Instagram Life #5

Instagram Life # 5

1. More jewellery making 2. Late night trip to Krispy Kreme 3. Rainbow confetti vanilla bundt cake 4. Dollars 5. Super early Starbucks 6. NW Gender Conference 7. Ring shopping recon 8. Purple ruffles 9. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle

Busy busy busy – the Easter break wasn’t actually that much of a break! Dan had a few days off so we got a fair bit of wedding stuff done, I baked a super bright rainbow flecked bundt cake and we visited some friends and family. It’s now officially under 50 days til the wedding. Not long to go now!

Tuesday was a stupidly early (read: 4am) start for me, as I had to travel to Lancaster to speak about my meme research at the North West Gender Conference – my first conference paper, and a pretty exciting/nerve-wracking milestone in my PhD. Happy to say it went really well, and I made some excellent contacts there. Totally worth the insane amounts of caffeine needed to get through the day.

Yesterday was Dan’s last day off, so after I’d done some researchy admin stuff, we did a little bit of wedding ring reconnaissance. I got very stressed out, but did end up with a bottle of Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. He’s good at gifts that boy.

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Urban Decay Deluxe Palette Review & Swatches

One of the things I have noticed about a lot of beauty blogs (beauty in particular) is the intense focus on the new, the very latest must have whatever-it-is that’s super hyped at this moment in time. And that’s great – I get that new stuff is exciting, and keeping up with the latest beauty developments (miracles in shiny packages?) is almost like keeping up with advances in tech… But what about the things that perhaps aren’t so new? That maybe you’ve had or been using for a long time? Things that you absolutely swear by? Does anyone write about stuff they’ve had and loved forever very often? I’ve decided that, as a random-jumble-of-stuff blogger I’m going to, so here’s one of mine…

Urban Decay Deluxe Palette

Yep. It’s the Deluxe Palette from Urban Decay. I know the blogging world is mad for the Naked palettes, and they have their place… but just look at these colours. The Deluxe Palette has been a favourite of mine for years now. I bought one as a gift for my younger sister when it was fresh out, and picked one up for myself not too long after. The outer is a fuzzy purple velvet affair that picks up dust like nobody’s business, but it is topped off with a weird, chain mail kind of thing that I enjoy stroking, so I can sort of forgive it…

Urban Decay Deluxe Palette

Those colours. Nnnnghhh. There are nine deluxe eyeshadows in this palette, some (rubbishy, but alright in a pinch) sponge applicators and there was a tiny primer potion that’s long since been used up. Side note, Urban Decay eyeshadow primers are wicked. The little Benefit one I got in the March Birchbox was nowhere near as good as my beloved Urban Decay. Sorry Benefit!

Here are the shades swatched on the back of my hand, over the glorious Urban Decay Primer Potion.

Urban Decay Deluxe Palette - Swatches

Fishnet is a gorgeous pinky purple tone, which I love to use when my purple fringe dye is washing out and turning pinker. Honey is a gorgeous gold colour which I use more often than I would have thought upon buying the palette. Ransom is the most beautiful blue toned purple, and I love this shade so much I have the single version of it as well. Graffiti is an intense, tropical green  with a wicked shimmer going on – again, I love this colour. Zero is a deep, glittery black – ’nuff said. Peace is… shimmery turquoise blue perfection. Shag, Scratch and Undergound are beautiful neutrals, that I confess are woefully underused by me. I think I can count on one hand the number of times I have used these… Writing this down has made me feel guilty for neglecting them, so I’m going to make a conscious effort to use them soon!

I’d say that the top six are my most used colours, not only for full on eyeshadow fun but also for bright pops of liner when the mood takes me and I can’t find an existing liner that I fancy! The colours are all beautifully soft, blend perfectly and last really well, especially when used with a primer. I think you can still pick up this palette (and definitely most shades as singles) at a reasonable price on eBay or cosmetic clearance type places, and if you don’t already have it I would seriously recommend it.

What’s your favourite not-so-current palette? 

Barcelona 2013 – Instax Highlights

As promised, here are the Instax mini scans from my trip to Barcelona last year. Weirdly, today marks exactly one year since we went. There are a whole load more behind the cut (wow, LiveJournal days coming back to me there!) and now I’m absolutely aching to go back to Barcelona…

Sagrada FamíliaOf course, we visited Sagrada Família – I love how this one turned out. The fisheye lens for the Diana is really nice.

Dan & Catherine - Park Güell PicnicDan and Catherine – picnic in Park Güell. We bought a bunch of snacks and beer and hung out in the park for ages spying on the beautiful architecture and plants. The view across Barcelona from the park is worth the trip alone.

Me & Catherine - Park GüellMe and Catherine – double exposure fun in Park Güell.

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