Essie Button http://www.essiebutton.com UK Beauty Blogger Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:43:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Urban Decay Naked Basics 1 vs. 2! http://www.essiebutton.com/2014/09/28/urban-decay-naked-basics-1-vs-2/ http://www.essiebutton.com/2014/09/28/urban-decay-naked-basics-1-vs-2/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 07:11:39 +0000 http://www.essiebutton.com/?p=4490 My Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette has been very well loved over the course of its life and I think it’s down to the fact that it’s so…basic. It has every colour I would want to reach for when going for...

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naked naked naked naked naked nakednaked My Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette has been very well loved over the course of its life and I think it’s down to the fact that it’s so…basic. It has every colour I would want to reach for when going for an everyday look, but still has the ability to be a bit more dramatic with the help of the matte black shade. It’s no secret that I’m a Naked junkie…I own every.single.palette and I love them all! So when I heard the news about Naked Basics 2 I was very excited to see what they had in store for us.

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette
It seems to have more similar shades to the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette in the sense that the shadows are much more grey & taupe oriented. It’s a more cool toned palette which you can see from my above swatches against the original. It’s an entirely matte palette with the exception of Skimp, a satin highlight shade. The formula of these isn’t chalky and is of standard Urban Decay exceptional eyeshadow quality (they’re some of my favourites).

The shades:
Skimp (pale nude satin)
Stark (nude-pink matte)
Frisk (warm grey matte)
Cover (muted red-brown matte)
Primal (muted brown matte)
Undone (deep, smoky, brown matte)

I was most scared to use Cover because of the red undertone there, but it’s actually one of my favourite shades in the palette-funny how that happens! Undone is also one of my favourites because it gives the eyeshadow a sultry look (I used it as a smudged eyeliner in the above photos).

I love the Basics palettes a lot. They’re tiny, so perfect for travelling or putting in your handbag yet they have everything I need. I guess it’s time for me to make that difficult decision and pick a favourite huh? After having played around with the 2 for awhile I think it’s beautiful. I think it’s got much more of a softer feel to it with its hazy hues, so would be perfect for someone who doesn’t usually go for much eyeshadow, a teenager or someone who likes cool-toned shadows over warm-toned ones.

If someone came over and stole both palettes away from me which one would I buy?! I think I’d go back to the trusty original one! I’m not sure if it’s out of sheer habit or what, but I’ve grown to love the richer, warm-toned shadows of the first palette. I also really like the fact that it has a dark black rather than a grey because I use it as a liner. Either one would be well-loved in anyone’s makeup bag, so I’d love to know which one you prefer!

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Autumn Evening Routine & Vanilla Chai Recipe! http://www.essiebutton.com/2014/09/27/autumn-evening-routine-vanilla-chai-recipe/ http://www.essiebutton.com/2014/09/27/autumn-evening-routine-vanilla-chai-recipe/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 07:51:32 +0000 http://www.essiebutton.com/?p=4505

Autumn is a great excuse to get cozy and relax with a big cup of tea. Since the weather has already started getting colder I decided to take a stab at my very own chai latte…vanilla edition! I was so surprised at how good it tasted and I’ve since made 2 more...

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Autumn is a great excuse to get cozy and relax with a big cup of tea. Since the weather has already started getting colder I decided to take a stab at my very own chai latte…vanilla edition! I was so surprised at how good it tasted and I’ve since made 2 more cups hee hee! In this video I take you through some of my Autumn skincare, as well as an Argan Oil bath using The Body Shop’s new range. Enjoy some relaxation time!

PS-don’t forget to tweet me a photo of your DIY chai if you give it a go! @essiebutton

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Zoella Beauty Launch! http://www.essiebutton.com/2014/09/26/zoella-beauty-launch/ http://www.essiebutton.com/2014/09/26/zoella-beauty-launch/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:44:37 +0000 http://www.essiebutton.com/?p=4497 When I got the invitation to attend the Zoella Beauty Launch I almost (okay I totally did) shed a tear due to sheer happiness. I can’t help but feel so excited by all of this crazy YouTube stuff that’s happening and like lots of other people I...

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zoella zoella zoella zoella zoella When I got the invitation to attend the Zoella Beauty Launch I almost (okay I totally did) shed a tear due to sheer happiness. I can’t help but feel so excited by all of this crazy YouTube stuff that’s happening and like lots of other people I am so genuinely excited and happy about all of Zoe’s great success. Anyone who has met Zoe will tell you that she is one of the most down to earth, loveable and kind hearted people…ever? I’m not quite sure how she’s managed to stay so ‘normal’ but Zoe is truly a joy to be around and her positivity is contagious. When it comes to Zoe I think the entire blogging community is cheering her on and I think I can speak for everyone when I say that this is just the beginning for her! I guess I should start talking about Zoe’s new products now huh?

The event was held in the most perfect space and was one of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen. I can’t believe I forgot to take more photos, but I was just having such a great time! There were balloons everywhere, macarons, sweets, cute drinks and more! All over the venue her candles were burning which created such a lovely atmosphere and as far as events go I don’t think it could have been better. There are 7 products in her range, all decorated in an undeniably ‘Zoe’ style and basically everything is frickin’ adorable. Since the launch was only last night I haven’t had a chance to properly try out all of her products, but I did give myself a perfume mist, a body lotion application and a candle sniff at the launch party and it’s very impressive stuff. The products smell fresh and floral, but not too overpowering and just…nice!

The range includes: 
Creamy Madly Dreamy Body Lotion-£5.00
Blissful Mistful-£8.00
Zoella Eyes Beauty Bag-£8.00
Zoella Guinea Pig Beauty Bag-£8.00
Zoella Fizz Bar-£5.00
Zoella Let’s Glow Candle-£5.00
Zoella Soak Opera-£5.00

I absolutely love the Fizz Bar which is shaped like a chocolate bar (do not eat!) which makes it easy to break off 1-2 squares and plop it into your bath. The makeup bags are perfection, the candle is in a really  cute tin and eeek I just love everything!

Zoella Beauty is available from Superdrug on Monday and FeelUnique today!
What’s your favourite thing from her new range?

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Afternoon Tea with Tarte! http://www.essiebutton.com/2014/09/25/afternoon-tea-tarte/ http://www.essiebutton.com/2014/09/25/afternoon-tea-tarte/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:04:08 +0000 http://www.essiebutton.com/?p=4473 A few weeks ago Amelia and I were invited to a tea party with one of our favourite makeup brands…Tarte! While Tarte is sold in the UK (exclusively via QVC) it was so great to meet a couple of...

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tarte tarte tarte tarte tarte tarte tarte tarte A few weeks ago Amelia and I were invited to a tea party with one of our favourite makeup brands…Tarte! While Tarte is sold in the UK (exclusively via QVC) it was so great to meet a couple of the girls who work with the brand and chat all things beauty! You might remember my entire Brand Focus video I dedicated to Tarte (watch here) and since that time I’ve only fell more in love with their products. Tarte is a cruelty free beauty brand (with some entirely vegen products) that range from skincare, to cosmetics to beauty tools. Besides being absolutely obsessed with their cute and colourful packaging, the products themselves pack a lot of punch!

Anyway, the Tarte girls were visiting London for a few days and asked if we could meet up for the Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson Hotel. I have always wanted to go, so I jumped at the chance! It’s such a relaxed and chilled out environment to spend a couple of hours and the theme is too cute! The menu is inside a vintage book, sugar is located inside a music box and you get to choose from a unique variety of teas (we all chose Apple Pie tea)! Once the tea arrived at the table they brought out two huge trays of sandwiches and sweets and since all four of us are social media addicts we spent a good 20 minutes photographing everything. It was such a great experience and I think I’m going to take my mom here when she comes to London later in the month. Shh..don’t tell her though!

So what was the insider scoop? Tarte is releasing some pretty beautiful gifts in time for Christmas time (eek, the C word!) including a limited edition pearly eyelash curler, a LipSurgence set, a new brow product and OMG they even have a limited edition blush set coming out (my faves).

Have you ever been to the Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea?
Do you love Tarte as much as I do!?

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Autumn Get Ready with Me & Giveaway! http://www.essiebutton.com/2014/09/22/autumn-get-ready-giveaway/ http://www.essiebutton.com/2014/09/22/autumn-get-ready-giveaway/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:50:55 +0000 http://www.essiebutton.com/?p=4467

What screams Autumn more than a delicious hot dog? Just kidding…I’m passionate about them all year round. Anyway, I’m so excited to be kicking off the first ever AUTUMN TRILOGY! There will be 3 videos in the series all revolving around Autumn weather. This was a casual Autumn Get Ready with Me...

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What screams Autumn more than a delicious hot dog? Just kidding…I’m passionate about them all year round. Anyway, I’m so excited to be kicking off the first ever AUTUMN TRILOGY! There will be 3 videos in the series all revolving around Autumn weather. This was a casual Autumn Get Ready with Me featuring skincare, makeup and an outfit I’d wear for a regular Autumn day. Stay tuned for a fashion video as well as an Evening Routine yay!
Don’t forget to enter the Instagram/Twitter giveaway!

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