Tuesday, 13 November 2018

WORTH THE HYPE? | PIXI RETINOL TONIC REVIEW


The Pixi Glow Tonic (£18) and by now the Pixi Retinol Tonic is likely no stranger to you all. I have been trying the newest addition to the cult Tonic range for over a month, almost two months, now. I really wanted to give this a thorough try. I am about a third of the way through the bottle so I do think you get a lot of bang for your buck and it would last about three months if you are using it night and day every day and more if you are not. I purchased the 100ml version at Boots when it was ion offer along with the Glow Mud Cleanser (review here) which is already a favourite of mine. I have reviewed the Glow Tonic previously, here is the review, and although I did like it it wasn't my favourite product for my skin type. I have oily, combination skin which is acne prone so I was especially excited when I stumbled across this gem. 

Retinol is a firm favourite of many bloggers, it is a key ingredient that is beneficial for acne prone skin but for some reason I have always been hesitant to incorporate it into my routine. It might be because it is not so readily available in purchasable skincare products in the UK, until recently, and it might be because I don't think my acne is bad enough to warrant such an ingredient which to my mind is akin to acne medication. These were just my feelings and understanding of retinol, over the last two years I have seen it mentioned more and more and have paid attention to the benefits of this ingredient. Still, the thought of having overly sensitive skin and other concerns kept me from wanting to spend big bucks on a product that might not even work and might even damage my skin, because I already use a lot of potent products on my face. Thankfully, Pixi fully saved the day with this Retinol Tonic (£10), I love that it comes in two sizes, due to my doubts I grabbed the smaller size (100ml) and I love it dearly. I would happily buy the full size (250ml) at a later date/ 

I am not a skincare expert or a cosmetologist so I am only speaking for my experience of the product. All my doubts about it making my skin irritable and sensitive vanished the first time I used it, there are so many great nourishing ingredients in here that it wasn't a problem at all. My skin feels soft and nourished after being gently swiped with a lightly saturated cotton pad. It doesn't feel harsh or make my skin tingle. It's really a good product and I prefer it to the Glow Tonic. DId it clear my spots? No. But honestly one product will not magically erase acne, it is a combination of lifestyle, diet, stress, hygiene and skincare. My complexion has improved, to my eye it is brighter and my spots are more easily covered with makeup than they were before. I really appreciate Pixi skincare, they are a brand that I trust, I appreciate their packaging, their price point and the range of products that in my opinion work for all skin types because they are not strong in my opinion, and I do think that is a bad thing. Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this review, if you don't like leaving your house to shop then you can get Pixi products from Cult Beauty. Take care. 

What are your favourite products from Pixi by Petra?


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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

MOTD | METALLIC BRONZE PURPLE EYE MAKEUP LOOK FOR DIWALI BANDI CHHOR DIVAS


Wishing you all a Happy Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas, I wanted to create a fun but still simple makeup look using only a few shadows, and more importantly, a couple of brushes. Originally I tried to film the process this morning but the lighting was all over the place and I ran out of storage so here is the makeup look along with the products I used to create the look. I hope you enjoy. All affiliate links are denoted with an asterisk, I hope you don't mind, not all links are affiliate links, mostly just the products I purchase via Cult Beauty and Beauty Bay as that is where I do most of my makeup shopping. Leave me a comment as to how your week is going, thank you!

EYES

The most interesting part of the look, begins with the eyes, I didn't use a primer or base for my lids because I couldn't find one. I did my eyes first as when I sat down I had no idea what colours I would be using so wasn't sure about the fallout. The only eyeshadow palette I used was the B Perfect Cosmetics x Stacey Marie MUA Carnival Palette* which I purchased from Beauty Bay and adore dearly. The only two eyeshadow brushes I used for this look were the dual-ended E32/E33 Blank Canvas Brush* and the bdellium tools 785 Brush*. I used Naked (a cool toned medium brown) as a base for my entire lid and then using the E32 side of the Blank Canvas brush I packed on as much of Wasted (a vibrant blue toned purple matte) as possible on the outer half of the lid and crease area, being careful to work in layers then blend out the edges. After wiping the E32 clean on my hand I dipped into Chant (slightly deeper softer purple matte) and gently placed this in the inner half of the lid and crease marrying the two shades together and saturating the entire lid in colour. This was done in soft wispy motions as I don't want Chant to be as opaque as Wasted. After laying and blending Chant, back in with Wasted to ensure the colour payoff is still rich and vibrant. 


Now for the fun part I used the MUA Velvet Luxe Matte Lip Lacquer in Perseus on the E33 side of the Blank Canvas Brush and pressed it into the inner half of my lid like a cut crease but not as precise and fading it out towards the middle. I did this on both eyes, and when I was happy with the placement and colour, I went in with the 785 to blend Wasted on the outer half and add Liquor (warm brown matte) to deepen up the crease slightly and add more dimension. Then I applied the Rimmel Wonder'Fully Real Mascara on top and bottom lashes until they were dark and dramatic. I did get some mascara on my lids so went back in with the 785 brush to add more of Wasted and Liquor and disguise the mascara marks. Voila. 


SKIN

Skin was prepped by first cleansing with the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser* followed by the Pixi Retinol Tonic*, which I am almost done trialing. After letting that sit I applied my Cetaphil SPF and went into the eyes. Going back to the face after eyes were done, I applied Marc Jacobs Re(Marc)able Foundation in Shade 52 Honey Light, I skipped concealer today and set the face with a generous layer of my favourite Vichy Dermablend Powder. While letting the powder sit as my skin is oily, I used the bdellium tools 980 to apply the bronzer shade of the Wet n Wild MEGA Glo Contouring Palette* in Caramel Toffee. For more precise contouring I went in with the bdellium 964 brush and the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder* in Deep. I brushed off the powder using my Wilkos Powder brush and added Ofra Cosmetics Rodeo Driveon the highest points of my face with The Body Shop Fan Brush. 


LIPS

Lastly, I prepped the lips with Barry M Coco Loco Lip Oil at the beginning whilst applying my SPF, after the eyes and face were complete I went in with Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil* in Dolce Vita placing it in the centre of the lips and smudging it out with my index finger. To finish I applied an extra coating of the Coco Lip Oil for extra shine and hydration, tied my hair up in a ponytail.


Thank you so much for reading, I hope you liked this post and enjoyed this makeup look. I honestly despise taking photos, my insecurities prevent me from enjoying selfies and filming tutorials but I really am trying to get better at it. It is my face and I don't think I will ever do anything drastic such as surgery so I need to learn to love it and embrace all the imperfections that bother me. Please comment if you have tried any of the products mentioned in this post, and if you want any specific reviews. I hope you are well, have a beautiful Wednesday and enjoy the rest of your week.  My next post will be up this Saturday so stay safe and happy and I will see yu then. Take care.

Have you tried, or do you want to try, any of the products in this post?


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Friday, 2 November 2018

JAMES CHARLES x MORPHE ARTISTRY EYESHADOW PALETTE AND EYE BRUSH SET WITH ALL SWATCHES #UNLEASHYOURINNERARTIST

James Charles x Morphe  New Artistry Eyeshadow Palette with Swatches ($39) photo via @jesusgomez
A palette between James Charles and Morphe Brushes has been rumoured for a very long time, ever since news of the 35B palette being discontinued broke. This surprises me because I actually bought the 35B Palette on Cult Beauty for £23 no trouble (review coming, still need to play around with all the colours a bit more). So although James mentions in his video that his new Artistry Palette is a replacement and improvement on the 35B, I don't see it being removed from Cult Beauty anytime soon, especially as it looks like it has had a bit of a makeover, but that's a discussion for another post.

James Charles x Morphe Artistry Eyeshadow Palette with Swatches ($39)
Like most rumours this one turned out to be true as James has been teasing about his palette in his videos for a while, finally it has been revealed. I love the carton it comes in, I love that James has his whole damn face on it, it looks very cleverly done and quite artistic. I love that it pays homage to his iconic Blank Canvas look which  is constantly inspiring artists to this day to post similar looks. Set to launch on Tuesday 13th November 2018 8am PST along with a 34 piece brush set for $149.

James Charles x Morphe Artistry Eyeshadow Palette with Swatches ($39)
The packaging comes in a white unicarton and the palette is bubble wrapped. The actual palette itself is soft touch matte black with shiny lettering. There is no mirror, and the shade names are not printed on the actual palette itself. Instead there is a plastic overlay sheet insert which can be removed which has the shade names. The palette boasts a similar setup to the 39A Dare to Create Palette which was hugely popular, so popular in fact they brought it back I believe. This 39 shadow palette with 7 larger pan shades will be available for $39. Not sure how that will translate in other currencies, but hopefully should be a fair and reasonable price. Onto the mammoth task of swatches, let's discuss row by row and where applicable I will expand on the meaning behind the shade name and the formula of the shadow if it is unique in some way. All information and photos were derived from James's video which he just uploaded. At the end we will have a brief glimpse of the eyeshadow brush set he is also releasing in conjunction with the Artistry Palette. 

James Charles x Morphe Artistry Eyeshadow Palette with Swatches ($39)
Above you can see what the palette looks like in all its glory, the setup is cleverly done with warm tones and neutrals forming the top two rows and rainbow shades comprising the last two rows. In the middle are the shades most used by people including a matte white, a highlight shade, a transition shade, several deepeners and a matte black. James insists this is his perfect palette and it was his goal to create a palette that you could create any look with. This was designed for artists and enthusiasts, can be taken travelling and used every day. The whole concept behind his collaboration with Morphe is to Unleash Your Inner Artist. 

James Charles x Morphe Artistry Eyeshadow Palette with Swatches ($39)
Above you can see the plastic overlay with the shade names over the top of each corresponding shadow. From the video it is clear that James has thoughtfully named each shade in this palette which is something I have commented on previously. One of the unique aspects of influencers is a lot of their audience watches and supports them because of their personality not just their talent, and thus having shade names that are pertinent to their lives that their readers can pick up on is a way to make a palette stand out from the crowd, it is something that is different to a non-influencer palette if that makes sense. This was one of my criticisms of the Morphe Vault Collection, the names were so generic that I think Jaclyn missed out on a lot of support because it feels much more like a business transaction rather than someone creating a palette for the people that watch and love their videos. 

James Charles x Morphe Artistry Eyeshadow Palette with Swatches ($39)
First Row (from left to right; eight shadows total): Canvas a light bone coloured matte inspired by the iconic Blank Canvas look, this will help you start each look with a blank canvas as it will set the lid; Ring Light inspired by James's famous high school photo yearbook story where he brought in his own ring light for school photos so his highlight was especially blinding, this move made him a viral sensation, this shade is a metallic white gold; So Good is a light true gold metallic; 518 is a burnt orange matte named after the area code of his hometown, it is a pressed pigment which James stresses has great colour payoff but can be difficult to work with, he recommends using an eyeshadow primer such as a MAC Paint Pot and a flat brush to pack on the colour and then blend; Rusted is a slightly more vibrant orange shade named after one of James's sayings; Halloween is a metallic reddish orange shade inspired by the holiday, which was also the first time James started dabbling in makeup; Wig is a brown gold metallic shade and Tea is a deep cool tone matte brown perfect for deepening up any look.  First row complete. 

James Charles x Morphe Artistry Eyeshadow Palette with Swatches ($39)
Second Row (from left to right; eight shadows total): Punch Me is a light cool tone brown matte, named after the Dolan twins who are friends with James after he left a series of thirsty af comments on their Instagram posts including, yep: punch me; Sister peachy pink champagne metallic shade; Mary is a cool-toned mauve shade which looks almost pinkish red in the photo above, named after a reclaimed gay slur according to James's video; Literally is a bright pinkish peach slightly metallic shade, named literally because it is literally one of his favourite shades as it can be used in many ways; You're Kidding is a true red matte which he insists does not exist until now; Shook is a metallic cranberry red: Boutique named after his friend Laura who owns a boutique, is a burgundy matte shade; Benny is an eggplant matte shade named after his puppy from back home. 

James Charles x Morphe Artistry Eyeshadow Palette with Swatches ($39)
Third Row (from left to right; seven shadows total, larger pan size): Flashback is a matte white shade inspired by the infamous Flashback Mary moment; Face is a champagne highlight shade; Tune is a light orange transition shade, after facetune; Code James is a warm orange matte; 10% Off is a warm deep red matte; No Beans is a warm brown almost purplish shade, named after his favourite meal a Chipotle's Burrito Bowl in which he always specifies no beans and Spooky is a matte black. All the shadows in the third row are matte and are likely to be the shadows people will get most use out of. 

James Charles x Morphe Artistry Eyeshadow Palette with Swatches ($39)
Fourth Row (from left to right; eight shadows total): Bee is a bright yellow matte named after his mother, it is her second name, might be spelled Bea I am not sure: Guac is a metallic green shade: Hello is a metallic teal shade; Playground is a pool blue matte; Brother is a true blue matte and named after Ian (his brother); Artistry is a unique glitter with a pinkish base and multicoloured reflects; Love That is a hot magenta matte pink, James often says "love that for you/us" a lot and Pinkety Drinkety is a light matte pink named after James's favourite drink. 

James Charles x Morphe Artistry Eyeshadow Palette with Swatches ($39)
Fifth Row (from left to right; eight shadows total): Social Blade is a bright neon green matte named after the website that keeps track of follower counts for social media platforms, Daddy is a dark forest green metallic shade named after Laura's husband; Keep Cod metallic acqua shade named after Cape Cod; Cola is a deep blue shade inspired by James's soda addiction; Acapella is a deep metallic blue shade, it is well known that James loves to  sing, even in the commercial for this collection he sings; Escape is a dark purple matte named after his love for escape rooms; Single is a bright purple pressed matte named after his relationship status and Skip is a vivid neon pink named after his father.

James Charles Artistry Collection Eye Brush Set Morphe Brushes
Wow, that took a long time. Lastly is the 34-piece brush set ($149), I believe the price drops to $118 if you buy the palette and brush set together which also comes with the Morphe sponge, which has duplicates and triplicates of the same brushes, rather than 34 different brushes. I actually think this is a cool concept as I often wish I had two or even three of the same brush when doing my makeup, I am not sure if any of the brushes are sold individually. The ones James has newly created have three of them in the set whereas existing Morphe brushes will be present in pairs. I hope that makes sense.  There are a few face brushes as well, like an angled contour brush and a setting brush. The palette is available for $39, I think it looks nice and I do believe James has worked hard on it, I will not be buying it because I bought the 35B from Cult Beauty and The Carnival Palette by B Perfect Cosmetics and that is truly all the colour I need. The pressed pigment formula sounds like a bit too much work for me, and the colours although nice do not appeal to me. This does not look like a palette I would get much use out of and all the warm tones and wearable shades are present in my Jaclyn Hill Palette which I still adore and use regularly and am nowhere near close to finishing. As for the brushes the price is steep, but I have been wanting more eyeshadow brushes maybe if they are in a sale later on I will pick them up. Below is the reveal video James uploaded today. 


Thank you so much for reading, I would love to hear your thoughts on this new collaboration and collection which is similar to the Jaclyn Hill collection. Does this palette appeal to you? Do you think it is a smart release? Do you already own colourful palettes? Let me know in the comments below, it means a lot to me when you guys comment. I think this palette is different and certainly interesting to look at, more importantly it screams James Charles and I respect him for staying true to himself, I look forward to the reviews coming our way. At the moment, I don't think I will buy it but who knows that could change. Hope you are having a wonderful week. Take care. 

What are your thoughts on the James Charles x Morphe release, are you buying?


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