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The Zulu Palette by Juvia’s Place

I’m not normally a ‘completionist.’  I won’t lie, I feel drawn to complete sets of things but generally I can fight the urge when the product seems to be something I won’t really use.  I lost that battle with The Zulu palette from Juvia’s place.  For the longest time I looked past this one, but eventually because I love their formula so much I picked this up even though it seemed much too bright for me.

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I think that one of Juvia’s Place’s great offerings to the makeup world is their interesting palette colour stories – they certainly put things together that I wouldn’t have imagined doing and it is this which is the great joy for me of the Zulu palette.

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Zulu row 1 swatches

Obviously if you really don’t wear coloured eyeshadow this palette isn’t for you, but if you are happy to play with colour, this really is a fun palette.  I was surprised how much fun I had with these shades and how well they worked together to create full eye looks.

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This palette contains 6 matte shades and 3 shimmer shades.  It seems to be a trend in the Juvia’s palettes that the mattes are predominantly mid-toned and are buildable in nature rather than going on super pigmented from the get-go, and that is the case in the Zulu palette too.  I love the way the pink and yellow shades blend into an orange and also how the pink and purple mix.  So pretty.  The pink matte shade in particular, is surprisingly versatile.  More so than the other mattes, the purple does take some building but it’s workable.

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The shimmers are very pretty and quite bright.  The pink shimmer has a strong gold shift and is the most neutral shimmer of the bunch.  The green and blue are really pigmented and apply beautifully.  Juvia’s shimmer formula is spectacular when applied wet or with your finger but these will go on lovely dry too.

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Overall, I have been having SO much fun with this palette.  If you look at the Zulu palette and you are really drawn to the green and blue shimmers, there are very similar shimmer shades in the Masquerade Palette which you may already own (also from Juvia’s).  Although they aren’t exact dupes, its close enough for jazz.

I don’t regret this purchase for a second.  I’m having a blast playing with colour at the moment and this colour story has been so much fun to experiment with.  If you like the look of the Zulu palette Juvia’s Place do really regular 30 and 40% off sales on their website so wait for a sale and pick it up.  I don’t think you will regret it if you want a bit of colour in your eyeshadow world and this brand is super affordable so even if these aren’t shades you reach for on the daily, they won’t cost you the earth to buy.

Have a glorious day!

The Tribe palette by Juvia’s Place

Green seems to be the colour of 2019 so Juvia’s Place was ahead of the trend when they released the Tribe palette at the end of 2018.  This 9 pan palette is a mix of green and orange tones and it is unique and beautiful.  I love greens but because I have a large makeup collection I tried to hold out on more purchases… but man,  I just kept going back to look at this beauty so eventually  my love of the brand won out and I picked this up and WOW.  This is stunning.

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I think what I enjoy the most about this palette is how cohesive the colour story is. Everything works together so well. And I have been so pleasantly surprised by how easily I have been able to put together really beautiful and wearable looks.

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Matte swatches: Maasai, Oromo, Tutsi, Ashanti, San.

The matte shades are so smooth and easy to blend. They have buildable pigmentation that works so well for me.  I’d much prefer to be able to slowly add, add, add and blend seamlessly rather than patting on a hugely pigmented colour and struggling to manage it.  There are five mattes in this palette and all are quite unique to my collection.  The colours are lighter to mid-toned so if you really want to go dark and super smokey you may need to bring in a darker matte (like a black) from another palette, but I’m releaved they didn’t waste a pan of space with something as boring as a black that we already all have in our collection.

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Shimmer swatches: Koro, Chaga, Kuba, Kurla

The shimmers are very pigmented.  I love these applied with a little setting spray because they really do shine and I love super high-shine shimmer shades.  Application with your finger works really well too and of course they do look lovely dry as well.

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Eye look: Ashanti in the crease blended out with Maasai. Outer V darkened with San. Chaga all over the lid with Koro in the inner corner. Oromo across the inner two thirds of the lower lash darkened with San on the outer third and blended out with Maasai.

For me the most outstanding shade is the duochrome shade called ‘Koro’ which is a light gold with a strong green shift and it is stunning. STUNNING.  This shade is what inner-corner highlighting dreams are made of.  Seriously though, I’ve worn this in every look I’ve done with this palette and it is gorgeous.  ‘Koro’ is a great layering shade too – over ‘Tutsi’ or ‘San’ it pulls even more strongly green, over ‘Oromo’ or ‘Ashanti’ more gold.

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Eye look: Oromo and Ashanti in the crease, Kurla all over the lid. Oromo and Kurla on the outer two-thirds of the lower lash with Tutsi and Koro layered on the inner third and inner corner.

I know that there are greens flooding the market right now but honestly, this palette is beautiful so if you like Juvia’s formula (and honestly, who doesn’t?), this palette is perfection.

Have a glorious 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!

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.

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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!

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!

Things I Don’t Love: E.L.F. Shimmer powders

The market for highlighters and shimmer powders has absolutely exploded in recent months and stores are now awash with budget-friendly strobing products that are amazing quality.  In such a newly competitive market the E.L.F. Shimmer powders in Pink and Gold are not really holding up.

Firstly, these really are budget-friendly and it shows in the packaging.  Although the compact is serviceable you get what you pay for here.  There is a small mirror in the brush compartment but it is so small that is isn’t really functional.  These compacts did originally come with a small brush but the bristles were so scratchy that it didn’t really pick up product and was way too small for use on the face.  I immediately threw them away.

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E.L.F. Shimmer: Pink

I need to point out that these powders are indeed a ‘shimmer’ rather than a highlighting sheen or strobe.  The base colour lacks pigmentation and the texture is quite powdery, dry and flakey.  If you aren’t gentle this will kick up a LOT of dust.

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E.L.F. Shimmer: Gold

The shimmer of these products comes more from micro glitter than a base pigment and on the face I find that they apply in quite a patchy fashion and are difficult to build up.  Because the formula is so dry and flakey you can also expect some fallout – I found I ended up with glitter everywhere it wasn’t wanted.  Lastly, these didn’t last well on my skin.  Within an hour or so they were no longer visible to me.

Overall, even though these are very budget-friendly I don’t consider them worth the small amount you might pay for them.  I believe that these are being moved out of the E.L.F. collection but if you do happen upon these Shimmer powders I would give them a miss.

Have a wonderful day beautiful people!