ColourPop Cosmetics x Shayla | Perception Palette | Full Review

Hi Beauties, 

Welcome back to yet another eyeshadow palette review post! Today’s post is going to focus on the Perception palette which was a collaboration between ColourPop Cosmetics and Shayla (aka MakeupShayla). If you want to learn more about the palette, and whether or not I will be keeping it in my collection, then keep on reading. 

About The Palette –

I was instantly drawn to this collection when it was first released back in 2018. I splurged and purchased the entire collection all in one hit, which contained the palette, some creme luxe lipsticks and two loose highlighter shades. Shayla and ColourPop have come together on numerous occasions now and released some pretty amazing stuff! The Perception palette is a large 16 shade palette that contains shades with matte, shimmer and metallic finishes.  

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The Packaging – 

The palette itself is stunning. The cardboard exterior has a black, purple and gold splatter pattern to it and is quite large in size as it does contain 16 shades of shadows. The size of the pans, however, are smaller in comparison to ColourPop’s single pressed shadows. A major bonus for me in regards to this palette is that it also holds a decent sized mirror. You could very easily do your makeup with it! Another bonus is that the packaging isn’t super thick, so it is super easy to store within your collection. 

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The Shades – 

Unbothered is a metallic soft, golden beige shade with a very subtle peach shift. 

T.F. is a metallic gold shade. 

Titus is a dark frosted grey taupe shade. 

Stallion is a deep black shade with flecks of blue sparkles. 

Spill The Tea is a metallic medium rosy copper shade.

Diva is a metallic copper with orange undertones. 

I.E. is an olive green shade with a pearly sheen finish.  

14 is a medium blue shade with a pearly sheen finish. 

Strut N Slay is a metallic rosy copper shade. 

Culture is a matte dark orange/peach shade. 

Sassy has a reddish-brown base with green/teal shifting shimmers. 

September is a pink shade with a frosted sheen finish. 

Revenge is a matte dark red/copper shade. 

Thic is a matte rich orange shade. 

Played Out is a matte deep red-brown shade. 

Shade is a plum/burgundy shade with flecks of sparkle. 

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Final Thoughts

I have really grown to love the formula and pigmentation of ColourPop shadows. They blend out super easily on the eyes, they are intensely pigmented and they have such a wide range of shades within their single pressed shadow collection. The Perception palette definitely reaches these expectations also. While the more metallic shades are definite standouts in this palette, the pigmentation of the matte shades are still something worth noting. 

Will I be keeping the ColourPop Cosmetics x Shayla Perception Palette in my collection? Sadly, I think this one is going to go. While I have found so many positives about this palette, it is just one of those items that I hardly ever reach for. The shades are stunning, but I like a palette to contain more cohesive shades so that I can use it for numerous different looks without having to dip into other palettes. The colour story just leaves me feeling a little uninspired. 

Have you tried the Perception palette? What is your favourite ColourPop Cosmetics eyeshadow palette? Make sure you leave me a comment and let me know 🙂

That’s all for now Beauties!

X

Jeffree Star Cosmetics | Mini Breaker Palette | Full Review

Hi Beauties, 

Welcome back to another eyeshadow palette review post! Today’s post is going to focus on the Jeffree Star Cosmetics MiniBreaker palette. If you want to learn more about this mini palette, and whether or not I will be keeping it in my collection, then keep on reading.

About The Palette –

Back in June 2019, the infamous Jeffree Star Cosmetics realised the most iconic summer collection. Within this collection was the adorably cute Mini Breaker Eyeshadow Palette. At the time of its launch, I think that the mini palette was pushed to the back burner, as it’s bigger sister, the Jawbreaker palette, was the most hyped-up product of the entire release.

The Mini Breaker Palette is Jeffree Star Cosmetics first-ever 9-pan eyeshadow and pressed pigment palette. It is vegan and cruelty-free. This beauty comes with a great range of mattes, duo chromes and glitter shades. Two of the shades, ‘Bubble Gum’ and ‘Bite Me’ are also featured in the larger Jawbreaker palette. This palette retails for $28 USD (approx. $41.37 AUD). 

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The Packaging – 

The palette itself is absolutely stunning. The cardboard exterior has a white background with many coloured paint splodges all over it, and of course the infamous Jeffree Star Cosmetics logo. It is a very solid and heavy palette as it does contain a large mirror on the inside which is a nice and necessary bonus in my books. Another bonus is that the packaging isn’t super thick like some of his other palettes, so it is easy to store within your collection. The smaller size of the palette also makes it a great one to travel with. 

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The Shades –

Double Scoop matte terracotta nude shade. 

Orange Crush is an orange matte with gold reflects. 

Foreplay is a matte pinky purple shade. 

Oral is a beautiful duo-chrome with lilac reflects.  

Purple Punch is a matte bright purple shade. 

Slice is a metallic orange/gold shade. 

Bubble Gum is a matte baby pink shade. 

Bite Me is a deep rich purple metallic.

Hot Fudge is a matte dark cool-toned brown shade.  

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Final Thoughts

For a palette that costs $42 (roughly), I am really surprised. Why? Because I feel like this palette is worth more. Yes, it is a mini, which means that the price point is a little steep, but I feel like you really are getting your money’s worth. 

There was little to no fallout with all the shades in the palette, which means you are getting your money’s worth without too much wastage. One negative point is that some of the shades do stain the skin ever so slightly, but that is to be expected when you are working with vegan eye products. I had no issues with blending out all the shadows on my eye either which is great! All the shades are creamy and soft to the touch, but like always, the matte shades are just ever so slightly drier than the shimmers. However, I don’t think they are as bad as some of my other eyeshadow palettes.   

Will I be keeping the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Mini Breaker Palette in my collection? How dare you even ask me that question?! Of course, I am! Will I be reaching for it every day, no. But when I want myself a cute purple look, you best believe that I am grabbing this palette first. She is beauty, she is grace, she is a god damn keeper my friend. 

Have you tried out the Mini Breaker palette? What is your favourite Jeffree Star Cosmetics palette? Leave me a comment and let me know 🙂

That’s all for now Beauties! 

X

 

 

Huda Beauty | Electric Obsessions Palette | Full Review

Hi Beauties, 

Welcome back to another eyeshadow palette review post! Today’s post is going to focus on the Huda Beauty Electric Obsessions palette. If you want to learn more about this mini palette, and whether or not I will be keeping it in my collection, then keep on reading.

About The Palette –

This palette is a mini eyeshadow palette which contains 6 bold matte shades and 3 shimmers. As you can tell, this palette is not for the faint-hearted! It is super bright and contains everything from electric yellows to bright blues. It was released quite some time ago and sadly, it is no longer available for purchase (that I can find anyway).  

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The Packaging –

The palette itself is so simple and chic. The cardboard exterior is all black with images of broken shades on the front cover. As always, it is a bonus for me if a palette contains a mirror, and this one does! It is a smaller mirror so probably not the best to do your entire makeup routine in, but I love pulling this palette out when it is time to put lashes on. The packaging is also very slim and small, so it is great for traveling with, and it is easy to store within your collection.  

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The Shades –

Electric #1 is a matte bright magenta shade.

Electric #2 is a metallic purple shade.

Electric #3 is a matte peach shade. 

Electric #4 is a metallic dark cobalt shade.

Electric #5 is a matte yellow shade.

Electric #6 is a matte rich fuchsia pink shade.

Electric #7 is a matte dark teal shade.

Electric #8 is a metallic light sky blue shade.

Electric #9 is a matte dark red shade.

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My Final Thoughts –

Considering this palette cost me $48 USD when I picked it up, I expected big things. I loved it when I first purchased it and was able to create some really beautiful looks with it. Nowadays, it sadly is one of those palettes that sits in my drawer and gets neglected. I am glad that I included it in my little ‘random eyeshadow palette’ tests, and I am glad that I got to use it early on in the testing phases (am I doing an experiment or something? Sounding so scientific and professional). 

All the shades are super bright and pigmented, with not one shade letting the team down. The mattes are obviously a little drier than the shimmery shades, but isn’t that to be expected anyway? All the shades blend out super easily on the skin and they do really pop when placed on a nice, light base. One minor negative is that some of the shades do stain the eye ever so slightly. Even though this palette is considered a ‘mini’, the pan sizes are still a decent size, and I don’t see myself being able to go through all the products before it sadly expires. 

So the real question is, is the Huda Beauty Electric Obsessions palette staying in my collection? Yeah guys, yeah it is. Although I don’t always reach for it, it is something that I would miss from my collection if it wasn’t there. I definitely plan on keeping it until it can no longer perform its proper duties.  

Do you have this palette in your collection? Do you wish you could still get your hands on it now? What is your favourite Huda Beauty product? Make sure you leave me a comment and let me know 🙂

That’s all for now Beauties!

X

 

ColourPop Cosmetics | Single Pressed Shadows | Full Review

Hi Beauties!

Today is another long one so I won’t go on in my little introduction. As you can tell from its title, this post is an in-depth look into my personalised ColourPop Cosmetics Single Pressed Shadows. I picked these shades myself, so my goal for this palette is to only keep the colours that I think I would get the most use out of. Let’s do it! 

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Now and Zen is a metallic pale yellow gold shade. The pigmentation on this shade is amazing. It really does add that pop of colour to the inner corner, the brow bone or however you wish to use it really. Because of its velvety texture, it can tend to pick up a bit chunky on a brush or finger if you are too heavy-handed. Verdict – she’s staying! 

Let Me Explain is a metallic ivory shade. Similar to Now and Zen, the pigmentation is so amazing but it can pick up a little chunky if you go in too hard. I love using this shade for a bit of brightness on the inner corner and brow bone. Verdict – she’s staying! 

Come And Get It is a beautiful duo-chrome rose with a gold flip. Once again, the pigmentation on this shade is amazing, especially considering how cheap and affordable ColourPop shadows are. I have to admit that I don’t reach for this shade too often, but when I do I am reminded why I fell in love with it in the first place. Verdict – she’s staying! 

Heavy Glam is a vibrant duo-chrome orange with a pink shift. This shade was also a collaboration with the beautiful ILUVSARAHII. Again, it is a shade I don’t reach for too often as I don’t think pinks are really my colour, but it is still so beautiful to occasionally put on the eyelid or even as a pop on the inner corner. However, after playing around with it recently I was a little unimpressed with how it performed. Verdict – bye sis! 

Pinky Promise is a rich, metallic, cranberry red shade. These types of colours are the ones I am obsessed with as I think they really make my green/hazel eyes pop! On its own, all over the lid it really makes a bold statement, which is exactly how I have been using it. However, now that I think about it, pop it over a black base and wow I can only imagine the beauty. Sadly it is no longer on their website, which makes me believe it may be discontinued! Verdict – she’s staying! 

Lit is a metallic dark plum shade, very similar to Pinky Promise actually! Lit is definitely more of a purple shade, compared to Pinky Promise, which is more uh, pinky. Again this is one I would use over the lid as a bold statement with a smokey eye look. Sadly it is no longer on their website, which makes me believe that it may be discontinued! Verdict – she’s staying! 

Indio is a soft pink with holographic glitter. The glitters in this shade aren’t too large but they are slightly chunky, which I think adds to the beauty of it. I have to say that glitter has never been my thing as I just never got the hang of applying it and it just goes everywhere! However, these pressed glitters are something I can get behind. Although it is advertised as a self-adhering glitter, I use a base as it just helps make it extra sparkly and helps the staying power. Verdict – she’s staying! 

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Vivacious is a light-medium metallic peach shade. This shade is just like the rest in terms of pigmentation however, I did notice that it tended to sheer out the longer I wore it. Perhaps with a good base underneath this wouldn’t be an issue. I love using this on the inner corner to brighten the eye, all over the lid, or if I’m feeling extra, well, vivacious, I might use it on a wet brush to really give it a bright pop. Sadly it is no longer on their website, which makes me believe that it may be discontinued! Verdict – she’s staying! 

High Strung is a metallic coppery brown shade. The pigmentation of all ColourPop metallics is just second to none. I am drawn to this shade as soon as I look at my little palette, something about it just screams my name. I love using it all over the lid or as an inner corner pop. Sadly it is no longer on their website, which makes me believe that it may be discontinued! Verdict – she’s staying! 

Snake Eyes is a metallic pale pink taupe shade. This is another shade that I reach for all the time when using this palette. It is great all over the lid and as an inner corner highlight as well. I don’t know how I haven’t hit pan on it yet! Verdict – she’s staying! 

Glass Bull is a duo-chrome lavender icy-blue shade. This is my all-time favourite shadow in my palette to use all over the lid or as an inner corner highlight. It is applied best with your fingers, but a damp brush works amazing also. The other day I applied this over a dark base, and ohhh girl, do this and you will have yourself a bomb look, my friend. Verdict – she’s staying!

Tea Garden is a duo-chrome red with a green-gold flip. This is one I don’t reach for all too often. I love the numerous different colours you can get out of it, depending on where the light is hitting the shade. Once again, it’s one for all over the lid or as an inner corner pop. Verdict – she’s staying!

Lightshow is an iridescent teal glitter. On the website it is said to be a ‘self-adhering’ glitter, however, without any base, it just flakes off. With a good base underneath it, this glitter really is bright and beautiful! Verdict – she’s staying!

Tiny Tangerines is a metallic teal shade. This shade works amazing with a damp brush much like the other metallic shades. It is so easy to blend out and has a super smooth and soft consistency. Again, love using it on the inner corner or all over the lid. Sadly it is no longer on their website, which makes me believe that it may be discontinued! Verdict – she’s staying!

Antimatter is a metallic turquoise with a deep purple duo chrome flip. I find this shade a little hard to work with because I have found that if you over blend it, then it can become very dark and black (really resembles a bruised eye). It is easy to apply and is also very pigmented. The blue sparkles really stand out when applied with your finger too. Verdict – bye sis! 

Crown Jewel is a slightly shimmery dark purple shade. Look, I am really not impressed with this shade. It feels drier than the others in my collection, it is harder to work with (granted that most purples are like that) and it just doesn’t meet my high standards for an eyeshadow. I don’t even think I have used this shade since I swatched it when I first got it. It’s also not on their website, so there’s that. Verdict – bye sis! 

Bel Air is a matte cool taupe shade. The pigmentation on the matte shade is also pretty amazing. They are a little drier to the touch, but that is to be expected when dealing with matte shades. I love using this as a transition colour all over the crease, sometimes I just pop this on, add mascara and walk out the door. Verdict – she’s staying! 

Freckles is a matte light brown shade. The pigmentation of this is amazing and I love using it all over the crease or to add more definition to the inner crease when I am creating a softer look. Again, she’s a little drier than some of the other shades in my palette but I am putting that down to it being a matte shade. Sadly it is no longer on their website, which makes me believe that it may be discontinued! Verdict – she’s staying! 

Top Notch is a matte terracotta brown shade. Again, another drier shade due to its finish, but the pigmentation is great! Because this one is a little deeper in colour compared to the last two, it is perfect for creating definition or deepening the outer crease. Verdict – she’s staying! 

Cloud Nine is a matte plummy brown shade. I love how deep this colour is. I love using this to deepen the outer corner, or I use it as a liner when I want something a little softer than a black. The pigmentation of this dark brown is amazing too! Verdict – she’s staying! 

Noche is a matte dark brown shade, very similar to Cloud Nine. I love using this shade in the same way I use the other dark brown shades, as a liner, outer corner or just for more depth in a nice smokey look. I do think it is way too similar to the shade above so the real question is… do I need two dark browns? Sadly it is no longer on their website, which makes me believe that it may be discontinued! Verdict – bye sis! 

Razy is a deep matte eggplant shade. It is highly pigmented with a smooth velvety texture, more on the dry side compared to other shades. I love using to deepen the outer crease for a more dramatic look. Sadly it is no longer on their website, which makes me believe that it may be discontinued! Verdict – she’s staying! 

Let’s Do It is a deep matte black shade. It does needs building up to be a true black shade but the pigmentation is definitely there. Again, it is more on the drier side of matte shades but it does blend out on the eye like a dream. I love smudging it along the lash line for a perfectly soft winged liner look. Verdict – she’s staying!

End Results: I started off with 23 single shadows in this palette, and after the big test, I am decluttering 4 and keeping 19. Not a big shock as I knew I loved these shadows, but hey, it’s something!

I would highly recommend any beauty lover to get their hands on some of the ColourPop Cosmetics single pressed shadows. They are such good value for money (especially when they have sales on, which is pretty regularly) and the shade range is incredible!

What was your favourite shade from my palette? What ColourPop Single Pressed Shadows are your favourite? Leave me a comment and let me know 🙂

That’s all for now Beauties!

X

Ulta3 | Blossom Beauty Collection | First Impressions

Hi Beauties,

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to have a representative from Ulta3 Beauty reach out to me and ask if I wanted to try out some of their new Blossom Beauty collection. I was a little hesitant at first because I had never tried anything from this brand before. But then I thought, what a perfect opportunity to change that! Today’s post is going to be all about the amazing goodies that I was lucky enough to be gifted from Ulta3.

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First up we have the Longwear Lip Liners in the shades Coral Reef, Garnet and Latte. These goodies retail for only $4.95 AUD each. These classic soft-tipped pencils are a new vegan formula for Ulta3 and they easily help extend the wear of any lip colour. These are available in 7 different shades. I never really got into the lip liner trend but it is something that I want to practise in order to perfect. I have only swatched these lip liners and I can honestly say that they are so buttery and smooth! I can’t wait to play around with them more. 

Next up we have the Get Glossy Lip Lacquers in the shades Fierce Fuchsia, Rosé All Day and Barely There. These beauties retail for $7.95 AUD each! What an absolute bargain. These high shine and pigmented lip lacquers give your lips a super glossy and juicy finish. These are available in 8 different shades and come in a super smooth, non-sticky formula. Now if you have been following me for a while when you may know that in the past lip glosses were never my thing. But boy how times have changed! I have been loving putting these on the lips and heading out the door. They are just so quick and easy to use and they feel so nice and comfortable on the lips. So far a win in my books! I will definitely keep trying these out and keep you updated.

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The second to last product is the Pucker Up Lip Plumping Gloss. This retails for only $9.95 AUD. This Lip Gloss helps to plump up that pout with its clear, high-shine plumping mixture. You can use it on its own or as a topcoat over your favourite lip shade. The formula works instantly to help give you perfectly plump lips and long-lasting hydration. If you have tried any lip plumping products in the past then you may know all about that ‘burning’ sensation that is often associated with the plumping nature of these glosses. I found with this product that it wasn’t so much as a ‘burning’ sensation but rather a slight tingle. I have already used this a couple of times and I am really loving it. 

Last, but certainly not least, we have the Bloom Blush Liquid Blushes in the shades Flossy and Sweetheart. This amazing liquid to powder blush formula is so smooth and super pigmented. A small amount of product really goes a long way with this one! These beauties are available in 3 shades and are sadly limited edition, so you will have to get in their quick. Now, when I first read the ‘liquid to powder’ description I was instantly very intrigued. How on earth would that work? Well let me tell you, it works amazingly! I have been putting a very small amount on my finger and tapping it onto both cheeks. Then I rub in the product to get the powdered effect. I am in love with this product at the moment as I love how natural it looks on the skin compared to traditional blushes. 

This range is vegan and cruelty-free and is available to purchase now at selected pharmacies and online

*Disclaimer – all these products have been generously gifted to me, but all opinions are my own*

Have you tried any of the Blossom Beauty range from Ulta3? What product is your favourite? Leave me a comment and let me know 🙂

That’s all for now beauties!

X

 

Makeup Declutter/Empties | Ep. 1

Hi Beauties,

I have recently been updating my makeup inventory which has made me take a long hard look at all the makeup I have been hoarding over the past few years. I decided that now would be a great time to thoroughly declutter my collection and just keep the products that I love and use often. Due to this, I have decluttered a TON of products so this is what I am going to share with you today, I’ve thrown in some empties for good measure also. There is a whole lot to get through so let’s get straight into it!

L’Oreal Paris Base Magique Primer – I had this product in my project pan for this year, and I  am happy to say that I am done with it! It is such a good pore filling primer and I would definitely try and get my hands on it again in the future once I test out some other primers. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Lipsticks – I feel so sad getting rid of these mini lipsticks because they are so beautiful. But I just don’t know what I was thinking when I purchased these because if I am being perfectly honest, pink lipstick shades and I aren’t the best of friends. I just don’t like how they look against my skin. So these lovely lipsticks don’t go to waste I will be sending them along to a family member who I know will get so much use out of them. 

Australis Cosmetics Fresh & Flawless Powder – this was another product that I featured in my project pan items for this year and as you can see it’s pretty much empty (finally!). It is a super affordable dupe for the MAC Cosmetics powders and I have already opened a fresh one. 

Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder – I feel like I have had this in my collection forever, so it is definitely due to go in the bin! 

Tarte Cosmetics Maneater Mascara, Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara & Maybelline The Colossal Mascara – all of these beauties are pretty much empty! I feel so accomplished to finish so many amazing mascaras. I definitely want to repurchase the Tarte and Maybelline ones in the future. 

MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Concealer – another product that has been in my collection for far too long. I used to love this concealer so much because it is super full coverage and doesn’t budge all day long. However, now that I am older and my skin has changed I find it too thick for under my eyes so I never really reach for it anymore. 

Glamglow Glowsetter Setting Spray – I am so glad that I tried out this mini product! It is such an amazing setting spray! I definitely want to pick up the full-sized product. 

NARS Cosmetics Foundation – I feel like I should have gotten rid of this foundation a while ago simply because it is so not my shade. However, I tried to make it work and wore it on the odd occasion. It has now expired and I would love to repurchase it in my actual shade. 

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipsticks – I am so sad to be saying goodbye to these gems but they are all expired so I am no longer able to use them. I definitely will be repurchasing my favourite shades in the future! 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette – now this may come as a shock to some of you because this palette was so highly wanted and talked about for such a long time within the beauty community. I hardly reach for this palette because of two simple reasons. One is that I don’t enjoy the undertones of these shades on my skin (I feel like they all turn out really dark and a lot of the shades are so similar) and I also feel super uninspired when I look at this palette. For those reasons, I will be sending this off to a better home where it can be used and loved. 

Tarte Cosmetics Maneater Palette – yet another eyeshadow palette that I just never reach for anymore. I loved this when I first got it because it is a great blend of neutral shades in a small, travel-friendly palette. 

Violet Voss Drenched Metals Palette – although I am all into the bright bold colours lately, and this palette definitely comes under that heading, I just never find myself wanting to reach for this palette. It has a great mix of shimmery colours but I find it hard to want to use this palette as I have to mix and match with other palettes to create a full look. 

What are some of your recent empties/decluttered products? Did I get rid of any of your favourites? Leave me a comment and let me know 🙂

That’s all for now Beauties!

X

 

Jeffree Star Cosmetics | Jawbreaker Palette | First Impressions

Hi Beauties,

A few weeks ago I put out a blog post dedicated to the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Mini Breaker Palette. As promised in that blog post, this week I am going to share my thoughts on the bigger and bolder Jawbreaker Eyeshadow Palette

In June Jeffree Star Cosmetics released his newest Summer Collection which included so many amazing products. One of which is the large and in-charge Jawbreaker Eyeshadow Palette. This palette contains 24 (yes 24 shades!) super bright and colourful eyeshadows. Two of the shades, ‘Bubble Gum’ and ‘Bite Me’ also come in the smaller Mini Breaker Palette. This palette retails for $58 USD (approx. $85.76 AUD) on its own or can be purchased in a bundle with the Mini Breaker Palette for $75 USD (approx. $110.80 AUD). 

“Say hello to our BIGGEST palette we’ve ever released! The Jawbreaker Palette is our take on a rainbow colour story, including 24 bright and iconic eyeshadows and pressed pigments. With the same intensely pigmented formulation as our previous palettes, Jawbreaker is filled with blendable mattes, blinding shimmers and silky metallics!”

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Final Thoughts…

If you already own any of Jeffree Star’s other palettes than you would know that the pigmentation of his eyeshadows is simply amazing. I found that all shades were super pigmented and easy to blend. I was worried about how the lighter pastel shades would perform, but they were just as pigmented and stunning on the eyes as they were in the pans.  There was a little bit of fall out and kick back with some of the shades but nothing major. There is a slight bit of skin staining from some of the shades but again that is to be expected when you are working with vegan eye products. 

If I had to pick something to criticise, it would be the layout of the shadows. Being a slight OCD ridden individual, I would have loved for the shades to have a bit more uniformity instead of being randomly scattered throughout the palette. If that’s all I have in terms of negatives than that is something that I can definitely live with. 

Have you tried out this palette? What are your thoughts on it? Leave me a comment and let me know 🙂

That’s all for now Beauties!

X

 

What Are The Best Affordable Makeup Brushes?

Hi, Beauties!

I am all about making smart and affordable choices in life and that doesn’t stop when it comes to the type/brand of makeup brushes I use. I am a firm believer in the idea that you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on a brush to make your makeup application better. You can get the same results (sometimes even better) with good quality, and yet affordable, brushes.

In today’s post, I am going to share all my favourite affordable brushes with you. Let’s get straight into it!

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Some of my newer favourite brushes come from the amazing New Zealand brand Xo Beauty. If you didn’t know, Xo Beauty is the professional beauty company founded by YouTube queen ShaaanXo in 2012. None of their products are tested on animals which is an added bonus. I have tried a handful of brushes from this brand and so far I have loved every single one of them. The best part about this brand is that they have worldwide shipping so everyone can get their hands on these goodies. Some of my favourites from Xo Beauty are the angled face brush, tapered face brush and the fluffy blender brush. Do yourself a favour and pick up some of their lashes too while you’re there!

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Some of the oldest brushes in my collection are from the eBay famous brand Jessup. These are some of the cheapest brushes I have ever come across and when I first purchased them I wasn’t sure if they would even be worth the $20 I paid for them. Years later and I still have the majority of them in my collection and they are some of my favourites. If you are on a budget but still want to have a wide variety of brushes handy, then I really recommend these. My most used brushes from this collection would have to be the large powder brush, the duo fibre brush and some of the flat top eye brushes.

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Now for some random brushes that I have collected over the years that I have loved. Firstly we have the EcoTools liner brush, which I was unfortunately unable to find anywhere online. I have had this one for years and years and that should help you to understand how amazing I find this brush. I have always struggled with winged liner but this brush makes it so much easier. Next up is the ELF Cosmetics blending brush which I brought from Kmart many moons ago. I loved it so much after I played around with it that I now have 4 of them in my collection. I use them for placing shadows on my inner corner, as well as blending out a look once all my shadow has been placed on the eye. Lastly, we have the Real Techniques setting brush. This is a must-have in my opinion as it is perfect to use on the lower lash line or to pack on the shadow.

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If you are after something a little more luxurious, but still don’t want to break the bank, then the Zoeva brushes are just the thing for you. They have the expensive high end feel and look without the crazy price tag. My favourites are the soft definer brush for eyeshadow, luxe grand powder for bronzer and the luxe smokey shader for packing on eyeshadow. All their brushes are super soft and have very little shedding which is definitely an added bonus.

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Lastly, we have the Simple Glam Girls mystic purple unicorn brushes. I picked these up a while back after I saw them online. They are so stunning to look at, and they actually perform really well! I am always using their big fluffy blender to spread out my eye base and their angled face brush is perfect for contouring!

What are some of your favourite brushes? Have you tried any that I mentioned in today’s post? Leave me a comment and let me know 🙂

That’s all for now Beauties

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics | Androgyny Palette | Palette Review

Hi Beauties,

By now if you don’t know who Jeffree Star is then clearly you are really new to my blog. (Hi, Hello I’m Emma, please follow) I would also have to assume that you are not into the YouTube beauty community OR you have been living under a rock for the past few years. Jeffree Star is one of those Beauty Guru’s that seems to always be involved in some sort of drama or controversy. Despite this, there is no denying that Jeffree Star Cosmetics has been absolutely smashing it when it comes to releases and sales. I have a series on my blog which looks at his entire Velour Liquid Lipstick range as it is my favourite formula.

All the way back in 2017, Jeffree Star Cosmetics released its second eyeshadow palette. The Androgyny Palette has been a big hit since its arrival on the market and it is easy to see why. On Wednesday I posted 4 Looks, 1 Palette which gave you a little insight into what the palette is about. So today, as promised, I am going to finally share my review.

This palette goes for $45 USD (approx.. $63.50 AUD) but is currently sold out on the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Website. It comes with 10 super large eyeshadow pans with a mixture of super matte and metallic shades and is also vegan and cruelty-free. It also comes with a huge mirror on the inside of the lid, which is a major bonus! It is described on his website as:

The Androgyny Palette is our version of a “neutral” palette. Endless possibilities to create and explore. Experience our 2 finishes: super mattes and metallic. 10 jaw-dropping shades. Extreme pigment.

Let’s get into some swatches!

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics – Androgyny Palette Swatches

As you can see all the shadows are extremely pigmented. If you have seen my previous post (4 looks, 1 palette) then you would have seen the different looks I was able to create using this palette. And you would also see that the colours blend really nicely on the eyes. They aren’t overly pigmented that you need to put in a lot of elbow grease just to make them work, but they are pigmented enough that you can see them on the skin after one swipe. Even though the packaging is cardboard, it still feels super sturdy and good enough to protect the pans should you take this palette with you if you travel. I love the pink textured faux snakeskin packaging, it really gives it that extra bit of glamour.

I love that this palette isn’t your usual take on a “neutral” palette. It still has those essential blending shades (both light and dark) but it also has some great pops of colour. I would say that I don’t find myself needing BOTH the Poison and Swallow shades as they are very similar so it would have been nice to substitute one of those for another transition type shade. My favourites would have to be Frosting, Fetish, Charm and Deja Vu as they work so well with my eye colour and really add to any makeup look.

Final thoughts: I really do love this palette. Do I think every beauty lover needs it? No. If this kind of colour story tickles your fancy then I would recommend picking it up. These shades aren’t for everyone that’s for sure! Unfortunately it is currently sold out on the Jeffree Star Cosmetics website, however for us Aussie Babes, Black Swallow and Princess Polly are also exclusive stockists, so check their websites if you are wanting to pick it up ASAP.

Have you tried the Androgyny palette? What other Jeffree Star Cosmetics products should I review? Leave me a comment and let me know 🙂

That’s all for now Beauties!

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4 Looks, 1 Palette | The Androgyny Palette

Hi Beauties,

The Jeffree Star Cosmetics Androgyny palette is by no means new to the market. It was released back in 2017 and has been a big hit since its arrival. I have had it in my collection for a little while now, and decided it was time to put it to the test to see if it is worth the hype or not. It contains 10 jaw-dropping super matte and metallic shades and is Jeffree Star’s version of a ‘neutral’ palette.

Today’s post is going to focus on 4 different eye looks I have recently created with the Androgyny Palette. Let’s get into it!

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I had so much fun creating these looks with the Androgyny Palette, and I will be posting a full palette review on Saturday. Make sure you follow my blog so you don’t miss it!

Thats all for now Beauties!

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