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Physicians Formula: Murumuru Butter Bronzer 

So I thought I would add my two cents to the enormous amount of content already online reviewing the Butter Bonzers from Physicians Formula.  Why not, right?  But if you are like me and you typically avoid products that get a rediculous amount of hype, I’m here to tell you that this is one makeup item that is well worth a look.

Firstly, Physicians Formula is a cruelty free brand but it is more on the expensive side when it comes to ‘drug store’ makeup.   I purchase Physicians Formula online through iHerb as it is MUCH cheaper there than in store in Australia.  I purchased the ‘light bronzer’ shade as it is warmer in tone, and it certainly is light.  If you have medium skin tone or darker this will be too light for you but as I am a very pale princess (and I’m not looking for a pronounced bronze) this works well for me.

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Butter Bronzer in ‘Light Bronze’

I think that what I like about this product the most is that it feels like silk and blends like a dream.  It is so finely milled and because it is light, you can really slap it on pretty carelessly and it is hard to go overboard.  It looks natural on the skin and the colour is buildable.  I find it pretty foolproof and it lasts quite well on my skin even though I typically find coloured face products disappear quite quickly in the humid tropical heat where I live.

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Light Bronzer swatched

I suppose I should address the scent, which the Butter Bronzers are well known for.  It smells of coconuts and sunscreen and reminds me of holidays.  I enjoy the smell, which is quite strong when you open the compact, but I don’t find it lingers once the product is applied.  If you aren’t about scented makeup though, this might be a bit much for you.

The only negative that I have to note regarding this product relates to the packaging.  It looks cute and includes a lovely mirror but the included applicator is some kind of odd sponge this which I could never use to apply bronzer BUT the real issue is that it is pretty bulky.  It barely fits into my acrilic makeup storage that is designed for compacts, which is annoying.  If you aren’t anal about these kinds of things, it probably won’t be an issue for you.

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Nice quality mirror but what is that sponge applicator about?

Also, the shade selection of this bronzer range is abysmal.  There are two shades, one warmer and one cooler in tone, but both are designed for pale skin.  I find that Physicians Formula often has very limited shade selection across their range which is disappointing.

Overall, I enjoy this bronzer so much I am tempted to purchase the other shade even though I’m really not a bronzer person.  If you have been put off by the hype around this product or even the price, I would encourage you to give it a go if you can find a shade that works for you.

Have an amazing day!

I Heart Makeup Theme Palette: U R The Best Thing.

So we are finally, (many months later than expected!) finishing the series of I Heart Makeup ‘Theme Palettes’ and I think we are ending with the best of it!

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The formula of these shadows is in keeping with the range and for more details on the formula I encourage you to read my range overview here. This post, however, is a dedicated swatchfest for the ‘U R the Best Thing’ palette.

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Row 1 swatches: mattes

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Row 2 swatches: mattes

The matte selection in this palette is super practical with a tone range from cream highlight through to a very pigmented black.

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Row three swatches: shimmers – first 6 shades

I love the taupe shades on offer in the third row. SO pretty on the eye.

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Row 3 swatches: shimmers – last 5 shades

The final pink shade in the row 3 shimmers is really flakey and is difficult to work with, it is really a dud shade.

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Row 4 swatches: shimmers – first 6 shades

The first six shades of the 4th row are very reminiscent of the Naked 3 palette – pink tones and very pretty.

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Row 4 swatches: shimmers – last 5 shades

Overall, I think the colour selection in this palette is super practical and very everyday wearable. Of the three ‘Theme Palettes’ from this range this is the one I have gotten the most use out of. Admittedly these are mainly cooler tones but I think this is a very pretty shade selection and extremely travel friendly.

So that brings this series to a close.  Apologies that I have been MIA but I hope you have enjoyed the swatchfest and I look forward to posting more frequently.

Have a wonderful day!

I Heart Makeup Theme Palette: You’re Gorgeous

Here is the next swatch-fest post for the Theme palette range from I Heart Makeup, and this time we are looking at the ‘You’re Gorgeous’ palette.  For a more general review of the Theme Palette range including the eyeshadow formula and packaging, see my blog post here.

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I Heart Makeup Theme Palette: You’re Gorgeous – Outer Packaging. Photo credit to the TAMBeauty website

The ‘You’re Gorgeous’ palette is quite a cool-toned palette with lots of lovely taupe shades.  This is certainly more of a neutral palette and great for everyday wear.

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I Heart Makeup Theme Palette: You’re Gorgeous

The colour selection of matte shades in this palette are super practical with a nice range of crease shades and darker more dramatic shades as well as some interesting plum tones.

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swatches: row 1 – mattes

I like the fact that these mattes allow for a very neutral, everyday look as well as facilitating a more dramatic smokey eye.

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swatches: row 2 – mattes

The shimmer shades are much more consistent quality in this palette when compared to the ‘Fast Love’ palette.  They are generally smooth and pigmented with none of the chunky, patchy, flakiness that was evident in a couple of the shades in the ‘Fast Love’ version.

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swatches: row three – first six shades

The peachy shimmer shade above, (swatch 2) lacks pigmentation but you can build it up if you foil it with a fixing spray.

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swatches: row three – last five shades.

Row three of the shimmers really is beautiful.  You have some bright, lighter shades, a pinky-taupe, a copper and all the chocolatey browns you could need.  Perhaps a criticism would be that there are quite a few similarities among the browns here, but they are pretty.

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swatches: row 4 – first six shades

While row three feel really cohesive to me, row four has a few more interesting colours – not really “pops” of colour, but there is certainly more variety on offer here.

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swatches: row 4 – last five shades

The last two shades in the palette (swatch 4 and 5 above) are certainly the weakest shades in my opinion.  The black and blue both contain silver glitter, which is not my jam to start with, but I find the matte base of these shadows to be quite dry and chalky.  The blue, in particular, is patchy and hard to blend.  I would recommend going in with a little at a time and building the colour slowly as it is pigmented and will stain the eyelid a bit.  Also – who decided that this blue fitted with the rest of the colours in this palette when it was being curated.  Random??

The black glitter shade isn’t as bad, but the glitter falls out as you blend so I think the matte black in row two is a better option and if you want glitter, add it separately afterwards.

Overall, I like this palette.  Lots of neutrals and the quality really is pretty good.

Have a great day 🙂

I Heart Makeup Theme Palette – Fast Love

This post is going to be a bit of a swatch fest as well as being a specific review of the Fast Love palette shades but if you would like a review of the range in general (ie. shadow formula, packaging etc) you can find my blog post here.

Straight up I am going to say that of the three palettes in the Themed Palettes range, this is my least favourite.  This has nothing to do with the formula of this palette compared to the other two, but rather the colour selection.  In terms of the overall feel of the palette it feels more cool toned to me and has lots of pops of colour.

Fast Love outer packaging.  Photo credit to the TAMBeauty website at tambeaty.com

Part of the reason that I don’t enjoy this palette as much as the other two is that I think it is arranged in a really haphazard way that isn’t user friendly.  I am sure that these colours can come together quite easily to make pretty looks but the colours, as they are arranged, don’t really inspire me.

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In terms of the matte shades there are a couple of really good transition shades here for me as well as a darker brown for darkening up with crease.  I don’t love the purple and blue mattes as they aren’t my thing, but they are certainly nicely pigmented.

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top row – mattes

The lighter cream shades are surprisingly pigmented although the first cream is the same colour as my skin so hasn’t swatched well in the image above.  If you have a darker skin tone you may find that there is not enough darker mattes provided here for you to get a dynamic look.

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second row – mattes

The satin and shimmer shades are a little bit hit and miss in the Fast Love palette.  Out of the whole palette the weakest shade in my opinion is the silver shimmer shade (swatch 3 below).  This is fallout central!  It is patchy and flakey and makes a mess.

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third row – first five shades (sorry that the photo is a bit blurry!)

The glitter shades are my least favourite as I really don’t like glitter shades in general.  I don’t think the glitter transfers that well to the eye and will fall out when you blend so I typically avoid these. Luckily there aren’t many glitter shadows in this palette.

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third row – last six shades

After that little bit of negativity, as you can see above, the last three shimmer shades in the third row are really beautiful.  Metallic, pigmented and buttery.

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bottom row – first five shades

The satin pink shade (last swatch above) really lacks pigmentation which is such a pity.  Even when applied with some fixing medium it isn’t very impressive which is a bummer.   In contrast that purple shade in the bottom row (swatch 3 above) is SUPER pigmented and very pretty.

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bottom row – last six shades

Finally, the last six shades in the bottom row are my favourite from the palette.  They are rich and chocolatey and much more to my taste colour wise.  The third pink colour (see swatches above) is again, a bit flakey and chunky, but it is workable.

Overall, for the price this is a good palette, particularly if you are interested in adding some jewel toned shadows to your collection on a budget.  Out of the three palettes in the range this is my least favourite BUT there are still a lot of lovely shadows to be had here.

Have a wonderful day!

Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: Theme Palettes

There are three palettes in the I Heart Makeup – Theme Palette range.  I am going to conduct a swatch-fest of all three in detail over the next couple of weeks because they have not really received much love online despite being in the TAM beauty range for a long time.  This post will be an overall review of the range and the shadow formula.

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The palette packaging is identical across the range of theme palettes: a shiny black plastic that is quite sturdy and bright pink lettering that is reflective.  Simple but classy.  The cardboard packaging that it comes in isn’t quite as classy, but the whole I Heart Makeup range is more aimed at a younger audience so it certainly fits with that aesthetic.

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U R The Best Thing Palette

These palettes contain 10 matte shadows and 22 shimmer/satin/glitter shades all contained in quite a compact palette with a huge mirror included.  The matte shadows are larger than the shimmer shades which I appreciate for two reasons.  You don’t really need as broad of a selection of colours of mattes in my opinion and also, you are going to likely use a bigger, fluffier brush in the matte pans and the larger size accommodates this well.

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Fast Love Palette

In terms of the formula the matte shades are very soft and finely milled to the touch but they do kick up a lot of product when you dip into them and you really do need to tap off your brush.  They blend really well though.

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You’re Gorgeous

The shimmer pans are small so depending on your brush size this may ban an issue but an E.L.F. flat shader brush fits in just fine.  The shimmer formula in particular is quite thick and almost wet feeling and this mineral oil content does make them a little tricky to pick up with the brush at times but they apply really well when foiled with a fixing spray or when patted onto the lid with your finger.

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Swatches: a selection of shimmer shades from the ‘Fast Love’ palette

The shades wear quite well.  I find that the shimmery shades do fade a bit throughout the day.  I have combatted this by using a cream shadow (e.g. a ColourPop Super Shock Shadow) as a base and then these will wear all day on my lids.

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Swatches: a selection of mattes from the ‘Fast Love’ palette

These palettes retail for about AU$15 which is an amazing price for this palette.   Overall, if you are looking for a really practical palette with a good range of shades including a pop of colour, then I think this is a great purchase.  This would be a particularly useful palette for a makeup beginner or someone looking to build their eyeshadow collection.

Enjoy the swatch-fest to come!  Have a great day 🙂

The mini chocolate bar face palettes: Bronze and Glow & Light and Glow

Now if you follow my blog then you know that I am all about that Makeup Revolution chocolate palette life.  To be fair, mainly I’m about chocolate in general, but the combination of chocolate and makeup is next level attractive to me.

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Anyway, when TAMBeauty released two new MINI chocolate bar face palettes into their I Heart Makeup/Makeup Revolution range I was super excited.  I love tiny things.  Like, anything that is normally big that is made into a little version… so cute.  Aside from the packaging though, the products within really appealed to me and I have not been disappointed.

I’m going to start with the Bronze and Glow palette because this is my favourite contour palette duo.  Full stop.

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Bronze and Glow

The ‘bronze’ shade is perfect for my skin tone.  It is quite neutral so you can contour with it, but it isn’t too ashy either so you can use it as a bronzer too.  These powders are really finely milled, soft and blend so easily.

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Bronze and Glow highlight compared to theBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer

The highlighter in this duo is stunning too – champagne in tone and the perfect amount of glow without being shiny or frosty.  It reminds me very much of theBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer.  It is certainly extremely similar when sheered out on the cheeks but as you can see from the heavy finger swatches above Mary-Lou is a little more yellow toned.

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Bronze and Glow swatches

Honestly, Bronze and Glow is a great palette.  If you find this packaging to be too kitch and cutesy for your taste, Makeup Revolution also has the same powder products packaged in their Renaissance Glow palette which has much more classy packaging but identical products.

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Charlotte Tilbury – ‘Filmstar Bronze & Glow’ Face Sculpt & Highlight.  Image credit – Nordstrom

The Renaissance Glow is designed to be a dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury ‘Filmstar Bronze & Glow’ Face Sculpt and Highlight… meaning that the powders in the chocolate Bronze and Glow are also a dupe!  Winner 🙂

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Light and Glow

I wasn’t initially as attracted to the Light and Glow palette as the Bronze and Glow palette but… chocolate packaging!?!  Saying that, when I heard that this might be a dupe for Too Faced’s Candlelight Glow highlighting powder in Rosy Glow, I was intrigued.

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Too Faced Rosy Glow Candlelight Glow.  Image Credit – Temptalia

Now I don’t own Rosy Glow to do a direct comparison for you but from the swatches I have seen online they certainly do seem very similar.

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Light and Glow swatches

I have really enjoyed the light and glow highlighters – and they are both highlighters!  I thought at first the pink shade was a blush but it is a pink highlighter with a gold shift.  You could use this as a blush topper, but even on my fair skin the pink shade can be blended out to a lovely glow or mixed with the white/gold shade for extra bright shine.  These are both very pretty!

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MUR Vivid Baked Highlighter – Golden lights compared to the Light and Glow white/gold highlighter.

The white/gold highlighter reminded me of the Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights.  As you can see above, the colour is certainly a dupe but the formula is obviously very different as one is a standard powder and one is a baked highlighter.

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Bronze and Glow swatched beside Light and Glow

So.  A million photos later let me rap this up.  I really like these two little chocolate face palettes.  I think the quality is great and if the colours work for your skin tone then I totally recommend these.  If you are interested in trying them for yourself you can find the chocolate face palettes on TAMBeauty for about AU$10.

Have a great day!

 

E.L.F.: Lip Exfoliator – Cherry Tart and Mint Maniac

I first tried the E.L.F. lip exfoliator in its standard brown sugar scent ages ago and didn’t love it.  The first few uses were amazing and then the texture went kind of sticky and I found it didn’t run easily across my lips anymore so I threw it out.  THEN I found out that the trick is to put on a bit of lip balm first, then use the exfoliator SO with that plan in mind, I ordered the cherry and peppermint scent to try.

But I have gotten ahead of myself.

The E.L.F. lip exfoliator is a bit of cult product.  It is presented in a lipstick bullet which is super practical and clean.  No dipping into a pot here.

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Mint Maniac

I would recommend that you don’t wind the bullet up too far though as you do put more pressure to exfoliate than you would to apply a lipstick so this will help avoid breaking off the bullet.  This hasn’t happened to me, but I am careful.

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The exfoliator has a good amount of sugar scrub to it.  It also contains Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Avocado, Grape and Jojoba oils to nourish and protect the lips.  I find it useful to have a damp cotton pad ready to wipe away the residue when I am finished and then I am ready to go ahead and apply my lip product of choice.

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Cherry Tart

In terms of scent I find that these do smell sweetly of their assigned mint and cherry.  They are confectionary scents rather than actually smelling of the fruit and herb but they are pleasant.  The mint version does not have a tingly sensation when applied like you may have with some minty products.

Overall, I really enjoy these.  They work well (when using the lip balm tip!), they are easy to use and are mess free and they absolutely help to prep my lips for other lipstick products.

If you haven’t tried these, I would say they are certainly worth a go.

Have a wonderful day.