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New Products – ABH Subculture

nSo unless you’ve been living under a rock or have a life and not glued to the internet like me, you’ll know that this palette is creating a lot of heated debates.  Some claim that they have hit pan on their first usage, some claim that it just does not blend. I have even heard a few people say it has oxidized on them.  After reading and watching a lot of reviews i’m trying to keep an open mind.  I fall in love with the modern renaissance palette every time I use it so I still have high hopes for Subculture.

After receiving it today am I still as excited? Yes and no…

paletter

So, here it is…isn’t it beautiful!

First of all let me give you a few details about this palette.  I ordered it of http://www.anastasiabeverlyhills.co.uk on the day of release (24th July) and received it today (1st August).  I paid £42 and got free shipping as the site offers this if you spend over £25 (score)!  In this palette you get 11 mattes and 3 shimmers which add up to 7 grams of products.  This palette is cruelty free but some colours do contain carmine so it is not vegan.  It has a 6 months self life.

I swatched with the brush as I feel anyone can make a nice finger swatch but that’s not how you apply it.  Its a nice brush, not scratchy but not really soft either.  Does the job.  I also used primer on my arm before swatching.  This also shows the wear down off these shadows, pretty impressive after around 8 hours wear time.

First Impressions:

Once I opened the palette i noticed two shades where slightly damaged. May not seem like a lot for most people but I don’t get to purchase much high products so it was a bit of a bummer.  I got over it though, first world problems an all that…

I’m not gonna lie, I was nervous to use this palette, I had very high expectations for it. After using the first few shadows though I quickly got over it.  The trick is DO NOT dig/swirl your brush into these pans. You’ll just end up with a dusty mess for no reason. The smallest bit goes a long way with these.  A simple tap into the pan is enough.  The pigment is just gorgeous.  You will need a setting spray/fix+ for the shimmers for there full potential but that’s true for most shimmers in my opinion.  No matter what you do you will get kickback, there’s no way around but its not as bad as everyone is making out.  I have experienced fallout with the shimmers (very minimal) but none for the mattes.

I did find most of these shadows fairly easy to blend. There was a bit of skipping with the purple shade (Rowdy) but other than that I had no problems.

I am really enjoying playing with this palette.  The colours are not like anything I own and I feel you can make so many different looks from everyday chic to all out glam!

I do not know if their has been a bad batch with this release or what the deal is.  Some of the reviews are exaggerated in my opinion, I feel that some reviewers are purposely digging into the palettes to jump on the bandwagon and add to the negativity.  I also feel that the company have been dealt with the backlash really well and Norvina (Anastasia’s daughter) has made so many public comments stating that they are trying to fix the problems.  I feel they dealt with things in a very professional manner.

Based on what I’ve used today would I recommend this palette. Yes I would.  I feel the pigmentation and wear time is amazing.  If you are a beauty enthusiast/collector I think you will get a lot of enjoyment from Subculture.  I love the colours and I hope whatever issues their are, that the company can sort them soon.

Has anyone else dealt with any of the issues with this palette?  What do you think of the colour selection? Will you be purchasing when it comes back in stock?

 

beauty, Kat Von D, Makeup, Perfume, Uncategorized

My Wish List – Kat Von D

My hubby has taken the kids out for a little treat day and i’m home alone for the first time in about a year, nothing to do with this blog but i’m telling everyone as it’s total bliss!!

So as you can see from my title, today i’m blogging about my wish list. I’m not doing the full list as there isn’t enough days in the week to cover that so I thought I would break it up into brands…makes it a bit easier to read rather than soaking in 100’s of products.  Today’s list will be from Kat Von D who has truly made a name in the beauty industry.  All Kat Von D products are cruelty free.

I would also like to add this is a wishlist yes BUT i’m really happy with the things I already have.  My kids come first as it should be so if any of these products do happen to fall into my shopping basket, i will be running up walls with excitement, but if they don’t, then i’m quite happy playing with the other 500 pieces of makeup i own :-).

Sorry, off topic again, lets get into some products!!

Saint Eau De Parfum – £52 for 50ml 

saits

I currently have 32 bottles of perfume in my collection ranging from the likes of Morgan Love to Coco Chanel. I have a slight addictive personalty lol.

I would love to add this to my collection, the bottle itself is just all round stunning.  This is not something you would just get rid off once the fragrance is gone, this would be on display on my vanity for years to come.

A very feminine scent but not to overpowering, it is described as “a bouquet of jasmine and tiaré flower with notes of mandarin, caramel and sparkling mirabelle plum, vanilla, sandalwood and creamy musk build to the romance of the perfume.” Anything with vanilla is a win for me! It is a little on the pricey side being on par with the prices of Mugler Alien and Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb but I honestly think it’s worth it.  Kat von D being a higher end brand in itself I would not expect a sub-par product and this does not fall short.  Maybe Santa will bring it for me in December.  Next up is…

Lock-it Foundation and concealer – £27 for 30mls/£20 for 6.25g

 

 

I have swatched this foundation on the back of my hand and I must say, it is extremely creamy, very pigmented and sets in place very quickly.  I have acne rosacea and very oily skin and i’m always looking for the holy grail foundation that will help cover my scares and blemishes. I have heard this is a very heavy foundation and you can definitely feel it on the skin which I know a lot of people do not like, doesn’t bother me though if I get the desired results.

The concealer is said to be very high coverage, not so great for under eye highlight as can crease but I’d like to try it for spot covering.  These products may be a bit over budget for some people but I have always believed if you get your base right, then you can save money with the likes of eye-shadows and blushes etc…some drug store options can be just as good as higher end.  The foundation and concealer is vegan.

Shade and Light Contour Palette – £37 for 20 grams 

countour pallet

This is not needed for everyone. Containing warm, neutral and cool shades this palette is more for a makeup artist who can use all these powders and get their moneys worth. Not that i’m telling you what to buy, i’m no practising makeup artist and still want this so what do it know?  I have seen this in use 100’s of times on YouTube and cannot see any negatives in this product. The pans are big, it blends like a dream, a little bit of kickback but this just shows good pigment in my eyes. Being extremely pale I feel like the cool shade would be perfect.  There is even a guild sheet to help with application if you feel a bit lost with what to do with it.  Carmine is not an ingredient in the newer pallets which makes it vegan, The newer pallets are also refillable which is also a huge thumbs up!

I have a few products from Kat Von D (picture of them in my featured image) and have been very impressed with her products.  I cannot wait to add to my collection.

Phew, well done if you got through all that.  I would love to know if i’m missing out on a stable product from her, let me know in the comments please and thanks for reading. xx

 

 

beauty, beauty gurus, Makeup, Uncategorized, youtube

Pick’n’Mix

Friday’s are not going to have a theme.  As I also sometimes blog about mental health i’m leaving this day open.

Today though i’m going to be writing about my top favorite beauty you-tubers (also know as beauty gurus).

It may not be an interesting topic for some of you but you cannot argue with the fact that YouTube has changed the beauty industry. With millions of videos out there on makeup tutorials and product reviews, their is sure to be someone who you would enjoy watching (if your into beauty, otherwise it might be a waste of time, duh Gina!).

My top three do not have millions in the way of subscribers, they may not be the most extravagant or have the highest value equipment but they are unbiased, give a lot of information and I just love them.

shephaine nicole

  1. Stephanie Nicole – This woman is my idol. Shes not super energetic or over the top but she gives you all the information you could possibly need on products.  She has so much knowledge on skin care and makeup ingredients and every time I watch her I learn so much.  She has also never accepted money from any company which makes me trust her so much more (though i’m not saying there is anything wrong with that).  Her humor is quite dry (which I personally love) and the only thing I dislike is that she doesn’t upload as regularly as others. She is employed in the beauty industry and has explained how busy her job makes her so i’ll let her away with it though :-).  She also goes out of her way to response to the many questions asked on her Instagram/YouTube channel.  I could just binge on her videos all day!

Stephanies’s YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcjxyzWCYXGstZeUfHfM6Hg

jen

2. Jen Luvs Reviews – I honestly don’t know how this lady does it! The effort and content in each and every video she makes is astounding to me.  A very different approach to videos, she does “the makeup minute” almost every weekday which contains all the important news and product releases in the industry.  She has a Facebook group called Whats up in makeup (which i love being apart of) which is just an amazing community for people swapping information and advice.  Her product reviews contain so much including ingredient analyses and demos.  She does a live chat every week which is just like having a catch up with an old friend.  See deserves so many more subscribers and i’m so glad I found her channel.

Jen’s YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR96_hHJu3HE6vmu39_bRAw3.

wayne goss

Wayne Goss – If your looking for no fluff, straight to the point videos that don’t take up half of your day to watch then this is the guy for you.  His has so many videos from contouring to product reviews to skincare.  He can teach you so much more than just “Instagram” makeup looks.  He doesn’t just stick with makeup trends and will give you makeup tips that you can use for years to come.

Wayne’s YouTube Channel: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCvoAe__WFYMNAEN-C-CtYA

Have you ever heard of any of these guys?  I’d love to hear about some of your favorite you-tubers if you have any. 🙂 xx

 

 

beauty, eyeshadow, glitter, Makeup, Uncategorized

Favorites In The Beauty World

Two Blogs in two days? how organised am I!!

So I’m thinking on a Thursday i’ll be reviewing some of my favorite products. Some of these things i’m sure you will have heard off and seen 1000’s of times but some will surprise you. This first one I almost never hear about online:

Barry M’s Dazzle Dust!

I love playing with this stuff. Its so much fun and can be used in so many different ways to create so many different looks. It can be a bit messy, lets face it, most loose powders like are but it’s so worth it. It’s best to do your eye look before your foundation though in case of fallout. Its safe enough to be used on eyes, lips and cheeks and is also vegan and cruelty free.

Here is a picture of just a few from my collection.

dazzle dust for blog

 

(What I used for the swatches, the brush was wet) tools used

Unfortunately Barry M’s selection used to be a lot bigger. A lot of the shades are now unavailable BUT keep and eye out in your local pound world as sometimes the odd one comes in.

Otherwise, they can be brought from Superdrug, Boots or the Barry M’s website for £4.59. They go on offer quite a bit as well, as I write this they are 3 for 2 in Boots and if you spend £7 on Barry M in Superdrug you can get a free nail polish (which are also awesome).  Even without an offer, in my opinion you can’t beat that pigmentation…it’s very much worth the full price!

eye look An eye look using 96 and 66 (and other colours for transition)

The wear time is also great, I went to my niece’s birthday party for around 8 hours and it had barely faded.

If you love glitter, if you love sparkle and even if you just love to experiment with different colours I highly recommend these.

 

 

beauty, empties, Makeup, primer, Uncategorized

What a load of rubbish!

It has been a REALLY long time since I’ve even looked at my blog but I want to get back at it.  Here goes nothing…

One of my favorite things to watch on YouTube is empties, probably because i’m so nosy and want to see what everyone is buying.  It’s also a great way of saving a few £££ as the you-tuber has done the testing so you don’t have too! I’m now going start my own mini series of empties, including makeup, beauty and skincare.

I hope if you stumble upon my little blog you find it enjoyable 🙂

First up, Sleek Control Shine & Prime Primer

primer

Price: £7.99 for 15ml

Claims: This primer claims to control oil and mattify the skin while minimising pores and skin imperfections. It is a lightweight formula, velvety texture which once applied is undetectable on the skin.  It also claims to prolong the wear of your foundation.

How to use:  Pat into the skin with your fingertips starting from the center going outwards. Can be used on its own or under makeup.

Ingredients: Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Isododecane, Polymethylmethacrylate, VP/Hexadecene, Copolymer, Trimethysiloxysilicate, Mica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl, Glycol, Titanium Dioxide (77891), Iron Oxide Yellow(77492), Iron Oxide Red (77491), Iron Oxide Black (77499)

It this product cruelty free?:  Yes

texture

 

My Verdict: This product is very hit and miss with me. I absolutely hated the first time I tried it due to its texture. When you rub it into the skin it can ball up which I didn’t like either.  Its true that it does blur pores, this is most likely due to its high dimethicone content.  I have VERY oily skin and do not feel it helped with the wear time of my foundation. It leave skin very soft but again, this will be down to the dimethicone which you can find in most primers. It did help my foundation sit nicely on the skin for the first few hours of wear time.

Would I repurchase? In short, no.  There are a few products from sleek which I love but this falls short in too many areas.  There is not a lot of product but it will last longer than you think as you only need a small amount. I feel that you can get better primers for around the same price point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Makeup Revolution Mini Haul Review

Hey everyone!!

So, I said a while back that I made a Makeup Revolution order.  I gave a few of the products away (because i’m nice like that) and kept the rest to play with and try a out few different looks.  I never really use colour so this was good start.

all together

First impressions? WOW! All this for £25! I wanted cheap and cheerful so my expectations weren’t that high, but a few swatches later and i’m totally hooked.  These products are great quality.

hightlighter and lipstick

The lipstick colour is beautiful on and very comfortable to wear. You will be topping it up throughout the day but for £1, there’s no big complaints here. I will emit that I do not reach for this highlight often. That’s mainly because Casper looks tan beside me. There is a nice shimmer to this and does what its suppose too.

 

choas

When I first opened this palette, it was a bit bright and scary. Apart from a neon party or festival, when am I ever gonna wear these? After swatching thought it didn’t seem so bad. As you can see some are more pigmented than others but all round this is a nice wee palette to have.  Also, the rounder colours can go on a bit chalky.  It’s usually £6 and I don’t think it’s something I would have usually brought but it came free with my order. Free is always a good price.

fix pro

This fixing spray was recommended to me by so many people. Keeping the bottle at arms length, just a few sprays over your face and your makeup stays in place all day.  It was £5 and I’ve had it for 6 months and still have around half the bottle left. Great value!

I have since found a fixing spray I love more than this (from Avon believe it or not) so I wanted to try something out.  I broke up half of a powder highlighter i never use (from MUA) and added it to this.  Now when I want to look metallic (you can never have enough highlighter in my opinion) I give myself a spray of this and shine brighter than a unicorns fart :-).

thumbnail_Collage 2016-07-10 22_12_33Saving the best till last!! I love this palette, the colours are so pretty (look at copper dream <3), the shimmers are gorgeous under light and everything is wearable!  Blending wise, there are more blend-able palette in the world but that’s not saying using this is hard.  I also suggest using a damp brush to apply as it really brings out the sparkle in some of the colours.  At £8, this cost the most out of all the products.  I would gladly pay double if I needed too as it just so beautiful.

If you want great makeup with a great price tag, I strongly suggest Makeup Revolution. From what I have used so far, I can honestly say I haven’t came across a dud product.  If your only starting out in the world of makeup then this is a great inexpensive way to try out different ideas.

Nobody’s perfect…and that’s okay! 🙂 xxx