February Favorites 2021

Hello! I have been trying to wear makeup a little bit more around the house since I wore zero makeup almost all of 2020. It has been fun to rediscover my collection and so it was more of a shop your stash kind of situation. Let’s see how much makeup I will wear this year πŸ˜€ I never wear makeup at home and it was always something fun I did during the weekends. But 2020 put an end to weekend makeup fun since I barely went anywhere makeup worthy like the rest of the world!

So in the month of Feb, I decided to wear makeup around the house for a few hours just for fun. I found it to be a relaxing ritual whenever I sat down to put some makeup on. If you’ve been in a no makeup rut like myself I highly encourage you to try out wearing makeup for a few hours once or twice a week just as a nice pick me up even if you have no place to go and no one to meet.

Here is a video sharing all the products I loved using this month πŸ™‚

Until next time,

ciao!

Makeup I’ve been using all of April 2020

Hello folks!

I don’t wear makeup when I am at home so the whole month of March I was makeup free. By the time April rolled in, I decided to wear some makeup every once in a while just to have fun and feel good. I have to say it does feel weird wearing a full face of makeup to do laundry πŸ˜€ but then again it was fun to experiment. Makeup has always made me happy ..simply admiring a beautifully made compact or opening a beautiful eyeshadow palette or swatching some lip products, so during these strange times it still offers some level of comfort.

It is also funny that these days when I do step out of the house for a quick stroll, the last thing on my mind is wearing makeup! With a mask covering half my face, sun glasses and hat ..there is very little facial skin to display πŸ˜€ So in a way things have reversed, no makeup outside the house and makeup inside the house when I feel like it πŸ˜€

Here is a quick sneak peak of makeup I’ve been enjoying:

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Do check out my youtube video below where I talk about and swatch all these lovely products!

 

Until next time,

ciao!

Buxom Boss Babe Dolly Palette

Hello folks!!

Buxom is a brand that is very much below the radar for me..I rarely look at their releases and I doubt I’ve tried anything but a lip gloss from them. So when I saw this eyeshadow palette at Ulta I was intrigued, and swatching it in store convinced me that this needs to come home with me.

Buxom Boss Babe Dolly Eyeshadow Palette

The packaging is cardboard with a rubberized feeling top. I like that it is sleek and also comes with a nice big mirror, making this apt for travelling. The eyeshadows are made in the USA. The shades in the Buxom Boss Babe Dolly Eyeshadow palette are right up my alley…rosy neutrals are my thing πŸ™‚

The shades inside the Buxom Boss Babe Dolly eyeshadow palette

This palette always makes me happy when I open it. It is the layout of the colors maybe..it has the same effect the Viseart Tryst eyeshadow palette has on me (the shades are kind of similar..again my kind of shades).

The matte shades in this palette are the stars! They are so pigmented and blend beautifully with minimal effort. There is no fallout and I love the range of mattes they have included in the palette.

The shimmers range from being you normal shimmer shade, to being foiled and very creamy. If you look at the ingredient list you will see that there are some big differences in the formulations of the different shimmer shades. Do check out my detailed video review below where you can see the live brush swatches of all the shades in the palette!

The shadows are great quality and I am now intrigued by the latest palette Buxom has released called Xtrovert πŸ™‚

Hope you all are keeping safe during these strange times..

until next time,

ciao!

 

 

Paul and Joe Makeup Z Palette 003

Hello folks!

I picked up this gorgeous Paul and Joe palette a while back , the packaging was just too cute to pass up on πŸ˜€ If you are familiar with Paul and Joe you would know that they knock it out of the park for cat themed makeup packaging! I love cats ( and dogs too) so this palette just had to come home.

Paul and Joe Makeup Z palette

I love that the image is printed on the palette and that it is made of hard plastic. The palette is thin and sturdy, making it ideal for travel. Inside you’ll find 4 eyeshadows and 1 blush. The colors are nothing revolutionary, however if you are like me and enjoy neutral basic eye shadow shades, the palette won’t disappoint.

Inside the Paul and Joe makeup Z palette we have 4 eyeshadows and 1 blush

The first 2 eyeshadows are shimmery lid shades and the last 2 shades are mattes with micro glitters in them. This palette can be used on it’s own and I didn’t feel the need to pull matte shadows from other palettes. The blush is a peachy pink with gold shimmer in it, very much like NARS Orgasm.

The formula is really nice. This is a typical Japanese eyeshadow formula were the pigmentation can be built up and the shadows are very soft. They don’t have that creamy texture which silicone heavy formulas have. They last without fading or creasing on the lid for a full work day.

Brush swatches of the eyeshadows and blush

The only drawback of this palette in my opinion, is the wasted space. I rather have 2 more eyeshadows in place of the 2 mini brushes which many people barely touch. Another thing to note is the fragrance. I personally like the perfume scent of this palette, but if you avoid fragrances in your makeup products this might not be for you.

Overall, I really like this pretty palette. It has shades which are totally up my alley. I do have a video review of this palette with live brushes. check it out below!!

Until next time, ciao!!!

Pat McGrath Eye Ecstasy Eyeshadow Palette in Sublime

Hello folks!! I did some wallet damage this black Friday with a couple of makeup purchases πŸ˜€ Pat McGrath was having a really good sale and so I decided to pick up this mini eyeshadow palette she released for those of us who basically don’t want to shell out 125$ on an eyeshadow palette. The Eye Ecstasy palette had 2 color options : a neutral one and a more colorful one. I decided to pick up Sublime since the neutral color story is more everyday usable for me.

Pat McGrath Eye Ecstasy in Sublime

The palette comes housed in a bag full of sequins which isn’t really my cup of tea. I find it annoying and wasteful and wish she would do away with that style of packaging for her products. The actual palette is housed in a plastic component that reminds me of Japanese school supplies for some reason πŸ˜€ I don’t mind the aesthetic too much since it is different and sturdy enough for travel, however as a luxury brand I expect slightly better packaging. The actual shadows look beautiful and you get five shadows each weighing 1gm.

Pat McGrath Eye Ecstasy in Sublime comes with 5 shadows

The shades are nothing new and are all shimmers. If you are an eyeshadow junkie you probably have all these shades in your collection. I got this palette more to test out her eyeshadow formula before biting the bullet and investing in her bigger palettes.

Unfortunately, I am not very impressed. 😦 The gold shade fades on me as the day goes by. The light gold, the warm gold and the reddish bronze shade crease too….this is something that never happens to me! Shadows almost never crease on my dry eye lids and cheaper shadows in my collection perform way better. I always use a primer and with a primer these shades were very disappointing..maybe I had very high expectations..after all this is a luxe brand!

Brush swatches of the Pat McGrath Eye Ecstasy palette in Sublime

Now I am curious to try her lipsticks, which have good reviews and perhaps try out her ‘special’ formula of shadows which look like duo or multi chromes…on sale πŸ˜€

On another note, I do have a YouTube channel now πŸ˜€ Check out my video review and live brush swatches of this palette on my channel !

Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts?

Until next time, ciao!!!

Kiko Milano Sicilian Notes Eyeshadow Palette Review

Hello! I always like to check out the Kiko Milano website every now and then to see what their latest limited edition releases are. I think they do a good job with the packaging for many of their limited releases. The Sicilian Notes range is no exception. The 2 eyeshadow palettes in this range immediately caught my attention! The layout of the shadows is gorgeous and the outer packaging looked super elegant too!

Sicilian Notes Maxi Eyeshadow Palette

The outer box is so pretty too with the lemons! The palette is made in Italy. They had 2 versions of this palette and I decided to go with the more neutral of the two called the Valley ofΒ  the Temples. I picked this palette up during a trip to their NY store but recently I saw that this is available at Ulta too.

Kiko Milano Sicilian Notes Valley of the Temples eyeshadow palette

Now you know why I fell for this one! The layout is super gorgeous! There are 10 shades total, out of which 5 are matte, 1 is almost matte but with small micro glitters and the rest are shimmers. These shadows are very soft in intensity. I really like the mattes in this palette, they are easy to blend and pigmented. The shimmers are okay except for the gold shade which was a big disappointment. I found it a bit sheer and the fallout is insane. I had so much glitter under my eyes the day I wore that shade even though I always use a primer.

Swatches of the Sicilian Notes Valley of the Temples eyeshadow palette

The shades are swatched with a brush clock wise (from the wrist up) starting with the matte pinky beige shade. The gold shade is not very intense in the swatch either. Another issue I have with this palette is the hard pan that instantly formed upon contact with my brush. It happened with almost all the shades but is most obvious with the darker matte shades.

Overall it is a decent palette which can give you good everyday looks. I am not a fan of the hard pan that has formed from touching it with a clean brush. For 25$ I am not sure if I would pick up the other variation that they have. I would wait for an offer to grab this one!

Have you tried this palette or any of the other products in the Sicilian Notes range?

Until next time, ciao!!

Too Faced Tickled Peach Mini Palette

Hello! It’s been a while since I last set foot into blogging territory and social media in general! After a nice long break I am back to talk about one of my favorite recent purchases. I absolutely love the Too Faced Tickled Peach palette. I took it with me on vacation and it was a powerhouse palette πŸ™‚

Too Faced Tickled Peach Mini Palette

As with everything in the Too Faced Peach collection, this palette also has that heavenly scent. I actually found it quite over powering the first time I opened the palette but the intensity has considerably subsided with time. The color scheme in this palette is totally up my alley. I am always drawn to plummy warm toned palettes and this one has the perfect shades!

The shades are gorgeous!!

As you can see, it is a pretty well rounded palette. It has the nice matte brown transition shade, a deeper matte brown for your outer V and a nice matte brow bone shade. The metallic/ shimmer shades are all gorgeous. This perfect mix of shades makes it an awesome travel palette. There are so many variations you can come up with this palette so you won’t get bored if you take this along with you on vacation! The sleekness and the nice big mirror is a bonus.

Now, the best part! Each and every shade in this palette performs beautifully. The shadows are smooth and silky and last all day. This palette is totally worth the 26$ price tag! The swatches below are without a primer and using a brush. Look at all those beautiful shades πŸ˜€

Swatches of the Too Faced Tickled Peach Palette

Overall, this is a lovely palette to have in your makeup collection especially if you are drawn these kind of shades. I just wish Too Faced would tone down the scent of stuff in their peach line..although it smells nice after a point it can be a bit over powering!

Until next time,ciao!!

 

The Jouer Ultra Foil Eyeshadow Palette

Hello everyone!

The Jouer Ultra Foil palette caught my eye so many times during the sephora sale, after the sephora sale and when they did additional 20% off on sale…every timeΒ  I came really close to buying it. Finally, this beautiful eyeshadow set was available on the Jouer website for 40% off on top of the sale price already listed! I finally bit the bullet and bought this beauty home for 18$! This palette is probably the best beauty steal I’ve managed to snag in a while πŸ˜€

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The Jouer Ultra Foil Eyeshadow palette

The palette came with an eye topper which I never was interested in so I don’t know where I kept it and hence can’t swatch it..sorry about that. The palette is made of plastic and for some reason reminds me of makeup revolution palettes! The pretty dragon fly is a sticker and I really like the overall look of the palette. However, the original price of this palette is 52$ which I feel is too much for a plastic palette with a sticker on top.

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Inside the Jouer Ultra Foil eyeshadow palette

Doesn’t it look gorgeous! If you love metallic lid shades like I do, this is a dream palette. This palette is full of shimmer shades so it requires you to pull out some matte shadows from your collection. I am okay with that since this gives me an opportunity to use some of my single matte eyeshadow shades πŸ™‚ Formulation wise, I found a few shadows a bit different compared to the rest..some of them are more of a traditional shimmer eyeshadow without intense glitter.Β  Another interesting thing about these shadows is that they can be packed on for full intensity or sheered down a bit for a more subtle look.

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Brush swatches of the first 2 columns in the palette

These are swatches build up with just one dip into the pan..if I want to make these really pop I can easily build it up. That my friends, is the beauty of this palette. I have worn these glittery eyeshadows to toddler story time hour with kiddo without people looking at me like i’m some glitter crazy mom. I have also worn these shadows packed on to look like foil for an evening out with the husband.

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Brush swatches of the last 2 columns of the palette

The blue shade in the palette has a beautiful brownish shift to it which is very much reflected in the swatch above ( second from right). The purple shade which is the other bright pop color in this palette does not look as vibrant as it does in the pan. I do not mind this, but if you were looking for the exact vibrant purple you see in the pan, you might be a tad bit disappointed! The formula for the blue, the purple and the gunmetal grey ( third shade from right) is more like traditional metallic shadows and not what I’d call foil. Again, I am not complaining these look lovely on the eyes!

Depending on the shades you use in your crease and outer corners of the eye, you can get beautiful subtle shifts to these shades once they blend in with those shades. Speaking of bending, these guys bend beautifully and last all day with no fading (I always use a primer).

Overall, this palette is a winner in my book! Have you picked this Jouer palette up? Which other products do you like from Jouer?

 

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 πŸ˜€ 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 πŸ™‚

What are your favorite products from Avon?

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 πŸ˜€ 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!!