Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Zoeva Rose Golden Blush Palette

I'm sure you've all seen, and fallen in love with the 'rose gold' trend that's been circulating the scene for quite a while, and doesn't seem to be shooting off anytime soon, (luckily!). Brands are pulling at our heart-strings, (and purse strings), by launching products coated in rose gold left right and centre. Zoeva is a brand that does the trend particularly well, previously launching brush lines with rose gold finishes and matching metallic pouches. Now they're back with 'Rose Golden Volume 3', which consists of a luxurious rose gold brush set, (with the killer price tag of £75!!), and a more purse-friendly blush palette! 

The palette contains a rose-gold blusher, or blush topper, a stunning white highlighter with gold reflects, and a classic cool-toned taupe contour shade. 

From the swatch, and from the initial look at the pan, the blusher didn't look like something I would use on my cheeks, as glittery cheek products tend to emphasise flaws I'd rather not draw attention to! However, after thinking 'why the hell not!', I tried it out and was absolutely stunned! For something that is incredibly glittery to swatch, it comes off on the cheeks as a gorgeous sheen, and no glitter chunks at all! The shade on my skin tone is a very warm, deep peach shade.

The highlighter is so so pigmented. Literally, I just dab my brush into the pan and sweep it along the top of my cheekbones and I'm good to go! Although it looks a flat white in the pan, it has a stunning iridescence to it, and has warm gold reflects, complimenting the coolness of the white beautifully.

As for the contour shade, in the pan, it looks like my dream shade, and it really is on the skin too! However, it's slightly tougher to grab the product onto your brush. I'm not sure why, but it's very gritty to begin with, and I feel like I have to scrub at the pan to really get it going. Once applied, it does look beautiful, and creates the most natural shadow. Surprisingly, this hasn't put me off and I still adore this palette, contour shade included. 

You can purchase this palette from www.beautybay.com for £13! I personally think that's an amazing price, especially for such a quality product.. (Plus the packaging is pretty fabulous too!). 


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

What's In My Travel Makeup Palette?

Recently, I've been doing a lot of travelling, meaning I've been having to narrow down what make-up I travel with quite dramatically! 
I'm the kind of girl who will travel with six different palettes, purely because I like one shade in each. I finally came to terms with the fact that that's completely unreasonable.. thank God for Makeup Geek! 
I decided to custom create my own little palette, using their Travel Vault Palette, which is basically Makeup Geeks own 'Z Palette'. It's slightly larger than a regular 'small' Z palette, and way more attractive. With a gunmetal finish, and a huge mirror on the inside, this is a dream to travel with. 

Okay! So what's on the inside? Everything in this palette is by Makeup Geek, besides my Benefit Hoola bronzer. I do own a few of the Makeup Geek contour shades, but Hoola is my perfect contour and bronzer combined. If you're wondering how I de-potted this, it was actually part of the 'Real Cheeky Party' palette from their Christmas range, but I'm sure there's ways of de-potting this powder from the regular box! 
For blusher, I popped in Makeup Geeks 'Spellbound', which is the perfect, universal shade. It's not too warm, not too cool, and not too pink.
As I mentioned before, I use Hoola as my contour and bronzer, and for highlighter, the eyeshadow 'Shimma Shimma' by Makeup Geek works perfectly. (Isn't it great when you find multi-use products?!). 

(From L to R) -  Spellbound (Makeup Geek), Hoola (Benefit), & Shimma Shimma (Makeup Geek).

As for eyeshadows, this was not a decision I enjoyed making. As a self-confessed eyeshadow junkie, it was like choosing between children. In the end, I followed my heart and went with warm/orange tones. These are shades I generally lean more towards, and I find them to be flattering on my skin tone. 

(From L to R) - Mirage (matte), Chickadee (matte), Morocco (matte), Cocoa Bear (matte), I'm Peachless (duochrome) & Shimma Shimma (shimmer). 

I use Mirage to set my eyeshadow primer down, and also to highlight the brow bone.
Chickadee is the perfect light orange transition shade, and Morocco is great to intensify the crease, and add a little more definition. 
To deepen the outer corner, I use Cocoa Bear, and for lid shades I have the options of I'm Peachless, for something a little more dramatic, or Shimma Shimma as a nice wash of colour, (and as an inner corner highlight!).

So that's what's in my travel makeup palette! You can purchase the Makeup Geek products here, and Benefit's Hoola bronzer here!

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