NEW: Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette

Posted in america, beauty, make up, palettes
on July 9, 2016
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The beauty world has been insanely buzzing recently, with the launch of the new Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette. Palette contents aside, the launches in both the UK and US, both instore and online have also been going a little crazy – it is sold out most places, and was incredibly hard to get hold of. However, my Nanna was recently holidaying in Las Vegas, and luckily for me, she was there during the Sephora instore launch of the palette, and so, she very, very kindly hauled my Grandad around various different Sephoras to track down my very own palette. I couldn’t have been more excited!

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I first stumbled across Becca highlighters whilst watching a Zoella You Tube video, where she mentioned one of the Shimmering Skin Perfectors in Moonbeam, which after watching how luminous it made Zoe’s skin, and with highlighters being greatly coveted for in the beauty world, I just had to purchase, and fell in love with.

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Now, this fabulous collaboration between Becca Cosmetics and You Tuber Jaclyn Hill is a collection of all things Champagne Glowy. This is a limited edition face palette, which arrives in luxurious white and gold packaging, which is a very sizeable palette, with a large mirror on the underside of the lid and a clasp closure, a little like a clutch!

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The Face palette has five different pans – there are three blush shades, including Rose Spritz, a rose gold toned shimmer, Amaretto, the least shimmery, but very dainty light bronze shade, and Pamplemousse, less shimmery than Rose Spritz, but with a much more coral pink pigment to it. With regards to the highlighters, which are larger pans than the blushes, you receive the original Champagne Pop, which is a light peachy high-shimmer, and a new, more golden-toned highlighter, Prosecco Pop.

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Rose Spritz

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Amaretto

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Pamplemousse

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Champagne Pop

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Prosecco Pop

I found Rose Spritz to be intensely luminous and the pinker of the three blushes, with Amaretto being a beautiful shade useful for a light contour, or to add warmth, dimension and depth, and lastly with the most vivid hue in the palette being Pamplemousse. You can of course mix and match all five shades, as well as layering them up to create your very own personalised glow.

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Formula-wise, each one is incredibly pigmented, buttery smooth and soft to the touch, and until you get used to the depth of highlight, I would recommend using them lightly at first. Although, again, it is one of those cosmetics products that looks so beautiful I hardly dare use it, for fear of one day running out. Which leads me to the price, £48, and considering one single, only slightly larger Becca Skin Perfector costs £30, the price was insanely good, and there is absolutely no surprise that this was a UK and US sellout.

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There are currently other items which have been released in the Becca x Jaclyn Hill collection, which are still available at Space NK, including the Shimmering Skin Perfector, the Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Creme and the Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid, as well as some upcoming releases including Shimmering Skin Perfector Champagne Splits, a Shimmering Skin Perfector Slimlight and an Angled Highlighting Brush! Swoon! Keep your peepers peeled for those!

Love,
Kathryn xxx

New In: Too Faced Totally Cute Eyeshadow Palette

Posted in beauty, eyeshadows, make up, palettes, Too Faced
on July 9, 2016
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As I mentioned in my Too Faced Sugar Pop review, I have another Too Faced eyeshadow palette to show you – the brand new Totally Cute palette! Possibly one of the funnest products Too Faced have released, the Totally Cute palette comes with it’s very own stickers, for you to cover your plain pink palette tin however you fancy. You receive two sheets of the sweetest stickers, but I struggled to use them all, and so have saved the rest for my ban.do planner.

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Just like the Sugar Pop palette, the Totally Cute palette includes nine eyeshadows – again, three larger shades, and six smaller pans. The tin as always, comes with a mirror underneath the lid, and a How To guide to help you create three specific looks, but obviously you can create as many different looks that your imagination takes.

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Onto the shades…

The Ice Cream Cutie trio includes Double Scoop – a matte vanilla malt, Bunny Fu-Fu – a matte pumpkin spice, and Chocolate Donut – a matte medium brown.

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The Lucky Girl trio includes Shooting Star – a shimmering champagne, Clover – a golden green pearl, and Storm Cloud – a blackened peacock.

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Lastly, the Totally Cute trio includes, Unicorn – a cream which shimmers pink, I Heart TF – a Barbie pink with silver sparkle and Meow! – a deep, shimmery amethyst.

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As expected with Too Faced eyeshadows, the shades are very soft, with amazing pigment and a velvety texture. They are totally buildable and blendable and you can create so many different looks, as well as in my opinion, using Shooting Star and Unicorn as highlighter shades – dreamy!

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The amount of detail that has been put into the Totally Cute palette is fabulous, and I can’t get enough of the cuteness that comes with Too Faced products.

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You can find the Totally Cute palette online at Too Faced here, where it costs £32, and is limited edition, so snap it up before it is a total sellout, as Too Faced limited editions never stick around for long.

Love,
Kathryn xxx

New: Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Collection

Posted in beauty, lips, make up, urban decay
on July 9, 2016
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I am sure by now, you will have all heard about Urban Decay’s newest and possibly largest release – the Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks – in 100 shades in six different finishes, yes 100!!!!! How’s a girl to choose?! With variations of shades, tones and finishes, there is definitely a lipstick for every single one of you out there.

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Texture wise, the 100 shades are spread across Mega Matte, Cream, Comfort Matte, Sheer, Sheer Shimmer and Metallized, and colour wise, there are some classics, some shades which have previously been discontinued, and of course lots and lots of newbies. Oh, and whilst we are one numbers, there have also been 50 new lipliner shades released, making sure your lips are forever on point!

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Each lipstick is formulated with Aloe Vera, Jojoba, Avocado and Abassu oils to soften the lips, and Illipe Butter to provide long-lasting moisture, as well as Vitamin C and Vitamin E – this has obviously been a well thought out launch, as with ridding their collection of all previous lipsticks, it is a pretty big move for Urban Decay.

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The packaging has also changed, this time to a lighter barrel with gunmetal and gold accents, similar to the Gwen Stefani and Alice Through the Looking Glass limited edition lipsticks, and are thought to resemble bullets, as in a lipstick bullet. The new packaging also means more product for your cash, as you now receive 0.02oz more lipstick, at a cheaper price point too.

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I was very kindly sent five of the new shades, over a range of finishes to try, and so here’s my thoughts on 5% of the new collection…

Backtalk has the Comfort Matte formula, making it creamy as well as matte, and with their thin, creamy consistency, that provides full opaque colour in just one swipe, it was definitely a winner for me. Backtalk is definitely your everyday basic nude shade, so I think this will be without doubt a big seller, as it is perfect for most skintones.

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I received two shades that hold the Mega Matte finish – Pandemonium and 714. Mega Matte is a very intense matte finish with long, strong wearability. You may recognise the 714 shade – it was one of the colours from the Urban Decay collaboration with Gwen Stefani – and is your perfect postbox red. Another thing to note, especially with these brighter shades, is that the longevity of wear is at least a good 4 hours plus, depending on the finish and colour, which for a lipstick I find excellent.

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Whereas, Pandemonium is not quite your everyday shade, but definitely one of the more stand-out-from-the-crowd shades, with its creamy violet tone. Both Pandemonium and 714 have excellent pigmentation, and glide onto the lips really well, but due to them being such bold shades, I think a lip liner would certainly finish off these colours really well.

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Firebird is a shade from the Cream selection of finishes, which is actually the original Revolution Lipstick formula, and is a stunning plummy pink, with a thin formula, excellent pigmentation again, and a slightly glossy finish to the lips.

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Now, my ultimate favourite from the five I received, and probably not everyone’s cup of tea, but it certainly is mine, is the Metallized shade Big Bang! It is a deeper-than-Barbie-pink with the most insane amount of lighter pink glitter I ever did see within a lipstick! The formula is quite sheer, but still leaves a swipe of the original colour, as well as of course that gorgeous glitter running throughout it, which shines amazingly well in sunlight – I am well and truly in love!

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So, now I just have another 95 shades to explore and experiment with! You can find the Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks online here, where they cost £15 each, which I believe to be cheaper than the original collection – even better!

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Love,
Kathryn xxx

*This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own

Review: Anastasia Beverley Hills Glow Kit in Gleam

Posted in beauty, highlighters, make up, palettes
on July 9, 2016
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Something I have been lusting after for a while now are the Anastasia Beverley Hills Glow Kits which com in two different colour ways – Gleam and That Glow. As I am fair skinned I opted for the Gleam palette as the That Glow palette is for warmer undertones.

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Anastasia Beverley Hills has always been well known for their highlighters, and with highlighters growing in the current cosmetics market, I knew this palette would be a winner. Each palette comes complete with four different shades of highlighter in a slimline palette, making them great travel companions, and the only thing I believe could have been included is a mirror. Anywho, onto the colours within the Gleam palette…

* Crushed Pearl is a glimmering pink and silver with a crystallised chrome finish.

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* Starburst is a cool-toned pink with an iridescent finish.

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* Mimosa is a golden peach with a metallic finish.

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* Hard Candy is a golden peach with pink, pearlescent particles.

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Each and every shade is very soft and blendable, and give the skin a gorgeous and luminous look without going all glitter ball, and my favourites within this kit are definitely the peachy softness of Starburst and the pink iridescent tones of Hard Candy, which looks amazing with pink blush tones.

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Each highlighter pan looks not much smaller than a regular highlighter single pan would look, and so this is excellent value for money, and will definitely last a while, as you only need a small amount to get that Anastasia Beverley Hills glow.

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Overall, I am in love with this palette, as the pigmentation is amazing, application is smooth and longevity is fabulous. The formula is really velvety, leaving a pretty gleam to the skin, and these four complementing shades can be worn alone or layered together to brighten cheekbones, decolletage, eyelids, brow bones and inner corners of the eye – basically anywhere you want to look healthier or glowing.

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The Anastasia Beverley Hills Glow Kits cost £39 each and you can check out ABH online here.

Love,
Kathryn xxx