Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette Review

I love Urban Decay and Alice in Wonderland but sadly I missed the first palette they did. In all honesty I thought that I was going to miss out on this palette as well until my lovely boyfriend bought it for me as a cheer up gift – thank you so much Simon! This is an absolutely stunning palette so I’ve going to delve straight into the review.
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So this is the beautiful Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland/Alice Through the Looking Glass Palette and it’s amazing. The outside packaging has this psychodelic surreal artwork with the inside having a mirror,similar artwork and this little passage saying: “I’m not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours. This palette cost £43.00 and is comprised of twenty beautiful eyeshadows and the usual double ended brush.
ntterfly shades
Inside the little compartment we have this beautiful ornamental, plastic butterfly which is such a nice touch, and then we have a pull out tray housing the eyeshadows and the brush. There’s an array of eyeshadows from subtle shimmers, neutrals, jewel tones and smoky shades and I wear them all! The brush also has this unique design to match the palette.
Each eyeshadow column corresponds to a different character so you can create their looks or you can mix and match the shades for your own unique looks.
looking glass to meta hatter to cakelily to chessboardheads will roll to royal flushtime to mirrpr
Starting with the leftmost column we have Alice’s look consisting of: (from top to bottom)
Looking Glass: A pale pink white pearl shade
Reflection: A nude beige matte
Dormouse: A warm mid toned brown
Metamorphosis: A cobalt blue with a satin finish.

Next we have Mad Hatter’s look consisting of: (from top to bottom)
Hatter: A bright grass green with a slight satin shimmer
Gone Mad: A deep purple with slight glitter and a matte finish
Paradox: A bright shimmery orange
Cake: A rich fuschia with a pearly sheen.

Next is Mirana’s look consisting of: (from top to bottom)
Lily: A white duochrome with a pink shift and a pearly finish
Duchess: A medium peach with a frosted finish.
Kingdom: A medium rosy brown with a frosted finish.
Chessboard: An earthy brown with slight warm toned and a matte finish.

Next is Iracebeth’s look consisting of: (from top to bottom)
Heads Will Roll: A light turquoise shimmer with slight gold microglitter.
Bandersnatch: A deep indigo matte shade.
Salazen Grum: A coppery red with shimmer.
Royal Flush: An off white with shimmer.

Finally is Time’s look consisting of: (from top to bottom)
Time a deep blackened blue with shimmer
Dream On: A pale lilac with glitter
Chronosphere: A rich deep bronze brown with shimmer
Mirror: A satin grey with shimmer
swatches 1-4
(Top to bottom: Looking glass, Reflection, Dormouse, Metamorphosis.)
swatches 4-8
(Top to bottom: Hatter, Gone Mad, Paradox, Cake.)
swatches 8-12
(Top to bottom: Lily, Duchess, Kingdom, Chessboard.)
swatches 12-16
(Top to bottom: Heads will roll, Bandersnatch, Salazen Grum, Royal Flush.)
swatches 16-20
(Top to bottom: Time, Dream On, Chronosphere, Mirror.)

In my opinion these are buttery, beautiful eyeshadows, fall out is a bit of an issue with these but as someone who applies their eye makeup first, this isn’t really a problem for me. The only dud shade really is Dream On which has minimal pigmentation but 1/20 isn’t bad at all. I never thought I’d like a palette more than my belived Vice 3 but this is beautiful.

The shadows all have good staying power and I’m able to get roughly about eight hours wear out of them, they all blend nicely even shades such as Bandersnatch which I was a little apprehensive about the blendability. I’ve also put together some looks to showcase these.
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Paradox – Lid
Salazen Gum – Crease
Duchess – Inner Corners
Chronosphere – Lower Lash Line
Reflection – Brow Highlight and Base.
mermaid look 1
Heads Will Roll – Lid
Bandersnatch – Crease and Outer Corners and blended onto lid
Time – Lower Lash Line
Metamorphosis – Inner Corners
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Looking Glass – Base and up to brow bone
Lily – Lid
Dream On – Crease
Gone Mad – Outer Corners
Kingdom – Lower Lash Line
Royal Flush – Inner Corners
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Hatter – Lid (with Kiko Cosmetics Crystal Eyelinerin Green on the upper lash line)
Dormouse – Inner Corner
Chessboard – Crease and Socket
Mirror – Lower Lash Line
blue and pink
Metamorphosis – Lid
Bandersnatch – Crease and Outer Corners
Cake – Lower Lash Line

Overall, I love this palette, I know that some people have been complaining about pigmentation and shade issues but I haven’t really found that with this other than Dream On, I’m really pleased to own this and in my opinion it is worth the hype I will get a lot of wear out of this. Unfortunately this seems to be sold out everywhere at the moment, but I’d recommend that you keep an eye out online and in stores to try and pick this up as it is a limited edition!

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have or are wanting this palette and if you have it let me know what you think of it and what your favourite shades are.

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love_nina

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Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Heather Shimmer Review

One thing that Rachel is really good at is introducing me to lipsticks that I would have never picked out for myself. Take the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Heather Shimmer, usually I’d run a mile from a shimmery brown lipstick yet this one is super pretty, why not take a look yourself?
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I have to say that the packaging for the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipsticks is kind of boring, the slanted lid adds a bit of interest but the metallic dark packaging just looks a tad dull, to be honest though I’m much more interested in the lipstick than the bullet itself. This lipstick is priced at £4.99 which is really budget friendly for a lipstick.
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The shade Heather Shimmer is a pink toned brown with a satiny finish although it has a slight shimmer it’s not glittery or frosty which means that it’s actually quite wearable. In fact, this lipstick reminds me of the whole Velvet Teddy 90s lip look with that pink toned brown it’s something that I never thought I’d be able to pull off but it’s really nice.

Usually I find the Lasting Finish lipsticks a bit bleugh but having said that I’ve always opted for the red shades which end up halfway around my face but this muted shade is really flattering and works well with the moisturising satin formula, I imagine that if this was a matte finish it would wash me out whereas the satin finish is perfect.
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This actually wears really comfortably and I love how it looks, it makes me feel classy and chic and it’s a shade that feels quite natural yet it has that my lips but better feel to it. I’m actually pleasantly surprised by this, it just goes to show that sometimes it’s good to try new things!

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this lipstick and I would purchase this myself, thank you Rachel for the recommendation I really like it!

The Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Heather Shimmer is available here for £4.99.

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Top Ten Bodycare Brands

Bodycare is something that I like to pay attention, I mean hygiene is important so we may as well enjoy it by using some lovely products right? These are my top ten bodycare brands and I’ll be including a few recommendations as well so you can see how great these are.
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1) The Body Shop
I love the Body Shop and I have done for years they always manage to get some amazing products out, I have a couple of makeup pieces but it’s all about their body butters in my mind especially when they’re on offer!
I recommend: Frosted Cranberry Body Butter, Glazed Apple Body Mist, Passionberry Born Lippy.

2) Grace Cole England
Grace Cole is a brand that I originally discovered in the House of Fraser one summer and I’m obsessed with her Fruitworks range, if like me, you love the smell of anything fruity then it’s definitely worth a try.
I recommend: Passionfruit and Guava Body Mist, Coconut and Lime Shower Gel.

3) I love…
I love is a brand that I’m enjoying more with each product that I try. I’m not a fan of the Strawberries and Cream range but their lip balms and body mists are quite nice plus they’re budget friendly as well.
I recommend: Coconut and Cream Lip Balm, Mango and Papaya Body Mist.

4) Impulse
We’ve all enjoyed at least Impulse body spray in our lives right? No? Oh well, I certainly did and I have a little collection going on in my room.
I recommend: Tease Body Spray, Secret Smile Body Spray, Romantic Spark Body Spray.

5) L’Occitane
I don’t always indulge in L’Occitane simply because of the prices but the few products that I’ve tried by them I’ve absolutely adored and both have been hand creams.
I recommend: Almond Milk Hand Cream, Zesty Lime Hand Cream

6) Lush
I couldn’t do a bodycare post without mentioning Lush that would have been a sin surely? Jokes aside, I adore Lush I love their skincare as well as their body care products but let’s be honest it’s their bodycare that we all love so much, especially as the bath products moisturise as well as smelling great.
I recommend: Yuzu and Cocoa Bubbleroon, The Comforter Bubblebar.

7) Nivea
Nivea are mainly known for their skincare but they do some really nice shower creams that are really luxurious feeling yet super budget friendly. My all time favourite has to be their Cashmere Moments it’s like pure bliss in the shower!
I recommend: Cashmere Moments Shower Cream, Happy Touch Shower Cream

8) Radox
Radox is another body brand that I love it’s old school and not talked about much but their products are amazing. Their bath soaks are absolutely amazing for sore muscles plus their shower creams smell gorgeous as well!
I recommend: Eastern Spirit Feel Good Bath Soak, Coconut Kiss Shower Cream, Berry Burst Shower Cream.

9) Soap and Glory
I’m hit and miss with Soap and Glory often finding that I either love or loathe their products although there’s only really the Hand Food that I dislike. I’m obsessed with their Hand Dream Super Cream at the moment and they do some lovely body products.
I recommend: Hand Dream Super Cream, The Righteous Butter.

10) Superdrug
Last but not least is Superdrug’s own branded bath and body stuff, cruelty free, vegan and budget friendly you really get it all with their products. I’ve recently used up their body butter which I absolutely loved and I can’t wait to try more by them.
I recommend: Cherry and Macadamia Body Butter

That concludes this post, if you enjoyed this please hit the like button and let me know if you will be trying any of these recommendations, also please leave your favourite body brands in the comments for me to try!

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love_nina

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The Perfume Bible By Josephine Fairley and Lorna McKay Review

Reading will always be a firm hobby of mine I guess it comes within the territory of enjoying writing so much. I don’t tend to read many beauty related books in all honesty as I find them a bit bland, I did enjoy Sali Hughes’ Pretty Honest and I decided to give The Perfume Bible a try as I was particularly excited by the prospect of “100 perfumes to try before you die” and I’ve ordered perfume boxes from The Perfume Society (founders of the society and authors of the Perfume Bible), sadly I found this a little lacking.
perfume bible
The Perfume Bible is this huge, flat hardback book which I have to say as an absolute pain to hold, store and read, I would have much prefered a slimmer version that was more compact it’s like those perfumes in those giant bottles that you just know you can’t lug around and is forever falling off of your dresser. This book retails for £20-25 from the official Perfume Society website but I got this for £10.00 from Amazon.
contents
The contents page reveals plenty of different chapters, some of the chapters I quite enjoyed such as the timeline featuring a history of perfume bottles but some of them I found a little dull such as the endless descriptions of different perfume terminologies. I did find that the voice within this book was a bit off with the authors coming across as kind of snobby at times “obviously you will know…” but then patronising at other times. I did also feel that this had a heavy focus on a) expensive perfumes and b) floral and classic perfumes, for a book that has quite fun illustrations I would have hoped for something that involved a true range of perfumes rather than just expensive perfume houses such as Guerlain and Chanel.
quotes
Within the book there’s plenty of these quote pages they’re a nice idea in a way as they’re all perfume related but I do feel that these pages could have been used for more content, with Instagram being full of inspiring and feminine quotes I didn’t feel like this was necessary in this book, it might have been better to have the quotes at the bottom of each page rather than taking up an entire page with a few words.
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ne thing that really did impress me in this book was the illustrations, I love the concept art of the different perfume bottles to the left we have YSL’s Opium and to the right Thierry Mugler’s Angel, I have to say these are beautiful and I’d happily have these as art on my walls!
top 100 perfumes
I was quite excited for the 100 perfumes to try, there was a few indie perfumes in there and I was hoping for a broad mix catering to lovers of different scent families – especially considering the large chunk at the beginning discussing each family. I found only two gourmand fragrances and next to no fruity scents that were mentioned whereas there was at least three different Guerlain perfumes mentioned throughout repeatedly, Mitsuoko, Shalimar etc.

Overall, I was disappointed with this it felt like it catered to a very specific audience, the name suggests that it’s quite a youthful book aimed at young adults but the recommendations and the content is focused for the older lady who can afford expensive perfumes regularly. Personally, I don’t think I’d recommend this and I definitely wouldn’t repurchase.

The Perfume Bible is available online at The Perfume Society or on stores such as Amazon.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you’re a fan of beauty books, would you want to read this?

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love_nina

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Grace Cole England Fruitworks Coconut and Lime Shower Gel Review

Grace Cole is a brand that I’m slowly finding myself becoming addicted to. I’m absolutely obsessed with fruit and I love fruit scented products so when I got my hands on a set from their Fruitworks range I was really excited and I have now used up the Coconut and Lime Shower Gel.

The Grace Cole Fruitworks Mixed Fruit Set comes in this cardboard and plastic packaging and contains four shower gels and a soap. Like all of Grace Cole products from the Fruitworks range there’s plenty of brightly coloured packaging adorned with images of fruits and white writing. I love the packaging it’s very uplifting and bright and reminds me of summer.

The Coconut and Lime Shower Gel comes in this lime green plastic packaging, this is a mini version I believe but it was enough to last me a good few washes. I love the scent of coconut and the scent of lime but wasn’t sure how well they’d go together but this smells like a tropical smoothie.
coconut and lime
This also lathered up really well coating me in fruit scented foam, it didn’t irritate my Eczema and the scent was neither too light nor heavy, sadly it didn’t linger on the skin afterwards but I could definitely smell it in the shower.

Another thing worth mentioning is that this shower gel is paraben free so you don’t have to worry about it irritating your skin. I personally don’t ever use shower gels on my face but it’s nice to know that I don’t have to worry about covering my body with any nasties.

Overall, this is lovely and Grace Cole has several different ranges at affordable prices, these do give off a very luxurious feel and the prices are pretty good. I originally found these stocked in House of Fraser but I couldn’t find them the last time I went in however, you can find them on the official Grace Cole website.

The Grace Cole England Fruitworks Coconut and Lime Shower Gel is available here for £4.00.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried anything by Grace Cole, I’m currently using her Passionfruit and Guava Body Mist and I absolutely adore it!

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love_nina

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Maybelling Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Black Review

Of all of the different types of eyeliner, cake, liquid, kohl, felt tip and gel I have to say gel is probably my favourite for when it comes to winged eyeliner. I’m a bit of a noob when it comes to winged eyeliner sometimes I get it right first time and feel like a goddess and other times I mess it up and end up looking like the grudge. (It’s a hard life.) My most recent weapon of choice is the Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner it’s a pretty decent product for several reasons, allow me to explain…
eyeliner
The Maybelline Eye Studo Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner (I hate typing that out) comes in this cardboard box (which I’ve thrown) and consists of a little pot of the gel eyeliner and then a double ended tool with a brush on one end and a smudger on the other end. I believe that Maybelline have released more shades of this now but the one that I chose was black. This cost me £7.99 not at all bad when I’ve read reviews claiming that this is a dupe of the Bobbi Brown Creamy Gel Eyeliner.
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The most notable thing about this gel eyeliner is that it’s very black, I’ve tried numerous eyeliners that have been quite watery and had this faint black shade or even a greyish toned shade whereas this is jet black which is exactly what I’m looking for.
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smudger
The double ended brush is not something that I’ve a fan of initially it works but then it gets gunked up and is impossible to clean (I’ve tried) the smudger is also pretty useless so I don’t feel like it’s really necessary, the brush is useful though if you don’t have an eyeliner brush however, I prefer the Real Techniques Silicone Eyeliner Brush.

Annoyingly, like most gel eyeliners this does dry out but I simply add a couple of drops of oil to revive it and it works a charm, I’ve not tried many gel eyeliners but this is the best that I’ve tried so far, as it has that rich, creamy texture.
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Overall, this isn’t bad I’ve not sure if I’d repurchase though simply because it does fade after a while I’m tempted to practice with liquids again and try them, if you do like gel eyeliner though I’d say this is worth a try.

The Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner is available here for £7.99.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried this or what your holy grail eyeliners are for the cat eyed look!

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love_nina

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Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer Review

I’ve coveted Illamasqua products for a while now and at Christmas I was lucky enough to receive several Illamasqua products from my boyfriend. One product that I was particularly excited by was the Hydra Veil Primer, it’s a really innovative product and if you’re yet to see this then you’re in for a treat…
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The Illamasqua Hydra Veil comes in this large plastic tub with a screw on lid, I really like this as inside we have another flip up lid with the spatula attached. This is a very expensive primer at £32.00 but I have to say it’s the best primer I’ve ever tried and if you suffer from dry or dehydrated skin then it’s a godsend. I have combination skin on the drier end of the spectrum, I also have sensitivity and eczema and I like my primers to adhere my makeup to my face.
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You may be wondering why a spatula is needed? Well this product is unique in the fact that it has a unique jelly consistency, Illamasqua describe this as a “part hydrator part primer” it remains in jelly form until you use the spatula to mix it to help to liquify it once mixed you can apply a small amount of the liquidesque jelly to the skin.

Illamasqua describe this product as follows:
Part hydrator, part primer, Hydra Veil instantly hydrates and smooths skin through a self-levelling, futuristic clear gel. Microalgae, Vitamin C and B3 work together to help maintain skins hydration levels, creating a healthy looking, balanced finish. Plant extracts also provide a calming and refreshing feeling, leaving skin fully prepped to apply your chosen foundation.
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As you can see this is a unique concept, and once the spatula is removed give this a few minutes and it’ll return back to it’s jelly form, as someone who is partial to a gimmick I actually love this.

So how does the primer feel? Well if you’re looking for something that will fill in proes, blur and perfect then this probably isn’t the primer for you, but this is really good if you have dry skin and find that your foundation can sometime cling to dry patches. I’ve been using this and I’ve found that it’s very light and refreshing on the face, it really soothes and calms and it makes my skin really soft and hydrated meaning that my foundation goes on perfectly.

Overall, I absolutely adore this, it is pricey but if you can afford it and suffer with dry skin then it’s definitely worth a try, I would recommend it to those with dry skin and I would repurchase it myself.

The Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer is available here for £32.00 with free UK delivery.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried anything like this before! Illamasqua also have a Matte Veil and a Radiance Veil if that’s more of your thing!

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love_nina

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