Thursday, 31 August 2017


Here we are for the third and final post of my Anastasia Beverly Hills series.

What I shame I do not own more ABh stuff cos I could go on and on and on about this brand that I discovered and love more and more evry time I try something.

I really hope we will have a proper Anastasia counter someday here in Uk, I still remember the desire to literally dive in when I went to Sephora in Chicago.

Anyway, last object of my dissertation is the infamous Subculture palette.

If you have been under a rock, I will explain you this is the latest palette released by ABH and it has generated quite a bit of controversy due to a quite noticeable fall out of the shadows.

First of all, once again, I have to give Anastasia and Norvina all the credits for putting together a selection of unique and original shades in this palette.

As it was for the Modern Reinassance, the first impression about this palette (mine and others for what I could read on social media) was very weird, I did not know if those shades were gonna work out for me, suit my skintone and what I normally wear on the eyes.

Then, the more swatches were coming out, the more you tube tutorials started to appear,what strted as "Oh no, I will pass on this one, not for me" turned into "Oh God I want it now".

Once again, I bought the Subculture palette from Beauty Bay and 24 hours later, this baby landed n my arms.

The shadows are incredible, so soft and blendable with the usual pay off.

These are all the swatches, with just one sipe of the finger and no primer.

I mean look!!!

My fave shades are these, Rowdy(the deepest matte burgundy purple I have ever seen), Mercury (soft taupe), Roxy (peachy pink) and Dawn (soft beige).

Axis and Untamend, the two matte greenish shades, are probably the one I like less and are the only shades that i found very difficolt to apply and blend.

They sit on the skin as soon as the brush touches your skin and that's it, stuck, won't move.
The only way I found I can use them is with a stiff angle brush, in the lower lashline as eyeliner or on top of it.

Regarding the fall out, yep, all true, if you start to play with this palette, 5 minutes and your dressing table will be covered in pigments flying out from the palette.

Considering how much I love this palette and the shades I like, I kind of accept this little side note and in all honesty, I have seen much worse that this, some shades of the Naked Heat for example or the Kylie Burgundy palette present much more fall out than this.

Hope you find this review useful, if you are in a doubt about buying this palette or not, go girl, it really deserves to sit on that dressing table.


Tuesday, 15 August 2017


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??


Saturday, 12 August 2017



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.

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.

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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