Thursday, 29 August 2019


There are a lot of people who feel similarly burnt out by the sheer amount of new products being released every single day, not to mention the new brands that pop up constantly. Have you heard that Millie Bobby Brown is launching a beauty brand, currently known on Instagram as @florencebymills where part of the proceeds go to the Olivia Hope Foundation. I believe Lady Gaga is also coming out with a beauty brand: Haus Labs. It is just a lot. So instead of reviewing and discussing new launches, I thought instead we would take a break from that and I would share launches that haven't peaked my interest and also detail why I, personally, will not be buying them.

This post is not to belittle anybody or any brand, these products are just not to my to taste or are not something I am willing to spend money on for reasons I will explain. If you feel like there are too many releases to keep up with, especially as bloggers or makeup enthusiasts please share your thoughts with me in the comments below. I truly find it exhausting at times, it is crazy that just mere weeks after the Jackie Aina Palette (full post here) was announced the Norvina Vol 1 Palette was announced shortly after. The ABH x Jackie Aina Palette isn't even in UK stores yet!

Kat Von D True Portrait Light Medium Coverage Foundation ($36) The first launch I want to talk about is the True Portrait Foundation. I know there is some controversy regarding Kat Von D and her past. I am not sure how I feel about it all to be honest, I think when people continuously forgive and forget for certain people but can't extend that same courtesy to others it leaves me slightly uneasy. Basing this purely on the product, I rarely pay for high end foundations, I think many affordable brands have created great foundations for my particular skin type, L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte and Maybelline Super Stay Foundation to name just two.

I actually watched Nicole Quinn's Review of the Kat Von D True Portrait Foundation and it does sound quire nice in case you might be interested. It wears really well and most importantly doesn't appear to settle much into fine lines or smile lines. It is a true medium coverage and has a demi-matte finish. You can watch the full video here.

Photo via @thebeautyradar
Morphe x Jeffree Star Artistry Palette (£35) Rainbow and colourful palettes are all the rage, I know, but this doesn't appeal to me whatsoever. I understand this is to bring the Jeffree Star's brand at a more affordable price point but I am not interested. Jeffree Star products, from his brand, rarely appeal to me and this is no different. I already have colourful palettes, such as the B Perfect Stacey Marie Carnival Palette  and am happy to mix shades to create the hue that I want.

Fenty Beauty Brow MVP Ultra Fine Brow Pencil & Styler (£17) I don't do anything to my brows, the only brow product that tempts me is brow gel. The brush here is a little odd to me too, again it is not a product I would spend more money than I have to on. Especially as if you are in a habit of doing your brows often this would be a repeat purchase and rack up quite the expense. There are definitely more expensive products out there such as the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil but equally there are many that are much cheaper such as the NYX Micro Brow Pencil.

Too Faced Tutti Fruity Watermelon Slice Face and Eye Palette ($42) This launch actually upsets me, I adore watermelon, the scent, the taste, the colour, everything. I spend several minutes daily searching for watermelon lip balms and trying to convince myself to buy the Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturiser (£19.50) and Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask (£20.50) from Glow Recipe. The Watermelon Slice Palettes from Too Faced allegedly smell like Jolly Rancher, what the hell is that? Plus, the colours although swatch beautifully are boring to me.

Photo via @trendmood1
Photo via @trendmood1
Il Makiage x Carli Bybel Collection ($15-21) Like brows, I can skip on the more expensive lipsticks, lip liners etc. I think the colours, the embossment, the packaging are all stunning. I love Carli Bybel, she is beautiful and kind and I enjoy her content. She comes across as a really genuine person, but like I mentioned these products just aren't something I would go out of my way to purchase as I would get little use out of them. There are plenty of less pricey lip products I love like the NYX Suede Matte Lip Pencils, Morphe Colour Pencils and NYX Butter Glosses.

Photo via @neetu_k14
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. I recently got a lash lift so in a few weeks expect a post on that. This weekend, I am going away but I will have a foundation review up this Sunday. On the 6th September I am going to Japan but I will try my best to have at least one post per week up on my blog while I am absent. I would really appreciate it if you visit back during that time. Hope you are having a wonderful week so far, leave a comment regarding what beauty launches you are interested in and the ones you would pass on. Take care.

What beauty launches do you want and which will you pass on? 


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Saturday, 24 August 2019


Photo via on Instagram
Jackie Jackie Jackie Jackie, the one and only Jackie Aina, one of my favourite YouTubers to watch has released an eyeshadow palette with Anastasia Beverly Hills: ABH x Jackie Aina Palette. I actually went to Selfridges yesterday to see if I could see this palette in person and do some swatches, sadly it is not in the Birmingham store at the moment. I have a great weakness for eyeshadow palettes so as much as I do want this palette, I would like to see it in person first before I take the leap. Also, not to be a petty ass bitch but am I the only one who is noticing that Anastasia Beverly Hills are constantly jacking up their prices, they went from £41 to £43 to now £46, I know I have complained about this before but it bears repeating. I feel like most beauty brands are slyly doing this too, such as Urban Decay and I find it to be a bit underhanded and completely unnecessary, but that is just my opinion. It doesn't effect my opinion of the palette as it has nothing to do with Jackie herself.

Photo via @abhobsession on Instagram
Onto the palette, it retails for £46 as mentioned as is available online and at other online retailers now as far as I am aware. The palette is unique as it was designed for those of us with deeper skin tones in that the shade range is quite rich and deep in tone, there are a lot of beautiful jewel tones in the palette. That being said, there are many gorgeous looks that have been created on people of all skin tones from fair to deep, so the palette is versatile in that sense. From first impressions, I would not consider this to be an everyday palette that will give you neutral soft eye looks like the ABH Soft Glam, this definitely gives you that little something extra to create some eyecatching looks

Photo via @jackieaina Instagram story
Swatches (top row): Soleil (metallic soft peach with a gold shift), Supreme (rosy pink matte), Pinker (cool toned medium plum matte), Big Wig (rich purple matte), Dwollahs (golden olive metallic), Credit (dark plum brown matte) and Lituation (deep taupe with a violet shift metallic). 
Swatches (bottom row): Zamn (sparkling rose gold), Wiggalese (cranberry red metallic), Shookington (metallic violet with a blue shift), Trust Issues (sparkling white gold), Edges (deep peach matte), Sponsored (chocolate metallic with a teal shift) and Ginger (caramel brown matte).

Photo via @jackieaina Instagram story - edit @alittlekiran
The swatches are mesmerising and as you can see below where it is swatches on fair skin the colours look beautiful on a myriad of skin tones, it will show up as more dramatic on those with fairer skin which is not a bad thing. The packaging as well is lovely, the two toned holographic packaging with the snake skin is really cool and very Jackie. I don't understand all the shade names but the colours speak for themselves. I don't think I own another palette like this and I am not sure I have many similar colours either, possibly in some of the Juvia's Place palettes I own, but ABH metallics are so unique that I doubt I could dupe the shimmer shades in my own collection, the finish is just unreal. I am drawn to the mattes in this palette as well, Ginger and Credit are beautiful.

Photo via @makeupcheryl on Instagram
Do I think this palette is beautiful? Absolutely! But, do I need it? Sadly no, which is why I wish I could stare at it in person so I could make the decision whether to buy it or not. I faced a similar dilemma when the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette was released, seeing it in person and swatching the shades that interested me the most made me realise that I wouldn't get much use out of it so I was able to pass on the palette and still sleep easy. I am still on the fence about this one, if I didn't own a large amount of eyeshadow palettes I would pick it up in a heartbeat. The fact that I don't use the palettes much especially makes me hesitant. Let me know in the comments what you think, will you pick this up? What is your favourite ABH palette? I am aware this is limited edition so will have to decide sharpish whether I get this or not. I hope you are having a great week so far. Visit my blog back on Monday for a foundation review. Thank you for reading. Take care.

Will you be getting the ABH x Jackie Aina Palette? 


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Wednesday, 21 August 2019


Huda Beauty is launching a brand new eyeliner, it was just announced on her YouTube video (scroll to the end of the post to see the full video). The eyeliner is dual-ended with a liquid liner on one side, reminiscent of the NYC and NYX liquid liners with a brush tip, and a pencil eyeliner on the other side. Both are very matte and very black and boast a minimum of 40 hours wear. The colour is Very Venta which means the blackest black, the kind of black that absorbs like, black hole kinda black. 

With the liquid liner side being a brush tip it is unfortunately not ideal for beginners. Huda states that is more for intermediate level eyeliner wearers as it can be slightly more difficult to finesse. It is a water free formula. Besides that, it is alleged to be sweat-proof, smudge proof, humidity proof, waterproof and lifeproof

To the point where Huda has even released her own makeup remover the OMG Makeup Remover Balm as a sister product as it is that difficult to remove. The OMG Makeup Remover Balm is enriched with cherry blossom extract and melts your makeup away leaving you with soft clean skin. She also released a new set of lashes, but I am not that excited about lashes. 

The pencil side, unlike the liquid liner, only lasts for about eight hours which is still good but is not the same as the liquid liner side. It has a creamy black formula which is smudge proof and contains silicone resins which keeps it in place. Both sides give you a precise application and long wear. 

The eyeliner will retail for $25, unfortunately I don't know how much it will cost in GBP at this moment in time. It will be available to purchase on September 12th and September 18th at other online retailers. 

I am definitely a beginner when it comes to eyeliner, so I don't think this product is aimed at me. Nor do I think I would ever need an eyeliner that stays for almost two full days. I do think that it looks beautiful on Huda and I really enjoyed watching her video on it. I will be curious to see the reviews and see if it beats out people's holy grail liners or if it is just hype, but for now this will be a pass for me. 

Furthermore, I would love to know what the OMG Makeup Remover Balm smells like as I know typically Huda Beauty products are heavily fragranced. Thank you all for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. Comment below what your current favourite eyeliner is and if you are tempted to try this new product. Hope you are having a great week. Take care. 

What is your favourite eyeliner? 


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Monday, 19 August 2019


I am so excited to start blogging again, so I hope you all welcome me back with open arms, let;s skip all the excuses shall we and just jump in to the post. Cleansers are the skincare product I seem to run out of the quickest, I feel like I am always in need of a cleanser. Fortunately, I have been sent a lot of cleansers in PR that seem to do the trick but none of them for me were worth a repurchase. I really enjoy a balm for when I am in full makeup as it really breaks every product down, but for every day I don't need a cleanser that is that hardworking. For the past two months, I have been using the Soap & Glory Ultimelt Deep Purifying Hot Cloth Cleanser (RRP £10, currently £6.67 at Boots) to find out how it has been working for me, keep reading. 

Hot cloth cleansers have been around for a while, I have tried several including Liz Earle and No 7. The concept is great, but once I found the Clinique Take The Day Off Balm* (RRP £25, currently £19.95 at I didn't look back. I want a product that can do it all, without a cloth that needs regular washing. Although the Soap & Glory Ultimelt comes with a cloth, I personally don't use it. On a daily basis I don't wear mascara, my makeup is usually quite simple but I do still need a cleanser that will take off my foundation, concealer, powder and bronzer, cream cleansers work perfectly for this as they are super gentle and nice on the skin and take off the majority of my makeup. Finding an affordable cream cleanser has been on my bucket list for a while, so I am definitely pleased to have found the Ultimelt.

The Ultimelt contains orange, lavender, clary sage, rose and geranium oils along with cocoa seed and sweet almond butter oils, which taken together sound like actual heaven. Full list of ingredients here: Aqua (Water/Eau), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter Oils, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Sorbitan Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Synthetic Beeswax, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Linalool, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Pantolactone, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil. It is recommended to apply a grape sized amount and work it over your face for at least 2 minutes. Truthfully, I will massage it onto my face for around 60 seconds and that seems like more than enough time for me. 

I give the Soap & Glory Ultimelt a 5 star rating, it smells delicious and feels creamy and beautiful on the skin, the packaging is really easy and simple to use. You get a lot of product, I have been using it daily for over two months and haven;t even got halfway through the product. It gets off most of my makeup, I still go in with an additional cleanser to ensure that everything is off my skin, I am a firm believer in the two-step cleanser movement and will be talking about my second cleanse in a future post. Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed, I do think the Ultimelt Cleanser is on the repurchase list, best daily cleanser I have tried. Comment your favourite cleanser below. Hope you are having a great week so far, come back on Wednesday for a new post.

What are your favourite cleansers? 


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