Huda Beauty | Warm Brown Obsessions Palette

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I definitely squealed a little bit inside when I saw the teasers for the new Huda Beauty mini palettes on trendmoon! I already own the Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette, so I knew if these were any way as good as that then I would love it!

There are four different palettes to choose from- The Smokey Obsessions Palette, The Warm Brown Obsessions Palette, The Mauve Obsessions Palette and The Electric Obsessions Palette. I was instantly drawn to the gorgeous warm tones of the Warm Brown Palette, and I knew that it would become a staple in my everyday makeup routine.

These palettes retail for an affordable £25 each which I think for the quality, and the brand in general is pretty reasonable, and you can purchase Huda Beauty products from Cult Beauty.

When the palette arrived I was surprised by how small it was. I don’t know why but I was expecting it to be a lot bigger than it is, but now looking at it, it is the perfect size- especially for travelling! The palette comes with a pretty good mirror, and the nine shades, in reasonably sized pans.

So moving onto the actual shades. The palette consists of 8 matte shades, and one shimmer, which I think is okay. I personally really love an all matte eyeshadow look at the moment, so this wasn’t a problem for me at all.

The top row has a Deep Burgundy shade, a bright orange and a dark red (it looks more bright in the swatches). All of these swatched really well. The pigment is really strong and they felt really creamy.

The middle row has a really dark, chocolate brown, a super shimmery gold, and a creamy white. The brown is perfect for deepening up the crease, and the pigment of this is really good. The gold shimmer swatched amazingly! As you can see in the images the pigment is so strong, and it looks so vibrant and bright. I cannot wait to play around with this. As for the creamy white, its the perfect shade to put all over the lid, to set any eye primer you use, and to neutralise the lid.

The bottom row has a peachy, pink shade, a light brown and a rusty red. Again these all swatched really well, the pigment was really strong on all of the shades. The light brown shade is the perfect transition shade for the crease, and the rusty red is such a pretty shade. I can see myself using it a lot.

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So here is a makeup look I created using this palette. I love how the palette performed on the eyes. The colours were pigmented and blended out so easily. The gold shimmer is so intense and pretty, and I absolutely love it. Overall I’m super happy with the palette, and it’s definitely going to be a good one for everyday wear.

On my face-

Foundation- Too Faced Born This Way

Concealer- Rimmel Match Perfection

Powder- Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder

Contour- Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette

Bronzer- Estee Lauder Bronze Godess

Blush- NARS Orgasm

Highlighter- Anastasia Beverly Hills That Glow

Eyes- MAC Painterly Paint pot, Huda Beauty Warm Brown Obsessions Palette

Mascara- L’Oreal False Lash XFiber Xtreme Resist

Lashes- Doll Lash- Grace

Brows- Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow

Lips- Kyile Cosmetics- Love Bite Liquid Lip

 

KatVonD Cardiff Blogger Event

I love a beauty blogger event. The chance to meet new bloggers, try new brands and products, and the goodie bags are always a plus too! When I found out Kat Von D were opening a counter in Debenhams in Cardiff I was so excited! And of course with the new counter came a beauty blogger event, for all of us Cardiff girls to try out some Kat Von D products!

The event was a ticketed event, and the tickets cost £5 each, but you could then redeem that £5 back on products, which is fine by me seeing as I had list of things to pick up.

We took our seats front row and the lovely MUA’s went though an awesome makeup demo using all of Kats products!

The demo started with the base makeup, created by the lovely Dom. Dom created a flawless looking base using the Lock-it Hydrating Primer mixed with the famous Metal Crush Eyeshadow in the shade ‘Thunderstruck’. This gave the skin a really gorgeous, glowy complexion, and was the perfect base to apply the Lock-it foundation on top. She demoed how to use the Shade and Light palette in a really natural way to give the face some really subtle structure, and then finished the base by using ‘Thunderstruck’ again as a highlight.

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Allies was next up to create a really cool, high fashion eye look. To create the eye look she used the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks in the shades ‘Roxy’, ‘Echo’ and ‘A-Go-Go’. I loved that she used the liquid lipsticks as its such a different take on the regular eye makeup look. It showed just how versatile the products were. She started off by applying Roxy all over the lids and bleeding it out. Once that had started to dry she added Echo to random areas of the eye, not really keeping to a specific look, but rather just going with the flow. The two colours started to mix slightly creating a gorgeous dark purple shade. Once this had dried she applied A-Go-Go using a mascara wand. This was a really interesting technique to learn as the mascara wand gave a really different texture to what a brush would give. It really gave the look that ‘High Fashion’ feel to it. The neon orange really stood out against to two darker shades too. To finish the look she used the Alchemist palette and the Setting Spray to add a holographic look. This really tied the look together and it was what convinced me to buy the palette afterwards.

(Images taken from the KVDartistrycardiff Instagram page)

Overall the demo was really interesting and I picked up some many tips to use in the future.

Now onto what I bought and the Goodie bag!

So the one thing that was on the top of my shopping list was the Lock-it Concealer. I’ve never owned a High-end concealer before and I can definitely tell the difference between this and my collection one. This concealer is so thick and creamy, and covers all of my dark circles.

I then picked up a Liquid Lipstick in the shade ‘Ayesha’ which is a lilac purple shade, and its beautiful! Carry on reading to see a makeup look I created using it!

The last thing I bought is the ‘Alchemist palette‘. This is so beautiful, and so versatile too! It can be used as a highlighter, and also as eyeshadows, on the lips, anywhere you want to glow basically. Spray this with a little bit of fixing spray and Oh my, you will be blinded! This is being discontinued soon, so if you want it get it now!

Now onto the goodie bag! We got a travel sized Tattoo Liner which I’m so excited about! I’ve already used this and honestly, its the most incredible liner I’ve ever used. I find most liners leak and spread in my inner corners, but this didn’t do that at all. Amazing!

We also got samples of both fragrances, ‘Saint’ and ‘Sinner’. I much prefer Sinner out of the two, but both are gorgeous scents!

As soon as I got home I had to have a play with all of the products I got! I wanted to create a look really out of my comfort zone. I used a sample of the Lock-it foundation as a  base, and the Lock-it concealer to conceal and highlight.

For eyes I used the Liquid Lipstick in Ayesha and created a cut crease. I normally really struggle doing a cut crease with eye shadow, but I found it so easy using the liquid lipstick! I then used the Tattoo Liner to create a winged liner, and went over that with the Alchemist palette, ombreing the different shades along the line. I also used both the Liquid lipstick and the Alchemist palette on my lips.

Overall I love this look, and the event was such a great night! I’m looking forward the next one coming up soon!

Review|Scrub Love Body Scrub

I’ve seen the Scrub Love Body Scrubs all over Instagram, and its a brand I’ve wanted to try for ages, so when I saw that it was in the June Birchbox I was so excited to finally be able to try it out.

My first impression when I opened the bag was that the scrub didn’t feel like other scrubs I have used before. It was very dry, and almost soil like, so I was quite skeptical to use it.

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As you can see from the image above the texture of the scrub meant that it went everywhere! And I’m not even exaggerating, I was finding bits of it for days after. It was a very fine texture and I felt it didn’t exfoliate at all. I tried this on both dry and wet skin to see if one would be better than the other, and honestly both did not work at all. I felt like my legs were not exfoliated and all I was left with was a huge mess to clear up.

I had such high expectations for this and I was so disappointed when it completely didn’t live up to them. I’ll be sticking to my usual LUSH Rub, Rub, Rub for the time being.

My Favourite Palettes | High End..

I’m a sucker for a good eyeshadow palette, and since studying makeup I’ve built up quite the collection of High End Palettes. I love a good neutral shade, but I also love a palette with a bit of colour and originality, and thats what I love about these four palettes.

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The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette is a favourite among many people and for good reason! The orange and red tones in this palette are so beautiful and are perfect for the Autumn season. As you can see from the image above Primavera’ is a favourite of mine. I love using this shimmery champagne shade all over the lid, or just in the inner corners. I also adore the shade‘Burnt Orange’ all over my lid and blended out in the crease, on its own for a statement orange eye.

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I was so excited when I saw the shades in the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. It has so many beautiful neutral shades, with a few more unusual colours thrown in too. I absolutely love the shade ‘Bless her heart’ which is a khaki green shade. This looks stunning blended on the lower lash line. ‘Luscious’ is a mother beautiful shade, which is perfect all over the lid. Not only are the colours of this palette gorgeous, but it also smells on Peaches which is amazing.

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The Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette is so beautiful! The pigmentation of this palette is amazing and the glitters are so good! ‘Black Truffle’ is honestly the best black eyeshadow I’ve ever used. The colour selection of these shadows are stunning. ‘Henna’ is my absolute fave from this palette, and ‘Flamingo’ is such a gorgeous bright colour if your feeling more daring.

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The NARSissist Loaded palette is the newest addition to my collection, and probably my favourite out of all of these palettes. All of the shades are so wearable, and the pigmentation of these is insane. The shadows have such a creamy texture and blend out beautifully. My absolute favourite shade is ‘Castille’ which is a gorgeous warm, brown shade, which is perfect for an all over, everyday eye look.

 

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these palettes before and what you thought of them!

June Birchbox

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I used to be obsessed with birchbox. I was subscribe for a good few years, but being an adult means that my money has to go elsewhere so I cancelled for a while. Seeing as I’m no longer in education I thought I would give it another go and try out some new products.

The theme of Junes Birchbox is ‘Day tripping’. The theme was inspired by Brighton’s beach huts and ice creams, and holiday destinations in the UK, which is where the idea of bringing out the ‘Birch Bag’ came about. The Bag is the perfect accessory for packing away all of you daily essentials for a trip somewhere in the UK.

So what’s inside Junes ‘Birch Bag’?!

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First up is the Cowshed Cow Pat Hand Cream, which retails for £8. There is nothing I hate more than dry hands so this is perfect for me to throw in my handbag to use throughout the day. This hand cream is packed full of essential oils, such as grapefruit and coriander.

The next product is the Korres Milk Proteins 3 in 1 Cleansing Emulsion. I’ve never tried anything from Korres so I’m super excited to try this out, and it’s come at the perfect time as I’ve just ran out of my current cleanser! This cleanser is suitable for all skin types, and says it cleanses, tones and removes makeup. This retails for £15. Keep an eye out for a review coming soon!

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The eyeliner I received is from the brand Arrow. It’s a brand I’ve never heard of before so I’m excited to try this out. The Enhance Waterproof eyeliner is a nude-coloured eyeliner that is said to instantly brighten tired looking eyes. It’s also Vegan and Cruelty-free which is amazing! Mine is in the shade ‘Bright Now’ and it retails for £12.

I also received the brow liner from the brand MeechNMia, again another brand I’ve never heard of. I received mine in the shade #21, which is think is going to be too light for me, but I’ll give it a go! This retails for £12.99.

As I am ‘new’ to Birchbox, having not had it for a few years, I got to receive a free gift for subscribing. I chose the Ciate Fierce Flicks eyeliner. This is a felt-tip applicator, which is not my favourite, but I’m still excited to give it a go! This retails for £15.

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The last product I received is what I’m most excited to try out! I’ve seen the Scrub Love Coffee Body Scrub floating around Instagram for quite a while, but I’ve never got around to trying it, so when I saw it was in this Bag I was so excited. This scrub is made using 100% natural ingredients, and it smells of coffee, which I love! It’s said to buff away all of the dead skin cells, whilst also hydrating the skin. This retails for £11.95. Keep an eye out for a review of this coming soon!

Let me know if you’ve tried Birchbox before, and also any other beauty subscription boxes you recommend!