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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 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!

 

Three brands I want to try in 2019

2018 was the year of Juvia’s Place for me. I tried their brand for the first time and fell in love and it has inspired me to challenge myself to try new brands in 2019 in search of other amazing formulas.

Three brands that I am particularly interested in trying in 2019 are:

1) Blush Tribe. This is an indie brand from the UK and they have some stunning eyeshadow palettes as well as liquid lipsticks, eyelashes and soon to be released blushes BUT it is their multi-chrome pigments that have me really doing a double take.  International shipping is expensive but I’m determine to take the plunge next time they have a good sale.

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2) Coloured Raine. This brand made a name for themselves when they released the Queen of Hearts palette and I have been interested ever since but just haven’t bitten the bullet as they are more on the expensive side but 2019 will be the year to have a little splurge.

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3) LOOXI Beauty.  This brand has some really stunning duo chrome single shadows that are CALLING my name.  I’m really wanting to buy less this year, but make the things I buy stuff I’m super interested in… but as I currently have around US$90 worth of shadows sitting in my basket on their site I may need to wait for a sale regardless of how interested I am 😬😳😬

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I’m always excited to try new cruelty free brands so please share any suggestions about brands I should explore or what brands YOU are keen to try in 2019.

Have a glorious day!

Afrique by Juvia’s Place

If you follow my blog at all then you know I am currently having a love affair with Juvia’s Place eyeshadows. I didn’t initially purchase the Afrique palette when it was initially released as the bright, colourful mattes were a little intimidating for me. I mean, I love makeup, but I am no makeup artist.  But eventually my love of the formula won out over my anxiety about being inept with the shades and I’m so glad I did decide to pick this up. It’s so fun, and so beautiful!

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Afrique by Juvia’s

First off, the packaging is stunning.  I adore the artwork from Juvia’s and very much appreciate that the palette is sturdy cardboard rather than plastic.  There are five shimmer shades and seven mattes. I would describe the mattes as buildable but very easy to work with.  The colourful shades – particularly the blue (Cote d’lvoire), red (Dakar) and Green (Niger) will kick up just a bit of powder in the pan but nothing terrible.

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row 1: Cote d’lvoire, Dakar, Niger, Togo

The shimmers are very pigmented and I love them applied with a little setting spray on the brush or applied with a dry brush and then intensified with a little additional shadow tapped on with a finger. These steps aren’t necessary but they will make the reflectivity and colour POP.  Stunning.

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row 2: Bintou, Cotonou, Aya, Cameroon

At first the colour story was a bit difficult for me to negotiate. I felt like I spent a lot of time looking at the palette without knowing where to start,  but after playing with this for a few weeks I now find the colours quite inspiring and have really enjoyed experimenting with those colourful matte shades.  The extremely bright yellow (Aya) is the most daunting to me.  I just kept thinking – what am I going to do with that??  But actually, this is a really nice blend-out shade for the other warm mattes in the crease.

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row 3: Angelique, Kisi, Fifi, Kofi

I think the greatest surprise for me is how wearable this palette can be.  If you want to wear a berry look, or a very neutral everyday look, you can achieve it with this palette. In fact if you cover those more colourful shades, suddenly the Afrique becomes EXTREMELY approachable for the neutral lover.  On that note the matte shade Kisi is my perfect rosey-brown transition shade but I imagine it would be a beautiful brow highlight for people with dark skin tones.

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Look what happens when you cover those five really colourful shadows!  Suddenly those neutrals really jump out at you.  Kisi, Bintou, Fif and Angelique make a really pretty rosey look.

Overall, this is actually a super fun, surprisingly versatile eyeshadow palette that really balances colour and neutrals well. The formula is excellent and the price is affordable.

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Transition: Kisi,  Crease: Cameroon, Outer V, lower lash and lid: Bintou,  Lid and lower lash: Cotonou (layered over Bintou), Inner third of lid and lower lash: Fifi and Inner Corner: Anglique.

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Transition: Kisi, Crease, lid and lower lash: Cote d’lvoire, lid: Cotonou, Inner Corner: Angelique.

I love Juvia’s place and if you are looking for something a bit different, then definitely give the Afrique a go.  

Have a fantastic day!

(p.s. the code ANGELICA will get you 10% off Juvia’s Place and is an affiliated code for the youtuber Angelica Nyqvist who was my inspiration for trying the Juvia’s brand.  She is a joy to watch so you should check out her channel if you haven’t already)

 

The Warrior by Juvia’s Place

Golden deliciousness.

These are my thoughts when I look at The Warrior palette.  Golden deliciousness.  I can’t even begin to imagine how gorgeous this must look on those of you with medium to deep skin tones but even I can rock this colour scheme on my fair and freckled face.  The Warrior is seriously lush and if you love golden tones I really do think you will love this.

ECCFCC7C-FADE-46BD-AA60-2CC8B099D294 This is certainly a neutral palette but amped up, with the potential to be super glam.  There are three mattes, which may seem like an issue if you prefer mattes to shimmers BUT The Warrior II is the all matte baby sister that pairs with this palette perfectly, if mattes are your thing.  Saying that, I have found that the three mattes provided here are just what I need for any look.  Kano is quite warm toned and Mino is more neutral.  Both are buildable colours and are super easy to work with.  Ahosi is a pretty basic cream highlighting type shade – handy but as I keep a cream single shadow on my vanity for that purpose I would actually have preferred for there to be a different coloured matte in its place (perhaps a mustard yellow?).

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Row 1: Amina, Idia, Mino

The shimmers here are really stunning.  Like REALLY delicious.  If you apply these with a dry brush they look lovely.  If you apply these with your finger or a wet brush they look STUNNING.  We are taking liquid metal.  Idia is quite possibly the most spectacular pressed shadow I have ever worn.  It is so pigmented, so reflective, so metallic and it LASTS without fading and I didn’t get any fallout.

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Row 2: Ahosi, Moremi, Kano

Despite the palette colour story seeming extremely warm toned at first glance, you can actually get quite a neutral-toned look from this palette if you want.  Amina, Mino, Moremi, and Benin are more neutral toned.  Benin is actually extremely stunning and very wearable – it is my most used lid shade from this palette.

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Row 3: Dahomey, Bakwa, Benin

Overall, I really enjoy this palette.  I’m not suggesting the tones here are somehow revolutionary because I know they aren’t.  If you have a bigger collection of eyeshadow you most certainly have something similar to these colours in your makeup bag right now but the formula of Juvia’s Place really is special and if you are looking for a palette that will make you look like a golden goddess well – The Warrior is your girl.

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The Warrior retails for USD20 but Juvia’s Place has regular sales which bring the price down even further.  You can also use the code ANGELICA for a further 10% off.  This is an affiliated code for youtuber Angelica Nyqvist who is the fabulous woman who got me onto Juvia’s Place and for that I am very happy to support her by using her code.  (plus – it will save you some money too!).  If you aren’t following Angelica you should certainly look her up as her makeup looks are inspiring and she is so much fun to watch.

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Juvia’s Place is most well known for colourful palettes so if you are a neutral lover this might just be your chance to try these shadows for yourself.  And if, like me, you love colour and neutrals do yourself a favour and check out Juvia’s Place.

Have a wonderful day!

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!