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


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


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


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 


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


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

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