BECCA Cosmetics – Volcano Goddess – Eyeshadow Palette

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A stunningly beautiful palette of vivid, metallic and matte shades to unleash your inner Goddess.

I stumbled upon this palette whilst on Instagram, and I couldn’t believe the array of colours that were in this palette. BECCA have captured a Volcanic eruption perfectly – the deep reds, the light beige with the smokey greys and black.

I’ve seen BECCA on Instagram a lot, and in awe of their ability to create a natural glow and vivid shades, so I just had to get this one. I am so glad I did. 

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If you follow me on Instagram you would know I crushed hard on this palette, its my go to for a bit of empowering glam. The multitude of shades allow me to create unique looks every time and dare me to be braver with each look!

The formula is creamy, with little to no fallout after a Jeffree Star-esque brush tap to remove excess, and the pigmentation is very vivid – a little goes a long way making this a perfect build up the shade palette.

The shades are punchy, but can be honed for a subtle eye look or you can create a strong, empowering eye look. This is definitely a palette everyone should have in their collections, it is simply stunning.

Bottom Line: One of the prettiest palettes I have ever bought!

Price: £36 @ CultBeauty.com
£32 @ John Lewis & Partners

Rating: *****

 

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OPV Beauty – Yemoja Eyeshadow Palette

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A majestically beautiful palette of vivid, metallic and matte shades.

I stumbled upon this palette whilst on Instagram, and I couldn’t believe the colours and how vivid they were – so I had to buy it and test it for myself. And I’m so glad I did.

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OPV Beauty based this palette on inspiration from the Nigerian goddess of Yoruba, the protector of women, love, and healing. This lead to the creation of twelve oceanic shades ranging from a deep crimson red, Eko, to a deep blue, Oba.

The palette boasts a healthy amount of matte and foil shades to help add dimension and light to your eye makeup. The shadows are build-able, with good colour pay off, and blend well allowing for creating combination shades.

The foils apply easy with fingers, and via wet or dry flat brushes to help create intensity desired. My personal favourites are Ayao, a pale pink gold reflects which when applied is a wonderful rose gold appearance, and Oko, a deep foiled forest green. The diversity of the shades make this a great palette to experiment with, and the quality is superb with little fallout.

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Bottom Line: A delicious array of colours to create dramatic foiled looks as well a matte masterpieces.

Price: £29 @ BeautyBay.com
£29 @ OPV Beauty

Rating: *****

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS – The Complete Daytime Collection– Limited Edition PR Mailer Kit

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I was over the moon when I found that Anastasia Beverly Hills were selling their PR mailer kit on their website due to having limited quantities left – that I just had to get it!

IMG_1495This mailer kit had the entire Daytime collection included for £51 – an absolute bargain when the palette alone is £33, and their liquid lipsticks are £20 a pop! Plus you get these cute Hailie Barber style sunglasses, so it was love at first sight for me!

They also sold the Sunset collection in the complete mailer kit for £49 – so you could grab the entire lot for £100! I decided to stick with just the Daytime collection as I prefer the shade selection and found I would have more use with it!

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The eye shadow quad contains the shades; Sunny, Sand Castle, Rose Quartz and Papaya (clockwise from top left), in the usual Anastasia single eye shadow format. Sunny and Rose Quartz are metallic shades with delicious pigmentation, low fallout, whereas Sand Castle and Papaya are matte which are wonderful as a base or adding dimension.

The palette is reusable as the single shade format means you can mix and match and customise the quad for travel needs or for an easy to carry compact for a night out. The palette is a pale pastel pink with a clear lid so you can clearly see the shades in the palette, as well as a stunning palm tree decor.

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The liquid lipsticks are both metallic and come in the shades Bellini,, a golden peach shade, and Sunset Punch, a dusty mauve.

Their packaging is different to the usual black and rose gold liquid lipsticks, with the lids being the same pale pink as the palette. Although the packaging is different, the lipstick applicator is the same as their other ones so its very easy to use.

I generally stick to matte lips – but these metallic shades are so delicious to layer on top of a nude A.B.H matte such as Crush or Pure Hollywood to add a bit of metal glamour. The formula isn’t clumpy or bitty which is often the case with anything metallic, these instead are as smooth as their matte shades.

Bottom Line: If you’re an A.B.H fan who is into peachy, golden sunny vibes – these are for you!

Price: Various @ BeautyBay.com
Various @ CultBeauty.com

Rating: *****

Pixi Beauty – Eye Reflections Shadow Palettes – PR

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A beautiful collection of neutral, every day shades, or shimmering delights!

I was very lucky to receive these products from Pixi Beauty’s PR List for me to review for my blog – Please note I received this complimentary!

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Natural Beauty Eye Shadow Palette

I love these new formulas of these eye shadows, they’re such an improvement on the previous ones. The amount of fallout has decreased, yet the pigmentation is a wonderful improvement. These eye shadows have a long lasting formula with added Vitamin E to nourish and protect the eye area during wear. The micro fine Mica is brilliant at adding lustre without adding chunky glitter found else where. The lustre they create is subtle or build-able depending on how its applied – wet or dry!

The two new palettes are available in either Natural Beauty, a stunning array of neutrals and browns, or Reflex Light, which is a diverse collection of golden, red and mauve shades. The Natural Beauty palette composed of matte and shimmer shades to help define and contour the eye area, where as the Reflex Light palette is an all shimmer bonanza!

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Reflex Light Palette

Bottom Line: Decide between beautiful, neutral shades for day time escapades or stunningly sparkling shades – either way, you’re on to a winner.

Price: £24.00 each at @ Pixi Beauty.

Rating: ****

 

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Eye Shadow Palette – Prism

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I am in love with this palette – it makes me feel like a part of a Coven!

Can I firstly just point out how amazing the gold on black velvet looks? It’s an edgy twist on their usual softer palette colour schemes, and I am living for it! Every time I pick it up it reminds me of witches coven, giving me total American Horror Story vibes which I simply adore.

This palette boasts a stunning array of colours from matte pale peach, to stunning gold foil, and then a deep black. My favourite colours from this palette are Lucid, a white gold duo chrome that gleams pink in the light, Osiris – a glittering deep violet with red reflect, and Dimension- a silver grey with pink reflect.

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I’m constantly in awe of Anastasia Beverly Hills’ ability to create such striking shades with vivid pigmentation. This palette is in the same creamy formula, as their Soft Glam and Modern Renaissance, rather than the widely criticised, chalky palette Subculture.

These shades blend as you’d expect- easily, with a creamy texture and minimal fall out. I love the range of finishes – matte, shimmer and foils – you get in this palette, allowing a multitude of different colour and texture combinations. This really adds to the value as you can mix and match with their previous palettes to create so many looks.

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Bottom Line: The vividness of the colours, along with the different textures and classic Modern Renaissance buttery formula makes this one a keeper!

Price: £30.09 (On Sale ATM!) Usually £43 @ BeautyBay.com
£43.00 @ CultBeauty.com

Rating: *****

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Eye Shadow Palette – Soft Glam

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Anastasia’s return to the softer side of the palette.

After the critically acclaimed Modern Renaissance palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills, they decided to create an on trend Grunge-esque palette called Subculture which was received to mixed reviews. People complained about fallout, the terrible blendability and left generally bad reviews regarding the formula but raved about the colours. So hearing the negative press, ABH decided to revert back to their Modern Renaissance formula and with that Soft Glam was born!

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Taking a selections of pinks, blushes, browns, and oranges, and some favourites from Modern Renaissance such as Tempera, Burnt Orange and Sienna, this is by far one of my favourite palettes which has sadly pushed aside Modern Renaissance. This is my go to palette for formal events and weddings as I enjoy the soft, glittery looks I can create.

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After how much I disliked the formula of Subculture, I am so glad they returned to the original formula from Modern Renaissance palette. The shadows are creamy, simple to blend and apply, which makes creating stunning and pigmented eye looks so quick and easy.

Bottom Line: The colours are rich, highly pigmented and silky to the touch! So glad they brought back the old, good formula!

Price: £43.00 @ BeautyBay.com
£43.00 @ CultBeauty.com

Rating: *****

Click here for my other Anastasia Beverly Hills reviews! 

Morphe – Jaclyn Hill Collaboration- Eyeshadow Palette – The Review!

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Hubba Hubba! Come to Mama!

As you guys know, I treated myself to one of these palettes and also treated one of my followers to one in my 8K Instagram Giveaway! I am so glad I did, this palette is absolutely incredible.

The vivid colours, the multiple looks you can create, and the quality makes this one of my favourite palettes of all time – all those instagram reviews were right! This was also my first ever Morphe palette – but it will definitely not be my last. I am genuinely, and thoroughly impressed by this creation and Jaclyn Hill should give herself a round of applause!

These eye shadows are creamy, highly pigmented, easy to blend, stunningly beautiful and such brilliant value! The blendability of these shadows is next level – it’s so easy to create seamless makeup looks with this palette.

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Look how bright and pigmented these babies are! I think I’m actually in love. Considering the price – £37- and the fact you get 35 unique matte/shimmer shades, it works out as £1.05 per generously sized pan – it’s undeniably good value! Especially when you tally it up to the £43 you pay for an Anastasia Beverly Hills palette where you get half the shades, which are smaller in size.

I cannot wait to get my next Morphe palette to join this one on my vanity table!

Bottom Line:  A varied collection of matte and shimmer shades! Absolute staple that every beauty guru needs!

Price: £37 at BeautyBay.com.

Rating: *****

Sleek Makeup – i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette – A New Day – ABH Soft Glam Dupe?!?

Firstly, massive THANK YOU! to Sleek Makeup for this huge haul for me to try out and review for my lovely followers!!!

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The first item I will be reviewing from this collection is their A New Day palette which is a stunning array of on-trend blushed neutrals, oranges and browns! Please note, I did receive this item complimentary from Sleek Makeup!

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This palette boasts 12 neutral shades for you to mix and match to create your own subtle, glamorous looks which are on trend. You get warm brown shades to define and smoke out your looks, and beautiful light shimmer shades to help highlight and create halo looks.

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Whilst I was using this palette I wasn’t surprised at the creaminess and the lack of fallout – Sleek Makeup eye shadow are brilliant value and great quality. I’ve always been excited when they release a new i-Divine! These eye shadows are creamy to apply, not dusty, blend well and are very pigmented considering their cost point! They also last a long while without eye shadow primer, so if you’re in a rush to get out the door these will stay put for hours without necessary prep time!

One thing that I did notice is how similar the palette it is to my Anastasia’s Beverly Hill’s Soft Glam palette which my boyfriend bought me. The colours are very similar, apart from the stunning foiled shadows and the brighter orange. The basic shadows are all the same hues, and can be built up to match the vividness of the ABH shadows, but there is a lack of pigmented, foiled shades to complete the Sleek palette.

This palette is perfect for matte, neutral looks but if you want more glamorous, showstopping with glitter on top shadows, then you’ll need to team it up with another palette!

Bottom Line: Lovely pigmented, great colour pay off eye shadows that are worth the price!

Price: £8.99 at Boots.com.

Rating: ****

URBAN DECAY – UDXKL – KRISTEN LEANNE COLLABORATION – KALEIDOSCOPE EYESHADOW PALETTE

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Oh my, such an electric collection of glittery stunning shades!

As you’ve seen from my Beauty Beam palette and Daydream palette – I am completely obsessed with this Kristen Leanne and Urban Decay collaboration!

I decided I had to complete my palette collection and splash out on something outside of my usual, neutral, not too flashy palettes – so I decided to grab this beauty! This palette contains a wide range of shimmering, rainbow colours to create a magnitude of looks!

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In this palette you get a creamy collection which boasts a vibrant pink, an electrifying purple and a stunning gold to name a few. The shades are names after Kristen’s favourite things such as Corona, Tajin and Dye – the latter being a homage to her Arctic Fox company that specialises in Vegan hair dye!

This palette is the complete opposite of her Daydream collection as it’s for more glam looks as it’s vibrant shades are jammed packed with shimmer and glitter. The shades build beautifully, allowing you to create beautiful and unique looks to which you’re able to customise the colour payoff.

As with the other eyeshadow palette, you get a vegan brush included that has a fluffy, blending end and then a stubby, compacted end to help create your looks!

Bottom Line: Oh my god, I am in love with the bright striking shades!

Price: £28 at Urban Decay

Rating: ***** 

MY 8K INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS MORPHE PALETTE GIVEAWAY! *WIN THE JACLYN HILL EYE-SHADOW PALETTE!!*

Hi Guys!

As some of you may have seen, I hit 8000 followers on Instagram! So, in celebration I hosted a Poll on my Instagram story to choose what brand to theme my giveaway. Did you want Spectrum Collections or Morphe?!

You guys chose Morphe!

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One of the most seen and wanted Morphe palette I have noticed on Instagram is the Jaclyn Hill eyeshadow palette, so I’ve decided to give one away! You will be able to find my review on this palette on my website soon – as I spoilt myself with it too!

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This giveaway is open internationally as always, and you can enter by following me on Instagram (if you already haven’t), and then regraming my giveway post with the hashtag ‘#RosemaryHelenXO8K‘ and commenting someone who might like to join this giveaway! 🙂

You can gain up to 10 extra entries by completing the following, each one you complete is another entry or two!:

  • Liking this post.
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  • Liking my Facebook Page. (Worth 2 Extra Entries!)
  • Sharing this post on Facebook.
  • Following me on my Tumblr.
  • Following me on Snapchat – Username; RosemaryHelen
  • Following me on Twitter!  (Worth 2 Extra Entries!)
  • Retweeting this giveaway on Twitter!

If you already follow me on Facebook/Tumblr/Snapchat – you’ve already got those extra entries – so Reblog and hashtag my Instagram post and that’s 6 entries!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT AND

GOOD LUCK!

SMALL PRINT:
  • THIS COMPETITION WILL END ON THE 31ST MARCH AT 12AM GMT, AND THE WINNER WILL BE PICKED AT RANDOM SHORTLY AFTER FROM ALL THE ELIGIBLE PRIMARY ENTRIES (INSTAGRAM REPOST AND HASHTAG) AND EXTRA QUALIFYING ENTRIES.
  • THE WINNER WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA INSTAGRAM DIRECT MESSAGE, AND THE ACCOUNT NEEDS TO BE SET AS PUBLIC – SO I CAN VERIFY THE ENTRY.
  • IF THE ENTRANT IS UNDER 16 YEARS OLD YOUR PARENT OR GUARDIAN WILL NEED TO APPROVE YOUR ENTRY, AND APPROVE PROVIDING YOUR POSTAL ADDRESS TO MYSELF SO I CAN GET YOUR NEW PALETTE SENT TO YOU.
  • OPEN INTERNATIONALLY – ALL WELCOME TO ENTER!
  • THIS GIVEAWAY IS NO WAY AFFILIATED WITH OR ENDORSED BY MORPHE, TUMBLR,  INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, SNAPCHAT OR WORDPRESS. I HAVE BOUGHT THIS PALETTE WITH MY OWN FUNDS – THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED GIVEAWAY!