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. 

What are your thoughts on Lunar Beauty's 2018 Holiday Collection?

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Thursday, 6 December 2018

PART 3 | 30 QUESTION MAKEUP TAG


The last one is here, welcome to Part 3 of the 30 questions tag (found here). from The Beauty Section. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. I hope you have enjoyed it so far, I am currently working on uploading my Berlin post and a holiday gift guide, but they are taking some time to edit and put together. Thank you so much for reading, hope you enjoy this last installment and please answer your favourite questions in the comments below. 

Which celebrity always has great makeup? This is a good question I think Lilly Collins always looks amazing. That is probably more to do with her face than her makeup but I never think she looks too overdone or off at all. I always really like her makeup. 

Do you belong to any online makeup communities? Not that I am aware of.

5 Favourite Beauty Gurus? A tough one, I have noticed lately that I have to be in specific moods to watch certain beauty gurus. Lately I have been feeling quite mellow and am not really into watching anyone who is high energy or especially vivacious. Manny MUA, Carly Bybel, Tati Westbrook and in particular Nicole Guerriero are all channels I can watch no matter my mood. They are all really chill and easy to watch. Angelica Nyquist is a big favourite of mine lately as well. 

Do you like mutlifunctional products like lip and cheek stains? I think everything is multifunctional, I am not that enamoured with cream products in general but I love using powders all over my face i.e. blush and bronzer for eyeshadow and eyeshadow for blush/highlight or bronzer. Lipstick for eyeshadow or as liner etc. It's a lot more fun that way. 

Are you clumsy putting makeup on? Absolutely, mascara inevitably gets all over my face and I am guaranteed to spill translucent powder all over myself and the floor. It's a skill. 

Do you use a primer/base for your eyelids? Yes I do, at the very least I make sure to run my foundation over it, if I am definitely going to do something on my eyes that is more than just bronzer I will use concealer as a base. I just don't like the idea of eyeshadow on my bare skin and it doesn't look as nice or as pigmented. 

How many hair products do you use on a typical day? If a hairbrush counts, then about two. I brush my hair and use my Aveda Invati Scalp Revitalizer and that is it. 

What do you apply first concealer or foundation? Foundation always. Unless I am using a mineral foundation then I will apply concealer first. 

What do you love about makeup? The aesthetics and the process, I like looking at makeup, swatching it, playing with it, trying out different looks and techniques. I do find it very therapeutic. 

Thank you again for reading, hope you are having a great December so far. Please comment your favourite beauty gurus in the comments below I am always curious to see who people are loving to watch at the moment. Do you have different people you watch in different moods too? See you back here on Sunday where my posts will return to normal. I am still so tired from Berlin, I have such trouble sleeping especially in the company of other people. It's self-consciousness on crack, I swear. Follow my social media if you like and check out my YouTube. Take care. 

What are some of your answers to these questions?

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Monday, 3 December 2018

PART 2 | 30 QUESTION MAKEUP TAG


Welcome back, guys. Here is Part 2 of the 30 Question Beauty Tag that I found on The Beauty Section. I hope you liked Part 1 (read here). Let's jump right in.

Do you have a beauty budget or do you spend freely? I spend freely, if something catches my eye I tend to buy it, both because I will just keep thinking about it until I do and also because I feel like I can party justify purchases because of my blog. 

Do you utilise coupons, reward cards and sales when you shop for cosmetics? Big fan of the 3 for 2 and other deals that you can find at Boots and Superdrug and try to keep a look at for any online sales. I pay attention on Black Friday to see if something I have been eyeing for a while is discounted which this year I did buy the Friendcation Palette on sale and also my favourite Anti-Dandruff Ginger Shampoo from The Body Shop which is a regular purchase for me. 

What type of product do you buy the most of? Eyeshadow palettes undoubtedly followed by foundation. 

Is there a brand that you absolutely can't stand? There are brands I don't personally support such as Jeffree Star Cosmetics and Kylie Cosmetics only because their products or their personality doesn't appeal to me on a certain level. I still report their launches because they are popular brands and I am not here to tell anyone how to feel. Revlon is another brand that I am not that interested in. 

Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates? Sulfates in shampoos generally if I can, I don't have sensitive skin or allergies so I can usually get away with not paying too close attention but this is something I have been more attentive to recently especially fragrance or parfum which is found in a lot of products and is vague as fuck. 

Do you have a favourite place to shop for makeup? I like online websites such as Cult Beauty and Beauty Bay, for stores Space NK, Debenhams and Selfridges have always been my go-to.

Do you like trying new skincare products or do you stick to a routine? I really like trying new products and I keep track of products I have used that have really impressed me as I will inevitably repurchase the products that have really helped my skin. 

Favourite bath and body brand? Nip+Fab make some amazing bodycare products, their shower scrubs are actually fantastic. I also like Dove a lot. 

If you could only buy from one brand which brand would you choose? For makeup this is especially hard but probably Makeup Revolution because they seriously just have everything you could need and their quality is continuously improving. 

What brand do you think has the best packaging? Chantecaille has drool-worthy packaging with a price tag to match unfortunately. 

What are some of your answers to these questions?

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Thursday, 29 November 2018

PART 1 | 30 QUESTION MAKEUP TAG


Hi guys, I am currently on holiday in Berlin but wanted to post something while I was away. I found this tag on The Beauty Section (read their answers here).  It has inspired me to create my own which is something I am going to fully execute next month. As usual, my answers are longer than necessary so I split the 30 questions into three parts which will give me time to sort out all the editing I have to do for future posts. Please tell me your answers in the comments and I hope you enjoy. 

Do you remember your first makeup item? I do and it was the Benefit Cosmetics Hello Flawless Foundation in Toasty Beige. I bought it on the day I failed my first ever driving test and had an interview for Boux Avenue (which I got). The sales assistant applied the foundation and a few other products on my skin and I instantly felt so much prettier and better. I was 18 at the time. 

Describe your perfect mascara? Any travel size mascara works for me, I much prefer them over full size mascaras and By Terry's Terrybly Mascara is my favourite because it doesn't clump and it is very easy to remove. 

What kind of coverage do you prefer from your foundation? Medium, buildable coverage is my poison. 

Favourite high end brand? I like different products from different brands, I really enjoy the Huda Beauty eyeshadow palettes so for now I would say Huda Beauty. 

What cosmetics brand have you wanted to try but haven't? Pat McGrath and Natasha Denona. 

Favourite drugstore brand? L'Oreal or Maybelline, they both have several foundations that I enjoy and actually match my skin tone as well as mascaras. Although I have to say Makeup Revolution have been seriously upping their game lately. 

Do you wear false eyelashes? I typically don't but weirdly enough more than any other makeup product I get sent false eyelashes the most. I am hoping to change this just to elevate some of my makeup selfies in 2019. 

Is there any kind of makeup you can't leave the house without? I think being comfortable in your own skin is important so I can leave the house without makeup, but if I am wearing any makeup I would have to have foundation, powder (to set my oily skin) and contour. I could never wear just foundation as it would make my face look like a flat disc. 

What is your most cherished beauty product? All of my Urban Decay limited edition palettes are dear to me and also the Master Palette by Mario. I have the two Oz palettes that I just think are so fun and pretty and the Gwen Stefani palette which again is super fun and I have worn to so many weddings. The Master Palette means a lot to me because I actually got it for free, an online friend from the States sent it to me, which is just so unbelievably cool. I feel very lucky and grateful. 

How often do you shop for makeup? It used to be at least once a week but I have calmed down a lot more now, I would say I usually buy at least one product a month. It honestly depends how I am feeling but I have come to the point where I have finally realised that quality is much better than quantity. I have so many palettes and foundations etc. that I hardly ever touch. 

Thank you for reading, I hope to add some pictures when I get back. Expect Part 2 on Sunday evening. I would love to hear your answers to these questions. Hope you are having a great week and if you are interested you can follow me on Instagram where I will try to document some of Berlin in my Stories but I don't promise anything. Have a beautiful week, guys. Take care. 

What are some of your answers to these questions?

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Saturday, 24 November 2018

6 HIGH END FOUNDATIONS ON MY WISHLIST (ALL SWATCHES)

6 High End Foundations on my Wishlist

Originally, a November Goals post was coming your way but it's way too late and I feel like I want to talk about makeup products instead. As most of you know I adore eyeshadow palettes, but  foundations are my second favourite product to try and review. I am constantly searching for a flawless foundation that ticks all my boxes, I am currently trying to get through the many I have in my collection (maybe I will do a post on it if you are interested) but here are six high-end foundations that I have wanted to try out for a long time. If you have tried any yourself please leave a comment below and also feel free to share your recommendations. My skin type is oily/combination and I prefer a natural to matte finish with buildable medium coverage. Shade matches for myself are inserted and I tend to go for medium with golden or yellow undertones.

Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation All Swatches, photo credit: @trendmood1
Nars Natural Radiant Longwear* (£35) Shade: Valencia. I think Nars do the best natural skin finish foundations that are suitable for all skin types. I have oily skin and really love the iconic Nars Sheer Glow*. The Natural Radiant Longwear promises long-lasting (16 hours and fade resistant people), lightweight, luminous coverage. I actually saw this when I was living in the library in the run up to my dissertation deadline, I had gone to the ladies' bathroom to freshen up and brush my teeth in the late hours when I came across a beautiful hijab-wearing woman who had the most flawless skin. I thought for sure she was wearing the Huda Beauty Faux Filter* which because of some shade matching concerns and the fragrance I have been reluctant to try out. She also has oily skin and recommended the Nars foundation to me. 

Jouer Essential High Coverage Foundation All Swatches, photo credit: @trendmood1
Jouer Essential High Coverage Creme Foundation* (£34). Shade: Golden Sand. This foundation is known for being good for dry skin types, but it's allegedly full coverage, matte and long lasting as well as packed full of ingredients like hyaluronic acid, chamomile and cucumber which are actually good for your skin. All of this makes it sound perfect for my skin type and foundation preferences, I do believe that Jouer even have 40 shades in their foundation which is fantastic. 

Becca Cosmetics Skin Love Foundation All Swatches
Becca Skin Love Weightless Foundation* (£32) Shade: Noisette. It was a toss between the Becca Skin Love and the Becca Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation. Typically, full coverage foundations are the one for me and I am definitely not ruling out the Ultimate Coverage because I just think with full coverage foundations you get more for your money and they will last longer as you can easily just sheer them out. Skin Love promises to blur your pores and provide an effortless, lightweight, second-skin finish. It is described on the Cult Beauty site as being "medium, buildable coverage" and a "creamy texture", which are huge buzz words for me when foundation buying. 

Makeup Forever Matte Skin Velvet Foundation All Swatches
Makeup Forever Matte Velvet Skin Foundation (£30.90) Shade: Y405 Golden Honey. This foundation also offers full but buildable coverage with a matte but not mask-like finish. The Ultra HD and HD foundations are some of my favourite foundations and finding a good matte foundation is truly difficult. With my love for their other foundations I feel like this could be a winner. It also adapts to your facial movements, not sure how that works or if that works but foundation settling into my smile lines is the bane of my life!

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation All Swatches; photo credit: nicolesreviews
Urban Decay All Nighter (£29.50) Shade: 7. One of my good friends only wears this foundation and her skin always looks fantastic and really natural, which is surprising for such a full coverage foundation. I love the packaging, I think it is cool and edgy, very Urban Decay. \I have actually tried this one, I got shade matched in store and it is actually really nice. It doesn't feel too heavy and blends so nicely. It is described as a modern matte finish that offers full coverage right off the bat. Kaushal Beauty one of my favourite YouTube people loves this foundation too. 

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation All Swatches; photo credit @makeupbyjesshelfrich
Too Faced Born This Way(£29) Shade: Warm Sand. I don't think I have met a person that doesn't like this foundation, every time I check out someone's skin on Instagram and ask what foundation they are wearing it is this one. It honestly is one of the prettiest looking foundations, photographs beautifully. Like Skin Love it has some cool ingredients like coconut water, alpine rose which is supposed to be brightening and hyaluronic acid. There are 24 shades available in this foundation.

Thank you for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it. I would really like to hear if you have tried, loved, or hated any of these foundations. What foundations do you want to try or have recently bought? Hope you had a great Thanksgiving if you are celebrating, Happy Gurpurab if you happen to be Sikh and if none of that means anything to you then happy weekend! Speak soon. Take care. 

What foundations do you love or want to try?

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018

FAIL | COLLECTION GORGEOUS GLOW HOLOGRAPHIC LOOSE HIGHLIGHTERS IN MOONDUST & AURORA


I stumbled upon these Collection Cosmetics Loose Highlighters when I was browsing the cosmetics aisles at Wilkos while my friend purchased cat food. Collection Cosmetics is a brand that has fallen off the radar in my estimation. The hype surrounding the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and their Fast Stroke Liquid Eyeliner have been drowned out in favour of Shape Tape and Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define*. Of course, that's just my opinion. I still think their gel nail polishes are fantastic and have such a great brush, incredibly easy for anyone as clumsy and impatient as me.


Looking at these highlighters I was initially sceptical, even though I like the packaging. A part of me is always a bit exasperated when brands continue to push the holographic fantasy trend. We get it. Anastasia Beverly Hills released the Moonchild Glow Kit*. Affordable holographic highlights are cool and interesting if done well and if not commonly used on the face at least they can jazz up the eyes a little or even the body and make for some fire Instagram shots. Unfortunately, these are a mess. As someone who doesn't particularly like highlight, especially loose highlight, I might be biased. I also know what shades work for me and these aren't it. I can be impartial and I do enjoy makeup so I can see the merit of things even when I am not the target demographic. These look fun



However, the swatches above indicate their powdery texture, the base colour is so light that when blended it disappears into nothing leaving only a chalky texture behind with a hint of pinkish bluish shimmer. The Collection Gorgeous Glow Holographic Highlighter in Moondust (£3.98) and the Collection Gorgeous Glow Holographic Highlighter in Aurora (£3.98). Below you can see the swatches blended out. As mentioned, I am not a fan of loose highlighters I think they are messy and can be difficult to control. 


For me, these highlighters just didn't do anything and I am not sure who exactly would like them or want to buy them, because I can see they aren't aimed at me. I am curious to hear your thoughts on these highlighters. Do you like the look of them? Would you wear them? Are you a fan  of the holographic highlight in general? My personal opinion is that there are certainly better holographic definitely better loose highlighters out there, such as Juvia's Place* and Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powders* who have really bright reflective highlighters with serious impact. Thank you so much for reading, I hope you are having a wonderful week so far. Take care. 

What do you think of Collection and these loose highlighters?

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