Casual Eyeshadow Look Using Modern Renaissance Palette

Hello Lovelies, hope you’re all having a lovely day. Today I thought I’d share with you a little tutorial I created using my favourite palette of all time! The Anastasia Beverly Hills Morden Renaissance Palette.

This palette has been my holy grail go-to palette since February when I bought it in New York! I absolutely adore the colours inside. At first glance of the palette I never thought I’d be able to make the pink shades an everyday look but believe me you can.

This palette retails for around £43 which you can purchase from Cult Beauty and other beauty retailers. Yes it’s a little on the expensive side and it’s the most expensive palette I have ever owned. However, it is the best palette I have ever owned as well. The palette contains 14 shades, 11 matte and 3 of which are metallic. All of the eyeshadows are highly-pigmented and the palette definitely lives up to expectations.

Casual Eyeshadow Look

Even if I’m going to work or just going out to do a little bit of shopping I like to have a little bit of colour on my eyelids because I feel like it makes everything come together.

Now by all means I am definitely not a makeup artist so please forgive me if my application isn’t exactly the best. But this is the how I create my everyday eyeshadow look using the Modern Renaissance palette.

  1. So to start of with I like to put a tiny bit of concealer on my lid to blur out some visible veins and any other discolouration on my lids. I used the NYX Full Coverage Concealer which you can purchase from Boots in the link above for £6.
  2. Secondly I like to pop just a nude/white eyeshadow colour on as a base and set the concealer down. For this, I used the shade tempera from the Modern Renaissance palette (all shades from now on will be in this palette).
  3. Next I pick a transition shade to blend all the colours into. For this I used 2 shades, burnt orange and raw sienna which are absolutely beautiful shades. Pop these 2 in the crease and blend as you go.
  4. Now onto the colour, I am totally in love with the shade love letter it’s such a beautiful pink. I place this onto the outer v of my eye, blending it in towards the middle of my eyelid and into the crease.
  5. You could probably get away with stopping here if you were looking for something super plain and causal but me, I love a bit of glitter and shine. I like to add the shade Vermeer on the inner part of my eyelid. (from the middle towards the tear duct). My top tip for this part would be to apply the shade with your finger. Sounds crazy I know, why would you apply eyeshadow with your finger but trust me. The pigment is just insane. After applying this, give everything one last blend in.
  6. I don’t like to leave my lower lash line bare and plain for this look I mixed together love letter and burnt orange and popped that on my lower last line to bring the look together.
  7. Lastly, pop a bit of mascara on. I used L’Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mega Volume Mascara which you can purchase for around £8.

So this is the final look! It’s perfect for an everyday look and you can totally glam it up if you’re going out somewhere in the evening!

Let me know what you all think of this look!

See you next time with another blog post,

K x


£6 Foundation! Worth it?

Hello lovelies, I’m back with another ‘worth it?’ post. If you haven’t seen my last one, you can check it out here. I’m a bit late to the party but I know there’s been a lot of hype surrounding The Ordinary Coverage Foundation which you can purchase online.

I paid in total £6 for this foundation from ASOS. I know right, £6?? I thought the same, to be honest I wasn’t expecting much for £6 considering your average foundation retails from £10-13. On ASOS there are 13 shades to choose from, which is more shades than my current foundation has. (I think there are more shades available these are just the ones available from ASOS). I picked shade 1.0NS because I thought it was the closest to my skin colour and when it arrived I was definitely right, it was a great colour match. The foundation contains 1 Fl Oz which is pretty much the same as any other foundation, the bottle for the foundation is just more compact which personally is so much better.

The packaging looks pretty high-end. It comes in a small bottle which has a matte feel to it with a small black pump. The foundation doesn’t have a lid but the pump locks so you won’t be wasting any product. The bottle/container (whatever you want to call it) for the foundation is smaller than I thought it was going to be but I quite like it. It’s easy to travel with and super compact that you could just pop it in your bag if you ever need to top up.

So, what does the product do? This is the description off of the Cult Beauty website.

It’s caused a serious stir – and when you snap up The Ordinary’s Coverage Foundation (if you’re fast enough!) you’ll soon see why. Formulated from a unique combination of colour pigments suspended in the brand’s proprietary ‘spreadability system’, this full-coverage yet lightweight liquid foundation offers a smooth, perfected, semi-matte finish that lasts all day without settling into fine lines. For an ultra-natural result, it’s available in 21 versatile shades, ranging from very fair to very deep and each classified according to its undertone. ‘P’ shades stand for pink undertones, ‘R’ for red, ‘N’ for neutral and ‘Y’ for yellow, so you can easily identify your perfect match. And, as if you needed further convincing, the formula also offers SPF 15 mineral sun protection, to protect as it perfects your complexion.”

I put this to the test.

The coverage was very good. I mean it was amazing for £6. I firstly used 1 pump of the foundation and it covered my dark under eyes and my acne which is an absolute must for me in a foundation. The coverage is also very build able which is great, if you’re looking for a medium coverage one day but a very full one the next this foundation could be great for you.

The application was smooth, easy and it didn’t leave any patches. I used a beauty blender to apply it and I did find the sponge soaked up quite a bit of the foundation so I ended up using 2 pumps. Maybe it would have applied better with a brush? Anyway, the foundation applied smooth, blended out great and didn’t settle into fine lines which is exactly what it claims to do. The foundation itself dries semi-matte which for me is perfect because I have extremely dry skin so have a problem trying to find a foundation that doesn’t flake.

As for the wear it was amazing. The foundation never oxidized so I didn’t look orange by the end of the day which is a typical occurrence in some drug store foundations. The foundation still hadn’t settled into any fine lines and it didn’t look cakey by the end of the day at all. BUT, one thing it did do was cling to some patches on my skin where it was extremely dry. Not majorly but it definitely clung. It wasn’t half as bad as some foundation’s I’ve tried before on dry skin so I can already tell it would potentially be a favourite of mine.

I am really loving this foundation and I’m also loving the price. For £6 you can’t go wrong. Everyone needs this in their make-up bag, it’s so worth the money.

I think I’ve just found my new daily foundation. This is a 10/10.

Until next time,

K x


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Barry M Fall In Love Palette… Worth it?

It’s been a while since I last did a blog post due to being in London all weekend so my apologies. I’ve been making big changes to my blog and social media if you haven’t already noticed. I now have a brand new Instagram account which I will be uploading to (@livewithkatieblog).

Now onto my review, I’ve recently discovered the Barry M palette by another blogger off Instagram (I can’t remember her name, sorry!) Anyway,  I thought I’d invest in it to show you guys what it’s like. I purchased this palette from Boots. For £6.49 which I thought was an absolute bargain. You can also purchase it from pretty much any drug store or online; Superdrug, ASOS or Feel Unique. In the palette you get 10 matte shades some cool toned and some warm. These shades can create an awesome winter/autumn look which is the main reason why I purchased it.


The top two shades I found were not really pigmented as you can see in the picture above. HOWEVER, the rest of the shades I was extremely impressed by. They are very pigmented and a little goes a long way! Some of the colours I wouldn’t usually use but after trying them out you can create some really beautiful looks with them.

I wasn’t expecting much due to the fact it only cost not even £7 so I wouldn’t have been too bothered if it didn’t look amazing. The palette isn’t as good as something like the Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette which is my absolute favourite eye shadow palette of all time. But let’s be real it’s less than 3 quarters of the price of the Anastasia palette so it would never have been as good as that. But for it’s price it is amazing.

For £7 you can’t really go wrong and it’s a cute little palette to add to your collection. The palette is pretty small and compact so it’s so easy to carry around and use if you’re travelling as well. It also has a little compact mirror inside which isn’t something I would usually expect from a drugstore palette, this defiantly makes it look high end.

For me I would recommend this palette, it’s super cheap and you can create some beautiful autumn/winter eye shadow looks with it. This palette is definitely worth buying. I would rate this a 4/5 and would highly recommend buying it if you’re looking for a cheap eye shadow palette.

Let me know if you already have it or if you’re planning on buying it! What eye shadow look did you create?

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Until next time,

K x


Kat Von D Lolita Vs. Sleek Velvet Slipper… Is It A Good Dupe?

The Kat Von D liquid lipsticks aren’t exactly new to the makeup world but they are still extremely popular. They are on the more expensive side of things so getting your hands on one if you’re on a budget may not be appealing to you.

Luckily for you I have recently stumbled across a somewhat dupe for the Kat Von D liquid lipstick in the shade Lolita. Now let’s talk about the cost difference. The Kat Von D liquid lipstick retails for around £17 depending where you get it from, if you’re going to ship it from the US it will cost just a little bit more. However the sleek matte me lip cream in the shade Velvet Slipper only retails for £4.99 which is a huge price difference.

The packaging of the Sleek Matte Me lip cream is in fact very sleek, pun not intended. It is a small rectangular shaped plastic tube which does look very high end for it’s price. The packaging of Kat Von D’s Lolita is exactly what you expect for the price. A small tall tube which sliver roses printed onto the applicator lid and a band around the bottom of the tube with the traditional Kat Von D marking. Personally I love the packaging for the sleek one because it’s just so simple but a very nice design, basically it doesn’t look cheap. However the design for the Kat Von D one is beautiful, I love the roses printed on and it looks very high end, you’re getting what you’ve paid for.

The shades are pretty similar, although Lolita is slightly lighter. I am confident that sleek do have a slightly lighter shade which could be better matched. Both lipsticks were highly pigmented and had a very similar lovely, creamy consistency that guilds onto the lips. So in that department there really isn’t much difference.

kat von de vs sleek

When I first discovered the Sleek Matte Me lipsticks I didn’t really have much hope due to having bad experiences with drugstore liquid lipstick’s before. However, I was delightfully surprised when I applied the matte me lipstick. It went on smooth and easily and didn’t leave any patches on my lips. Compared to Kat Von D’s Lolita it was pretty much the same. Lolita is my all time favourite liquid lipstick, my holy grail and go to. The application was smooth and easy to apply even if you’re not using a lip liner.

The Matte Me lipstick was mainly transfer resistant, it didn’t smudge off or leave a lipstick mark on a glass when drinking but I did notice a few bit’s of purple when eating. This didn’t really bother me too much purely due to the fact it was only £5 after all. The Kat Von D lipstick didn’t budge at all, from experience of using it before it wouldn’t smudge from touching, drinking or eating. Only the natural wear and tear of a lipstick applied so I would just touch up every couple of hours (if I was wearing it all day). Both lipsticks seem to be doing their job, however, one is considerably less cost wise than the other. So I guess it’s down to you which one you go for.

I think Sleek Matte Me in Velvet Slipper is a really good dupe for Kat Von D Lolita. It’s a great drugstore alternative especially because it will save you a lot of money. However, if Lolita is in your budget I would highly recommend getting it, it is well worth the money, trust me. There’s no harm in getting both and trying them both our for yourself. You can never have enough lipsticks.

Until next time,

K x

Maybelline Tattoo Brow… Does It Work?

I’ve seen a lot of speculation about the Maybelline Tattoo Brow lately so I thought I’d try it out myself and see if it works.

I’m pretty much assuming this is the drug store equivalent to the Wunderbrow product which retails for £19.95 where as the Tattoo Brow retails for £12.99. To be honest it isn’t really that much cheaper but it’s worth saving the money and trying it out.

I purchased the tattoo brow from Superdrug which cost me £11.69 including student discount so £12.99 otherwise. If you want to purchase the product or have a look you can find it here.

So the tattoo brow comes in 3 shades; light brown, medium brown and dark brown. These 3 shades may not cater for everyone as they are pretty basic, maybe because it’s a new product they’ll release more? Who knows. I chose the light brown colour because I am in the process of dying my hair blonde and if it’s any good I would like to get some good use out of it.

The cost of the product is pretty good, I mean for an eyebrow product in the drugstore you could class it as a little more on the expensive side but it’s still a drugstore brand. So for £12.99 you get a small tube of product in a rather fancy looking tube. If I’m completely honest from looking at pictures it looks like you’d be getting more product if you bought Wunderbrow. I don’t know maybe I’m wrong.

tattoo brow 2So before I applied the Tattoo Brow my eyebrows were thin and lifeless, there was nothing to them. Don’t mind the un-plucked eyebrows, I’m in the painful process of growing them out.

tattoo brow

The application of the product wasn’t actually as bad as I thought it was going to be… until it got to trying to do the ends of my brows. Lets just say they’re not looking great at the moment, I would recommend using a thinner brush to do the ends of your brows if they’re thin rather than the applicator it comes with. If you’ve made any mistakes you can easily clean your brows up and wipe away any excess product with a cotton bud. TOP TIP –  make sure you tidy your brows up before the product dries as I noticed it dries very, very quickly.

I saw lots of horror stories about how people’s eyebrows had been ripped off so I didn’t want to leave it on too long that my eyebrows ripped off but not peel it off to quick that the results wouldn’t have been very good. I left the tattoo brow on for 45 minutes in total although if you want it to last for 3 days you have to let the product dry for 2 hours. Now I didn’t really have time to leave it on for that long so when looking at results bare in mind I only left it on for 45 minutes.

The Results

After 45 minutes I peeled the product off, it was quick and easy. It didn’t clump to my eyebrows or peel off in chucks; it came off in one strip and I immediately noticed the results.

My brows looked instantly fuller and the colour wasn’t patchy at all. The main thing about the tattoo brow that really impressed me is that it’s smudge proof so even after trying to rub it off with my fingers it didn’t budge. I’m yet to find out how long the product actually lasts so I will keep you updated.

tattoo brow 4

For me this product is easy to use and it’s quick to get ready in the morning now your eyebrows are already done. However, this process can be very time consuming, who has 2 hours free in the morning to just do their eyebrows alone? I would definitely recommend doing this the night before if you’ve got a busy day ahead.

Cost wise it’s pretty affordable, however it doesn’t really seem like you get a lot of product as you have to lay it on pretty thick. If you’re going to use it often I’m not really sure how long it would last you, although if it does last 3 days I guess you’re saving product you would usually use everyday, right?

I’m going to rate this product 4/5 because I think it’s very handy to have in your make-up bag and gives your eyebrows a natural tint that lasts up to 3 days.

Let me know if you’ve tried Tattoo Brow and give me your thoughts on it.

See you soon,

K x

My Skin Routine

I think it’s pretty common for everyone to have some sort of routine for their skin, whether its using certain products or simply just washing their face at a specific time each day. Without a routine my day to day life would become so disorientated it’s unbelievable.

One of the thing’s that’s probably helped my skin the most is not wearing make-up so often anymore. I used to feel like I had to wear make-up in order to feel comfortable in my own skin. All be it I’m not 100% confident walking around with no make-up on but I’m on my way to fixing it. My skin is so much healthier than it used to be because I no longer wear make-up every single day.

I always wash my face morning and night because of my skin type. Due to the fact I have oily/acne prone skin I have to make sure I wash my face otherwise more spots will start to appear. I used to use loads of face washes specifically for acne and blackheads but they never worked and if anything made my skin even worse. I found the following 2 products helped my skin so much and I would highly recommend them if you want a simple daily skin routine.

My daily face wash is the Garnier Skin active Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash for Combination and Sensitive Skin. This face wash retails for £3.99 in Superdrug, it removes make-up, cleanses and mattifies the skin after washing. The first thing I do when I jump into the shower will be wash my face, I will simply foam the gel wash up in my hands and clean my face and neck. After this wash it off and the skin is left feeling smooth and mattified. This also creates a smooth base for your primer/foundation to go onto which is a great bonus.

After washing my face with the face wash I will then use a moisturiser. I use the Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser which you can purchase for around £4.30. I’ve used this one for years and I would never use anything else. It contains multi-vitamins (pro-vitamin B5 and vitamin E) which leave the skin feeling smooth and hydrated. I put a small dollop onto the palm of my hand and massage it into my skin and neck. After letting the product soak in my skin is left feeling hydrated and I’m ready for the day ahead.

I’ve tested out an abundance of different skin products to help with acne and oily skin however none of them have ever worked for me. I find using the bare minimum of products help my skin stay healthy and hydrated even if that means I just clean my face with water some days. As well as only using 2 products in my routine I find not wearing make-up that often also reduces the chances of me getting blemishes. If you have oily/combination skin like me I would recommend you make sure you’re always taking off your make-up properly and never leave make-up on overnight.

I’d love to hear what products you use in your daily skin routine and if anyone has any products they think would benefit me please let me know in the comments down below!

See you next time,

K x

Holy Grail Make Up Product of September

I’ve decided to make some sort of series as it seemed you guys liked my last make up related post which you can find here. So every month I will make some sort of post about what my favourite make-up products are at the moment.

My first holy grail make up product has to be my L’Oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover foundation which I purchased about a 2 months ago. So, here’s what you need to know about it.

  • You can purchase it from any drug store that I’m aware of, including Superdrug and Boots.
  • It retails for £9.99
  • Comes in 6 shades
  • Full coverage claims to last up to 24 hours
  • Matte finish, lightweight foundation, transfer-free

I bought this foundation due to a recommendation from a family member back in July. This foundation claims to be full coverage and even claims to cover tattoos so I thought surely it will be able to cover a few blemishes, right? Well I can tell you now it was telling the truth. This foundation is SO GOOD. The coverage is amazing and it conceals any blemishes or redness on my face.

I chose the shade 10 Porcelain (because it was the lightest one) and it’s one of the first foundations from the drug store that have actually matched my skin. Because i’m so fair I find is extremely difficult to find a cheap and affordable brand that does a fair shade which doesn’t look orange on my skin. Considering the product only comes in 6 shades I was shocked to find that the lightest shade does in fact match my skin which for me is a huge deal.

The foundation blends extremely well and it is easy to apply more coats if need be.  It leaves a matte finish with zero shine which is a bonus for me as I have oily/combination skin. It blends well with any make-up tool really, I’ve tried a beauty blender and just your average brush and both left an even, full coverage, matte finish.

The coverage on this Foundation is amazing. It definitely does what it claims to do. I have bad acne and spots and this foundation covers them completely, I don’t even have to add concealer on top! I’m in love with this foundation.

The wear on the foundation is great from my experience. I wear a primer and setting spray on top of my make-up to help it hold in place and last all day so the wear result may not be the same for those who don’t. As for the 24 hours claim I am yet to test this, I don’t normally wear my make-up more than 7/8 hours, by the end my T zones (chin, forehead and around my nose) start to get a bit oily but I’ve had worse with other foundations. So for me this doesn’t bother me as I’m always carrying around a powder compact to block out the oils.

Would I Recommend This Product?

YES. For me the answer is plain and simple, this foundation is full coverage and covers all blemishes for an affordable price. Why wouldn’t you want to buy it?

The texture of the foundation is quite thick and creamy but surprisingly it is extremely lightweight and doesn’t cake up or feel heavy on your face.

I would 10/10 recommend this foundation, especially for those who have oily/combination skin and are looking for an affordable, full-coverage, lightweight foundation.

Let me know in the comments below what your favourite make-up products are.

Until next time,

K x