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Tammy Tanuka: Sigil Inspired loose shadows.

I found the Sigil Inspired brand through Instagram and Tammy Tanuka’s Instagram feed is a delight for the eyes. She displays her shadows with swatches that coat her whole fingers and the most glorious eye looks. She also selects images and uses them to inspire a colour palette of her shadows – her feed is a joy.

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When I went to her website sigil.me I was overwhelmed with the sheer number of shadows she has available to buy – 500 plus! Selecting the ones I would buy turned into a major project.  The site is in Russian with an option to change the language to English.  Despite this I found there was still a lot in Russian but it was possible to navigate regardless.  You can select the size of the eyeshadow and I purchased all mine in the ‘sample sized’ pots but this is still plenty of product and I would certainly recommend this before committing to a full size.  She has the option of PayPal and shipping was surprisingly fast.

When my purchases arrived I was not disappointed.  They were really beautifully packaged and the little pots themselves are quite beautiful.  But the shadows…. you guys.  SO.  BEAUTIFUL.

Sigil Inspired offers lots of duochrome shadows, shimmers, more glittery shadows, mattes as well as a collection of multichromes they call chromatics.  For my first order I chose shimmers and duochromes but I look forward to ordering some of their multichromes soon.  These shadows are really dynamic and beautiful on the lid.  They truely are special and I always get compliments when I wear these. 

In terms of use these shadows definitely work best on a glitter glue.  As loose shadows they don’t contain much binder so they really don’t stick to the skin well on their own.  I have tried these by spraying my brush too but honestly if you want these to pop in all their glory use a glitter glue.  I use the glitter glue from Revolution Beauty and found it works well and these shadows remain bright, metallic and last all day without fallout.  I always do my base first and found if I tapped these onto the glitter glue I really didn’t have an issue with fallout full stop but you may prefer to do eyes first.

These shadows are really reasonably priced and I love the shadows I selected.  For me, I think selecting standout, special lid shades is the best option as I tend not to reach for loose shadows on the daily but it really isn’t much bother to do the eye look and then tap on a spectacular pigment as a final step.

Overall, I love these.  If you are looking for a cruelty free, indie brand Sigil Inspired is definitely worth checking out.   Be warned though, the website is a world of temptation to makeup lovers so click at your own risk.

have a great day!

Juvia’s Place: Mini Masquerade Palette

The Mini Masquerade palette is one of Juvia’s Place original palettes but is actually a recent purchase for me.  First of all, the palette itself is sturdy cardboard (which is my preference over plastic), no mirror but stunning cover art.  I find the bright yellow internal surround does distort the eyeshadow colours in the pan a bit, but it is, non-the-less, very pretty.

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This palette is a nice balance between warm neutrals and some fun pops of colour.  I appreciate the internal layout with the more colourful shades grouped together at the top and the more neutral shades at the bottom.  There are 9 shimmers, 5 mattes and 2 mattes shades infused with glitter.

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Initially I wasn’t very inspired by this colour story as the colourful shimmers are all cool toned but the mattes are mainly very warm but once I started to play I found I was able to make some gorgeous looks.

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Swatches row 1: Chi, Mali, Dalia and Zola 

The green shade called ‘Mali’ and the burgundy called ‘Calabar’ are a slightly thinner formula than the other shimmer shadows in the palette.  They are a little more sheer but are very buildable.  ‘Chi’ and ‘Makeda’ are super beautiful – so pigmented and impactful on the eye.

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Swatches row 2: Makeda, Zobo, Calabar and Bori

The bright pink shade ‘Bori’ and warm brown shade ‘Cairo’ are the matte/glitter formula which is my least favourite formula in ANY brand so I do wish these were just straight mattes.  They feel drier than the other matte shades in the palette but I think this is because of the glitter.  I do use them in the crease but I recommend doing your eyeshadow first if you intend to do this as the glitter will fallout when the shadow is blended with a fluffy brush.  It is easy to swipe away as long as you haven’t done your base yet.  I haven’t attempted to pack either of these on the lid so can’t speak to how the glitter adheres when used that way but on principal I’d use a glitter glue.

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Bottom two rows

The more neutral shades in the bottom two rows are very wearable for everyday.  Like all Juvia’s palettes the mattes are buildable and blendable rather than being too pigmented off the bat.

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Swatches row 3: Giza, Burkina, Cairo and Ada

I found these neutrals SO user friendly – if you want something more neutral/brown go ‘Burkina, Fulani and Dahia’.  If you want something warmer and more red toned go ‘Zulu, Ada and Casablanca’.  Or if you want berry run some ‘Zobo’ through the crease with one of the brown mattes and then ‘Calabar’ on the lid.  All very pretty looks.

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Swatches row 4: Dahia, Zulu, Casablanca and Fulani

Overall, I think this is a versatile and fun palette.  You can do beautiful wearable looks and then really fun colourful looks (which I also rock daily!) and the quality is excellent.  This isn’t my favourite Juvia’s palette just because I prefer the colour story of other palettes in their range better, BUT, if you don’t own anything from their range it is a great place to start.

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A very neutral look for everyday using the Mini Masquerade 

 

Juvia’s Place are cruelty free and really budget friendly.  They often have amazing sales on their website so wait for one if you are interested in making a purchase.

Have a great day!

ColourPop: Jelly Much shadows

This is going to be a mixed review.

When I first tried these Jelly Much eyeshadows from ColourPop I was in love.  The formula is totally unique in my collection.  They are like a stiff mousse – thick, smooth and creamy on the brush and so shiny and beautiful on the eyes.  They were, in fact, the coolest and prettiest things I had tried in a long time.

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I own four shades and initially found them super easy to use.  I’d throw a quick matte into my crease and then you just swipe on the Jelly Much with a brush.  You can literally ‘cut the crease’ with these or you can swipe them on and blend out the edge gently and they just look beautiful. I had no issue blending these over powder shadows and on my eyes they neither creased, cracked nor faded.  I will note though that I have a friend with hooded eyes who said they really didn’t work for her eye shape so that is worth considering.  I do work one eye at a time as once these are dry they are totally set and won’t budge.

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Once and Floral

Of the four I own the duo chrome blue to purple shade called ‘Hallucinogenius’ is the most sheer but it is still very pretty.  The bronze called ‘short circuit,’ peachy coral called ‘morning light’ and duo chrome burgundy to orange called ‘once and floral’ are really opaque and super reflective.

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short circuit (this one is quite new to my collection and look how smooth, opaque and beautiful it applies!)

If I had done a review of these as soon as I purchased them my thoughts would have basically ended here. If you like cream shadows, these are beautiful.  They are fun, unique, wear well, are fuss free and look very impactful without much effort.

but…..

these dry out.

FAST.

And I mean really fast.  I have owned the first two I purchased from the holiday 2018 collection for less than 6 months and the formula has changed so much already.  They are clumpy, drier and stiffer and a bit tricky to pick up on the brush and spread on the eyelid in a thin and consistent way.  Hallucinogenious in particular is hard to work with now and you can see from the swatch that I ended up with a very wide strip of product because I had to work out the lumps.

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Hallucinogenious

I have always kept my Jelly Much shadows tightly sealed and stored in a dark drawer so I really don’t think there is an explanation as to why mine are drying out so quickly other than it is a formula that won’t last.  It is such a shame because I do really love the way these perform when you first purchase them.

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Morning light

Don’t get me wrong, mine still work and they do look nice but it is clear to me the formula has changed.  As they dry out more I will probably experiment with a mixing liquid like duraline and see if that helps but for now I’m using them as much as I can to enjoy them while they still perform ok on their own.

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Initially the formula was very smooth and wetter but you can see here how dry and dense it has become – it was like a stiff mousse and now feels more like putty.

I suppose my take away from all this would be if you want to try these I can certainly say they are beautiful but my advice would be don’t buy too many as they will dry out before you get to use them up.  I think the ColourPop super shock shadow formula lasts MUCH longer in the pot and their metallics can be just as shiny and beautiful so although I love the idea of the jelly much and the fact they initially apply so beautifully with a brush (super shocks work better with your finger), I won’t be purchasing any more.

If you have had the same issue with your Jelly Much shadows drying out and you have a trick for reviving them, please share in the comments.

Have a wonderful day!

ColourPop: Good Sport Palette

The 12 pan pressed eyeshadow palettes from ColourPop really are one of my favourite makeup products.  They are small, budget friendly and the quality is consistently good.

I love eyeshadow.  It is my weakness.

ColourPop has released quite a few of these 12 pan palettes now but one of the criticisms has been that there are quite a few colour similarities across the palettes SO it was refreshing to see the Good Sport palette released as the colour story is quite unique.

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ColourPop Good Sport Palette

In my opinion this is a really fantastic all around palette.  I love the balance of neutral and colourful shades and the balance of mattes to shimmers.  I really enjoy the way this has been curated and have found that with these 12 shades I have really been able to create SO many different looks.  The packaging is animal print, sturdy cardboard and doesn’t have a mirror if that matters to you.

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First Row Swatches: Wild Out, Hooky, Rookie and Sista

There are five shimmer shades: a champagne (Wild Out), a bright yellow gold (Licious), a green-toned taupe (Hooked) a stunning green (EBB) and the most unique shade is a rose gold with blue micro shimmer (Rookie).  These are stunning.  Like creamy, pigmented… STUNNING.  Applied we or with your finger these really do shine bright.

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Second Row Swatches: Licious, High Hopes, Reckless and Trooper

There are seven mattes in a mixture of  purples, browns, a yellow and a deep green-grey.  Four of the mattes are creamy, smooth and beautiful.  In comparison the remaining three shades, (Sista, Reckless and Flow) are very pigmented but feel really dry and powdery.  I was worried that they would be patchy as I have had that issue with really dry mattes in the past but these did work well.  I would say that you can over blend these three if you aren’t careful but I didn’t have issues with patchiness.  As with all ColourPop mattes all of these shades do kick up quite a bit in the pan so if that annoys you beware, but overall, I am impressed.

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Bottom Row Swatches: Hooked, Trophies, EBB and Flow

Overall, I would say that Good Sport is currently my favourite ColourPop 12 pan palette.  These colours are just stunning and the combination is so unique in my collection.  I am finding it hard to put this one down.

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Eye look: Sista in the crease, Flow outer V and to deepen the crease, Wild Out all over the lid and inner corner, Reckless on the lower lash line blended out with Trooper.

Have a wonderful day!

 

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!

 

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!

 

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)