NEW IN: MORPHE

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Hey guys!

After hearing a lot about the brand Morphe, mostly via other bloggers (LexiLife I’m looking at you) I was keen to give them a go.

One Sunday night when I was feeling bored and spendy, I decided to take a little trip to Beauty Bay and a few days later a glorious package arrived on my doorstep, filled with Morphe goodies! I don’t know how that happened really…

The main product I wanted to try out was the 9C Contour Palette as I’d heard amazing things and was desperate to up my contour game. I couldn’t help but add the Contour Brush to my basket, aswell as some false lashes (they were so cheap!) before checking out, because why not go the whole hog?

On first impressions, I am not sure I’m a massive fan of the contour brush. Don’t get me wrong, with a little more practise I’m sure I’ll be convinced, but at the moment I’m struggling to get that naturally sculpted effect and usually end up with a warrior-esque stripe on each cheek instead. I’m assuming this would be great for a super strong contour, but I definitely feel like a fluffy brush is also needed to help blend the bronzer after chiselling with the contour brush.

I wore the lashes for the first time the other day and can safely say, I love them! I filmed a video wearing them and of course, when I came to edit I realised one was peeling off at the inner corner – bloody typical – BUT that is no doubt down to my shoddy lash applying skills as I’m a total newbie. The lashes themselves are gorgeous and fluttery, they look super natural and don’t weigh you down or feel like an annoying addition to your eyeball. The price is also a selling point as they retail for just £2.75. I’ll definitely be heading back to Morphe next time I’m on the hunt for lashes!

In terms of the palette, I am fully obsessed with the yellow banana powder (middle of the top row) which I now use under my eyes on a daily basis. Not only does it set and mattify my concealer but it also highlights this area of my face, giving the same effect as ‘baking’. The contour shades are also fab. I’m yet to pick a firm favourite, but I tend to reach for the bottom middle shade the most as it’s quite ashy and cool toned. In the middle of the palette you have one lonesome shimmery shade which is perfect to highlight with. I feel this shade would suit a load of skin tonnes as it’s quite a dark champagne colour. Something darker than I would normally go for when picking a highlighter but rest assured it still works on pale gals like myself!

Overall I’m enjoying using the palette. I’m not initially blown away, but it does always take me a while to get the hang of contour palettes and this one is definitely getting used on an everyday basis so I’m not complaining!

It retails for £18.25 on BeautyBay which I feel is a reasonable price. According to my calculations that works out at just over £2 per powder which is amazing considering the quality of them! They blend nicely and I do think the shade range is perfect so I’d recommend giving this one a go if you’re looking for a new contouring palette.

Do you have anything from Morphe and are you a fan? Let me know in the comments below!

I hope you have a lovely week ahead and I’ll speak to you soon :)

Love Izzy x

p.s. last weeks video was a huge autumn clothing haul! check it out here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hImHoMzAjg8

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I AM VERY BUSY.

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I don’t know about you, but I bloody love organisation.

This being the first September that I wasn’t provided with a (rather ugly yet extremely useful) school planner, I decided to purchase a mid-year diary that starts August 2016 and ends December 2017 –  it should therefore last me all through my gap year and into uni, if I decide to go next Autumn.

There’s something about writing down plans and visually seeing a week or month laid out in front of you that I find reassuring and motivating. It definitely helps me to keep on top of things like blogging and YouTube as I can squeeze in filming/editing days around work, socialising and other life plans.

Anyway, when I saw this one from Ban.do I knew straight away it was the one for me. It was £20 and I know you can get much cheaper ones, but I was so persuaded by the cuteness of it and the fact that it would be a year long investment that I chucked it into my ASOS basket and used student discount to justify my actions.

I have zero regrets.

There is something lovely to look at on each and every page. There are stickers to jazz up your schedule. There is even a secret code tucked away in a little pouch at the back! (Granted, I probs won’t use this as I’m a lazy and boring but it’s cute anyway).

Obvs its also practical. I specifically wanted a diary with both a monthly and weekly layout and enough space to write multiple plans in each day (because I’m constantly being sociable… duh) This definitely ticks all the boxes I needed it to tick, and it ticks them in a magical gold glitter gel pen because it’s just fab.

Okay, so maybe the cover is a little pretentious, but I can live with that.

Do you use a diary to keep on top of life or do you just go with the flow? Let me know in the comments :)

Love Izzy x

(HERE is a link to where I bought my journal, I know they also sell them in John Lewis and I’m sure many other places!)

TIDY SPACE, TIDY MIND

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September is here and for many of you that’ll mean new starts. For me, I don’t have the joys of ‘back to school’ season, however there must be some sense of routine stuck in me because whenever this time of year rolls around I always feel the need to rejuvenate my space a little bit and change up my environment.

Something about having a good clear out and going back to basics with your bedroom can honestly make such a difference to your mood, happiness and outlook on certain aspects of life. I am a firm believer in ‘tidy space, tidy mind’.

My room has stuck to a somewhat minimalistic theme for the last couple of years but as time goes on and possessions are acquired, a bit of clutter is inevitable. I like having slightly overcrowded areas of my room, for example the shelf above my dressing table, which is practical but mostly there for decoration. I also make use of my windowsill and under-bed area as my room is fairly small and this enables me to keep hold of little nicknacks without them getting in the way.

Today I thought I’d share a few photos showing the small changes I’ve made to my room recently. I’ve added a clothes rail, switched the direction of my bookshelf and added a faux sheepskin rug. These are the main alterations, but even re-arranging the items on the bookshelf and deciding which clothes to place on the rail, made such a difference.

Perhaps these photos don’t show the full effect, but I’m so happy with the new design of my bedroom and the small adjustments I’ve made – especially considering how little money I spent. It just goes to show that you don’t need a lot of space or a huge budget to spruce up your interior and refresh your surroundings!

Hope you enjoyed this post and that you have a fabulous week.

Love Izzy x