Modern Renaissance ABH Palette | Review

I have been eyeing up the Modern Renaissance palette for so long and it is so hard to get your hands on in Ireland without paying a fortune for postage somehow. While I was in Paris we took a trip into Sephora, which I had never been in before and absolutely loved. There were so many amazing things I was looking at to treat myself with but I knew if I was going to get anything it had to be something from Anastasia Beverly Hills as I've never even seen any of their products in person before and definitely wanted some. I know that they have their new palette out Subculture, which they didn't have but even if they did I would've got this one as the shades are amazing and so perfect for Autumn coming up!


The packaging of the palette is something I actually like but I know a few people dislike it. It's a pink velvet-y suede casing and although it can get dirty very easily, it looks very pretty and feels very soft and good quality.

   

It comes with fourteen shades, eleven matte and three metallic. The shades are mainly pink, orange and yellow and they're very good quality and it comes with a dual ended brush. The shades are very autumnal I definitely bought it in the right season. The eye shadows are some of the best quality that I have tried yet it has a lot of fallout, every time I use it a lot of powder falls out, I've heard that this is such a big problem with the new Subculture palette so I can't imagine how bad that one is. You have to be very gentle when applying as they are very powdery shades. My favourite shades are Golden Ochre, which is a bright yellow gold, but I love how matte most of the shades are. My other favourites are Realgar, which is such an unusual colour and also Love Letter which is such a pretty pink when blended with other colours. All the shades go so well together and blend so nice together I'm having a lot of fun playing with the different combinations.


The above swatches are Tempera, Golden Ochre, Vermeer, Boun Fresco, Antique Bronze, Love Letter, and Cyprus Umber.

The second photo of swatches is of Raw Sienna, Burnt Orange, Primavera, Red Ochre, Venetian Red, Warm Taupe, and Realgar.

I know this palette isn't very new but it's still worth the hype that surrounded it when it first came out, it's my favourite palette now!
Has anyone else tried this palette before? What do you think?

Paris & Disneyland Paris | Photo Diary

If you didn't know I recently went on holidays to the beautiful city which is Paris! I visited some amazing places in my time there and thought it would be good to share some (my favourite being Disneyland Paris which I actually have a vlog of up on my Youtube here if that's your kind of thing). I had an abundance of pastries and macrons over there and loved literally everything, we did the most tourist-y things also so if you're planning on visiting Paris soon you might want to check these places out!

Obviously the most tourist place in Paris is the Eiffel Tower so that was first on our list of spots to visit, and we were so lucky with the weather in the week.

This is the view from the Eiffel Tower, not from the top though that's waaay to high for me.

 

The view from the Arc du Triomphe onto the Champs Elysee.


The outside of the Louvre which I have to say was very impressive.

    
The inside of the Louvre and of course Sleeping Beauties Castle in Disneyland (My favourite place in the whole world).

The Tower of Terror which is simultaneously my favorite and least favorite ride.

    
The entrance to Hollywood Studios and my other fave ride Hyperspace Mountain, which is better than I remember it being.

    
Main Street USA on the 25th Anniversary.

Notre Dame Cathedral, in which I sang the Hunchback of Notre Dame songs continuously. 

My favourite meal of the trip which had a view of Notre Dame just along the Seine.

The view of Notre Dame from the very top, which was a lot of stairs.

    
The Eiffel Tower at night and when it sparkles is my favorite thing ever, it only sparkles between eleven pm and five past so make sure your there then!

Has anyone been to Paris before? What's your favourite place to visit?

Too Faced Natural Matte Palette | Review

I've been meaning to post this for a while but never got around to it as it's one of my favourite palettes of the past few months. Normally when I buy an eyeshadow palette I choose it for it's vibrant and shimmery colours, although I don't wear the adventurous shades, they're so pretty to look at. Yet I always wear neutral browns, beige's and pinks on my eyes, so what better a purchase than a palette that's full of neutrals and natural colours. Especially because the colours I normally buy are glittery, I was in need with a wide range of matte shades for more natural and lazy days. I always look at the Too Faced Chocolate bar palette and the Sweet Peach palette but I knew this Natural Matte palette was for me. 



I love how small and portable this palette is, and it has every day to day shade you could possibly want. It's magnetic and the case is tin material and I bring it almost everywhere with me. I also love the lace detail on the case, it's very classy and pretty. As you can see from the picture the rows are split into day, classic and fashion, which is meant to be three separate looks that come with the palette, obviously there's not only the three though. Also as you can tell most of the shades are well used. The quality is very good and the payoff is high. My favourite shades are Strapless, a pink toned light brown, Lace Teddy, a pale pink toned nude, and Honey Butter, a soft honey toned brown. I love that all the shades are matte and non shimmery, they go well together in different varieties and they also suit as bases and shade for more dramatic looks with other more outgoing palettes. 





  
The above swatches in order are, Heaven, Cashmere Bunny, Sexspresso, Lace Teddy, Strapless, Risque, Nudie, Honey Butter, and Chocolate Cookie.

I think this is a basic palette that everyone should have as all these shades are makeup staples. It's a go to palette for me and goes with every natural and neutral look I need. I love the quality of Two Faced products and this doesn't disappoint. 
Has anyone tried this product before? What do you think? 

Collection Pieces | Review

It seems like you always run out of all your products at once and I ran out of all my face products at once so I needed to update my makeup promptly. If you've read my blog before you might know that I'm a really big fan of Collection's lasting perfection skincare. I have done a review of the foundation before in previous favourites posts and I've been using it for quite sometime now. I decided to get all the face products I needed from the same collection to see how well they fit together, and let me tell you, they're wonderful. 



Firstly, I got the Lasting Perfection foundation, which I have had before and loved. I buy a shade darker then I am, in which I bought Ivory 2, the foundation itself is a little bit thick and heavy so it's not for people who like light coverage. I really like the way it covers any imperfections on my skin and it doesn't take a lot of product to cover your face so it lasts quite a long time. It lasts all day and doesn't fade even in the sun and heat it stays on without any top up, it's my favourite foundation at the moment. I'm open to suggestions though as I do want to try some new ones!

The next product is from the same collection, the Lasting Perfection concealer, which every Youtuber and Blogger raves about, which I will rave about in this post also. I got the concealer a shade lighter then the foundation so it brightens up my skin. It has a very nice consistency and definitely covers any imperfections and brightens the area. It matches the foundation perfectly and they blend together like a dream.


The last product I got isn't the Lasting Perfection powder, but the Primed and Ready Setting Powder. I got this one because it contains witch hazel which is really good for your skin and reduces breakouts. I find that this powder doesn't do much for your skin, you can't really notice it, but I think that it's somewhat of a good thing. Especially as it contains products good for your skin. I usually don't buy invisible powders but I think that this one still does the job well and is light and fresh on the skin.

These are always products that I'll repurchase when looking for cheap and good face products, has anyone tried them before? What do you think?

Printing Memories with Printiki

If you're anything like me then you're probably obsessed with taking photos of everything every time you go somewhere. I take photos constantly and I'm always running out of phone memory and camera storage, and the one thing I don't do as often as I should is getting my pictures printed out to have. As photos are essentially like pieces of memories that you can keep and look back on I think it's really important to keep them safe and have physical copies to cherish forever. 

I usually print my photos in photo stores and kiosks in places like Boots but I hadn't done so in a while as I find it takes forever to chose your photos in store and also just a little bit pricey. So I was offered to try Printiki's online printing service and it was something that I have been meaning to try for ages. Printiki is an online printing service which allows you to chose pictures from various types of media such as your own laptop or social media apps such as Instagram and Facebook which is super easy and I love being able to pick my favourites instantly. I found the website really easy to use and chose photos from my social media outlets and my laptop itself and it was so easy to navigate I was really impressed. The longest part of the process was picking my favourite photos to print! 

You can chose a variety of different types of prints small and large and you can completely customize the way you like, like the retro Polaroid style prints that I think are super cute, you can even personalize them with your own messages. I decided to chose the square prints with no border on them to maximize the picture, I also opted for a matte finish but you can also chose between that or a glossy finish. 



I printed out some holiday photos and wanted to display them on my wall and do something creative with them, so I picked up some hanging photo clips from Primark Home to display my favourites on my wall. Although my wall is quite chipped and it really needs a fresh coat of paint the pictures look super cute hanging on the wall and I need to buy extra clips to hang more up. You can head over to Printiki's Instagram to check out other creative photo ideas and inspirations, and also lots of other pretty pictures!





As I only had eight clips to hang up the photos on the wall I decided to make a scrapbook with the other photos as it was something I've been meaning to do for a while, I can't wait to design the scrapbook and continue to fill it up completely with memories.

   


Overall I really loved how easy the pictures were to upload and edit and I love the size and matte finish of the photos, also the quality is great, I will definitely be ordering more soon! They took just a little over a week to arrive which isn't too bad and the price for the prints is super affordable for the quantity and quality. If you would like to order some of your own printed memories, you can get free shipping when you buy prints by using the code H7C2R28B at the checkout!

I hope you enjoyed looking at my photos and what I have done with them! Let me know if you print some photos of your own! 

*This post is in collaboration with Printiki

Lush Empties

As you may know if you've read this blog before, I like Lush products, a lot. I have reviewed and tried many products and in doing so have required enough empty packets and pots. I go through a lot of the same products and many bath bombs, many of which are still Christmas ones may I add. I thought I would share my empty products as I have loved them all to the bottom of the pot and last fizz.



My first empty I'm going to share is the Let the Good Times Roll cleanser, of which I have acquired three empty pots, ooops. This is obviously one of my favourite products containing popcorn pieces and smelling like a festival. It cleanses your skin and leaves a sweet scent and soft feeling. You can read my full review here. Honestly give it a sniff in store. 

The next is Cup O'Coffee, which I have loved before, but I don't love it so much anymore. It's a face mask that contains coffee beans, which is surprisingly good for your skin. I find that it takes too long to dry and I don't use face masks as much as I used to, also the liquid starts to separate from the product after some amount of time which makes it hard to use after a period. My previous review can be found here.

The last pot that I have used up is Ocean Salt, which I have also reviewed here. This face scrub contains elements of the ocean and contains sea salt for exfoliating your skin. The scent is so fresh and I feel like it's definitely a summer face product, and would be good after a long day in the sun, I think I need to repurchase it soon. 


The Tea Tree Toner water is something I've been loving for the past few months. Tea tree is known for being good for your skin and I find that it left my skin looking much clearer, and smells really fresh. I normally use it before bed and in the morning to cleanse my skin before and after make up, it drys into the skin very quickly.

I thought I'd add some of the bath bombs I've recently used in this too since none of the bath bombs I have at home are available in store anymore as they are Christmas stock.

     

The first bath bomb is the Northern Lights bath bomb that is yellow on one end and blue on the other in a purple cylinder. When placed in the bath it spins and mingles colours leaving a pretty coloured pattern. It smells like jasmine and I love the idea of the Aurora Borealis in the bath. 


The Shoot for the Stars bath bomb, is also very pretty and looks on the outside and inside like the night sky. It's both shimmery and fruity and I think it looks almost like Van Gogh's Starry Night Iconic image at certain points, well just reminds me of it even.



I hope you enjoyed looking at all the products I've enjoyed using recently, they're all products I'd recommend, like every Lush product.
Has anyone tried these products before?