Jaclyn Hill Palette Series – Look 1

For my first look, I did what I was instantly drawn to in the palette, which was the beautiful colour called Jada. It’s a gorgeous kind of teal/turquoise/emerald shade all rolled in to one. It’s the perfect mix between blue and green and is so satisfying to look at. It’s a matte shade which I love and I knew I wanted to put this colour all over the lid.

So here is the first look I did using the palette, which is pretty much a recreation of Holly Boon’s look on YouTube.

Love,

Chloe.

P.s – the image of just my eye was taken when I practiced this look immediately after receiving the palette and the full face was taken a different time where I had altered some of the shadows used for my lower lash line. Also, the full face picture has a filter on which makes the lid colour look more green than it actually is.

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Step 1: The Crease

For my first crease colour I took ‘Creamsicle’ (1) on a Morphe E23 brush and buffed it through my entire crease. Next I took ‘Butter’ (2) and a little bit of ‘Pukey’ (3) on the same brush and did the same, buffing it in making sure to blend it with ‘Creamsicle’. The last crease shade I used was ‘Huntz’ (4) on a Morphe M441 brush. I put this lower in the crease to add more depth.

Step 2: The Lid

I took ‘Jada’ (5) on a flat brush (one I bought from eBay) and packed it onto the lid. Then taking a bit of ‘Jada’ on my Mac 217 brush, I blended it in with the deeper colour ‘Huntz’ that I had put down in the crease earlier. This meant that ‘Jada’ blended out into the crease colours, adding a gradient effect rather than having a harsh line. Doing this did blend out some of the lid colour so I just went back and forth with these steps until I reached my desired look.

Step 3: Lower Lash Line

For my lower lash line, I took ‘Butter’ and ‘Pukey’ and blended them across the lash line, not worrying about it going too low. I followed that with a small amount of ‘Huntz’. Then I took ‘Jada’ on a very small pencil brush and blended it out as close to the water line as possible. I placed blue liner in the waterline and set it with ‘Jada’ (please be wary if doing this as shadow can fall into the eye very easily).

Step 4: Final Steps

Finally, I used the L’Oréal Baby Roll mascara on my top and bottom lashes and used the shades ‘Enlight’ (6) and ‘Beam’ (7) for my brow bone and inner corner highlight.

Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette – First Impressions

If you’re a lover of beauty, then I’m sure you’ll know that the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette has been constantly talked about since it launched, with its first official launch selling out in a mere 43 minutes. I, along with thousands of other people was dying to get my hands on the palette, but missed the first launch. When a second launch was announced I was determined to get my hands on it, and I managed to be successful! The palette retails for $38/£28 for 35 shadows (approx. 80p per shadow) however, as the palette only launched on the official Morphe website I had to pay a whopping $30 just for shipping, so ended up paying around £50 for the palette.

As you can probably guess, immediately after it arrived, I was already playing with the colours, doing swatches and practicing a look. So this week, I decided to write down all my thoughts on the palette, perform proper swatches and decide whether it was worth the hype and the money.

Also, because of the range of colours in the palette, I’ll be doing a series of different looks using this palette, so stay tuned for more posts!

Love,

Chloe.

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Swatches (those on brown background are taken with a flash, and those outside are in natural light).

Row 1 (from top to bottom) –> Enlight, Beam, Silk Crème, M.FE.O, Faint, Sissy, Little Lady.

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Row 2 (from top to bottom) –> Creamsicle, Butter, Pooter, Pukey, Hunts, Firework, Queen.

JH Palette 2JH Palette 9

Row 3 (from top to bottom) –> Obsessed, S.B.N, Hillster, Roxanne, Jacz, Buns, Cranapple. (completely forgot to take a natural light photo of these swatches sorry!!).

JH Palette 3

Row 4 (from top to bottom) –> Royalty, Twerk, Hustle, Meeks, 24/7, Chip, Mocha.

JH Palette 4JH Palette 10

Row 5 (from top to bottom) –> Pool Party, Jada, Diva, Enchanted, Central Park, Soda Pop, Abyss.

JH Palette 5JH Palette 11

Packaging –> The packaging is probably the only thing I’m not a fan of. It’s made from a cardboard material which is silver in colour. The issue with this is that the palette gets so dirty so quickly and it’s pretty hard to clean. It also doesn’t have a mirror inside, which with such a big palette, seems a shame. Because of the size of it, it can be difficult to take travelling. It would have also been nice to have the shade names of the colours on the palette, but instead you receive a small laminated piece of card with names on. However, these aren’t very big negatives at all.

Colour Range –> I love the range of colours in this palette. If you watch Jaclyn Hill, you know she’s a lover of warm tones (as am I) so of course they made an appearance in the palette. However, they’re far from the stars of the show. There are beautiful greens, blues and purples in the palette (my favourite shadow in the palette is Jada, it’s honestly gorgeous). There are plenty of mattes and plenty of shimmers to create pretty much any look you desire.

Consistency and Application –> The eyeshadows are very buttery and creamy and when applying to the lid, they blended very smoothly. Most of the shadows are very pigmented, and some are less so (I had trouble picking up a lot of pigment with Twerk). However, Jaclyn did say in her video, that the shimmers are best applied with a wet brush. These shadows are definitely better than those of the other Morphe palettes. Compared to my 35O, they blend better and have much better pigment. If you didn’t know already, the shadows in this palette are a brand new formula that Jaclyn worked on.

Overall Thoughts –> I highly recommend this palette to anyone. It has quickly become my favourite palette and I cannot wait to play with the shadows more and create more looks. I’m still getting over the $30 shipping, but the palette itself was worth it.

 

 

My Favourite Honest Beauty YouTubers

As many people out there, I tend to spend a fair amount of time watching  (binging) YouTube videos and in particular, beauty videos. I know there are a ridiculous amount of YouTubers out there and I am probably yet to discover some really amazing ones, but I follow A LOT of beauty YouTubers and have so many that I love, both guys and girls (my favourite guy to watch is Thomas Halbert – he’s brutally honest and funny asf). However, some I watch more than others, so here are my favourite YouTubers to watch and why!

Love,

Chloe.

  1. Jackie Aina – https://www.youtube.com/user/lilpumpkinpie05

Jackie Aina

Jackie is my number 1 YouTuber of all time without a doubt. To start off with, she is 100% honest and truthful in ALL of her reviews and will never hold back on the negatives of a product in order to show exactly whether a product is worth her subscribers’ money or not. Secondly, being a WOC she does all she can to accommodate to us deeper skinned girls and guys, with videos on the best brands for certain products that work well on POC as well as the worst brands. Thirdly, she is a true believer in supporting smaller businesses, especially those that are black-owned. I can safely watch any video of Jackie’s and know that there’s no fakeness to come with it. She’s also an extremely hard working and dedicated YouTuber and has not been concerned with a quick claim to fame/following. I would recommend Jackie Aina to anyone at a blink of an eye. If you love sass, wigs, someone who isn’t afraid to speak their mind and someone who produces beautiful make-up looks then Auntie Jackie is the one to watch.

 

  1. Alissa Ashley – https://www.youtube.com/user/itsalissaweekly

Alissa Ashley

I only really discovered Alissa recently, and I honestly wish I discovered her sooner. Her make-up is flawless, her voice is cute as hell and she’s honest with all of her subscribers. She’s not afraid to speak the truth and doesn’t give a damn about what others think. One of my favourite things about Alissa is her ‘Mystery Make-up Mondays’ series. Every Monday she puts up a video, where she has different colours on a wheel which she’ll spin 3-4 times and have to create a look with those colours. She does different variations of the game each time and it’s so much fun to watch not to mention her creativity skills are incredible. She’s fun and she’s real. Also, check out her Instagram, because her pictures are fire. She’s done videos specifically accommodating to people with hooded eyes, which for me is always helpful and something I always struggle with. She does challenge videos as well as starting a colour series where she’ll create make-up looks using one colour – so you could say she’s far from your average YouTuber in the best way possible. Just go subscribe if you haven’t already, okay?

update: she’s literally packing up boxes of makeup and sending them to random people who dm her on Instagram, she’s actually that generous. She really does look out for us subscribers

 

  1. Soph Does Nails – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4X_adKmAQoBItCF0JWj_Hg

Soph Does Nails

Soph is one of the only UK YouTubers that I actually watch (a bit bizarre considering I live in the UK so you’d think I’d follow more). She’s the same age as me and she has the best quirky/weird personality that I relate to well. My favourite thing about Soph is her love for drugstore products. Being a student (which I’ve mentioned a million times I know), I definitely don’t have the money to buy expensive make-up products regularly. So, every now and then I’ll splurge on a product or two, but the majority of the time I stick to the drugstore. Whenever I need a new product, I’ll go onto Soph’s channel and watch review videos in order to help me to decide on what to buy. She also does loads of challenge videos which I love as well as stepping out of the comfort zone with her make-up looks. She’s very honest with her reviews and doesn’t associate with any drama (which there is a lot of in the beauty industry). She started off doing nail tutorials but got more and more into make-up as time went on, and now she makes regular make-up tutorials. She also has a second channel for her vlogs, where she shows a range of stuff from dying her hair, to trips with brands and just everyday stuff. So subscribe to Soph, you won’t regret it.

 

(All images taken from YouTube).

Summer Shadow with a Pop of Colour

I’ve been dying to get some summer inspiration for a while now, but am cautious on what palettes or shadows I invest my money in. Ever since the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette was released, I’ve watched endless videos reviewing it, all with such high praise. The palette launched on the 21st June at 4pm and sold out within a mere 43 minutes! Unfortunately, I was unable to get my hands on it at the time however, the palette does come back in stock on the 18th July at 4pm where I’m hoping to grab one!

Anywaaaays, if you’ve seen the palette you will know that there are a number of different pops of colour including blues, purples and greens! So this palette inspired me to do a warm tone (I couldn’t help it) eye-look with a pop of blue glitter on the lower lash line.

So, if you want to know how I achieved this look then here is my step by step process!

Love,

Chloe.

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Step 1: I did my brows as normal and carved them out with Maybelline fit me concealer, which I then used as a base all over the lid. I set the concealer with Rimmel stay matte pressed powder.

Step 2: I did my usual warm tone approach and went in initially with Spice from Morphe as my first transition shade with the Morphe E23 brush. I then followed that with Make-Up Geek Cocoa Bear to deepen up the crease with a Morphe M441. Using the same brush, I took a deep brown from the Morphe 35O palette just to add some extra depth.

Step 3: I wanted to keep the lid fairly simple as the main attention was the lower lash line. So, to finish off the lid I took a gold shade from the Morphe 35O and placed it on the first half of my lid.

Step 4: I did my liquid liner as I usually would (there’s a post on how I do my wings on my blog) before adding mascara and moving onto the lower lash line.

Step 5: For the lower lash line, I simply took a blue eyeliner from The Bodyshop and placed it both in my waterline and smudged it along the lash line. I then added some Too Faced glitter primer and topped it off with a blue glitter (if you’re going to do this be VERY careful as glitter can cause eye damage, so make sure the glitter is eye-safe as well as taking your time applying it).

Step 6: To finish up I popped some highlighter on the inner corners and brow bone.

Orange Halo Eye

Now that I am finally free from exams and have completed second year of University, I can take the time to sit down and blog without feeling guilty! I’ve been looking to expand my looks, but at the moment I really only have one trusty palette (student life means I can’t buy all the make-up I’m dying to get). Buuuuut, I will hopefully be purchasing some more colourful palettes soon so I can try out fun looks for summer! For now, I’m sticking to my Morphe 35O and staple Make-Up geek shadows (I know, I use the same shadows in basically every look, I’m getting bored too).

I also decided to try and get back to step-by-step tutorials so it’s easier to follow!! Still getting to grips with angles and still not the best at make-up but practice is key!

Hope you enjoy!

Love, Chloe.

Morphe Palette

 

Step 1: I highly recommend doing your eye-makeup first when using the Morphe 35O palette or any palette that has fall out. Throughout the look you will see a lot of the eyeshadows had some fallout which I then cleaned up later. I did my brows as I usually would and carve them out like normal. Tutorial on how I do my brows is here: https://prettyfacesandmanyplaces.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/simple-brow-routine/

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Step 2: I took the yellow-orange shade from the palette (shown as 1 in the image) and buffed this into my crease from outer to inner corner using the Morphe E23 brush. I’m using this as my initial transition shade which will allow better blending of the other shadows.

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Step 3: Taking the pale orange shade (shown as 2 in the image) I used a Morphe M441 to again buff this shadow into the crease from outer to inner corner, only slightly lower than the initial transition.

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Step 4: Using a Morphe M506 brush, I took a mixture of the orange/red shades (shown as 3 and 4 in the image) and packed these onto the lid, concentrating the shadow on the outer and inner part of the lid, leaving the centre slightly blank. I then took the M441 brush and blended them to make sure there were no harsh lines.

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Step 5: I took a small amount of Make-up Geek ‘Cocoa Bear’ shadow on the outer and inner lid using the same brushes in step 4. I didn’t want to add too many deep colours as I wanted the make-up to be very bright and summery. From then, I took Mac Nylon shadow in the centre and blended out the edges with whatever shadow was left on the M441 brush. I continued to add colour and blend until I got my desired look. The centre lid colour wasn’t as bright as I had hoped but I still liked the outcome.

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Step 6: I took my NYC liquid liner and did a wing. I then cleaned the fall-out with a make-up wipe before using concealer to sharpen the edge of the wing as well as creating a blank canvas for my lower lash line shadows.

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Step 7: Finally, I added mascara (you can also add false lashes if you wish) and used the same eyeshadows as before on the lower lash line!

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Unintended Cut Crease

Amidst all the revision I should be doing for my upcoming exams, I decided to put in a little make-up practice as a stress reliever. I knew I wanted to practice a cut crease because I’m nowhere near an expert on them, but I didn’t quite realise I’d end up with the following look. Of course, glitter was involved and of course, I spent an hour trying to remove each spec from my face (some people never learn, and I am one of them).

This is definitely an over the top make-up look rather than an everyday one, but I took some pictures so I thought I may as well share!

Love, Chloe.

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Step 1: Firstly, after concealing my lids and setting them in place, I took a tiny amount of brow pomade on my eyebrow brush and began to sketch out where I wanted my cut crease. I usually start by adding all my shadows then carving the crease out with concealer but I found this method was so much easier.

Step 2: Once I had my very light line, I started going in with the shadows. Firstly, I took Make-up Geek’s ‘Cocoa Bear’ shadow on the same eyebrow brush and went along the line I drew, buffing the product up into the crease to try and diffuse the shadow. Then I went in with Morphe shadow ‘Spice’ and put this all over the crease as a transition and to further blend out the other shadow. I kept alternating between shadows building up the amount of product until I was happy. To deepen the cut crease further I took a deep brown/black colour and applied it lightly to the crease line making sure to blend with a small pencil brush as I went along.

Step 3: I took my Maybelline fit me concealer on a small flat brush and carved out the crease, directly under the line. This step was easier than usual as the line already acted as the cut crease, I just needed to clean up the shadows that fell underneath. I then set the concealer when it was in place.

Step 4: I went in with liquid liner and created a wing as I usually would. At this point, you can stop, put on some mascara and lashes and go about your day. Of course, I had to be extra. So, I piled on some too faced glitter glue and added a copper glitter to the entire lid. I can’t tell if I liked it or not but it was definitely different! If I was to go back and do the look again I would probably skip out the glitter.

Step 5: I added mascara to my lashes and applied all the shadows that I used on my top lid, to my lower lash line. I placed some highlighter on my inner corners and brow bones to complete the look.

Bombshell Smokey Eye

I’ve always been too scared to use black eyeshadows when doing my make-up just in case I mess it up and end up looking like a panda. Butttt.. with a bit of practice I’ve managed to do a look that I am happy with and decided to share (because this rarely happens)!

Love,

Chloe.

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Step 1: Firstly, I used the Maybelline fit me concealer in shade 35 to prime my eyes and carve out my eyebrows. I then blended it in with a beauty blender and set my lids with the Rimmel stay matte translucent powder.

Step 2: Using ‘Spice’ single eyeshadow by Morphe on a Morphe E23 brush, I buffed it into the crease as the first transition shade. To deepen this, I went in with Make-Up Geek ‘Cocoa Bear’ on top using a Morphe M441 brush.

Step 3: Taking a black gel liner, I began placing it all over the lid, avoiding the crease area. As I got closer to the crease area, I made sure to place it bit by bit and buffed it in the crease as I went along using a very small buffing brush to make sure there were no harsh lines as well as preventing the black from going too high onto the lid (otherwise you’ll look like you’ve been punched). Before doing this, I put the liner onto the back of my hand to see how quickly it dried, so I knew how much time I had to blend it out before it settled into the crease. Once the lid was to my liking, I set the liner with a black eyeshadow.

Step 4: I curled my lashes and then added mascara. I then went in with any pair of false lashes I could find (I’m an amateur at these and I’m still very much in practice of getting them on perfectly).

Step 5: To make sure everything was blended nicely, I took a small amount of ‘Punk’ eyeshadow by Urban Decay, a deep purple/brown on a small Morphe M506 brush and blended it between the black and the transition shades.

Step 6: Using any black pencil liner I placed it in the waterline and set it with black eyeshadow. I then buffed some of the black shadow and punk into the lower lash line to smoke it out. To finish the eye look I placed some highlighter on the inner corner and the brow bone.

Brown Glitter Eye Look

I’ve been seeing a lot of prom tutorials circling the YouTube market lately and it inspired me to bring my glitter back out and this was the outcome!

Love, Chloe.

 

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Step 1: Eyebrows – I did my eyebrows as usual (there’s a step by step already on my page) and carved them out using the Maybelline fit me concealer, placing it all over my lid as well to prime my eyes. I then set the concealer with the Rimmel stay matte powder.

Step 2: Transition Shades – First, I took my Morphe single eyeshadow in Spice and buffed it into the crease using my Morphe E23 brush. Then, using the same brush I took a light brown shade in the Morphe 35O palette and did the same thing, making sure to blend out the colours until there’s no harsh lines.

Step 3: Deepening the Crease – To deepen the crease, I went in with my Make-Up Geek single eyeshadow in Cocoa Bear on a Morphe M441 brush and buffed this slightly lower down than the previous transition shades. I then went in with a darker brown from the Morphe 35O palette on the same brush, and continued to deepen the crease, making sure that each shadow is blended out before moving onto the next.

Step 4: Lid Base and Glitter – As a base for the glitter, I went in with my Urban Decay shadow in Punk on a flat brush and placed this all over the lid, making sure to buff out the edges as I go. For the glitter, I used my FM London pressed Glitter in Rainbow Coffee. As it is a pressed glitter, it does not require any glitter glue to be placed down beforehand. Using my finger to make sure I got the most pigment, I patted the pressed glitter all over the lid.

Step 5: Blending – To make sure that the glitter is fully blended in with the crease shades, I took a bit more of punk and the dark shadows on a small Morphe M506 brush and blended the crease out a bit more.

Step 6: Lower Lash Line – I placed some black pencil liner in my water line and buffed it out using the Morphe M431 brush. I then took some black shadow and set the liner. Taking a bit of punk and some of the crease shadows on the same brush, I smoked out the lower lash line.

Step 7: Finishing Touches – To finish off the eye look I took some liquid liner and drew a single line across the lid in order to help the band of my eyelashes blend in. I then coated my top and bottom lashes with mascara and put any pair of lashes I could find, on. Lastly, I highlighted the brow bone and inner corner with the Sleek Solstice highlighting palette.

Quick and Simple Make-Up Look

When I don’t have the time to do a full face of make-up, but I need some on so people don’t ask if I’m alright or tell me that I look ill (been there), I go for a very simple, no foundation, no eye shadow, pop it all on and out the door kind of look. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not as simple as putting on some mascara and I’m good to go… mainly because I need to cover my morning under eye bags, but you catch the drift. So here’s my quick and easy make-up tutorial.

Love, Chloe.

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Step 1: I always start by using the Body Shop tea tree pore minimiser all over my face. This doesn’t really work as a primer but it really helps to keep spots at bay and the tea tree oil makes your skin feel fresh.

Step 2: You can use any primer you want at this stage, but I tend to leave it out unless I need the make-up to last just that little bit longer. Instead, I go in with concealer under my eyes, blend it and set it with translucent powder. This makes my bags look less noticeable while brightening up the under eyes as well.

Step 3: At this point I just set the rest of my face with translucent powder, even though I didn’t use foundation. This is because I don’t want to apply powder bronzers/contour shades etc. onto my bare skin or the primer base, simply because it won’t blend well.

Step 4: Next, I go in with bronzer, a little bit to add more depth to the face but not too much to make me look muddy.

Step 5: I go in with my highlighter before my blush. This way, when I apply blush it’ll help blend the highlight that little bit more so it doesn’t look too harsh (if there is such a thing). I apply highlighter to the top of my cheek bones, bridge and tip of my nose, a little under the brow bone and on the inner corners of my eyes. This just helps bring some light to the face and open the eyes up a bit more. Then I apply blush to the apples of my cheeks.

Step 5: My eyebrows are pretty thick so I don’t really need to do anything to them before I go out. So I just apply some clear brow gel and leave them be.

Step 6: I then apply mascara, a lipstick of my choice and set my face with setting spray.

Products Used:

  • Body Shop tea tree pore minimiser
  • Maybelline Fit Me concealer in shade 35
  • Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder
  • Kat Von D Shade & Light contour palette
  • Sleek Face form contouring and blush palette in Medium (only use the blush in this)
  • Sleek Solstice highlighting palette
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills clear brow gel
  • Body Shop super volume mascara
  • Maybelline Colorsensational matte lipstick in 988, Brown Sugar.
  • NYX Matte Finish setting spray