89. Review | MUA Palette in Glamour Nights

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Yes, it is another MUA palette review - i hope you aren't too bored of them yet because i still have another two to go! I'm having a lot of fun testing these palettes out, I've been dedicating a week to each palette or longer if needed so i can get a good wear out it and then i can report back to you my thoughts and opinions! It's been a great way to make sure I'm using my palettes, so I'm considering continuing this rotation system as i have developed quite a palette collection.

Glamour Nights is a contrast of shades to the Glamour Days i reviewed here, these are slightly darker shades - i guess they would be more suited for 'night' time use (depending on how bold you like your eye make up) although there are shades in there that you can make wearable for the daytime. This is a really gorgeous palette and the is variety of dark and bright shades - the burgandy red shade on the bottom row is just gorgeous!

I say this every time but these palette are fantastic value for money - they're so cheap and the quality of the eyeshadows are comparable to some high end brands. They have fantastic pigmentation and the staying power is really decent, not only that but they apply and blend together really nicely. I put the staying power of this particular palette to the test the other day, i applied my eye make up at about half 10 in the morning - I used MUA Professional Eye Primer and the two ends shades on the right side of the palette, the light one all over the lid and the dark brown shade in the crease and it was still in place 11pm that night with very minimal creasing. Maybe it was down the the primer but regardless of that, if you're out and about all day or you work really long days and you need eye make that's going to last these palettes are perfect for that.

I can not recommend these palettes enough - even if the 'Glamour Nights' one is for you, there are so many different ones available and they are constantly producing more that there is something for everyone.

These palettes retail for £4 and are available online or in Superdrug
What's you're favourite MUA Palette?
Natalie xx

88. Haul | Topshop Make Up

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I mentioned in yesterdays post that i had some vouchers for Topshop so whilst i was in Liverpool i picked up some Topshop make-up, so i thought id show you what i got!

Nail Polish in Valley £5.00
I wasn't intending on getting this one - but i had some change left over from the vouchers and they couldn't give change out, so because the nail polishes are currently on offer (2 for £8) i decided to pick another one up to make it easier for the cashier and i grabbed this one. Its a gorgeous mint green colour with glitter - glitter polishes do annoy me but this is a beautiful shade and i think it'll be really nice for spring.

Nail Polish in Flamingo Coral £5.00
I had this on my wishlist i posted the other week, its such a gorgeous colours and one that i think i will get a lot of wear out of for Spring. Its so pretty.

Lipstick in Brighton Pink £8.00
I was recommended this lipstick, at first i was tempted by Tease but i have a lot of shades similar to it so in the end i choose this one because its such a bright pink and a really pretty shade! One that i think ill wear a lot over the summery months (if we ever get them)

Blush in Head Over Heels £6.00
None of the blushes i own are anything like this shade it's a really nice peachy pink/coral colour. Again, something i think will be perfect for spring. I've tried the blushes before from Topshop and i really like them!

Eye Crayon in Rust £6.50
This was also on my wishlist, i don't quite know why i wanted it so much but i was just really drawn to it. I went for the shade rust which is a coppery golden colour and i imagine this would nice to wear alone or to create a smokey eye with.

Magic Liner in Engraved £6.50
I didnt know what else to get with the remaining money i had on the vouchers so i just picked this up because i use felt liners a lot so i know it won't get wasted, also i swatched the tester on the back of my hand and i really liked how thin the nib was and how pigmented it was so I'm super excited to try this out!

I also really wanted the Kohl Eyeliner in Sable but they didn't have that shade :(

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I was going to pick up a highlighter from Topshop after being recommended it but i decided to pick up the MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter as it was on offer for £2 (RRP £3) in Superdrug and its really pretty. It also meant i had more to spend in Topshop.

and that's all the make-up bits i picked up!
I'm super excited to try everything out and i will most likely do reviews on everything once I've tested them out for a bit!
What items have you picked up lately?
Natalie xx

87. Liverpool Echo Arena | Olly Murs

Hello all - how are we all?
Yesterday, myself and my sister went to Liverpool as we had tickets to go see Olly Murs at the Echo Arena - we decided to book a hotel room so we wouldn't have to rush for the bus or train home because its such hassle and its always jam packed with people and i personally just couldn't be bothered with that! We stayed at Hotel Campanile which was literally around the corner from the arena - it wasn't anything fancy, it was a basic hotel room but it was decent for just the one night. The beds were insanely comfortable, however thanks to the noisy neighbours i didn't get a great deal of sleep.

Whilst in Liverpool, we paid a visit to Primark so we could pick up some last minute bits for when we go Italy next week - I'm not going to show you those because i literally only picked up some underwear, shoes and a new make-up bag so its nothing too exciting it's also the cheapest Primark visit I've ever made - go me!

I also had some vouchers for Topshop; i personally don't like the clothes from Topshop (Oh, the controversy) don't get me wrong some are nice but i just think they're a little overpriced and i personally just don't think they're worth it so i decided to pick up some make up with my vouchers - i will be posting a haul in the next couple of days!

*A little Photo Heavy*

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The Make-Up I Wore



Face:
Avon Magix Face Perfector | Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in 115 | Benefit Fake Up Concealer in Light | Benefit Hello Flawless Powder in Gee, I'm Swell Ivory | Benefit Fake Up Concealer in Deep (to contour) |H&M Blush in Spring Flower | MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter

Eyes:
Etude House Drawing Brow Pen in Brown-Black | MUA Clear Mascara | MUA Professional Eye Primer | Urban Decay Naked Basics (Shades W.O.S & Naked 2) | Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner | MUA Every Lash Mascara

Lips:
Topshop Lipstick in Brighton Rock



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Support Act - The Loveable Rogues
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The Loveable Rogues got everyone to hold up their phones/flash etc... and it looked so good - this photo doesn't do it justice
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Firstly, some of the photos aren't the greatest quality because i took my little digital camera rather than the one i usually use for blogging, also, half way through i realised i didn't have the flash on so they improved after i realised that. Unfortunately, my batteries ran out after halfway so i missed out on photos of the rest of the show!

However, it was a absolutely fantastic night! Olly Murs was incredible live - he was so bubbly and really cheeky and exactly like he comes across on the tv! He's even more gorgeous in person and was constantly wiggling his bum (no complaints here) and dancing around - he was just full of so much energy on the stage, it was incredible to watch and I'm so glad we decided to get tickets. Id definitely recommend going to see him live because i thought he was brilliant - I'm a massive fan of Olly Murs and after the show last night, i just love him even more and i definitely hope to see him again next time he tours!

Have you been to the Right Place Right Time Tour?
Natalie xx

86. Monthly Favourites | March

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It's normally around this time where i tell you how shocking it is that were nearing the end of March and whilst i do agree its come round quickly I'm stupidly excited for the beginning of April that i don't mind all that much that's its ending! I actually don't have as many favourites this month compared to usual but there have been a couple of products that I've really loved using. Any of the items that I've already reviewed on my blog, their names will be linked to the post - so feel free to check those out if you'd like a more in depth review on the product.

Etude House Drawing Brow Pen in Black-Brown
This doesn't have the most amazing pigmentation but its buildable which although that would normally be considered a negative point, I'm not the most confident when it comes to defining my brows so this means ill avoid over doing it because the colours needs to be built up.

Barry M Hi Shine Gelly Nail Paint in Pomegranate
 I'm already a fan of Barry M Nail paints as they are super cheap and have a lovely array of shades. The latest addition the family is the Hi Shine Gelly Paints; i really like these they are super glossy on the nails and apply nicely. This is a gorgeous colour; id says its I'm between a pink and a red. It isn't exactly chip proof but I'm beginning to accept that all nail polishes are going to chip on my nails with top coat or without, so regardless of that I'm really liking this!

Mac Cremesheen Lipstick in Creme Cup
I've been wearing this a lot lately, its been in my favourites before and its a firm favourite in my collection - its a gorgeous nude pink shade and i love wearing this during the day. It has good pigmentation and lasting power and the lovely vanilla-ery scent that Mac lipsticks have.

Mac Paint Pot in Painterly
I was really lucky to win this quite recently and i just love it. Painterly is the perfect nude colour so it provides a really nice nude base for your eyes, it works great under eyeshadows but also alone if you don't fancy wearing too much on the eye. It applies nicely, blends easily and has great lasting power. I

Fearne Cotton Mascara
I've really been loving using this lately; its not really volumising and it only adds a little length bu it gives a nice natural oomph to the lashes. Its great for those days you don't really want to add much to the lashes but you don't want to go without make up then this is perfect for that.

Purity Organic Conditioning Cleansing Lotion*
This has been my go to make up remover this month, its really nice - it's so gentle on the eyes and removes all the make up quite effortlessly. Lately all the make-up removers I've tried have made my eyes all stingy and watery and this didn't do that so it's a winner in my book.

What products have you been loving this month?
Natalie xx

*This item was either gifted to me or sent for review.

84. Review | Purity Skincare: Facial Wash and Conditioning Cleansing Lotion

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Purity are a skincare brand who believe that less is more in beauty. Their products are organic, fragrance free, suitable for sensitive skin, not tested on animals and is suitable for Vegetarians. They have no parabens or any of the nasty stuff that some products contain.

"Purity Organic Skincare is a British brand, conceived and created to bring intelligent, sustainable and organic beauty to each and every one of us. Purity Organic Skincare is EcoCert certified, with 98% of the ingredients of natural origin and an average of 82% of the ingredients processed from organic farming."
I was very kindly sent their Facial Wash and Conditioning Cleansing Lotion for review - I've been using this for a couple of weeks now so i feel I've used it enough to be able to give you a good review of them.

Purity Facial wash*
This has a gel like consistency, its quite runny and the yellow-y colour of it doesn't really look all that appealing and despite being fragrance free the smell of this is not pleasant - it is a very natural smell so i wouldn't be worrying that 'fragrance free' is a false claim - but the natural smell really isn't that nice, thankfully it doesn't last long!

Regardless of those few negative points, I'm really liking using this facial wash - i massage it into the skin and it lathers up really nicely without feeling too much  on the face and it's really gentle on the skin too. After rinsing it off, my skin feels cleansed, refreshed and really baby soft. I only use a pea-size amount of this and its enough for my entire face so this will last you for a good while.

The Facial Wash retails for £4.99 and can be bought here.

Conditioning Cleansing Lotion*
This product is my favourite one out of the two - It's just amazing. It removes all my make-up so effortlessly without leaving any remnants of mascara or eyeliner that can often been really stubborn to remove. Its really gentle on the eyes too, I've used many eye make up removers that have made my eyes water and sting and this just doesn't do that. It does have a slight scent to it but its fairly pleasant and its doesn't linger on the skin either. After use, it leaves the skin feel really soft and smooth and I'm really loving this product right now.

The Conditioning Cleansing Lotion retails for £4.99 and can be bought here.

I quite like the packaging of both of these items its fairly simple and its not over done which really goes with the brand and the ethos that they have. At first, i was completely confused on how to get the product out of it but then i figured out how to work the mechanism that dispenses the product. Now that i know how to use it, i like it - it keeps the product in if you might accidentally knock it over so none of it will be wasted but its also different to other skin products which usually come with a traditional screw tops.

Overall, I'm really happy with these products and i could see myself repurchasing them again in the future especially the Conditioning Cleansing Lotion. If you're interested in reading more about the brand or seeing other products they sell then check out their website.
Have you tried any products from Purity?
Natalie xx
*This item was either gifted to me or sent for review.

81. 101 Things in 1,001 Days | Update #3

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It's been ages since i last did an update on my 101 things in 1,001 days challenge - I think it was back in November. I try and do an update for every 10 things i cross off my list and for some reason it has taken me absolutely ages to get through another 10 but I've finally done it. I have a lot of exciting things coming up in the next few weeks that i can also cross off my list, which is super exciting so hopefully my next update won't take as long to come around.

Anyways, onto the 10 completed 'things'...


21. Make a Butterbeer Latte (December 2012)
Being a big Harry Potter fan I've been wanting to try a Butterbeer for ages, unfortunately a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter doesn't seem to be happening anytime soon so i found a recipe to create my own Butterbeer Latte and decided to give it a go - I was going to do a post on how to make one but it was vile and i really wouldn't want to put you through it. Hopefully the real Butterbeers are much better.

22. Ombre my Hair (November 2012)
This one is no surprise, as i did it ages ago and i did a post all about ombre-ing my hair as well. I decided to do this on a bit of a whim, i love the ombre trend but didn't think id be able to pull it off but figured id give it a go anyways and i loved it, i still do - I've kept my ombre since i first did it and at the moment i have no intention of getting rid of it.

23. Wear high heels more on nights out (1st Dec 2012/5th Jan 2013)
I got into the terrible habit of just going out in my flats because heels batter my feet and i always end up with really sore feet when i wear them on nights out especially because I'm on my feet most of the night. However, heels make outfits look so much better so i thought by doing this it might encourage me to wear heels more and so far it has. I only go on nights out every so often and the last couple of times I've gone out I've worn my heels and not complained until the very end of the night.

24. Fill my wall space with pictures of my life (December 2012)
I actually regretted putting this on my list at first because i didn't really want to put anything on my walls but then i got a little bored of being surrounded by and looking at plain walls so rather then filling a whole wall space I've added photos around the notice board near my desk and its made it a little personal and i love seeing the photos of the people in my life and all the good memories. You can see the wall space here.

25. Buy a Chanel lipstick (8th Jan 2013)
If only it had been for me. I bought my friend a Chanel lipstick for her 22nd birthday and she loved it :) It was a gorgeous red colour (i can't remember the name of it) i don't know why but for me if you're going to buy a Chanel lipstick is just has to be a red shade, i also love the packaging of these lipsticks, they are definitely on my wishlist.

26. Join the Gym (6th Feb 2013)
This is something i honestly didn't think i would ever get round to doing but one night i found myself feeling really crappy and low about myself and accepted that only i can make a change, so the next day i joined the gym and so far we are still getting on swell! I enjoy going and try to challenge myself as much as i possible can - aiming to stay on different machines for so long or some sessions i have sporadic workouts where ill do 10 minutes here and there.

27. Start Journalling (Feb 2013)
I've always loved the idea of journalling but i never got round to starting it myself or getting a sketchbook to journal in and then my pen pal sent me one and i finally started one. It's not as good as some journals out there but I'm enjoying doing it, its not something i do everyday, just when i feel like it and I'm finding it very therapeutic.

28. Make a list of 30 places i want to visit (24th Feb 2013)
I'm may do an individual post on all the places i want to visit at some point in the future but I've already made my list (again, with the lists - i make too many) Technically this should have '...and visit them' on the end but realistically i don't have the money to go them all so i just decided on a list and hopefully I'll get to go them at some point.

29. Have a Harry Potter Movie Marathon (4-7th March 2013)
*holds hands up* I cheated okay, i watched them over 3-4 days whilst i was doing my dissertation but i didn't watch any other films in between watching them and i watched them in order, so it technically counts...right? When Ive finished uni and handed in all my work, i will actually do a proper marathon but for now I'm accepting this.

30. Attend a blogger event (20th March 2013)
Ahh, i already blogged about this yesterday! In all honestly, i thought that this was gonna be one of the things id never get to cross off the list so I'm happy I've finally had the opportunity to attend one :)

I like having goals written down like in this challenge because it makes me really happy when I've achieved one and i cross it off.
Are any of you doing the 101 things in 1,001 days challenge?
Natalie xx

80. Benefit 'Fake Up' Event

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I was invited to attend the Benefit 'Fake Up' Event in Liverpool yesterday at Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar, it was the first event I've ever been too so i was quite nervous but really excited at the same time. I'm sure you've read lot of these posts lately, as Benefit have been touring up and down the UK holding these event to promote their newest addition to the family - Fake Up Concealer. Benefit was one of the first high end brands i tried when i first got into make up properly and it's still one of my favourite brands today!

Despite being nervous the Benefit ladies - Lisa, Rachel and Joanne, and the staff from local Benefit counters were so lovely and made everyone feel at ease and it was so nice having a natter with them all - hearing what they get up to working for Benefit makes me want work for the brand too - it all sounds so exciting and amazing and I'm rather jealous! It was also really nice to meet some fellow bloggers in person too! :)

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Once we got started we learned about the Fake Up Concealer and how it works; Lisa gave us a demonstration of the product on Rachel showing us how to apply it and how it looks. It was also really great to learn how versatile this product is and Lisa showed us how you can actually use the darkest shade to contour your face too. We were also shown some of their other latest product releases like the Fine One One (which has now made it's way to the top of my very lengthy wishlist) and also the World Famous Neutrals...Eyeshadow kits.

All of us were then matched to the right shade of concealer and also to the Hello Flawless Face Powder, and then the rest of the evening was spent mingling with other bloggers and the benefit ladies (& one gent)

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We were also given a lovely goody bag which not only contained the new Fake Up Concealer; we was given all three shades (Light, Medium and Deep) and the Hello Flawless powder and if that wasn't generous enough...they asked a variety of questions and the people who got them right also got a little prize, being put on the spot isn't my best forte but i had a go at one of the questions and despite only being half right they gave me the World Famous Neutrals - Sexiest Nudes Ever...Eyeshadow Kit which is just so generous and i can not wait to try out all of these goodies!

I will be doing individual and more in depth reviews of all these products once I've tested them out but I'm really excited to use them all. I'm always on the look out for a great concealer as dark circles are a nemesis of mine so I'm very curious to see if the Fake Up concealer will be the one to take 'holy grail' status.
Overall, it was a brilliant evening; great atmosphere and excellent company. A massive thank you to Benefit for inviting me to this event, I had such a lovely time!

The Fake Up Concealer is released on 30th March and will retail for £18.50
Will you be trying it?
Natalie xx

78. 100 Things That Make Me Happy (#1)

So I'm trying my hardest to complete as many things as i possibly can on my 101 things list, one of the items that was on my list was to listen to the entire of my Itunes and i was halfway through but then the swine deleted all my music off there and there was no way i was gonna start it again so i decided to switch it for 'Making a list of a 100 things that make me happy' I've already written most of my list down but i thought id split it into 10 separate blog posts and share it with you.

Also, this was kind of inspired by Hayley from Water Painted Dreams - she does has a blog series of things that make her happy and i absolutely love it, so technically credit should go to Hayley!

All photos are NOT mine.

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1. Caramel Lattes
I adore these, my all time favourite hot drink.


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2. A Red Lip
I just think a red lip is so beautiful and such a classic look.

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3. Lists
I'm forever making lists, i make them for everything.


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4. Blogging
An obvious one but i don't quite know what I'd do without my blog - it's such a big part of my life.


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5. Quotes
I absolutely love quotes, especially those that you can really relate too.

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6. Pretty Little Liars
This show constantly has me on the edge of my seat, as soon as i think I've figured it all out they throw another spanner in the works and I'm back to the drawing board.

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7. Photographs
Digital is great but i love physical photographs.

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8. Alfie Deyes Aka Pointlessblog
He's such a cutie and i just love his videos.

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9. Disney Films
Despite the fact they gave me high expectations on life - still waiting for the prince to sweep me off my feet - i adore Disney films, i enjoy them just as much as i did when i was little, such classic films.

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10. Twitter
I just love tweeting irrelevant nonsense that no one else cares for.

I'm not going to have a set schedule for when i post the rest of these out, I'm just gonna do them whenever i feel like it!
I hope you like it, what's some of the things that make you happy?
Natalie xx

74. How I Wear | Urban Decay Naked Basics

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A while ago i posted a review on the Urban Decay Naked Basics and i was left a comment asking how i wear it so i thought id share with you how i like to wear it. I know the photos aren't the greatest but somehow regardless of the lighting, time of day etc... whenever i take photos of my eyeshadow it doesn't show up so great and it is so annoying. I really want to invest in a new camera but that day is some time away. So for now these will have to do -  if you'd like to get an even better idea of how i like to wear it, my look was inspired by Alex from Icovetthee and how she wears her palette so check out her tutorial.

Face:
Avon Magix Face Perfector
Benefit Girl Meets Pearl
Gosh Natural Touch Foundation in Vanilla
Benefit It Stick
Elf HD Powder
H&M Bronze
Benefit Cha Cha Tint

Eyes:
Etude House Drawing Brow Pen
MUA Clear Mascara
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
Urban Decay Naked Palettes: Walk of Shame all over the lid, Naked 2 in the crease, Faint in the outer corner and taken underneath the eye, Venus as a highlight in the inner corner and brow bone and line the eyes with Crave
Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kajal Kohl in Nude
Fearne Cotton Mascara

Lips:
L'Oreal Hip Jelly Balm in Plush

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And there you have - let me know if you like seeing how i wear certain palettes so i know whether to do this kind of thing again.
I hope you like it!
Natalie xx