Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette Review – Makeup Collection #1

Hey Guys!

I’ve decided to create a new series on my blog, dedicated to reviewing each piece of makeup in my collection. This will be in addition to my Empties and Monthly Favourites Series, so it might take a long time before I complete it!

I have a range of makeup from many different brands at different price points, so hopefully there is something for everyone. Enjoy!


I’m kicking off this series with a review of my newest addition to my collection, the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. I got this as a birthday present, and I am in LOVE.

I will admit, in the past I have always been (and still am) an advocate for the idea that drugstore products can be just as good as high end. However, as soon as I tried this palette my view completely changed. This was my first time trying high end eyeshadow, and it has been an eye opener.

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Let’s start with the packaging. The design itself is gorgeous, in the signature Too Faced style. I love the simple ombre effect with the logo in the corner, which neatly captures the vibe of the palette. Material wise, it is made from thin metal, which will be handy for travelling as it won’t break very easily.

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When you open it up you are greeted with a decent mirror; my only complaint would be that the logo cutting into it is a bit unnecessary. Beyond that, there is the holy grail of eyeshadows.

You get 18 shadows, with a mixture of matte and shimmer. But most importantly, THEY SMELL LIKE PEACHES! I know it’s a total gimmick but I have fallen for it, and often find myself smelling the shadows like a weirdo.

In this palette is a good mixture of neutrals with a few pops of colour. The pinks and browns all complement each other perfectly, with the option to add a pop of green or purple to an eye look.

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The names of all the shades are very cute and peach-related, which I think is a nice touch. I have been using the palette for a few weeks now and I haven’t repeated the same eye look twice, there are so many possibilities with it.

Now onto the most important part, the pigmentation. It is beyond anything I have ever experienced before, hence my change of heart about high end products.

I can lightly tap my brush into any of the matte shades, and they will apply to the eye lid the colour they appear in the pan. As for the shimmer shades, I swipe them onto the lid using my finger, and they give the most gorgeous pigmented glimmer.

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I have swatched a few of the shades, but it honestly doesn’t do it justice. As you can see with Just Peachy, Caramelized and Peach Pit, the shimmers have incredible pay off with just one swipe. As for the mattes, they may appear a bit faint on application with my finger, but with a brush I promise they are highly pigmented. All the colours blend out beautifully too.

I have not used any other eyeshadows since getting this palette, which in itself shows how highly I think of it. If like me you were wondering whether it was worth the money, the answer is YES.

Rating: 5* /5


Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed, and keep an eye out for the next review in the series.

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The Eye of Minds – Book Review

It’s book review time! As mentioned in my Mini Book Haul, I will be reviewing the first book in The Mortality Doctrine series, The Eye of Minds by James Dashner.

I loved the Maze Runner as a series, and was keen to read more of Dashner’s work. When I heard the premise for this book I knew I had to read it – anything involving virtual realities is always a winner with me. Read on to hear my thoughts!

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Genre:

Sci-Fi, Young Adult

Plot:

Michael, like most people, spends most of his time in the VirtNet – an immersive virtual reality where you can meet up with others, and do or be anything you want.

It’s seemingly harmless – until one day there are reports that a gamer is taking others hostage, leading to deadly consequences not only in the VirtNet, but in the real world too.

Michael and his friends Bryson and Sarah are top gamers, which hasn’t gone unnoticed by the government. They enlist the trio to find and stop the hacker, leading to a lethal adventure throughout virtual reality.

What I Loved:

The format of this book was reminiscent of Percy Jackson, a series I adore (I’ve also heard the plot is similar to Sword Art Online, which I haven’t seen). The three main characters went through all parts of the virtual world, and also faced a ‘challenge’ of some sort in each place. This type of plot really appeals to me so it was fun to read.

Despite how this book is pretty much an advert warning against the dangers of virtual reality, I want to go inside the VirtNet! The places they visited sounded so cool (thanks to good description), and who wouldn’t want to do whatever they wanted with no consequences?!

THE PLOT TWIST ENDING. I’m annoyed I didn’t see it, but it was a pretty good cliffhanger.

What I Didn’t Love:

I found Sarah and Bryson to be very two dimensional characters. You were told very little about them and only got a glimpse at their personalities. Considering they were in the entire book, I would have liked to know a bit more about them.

Despite the fact I didn’t manage to guess the ending, the other plot twists in the novel were quite obvious. I think that this book would be better suited for a Middle Grade/Teen genre rather than YA for that reason.

Overall Thoughts:

I need to carry on with the series after the cliffhanger ending! I’m just hoping the characters and plot can develop and mature a bit more as the series continues.

Rating: 4* /5

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May Favourites

Time for my May Favourites! I’ve been loving a good mixture of beauty, food, and entertainment this month, so read on to find out what I’ve been loving!


Body and Hair

Brillo & Volumen Kueshi Hair Mask and Imperial Leather Marshmallow Shower Cream 

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The two products above both smell like marshmallow and I’m obsessed! The hair mask has a lovely sweet smell, and leaves my hair soft and smooth.

The shower cream has the classic marshmallow scent, and is a nice creamy texture that lathers really well. There are also other ‘sweets’ smells in the range such as foamy banana and fruit salad, which I’m desperate to try next.

Superdrug Vitamin E Moisturising Day Cream

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I was looking for a new moisturiser and stumbled across this in Superdrug, and it has soon become a firm favourite! I’ve been applying this daily and it instantly sinks in and smooths any dryness. It also works really well before makeup as a primer.

Venus Razor

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After I cut my leg horrifically with a disposable razor – so bad it’s going to leave a scar – I decided it was time to invest in a proper one. I found this one on offer for £5 so I grabbed it, and I’m liking it a lot. It leaves my legs very smooth (take a shot every time I use the word smooth haha), and so far no cuts yay!

Food

Tesco Sweet and Salted Popcorn

I was always a sweet popcorn person, but my life has changed after trying sweet and salted! It’s my go-to snack now and I can eat a large bag in one sitting, oops.

Makeup

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

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If I had to pick an overall favourite for the month, this would be it. I got this as my main birthday present and I haven’t stopped using it since. I’m planning on a full review of this so won’t say too much, but just know that it’s the best eyeshadow palette I’ve ever used. Plus, IT SMELLS LIKE PEACHES.

Spectrum C06 Brush and Studio Eye Brush

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I’ve been using both of these brushes with the Sweet Peach Palette, and it’s become a winning combination. The Studio brush packs the colour on, and then I use the Spectrum brush to blend it all out. They’re both very fluffy, and my eyeshadow game has truly peaked with these products.

Youtube

The Proper People

Me and my boyfriend have been binge watching urban exploration videos, and this was how I discovered The Proper People. The channel is run by two guys who explore abandoned places and document what they see/find. My favourite thing about the channel is they are respectful of the places they visit (unlike some other youtubers), and their videos are shot really well.


Thanks for reading!

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Mini Book Haul

On a recent shopping trip I headed straight for  accidentally drifted *ahem* into The Works, and I of course ended up leaving with four books. However, it only cost £9 for the lot ~bargain~!


The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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I picked this up for just £2! I had been wanting a physical copy of this for a long time after reading it as an ebook, and for that price I couldn’t say no. The Works had loads of these Wordsworth Classics editions, with everything from Shakespeare’s plays to Jane Austen, and it’s taking all my self restraint not to go back and buy them all!

The Mortality Doctrine Series by James Dashner

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I then picked up this box set of the Mortality Doctrine Series for £7. I loved the Maze Runner series and had The Eye of Minds on my TBR for quite a while, so was very excited to find them all at such a good price. I have read the first book, so a review is on its way!


That was my quick little haul! I’m thinking of doing a ‘Where I Buy Cheap Books’ post listing a few of the places I buy from, so let me know if you’d like to see that!

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Lush Haul

My obsession with Lush is well known to my family and boyfriend, so when my birthday rolled around I was lucky enough to receive lots of Lush goodies!

I’m very grateful for what I got, and thought it would be fun to share them with you all in a haul!


Dragon’s Egg Bath Bomb

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I’ve used this before and was very happy to have another. It has a citrus scent (my favourite) and makes the bath a beautiful gold.

The Experimenter Bath Bomb

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Finally I have my hands on this! I’ve wanted to try this for god knows how long, and I’m excited to see how it looks in the bath, especially as the colours on it are incredible.

Twilight Bath Bomb

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Another one I haven’t tried! This has such a nice relaxing smell, and I think will be perfect after a long day.

Think Pink Bath Bomb

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This is a classic that I have used quite a few times before. With my bath bombs I usually cut them up to get multiple uses, but this is just small enough to use all at once which is a fun change.

Razzle Dazzle Luxury Bath Oil

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I have never used a Lush bath oil before so I’m excited to see what this will be like. It has a sweet strawberry scent which is perfect for summer.

Montalbano Shampoo Bar

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I wrote a post on this not long ago as I already own and love this product, and my parents were kind enough to get me a back-up!

Seanik Shampoo Bar

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A second shampoo bar yay! This smells just like the sea and beaches, and I can’t get enough. I now have 3 shampoo bars to get through so I’m pretty much set for a year haha!


I honestly couldn’t believe how many Lush products I got and I can’t thank my parents and boyfriend enough for getting them!

Have you guys tried any of these products or got any recommendations? I’d love to hear them.

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Liebster Award

Hey guys!

I am very happy to say that I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by Shelby over at shelsrae! She has loads of beauty posts and reviews that I love reading, so definitely check her blog out and give her a follow.

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Now onto the award! The rules are as follows:

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
  • Nominate at least 5 bloggers, but no more than 11 who deserve the award
  • Tell those bloggers you nominated them
  • Create 11 original questions for the nominees to answer

Answers to Shels Rae:

1. What’s your current go-to mascara?

I’ve been using the Essence Get Big Lashes Volume Curl, along with an old mascara wand to separate my lashes after.

2. If you could only use one Makeup Brand for the rest of your life, who would you choose?

Makeup Revolution, as they are so affordable with good quality. Also if I could sneak in my beloved Bourjois foundation life would be complete (just don’t tell anyone!).

3. Do you enjoy painting your own nails at home or prefer to go and get them professionally done?

At home! I’ve mastered the skill of painting my nails with the hand I don’t write with, so I’m practically a pro anyway – if I could add that as a skill to my CV I would.

4. Team Bold brow or team Natural brow?

Natural brow all the way; just a little bit of brow gel to set them and I’m good to go.

5. What’s your favourite cold summer drink?

Lipton Peach Iced Tea (yum).

6. Do you prefer perfumes or body sprays?

Perfumes for events and meals, and body sprays for everyday.

7. Team Apple or Team Android?

Android!

8. What’s your current favourite TV Show?

I’m loving the latest series of The Middle which has just come to the UK, and I’ve seen every episode before it. You also can’t go wrong with Friends either.

9. Do you have a set skincare routine in place ?

Thankfully my skin is pretty clear and low maintenance ~I’m truly blessed~. I wash my face with soap and water every morning, then apply a light moisturiser. If I want to pamper myself I’ll use a face mask about once a week too.

10. What’s one goal you have for your blog?

To post consistently and on a schedule. At the minute I’ve just been all over the place with my posts which annoys my usual perfectionist self.

11. If could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

DISNEY WORLD. Not that it’s been a life dream of mine to go or anything…


For this award I’m nominating anyone who wants to take part! There are too many incredible blogs that I love and follow to pick any out, so to anyone who answers the questions I’d love to read them!

Here are your questions:

1. What is your favourite place that you have traveled to?

2. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?

3. What’s your favourite ice cream flavour?

4. If you had £1,000,000 how would you spend it?

5. You are only allowed to use three makeup products in your routine; what would you use?

6. Are you a bath person or a shower person?

7. If you had to learn another language, what would you choose?

8. Do you prefer crazy nights out or chilled nights in?

9. If you could spend one day with anyone, alive or dead, who would you pick and what would you talk about?

10. Do you prefer Paperback or Hardback books?

11. What is your idea of a fun day out?

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Empties #2

This is the second installment in my empties series! If you missed the first one, you can check it out here.

Impulse True Love Body Fragrance

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I finished one of these in my last empties post too; I just seemed to have a never-ending supply of them (although I’ve used all of them up now yay!). I liked the scent of this one and it was handy to travel about with.

Miss Beauty Perfect Base Face Primer

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I loved this product, and for £1 I was very impressed with the quality. It had a moisturiser consistency, and make up sat nicely on top of it.

Collection Divine Volume Lash Mascara in Black

Unfortunately I hated this. I would apply it to my lashes but next to no colour would transfer, let alone give me any volume as it claimed. After only a month of use it started to irritate my eyes as though it was out of date, so I threw it away (so not technically an empty oops). It’s only saving grace was the wand, which worked well to separate lashes.

Sanctuary Spa Cleansing Burst Body Wash

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This had the classic Sanctuary Spa scent which I really like, it’s quite a floral musky scent which makes a nice change from my usual choice of sickly-sweet. The only thing I was a bit unsure of was the beads, as they never seemed to burst.

Mitchum Pure Fresh Anti-Perspirant Deodorant

I bought this on special offer, and it was one of the best deodorants I’ve used. It comes in a spray can and lasts pretty much all day. I don’t think I’ll repurchase until it comes back at a cheaper price, though.

Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Amazing Makeup Fixing Spray

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This must be the third bottle of this that I’ve gone though. It’s got a cheap price tag but works well to keep my makeup in place. I also like to use it to refresh my makeup if it’s looking a bit cakey.

Sanctuary Spa Gentle Polish Body Scrub

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This came in a set with the body wash, and has the same scent. As the name suggests it was a gentle scrub, which I enjoyed using.

I’ve been quite surprised at how many products I use since tracking them for these posts. I’m aiming to get through all my similar products before repurchasing any more, for example body lotions (of which I have a LOT to get through). That way I’m saving money, and will have more empties to write about!

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