The Modern Renaissance palette took over the beauty world in 2016 and I for one, have been absolutely loving this palette! Anastasia Beverly Hills are quickly becoming renowned for their eyeshadow palettes and it doesn’t take long for them to sell out. With its mix of autumnal shades this palette is really beautiful and incredibly wearable all year round. I love the ratio of matte to shimmer shades in this palette. Vermeer, Primavera and Antique Bronze make up the shimmers in this palette. Vermeer is a light peachy colour with a frosted sheen – the perfect inner corner highlighter shade. Primavera is a darker more peach-gold toned shade with a metallic shimmer running through it. Antique Bronze isn’t quite bronze, but instead is a lovely neutral brown shade with  pink undertones.

This palette is packed full of lovely matte shades from light to dark. Tempera is a light beige shade, great for all over the lid. Similarly, Golden Ochre is a medium yellow-olive shade which can be built up for all over the eye. Warm Taupe is another great shade for this and is taupe-brown with a really lovely smooth finish. Getting a little darker, Raw Sienna is a medium toned brown with golden undertones. Cyprus Umber is the darkest shade in the palette with a really deep brown shade. On to the orange tones, we have both Burnt Orange and Realgar. Burnt Orange is a light-medium toned orange shade which is a lot more wearable than it may first appear. Realgar is a dark orange-brown shade, great for adding depth to your eye.

On to the more pinky toned shades in the palette, Buon Fresco and Love Letter. Buon Fresco is a medium purple-mauve shade, a shade unlike any I’ve seen in any other eyeshadow palettes, incredibly unique. Love Letter is a much darker pink shade. I find this shade incredibly pigmented so you definitely need to go steady with this one! On to one of my favourite shades in the palette, Red Ochre, a medium-dark brick red shade. This colour can really be built up for more impact. Venetian Red is a medium red shade with deep pink undertones.

There is a little fallout with these shades but nothing too extreme. I find the formula is really smooth and as such the shades are really blendable and you can create a whole host of different looks. I am absolutely in love with this palette and it’s definitely one of my beauty favourites of 2016 and I will definitely be using it throughout 2017!

[L-R] Tempera, Golden Ochre, Vermeer, Buon Fresco, Antique Bronze, Love Letter, Cyprus Umber

[L-R] Raw Sienna, Burnt Orange, Primavera, Red Ochre, Venetian Red, Warm Taupe, Realgar

Do you own the ABH Modern Renaissance Palette? Which is your favourite shade?

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A letter to my younger self:

Hey little one, don’t be so afraid. Yes you may be the shy and quiet kid who likes to sit in the corner and keep themselves to themselves but it doesn’t have to be this way. You don’t need to be so scared. Fear is only holding you back. You don’t need to be afraid of failure, afraid of making a mistake, afraid of rejection. If you don’t try then you’ll never know the outcome and you will only live to regret this. Take chances and say yes to more opportunities. They all say it, but really, what’s the worst that can happen?

Life may not be easy and things will not always go your way but there is light at the end of the tunnel. After every rainy day comes a rainbow. Things won’t always be so gloomy. Circumstances change. If you ever feel down or things are getting a little tough, it will ease eventually, this state is not permanent. Plus these things are sent to test us and what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. And you will become stronger. I promise. You will become a little bit braver. A little more confident. A little more at ease with your existence. You will experience heart break and it won’t be easy. But you will meet people who will help build you up and bring you through these times. You will laugh and you will love. Enjoy every moment. Treasure these moments.

Don’t be so afraid of what other people think. Be yourself and take pride in who you are. Don’t change for anyone. These peoples opinions have no value in your life. Have the courage and strength to do what you want to do, don’t be embarrassed for who you are. But remember, you don’t need to obey the rules all of the time, you will miss out on some of the fun. This is your moment, take it.

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I’m not quite sure what this post is and where it will go. I guess it’s a somewhat therapeutic reflection. My beloved Nan was sadly taken away from us 10 years ago today. I still can’t quite believe that it’s been 10 years. 3652 days. 87,600 hours. It seems like such a long time ago and yet it still feels like yesterday. I remember it so vividly and I’m not sure it’ll be a day that I ever forget. I was an incredibly naive 14 years old at the time but one thing was for sure, even at that age, I bloody adored my Nan, more than anything in the world. My Grandad’s had both passed before I was born and my other Grandma had died when I was 7 and too young to really understand. As a result I think I became increasingly attached to my Nan. She lived only minutes away and I would see her almost every day, walking to her house from school. She was the most kind hearted person that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and she would always be so happy every time I saw her. The weird thing is that I genuinely cannot remember a time when she ever shouted at me, or was ever angry. She was such a happy soul who gave her love and devotion to everyone around her. She had time for absolutely everybody and would go out of her way to help others. She was also an incredibly strong lady. She lost her husband at a very young age and she also survived breast cancer twice. In her final years she became very ill and there were various complications with her health which resulted in her being in hospital for over a year. An incredibly unpleasant and tough time but one which she tried to battle through and her courage never faltered. Her strength is something I certainly envy and her unwavering determination to tackle things head on is something I admire greatly.

In both life and death she has been an absolute inspiration of mine. I can honestly say there isn’t a day that goes by without me thinking of her. Whether it be a Neil Diamond song, a silly saying like ‘fanny Annie’ or even the smell of Lancome Hypnose, there will always be something to remind me of her. Time certainly helps to heal but I don’t think I’ve ever truly come to terms with her death and it is certainly something that I have struggled with in the last 10 years. I wouldn’t class myself as a religious person but it frustrates and upsets me so much that someone so fantastic can have their life cut short. Maybe that’s a selfish way of looking at it as she was in such pain and misery at the end. I try not to have any regrets in life but there are certainly things I regret not knowing about her life. When you are growing up and your elders are trying to tell you stories you don’t really care, but now and in hindsight I regret this so much. My Nan was growing up through the Second World War and I would have loved to know more about her life and her family. I was too selfish and naive to care back then but I wish I had relished the opportunity to ask these questions before it was too late.

A lot changes in 10 years. I know for a fact that I have definitely changed and grown as a person. Inside I’m still the same shy and reserved Becky but I have grown and experienced so much since then and it saddens me that she never got a chance to see me blossom. Whether it be my GCSE or A-level results, learning to drive or buying a house, she would’ve been the first person to tell and I would’ve loved to have seen her reaction. I just miss sharing times with her so much. Even the most simple of times. Whenever we used to stay over at her house it would always be shepherds pie for dinner followed by shop bought frozen chocolate gateaux for pudding. Such a bizarre memory but that was just the experience of staying at Nan’s house! She would always take us to the newsagents in her little old banger as well so we could buy a magazine. If we ever misbehaved we would be threatened with a ‘clip round the ear’. And of course every Saturday the whole family would gather round at her house and we would have lunch sat on a picnic mat in the middle of the living room and we would eat off of blue plastic plates. These simple and weird family traditions are the ones that I look upon so fondly now.

Deep down I know the answer, but I would just love to hear one more time how proud she is of me and that she loved me. I certainly loved her. I guess the moral of it all is that we shouldn’t take for granted what is right in front of us. We should relish the opportunities we are given and we should say yes more. We should be thankful for what we have. We should tell the people around us how much we love them. We should live every day like its our last, because one day it will be and it will be too late for ‘what ifs’ and ‘maybes’. She may be gone and it hurts me to my core, but I am so very grateful to have known and to have loved such a wonderful human being. She has taught me to be a better person. She has taught me how to love. She has taught me how to live. As much as I wish I could, I cannot change the past and I have to live in the now. She may no longer be with us but the memories remain and will live on for as long as I can physically hold on to them.

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