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My Top 3 Palettes for Spring/Summer! (Review and Swatches)

Hi beauties!

Spring is well and truly underway now in the UK, there’s still the odd shower or two but we’ve had some beautiful sunny days! In light of this I thought I’d write a post on the top five palette’s I’ll be using in the upcoming spring/summer months! Let’s get into it..

 

First up is the Huda Beauty ‘warm brown obsessions’ palette. This palette is small but mighty! I am absolutely loving the ‘obsessions’ collection from Huda Beauty as these palettes are perfect for any makeup lovers kit; just the right size not to take up too much space but amazingly pigmented with a whopping nine colours! This palette is ideal for those makeup lovers whos makeup bags are already bursting at the seams but keen to try the eyeshadow formula that the whole community is raving about! This very warm toned palette is so versatile and I find myself using it for nearly every eyeshadow look I do. The pigment of these shadows is amazing, one dip in the pan and the brush is covered in soft, blend-able colour – a must have for spring/summer looks! The palette contains one foil-effect gold shadow surrounded by eight stunning mattes making for an incredibly versatile burgundy and neutral toned palette. Turns out good things definitely do come in small packages! (I’d also suggest checking out the other palettes in the ‘obsessions’ collection too, there are so many cute colour combinations that will melt your heart!)

Next let’s talk about the Sigma ‘creme de couture’ palette.. my oh my, this is one beautiful palette! There is such an amazing range of stunning colours that just speak to my soul. This palette screams spring/summer from the gorgeous pastel colours to the eye-catching bright shades, there is something in this palette for everyone. The shades are extremely pigmented and blend like butter, something I love about this eyeshadow formula is that as you blend the shadows the colour does not fade away and become more translucent as is very common with bright shades. The shadows give a lovely matte finish with amazing colour payoff, everything you could ask for from a vibrant, colourful palette. This palette allows you to create so many versatile looks and tailor them to any outfit you decide to wear this summer.. no matter the colours! This is a palette available to enjoy by anyone, from the soft pastel ‘cherry blossom’ and ‘blue chocolat’ shades to the bright and bold ‘redberry rose and ‘cassis’ there is a shade in this palette for everyone!

Last, but certainly not least, is the Morphe Brushes ’35O2′ palette. This has to be one of my all time favourite palette purchases. I have been such a big fan of Morphe for many years now and own five of their eyeshadow palettes (I know, only five?!) Their eyeshadow formulas are so pigmented and both their matte and shimmer formulas are always of such high quality and never let me down. This palette in particular is perfect for spring/summer as the shade range is on point (I mean that red shade.. that’s perfection), all the shades are very warm toned and as there are 35 to choose from the ability to create gorgeous fades and un-clockable blends is second to none – this is down to the incredible textures of the shadows and also how versatile yet coherent the shade range is! A definite must have palette for those warm, summery looks.. I think I’m so drawn to this palette as I am really into wearing bright reds this year and this palette is perfect for creating the right eyeshadow look to compliment my red outfit choice!

So there we have it, my top 3 palettes for the spring/summer. All three palettes are so versatile and you can create any desired look to suit any outfit choice! They’re also amazing for people just starting out in makeup who need a few staples to get them underway! Let me know what your favourite palette is below! Until next time beauties..

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six cruelty free makeup brands and why I love them

For today’s post I wanted to share some of my top makeup brands that are cruelty free. I appreciate so much when a brand makes the decision to go cruelty free because as well as the obvious advantages it also opens the brand to a wider community. Let’s get into it!

Unsurprisingly, first and foremost we have to talk about Jeffree Star Cosmetics. This brand is my all time favourite brand of makeup. I wear their ‘velour liquid lipsticks’ every single day without fail. They are the creamiest, most pigmented, stunning lipsticks I have ever come across. Not only is the formula AH-MA-ZING, the range of colours is absolutely unreal! Every shade you could ever want; nudes, reds, pinks and even yellow and greens! My top lippy choices are; ‘red rum’, ‘gemini’, ‘prom night’, ‘mannequin’ and new from the Christmas collection ‘santa baby’. Anyone who hasn’t ever tried this brand NEEDS to.. they’re also vegan so really there’s no reason not to..

Anastasia Beverley Hills is one of my all time favourite brands. They’re eyeshadows are some of the best, I’ve currently got two of their palettes (Modern Renaissance and Prism – I’m feeling a review coming soon..!) and I can’t get enough of them! The formulas are so buttery and soo pigmented, exactly what I look for in eyeshadow. They have a wide range of other products as well including the extremely popular ‘dipbrow promenade’. ‘Dipbrow’ is so many people’s ‘go to’ when it comes to eyebrows and they come in such a big selection of colours with 11 shades in total, so there’s a shade to suit for everyone! I am so happy they are cruelty free as I couldn’t go without them in my kit!

The main reason this brand is in my list is because Illamasqua‘s skin base is my number one foundation, I wear it all day every day. It is a full to medium coverage which is my preference in a foundation, along with this it leaves my skin feeling light and soft which I don’t normally find with more full coverage foundations. It really gives my skin a gorgeous natural glow which lasts allll day! The formula is so easy to blend into the skin and a little really goes a long way meaning the foundation lasts you a good while, hence saving money which is what I’m all about at the moment. Illamasqua have so many other great products but this is, in my opinion, by far the best and I’m so glad they’re cruelty free.

Too Faced might honestly be the cutest brand on earth when it comes to packaging and scents. I am obsessed with anything peach, so when they brought out an ENTIRE RANGE of peach based products I didn’t know what to do with myself. I recently reviewed the ‘sweet peach eyeshadow palette’ and I absolute love it. I also have the ‘chocolate bar eyeshadow palette’ and the formulas are toooo good. Their eyeshadows blend out like butter.. and don’t even start me on the pigment, one dip in the pan and the brush is coated! Saying this, I still think the best thing about the brand is the unique scents linked with their products. The chocolate range honestly smells like a sweet chocolate dream and the peach range is the cutest, juiciest smelling peach scent you’ve ever smelt. Not only this, but their ‘better than sex’ mascara has been rated in many polls as the number one cruelty free mascara available in the UK, and to be fair.. it’s absolutely amazing. It adds length, volume and is a very pigmented black, love, love, love!

I’ve always had a huge love for Urban Decay. This brand has cracked the code on the perfect eyeshadow formula; they are insanely pigmented, easy to blend, buttery in the pan and the colour schemes in each palette they have introduced are genius. Their ‘Naked’ palette range is a well-known favourite in and outside of the beauty community, the range is so versatile meaning there is something for anyone and everyone. My number one product I cannot be without from Urban is the ‘heavy metal glitter liner’ in ‘midnight cowboy’. It is packaged like a liquid liner so has a very fine tip which is perfect for applying the liner in the crease and along the lash like, the glitter shows up so vividly and just adds that extra oomphh to any eye look you create. Most of the Urban products are also vegan which I really appreciate, not necessarily because I practice veganism myself, but because it means the brand is accessible to a wider community.

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The last brand I want to touch on is the infamous Jouer Cosmetics, this brand has really built itself up from being less well-known to an absolute empire. I am so glad that they are cruelty free as their ‘long wear lip toppers’ are really something else. They add the most gorgeous finish over any lip colour; be it liquid lip, normal lipstick, a lip tint or just your natural lip colour, the toppers add that little extra summin summin.. one of my favourite combos is to take Jeffree Star Cosmetic’s ‘red rum’ liquid lipstick and put the ‘skinny dip’ lip topper over for a little extra glam. Another stunning product from Jouer are their ‘powder highlighters’, they are so pigmented and bring that blinding glow to the face that I strive for, my favourite shade is ‘rose quartz’ which is a gorgeous soft champagne pink. For anyone that hasn’t tried this brand I’d definitely recommend getting your hands on one of their products and giving it a go!

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So there we have it, a few of my favourite cruelty free brands. If you liked this post and the content was helpful to you let me know and maybe we’ll make this a series?! Hit me up with some of your favourite cruelty free brands as I’m always on the lookout for new brands to discover!

As always thank you for reading, and I’ll see you on the next one!