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I’m a cruelty-free makeup enthusiast.

The Festival Palette by Juvia’s Place

I know that the ‘warm palette with a pop of blue’ trend was a big one in 2018 so most of you reading this probably already have something in your collection that ticks that box but if you are looking for something really special in that category then The Festival palette really is worth trying.

Firstly, the cover art is stunning. I love the heavy cardboard packaging and the magnetic closure.  There is no mirror if that matters to you.

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This palette has five buildable matte shades including the most impressive red eyeshadow I’ve ever tried as well as a very bright almost neon orange, a mustard yellow, bright pink and a gorgeous peach.  This is really an interesting colour story but it works SO well.  I really love how these mattes layer and build – if you tap in lightly, it’s not too much pigmentation straight off the bat which makes these bright colours much easier for an amateur like me to work with.  I will say though that I found the red and pink shades will leave very slight staining. This can be avoided with a pigmented base but I really haven’t found it to be that much of an issue.

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Matte swatches: Izafa, Uli, Ofala, Mmanwu, Iri Ji and Oro

There are three really metallic shades in this palett- a pure white, gunmetal black, bright blue and a peachy gold.  That black metallic is NOT playing – so opaque, so shimmery! The blue shade, ‘Aba’, is more of a satin and the colour is quite sheer. To get a more opaque finish you really do need to use ‘Aba’ with a wet brush or apply it with your finger.  I do love the tone of this blue though.  I think the white, ‘Uli’ is a surprising stroke of genius – it layers over the other shades so well to create new colours and finishes, which is so fun.

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Metallic swatches: Uli, Keleke, Aba and Odogwu

Overall I really enjoy this palette. It stands alone so much better than I thought it would and I’ve had so much fun creating looks with only the nine shades on offer here. The three looks below feature all nine shades and only use shadows from The Festival palette.

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I also love this palette alongside the other palettes in the Juvia’s Place range – specifically the Zulu palette and the Douce palette – these three together are SO much fun.

My absolute favourite shades in this palette are the three mattes in the middle row – I just love the combination of the peach, pink and mustard colours.  This is a gorgeous palette which retails for USD20 at Juvia’s Place but they always have sales so wait for a discount.

Have a great day!

 

Things I don’t love: Flawless Liquid Foundation

Oh man, was this foundation a disappointment.  I have a few products from Nude by Nature that I love so I was SO hopeful that this Flawless Liquid Foundation would work for me but… I. Just. Don’t. Love. It.

But firstly, the pros:

* The packaging is really beautiful: Frosted glass bottle. Rose gold cap and a nice pump. This looks and feels lux.  It retails for $39.95 so it isn’t budget makeup!

* Nude by Nature prides themselves on using good ingredients and it claims to be appropriate for even very sensitive skin.

And to be fair, for me, that is where the pros end.

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They advertise this as being medium, build able coverage with a long lasting, satin matte finish that is like a ‘second skin.’ I mean it SOUNDS great but in my experience none of these claims were realised.

Firstly, this foundation oxidises like nobody’s business. I was SHOCKED. The colour darkened so much and went so orange it became a total mis-match shade wise.

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Flawless Liquid Foundation – this formula oxidises! A fresh swatch on the left compared to the oxidised colour after a couple of minutes on my hand.

Secondly the coverage is so sheer. Two coats and all my blemishes were still totally visible.  It’s almost more like a bb cream. In an attempt for any kind of coverage I used it in combination with the Nude by Nature powder mineral foundation but the finished look was quite cakey.  (FYI I quite like the powder mineral foundation normally).  Also, this Flawless Liquid Foundation doesn’t last on my skin.  I could see it wearing off completely within a couple of hours and by the end of the day I could barely see it left on my skin.

Lastly, this is the patchiest foundation I have ever tried. I literally couldn’t get this to blend with a brush or a sponge. It’s like as you blend, it just picks up on its self and it was lifting off as quickly as I could lay it down.

This is a foundation I just don’t understand.  In my experience the product is so different to the description I’m Left wondering how it made it through to sale. If you use and love this, please let me know how you make it work.  I purchased this on sale and I’m SO glad I did because this isn’t a cheap foundation and it’s been a total fail for me.

If you want to try the Nude by Nature brand I can really recommend their brushes and they sell them in great value sets which are well worth the money.

Have a wonderful day!

Revolution Beauty: Jelly Highlighter

I purchased one of the jelly highlighters in Prestigious from Revolution Beauty ‘Jewel Collection’ purely out of curiosity.  I mean… its JELLY.  What does that even mean?!?

Firstly, the packaging is lux: its a glass jar with a very sparkly rose gold lid.  The texture of this product is very interesting.  It is a very bouncy, thick mousse.  It is a really unique texture and the only other product I have that is anything like it in my collection is the Jelly Much eye shadows from ColourPop cosmetics.  Once you apply this highlighter to your skin it is thin, smooth and dries down completely.

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I apply this with a duo fibre brush over bare skin or foundation but before any powder.  I use powder sparingly and I find that this highlighter shines on through even when powdered but if I want something more the I will apply a powder highlighter over the top as well.

Now here is where we get to the important part – this is REALLY beautiful.  It is just stunning on the skin.  The formula really does melt into the skin and looks seamless.  I wouldn’t suggest that this looks ‘natural’ as it is quite a wet, bright highlighter but it does look like skin rather than a streak of powder on the cheek.  At 36 years old, my skin is aging and while I love highlighters, they can emphasise texture and wrinkles but I find that this is not the case with this jelly formula.  Winning!

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I live in a very hot and humid climate and during the summer months makeup literally melts off my face but this jelly highlighter sets and STAYS.  At the end of the day my blush, bronzer and foundation may have faded but my highlighter is still shining bright.

I had zero expectations when I purchased this product.  It seemed gimmicky and I expected it to be a bit of a fail but curiosity won out and I’m so glad I gave it a try.  I genuinely love this.  Prestigious is a pink tone which I love but Revolution also have a gold and white shade in the ‘Jewel Collection’ range and I think I will definitely pick up the gold version when I next make an order.

You can purchase this highlighter from the Revolution Beauty website for world wide shipping or if you live in Australia you can also find Revolution products at Glamraider.

Have a wonderful day!

 

Three brands I want to try in 2019

2018 was the year of Juvia’s Place for me. I tried their brand for the first time and fell in love and it has inspired me to challenge myself to try new brands in 2019 in search of other amazing formulas.

Three brands that I am particularly interested in trying in 2019 are:

1) Blush Tribe. This is an indie brand from the UK and they have some stunning eyeshadow palettes as well as liquid lipsticks, eyelashes and soon to be released blushes BUT it is their multi-chrome pigments that have me really doing a double take.  International shipping is expensive but I’m determine to take the plunge next time they have a good sale.

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2) Coloured Raine. This brand made a name for themselves when they released the Queen of Hearts palette and I have been interested ever since but just haven’t bitten the bullet as they are more on the expensive side but 2019 will be the year to have a little splurge.

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3) LOOXI Beauty.  This brand has some really stunning duo chrome single shadows that are CALLING my name.  I’m really wanting to buy less this year, but make the things I buy stuff I’m super interested in… but as I currently have around US$90 worth of shadows sitting in my basket on their site I may need to wait for a sale regardless of how interested I am 😬😳😬

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I’m always excited to try new cruelty free brands so please share any suggestions about brands I should explore or what brands YOU are keen to try in 2019.

Have a glorious day!

Afrique by Juvia’s Place

If you follow my blog at all then you know I am currently having a love affair with Juvia’s Place eyeshadows. I didn’t initially purchase the Afrique palette when it was initially released as the bright, colourful mattes were a little intimidating for me. I mean, I love makeup, but I am no makeup artist.  But eventually my love of the formula won out over my anxiety about being inept with the shades and I’m so glad I did decide to pick this up. It’s so fun, and so beautiful!

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Afrique by Juvia’s

First off, the packaging is stunning.  I adore the artwork from Juvia’s and very much appreciate that the palette is sturdy cardboard rather than plastic.  There are five shimmer shades and seven mattes. I would describe the mattes as buildable but very easy to work with.  The colourful shades – particularly the blue (Cote d’lvoire), red (Dakar) and Green (Niger) will kick up just a bit of powder in the pan but nothing terrible.

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row 1: Cote d’lvoire, Dakar, Niger, Togo

The shimmers are very pigmented and I love them applied with a little setting spray on the brush or applied with a dry brush and then intensified with a little additional shadow tapped on with a finger. These steps aren’t necessary but they will make the reflectivity and colour POP.  Stunning.

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row 2: Bintou, Cotonou, Aya, Cameroon

At first the colour story was a bit difficult for me to negotiate. I felt like I spent a lot of time looking at the palette without knowing where to start,  but after playing with this for a few weeks I now find the colours quite inspiring and have really enjoyed experimenting with those colourful matte shades.  The extremely bright yellow (Aya) is the most daunting to me.  I just kept thinking – what am I going to do with that??  But actually, this is a really nice blend-out shade for the other warm mattes in the crease.

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row 3: Angelique, Kisi, Fifi, Kofi

I think the greatest surprise for me is how wearable this palette can be.  If you want to wear a berry look, or a very neutral everyday look, you can achieve it with this palette. In fact if you cover those more colourful shades, suddenly the Afrique becomes EXTREMELY approachable for the neutral lover.  On that note the matte shade Kisi is my perfect rosey-brown transition shade but I imagine it would be a beautiful brow highlight for people with dark skin tones.

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Look what happens when you cover those five really colourful shadows!  Suddenly those neutrals really jump out at you.  Kisi, Bintou, Fif and Angelique make a really pretty rosey look.

Overall, this is actually a super fun, surprisingly versatile eyeshadow palette that really balances colour and neutrals well. The formula is excellent and the price is affordable.

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Transition: Kisi,  Crease: Cameroon, Outer V, lower lash and lid: Bintou,  Lid and lower lash: Cotonou (layered over Bintou), Inner third of lid and lower lash: Fifi and Inner Corner: Anglique.

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Transition: Kisi, Crease, lid and lower lash: Cote d’lvoire, lid: Cotonou, Inner Corner: Angelique.

I love Juvia’s place and if you are looking for something a bit different, then definitely give the Afrique a go.  

Have a fantastic day!

(p.s. the code ANGELICA will get you 10% off Juvia’s Place and is an affiliated code for the youtuber Angelica Nyqvist who was my inspiration for trying the Juvia’s brand.  She is a joy to watch so you should check out her channel if you haven’t already)

 

The Warrior by Juvia’s Place

Golden deliciousness.

These are my thoughts when I look at The Warrior palette.  Golden deliciousness.  I can’t even begin to imagine how gorgeous this must look on those of you with medium to deep skin tones but even I can rock this colour scheme on my fair and freckled face.  The Warrior is seriously lush and if you love golden tones I really do think you will love this.

ECCFCC7C-FADE-46BD-AA60-2CC8B099D294 This is certainly a neutral palette but amped up, with the potential to be super glam.  There are three mattes, which may seem like an issue if you prefer mattes to shimmers BUT The Warrior II is the all matte baby sister that pairs with this palette perfectly, if mattes are your thing.  Saying that, I have found that the three mattes provided here are just what I need for any look.  Kano is quite warm toned and Mino is more neutral.  Both are buildable colours and are super easy to work with.  Ahosi is a pretty basic cream highlighting type shade – handy but as I keep a cream single shadow on my vanity for that purpose I would actually have preferred for there to be a different coloured matte in its place (perhaps a mustard yellow?).

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Row 1: Amina, Idia, Mino

The shimmers here are really stunning.  Like REALLY delicious.  If you apply these with a dry brush they look lovely.  If you apply these with your finger or a wet brush they look STUNNING.  We are taking liquid metal.  Idia is quite possibly the most spectacular pressed shadow I have ever worn.  It is so pigmented, so reflective, so metallic and it LASTS without fading and I didn’t get any fallout.

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Row 2: Ahosi, Moremi, Kano

Despite the palette colour story seeming extremely warm toned at first glance, you can actually get quite a neutral-toned look from this palette if you want.  Amina, Mino, Moremi, and Benin are more neutral toned.  Benin is actually extremely stunning and very wearable – it is my most used lid shade from this palette.

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Row 3: Dahomey, Bakwa, Benin

Overall, I really enjoy this palette.  I’m not suggesting the tones here are somehow revolutionary because I know they aren’t.  If you have a bigger collection of eyeshadow you most certainly have something similar to these colours in your makeup bag right now but the formula of Juvia’s Place really is special and if you are looking for a palette that will make you look like a golden goddess well – The Warrior is your girl.

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The Warrior retails for USD20 but Juvia’s Place has regular sales which bring the price down even further.  You can also use the code ANGELICA for a further 10% off.  This is an affiliated code for youtuber Angelica Nyqvist who is the fabulous woman who got me onto Juvia’s Place and for that I am very happy to support her by using her code.  (plus – it will save you some money too!).  If you aren’t following Angelica you should certainly look her up as her makeup looks are inspiring and she is so much fun to watch.

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Juvia’s Place is most well known for colourful palettes so if you are a neutral lover this might just be your chance to try these shadows for yourself.  And if, like me, you love colour and neutrals do yourself a favour and check out Juvia’s Place.

Have a wonderful day!

The Nubian 2 by Juvia’s Place

OOOOOOooooo I just can’t stop with the Juvia’s Place love at the moment.  I am such a sucker once I find a formula I love I just want ALL THE THINGS!  And The Nubian 2 does not disappoint.  I would describe this as a neutral palette with a few jewel tones.  Its very wearable just like the first Nubian palette but with a bit more colour.  I think it is a nice sister palette to the first release.  This palette is a 12 pan palette but don’t be fooled – these pans are HUGE compared to the first version.  Like always, I love the cover artwork and very much enjoy the mustard and pink packaging colour combination.

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The Nubian 2 by Juvia’s

There are a four mattes in this palette and at first glance they all seem quite dark but actually I was surprised to find that all four are actually more mid-toned but buildable.  They certainly blend very easily and are nowhere near as daunting to use as I imagined on my very pale skin.

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First row: Morocco, Madagascar, Sheba and Yaa

The shimmers are delicious.  They are so creamy to the touch and definitely work best when you apply them with a little fixing spray or with your finger.  Seriously though, if you want some PIGMENTED shine do yourself a favour and just pick up the pigment on your brush and then spritz the loaded brush with some fixing spray.  Lordy lord – these are beautiful.  Like that is some high shine business.  And they last all day for me without primer in the tropical summer weather and look just as beautiful when I’m removing them at night.

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Row two swatches: Jezebel, Zuri, Cleopatra and Nefertiti

Sheeba (row 1) is a really stunning cool-toned brown and is quite unique within the Juvia’s Place range which leans very warm in its brown shades.  Zuri (row 2) is what champagne shimmer dreams are made of.  But, the shade that really surprised me though is Leyla which is the deepest, richest aubergine shimmer and is really stunning.  I wore this as part of a plum smokey eye in combination with Jezebel and Kenya and  Zuri and it was gorgeous.  If I was being picky I would say that Nairobi is the weakest shadow in this palette with a much sheerer pigmentation when compared to the other shimmers.  It is also a bit too similar to Nefertiti in tone so I could happily trade it for something different – perhaps a really cool-toned, lighter matte?  But honestly, that is just me dreaming my dreams.

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Row three swatches: Nairobi, Leyla, Kenya and Egypt

I think if you are into neutrals but want to experiment with some jewel tones you will be hard pressed to find more beautiful shades.  I really enjoy this palette.  Its really versatile while also being very wearable (if that is what you want).  Saying that, I have worn some VERY dramatic looks from this palette and loved every second of it 😉

If you haven’t tried Juvia’s Place then follow them on Instagram because they are always having sales but even at full price these are very budget friendly.

Have a glorious day!