Wednesday, 26 October 2016

5 UNIQUE SUGAR SKULL MAKEUP TUTORIALS FOR HALLOWEEN WEEKEND

5 Unique Sugar Skull Halloween Tutorials. Image: erikamariemua
Are you excited for Halloween? I know I am, and in typical me fashion I always leave everything to the last minute. The great thing about Halloween is that last minute, thrown together costumes can be the work of pure genius and really test out your creativity. If you don't want to splash out on a costume, a sugar skull will always have your back on the spookiest night of the year. The best thing about sugar skulls are that no two skulls look the same and the makeup artists on social media have been knocking it out of the park with their incredible skills. So here are 5 of my favourite sugar skull tutorials that are not only unique but also exquisite. First up is Erika Marie MUA who is responsible for this gorgeous liquid gold and black skull above. Her Instagram is chock full of incredible Halloween makeup ideas if you are suffering from lack of inspiration. Her talent is unreal. 

Glitter Sugar Skull Halloween Tutoiral by Tina Halada
Tina's glittery sugar skull is one of my favourites because it looks complex and cool and has glitter. Who doesn't love a bit of glitter? I think it's a really unique look and would be easier to recreate especially once you watch the tutorial. She's 15 years old and her artistry is mind-boggling, plus she's an absolute stunner. Check out her Instagram here and her sugar skull YouTube tutorial below. 


Promise Tamang's White Henna and Pearly Pretty Sugar Skull
Promise Tamang created this exquisite skull look with white henna and pearls. Be the most ladylike, elegant skull in the joint. I just love how pretty and sweet this looks whilst still being ghostly and ethereal. I love that you can have fun with this look, stick some sequins on, a fun wig, a bridal dress. 

Image: Anthonia Makeup Unique Sugar Skull Halloween Makeup Tutorial
This skull makeup is so soft and beautiful and eerie I love it, beautiful work. I only recently found Antonia's Instagram and she has the most incredible looks on there. She also posts short video clips of her intricate looks that are worth checking out. Gorgeous and so inspiring. 


Vanessa Davis from the_wigs_and_makeup_manager Jewelled Uniwue Sugar Skull Halloween Tutorial
It's incredible how creative people can be, I would never think of this and the effect is breathtaking. This looks like it would be very difficult to recreate so I would highly advise practicing first or even adapting it to suit your capabilities and patience. It's so beautiful and colourful that it would be sure to make you stand out. This is the total opposite of a basic Sugar Skull. Vanessa Davis is the amazing makeup artist who created this look, her Instagram handle is: the_wigs_and_makep_manager and she has some of the best content I have ever seen. No lie. Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. These were all photos I came across myself and found personally inspiring. Of course, this post wasn't sponsored in any way. Halloween is one of my favourite holidays but honestly the last few weeks have been very trying for me so I haven't been as excited as I usually am around this time of year. Hence, this post is a way to gear myself up for the upcoming festivities. I'll be in London skulling it up so follow me on SnapChat to see more, I would love to connect with you. My Snap handle is alittlekiran. I share new beauty products I buy on there too. Hope you enjoyed this post and found it inspiring like I did, I would love to know your favourite. Take care. 

Which look did you like best? 

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Monday, 24 October 2016

BURGUNDY KYSHADOW PALETTE AFFORDABLE DUPES


As Kylie released another sold out eyeshadow palette, The Burgundy Palette ($42), I thought it only fair to produce another dupe post, as the post I did for the Kyshadow Bronze dupes was really popular and I know a lot of people found it helpful. So I did it again! This time, I have to say it was much harder to find dupes but I promise I looked at swatches and everything so although in the actual pans they may look a little off swatched on the eyes or the hand they are as close as I could find without looking at the more expensive brands. I tried to keep everything as accessible and affordable as possible, of course I will include links for all the eyeshadow dupes. Now for a quick refresher of what the Kylie Cosmetics Burgundy Palette contains.


There are 9 eyeshadows in total, for swatches and my thoughts on the palette you can read this post here. There are 5 mattes, 3 metallic shadows and 1 shimmer. In the top row, left to right we have Naked (satin golden sand), Beach (matte light brown) and Penny (matte reddish orange). The middle row, from left to right, there is LA (metallic copper), Burgundy (matte deep red) and Dubai (metallic burgundy). The final and last row, from left to right, we have Brick (matte dirty brick), NY (metallic warm bronze) and Almond (matte deep red brown). Like I mentioned in my Swatches and Thoughts post, this eyeshadow palette definitely impressed me as the colour selection is gorgeous. 


Now for the fun part, dupes and comparisons. I am going to bullet point it to make it easier to find the shade that you want if you only care about a few colours from the palette. I will discuss comparisons and more too, if you are interested in how they compare.

  • Naked Dupe: Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean ($6) (light shimmer with peachy beige undertone) Oddly for such a common shade finding a single shadow that is similar to Naked is harder than one would think. Finding a satin golden sand shimmer seemed impossible but Vanilla Bean works very nicely while still being a warm pale shimmer shade. Perfect. 
  • Beach Dupe: Makeup Geek Tuscan Sun ($6) (warm yellow toned salmon pink matte) Beach is described as a warm light matte brown but to me it looks like it has quite an orangey tone which is why I picked Tuscan Sun as a dupe. Still warm, still matte but slightly pinker than Beach. 
  • Penny Dupe: MAC Red Brick (£10) (orange red matte) This was a difficult one to find, slightly more orange than Penny I think but other than that very similar.
  • LA Dupe: Makeup Geek Goddess ($10) (metallic pale copper) Originally I put Flame Thrower as the dupe for this but when I compared the photos it just looked too vibrant next to LA. Goddess is one of the closest dupes out of this whole post. I am so proud I managed to find this. 
  • Burgundy Dupe: Stargazer Deep Red (£3.92) Another one I am really proud of finding. This is a really deep vibrant red, so close to Burgundy and one I scoured the internet for.
  • Dubai Dupe: Makeup Geek Curtain Call ($10) (foiled cranberry red) One of the easiest to find, I had this in mind already as the dupe for Dubai. 
  • Brick Dupe: Kiko Infinity Eyeshadow Satin Brick (£1.70) Out of all the shades, this is the shade I spent the longest on and finally came across this Kiko gem which looks a lot paler in the pan than it is in real life, plus it is very affordable. 
  • NY Dupe: Makeup Geek Pretentious ($10) (metallic bronze) In the pan this looks nothing like the warm NY, in fact it looks almost green to me, but swatched it definitely looks similar to NY.
  • Almond Dupe: Makeup Geek Bitten (earthy maroon matte) To me these two look really similar, even if their descriptions don't match. Let me know if you disagree. Bitten does look slightly more purplish but another alternative is Cocoa Bear



Thank you so much for reading. I hope you found this post helpful, the colours are not exact dupes but I did try to find shades as similar as I possibly could and tried to find brands that were easy to get hold of. If you live in the UK you can buy the Makeup Geek Metallic Shadows (£8.50) and Makeup Geek Individual Pans (£5.50) from Beauty Bay. Just for the record none of these are affiliate links, all links included in my post are purely for your convenience. Hope you have a great week. Take care.

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Saturday, 22 October 2016

KYLIE JENNER KYLIE COSMETICS THE BURGUNDY KYSHADOW PALETTE SWATCHES AND THOUGHTS

Kylie Jenner Kylie Cosmetics The Burgundy Kyshadow Palette Swatches and Thoughts
Kylie has expanded her Kyshadow collection, there was the Bronze Palette (post here) and now here is The Burgundy Palette ($42). It was released on October 20th and contains 9 eyeshadows just like her previous palette and similarly does not have a mirror. Her next palette (any guesses on what the next colour theme will be?) she assures will have a mirror. I do really love the art on the front of her palettes, it's really clever and looks beautiful. Apart from that they seem to be the same level of sturdiness and have a similar layout as the BH Cosmetics palette but it is Kylie Jenner so you are paying for the name and the brand whether that is reflected in the packaging or not, that's just the way it is. It is, surprise surprise, out of stock right now but it will be back in stock soon. 

Kylie Jenner Kylie Cosmetics The Burgundy Kyshadow Palette Swatches and Thoughts
The pictures above and below show the palette in all its glory. Very fall/autumn appropriate with rich warm shadows in a variety of finishes. The colours all look lovely, to me, I think I definitely am more tempted to buy this than I was for the Bronze palette which I felt held a lot of shades that most of us already own (dupe post for the Kyshadow Bronze palette here). Reds, especially, on the other hand are extremely hard shadows to create and perfect so I think it was brave to do a palette like this one because it also isn't the easiest to colour to wear.

Kylie Jenner Kylie Cosmetics The Burgundy Kyshadow Palette Swatches and Thoughts
That being said, the rest of the colours work really well with that red making it not so terrifying. The problem with these palettes as that because it is adhering to a tonal theme it can look almost too similar at a first glance. On opening, I wouldn't think I could create a really diverse range of looks because they would all tonally be the same. If you love these colours, warm reds, oranges and the like then I think this palette would be an awesome buy for you. If you have green or brown eyes these colours would really emphasise your eye colour, similarly if you have an olive or deeper skin tone the contrast would be gorgeous. Now onto the swatches.

Swatches of the Kyshadow Burgundy Palette from the Jeffree Star Video (watch below). Edited by me.
The swatches can be seen above, this photo was taken from the Jeffree Star video which I will include below because he creates a kickass eye look with this palette and I highly recommend you see the palette in action before purchasing. The swatches are without primer and from left to right are: Naked (satin finish golden sand); Beach (matte finish light warm brown), Penny (matte finish warm orange), LA (metallic finish copper), Burgundy (matte finish deep red), Dubai (metallic finish burgundy), Brick (matte finish brick red, like a dirty red), New York (metallic finish warm bronze) and Almond (matte finish reddish brown). Watch Jeffree's video in full below to see his reaction. 


Overall, I think this looks like a gorgeous palette if you like rich warm colours. The swatches definitely impressed me and the mix of finishes are perfect too. You get 5 mattes, 1 satin and 3 metallics. I like that there are more mattes than any other finish as I think that is key for creating multiple looks in one palette. Mattes are a necessity! I do think $42 is steep and with customs charges etc to be able to get it in the UK I can't say I would buy it for myself. Apart from the price and shipping issues I don't have anything bad to say. Let me know if you will buy it or have already got it and what your thoughts are on it. I am keen to see what other colours she creates palettes for. I hope she does one for silver/cool tones as I think they get overlooked when it comes to big palettes. Thank you for reading, hope you liked this post. Enjoy your weekend. Take care.

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Thursday, 20 October 2016

QUICKFIRE REVIEWS | TK MAXX EVERYTHING UNDER £10 SKINCARE HAUL FT SKIN FOOD MOISTURISER SIMPLE EXFOLIATING WASH GOOD THINGS PERFECTING FACE OIL NIVEA FIRMING IN SHOWER MOISTURISER NIP + FAB KALE FIX CLAY MASK AND YOGA BODY SCRUB


I have been spending all the money lately and one of my favourite places to splash the cash is TK Maxx because they have some epic deals. Stupidly, I took all the labels off on the actual products so I can't tell you how much I saved. I know everything was under £10. So let's just jump into what I bought and see if I can give you some mini reviews as we go through everything as I have tried everything. Some items, like the Kale Clay Fix mask, only once so I will revisit them in future posts. 


Skin Food Nourishing Moisturiser (£10.96 - Amazon, £3 - TK Maxx) I really need a good moisturiser, why is it so hard for me to find one? The term "nourishing" really speaks to me, I thought it would be lightweight and extremely hydrating but it is thick and feels like a Nivea hand cream. Do not recommend at all, sorry. I do love the name of the brand though, think it is really clever. Please leave your favourite moisturisers in the comments because I can't find one. 


Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Exfoliating Face Wash (£3 - Tesco) I really love this face wash, it has a beady consistency which is super gentle on my skin and removes my makeup really well just on its own. I love the way this feels on my skin, it isn't drying at all and my face just feels smooth, fresh and clean after use. Great product. 


Nip + Fab Kale Fix Clay Mask (£13 - Nip + Fab, £8 - TK Maxx) As mentioned, I have only used this once which isn't enough time to form a solid opinion. So far, I don't hate it. It is for tired skin. I didn't notice a massive different after using it, but it is thin and lightweight with a nice healthy smell. It has some nice ingredients in  it like Kaolin, Witch Hazel and Sweet Almond Oil but it also has fragrance (parfum) and a lot of chemical sounding ingredients. I prefer masks that are mostly natural to be honest, but that might just be me. I will try this a few more times and review properly in due course.

Good Things Argan Oil Perfecting Face Oil (£7 - Boots, £4 - TK Maxx) Honestly, I purchased this because I needed a less expensive beauty oil to mix with my foundation. I have used it as a skincare item and find that this would be best for people with quite dry skin. My skin sometimes can become dry, usually due to a product on trial that pisses my skin right off, so I love having this on hand. It is not as luxurious as other oils I have used and hasn't wowed me, but it is good in a pinch and works fabulously mixed in with my foundation to make it look smooth and silky on my skin. Yes Gawd.


Nivea In Shower Firming Moisturiser (£3.35 - Superdrug) I have tried the blue version of this before and it is running out, so I picked up a new one when I found that it was discounted. I joined a gym so anything firming is right up my street. It's very hydrating and I have been using it on and off for a few weeks now, I don't notice a lot of firming but that might come with time. 

Nip + Fab Yoga Blend Body Scrub (£10 - Nip + Fab, £8 - TK Maxx) This is amazing after a sweaty gym session. So relaxing, I love the scent of lavender and find it refreshing yet calming at the same time. A great way to end the day, It's not too rough either, a great exfoliator that moisturises and smells like a gorgeous mix of lavender, coconut and rose. Love this, will definitely repurchase.


Thank you so much for reading, I really appreciate all the love and each and every comment I receive makes me smile like a lunatic, so please leave one if you have a minute and follow me on Bloglovin'. I love trying out new skincare so share your favourites below and let me know if you have tried any of these products. Hope you have had a great week and a beautiful weekend ahead. Take care. 

What have you bought lately?

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

BEST BEAUTY OIL EVER? | PAI ROSEHIP BIOREGENERATE FRUIT SEED OIL BLEND REVIEW

Best Beauty Oil Ever? The Pai Skincare Rosehip BioRegenerate Fruit and Seed Oil Review
Pai Skincare are a totally new brand to me, their products are made in London, are vegan and cruelty free and their ingredients are simple and easy to understand. Their Rosehip BioRegenerate Fruit and Seed Oil Blend (£22) is a popular product, judging by the rave reviews I have been reading on Beauty Bay. Facial oils are one of my favourite skincare products to splurge on as I believe they are multi-purpose and can make a massive difference to your skin. I was encouraged to buy this product mostly because I couldn't resist the cute bottle. Sorry not sorry. 

Like most skincare products this one, too, makes a lot of broad life-changing claims. It purports to reduce the appearances of scars, stretch marks, fine lines and UV damage in all skin types. The ingredient list is short, sweet and organic containing rosehip seed and fruit extract plus natural Vitamin A in layman's terms. The directions recommend applying 2-3 drops of the oil onto the palm of your hand and apply directly onto your skin - can be used on the face or body - and contact with lips should be avoided. It is also mentioned that time for the oil to absorb should be allowed before dressing and the next step in your skincare routine. 

Best Beauty Oil Ever? Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Fruit and Seed Oil Review
In total you get 30ml of product, which is a standard amount, my first impressions opening the box was disappointment at the size of the bottle, although the packaging is just as cute as I envisioned. Don't be fooled by the size, there will be enough to last you a good few months. The lid is one you unscrew with a pipette attached to the lid, I do prefer pumps because they are less finicky and messy. Plus, my bottle got knocked off my dressing table and 70% of the contents spilled over the floor leaving me desolate and inconsolable. I still can't believe that happened. I don't think 2-3 drops are enough for your face and neck I typically apply around 5 (I have quite a small face) and then I mix 1-2 drops with my foundation

My verdict is quite simple: I love it. It is the best beauty oil I have ever used. There are a few cons such as the smell, what is that smell? I can't define it, it could just be an overwhelmingly natural aura but my nose does not like it. However, in spite of this I still have fallen head over heels in love with it. I adore the petitie transparent glass bottle it comes in, the pipette makes me feel like a French chemist. The colour of the oil screams joy and whenever I use it my skin feels incredible. It doesn't clog my pores, it isn't greasy and most importantly when I don't use it my skin feels lacklustre and it's all because of this tiny orange pot of gold. I have gotten really good results with  this, my skin gets less oily throughout the day which is just sorcery and it helps speed up the life of my occasional annoying breakouts. My skin feels plump and nourished and if I could use it every second of every day I would. Rosehip oil is said to be brilliant for healing scars and would be suitable for all skin types, from really dry to very oily, and ages as this will work to reverse sun damage and fill out fine lines. This is one of those products that you don't realise how good it is until you stop using it so if you're in the market for a new face oil I highly recommend this to everybody. 

Best Beauty Oil Ever? The Pai Skincare Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil Review
Thank you for reading my review of the Pai Rosehip Oil (£22), I hope you enjoyed it and found it useful. This post was not sponsored, I am usually such a negative Nancy about any and all skincare so I know some of you might be sceptical about whether I was paid to give this high praise but I promise all these thoughts are my own and I paid for it too. It only makes the spillage more tragic. Let me know what skincare you have fallen in love with in the comments and please don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin'. It means a lot to me, so I hope you do. Enjoy your Sunday. Take care.

What facial oils have you tried?

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

2 NEW TARTE PRODUCTS | TARTE PRO GLOW HIGHLIGHT AND CONTOUR PALETTE AND PRO AMAZONIAN CLAY PALETTE

New Tarte Pro Glow Highlight and Contour Palette and Pro Amazonian Clay Palette
Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette and Tarte Pro Glow Highlight and Contour Palette
Tarte have released two brand new palettes! If you have Snapchat and/or Instagram then you'll know that Tarte Cosmetics took their team and a handful of digital influencers to Bora Bora to celebrate the release of the Tarte Amazonian Clay Palette (£39) and Tarte Pro Glow Highlight and Contour Palette (£33). Tarte is a little more difficult to get in the UK, but their website does ship internationally and you can get other products on QVC UK. Tarte Cosmetics are also sold on Sephora for those of you residing in other countries. 

New Tarte Pro Amazonian Clay Palette Swatches of the Whole Palette
Eyeshdow and contour are my favourite steps of any makeup look so you can say I am excited about these new goodies. Let's start with the eyeshadow palette first because my God it is massive! It is £39 with a total of 20 eyeshadows, 16 are in the square shape and these are all matte. Yes, you heard right, 16 total shades are completely, gorgeously matte and the remainding four in the circular pans are ultra-pigmented creamy shimmers. This palette is crafted for the every day and I have to say I am extremely impressed with the swatches I saw on the snap video. They all look very creamy, blendable and so pigmented. Typically Tarte shadows can be quite hit and miss with their eyeshadow palettes but I think in the recent year they have stepped up their game. 

New Tarte Amazonian Clay Pro Palette Swatches of All 20 shades (Row 1-4)
The palette includes 16 longwearing matte eyeshadows infused with Amazonian clay for smooth blending and flake-resistant wear. Key ingredients in the formula, highlighted on the Tarte website are: Amazonian Clay (nature’s most perfect ingredient for better, longer, truer wear); Mineral Pigments (soothe and soften skin); and Vanilla Extract (a natural fragrance with rich antioxidant and anti-aging properties). Their formulation appears to be specific to their brand, they do contain talc. 

New Tarte Pro Amazonian Clay Palette Shade Breakdown
Here is a shade breakdown of all 20 eyeshadows: Classic (cream), Innocent (soft peach), Whimsy (brick), Smoked (dark brown), Ethereal (bronze), Vintage (ivory), Fierce (cool plum), No Filter (purple mauve), Vamp (deep plum), Glam (champagne), Chic (pale pink), Profesh (taupe), Mod (deep cherry), Drama (maroon), Minx (shimmering mauve), Indie (greige), Bold (light brown), Edgy (chocolate), Punk (black) and Trendy (prismatic teal). Minx, Trendy, Ethereal and Glam are the four shimmers in this palette. I love all the colours, I think it is a gorgeous every day palette with enough variety to create an endless amount of gorgeous evening and playful looks.
New Tarte Pro Glow Highlight and Contour Palette Photo Swatches
New Tarte Pro Glow Highlight and Contour Palette Swatches and Photos
Onto their next release: Tarte Pro Glow Highlight and Contour Palette (£33). This is a highlight and contour palette, obviously, but there are both powders and creams in this palette which reminds me of the Sleek Highlight palettes. All shades have a cool undertone to mimic natural shadow and light and the ingredients are actually good for you, such as Amazonian Clay (nature’s most perfect ingredient for better, longer, truer wear); Mineral Pigments (soothe and soften skin); Vanilla Extract (a natural fragrance with rich antioxidant and anti-aging properties); Coconut (delivers intense moisture and is known for its antibacterial and conditioning properties), Vitamin E (a natural preservative that also works as an emollient and antioxidant); Shea Butter (a natural emollient known to help retain skin elasticity and protect against degeneration). 

New Tarte Pro Glow Highlight and Contour Palette Shade Breakdown
There are 6 shades to highlight and contour with: Lit (champagne highlight); Strobe (pearl highlight); Fire (bronze highlight); Stunner (opalescent highlight); Shade (cream contour); Sculpt (powder contour). There are five powders in total, all the highlighters are a powder formula as is the Sculpt contour. Shade is the only cream in this palette. You can see swatches on light and dark skin below. 

New Tarte Pro Glow Highlight and Contour Palette Shades Swatches
This is turning into such a long post, but I wanted to give you an in-depth look at each palette all in one place. I haven't seen a highlight/contour palette like the Pro Glow with a mixture of contouring and highlighting powders with a cream contour shade thrown in for extra pleasure. I am impressed by the concept of the palette, it feels like they designed this to truly be the only highlight and contouring palette you need which I appreciate. It has something for everyone and for all those that like going full glam strobing and contouring for the Gods this would be the perfect companion. 

New Tarte Cosmetics Pro Glow Highlight and Contour Palette Swatches Breakdown (Image credit: TrendMood1
Thank you so much for reading, if you made it this far you deserve a medal. I wish I was in Bora Bora. It looks like the most serene idyllic location I still have hearts in my eyes after viewing everybody's Snap Chat story this morning in bed feeling totally un-glamorous. I would love to know what you are most excited about: the eyeshadow palette or Pro Glow palette? Let me know in the comments. Please follow me on Bloglovin' to stay up to date with new posts and to make me smile, it means so much to me. I have lots of posts planned, I would love your thoughts on how often I should post? Is it a case of the more the better? Or do you prefer one every other day, I get so excited sometimes I just want to upload three posts in a day but at the same time I want every post to get the attention it deserves (not that they're amazing, I just spend a lot of time on them). So please share your thoughts and opinions below. Thank you for reading. See you soon. Take care.

Which are you more excited for?

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Friday, 14 October 2016

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS ULTIMATE GLOW KIT REVIEW AND SWATCHES

Anastasia Beverly Hills Ultimate Glow Kit Holiday 2016 Limited Edition Swatches and Review
Is it just me, or are Anastasia Beverly Hills completely crushing it with their every release? They can do no wrong at the moment and their latest product: The Ultimate Glow Kit ($45) appears to be no different. They just released the Master Palette by Mario read my thoughts on that $45 palette here. This review is going to be a lot shorter because I don't feel highlighters have as much criteria to tick as eyeshadow. ABH are already world famous as a result of their previous glow kits which have done incredibly well in this glow-obsessed world we currently live in. Most of you know by now that I am not a girl that dies for highlight, contour yes all the way I want cheekbones that could cut you, but for me highlight is unnecessary. I can, however, just like you, appreciate a good palette.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Ultimate Glow Kit Holiday 2016 Limited Edition Swatches and Review
This is bigger than most of their palettes apart from Moonchild Glow Kit, which also possesses six powder highlights. The Ultimate Glow Kit is like the polar opposite of the celestial, cool-toned goodness of Moonchild, nearly every shade in this Glow Kit is warm with golden, yellow or bronze undertones apart from the shade Snow which is like cocaine glitter on the skin. Golden Dawn especially looks very warm when swatched.  Let's have a look at the shades individually. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Ultimate Glow Kit Holiday 2016 Limited Edition Swatches and Review
There are six powder highlighters in total: Golden Dawn (warm amber with gold reflect), Hot Sand (warm bronze with amber lustre), White Sand (warm beige with a gold reflect), Sunray (warm copper with a peach gold lustre), Snow (pure icy white with platinum reflect), Amber Gold (warm rose with a gold lustre). You can see labelled swatches of all the shades below

Anastasia Beverly Hills Ultimate Glow Kit Holiday 2016 Limited Edition Swatches and Review
Overall, the shadows look mind-bogglingly pigmented in all the swatch photos, like eyeshadow pigmented. They also seem to have a fair amount of glitter to them, the "reflect" or "lustre" as they prefer to call it which is essential in most highlights seems to be particularly high in quantity in these shadows. This palette will definitely make you glow for the gods and would not be for the faint of heart. I do think it is a nice palette. I don't really like how a lot of the darker colours are so similar (i.e. Sunray, Amber Gold and Hot Sand) but they will appear differently on differing skin tones so that is something to bear in mind. I think if you have quite tan/olive skin a lot of the shades will look very similar on the skin so swatch in store if you can before you purchase. I will not buy this palette because I don't like glittery highlighters. However, if you like super pigmented, can see you from space, need to wear sunglasses and hold a parasol kind of highlight then you will love this palette! Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this look at The Ultimate Glow Kit. Please don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' and leave me a lovely comment, my Twitter and Instagram links are all below so let's connect. I am almost at 50K on Instagram which is crazy. I have Snap Chat too: alittlekiran, so come say hi so I can talk beauty to you guys. Lots of love. Take care.

What is your holy grail highlighter?

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

LH COSMETICS BY LINDA HALLBERG | THE INFINITY PALETTE AND MAKEUP BRUSH SETS REVIEW AND SWATCHES

LH Cosmetics by Linda Hallberg Launch and Product Overview
The inspiring Linda Hallberg, a Swedish makeup artist and highly respected digital influencer, has launched her own cosmetics line: LH Cosmetics. So far it is also cruelty free which is wonderful. She released a video not too long ago declaring her brand live. As of right now, all that is available is The Infinity Palette and makeup brushes that are in a khaki green, army colour. The logo is brilliant, four L's positioned to form an H and their philosophy is something that I am sure will speak to a lot of people. In the makeup and beauty industry it is easy to feel limited and a little boxed in by labels. For instance when you use a blush brush on your eyes you feel like a twat even though it works for you, but who is anyone to tell you that you are wrong? Use it however the hell you like. Her idea is to create a line of multi-functional products that will encourage users to indulge in their creativity. I do like and appreciate the concept and am constantly in total awe of her phenomenal artistry. I can't wait for her line to expand I am positive she will come up with some really cool, innovative products.

The Infinity Palette from LH Comsetics
The Infinity Palette (£45) contains eight buildable colours that can be used wet or dry, on the body, on the face. The colours are carefully selected to fit into  the multi-use ethos of the brand. The palette can be used for pretty much everything, especially if you have fair or light skin like Linda. The colour Cigar will work wonderfully for scultping the face. It also has a mirror which is great for travel. Not all of the shadows in this palette are vegan. The colours are: Virgio (high shine warm gold), Milky Way (high shine silver), Andromeda (warm golden shimmery pink, NOT vegan), Pinwheel (cool toned pink shimmer, NOT vegan), Maffei (matte warm beige), Cigar (matte cool toned pale brown), Zwicky (very warm matte brown, almost orange looking to me) and Fornax (nearly black matte). 

LH Cosmetics Infinity Palette Swatches. L-R: Fornax, Zwicky, Cigar, Maffei, Pinwheel, Andromeda, Mily Way and Virgio
All of the shadows are highly pigmented, as a whole the palette contains four cool shades and four warm shades in order to suit the needs of all consumers. In addition, there are four shimmers, to the left of the palette and four matte shades, on the right side of the palette. As a first palette I think she did very well, it is a great basics palette which you could create a diverse range of looks from. It's smart, well-designed, looks to be of great quality and contains a lot of product. My only qualm is the price is quite steep (£45), the packaging is simple and the colours are easily all shades we already possess. This is definitely a palette of convenience and can say I am impressed by how she utilises this one palette to create so many looks on her channel. She truly is such an amazing artist. 


In the video above is a short introduction to her products in a very quick and gorgeous tutorial. You see how she wields her brushes to create a lovely look in literally no time at all. Her brushes can be bought individually for varying prices (all above £10) but are also sold in a kit: The Basics Kit (£45)  and The Eye Kit (£41). Well made, affordable brushes are not rare to this market so I don't see the appeal of buying these seemingly generic brushes for this price with brands like Morphe, Spectrum, Real Techniques and Zoeva around. I don't mean to be harsh that is just my opinion.

LH Cosmetics The Basic Kit includes 6 brushes: Blending, Angled, Finishing, Precision, All Over Brush and Powder Puff
I would love to be able to see them in person to feel how soft and well made they are but without being able to do that I wouldn't be able to take that leap of faith and just purchase on the hope that they're really good. Also each brush has a name, so I am not sure how this fits in with her "not labelling" mantra. By labelling the brushes, hell even by separating them into kits like Eye or Basics is telling us what they are used for. I don't mind it but don't say you're not about labelling and then label everything. It just leaves me a little confused. They look like nice brushes and are cruelty free but so far I am not convinced to buy anything from her line thus far. The Infinity Palette looks cool but it doesn't look like it is worth £45 and the same goes for the makeup brushes too.
LH Cosmetics The Eye Kit includes 6 brushes: Blending, Small Blending, Angled, Liner, Applicator and a Powder Puff
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post and didn't think I came across as overly harsh or critical. There are so many new brands out there and starting your own must be quite a daunting project. I have the utmost respect for Linda and wish her every success in this venture. I think she will be brilliant at it and eagerly await her future products. So far I am not sold on the line, I wish it was more affordable but I am sure she has her reasons. I would love to know what you think of LH Cosmetics and if you are a fan of Linda Hallberg as well, comment below please. Take care.

What do you think of LH Cosmetics and would you buy anything?

Love 
Kiran

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