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My favourite props and where I got them

I love adding props into my photos and although many of them can already be found sat on my dressing table, there are some which I use especially for blogging purposes.
We're all guilty of buying things purely because they look pretty, or because they'll *totally* suit your aesthetic. Here are my favourite props to use in mine and where I got them..

There's no denying I bought this Pink Candle purely to feature in my photos. I don't intend on lighting this one as it looks so pretty untouched. I love that it actually says 'pink' on the front in metallic gold writing. I could buy all of H&M's candles, they've got such a good (and photogenic) range to choose from.

Another candle I love is this DW Pink Champagne scented candle, which was a gift from my Mum. It has a pink chrome/mirrored finish with a dotted pattern all over, as well as a little wooden lid. I might light this one day as you can still keep the outside packaging in tact, but for now I'm keeping it as it is! This one was from Marks and Spencer but I couldn't find it on their website to link.

I had to have these Marble & Rose Gold coasters when I saw them in TKmaxx, they were only £5.99 for a pack of 4! They're quite weighted but I love using them as props, they look impressive underneath anything from mugs to candles to lipsticks. The pink candle here is also from TKmaxx, I find if you go in the daytime through the week there are so many more options available to choose from.

Something which you may see in a lot of my photos is this Wake up & Make up brush holder* that was kindly sent to me by small business Elsie and Nell. I just love how makeup brushes look in them compared to a clear jar, and it now sits proudly in the centre of my dressing table. You can also get these personalised to have your name on! I'm always using my set of rose gold makeup brushes as props as well, which I keep in the brush holder. I need to invest in some cheaper ones though as these are the ones I use daily so aren't always clean enough for photos.

I love using this heart shaped bowl for sweets or other tasty treats. I actually got these in a set of 3 but you can buy them individually too. I think it looks really cute as a prop. Wilko do some really inexpensive home bits that are super 'blogger', I love it!

These Rose Gold stud earrings are like my 'finishing touch' when it comes to props, I love adding a pair in the corner for a bit of sparkle. I do genuinely wear these too as they're super pretty but I did initially buy them for photo purposes. Again, they're really affordable and handy for photos.

Other things I like to use in my photos are Essie nail polishes, pink ribbon, pretty perfume, and more candles! I do need to invest in more cute props though, artificial plants and flowers especially as I don't have many of those. But I hope you enjoyed reading about my favourite ones to use!

Where do you get your props from? Would love some ideas!

Cally x

Items marked (*) were gifted to me

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Kathleen Lights Dream St. Eyeshadow Palette | Review

I'm so excited to have finally got round to talking in depth about this palette! I've been using it a few times a week for the past couple of months now, to make sure I had enough time to get some genuine thoughts and opinions on it. It gives me major heart-eyed emoji's everytime I open it and I couldn't wait to take some photos and share it.

As I'm sure you're fully aware by now, this is the Kathleen Lights x Colourpop eyeshadow palette; Dream St. The collab also included a liquid lip trio which I didn't actually pick up - this palette just stood out to me way more. This isn't Kathleen's first collaboration with Colourpop, and although it is the first one I've tried from her (as well as Colourpop altogether), I feel like this one has been much more talked about already.

The overall theme of the palette is rose gold with a few added pops of colour. The shades as a whole look so beautiful together, I love the selection of colours - it's definitely a unique palette. It's packaged together in the most blogger-friendly marble and rose gold palette, with dreamy metallic stars and moons scattered around.
It's made up of 6 matte shades, 5 glitter/foiled and 1 satin. Before I say anything about the formula I just want to mention that I've only tried one other eyeshadow palette from Colourpop (a non collab), I Think I Love You, so my comparisons can only be based on that.

I was really suprised trying Colourpop shadows for the first time - they are so pigmented, buttery and soft, and the same can be said for this palette. The shades actually come off as you see them in the pan, and don't require much product. You can definitely see Kathleen in this as they are totally the shades she would wear. There's a very warm, sun-kissed and glowy vibe to it.

Even though it's a very diverse combination of colours, I find myself reaching for the same sort of looks with this for everyday wear; the first two shades through the crease and one of the top two rose gold shades on the lid. When applied with a damp brush or your finger, these foiled shades look so beautiful and metallic, and catch the light so nicely, so it's quite hard to not use these shades everytime!

I feel like the overall colour scheme was created with more medium skin tones in mind like Kathleen's herself due to its warm, bronzey shades. For me being super fair, the top row is the most wearable (and I'm a bit scared of the bold greens) so it limits me slightly. This is not to say I don't love the palette or the shades at all, because I really do! It's probably one of the prettiest eyeshadow palettes in my collection.

I have however experienced quite a bit of fallout with this palette, which doesn't bother me regarding the shades, it just makes the palette itself messy - it definitely doesn't look like these photos anymore! I find the more pigmented shades to have more fallout which is expected with such rich colours anyway.

The palette does allow you to experiment with colour and creativity, which is something I need to do more. I reckon it'd be a really good option to take on holiday with you (despite having no mirror) for dabbling in rose gold day time looks, as well as having the option for more bold, glam evening looks. I don't know why but the shades give me middle eastern vibes - I think it's the red.

Swatches from top to bottom:

Shooting Star
A medium brown matte shade perfect as a transition shade through the crease.

A light, orange matte shade which blends shades together nicely.

Star Dust
A beautiful copper foiled shade.

A slightly more pink/rose gold version of the previous shade.

Sweet Dreams
A light, golden foiled shade, perfect for highlighting warmer skin tones or on the inner corners.

Water Bearer
A deep, matte teal shade which is super pigmented.

A deep, warm orange which is really good for deepening the crease as well as halo eye looks.

A vibrant, pinkish red shade which is also super pigmented.

A pretty, light blue/green foiled shade which looks beautiful on the inner corners or centre of the lid.

A deep, slightly more cool toned matte brown which I find isn't as pigmented as the others.

A fair neutral shade and the only satin in the palette.

Mermaid Boy
A beautiful foiled teal green with brown undertones.

I do apologise that these swatches aren't great (I really dislike doing swatch photos) and don't show the foiled shades too well. I can guarantee that they all look much prettier in the light.
As you can see overall though, the shades are high in quality and pigmentation and include a variety of neutral and deeper tones to work with. Priced at just $16 (around £12 + shipping costs) I'd say this is pretty amazing, and Kathleen did so well creating it.

What are your thoughts on this palette?

Cally x

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Current go-to products

This is a little spontaneous post that I added in last minute after snapping this flatlay the other day. I was originally going to use it purely for Instagram and mention that these are my current go-to products when I realised I could actually talk a bit about them in a blog post instead, so here we are!

Firstly my go-to eyeshadow palette lately is the I Think I Love You palette from Colourpop. Asides from looking so bloody beautiful, the shades are so me, and perfect for everyday simple, but not too simple looks. If that makes sense. The overall colour theme is kind of brown and rose gold, with a mix of matte, satin and foiled shadows. There's one bright white foiled shade in particular which is so pretty and glittery - it looks amazing on the inner eye corners, I love it.

For my base I've been testing out a mini Pore Filler from a NYX set I bought last month. At first I was like, well this is really weird and thick, but now I really like it! The primer has a pink tint to it and is on the thick side, but also velvety soft at the same time. It does a really good job at creating a smooth base.
Another new base product I'm reaching for is the new Lasting Perfection Concealer from Collection in shade 0 Extra Fair. I had no idea that this was even being made until I randomly saw someone mention it somewhere on Twitter. But anyway I grabbed 2 online from Boots to collect in store because there was zero (lol) chance of it being in stock on any of their shelves. It's definitely brighter than their original lightest shade 1 Fair, but does have a slight yellowish tint to it. I'm finding it much better than the other one though!

On my cheeks, I'm loving using this Honey Bronzer from the Body Shop, although a little sad I'm ruining the cute honeycomb pattern. I have mine in the lightest shade and it's a really good match, but it looks even better when I have a tan though!
I don't own a lot of blushes but I find myself using the Galifornia Blush from Benefit a lot. They sent me this in September when I won a competition on their Instagram page - I didn't actually win the blush but they added it in to say sorry for the delay which was nice. It smells like peaches and summer and is really subtle which I like in a blush.

My go-to lately for lips again is Colourpop. I'm loving these little mini's I got in a trio, particularly the glossy and matte formulas. I've almost rinsed the gloss now after using it quite a lot throughout January for quick and minimal looks. It's in shade Fairy Floss which is a really light, beige nude. The matte shade is called Shorty which is my perfect nude brown shade. It's so long lasting too, and with the help of some lip balm underneath, isn't too drying either. For reference Fairy Floss is at the bottom of the photo and Shorty is towards the top.

Are you using any of these products lately?

Cally x

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