Tuesday, 26 August 2014

#BLFW Bloggers Love Fashion Week - Pre Party Recap.


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#blfw, bloggers love fashion week, blogger event, my pale skin, bloggers love

#blfw, bloggers love fashion week, blogger event, my pale skin, bloggers love

#blfw, bloggers love fashion week, blogger event, my pale skin, bloggers love

#blfw, bloggers love fashion week, blogger event, my pale skin, bloggers love


#blfw, bloggers love fashion week, blogger event, my pale skin, bloggers love

#blfw, bloggers love fashion week, blogger event, my pale skin, bloggers love

#blfw, bloggers love fashion week, blogger event, my pale skin, bloggers love

#blfw, bloggers love fashion week, blogger event, my pale skin, bloggers love

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#blfw, bloggers love fashion week, blogger event, my pale skin, bloggers love

Bloggers Love Fashion Week is back! If you haven't seen the #BLFW hashtag floating around on twitter just yet, then brace yourself for the influx of posts, tweets and messages surrounding it. 

Bloggers Love Fashion Week is an event created by Danielle from Bloggers Love in which brands, bloggers and fashionistas can connect and meet in a trendy environment. This is the second BLFW event and I'm super excited to be a V.I.B this time! Bonded by the love of all things fashion and beauty related at Bloggers Love Fashion Week you can expect to make new friends, pick up new skills and check out new collections from known and up and coming brands alike. 

I headed to The Pre Party Monday night to meet some new faces and say hi to some familiar ones. There were some great stands at the event including a Photography booth run by the talented Emily Darcy Adams, a Blogger Speed dating booth organised by the beautiful Zaineb from Zeena Xena (founder of Blogging Gals) as well as a vlogging booth and blogging tips booth to gain some great advice!

There were some gorgeous collections on show from the likes of Ellie AirVania CoutureSyreeta Badu and Eleanor Linden and a fabulous selection of sweet treats on offer. I had a great time at the pre party and am so excited for what's in store next week at Day One and Two!

Are you attending Bloggers Love Fashion Week? Let me know in the comments and hopefully I'll see you there!
Em xxx

Monday, 25 August 2014

Save or Spurge #1: U.D Electric Palette Vs. MUA Poptastic Palette.

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Urban Decay Electric Palette Dupe, MUA Poptastic Palette, Dupe, Review, My Pale Skin
 
Urban Decay Electric Palette Dupe, MUA Poptastic Palette, Dupe, Review, My Pale Skin

Urban Decay Electric Palette Dupe, MUA Poptastic Palette, Dupe, Review, My Pale Skin

Urban Decay Electric Palette Dupe, MUA Poptastic Palette, Dupe, Review, My Pale Skin

Urban Decay Electric Palette Dupe, MUA Poptastic Palette, Dupe, Review, My Pale Skin, swatch

Urban Decay Electric Palette Dupe, MUA Poptastic Palette, Dupe, Review, My Pale Skin, swatch

I've started a new series on My Pale Skin called 'Learning To Love Colour' and I'm hoping to break out of my 'boring make up' shell and experiment a little more with make up looks and be a little more daring. I recently picked up the Urban Decay Electric Palette, and had fun experimenting with it.  The Electric Palette is a thing of beauty, but if you're not sure if colour is right for you, then why not try out a dupe for a fraction of the price?

For today's Save or Splurge post, I'm seeing how the MUA Poptastic Palette measures up in comparison.

Splurge
Product: Urban Decay Electric Palette
Price: £38.00
Shadows: 10 

Save
Product: MUA Poptastic Palette
Price: £4.00
Shadows: 12 

Now the MUA Poptastic Palette isn't a like for like dupe of the Electric Palette as some shades differ, but it does offer a selection that are fairly close.


Urban Decay Electric Palette Dupe, MUA Poptastic Palette, Dupe, Review, My Pale Skin, swatch

Urban Decay Electric Palette Dupe, MUA Poptastic Palette, Dupe, Review, My Pale Skin, swatch

As you can see, the shades aren't perfect carbon copies but they do come fairly close... although with a downside. The MUA palette shades feel a lot different - the shades are much chalkier, have a coarser level of glitter throughout and do give a fair amount of fall out. I also found that they applied unevenly where as the Electric Palette shades apply so much more smoothly with barely any fall out.

One of the big differences I noticed between the two products is in the application and blending. The shades in the Electric Palette are more pigmented and blend out with minimal effort to create smooth transitions, where as with the Poptastic palette, you will have to work that little bit harder to get the colours to blend.

There's quite a big difference in price between the two palettes, with the Electric Palette coming in at almost 10x the price... which leaves me with the question - Is it 10x better?

Packaging - Yes. The Electric palette has the most satisfying magnetic 'click' when it closes, it feels a lot sturdier and well made. The Poptastic palette feels cheap and flimsy in comparison.

Colour - I'm not sure if I can say the colours are 10x better, but they are richer.

Application - As a colour newbie, I did find the Electric Palette much easier to apply. There was less fall out, and they blended more easily. However, does that justify a 10x price increase? I'd say that it depends on what look you're creating. If you're after a really smooth bright eye look, you'd find it a lot harder to get the same look using the Poptastic palette. If all you're after is a simple pop of colour, then I'd save and pick up the dupe.

Both of these Palettes have positive and negatives, and are both welcome additions to my collection. However, if you're really looking to add colour to your life and I had to recommend just one palette, in this instance I'd say to splurge and pick up the Electric Palette as it's worth every penny. 

I'd love to hear your thoughts on these palettes! Have you tried either? let me know in the comments.
Em xxx

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Why Life Is too short for matching socks... & other blogging musings.

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Running a daily blog, numerous social media channels, being a girlfriend, friend and working a full time job all at the same time means something has to give at some point. For me that thing is matching socks, ironing and making my bed. Granted the previous sentence makes me sound like one hell of a slob, but I can safely say I'm only part slob.

Since I switched to posting daily on My Pale Skin, I've had to make some adjustments to my life, daily routine and schedule. When you work around 50 hours a week and then spend a further 30+ blogging, you learn (or attempt to learn) how best to manage your time and how to make time work for you rather than make yourself race against it.

Essentially, the decisions I'm in control of, in life, boil down to a few questions...

1. Will it make my life easier?
2. What could I be doing instead?
3. Will I get longer in bed?

Now, i'm not saying these three questions will change the world, boost your blog readership or make you queen blogger... but what they can do, is help you to reevaluate how you spend your time to make life easier and more productive. So as an example, let's try out those 3 questions - against the question and scenario of "Should I pair my socks?"

1. Will pairing my socks make my life easier?
In theory, if you like to show of your little sockles, pairing them will make your life easier. However, if like me, you constantly live in jeans and biker boots or ankle boots and can't remember the last time another human being (minus your bf/gf/roommate) even saw your socks, then why waste that time pairing them all up when you can be doing something else instead...

2. What Could I be doing instead of Pairing my Socks?
Writing a blog post, scheduling tweets, editing photos, taking your make up off... the list goes on...

3. Will I get longer in bed?
If you put your laundry away before you go to bed, then the answer is yes. The earlier you get your chores done, the earlier you get to bed. If i'm super tired and putting laundry away at midnight, and i have the decision of pairing a mountain of socks or getting to sleep earlier... sleep wins every time.

Now, i'm not saying you should judge every decision you make in life by these questions but instead to use them in situations where they could be applicable. If you're a long time reader of My Pale Skin, then you'll know that I often struggle to "get out more" and i'm doing my best to learn 'how to friend' as an adult. Sometimes you need to go against short term goals to reach the long term goals and if that means sacrificing a lie in on a Saturday to go to a blogger meet up, or going out for a few drinks after work instead of participating in the blogger chat that night, or vice versa, then don't worry about what the 'norm' is and do what works for you!

One of the things I often forget is that in order to truly write about and appreciate life, you have to live it for yourself and not just read about it. I've been trying my hardest to make the most out of life, and organize around it instead of making my life work against my organization. So far, this seems to be working, I haven't missed a day since I begain blogging daily and these 3 little questions have helped me.

odd socks, unmatching socks

So embrace the random things that life throws at you, go against what the 'norm' is and do what works for you. If that means an extra ten minutes in bed and socks that don't match? Do it. If that means staying in to talk to online friends rather than 'real life friends' do that too! 

If you had an extra 20 minutes each week to do something, what would you drop, and what would do with that time? Let me know in the comments as i'd love to hear!
Em xxx



Saturday, 23 August 2014

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet - Grand Cru Review

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bourjois, rouge edition velvet, lipstick, grand cru, review, swatch, pale skin, my pale skin

If you're looking for a deep matte lipstick, then the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet* Lipstick in Grand Cru might just be the product for you! 
I have to say that I love how easy these lipsticks are the apply. They go on like a gloss and dry to a beautiful matte shade which isn't drying, but actually does feel like velvet on your lips. However, I would recommend the use of a lip liner to be worn with this shade to make sure you get a sharp edge around your lips as I did find it hard to get a clean line as the product is so dark against my pale skin.

The Grand Cru is a new addition to the Rouge Velvet Line, and it's deep tones make for a perfect date night lipstick. I think this shade would look gorgeous with a sleek ponytail and a little black dress. 

I look forward to experimenting with it and seeing what looks I can create with it!
Where would you wear this shade? Let me know in the comments.
Em xxx

Friday, 22 August 2014

Learning to Love Colour #3

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urban decay electric palette, bright make up, pale skin, swatch, my pale skin

As a 'Pale Kid' there's nothing that frightens me more than colour. If you've seen my previous posts Learning to Love Colour & A Bold & Gold Make Up Look then you may have seen the start of my little exploration into embracing pale skin and bright make up and my feeble attempts to not wear a 'boring' nude lipstick and a black wing every day...

I recently picked up the Urban Decay Electric Palette and after just staring at it for what seemed like ages, I finally picked up the courage to give it a shot. I admit, as soon as I put the first colour on my eyes, I thought 'what have I done?' However, I stuck with it and created this look. I don't think I've ever worn such bright colours before, and I certainly don't have the courage just yet to wear it outside on a daily basis... but i'm learning, experimenting and trying new things. That's all that matters... I hope.

Here's the Product list of what I'm wearing








Eyelashes: Eylure Texture 154



I'd love to hear your thoughts on this look! Let me know what you think in the comments!
Em xxx

Thursday, 21 August 2014

My Top 5 Everyday Lipsticks for Pale Skin

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Best lipsticks for pale skin, fair skin, lipstick, best, top 5, selection, picks, my pale skin review, swatch

Best lipsticks for pale skin, fair skin, lipstick, best, top 5, selection, picks, my pale skin review, swatch

I often get asked about my favourite lipsticks, which products I'm currently wearing and what products work for pale skin... If you're a long time reader of My Pale Skin then you'll know about my love nude and pink lipsticks, as they're part of my staple every day look.

I find myself constantly reaching for the same products and I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you the ones I've been obsessed with over the past few months.

I love this peachy coral shade and how it can lift and brighten a look in an instant. I've been wearing this shade so much over the summer and i'm almost convinced I can still make it work in the winter... I love how easy these are to apply and how effortlessly cool they look on.

This is the first NYX lipstick I ever purchased and It's my go to shade for when I need a make up look to carry me from day to night. I love this Rosy shade like to really go for a full matte look when wearing it. The NYX matte lipsticks have a great formula that apply really easily without tugging and don't feel overly drying on the lips either. This Tea Rose colour compliments pale skin so well. I love it.

Possibly the best nude lipstick i've tried in a long time. Bourjois have the Shine Edition Nude lipstick nailed. This shade is actually the perfect pale skin 'my lips but better' shade and to top it off this range has a great formula which is made up from 1/4 gloss! 

I randomly bought the B. Rich Intense Colour Lipstick quite a while back. It was my first and also only purchase so far from this brand. I love this natural peach shade. It has a beautiful satin finish and adds a touch of glamour and elegance to an every day look.

Now you might be wondering why I have two lipsticks which look remarkably similar in my top 5. I Have to say, that having never compared Mac Pink Plaid and NYX Tea Rose side by side before, I can't say I ever noticed. Mac Pink Plaid was the first Mac lipstick I ever purchased and I'm so in love with this shade. It's a slightly lighter shade than the Tea Rose, less deep and wears slightly more pink. If I had to choose just one lipstick for here on in - this would be it.

I love these shades, and If you have any recommendations for others based on these favourites - do let me know in the comments.  I'd love to hear which shade from my Top 5 is your favourite!

Em xxx

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

My Beauty Haul From The London Summer Blogger Meet up

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On Saturday I headed to Dirty Martini Bar in Covent Garden, London to attend a Summer Blogger meet up which had been organised by the lovely Clare from The Love Of All Things Beauty. I often forget how lucky I am that living in Central London means I can get to Covent Garden in around 10 minutes or so - especially on a busy Saturday in the summer holidays. The plan for the day was some relaxing cocktails, (or non alcoholic cocktails for me) followed by an afternoon of beauty shopping!

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Dirty martini london, covent garden, blogger meet up, london blog meet up

Clare had arranged for everyone who was attending to each make up a goody bag to the value of £10 for us to swap with each other in a random draw. 
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goody bag, blogger meet up, london blogger meet up

I picked out number 3 which had been made by the beautiful Sarah from And Beauty Or Something and funnily enough she randomly drew the goody bag I had created. Here's what I had in my wonderful goody bag!

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make up revolution, blush and contour palette, blusher, swatch, review, haul
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make up revolution, savlation, what you waiting for palette, swatch, review, haul

I couldn't have been happier with the products Sarah had chosen. I received the Make Up Revolution Blush & Contour Palette as well as the Salvation What You Waiting For? Palette. I'd been eyeing up the blush palette for a while and I'm so excited to play with these shades, so check back soon for my full review and looks created using them.

After the goody bags and chatter it was on to the shopping. We had a full day planned, and the first stop was MAC.

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mac, velvet teddy lipstick, kylie jenner, 90s lipstick, mac, haul, my pale skin
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mac, velvet teddy lipstick, kylie jenner, 90s lipstick, mac, haul, my pale skin, whirl lipliner
I did it. I caved and I finally joined the '90s Kylie Jenner Lipstick club. I picked up the Beautiful Velvet Teddy Lipstick and Whirl Lip Liner from Mac. I'm not sure if these shades will suit me yet as they're such warm tones. I usually steer clear of anything that can make my teeth appear yellow as I find warm tones tend to do so, and until I get my teeth whitened, I'm not sure my confidence will hold up to it. But we'll give it a shot, and if my lipstick looks good, I can go without talking or opening my mouth the whole time I wear it... right?

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nars, radiant creamy concealer, chantilly, pale skin, pale skin concealer, my pale skin, haul, space nk
From Space NK I picked up the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly which was on my August Beauty Wishlist and I can't wait to put this to the pale test and see how it compares to the the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer i've been using as of late.

We also headed to the amazing Marc Jacobs Pop up Tweet Boutique in Covent Garden where you can use tweets as currency and pick up a sample of the the famous Daisy Perfume!

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marc jacobs pop up tweet boutique, london, blogger
marc jacobs pop up tweet boutique, london, blogger
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The beautiful Zoe from Zoe London was on the decks and in store to meet and greet bloggers and shoppers alike, and even though I didn't get a chance to say Hi to her, I made sure to get into stealth mode and snap a picture.

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marc jacobs pop up tweet boutique, london, blogger, sample

I loved that the Daisy Sample even comes in a mini Daisy bottle. This is a fragrance I've drifted in and out of wearing over the past few years and needless to say It'll be my go to perfume for the next few weeks. 
I had an amazing day and got to hang out and spend time with some lovely bloggers, new and old friends alike. I love blogger meet ups and the chance to go shopping with some like minded ladies was badly needed. I'm looking forward to using some of these amazing new products and I'll be sharing my new looks and thoughts with you soon!

I'd love to hear your thoughts on what your top pick from this haul is. Let me know in the comments. 
Em xxx