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Morphe | Bronzed Mocha Palette

Morphe 25A 25B

After buying the Morphe Copper Spice Palette, I have to say I’m absolutely besotted! I had never owned a Morphe palette before, but since buying the Copper Spice I’ve found myself reaching for it for almost all of my clients. As the Bronzed Mocha is also limited edition I just couldn’t say no – the deep purple has always caught my eye and for £19.50 it’s such great value for money!

I’d say the Bronzed Mocha Palette is better for softer looks as all the colours are so earthy and a lot more neutral than the Copper Spice. The mix of neutral and plum hues are exactly what I’m looking for this autumn! I like to use one or two shadows from the top row to create a transition in the crease, before darkening the colours with the two purples. Then, any of the foil finish colours work beautifully patted on the lid to make the eye pop. I wouldn’t usually wear a lot of colour underneath my eyes but again the purple has won me over. I use a black kohl liner in my waterline and smoke it out with the purple for the perfect sultry smoke!

Morphe Bronzed Mocha

One of my favourite things about the palette is the design. The square pans make it easy to pick up colour on my brushes without creating a heap of dust and the palette is super thin and lightweight. As a make up artist, this is an absolute dream!

Do you own any Morphe palettes? Which are your favourites and why? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Jo Malone Dupe That Costs £3

Primark Perfume

One thing I’m going to miss about my old job is the perks. One of which, was discount on Jo Malone. There’s something special about having a Jo Malone perfume or candle, so I’m delighted to be writing a post about a dupe that smells like the real deal!

I’ve never noticed the Private Collection in Primark, but one day I was in for a browse when I spotted one of the staff members was putting stock out on the stand, and the packaging had me straight over. The packaging is also a very obvious dupe of Jo Malone, Primark definitely isn’t trying to be sly about anything here. The first scent I picked up was Pomegranate & Black Tea, which is an obvious dupe of Pomegranate Noir. I chose to go for the small handbag spray for £3, but you also get 100ml bottles for £8!

Jo Malone Dupe

The second fragrance I ended up buying is Amber Noir. At first I thought it smelled like the Jo Malone Velvet Rose and Oud, but I’ve since been asked if I have on Tom Ford when I wear it. I’m not an expert in Tom Ford, but I think maybe it smells like Black Orchid?

Private Collection Primark

The one thing I’ll say about the perfumes is that damn, they are strong. I made the mistake of spraying myself a few times when I was testing them out and I smelled like I had cracked a whole bottle of my head. Not that it’s a bad thing – it means you only need one spray and you’re good to go! The other fragrances are Mandarin and Basil, Jasmine and Honey, Rose Oud and Vanilla Absolute, but they just didn’t do it for me.

Have you tried any of the fragrances from Private Collection? Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!

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I’m Going Back To College!

Marble Notebook

A little foreword – I’m not really good at writing personal posts, so apologies if this isn’t your thing!

Recently I’ve felt a little lost in the big bad world and decided I wanted a career change. I applied for so many Admin jobs, but only ever heard back from a few, all with rejections. I only ever went to college to do hairdressing, so I started to think about going back to do Admin and IT to get some experience behind me. I looked up the requirements and saw that I could try to get straight into a HNC, which was pretty appealing.

My main worry about going back to college was that it felt like a step back. I’d already done a whole course to discover I hated it and I’ve since worked for four years, including a year of being a supervisor. I talked it over with Scott and my mum, who were both amazingly supportive and made me realise that one more year in college isn’t a big deal. They reminded me that even if it’s shit and I hate studying, it’s just temporary! One year and then I can get a new job and work my way up for there.

The next step was to go for an interview. I was pretty anxious but it turned out to be a group interview and started with a presentation that went over the course. The more I thought about it, the more I felt like I was making the right choice. I was lucky enough to walk away with an Unconditional and the closer the start of college has gotten, the more excited I’ve become! My first class is tomorrow, I’ve bought a new notebook, a new stationary set and have an outfit planned. I know I’m a hard worker and to be honest, I’m really looking forward to channelling my energy into something new!

 

P.S Student discount come at me! 😉

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Morphe | Copper Spice Palette

Morphe 25A Copper Spice Palette

I recently left a very beloved job and for my leaving present I was ecstatic to receive a Beauty Bay voucher. I love a good voucher, especially for places I wouldn’t normally shop! (Which is pretty much everywhere except MAC, New Look and Primark to be honest.) I already had a wishlist from browsing and knew straight away that I wanted a facemask and two eyeshadows from Makeup Geek, but I hadn’t quite decided on which Crease Brush I wanted from Morphe. I spent an afternoon looking at the Morphe products and kept coming back to the 25A Copper Spice Palette.

The slick, square shapes and super shimmery eyeshadows were all it really took to grab my attention. I have so many warm eyeshadow palettes already, but I was on the lookout for more mustard tones and since the Copper Spice palette had quite a few, I decided it was worth the investment. I mean, at £19.50 I still had plenty of leftover money from my voucher so I might as well treat myself, right?

The top two rows have softer, clay coloured eyeshadows that work great as base and transition colours. The middle row has darker eyeshadows with a warm reddish undertone, making them perfect for the outer corner and to darken the crease. The most eye-catching colours are definitely the foiled colours on the fourth row. They give any look an added POW! and I’ve seen a few people wear this on the inner corner for a pop of shimmer! Obviously my favourite is the copper one – but that’s no surprise, it is?! The last row has a few more dark shimmery colours and the matte brown and black colour which I love for smoking out the corners.

Morphe Copper Spice Palette

The colours have great pigmentation and are super soft – luckily they don’t go “dusty” like my Tarte Pro Amazonian Clay Palette. The darker colours are easy to blend without looking patchy or dirty and the shimmers look as good on the eye as they do in their pans! I’m now thinking I might need to add the 25B Bronze Mocha to my collection too – I don’t think I have enough purples in my kit!

Have you tried the Copper Spice or Bronzed Mocha Palettes? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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I bought something from an Instagram advert

Do you ever get sponsored videos popping up on your Instagram or Facebook, advertising seemingly revolutionary products? I certainly do and one that caught my eye was the Etude House Tint My Brow Gel. The video managed to make me stop scrolling and watch as the product peeled off the brow, revealing perfectly filled in brows!

I knew I had to give this a go to see if it was a just a huge gimmick or not. I hopped on over to Amazon and quickly found the gel for a mere £5. It surprisingly only took a few days to arrive and I was excited to try it out, so the evening before my next day off I got to work. I cleansed and dried my eyebrows to ensure the product went on clean skin and opened up the lid of the gel. The applicator is quite thick, making is a little hard to apply the gel evenly. The gel its self is very thick, making it easy to get a good coating on the brow. I put the gel on as neatly as possible and use a few cotton buds to clean up the shape. The gel dries quite fast and the directions suggest to leave it on for at least 2 hours, or overnight if possible. I left it on for about 4 hours and decided to peel it off before bedtime. When I peeled off the hardened gel I was a little horrified – it had tinted the skin under my brows bright orange!

Luckily for me, the staining removed pretty easily with a little bit of water and any residue came off with make up remover. Not too desirable as I’d want to at least be able to shower without the tint coming off if it had been the right colour! I had expected the look to be a lot like my brows after being tinted (in the photo below all I have on my brows is staining from my tint!) but it came out a lot more opaque and it was obvious I had something on my brows. I think this is what most people would be hoping for, but my brows are really sparse so I don’t want anything that looks too obvious.

Overall, I don’t think I’ll be using the Etude House Tint My Brows Gel again. There are different shades that might not come out so orange, but the finished look is just too obvious for what I wanted to achieve and since it came off with water, I feel like I’d end up needing to top up every day!

Has Instagram or Facebook advertising ever lead you to a purchase? I’d be interested to know the things that work and are a waste of money so let me know in the comments below!

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GLAMGLOW THIRSTYMUD

I’ve wanted to try out GlamGlow for a long time now, but I’m not exactly the richest person in the world and it’s a bit scary to part with a chunk of money for a product that might not even be that great. But after hearing glowing (haha) review after glowing review, I eventually caved and decided it was time to try one of the GlamGlow masks. I was so tempted to go for SuperMud as I love a deep cleanse, but the sensible side of me took a step back and decided to be a bit more realistic, as my skin is much more on the dry side.

As soon as my tub arrived I gave my face a nice exfoliation and painted on the mask.  It smell lovely, like a coconut smoothie and has a gel consistency – a bit surprising for a moisture mask! The directions say that it can be used as a leave on treatment, so I put on a thin layer went on with my day. When it was first applied the mask it made my skin feel slightly tingly – not in a sore, is-this-mask-irritating-my-skin way; more like a minty fresh feeling.

After 20 minutes or so I gently rubbed in the mask and used a tissue to blot off the excess. I could still feel a slight residue, but nothing compared to the other “leave on” masks I’ve tried – I’ve always had to wash them off in the end! I didn’t wear make up for the rest of the day, but even the day after when I wore and removed makeup, my skin still had that fresh, plumped feeling that face masks give you!

After three uses I’ve noticed a difference in my skin – it’s a lot more glowy and hydrated, and the dry patches on my cheeks are starting to disappear. My nose and between my brows still looks a bit dry, but I’m hoping over the long-term my skin will improve!

Have you ever tried anything from the GlamGlow range? Or maybe you can recommend a good hydrating mask? Let me know in the comments below!

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So you’re getting a dog for the first time?

If you follow me on any form of social media then you will be well aware that just over a month ago, Scott and I brought home our little bundle of joy, Walter. I’ve wanted a dog for as long as I can remember – the only pets I had growing up were fish!. When Scott announced that he was going to see a man about a dog (see what I did there?) I was ecstatic, but nervous as I have literally no experience of looking after a dog!  I decided to write a little post about our first month and a half with Walter and my experiences of owning a dog for the first time.

I’m going to skip over some of the stuff I think is obvious if you’re already looking for a dog. Research which breed is best for you, your dog and your lifestyle. Look up health problems. Look up breeders. Speak to owners of the breed you want to go for. Get your dog registered to a vet, get a health check and get them microchipped.

Moving on, here are the main lessons I’ve learned since we took Walter home –

No amount of research will prepare you for your first week of owning a puppy. It’s exhausting. I cried near the end of the week because I was so tired from waking up every few hours for a pee break. We got Walter at 10 weeks as his previous owners already had a dog and the two just didn’t get along, so the first night when we tried to crate him he screamed non stop. Getting him to willingly go into his crate was a nightmare and it’s only in the past week he’s started to see it as his own little space that he can nap in during the day. He nipped non stop, cried if we left the room, cried when we crated him so we could have dinner, tried to chew cables…but even though everything was so new and trying, it was all worth it for the snuggles, the sits and paws and just having a little furry shadow.

Train your puppy from day one. One of the main comments made about Walter (other than his cuteness) is how good he is. Almost everyone who meets him comments on his behaviour and I was so surprised at how many people said their own dog didn’t know sit. All we really did to train Walter was spending around 10 minutes every morning and evening teaching him commands. We started with sit, paw, stay and come, which I think are pretty essential to every dog! We’ve been a bit unlucky with our puppy training class as it’s been postponed for two weeks, but it’s great for teaching Walter to concentrate on us around distractions. (Especially as there is a boxing class in other half of the room at the same time as puppy training -.-) The main thing we’re working on now is getting Walters recall down. We have a whistle that generally works if calling his name doesn’t, but there are still certain triggers that give him tunnel vision and selective hearing!

Socialise, Socialise, Socialise! Walter has always been generally good with other dogs, but to start with – and even now – if a dog is bigger and a bit of a barker, he tends to sit and hide between our legs. On our first few playdates he would lie on his back and submit as soon as the other dogs got a tiny bit boisterous, but since going on walks where there are a lot of dogs he’s starting to get a lot better at playing. He still hasn’t learned not to run up to every single dog, but when he does find someone to play with he’s a lot more confident! We’re pretty fortunate as there is a park next to us where everyone walks their dogs after work, so we go most days and everyone gathers in the middle of the field to let the dogs play together. It’s great as there is a mixture of big and small dogs, puppies, adults and elderly dogs and most importantly to me, dogs that want to play and dogs that just want to chill and watch everyone. Walter is slowly learning the signs of a dog that doesn’t want to play with him and is starting to chill out and just sit about near the dogs rather than being in play mode the whole time. We also have friends who also have a miniature schnauzer a couple of months older than Walter who is a great influence, as well as friends with a puppy the same age who Walter can play with and grow up with.

If everyone likes this kind of post, I might move on to a mini series about Walter! I want to do a post on his breed in particular, as well as some update posts like this one. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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