ABH Sultry Palette

It’s been a while since I posted, I know. Just the usual of life and work getting in the way. However, I do have a lot of new products to review for you, and I am going to get started right now with the ABH Sultry palette.

You’d be right in thinking that it’s another bronzy palette with some brown and beige transition colours in matte. BUT it is truly beautiful, and the pay off from those shimmer/glitter colours is worth every penny. The palette is cool tone in my opinion, and there are enough colours in here to keep you playing with different combinations for a while.

The look I created below was for a ladies night I went to last night. I didn’t want to go to crazy, but I really wanted to go in on the colour teak and also pack on some of the dystopian brown to the outer corner. This is the one colour that I would suggest you spend some time with buffing and blending as it does go on a bit patchy on the first go. However, it blends out well with a bit of time. If you want a quick swipe and buff in your deep drown, then this is probably not the one for you.

The crease is the colour birch and I started off with putting fresh all over my lid as a base. My inner corner and brow bone was picked out with pearl. This is s really nice glittery beige. Very subtle, and I want to play some more with it at a later date. Finally, I smoked out my under eye with birch and dystopian, and popped a little bit of blue eye liner (morphe pencil) in my waterline.

I have to give a special mention to the shade cyborg (below), as in the palette it doesn’t really do much. However it is absolutely beautiful. It looks silver but it has a lilac undertone to it that is really unexpected. I can’t wait to play with that shade too.

Rest of my face:

  • Dior backstage foundation
  • L’Or Gold Primer
  • Tarte shapetape concealer
  • Huda Beauty baking powder in poundcake
  • Jeffree Star highlighter in King Tut
  • Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb highlight
  • ABH Bronzer
  • NARS Orgasm blush
  • Jeffree Star liquid lip in Mannequin

Would I recommend ABH Sultry? Oh my yes! It’s a lovely palette with a lot of options.

Have a great day!

Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette

I bought this palette on a special offer code with Beauty Bay (UK). I wanted to try it for ages, but I had most of the colours in other palettes and the mixed reviews didn’t make me reach for it. So when the discount code was offered, I took it as a sign and purchased.

The mixed reviews ranged from people absolutely loving the palette (naming it as their ‘go to’), to absolutely hating it, and saying the pigment was off, the fall out was chalky and the pay off not that great. I was therefore a little anxious, but still wanted to try it.

The palette consists of 20 colours, 12 of which are shimmer. It is very warm toned with not too many cooler options. The shimmer shadows are the ones that took most of the flack in regards to no pigmentation.

So, I created a neutral look (see below) using a mixture of the browns and beiges. ‘Thanks a Latte’ was used as a base, ‘Bestie’ was used as the transition and ‘Teddy Bear’ was used to give the outer corners a little depth. Nothing spectacular, but I was off to a day BBQ and wanted something subtle. The sun was out so the test of keeping my whole face in place was on!

I was pleased with the application, I didn’t use any of the shimmers, so there was no problem with pigment. Teddy Bear was really rich and buttery and blended really well. The base colour of Thanks a Latte was a little more dusty to apply and took some time to build. However Bestie sat really nicely on the base colour.

I wore the makeup for about 8 hours (mainly outside) and I walked home (about 3km) in the warm evening air. I was pleased with the staying power, but I did blitz it with Cover FX setting spray (so that probably made a difference).

Overall, the 3 colours I tried were very good. I am going to try another look later with some of the shimmers. I will report back on that shortly.

Coming soon … review of Jeffree Star’s ‘Blood Sugar’ and ‘Thirsty’ palettes.

Laura Mercier – my new favourite brand!

I must have been hiding under a rock, as I know that Laura Mercier has been around forever. I also know the brand is a firm favourite with makeup artists and online influencers. So why has it taken me so long to get on the band wagon? Truthfully, I think it’s because they only just started stocking it here in Sephora (Dubai) and so I only just started to pay attention to it.

I started with the translucent setting powder, this was upon recommendation from a makeup loving friend. I absolutely adore this powder. I reach for it most days to set my under eye, bake when I am doing a particularly heavy look and just to touch up throughout the day. Being over 35, we all know that the creasing under the eye, around the nose and in the laughter lines can be real, so finding a powder that doesn’t sit in the lines and creases is amazing. This powder is amazing!

So, following on from this, I saw on Sephora online a link to the Laura Mercier Brightening powder. The reviews were good, and so I thought I would give that a go as well. This I don’t reach for daily. It’s used more when I’m going out somewhere and I’ve had a hard week, and my under eye needs an added boost of brightness after the concealer and setting powder has gone on. I tend to pack it under the eye with a damp beauty blender and then brush away the excess. It gives a lovely amount of brightness, and can add another dimension to your contour, bronze and highlight. It pulls the focus into the middle of the face, so if you have a particularly wide face, or are creating a look where you want all eyes front and centre, then this is a good idea for a brightening powder. It’s also made from that same finely milled powder consistency as the setting powder, so you know it’s not going to be too heavy.

Onto my absolute favourite product of the moment. The Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation. This stuff is everything! The way it blends, the flawless full coverage it gives, the colour choices, the texture! Everything is just right with this foundation. My favourite up until finding this was Too Faced, Born This Way in the day time (amongst others, but mostly this) and Huda Faux Filter Foundation for going out out. At the moment I’m using Laura Mercier for both day and night as it’s just so buildable. I can layer it on for more full coverage if I need to. It’s light in texture and doesn’t smell of anything. It also doesn’t really oxidize, so you know you are safe with the colour build. I use this with the Guerlain L’Or primer, a match made in makeup heaven.

Below is a picture of me taken in a restaurant wearing the all the products listed above. It doesn’t have any ring light or clever positioning going on. It was a selfie with my phone. I had been wearing the products for about 4 hours without a touch up when it was taken.

So, if you are looking for a foundation, setting powder or brightening powder, I would highly recommend the Laura Mercier products.

Have a great day!

Interview Makeup

So this week I have an interview, and no matter the outcome, I look forward to being able to wear my ‘interview makeup’. What is so different to everyday makeup I hear you ask? The main difference is the confidence that it can instill in you.

You want your makeup to be professional yet give the coverage to get you through the process without the need to touch it up.

Below are my top 5 interview proof makeup favourites:

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation (my shade is 5 medium).

This foundation is full coverage and sits beautifully on the skin. Once setting has occurred, the oxidization leaves your complexion looking matte with a slight dewy finish. I love this foundation. It plays really well in the interview mix.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (I wear a mix of light and light medium):

Still the best and the coverage is photo finish filtered. If, like me, you spend the night before a big interview laying awake pondering all the different scenarios, then Shape Tape is the way forward. The consistency is light yet full coverage and really does cover dark circles and imperfections.

Urban Decay Naked Palette:

My go to palette for interviews or big days at work. The gorgeous array of neutral browns in matte textures, blends beautifully and you can create a professional yet dynamic eye with this palette alone. No need to dip into anything else. It also lasts all day and stays fresh looking.

Highlight!

No matter where you are, you can never have enough sharp and blinding highlight. My new favorite is the ABH Amrezy highlight. You can tone it down, or if you need an extra little pop, layering it on. An alternative if you don’t have the inclination for something quite so striking is the Huda Beauty Pink Sands 3D highlighter in Santorini.

Lip stick!

A slick of good lipstick can make anyone feel confident. In my interview I want my lips to feel hydrated and look awesome! My interview lipstick of choice is a Mac lipstick in the shade ‘Angel’. It’s a gorgeous shade and isn’t too much.

There we have it!

An interview is obviously so much more than just a face of makeup, but it sure helps the process along!

Un-Concealing the Truth about Concealer

At my age concealer is a really important stage of my makeup routine, and believe me I have a few to choose from that I have collected along the pathway to a photo finish under eye. So read on if you would like to see my holy grails for crease proof, seamless concealer, as well as those that will never be worn again.

Benefit Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer

I really wish I could say I liked this concealer, but I can’t. It was hyped so much online and boasts being able to brighten up tired eyes, hide dark circles, and conceal imperfections. It also says the creamy concealer has melon undertones to camouflage discoloration.

Upon first swatch, it does feel creamy and rich. Maybe a little too rich. It felt quite thick. It does say to dab a little under the eye, so that’s what I did. Unfortunately for me it just didn’t work. It was just too heavy under the eye and dragged when I tried to blend it out. It sat on top of the skin, even when I tried it with a couple of different foundations. For me, it is a hard no.

Too Faced, Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer.

This is a yes from me. I bought it as a dupe for Shape Tape until it arrived. It says online that it is an oil-free concealer that minimizes the appearance of imperfections while leaving skin with natural-looking radiance.

It’s light in texture, and I love drawing it on under my eyes and then using a damp blender to buff it into the skin. It sits beautifully with nearly all my foundations, whether it be full coverage or not.

Becca Ultimate Coverage Concealer.

This one is a mixed review from me. On the internet it says it is a richly pigmented, weightless concealer that completely covers dark circles, imperfections, redness, and hyper-pigmentation.

On one hand it works really well with a full coverage foundation, but with a more lightweight foundation it sits too heavily on the skin. It wears for a really long time as it says in the online Sephora description, but it does crease unless really well set with translucent powder.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer.

I absolutely love this concealer. It is my go to everyday product. It’s affordable and you can literally colour in your under eye with the eraser top and blend it out with a sponge or a small brush.

It says online that this concealer is for dark circles and fine lines and will instantly create a radiant, refreshed looking eye area. Infused with goji berry and Haloxyl™. I don’t really know what the trade marked ingredient is, but I do know that the whole concealer product is a really good one.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer.

Lush! Creamy, lightweight, full coverage and just gorgeous. I really enjoy the way this feels on the skin.

It says on Sephora that it is ideal for all skin types, Radiant Creamy Concealer is a multi-action formula that instantly masks imperfections, blurs the look of lines and wrinkles, and hides dark circles and signs of fatigue. It does every single thing it says and then some. This one gives my Tarte Shape Tape a run for its money.

Only con is that it does crease a little bit after a while and might need a touch up.

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer.

Yep! I don’t think I need to tell you anything about this concealer. It’s awesome and amazing and is basically an airbrush in a tube.

It says online that it is Tarte’s best-selling, full-coverage, vegan, blendable concealer that instantly brightens, smooths & shapes skin. It does this perfectly. I have a few different shades of this product and use it most days.

The only con about this is the applicator is sometimes a little difficult to coat in product.

LA Girl Pro Concealer.

This one is OK if you are looking for an affordable easy wearing product. It says online that it is crease-resistant with opaque coverage in a creamy, yet lightweight texture. The long-wearing formula camouflages darkness under the eyes, redness and skin imperfections. These are big boasts for a $5 product and it mostly delivers.

It does crease after a while but it is opaque in coverage. It does camouflage dark circles to a point, but I don’t find it corrects redness and skin imperfections.

A good product for its price point.

So there you have it. 7 concealer’s at a variety of price points. Don’t forget, what might not work for me, will work for someone else. These are just my tried and tested honest reviews.

I would love to know what concealers you enjoy.

Have a great day!