WE SAW THE SUNRISE


Good morning loves!! Well, it’s past twelve, so I guess it’s good afternoon. But I just woke up, so for me it’s still morning haha. I remember back in my college days, I used to go to bed at 5am and wake up at 3pm! And no, not because I was on a night out, but because I used to stay up until ridiculous o’clock talking to Ricardo on MSN messenger :-D Do you guys remember that still? I used to love it, and to be quite honest, I miss it. 

Co-ord BOOHOO (Similar here)

I’m in London at the moment. I came here to take care of some designer shoes which were in need of repair, and I’ll be back to Bristol this afternoon. I went into two different designer stores on the same day. If that’s not conquering your fears, I don’t know what it haha. My Chanel shoes got ruined on the way back from Punta Cana. Someone broke into my bag and must’ve dropped my shoes somewhere, and now there’s this disgusting black print on them, which according to Chanel, cannot be fixed. So yeah, brilliant! I’m honestly so annoyed! It’s not just that they’re Chanel shoes, it’s the memories I have with them. But hey, hopefully the airline will provide a full compensation and I can buy them again. Only this time I’ll buy them in leather instead of suede. What are you up to today?

Lots of love, SFS.

WHY I SAID NO TO MY ENGAGEMENT

Dress Boohoo, Shoes Chanel (similar)

Marriage, what a big word. I still remember many friends of mine telling me what they imagined their wedding dress to be like at the age of 10. I was never one of those girls. I’ve never imagined my wedding dress, I never thought about where I wanted to get married, what I wanted my bouquet to look like, who I would invite to my wedding, etcetera, etcetera. Marriage just never really spoke to me. I don’t know of any happy couples, literally, not one. And yes, that includes my parents. They’re still together, but I know that they aren’t happy as a couple. So for me, marriage always looked like something that tore relationships apart rather than something that brought couples together. Btw, I’m aware that this isn’t the case for everybody. 


A couple of months ago I had this girl on my flight, who told me about her previous relationship. Her and her partner were together for 10 years, decided to get married in 2015 and got divorced in 2016. Why?! Why is it that couples are happy being just boyfriend and girlfriend, but the minute the word marriage comes about, it all goes to shit? It makes me wonder, was something wrong with their relationship before? Did they really love each other? Was the pressure of a perfect wedding just too much? It’s hard to figure out. Wether it’s the combination of all these things, or something else that I don’t even know of, the thought of marriage never crossed my mind.

Me and Ricardo have been together for almost eight years, and have lived together for five, and we get on amazingly well. If people saw how we are with each other when we’re behind closed doors, they’d think we’re immature, crazy people that act like little kids haha. I mean, we literally run after each other trying to stick a finger up each others arse - not literally, but you know :-P All these years I’ve been telling Ricardo that I didn’t want to get married, but that if I ever did, he was not to propose on my birthday, on Christmas, on our anniversary, and most importantly, not on the 14th of February in the Eiffel Tower. There’s nothing wrong if you’ve been proposed to on these occasions, but it’s just something I didn’t want for myself. I also said I would like it to be something thoughtful. I mean come on, I’m the girl who never wanted marriage, so for him to convince me it would have to be something pretty epic I’d imagine. Well... it wasn’t!


If you read my latest blog post you will already know that he proposed while we were in Punta Cana, and I ended up saying no two days later. So here’s how it happened before you all start judging me! We were waiting for our dinner reservation which was at 9pm, and we were ready at 6:30pm - it gets dark early in the caribbean. We wanted to head down to the beach, but it was pitch black there, so instead we stayed near the pool area. We sat down on the edge of those pool beds and started having a chat about how the holiday was going. The conversation led to us talking about his commitment ring tan line. As we were talking about rings, he saw an opening, got down on one knee and proposed. No big speech, no nice view, no thought behind it, just a meh moment. My heart sunk! The first words out of my mouth were ‘are you serious?’. I meant was he serious about the way he proposed, not with the proposal itself. It took me about 15mins to let the information sink in. Oh, I said yes btw! After it sunk in, I cried a bit, called my mum and gave her the news. But for some reason I didn’t feel the love, I wasn’t on cloud nine, I wasn’t excited and I most definitely did not feel engaged. 

The next day we told his parents, and after our closest family knew, I decided to post it on Facebook. I thought that if all my friends and family started congratulating us, that I would start feeling the warm fuzzy feelings. 200 messages later, I still didn’t feel it. In fact, I became so sad! I could feel the knot in my throat every time I went to say something, even if it was just to say ‘pass me the water’. I just couldn’t stop thinking that out of all the hints I had given him, this is what he came up with. I literally would’ve preferred being proposed to on the Eiffel Tower on the 14th of Feb! And the thing that made it worse, was the thought that I was never going to get that moment back. 


The next day I woke up and still felt the same sad feeling. So I just let it all out! I told Ricardo exactly how I felt about it. It wasn’t pleasant, I felt like a piece of shit, he felt like an idiot, but all I needed to do was tell him how I felt. The second I said everything I needed to say, I felt 100 times better. He broke down in tears, started apologising like the word sorry was going out of fashion, and agreed with everything I said. We had a little cry together, and eventually I ended up saying no to the proposal. We decided that this engagement was cancelled, and that he would repeat it at a later date. The ring was a tad too tight anyway, and it would have to be exchanged, so we agreed that he will keep the ring and when he’s ready to propose again, my ‘yes’ will be waiting.

I know this isn’t the fairytale story you’re all probably used to, but it’s a real life one. And I felt like I had to share this in case one of you felt disappointed with your proposal too. It’s ok to feel like you deserved more, it’s ok to expect more. You don’t have to bottle it up and pretend that you’re ecstatic when you’re probably really let down. And don’t think you’re being dramatic by asking them to propose again, it’s something that ideally should only happen once, but if they don’t get it right the first time, it’s ok to ask them to do it again. Just speak to your other half, let them know how you feel, chances are they feel the same way you do, and are simply just too embarrassed with themselves to even bring it up. As long as you both love each other, these little bumps in the road should bring you even closer together. 


I know that some people might say that the magic is gone now, but I genuinely believe this brought even more magic to our story. How often do you hear someone say they’ve asked their partner to propose again? Haha. My friends and family all found it hilarious and adorable that I’ve asked Ricardo to do it again, and such a ‘Sandra thing’. It makes our story different to everybody else’s, and a very entertaining story to share on our wedding day. 

Remember, no two stories are the same. Write your own! :-)

Much love, SFS.

BIG THINGS HAVE HAPPENED


Happy November!! Wow, the month of October literally just flew past didn’t it? But I had the best month ever! I love October, I love Autumn and it’s so exciting to start seeing the leaves changing colour, the weather getting cooler, and all the Christmas decorations making an appearance. Plus, October is my birthday month, so of course I love it even more. But now that we’re in November I just wanted to give you a little run down of what happened in the last month. 

I started Christmas shopping. Gosh, I know! So early, but I have to, otherwise it all gets too much for me. Personally I don’t like shopping when the shops are crowded, so I prefer starting early to avoid all the havoc. I haven’t bought much yet, but it’s a start. Have you started yours? 


Also over the month of October, me and Ricardo went away to Punta Cana. It was our first time going out of Europe and we loved it! People over there are so nice, and I mean genuinely nice. They’re not being forceful, or being nice just so you can tip them, they are actually nice people. They’re all so happy and in love with life, it was so refreshing to see. The beaches there are insanely beautiful, the food was delicious, the weather was incredible, ugh, we just had a brilliant time. I will be writing a post on our whole experience soon.

A few days ago yours truly turned 26. My oh my, I don’t feel 26 at all! I still feel like I’m in my early twenties. I was actually working that day, but I had such an amazing crew. Ricardo brought me breakfast in bed at 4:30am, I mean, who still does that? I’m a very lucky girl! Ricardo also planned a surprise birthday party for me. That melted my little heart, I even cried! Haha. He made a reservation at one of my favourite restaurants, decorated it, invited all my friends and ordered an amazing chocolate cake. I can’t tell you how happy I felt the entire day. From start to finish, all I felt was love. 


And last, but definitely not least, over our holiday in Punta Cana, Ricardo proposed! I’ll be writing a more in depth post on this soon, but to cut the story short, I said yes at the time and then said no two days later. I was very disappointed with the proposal and that dulled the moment for me. But like I said, I’ll do a proper post on this soon, explaining my thoughts on marriage, why it’s ok to say no, and how to get over a bad proposal. I feel like many women may have been in a similar situation and are embarrassed to share their story, but I’m not. In fact, I love that we’ve cancelled it and we’re doing it again. It makes our story even sweeter.

Lots of love, SFS.

HOLIDAY SKINCARE - ONLY THE ESSENTIALS


How is the first week of October almost over? Time just flies by! Honestly, if you’re under 18 and you’re in a rush to grow up, don’t be! It feels like a year goes by just by blinking haha. It’ll be my birthday at the end of the month, and as a treat to myself, me and Ricardo are going away for a week to Punta Cana. I am so excited! It’ll be my first time going out of Europe and I can’t bloody wait. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I also went to Chania and Portugal last month, and these are the skincare bits that I took away with me. I’m pretty big on skincare, however, I didn’t travel with a hold bag, so I had to keep things simple so I could get through security. These products are all you need to ensure you take care of your skin while you’re away, without having to take the whole house with you.

Whether you have dry, normal or oily skin, you will always need a good cleanser. I like using balm cleansers as they’re pretty easy to travel with, and they remove makeup really well. I bought a travel size of the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, and it houses enough product for about two weeks. Because I didn’t have a bag in the hold, I had to keep my liquids to a minimum, so I skipped the serum, and took the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate instead. It’s great to use on its own as a night treatment, or you can even layer it with your moisturiser.

One thing I hardly ever skip is eye cream, this one is the All About Eyes by Clinique. Not my favourite to be honest. I tried the Rich version before and much prefer that one. This one feels like it would be better suited for people with normal or oily skin. For face cream I’m using the Origins Ginzing Ultra-Hydrating Energy-Boosting Cream and I’m loving it. I was already a big fan of the original formula, but this one packs that extra thickness that I love. And last but not least, lip balm! Lip balm is one of those things I can't live without. I have one in every handbag, and in every room in the house haha. The one I took away with me is the Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. It's quite a hard formula, but it melts as you swirl your finger in the tin. 

So there it is, all you need to take away with you on your holidays. A good cleanser, an oil that can double up as a layering skincare product or as an overnight treatment, an eye cream, a face cream and a good lip balm. And of course it goes without saying, only take products you’ve already used before. I once made the mistake of trying a new cleanser while I was away and ended up with loads of tiny spots all over my face. 

Hope this was helpful if you’re going away soon! Enjoy your weekend!
Lots of love, SFS.

SHIT HAPPENS


Happy October loves! Wow, can’t believe how fast last month went. I am so pleased we’re now in Autumn though. It’s by far my favourite season of the year. How have you all been? I’ve been all over the place! Last month I went away to Chania with two friends of mine for a few days, and then I went to Portugal for a week. It was a much needed holiday. I’ve been feeling so tired recently, with so much lack of energy, but I finally found out why. I’m anaemic. I recently went to the doctors about my irregular heartbeat (basically my heart always skips a beat), and they suggested I do some blood tests, and turns out I’m anaemic. I’ve been back and forth from the doctors this whole month pretty much, and October seems to be going in the same direction. 


Anyway, enough of medical stuff, on to more bad news, and the most devastating news of them all for me, our landlord doesn’t allow us to have a dog! I am absolutely heartbroken! The first question we asked when we viewed this place was if they allowed dogs, and we were told that 'it shouldn’t be an issue'. But turns out it is an issue, even though we’ve offered to pay for any damage the dog causes. I am so gutted! I was already looking for dog toys, beds, treats etc... I must admit that I did shed a tear or two. But hey ho, I’m planning on doing my driving license soon, so fingers crossed I pass and then we can move to a bigger house where dogs are allowed!

Dress ZARA, Sunglasses RAY BAN, Hat Local Shop in Rhodes, Bikini Top PRETTY LITTLE THING

Right, now I’m off to work. I just thought I’d come on here and give you a little update on where I’m at right now and what’s been going on in my life. The whole anaemia thing really caught me by surprise, but now I know why I’ve been feeling so deflated and with so much lack of energy. I’m waiting for some blood test results, and hopefully from there I can start some sort of treatment. So yeah, sorry I’ve been away for so long. Hope you’re all having a great start to the month! <3

Lots of hugs, SFS.

ENCHANTING WITH NEÄL & WOLF


Morning you beautiful bunch! I am so excited to share this post with you today! One, I absolutely loved taking these pictures, thanks Ricardo. Second, these products were my first ever blogger mail! And lastly, my hair smells incredible. Nice smelling hair is one of my things, there’s just something so attractive about it. 

Neäl & Wolf is a brand I've seen on FeelUnique a few times, but because I’m a creature of habit, I always end up going for what I know. However, the team at Neäl & Wolf asked if I would like to recreate their Enchant look, which is a gorgeous boho style fishtail plait, and I was like hell yeah! Fishtail braids always look so intricate and hard to do, but they’re actually one of the easiest styles of braids in my opinion. I love how they always add an effortless vibe to your look, yet at the same time they draw so much attention.


To start this look off I washed my hair using the Neäl & Wolf Ritual Daily Cleansing Shampoo & Conditioner. The shampoo is really thick and creamy and lathers up really well. It also smells divine! Usually with more high end brands I find that the smell only lasts a day, but with this brand my hair smells nice even up to three days after washing it. I only wash my hair once or twice a week, so I love products that hold their scent. The conditioner I thought was going to be a let down as it says to leave it on for 30 seconds. 30 seconds?! My hair is quite dry due to how many time I’ve bleached it, so I thought 30 seconds was never going to be enough, but it worked super well! I thought it would be hard to brush through my hair, but it was probably the easiest time I’ve had untangling my locks.


After towel drying my hair I added quite a hefty amount of the Elevate Volumising Lotion onto my roots and through to the ends of my hair. This product gives serious volume and manageability. Sometimes after washing your hair, it can become too soft to the point where you can’t even work with it, using this product helps you get fullness and control over it. I then added a few spritzes of the Guard Heat Protection Spray before using straighteners. I hardly ever use heat on my hair without using a heat protector so this is a must for me.


Now, moving on to the fun bit, the fishtail braid! I started by splitting my hair down the middle so I had a clear parting. I then worked on the left side first. To do the fishtail plait, hold a section of your hair and split it into two sections. Let’s call these sections A and B. Use your index finger to grab a small piece of hair from the outer section of A, and pass it to the inner section of B. Then grab a small piece of hair from the outer section of B, and pass it to the inner section of A. And you basically repeat this until the braid is complete. I tied the ends with a clear elastic so that it wasn’t noticeable. After the braid is secure, start pulling it apart so that it can become fuller. I also backcombed the braid to give it a more textured, worn in look. And finally, to add that boho feel, I curled a few strands of hair to frame my face.


To hold the hair in place I used the Control Flexible Styling Spray. I love hairsprays like this. Sprays that don’t feel heavy and are gone when you brush your hair. Lastly for a bit of shine, I used a generous amount of the Glow Super Shine Spray. I’m usually more into matte hair, but when you backcomb your hair it can tend to look a little rough, so this helps bring life back into it.

Overall I am mega impressed with all these products. The shampoo, conditioner and the heat protection spray are all products I use when I wash my hair now. The Volumising Lotion and the Super Shine Spray are more occasion products for me, if I’m going for a certain look, or if I’m going out for a dinner or drinks with friends and want some extra vavavoom to the locks. 


Have a good start to the week babes!
Lots of love, SFS.

LATE TO THE PARTY AGAIN


Wow, I don’t think I remember the last time I bought makeup brushes. I think it was probably three years ago or maybe even longer. My brushes seem to last a long time, and I’ve only had an issue with a brush breaking on me once. Although I am pretty content with my brush collection, I felt like I did have space for some for new additions. Zoeva and Morphe brushes have been hyped about so much all over the internet these last couple of years, but if you know me by now, you will know that I am always late to the party. I don’t jump on bandwagons just because people are talking about a product, I’ll only ever buy it if I feel like I need it. 

A brush I’ve had my eyes on for a very long time is the Zoeva 114 Luxe Face Focus Brush. It always looked so fluffy when people used it in their videos, and I’ve been after a brush like this to powder under my eyes. It’s so incredibly soft, and I like that the handle isn’t too long. For eyes, I picked up the 227 Luxe Soft Definer and the 228 Luxe Crease also by Zoeva. The 227 I use mostly to add colours in the crease, or to pack on colour in the outer corners of my eyes. The 228 is probably my favourite out of the two, actually, not probably, definitely haha. I always use this first whenever starting my eye makeup. I like to take a light transition shade and use this brush to apply it. It’s so big and fluffy, it spreads the colour super quickly. I also like to use it right at the end when my eye makeup is complete to ensure that there are no harsh lines in the crease.

I had to try out some Morphe brushes too, so I got the 220 Luxe Grand Shader. I picked this up to powder my eyelids after using primer, and to add light coloured eyeshadows all over the lid, but instead of using it for that purpose, I’ve actually been using it to place my cream contour. I’m weird like that. I also picked up the M150 which is a big white fluffy brush. I thought it was going to be more like the Zoeva 228, but it’s a lot bigger! I like to use it with my powder contour as it gives me more precision. The last brush was a waste of money really, because it’s pretty much the same as the M150, except it’s black and called M501. It feels a bit more scratchy that the M150, but I like to use it to highlight my face. 

I am yet to wash them, so I guess I’ll update you if they don’t wash very well, or if they change in terms of softness etc.. Gosh, Can’t believe it’s September already, time is going so quickly! I’ll be going on a girls holiday pretty soon and I can’t bloody wait! I’m in much need of a break. Have you guys got any holidays coming up still?

Enjoy your weekend!
Lots of love, SFS.

3 LOOKS USING THE ABH SUBCULTURE PALETTE

Mondays don’t suck, your job does! I love this saying. How funny though that if work started on Tuesdays, Tuesdays would be the new Mondays. Wow Sandra, go back to sleep haha! :D Do you guys like Mondays? I feel like if I had a normal Monday to Friday job, I would hate Mondays too. I remember that horrible feeling I used to get on Sunday nights when I knew I had school the next morning. Horrible! Anyway, to brighten up your Monday, I’m sharing three looks that I created using the ABH Subculture palette. If you haven’t read my review on it yet, you can read it here. Like I mentioned on there, the darker colours are a little harder to work with, but I am extremely happy with all these looks and will most definitely recreate them again.


Right, so this first look is probably the most wearable out of the three, and definitely the one that takes the least amount of time to do. I started off with Dawn in the crease, you’ll realise that I start off with this shade in all three looks as I like to start with a lighter shade and build the colours up. To add a bit more colour, I used Edge in the crease too. Edge and New Wave are shades I reach for almost every time I do my makeup now, I love them! On the outer part of the eye I took the shade Roxy. This shade in my palette definitely isn’t as powdery as I’ve seen on YouTube. Thought that was worth mentioning haha. Then for the star of the show, I used Adorn all over the eyelid using my fingers. Like I mentioned in my review, the metallics and duo-chromes don’t work well on a brush or wet for me, so I use my fingers for those shades. Lastly, to add a little colour and more definition in the crease, I used All Star. I was a little scared that this shade was going to ruin the whole look as I had used it before and really struggled to blend it out, but this time it worked really well. For the lower lash line I used New Wave first, and Roxy to smoke it out a bit. Lastly, I added a touch of Cube on the inner corner of my eyes. I think it’s such a stunning shade.


This look is the most dramatic of them all, and it calls for false lashes, but just like I said in my Urban Decay Heat palette post, I wanted to stay away from using lashes so that you could see the full effect of the eyeshadows. Once again I started with Dawn in the crease, then I layered Edge and Roxy on top of each other. On the lid I started off using the shade Untamed and then went with Axis over the top to darker the lid further. Untamed and Axis I found were a little hard to work with, they always looked uneven after I blended out the edges. I popped a bit of Rowdy in the outer crease, but as you can see in the picture, it did go a little patchy and ended up wiping away some of the colours I had on underneath. On the lower lash line I kept it simple and just used New Wave, and as an inner corner highlight I used Electric.


This final look is one that requires a lot of layering. I went with Dawn in the crease, followed by Edge and New Wave. I also added a touch of Roxy in the crease too. I then started to work on the outer part of my eye lid with the shade Untamed. It was quite difficult to work with, and I did have to pack on colour a few times to get it to an intensity I was satisfied with. On the inner half of the lid I used Electric. I used this shade with my fingers to give me more colour payoff, and I used Cube as a inner corner highlight. To finish off the look I used New Wave and Edge mixed together on the lower lash line. 

I have to mention that I tried using this palette without having any product on my eyelids and I felt like it blended a lot easier. Maybe that’s the trick to get it to work? No primer? Who knows! Despite all the controversy surrounding this palette, it has been the one I reach for almost everyday. I use this palette way more than the UD Naked Heat. I did not see that coming haha :D 

What is your favourite look? 
Lots of love, SFS.

SUNDAY BLUES


Happy Sunday loves! How was your week? Mine was pretty full on. I had such long flights and ended up being called off home standby not once, but twice! 4am wake up calls are horrendous. By the way, a home standby is when you’re at home and can be called to go into work if someone calls in sick or doesn’t show up. I also went out to play a game of bowling, which I am getting really good at if I do say so myself. I used to be the one who needed the barriers, but I no longer use them and have managed a couple of strikes and spares. I know, check me out! :P


A couple of days ago I also went to the cinema with a friend on mine to watch Girls Trip, oh my. That was the most hilarious film I’ve seen in a while and with such a nice story behind it too. If you haven’t watched it yet, I suggest you do, it’s brilliant. In a couple of days I’ll also be sharing my post on the looks I created using the ABH Subculture palette, so if you want to see what looks I came up with, make sure to follow my blog on Bloglovin’. Speaking of, what are your thoughts on Bloglovin'? I used to link my profile at the end of every post, but I stopped doing it since I saw a couple of bloggers talking about how it doesn’t help your blog views and how it actually reduces them?? Is this true? Let me know if you’ve heard anything about it.


Also, something really exciting happened this week! I got my first ever blogger mail!!! Like, what?! A company who I will be writing a post on soon, contacted me and asked if they could send me products for review. You have no idea how grateful I am! Like, honestly, I feel so positive about blogging lately. I’m enjoying it more than ever and seeing you guys engage with me in the comment section makes my entire day! Last year when I started this blog, I used to be all about the follower numbers and I used to spend hours following other people so that they could follow me back sad, but true. Whereas lately, I’ve still been reading other peoples blogs, but I’ve just mostly been focused on my blog and my content. Just doing my own thing really and not getting swayed by what others are doing. I’m also not so great at promoting my posts, but somehow you guys are finding my blog. How?! It makes my day when I get a comment on a post, so thank you! It means a lot <3



Now, let’s move on to this outfit from Zara that I wore in Kefalonia. For some reason I have it in my head that I’ve written about this outfit before. How bizarre? I can remember exactly what I wrote too. You can’t imagine the amount of times I’ve scrolled through my posts to see if I haven’t actually posted it before haha. Weird! Anyway, back to the outfit. I love outfits like this, easy to throw on and it actually looks like you made an effort. This playsuit is super comfortable, it feels very soft on the skin, and I love that it has poppers at the front, which means you can have it done all the way up to the top, or open it a little further down to show off some cleavage. 


It was a struggle to get it on and off though! It’s a size small, which I normally am anyway, and it does seem a little oversized in the top half, however, it was super hard for me to get my arms in it. Yes, that meant no toilet trips for me while I was out. Despite that minor detail, I absolute adore that it has pockets. Dresses, shorts, trousers, any bottom half of clothing with pockets always gets bonus points from me, it just adds that extra touch of effortlessness. The belt that comes with the playsuit I’m not too keen on, and I don’t know why I wore it like this. Usually I would tie it into a double knot, but I went down the no imagination lane that day and done it how it’s meant to be worn. Boring! My favourite part of the whole playsuit is the white and navy details on the arms and on the front. It gives off a nautical vibe which is probably my favourite look ever! For shoes I wore these ASOS white sliders. I got them last year and they’re still going strong. 


Hope you have a good start to the week!
Lots of love, SFS.

THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL PALETTE OF THEM ALL - ABH SUBCULTURE


Reviews on the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette have been everywhere recently. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such controversy over a makeup product in my life! Everyone is getting so angry at the performance of this palette. Most people say it doesn’t blend well, others say there’s way too much fallout and the list goes on. I’m not usually one to watch reviews, but I must say that even I got drawn into all this drama and have watched quite possibly all the reviews out there haha. The video that Alyssa posted on Twitter of her hitting pan on the first day she used it had everyone’s jaws drop. Like I said, I watched way too many videos about this palette, and to be fair, if I went by anything I watched, I most definitely would have stayed away from it, but I like to make up my own mind on things.

The colour selection is what drew me to it in the first place. I love the greens and the yellows! Although it has the pops of colour, it can definitely be a palette for everyday use if you stick to the more neutral shades. I got this palette about a week and a half ago and I literally jumped around in excitement when my boyfriend said it arrived. I was going to put up a review after using it once, but I’m glad I didn’t because I did change my mind a bit.

Top Row, L to R - Cube, Dawn, Destiny, Adorn, All Star, Mercury, Axis

The first day I used it I stuck to using the neutral shades and avoided the darker colours in the palette. I loved it the first time I used it and I really didn’t relate to any of the bad reviews I had seen. The colours blended really well together, there was no patchiness and there was no fallout. Yes, there is a lot of kickback when you put your brush in the shadows, but I’ve watched way too many videos to know that there is no need to swirl your brush in the pan. The colours are super pigmented, you literally only need a small dab in the pan to get full colour saturation on your brush. 

The second time I used it I wanted to venture into the darker shades, especially the greens. I have to say that the shades Axis and Untamed are the driest to touch. They feel the most powdery out of them all and they’re not really soft either, they feel quite gritty. Using the darker shades I could see what everyone was talking about when it came to blending. Every time I would apply the colour and then tried to blend it out, I would lose a lot of the pigmentation. It’s like I was wiping away the colour instead of blending. After doing a couple of different looks I’ve noticed that you need to keep building up the colour and try to blend out the edges using the smallest brush you have, or by blending it out with a darker crease shade. Also, you need to place the brush where you want the most pigment, because if you place it in the wrong spot you will struggle to get it to blend.

Bottom row, L to R - Roxy, Electric, Fudge, New Wave, Untamed, Edge, Rowdy

You can do many looks using this palette, but if you’re going to use the darker shades you will require a lot more time and effort to get it exactly how you want. Personally the shades Destiny, Fudge, All Star, Untamed, Axis, Mercury and Rowdy are the hardest to work with. But like I said, you can make them work, you just need more time to blend and build than you usually would. These shades are a little hard to work with and they tend to go a little muddy looking the more you blend them out. They don’t look the same as when you first apply them which is why you need to keep packing on the colour.

But let’s talk about the shades I did like and the shades I have a lot of love for! Dawn, Roxy, New Wave and Edge are shades I’ve been reaching for everyday. They look incredible in the crease, or even all over the lid and they blend out amazingly well. They are also super pigmented. The darker shades are also really pigmented, but almost all the colour falls off the brush when you tap off the excess. With the lighter shades, this doesn’t happen. 

The duo-chrome shadows, Cube and Electric are both equally stunning! They don’t work well wet - not for me anyway, nor do they work very well with a brush, they give off the most pigment when used with your fingers. Cube looks like nothing in the pan but when applied on the eyelids it gives off such a stunning pink reflex in certain lighting. Adorn is also beautiful, it’s a metallic finish and it’s my favourite bronzy gold at the moment. Adorn all over the lid and some of those matte neutral shades in the crease, work really well for an everyday look.


The palette also comes with a brush that I really like! I always seem to like the brushes that come with eyeshadow palettes, anyone else? It’s double ended, one side for blending and the other end to pack on colour. The flat end of the brush I’m not so keen on, but I love the rounded, fluffy side. It’s super soft and perfect for blending out crease shades. The packaging is also very nice and compact, it would be great to travel with, however I can imagine it getting dirty very quickly if you’re not careful with it.

So that’s it for my review. It’s a mixed bag really. I absolutely love some of the shades in the palette and others not so much. I won’t say I hate the darker shades, because I don’t and I will definitely use them again, but I just wish it was easier to work with and wasn’t so time consuming. Not great when you want a quick smokey eye look for a night out with your friends. However I do think the palette is worth the money, the colour selection is incredible, the pigmentation is unreal and I love the endless looks you can create with it. 

I’m working on a post where I will show you some looks you can create using this palette, it’ll be on the blog soon! :) 

Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts?
Lots of love, SFS.

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK


Oh hello!! I was doing so well, can’t believe I've missed two posts, well technically one because I am publishing this today. Still, very naughty, Sandra! I’ve just been so busy the last couple of weeks. You know them weeks when you’re working all the time and then when your days off come around you’re busy too? Yeah, it’s been like that. 

My 17 year old cousin and his girlfriend came to visit this weekend and I absolutely loved having them here. Can’t believe he’s got a girlfriend, I feel like only yesterday he was 8 years old haha. Where’s time going? But yeah, I finally met his other half and she’s such a lovely girl. They’re so in love bless them. They came to visit in the most perfect time, it was the Balloon Fiesta in Bristol this weekend, not sure if you’ve ever heard of it? It’s basically a hot air balloon festival, where there are a lot of rides, games, food vans and at the end of the night they have a ‘Night Glow’ show. It’s basically loads of hot air balloons being lit up to the sound of music. It’s incredible and definitely something I would highly suggest you get on your ’to see’ list. During the day you can also see loads of balloons scattered around in the air. It really is something special! 

Yeah, you could say it was windy!

This outfit I wore back when I was in Kefalonia and I have to say I felt rather comfortable in it. Usually I’d feel very unlike myself in a skirt, but something about the shape of this one made me feel somewhat confident. I picked it up from Missguided for only £15 so as you can imagine it doesn’t feel like incredible quality, it feels very cheap, but it’s comfortable and I knew I wouldn’t get much wear out of it in the UK anyway, so I wouldn’t want to spend too much money on a clothing piece like that.


The shirt is from River Island. I bought this a couple of months ago and I really like it. It’s very oversized and baggy, so it does look a little boxy, however I adore the cold shoulder detail! To disguise the boxy look I tied the shirt into a bow at the front and tucked away the loose ends. I’m a huge white shirt lover, however looking back on this outfit now I do think that it would’ve looked a lot better if I wore the skirt with a t-shirt instead. What do you think?

My sliders are from New Look. I absolutely adore New Look shoes, they’re my favourite highstreet shoe brand. I just find their footwear so comfortable and great quality, especially for the price too! Pretty much all my non-designer shoes are from New Look, that’s how much I love them. These sliders are no exception, they’re mega comfy. When I first wore them I thought that the front part of the suede was going to dig into my big toe and cause a blister, but nope, nothing. I found myself reaching for these shoes every day while I was away. The sunnies are Ray Bans, they’re currently my favourite sunglasses and I wear them every time the sun is out.


I’m currently half way through writing a review on the ABH Subculture palette. Gosh, everyone and their mum has been banging on about this palette. I’ll let you know my thoughts on it soon, just waiting for a day off where I can actually shoot some looks. Right, now I’m off to bed. Been staying up way too late and I have a lot of sleep to catch up on :) 

Night, night - or good morning!
SFS.

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