Friday, 31 May 2013

It's all about the back


Hey look, my kitten slipper is totally photo bombing me! (Can you spot it?)

Hello there! Just a quick post today with just the one photo! It's what I wore out the other night for a few drinks with some friends in Southsea. We went to my favourite bar, Hong Kong Charlie's. It sells sweetie infused vodka and it's deeeelicious and pretty cheap too, so I ended up getting erm, five. (Don't judge me). I got parma violet, mint imperial, sherbert lemon, refreshers, and skittles. Yum! I also got a couple of their 'frozen chocolate' vodka shots in Terry's chocolate orange flavour. Yes ladies, it's as good as it sounds.

Anyway! I wore my new backless crop top which I picked up from Primark for just five pounds. Yep. I love Primark! And you know how much I love a crop top, too. It's plain black with a high neck and a completely open back and I wore it with my new printed trousers and some low heeled ankle boots. I also ended up borrowing a black studded clutch bag from my housemate because I'd left all my 'going out' bags at home, whoops. 

I hadn't planned to blog about this outfit at all but seeing as I took a cheeky photo for Instagram it gave me an excuse to write about it. I have been obsessing over tops and dresses with interesting back detail recently. I don't know what sparked my obsession but I definitely think it's one that will be staying for the summer. At first I was a bit worried about the... bra situation, but a fellow blogger introduced me to some crazy stick-on alternatives that seem to be pretty good. Problem solved! 

Are you going crazy for back detail like me? Let me know if you've picked up any beautiful-backed clothing recently, I'd love to see it! 




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Thursday, 30 May 2013

Review: Topshop cream blusher



Hello there, beautiful people. I have a little review of Topshop's cream blusher in 'Afternoon Tea' for you today. Now, I won't lie. I really wanted a cream blusher and when I found this one I didn't even really look at the colour. I just wanted it because it was called Afternoon Tea. I mean, what a cool name for a blusher. I know what you're thinking, 'oh my God you crazy woman why would you buy an item of make up based on the name?!' Well I'm sorry guys, that's just how I roll.

Lucky for me, this colour happens to be B-E-A-U-tiful. Yep. In the pot it looks practically neon, and yeah it kinda looks neon on your face, too. But don't worry, it's nothing a little blending can't solve. It wasn't all hunky dory though, at first I was anything but sold by the cream texture of this blusher. I'd been told by everyone that using my fingers was the best thing to do. But they were wrong. Very wrong. I am totally useless when it comes to applying make up, especially with my fingers. I just couldn't get the hang of it, and I was starting to regret the whole thing, when suddenly I thought: Screw it. And picked up my real technique contouring brush and HEY PRESTO, worked like a dream. I've basically worn this blusher every day since I discovered how to apply it properly, and it really is the nicest blusher ever. I think the colour suits my skin tone and a woman at work told me I looked like porcelain, which I took as a compliment.  



As you can see, I'm a terrible beauty blogger and used the product several times before taking a picture of it. Ha. So that's why it looks so smudged and gross. Soz!


The picture above is what it looks like swatched on my hand with no blending. I had taken a picture of it blended but it basically looked like I had nothing on my hand, so I didn't bother including it. You can blend it so it looks as bright or as natural as you like, and the creamy texture turns out to be perfect for me because I have really dry skin. So I am actually really impressed and happy with this purchase! Plus I love the adorable polka dot packaging that it comes in. And the adorable name, of course. 

I haven't included a picture of it on my face, because again the lighting was so poor that it just wasn't showing up very well. But all is not lost, you can see me wearing it in the little selfie in the top corner of my blog. 

Have you tried any of Topshop's blushers? What did you think? 






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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Best of the 90s: Fashion

I'm back with another post for my Best of the 90s series! If you missed it, last time I wrote all about my favourite TV shows from that decade which you can read here. I think I'm feeling nostalgic for my youth recently as I can't get enough of the 90s trends that have hit the high street in the past couple of months, and so today I'm going to talk about all the wonderful fashion that the 90s gave us. 


The jeans



Ah, the days when jeans sat high on the waist, not low at the hips. Light wash, high waisted, belted and fitted at the ankle. Those jeans. Now, there'd have been a time about ten years ago when if you were seen wearing this type of jean, you'd have been shunned to the depths of fashion crime hell. The days when dark wash bootcut jeans were all the rage. Oh yes, because those were so much better. Cringe!

I'm happy to say that high waisted, skinny fit jeans are back with a vengeance! You just need to pop into your local Topshop to see that. If you've been hiding under a rock recently then you probably won't realise by now that I am of course talking about the beautiful Joni jeans and the even more wonderful Mom jeans. A nod to the 90s if ever there was one. Okay, I admit this style doesn't look great on everyone (as demonstrated by some of the lovely folks from the original 90210 in the photo above). But if you think you can pull it off then go for it, and if not, do it anyway. We may as well make these mistakes now while we're young. Other wise our kids won't have any pictures to laugh at when we're older.

Dungarees


-I realise everyone hates Alexa Chung, but she was the only person I could find (in the 2 minutes I spent searching - hello, I'm impatient) embracing the true 90s dungaree style. So she's making an appearance today-

More denim? The 90s sure gave us a lot of denim. Anyway dungarees seem to be coming back into style this Spring / Summer and, although personally I don't think it's a trend I'll be getting in to, I do think it's great that everyone else is doing so! For me, dungarees in the 90s are all about grunge. Messy hair, converses, T shirts. That's what I think of when I think of dungarees. This time around they are much more feminine, and people are pairing them with dainty sandals and pretty floral prints, instead. The evolution of trends is what fashion is all about though, so carry on ladies, I'm diggin' it!

Doc Martens



No shoe can embody the grunge vibe of the 90s better than the Doc Marten can - although Converse All Stars would probably come in at a close second. I'm pretty sure Docs have been around since the 1940s or 50s, but it was the grungy teenagers of the 90s that finally brought these shoes into the lime light. I can't wait to get my hands of my first ever pair of Doc Martens one day, I think they look great in summer with denim shorts, or ditzy floral summer dresses. Plus they're perfect for chilly toes on winter days, too. And it's all thanks to the 90s for bringing these beautiful boots to our attention. Good call, guys.

Crop Tops


This is one trend from the 90s that I am sure loving this summer! Granted, I'm not sure everyone will be wearing short tops with short shorts like the model above, but with the high waisted jeans that I mentioned before - it's a nod to the 90s without feeling too exposed. And it's a style that I'm sure lots of people can pull off! Check me out attempting this style in one of my recent outfit posts here

So those are my favourite fashion trends from the 90s that are bound to be making an appearance in our wardrobes this summer, too. What other trends from the 90s can you remember?

Keep a look out for more 90s posts coming soon!


Note: All pictures found from Google Images and Pinterest. 








   

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Friday, 24 May 2013

Uninspiring clothes and lime green walls.






(Shorts, Levis. Top, Primark. Jacket, River Island. Bag, Matalan. Neon necklace, New Look. Long necklace, Accessorize. Ring/bracelet, Primark. Glasses, Ray Bans.)

It seems that whenever I take photos for an outfit post indoors it always has to be in a room with a garish wall colour. See here for reference. I promise I have decent home decor style really, honestly. These photos were taken in my brother's old room at my parents house and I'm sure they won't mind me 'dissing' the lime green walls because I know they hate them too. Clearly letting my brother choose the colour of the walls when they decorated about ten years ago was a mistake... (And the bright yellow walls in the other outfit post are from my student house. So again, I had no choice in the matter).

Well that's enough talk about walls. The only reason I took these photos indoors is because my neighbours have some builders doing some work on their house at the moment and I didn't really fancy any odd looks or annoying comments whilst taking pictures in the garden. Plus, it's cold.

On a brighter note, I've finished my second year of university! HUGE round of applause please! I had a couple of big 'wobbles' this year (as my Mum calls them) where I seriously considered dropping out, so I wasn't really expecting to make it to the end of my second year at all. But I did. Big pat on the back for me. So now I suddenly find myself with a lot of free time on my hands, so I'll probably be blogging a bit more and hopefully picking up a few more hours at work. Not to mention I start my internship soon so that should keep me occupied as well. Exciting times! 

Oh, I suppose I'd better say something about what I'm wearing, too. This outfit is super casual and nothing special really. I'm feeling a little uninspired lately, probably due to the terrible weather we've been having. So there is still a significant lack of colour in my wardrobe right now. At least I'm not wearing my Joni jeans today. Also, I've been thinking recently that I never really include my bags in my outfit posts so I made sure I had one with me today. You're welcome! 

I'm off out for dinner with my no.1 gal tonight. I haven't seen her in ages because we've both had exams and other things going on in our lives so we're taking some time tonight for a well deserved celebration and catch up meal. What are you all up to this bank holiday weekend? I'd like to say I'll be going out drinking or curling up on the sofa for the next three days but, alas, I work in retail and there's no such thing as a relaxing bank holiday for those of us in that business. So whatever you're doing, enjoy it! And don't rub it in too much...







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Thursday, 23 May 2013

Best of the 90s: TV shows

Hello! Recently I discovered a post by the lovely Danielle from Underland to Wonderland titled 'My Top 5 - 90s TV Shows' and it really brought back some childhood memories for me. I was born in 1992 and so my childhood was rooted in the 90s, and there are so many nostalgic things I love about that time. Now that the 90s trends are all coming back into style, it's got me thinking about that era and I've decided to do a whole series of posts for you about the best things from that decade, starting off with my favourite TV shows.


Saved by the Bell probably wins as my all time most watched programme as a child. I was in love with Zack Morris, and Screech, of course. I think I knew the theme tune off by heart back then and to be honest could probably recite it now, too! Nickelodeon had the best TV programmes, am I right?


Sabrina the Teenage Witch. From school to college to starting her first job, I basically watched her grow up. There was many a time I wished I could point my finger and magically tidy my bedroom after watching this programme. And I definitely think her hilariously sarcastic and world dominating feline friend, Salem, is what began my obsession with cats. I even saw all the films, remember 'Sabrina goes to Rome'?! It really doesn't get much better, does it?




Frasier?! That seems like an odd show for a child to be watching, doesn't it? I hear what you're saying, guys. And you're right. Frasier started in 1993 and finished about 2004 I believe, and I don't think I ever watched a single episode of the programme whilst it was still running. My obsession with Frasier has grown only in the last few years, when I was old enough to understand the jokes. But seriously, what a brilliant show. Channel 4 still show Frasier in the mornings pretty much every day and I'm always watching it. This is possibly my favourite TV programme in existence! Kelsey Grammer (who plays Frasier) has such a powerful voice and I find all the characters hilarious in their own individual ways. If you've never watched it then I suggest you wake up at 8.25 in time to watch it tomorrow morning! You won't be sorry.



Ah, the show that needs no introduction. Check out Monica rocking the original 'Mom' jeans! What a babe. This really is the sitcom to end all sitcoms. I have watched (as I'm sure most of you have as well!) every single episode of this programme countless times, and I still find them funny. There's something about Friends that is nostalgic, comforting, and familiar. I will never tire of watching this programme and I'm gutted that E4 don't show it every day anymore! 


Clueless! Now this girl was rocking the preppy clothes and the dorky headbands way before Blair Waldorf came on the scene. With great fashion sense and way too much money, Clueless was basically the Gossip Girl of the 90s. Only without the drugs.  



And last, but not least, it's the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Will Smith is one of my favourite actors of all time, he stars in some of my favourite films and only seems to get funnier and more beautiful with age - but my unconditional love for him definitely began with this wonderfully funny sitcom! And yes, this is another 90s TV show where I knew every single word of the theme tune.

So what are some of your favourite shows from the 90s?! I had so much fun putting this post together and reminiscing over the things I used to watch as a child (and still watch today). I hope you enjoyed this post because there's more of the best of the 90s to come! So keep your eyes pealed...


Note: All images found from Google Images and Pinterest.














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Sunday, 19 May 2013

To crop, or not to crop.




(Jeans, Topshop. Flatforms, ASDA. Crop top, New Look. Jumper, Topshop. Spike necklace, Primark. Neon necklace, New Look.)

Jeans are my best friends. I'm predominantly a jeans and T shirt kinda gal, so the fact that Topshop have released so many wonderful pairs recently makes me very happy. I fell in love with my black Joni jeans so much that I had to go back and purchase the blue pair. And now they've released the beautiful 'Mom' jeans which are so 90s and so shouldn't work. But they just do! They really do. I haven't got my hands on the Mom jeans yet due to just having bought the two pairs of joni jeans and I'm not sure I can justify yet another Topshop splurge. But I am thoroughly enjoying seeing everyone else wearing them. I think they're fab.

I titled this post 'to crop, or not to crop' because I've seen a lot of controversy when it comes to crop tops recently. Personally, I love them. I think they look great with high waisted jeans or maxi skirts. Plus there's something about a crop top that gives a little nod to the 90s, which I love. But I know a lot of people disagree. So I was just interested in where you guys stand on the crop top front? Yes? Or no?

I've also piled on the jewellery today with not one but two statement necklaces. Is this acceptable? I totally think so. I've also got some little neon pink earrings in as well, which is unusual for me because I don't normally wear anything in my lobes anymore. But I saw these in New Look for the bargain price of £2.99 and couldn't really resist.

In other news, my exams start and finish this week which is ridiculously exciting. Not the actual exam part, but the finishing my second year at uni part. The end of education is in sight! I was thinking the other day about my uni experience (which, you'll probably know is quite a negative one), and I realised that there are so many things that I did wrong - and if I could do it all again there are so many things I would do differently. But I guess there's no point dwelling on the poor choices we made as teenagers. Right? ;-)












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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Life Lately...

It has been such a long time since I did an 'Instagram round-up' sort of post. I originally planned to do one every month but that's kind of gone out the window. Oops. So instead of showing you every single picture I post each month, instead I've thrown together a few of my favourite snap shots that sum up what I've been doing recently. I think this way it's a little more personal plus it means I can get away with not being organised. Winner winner. 

If you follow me on Twitter you will probably know by now that my all time favourite blog, A Beautiful Mess, have released a photo app for iPhone & iPad - and I'm absolutely in love with it! You can add pretty borders, doodles and phrases all designed by the lovely Elsie with blogging and scrapbooking in mind. I went a little mad when I first downloaded it and spammed my twitter and Instagram with loads of my mini creations, and I'm sure they'll make an appearance on my blog soon, too!

Right, first up is everything I've been buying over the past few weeks... I got my student loan in a while ago and after paying off all my rent and bills I decided to do a bit of retail therapy. All necessary purchases though. (Kinda). 

Oh and by the way, those JC look-a-like heels you can see only cost me a fiver. Suck it. 



Next up, nails! I always love how my nails look when I first paint them, but they soon crack and chip and smudge and generally just look awful. Which really bugs me. I've taken to carrying around my current nail polish in my travel make up bag so I can neaten them up should I need to. 
The following colours are Topshop 'bees knees', Barry M 'prickly pear', NYC 'mint macaroon', and Topshop 'awol'. I invested in a matte top coat recently as well which I absolutely love. 


The following pictures are from my main gal's Birthday which was way back in March! We had a lovely lunch in one of my favourite places, The Belle Isle, which happens to be just round the corner from our house. I had a fish finger sandwich, washed down with an extremely over priced mint chocolate martini. Classy, I know. Then after a lazy afternoon we hit the cheesiest night club in town for lots of drinking, dancing, and general good times.  



And finally, some pictures of my legs. I never really realised how often I do this until I was looking through my Instagram account for pictures to include. But apparently I like my legs more than I like my face.
Enjoy!


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Saturday, 11 May 2013

You Go Glen Coco!




(T shirt, c/o These Folk. Shorts, Topshop. Bumbag, Primark. Flatforms, ASDA.)

You go Glen Coco! 
If you don't know what I'm talking about then I don't think we can be friends.

I came across These Folk on Twitter a while ago and fell in love. No exaggeration. It's an indie brand that sell printed T shirts and jumpers with a lot of cool different designs on them. When I was searching through the website I couldn't help but think it was almost as if someone had searched through my mind and chosen all my favourite things to put on T shirts. It was weird. I'm talking pictures of cats, Mean Girls movie quotes, galaxy prints, floral prints, facial hair, the list goes on. So when my adorable little parcel (all tied up with newspaper and string) arrived on my doorstep yesterday I was very excited.

I love a good rolled sleeve tee at the moment because they're simple and easy to style. When the sun's not shining I tuck them into high waisted jeans but as there was some warmth in the air this morning I opted for my leather shorts instead. Complete with studded bum bag. I bought the bag from Primark as I've wanted one for a few months now but couldn't find one anywhere! (Well, not at a price I was willing to pay). So as this cheap one popped up in my local store I thought, what the hell? I'm not 100% sure how much wear it'll get but I thought it'd be cute for holidays, festivals, sumery days out, etc. We'll see...

I took the plunge and got myself some flatforms a while ago too after umm-ing and ahh-ing over which ones to get, how much money to pay, and whether I'd be able to walk in them. I went for some super cheap ones from ASDA in the end because they just look like sandals but with the added height. I'm having some difficulty getting used to walking in them though, it's the strangest feeling. But I'm sure I'll get over it soon. 

Anyway, make sure you check out @thesefolk on Twitter and have a browse through their online shop - they have some really great stuff, I've got my eye on their crop tops now! They've also teamed up with Crown and Glory for a lovely little giveaway so keep your eyes pealed for that, too.

Have a good weekend!


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Thursday, 9 May 2013

Met Gala 2013

PUNK: Chaos to Couture

So the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted their annual Gala the other day and it was dripping with beautifully dressed celebs - even if they didn't all exactly stick to the 'punk' theme. Either way, I thought I'd give you a taste of some of my favourite outfits from the fabulous event... 

Met Gala 2013 fashion

Taylor Swift and Cara Delevingne are possibly my two favourite ladies ever, and their sleek black embellished dresses totally hit the mark for me. Best dressed of the evening in my humble opinion. 

Met Gala 2013 fashion

I know it's not to everyone's taste, but MK Olsen is one eclectic chick and I for one love her for it. This outfit totally encapsulates her boho style and I think she looks a-ma-zing. Rita Ora looked pretty fine too, no? 

Met Gala 2013 fashion

Last but not least, Blake Lively and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. With figures like these it's hard not to look amazing in a floor length gown, and Rosie's mesh top is a subtle hint towards the 'punk' theme, without being too OTT - and don't even get me started on the beautiful colour!

So those were my favourites. I think if I was to be invited to such an event (ahem) then I'd wear something like the first two dresses. Black and embellished = punk but classy. I like it.

Who were your 'best dressed' celebs from the Met Gala this year? Did any of my favourites hit the mark for you, or would they have landed on your 'worst dressed' list instead?!





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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

My Favourite Summer Lippies


From left to right:
Clinique Chubby Stick in 'mega melon'
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable lip balm / stain in 'passionee'
Topshop lipstick in 'Macaroon'
L'Oreal lip butter in 'Aphrodite Scarlet'
Topshop lipstick in 'Infrared'

Today I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite summer lipsticks. Recently I wrote a post about how I was having a totally un-seasonal obsession with dark lippies, and had just purchased my first ever MAC lipstick in 'Rebel' which is a deep purple colour and just beautiful. However, now that the sun is beginning to show it's face I'm finding myself drawn back to the old bright and cheerful favourites.

First up is the Clinique Chubby Stick. It's actually a mini version that I got for free when I was buying some Clinique foundation a while ago. I wasn't that fussed about it at first but for the last few weeks I've been really loving it as a day-to-day, wear-to-work, kind of lippy. It's a subtle colour that brightens up my face without looking too 'out there', plus it's sooo creamy and moisturising. What's not to love?

Next is basically a Revlon dupe of the Chubby stick, only it's full sized and a much brighter colour. I review this lippy a few months ago which you can read here. I love the bright pink colour, it's just perfect for summer. Love love love.

The two Topshop lipsticks I've included are 'Macaroon' and 'Infrared'. The former is a corally pink colour which I love for summer because it's beachy and lovely. 'Infrared' on the other hand is a bright orange, and when I say bright I mean BRIGHT. I've never owned an orange lipstick before but the other day when I was wandering around Topshop I decided that I definitely needed one in my life. I have big plans to wear this orange lippy all summer long, so watch this space.

Finally we have the L'Oreal lip butter. I bought this because the girl on the advert had such gorgeous lips and looked really amazing and I thought hey, I wanna look like that. Great advertising there, L'Oreal, well done. It's a bright pink colour but it's quite sheer so you can build up the colour depending on how you're feeling that day. It's perfect on a hot day with a dewy complexion and a cute little summer dress. 


So those are my favourite Spring / Summer lippies at the moment. As you can see I like pink. A lot. But I'm mixing it up a bit this year with pretty corals and brave oranges, too. I've swatched the colours below (in the same order as the first photo) and you can probably see me wearing most of these lippies in my outfit photos!  

What are your favourite lipsticks for Summer? 





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Saturday, 4 May 2013

My resistance to summer..




(Joni jeans, Topshop. Studded vest, River Island. Sandals, Next. Necklace, H&M. Glasses, Ray Ban. Lipstick, 'Infrared' by Topshop.)

Throughout the whole of winter I complained about the horrible cold and rainy and snowy weather, and I couldn't wait for the sun to come out for the summer. Now that it is finally here I'm feeling a little resistant, as if I've forgotten how to dress for summer or something. I've hardly bared my legs at all yet this year, and I keep reverting back to my trusty Joni jeans that I've been loving so much recently. (Seriously, someone take them away from me).

I went down to the beach yesterday to have a BBQ and hang out with some friends and yep, I wore black skinny jeans. I don't really know what I was thinking either. Although to be honest towards the evening I did start to feel the chill, so maybe it was a good decision after all?

I think I need some serious Spring / Summer inspiration to pull me away from my jeans and get me back into skirts and dresses again! I suppose my orange lippy and new sandals make up for it some what though.

Anyway, this outfit is what I wore when I went to see some close friends last weekend for a few drinkies and wonderful conversation. I had bought this chunky chain necklace that day I think and whilst I saw it as a pretty, on trend, statement item of jewellery, a certain boy said 'that looks like something a chavvy, middle aged man would wear'. It's funny how realistic (and blunt) boys can be some times. Of course, I hadn't noticed it until he pointed it out and, well, I still like it.

And for the pictures I've got my fabulous new glasses on! I'm absolutely in love with them. After losing my old specs a few months ago and living in contact lenses all day every day I am certainly happy to have some new frames to throw on when I want to give my eyes a rest! They are Ray Bans and super 'hipster', but I think I pull them off.

Happy Bank Holiday Weekend everyone!





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Friday, 3 May 2013

Review: MUA 'Heaven and Earth' Palette




Okay, okay, HOLD THE PHONE. I've bought some eye shadow. I never rarely leave the house without filling my eyebrows in and wearing mascara but that is about the extent to which my eye make up expertise goes. I barely ever even wear eye liner. I know, I know. What kind of a girl am I?

But all is not lost. I decided that I wanted a basic eye palette that had a few neutral colours in that I could experiment with and I've seen a lot of people raving about the Urban Decay Naked palettes (I'm looking at you, beauty bloggers) but I really didn't want to fork out lots of money for anything fancy for my first one so I hit the MUA counter instead. I ended up picking this 'Heaven and Earth' palette up for £4 - and at just a fraction of the £36 price tag of the UD palettes I was a pretty happy bunny.

I've been using the paler colours just under my brow bone and in my inner corners, and then experimenting with the different shades across the lids. Now, I still don't wear eye shadow everyday, but this has definitely made me start paying more attention to my eye make up and I'm really pleased with the quality and colours that this palette has! It comes with it's own double ended applicator but I prefer to use my Real Techniques brushes because I can't really get on with the spongy applicator they supplied. 

The only downside is that the palette doesn't have a name for each individual shadow, which is a shame, but I believe they have started doing that in some of their newer palettes - which is always fun! I've swatched the colours below and you can see they're all quite shimmery and there's a great selection of shades there!


Basically, I'm really happy that I've finally got a nice selection of neutral eye shadows that I can start experimenting with. And at £4 it works out at about 33p per shadow. Not bad at all. 




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