Monday, 20 February 2017

Elysium MUA eye shadow palette review and swatch

Hey guys! Today's blog post is going to be a review and swatch of MUA's Elysium palette! If you read my what I got for my 20th birthday post you will have seen a received this from my friend for my birthday and I wanted to do a review of it. Also, can I just say, I'm writing this at 5 and it's light outside still I can't believe it! I love watching the nights stay lighter for longer and not waking up at 8 and it still being pitch black. I am so excited for summer. Anyway on with the review.

First of all, I really like the layout of the palette, kind of split into a "day" and "night" section which I think is the point but I love matching the colours. I love these colours too, my favourite two are the two browny matte crease colours in Charm and Refine they're so lovely for a transition or crease colour. I also love the dark pink colour Astral. The only colour I am not a fan of is the light pink colour Cherub as I don't find it as pigmented as the others (you'll see what I mean in the swatches) but the other ones are so pigmented and blend so well.

This palette also comes with an eyeliner and highlighter both of which seem really good. I prefer to highlight with a shadow and to eyeline with my Rimmel kohl but I still like it in this palette as it makes it really nice to travel with. You can create a lot of different looks with this palette too and it's been really fun to experiment with.

I have done some swatches of this palette, first of all the "day section"
From left to right, these are the colours Air, which you can barely see I could not get this to show up at all! Cherub which as you can see is very sheer, It's a pretty colour and I love shimmer eyeshadows but this is almost too shimmery and chunky, I think it would have to be used on top of a matte light pink colour instead as on its own on the lid it's too sheer and bitty! Next is Charm, Astral and Grace.

This is the "night" side of the palette! These colours are a lot darker so they can be seen more!
The first colour refine which I talked about earlier is probably my favourite colour in the whole palette such a lovely taupe brown that's almost a little purple. Then we have Entrance which is similar to Grace and I don't use this colour too much. Then Adore which is a nice deep purple and Smoke which is a matte black and is so useful to have in every palette! Finally, Seraphic which I obviously love! Although I haven't been wearing golds so much recently they'll always be my thing!

I Also thought I'd swatch the eyeliner and highlighter,
The eyeliner is a nice matte black and the highlighter is a champagne peachy colour! I like this more than if they'd included a brush, I never use the brushes palette come with and have so many flat brushes I never use so I like that they put this in instead!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Have you tried this palette? You can follow me on twitter @ellie_smithxo or instagram @littleblogsfromlittlepeople to find out when I post and more!
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Monday, 13 February 2017

More Than This (Patrick Ness) book review

Hey guys! Today's post is a book review of "More Than This" by Patrick Ness. If you saw my what I got for my birthday post last week you will have seen I asked for lots of Patrick Ness books and straight away I had to jump into More Than This because I've been wanting to read it for a really long time! This review will include a few minor spoilers so if you don't want any spoilers I would not read this post! No major plot lines or twists are reviled though.

Seth wakes up in his childhood after having died and has absolutely no idea where he is but he's pretty sure he's in hell. It does seem like hell, there's no one around and not much food or water. He's covered in these strange tapes and covered in bruises. I love the premise of this book. It's so interesting and really keeps you on tenterhooks as you learn all about this strange world. I really liked the main character and I love how Patrick Ness keeps a lot of information from you at the beginning so you really feel like Seth, no idea where he is.

As the book develops you meet two more characters, Regine and Tomasz who are always show up at exactly the right time, nd who conveniently have all the answers something which Seth does comment on a lot. In fact, Seth often wonders if he's imagining this place and that's why he's always luckily saved. I think it's good in a way that Ness notices this fact, and actually comments on how contrived the story is to the point that he thinks he's imagining his own film. But it is almost like Ness can't help himself but make the story follow a "happy film like line" where the bad guys die and the good guys live.

In terms of emotions, I wouldn't say the book was happy or sad, it's somewhere in between. It has sad moments definitely and I love the flashbacks to Seth's previous life and of course the massive twists made me actually gasp out loud sometimes but they aren't exactly happy. The book does raise some really big questions about humanity and technology that I found really interesting and I would really recommend reading this.

I personally wasn't the biggest fan of the ending. It's quite ambiguous and kind of leaves it on a cliffhanger for you to make your own ending so to speak but I personally like a clean cut ending! But that's just personal choice, if you quite like those endings then you will really like this book. Despite not really liking the ending I loved this book and honestly it's so hard writing this review without spoiling some of the main points in this book they just want to explode out of me! It's just one you have to go out and read!

Have you read this? What did you think? I will be posting two times this week you lucky things so I will be back later this week. You can see what I get up to daily by following my twitter @ellie_smith or my Instagram @littleblogsfromlittlepeople.
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

What I got for my 20th birthday

Hey guys! Last sunday was my birthday and I turned the grand age of 20! It's really insane to think I'm not a teenager anymore! I had a lovely weekend which I went home for to spend time with my family. I wanted to show you guys what I got so I hope you enjoy!

Firstly, as you can see I got this lovely candle from my sister. It smells so good and I can't wait to burn it.

My main present was my pandora bracelt. I hummed and hawed about what I wanted for my birthday and I never really jumped on the pandora bandwagon but I've finally given in and I love it! The bracelt came with the heart charm with the amethyst because it's my birthstone. My boyfriend bought me this lovely rose gold charm.

My boyfriend also got me lots of books and some tassimo pods for my coffee machine. I am currently reading "more than this" by Patrick Ness and i think I'll do a review of it when I finish it! I also can't wait to start the trilogy and I am loving the blogger book!
I also got some chocolates, Ted Baker goodies, a debanhams giftcard and a new perfume, Aura by Swarovski.
From my friends I got some really nice things. From my friends at uni I got this personalised glasses case with my initials on and a nyx blush!
 And finally from my friend Lucy I got this MUA Elysium eyeshadow pallet (review comming soon!) and this makeup revolution lip lacquer in the colour "keep trying for you."

And that is what I got for my birthday! I hope you enjoyed this post!
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

January Favourites

Hey guys! I haven't done a favourite post for a really long time and I really felt like doing one for this month! I definitely won't be doing one every month, especially as I only post once a week so it would feel like I was doing one all the time! But in this depressing month, there have been a few bits and bobs I have really enjoyed, a mix of beauty and fashion and random things.

One thing I have really enjoyed this month is my new 2017 planner. I'll insert some pictures, and as you can see it's really pretty and compact and a week on a page which I love. It has a side for social things and a side for work things which I really love, means I can keep my social and work events separate!

Another thing I have been loving is my NYX lingerie liquid lipstick. I can't believe I haven't discovered these before I love it! Mine is in the colour corset. They're so long-wearing and comfortable, need to go back and buy some more.

The third thing I have been loving is yoga. This is quite a random one but I have been loving following yoga with Adriene's 31 day yoga this month and it's actually cheered my January up so much and I would recommend going and checking out her youtube channel! If you've ever wanted to get into yoga but not sure how then I would defo go have a look at that, this 31 day yoga is so lovely and a mix of cardio type yoga and yummy practices and all in the name of self-love!

This month I have also been loving these two items from River Island. I bought them in the boxing day sales and I am in love with them. The first is this ribbed black long-sleeved top, and the second is this lovely fluffy white oversized jumper! Both have turtle-necks.

Another thing I have been loving is my Tassimo machine. My boyfriend got me this for Christmas and I have got so much use out of it. My favourite pods are the caramel and vanilla lattes. I really want to try the Cadburys hot chocolate too!

Finally, the last thing I have been loving this month is the new Netflix series of unfortunate events. I have read some of these books as a kid and I am really enjoying the series! I have 3 episodes left so no spoilers...

That's it! What have you been loving this month?
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Monday, 23 January 2017

MUA velvet lip lacquer review

Hey guys! This review has been a long time coming, I have wanted to review these for ages! These are the MUA velvet lip lacquer's, they're completely matte and they last a long time! I have it in three shades, Tranquillity which is a nude, Halcyon, which is a peachy nude, and Dash which is a lovely dark pink. I have done a swatch of the colours I have, tranquillity is on the top, Halcyon in the middle and Dash at the bottom.

These dry so lovely and I don't think they are too sticky or drying either, although they are very matte so they're not exactly like putting lip balm on my lips but I don't think they're too bad! They aren't transfer proof however, they do transfer like crazy on my mugs and bottles when I'm drinking!

They're not patchy either I find one coat is good and they layer up well. I love how long they last on my lips I rarely have to top up unless I eat or drink, they're much more long wearing than some drugstore lipsticks, I find they've gone off my lips by the time I'm at uni! I would say these would last about 5 hours without eating. I find that they can be quite tough to take off and I need to give them a thorough wipe with my micellar water.

I would defo recommend these liquid lipsticks and at £3 you can't go wrong! You can pick them up from superdrug!

Have you tried these?
What did you think?
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Monday, 16 January 2017

What healthy eating means to me

Hey guys! I hope you're all getting through this cold January! January can be a funny time of year, a time when everyone is pumped from making their resolutions and hitting the gym more. It's also a time where people try so many diets and so many adverts promoting certain diets. It is so easy to get swept into this phase, and believe me I know. For the whole of January people try so hard on these new resolutions and often drop them in the next few months. Healthy eating or rather balanced eating is something that means a lot to me. Ask anyone who knows me and they'll tell you how much veg i eat and my flatmates often joke around with how and what I eat. Healthy and balanced eating is something which is personal so I wanted to talk about what healthy eating is to me.

I love to eat as much fruit and veg as possible, I follow deliciously Ella recipes all the time at uni and make big batches of them and freeze them, so I always have something yummy and healthy to eat. My favourite way to start of the day is with a big bowl of porridge and honey or porridge with banana or apple cinnamon and dates. I think a massive part of eating healthily is to fit it into your lifestyle, making things in batches helps me as I don't always have a lot of time to cook on the day, so all I need to do is put some brown rice on and heat up the food and I have a healthy meal in 25 minutes.

However, although I do eat a lot of really good things, I think it is good and okay to delve into unhealthy foods too. I do not think that depriving yourself of food or food types is good. I do not believe in cutting out carbs ect or any other fad diet and I end every day with a little treat, a shortbread biscuit maybe or maybe even a bar of Cadburys dairy milk. We are humans and while it is good to eat fruit and veg it it is okay to have treats, and at weekends I sometimes eat pizzas or fish finger sarnies or some foods that are considered "unhealthy." At the end of the day, food is food, and nothing is bad when eaten in moderation and you should never feel pressured to eat a certain way, life is too short! Healthy eating is a choice and should be done with care and with balance.

I do not think that dieting is a good way to live your life, they are often not sustainable and if you want to be healthier dieting is unlikely to do that. As soon as the diet is over you'll feel like you want to eat unhealthy things even more! It's important to fit healthy eating into your life, maybe even slowly, eating an one more portion of fruit and day everyday. What is not healthy, is getting caught up on fat content and calories ect because they will serve you nothing, you want to eat well for you and some of the healthiest things (nuts, avocados, coconut oil) have high-calorie content but they're so good for you. That just shows how much bullshit these numbers are, honestly you'll be happier, healthier and more likely to continue eating healthily if you just ignore them.

If you're looking for recipe ideas I love deliciously Ella as mentioned, and BBC good food. You can also check out my food blog, which I haven't updated for a long time. If you saw my little "come back" post you will have seen that I am taking a break from my other two blogs for now, however I do have a lot of healthy food recipes as well as some unhealthy ones on there! I am such a foodie and food is so important to me that I wanted to share this message! You can find my food blog here.

Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

What's in my bag?

Hey guys! I got a new book for Christmas and I wanted to do a what's in my bag blog post. This bag is from Debenhams and it's £45, you can get it here.

In my bag on a regular basis I always carry an umbrella, I am a massive rain phobic and I love this little one as it fits perfectly in my bag.  I also carry my glasses, I could probably do with a new glasses case this ones a bit grubby! I have two sets of keys here, my house keys and uni keys.  My hands get so dry this time of year so I love to have some hand cream, this is from m&s. I like to carry a hand sanitizer, this is from bath and body works, in the smell "be you tiful". I have a white purse from primark, i always like a big purse to hold most of my cards in but I do also have this cat card holder also from Debenhams. Finally, I have my ear plugs in here, if you saw my post a few weeks ago you will know I suffer from tinnitus so I bring my earplugs with me!

I hope you enjoyed this!
Lots of love
Eleanor x