Sunday, 28 May 2017

Tanya Burr's "my paradise" eyeshadow palette


I recently picked up one of Tanya Burr's recently launched palettes in the name "my paradise". I've never owned a Tanya Burr palette but I mainly wanted to try out this one because I loved the pineapple detail and of course the summer vibe going on.

Summer is finally here (let's pray to the English gods that it stays that way) which means that rose gold is IN. I've been completely obsessing over this palette mainly because of the rose gold which is also shimmery, what more could a girl want? I also love that the packaging is rose gold too and that's a massive bonus.

The palette in itself is super girly and pretty which is right up my street. I'm loving everything girly at the moment so this is possibly my new bestfriend for the time being. It has a metallic touch to it which I also find really cool and eye-grabbing, and not to mention the mirrored heart inside, how cute?



When I first used this palette there wasn't much build up of the colours which was a little disappointing. However when I used it for a second time it was great. I wouldn't say that the pigmentation is the best but there is definitely something there and the outcome was so pretty and natural. I received so many compliments on that one day about my makeup saying how well it went with my skin tone and how pretty it made my eyes look which is also a really good compliment to receive.

I noticed how healthy and vibrant my eyes looked after using these colours and they really did go with everything about me. I was so used to wearing pinks and silvers that it became boring in the end so this was so good to be able to change everything up and try something new.

With the makeup look I've shared, I was using the colours "champagne cocktail" and "tranquility" which were such a good combination and had a really good turn out. My eyeliner seemed to stand out a lot more and it looked so good. I was so impressed too because it lasted all day which is amazing and what you need in weather like this!

Overall, I would give this palette a solid 8/10, the pricing is super affordable and it lasts forever. I'm so proud of Tanya for bringing out this palette as she's worked so hard on it and the turn out is incredible! I'll definitely be purchasing more of Tanya's beauty products soon!

Kay x

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

What's in my makeup bag?


My makeup bag has changed quite a lot throughout the years, and I'm finding myself trying out different makeup each time. I thought I'd give you a sneak peak as to what I keep inside my makeup bag. I'm using the Zoella cosmetic bag which fits all my makeup in perfectly, and is so handy to carry around.

Face


I use quite a lot of beauty products on my face as you can tell, but I'm super self-conscious of my natural skin, therefore I try to make it look as flawless as possible. I've been loving the combination of my two favourite concealers at the moment, Collection lasting perfection and Maybelline eye eraser. They both give excellent coverage to my skin and hide imperfections really well which is what you want. The only problem with both of these products is that they don't last as long as I'd like them too which is a real shame but I'm not bothered entirely because I love them both just as much.

For my foundation I've recently been trying out the Rimmel lasting perfection as I've spent so long using my Fit me foundation and it was time for a change. I love it mainly because it gives a medium to full coverage and looks so good with my tan. I do sometimes find that this doesn't last me the whole day which is a shame but it looks good when it's fresh so who honestly cares here?

I use two powders and I've finally become a part of the baking gang. Two months ago I wouldn't have even known what good comes from this but I just can't see myself without using it now. It has been an actual life saver for me and it really locks in your makeup where it's prone to fall off. I picked up the Rimmel match perfection powder and It's been my life at the moment. I would like to eventually venture out and try out the Laura Mercier translucent powder but that's definitely for another day. On top of the loose powder I lock everything in with my usual powder, Rimmel stay matte. It smells divine and works really well.

Eyebrows and contour


I'm most definitely not someone who spends half an hour on her eyebrows, I'm no where near that good! I only actually started filling my brows in daily this year and I just can't go out without anything on them now. I've been using the Maybelline master brow pro palette and I personally think it's amazing. I'm not sure whether this is a popular product but it's so handy for beginners and those who want a bit more control over the application of their brows. You get a wax which is so handy for making sure the brow product actually stays on all day, and then you get a highlighter to highlight your brow bone. I don't use the brow highlighter that much at all even though it's not a bad highlighter if I'm honest.

I've been using the Maybelline master sculpt for a few months now and it's so good considering I don't fully contour my face. It's not the best product I will admit. but it's great if you're only wanting a light contour on your face which is what I go for.

Eyes


Anyone who knows me will know that the Violet Voss holy grail palette is my life. Ever since I won it I've been obsessing over it and I just can't get enough of it. The colours are all right up my street and the formula is insane. I mainly use the shades ploof, cranberry splash and crystal. I've been told a few times that pink eyeshadows really bring out my eyes and where I used to wear a lot of brown eyeshadows I found that it just made my eyes look a big mess and didn't look right on me at all. I'm always using the Maybelline lash sensational as my mascara because there's no fault in it. It's so great and never fails to impress me.

Setting and lips


MAC are possibly one of my favourite brands at the moment, I just love everything about them and they never fail to disappoint me. I've been especially loving how well it's helped hold my makeup on all day and that's all thanks to the Mac studio fix plus spray. I am obsessed with how great this product is and it honestly does the job it's supposed to do. I find that it's best if you apply this before and after your makeup because then it's like a sandwich of makeup. I made that up last month, so the setting spray is the bread and the makeup is the filling (don't even ask.) For my lips I've been using the Velvet teddy lipstick and it's one of my favourites at the moment. It looks so good on the lips and gives a great matte finish. I would really like to try out some different shades though, possibly some summery ones.

Kay xx

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

My top spring nail colours


Painting my nails has become such a hobby of mine; I love trying out new and different colours and also mixing them up, and now that Spring has finally hit, it's the season for all things pastel and pretty. I absolutely love pastel colours if you didn't know, I think they really light up the mood and are in general just the best. I've been loving these three nail polishes at the moment by Rimmel, they're part of the Rita Ora collection that I purchased a few years back.

wild-er-ness. I love lilac at the moment, it's such a pretty colour. This one looks super pretty on the nails and goes with pretty much any outfit.

rain rain go away. This is one of my favourite colours in my whole nail polish collection. I love how pretty yet simple nude colours look on, and they pretty much complete a look. This one has hints of brown in which I absolutely love!

peachella. I wore this the other day on my nails and I couldn't stop looking at my hands! This colour is perfect for summer, it looks great on and even better with a tan.

You can easily mix and match these colours up, they'll look great either way. These are definitely my go-to colours at the moment and I know that I'm going to be reaching for them a lot of the time!

Kay x


Sunday, 2 April 2017

finishing college and starting fresh


I've been so distant here on my blog recently, I never thought my health would take over everything in the way it has but unfortunately these things happen in life and I feel like it's time to talk about it.

I've always spent my life worrying about the little things in life, over-thinking every situation possible which of course isn't the way forward. I had a shitty childhood, something that's only really started to affect me now I'm getting older and mature, and it brings back a lot of memories that you tried so hard to forget about. 

I spent my school and college years absolutely hating life and everyone. I didn't fit in at all no matter who I hung round with. I always felt very isolated and distant from society, which is why I decided to start up this blog of mine and express myself as an individual. I hated the fact that popularity was a thing and that you had to look good just to fit in with the crowd. That wasn't me. I hated others singling out everyone else, judging them on the most pathetic of reasons there was, I love everyone and will always respect everyone for who they are and the choices in which they make in life. 

I decided by this point in time that I'm such an independent person and will forever love being just that. I love the idea of being able to make your own decisions in life and not having to worry about anyone else judging your every move. I love being on my own, not in the single-forever or screw-family kind of way, I just love being able to make the decisions in my life on my own and judge my own opinions and decisions. 

The last several months of my life have been such a struggle. I'm not going to sit here and say that I'm okay because truth be told, I'm not. My life went from a strong 10/10, to a 2/10 in the space of seven months, and as much as I loved starting college and doing something I enjoy, a lot of other things happened in my life that changed me as a person. 

I got put on tablets for depression and anxiety. It took me several months to pluck up the courage and finally talk about my feelings to someone and get help. I spent my first year in college absolutely hating myself but putting on this brave face for everyone so I didn't come across as "moody" as you get called that a lot with depression. 

I'm not one to express my feelings to anyone, I keep them locked inside and then bottle them up. I cannot stress enough how much talking about it helped me. It was as if there had been this huge brick on my shoulder that had fallen and smashed, it was like a relief. It didn't make the problem go away but it made me realise that there are people to turn to if you need them, and that it's okay to not be okay.

Feeling the way in which I do, I've decided that after I've finished this year in beauty therapy, I'm going to quite college for good. I've decided that it's time to get better and improve myself and get ready for my future. It's been my absolute goal ever since I was 12 to be a blogger and vlogger and I'll continue to work extra hard to have the opportunity to do so. I've had people doubt me in the past, tell me that blogging isn't a proper job and it'll get you no where in life but this is my dream, nothing and no one can get in the way of that. 

When I started my blog, I had no idea how much it would change my lifestyle. I've been sent products by brands I could have never dreamed of, and it's such an amazing feeling. To know that hard work and determination can get you to where you want to be if you put your absolute all into it. I've also met some of the most amazing blogging friends online who are adorable and the kindest people going. I've learnt more life advice from one blog post than I have in general. I love the blogging community so much.

I want to make small changes in my life, and make the most of my time off. I've signed myself up to the gym and I'm looking forward to starting, I've put it off for three years now but it's time to start and make physical changes to myself. I also want to learn more at home and learn to be independent and do adult things such as the washing, the ironing and all of the grown up things teenagers cringe at now. I also want to spent more time with my grandparents at home, I've lived with them for 11 years now and I'm getting older as are they. I'll be looking to move out soon and I want to spend as much time as I can with them, to say thank you for everything in which they have done for me, and for them to also spend more time with me. 

I know that it's not going to get better today, but it's better than yesterday and we always have tomorrow to look forward to. I've started to live in the moment, not think about the past but look forward to the future. You'll only get knocked back ten times harder if you keep looking back, that's why I've decided to take a break and focus on where I want to be and how I'm going to get there. It'll take time but it's honestly so worth it in the end.

I'm going to be doing an advice chapter on my blog soon, I love helping others and giving them advice, so feel free to email me whenever if you need advice of somewhat. We're all in this together, and I'm hoping that this little blog of mine can somewhat help you in any way.

Thanks so much,

Kay x
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