Juvia’s Place Palettes

I have always been nervous about using bright, in-your-face colours, but after discovering this palette I’ve changed my opinion completely!

The fabulous palette I’m talking about is Juvias Palettes! I currently have two and I have officially found love: the colours are ridiculously pigmented and the shimmers blend so well. The fact that they’re so blendable makes me more confident to experiment with these dazzling colours.

Experimenting with such strong and vibrant colours has made me feel more confident in what I can do and what I hope to do. Moving away from the colour ranges I’ve always been comfortable with was a major step outside my traditional boundaries. With such expressive colours I have finally found the confidence to move outside my comfort zone and explore. This new found confidence has helped me enjoy and appreciate expressive make-up and it feels amazing!

If you want to experiment or need a palette to push yourself,  I definitely recommend this one. The more you use the Large Masquerade Palette the more you will fall in love and a palette that does that is always worth spending some money on.

Great pigmentation, so easy to blend and a beautiful range of colours: what more could you ask for? Bonus – the price is worth it and I’m glad I invested in this palette for sure.

The Zulu Eyeshadow Palette is the other palette I have in this range although the colours are as vibrant, I did find that the matte shades are hard to work with and the consistency is a bit chalky. The colour does take some time to build up unfortunately on the matte shades. I did one look where I had no problem with it just had to build it up, but the next look I attempted to do went terribly wrong as the mattes simply didn’t blend as well as the shimmers did.

Go check out my Instagram where I created a couple of looks using Large Masquerade Palette. Hope you like them just as much as I do!

 

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Blush&Highlighters

I have never really been a blush girl and that could be due to the fact I’ve never had a blush I fell in love with, until now.

When I first saw the Zoeva Pink Spectrum blush palette I was hesitant as there is one colour of the four I was a bit apprehensive about. The colours are beautiful, especially PK020: it’s a warm pink and very flattering to my paler skin. The other colours are just as fabulous: PK010 has a light shimmer to it; and PK030 is a purple/pink tone blush. The last blush is PK040 and this is the one I’m a tad afraid of –  it’s a hot pink bold blush, its not to say I won’t try it sometime, but right now I just don’t have the balls!

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Jouer Powder Highlighter in citrine is gorgeous! The shine is unbelievable and a little bit goes a long way – which is always a bonus. I like the fact you can build up this highlighter, so the Gods can see you!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit Sugar, beautiful packaging – anything with shine to it is always a plus for me, but the highlighters themselves are truly stunning! Marshmallow being a favourite and Butterscotch being a close second, the other two: Starburst and Gumdrop I have yet to try. All the colours are gorgeous and the range is a big bonus but I don’t feel this glow kit has as much shine as the Jouer Powder Highlight. But the kit does push your makeup one step further – the shades glide on, when they catch the light they really do look flawless. And having four shades is always great. If I had to pick though, I would choose Jouer Powder Highlighter purely because it doesn’t take a lot to get that shine on.

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Prices of the product.

Zoeva: £15.00

Jouer: £19.00

Anastasia Beverly Hills: £41.00

Favourite Red Lipsticks

Now, I have two favourite reds that I stand by: Dior 999 Matte and YSL 201. The Dior is the darker, evening red whereas the YSL seems it has a hint of orange, but still holds that beautiful, vibrant red. I love them both and they both work for me. If buying Dior 999, I do recommend getting the lip pencil just to help it stay on longer and to look even better. There is nothing in the world better than a good red lippy to bring out the sass in anyone!

 

 

Dior 999: £27.50

YSL 201:£27.00

Huda Beauty Lashes

 

Scarlett: These are one of my go-tos for everyday: I like the shape they give and the thickness and length are perfect. I don’t think these are too heavy, but if you have smaller eyes I would advise against getting them.

Lana: Holy Moly! I can’t wear these, they don’t suit me one bit. First of all, these lashes are too long and too chunky. On the plus side, they are also quite small and the fit is perfect (normally I have to cut lashes down) it’s just a shame about the style. If you can pull them off, hats off to you.

Farah: Nice length, great thickness just a shame about the spidery look. They look OK, I’ve been told, but that spikey look is not for me – spider legs on my eyes are what nightmares are made of.

Samantha: Great, if you don’t like heavy lashes and want a pair of lightweight more natural looking lashes. They are wispy but still give you that full look.

Sasha: Well, hello there lovely lashes, how are you doin’? These are my trusted go-tos, be it a casual night out or a sassy day about. I love these, pretty and long lasting – I’ve worn them quite a few times and they are still holding up. I love the shape of these lashes: they are quite long but when they are on they do look very natural. In terms of value for money, these are on point – the usage you get from them before they start to get icky is remarkable!

 

Huda Beauty Prices

Scarlett:£15.50

Lana:£15.50

Farah:£18.00

Samantha:£15.50

Sasha:£15.50

Lily Lashes Review

Great company, adore them and worth the money!

 

I will start off with Mykonos: Heavy, full and fabulous. I normally wear them with a light eye as these lashes are big! They are a challenge to get on right, and if they aren’t on right, they look like fluffy caterpillars on my face… but when I place them just right, damn I look good!

Miami: Not as heavy as Mykonos but just as fabulous. I wear these if I’m out visiting friends or shopping, so definitely more day than night wear: they create a lovely look. I have to admit, I do struggle with extra-long lashes, but these are just right for me.

Luxe: These are the lightest of the three. They are big, simple but effective whatever the occasion (although personally, I use them more for daytime occasions and would be demure enough for work). They are easy on the eye and very comfortable.

 

Lily Lashes Prices

Mykonos:£30.00

Miami:£29.95

Luxe:£20.00

Unicorn Lashes Review

Unicorn Lashes

 First off, I love false eyelashes: I am obsessed – like ‘hi, what’s the thing you love most in the world (apart from family and Boo, the dog)? Oh, I don’t know… how about FALSE EYELASHES! Now you get my depth of my eyelash obsession, let’s begin!

Bambi, Unicorn Flutter and Rainbow Wings!

Let’s start with the packaging super cute. But the trouble is, the cute packaging gets in the way when you put the lashes back in the box. No biggie, but this is a case of form over function, sometimes packaging should just be about protecting the product.

Bambi: These are very full and heavy. Personally, I like them a lot, but if you aren’t a fan of big, full lashes then these are not for you. However, if you want that ‘fuck off, heelloo’ look then definitely go get them. But, beware, they can be heavy to wear. They are also surprisingly versatile: these work just as well with subtle eye shadows, as well as a heavier, dramatic look. Having worn them with both looks, my personal preference is the subtle eye shadows.

 Unicorn Flutter: Cute name and extremely long. Lighter than Bambi, they are certainly more fluttery – great for flirting but you cannot wear glasses with them. And, beware if you have a low brow – not a cool look when your lashes blend with your eyebrows! The shape and lash style is lovely, but the exaggerated length does slightly put me off.

Rainbow Wings: Again, a very long lash, but not as exaggerated as and lighter than Unicorn Flutter. Personally, I think you could wear these for daytime. Whilst not as impressive as Unicorn Flutter, I do like them a tad more.

 

I also purchased the glue they recommend from their site and personally wouldn’t bother: it doesn’t do as well as my other eyelash glue, so I wouldn’t waste your money!

 

 

 

 Prices

Unicorn Lashes Prices

Bambi:£22.95

Unicorn Flutter:£9.99

Rainbow Wings:£18.99

Powder vs. Cream Contour

Powder vs. Cream contour

 

Contouring will be the death of me: I have yet to master the fabulous art, but I know the basics. I have ‘Shade and Light’ Face Contour Palette and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Series Contour Cream Kit Light. I have tried both individually and both together, but because of my skin I can’t have too much on without it look atrocious. Also, a tip: don’t over-do it – what looks good for a glam selfie doesn’t necessarily look great as a day look.

I mostly use Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Series Contour Cream Kit Light favouring four of the six colours. As with most things in life, sometimes it seems to glide on and blends well  but other times it looks like the result of a mud fight – I’ve no idea why this happens, I use the same foundation, the same brushes, but I struggle getting a consistent good result – and I know it’s user error, not the product! But as they say, practice makes perfect.

The ‘Shade and Light’ Face Contour Palette I use 2 out of 6 and sometimes just the one. However, this product I do struggle with – I love Kat Von D and I want to like her products but I am not happy with this set: The colours aren’t great and the three paler colours look so caked on, even when I apply very sparingly, there is something about this product that just doesn’t suit me.

 

Prices

Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Series Contour Cream Kit Light-£39.00

‘Shade and Light’ Face Contour Palette-£37.00