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The Nubian 2 by Juvia’s Place

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

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The Nubian 2 by Juvia’s

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

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First row: Morocco, Madagascar, Sheba and Yaa

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

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Row two swatches: Jezebel, Zuri, Cleopatra and Nefertiti

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

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Row three swatches: Nairobi, Leyla, Kenya and Egypt

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

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

Have a glorious day!

Juvia’s Place: The Saharan II

I’m currently having a love affair with Juvia’s Place. As my proficiency with makeup improves (ha!) and my inhibition regarding colour decreases I’m finding myself drawn to their palettes like a bee to flowers.  Even just a year ago I would never have purchased The Saharan II palette because the blue shadows are a little intimidating but actually these are the very shades which drew me in.

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This nine pan palette is stunning to look at.  I love the purple and yellow colour combination of the packaging and the cover art is stunning.  These pans are HUGE.  Like, surprisingly big, so I’m glad I love this palette because I’m never going to pan it.  You get 6 metallic shades and 3 mattes and I think the balance works extremely well.

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Despite there being a few pops of colour in this palette it is actually very wearable for every day.  The pigmentation is stellar.  I do foil these with a fixing spray but only because they look SO STUNNING that way, not because it is actually required.  There is a beautiful bronze (Hadiya) and light gold shade (Aziza) as well as a truly stunning peachy shade (Marrakesh) that is deliciously pigmented and SO beautiful on the lid.  I love the tone of the blue called Berber (it is like a powdered version of ColourPop’s super shock shadow in Coconut if you are familiar with it) and the duo chrome light blue/green shade called Chefchaouen is also really beautiful and quite unique to my collection.  The surprise shade for me is the burgundy shimmer (Nomad) which seems a bit out of place in this palette but it is actually such a nice addition because it really does mean you can use this palette for such a diverse series of looks.  I love the berry pop it offers.  The Saharan II really has surprised me with how dynamic the colour story is.

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Shimmers from top to bottom: Chefchaouen, Nomad, Berber, Hadiya, Aziza and Marrakesh

As for the mattes, I think the three shades work so well together.  The warm, mid-toned brown (Taza) really does blend out well in the crease, even on my pale skin.  The dark brown (Fez) is very blendable and perfect for darkening up the look although it is not as deep and dark as I expected.  The same could be said of the burgundy matte (Zohra) which looks extremely dark in the pan but is actually more mid-toned and bright on the skin.  This colour is a little dry to the touch compared to the other two matte shades but it doesn’t seem to impact its performance on the eyes.

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Mattes from top to bottom: Taza, Fez and Zohra

Overall, I really like this palette.  It is beautiful, a bit unique and the quality is stunning.  I used this palette to make a peacock inspired look which I really loved and I’m so happy with the way the blues played against that burgundy matte.  So beautiful.

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Juvia’s Place is cruelty free, pretty budget friendly and available through a number of sellers including their own website which does ship internationally.  They do regular sales so if you are keen to try this palette wait for a deal.  This palette retails on their website for USD20 but I got it during a 40% off sale!  I really think this formula is worth a try.

Have a wonderful day!

 

ColourPop: The Zodiac Palette

Lets get this out of the way before we get into the review.  I did not buy this collaboration palette with Kathleen Lights because it is a ‘zodiac’ palette.  I don’t believe in the zodiac but I totally respect your right to do so.  I think it is novel and interesting and probably a bit fun but I don’t follow it seriously.  I watched Kathleen’s youtube video where she discussed this palette and explained why she chose each colour in relation to its corresponding sign so I appreciate that to a degree she was being led by the theme, but I am not going to review this palette on those terms.  I am just going to say what I think of the shadows as is.

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And on that note, normally the 12 pan ColourPop palettes really excite me but when I saw the promo images of The Zodiac I was a bit uninspired.  At first it just looks like a bit of a mish mash of colours and I wasn’t sure what I would do with it in terms of creating looks.  The packaging is stunning, and I appreciate the mirror but this palette has the “browns and oranges with a pop of blue and green” colour story of the Mar palette that was also released this season so it feels a bit repetitive even though the colours themselves are different. The rosey shades are very pretty and I have found myself reaching for those the most.  I do appreciate that overall this palette has an even distribution of cooler and warmer tones and I also enjoy the fact that this is a colourful palette with a pop of brown (as Angelica Nyqvist from Youtube would say) rather than being another straight up neutral palette.

Now, onto the shadow quality.  Overall, I would say the quality is good, but it isn’t the most consistent palette in terms of quality that I have seen from ColourPop.

The Aries is much more of a satin shade than it appears in the pan.  I was expecting this to be metallic but was disappointed to find that actually it is quite a flat colour.  So much so that I have blended this into the crease and put The Leo on the lid and it was a pretty, simple look but not what I was expecting.

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The Aries, The Taurus, The Gemini, The Cancer

The Capricorn is in my least favourite formula of a matte base with glitters, and in my least used colour of black but this one has surprised me.  I used this for a dark smokey eye with the browns in the crease and then I picked up The Capricorn on my brush and really wet my brush and patted it onto the lid and I found that it looked quite satin and the glitters really did transfer well to the lid.  Honestly, its not a colour I will reach for but it does work well.  I then blended the edges gently with more of The Capricorn and I didn’t notice any glitter fallout.

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The Leo, The Virgo, The Libra, The Scorpio

The Pisces is the most disappointing shadow of the palette for me.  I love the colour but it is super flakey and whenever I wore this I had glitter fallout all over my cheeks by the end of the day.  Ironically, I am a pisces so… bummer.  I think a glitter glue is required to really make this one work.

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The Sagittarius, The Capricorn, The Aquarius, The Pisces 

My favourite shades from this palette would have to be The Cancer and The Libra – stunning and quite unique and together with The Scorpio and The Sagittarius they make a really stunning eyelook.

Overall, This is just an ok palette for me.  I do enjoy the rosey, cool tones and I will reach for this palette just for them but if I had my time again, I probably wouldn’t pick this up, at least not for full price.  Its a shame really, because I love Dream St.  which was Kathleen’s first palette collaboration with ColourPop. Saying that, if you really enjoy the zodiac I think this has been really well curated and you will totally love this I’m sure!

Have a great 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!