REVIEW – Tarte’s limited edition ‘don’t quit your day dream’ eyeshadow palette

This is a really exciting review for me as it’s the first time that I’ve ever tried Tarte Cosmetics! I feel like Tarte is a very fashionable brand as just about every beauty youtuber I follow uses them. It can be a bit pricy to get their products to Scotland as it is highly likely you need to pay customs and taxes even though you can get free shipping over a certain about. However you can get some Tarte products on QVC where it’s not also got easier, cheaper shipping but there are unique deals to QVC that will help you get the most for your money.

thumbnail_FullSizeRenderThe first thing that stuck out for me when buying this palette was the cute packaging, I love the ‘don’t quit your day dream’ quote on the front with the bright pink colour surrounding the rest of the palette. The outer cover of the palette is very firm and I feel like it would be very long wearing and hold up well while being thrown about the bottom of my bag. One of the main aspects of this product that drew me to buying was how ideal it would be for travelling as it’s compact, hard-wearing and it has a mirror inside it which will make it perfect for make-up on the go!

When I first opened the palette the colour that stood out the most for me was ‘strive’ which is a golden peach colour which reminded me a lot of ‘bellini’ from the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. The colour that would be a close second is the shade ‘loveee’ which is a light nude, caramel type colour that I’m so in love with to use as a crease colour. I was a wee bit doubtful for the highlighter shade ‘shine on’ as I do like to be glowing but this surprised me as being a very beautiful highlighter. The palette is a lovely collection of nudes, bronzy and peachy toned shades that are right up my alley as I’m obsessed with my Sweet Peach palette, I feel like this would be a better pick to take when I’m travelling abroad as I feel like it has all the shades to create a good amount of looks. thumbnail_FullSizeRender-1I’ve tried these shadows for the past couple of days and I absolutely love the formulation of them. They are a little of the powdery side and have a small amount of kick up but I really don’t mind that as I find that if the shadow is a wee bit powdery then it help with the blend. I have really oily eyelids and I feel like these shadows last longer on my eyes, it might be something to do with the Amazonian clay that they’re made with. Below are swatches that I took with just one swipe of the shade. Shine on at the top, rock on, visionary, loveee, boss lady, strive, runway and werk. From these swatches it can be said they are all well pigmented but that of boss lady, the bronze shade, is the one of the most pigmented. I feel like runway is such a beautiful colour as well, it’s a lovely warm chestnut colour. For £25 it can be a wee bit pricey however the performance is so worth it, such a good all round palette but my only criticism is that I wish there was more peachy shades but that’s just me being picky.


I’m so glad that I’ve finally tried Tarte and I can understand the hype that surrounds their makeup, such high quality products that have good ‘healthy’ ingredients in them. I hope this is helpful to those who are wanting to buy from Tarte but never knew if they were worth the money!


Nicole x


REVIEW – Tarte’s limited edition ‘don’t quit your day dream’ eyeshadow palette

How to cope with having oily and hooded eyes

If you have both oily and hooded eyes then you’ll know the struggle of trying to make your eyeshadow look good, last long and not crease too bad in the hood of the eye. It’s one of the biggest challenges that I have when doing my makeup and my hooded eyes do bother me a bit but I’ve been testing out some products and techniques that I’ve found to actually work! People who are lucky enough to not have either hooded or oily eyelids can use this technique too as I feel it’ll help with the duration of your eye look.


The two products that I’ll be using in this blog post are both from Beauty Bakerie, these are the first products I’ve used from this company and I’m so impressed! Cream eyeshadows are really popular especially for a base and Beauty Bakerie’s Eyescream in the shade Pancake is a perfect match for my skin tone. When this arrived the only thing I was a bit surprised about was how small the jar was in person. I apply the cream eyeshadow with my finger as the product seems to melt into a creamy consistency with the heat from my finger which makes it much easier to blend on the lid. Pancake is such a perfect colour for me but if you have a deeper complexion then Beauty Bakerie have darker shades such as ‘Crumb Cake’ and ‘Bakers Tan’.

IMG_2902 copyThe eyeshadow literally only takes seconds to try down to a tacky feel which is great for helping your shadows to pop and stay put for during the day. I feel like Eyescream would be the perfect base for everyone but due to the fact of my high levels of oiliness I have to put in another step. I like to set that with Beauty Bakerie’s Flour which is their setting powder which I have in the translucent shade. A little goes a long way with this product as you just need the tiniest amount as the eyes are a very delicate area no matter how oily they are it’s not a good idea to cake on products. I personally like to take the powder on a fluffy blending brush to distribute the product over the eyelid , this may not be right but it works best for me. I feel like this technique could work with other products but Beauty Bakerie’s products are unreal in terms of their durability so I would highly recommend them.

Beauty Bakerie are getting the recognition they deserve for being an amazing cruelty free brand with high quality products that do not budge from morning to evening. They are famed for their products not moving as their tag line is #whatsmudge and trust me you’ll not be getting any oiliness shining through when you use this powder! I hope to try more of their products in the future as I feel they’ll just be as high quality as these!

I hope this post was helpful,

take care,

Nicole x

You can get free shipping on Beauty Bakerie products using my link with their shipping I managed to dodge custom charges, so I’m hoping the luck doesn’t wear out anytime soon!

How to cope with having oily and hooded eyes

The face mask everyone needs in their life

Everyone loves a bit of Lush and I’m no exception. I’ve been so amazed by their products, their charity work and their ethos. Lush stands for human rights, animal rights and environmental projects to name a few. They are also a 100% committed to ending animal testing and their ingredients are all suitable for vegetarians with loads being vegan friendly too!

I love the fact that this is both a face mask and an exfoliator. You leave it on for the 15 minutes to gain the benefits of the ingredients for softer skin. Then rub the mask in to have the coffee grinds gently exfoliate the skin.    

Now, I have far too many favourite products from Lush, I’ll probably do a post on them soon, but the Cup O’ Coffee face mask is definitely up there in the top 5! It’s an exfoliation mask made with ground coffee, cocoa extract and vanilla to name a few, it has such a lovely coffee smell which I could understand as being too much for some people. The coffee ingredients definitely have a wakening effect just like freshly made coffee! I bought the 150g tub, which costs £6.95, a couple of months ago and with using it once a week, there’s still just under half of the product left. 

All of the ingredients in this face mask are natural with the exception of perfume which Lush describe as being a gentle perfume.  

My advice would be that if you want to use this mask then I would suggest that you do so on a hair-washing day as it can get pretty messy. It isn’t an easy mask to take of when you try and take it off over the sink, it gets all over the place and in your hair, and it’s not a good sight. Putting the mask on say 15 minutes before your shower to get it settle for a bit and then message it off making sure the coffee grounds exfoliate your skin. I would image the best time to use this would be in the morning before work or school as the coffee will make you feel more awake however I’m too lazy for that carry on in the morning! 

The consistency is quite thick and you don’t need a lot as it covers really well. As you can see it is full of coffee grinds that help to exfoliate the skin. 

I have oily skin in the T-zone area, normal cheeks and slight dryness in the under eye area so you can image the struggle I have with trying to find a product that works in all areas. Cup O’ Coffee is honestly the best thing I’ve used on my skin, it helps keep the oils at bay, keep my cheeks soft and takes away the dead skin from the under eyes. You don’t need much product at all and I’m still shocked at how much I’ve been using it and how much I have left!  

I would encourage anyone to try this product, as it’s just perfect. It combines the two of my loves – coffee and skincare, no wonder it’s a 5 star rated product! 


Nicole x

The face mask everyone needs in their life

Lush Haul

img_2599So I promised myself that when my student loan came in this month I wouldn’t spend it on unnecessary stuff yet here we are with a post on all the things I bought from Lush. I told myself that I needed to revamp my skincare routine due to not looking after it as well as I should’ve when I was in Malta, so I suppose the spending was justified! I spent around £53 including postage and packaging. Some of these products I’ve used before and had to get again, some are products that are raved about by YouTubers and I had to try for myself. I apologise for the poor quality of the following pictures x




Imperialis facial moisturiser (£13.95/45g) – this is a repurchase as I first used this a couple of years ago and I loved it! I have oily /combination skin and was having trouble finding a moisturiser that didn’t make my t-zone even oilier. It is very lightweight which I find to be perfect for oily skin and it is there to balance and brighten your skin. It is suitable for all skin types so I would definitely recommend if you do not know your skin type or new to Lush moisturisers.    
Tea Tree Water (£4.50/100g) – this is another repurchase and a firm favourite of mine! I either use this sprayed onto a cotton pad to take off my makeup or just sprayed straight onto the face as it feels so refreshing. Tea Tree is antibacterial so it will keep your skin clean and clear. This was probably one of the very first products I bought from Lush like 6 years ago and I’ve not got a bad thing to say about it. I could not recommend this enough to anyone who was oily or spot prone skin.
Aqua Marina (£7.25/100g) – when I was looking to buy a new cleanser I was aiming to buy Herbalism but unfortunately it was out of stock so I decided to try this. It has seaweed in it which is supposed to absorb any extra oils on the face. There’s also Irish Moss in it which apparently helps to add extra minerals to the skin. The only thing that’s putting me off is the smell, to me it smells a bit like hair dye but I’ll give it a try.
Cup O’Coffee (£6.75/150g) – I have heard and seen so many amazing things about this mask! I usually buy the wee fresh mask but they need to kept in the fridge and only last around a week. This has a longer shelf life and has coffee beans in it for extra exfoliation. I’m probably most excited to try this!
Veganese (£9.95/250g) – I’m a bit more harder to please when it comes to the hair products from Lush. I have really thick frizzy hair and I feel my hair needs a lot of conditioner but the prices of the conditioners are a bit on the dear side. I thought I’d give the conditioners a try again as said it would have your transformed into a ‘more manageable mane’ which is what I’m needing in my life. It also claims to make you hair soft and helps to calm and sooth your scalp.
Jason and the Argan Oil shampoo bar (£5.95/55g) and Square Tin (£2.95) – I love the shampoo bars from Lush! I bought one for going to Malta and it lasted the full 4 months I was abroad, honestly unreal. I do find that the square tins are better as the actual shampoo bar tins are too small for the bar to fit in it. I would recommend buying a tin with it as you’ll get more uses out of it. The shampoo bar claims to give you shinier and softer hair but it smells like rose jam so that’s what sold me! 

Hope this post was a bit helpful as I can totally understand that choosing stuff from Lush can be a wee bit overwhelming due to the choice available.

Until the next post,

Nicole x


Lush Haul

Review of the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette

So over the past couple of months I’ve been trying to budget my spending as I’m off to study in Malta for four months and the fact that I leave in a week is a bit concerning. However after, what seems like weeks of deciding, I finally got this particular palette.

The Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate bar Palette is something that I’ve been looking at for a long time, I’ve watched countless reviews and tutorials on YouTube to try and justify my need for this palette. Maybe YouTubers were comparing this palette with the original Chocolate Bar palette and were saying they preferred it to the Semi-Sweet one. However, the original one had more purples and pinks and, for me, I just wouldn’t use them as the colours don’t appeal to me.

The Semi-Sweet palette has more warmer neutral colours and matte shades. There are fourteen eyeshadows and the two larger pans, ‘Coconut Crème’ and ‘Butter Pecan’, are to be used as highlighters but I find ‘Coconut Crème’ the perfect colour to use as my base. As you can see there’s a pop of colour with ‘Blueberry Swirl’, the only blue shade in the palette, I used this under the eye and it’s beautiful to add a bit of colour to your look. For now my everyday type look is ‘Coconut Crème’ on the whole of the lid up to the brow bone, ‘Nougat’ on the lid and then a mix between ‘Mousse’ and ‘Truffled’ in the crease to darken the eye.

The Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette

When I first received the product, after what seemed like the longest four days ever, the first thing I had to do was smell it! As this product is made with 100% natural cocoa powder it smells amazing and I think it smells like mini eggs. I only got it two weeks ago but I am in love with it! The shadows are so pretty, pigmented and are so easy to blend out. I’ll maybe post a tutorial of a look when I use it more and play around with the shadows. There are a lot of mattes in the palette, which I’m a fan of, but these mattes do not look flat on the eye. My only problem is the shadows are a little on the powdery side and the palette can get into a bit of a mess after you use it, I always give it a wipe before I put it away.

So to sum up this review this palette retails at £39 from Debenhams but the reason I bought it was because I had a £10 voucher from my Beauty Card, the loyalty card from Debenhams, so if I didn’t have the voucher I probably wouldn’t have bought due to it being as expensive. As I mentioned before I’m going away to study for four months so I think this could be the only palette I’m taking due to the colours and the fact it’s in a tin case which makes it a good product to travel with. Sometimes I catch myself opening this palette just to smell it as it’s jus so lovely, I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so in love with a makeup product! Overall I’m delighted with the performance and the look of the product and would recommend to anyone wanting to make a high end purchase!

love, Nicole x


Review of the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette

The perfect foundation?

Finding the right foundation to suit your skin can be one of the most difficult things when it comes to makeup. If any of you have combination skin, oily in the T-zone and a bit dryer on the cheeks, then you’ll understand the pain of trying to find a foundation that works for all the areas of the face. In most cases I’ll find a foundation that works perfectly on the oily areas but just emphasises the dry patches. I’ve searched for a long time to find my perfect foundation that works for me. The product that I’ve been enjoying lately is Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation. I love Clinique’s skincare products so I had big expectations when it came to this!

This product is a two-in-one foundation and concealer that claims to give ‘moderate to full coverage and a natural-matte finish’. it also claims to ‘cover thoroughly with a lightweight feel and lasts all day’. I agree with most of this except it being lightweight as I feel the texture is quite heavy on the skin but that could just be me as I don’t wear foundation a lot.applicator.jpg

What makes this foundation different to the ones I’ve tried before is the applicator that comes with it as it helps you to apply the foundation, I usually dap around 8-10 spots of the product over my face or when using it to conceal blemishes and black bags under the eyes but the applicator does not help to blend the foundation. To blend I’ve been using a stipple brush as I feel it gives me the best finish and control when using the brush but I recently bought a beauty blender and I wish I bought this sooner! I use it with the NYX matte finish setting spray to dampen the sponge. I usually use the product to conceal any blemishes I have and for the darkness under my eyes. It’s the only concealer that I’ve used that hides imperfections, lasts all day and doesn’t dry out the skin. 

The only problem I have with the product is the choice of colours and shades. When I bought this the lady at the Clinique counter explained that the lightest shade they used to have was ’02 Alabaster’ so myself and other who have pale skin wouldn’t have been able to use it, they’ve now brought out two more lighter to help us pale skinned girls! For people of colour the shade range is better than the majority of brands I seen in Boots but I definitely think the choice could be better. My advice would be that if would like to try this product then you should go to a Clinique counter and ask for a sample and for them to help choose your shade as they do seem to appear darker on the skin.

Overall, this a really good foundation and an amazing concealer. It’s a wee bit on the dear side as it costs £25 from Boots but a little goes a long way as I’ve had this for four months and have only used a third. I would most likely repurchase this to mainly use as a concealer as the coverage is the best I’ve ever had from a concealer. As a foundation it is a bit on the heavy side but definitely the best foundation I’ve tried so far!

Have you found your perfect foundation yet?

The perfect foundation?