Monday, 24 August 2015

ColourPop Highlighter Review

ColourPop Highlighter Review in Stole The Show




Hi everyone! If you follow me you will already know that I adore ColourPop. I have been completely obsessed with their eyeshadows from the first swipe of my finger. This L.A. based brand makes the coolest textured products, and some of the most pigmented I have ever used.

When ColourPop came out with their Highlighter collection, I gasped with excitement. Since the shadows are so incredible, I happily daydreamed what a highlighter by this brand would be like. 

Lets get on to the review!


    

  
      


There are actually 15 shades in total in the ColourPop Highlighter collection - that's a ton for highlighters! However, a lot of the shades are more pinky and actually more appropriate for the cheeks or also the eyes. There's even a purple one in the mix.

I chose Stole The Show because my skin is light and I love really light/bright highlighters. I am a sparkle addict and ColourPop's shadows are definitely the most sparkly and shimmery I own. So you can imagine what the highlighters must be like! All of them have a pearlized finish, so there is tons of shine and shimmer, but even still a teeny bit of micro-sparkle. But they don't look unnatural on the skin, they blend in very well and just give off a healthy shine.










The highlighters have the exact same texture as the eyeshadows. They are squishy and bouncy and smooth. The highlighters though, unlike the shadows, have a flat surface. The shadows have little imprints designed on top. The highlighters are also quite bigger than the shadows.

Stole The Show is described as a "light cool-toned gold with luminous flashes of pink, silver and gold". I don't notice so much of the pink as it's subtle really. It's just a gorgeous highlighter. So gorgeous that you would have to see this in person to really appreciate the amazingness of it. It's stunning.










I don't know about others, but I always want a highlight that is not too yellowy or gold. I find it really difficult to find one that is more on the silvery side and more cool toned. I have finally found it in this highlighter. There is a gold tone to it, but it's definitely less warm than other highlighters I have used. The neat thing about this shade also, is that it works on fair and light skin, but also medium and darker skin too. It's not so pigmented that you have this big white swipe on your face. It somehow just melts into the skin and looks just so amazing. I am not opposed to more gold-hued highlights in my collection, I have a couple and I love them and they work great for certain looks. But most of the time, I like a lighter highlight like this one.

I always apply this with my fingers. When I tried applying it with a brush, it just wasn't the same. I think the best result is with your fingers, just like the ColourPop shadows (I seldom use a brush for those as well). I just dab it on in a patting motion until it is blended in seamlessly.






(squishy texture, which leaves an imprint)
 

This lasts on me all day. At the end of the day this is still on my cheeks! For a more creamy-based product, that is pretty impressive. It's almost like these go on as a cream to powder. I still haven't really known how to describe ColourPop's unique texture. It's not really a cream, but not a powder either. All I know is, it's awesome and the formula stays put.


Swatches:





This is my perfect highlight! I sometimes will apply a powder highlight over this with a brush to intensify it even more (but it's already really intense and gorgeous). Just like all highlighters, these are also pretty in the inner corner, over the lid if you wish, browbone and cupid's bow.

I definitely recommend the ColourPop Highllighters. There are several other beautiful shades to choose from. They are super unique and give off such a beautiful shine and glow. I couldn't be happier with it!

You can get these awesome little gems right HERE


Ingredients: DIMETHICONE, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, ETHYLHEXYL ISONONANOATE, ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, PHENOXYETHANOL, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, ALUMINUM CALCIUM SODIUM SILICATE, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, SODIUM POTASSIUM ALUMINUM SILICATE, SILICA, ALUMINA, TIN OXIDE.


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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Anastasia Shadow Couture Palette Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadow Couture World Traveler Palette Review




Hi lovelies! Yes.. it's another eyeshadow palette review today. I seriously have an eyeshadow palette addiction. I know, I know, I'm an all out makeup junkie in general, but I really have a soft spot for eyeshadow palettes especially. I find them really hard to resist. This new Anastasia Shadow Couture World Traveler palette was just a must. A total must. I mean.... look at it! It's one of a kind. It's gorgeous. Just check out that assortment of colors.

Lets get on to the review to see what I think!










The palette comes in really cute black and gold packaging. I love the look of it. It has a magnetic closure and I would say is made from some type of cardboard. There is a nice mirror inside too. The brush it comes with is professional quality and is actually really soft and nice.

The colors are described as very "fashion forward" and the shades have satin, matte and metallic finishes. Anastasia added in some of their very best shadows in this palette, like the famous Morocco and Pink Champagne. 






  

I would have to say, in my opinion, that this is the very best palette that Anastasia Beverly Hills has come out with. All of their palettes are unique and gorgeous though. I just happen to adore this one the most.

What I love is you get your warm tones in this, as well as cool tones, and even some bright colors. Here are the shade descriptions:

Soft Peach: nude pastel peach with an ultra-matte finish
Morocoo: deep burnt orange with an ultra-matte finish
Heirloom: rich eggplant with a sparkle finish
Bellini: golden peach with a satin finish
Pink Champagne: shimmery pink with a titanium finish
Chic: taupe gray with a shimmer finish   
Spoiled: gold flecked peach with a metallic finish
Fudge: rich chocolate brown with an ultra-matte finish
Azure: Mediterranean blue with a metallic finish
Intense Glaze: bronzed pink with a satin finish
Metallic: brassy gold with a metallic finish
Noir: deep carbon black with an ultra-matte finish




     

I am so impressed by the texture and quality of these shadows. They are buttery smooth and soft, they blend really easily and they are super duper pigmented. I am just in love with them. They last and last, and don't fade or crease. 

I love Soft Peach as a transition shade as well as lid shade or base shade. Morocco is one of my favorites in the palette and makes an amazing transition and crease color. I have always wanted that shade and now I have it. Same goes for Pink Champagne - I have always longed for it! I was so excited when I seen it was in this palette. It's not only a favorite in this palette, it's an all-time favorite among all of my eyeshadows. It's so shimmery and metallic and gorgeous and has such color payoff and gives off such sparkle. I just love pinky colors and this just has a little hint of pink and a ton of rich metallic shine. It's incredible all over the lid (that's how I mainly use it) and as an inner corner highlight. Fudge is excellent in the crease and outer corner as is Noir (I love it when palettes contain a deep black). Chic is beautiful over the entire lid. Heirloom is a stunning purple and lovely addition to the palette as is Azure - I love having a vibrant blue in the mix. I just couldn't be happier with the awesome shades.

The colors also don't have nearly any fallout at all and the quality really is exceptional. I am really impressed by Anastasia shadows.












Gone are the days of brow-only products when it comes to ABH. There is a wide variety of products now to choose from, and there is also a huge selection of beautiful single shadows (which I will have an upcoming review on!). I think that Anastasia is the best when it comes to brows and now with these shadows, I've gotta say they are pretty up there for me. I love them just as much as my Makeup Geek shadows, and that's saying something!







Swatches:


 Soft Peach, Spoiled, Morocco, Fudge, Heirloom and Azure


  Bellini, Intense Gaze, Pink Champagne, Metallic, Chic and Noir


Here is a look I created with the palette:


I used Soft Peach as a transition shade, Morocco as a transition below Soft Peach as well as thru the crease. Fudge in the outer corner and a little thru the crease, Heirloom over the majority of the lid, Pink Champagne in the first inner section of the lid, Noir along the lower lashline and some more Heirloom blended below it. (the only shadow that is not from the palette is the inner corner highlight, which is Swan by ColourPop).


This is one look out of many different possibilities with the palette. So many beautiful looks can be created. I most definitely don't regret purchasing this. It's gorgeous, very unique and the shadows have amazing quality and texture.

I give it two thumbs up and definitely recommend!

You can get this palette HERE


Ingredients: Metallic: Mica, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Silica, Cyclopentasiloxane, Lauroyl Lysine, Nylon-12, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Ptfe, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Polysilicone-11, Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tin Oxide, Isopentyldiol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, May Contain: (+/-) Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891). Soft Peach, Morocco: Talc, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, Lauroyl Lysine, Mica, Nylon-12, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polysilicone-11, Ptfe, Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Isopentyldiol, May Contain: (+/-) Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288). Azure, Intense Gaze: Mica, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Polysilicone-11, Lauroyl Lysine, Nylon-12, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Ptfe, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Isopentyldiol, Phenoxyethanol, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, May Contain: (+/-) Ferric Ferrocyandie (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288). Bellini: Mica, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Lauroyl Lysine, Nylon-12, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Ptfe, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Isopentyldiol, Phenoxyethanol, Polysilicone-11, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, May Contain/Peut Contenir: (+/-) Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Black 2 (Ci 77266), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Ci 77742, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891). Spoiled: Mica, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Polysilicone-11, Lauroyl Lysine, Nylon-12, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Ptfe, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrated Silica, Isopentyldiol,Phenoxyethanol, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, May Contain: (+/-) Carmine(Ci 75470), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742),Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891). Fudge: Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Polysilicone-11, Talc, Lauroyl Lysine, Nylon-12, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Ptfe, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrated Silica, Isopentyldiol, Mica, Phenoxyethanol, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, May Contain: (+/-) Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides(Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891). Chic: Mica, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Lauroyl Lysine, Nylon-12, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Ptfe, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Isopentyldiol, Phenoxyethanol, Polysilicone-11, Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, May Contain: (+/-) Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 7749), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891). Noir: Talc, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Lauroyl Lysine, Mica, Nylon-12, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polysilicone-11, Ptfe, Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Isopentyldiol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, May Contain: (+/-) Carmine (Ci 75470), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Black 2 (Ci 77266). Heirloom: Mica, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Boron Nitride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Silica, Lauroyl Lysine, Nylon-12, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Ptfe, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Isopentyldiol, Phenoxyethanol, Polysilicone-11, Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract, Tin Oxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, May Contain: (+/-) Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891). Pink Champagne: Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Mineral Oil, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Cobalt Titanium Oxide, Tin Oxide, Sorbic Acid, May Contain: (+/-) Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Carmine (75470) Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).   


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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Review

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review 




Hi lovelies! I have always loved Urban Decay's Naked Palettes. I think all of them are beautiful and unique with great shade selections and I've always been happy with the quality. They might be on the pricey side but you're getting 12 full sized UD shadows, so it's actually not bad considering.

My favorite of the Naked palettes is the Naked 3 (you can see my review here). I am all for those pink hues. The Naked 3 is a definite staple. It's quite hard for me to resist Urban Decay's Naked palettes, and today's review will be on the new Naked Smoky!

Lets get started with the review, shall we?!









   
I'm going to be totally honest as I always am with you guys. When I first saw this palette, although I was excited, I didn't think I was going to get it. I am already very happy with my Naked palettes and I thought that a lot of the shades that are in this, I already had throughout my makeup collection, and the palette didn't really pop out at me like others do.

But then, the palette sorta grew on me. The more I looked at it the more I started loving it, and I realized I was in fact wrong about the colors. Almost all of these colors, I actually don't have. And even if I do, it's nice to have them all in one palette, and I love Urban Decay's quality. Really the only shades that are the same or similar to some colors that I have would be the warmer shades at the beginning of the palette. But they are still unique in their own way. I also love how the palette has a lot of darker colors (something I don't have quite enough of) and that lots of them are more on the cooler-toned side. This is my first palette that was created specifically for smoky eyes.












I definitely love the packaging of this Naked palette the most of all 4 palettes. It has a really cool smoky design on the front, and it's very sturdy and strong. It has a magnetic closure (which I love) and the letters on the front are raised and are a gunmetal color. The packaging is awesome! It also came with instructions (and quite detailed I might add) for how to create some eyelooks with the shades, which is nice for newbees and the experienced alike.










The palette contains shimmers and metallics and satins and mattes. Here are the descriptions for each color (9 of the shades are never before seen colors, and 3 are exclusives from past palettes):

High - champagne shimmer with micro glitter
Dirtysweet - medium bronze
Radar - metallic taupe-brown with iridescent micro glitter
Armor - metallic silver-taupe with tonal sparkle
Slanted - light metallic gray
Dagger - medium charcoal with micro shimmer
Black Market - jet black satin
Smolder - deep plum taupe
Password - cool taupe matte
Whiskey - rich brown matte
Combust - soft pink taupe
Thirteen - light beige satin-matte

I really love all of these colors, and what's kinda neat is that the palette goes from sparkly/shimmery shades first, then satins in the middle, and mattes at the end. I also love the mixture of warm and cool colors together, with the warms being on both ends and the cooler ones more toward the middle. You can create so many endless looks with these colors! They are also very neutral so they are super easy to work with. You can create gorgeous warm bronzey brown looks, beautiful cool toned looks with lots of greys, really dramatic, deep colored smoky eyes, and also really light, nude looks with the lighter shades. There are just so many options. Daytime eyes, night-time eyes, everything inbetween. I am so excited over this palette.






 
   
The shade Combust makes a great transition color (as does Whiskey and Password, love all three and are excellent crease shades too). Combust is quite light though, so you need to use quite a bit even though it's pigmented. I love using Thirteen all over my lid to set my primer (actually I have been using concealer nowadays to prime my eyes and loving it) and to create a nice base for further shadows, and I also love applying it to the brow bone. Smolder is gorgeous. It's really dark so you cannot notice the purple a ton when wearing it, but it just shows thru a bit. It's a very unique color and definitely a favorite. All of the shimmery shades at the beginning make excellent lid colors and High is not only beautiful on the lid but is also a great highlight shade for the inner corners and brow bone. It's gorgeous. My absolute favorite color in the entire palette is Armor. It's a super rich taupe-silverish color with loads of sparkle (and not much fallout at all - surprising for Urban Decay's sparkly shades). It's just so beautiful and rich and unique. LOVE it!

The formula of these shadows seems slightly different than the other palettes. And not in a bad way, just different. Maybe even good. They are very smooth, don't have barely any fallout at all, and they blend perfectly. The mattes are actually like butter and I'm really impressed.








 

These shadows don't crease on me at all and they last all day and look great. That is to be expected, because the other Naked palettes are like this on me too. The colors are paraben free as well.






 

The double ended brush that comes with the palette is surprisingly really nice quality. I like this one a lot and quite a bit more than the other Naked brushes. One end is a smudger brush and the other a tapered crease brush. It's versatile and also has really soft bristles. 

Swatches:

 High, Dirtysweet, Radar, Armor, Slanted, Dagger


  Black Market, Smolder, Password, Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen


Cool and Warm toned looks I created from the palette:


I used Combust for the transition shade and in the crease, Password in the crease and outer corner, some of Dagger in the outer corner and a little through the crease, Armor all over the lid, High in the inner corner and innermost part of lid and inner bottom lashline, Black Market to line the lower lashine as well as some of Slanted blended beneath it.






I used Combust for the transition shade and in the crease, Whiskey through the crease with a blending brush and also more concentrated with a smaller blending brush too, a little Radar in the mid-to-outer corner of the eye, Dirtysweet all over the lid, High in the inner corner, Black Market to line the lower lashline with some of Radar blended beneath, and a little more of Dirtysweet in the inner lower lashline.







I just love this palette and have really been enjoying creating looks with it. It's not one that I would grab for everyday, because I don't always want a smoky eye and don't always want these colors on a daily basis, but I have definitely been using this regularly and I'm really happy to have it in my collection. I also find myself snatching it up to get some of the shades to add to looks that I have created from other shadows and palettes. I love having the darker colors too as I mentioned, because I find I can never have enough dark shades for deepening looks or defining the outer corner/crease, at least not quite like these. And the shimmery ones, ohhhh, just so beautiful!! I love this palette.

I totally recommend this, especially if you love smoky eyes and neutral colors.

You can get this palette directly from the Urban Decay website and also in-store and online at Sephora.


Ingredients: Armor: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyurethane-33, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer. Dirtysweet: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Silica, Stearic Acid. High: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer. Radar: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer. Smolder: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Silica, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer. Black Market, Dagger: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer. Slanted: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer. Combust: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid. Password, Thirteen, Whiskey: Talc, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid.   


Have you gotten the Naked Smoky Palette yet? If not, do you think you will? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Comment below!

  
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