TheBalm Mini Haul

I have heard so many wonderful things about this brand over the past couple weeks, so I decided to have a snoop around the website. I didn't want to go crazy on my first purchase (even though there are so many things that I wanted to add to my shopping cart) just in case I was unhappy with the quality of the brand.

So I purchased two products
The "Naughty" Nude Tude Palette - A collection of natural eyeshadow, which is probably one of their most prominent products at the moment.


The Meet Matt(e) Palette - A collection of entirely Matte eyeshadow 

ADORABLE packaging XD they have come up with some very witty and fun Pin up designs

The eyeshadow in the Nude Tude palette is beautifully pigmented and has a very silky, buttery texture. I am very impress with its quality!

The variety of color in both palettes are quite good.

Both come with double sided brushes - although personally I would not use these as I have other brushes that I prefer to use. However they are convenient for on the go.

The packaging is not only very cute, but very sturdy and environmentally friendly (which is a massive pro for me) 

The eyeshadow in the Meet Matt(e) palette however I was not completely content with the pigmentation and found the formula a bit chalky. With the paler colors such as Matt Smith, Matt Gallagher and Matt chung I find the lesser pigmentation more acceptable in terms of a blending device.

I would have liked a larger quantity of eyeshadow. Its not so small that I am going to run out anytime soon but a bit more product wouldn't go amiss.

All over I do think they are good value. Whether or not I would repurchase them, I would the Nude Tude but probably not the Meet Matt(e). Thats not to say I regret buying it, just that I don't find it a necessary addition to my collection.

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Book Review - Chocolat by Joanne Harris



joanne harris

How do I describe the small country town of  Lansquenet-sous-Tannes?
Individualism, indulgence, artistic expression and rebellion ?
Try confirmatory, conservative, traditional, trapped in a time-loop which holds high the values of typical Christian ideals. This little town is in for a shocking surprise when the wind blows in the eccentric, opinionated an lively Vianne Rocher. 

So here is where the dramatic battle begins.
One simple thought. One simple decision. Where would your allegiance lie. 

church or chocolate ??

So I am going to start this review by saying that ...
Yes! I have seen the film
Yes! I did love it to bits
Yes! I would recommend it
Good movie, Great actors. 

Ever since I saw the film I have intended to read the book and finally three years later (how time flies) I have. I was not in any way shape or form disappointed in this book after reading. It is very well written with vivid detailing and intriguing characters.

It is probably also important to mention that equally my appreciation for the film has not waned after reading the book. Whilst aspects of the book have been adapted to cater to representation on screen, the concept and effect of these have not been demolished or twisted beyond recognition.

The most apparent example of this is the character of Armande Voizin. There was not one moment in reading the book that I could not see Judi Dench standing right in front of me or hear her raspy cackle.   spot on !!

Contraire to this, is the strikingly dark and seductive character of Roux and his relationships with Vianne, Armande and Josephine. I am not going to spoil things for you by giving away vital parts of the story line, but it can be safely said that Johnny Depp's calm, easy going version of this River Gypsy is defiantly much less complex of a character as our book Roux. Although both are very desirable in their own little ways!!

All over it was a wonderful, but not necessarily your typical romance book.
And guess what.... it has a sequel!!

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