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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Kiran


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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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Kiran

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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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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

NEW JACLYN HILL x MORPHE VAULT COLLECTION REVEAL SWATCHES AND RELEASE DATE

Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Vault Collection All Eyeshadow Palette Swatches and Details
Jaclyn Hill and Morphe Cosmetics both recently announced that they have teamed up again for another collaboration. This time, however, it is not just the one product. There are a staggering 4 ten pan eyeshadow palettes available this time around. Jaclyn explains in her product reveal video (scroll to end of post) that these shadows were all the colours that didn't make the cut for the Jaclyn Hill eyeshadow palette (review here). The Jaclyn Hill palette is a 35 colour eyeshadow palette which had huge success and was met with rave reviews by practically everybody. So you can imagine the excitement surrounding this upcoming launch. The news of another collaboration was, however, met with some disappointment as it is no secret that Jaclyn has her own brand, Jaclyn Hill Cosmetics, in the works. Her followers have eagerly been anticipating her first product from the second she created an Instagram account for her brand and that was some time ago. Jaclyn has addressed this on Twitter and other social channels to say she has experienced some setbacks and although she does intend to persevere with her own brand and makeup line, at present it isn't viable.

Jaclyn Hill Cosmetics Instagram Account. Why Hasn't She Launched Her First Product?

Enough about the past let's talk about the future. Her new launch of four eyeshadow palettes are organised by colour story: green, red, yellow and purple. Her new eyeshadows boast the same formula as the Jaclyn Hill palette which most of us are aware is different to the ordinary Morphe eyeshadow formula. Simply put: it's better. The packaging is also very cohesive with the Jaclyn Hill palette: white, glossy with silver lettering. These palettes actually have a mirror which is something people have wanted forever, similarly the names of each shade are printed below each shadow. Each palette retails for $15, I have a feeling in the UK it will cost more than £15 but I hope not. The names of the individual palettes are: Ring The Alarm (red colour story), Armed and Gorgeous (yellow colour story), Bling Boss (purple colour story) and Dark Magic (green colour story).

RING THE ALARM (RED)

Lolli (coral orange shimmer), Rush (tangerine matte orange), On Camera (very warm gold shimmer), Boom (metallic deep red), Alert (pumpkin orange matte), Bomb Ass (metallic pink cranberry), Siren (satin purple burgundy), Mug Shot (yellow-brown matte), Framed (purple matte) and Secret (chocolate fudge matte brown).

Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Ring the Alarm Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

ARMED AND GORGEOUS (YELLOW)

VIP (white shimmer), Access (matte mustard yellow), Gilt Trip (muted pale gold shimmer), Coin (metallic green yellow), Agent (muted orange caramel shade), Top Secret (matte army green), Smooth Criminal (warm orange red matte brown), Secret (orange matte), Prowl (cool toned matte brown) and Classified (foiled pewter shade).

Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Armed a& Dangerous Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

BLING BOSS (PURPLE) 

Bling Bling (pinkish lilac shimmer), Hush Hush (matte cool toned taupe purple), Gem (bright metallic purple), Pizzazz (pink purple cranberry shimmer), Mystic (cool toned deep brown matte with purple undertones), Sparks (matte cranberry red), Glitz & Glam (golden beige taupe shimmer with glitter flecks), Rockstar (matte purple), Ballsy (cool toned lilac purple shimmer with pinky lavender undertones) and Berry Treasure (black with purple pink sparkles).

Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Bling Bloss Eyeshadow Palette Swatches 

DARK MAGIC (GREEN)

Poof (matte cream), Powercut (foiled metallic neutral silver), Shhh (matte cool toned brown), Trickery (true green metallic), Diversion (taupe brown shimmer), Potion (matte army green), Busted (matte deep blue), Inside Job (matte dark hunter green with a hint of blue), Mojo (matte dark cool toned brown) and Temptress (jet black matte with a hint of barely noticeable sparkle which makes it easier to blend).

Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Dark Magic Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
The palette is set to be released on June 26th, there is no specific time announced as of yet but I will update this post when I know more. As for the UK, I can only assume we will get it later on in the summer. June 26th, as far as I know, is the release date for the Morphe site. Each palette retails for $15 individually but you can purchase all four as a collection for $49. And you can get 10% off by using a Morphe code, whether that's Jaclyn's or another YouTuber's. Watch her reveal video below.


Thank you so much for reading, it has been a crazy week alongside my sister's wedding a lot has been going on and I hope one day I feel like I can share what has happened with you. I would love to know what you think of these palettes, which one strikes you the most? When I first saw them I was quite excited and I do think each palette is a palette in its own right you can create looks just using one of these palettes. Personally, I would have preferred a palette that was a gradient of that colour, I always have to mix different shades to get the green or orange or purple that I want so I think that would have been really cool. I am excited for reviews of these palettes, please share your thoughts below and let me know what content you would like to see. Both here and on YouTube. Take care. 

Which of these palettes are you most into?

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Kiran

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Saturday, 2 June 2018

MAY FAVOURITES | MUSIC

I cannot believe May is basically over, June is going to be one hell of a month. I do intend on completing a beauty favourites post but in the meantime let's chill out and share some music I have been listening to lately. I have been slacking massively on the blog front, honestly I am just so scared of getting blocked off most social media platforms that I do minimal promoting these days so if you found this post wow I really don't know how you got here but . . .  welcome! 


Weirdly most of my favourite songs at present I discovered through the Billboard Music Awards. The first one is Maren's My Church which is the opening song of the medley Kelly Clarkson opened with (see video above). I love Kelly Clarkson she reminds me of my angsty youth and if you didn't know I am a fan of country music well the cat is out of the bag now. I love country music, not all, just some. My music tastes tend to be music with lyrics. Before you ask I am not religious and I am definitely not Christian and I also could care less about the use of "church", "Hallelujah" and "Amen". I like what I like *shrugs shoulders*. But of course it's not everyone's cup of tea and I completely respect that


Next is Fall in Line by the dynamic duo and two of my favourites Xtina (yes I just didn't want to look up how to spell her last name) and Demi Lovato. This song took a while to grow on me, when I first saw the lyric video on YouTube and listened I was impressed by the vocals but didn't really care for the song. Seeing them perform it at the Billboard Awards was really powerful and damn Christina has some serious stage presence. This is a song I can easily play on repeat, it's empowering and meaningful and happens to be a great song to both get ready and pack to.


Shawn Mendes and Khalid collaborated on Youth which I believe was a response to the school shootings happening in America and a stance on gun violence. It's a beautiful hopeful song. Shawn Mendes, Khalid too, can do no wrong in my eyes. They are both great artists and the song is very well executed. A great song to listen to when you are staring sadly out the window on a London bus.


Another sad song, for me at least, is Kesha and Macklemore's The Good Old Days. I love this song and it almost always makes me want to bawl my eyes out. Recently I started a new placement as part of my degree and it has been sincerely eye-opening. Every day I meet people who are dealing with problems way outside of my wheelhouse and as you know I have been struggling a little over the past year and recent events have made it clear to me that to appreciate what you have in the moment is all you can do. Happiness and sadness can be fleeting and just as things can get better things can get worse too. I know people always say you're not going to feel like this forever and there will be a day where it gets better but equally there could be a day where it gets worse and you pray for this day where it was bad but not so bad, do you know what I mean? I hope that made sense. I think after Kesha's public legal battle with her manager everyone sees her in a different light. I view her music very differently now, I don't know if that's wrong or right but this song is damn good.


Fifth Harmony's Don't Say You Love Me is a classic easy listening ballad. Surprised I like anything from them since Camilla left but this is actually really good. The melodies are on point and it is a song I can easily listen to on repeat. I usually have about five songs that I listen to over and over again and this fits perfectly in that limited playlist.


On a more upbeat note Ann-Marie's 2002 is just the cutest song ever, I love every song she pays homage to and it makes me think of dancing in my living room when I was eight and watching all those iconic music videos. Such a great nostalgic song which makes me want to buy Hubba Bubba and find an Avril Lavigne album. The video is super cute and fun too.


Zedd, Grey and Maren Morris came out with The Middle which is a song that I just know I will love forever. It suits every mood that I am in, and few songs can do that. I was surprised that the same Maren Morris that sings My Church is featured on this song but also appreciate her versatility.


The Vamps were a band I thought I would never return to after about 2014 but no their latest song Hair Too Long is a song that I instantly liked. It's fun, a little childish and catchy. It's a song I walk faster too and it literally brightens my day. Songs that make me want to smile are just as important as sad songs. It's all about balance.


Yet another unlikely return is Jesse McCartney, I will forever be a big advocate for Beautiful Soul, it is a masterpiece fight me if you wish, his new song Better With You is just incredibly sweet. No one does sweet better than Jesse even though his hair is no longer boy band blonde I still dig this song a lot. 


A song I listen to when I have to be social is Ru Paul's Call Me Mother, it's one of the only songs in the world that actually makes me feel like dancing in high heels. It is a great song and is my go to song for going to work as it instantly uplifts me and gets me to work twice as fast. Nothing much has changed, I am still almost always late to work despite living so close so this is a lifesaver. I also like to listen to this after I have listened to a lot of sad songs, again balance. The choreography videos on YouTube for this song are insane as well, definitely worth a watch.


Finally, and a little random, let's round off with another country song. This time by Carrie Underwood and it's called Church Bells. I am obsessed with songs that tell a story and this is like a movie in three minutes, I love the lyrics and I can't help but sing along every time. It is my go to song when I want time to move faster i.e. when I am on a long walk or when I am in a low mood.


In total that's 11 songs that I have started listening to over the past month. I would love to know what songs you have been listening to and loving, no matter the genre, please share in the comments below. Things are totally  crazy over here but I am going to do my best to keep posting throughout the wedding madness. Thank you so much for reading, don't forget to comment. Take care.

What songs are you into right now?

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Kiran

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