So if you follow me on Twitter you will know that I recently purchased the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam palette! I was super excited to try this palette as, believe it or not, I haven’t tried any of their palettes before (Gasps in horror). I always wanted to try Modern Renaissance but just never got round to buying it, and so when this palette was released I just had to have it. So I ordered my palette from the ABH website but you can also purchase it now on Beauty Bay. I have been testing it for the past 5 days so I thought I would give you the rundown of my thoughts. Is it worth the money?

Cost

The Soft Glam palette retails for £43, the same as all of the other ones from ABH. This may seem quite pricey, but for 14 eyeshadows it works out at only £3 each, far cheaper than some single shadows. I tend to compare all of my high-end palettes to Urban Decay Naked palettes as I think they are the standard high-end price. This palette is £5 more expensive than the UD ones, however, with 2 extra eyeshadows, I think it balances out. This palette also comes with a double -ended brush which I think is a nice extra touch. I am always willing to pay a little bit more for good quality shadows and so I don’t think this palette is that bad.

Packaging

I think every man and his dog has seen this palette floating around the internet so I haven’t inserted a picture of the packaging (but it is not hard to find on google). I actually love this packaging. Like… a lot. Like all the Anastasia Beverly Hills Palettes, it is a suede material. I do understand the issue that some bloggers have with this, as I am sure it will get so grubby so quickly. But I don’t care. I think it is so unique and I don’t have any other palette with this type of packaging. I also love the feel of it, so soft! The goldy-beige colour makes it look so luxurious and sophisticated and it isn’t chunky like some of my other palettes. Like most palettes, it has a magnetic clasp so eyeshadow won’t go everywhere when you travel and it feels really well made.

Eyshadows

Okay so lets get to the nitty gritty – the stuff you are actually here for. As I said before this palette comes with 14 eyeshadows that are arranged in squares. Each eyeshadow is 0.7g and so is quite a bit smaller than the Naked palettes (1.3g) but as I will explain later, a little goes a long way! As a whole the palette is quite warm with the occasional cool toned shade thrown in. I am a warm tone gal so this palette is perfect for me, but with cool shades also I think this palette could cater for everyone. There are 9 mattes and 5 shimmers and so you can create a variety of looks, for both day and night! I love the versatility of this palette.

The shades:

  • Tempera – a light beige matte- perfect for highlighting the brow bone and as a transition shade
  • Glistening – A pale gold shimmer with a hint of pink  – looks fab in the inner corner and as a highlighter (Two jobs in one)
  • Orange soda – A peachy matte shade – great as a transition shade in the crease
  • Rose pink – Rose gold shimmer – beautiful all over the lid
  • Sultry – warm chocolately brown shimmer – great if you want a smokey look
  • Bronze – A bright gold shimmer – great to pack on the lid
  • Mulberry – Matte berry shade – great for adding definition to the crease
  • Dusty rose – matte cool toned pink-lilac shade – awesome for a more cool look
  • Fairy – A light gold shimmer – great for the inner portion of the eye
  • Burnt orange – Deep orange matte – great to build up definition in the crease
  • Sienna – matte brown for a smokier look
  • Rustic – matte cinamon – perfect for a more subtle matte look
  • Cyrpus umber – very dark matte brown – a good way to get a smokey look without going for the black! Looks great with gold
  • Noir – as the name says – a matte black – great for added smoke or as a liner

PS. I am sorry that there is no eye look picture in this post, I struggled to get a decent picture of my eye haha! Seriously though… if anyone has any tips on taking pictures of eyshadow, please let me know in the comments. The struggle is real.

I was concerned that I would have trouble with kickback that I saw lots of people had with the Subculture palette. I will admit there was more than I was expecting with this palette, so don’t tap too heavily in the pan. But it is not as big a deal as I thought it would be. A little goes a very long way with these shadows as they are soooo pigmented. I didn’t need to use a setting spray with the shimmers like I often like to do, they look great on their own. Despite the kickback, there was little fallout and all of the shadows blended seamlessly with very minimal effort. I was very dubious when I saw the kickback but once I saw these shades on my eye, It doesn’t bother me, a light hand is all that is needed!

All in all, an absolutely gorgeous palette and I can tell that it is going to become  staple item very quickly! Let me know in the comments your thoughts on this palette! Have you already bought it – did it live up to your expectations? Are you dying to buy it and give it a try?

Thanks for reading, as always!

Chlo x

Hi lovelies, I am back again! So recently I took a trip to Primark (like I always do) and noticed that they had really expanded their makeup selection. I have never tried Primark makeup before so I thought I would pick out a few items. Do let me know in the comments if you want a testing Primark makeup series! One of the first things to catch my eye was the Primark PS amber palette… it has serious Naked Heat vibes going on. I had to try it out to see if it is as good as my trusty Urban Decay palette. Is this a cheaper dupe of the high-end favourite?

Packaging

The packaging of the PS Amber palette is very similar to the Naked Heat with lots of vibrant fiery reds, and stunning, simple gold writing. I do really like the packaging design of the Amber palette, it’s simple and to the point but clearly shows what type of colours you will find inside. I also really love that it has the shade names of all of the shadows on the back, which is a nice extra little touch that I didn’t expect to find on a Primark palette. One thing I will say is that the cardboard packaging is quite flimsy and so may not hold up well for travel but it does snap shut with a magnet which I think is great! The £4 Makeup Revolution palettes are considerably more sturdy than this one, but for £4 who can complain!

Shadows

Okay, so let’s dive into the bit I know you’re actually interested in reading… are the shadows actually any good?! The PS Amber palette includes 5 mattes and 5 shimmers, all of which are fiery red-orange-purple tones. Perfect for this time of year! I can definitely see why the palette is called ‘Amber’ it reminds me exactly of Bonfire night. There is 10 x 2g worth of product in this palette which is pretty good considering the Naked Heat has 12 x 1.3g. You are getting a considerable amount of product for such a small price point. Total bargain.

  • Marshmellow – Icy white shimmer.
  • Cream – Champagne coloured shimmer.
  • Mirage – Stunning vibrant gold shimmer
  • Saffron – Matte pinky-orange shade
  • Tuscany – Bright pink matte
  • Burnt amber – Bright orange matte
  • Tan – cool toned taupe matte
  • Persian Rose – Berry toned shimmer
  • Spice – Deep purple shimmer
  • Rust – Warm brown matte

This palette is very warm toned with the exception of ‘Tan’ and so if you are cool toned gal, this isn’t the palette for you. So let’s just say this palette is a mixed bag. Some of the shadows are insane… others not so much. As you can see from the swatches some of the shadows are more pigmented than others. In particular ‘Cream’, ‘Mirage’ and ‘Spice’ are sooooooo pigmented I was so impressed. I squealed when I saw how rich in pigment spice was – its stunning. Many of the mattes were also pretty pigmented but Tuscony had like zero pigment whatsoever. All of the shadows blended really nicely and with minimal fall out so all in all not too shabby!


Eyeshadow look

As you can see in the picture below, I did a quick and simple look using only this palette and I am pretty happy with it. I used Tan in the crease as a sort of transition colour with rust on top to add some warmth and definition to the crease. Then I put Mirage all over the lid with a small bit of cream to brighten it up. I then put a mixture of Marshmellow and Cream as a brow bone and inner corner highlight. I do like the way the look turned out but I do think it needed a darker brown or black to give a bit more definition in the outer corner of my eye. The look took only a few minutes and looks like something I would achieve with a more expensive palette. Ps. Please excuse the dodgy brows and lashes!

Is it a dupe of Naked Heat?

As you can see from the swatch comparisons I wouldn’t say this palette is an exact dupe of the Urban Decay palette but it is very similar. Anyone who is familiar with the Naked Heat palette would see the Amber palette and know instantly what it is trying to be like. The shades are slightly different with the Primark Amber palette being more orange based and the Naked Heat palette being red-purple. They are both very similar in that they are fiery earthy tones. The most similar shades are Scorched from Naked Heat and Spice from PS Amber. From a price-point perspective, the PS Amber palette is ~£34 cheaper than the Urban Decay so if you are wanting to try these types of shades definitely try this palette first.

Overall 

Overall I would say this palette is pretty decent. You get some beautiful shades for the price point that could transform any look. I do think some of the shadows are not as pigmented as others and there is some patchiness eg Burnt Amber. I would still reach for this palette for a quick and simple look but would have to use other palettes to add a bit of depth and definition.

Do you have this palette, what are your thoughts? Are you thinking of trying it out for yourself? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading,

Chloe x

One thing that you should know about me is that I love eyeshadow palettes… it’s a bit of a problem really! I prefer them so much over eyeshadow singles as they are so convenient to create lots of looks very easily and great for travel. However, I do buy too many and I’m trying to limit how many I buy! I think I have a quite a large palette collection but nowhere near as big as other bloggers I have seen! So I have narrowed them down to my 5 Favourite eyeshadow palettes, let me know if they’re your faves too.

1. Morphe Jaclyn Hill palette

If you read my 2017 favourites you will know that this is an amazing palette! It is extremely pigmented and blends like a dream. I normally don’t really buy beauty collabs because I think they tend to be overpriced for what you get but this has been my exception. There is such a wide colour range so a variety of looks can be created. Despite this, I am still too scared to use the bright colours, but they’re so stunning that I hope to be brave enough to use them soon. Love this palette!

2. Urban Decay – Naked Heat palette

I recently did a post on 5 high-end products worth the splurge and the Naked Heat palette made the cut! If you love fiery warm tones then this is the palette for you. Every man, woman and child have raved about this palette and for good reason. Obviously, Urban Decay is known for great quality, and this palette is no exception. You can create looks for both day and night with mattes and shimmers to choose from. The shimmer shades are great all over the lid, and the mattes are stunning in the crease to create definition. An overall sound palette.

3. Morphe 35F Fall into Frost palette

This palette was on my 2017 Christmas wishlist as I had heard so many amazing things about the product. I was NOT disappointed! If beautiful shimmery shades are your thing, you absolutely need this palette. Like seriously, you need it. They are incredibly pigmented and so a little goes a long way. The clue is in the name with this palette, it is perfect for the fall time, but, with a wide range of colours, I think it is great for all year round. It is such great value for money, 35 eyeshadows for a little over £20 on Beauty bay bargain of the century.

4. Urban Decay – Naked original

An oldy but a goldy… it’s as simple as that. The original naked palette has been around for years now, and still remains a cult favourite for most beauty lovers. With lots of new palettes obviously been released since then, I neglected this palette a little bit. But recently I thought I would give it another try, and I have fallen in love with it all over again. Gold eyeshadows are my thing. They are so easy to wear and I think they look great no matter what time of year it is. This palette is a gold lovers heaven, they are probably the most pigmented eyeshadows I own and last incredibly all day long. Some people think these palettes are overpriced but considering how long I have had it, and I have used it to death, I haven’t hit pan. That’s insane.

5. Morphe 15D Day slayer palette. 

I did a review a few weeks ago of this palette, you can check it out here. In such a short space of time, it has become one of my all-time favourites. This is 100% a warm-toned palette, so if you are more of a cool toned kind of gal, I would avoid this palette like the plague. But if you’re like me and love warm oranges, browns and golds, you need this palette in your life. For 15 eyeshadows it is only £15 – yes you read that correctly. £1 per eyeshadow. And they are bloody brilliant. It has a mirror unlike the other Morphe Palettes and so it is perfect for travelling, I always take it with me when I stay at my friend’s house now. It is such a bargain, how can you turn it down!?

Reading back through this post, I have realised that Morphe and Urban Decay are my favourite palettes ahha! Oh well, stick to what you know! I hope you enjoyed this post and it gave you palette inspo! Let me know in the comments your faves and any recommendations that I should try out!

Chlo x

I recently did a post on 5 high-end makeup items that were worth the money. In this post I said that a makeup product may not be amazing just because it’s expensive. So, I thought it would only be right if I did the opposite! I always say that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get good quality products… so here are 10 great drugstore products that are less than £10!

1. Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer – £4.00

This concealer has become my all-time favourite. You can read a more in-depth review here, but all you need to know is that it’s creamy and blendable, full coverage and ONLY £4! That’s insane. For reference, I use shade C2 and it really brightens my under-eye area. As drugstore products go… This one is incredible.

2. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – £3.99

When I first bought this product, I wasn’t a big fan (shock, horror I know), I just didn’t understand the hype. However, after giving it a proper go it is not my favourite drugstore powder. I use the translucent shade so that I don’t change the colour of my foundation as I set it. It doesn’t make my skin look cakey, and keeps my makeup in place all day long. At less than £5 you can’t complain! It is a product I have bought time and time again (and you can afford to at that price) and really is a great product.

3. Nyx Lingerie Liquid Lipstick – £7.00

This product is another great buy! With every brand bringing out liquid lipsticks these days it can be hard to choose which to buy. The Nyx lipsticks are beautiful! They are extremely pigmented, glide on like a dream and don’t go crusty after wearing them all day. My favourite shade is 108 – Bedtime Flirt. It is the perfect pinky nude that will be perfect for all year long. All of the lipsticks last all day and don’t feel drying on the lips.

4. Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation – £9.99

If you saw my Favourite Makeup of 2017 post you will know that the Bourjois Healthy Mix is my favourite drugstore foundation at the minute. It is perfect for my combo skin and lasts all day without looking cakey or sliding all over my face. It is a relatively dewy foundation and makes the skin look so flawless and healthy. I haven’t tried a new drugstore foundation since because it is my everyday go to! It is the perfect shade for my pale skin (N51 for reference) and so I don’t look like an orange every time I leave the house!

5. Makeup Revolution Reloaded Iconic Fever palette – £4.00

This product is the ultimate drugstore bargain. I don’t know any other brand that would sell a full eyeshadow palette for £4… its crazy! But what is even crazier is how good it is! With 15 pigmented shadows, a mixture of mattes and shimmers, and lovely warm toned colours, it is perfect for everyone! I could not recommend this palette more!

6. Nyx Tame and Frame Tinted Brow pomade – £6.00

This product is Nyx’s dupe of the Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Brow pomade. I never used to be a fan of pomades and was more of a powder person (I wore the HD brows kit) so I thought I would ease in with a cheaper product. I was not disappointed! It is the perfect shade to match dark hair and is so quick and easy to apply. I use it with the Nyx number 118 brush and achieve effortless brows in minutes! All for £6 what could be better!?

7. Collection Lasting Perfection concealer – £4.19

This is an oldy but goldy! If you haven’t heard of this concealer over the years then you have been living under a rock! It is great coverage and again for such a small price. Collection has recently released more shades and so it is so much easier to get a perfect match. The clue is in the name, this concealer lasts and doesn’t crease, a great addition to any makeup lovers collection.

8. Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick – £5.99

Another lipstick I’m sorry! But it is such a bargain for a great product! This was actually the first liquid lipstick I had ever tried and I still love it to this day. My favourite colour is 200 – Pink Bink (yes another pink… I like them okay!). Like the other lipstick it is a dream to apply, lasts all day (even with multiple drinks) and I get so many compliments when I wear it. This one is £1 cheaper than the Nyx lipstick if you really do want a bargain!

9. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – £4.15

Wow, this post turned into the best drug concealers…oops. But this does prove that you don’t need to fork out lots of money to get a decent concealer that does the job. All of the ones that I have mentioned have been less than £5 and have been so much better than the more expensive alternatives. This one is much lighter than the other two and so is perfect for those no-makeup makeup days. It is creamy, blendable, and gives just enough coverage to hide those pesky dark circles… another drugstore bargain!

10. Nyx Setting Spray – Dewy Finish/Long Lasting – £7.00

Last, but certainly not least… a setting spray! If you have been following me for a while, you will know that the morphe setting spray is my all time favourite. But this product is a close second, and half the price! This setting spray is great for giving that dewy look (hence the name) and I love wearing it on a night out to keep my makeup in place whilst still looking fresh and glowy af. It doesn’t leave water droplets on the face (which I hate) and gives my skin that extra boost of life!

So those are 10 products that are less than £10 – BARGAIN! What are your favourite drugstore products? Leave me a comment down below!

Thanks for reading,

Chlo x

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Hello lovelies, and thank you again for reading another one of my blog posts! I am back again with another review… this time the Morphe 15D Day Slayer palette caught my eye. One thing you should know about me is that I love morphe, the palettes are always stunning, extremely pigmented and really affordable!

About a week ago, I thought I would treat myself to the 15D palette, as the warm toned shades are right up my street! The palette is extremely affordable at only £15, and with a total of 15 shades, they are only £1 per eyeshadow!

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I absolutely LOVE the packaging of this palette. In the past, I have always thought the normal 35 morphe palettes have been quite bulky and plain (almost cheap looking), but this one feels much more luxurious! The packaging is the standard black with the Morphe logo, but has a much heavier feel to it and seems much more sturdy. One MASSIVE bonus with this palette in comparison to my other Morphe collections is that it has a really big mirror. This makes it so much easier to use and is perfect for travel… and with beautiful, wearable shades, this will definitely be my go to travel palette.

This palette has a total of 9 matte shades and 6 shimmer shades, meaning a wide variety of looks can be created with this one palette. I was particularly surprised by the matte shades, which were so pigmented and blended seamlessly and really were the stars of the show! I also loved the shimmer shades, which as always, I used with a setting spray to really make them pop. Bronzed Beauty in particular is gorgeous all over the lid! As a whole, the palette is very warmed toned which is perfect for my style. If you are a more of a cool toned kind of person, this one may not be the one for you!

Lets get into the shades!

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Row 1:

  • Natural – The perfect matte transition shade
  • Spark – A beautiful pale golden shimmer shade, great for an everyday glam look
  • In the crease – The clue is in the name, a lovely pale matte orange shade for defining the crease
  • Forever – A stunning dark matte orange shade
  • Bronzed Beauty – an extremely pigmented shimmering bronze shade for all over the lid

Row 2:

  • Upbeat – A beautiful matte yellow shade perfect for autumn
  • Glow – A shimmery dark orange shade, great for all year round
  • Editor – a matte light brown, works beautifully in the crease
  • Highlight – a shimmering brown toned orange
  • Define – a matte red-brown, perfect for autumn-winter and adds warmth to any look

Row 3:

  • Desert – a matte chocolate brown for adding smokiness to any look
  • Epic – a matte light brown for a subtle day look
  • Blend – my favourite shade! A shimmering rose shade, will work all year round
  • Just eyes – A shimmering purple toned brown for a smoky, sultry look
  • Sweet – A matte deep purple-brown shade for the perfect smoky eye

All of these shadows are really well made, extremely pigmented and blendable and great value for money! The only thing that is missing is a highlight shade, but other than that it is perfect. It has become my new favourite palette and I get so many compliments when I wear it. Well done Morphe!

Do you have this palette? What are your thoughts? Has this review tempted you to buy this palette?

I would love to know your thoughts, so leave a comment below! Thanks again for reading!

Chloe x