Weekly roundup...


The past week has been rubbish weather wise…I even held a father’s day bbq in this chilly weather we’ve been having – I will not be defeated lol! 
Last week I went to Woburn on a day date, held a charity event at work for the Lewy Body Society, discovered a love for battered cod (don’t laugh, I convinced myself for years I hate fish!), got soaked in a downpour, got spoilt rotten with flowers and truffles and shared an 18 inch pizza which was more exciting than you’ll ever know.  Enjoy the random shots ;) 
Hope you all had a great week! 
T xxx

Sisterhood of the world tag...


Thank you to the beautiful Daniela for this tag :)  Here goes....

1. One piece of advice you'd give to new bloggers

Enjoy it...that's why i did it when i first started in 2008 - there was no thought of money making, fame etc - it was purely a hobby and i loved it.  


2. Where in the world would you like to visit most and why?

America - I've already visited it but i really do feel like i should have been born American.  When I'm not there i crave and miss it- its a day to day problem!!  other than that - Borneo, to play with the Orangutans would be pretty awesome too :)


3. Three of your favourite blogs and why?

Lily loves Lola - Victoria is a friend of mine - her blog is so honest and pretty.  She shares my love of animals and America too :)

Daniela Scribbles - Also a real life friend of mine :) she only posts honest reviews which i value and she has a beautiful writing style :)

I Covet Thee - I think Alix is such an English rose...her photography is stunning and I'm envious of her life.


4. Which social media platform is your favourite and why?

Instagram - because I'm a photography whore.


5. Five people you'd invite to a dinner party, dead or alive.

Kim Kardashian - to stare, David Attenborough - the voice alone, Will-I-Am - hilarious, Honey Boo Boo - she would appreciate the food and Tom Hardy - no reason needed.

6. Which three products would you take on a desert island?
Mascara, Kerastase hair mask (endless supply) and red lipstick for when i need to feel fabulous! 

 
7. Best instagram editing app?

Hmm this is tough as i dont really edit my photos much - i just use standard filters :/


8. What do you enjoy the most about blogging?

The free stuff!!! Joking...lol... The community - i have met genuine friends through blogging.  If i could go back to 2008/09 and have the community back to the way it was i would in a heartbeat - it was a lot more honest and genuine back then and oh so very small too!


9. Full on face or natural beauty?

I'm a fan of both, depending how i feel day to day- but if i had to choose id say full on face - i love the preened, finished look and it does make you feel better i think :)


10. Would you ever be a full-time blogger?

I would love to be, but again, because the blogging world has changed so much i don't feel good enough or capable to reach that level with so many other fantastic bloggers around!  I do feel like the pond is very small now...its hard to come up with original content too :/

I really enjoyed that tag - please feel free to do this but id like to tag Lilyloveslola.

T xxx

Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm...

Its Friday!!!!! Hope you all have a great weekend planned.
Every now and again I like to fancy up my skin care regime, and by fancy up – I mean add one product :/..not so fancy huh!
Presenting the ever so fancy Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm.  A few years ago the work Collagen would have made me smirk..now im like give me all of the collagen- all of it!!!
This smells divine and massages into the skin a treat.  The product feels luxurious and more importantly it feels like a little treat every time I use it in the evenings.  I remove this with a damp flannel and my skin is oh so baby soft.  It makes my skin feel very comforted and not dry in the slightest – something I do find with water removal cleansers.
I would definitely recommend this if you have a few spare pennies as I appreciate it is a pricey pot to own..you can buy it HERE!
Have you tried this – if so, what are your thoughts?
T xxx

Portugal...


Long time no write….sorry :(

I have just got back from a lovely week away in Portugal so I thought id share some of my snaps and advice for anyone wanting to visit.

This is my fifth trip to Portugal and I hate to say it may well have been my last.  I fell in love with Portugal at first because it was so un-commercialised compared to the likes of Mainland Spain.  This time around I found the touts unbearable – they actually ruined my evening as I went with my friend Kim- we were after a relaxing, eating kind of holiday – not a party…because were old and boring basically J  Even old town which is a lot more laid back was over run with annoying, pushy staff offering free shots..im a bit past that im afraid lol!

Anyway, weather wise the first three days were a bit of a write off as it was very cloudy but the rest of the stay was lovely.  The main reason I visit Portugal is because of the weather – its really windy which I love as you can tan easily and sleep well at night.

We ate far too much food…Crepes, Chicken and Cheese featured daily – hence why this post is heavy on the food pictures…whoops!

Have you visited Albufeira before – let me know what you thought of it.

T xxx

Weekly Round up...


How beautiful has he weather been..so much so that a sunbasquing Phoebe made it into the photo mix!  I tried to make the most of it last week and crammed lots of bits in..so heres my week in pictures.  
Wednesday night I went late night shopping in Cambridge with my friend Kim.  Were off to Portugal in a few weeks so needed urgent holiday bits.  We ended up in Zizi’s for dinner…which of course was photographed.
Saturday night I went for a dinner party at my friend Rachels.  You know that one friend that has a pinterest style life and goes all out at parties…yep that’s her.  The food and company were amazing as always 
Sunday I spent with my friend and future business partner Nicola..were setting the foundations for a business together so we spent the day creating and brainstorming! 
Hope you had a lovely week..please send me links to similar posts :)
T xxx

Lush Million Dollar Moisturiser...




I have never tried a Lush facial moisturiser before but was lucky enough to pick one up at the Cambridge blog event that I visited recently.  I had no idea of the hefty price tag attached to this item…and I have to say I was shocked..£32.50! 
Heres what Lush say…
“Feel like a million with this top-dollar, bionic facial moisturiser. We've spared no expense in making this; with protective sunscreens, evening primrose oil, shea butter, jojoba, honey and lavender oil to keep your complexion smooth, soft and safe from the sun. We've even blended in a pinch of Feeling Younger to leave you with a subtle, healthy glow.”
I have to say I found this product a little too heavy for me L…it leaves a very sticky feeling on my skin…so due to this ive only been using it at night…which kind of counteracts the products usage as it contains a shimmer and a Uv factor 30!  The product smells lovely and feels luxurious however, and I’m sure if you had dry or sensitive skin this would be a staple for you!
I think I will use this on holiday for the day...definitely better than putting bog standard sun cream all over my face thats for sure!
Have you tried this- what are your thoughts?
T xxx

Get Happy...

 
I don’t know about you but I’m feeling proper down in the dumps.  I don’t know whether it’s the time of year/weather or its due to a few things going on for me right now…regardless I decided to pop down and share some tips on how to shake off this rubbish feeling and just get happy!
  1. Go to the gym….I know I need to do this…it produces endorphins and I can’t deny I feel great after…it’s the going bit that I struggle with lol!
  2. Pamper night – Run a bath, fill it to the brim with bubble and soak all of your troubles away.  Pampered hair, fingers, toes, skin and face just makes you feel a million times better!
  3. Buy new clothes- Shallow but true- just an item or two will make you feel so much nicer and confident
  4. Get a tan- Albeit spray or electric- you can’t deny it makes you feel that little bit sexy!
  5. Lipstick- An old friend….pop on something bold and bright…even if you don’t feel great you will look it.
  6. Music – I forget how much music actually helps my mood…ideally marry this with point number 2!
  7. Turn off social media – It gets me down- I shouldn’t, but I compare my mediocre life to that of the high flying bloggers of the world. NOT HEALTHY!
  8. Get organised – I don’t know why but when I’m in a grump I like to put dates in the diary, organise meal plans- I think it’s my own little way of gaining control and structure?! Either way- try it, it can be quite therapeutic!
 
I hope some of those points were helpful, and if not at least I hope you can identify with them.  This is what I love most about the blogging world- all of these wonderful people that live seemingly perfect lives…they can all admit that they have poopy times too…were all human after all :)
 
T xxx

London...


A few Saturday's ago I went to London with my friend Emma.  It had been planned for a while and the main thing on our agenda was food!!!  Emma and I are big foodies and we wanted to cram in as much as we could into one day…so prepare for several food pics!!!


Our plan was to start the day with Crepes…but having got into London mega early...it wasn’t open until 10:30…so with bitter disappointment we began searching for somewhere else in Covent Garden to fill our faces.  We stumbled across Paul.  I’m not going to lie it was definitely the meringues the size of your head and rubber ring size and shaped bread which drew us in!  The interior to this place was gorgeous…I really did not feel like I was in London!  We had a basket of mixed bread, tea and apple juice…however I did have major hot chocolate envy as I saw the girls next to me and it looked like molten chocolate in a cup!  I would definitely recommend you visit this place!

We then popped to an American sweet shop, Topshop, H&M, the biggest paperchase I’ve ever seen and F21.
For lunch we headed to Homeslice.  Now neither of us have eaten here before and I kind of have to ask myself why.  Pizza is my all-time favourite food and this place did not disappoint!  We only had a slice because we had big dessert plans. I could have eaten this until I burst however!
We then went to a magical place called the Haagen Dazs CafĂ©.  Again, how I’ve never been here before I will never know.  The menu was like someone had reached into my head and pulled out all of the most amazing dessert creations!  I had a hard time choosing- put it that way.   I eventually settled with a banoffee crepe which was heavenly!

We ended out fantastic day with a not so fantastic sprint for the train- imagine that with a belly full of ice cream!

To sum our day up, it was awesome... and we learnt a few things on this trip to London:

  • Never wear new shoes to London
  • We will definitely wear our nikes next visit
  • Homeslice is my new favourite pizza joint
  • Never wave to men in white vans ;)
T xxx

Cambridge Meet Up Event...


On Saturday 7th March I was lucky enough to attend the Cambridge Blogger meet up!  I went with my blogging bestie Daniella which was a godsend as I tend to be a little nervous going to events on my own.
The event was held at vodka revolution in Cambridge.  As soon as we arrived I could see that a huge amount of effort had gone into the planning of the event.  We were greeted with a hug from the events’ organiser Philippa and a choice of mocktails which were delicious may I add!



We had a good hour or so to network and chat to fellow bloggers which was great as most events in London leave me feeling completely overwhelmed- this event felt a lot more friendly and intimate!
Dotted around the room were well thought out stalls with various goodies placed on them.  First up there was the l'occtaine stand which had a basket full of goodies to take and try.  Lush were also there…again with pots, upon pots of scrummy face creams to try.  One of my favourite goodies were Chocolat Chocolat who had put together some sample bags of the most unique chocolate I have seen in a while! Unfortunately the chocolate did not make it to the photography stage…whoops!!









Hairy Jayne haircare also gave away a sample of their homemade haircare which i aim to do a post on soon :)
One of the most interesting stalls for me was a local brand called Sniffy Wiffy.  Their concept- body lotions that are designed to make checking for lumps and bumps easier.  Their ethos is to sniff cancer out- and I loved this idea so please check them out!
I loved how the gifts were well thought out and specific to the event and Cambridgeshire itself!

Speeches were given by Philippa, local secrets and Cision all of which were interesting and informative!
The goody bag…well lets get started on that.  Again- so lovingly thought out and some of the goodies inside can be seen in the main photo...there were too many to list :)
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this event and if I’m honest I feel that some of the bigger events could learn a thing or two from this.  Small, well thought out events are much more valuable than large ones with no consideration for the bloggers or the companies who wish to gift.  Seeing some of the tweets and posts from the recent flop bloggerslove event disappointed me as this is not how events used to be back in 2008/09.  They used to be like the Camb Meet Up…informative and personal…bring them back please!!!


The professional photos can be seen here!

 T xxx

Weekend round up #3...

This weekend was a tiring one, after moving in to my friend’s house in the week I should have had a relaxing one but it turned out to be a very busy one! Due to the busy-ness..the main photos that were taken were of food and animals!
Friday night I went to Byron burger in Cambridge for dinner and then for a few drinks. 
Saturday I was lucky enough to have been on the guest list for the Cambridge blogger meet up which was organised by local blogger Philippa.  It was held at Vodka Revs and I have a post ready to go all about it!
Sunday I went to Woburn Safari Park..i love this place.  The highlight was the meeting with the lemurs…it was totally unexpected…they don’t usually come up to people but I think my bright handbag must of enticed them.  Not such a great point was that the monkeys on the drive round safari nibbled and broke my aerial!!
I hope you all had a great weekend!
T xxx

Weekend round up #2

Where are the weeks going- Springtime is officially here and its my favourite time of year :)
The weekend just gone I took a trip to Home sense as I’m moving in with my friend Kim this week…hence the lounge picture...not that I ever need an excuse to buy homeware.  I snapped up a picnic basket, a bunch of hydrangeas and a not needed but lusted notepad.  I then went to my friend Holly’s and she made the most amazing Mozzarella pasta.
Sunday I went to watch 50 shades of Grey again and I was lucky enough to be taken for a spin in my friends beautiful Nissan Figaro...it’s the stuff that dreams are made of! 

I had the most amazing italian meal with my friend Wendy and then some delicious cake from a little shop in my town called Toms cakes..the hummingbird cake was to die for!!
All in all it was a very fun weekend, the fact that I had just been paid helped tremendously also!
Please send me your links to similar posts..I’d love to read them!
T xxx

Weekend roundup...


You know how you feel after a heavy weekend of drinking...and that standard saying is used.. ’I’m never drinking again’!!?? Well the same applied this weekend except change it to ‘I’m never eating junk food again’.

It’s safe to say that I went for it this weekend- and for it, I feel utterly awful.  I’m beginning to see a pattern with myself and the weekends..they all revolve much too heavily around food!! 

So here’s what I got up to…I promise not all of it is about food:
I booked a girly holiday.  After thinking that this year I was destined to a summer in the UK along came a newly single friend to save me.  We’re going to Portugal in May for a week for some much needed cocktails, sunshine and ice cream. 
 
I got a set of long awaited studio lights :)

I ate curry.  Friday night I met up with some old work friends and we stuffed our faces with chicken tikka and enough poppadum’s to feed a small army….this was day one of food gate!

Saturday was Valentines Day…so of course, for any singleton..this must revolve solely around food.  I met up with my friend Rachel and we went to Chiquitos and then sat stroking our bellies through 50 shades of grey (this may have included popcorn also!)  We then went to the Hotel Chocolat factory store where it would have been rude to have not brought several bags of discounted yumminess.  Then we headed back to Potton and decided we were hungry again…pizza soon followed of course.  We had such a good evening full of giggles- id say it was my best Valentine ’s Day to date! 

Sunday I rounded my weekend of gorging off with a trip to Toby Carvery and Sunday evening was spent in the gym, crying internally on the treadmill over what a little piggy I am.

Despite having major food regret, I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed this weekend.

Please leave a comment with a link to your post if you do weekly roundups etc. as I really enjoy reading them :)
 
T xxx

Kiko Makeup Blender...


 I’m always the last to jump on trends.  I was way behind on the tangle teaser and the same goes for the topic of this post- the humble beauty blender.

I don’t know about you, but I could not ever justify spending in the region of £20 for a ball of sponge- no matter how great it claims to be.  So after playing the waiting game I believe I have come up trumps.  I spotted this little gem at Kiko for £6.90!!!

Now, I know I have nothing to compare it with as I have not purchased the original beauty blender…but I cannot see how another sponge could perform any better than this to be honest.
It does the job- plain and simple.  I use it to push in my contour product and I am more than happy with the results.  It blends seamlessly and it does not absorb and take too much product away from the face.
Now I’m not saying that it is better than the beauty blender- but- if you are a little tight for cash or just don’t like being ripped off like me ;) I’d say give this a go…it may just surprise you!!
If you have this- let me know what you think.
T xxx

Mac Diva...Mac Mehr...





I have an unhealthy obsession with lip products- each in my collection, similar, yet oh so slightly different.



Mehr, however is different from anything i have in my 50 something collection.  I love this colour as its suitable for both day and night.   I have been asked what im wearing on my lips every single time i have worn this so far!

it lasts all day and has that amazing MAC ability to stain your lips no matter how much you've nibbled on them throughout the day...amazing stuff!

Have you tried this colour- are you as in love as i am?

T xxx

Pamper evening...


As part of my new years resolutions i promised myself that i would put aside one evening a week to have a full all over body/hair pamper.

Below are my essentials right now:

  • Nivea double effect eye make up remover - link
  • The sanctuary hot sugar scrub - link
  • OPI Avoplex cuticle oil - link
  • Lush bubble bar..this is the remainder of an old Christmas one :)
  • Champneys skin softening body butter - link
  • Decleor Aroma cleanse - link
  • Elemis fruit active mask - link
  • K-pak colour therapy conditioner - link
  • Boots coconut oil

I trot off to the bathtub with this lovely lot in tow, give my hair a wash and then slap on lots of conditioner and then set about giving myself a mini facial whilst that's getting to work.
Whilst my face mask is on i use the sanctuary scrub all over- this usually acts as a prep for any tanning later on also. 

Once I'm all done in the tub i will then slather on the body butter and oil my cuticles and nails...I then use coconut oil on my extra dry areas such as feet, elbows etc...and that's it.  I could have gone overboard with the products...but i think this routine i can actually stick to.  
Any more and i fear it would have become a time drain and a chore..which will leave to me not keeping it up!!

Do you have pamper evenings- if so, what are your favourite products?

T xxx

Midweek ponder...Expectation vs Reality...


From a young age i remember having a very idealistic view on how a grown ups life should be.

I used to think of a 30 year old as...well old, with their head together and a fully fledged grown up.

The closer i get towards this momentous number...the more i realise little Tiffany was deluded, and very mislead.

Now ive had a fun, good life so far, which has involved lots of lovely holidays to my beloved USA...but on reflection i am nowhere near where i thought or even where id like to be at my ripe age of 28 (29 in two months time) and i wonder if you have ever felt the same.

I do not own property, i do not have a huge saving pot and im single with no children.  Im an old soul and truely believed that i would have all of these things in check by the time i was 30.  

I guess the aim of this post is to say- its ok- i think...I mean- like any normal person...some days i feel this is not ok and spend a day wallowing in self pity- but for the majority of the time i am at peace with this and believe something good, is and must be around the corner for me.

Settling down is a big deal for me as im a traditionalist- those of you that arent probably will see this post as not a big deal at all.  For me my main wish in life is to find my soul mate and enjoy making memories and a home with them. 

I've realised that a lot of my age group are in a similar situation- from chatting to blog friends etc. and that helps me to see that i shouldn't be so hard on myself- believe me ive treated myself as a failure for a while now.

So what have i done to help myself- the main change and help for me has been surrounding myself with amazing friends.  I value them more than anything in this world...saying this- its also helped me sieve out some not so good pals.  Ill talk more about this in my trimming the fat post scheduled for this month!

Ive literally packed out my diary- i try to do as much as i can to keep myself occupied and not sitting home and wallowing.  I have also been loving a good quote, here are some of my favourites:

If you live for peoples acceptance, you will die from their rejection

if someone breaks your heart, punch them, no seriously, punch them and go get ice cream

Life is too short for fake butter, cheese or people

If you dont design your own life plan, chances are yull fall into someone elses plan.  And guess what they have 
planned for you- not much.

Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But the moment you turn your attention to other things; it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.
You were born with the ability to change someone's life. Don't waste it.

I hope you dont mind these posts as i find them theraputic to write and helpful to look back on- after all i do treat this as my online diary also.  I also hope that maybe it has helped if you are feeling in a similar position? When i was feeling crap i scowered the net for similar storied to relate to.

Anyway- let me know!

T xxx

The weekend roundup...


So this weeks been a little chilly to say the least...living in Cambridgeshire has meant i haven't seen any of the white stuff...and I'm not happy about it.

Because i was not weather restricted- i got out quite a bit this week and did you know, stuff :)

Friday night I went for a bella italia with my two best boy friends and then to the cinema to see American Sniper for the second time- i highly recommend!

Saturday we had a Mexican night at my beautiful friend Hollys house - this involved lots of melted cheese and naughtiness on the food front.  Holly and i are the lovers of trashy tv so i get to have a purely awesome evening eating and watching junk!!!

Sunday was a lazy day, i felt really irritated however so ended up gutting my bedroom and gelling my nails.  Then i found Theuglyfaceofbeauty's blog/youtube account- and well, yeah that's how the remainder of my day was spent- glued to the laptop.

So those were the highlights of my week...What did you get up to or were you housebound due to oodles of snow!?

T xxx

Pay day wishlist...

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Lordy this has been a long month...Friday cannot come quick enough for me...i need dollar!  I have had a list of "needs" on the go for a while now and I thought id share what ill be bagging as soon as that pay packet hits my bank account.

  1. Desperation pjs....Its going to be a lonely valentines...i need this
  2. Truffles- I'm blaming my friend holly for getting me into these indulgent hazelnut balls of wonder!
  3. Tigi tween- my current shampoo is making my head itch...so much for saving money...i need my usual shampoo/conditioner combo back- and quick!
  4. Ren 1 minute facial- Ive been obsessed with the ugly face of beauty's blog this weekend- how have i only just found her blog?!!! Subsequently i now want to try anything she recommends.
  5. Kawaii cloud pjs...hmmm another bed item...i need a pj overhaul after i realise i have no defined bed clothes- i basically look like a tramp come 8 oclock...this cant continue!
Anything on your list for the much anticipated January payday?

T xxx



Lush heart throb bubble bar...

Valentines is fast approaching...sigh.  

For the singletons amongst us...myself included, this does not conjour up images of romance...it conjours up images of scoffing, microwave meals for one, chocolate and bubble baths...alone lol!!!

Thank god for lush...for this year i will not be spending valentines alone- ill be spending it with this bad boy...

With scents of frangipan, vanilla and geranium its a very comforting and luxurious scent.  The bath turns a lovely scarlet red and there is oodles of glitter to go around.  This bubble bar is very moisturising as it contains a splat of shea butter in the middle- its like a little macaroon of love!



So, if you are alone this valentines i suggest you purchase this...lets mope together :)

T xxx

Mac Warm Soul Review...



I have owned this blush for well over a year now and its fair to say I haven't raved enough about it.  I use it almost every day alongside Mac Harmony under my cheekbones.  The reason it is a daily grab for me is due to the subtleness of the shade and finish.  It is a mineralise finish so naturally it is quite shimmery and whilst pigmented, even if you are heavy handed with the blush brush it doesn't leave you with dolly flushed cheeks.

Id say that the colour is only really noticeable in daylight- in fact I never find myself reaching for it upon an evening out as it is definitely more suited to daytime.

I feel this colour suits all skin tones and colourings as I've used it on nearly every bridesmaid I've ever made up (I am a bridal mua if you didn't know) and it photographs beautifully.

I would really recommend this blush as a make up bag staple and this beauty has lasted well over a year so its definitely good value for money.

Have you tried this shade?

T xxx

Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick - Coral...




I have never had such a love hate relationship with a lip product before.

I want to love this...I feel like I should love this because it packs such a hefty price tag in my opinion...but I just don't know!!

I first saw this product on Amrezy...she has a similar colouring to me and as she is stunning I naturally had to have this gorgeous lip colour. 

Now, I don know about you but I was shocked when I saw this priced at £19 via ASOS.  I feel the whole packaging and feel of the product does not suffice this...I pay a little more for my YSL Rouge volupte lipsticks which feel and look very luxurious to me...and so they should for that kind of price.  So already I felt a little underwhelmed.

Second dislike for me is the applicator...this fuzzy doe foot applicator does not do it for me at all.  Its messy and does not feel nice to apply as it doesn't allow the product to "glide" if you like across my lips.  I can imagine on a "dry lip day" this feeling would be even worse..yikes.


The third and final dislike for me is that this product is extremely drying...to the point where it kind of leaves patches of colour after its first applied.  Like my review on Revlons Audacious...which strangely is of a similar colour...the product tends to almost "ball" and leaves a very grainy texture behind...I hope I've done an ok-ish job in explaining it...but hey, im sure you know what im talking about!

Now- that said...I do love both the colour and pigmentation of this product.  The colour really suits me when I have a tan as it is an extremely bright colour.  The product also did last a good 5 hours on me.


All in all, would I rave about this product? No.  However im going to try and work out better ways to use it (popping a gloss over it or applying with a lip brush) as quite frankly for the price of it im going to make sure it doesn't lay dormant in my make up draw!!!

Have you tried this colour- or do you agree and find this rage to be drying/overpriced?

Link- if you fancy trying this for yourself...

T xxx

Kiko skin evolution concealer...used to contour

I love contour...and its crazy to think that before i saw THIS image i never knew about it and the chubby concealing wonders it could offer ;))

I have toyed with buying the Bobbi Brown foundation sticks for a while....the price tag stopped me however...who wants to spend £50 plus on contouring alone...not me!

So when i saw these beauty's in Kiko i got a wee bit excited...and then proceeded to purchase straight away! FYI these are in the shades 1 and 8.

The texture is easy to work with, full coverage and the colour pay off is true and not muddy...which makes for baddddd contour!  I scribble on the dark anywhere that i need sculpting- so, underneath my cheekbones, sides of my nose, sides of forehead and under my chin (ta,ta double chin) and then pop the lighter colour anywhere that i require brightness and highlight- so, length of the nose, apples of cheeks, base of chin and cupids bow.

I blend either with my beauty sponge or a stiff domed brush and then apply foundation.  To add to the contour i always hollow the cheeks out with MAC's Harmony blush which is the perfect contour colour.

Have you tried these?

T xxx

The Balm Meet Matt(e) nude eyeshadow palette...


9 different Matt(e)s...more than one for every day of the week- boy do i feel spoilt for choice!

I purchased this palette after christmas whilst stalking Hudabeauty's youtube...it was a long christmas break in single-town..ok?!!

I was mainly interested in one colour and that was Matt Abdul as it looked unique from many greys that i own- it has a mauve tinge to it which i think really suits brunettes such as myself.

The pigmentation of this palette is unreal- just goes to show how helpful reviews and vidoes are..as to be honest if id seen this palette in a shop i'd most probably walk past it.  It doesnt have the wow factor for me looks wise.  That's not to say the packaging isn't eye catching- i just tend to be drawn to more shimmery  eye shadows....magpie!!

The colours are far more exciting and impressive when swatched and as my first product by The Balm company- i have to say I'm impressed and will keep my eye out for more goodies from them.



My three favourites...L to R- Singh, Abdul and Hung.

Have you tried any products from The Balm that you can recommend?

T xxx