Thursday, 13 April 2017


I haven't really tried a lot of makeup from Urban Decay, but one of the products I have got is the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette which I LOVE.

It is the perfect palette made up of five matte shades and one shimmery one; the latter being perfect for the inner corner of the eye or as a highlighter shade.  The colour range is fantastic and you can create so many looks, from a subtle everyday look to a dark smoky eye.  The pigmentation is so so good and there is hardly any fall out.  Each colour blends very seamlessly and seem to stay put on my eyes all day.  

Other benefits in terms of packaging is that the palette itself is so slim and compact which is great for travel, and is my go-to palette when I go somewhere.  Also it has a large mirror which is again awesome for travel.  

However, I came across this little palette from W7 called In The Mood, which only cost around £7.  It looks scarily similar to the Urban Decay one don't you think? A little bit of copying going on here?!  Copying or not, I had to try it out to see what the pigmentation was like.  

I would say that the colours when swatched are pretty damn similar, but there is a difference in quality.  The W7 one is a lot chunkier than the UD one, and has a lot more fall out.  Having said this, they still apply quite nicely and you can create pretty looks with it.

W7 Palette Swatch
Urban Decay Palette Swatch
 As you can see, the colours are pretty similar. Both have good pigmentation, but I would say the colours in the Urban Decay one are a little more vibrant, particularly the darker ones and apply more smoothly.  It is evident in the W7 swatches that the lighter shades are a bit chunkier. 

As you can see in this W7 swatch, whilst the colours are similar to the UD ones they are quite chunky which can make it messier to apply.

The UD shadows swatch much smoother and the pigmentation is a bit more even.

My verdict? I would say it evidently depends on your budget - if you don't want to shed out £24 for the Urban Decay palette, then the W7 is a pretty good dupe and would give you very similar results.  If you want something a little more luxury and you want to invest, then the Urban Decay one is great, the packaging is more sturdy and having the mirror is great.  (The lid has actually broken off of the W7 one which is annoying!). 

Personally, I don't regret buying the Urban Decay one and I think it is worth the money as it will last you a good while, but the W7 is a good, cheaper alternative if you don't quite have the budget.

Molly x

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Exploring Bath (And Its Gluten-Free Food!)

As you may already know, I have a wheat intolerance and therefore have completely cut wheat and gluten out of my diet.  I've been doing this for around twelve years, so I'm pretty used to it by now! I have noticed over the years that supermarkets and restaurants have become so much more accustomed to people who are gluten-free (whether it is an intolerance/allergy or a dietary choice), and now it is so easy to find things that are gluten-free when out and about.

A couple of months ago (I know this blog post is so late haha) my boyfriend and I went to Bath as a birthday treat for him.  We went for a couple of days and it was great.  (I actually used to live there but I don't remember it unfortunately!)  Bath is STUNNING and has amazing history and buildings which we loved exploring.

We also ate out a few times and I wanted to make this blog post sharing the gluten-free food I ate, as I found it so easy to find food that I fancied eating!

D A Y  O N E : L U N C H 


When I last visited Bath a few years ago my parents and I discovered this little gem called Rosarios.  It is such a cute place with a large variety of food, lots of which are gluten-free or can be made gluten-free which is amazing.  I decided to go back here with Ciaran as I knew we would have a tasty lunch!  I had a delicious Homemade Pesto Chicken and Tomato sandwich (on gf bread) which was sooooo good! It's not pictured in this post as I ate it before I thought about taking a picture, oops!  The bread was very tasty and all of the fillings were so fresh.  (Ciaran had the Local Sausage Panini, not gf - which also looked yummy).  We also both had a mocha which were also lovely.



In the evening we decided to go to Café Rouge (one of our faves).  I had the Poulet Breton which is a staple favourite of mine, I have it every time.  As the name suggests, it consists of chicken, with herb mashed potato, courgette, mushroom, spring onion etc in a cream sauce, it's sooooo good.  Then for pudding I had an Eton Mess which is a classic, and happens to be gluten-free too which is fab!  Both courses were delish.  This restaurant has an excellent selection of gluten-free dishes.  It is clearly written on the menu which are gluten-free with a (G), and others say (GO) which means it can be made gluten-free. 

D A Y  T W O

C R E A M  T E A

Before we set off to drive home, we decided to go for a cream tea at the well-known Pump Room Restaurant as part of the Roman Baths.  I saw on their menu that they offered gluten-free scones so I really wanted to try them.  We both just went for scones, cream, jam and a pot of tea each which was definitely enough to be getting on with!! The gluten-free scones were DELICIOUS and are the nicest ones I have ever tried.  The cream and jam were gorgeous too. I would highly recommend going here if you are in Bath!

Overall we both had a lovely couple of days away.  It was nice and relaxed and I would love to go back in the summer when it's hopefully a little warmer!

Sunday, 29 January 2017


Yayyyy I'm back writing about makeup again. Finally. I thought I would do a short 'n' snappy post about one product which I'm sure most people use as part of their makeup routine, which is powder.  You don't want to look all shiny right?!  Over the last few months I have been using this Soap and Glory one, called 'One Heck of a Blot' which is such a cool name!  I like Soap and Glory as a brand, particularly their body butters and shower gels, so I thought I would give their makeup a whirl.

It claims to have 'SHINE-BLOC' Technology which, to a certain extent, I think it does.  It definitely doesn't last 24 hours like it claims (although I haven't had it on for that long) but I would say after about 4 or 5 hours I need to put a bit more on.  As powders go, I think that's quite good to be honest.  

The powder itself is very finely milled which gives it a light texture and doesn't look cakey on the skin.  It also claims to be 'SUPER-TANSLUCENT' which I would agree with, you can barely see it over makeup.  It doesn't really give any coverage which I personally like, but if you are looking for a powder which offers this I wouldn't recommend this one.

It comes with a sponge which I threw away the day I got it as I never use them.  I don't think they give the best application.  I love using this powder with the Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection 100 Arched Powder Brush (bit of a mouthful!) which gives a gorgeous application.

I also like that this product comes with a mirror which is of a decent size. It is great for travel and makes it easy to apply on the go, or if I'm applying lipstick or something.  The packaging is also a good quality and doesn't feel flimsy.  I have chucked it in my handbag many a time and it has lasted very well. 

I have already hit pan on this product, which shows just how much I love it.  At £12 it's not the cheapest powder you can get at the drugstore, but I believe it is worth the investment as it does make my makeup last a lot longer and is great for day to day or in the evening with a heavier makeup look.  I normally use liquid foundation and it has worked beautifully over all of the ones I own. 

I would definitely recommend this product, and if you're looking for a powder which mattifies your skin but not in a cakey way, with no coverage, I think you should give this a go. 

Saturday, 21 January 2017


During my time at Western Carolina University I enjoyed visiting different areas in North Carolina.  One of my favourite places that I visited has to be Uptown Lexington, where my amazing friend Emily lives.  She kindly invited me to go home with her for a weekend to stay with her family.  I had the best time ever and I can't wait to show her where I live one day!

Emily took me to the pottery shop/cafe where she works.  It is the cutest place ever and the people who were working there were really friendly and showed me upstairs where the pottery is made.  They very kindly gave me a mug that was made there, which was so sweet of them.  This was in September, and the pottery shop was preparing for Halloween/Fall and created some adorable Witch's hats and pumpkin faces. 

We also went to a very quaint and retro sweet shop where I bought lots of American candy - they were delicious! It also had a really cute section in the back packed full of antiques.  There were some really interesting things which I would have wanted to buy but there was only so much room in my suitcase unfortunately!

We then walked around the shops.  I loved that pretty much all of the shops were cute independent ones which sold really interesting items and gifts.  Walking around had such a lovely and welcoming feel and everyone was so friendly.  

Lastly we visited the old Courthouse.  This was really interesting and you could feel its history as you walked around.  The building was beautiful.  

I loved visiting this place so much.  You could really feel its history and you could see its beauty.  I am so grateful for Emily and her lovely family for letting me stay with them - they were so caring and accommodating.  Being so far away from my home, they welcomed me into theirs.  I really want to go back and visit one day!