Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Chocolate Love | Palette Project #7

Hello and welcome to my overview of the I Heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate Love palette.
Let's get started shall we? :)
This palette is a wonderful shade of bright pink 😍 As always, has the chocolate bar design on the lid and a full sized mirror inside.
I like the fact that the palette offers a wide variety of shades that go from very light to dark. I had quite a few options for a matte brown crease shade.
top row : Love, Treat, Chip, Whipped, Heart
middle row : Filling, Sweet, Pink, Candy, Melts, Smooth
bottom row : Premium, Ganache, Choc, Perfect, Flavour

Here are the swatches...
Love, Treat, Chip, Whipped, Heart
Filling, Sweet, Pink, Candy, Melts, Smooth
Premium, Ganache, Choc, Perfect, Flavour

I created 3 looks with this palette :)
Look one...
I used : Premium on the lid
Ganache through the crease
Choc to deepen the crease
Ganache on the outer two thirds of my lower lash line
Premium on the inner third of my lower lash line
Whipped as my brow bone and inner corner highlight

Look two...
I used : Sweet on the lid
Love and then added Melts through the crease
Love and Melts on the outer two thirds of the lower lash line
Sweet on the inner third of the lower lash line
Whipped as my brow bone and inner corner highlight

Look three...
I used : Perfect on the lid
Chip through the crease
Filling as my transition shade
Chip to deepen the crease
Smooth on the entire lower lash line

I feel like I pushed the boat out a big with this palette. Okay, on the last look at least xD But let's face it, being someone who uses warm tones and plays it safe all the time... I really went for it - not only with the purple, but combining it with a pop of blue/green 🙊
(Huge shout out to Kristin Gehm who mentioned in her video that she was wearing an eggplant shade in the crease with a green on the lower lash line, it gave me enough bravery to try wearing colour myself. Thank you 💞😊)

The palette can easily take a day look to night. I try not to wear 'simple' or 'soft' eye looks for my overviews as I like for you to be able to see the shades in all their glory
- that and the fact that subtle doesn't come naturally to me xD
and I think with each shade, that translates incredibly. While the palette offers me my faves, the warm toned browns and golden shades, I actually really enjoyed reaching for the cooler tones. Once again, the mattes were tricky to swatch but wonderful on the eye. I also, as always, didn't use any coloured bases or foil any shades so the effect you're seeing is purely the product itself on top of an eye primer.

I have really enjoyed using this palette the past week, it has been very easy to create looks with and it is definitely one I will reach for again and again :)

You can purchase this palette from Tambeauty for £7.99 :)

I hope you found this overview of the I Heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate - Chocolate Love palette helpful :)
I'll be back next week with the eight palette in my project, until then, thank you so much for stopping by :)
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Friday, 24 November 2017

I'm the Monica

For as long as I can remember, I have been a hugemongous
- yes, hugemongous ;D
fan of Friends. I feel like I know it like the back of my hand. Some times I'll walk in the room and my bro will ask "What episode is this??" and most of the time I can tell him 😎
Since I can remember I have also always been told 'you're SO Monica!'. People liken my enjoyment of organization and cleanliness to hers. Also the fact that I'm rather uptight 😶 I always wanted to be Rachel. She was so cool, had an amazing sense of style and was just awesome. I used to hate it when people told me that I was Monica.
As time has gone on and I've gotten older, I have seen and accepted the traits that she and I share.

So here's MY version of why I'm Monica...

I may not always need to be the hostess but I am the mother hen.
I feel that the gathering of me and my friends would happen A LOT less if it was up to someone else to arrange it. I run round to everyone
- on my phone, this isn't 1800 xD
checking that the date suits them, the place we go, where we're going to meet, the time fits everyone's schedule etc. etc. Rather than message each other, my friends will message me and then I'll go to the others to pass on the info. It isn't even tiring at this point, I've been doing it since I was 14 xD
I'm very close to my brother (one of them in particular).
When looking at Ross and Monica's relationship I see a lot of me and my brother. We can go from singing the soundtrack to Sweeney Todd (yes, really) to bickering over what to spend the evening watching rather quickly xD We're friends with each others friends and I even used to refer to him as the 'golden child' when we were growing up 😄 No matter what he's my bff, my rock but that doesn't mean I won't tell him when he's being a complete idiot 😁
I don't need everything to be at a right angle but there is a place for everything.
It would take me approximately 12 seconds to know that someone had been in my room. I like things neat and tidy and there's a home for everything. For me tidy room = Tidier mind xD My mum has told me that I was this way even when I was little 😇 Cleaning is another thing I rather enjoy. Not much better to me than seeing a sparkling bathroom when I'm finished. And yes, the toilet gets wiped 'x' amount of times a day xD
I have a messy cupboard.
So I know I just said that I like things neat and tidy "there's a place for everything" but... I have a messy cupboard 🙈🙈🙈 I have quite a small room so my bed is a bunk bed with a wardrobe underneath. It's filled with clothes, shoes and... 'stuff'. It's got all my things that can't/won't fit elsewhere in my room. So upon entering my room it looks neat, tidy and organized as long as you don't look in my wardrobe 😂😂
I've haven't yet stayed out in the cold with a football to win a trophy but...
I am awfully stubborn.
- it's one of my best traits ;D
If the lid of the marmite is too tight for me to open, I would rather go without than ask someone else to do it 😅😄 It comes in handy though, 'that box WILL fit in that space' and there you have it! A wonderfully organized cupboard 😉
and speaking of stubborn... I am extremely competitive - especially with myself.
If I am required to do something, I give it 110% effort and enthusiasm and if that includes being better at something I will strive to achieve that. If you want to know what I'm like playing board games (or any other social activity!), just picture Monica in the episode that they lose their apartment 😌😌 The standard that I expect from myself is so high that when I exceed them it's a high that can last for daysss 😂

Growing up, I may have always wanted to be Rachel but I now feel completely happy that I am 'the Monica'. While she's a little high strung, a bit of a clean freak and likes things how she likes them, I think she's a really warm character. Her relationships are the most important thing to her, she's always there for everyone, she's compassionate, dependable and loving. And for those reasons, I also completely feel like I'm the Monica :)
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Chocolate Vice | Palette Project #6

Hello! I'm so so sorry to be bringing this post to you late 😣 I was in a bit of a slump but am back and raring to go. So without further ado, today I am sharing my thoughts on the sixth palette in my project : the I Heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate Vice palette :)
This palette is black allover and has the same packaging as the other chocolate bar palettes, chocolate design on the lid with a full sized mirror inside.
When I saw the gold kind of shades in this palette my heart started to race 😍😄
top row : Vice, Sway, Satisfy, Require, Convert
middle row : Treat, Habit, Persuade, Need, Crave, Lust
bottom row : Reason, Must, Maleficent, Fancy, Appeal

Here come the swatches...
Vice, Sway, Satisfy, Require, Convert
Treat, Habit, Persuade, Need, Crave, Lust
Reason, Must, Maleficent, Fancy, Appeal

I created three looks with this palette :)
Look one...
I used : Habit on the lid
Convert through the crease
Habit on the inner third of the lower lash line
Convert on the outer two thirds of the lower lash line
Satisfy as my brow bone and inner corner highlight

Look two...
I used : Fancy on the lid
Maleficence through the crease
Sway as my transition shade
Treat to deepen the crease
Fancy on the inner third of the lower lash line
Maleficence on the outer two thirds of the lower lash line
Vice as my brow bone and inner corner highlight

Look three...
I used : Persuade on the lid
Need through the crease
Sway as my transition shade
Crave to deepen the crease
Persuade on the inner third of my lower lash line
Need on the outer two thirds of my lower lash line
Satisfy as my brow bone and inner corner highlight

I have really enjoyed using this palette 💗 Look two was one of my favourite looks I have ever done!
- my memory isn't too great but i stand by what i said xD
The shades I paired on the lid and crease worked beautifully together 😍

Once again there is a nice selection of mattes, shimmers and satin shades in the palette. I was taken by the bottom row in particular as it has a few red-toned, peachier colours. The option to go from a day look to a night look is extremely easy with this palette. As I have found with the chocolate bar palettes so far, the matte shades are a little tricky to swatch but apply beautifully to the lid. I didn't foil any of the shades but I feel as though they would look extraordinary!

Using this palette has been a dream. It has become a firm favourite of mine and one that I will go back to again and again. I highly recommend it :)

You can purchase from Tambeauty for £7.99.

I hope you found this overview of the I Heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate Vice palette helpful :)
I'll be back next week with the seventh palette in my project, until then, thank you so much for stopping by :)
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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Getting My Act Together

I have been MIA for the last 2-3 weeks.
The strangest part is that I haven't got an actual reason.
I have just been feeling like I have no energy. No want or desire to do anything (even things I really enjoy!). I have been just coasting, each day feeling like the last. I thought twice in one week that it was Saturday.
I can't tell you what I've been doing, not because it's top secret but because I literally have nothing to tell.
I have been neglecting my mental health, my blog, vlogging, my water intake has been atrocious, I have done my makeup once in the last two weeks, self care has been non-existent... Basically, I have neglected myself.
But, why?

I think it always come back to the same old thing with me: Putting myself second ...or third, or fourth. You get the picture.
I feel selfish for focusing on myself. That I am uncaring if I don't devote my entire being to someone who's having a bad day. I'm a bad person for wanting to tend to my mental health above all else. That is basically the never ending loop that goes around my head and it's been that way for a very long time.
A post I wrote recently 'Today - This Is It' about a breakthrough that I had, seems like a distant and faded memory to me now and it was only just over a month ago.
The most frustrating thing about my way of life? No one is asking it of me.
Not a single person wants me to stop everything I'm doing for them. Nobody is expecting me to drop all my plans to donate my afternoon/day/week to them. I am surrounded by people who feel the exact opposite way; and tell me that, often.
This is something that is in front of my face and I have no choice but to do something about it. And that is exactly what I am doing, I'm learning about this behaviour so that I can correct it. I am only at the beginning of this process and it is already extremely hard but I will persevere.
The last three weeks or so have been so painful and frustrating and that alone is enough to spur me on 💪

I am spending the next couple of days intensely focusing on myself. Practicing self care, reading relaxing magazines, having a pamper and all round reconnecting with myself. It may have only been a few weeks but there is a lot of work for me to catch up on. As I have said before, recovery, for me, is an every day thing. I have ignored it this past month or so and I have really noticed it. 

Earlier today I posted the below tweet and gif combo...

Please be prepared for me to continue on from where I left off :
"I am not able to let this be 'just one of those great days', this is going to be my life. I really feel as though after experiencing this day, I need to make it my mission to aim for this every. single. day. I will stop at nothing.
Welcome back me, let's start living! 🙌♡"

Thank you for stopping by :)
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