Saturday, 1 February 2020


What? January is over. How? The first month of 2020 has flown by, I already know that 2020 is going to be over in a blink. For the first time I have an avalanche of plans booked months in advance and it makes me feel so grown up. I thought a great way to end the month would be a classic look back at the products I used continuously through the month of January and will definitely be taking into February as well. I would also like to do a general January overview more for my personal reflection so I can have a look at what I was up to. Without further ado, let's jump into my January favourites. Sadly, a few of these products are discontinued because I never throw my makeup away within the expiry date - do as I say people and not as I do - where possible I have linked products that are similar and available from the same brand. 

Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer (£29) Let's begin with a discontinued product, this hydrating primer is such a great base for underneath my makeup. It is expensive but it really sinks into my skin and feels practically like a moisturiser leaving my skin feeling fresh, hydrated and plump without feeling greasy or looking shiny. Despite my oily combination skin I have been drenching my skin with hydrating products, most likely due to the weather change but also just because my skin is stressed due to various challenges I faced this month. 

L'Oreal Infallible Freshwear 24H Foundation (£11) This foundation is Italian's chef kiss perfection, it is so beautiful. It is truly lightweight and feels like nothing on my skin which is such a godsend when you are at work for long hours or your plans stretch from day to night. This foundation is just one you can count on, it is my go-to and although there are so many foundations I want to try I know I will be devestated when I finally finish this. I cannot speak for other skin types, but this foundation is the most natural finish foundation I own. It lasts all day without settling into my smile lines too and I don't notice it wearing off either, but I do think I have my pressed powder has something to do with it. Available in 29 shades. My shade is Golden Beige. 

L'Oreal Infallible More Than Concealer (£10) Stop the press because this here is a concealer that rivals all other concealers. In fact Tarte Shape Tape better watch out because this concealer delivers all that goodness, meaning full coverage, matte finish, longwearing, creaseless, for half the price and wih a great shade range to boot. I am so impressed with this, I just need a few dots for some serious brightening but also it is a concealer I can layer without it looking heavy or cakey or taking away the foundation underneath. It pairs great with the L'Oreal Infallible Freshwear 24H Foundation too, this is such a gem of a product. I will definitely repurchase this. Available in 25 shades. My shade: Cedar.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder (£25) Out of all the products I mention here in this post this is the single product that I am most excited about because it has been in my collection for years and I paid it no mind. When I unearthed it from my drawer there was already a whole lot of pan showing thanks to my sister showing it some love while we lived together. I just wanted to use up some products rattling around in my collection to reinforce my no buy and boy am I glad I tried this again. As someone with oily/combo skin I shy away from pressed powders unless it's for touch-ups. I notice that my skin prefers and pairs better with loose setting powders but I was noticing day after day when I did my standard 2pm blot at work that nothing was coming off my face at all. This powder is absolute magic it controls my oil like no other, plus it doesn't change the colour or tone of my foundation despite looking so starkly white in the pan. This will be a definite repurchase for me. I take a large powder brush and pat it all over my face, I continue to use a loose setting powder under my eye just because they are more brightening.  

B. Blusher in Darl (£5.32) Not a new product, I have mentioned this so many times on my blog. You can get this brand at Superdrug and this blush is the perfect soft neutral pink matte. It suits my skin tone so well and is a great every day brush. I have used this so much and have yet to even hit pan, it barely even has a dent in. This blush just makes me feel very pretty and I want more makeup that makes me feel like this. I remember when I didn't wear blush at all but blush is the one product that genuinely makes me feel good about myself. I feel pretty, I feel cute, I feel ready.

Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow Stick in 38 Golden Taupe (£4.89) Eyeshadow sticks are everywhere and I have tried a lot but Kiko really is up there in this category and competes with the big guys like By Terry and Laura Mercier. I think what sets the high end brands apart is their unique shades and bougie packaging but the Kiko Eyeshadow Sticks have gorgeous matte soft touch black packaging and the shade Golden Taupe is unlike any other shade I have seen. It is a greyish purple brown with tiny specks of silver glitter. So pretty and it will not budge at all until you remove it at the end of the day. I think this is a dupe for one of the Bobbi Brown eyeshadow sticks too. I just hope Kiko come out with even more shades, I am obsessed. I have had this for years and it hasn't dried out or irritated my eyes and there is so much product left. 

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post and had a great January. I would love to know what some of your favourite products were this month, please share them in the comments below. What are you looking forward to in February? I am going to see Prince of Egypt (my favourite film literally ever) The Musical in London on 15th and I am so excited. My friend and I want to get a tarot reading and I have recently started a new university course so I am really looking forward to all these new experiences. Hope you all have a great weekend. Take care. 

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Wednesday, 8 January 2020


Photo via instagram @mannymua773
A new year has begun similarly to the end of 2019 with a new launch from Anastasia Bevely Hills, who recently announced on Instagram a brand new eyeshadow palette to kick off 2020 with ABH x Amrezy. This time a 16 pan palette of all new eyeshadows instead of the usual 14. This ultra glittery pink palette has 16 eyeshadows, with four finishes in total: matte, shimmer, foiled and pressed glitter. I believe this palette was leaked on Reddit around New Year, which is a shame. I know this happens to Norvina (Creative Director) a lot and it is such a shame that her enjoyment and excitement for these launches get tainted by leaks

Photo via Instagram @dressyourface
The eyeshadow palette is in the same short but wide rectangular packaging as all of the other Anastasia Beverly Hill collaboration eyeshadow palettes a la ABH x Jackie Aina and ABH x Carli Bybel, with the exception of the palette being perhaps wider with the additional two eyeshadows. Only the Norvina palettes are shaped in the bigger longer plastic packaging. 

Image via Patty Alonso YouTube
The first row of ABH x Amrezy left to right are: Waisted satin ballet pink; Barb metallic lilac with lime gold shift; Litty pressed glitter gilded copper with lavender sparkles; Cupcake metallic lavender pressed pigment; Dragon metallic gold copper; Leo metallic turquoise blue; Gemini antique gold with silver sparkles and Gorgina metallic taupe bronze. As a Gemini, I appreciate the fun sparkly colour Amrezy chose for our zodiac sign.  

Image via ABH website
The second row of ABH x Amrezy left to right are: Rezy metalic candy pink; Anastasia metallic peachy pink with gold shift; New Yawker matte rich caramel; OG mette neutral chocolate brown; Semsa matte red plum pressed pigment; 1988 matte chesnut brown; BK matte black and Yugo matte rich plum brown pressed pigment.

Photo via Instagram @mannymua773
The palette retails for $49, which is slightly more than the usual $46 most likely due to the extra two eyeshadows. For UK buyers I believe that will be £49 for us. It will be available on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website first, both UK and US on 14th January. It will be available in stores and in other retailers, such as Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty, Sephora and Selfridges on 19th January.

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 Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know what you think of the Amrezy palette, are you surprised Anastasia Beverly Hills released a new palette so quickly given they were launching back to back eyeshadow palettes towards the tail end of last year? Comment below if you have your eye on this palette and what shades have taken your fancy. I hope you are having a great week. Thank you for reading. Take care. 

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Wednesday, 1 January 2020


Probably not the obvious choice for the first post of the new year, but if, like me, you have New Year's Day off having a few solid Netflix picks in the bank to pass a few hours can come really handy. Here are a few things I have been watching over the past few days, weeks and months. I recently felt like watching a few movies, I don't tend to watch movies much at all and I think that is something I should do more of. I aim to write down everything I watch and read in 2020 so I can reflect on it when this time of year comes around. I have five films and five series I have watched in the latter part of this year, I would love to hear what you enjoyed as well so please leave your Netflix top picks in the comments. Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year. Without further ado, let's begin. I am using a five star rating system for anyone who wants to skim read. 

Five Feet Apart ★ This movie is something I have avidly avoided despite being a Cole Sprouse fan, from what I saw of it on Cole's Instagram it screamed updated Fault In Our Stars to me which was a film I completely loathed. Five Feet Apart was an unexpected surprise, not completely predictable and with some truly good characters. I think it definitely romanticised a lot of elements which I am starting to realise is just hard not to do with this kind of content but I truly sobbed through most of it. The two main characters in this film have cystic fibrosis, I wish there was more about what it is actually like living with cystic fibrosis as it would be nice to be more informed about it especially in the work I do.  

Marriage Story Not groundbreaking or unpredictable but still enjoyable and I think both Adam Driver and Scarlet Johannsen gave stellar and believable performances. There were many moments in this film that struck a chord including a scene where Scarlett's lawyer talks about how as a society we are willing to accept failings in fathers but categorically do not expect anything less than utter perfection from a mother using Mary, Mother of Jesus and God as an example which was cleverly done and struck a chord. It is a fairly lengthy film lasting longer than two hours, but it takes you on a journey whilst telling you a story and provides you with a lasting reminder that nothing is perfect and everyone has a singular experience of life even if we think we are going through the same thing. 

Downsizing  The premise of this film is thought provoking but ultimately the film is a social commentary. I would have preferred the film to have a more hopeful comedic tone especially given the events at the beginning of the film it would have been an unexpected direction for the movie to take if it focused on a relationship between a human sized human and a human that has been transformed into a five-inch being. A long letdown. Quite disappointing, as the concept has great potential.

King Arthur  From my understanding, this movie was a box office flop, making a loss compared to its extravagant budget. Admittedly I watched this for Charlie Hunham, who is spectacular in his beauty always. Sons of Anarchy is one of my favourite shows of all time, go watch it immediately if you haven't already. King Arthur is the epitome of OTT, deliberately fast-paced with some try-too-hard joked and "witty banter" thrown in. I appreciated the accelerated pace as it made the two hours go rather quickly, the plot was thin but I did enjoy the film. 

6 Underground ★ Not my kind of film, but I watched it with friends which made it much more bearable. We played a drinking game for everytime there was a product placement amongst other things which kept us entertained and enabled me to keep some level of focus because otherwise I would have given up on this film. The plot is non-existent. A group of pretend dead people are trying to save the world one mission at a time, all with saldy uninteresting back stories. Pete Beale from Eastenders is in it and so is Ryan Reynolds who saves a lot of the scenes with sass. The cinematography and filming of certain scenes is certainly impressive but overall this show is all style and no substance. 

Atypical ★ I bulldozed through atypical in a week, I love it so much. At first, I wasn't sold I was watching random episodes at my friend's house and felt it portrayed ASD unrealistically but it is a very smart production and I love all of the characters and their different storylines. The relationships are sweetly portrayed and tackles various issues. Heartfelt but still lighthearted watch with tons of sarcasm. 

Greenhouse Academy ★ I was in a phase where I would watch literally anything and wanted something set in a high school to fill my Riverdale void (one episode a week - how dare you?) and this filled that hole for a short while. The first two seasons were okay and the third season was a bit of a mess, they swapped out well loved characters or wrote them out of the show completely which didn't fare well for continuity and I liked the new actors a lot less. Jackie one of my favourite characters and one of the only believable actors in the show doesn't even appear in the third season despite a pivotal moment happening at the end of season 2. I would advise to skip this one. The school itself doesn't make much sense at all either, a lot of the elements in this series doesn't quite hit the mark. 

Always Sunny in Philadelphia ★ So many seasons, I find some episodes of Always Sunny can be a hit or a miss when it is good it is spit out your drink laugh till you cry good and other times it is mildly amusing. It's a show a few might need to be eased into but generally I really enjoy it and I treat it like a security blanket. It is not a show that needs to be binged but when you're in the mood for it it is brilliant. 

Schitt's Creek ★ The show that I am watching right now and sadly am about to finish. I love everything about this show, it is funny, lighthearted and cute. Moira is my favourite female character ever, her undecipherable and affected accent as well as her divine personal style are too delicious to me. It also gives me much needed hope that as a twenty-something still living with their parents figuring stuff out isn't as embarrassing as I think it is. I cannot recommend it enough. 

Skin Wars ★ Competition reality shows are my krpytonite, I eat every single one of them up. The only reason I dived into this one is because Ru Paul is a judge but I quickly became addicted and bulldozed through all the seasons available. It is really creative and a fun process to watch, I love how these shows are filmed, and I didn't mind that Alexis (real name Rebecca) from Ugly Betty is a judge. This show gave me an appreciation of body art that I never knew I needed it truly was a medium I had never even heard of before but I really loved it. Devestated it is no longer running. 

Thank you so much for reading, my next post will be my New Year's Resolutions. I have a lot and I am trying to find a way to group them together so they seem less overwhelming. Happy New Year, everybody. I wish a great 2020 to you all. A reflective post on the peaks and troughs of 2019 seems like a good idea, but like 2018 it wasn't all rainbows and sunshine, but I think it is important to focus on the positive as a lot of the time the good can get swallowed by the bad, so I might do one anyway. Please leave your favourite Netflix content in the comments below and share your favourite moments of 2019 if you feel comfortable doing so. Happy New Year, lovely people! Take care. 

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Tuesday, 24 December 2019


I definitely identify as more of a winter person than a summer person, I would pick the cold over the hot any day of the week, but the one thing I cannot stand about winter is the severe and chronic lack of daylight in my life during these cold months. I love scarves, a brisk breeze, I live for jumpers but waking up to a dark day and coming home to a darker night is awful. I notice a genuine dip in my mood and energy to the point where I just want to curl up and hibernate in my bed only venturing out for food and hot baths. Of course, this is not possible. Like with most things you have to just get on with it, so here are some of the things that help me when I am feeling particularly blue during this time of year. I hope you find something that helps you, let me know in the comments below if you struggle with the shorter days as well and share your tips and tricks. 

Annual Leave If you work and find this time of year to be a hardship, be smart about how you use your annual leave. I like to save at least a week so I can use it in November or January where I am starting to feel really sluggish. A week away from work allows me time to recharge. I love to go to different places, so I could use it for an impromptu trip or just for some rest and relaxation. 

Maximise your daylight I try to go out during my lunch breaks for a walk, this gives me an extra half hour of daylight and like I said I actually quite enjoy cold weather if it is manageable. I also try to keep my curtains or blinds open during the day as much as possible. 

Spoil yourself As mentioned, there are plenty of things I love about winter, including but not limited to winter clothing staples. I like to buy a new coat and scarf as well as new boots every winter. I adore candles, hot baths and being swamped in soft fluffy blankets while I read or write. To keep the blues away do more of what you enjoy within reason. I love to do face masks and I especially love the instant warming clay masks, they feel so good this time of year. 

Let there be light This isn't something I have done, but most people's favourite thing about winter is Christmas. In my house, we only have Christmas decorations in the living room and I think next year I will try and decorate my own room so I can feel more of the festive cheer. Pick up a small Christmas tree, I am sure TK Maxx have loads - which will be reduced come Boxing Day rejoice! - and some LED lights. You can wind the lights on your shelves, curtain rails, desks or your mirror. If LED lights aren't your thing, candles are always a magical way to brighten up your room and you get to choose the smell. I picked up some festive candles from Primark recently and I will be burning vanilla and apple spice tonight to get myself in the Christmas Eve mood. 

Alarm clock There are some really great alarm clocks out there that wake you up by simulating sunlight. I think this is a really cool concept especially if you struggle to wake up in the mornings like myself. I am one of those people that have ten alarms on every morning. I haven't tried one myself, but I know Lumie is a well-known brand that does such alarm clocks which you can find on Amazon. 

Be productive Inevitably, in the winter time when you're not out and about at holiday parties you spend a lot more time in doors. It is a good idea to be a bit more productive and set aside time to get round to emails, completing job applications, writing letters or organising the home. All the things you wanted to do in 2019 but hadn't got around to, well now is the time. It will give you a sense of accomplishment and a boost to your self-esteem to have achieved something. Winter is a great time to set your affairs in order so you enter the new year with a clear mind, home and inbox. 

Charity This time of year is a great time for giving - is there ever a bad time? - especially around Christmas there are usually so many charity drives that you can get involved with. I know filling shoe boxes with gifts is a regular Christmas charity occurrence, this year my work donated a bunch of items for new parents and other charity organisations give warm clothing and blankets out to the homeless. Similar to the last recommendation, giving to those less fortunate or in need of certain things can keep you busy and occupied and also provides you with a sense of achievement and accomplishment and keeps your mind occupied. Christmas can be a difficult time for many, so keeping your mind occupied can be a serious struggle during the holidays.  

Read Not everyone enjoys reading, but I really do, there are so many classics on my list still for me to read. I just finished reading Sea of Strangers by Lang Leav and I am currently reading The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway which I have been wanting to read for ages. I actually received a hardback copy of the book a few years ago. For those of us that do not like reading there are always audiobooks or podcasts. There are many podcasts I enjoy and listen to regularly, Case File is my absolute favourite but All in the Mind is a great thought provoking podcast about lived experience of mental illness. 

Photo via @heyclaire on Instagram, I read the book on my iPhone. Highly recommend.
Learn For me personally, I love to learn and I have an innate fear of forgetting everything I have learned so I have made a conscious effort to dig out my old textbooks and read a chapter when I am feeling bored. This helps me learn and gives me ideas of different topics to research but also sparks memories of when I learned the same topics in a lecture or seminar. I really like the site Future Learn as well, it is a great free site where you can sign up to courses you like the look of and even interact and discuss with other users. They cover so many topics. 

I hope you found this post helpful, I definitely need to take my own advice and I have been trying to do more of the things I enjoy and love over the past few weeks. It can be difficult at times, Christmas can be such a crazy time of year that it feels like you never get a moment to breathe so I try to carve out as much time as possible for myself just to relax and do things I like. Hope you all have a great Christmas, leave a comment sharing what you do to beat the winter blues or if indeed you don't feel blue at all let me know down below. Thank you for reading. Take care. 

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Sunday, 8 December 2019


As someone who is virtually dependent on baths it is disappointing how little I have actually tried from Lush, the go-to utopia for bath lovers around the globe. Personally, I have been less than impressed by some of thier bath bombsthat I have tried, but I hadn't even heard of their bath melts/oils as they are commonly known. 

I tried the Dreamtime Bath Oil (£3.95) today for my ritualistic Sunday bath and it was delightful. It contains a total of 24 ingredients and as far as I know Lush has quite a good reputation for using fairtrade and natural ingredients. Dreamtime consists of a variety of my favourite oils which explains why I love the scent of this bath oil so much. Oils in Dreamtime are lavender oil, ginger oil, sandalwood oil and chamomile blue oil, it also contains fairtrade cocoa butter which provides the moisturising properties this bath oil is known for. My favourite scents are lavender and ginger so this oil is actually perfectly suited to my tastes

I had no idea what ingredients or properties Dreamtime boasts at the time of actually having my bath, but I left my bath feeling calm and relaxed and I noticed immediately that my skin felt so buttery smooth and well-moisturised, it still does hours after. I love how cute and small the bath oil is, plus it's purple: my favourite colour. The bath oil breaks apart in the water and turns the bath the same shade of deep purple which is tremendously satisfying. 

The only con is that the bath oil is quite small, almost £4 for one bath is not really good value so I wonder if I can halve it or even cut it into quarters to get 2 or 4 baths out of it. If you have tried that or have alternatives that achieve the same results as this bath oil i.e. great smell and moisturising, please share some of your favourite bath products in the comments below. I would love to try the Laura Mercier bath products because they are considered to be the epitome of luxury and everyone who has tried them loves them, but I cannot justify spending that much on bath products. Thank you so much for reading, I hope you are all in the festive spirit. I feel like it has taken me much longer than usual to get into the Christmas mood this year but I am trying my hardest to embrace it, mulled wine and Ariana Grande's Christmas album helps. Hope you had a great weekend. Take care. 

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Saturday, 16 November 2019


Jaclyn Hill has announced her second launch of 2019 for her eponymous brand Jaclyn Hill Cosmetics. After lipstick-gate many have speculated when she would return at the helm to release a new product and lo and behold it has happened. The Catch The Light Holiday Collection contains three different highlight formulas as well as three corresponding brushes. There are two four pan palettes, one for light-medium skin and one for medium-deep. In addition, there are two different powder formulas: a luminous setting/glow powder and a beaming loose highlight powder. For all the information including prices, swatches and release dates as well as all of my opinions keep on reading. Scroll down to the end of the post to see Jaclyn's announcement video. 

The two Accent Light Highlighter Palettes, as mentiones each comprise of four shades. Jaclyn explains that the formulas in these palettes were custom-made in  Italy and are each unique. This doesn't impress me as a lot of brands have labs in Italy including Wet n Wild which is one of the cheaper drugstore brands. The highlight formula is described as a buttery smooth baked formula that feels like a second layer of skin. 

The Flash Palette ($49) is tailored to light-medium skin tones with four shades: Gleam (icy gold highlight), Iced (true champagne highlight), Sparks (pale champagne highlight with a more yellow undertone) and Mesmerise (rose gold highlight). I find it surprising that Iced is darker  than Sparks, the name would suggest that Iced would be a lot fairer. You can see these shades swatched below.

L-R: Gleam, Iced, Sparks and Mesmerise
The Flare Palette is targeted towards a medium-deep skin tone. This palette has the exact same packaging as the Flash palette, both contain mirrors. I do think the packaging is pretty and very Jaclyn but also unecessarily large, I don't like that there is extra room for the Jaclyn lettering on the side of the palette, what is the point of that?

The fours shades in the Flare Palette are: Glow Up (rosy bronze highlight), Made You Look (golden bronze highlight), Exposure  (neutral tan bronze highlight) and Turned On (berry copper highlight). You can see these shades swatched below.

L-R: Glow Up, Made You Look, Exposure and Turned On
I think having palettes suited for different skin tones is a great idea and inclusive, but for me separating it into three palettes would have been a better move as you're missing the medium category here. There are so many different skin tones that fall in between that won't be able to use all of the colours in each palette which is a shame, a medium palette with a champagne highlight, a pinky highlight and some warmer rose gold and pale coppery tones would have been really beautiful and would have tempted me at least. 

The next formula on the agenda is the Mood Light Luminous Powder ($32), this comes in 5 shades. One of the main ingredients in this powder is mica which is a well-known smoothing ingredient. This appears to be more of a setting powder, similar to Laura Mercier Glow Setting Powder, Jaclyn herself uses it mixed with her setting powder. Jaclyn described the formula as moisturising, light and "feathery" with a blurring effect which works for mature skin types as well. 

L-R: Do Me, Brighten Up, Brilliant, Carats and Feelin It
The shades in this formula are (swatched above): Do Me (fair powder suitable for light skin tones), Brighten Up (neutral with a pink undertone which will brighten the skin), Brilliant (peachy undertone more suitable for medium skin tones), Carats (yellow undertone almost like a banana powder suitable for medium skin tones) and Feelin' It (caramel undertone for deeper skin tones). You can use this powder on bare skin or on a full face of makeup.

Last but not least, there is the Beaming Light Loose Highlighter ($24) which comes in a teeny tiny little pot and also has 5 different shades. Jaclyn describes this as the quintissential blinding highlight that she is famous for, designed for targeted and precise application. The formula is described as powder to cream. 

L-R: Extra, Bomb, Amped, High Volt and Mega Watt.
The shades are (swatched above): Extra (icy white gold highlight), Bomb (beige gold highlight), Amped (pinky rose-gold highlight), High Volt (rosy orange highlight suitable for tan-deep skin tones) and Mega Watt (copper bronze highlight). I like how cute these pots are I cannot deny, but loose highlights are so messy it stresses me out just thinking about it. 

L-R: Mood Light Powder Brush,  Accent Highlighter Brush and Beaming Light Brush
With each of these formulas there are three brushes that are respectively suited to each formula. There is the Mood Light Powder Brush (£24), the Accent Light Highlighter Brush ($20) and the Beaming Light Highlighter Brush ($20). These are made from synthetic hair using the newest technology. The handles are a silver clear glitter ombre with a silver fennel, again very Jaclyn. Jaclyn mentioned that she is extending her return policy from 30 days to 45 days so people can return it after the holidays. Bundles are also available from the Jaclyn Hill Cosmetics site. These will be available from her website on November 26th (RELEASE Date).  

Thank you so much for reading, I would love to know what you think of this launch so please share your thoughts in the comment section below I would love to read what you think, are you happy to hear that Jaclyn Hill Cosmetics have released another launch? Does anything take your fancy? I personally don't wear much highlight, I still have the Becca x Jaclyn Face Palette which I haven't even made a dent in but I do see the appeal for other people. 

I won't be buying anything, like I mentioned, the only thing that I would consider is the Accent Highlighter Palette if it came in a palette for medium skin tones which it doesn't. I hope you all had a wonderful week, I really hope to be posting more again in the near future, sorry for being so MIA. Wishing you all a great weekend. Take care. 

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Monday, 21 October 2019


It is starting to get annoying that every time a new product comes to my attention i.e. the Huda Beauty Nude Medium Obsessions Palettes, the brand has almost always just announced another brand new product. In this case, it is the Mercury Retrogade Palette. This palette contains 18 eyeshadows. There are three eyeshadow brushes and a makeup bag available to purchase separately in this collection. Inspired by the crystal aurora buarealis, hich is a stunning light show in the sky that can be seen in the northern hemisphere. I saw the aurora buarealis when I visited Reykjavik in Iceland two years ago, an amazing experience. This palette was actually made during mercury retrogade and is actually being released during mercury retrogade too. Mercury Retrogade palette will be available on 24th October

For those who don't know: Mercury Retrogade is basically a period of bad luck for astronomy lovers. When Mercury is in retrogade nothing seems to go to plan and people are trigger shy of making any important moves. Mercury is in retrogade about four times a year, as it is the planet closest to the sun its orbit is a lot faster than Earth, it takes Mercury about 88 days to travel around the sun to the Earth's 365. For this reason, every time Mercury passes the Earth in its orbit while Earth is leisurely making its way around this is when Mercury is in retrogade. Honestly, I don't pay much attention to this, but people like to talk about it. 

The colour story of this palette has absolutely nothing to do with Mercury at all, it is actually centred around the teal, purple and pinks seen in the northern lights. Altogether creating an aesthetically pleasing wintry holiday-appropriate palette that will  appeal to many people. For this reason, I wish it was called something other than Mercury Retrogade, it could have been called Aurora Buarealis and it would have made a lot more sense. However, I do love the eye look on the exterior of the palette, it looks very striking. Initially, I would think that these colours would be too pale or cool to work on warm skin tones but Huda showcases them on her own eyes on the artwork of the packaging and it looks incredible. 

There are a total of 4 different textures in this eyeshadow palette: the classic mattes, creamy shimmers, glitter balm and glitter toppers. You can see the swatches above. I haven't decided if I want to buy this palette yet, I think it is certainly pretty and well-timed with the cold months fast approaching, I am just not convinced I will get much wear out of these shades. So the jury is still out for me, but I would love to hear what you guys think? Would you get it? Do you like it? Thank you so much for reading, and please share your thoughts in the comments below. Take care. 

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