Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The Balm NudeTude Eyeshadow Palette Swatch & Review

I recently got this gorgeous palette in my September Cohorted beauty box and it is so good I felt it deserved it's own blog post.
The Balm is an american make-up brand created by Marissa Shipman in 2004. 
This eye-shadow palette contains 12 satiny smooth shadows that blend seamlessly enabling you to create numerous eye looks.

First of all, the packaging is so unique and all the names of the shadows are fun and quirkily named after things to call people for example; seductive and sultry.

The pigmentation of the majority of the shadows is amazing, it took just one swipe to swatch on my hand. The only ones I had to swipe over twice were, Silly, sleek and serious. Silly is quite glittery, with the other two being more of a matte finish. The rest of the shadows however are buttery soft satin finishes which seem to just glide on beautifully.

Now for the swatches:

SASSY - Is a vibrant white with a touch of silver to it. Perfect inner corner highlight shade. Has a satin finish.
STUBBORN - A peachy pink with a slight sheen to it.
SELFISH - A muted taupe shade again slight sheen
SOPHISTICATED - A brown with a slight golden tinge.
SEXY - A gorgeous deep plum / burgandy shade
SERIOUS - A matte black, ideal to line the lash line
SNOBBY - A golden peach shade with a satin sheen
STAND-OFFISH - A bronzey satin pink
SULTRY - A lovely warm brown shade
SEDUCTIVE - A beautiful bronze with a sheen
SILLY  - A dark brown with golden glitter
SLEEK - Deep grey with a matte finish

My top picks from this palette are: 
Selfish, sophisticated, sexy, stand-offish sultry and seductive.

The double ended brush you get is actually quite good with one end being a slanted eye-liner brush and the other being a slanted denser perfect for crease and all over lid.

Overall I highly recommend this palette if you like to wear bronze, browns and creamy neutrals then this is perfect for you. Plus the illustrations and names of the shadows can't help make me smile every time I use this palette!

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Autumn Love

Autumn is my favourite season with Spring coming a close second. It's not too cold but a perfect excuse to wrap up and snuggle on the couch. When you do venture out there's conkers, pine cones and that crisp morning air. I love the anticipation of Christmas and all that goes with it. And of course the leaves falling from the trees and the beautiful colours.

So I made a little list of things I love about Autumn;

Stepping on crunchy leaves

Walking out of the house to the fresh crisp air of the morning,
Conkers and pine cones
Bonfire night fireworks
Hot chocolate with mini marshmallows & cream
Berry, plum and red lips
Make-up actually staying on and not melting / sliding off your face
Darker purples / reds nail varnishes
Wearing boots and wrapping up in scarves
Cosy fluffy dressing gowns
Comforting food such as lasagne, roast dinners and soup
Nights drawing in, going darker earlier
Downton Abbey
Candle lit bubble baths 
Pamper evenings, face masks
Ramping up the skincare routine, thicker moisturisers and lots of oils
Preparations for Christmas - perfect excuse to shop

And lastly....

Chocolate, just had to include, oh and here's a picture for your delight!! yummy!

What do you love about autumn? xx

Thursday, 24 September 2015

September's Cohorted Beauty Box - A mini Review

Yes ... it is that time again, September's Cohorted beauty box.

I was really pleased with this month's box and here's why:

It contained....

The Balm's 'NudeTude' Eye-shadow Palette

The shades look so pigmented and so pretty! I love how each eye-shadow has a fun name to it,

 - Have been wanting to try this ever since 'Essie Button' mentioned this in a YouTube video ages ago. It looks so pretty and I can't wait to try them properly and have a good ole play.

A mini the balm eye primer - perfect to prime the eyes to help the eye-shadows stay in place without creasing.

A full size Nars matte lip pencil in 'Walkyrie'

I love nar's matte lip pencils and have a few already, my favourite of all time being 'Mysterious red' which is a stunning deep red shade. This one in 'Walkyrie' is a gorgeous brown / deep rose shade. Feels lovely and comfortable on the lips and best of all as it is a matte so stays put for hours!

Gucci shower gel - Its a nice way to trial the scent of a perfume in a travel size.

So I am absolutely made up with this month's box and I'm off now to play with my new eye-shadow palette xx