Sunday, 23 June 2019

Suva Beauty Block Party Palette

The Block Party palette from Juvia's place was a Black Friday purchase, it came heavily discounted in a pack with the Saffron eye shadow palette. I am getting the feeling that it will be Black Friday time again by the time I get through all of the eye shadow palettes that I bought from the last one!


I love the look of this palette, the graphics are pretty cool along with the holographic packaging.


Opening reveals some very colourful eye shadows. I like myself some colour on the lids, so I was looking forward to "digging in". Here are the swatches.



All shades are pigmented, the only one I can't see myself using is the first shade. The matte white is a little chalky, but it's just not a shade that I would reach for anyway.

I had fun playing with these shades. For such pigmented mattes, they performed very well, blending quite easily with the shimmers applying well, too, Here's the looks that I created.


I wanted to go a little crazy with colour for this eye look, even applying a wing with the navy blue eye shadow. Not something I'd recreate to do my shopping, but I wasn't going anywhere, so figured why not have a play with colour.


The purple shade was calling me so I went for a smokier look in this pic. I used the navy blue in the crease to add that depth of colour. Blending out the blue with the matte pink shadow.


And just to try and create a more wearable eye look I applied the second shade from the top row, a champagne pink to my lid with the plum shade, last shadow on the top row, very lightly applied to the outer V and blended into my crease.

I like the fun shades in this palette, but appreciate that I can still create a wearable eye look. Happy to have this palette in my collection.





Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Lipstick Declutter Update #18

This is my 3rd last lipstick declutter update, I can't believe that this series is nearly finished. I'll show you what I will be keeping.


NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Apple Crisp

As much as I think this is a gorgeous red, I just know I won't reach for it because it is glossy, so will quickly say goodbye before I change my mind.


ColourPop Lippie Stix in Frenchie

I love the shade, enjoy the formula, yes, keeping!

Mirenensse Mattfinity Lip Rouge in Tokyo

This is a nice shade, but I don't need it in my collection.


MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Love Feeling

Although this is an orange shade, I find it wearable and it's such a nice formula, so it's staying in my stash.


Ulta3 Lipstick in Cherry Wine

Another red shade that is quite nice, but I'm going to declutter it because I don't need it.


ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in London Fog

I love the Ultra Satin formula and this shade is stunning, so I will be keeping it.


ColourPop Ultra Matte Last Dance

I like the shade, but unfortunately this matte lipstick has a chemical smell that has changed since new, so it's time to go.


ColourPop Ultra Matte in More Better

I so love this plum shade, so I will be holding onto it.


JD Glow CosmeticsLiquid Metallic Lipstick in Rosie

I'm not a fan of the formula of this metallic lipstick, so have removed it from my collection.


Lime Crime Velveteen in Low Cut

I quite like this shade, so it will be staying in my collection.

Now that I have kept another 5 lip products my collection now consists of 91.

Monday, 10 June 2019

May Empties

So, it seems that we are now half way through the year. Didn't we just get past Christmas? Well, that's certainly what it feels like to me! Along with half of the year, I seem to have lost the pic I took showing all of my empties, so I'll just jump straight into telling you what products I finished.


Heel Chemistry- Short of using a foot peel, this is the best product I have used on my heels. This cream kept my feet in great condition over Summer. I am so happy to have a back-up!

Skin B5 Skin Purifying Mask- This clay mask did a great job at deep cleansing my pores. I would be happy to use it again, but didn't love it enough to feel the need to make sure it's in my collection at all times. I find with masks I like to try new ones often.

CosRX Glactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence- This is a nice hydrating essence that left my skin feeling smooth and ready for serum application. Not sure if I noticed any lightening of my skin, but I liked it. I was not amazed by this product, so although I wouldn't be opposed to using it again, I'm ready for something new.

MAC Strobe Cream in Pinklite- I never knew that I needed this product until I received it with a MAC order. My favourite way of using this multi-purpose illuminator is to add a small amount to my foundation. It gives me a dewy looking base, without being sparkly. Although this was only a trial size, it lasted for quite a while. I have a full size in Peachlite which I am looking forward to using.


Simple Micellar Gel Wash- I enjoyed using this gel cleanser in my morning skincare routine. Cleanses my skin without making it feel stripped. I am happy to have a back-up.

Silk Naturals Stick Em Eye Shadow Enhancer- I have been using this eye primer for years. I dab a little on my lids and the tacky base makes shimmery eye shadows pop. I always have a back up. 

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane- My skin seems to love the Squalane oil, it hydrates and plumps beautifully to the point where I often finished my skincare routine with this product rather than adding a night moisturiser. As for the retinoid, I'm not sure that it did much to improve my skin, I just don't think that it's strong enough for results on me.

Lacura Makeup Rounds- I often forget to include these cotton rounds in my empties posts. They are a staple in my bathroom and have been for years. The best I have used and budget friendly, too!


And here are the products I am decluttering, all nail polishes!

Monday, 3 June 2019

Nail Polish Declutter Update #18

Time for another nail polish declutter update. I have so many to go and feel that I should be applying more times in a week/ Oh well, I'll get there eventually, I guess.

Shatter The Scales

The shimmery blackened teal of this OPI nail polish is cool, but I just don't like the formula. It's thick and hard to apply plus drying time is very slow. Decluttering.


No shade name for this polish, but I don't need another glittery red shade, Decluttering.

Hue Are You?

I really like this chocolate-y brown, it's staying in my stash.

Oriole

I am no longer a fan of the feather nail, so I am decluttering this nail polish.

Shrimp on the Barbie

This orange with golden shimmer polish is gorgeous. I have so many orange shades, but I can't bear to part with it. I will keep it for now.

Are Mermaids Real

This mauve shade has a gold shift and is gorgeous. Keeping!

Man of La Mancha

I like this orange, but I don't need another shade like this one in my collection so I will be decluttering.

Pink Cosmo

This polish doesn't look anything special in the photo, but it actually has a mauve shift and would look beautiful over an opaque base. Keeping this one.

Mermaid Tale

The glitter in this polish is so pretty, but it's patchy to apply so I've decided to declutter it.

Keeping 4 more polishes means my collection is now at 93






Saturday, 25 May 2019

Dose of Colors Friendcation Palette

I already had the Dose of Colors palette from the original DesiXKaty collab, so it was a no brainer to add the Friendcation palette from the newest collab to my collection.



Once again the packaging is gorgeous, with the metallic mesh finish.



Instead of 4 shades, this palette offers 10. There are matte shades as well as shimmery, making for a shadows that provide transition, crease and lid options.



Swatches were done with my finger on bare skin. Photos taken in direct sunlight, which did compromise the swatches, washing out some of the actual pigmentation, unfortunately. 

The mattes do have some kick up, but blend like a dream. The shimmers are quite soft and a little flaky, especially the second shade on the bottom row. They can be applied by a brush, but a more pigmented foiled finish is achieved when using a finger.



I love an olive shadow and this one is gorgeous







Although a flaky eye shadow, the champagne shimmer on my inner half of my lid is stunning, the wine shimmer (first shadow on the second row) I thought complimented nicely on the outer lid.









The denim blue shimmer shade is certainly not an average blue, turned out better than I expected once applied.








I am usually intimidated when it comes to creating a smoky eye, but that charcoal shimmer made for not only an easy smoky eye, but a result that I was quite happy with, too.

I do appreciate that the Friendcation palette offers shades that can complete an eye look. I am so glad that I added it to my collection. 



Saturday, 18 May 2019

Lipstick Declutter Update #17

Only a few more declutters to go before I have my lipstick collection sorted. Here's what I am keeping in this update.


DB Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Survivor

I don't feel the need to keep this red, plus I'm not a fan of the formula.

NYX Simply Red Lip Cream

This is a lovely red and is comfortable to wear, but I'm just not a fan of glossy formulas, especially when it comes to bright shades. Decluttering.

NYX Liquid Suede in Tea and Cookies

I find this shade too pale for me and I know I just won't wear it. The mini is going.

Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick in Mauve Story

This lipstick is new to me, so I will be keeping it. I like the shade and formula, so am happy to hang onto it.

DB Longwear Matte in Stayput

I like the shade, but it's not unique to my collection, plus I'm not a fan of the dry formula. Decluttering.


The shade name sticker has fallen off this BH Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick. The metallic rosy shade is nice, but I already have enough metallic lipsticks that I probably won't reach for.

ColourPop Ultra Matte 

I quite like the pink shade of this liquid lipstick, but it has developed a chemical scent, so I will be decluttering it.

Lime Crime Lipstick in Charmed

This is a hard one, because it does have a metallic finish, but it's more subtle. I just really like this shade, so I will keep it for now.

This declutter was a success. Because I only kept 2 lipsticks my collection is now at 86.


Sunday, 12 May 2019

Nail Polish Declutter Update #17

I'm back again with another nail polish declutter update. 


Aztec Orange
Love it, keeping it!

Diamond

Although this polish doesn't look too special in this photo, it is so gorgeous in sunlight and would look so good over a base colour. Keeping!



I can't find a shade name for this Color Club polish, but I won't be keeping it. The polish was patchy to apply and I just don't need another blue that I realistically probably won't reach for.


Purple Passion is such a gorgeous purple that will be staying in my collection. I can't have too many purples apparently! 


I'm not sure what the name of this polish shade is, but I've decided that I don't need it in my stash.


Animate

This is a pretty red glitter, but it applies patchy, so I am decluttering it.

Red Hot Chilli Pepper

I didn't think I needed yet another red, but I don't actually have a shade like this metallic red, so it will be staying in my stash.


Starry Pink

I really like the glitter in this milky pink polish, but I don't need it in my life, so decluttering.

I kept 4 out of the 8, so that now makes a total of  89 nail polishes in my collection.