Product Feature – Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow

First off, is this not one of the most beautiful palettes you have ever seen?

I spotted the Hourglass Modernist eye shadow palette on the Sephora website prior to its release and I have been dreaming about it ever since. I seriously could stare at this thing all day. Selecting the colour scheme I wanted was very tricky, as usual I wanted all of them (they are just so beautiful).  But, in an attempt to branch out from my standard #basic neutral eye look, I decided on Exposure which comes with 5 shadows ranging in the plum colour family.

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Colours in palette from left to right: champagne, aubergine, bronze, black violet, lilac

This palette I will admit, has quite the hefty price tag but the quality and luxuriousness of the shadows definitely justify the price. I don’t think I have ever worked with shadows that have blended so seamlessly. A little product goes on long way as they are highly pigmented, very creamy and easy to build.  Each shadow I used applied onto my eyelid smoothly and blended into, something that I think, is a professional looking smoky eye (And believe me I am not a professional when it comes to eye shadow).

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The one downside I did notice was the fallout of eye shadow within the palette. While there is no fallout when applying to the skin, the fallout happens within the packaging when dipping your brush into the shadows. Keeping in mind that a little product goes a long way there isn’t a need to really pack the shadow onto the brush. Who would want to waste such a beautiful thing?!

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Overall I think this is a great product. From the beautiful packaging, the gorgeous shape of the shadows to the actual colour schemes, this one lives up to everything I hoped it would be. It is definitely a luxury purchase but totally worth it. If I had to pick a second colour scheme to buy I would go with the olive palette. A girl can always dream.

Until next time

Sarah x

Under the Sea

After a long work week, I’m a big fan of the weekend treat and this time used the admission tickets I was given over Christmas to the Aquarium in the city.  Having never been to an aquarium before, I had no idea what to expect but I was hoping to find Nemo!

From octopus, crabs, and zebra fish I didn’t know where to look first. A large tunnel ran through the main tank giving you the feeling of being under water with all the sharks and fish. There were so many new creatures which I had never seen before! It’s crazy to believe that all those little (and big) guys live in the ocean. They are just casually swimming along while we visit the beach!

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But enough about the fish. I decided to play up my eye make-up to match the day’s under water activities. I am not a big fan of colour eye shadow but I’m trying to branch out from my usual neutral eye. After digging through my pallets, I picked a couple of blue shadows to blend into a subtle smoky eye. Below are some pictures of my look and the products I used to achieve it. Please excuse the untamed eyebrows, I need to sort those boys out soon.

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Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circles Eraser in Neutralizer

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Biscuit

Smashbox Photo Finisher Lid Primer

Urban Decay Naked Pallet using shades Sin, Buck, Gun Metal and Half Baked

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner in Midnight

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara