Review: Primark 60p Single Eyeshadows

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Inspired by a few videos floating around on youtube I was dying to dry out the 60p single shadows from Primark. After hunting high and low for them I finally got my hands on some. Find out what I thought:

A word of warning, I think you might have to go to bigger stores to get these shadows. I didn’t find any in Chester or in Broughton Primarks when I looked and I had to send my mum to the Liverpool one to get my paws on them.

The shade range was limited, and if you know Primark you know they won’t have been neatly displayed like makeup in a drug store or department store. I can’t confirm this as a fact though, you’ll have to ask my mum.

Finally via the wonders of modern technology I was remotely able to pick 9 shades plus the little magnetic palette to store them in.

I was disappointed not to be able to have the black shadow, only because I love to judge a makeup brand by the quality of their black shadows. Such is life.

I was able to get a range of brown shades, dark shades, a couple of bronze-y shades and a few quite interesting colours.

Here are some swatches that I have kindly labelled for you:

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Immediately the stand out colours for me were Cranberry, Seafoam, Pistachio, Antique Bronze and Sunkissed. Especially Pistachio.

From the swatches the colours I wasn’t all that impressed with were mainly Hot Coco and Stone. Hot Coco I think will be usable but with the right look and I don’t tend to go for brown-y looks. As for Stone, one it doesn’t show up on my pasty-ass skin and two I know I always struggle to use these light/beige kinds of colours.

I wasn’t able to find a good crease colour, which means this little makeshift palette wouldn’t be considered a one-stop solution but I think I have a good range here to make a few looks.

One thing that may bother some people is that most of the singles seemed to be shimmers. Out of the 9 I have 6 are shimmers and 3 are mattes. Not all shimmers are made equal and I would probably be more tempted to call some of them satins rather than shimmers. Cranberry, Hot Coco and Antique Bronze appear to be less glittery than Stone, Sunkissed and Gold Digger.

Wanting to put these babies to the test I created a little look using Antique Bronze, Cranberry and Espresso in the crease with Sunkissed and Gold Digger on the lid. On the lower lashline I used Seafoam:

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(I used the Soph X makeup revolution palette for my initial crease colour and the Sleek Solstice palette for the inner corner highlight, let me know if you want a full tutorial).

A few youtubers complained about the fall out from these shadows and though the shadows are very very soft and can cause a bit of kick up in the pan I didn’t find that there was all that much fallout on my face. I was impressed with the pigmentation of these shadows, especially considering the price. I only needed to lightly dip in to the shadow to get a good colour pay off. The shadows were buildable, blendable and easy to work with.

I honestly can’t complain about these shadows, they exceeded my expectations and for the price you absolutely can’t go wrong. Limited colour selection and the expected stress levels upon entering a Primark are really the only down sides here.

Keep your eyes peeled for a look using Pistachio and let me know if you give these shadows a try! They’re 60p so why the hell not?!

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Building my Z Palette: Episode 1

 

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Long time no see! Sorry I’ve been MIA gang, I have a valid excuse! It’s been my birthday! The big 24. And to get back in to blogging I want to introduce a new series. 

I have always wanted to build my own Z Palette up so I thought I’d bring you guys along on the journey. Every time I update the palette I’ll do a post including a look from the colours in the palette.

To kick things off I ordered two single shadows from Makeup Geek. I have Cupcake and Bitten.

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It was summer when I bought these shades so I was in the mood for something pink and warm, though I think these shades translate well to winter too.

So for this look I combined these two shades with two other eyeshadow palettes, the Soph X Makeup Revolution palette and the NYX Cosmic Metals palette.

First off I took a fluffy brush and went in with Iced Coffee from the Soph X palette. This shade is my absolute perfect transition shade.

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Then I took Cupcake on the same brush in to the crease, building it up to a nice smooth colour and blowing it out towards the brow. Then I took Bitten and blended that in to the crease and outer corner, making sure to keep this shade closer to the crease. Build that up until you have a colour you’re happy with and don’t be afraid to go in with more colour.

After that I wanted to deepen that outer corner and the outer portion of the crease so I went in with Danger from the Soph X palette.

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I then used Nightmare from the Soph X palette as my black shade in the outer corner, blended slightly into the crease.

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Then I cut my crease using tarte Shape Tape. I then took a flat brush and applied the pinky shade from the NYX Cosmic Metals palette all over the lid.

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I blended this in towards the outer corner by going back in with Bitten from my Z Palette and Nightmare from the Soph X Palette. After cleaning up the edge a little with some concealer and adding some liquid eyeliner, I went in with Cupcake, Bitten and Nightmare on the lower lashline. Leaving space towards the inner corner where I added the NYX shade again.

After lining my water line and tight line I went in with my trusty Sleek Solstice highlight in the inner corners. Add mascara and lashes at will.

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The final look:

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I’m excited to build my Z Palette, I want it to be a mix of single shades from different brands. I would love to get some of the Juvia’s place shadows and some more MUG ones too. I also fancy some of the Colored Raine shadows.

What do you think of this look? What would you do with Cupcake and Bitten if it was up to you? Let me know!

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Confessions of a Binge Watcher: Halloween Movie Marathon

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Halloween unfortunately falls on a Tuesday this year, leaving all 9-5ers, school students and 20 something grandmas wondering what to do with our Halloween this year. I propose a (not very scary) movie marathon and here are some of my top picks:

Practical Magic

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I have a big thing for 90s Sandra Bullock and witches. Practical Magic gives me both!

IMDB: “Two witch sisters, raised by their eccentric aunts in a small town, face closed-minded prejudice and a curse which threatens to prevent them ever finding lasting love.”

I consider Practical Magic a feminist classic thats more about the relationship between two sisters than the quest for love.

90s Sandra Bullock, badass witchery and Stockard Channing. What more do you want?!

The Craft

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Sticking to the witchy theme, you might want to check out this 90s cult classic. An acquired taste to be sure, but definitely worth a try.

IMDB: “A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.”

The angsty 90s teen movie with a flare of the supernatural. Kind of a dark comedy like Heathers.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Rocky Horror is an absolute must and if you haven’t seen it yet, you haven’t lived.

IMDB: “A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.”

Whats not to love about a film thats so camp it hurts and that barely makes any sense?! Rocky Horror should be everyones not-so-guilty pleasure.

Sweeney Todd

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Jonny Depp before he got super creepy and weird (ironically). Sweeney Todd is an absolute must for Halloween! Who doesn’t love a singing, murdering barber?

IMDB: “The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a. Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.”

As a muscial buff I love love love Sweeney Todd, no Halloween movie marathon would be complete without it. The Depp and Bonham Carter duo in its prime!

Labyrinth 

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You remind me of the babe. What babe! The babe with the power. What power! The power of voodoo. Whodo? Do what? Remind me of the babe!

IMDB: “A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.”

This film is the one! If you watch nothing else on this list, do yourself a favour and watch Labyrinth. I mean, it has Bowie in it!

Some of the best songs to come out of cinema, so much camp. So 80s it hurts.

Hocus Pocus 

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No Halloween movie marathon is complete without this holy grail film. It would be criminal to leave this one out.

IMDB: “After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all.”

Possibly one of the best live action disney movies ever. Hocus Pocus has some die hard fans at this point.

With good reason! This film is pure family fun. Do not miss out on this one this Halloween.

There we have it! Some of my Halloween movie marathon picks!

An honourable mention goes out to a film quite frequently watched in my house growing up: Scooby Doo and the Witches Ghost. I’m not joking, its timeless.

Let me know if you decide to give these films a go, and tell me if I’ve missed anything out!

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Devil woman! Glam Halloween eye makeup tutorial

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I don’t have any formal Halloween plans this year, but I am going out for a friends birthday. Not wanting to miss out I’ve decided to pay a little homage to Halloween with a cute little pair of sparkly devil horns from H&M, so of course I need an eye look to go with them!

Since I’ve recently dyed my hair red I wanted to be an all red devil, but I felt a smokey eye with just a hint of red would suit more. I wanted to make sure I got that little bit of black in.

I also wanted to keep this look relatively budget friendly, though I have allowed myself at least one indulgence.

So, to start off with I primed my eyelids using concealer, literally any concealer will do for this. I don’t think you need an eyeshadow primer but to each their own.

Then I used Pumpkin from the Soph X Makeup Revolution Palette, really lightly with a fluffy brush in the crease. I wanted a burnt orange base for this but not anything too bold.

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Then I swapped over to the NYX Ultimate Brights palette, using the first red shade, also on a fluffy brush in the crease. Going in lightly and building up the colour.

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Once satisfied with the red I went in with the purple shade directly underneath the red. Again, gently and with a fluffy brush, concentrating more in the crease, closer to the lid to create depth.

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Then I went back in to the Soph X palette and used Nightmare to darken up the outer corner and crease, slowly building up to a bolder black.

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Then I went back in with my concealer to cut the crease, blending it in with my finger the closer I got to the black outer edge. After adding the concealer I used the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Molten Midnight all over the lid, blending it in to the black shadow using a touch of the black shadow to blend.

I then went in with all the colours to give them a boost and reinforce the colours. Afterwards I used a sponge with a flat edge to tidy up the edges and create a wing. I then lined my lids with liquid liner.

On the lower lash line I went in with the red, purple and black again to reinforce those colours. I lined my lower lash with liquid liner and uses my Sleek Solstice palette to highlight my inner corners.

I added mascara and lashes to finish the look.

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Paired with a red lip I thought this was a great glam Halloween option, thats affordable and easy. If you don’t have any of the Stila eyeshadows you can use any eye glitter. A glam, budget friendly Halloween look!

Let me know what you’re going as for Halloween in the comments below!

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Review: Makeup Revolution Retro Luxe Matte Lip Kit in Vampire Night

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Not too long ago I reviewed the metallic lip kits by Makeup Revolution and I wasn’t impressed. Not wanting to give up hope on affordable liquid lipstick I gave one of their matte shades a try. 

In the spirit of Halloween I decided to pick up Makeup Revolutions Retro Luxe Matte Lip Kit in Vampire Night. I’ve recently died my hair a red-ish shade so I want to be head to toe red for Halloween (complete with devil horns).

I was excited to try this deep red colour even though most of my lipstick collection consists of deep reds and berries, and I am so glad I did.

I absolutely love this lipstick. The colour is fab and I love the feel of the formula on my lips. It is matte but not mega dry, which means it doesn’t last a super long time, but sometimes thats worth it.

I found that the lipstick lasted well until I ate anything, then it needed a bit of a top up. The lipstick layers well though so this wasn’t a problem. Here is a cheeky selfie of me wearing it:


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Now, just because I like it doesn’t mean it was perfect. Its a £6 lip kit at the end of the day. I’m still not super convinced by the use of lipliner, I think that might be a bi-product of being a 00s teen.

I found that the liquid lipstick was too sheer for the liner. You could see a clear definition between the parts of the lip you lined and the parts you didn’t. Unless you put on a fair few layers of the lipstick I found it just clinged to the liner far too much for me.

I think I’ll be using the lipstick without the liner from now on, I’m too lazy to apply two lip products and I’m not convinced the liner adds to the look. If you are looking to over line your lips though, it is a decent lip liner, I just don’t rate the liner/lipstick combo.

Overall I absolutely loved this product, and I’m so so glad I gave the Makeup Revolution Retro Luxe range another chance. I will definitely be trying out more of their matte shades, I enjoyed the comfort of them and the way they layered and applied. I just don’t think these kits will convert me to liner any time soon.

Have you tried any of the other matte shades? What colours should I try?  Let me know!

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Slimming World Godsends: my slimhacks!

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Hey gang! I wanted to clue you in on some of my ride or die foods, products or lifehacks that get me through the week on Slimming World. And I wanted to quickly update you on my own journey.

So I’ve been doing SW for almost 13 weeks now and I’m so proud to say I’ve lost 1st 7.5lb so far.  I honestly already feel like a new person (with less chins!) and I’ve still got just over 6st to go to target but I’m already feeling so much better in myself.

We can’t always be perfect dieters, I know I cant sustain myself on a diet of chicken, rice, fruit and veggies so here are my cheats if you will. With these things I’m still on plan but I’m full, I’m fulfilled and I dont feel like I’m missing out.

#1 Freeze EVERYTHING. 

No joke, I freeze just about everything from bread to wraps to onion bhajis. I’ve even started buying bags of frozen veggies, which I always thought was super lazy.

But the truth is trying to convince yourself to eat the good stuff is hard when all the delicious Syns are so easy to get your paws on. So keeping a bag of frozen chopped peppers that I can easily throw in to most meals is a godsend.

Freezing bread means that it’ll keep for longer. You will find yourself eating less bread on SW because you start to find other free lunch time options. But sometimes its still nice to have some for breakfast or for a burger. Because you’re just not using your bread, freezing it means it wont go off whilst its waiting for you to come back for it.

#2 Batch cook

This might be more achievable for me because I don’t have any kids to feed but whenever I cook myself a SW friendly meal I’ll make way more than I need. I then portion it off and, you guessed it, freeze it.

For the nights when you have no inspiration or its hard to decide you can just take a cheeky chilli-con-carne or cottage pie out of the freezer and pop it in the microwave.

Freezer is love, freezer is life.

#3 Low syn snacks

Right now I’m going to hit you with my favourite low syn snacks. Now I’m not talking oats or that kind of crap I mean chocolate/crisps/biscuits. The good stuff.

Okay and #notspons but Hi-Fi Lite bars are your best friend. 3 syns each, you can even have 2 for free if you have them as a HexB. Making the switch to eating Hi-Fi bars instead of standard chocolate bars has helped me massively. I don’t feel like I crave chocolate because I’m getting my fix here!

My go-to after tea treat has to be Aero Bubble Mousse yogurts for 4.5 syns. These things are huge, and yummy. You feel like you’re having a real treat when you eat them!

One or two of most biscuits aren’t going to ruin your day on SW but I am a particular fan of a Viscount for 3.5 syns or a Party Ring for one syn! You could easily have 5 Party Ring in one sitting and still have enough syns to cope for the rest of the day.

Crisps? Well, I’m not a huge lover of crisps. I can take or leave them but you can’t really go wrong with a packet of Quavers or Skips for 4.5 syns a packet, or Kettle Bites which are usually around the 5 syns mark.

#4 Teetotal 

I know this wont work for everyone but I owe a lot to the fact that I’m teetotal. I don’t drink alcohol so I’m never worried about saving my syns for a weekend boozer.

Because I don’t drink I’m able to use all of my syns on food glorious food! That, or Starbucks.

I guess you just have to prioritise and for me food always comes first.

#5 Syn it!

This one is more of an attitude hack. If you eat a bad thing, syn it. Know exactly how many syns you’ve had even if its a lot.

Ignorance is not bliss on SW. Own up to your syns, be proud of them, enjoy them, but for gods sake make a note of them. You’re less likely to spiral if you know where you’re up to for the week.

If you have any Slimming World hacks of your own let me know! I would love to hear them.

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Three looks with the Soph X Makeup Revolution palette

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Howdy gang,  after reviewing the Sophdoesnails Makeup Revolution palette and having a play around with it the past couple of weeks I decided I wanted to show you lovely folk three very different looks that you can get with just this palette. Guest starring Soph’s highlighter palette. 

One of the main selling points for me with this palette was how versatile it looked. It combined warms and browns with some really stunning shimmers. It looked to me like an easy one-stop-shop kind of palette. And it certainly is.

Since it arrived I’ve managed to create so many different looks with the palette I just had to share some of my favourites with you!

So for all of these looks I primed my eyelids beforehand with some concealer, I use the collection one (super cheap and cheerful). For all looks I also used the L’Oreal Miss Baby Roll mascara.

#1 The pink cut crease

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I’m not a pink girl, but I wanted to use the pinks in this palette to create a warm-toned Soph-inspired look. When assessing my options it was obvious to me that this needed to be a cut crease.

So first after prepping my eyes, I went in with Iced Coffee on a fluffy brush. Iced Coffee is like my perfect transition/crease colour so I use it throughout the looks today. I used this shade literally just in the crease to deepen it and for it to work as base.

Then with that same brush I dipped in to Strawberry Sweets, also in my crease. I blew this shade out a little more taking it further than my crease to just under the brow bone and out to the side.

After going back and forth with Strawberry Sweets and then wiping off my brush I applied Pancakes lightly to the edges in circular motions to get that sweet fade. Pancakes is such a good blending shade for paler skin tones.

Then I took my Tarte Shapetape Concealer and applied it to the inner portion of the lid up to just before my crease line blending it with my fingers towards the outer lid to cut the crease.

On a flat brush sprayed with a little setting spray I applied Pink Champagne on the inner and middle parts of my lid.

Then with my fluffy brush I went in with Danger on the outer corner blended in to the crease to deepen up the look on the outside.

After cleaning up my under eye with concealer and a sponge with a straight edge I went under the eye with Iced Coffee followed by Strawberry Sweets all over then with Danger in the outer corner and Pink Champagne on the inner portion of the lower lid.

To highlight my brow bone, inner corner and the high points of my cheeks I used the pink-y highlighter from Soph’s other palette.

I lined my lid with the Soap and Glory Supercat liner and lined my water line and tight line with a NYX pomade eyeliner (no I don’t remember its name sue me).

This look is simple but looks expensive and super glam on the eyes. The colour pay off is killer.

#2 The bronze to green ombre

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I wanted to take us away from berry-warms for this look and make something really autumnal. I also wanted to make use of that stunning green shade.

This look looks super simple but actually uses the most shades of all three looks. Still super easy and achievable though!

So, firstly, you guessed it, I went in with Iced Coffee in the crease. Followed by Peaches and Cloudberry creating a pastel orangey feel in the crease.

Then I took Penguin on a fluffy brush all over the lid in preparation for the shimmer shades.

On a wet flat brush I then used Growing Old on the very middle part of my lid. I absolutely love this colour, I think it might be my favourite out of the whole palette.

Then on the same brush, but not re-wetted, I took Sparks Fly to face that bronze towards the inner corner, not taking it too far mind. This is only a transition shade.

Then I went in with Fairy Lights on the inner portion of the lid blending it towards the bronze. To create more of that fade I went back in with Sparks Fly to create a smooth transition.

Following Fairy Lights I decided that the crease needed deepening slightly so I took Tiramisu lightly into the crease.

I then used Pine Tree on the outer corner of the lid, packing it on and blending it towards the bronze in the middle. To create a smooth transition I used Smokey Bronze to blend Pine Tree with Growing Old.

That created a beautiful ombre vibe. Just to deepen the corners even more I went in with Mug Cake on the very outer corner blending in to the crease. I then blended the edges with Pancakes again.

The ombre didn’t translate too well in my crappy iPhone photos so here is an added extra to show you what I mean:

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After cleanup I took Iced Coffee along the lower lash line as well as a little bit of Peaches and Cloud Berry. I used a teeny bit of Mug Cake on the outer corner too.

To emulate the lid I then used Pine Tree on the outer portion, Growing Old on the middle and Fair Lights on the inner portion of the lower lash line.

I used the light almost-white shade from Soph’s highlighter palette as well as the two deepest shades. The pressed highlight on the brow bone and the baked one on my cheeks.

#3 The spooky purple halo eye

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This is probably the most daring of the three looks. Perfect for the build up to Halloween and maybe as a sexy smoky going out look? I don’t know, work with me here.

So, like before I took Iced Coffee in my crease along with a cheeky bit of Pug for a cooler-toned crease.

Then I used Mixed Berries in a way I had no business using a shimmer shade. I took it on a fluffy brush and blended it out on the outer and inner corners of the lid to create a stencil for my halo look.

On a wet, flat brush I took Petrol, packing it on. Then with the same brush (re-wetted) I went back in with Mixed Berries to pack on that shimmer where I had blended it out previously.

To darken up the outer corner I went in with a smidge of Nightmare and lightly blended that towards the crease.

This look definitely left me with the most fall out (see my sinful application of Mixed Berries), so after cleanup I went under the eye with Pug, then Mixed Berries and a teeny weeny bit of Nightmare.

On the inner corner, brow bone and cheeks I used the lavender colour from Soph’s highlighter palette.

This is the only look I didn’t use Pancakes to blend out, I just found that it didn’t mix well with Nightmare. Not a big deal I don’t think this particular look needed it.

So there you go! Three looks I created with a palette that is slowly becoming one of my go to’s. Such a good affordable palette option.

Which look is your favourite? Mine is number 2! 

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