Blogger Award!

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Thank you so much to Lindsayrose for nominating me! I have only been blogging for 2 months so it is lovely to be recognised, makes all the hard work worthwhile!

Here are my answers to the questions posed by Lindsayrose:

1.       What country do you live in?

I live in Birmingham, England, UK

2.       How old are you?

36, 37 in August this year!

3.       Why did you start blogging?

It has been on my bucket list for ages and I finally put pen to paper (or PC!) this year. I am obsessed with makeup and beauty generally and love sharing my knowledge and advice with other people.

4.       If you had 3 wishes, what would you do?

  1. Pay off all my debt and my family’s too
  2. Quit my day job and blog full-time!
  3. I would get involved in charity work

5.       Describe your personality in three words.

Optimistic, philosophical, open-minded

6.       What does success mean to you?

Achieving personal goals, whatever they may be

7.       What is your pet hate?

Bad drivers!

8.       What are you fearful of?

Losing my freedom and mobility

9.       You’re on a desert island and can take two items what                    would you choose?

Something to play music on and my photo album

10.   Can you drive??

Yes, and I love it!

11.   What is your favourite feature of yourself?

My eyes, love playing with eye makeup!

And now for 11 random facts! –

  1. I’m happily single after getting divorced in 2015!
  2. As well as loving makeup, I’m a massive cat lover and I have three gorgeous fur babies!
  3. I love everything creative, from makeup artistry, photography, cooking, graphic design and artwork to the performing arts
  4. I’m part of a contemporary choir and I’ve danced all my life, from salsa to Indian classical dance. I’m generally one of the first people on a dance floor!
  5. I am a firm believer in equality in every aspect of life
  6. I consider myself very spiritual and philosophical about everything, I don’t believe things are ever black and white and I think many things happen for a reason but not everything!
  7. Friends and family are very important and looking after health and well-being is paramount
  8. I’m passionate and opinionated about many things but will always respect and listen to others
  9. I’m an eternal optimist and grateful for everything life gives me. I cannot be around negativity or judgmental people for prolonged periods of time!
  10. I need regular me time and relaxation and I love my own company as much as being with others
  11. I’m a magpie – I love everything sparkly, shiny or glittery especially if it’s multicoloured!

The bloggers I would like to nominate are:

  1. twocatsoneflat
  2. wonderling
  3. sarahbaileybeauty
  4. sarrachristine
  5. kristiinasaar
  6. kinandmakeup
  7. beautybylaur
  8. dalybeauty
  9. maryammaquillage
  10. thebeautylookbook
  11. makeupsavvy

All these bloggers have a unique take on their areas of interest and I enjoy reading what they publish – take a look yourselves!

And now it’s my turn to ask questions of my 11 nominated bloggers!:

  1. What inspires you?
  2. Besides blogging, what do you love to spend time doing?
  3. If you could meet one person from history who would it be and why?
  4. What is your favourite quote?
  5. What is your idea of heaven?
  6. Do you have any life regrets and if so what’s your biggest?
  7. Name three things on your bucket list
  8. What is your next goal for your blog?
  9. If you could go back in time and give your younger self-life advice what would it be?
  10. What’s your favourite place to travel to?
  11. What is your favourite film and why?

Can’t wait to see your answers! Hope you find this as fun and gratifying as I have, I love being part of the blogger world and hope you do too! Keep up the great work and don’t forget to follow each other too!

Dips xxx

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My liquid lip love!

Hey makeup addicts!

I hope you’re all enjoying your weekends, despite it being miserable and grey! I have had a busy Saturday editing photos, preparing content for my blog and sorting through some new makeup! Even now, I still get so excited when I get a new delivery in the post!

My most recent purchases are a selection of liquid lipsticks by Nyx, from their Lingerie and Suede ranges. I have really taken to the liquid lipstick movement, mainly because there are so many great colours to pick from and they have the same or better longevity as regular lipsticks.

Here are some of my favourites, including the new ones I have just received:

From top to bottom the liquid lipsticks are:

  • Liquid Suede in Sandstorm by Nyx
  • Nyx Liquid Suede in Soft Spoken
  • Lingerie Lip in Teddy by Nyx
  • Nyx Liquid Suede in Tea & Cookies
  • Freedom Pro Melts in True
  • Nyx Lingerie Lip in Embellishment
  • Freedom Pro Melts in Naked
  • Nyx Liquid Suede in Kitten Heels
  • Freedom Pro Melts in Neutral
  • Lingerie Lip in Exotic by Nyx
  • Nyx Lingerie Lip in Ruffle Trim
  • Nyx Lingerie Lip in Corset

Most of my shades are neutrals and natural shades for everyday use, but there are plenty of other more daring or bright colours to choose from too. All of them have great colour pay off and apart from the Freedom Pro Melts, which do dry the lips after time, the Nyx Suede and Lingerie ranges don’t – they simply dry matte and then barely move all day! Here are the swatches:

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You can see that after only one swipe of colour, the pigmentation is excellent for even the lightest colours! There is a difference in texture between the Nyx Suede and Lingerie but it is not very noticeable and does not affect the end result. Most of these colours will suit different skin tones too so there really is an endless choice!

I hope you find this blog useful – do let me know your favourite liquid lip colours and brands and any recommendations in the comments! If you haven’t already, don’t forget to follow me and subscribe to email!

Thanks for reading,

Dips xxx

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Bobbi Brown’s Luxe Eye Edition Palette: My Review

Hey makeup lovers! Hope you’re all enjoying your weekends!

I’ve been very busy this last week so I’ve not been able to blog until now. I’ve been planning lots more to blog about in the coming weeks so stay tuned!

One of my recent makeup purchases is the subject of this blog, the Bobbi Brown Luxe Eye Edition Palette. I saw this first on Sephora but they weren’t allowing it to be shipped to the UK. I had made my peace with the fact that I was never going to be able to obtain it….and then I looked at Selfridges website and saw it was one of their exclusives! Obviously, I then had to buy it!

Bobbi Brown is one of my longstanding favourite brands of makeup and brushes simply because:

  • everything she produces is suited to all skin tones
  • its excellent quality and
  • there is always plenty of choice.

Her brushes are some of my oldest and most used because they last so long without loss of bristles and they are easy to master.

I particularly loved this palette because the eyeshadows are beautiful shades for everyday use and you get 3 different coloured gel liners! Given how much all this would cost individually its great value for money and its something you can use all the time, especially if you like the more natural look.

This is what the palette looks like:

The colours from top left onwards are Cream, Sable, Smoke Shimmer Wash, Malted, Beige Linen Shimmer Wash, Black Topaz metallic, Pewter Chrome and Golden Bronze Metallic. From the names, you can see there some matte shades, some shimmer and some metallic. You then have the three gel liners and a double-ended brush with a fluffy eyeshadow angled brush at one end and a liner brush at the other.

When swatched the eyeshadows look like this:

As the colours are neutral it was hard to make them stand out on my skin tone as swatches. But on the eyes, the colour and pigmentation are very good! I used this palette for my makeup look Bobbi Brown Luxe-urious and was really happy with the colour pay off and blendability of the shades. A couple of the shades do have some fallout compared to the others but this was a minor price to pay for the overall quality. They are designed to compliment each other in various combinations so you will have plenty of fun creating new looks!

The gel eyeliners are no less beautiful. I love that you receive three different colours which everyone will make use of:

The first colour is Bronze Shimmer, the second is Patina Ink and the last is Black Ink. The pigmentation is brilliant! The consistency of the gel is smooth and creamy so they slide onto the eyes with ease. As you get two shades of brown and a black this trio will potentially get you through every season!

To see the colour difference more clearly I swatched them, which was also easy to do!

All three colours are lovely and the black is a true black rather than a very dark grey-black, which I often find in other gel liners.

All in all, I love this palette and I am really glad I was able to purchase it! If you are interested in buying it too, it is still available at Selfridges as an exclusive and even more useful, Bobbi Brown and Sephora have posted a video on YouTube with 4 different tutorials for the palette! If you fancy a watch here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_LL_Xc02wY

Thanks for reading this post, I hope you find it useful! If you don’t use Bobbi Brown products yet, definitely give them a try! Stay tuned for more makeup reviews by following and subscribing using the links on the right!

Dips xxx

N.B. THIS BLOG IS NOT SPONSORED OR ENDORSED BY BOBBI BROWN AND IS PURELY BASED ON MY PERSONAL OPINION.

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Deck of Scarlet: My review

Hi makeup addicts! I hope you are having a good start to the week!

I just received the current Deck of Scarlet palette so I had to post a blog about it! For those of you that are new to this subject, Deck of Scarlet is a company that offers a subscription makeup palette service! You receive a new unique limited edition palette that was curated by a YouTuber every other month for $29.95. The service allows you to skip months as well, in case you aren’t keen on a particular palette! It is a relatively new subscription service, having only launched last year, but it is already very popular with makeup enthusiasts!

I heard about it from watching a Vlog by Melly Sanchez and immediately loved the concept and design of the product. I finally subscribed to it this month and the ‘Deck’ I received is curated by Sonjdradeluxe, another one of my favourite vloggers.

The Palette

The packaging for the palette is elegant and simple, as you can see above. When you open the actual palette, this is what you will see:

Each palette will contain 3 eyeshadows, a blusher/bronzer, a highlighter, 2 lip colours, a lip liner and an eyeliner. That’s a lot of makeup for the price! I have already tried the makeup in one of my looks and I have to say, the quality of the palette is second to none.

These are the swatches for every element:

   

In the first image, from left to right is the lipstick in Scrumptious, highlighter in Shimmy Shimmy Ya, blusher in Montego Bay and lipstick in Wu. In the second image, from the top is eyeliner in Anarchy, eyeshadows in Maya, Eh and Black Roses and lip liner in Heartless.

The Products

All the products are very pigmented and their staying power throughout the day was brilliant. Even by the evening, my lip liner was still in place and vivid and the lipstick was still visible. The powder products are beautifully soft and buttery and they blend on the skin easily leaving a lovely silky finish. The eyeliner is an intense black and both of the liners are super soft so they can be as defined or as smudged as you want.

The 2 lipsticks are very smooth and creamy and can be sheer on the lips or built up to a more opaque finish. They aren’t matte colours in this palette, more like creamy glosses, but they don’t dry the lips and can be blended together too. You can also use the blusher as an eyeshadow and the highlighter on the eyes, in the inner eye corner and under the eyebrows for brightening.

All in all, this is a terrific palette for the money! I think Sonjdradeluxe has created a gorgeous set of colours that really work well together on all skin tones. If you are a crazy makeup junkie like me, you should definitely try this subscription service – sign up here: Deck of Scarlet. The great thing is that you’re only paying $29.95 every other month, you can skip a palette if you need/want to and you can cancel the service at any time. So why wouldn’t you try it? I can’t wait to see what they will bring out next!

I hope you enjoyed this blog! Don’t forget to subscribe to stay up to date with my makeup antics and feel free to leave comments and questions below!

Thanks!

Dips xxx

N.B. THIS BLOG IS NOT SPONSORED OR ENDORSED BY DECK OF SCARLET AND IS PURELY BASED ON MY PERSONAL OPINION.

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Certifeye Rainbow Glitter

Hi, there beauty lovers!

Its been a busy couple of weeks for me so I have not had a chance to post a blog before now, but I finally managed to find time today to prepare this one!

A little while ago, I posted a video of these beautiful glitters on my Instagram:

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Since then, I have taken the time to swatch each colour properly and they are amazing! I have not had an opportunity to use them in my makeup looks yet but they will be a regular feature during the Spring and Summer! This particular collection is called Galaxy, but there a variety of packs you can buy on the Certifeye website (www.certifeye.co.uk) as well as singles colours. You can also buy brushes and eyelashes – I ordered lashes with my collection in style Cosmo and they are one of the best false eyelashes I have ever used!

So let’s take a closer look:

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The glitters are very fine rather than ‘chunky’ making it easier to blend them on the skin. They adhere well and once on the skin they don’t move and retain the colour intensity. All the colours catch the light beautifully and could be used on their own or over eyeshadow depending on the look you want to achieve.

Starting from the left the colours are:

  1.   Fairyland Sparkle

This is a red-pink colour with gold flecks – a great one for Christmas!

2.   Twinkle Tiara

This is a full pink glitter with silver flecks – perfect for a Valentine’s look!

3.   Sahara

This is a deep almost burnished gold colour with a hint of silver – it would work well with a smoky eye or an Indian bridal look

4.   Lemonade

This is an iridescent glitter with gold, silver and rainbow flecks – definitely going to be one of my favourites!

5.   Limelight

As the name suggests, this is a bright green colour with gold flecks – also likely to be a favourite!

6.   Ocean Star

This is an unusual colour, mixing turquoise, gold and silver glitters

7.   Aquamarine

This is a bright blue glitter with a hint of silver running through

8.   Midnight Magic

This is a gorgeous deep blue with silver flecks

9.   Supernova

This is a dusky pink, similar to a rose gold colour with gold flecks

10.  Mermaid

This is a rich purple glitter with hints of green and silver – it will be a staple in the festive season!

11.  Quasar

This is a mixture of black and iridescent glitters giving a lovely multi-dimensional effect – really looking forward to using it!

And now, the swatches for each colour – I am hoping I have captured the colours sufficiently!

The photos really don’t do justice to how pigmented and sparkling these glitters are. I have dozens of different glitters in my makeup collection but none of them looks as brilliant in colour as these do. If you are a ‘magpie’ like me, I would definitely recommend looking at Certifeye’s website – its glitter heaven!

Thanks for reading this blog and watch out for makeup looks incorporating these glitters! If you have not already subscribed to my blog, don’t forget to use the links on the right!

Dips xxx

N.B. This blog is not sponsored or endorsed by Certifeye and is purely based on my personal opinion.