Hey Guys! I had such a lovely response to my first Bullet Journal post, that I have decided to do monthly updates for you. I didn’t do a January spread because I spent so long… More
I’m a bit of a sucker for all things Japanese inspired… Pokemon is a secret, excruciatingly nerdy love of mine. So these cool mochi inspired palettes from NYX really got me excited. Mochi are a squishy Japanese snack and do you know why NYX named their palettes after them? The products themselves are actually squishy too! There are two highlighter palettes and two eyeshadow palettes. I was drawn to the brights of this eyeshadow palette called Electric Pastels and just couldn’t wait to review it for you!
The colours are just so vivid and STUNNING and quite out of my comfort zone too. The other eyeshadow palette, called Sleek and Chic, is beautiful in its own right but quite muted and a lot like other palettes I already own.
The palette is a nice size and contains ten shimmer eyeshadows. It has a clear lid with the name of the palette written on the front in a eye-catching font. The word ‘Mochi’ is actually holographic which is a nice effect and goes well with the theme of the palette.
I love the range of colours in this palette – such a gorgeous variety of electric tones. Very eighties, very pretty.
I swatched each shade by swirling my finger over the shadow a couple of times and blending the colour down my arm. The shadows felt almost wet to the touch and very soft. I was quite impressed with the consistency actually and could tell they would be a dream to apply and blend.
I tried the eyeshadows out on the eyes today, using brushes. Although they are not as vibrant when applied with the brush, this isn’t a bad thing. It meant that I didn’t apply too much and regret my decision! I could gradually build up the colours and control the pigmentation on my eyes. I went safe with the lighter colours and the peach – I’ll one day pluck up the courage to go bolder!
I suppose the main reason you came here was to see how squishy these shadows really are? Well here you go…
There’s also a video of this on my Instagram highlights, in ‘Beauty Faves’.
You may have read my pretty moody review of one of Maybelline’s latest releases – the Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter (and if not, click here) and there I mentioned I’d also picked up the Master Chrome in a Superdrug deal. Thankfully, this review won’t be anywhere near as angry because this time round, I’m pretty pleased with my purchase.
This gorgeous little highlighter was doing the rounds on many a US YouTuber’s channel but took a lifetime to appear in the UK. When it finally arrived in Superdrug, I was excited to see if it would live up to my expectations and its amazing reviews from overseas. As you know, I hated the Master Holographic which arrived in the same package, so the need to enjoy this highlighter was pretty high!
I adore the pattern pressed into the powder itself – geometric lines are just so aesthetically pleasing! The colour, on first glance, looked pretty intimidating for my fair/medium skin and I was worried it would make my cheeks look bruised on application but it actually sits pretty well. It’s a very flattering gold which I feel works well on most skin tones (but maybe not the super pale).
The powder itself is finely milled and not full of microglitter (like its ugly sister) and blends out beautifully. It is a very bold highlighter – not one for those of you who love a subtle glow! It builds well and sits still on the skin all day.
Phew – well that’s a relief! My faith has been restored in Maybelline – what a gorgeous little offering this highlighter is! I believe there is a pinky toned one coming/already here – but I am yet to find it. I’ll definitely let you know my thoughts when I am able to get one.
Buy the Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter here.
I treated myself to two palettes from the Reloaded collection of four – Newtrals 2 and this one. Newtrals’ warm tones really appealed to me but what really drew me to this one was its likeness to the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette.
I’ve been eyeing up the Naked Heat Palette since its release as I love how the chilli pepper tones have translated into such beautiful eyeshadows. When I saw this pretty much perfect dupe from Makeup Revolution, my bank account gave a sigh of relief! This palette costs only £4 compared to Naked Heat which retails for around £40.
There are some absolutely gorgeous shadows in this palette and one in particular actually blows my mind. It is the last shade on the bottom row – a black/brown with a duochrome red/orange effect. It’s amazing! I keep swatching it on my hand and gasping each time!
As usual, I swatched the colours in natural light after dipping my finger in each pan and swirling it around twice.
Can you see how pigmented those eyeshadows are? There isn’t one that is a dud or a let down. The shimmers are especially easy to work with and are surprisingly creamy and buttery when you consider the tiny price tag. There are some shades which are perfect for the crease and some bold brights that will look incredible all over the lid. I’m loving the possibilities with this palette!
Now, you know I love a good highlighter. Never a day goes by where I’m not wearing any – even on ‘no makeup’ days I can’t be without it. So when I saw that we finally had the Maybelline Master Chrome highlighter I’d been seeing all over American YouTube influencer’s videos, I ordered myself one from Superdrug Online. Whilst I was browsing I also saw this ‘holographic’ highlighter from Maybelline and it was part of an offer on the website. I hadn’t and still haven’t heard anything about this online, so I was very intrigued.
I’ll get straight to the point here – this product is AWFUL. I’m actually shocked at the terrible quality of it. Firstly, it’s not holographic – not even close! It has a slight lilac shift to it but it is mainly just white.
When I began to swatch it, dust was flying all around me – chalky, crumbly flat-toned dust. The solid product was literally disappearing before my eyes and into the air and onto the floor. I gave it the benefit of doubt and tried to swatch the half ton of product now on my finger and barely anything came off! It had actually congealed on my finger tip and just wouldn’t transfer.
Next, I tried it on my face with my usual highlighting brush and oh my goodness, that was a complete disaster too! Completely unwearable and very unattractive!
Don’t even consider buying this ‘highlighter’ – trust me. I’m really disappointed in Maybelline to be honest with you as their products are usually very high quality and very pretty. I will be reviewing the Master Chrome highlighter over the next week though and that is a totally different story – absolutely gorgeous! Keep you eyes peeled for that one.
Have you got yourself this product? Or do you have another did highlighter which is similar?
I have always been fascinated with pens and there’s nothing I like more than using a new one for the first time. Being a part time primary school teacher gives me an excuse to enjoy pens even more but I wanted a way to enjoy them at home again like I did as a child. I love to watch Baby J draw and paint and I wanted to join her with my own, personal little project. I looked at a few pins on Pinterest and watched a few videos on YouTube on Bullet Journaling and realised it was what I wanted to do. So I got myself a Leuchtturm 1917 journal and few fancy pens and got started!
If you’re not sure what a bullet journal actually is, well it’s like designing your own perfect diary/journal/life organiser. Just get yourself a blank notebook (I chose this one because it’s hard back, has dotted paper and pretty much everyone else recommended it!), a few pens that you feel comfortable with and let your creativity run free. Just ask yourself what you want to record throughout your year – meal ideas and recipes, films, books, shopping lists, exercise, memories, the list is endless!
I spent some time compiling lists of ideas of what I wanted to have at the start of my journal, before I start recording individual months. I thought you might like to see what’s inside!
The Key and 2018 Title Page
Most bullet journals you’ll see have a key at the front. As they contain lists, they’ll need bullets! This page just reminds me of the symbols I’ll be using in my lists.
The 2018 title page is an interesting one… I wanted a space and stars theme for the front pages of my journal because I love all things to do with this. The blue planet is actually a painting of Baby J’s! I just cut out a circle shape because I loved the colours she’d mixed together and the effect her little hands had made with them. She also has an obsession with the colour blue at the moment and keeps shouting it every time she sees something in that colour!
A Year in Pixels and Jessica’s Milestones
A Year in Pixels is something I found on Pinterest. The chart is split up into boxes for each day of the year and there is a key next to it. Each colour represents your mood that day. As you can imagine, by the end of the year it’s going to look so colourful and pretty – I’m so excited to see how this develops. It’s also a great way of keeping track of your mental health and also your mood around the time of your period.
The Jessica’s Milestones page is pretty self explanatory – Baby J is Jessica and on this page I’ll record anything extra awesome she does, although this is difficult because she’s amazing all of the time!
Books I’ve Read and Films I’ve Watched
I drew my Books I’ve Read page to look like a bookshelf. Every time I finish a book, I’ll write the title of it on the book and colour it in. It’s definitely giving me the motivation to read more because I want to fill up the shelves!
I decided to draw old style cinema tickets for my Films I’ve Watched page. Once again, I’ll write the name of the film on the ticket once I’ve watched it. I’ve decided to just record new films I’ve watched and not ones I repeat watch, otherwise all the tickets will say ‘Bridesmaids’!
This one is a bit sad actually, so we’ll move on swiftly… but it’s basically where I’ll record IG milestones. I’ll colour in a space themed illustration each time I reach one.
Blog Post Ideas
A Year in Polaroids
I found this sweet idea online again and I’m extra excited for this one! I own an Instax mini 8 and have always wondered how to use the photographs in more exciting ways than just putting them in a dusty, old photo album. Each month I’ll glue in a photo from a special day/moment in that month and I can’t wait to see how our year pans out.
And finally… My Yearly View
I have bookmarked this page with washi tape because I know I’ll be using it a lot! These pages have the months written out (click the photos for a closer view) and space below to write any events/birthdays/holidays. I continued the star theme by drawing strings of stars. I’m particularly pleased with how these pages came out and I love how colourful and positive they are.
I’m really enjoying my new creative adventure so far and I look forward to sharing more of it with you (if you want to see it that is!). Let me know what you think – have you enjoyed this post? Do yo want to see how February will look? Do you bullet journal?
Any questions, please ask!
I was beyond excited when Heather Lou Cosmetics said they would send me one of their beautiful eyeshadow palettes and even more excited when I saw that it would be this one – the 35 Olivia The Second *swoon*. The palette comes in a black case, with a Heather Lou sticker on the lid.
Inside the palette are 35 pretty large pans of eyeshadow all in beautiful, warm tones. There is a good mix of matte and shimmer shades and they all compliment each other perfectly. I sound like a broken record right now – but I love me some warm tones and this palette has plenty of them!
I’m very impressed with the pigmentation of the shadows in this palette (please bare in mind that it is only £10.99). The shimmers are absolutely stunning, especially when you wet your brush and the mattes are very pretty too. All of the shadows blended very easily on the eye and I didn’t experience any creasing throughout the day.
To swatch the shadows, I relied on natural daylight and swirled my finger in the pan three times. I tried to blend out the shadows slightly with my finger too (click the images to take a closer look).
This palette would be perfect for a pro (it’s going in my MUA kit) but also for those who want to improve their makeup skills. It has shades for lazy, all-over-the-lid days, shades just to deepen the crease or shades to create an out-of-this-world glam look. It’s excellently versatile and just one of those palettes that is an absolute treat to look at.
So if you’re looking for a Morphe 35O2 dupe at a fraction of the price, visit Heather Lou here.
I am seriously loving the chocolate themed palettes from I Heart Makeup at the moment. An obvious dupe of the Too Faced ones, the I Heart Makeup range of palettes offer an affordable but very high quality alternative. The range of colours available in the varying themes is astonishing too. I love them and if you don’t own one yet, I promise you’ll fall in love with them too. This Chocolate Orange palette is just made for me – take a look inside and you’ll see why…
All my warm tone dreams have come true! Every single shade in this palette is what I usually gravitate towards from multiple palettes. Having them all in one place is a real gem and super convenient. Another bonus? The palette actually smells like Terry’s Chocolate Oranges!
Inside the very bright orange topped case, is a large mirror and a mixture of 16 matte and shimmer shades. There are some dusty roses and pinks, orangey browns and then there are some pure orange tones! There is also a shimmery gold which swatched amazingly and looks stunning on the eyes. You’ll see what I mean from the swatches below.
As usual, the quality of this palette has not disappointed me. I’ve never had a dud from I Heart Makeup to be honest and I have to say that they’re getting more exciting with every one they release. The colours are once again, beautifully complimentary and also long-wearing on the eyes. Yes, some are more pigmented than others but overall the pigmentation is excellent for it’s low price tag.
I’m excited to see what 2018 brings for I Heart Makeup, as their products are always so quirky and exciting. The packaging is always fun and the products themselves are excellent quality and extremely popular. Some of my most searched reviews on Sparkle with Kerry are the I Heart Makeup eyeshadow palettes!
To buy your own I Heart Makeup Chocolate Orange palette, click here. You can also watch a tutorial by the gorgeous Tammi below.
Here’s a quick post on one of the beautiful and incredibly affordable new eyeshadow palettes from Makeup Revolution. This right here is the Re-loaded Newtrals 2 palette and it is one of four to make a huge impact since it’s release last week.
If you already own the original Neutrals vs Newtrals eyeshadow palette, then you’ll know that it is full of gorgeous pinks and reds all warm and lovely, with some cool tone colours thrown in. This Re-loaded Newtrals palette contains all warm tones and is so up my street. It comes with 15 shades, a mixture of matte and shimmers – some so subtle that you’ll sparkle under bright lights. There is a brown on the top row which has very pretty micro glitter in it and I love it! Took me a while to realise it was there though as it only appears in certain lights – so unique!
The best part? This palette is only £4! That’s right, you heard me correctly, £4! Don’t think that this low price brings low quality either – the pigment from a majority of the shadows is unreal. I’ll say that a couple of the mattes are quite pale and patchy – but those shimmers pack a real punch! They are so buttery too and blend like a dream.
As I was swatching this palette this morning I knew that it would cause real problems for me – I wanted to use every single shade on my eyes there and then! You’ll probably feel the same if you get yourself one. The colours are just so pretty and so complementary to each other, you’ll be overflowing with ideas on how to use it. I went for a very basic and as usual, boring look today.
To buy your own Makeup Revolution Re-loaded Newtrals 2 palette, click here. Check out the other palettes in the collection too (there are some incredible dupes in there)!
After receiving the beautiful Coax Palette from my husband for Christmas, I decided to treat myself to another palette from Sample Beauty. I fell in love with the bold colours and fantastic pigmentation, so went with another palette containing bright and unique shades – the Kismet Palette.
Inside the palette are 16 beautiful shades – 11 shimmers and 5 mattes. Once again, the mattes are absolutely incredible. So so pigmented and bold – use sparingly! The shimmers are stunning – I’m blown away by the brightness and beauty of the light blue shade on the bottom row, far left. I just had to use it on my eyes last night, even though my eyes are already blue, I couldn’t let that colour go to waste. The shimmers transfer to the eyes beautifully, I didn’t once have to wet my brush or use my finger for better pigment. Check out the swatches for yourself –
This palette also contains a very fair matte shade which matches my skin tone exactly (it doesn’t show up in the swatches). This eyeshadow is perfect for setting the primer on my eyelid and produces a nice, even base. My only downside to this palette is that there isn’t a suitable transition/crease shade for my skin tone. The browns are just a bit too dark to use in my crease – I’m really not brave enough! This wouldn’t be a problem for everyone though. Plus, I have plenty of eyeshadow palettes with neutral transition colours in them, so I’m really not fussed.
I have to mention the packaging for this palette too. I love it! I love its simplicity – just a white outer cardboard case with the brand printed in black. It is also super slim-lined, without compromising the size of the pans – you get a lot of product for your money! There is a mirror inside the lid too – which you all know by now, is something I really appreciate.
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I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas – I know I did! I spent it with my family and my Baby J – what more could I want? What did you do this year?
I thought it might be nice to share some of my beauty related gifts with you and you never know, you may want to gift them to yourself as a result! The first gift I’d like to share is this eyeshadow palette given to me by my husband and daughter. This is the Sample Beauty Coax Palette and it’s a beauty…
The palette contains 18 very large pans of eyeshadow – 3 glitters, 9 shimmers and 6 mattes. The colours are vivid and definitely for the brave! There isn’t a shy colour in this palette, all are extremely pigmented, bright and making a bold statement.
I’d firstly like to mention that these are some of the most pigmented eyeshadows I’ve ever come across – up there with the Juvia’s Place eyeshadows – with the mattes being even better than Juvia’s (in my opinion). They blend like a dream and there is no kick back or fall down – just amazing!
Each shimmer shade is stunning in its own right. I’ve been obsessed with the bronze colours over Christmas and have been teaming them with the matte reds and browns.
Now let’s get to the glitters! There are three gorgeous pressed glitters in this palette –
- Sorbet – a lilac glitter
- Olive – a bronze/brown glitter
- Terra cotta – a blinding fuchsia
Overall I am amazed and extremely pleased with this palette. I really can’t get over the pigment in the mattes and how beautiful the glitters are. This palette has also made me much braver with my eyeshadow looks as it’s impossible not to be with the colour selection.
To buy your own Sample Beauty Coax Palette, click here (affiliate link).
Keep your eyes peeled for more Christmas gift posts!