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Review: Tarte’s ‘Be Your Own Tarteist’ Palette + Swatches

5 Sep

Hi lovelies!

After picking up the Poppy Picnic palette from Tarte a few weeks ago, I found myself stalking the QVC UK website in order to see whether any new Tarte goodies were coming their way, when I saw the Miracles from the Amazon giftset pop up. The set includes a few other products (watch out for reviews if I love them or hate them), but what really caught my eye was the ‘Be Your Own Tarteist’ palette.

IMG_3876It has the exact same layout as the Poppy Picnic palette, but isn’t quite all matte. It does have four matte shadows, and the blush is totally matte, but there are two shimmery shadows included.


The shades are t-b,l-r, Pink Beyond, Taupe For The Best, Dreams Plum True, Talented (blush), Out Of This Pearl, Thistle Be The Day and Paint The Brown.

Taupe For The Best and Out Of This Pearl both have a shimmery finish, but not glittery or frosty at all. They are firm to touch but still swatch beautifully in one swipe. I think the one weak point of this palette is the plum shade Dreams Plum True. The texture of the shadow is drier than the others, and Tarte’s mattes are really lovely, so it’s quite noticeable. I can definitely make it work as a liner, but I think it might be a little difficult to blend.



Once again, sucked in by the packaging, impressed by the actual product! Win win, right?
You can pick up this palette as part of a set on QVC UK for £34 (£38 inc. postage).

Hope you’re all having a wonderful day/night, wherever you are!
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Review: Tarte’s ‘Poppy Picnic’ Palette + Swatches

19 Aug

Hello lovelies!

Another day, another beauty post! Buuuut this time it’s something really exciting. IT’S TARTE!

As a UK based beauty blogger, Tarte is really pretty difficult to come by. About a year ago, QVC started to sell Tarte, but their product range is quite limited and varies from month to month as they sell out and get new stock, so you can’t quite rely on the website. Also, ordering from Sephora US poses a few challeneges as some items don’t ship and the tax and shipping costs come to almost £20 on any order.

So a few months ago, when I saw the Poppy Picnic palette pop up on QVC’s Beauty section, I literally jumped at the chance to get my mitts on it. It was on advanced orders, which basically means you’re in limbo until they’ve shipped out all the orders before you. After over a month of waiting, I finally got the email confirmation…it was on the way. *screams*

It’s pretty obvious why I wanted it.




It has six shadow shades that all are matte, and one shimmery blush. And when I say shimmery, I mean glitterball shimmery. This is a summer or a night-time bush for me. It does make you glow though, and I’m partial to a coral cheek. 😉 I would say that it lasts a good amount longer than some other blush formulas I’ve tried, like Rimmel or Maybelline’s new Creme Puffs. It’s comparable to Nars blushes.



The swatches are absolutely representative of the quality of these shadows. They are PHENOM. Genuinely. I’d say the formula is a mix of Lorac shadows and maybe Estée Lauder shadows, or the benefit singles. If you’ve swatched a Lorac shadow, then you’ll know that they’re soft to the point of breaking apart when you tap them with a flat shader. This makes them gorgeous over the top of a silicone primer, or beautiful to blend, but when it comes to pigment, sometimes the matte shades can suffer.

The shadows in the palette are smooth and silky, but pack a good old pigment wallop, and they blend SO well. I was so chuffed when I realised that the beautiful flowery outside was just hiding a smooth, blendable shadowy centre.

So you can probably tell, it’s a thumbs up from me!

Have a lovely day/evening, wherever you are!

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YSL Palette City Drive in ‘Classy’

17 Jan

Hello lovelies!

Quick post on a product I picked up recently from Sephora here in France. The YSL Palette City Drive is a gorgeous quad of neutral shadows that can be used wet or dry, and was on sale in Sephora. It was originally €54 but was reduced to €27. I am not one to be able to resist a bargain!


I used the palette to create a smoky bronze look, perfect for going out for dinner, a bit too much for me during the day. I paired the eye with a peachy pink lip, using Bite Beauty’s Glacé High Pigment Pencil and a little bit of the bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Heartbreaker.



Used dry, the lighter shade took a bit of building, but apart from that every colour was nicely pigmented and came across richly on the eye whilst blending nicely.

Unfortunately this product was a limited edition, but if I managed to find it, you definitely can! Check out Sephoras, CCOs or ask at your YSL counters whether they have any excess they didn’t sell.

Have a wonderful day!

Christie xoxo

October Favourites + Swatches

10 Nov

Hello lovelies!

Today I’ve got a bunch of products to show you, plus swatches and a little bit of a daring FOTD for me. Stay tuned for that…



Sleek Blush By 3 Palette in ‘Lace’ – £10

I finally put this palette to use – I love the shade ‘Chantilly’, a gorgeous matte hot coral. Wow wow wow. You have to be careful with these blushes, as they’re so pigmented. This blush palette is going to last me forever. It’s great value and quality. Can’t wait to check out the other Blush By 3 palettes.


Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot Mattifying Powder – £12
This stuff has been so so good to me (you can probably tell from the major pan that you’re seeing) – but during October it just shone as a holy grail product. Living without this just doesn’t seem plausible to me, could I possibly go on if I lost it?! Who can tell? It’s totally translucent, works on loadsa skin colours and types, and is affordable. Run to Boots. Run.


BareMinerals The Next Big Thing Palette (LE) – £29

I first spotted this on Temptalia around six months ago, promptly fell in love and then discovered it was limited edition! I searched high and low for it, including on the Bare Minerals website, and than randomly stumbled across it in the Debenhams sale. I’m pretty sure it was 13.50, which is incredible for a palette of this quality, and the brand’s reputable image only helped me to snap it up. The colours are never usually what I would wear on my lids, but that coral drew me in and ever since, I’ve been falling further and further in love. The gold-y shades are beautifully pigmented, the coral is so so unique on the eyes, and the blackened plum makes a gorgeous liner. I must have used shades from this palette at least ten times during October, and for me, that’s pretty good.

DSCN2306Benefit Posietint – full size £24.50

Just a long-time fave of mine, it’s on my Christmas list and this little deluxe sample has lasted me forever. I love it on my lips the most, but it gives a gorgeous flush to the cheeks too.

DSCN2309ModelCo More Brows in Medium/Dark – £10

This is an exact dupe for Gimme Brow except that it doesn’t get all gross after a couple of uses. It distributes product nice and evenly along the brow and is inexpensive in comparison to the Benefit version. Big ole thumbs up from me!

DSCN2311Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush On Glow BB Highlighter – £23.50
I purchased this on a bit of a whim, and I’m so glad I did. Not only is it a great mutipurpose concealer/corrector/highlighter, but I’ve honestly used it since April EVERY single day (minus lazy days) and it’s still going strong. This is the never-ending product. It’s glowy, long lasting and although it’s a little pricy, I think it’s well worth it.


Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 – full size £18
The smell of this product is incredible, I just can’t get over it. I heard the hype, I listened, I put it off. Then I saw a little value set in Sephora with a mini for a minimal price. I jumped at the chance. These are so so comfortable, this colour is flattering and the line is well worth the hype.

DSCN2321DSCN2336Aaaaand that’s all of that stuff on my face. With a coral and icy gold eye. Eeeeep.


So those were my October favourites. Is there anything you’ve been loving lately? Please let me know in the comments and fuel my addiction.

Have a great day/evening, wherever you are!

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Review: Stila’s ‘In The Light’ Palette + Swatches

28 Jul

  Hello lovelies! Today I have a lovely palette to share with you and review. I also have swatches, so keep reading if you’re interested!


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21 Oct

WELL WELL WELL. Look at this snazzy new look.

So, as I mentioned in the last post, it was my birthday while I was away. And I actually received money from my Dad and my Nan also, so I went on a bit of a shopping spree with one of my best friends, Beth. We went to our local ‘big’ shopping centre, had Pinkberry which was lush, got very stuck in huge amounts of traffic on the way back and spent too much money, as usual. Seeing as I’ve had these products for just over a month now, each will have a little mini-review in the caption for you 🙂 Here is a list and a few pictures of a few of the things I bought!


Sally Hansen’s ‘Double Duty’ Base and Top Coat. Good for a clean, crisp finish. Can’t say I’ve seen huge benefits in using it as a base coat, but it’s a gorgeous top coat and much less expensive than some top coats that do similar things. A solid 3/5.


MUA’s ‘Heaven and Earth’ Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette. £4 at Superdrug. Great colours and even better price! It’s supposed to be a high street answer to one of the infamous Urban Decay Naked Palettes. I mean, I’m impressed. The packaging’s relatively sturdy with no frills and I think you get a good deal for so many well pigmented colours. Another good 3/5…because it’s just not the same.


Benefit’s ‘They’re Real’ Mascara- Full Size and a Deluxe Mini for £18.50. The most expensive make-up product I have EVER bought. But, this was my birthday present to myself. 🙂 I’m also glad that I picked it up when I did, because you got the free little mini size included. And that deal’s now over. 😦 I’ve gotta say, it is probably the best mascara I have tried. It lasts forever. Having said that, I haven’t tried many mascaras, and some of the high street alternatives that I have tried have come relatively close. I definitely don’t regret buying this, but do consider how pricy it is before you splurge on an item that you might not love to pieces. I have really very uneven eyelashes, and by that I mean that my right eyelashes are much fuller naturally than my left ones. So I like a mascara that can really separate what I have of my left eyelashes… this nearly does it. Another good 3, maybe 3.5/5. Because it’s Benefit.


Lush’s ‘You Snap The Whip’ Body Butter. Oh my goodness. I have never loved the smell of something so much. We actually spent over an hour in Lush. Blame the over-attentive sales assistant. Om nom nom this smells like blackcurrants through and through. It lingers for just long enough on your skin, and I’m desperately trying to savour what I have left of it. It wasn’t expensive either. Go and check out the smell in your local Lush. It’s worth it. 5/5.


Lush’s ‘Creamy Candy’ Bubble Bar. This was actually a gift to my sister. I hope she likes it because I think it smells ‘lush’. Aha. Get it? Is very lovely all around in the smell department, but I can’t tell you what I think of its actual function. I’m sorry! Maybe a guest post from my sister lol…


The Real Techniques ‘Core Collection’ brush kit. Ouch, these were expensive. I justified the amount I spent in Boots that day by telling myself that I’d get loads of Boots Points. Hurrah! You get four brushes for around £21/£22. I’m not going to lie, they’re worth it and I really want more. But the thing is, they are so expensive. I just think that if you invest in anything in the beauty world, make-up brushes are the most important things. You can have an amazingly expensive high-end Chanel foundation, but without the right brush, it’s not going to be worth the money you spend.A good 4/5, and I’m only knocking off a point because they’re so expensive.


The Real Techniques ‘Blush Brush’. This was SO SOFT. It still is. I use it as more of a powder brush though. It’s much less dense than blush brushes I’ve had in the past, but it’s definitely a much higher quality. This was actually around the £10 mark when I first looked at it, but I took advantage of a ‘buy one, get one half price’ deal that was on these brushes, so it was around £5 in the end. I actually use it for powder sometimes, but it’s very versatile, and I tested it against by old Barry M powder brush and the Barry M brush felt like it was scraping against my skin after using this bad boy. Another 4/5 though, because I still resent paying £26 on make-up brushes.


Topshop’s Lipstick in ‘Ohh La La’. A pastelish coral. This is (I think) an almost matte finish lipstick. I received a Topshop giftcard for my birthday and seeing as I’m not interested in their clothing, I treated myself to two make-up items, as Topshop’s line of make-up has been gathering gusto recently in the beauty community and I wanted to see whether their products lived up to the hype. Review to come shortly, but spoiler alert. Big fan. 4/5.


Topshop’s Cheek Duo in ‘Desert Sun’. A blusher and bronzer separately that when you mix together, can be used as a highlighter? Okay. I was intrigued. A nice 3/5. Review coming up.


I always go back to Simple’s face wipes! 5/5, nice an gentle on the skin and take off more make-up at the £2 mark than the £7 No7 ones do.


A cheeky picture of my friend Beth with a choccie milkshake. The best milkshakes ever are served at ‘Ed’s Diner’. There’s a few dotted about the country, so if you see one, run to a table.


The damage we did in 6 hours. Oh dear. Our purses were much lighter.


Pinkberry! I had Mango and Chocolate with chocolate bits and bobs, strawberries and pineapple. Beth had Watermelon with healthy things. Silly billy.

SO, there we go. That wasn’t too bad at all. I’ve got loads of posts planned, so hopefully I can get them up and running ASAP.
Don’t forget to smile,
Christie xoxo 🙂