CHANEL SCULPTING EYEBROW PENCIL

18.10.17


Hello! Today I wanted to review the Chanel sculpting eyebrow pencil. I have mine in the shade Blond Clair no. 10 which is quite a nice neutral blonde colour, it's not too warm which I like because I prefer my eyebrows to be cool toned as they tend to match my hair a little bit better. My eyebrows are quite dark and the shade blonde is too light to fill out my brows completely, but I like to use it on days when I'm not wearing heaps of makeup and just to slightly fill in the sparse areas of my brows. This trick helps to keep the brows quite natural but still really full looking, they don't end up too dark and are perfect when I'm doing a 'no makeup' makeup look.

The pencil comes with a really nice spoolie on one side so I use that to gently brush through my eyebrow hairs, then like with any other eyebrow pencil I fill in my eyebrows. I will then brush through my eyebrows again just to make sure that the product has been dispersed nicely and to make sure that my eyebrow hairs aren't stuck down. I then take an eyebrow gel in the colour of my browns and brush them through like I normally would and it makes my brows look super natural and fluffy. This is also a good trick if you're just starting out with makeup and you want to play around with your brows but don't want to end up with super drawn on brows!

The pencil itself is quite nice to work with, its not too waxy and not too soft so you get just the right amount of product when you apply it. The product layers up really nicely and you can get quite a lot of colour pay off when you go over the same area a few times. As I mentioned before the pencil is not too soft which means that your brows won't slide off during the day, they will set really nicely and stay in place. The pencil does wear a little bit because its not a felt tip inky brow product but its nothing really noticeable and if you put brow gel on top you really can't tell the difference at the end of the day. Let me know if you have ever tried any Chanel eyebrow products and share your tips and tricks for natural looking brows!

Dominika xx

URBAN DECAY || NAKED SKIN SHAPESHIFTER PALETTE

26.9.17




Hi everyone! Today I wanted to review the Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter palette which has been raved about quite a bit on many beauty blogs and youtube channels and I think all for a good reason. I got this palette a little while back so I've had plenty of time to get to know it and play around with it quite a bit.

So the palette comes with nine pans of contour and highlight products and comes in two different shade selections, I got mine in the colour 'light medium shift'. It has four powders of which two are contour powders, one matte highlight powder and one really stunning shimmer. The palette is divided into two sections separating the creams and powders with a very handy double sided mirror. There's one super dark cream contour shade which looks quite scary in the pan but works out quite fine on the skin, a more yellowy based matte cream highlight, a really nice peachy cream corrector shade, a light peachy/pink corrector shade and last but not least we have the shimmery highlight colour. The palette itself is very well made, its very sturdy and has a a bit of weight to it but its quite compact in size so it makes it a great palette to travel with, the mirror sections off both of the sides so you can be sure that you're not going to get any powder in your cream products. The palette itself costs £39.50 so its quite up there in price but I think for the amount of product you get its quite a good deal.

Let's talk about the powder side first. The first shade you get on this side is a warm bronze shade. I use this with a fluffier brush and with a very light hand because it is quite pigmented and can be a little tougher to blend out. This is a great shade for me when I am pale and when I have a tan because I can build up the intensity of colour, but I think that someone who is really pale would struggle with this shade purely because it is so pigmented and could end up being too dark/orange. The next shade along is my perfect contour colour because its cool toned but not too ashy! This shade is perfect for sculpting my cheeks as I get the great cool toned shadow without looking muddy or dirty. The next colour is the matte highlighting shade which I have developed an obsession for! It's just a super smooth and velvety powder that is great underneath the eyes to set concealer as it doesn't disturb anything else on the skin and does not cake up. Last but not least is the shimmery highlight shade which is a very nice slightly more yellow toned champagne colour. I like this because it can be super intense or you can blend it out just for a subtle what I like to call 'baby highlight'.

On the opposite side we have the creams, let's also begin with the contour shade. Firstly, it is quite dark and I did struggle at first to try and make this work without a tan. The more I played with the palette the more I started experimenting; so what I like to do is actually mix this shade with the darker peachy colour in here creating a more wearable contour. Next up is the yellow highlight shade which is one of my faves. I love to place this colour under my contour just to make it pop even more. I have tried using this under my eyes and I have to say on its own I'm not a fan, because of the texture. The creams have a dryer finish than most contour palettes that tend to be wax based which I do enjoy as the products don't slide around the face and aren't sticky but unfortunately don't work that great under the eyes for me. However, they do mix well with facial oils which make the product a little bit more moisturising and suitable for under the eyes in my opinion. Next up is the peachy corrector shade which I adore under my eyes for when I haven't had enough sleep and have really bad bags (again with the oil) and then I layer my standard concealer over the top. Then next to that we have a very similar shade, its a lighter pink/peach which works well for cancelling out dullness and brightens the skin really nicely. Lastly we have the shimmery highlight shade. This shade corresponds to the powder shade, the tone of it is exactly the same and the only difference is that its very subtle. This is my least favourite shade from the whole palette just because I like my highlight to be intense but it does work as a nice base for my actual highlight which I put on top. Overall, I think this is a really great palette for someone that enjoys cream contour products and is looking for something that is quite versatile and compact.

Dominika xx


KAT VON D || EYESHADOW REVIEW

14.8.17

Hello! Today I have a few new products from Kat Von D I wanted to share with you all! I already love Kat Von D as a brand and have built up quite a collection of their liquid lipsticks but this is my first encounter with their eyeshadows. I got the individual metal crush eyeshadow in the shade thunderstruck and the Shade and Light Contour Quad in Rust, I also picked up a new liquid lipstick in the shade mother but I won't be going into detail about it as I have already mentioned that I love the formula of these lipsticks.

I decided to pick up the metal crush eyeshadow because I was immediately drawn to the colour. It doesn't look that great in the pan, actually it looks quite boring, like a plain white eyeshadow but when you swatch it or when its on your eyes it reflects the light in a stunning way. The shade thunderstruck is a white gold with pink reflects and looks stunning as an inner corner highlight and on the centre of the the moving eyelid as it accentuates any other shadow around it. I actually also use it very sparingly as a face highlighter as it bounces the light off so beautifully (it looks so much better in person than in the photos!). The shadow itself is quite stiff but very blendable and pigmented, you only need one swipe and your brush is fully loaded with colour so I don't mind the stiffness. I prefer to use this shadow sparingly because its quite pigmented and also I don't like that it can start to look too white and frosty when its built up a lot, the sparkle stops translating and you don't get the same iridescent effect from it when you pack it on too much.

I picked up the Shade and Light palette in the colour rust because I was immediately drawn to the simplicity of the palette and the orange rusty colour. I thought it would be a great little palette to have when I'm traveling as I can do a basic eye and then take a shimmery single shadow like thunderstruck to pop on the moving lid space and I'd have a beautiful eye look. I love this palette because of the colour selection, it can easily take me from day to night because of the rich chocolate colour in here that can be used to darken up your eye look. If you have ever experienced any kind of powder Kat Von D product you know that they do not dissapoint and this by no means is an exception. The powders are very smooth and pigmented and are super easy to blend! The only draw back is that they do kick off some fall out but that's really to be expected because of how soft they are,  I thought I'd mention it just in case this is something that bothers any of you. Personally, I don't mind that much because I tend to go in with a light hand so there's nothing to worry about and I keep in mind that a more blendable shadow is always going to be a little bit more powdery. Lastly, I wanted to mention the packaging because I'm really in love, its a small rectangle palette with slanted edges but the logo on it is raised like on most of their plastic palettes. Also, you do get quite a nice quality mirror in it which is always a plus if you're on the go. Overall, I would recommed this to someone who is looking for a few staple colours that will take them from day to night and for someone who has a lot of shimmery shades and is looking for some really nice base colours to add to their collection.

Dominika xx

GLAM GLOW || GRAVITY MUD FACE MASK REVIEW

14.6.17



A few weeks ago I entered a Instagram competition on the Glam Glow page to win the Gravity Mud and the limited edition Gravity Mud face masks, I wasn't expecting to win but I did and I wanted to review the face masks on here! Despite receiving these for free I still tested them out exactly the same I would any other product and I'll share with you my honest opinion. I really wanted to try out Glam Glow products and in particular the Gravity Mud face mask for a long time but I was put off by the price because lets not kid ourselves,  £40 for a face mask is quite steep and a lot of the reviews that I saw online were sponsored posts in which no one ever said anything bad about the product.

Let's start off with a little summary and what the product claims to do. The Gravity Mud claims to firm and tighten your face and deliver a visible face lift. It is powered with Teaoxi Marshmallow and Liquorice Leaf which help with the loss of elasticity in the skin. I tried out both the original Gravity Mud and the limited edition Sonic the Hedgehog version and both work exactly the same, the only difference is that the limited edition version is blue. I really like the fact that the face mask comes with a brush as it really allows you to distribute the product evenly across your face, I did try to apply the product with my fingers just to see whether I got the same results and I definitely prefer the brush because of how easy and mess free it is.

I think everyone has heard of how good the face mask smells and yes I agree it smells divine, like a pina colada. With that being said I think that people with uber sensitive skin are going to have a problem with that. If you follow my blog you probably already know that I have sensitive skin and products that are overly perfumed don't really agree with my skin. I did have a few issues when I first started using this. When I first applied the mask and when it started to sink into my skin I did feel a little tingle, so keep in mind that if your skin is extremely sensitive you will probably experience worse tingling or burning. The tingle did fade away after a little bit and it wasn't very uncomfortable to the point where I felt that I could not leave the product on my face. After the second, third, fourth etc. time I experienced no uncomfortable sensation so that kind of makes me think that my skin was just getting used to a new product but I wanted to mention it because I know it could be a big issue for someone with super sensitive skin.

Despite being a mud mask or being advertised as one this is a peel off face mask which is kind of strange because when I think of a mud mask I think of a clay based mask that has to be washed off. I typically steer away from peeling masks because they tend to irritate my skin but I strangely enjoyed this type of 'peel' because it wasn't painful and too clingy. When the mask dries down it becomes very elasticated and when you peel it off it pulls away form the skin with no trouble, hence why I have no problem putting this on top of my cheeks as it doesn't pull the skin around the eye which I usually find quite painful with peel masks.

As for the results, I really cannot complain because my face always feels fresh and really clear after using this product. The mask does not get rid of spots or acne (keep in mind that it doesn't claim to do that) but it leaves the skin looking really glowing and smooth. I have tried and tested this face mask a lot and I can say that over time my skin started to look more plump and healthier. As I mentioned at the beginning the face masks claims to give you a face lift, honestly I don't think that any cream or serum or even face mask will give you an effective face lift, however I do notice that my skin feels a lot firmer after using this and the contours of my face are more prominent. Overall this does get a thumbs up from me and if you're looking for a nice face mask which will make your face appear more plump this might be the mask for you. I would repurchase this despite the price tag because I know that it truly works and I do enjoy the novelty of a silver mask, if you want to try any of the Glam Glow face masks I did see that they sold smaller 'sample' sizes. I think that I'm going to get the thirsty mud and the youth mud because I have heard some good things about them but again I don't think I would risk it and get the full size straight away because everyone's skin is different and reacts to products differently.

Let me know if you have tried any products from Glam Glow and if you like them because I'd really like to know what your experience with them was!

Dominika xx