Sunday, February 26, 2017

Freedom Pro Blush Palette: Bronzed & Baked

This palette is so pretty! Other than a couple of lipsticks, this is the only thing I own from Freedom.

Freedom comes from the same family as Makeup Revolution so it's hardly surprising that their palettes are the same brilliant quality whilst also being super affordable. 

There are shades in this palette to suit pretty much everybody, ranging from a subtle pink shade ideal for blush to the deep warm toned contour shade. You could also use 4/5 of them as highlight depending on the tone you prefer. 
I can only really get away with the two darkest shades as eyeshadow, I'm way too pale for them to work anywhere else on my face. The rest I mix and match as highlight, contour or blush. 

Never fear if you're someone who normally steers away from shimmer, the shades range from the super duper shimmery right down to a subtle, barely there shimmer. Nothing too intense at all but you could always build it up if you prefer to glow. 

This palette is only £6!! I'd definitely recommend picking it up if you're looking to add to your collection because that's a complete steal for what is essentially eight products at a super high quality. I'll definitely be heading back to the Freedom stand soon.

Do you own anything from Freedom?
Nikki x

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Beauty Wishlist

Any beauty lover knows the wishlist is never ending. Here are the things (a few of the things) hanging around in my online baskets at the moment.

This is one of those products where I feel like the only person in the blogging world who hasn't tried it and as a lover of the higher coverage foundations I definitely need to change that. I'm happy with my Kat Von D one at the moment but when that runs out I'm going to give this one a try. 

I would argue that you can never have too many neutral palettes and I really want this one in my collection. There are so many beautiful shades to choose from and whilst I've never tried anything from Sonia, I've only ever heard great things.  

As a massive Rosie fan it's surprising that I've never tried any of her makeup line. In reality my wishlist consists of everything but I think this bronzer is definitely my most wanted.

Brittany posted a video just before Christmas wearing this shade and I've been lusting after it ever since. Unfortunately it came after I'd given my Christmas list out so I've waited but I'm going to London soon(ish) and I'm heading straight to the Kat Von D counter.

I love Kathleen. Her youtube channel has been one of my favourites for years so naturally I've got my eye on this palette. I'm not one to use highlight a lot so I can't bring myself to justify the £40 spend.

I don't own anything Charlotte Tilbury and I've decided the best start to my collection would be this makeup bag. I'm obsesed with the design, it's so classic. 

Yet again....another brand I haven't tried. I recently got rid of one of my Morphe palettes so I need a replacement. That's how it works, right? Ha! As soon as I finish paying off my holiday I'm going to treat myself to this.

What have you got your eye on at the minute?
Nikki x


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Top 5 Winter Shades

Left to right : Laura Gellar, Revlon, Apocalips, MUA, NYX

Let's be honest, I prefer a dark lip any season of the year. Winter shades are the best shades.

*Laura Gellar 'Color enriched anti-aging lipstick' in Cab Crush
I have a love of liquid lipsticks but sometimes it really is nice to go old school. I got this a couple of months ago in a beauty box and I love it. It's pink toned and less dramatic than the others but I definitely wouldn't go kissing anybody with this on as it's pretty glossy. It fades naturally with time and ends up looking like a lip stain rather than going patchy.

Revlon 'Super lustrous lipstick' in Black Cherry 
I'm pretty sure this is one of their cult shades. It was all the rage back when I started this blog. This is one of those perfect products that you can pop into your bag to turn your look instantly from day to night.

*Rimmel London 'Apocalips' in Eclipse
I never gave these a second glance in Superdrug/Boots stores but when I saw it in Poundland I decided it was the time to give it a try. I actually really like it. It's a lot more red toned that the others but a lipstick collection is never really complete without every shade of red lip product out there. 

*MUA 'Luxe velvet lip lacquer' in Kooky 
At only £3 this is an absolute steal. I think this has had a slight package change since I bought this. It's one I've had in my collection for a while. Hopefully the formula is the same though because I love this. It's super pigmented and longlasting.

*NYX 'Soft matte lip cream' in Transylvania 
This is one of the oldest lip shades in my collection and in definite need of replacing. It's the deepest shade of the lot. Mine has started getting pretty dry due to old age but it's still just as long lasting with a lipliner. The soft matte lip creams are amazing value and hopefully I'll own them all soon.

What's you favourite winter lip product?
Nikki x

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January Favourites

Cue the obligatory 'I can't believe it's already the end of January'. But seriously! Here are a few things I've been loving so far this year.

Reading πŸ‘“  
Wild by Cheryl Strayed. 
First book of the year down. To be fair, I was off to a good start but it's slowed right down since i finished this book. I loved it! It also totally made me want to go on a soul searching trek (not that I'm crazy enough to ever actually do it). 

Watching πŸ“Ί
James Keziah Delaney (Tom Hardy) returns home to London after years traveling the world. He's been gone so long that people, including his own family, thought he must have died on his trip. He's come back to claim his stake on his father's shipping empire, but the family's dirty business tactics affect his life in terrible ways. Oh yeah, and there's black magic involved. (Source

I'm not massively into period dramas but I'm hooked on this. I also think this is the first thing I've actually seen with Tom Hardy in but πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜

Clary Fray is a normal teenager living in Brooklyn with her mother. One day, she discovers that she is descended from a line of Shadowhunters; humans born with angelic blood that fight to protect our world from demons. After her mother is kidnapped, Clary must team up with three Shadowhunters: Jace, Alec and Isabelle and her best friend Simon on a quest to find her mother and recover her past. (Source)

I'm so excited this is back. I love pretty much anything young adult/fantasy. It also helps that the entire cast is crazy beautiful. It's based on 'The Mortal Instruments' book series (which I own but have never read). It's on Netflix if anyone fancies a watch. I'd recommend.

Beauty πŸ’„ πŸ’…
I'm slowly but surely using up a whole range of makeup and a foundation I've finished this month is Revlon 'Colorstay'. It has to be one of the best foundations I've tried. It certainly is one the best I've found in terms of colour match and I'm 100% on the hunt for a cruelty free alternative. 
Another favourite which has also already featured on a monthly favourites in my Kryolan 'camouflage creme' palette. My skin has again been a nightmare recently and I love this to cover any redness.

Going  πŸŽ­
This month I finally got to see Ramin Karimloo live and it was in my home town of all places. I live on the edge of nowhere so I'm always surprised when quality people show up. I'm 100% in love with his voice. Live shows make my soul so happy and hearing him sing Anthem will probably remain my favourite moment of 2017. 

Listening πŸŽΆ 
The La La Land soundtrack. Like the vast majority of us I went to see La La Land this month and I've been listening to the soundtrack ever since. It's so magical and worth every bit of hype it's receiving. ★★★★★

Loving ♡ πŸ“”
I was trying to do a no spend January but I've bought a Happy Planner and discovered Etsy planner stickers so that went out of the window. That being said, I'm now stocked up for at least a couple of months so I'm giving no spend February a go. 

What have you been loving so far this year?
Nikki x
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