Tuesday, 18 September 2018

FIRST LOOK | DESI X KATY DOSE OF COLORS ROUND II SWATCHES & DETAILS


Desi Perkins and Katy aka Lustre Lux took to YouTube just yesterday to reveal their second collection with Dose of Colors. Their first collaboration (post here) was met with mostly positive reviews and was obviously a success. So much so, that two of their products are going to be repeated and made available for purchase once again due to the high demand. The products being Over The Top lip gloss a clear intensely shiny gloss with gold reflects and Fuego highlighter a champagne gold creamy highlighter recently rocked by Beyonce, the queen herself. 



Their new eyeshadow palette entitled Friendcation has really caught my eye, the swatches and colours look insanely beautiful and I am intrigued enough that if the collection does come to Beauty Bay which I think it will I might get my hands on this palette. The swatches are pictured below: Basic (a "basic" cream matte shade ideal for setting an eyelid base and just starting your look), Ccins (short for cappuccino, the spelling might be wrong, but they love cappuccinos as they explain in their video, a deep rich chocolate brown), Necessary (a light mid-tone brown matte also perfect for crease work), Dirty Money (olive green with an antique gold shift, insanely sparkly), Moment (an electric blue with a neon purple shift, just as sparkly as Dirty Money), Try Me (cranberry red with orange pink reflects, again insanely sparkly based on the swatches), Just a Kiss (a sheer reflective shade with not much of a base colour, perfect for adding on top of other shades to get the same kind of sparkle the other pigmented shades have), Girl Bye (pinkish red matte), Churro (rich warm brown, another great crease colour), Game Over (midnight black with silver reflects, inspired by wet asphalt and the galaxy, ideal for a really cool smoky eye). 


Next is the Chasing the Sun highlight, the same formula and packaging as Fuego. The name is inspired by the perfectly lit makeup photos they take using the sunshine, like golden hour in a pan. Very creamy, wet finish. Described as a golden bronze highlight, slightly warmer and deeper than Fuego which is a blinding champagne that is known for being flattering on a range of skin tones. 


Time for lips. Desi and Katy created a new formula for their Liquid Velvet lip products, of which there are two. This formula is not completely matte or budge-proof. The idea is you are able to reapply them throughout the day and they feel really comfortable on the lips, not sticky, not dry or cracked. They keep your lips looking hydrated and healthy. The first is called My Main which is inspired by natural lip colours, it is a pretty nude with a slight pink undertone in a satin finish, Desi says it reminds her of Angelina Jolie's lips.


The next Liquid Velvet is designed by Katy, My Main was designed by Desi, Mauve Story is Katy's which is ironic because Katy famously hated mauve for a very long time. It is a muted, soft, cool-toned mauve shade. Katy credits the satin finish of the lipstick as to why she has embraced this mauve colour as it doesn't dry out her lips or exaggerate her lip lines. 


Like More Creamer Please and No Shade there are two new lipsticks in the same formula and packaging, just a nice creamy regular lipsick formula. Hey Girl is the first shade which is described as a muted pink, perfect for every day and compatible with numerous different lip liners. 


The second lipstick is called Aftermath which is bolder than the others, but still very autumnal and neutral, all of the lip products read quite neutral in this collection which is appropriate for this season. This colour is a rich autumn leaf, cognac colour that looks really beautiful and just makes me think of pumpkin spiced lattes and soft scarves. Can you tell I am excited for Autumn?


Over The Top's dirty wild sister is called The Most, another stunning, incredibly shiny wet-looking lip gloss. Although it looks white in the tube it does go on clear so is suitable for wearing with other lip products but also looks incredible on its own. Great for when you want your lips to look bigger. This lip gloss is sheer with pink and cherry reflects which are only really visible in the light so doesn't read as garish or tacky. It's subtle but still looks really cool and is noticeable.


 I am not one for lip products so although these all sound very nice, they re just not for me. It really is only the eyeshadow palette that I am seriously considering buying. I am excited for reviews and looks. You can watch their reveal video in full below.


Thank you so much for reading, another post about a new release but this one is actually pretty exciting. I hope you enjoyed reading about it. Please let me know what you think of this collection in the comments. Do you have your eye on anything? Did you buy anything from Round 1? Hope you are having a great week, it is my last week in London so it is bittersweet for me but I am happy I seem to slowly be getting back into blogging again. I love it. Have a lovely day. Take care. 

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Monday, 17 September 2018

NEW JORDYN X KYLIE COSMETICS COLLECTION WITH SWATCHES OF EVERYTHING


It's been a while my friends, in short on top of my dissertation and presentation my grandmother recently died and I had to move most of my things from London to back home. So it has been a busy, but also shit, time. Let's put that on the back burner for a while and check out some new makeup. Yesterday, Kylie dropped the news of her Jordyn Woods collection that will be available on 21st September. As you all know I never buy anything from Kylie, I think her price point is ridiculous and with the added shipping and customs you can forget about it, but if this is your cup of tea I want you to get a closer look at it, swatches included. The colours are very pretty and definitely autumnal/fall-appropriate


First, there is the eyeshadow palette which is the first thing I look at. It looks good, not to sound cynical but most promotional pictures do, Out of the shades, My Heart, Wild Love and Never Leave Me attract me the most, especially My Heart that vibrant blueberry matte speaks to me. In fact all the mattes in this palette are quite appealing, more on the cool tone side which is reminiscent on the Norvina palette but with a few more dark mattes which make it slightly more deeper skin friendly I think. The colour selection is pretty, I am getting kind of tired of seeing an orange or a peach in every palette. I think we all own enough oranges and peaches, I would really like some more cool toned shades that we haven't seen before because I am sure they exist. All in all, the swatches are beautiful and if it didn't cost more than a dentist's appointment I might consider it. 


Onto the highlighter palette, I am still not convinced by this glazed donut trend, my textured skin just isn't having any of it, but mostly I believe Kylie's highlighters have a decent reputation. Especially, her Wet Set highlights. I am not sure how many highlighters she has available in her line and how similar these shades are to existing ones, however, I think this palette seen below would work for a lot of skin tones from fair to deep, not sure about deep/dark skin tones, but for the most part it is quite an inclusive palette. 


From the swatches below, cute names by the way, these highlighters seem to be the really intense almost glittery kind of highlighters. For me, personally, they are not the highlighters that work best for my skin, but if you do like a blinding highlight and want one palette with a few different options this could be a great palette for you. If you are on a budget, I recommend checking out the Sleek highlighter palettes and maybe the Sophx Makeup Revolution highlight palette. Together Forever looks like a really interesting shade, with lilac pink undertones that can be beautiful on a lot of skin colours. No New Friends appears to be another universal highlight, a traditional champagne gold, Inseperable is a warmer peachy gold shimmer and Best Life is almost a rose gold highlight. 


Kylie is releasing three lip products in total. 2 lip glosses and 1 lipstick. I have no idea what 23 means, or why she decided to use 23 as a name for one of her shades but I am sure she will release a video soon revealing the stories behind different shade names. Most of the names are quite obvious i.e. Woods for Jordyn as it is her last name and the rest are friend-related i.e. No New Friends, Partner in Crime, Never Leave Me. Not outside the box but definitely fitting with the theme


The packaging seems to be the same as the rest of the Kylie lip glosses which makes me think they are of the same formula. I do actually like the packaging of Kylie's lip  products, her old wands were not the one but I think she has improved upon them since the beginning of her brand. 


The two lip glosses are swatched below and Partner in Crime is a seriously beautiful brownish pink nude that would look stunning on anyone with medium or olive skin. Her lip glosses look quite thick, as I have never tried them I can't speak on the formula only speculate but a lot of my friends do really like them. I think the colours are stunning and they have a really wet finish which seems to be on trend right now. Although Partner in Crime is glossy, 23 is a gold with micro glitter for that insane sparkle. It feels very festive to me, which is exciting as Christmas is only 99 days away!


Last but certainly not least is a lipstick. The only lipstick that is part of this collection. Again the same packaging as previous lipsticks just different colours I believe. There is the Kylie embossed in the bullet which is a nice touch that you would expect from a high end makeup line. I think that's my trouble with her brand it veers between simple cardboard packaging for her eyeshadow palettes and then quite luxe packaging for some products. I think if your price point is consistent your packaging should be consistent as well


Woods is a stunning autumnal browny reddish nude, that looks like a cross between an autumn leaf and an oak tree. It is very pretty, it looks like a satin finish here but that might just be the screenshot quality. All photos were either taken from Kylie Jenner's Insta Stories or her instagram page.


Below you can see Jordyn Woods herself wearing the entire collection on her face. I would love to hear what you think of this collection especially after you have seen it on a face. Do you think Kylie Cosmetics is getting better and better? Do you like the collections she comes out with? Or would you prefer her adding to her permanent collection? I think Jordyn is absolutely stunning and everything looks great on her. I especially like the way the 23 gloss picks up on camera, it is very pretty. I just wish more of the colourful shadows were on the eyes so we could see how they perform. 


Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. Please leave a comment below letting me know your thoughts on this collection. Do you love it, hate it, feel indifferent? As I mentioned, I have moved most of stuff back home, that being said I will be residing in London for the next few days to finish things up. I picked up a new foundation in the interim as I have very little makeup so you will have a review on that soon. Happy Monday, have a great week guys. Take care. 

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Friday, 7 September 2018

NEW GLOSSIER ZIT STICK ACNE SPOT TREATMENT


Glossier is a relatively new but popular brand that is known for its minimalist and functional approach to fresh faced makeup, releasing a plethora of skincare and makeup products the latest to  grace the US website is the Zit Stick ($14). For now only available to purchase in US and Canada, the Zit Stick is a novel interpretation of acne and spot treatment which until now was typically treated with harsh and opaque products like toothpaste and sudacrem in the comfort of your own home. Often compared to a Tide Pen, which is a non-American I have no fucking clue what that is, the Zit Stick has a simple easy-to-use design with a metallic roller ball, made of antimicrobial steel, applicator, and it works by first clicking the pen several times (3-6)  to dispense the product and simply rolling it onto the offending blemish. The steel roller ball also has a cooling effect on the skin which should elicit a calming sensation on irritated and inflamed patches of skin. Ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide which decreases levels of acne-causing bacteria and capryloyl salicylic acid which is a milder form of salicylic acid that can be worn through out the day are what makes this product pack a punch. Tea tree oil and cucumber extract all help clear skin and reduce redness as well. 


A key USP for the Zit Stick is the portability as well as its ability to be applied over or under makeup, and not just as an overnight treatment. The formula is transparent so not unsightly as you go about your daily routine, and not as potent as overnight treatments thus not leaving your skin overly sensitive or unprotected if you were to have it on during the day in sunlight etc. 


Importantly, benzoyl peroxide is not available over the counter in the UK< Sweden or Denmark and as such the Zit Stick will not be sold in those countries anytime soon. This is because benzoyl peroxide is a highly potent ingredient, although the Zit Stick has a low enough dosage to be considered safe in the US the same practices are not in place in some European countries. In the meantime, I highly recommend this Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Blemish Stick, it doesn't come with a microbial steel roller ball but is only £3 and works especially well for oily, blemish prone and problematic teenage skin concerns. I have used it on and off for months and don't see myself ever not purchasing it. Thank you for reading, I would love to hear if you have tried and loved any products from Glossier? Please comment below your thoughts on the Zit Stick and your own acne fighting remedies. Hope you are having a good week and wish you a great weekend. Take care. 

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Monday, 27 August 2018

FIRST LOOK | NEW JUVIA'S PLACE LOOSE HIGHLIGHTERS SWATCHES & DETAILS

Juvia's Place New Loose Highlighter Swatches and Details - image via @trendmood1 on Instagram
Like most makeup releases, I first receive the news by peering at @trendmood1's Instagram page, I love her, I love her page, her photos and the attention to detail she provides to all her followers and fellow makeup junkies. If you are a makeup lover and you're not following her you need to check her out, she is the best for makeup updates. I will say after speaking to some readers from different parts of the world I have noticed that a lot of independent brands are not getting the exposure they deserve, and I am working on a post focused on some independent brands that could use some love as their products are exquisite; if you have any in mind yourselves please leave a comment or send me an email. Juvia's Place, on the contrary, is not a new brand by any means, although not as giant as some others it has built a name and reputation for itself in its own right. Ever since, Nikkie Tutorials, waxed poetic about their palettes it is clear that they are a brand to write home about. So much so, I purchased three of their palettes, waited three weeks for them to come in the post and paid an extortionate amount of money for shipping and customs fees. Luckily, Beauty Bay now stocks this brand and hopefully they will be selling their brand new loose pigment highlighters in the coming weeks as well. Released already, on August 25th, I am sure a fair few of them have sold already, but if you're interested and want a deeper look before you buy, please keep reading. 

Juvia's Place Loose Pigment Highlighters Royalty I, Royalty II, The Nubian, Nefertiri Swatches, image via @trendmood1
There are four brand new highlighters, all in power-like pots with red lids and gold detailing. The four shades are: Royalty 1 (light copper shade infused with a peach base and gold reflects suitable for all skin tones), Royalty II (light champagne base with gold reflects ideal for light skin tones), Nubia (pearled bronze colour ideal for deep/darker skin tones) and Nefertiri (pearled champagne shade with light gold reflects ideal for light to medium skin tones). Sold individually for $14 each, you can also purchase the Royalty Collection comprising Royalty I and Royalty II highlighters for $27.50 and the Highlighter Bundle consisting of all four highlighters for $55 (this only saves you $0.25 per highlight though so not really much of a deal but hey a saving is a saving). All the highlighters are very gold toned so I do think they are more suited to people with some warmth to the skin, as they are loose pigments they are also well-suited to being used on the eyes and can actually be really stunning as inner corner highlights or pressed onto the lid in a cut crease look. 

Juvia's Place Loose Highlighters Nefertiri, Nubia, Royalty 1 and Royalty 2 swatches by @trendmood1
 Personally, although I do like and respect Juvia's Place as a brand, I love their branding, packaging, their products have worked really well for me and I do think they are extremely reasonably well-priced, however I will not be buying these. Firstly because although I have it on good authority that these are very smooth and highly pigmented creamy loose pigments, not gritty at all, I shy away from using highlight on my skin in general. I feel it exaggerates all my imperfections including my pores and texture. In addition, loose powders in my experience generate a nightmare of a mess that actually stresses me out. There is just no neat way to get that shit on your skin and I bet my face will be glittering like a mermaid's tail days after putting it on. In a similar vein, I think you do waste a lot of product with loose pigments/powders, or at least I do because I spill it everywhere. Right now, you can purchase these highlighters on the Juvia's Place website, unfortunately individually most, if not all are sold out, but you can still get some of the bundles I believe. 

Thank you so much for reading, I have been insanely busy and stressed so hope you can forgive this rushed post. I hadn't posted in so long and really wanted to get something up. My dissertation is due in exactly a week so until then you will be getting some brief, quick and probably just chatty posts before I can dedicate proper time to getting my blog back to where it used to be. Hope you can forgive me. Please send your prayers and well wishes to me as my dissertation is trying me. Leave a comment down below with your thoughts on these highlighters and this brand. Love you. Take care. 

Have you tried anything from Juvia's Place?

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Friday, 17 August 2018

ELCIE COSMETICS JEWELS THE MAUVE SERIES SWATCHES

 

I saw these gorgeous colours scrolling through my Instagram feed and had to share them with the world. If you don't know about Elcie Cosmetics or the owner Lilit Caradanian then please let me enlighten you and direct you to her fabulous YouTube channel comprising of in-depth tutorials accompanied by a sophisticated delivery. Lilit is a well known, world-renowned bridal makeup artist and teacher who has a sparkling reputation, she launched Elcie Cosmetics with the Micro Silque foundation which is a favourite among brides and influencers alike. She recently decided to stop her freelance makeup artistry to commit to her YouTube and cosmetics line, since they have come out with a hydrating mist, bronzers, highlighters, eyeshadow palettes and of course The Jewels. So far there are 6 jewel shades available, for the purpose of this post we are focusing on the Mauve Series, consisting of just three beautiful mauve-toned shades: MorganiteRubellite and Amethyst. For context morganite is a pinkish gold gemstone, rubellite is a reddish violet sometimes pink transparent gemstone, and of course amethyst is quite well known but is a violet stone. They are available individually for $22 or £17 or as a pack for $65 on the Elcie Website



The Jewels are a metallic pressed foiled eyeshadow, not completely a cream and not completely a powder. It delivers maximum colour payoff when used with a finger, without creasing like a cream or crumbling like a powder. If using an eyeshadow brush, first wet with Fix+ or something similar for increased metallic shine. Morganite is a light bronze shade with silver reflects. Rubellite is a stunning purple with silver reflects and Amethyst is a gorgeous pinkish purple with silver reflects. These shades are flattering on all eye colours: brown, green and blue especially. The Jewels are cruelty free and would be a great addition to any eye look, in my opinion they are pricey but do scream high quality so I am interested. 


Overall, I think these shades look exquisite as someone who loves purple I can definitely appreciate this series, the formula and consistency looks divine. My one issue with products like this is that they can dry out quickly, one way around this is to use a drop of oil to moisten the product if you find this happening. I do this with gel eyeliner all the time. A personal problem is that I lose lids all the time, seriously it is an epidemic. I wish they have flip-up lids to prevent that possibility especially as leaving the cap off too long will inevitably dry out the product faster, but alas they don't. Aside from that I do love the packaging and I am excited to see what other shades they come out with it, I don't think this is a particularly unique product as Dose of Colours and Tom Ford have very popular versions of this already in existent but I do think these are solid contenders to what is already available on the market. What do you think? Have you tried anything from Elcie Cosmetics? If you are from the UK, their products are available on Beauty Bay. Thank you for reading. Take care. 

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Saturday, 11 August 2018

REVIEW | LIVING PROOF PERFECT HAIR DAY DRY SHAMPOO


It's been a while but here I am, I have no excuse except sometimes I literally forget that I have a blog. Sincerely. So I was sent the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo* (£23) by Influenster UK. If you haven't heard of Influenster they are an app where you can upload review of a variety of products, not just beauty but also food and alcohol etc., and every month they give away thousands of Vox Boxes completely free where you can test out new products. Anyone can join, it's completely free and all you have to do is share your Vox Box on your social media platforms. I have received two other Vox Boxes, the Bourjois Velvet Rouge Lipsticks (read here) and Rimmel Holiday Collection (read here), making this my third Vox Box.


So, with dry shampoo, there isn't that much to say. Either it works or it doesn't in my opinion. I typically use the Batiste Dry Shampoo in Dark and I am happy with it, it is cheap, you get a lot of bang for your buck. However, once you have used it once the build up is noticeable. With the Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo* the process is very different. I sprayed it into the roots of my hair after about a week without washing, if you're new here I wash my hair once a week that's just what works best for me everyone is different. I initially panicked at the white marks in my hair but after leaving it for 30 seconds as instructed and rubbing  it in it disappeared easily. I was on my way to a wedding and I was pleasantly surprised. Usually if I use dry shampoo I can't wear my hair down as it looks odd and stiff but this really just cleaned my hair, added a little volume and texture plus made my hair smell great. Not in the fragrant way that other dry shampoos do, it was a very light fresh scent that isn't overwhelming. I enjoy using it and have used it about three or four times since trying to be sparing as I was sent a smaller size. Would I repurchase it? Probably not, it is a little expensive for a product I don't use all that much, but I do feel better having it in my collection. I would love to know what your favourite hair products are? Do you use dry shampoo? Comment below please. Take care. 

What hair products do you love?

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Saturday, 28 July 2018

REVIEW | EX1 INVISIWEAR LIQUID FOUNDATION WITH SWATCHES & TUTORIAL/DEMO


Between September and April I have accumulated numerous foundations as they are my favourite product, aside from eyeshadow palettes, to review. Finally, I am getting around to actually talking about them on my blog, on the plus side this means I have used them long enough to provide a proper in-depth tutorial. The foundation to be discussed today is the highly raved about EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation (£12.50) I am currently at home, and honestly my soul feels at peace. It feels so good to get away from London for a while with this insane heat wave the UK is experiencing. I feel so comfortable at home and have found much more motivation being here, so please expect a lot more posts and videos hopefully in the coming weeks. Onto the review . . .

What It Is: A foundation 100% oil and fragrance free, specifically created for those of us with  olive undertones who struggle to find our shade in most foundation ranges. I believe I have discussed on my blog before the dangers of "fragrance", it is essentially a loophole for companies to put ingredients they don't want to list into products. Anything could be in a "fragrance", so I appreciate the fragrance free claim and oil-free is perfect because my skin definitely produces enough oil on its own. It is available in 16 shades, but on ASOS only 12 are up for purchase.


What It Does: The foundation is designed to conceal pores and boasts special true colour pigments which adapt to natural skin tone. It claims to be ultra-blendable, lightweight and luminous. 

What I Like: It is a medium coverage foundation, that is definitely buildable, it does match really well as I have been using the same shade - shade 7 - since early January and you can imagine how much tanner my skin is now. It blends really easily with a dense big brush (see video below) and lasts really well on my skin without settling into my smile lines. Additionally, it does cover my pores nicely which I love even when I forego a pore-filling primer. It honestly looks great alone.


What I Don't: There isn't too much I don't like, the only concerns are that it doesn't feel lightweight exactly to me, it does feel like foundation on the skin and I do have to set it because of the creamy consistency. If I didn't I do think it would slip and slide around. I also feel like for the coverage that I desire I need to use a substantial amount of product, for me that is 2 pumps. 


Final Verdict: Honestly for the price - £12.50 which with a 10% Student Discount would be reduced to £11.25 - I would rate it as a five star foundation. The packaging is nice, I love the pump and the bottle, the shade is perfect and it looks really nice on my skin, covers all my breakouts and makes my skin look smooth but not heavy which is fantastic. Watch my video below to see it in action.


Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this review and if you did watch the short video above, please head over to my YouTube channel and leave a comment and subscribe (if you want to). Hope you are having a brilliant weekend, here's to it raining tomorrow *fingers crossed*. Take care.

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