Monday, 14 January 2019

FROM HATE TO LOVE | RETRYING THE HOURGLASS VANISH SEAMLESS FINISH FOUNDATION STICK



So I plan to post a video on this as well (which will be here if it exists) but let's see if that actually happens, but today we are talking about the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Stick Foundation* (£42), which will soon be sold in a liquid format as well. The shade I use is Golden Tan, I purchased mine from Space NK when they had a discount in store. This foundation is so expensive and you  do not get a lot of product which still bothers me so from the get go I would say it is not worth it based on that alone and if  you still want to try the foundation maybe wait until the liquid version is out and hopefully you will get at least a full ounce in the glass bottle version, in this version you get 0.25oz. I have already reviewed this foundation here and I hated it (read full first review here). To find out how I went from hate to love, to never using this foundation and looking upon it with sole disgust to exclusively using it as my foundation on a daily basis please keep reading. 


In case you can't be bothered to read the first review, and I don't blame you, I hated this foundation when I first got it because I couldn't get it to work for me. I remember my avid disappointment because this was touted as the stick foundation for oily skin types and I was ready for it. Although, the colour match was good and the packaging kind of cool and different, a bit like how everyone is salivating over the hexagonal/octagonal packaging from Fenty Beauty, it is kind of funny how a new shape has everyone losing their mind (wow so innovative - I say this with love I am guilty of this too). To sum up, the foundation did not control my oil at all, in fact it looked greasy in a matter of hours and sometimes even within an hour. I tried everything, sponges, brushes, different primers and moisturisers and honestly just gave up and only used it for Instagram looks because it did photograph beautifully when first applied. 


On a whim I decided to try it out again, this must have been about two months ago and now everytime I wear makeup this is the foundation I am wearing. I have finally figured out how to make this expensive ass foundation to work for me, I am not sure if there is anything different going on with my skin. It was, and still is, winter time when I began using this foundation again, I would still describe my skin as oily/combination, although in general it is probably slightly drier than usual just due to the time of year. This is the same foundation, by the way, I didn't repurchase it, but it doesn't smell bad or break me out so I am sure it is fine, but I am not sure if  with time the formula might have changed? If you have any thoughts on that, please let me know down below. 


Now, for how this has become my holy grail. Here is how I use it, and it all started because I am a lazy bitch. I had to get ready super fast one day and after washing my face and digging into my boxed up makeup (from moving back home from London) I grabbed the Hourglass Vanish Stick as I was only going to be out for a few hours and applied it onto clean, bare skin. No moisturiser, no primer, no SPF (*sobs* forgive me please) and blended it out with a flat top kabuki brush, the exact one I use is the Bdellium Tools 957S Studio Line Precision Kabuki Brush* (£14.50). I set it with Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent and then haphazardly applied bronzer and blush and left. I went out, came home, caught up with Drag Race, ate dinner, watched YouTube videos and at midnight went to wash my face, noticed my skin and thought damn girl your skin still looks good 10 hours later and then was speechless upon the realisation it was the Hourglass Vanish Stick. 


I truly thought it must be a fluke. So for the ensuing days and weeks I used it every time I left my house, partly because I wanted to see if it was actually any good and also partly because I wanted to use it up anyway. To my surprise, it was consistently good, I have noticed the less you do with it the better, it looks good and lasts all day as long as I don't put anything underneath it. It is pretty both on camera and in person, which can be a rare find, the only trouble I have is if I use a translucent setting powder and "bake"for too long  around my smile lines, which is something I regularly do, the foundation will start to settle in those lines at around the 6 hour mark. Less really is more, setting with a pressed powder provides a better, lighter finish, but if you are oily skinned like me and prefer to bake with loose powder just be careful not to leave it onto long. That being said, even the smile lines were easily fixed I can just use my finger to blend it out. I fully intend on getting a sample of the liquid foundation whenever it comes out and comparing the two. Below you can see my video if it exists, please be kind, I am a bit of a chunky monkey at the moment and incredibly self-conscious about how shapeless my everything is.


Thank you so much for reading, I would love to know if you have had a similar experience where you have revisited a product that you hate and found that you actually really like it now. By no means is this my favourite ever foundation I think that is the Fenty Pro Filtr Foundation still but this might be a holy grail winter foundation for me. It is just so easy and quick to apply, it takes mere seconds and is travel friendly too. Hope you are having a great week, please leave a comment below and check out my various socials if you fancy. Thank you for your time. Take care. 

Have you ever gone from hate to love with a product? 

Love 
Kiran

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Monday, 7 January 2019

NEW #NAKEDRELOADED | URBAN DECAY NAKED RELOADED PALETTE SWATCHES

New Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette 2019 watches
The news of a new Naked palette has slowly been circulating, could it be? Well, it actually seems like this is 100% true, the Naked Reloaded Palette is the latest to join the Naked 2, Rose Gold, Smoky, Heat and Cherry Palettes. Urban Decay announced last year that the first, and my favourite, original Naked Palette would be discontinued which has led to speculation that the latest Naked Reloaded might be designed to replace it with its neutral colour palette. What do you guys think of the Naked Reloaded? Are you intrigued? Continue reading for swatches, a comparison with the original Naked Palette and my personal opinion on the newest Naked addition coming this year. 

New Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette 2019 Swatches
Above you can see swatches, identical to the other Naked palettes there are 12 eyeshadows each presented in a slim rectangle. Bribe appears to be a bright white matte, Barely Baked a pale yellow gold shimmer, Angel Fire is a light silver shimmer with a whitish base, Retro is a coral matte, Reputation is a warm bronze shimmer, Burn is a slightly deeper bronze shimmer, End Game is a cool toned grey matte, Dreamweaver is a grey metallic shimmer with silver sparkle, Distilled appears to be a sheer silver grey shimmer, Bucked is a medium toned matte brown that almost disappears into the skin colour of the arm, Boundaries a slightly warmer brown matte and Blur is a bone coloured matte. These descriptions are based off the image above alone so could be incorrect. Below is a video comparing the Naked Reloaded to the first Naked palette by The Latte Girl.




The colours included in Naked Reloaded definitely can be categorised as staples and would make a great basic palette to cover all the necessary shades one might need, I do like the inclusion of warm and cool toned mattes in one palette I do think that is smart. Overall, I am not blown away by the shades, swatches or the packaging, the inclusion of a coral matte reminds me of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Palette which, in my opinion, has a better array of shades and distinctly better packaging. I personally think the original Naked Palette is better based on pictures alone, I will be interested to see how people react to this palette in person and if the shadows themselves perform better on the eyes than seen in the swatches. Urban Decay makes great eyeshadows, I know a lot of people love their newer Naked palettes i.e. Heat and Cherry, and I am a great fan of their formula, for me I already have such a great amount of neutral staple shades already in my collection that this might be surplus to requirements. Nevertheless, I would love to know what you think? Do you like the look of this palette? Will you buy it? Do you think it is similar to ABH Sultry? Let me know in the comments below, we are only one week into January and already there are so many new products being announced, thank you so much for reading. Follow me on Bloglovin'. Take care.

What are your thoughts on the new Naked Reloaded? 

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Kiran

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Wednesday, 2 January 2019

WHAT I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS HAUL 2018

Huda Beauty New Nude Eyeshadow Palette and Smoke and Smudge, Build and Blend Dual-Ended Eyeshadow Brushes
Hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year, I thought I would share some gifts I got this Christmas. I know that there are mixed opinions surrounding posts/videos like this, but this is all in the name of fun. I love seeing what people get for Christmas it gives me ideas and is entertaining. This is not by any means a luxury haul, but I am really happy with all the gifts I got this year, regardless of price or quantity they are all thoughtful and useful to me. I only took pictures of items I could fit into a square frame, so the scarf I got from my aunt and the pyjamas I got from my mother did not make the cut, but rest assured they are ace and I am very happy with them. Thanks Mum and Massi (aunt). My sister who always comes through for me, legend that she is, got me the first two gifts you see in this post which is the Huda Beauty New Nude Eyeshadow Palette* (£56) and the Huda Beauty Smoke and Smudge Dual-Ended Eyeshadow Brush* (£14) and the Huda Beauty Build and Blend Dual-Ended Eyeshadow Brush*(£14). I have wanted the New Nude Palette for a while but couldn't bring myself to buy it, I was gifted the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette last Christmas as well so it has become a bit of a theme, they are expensive and a luxury in my opinion but stunningly beautiful. As for the brushes, I did specifically mention needing more eyeshadow brushes in my Holiday Gift Guide post.  I have a love/hate relationship with dual-ended brushes because I can't think of a cool way to store them, and I feel like Huda products in general are overpriced but the brushes are pretty and work out £7 per individual brush which is not too bad. If you are looking for affordable, high quality brushes I recommend Blank Canvas Cosmetics*, they currently have a price drop on their brushes on the Beauty Bay* site. 

Mon Guerlain Gift Set
The next gift was also from my sister, she got married this year, so I imagine this is a joint couples gift. I know people tend to overspend around this time of year, and I want to reiterate that you absolutely do not have to. My brother is the best example of this, he never wants or needs anything really, except for the odd PS4 game and every Christmas comes around and whether I get him a book or a board game he is always happy and grateful and they never break the bank. If people make you feel bad for spending less they aren't worth your time. When I compare his reaction, and don't get this twisted he can be as annoying as any other fourteen year old, to other people I spent a lot more on and like a lot less it makes me ashamed of myself. I am always disappointed to see how hard I try for people who don't reciprocate, and I don't mean by giving me gifts of equal value because frankly I could care less, who don't treat me as well as I treat them. I want to do a post on toxic people you can;t escape so if you are interested in that let me know, that was quite the tangent, the holidays are a weird time I apologise. 

Mon Guerlain Gift Set Perfume and Maxi Lash So Volume Mascara
The Mon Guerlian Gift Set comprises 30ml perfume and the Maxi Lash So Volume Mascara, out of respect for family members I am not going to mention prices but will include links if I find them. I, of course, linked the Huda Beauty items because I am already well acquainted with her pricing structure and my bank account still hates me for it. The fragrance Mon Guerlain is inspired by Angelina Jolie and is described as a "fresh oriental fragrance" with lavender, jasmine, sandalwood and vanilla, which all sound very lovely. I have been wearing it non-stop for the past three days and to my delight I have been complimented several times. It is really nice and is the perfect scent for my tastes.

Guerlain Maxi Lash So Volume Mascara
I have actually ran out of non-waterproof mascaras and am almost certain that all of them have expired, I need to be more vigilant about what I use especially around the eye area. I have only used this mascara once and so far I really like it. The packaging is cool and luxurious, and most importantly it doesn't take seventeen products to remove. The wand is plastic so be careful not to get too close to the lash line as it can irritate. I plan to try more drugstore mascaras this year like L'Oreal Paris Lash Paradise which is a lot of people's favourites.

Simple Skincare Sheet Masks Rich Moisture, Pollution Protects and De-Stress Sheet Masks
My Mum, sweet angel that she is, knows I am a skincare fanatic with a particular weakness for face masks and she bought me three Simple Skincare Sheet Masks. They are really inexpensive and make such a great gift for anyone who likes skincare products. The three I received are the Pollution Protects Sheet Mask (£3) which is infused with Vitamin E,  Vitamin B3 and Agave Americana that minimise the damaging effects of pollution and hydrates the skin; Rich Moisture Sheet Mask (£3) which is ideal and dehydrated for dry skin and the De-stress Sheet Mask (£3) which is the one I am most excited to use as it claims to soothe and brighten stressed skin which my sleep-deprived skin is looking forward to. Definitely looking forward to trying these out in January.

Soap & Glory Mist You Madly Floral Body Spray 250ml
The final gift to be discussed in this haul is the Soap & Glory Mist You Madly Floral Body Spray (£4). The one I kindly received is 250ml which is quite large, but you can get  100ml bottle for just £4 which is a very attractive price. Soap & Glory do so many great deals and bundles for the Christmas period. The mist smells feminine and light which is great, I would love to spritz my body with this after a bath speaking of which: I also received a few different bath bombs, which I am obsessed with, I love taking baths, unfortunately I have used most of them but I still have two left. One of which I am using tomorrow. 

Soap & Glory Mist You Madly Floral Body Spray 250ml
Thank you so much for reading, I would love to hear what you got up to for Christmas and New Year. What presents did you get or give? I hope you are having a fantastic start to 2019 and I look forward to writing more posts for you guys and posting on my YouTube, I don't want to be held back my fear or self-doubt in this coming year. Lots of love to you all. Take care.

How was your Christmas and New Year?

Love 
Kiran

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