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The Saharan Palette by Juvia’s Place | Review

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This is my first time trying anything from the brand Juvia’s Place and honestly I’m blown away! The palette is $28 which is around £22, and with shipping and customs added on top it’s works out to be the average price of a mid-high end palette. It features 3 textures of shadow: matte (Sokoto, Jamila, Chad and Katsina), shimmer (Zoya, Iman and Lulu) and foiled (Wodaabe, Bororo, Kia, Sengegal and Fulu). All 3 of the textures are perfect but the foiled shadows wowed me the most.

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(l-r: Sokoto, Wodaabe, Bororo and Kia)

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(l-r: Zoya, Iman, Jamila and Senegal)

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(l-r: Chad, Katsina, Lulu and Fula)

The palette is pretty versatile, allowing you to create a wide range of looks from neutral to colourful. The palette doesn’t have a mirror inside which I don’t mind as I never use them and they bump up the cost of the palette.

The Saharan palette is $28 and available here. Also lots of beauty bloggers have discount codes for this brand so make sure you save some $!

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Phee’s Makeup Shop Luxe Eyeshadow | Review

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1 3Phee’s Makeup Shops new Luxe eyeshadows are incredible. Moonstone, Smokey Quartz and Aquamarine are all hyper shimmery with a glitter running through them and Citrine is a bold metallic without glitter. They are all incredibly pigmented and glide over the skin with ease.

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(l-r: Moonstone, Sm0key Quarts, Aquamarine and Citrine)

The Luxe Eyeshadows are £12 each or available as a set for £38 here.

Be sure you keep an eye out on my instagram @alienandrogyny for looks using these!

Make Up For Ever Artistic Palette | Review

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The Make Up For Ever Artistic Palette is part of the limited edition Arty Holiday Collection. The palette features MUFE’s gel-powder Artist Shadows in four different formulas: Satiny, Diamond, Iridescent and Metallic. The Satiny shadows are an almost matte texture that has a soft sheen, Diamond are an iridescent shadow that has glitter running through it, Iridescent features a finely milled shimmer and Metallic are a high shine foiled finish. All the formulas work beautifully alone but can all be used together to create different textures.

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The palette has been designed to be used in trios to create 3 different looks that have tutorials in the leaflet which is perfect for inspiration. The shade ME-912 is technically a blush but may also be used on the eyes. I’ll be recreating all 3 of these looks so be sure to follow my instagram @alienandrogyny to see the results! The palette comes in a beautiful collectors tin and the insert can be removed so you can use the tin for storage once you’ve finished the palette.

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(l-r: ME-912, D-712, ME614, ME-108, ME-122, ME302, I-220, D-552 and S-102)

The palette is £37 but all Make Up For Ever products are 10% off this week at Debenhams (ends Sunday 13/11/16) so be sure to pop in store or by online!
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All products in this post were purchased by myself. All opinions are my own.

Kat Von D | Review

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With Kat Von D Beauty launching in Debenhams UK on 5th October 2016 I thought it was finally time to post about the KVD items that my parents picked up for me when they visited Miami earlier this year.

Shade and Light Palette

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The Shade and Light Palette is the perfect powder contour set featuring a mix of cool and warm tones. The shade range is wide allowing it to be used over a wide range of skin tones. I actually use the middle contour shade as a bronzer for my pale skin. The shades all have a good level of pigment, but not so much so that it makes them hard to blend, and the buttery formula glides over the skin. While I don’t really use matte highlight powders I have found them useful to lighten up the complexion if I’ve done my base a little too dark. The packaging is chic and slimline allowing it to fit nicely into your makeup bag or kit.

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(l-r: Lucid, Lyrie and Levitation)

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(l-r: Sombre, Shadowplay and Subconscious)

The palette is $46 and available from the KVD website  (I’ll add UK links when they launch)

Shade and Light Eye Palette

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The Shade and Light Eye Palette is the perfect companion to work along side the face palette. The palette is all matte and features a range of warm and cool tones from light to dark. This is probably the only all matte neutrals palette that you’ll ever need!

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(l-r: Laetus, Lazarus and Ludwin)

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(l-r: Samael, Solas and Lucuis)

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(l-r: Saleos, Shax and Liberatus)

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(l-r: Succubus, Sytry and Latinus)

The shadows all blend like a dream and work well alone or when paired with shimmer shades.

The palette is $46 and available here

Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

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Now while I am a bit over liquid lipsticks (I find them too dry for everyday wear) the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks are a pretty nice texture and not super drying. The only annoying thing I find about them is the packaging. It’s long and thin so the applicator is pretty long which means you don’t get quite as much control as I’d like so I prefer to put them on with a lip brush.

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(Ignore how badly applied it is but here is Echo on the lips)

The Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks are $20 and available here 

When KVD Beauty launches here what are you most excited to try? I’m looking forward to trying the concealer, especially the white shade!

House of GlamDolls GlamLift Wheel

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Developed by House of GlamDolls founder David Horne, the GlamLift wheel contains peach tones to correct and brighten areas of darkness across all skin tones. The wheel contains 5 lifting shades ranging from light to dark and also contains a shimmering copper highlight in the centre. The shade Lift 1 is perfect for me and I use this to knock out the blue tones under my eyes. Due to how pink toned my skin is I can actually get away with using this alone however you may want to apply a skin tone matched concealer on top, my favourite being Make Up For Ever’s Ultra HD Concealer.

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(l-r: Reflect, Lift 1, Lift 2, Lift 3, Lift 4 and Lift 5)

This product is designed for a makeup artists kit as the shade range allows you to work on all skintones, however due to the price I would recommend this just for personal use as it’s great value and you can always get creative with the other shades!

The GlamLift Wheel is £25 for 35g of product and is available here.

All products featured in this post were purchased by myself. All opinions are my own.

Phee’s Makeup Tips Marbled Highlight Powder in Rose Quartz | Review

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Phee released her new Marbled Highlight Powders this week in 4 shades. Each shade contains The Original Glow Highlight Powder (an intense champagne shimmer) and is marbled with one of her other shades to give either a pink, lilac, green or blue subtle reflect to it. I obviously picked up Rose Quartz as I love me a pink highlight. Rose Quartz is a mix of The Original and Papillon.

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Swirling both colours together gives you a beautiful intense highlight that reflects both pink and champagne and looks great on my fair skin. I have a feeling this is going to become my new favourite highlight shade as I was on the lookout for a subtle pink but intense highlight. It’s worth nothing that the pan is a huge 59mm so you’re getting a very generous amount of product for only £11.

Here’s some photos of me wearing it:

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Rose Quartz is cruelty free and £11 available from Phee’s Makeup Shop here.

(All products in this post were purchased by myself)

Freedom House of GlamDolls Vintage Doll Palette | Review

12248040_1206399972721697_4541421291068435810_oFreedom Makeup and House of GlamDolls have collaborated to bring us four palettes based around 4 looks that contain all the products necessary to create the look. The palettes contain 4 x brow powders, 3 x powder highlighters, 10 x powder eyeshadows, 2 x blushers and 4 x lip colours – all for only £8! Each palette comes with a tutorial showing how to recreate the looks.

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Brow powders

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(l-r: Taupe, Brunette, Bark and Ebony)

The brow powders are all highly pigmented and have a great shade range allowing you to choose which will best suit your needs. Applied with an angled brush they can be used to create a soft natural brow or a full on defined brow.

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(l-r: Starlight, Light and Haze)

I think Starlight might be perfect for me! It’s hard for me to find highlighters for my pale pink skin as they often show up or yellow or too dark but Starlight is a lovely white gold shimmer. It’s great that a matte shade is included as well as Haze which will work well on darker skin tones, making it a universal palette.

Shimmer eyeshadows

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(l-r: Silverscreen, Delicate, Scarlet, Siren, Vamp and Heroine)

The shadows all have good pigmentation (Vamp could do with being a little stronger but it could come out differently on the eye) and a nice mix of warm and cool colours. Suitable for a range of skin tones.

Matte eyeshadows

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(l-r: Pure, Demure, Allure and Jet)

These matte shades work will work perfectly along side the shimmers and I’m very impressed by how pigmented the black is, quite rare for a high street/drugstore brand.

Blushers

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(l-r: Retro and Glamour)

I’m not a fan of wearing blush but these two shades are nice and allow you to opt for a more natural flush or a bold cheek.

Lipgloss

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(l-r: Flapper, Dark Cherry, Power and Ruby)

These super pigmented glosses will help to finish off your vintage doll perfectly.

The Vintage Doll palette is £8 and available here.

(All items in this post were purchased by myself. Opinions are my own)

Makeup Geek 9-Eyeshadow Starter Kit | Review

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Having not tried Makeup Geek eyeshadows before I figured the best and most cost effective way to try would to be to buy the starter kit, and luckily I wasn’t disappointed. The mattes are probably the best matte eyeshadows that I’ve ever used! The kit contains a great mix of warm, cool, shimmer and matte shades so it makes it super versatile when creating makeup looks.

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(l-r: Shimma Shimma, Creme Brulee and Glamorous)

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(l-r: Prom Night, Unexpected and Drama Queen)

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(l-r: Cocoa Bear, Mocha and Corrupt)

What I found strange about these shadows is usually I find that shows swatch better on your hand then they do apply on your eye with a brush, however these look better applied on the eye than they do in a swatch! I would definitely recommend these shadows.

The kit is $50 and available here.

(All products in this post were purchased by myself – all opinions are my own)

Phee’s Makeup Tips Limited Edition Christmas Eyeshadow Duo| Review

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Phee is killing it again with her Christmas duo! The shades are the perfect to create a glitzy Christmas look that will have all eyes on you. All of Phee’s eyeshadows are super pigmented but I feel like these shades take it even further.
Moreish is an intense foil gold and Pyrite is a more subtle antique gold with a black base.

Check out my instagram for a moving swatch:

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You can expect a tutorial using these shades soon!

The duo is available for £11 here or for £6.50 each.

(All products in this post were purchased by myself – all opinions are my own)

Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Palette | Review

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Urban Decay and Gwen Stefani have teamed up to create this beautiful palette. Unlike most celebrity makeup collaborations this palette feels like Gwen had a real input. The colours inside will work best with someone of a similar skin tone to her so it’s perhaps not the most universal palette but it works perfectly for me.

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(l-r: Blonde, Bathwater, Skimp, Steady and Punk)

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(l-r: Baby, Anaheim, Stark, Zone and Serious)

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(l-r: Pop, Harajuku, Danger, 1987 and Blackout)

As with all Urban Decay shadows, I feel they show up better on the eyes when using Primer Potion underneath, but I’m pretty impressed with the palette!

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Here’s a quick look that I created using a few of the shades in the palette.

 The palette is £40 and available tomorrow (I think!) from Urban Decay counters.

(All products in this post were purchased by myself – all opinions are my own)