Makeup, New

Too Faced White Peach Review

Too faced’s stunning ‘white peach’ palette is full of muted peach and pink tones with mesmerising duochrome shades that compliment each other perfectly.

Buildable, smooth shades apply easily and blend well however, there is some fallout – but nothing crazy. With Medium pigment, the formula seems different to other Too Faced palettes (really pigmented) however this is not at all a bad thing, I really like it. A natural blend of warm shades can create a subtle yet beautiful eye look for everyday wear. Alternatively, the gorgeous, deep black, purple and blue duo chrome shade in the bottom corner would be perfect for a more smokey eye. Versatility is really shown in this product with many different possible looks from a range of shades that all work so well together.

The packaging is so pretty, I love the vintage feel of the faux peach clasp paired with the fun ombré colour on the top. Another pro is the huge mirror that covers the entire lid of the medium sized palette. The packaging feels luxurious and the product inside is just as good. I love this palette and really recommend it.

Thanks for reading,

Shaddows xoxo

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Fashion, New

How to get £1k designer handbags for £250

Over the past year I have developed a love for designer handbags however, being a student, the cost is just not realistic. But, if you think about how you are buying designer goods, a LOT of money can be saved. These hacks have saved me £750 on designers like Micheal Kors, Ted Baker and Ralph Lauren. If you want to find out how to save, keep reading!

TK Maxx is your bff. You may have to dig and hunt for bags but it’s worth it. Lately I have seen handbags by Moschino, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Versace and Ralph Lauren stocked even with their dust bags. Get to know your local stores delivery day/time for the best pick of their new stock. Also, if your store is situated near a John Lewis/department store selling a certain brand ie. Ralph Lauren, it is likely that the Tk Maxx will not be allowed to stock these brands so bear that in mind. When you’ve found your new bag, search for tiny faults like a small black line (that can be polished off at home, nothing like a rip or fault in manufacturing- no way!) and tell the SA as they will usually take off a further 10%. To show how much you can actually save in TK Maxx I brought a RL for £45 reduced from over £300 and a MK for £80 reduced from £370. Tk Maxx has huge savings!

Outlets are also a great place to get bags for less, my personal favourite is Biceter Village. It’s such a gorgeous place with many top end designers (that I can’t afford yet but it’s still lovely to look around) as well as more entry level brands like Micheal Kors and Kate spade. Recently I purchased a bag there with a total saving of £185 which can really add up when growing your collection.

Finally, if you want new season products and the in store experience, wait for sales! Only the other day my local Micheal Kors was having a random 15% off day which can really save you some money. Sometimes they also half price certain items which is how I got my very first designer purse for just £40.

I hope this is helpful, thanks for reading,

Shaddows xoxo

Makeup, New

London Makeup Haul💄

Recently, I visited one of my favourite places: London! We had a spontaneous trip and decided that morning to go down to London and do some sightseeing and makeup shopping. It was an amazing day and I picked up some really nice beauty goodies from (the fabulous) Selfridges.

 

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Dior lipgloss’ are so luxurious and the packaging is perfect; after loving my pink Dior lipgloss so much, I decided the collagen activ lip plumper would be a perfect addition to my lip collection. The results are fantastic, a difference can be seen almost instantly.

My  makeup journey began with Urban Decays palettes and they hold a special place in my heart so I decided to pick up the naked 2 for its rich shimmers and ‘going out’ feel. I can’t wait to start using it, especially paired with some of the pinks from modern renaissance.

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I’ve been on the hunt for a glitter liner for about a year now and none seem to have the rich pigment I’m after however, there is almost no transparency to this peel off liner by too faced. It’s a gorgeous pink in the shade ‘yes way rose’

Finally, from Too Faced, this stunning palette full of peach/pinks and mesmerising duochrome shades. In loveee. It was £33 which I thought was very good for a high end palette especially as it came in quality packaging and has a huge mirror.

Thanks for reading,

Shaddows xoxo

(prices: 1. £26    2. £39     3. £16    4. £33, all can be brought from places like Debenhams, Selfridges and House Of Fraser. Debenhams have money off regularly so it can be worth waiting for sales)

 

Beauty, Makeup, New, Uncategorized

How To Bulid A Successful Makeup Instagram

If you have a passion for makeup then creating a Instagram page not only is enjoyable but you can chat to like minded people, grow your skills and even promote brands/receive free products. It’s not easy. Posts can take hours to create, not to mention writing a caption linking all the brands, editing skin and using the perfect hashtags. However, if you follow these four steps, things are a lot easier.

1. Quality pictures

Taking quality pictures is so important. Find your best angle (stick to it if possible as people love a clean feed and can instantly identify your work from your angle if repeatedly used). Find the lighting that works best for you and take pictures that are crisp and clear. Blurry photos never do as well as a crisp shot. I like to use the back camera of my iPhone 6s for the best possible, clear photo, especially with the flash on.

2. Blend more and intensity

Eyeshadow may seem perfectly blended irl, but take a picture and it can resemble a streaky mess. They ain’t lying when the phrase ‘blending is my cardio’ is used when it comes to insta makeup! Take more time blending when you are doing makeup looks for Instagram and increase the intensity. Double cut creases don’t look cute day to day but take a picture and it looks amazing. Photos can wash out colour so be brave with shades applied and  make sure your brows are looking fierce as they will appear far more washed out/less intense on a screen.

3. Hashtags

Hashtags are so so important, if you want to know which ones to use check out Best hashtags post . Also remember to only use up to 30 or the caption will be deleted upon posting and use a variety of popular/specific hashtags to get engagement on a larger scale and over an extended period of time. Also, don’t over use hashtags as you risk being shaddownanned where the hashtags don’t work on your post.

4. Timings

See when your followers are most active and when Instagram traffic is at its highest and on what days to allow the most engagement on your makeup pictures. Timing is key to how successful your post will be. I find later at night is best for me as the majority of my followers are from America where time is behind.

I really hope this helped, I remember setting up my account last August with no clue so hopefully this will be helpful to someone who is in the same position.

Thanks for reading!

Shaddows xoxo

Makeup, New

Vanity Tour/inspo

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Pictured abouve is my  much loved, favourite spot and happy place: my vanity.  I thought I’d share the products that I have used to create this place as some inspiration and a little tour of my dressing table.

Main Products

Ikea ‘hermes’ dressing table in white.

Argos floor lamp

TK Maxx white chair

TK Maxx mirror

Ikea skura bin

The Ikea dressing table is so stunning, I absolutely love it. It retails for around £145 and has storage, a mirror, glass top (convenient for makeup) and solid sturdy table. When I was searching for a vanity, they all seem to come in several pieces making it really expensive. I love how this all matches and comes as one as well as being such a beautiful piece of furniture. The white is so pretty and makeup wipes away relatively easily.

I paired the dressing table with white accessories such as the chic chair from TKMaxx. Although now slightly worn, it did look so nice and was such a bargain due to the shops heavily reduced prices of quality items. The chair is leather with a silver metal base and is so comfy; it’s the perfect size.

Some useful items I added include the ikea bin (seems to always be full- it’s a great spot to have a bin) and a crystal mirror with a close up side from TK Maxx (great price). As well as this, something I highly recommend adding to your vanity: a floor lamp that can be moved to any position to allow makeup application at what ever time of the day/weather and great lighting.

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With much of the basics being white, I accessorised my dressing table with photos and tags of brands I love, fairy lights and dressed the two draws that sit on the table. Inside the left draw is all my hair ties, tweezers and scissors (brow and hair stuff) and the right holds watches and sunglasses.

On top of the left draw, I placed a pretty pink and marble book (TK Maxx -they have an amazing note book section) with some fake pale pink roses (Tk Maxx again, there’s kind of a theme here haha). Just in front I place any perfume samples I have.

On the right is my little pandora place where I store all my earrings and rings in front of a picture perfect Pandora bag. For best storage I removed the foam out of the middle box to store all my rings at the same time.

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As if I couldn’t love the dressing table any more, it has a large hidden draw just below the surface where I store all of my skincare and contact lense things. One small negative, like the Ikea  Alex drawsis that the draw goes too far back making it in accessible but it’s nothing that would put me off purchasing it again.

For more inspiration, I have a whole Pinterest board of insanely beautiful vanity’s: https://pin.it/2grkz3aad7a7dl

Thanks for reading,

Shaddows xoxo