I was invited to try out Duck & Dry's new home in Mayfair! I had initially tried out the Duck & Dry Express bar in Primark Tottenham Court so I was familiar to the brand, and loved the treatment I received there!

 The location is great, 5 minutes walk from Bond Street Station, and super close to Selfridges (where you can always find me spending too much money), so I found the location super convenient. 



The first thing that caught my attention were the egg shaped stations, they are SO cute. 

They charge £35 for a signature blow dry, and even do up dos! They're priced quite reasonably at £35, whilst an up do is £45. 


I love how everything is super instagram worthy, including this Duck & Pluck station! But the best thing.. 


The floral bird cage! What better way to show off your newly did hair than by this gorgeous backdrop? 


Getting my hair done and a cute insta worthy spot at the same time? This place is definitely a place to check out! 

I was super impressed with how my hair had turned out! The staff were also super friendly, offering a complimentary drink on your visit too!

Have fun loves! 

20 May 2019

Duck & Dry Mayfair!


Illamasqua were super kind to gift me these products, but as always all opinions are my own!
I have had my eye on this Illamasqua #NUDEREVOLUTION collection as soon as I saw it on Illamasqua's page. This was SUCH a different vibe for Illamasqua. They're usually known for their amazing and original bright and dark colours, but I don't remember a collection like this before.
As you all know by now, I absolutely adore my softer pinky colours and just knew this collection was for me!
In this blog post I'm going to be going through everything that was sent to me, along with a review and some more info about the products. I'll be linking the products as I go along (aff links).


I was sent:
- 4 Iconic Chrome Eyeshadows
- 4 Antimatter Lipsticks
- 1 Highlighter
- 3 Lip Liners
This was all from the Nude Revolution collection!

Lip Liners



From Left to Right shades; Exposed, Undressed and Raw.

There are 4 new liners in the Nude Revolution collection! I have actually never tried Illamasqua lip liners, so was super excited to try these!
First impressions, I love the shade range. There is basically a lip liner for everyone in just 4 simple liner shades. They're a great range of tones! They are priced at £16.

Exposed Lip Liner - This is the lightest liner in the collection. I used this in the middle of my lips, paired with a darker lipstick and it creates such a nice plump lip. Alternatively, if you are lighter in complexion to me, this would be such a fab lip liner for an amazing nude lip.

Undressed Lip Liner - This is more of a pinky toned lip liner which pairs really nicely with some pink lipsticks you may have (when I get to the lipsticks, I'll let you know which lipsticks I paired this with)

Raw Lip Liner - I would describe this liner as an in between shade of the first two lip liners. If you want something that's not too nude, and not too pink, Raw is the one for you! I think one is the most versatile lip liner from the 3 I own, and would look great on all skin tones.

The formula is most definitely super creamy, and they glide on really nice! They are very long wearing and great at ensuring that your lipstick does not bleed!

Antimatter Lipsticks



From Left to Right: Vela, Celestial, Seren, Shaula 

There are 7 new lipsticks in the Nude Collection, and they're priced at £20. I've used this formula before and it's one of my faves. The formula is semi-matte, which I've always loved because it does not dry, but is super long lasting for a lipstick!! The shades in this range are bloody amazing. The best thing about them is that one swipe is soooooo pigmented, all the swatches above are from half a swipe! If you've not tried an antimatter lipstick before, I highly suggest you do! 

Vela Lipstick - This pairs super well with the exposed lip liner for the most perfect nude lip. Alternatively, you can use one of the darker lip liners, and fill in with Vela lipstick to create a darker nude lip!  

Celestial Lipstick - I mean, wow. This shade is super unique. At first, I didn't know if this was going to be wearable on my skin tone but I absolutely adore it. I am super excited to use this in summer for a bright lip, and a nude eye look - I think it's going to look fab. 

Seren Lipstick -  This is such a perfect nude shade. I think this is probably the most versatile shade from the collection, where on lighter skin tones it looks like a lovely brown, and on darker tones it looks like a really nice nude. It pairs very nicely with the Undressed lip liner!

Shaula Lipstick - By far my fave lipstick from the ones I received. I am so so so into my brown and earthy tones when it comes to lipstick, it's always my go to and this one is just perfect. It really compliments my skin tone and I know this one is going to be one of my most reached shades for the unforeseeable future! If you're looking for a nice new brown lipstick, this one is your gal.  

P.s. can I just say I am in love with the names of these shades! 

Iconic Chrome Eyeshadows

I have used this formula before and am not even joking when I say it's one of THE BEST eyeshadow formula's I have ever used. It's honestly one of my faves, and when I saw they made more shades (and pinky ones) I knew I had to get them. One thing I absolutely love these for, is how easy they are to use. One swipe, and you've created such a beautiful look. If you're new to eyeshadows, these are definitely worth it as you need minimal make up skill to use these! The best way to apply these is with your finger, but with one swipe, they're super pigmented. It's a cream to powder formula, and they're all super metallic and glittery. They don't budge ALL day. You can also use them on your lips! 
There are 4 new shades in the Nude Revolution collection and they are priced at £22. 



From Left to Right: Provocative, Alluring, Mesmerising, Captivating 

Provocative Shadow - a dark pink tone, which looks amazing all over the lid. It actually makes you look like you spent ages on your eyeshadow, in one swipe! 

Alluring Shadow -  This shade is nice as an inner corner highlight, as well as all over the lid. It's such a nice champagne colour, and looks really nice with the provocative shade on the outer corner for a smoked out pink look! 

Mesmerising Shadow - a beautiful soft gold shade. I have another iconic chrome in Avant - Garde, and this shade reminds me of that shade but softer! I can't wait to wear this shade to weddings this summer! 

Captivating Shadow - who's been following me since last year when I claimed lilac was the shade of 2019? Well I claimed it and I'm so here for this shade feeding my obsession with everything lilac. This has a really nice duochrome flip too, where in person it looks super lilac, but from different angles it looks like white glitter. This is such a nice shade that I have been missing from my collection and now I feel whole. lol. 

Highlighter 


I own so many Illamasqua highlighters already. But none with this marble effect! This shade is called Risqué and what a fitting name haha. There are two shades in this collection priced at £34, and the other one is named Dare which is a lot darker. 
Initially when I saw this shade, I thought it was pretty dark. But I really like the pink shimmer and it looks SO GOOD on my skin. It gives such a nice glow, and the pink glitter really breaks it down. For lighter tones, you could definitely use this as a bronzer. This rose gold highlighter is my summer glow, for sure. 

Overall, this is probably my fave collection from Illamasqua to date. It's so nice to see Illamasqua do something so different, but still so up there with the quality. This is a nude collection done right, which caters for all skin types, and I'm SO here for it. I am so happy to see additional shades of the iconic chromes most definitely, and if you were try just one thing from this collection, I'd definitely recommend them!

P.s. Illamasqua have also kindly given me a code, MEHSHAKE, and if you spend £50 you get a free brush of your choice. I highly recommend this highlighting buffing brush worth £26, it's the only thing I use for applying my highlights! But if you really wanted to make the most out of this deal, get the £40 powder brush haha! 

All week, I'll be playing around with this make up, so make sure to check out my Instagram @mehshake for looks I've created with all this new good good make up & do let me know if you have any questions about this range! 


24 April 2019

ILLAMASQUA #NUDEREVOLUTION COLLECTION REVIEW!


Hi! So Bioderma were kind enough to gift me these items I am about to talk about, but as always this review is completely my own!

I am not new to Bioderma, and actually if you ever get to the first few blogs I ever wrote, Bioderma has been a staple in my skin care routine. I sort of lost my way for a VERY long time, so no surprise when I have been breaking out really badly :( When Bioderma asked if I wanted to try their range, I was super super excited to explore their acne/oily skin range called Sébium..

For the past 2 weeks, I have been using 4 products and already noticed a difference in my skin appearance and texture. So let me take you through them. You can also purchase these items through this link! 


Bioderma Sebium Micellar Water

I have been using this every night to get rid of the rest of my make up! It's a really good micellar water, and has really helped to control my oily skin!! Also, with some drying products, it helps regulate the dryness the acne products have given me!


Bioderma Sébium Gel Moussant

To further remove my make up before the micellar water, I've been using the cleansing foaming gel. I absolutely LOVE a good foaming face wash, and this does the trick. I sometimes do a deep cleanse with my Clinique brush, and this works really well with it. 
I use this morning & night! 


Bioderma Sébium Global

This is to eliminate spots and blackheads, and is some pretty nifty stuff. I read up on it, and it biologically acts like sebum, to stop the process that happens which causes acne. I have actually noticed fewer breakouts with this stuff! 
I use this in the evenings usually! 


Bioderma Matt Control

A moisturer and primer all in one! I've stopped using any other primer, as this BEAUTIFULLY acts like a primer. When I put this on, I instantly see a mattifying difference. I wear this under my make up, and I actually notice a visible difference to keep my shine away, and keep my make up in tact throughout the WHOLE day.

This has probably got to be my favourite moisturiser I've used. I've never got on with moisturisers in the past, so was pleasantly surprised with this one!


Bioderma Pore Refiner

This is some good stuff! If enlarged pores are the problem, then this really does help. I tend to use this more concentrating near my nose area, where I have some HUGE pores. Using under make up, and also in my night time routine has helped massively!

Overall, this skincare regime is absolutely perfect for anyone battling with acne/oily prone skin. In the range, it has something for all the concerns you may have, from blemishes and scars, to active acne, to too much oil and even the appearance of your pores. I love how they all don't feel too heavy, and they're all very very easy to use. That makes a huge difference, because sometimes you can have horrendously long steps with skin care products.

I'd highly recommend this range, and I'm not surprised as I've been a huge Bioderma fan for years! Let me know what else you think I should incorporate into my skincare routine?

Byeee x

13 April 2019

The Skincare Regime You Need for Acne Prone Skin!


I have been using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera palette for a week now, and finally had some time to sit down and write my thoughts on this palette! 

This palette is SO refreshing to see from ABH! I think everyone was really ready for a colourful palette from ABH, and they did not disappoint! 

This palette contains some really interesting formulas!
It contains: 
- 5 normal matte shades 
- 3 pressed pigment matte shades 
- 2 duochromes 
- 4 metallics 

Firstly, I've never seen so many different formulas from ABH, so that's a great start! 



Here are the swatches! I've actually put up live swatches on my instagram @mehshake, if you want to check that out!



I wanted to run through the formulas one by one, and explain how they work, and the best way I found to use this palette. It doesn't have just the traditional fomulas in this palette, as it incorporates pressed pigments, so I think this would be helpful!

Mattes

Initial thoughts: super buttery and are VERY similar to the traditional matte formula in other palettes.

Sails: the first matte shade which is a PURE matte white shades. Uh, I'm obsessed. I LOVE a good matte white shade for my base after a primer or concealer, and this is EXACTLY what I need. Especially when you're playing with colour, this shade is SUPER helpful.
Cabana: a matte mustard shade. Beautiful. This shade is super versatile, and can be used in the crease as well as all over the lid.
Estate: described as a soft pastel peachy pink, I'd say this runs more like a nude, which is a PERFECT transition shade!
Coastline: a matte pastel soft peach. Very similar to estate, but not quite. It's a few shades darker and although they're pretty similar, they're not the same! I feel like one of these could be replaced with a different colour matte, but I also am not complaining as it gives variety of the two 'pastel' shades!
Monte Carlo: a cool mid- toned pink. My fave shade in the palette so far. I'M OBSESSSSSED with cool toned pinks, and this palette just does it right! There's not many pinks in my collection like this one, and I am so happy with the uniqueness of this one!

Pressed Pigment Matte Shades

Initial thoughts: these pack a punch, but don't swatch very well! When applied to the eye, they need to be pressed down for maximum pay off, but also applied a few times to get the best application. They're not hard to work with at ALL, they just need to be applied differently. These shades are what takes this palette to 'artistry' level, but also if you're a beginner with eyeshadows, you'll get the hang of these formulas pretty quick, so no need to get overwhelmed! I must say, these do stain due to the nature of the pigment!

Bahamas: a matte hot pink! I don't have much to say but LOVE.
Cannes: a violet purple - this goes on so so so good with 2 applications. This shade all over the lid, with Bahamas in the crease is a LEWK.
Palm: a matte chocolate brown. This compliments alllll the shades so so so well! This shade was needed to bring all the shades together. LOVE.

Duochromes

Initial thoughts: love love love love love this. What I like about them is that they're not your usual duochrome shift colours. They are duos that I've never seen paired together with. When you own over 75 eyeshadow palettes, this is honestly appreciated.

Yacht: a duochrome mauvy taupe with a violet shift - OMG. When I swatched this, I have never seen a taupe compliment my skin so well before. The violet shift just makes it so so so good so if you have neutral to olive tones in your skin, you're going to love this one!
Seaside: a duochrome silver with a subtle blue shift - this pairs so well with so many shades in this palette and just gives me Riviera vibes. This is probably irrelevant but it reminds me of the outer packaging this palette comes in - the blue and white stripes. Norvina, is that what you were thinking with this shade? Pls confirm because am onto you and love you.

Metallics

Initial thoughts: buttery as usual! One swipe gives you great pay off, and VERY happy with the metallic selection in this palette!

Seychelles: metallic aqua marine. This shade makes me step out my comfort zone. I never wear blue on my lids, but maybe I'll do it now ha.
Palmero: metallic jewel pink. Not your usual pink, more towards a red than a pink, but I'm OBSESSED. I do feel like I can dupe this shade very easily in my collection, but still a nice addition to have in this palette!
Inheritance: metallic true gold. This shade was needed. If the brights in this palette overwhelm you, this is GREAT. It makes this palette such a good travel palette, because you can VERY easily to a natural gold smokey eye, but also colour it up when you need to. Love.
Mediterranean: metallic sky blue. More of a purple blue, but I appreciate that. In the pan it looks like a sea blue to me, but this is more of a wearable blue that I would not be afraid to wear AT ALL.

Final Thoughts
One thing I LOVE about this palette, is that although I think it's great for artistry make up, you could actually really also achieve a one swipe make up look with nearly all of these shades. What I mean is that most shades you can use just one shadow, and it'll look SO good. Especially the pressed pigments which are really bright!
I also prefer this palette to the Morphe x James Charles palette - I didn't like the formula of that palette unfortunately, but if I had to pick out of both, I'd choose this one (albeit more expensive)!
It's such a great travel palette, because like I said you can create a neutral look, as well as a very colourful look! The colour combinations are absolutely endless with this one!

Let me know if you have any questions about this palette, and I'd love if you come check out my live swatches on Instagram! Byeee.

16 March 2019

Anastasia Beverly HIlls Riviera Palette Review!

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