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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!

Suva Beauty: Saffron Palette

The Saffron Palette is my first Suva Beauty eyeshadow palette. It is warm and and pretty and compact and I was really excited to try it.

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The packaging is very pretty.  It is a sturdy cardboard, which is my favourite, and contains a mirror.  The names of the shades are written under each pan (also very cool) and overall I enjoy how this palette looks.

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There are three mattes; two are very mid tones, a pinky red (paprika) and a red toned brown (cinnamon).  The other matte, Clove, is a darker, cool, burgundy brown.  I would have loved the cinnamon shade to have been a mustard yellow or pale orange to add variety as the two reddish matte shades are a bit too similar for such a small palette.

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There are five shimmer shades with two distinct formulas.  Coriander (champagne), Saffron (bronze) and Sarso (burgundy) are very smooth and pigmented while Tumeric (orange gold) and the brown shade with gold glitter (star anise) are more metallic and flakey.  Star Anise in particular feels quite loose in the pan which may be because it contains a lot of glitter.  It’s beautiful but unless you want fallout like crazy then I recommend you spray your brush with a fixing spray after you pick up the product or apply over a glitter glue.

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The most disappointing shade of this palette for me is Ginger.  It is a pale satin shade which is thin, lacks pigment and I just don’t really get it.  I suppose you could use it to highlight your brow bone or inner corner BUT it’s such a similar tone to Coriander it just seems like a waste of a shade.  I would have way preffered a red to orange duo chrome shimmer, a rich red shimmer or even a pale yellow transition shade or a deep dark chocolate brown matte. Any of those options would have added a real richness to the colour story that was lost with this shade selection.  I love a nine pan palette but it needs to be really well thought out and for me, four of these nine shades are a bit too similar.

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I was, however, excited to realise you can do a very cool, burgundy look with this palette which I didn’t realise at first glance, and it makes this colour scheme more versatile than it first seems.

In terms of wear, I really like the formula of these shadows.  I felt like the mattes blended really well and the shimmers are beautiful. I have done a look with this palette using just shimmers and (aside from the two in the more flackery formula) they blended out well into the crease.

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Overall, I really like the Suva Beauty formula and I have enjoyed this little palette.  The Saffron palette retails for around $50aud or $35usd and honestly I think that is a lot.  I got mine as part of a mystery bag so didn’t pay full price and I wouldn’t. If you want a nice little warm neutral palette at a more affordable price ColourPop does some great versions for significantly less and a similar level of quality in my opinion.  If you want to try something from Suva though – their hydra liners are so cool! Review coming soon.

So would I recommend the Saffron palette? For its quality?  Sure!  For the price… no.  If you do pick it up though, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Have a glorious day 🙂

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All shimmer look

 

 

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!

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!

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!

 

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!