Drugstore Bronzer Palettes

I'm definitely a sucker for palettes, and when they come from the drugstore, I could end up with a basket full! The two I'm reviewing today are from Collection and Seventeen. These are brands aimed at younger girls but they seem to be overlooked by beauty bloggers quite often.

I've been using these brands for a long time, many years (during the blue eyeshadow era). The first is the Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick, which is a great dupe for the Bobbi Brown bronzer palette. The shades are gorgeous, each one is so pigmented and has the perfect amount of shimmer. If you aren't willing to shell out upwards of £30 on bronzer, this is the palette for you. I've received so many compliments on instagram when highlighting with this!

Next is the Collection Gorgeous Glow Palette which was a gift, I wouldn't have thought to pick this up. This is much more pink and blush toned, with a cooler undertone to the shades. I would prefer this as a blush honestly, but swirling a kabuki into the palette brings out a gorgeous deep rose tone. 

Here are swatches for both palettes. The top is the Seventeen palette and the shimmer really brings out the tones, they would double as beautiful eyeshadow and inner corner shades. Below is the Collection palette, a much more subtle skin toned selection.

Have you tried either?


Kat Von D Lock It Foundation Review

 I knew as soon as I received a Debenhams voucher as a gift, that I was going to splurge on a luxury makeup item that I'd feel a tad guilty for spending my own money on. I've heard amazing things about this foundation, and I've found Kat Von D products to be some of the highest quality with the best pigmentation!

This retails for £27 which is mid range in my opinion, and totally worth the money if it's high quality. I've spent £5 on foundation and I've spent £40 but I find that the consistency and coverage are the most important factors.

Is anyone else obsessed with the packaging?! I love the gothic almost art deco design of her products, perfect for instagram shots. This is a standard 30ml bottle, so it should last for about a year, possibly less. 

This also has a very handy pump, so two pumps should give you full coverage. This is also described as transfer proof, and matte. I have to agree in both cases, once I've set it with powder and setting spray, it doesnt budge. I haven't had any transferring yet except when blotting my face later in the day. You want to use a good primer though to ensure it doesnt settle into wrinkles or dry patches.

This is a swatch of half a pump, you can already tell the coverage is full, and this is the 'Light 44 Cool' shade. It is a little bit pink toned for my skin, but it seamlessly blends over the jawline, and you can't tell the difference between my face and neck!

Finally, here is a shot of how it looks once I have a full face of makeup done, powder and all. It looks very natural and not at all cakey, which is down to the creamy texture of the product. I have no bad things to say, and hopefully the more I use it, the more impressed I'll be. Another plus is of course the no animal testing on her products, so we can splurge without any guilt! 

Let me know if you'll be trying this out.


Instagram Validation

The amount of times I've sat refreshing my Instagram notifications after posting one of my strategically edited flatlays or 'makeup of the day' posts can't be normal, right? 

With Instagram now being a major source of income and platform to promote almost any venture, I imagine we are all a little guilty of obsessing over how many likes our last photo got or whether your caption was witty enough. Over the years of creating and deleting numerous accounts I've learnt to post only what I myself would love to see and what's "true to myself" as cliché as that sounds. I know fellow bloggers can relate to being focused on the numbers, whether or not you want to care. the swirling vortex of Sports Illustrated worthy bikini shots and luxury makeup collections you'd have to sell a kidney to afford can make anyone's passion for photography turn sour. That's not to say I feel bitter, I've learnt the hard way to not compare myself or find flaws in others, but it can be hard not to feel competitive with others who are "killing the game" as we would say on Instagram. 
So, what should we do? 

The answer is, whatever the hell you want
Thats something I realised not long ago. I'm trying to put it into practice as we speak (the man next to me on the train is definitely reading over my shoulder). 

You can't compare your chapter 1 to someone's chapter 20, which means that we don't know how different their online growth process was, and just because they get 50,000 likes per photo doesn't mean your content isn't good enough or that you'll never "make it". I promise that once you stop overanalysing your feed you'll create a much more positive experience online. I honestly have so much to say on this topic, so watch out for more rants to come. 

If you take one thing away from this, and this is as much advice for myself as it is for you,  create content that inspires you because you're the only person that you should compete with in life.    When I find myself comparing my curated online presence to that of a blogger with 1m followers, I try to remind myself that to succeed the only person I need to be better than is who I was yesterday. 


Summer Beauty Essentials

Today I wanted to share my favourite nail polishes and beauty products that I've been reaching for during the daytime. The polishes, of course, are all pink. You can definitely get away with more vibrant bright shades during the summer, so those are the colours I've been reaching for!

Below are my favourite shades, sometimes layered with one another or as a pedicure for a little more subtlety. These also happen to be drugstore brands; L.A Colors, Models Own, Barry M, Nails Inc, Milani. My favourite is probably the models own muted mauve shade as the application wand has a rounded tip so its easier to apply, and the formula is thick so you get a quicker, even application.

Below is a little flat-lay I put together, showing my go-to products. Left to right;

  • Victoria's Secret Be Seduced body lotion
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
  • Kylie Matte Lipstick in Candy K
  • Bvlgari Mon Jasmin Noir Eau de Toilette

These all happen to be small products, so they fit perfectly into a Celine Nano Tote. I usually stick to just three beauty products for top-ups, one always being for lips. 

What do you guys bring with you?


BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette Review

This palette originally retails for $20 but is on offer currently for $14. I ordered this early this year but have only just gotten around to testing out the shades. The colours are so gorgeous, my favourite kind of neutral, earthy tones. They really suit Carli in particular, if you watch her tutorial then you know what I'm talking about.

I love versatile palettes like this, where you can mix and match the shades and use for the whole face - bronzer, highlighter, eyeshadow...

Even if you're not a huge fan, this palette individually is so worth the money. Not to mention, it's actually very inexpensive but is of higher quality than the generic drugstore palettes in my opinion. The swatches speak for themselves! I also think they smell really nice, they have a powdery scent to them, which is a little added bonus.

The staying power is relatively long, but of course they won't be super thick in texture the way Kat Von D would be. I still do love it, and is a great substitute for shelling out hundreds on Kylie Cosmetics.

Here are the swatches of the highlighter shades, my favourites! They are very warm toned, and would look amazing on darker skin tones and olive tones. The highlighter is actually great for pale skin, so it won't have that awful dark pink or orange undertones that so many have over light foundations.

I also think the fourth shade would look great during the summer as a bronzer, and lid colour.

Have you tried this one yet?