Saturday, 19 January 2019

TATCHA SILK CANVAS PRIMER DRUGSTORE DUPE ELF PORELESS PUTTY PRIMER


The Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer ($52) has been on my wishlist forever, Tatcha is very popular amongst the US beauty community in particular Tati Westbrook, Jeffree Star and Jaclyn Hill who all have deep pockets for bougie primers and have spread that infatuation to the masses. Unfortunately, getting your hands on Tatcha products in the UK is not as easy, you can purchase certain products from Beautylish and Amazon but with a significant markup. For instance, the Silk Canvas Primer retails for $52 on the Tatcha website and in the UK you can only get it for upwards of £70 on London Loves Beauty and a whoppinh £84 on Amazon UK. Fear not, because ELF Cosmetics might just have a dupe. The Poreless Putty Primer *£8) is packaged similarly with a balm consistency with similar ingredients. You can check out the similarities in the ingredients list below.

Tatcha Silk Canvas INGREDIENTS: Net. Wt. 0.7 oz. (20g) - Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Saccharomyces/Camellia Sinensis Leaf/Cladosiphon Okamuranus/Rice Ferment Filtrate*, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Propanediol, Dimethicone, Ceresin, Titanium Dioxide, Squalane, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Sericin, Hydrolyzed Silk, Silk Powder, Caesalpinia Spinosa Fruit Extract, Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract, Yeast Extract, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Zinc Stearate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Disodium Edta, Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Parfum/Fragrance, Isopropyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Mica (Ci 77019), Tin Oxide (Ci 77861), Iron Oxide (Ci 77491).


ELF Poreless Putty INGREDIENTS:  Net. Wt. 0.74 oz. (21g) - Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Ceresin, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Propylene Glycol, Lauryl PEG-10 Tris(trimethylsiloxy)silylethyl Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Squalane, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Talc, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol MAY CONTAIN: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

Most of you know that ELF is now available in Superdrug in the UK so this news is especially excited and I definitely intend to pick it up when it comes in to do a review on it. As usual it has not come to the UK stores just yet but you can get it on the ELF UK website. But keep your eyes peeled on my blog because the second it hits I will be grabbing it regardless of my no buy (which I have already broken twice). Findng a good primer is a constant struggle for me, so please comment what is your favourite primer? I would love to know. Thank you for reading. Take care.

What is your favourite primer? 

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Monday, 14 January 2019

FROM HATE TO LOVE | RETRYING THE HOURGLASS VANISH SEAMLESS FINISH FOUNDATION STICK



So I plan to post a video on this as well (which will be here if it exists) but let's see if that actually happens, but today we are talking about the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Stick Foundation* (£42), which will soon be sold in a liquid format as well. The shade I use is Golden Tan, I purchased mine from Space NK when they had a discount in store. This foundation is so expensive and you  do not get a lot of product which still bothers me so from the get go I would say it is not worth it based on that alone and if  you still want to try the foundation maybe wait until the liquid version is out and hopefully you will get at least a full ounce in the glass bottle version, in this version you get 0.25oz. I have already reviewed this foundation here and I hated it (read full first review here). To find out how I went from hate to love, to never using this foundation and looking upon it with sole disgust to exclusively using it as my foundation on a daily basis please keep reading. 


In case you can't be bothered to read the first review, and I don't blame you, I hated this foundation when I first got it because I couldn't get it to work for me. I remember my avid disappointment because this was touted as the stick foundation for oily skin types and I was ready for it. Although, the colour match was good and the packaging kind of cool and different, a bit like how everyone is salivating over the hexagonal/octagonal packaging from Fenty Beauty, it is kind of funny how a new shape has everyone losing their mind (wow so innovative - I say this with love I am guilty of this too). To sum up, the foundation did not control my oil at all, in fact it looked greasy in a matter of hours and sometimes even within an hour. I tried everything, sponges, brushes, different primers and moisturisers and honestly just gave up and only used it for Instagram looks because it did photograph beautifully when first applied. 


On a whim I decided to try it out again, this must have been about two months ago and now everytime I wear makeup this is the foundation I am wearing. I have finally figured out how to make this expensive ass foundation to work for me, I am not sure if there is anything different going on with my skin. It was, and still is, winter time when I began using this foundation again, I would still describe my skin as oily/combination, although in general it is probably slightly drier than usual just due to the time of year. This is the same foundation, by the way, I didn't repurchase it, but it doesn't smell bad or break me out so I am sure it is fine, but I am not sure if  with time the formula might have changed? If you have any thoughts on that, please let me know down below. 


Now, for how this has become my holy grail. Here is how I use it, and it all started because I am a lazy bitch. I had to get ready super fast one day and after washing my face and digging into my boxed up makeup (from moving back home from London) I grabbed the Hourglass Vanish Stick as I was only going to be out for a few hours and applied it onto clean, bare skin. No moisturiser, no primer, no SPF (*sobs* forgive me please) and blended it out with a flat top kabuki brush, the exact one I use is the Bdellium Tools 957S Studio Line Precision Kabuki Brush* (£14.50). I set it with Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent and then haphazardly applied bronzer and blush and left. I went out, came home, caught up with Drag Race, ate dinner, watched YouTube videos and at midnight went to wash my face, noticed my skin and thought damn girl your skin still looks good 10 hours later and then was speechless upon the realisation it was the Hourglass Vanish Stick. 


I truly thought it must be a fluke. So for the ensuing days and weeks I used it every time I left my house, partly because I wanted to see if it was actually any good and also partly because I wanted to use it up anyway. To my surprise, it was consistently good, I have noticed the less you do with it the better, it looks good and lasts all day as long as I don't put anything underneath it. It is pretty both on camera and in person, which can be a rare find, the only trouble I have is if I use a translucent setting powder and "bake"for too long  around my smile lines, which is something I regularly do, the foundation will start to settle in those lines at around the 6 hour mark. Less really is more, setting with a pressed powder provides a better, lighter finish, but if you are oily skinned like me and prefer to bake with loose powder just be careful not to leave it onto long. That being said, even the smile lines were easily fixed I can just use my finger to blend it out. I fully intend on getting a sample of the liquid foundation whenever it comes out and comparing the two. Below you can see my video if it exists, please be kind, I am a bit of a chunky monkey at the moment and incredibly self-conscious about how shapeless my everything is.


Thank you so much for reading, I would love to know if you have had a similar experience where you have revisited a product that you hate and found that you actually really like it now. By no means is this my favourite ever foundation I think that is the Fenty Pro Filtr Foundation still but this might be a holy grail winter foundation for me. It is just so easy and quick to apply, it takes mere seconds and is travel friendly too. Hope you are having a great week, please leave a comment below and check out my various socials if you fancy. Thank you for your time. Take care. 

Have you ever gone from hate to love with a product? 

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Monday, 7 January 2019

NEW #NAKEDRELOADED | URBAN DECAY NAKED RELOADED PALETTE SWATCHES

New Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette 2019 watches
The news of a new Naked palette has slowly been circulating, could it be? Well, it actually seems like this is 100% true, the Naked Reloaded Palette is the latest to join the Naked 2, Rose Gold, Smoky, Heat and Cherry Palettes. Urban Decay announced last year that the first, and my favourite, original Naked Palette would be discontinued which has led to speculation that the latest Naked Reloaded might be designed to replace it with its neutral colour palette. What do you guys think of the Naked Reloaded? Are you intrigued? Continue reading for swatches, a comparison with the original Naked Palette and my personal opinion on the newest Naked addition coming this year. 

New Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette 2019 Swatches
Above you can see swatches, identical to the other Naked palettes there are 12 eyeshadows each presented in a slim rectangle. Bribe appears to be a bright white matte, Barely Baked a pale yellow gold shimmer, Angel Fire is a light silver shimmer with a whitish base, Retro is a coral matte, Reputation is a warm bronze shimmer, Burn is a slightly deeper bronze shimmer, End Game is a cool toned grey matte, Dreamweaver is a grey metallic shimmer with silver sparkle, Distilled appears to be a sheer silver grey shimmer, Bucked is a medium toned matte brown that almost disappears into the skin colour of the arm, Boundaries a slightly warmer brown matte and Blur is a bone coloured matte. These descriptions are based off the image above alone so could be incorrect. Below is a video comparing the Naked Reloaded to the first Naked palette by The Latte Girl.




The colours included in Naked Reloaded definitely can be categorised as staples and would make a great basic palette to cover all the necessary shades one might need, I do like the inclusion of warm and cool toned mattes in one palette I do think that is smart. Overall, I am not blown away by the shades, swatches or the packaging, the inclusion of a coral matte reminds me of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Palette which, in my opinion, has a better array of shades and distinctly better packaging. I personally think the original Naked Palette is better based on pictures alone, I will be interested to see how people react to this palette in person and if the shadows themselves perform better on the eyes than seen in the swatches. Urban Decay makes great eyeshadows, I know a lot of people love their newer Naked palettes i.e. Heat and Cherry, and I am a great fan of their formula, for me I already have such a great amount of neutral staple shades already in my collection that this might be surplus to requirements. Nevertheless, I would love to know what you think? Do you like the look of this palette? Will you buy it? Do you think it is similar to ABH Sultry? Let me know in the comments below, we are only one week into January and already there are so many new products being announced, thank you so much for reading. Follow me on Bloglovin'. Take care.

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Wednesday, 2 January 2019

WHAT I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS HAUL 2018

Huda Beauty New Nude Eyeshadow Palette and Smoke and Smudge, Build and Blend Dual-Ended Eyeshadow Brushes
Hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year, I thought I would share some gifts I got this Christmas. I know that there are mixed opinions surrounding posts/videos like this, but this is all in the name of fun. I love seeing what people get for Christmas it gives me ideas and is entertaining. This is not by any means a luxury haul, but I am really happy with all the gifts I got this year, regardless of price or quantity they are all thoughtful and useful to me. I only took pictures of items I could fit into a square frame, so the scarf I got from my aunt and the pyjamas I got from my mother did not make the cut, but rest assured they are ace and I am very happy with them. Thanks Mum and Massi (aunt). My sister who always comes through for me, legend that she is, got me the first two gifts you see in this post which is the Huda Beauty New Nude Eyeshadow Palette* (£56) and the Huda Beauty Smoke and Smudge Dual-Ended Eyeshadow Brush* (£14) and the Huda Beauty Build and Blend Dual-Ended Eyeshadow Brush*(£14). I have wanted the New Nude Palette for a while but couldn't bring myself to buy it, I was gifted the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette last Christmas as well so it has become a bit of a theme, they are expensive and a luxury in my opinion but stunningly beautiful. As for the brushes, I did specifically mention needing more eyeshadow brushes in my Holiday Gift Guide post.  I have a love/hate relationship with dual-ended brushes because I can't think of a cool way to store them, and I feel like Huda products in general are overpriced but the brushes are pretty and work out £7 per individual brush which is not too bad. If you are looking for affordable, high quality brushes I recommend Blank Canvas Cosmetics*, they currently have a price drop on their brushes on the Beauty Bay* site. 

Mon Guerlain Gift Set
The next gift was also from my sister, she got married this year, so I imagine this is a joint couples gift. I know people tend to overspend around this time of year, and I want to reiterate that you absolutely do not have to. My brother is the best example of this, he never wants or needs anything really, except for the odd PS4 game and every Christmas comes around and whether I get him a book or a board game he is always happy and grateful and they never break the bank. If people make you feel bad for spending less they aren't worth your time. When I compare his reaction, and don't get this twisted he can be as annoying as any other fourteen year old, to other people I spent a lot more on and like a lot less it makes me ashamed of myself. I am always disappointed to see how hard I try for people who don't reciprocate, and I don't mean by giving me gifts of equal value because frankly I could care less, who don't treat me as well as I treat them. I want to do a post on toxic people you can;t escape so if you are interested in that let me know, that was quite the tangent, the holidays are a weird time I apologise. 

Mon Guerlain Gift Set Perfume and Maxi Lash So Volume Mascara
The Mon Guerlian Gift Set comprises 30ml perfume and the Maxi Lash So Volume Mascara, out of respect for family members I am not going to mention prices but will include links if I find them. I, of course, linked the Huda Beauty items because I am already well acquainted with her pricing structure and my bank account still hates me for it. The fragrance Mon Guerlain is inspired by Angelina Jolie and is described as a "fresh oriental fragrance" with lavender, jasmine, sandalwood and vanilla, which all sound very lovely. I have been wearing it non-stop for the past three days and to my delight I have been complimented several times. It is really nice and is the perfect scent for my tastes.

Guerlain Maxi Lash So Volume Mascara
I have actually ran out of non-waterproof mascaras and am almost certain that all of them have expired, I need to be more vigilant about what I use especially around the eye area. I have only used this mascara once and so far I really like it. The packaging is cool and luxurious, and most importantly it doesn't take seventeen products to remove. The wand is plastic so be careful not to get too close to the lash line as it can irritate. I plan to try more drugstore mascaras this year like L'Oreal Paris Lash Paradise which is a lot of people's favourites.

Simple Skincare Sheet Masks Rich Moisture, Pollution Protects and De-Stress Sheet Masks
My Mum, sweet angel that she is, knows I am a skincare fanatic with a particular weakness for face masks and she bought me three Simple Skincare Sheet Masks. They are really inexpensive and make such a great gift for anyone who likes skincare products. The three I received are the Pollution Protects Sheet Mask (£3) which is infused with Vitamin E,  Vitamin B3 and Agave Americana that minimise the damaging effects of pollution and hydrates the skin; Rich Moisture Sheet Mask (£3) which is ideal and dehydrated for dry skin and the De-stress Sheet Mask (£3) which is the one I am most excited to use as it claims to soothe and brighten stressed skin which my sleep-deprived skin is looking forward to. Definitely looking forward to trying these out in January.

Soap & Glory Mist You Madly Floral Body Spray 250ml
The final gift to be discussed in this haul is the Soap & Glory Mist You Madly Floral Body Spray (£4). The one I kindly received is 250ml which is quite large, but you can get  100ml bottle for just £4 which is a very attractive price. Soap & Glory do so many great deals and bundles for the Christmas period. The mist smells feminine and light which is great, I would love to spritz my body with this after a bath speaking of which: I also received a few different bath bombs, which I am obsessed with, I love taking baths, unfortunately I have used most of them but I still have two left. One of which I am using tomorrow. 

Soap & Glory Mist You Madly Floral Body Spray 250ml
Thank you so much for reading, I would love to hear what you got up to for Christmas and New Year. What presents did you get or give? I hope you are having a fantastic start to 2019 and I look forward to writing more posts for you guys and posting on my YouTube, I don't want to be held back my fear or self-doubt in this coming year. Lots of love to you all. Take care.

How was your Christmas and New Year?

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Friday, 14 December 2018

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE | 10 GREAT BEAUTY GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS


At first my plan was to do a Holiday Gift Guide for specific people like Mum or Dad, and believe me that is coming, but in case you are interested, maybe you have similar taste to me, here are some items I would be happy to receive this Christmas, and by extension most beauty lovers. Personally, I already own a lot of shit so it can be daunting to buy for someone when they already buy everything and get the gift with purchase to boot. So here are some items I don't personally own but would be happy to receive. There is a mix of makeup and skincare as well as some other items that will cater to a variety of budgets.

Huda Beauty New Nude Palette (£56) As a very happy owner of the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette and the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk, I think the New Nude would make a perfect addition to my collection. I really like Huda's eyeshadow formula for both her mattes and shimmers, including the original Rose Gold Palette. The shimmer shades are always so unique that I am never disappointed and with the pinkish mauve colour story this palette will suit so many different skin tones. If you don't have any of the Huda 18-shadow palettes then I recommend Desert Dusk the most out of all of them. The Obsessions palettes are also a great choice and if you want to splurge get The Obsessions Vault (£100) which is currently out of stock but will be in stock soon.



Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powders (£28) Perfect for a glam lover with an oilier skin type, honestly I don't wear makeup that often but when I do I want it to last and this is a cake face powder that controls oil and gives you that perfected look. I think it would be a great idea to get two shades, one for brightening and one to set contours, for me that would be Banana Bread and either Cinnamon Bun or Coffee Cake. If you are buying for someone with dry skin I would recommend the Hourglass Veil Translucent Powder (£42) or if you want a glow the Laura Mercier Translucent Glow Powder (£29) is a great option and can also be bought in different shades.


Drunk Elephant The Littles Kit (£71) Of course there are so many skincare sets out at this time of year. but the big news is Drunk Elephant finally coming to the UK. It is an expensive but well-loved brand so this skincare set although pricey would make a nice gift for any skincare lover. People really are investing more into their skincare routines and in this kit you get the Jelly Cleanser (30ml), Lala Retro Whipped Cream (15ml), Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil (8ml), C-Firma Day Serum, TLC Framboos Glyolic Night Serum (8ml), B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum (8ml) and Shaba Complete Eye Serum (5ml). I am sure you have heard of some of these products and if you are put off by the smaller sizes and want to just get a full size product I think the Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil would be a great gift and suitable for all skin types. You can get a 15ml Virgin Marula Oil (£34) or a 30ml Luxury Face Oil (£61).

Anastasia Beverly Hills x Norvina Palette (£43) I have been dithering over this palette for so long, I really think that I spent all of 2017 building my matte eyeshadow collection, and now I am ready for shimmers that will knock my socks off which is why I am drawn to the Huda palettes and the Norvina Eyeshadow Palette in particular. This looks like such an ethereal fun palette to play with that can be used alone as well as with other palettes. So many great shades.


Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum 30ml (£43.45) Fragrance makes a great gift because more often than not they are expensive af, personally after spending a criminal amount of time in duty free this past week (yay for connecting flights, Madrid was lit thanks for asking) I have found a fragrance that I actually like and that is Black Opium it is actually gorgeous. Apparently this has black coffee in it which I do not smell at all, I hate coffee, what I do smell is vanilla without being too sweet and that is a win for me. I am obsessed. As fragrance can be quite personal I do feel like you can't go wrong with vanilla scents, Huda Beauty launched Kayali Fragrance with her sister Mona Kattan and the fragrance Kayali Vanilla | 28 (£84) would make a great holiday gift for anyone as it is designed for layering. It can be used alone or with other fragrances and the packaging is beautiful.


Stila Enchanted Eyes Liquid Eyeshadow Set (£49) Any of the Stila Magnificent Metals Liquid Eyeshadow Sets make a gorgeous glittery gift in my opinion. In this one you get 6 x 2.25ml Liquid Eyeshadows, 3 of which are Shimmer & Glow and 3 which  are Glitter & Glow. You get Diamond Dust (sheer silver multicolour glitter and glow), Smoky Storm (pewter and silver glitter and glow), Plum On (purple glitter and glow - possibly only available in this set), Kitten (vibrant nude pink shimmer and glow), Jezebel (rose gold shimmer and glow) and Pigalle (cranberry shimmer and glow). If you were to buy them individually you would get 4.5ml per product.


Stila Oh My Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set (£29) In this set you get the classic Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow liquid eyeshadows in Kitten Karma (copper-toned champagne), Gold Goddess (antique gold and silver) and Diamond Dust (sheer silver and multicolour). Great sparkly shades that can be used with any eye look.


Stila Shimmering Heights Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set (£29) In this set you get Kitten (shimmering vibrant pink nude), Cloud (shimmering lavender with gold pearlescent effect) and Twig (shimmering warm chesnut). These are all Shimmer & Glow shadows, which means it doesn't have the high impact glitter uniquely found in the Glitter & Glow range which some find easier to work with as the glitters can be chunky and crumbly on some people. I advise using a light hand and taking time to play with products to find how they best work for you.


Bdellium Tools Golden Triangle 15-Piece Eye Brush Set (£90) Brushes is a gift that never goes unappreciated because you can quite honestly never have too much. A few brush brands I am typically drawn to are Sigma Beauty, Juvia's Place and Bdellium Tools. I also have a lot of love for Real Techniques as well, but this particular brush set stands out to me because of the royal blue and gold packaging it is luxe and comes with a pouch which is handy for organisation and travel.


Morphe Babes Faves 15-Piece Eyeshadow Brush Set (£52) A new addition I discovered since the Morphe store opened in Birmingham, slightly less expensive with the same amount of brushes as the bdellium tools set, the brushes here are from the Elite Morphe Collection with super soft bristles and some great blending brushes of all sizes. I, for one, would be just as happy with this gift as well. Although not in stock online they were in store when I went to Birmingham yesterday.


The Ouai Swing Both Ouais Haircare Set (£40) Last but not least, I think a haircare set makes a good gift because a lot of us don't typically splurge on our hair. The Ouai is owned and formulated by the icon Jen Atkin, the products used in this set are used and loved by top hairstylists and celebrities alike. Included in this set is The Ouai Texturising Hair Spray which has been in every beauty guru's favourites at least once, this spray creates volume and a cool-girl lived-in look whilst not drying out the hair or making it crunch, and an extra large bottle of The Ouai Hair Oil, i recently learned a trick of applying perfume to the nape of your neck almost on your lower scalp region as when you sweat you will literally sweat perfume. The same can be applied to hair oil in my opinion and you can never have enough. Plus, everyone wants to smell nice and you can smell nice from your hair to your toes with this.

Thank you all so much for reading, I hope you found some good ideas and even some nice treats for yourself. I can say that my Christmas shopping has been derailed by thoroughly treating myself on the hunt for presents for my loved ones. It is tough. I have some ideas for parent gift guides i.e. for Mum and Dad, if that would be interesting for you guys let me know in the comments. What do you think of these gifts, comment your favourite one below and who knows if it is still in stock I might buy it for you as a cheeky little giveaway. Thank you again, have a great weekend.. Take care.

What gift would you like to receive the most?

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Monday, 10 December 2018

NEW HUDA BEAUTY MELTED SHADOWS SWATCHES & EYE LOOKS


Launching on December 26th aka Boxing Day. A new never-seen-before formula from Huda Beauty the Huda Beauty Melted Shadows, Huda is coming out with 5 different shades, each product is dual-sided, with one side being matte, but not just matte, she describes the formula as smudge-proof, crease-proof, waterproof and foolproof. On the other side you get a metallic side that is a shimmery shade that compliments the matte shade. Retailing for $25, I imagine when they come to the UK most likely via Cult Beauty they will be around the £20 mark. 


The lightest duo is Faux Fur - light bone beige matte and Bamboo Hoops - light gold shimmer. The next lightest duo is Bubble Bath - neutral pink and Pink Champagne - you guessed it a shimmering pink champagne. The one Huda herself demonstrates in her video is Private Jet - warm pinky nude matte and Shimmering Sunset - shimmery champagne gold. A more intense duo is Hot Sauce - pigmented reddish brown matte and Cherry Soda - cherry shimmer with a brown undertone. Last but not least is Silk Bomber - true purple matte and Bubble Gum - iridescent pinkish purple shade, this one is the one that appealed to me the most and her sister Alya demonstrates it in the video. 


You can see them in action above and below in Huda's Reveal Video, it is emphasised that they are created for all makeup lovers, whether professionals, beginners or enthusiasts and furthermore, are incredibly quick and easy to use. Huda creates an eye look in just one minute in her video. My personal opinion is that I am not bowled over, I think the packaging and product is lovely, there are a lot of gold shimmers when surely we all already own a million gold shimmers. I don't find blending powder eyeshadow that difficult and find waiting for creams to set and dry a bit of a pain in the ass, plus a waterproof formula is great but removing makeup is always something I think about when applying makeup so not sure if this is a product I would appreciate. I am eager to learn and see more about these shadows and hope they release more interesting combinations in the future. 


Thank you so much for reading, I am always intrigued by whatever Huda and her team release I think she makes very Instagram-friendly products and I appreciate the thought and purpose behind each release. At the moment, I have no plans to buy these but that might change in the future. Never say never. I would love to hear what you think about the Huda Beauty Melted Shadows, are you interested? Do you have your eye on any particular shades? Silk Bomber and Bubblegum looked the most interesting to me but seeing them on Alya to  be honest was disappointing. Leave your thoughts below and come back on Thursday for a Holiday Gift Guide. Take care.

What are your thoughts on the new Huda Beauty Melted Shadows?

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Saturday, 8 December 2018

LUNAR BEAUTY GREEK GODDESS HOLIDAY COLLECTION REVEAL WITH SWATCHES

Lunar Beauty Greek Goddess Holiday Collection Colour Palette Reveal
Manny MUA revealed his brand new holiday collection on Thursday over on his YouTube channel. His brand Lunar Beauty up until this point only had one product available to purchase, his Life's A Drag Palette. He is following the debut of his brand with five new products all available right now. The collection is called the Greek Goddess Collection with everything themed after Greek mythology, specifically the goddesses for the most part. Included in this collection is a Colour Palette ($48), essentially an eyeshadow palette with pressed pigments, a Greek Goddess Highlighter Palette ($40) and three lip products i.e. one lip gloss and two liquid lipsticks. Above you can see the packaging of the eyeshadow palette which comes in a seriously cool black component with a 3D Medusa head. 

Lunar Beauty Greek Goddess Holiday Collection Colour Palette Reveal
Inside the eyeshadow palette there are 15 eyeshadows, comprising of 8 matte eyeshadows and 7 shimmer shades, 2 satin, 2 pressed glitters and 3 are metallic. In total, there are 4 formulas in this palette which differs slightly from Life's A Drag which possessed 3 different eyeshadow formulas. Each eyeshadow is named after a Greek Goddess and I thought it would be cool to dive into what each goddess represents, as I have always found Greek mythology incredibly interesting and rich. Of course there are bound to be some disputes as to what is true and what isn't but truly this was all information taken from Google including the spellings of the names etc.

Lunar Beauty Greek Goddess Holiday Collection Colour Palette Swatches Eyeshadow
Onto the swatches: Hestia (goddess of hearth, architecture, domesticity, the family, the home and the state) is a light matte creamy white, Harmonia (goddess of harmony and concord) is a mustard orange matte, Selene (goddess of  the moon) is a copper red with intense reflective shimmer, Aphrodite (goddess of love, beauty and fertility) is a maroon matte shade with purple undertone, Hera (goddess of marriage and family) is a golden bronze shimmer, Circe (goddess of magic) is a reddish pink pressed glitter advised to be used with a glitter glue, Clio (goddess of history) is a soft petal pink mate, Iris (goddess of the rainbow) is a rose gold bright shimmer with a silver base, Nemesis (goddess of retribution) is a blue pressed glitter suspended in black, Rhea (goddess of fertility and motherhood) is a warm chocolate brown matte shade, Artemis (goddess of the wilderness, the hunt and wild animals) is an orange matte, Athena (goddess of wisdom and war) is a pale champagne shimmer, Persephone (goddess of spring) is a medium toned brown matte, Calliope (goddess of poetry) is a deep dark brown matte shade with a plum undertone and Calypso (goddess of seduction - technically she's not a goddess but this seems fitting) is a brown shimmer with a gold undertone. All of this information is derived from good old Google if it is incorrect I apologise, I hope you found it interesting because I sure as hell did. Greek mythology is cool af.  

Lunar Beauty Greek Goddess Holiday Collection Highlight Palette Reveal
The next product that is also a palette is this Greek Goddess Highlight Palette ($40) designed similarly to the Colour Palette only with a white background to Medusa's fabulous head. This highlight palette contains 6 shades, the formula is described as creamy and Manny stresses that he wanted to create a palette that could be used on a diverse array of skin tones. The layout is similar to the ABH 6 pan glowkits such as Dream Glow Kit, but this palette does contain a mirror. 

Lunar Beauty Greek Goddess Holiday Collection Highlight Palette Reveal
Onto the swatches, each shade here is named after a mythical creature and I will add that to the description as well in case you are interested: Harpy (is a half-human half-bird) is the only duochrome in this collection it is a duochrome peach-pink shift, Muse (goddesses of the science, literature and the arts, also daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne the goddess of memory but there is some dispute about this so let's move on) is a light peach gold, Siren deep rose bronzish shimmer, Pheonix (mythical bird that is cyclically reborn) peach pink shimmer that can be used as a blush topper as well, Medusa (a monster, Gorgon, with wings and snakes for hair who can turn people to stone by looking at them) is a bright silverish yellow shimmer and Sphinx (another monster comprised of the head of a woman, body of a lioness, wings of an eagle and a tail with the head of a serpent) is a deep true gold.

Lunar Beauty Greek Goddess Holiday Collection Highlight Palette Reveal Swatches
Last but not least are 3 lip products including the Selene Lip Gloss ($17)Aphrodite Liquid Lipstick ($18) and Zaya Liquid Lipstick ($18). These are also available in a bundle, where you can get all 3 for $40. Manny stresses in his video that the lip products are limited edition and there are no plans for a restock. The packaging is certainly interesting and unique.

Manny MUA Lunar Beauty Selene Lip Gloss Zaya Aphrodite Liquid Lipsticks Photos Swatches
Zaya, of course, is named after Manny's dog. Selene is a light non-sticky gloss with gold reflective shimmer, Zaya is a nude terracotta comfort matte liquid lipstick and Aphrodite is a true bright red comfort matte liquid lupstick. Swatches can be seen below. The packaging is a gold gradient with gold overspray with a diamond-like object at the top. Manny explains he wanted a component with serious wow-factor and says it looks like a wand. The liquid lipstick packaging is limited edition as are the lip products in general, although I think there is a chance he will bring these shades back, just with his standard Lunar Beauty packaging. He has already revealed that he will have a full range of liquid lipsticks coming in 2019

Manny MUA Lunar Beauty Selene Lip Gloss Zaya Aphrodite Liquid Lipsticks Photos Swatches
Manny explains in detail in his video that the liquid lipsticks have more a silky velvet finish, they do not dry down completely and are not transfer/kiss-proof. He wanted to create a highly pigmented liquid lipstick that feels like nothing on the lips. His liquid lipstick applicator is shaped like a Barbie foot which enables precision lining for the cupid's bow and lip line, the lip gloss applicator is a standard applicator. To clarify the Greek Goddess Highlight Palette and Lip Products are all limited edition, The Colour Palette is permanent


Thank you for reading, at the moment these products are only available on the Lunar Beauty website. The Collection Bundle, with everything mentioned in this post is available for $112 and the Lip Bundle with all 3 lip products is available for $40. Personally, I think the collection looks intriguing, I like the packaging, the colour story of the Greek Goddess Palette doesn't immediately jump out at me and I am not a fan of highlight or lip products in general, so I am not persuaded to buy anything just yet. I think the packaging is beautiful and I appreciate a good theme, I will look at reviews and if this collection comes to Beauty Bay I will  keep an eye out. I would love to hear your thoughts on what you see hear, does anything strike you at all? If you have any personal feelings about Manny following the controversy that occurred this year feel free to share your thoughts and opinions below. Hope you are having a lovely week. Take care. 

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