The lovely lovely people at Birchbox have sent me something rather amazing to review and, not only that, they have sent me a second item so that I can run a giveaway for my fantastic readers (that’s you!).
I’m going to show you the palette and talk, a little, about my first reactions and then you’ll find the giveaway, with the rafflecopter widget towards the end of the post.
The fantastic team have also given me two codes which you can use if you decide to sign up yourself – You can only use one code but they’re both fab – Check my post HERE if you’re interested.
The item that I’m going to be showing you and, then, giving away as a prize to one of you is the ‘Nude ‘tude’ palette* by The Balm (Which retails for £26 and is available on the Birchbox site HERE). I’ve used a number of The Balm’s products before and really like them so I was very pleased to be able to try their shadows too – I’ve heard really, really good things about this palette and I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest.
The light was really working against me when I was taking all of these photos – Leading up to me taking them the light was good, and almost immediately after I took them the light was good but whilst I was taking them it was bad; I did my best, though, and I think I’ll be able to show you how lovely this palette is, seriously one of you is going to be So lucky to win this!
I really love this brand – I love their products and I love their attitude, the whole vintage/retro thing plus the naughty/cheeky names – It really appeals.
The packaging of this palette is good, it’s a cardboard package with a photograph of a beautiful, vintage style room in the background plus there’s a nice, big mirror in there which is always a bonus.
But, most of all, just look at those shades, aren’t they gorgeous! I have a lot of neutrals so it takes something very special for me to feel like it’s different from what I already have but these really are, there’s some totally stand-out, stunning shades in there and I am absolutely itching to get using it!
These three are ‘Sassy’, ‘Stubborn’ and ‘Selfish’ – They are, in all honesty, three of the silkiest, softest eye shadows I’ve ever felt and Really well pigmented – Absolutely amazing formula. ‘Sassy’ will make a gorgeous highlight colour and I can’t wait to try the other two in various different looks; I’m really enjoying pink shades at the moment and have loved taupey shades for a while.
The next three are ‘Sophisticated’, ‘Sexy’ and ‘Serious’ – These aren’t quite so soft but, then, they aren’t shimmers, they’re still very soft for these types of shadow. Only far left looks totally opaque but, then, the other two are mattes and I only wanted to use one swipe of colour so you’d know what they’re really like – For matte’s, though, I was Really impressed with the pigmentation of these. I am quite enchanted by ‘Sophisticated’, too, the fact that it almost looks matte but has that hint of sparkle/shimmer that gives it a real depth, very nice!
This was the point at which the sky got even darker so these shadows didn’t want to shine as much as they should have. These are ‘Snobby’, ‘Stand-offish’ and ‘Sultry’ – The shimmers are a lovely consistency, again, and I like that ‘Snobby’ is quite a different sort of gold from the standard, being such a bright, light shade but I think it’ll look stunning worn. ‘Stand-offish’ is sort of the counterpart for ‘Stubborn’ with ‘Stubborn’ being a goldy pink, ‘Stand-offish’ is a pinky gold. And then there’s another matte shade, ‘Sultry’ is a really nice light-medium brown.
The last three are ‘Seductive’, ‘Silly’ and ‘Sleek’ – With ‘Seductive’ I love that this a bronze but just slightly different from a normal bronze. ‘Silly’ is a very stand-out shade in that the actual shadow isn’t very pigmented but, as you can see, it’s full of gorgeous gold glitter that really brings it to live. Lastly ‘Sleek’ is a really useful dark brown, almost black but still brown.
Ok, so that’s the shadows – In all honesty I am totally in love with the palette; the range of shades and the quality of each one is just wonderful. It’s something which would fit, amazingly, into anyone’s collection!
Soo… on to the bit you’re all probably excited about, the giveaway!
This will be my first international giveaway so those of you that haven’t been able to enter before can do so this time! I have no idea how much the postage will cost me but I want to give those of you around the world a chance to win something from me and what better time to do it than when I have such an amazing prize!
So, here’s the rafflecopter! The only way of entering that’s mandatory is to be following me on google friend connect (I know not everyone has a profile but it’s really easy to make one as it’s just a gmail/google profile that you need and then it’s easy to follow people as you can see in my post here
) – There are other options, too, for further entries, so it’s up to you how many, or how few entries you have:
You need to be over 18 to enter, or if you’re younger then you need your parents permission.
Once the giveaway has ended (In a months time) the winner will be selected at random, via the rafflecopter widget, and I will check whether or not they’ve given me all of the correct information for their entry – When that’s confirmed I’ll contact them and they’ll need to respond within 48 hours or I’ll pick someone else.
Once I have someone’s details I will send it in the post in the best way possible for the funds that I have, but once it’s in the post it’s not within my control!
But, most of all, good luck!
*These palettes were sent to me for the purpose of review