Blog Lovin'

Wednesday, 30 March 2016



Recently, I have put a lot of extra time into blogging. I have always tried to be as social as I can and even though I rarely attend blogger Twitter chats, I have come across a few bloggers (and blogs) which I love dearly. My beautiful friend Be - from Love From Be - has also introduced me to a Whataspp blog group and a Twitter blogger group which I love as it helps me to feel connected to the blogisverse and also gives me a place to go for blog advice with like minded people. There are a whole world of blogs out there but today I am showin' some love for my faves


LOVE FROM BE


I came across Be's blog quite some time ago when I was looking for someone to re-design mine and I am so pleased that I did. Her beautiful content is so inspiring - she doesn't only post reviews and hauls like a lot of us bloggers do, she publishes posts about things which we can use in everyday life. Her recent 'my favourite apps' post was particularly useful. And, I love the way that she really puts herself across in her posts, it's not just a blog, its a place to get to know her. This is something I love in a blog - good content is nice, but getting to know the blogger is better, its what makes you feel like a friend, not just a reader and its what keeps me going back!
Be has designed all of my blog templates to date and they are always so perfect - heck, I've already had a ton of comments on my current one and its only been live a couple of weeks! She is so wonderful and someone I can really trust. I feel like I could go to her with anything and she would talk me through it with sense (and pizza!).  So, if you're looking for a blog with inspiring photography, day-to-day hacks, recipes and a whole lot more then head Be's way!

XOXO MEAGHAN

I 'met' Meaghan a while back now. I'd been reading her blog for some time when I decided to approach her about a beauty swapbox (which turned out to be superfun, btw). We've been friends since and I love how she checks in on Elias and I regularly, it's always so good catching up with her.
Meaghan's content is so refreshing and relateable. I just love her 'Current Playlist' posts and her recent 'Twentysometings Guide' post series is a really interesting and enlightening read for me, too.
I love the way Meaghan is so honest in her posts and, like with Be, I really get a sense of who she is through her writing.
Meaghans blog is inviting and gorgeous and I know ya'll will love it as much as me, so look her up!

CAKE CRUMBS AND PAGES

From her delicious sounding blog name, to her whimsical header and everything in between, I just love Jess' blog! A girl after my own heart, she is all about uh-mazing recipes and good movies plus lots of prettyful things. 
I always look forward to reading Jess' new posts and her positive attitude towards her on going battle is so inspiring, she is someone I really look up to.
Jess is also one of the kindest people I have met online, she always has something nice to say and her Twitter feed is just gorgeous!
Head on over to her blog now to see for yourself, I promise you'll love it!

DIARY OF A BEAUTY PADAWAN


You've probably read my recent post about my swapbox with Shae from Diary of a Beauty Padawan - I started reading her blog just a little while before and I was hooked right away.
I love her quirky writing style and her honesty is so refreshing, she seems to love everything which I love and she is seriously one of the coolest people I know. I love chatting with her, even though it can be tricky when you live on opposite ends of the world to eachother!
Her recent 'The great (and seriously late) boxing day haul of 2015' post was one of my faves - I love seeing products from around the globe and to be honest, it made me insanely jealous ;)

HAYSPARKLE


Hayleys blog was one of the first I read when I decided to start my own blog and my love for it has never died down. Hayley posts about fun, different things aswell as old blogger favourites and I absolutely love her candle posts! She has a youthful writing style and her blog photos are always so colourful and welcoming. She even posts about a monthly food subscription box and it always makes me super hungry! Hayley is so sweet and always so positive, I just love her Twitter feed and I know you'll love her too.

MILLY DAYDREAMS

I came across Millys blog a few months back and I have been addicted since. I love her openness and her photography is the stuff dreams are made of. I am trying to get myself more into fashion and her style related pieces really inspire me - plus she shares my love of fresh cut flowers! Her Insta feed is updated constantly too and its just so bright and inviting!
Milly is friendly and helpful (I emailed her with some questions about one of her recent posts) and she really made me feel like a friend coming to her blog. I also love her writing style, its almost as though her readers see life through her eyes, as a story. Its so poetic and beautiful, and makes me feel peaceful. I think you'll love her too!



Monday Motivation #3

Monday, 28 March 2016



'It's easy to feel hopeful on a beautiful day, but there will be dark days ahead of us too, and there'll be days where you feel all alone, and that's when hope is needed most. Keep it alive.' - Gwen Stacy, 'The Amazing Spiderman 2'

Lately, I've been feeling a little lost, and alone. Today's quote reminds me that it is okay to feel that way, but not to let it consume you. Be your own positive light to draw strength from and shine it onto others to spread happiness. It tells me not to wait for the happy moments but to create them myself.
I have chosen a track from the original 'Amazing Spiderman 2' score to accompany today's post. This gentle track uplifts me and helps me to focus on the good in my life. I hope you will find some good comes from it, too.

The Meaning of Easter

Thursday, 24 March 2016




I don't mean to get all preachy with this post - that's not my intention at all. I am simply reminding us all of an important message which is true for everyday life as well as on this special day.
It is said, in the Bible, that on this day Jesus rose from his tomb. He came back to take all of our sins as his own so that we could gain a better relationship with our God. He made the ultimate sacrifice. He was selfless. Something which I think we could all learn a little from.

Easter is a wonderful time to appreciate your family and loved ones - most of us spend it with them, with a delicious dinner and tons of chocolate. But its also a time that reminds me to keep doing nice things for other people - even just a simple smile can make a strangers day. This world can be cold and selfish but small acts of kindness can change your world. Whether you follow Jesus' teachings or not, we can all agree that we need a little more selflessness in the world. You can be the change!

However you are spending today, I hope that you are safe and have a wonderful time.

Primark Springwear Haul

Wednesday, 23 March 2016


The last of my birthday money was burning a hole in pocket, so I decided to take a trip to Primark in Southampton last week. Although I rarely buy clothes in actual stores anymore (online shopping is so much more convenient), I do have a soft spot for Primarks bargains and I couldn't help but take a mosey around their new spring lines with Elias.
During the spring I tend to favour a casual look; slouchy tees, ankle grazers, slip-ons and sunnies - accompanied by an java chip frappuccino of course ;)
Here's what I picked up;




WHITE CROCHET SLIP-ONS | £4.00
I started in the shoe department as I have been looking for some simple slip-ons since these sunny days crept in. These white crochet ones caught my eye straight away and (thankfully) there was one pair left in my size! These will look great with a variety of outfits and the 'Vans' style gives them an extra edge. I seriously cant believe that these only cost £4!

GREY 'WRAP AROUND' SLIP-ONS | £4.00
I hadn't thought about getting any grey shoes but when I saw these, that changed immediately. I have worn them a couple of times and they are seriously comfy! The wrap around effect is so cute and the casual style means I can chuck them on with whatever I'm wearing. 

LACE FOOTIES SOCKS | £2.50
Aint nothin' worse than socks hangin' out of your slip ons! But, seriously, these little skin-coloured footie socks are a life saver. They are disguised perfectly in slip on shoes and the silicone edging keeps them in place all day. Don't you just hate it when your sock starts to slide down and you have to repeatedly ride them up again?! 


GEOMETRIC & FADED OMBRE NAILS | £1.00 EACH
I love Primark's press on nails. They are constantly releasing new designs and they have recently added stiletto styles, too - and can you believe they are just £1 per pack including glue!
Now that I rarely have time to sit and let a nail polish dry these have become my best friend! They last around 7-10 days once applied and just look so pretty.
Ombre nails are so trendy right now and I thought this faded french mani was a good way for me to try the trend out. I also love these geometric style nails; white on gold is perfect for Spring!




PURPLE 'CLUBMASTER' SUNGLASSES | £2.00
A good pair of sunnies is something I just cant do without during the warmer months; not only do they protect those precious peepers but they are such a simple accessory that can make all the difference to your outfit. I picked up these darling purple sunglasses for only £2, including a case and with UV protection! They remind me of the Rayban Clubmaster sunglasses which I love - I own a tortoise shell pair which are great but I think these purple ones will be great for switching it up!

BLACK MATTE 'CLUBMASTER' SUNGLASSES | £2.00
I also couldn't leave without dropping these uh-mazing matte black sunnies into my basket. They're simple and classy and will match perfectly with all of my Spring (and summer!) outfits. These were also just £2 and came with their own case. Bargain!


GREY SLOUCH FIT TEE | £2.00
I absolutely love slouch tees! I wear them with one side tucked into my jeans for a casual look. They're so comfy and breezy and I thought this grey one was a nice change from my usual white ones. I bought this in a couple of sizes up for extra slouch - I cant believe it was only £2, but there didn't seem to be many left so get in there quick if you like them too!

STRIPED BOYFRIEND FIT TEE | £5.00
I have always been a bit scared of boyfriend fit tees; I imagine them to 'swamp' and be unflattering but I thought I would give this one a try and I'm so glad I did. It's got fitted sleeves but a baggy body, so it's perfectly balanced on a womens frame. I find the thin stripes very flattering too. This is the comfiest tee and I cant wait to wear it again - plus it looks great under a jacket!

WHITE SLOUCH FIT TEE | £2.00
As mentioned I usually go for white tees but, to be honest, you can never have too many! I also bought this in a couple of sizes up for an extra relaxed look and it is perfect! I love the open shape of the neck and the way it drapes is exactly what I like in a slouch tee!

Although Pimark do have a website, you can't shop it. So, get yourself down to your nearest store as they really do have some lovely S/S pieces in stock. I could have doubled my basket content as I saw so many nice things but I thought I'd save it for another trip! All of these items came to just £25.50! I know some people have grudges for Primark but I feel like they've really upped their game (and quality) in recent years and you really cant beat their prices!

Have you shopped any Springwear yet?


Chocolate Easter Nests

Monday, 21 March 2016




Easter just wouldn't be the same without some classic chocolate nests, topped with those delicious Cadbuy Mini Eggs which I could eat a million of! They're so easy to make, smothered in chocolate and require no baking so they really are the perfect all rounder!

You'll Need

50g butter
100g dark chocolate
3tbsp golden syrup
1 bag Cadbury Mini Eggs
100g fibre cereal (I used Morrisons Fantastic Fibre)
12 Cupcake Cases


Method

1. Put the butter, chocolate and golden syrup into a sauce pan and melt gently on a low heat, stirring to combine. Remove from the heat once everything is melted and combined.
2. Weigh out the fibre cereal and add into the chocolate mix, covering everything completely. I like to use this kind of cereal as, once covered in chocolate, it has the look of twigs which makes for perfect nests!
3. Spoon the mixture into the cases and make a slight well in the middle of each one.
4. Place 2 Cadbury Mini Eggs into each well and then put the cakes into the fridge to set.
5. Allow to set for 3 hours or over night (if you can wait that long!)
6. Before serving or displaying, remove the cupcake cases so you can really appreciate the look of your nests!

These really are the perfect Easter treat and they look so cute on the table surrounded by some festive confetti! Everybody loves them and will be pleased to see them on offer. 

Enjoy!

Monday Motivation #2



'I've learned to be happy right where you are. Just be yourself & be happy. I've learned not to worry about what people think of you or your situation. People are always going to have opinions, things will always be taken out of context and misinterpreted and you will always want to right the wrong and correct the lie. Ultimately, its impossible. Instead, I remind myself everyday that I am lucky. Look what's out there. Look what people are really living through. There's no comparison. I am happy.'- Jennifer Aniston

This week, I have taken some wise words from the ever beautiful Jennifer Aniston as my positive inspiration. This quote reminds me that its okay to just be you. In today's fast paced world, it's easy to get caught up and lose sight of who you are and what your goals and dreams are. You could change to impress people - but why should you? Stay grounded. You are enough. There will always be someone who thinks wrongly of you, but instead of wasting precious time and energy trying to alter their hateful opinions spend it on happier pursuits; family, friends, hobbies. Do what you love and just be you.
I have chosen one of my favourite classical pieces to accompany this weeks quote. 'Claire de Lune' is a calming yet energizing track, which helps clear my mind and make sense of things. I hope you can get something from it, too.



Essence 'The Trends' Pastel Polishes ♡

Wednesday, 16 March 2016




Spring is finally here and I, for one, am so excited to be rocking those gorgeous pastel shades that this season brings!
I was doing a little shop in my local Wilkinsons earlier this month and, of course, I had to make a stop at the Essence counter - it's just good manners ;)
I was excited to see a range of new (to my local store) items including 'Silky Touch Blushes' and 'Quattro Eyeshadows', but the thing that caught my eye was the darling 'The Pastels' polishes.
These are part of the Essence 'I Love Trends' collection and there are 8 polishes in this set. I only managed to get my hands on 2 of them but I was pleasantly surprised with the results!


PACKAGING & PRICE

As with all Essence products, the packaging is simplistic but modern and sleek. I love the heavy feel of these polishes; not only does it make them feel much more expensive than their outrageously cheap £1.80 price tag, but the thick glass bottom is especially useful as it prevents the bottle falling over when you're draining your brush during application!
The contrast of the tall, black lid with the pastel sticker is also a lovely touch. I really like the way that each set in the 'I Love Trends' collection has a corresponding sticker colour as it makes them easily distinguishable and vibrant.
I picked up shades '07 Bubble Bath' - a darling pastel blue - and '04 Sweet at First Sight,' - a dainty pastel rose - both have their shade names displayed on the back of the bottle. As a blogger, shade names and numbers are something I really rely on so I am pleased that Essence do this with their products.
Essence are known for being a budget beauty brand with great quality products and, as mentioned, these polishes are super cheap at only £1.80 each - you could own the whole 'Pastels' set for just £14.40!

APPLICATION

One of the first things I look for in a nail polish is a decent brush - it can really make or break your application. I am pleased to say that the brushes in these polishes are just wonderful - the bristles are long and flexible meaning you can coat the nail in a few clean sweeps and the tall lid gives you a firm grip and means you have great control over application. I would love to see the brushes with tapered corners so that you can apply polish cleanly and neatly to the base of the nail, but for the price who's complaining?
I found applying this polish a dream as it has the perfect consistency. I do find that some cheaper polishes are watery and spill everywhere over the nail - including the cuticle. Disaster! But that definitely wasn't the case here, it was fluid enough to paint the nail smoothly, but not so watery that you have to use 10,000 coats to get a decent coverage!
Drying time was good with these too. I applied 2 coats in the pictures above and the polish was dry within 10 minutes - you could always try the Essence nail art express dry drops to speed this up (see my post about it here),!

THE  FINISH

I have to admit, I usually like my pastel polishes to have a completely opaque or matte finish and when I noticed that these had a pearlescent finish I did wonder if it was going to be to OTT on the 'cutesy' but, boy, was I wrong!
The subtle shimmer makes these much more wearable, and they look absolutely stunning in the sunlight! I think '04 Sweet at First Sight' is my favourite of the 2 as I wear pink polishes quite regularly and its not like one I've owned before. It looks wonderful with my spring outfits and I love teaming it with my rose gold midi rings and watch!
I do find that you need a couple of coats to really get a good coverage of the colour, but think of these as your favourite pastel polish with all the benefits of your favourite highlighter!


WEAR TIME 

As expected, the wear time for these polishes is average - giving you about 2-3 days before chipping, but you could add an extra day or two by topping with a good quality top coat, like the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Anyway, that's no bother for someone like me who likes to switch up their manicure a couple of times a week!

WHERE TO BUY

Essence is available in Wilkinsons (in-store and online) stores and some Superdrug stores. They do, of course, have their own website where you can browse their products, but I find that my local Wilkinsons is a little behind on their releases!

I really cant get enough of Essence; they are a cruelty-free, budget beauty brand with fantastic quality products and new additions constantly being released! These polishes are a perfect addition to my spring-time collection and I am looking forward to picking up some more, too!

What's your favourite Essence product?

Recipe | Sunny Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake

Tuesday, 15 March 2016


I always like to have a nice selection of foods on the table when Easter comes around as we are sure to have people popping in to visit throughout the day! Although chocolate is a good all rounder, there is never any shortage of it in this holiday, so I like to make an alternative dessert for people to enjoy and a good lemon cake never disappoints.
This cake is super easy to make and the bundt pan gives it a wonderful traditional look. The lemon icing drizzle finishes it perfectly while adding a little extra moist-ness (is that a word?!) to the cake.
I prefer my lemon cake to taste like lemon, no 'ooh that's got a nice little zing to it'', here. I want full-on, packs-a-punch, citrus blast - but this recipe can easily be adapted to your personal taste.

You'll need

FOR THE CAKE
3 large eggs (I always use free range)
175g Self Raising Flour
175g Caster Sugar
175g Butter
1 Teaspoon baking powder
Juice of 2 freshly squeezed lemons
Zest of 1 fresh lemon
Teaspoon Yellow food colouring

FOR THE DRIZZLE
Juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon
125g icing sugar (you can add more if needed)

Method

1. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees celcuis and grease your bundt pan.
2. Beat the eggs, flour, caster sugar, butter, baking powder and lemon zest in a large bowl.
3. I like to add some yellow food colouring to my cake to make it extra cheerful and sunny, so add this now and gradually add in the lemon juice to your taste. Combine until smooth and turn out into the bundt pan.
4.Bake in the oven for about 30 mins or until just golden brown and shrinking away from the sides of the pan.
5. While the cake is warm, I like to poke some holes into it, so that the drizzle can really infuse with the cake and make it extra moist and delicious.
6. While the cake is cooling you can make the drizzle. Carefully mix together the lemon juice and icing sugar until a smooth paste forms. It shouldn't be watery but you don't want to have to spread it either. The aim is to create a 'drizzle' topping so add the juice into the icing sugar slowly until you reach a happy medium!
7. Once the cake is cool, use the end of a teaspoon to drizzle the topping over your cake. You can create any pattern or design you like or keep it random.
8. Slice, serve and enjoy!


This cake is super yummy and more-ish and just perfect for those sunny Spring days! I could only manage to photograph half of the cake as my mum, auntie and I tucked into the other half before my camera even came out! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

What's your favourite Easter dessert?


Monday Motivation #1

Monday, 14 March 2016



'For whats it's worth; it's never too early or, too late to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you, I hope you feel things you've never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again' - Taken from 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' Movie

This quote speaks to me. It tells me that it's okay to change your mind - it'll help you grow, it's okay to make mistakes - you'll learn from them, it's okay to have a different opinion - it'll shape you. Whatever happens, face it with a positive outlook. If it's bad, pick yourself up and dust it off, if it's good, embrace it and let it empower you. I feel like we could all take something from this quote and its a great read to start the week.
I have chosen a track from the 'Benjamin Button' Original score which I find particularly beautiful to accompany this quote. This was one of the first score albums I owned and I immediately got lost in this piece. It's deep and inspiring and I hope you enjoy it, too.

Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo Eyeshadow Creamy matte in 'Creme de Rose'

Thursday, 10 March 2016




Ever since seeing this on the Maybelline website some months ago I had been hunting it down with a passion! I visited numerous stores and even considered paying a  pretty penny for a minuscule sample pot from eBay, but then, one beautiful, beautiful day, I spotted the last pot in my local Superdrug and literally snapped it up!

I am all about matte nude shadows and I thought the dusty pink tone of this would be a nice switch from the browns and golds I usually stick to and a nice compliment for my fair skin tone. The Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo Eyeshadow pots retail at £4.99 each which is a bargain price when compared with the M.A.C Pro Longwear Paintpots which retail at £16.00 a piece.
I have used the original Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo Eyeshadows before and loved them; the wear time was great, the colours were bold and vivid and the creamy, gel-like formula was slick and easy to apply - but how does the matte offering compare?


PACKAGING
As with all of the Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo eyeshadow collection, the creamy mattes come in a small, glass pot. Not only does this mean they are well protected in your makeup bag, but it also gives them an expensive look and feel. I really like this design and think that it would be great to add a few more to my collection and stack them up on my vanity!
The metallic silver writing on the bottom of the pot is a little bit of a letdown as it isn't really in keeping with the matte finish of the product. I felt like Maybelline could have re-designed this text for the matte editions in the collection.
The information on the black lid is also a little disappointing - although I have thought this with all of the color tattoo eyeshadows. I like the fact that the sticker colour is reflective of the shade within but I think the fact that the bar code is slapped right in the middle gives it a cheap finish. Perhaps it would have been better to put this on a clear sticker on the side of the pot for discretion?

PAYOFF 
You can see from my swatches that the colour looks fantastic on my arm whether applied with a brush or a finger- it's a great all rounder that could be used as a base for a daytime look, or alone for lighter makeup days but, unfortunately, the same cannot be said when applied on the eyelid.
When I applied to my eyes it is virtually invisible and, believe me, I have tried to apply it in all sorts of ways - with a primer, without a primer, with a base shadow, without a base shadow, with a wet brush, with a dry brush, with my fingers, the list is endless. Nothing gets it to work. I tried building the colour up to get it to show, but it became so thick that my eyelids felt heavy and tacky and I had to remove it all.
One positive note, though, is that this applies like a dream, it's so smooth and glides on perfectly leaving a truly matte finish.

RESULTS
As mentioned, the color payoff from this product was dreadful, but I still wanted to see if this edition could live up to the 24hr Tattoo status and I'm happy to say that it did. When I had a spare day at home I applied some to my eyelids and some to my inner arm and it stood the test of time with ease, against washing up, washing my hands, rubbing my eyes and more - plus, it didn't crease one bit.
The longevity of these eyeshadows is second to none and I do enjoy using the other colours I've picked up. I often use my 'Eternal Black' as an eyeliner as I can go out confident that it isn't going to flake and will stay in place all day - so I'm not going to let this one disappointment put me off.

I was so excited to have finally got my hands on the Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo Eyeshadow Creamy Matte Edition in 'Creme de Rose' and I truly thought it was going to be my go-to shadow for all of my everyday looks but, I just cant get it to show up once applied. Perhaps it's just due to my skintone. As with all products, particularly beauty ones, it's very much down to personal preference; what works for one might not necessarily work for another and this eyeshadow could still be perfect for you!
I think I'll stick to using this  as a base for my other eyeshadows for now and keep searching for the perfect dusty pink matte shadow!

What do you think of the Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo Eyeshadows?

A Closer Look | ChiChi Glamorous 'Spices' palette

Thursday, 3 March 2016





I had such a big reaction to photos of this palette which I posted on my social media - and its not hard to see why! I have spoken about it in other posts before but I felt it was about time it starred in its very own, so here it is!

I was so kindly gifted the ChiChi Spices palette in my Swapbox with Diary of a Beauty Padawan and I have seriously not stopped using it - its even worked its way into my daily makeup routine (post)!
I have never tried anything by ChiChi before, as they are hard to get hold of here in the UK being an Australian brand, but this is definitely my kind of palette - its full of earthy hues which blend seamlessly for everything from a subtle everyday look to a smoky night time look.

PACKAGING
I really like the simplistic packaging of the 'Spices' palette. There are actually over 20 palettes in the ChiChi Glamorous eyeshadow palette range and the clear lid and bold lettering on them means you can easily grab the right one out of your stash should you have more than one.
The sleek, black pan give the shades an even more vibrant look which is a great touch as they really are beautiful.
One thing I think ChiChi missed out on here is naming the individual shadows in each palette. I know not everyone is worried about that but as a blogger it does make it harder to distinguish one shadow from another when writing about them.

SHADE  RANGE
Considering these palettes are only 23AUD (around £12) you really get a lot of bang for your buck. Each palette in the ChiChi Glamorous range holds 12 shadows which means you are only paying around £1 per shadow. Bargain!
There are a mix of finishes in the ChiChi Spices palette including metallic, matte and shimmer, so you can really create a look for every occasion.
As mentioned, this is an earthy based palette. It is brimming with warm toned shadows which makes it ideal for the autumn months. There is everything from basic champagne highlights to vibrant rose and golden under-toned burgundys as well as rich browns and opulent metallics.

PAYOFF
I found the pay off from this palette to be surprisingly pleasing! Being that this is a (relatively) budget palette, there are always certain expectations attached, but the Spices palette easily surpassed them!
You only need a small amount of product on your brush for a strong application - you can see from my swatches just how vibrant these shadows are and I find that they blend perfectly too. I often apply the darkest matte brown to the outer corner and along the crease of the socket and then blend the shimmer burgundy shadow in and sweep it across the lid, finishing with the champagne highlight on the inner corner of the eye and, let me tell you, the blending is seamless.
There is little to no fallout with these shadows too, which means no coloured smudges under the eyes after hours of hard work on your base!
With the range of colours included in the Spices palette I am confident it would work with most skin tones and eye colours, too.

RESULTS
I always use a primer with my shadows, so I cant speak for how well these last without one, but every time I have used them with a primer they last right through the day up until bed time when its time to remove them.
I love the versatility of this palette, you can create subtle day time looks with mattes and delicate highlights, or you can go for bolder, smokier looks for special occasions, as well as everything in between.

SHIPPING  INFO
If I lived in AUS I would be hoarding this whole range, no question, however, shipping can sting when living on the other side of the world.
ChiChi charge 20AUD (around £10.50) for all orders to the UK under 100AUD, so to make the most of your money, I would do a combined order with a friend and split the shipping costs or save up to get a few more items in one large order!
Good news though; if your order is over 100AUD your shipping to the UK is free and the expected wait is 5-15 business days for all orders to the UK - a reasonable time frame in my opinion.
ChiChi state that they do their best to eliminate customs and duty charges on international orders, but they cannot guarantee it, so this is something else to bear in mind!

Overall, a gorgeous palette which is worth picking up if you can get your hands on it! I was so pleased to add this to my collection and it has certainly earned its place in my top 5 palettes!

Have you tried anything from ChiChi before?






My Go-To look + Products to Achieve!

Tuesday, 1 March 2016






If I'm at home, I tend not to wear much make up as I like to let my skin breathe, but if we are off out for the day I do have a favourite look that I opt for. I only really use drugstore products for my everyday look and I like to use brown, gold, nude and pink hues as they compliment my green eyes, pale skin and dark hair wonderfully.


FACE  AND  BASE
I like to make sure my make up is going to last all day so I always start my routine with Revlons Photoready Perfecting Primer. It smooths out my skin for a flawless application and the creamy texture is so moisturising.
I follow this with my favorite drugstore foundation; Bourjois Healthy Mix. This give fantastic coverage and leave my skin looking radiant and glow-y, especially when applied with my Real Techniques Expert face Brush.
Generally I have pretty clear skin, but my under eyes can do with some help, so I reach for Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer and blend it in with my Bella&Bear 'Golden Cat' Small Concealer Brush. This concealer blends effortlessly and seamlessly, I love it!
I  am favouring a matte finish to my skin right now so I like to set it all into place with Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder. I gently dust it all over my face with my Real Techniques Powder Brush.

EYES
Next, I move onto my eyes. I prep them with Benefit 'Stay Don't Stray' Eyelid Primer which I blend in with my fingertips. This is probably the best eyelid primer I've used as it gives your eyelids a nice even colour and it really increases the longevity of any eyeshadow applied.
I have been using the ChiChi 'Spices' Palette for my eyes as it is full of earthy, wearable shades in a variety of finishes, so next I go in with a matte ivory shadow all over the lid and a matte brown shadow in the outer corner of the eye and along the crease for some definition. I apply this in a windscreen wiper motion with my M.A.C 219 Pencil Brush.
To add some delicate shimmer I pick up a champagne or pink shimmer shadow and press it all over the lid and into the inner corner of the eye with my Bella&Bear 'Iromote' Flat Brush.
These colours really work to make my green eyes pop and they are perfect for everyday wear as they work with a variety of colours and outfit choices.
I line my eyes with Collection Eye Define Black Liquid Liner. Recently I have preferred an extended wing with a very fine tip.
I always use my E.L.F 3-in-1 Mascara to separate, lengthen and define my lashes, but most days I also emphasize my eyes with Revlon Define 'D103' Lashes. I feel they give something a little extra to the look and make my eyes look that little bit bigger.

BROWS
I've never been brilliant at doing my brows but I do feel that my current product and brush combo has really improved my brow game!
I start by brushing through and shaping my brows with the spoolie end of my Bella&Bear Iberian Lynx Duo fibre brow brush.
Then, I pick up a small amount of Freedom Makeup Brow Pomade on my Real Techniques Bold Metals Angled Liner Brush and fill in my brows from the underside to the top.
I then take the same spoolie and brush through my brows again to disperse any excess product and for a fluffier, more natural finish.

BRONZE  AND  HIGHLIGHT
I don't do much bronzing as I feel it can overwhelm my pale skin but I do like to apply a little bit to give my face some healthy colour. I usually opt for a light brown shimmer bronzer from my E.L.F Bronzer Quad and gently apply it to the underneath of my cheekbones and my temples with my E.L.F Studio Blush Brush.
To follow, I delicately highlight my face using a champagne highlight from my E.L.F Illuminating Quad and my Bella&Bear 'Jungle Cat' Tapered Highlighting brush. I dust the highlight along my cheekbones, my brow bones, the button of my nose and the cupids bow.

LIPS
For my everyday lip look, I stick to a pink-y nude shade. My lips are quite pink anyway but I like to have a little product on so I start by lining them with the Essence Lip Pencil in 'Satin Mauve' and then fill them in with the Essence Longlasting Lipstick in 'Nude05' for a dewy finish.

What are your go-to products?