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

ANTI – HAUL

So I thought this would be quite a good post to make as I’ve seen a lot of my favourite YouTubers have anti-hauls of products that they are not going to buy. The anti-haul trend started with YouTuber Kimberly Clark who basically made videos of beauty products that she had no desire to buy. The layout of this post will probably be a bit more boring as I don’t have any pictures of the products as I don’t want to buy them but I hope you enjoy this post!

All companies that still test on animals

It’s now 2017 and there’s still a large amount of companies that will put animals through excruciating pain just to make money on their products mainly due to wanting to sell in the Chinese market. I’ve completely changed my makeup collection to be cruelty free so brands like Benefit, L’Oréal, Estée Lauder, MAC and many more will have no place in my makeup bag.

Mink Lashes

Sticking with the cruelty free theme to remind you all that Mink lashes are not cruelty free at all. The minks might not be killed for their fur but they are kept in incredibly cruel conditions in battery cages just for the production of their fur. There’s nothing that annoys me more when companies like Huda Beauty sell their Mink lashes as being cruelty free when this is just not the case as Minks are not friendly animals and the only way to get their fur is by keeping them in these horrific conditions.

Morphe Products

I keep seeing Morphe palettes everywhere and they do seem to be quite reasonably priced however after watching Stephanie Nicole’s very informative video on the brand I feel like it is quite shady. I also don’t trust influencers who have discount codes with Morphe, I understand that they need to make money but I feel like they are just saying the product is amazing due to being given money from Morphe themselves. I just don’t have a good feeling about the brand, I feel like the focus is mostly on influencers and gaining publicity than their products.

Kylie Cosmetics

I’ve never bought anything from Kylie Cosmetics and I don’t see myself buying from them in the future. I feel like the products are overhyped and to be honest all you are doing is paying for Kylie’s name. I’ve watched some YouTubers review the products and have commented on the poor customer service that is associated with the company, this just strengthens my point of the company not actually caring about the customers but mainly just caring for profit. I read that Kylie’s products are very similar to that of ColourPop’s where the price is a fraction of the $29 that Kylie charges. Both Kylie Cosmetics and ColourPop are American based brands where if you’re buying internationally will be subject to expensive shipping and customs fees. My advice would be to save yourself a bit of money and get the ColourPop alternative as their products are amazing for the price!

Huda Beauty – Textured Shadows Palette – Rose Gold Edition 

I’m sure a lot of you have seen the mixed reviews that this palette has been given throughout the beauty community. It’s a very expensive palette, retailing at £56, and I really can’t spend that money on a palette that has mixed reviews and that doesn’t stand out from the crowd. I feel like the colours are so similar to that of the Modern Renaissance palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills and I’m so in love with that palette that I have no need to buy one that is £56. I’m also not a fan of the textured shadows having to be applied with your fingers because if you’re paying this amount of money you expect the product to perform well with a brush, if you’re going on a night out you don’t want to use your fingers to apply your makeup. I feel like the palette is so overpriced for what you’re actually getting.

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I don’t know about anyone else but I’m so over brands coming out with countless collaborations with celebrities. I feel like they’re more interested in the exposure that comes with the celebrity’s fan base rather than the actual product. The palette is actually very pretty but not pretty enough for me to fork out £45 on it. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative I would recommend the Sleek highlighter palettes and the Makeup Revolution contour palette which is only around £3.

I’m sure they’re will be more to add to this list as the months go on with more makeup releases and controversies. I hope you enjoyed this post as it’s a wee bit different that usual.

Until next time,

Nicole x

ANTI – HAUL

REVIEW – Nip + Fab skincare

I’ve been doing a lot of reviews recently as I’ve no control over my spending and if I write about what I’ve bought on here then it doesn’t seem as bad! Nip + Fab was a brand that caught my attention after my favourite YouTuber Jamie Genevieve reviewed their ‘Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads’ and her skin looked amazing so I had to try them. Currently Superdrug has selected Nip + Fab products half price which pushed me to finally trying out their products and I’m so happy that I have!

thumbnail_IMG_2894In total I bought 3 of their products that cost me £23.85 on the special offer. I would say that Nip + Fab are drugstore but leaning more on the high end side as normally their serums would cost around £20, with their most expensive product retailing for around £25. Now I don’t mind paying a wee bit more for skincare if it’s cruelty free and it actually makes a difference! I bought the ‘Glycolic Fix’ pads both the daily and night tubs and also the ‘Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum. You get 60 pads in each of the tubs and then 50ml of product in the serum. I have really oily skin with some dry textured skin just below my eyes at my nose so despite being an oil slick most of the time I do like my skin to be moisturised. I have been trying these products out for the past 3 weeks which I feel is a fair time period to give them their chance as it takes your skin around a month so I feel like it’s a good time to check in with you about my new routine. I will be sticking to this routine for a couple more months to see if these products do improve the appearance of pores.

thumbnail_FullSizeRender-2First of all I think the tubs with the pads are very well designed as they are thick plastic which is perfect for travelling and will also prevent the pads drying out. It may be a bit strange but I prefer the smell to the night pads to the daily ones as I feel they smell less chemically. I would advise everyone to actually read the instructions on the night pads as you only use them from once to three times a week instead I was using them every night just like the daily ones and was wondering why my skin was a wee bit sore! The night pads has a higher strength of acid which targets the oily and spot prone areas so you could imagine the drier areas on my face were dying! The daily pads have acid in them but a smaller percent and they also have blue daisy in them which helps to calm and sooth the skin after use. After just one use of each I could feel a huge difference in my pores as my skin was unbelievably smooth and bright. However it can be said that some skincare products have ingredients in them to give the feel of nice, soft, untextured skin but I will continue to use them for the next few months to see if they are actually helping. So far I would say that the pads are the best skincare purchases I’ve made in a long time!

The ‘Dragon’s Blood Plumping Serum’ was a bit of a meh product personally as I don’t really feel like it’s making a difference to my skin. Don’t get me wrong it is a lovely serum that lives up to its lightweight claim but I don’t feel it gives me the moisture that it claimed to do. I feel like my favourite moisturiser ever is Lush’s Imperialis and I don’t think anything will ever compare to that. I know that this is a serum and not a moisturiser but it claims to give moisture to dehydrated skin but I have oily skin and if it doesn’t provide me with hydration then I’m doubtful for what it would be like for dry skin. I am currently using it as a primer and it works very well on the skin before I apply my foundation however it usually retails at around £20 which is a bit much for a primer for someone on my broke student budget.thumbnail_IMG_2943-1

Unfortunately the ‘Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum’ did not live up to what I thought it would be and I won’t be repurchasing. The pads have been unreal since I’ve used them and I’m looking forward to seeing further improvements in my skin!

until next time,

Love,

Nicole x

 

REVIEW – Nip + Fab skincare

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

How much do you know about cruelty free cosmetics?

So, I have now finished my third year of university, if I pass my assignments, and I now have more time on my hands to do some more writing! I thought I would do a post about animal testing and my own ignorance to fact that just because animal testing is banned in the European Union it doesn’t mean that all companies don’t test on animals. Some people may not be fully aware of what brands do test on animals as I feel that the majority of them don’t want to answer the question directly, so it can be a bit confusing to understand. Hopefully this post can help you find cruelty free cosmetic brands and develop a better understand on this topic!

I thought that because cosmetic testing on animals is banned in the EU then technically these products have not been tested on animals which is a fair statement to make. However, to be cruelty free you must acknowledge a companies worldwide stance on animal testing if you want to be cruelty free. For example if a company sells their products in China then by law their products must be tested using horrific experiments on mostly rabbits and mice.

The easiest way to discover if a company tests on animals is to read their Frequently Asked Questions as animal testing is such a big issue now that all brands have their stance in their FAQ.

Here we have the stance on animal testing from Estée Lauder and when you start reading the sentence it may appear that they are cruelty free. However the ‘except when required by law’ shows that they sell to countries, like China,  that need to carry out horrific tests before any of their products can be sold. As you can see they state that they want to see an end to testing but they give the impression that they are more concerned about their sales so I can’t see them making progress on this issue.

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Next we have an explanation to why some brands feel there can be an exception. Here MAC tries to explain why they think there can be an exception to put animals through unimaginable pain. I can be said that MAC, along with Estée Lauder, seem to care more about the profits of the Chinese market rather than protecting animals from tests.

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With those examples if you check a companies FAQ and they talk about an exception then they do unfortunately test on animals, if a company is shady with the way they answer and don’t give a genuine answer then it’s highly likely that they test on animals. If you read the FAQ are still not sure then check some cruelty free blogs to see their research, here are my favourites;

I’m thinking of also writing up a post on the issue of parent brands that own cruelty free brands and how this can be seen as not being completely free. Now that I’m finished with uni for a wee while I can post my favourite cruelty free cosmetics, haircare and skincare!

until next time,

Nicole x

*featured image from Ethical Elephant

How much do you know about cruelty free cosmetics?

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