The Dumbest Eyebrow Revelation…

But it’s an important one.

A Superdrug beauty haul went up on my channel a yesterday (I’ll leave you a link near the bottom of this here post) and in it I said how I went to Superdrug to get an eyebrow pencil but left with everything but the eyebrow pencil *sniff* :'(.

What that meant was that I had nothing left to do my eyebrows, other than some nubby old eyebrow pencils, a dried out ABH Dipbrow Pomade and some old eyeshadows.

Little did I know that my running out of Eyebrow Pencil situation was going to make me realise something very important.

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My Eyeshadow Palette Collection!

Hi Guys! 

I’ve been doing as much as I can to stop my make up melting off my face in this ridiculous heat but I thought I’d take some time to show you through my palette collection :).

Some of these are oldies but goodies and some are newer additions to my make up collection. Palettes do tend to take up alot of space – especially when you have a particularly small room like I do. So being selective with palettes can sometimes be a must, read below for my honest opinion of the ones I own!

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5 Essential Products for Great Looking Eyeshadow

Make up tutorials are so popular now, with the rise of youtube and blogging there are so many professional looking and glamorous looks available for people to try.

I was thinking about the things that I use when I am doing a tutorial or even just make up on myself and I realised there are a few things that kind of make an essential kit for creating great eyeshadow looks!

I have narrowed this ‘essentials kit’ down to 5 things! (I know, well done me!).

**Look how well co-ordinated they all are**:

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GOING BACK TO BASICS:

USE A PRIMER 

Using a primer will give you an blank canvas and an even base to layer your eyeshadows over. I now do this step whenever I am doing an intense or matte eyeshadow look – especially because it helps to even out any veins or unwanted red tones on your eyelids. My favourite to use isn’t actually a ‘primer’ but a paint pot from MAC (aptly named, Painterly). It’s a great, cool toned taupe grey shade (this doesn’t sound that nice but it works really well as a primer!). I’ll put in a close up picture below 🙂

BUY A GOOD CREAM EYESHADOW

For those days where you want a bit of colour or something something on the lids, don’t spend half an hour faffing about with eyeshadow if you don’t want to. Invest in a good long lasting cream eyeshadow (now this doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot!) The one I love the most is the Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo in ‘On and On Bronze’. Loads of bloggers have raved about this shade and the formula is one of the best that I’ve tried! This doesn’t crease, which is amazing, and it lasts for aaaaages on the lid.

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GET A DARK BROWN SHADOW STICK 

If you are in a hurry getting ready to go out or go to work but you need to give your make up a lift, get a simple dark brown eyeshadow stick. Using one of these you can smudge it along your upper (and lower if you are going for an evening even) lash line and using a fluffy brush to blend this out a bit. This helps to add a touch of definition and a bit of smokiness, it’s a great way to update your make up and add something different. I love the Laura Mercier Cocoa Caviar Stick :).

GET A GOOD PALETTE WITH MATTE SHADOWS

The Lorac Pro Palette pictured below is my go to palette when I want to create a good day time eyeshadow look, but it’s also got some great eyeshadows for evening. When you get a good palette with great quality matte eyeshadows it means you have a myriad (a lot) of eyeshadow looks waiting to be created. This palette has a brilliant pigmented black shade which can be pressed into the crease for an intense smokey eye, or you can use an angled liner brush to push it into the lower lash line.

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INVEST IN YOUR PERFECT TRANSITION COLOUR

Before starting on a layered eyeshadow look, or a smokey eye, I’d definitely recommend using a transition colour. This doesn’t have to be the exact same colour as the eyeshadows you are using but it is a great base layer for the colour going in your crease. I’ll let you in on a little secret…

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Bronzers are perfect transition colours! If they are good enough for contour, they are good enough to use in the crease for a transition colour. The one I love using is NARS Laguna bronzer, which is mostly matte but has a touch of shimmer. It’s a great warm brown, which helps other eyeshadows blend into it with a nice gradient. Either I’ll use Laguna OR I’ll reach for the Taupe shade in the Lorac Pro Palette!

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my tips for getting the best eyeshadow look you can. Please feel free to leave me a comment, or click through to my Blog Lovin’ and follow me there :).

Thank you for reading and have a great week ahead!

Roshni xxx

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The Top 5 Beauty Instagrammers

TOP 5 INSTAGRAMMERS

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are having a lovely weekend so far AND a brilliant romantic Valentines day <3. It’s not the nicest weather today, am sitting looking outside and the sky is grey and it’s really chilly.

What better to browse while you have an afternoon cup of tea than my list of the top 5 Instagrammers for all things fashion and beauty :):

Here is the run down!

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I LOVE scrolling through my Instagram feed and seeing a post from this account pop up. Most importantly, although they post great photos of make up looks and close ups, they post short vines of how to certain make up looks. Check out their account to see brilliant smokey eyes, bold lips and making drawing eyeliner seem like a piece of cake!

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The creators of the infamous Real Techniques make up brushes, Sam and Nic Chapman have a great Instagram account where they post pictures of looks they have worn to awards dos or press releases, updates on their brushes line and general VERY IMPORTANT beauty news. Make sure you are following so you don’t miss out on anything!

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I found sarahlovsmakeup just by browsing the photos section, and I love the clean, minimalist photos that she puts up. She also has a brilliant blog that matches this theme (very VDM if you ask me). I really like the way she lays out her photos and I take a lot of inspiration from accounts like this, where you think ‘ooh that looks cool’, and try and imitate it! Also, she is gorgeous and does her own make up fabulously :).

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I’m going to be honest here and say that I love Amelia, but I can’t watch her videos because I find her voice a little grating. I’m sorry if that’s harsh but it doesn’t take away from the fact that she is a brilliant blogger, she gives a great insight into high end beauty and fashion (because she looks like she’s mega rich!). She infamously uses little snippets of tape to help her keep her eye make up clean, so essentially she is just a normal girl with an abnormally overwhelming impulsion to hoard make up (I think there are many that suffer from this).

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Ever since ordering my Lorac Pro palette, I am truly converted to their formulas and this Instagram account brings you all the news in their product range, but also great close ups and collaborations with bloggers and make up artists to showcase their make up. However, when pay day hits it can be quite dangerous browsing their photos as it can get you when you are most vulnerable and able to make several large ‘investments’, shall we call them!

That sums up my top 5 beauty Instagrammers, don’t forget you can follow me on Instagram @snosh90, leave a comment with your account name so I can expand this list to top 10, 20 or 30!

Thank you for reading 🙂

Rosh xx

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The Perfect Palette

Ahhh, the joys of make up palettes. The luxury packaging, the satisfying click of the lid, and the wide array of colours, shimmers and mattes.

A considerable newb to palettes, I have the Naked 1, and also recently added to my stash the ultimate palette of them all (eek!). Kindly linked by a fellow blogger (who is brilliant, may I add, LittleBitSoph), I quickly ordered the Lorac Pro Palette.

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I was seriously pumped, particularly because I had my sisters’ engagement coming up. Unfortunately I was brought back to reality by the shipping time! I think it stated a minimum of 13 days and actually it wasn’t too bad as it took…13 days to arrive! That was from order confirmation to actually receiving the palette. The customs charge was unwelcome, but hey ho in for a penny in for 1 MILLION POUNDS.

I heard about the Lorac Pro palette through a number of blogs, namely from LittleBitSoph and Vivianna Does Makeup. What really drew me to it in the first place was the simple fact that it contained a row of matte shades (brilliant for your crease) and a row of shimmer shades. Too often in palettes from what I’ve seen, you get the odd lumpy glittery shade that ruins the look of it, doesn’t apply nicely and gets all over the rest of the palette.

The packaging of the Lorac Pro is very different to anything I’ve really used before, but it does have a feel reminiscent of the Nars packaging: black, soft to the touch and sturdy. With a magnetic ‘shut’ it isn’t the most practical in terms of making sure it is completely closed, but it is very slim and neat if you were travelling with it.

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MARVELLOUS MATTES:

There are 8 matte shades in the palette, and what I love about them is that there are only 3 ‘light’ shades, and 4 whole ‘brown’ shades. For asian skin this is really useful, as some browns in the crease can look too warm or cool toned, but in this palette you have 2 of each. The black is great when used with an angled liner brush like the Mac 263, for a more subtle eye liner. ‘Taupe’ is my favourite crease colour at the moment, just the right amount of warm toned brown, and you can really build it up for more definition.

SHAMAZING SHIMMERS:

The shimmers in this palette are really versatile. With my favourites so far being ‘LT. Bronze’ (no idea what that means), ‘Champagne’ and ‘Pewter’, there is a good array of nudes with a few more unique shades like ‘Garnet’, ‘Deep Purple’ and ‘Slate’. The formulas for these are great because the shimmer is minute, so it creates a really iridescent look without being too ‘sparkly unicorn’. Don’t worry that’s not an eyeshadow shade, but I am tempted to see what that would look like :p.

Using this palette for the first time, I used the shade ‘LT. Bronze’ over the lid, with ‘Taupe’ blended into the crease. To build up the brightness, I added some ‘Half Baked’ from the Urban Decay Naked 1 palette. A thin line of jet black liquid eyeliner, a coat of Maybelline ‘The Falsies’ mascara, a set of false eyelashes and you have a great look for a special occasion (such as doing my sister’s make up for her engagement, see snippet below!).

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What’s your favourite make up palette? Please be careful with your suggestions…as there is a very vulnerable shopper writing this here post 🙂

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