Another Post, Another Haul! My Nyx Mix Review!

Hi, there beauty fans!

How is 2018 going for you so far? If you read my new year post you will know that my year started in a very unexpected way! But, it’s also been a great time to reflect and enjoy the Spring lead up!  Naturally, I am also loving the new makeup releases of which there have been many so far! The best thing about the changing seasons is the ability to mix up your makeup routine!

That being said, this post is about some products I bought late last year! If you read my posts, you know I am terrible for splurging on beauty and makeup hauls and this one is no different! In this haul, I focused on Nyx Professional Makeup items but also threw a few other greats in which are worth sharing with you!

So, what was in this makeup haul?

This haul was a mixed bag of different products, all good in their own right! Here’s what I bought:

  • The Nyx Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette
  • A Nyx Love Contours All Palette
  • Maybelline’s Master Blush Colour and Highlighting Palette
  • 2 Nyx Vivid Brights Liquid Eyeliners in Vivid Delight (Orange) and Vivid Blossom (Lilac)
  • Charlotte Tilbury’s Lipstick in Pillow Talk
  • Kat Von D’s Liquid Lipstick in Lolita II
  • The Nyx Control Freak Eyebrow Gel
  • The Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Filler Brow Mascara
  • The Maybelline Eyebrow Pencil
  • Charlotte Tilbury’s Brow Lift
  • Maybelline’s Colossal Volume Express Mascara

Were they all worth it?

The Nyx Blusher Palette

As soon as I saw the colours in this palette, I knew I wanted it! There is such a lovely mix of colours and textures, suitable for everyone! The blushers are mainly matte but there are a couple of shimmery ones which could also be used as highlighters. The colour payoff is brilliant, as can be seen from the swatches and they can be built up or toned down depending on the look you want. Each blusher is reasonably soft and buttery in texture making them easy to blend into the skin and once applied none of them fades or move around the skin. I love this palette and it’s ideal for use all year round!

The Nyx Contour Palette

 

Prior to buying this palette, I was not a massive contour fan. It has taken me a while to warm to the contouring trend! However, it is something I do more often now, and this palette is perfect for it! In the palette, there are not only contouring and highlighting shades but also 12  eyeshadows in various neutral tones for eye contouring and defining and eyebrow powders! There is something for every contour fanatic in this selection and, as with the blushers, everything is pigmented and smooth in texture. The colours should work on most skin tones and apply beautifully with excellent longevity. This palette is a must for the neutrals and contour lovers out there!

Maybelline’s Blusher Palette

You’d think I would be content with the Nyx Blusher palette but when I saw this one from Maybelline, I fell in love with it! The selection of pink tones is gorgeous and there is also a highlighter included which compliments the other 3 colours. You can see from the swatches that the colours are vivid and a little goes a long way when applying them! All these shades will suit varying skin tones, last for hours without budging and have a lovely creamy texture.

The Nyx Liquid Eyeliners & Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk Lipstick

If you follow me and my various blog posts, you will know that I love eye makeup and creating new and different eye looks. Having an assortment of coloured eyeliners in different textures is a big part of that! Nyx has created a full range of colourful eyeliners and I already had a few of them before buying these 2 colours.

Both the orange and the lilac shades are pigmented and just as easy to use as the other liners I already had, see the swatches below. The only downside to these eyeliners is that they can crack slightly after a few hours application and if you have layers of eyeshadow on the eyelid you will need to apply a couple of layers of the eyeliner to make the colour stand out opaque against the eyeshadows. However, those minor issues have not stopped me using the liners regularly and once applied they do last for a while without crumbling or flaking. If you love colourful makeup, you should definitely test these out!

As for Charlotte Tilbury’s lipstick in Pillow Talk, you only need to read my Brand Focus post on her products to know I am a huge fan! This lipstick shade is the perfect Blushed Nude, designed to suit most skin tones and it also has a matching lip liner. Like her other lipsticks, this one is soft and creamy and applies opaque without drying out the lips. It is a matte shade and will last hours without any need to touch up. It also looks beautiful with a lip topper or gloss! Check out the swatch below.

Kat Von D’s Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D is one of my new favourite brands! Her makeup ranges are amazing, and I am steadily building a mixture of her products! This liquid lipstick is a lovely autumn colour, not quite red, brown or pink – see the swatch! It glides onto the lips well and dries matte without drying the lips. It can be worn alone or under a lip gloss or topper and will last hours without fading, cracking or smudging! I have a couple of her liquid lipsticks now but love this one for an everyday natural look!

The Eyebrow Items

I am a big fan of sharp, defined yet natural-looking eyebrows so having good quality eyebrow products is a must. I bought all of these items to test out and each one has a positive quality! The Maybelline eyebrow gel in dark brown and pencil are both great for subtly defining and taming the eyebrows, but the pencil does run out pretty quickly so is not very cost effective and the gel needs to be applied carefully to avoid excessive product build up! That being said, once you master them they will allow you to create a defined natural brow.

The Nyx Control Freak Eyebrow gel is a clear gel which is designed to comb through the eyebrows and set the hairs in place. In all honesty, this gel was no better than any other setting gel I have tried and on some days, it controlled my eyebrows well and on others, not so much! However, as it is a clear gel it is marginally easier to apply than the Maybelline version and there is no need to worry about over darkening the eyebrows!

My favourite eyebrow product was the Charlotte Tilbury Eyebrow Shaper. This waxy pencil comes with a spoolie at one end and an under-brow highlighter tucked into the middle of the pen shaft! It has a tapered tip which allows for precise lining and applies softly to ensure a natural look whilst also adding colour to any sparse areas. The highlighter is a soft, slightly shimmery pale pink-cream colour which is applied through a small sponge under the arch of the brow. The end result once you have brushed through the brows with the spoolie is a perfectly shaped brow!

MAYBELLINE’S COLOSSAL VOLUME EXPRESS MASCARA

Finally, I bought the Maybelline Colossal Volume Express mascara. I tend not to buy mascaras much now as I love wearing false eyelashes but every now and then I like to just use my own lashes for a more subtle and natural look. When I am in that mood, I need a good mascara to make the most of my own lashes and this mascara is excellent! It has a full, dense brush head which coats all the lashes well without clogging and also separates, lengthens and volumizes! My own lashes look full and fluttery after using this mascara and there is no fallout or crumbling after hours of wear. It also removes easily with a makeup remover wipe or similar product!

Final Thoughts?

All in all, I love everything I bought in this haul! There are some standout items which I will definitely replenish in the future such as the Charlotte Tilbury Eye Shaper and the palettes, but I would positively rate most of the products and suggest you try some of them to see what you like for yourself. All the brands produce good quality makeup so if you have not dabbled with them yet, you really should!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Let me know your favourite Nyx products in the comments! Stay tuned for future posts and don’t forget to like, share and follow!

Dips xxx

A Deck of Scarlet – My Second Palette!

Hi there, lovelies!

I have been meaning to write this post about the second Deck of Scarlet palette for ages and finally, I have the time to do it! It was a while ago that I wrote about this subscription service – to find out all the details, check out my first post here.

The Palette contents

The second palette is as lovely as the first one! As before, there are 3 eyeshadows, 2 lip colours, a highlighter and a blush/bronzer. When I first saw these colours on the preview email I received, I was not sure I would really like or use them. However, when I received the palette, I loved them! Here are the swatches for each:

Along with the palette, I also received a lip liner and an eye liner:

  

The lip liner is a brown-nude shade to correspond with the lip colours and the eye liner is a pretty deep green shade. Here are the swatches:

the quality

As expected, the quality of all the makeup was excellent. The eyeshadows are very pigmented, reasonably soft and easy to blend with minimal fallout. Despite how contrasting the colours are, they work well together and the highlighter and bronzer can also be used on the eyes to provide more options!

The highlighter is a pale gold shade, perfect for emphasising under the eyebrow, the inner eye corner and the cheekbones. It also works well as the base to any eye look. The bronzer is ideal for creating a warmth around the face and also works as a contour shade! It’s also perfect for a daytime smoky eye look!

The lip liner is smooth and easy to apply. It does not pull the delicate skin around the lips and has great colour payoff. Even though it’s darker than the lighter lip colour, they still work well together and you can use the combination to create an ombre lip!

The eyeliner is equally pigmented and soft enough to use on the water lines and as a smudgy eyeliner due to its blend-ability! The colour also has a hint of shimmer which I love!

The 2 lip colours are beautiful. The peachy colour is more a matte lipstick and applies smoothly with good coverage in one application. It had great staying power throughout the day and good colour payoff. It also did not dry out my lips which can sometimes happen with matte lipsticks. The darker brown is more a glossy lipstick, soft and putty-like. It applied easily and left a slight shine to the lips after application. Despite being a softer glossy product it still lasted well and the colour did not fade. It also did not dry out my lips.

My first look

As you’d expect, as soon as I received this palette I created a makeup look with it!

In this look, I used the highlighter as the base eyeshadow, the bronzer as my transition and outer corner shade and then applied the green and orange shades across the eyelid. I then applied the eyeliner in the water lines and across the upper lash line.

I used a little of the bronzer around the face and the highlighter across the cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and under my eyebrows. Lastly, I applied the peachy lip colour and just faintly lined my lips with the lip liner. Hopefully, you can see how pigmented all the colours are – I was really pleased with the final look!

Overall, I was very happy with the second Deck of Scarlet palette and think the price is brilliant for the quality and amount of makeup you receive! To buy all these items separately would cost much more than the subscription fee and would not necessarily be quality either. If like me you love to try new makeup without the hassle of trawling the shops, this service is well worth a try!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post and stay tuned for more in coming weeks! Don’t forget to like, comment, follow and subscribe!

Dips xxx

5 things I love about Makeup Geek – My Collection

Hi, there beauty lovers!

I hope you have all been enjoying your Easter Bank holiday weekend, I cannot believe how fast it has gone! I have spent most of it working on improving my blog so I have not posted anything new until now! This post took some preparation but I have been wanting to write it for ages!

Makeup Geek

If you have not heard of or used Makeup Geek eyeshadow before you’re really missing out! I had not heard of the brand myself until about 18 months ago but I am so glad I did because it is now one of my staple brands to follow and buy from.

Makeup Geek has been producing quality makeup and brushes for a while now and everything I have bought has been excellent. They have also launched lip products which I am going to purchase as soon as I can! As far as the eyeshadow is concerned though, it is second to none for pigmentation, texture, colour range and affordability.

As someone who loves to experiment with eye looks (check out my Instagram and Pinterest feeds and you’ll see for yourself!), once I knew how extensive the Makeup Geek range was I had to start collecting the pans!

This is my current collection:

I have tried to amass a good selection from each colour group and I have used almost every colour! My collection includes a mixture of all the different Makeup Geek eyeshadow finishes – matte, foiled and duochrome. Regardless of the finish you use, the colour payoff is exceptional as is the durability.

The Swatches

Now for the fun part! I took swatches of every single colour in my collection for all of you to see! I also listed the names of each eyeshadow pan next to the swatch so you can pick the colours you really like and might want to buy:

Hopefully, you can see how amazing the colours and pigmentation are – on my eyes, the colours are even more intense.

So, what are the 5 things I love about Makeup Geek?

  1. The colour range – I am a colour magnet and love everything multicoloured so for me Makeup Geek is heaven! I can be as muted or as bright and crazy as I want and I know that every single pan will be good quality and will look beautiful after application. There is also very little fallout from most of the pans although some of the more shimmery shades will have a nominal amount when you build them up. What is great is that the brand caters for all tastes – if you’re like me there are some amazing bright colours you can work with but if you’re a more natural neutral loving addict there are just as many paler, more subtle shades to experiment with.
  2. The finishes – Makeup Geek does three different eyeshadow finishes, which are matte, foiled and duochrome. All three result in great makeup looks and they all work well together too so you can create multidimensional effects and add real depth to your look. Having tried other brands for foiled and duochrome style eyeshadows, in particular, I would still say Makeup Geek is the best.
  3. The pigmentation – I cannot shout about this enough! Whilst there are now some brands that could compete with Makeup Geek on this point when I started my collection they were hardly any that could compare. Even now not many brands have nailed high-quality pigmentation on all finishes. I have yet to use a shade from my collection that does not give colour pay off and not only that, the colour intensity does not fade during the day. They are also intense enough to use as eyeliners!
  4. The texture – every Makeup Geek eyeshadow feels smooth and buttery to the touch. They are not chalky or dry in any way and you can easily dent one with the tip of your finger if you’re not careful! I actually broke one of my pans accidentally and had to put it back together using rubbing alcohol but this did not in any way affect the quality of the eyeshadow or the texture or colour intensity. Because they are so soft and creamy they are a dream to work with and blending them is so easy. Once applied they also stay in place and don’t melt into one another or slide over the eye due to the weather or the natural oils on the eyelid. As we approach Summer, this is a definite bonus!
  5. The affordability – I have looked at other brands that cater for individual eyeshadow pans, such as Anastasia Beverley Hills, and I have to say I find Makeup Geek to be the most affordable. You can order them from Makeup Geek direct, which is what I do, and even with shipping, it is still very reasonably priced. There are some UK stores that sell them too but they work out more expensive than the actual store. You can also order the pans in sets on the main website so it is more like a palette. I personally love the ability to pick the specific colours I want without paying over the odds for that option.

I hope this post gives you a flavour of the Makeup Geek brand! Definitely have a look at the website because there are so many other great products you can buy, from eyeliners, pigments, glitters right through to lipsticks and highlighters. The brand is cruelty and paraben free as well which I know will appeal to many people now. The other thing I love about the website is that they have an education section and video tutorials so you can learn tips and tricks to improve your makeup artistry!

Thanks for reading lovelies, ask any questions you have below and feel free to share and like! Enjoy what’s left of the Easter weekend!

Dips xxx

My MUA Luxe Makeup Haul!

Hello, fellow makeup lovers!

I hope you all had a great weekend and Monday has been kind to you! My weekend was pretty good, I had a slight issue with my car exhaust falling off my car but I managed to sort it! I also spent time editing lots of lovely makeup and haul photos to share on my blog and my Instagram so watch out for those in the coming weeks!

My MUA Luxe haul

Recently I have spent a lot of time and money researching new products and makeup I have not tried. One of the brands that was appearing regularly was MUA Luxe. I have bought the odd thing from the brand but never really paid any attention to it….until the new collection came out! There are some gorgeous palettes, highlighters and liquid lipsticks so I thought I would order some of the new and recent collection to try. This is what I ordered in my haul:

From the top, we have 5 of the liquid lipsticks in a collection called Hollywood Kiss. There are 2 other collections as well but I loved this one because the colours will be wearable all year-long.

Here are the swatches:

As you can see, they are all really pigmented and will work on any skin tone and through every season! They are quite ‘wet’ in texture and have a shine as opposed to a matte finish. I think this makes a nice change to all the matte liquid lipsticks on the high street!

The Highlighters

Next, in my haul, I bought the Strobe and Glow Highlighter in Pink Lustre. There is another option too but I decided to try this one as the pink colour is unusual and I have so many golden or champagne toned highlighters that I thought I would try something different. It comes in two parts:

It is hard to tell its a pink shade due to the lighting in my photo but its a really pretty pale pink colour. The bottom layer is a cream highlighter and the top is the powder equivalent. You can wear them on their own or layer them for a more strobe-like effect. I have used this highlighter in one of my recent looks and I have to say it looked really lovely on my skin tone! I layered it to see the difference that made and it’s amazing – you can keep it more natural or build it up and it works perfectly.

As if one highlighter wasn’t enough, I decided to buy another from the range called Undress your Skin highlighting powder in the shade Pearlescent Sheen. There are 9 choices in all so you are spoilt for choice. I chose this one because it has a pale blue tinge to it, which again is something new:

I tried several times to catch the blue tinge in my photo but it’s very tricky! However, when I tested it in one of my looks there is a definite blue coming through and it’s gorgeous! It is easy to intensify if you want to but its pigmented on a couple of light swipes.

The Palettes

Finally, I bought 2 of the palettes in my haul. This was a hard choice as MUA Luxe has brought out a number of different palettes with various colour combinations! I am a sucker for eyeshadow palettes as I love creating new eye looks, but I had to be strict with myself as I am running out of space to store them all! So, I decided on Elysium Shadows and Elysium Elements. I chose these 2 because I love using blue in my looks and didn’t already have a good blue shadow range and the Elements palette is a beautiful combination of delicate pastel colours, unlike any other palette I have. Here’s a close up:

   

I have not used the Elysium Shadows palette yet but I have used the Elysium Elements and it is so pretty! All the colours are really pigmented and work well in any combination. They blend well too and there’s minimal fallout. I can’t wait to use the blue shades!

Final Thoughts

Overall, I am loving all my MUA Luxe haul purchases! I think the quality of the brand is very good considering how inexpensive everything is! I will definitely be watching out for more MUA Luxe releases in the future and love the fact it is easily accessible in Superdrug too! There aren’t swatches for everything in this blog but if you would like me to swatch anything leave me a comment below and your Instagram name and I will post a photo!

I hope you liked this review. If you don’t already follow or subscribe to my blog I would love it if you did!

Thanks for stopping by!

xxx

N.B. THIS BLOG IS NOT SPONSORED OR ENDORSED BY MUA LUXE AND IS PURELY BASED ON MY PERSONAL OPINION.

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The After Dark Palette – My Review

Hello makeup lovers!

I hope you have all had a great week! I have been flat-out with my day job and then receiving lots of great new products to try to blog about in the future! My list of posts to write is growing list and there are not enough hours to write them!

The After Dark Palette

So, one of the products I received recently was this amazing Urban Decay After Dark palette. I saw this online weeks ago and have been trying to get my hands on it but it was only available in the USA. Until I found someone selling it on a Facebook buy and sell group! Just as an aside, there are some really great makeup sellers on Facebook groups! If you haven’t already, join some groups and you could get your hands on some lovely products!

I was so excited when the palette finally arrived and immediately used it in one of my looks (soon to be posted on My Makeup Looks pages). I also took some swatches for all of my lovely followers:

The colours are GORGEOUS!! as with all Urban Decay palettes, the shadows are deeply pigmented and so buttery to the touch! They all have a slight shimmer but nothing too full on and they blend like a dream. There was also very little fallout when I used them in my makeup look and the colour strength lasted all day.

Here’s a closer look at the colours:

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Even with this photo being as close up as I could get it, it does not do the colours true justice! This is a great palette to have in time for Spring and Summer and the darker shades will look deep and rich in the Autumn and Winter. All in all, it is well worth buying this palette! Having spoken to an Urban Decay counter we should be getting the palette in the bigger UK stores in the next few months. No date has been confirmed that I could find.

Thanks for reading and watch out for a whole bunch of new posts and pages coming soon! Don’t forget to follow, subscribe and share if you like my blog!

Dips xxx

Bobbi Brown’s Luxe Eye Edition Palette: My Review

Hey makeup lovers! Hope you’re all enjoying your weekends!

I’ve been very busy this last week so I’ve not been able to blog until now. I’ve been planning lots more to blog about in the coming weeks so stay tuned!

One of my recent makeup purchases is the subject of this blog, the Bobbi Brown Luxe Eye Edition Palette. I saw this first on Sephora but they weren’t allowing it to be shipped to the UK. I had made my peace with the fact that I was never going to be able to obtain it….and then I looked at Selfridges website and saw it was one of their exclusives! Obviously, I then had to buy it!

Bobbi Brown is one of my longstanding favourite brands of makeup and brushes simply because:

  • everything she produces is suited to all skin tones
  • its excellent quality and
  • there is always plenty of choice.

Her brushes are some of my oldest and most used because they last so long without loss of bristles and they are easy to master.

I particularly loved this palette because the eyeshadows are beautiful shades for everyday use and you get 3 different coloured gel liners! Given how much all this would cost individually its great value for money and its something you can use all the time, especially if you like the more natural look.

This is what the palette looks like:

The colours from top left onwards are Cream, Sable, Smoke Shimmer Wash, Malted, Beige Linen Shimmer Wash, Black Topaz metallic, Pewter Chrome and Golden Bronze Metallic. From the names, you can see there some matte shades, some shimmer and some metallic. You then have the three gel liners and a double-ended brush with a fluffy eyeshadow angled brush at one end and a liner brush at the other.

When swatched the eyeshadows look like this:

As the colours are neutral it was hard to make them stand out on my skin tone as swatches. But on the eyes, the colour and pigmentation are very good! I used this palette for my makeup look Bobbi Brown Luxe-urious and was really happy with the colour pay off and blendability of the shades. A couple of the shades do have some fallout compared to the others but this was a minor price to pay for the overall quality. They are designed to compliment each other in various combinations so you will have plenty of fun creating new looks!

The gel eyeliners are no less beautiful. I love that you receive three different colours which everyone will make use of:

The first colour is Bronze Shimmer, the second is Patina Ink and the last is Black Ink. The pigmentation is brilliant! The consistency of the gel is smooth and creamy so they slide onto the eyes with ease. As you get two shades of brown and a black this trio will potentially get you through every season!

To see the colour difference more clearly I swatched them, which was also easy to do!

All three colours are lovely and the black is a true black rather than a very dark grey-black, which I often find in other gel liners.

All in all, I love this palette and I am really glad I was able to purchase it! If you are interested in buying it too, it is still available at Selfridges as an exclusive and even more useful, Bobbi Brown and Sephora have posted a video on YouTube with 4 different tutorials for the palette! If you fancy a watch here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_LL_Xc02wY

Thanks for reading this post, I hope you find it useful! If you don’t use Bobbi Brown products yet, definitely give them a try! Stay tuned for more makeup reviews by following and subscribing using the links on the right!

Dips xxx

N.B. THIS BLOG IS NOT SPONSORED OR ENDORSED BY BOBBI BROWN AND IS PURELY BASED ON MY PERSONAL OPINION.

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Deck of Scarlet: My review

Hi makeup addicts! I hope you are having a good start to the week!

I just received the current Deck of Scarlet palette so I had to post a blog about it! For those of you that are new to this subject, Deck of Scarlet is a company that offers a subscription makeup palette service! You receive a new unique limited edition palette that was curated by a YouTuber every other month for $29.95. The service allows you to skip months as well, in case you aren’t keen on a particular palette! It is a relatively new subscription service, having only launched last year, but it is already very popular with makeup enthusiasts!

I heard about it from watching a Vlog by Melly Sanchez and immediately loved the concept and design of the product. I finally subscribed to it this month and the ‘Deck’ I received is curated by Sonjdradeluxe, another one of my favourite vloggers.

The Palette

The packaging for the palette is elegant and simple, as you can see above. When you open the actual palette, this is what you will see:

Each palette will contain 3 eyeshadows, a blusher/bronzer, a highlighter, 2 lip colours, a lip liner and an eyeliner. That’s a lot of makeup for the price! I have already tried the makeup in one of my looks and I have to say, the quality of the palette is second to none.

These are the swatches for every element:

   

In the first image, from left to right is the lipstick in Scrumptious, highlighter in Shimmy Shimmy Ya, blusher in Montego Bay and lipstick in Wu. In the second image, from the top is eyeliner in Anarchy, eyeshadows in Maya, Eh and Black Roses and lip liner in Heartless.

The Products

All the products are very pigmented and their staying power throughout the day was brilliant. Even by the evening, my lip liner was still in place and vivid and the lipstick was still visible. The powder products are beautifully soft and buttery and they blend on the skin easily leaving a lovely silky finish. The eyeliner is an intense black and both of the liners are super soft so they can be as defined or as smudged as you want.

The 2 lipsticks are very smooth and creamy and can be sheer on the lips or built up to a more opaque finish. They aren’t matte colours in this palette, more like creamy glosses, but they don’t dry the lips and can be blended together too. You can also use the blusher as an eyeshadow and the highlighter on the eyes, in the inner eye corner and under the eyebrows for brightening.

All in all, this is a terrific palette for the money! I think Sonjdradeluxe has created a gorgeous set of colours that really work well together on all skin tones. If you are a crazy makeup junkie like me, you should definitely try this subscription service – sign up here: Deck of Scarlet. The great thing is that you’re only paying $29.95 every other month, you can skip a palette if you need/want to and you can cancel the service at any time. So why wouldn’t you try it? I can’t wait to see what they will bring out next!

I hope you enjoyed this blog! Don’t forget to subscribe to stay up to date with my makeup antics and feel free to leave comments and questions below!

Thanks!

Dips xxx

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Hello 2017!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and New Year and started 2017 in good spirits! I don’t know about many of you but 2016 was a pretty awful year for me in most respects so I was glad to close the door on it and start a new chapter.

With that in mind, I have finally made time to write my first post! Trying to decide what to write my first post about has been a challenge as there are so many things I want to share with all of you!

After lots of deliberation, I decided that I would start with a review of my 2016 Christmas makeup haul! These are all the lovely products I received:

The Palettes

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To say I was thrilled is an understatement! I was so excited that I immediately swatched each palette, except the Benefit blusher palette which did not show up easily on my arm. I’ve set out the swatches below with my initial review of each:

  1. Kat Von D Metal and Matte

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Excuse the photo quality – I am slowly improving my photography skills! Hopefully, you can still see every colour above, the shadows are frankly amazing! The texture of each one was smooth and buttery. For the majority of the palette, the above is the pigmentation after only one swipe on my olive skin tone. I haven’t used all the colours in my makeup looks yet but I definitely will be experimenting more with this palette this year and highly recommend buying it!

2. Anastasia Beverley Hills Glow Kit & Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Vault

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As we’ve come to expect with ABH products, the Glow Kit is a gorgeous addition to the range and excellent quality. Each highlighter is distinct in its colour, can be as subtle or as bright as you want and will show up on any skin tone. The texture of them is soft and creamy with very little fallout. I’ve only used a couple of the shades so far but thoroughly impressed!

As for the Urban Decay palette, I am not usually a fan of lipstick palettes for personal use, mainly because they aren’t travel-friendly the way an individual lipstick is. However, this palette is actually small enough to slip into your handbag and the range of colours is great with something for every taste and skin tone. When I swatched each shade, you can see the pigmentation is excellent even for the lightest colour. I’ve never used a grey or green lipstick before but could be persuaded to try now!

3. Urban Decay Full Spectrum 

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The variety of colours and the mix between matte and shimmer shades is lovely. BUT whilst some of the shades came through very pigmented on one swatch a few needed 2-3 swipes before the colour would really show. These were mainly in the first row. That being said when I have used them on my eyes they are easily buildable and blend well so I wouldn’t consider it a major flaw.

4. Violet Voss Drenched Metal

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If you have never used Violet Voss eyeshadows you are missing out! I already had the Holy Grail palette which is one of my all time favourite palettes and I was dying to try this one. It didn’t disappoint! All the colours are metallic/foiled and they are super pigmented, silky to the touch and blend beautifully. They do have some fall out when using them so its a must to tap off excess but its a minor issue compared to the quality. Violet Voss will be bringing out an even bigger palette this year so as soon as it has been released and I can get my hands on it I will post a review!

Whilst I haven’t swatched the Benefit blusher palette, I have used them all and they are lovely – just enough colour and will suit all skin tones. The palette contains Sugarbomb, Rock, Coralista, Dandelion and Hoola. My favourite for regular use is Sugarbomb but all of them are great and there’s a colour for every makeup look!

So that’s my Christmas makeup haul review done! This will be the first of many makeup/ product reviews as I am always buying new items to test, like most of you probably do too! I hope you liked this blog – if you have any suggestions or comments feel free to leave them below and remember to subscribe!

Thanks, beauty lovers xxx