Tartelette In Bloom Palette

Last summer I unexpectedly fell in love with Tarte’s Tartelette palette, so the second I found out that they would come out with the Tartelette in Bloom palette I knew right away that I had to get my hands on it at some point. I finally got it around a month ago and have been playing around with it ever since.

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I think I’ve mentioned several times before how much I love glittery and shimmery eyeshadow. The more glitter the better, which is why I usually gravitate towards very shimmery eyeshadow and neglect the mattes, although we all need some good basic mattes in our makeup collection. After all it’s the mattes that help us to really add definition and dimension to our eye makeup! Initially I wanted the Tartelette palette because I figured that having an all matte palette would come in quite handy. What I didn’t expect was how much I would end up loving it. It has become one of my most used palettes in the past 6 or 7 months. Hence I just needed the Tartelette in Bloom palette in my life!

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While the Tartelette palette comes with 12 all matte shades the Tartelette in Bloom includes 9 matte shades but also comes with 3 gorgeous shimmery shades. But before I start talking more about the palette itself let’s take a moment to appreciate the stunning packaging! I think it’s so pretty. Every time I look at it I think of spring and sunshine and pretty flowers and it just makes me so happy. Okay now back to the actual product.

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If you look at both Tartelette palettes the first one definitely includes more cool toned shades like soft pinks, lilacs and purples along with your basic neutral matte shades. In contrast the Tartelette in Bloom palette has much more earthy warm toned shades, so they are definitely quite different when it comes to the color scheme.

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What I love about this palette is that there’s not one shade I dislike or not use at all. Of course I have my favorites but I do use them all. I love how soft and buttery each shade is and they are all so nicely pigmented. One minor thing I was not too happy about with my Tartelette palette was that some of the darker pink/purple shades weren’t as pigmented and didn’t apply as evenly as the other shades in the palette. However, I find all the shades in the Tartelette in Bloom palette to be very nicely pigmented and they all apply evenly and are a dream to blend.

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Of course I’m including swatches as always. The shades from left to right are Charmer, Jetsetter, Rocker, Smokeshow, Flower Child, Smarty Pants, Firecracker, Activist, Funny Girl, Sweetheart, Rebel and leader.

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To round off my review I just wanted to tell you which shades are my personal favorites. I love Jetsetter and Rebel for the crease and Flower Child and Sweetheart are lovely transition colors in my opinion. Obviously I love all 3 shimmery shades but Funny Girl is by far my favorite. It’s so stunning I can’t use this palette without using it. I love applying it all over my lid. Lastly one shade I’m also obsessed with is Leader. I don’t even know how to describe this color but it’s a gorgeous slightly reddish deep brown and I love using it to darken the crease as well as the outer V and along my waterline sometimes.

As you can probably already guess I love this palette. I couldn’t tell you which one of the two I prefer because they consist of such different colors but I’m glad I own both and they are currently some of the palettes I reach for the most. I think that about says it all!

Thank you for reading!

Love,

Sophie

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Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette

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Just like most other people probably I definitely have my preferences when it comes to the finishes of specific makeup products. Lipstick-wise I’m all about matte but when it comes to eyeshadow I’m obsessed with shimmery sparkly ones. Nonetheless I know that every makeup obsessed person should definitely own some good matte basics. It’s not that I don’t have any, I do, but when I first heard about the Tartelette matte palette I was really curious to try it out. Getting some good matte eyeshadows isn’t very easy because unfortunately many have a very powdery/chalky formula, which makes them hard to work with and they don’t last as long as I’d like/expect them too.

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Hence the idea of a palette that comes with 12 matte eyeshadows, that you can use as a base, for a more neutral look but still can create a more dramatic one sounded like something I needed to add to my collection. Besides I’ve always wanted to try Tarte as a brand and this is my first product by them.

I’ve had this palette ever since the beginning of July, so I’ve now used it thoroughly for the past 2 and a half months and it’s become one of my most used palettes to be honest, which I sure did not expect. Since I’m a total lipstick addict and basically never leave the house without something on my lips I’ve loved using this palette for days when I have class or work, because those are two occasions on which I do like to wear makeup but I also don’t want a very dramatic eye makeup and lipstick because for me, personally, that is a little too much. But each to their own.

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In my eyes this palette includes the perfect mixture of cool and warm toned neutral basic matte shades because it includes highlighting shades, browns, taupes, pinks, purples and a very nice black. When it comes to the formula of these matte,s I’d say the different shades vary from average to good. Some of the shades are incredibly silky, soft and buttery. They’re so nicely pigmented and blend like a dream. Other shades, especially the purple ones seem to be a bit more chalky or powdery but there is still no shade in this palette I completely dislike or don’t use at all. As always I have some swatches for you, so you can see how pigmented they are.

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(top row left to right: Free Spirit, Force of Nature, Dreamer, Multi-Tasker)

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(Middle row: Care Giver, Natural Beauty, Best Friend, Bombshell)

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(Bottom Row: Super Mom,Wanderer , Power Player, Fashionista)

Some of my favorite and most used shades are Super Mom, Caregiver, Natural Beauty, Power Player and Multi Tasker. I think all five shades are beautiful, nicely pigmented and the formula is very nice and silky. My two least favorite shades are Best Friend and Bombshell. Although they look so beautiful in the pan they are a bit more chalky than the other shades and less pigmented than I expected them to be.

In my opinion this palette is great for everyone, who prefers mattes over other formulas or anyone who just wants an all matte palette really. I use some of the shades in here almost on a daily basis either when I want a very simple eye makeup or I use them as a base. I think especially Power Player and Multi Tasker make some great transitioning colors for the crease. Overall I’m very happy with this palette and definitely don’t regret purchasing it.

Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts?

Thanks so much for reading!

Love,

Sophie

A New Obsession For Lazy Make Up Days (or when I’m just in a rush)

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Hey Peeps,

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! So today I’m back with another review! Yay! If you happen to follow me on Instagram and/or Twitter ( which you obviously totally should haha) you might know that I recently went on a little shopping trip to Kiko and picked up a highlighter, a lipstick and two eyeshadow products. Okay, so I’m obsessed with all of them but today I want to focus on the eye make up as I’ve been honestly using it almost every single day and I’m just obsessed! Like seriously obsessed!

Okay, the first product I picked up was the Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow. Originally, I wanted a different shade but it was sold out so I thought I’d play it save and go for a color I’d love anyway and I ended up purchasing the shade 06, which is the most stunning bronzed shade. It reminds me a lot of Maybelline’s infamous color tattoo in On and On Bronze or whatever it’s called. I always find myself going for taupes and bronzed shades because I love how they emphasize my blue eyes. Anyway.. basically this is a creamy eyeshadow in a stick form. You twist the bottom and the product comes out at the top. Very simple! This product promises that it doesn’t transfer and lasts 8 hours! Now that sure sounds good to me! Firstly I haven’t had any issues with this product transferring or smudging and it really does last long! I haven’t checked if it’s actually 8 hours but I usually put this on in the morning and when I come back home at around 4 or 5 it’s still looking good, so what more could I want?

I love doing my make up! It’s one of my favorite things to do (don’t judge!) and I love playing around with loads of products but then again I also love sleep and my bed. So to be totally honest, on most days when I have to get up early my bed wins over make up and I’d rather stay cuddled up in bed for 5 more minutes than worry about my eye make up. This product is amazing for days like these! Basically what I do is use the other eye shadow which I will come to in a second and apply this over my lid and then I go in with this and I will apply it halfway along my eye lid, within my crease and I’m done! Okay, I usually will use a light shimmery shade to highlight my brow bone but then I’ll be done! Takes me 2 minutes. I’ll put on some mascara and I’m good to go.

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Okay, so let’s move on two eyeshadow number 2 which is called the Kiko Eyetech Look Eyeshadow. Mine is in the shade 117, which is this gorgeous shimmery greyish bronzy taupe shade. (I suck at describing colors. I know) I absolutely love applying this just all over my eye lid because it’s such a nice neutral shade that pretty much goes with anything. This product comes with a sponge applicator and basically you screw off the bottom and then you find the product kind of in the lid of the product. Okay, this probably makes no sense but I hope you get what I mean from the pictures.

This eyeshadow is more of a really finely milled powder and it’s fairly shimmery but I really like this at it is not too over the top and perfect for a neutral every day look in my eyes. Kiko promises that it lasts up to 10 hours. Again I will apply this in the morning around 7.30ish and when I get home after university seminars and lectures my eye make up is still intact and looking good. Sometimes the color has faded a bit but nothing major.

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In conclusion I love love love these two products on days I’m either in a rush or just can’t leave my bed! They’re so easy to apply and they last! They don’t move around or smudge and they’re really affordable! I know I will be paying my local Kiko store another visit soon picking up more shades!

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Have you tried any Kiko products lately? Any recommendations?

As always thank you lovely people so much for reading!

XO,

Sophie

A Great Palette For Those Glitter Lovers *

Hey lovelies,

I hope you’re all well. I’m finally done with all my exams for this semester and now have a few days off until my 4th semester starts next Monday. But before I get into today’s post I just wanted to thank you all for reaching 500 followers over here on WordPress. I know this is such a small number compared to other bloggers out there but it really means the world to me because when I first started my blog I only started it with the intention of having a little place where I could just write and I never ever believed that people would actually follow me and come back to read more. Every little comment or like means so much to me and always puts a huge smile on my face, so seriously a huge thank you to all of you who read my little blog! Okay, before this gets even cheesier let’s get into today’s post, shall we?

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When the lovely people over from the Born Pretty Store contacted me a little while ago about whether I wanted to try out some more of their products, I was so excited because I’ve loved all of their products I’ve tried before. As I was looking through their website one item, which immediately caught my eye was this lovely little palette.

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I absolutely adore the design of it and it contains 12 glittery shades. If you’ve read my blog before you know how much I love my shimmery eyeshadows, so a palettes consisting of only glitter eyeshadows sounds pretty damn amazing to me. Now as I’ve just mentioned the palette consists of 12 lovely shades and it offers you a nice range of shades as well. You get a light blue, a mint green (one of my favorite colors), a few different shades of pink and some stunning brown and bronzed shades (my favorites) as well as 3 gorgeous silver/grey shades.

I was really impressed with how pigmented the shadow were and one aspect I really love is that they are glittery but they aren’t too glittery, so that you can only wear them for special occasion. They just have the perfect amount of glitter in them, which makes them wearable for the day as well as for a sparkly night out look.

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My favorite shades are without a doubt the four shades at the very right because I’m a sucker for bronzy shades. They compliment my blue eyes really well and I’m more of a neutrals type of girl when it comes to eyeshadow most of them time. However, I also love the light blue and the mint green shade this palette includes. I can totally see myself wearing these in Spring a lot. I, personally, don’t wear pink eyeshadow too much but if you love pink these are some seriously stunning colors and I will try to incorporate them into my Spring and Summer eye make up this year for a bit of a girly touch.

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In general I think this would be a great palette for everyone who has a weakness for glitter. These are some gorgeous glitter shades that you can either use for a bit of a more glammed up neutral look or a you can go all out and create a sparkly night out look with the silver colors. And you can always add in a touch of color with some of the other shades.

If you like this palettes or are interested in the products the Born Pretty Store offers you can head on over to their website here.  I also have a little discount code for you if you decided to place an order, which is WEEG10.

I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post!

XX

Sophie

My Love For NYX Continues

NYX is a brand I’ve been mentioning on my blog more and more frequently as I’ve been trying out and loving more and more of their products. Obviously my best friend knows this as well, which is why she was so kind to get  me two more of their wonderful products for Christmas, one being a palette and one being a lip pencil.

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She gave them two me right before we took off for London or actually more like while we were on our way to London, so I’ve had some time to try them out while I was there.

First let’s talk about this pretty little palette. It’s the Love in Florence palette in the shade 05 Sunsets with Sophia (how very fitting). You get five lovely shades with this stunner and I think each shade is equally gorgeous and they all really compliment each other. It’s nice that you get some more nude and bronzed shades for a more neutral look but it also includes a sparkling black if you want to go for something a bit more dramatic! While in London I’ve been using this for a very neutral but still shimmery eye look and it’s lasted pretty well throughout the day.

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The other item she got me is this Jumbo Lip Pencil in the shade 708 Iced Mocha. I have to admit when I first unwrapped this I thought it was an eye pencil due to the color and because they look exactly the same except for the fact that they come in a white packaging. However, this is a lip pencil even though this isn’t a shade I would chose for my lips, to be honest. The texture is incredibly similar to their eye pencils, so basically you can use them for your lips but you can use them just as well for your eyes. I did try this on my lips and once blended it actually looks really cool but it’s definitely a shade I would prefer using in summer as it gives this bronzed glow once applied.

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Just like every other NYX product I’ve tried so far I love these and I have yet to find a product by them that I dislike.

What do you think of NYX as a brand? Any products you would recommend? Anything you’re not so keen on?

Thank for reading!

Sophie

Smashbox Full Exposure Mini Palette

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Before I say anything else, let me just say that this is the tiniest and cutest little nude eyeshadow palette I’ve ever laid my eyes on. It’s so tiny and so adorable and I can’t get over how cute it is. Now with that being said, the Smashbox Full Exposure Mini Palette is a tiny version of the regular Full Exposure palette. It contains 8 shades consisting of 4 shimmer shades and 4 mattes.

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But first let’s talk about the packaging. The eyeshadows come in a sleek little black compact packaging. I knew when I ordered it that it was going to be small because it’s a mini version but I do have to admit I didn’t expect it to be this small. However, I do love the size. It’s so small it will probably fit into your wallet! It’s size makes it absolutely perfect for traveling or when you’re on the go.

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Basically this little beauty combines all the basic shades you could ever need. The 4 matte shades offer a nice brown, a pale pinkish beige, a light highlighter and a taupe shade that is perfect for the crease. I was so impressed with how creamy the matte shadows are. They feel so soft and creamy and are a dream to blend.

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The shimmery shades definitely don’t disappoint either. There’s a beautiful shimmery bronzed shade, a golden beige, a shimmery champagne like shade and greyish silver. The shimmery shades aren’t as creamy and soft as the matte ones but they’re still beautifully pigmented and blend nicely. I think this is a first for me but for one I actually prefer the matte shades in a palette.

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Basically the size isn’t the only thing that is amazing about this palette. I’m absolutely blown away by the matte eyeshadows. Not that the shimmery ones aren’t good, because they are, but the matte ones are just incredible. I’m in love with their texture.

I think this could be a perfect little gift for anyone that loves nude eyeshadow palettes (because you can literally take this one with you wherever you go. It fits in every purse, I’m sure). Then it could also be good for anyone who doesn’t own a lot of palettes and just wants some basic shades because this palette has all the basic shades you could possibly want. With Christmas coming up I think this would be a lovely little present and I’ll be giving one of these as part of a present to my mom for Christmas this year. I’m already so excited to see what she thinks of it and I really hope she loves it as much as I do.

Thanks for reading!

XX

Sophie

Love for Glitter – The Born Pretty Store Trio Eyeshadow Palette *

When the lovely people from the Born Pretty Store contacted me on whether I wanted to review some of their products I have to admit I was quite excited. I’ve heard of the brand before as they are quite known for their nail art supplies. I totally suck when it comes to doing my nails but the Born Pretty Store also offers a wide variety of makeup, jewelry and other accessories, so there’s definitely something for everyone.

While browsing their website I came across this glittery eyeshadow trio and it immediately reminded me of Christmas and the holidays. I’m such a sucker for glittery things, so it’s only naturally I opted for this one.

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This little palette contains a black shade, a beautiful shimmery bronzed shade (quite possibly my favorite) and a lovely very glittery silver shade. All of the shades contain golden shimmer particles for a sparkling effect, which I think is just perfect for the holiday season or New Year’s Eve. December is just the perfect time to go all out when it comes to glitter and sparkles, don’t you think?

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Now, I really love the texture as its so soft and silky, which makes it so easy to apply! When it comes to eyeshadows my biggest pet peeve is when they are too chalky but these are quite creamy.  All three shadows are quite pigmented, though the bronzed shade is definitely the most pigmented.

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I think this is just the perfect little trio for everyone that loves a bit of a sparkle. The black and silver shades are perfect for creating a glittery smokey eye and the bronzed shade is so beautiful and perfect if you want more of a softer and warm approach maybe. First I was a little afraid that the glitter particles might move around, because I’ve had some bad experiences with glitter eyeshadow before but luckily these stay put and don’t move around. After all I only want my eyes to make a sparkling statement and not my entire face to look like a disco ball, right?

I can definitely see myself getting a lot of use out of these once December rolls around but then again you can never go wrong with a little bit of glitter, so basically this will always come in handy for a night out or a special occasion that could use a bit of a sparkle.

If you’d like to check out the Born Pretty Store website you can do that here. I also have a little coupon code for you if you decide to order anything. Just type in WEEG10 for 10% off your order:)

Thanks so much for reading! Hope you have great weekend:)
XX
Sophie