My Holy Grail Palette

Hello my lovelies, I know it’s been a long time since I last posted so I’m very sorry for that. Please forgive me *puppy dog eyes*.

Today I wanted to talk about my favourite eyeshadow palette: Morphe Brushes 35N Palette.     img_2154

I absolutely adore this palette. I’ve had it for about 6 months now but I’m not even slightly bored of it yet. Normally I discover a new palette and the love affair lasts a few weeks and then I’m searching for my next one but I’ve stuck with this one so far! Obviously I do use other palettes as well but this beauty is definitely my most used.

The only issue with this palette is that all 35 shades are matte, so if you love a bit of shimmer that might be a downside. Morphe have quite a selection of palettes though and others do have shimmers but I felt I had enough of those eyeshadows and needed to stock up on the mattes. For my everyday look I tend to go all matte anyway so whenever I want a quick, fail safe look (which is most days because I’m lazy) I reach for this beauty.

The shadows themselves are super high quality, the pigment is really strong and blendability (is that a word?) is definitely not an issue with these shadows.


The look above is what I wear when I’m feeling like there’s 100 things I’d rather be doing that being up at stupid o’clock and doing my make up because it takes me literally 2 minutes. As you can tell it’s pretty much a ‘barely there’ look which I really enjoy for my basic everyday look.

The palette is great for neutral looks but you can also create smoky, deeper looks which the various dark shades that are included in the palette. I particularly love blending out one of the dark brown shades with the orange shadow for a smokier look.

Of course, like every product it does have it’s downsides… The palette is really quite large and doesn’t have a mirror included so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend taking it with you on your travels if you’re trying to pack light and save space!

This palette retails and £15.95 from Beauty Bay which is amazing considering you get 35 high quality shades (that works out at 45p a shade, madness).

Have you tried any of Morphe’s products? What’s your favourite?

Until next time I’m back off down the rabbit hole.

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Silence

The past few days I’ve been practically nonexistent in the blogosphere and even in general life, I’ve done nothing but be with myself and my mum. It’s made me reflect on my life, over the past 4 months especially.

I have never known hell like the last 4 months. My fiancé ended our engagement, my Granddad died, my mum suffered a nervous break down and attempted to take her own life and now my Nan has died. In light of all those things my anxiety has been at an all time high and I’ve been really struggling. However, I have survived. 

These past few months have taught me just how strong I am. I’ve handled my own problems, kept my mum strong, paid the rent and bills when she couldn’t and most importantly I’ve kept going. I did it all by myself, I didn’t lean on anyone else and count on them to get me through the challenges. I am so proud of myself. 

It’s so important to take some time to yourself and realise what is happening around you and address what you’re feeling. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad for taking time for you and for making yourself feel good. You are what’s important. 

I’m trying to get back into everything and bring myself back out of hiding but I can’t make any promises as to how long that will take. However, I’m still here, still fighting, still carrying on. That is what matters.

Until next time I’m back off down the rabbit hole.

Nanny June

I had a post written to go up reviewing a new moisturiser but in light of what’s happened over the past 24 hours I didn’t feel it was something I wanted to post.

Instead I’d like to honour my Nan, Rosemary June Smith who died peacefully on the 19/03/2016 at 9.15pm. She had been ill for a long time and is now at peace, she died surrounded by love as it should be.   She was a woman I wouldn’t be able to describe but I’ll give it a go. She was an absolute star. She has done so much for my family and for my mum, she has literally saved my mother’s life. She’s saved my brother from debt, she’s made Christmases happen for us, helped my mum survive as a single mother.

She was a generous, selfless woman. She was the kind of old lady that never let herself be old, she was always the epitome of class. She was a fighter, one of the strongest women I know, the sort of woman you could never cast aside or put down. She knew who she was and she would never apologise for it. Her courage and determination was incredible.

I was never the closest to her as up until I was 18 years old she lived in Scotland but I do have some deeply cherished memories with her that will stay with me always. We used to go to a beach called St Cyrus, get fish and chips from the most amazing shop, eat at Reuslepe every trip without fail, do puzzles together at her kitchen table. One thing I will never forget about her is the way she does breakfast, it sounds silly I know. Every night before she went to bed she would lay the table for breakfast, she’d have all the options available and it would always feel really special as if it was a hotel.

I’d just like to say thank you to my Nanny for making it possible for me to be here today, for saving my mum, for helping us all whenever we needed you. Thank you for being an incredible, strong woman.

Loving you always Nanny June x