Anastasia Beverly Hills : Self made palette first impressions

It’s here, it’s here!! 

  
My first ever Anastasia Palette! 

  
   
Shown above with & without flash.

Isn’t it just perfect 😍 I can’t wait to  try it out. I really like the packaging and the brush seems really good quality. 

I’ll get swatches up ASAP. 

Have you used any of the Anastasia palettes before? 

What did you think of them? 

Let me know in the comments 

I purchased mine from Cult beauty for £26 (free delivery) however it’s now out of stock, but you can add your details Here to be first in line as soon as its back in stock. It will be worth the wait, trust me 😉

Enjoy the rest of your weekend

Sam 🙂 x

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Clarria Cosmetics: Foundation review & swatches

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I finally received my products from Clarria! Eeeek! Couldn’t contain my excitement when they arrived!

If you’ve seen my previous post on Clarria cosmetics then you’ll know what they are all about. But for those that haven’t check it out here.

I was really surprised at how broad the range of shades were, considering there is only 7 at the moment.

I tested the lightest 3 on my face and shade Lucky 003 was literally made for me, its the perfect shade.

Application:

I applied with my Real techniques buffing brush & it blended seamlessly into my skin. The coverage I would say is medium, but I’m having a bad skin week due to the weather so needed a little extra coverage. So with my damp beauty blender I added a little extra where needed. Its build able so I easily achieved the coverage I required.

Wearabilty:

Well 11 hours on and it still looks as perfect as it did when I applied. I haven’t used a primer (which is completely alien to me) so I could see its true staying power.

Swatches:

In natural light top to bottom 001,002,003,004,005,006,007

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With flash same order as above L-R

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Below: Me wearing Clarria flawless foundation in shade 003. Both taken in natural light.  Taken in the morning straight after application.
 12 hours after application. 

Overall I’m a big fan already! I can’t wait to see the other products awaiting launch. 

For more information on Clarria cosmetics and what’s to come check out their blog here

Clarria cosmetics Instagram

To purchase click here

Would you try it? What do you think so far?

Whats to come:

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Self Made palette Is winging its way to me as I type,so as soon as it arrives Ill be sure to share it with you all. I can’t contain my excitement!

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Sam 🙂 x

Gwen Stefani for Urban Decay! 

  
Urban Decay were teasing us this afternoon by posting a sneak peek of their new palette that comes from their collaboration with Gwen Stefani.  

 

First Impressions:OMG take my money already!! 15 shades of gorgeousness- get on my eyelids now please! 

They say it’s coming at the end of the year. In time for Christmas maybe? If so could someone kindly show this to my husband? Thank you in advance 😘

Are you as excited as I am? 

Let me know what you think 

However in the mean time the next one which will finally be available in the UK is the spectrum palette 

  
A little less ‘everyday wear’ than the Gwen palette but it’s beautiful none the less. And obviously I just HAVE to own it. 

  

Any new releases you guys are excited about?

Drop me some links 🙂 

Enjoy the rest of your week lovelies

Sam 🙂 x

Too faced romantic eye palette: swatches & review 

Anyone who reads my blog on a regular or knows me personally will know my love for Too faced cosmetics. I literally love everything Too faced! Excellent quality and beautifully packaged products. And the chocolate bar & Cocoa contour products? Erm HELLO! who doesn’t want pretty cosmetics that do what they say on the tin and smell like chocolate?! 

I own many too faced items but there are still sooooooo many more on my wishlist. 

I’ve owned this palette for a couple of months now and wanted to share its fabulousness with you guys. 

 
9 pretty, girly shades that are suitable for day & evening wear. With matte, satin & shimmer shades the amount of looks you can create are endless. And check out the names! 

 Shown here in natural light
  Shown here with flash 
Colours from L-R: 

  • Un veil
  • First dance
  • Bouquet toss
  • Soul mates
  • Kiss the bride 
  • I do
  • Cut the cake 
  • Honeymoon
  • Ever after 

Pigmentation is perfect and the shades blend like butter. As always too faced are consistent with their shadows. 

The tutorial cards are really easy to follow especially for beginners.  And as I already said its so easy to go from day to night with this cute little palette.

For day I wear bouquet toss all Over the lid, soul mates as a brow bone highlight & inner corners. Then for night just add either unveil or first dance to the upper & lower lash lines & outer corners of the eyes and your good to go! 

It’s definitely up there with my favourites. 

Here’s a look I created at the weekend using shades: soul mates to highlight, bouquet toss as a base, I do in the crease & unveil on he outer corners & lower lash line.   

Have you tried the Too faced Romantic eye palette? 

Let me know what you thought in the comments section 🙂 

This weeks manicure

It might be Autumn but Im not ready to give up my bright shades just yet! This week I’m wearing Gelish in ‘scandalous’ a gorgeous bright red.  

 

Is there anything particular you guys would like to see on the blog? 

Let me know in the comments 

Hope you enjoyed.

Sam 🙂 x 

    Olympia beauty haul part 2: Swatches!

    Happy friday people! I hope this week has treated you well?

    As promised here are the swatches from my little Olympia beauty show haul. See part 1 here

    My show purchases

    My show purchases

    NYX butter glosses

    I always have at least one butter gloss in by bag at all times. They give a lovely wash of colour that isnt too over the top for every day wear. Definitely a make up bag must have for me.

    Tiramisu & Madeline

    Tiramisu & Madeline

    with flash

    Natural light without flash 

    with flash

    With flash

    NYX Butter lipstick

    Lovely feeling on the lips although very sheer. If you don’t like anything too heavy coverage wise then this is for you. I’d be interested in hearing what some of the darker colours are like though. So if you’ve tried them link me to reviews please 🙂

    Snow cap

    Snow cap

    Without flash in natural light

    Without flash in natural light

    With flash

    With flash

    NYX High voltage lipstick

    This is my favourite lipstick ever! I love it more than (dare I say it) VELVET TEDDY!! It stays on for hours and is so pigmented you literally just need one sweep and it gives perfect coverage. I am 1005 buying more for my pro make up kit.

    'Stone'

    ‘Stone’

    Without flash in natural light

    Without flash in natural light

    With flash

    With flash

    NYX Eyeshadows

    These are really highly pigmented and for like £4.50 I think they were a bargain!

    Without flash in natural light

    Without flash in natural light

    With flash

    With flash

    Inglot amc gel liner in black 

    I’m still new to wearing eye liner myself but this is a pretty intense black liner which can be hard to find. Its easy to apply and glides on like a dream. However once its on it will not budge so if (like me) you find it hard to get your liner right first time remember a little goes a long way, also have some make up remover and q tips handy for any mistakes so you can clean up quickly before it dries. Don’t say you haven’t been warned!

    Gel liner in Black

    Gel liner in Black

    Without flash in natural light

    Without flash in natural light

    With flash

    With flash

    Milani Bronzer & Blush

    These had been on my wishlist for some time. I mean just look at them, what girl wouldn’t love them?? And they didn’t fail to impress. I love a coral blush on myself and I also find it suits many other skin tones but some are afraid to try it & are put off by the colour thinking it wont suit them.

    Go on, try it and let me know what you think!

    Milani Bronzer in 'Amber nectar' & Blush in 'Coral rose'

    Milani Bronzer in ‘Amber nectar’ & Blush in ‘Coral rose’

    Simply beautiful!

    Simply beautiful!

    Taken in natural light

    Taken in natural light

    This weeks manicure!

    I’m still sporting shorties but went for a raspberry shade this week.

    Gelish in 'Rendezvous'

    Gelish in ‘Rendezvous’

    Have a fab weekend!

    Sam 🙂 x

    New brand launch: Clarria cosmetics #teamclarria  

      
    I’m So excited to tell you that Clarria cosmetics launched today! 

    I am honoured to have been asked to be a part of this fantastic new luxurious, natural & organic make up brand originating from New York.

    As you all know I haven’t been blogging for very long so to have been noticed by Clarria and being given the fantastic opportunity to blog for them is amazing. 

    I have plenty more posts coming your way so stay tuned.

    In the meantime take a peek here: Instagram: Clarria

    Website: Clarria cosmetics

    Sam 🙂 x

    Olympia Beauty Haul & a quick catch up part 1

    I’m baaaaaack!  

    Had a pretty much non stop weekend with make up classes & the Olympia beauty show.but I’ll give you a quick run down of what I’ve been up to & what I’ve been buying this week 😊 

    Saturday make up class at the Essex hair & make up academy. 

      

    I had the pleasure of meeting Rachel at Essex hair and beauty academy in Brentwood (just off the high street) I’d recently attended a ‘mastering eyes’ course which helped me a great deal so I booked another as eye make up is something I personally struggle to get right. It was a very informative day. I’d definately recommend them for make up training to update your skills or to try something new. I’ve improved so much since attending and the prices are really reasonable. 

       Some of what I learned on the day 
     Myself & my fab model Bahar 🙂 make up by me 

    Sunday Olympia beauty show: 

    I had the pleasure of working the show with Nail Harmony (Gelish) 

      Show selfie 😎 
    It was a busy day but I had fun as always & managed a quick shop around at the end of the day. 

    The Nyx stand was packed all day long! I literally couldn’t get near it till the end of the day. I purchased a couple of lip sticks, butter glosses & eyeshadows from there. 

    Then went onto Inglot for the black gel liner everyone’s been raving at me about. 

    Lastly to Beauty B cosmetics for a Z palette, brush egg, a couple of La girl concealers & Milani blushes (my first ever Milani purchases!! I was so excited to see them there) didn’t spend a great deal but it was enough to keep me happy for a few weeks. 

    Here’s my mini Olympia haul! 


       

        

    Did you go to Olympia? What did you pick up? I’d love to hear from you 🙂 

    So I’m currently de potting everything I can get my hands on and sticking it in my z palette! Don’t ask me why I’ve only just bought one, I don’t know where I’ve been either 🙈  

     
    I’ll get some swatches of my purchases up from for you guys asap. 

    Enjoy the rest of your week Oh and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram Here 

    Sam 🙂 x