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My MAC Pro Palette…

I posted up a picture of my complete MAC Pro Palette on Instagram the other day (I also tweeted the pic) and I received some comments and requests asking if I would post about it on here.

I am by no means a beauty blogger and don’t generally post either fashion or beauty content, I suppose my blog falls more into the lifestyle category with opinion pieces, book reviews and picture posts etc but since I love MAC so much and almost risked third degree burns de-potting my shadows, I thought why not do a quick post about my palette since some lovely people asked so nicely. 

This isn’t really going to be a review of each individual shadow just a peek at which ones I have and what they look like. After de-potting all of the individual eyeshadows I held onto the little plastic pots and returned them to a MAC store as part of the Back 2 MAC scheme, where for every six empties you get a free lipstick and MAC get to recycle all the plastic. 



I ordered my palette from MACcosmetics.co.uk and it is a large single pro palette with a 15 slot insert. Palette £14.00 and insert £6.50.



From the top, left to right: Vapour (Velvet), Steep, Shroom (Satin), Naked Lunch (Frost), Patina (Frost), Woodwinked, Mulch (Velvet), Amber Lights (Frost), Sumptuous Olive (Veluxe Pearl) , Charcoal Brown (Matte), Brun (Satin), Satin Taupe (Frost), Sketch (Velvet), Cranberry (Frost), Swish (Frost)

I swatched the shades but the lighting was terrible, I tried every room in the house and even went outside and still the colour and shimmer of the shadows didn’t show up true to life. Like I’ve said I’m not a beauty blogger so don’t possess all the technical tools that go with like a decent camera and lights etc,but I’ll post the pic up anyway so you get a rough idea. Like a complete idiot I missed out Mulch (eye rolls) but when I complete my second palette I’ll include the swatch in with that one. 



The lightest nude shades such as Vapour and Naked Lunch hardly show up at all, but believe me they’re there, if I’d had better lighting conditions maybe they would be more visible. At the minute my faves are Woodwinked, Sumptuous Olive, Patina and Swish but this can change quite regularly depending on what I’m wearing day to day. 

It’s taken me a while fill the palette as the eyeshadows aren’t cheap but I’m really pleased with it and think the shadows are well worth the money. It’s not like I need any more but I can’t wait to add to my little collection! 

What are your favourite MAC shadows? Do you have a palette? 

Jemm xoxo



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Instagram Diary…

All this glorious weather we’ve been having this past week has made me loath to sit at my computer any longer than necessary and instead I’ve been out making the most of the sun. Whatever you guys are up to I hope you’re enjoying the sunshine too!


1. I recently posted about Moving on and Making Friends, if you missed it find it here.

2. Liquorice Allsorts, just couldn’t resist.

3. Hate it when this happens to eyeshadows. Waaah! Had to get another as I use this colour a lot. 

4. Also consoled myself with is pretty Topshop eye trio in ‘Atmosphere.’ 

5. New Topshop Jamie jeans. They cut off just above the ankle so look great with sandals in this weather.

6. I’ve been wearing this Topshop white daisy print tee a lot since I brought it. So floaty and cool. Had so many compliments on it too.

7. Become obsessed with midi rings. Always late to the party but better late than never!

8. I’ve been in desperate need of new sandals for a while but wasn’t prepared to spend a fortune. Picked up this pretty pair from River Island for £30. So sparkly in the sun.

9. Printed top, New Look.

10. How tiny is this Fab? make sure you don’t pick up the mini versions in the shops, you’ll be disappointed!

11. El scorchio weather, been out in the sun getting a tan with my factor 30 on!

12. Paid a visit to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park on Monday. Can’t believe I live so close but have never been before. The Giraffes were my favourite. Well worth the money. If you live close enough to visit, its a must.

13. Become obsessed with these wafer biscuits in Costa.

14. I might be 24 but I still giggled all the way through Despicable Me 2 like a child. 

15. My sister sent me this Ariel picture with the message “I saw this and thought of you” So does that mean she thinks I have too much make up?!

16. Latest read. Started it two days ago and finished today. Something a bit different for me but thoroughly enjoyed. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly.


18. Lighting up the darkness with a candle. 

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Jemm xoxo

P.s Was hoping to get a Jemm Frances Reads post up soon but I have a pretty busy week ahead. Going down to Southampton for a family wedding this week so will get the post up as soon as I’m able. 

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Instagram Diary


1. It was such a lovely day this past bank holiday Monday that I took a trip out to Belvoir Castle with the family. We had a wander round the Castle and I spent the entire time sighing “I wish it was mine” if only my dad was born a Duke….

2. The grounds of the Castle are beautiful, its such a fairytale place. If you live near by and have never been, earmark it as your next day out.

3. Been meaning to put together a MAC palette for ages and just never got on with it. My make up bag was getting a little cluttered with all the individual eyeshadow pots rattling round in there so I got myself online (www.maccosmetics.co.uk)  and ordered a Pro Palette and a 15 space insert. And also a cheeky eyeshadow (this one’s Shroom), well it would be rude not to.

4. Costa have started doing chocolate teacakes. They’re new so I had to test them didn’t I?

5. Nails. Bit disappointed with these as they didn’t last long. The glitter is fab but the black chipped really easily. It’s an Essie polish so I’m surprised as I usually find Essie polishes to have good staying power. 

6. All my shadows in my MAC Pro Palette. I actually enjoyed depotting them all, it wasn’t as difficult as I anticipated and I managed to avoid third degree burns and ruining any shadows while doing it! Winner! Only have three slots left so I better get filling them…

7. This House Is Haunted by John Boyne. Current reading material. A Victorian ghost story, right up my street. 

8. New dress. Total bargain from TK Maxx £12.99!

9. Finally bit the bullet and brought a new Apple laptop. Bit of an expense but my old black Macbook was slowing down and packing up in degrees, will miss the old fellow. I went for a 13″ Macbook Air. 

10. If I walk past a bookshelf in a shop I honestly cannot resist buying. Damn Sainsbury’s and their bargain book prices! Enticing me in. Here I have The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman and The Age Of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. Think the Age of Miracles will be my next read. 

11. Little bit obsessed with my new twinkly backlit keyboard. Turned it up to the brightest it will go without shame.

12. Quick nail change. A simple and easy design that looks really quite effective. 

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Jemm xoxo

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Instagram Diary: Week In Pictures



1. Up at 3am doing some blog writing by hand. Why do all the best ideas happen in the middle of the night?

2. Yummy Katsu Curry lunch at Rice with Mamma Smith.

3. And a cheeky slice of Coffee & Walnut cake. 

4. Scarf and bag from Primarni. £4 & £6 respectively. Bargain.

5. Latest MAC eyeshadow obsession, Satin Taupe.

6. Two new MAC shades in Pink Pearl Pop and Hue. Bringing the grand total of mac lipsticks I own to a ridiculous amount.

7. Pretty rainbow shining in the morning, then gale force winds battered the same afternoon.

8. Glittery nails. I went a bit OTT with the sparkles. About 4/5 coats worth of OTT.

9. Fishtail plait done by my hairdresser. The only person brave/patient enough to bother. 

10. Latest ‘Jemm Frances Reads…’ post. The Night Circus is a definite fave. Have a read of my review here.

11. Costa on the go. I just can’t help myself.

12. Me, having a good makeup day. Ladies, admit it, we all have them. Like good hair days.

13. It was a polka dot dress and a leather satchel kinda day.

14. Planning a little excursion to Newcastle with the BBF over a pizza lunch, as you do.

15. Les Mis, sunday afternoon viewing.

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Jemm xoxo


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Make Up & Me

I had a request this week on Twitter to do a post about my make up, what products I use etc etc. I’ve had quite a few similar requests in the past but have always been a little circumspect about posting about make up as I’m no beauty blogger and this blog isn’t really that kind of blog (apart from my obvious love of painting my nails,) but it’s nice to be asked and since the requests to do so are stacking up I don’t see the harm in writing this post when readers have asked for it specially.

There won’t really be any great surprises or revelations as my make up routine is pretty standard compared to some make up tutorials I’ve seen, where beauty bloggers have got all sorts of tips, tricks and fancy products up their sleeves. My make up bag by comparison is rather basic. Inside are all the products you’d expect to find including a mixture of the more pricey like Dior and MAC and the dirt cheap such as Natural Collection and Barry M.

Because I have super sensitive skin I tend to stick with what I know. I am really cautious of trying out new products and different brands in case they irritate so I have to admit that I’m not all that adventurous in the beauty department although I would like to be. As any of you ladies with extremely sensitive skin will understand once I discover a product or brand that I like it tends to have my loyalty. If a new wonder product becomes available it might catch my attention but I rarely jump on the beauty bandwagon, in my opinion if you’ve found something that works for you why rock the boat?

OK enough of the chatter. Lets get to it. The products that are included in this post are the ones that I either use on a daily basis or most regularly. I have other bits and pieces that I haven’t included but as I don’t use them that often I didn’t see the point.

Make Up Tools

Pretty standard. The wedge shaped sponge I use to apply my foundation. Recently I’ve been debating the merits of using a foundation brush so if any beauty bloggers are reading this perhaps you could help me out with the pros and cons. The Bourjois sharpener is rather self explanatory, I use it to sharpen my eye pencils! The Tweezerman tweezers were a little pricey compared to some others but I loved the pink polka dot design. Q-Tips. I love these little multi-taskers. I use them for smudging, blending and correcting any make-up mishaps.


In the first pic (L-R) my Rubie and Millie blusher brush is on the left, the one next to it is just a bog standard powder brush from Boots. The middle pic is a close up of my very bright Models Own brushes. I received these in a set for Christmas and use them every time I apply my make up. First up is the shading brush which I use to apply my eyeshadow, next is the blending brush which I use when I apply more than one eye colour, last in the line up is the angled brush. Perfect for applying shadow precisely to your lid, socket and beneath your lower lash line. I’ve also just brought a Real Techniques stippling brush but haven’t tested it out yet.

Foundation and Concealer

I will start off by saying that I do moisturise every single time before applying my foundation, because of my sensitive skin I get a special moisturiser from the doctors. Naturally I have super pale skin and don’t go in for all that fake tan malarky so finding a foundation light enough for me was a real challenge. Thank God I discovered MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15 (their lightest offering). Luckily I have nice skin so don’t need heavy or full on coverage, I find this product lovely and light, easy to apply and well suited to me. Not wanting to commit the cardinal sin of my concealer not matching my foundation (is there anything worse?) I use MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC15 too. If I do have anything to cover up this product gets it done.

Lately I have been considering using a primer, I’ve been swaying towards trying a MAC one but if anyone knows of any good ones let me know!

Powder and Blusher

I love Natural Collection from Boots, dirt cheap products that do the job just as well as expensive ones (in my opinion.) If I if had a tendency to be more adventurous and was less likely to stick with what I know I might be inclined to seek out alternatives to these two products, but I like the lightness and subtleness of these two products. The loose power is Cool Translucent  and the blusher is Pink Cloud. And if it ain’t broke why fix it?


These six eyeshadows are the ones that I use the most.Working from the top row of the second picture we have a white Bourjois shadow that I use as a base and/or highlighter. To add a subtle pinky peach tone with a hint of sparkle I use Bourjois Intense Extract 03. Next is a Natural Collection shadow in Crushed Walnut, using my angled brush I dust this under my lower lash line and on the outside corners of my eyelids, the blend using my blending brush. The black MAC shadow in Carbon is great for smokey eyes and to get that skin tone shade I again use a MAC shadow in Steep. Last up is the Barry M Dazzle Dust in Gold. I use this to add shimmer and sparkle, but be warned this stuff gets everywhere if you overload your brush, only a tiny amount is needed!


Some people don’t have much in the way of eyebrows and have to create their own shape by drawing them on every time. I’m rather lucky, I just pluck them into my usual shape and then fill them in with this Eylure Shape and Shade pencil in Dark to Medium Brunette to make them a little bolder.


To get the jist of my eyeliner obsession read past post Dear Eyeliner: An Open Letter. Most of the make up I wear tends to be on my eyes and eyeliner by far is one of my have products. The white pencil liner that you see in the pic is a Maybelline Expression Kajal liner in 35. I use this on my waterline to really make my eyes pop and seem a little bigger than what they actually are. The pencil next to it (the writing has faded off through lots of use) is an Estee Lauder refillable Automatic Eye Pencil in Jet Black, it also comes with handy smudger on one end.

On my top lids I use gel liner. Gels are really popular at the minute and I love them. I find them much easier to get along with than their  liquid counterparts. There are lots of different ones available but I use Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel in Intense Black. The colour is spot on, it’s non greasy, easy to apply and lasts for hours. The pot may appear small but trust me when I say this product goes a long way.


Diorshow Iconic in Black is the mascara for me. A little on the pricey side when comparing to other brands such as Maybelline, Rimmel, Bourjois etc but I’ve yet to find a mascara from these cheaper alternatives which doesn’t irritate my eyes. 


Again, because of my sensitive skin I have to be careful with what I stick on my eyes but I have found that Eylure lashes and adhesives rarely, if ever, give me any trouble. I use the Naturalites range as I’m not too keen on massive crazy lashes. False strip lashes always tend to be a little wide for my eyes so I trim them off at the ends until they’re the right size as there really is nothing that looks more dodgy than wearing lashes that don’t fit. I always make sure I have the 107 and 145 Naturalite lashes in my make up kit as these particular falsies give your eyelashes a real boost without looking too obvious or over the top.


My lipstick obsession is slightly out of hand and this is just a small selection of my huge collection. These are the sticks that I use on a regular or daily basis. The MAC lippy from left to right: Milan Mode, Snob (my fave,) Rebel and Pervette which has a lovely sheen to it. As for the Topshop goodies (second pic) the actual lipstick is Crystal and the pencil shaped stick is Clueless. Next up is a clear lipstick from L’Oreal Paris. Their Studio Secrets Universal Lip Glow reacts with the heat and moisture in your lips to create a colour unique to you. Last in the line up is Dior Addict in 465. As you can tell my shade of choice is pink.

And that pretty much sums up my make up bag.

I can’t say there will be regular posts like this, it’s not really what this blog’s about, so the beauty bloggers can rest assured that from now on I will be leaving the beauty writing in their capable hands. If you follow me on twitter @JemmFrances I will always tweet about a new product I’m using and loving but if it’s beauty blogs your after I always read Pearls And Poodles and ETC LLYMLRS so check them out.

Ciao for now.

Jemm xoxo

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