Tuesday, 17 May 2016

My top 5 eyeshadow palettes

I'm an absolute sucker for a new eyeshadow palette. I love them. Just when I think I couldn't possibly need any more neutral/brown colours, a new palette jumps into my hand and immediately becomes a must have.

I'm also really terrible at using them. I tend to pick a palette and stick with it for a few months, creating all my eyeshadow looks from it. I don't really mix and match my eyeshadows from different palettes.

I must own over 15 eyeshadow palettes (mostly Makeup Revolution to be fair!) but these are my top 5...

Urban Decay Naked

My all time favourite eyeshadow is definitely the original Naked palette from Urban Decay which retails for £38.50. I begged for this for Christmas one year from my parents. At the time, my mum couldn't understand what I would do with "all those eyeshadows" but she's since learned not to question, haha! 

As you can see - Virgin, Sin, Naked and Half Baked have been my most used colouts. In fact, I've hardly touched Creep or Gunmetal at all. Smog, Buck, Sidecar and Darkhorse and my next most used while Toasted and Hustle are occasional use.

My ultimate favourite shade in this palette is Half Baked - it's the only gold shadow I've ever liked and I've never found a good dupe for it. It's perfection.

If anyone ever asks me which eyeshadow palette they should buy first, I always recommend Naked 1 OR a drugstore dupe, depending on their budget.

When I got the palette, it came with a sample of their eyeshadow primer which I used up and a flat brush which I still use to pack colour onto my eyelid.

Makeup Revolution Flawless 2

This is the Flawless 2 palette which retails for £8. This is a fairly recent purchase for me, part of a Makeup Revolution haul back in March. I've got to say, I've used little else since I bought it! I used it to create my eye look for my girls day out at the races. It features 32 shadows in shimmer and matte finishes. My most used in this palette are the first 5 on the top row for covering my primer, then the matte brown shades to deepen my crease. I also use the warmer red-brown shades to warm my eyes up. 

Again, I haven't tended to use the grey or black shades. I do love me a bit of black eyeshadow but for me, it's got to be matte and darker than the night. Sleek Storm palette's black is my current go to - that was a close contender for one of my top 5 palettes but I really only use the black shadow from it...! 

I Heart Makeup Naked Chocolate Palette (Makeup Revolution)

This is my most recent palette purchase. I was advising my sister in law to try a Makeup Revolution palette as her first foray into eyeshadow when the I Heart Makeup... stand caught my eye. There wasn't much left on it but I did spot this Naked Chocolate palette hiding at the back and as soon as I opened the sample, I was hooked. I'd really been wanting some more warm eyeshadow colours and this fit the bill for me! I bought it on a 3 for 2 offer as well but it would normally retail at £7.99.

Look at those matte browns...how deep they are! My favourite shadow is the last one on the top row, it's a gorgeous deep deep brown shadow that is perfect for my outer V. I have found that the shimmer shadows in this palette are not quite as pigmented as I've come to expect from Makeup Revolution but I can live with that for the joy of this palette.

It hasn't replace the Flawless 2 palette as an all rounder yet, but when I want to smoke it up, this is a go to!

W7 In the Buff palette

I'm a big fan of W7 cosmetics, I think they're well priced for decent quality, particularly their nail polishes! I spotted this palette in my local B&M and could instantly see it was a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 2. I wanted the Naked 2 because I'm obsessed with my Naked 1...however, I wasn't at all sure I'd use the colours in this one as much. I'm really glad I only picked up a dupe...the quality isn't as good as Urban Decay (but the price makes this still worth buying!) but I can work with it. It also turns out that I was correct...I wouldn't use this nearly as much as my original Naked palette so a dupe is the way to go here. 

It comes with a little double ended brush which I've left in here. One end is one of those useless sponge applicators, but the other end looks like it might be OK for packing colour on. I've never used it!

The Half Baked shadow dupe is nowhere near as perfect as the Naked Half Baked. My favourite shade in this palette is the fifth one along, a sort of taupey brown matte crease colour.

I also own the MUA Undressed 2 palette which is practically identical, however the packaging hasn't stood the test of time so W7 win this one.

If you're not near a B&M store, you can get W7 makeup from their website where the palette is now called Colour Me Buff and is £9.95.

Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 1

For the longest time, this was the only palette I was using. I bought it in August last year and didn't use anything else til March when I got the Flawless 2! I still love it but having bought other palettes, it's gathered dust a little recently. However, I couldn't leave it out of the running. 

This is the palette that converted me to Makeup Revolution. It's just perfect. The top row is all matte shades including my two most used crease colours (number 3 and number 5) as well as a gorgeous deep brown for deepening the outer V. 

The bottom row is all shimmers. I've not used the last two colours having gone off very dark smokey eyes a little over the last year. (Don't worry, I'm SURE I'll be back on the dark smokes soon, I've been loving lots of YouTube looks with black shadows recently). The first and second shimmer colours are gorgeous packed on the lid with the matte colours blended into the crease. 

I recently did 4 looks with this palette (granted, they're not that dissimilar!) and find it so versatile. Definitely worth hunting down. It's supposed to be a dupe for Lorac's Iconic palettes which I've never even seen but from photos, they are strikingly similar. 

You can pick up the Iconic Pro 1 from the Makeup Revolution website where it retails at ONLY £6.99!!!

So, those are my top 5 eyeshadow palettes...let me know yours in the comments and feed my addiction, haha! 

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

Saturday, 14 May 2016

My Most Loved - a tag from Just Charlotte

Charlotte from over at Just Charlotte recently tagged me in her most loved post - a post she wrote inspired by an old Zoella tag and a conversation with her best friend. It's taken me ages to get round to it as I've found it SO difficult to choose my favourite products!! Read on to find out what I've chosen.


For this, I'm going to have to sort of cheat and choose something that's not a lipstick. Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque in Rose on the Rocks is my go to lip product. The formula is thin and easy to wear without being sticky. It's got a gorgeous sheen of colour and is moisturising to boot. Once it's on, it doesn't run or move. It's not the most long lasting lip colour but really easy to wear and practically foolproof. 

Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque Rose on the Rocks


This is an easy choice, my engagement and wedding rings are my favourite piece of jewellery. I (obviously) never take them off but not only that, Mr T actually did an amazing job! He chose a round solitaire diamond for my engagement ring on quite a chunky band. I have chubby fingers and am REALLY clumsy so the chunkier band suits them better and is stronger and more substantial. My wedding ring is engraved on the inside with a line from our song and is the same style as the band of the engagement ring. I also really love that he bought them from the jeweller that my dad buys all my mum's jewellery from. It's a family tradition that our jewellery comes from there - the service is SO friendly and personal. I love that he carried the tradition on. I love them and every time I look at them, I'm reminded of how much I love Mr T and how much he loves me. 


I adore Jo Malone perfumes, one of my favourites being Peony and Blush Suede (my wedding day perfume). However, my all time favourite is Pomegranate Noir. I really love these heavier scents (Gucci Rush was another favourite of mine). I do think it suits Autumn/Winter better though! 


This is TOO hard. I love all my shoes. Passionately. I *should* say the shoes Mr T bought me when I turned 30, a classic pair of Louboutin simple pumps in black. While I do love these, I actually think my favourite shoes are from Primark (!) I know, I know!!! BUT...they're bright pink suede and studded and so bright, flashy and trashy that I can't help but adore them. I'm a terrible person. 


This is so much easier to answer now that I've managed to get my wardrobe down to a capsule wardrobe (My creating a capsule wardrobe will give you some tips). My favourite outfit is now black skinny jeans, a black cami-vest and my blue blazer with skyscraper heels and a fabulous bag. I really feel like it's the perfect smart-casual outfit and is so simple.

Nail Polish

I've never been one for pastel nail polishes so imagine my surprise when I accidentally bought a pastel pink nail polish, not once, but twice!! It's ended up being my go-to when I want my nails to look done but not over the top. The nail polish in question is Barry M's Pink Lemonade - the perfect pastel pink. Ignore the picture on the Boots website, in life it's a dreamy, creamy pastel pink that's not sickly sweet but perfectly manicured gorgeousness. 

Hair Product

This took a lot of consideration as I rely on so many hair products to get through daily life (see my how to make thick unruly hair sleek and manageable post). The product that makes the most difference to my life though is the Schwarzkopf Got2Be Mindblowing Xpress Dry Styling Spray. On hair as thick as mine, the difference this makes to drying time is amazing. I was skeptical, very skeptical at first but this really makes a difference.


Now this one is easy, the bag I use the most and easily my favourite is my black Michael Kors bag. My dad bought it for me and I think it's the Hamilton Saffiano Leather Medium Satchel. It's a beauty and I use it almost every day. 

What are your most loved products? 

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx


Wednesday, 11 May 2016

My interpretation of a 1970s makeup look

Long, long ago near the beginning of my blog, I attempted a 1920s makeup look. I've enjoyed researching historical makeup trends ever since and with Spring arriving, I wanted something a little lighter and fresher so in rolled the 1970s.

To me, the 1970s had two distinct looks - disco and sort of bohemian. Disco looks developed towards the end of the decade and were all about opulence, smokey eyes and glitter. It was in your face, metallic and fabulous. But definitely not a daytime look...and this was a generic Sunday day, haha! So I chose to go for the more subtle, natural(ish) look of the early 70s. 

Features of 1970s makeup

Natural looking products were marketed by makeup companies, apparently directed at feminists of the 1960s who (at the time) felt that perhaps wearing makeup wasn't for the liberated and meant that men only saw women as sex objects. Natural products were seen as enhancing beauty from within and so the marketers cleverly sidestepped their issues. 

Popular colours on the eyes were blues, greens and purples and shimmery eyeshadow was really having its moment. 

The cat eye shape was seen a lot with eyeshadows blended into the eye well. No harsh lines here thanks! There was probably no crease shade but one colour all over the lid. 

Eyebrows were thin...but my dedication to the cause doesn't go that far! 

On the lips, pastel shades were worn throughout the decade and gloss was very fashionable in extremely shiny finishes! 

On the skin, blusher and bronzer was applied liberally! 

My interpretation

I started with a bright green eyeshadow set down as a base. This was alarming to say the least, so I had to forego the 70s trend of one colour all over and tone it down a little with gold shimmering eyeshadow applied over the top and warm brown shades applied in the crease to create a subtle cat eye shape.

I applied black liquid eyeliner on the top lashline in a very thin line but didn't flick it out. The 1970s wasn't really about eyeliner. I left my lower lash line eyeliner free. 

On my lips, I applied the pinkest, stickiest, shiniest lip gloss I could find in my collection - this is actually a liquid lipstick from Primark's makeup range. 

On my face, I applied liberal amounts of bronzer to get that 1970s glow and some very pink blusher. I did later tone this down a little with pressed powder...

One flower crown later and my interpretation of a 1970s makeup look was complete!

What's your favourite makeup decade?

Have a beautiful day, inside and out 

Tori xx

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Exploring the Peak District

Regular readers will know, I love me a day out in the Great British countryside...and the Peak District is somewhere I've never explored before. Mr T and I decided to spend a day trundling round (and up) the Peak District and this is what we saw...
Exploring the Peak District

Winnat's Pass
Winnats Pass took my breath away as we turned the corner in the car to be confronted with this. I wish now I'd got out to take a photo.

Mam Tor

Mam Tor is a hill in the Peak District (handily with a NT car park) also known as Shivering Mountain due to lots of landslips. The summit itself was a bronze and iron age settlement - reflected in the paving stones laid on the route to the top. Burial mounds are buried underneath the summit itself. We completed the Mam Tor circular walk from the National Trust  on a gorgeous sunny days with views for miles! I will say that the path down from Mam Tor isn't THAT easy to find and we had to do quite a bit of scrambling around...especially through the boggy parts...
Mam Tor

Mam Tor Panorama
Panorama from summit of Mam Tor.

Mam Tor view


Mint Icecream Bakewell

Bakewell is a market town on a river, home to the famous Bakewell pudding. There were about three ships laying claim  to the original recipe...pudding wars!  I didn't try be pudding but did treat myself to this ice cream - I can't resist mint!! 
Bakewell River Wye

Bakewell has a lock bridge crossing over the river Wye. Now love them or hate them, they're definitely a tourist feature now and made for a somewhat interesting photo. I was more interested in tbe river scenery myself. 
Bakewell Lock Bridge


Next stop was Buxton which I didn't think much of at first, then we found this gorgeous park. The Pavilion Gardens are gorgeous. Really well landscaped with a little railway running through as well as a stream and plenty of pathways and photographic opps! 

Buxton Pavilion Gardens

Buxton Pavilion Gardens

Buxton Pavilion Gardens tree statue
I loved this wooden tree statue! Carved from an old beech tree, the statue combines wildlife and Buxton heritage.

I'll definitely be going back to the Peak District - do you have any must-see spots?

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Stream of Consciousness - Passport Photos

So the sad sad time has come to renew my passport. My young, fresh 29-something year old faced photograph is to be no more. It's been a traumatic time, I'll be honest. Here's just some of the thoughts running through my head. 

Stream of Consciousness - Passport Photos

Planning Stage

"Need to do my new passport photos. I'll lose half a stone (from my chin) and then do them." 
"Crap, haven't got time to diet. What's the best angles for the chin of doom?"
"I'll practise in my mirror."
"Bollocks, I need to be face straight on. New pose needed."
"Ugh, can't duck pout either. Neutral expression?! I've got resting bitch face, how am I supposed to manage that?"
"Remember that time you were getting your first adult passport. When the photo booth counted down and your eyebrows just kept getting higher and higher? Yup...startled rabbit in the headlights look for ten years. Don't do that again!"
"Now I've thought it, I'm bound to pull a stupid face."
"Lightbulb moment! Got a curly blow booked in for the races. And a spray tan! I'll do my photos the day after that!" 

The day after the races

"Shit, I'm hungover. I mean, my hair is fabulous and my tan is perfect but I look so tired!" 
"I'll pile the makeup on, that'll work!" 
"How much makeup is too much?"
"If I contour, will the passport officer recognise me when I'm bloated from the plane. Best not. I'll leave the falsies too. Eyebrows though, got to do the brows."
"God I can't get them even! That'll have to do."
"Bronzer, where's the bronzer. Ah- now I look fresher but feel like death." 
"Oh there's a queue. And a screaming child. My head!" 
"Right, made it to the booth. Heads to fuzzy to follow the instructions."
"How do you spin these stools? I can't make it high enough for my carefully selected pose!" 
"Oh just press the button. Ok, arrange face, keep eyebrows down and for the love of God, don't grimace, pout or smile!"
"Wouldn't it be great if photo booths had filters?"
"Ooooh, my tan looks good!"
"How many chances do I get? I mean this one's ok but I could do better. What if I mess the next one up though and that's my last chance?"
"Oh it'll do, yes fine! Print them!"
"Can I just have a little snooze in the corner here? I'm so sleeeeeeepy!"

Stream of Consciousness - Passport Photos

"Ugh, there's people outside, I'll have to get up."
"Oooooh they're printing! Maybe the printing process miraculously rewinds the years?"
"Holy mother of....what went wrong? I'm so orange....! Too much bronzer to hide the hangover - I'm neon!" 
"Speaking of hangover, I'm in a supermarket. These will have to do...now bring me the carbs...!"

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Malham Cove - Waterfalls, limestone and Harry Potter

I recently visited Malham Cove in North Yorkshire on a VERY rainy day. Despite the downpours, the walk we did was beautiful and in fact, the extra water meant that we saw some pretty spectacular sights. 
Malham Cove Limestone Pavement

"We'll go to Malham Cove," Mr T said. Images of cocktails and sandy beaches flashed before my eyes... "It's only a 5 mile walk and the rain isn't THAT bad..." he added. Nevertheless, I was game and off we went. Boy am I glad we did!

Malham Cove (despite the cocktail and sandy beach images) is nowhere near the sea. In fact, it's a natural limestone curved cliff. On top, the limestone pavement is created from massively eroded limestone, leaving behind fissures and cracks that you leap over and marvel at. To get there, you can do a short 1 mile walk from the village of Malham or a longer circular walk taking in Janet's Foss and Gordale Scar. Do the longer walk...it's WELL worth it. 

Janet's Foss

Malham Cove Limestone Pavement Janets Foss

Janet's Foss is a small waterfall thought to be the place where a fairy queen lived in a cave at the back of the waterfall. It was really full of water the day that we went, one bonus to walking in the rain.

The walk over to Janet's Foss is surrounded by wild garlic which created a distinctive smell en route but as you turn to see this waterfall, it's all been worth it. 

Gordale Scar

Malham Cove Limestone Pavement Gordale Scar

Gordale Scar is a little further along and is a limestone ravine containing two waterfalls. The stream is the same stream that flows over Janet's Foss. You can climb up the gorge but we returned to the path and carried on to the limestone pavement. 

Malham Cove - limestone pavement

Malham Cove Limestone Pavement view

I chose to walk above the limestone pavement - the rain had made it SO slippy. However, those two intrepid explorers are Mr T and his pops looking out over the rolling hills from the edge of the limestone pavement. It's like a jigsaw puzzle!! 

Malham Cove Limestone Pavement Once  we'd climbed down the steps at the side of the limestone pavement, we explored the bottom of the cliff. The stream seems to spring up out of the ground - Mr T informs me that it soaks down through the limestone and bubbles up out of the ground. I had to do a bit of paddling to get to this point but standing at the bottom of the cliff and looking up was breathtaking.

Malham Cove Limestone Pavement money tree
I love these money trees - I know not everyone does but I think they're really striking.

Malham Cove Limestone Pavement  I can't even describe to you how close I got to this cow. The herd were on the path back into Malham and I took this from the other side of the wall. I could have reached out and stroked it. 
Malham Cove Limestone Pavement
The view back to Malham Cove on the way down the steps.

And some fun Malham Cove facts - Malham Cove has featured in many films and TV shows - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (although apparently it was digitally inserted...!), Wuthering Heights as well as The Trip and Julia Bradbury's Best Walk with a View. 

Where are your favourite places to visit? 

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Girls Day Out Routine

Normally, I'm working in school on Ladies Day but Easter fell fortuitously this year and I was able to attend for the first time.

I realised I was going to spend the best part of three days getting ready for the big day itself (I love a good prep week!) and fired out a tweet asking if I should blog about it. The answer came back loud and clear -  a resounding yes! After that, I realised that I do the same every time I go out with the girls. So here it is...my beauty bloggers blog about a Girls Day Out at Aintree.

Girls Day Out Routine

The Makeup Look

I started getting ready on the Wednesday when I trialled mine and my bestie's makeup. I LOVED the look I created (although it was a little glam for my supermarket trip later in the day...)

Here's the trial look:

Eye makeup look Makeup Revolution Flawless Palette
ALWAYS a hair in the way....grrrrr! 
I created this eye look using the Flawless 2 palette from Makeup Revolution that I hauled in this post.

Makeup Revolution Flawless palette names
I used Complexion all over the lid, then slowly deepened the crease using Infinite, Upper and Victory. Then I blended Finish, Overcome and Unconditional (mixed those last two) into the outer V. I finished it off by mixing together Excel and Faultless and patting it all over my lid. 

I did my flicks using my beloved Lord and Berry Liquid Eyeliner which I reviewed in my "What is the best eyeliner?" post and used Peaches and Cream pigment in Pearl as my inner corner highlight. These pigments are AMAZING! Peaches and Cream is a salon/shop in Liverpool that I'm dying to try out. They produce their own range of makeup and it is seriously good! You can buy it from their website or their shop in Liverpool. I'm not being paid to say any of these...I'm just fangirling! 

I finished the eye look off with one of my favourite budget eyelashes, the Lumiere Deluxe Lashes from Home Bargains which I reviewed in My Favourite Budget Eyelashes

On my lips, I wore the Freedom Pro Bare lipstick in 112 Sooner or Later topped with an LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Elude (I think...!).

I loved the way that bestie and I had the same makeup, but it looked different due to eye shape, colouring etc. 

The Outfit

I didn't get any decent outfit photos which I am GUTTED about. I completely forgot. However, my style when I go all out is very girly so I wore an a-line patterned skirt which came to mid calf in a black and purple print. I got it for my birthday and put into a Polyvore post. It's the middle skirt! I paired it with a black bodysuit, black heels with a ribbon tie and a black clutch.

2015 - The Year of the Skirt


Other essential parts about getting ready included my timeline...this is something I always do when I've got a big event coming up - you should have seen my wedding timeline!! I worked backwards from the pick up time and included everything I could think of...haha!

Essentials for the day

Finally, no girls day out is complete without a bag full of essentials. I like to take a roomy clutch so I'm prepared for every (beauty) eventuality. 

I always carry top up make up with me. On this occasion I took the two blushers I was wearing along with a dense brush so I could rebuff my foundation if it started to look cakey. I also took some eyelash glue because there's nothing worse than your lashes popping off. For eyes I took some black eyeliner pencil for the water line. This Rimmel eyeliner has a smudger brush at the end too which makes it perfect for fixing any makeup that's moved at all. I also took my mascara. For lips, I took the Kate lipstick in Shade 42 which I reviewed in my Lasting Finish by Kate Moss, the Nude Collection post as well as this Essence XXXL nude lipgloss in Soft Almond - an absolute steal at only £2!!!

Aside from beauty essentials, I took a pair of fold up pumps, a phone charger and some aviator sunglasses from Primark that I wouldn't have minded if I lost them. I'm jolly glad I didn't lose them though, love them!!

All that little lot fit into my bag along with my phone, keys and money! It's a magic bag that never seems to get full!!

What are your essentials for a girls night/day out?? Let me know what I'm missing!!

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

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Saturday, 16 April 2016

How I edit my Instagram photos

First things first, I am in NO way an Instagram expert but what I lack in skill, I make up for in enthusiasm. I love taking photos, choosing which ones to use on Instagram and then fixing them.

When I say fixing them, this is where my lack of expertise comes in. I just snap anything, regardless of light, and then try to edit them, fixing the light and adding a border using apps on my phone.

How I edit my Instagram photos

A recent example of this was the trip I took to Anglesey in the log cabin. Whilst the setting was beautiful, the lighting was challenging...to say the least! Take this photograph of the cushions on our bed. The wood and the lighting made the white cushion and bedding look SO yellow. 

How I edit my Instagram photos

But this is what ended up on my Instagram...

How I edit my Instagram photos

I used a variety of apps to fix the colour and add the border.

First of all I used Afterlight (79p from the app store) to crank the brightness and contrast up to the maximum which took the cushion from yellow to a creamier colour.

After that, I used FaceTune (£2.99 from the app store) to whiten the cushion further before adding a border using LiveCollage (free from the app store!).

Finally, I added the photo to Instagram! 

How I edit my Instagram photos

I don't have a theme as such on my Instagram but I do have the black border on all of my photos and de-saturate my colours on all of them. Nothing too bright.

How do you edit your Instagram photos? Leave your Instagram links below and I'll be sure to check them out!

You can find me at www.instagram.com/torisworld11 I'm currently doing an April photo a day challenge!

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

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