Smashbox Cover Shot Palette Ablaze

For some reason Smashbox has never been a brand I’ve been drawn to. Yes, I’ve looked at their displays and counters numerous times but nothing ever spoke enough to me to make me want to buy it. I can’t even tell you why because I’ve heard many great things about lots of their products. However, about a month or two ago when I was looking at some of their products in store the little Cover Shot Palettes grabbed my attention. Because I’m generally more into warm tones the Ablaze palette ended up being the one I took home with me. I mean these colors are absolutely stunning and perfect for fall/winter.

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So first off I really like the packaging with the explosion of color on the front part of the palette. It’s definitely unique. I also love the size of the palettes. These are really small and include eight eyeshadows, which are enough to create different looks yet the size is so convenient for traveling or whenever you’re on-the-go. It will fit into any purse.

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Now onto the actual eyeshadows. As I’ve already said the colors are gorgeous because they’re so rich and warm. I have blue eyes and these colors really make them pop. The set up is definitely great for beginners because the colors are grouped together.You can use the four colors on the right for a more berry pink kind of look or the colors on the right for a more terracotta and gold look. But of course you can also mix them together however your heart desires. The palette in general is very cohesive and all of the shades go together well, so you can create all kinds of looks.

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The color selection of this palette also allows you to either do some very neutral and basic looks as well as more glam and dramatic looks. Or you could do a neutral look with a pop of color. I wouldn’t say the combinations are endless but it is a versatile palette. I don’t have much experience with Smashbox eyeshadows but this palette makes me think I should try more because they’re so nicely pigmented, very long-lasting and  they blend perfectly. They literally almost blend themselves, which again makes this palette perfect for beginners or people who don’t wear make up too often. Another huge plus in my book is the combination of mattes and satins in this palette because you get four of each.

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I would definitely recommend this palette to anyone who loves warm eyeshadows. These colors just speak to my soul and are a warm tone lovers dream. Plus this palette is just perfect for traveling or short little weekend trips, when you don’t want to pack a ton of makeup. If you like the look and setup of the palette but aren’t as much into warm tones Smashbox has a bunch of these Cover Shot palettes with different color schemes, so there is definitely something for everyone. I now really feel like I’ve been missing out on this brand and want to try some more products.

What’s you favorite Smashbox products?

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Sophie

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Mac Favorites I Collab with Molly Isabel

Hey Lovelies,

today I’m collaborating on a blog post with the lovely Molly Isabel from mollyisabelsmith.blogspot.co.uk. One of my favorite parts about the blogging world is the community and getting to talk to and work with other bloggers. Since Molly and I both love Mac Cosmetics we decided to tell you all about our favorite Mac products! So let’s get right into it.

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Basics

Let’s start off with the basic face products you need for a flawless complexion. I haven’t tried too many of Mac’s foundation to be honest but I do love the Studio Fix Fluid, which seems to be an old favorite of many people. I personally prefer a full coverage foundation and this definitely has great coverage without feeling too heavy on my skin, which is a massive plus for me! This foundation has never disappointed me, so on days when I need my foundation to look flawless and last this one is always a safe bet.

My absolute favorite concealer ever is by far Mac’s Pro Longwear concealer! It covers everything you would ever want to cover, it lasts, it lets any dark circles disappear and most importantly it does not crease! What more could I want from a concealer?

Lastly the Mac Mineralize Skinfinish is one of my all time favorite products and that says a lot because I have accumulated quite the makeup collection. This was my first ever Mac product and my first ever more high end makeup product. I’ve raved about this powder so many times I don’t think I have to say more.

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Cheeks

My favorite Mac blush is Well Dressed, which is the perfect dusty rose matte blush! I love this for days when I want a really natural makeup look because this adds just the tiniest pop of color to my very fair complexion.

Mac’s Soft & Gentle is quite known in the beauty world and many people rave about this product. I think this one is definitely worth the hype! It’s my favorite highlighter by far and I use it almost daily. I’m already on my second one and as you can see it’s quite used up already.

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Lips

Mac is probably most known for their lipsticks, which I currently own 23 of, so you can imagine it was pretty hard for me to just pick a few favorites as I do love them all very dearly. Yes, I’m definitely a lipstick addict. However, if I could only pick three and had to get rid of the others I would keep Velvet Teddy, Persistence and Sin.

Velvet Teddy is the perfect nude lipstick in my eyes because it’s more brown based and darker, which suits me a lo better than peachy or very pale nudes. Persistence is similar to Velvet Teddy but slightly darker.

I absolutely love dark lipsticks. Especially a dark red so Sin is one of my all time favorite lipsticks ever!

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Eyes

I’ve only started building up a Mac eyeshadow palette fairly recently but I still do have some favorite eyeshadow. My first favorite is Mac Shroom, which was my first ever Mac eyeshadow and is also my most used one. Next up is Tempted which is a gorgeous bronzy shade, which I got about 2 years ago and still obsess over from time to time. Lastly Satin Taupe is one of my newest eyeshadows, which I only got very recently but it’s such a stunning color I know it will become a staple piece in my collection.

So here you have my Mac favorites. It was pretty hard to narrow it down to a few because I love so many of their products but these are by far my most used ones.

Make sure to go check out Molly’s favorites now!

Love,

Sophie

Because Make Up Doesn’t Define Me

” You’re such a pretty girl. I don’t know why you always put on all that make up. You totally don’t need it.” This is something that I’ve been told by quite a lot by people and lately it’s really been making me mad. Sorry, but since when do other people get to decide on what I do with my face? Last time I checked my face only belongs to me and I can do whatever the hell I want with it. It’s my choice. And what do you even mean with I wouldn’t have to wear all that make up? Are you implying that other people do need it?

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I’ve always had a love affair with makeup. Ever since I’ve been little I’ve loved how make up can help me transform into someone much more confident. And besides I thought it’s all about confidence these days? That’s what people tell you, right? Confidence is so attractive. Guys love confident girls. Confidence helps you with being successful in your career, so love your body and love the skin you’re in, right? Well, just because you tell me to love myself the way I am all my insecurities aren’t just magically gonna disappear, you know! Besides, just because I might wear a bit more make up than the average person doesn’t mean I’m insecure. It doesn’t mean that I hate the face that looks back at me in the mirror once all that make up comes off. I’m totally fine with how I look without make up. I don’t use make up to shape a face I don’t have and even if I did that’s still none of anyone else’s damn business.

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Like I’ve already mentioned I’ve loved doing my make up for years.  Yes, I do wear a full coverage foundation most days but not because I want to hide my face. I do it because I prefer the finish. Sorry, but I like my skin to look flawless. And yes I love rocking a bright lip some days because it makes me feel more empowering and I thought it was all about confidence, so if wearing a red lips is what makes me confident then what’s the problem? I occasionally put on a pair of fake lashes because I love the way they enhance my eyes. So what? Just because I do those things it doesn’t make me fake. It doesn’t mean that I’m stuck up and bitchy. It doesn’t mean that I’m materialistic. It doesn’t mean that I only care about other people’s appearance. It doesn’t mean that I have a boring personality. All it means is that I like to wear make up. Because guess what? Make up doesn’t define me. It’s just something I love to play around with. Something that makes me more confident and that gives me a little bit more strength to conquer the day.

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I usually try not to care about what other people think and I won’t change my ways but lately those comments have been annoying me a bit. Makeup is a hobby to me. It’s a way for me to express myself. I enjoy trying out different looks all the time and if I want to spend a little fortune on a lipstick then so be it. It’s my money after all.

I’m usually not one to go on crazy rants on my blog but this is just something that’s been bothering me for a while now and that I needed to get out of my system because I hate how people can be so judgmental and prejudiced at times. Make up doesn’t make me fake and it does not define me as a person in any way shape or form. So they can talk all they want, I’m just gonna continue to be me and do my make up the way I want to. Because I strongly believe that you should always do you and if makeup is what gives you more confidence then that’s totally okay and you shouldn’t change for anyone else.

What’s your take on this? I’d love to hear!

Much love and thank you for reading!

Sophie

My Top 3 Foundations (High End)

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Whenever I do my make up, probably the most important thing to me is for my skin to look good. Picture perfect skin is definitely the one thing that gives me the most confidence, even more than my beloved bold colored lipsticks. I think I’ve mentioned this a few times before but all throughout high school I had pretty much perfectly clear skin and never really wore foundation. Most days I would just apply a tinted moisturiser or a BB cream and set that with my holy grail powder, Mac’s Mineralize Skinfinish Natural. However, when I started University my skin went a little crazy and along with some good skin care products my search for that holy grail foundation began. Throughout the searching process I’ve definitely become a tad obsessed with trying new foundations and I always love to try out new ones, especially because I’m also quite picky when it comes to my foundations.

After searching the drugstore high and low I couldn’t find one product that satisfied me enough. I’m very fair skinned and on top of that my skin is also quite sensitive. Eventually I ventured on to high end foundations and I’ve now narrowed it down to 3 foundations, that I absolutely love and use on a regular basis, so let me introduce them to you.

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Estee Lauder Double Wear

This was the first high end foundation I’ve ever tried as it’s quite hyped up and I was curious to see what all the fuss was about. Luckily it turned out to be a hit for me. If you need your skin to look absolutely flawless this is the one to go for as it has such a high coverage it will cover up absolutely anything. It’s quite a thick foundation and it can be a bit drying at times, which is why I don’t use it for every day. It definitely has a matte finish but it’s not as natural, which is why I only wear this on special occasions.

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Dior Star

I actually never intended on buying this to be honest. Thank God though I did because it’s one of my favorite foundations I’ve ever tried. Originally I went to my local make up store to purchase the YSL Fusion Ink foundation as it had just come out and everyone was raving about it. I couldn’t really find a shade that was a perfect match, so the lovely lady working there tried a few different foundations and the one that matched me the best was the Dior Star one. It literally looked just like my skin. This is my every day foundation as it gives me such a natural look. The coverage is more medium but you can definitely build it up to high coverage. What I love the most about this foundation is how healthy and glowy it makes my skin look and how moisturizing it feels. I find the finish of this a bit hard to describe because it’s not dewy but it’s not matte either. It really just leaves your skin looking fresh and healthy and gives you this glow from within kind of look.

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Mac Studio Fix Fluid

As you might have noticed I just love Mac. They’re the first more high end brand I’ve ever tried and fell for, so it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t include one of their foundations. Now I haven’t actually tried many of their foundations but I do love my Studio Fix Fluid. I know a lot of people recommend this foundation and I definitely would as well. I have the shade NW10 and it is the perfect match! This has a high coverage like the Estee Laude Double wear and gives you a matte finish without drying out your skin, while it still somehow manages to look natural. I always change things up between my Dior Star and this one but I’m currently wearing this one every day as I just ordered a new bottle because sadly I had run out of my last one.

I love all three of these foundations equally and for different reasons, so I couldn’t pick my absolute favorite. However, if I had to recommend  just one I would probably recommend the Mac Studio Fix Fluid because it’s the most affordable one but still delivers just as well as the other two. I personally love the high coverage this one provides while still making my skin look natural. If you’re interested in my skin type it’s definitely normal and tends to be drying sometimes, especially in the colder months.

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What’s your favorite foundation? Anything I NEED to try?

Much love,

Sophie

April Favorites

So I know it’s been a little while since my last post and it’s already May 3rd but I just love reading Monthly Favorites posts, so I wanted to share my favorite things of the month of April with you guys! As per usual it’s all make up but I do have one skin care favorite. But I don’t want to bore you with my ramblings, so let’s get right into it.

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The Body Shop Seaweed Iconic Clay Mask

I’m a bit of a face mask obsessed person, to be honest. I used to have such nice and clear skin all throughout high school when all of my friends were breaking out and then once I moved on to University my skin went a little crazy. I’m guessing it was due to hormones and stress but ever since then I became obsessed with skin care and having a proper skin care routine. Now my skin still isn’t as good as it used to be but it has improved immensely since then. Face masks are probably my favorite skin care item and I try to do one at least once a week. I got this one at the beginning of April and have loved it so far. I really like the scent and I feel like it just calms my skin down after a stressful week.

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer

This might be my all time favorite concealer! The coverage is amazing and it matches my skin tone so nicely. It lasts all day and covers up anything you want to cover up wether that’s just some dark circles, redness or any imperfections in your skin. This bad boy makes them all go away – at least for a day.

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Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 06 and 07

I’ve already written a review on one of these two beauties. I really like that they come in a stick form for days when I’m in a rush! Basically I just put these on real quick and they last so long! Since I loved  the shade 06 so much, which is a beautiful bronzy shade, I went and bought the shade 06 which is more of a lighter beige shade. Both are the perfect amount of shimmery and so stunning.

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Soleil Tan De Chanel 

This was my first ever cream bronzer and it might be my favorite bronzer I own and that’s not just due to the fact that it’s Chanel. When I first heard that this bronzer is supposed to be a universal shade and suit everyone I was really skeptical. I’m quite fair skinned, so I was quite nervous that it would be too orange and make me look muddy. Thankfully it doesn’t! It’s the most natural looking bronzer I’ve ever tried, hands down! Basically I’m in love with this and since the sun has been coming out a bit I’ve used this beauty to warm up my complexion.

Milani Baked Blush – Luminoso

This is probably one of my favorite blushes for a neutral glowy complexion look. It’s a very light and shimmery peach that will probably suit everyone. It’s just a stunning neutral shade.

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero Smudge Lengthening Mascara

As you can see this is just a rather small sample size, which was included in an Estee Lauder Palette I recently purchased. However, I’ve been using this nearly every day as it’s so good. It adds so much length to my lashes and I find it perfect for a more natural look. Once I run out of this I’ll probably have to buy the full size.

Mac Velvet Teddy

I only just got this lipstick at the very beginning of April and look how much I’ve already used it but I’m obsessed! It makes my lips so much fuller and I find it to be the perfect nude for my complexion as it doesn’t wash me out. Basically I can totally understand the hype around this shade, so if you’ve thought about getting this one go for it! It’s absolutely worth it!

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And this already concludes my April favorites!

What have you been loving this month?

Much love,

Sophie

A Lipstick I can’t get enough of: Tom Ford’s Plum Lush

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I think it’s pretty safe to say that Tom Ford makes some of the most beautiful and luxurious looking lipsticks, hands down! I could probably spend hours raving about the stunning packaging and the lovely vanilla scent but we don’t have all day and this is a pretty picture heavy post and I think the pictures just speak for themselves!Since I have absolutely no self control whatsoever when it comes to make up it probably comes as no surprise that I once again caved in and purchased another one. After a heavy swatching session and with the help of my mom I eventually went with the shade Plum Lush.

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I’d describe this shade as a rather cool toned raspberry pink! It’s more of a darker pink but still very bright, so if you’re not one for a bold lip this probably wouldn’t be one for you. Since I love a bold lip though I’m head over heels for this color. It seems to have very slight blue undertones, which I LOVE in a lipstick because it goes really well with my complexion. I feel like this is a shade you could wear all year around but I know I’ll be mostly wearing it over the summer months as it’s so bright and just reminds me of sunshine and pretty flowers.

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Plum Lush is my first Tom Ford lipstick that is in a matte finish, which is actually quite surprising because I usually always go for the mattes first. If you’ve read my review on Indian Rose you might remember that I was absolutely obsessed with that lipstick but just wished it would last a little bit longer. Well, the good news is Plum Lush, being a matte finish, last a great while longer!

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One thing I just love about this lipstick is despite it being a matte it’s not drying at all. It doesn’t feel moisturizing on the lips either but basically it feels as though you’re wearing no lipstick at all. It just has such a light texture! Another thing I love is how it doesn’t smudge or move around and once it fades it fades evenly. This is a very pigmented lipstick and I feel like a lot of very pigmented lipstick make a mess easily but this one doesn’t at all! I’m so amazed with how nicely it still looks on the lips even after a few hours.

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From all the Tom Ford lipsticks I’ve tried so far I’m liking the matte finish the best so far. I just wish these lipsticks weren’t so damn expensive! I know quite a lot of my friends and basically my whole family think I’m a bit insane for spending such high amounts on a lipstick but for me this one was totally worth it! The product itself is just as amazing as the packing of it looks. I know that I will definitely end up getting a few more of the mattes at some point. I won’t be able to resist anyway.

Have you tried any Tom Ford lipsticks? Do you find the to be worth the money? Which one is your favorite shade?

As always thank you so much for reading!

XO

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