Review - Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

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When it comes to limited edition makeup products I rarely give in to the hype. However pretty a limited edition product may be, I want something I can repurchase, not be scared to use and worry about it eventually running out! That being said, when I first heard about the release of the Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette I knew I had to have it! I'd had my eye on a couple of their Dual Intensity single shades for a while and getting a palette with not one, but eight, beautiful shades was the obvious thing to do...

Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette
Top: Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra // Bottom: Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove, Sycorax
Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette Wet and Dry Travel Brush

The palette had the typical sleek Nars packaging that never fails to impress. I particularly like their new mirrored design as it adds a really chic edge and looks lovely sitting in pride place on my dressing table. It's made of a good, sturdy plastic and isn't too bulky so you can easily travel with it. Plus, the edition of a travel size eyeshadow brush makes it the perfect go-to travel palette. Each eyeshadow is 1g, and there is eight all together, so it's pretty good value for money at £45 for 8g, especially when the single shadows are £21 for 1.5g!

All of the shadows have a beautifully creamy texture and blend out just as well as I hoped. Having never tried Nars shadows before my expectations were going purely on the rave reviews from others and I must say I have not been let down! Overall I found the pigmentation pretty good, although slightly lacking in the darker shades but they build up beautifully so it's not really an issue. Oh, and there's barely any fallout, which is a godsend if you're a bit slap-dash with your eyeshadows like me! The great thing about these shadows is that they can be used wet or dry, depending on the look you're going for, and using them wet adds more intensity. I've only used them dry cos I'm a little scared of using them wet!

Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
L-R: Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra
Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
L-R: Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove, Sycorax
The seven shimmery shades in the palette are all available as single shadows with the only matte shadow in the palette, Ursa Major, being a new addition. Himalia is by far my favourite shade in the palette. It's a beautiful champagne bronze and so easy to wear. It looks beautiful with a nude makeup look and also pairs well with a bold red lip. Andromeda is a pink toned highlighting shade which I love using in the inner corner and under the brow bone, but I think it would look stunning as a cheek highlight too. Subra is the perfect Autumn/Winter deep shimmery purple and, although it needs some building up, looks so pretty on the lid. I love wearing this for a grungy smokey eye and it stays put throughout the entire day.

Have you tried any of the Nars Dual Intensity shades?

Kelsey xx




Moisturisers for Spring and Summer

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When it comes to skincare I very rarely make a conscious decision to switch up what I use depending on the seasons, I just don't find that I need to! If it's not the central heating drying out my skin, then it's the air conditioning. Us dry skinned girls just can't catch a break! However, although I still long for that moisture and hydration during the summer months, it's lovely if it can be in a slightly lighter form (Oh, and SPF would be lovely too) so here's the moisturisers I'm going to be leaning towards during these warmer days.



Origins Ginzing Energy Boosting moisturiser is a blogger favourite and smells absolutely divine, it reminds me of a Terry's Chocolate Orange! It has a cream gel consistency which I think is perfect for thing time of year and although it has a very light texture it keeps the skin really hydrated and creates a lovely health glow. I love how it sinks right in to the skin and doesn't leave any greasy residue on the surface so it doesn't only make a great makeup base but gives the skin a lovely finish on it's own.

Garnier Moisture Match Revitalising Hydrating Gel another of my favourites for the summer months. It's kind of a budget version of the Origins Ginzing, smelling exactly the same, but with a gel consistency. The texture of it feels amazing on the skin when it's warm and sinks right in without leaving that greasy film. It doesn't quite have the same brightening effect as the Origins but it's pretty damn close and for a fraction of the price you can't fault it!

A-Derma Hydralba Light Hydrating Cream UV* is perfect for those days where your skin is feeling a little drier and sensitive. A-Derma make an amazing range of products aimed at those with sensitive skin and this cream is no exception. It sinks in beautifully and gives that much needed hydration, without being too heavy, and really helps to tone down my redness on bad days. They also do a rich version that I think would be great in Winter, but maybe a little too much during the Summer months. Oh, and it also contains SPF 20 so it's perfect for these approaching summer days!

Lastly is the newest addition to my skin care collection and one I wish I'd picked up months ago, The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet. It's a truly amazing moisturiser and makes my skin feel like a babies bum. It's amazing. It has a beautiful creamy gel texture that just melts in to the skin as soon as it touches and has an amazing cooling effect. It gives that lovely soothing feel like when you apply after sun to sunburn, it's divine. It really helps to hydrate and smooth out the skin but looks and feels like nothings there. Oh, and it makes an amazing makeup base too! Have I rambled on about this enough?!

What are your skincare picks for summer?

Kelsey xx

*PR sample sent for review. All opinions are my own.

Style - Casual Monday

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We've finally had an actual sunny day were it's been pleasant enough to stand outside! I'm so excited for Summer to properly arrive, to not have to layer up, and to were sandals without having chilly toes. Today I went for a lovely drive around Rivington, stopping to look at the view and have a chat with a couple of ponies. The sun was beaming into the car and I even needed to were my sunglasses! It was lovely! 

Today was one of those days were I couldn't be bothered over thinking what I was going to were. I just wanted to throw on some comfy clothes and enjoy the sunshine while it lasted! I ended going for a simple tee and jeans, a perfect transitional outfit that isn't too slouchy but is casual enough for a little woodland walk and a coffee.

Casual Look Newlook Jeans Miss Selfridge Molly Biker Jacket

Casual Look Newlook Jeans Miss Selfridge Molly Biker Jacket

Casual Look Newlook Jeans Miss Selfridge Molly Biker Jacket

Casual Look Newlook Jeans Miss Selfridge Molly Biker Jacket

Casual Look Newlook Jeans Miss Selfridge Molly Biker Jacket

Casual Look Newlook Jeans Miss Selfridge Molly Biker Jacket

 I've recently been on the hunt for a new pair of jeans, which is always a ridiculous task. Miss Selfridge have rebranded their denim department, and I can no longer find any there that fit me well, so it was onwards and upwards to a different shop. Luckily I didn't have to look too far and found these really comfy pair of skinny jeans from Newlook, washed black in style with a simple ripped knee. For £25 I really can't fault them and I was really impressed with their selection of sizes and lengths. I paired the jeans with a simple Coca-cola tee that I got from Primark a while ago, that also has that vintage washed out style. On my feet I popped on my trusty old Vans that have really served me well. They're great for going on walks were it might be a little muddy as they wash so well. To keep the wind off my arms I grabbed my new faux leather that I got from Miss Selfridge a few weeks ago. I absolutely adore it and the fit is perfect. It's great for pairing with a girly outfit to give it a bit of edgy-ness but also goes great with a simple outfit like this! My last leather from there lasted me three years so I have high hopes for this!

Jeans - Newlook, Tee - Primark, Shoes - Vans, Jacket - Miss Selfridge, Sunglasses - Raybans, Bag - Fiorelli

What do you wear on simple days?

Kelsey xx

Review - Lush Granny Takes a Dip Bathbomb

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It's no secret that I love a good bath, with a pretty Lush bathbomb, and I'm currently trying to cram in as many as possible before it (hopefully) gets too hot to have a nice soak. At the moment I have an overflowing box full of Lush goodies and I've have to control my Lush hauling a little bit as I actually still have stuff from their Christmas sale!

Review - Lush Granny Takes a Dip Bathbomb

Review - Lush Granny Takes a Dip Bathbomb

 I picked up the Granny Takes a Dip Bathbomb after the valentines day stock had been realised as I'd had my eye on it for a while, after seeing it pop up on a few blogs. I'm not gonna lie, the first time I saw it I actually thought it was a bubble bar, due to it's quirky flat shape. It kind of seems like it wouldn't work, but it floats around on the surface fizzing away and making the prettiest pattern in the bath water. When it comes to bathbombs I like ones that make a big song and dance. Lots of fizzy and lots of colour, I see no point in ones that gently float around not doing much! However, the Granny Takes a Dip bomb definitely fits the bill! There's lots of fizzy and the different circles of colour create a beautiful bath rainbow. Not only that, but it takes a good 15 minutes to fully dissolve so you really do get your monies worth (It's £3.35 but so worth it!).

Lush's Granny Takes a Dip bathbomb has a lovely fresh scent, very lemony with hints of ginger, making it a great for a morning bathe. It's not at all overpowering but lasts with you for the entire bath and lingers on your skin afterwards. It's not at all sweet or girly so perfect for those who find the sweeter products a little too much. As it contains oils from lemon and ginger it leaves your skin silky smooth!

Have you tried Lush's Granny Takes a Dip? What should I try next?

Kelsey xx
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