Riviera – The latest eye pallet by Anastasia Beverly Hills

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I haven’t been this excited about a new beauty product release in ages. As soon as I discovered the latest eye pallet by Anastasia Beverly Hills I literally couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! I actually first saw this on one of Jeffree Star’s YouTube videos and instantly fell in love with it. This release was kind of unexpected too as ABH didn’t really put out a big press release but started dropping hints on Instagram that something new was coming. They haven’t really had a pallet with colours like this before either so it’s great to see something slightly different from the brand.

These pallets are not the cheapest at £46 but you are not just paying for the name with this, you are paying for the quality which is fabulous. I was lucky to get this discounted with online beauty retailer Cult Beauty who stock ABH and other big brands. I was really excited to test this pallet out and to see if it was worth the money or not, so keep reading to find out my thoughts…

The theme

This pallet is all to do with summer, and is giving me pure south of France/St Tropez vibes! The seaside theme runs right through this product, from the names of the shades right down to the sailor inspired striped case. I really like the Insta-worthy chic packaging of this pallet and it’s a pretty addition to any dressing table/makeup collection.

The shades

The pan contains 14 shades. There are 8 soft mattes, 4 shimmering metallics and 2 duo chrome pressed pigments. The shades range from bold pinks, cool neutrals, ocean blues and glittering golds. I was getting to a point recently where I was becoming so bored of neutral eye shadow shades and there were no new releases that were catching my eye, but this is such a gorgeous new colour pallet for the Summer. I get that some of the colours might look slightly scary to some people – in particular the bright pink, but please don’t be put off by this. Bright pinks can be blended with other shades to create a really lovely warm tone eye look.

I’m loving the shade names which as I said are all in keeping with the nautical theme.

Choose between matte white ‘Sails’, eggshell pink ‘Estate’, mustard ‘Cabana’, peachy ‘Coastline’, hot pink ‘Bahamas’, muted pink ‘Monte Carlo’, royal purple ‘Cannes’, chocolatey ‘Palm’, duo chrome bronze ‘Yacht’ , metallic sky blue ‘Seychelles’, warm pink ‘Palermo’, silvery lilac ‘Seaside’, golden ‘Inheritance’ and ocean-hued ‘Mediterranean’

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The quality

Anastasia Beverly Hills palettes are well known for how pigmented their eye shadows are and this is such a winner for me in terms of the quality. I’m so impressed with how beautifully they blend out and the intensity of the pigment – a little really goes a long way! This pallet includes a dual ended brush and the bristles are lovely and soft. This brush gives a sleek professional finish and you don’t need to be a makeup artist to get a good result from using this. My favourite shade has to be the glittery turquoise ‘Seychelles’ as it’s such an intense colour that really pops. I have been wearing this in a few different ways, such as blended under the bottom lash line, in the inner corner of the eye and blended on the lid with other shades.

Plus some of the shades double up as highlighters. Dust Yacht above the brow bone for an illuminating finish. Or for a hint of blush, try Bahamas for flushed and fabulous cheeks.

This is definitely going to be my go to pallet of the summer and I cannot wait to try out lots of new eye looks with this!

Have you tried this pallet yet? What is your favourite shade?

Let me know your thoughts if you have tried it!

Goddiva: Pretty occasion dresses and the new Vicky Patterson collection

If you are looking for a fabulous sequin dress for an event or a special occasion then you need to head over to Goddiva.co.uk You will be completely spoilt for choice! There is a wide selection from pretty short styles, to sparkly or embellished designs, right through to full length ball gowns.

The perfect party dress  

I wore a Goddiva sequin and chiffon dress at an event recently (as pictured) and I have to say that I was so impressed with the quality. Their dresses are at a slightly higher price point than some online retailers, but the quality definitely warrants the pricing. There’s nothing worse than buying something just because its cheaper, to then find out that its see-through or the quality is poor. Goddiva dresses are beautifully made and the attention to detail is instantly noticeable.

This dress jumped out at me immediately and I was so excited to receive it through the post! It’s decorated with champagne coloured sequins which are in a gorgeous ombre shading effect. It’s a fitted style with a zip up the back so I recommend going up a size. The skirt section is pleated and moves beautifully when walking or dancing. I also really like the length of this style – it’s just the perfect length for an event and would be a great choice for a wedding or special occasion where you want to feel elegant.

The new Vicky Patterson collaboration

Vicky Patterson is Goddiva’s latest celebrity ambassador and has recently launched her new collection with them.

Vicky’s debut occasion dresses range with the brand has a theme of Fluorescence, which is the perfect fit for the strong 2019 neon trend that is so popular right now. There is a style to suit everyone also which I really like. There are flirty, floaty dresses, structured body con designs, chic jumpsuits and some really stunning full length silhouettes in this range.

The extensive collection showcases a stunning zesty bright palette in cerise, lime, flame orange, cobalt blue, nude, black and navy. In classic Goddiva style, the dresses all have gorgeous details such as back bows, pretty embellished buckles and elegant side splits.

The Goddiva Collection by Vicky Pattison is available at www.goddiva.co.uk now and prices start at £45 to £95.

The Christian Dior exhibition at the V&A Museum

The V&A Museum has done it again, hosting the most popular fashion exhibition so far this year. I was really excited to attend this weekend to the now sold out exhibition, titled Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams and I think it’s probably one of the best that I have been to so far!

The V&A museum previously featured the famous Alexander McQueen exhibition as well as the history of Balenciaga which were both fabulous, so I knew that the latest Dior show was going to be a really spectacular event. It definitely didn’t disappoint!

A walk through fashion history..

The Christian Dior exhibition looked at the history of the designer and his work from 1947 to the present day and how he became one of the most influential designers of all time. It also featured the works of the other designers that have lead the global fashion house such as John Galliano who’s runway shows were always so amazing when he was with the house of Dior.

Dressing like royalty..

There were a lot more rooms than I expected, each beautifully decorated in traditional Dior style. We started out with his earliest pieces including the dresses that he made for royalty such as Princess Margaret. This led us into a room which had elegant white columns and regal styles. The walls in this room were made to look like ornate wooden panelling and in a a mini ball room setting. It was like stepping back in time with the voluminous dresses, tiny nipped in waists, gorgeous silks and exaggerated ruffles.

Themed Rooms..

Each room had it’s own theme. We walked through a stunning garden inspired room where the ceiling was covered in hanging lilac flowers which were all intricately cut out of paper. The dress styles fit perfectly with this flower garden theme and were printed and embellished with the prettiest blooms.

Another room featured purely white designs which showed the technical shapes of the garments. These were showing how dress would be finally produced before the final materials and details were added. It was amazing to see the level of detail and the skill that goes into making a Dior outfit.

Another room showcased outfits that had all been inspired by travel and different cultures, from Egyptian sphinx, to Mexican ruffled dresses, to Indian and Japanese influenced pieces. We then moved into a long hall of accessories which I loved, being a handbag and shoe fanatic!

There was an interesting section which displayed the perfume bottles that had been designed throughout the years. Beauty being another part of the Dior brand.

The final wonder room..

The final room we walked into was just out of this world. They really saved the best until last. This room housed the most amazing couture pieces from huge gowns, to styles that have been worn on the red carpet and even the outfits worn in the Dior perfume adverts. In the centre of the room was a circular plinth and the ceiling above it kept changing. One minute it was beautiful renaissance style art work, the next minute it turned into a sky with shooting stars and constellations. The whole room darkened around us and the walls sparkled while soothing sounds were being played into the room. It was such a magical experience and it was a bit like being in a sensory room.

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Overall thoughts..

Literally every room was a new and exciting treat to walk into and it was such a fantastic exhibition. I cannot recommend this show enough and if you have been lucky to secure a ticket you will love it like I did. The final room was sensational and my favourite part to walk around.

Let me know your thoughts if you have been!

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