Entries from February 24th, 2012

Review: Smashbox Softbox Nude Eye Palette.

posted on: 29 February, 2012

Have you ever had something so pretty, you couldn’t bear to use it? That’s how I feel about this gorgeous, gorgeous palette! I’ve had this since the middle of last year, and to be honest I feel sad using it because it’s so lovely.
This is the most beautiful palette imaginable, it puts all the Naked palettes to shame!

I have quite a few Smashbox palettes, and they’re all incredible quality. I love Smashbox makeup – it rivals MAC and Illamasqua. It’s probably one of my favourite brands – it’s well worth the money and I’ve always loved every product I’ve tried from the brand.

The shades in this palette are so varied yet work so well together. I find these shades are so much easier to wear than the likes of those in the UD Naked palette etc. because they’re not as “smokey” and dark, don’t contain unbearable amounts of glitter and also blend well together to create a number of looks.
My favourite shades are definitely ‘Flirt’ and ‘Truffle’ but I find myself using others to highlight and use on my brow bone.

Of all my eyeshadow palettes, I find my Smashbox ones get the most use. I never experience a lot of fall out from Smashbox eyeshadows, especially when using the Lid Primer and my Smashbox Tapered Shadow Brush (which is the best Eyeshadow Brush I’ve ever tried!).
Although this is priced slightly higher than most palettes, it’s definitely worth it and so lovely to have in your collection as it’s such a varied palette. I expect you’ll use all these shades at some point, although I don’t really get any use from the liners as I prefer black.

As part of the Buyapowa Bloggers Week, I’ve requested this product to go up on the site – meaning you can get it for cheaper! I’ll tweet about this when it goes live, so you can get it for less! Make sure you follow me on Twitter, but it should be up in the next few days. Definitely a product worth getting!

Wishlist #11.

posted on: 28 February, 2012

I seem to be endlessly wishing for everything. I really would love a pair of pastel coloured jeans, and these topshop ones have caught my eye. I think I’ll have a look for them tomorrow as they are exactly what I want. They would look great paired with this cute bralet but I’m definitely not that brave, and would probably wear this top with a high waisted skirt instead.

I need a new denim shirt, one which is slightly more fitted than the ones I have at the moment. I like the light denim of this one, and I think denim shirts go with everything. So easy to wear!
I’m not sure I would actually wear these space themed shorts but they are cute!

I’m really into eyeshadows at the moment, having gone from very rarely wearing it to now wearing it most days. I only really go for neutral colours but I love the look of MACs All That Glitters eyeshadow, so I think I’ll buy this to slot into my Pro Palette which is looking a bit bare.
I’ve also got my eye on the new nude palette from Bobbi Brown which looks like it’s a better, easier to wear Naked palette. The packaging is great too, who doesn’t love neon pink?!

Lastly, I absolutely must get my hands on some Real Techniques brushes. I’m still kicking myself for bypassing the stand at IMATS and now I can’t find a Boots in Central London which sells them. Hopefully I’ll finally get my hands on the Stippling brush as I need a new foundation brush and I’ve heard only good things about this one.

What’s everyone got their eye on at the moment?

Benefit Hervana Blusher.

posted on: 26 February, 2012

I’ve already done a small review on this here, but I thought I would blog about it fully as there’s a lot of hype surrounding it at the moment! I attended an amazing Benefit event last week, which was the launch of Hervana. It was an amazing night and we even got a Hervana blush to take away.

I love absolutely everything about this blush, the packaging is beautiful and the colours just look gorgeous. To be honest, I wondered how this would look on me as I usually wear rosy pink blushers.
I’m wearing it in this post, and I think it looks really good on me and a nice change from the pinks you usually see me wearing.
My face looks slightly contoured and glowing.

Benefit blushers aren’t cheap (although I think they work out as being better value for money than most) but they are one of my favourite brands and they look lovely on my dressing table.
I think it’s definitely a blusher to have in your collection!

Has anyone else tried Benefits Hervana?

* Free sample from an event.

Review: Chanel Illusion D’ombre in Emerveille

posted on: 24 February, 2012

Chanel Illusion D’ombre in Emerveille – £22.50

I had planned to post this a while ago, but somehow deleted the post. I’ve had this for a couple of months now after lusting after it for so long. It’s quite a popular product in this here blogging world, and I always like to post about the hyped products to see how they match up. 

The formula of this is like no other, it’s very spongey but easy to apply. I find that with primer, it doesn’t really budge during the day, although it can crease slightly. 
As it’s a Chanel product, you can expect the quality to be high! I use my fingers to apply this usually, I find that it’s best this way and I haven’t really used anything else to compare. It almost feels slightly damp so I can’t imagine a brush working so well. 

I think this colour is gorgeous, definitely a shade that suits and flatters all. It’s quite a warm, rosy gold that’s just so easy to wear, day or night.
The packaging is typical, luxurious Chanel – I feel proud getting it out of my makeup bag as it’s just as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside. 

This is definitely a product to splurge on if you feel like treating yourself. I think it’s such a beautiful but unique product, and it really is worth the money.