Friday, 23 September 2016

Autumn fragrance recommendations 2016!

Hey, gummy bears! With autumn finally here, I'm very excited to be bringing you my seasonal perfume recommendations. It's weird to think that it's already been a full year since my first ever perfume post... My fragrance collection has grown a lot since, and I've discovered many new scents that I'm very excited to share with you all. Personally, I think that autumn is perfect for perfumes that are quite bold, sweet and intense. My favourite autumn fragrance notes include earthy patchouli, caramel and amber; all of which will feature in today's list. Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Are Urban Decay palettes really worth your money? Naked 3 honest review + full swatches!

Hey, jelly beans! Today, I'm going to talk about one of my most exciting makeup purchases so far this year - the Naked 3 eyeshadow palette by Urban Decay (£35, FeelUnique). The Naked range needs no introduction, and I'm sure that many of you are already familiar with these iconic palettes. I was always drawn to the beautiful, rose gold tonality of Naked 3, but could never justify the hefty price tag. I think that in this day and age, we have so many quality drugstore makeup options available to choose from; it becomes questionable whether high-end brands are even worth the money anymore. I firmly believe in treating yourself to something luxurious from time to time, which is partially why I decided to finally take the plunge and buy this palette. Did I need it? Absolutely not. I just couldn't resist it (can you blame me?).

Sunday, 4 September 2016

1 year blogiversary! + 5 most important lessons I have learned from blogging

Hey, jelly beans! Today is a very special day - Shoes and Glitter is celebrating its one year blogiversary! I honestly can't believe how quickly the time flies... When I first posted on this blog exactly one year ago, I didn't expect myself to stick to it for more than a couple of months. I would look up to all the bloggers who have such gorgeous, well-established blogs (I still do) and thought 'Wow, I could never achieve this!'. One year later, and I'm enjoying blogging more than ever - it's something that I look forward to doing every single day, and that makes me feel happy and fulfilled. Shoes and Glitter now has over 600 friends on bloglovin', and almost 3000 Twitter buddies! And whilst blogging isn't all about the numbers, I'm beyond grateful for each and every single one of you who comes here to read my random beauty ramblings. Although it's only been one year, I  can already say that blogging has been one of the best experiences in my life, and I hope for it to continue for many years to come!

Monday, 29 August 2016

Urban Decay Primer Potion vs. NYX Proof It! - eyeshadow primer comparison & swatches

Hey, beauties! I'll start this post off with a little makeup confession - until a few months ago, I never used an eyeshadow primer. I didn't really believe it was needed, that is, until I discovered Urban Decay's Primer Potion. A good eyeshadow primer can really transform your entire makeup routine - it makes the application smoother and more even, brings out the intensity of the colours, and makes your eyeshadow last a lot longer. Urban Decay's Primer Potion is the best eyeshadow primer I've tried to this date, however, it is also quite expensive (£16, Debenhams). I've been on the lookout for a cheaper alternative for a while, but most of the available drugstore options are very disappointing (namely, Rimmel's Undercover Shadow Primer, or L'Oreal's Color Riche Base). However, in my recent drugstore haul, I've discovered something that could be a worthy competitor - NYX's Proof It! primer (£5.50, Boots). My first impressions of it very extremely positive; plus the fact that it is over ten pounds cheaper is definitely a bonus. Today, I will compare the two primers in a little more depth, and see whether this budget-friendly alternative can hold its own against Urban Decay's renowned Primer Potion. Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

L'Oreal La Palette Glam eyeshadow palette - review + swatches!

Hey, gummy bears! I hope that you're all having a beautiful week so far. Today, I am really excited to talk to you about the La Palette Glam eyeshadow palette by L'Oreal (£12.99, Boots). This is a summer limited edition of the original La Palette, featuring ten vibrant, unusual colours. L'Oreal describes this palette as a 'unique selection of ten pop summer shades, which will help you unleash your creativity'. I have actually tried both the original La Palette and the Nude Rose edition, and wasn't impressed with either of them because of the poor pigmentation and longevity (full review here). I probably wouldn't have bothered with this new edition, but I was quite intrigued by the unusual selection of colourful shades, and decided to give it a try. Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Share a little happiness with Happiness Boutique jewellery

Hey, jelly beans! First of all, I wanted to thank you for all your lovely birthday messages on Twitter. I had an absolutely wonderful weekend away with my better-half - we spent the day at the beach in Weymouth, which totally surpassed my expectations. Turns out, England has some beautiful beaches, too! We got quite lucky with the weather, so we spent the entire day enjoying the warm sand and the clear blue sea. I only wish the weekend had lasted longer, but we're definitely making the trip again next year!

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Top 10 prettiest perfume bottles! Part 2 of 2

Hello, beauties! It's time for part two of my top ten prettiest perfume bottles, and I couldn't be more excited! In the last post, I asked you lovelies about what you think is the importance of packaging, and whether a pretty bottle is enough to make you want to buy a fragrance. A lot of you seem to agree that the scent itself is always more important than the bottle, although lovely packaging is definitely a welcome bonus. I've been known to buy perfumes just for the bottle, but at the same time, some of my all-time favourite fragrances come in pretty unattractive packaging... But, that is a post for another time! Today is all about the most beautiful bottle designs - make sure you check out part one of the post here!