Anastasia Beverly Hills – Lip Palette – Volume One

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A bold selection of stunning shades, with something to suit everyone.

As soon as this palette was announced – I had to have it, although I waited a while as I didn’t see many reviews on it, so was unsure if it would be worth it. I finally took the plunge with this palette as I am starting to experiment with my makeup more, so thought the vast collection of colours would be useful.

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I find the primary colours at the front are great for those with a better understanding of colours who would like a more customised lip, rather than just use the premixed colours – it also opens up a greater number of combinations that can be obtained by the palette.

This palette comes with a metal mixing plate and a dual ended tool, which has a lip brush at one end and a palette knife at the other, to aid in mixing and combining colours.

The amount of shades that come premixed – and can be made by mixing yourself – make this a perfect tool for any make up artist, or those who would like to branch out from their usual make up creations and try something new.

Bottom Line: A good piece of a kit for a make up artist!

Price: £48 @ BeautyBay.com
£48 @ CultBeauty.com

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: *****

Herbivore Botanicals – Coco Rose – Luxe Hydration Trio Collection

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A wonderful introduction to the Herbivore brand!

If you haven’t stumbled upon the much coveted Vegan brand Herbivore, then this might be the set that introduces you to their world. Herbivore is a Vegan, natural company which combines the focus on the modern clean beauty movement with result-driven products, in insanely aesthetically packaging.

This is their Coconut + Rose Luxe Hydration Trio set, where you get three stars of their collection in this curated set. This set includes their Rose Hibiscus hydration spray, their Coco Rose lip conditioner and their Coco Rose body polish, in a smaller travel friendly size as a perfect discovery package.

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Their Rose Hibiscus coconut water face mist is lovely to refresh bare skin or to set makeup with a touch more hydration. The Coco Rose smells delicious, but is a harder, solid type balm which takes a while to warm up so applies in chunks rather than a normal lip balm, which is a bit disappointing.

The body polish is one of the drier of exfoliating polishes, which means it does requires a bit of water to lubricate the exfoliating as it does get a bit raw if used on bone dry skin. Due to this, it does make a wonderful exfoliator to use in the bath as opposed to the shower.

Bottom Line: Wonderfully natural, vegan products that give results every time!

Price: £36 at Space NK 

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: ****

 

 

Eylure – Enchanted Limited Collection – Power Flower

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Wispy, lightweight eye lashes that create a naturally but full look!

These lashes balance volume with length due to the mix of long and short lashes. As they’re spaced out and not compacted into a black block, these are stunning for use with daily outings and events without making you look over done – subtle but noticeable. They’re wispy and very lightweight which makes them comfortable to wear, and the band flexes easy allowing a better fit to your natural lash line.

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As with all Eylure eyelashes – these come with the adhesive included. The thing I love about Eylure’s adhesive is that it comes with an easy to use applicator to allow precise application of the glue due to its flat and tapered end!

These are very easy to apply and remove – I can apply these using my fingers alone or along with a pair of tweezers, or using the Eylure applicator tool.

Bottom Line: These eyelashes are perfect for a daytime event, or for everyday wear as opposed to their more glamorous, fuller luxe collection eye lashes.

Price: £5.95 from False Eyelashes .co.uk

Rating: ****

Neutrogena – Hydro Boost Cleanser – No Rinse Cleansing Gelee Milk

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A no cleanse gelee that melts makeup away – Too good to be true?

I recently started a new position at work, and the hours meant I was getting home in the early morning – with that I was getting lazy at taking my makeup off. After a 11.5 hour shift, I just want to sleep! But, I broke myself out of this “skincare, don’t care” mindset by investing in a no-rinse facial cleanser, ain’t nobody got time for rinsing at 6am. I stumbled upon this one in my local supermarket and was curious about the gelee and hydration is boasted to provide – as well as the ease of use it described.

I enjoyed the ease of use the bottle has, the pump allows the correct amount to be distributed on the cotton pad so I know I’m not wasting product by over pouring. The gelee milk is a very strange consistency – it reminds me of those jelly sweets you get in the straws that you squeeze out. It has a sweet, somewhat fruity scent which is pleasant, although this could be the cause of the sticky feeling the residue leaves.

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This gelee milk leaves a sticky, mask like residue – which means for me, it is not completely rinse free as the feel of it this residue me feel uneasy. Although I must add it is nothing a quick wipe over with toner on a pad cant fix! It can easily remove my Rodial Waterproof Mascara in a few wipes along with my heavy duty foundation that has been set with my Slay All Day setting spray – which is a really good feat – considering that some of my rinse off cleansers can’t clear it off completely. 

The hyaluronic acid is also a big plus for me – the added hydration this cleanser supplies has cut my dry skin related breakouts so much! I tend to get dry cracked skin on my chin and nose which causes spots – but my skins been supple and hydrated since I’ve started using this in my skincare routine.

Bottom Line: A silky smooth cleaner which removes even waterproof mascara!

Price: £7.99 at all high-street retailers.

Rating: ****

Beauty BLVD – Star Dust – Festival Glitter & Application Pack – PR

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An out of this world, festival ready glitter pack!

I was very lucky to receive this product from Beauty BLVD for me to review for my blog – Please note I received this complimentary!

I’ve been fascinated by the recent Festival Makeup trend and the vast amount of glitter scattered everywhere, so Beauty BLVD was kind enough to send me one of their Star Dust glitter packs. In this pack you get a container of large glitter, a tube of their glitter glue and an application brush – making it an three in one package!

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The glitter is made up of larger luxury glitter, approximately 3mm in diameter, and smaller glitter specks. It is cosmetic grade glitter which has been approved by the tested requirements of the Cosmetic Safety Assessments. Please make sure you’re being safe when purchasing glitters online as some scrupulous companies are selling craft glitter as cosmetic glitter which can cause damage to the skin or eyes, sometimes leading to blindness. In each pack you have enough for five applications, which is handy if there’s a bunch of you wanted to glam up for a festival or event. Or keep it all for yourself for creative looks!

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The binding glue is easy to apply, not watery, and a gel like substance and the glitter sticks to it well, after it dried I kept an eye on it to see how easily the glitter comes off. There was a bit of particles dropping, but the majority kept stuck on strong. The glitter was easy to remove with a cotton pad soaked in warm soapy water, and the glue didn’t damage the skin – kind of like a temporary tattoo with the adhesive.

You can use the binding gel in your hair and it easily washes out with shampoo, and so does the glitter!

Bottom Line: A glittery treat for all who enjoy sparkling like a Cosmic Child!

Price: £12.50 at BeautyBLVD.

Rating: ****

 

 

Saturday Lashes – A Pair for Everyday! 100% Handmade and Cruelty Free lashes! – PR

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A set of lashes for every day, all in one cute, curated collection!

I stumbled upon Saturday Lashes on Instagram one evening, and instantly fell in love with the brands premise – a collection of lashes for every day of the week. Please note these were gifted to me for use and promotional purposes.

These lashes are handmade and assembled in the USA where they use 100% cruelty free mink hairs – they are currently thinking of expanding with a vegan range for my Vegan followers!

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So how did Saturday Lashes come about? Katrina the owner decided that she was done with the status quo and delved right in to create her own natural, pair of eyelashes that wasn’t gaudy, heavy or overbearing for her eyes. She decided to curate a pair for every day of the week to complement our moods.

In the collection you get;

  • Monday Coffee – Doe-eyed Short and Long Lashes “You Woke Up Like This”
  • Tuesday Ease – Strong Clusters Broken Up By Crisscrossing Hairs, “Others Only Wish They Were You.
  • Wednesday Social –  Match lashes with Colourful Shadows, “Followers Beware.”
  • Thursday Blush – Heavy On The End For The Perfect Cat-eye, “Meow.”
  • Friday Night – Blue Lases Blended Into Black Make The Whites Of Eyes Whiter, “Go Boogie On Down.”
  • Saturday Morning – Pair With Dewy Skin and Light Makeup, “Do you hear that? They’re Looking For Their Missing Angel.”
  • Sunday Brunch -Eat Waffles, Drink OJ, and Take It Easy, “P.S.Use These Too!”

 

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The lashes come in different lengths to complement the name and day, allowing for subtle lashes for every day glamour to showstopping lashes to impress in the club. Allowing you to choose the style that best suits what event you’re wearing them for!

The band is very flexible, which allows it to mould easily to your eyelid from the start, but it does make it quite the task to remove them from the plastic tray – although I’d rather have that than have a rigid band stabbing me in the eyelid or pinging off… With the proper care, these lashes can withstand up to 20 uses, making them a very good investment if you’re willing to take care of them compared to ones off the high-street.

Bottom Line: The variety Saturday Lashes have to offer is amazing with a cute set designed for every day!

Price: From $27 a set, at Saturday Lashes.

Rating: *****

Nails Inc. – Inc. Redible – Shine A Light On Me Light Reflecting Lipstick – Basically Extra

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A stunning multi-use lipstick that is perfect for summer!

I was very lucky to receive this product from Nail’s Inc for me to review for my blog – Please note I received this complimentary!

For this summer Nail’s Inc has released a beautiful collection of lipsticks, glosses, nail varnishes and face masks. Check out their new collection here! I decided to try out one of their new Shine A Light On Me lipstick in the shade Basically Extra, as the rosey pink of the lipstick and gold holographic pigment stood out to me.

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The thing I loved about this lipstick has build-able coverage, so its perfect to apply as a sheer balm with a light application or as a powerful punch with layers – making it completely custom to your style and look. The lipstick is balm-esque which doesn’t dry your lips out but instead keeps them hydrated after application, lasting a long while. Due to this easy glide formula it is easy to use for a multitude of other ways – I also used it as a highlighter as its sparkly enough to add some goddess glow which looks sun kissed.

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You can see my swatches below showing what it looks like with hard pressure, light pressure and then dabbed out for use as a highlighter.

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Bottom Line: A stunning, perfect for summer lip stick that adds a subtle glow to your lips for a fresh, dewy look.

Price: £8.00 at Nail’s Inc.

Rating: ****

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: ***