‹ Palettes, Palettes, & More Palettes ›

I'm a sucker for neutral palettes as you can probably tell. There's just something about a good neutral palette that gets me incredibly excited but realistically I'm still a bit of an eyeshadow newbie so I have a pretty controlled selection.

I didn't know buttery eyeshadows until I tried Urban Decay eyeshadows. The Urban Decay Naked Basics palette is one of my favourites of the bunch. This nearly entirely matte palette is perfect for an everyday look on its own or paired with a winged liner look as a neutral base. Even if you already have plenty of palettes, this one should fill the gap to satisfy all your matte shadow needs. Recently though, Urban Decay released the Naked2 Basics palette which has quickly become one of my most reached for palettes. I find that the more taupe-toned shades in this palette suit me more than the original Naked Basics palette. While I personally prefer the Naked2 Basics palette, I wouldn't recommend one over the other because it's really dependent on what tones you prefer.

It is no secret that I adore NARS blushes but it wasn't until just under two months ago that I added a NARS eyeshadow palette to the collection. The NARS And God Created The Woman palette was everywhere about a year and a half ago and has since been re-released with minor changes in the form of the And God Created The Woman Part 2 palette. I may be late to jump on the bandwagon but at least I'm not missing out on these high quality shimmery shadows. Falling so deeply in love with NARS eyeshadows, I recently also decided to purchase two NARS Eyeshadow Duos as well. The first is the Kalahari duo featuring a bronze pearl and milk chocolate pairing. The second is Charade, a pairing of muted mauve with smokey plum.

Like many girls, I went through a MAC phase where I would lust over the big custom fifteen pan eyeshadow palettes. Being more controlled, I decided to go with two quads instead with one still incomplete. The first palette features Ricepaper, All That Glitters, Soba, and Patina. I love wearing Ricepaper all over the lids with Soba in the crease. In the darker quad I have Satin Taupe, Woodwinked, and Soba. I don't reach for these quads nearly as often as I should, to be honest. 

Last but not least is a UK drugstore offering by Collection. In a swap, I got the Collection Nude Eye Palette, a fantastic drugstore option if you're looking for a good neutral eyeshadows palette as the shades are wearable and the quality is actually fantastic for the price. The packaging is not the most travel friendly, but it's definitely a good everyday pick to have on your dressing table.

Are you palette obsessed like me? Which palettes do you own and which are your favourite? 


‹ Comfort Zone ›

I like my sleep and breakfast so most mornings I'm rushing out the door throwing on some makeup here and there. Mornings are not for experiments, so I stick to the products within my comfort zone.

I can't go wrong with a neutral eye look and there are three products I have been reaching for most often these days, two being palettes and one an eyeshadow stick. For shimmers, I like to go for the NARS And God Created The Woman palette. I particularly like Alhambra (top left) and Kalahari (top right) all over the lid on their own paired with a little eyeliner smudged along the top lashline. For a completely matte look, the Urban Decay Naked2 Basics palette is my go-to. I usually take Stark across the lid and a mix of Cover and Primal through the crease. Undone is a good one to smudge along the lash line in place of an eyeliner for a softer look. For something even easier though, the Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Lots o' Latte is perfect for a single wash all across the lid. 

On the cheeks, I know I can't go wrong with NARS Luster when I want a more shimmery finish. For a neutral look though, shades like Tarte Exposed or NARS Douceur are perfect. For something a little more rosy, I reach for Tarte Exposed. For something more nude and sculpting, NARS Douceur is the better option. 

Depending on the rest of my makeup, I'll reach for different lipsticks but most days I'll either skip the lipstick or go for something incredibly natural. MAC Syrup has been my go-to this autumn as it goes perfectly with NARS Douceur or Tarte Exposed for a matchy-matchy look.

What products are within your comfort zone?


‹ Matchy-Matchy ›

I don't insist on matching my blush to lipstick, but occasionally I do because it does look quite lovely.

Before transitioning into autumn, let's start with my favourite duos from the summer. I was a big fan of coral shades and when I felt like going for something bold, my lipstick of choice was the Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Corvina. This bright coral shade went perfectly with the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Tipsy for a complete coral look. 

For something a little more pink, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush was perfect for fun, healthy glow. With that blush, I reached for the NARS Lipstick in Niagara. It was definitely a more wearable, everyday pairing compared to the first option. 

As we approach scarf season I will be reaching for the darker shades more often. For a wearable daytime look, MAC Syrup will be the perfect match for the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed. The lipstick is slightly plum toned while being pink enough for everyday wear. For a slightly more bold choice for evenings, I choose MAC Plumful. This incredibly wearable plum shade is fantastic with NARS Sin and I'm sure of it as I did wear it throughout winter in the beginning of this year.

Do you like to match your lipsticks to blushes for that matchy-matchy look?