Review and Swatches | Marc Jacobs Beauty “The Lolita” Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Eyeshadow

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Something exciting has happened, Marc Jacobs Beauty is now available in the UK online at Harrods – waves hands in the air and shout woohoo. I will have a review coming soon of my most recent Marc Jacobs Beauty purchase. However, todays post is about the very first Marc Jacobs Beauty product I ever purchased, the Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Eyeshadow in “The Lolita”.

As with “The Dreamer” (see my review here), the quality of the eyeshadows is fantastic, both the shimmers and mattes are pigmented, smooth and they all blend together beautifully.

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I feel that this is a good basic eyeshadow palette as it is not too warm and it is not too cool. It has everything you need to create a more natural day time look or a smokey evening look. The dark brown works well as a more subtle eyeliner  and I just love the effect you get from applying the fifth shade all over the lid or in the inner corner, it has almost a duo chrome finish to it – the photo really does not do it justice. 

As I said before, these palettes are not cheap but they are well worth the money. The Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Eyeshadow palettes retail for £45 and are available here.

The Perfect Face Mask Combo | Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque and Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Out of Trouble Mask

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My skin has been so unhappy recently, I think I have had more blemishes in the past few months than I have had in my whole life, and not only that my skin is also quite dehydrated. I usually have combination oily skin, but I am finding now that my skin is mostly normal (except my oily nose) and dehydrated all over, even my previously oily areas are less oily. This has caused me to have a good look at my skincare routine. I expect I will write an up to date skincare routine soon once I finish tweaking it.

Since my skin has changed I have found I am reaching for a clay mask to deeply clean my skin (mainly my nose and chin) and a hydrating mask to rehydrate the rest of my face. Now usually I would have used these masks at separate times on separate days, however after having a facial recently where the beautician targeted different areas of my skin with different masks I have changed my face mask routine. I discovered I could either use both masks at the same time as the beautician did, or I could use one after the other. I find that clay masks leave my skin feeling a bit tight now, so using a hydrating mask afterwards really helps relieve that feeling.

The Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque is a bright mint green clay mask that smells strongly of fresh mint. I personally love the scent, but it does feel like you are rubbing toothpaste all over your face. The mask feels smooth and cooling when you apply it to the face which is nice and relaxing. I usually only apply this mask to my t-zone as that is where I get the most oily and the most blemishes. It does a fantastic job of absorbing excess oil and reducing the occurrence of spots. I can say without a doubt it is one of the best clay masks I have ever used.

The Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Out of Trouble Mask is a creamy hydrating mask with a scent that reminds me of peaches. Like the Queen Helene mask it feels cooling when you apply it to the face and it also feels quite soothing on the skin. It provides an instant  – well not quite instant – shot of hydration to the skin and I find that it stops my skin feeling quite so tight. Even though I have an oily nose and oily-ish chin and forehead I still apply this mask to my t-zone as my skin is also dehydrated in those areas.

The Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque and the Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Out of Trouble Mask are the perfect products to help deeply clean and hydrate the skin. The Queen Helene retails for approximately £4 and is available here, and the Origins retails for £23 and is available here.

Update | Poor health and Learning to Adjust

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I was hoping after my last update from being away I would have continued to blog regularly, however life decided to throw me a curve ball that has completely changed my life. I will not go into too much detail as its been a long journey up until this point, but I will explain what has been happening over the past 6 months.

I started my new job in June and all was going well until I started getting a funny sensation in my hips – it sort of felt like my legs were numb but I could still feel if they were touched – this sensation then spread down my legs to my feet and up my torso to around the level of my belly button. I was referred by my GP to the Medical Assessment Unit and then a Neurologist at my local hospital. They ordered an MRI, blood tests and Evoked Potentials tests to investigate what was causing my symptoms. During this time I was signed off work, fell down the stairs which caused a concussion, and started feeling extremely fatigued. I also found out I was vitamin B12 deficient so started having B12 injections to try and increase the levels of the vitamin in my body.

Coming up to three years ago I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia so it was not unusual for me to feel fatigued or experience increased levels of pain, but the fatigue I started feeling was stopping me being able to do most daily activities – unfortunately, including blogging.

In January this year I went back to see the Neurologist after she had received all of my test results and she diagnosed me with Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) alongside my Fibromyalgia, which explains why my levels of fatigue have increased. She also advised that research has shown that patients with Fibromyalgia, Depression, IBS etc (the list was long) are more susceptible to experiencing unexplainable neurological symptoms, which explains the strange sensation I have in my legs. Now that the medical professionals and I know what is causing my symptoms we are working together to try and improve how I am feeling.

I am still learning to adjust to my new diagnosis – I had not really adjusted to my Fibromyalgia diagnosis – and I am receiving help with this, so hopefully when I start feeling more myself I will be able to get back to doing everything I want to do. For now I am not going to give myself a blogging schedule but I will be writing and posting as much as I can when I am feeling well.

Thank you to everyone who is still following me and for the support I have received from fellow bloggers.

Review and Swatches | Marc Jacobs Beauty “The Dreamer” Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Shadow

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“The Dreamer” was the second eyeshadow palette I purchased from the Marc Jacobs Beauty line, “The Lolita” was the first (review coming soon). I am a huge lover of warm toned eyeshadows, as they really bring out the blue in my eyes, so this is why I decided to purchase this palette.

The quality of Marc Jacobs eyeshadows is outstanding, even the matte shades, which are sometimes a problem in other palettes. The shadows are highly pigmented and blend together seamlessly, making it easy to create a beautiful look.

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My favourite colour in the palette has to be the very last colour on the right. It’s a gorgeous intense gold that leans slightly more orange than yellow. It looks lovely packed all over the lid with the edges blended out and swept under the lash line with tons of mascara for a simple yet put together look. That’s the kind of look I like to wear a lot in the summer as it is simple but gives of that bronzed goddess vibe when paired with bronzed skin.

I am glad they included a dark matte brown in the palette. This shade works well to deepen the outer corner, smoke out the lash line or placed thinly along the lash line as a more subtle eyeliner. I love that this palette is so versatile. You can create lighter day time looks or add in the darker gold and dark brown for a more smokey evening look.

The Marc Jacobs Beauty Plush Shadow palettes are not cheap, but I believe they are really worth the money. The packaging looks classy and the palette is perfect for travelling as it is sleek and sturdy. Each palette retails for $59 and they are available here.

Wish List #5 | July 2015

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I know it is a bit late in the month to be posting a July Wishlist but there are a few particular products I am desperate to get my hands on at the moment so I thought I would write about them on my blog in the hopes a certain someone would see this post and treat me – just kidding… or am I.

1. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop

Jaclyn Hill had done it again. She has collaborated with a fantastic company to create a beautiful product that I just cannot resist purchasing. I already love the formula of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors but the one I own (Rose Gold) is a tad dark for me at the moment, due to me having an English Rose – in other words ghostly pale – complexion. Jaclyn created this product to suit any skin tone. It is described as a soft white gold with pinky peach undertones. It sounds perfect. I believe it is only available from Sephora in the USA at the moment so I will have to buy it the next time I make a Sephora order – which I am thinking will be pretty soon! Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop retails for $38 and is available here. 

2. Hakuho-do + Sephora Pro Fan Cheek Brush (Ougi)

I am already huge fan of Hakuho-do brushes. I only own two of them but they are two of my favourite brushes. When I heard Sephora were bringing out a range of brushes created with Hakuho-do it quickly sparked my interest. There are five brushes in the collection and the one I like the look of the most is the Pro Fan Cheek Brush (also called Ougi). Hakuho-do are famous for their fantastic quality natural hair brushes, however, in this collab with Sephora they have designed synthetic bristled brushes. All of the brushes have lacquered red handles with matte black ferrules, they just look stunning. They range in price from $30 – $54 so quite pricey but I am willing to pay that bit more money for a quality brush. The Hakuho-do + Sephora Pro Fan Cheek Brush (Ougi) retails for $40 and is available here.

3. Ren Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial

This is not a product I have heard much about in the blogging community but I don’t think I have been disappointed by a Ren product yet. The Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial claims to work in three stages overnight to leave skin looking more luminous, brighter and more even in tone. I love the Gycolactic Skin Renewal Mask and find that does a great job at making my skin look more luminous in the morning, so this sounds like it may up the glow factor even more. The Ren Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial retails for £32 and is available here.

4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze

I have to admit, when this was first released I wasn’t all that fussed about it. Now that I am seeing it being used more and more in tutorials I have fallen in love with the way it makes peoples skin look. It really does give that bronzed goddess look that everyone wants in the summer. I know it is super pricey for a bronzer but bronzing up my face is something I have been enjoying doing recently and none of my bronzers seem to be giving me the look I am going for. Im pretty sure I have £10 of Space NK points so this might accidentally slip into my basket next time I am browsing their site. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in luminous Bronze retails for £42 and is available here.

5. Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio

These were added to my wishlist today whilst I was browsing the Smashbox stand in my local Boots. I was on the hunt for their 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer (review coming next month) and I spotted some testers of these contour sticks. Today was the first time I had seen them in person so I swatched them on the back of my hand and blended them out. I was so impressed with how well they blended into my skin and I am pleased to see that the contour shade is cool enough in tone to actually give the appearance of shadows on the face. The Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio retails for £35 and is available here.

6. Clarins Renew-Plus Body Serum

This is another recent product want of mine. I was watching Caroline Hirons empties video and she mentioned this as being good for someone with Keratosis Pilaris (chicken skin). I have only just discovered that this is the name for the look of the skin on my arms and thighs, it is something that has bothered me for most of my adult life and is something that causes me a great deal of embarrassment in the summer months – though I’m sure most people don’t notice it. I think I might treat myself to this before my holiday in September to try and reduce the look of the Keratosis Pilaris on my arms. The Clarins Renew-Plus Body Serum retails for £40 and is available here.

Have you tried any of these products? If so what do you think of them? Let me know in the comments.