Subculture Palette | Review

Yes, I know the hype over this palette is long over, but I have a habit of buying products long after everyone else buys them. It's partly because if I still want it after a long period of time I know that I still want it, and I get to read more reviews and see if it's worth it. I've seen a lot of reviews about this product with people not liking it, the main reason is that it has a lot of fallout compared to its counterpart, the Modern Renaissance palette, but although I agree with that, I still have a lot of love for the product and thought I'd still give my own review. 


The ABH Subculture palette, along with the Modern Renaissance palette, are both two palettes that have stood out to me as ones that I needed to have. The selection of colours in each is amazing, and so different to others out there. Although I think the Modern Renaissance palette is more versatile in terms of neutral, bright and normally more wearable shades, I loved and love the contrasts and choice of colours in the Subculture palette. Admittedly, I don't wear darker colours often as I'm always afraid of not being able to blend them right or making a mess. Yet I thought that the colours in this would be great for experimenting and seeing what I could come up with, which might be a good blog post idea for the future, let me know what you think.

   

There's eleven matte shades and three shimmer shades in this palette, and it comes with a a mixture of light and dark colours that seem a little odd with each other. The actual pigmentation of this product I like, yes I agree that there is a lot of fallout, as you can see from having been used in the photos, yet if you are gentle with the product, it's not too bad. Maybe they've changed the formulation since its first release. The product is creamy and powdery at the same time, which makes it easy to blend and mix together. I find that even a little product is very pigmented and they come out the same colour as in the pan.

My favourite shades from the palette are Edge, which is a bright yellow, which is similar from ones in the Modern Renaissance palette. I also like Untamed, a green and dark blue pigment, Cube, which is an iridescent white with a colourful shimmer, and Electric, which follows its name, a sparkly gold yellow. I like to use this palette especially on nights out and I've loved trying different combinations out so far.

   

The swatches above are of the top row of the palette, in order, Cube, Dawn, Destiny, Adorn, All Star, Mercury, and Axis.
These swatches are of the second row in the palette, in order, Roxy, Electric, Fudge, New Wave, Untamed, Edge, and Rowdy.

Has anyone tried this palette before? What do you think of the shade range and pigment?

Lush Love Boat Bath Bomb | Review

Every time Lush releases new products I feel like they just get better and better. When they released their new valentines range I wasn't sure which one to get but after seeing them in person I fell in love with the Love Boat bath bomb. The bath bomb smells of citrus and also has a floral scent which is just so springy and different from their other products and the Christmas ones that were just out.


   

The bath bomb is like its name and it's in the shape of a boat. It has pastel colours on it, blue, pink and yellow at the bottom and it has a love heart at the front of the boat. If you hold the boat in a certain way when you're putting it in the water, it will float around like a boat, you can see in my photos I failed in doing so. If you hold the bottom bit in for a while until it starts fizzing a little bit and let go, it can float, you might need some practice as mine was falling backwards too much but not bad for a first attempt. It melts and fizzes in a pastel blue and pink and as the bottom melts a yellow fizzes into the mixture. The colours are so pretty together and the scent is so fresh and bright, if you can call a scent bright. When it finishes fizzing and the colours settle it turns the bath a rose red colour which is also very pretty.

   

Has anyone else tried this bath bomb from the Valentines range or anything else? What should I try next?

Snapshots of Berlin | Travel Diary

Once again, it's been so long since I've written a blog post. I was so ready to get myself back on track and having regular posts but the whole month of January was just not a great month in many various ways that I won't get into and now is the first chance I've really had to start blogging again. I know I missed the start of 2018 blogging wise but I'm hopeful this will be a good year, not just for me but for everyone too. Near the end of December, I traveled with my boyfriend to Berlin and it was so wonderful around the Christmas period with all the Christmas markets. I know the trip was a month ago now but I thought I'd still share my photos just because I love seeing peoples travel photos and I love having a photo diary for myself to look back at.


The best thing about visiting Berlin around Christmas is their Christmas markets. There is literally so many around and they sell so many cute items and amazing food, I'm dreaming of it right now. This is one of the bigger markets at Alexanderplatz and we visited this almost everyday that we were there. They also had an ice skating rink, which was so nice and a cheap activity to do.


We visited a lot of historical sights and museums, as you do, and our hotel was about a five minute walk from the Brandenburg Gate which is such a pretty monument and street.



We visited Check Point Charlie and other various parts of the Berlin wall, but I definitely found Check Point Charlie and the museum very interesting historically.


The East Side Gallery was something I really wanted to visit and I loved the artwork, it was so different to what I imagined it to be. The historical and artistic combinations in Berlin are amazing, it makes it such an interesting city. There are also a lot of vegan food places around this area if that's something you're interested in.


This market has a wonderful band and atmosphere at night, I had eggnog for the first time here and I will probably never drink it again after, the mulled wine is a better choice.


We didn't actually go up the TV tower, partly because it was very foggy each day we were there, and also I'm not the biggest fan of heights, but I do think it looks great in photographs.


Rememebering all the Christmas markets is making me want it to be Christmas all over again, every where you look is just so pretty and the city was just buzzing with life.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my travel diary, it's long overdue. If you want to check out more of my trip you can watch it on my Youtube channel here
Has anyone ever been to Berlin before? What's your favourite places?

Ingot Berry Palette | Review

It's been so long since I feel like I've posted and I know the Christmas period is a busy time for everyone, I'm no exception. I hope to post as much as I can but I'm not sure how much that will be. I haven't reviewed any products from Inglot before as I don't own any but I got to try some recently and I really love the quality of the brand so I will definetly be up for trying more products soon. I'm not sure what other countries Inglot is in, but in Ireland it's very popular. I've been loving their Berry Palette over the past month or so, so I thought a review would be something you'd all like. 




This palette comes in cute little packaging which is about the size of my hand, which makes it perfect to carry around and for travelling. It also has a magnetic casing which is easy to close. It comes with four different shades, the shades are 301, 302, 07, 450, two of which are matte, berry smoky shades, the other two are a shimmery, one a pink and one a gold shade. What I love about this palette is how well all the colours go together without using ny other eyeshadow palettes. 301 is a deep red cranberry colour which is matte and my favourite shade in the palette, it makes for a very nice shade over the whole lid by itself. 302, is the darkest colour in the palette which I'd consider a dark brown red colour, which is very autumnal and makes the whole look much more vampy and intense.The next shade is 450 which is a pink fuchsia, which is bright and vibrant on the eyes and contains elements of shimmer in it. The last shade is 07, which is the gold colour with shimmer, which is very different to the other shades but makes a really good colour for the inside of your eyes and brightening the whole look. 




My favourite thing about this palette is how pigmented all the shades are. A little goes a long way and they blend really well into each other. It's a really good palette for nights out and more intense looks, which I really love for the winter months as the evenings are darker and I think darker makeup suits a wintery environment. I will probably be wearing this palette on Christmas day in some way. These are all colours that I think will suit everyone and for four shades, I think there is a lot of combinations and looks that can be made with them.

(Shades above are 301, 302, 450, and 07)

Has anyone tried this or any other Inglot palettes before? What do you think?

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks | Review

Okay so I've been after these liquid lipsticks, and just anything Kat Von D for ages, after I heard they were coming to Ireland I was delighted as they are a vegan brand, which I am all for. I had heard a lot of wonderful things about all the products, but most of all the Everlasting liquid lipsticks. They're quite expense, working out at about twenty euro each, which is quite steep in my opinion, but at the same time the quality and longevity you get out of them makes up for it. I think they're the prefect thing to treat yourself with or even to gift someone. 


The shades that I wear most are mainly nudes, brown nudes and pink/purple tone nudes. When it comes to liquid lipsticks I love simple but pretty, especially because of how hard they are to get off, wearing something crazy isn't always the best idea. But if wilder shades are what you're into there are some really pretty blues and reds in this collection that I would love to be able to pull off. 

The shades that I have are Plath and Hawkwind. These shades are both very similar in terms of how they look in the tube, yet on my lips they are very different. In the swatches and tube Plath looks much darker than Hawkwind, yet they are the opposite when I wear them. Plath is a deep russet red, but when on, I think it is a very deep red with brown undertones. Hawkwind is probably my favourite out of the two and is described as a nude sienna, on the lips it is a dark nude brown, which isn't as dark as it seems it would be. They're both dark lipsticks in general though.

The consistency of the lipsticks is very nice, with a very smooth and easily applicable formula. The colour dries almost instantly on your lips, so you need to be careful, yet the formula is not drying at all and it doesn't dry out during the day either. I think that it is the longest lasting lipstick I've ever tried and it would last the whole day with one application, although it would rub off a bit and fade, a lighter version of it remains, which is still very nice. Even when I'm taking off my make up I find that this lipstick just doesn't want to budge off my lips, it takes a lot of effort to wipe it all off. 

 (The above swatches are of Hawkwind and Plath)

Overall, these are worth the price that you pay, they're all beautiful shades, good quality, good colour payout and longevity. I would highly recommend these and will definitely be starting a collection

Has anyone else tried these or any other Kat Von D products?

Fall & Winter Outfit Essentials

If you're anything like me then the Fall/Winter time is your favourite time of year in regards to fashion. I don't like the cold so much but I do love the style and layers of clothes that you can wear at this time of year. There's so many things that you can experiment with so I thought that I would put together some outfits with some pieces and things that I love to style at this time of year. 




My first outfit includes my favourite piece of clothing that I have at the moment, it's the pink, fluffy biker style jacket from Pull and Bear, and it is the coziest and cutest piece I own, I actually bought it in black for Chirstmas also but shhh. I feel like the most important outfit essential to have at this time of year is a really cozy winter jacket, mine always happen to be the furry ones, and this one is the softest I've seen.

    


My second outfit is more colourful and maybe not so appropriate for the really cold days but I do love a good jumper and skirt combo. I think it's really nice to have pieces with vibrant colours in your wardrobe at this time of year when everything is a bit more dull and dreary, it's always nice to pop some colour into your day. This bomber jacket is from Zara and I think the colour is amazing, definitely the cutest yellow/mustard jacket I've seen around. I think it looks really pretty on simple outfits with darker colours but it surprisingly goes well with other colours too, which means you don't have to stop wearing bright colours even in the dark evenings. 



I find that in Fall/Winter it's a perfect time to wear accessories to make a simple cozy jumper and jeans look more intriguing and also to complete an outfit. I love doing this through wintery boots and simple jewelry. Recently I've been wearing my Anna Saccone Libra zodiac necklace non-stop, which I think is really beautiful and probably my favourite piece of jewelry that I own, it has the weighing scales on it which represents the Libra, which I am
The other piece I'm always wearing is the Alex and Ani bracelet which has my birthstone on it which matches my necklace, which is also so pretty.

Other pieces of jewelry that I think would look so amazing to complete a fall/winter outfit is the jewelry from AUrate. They make handmade pieces from New York City that use ethically sourced materials, and the best part is that they give back to economically disadvantaged school children with each purchase, which you can read about here. I think some of their pieces would go perfectly with any outfit, I love the look of the quality and simple style of their pieces, I'm especially loving their Gold earrings at the moment, which I do need a good pair of soon.

What does everyone else love to wear in the Fall/Winter season? What are your go-to accessories?

Lush Bewitched and Goth Fairy

Yes, I know Halloween is over but I wanted to give some of these Lush products that I've loved for Halloween a review, before they go out of stock, if they haven't already. My favourite products in Lush come out at Christmas/Halloween and there's never enough time to buy and try them all, and I know it would defeat the purpose to have them out all year round, but I'd love it.

I'd picked out my favourite Halloween products to use for Halloween before I couldn't get them anymore and thought I'd share them with you, even if we have to buy them again next year.



The first product is the Bewitched bubble bar. This one is super cute and is shaped like a cat. I love this one as it's really easily crumbled under running water and leaves the bath in this deep dark black colour, perfect for Halloween, even though it's passed. I find it much different to the other bath bombs that are very bright and colourful. It smells very subtle of blackcurrant and a little citrus.


The second product is the Goth Fairy shimmer bar, which I have never tried before. This is a massage bar, which you rub straight onto your skin for massaging and moisturizing qualities. I prefer in shower moisturizers so I never tend to buy these but I was drawn to this one because it's more of a shimmer bar than a massage bar. It has the same moisturizing qualities as the other massage bars but it leaves your skin with a pretty glittery shimmer after use, which I love. It's shaped like a little ghost, or goth fairy as it's so called and smells really sweet like blackcurrant. I don't really like blackcurrant but love the scent. I think it's perfect for something to add to a night out to give you that extra sparkle. 

Has anyone tried any Lush Halloween products this year? What do you think?