I really hope you enjoy this straightforward, budget friendly Halloween Makeup Tutorial for a Creepy Glam Skeleton. I absolutely loved doing this and would love to see if you have a go too! Just send me over your photos please!
The ABH Modern Renaissance palette is one I can only dream about owning (or hope that someone close to me reads this post and surprises me with it!) so when I saw that the very affordable high-street brand W7 had released this little beauty, I was intrigued to give it a go.
The palette comes in simple cardboard packaging with a mirror inside and includes a brush. The brush is also a replica of the ABH one too, with a fluffy brush one end and a smudging brush the other. There are twelve eyeshadows inside – 4 shimmers and 8 mattes. Upon swatching, I found some to be much more pigmented than others. The palest shade is pretty much non-existent on my skin, so isn’t visible in the swatch photo. Some of the colours are also quite chalky. However, upon using the palette, I was impressed with how pigmented the darker colours were and how well they blended.
Here’s a simple tutorial for an every day look using the palette –
And here’s the finished look!
The shadows lasted very well throughout the day and are still going strong now. I used my MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as a base/primer and the shadows have stayed put without creasing.
Do I think this is a decent dupe for the ABH palette? If you’re on a tight budget like me and can’t justify spending so much on some eyeshadow – then yes, this is a brilliant substitute! When it’s on your eyes, who’s going to know the difference, hey?
I ordered this palette direct through the W7 website here and it cost £12.95.
I have been in contact with Ingrid Hume from Pravera for a while now and she has kindly sent out some high-quality and beautiful natural products to me. You may have previously read my post on Benecos Cosmetics (if not, click here) where I gave them a glowing review. Now it’s the turn of the brand Lavera – a natural, organic and vegan beauty brand.
I created the look pictured below, using the products I was sent. Here’s a run down of everything I used and how I used it.
This eyeshadow quad is just STUNNING. My mind went into overdrive when thinking of all the looks I could create using just these four colours. I love the mix or peachy pinks and golds with khaki greens. They just match beautifully. I’m really into khaki eye makeup at the moment, so was very excited to try this out.
Here I created a very simple look using the mini palette. I used my Benecos single eyeshadow in Mauve in the crease, as I like to use matte shades there. I then used the pink colour over three quarters of my lid, starting from the inner corner. On the outer corner I used the peachy/gold tone. Along the lower last line I used a tiny amount of both of the green/gold colours.
This bronzer has a beautiful texture and consistency and blends like a dream. The colour is very buildable and I would say it looks much darker in the pan than it actually is. You can use the colours singly, or swirl them together with a brush. I mix them together as I find this to be the perfect match for my skin tone. I applied the bronzer just below the cheek bones, around the forehead and perimeter of my face. I love how glowy it made me look!
Wow, this little highlighter really packs a big punch! It is a cream product, so is best used before a powder. I have particularly enjoyed this on no-foundation days as it gives me maximum glow without all the other products. It’s been brilliant on these hot days we’ve been having. I applied the highlighter to the usual places where a glow is very welcome – cheekbones, bridge and end of nose, Cupid’s bow and brow bone.
Sorry guys, but here’s another product I just LOVE! I really don’t have anything negative to say about any of the Lavera products I’ve tried. This blush is pigmented, creamy, buildable and easy to blend out. It looks just stunning on the cheeks for that ‘glowing from within’ look. It is a plum toned powder, with a shimmer. I applied this to the apples of my cheeks.
I’m so pleased with how these products transferred onto my face. They have brilliant staying power too – I’ve even been for a run this evening and the eyeshadows haven’t creased! These are lovingly made, high-quality beauty items. I’m excited to try more from the range. Lavera also have skin, bath, baby, men’s, dental and other products to name just a few. Definitely check them out on Praverahere.
Here it is! The third installment on my series of reviews, swatches and tutorials on the Belle’s Beauty and Glitz Cosmetics eyeshadow palettes. This one is the 35F – a palette containing 35 beautiful and versatile shades. There are seven highly pigmented matte shades and 28 shimmer shades.
This palette is right up my street as it contains orange-toned, warm and Autumnal themed tones which are my go-to colours. I find these colours really make my blue eyes pop and are just stunning to work with and create beautiful looks.
I randomly swatched some of my stand-out shimmer shades below –
Here are six of the seven matte tones (I couldn’t swatch the first colour as it is a perfect match for my skin tone and wasn’t showing up on camera!) –
As usual, I had a go at creating a simple, but statement eye look with this palette. I added eyeliner this time (something I’m terrified to do!) but you can recreate this look without it.
I used one of the lightest matte orange shades in my crease
2. I then deepened the outer crease colour with the next matte orange shade along in the palette
3. I used a pink, shimmer shade all over my lid and blended up to the crease. This pink shade is gorgeous! It has a peachy/gold duochrome shimmer to it which, when it catches the light, is blinding!
4. I deepened the outer V colour with a purple shade from the far left column of the palette and also ran this along my lower lashline
5. Finally, I attempted eyeliner – sorry I’m no good at applying this!
Once again, Belle’s Beauty and Glitz Cosmetics haven’t failed to impress me with yet another beautiful palette. The colours and pigmentation are just brilliant. The quality and range of colours present endless looks and they send my creative mind into overdrive!
If you would like to purchase the Glitz Cosmetics 35F palette for yourself for only £13.99, then click here.
Read Part One of this series here and Part Two here.
Today I will be showing you how to create a Sunset Eyeshadow look with this beautiful Glitz Cosmetics 12P palette from Belle’s Beauty. This is my second post about the gorgeous palettes from Belle’s Beauty and you can read my first post here.
Once again, we have another top-quality, stunning 12 colour eyeshadow palette. This one features 6 matte and 6 shimmer shades – all bright and bold!
I have swatched all the shades from left to right, starting on the top row.
As the weather is getting progressively warmer and more sunny, I thought it was only appropriate to create an eyeshadow look that reflects a sunset. Please let me know if you have a go at this – I’d love to see what you achieve – I may even feature your photos on the blog!
Step 1 – Apply the pink shade along the lashline and blend around halfway up the eyelid
Step 2 – Take the muted orange shade just above the pink and blend up into the lower part of the crease
Step 3 – Now take the bolder orange shade and emphasise the outer crease and eyelid with it. Use a fluffy brush to blend out any harsh lines. Don’t worry if it looks messy at this point – stick with it as you’ll tidy it up at the end
Step 4 – Use the yellow shade above all the previous colours and on the brow bone. Be quite light-handed with this colour, you want it to be subtle
Step 5 – Tidy under the eyebrow using a small brush and the white shade
Step 6 – To create an ‘ocean’ effect use the blue, teal and purple along your lower lash line. I did this in sections and blended them at the edges for an ombre effect
The colours in this palette are super pigmented and were just so perfect for this eye look. They blend so beautifully too which means the ombre effect needed was easy to achieve. This look is just perfect for Summer – whether that be on holiday, evenings out or festivals. I can’t wait to recreate it again using other colours from the palette. I also think it would look great with black winged eyeliner – or even gold!
To buy your own Glitz Cosmetics 12P Palette visit Belle’s beauty here. Be sure to check out their other palettes too – some are in the sale! I will be featuring another palette in a tutorial soon – subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss it!
Makeup Revolution’s sister brand I Heart Makeup, have just launched this beauty. It’s the Unicorn Love palette and oh my gosh, it has a furry outer case!
Inside you get 16 matte and shimmer shades all with elements of fantasy and unicorn. Each shade has a fairytale name, for example – Fortune, Magic, Wings, Sparkle (my personal favourite name for obvious reasons!). There is a lovely range of shades – not as wild as I’d have expected from a palette named after creatures of the rainbow – but they are subtly beautiful. There are some perfect crease and transition colours, some beautiful, glittery brights and some all-round stunning shimmery shades.
You also receive a double-ended sponge applicator. I would’ve preferred a brush as I find sponge applicators to be the most useless makeup tools known to man – why oh why? There is a large and extremely useful mirror which spans across the whole inner casing lid and doesn’t distort you like something from the House of Mirrors.
I have swatched all of the shades for you below – I took one photo with the flash on and one without. I swatched from left to right, starting on the top row.
The shades I am particularly impressed with are –
Flutter – a beautiful peachy shade
Fortune and Gallop – both orangey/pinky browns one is shimmer, one is matte
Story – Gold and so sparkly – just stunning!
Wings – The perfect neutral brown crease shade
Love – a gorgeous champagne gold and white
I created this look with the palette, here’s how –
All over the lid, use Pure to set your primer and create a smooth base
In the crease, use Flutter
On the outer crease, use Wings to add more definition
To create a Halo Eye look, use Fortune on the inner and outer corners and then blend them together along the crease so that they meet there in the middle
Use Fortune again along the lower lash line
To darken up the edge of the outer corner, use Gallop and blend out
Using your finger, put Story in the middle of your eyelid and the middle of your lower lash line – this really adds to the Wow Effect!
As you can probably tell, I am a little bit in love with this palette. I love the range of shades to suit all skin tones and eye colours. There are endless looks to be created with it. The colour pay off and pigmentation is fantastic – particularly in the shimmer shades like Story. I’m wearing this eye look now and it hasn’t moved all day. I do use an eye primer, but it hasn’t dropped down below my eyes or moved into my crease. I am very impressed for a palette that costs only £7.99.
You can purchase this palette from TAMbeauty, but be quick as it does keep going out of stock very quickly! As I write this, there is only 1 left! Here’s the link to buy – Unicorn Love Palette.
This beautiful eyeshadow palette has been surrounded by a lot of controversy over the last week, when Kat Von D herself posted a very angry Instagram photo calling out Makeup Revolution for completely copying her Shade & Light palette. The whole reason I wanted this palette for myself was because of the fact it was such an incredible dupe of the ridiculously overpriced original. Of course the quality will be better, but I really can’t justify spending £37 on an eyeshadow palette.
I had been after this palette a while and it had been out of stock on TAMbeauty. I was so happy to find in in my local Superdrug however, and have been putting it to the test ever since! I have to say that I absolutely love this palette. It was a brilliant £8 and there are so many neutral looks to be created with it. The palette is split into three quads of complementary neutrals.
I had a go at putting together a look for you to try – let me know if you give it a go!Firstly, set your primer/concealer with the light shade all over the lid up to the brow bone
Next, I added this very light, almost peachy shade along my crease
This brick red shade was placed on my outer corner and along my lower lash line
I then placed this light brown all over my lid and stopped below my crease
Finally, I used a darker brown as a kind of eyeliner along my upper lash line
This is a very subtle look, suitable for everyday wear.
The palette is still sold out on TAMbeauty, but you can purchase it online at Superdrug (with free delivery!) here.
This beautiful eyeshadow palette was sent to me by Belle’s Beauty, a new and independent makeup seller. The business is run by Jade and Vicky who are both dedicated to finding high quality and most importantly, affordable makeup for everyone. I will be posting a few times about this business as I have to show you some more wonderful palettes accompanied by makeup tutorials showing you how to make the most of your palettes.
Today’s post is about the Glitz Cosmetics 12K palette – stunning isn’t it? It contains twelve shades – 6 matte and 6 shimmer. They range from light nudes, peachy pinks to rich browns and burgundies.
I have swatched the shades, starting at the top row and going down, swatching from left to right.
So let’s get started with this tutorial! I went for a purple theme this time, as requested by my cousin’s lovely fiance, Lucy. As usual, I primed my eyelids with MAC Paint Pot Pro in Painterly.
I began by applying the colour closest to my skin colour over my eyelid to set my primer. I then applied the gorgeous peach shade in my crease as a transition shade.
I decided to create a ‘Halo’ eye look, so applied the purple tone shown below, to my inner and outer lids and blended/joined them together in my crease.
Now for some shimmer! I packed on this beautiful duochrome light nude/peach colour to the centre of my lids and the center of my lower lash line.
To emphasise the shimmer even more I added another sparkling shade over the top with my finger tip.
Finally, I used the pink, shimmery shade on the top row on my brow bone (and well done me for cropping this out of the photo!).
BONUS! This palette doesn’t just have to be used on the eyes! I took the beautiful duochrome nude/peach shade I used earlier and applied it as a highlighter! Subtle and beautiful. It really pulled the whole look together.
As you can tell from this review (and my Instagram!) I adore this palette. The colours are perfect for my eye colour – especially the peaches and burgundies, but this palette will work for everyone. There are colours to suit all.