Tuesday, 15 August 2017

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS MASTER PALETTE BY MARIO PALETTE REVIEW AND SWATCHES

Hi Everyone!
Here we go with post number two of my Anastasia Beverly Hills palettes review series.

So today I am gonna tell you my toughts about the ABH Master Palette by Mario.



When King of Contour, The MUA Mario Dedivanovic announced the collaboration with the brand, I knew without a doubt I was gonna have that palette.

The man behind the iconic sculpted face of Kim Kardashain and lots of other celebs is one of the MUA I follow and respect more, his job is always so clean, neat but yet stays incredibly natural without that plastic-y fake effect we see elsewhere.



When the first images and swatches of the palette were plastered all over the web I hesitated a bit; I just found it that all the shades were easy to find elsewhere and a good reserch into my draw would have probably produced a good results in terms of dupes.

The day the palette launched the Anastasia Beverly Hills website crashed so many times, as expected and I found myself full of regrets about not buying it, just for the sake of the beauty addicted I am.

Then, all of a sudden, the website started working again and with no hesitation this time, I bought it straight away.



It came in two weeks and I paid an awful lot of money due to the extortionate custom fees, I kind of remember it came up to £60 total.

My thought on this palette are very controversial and let me explain why.

First of all I want o make sure it's clear this is not a negative review of the product itself, not at all.

The quality of the shadows is once again incredible. As for the Modern Reinassance, I am very pleased with the consistency, the texture, the pay off etc.


The shade selection is perfect, versatile, able to suit every skintone and to be used in several combinations for a nude, natural or more dramatic smoky effect.



 
My main concerns regarding this palette are the following.

First and probably main one is the price point.

This palette is not worthy £60. I find quite unfair that the palette was available to buy only in certain countries, leaving costumers living elsewhere facing the custom fees.

For somebody that reached fame thanks to make up lovers spread all over the world, this was in my opinion somethig that should have beentaken care of.

All the ABH palettes are available to buy here in UK from distributors like Beauty Bay or Cult Beauty. All but this one.

After nearly one year from its release, I do not think there is gonna be a larger restock so, once again, I find this very unfair.

Concern number two: all the shades are easily dupable.

This entire palette is easy to recreate with other brands single shadows.

A bit of reserch on the web will give you a pletora of posts, pictures etc of dupes for this palette.
Here an example thanks to the accurate job of Futilitiesmore.



This bring us back to point one: not worthy all those money and all the dramas about it being sold out.

At the moment I am very torn in between keeping it for the sake of owning a collector's item or being reasonable and selling it (prices on ebay are crazy), knowing that I own so many similar shadows I won't probably regret it.

What do you think I shoul do??

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS MODERN RENAISSANCE PALETTE SWATCHES AND REVIEW

Hello!!!

First post after my summer break!
How are you all doing? I still have to adjust to Manchester rainy weather but in some other way I am glad to be back home.

So this is the first post of a series dedicated to Anastasia Beverly Hills palettes.

If you are into make up you can't really avoid being caught up in the ABH frenzy.
The brows Queen has gone a long way and now her eyeshadows, lipsticks, foundations are holy grail.

I own a lot of eyeshadows palettes, an embarassing quantity if I have to be honest.
Some of them are staples I reach for every day (Urban Decay Naked one for example), some are kept for special occasions (Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette).

When I recommend to my readers, friends, relatives to buy a palette is because I believe it has all it take to be perfect and so far, Anastasia BH Modern Reniassance is one of those.




The reason why this is in my "five stars section" is very easy: it just clicks all the boxes of what I look for in a shadows palette.

Let me explain why.



Quality
Some palettes have rubbish pans mixed with good one.
This is not the case: every single shadow in the Modern renaissance has incredible pay off, soft texture, blends easily and lasts a long time with primer.

Shade Selection
We have got the right variety in between matte and shimmers, fair and dark shades.
You won't need to rech for another palette, it gives endless possibilities.
I love palettes that have a very dark pan and a fair one, to be used as lower liner and highlighter under the brows.

Packaging
Sturdy solid cardboard with velvet cover and mirror inside, plus a dual ended good quality brush.
Simple but effective, no fuss around and no gimmicks.

Price Point
The palette will cost you 41 pounds for 14 shadows, so it's 2.92 quids per pan. 

I have had it for more than a year, I got it from Beauty Bay as soon as it lauched and I have never been disappointed.

Let me show you some swatches.





My favourite shades are Burnt orange (used as a transition shade), Red Ochre (outer corner) and Primavera (wash all over the lid).



If you are in doubt about buying or not this palette, go for it and thank me later!

I will talk to you very soon with the second ABH palette I got and it's gonna be a very swatches rich review!

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

MAC NEXT TO NOTHING MASTERCLASS MANCHESTER

Say the words "Make up Masterclass" and I will be there.

If the said masterclass is a Mac one held in Selfridges by the Senior Make up Artist Dominic Skinner, well I will be faster than a bolt to secure my place.





Mac Next to Nothing masterclass took placed few months ago in different locations all over Uk.
I attended the one in Intu Trafford Centre, where a big Mac counter was situated in one of the main halls.




The aim of the live demonstration was to teach us (lucky girls!!) how to achieve a flawless and natural base, Dominic was working her magics on the model whilst we were helped by a Mac MUA to do our make up.



He went through every step of the process, from preparation of the skin to creating the perfect immaculate base that works as a solid canvas for every make up you intend to create.

We all know how important is prepping the skin before appying make up, well this masterclass showed me how to do it much better than I actually used to do before.




He started  with 2 very familiar Mac products, a spritz of dear old Prep+Prime Fix Plus, followed by a generous layer of the Strobe Cream.



At this point, I tired something new for me, the Prep+Prime Essential Oils Stick.
I applied this balm in the driests areas of my face, lips included and it really worked to improve the application of the foundation and concealer.

Next step: Prep+Prime!
Little trick Dominic shared with us: apply the primer but before starting with your foundation, wait 5 minutes.
Brush your teeth, have a cup of tea, read the news, do whatever you want but just give it a bit of time to completely sink in and set into your skin.

As you all know, Mac produces a vast variety of foundations. If you are in doubt about shade and formulation, you can go to any Mac counter where you will be colour matched and you can even ask for a sample to try.





I went for an old friend of mine, ah Studio Fix Fluid, I have used this foundation for years and years and still love the way it blends and offers full coverage thanks to its buildable effect, applied with a Mac 187 brush.



Now, the most interesting part for me was finally trying the Pro Longwear Concealer . So many people have raved about it and finally it was my turn to try it.

Dominic suggested to use a peachy colour for the undereyes areas to neutralize the dark circles and a lighter shade for the rest of the face to highlight.


Another Dominic's trick: look at yourself in the mirror, strainght into your eyes.
The rule is "if you see it, conceal it"!
this means that if  you see a spot, a pigmentation etc in the mirror when you are not even looking at it, well go down with that concealer!

To finish everything off, everything was set it with Mineralize Skinfinish and considering I was going to spend the rest of the afternoon in the Traffor Centre, my make up was completed with a touch of Powder Blush in Melba (most beautiful dusty pink ever) and Eye Shadows x9 in Amber Times Nine.




So what have I learnt from this masterclass?
Well first of all is that if Dominic Skinner is in town I have to be there cos he never fails to impress me.


Second, I touch with hands how important a perfectly prepped skin is and how it can make a difference in terms of the final effect of my make up.

I had to buy the pro Longwear concealer after the masterclass and I have used it every day since, it has a full coverage effect and you only need the smallest ammount.




If you feel the need to have some taylored advices regarding how to reach a perfect base, I can suggest you pay a visit to any Mac counter (my favourite one is in House of Fraser) and you can get your foundation sample too!

Hope you will find this post useful.

Speak to you soon!




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Friday, 23 June 2017

PHYSICIANS FORMULA YOUTHFUL WEAR SPOTLESS FOUNDATION AND BRUSH IN MEDIUM REVIEW AND SWATCHES

Years ago I read somewhere on twitter that finally Physicians Formula was gonna be sold here in Uk.

I was very impatient about it and have a guess, I STILL AM cos it hasn't happened yet.

The good news is that it is now available in Italy so every time I go I make sure I pay a quick visit to the nearest counter.

Today I want to review the Youthful Wear Spotless Foundation.
 

 

This is one of those serum liquid weightless formula and promises to target spots and pigmentations giving your skin a younger aspect.


 
 

It is paraben and gluten free and it comes with a nice small synthetic brush.
 

 

The application is very easy, you just need to shake the bottle and work it with the brush until you reach the desired coverage.

I will start from the negative notes.

First: two shades only available, light and medium.
Seriously??????? 

Second: I appreciate the effort but the brush is far too small for a foundation applicator, I will use it for concealer though cos it's a pretty decent brush.
 

 

Apart from those two negative aspect, I must say this is a very good product.

It blends nicely and you can really blend it for a full coverage if you like.
 


 

I have a lot of pigmentations on my cheeks and as you can see from the pictures, they have been completely covered.
 
                                                                         Before:
 

 
                                                                    After



The texture is very lightweight and feels very velvety on skin, I barely need setting powder after using it and lasts all day long without creasing or patching.

It has a pipette application that I absolutely love, I apply it straight on my face if I am in a rush (so 99% of time) or on the beauty blender if I have got the time to work it a bit longer onto the skin.
 

 
 
Overall is a very good foundation and the fact it has got a SPF 15 makes it even better.
 
 I have applied with and without a primer and I found out my best result was when I used it with the Physicians Formula Argan oil primer (a must have, such a fantastic base for glowing skin).

If you are lucky enough to fit into the light or medium shade (Gosh I just can't believe it, two shades only!) , I would recommend it as a good coverage every day foundation.

If you are considering buying this or any other Phyisicians Formula product, you can have a look on I Herb that ships to UK without custom fees.

Any Phyisicians Formula thing I should absolutley try? Send me ideas!


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