Thursday, 29 October 2015

Why should you wear an eyeshadow primer? | A Tori Test

What did we do before primer? We bemoaned our creased shadow and topped it up. Hours of our lives wasted!! I always wear an eyeshadow primer and here's why...

For the purposes of this experiment, I used a bright green eyeshadow that I'll probably never wear on my eyes. It was perfect for this though - it really showed up the difference that a primer can make!

The primers I used were: Makeup Revolution Eye Primer in Wow - currently £1.50, normally £2.99
MAC Paintpot in Soft Ochre - £16 and NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk - £5.

I swatched the eyeshadow with no primer at the top, then from top to bottom is Makeup Revolution, MAC and NYX,

I upped the exposure on these to brighten them up a little which messed with the colours but you can still see the difference between the eyeshadows with primer. The Makeup Revolution and MAC changed the colour slightly, adding a browner undertone which would work well with the normal shades of eyeshadow that I wear. The NYX eye pencil in Milk made the eyeshadow really pop - the vibrancy of the colour was amplified so much! This pencil is great if you want an eyeshadow's colour to really come through.

Next came the rub test...I rubbed my arm with the swatches on quite hard 5-6 times to test the stickability.

As you can see from the first swatch, the eyeshadow with no primer is almost completely gone! The other three fared much better with NYX coming out best again.

For day to day wear, I use the MAC paintpot most often. NYX does great things...but the pencil pulls on my eyelid too much to be comfortable to apply often. Makeup Revolution is a great, cheaper alternative as well!

All in all, eye primer is a must have in my makeup kit. Why spend all that time perfectly applying eyeshadow to allow it to crease and fade??

Do you use eyeshadow primer?

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Makeup Revolution Salvation Palette - a turquoise eye look

If you follow me on social media (Twitter) then you'll have seen that I rave about Makeup Revolution on a fairly regular basis. It's safe to say I'm a fan. My favourite product is the Iconic Pro 1 eyeshadow palette ('s amazing!) but this Salvation palette is sneaking up behind. And best of all...I got it free! (Makeup Revolution Haul post to see details)

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Dogs 'n' Dough restaurant review - Manchester

I love hot dogs. Mr T loves pizza. We love this restaurant!

Friday, 23 October 2015

It's my birthday!!!!

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me!

I still get so ridiculously excited over my birthday...I'm such a big big kid.

Everyone's been so kind and generous, both giving time to celebrate my day of birth and buying my lovely lovely presents.

I'll put a blog post up soon about what I got for my birthday but I'm off on my jollydays tomorrow as well so have some scheduled posts to go up while I'm away :)

Have a lovely lovely day!

Tori xx

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Striking

I'm a fan of the Revlon balm stains, especially for their durability so I was really excited to try the matte range. Read on to find out my thoughts...

Monday, 19 October 2015

Love themed nails with Lottie and OPI nail polishes

I recently got a Lottie nail polish in my Love Me Beauty Box and decided to test it out while creating a little bit of nail art. The nail polish itself is lovely - really easy to apply!!

The nail art look is not very autumny...and it's not very precise but I loved it!

Love themed nails with Lottie and OPI nail polishes

Saturday, 17 October 2015

The Sinners Club, Burscough review

I'm a big big fan of American food - burgers mainly! There's something about them that I just love. With that in mind, Mr T recently took me to a restaurant called The Sinners Club that specialises in burgers. The name itself tells you that this is NOT going to be a healthy meal...and I loved it!

The Sinners Club, Burscough review

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Love Me Beauty Box Review

I recently heard about Love Me Beauty boxes on Rachel Leary's YouTube channel and signed myself up as a little treat! My first box arrived this week so I thought I'd give you a little look what I chose to go inside it.

Love Me Beauty Box Review

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

My desk - snaps, storage and stationery

I've been buying a few storage/desk items recently and wanted to show you a snippet of my desk. It's not perfect yet...but this is my start. 

Sunday, 11 October 2015

My favourite budget false eyelashes

I'm a nightmare with false eyelashes. I only wear them when I'm going out...and I abandon them in the strangest of places when I get back home in the early hours of the morning. For this reason, I rarely spend a lot on eyelashes. I just don't look after them as I should. I like to buy budget false eyelashes that I don't mind throwing away after I've found them crinkled up by the kettle/side of the bath...wherever I've ditched them. What I DO do is buy a decent glue. Duo glue is my go-to!

Friday, 9 October 2015

Makeup Revolution Mega Haul

I only recently discovered the brand Makeup Revolution when I bought the Iconic Pro 1 and the Radiance palette which I blogged about here. Since then, I've hardly touched any other eyeshadow palettes or highlighters. It's safe to say, I'm obsessed with the brand! So when I saw that they had a "Buy £30 and get £30 of products free" deal on, I was straight in there!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Rimmel Salon Pro in Urban Purple - The Perfect Autumn Nail Colour

I love Autumn. I was a Summer lover for years and years...but the past few years, Autumn has been glorious here in the UK and it's converted me.

In keeping with that, I adore berry and jewel colours - they suit my skin tone and are so rich and sumptuous looking, what's not to love.

I've been searching for a vibrant berry nail polish colour that's not too dark and vampy but isn't neon bright. And I think I've found it.

Rimmel Salon Pro in Urban Purple - The Perfect Autumn Nail Colour

Monday, 5 October 2015

Homemade Sundried Tomato Hummus

I love hummus. I also love losing weight at Slimming World and unfortunately the two don't often go hand in hand. Here's my low syn version of hummus. I would take this for a lunch or as an evening snack if I'm still peckish.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Autumn 2015 fashion staples

These items are proving to be the staple of my Autumn 2015 wardrobe so far. Chuck in a pair of black skinnies and I bet you've got my Autumn wardrobe pretty much covered!

Autumn 2015 fashion staples

What are your Autumn staples?

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

Friday, 2 October 2015

Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie

If you're looking for a gentle introduction to a berry lip, look no further! Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie is your saviour!

Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie

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