Wednesday, 2 September 2015

USING // Is It Just Me? MAC Eyeliner...

Another post for IIJM.  This time I’m looking at you, MAC Smoulder eyeliner.

I received this as a birthday present from some very kind friends.  I love me some eyeliner so I was overjoyed, especially as it was from MAC.  Smoulder looked like the perfect black, kept neat on the waterline for a more harsh look, or smudged out to create a smokey eye,  I couldn’t wait to try it out!   Surely a MAC eyeliner was going to top any of those from the drug store given its reputation?!

Surely not.  There is only one way I can make this product work for me, and that is on my top lid to create a softer, smokier line if I don’t want to go in with the liquid or gel eyeliner.

Maybe it is me, and maybe I’m using it wrong but I just cannot get this product to work for me.  It won’t stay on my waterline, and if I do apply it I get barely any colour pay off at all.  If I apply it below my waterline then it will drop through out the day making me look like I’ve just got out the shower/been rubbing my eyes/crying.  Not a good look for a full day at work. 

If you’re thinking of getting a MAC liner then I would recommend swatching in store before buying, and reading reviews. 

Please do let me know if you’ve had similar problems or if you know a better way to use it!


Monday, 31 August 2015

USING // W7 Budget Eyeshadow Palettes...

I wanted to share with you all my favourite budget eyeshadow palettes  – These beauties from W7.

In The Buff was the first one I bought and fell in love with. I can't remember how I stumbled upon this on eBay, but for £4.90 I was having it!  I had a look into W7 and found they did quite a few palettes, and so In The Nude and Lightly Toasted were added to my collection!

Lightly Toasted

Each palette comes in a metal tin and contains 12 eyeshadows.   Lightly Toasted has a range of neutral colours, In The Buff contains more brown colours, and In The Nude has more pink colours.  

They are all really natural, wearable colours, which I love. I did come with a double ended brush/sponge but I took these out as I prefer to use proper eyeshadow brushes. 

In The Buff

The quality of these eyeshadows is amazing, especially for the price!  The colours are really opaque (which you can see from the swatches) and apply really well with only a little fall out, which I find can be common with cheaper drugstore eyeshadows (and some higher end!)

The mattes aren’t overly chalky like some budget options I’ve tried (which put me off matte eyeshadows for a long time!) and the shimmers aren’t jam packed with larger glitter pieces (again like some I’ve tried).

Is there something glaringly obvious that I am missing from these palettes?  Oh yeah, they are 100% Naked dupes!! If you want to invest in a Naked palette but aren’t sure of which one to go for, I'd really recommend giving these ago to see which one you will use the most.  I have a post coming up comparing In The Buff with my Naked 2 palette, so watch this space!

In The Nude

The only negatives I can think of with these palettes is the lack of mirror, which would have been a nice touch, and the lids of these tins - one of mine was broken on one hinge when I received it, however this doesn’t bother me and the lid still shuts properly.

If you are on the lookout for a budget palette I would 100% recommend these.  They have had so much use since I got them, especially In The Buff, and it’s still going strong which is really impressive!  They've released a few more palettes which I am eyeing up, including a couple of dupes for the Naked Basics! You can find them all on eBay here *adds more to basket*

Have you tried any of these W7 eyeshadow palettes before?  Which one would you get?


Thursday, 27 August 2015

SHOPPING // The Michael Kors Handbag...

I finally did it.  I finally took the plunge and bought myself my first designer handbag.

I’ve been eyeing up various designer bags FORVER.  Then one 4 hour car journey, when I was wasting time perusing The Outnet, I came across this Michael Kors BEAUTY.

If you haven’t been on The Outnet before, you are missing out. The Outnet , the sister site of Net-A-Porter is an online designer fashion outlet, basically, and where I spend a lot of my time lusting over designer bargains (that I still cannot afford) so don’t worry – I’m not completely delusional thinking I could be swanning around with a £800 bag on my arm and £300 shoes on my feet (not yet, anyway!). 

The more looking I did, the more justified a bag became.  “If it’s my only spend of the weekend then that’s fine…”…  And then somehow this one ended up being delivered to my house one Wednesday afternoon!  Can you believe it?! (Mum was not convinced by my “what a coincidence” shock).

This is the Michael Kors large textured leather tote bag (tres helpful that the outnet didn’t have a better name!).  I didn’t want to get the Jet Set tote, despite there being a lovely grey one on the Outnet, as everyone has that style and I wanted something a little less structured and a little different to everyone else.

This bag is a textured, pebbled leather which is nice and very soft.  At least this should hide any scuffs and scrapes I manage to do! There is also 4 small purse feet (what I’m lead to believe they’re called) on the bottom, which are a welcome addition - nice to know I’m not just putting my brand new love down on the bare floor!

The hardware is all gold which is perfect for me as if I ever wear dress jewellery, that is the colour I go for.  I love that there are two handles to the bag – longer shoulder straps and smaller chain straps so that you can carry your bag two ways, and don’t have to try and cram your arms into small straps to carry it over the shoulder (we’ve all been there I’m sure!!).

The bag attaches by a magnet popper, which I was initially a little apprehensive about, but it is actually really strong! Obviously this doesn’t stop wandering hands, so the middle zipped compartment is great for being able to have valuables safely away from the rest of your bag.  There are 4 compartments in total – a small zip pocket, two large compartments with a middle zipped compartment.  Plenty of room to keep all your essentials (or 15 lipsticks and an umbrella in my case!)

If you couldn't already tell, I am in love with my new bag and have been (gently, carefully and nervously) parading around with it since it left its dustbag a couple of weekends ago.  This has definitely got me started on the quest for a designer handbag wardrobe and I cannot wait to add more to my collection!  This bag is no longer available, however there are plenty more on there!

If you are debating getting something from The Outnet, I would really recommend them.  My bag was sent out for delivery that evening and their delivery service was super quick and safe – they require a signature to leave the item.  Granted this could be a little annoying if no-one is at home, but you can re-arrange the delivery and at least you are safe in the knowledge your new designer shoes/jewelry/dress won’t be hidden ‘behind the back gate’ or even ‘In the green wheelie bin’ (yes, it’s happened to me).

Do you have any designer handbags?  Have you shopped on The Outnet before?

Saturday, 1 August 2015

LIFE // 10 Things To Do On The Weekend...

If you’re used to filling your weekends with plans with friends, partners and family, spending time by yourself may be a little daunting.   It’s great to have plans, but as I’ve got older, I really look forward to having some time to myself.  If you’re stuck for ideas of what to fill your time with, I’ve shared my 10 favourites below...

1. Blog – This one is an obvious one.  I’ve been so busy recently and my blog has been slipping down my priorities.  Any ‘me time’ I can get will be put in to planning my content, taking photos and getting myself back on track.

2. Make up clear out/ Make up bag switch up – I enjoy this more than I should. Nothing better than getting all your make up out and having a good sort through, getting rid of anything you won’t use or that is really past it.  I like to change up what’s in my daily make up bag once every two weeks at least, so I really look forward to going through my collection and switching everything up, re-discovering old favourites.

3. Face mask/ Nails – I never remember to do a face mask/sort my nails out until 30minutes before I’m actually going out, so it’s a welcomed moment when I can paint my nails without smudging and actually use some of my face mask collection.

4. Tidying – Okay, I know this won’t be to everyone’s enjoyment, but I really like using a few hours to myself to sort out my room.  Going through my drawers and wardrobe to get rid of things and generally give my room a good clean.  I always feel such a sense of achievement afterwards and weirdly enjoy it.

5. Gym – Again, not everyone’s choice, but I love getting up at a sensible time on Saturday and Sunday to get in the gym.  It’s usually quite empty too which means I can get a weekend workout in to set me up for the day.  I always feel so energised after and not waiting around is a bonus!

6. Pinterest – I could waste HOURS of my life on Pinterest, drooling over home interiors, travel destinations, make up looks, and clothes.  A good cup of tea and pinterest sesh are perfect together!

7. Catching up on your favourite shows – I am obsessed with reality TV, such as Keeping Up With The Kardashians, TOWIE, and can always spare an hour or two for re-runs of Friends.  Take the chance to get up to date on your favourite shows or with your favourite YouTubers!  

8. Cooking – On Pinterest I’ve been pinning healthy recipes for meals and snacks, so the weekend is the perfect excuse to buy in some ingredients and get cooking.  Granted they may not all taste good or look as good as the pictures but the majority turn out really well and are ready to be packed up for the working week ahead.  

9. Get social – Get social by tweeting and commenting on others pictures/posts. Engage in some conversations and you really will not feel alone, and the other person will also really appreciate it too!

10. Nap – What are weekends for if not for catching up on sleep?  A mid-afternoon nap is just perfect!

What are your favourite things to do by yourself on the weekend?