly in my nail polish storage, neatly lined up and in colour order. But gold was a colour I was missing. Being Barry M, I had no doubts that this would be a good, strong nail polish, and so didn’t hesitate to buy Bright Lights!

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I can’t begin to explain how reflective this product is. The end product is the closest I’ve seen to a chrome powder effect in a polish. Naturally, this features the same amazing brush that comes with all Barry M polish. It’s slightly curved and tapered at the end to create the perfect shape for painting the bottom of the nail bed. This little brush makes painting your nails at home so, so easy! (Even with your other hand!)

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While I was there, I also picked up the rose version of Liquid Chrome, Razzle Dazzle. It’s a gorgeous rose gold with the same chrome-effect finish as Bright Lights, and is perfect for any season. I’ve found that when painting my nails, this formula does dry slightly matte, showing any bumps on your natural nails. I recommend a little buff out first, followed by a top coat to ensure a smooth, reflective finish.

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I still can’t stop looking at the polish itself! It’s so satisfying!

 

Check out my Instagram for more pics of the polish! I’d love to know what you think!

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Xx

November Empties

This post is dedicated to all you beautiful bloggers out there who have ever done an empties post, these have to be one of my favourites to read. I love finding out what everyone has been loving (or hating) throughout the month, so I decided to keep hold of my empties to do the same.

First empty of the month is the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser in Grapefruit & Patchouli, I loved this cleanser have honestly been a bit lost without it! I won’t go into too much detail on this first product as I have written a post previously about it, you can find out more here.

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Next up is my hero beauty product, I adore this cleansing water. It’s a product I use religiously every day to either take my makeup off or freshen up in the morning. It’s gentle formula soothes my skin too always leaving it feeling clean and refreshed. Once again you can find out more in one of my previous posts here.

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A new addition to my daily routine the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer, I really enjoyed using this product as anything thats a two in one product is always a bonus! Saving a little time on preparing your skin for makeup is aways a good start to the day plus it helps if you’re anything like me and usually forget to use primer until half way through foundation application.

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This moisturiser was soft and creamy, almost a yogurt texture, but I cant help but feel a slight silicone texture too. I’m assuming this was the primer part of the double benefit product, which did put me off a little bit as all can imagine is putting plastic or jelly on my face.

Other than the slight jelly texture to the product overall I did enjoy using it, I felt it provided a great makeup base and kept my skin hydrated throughout the day.

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Next is another daily essential for me, my Urban Decay setting spray that is so old but always needed! This is another product I’ve dedicated a post already to so find out more here.

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last up is my favourite perfume ever, to be fair any perfume from Victoria Secret is amazing! This one was a gift from my boyfriend last Christmas so I’ve kept it just for using for best and nights out.

It’s a sweet fragrance which suits me perfectly as this is always the ones I go for. It has a mix of both floral and fruity scents that give it a young and vibrant feel.

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Also this bottle is so sweet with its little black bow on the side, it looks great on your dressing table too.

Have you tried any of my November empties? Let me know in the comments below or find me on instagram or twitter 😀

Xx

Roll & Refresh

This week has been a bit hectic to say the least so I am so thankful for this little treat to brighten up my dull dark circles, yes I know I need more sleep but who has time for that! Christmas is coming!

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I’ve been looking for an eye roll on for a while as my eyes get dry end up watering which then leaves the creases of my eyes dry and irritable I’ve tried using some eye creams overnight but they never seemed to help too much. So off I went in search of one with a rollerball with the theory that this would help. (Not sure where I got that from but there we go!)

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After a bit of a search I found a few, one included the Garnier 5-in-1 BB eye roll on, in theory this fitted the bill but I wasnt keen on something tinted around my eye area as I thought this would just add to the irritation and not soothe it. Also if it was to dry out, I would end up with nice cracks around my eyes looking like major crows feet! Not attractive lets say. Have any of you tried it?

So neither the less I was once again attracted by marketing, this time from The Body Shop. I’ve always been a fan of The Body Shop and their values, I’ve even previously worked in my local Lakeside store, so was quite pleased to discover their Pomegranate Firming & Refreshing Eye Roll-On. I know Pomegranate smells amazing and provides health benefits from eating or drinking it so why would it not be good for your skin?

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Firstly, I do like the simplicity of the packaging, it didn’t come in a box, just a simple clear screw cap, I guess an eye roll on doesn’t really need any explanation, but I do like a nice box.

Anyway, It’s a lovely bright red in colour to reflect the red of the Pomegranate, with the shiny ball roller at the end. The actual product is almost like a serum you simply roll under and around your eye for instant refreshment and with continued use I am starting to feel the skin around my eyes skin firming up.

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I’m definitely going to continue using this roll-on as it has almost certainly helped with my dry eyes especially in the mornings.

Is there anything else you’ve tried to help with dry eyes? Let me know in the comments below or find me on instagram or twitter 😀

xx

Miracle Masks

Can I just start by saying how much I love facemasks, they remind me of girly sleepovers talking about rubbish, eating pizza and painting each others nails in crazy colours… and dots 😉

So in order to put out a massive hint to my best friend that we need to do this again, and to show my love for some of the face masks out there I’ve decided to dedicate my instagram posts and my blog this week to trying them out. #facemaskweek

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First up is a mask that I’ve been wanting to try for ages! I love the idea of a sheet mask with the hope of it being less messy but still with great results. After following the Garnier UK instagram account after posting about the Micellar Water, I noticed them posting a lot about this tissue mask with everyone commenting it had left them with great results.

I applied the mask after cleansing my face from makeup first and whilst relaxing in the bath to try and get the full benefits of a chilled face mask application. With this mask you simply unfold it and lay over your face, I’d recommend a mirror handy to make sure you get the eye holes in the right place. You then peel off the protective blue layer and smooth out the edges to the curves of your face. The tissue mask is covered in a serum with Chamomile extract and hyaluronic acid that intensely hydrates and comforts your skin while you relax.

I loved the texture of this mask, it really felt as though it was ‘doing something’ and made me sit still which was an added bonus. If you do use it while in the bath as I did just be careful not to get too hot as I found having something covering my face and in a hot bath started to overheat a bit and I think I cut the 15 minute time a bit short.

Overall though I loved this sheet mask and will hopefully try some of the others out after payday 😉

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Next I decided to try the clayMask® from Medik8®, this mask has a thick almost clay like consistency which I’m guessing is where its name comes from. I wanted to give this mask a try as it will hopefully help absorb excess oil on my skin and prevent my pores from clogging.

This mask did leave my skin feeling really clean and fresh afterwards, however it was difficult and messy to apply, but that’s half the fun of a facemask right! I also liked the sound of this mask as it’s ingredients include plant extracts like Passionflower and Willow Bark together with Cranberry Fruit, which to me sounds like would be a good cocktail too!

 

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The 7th Heaven masks are the masks of teenage sleepovers all over the UK I can imagine, I know they were a firm favourite of mine, and still are to be honest! I decided to go back to them and try some new ones as well as one of my favourites, the Passion Peel off. I love these masks as not only are they all peel off ones which are so satisfying to peel off once they’ve dried, It’s like that feeling when you used to peel dried glue off your fingers!

I’ve not had a chance to try these all out yet but the one I’m most looking forward to testing out is the Black Seaweed Peel Off, I’ve always been a lover of seaweed as a skincare ingredient mainly due to it reminding me of being by the sea, which always calms me but I know it’s also good for oily prone skin, having used the Body Shop seaweed range previously.

 

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The Passion Peel Off is one of my favourites though, partly due to its fruity smell of Pineapple and Papaya as well as how soft and refreshed it leaves your skin. Once applied you’ll look a bit red and very shiny, but once its all dried up and you peel away the pale pink mask along with all your dead skin cells, you’re left with a completely refreshed complexion, don’t forget to moisturise on top though as this one can dry your skin out a little.

 

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After the success with the Garnier tissue mask I decided to have a little delve into a few more sheet mask’s, having finally scouted out the Soap & Glory sheet masks in boots, (Found them in the third boots I tried!) I decided to try out the Pore-Refining Mask and the Radiance-Boosting Mask. Firstly can I just say how much I love their packaging, I’m not usually a fan of ‘gimic’ packaging or a lot going on design wise, but somehow Soap & Glory manage to make theirs look great I almost don’t want to use them to ruin it!

Again I haven’t had a chance to try these ones out yet, but planning on a little pamper this weekend so keep an eye on my instagram story to find out how I get on!

 

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Still yet to find a face mask that I’m absolutely in love with, so if anyone has any suggestions of their favourites please let me know!!

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Gorgeous sweep

This post is so overdue, these brushes are gorgeous! They’re so soft so your makeup glides on and I mean they look stunning so what’s not to love!

My collection isn’t complete (yet) but these beauties from the Bold Metals collection really are my staple brushes.

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First is the Real Techniques Bold Metals 101 which to be honest I need two of! I keep using this brush for applying concealer around the redness on my nose and around my eyebrows but I’ve recently started using  it with eyeshadow in the eye creases. With its dense cluster of bristles and tapered end it works so well to apply darker colours nice and precise.


Next up is the 301 stippling brush perfect for applying liquid foundation. I’ve recently cleaned this one as got a bit too mucky! I use this brush to apply the first layer of foundation and usually then go over the top with my beauty blender. Again with this brush you get loads of bristles packed in and with them so soft leaves you with a perfectly even coverage.


Possibly my favourite brush of the collection, the 300. I use this brush for applying blusher or highlighter, I’m currently using the MAC Soft & Gentle mineralise skinfinish in B16 which has a slight bronze colour to it hence the brown tinge on the brush. This brush is lovely for applying highlight and blush with its tapered end and long bristles.


Lastly is the largest of the Bold Metals collection, the 100. This brush is great for fixing powder and overall blending your face together, it’s also a great touch up brush and again so soft, so yep one of those brushes you just sweep across your face for the hell of it! We all do it…


There’s a few others in the Bold Metals collection that I hope to add after Christmas. Do any of you have them already and would recommend?

What’s in my bag?

If your anything like me, your always carrying round a load of rubbish in your bag, so I decided to have a little clear out of all the receipts and odd bits of paper or packets. Whilst doing this I remembered all the ‘what’s in my bag’ YouTube videos I’d watched previously and figured why not do a blog post on it? Everyone is a bit nosey right?!  I like to call it curious.

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So here goes, all photographed on my scarf blanket, which I adore! (think will need its own post!)

I carry all my bits and bobs and essentials in my gorgeous Kurt Geiger Saffiano Tote bag which my boyfriend kindly bought for me last Christmas. I love it with its little zip compartment in the middle for all the important stuff, I keep my purse in there all safe and sound. Plus two large main sections either side and then another two thin sections next to that, which are very handy for quick access to say lipstick and mirror. Mine is in one of my favourite colours, grey with little gold detailing, I love the structure of the bag too it holds its shape and sits perfectly on your arm without looking oversized. It comes with a longer strap tucked inside too which is handy to whip out when you need both hands after buying too much shopping!!

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Onto product wise now and first up is my Medik8 Hydr8 B5 hand cream, it has an SPF 25 along with anti-pollution technology which helps protect your hands from the world! Another plus it smells great too, a lovely light lemon scent, a little squidge on your hands and it instantly gets to work, it doesn’t feel greasy or take ages to rub in like some hand creams so no sitting there with fingers spread waiting for it to dry!

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Next is the Perfect Match La Touche Magique from Loreal in the shade Rose Beige, I use this more as a concealer to hide bags under my eyes and any blemishes which decide to appear (loads right now for some reason) it’s lighter than my skin colour so brightens up my colour, teamed with my foundation on top and I’m left with a clear base to start my daily contour. The highlighting concealer comes with a brush attached for easy application and you simply twist the bottom to release the product up into the brush, simple! The brush is nice and soft too which makes application even and quick. This product is also good of outlining your brows, I do use a smaller brush to do this neatly though.

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Next, if your following me on Instagram you may have already seen me mention this little beauty, the compact powder in invisible matte from Clinique. I love using this to touch up my makeup throughout the day, and as its translucent you aren’t left with the caked on look, which nobody loves to be honest. The compact comes with a handy touch up sponge and a large mirror on top, perfect handbag essential!

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An all time favourite of mine, due to both packaging and product! I love the twist up compact design of the CHANEL Coco Mademoiselle eau de toilette. It just attracts you with its pearly white case and gold top, you twist the top half and up pops the gold top to spritz. And the perfume, oh my its gorgeous! I feel like everyone loves this perfume and its no wonder! It is expensive I’ll be honest, but 100% worth it, with the compact kit you get 3x refills along with the on the go casing. Love love love.

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This little one is a relatively new addition to my bag with thanks to my sister, she bought me this MAC lipstick for my birthday back in July. I love the red design and slightly sparkly black packaging, makes it feel that bit more special compared to the regular ones. This one is the Viva Glam 2 a muted pink-beige with shimmer, I love the colour was the perfect choice for my first MAC lipstick!

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Lastly is my handbag essential I can’t be without, I think I have one at work on my desk, one by my bed and one in my bag! Maybe slightly obsessed you could say! It’s the one and only Baby lips from Maybelline in Dr Rescue – Menthol. It’s so caring and hydrating for your lips and has a slight minty fragrance which leaves you feeling fresh and clean. One you definitely need in your handbag!

Other than the obvious keys, phone purse, umbrella and even a notebook are there any beauty essentials you must have in your bag?

 

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Primark Beauty

When it comes to everyday makeup of course it’s lovely to be able to use high-end brands for a bit of everyday luxury but sometimes all you need is a £4 palette from Primark, or Pri-marni as we like to call it!

To be honest the beauty section in my local Primark Lakeside has grown enormously in the past year or so, providing numerous brushes, palettes, lipstick’s, nail varnish and even faux eyelashes (that my sister swears by). Now they’ve even expanded their facemask range, which is definitely next on my list to try out.

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Along with the huge beauty product choice, they also have various accessories to compliment and enhance the range. Who doesn’t love a cute new makeup bag, one that hasn’t lost it’s original colour to a nice tan brown from a mixture of foundation and bronzer that’s leaked all over the place.

This gorgeous nude pink and copper bag was today’s choice, I’m a lover of a dusky pink or nude, teamed with the on trend copper (or rose gold if you want to poshen it up) this little beauty is literally perfect. What’s even better about this bag? It’s huge! Plenty of room to fit your moisturiser through to complete makeup kit and who knows even your fixing spray. With two separated compartments you could even organise your makeup inside, think I’m going for prep and face products in one section and eyes and brows in the other but to be honest even considering the size I’m not sure it would all fit!

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The two sections are beautifully separated by two chunky rose gold zips (because we want to poshen it up) with little faux leather handles for ease of opening finally a simple handle on top to carry. So when your bestie says “come get ready at mine” chuck it all in and your away! 

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My second purchase was this little eye shadow palette, I was drawn in by the current trend in the reds and oranges for eye makeup as well as the complimenting light colours, perfect for the inner creases. I was quite impressed with the packaging of his palette too a simple flip top design with a slight magnetic to keep it closed. The name MASTER EYE PALETTE teamed with the gold text on the clear top casing this adds a touch of trust that the shadows inside are going to be good. 

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After having a little play with swatches I was quite impressed with how pigmented the colours are, I’m loving the cherry shades too. All so bright and vibrant, will be a perfect compliment to the autumn weather now on its way in full force, of course teamed with a little highlight on the brow bone. I’ve not had a chance to have a play with layering these up yet however can already see how nicely they are going to work together, so many possibilities! 

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To be completely honest this is the first time at giving something a go from the Primark beauty range, I mean it’s not going to replace my beloved Urban Decay Naked palettes, but I’m very impressed, just goes to show you don’t always need to break the bank.

 

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