Review: Harry Potter Eyeshadow Palettes (Part 1)

This post was supposed to go up on the tenth! It doesn’t seem to be on here so I’m going to guess it didn’t post. Sorry it’s going up a bit late, part 2 will come tomorrow with the other two palettes. Luckily all four are still available in a lot of stores so if you want them before Christmas hopefully you can find them!

The front of the Harry Potter eyeshadow palettes. On the left is Gryffindor with a red lion and the right palette has Ravenclaw with a metallic blue raven

When I saw that Boots were releasing Harry Potter makeup I had to have some, and the two palettes that stood out the most were the Gryffindor and the Ravenclaw. The Gryffindor one is no longer available online but might be in stores. I do love red eyeshadows recently but I don’t really have much in the proper red or cranberry red sort of colour, and I really liked the look of the blue in the middle of the top row in Ravenclaw. I am going to get the other two as well, so part 2 will be coming soon! I really want the colour changing lipsticks and the hand cream and lip balms are so cute! I have a feeling I might be searching for them in the sales.

All four palettes cost £12.50 each and are in the three for two Christmas gifts offer, along with the rest of the Harry Potter range. They each have six eyeshadows in and as far as I can tell they all seem to have shimmer to some degree. There are four colours that go with whichever house the palette is based on, alongside two that would be more neutral, everyday sort of colours. It seems like they’re going for a palette that you can use as the only palette for a look and I can see that working.

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Review: Smashbox Cover Shot Eyeshadow Palette in Ablaze

The title image with the Smashbox Cover Shot Palette in Ablaze open to show the eyeshadowsIt’s unusual for me doing two reviews in a row from the same company but I’ve been trying out the Smashbox Cover Shot Eyeshadow Palette in Ablaze and I wanted to share what I thought as I’m really enjoying it. I recently got a set from Boots that had this in but this costs £24 individually and contains eight eyeshadows. In the Ablaze palette these are all reds and oranges with a couple of more everyday colours mixed in to make it more usable on its own.

It’s on the small side for a palette, it fits perfectly in the palm of my hand, which makes it great for travel, and I’ve always found the lenticular print on the front of the Cover Shots nice looking. I think I’ve just loved this style of graphic since I was little. It has two larger pans, one matte and one shimmer, and six smaller pans, two matte and four shimmer though one of the shimmers is more a matte base with shimmer in it, and they’re definitely all warm colours.

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Review: Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow

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Today is part two of the Stila Liquid Eyeshadow posts, the second half of the Eyes for Elegance set I bought before Christmas. If you want to read about the three Shimmer and Glow Liquid Eyeshadows you can find my post on them here.

The Glitter and Glows definitely fit their name, there is a lot of glitter in these and there seems to be different sizes within the glitter too so you get a more dramatic sparkly finish with these. They have been around for a bit longer but I can only find two of the colours I have in the US Stila store and one in the UK one so I’m not sure if the third was limited to this set. The three colours are; Peachy Sheen (light peach), Smouldering Satin (light taupe) and Next to Notte (deep red or burgundy). The set of minis, these are 2.25ml rather than 4.5ml, cost £45 but individually at full size they’re £23.

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Review: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Bright and Bold Set

Is anyone else having trouble with WordPress? I tried uploading this yesterday three times and I’ve had to email it to my iPad and use the app as it says it can’t connect securely. Anyway, after rearranging my room I finally have natural lighting on my desk for photos so hopefully the lighting is better. It’ll take a bit of getting used to so sorry if the lighting isn’t the best to start with.

Not long before Christmas I bought a few things in TK Maxx including this mini set of Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks Bright and Bold Set. It’s not available on their website any more but may be available in stores, however it is still up on the Look Fantastic website for £18 (I did think that the £40 price tag on the label would be a bit of a stretch to be honest given they’re mini versions).

The set has three different colours, all of them I’d say are bright and possibly statement lips though the one is a classic red. They’re matte colours and the shades are a mix of limited edition and permanent colours, I’ll label which are which in the review if you’re interested in trying them out. The colours are Beso (classic red), Lume (deep berry purple) and Viola (lilac) and cover a good range of brights for different looks.

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Comparison: TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipstick Vol. 1 vs Vol. 2

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Having bought the second, apparently limited edition, version of the Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipsticks Mini Set from TheBalm I thought it’d be interesting to compare it to the original mini set I bought a while ago. Although they should be pretty much the same there seems to be some differences, besides the colour of the lipstick, which may be due to the colours and formulation of each colour like you often find with products of different colour in the same range.

I have had the original set for a while, but I don’t think there has been much change over time with the formula. If you want to read the review posts for these you can find the original set, the one I’m calling Vol. 1, here and the newer set review can be found here. They have swatches and a bit more of a detailed description of each of the colours.

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Review: TheBalm Limited Edition Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipstick Mini Set

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A while ago I bought the first set of Meet Matt(e) Hughes minis with 6 small versions of the The Balm matte liquid lipsticks. My review of them can be found here, that’s the permanent set that’s still available. This post is on the limited edition version, though when they call it that I’m not sure how limited it’ll be. I have noticed some differences between the formulas of these six and the originals, not just the colours.

This set has six minis, each has 1.2 ml and costs £25 on the Debenhams website. As the full sized ones (7.4 ml) cost £14 each these sets are a great way to test out the colours or formula as I don’t see myself using any of these minis up, though if you know the colour you want these may not be the best option as they cost more for the same amount of lipstick overall. The six colours included in this set are Faithful, Charismatic, Brilliant, Affectionate, Reliable and Romantic which include a good range of colours, though these go more towards the more neutral and muted tones compared to the originals. There are reds but they’re more cool tones and the neutrals have a slight brown tone to them.

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Review:  No7 Matte Lip Crayon in Raspberry Red


This No7 Matte Lip Crayon was part of a free set if you bought something from their beauty line though it is also a full sized product available from the Boots website, here. The full sized version sells for £9 though I can’t find the amount this holds. This product is the mini size but it’s the same formula and is in the colour Raspberry Red which, to be honest, is not a name I would have put with this colour as it’s a lot more muted and less pink than I’d expect from that. I’m almost considering checking in store to see that it definitely is the same colour as the product itself has no name on it but other swatches for the product look like this so I guess it’s just an odd naming choice.

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Advent 2016: Day 9!

I just realised this is day nine, it’s over a week into December and just over two weeks till Christmas. I feel a bit underprepared, I started well with gift buying but it sort of went downhill when I had half of the presents and thought I had plenty of time. Do any of you guys find this happens to you too?

Today’s advent has two nail varnishes! I knew it would happen some time because of the products in the Marks and Spencer one and I can never have too many nail varnishes, especially when it comes to purples and berry colours. The Marks and Spencer nail varnish is an exclusive to their store as it’s an Autograph product, one of their lines, in Cranberry. Ciate has another clear one, this time in a nail treatment called Status Grow (I do like the name). The Yankee Candle this time is Snowflake Cookie, not my favourite but it does mix well with others.
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Advent 2016: Day 2!


The second day of advent has more goodies and the chocolate has, once again, barely survived long enough for the photos. Something about Lindt chocolate is just so good and it’s so melty. The Marks and Spencer calendar has a tube of Rodial Super Acids X-treme Acid Rush Peel, the Ciate Mini Mani Month had a mini of Boudoir and the Yankee Candle tea light is Winter Glow. 

These advent posts are going up daily with mini reviews and first impressions of the things I get in them. I am going to do proper, longer, reviews on some of them when I’ve had more of play around with them so if you see something in one of these posts you want to know more about ask and I’ll put it to the top of the list.
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Review: The Balm Meet Matte Hughes Mini Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick Set

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I don’t normally go for bright lip colours, I have been trying to work on this as I do love the look of a bright red lip I just haven’t been able to find any that I love. In a recent online order from HQ Hair I found they have a few products form The Balm and this Meet Matt(e) Hughes Mini Set was a bit of an impulse buy as it was on offer at 10% off as well as another offer on top at the time so for six colours to try out it seemed a good price. It’s still £19.35 there (RRP £21.50) though the second offer isn’t on any more.

There are six colours in this set and they’re all The Balm’s long-lasting lipsticks, they’re liquid and have a matte finish and I’d say that all of the colours in this set are more on the red side, there aren’t any pinks and even the brighter coral colour is a reddish coral. The six colours are: Charming, Sincere, Committed, Doting, Dedicated and Loyal and they’re available full sized, though HQ Hair only has some at £12.15 Debenhams has the full range at £13.50 if the shade you want isn’t there or you want to see them in person. The minis in this set have 1.2ml in them whereas the full sized products are 7.2g so in the end it would be cheaper if you wanted just one colour to get the full sized product, when you look at £ per ml, I like the fact you get a range of colours to try out this way or it’d make a nice little gift. There will be reviews of each colour so if you’re looking at one of these in particular you can scroll past the others.

I’m adding this bit in 2017 because there’s a second mini set of The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes. If you’re looking for more information, a review or swatches of this Limited Edition one then you can find my post on the second mini set here. And now back to the original post.

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