Zoeva Matte Spectrum: Review and Swatches

Hi! I have the Zoeva Matte Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette to share with you today, which is a 15 pan all-matte palette with a great array of colours.

I had already discovered and LOVE the Zoeva makeup brushes (reviews coming soon!) and I wanted to check out their eyeshadows. There are tonnes of reviews online, and the colours of the Matte Spectrum palette drew me in, especially the warmer shades (sunset eye, anyone?) so I took the plunge! I ordered this direct from Zoeva in Germany and the price was a very reasonable Β£28.50 with shipping of Β£2.50. It arrived very quickly, which was fantastic for an impatient person like me! I couldn’t wait to dive in!

Zoeva Matte Spectrum Eyeshadow PaletteZoeva Matte Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette

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Autumnal Stamping: ILNP Greatness

Happy Friday! Today, I’m back with an autumn themed mani. I decided that I wanted to use a multichrome as my base, so I went for ILNP Greatness from their 2015 Fall collection – an ‘ultrachrome’ that doesn’t need a base colour and shifts through all the beautiful colours of the season. They were right: two coats is all I needed to reach full opacity. The brush strokes were also minimal – sometimes this can be a real problem with multichromes!

ILNP Greatness

The shift in this polish is really strong. The predominant colours are a rich burgundy/wine, changing to a bright orange/gold depending on the light. At extreme angles, I can even see a deep green!

ILNP Greatness

Gorgeous! Next, I added some stamping using Models Own Colour Chrome in Gold and then Cirque Memento Mori – one of the best black polishes ever! A beautiful one coater and a superb stamping polish.

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Skincare Review: ESPA Refining Skin Polish

A few months ago, I took my sister away for a surprise hen celebration ahead of her wedding at the end of September. As part of this, we were booked in for some lovely spa treatments at a local hotel. Waiting around in the Spa reception area, I began to poke around in the samples of gorgeous products that they had for sale. As you do. It would be rude not to, right? Their ‘in house’ brand was ESPA, with a range of skincare and generally luxurious body products.

ESPA Refining Skin Polish

I don’t generally get sucked in by beautiful packaging, or lofty claims of miraculous skin rejuvenation, but fantastical smells? Oh yes. I took the lid off this ESPA Refining Skin Polish and was instantly transported to somewhere magical.

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Tonic Polish Come Wander: It’s LOVE!

OK fellow humans, I have a visual treat for you today. I warn you, this post is going to be chock-full of photos because this beauty really is a chameleon!

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High End Makeup Buying Experience

Kevyn Aucoin Becca highlighter

If you’re anything like me, you sometimes feel a little bit like you shouldn’t be there if you stray too close to the beautiful but expensive high end beauty counters in department stores and the like. I’ve spent many years admiring the gorgeous packaging and deluxe products from afar, but never being quite brave enough to touch them. If a member of staff happened to acknowledge my presence, it always felt like they were looking me up and down and taking in the lack of makeup and generally scruffy appearance and deciding that I’d not be a serious customer, and thus, not worth their time.

Well, all of this has been chucked out of the window after my recent visit to Space NK Apothecary in Nottingham.Β This is a UK, Ireland and US wide chain of stores plus a website presence offering a range of high end brands. After leaving my last job, my lovely colleagues sent me away with a gift and it was burning a hole in my pocket! I decided that the money should be spent on something I would not usually buy for myself, being the total skinflint that I am!

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Tutorial: Autumn Stamping Nail Art

Welcome back! Today I’m showing you how I achieved this stamped nail art look. I used a variety of China Glaze polishes (Orange – Style Wars, Green – Holly-Day, Red – Hey Sailor) for the stamping, along with OPI Alpine Snow as my white base. The other nails are ILNP Atomic Sherbet. I used a plate from Born Pretty Store called BPL-024 and the amazing squishy jumbo stamper from Fab Ur Nails, bought through Rainbow Connection. It’s on sale at the moment!

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NYX Proof It! Eyeshadow Primer

I’m pretty new to the makeup world, but what I certainly did know before my recent interest was that eyeshadow does not survive more than an hour or two on me (without primer) before creasing and fading horribly. I have skin that’s drier than the Saraha, but my eyelids seem to have a climate all of their own and become very oily, especially if I moisturise. It’s very annoying when you’ve spent lots of time and effort creating an eye look that you love, only for it to disappear without trace within hours! So, I was on the lookout for a primer and came across the NYX Proof It! waterproof eye primer. It comes highly recommended from the lovely Zabrena of Youtube, who is a makeup superstar.

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