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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Kiran

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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. 

Have you tried anything from Elcie Cosmetics?

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Kiran

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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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Kiran

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