Beauty Edit: Top 5 Eyeshadow Palettes 

I have to admit when it comes to shopping for palettes, I tend to stick to the classic (and somewhat boring) neutral shades. As I have dark brown eyes (that wasn’t supposed to sound as big headed as it seems) I personally feel that I can only wear certain colours that I’m comfortable with. They always say that blues are good for dark eyes but there is no hope in hell of me rocking a dated 1980’s style statement eye. However I have started branching out within the last six months or so by introducing some copper, cranberry and burgundy tones into my palettes. If I’m feeling flirty and looking to spice things up I will always reach for my MAC single eyeshadow in Cranberry and through a loose pigment pot into the mix. Saying that it can be hard to find your perfect palette when you prefer sticking to a certain colour collection. The palettes I currently wear are from high street brands that are perfectly affordable and easy to blend.

NARS: And God Create The Woman:

I purchased this handy little compact when I was shopping up an absolute storm in Sephora, Boston. I can remember when the first palette launched and it was incredibly difficult to purchase due to the high demand. Therefore, you can imagine my excitement when I managed to get my hands on the second limited edition. It is your classic browns and gold’s but it is just so pretty and the best palette for travelling with. No matter if you are going for a subtle daytime look or full on dramatic smoky eye, you can work wonders with this little beauty. The pigmentation is quite impressive, although lets face it; it is a NARS product after all.

Charlotte Tilbury: The Vintage Vamp:

We all know the impact that Ms. Tilbury has had on the make up world since launching a while back. We can’t get it here in Belfast so I always head down to a Brown Thomas in Dublin and shop up a sweet sweet storm. I’ve built up a pretty nice collection but today is all about her wonder palette, The Vintage Vamp. This is by far my favourite choice out of all her palettes. It’s a beautiful warm collection of nudes, burgundies and a fabulous copper sparkle shade. The quartz works in order of how you apply it and I always find myself reaching for it time and time again. No matter what season we are in, I’ll always create an updated version of a statement look.

Tarte: Tarlette Amazonian Clay Matte:

The mother of all matte palettes! This wonder product is a huge favourite between us beauty bloggers and You Tuber’s, the pigmentation is pretty sweet. The shades are almost too pretty to use with the gorgeous Tarte logo imprinted in each pigment. It’s the ultimate palette for creating a soft and subtly daytime look or dusky smoky eye. The product is hard to get your hands on within Ireland and the UK as Tarte is an American brand, the shipping can be quite costly. It’s just so pretty and compact enough to travel with. I’m really into matte looks at the minute so it’s a nice change from all of the sparkles.

Urban Decay: Naked 3:

When it comes to the whole Naked palette craziness, I not particularly a huge fan. Don’t get me wrong I do have the first palette but I have gone off it and never use it anymore. It wasn’t until I seen a fellow beauty blogger using the third palette, that I fell head over heels in love. I definitely prefer the as it makes a nice change from the browns and gold. The third one is more mauve, deep purples and soft pinks, a fresher approach to a smoky eye in my opinion. With a massive variety of shades to play with, you’ll become an absolute PRO at mastering the dramatic smoky eye.

MAC: Toledo Limited Edition Palette:

What I absolutely adore about this little beauty is how different it is compared to my other picks. It is like nothing I would usually opt for but when the lovely girl create a look for me using it, I immediately fell in love. It’s pretty vibrant and not everyone’s cup of tea but if you’re looking to try something new, then I would recommend trying this palette or one similar. It’s a great colour collection to work with during the summer months and I can’t wait to recreate another vibrant look. I actually purchased the highly pigmented liner and mascara to match it they help pull the look together and make it pop like no other.

Which palettes are favourites of yours? I would love to hear your thoughts and maybe build my own collection.

Nx

Toledo, Toledo…

Just like I do with my clothes, I have recently found myself in a bit of a beauty rut. And with beauty, I mean make up. I have pretty much every shade of lipstick available; I’m not afraid to add colour and rock a bold lip. I have concurred the dramatic eye with a variety of shades, up until not that is. I was browsing around MAC having a nosey at the new Cinderella collection. As much as it is every bit magical, the soft shades and pastel looks don’t work with my skin tone. Enter Team Toledo

Isabel and Ruben Toledo lend their vibrant eye for fashion and art to a collection of irreverent colour designed to inspire endless play.” – MAC Cosmetics

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This vibrant collection is much more up my street and the packaging is to die for. Deep tones with a splash creativity and I’m in love. Of course there was a selection of palettes, lipsticks, liners and mascaras to choose from. I was going to opt for the purple hues when I spotted the MAC girls all wearing the outrageous green shades. A far cry from my usual coppers and golden browns but I was instantly drawn to the greens. I’m a lover of lime within my wardrobe, but never with my beauty. Until now that is.

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I have to admit that I was a little hesitant at first, but once the lovely girl at the counter gave me a mini make over, I fell in love. I was only purchasing the palette but after the eye liner and mascara was thrown into the mix, I had to have all three. They might not be everyone’s cup of tea but to each is own. Lucky for you all, there is a palette to suit everyone’s skin tone and eye colour.

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Can we just take moment to appreciate this mascara! How utterly fabulous is the colour and the wand?! It is a twister style making it easy to get into the inner and outer corners of the eyes. I don’t know about you lovelies but I always end up poking myself in the eye trying to get every lash or smudging it all over the place. The lime shade is amazing, it is super pigmented and I wore it along the bottom lash line for a daring and different look.

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Onto the liner! This is a multiple style product as you can wear it as a stand alone colour on its own or you can use it as a base colour before applying the green eyeshadow. It was applied in the centre of my lid with the darkest shade blended in both the inner and outer corner of my eye. A nice change from the light to dark look. I personally feel that if you want maximum impact with this lime collection, you should definitely apply the liner before the green shadow as it really makes it pop.image

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I completely forgot to take a picture earlier in the day as soon as it was all applied so apologies for the not so good lighting. I’m sure you all get the jist though. Pretty cool, eh?

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I’d love to know your thoughts on the look. I’ll hopefully upload a close up of the make up look on my Instagram when I’m going out for the night so stay tuned!

Nx