Jaclyn Hill X Morphe Vault

I recently visited the UK Morphe store at Westfield Stratford City and picked up a variety of palettes and other goodies to try. As I was heading to the cashier, I saw the Jaclyn Hill Vault collection and as a last minute thought, I picked it up. Spontaneous but I was curious.

Anyway, fast forward to last weekend and a night out beckoned. So I decided to crack the vault open and have a go with the greens and golds in the ‘Dark Magic’ and ‘Armed & Gorgeous’ palettes.

I have to admit, I tried not to be swayed by the negative reviews on the first batch that were slated for the way they blended and applied, as I assumed these palettes would not be from this batch. But … I hate to say it, but it was probably one of the hardest palettes I have ever had to work with to build! The brown transition shades (smooth criminal and Shhh) were fine, but as soon as I started with the greens (Potion, Top Secret), it became patchy and really hard to build. But I persevered and ended up with the look below.

I did add some extra green glitter to the lid with the Huda Beauty Emerald Obsessions palette. I popped the top left green glitter in the middle of the lid and blended it into the other colours.

The rest of the face was as follows:

  1. Huda Beauty Faux Filter Foundation and concealer
  2. Huda Beauty Setting powder
  3. Jeffee Star Highlighter in King Tut
  4. NARS Climax Mascara
  5. Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk on the lips
  6. NARS orgasm blush

Disclaimer: I have to come clean and let you know that I had quite a severe allergic reaction to the palette. I know it was the Morphe palette as I’ve worn all the other makeup on my face previously. Also, the blistering on my eyelids were in the exact shape of the Morphe application. I will post the picture below of what happened to my eyes. I’m not sure what the allergy was, but it was not pleasant. It went down after 24 hours and a dose of Claritin.

A real shame, as I liked the finished look. I am sure I can emulate the look with different palettes.

A full face of nothing new!

Last night I was on a ladies night, which is a great excuse to get on the glad rags and a full face of my favourite makeup.

I created the look below with some my tried and tested products (although reading this back, I realise that it’s mainly ABH and Huda Beauty).

Face:

I moisturized as usual with my Charlotte Tilbury Miracle Cream, and then primed with the Huda Beauty Matte Perfection makeup base.

I mixed a couple of the Iconic London original highlighter drops into the Huda Beauty Faux Filter foundation in ‘Toasted Coconut’, and using a flat top kabuki I worked on blending it out. The over achiever concealer made another appearance in this look in ‘Coconut Flakes’, and I baked with Easy Bake Loose Powder in ‘Pound Cake’. The scent of Huda can be quite intense if you are using a lot of the products, so if you are not a scented kind of person, then be warned about that.

Eyes:

I decided to get out the ABH Sultry palette, as I haven’t played with it for a while.

I primed my lid with some of the concealer I’d already used and then packed and blended the shade ‘fresh’ all over the eye (up to the eyebrow). I then deepened up the crease with the shade ‘twig’ and blended it out. Using a dense packing brush, I put ‘dystopian’ in the outer corner and inner corner, to create a halo eye in the middle of the lid. Using my finger I popped cinder in the middle and blended it out with the dystopian shade. I used ‘noir’ on the very outer corner, and added more impact to the centre with ‘cyborg’.

I used the Wet n Wild black kohl pencil in my water line and smudged it out. Keeping it simple.

I used Lash Paradise from L’Oreal on my lashes. I didn’t add any false lashes as I’m giving my lashes a break at the moment.

My brows were filled in with the Benefit Gimme Brow pencil. A trusty favourite and so easy to use.

Contour/Blush/Highlight:

To contour, I used the ABH Contour palette and highlight was a mix of Wet n Wild Mega Glo Highlighter in ‘Blossom Glow’ and the Jeffree Star Supreme Frost Highlighter in ‘Wet Dream’. I hit the high cheeks, the tip of the nose, between the eyes and Cupid’s bow. Blush was NARS blush in ‘Lovejoy’.

Lips:

I used the Wet n Wild lipstick in Mochalicious with a Huda lip pencil (a dark brown one).

Setting:

For Christmas, I got the limited edition prep and set from MAC with the light glitter particles, and so I tried that. It gave my skin a lovely glow with a little sparkle, which was perfect.

Conclusion:

Overall, I am really happy with my look and I got lots of compliments about how velvety my skin looked. I sometimes find the Huda foundation a little cakey, and so by mixing it with the Iconic London drops, it gave it a smoother consistency.

I hope you liked the look! What are your goto ‘night out’ faves?

The Signature P-Louise Palette

I have seen this palette on Instagram a lot, and when a MUA friend recommended it to me after she did a course, I had to get it.

Credit for the look I created goes to Alice Louise Makeup who gave me the colours to try.

The palette colours and arrangement is so pretty, and the pigment is insane! I would say that if you are new to makeup, it could be a little more challenging to work with as you have to have your blending down to get the looks you crave. But, if you are not afraid, then get stuck in and go for it.

For the look below, I did the following:

  1. Sun kissed in the crease
  2. Burnt in a V in the corner
  3. Trippin on half the lid
  4. Tapping slay over the top

So pretty!

The rest of the look was completed using:

  1. Dior Backstage foundation in 2N
  2. Huda Beauty overachiever concealer in coconut flakes
  3. Laura Mercier setting powder
  4. NARS blush in Madly
  5. NARS Climax mascara
  6. NARS orgasm lip gloss
  7. Wet n Wild highlight in rosy

A lovely fresh look for brunch or a lunch date.

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 Lee Los Angeles – Liquid Lipstick

Sorry for the radio silence, work has been ridiculously busy. However, this does mean I have many items to review, and with a holiday fast approaching I will get to them all.

This is my first impressions of the Laura Lee new liquid lipsticks. I ordered the bundle and you get 3 in the set for currently $38 on her website. It works out at a $10 saving if you get all 3 together.

The shade names are typically Laura in style:

Nakey Nakey is a beautiful light beige that looks stunning on everyone’s lips.

Jaybird is a darker warm brown shade, it would be the perfect nude on a darker skin tone, but equally is a stunning brown on me.

Topless is the one shade I’ve seen all over social media. It is a gorgeous pink nude. Probably my favourite of the three. I have already worn this to both work and out for the evening. It is very versatile with all types of makeup style.

The lipsticks dry down very quickly and don’t feel like they are drying my lips. The work wear test was also excellent. I applied Topless at 7am in the morning and touched it up at around midday.

The smell of the lipsticks are also really subtlety perfumed and smell sweet. Like cakes. Not over powering, just a nice scent.

Overall, I am really happy with my purchase. I know I’m going to wear all 3 shades a lot. I’ve already decided they are making the cut for my travel makeup later this month.

Have a great day!

Kat Von D 10 Year Anniversary Palette

I bought the palette purely because I love Kat Von D as an artist, and I actually love her makeup too. It is made to stay (especially the tattoo liner, which doesn’t shift for anyone or anything) and this pleases me.

The palette is absolutely beautiful. The design on the front (that Kat drew) is stunning. She is known for portraits, and so actually having a piece of her work on the front of the palette makes it stand out from the rest. The palette itself is heavy and feels quality. The finish is very good.

It is also really nice to see a big mirror inside the palette without any cutout patterns, just nice and big with no obstructions.

This brings me onto the colours … the arrangement is very pretty and works well. The colours don’t jump out as bright and vibrant, but then they don’t need to be. The pigment is fierce and the green colour top right (leafar)is particularly striking. I cannot wait to use it in a look. The matte browns are perfect for transitions and even though they didn’t swatch well, they transferred well onto the eye. They are also build-able. They also stay on so well. Melanie is a good base and brow bone shade, I liked the look of this on the eye.

The pigment in the blue is good. Blues are hard to do well, the last one I used was the KKW x Mario blue, and that was beautiful. So it was always going to be hard to beat it. It doesn’t in my opinion, but it is still a beautiful blue and the colour payoff is immense.

I will work on a look with this palette this week and post it. At the moment I am just playing with the colours and enjoying the prettiness of the overall presentation.

Have a great day!

Laura Lee Los Angeles – Nudie Patootie

First impressions

The anticipation for a palette to drop had never been greater. I love Laura Lee as a YouTuber and influencer, so I was keen to see what she had come up with after the first palette, Cats Pajamas. I have Cats Pajamas, and I have to admit I really only bought that because I wanted to support Laura. I have used it, but not as much as other palettes I have in my possession from YouTubers (Jeffree Star and Kristen Leanne).

But this palette, Nudie Patootie, I really liked the look of. Irrelevant of who it was produced by, a nude palette is something I love.

I ordered it from the USA and waited for it to arrive. In the meantime I binge watched first impressions and some of the look videos floating around too. I was alarmed by the reports of some of the pans falling out, and hoped this wouldn’t be me.

It arrived on Thursday and all the pans are in tact apart from Jaybird, which is very loosely packed in the pan and cracked around the outside (see below). I’ve managed to save it though, for now. So I hope it stays put as it is a gorgeous copper foil, that I know will look awesome on the eye.

My favourites so far from just swatching and that caught my eye in the palette are topless (shimmer chrome pink) and reveal (a gorgeous matte brown). I know I will be dipping into nakey nakey and uncover very soon too, as they are screaming out to be blended into a smokey eye look.

The formula is really well constructed (apart from the loose jaybird) and the matte shades are smooth and almost silky (which I hope makes sense, as they aren’t actually silky in look). I don’t think there are any colours I won’t be dipping into with this palette. I am a neutral kinda gal, so this palette works for me on so many levels.

The packaging is pretty as well. It’s classy in appearance and the palette feels substantial in weight, which is probably the biggest difference from Laura’s first palette. It is cohesive, all coming together into an atheistically pleasing look. The big mirror is also a blessing. You know you can take this palette away for the weekend, and it has all you need to create the looks you want.

One thing I would have liked to see though is the picture that comes with the palette (of Laura) could have had instructions on how to construct it. It’s a really pretty look and I am going to try and work it out.

So, overall, first impressions of Nudie Patootie is very positive. I was really looking forward to getting this palette, and I even woke up at 4am to order it when it went live in LA on the day of launch. That’s commitment for you. I will share some looks as soon as I get the chance to play with it.

So, if you are a neutral lover and have the $45 to drop on a group of really pretty shades, I would recommend it. Yes, we all have versions of these colours in other brands, but having them grouped in this one beautifully presented palette I personally live for.

Have a great day!

KKW x Mario Bundle – first impressions

So, I am not loyal when it comes to makeup. I will try anything and everything. I often have more than one foundation on the go, and when it comes to lipsticks, glosses, liquid lips, matte, velvet etc. I am going to put on what I’m feeling that day. Makeup palettes are no different. I don’t have a favourite brand. I own high end all the way down to cheap drug store palettes, bought because I liked a colour or the formula.

However, one palette I have adored since I got my hands on it was the Mario and Anastasia Beverley Hills one. I love the formula, and that rose gold colour, can we just take a moment to fully appreciate it please. So when I heard about the KKW x Mario palette and lipsticks/glosses, I knew I just had to get my hands on it.

The PR unboxing I had seen on YouTube left me craving a blue smokey eye like never before. So when it launched a couple of weeks ago, I jumped online and managed to get the bundle. I had to wait a couple of weeks for it to arrive here in Dubai. But arrive it did, and I. Am. Loving. It!

The palette quality is lovely. The shades feel buttery and soft to the touch. There are so many looks you can do with the palette. I cannot wait to try the blue, as it is stunning in the palette and the swatch throws some serious pigment. Blue is a really hard colour to get right, but this one is so right!

The classic K lipstick I have been wearing most days since the bundle arrived, and I love the colour. It is the perfect nude, and I enjoy the fact that it is a traditional lipstick. I’m not 100% sold on the packaging if I’m honest, as it feels a little cheap. I love packaging and it just doesn’t look like anything. That aside, the actual formula is beautiful. It slicks on. It stays on and it slays!

The lip glosses I haven’t tried yet, that will happen this week. I will do a full update once I’ve tried a look with that blue in the palette.

In the meantime, here is a look created with the palette last weekend. It was a day time brunch and I dipped into Blam, Albanian and Miami.

Lips: NARS Orgasm Gloss

Standby for a gold and blue smokey eye for next weekend. I’m feeling brave!

Have a great day.

Items I’ve purchased after trying a free sample!

I’ve mentioned this in many of my blogs before, but thought it would be interesting to actually look at some items that I have then gone on to buy full size after trying a free sample.

Never underestimate the power of clever marketing. As a makeup or skincare brand, you are competing in a saturated market, with many of your competitors always trying to find that ‘next big thing’. You just have to look at the unicorn craze of last summer to see this in action. Most of the bigger YouTube influencers are sick of reviewing anything remotely unicorn related now, case in point of what I’m saying. However, there are still brands bringing out unicorn themed products, but looking for a twist. Be it ‘festival’ vibes or even slaying the unicorn to bring a darker theme to the products (unicorn blood, tears, snot as examples).

My blog isn’t about unicorns, mermaids or any other mythical character though. It’s about how clever marketing and product placement caused me to go big. The clever marketing in this case is the use of free samples and minis of a product. So which ones caused me to ‘go big’? Read on to find out.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream

Awesome product. At £70 I had to know it was good before I purchased. So I went into CT in London and I asked for a sample. They kindly gave me a few so I had a good 5 days worth of trying. I absolutely loved this cream. It is so luxurious on the skin, thick without being heavy and sinks in like butter. My skin glowed afterwards and my makeup glided on. Purchased without hesitation. Would I have bought it without trying it first? No. It’s too expensive to risk. Would I buy it again? Absolutely, I’m hooked.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye

A restorative concentrate that you apply to your under eye over night. You wake in the morning to less puffy and a smoother area. Hydrating and refreshing. This I am trying currently after being given some samples at the airport when buying something else. So far it feels lovely. It definitely leaves my under eye smoother and I feel fresher. I will keep you posted on this, but I think I will be purchasing the full size version of this.

Benefit Porefessional Primer

This was given to me in Sephora after having my eyebrows waxed. It sat in the back of my drawer for ages. Then I needed something small to pack in my bag for an overnight stay. I grabbed it and thought no more of it until the next morning. Then I tried it! Wow! This little tube of loveliness blurred my pores and my makeup glided on brilliantly. I used the little tube up over the next couple of days and then popped by Sephora and bought a full size product.

Too Faced, Better Than Sex Mascara

This little beauty was given to me at the Too Faced store in London. I used it and loved it. I have such small lashes and couldn’t believe how the formula grabbed the little wispy ones in the corner and gave them some dynamic. Some reviews I read said that it left their eyelashes clumpy, which had put me off. How glad was I that I got to try the sample for myself. I use this mascara most days now.

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

After trying this as a free sample about 2 years ago, I bought the full size version and have never looked back. I use this every single day to wash my face. It makes my face feel really clean and cleansed. The lightness of the gel is perfect and it never irritates. This brand has my loyalty for life after just one little sample showed me the way.

So there you have it. Some of the samples that have made it into my full size products. Never say no to a sample! You never know where it will take you.

Have a great day!