zoeva warm palette
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!

 

It’s no secret that I have fallen in love with MAC lipsticks now more than ever and my collection is ever growing. I recently picked up seven new shades ranging from a bright red to darkest plums and nudes. I picked up some from Debenhams and others from Fragrance Direct which is a great place to look for a slightly discounted price.

I’d love to know what your favourite MAC shade is in the comment as I have bought most of the ones I was originally after and need to add some more to the wish list.

I’ve really fallen for MAC lipsticks recently and have bought quite a few but the one I haven’t stopped wearing has to be Amorous. It isn’t one which I hear too much about but it’s the most perfect slightly vampy shade for the daytime which is why it hasn’t left my handbag.

MAC has some great Vampy shades; Diva, Cyber, Rebel and so many more but most are quite dark and many are matte too, making them a little too harsh for daytime for me. However I find that Amorous isn’t too dark and since it’s a satin finish is really wearable. It’s a brown/plum which is a beautiful formula that fades evening but last for longer than most and a really flattering shade.

It looks beautiful during the day but also in the evening. It can be darkened up easily using a matching lip liner or even patted into the lip to add just a sheer, stain to the lip but I usually just use it straight out of the bullet and love it!

I simply can’t pass Duty Free without at least picking up a MAC lipstick, this time I picked up two perfect for summer and a few other bits. I’ve shared my opinion on my MAC palette here of you missed that. Sadly I don’t have any other holidays planned but I am pretty much mentally planning my next World Duty Free haul, it’ll include a few more MAC lipsticks, of course! What’s your favourite thing to pick up at Duty Free?

Morange, Peach Blosson, Vegas Volt, Pure Zen, Lady Danger and Brave

Packing lipstick is probably the hardest decision I have to make when packing, if I could take a small suitcase of lipsticks, liners and gloss I probably would. Even though that isn’t possible I ended up with six MAC lipsticks this summer and a couple from other brands too.

I’ve mentioned before that I am currently in love with MAC lipsticks so although I only originally packed four I ended up buying two more at the airport. I ended up with three everyday colours and three brighter real summer shades.

First lets talk nude everyday colours…

I packed Brave and Pure Zen but ended up getting Peach Blossom at the airport as it came highly recommended on Instagram. MAC Brave is a great everyday colour all year round with a beautiful semi-matte finish. It’s a mauve shade which everyone seems to be going crazy for but which I think works really well with most of my eye looks and can really be toned down (made less Kylie Jenner) with a good nude gloss. Pure Zen is a MAC shade which almost confuses me a little, I love it but I think it really doesn’t work on me by itself. Instead I use it to soften lip liners or tone down lipsticks but it’s actually a colour I probably couldn’t live without. Peach Blossom is one of my newest MAC lipsticks and although it didn’t blow me away it’s a fabulous everyday peach nude shade which has been living in my handbag for weeks now.

The bold shade I ended up reaching for the most was my airport purchase Morange, it really isn’t the easiest colour too as it’s a really bright neon orange but it’s just perfect for holiday with a tan. I’m not sure I’ll be reaching for this again until next summer but it’s the perfect airport MAC lipstick purchase. I also took Lady Danger as my summer time red but didn’t end up wearing Vegas Volt as I forgot my orange liner and felt that Morange offered a more intense orange. Vegas Volt is a great more wearable orange which can really be intensified with an orange liner.

Now it’s time to start thinking about autumn/winter lipstick shades, leave your recommendations in the comments please….