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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!

Things I don’t Love: The Natural Nude Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadows

Full disclosure.  I purchased this palette for three reasons that didn’t really have anything to do with the product inside.  1) the packaging is super cute, 2) I love the ‘warm nude all-in-1 shimmer strip palette for the face’ from the same range and 3) I got it on sale.  This may explain some of my disappointment with this palette.  But I digress.

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Top: All-in-1 face palette, below: eye enhancing palette

 

The Natural Nude Eye Enhancing Shimmer Strip palette is a mini shadow palette that contains nine warm, nude, shimmer shades.  It is marketed as containing eye enhancing shadow shades and a liner shade, and as you can see from the swatches, the dark liner shade is certainly the most pigmented shadow of the bunch.  Pigmentation is my main gripe with this palette.  The shadows are soft and pretty, but they are very firmly pressed and I had a hard time building up any kind of real pigmentation on the eye.  Plus, the colours are all SO SIMILAR on the eye that it is hardly worth having nine to choose from!  And being all shimmers, this is not a stand alone palette for me.

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Natural Nude Eye Enhancing Shimmer strip swatches… very similar!

I really was unimpressed by this palette.  I found the colours, such as they were, faded on me quite quickly and it really is accurately named in being ‘natural’ and ‘nude’ as this is certainly “no makeup” makeup.  I also own the ‘Warm Nude Shimmer Strip All-in-1 face palette‘ from this range and I LOVE it as a highlighter.  In my opinion it also works much better as eyeshadow too than this actual eyeshadow version!   Plus there is a better range of colours in the All-in-1 shimmer strips too.

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All-in-1 Shimmer strips palette and the Natural Nude eye enhancing shimmer strips.

Another con for me is that the strips of the eyeshadow palette are not separated and each colour strip is really narrow so it is hard to pick up discrete colours with your brush.

Basically, I don’t love this.

The ‘Natural Nude Shimmer Strip Custom Eye Enhancing Shadows’ retails for $24.95 in Australia. WOW.  That is expensive!  It contains only 7.5g of product and if I had paid that price for this product I would have been extremely disappointed.  Honestly, order a Revolution Beauty or ColourPop pressed shadow palette for half the price and you will be so much happier!

Have a wonderful day.

p.s.  Why do Physician’s Formula have to name their products such LONG names!!!

ColourPop: Lip liners

Now that I am a mum, I don’t wear lipstick as regularly as I used to, but when I do wear lipstick, I routinely wear lip liner too.  My lips are quite heavily lined and I find that a lip liner seems to help all lipsticks look smoother when applied, last longer and reduce the colour running outside my lip line.

I do have a specific preference when it comes to lip liner formula though.  It needs to be creamy and pigmented.  While I appreciate that I am in fact drawing onto my mouth with a pencil, I don’t want it to feel that harsh!  The ColourPop lip liners really fit the bill for me.

These lip liners are in pencil form with the plasticky outer covering that seems like you may not be able to sharpen it… but you can!  All the pencils in this range are packaged in white with the colour marked on the tip.  These are beautifully pigmented and nice and creamy.  You could certainly wear these on their own or, as I often do, just topped off with a gloss.  They last really well and are super comfortable.  Under a lipstick they make any formula appear more opache and certainly increase the longevity of anything you wear over the top.

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Swatches (from top to bottom): BFF, Chi, Oh Snap

I have two qualms about this product though.  One is that the pencil caps can be a little loose and often fall off which is annoying as becuase the colour is marked on the pencil end, you inevitably want to store them cap end down.  The other complaint is that as these pencils age and dry out slightly the product shrinks a little and the whole pencil centre can slide out.  This isn’t a disaster for me, but it is annoying, particularly if you are storing them cap side down!!

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Do either of these issues impact on the functionality of the product on your lips?  No.  But they aren’t problems I have with other lip liners in my collection so are worth mentioning.

As far as lip liners go, I think I still prefer my Essence lip liners – they are cheaper and equally as good quality without any of the minor packaging concerns.  Plus, I can buy them at my local chemist so can swatch colours before purchase which is convenient for me.  But, ColourPop has a large range of colours so if you are placing an order, I would certainly say it is worth giving these a go.

Have a glorious day!

Things I don’t love: Australis lip liners

Welcome back to my ‘things I don’t Love’ series where I discuss products I didn’t like, or that just didn’t work for me.  This week’s focus is pencil lip liners.  Now, I was initially excited to try these lip liners from Australis, as I enjoy my Australis face base products so much and was keen to try other things in their range. As soon as I swatches these lip liners though, I knew they weren’t going to be my thing.

In a nutshell these are hard and waxy.  Boo!

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swatches: Lady in Red (top) and Kiss Me Quick (bottom)

Yes, they can be pigmented and the colours are super pretty but they just aren’t the sort of formula that I prefer in a lip liner.  I don’t like to have to really push a pencil with pressure across my lips to line them.  I just don’t.  I’m looking for a creamy formula that is matte and lasts well.  And that is just not what you get with these.  I tried them a couple of times but to be honest I just didn’t enjoy them, never reached for them and now I am decluttering them basically unused.

If you like a firmer, waxy lip liner then you may really enjoy these but if you are looking for something a bit creamer and smoother to apply then I recommend trying the Essence lip liners (which are cheaper and infinitely better!) or the ColourPop lip liners which also have a really nice formula (full review coming on the ColourPop liners!).

So that’s it!  Have a great day 🙂

ColourPop: You Had Me At Hello – eyeshadow palette

I’m not going to lie.   I am really enjoying the ColourPop pressed eyeshadow palettes. They are budget friendly and cruelty free and a lot of fun.  I actually received the ‘You had me at hello’ palette for free as part of one of the ColourPop holiday sales and I am so glad that I did.  This is a great little palette.

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First row swatches: The Knot, Moon Struck, Two Peas, Candygram

Firstly, there are equal numbers of mattes and shimmers.  Woot!  Secondly there are two really great transition shades in ‘Two Peas’ (warm tan brown) and ‘Winning Ticket’ (cool mauve brown).  And then a nice selection of mid-toned mattes for deepening up the crease in both warm and cool tones as well as a pigmented, dark neutral brown if you really want to smoke things out for a more dramatic look.

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Second row swatches: Winning Ticket, FBO, Look-See, Fool’s rush

I very much enjoy the berry vibes of some of these colours which I think are complemented well by the warmer shades provided.  Plus, the shimmers are really lovely and in such a nice range of colours!  There is a great taupe, a berry, bronze, copper, gold and champagne, all of which are pigmented and reflective and apply beautifully with your finger or with a little fixing spray on your brush for a stunning result.  You really can get multiple very different looks from this one little palette.  I also want to note that this palette doesn’t have any glitter shades which I personally appreciate.  It is well curated in my opinion.

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Third row swatches: Pulling Strings, Want U Back, DTR, Sparks Fly

These shadows wear really well for me without creasing or fading.  I have been impressed.

Oh – and this palette has a mirror!  If that is important to you – then score!! (You do pay extra for the privilege though.  Their standard palettes are $16 and this one retails for $18)

I think my only word of warning in regards to this palette is that the matte shades really do give a LOT of kick up when you dip your brush in.  A LOT.  This isn’t a deal breaker for me as they blend really nicely and as long as I tap off my brush I haven’t had any issues with fallout.  But if loose powder in the pan drives you nuts then you won’t like this.  (To be fair, this can be an issue across the whole ColourPop matte eyeshadow range but I noticed it more in this palette than others I have tried).

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I love the novelty of being able to rearrange the shades in these magnetic palettes – this is how I placed my shadows so they made more sense for me.  I think that option is such a cool feature!

If I was to change one thing in this palette I would swap ‘Pulling Strings’ which is a medium mustard brown matte, for a light cream matte as this would make this an all-in-one perfect travel palette for me BUT that is based on my fair skin preferences. The good news is that these palettes are magnetic so I can always swap out a pale matte from another of my ColourPop palettes if I want to take this one travelling. Bonus.

Overall: great little palette.  If you like these shade colours then I would definitely say it is worth the money.

Have a great day!