Urban Decay Naked Heat palette review

REVIEW/ BEAUTY

In this weeks blog, I have decided to review about my newest component to my makeup collection- the new Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette!

After months of waiting in anticipation, I finally got my hands of this gem and was so excited to create new smoky eye looks.

Please be aware that I am not a professional make-up artist, this blog is simply depicted on my own opinions.

First Impressions:

The packaging of the product is amazing; the sturdy plastic palette makes it light in weight- which differs from the other Naked products. The light weight of the packaging is perfect to travel with and the large mirror inside is a great handbag essential. The set comes with a two-sided brush, the flat and blending brush ends are of a good quality and very fluffy meaning they are soft on the eye lids and saves you travelling with loads of eyeshadow brushes.

I have swabbed the palette onto my wrists ; as you can see (photos above), there are a variety of different warm bronzed copper tones, which are extremely pigmented. Unlike the other Naked palettes, there are more matte warm tones, ranging from burnt coppers to dark shifty bronzes. There are some beautiful sparkly shades which would look great in halo eye look or in the crease.

From the swab test, my favourite shade is He Devil, which is a dark burgundy, brown shade- its so pigmented and would look beautiful as a transition shade.  What I love most about this palette is that there are the range of neutral brown shades; both Ounce and Chaser are perfect to be used as a base colour as they are light and creamy which can easily be built upon.

My Make-up Look:

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 I used the shades: “Sauced” and “He Devil”

In this make-up look I decided to create a smoky copper look; I started using the light matte brown Sauced as my base colour, as its great to give your eye some definition. Then to add depth and warmth to my lid, I used He Devil in the corners of my eyes which then blended into my crease with a blending brush.

To add a bit of glimmer to my look, I used Dirty Talk, which is a shimmery burnt orange shade. I applied this shade to my inner corners of my eyes to add a slight highlight to my eye. To add definition, I used He Devil on my waterline which then I blended into my corners of my eye which a brush. To finish the look, I used the lightest shimmery shade Lumbre, and placed that in the centre to create a halo smoky eye.

 

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Here is my finished make up look, as this is only a basic smoky eye, you could add a winged eyeliner and dramatic eyelashes to create a more fierce look. You can also add a dark nude lip to bring the attention to your copper shimmery eyes!

For the price of £39, this palette is worth every penny!

It is so versatile and can be accompanied with other palettes to create other looks. I would definitely recommend this palette to those who love copper shades and smoky eyeshadow looks, the dark matte shades are more pigmented than the other Urban Decay kits.

I hope you guys enjoyed this weeks blog, please be aware that I am not a professional makeup artist and simply sharing this product with you as I am passionate about make-up and beauty. 

 

 

Much love,

Kennedy xo

 

The Play That Goes Wrong

REVIEW

In todays blog, I’ve decided to channel my inner-theatre freak and talk about the topic which is close to my heart- theatre! To those who know me personally, would know that I adore anything with jazz hands, musical numbers and outrageous costumes!

Tonight, I saw Henry Lewis’s comedy drama production- The Play that Goes Wrong, at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. After watching the play preview the Royal Variety Performance back in 2015, I was eager to watch the show. I was firstly drawn to the impression that the production consisted of a small cast who all participated to the running of the play in some way and also was based on the concept that the show doesn’t actually run smoothly….

This British production first made its debut at the Old Red Lion Theatre in London back in 2012. After entertaining the people of London with its hilarious plot, it began to tour around the UK in 2016. It is rumoured that the production will be showing in Australia in 2018, due to its great success in Broadway.

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Getting Inked

LIFESTYLE

Today, I’ve decided to talk about my personal life, because I believe you need to get to know the real me. Those who follow my social media, would know that I have a tattoo on my left thigh which I have recently got retouched and redesigned. So, in todays blog, I will be talking about my experiences with my tattoo and all those important tips for anyone who is thinking of getting inked.

Top Tips:

If you’re considering of getting a tattoo, there are a few key details you must be aware of:

  • Firstly, you must be 100% set on a particular design, if you’re unsure, don’t get it as in a few years, you’ll may end up regretting it. I designed my tattoo, but it took me months to decide what I wanted and where I wanted it.
  • Secondly, be wary of sizing, some designs require particular sizes to fit better on the skin; don’t be afraid to discuss sizing choice with the tattooist. They’re professionals so any good tattooist will advice what size to have the design, if you’re worried.
  • Also, placement is key- if you don’t want the design to be seen all the time, I’d suggest tattooing on your thigh or back/shoulder first, as they can easily be covered with a blouse or a midi skirt.
  • What job do you have/ job you’re wanting?- tattoos are beautiful works of art, but if you’re like me and working towards a professional career, you may need to rethink what design you want. Some companies dislike visible tattoos as they can be considered as ‘messy’, so, make sure you know what you want before commiting to a tattoo.
  • Think about colours: if you’re wanting to have colour in your design make sure the colours are complementary to each other and won’t wash out the outline.
  • Lastly, tattoos should cost a large chunk of money, decent tattoo parlours would charge around £60-70 per hour (may vary in different UK locations). Depending on size, colour and detailing the price will vary.

My personal experience: 

I got my first tattoo last year in May, after months of consideration I took my first design to a tattoo studio which was recommended by a good friend. Due to this being my very first tattoo, I was extremely nervous. However, I was pleasantly welcomed by the receptionist who guided me through all the different art portfolios by the tattoo artists available at the studio. After discussing my design with various artists, I made a deposit on tattoo date; good studios should ask for a deposit (usually unfundable) to cover the time for the artist to produce a stencil. I waited around two weeks to get my tattoo done; on the day of my tattoo, I bought a spare pair of shorts as my tattto was going on the top of my thigh. I would recommend bringing comfy clothes with you, as it will be less painful if you feel more relaxed. It took the artist around three hours to complete my design. The colours were just as I imagined and I was a very happy customer. It took around two weeks for my design to fully heal, the tattooist will recommend particular creams to use in the healing process which you must follow to reduce stabbing.

A few months past and the colour began to fade, due to enrolling in University in September, I had no time to get the tattoo recolored. Only recently, I managed to have time to get the design retouched and modified. Last week, I took my new design to a studio in Maidstone; after discussing with various artists, I was able to book my design in for the following week. As my original tattoo was in need of some TLC, it would only take the artists a couple of hours, hence why I managed to get a time slot so quickly. I got my tattoo modified yesterday, although, I’ve experienced the pain of the needles before, I felt the second time was more painful! However, I am finally happy with my final piece and so excited to get more in the future.

Like as they say, no pain no gain!

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Final result

 

I hope you enjoyed this blog, feel free to ask questions about tattoos!

Much love,

Kennedy xo

How to achieve the perfect festival look

BEAUTY/FASHION

For this weeks blog, I’ve decided to talk about my one favourite summer make-up styles…Coachella! I love the Coachella festival, not just because of the incredible live music acts- the fashion trends and the overall atmosphere is unbelievable. Unfortunately, I was too poor to go to Palm Springs in April and endure the festival spirit, so, I decided to bring Coachella to Medway…

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Must-have beach essentials! (ALL under £10)

FASHION/ LIFESTYLE 

The summer is here; as temperatures in South-East England are rocketing to the high twenties, your wardrobe is in need to a makeover!

I have brought together a few of my new additions to my wardrobe- all items are from the hughstreet store Primark and ALL UNDER £10! I don’t usually shop in Primark but I came across these gems and as my holiday to Rome is fast approaching, I just couldn’t resist… Continue reading “Must-have beach essentials! (ALL under £10)”

Cheap Day Trips: Westbrook Bay Beach

LIFESTYLE

As I am currently on my summer break- I’ve decided to do a series on cheap days out. To encourage you lovely lot to get outside to enjoy and of course, not burn a hole in your pocket…

Trying to organise a day out with my teenage siblings is always a stab in the dark; we don’t usually agree until the very last minute or at least one of them decides to throw a tantrum. So, as a skint pale and bored student, I suggested to go to Westbrook Bay beach and thankfully my teenage brothers agreed.

Sun, sand and free parking- what more can you ask for?

After packing three lots of lunches into a cooler bag and slopping on factor 50 we’d set off…

Travelling by car:

Westbrook Bay is an hours drive from my house- so, in terms of travelling cost it only cost me £10 to put petrol in the car. If you’re travelling from Kent, follow the M2 and follow the signs to Margate; then follow “Westbrook bay”. 

This was my first time travelling to the beach therefore, I used my SatNav to navigate me, I used the address for Westbrook Bay House as this hotel is surrounded by free parking and right by the beach entrance. Although, Margate is only a walk away; Westbrook is a cheaper and safer option as it is less crowded, easy access to toilets and cafes and there is free parking!

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Westbrook Bay, Margate 

The surroundings are beautiful- the sand is soft and the sea isn’t too rough. However, I would advise taking a beach chair to use when eating, as the sand can easily be carried in the wind (who would want sandy sandwiches? Yuck!) The beach is ideal for the entire family as Margate is only a short walk away and there is a quaint little restaurant on the cliffs by the bay.

In Margate, there is access to amusements, cafes, museums, galleries and pubs- if the weather changes drastically there are plenty of alternative activities to do instead. With ice-cream and fish& chip kiosks on every corner, you’ll be sure to get into the seaside spirit.

This trip to the beach was an success as I managed to save money and even get a little tan. If you’d like to see more on different beaches around the UK, leave a little comment.

More cheap days out are to come!

Much love,

Kennedy xo

The Bloggers Ball

REVIEW/LIFESTYLE

In todays blog, I decided to write about my experience at the Bloggers Ball which commenced yesterday. Organised by the beautiful Scarlett London, the Bloggers Ball is an annual event to allow bloggers to come together and celebrate the beauty of blogging, reach out to new ideas and even grab some inspiration for future blogs.

A brief overview…

I was invited by my close friend (also a blogger) Sophia, who luckily won tickets to the ball. After weeks of preparation, Sophia and I travelled from Kent to the Trading Building in London. We were buzzing with excitement and was warmly welcomed with a glass of champagne on arrival (which was very nice). Hundreds of bloggers arrived- from all different walks of life.

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The Trading House, London

During the event, we were given the chance to test out new indie brands and mingle with other bloggers. It was refreshing to meet male beauty bloggers as the beauty industry is so diverse, we need men demonstrating the versatility of cosmetics to encourage a modern image to beauty and cosmetic products.

Above, are a few of products I was invited to try out…

(LEFT) MOX London– is a bath elixir/skin care company, who specialises making sweet and magical bath elixirs for all skin types.

(TOP RIGHT)- Lola’s Apothecary– a natural beauty and wellness company for deep healing and radiance. With products created in Devon and fragrances inspired by natural scents, this indie beauty brand is an example of a original and traditional English brand.

(BOTTOM RIGHT)- Johnny Loves Rosie– a premium fashion and jewellery company which creates beautiful bags and accessories too.

A few glasses of bubbly later, the event came to  close and us bloggers were given a bag full of goodies (which I  will cover later..). Being reasonably new to the blogging industry, and given this chance to meet new people who share the same passions as me, was incredible.

Here is a sneak peak to some of the goodies I received….

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The bag contained loads of little testers; teeth whitening kits, nutrition bars, low-carrie snacks, a cocktail mixer, shortbreads, hair products and much more…

In future blogs, I will test some of these treats as I am always looking for new nutrition snacks to try.

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I will try these chippea crisp puffs as I am a fan of vegetable crisps as they are perfect for late-night snacking and very low in calories and as a gym fanatic, having a balanced but nutritional diet is vital.

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Another treasure I received was two miniature OGX coconut milk shampoo and conditioner. This product is so nourishing and is perfect to treat  dry/dull hair. I will take these essentials on holiday as they will keep my hair looking fresh- plus they are travel size!

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Another free sample I got was Janina Whitening Toothpaste Spray, I have never used teeth whitening before. However, after receiving this I will trying it out! (future blog to come)

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Another great foodie treat I received were these coconut truffles from Good4U; these sweet nutritional treats are ideal to be eaten on the go or after a workout, to give you that extra boost. I will try these snacks after my next workout and let you guys know on how I got on!

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Another gym essential snack that I will trying out will be these from Chirps; these high protein crisp snacks are made from free-range egg whites and contains low saturated fats- perfect for a light healthier snack.

 

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Other treats: White Glo teeth whitening system, Cliff Bar blueberry snack, Lipivir lip care.

(Let me know, if you would like to see me blog about nutritional snacks as I am excited to try out all these brands!)

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Sophia and I

 

I want to thank Scarlett London for an amazing event and opportunity and Sophia for the invitation.

Much love,

Kennedy xo

Working as a VIP girl…

LIFESTYLE

I’ve decided to write about something different this week; those who may follow my instagram account (its_kennedyjay) would know my part time job is working as a VIP hostess at a club. Since, working for the Astoria nightclub in Portsmouth, Hampshire, from September, many have questioned me what my role as a Dirty Disco dancer involves.

Dirty Disco is a cheap student night which runs every Tuesday. The name “Dirty Disco” originally waused to echo the 90s disco dance tunes played by the DJs. In the last couple of years, the Astoria has incorporated VIP outfits for all the VIP hosts and hostesses.

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I am writing this blog, simply to show you an insight to my part time job and the reasons why I love working inside a club.

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Aurora’s Angels.com

FASHION

Aurora’s Angels is an online clothing brand based in the UK; with the slogan “dare to be fearless”, this company offers a range of clothing to compliment any figure and size.

Since April, I have been an Aurora’s Angels brands ambassador, my role includes representing this growing brand and their unique and glamorous products. My instagram page (Its_kennedyjay), is the most important element to my role as I am to capture the latest products brought out and encourage thousands to join the Angel’s family…

As many of you may be wondering, being a brands ambassador does has its perks. I am involved in the development of the company and first to see the new products brought to the website and of course, given the opportunity to have some of the clothing.

The support and compassion I receive from this brand makes me proud to be an Angel!

To help you lovelies prepare for the summer, I’m showing a small preview of some of the collection of the products that I’ve worn and loved!

 

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