Tarte 'Tartelette' Eyeshadow Palette

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Living in the UK makes me feel like I'm missing out on so many amazing makeup brands that aren't available in this country. Tarte are a American brand and although they provide international shipping I've just never taken the plunge to make an order due to shipping and customs costs. Like seriously if you get caught with customs they charge you £8 on top of whatever the customs charge is as a handling fee?! Royal Mail are making a bomb from it but it's just not cool. When I saw another blogger selling the Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette I jumped at the chance to buy it.

Tarte Tartlette Amazonian Clay Palette

The 'Tartelette' palette is an all matte palette consisting of 12 shades arranged in 3 rows of complimentary colours. The packaging is some of the best I've seen as it's incredibly beautiful, sturdy and the perfect size for travelling. For me this palette is an absolute dream even though it's a warm toned palette and I definitely suit more cool toned shades it's still everything I could ask for in a palette. The shades are all neutral shades which I love because I find colourful mattes very very hard to wear but that's just personal preference as I am a neutrals kinda gal. 

Tarte Tartlette Amazonian Clay Palette Packaging

All the shadows are extremely pigmented which is so hard to find in matte palettes as there is always at least one or two that just aren't up to the quality of the rest of the shadows. It's very rare that you find a matte palette that you can swatch and every shade shows up on your skin but it's even rarer to find a palette that has a perfect black shade. Out of all the palettes I own this definitely has the most opaque, easy to work black eyeshadow. Matte shades are hardwork, they take time to blend and they're definitely not easy to use for a quick eye look most of the time but I found all these shadows buttery and easier to blend than most mattes.  I'm 99% sure that they're better than my Urban Decay mattes and they've been my holy grail for so long so that's definitely a massive statement from me. 

All Matte Eyeshadow Palette Tarte Tartelette Review

Tarte have killed the matte eyeshadow game by creating this palette and I find myself reaching for it every single day. I'd class it as an essential palette in my stash now as it's daytime friendly but any look can easily be made more night time friendly with the darker shades to the right of the palette. Or if you can rock a dark smokey eye in the middle of the day you do that shit because you are awesome. I am now in need of the Tartelette In Bloom Palette as that is equally as pretty. 

Also can we all just appreciate how beautiful these photos are?! I am in love with my new camera. Is it okay to be in love with an intimate object or? 


P.S Blog posts have been rare due to life being like 'eat, sleep, work, gym, repeat' but after I move in two weeks things should finally have some order around here!

Foundations Currently On Trial

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Being as pale as a vampire makes foundation shopping extremely hard; especially in high street stores so when I find something that works I like to stick to it. I'm not one to change up my makeup routine very often but after going through my makeup collection and finding at least 5 unused foundations I thought it was about time to put some of them to the test.


L'Oreal Infallible Matte | I know this is a foundation that has featured a few times on my blog before and I absolutely loved it back then but I fell out of love with it a few months back. As I never did a full review as such I thought I'd trial it again and hope to fall back in love with what used to be my holy grail. After trying it out again over the past two weeks I've rekindled my love and this is now my everyday foundation. I'm a matte foundation kinda gal; always have been, always will be. This is perfect for creating a flawless base as it evens out skin tone and sits perfectly on the skin without feeling heavy and cakey. The only problem I have with this foundation is that it is slightly too dark, I'm very pale and the chances of me getting a tan anytime soon are minimal so I'll be sticking this back in my makeup drawer for when I eventually get round to fake tanning or hopping on a plane to catch some rays.

Rimmel Wake Me Up | This used to be one of my favourite foundations back when I first started my blog along with Rimmel's Match Perfection but they never quite had a light enough shade for me in the Wake Me Up range. Eventually they realised that there really are some girls as pale as a sheet so they brought out a Porcelain shade which is still slightly too dark but it'll do. Wake Me Up is my go to foundation for that rare occasion that I want dewy skin. It leaves the skin looking healthy and glowing which is perfect for these summer months, I wear it with a hell of a lot of bronzer and highlight for that perfect summer glow. I find this foundation works best with a beauty blender as my foundation brushes left a few streaks and nobody wants to rock that streaky look. I'm not a massive fan of this foundation anymore due to my love of all things matte but if you love to shine bright like a diamond then I'd definitely recommend this. 


L'oreal True Match | After seeing everyone and their nan absolutely love this foundation I just had to pick it up. The shade range is incredible and there really is something for everyone. I had a hard time working out exactly what shade I needed as there are just so many! I went for Rose Ivory which is the lightest shade. I've been wearing this on days that I want something a little lighter than L'Oreal's Infallible Matte Foundation as it feels like you're not wearing foundation at all but has a very build-able coverage. With summer starting to show up a little bit at the moment, this is perfect for the warmer days when you still want some coverage but don't want to feel like your face is melting from too much makeup. 


What's your current go to foundation?

NYX Haul

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NYX is a brand that's never really been available to the UK so when they announced that they would be bringing it over to be stocked in Boots I couldn't contain my excitement. Everyone that can get their hands on them raves about NYX products and I seriously felt like I'd been missing out on something. It became available over here a while back but it took me forever to find a boots that actually stocks it but on a recent trip to London I found a store and made a few purchases.


48 Hours in Amsterdam

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Ever since I can remember I've always had a dream of travelling. I've been to Spain and France when I was younger but I don't remember them very well at all and I was way too young to appreciate the places I visited. I decided that 2016 was going to be the year that I begin to travel and explore our incredible planet. I mentioned it to Becky and Amsterdam was our choice for a little city break.


After a delayed plane ride with a terrible landing, we headed to our hostel which was a short 5 minute walk from Amsterdam Central. We dropped our bags and jumped on the tram to Leidseplein for food and cocktails at the Hard Rock Cafe. I've never visited a Hard Rock Cafe but Becky has visited them in a few countries and wanted to carry on the tradition. Once burgers and cocktails were mentioned I was sold. I had the Hickory Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburger with a side of onion rings, which I ordered thinking there would only be a few but it turned out to be a whole stack! It's safe to say I was about to burst after eating it all.



We spent around an hour and a half eating at a table with a gorgeous view overlooking one of Amsterdam's many canals, whilst trying to find a Dutch tinder date to take me on a tour. After a day of heavy travelling, we decided to spend the rest of the evening walking along the canals before stopping in a pub to refresh a little. We then headed to the Red Light District which I must say has to be one of the most eye opening experiences of my life. I had so many questions so google became mine and Becky's best friend for the evening. 



Day two of our trip was welcomed by a much needed, unplanned lie in. We didn't really have set plans of things to do but we knew we wanted to take some kind of canal boat tour. After spotting some canal bikes we thought that would be a perfect way to navigate ourselves round so we had control of where we went and what we looked at. If you haven't been on a pedalo before they're harder than they look to operate. As Becky can drive she took over the steering at first but we quickly realised that she was pretty useless and I took over to prevent us going round in circles for an hour. 

It was a gorgeous sunny day which was perfect for exploring the canals. I think the best place to see all of Amsterdam is from the water as you really get to appreciate your surroundings. Amsterdam is full of beautiful and distinctive architecture wherever you look. We couldn't have picked something better to do and the canal bikes may just be the highlight of my trip.



After the canal bike we decided to jump on a tram and take a trip to the Heineken Museum. I am not a massive drinker of beer, I much prefer my spirits but it was so interesting to find out the history of Heineken and how it is made. As a horse lover, I was delighted to seethey actually have some of their horses at the museum so I spent a while finding out about their training and how they are used in the process. The second half of the tour was so fun as it was completely full of photobooths and other photo opportunities! If you like beer, then you'll love this tour as you get 3 free complimentary glasses of Heineken. Who can say no to free alchohol?

After finishing off the tour, we headed out in search of food! We stumbled upon a cute little cafe called The Carousel and ate waffles in the lovely warm evening sunshine until a man sat on a bench near by and started blowing his nose so loudly that everyone on the patio including the waitress couldn't stop laughing! When the sun began to set we headed back into the centre of Amsterdam and took a leisurely stroll back to our hostel, discovering on the way that we were staying opposite a brothel, oops!


Most of our last day was spent relaxing on the patio of Dan Murphy's Irish Bar in Leidesplein, but we had so much fun on the canal bike the previous day that we headed back for another hour. This time we were greeted by a lovely man who helped us navigate our way by giving us a map and instructions on how to work the pedalo perfectly, if only we'd had that the first time round! We were so lucky with the weather over the 3 days as it was warm and sunny every single day but it wasn't so warm that you didn't want to go outside which was perfect. 


Not long after that it was time to head back to the airport to fly home. I had such an amazing time in Amsterdam with Becky and I will definitely be returning again on my travels.


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