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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!

ColourPop: Dream St. Shadow Palette

I have very much enjoyed the 12 pan eyeshadow palettes from ColourPop and this collaboration with Kathleen Lights is no exception.  I purchased this palette because I really liked the colour story – some warm tones, some pops of colours, a rose gold – it speaks my language, and it does not disappoint.IMG_8937

I love the colours in this palette.  I feel like for just 12 shadows there is SO much diversity going on here (aside from one double-up I will discuss later).  I use this for very basic everyday looks but I have also used this for really dramatic, colourful looks too with equal success.

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Row 1 swatches: shooting star, magical, star dust, twinkle

The quality of the shades is consistently good throughout the palette.  The mattes are beautiful and blend so nicely, even the dark teal shade called Water Bearer which I was worried about.  I love it laid down on the lid with the shimmer teal called Mermaid Boy patted over the top – SO PRETTY.  Like all blue mattes it will muddy up quickly if you blend it with browns but I use this by laying this colour down first and then blending other colours with it just along the edge rather than layering it over other colours.  If you’re a makeup artist please let me know if you have other tips for using these kinds of dark blue mattes successfully 🙂

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Row 2 swatches: sweet dreams, water bearer, potion, spark

The most interesting, unique and beautiful shadow of this palette for me is definitely Kaleidoscope.  In the promo images and even in the swatch picture that I took above this shade looks like a pretty, light taupe BUT don’t be fooled, this shade is so much more dynamic than that.  It had a green/blue sort of shift to it which makes it work so well with the teals in the palette.  I love this all over the lid with the brown mattes in the crease, I love it on the inner third of the lid with mermaid boy across the rest of the lid space, I love it as an inner corner highlight.  Honestly, I don’t have anything like this shade anywhere else in my collection and it is just lovely.

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Row 3 swatches: kaleidoscope, elfish, moony, mermaid boy

My only criticism of this palette is that Star Dust and Twinkle are just TOO similar for me.  Star Dust is more of a copper shimmer and Twinkle is more of a rose gold metallic but honestly on the eye you probably wouldn’t tell the difference.  If it was my choice I’d keep Twinkle as it is a more pigmented shade then I’d replace Star Dust with something else – perhaps a mustard yellow matte or a yellow shimmer reminiscent of Kathleen’s super shock shade in Telepathy.  As there are only 12 shades it seems a waste to have two that are so similar.

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Star Dust and Twinkle

Overall, I really like this palette.  I have enjoyed every look I’ve made with it, have found it user friendly and have enjoyed the fact that it is neutral with some really fun pops of colour.  ColourPop is releasing new, affordable and cruelty free makeup ALL THE TIME so it is always fun (and tempting!) to check out their website.

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.

ColourPop: Give it to me Straight

As you can probably tell if you follow my blog, I’m a little bit addicted to the 12 pan eyeshadow palettes from ColourPop.  The quality is typically really good, the colours are pretty, they are cruelty free and the price is right.  So, when ColourPop released the ‘Give it to me Straight’ palette, I purchased it impulsively.

I would say the quality of this palette is in keeping with the other pressed eyeshadows in ColourPop’s range.  I have seen comments from people online who were a bit disgruntled with the release of yet “another” neautral, warm toned palette, but I actually really like the way this palette has been curated.

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Firstly, I feel like the range of formulas is really balanced between matte and shimmer.  There are 6 matte shades ranging from a pale cream to a dark, chocolate brown with a nice range of depth in between.  There is 1 matte-based glitter shade (BS), which is my least favourite formula, and then 5 shimmery shades.  In terms of shade selection there are some more neuatral browns, some very warm tan and copper shades and then some deeper berry tones.  I can get some very diverse looks from this one little palette which makes it great for travel.

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Row 1 swatches: Matter of Fact, Up front, Straight Up, BS

I have found the darker shades to be the weakest in the palette.  There are two shimmers which are a little flakey to the touch which are ‘Forthright’ and ‘Be Blunt’.  They are beautiful colours and very pigmented but I think they are best used with some fixing spray to avoid fallout.  Also the matte colours ‘TMI’ and ‘Actually’ are dry to the touch and kick up quite a bit of powder when you dip into them.  They are pigmented but can be a little patchy if you over-blend them.  Saying that, this is me being REALLY picky for the purpose of this review.  I love this palette and find it works so well for every day wear.  I have no problem using just this palette every day.

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Row 2 swatches: Frank, Candid, Forthright, Downright

If I were to compare this to other palettes in ColourPop’s range I would say it is a combination of the types of shades offered in the ‘Double Entendre and the ‘You had me at Hello’ palettes so if you own either of those palettes you probably don’t need this one.  I do own all three palettes but I don’t regret the purchases at all.  I have packed this for travel and loved it and will be taking it with me again on my next trip in a few weeks.

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Row 3 swatches: Truth Hurts, Be blunt, TMI, Actually

Look, this is a US$12 palette.  We aren’t talking sheep stations here so if you are looking for a pretty little palette and you like these shades, then I say it is well worth the money.

Have a glorious day!

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!

I Heart Makeup Theme Palette: You’re Gorgeous

Here is the next swatch-fest post for the Theme palette range from I Heart Makeup, and this time we are looking at the ‘You’re Gorgeous’ palette.  For a more general review of the Theme Palette range including the eyeshadow formula and packaging, see my blog post here.

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I Heart Makeup Theme Palette: You’re Gorgeous – Outer Packaging. Photo credit to the TAMBeauty website

The ‘You’re Gorgeous’ palette is quite a cool-toned palette with lots of lovely taupe shades.  This is certainly more of a neutral palette and great for everyday wear.

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I Heart Makeup Theme Palette: You’re Gorgeous

The colour selection of matte shades in this palette are super practical with a nice range of crease shades and darker more dramatic shades as well as some interesting plum tones.

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swatches: row 1 – mattes

I like the fact that these mattes allow for a very neutral, everyday look as well as facilitating a more dramatic smokey eye.

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swatches: row 2 – mattes

The shimmer shades are much more consistent quality in this palette when compared to the ‘Fast Love’ palette.  They are generally smooth and pigmented with none of the chunky, patchy, flakiness that was evident in a couple of the shades in the ‘Fast Love’ version.

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swatches: row three – first six shades

The peachy shimmer shade above, (swatch 2) lacks pigmentation but you can build it up if you foil it with a fixing spray.

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swatches: row three – last five shades.

Row three of the shimmers really is beautiful.  You have some bright, lighter shades, a pinky-taupe, a copper and all the chocolatey browns you could need.  Perhaps a criticism would be that there are quite a few similarities among the browns here, but they are pretty.

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swatches: row 4 – first six shades

While row three feel really cohesive to me, row four has a few more interesting colours – not really “pops” of colour, but there is certainly more variety on offer here.

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swatches: row 4 – last five shades

The last two shades in the palette (swatch 4 and 5 above) are certainly the weakest shades in my opinion.  The black and blue both contain silver glitter, which is not my jam to start with, but I find the matte base of these shadows to be quite dry and chalky.  The blue, in particular, is patchy and hard to blend.  I would recommend going in with a little at a time and building the colour slowly as it is pigmented and will stain the eyelid a bit.  Also – who decided that this blue fitted with the rest of the colours in this palette when it was being curated.  Random??

The black glitter shade isn’t as bad, but the glitter falls out as you blend so I think the matte black in row two is a better option and if you want glitter, add it separately afterwards.

Overall, I like this palette.  Lots of neutrals and the quality really is pretty good.

Have a great day 🙂