Saturday, 20 April 2019

JEFFREE STAR COSMETICS MAGIC STAR CONCEALER & SETTING POWDERS SWATCHES


Jeffree Star has released his highly anticipated Magic Star Concealers* (£21) and Magic Star Loose Setting Powders* (£21). There was quite the scandal where Jeffree Star's warehouse was robbed and his entire storage of the C5 shade was stolen and is circulating on the black market, is what is being reported. For this reason, Jeffree decided to push the release date forward, originally touted for the end of April it is available as of right now. In the UK you can get both the Magic Star Concealer* and Magic Star Setting Powder* on Beauty Bay.*. Like the Lunar Beauty Moon Prism Powders* (read post here), I am quite impressed at how quickly it is available to international consumers as usually there is a delay. That is something to be celebrated for sure, if you are interested in this launch keep reading for photos and swatches courtesy of trendmood1 on Instagram


The Magic Star Concealer* is available in a total of 30 shades, plus 2 additional colour correctors, with quite a decent spectrum of shades available for a variety of skin tones and purposes, whether you want to use it for contouring, concealing, foundation or whatever tickles your fancy. In addition to a pure white shade for the lightest of skins, there are also two correctors: one peach for dark circles* and blue/purple pigmentation and one green for redness*. The concealer is described as being lightweight, full coverage (20% pigment), able to cover tattoos, hydrating and long lasting, and of course like all Jeffree Star Cosmetics* vegan and cruelty free. 



Above you can read the descriptions of all the available shades, for my skin tone C14* would probably be the best match.. Jeffree claims it is almost crease-proof, he doesn't say it is completely creaseless as makeup will wear off and crease eventually but the formula  is supposed to be pretty darn good. Tati Westbrook did a 12 hour wear test of both  the conceale*r and setting powder* on her channel (scroll down to the end to watch) and from initial impressions it seems to apply and blend nicely. The applicator is flexible and tear-drop shaped, the packaging looks interesting and not cheap, but it might look different in person. 


If you have oily skin, you know the struggle of finding the perfect powder. I feel like I am constantly on the hunt for a magic powder so I would be lying if I said the Jeffree Star Magic Setting Powder (£21) didn't intrigue me. Out of all the Jeffree Star Cosmetics* range this is really the only product that has caught my eye, so based on reviews and whether my personal feelings towards the brand and its owner change I might give this one a go. The jury is still out but it is not outside the realm of possibility. It is described as an ultra-fine setting powder, available in 8 shades for a range of skin tones that claims to prevent creasing and blur skin for an airbrushed effect. Out of all the shades, I think Banana would suit my skin tone the best but I do like the look of Beige as well. 


Both the Magic Star Concealer* and Magic Star Setting Powders* look very pretty, a lot of the shades are out of stock but I am sure when the hype dies down they  will be available to purchase again in no time. I have my misgivings about Jeffree Star, despite paying some attention to him for the past few years and posting about his brand, I don't personally feel like buying from him at the moment. This is subject to change, however, I do think this is one of the more exciting launches I have seen in a while, although the Blue Blood Palette* looks stunning I know I would never use it. Below you can see Tati Westbrook try out the products for an all day wear test, one of my favourite type of videos. 


I would love to know what you think of this latest launch, are you excited? Are you interested in either the Magic Star Concealer* or the Magic Star Setting Powder*. Available to purchase both on Beauty Bay* and Jeffree Star Cosmetics. Leave a comment below and share your thoughts. Thank you so much for reading, I hope you are having an enjoyable Easter weekend. Take care. 

What do you think of the Magic Star Concealer and Setting Powder? 

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Kiran

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

LUNAR BEAUTY NEW MOON PRISM POWDERS IN MERCURY VENUS MARS & JUPITER SWATCHES


I am honestly shocked that Manny's latest launch and product for Lunar Beauty is already available on Beauty Bay. Usually, it takes so long for US beauty releases to hit other customers around the globe. Hello, Maybelline, I am still awaiting the Loose Fit Me Powders. That seeing the Beauty Bay post on Instagram, shook  me. I hope you all enjoy this post, for all you need to know about the Moon Prism Powders (£25), including swatches, net weight and price keep reading


There have been quite a few fun launches lately. Today the new Lunar Beauty Moon Prism Powders are live, from Manny MUA's beauty brand. Manny has released four new highlights in a custom component that looks like the powder is encased in crystal. Manny, himself in his reveal video, scroll to the end of the post to see, explained that the name and the packaging of his new product is inspired by Sailor Moon. A show I have never watched, but really want to. Each powder individually costs $26 and is available on the Lunar Beauty website right now if you are interested and also on Beauty Bay, already! The launch was today (17th April) and there are bundle offers too, if you want to buy one or all four.


The Moon Prism Highlight Powder is a smooth, creamy formula designed to be able to achieve a subtle shine and a blinding buildable highlight with just a few swipes. The packaging is created to look like pieces of the moon, and has a handy little compact mirror inside the lid so you can apply your highlight on the go. They come in 4 shades, each shade name corresponds to a planet: Mercury, Mars, Venus and Jupiter, that are suited to a variety of skin tones, Manny mentioned that he would love to expand this range even further. Above, you can see the casing is almost opalescent in the sense that it reflects a multitude of colours, is iridescent and partially transparent. Beautiful. I would love to see what it looks like in person, so am hoping they will be available to view at the Morphe Birmingham Store in Birmingham, UK. Fingers crossed. 


The lightest and first shade revealed is Mercury which is a pale white highlight with a gold shift, this would be suitable for fair to medium skin tones. This is also the kind of highlight that can easily be layered on top of darker shades for extra brightness. Manny said the formula is very creamy and smooth, so as not to emphasise texture. Above you can see finger swatches on bare skin and on foundation as well as brush swatches on bare skin and foundation. 


The next deepest and second lightest is a peachy highlight named Mars which would be great for light to medium-deep skin tones. A similar formula to Mercury, this shade feels a little more unique to what is usually available in a highlight range. I am used to a pinkish highlight so I think this is a refreshing colour choice and would look especially pretty on olive and tan skin in the summer months. I can see this shade being very popular. 


Venus is probably the highlight that would suit me the most and be the most popular across all skin types, or at least the majority. It is the ever coveted champagne true medium gold highlight that seems to sell out the fastest in every collection. This again is the same formula as Mercury and Mars, smooth, creamy and reflective. 


Last but not least is Jupiter which is a slightly different formula from the rest of the shades, this is the only formula with a glitter shift hence the inclusion of the photo with flash below. This is a reddish copper highlight that would look beautiful on medium to deep skin tones, the glitter is very fine but in sunlight and under lights would be noticeable and slightly more eye-catching than the other highlights in this range. I also think this shade in particular would look stunning on the eyes


Thank you so much for reading, what I find strange is that the net weight of each highlight is different, I have no idea why that is or could be, so if you have any idea about that let me know in the comments below. Manny's full reveal video is inserted below so have a watch if you would like any more information, or would like to see the swatches in motion. I would love to know what you think of these highlights, do any of them take your fancy. Do you support Lunar Beauty? Do you like the packaging and shades? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments. Hope you are having a great week so far. One more day of work and then four days off! See you soon. Take care. 



What do you think of this new release? 

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Kiran

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Sunday, 7 April 2019

PATRICK TA BEAUTY | THIS IS MAJOR GLOW COLLECTION REVEAL & SWATCHES

Patrick Ta Beauty #ThisIsMajor Glow Collection. Photo by 'lilitcaradanian, edit by me @alittlekiran
Patrick Ta, celebrity makeup artist known for slaying a gorgeous visage or two - Shay Mitchell and Gigi Hadid to name some names - has released his own beauty products including three lip glosses, three spray on highlighters and two body oils, three lip glosses plus one setting fan. The launch date for this line is April 4th so if anything here tickles your fancy go to patrickta.com/shop and shop away. These products will also be available in Sephora and as you guessed the theme here is glowing, luxurious skin. The aesthetic I get from this launch is very Victoria's Secret meets Charlotte Tilbury and who doesn't want that. For swatches, prices and first impressions keep reading, all photos have been edited by myself and credit is always given to the owner of the photo. 


Major Glow Highlighting Mist (1.6oz) which comes in 3 shades (each $32). Look At Her (White Pearl). We Love Her (Pink Pearl). We Need Her (Gold Pearl). Described as a fine iridescent pearl in a mist to create a major highlight on the cheekbones, collarbone and anywhere else you desire. Directions include shake well before use and hold six inches away from the skin before lightly spraying, you can use the setting fan (as seen below) to aid with precision by shielding areas of your face. JKissa (below) demonstrates it in her video and it does look very pretty and sets completely. I do think that it is a slightly different take on glow, but is it revolutionary or something I feel I need absolutely not. I wold hold fire until beauty YouTube delivers some wear tests especially for us oily skinned chicas. All shades, however, are very pretty and can be layered with each other, for instance Jess (JKissa) layers Look At Her over We Love Her for a truly glowing highlight. 

Photo via @jkissamakeup Patrick Ta Beauty Video
Major Glow Body Oil (3.4oz) comes in two shades (each $52). A Dream *Champagne). A Moment (Bronze). Described as a luxurious body oil with an unforgettable signature scent (light notes of jasmine and saffron), directions include to spray all over moisturised skin. This is expensive and not revolutionary, Charlotte Tilbury, Nars and Fenty Beauty all have body oils that smell good. Nivea has brilliant rich moisturisers that literally make your skin shine add some liquid highlight drops and you will get a similar effect. I really don't know why Body Oils continue to be such an expensive and coveted thing when it is so easy to DIY. But that might just be me.  You can see the images below. 


Major Glow Lip Shine (0.23oz). These lip glosses come in three shades (each $22). She's Expensive (Pearl). She's An Influencer (Pink). Is She Younger Than Me? (Peach). Described as a universally flattering gloss that imparts moisture and gives lips an otherworldly glow with an advanced gel system consisting of translucent iridescent pearls that creates the illusion of volume and fullness. Glass-like finish and high shine oil available in three easy to wear shades. 


Below are swatches of Jess wearing all three shades, of course she has a fair complexion and all of these shades look stunning on her. I would like to see influencers with deeper complexions try these on but they do appear to be safe and flattering shades for most skin types. They are very pretty glosses but again like the body oils nothing to write home about in my opinion, and I will withhold judgement until I see some wear tests because in my experience gloss never lasts very long. 

Photos by @jkissamakeup via Patrick Ta Beauty video. Edited by me: alittlekiran
Last and also possibly least the Major Glow Setting Fan ($24). A cute addition, which certainly adds to the bougie VS model vibe I am getting from this collection with a pinch of Charlotte Tilbury's Supermodel Body. Described as a custom fan that can easily bend and flex to suit your needs and aid in makeup precision, setting the skin and cooling your skin. There is no reason for it to be $24 in my opinion but it truly does not surprise me. And it is aesthetically pleasing so I do imagine people will buy it and keep it on their nightstands. 


Below, you can watch JKissaMakeup talk through all the products. I would buy the set if it came with the Pink Moet Champagne, because out of everything that is what I want the most. Honestly, glowy skin is not my makeup goal so I am not the target demographic for this. I do think a lot of people are and will be interested in some of these items. I would love to hear your thoughts on the #ThisIsMajor Collection and what you think of Patrick Ta releasing beauty products. I truly hope he releases a foundation because his skin game is on a completely different level and I would love to look like Gigi Hadid. So please Patrick, do me a solid and release a foundation next. Puh-lease. 


Thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post. I wasn't expecting Patrick to come out with products so soon. I am really excited to see celebrity makeup artists release products and am awaiting Mario Dedivanovic's line to come bursting onto the scene as that will certainly garner a lot of interest. I hope you are all having a great weekend. See you soon. Take care. 

What do you think of Patrick Ta's This Is Major Glow Collection, will you buy? 

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Kiran

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Monday, 1 April 2019

MARCH LOW BUY | THE ONLY THING I BOUGHT LAST MONTH BARE MINERALS MATTE MINERAL FOUNDATION


I start every post the same now, sorry it has been a while. The classic excuse is coming: "I have a lot going on in my personal life", which sounds like such a cop out but it is honestly making it hard to focus and even harder for me to stay motivated. There are a few atypical posts I will be sharing after I have done some research on several topics that I think should be discussed more so stay tuned for that. On the positive side, my low buy is going incredibly strong. I didn't buy a single beauty item last month and in the month of March I only bought one. The Bare Minerals Matte SPF 15 Mineral Foundation (£23). This isn't a review post as I have been using it for just over a week inconsistently but I thought it would be interesting to share my reasoning and experience so far. 


Why I bought it? Space. I returned from Jordan yesterday and truthfully I just wanted a foundation to wear whilst on holiday which wouldn't take up room in my liquids bag. The original plan was to buy a liquid foundation, such as Urban Decay All Nighter or NYX Can't Stop Won't Stop Foundation as I have heard good things about both but the NYX Foundation was truly horrible and the Urban Decay All Nighter wasn't available as a sample so that is on the TBC list. Carli Bybel posted a tutorial where she used the Bare Minerals Original Foundation as a finishing powder and she said this made her makeup last forever so that is what I intended to do (see video above). I wasn't aware there was a matte version so when I was being colour matched, the sales assistant informed me that the matte foundation might be a better fit. 

What do I like about it? So far, I like that it is ridiculously lightweight. I barely feel it on my skin and buffing it in feels nice and is a very quick process. The shade range is decent, there are a few colours that I think would have worked for me I opted for Tan Nude 17 as I like to add bronzer and this looked the best in natural  lighting. There is a lot of product and the matte lid is a good touch. 


How does it wear? It doesn't settle into my smile lines! This is an amazing feat, truly. It doesn't really break apart either but my oil does come through. I do think I would like to try the original version to see how the two compare. 

What don't I like about it? The packaging can be messy, much like a translucent powder spillage is likely. My oil comes through, as mentioned. The price point is higher than I would like and I wish it came with a good brush. I use a flat top kabuki brush but I am sure there are better brushes out there to apply this. I am slightly out of touch with using mineral foundations and avoid all cream and liquid products which means I never get a full coverage or perfected look but for the every day more natural makeup that I definitely favour when abroad, if I decide to wear any makeup at all, this is a winner. 


I haven't tried it as a finishing powder yet and I didn't wear it every day when I was on holiday so the jury is still out and an in depth review will be coming in the next month. Thank you for reading my March Low Buy, there are a few things that have caught my eye but I have such a vast amount of makeup that I can never convince myself to buy anything. The hunt for the perfect foundation continues, though, I wish I  could get my hands on Cover Girl True Blend Matte foundation and the Fiona Stiles Matte Foundation. They both look and sound phenomenal. Hope you are having a great start to the week. Happy Monday and April Fool's. See you in my next post. Take care. 

What did you buy this March? 

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Kiran

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