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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!

 

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!

 

Hanami – Cosmetics with Conscience: Mineral Lipstick and Cream Blush review

I like everything that the Hanami brand represents.  Hanami is a Japanese word for their traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers.  How perfect is that for a cosmetic company name?!  Hanami are vegan, cruelty free, palm oil free, Australian Made and Owned and they are focused on natural ingredients and being kind to the planet.  I love these ideals and wish every brand could be like this.

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I have tried two products from the range including one of their vegan mineral lipsticks and also one of their vegan cream blushes and to be honest we have one hit and one miss here for me.

Lets start with the product that hasn’t worked for me.  The Mineral lipstick that I have is in the shade Valley of the Dolls which retails for $31.95 AUD.  It is a baby pink shade and is a semi matte formula.  There are a few issues here for me.  One is that this shade really doens’t suit me 😦  but more importantly the scent of this lipstick is sickly for me.  It contains Citrus Aurantium Duulcis Peel oil (sweet orange) and the scent is quite strong and it lingers on the lips for me.  I imagine that this wouldn’t be a deal breaker for most people but it bothers me.  They also claim it is really long wearing, but I can’t comment on that as every time I have put this lipstick on I have ended up removing it within the hour due to the scent.

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Mineral lipstick in Valley of the Dolls

The other issue is that this formula is quite streaky.  I find it really sinks into the lines on my lips, even if I totally fill in my lips with a liner first.  The formula contains Jojoba oil and shea butter so it feels balmy and moisturising, but it doesn’t look flattering on my lips at all.  It may just be an issue specific to this colour, I don’t know, but at AU$32 I won’t be trying another shade to find out.  To be honest I desperately wanted to love this as I love the ideals of the brand but this lipstick didn’t work for me.

On to a product that I do love and that is the cream blush which retails for AU$29.95.  I have the shade Sunset Boulevard which they describe as being a deep rose with orange undertones and best suited to dark skin tones.  I actually have fair skin but I find this works perfectly when applied with a light hand.

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Cream Blush in Sunset Boulevard

This blush comes in a very small, screw top compact (smaller than I expected to be honest – around the size of a AUD 50cent coin).  The formula is quite dry but it does blend out easily with a small stipple brush.  (I use the small stipple brush from E.L.F.).  I layer this on top of my foundation and before powder.  I live in the tropics and even in the hot, humid summer months this wears really well for me, particularly when layered with a powder blush.

Overall, I am intrigued by the Hanami brand.  I received both of these products in “Flora and Fauna” beauty subscription boxes so I’m not sure I would have purchased them otherwise as they are quite pricey.  I’m so glad I got the opportunity to test them out though as I love everything about Hanami’s ideology and out of the two products I have tried one has been a fantastic addition to my collection.

Have you tried anything from this vegan brand?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and recommendations if you have.

Have a glorious day!

 

Nude by Nature: contour palette

Nude By Nature is a cruelty free, Australian brand that is formulated using 100% natural ingredients and without preservatives or harmful synthetics.  They are PETA certified and are widely available in stores in Australia, as well as through their website.  I believe they are also sold throughout the UK, Europe, Canada and New Zealand.  Although Nude by Nature is a “drug store” brand it is certainly at the upper end in price.  I’m a girl on a budget so I was slow to try their makeup until I discovered their bundle kits which are MUCH better value and a great way to try out products from the brand.

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I purchased this contour kit as part of a 2016 Christmas set in the 2017 January sales for a GREAT price and I have been very impressed.  The packaging is stylish with a rose gold outer plastic compact and good quality mirror and the overall size is great for travel and storage.  Each pan contains 4g of product.

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Unlike other contour kits that I have tried there are not a mass of shades on offer here but it is everything you need for a matte contoured look: a cool-toned contour shade, a warm bronzer shade and a yellow-toned matte, highlighting shade.  The powders are soft, blendable and not SO pigmented that they are hard to work with.  I really enjoy these powders, so much so that I decluttered my other, larger contour kit once I had this in my collection.

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Now, this is where we get to the cons about this product.  I have fair skin and these tones work well for me… but this is the only contour kit that they sell and it obviously won’t work for medium to deep complexions.  They certainly need a medium and deep version of this kit to properly meet the needs of the market.

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Secondly, this product has a 24 month recommended shelf life but I found that after 12 months I started to get hard pan on the contour and bronzer shades which was disappointing.  Admittedly I have a large makeup collection that I rotate so I don’t use this product every week, and I live in a very humid climate so both of these factors may have contributed to the problem but it is not an issue I have generally encountered in my other powder products.  I have been just using a spoolie to lightly remove the affected areas but it is a bit of a bummer.

The Nude by Nature contour kit retails for AU$39.95 which is pretty expensive in my books and I don`t think I could justify paying that price​.  Saying that, I do think it is a lovely product and if these tones will work for your complexion they are definitely worth trying.  Nude by Nature frequently goes on sale at Priceline so I`d recommend waiting for a good deal if you are interested or try one of their value sets.  (They do amazing, seasonal makeup kits on their website which will save you 50% off the retail price and would be a great way to sample from across the brand.  Anyway, I digress)

Have a great day!

Physician’s Formula: Happy Booster range

I own two products from the Happy Booster range and I will admit that the packaging and the heart imprints on the powders really suckered me in.  These look cute – but do the products work?  In Australia, Physician’s formula is not what I would consider a super budget friendly brand.  If you are going to pay $20-$25 for a drugstore product, you want to be sure it is worth it!

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Considering that the cute aesthetic of these products is the reason I purchased them, let’s address the packaging first.  These compacts come with a brush and mirror.  Although the heart indentation and shiny pink base is pretty these are super bulky.  The mirror is a handy addition but the brush is terrible and I would only ever use it in an absolute pinch.  I would have rather they ditched the brush for a more streamline (easier to store!) compact.

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Happy Booster blush compared to a ColourPop blush compact

Now for the actual products.

The Glow and Mood Boosting Blush that I own is in the shade ‘natural’.  It is a pale pink shade with a satin formula.  This is a subtle blush to be sure.  It is easy for every day wear as you can really slap it on without too much thought and you won’t get crazy clown cheeks.  To be honest, I find it almost needs a bit of building up  to show, even on my fair skin.  I don’t find it is overly long lasting but it does get me through a work day without disappearing completely.  I can’t imagine that this would work on skin any darker than light to fair complexions.

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Happy Booster Glow and Mood Boosting Blush in Natural

The other product I decided to try is the Glow and Mood Boosting Powder in ‘translucent.’  I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one, but hoped it was a glowy finishing powder – and so it is.  For a moment I was really disappointed with this product as the first time I used it I could see micro glitter on my face.  EEK!  But don’t panic my friends, the glitter is an overspray.  Is it truely translucent though?  I don’t think so.  It is glowy but it also has a very pale, slightly pink base pigment that gives a slight cast on the skin and I imagine this could be a bit ashy on people with darker skin tones than mine.  The glow is very subtle – too much so to really be used as a targeted highlighter but I enjoy using this as a final step to finish my contour, blush and highlight for a really blended, glowy look.  I would compare this to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders (if you are familiar with those).

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Happy Booster Glow and Mood Boosting Powder in Translucent

So, do I think that these Happy Booster products are worth the money?  To be honest, not really.  If I had my time again I would have used that same money on something else because I have very similar products from other budget-friendly, cruelty free brands that cost half the price.  These are nice enough, but they aren’t anything super special.

Have a wonderful day!