Thursday, 29 September 2016

My go to palettes...



Ahhhh, the infamous Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette and the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. These are the two palettes I use day in and day out, so I thought it was only fitting to write a post about them! Plus, this is my first beauty-related post. ENJOY PEOPLE!

My day-to-day morning routine usually consists of: getting up, peeing, showering, make-up & hair, get dressed, breakfast, teeth, then out the door. Doing this every day means that you can get your regime down to a T in terms of timing - I can do all of this (with a decent face of make-up) in about 30-40 minutes. Not too bad when I tell you what my 'decent face of make-up' consists of: 
Good brows, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, concealer, foundation, powder (usually bake the concealer), contour, and sometimes a cheeky highlight. I impress myself some days when I can do all of that in about 20 minutes. Here's my everyday sort of look: 


Pretty bog standard, right? I have a 'Go-To' look that I do every day, in which I will make more dramatic if I'm going on a night out (heavier eye make-up and contour).

MY GO-TO LOOK:



- So to begin, I take 'limit' and 'nooner' from the Naked 3 palette and run that through my crease, which acts as a transition shade for the rest of my shadows.
- I then take 'milk chocolate' (and a little dab of 'semi-sweet') from the Chocolate Bar palette and run that on top of 'limit' and 'nooner' to darken the crease even more.
- To add even more depth, I will run 'cherry cordial' on top of what I have already done, and more in the outer corner of the eye.
- With my finger, I then dab onto the centre and inner corner of my eye, either: 'dust', 'buzz', 'trick', 'marzipan', or 'creme brulee' to add a little shimmer.
- I finish the eye with a nice flick of eyeliner (this is a crucial step for me), and a good helping of mascara.


This is the kind of look you end up with (excuse the horrific quality of photo, this is a screenshot of an instagram post I did where I used this exact routine) - it's a very nice, 'natural-looking' eye.

Now for a little review on the palettes I use - they are 100% not worth the money. Fortunately, I didn't ever pay full price for them. I bought them second-hand from people on Facebook - frown all you want they were only used for swatches - so I got them a LOT cheaper than RRP. I think I paid £25 for the Naked 3 Palette, which retails for £38.50 (here), and only £17 for the Too Faced palette, which retails at £39.00 (here). I got the Too Faced palette loads cheaper because one of the shades was a little bit broken - there's still plenty in there for what I need! 

Going back to my point, they are definitely not worth the money that they're sold full price for, but if you can ever pick one up second hand/very discounted then I would definitely recommend investing. The reason I say this is that the pigmentation just isn't as good as you'd expect - they're okay for day-to-day like I used them, but if someone wants a lot of colour from one swipe of shadow then I would suggest looking elsewhere. However, the smell of the Too Faced palette kind of makes up for this - CHOCOLATY HEAVEN!

So there you have it, my first beauty-related post... how did I do? Expect a lot more like this in the future, I love all things make-up so I also love writing about it all! 

Do you have any of these products? How did you find the pigmentation?
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