URBAN DECAY – Blush, Bronzer and Highlight Palette – Sin Afterglow Palette

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A sparkly collection of blusher, bronzer and highlights!

So I got this recently as I wanted an all in one palette to take on my travels to save me carrying a load of compacts/kits in my makeup bag. The colours weren’t anything special, which is sad from a brand as innovative as Urban Decay. I feel they played it safe with the release of this palette – but by doing so it creates an everyday staple.

In this palette you get six shades; A matte rose pink – Kiss Off, a sparkly peach pink – Score, a matte universal tan brown – Paranoid, a glittery rose-gold/brown –PSA, a peach gold highlight – Spotlight, and finally a champagne highlight – Sin.

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Although the colours are run of the mill standard blushes, bronzers and highlights – I have to commend them on their formula. They’re easy to use, blend and apply – no fallout and easy to build up colour to create the look that you want. I wouldn’t say they’re a buttery powder, they’re as Urban Decay say – ultra-lightweight due to their afterglow formula.

A little goes a long way so I’m very glad from a value for money side of things. They’re also very long lasting. Urban Decay say they should last up to 8 hours. I’ve worn them for 6 hours without a primer or setting spray and not seen them wear off!

Bottom Line: If you want to have a blush, highlight and contour palette in one and love Urban Decay formula – this is for you, but the shades aren’t revolutionary!

Price: £30 at Urban Decay

Rating: ***

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Jelly Pong Pong – Play Paint – Velvety Lip/Cheek Cream

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A creamy, long wear tint that lasts a long time!

I haven’t heard much about this brand before, but I discovered them on Instagram and found their packaging adorable, so I decided to give their Play Paint a go!

They’ve packaged this multi-purpose cream as a paint tube, which also makes it easy to dispense and use. This cream is made with Pumpkin Seed Oil to help rejuvenate damaged skin and delicious Rhubarb extract to help further protect skin from moisture loss throughout the day.

This cream delivers long lasting colour without drying out, and blends out beautifully with the warmth of my finger tips to create a subtle blush – something which is often hard to find with cream products . By applying the cream colour with a lip brush I’ve been able to use it as a stunning lip stain which lasted for a good few hours even with drinking and eating.

I’ve also found this handy as a base colour for pink hued eyeshadow styles as the long wearing property of this cream colour is amazing for on the eyelids and prevents colour creasing.

Bottom Line: A stunning, multipurpose colour paint that blends really well!

Price: £9.00 at Jelly Pong Pong

Rating: ****

 

Bourjois Paris – Little Round Pot Blusher – Rose D’Or – PR

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A portable blusher pot that delivers good pigmentation without going overboard!

I must firstly point out that I received this blusher pot for free, as a complimentary item to review for my blog, and to provide a honest review of the item for my readers, courtesy of Bourjois Paris and Influenster.

I’ve been using these blusher pots since I started wearing makeup – and they’ve always been a staple in my makeup bag before I started buying premium. They do their job, and they do it well. With the wide range of colours that Bourjois offer, you’re sure to find a shade to match your tone and look. There’s numerous different finishes, with some containing shimmer and some being matte – so you can mix it up however you want!

Each pot comes with its own mirror and blusher brush – but the brush is prone to shedding but together with the mirror it is handy for on the go application for touch-ups. The one problem I find with these blushers is that over time they become hard to pick up on my blusher brushes, as if the product hardens and refuses to pick up no matter how hard I try.

Bottom Line: A cute, portable sized budget friendly blusher pot which does the job!

Price: £6.49 at Boots and all other Bourjois retailers!

Rating: **** 

 

So Susan – Cheek Rethink – Powder & Cream Blush Duo – Titian

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A handy blush duo which is perfect for travelling!

The first thing I noticed about this cute duo was the packaging – it is very cute and colourful, and has a lovely in-depth information regarding the product. It states it is a nutrient packed dual blush made with shea butter to help maintain a fade free flawless blush for up to 10 hours- so lets put this baby to the test!

This product is vegan, cruelty free and hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic so it shouldn’t block pores or cause breakouts. I’ve not had any breakouts whilst using this product – which is good as cream products are usually the biggest pore clogging culprits.

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The fomula is very creamy and rich on the cream blusher – which is what I’d expect from a shea butter based product. The cream blusher blends easily and seamlessly so you cannot detect where you’ve first applied it! I’ve found its better to apply with my fingertips by dabbing as the heat warms up the formula and helps blend it. It’s a matte finish which is handy for all looks.

The powder blusher has a lot shimmer in it, so you do not need to use a highlighter when using it, I’d actually pass this blusher off as a pale pink highlighter due to the pigmentation. The shimmer isn’t a chunky, glitter based formula which is perfect for cheeks – nothing worse than chunky glitter cheek products!

The two blushers compliment each other perfectly, and this is a really handy travel compact due to the blend-ability of the blushers and the combinations you can create with them!

I am actually impressed by the pigmentation – the powder blush packs a punch from a single swipe and the cream provides a build-able matte blush. The blushers last a long while – I wouldn’t say 10-hours worth, as I did reapply the blush to the apples of my cheeks once after 4 hours.

Bottom Line: A perfect remedy for quick teeth whitening, especially on the go or for special occasions.

Price: £16.50 at So Susan

Rating: ****

 

Seraphine Botanicals – Vegan Berry Tint – Liquid Blush – Cherry Cream

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A vivid, vegan tint that is a perfect day time lip stain.

I’ve not really heard much about Seraphine Botanicals, but I was intrigued by this vegan lip and cheek tint they have. It’s marketed as a “Vegan Berry Tint” and is cruelty free, made from 44.8% natural ingredients and is hypoallergenic. It contains no mineral oil, parabens or phthalates and is gluten free!

The colour payoff is very vivid, and is beautiful on the skin and can be blended out to a more muted colour as desired. Although I’m not too fond of tints for cheeks as I find they’re difficult to blend out and often leave the telltale application marks, but prefer to use them on my lips as I find tints are very hard wearing. This tint was no exception – it left the applicator marks no matter how much I blended it out using my fingers, a brush or a damp beauty blender.

This colour is a lovely bright red, that lasts for a long while on the lips. It’s perfect for days where you want to not have to worry about reapplying lipstick. I have found this is lovely to wear under a clear lip gloss, as you get a natural, casual look from the two. The applicator is a standard lipstick wand which makes application precise!

Bottom Line: A long wearing vegan stain that is perfect for natural lip looks!

Price: £12.99 at Seraphine Botanicals

Rating: *** (The blend-ability on cheeks is disapointing)

TARTE COSMETICS – Swamp Queen Palette – Grav3yard Girl Collaboration

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Well, well, well, looks like a Queen is reigning! 

I have a few Tarte Cosmetics palettes and products, and I have to say, this has become my favourite to travel with. This palette is the perfect face and eye palette due to the complimenting shades of blusher, bronzer, highlighter and eyeshadows.

This palette is the brainchild of Grav3yardGirl, who hopefully you all know of due to her unique and quirky personality, and pays homage to her home state of Texas. The palette has unique shade names such as ‘dogman’, ‘gator wings’, and ‘does this thing really work?’. If you’re wondering, yes it does really work.

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This palette boasts a beautiful gold highlight, which is the most pigmented highlighter I have ever used – it’s literally like painting my face with gold, and I love it. 

The blusher is a lovely rosy pink with gold reflect shimmer which is perfect as standalone as the shimmer is eye catching enough, or team it up with the gold highlight for ultimate glow!

The bronzer is a lovely warm brown shade, which is sadly slightly orange, so use it sparingly and not as your base contour otherwise you’ll end up a gilded tangerine…

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This palette has nine incredible eye shadow shades, which have been displayed horizontally in complimentary trios. They are made up of two light neutral matte shades and seven shimmering shadows in warm toned plums, browns and oranges. Together they are a lovely selection of base, crease and lid shades to mix and match or use the complimentary shades for your desired look. The palette also comes with a soft, closely packed brown eye shadow brush which is handy for adding the shimmer shadows to your look, as opposed to blending the shades!

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Bottom Line: Lovely, warm toned, highly pigmented eye shadow shades to create a vast array of everyday looks, or darken with the smokey shades for glam nighttime looks when teamed up with the complimentary blusher, bronzer and highligher. This is the ultimate travel palette!

Price: £37 at Tarte Cosmetics(Currently on sale for £22!!!)

Rating: *****

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS – Blush Kit Palette – Radiant

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Anastasia’s beautiful foursome of stunning blusher shades.

After falling in love with Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Modern Renaissance and their contour palette, I decided to snap this palette up when I bought their Sugar Glow Kit. I’m so glad I did! I was umm-ing and arr-ing about which one to get seeings as they have a large amount of shades of blush to choose from in their triplet sets, but I decided to grab this Blush Kit to get the quad of colours.

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This kit boasts an array of pink and coral hues with added shimmer! The best thing about these shades is the fact you can mix them together to create your own peachy summer glow, or your own Barbie Pink blush.

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The powdered blush are so easy to blend and apply, you can really customise your shade by layering the different blushes or use them stand-alone. They’re also very pigmented, as with most of the Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics!

Bottom Line: The colours are gorgeous and the powder formula is so easy to use and blend!

Price: £31 at BeautyBay.com.

Rating: *****

 

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Benefit Cosmetics – Do The Hoola – Bronze Kit

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The ultimate kit for turning your winter in to a bronzed season! 

I decided to buy this kit to keep my Rhodes glow into the cold, dreary winter months – and boy is it good!

This kit boasts a selection of travel and handbag friendly deluxe minis of the various best sellers and new Dew The Hoola products. In this kit you get the following:

The Hoola bronzer is a mini version of the standard one, with 3gms of product compared to the larger 8gms – but there’s still a lot of product in there. It’s a very travel friendly version as its a solid plastic case – rather than the flimsy plastic casing sometimes found on the mini deluxe versions, and comes with a cute brush! (Brush is sadly prone to having bristles fall out – boo!)

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The Benebalm is the deluxe version you get from Benefit’s mix and match which is usually around £5 on its own. The other Dew the Hoola items and the Hoola lip gloss are also deluxe mini sizes, which are perfect if you’re not too into bronzing but would just like to touch up a summer tan – or to trial before committing to a larger size with a higher price tag.

Bottom Line: Brilliant kit for trialling out the new Dew The Hoola range of bronzing items or composing a travel makeup bag.

Price: £24.95 from Benefit Cosmetics

Rating: **** (The brush bristles falling out on every use is a big no-no for me!)

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Zoeva – Spectrum Blush Palette – Coral Spectrum

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Highly pigmented, full colour blush palette in perfect for summer shades.

I’ve been looking for a blush palette that will be perfect for summer so decided to give this Zoeva palette a go. They have three palettes in three different spectrum sets – Coral, Nudes, and Pink. Each palette has four unique shades which can be used separate or mixed to create unique blush combinations.

I decided to try the coral spectrum palette first to get a good idea of the formula and pigmentation. The pressed powder blush glides on easy with good, but light, pigmentation which allows you to customise each look as well as build up the pigmentation to the desired effect. Each shade is delicious in their own right!

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The packaging is very elegant, with rose gold lettering that turns into a colourful spectrum when the light hits it on a black silky smooth palette.  The palette doesn’t have a mirror in it, which isn’t a big deal as if I’m travelling I’m bound to have a mirror with me anyway!

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Bottom Line: You get four unbelievably beautiful blusher shades in a cute and well designed palette for £15 – Do I really need to say any more than that?!

Price: £15 at BeautyBay.com.

Rating: *****

Love Me Beauty – June 2017 – #HelloSummer Edit

This months Love Me Beauty edit was all about welcoming in the summer months and included brands such as Manna Kadar Beauty, Perricone MD, YUBE and Nuxe!

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This month I decided to use all my points on stocking back up on Perricone MD items such as their Blue Plasma Cleaning Treatment, which is a godsend to get in these beauty boxes, as a bottle twice the size is £36!!! Whereas this entire collection only cost me £13.95 including the shipping! This particular items used up 25 of my credits, equating to £5.80.

I decided to scoop up the Face Finishing Moisturising Tint from Perricone MD with 30 of my credits to give it a try – its been very long since I have tried a face tinting moisturiser which worked. Considering the full size version of this one is £59, I wanted to give it a go before spending that much on it, so I was very delighted to find it in the boutique this month!

The last item I wanted was to try the Manna Kadar blusher in Paradise, as in my last Love Me Beauty edit I had the other treats from this beauty collection! This blusher is very pigmented, which means you have to use it sparingly or blend it out like hell.

You will be getting a full review of all these items in the coming weeks so keep an eye out! If you’re not too keen on this brand, Love Me Beauty always stocks their boutique with numerous items and brands, allowing you to get your dream treat every single month! They boast Kat Von D beauty, Nuxe, EcoTools – they have full brush sets for 20 credits (thats £3!!).  You can shop the edit’s full boutique here!

If you’re interested in joining Love Me Beauty use the code ROSEM3295520 – for 90 free credits (equivalent to £21 worth of beauty) at Love Me Beauty