Monthly Archives: August 2018

Juvia’s Place: The Nubian eyeshadow palette

This year I tried Juvia’s place for the first time.  Juvia’s is owned by Chichi Eburu, a Nigerian-born American.  Her products are designed to be inclusive but certainly are pigmented enough and with a broad enough range of colours for the darkest of skin tones.  A fact that must be SO refreshing for those dark skinned beauties who are so often under represented in the makeup industry.  Her palettes also pay tribute to her African roots with simply stunning cover art.

I started with an order of three Juvia’s eyeshadow palettes during a 30% off sale where the total of the discount gave me the palettes at a cheaper cost while also completely covering the cost of the international shipping – winning!   If you know the Juvia’s Place brand then you know they have lots of beautiful colours in their range but I wanted to start safe when testing the formula and I was well in my comfort zone with the very neutral Nubian eyeshadow palette.

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The packaging is sturdy cardboard with stunning cover art.  There is no mirror if that matters to you and the palette contains 16 shades with a mix of metallic, satin and matte finishes.

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really like this formula.  The shades are very pigmented, creamy and blend so well.  The very shimmery, metallic shades (eg. row 1, swatch 4 below) are a little crumbly in the pan so I either tapped them on with my finger or wet the shadow on my brush before application to avoid fallout.  But look how reflective it is!!!!  Stunning.

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Row one swatches.  The first shade is actually a duo chrome which has a champagne base and a very strong pink shift which didn’t pick up in this photo unfortunately.

The mattes are really lovely.  They are super pigmented and blend SO well but they aren’t powdery and there is pretty minimal kick-up in the pan.  Impressive.  I think the balance of mattes on offer in this palette is dynamic and allows for very basic, everyday looks as well as for a deep, smokey, dramatic look.

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Row two swatches

I enjoy the fact that there are some berry tones on offer here too.  It really allows for you to get multiple distinct eye looks from this palette.

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My only complaint about The Nubian is actually to do with the shade selection of the third row.  The two satin shadows in this row (shade 1 and 3) are very similar in tone to the mattes in this row.  Although the formulas are different I would have preferred for the shades to be distinctly different.  I do, however, appreciate that the darkest shade in this palette is actually a deep brown rather than a black which can be a bit harsh for me.

Overall, I am so happy with this.  The Nubian palette is compact, beautiful and great quality and I would recommend it for sure.  Juvia’s Place is cruelty free and budget friendly.  Their own website ships internationally but you can also pick them up online at Beauty Bay as well as other stockists world wide.   A word of warning though for those of you looking to purchase from a local seller outside America – they can really mark up the prices!  Juvia’s Place often has sales on their website which would cover the cost of shipping and it may end up being much cheaper for you even with the exchange rate.

Have a GREAT day!

Hanami – Cosmetics with Conscience: Mineral Lipstick and Cream Blush review

I like everything that the Hanami brand represents.  Hanami is a Japanese word for their traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers.  How perfect is that for a cosmetic company name?!  Hanami are vegan, cruelty free, palm oil free, Australian Made and Owned and they are focused on natural ingredients and being kind to the planet.  I love these ideals and wish every brand could be like this.

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I have tried two products from the range including one of their vegan mineral lipsticks and also one of their vegan cream blushes and to be honest we have one hit and one miss here for me.

Lets start with the product that hasn’t worked for me.  The Mineral lipstick that I have is in the shade Valley of the Dolls which retails for $31.95 AUD.  It is a baby pink shade and is a semi matte formula.  There are a few issues here for me.  One is that this shade really doens’t suit me 😦  but more importantly the scent of this lipstick is sickly for me.  It contains Citrus Aurantium Duulcis Peel oil (sweet orange) and the scent is quite strong and it lingers on the lips for me.  I imagine that this wouldn’t be a deal breaker for most people but it bothers me.  They also claim it is really long wearing, but I can’t comment on that as every time I have put this lipstick on I have ended up removing it within the hour due to the scent.

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Mineral lipstick in Valley of the Dolls

The other issue is that this formula is quite streaky.  I find it really sinks into the lines on my lips, even if I totally fill in my lips with a liner first.  The formula contains Jojoba oil and shea butter so it feels balmy and moisturising, but it doesn’t look flattering on my lips at all.  It may just be an issue specific to this colour, I don’t know, but at AU$32 I won’t be trying another shade to find out.  To be honest I desperately wanted to love this as I love the ideals of the brand but this lipstick didn’t work for me.

On to a product that I do love and that is the cream blush which retails for AU$29.95.  I have the shade Sunset Boulevard which they describe as being a deep rose with orange undertones and best suited to dark skin tones.  I actually have fair skin but I find this works perfectly when applied with a light hand.

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Cream Blush in Sunset Boulevard

This blush comes in a very small, screw top compact (smaller than I expected to be honest – around the size of a AUD 50cent coin).  The formula is quite dry but it does blend out easily with a small stipple brush.  (I use the small stipple brush from E.L.F.).  I layer this on top of my foundation and before powder.  I live in the tropics and even in the hot, humid summer months this wears really well for me, particularly when layered with a powder blush.

Overall, I am intrigued by the Hanami brand.  I received both of these products in “Flora and Fauna” beauty subscription boxes so I’m not sure I would have purchased them otherwise as they are quite pricey.  I’m so glad I got the opportunity to test them out though as I love everything about Hanami’s ideology and out of the two products I have tried one has been a fantastic addition to my collection.

Have you tried anything from this vegan brand?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and recommendations if you have.

Have a glorious day!

 

Nude by Nature: contour palette

Nude By Nature is a cruelty free, Australian brand that is formulated using 100% natural ingredients and without preservatives or harmful synthetics.  They are PETA certified and are widely available in stores in Australia, as well as through their website.  I believe they are also sold throughout the UK, Europe, Canada and New Zealand.  Although Nude by Nature is a “drug store” brand it is certainly at the upper end in price.  I’m a girl on a budget so I was slow to try their makeup until I discovered their bundle kits which are MUCH better value and a great way to try out products from the brand.

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I purchased this contour kit as part of a 2016 Christmas set in the 2017 January sales for a GREAT price and I have been very impressed.  The packaging is stylish with a rose gold outer plastic compact and good quality mirror and the overall size is great for travel and storage.  Each pan contains 4g of product.

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Unlike other contour kits that I have tried there are not a mass of shades on offer here but it is everything you need for a matte contoured look: a cool-toned contour shade, a warm bronzer shade and a yellow-toned matte, highlighting shade.  The powders are soft, blendable and not SO pigmented that they are hard to work with.  I really enjoy these powders, so much so that I decluttered my other, larger contour kit once I had this in my collection.

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Now, this is where we get to the cons about this product.  I have fair skin and these tones work well for me… but this is the only contour kit that they sell and it obviously won’t work for medium to deep complexions.  They certainly need a medium and deep version of this kit to properly meet the needs of the market.

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Secondly, this product has a 24 month recommended shelf life but I found that after 12 months I started to get hard pan on the contour and bronzer shades which was disappointing.  Admittedly I have a large makeup collection that I rotate so I don’t use this product every week, and I live in a very humid climate so both of these factors may have contributed to the problem but it is not an issue I have generally encountered in my other powder products.  I have been just using a spoolie to lightly remove the affected areas but it is a bit of a bummer.

The Nude by Nature contour kit retails for AU$39.95 which is pretty expensive in my books and I don`t think I could justify paying that price​.  Saying that, I do think it is a lovely product and if these tones will work for your complexion they are definitely worth trying.  Nude by Nature frequently goes on sale at Priceline so I`d recommend waiting for a good deal if you are interested or try one of their value sets.  (They do amazing, seasonal makeup kits on their website which will save you 50% off the retail price and would be a great way to sample from across the brand.  Anyway, I digress)

Have a great day!