Friday, 13 July 2018

HOT NEW PRODUCT | IT COSMETICS CC+ OIL FREE MATTE PORE MINIMISING FULL COVERAGE CREAM


Are you ready for this, because I don't think you are ready for this? The second I saw this I was so excited, I was awaiting news of a release date but it hasn't been announced yet. Ultimately, I couldn't keep it in any longer. It Cosmetics, a big name brand known for their CC Cream that has a SPF 50 it is everyone's go-to holiday base, has been posting photos of a brand new product that is shaking all the bloggers everywhere. Or maybe it's just me. An oil-free matte CC+ cream with a SPF 40 is coming soon! It will be available on Sephora and I can only hope eventually we can get it on QVC.

I am so excited, it promises to be pore minimising and full coverage, two things I love especially on holiday. It will be available in 12 shades, which is pretty amazing because their original one is only available in 6 shades I believe. It was developed with plastic surgeons and will retail for $38. It is also infused with charcoal, tea tree extract , collodial clay and Moroccan lava clay, in addition to oil-absorbing pore-minimising technology (a bit vague??) and an advances anti-aging serum. Other claims are 12 hour wear, sweat and humidity resistant, natural matte finish and reduced shine and oil control. Basically everything I want and more, are you also eager for this release. It is coming in July, possibly a bit later for us UK chaps. 

Thank you for reading, I hope you found this post informative. Check out my last YouTube video if you wish, it was highly personal and explains a bit more what has been going on with me and why my blogging game has been a bit fucked. I love you guys and always promise to do better. Please leave a comment and let me know what posts you like to read. Thank you so much. Take care. 

Are you excited for this new release?

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Sunday, 8 July 2018

#ABHxNORVINA | NEW NORVINA EYESHADOW PALETTE BY ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS SWATCHES & RELEASE DATES


Whereas with most releases most people barely bat an eyelid now due the amount of new products that are dropping daily, this time around this particular new product seems to have caught and held a lot of people's attention and I have seen a genuine interest surrounding the new Anastasia Beverly Hills palette: NORVINA, therefore I decided to do a post on it. I think we are seeing a shift from the warm tones to pinks and purples and soft pastel shades as well. I think that is evident in a lot of existing palettes such as Huda Beauty Desert Dusk, Natasha Denona Lilac Palette, it is essentially a similar aesthetic to the Viseart Cool Mattes palette but not quite as cool, a lot softer and more girly in comparison. I think people are gravitating towards cooler toned but still wearable and feminine shades that are a little more fun and light. 


As it stands I actually do like the colour palette, the more I look at it the more the different shades stand out to me. Norvina said a bit about the palette on her Instagram yesterday. Unlike the other ABH palettes this palette has 7 shimmers and 7 mattes. Norvina explains that this is because she in particular needs and uses shimmers a lot because she has a lot of eyelid space (jealous). In terms of the colours she chose she did of course opt for a cooler palette this time around, a blue toned berry (Passion) as that is one of her favourite colours to use and she describes Eccentric as essential and unique, she uses it to create a contrast on her lids and add dimension. The other colours were chosen to create a whimsical Disney fantasy aesthetic which I completely get, I literally look at this palette and see the Disney castle graphic with the turrets and I love it. I love the inspiration and the interesting mix of colours, I wish the shimmers were slightly more unique but they probably look a lot better on the eyes. 


Onto the swatches, I can't lie when I saw this picture I wasn't wowed so I am still undecided on whether I actually want this palette or not. Top Row: Dreamer (gold shimmer), Summer (bronze gold shimmer), Wild Child (light pink shimmer that absolutely has to be named after the Emma Roberts movie), Rose Gold (rose gold shimmer) Celestial (purple shimmer) Dazzling (champagne shimmer) Drama (dark purple shimmer). Top RowBase (light neutral matte), Soul (dark periwinkle matte), Incense (light brown matte), Love  (pinkish matte), Volatile (dark brown purplish matte), Eccentric (yellow brick matte) and Passion (deep plum matte). The palette has a heavy purple influence because it is Norvina (real name: Claudia) favourite colour - as well as mine - and she found purple helps brighten her naturally yellow/olive undertone.  


Overall, I think the palette is well thought out and executed, there are an interesting mix of colours which are cohesive but still slightly more artsy and creative than the other palettes whilst still being soft, fun and wearable. I am really excited to see looks with this palette and think it will be very on trend for the summer. The Norvina Palette is available online July 17th and will come to Ulta stores on the 29th July. Available on Sephora from 7th August and will reach the UK and other people around the world on the 8th August. I believe for UK beauty addicts it will be stocked on Beauty Bay and Cult Beauty. Please leave me a comment below and let me know if you are interested in this palette, it might be a good giveaway prize. For more information  on Claudia's (norvina) inspiration for this palette read her interview here. Thank you so much for reading. Take care.

What are your thoughts on the Norvina Palette?

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Friday, 6 July 2018

REVIEW | CETAPHIL OILY SKIN CLEANSER

Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser Review: Is it the best cleanser for oily skin?
As I have been running low on my Superdrug Naturally Radiant Cleanser (review here) I have since been on the hunt for a new cleanser. I love trying new things especially when it comes to skincare and recently Superdrug have had a 20% off deal for students (ended on 03/07 so sorry) and a buy one get one half price deal on Cetaphil. Cetaphil is a brand that as a blogger I am familiar with, I have read a lot of rave reviews regarding their products and this product in particular seems to be well respected and is considered a staple among many. I am of course talking about the Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser (£9) as you can see by the picture above. Honestly, if I had read the bottle before purchasing I probably wouldn't have bought it, anything that says "foaming action" makes me run a mile because I have noticed foams leave my skin feeling like it's been washed with a window cleaner - squeaky, stripped and unpleasant - fortunately I didn't read it and decided to take a chance. 

I have been using this for over a week now, which I know for some isn't an adequate period of time to form a judgement but because I have used it daily I can confidently tell you why I like it. It is a cleanser that is suitable for both morning and night, it's gentle and manages to remove excess oil without leaving your skin feeling like sandpaper, it removes my makeup like a dream, a little goes a long  way which means this one bottle will last months and months, I love the pump and the dispenser it allows great control and finally it is inexpensive but performs brilliantly. The only con is that it stings my eyes if I am not careful. Apart from that one thing it is a great product, ideal for my acne prone combination oily skin and perfect for this seriously hot sweaty weather. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a new cleanser with similar skin to mine, it works a treat. 

My next post will be up Wednesday, I have been shit at posting and I am well aware but this time it's the real thing because I plan to write it right now. It will be a really cool and varied haul from a press event I went to last night which was quite interesting Thank you so much for reading, please a comment describing your favourite cleanser of the moment and have a great weekend. Take care. 

What is your current favourite cleanser?

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Saturday, 30 June 2018

NEW LOOK PETAL CRUSH PERFUME


I am always on the hunt for a new scent and as much as I adore expensive perfumes and am dying to spend an afternoon in Jo Malone again, I do also think that there are great finds at lower price points as well. I have heard a lot about New Look perfumes, one of my former colleagues told me that Blush was a dupe for Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, which is insane, and my cousin was wearing After Glow and it smelled so good I borrowed it from her all week. Just before my sister's wedding I went to buy a perfume to wear throughout the occasion so I could always associate that scent with the wedding, because it is a pretty monumental event. Of course, me being me, I didn't even open this perfume until I was back in London a week after the wedding. Typical. 

I literally tried every single New Look perfume on one area of my body on the day of choosing and then walked around in town for an hour, had a sniff to see which one I liked best and then returned to New Look to purchase the one I think smelled the best on my skin. That is really important to me because even though you can love how something smells initially if it doesn't last or changes, which it can with your body chemistry and whatever creams/oils you put on underneath, then it would be a waste of money. I really want something that lasts without being too overpowering but also has a really nice scent throughout the day

Surprisingly, I am not one for floral scents so I was really taken aback that Petal Crush was the one I picked in the end. It is described as being "an intense oriental-floral fragrance with oud and Damascus rose, hints of vanilla and patchouli and dark woods". I think the vanilla is what draws me to this scent and the woodsy undertone/base note. It's floral and fresh and pretty without being too flowery and noxious. Basically, I highly recommend New Look perfumes, I think the bottles are pretty, you get a great amount of product and they actually last. Thank you for reading, I bought the Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer today and I am so excited that I finally found it in my shade. I have a social engagement tonight so I really hope it is as good as everyone says it is and doesn't let me down. I would love to do a video comparing the Tarte Shape Tape to the Conceal & Define if you would like to see that let me know in the comments below. Also, please share your favourite perfumes or just what types of scents you go for and why? I would love to know.  This post is not sponsored and everything was purchased with my own money. Take care. 

What perfume are you loving at the moment?

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Sunday, 24 June 2018

FAIL | NYX COSMETICS SCULPT & HIGHLIGHT FACE DUO ALMOND & LIGHT


I really wanted a do-it-all 2-in-1 highlight and contour concealer for my sister's wedding. I see the NYX Cosmetics Sculpt & Highlight Face Duo all over social media in those cool little Instagram makeup tutorials and these muas make it look quite effective so when I went to Boots last week I picked one up. Judging by the pictures and based on some of the people I follow I got the shade Almond & Light. Let me start right here by saying this is way too light for me, I thought because it was suitable for "medium" skintones and I am a "medium skintone" at least in most foundations this would work, but it was really way too light.


I don't want to beat around the bush, so this specific product was a straight fail for me. It wasn't very pigmented, the colours and undertones were off for my skin colour (which I take full responsibility for but I swear on my life the girl on the packaging was two shades darker than me). I didn't find it blended particularly well with my foundation, it was a little patchy and required using a brush rather than a sponge to blend properly and occasionally a drop of oil. I don't know if I just picked up a dry one and got unlucky but overall a massive disappointment. The concealer side had all the same issues and really all I use it for is as an eyeshadow base at this moment in time. I don't even want to buy a better shade match at this point and I wouldn't recommend. I think the LA Girl Pro Concealers (£5) are a much better option both for concealing, colour correcting and highlighting. Their shades are really pigmented and work gorgeously on top and beneath foundation great for events and weddings where you want to look extra snatched


Thank you for reading this short review, I would love to know if you have tried this product and what your experience was. Please leave a comment down below. I have been meaning to post this since Friday and it has just been one of those weeks. I have been in such a weird mood lately. I don't know why I can't just do the shit that I have to do but there you go. Tune back in on Wednesday for a new post, I have some eyeshadow palette reviews coming! Take care. 

What are you current favourite concealers and contour products?

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

MANNY MUA BRAND LUNAR BEAUTY LIFE'S A DRAG EYESHADOW PALETTE SWATCHES & STICKLISTS


The news of Manny MUA's brand and trademark was broken a while ago, so this launch has been much awaited. Finally, Manny took to his channel to reveal his very first product which is the Life's A Drag Palette (£42). Aesthetically the palette is gorgeous, the unicarton is a highly reflective gold with elements of pink and white and the actual palette has his hazel eyes emblazoned on the front all done up in wonderful drag makeup, by Lipstick Nick. I do think the eyes on the cover is a little Huda Beauty-esque, she is of course known for that with both her lashes and 18 pan palettes but whatever. 


I know there are mixed opinions about the actual packaging. A lot of people prefer something more sleek and simple as that is the standard high end aesthetic, I don't mind that but I also do like my makeup to be quite fun and colourful as well. It is the reason I am obsessed with the bdellium tools yellow brush sets, yellow brushes make me fucking ecstatic.


So inside you get a total of 14 eyeshadows in cute little circular pans and you have 8 neutrals and 6 more colourful and bright shades. The shade names are printed above or below the corresponding eyeshadow and you get a mirror to boot, with the script "Be a Queen". I love the message and inspiration behind the palette, Manny explains in his video that he began his exploration of makeup by playing with drag first and foremost. That was the birth of his Instagram career and he talks about what a difficult time that was for him. His parents struggled with his sexuality and then his foray into the makeup industry and wanted him to delete his Instagram account which scared him badly. Right now, his parents are hugely supportive and are part of his company and helped him create this palette. I find that to be a really touching story, I do wish the shade names were more personal and not jsut drag/gay-related. Although, one could argue that does make them personal. For instance, I would have liked a shade name after his cute af little dog Zaya, maybe friends, siblings, his favourite coffee etc. I think that is the best part of YouTubers making their own products is that they get to put all their personality into it, as  we are usually buying it for the person.


Here are all the eyeshadows and their descriptions, in brackets I'll put the meanings of the eyeshadow names in case you are not familiar with them.

Eyeshadows (Top Row):
Cake Face (means face full of makeup) – Pure white matte;
Sickning (means perfection, so good it makes you sick) – Soft orange/peach matte;
Hunty (a coinage of honey and *unt) – Cool toned brown matte;
Beat (the process of applying makeup, getting your face beat) – Peach foiled micro glitter;
Campy (I guess a more accepted term of saying something is "gay") – Bright yellow matte;
Pageant Queen (a drag queen that enters pageants, a shady term that can be used for queens that look good but have no other talents) – Purple matte;
KiKi (chilling and laughing with your friends and just having a good time) – Soft mint matte.


Eyeshadows (Bottom Row):
Shady (insulting someone but with wit) – Pure black matte;
Trade (someone who is hot in and out of drag) – Deep burgundy matte;
Mug (means your face, like mug shot) – Deep warm brown matte;
Legendary (think this has the same meaning in and out of drag culture) – Gold foiled micro glitter; Kai Kai (when two drag queens hook up) – Bright pink matte;
Snatched (when you've got your face on, you're contoured, lashed and you are LIVING) – Deep red matte
Fishy (a drag queen that looks really feminine naturally) – Blue satin


Last but not least, it comes with a dual ended eyeshadow brush, with a fluffy side for blending and a stiff flat side for packing colour. All in all, I think it is a good first release. I could do without the neutrals I can't deny, I feel like at this point everyone who will buy this palette will already have a more than decent selection set of neutrals already in their collection. If this was a pure colour palette with blues, purples, pinks, reds and greens that would have been really fun. The most exciting shade for me is Campy that magnificent Tweety Bird yellow is calling my name. Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. This has been sitting in my draft section for weeks and I have only now gotten around to editing the photos and swatches etc. The palette is also finally available on Beauty Bay so if you live in the UK like me you can get your hands on it. Please comment and let me know your thoughts on this palette. I will have a review up on Friday. Take care.

Are you sick of new releases at this point?

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Thursday, 14 June 2018

FIRST LOOK | NEW HUDA BEAUTY EASY BAKE SETTING POWDER RELEASE DATE

Huda Beauty New Easy Bake Powders 8 Shades
 Huda Beauty announced last night that she has been working on a lot of new products as well as her reality TV show Huda Boss which airs via Facebook Watch. She teased on her Instagram stories that we would be seeing one of these products very soon and she wasn't wrong because her next story was a reveal! She showed us her Easy Bake Baking Powders, which is the next product set to be released as part of her hugely successful eponymous makeup line. Baking is a makeup hack that Huda credits for changing her own makeup game drastically and she claims she worked hard to perfect this powder to make it the perfect under eye baking powder. 

Huda Beauty Easy Bake Baking Powder
The exterior packaging looks quite simple, and dare I say it plasticy, which is reminiscent of the early Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette. I do wonder if with time she will improve the packaging but as I don't have it in front of me it could very well be luxurious as all get out. Plain black lid with the Huda Beauty branding. Below you can see the netting inside which is placed to reduce the mess you inevitably get with baking powders. Makeup is a messy business. 

Huda Beauty Easy Bake Baking Setting Powder in Banana Bread
The shade she teased specifically was called Banana Bread, and what a cute name that is. All of the shade names have a bakery theme which I think is adorable. It reminds me a little of Beauty Bakerie and their Flour Setting Powders, the concept is cute perhaps not all that original. I just hope the alliteration of Banana Bread is seen throughout the shade range, because then my Year 10 English Literature heart will rejoice. In total, there will be 8 shades for all skin tones which I think is quite inclusive but again you can't really tell until you have it in front of you. For me, the banana powder would probably the most Indian girl friendly. Huda does say that although it has that brightening lifting effect that you want from an under eye powder you can absolutely use it to set the rest of your face as well, just use a lighter amount of course.  

Huda Beauty Bake & Blend Dual Ended Brush
In addition to the 8 Easy Bake Powders, there is also a Bake & Blend dual ended makeup brush to help consumers bake to perfection. She says in her stories that a lot of people find baking quite intimidating and it is her desire to make it as easy as possible and she does believe it is the secret to flawless makeup. I always roll my eyes a little at comments like that and Kim Kardashian's that contouring needs to be consumer friendly. I struggle to see the difficulty as both contouring and baking seem quite self-explanatory to me, what we really need is a foolproof way to apply lashes. Call me when someone has figured that out. These new products will be available on July 2nd 2018 (which also happens to be my Dad's birthday), as of yet no price has been announced but I imagine it will be around £25. I will update this post when more information surfaces. Thank you so much for reading, I actually had a review to post today but when I saw this news I felt like I had to post about it. Please leave a comment below about your thoughts on these powders. Take care. 

What do you think about these powders and are you a fan of "baking"?

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