Morphe 35T Taupe Eyeshadow Palette | First impressions

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This Morphe 35T palette has got to be one of the best eyeshadow palettes I’ve tried and at such an affordable price, it’s a steal! The range of colours are stunning and with 35 shades you can really mix it up with the variety of looks you’re going for. In the Dubai Sephora, I finally picked up the TooFaced Shadow Insurance and I can’t believe I hadn’t used this earlier! I’ve never really been a daily eyeshadow wearer but this eyeshadow primer has now found itself a permanent place in my everyday makeup routine! And paired with the shades from this palette you can create a natural everyday look or a more glam evening look – it doesn’t move for the whole day!

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The brand

The U.S. make up brand Morphe Brushes have started to make their mark on the YouTube beauty-sphere, more commonly known for their extensive line of synthetic yet affordable make up brushes, giving some of the higher end brands like MAC and Sigma a good run for their money. As with their brushes, their eyeshadow palettes are becoming more and more popular, with the limited edition Jaclyn Hill palette being a cult favourite.


 

The colours

This 35T palette takes the signature naked eye to the next dimension! It includes 35 shades ranging from neutral, taupe, metallic coppers, brick red shades and more golden and bronze shimmer shades. I have to say, I was a little disappointed by the lack of matte transitional shades to create a complete look. I’d say to pair this palette with a matte palette like the Urban Decay NAKED Basics or theBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude for an extra variety of shades to create more dimension.


 

The formula

The application of these shadows are smooth and highly pigmented however I would say the mattes are a little more difficult to build than the shimmers.

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The price

The price of this palette is so impressive, I bought this palette on BeautyBay.com and it retails for £18.25!


 

The look 

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Crease: 5th row, fourth shade from the left

Lid outer V: 5th row, fourth shade from the left

Lid middle: 4th row, third shade from the right & 2nd row, 5th shade from the right

Lid inner corner and tear duct: 2nd row, fourth shade from the right

Brows: ABH dip brow pomade – dark brown

Liner: Kat Von D ink liner in Trooper and set with NYC liquid liner

Mascara: L’Oréal Telescopic Carbon Black


 

The brushes I used

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From top to bottom

Sigma E40 – Perfectly tapered for blending

Zoeva 231 Luxe Petit Crease – Crease and transitional shade

MAC 213 – Lid

Zoeva 227 Luxe Soft Definer – Smoothing and defining

Bdellium Tools 716 – Inner tearduct highlight


 

Have you guys tried out this palette or any other Morphe Brushes Eyeshadow palettes? What did you think of them?


 

Sachita x

 

 

 

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BOBBI BROWN Shimmer Brick

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LOVE at first swipe! I received my BOBBI BROWN Shimmer Brick in Bronze about a week ago as a ‘back to uni’ gift from my cousin Sapna and honestly, I have been using it every night out since!


Uses

A combo of both a highlighter, with the slightly more sheer, lighter shades towards the top of the compact and a bronzer, when fanning your brusk through the bottom few shades. I love how it gives me an elegant glow and elevates my cheek bones.

As an eyeshadow, I spray MAC’s Fix + on my brush and sweep it across the last three shades for a beautiful lid colour. MAC’s Fix + generates vivid colour on the eyes by magnifying the pigmentation. The lighter shades are great for the inner corners and brow bone highlight.Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 18.14.54


Formula

The formula is very soft, buttery and the sheen is very subtle leaving a gorgeous glow and build-able for a more intense look.


Packaging

The packaging for me is slightly bulky and I would have preferred a thinner packaging style. Having said that, the mirror is very ideal for popping in your handbag for a night out, on the lid of the generally exclusive feeling, white on black BOBBI BROWN packaging.


My thoughts

This shimmer brick looks amazing on my cheeks and creates a healthy shine, making my skin look and feel hydrated. I’m not usually one for bronzers but I feel that taking my Crown fan brush through this compact a couple of times, is enough for imparting a natural looking bronze colour. The colour is perfect because it is not at all orange or a dark or flat brown. Other brown-based bronzers can make my skin look dirty but this one doesn’t!

You can blend all the shades together for a warm golden glow or what I like to do is first apply the darker shades on my cheeks and then concentrate with the light highlighting shade on the tops of my cheekbones. It photographs beautifully and adds such a great dimension to the skin.


Have you guys tried the BOBBI BROWN Shimmer Brick? What are your thoughts? Check out all the different colours here.


Sachita x

My Everyday Makeup Routine

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This blog post has been highly requested and I have finally come around to writing it. My daily make up routine changes quite regularly and sometimes I tend to use different products depending on my mood and quite importantly, the changes in weather – the weather in the UK is totally unpredictable! I tend to have the same staple items in my make up bag like my primers and setting bases but I love to play around with mascaras, blushes and lipsticks – still gravitating towards the nude shades for everyday.


Step 1 – Prime

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I first spray a light mist of the Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray – For more info on this check out my July Favourites post. Followed by the amazing Smashbox Photo Finish Blemish Control Primer. I take a pea sized amount on my hands and rub it into my face like a moisturiser. My skin type tends to be quite prone to blemishes and honestly this primer is great to minimise and control the oil on my face when I have blemishes. It’s super lightweight and really helps your make up to stay in place all day, paired with the Skindinavia!


Step 2 – Base

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Starting with my holy grail of foundations – MAC Studio Fix Fluid – NC44.5I apply this all over my face with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush from the Core Set. This is a medium to full coverage foundation and it’s very build able so depending on how much coverage I need, I apply accordingly. On a good skin day, I apply my favourite tinted moisturiser – NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser – SeychellesThis tinted moisturiser is really great! It gives a lightweight, “barely there” feeling and great for everyday. It doesn’t transfer, and has a radiant, slightly dewy finish which is perfect for a natural look.

Dusted over with the Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation – NC45, it sets a great base with a bit of extra coverage for the redness that may not be perfectly covered up.


Step 3 – Conceal

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My absolute favourite concealer – NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – CaramelI apply this in a triangle shape under my eyes and take it along the centre of my nose, the centre of my forehead and a touch on my cupid’s bow. I love the Zoeva 110 Face Shape Brush to blend this in and sometimes use a damp Beauty Blender when I want a lighter coverage.

Setting my concealer with the famous Ben Nye Banana Powder, I tend to apply this with my beauty blender and leave it to ‘bake’ until I have finished my eye makeup. By baking, I receive a longer lasting coverage and a more matte finish with prevented creasing.


Step 4 – Brows

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I love using the Dip Brow Pomade by Anastasia Beverly Hills in Dark Brown for an everyday brow. The shade dark brown matches my brow hairs perfectly and the smallest amount on a Zoeva 317 Angle Liner Brush picks up the perfect, tiniest amount to complete my brows with two or three dips.

If i’m in a mad rush (most days), I grab the Brow Wizz also by Anastasia Beverly Hills in Dark Brown. One side has a spoolie and the other side, a retractable pencil. I run this through my brows a few times, filling in the gaps, go over with the spoolie and i’m set!


Step 5 – Eyes – Shadow

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Going for a natural everyday look, I like to take the colour ‘semi-sweet’ from one of my favourite palletes – Too Faced Chocolate Bar. I take this colour (3rd in the 2nd row) into my crease for some definition, using my Zoeva 231 Luxe Petit Crease Brush. I tend to just leave it at that with my shadow for an everyday look.


Step 6 – Eyes – Liner

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Depending on whether I want a bold or subtle liner look that day, I tend to use different products. I love using the cult  favourite INGLOT Eyeliner Gel #77 to create a bold and sharp wing using the Zoeva 317 Wing Liner Brush. I would set the gel with the L’Oréal Super Star Super Liner – a felt tip black liner with a sharp tip.

If i’m going for a more subtle look, the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper is a great choice! For a full description check out my July Favourites post.

For my lower waterline, I take the NYX Wonder Pencil and run it across to open up my eyes (July Favourites). The Rimmel Special Eyes Pencil Eyeliner Pencil in Black Magic is so great to go along my bottom lash line and I usually smudge this out with the Zoeva 226 Smudger Brush which is great at creating a natural smokey look.


Step 7 – Eyes – Mascara

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Mascara is a must for me and I love to create a “mascara cocktail” to create the perfect lash look! Check out my post, My Fave Mascaras, for a full review on each mascara.


Step 8 – Contour & Highlight

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After brushing off the excess Ben Nye Banana Powder from my undereyes, I take the Real Techniques 301 Flat Contour Brush with the Sleek Makeup Face Form in medium and use the darkest shade to contour under my cheekbones. I love this brush as it gives such a precise contour!

To highlight, I have recently been loving the Make Up Forever Pro Sculpting Duo and the golden highlight is magical! (July Favourites). I feather that onto the highest points of my face using the Sigma E40 Brush; just above my cheekbones, my cupids bow, the brow bones and the tip of my nose.


Step 9 – Blush

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For blush, my go to, everyday shade is the INGLOT Face Blush #41 (July Favourites). It’s a perfect, natural shade and brings a subtle pop of colour to my, usually tired looking, face in the morning haha!


Step 10 – Lips

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Lipstick finishes off this look with a transformation! The difference my make up looks with a touch of colour on my lips is incredible! I love to go for the nude shades for an everyday look and my favourites are: MAC Retro, MAC Amorous (for a more summery day), Gerard Cosmetics 1995 and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Zurich


Step 11 – Finishing Spray

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Putting the whole look together, my go to Finishing Spray at the moment is the Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray but if i’m a bit more on the oily side, I tend to use the NYX Matte Finish Spray. Both are great and leave my make up lasting all day with no movement.


That comes to the end of my Everyday Makeup Routine, hope you guys enjoyed reading! Sorry it was really long, but I didn’t want to miss any steps.

It would be great to know your guys’ everyday makeup routines in the comments or if you like or use any of the products I use, let me know your thoughts 🙂

Sachita x