Thursday, 29 October 2015

Review: Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette


Can we just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful this palette is...thank you. I think I nearly fainted when I opened this for the first time and that's no word of a lie. I had been seeing a lot of posts on Instagram and Twitter from Sleek about their new highlighting palette and I knew that baby had to be a part of my collection. I'm not being funny though, I genuinely said 'oh my god oh my god oh my god' about ten times when I was opening the box, that's how excited I got.

First of all, the package is bloomin beautiful. It's not your typical black packaging Sleek, but a shiny metallic gold with white writing. Inside, the palette contains 4 highlighting shades: 1 cream highlighter, 1 powder highlighter and 2 baked powder highlighters. It comes with a small brush, which I haven't used yet as I tend to go for my other brushes, and a large mirror (perfect for travelling!). All of the shades have their own name, which come on a little slip. I love this feature because it is so easy to use when you want to talk about a specific shade. The colours are B-E-A-UTIFUL (any Bruce Almighty fans out there?) The pigmentation is amazing and seriously, a little does go a long way. You literally just have to slightly dab your brush into the product and you'll get the perfect glow. Strobing is everywhere at the minute and if you are wanting to look like the next Kim K then this is definitely for you.

Ecliptic
This is the only cream highlighter in the palette and I must admit, I'm not a huge fan of cream highlighters however, I love wearing them underneath powder highlighters as I feel like they make them last a lot longer. It is rose pink shade, verging on the rose gold side of things but with much less gold. I'm so bad at explaining colours oh my. It is incredibly creamy and pigmented, perfect if you want to wear it alone.

Hemisphere
This is the first baked powder highlighter in the palette and is VERY pigmented. The colour is more on the purple side but this does not come up on the cheeks. As it has white shimmer running through it makes it a lot less subtle in colour than it looks in the palette. Like I said this is incredibly pigmented and you need the tiniest bit of product to create such an effect. I think the baked highlighters are my favourite in the palette, I love a bit of glow.

Equinox
Again, like Hemisphere, this a baked powder highlighter and you don't need a lot of product. The colour is more on the peachy side and could actually be a part of a sunkissed look, particularly in the summer. It has white shimmer going through it meaning the colour isn't too strong but gives an amazing glow to the cheeks. I've used this the most out of all the shades in the palette and was actually the first one I tried as it is most definitely the colour for me. Do you ever open your new palette and sit there for ages thinking about what colour to use first? That was me.

Subsolar
The last shade in the palette is very much your standard golden highlighter. This isn't a baked powder but your typical shimmer powder highlighter. I love this shade again, like every other shade in the palette. I don't like to leave colours out. It is very pigmented and reminds me of Makeup Revolution's baked highlighter in the shade 'Golden Lights', mainly because of the colour and pigmentation.

All of these shades could actually double up as eyeshadows, which gives it extra brownie points. I haven't used them as eyeshadows but I will have to try and get back to you! The palette costs £9.99 which is great value for money as you get four shades and the quality is similar to that of high end highlighters!

Charlotte xxx

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

My Top 5 Online Fashion Websites

I'm a sucker for online shopping. I'm one of those people that will be given something really important to do and within 5 minutes of starting that task, my laptop turns into a catalogue of fashionness and I completely forget what I was meant to be doing. I do love a good online browse though (and occasionally buy when I'm not chicken enough to spend my money). I think there's nothing better than lying in bed, in your pjs with a cup of tea and scrolling through numerous websites looking at dresses, jumpers and everything else for hours. And think about it, it's much better looking at the sales in the comfort of your home than having to put up with people pushing past you in the shops right? I have been really loving 5 websites in particular recently, many of them which are pretty well known and I have used for a long time with one that I have only just discovered. I have loved clothes from every one of these websites, that I have bought, and so I thought I'd share with you my most loved fashion websites.

Missguided


I think most of you will have heard of Missguided. I remember discovering this shop ages ago. It was one of those things that you feel like you discovered before everyone else, you know what I mean? but anyway, I frikin love this shop. I've never been disappointed with anything that I have ordered from here. It is pretty affordable but also great value for money. Their cheapest delivery is £4.00, which in my opinion is a little bit on the pricey side. However, if you visit the site regularly or sign up to their email subscription you can easily find out about all the deals they have going on. Every week their is usually an offer, whether it be 20% of coats and jackets or £1.99 delivery on everything. That is what I love the most about them. Their student discount is usually 10% but at the moment they are offering 15% which takes that little bit extra money off your bill. The quality of their clothes is always on point and washes great too. I have a range of clothes from Missguided from casual t-shirts to party dresses and I have never had to complain about anything!

Miss Pap


This is quite a recent favourite of mine and a website that I don't think gets enough recognition. I noticed a few smaller Youtubers talking about this brand in their videos and so I thought I'd give them a browse and it's safe to say, I was very impressed. They have some amazing clothes on their which you could find in places like Topshop but for a much cheaper price. I haven't actually bought anything from here before so I can't comment on the quality of the clothes but they do look promising. I have made a little bit of a wishlist though so I'm sure I'll be buying from them soon. Their cheapest delivery is £3.99, which is similar to Missguided and many other shops and they unfortunately do not do student discount. However, the prices you have to pay for the clothes themselves makes up for this and I am looking forward to trying some of them in the future.



Pretty Little Thing is, again, a recent favourite of mine however, I've known about it for a long time. The clothes are very similar to that of Missguided, as well as the prices but I do find that Pretty Little Thing are slightly cheaper. Like Missguided, they do so many offers. I find that everytime I go onto the website there's something different and I'm always obsessed with what they have on their. They do student discount too and at the moment 20% which is perfect! Their cheapest delivery is £1.99 which is an absolute bargain! I do really love this website and it has so many dupes for highstreet styles.



Boohoo is such an inexpensive brand and that's what I love about them. Like Pretty Little Thing and Missguided they do amazing offers and do 10% student discount which is always a bonus. Their cheapest delivery is £3.99 which is pretty standard for most online shops. however, they do seem to always have deals on their delivery which is great because I sometimes get put off buying clothes when delivery is too much! So basically I'd rather pay £30 for a dress than £3.99 for delivery, that's my logic guys. The clothes are really good quality as well, I recently bought a playsuit for £18.00 and it was the exact dupe for one that I had been wanting from Topshop which is £50 and it was so comfy. I saved a good few pennies there!



ASOS is shop that we all know and love. I've loved it for a long time. Unlike the others I've mentioned, it has a range of items that aren't necessarily their own. They stock many different brands; both designer and highstreet and therefore have a huge price range. They do student discount at 10% and their cheapest delivery is £3.00 but free for orders over £20. I've ordered a lot from ASOS in the past and currently have an order on the way and I have never had any trouble with them whatsoever. It's good that they stock items like Jack Wills, New Look etc, as certain items might not be available in their own stores and looking on ASOS is always a good idea. It's also a great way to add on student discount to brands that don't actually offer discount in their own stores or websites.

Which online fashion websites do you love?

Charlotte xxx

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Review: Makeup Revolution ULTRA Professional Eyeshadow Flawless Matte Palette


Makeup Revolution has to be one of my favourite drugstore makeup brands and maybe even one of my all time favourite brands. I can't ever seem to fault any of the products. They have the quality of high end products but the price of a drugstore product making them the beauty of all make up products. About a month or so ago, I made an rather large enormous order from Makeup Revolution and I can't tell you how excited I was when it came. I think I actually squealed when I came home and found the package on my bed. One of my favourite products and, quite frankly, the one that I was the most excited about, was the ULTRA Professional Eyeshadow Flawless Matte Palette and I was not disappointed. I have been getting into matte eyeshadows and to be honest, I don't really wear shimmers much anymore.

First things first, Makeup Revolution packaging never fails. I love their sleek black packaging with rose gold lettering, it is so simple yet so effective. The palette contains 32 eyeshadow with a huge mirror, which is perfect for travelling. I have been reaching for this everytime I have done an eyeshadow look and not touched any other palette for a long time now. The palette is made up of a range of neutral colours, with lighter shades, a mix of brown and pink shades as well as darker black colours. That is me in an eyeshadow palette. What I also love, is the fact that the palette contains a plastic slip showing all the names of the colours. I think this is such a good touch in eyeshadow palettes as it is easier to identify what is what. I have to admit, I'm not a fan of nameless eyeshadows. Give me a god damn name!

Onto the shadows themselves. The pigmentation is amazing. That is all. I find that a little really does go a long way with these shadows making the palette last even longer! Talking about longevity, the lasting power of these shades is pretty fantastic. I have worn them all day and sometimes all night (even through the pouring rain and the sweaty room of a nightclub) and they've done pretty well. Obviously they work better with a primer but also work not too bad without. In the look I created below I used a mix of 'Flaw' and 'Nutmeg' over the lid, then 'Oak' throughout the crease and a mix of 'Wood' and 'Earth' in the outer corner and crease to create some definition. This look is perfect for day-to-day wear and this is the same for all of the colours in the palette. I'm going to admit, I haven't used all of the shades but have used the majority and I can't wait to use the pinky shades more like 'Matte', 'Shell', 'Muse', 'Warm', 'Rosewood' and 'Rust'.


This palette is honestly amazing and my favourite at the minute. At a price of £8 for 32 shades it is bloomin' fantastic. There is another 32 shade palette just like this from Makeup Revolution which includes shimmer shades for all you glitter lovers (which I will also have to buy!)

Charlotte xxx

Bloglovin | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Current ASOS Wishlist


I have really been loving ASOS recently and have created quite a wishlist. I love my lists and when it comes to clothes, making a list of things I'd love to have in my life makes list-writing even better. Don't you just wish you could click on an item of clothing and it would magically appear in your wardrobe though? Why does this not happen?

I thought I'd share with you all my recent favourites from ASOS. I have to admit, I was meant to be doing uni work but somehow happened to stumble across the ASOS website (I don't know how this happened...) and fell in love with A LOT of things they have on there. I feel like I need to bring more autumnal clothes into my wardrobe, even though I have loads already. However, it's always nice to treat yourself to a few new things once in a while right?

Top Row (Left to Right):


Middle Row (Left to Right):

ASOS Cocoon Coat - £85.00

Bottom Row (Left to Right):


Charlotte xxx

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Review: MAC's Rebel Lipstick



The berry lips are coming back, even though I tend to wear them all year round but whatever. Autumn is the perfect time to whip out the dark berry and red shades and this lipstick is perfect. Rebel from MAC is a recent purchase of mine as I've heard many good things about this lipstick. One of my friends from university raves about this colour so I thought I should give it a go. MAC Rebel is very much a deep pink/purple shade and unlike many berry lipsticks, this has an obvious purple undertone rather than red. However, I quite like this as I think it makes it a lot different to the other berry lipsticks out there at the minute. Although, I do love my berry reds. There is a subtle blue undertone that goes with it as well, making your teeth look extra white. 

The lipstick is a Satin finish, which I don't normally go to and think this may be the only Satin finish that I own from MAC. I don't like sheer lipsticks and am very much a fan of bold colours. I was worried that it wasn't going to be bold enough for me, but actually I was quite impressed with the finish. It has the pigmentation of an Amplified finish, but turns slightly matte depending on how long you wear it. I've worn this all day, and even eaten with it without re-applying, and it is super long-lasting. It does stain your lips however, so when you remove it you're left with pink stained lips, but I guess that's a given with dark lipsticks. I would recommend a lip liner with this lipstick as it can go a bit feathery at the edges, however I wear it without a lip liner and it looks just as good. 

I'd say this is one of my favourite Autumn/Winter shades at the minute however it is not my all time favourite. I still prefer a red toned berry colour rather than a purple so I opt for those shades more than this one. I would recommend Rebel however, I would be careful when you buy it. It isn't as dark as it looks in the bullet, which may scare those who aren't used to bold colours. You can even see by the photos how dark it looks compared to the colour on the lips. 

MAC lipsticks cost £15.50 (which I'm still not happy about as they've gone up in price over the past few years!!)

Charlotte xxx