REVIEW of the Sweet Peach palette six months on

thumbnail_FullSizeRender-3I think we can all agree that the launch of the Sweet Peach collection by Too Faced was one of the most anticipated make up releases of 2016. The collection was a follow up to the first launch of the Sweet Peach palette in March of 2016, the Sweet Peach family grew when the second launch in December came as lip glosses, blushers, bronzers and highlighters with the peachy scent were added to the collection. I bought the palette which was £39 and the glow kit at £34, I’ll do a review on the glow kit later on but for this post it will just focus on the Sweet Peach palette.

I feel like I was caught up in the hype when this came about and just wanted to get my hands on the palette due to all the attention that it was getting. I would say that I can cope quite well when it comes to the pressure that surrounds buying the latest makeup as I’ve yet to cave in to Kylie Cosmetics and Jeffree Star Cosmetics. However, the Sweet Peach launch was something that completely engulfed me and I knew I had to get something from the collection. I’m totally sold on the cute peachy packaging and the fact that the Too Faced eyeshadows smell so amazing! thumbnail_FullSizeRender-4

On to the review… 

When the palette first got delivered I honestly couldn’t stop randomly opening the palette and smelling it! This was the exact same thing that I did when my Semi-Sweet palette arrived too. Now £39 is definitely on the expensive side when it comes to palettes and I’m not too sure if I regret paying that myself. You’re getting 18 shadows in total which works out at 0.95g for each pan and £2.20 when you take the money aspect into consideration. When the price is divided down like that it seems a bit more reasonable as a Makeup Geek eyeshadow pan weighs 1.8g and costs £4.95, so this shows that the Too Faced shadows work out a bit cheaper.

I feel like you’d be getting the most for your money if you actually liked all the shades in the palette. I think this is why the palette is such a hit or a miss between many people as there has been a huge amount of mixed reviews about the colour choice and how there is not a lot of peach shades for a peach palette. thumbnail_IMG_3007Personally, I see what they’re done to incorporate the non peach shades; purples for a bruised peach, the browns for the stalk and then the green shades for the leaves. Sadly, despite being beautiful and pigmented colours, I’ve not been feeling the purples or the greens and to be honest I’ve not touched a third of the shadows in this palette which is a bit of a shame.

The colours in this palette that I’ve been using the most is definitely that of Just Peachy, Candied Peach and Bellini as I’m so drawn to the peachy colours as it’s what unique to this palette. The matte shades of Summer Yum and Puree are also gorgeous shades that I’ve been using when I’ve not been feeling the peachy look. Swatches on the picture on the right, from top to bottom; Just Peachy, Candied Peach, Bellini and Summer Yum. These are my favourite shades from the whole palette, I have to say that the quality of the shimmers are superior in comparison of that of the mattes.

I do have a bit of a complaint about the packaging, it is a beautiful ombré pattern with the Sweet Peach logo on it. My thinking was because it’s in a tin packaging it would be perfect for travelling and would hold up against the battering it would take while it would be in my bag but that didn’t seem like the case. The case, as you can see below, has become a bit squint from opening which is confusing as I have the Semi-Sweet palette and it’s in perfect condition, maybe I just had a bad patch…. for £39 you would think you’d be paying for better quality of packaging.

thumbnail_FullSizeRender-5So was it worth it…

Despite not using a third of this palette I do really love the quality and pigmentation of the lighter peachy and brown shades. I do however grudge the £39 plus shipping and customs I payed for it when I could have got similar colours from Makeup Geek but that sweet peach smell won us over! It is a gorgeous palette but I’m pretty sure I could live without it if I got the dupes for my favourite shades, I’ve noticed that I’ve not been reaching for it the same as when I first got it. I do prefer my Semi-Sweet palette over this as I feel like it’s more me and I can get more looks about of it. So if you don’t think you’ll like all the shades then I would advise you to stick to the peachy single pans and not be won over by the scent like I did!

Save ya money!

Love,

Nicole x

 

REVIEW of the Sweet Peach palette six months on

REVIEW – Tarte’s limited edition ‘don’t quit your day dream’ eyeshadow palette

This is a really exciting review for me as it’s the first time that I’ve ever tried Tarte Cosmetics! I feel like Tarte is a very fashionable brand as just about every beauty youtuber I follow uses them. It can be a bit pricy to get their products to Scotland as it is highly likely you need to pay customs and taxes even though you can get free shipping over a certain about. However you can get some Tarte products on QVC where it’s not also got easier, cheaper shipping but there are unique deals to QVC that will help you get the most for your money.

thumbnail_FullSizeRenderThe first thing that stuck out for me when buying this palette was the cute packaging, I love the ‘don’t quit your day dream’ quote on the front with the bright pink colour surrounding the rest of the palette. The outer cover of the palette is very firm and I feel like it would be very long wearing and hold up well while being thrown about the bottom of my bag. One of the main aspects of this product that drew me to buying was how ideal it would be for travelling as it’s compact, hard-wearing and it has a mirror inside it which will make it perfect for make-up on the go!

When I first opened the palette the colour that stood out the most for me was ‘strive’ which is a golden peach colour which reminded me a lot of ‘bellini’ from the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. The colour that would be a close second is the shade ‘loveee’ which is a light nude, caramel type colour that I’m so in love with to use as a crease colour. I was a wee bit doubtful for the highlighter shade ‘shine on’ as I do like to be glowing but this surprised me as being a very beautiful highlighter. The palette is a lovely collection of nudes, bronzy and peachy toned shades that are right up my alley as I’m obsessed with my Sweet Peach palette, I feel like this would be a better pick to take when I’m travelling abroad as I feel like it has all the shades to create a good amount of looks. thumbnail_FullSizeRender-1I’ve tried these shadows for the past couple of days and I absolutely love the formulation of them. They are a little of the powdery side and have a small amount of kick up but I really don’t mind that as I find that if the shadow is a wee bit powdery then it help with the blend. I have really oily eyelids and I feel like these shadows last longer on my eyes, it might be something to do with the Amazonian clay that they’re made with. Below are swatches that I took with just one swipe of the shade. Shine on at the top, rock on, visionary, loveee, boss lady, strive, runway and werk. From these swatches it can be said they are all well pigmented but that of boss lady, the bronze shade, is the one of the most pigmented. I feel like runway is such a beautiful colour as well, it’s a lovely warm chestnut colour. For £25 it can be a wee bit pricey however the performance is so worth it, such a good all round palette but my only criticism is that I wish there was more peachy shades but that’s just me being picky.

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I’m so glad that I’ve finally tried Tarte and I can understand the hype that surrounds their makeup, such high quality products that have good ‘healthy’ ingredients in them. I hope this is helpful to those who are wanting to buy from Tarte but never knew if they were worth the money!

Love,

Nicole x

 

REVIEW – Tarte’s limited edition ‘don’t quit your day dream’ eyeshadow palette

How to cope with having oily and hooded eyes

If you have both oily and hooded eyes then you’ll know the struggle of trying to make your eyeshadow look good, last long and not crease too bad in the hood of the eye. It’s one of the biggest challenges that I have when doing my makeup and my hooded eyes do bother me a bit but I’ve been testing out some products and techniques that I’ve found to actually work! People who are lucky enough to not have either hooded or oily eyelids can use this technique too as I feel it’ll help with the duration of your eye look.

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The two products that I’ll be using in this blog post are both from Beauty Bakerie, these are the first products I’ve used from this company and I’m so impressed! Cream eyeshadows are really popular especially for a base and Beauty Bakerie’s Eyescream in the shade Pancake is a perfect match for my skin tone. When this arrived the only thing I was a bit surprised about was how small the jar was in person. I apply the cream eyeshadow with my finger as the product seems to melt into a creamy consistency with the heat from my finger which makes it much easier to blend on the lid. Pancake is such a perfect colour for me but if you have a deeper complexion then Beauty Bakerie have darker shades such as ‘Crumb Cake’ and ‘Bakers Tan’.

IMG_2902 copyThe eyeshadow literally only takes seconds to try down to a tacky feel which is great for helping your shadows to pop and stay put for during the day. I feel like Eyescream would be the perfect base for everyone but due to the fact of my high levels of oiliness I have to put in another step. I like to set that with Beauty Bakerie’s Flour which is their setting powder which I have in the translucent shade. A little goes a long way with this product as you just need the tiniest amount as the eyes are a very delicate area no matter how oily they are it’s not a good idea to cake on products. I personally like to take the powder on a fluffy blending brush to distribute the product over the eyelid , this may not be right but it works best for me. I feel like this technique could work with other products but Beauty Bakerie’s products are unreal in terms of their durability so I would highly recommend them.

Beauty Bakerie are getting the recognition they deserve for being an amazing cruelty free brand with high quality products that do not budge from morning to evening. They are famed for their products not moving as their tag line is #whatsmudge and trust me you’ll not be getting any oiliness shining through when you use this powder! I hope to try more of their products in the future as I feel they’ll just be as high quality as these!

I hope this post was helpful,

take care,

Nicole x

You can get free shipping on Beauty Bakerie products using my link with their shipping I managed to dodge custom charges, so I’m hoping the luck doesn’t wear out anytime soon!

How to cope with having oily and hooded eyes

Review of the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette

So over the past couple of months I’ve been trying to budget my spending as I’m off to study in Malta for four months and the fact that I leave in a week is a bit concerning. However after, what seems like weeks of deciding, I finally got this particular palette.

The Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate bar Palette is something that I’ve been looking at for a long time, I’ve watched countless reviews and tutorials on YouTube to try and justify my need for this palette. Maybe YouTubers were comparing this palette with the original Chocolate Bar palette and were saying they preferred it to the Semi-Sweet one. However, the original one had more purples and pinks and, for me, I just wouldn’t use them as the colours don’t appeal to me.

The Semi-Sweet palette has more warmer neutral colours and matte shades. There are fourteen eyeshadows and the two larger pans, ‘Coconut Crème’ and ‘Butter Pecan’, are to be used as highlighters but I find ‘Coconut Crème’ the perfect colour to use as my base. As you can see there’s a pop of colour with ‘Blueberry Swirl’, the only blue shade in the palette, I used this under the eye and it’s beautiful to add a bit of colour to your look. For now my everyday type look is ‘Coconut Crème’ on the whole of the lid up to the brow bone, ‘Nougat’ on the lid and then a mix between ‘Mousse’ and ‘Truffled’ in the crease to darken the eye.

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The Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette

When I first received the product, after what seemed like the longest four days ever, the first thing I had to do was smell it! As this product is made with 100% natural cocoa powder it smells amazing and I think it smells like mini eggs. I only got it two weeks ago but I am in love with it! The shadows are so pretty, pigmented and are so easy to blend out. I’ll maybe post a tutorial of a look when I use it more and play around with the shadows. There are a lot of mattes in the palette, which I’m a fan of, but these mattes do not look flat on the eye. My only problem is the shadows are a little on the powdery side and the palette can get into a bit of a mess after you use it, I always give it a wipe before I put it away.

So to sum up this review this palette retails at £39 from Debenhams but the reason I bought it was because I had a £10 voucher from my Beauty Card, the loyalty card from Debenhams, so if I didn’t have the voucher I probably wouldn’t have bought due to it being as expensive. As I mentioned before I’m going away to study for four months so I think this could be the only palette I’m taking due to the colours and the fact it’s in a tin case which makes it a good product to travel with. Sometimes I catch myself opening this palette just to smell it as it’s jus so lovely, I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so in love with a makeup product! Overall I’m delighted with the performance and the look of the product and would recommend to anyone wanting to make a high end purchase!

love, Nicole x

 

Review of the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette