Thursday, 31 March 2016

ABH Single Eyeshadow Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Single Eyeshadow Review


Hi everyone! I have been using these Anastasia Single Shadows for a while now and figured it's time for a review. ABH just keeps getting better and better. The brand went from being brow exclusive, to beautiful eyeshadow palettes and then to the single shadows that you can place in your Z-Palettes. More and more colors keep coming and I'm gonna review 12 shades today!

Let's get started!





How beautiful are they?

You will notice one batch of eyeshadow pics and then more shades near the end, as the colors were purchased at different times.

The ABH single eyeshadow collection has such an incredibly gorgeous array of shades to choose from. It seems nearly impossible nowadays to come up with really unique colors, given the amount of brands and products out there, but surprisingly, ABH has created some truly unique shades that I don't have and have never seen, and they are beauties. I am so excited to show you each of them.  


Red Earth

 China Rose

 Pink Champagne

 Dragonfly

 Fresh Peach

 Glisten

 Aqua

 Deep Brown

I will admit that I find some of the shades a little bit hard to blend, as compared to Makeup Geek and other shadows, but not every shade. I can still work with it though because I love the colors so much and they are very pigmented and long lasting.

I absolutely love Pink Champagne and I knew that I couldn't get any ABH shadows without getting that one first. Pink Champagne is such a gorgeous shimmery color and is excellent all over the lid and also in the inner corners for a highlighted effect. Deep Brown is a great alternative to black, not as harsh, but super dark. I come to Deep Brown often to add depth to a look and also for liner on the top or bottom lashline. Red Earth is one of my all time favorite transition/crease/outer corner colors. It's perfect. And Aqua is a beautiful shade for Spring and Summer, I absolutely love it and it looks just as pretty and vibrant on the lid as it does in the pan. All of them are beautiful.

Swatches:

Red Earth, China Rose, Dragonfly, Pink Champagne, Glisten, Aqua, Deep Brown and Fresh Peach

And 4 more shades!




Loved the shadows so much my collection was crying out for some more, hehe! These 4 gems are just a few more that I can't live without. 

Beauty Mark

 Birkin

 Dusty Rose

 Macaroon

I adore these. They are all favorites. Birkin is the perfect transition and crease color and Beauty Mark is a fave for the outer corner area. Dusty Rose is gorgeous and I use it all the time. Macroon was a must, because it's a sparkly shimmery pink/purple - need I say more?

Swatches:

 Beauty Mark, Birkin, Dusty Rose and Macroon


I am super happy with these shadows and aside from the fact that some seem to require a little more work to blend, they are perfect. The colors couldn't be any better and they've become staples in my collection. I recommend them!

You can get these shadows HERE

What are your favorite Anastasia shades? I'd love to know! Comment below!


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Sunday, 6 March 2016

Makeup Geek Duochrome Eyeshadow Review

Makeup Geek Duochrome Eyeshadow Review in Blacklight


Hi lovelies! Makeup Geek (one of my holy grail brands) has lots of gorgeous Duochrome eyeshadows and I just had to try...! I got one, Blacklight, and reviewing it today. These shadows reflect different colors as you move your eye or look at them at different angles. I love duochrome shadows and pigments! 

Lets get started!




There are 12 shadows in total of the Duochromes. They are all stunning and I'd get them all if I could! I got just one for now, and I of course had to choose a purple shade and I got Blacklight. Blacklight is described as "an electric purple base with icy blue reflects". The name of the shadow is very fitting and it looks even more amazing on the lid than in the pan.

Blacklight looks very purplely, and when looking at it at different angles, it has several shades of purple, almost pinky-like colors and definitely a little frosty blue. The different colored reflects can be seen way better in person than in any picture. 




This shadow is everything. I love love love the colors. It is also so shimmery and metallic. Very shiny and beautifully pigmented. Makeup Geek shadows are always so rich and pigmented, and the Duochromes are no exception. The texture is beautiful and soft and it stays on my lids all day and night.

I pretty much pair this shadow with any transition color. It does look best with neutrals, pinks and taupes though. The Duochromes also look really lovely blended together for an almost rainbow-like effect of shades. I have seen people do this with them and it always wows me. 


Swatches:



Eyeshadow Look:


I definitely recommend this shadow, it's gorgeous and unlike any shadow I own. Very unique. Also as always, Makeup Geek's eyeshadows are cruelty free, paraben free and talc free. And the Duochromes are the same low price as the regular shadows, which is a bonus (I expected them to be more). I definitely have to try more shades in the near future! This one is a true gem in my collection.

You can get this eyeshadow on the Makeup Geek website here


Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Sodium Dehydroacetate,  Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide


Have you tried any of the MUG Duochrome eyeshadows yet? Which are your favorites? Comment below!


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Friday, 26 February 2016

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Review

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Review


Hi loves! I've always loved Urban Decay's eyeshadows and palettes and something I've always loved about them is their knack for making awesome sparkly, glittery shadows. But today, I'm gonna review an all matte palette from UD - the Naked2 Basics palette. This little fellow is a very neutral and also more cool-toned palette. 

Lets get started with the review!




I never did get the first Naked Basics palette, which has equally nice matte neutrals. But the second one, I liked even more, because although the shades are definitely more neutral than anything (not fully warm or fully cool) they are definitely leaning a little bit more on the cooler side (taupe-hued, which I love!), and I wanted some cooler tones for crease and transition shades. Also, these days, I am more into earthy matte looks than I used to be.

This palette is excellent for creating an entire look or for just using some of the shades with another palette. It has the perfect colors for creating a neutral look. There are 6 shades (5 of them never-before-seen) and they are really versatile.




I love the lighter colors for a base before starting the eye look to set my primer, as well as for the browbone and lid shade. The dark grey color (Undone) in this is perfect as well, it's an interesting grey, it's super dark but not like a black would be, but yet kind of close and kind of like a light black. I love it in the outer corner area to add depth and on the lower lashline.

The quality is not only exactly what I expected from Urban Decay, but even somehow better than usual. The colors are CREAMY, every one of them. They are really rich and the texture is seriously like butter. Some of the smoothest shadows I've ever used. I am really impressed.



The lightest shade, Skimp, although matte, actually does have an itty bitty touch of a satin finish, and I love this one on the lid. Really light colors on the lid tend to brighten your look and I'm really into it right now.

The packaging is really cute and this palette is so small. It's lightweight, thin, has that nice soft-touch plastic and it's perfect for travel. I was actually surprised by just how tiny it is! But the shades are the same full-size shades that you get in Naked palettes.

Swatches:

Skimp, Stark, Frisk, Cover, Primal and Undone

Undone and Cover

Eyeshadow Look:


I love this little palette and I'm so happy to have it in my collection. You can create both soft and bold looks with it and I love the texture of the shadows so much. The colors last all day and it's all-around awesome!

You can get this palette HERE 


Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Kaolin, Silica, Boron Nitride, PTFE, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate,Methicone, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Dehydroacetate.


Do you have either of the Naked Basics palettes? What palette is a must to bring along when traveling? Let me know in the comments!


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