Stila In The Garden Eyeshadow Palette

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After falling in love with the Stila In The Know Eyeshadow Palette, I knew I had to get my hands on another of the Stila palettes and I opted for the Stila In The Garden Eyeshadow Palette as the shades were so unique to any other palette I own. The Stila In The Garden Eyeshadow Palette is £25 and it contains ten eyeshadows and a full size Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in the shade Starfish which is worth £13 alone, making the palette amazing value. I’ve read on a few forums that Stila are phasing their ‘In the…’ series of palettes which I really hope isn’t true as they’re such stunning palettes, and I plan on snapping up their In The Moment Palette soon just incase they do discontinue them. The In The Garden Palette really stood out to me as it contains such gorgeous jewel toned shades as well as some more wearable shades so you can create a multitude of looks.

Stila In The Garden Eyeshadow Palette

The Stila Stingray Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner is such a stunning shade.. it’s a dark khaki green with green shimmers, and for a green liner, I think it’s really wearable. If you’ve never tried the Stila Smudge Sticks before, I really recommend them as they’re such amazing liners with a super creamy formula that stays put all day, even when worn in the waterline. This liner really does compliment the shades within the palette, and I love it.

Stila In The Garden Eyeshadow Palette

Chinois: matte cream.

Breeze: metallic light gold.

Bark: metallic brown.

Freesia: metallic electric blue.

Rosette: metallic plum purple.

Stila In The Garden Eyeshadow Palette

Nectar: matte beige.

Honey: metallic golden bronze.

Sage: metallic sage green.

Moss: metallic golden khaki.

Juniper: metallic forest green.

All of the ten shades within the palette are buttery soft and smooth, with fantastic pigmentation; these swatches are one swipe of shadow. I said the same with the In The Know Palette, but I’ve never seen such amazing matte shadows as those from Stila, they’re just as pigmented and impressive as the shimmer shadows, which never happens with other brands. I think this is such a lovely palette, and I love how affordable it is because it does contain shades that I perhaps wouldn’t wear on a daily basis, but it’s such good value and quality especially with the eyeliner included. I really like how green shadows compliment my green eyes, and I particularly love the Moss shade for creating a smokey eye with the Stingray Liner. There’s isn’t one that I could criticise about the Stila In The Garden Eyeshadow Palette, although others seem to dislike the card packaging, but personally I really like it as they’re so compact and lightweight, yet they’re sturdy enough to product the shadows inside.

Orla Kiely Lavender Reed Diffuser

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Orla Kiely Lavender Reed Diffuser £32

In celebration of the five year anniversary of her home fragrance range, Orla Kiely is relaunching her collection with six beautiful statement prints and three exciting new fragrances. I love reed diffusers, and I always have at least three on the go at a time; one in our bedroom, one in our bathroom and one in the lounge to make the room delicately scented all day long. Reed diffusers are so much more convenient, and safer than candles, and I also find reed diffusers to be better value than candles too. The new Orla Kiely home fragrance relaunch consists of the following scents; Fig Tree, Earl Grey, Basil and Mint, Orange Rind, Sicilian Lemon and Lavender. Each of the six scents have been created to compliment your mood whether you’re entertaining friends, unwinding in the bath or relaxing in your bedroom.

The Orla Kiely Reed Diffusers are made with a blend of pure essential oils, and each diffuser features one of their iconic and colourful prints. From the six fragrances on offer, I opted for the Lavender Diffuser from the ‘Calm and Relaxed’ range as I find lavender to be such a relaxing and calming scent. Each of the Orla Kiely Reed Diffusers last upto two months, and feature a large glass weighty bottle complete with eight dark coloured reeds. The Lavender Diffuser  has a lovely blue tulip design which suits my bedroom colour scheme very well.

The oil of the Lavender Diffuser contains a blend of French lavender, lemon, geranium and mint and is really quite potent for a reed diffuser which I love, as the scent does fill the room. Just like any diffuser, it’s important to keep moving the reeds within the jar and turn the reeds over every week or so, just to keep the scent as strong as possible. I like to adjust the reeds on a day to day basis, as I find it makes the scent more noticeable. If reed diffusers aren’t your cup of tea, Orla Kiely also have a beautiful candle in each of the six fragrances which are £25 each with a burn time of 50 hours, and the range of candles and reed diffusers are available to purchase from John Lewis.

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Huge Essence Haul

Huge Essence Haul

I’ve become a massive Essence fan, ever since they finally launched here in the UK back in late 2013 (I wrote about the launch here). Two years later, I’ve tried quite a few of their products and I’ve been so impressed with the quality, especially as everything is incredibly affordable. Essence have released quite a few new products recently, so I decided to make a rather large Essence order on the Wilko’s website and I wanted to share my purchases here on my blog, as it’s been a while since I featured an haul. The choice available is amazing, as they stock a massive 456 Essence products, although sadly they were out of stock of the one thing I really wanted.. the Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel in the darkest shade.

Huge Essence Haul

I opted for three different concealers.. the Essence Match 2 Cover Cream Concealer £2.50, the Essence Stay All Day 16hr Concealer £2.50 and the Essence Stay Natural Concealer £2. I don’t know if they’ll be a good match shade wise, but I’m interested to see how they compare as I’ve read great reviews on all three. The shade range of the base products is pretty poor in all honesty, with only three shades available in most of their concealers.

Huge Essence Haul

I bought the Essence Sun Club 2 in 1 Bronzing Powder in Sunset £3.50, as I already own and love the shade Sunshine (reviewed here). Sunset is a gorgeous matte bronzer, with a peachy blush whereas Sunshine is a matte bronzer with a cream highlighter shade. I also got the Essence Blush Up Powder Blush in Heat Wave £3.50, which is a stunning pink and peach ombre blush that I think will be perfect for Summer.

Huge Essence Haul

I bought another of the Essence Effect Eyeshadows as I love the two shades I already own; Brazil’s Sunset and UK’s Stonehenge. I got the shade Egypt’s Treasure for only £1, as they’re being discontinued. One of the Essence products that’s particularly hyped is the Essence I ♥ Stage Eyeshadow Base £2.50, which I had to try for myself and I was really intrigued by the Essence Volumizing Lash Powder as an alternative to a fibre mascara.

Huge Essence Haul

I bought two different holographic topcoats.. the Essence Holographics Effect Nail Polish £2.00 and the Essence Shake Me I’m Pretty Top Coat £2.00 which are both clear, with tiny holographic fragments suspended within them. Both of them are stunning, and they can be used with any colour of polish.

Huge Essence Haul

Next up, I got two of the newer Essence 3D Eyeshadows £2.80 in the shades Irresistible Chocolates and Irresistible Caramel Cream.. which both look so pretty. I also got two of the Essence Gel Eyeliner Pencils £2.30 in the shades Urban Jungle and Black Blaze, and the Essence Superfine Eyeliner Pen £2.50 which has the most amazing, sharp nib.

Essence Haul

Lastly.. I got a selection of lip products. Two of the Essence XXXL Lipglosses; one in Shy Beauty from the Nude range £2, and one in Velvet Rose from the Matte range £2.30. I chose one of the Essence Lipliners in the shade Wish Me a Rose £1 as I have a couple already and they’re such lovely liners. Lastly… three of the Essence Lipsticks; two from the Nude range in Cool Nude and Porcelain Doll £2.30, and one from their regular line in Natural Beauty.

I’m really looking forward to trying my new Essence products, so if there’s something in particular you’d like me to review, please let me know in the comments below.