Beauty, Makeup, New

Taking an online makeup course- experience/review

7 months ago, I began a makeup and nail online course and I have loved every minute! At times, the amount on information I had to consume was slightly overwhelming but when it’s something you love, it doesn’t feel like a chore. In fact, I was almost dreading the end as I knew I couldn’t read all about something fun followed by provided relating video material anymore. Be warned, it may say the course takes a certain number of hours however this is just reading time (minus the videos). To actually learn the information took me many months. At the end, there was an exam with a 60% pass mark-I passed!- and then you can get a certificate to prove your work.

On the course there was so many amazing topics from how to give a manicure to what colour eyeshadow works best for each eye colour. I loved how the material was presented with pictures and an almost blog style format. I also loved how there was a skin care topic (approx 8 hours reading time) that went really in-depth into the skins biology as well as how to treat your skin based on its type and how to get nutrients from foods that support different aspects of skin health. The skin topic was by far the hardest with the intense amount of information and, what seems at first, the alien terminology. Examples are emollient, beta carotene, argireline, humectants.

To aid my learning I put a full face on 4 people: young to mature, all with different skin needs and colourings. I also made a portfolio to give me more opportunities once I had finished. The course was not too expensive but well worth every penny, in my opinion: It was educational, interesting and had me looking forward for the next topic every time I went on the website.

I’d really recommend taking a makeup course online if you have a busy lifestyle or just wasn’t a creative escape from some hardhitting A levels. The bonus of a student discount card also added to the many pros of my experience. If you’re thinking about doing a makeup course, go for it! I’m sure you won’t regret it.

Thanks for reading,

Shaddows xoxo

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

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.



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.


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)


Makeup, New

Natural Makeup- Royal Wedding inspired

Lately, there has been a ton of natural makeup inspiration from the recent royal wedding. Having always felt not pretty enough to use makeup to enhance over recreate, it was so nice to find that, actually, natural makeup can look really flattering too.

Below is a list of how to/products perfect for achieving a gorgeous, natural face.

Shimmer as a primer- whether it be something like Mac strobe cream, pearly porefeshional or simply a shimmery cream bronzer, apply shimmer as a primer (on top of a well prepped face) to get the natural glow seen all the time in this sort of makeup.

Nars sheer glow- apply this low coverage foundation sparingly with a brush to allow your skin to look like skin (not a mask). Use extra foundation to cover imperfections as concealer can easily look too cakey.

Cream contour- I know this is supposed to be natural but just trust me. Cream contour can be pushed into the skin, blending very easily to look more part of the skin rather than put on. I love the zoeva kit for the mix of warm, cool, banana and shimmery creams. Take some product and push it into th skin to best enhance your facial structure. I like to have my contour sit high to lift my cheek bones slightly.

Blush and Highlight- what is lost in natural makeup should be made up by creating a youthful healthy glow with blush and highlight. My natural favourites are collections shimmery blush and Macs soft and gentle. Glowing skin is such a must for this makeup style and blush makes you look healthier and fuller in the cheeks.

Eyeshadow- taking what is left of the cream contour on your beauty blender, place onto the eyelids to cover any darkness/redness/veins and to deepen the eyes and make them stand out a little more. Loosely set with a dusting of powder to avoid creasing.

Mascara- Add a lengthening mascara not prone to clumping, I love the roller lash for this as  it leaves lashes so fluttery.

Dior lipgloss- lipgloss is my new obsession especially by Dior and for natural makeup. Choose a colour that enhances your skin tone, usually a shade within your lip  tone a few shades either side of the actual colour.

I hope this has been useful and apologies for the lack of posts, hopefully I will have some new ones ready for the usual Thursday and Saturday. Thanks for reading,

Shaddows xoxo



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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