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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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: **** 

 

MAKEUP REVOLUTION LONDON – Highlighter& Eyeshadow Palette– Good As Gold

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A beautiful golden brown collection with stunning shimmery highlights.

I snapped this palette up alongside my other Makeup Revolution London palettes. This palette caught my eye due to the glittering gold shades of eyeshadows, and the fact it has four complimentary highlighter shades!

These eyeshadow shades are very pigmented and the shimmery shades do not contain chunky glitter. With beautiful neutral matte base shades, and dark transitional shades this is a perfect all in one palette for created gilded looks. There’s different shades of gold to get the glam look you are aiming for whether its subtle, or showstopping!

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You also get four highlighter shades; a bronzed shade, a bright 24K gold shade, a pale champagne gold and a pale pink shade. The golds are shimmery, with fine golden shimmer where as the pink shade is a matte highlighter. The pink shade is absolutely stunning if you don’t want extra shimmer, but still want an eye-catching highlight that is buildable from subtle to glow queen!

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Bottom Line: A stunning collection of golden eyeshadows and highlighters!

Price: £8.00 from TAM Beauty and Superdrug

Rating: *****

Urban Decay – UDxKL – Kristen Leanne Collaboration – Beauty Beam Highlighter Palette

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This was the collaboration I was looking forward to the most this year!

Everyone who follows me on my social media will know I love Kristen Leanne – I even lost it when she liked my photos on Instagram.  So when this collaboration was announced on Kristen’s social media – I knew I had to own these. I was so, so psyched for this collaboration. As soon as these items hit the Urban Decay UK website, I placed my order – and I am so glad I did.

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The first two items I ordered were this Beauty Beam highlighter palette and her Day Dream eyeshadow palette – I will be reviewing the latter soon. I am eager to get my hands on the Kaleidoscope palette but there has been a supply issue in the UK.

This palette is amazing as it is an all in one highlighter palette with three shades; a dark bronze highlight, a light gold highlight and a champagne gold highlight. Each shade is as shimmery as the next, and the colour payoff is immense. The bronze shade is perfect to define and contour and the light gold is perfect to highlight your cheekbones where as the softer nude champagne highlight is perfect for a subtler glow.

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Bottom Line: A trio of creamy, shimmering highlights that will suit everyone’s look.

Price: £22 at Urban Decay

Rating: ***** 

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: *****

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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Anastasia Beverly Hills – Cream Contour Kit – Fair

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An easy blend-able contour kit that is perfect for all different contoured looks from slightly sun-kissed to deeply bronzed.

This is my first ever high-end contour kit, and it is now a staple for all of my foundation and contour needs. I decided to get the kit in fair, to ensure that it isn’t too dark as I rarely do strong contouring for my daily MOTD.

This kit comes with six shades, meaning you can blend the shades for the perfect match;

  • Soft Light – Great for highlighting.
  • Lustre – Perfect for strobing.
  • Fair – Great for concealing.
  • Fawn – Ideal for contouring.
  • Shadow – Designed for shading.
  • Mink – Provides the ultimate shading and definition.

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The cream consistency makes it incredibly easy to blend, allowing you to create a build-able contour for whatever your style. It isn’t oily to apply, and doesn’t oxidise – meaning the colours stay the correct shade and doesn’t turn you into a bright orange oompa-loompa!

There is a lot of product in the pans – which makes it feel good value for money, and these kits come in various shades to match any skin tone.

Bottom Line: Amazing quality and value – a little goes a long way!

Price: £39 at BeautyBay.com.

Rating: *****

theBalm – The Manizer Sisters – Luminizing Collection Palette

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A beautiful highlight and contouring palette for luscious glow and deep bronzing.

Wow! This palette is insane! That Mary-Lou highlight, the pretty pink blush of Cindy-Lou and the deep bronzer of Betty-Lou – what’s not to love?!

Mary-Lou Manizer is a beautiful gold shimmering highlighter which is perfect for accentuating your eyebrow and cheek bones. Cindy-Lou Manizer is the perfect blusher with a lovely, soft pink shade and slight hint of shimmer to create a beautiful natural glow! Betty-Lou Manizer bronzer is a lovely, not too dark, shade that gives a subtle contour which is perfect for daily contouring goals!

This palette is travel friendly, and the ultimate trio for daily, natural looks!

Bottom Line:  The cutest, trio of contour/highlighting/blush shades in one travel size palette!

Price: £24.00 at Debenhams 

Rating: *****

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