Avon Iconic Beauty Palette from Holiday 2018

Hello folks!

My previous post was on the lovely lipsticks in the Avon Iconic Beauty holiday collection which I had ordered from their website. In order to get free shipping, I added the Iconic Beauty Palette too into my cart 😀 and today our review is all about this palette.

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The Avon Iconic Beauty Palette

Avon gets an A+ for the beautiful packaging! I love the outer box and the inner palette cover looks nice too. This palette comes with 4 eyeshadows and 2 blushes. Out of these 2 products I’d say the eyeshadows were not the best. The shades look pretty in the pan, but the color payoff was not that great.

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Inside the Avon Iconic Palette Holiday 2018

The gold shade was the biggest miss in my opinion. It has sparkle but is extremely sheer in pigmentation. I have to really really build up the shadow for it to look atleast somewhat close to how it looks in the pan. The other 3 shadows are better pigmentation wise. However, all of them are extremely powdery. The shadows do last on my eyelids when used with a primer. So all that building up of the color does not go waste! I do not think these shades will last very long without a primer, since they are so powdery I think they might just ‘dust’ away.

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Brush swatches of the Avon Iconic Palette

As you can see from the brush swatches above the gold has barely any pigment. You really need to keep packing on the shadow for any pigment to show up!

The 2 blushes are the saving grace of this palette. One of the shades is a peachy pink with gold shimmer ( NARS Orgasm style) and the other is a more deeper matte peach blush. The blushes are also powdery so expect some powder fallout all over the palette. These blushes are build able which is a good thing as far as blushes go! You have better control over the amount of color you are depositing on your cheeks. I found the blushes to be pretty long lasting too! I have dry skin so I generally do not have issues with powder products disappearing towards the end of the day.

Overall, this is an okay palette. I think I will stick to buying lipsticks from Avon since their formula on the iconic lipstick line was amazing 🙂

What are your favorite products from Avon?

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Bare Minerals Northern Lights Gen Nude Eye and Cheek Palette

Hello folks!

I am sure you have been in this predicament quite often..you are happily shopping online and to reach the minimum order value to qualify for free shipping you start looking for non essential stuff to add to your cart 😀 Well, that is the story of how this mini eye and cheek palette from Bare Minerals landed up in my hands!

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Bare Minerals Northern Lights Gen Nude Eye and Cheek Palette

This is a really cute little palette which is a limited edition release for the holidays. I picked up mine from Ulta for 6$ and at this point of time it is still available on the Ulta website but at its full price of 12$. The packaging is cardboard, but the palette overall is quite sturdy and makes a good travel palette. I have heard good things about the gen nude line and this was a perfect way to try out the blush and sample eyeshadows from the line.

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Northern lights palette from Bare Minerals

The Northern Lights Palette comes with a blush in the shade Strike a Rose and 2 eyeshadows: Girl’s Night and Couture. The blush is available in their regular line of Gen Nude blushes. I am not too sure about the eyeshadows since I couldn’t find the same shade names in their gen nude eyeshadow palettes. The palette is made in the USA so I am guessing they didn’t skimp on the quality.

I really like the 2 eyeshadows in this palette. They are perfect for every day office wear. They are not matte but have a nice sheen which makes them ideal for professional settings. The formula is great; nice pigmentation, no fallout, lasts all day (I always wear a primer) and are easy to apply. Both shades can be used individually for a wash of color or together to create a nice subtle eye look.

The Blush shade strike a rose is a neutral pink which again fits in with the eyeshadow look. The formula is a bit powdery and you have to be careful while dipping in your blush brush.

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Brush swatches of the Bare Minerals Northern Lights Palette

I have used a brush to swatch the shades and as you can see the eyeshadows have a nice sheen as I mentioned earlier. This palette is probably ideal for light to medium skintones since I think the blush might look a bit ashy on deeper skintones.

Overall, I really enjoy using this palette and if you can grab it at a sale price, it is a steal!

Until next time, ciao!!

 

MAC Shiny Pretty Things Face Compact

Hello everyone!! A few weeks back I received a nice little coupon from Ulta in the mail and so I decided to do some makeup shopping although I don’t really need anything 😛 Most of the holiday releases this year from the big brands were kind of meh to me. This face palette from the MAC 2018 holiday collection caught my eye since I have never tried their extra dimension formula. The palette also had some good reviews on Ulta so I decided to pick this guy up.

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Mac Shiny Pretty Things Face Compact

The face palette comes in 2 shades: Fair and Medium Deep. I was kind of torn on which one to get. The highlighter in the Fair compact looked lovely but I heard that the bronzer does not pick up well with a brush. The bronzer in the Medium deep looked scary but I eventually bought the medium deep because the blush in this one is totally my jam! The fair compact comes in a silver compact and the medium deep comes in a pink compact. Frankly, I hate the packaging! The cloth like material makes it look tacky especially in combination with the hot pink :\

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MAC Shiny Pretty Things Face Compact in Medium Deep

The inside of the palette looks much better! The highlighter looks very golden in the pan but I was able to make it work on my medium skintone without it looking like gold stripes on the top of my cheek bones 😀 However, this is my least favorite item in this palette. When I apply this on my skin I do detect tiny glitter particles. This is not a very smooth formula compared to the blush and bronzer. You can see what I am talking about in my brush swatches coming up below.

Next up, the blush! This was what drew me in..I love peachy pinky blushes and this fits the bill. It look lovely on the skin. The formula is amazing! It becomes one with your skin and gives your cheeks a natural looking radiant glow.

The bronzer looks scary dark in the pan and I was quite intimidated by it! However, I found that when applied lightly it works very well for my skintone. It is quite pigmented but I still don’t think it is dark enough for very deep skintones. The bronzer reminds me of chocolate whenever I look at it.. 😉

All 3 products require a stiff brush to pick up the powders. There is minimal powder kickup if any actually!

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Brush swatches of the highlighter (Soul Glow), Blush (Carolers) and the Bronzer in medium deep

As you can see from the brush swatches of the 3 pans, the highlighter swatch doesn’t look as smooth as the blush and bronzer. However, it is still a workable product and if you like the blush and bronzer, I think it is worth buying especially at the current sale price 🙂

Did you pick up anything from the Shiny Pretty Things collection from MAC ?

Until next time, ciao!!

Transitioning into fall: What I’m loving at the moment!

Hello folks!

It is getting chilly these days..sunny days are precious! Baby boy is not loving the cold chilly breeze in Boston city, neither is his mama 🙂 Recently, I realized I have been grabbing the same products quite often and decided to share them here with all of you.

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Current favorites!

Burberry Fresh Glow BB Cream: I have a love hate relationship with this one! it is greasy in the summer but in the colder months it is perfect for my skin. It has almost no coverage, but it does give a little pep talk to your skin before you apply anything more. I find it comfortable and it does not cling to any dry patches.

Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipstick in Brique-a-brac: I love the color! It is probably more of a summer color but I love this pinky brown shade and personally find it appropriate to wear all year round 🙂 The formula isn’t the best but with a lipbalm it is works well!

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Bobbie Brown Shimmer brick in Bronze: Again more of a summer time choice but I love using the first 2 strips mixed together as a highlighter. It is subtle yet strong and gives the most elegant highlight on your cheek bones. I do use the darker shades as eyeshadows once in a while. Overall, I love the shimmer bricks! They are versatile and last forever!!

Japonesque Velvet Touch Blush in 04: The texture of these blushes is great. The shade 04 is matte and blends beautifully into your skin. I find this shade quite unique and it is perfect for fall. It is a cool toned violet pink which is something I shy away from usually. This color doesn’t look weird on my yellow under tone skin so yay for that 🙂

What have you been loving recently?

Until next time…ciao!

 

Benefit Cosmetics Get the Pretty Started Palette

Hello folks!

I have a small confession to make..despite being a makeup junkie, I have till date tried nothing from Benefit Cosmetics. What! How come you may ask? Well the main attraction for me has always been the box powders from the brand. I just could never decide which ones to get. All their holiday kits which have an array of their box powders get mixed reviews every year, plus they come in bulky packaging. However, this past holiday season I spotted the Get the Pretty Started palette which had the sleekest packaging I have seen from Benefit till date 🙂

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Get the Pretty Started Palette

Its so pretty to look at! This compact travel friendly palette comes with 2 of their hit powder products ; Hoola Bronzer and Galifornia Blush. The highlighter included in this face palette is the Watts Up highlighter which is a cream product. I am not a fan of palettes that contain cream and powder products together, but in this case I was willing to over look that detail because the price tag was 20$ 🙂 The pan sizes are generous and overall its an awesome way to sample some of their products without breaking the bank.

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Hoola Bronzer, Galifornia Blush and Watts Up Highlighter

The texture of both Hoola and Galifornia can be best described as being buttery soft. They do kick up powder if you go on a stabbing spree with your brush so I like to gently tap my brush in the pans. Both, Hoola and Galifornia blend really well on the skin. I like the undertone of Hoola ..not too red not too ashy..I now understand why it is so popular 🙂 Galifornia is a pretty blush but I don’t find it unique enough to spend 28$ on the full size. I found it quite similar to some of the other blushes I own. Both the powders are scented and I was surprised that I actually like the scent 😀 I usually hate scented makeup products.

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Brush Swatches

Above are heavy brush swatches of the 3 products in the palette. I really like the cream highlighter. I usually shy away from cream products since I find them a bit bothersome to use but the Watts Up highighter is so gorgeous I feel like taking the extra effort 😀 It is the perfect highlighter for no makeup makeup days.

Overall, I think this palette is a steal for 20$. I do reach for this palette quite often ever since I got my hands on it. I see it still listed on Sephora, so do grab this palette if you’ve always wanted to try some of the powders from Benefit. The cream highlighter is a lovely bonus. It would be nice to see benefit come out with more sleek palettes like this!

Are you a fan of Benefit Cosmetics? What else do you recommend from the brand?

Until next time, ciao!!

Essence Silky Touch Blush in Kissable

Hello everyone! Essence is a really good drugstore brand with great pricing! I have tried their lip products mostly and they are fantastic for the price. After trying out their blush in Heatwave from the Blush up line and loving it (Reviewed HERE) I decided to try something from the Silky Touch range. Long story short- I love this blush too! 🙂

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Essence Silky Touch Blush in Kissable

When I initially got on my hands on this blush, I thought it looked really similar to MAC Sunbasque which is a long time favorite of mine. On comparing them side by side I figured they are not dupes. Sunbasque is lighter in the pan and pulls more peachy brown whereas Kissable has a slight hint of berry thrown in. The blush has tiny bits of gold shimmer and the blush overall translates into a beautiful sheen on the cheeks. It gives the perfect sunkissed look if you are very fair. On medium to darker skin tones this will look like a natural flush to the cheeks.

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As the name suggests , the powder is very silky to touch since it is finely milled. I am really impressed with the overall quality of the powder. The blush lasts a whole working day for me with no fading. The performance is as good as some of the high end blushes I have tried.

The blush is pigmented and it is not so overly pigmented that application becomes hard. The color can be easily build up or you can wear it toned down too.

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Brush Swatch of Kissable

Overall, I love the formula and color of this blush! They have several other shades in the Silky Touch range . Essence has also come out with a new range of blushes called Satin Matte which have received good reviews too. I cant wait to try a blush or 2 from that range next. Have you tried any of the Satin Matte blushes?

Until next time, ciao!!

Kiko Blush Cocoa Shock in Adorable Pink and Peach

Hello everyone!!!

I am a big fan of Kiko products and so far have never been disappointed with the stuff I’ve tried from the brand. On my recent trip to Spain, I went a little crazy with the Kiko purchases 😉 One of the items I picked up was the Blush cocoa shock in the shade Adorable pink and peach. The duo blush comes housed in a lovely chocolate block packaging!

Kiko Blush Cocoa Shock in 03

Once you open up the compact, a faint sweet vanilla scent hits you! I was expecting a chocolate scent given the outer packaging but hey vanilla is fine too. I am usually not a fan of scented makeup products but the vanilla scent is really mild and does not linger on once its on your face.

Kiko Blush Cocoa Shock in Adorable Pink and Peach

You would be surprised to hear that these blushes are baked since they look like the traditional powder blushes. The powder is very fine and super silky to the touch. It has all the feels of a high end luxury blush in my opinion. These powders also apply very beautifully on the skin and are perfect for a fresh face light makeup day. The blush can be worn lightly or build up to the intensity of your choice which makes them quite versatile. They last well on my cheeks and I do not notice any fading at the end of the work day.

swatches of Adorable Pink and Peach

As you can see from the swatches they don’t look completely matte and have a slight sheen to them. Also the pink blush looks more lilac on my yellow undertoned medium skin! It might lean more pink on someone with a pink undertone perhaps!

I have used these shades on their own and also layered on top of each other. I find them to be perfect for the coming Spring/Summer season 🙂

Overall, I think these are fantastic blushes. I think I paid around 10 Euros for this which I found to be quite reasonable for 2 blushes. These powders are soft and so they can kick up some powder if you are rough with the blush brush. Other than that, I can’t find much fault with these!

Have you tried these? What is your favorite Kiko Milano product?

Until next time, ciao!!!