twitterI mentioned in a recent post that I love the new Zoeva Warm Neutral Palette so naturally I had to share a makeup look using it! I also used a few new bits along the way and the most amazing, easy to apply lashes.

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zoeva warm spectrum palette swatchI love a warm wearable eye palette so naturally was super excited for the arrival of the new ZOEVA Warm Spectrum palette through my door! I have the MAC Warm Neutral Palette (review here) so naturally I had to compare the two a little and I must admit at less than half the price this is a great option!

Like the MAC palette it has 15 shadows, with a mixture of mattes and shimmers. They are all creamy and opaque, very much comparable to any higher end palette. I was shocked at how beautifully even the matte shadows applied and although I did wear a primer (I always do), they were very creamy and pigmented. Packaging wise I actually probably prefer this one, it’s streamline and lightweight- I would love a mirror but the MAC palette doesn’t have one either.

I do believe that the MAC one has slightly better brown shades but I think that’s because the ZOEVA Nude Spectrum palette caters better to this, it house beautiful warm browns whereas this Warm Palette does have a few purples, aubergines, burn orange shades- all very wearable but ever so slightly more daring than brown. I actually love the more colourful shades in this palette, in reality they’re not really colourful but just a little more interesting than another medium brown shimmery shade. I do think this palette has one too many pale, skin colour/highlight shades but they are always useful!

I’ve now got my eye on the ZOEVA Nude Spectrum Palette, I don’t need another palette but I do really really want this one, I think it would make the ultimate travel eyeshadow palette.

I also have the ZOEVA Pink Spectrum Blush Palette which I am yet to try but look beautiful and some of their new Rose Golden Brushes, the Luxe All Over Shader Brush is an absolute must have too!

 

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The last time I received something from Charlotte Tilbury in the post I didn’t even make it all the way up the stairs, I had to sit down and explore. I was so excited!

There are very few brands that can really do this to me, I am so fortunate to have more than enough makeup but there’s something about the Charlotte Tilbury range that really makes me happier than any other (along with Tom Ford and MAC). That said here’s my quick guide on what to buy and what you can possibly skip from the CT.

The first product I ever got from the range was a Colour-coded eyeshadow quad in Dolce Vita for Christmas 2014 and this palette is now my absolute favourite quad! I can’t recommend the quads highly enough, they’re beautifully packaged with a useful mirror, the colours are perfectly selected, they’re creamy and blendable- just perfect! Dolce Vita is my absolute favourite but Golden Goddess is a close second and Vintage Vamp is stunning too.

I recently added her Colour Chameleon (Bronzed Garnet), Nocturnal Cat Eyeshadow (in The Huntress) and Rock ‘N’ Kohl (in Amber Moon) eyeliner to my collection. The Colour Chameleons are really lovely and creamy, with very wearable shades. I personally don’t love eyeshadow crayons but if you do these are a great option. I reach for mine on a regular basis as I use it to line my lower lash liner and it’s the perfect product to do this with. The Nocturnal Cat Eyeshadow came as a duo with the Rock ‘n’ Kohl and they’re probably one of the few CT products I would skip, don’t get me wrong, they’re nice but nothing overly special. The single eyeshadow isn’t as creamy as the quads and I find that the shimmer is also a little denser, the eyeliners are nice but I think you get get some which are just as nice from the drugstore.

Onto lips, I only have two lipstick and a lip liner. The Lip Cheat (lip liner) I have is in Pillow Talk which is probably her most famous, the colour is a perfect nude and I really do think it helps give a plump look to the lips. The lipsticks are also amazing, I love their rose gold packaging and the quality of the actual product is one of the best I own. I have Red Carpet Red which is a Matte Revolution (review here), very glam, true red and Hepburn Honey which is part of the Kissing range, warm toned peachy nude.

I had the Filmstar Bronze & Glow for a really long time but it is pretty pricey at £49. When I first got it I wasn’t wow’d but the more I use it the more I love it, it’s a really easy to use, natural but still beautiful contour and highlight palette. That said it’s still almost £50 which isn’t cheap, if I were to break it I probably wouldn’t run out to replace it, despite the fact I use it almost daily. I don’t have the Powder & Sculpt brush which I have heard makes this product particularly amazing.

I hadn’t heard much about the blushers before I got the Cheek to Chic in Sex On Fire, the quality is beautiful; finely milled, as pigmented as I’d like and buttery soft but this shade just isn’t quite right for me.

I also tried the Brow Lift a while back and really loved it, the Feline Flick is also really nice but just didn’t last long enough for me to justify a repurchase.

I’m hoping to add more incredible Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks to my collection over the next few months as well as try the Magic Foundation which has been top of my wishlist since it launched. Would love some CT recommendations in the comments and to hear your thoughts on the range.

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gwen stefani urban decay palette

Theres been so much hype surrounding the new Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette that I pretty much ruled it out, I thought I would be underwhelmed even though I think Urban Decay do the best palettes out there. When I first received mine I still wasn’t really wowed, it looked nice but so many palette are nice.

A month and a half on and I am head over heels in love with it, it even made it into my favourite palette video a few weeks ago, it’s a truly beautiful palette. It’s weird because it isn’t at all ground breaking, 12 or so good shades, two or three I won’t wear but still some how I have been reaching for it more than any other palette. There are some really great everyday colours, with the perfect amount of shimmer and sheen. I’ve been using this palette for both day and night- I just can’t get enough of the colours, all of which are named after something Gwen Stefani related which is really fun!

I really didn’t think I need another eyeshadow palette but this one really proved that there is always space for one as long as it is good enough.

I’m pretty sure it’s limited edition so I’d recommend picking it up soon- you won’t regret it.

£40 available from Debenhams and all good Urban Decay Stockists.

PS. click here to see palette in action 

In all honesty I don’t think that the title of these blog post is that ground breaking since it seems every drugstore brand has tried to produce their own version of Urban Decay’s Naked palettes. I’ve tried quite a few of the similar drugstore brands and there’s some great ones although I think I have found my favourite.

A little pricer than most drugstore palette but under half the price of the Urban Decay Naked palettes, is Soap & Glory’s The Perfect 10, £16. As the name suggests it houses ten eyeshadows, similar to those found in the Urban Decay Naked palettes; wearable nudes, bronzes as well as a few darker deeper shades.

It’s a great makeup palette for anyone on a budget looking for a staple go-to palette which they can use to create both day and night looks with. Theres is a nice mix of matte, satin and shimmery shades, with all of them being pigmented and creamy. They’re not quite as pigmented as Urban Decay but I think that’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you aren’t very confident with eyeshadow as I think the Urban Decay ones are almost too pigmented.

Packaging wise it’s nice, just a strong cardboard with a magnetic closure and mirror which makes it quite light weight and travel friendly.

As with most Soap & Glory it’s currently 3 for 2 in Boots but I do think it’s limited to this time of the year so pick it up before it’s gone.

Great gift for a friend or even as an affordable treat to yourself. What is your favourite inexpensive natural eyeshadow palette?