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…
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.
This isn’t my first review of a Jeffree Star Cosmetics product, you can read all about the last liquid lipstick I reviewed here. This is the one shade I chose from his Christmas Collection. Christmas Cookies is a gorgeous peachy nude and the one shade in particular, which really stood out to me. This collection also saw a gold shade called First Class, which I’m hoping will eventually go into a Beauty Bay sale and which one day I’ll be brave enough to wear! I do have to say that all the colours are gorgeous, I’m just not cool enough to wear them!
As you can see from the photos, the packaging is stunning. This is my favourite design so far – the glitter and sparkles really appeal to me and not just for this time of year. My camera didn’t pick up the full impact of the glitter (as usual) but take my word for it that you won’t stop looking at it under a very bright light! I have a short video of it on my Instagram highlights in ‘Beauty Faves’ – check it out!
The lipstick comes in a holographic box with the name sticker acting as a seal. The liquid lipstick comes in a very sturdy and expensive feeling container with the gorgeous pink and glittery packaging. The lid also clicks shut which means it won’t come open in your bag – phew! It has a curved doe foot applicator which makes applying the lipstick easy and slick.
The colour itself is lovely, I’ve been wearing it every day since I received it because it’s the perfect everyday colour. I wouldn’t say it lasts all day and it is quite drying. It looks lovely when first applied though.
To buy Christmas Cookies for yourself, click here.
And last thing to say – Merry Christmas to you all! Thank you for your amazing support and I hope you have a wonderful time ♥
I swatched this palette months ago in store and instantly fell in love. I didn’t buy it at the time because it was sold out and has been ever since. I couldn’t buy it on Superdrug online either. This week in Boots however, I was pleasantly surprised to see some on the shelves! I also had enough points to buy the palette which is £9.99. Who doesn’t love a freebie?
The Barry M Meteor Storm palette contains eight metallic and duochrome shades – all stunningly unique and like nothing I already own. The more I get to know this palette the more amazed I am with the quality and its beauty.
The packaging is a simple cardboard box with a magnetic closing and a mirror inside. It is extremely lightweight and portable.
I swatched each shade lightly on the back of my hand.
The colours swatched beautifully and the pigment was impressive. I said an ‘Ooo’ with each one, it was like I was watching a fireworks display! The duochrome shades are especially eye catching as they’re so unique. They look amazing on the eyes too and stayed put all day.
The only downfall to the palette (for some people), is that there is no matte shade to use as a transition shade. This didn’t bother me in particular because I have so many palettes each with a decent enough shade for this purpose. To be honest, it’s nice to have a palette completely dedicated to metallic and duochromes – who wants a boring matte chucked in there too in place of a more unique colour?
Overall I absolutely love this palette and I’m so glad I managed to get myself one. I’ll be sharing my looks over on Instagram, so keep your eyes peeled. I would say that these eyeshadows work best and are way more intense when you apply them with your finger or a wet brush.
Here’s my second review of an Exposed Cosmetics product and this one is a beauty! As you saw from my previous post, I am absolutely in love with the Exposed Cosmetics English Rose Eyeshadow palette, read that here. So I was expecting good things form this highlight kit too!
As with the eyeshadow palette, this kit comes in simple cardboard packaging which has a little window in it so you can see the shades inside. It’s a cute little size, making it great for on the go. On the back of the box is an image of a woman showing you where to apply highlighter to your face. Now let’s get to the swatches!
Eeek, aren’t they all just so beautiful? The colours are – Pale Champagne, Iridescent Rose and Glistening Bronze. The shades have a gorgeous sheen to them and are super shimmery – minus the glitter. They have that much coveted ‘wet look’ on the skin. My most wearable shade, for my skin tone, is definitely Pale Champagne but the amazing thing about this palette is that you can mix the shades together to create your own custom highlight. They’re just stunning! They would make beautiful eyeshadows too.
This Bold Definition Highlight Kit is just £4.99 and available to purchase here.
Well, Makeup Revolution kept these Life on the Dance Floor eyeshadow palettes very quiet indeed! I literally had no idea these even existed until they were released for sale on the Superdrug website! There are four palettes in total – Guest List, After Party, VIP and Sparklers. Each comes in a glittery plastic case, Guest List in particular has a rose gold glitter finish. There are also three lipsticks in matching coloured packaging, which go with the four palettes – although I am yet to try these. I’m very impressed with the glitter look actually, unfortunately and as usual, my camera doesn’t do it any justice. It is extremely sparkly and very smooth. The glitter isn’t ‘3D’, so doesn’t catch on anything or flake off.
The palette itself is actually a pretty decent size. Inside the lid is a huge mirror and 24 eyeshadows. The colours inside, as you probably know by now, are right up my street. I love warm tones, especially oranges, reds and purple/browns. This palette stood out to me the most from the four because of this. I have also been after a neon orange for a while now and this palette had a few perfect little pans of colour.
I’m very happy with the quality of the eyeshadows themselves. They were easy to swatch and I didn’t find one dodgy or patchy shade. They all blended onto the skin nicely too. There are a couple of stand out shades in there that seem almost duo chrome – a shimmery peach/gold and a berry burgundy/pink. I love that all the shades compliment each other so perfectly, there aren’t any which would clash.
I have used the palette a couple of times since receiving it and I’m very happy with the looks I have created. I tapped my brush into the neon orange pretty much straight away and was pleased with the out there look it provided. The colours are easily blended out and stay put for hours. I tried the palette both with and without eye primer and the results were good both times (although better with the primer).
To buy your own Life on the Dance Floor Guest List palette, click here. To see the other palettes in the collection, click here.
When I saw MUA had released a new loose powder highlighter as part of their new Prism range, I just had to give it a try. I don’t actually own any of these types of highlighter, so have been very intrigued to see what the excitement is all about. Firstly, I was surprised by the size of the pot it came in – it’s a decent size! There is 18g of powder inside too, which is a lot as it is very finely milled. I love the lid of the pot too – so sleek and classy in black plastic with holographic font on the top. It looks beautiful when it catches the light. Under the lid is a little sifter, perfect for controlling the amount of powder that comes out.
On first glance the powder looks white, but when you look closely it reflects pink in the light. A little goes a long way with this product. I poured the tiniest amount of it onto my hand for the swatch below and it seemed to blend out forever!
Yesterday morning I got the urge to create a pretty Halloween makeup look and this highlighter was perfect for the occasion. I attempted mermaid makeup and used the highlighter over pretty much all of my face. I applied it to the high points of my face as per, but then added a bit less product around these areas. I was absolutely blown away by the quality of this highlighter, especially considering its very low price tag of £5.
To buy your own MUA Prism Loose Powder Highlighter, click here. Or to see other products in the Prism range, click here.
When I received a box of twelve Bourjois Rouge Velvet The Lipsticks, complimentary of Bourjois and Influenster, I couldn’t have been more excited to try them all out! Every single shade appealed to me and I just didn’t know where to begin!
The packaging for these lipsticks is simple but elegant and they have a very secure closing lid which clicks loudly so you can guarantee it won’t come off on your travels and in your bag.
The Rouge Velvet lipsticks have a matte finish – but the thing I love about them is that they go on in a creamy, almost typical lipstick formula and then dry down to a matte finish. It’s like magic!
After trying the lipsticks for a few days now, I can say that they are non-drying and very comfortable to wear. They last for a few hours but the real test is when you eat. I wouldn’t say that they last very well through a meal, only a small amount of colour remains.
My favourite shade is ‘Brunette’, the darkest of the collection. Watch the video below for swatches and names of all the lipsticks.
I was MUA to Kitty Clements this week, on a shoot with the amazing Oliver Lall and I used one of these on her. We went for the shade ‘Fuchsia Botte’ as Oliver wanted a blue and pink theme (more about this in a separate post soon!). The colour looked fab and here’s a sneak peek from the shoot…
To buy these lipsticks for yourself, visit Boots here.
I’ve never really been Jeffree Star’s biggest fan and haven’t watched many of his videos until recently, but I have to admit I have a bit of an obsession with looking at swatches of his Skin Frost Highlighters and getting a bit excited about them. The range of shades and the uniqueness of them is just stunning and to be honest, it was pretty difficult to choose just one. I went with Princess Cut in the end, as I felt it was best for my light/medium skin tone.
I ordered my Skin Frost from Beauty Bay as this is the only website in the UK where they are currently available. The highlighter was packaged in a gorgeous pink box, with Jeffree’s logo on the front. The pan itself is HUGE – you get a lot of product for your money. Inside the lid is a nice big mirror too – perfect for my massive face.
As you can see from the swatch above, this highlighter is bloody blinding. It actually hurts my eyes to look at it! I am in love with the colour – a very light lilac with a silver reflect. It’s beautiful.
The one downside for me – it’s a tad chunky on the skin. If I apply this to my nose it looks pretty horrendous and like I’ve sprinkled glitter on myself for fun. This is made worse by the oils that tend to occur on my nose throughout the day. A bit of a shame really, but it looks amazing on the top of my cheekbones and it really stays put ALL DAY.
To buy your own Skin Frost from Jeffree Star Cosmetics, visit Beauty Bay here.
One thing I will say is, I am unsure as to why they are sold as ‘highlighters’, they are definitely more appropriately used as blushers. You could possibly dip your brush into the very lightest shade on the far left and use that as a subtle highlighter, but these are predominantly a blush.
I swatched the product with three fingers and just took some product from each third of the palette, as shown in the photo above. I mixed all of the gradient together on my brush to create the blush I am wearing in the photo below.
Sunlight Mood Lights is definitely my favourite of the three palettes. I love a peachy toned Blush as I wear a lot of peachy browns on my eyes and they compliment each other perfectly.
The lighter shade in the product isn’t the most pigmented, but is easily buildable. The darker the colour gets, the more pigmented it becomes. To be honest, I like my blushers to be buildable as I like to avoid the clown look!
To buy your own Makeup Revolution Gradient Highlighters visit TAM Beauty here.