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ColourPop: Dream St. Shadow Palette

I have very much enjoyed the 12 pan eyeshadow palettes from ColourPop and this collaboration with Kathleen Lights is no exception.  I purchased this palette because I really liked the colour story – some warm tones, some pops of colours, a rose gold – it speaks my language, and it does not disappoint.IMG_8937

I love the colours in this palette.  I feel like for just 12 shadows there is SO much diversity going on here (aside from one double-up I will discuss later).  I use this for very basic everyday looks but I have also used this for really dramatic, colourful looks too with equal success.

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Row 1 swatches: shooting star, magical, star dust, twinkle

The quality of the shades is consistently good throughout the palette.  The mattes are beautiful and blend so nicely, even the dark teal shade called Water Bearer which I was worried about.  I love it laid down on the lid with the shimmer teal called Mermaid Boy patted over the top – SO PRETTY.  Like all blue mattes it will muddy up quickly if you blend it with browns but I use this by laying this colour down first and then blending other colours with it just along the edge rather than layering it over other colours.  If you’re a makeup artist please let me know if you have other tips for using these kinds of dark blue mattes successfully 🙂

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Row 2 swatches: sweet dreams, water bearer, potion, spark

The most interesting, unique and beautiful shadow of this palette for me is definitely Kaleidoscope.  In the promo images and even in the swatch picture that I took above this shade looks like a pretty, light taupe BUT don’t be fooled, this shade is so much more dynamic than that.  It had a green/blue sort of shift to it which makes it work so well with the teals in the palette.  I love this all over the lid with the brown mattes in the crease, I love it on the inner third of the lid with mermaid boy across the rest of the lid space, I love it as an inner corner highlight.  Honestly, I don’t have anything like this shade anywhere else in my collection and it is just lovely.

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Row 3 swatches: kaleidoscope, elfish, moony, mermaid boy

My only criticism of this palette is that Star Dust and Twinkle are just TOO similar for me.  Star Dust is more of a copper shimmer and Twinkle is more of a rose gold metallic but honestly on the eye you probably wouldn’t tell the difference.  If it was my choice I’d keep Twinkle as it is a more pigmented shade then I’d replace Star Dust with something else – perhaps a mustard yellow matte or a yellow shimmer reminiscent of Kathleen’s super shock shade in Telepathy.  As there are only 12 shades it seems a waste to have two that are so similar.

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Star Dust and Twinkle

Overall, I really like this palette.  I have enjoyed every look I’ve made with it, have found it user friendly and have enjoyed the fact that it is neutral with some really fun pops of colour.  ColourPop is releasing new, affordable and cruelty free makeup ALL THE TIME so it is always fun (and tempting!) to check out their website.

Have a great day!

Juvia’s Place: The Saharan

I am totally in love with Juvia’s Place eyeshadows.  Like, it is taking all my willpower to not just impulse purchase every single palette that they make in a single order.  I think their palettes have such interesting colour combinations and the pigmentation is really outstanding.  The shimmers are so shiny and apply like butter with a bit of fixing spray.  In my first order from the company I picked up The Saharan along with The Nubian and The Douce palettes and it has been such a joy to play with.

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The Saharan by Juvia’s

When I first looked at The Saharan colour story I felt like it was really very colourful but actually this has turned out to be much more wearable for the everyday than I was expecting.  I surprised myself with some really soft, pinky coloured eye looks which I didn’t imagine looking at the palette at a glance.

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Row 1: Sokoto (matte), Wodaabe, Bororo, Kia

If you are looking for a really POW eye look then you want Wodaabe on your lid.  This colour is SO high shine.  I mean, seriously,  even my husband commented on the impressive pigmentation and shine whenever I wore this shade.  It is a little crumbly though so I used my finger to apply it but WORTH IT!

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Row 2: Zoya, Iman, Jamila (matte), Senegal

Zoya is literally gorgeous.  I mean, I had to STOP myself from using this in every look.  In fact, for a 5 minute makeup look I have loved Katsina through the crease and Zoya on the lid.  So pretty!  Kia and Iman both have pretty shifts – Iman  is an icy white with a blue shift and Kia is a gorgeous teal with a brown shift.  Both are lovely.

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Row 3: Chad (matte), Katsina (matte), Lulu, Fula

Initially I felt like the colours of the four mattes in this palette didn’t necessarily compliment the shimmer shades but actually I have found that these colours can work together surprisingly well.  It has pushed me to be creative.  The only shade that I don’t really appreciate is Chad – its a great quality black but I just don’t really use black.  However, I appreciate that many would love this shade.

Overall, this is a cool palette.  I like the colour selection more than I thought I would.  It has been SO much more wearable and user friendly than I thought at a glance and I think it makes a nice stepping stone out of purely neutral shadows into the world of colour without being overly daunting.  Plus, the quality and pigmentation of the Juvia’s Place shadows are truely impressive.

Have a wonderful day!

 

 

ColourPop: Element of Surprise Palette

I’m a little bit compulsive so I suppose it was only a matter of time before I decided that I need to collect all the 12 pan ColourPop eyeshadow palettes as a matter of principal.

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The ‘Element of Surprise’ palette is by no means new, but it is a relatively new purchase for me.  I was attracted by the purple and pink pops of colour and when it was on sale I thought, why not?

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Straight up I can tell you that this palette was indeed a surprise.  It is WAY more purple toned than I realised from looking at the colours in the pan.  And this is PRETTY.  Overall I very much enjoyed the quality of these shadows and I think the shadows are actually well curated to give multiple complete and different looks.  I like that there are an even number of mattes and shimmers and that there is a good range of light, medium and deeper tones.  I am (again) surprised that this would make a good travel palette for me.

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Row 1 swatches.  Feels (duochrome), Late Night, Silk Street and Rayon (duochrome)

I loved the looks I got out of this palette including the bright pink which I initially felt was a bit daunting but actually turned out to be a lot of fun.  I think the mattes blend well and the shimmers are gorgeous applied with my finger or a wet brush and they really do shine and LAST on the eye.

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Row two swatches: Go with the flow, Subdue (duochrome), Opulent, Labyrinth

There were four shadows that I think are worth mentioning particuarly in relation to formula:

  1. Late Night (row 1, shade 2) is a bit flakey so definitely pat on with your finger or use a setting spray to avoid fallout.  This is listed as a duochrome.  The colour is dynamic but it isn’t a super noticeable colour shift.  It is BEAUTIFUL though.
  2. Subdue (row 2, shade 2) lacks pigmentation.  Boo.  You really need to build this one up which is a bummer and as a result the colour shift really isn’t noticeable.
  3. Details (row 3, shade 3) is a matte that contains hot pink glitter which is my least favourite formula.  If you want to use it as a straight up matte I recommend you do your eyes first and then you can brush away any of the glitter that falls out.
  4. Labyrinth is literally the most delicious, perfect crease shade for me and I love it so much.  It is a dusty pink and it is beautiful.
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Row 3 swatches: Blank canvas, Sea stars, Details, Peace of Mind

So to roundup, I think this is a super fun colour story.  I love that there is enough variety for a range of looks as well as a few pops of colour.  I picked this palette up on a whim but it really lovely.  ColourPop is always having a sale so keep an eye on their Instagram for good deals and if you are placing an order I’d say stick the ‘Element of Surprise’ in your cart too!

Have a wonderful day.

2018 makeup use up – update!

I have surprised myself with my progress using up makeup products this year. Some things I have gone through quicker than I thought. Other things have taken me FOREVER when I thought they would be easy to finish. I have learnt a few good lessons from my ‘use up’ project this year:

1) Loose powder products like blush and bronzer literally take forever to use.  In a project like mine, that is a bit of a drag BUT in real life that is awesome! You really do get a good bang for your buck!

2)  Focusing on getting through foundations that need to be used up is definitely a good thing. Although I love trying new things I don’t want to waste stuff either so it’s been good to crack through some cream products that needed to go.

3) Lastly, I had a baby in April. In retrospect this project is probably best suited to people who aren’t on maternity leave and who DON’T have two kids under two, lol!

So, how am I going so far?

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Products I have completely used up – eight in total including two I tossed by accident.  Woot!

I have used up these products! Woot! From the original products I have also used up the Nude by Nature mineral concealer and the Eye of Horus Bio Lash Lift Mascara, but I threw out the packaging without thinking.

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Eye products update

I have made good progress on the eyebrow pencil, the under eye primer, and super shock shadow but I keep forgetting to use the eye refresh roller ball… which is a shame really because I am surviving on a sniff of sleep with two kids under two and this mumma could use some eye refreshing roller ball action most days!

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face base products update

As you can see above, I am making good progress with the two remaining foundations in my use up. I mix them for colour but I definitely prefer the ELF foundation as a stand-alone product. The pot concealer is never ending! The finishing vail hasn’t had much use as I have been focusing on the ELF tone correcting powder but it will hopefully get more use moving forward. As for the under eye setting powder – I have about 1/4 of the pot left.

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coloured face products update

Now we get to the products I have used SO much but feel like I’m getting nowhere with! I have about half the liquid illumination left and about half the mineral blush. I have about 1/5 of the mineral bronzer left and probably 1/4 of the loose highlighter.  As for the Thin Lizzy pressed bronzer – I can see the circles on the base but haven’t hit pan yet.

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primer update

As for primers, I’m making good progress with the liquid mineral primer and although I forget about the moisture stick, I have gotten through about half.

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Products I’m decluttering from the project

Now, I am decluttering these products. The two eyeshadow primers are drying out and even though I could probably get a bit more use out of them I’m calling it done. The stick concealer really doesn’t work for me so I’m decluttering it.  As for the tone correcting powder, I have made great progress but I have decided that this gives too much of a white cast and it just isn’t my favourite as a result.  It is really finely milled and great quality but I have gotten my money’s worth out of it and it is going too. I also decluttered the ELF mineral primer and the Hanami lipstick to a friend. The primer just didn’t work for me and the scent of the lipstick was too overpowering.

Final roundup:

8 products used up

6 products decluttered

16 products remaining in the project 🙂

What do you think? Am I doing ok?

Have a great day!

 

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!