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Colourpop Give It To Me Straight eyeshadow palette | First impressions & Swatches

For some reason, Colourpop products make me way more excited than any others do, probably because they aren’t available to by directly here in the UK, so the whole waiting for your order to be shipped from L.A is pretty exciting.

As you may already know, I love affordable brands, and even though you get hit with the custom charges when ordering from America, I still think it’s well worth it. All of their products are inexpensive, but one of my favourites has to be their eyeshadow palettes.

This time around I ordered the Give It To Me Straight palette, as I didn’t think I needed another fully warm toned palette, and this one looked fairly neutral - plus I loved the look of the purple tones for autumn. I’ve only ordered from Colourpop once before, (see my first order post here) but my experience was a very positive one and their eyeshadow formula is now up there with some of my faves.

Since I already have two of their eyeshadow palettes already, I Think I Love You and Dream Street, I kind of knew what to expect when it came to their formula and pigmentation, so I was mainly looking forward to playing with some new tones and creating some different looks. I know a lot of people aren’t keen on neutral or cool tones but I like them, and find them to be more complimentary on my skin tone.

The palette is made up of 12 shades, 7 of which are matte and the other 5 shimmer. I definitely get more Autumn vibes from it than anything else, with its rich browns and burgundy purples. I really love both formulas, but especially the shimmers as they’re always so smooth and buttery. All shades are so beautiful, and I love the names they’ve been given too. You can create both warm & cool toned looks with this palette, I’m loving all the different looks I’m able to create! See swatches below -

Swatches from left to right;

Matter Of Fact
A pale pink matte shade, a bit too pink for me to use as a base but works well as a blending shade.

Up Front
A light gold, buttery shimmer shade, could be used as a highlight or on the inner corners.

Straight Up
The perfect taupe shade for everyday wear.

A rich brown matte shade, with tiny flecks of gold glitter.

A deep, neutral brown, perfect for deepening the outer corners.

A beautiful shimmery peachy pink.

The prettiest purple toned shimmer, this one is a bit chunkier in terms of glitter.

A matte dusky pink shade, perfect for the crease.

Truth Hurts
A warm matte brown, another transition shade option.

Be Blunt
A vibrant burgundy purple shimmer shade.

A matte burgundy, pairs perfectly with the previous shade.

Finally, a deep, cool toned brown with purple undertones.

Have you tried this palette?

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September Beauty Favourites

Bringing you a late monthly favourites today with my September beauty faves! I don’t tend to try out many new products and will usually stick to what I already know and love, but I do have a couple of newbies I’ve been obsessed with throughout the month of September to share with you.


The Daisy range is a well known classic, with their statement daisy lids (not pictured, oops) which funnily enough I’d never even tried until recently. I was kindly gifted Daisy Love by the lovely team at The Fragrance Shop, which I was so pleased with as new perfume is something I very rarely try. Not only does it have a lovely feminine scent to it, it looks so pretty on my dressing table, and has now become one of my favourite photo props too!

The thick and fast mascara wasn’t a new product to me, I have tried it before but years ago. I remember really liking it as the wand has a side which thickens the lashes and a side that brushes the product through. It’s still the same as I remember, in it’s beautiful gold packaging too. This is definitely a mascara you need for adding quick volume.

Umberto Giannini Powder Pouf volumising powder*
I was kindly gifted a few products from Umberto Giannini and this one has been my absolute favourite. It’s literally just a bottle of powder, and you sprinkle it onto your roots, give it a little massage or brush through, and you’re left with thick, voluminous hair! It adds texture too which makes styling 100 times easier, which is a god send. For someone like me who has very limp and lifeless hair, this is definitely a must have, and I now can’t do my hair without it!

Colourpop Lux Lipsticks
If you read my recent post on these lipsticks then you’ll know I couldn’t really fault them. Everything from the packaging, to the shades, to the formula are all on point. If they were more easily accessible in the UK then I would definitely have more, I think they’re such good quality for the price. Check out my post for more detail and swatches too!

Essie nail polish in ‘Bordeaux’
You can’t enter autumn without burgundy nails can you? I’ve actually had this a while now and it’s almost empty, but it’s just that perfect deep red shade that I always reach for this time of year. I get so many compliments on this, in both my photos and on my nails themselves, it’s such a staple shade to have in your collection.

What products have you been loving lately?

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Transitioning into Autumn | Beauty & Homeware picks

Now that Autumn is now officially here in the UK, (whether we like it or not) I feel like it’s brought lots of inspiration and motivation along with it. We had such a long and hot summer this year which was amazing, but for us bloggers each season brings fresh new content which is great if you’ve been in bit of a slump like I have. This Autumn I really want to get in the spirit and use the opportunity to switch up my makeup and homeware a little. I’ve been loving all the cosy-looking photos on Pinterest, and I want to try and incorporate the new season into my content too.


Firstly, to spruce up my photos (and house) I picked up these Autumn leaf fairy lights off eBay to put around my dressing table mirror. They looked more of a burnt orange colour in the photos but are pretty much bright red in person, I guess they still look cute though. I’ve always wanted fairy lights in my photos but never really knew how to go about it, so I’m looking forward to playing around with these. You can find them on eBay here.

The next step in switching up my homeware was of course a trip to Homesense. What ever the season, Homesense is always bound to get you in the mood with their quirky seasonal pieces and in particular, their amazing candle selection. I wanted something a little less ‘autumny’ that I could use all the way through winter, so this small ‘Stay Cozy’ candle was perfect! It was only £2.99 which was such a steal I couldn’t say no. I’ve also seen some similar style ones that say ‘Sweater Weather’ which look really cute.

As soon as I saw this cat candle I knew it had to be mine. There was quite a variety of different black & gold themed candles to choose from but this was my favourite. It’s got 2 wicks and is ‘Vanilla Vodka’ scented - which sounds weird but it works! This will be perfect to light around Halloween, propped up on the window sill. 

 I felt like I needed to get an orange candle to help brighten up my photos for the new season. This one smells of pumpkin spice/cinnamon and also has the cutest little pumpkin motif on the front. Obviously this is more limited to October/November time, but for just £5.99 you can’t complain!


To switch up my makeup for Autumn I made a little Colourpop order last month, I got a bunch of lip products (read about the Lux Lipsticks here) as well as the Give it to me straight eyeshadow palette. I should of really got a shot of the actual shades here because they are SO pretty, but I do want to save that for a review post so watch out for that! It’s perfect for Autumn anyway, with it’s berry & purple tones. 

For a more warm option, the I think I love you palette is also really pretty. It’s got lots of warm copper & brown shades which are perfect for this time of year. I really love the formula of Colourpop eyeshadows, so I think these will be the only ones I’ll be using for a while! 

 How are you transitioning into Autumn?

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