Monday, 11 September 2017

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette Review

Hey guys!

Let me cheer up your Monday by talking about the most controversial palette release possibly EVER! Yes, today I'm talking about the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette. I'm sure you will have seen the hundreds of YouTube videos on this palette already but I'm here to actually show you what's what without all the drama.



Lets begin!

I ordered this the day it was released on the ABH UK website which literally crashed the minute it went live. After a bit of fuss I made the checkout and my order was processed. Props to Anastasia for not releasing times of their launches by the way, *cough cough Morphe.....Too Faced.....I hate when brands build up hype for releases for MONTHS beforehand and then don't release enough stock when they actually launch. Jaclyn Hill I'm looking at you! :)

Anyway enough ranting, back to the good stuff! Subculture is the sister palette to Modern Renaissance which was launched last year. As you know I love the modern renaissance palette, if you need reminding why click here for some sweet swatches. When the first photos of Subculture were released I was drawn in by the colour range. Mustard yellow, greeny blue tones with pops of dark burgundy and purple with two duo-chromes and a metallic. This seemed like the perfect autumn/winter palette and it was so refreshing not to see all warm colours.



Now for some swatches. In total there are 14 shadows (same as the modern renaissance), 11 which are ultra-matte, 1 metallic and 2 duo chrome.

Subculture swatches with no base or primer 

Looking at the palette I wasn't really too excited about the duo chromes until I actually used them. 'Electric' is probably my favourite colour in the whole palette! It has an unusual yellow gold green shift which looks amazing in the inner corners of the eye or dead center of the lid for a halo eye effect. While I love 'electric' I'm not really too impressed with 'cube'. Its nice but as its more of a pink shift so you can't use it as a highlight which is the only thing that is missing from this palette. I find that the duo chromes work best when applied with your finger or a dense brush that will pick up the product easier. The ulta-mattes are just that, ultra matte. The pigment is out of this world, I have never seen a matte shadow so pigmented in all of my life! 'Adorn' the only metallic shade is gorgeous and goes really well with the darker shades or is lovely even on its own.

An untouched palette gives me all the feelings! :)

So I know you are thinking yes the swatches are amazing but what about the fallout and blendability I've been hearing about? This is where subculture has caused a few problems for people. Yes there is a lot of fallout but there is also a good amount of fallout with the modern renaissance. Granted subculture has more but it means you need very little product. As these shadows are SO pigmented you really only need to dip your brush in once, no swirling or digging your brush in. I think this is where the problem lies for subculture. This is not a beginners palette plain and simple. If you normally find it hard to blend then you will have difficulty which is a shame. Heres one of the looks I did which I LOVED!

Shadows used: 'Adorn' all over the lid, 'Roxy' as a base colour on the crease with 'All Star 'over the top and 'Rowdy 'to darken with 'Cube' on the inner corner.

Should you have to adjust the way you apply your shadows for a a palette? Well that's up to you but think about some of the other palettes you have in your collection for a minute. If you have a palette which is not that pigmented then you have the opposite problem where you need to load up your brush to the max to try and get the desired effect. To me that's much worse but that's just my opinion. I didn't have any issues with colours turning grey or disappearing from the lids. I think if you apply too much product its possible this could happen. Less is more people!

Shadows used: 'Destiny' all over the lid, 'Dawn' as a base crease colour with 'Edge' over the top and 'Electric' in the centre lid.

I think that you will either love or hate this palette. This is currently retailing as £42 with free shipping to Ireland from the ABH UK site. This works out at around roughly €45. There are certainly dupes of the shades out there from Makeup Geek so if you didn't want to risk buying subculture maybe that would be the way to go. However 14 single shadows from Makeup Geek at $6 each will cost you $84 which is double the price and not all shade are exact dupes.

Do you own subculture or are you thinking of buying it? Let me know in the comments below, I'm dying to hear your thoughts on all of this :)

Bye beauties!

xXx

Monday, 28 August 2017

Marble Nail Art with Nail Hugs

Hey guys!

Today I have really cool nail look for you which is SUPER easy to achieve. I love marble nails (not water marbling, that's a different story altogether!) but they are normally messy enough to do and take a bit of time. 



I came across a Facebook page for a brand called Nail Hugs which had really cool nail designs in what seemed to be a decal format. I was intrigued and decided to make an order :)



In each pack you get 3 strips which will cover about 30- 45 nails depending on what size nails you have, an orange wood stick and instructions. I also received 6 packs of alcohol wipes as I bought 3 different designs. Now these are not like your normal decals which can be pretty thick, they are actually extremely thin which means they will be able to fit your nails perfectly even if they are very curved.  These can also be used over regular and gel polish or even alone. I have only tried mine over polish so I don't know how well this works on its own. 



To use you simply cut the strip to the size of your nail. It doesn't have to be exact, as long as it completely covers the nail surface and then give yourself a tiny bit extra just in case. You then line it up and press the strip firmly onto the nail. You will see that the design has been transferred when it starts to come away from the backing of the strip. Carefully peel away the rest of the strip and your design should now be on your nail. Seal with either a regular or gel top coat and you should be good to go! Once your top coat is dry, take an alcohol wipe and remove the excess design which will have transferred onto the skin when you were pressing the strip down. The alcohol won't ruin the design if the top is completely dry :)

From left to right: Marble Design, Houndstooth & Argyle Print

I decided to paint two thin coats of OPI 'My Boyfriend Scales Walls' which is an off white before applying the transfer. I finished it off with two coats of Seche Vite top coat. They recommend two coats of top coat over your design to make it last longer. Et voila!

Marble nails with Nail Hugs
And there you have it, marble nails without the mess! Nail Hugs have lots of other designs to choose from and I will definitely be ordering from them again. You can view the collections here. What designs take your fancy and would you use these? Let me know in the comments!

Bye beauties!

xXx

Friday, 18 August 2017

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzers

Hey guys!

I've been so busy with house renovations the past few months I've completely neglected my poor blog :( BUT! I'm still as much a makeup fanatic as I was when I started it so I've been testing out lots of new products for you so will have lots of new posts :)

Today I'm going to talk about Physicians Formula which is originally an American brand. I first heard of the brand when I was in the states about 7 or 8 years ago but had never tried anything from them until now.

I had heard great things about their bronzers so I was eager to get my mitts on them. I did have trouble sourcing them online, most sites would not delivery to Ireland or any that did charged extortionate amounts for the shipping. I had checked the Physicians Formula stockists page to see which chemists near me might have them in store but there wasn't too many and I didn't want to waste my time driving around and not being able to get them. I ended up purchasing from a site called iHerb and was really happy with the service so I'll be using them again :)



First off the packaging on these is really nice especially for an affordable bronzer. It makes you want to get down to the beach PRONTO. There's a lovely ripple effect through the product which looks like waves and the smell, oh my god the smell is divine! Its like a mixture of sun cream and coconut. DELICIOUS!



These bronzers apply really nicely and last on my skin all day. The only problem I have with them is that there are only two shades to choose from and they are both super light. I'm pretty fair and I can use both the light and 'dark' as there's not much of a difference between the two. 



As you can see from the swatches below these are pretty light so they unfortunately won't be suitable for anyone with medium to deep skin tones :( 


Despite the colour range these are really great. The price is right (did I mention they worked out at only €12 each?!) and they sit really nicely on the skin and blend well with blush and highlight.

So I would definitely recommend Physicians Formula Butter Bronzers for anyone looking for a great Bronzer on a budget.

I'm dying to try the rest of the range. What products have you tried and what would you recommend? Leave your comments below! 

Bye beauties!

xXx

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

💜Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation Review💜

Hey guys! 

Happy Tuesday, hope your week is going well so far!! I've been testing out some new beauty products over the last few weeks and today I'm sharing my thoughts on the new Power Fabric liquid foundation by Giorgio Armani.

I had never tried anything from the Armani cosmetics range and was intrigued a few months ago when I passed the counter in Brown Thomas. I had heard so much about the Luminous Silk foundation but was a bit unsure on spending €46 on a foundation aimed towards people with dry skin so I went for the power fabric instead.

Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation
Power Fabric is described as a full coverage foundation with a matte velvety finish. As I have combination skin I like my liquid foundation to have a more matte finish rather than dewy. There's nothing worse than thinking your foundation is holding up well only to discover halfway through the day that your looking like a disco ball! For me, I like how it applies with a beauty blender the most. I tried various brushes but the beauty blender is definitely the winner. It gives a lovely smooth even finish and makes it very easy to layer the foundation if you want a super high coverage look. One layer with the beauty blender gives a medium to full coverage look whereas one layer with a flat top brush will give you full coverage without the second layer but it's not as smooth a finish. 

Shade 02 swatched up REAL close - bottom half is blended :)
I find I still need to set my face, especially in my oily areas but if you were normal to dry you would get away without having to use powder. Now for the €49 price tag is it worth it? Yes and no. For me I do like how this looks but I find even after setting with powder it still transfers. I do touch my face a lot during the day and rest my chin in my hands but if you want something bullet proof this won't be for you. Having said that I love the colour on me (I wear shade 02) and that's important as I find it so hard to match my weirdo skin tone! Everything is either too yellow or pink toned but this is just right. Goldilocks moment! :)

Power Fabric foundation in natural light, excuse my fluffy hair!
If your interested in trying this out I'd head to your nearest Armani counter and get a sample to take home. I always find it's better to take a sample and decide wether you like it after a few days rather than making a snap decision on the day :)

Have you tried out this foundation or any of the other Armani cosmetics range? Leave your recommendations in the comments below!

Bye beauties!

xXx

Thursday, 23 February 2017

The Best Of London Fashion Week 2017

Hey guys!

Have you been glued to LFW as I have the past week? I've mostly been watching the shows through Snapchat which is great as you get little snippets from all your favourites.

I was HOOKED to Eimear Varian Barry's Snapchat for Julien McDonald. If your not following Eimear you really need to! Her Intsagram is just beautiful and she's a fellow Corkonian :) She's very refreshing and honest too which is rare for bloggers these days. She was chosen to work with the brand so she took her followers along for the day backstage. The show took place at Goldsmiths' Hall at the junction of Foster Lane and Gresham Street which looked out of this world.

Here are some of the beautiful looks during the show:

Picture courtesy of FILIPPO L'ASTORINA
Picture courtesy of FILIPPO L'ASTORINA
 Picture courtesy of FILIPPO L'ASTORINA
Another show which I really enjoyed was by Bora Aksu, a Turkish designer based in London. The style was a bit quirky with lots of patterns, high necks and collars (my favourite!). 

Picture courtesy of www.londonfashionweek.co.uk 
Picture courtesy of www.londonfashionweek.co.uk
Picture courtesy of www.londonfashionweek.co.uk
Picture courtesy of www.londonfashionweek.co.uk

Manuel Facchini's clothes were TO DIE FOR! 

Look at the beauty:

Picture courtesy of www.londonfashionweek.co.uk
Picture courtesy of www.londonfashionweek.co.uk
Picture courtesy of www.londonfashionweek.co.uk
Picture courtesy of www.londonfashionwweek.co.uk

So what were your favourite designers this year? Paris fashion week is just around the corner, I can't wait!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Bye beauties!

xXx

Monday, 6 February 2017

2016 Beauty Favourites & Fails

Hey beauties!

 I'm rounding up my favourite products that I swore by in 2016 just for you. I'm also throwing in a few fails that I had the misfortune of wasting my money on so you don't have to :)

I'll get straight to it and start with my holy grail concealers of the year. I have a high end and a budget option that are both FAB. Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer was a definite favourite of mine, so much so that mine has run out and I need to purchase another pronto. It's ok though because I'm currently using my second favourite which is the  Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and it's only €5.99! Sure where would you be going for that price? Straight down to Boots to buy a few more :)

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair. Picture from www.boots.ie
Foundation last year was a tricky one for me. I fell back into a routine of using my Chanel Perfection Lumiere which is really nice. It has medium to full coverage with SPF 10. 

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Liquid Foundation. Picture from www.chanel.com
 The only thing I don't like is the smell! It's like it was thrown in a pile of old roses and then bottled.....so I ended up falling back on an oldie but a goodie, the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation. Always a winner really.

I did have an unpleasant experience with the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation. What's magic about it I hear you ask? Well, it's a disaster on oily/combination skin which is who it is targeted for. TA DAH! Magic huh?! I really hated this and was so disappointed when I tried it. Now I did use this until it was gone, so I gave it a fair trial but it was everything I hate in a foundation. It became shiny in parts after a few hours wear and broke down on certain parts of the face even when set with powder....no, just no. A definite foundation fail and it wasn't cheap.  Sorry Charlotte! :(

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation. Picture from www.charlottetilbury.com

A saving grace after that awful experience was that I found THE BEST eyeshadow palette in 2016. I'm not even exaggerating, this is no joke people! The Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette was my favourite thing of 2016 by far. To be honest it's my favourite eyeshadow palette of all time and you can see why here

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette
On the negative side my least liked palette was the Morphe 35O. When it first arrived I was delighted. Warm browns, coppers, oranges, what's not to like? Well most of them fell out of the palette and broke the first time I used it so there was that. So I ended up taking the palette apart and transferring all the shadows into a Z palette.

Morphe Brushes 35O Nature Glow Palette before the incident!

 I think if you were starting out in makeup the 35O would be ideal. It's cheap and cheerful and you get a lot of shadows for the price. HOWEVER they are hard to blend, there's a lot of fall out, they're patchy and they disappear from the eyes even with a primer after a few hours wear unless you really pack them on. Also there is the whole Morphe private labelling topic which you can decide for yourself on but I'm not going to get into that. That's a story for another day my friends! Going from using the Modern Renaissance to the 35O, there's just no comparison. 

Lastly are some of my favourite nail polishes and stamping plates.  I think OPI will always be my go to polish. As you can see here I have one or two....

 

I did discover another brand that I totally fell in love with which was ILNP which stands for I Love Nail Polish. Cute right? They do the most amazing holographic polishes that are mesmerising! 

 

The best stamping plates and polish I tried were from Moyou London. They have so many plates to choose from and a lot of colour varieties for their stamping polish. A great company to check out if your a nail fanatic like myself.

Moyou London stamping polishes. Picture from www.mouyou.co.uk

Well that's it. What were your favourite products of 2016? Anything you regret buying? Let me know in the comments! 

Bye beauties!

xXX