Makeup Revolution Soph x palette – Review

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Straight off the bat, with the exception of my first beauty post about products i like. When i am doing review – I WONT be getting all professional with my photos. I want you to see these products raw, like its your eyes looking right at them. Because its fair.
Also, i am not affiliated with this company, not sponsored to review this item nor did i get it for free.
These views are my own, and i got this with my own dollar – Kaching.

 

The stuff before the review

Okay, lets the this shit out of the way. Makeup revolution are probably for me one of the damn best drug store brands right now. They have a website (any other sites mentioned, all links will be at the end of this post.) They are affiliated with I heart makeup, Freedom, Makeup Obsession and a few other brands. All can be found on tambeauty.com – I believe you can order internationally via that site, but if your also in the UK Superdrug stock the products online and in store, and for the U.S I am going to guess and say Ulta.
Personally, most of my items have been ordered with tam beauty as everytime i go to a drug store every one fingers the make up and blah i can’t ever get what i want.
The prices are crazy! I mean, like most brands even the high end – You are going to get some mega hits and some misses but if your paying half the price it’s not a massive loss. I mean i’d rather spend £10.00 on an eye shadow palette and it be shit than spend £40 + you feel me?

So Soph aka Sophdoesnails is just one of the three brand ambassadors (and she’s a super cool, down to earth youtuber) who did a collab with them and came out with her own palette.
From picking the colours, and shade names to designing the packaging she gave her creative all!
She also released her own high lighter palette which i am actually waiting for because they also launched a few new things the other day 😀 and yup they are on order.

Anyways – So the palette is £10.00, 24 shadows so 14 mattes and i think 10 shimmer shades.
This brand is Cruelty free, even though they don’t have the bunny logo on the website? but they do swear they are. I am actually going to email them though and ask why. I’ve only really recently been paying attention more to cruetly free brands, and trying to use as many as possible so it’s always super reassuring when you do see that bunny.
The palette HOWEVER is vegan, cruelty free and gluten free. So Soph did have some good influence here!

All the shades are named and as always with with MUR palettes, they come with a mirror. I mean honestly, i really don’t get how some expensive brands cant add in a good quality mirror in palettes.
That, is for a rainy day.

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I won’t be saying sorry for the shit picture, i won’t be saying sorry for the condition of the palette because this beaut has had some use lol! I love it but we won’t go into that yet.
So firstly, i love the names. The shades really do give a Autumn/fall vibe, but i would actually use this shade all year round. Summer spring, i tend to steer for pink, gold, light orange and i use browns but only lightly. So depending on how you look at this palette, it can be versatile if you really used it for all seasons.
HOWEVER, it is more autumn/winter which isn’t a bad thing.

Some swatches

I haven’t swatched every single one, because i am a lazy reviewer. I think arm swatches are pointless and really doesn’t tell you if they are going to work on the eye.
Which is where i am going to go into it after these pictures. So you will literally just see the shades on my finger tips, fuck i feel stupid though now. But honestly, pigmentation and the way the look on an arm really really doesn’t tell you the truth.
THE only reason why i did it with the JH palette is because the thing was so damn big.

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These are just two of the looks i did with this palette. I’ve done many more but these have been my favourite.

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The matte shades work like a dream, they blend really nicely and the orange shades in particular. I am actually very surprised with the black shade, usually blacks are patchy or you need to build them up which isn’t a bad thing. I like to build up my black eye shadows rather than having full pigment and too much to work with. But this black is kind of in the middle. Thought i’ve only used the black a few times, it’s not a colour i reach for that often!

The bottom picture i used;
Transition – cuppa tea
Crease – tiramasu and a little bit of mug cake
Lid – Copper coin
And for a bit of warmth on the corner I used rose wood

Favourite matte shades are:

  • Cuppa tea
  • Tirimasu
  • Pug
  • Penguin & Pancakes – Penguin, is great for brow bone highlight or defining, as well as setting any eye primer. I don’t really define my brows but i do like to get a flat brush under my brow, just touching the start of my shadow to blend the eye shadow.
    Pancakes again is perfect for blending and setting. Two must have colours for me in palettes as something like the shade like pancakes is handy to have if you’ve made a blending mistake or need to correct outer edges. Just pop that shade on a blending brush, i like to use these – or whatever brush and sweep over to cancel out mistakes.

 

Shimmers are something i’ve only started to really play with more. Some shimmers can be really thick and crumbly, and a few are like this in this palette. Don’t think that’s a negative. Some of these are best used with a wet brush or some fixing spray to get them to work better, and make the colours pop. Grow old and copper coin were my least favourite shades to work with, which was a shame because grow old is probably one of my most loved.
But, depending on the brush you use or technique you might have better luck. Everyone is different.
The pigment on copper coin is there, but trying to make it pop on the eye was a little disappointing and i noted that it was an okay shade, not a shade i haven’t seen else where either.

Petrol and pine tree however are quite unique, i’ve seen many green shimmers but this one has a tiny reflect in it which i love, and its the perfect green. Some green shades ive used in the past with other palettes, end up looking dark and boring, almost brown at times and muddy if mixed with other colours.
The first eye look, i used Pine tree and i did have to wet my brush and pack it on.

Petrol though, is epic. It’s got this awesome shift, and i will WILL edit this post with a proper swatch so you can see the shift as the last picture of my finger, you can only just see it on Petrol.
Its perfect for the outer corner of the eye, and the shift in colour doesn’t make it hard to mix it with other colours as it kind of gives it this unusual touch. I will do an eye look with this shade again, but i don’t like to wear heavy or darkish make up too often because i almost feel OVER dressed?

For the green eye look the shades used are;
Transition: pug
Crease: mug cake and a tiny bit of rosewood
Lid: starting from the corner sparks fly then used pine tree.

Little bit of fairy lights towards the brow just to blend edges.

 

Overall thoughts

For the price point, and quality it’s actually really good and i prefer some of these shades over my JH palette. It’s CURRENTLY one of my favourite palettes to use, but not my all time favourite because some of the shades i won’t ever use like the red/orange warm tones. With the exception of the autumn look i did, as i will use those colours again.
If you have a palette full of browns and warm shades, i would say to actually buy it. The shimmer shades make it worth while as the brown shimmers and gold tone ones are really beautiful. Every shade has it’s use.
And if you are fan of Soph, you are supporting her and the brand.

I would like to of seen more pink tones, and could of maybe done without the two brown shades at the bottom. Even though one is more cool toned.

 

Rating 9/10 – It’s £10, it hasn’t broken my bank and i will use this palette over and over again.

Click here for Soph’s channel
Tam beauty 
Superdrug
Ulta

 

 

I will continue to edit this post and update it with pictures and swatches, i will be doing my first Youtube video and this brand will be mostly talked about! So keep a look out.

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Crochet catch up and stuff

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So, i was going to start this week off with another Make up Monday post, but then i got distracted by the fact that today, the 12th is my birthday and i am now 27. Which depressed me, plus i had shit to do okay?

God almighty, why is it when your doing blankets they take forever? Seriously, don’t feel like they are growing especially this one that i posted a picture of. The pattern i am following is here in case you are wondering. I’m pretty sure people interact with me on instagram and then i forget lol!
So, i think i mentioned i have two more mini unicorns to make which is for the two blankets order. Which all need to be done by the end of October, so pray for me guys because you know me and my mind gets distracted. I’ve had a new game for my birthday, and i’ve got shit loads of ideas in my head for writing AND makeup releases.
MAKE SURE I STAY ON TRACK GET ORDERS DONE.

Already have two more orders to do right after these little buggers are done 😦 When will it end? One being a custom doll, and a bloody mermaid tail. YEP they are creeping back…. Also need to get in the festive mood, bah humbug. I found this awesome pattern for gonk’s and an add on pattern for outfits and because my stall in December is going to be at the fire station i am going to make some mini fire men.
Also need to make poppies, but don’t think i’ll have time. I might make a poppy wreath and do a little auction or something on Ebay so you guys and anyone else can get involved and get the money raised sent to the British legion.
My lead for my camera has arrived so i can link it up to my laptop and use it as a live view screen whilst filming, so tomorrow i am going to film my first beauty video and then go straight into filming a little crochet tutorial 😀
and because my Youtube channel is going to be Lifestyle, i need your help in what type of videos i could do other than crochet/craft and beauty. ????????????

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I had this awesome story idea, and i am going to write it up over the weekend. I’ve stored it in my brain so i  hope its all in tact as i hateeeeeeeeeee jotting stuff down.
It might be longer than usual, but i am really kind of excited about this.

My mum bought me a new bullet journal and some water colour brush pens for my birthday. I am going to do a post about my gifts not because i want to brag but it will give me an excuse to post about this scarf i’ve kind of started for myself.. You see, swaying off track with my orders.
Oh yeah, bullet journal. So i aren’t going to use the new one until January, which means i can take the full on piss with the one i currently have. As it has LOTS of pages left and was thinking of carrying it over for next year, but i think i will crack on with it and i haven’t used it this month, i think i will start it this weekend for October. I have been using it more for lists and getting organised with stuff i have.

Example, i have over 700 DVDs, which isn’t alot i know but i want to write down every single one i have, and if i have collections that aren’t completed i need to note down what i need etc.

I did a point to this post, i’ve gotten lost. HELP HELP HELP!!! OH yeah i am writing another post for tomorrow as i am reviewing an eyeshadow palette.
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Tomorrow, in the morning because i love the morning time in Autumn and winter, i am heading down the road to my park and take some pictures. Hopefully nobody will think i am a freak, pervert or will try and steal my camera.

Just looked at the picture above and I’ve already thought of another story, fml.

OKAY so i learned a fact today, Kim Kardashian is a Libran like me. I think i know why i kind of like her? But bitch my birthday is before yours ner ner ner ner. But then you have the one up because your are older and look younger than me. Now i am more depressed.
No seriously, today has been actually depressing for a birthday i got about 4 cards, a phone call from my dad who i’ve never had a relationship with and i had a good old cry earlier when i went to sit on the crapper.
27 and i feel like i’ve achieved nothing. Still in debt, no money, blah blah! I need to change things and i need to do the things i said i would do years ago.
-Write my novel.

 

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Before we wrap this up, here is some things about my star sign. OH and i’ve been keeping an eye on the lunar calender is it? Ever since i took a picture of the moon and got really close, i got these feelings back from when i was a kid in science class. I’ve always loved the universe, and i think i am going to relive some of my old interests again. Go back to my roots and be happy with the things i used to love. We easily forget about stuff we were once passionate about or cared for because life gets in the way.
So being a science geek once again, and listening to Tupac everyday. I know what a mixture?

Ruling planet : Venus

Element : Air

Quality : Cardinal (= activity)

Symbol : The Scales

The Symbol denotes : Harmony, Justice and a Balanced Nature

Characteristics : Airy, Cardinal, Masculine, Positive, Humane

Noteworthy qualities : Thoughtful, unbiased, graceful, modest, adaptable, persuasive, affectionate, cheerful, sympathetic, generous, tactful, balanced.

Undesirable personality traits : Indecisive, extremist, reckless, hasty, susceptible, aloof, tend to get carried away by others’ opinions. You might also be interested to explore about Libra Moon Sign.

Birthstone : Diamond, White Sapphire and White Topaz (The gemstone is suggested considering Aries as the Ascendant/Lagna Sign. To know your Ascendant/Lagna Sign, click here.)

Birth Colours : All shades of pink, White,

Other lucky colours : Shades of Blue, Pale and Light Green

Lucky Numbers : 6, 15, 24, 33, 42, 51, 60

Compatible Signs : Gemini, Aquarius

Lucky Day : Friday

Deepest need : Love, Romance, Social Harmony.

Quality most needed for balance : A Sense of Self, Self-Reliance, Independence

Detriment : Mars

Exaltation : Saturn

Fall : The Sun

Associated Flowers and Plants : Hydrangeas, Large Roses, Lilies, Violets, All Blue Flowers

Best Sign/s for marriage and/or partnerships : Aries

Anatomically Libra corresponds to : The lumber region in general and the kidneys in particular; loins, ovaries and the substance of the kidneys; lumber vertebrae, just below the ribs; lower back muscles at the top of the pelvic bone; arteries going to the kidney and lower back; veins coming from the kidneys and lower back.

To read more about my amazing starsign click here and don’t forget to check out yours! I love this shit, again going to enjoying things i used to.

So thanks for reading and if you made it this far, well i haven’t got a prize to give you but feel free to check out my instagram and other links and maybe i have some prizes… Yes that’s a ploy, again i have no prizes.

 

Serious question before i go. Does anyone know anything about guardian angels or experiences? It’s on behalf of my mum, i think she had an experience over a week ago and i’m just curious to learn more. 

 

 

PEACE OUT!

Crochet conker – RE-BLOG

 

I saw this post as i am trying to catch up with blogs, and this just filled me up with happy memories as a child.

My grandad would take me on a weekend, usually a Sunday and we would go and find conkers 🙂 I remember use wrapped up warm and rummaging the floor and through leaves for them.
It makes me laugh because i’d have lots and my mum would make comments about washing them because a dog might of peed on them.
Then i would get a hole put in and string attached and play the  conker game.

As i got a bit older, i remember with my street friends (childhood friends, usually my bestie) we would sneak in over the gates of our primary school and play on the playground and then head for the horse chestnut tree and fill our pockets of conkers. We would even find ones not open.

So i hereby declare that i will make it my mission this month, as well as taking my new camera on a journey to collect conkers. I might even make something and put it on my grandads grave in memory.

Happy saturday folks.

 

 

 

I do love Autumn… just when I think I’m going to dread the dark evenings and cold weather, nature gives its autumnal burst of gorgeous colours and each year I find myself falling in love with Autumn all over again! My creativity gets a boost from all that renewed inspiration too. From mushrooms which I […]

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Crochet/Craft catch up & my first moon picture

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Howdy people I’ve been reading some of your blogs and it’s nice to see everyone busy with projects. I’ve just finished my last teddy orders, now i am working on the two Blanket orders which need to be done by November BUT this person has also extended there order after seeing me make another mini unicorn and wants two of these as well LOL!
So, i’ve kept my order book closed until the 20th of October, which was something i was going to do so i can get some prep time in for Christmas, which is only fair right?

I also have another order which i have accepeted, but does ‘t need to be done until December but its the same as this mini unicorn but made bigger and personalised.

 

Horrible weekend.

So i was woken at 6:00AM Sunday by a lady with her two children outside our block screaming help help fire. Sadly, the three story block right next to mine was on fire. Her home set a light by the use of a storage heater, because she lived on the ground floor she managed to get out.
I saw the fire, and this horrible sight of seeing someone pulled out. A guy jumped out of his window and one had to be rescued from this ledge.
The family that i am guessing lived above the lady, has sadly passed away today and i feel completely helpless, her two children are still in hospital critical. I don’t believe in God but i do hope that the baby and kid survive.
I haven’t had much sleep, it’s been playing on my mind alot and i can’t get the images out of my head. I have to wake up and see it out of my window as it was in plain view. I wish i could of helped.

My heart also goes out to those all killed in Las Vegas, i have no words to as why someone would want to such a fucking thing.
This world is bloody horrible at the best of times with all sorts going on with Spain and these god damn storms just ruining peoples lives.

So lets just take a few moments to look at how lucky we were. We might not have much money, or not live in the best of homes. But we have a roof over our head, food to eat and fresh water to drink. And some of us are lucky to have friends and family around us as well. 
We are privileged in so many ways, and yet we do take things for granted whether you want to admit that or not.

Back to it

So apart from that, an i aren’t saying sorry for that sad moment. I’ve been a bit grumpy lately. Like i’ve felt extra stressed and cant figure out why – I have even acted shitty with my mum and i shouldn’t because she’s not very well and everytime i am nasty i want to cry because i really don’t mean it. I think its a build up of something idk.

But i have my camera now, just waiting on my back drop stand cause it took me a while to pick one and some lighting so i can film when its darker.
Can’t wait to make videos, it’s easier to explain LOL – I’ve also made a massive list of things to make in the up an coming weeks and what i want to crochet.

Its long………………………………………….Also buying these crochet magazines, anyone else find some of them shit? It’s a hit and miss most months and i end up getting pissed off i just wasted 6.99 on a magazine that has average crap in it. IDK I hate they are in plastic so you can’t even sneaky peak in them.

OH so, this is the picture i took with my camera of the moon 🙂 I still need some practise with the tripod etc but i kind of wanted to hurry as i felt like people in surrounding flats would see this person with her window open and a camera and assume i was a peeping  tom. It’s not bad, i wanted to get closer but it was a cloudy night so i am hoping the weekend will be better as i want to get in on some of those stars!

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 Hannah @ quietwatercraft has been a doll and made me a custom birthday card for my mums birthday! I love it and she has such a cute eye for detail. We also noted that its such a small world, she used to live locally – how crazy is that?? So i check out her blog and her Etsy shop.

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So that’s it i haven’t a lot to say as i am typing this, and scheduling it my hands are frozen as the window is open and i cba get up and close it.

I hope you are all well, and what have your crafty hands been upto????????????????????????

Here is a picture of my cat for comfort. I don’t know why hes cross eyed here???????????????

 

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Makeup Monday – Jaclyn hill x Morphe Palette review.

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Right off the bat – I am not sponsored or paid to talk about this product, i purchases this with my own money and am 100% giving you my honest thoughts.
All links will be provided at the end of this post.

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH shit! This palette finally came to the UK last Thursday, and if you were like me got the email and had it ready to checkout at 8:30am and after 3 hours later got it then, well done! Super sorry to those that didn’t manage to get it, the situation was messed up.
They will be restocking sometime in October.

 

 

All pictures of swatches have not been edited to look ‘better’ i have uploaded them just the way they are.

 

The palette

So, this palette retails at $38.00 on the Morphe site and £37.00 in the UK so they have just kept it the same despite in conversion £28.63 – Now if you are one of those people that couldn’t wait for it to launch in the UK on Beauty bay or are also going to decide to buy from Morphe. PLEASE remember, Morphe has expensive shipping and it’s around £20.00 for custom charge, that’s one expensive palette when you think about it.

It came in a cardboard box, the packaging is also cardboard i mean i wont upload pictures of the packaging because, let’s face it this palette as been every where just Google!
We will get to this more  when i discuss the pros and cons but it does not have a mirror inside and it’s quite big.
The shelf life is 12 months but powders etc tend to last waaay beyond that so bleugh.
It has a total of 56.2g / 1.98oz.
This does contain talc and mica.
It also comes with a plastic protector of the shades, now for those who got this PR they got a card with all the shade names etc so you just to know you won’t get one.
They do however have a PDF file on the morphe site (link at the end) and you can download the shades, i am going to print it off and stick it inside the palette.

This palette comes with 35 unique shadows, Jaclyn worked her ass off for two years with Morphe and she claims that they have been formulated and pressed differently. I will link her Youtube videos at the end of this blog and you can see her talk more about it.

Is this a must have item to have in your makeup collection?

If you are a die hard Jaclyn fan and have been with her either from day one or for a long time now then you won’t need convincing to get this. I mean, the girl is super beautiful and extremely talented. Her tutorials are probably one of the first one’s i ever watched when i wanted to become better at makeup. That really is her strength! So yes it’s a must have item just like a Bieber album is to a fan.

If you have palettes full of these colour’s then i would say have a good think. I do have eye shadows with this type of tone but when seeing this up close and personal and swatching them, every shade is actually very unique.

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What if i am okay at makeup, or a beginner, someone that wants to experiment more with shadows, a makeup artist or just someone that likes to buy makeup?

This palette is actually perfect for all of those. It has some pretty neutral basic shades, as well as some warm tones, shimmers and a pop of colour. So you have a lot to choose from, especially if your someone that wants to progress and play around then this is actually perfect. If you have a teenage daughter or son who is always wanting the new shit then get them this, it will keep them busy for a long time.
The shades are pigmented, some more than others. They do have some kick back and fall out, but i mean that seems to be a trend these days *cough cough, Subculture* If you are a beginner and don’t really understand pigmentation or aren’t someone who likes to go super in depth with products then i would suggest to use a light hand.
Some matte shades i found a little patchy, but finding the right brush and switching it up a bit helps. Most of the shimmer and foil shades i did use a wet brush more so on the pink shade that is the first on the left.

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Just a quick note, i haven’t swatched every single shade.

 

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Some shades we could of done without. I found that it could get a little repetitive with the neutral shadows, and i think some more pops of colour would of been a nice extra. Though for her first palette like this, it’s normal to have warm tones and neautral shades. I don’t think this will be last palette she does with Morphe, and i hope it doesn’t take as long! Because i really do think Jaclyn has awesome taste in shades.

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This is the first look i managed to create using this palette.

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I actually had no issue with the black shade, and if i am honest i rarely use black. If i do darken the outer corner or want to create a smokey look. Depending on the palette i use, i tend to go for grey or really dark browns. So i must say, i really liked it.
I packed it on until i was happy with the tone, i didn’t want it to be super black because that’s how i like to do things.

 

This issues i have with this palette

Some colours are harder to work with than others, but that really is not a massive issue. I think if you have some knowledge on how to work with more difficult shadows you’ll have no issue.

The packaging – YUP i think everyone noted this. The cardboard it came in was flimsy, but it had a real nice touch on the pack with photos of Jaclyn.
The actual palette is made out of cardboard and its white. Which means, mess mess mess!!!! It will get dirty quickly and i feel like it would get damaged more easily if it was to be taken during travelling. I did however get some book cover plastic shit, and stuck that on both sides of the palette. I now have a shiny but more protected palette.

It doesn’t have a mirror, yup this big ass palette that just cost you £37 doesn’t have a mirror. Which for me was a big disappointment. I buy regularly from a brand called Make up revolution – They are cruetly free brand that are CHEAP (to me anyways, like £8 for eyeshadows) AND they come with a mirror and they have plastic packaging.
Why couldn’t Morphe jut go that extra step? I get that there other palettes don’t have mirrors but, this is also a little more in price as well.

No shade names, this pissed me off actually. All the bloody Guru’s on Youtube or bloggers on the PR list got cards with the shade names on. I mean, all the eyeshadow palettes i have come with a plastic protector with the shade names. They could of atleast bloody put it on this protector. But it’s ok, i will take sometime out of my day to go online, download the file.

Its big – Which isn’t a huge downer for me, but trying to do my makeup in my OTHER mirror whilst holding this is a f*ing pain. Hence why this would of been so complete with a mirror and i will bitch about this til the day i die.

 

Over all rating

7.5/10 – Just because of those con’s. They are a big deal to me but the quality of this palette i can’t fault.
I literally get this out every day just to look at it with amazement, i want more palettes from Jaclyn.
I couldn’t feel more prouder of this girl to accomplish what she has, and screw anyone who isn’t a Jaclyn fan. Where is your palette at?

This palette shows hardwork and its going to be worth the money you spend.

So, add this to your wish list, birthday list, christmas list or buy it ASAP. It’s not a limited item, it’s going to be stocked continuously as far as i am aware.

 

Links

 

Buy it here via Morphe

Now, this is the UK site Beauty Bay but i cannot see the palette listed so ill link the site here

BUT HERE IS WHERE YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR THE EMAIL FOR RESTOCK.

Restock sign up

 

Jaclyn youtube links

Palette reveal
Hot fire smokey eye tutorial
Jaclyn’s go to look with her palette
Makeup tutorial feat Jaclyn hill palette              < Skip to 8 minutes in the video, she starts her eye makeup round about then.

 

 

SO that is literally everything. I love this palette so much, i just have those few issues but for someone like me who is average at makeup this is for sure something i can use to expand my skills.

Thanks for reading, keep a look out next monday for another beauty post.

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P.S DON’T HATE ME, I AM CATCHING UP WITH BLOG POSTS ASAP.

 

My top 5 beauty-ish items

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Well guess, testing the waters with a new blogging schedule i have going on. So each week i’ll have 3/4 different types posts AND YES i am going to stay consistent. Tomorrow i will properly set out my bullet journal and plan plan plan. I also though might be starting a new part time job, SO i won’t be saying what days i post.
As you can guess, one post will consist of beauty related – Doesn’t mean makeup! So anything from products we need for our body to a bit of lippy. Anything you want tips on or know about just ask, i know some stuff LOL.
Second type of post will be of course CROCHETING, how can i not show what i’ve made? Third post will be short stories, i enjoy them and i want to push out more. The Autumn and winter really inspires me so keep a look out. Now, fourth post might not always happen but i want to keep this category open to pretty much whatever i feel like talking about, i might even utilize book reviews & maybe if i have an fellow gamers do a gaming discussion? Shit, maybe then i should make that five posts. OH and i am aware i’ve slacked massively with book reviews.

Now that’s over PHEW,  so this post is basically dedicated to things/products i basically need in my life and why i’ve chose them. All pictures will be a direct link to where you can buy them, which will be a UK Store but these things i hope you can pretty much get anywhere!!!!

1. Pantyliners


Why do women find it embarrassing to talk about these things? What is wrong with buying Femfresh lady wash or panty liners. No i don’t have a yeast infection or a smelly you know.
This actually became an obsession of mine in highschool, when i first started my period, the whole after thing where you don’t get much if any at all coming out but you feel like you might kind of thing? Well being self conscious enough i lived in these, then as i got older they became a sort of thing i would used every now and again. I don’t get periods so i only wear these when i feel like i am going to be doing a lot of walking and moving about. Yep lets admit it, we sweat. All over! And if it’s not all the time, it happens sometimes. I like the feeling that i am not leaking into my pants. You get me? NO this is not disgusting this is real shit. Also, sometimes when i cough or laugh too hard i pee a bit so yeah these come in handy. Take them anywhere, they are small they fold. OH and if you don’t always use them, if you get the scented ones throw them in your drawer for a fresh scent.  #UsingPantylinersAsAirFreshner

 

2. Ponds face cream

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If you haven’t heard of Pond’s then ask your Grandma, this has been around for such a long time! And to this day people swear by it. They are right, not only is it affordable it’s kind of one of those creams you just pick up and use daily.
This hydro nourishing cream for day and night is something i use everyday! I have oily skin, but keeping my face hydrated and soft (especially after using so many products that helps with oily skin) it’s kind of a must have for me. I use this before my makeup primer as well, and i like to lay it on and let it soak in. Why? Even though my skin is oil and i get spots, my make up products tend to me matte. So matte/hydrating primer and matte foundation and even most of the time matte setting powder. My skin still needs to have oils and nourishment. AND YES AND if your into the cakey/full coverage look you kind of need extra moisture to stop creasing, cracking and drying.
This is not just for that, everyday and night i wash my face and pile this on. It feels so cooling, smells lovely and doesn’t harm my skin. and i am sensitive! Even when i’m breaking out, this doesn’t sting those spots.
They do lots lots more kinds of these creams, so whatever your after specifically somewhere at your local drugstore should sell them. This is probably my favourite beauty thing ever!

3. Garnier Mineral Invisible Deodorant 48Hr Roll-On

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This is one of those products where i probably would die if i didn’t have it. I used to use the spray deodorant and i couldn’t quite understand especially in my early twenties when my hormones and sweat was crazy, as to why i still did sweat a lot. Sometimes, thankfully whilst not out in public i would smell. I tried every god damn brand and i think i came close when i used Right Guard for women, but i after long hours of work in a warehouse sweating or clubbing i would be always spraying when i had the chance.
Then about two years ago, might even be three i switched it up to roll on. Fuck me, my life changed. Now i wasn’t and aren’t that sweaty,  i can’t remember the last time my sweat was down to my waist from just sitting in my room but i still sweat. I felt like even less sweat patches would appear after using roll on and i would get those little patches, which i am actually fine with i don’t care. I tried a lot of brands, i liked Sure for a while then Dove. I was always switching between the two and trying the different types but even though i felt happier with my under arm life style i saw the Garnier one on offer and thought oh yeah them, i’ll try it. Now the picture isn’t the on i use, i think i used one with a light green cap because i think it was for sensitive skin.
I love it, i literally love. The smell lasts, so when you do get a bit sweaty you smell of roses. No seriously, if your under arm smelt like shit, it wouldn’t no more.
Plus these are small, handy to throw in your bag and perfect for travelling with. I use it once daily, if i have been making myself sweat a lot like walking up the massive bank with a food shop i usually roll on some more but i think that’s out of pure habit.

 

4. Rimmel Clear Complexion Transparent powder

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What kind of list would it be if it didn’t have make up?? Okay, so firstly any powder i get i use translucent or a little peachy. I’ve been using Rimmel in general, mainly the setting/face powders since highschool.
They get it spot on every time! I also use the Rimmel insta fix powder, i tend to switch between this one that one and the stay matte. If my foundation is TOO light which sometimes is the case, i use the stay matte one in the shade just peachy or something like that to just warm my face up. I don’t want to warm up too much because i am really pale, and most of the time i use a wee bit of bronzer in the contour areas (not actually contouring) and some blush. BUT these are awesome, they really do keep your make up matte and nicely put for a good few hours. If needed you can just blot in your t-zone. The thing i love about Rimmel powders is they are old school but they will always remain a go to product for make up lovers. Even if you don’t wear much makeup just get a shade that matches you and lightly powder on to decrease oil and give your face a bit of colour. Perfect if your an on the go mum or someone that doesn’t always have time to do makeup. Most of the time i just can’t be arsed.
Now i don’t know about your drug stores, but i have to get two at a time when i buy these because the Rimmel stand is always a hot mess and the powders, especially the Insta fix. As always though, they don’t have many shades for anyone that’s a deeper tone, they tend to have more range for the lighter skin or slightly tanned but that’s only in some of my local stores so maybe across the pond or the world everyone of all types of skin has a good choice!

 

5. Garnier 2in1 Eye Make-up Remover

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This is one of my favourite eye make up removers i have ever used! Even if you don’t have a lot on, this still is fucking awesome. So i tend to get rid of my eye make up first, now this does have oil in but its not too oily. In fact once I’ve  got rid of my eye make up, i rub the access in and it’s actually minimal. The picture you are looking at is quite true, the purple on top is where the oil sits so make sure you give it a good shake up before using. Get a cotton pod and squirt a bit on, if you use too much that’s fine. Get another cotton pad place it on top, press and some of the access will go onto the next pad. BOOM you have one for each eye, which yeah its hygienic. Don’t use the same pad for both eyes YUCK. Oh and don’t start rubbing your eye straight away, press onto your eyes or mascara and allow to melt, then gently rub. I say all this but i usually go to ham and rub hahahahahaha.
I can’t really say much more, it does what it says on the tin. Now, i have sensitive skin and eyes and have never had an issue with this product, but you might just want to double check if this one is right for you. The Garnier face and eye range have all different colours so maybe pink or green might be for you, i think the pink face stuff has rose water in though!
So yeah, an eye make up remover is kind of a deffo need as i just don’t like taking off my make up using the same thing etc and this formula, especially just slides the make up off. ALSO another great thing that is small and perfect to throw in your beauty bag or when you go off on your travels.

 
SO guys that’s it, i could talk all day about what i like and don’t like and i have a lot of favourite makeup products i could throw in for another post but also thinking about doing a video on that as well. I try and shop for things i can afford, i will never be the high end luxury girl because i will never have the money to spend it on that type of stuff. I’m always on the look out for decent drugstore products, because yeah it’s kind of hard to find that!
I’m open to doing reviews, so if you want me to try anything and give you my thoughts let me know. I think this is going to be pretty fun!

 

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Underground – short story

I don’t remember the last time i touched air, or sniffed the fumes of petrol on a busy morning full of traffic. Though it’s not possible to touch air is it? But you do understand the feeling of it. I used to enjoy the breeze every time i would leave our shopping centre, it would instantly dry my sweaty palms and cool my wet neck.
I would sweat a lot whilst shopping, especially indoors. The rush of wanting to go from shop to shop trying to get through people, though why rush? It was as if sometimes the shop would disappear but i had this urgency to just get out of the way of people because my fucking God, some humans did not look where they were going. I often felt like i was the only one that would look around or left and right to see if my path was safe, or to spot the arseholes who weren’t actually looking. Sometimes if i bumped into the ignorant of the blind, they would look to me as if it was my fault.
I felt like an alien whilst people wandered and stared solely in a straight line, not giving a shit where they walked because they wanted to walk where ever they felt like it.
The satisfaction of entering a shop, but then to do it all again whilst in that shop. Avoiding people with prams or large baskets and trolleys. I always moved out of the way when someone wanted to get past or decided to shuffle next to me and look on the same shelf. That pissed me off, i had to wait until they were done so i could continue with that section. Selfish shoppers, and what’s with the parents that just allow children to wander. I am not apologizing if knock over your kid.  I don’t miss the stress of being amongst other humans whilst shopping. – In fact i am with them twenty four hours a day, and have been for the past fourteen years. We haven’t seen an ounce of daylight and i haven’t had a strong lung in take of air for a long time, i’ve forgotten what most things look like or taste like.
Our air though is filtered through and reaches us underground, Lord knows what would happen if something was to go wrong. The ‘Army’ as we call them i suppose are trained enough to take on that kind of situation if it was to happen, though too many have already been eaten and killed. The overly brave, who think whatever is up on the surface is weak and no match for the mighty army. How wrong were they? Once a month, a team does venture out for a whole week to seek food and supplies, even try and find more traces of humans. Not many return, and each time we are thankful for the loss of life so we can continue living.
My cabin isn’t too bad, i made some fake plants out of clay the other day with another bunch of women. Most of them are married and the men go off doing labour work, us females don’t have much to do except look after the children and educate, cook, nurse or like me wander and observe.
Never in my life would i imagine that whats left of some of the population is here living underground. I can’t speak for the rest of the United Kingdom or the cities outside of mine, in fact the rest of the world.
We haven’t had human contact outside for the ten years, the four years this all happened was fine. I guess you could say hopeful? I mean it’s a long time isn’t to be underground and not speak to humans above.  – I can’t really remember what made us all live underground. All i know is that if we go up, we die.
I think i was thirteen years old when this happened, i am now twenty seven. I don’t know what year is it, or date. We have our own calender’s and i gathered all the months and dates are incorrect but it helps us to live everyday, so we can celebrate birthdays or even Christmas.

It’s my birthday soon, i want to leave the underground and live in the real world. I am going to make my escape the day after my birthday. I need to know the truth, i need to see daylight.

 

Charlie – Short story

 

I sat longer than usual on the bench, i knew my train was about to arrive but i just didn’t quite feel like catching it. I knew that waiting wouldn’t make him sit next to me but i wanted to sit here for a while longer hoping that he did. I wanted to feel hopeful, i needed atleast that. I am not sure if i fell in love with him, though i did care deeply and really did see him as a best friend.
But how can you love or be friends with someone you bump into everyday, waiting to catch the train home from work. How can you feel something by sitting for two hours a day talking with them and building a connection?
The last week i’ve say here and he hasn’t shown up, i knew this day would come. He’s moved on with his life and quite right. We never exchanged numbers or even added eachother on social media, which i can’t seem to fatham. Why did we not ever do that? Is that not what people do now, exchange user names and connect through a world of meme’s and cat videos.
I think maybe it would of all gone a different way, infact hundreds of ways. We could of spoken more, met up. Even exchange messages to confirm that we would both be at the station waiting for our seperate trains. But then i do realise if we had that, i don’t think it wouls be as magical.
For two hours a day, 5 days week after a long day at work i would sit and talk with a stranger. His name was Charlie, and for 6 months we built this friendship. At first it was me plonking my arse down on a bench after a really horrible day at work. I was at my all time lowest in life. I had a rubbish job, no boyfriend and not many friends. I pretty much spent my life either at work or in my home cuddling my cat. If i did go out, it was because i needed to get food and things to live or the odd friend would randomly want to meet for lunch. Which i can say was not that often, i had no social circle nor remember the last time i went out with friends for a girls day or even night drinking cocktails.
My life was shit and that day i wanted to run onto the train tracks and just end it all. But meeting Charlie, gave me hope and the fact i couldn’t leave my poor kitty alone.
After that day bumping into him became this weird coincidence and before we knew it, us sitting on the same bench waiting for our train became a regular thing. We would spend a few hours talking, purposely missing our travel home.
This handsome guy with dark hair and a quirky sense of dress style, made me feel like i existed in this world once again. He made me laugh, talked me out of my darkest thoughts and most of all he listened.
Six months is a long time isn’t it? Especially when we never exchanged numbers, the more i think about it the more i wonder if he really did exist.
If i had his number, maybe i would know why for some strange reason, Charlie left without trace…

Crochet hook review – Sunday chit chat

I wanted to blog something crochet related as I haven’t really gone into much detail lately about my current projects, I currently have 6 projects that are all for customers and a few on the side for me plus one hundred for my stall – I am actually meeting up with my mum in the week to make a huge list of things I want to sell and she’s going to help me make some things to take the load off!

 

Anyways, so I think when it comes to our craft and hobbies its important to have good supplies, ones that work for us and really make our work not only enjoyable but smooth sailing. I think that’s really important with crochet and knitting, though I aren’t a pro in either I don’t know how to knit so I can’t really give much of an input on that part. I will say though I have had a few experiences with hooks and I found it really important once I got better at crocheting to be comfortable and happy whilst making things.
Also, I suffer bad with my wrists sometimes probably due to all the warehouse jobs I have worked in so my hands etc become tired easily and I feel the strain more – Which is why I wanted to go through my hooks and talk about what works for me and doesn’t and how I rate each one.

This is no way shape or form meant to force to buy the hooks I love, as everyone is different and has a preference when it comes to hooks and things but I have a speciality hook with I think will interest some folk. So shall we begin?

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Aluminium hooks are probably the first set of hooks anyone will buy as a beginner. Why? Because they are cheap and a great way to learn how to crochet. I mean you must be crazy if you fork out lots of money when first learning something new!
These are a brand called Fusion, set of 12 and I paid £4.99 for them! I believe the name fusion is just private labelled as you can get these metal hooks from pretty much anywhere online for super cheap. Ebay have hundreds!
Okay, so whats good about these is that they are cheap, and they really do help with learning the basics of crocheting. It gives you great insight on how to get comfortable holding a hook, as we all have our own way. But for long term use, for me personally they don’t work. ESPECIALLY the smaller sizes, I mean my most used size hooks are 2, 2.5, 3.5, 4, 6 and when I am making toys I used 2, 2.5 a lot. These were so not comfortable to use but when I started out I really didn’t get that? I just assumed it comes with the craft, especially when it comes to delicate yarns and cottons these things would snag and make all sorts of mess to my fibers.
However I wont throw them away because the larger hooks are ‘okay’ to work with. I just can’t crochet with them for long, especially since a year has passed and the skill has improved massively. Great for beginners, not so much good if you do suffer with joint inssues in the wrists, or arthritis because they are slippy and uncomfortable to hold, especially after a long period of time.

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When I started to get better a crocheting and also began to experience pain in my wrists, people would tell me about hooks with rubber handles or the more elite and expensive ones, Clover etc. Because my budget wasn’t quite there I noticed that the brand Fusion who made those really uncomfortable metal hooks also did some rubber handle style ones. They didn’t even break the bank, seriously! I got a set of 9 for £7.99 WOW right!?
To this day, they are the best books I have ever used and of course a little stronger. I mean my 2mm hook on the old set fucking bent when I used it! These were amazing and I noticed straight away an improvement in my crocheting, my hand pain was less and less and I was able to crochet faster, neater and for longer periods of time. I was super happy!
These again are perfect for those that are starting out and don’t want to break the bank AND PRO’S – Honestly, I will say recently I got a clover hook and sometimes I still switch back to this because of how comfortable I am when I crochet. Basically, in my pot of hooks if I need a hook this is the one I reach for without thinking! I will never stop using these hooks and I will never forget them because they helped my improve so much.
So if you are looking for hooks that save you money and  have an ergonomic handle this will be your life saver!

 

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This is just a quick tough on bigger crochet hooks and the one small one I have.  I mean its an absolute rare occasion that I use such big hooks! I don’t think I’ve ever made anything chunky or bleugh because when I have, regardless like aka t shirt yarn my wrist hurts and I find it so hard to work with hugely bulky yarn. May because I aren’t used to it like some crocheter and knitters so I probably need to spend more time with fat yarn. So I got some hooks, these are not a set and got each one alone. I was using these plastic shitty pony ones that I did not like and I will touch on them at some point in this post.
These Knit pro hooks cost around £2.90 each, that’s just an estimate. I actually got them from Ebay, and if your precise and don’t rush a buying on Ebay you will find legitimate sellers as I know a lot of fake hooks/brands get sold but I do have a few sellers I buy from and they are really good. Especially for price. As I don’t use these hooks that often, I just wanted to say findind a hook with a rubber hand and metal head will probably work better for anyone like me who finds it difficult or has wrist pain. Its a lot more comfortable to hold and the yarn will just slide easily on these hooks. AVOID the shitty ass cheap pony ones, they are vile…DSC_0047

Oh look shitty ass plastic ones. Okay, they don’t function well with yarn and I can’t seem to get a good grip on these at all. They hurt my hand it in all kinds of ways from wrist pain, to friction on my palm because I have to hold them in a weird way to feel comfortable. They make me feel like I have to work ten times harder when crocheting rather than just effortlessly moving that hook, I mean you guys might have good experiences with these but I don’t. The only good thing about them is they are cheap, so yeah.

 

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My babies! Clover hooks! YUP – Expensive. But I only bought the sizes I truly use the most because I want to feel comfortable as I am a lot better at crocheting. This past year my bones and joints just aren’t the same and I even had to wear a bandage for a week because my wrist was fucked up. I still have to wear it when I feel like I need support whilst crocheting.
So the top image is Clover soft touch, and these are a God send. I didn’t know what to expect when I had these, as I know everyone goes on about these and I’ve been wanting them for such a long time and the past few months I’ve been lucky to upgrade a little on my hooks. The first one I bought was a 4mm I have two of those because I thought id lost the other LOL – I got it and fuck, it was the lightest thing I’ve ever held. Which what makes the hooks so great. They are so light in your hands that you don’t even realise you are crocheting, so I could crochet even faster and longer without hurting or straining. I wasn’t sure if was going to like them because of the handle its flat and not bulky and round like some other hooks, so I had to adjust the way I held my hook and it took me a day to get used to it. But now I love them, the hook itself is so well made you can tell by the shape and I have not experiences any yarn catching or snagging especially the smaller hook when I used cotton for toys. It’s so smooth I can’t explain it. If you want to not ache as much with crocheting then these are the next upgrade, they are pricey over all. I mean £3.69 approx  for one hook hence why I got them over time, and I aren’t too bothered about getting every single size as I have other hooks etc I am ok working with.
Then the go onto the picture below – These are Clover Amour and work out around £5.99 for one hook, so even more pricier. I have a 6.5mm in this as I started a blanket with chunky yarn and I didn’t really have a great hook other than my fusion rubber handles and I was experiencing snagging and just bleugh. FUCK £5.99 is worth every penny. The handle looks the same doesn’t it as some others? But its not, the rubber is softer than talc on my ass. The hook itself is plastic but I know they have Amour ones made from Aluminum – For plastic it doesn’t look like it, so it must be special because the hook is so smooth and well crafted. The handle and everything I could just tell the difference as I worked with my chunky yarn. I enjoyed crocheting with it, I just kept going and going because I had no issue.
These hooks are worth the buck in my opinion, you guys might not like them but that’s okay. I aren’t saying buy buy buy – Add them to a wish list for your birthday or Christmas, and if you get the chance to treat yourself once in while invest in one at a time. Don’t get a whole set because you need to see if these hooks will work for you!
Now I am saving the best til last 🙂

 

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OKAY! This is a 6mm Prym ERGONOMIC crochet hook. I paid £4.29 so yes again price!
If you want to invest when your ready and want a really decent ergonomic hook then this is it. BUT I want to give you the bad news – These start from 6mm to 15mm, which pissed me off though I totally get why. The bigger the yarn the bigger the hook, and it can become quite tiresome and hardwork as I mentioned with another hook, so you have more strain on your wrists and this isn’t always a nice thing if you have arthritis.
We want to craft and be comfortable, not do it for half an hour and be like damn I need a cocktail to forget the pain.
I am not lying when I say DO Get these hooks, DO try them. If they made these hooks in smaller sizes, I would switch out my whole collection for these. SERIOUSLY, that’s how good they are.
I mean, Prym hook me up if you do smaller sizes!
The only thing I had to get used to is the handle is longer, which is actually a good thing this makes it nice and easy for you to hold the hook nice and light without gripping it for your life. Which means it’s comfortable.
The metal hooks, and the nasty ass plastic things I had to hold really tight because I could not get a good trip or feel comfortable.
These glide and your wrist moves smoothly when your tackling those stitches! Add this to your wishlist.

 

Hooks I aren’t fond of.

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So I won’t fully say piss off to crochet hooks with fancy handles, or bamboo hooks as well the polymer clay hook was free with a magazine. It snagged my yarn, it wasn’t made very well on the hook you can feel something rough and the handle is hard and uncomfortable. I do however like the roundness of the handle, it made it easy to manoeuvre in my fingers.
As for the bamboo hooks, they cost like £1.99 and I think the one with the interchangeable end cost around £2.99 or £3.99 – They suck! They feel so light and I was so scared of snapping them, not only that the hook itself didn’t seem like the size it said. I compared them to another hook size, and it just seemed really small!
Not only that they caught onto my yarn and snagged, I struggled to finish a stich and couldn’t really get a good rhythm or flow with my crocheting. I got pissed off and threw them to one side.
HOWEVER – I am very open to trying more bamboo hooks, and more fancy hooks with cute polymer clay handles. These ones that I have are just an actually no go!

 

Thanks for reading!

So yeah! That’s my thoughts on my hooks, again these views are my own and I am in no way shape for form encouraging this to be your opinion. I think it’s important in crocheting and in any craft that you find the tools your most happy working with. It’s about experimenting and testing out, which is why I don’t and wont ever buy full sets of the expensive ones so that’s also important for you to remember! No pressure in upgrading, it took me a year to do so and if it wasn’t for my mum who has been helping me recently by treating me every now and again I probably will be still using those fucking metal things. They are really sharp at the bottom, so I need to add that if you have kids just watch them with those, they would make a good weapon.

 

I hope you are all having a good weekend!

 

I can fly – poem 

Let’s pretend that I can fly,

And see the world from way up high,

With my wings the things I see,

Is a world that pretends to be.

-Rebecca Pursell