Monthly Archives: July 2016

Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: Black Velvet eyeshadow palette

The Black Velvet eyeshadow palette from Makeup Revolution’s I Heart Makeup range is said to offer 16 eyeshadows inspired by the fabric ‘black velvet’.  This palette is predominantly a matte palette with 13 shades being matte formula and 3 selected shimmer ‘statement glamour’ shades.


Black Velvet – 16 eyeshadow palette

Like so many of the palettes from the I Heart Makeup range, the packaging of this palette is quite unique.  I wouldn’t say that the aesthetic is exactly to my taste but the black jewel and velvet front are certainly in line with the palette theme.  The only downside is that the velvet front attracts fuzzy fluff and dust so it isn’t a palette you can really have out on display.


3 rows of eyeshadows.  The matte highlighter and matte black are the largest shades.

I actually really enjoy the fact that so much of this palette is matte.  The quality of the matte shades is lovely and they are really pigmented.  Initially I felt that this was a very smokey palette but actually many of the shades are lovely mid-toned crease shades.  Although there are only three shimmer shades they still offer a nice range; a champagne, a bronze and a gun metal shade.


Row 1: True, Want, Long (shimmer), Feel (shimmer), Black



Row 2: Baby, Please, Sweet, Sin, Tender, Slow


Row 3: Sweet (yes, a name repeat – but it is a different shade as you can see), Bring, Wild, Cry (shimmer), Velvet.

On the whole, this palette offers a lovely selection of matte shades.  You have the option of more rosey, brown or smokey tones as well as warm or cool tones which I love.  The pigmentation is wonderful and they blend really well.  It annoys me a bit that there are two cream shades (True and Tender), and two black shades (Black and Velvet) that are identical – why not put in another colour matte or a couple more shimmer shades instead of these double ups?  Otherwise, I am extremely happy with this purchase.

This palette hasn’t really had much hype to be honest, but I can totally recommend it, particularly if you are a matte eyeshadow wearer.  If you would like to take a look for yourself you can find the Black Velvet palette here.

Have a fabulous day!


Physician’s Formula: Shimmer Strips – All-in-1 Custom Warm Nude Palette

This is the first product I have tried from Physician’s Formula.  They are cruelty-free and you can find them on the PETA list.  We can buy them at Priceline in Australia but they are much cheaper to buy online from iHerb.  Saying that, Physician’s Formula is quite expensive for a ‘chemist’ sold brand so I am not convinced they are budget-friendly BUT I certainly would recommend the Shimmer Strips, even for the more expensive price.


The back of the Shimmer Strips palette opens to reveal a face brush, eye sponge tip applicator, mirror and instruction suggestion sheet.  It closes with a magnetic closure.

I was attracted to this little palette as it claimed to be an all-in-1 system for the face and eyes.  The packaging is sturdy cardboard with a lace design in gold and black.  The palette opens with a magnetic closure at the front and the back.  The front contains the shimmer strip products and the back contains a face brush, eye sponge tip applicator, mirror and instruction suggestion sheet.


Physician’s Formula: Shimmer Strips in Warm Nude

Physician’s Formula has broken this palette into four rows and suggests that row 1 be used to highlight, row 2 as blush and row 3 and 4 be used as bronzer.  They have also broken down the rows with suggestions for use on the eyes.


rows 1 and 2

I haven’t really tried to use this product as a bronzer but the top two rows really does make a stunning highlighter which can shift more champagne or pink depending on where you direct your brush.  I have tried to use the pinks as blush but they aren’t really pigmented enough to work that way for me.


rows 3 and 4

The powders are so soft, finely milled and easy to blend.  They do make a lovely subtle eye look and I have used them that way often on quick makeup days where I put some matte bronzer in the crease and then a selections of these shades on the lid and outer V.  For this reason I do think the palette is very versatile.

If you are looking for a truly beautiful highlighter which has the flexibility to take on many tones depending on your mood and enough pigmentation variation to make a pretty eye look too – then I can totally recommend the Shimmer Strips – Warm Nude palette.

Have a fantastic day 🙂

E.L.F: Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadows

The Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadows from E.L.F. were the first cream eyeshadows that I ever tried.  Overall, I would still say that I am more of a powder product person in general, but I do enjoy these eyeshadows.  I own six shades from the range and there are definitely some shades that I prefer over others, but across the range I think the quality of these is very nice.  All of the shades are very shimmery and contain glitter.



Celebration is silver with a blue undertone.  This shade is very brightening on the eye and works well as an inner corner highlight if you want a real POP!



Toast is a bright gold.  It is lovely all over the eyelid with a warm brown in the crease and a generous dose of bronzer on the face.



Gala is one of my favourite shades.  It is a lovely brown almost burgundy shade which is very wearable.  This colour is very pigmented when compared to some of the others and you can really achieve a dramatic look if you want to.



Party is a gun metal shade which has a dark base with silver glitters.  It is dark colour, but is also a bit sheer.  I don’t find that to be a bad thing as I much prefer to build dark colours than have to deal with crazy dark pigmentation that I can’t blend once it is on the eye.  The texture of this shade is very soft compared to the shades I have mentioned above which feel more dense to the touch.  This is very much a dramatic, night time shadow for me as it is seriously glitzy but it is beautiful.



Soiree is my favourite shade from the collection.  It has the same soft texture as Party, which I prefer.  This rose-pink is feminine and beautiful.  I wear this shade the most, mainly because it is wearable enough for work but also because it suits my complexion the best.  If you were to only buy one shade from the range, Soiree is my recommendation.



Lastly, we have Confetti.  This is my least favourite shade of the bunch and that is primarily due to the texture.  You can see in the photo above that it is kind of chunky and feels sort of spongy to the touch.  It does not apply as smoothly as any of the other shades although it is workable.  I find that I get some fallout with this shade as I need to blend and smooth it out more than the other shades, again, due to the texture.

Overall, I think these Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadows are lovely.  These do set on the eyelid, do not crease on me and although I wasn’t wowed by their long-lasting nature, they certainly last long enough to get through a work day or night out.  I apply these with my finger or with a sponge tip applicator and I find them easy to blend with out with a dense, fluffy brush if needed.

To be honest, I wouldn’t repurchase these, but only because I prefer the formula of the ColourPop Super Shock Shadows if I am going to use a cream eyeshadow BUT these are still lovely and I enjoy them very much.

Have a wonderful day!



Evelyn Iona Cosmetics: ‘Lise’ lipgloss

This is the first Evelyn Iona product that I have tried.  If you, like I, are unfamiliar with this brand, they produce natural, organic and cruelty-free cosmetics.  Are they budget-friendly?  Not really, but they aren’t outrageously expensive either.

I received this lipgloss in the shade ‘Lise’ in a beauty box but I believe that it retails for about US$19.50, so to be honest, I would not have purchased this myself as at that price it is a bit outside my price range BUT I am so glad that I have had the chance to try this.  This feels really beautiful on the lips.  It is super creamy without being sticky.  It adds a lovely gloss to the lips and also a good dose of pigmentation for a lipgloss.  Also, it smells lovely with a subtle, sweet vanilla scent that I very much enjoy.


Evelyn Iona Cosmetics: Lipgloss in ‘Lise’

This lipgloss has a nice doe-foot applicator which picks up the product nicely.  Otherwise, the packaging is simple but practical.  Like most glosses you do need to reapply this throughout the day as the lasting power isn’t amazing but I find it so pretty on the lips that I am happy to do that.


I also need to add that I feel like this gloss offers some genuine hydration to the lips.  I have been wearing it a lot recently on my chapped lips and it has contributed well to dealing with the dryness as well as giving enough glossiness to hide the chapping in a flattering way.  The ingredients are all natural and the company claims you could even ‘eat it’.  It includes bark extract to tighten and plump, oregano as an antioxidant, and vitamin E, coconut oil and shea butter, all to moisturise and hydrate the lips.

I very much enjoy this lipgloss.  I would not normally promote spending US$20 on a gloss but I must say that I think this is probably worth the price.

Have wonderful day!

E.L.F. Mineral Face Primer: Tone Adjusting Green

I have an ongoing issue with rosacea which makes the apples of my cheeks and around the base of the bridge of my nose quite red at different times.  I purchased the E.L.F. Mineral Face Primer in Tone Adjusting Green in the hope that I could hit two birds with one stone: prime my face AND deal with the redness in one foul swoop.

I really like the packaging of this primer.  The outer bottle is a frosted, solid plastic with silver trim, a good pump and a clear lid.  Unfortunately the lid cracked not long after purchase, and I think this is because it didn’t fit tightly on the bottle and I pushed it down too firmly.


Mineral Face Primer: Tone Adjusting Green

The colour of the product itself is a lime green.  Any colour correcting property that this has is minimal but I did notice some difference upon initial application although not a remarkable difference after foundation.

The texture of this primer is quite thick and very silicone-like to the touch.  It feels super smooth when spread out on the skin although it can ball up a bit (see above) if you apply it too thickly.  I like the way that this primer really makes for smooth foundation application because it makes your skin feel so silky.  Saying that, it isn’t the greatest primer in terms of filling pores and lines.  I also don’t think that it really added to the longevity of my foundation (although this is not a claim made by the product).

I quite liked this primer.  I probably wouldn’t buy it again, as there are other cruelty-free, budget-friendly primers that I prefer, but, I did use it up completely so it certainly served its purpose.

Have a fantastic day!