Saturday, December 23, 2017

A bit more Huda

When I published my last post about Huda Beauty, it was clear to me that I'll be purchasing more of her products, and the time has come to share them with you.
In the last 3 months or so, slowly but surly, Sephora Spain has started bringing more and more holiday collections from different brands, including of course Huda, and it was not easy to choose what to buy. 
My guideline though has always been asking myself the question: "Will I be sorry later on about not buying it"? Because holiday collections are usually limited addition, and they are always so special and tempting...
And this question made me buy, for example, 2 of the lip sets. They were just to beautiful to chose just one.




Huda Beauty





Obsessions palette
Mauve

I have to admit that when I first heard about the launch of these 4 small eyeshadow palettes, I felt quite frustrated. As you know, I already own her 2 other large eyeshadow palettes, and seeing that now 4 small and much more practical were coming made me feel like I maybe shouldn't have bought the big ones.

But there's no point in crying over spilled milk and I decided to choose just one. Of course Sephora Spain made it easier for me by only bringing 2 of the 4 to Spain..

Obsessions palette


First of all, this palette is tiny. and I really mean tini tiny.
The mauve one contains 6 pigmented mattes and 3 shimmers in dusty rose and plummy hues colors and I really like the color scheme it offers.
I should point out that the eyeshadows apply on much better than they swatch, although much like the 2 big Huda Beauty eyeshadow palettes, they are not very easy to work with and a few of the eyeshadows are too dry, which of course makes them harder to apply and blend. 
So in a beauty market filled with gorgeous eyeshadow palettes, I feel Huda Beauty seriously needs to up their eyeshadow game.



Obsessions palette



Swatches:

Obsessions palette




Winter solstice highlighter palette

Winter solstice highlighter palette


When I first saw this palette online I was certain I was going to skip it, first because I already have sooo many highlighter palettes, and second because I usually don't like palettes that contain both cream and powder products since it's a recipe for a mess. 
However, when it finally arrived at Sephora, I took one look at it and put it in my basket. 
It is beautiful.
The stunning packaging is an added bonus, but the inside is what counts and the inside is simply spectacular.



Winter solstice highlighter palette


Frosted Kiss, which is the pearlescent creamy one of the four, is perfect to use on it's on or as a base for the other 3. It has this beautiful iridescent pink pearl shift to it and it "plays well" with the foundation under it, without shifting or lifting it. 
Arctic Glow, Northern Lights and Winter Rose are quite dense in texture so a more heavy brush is needed here in order to get their full pigmentation, unlike the soft Becca highlighters for example.
I love this palette and happy I've waited and didn't purchase the previous 3 highlighter palettes Huda launched, I think this is the most beautiful and special one of them all.



Swatches:

Winter solstice highlighter palette





The next 2 lip sets were irresistible to me and thanks again, Sephora Spain, for making the decision easier for me by bringing only 2 of the 5 lip sets that were launched in the US.
The set comes in a gorgeous lips like tin box, and I love it when brands create such a useful packaging that doesn't find its way to the trash bin after I took out the products.

Contour & strobe set
Trendsetter & Snobby

Trendsetter & Snobby


Out of the 2 sets this one is my least favorite. Something in the Trendsetter consistency is different and it's very thin and watery. Not my cup of tea.. The lip contour and the lip strobe however, are beautiful.
The lip contour is a perfect brown and its durability is outstanding, and the lip strobe is a gorgeous shiny pink that flatters various lipstick colors.



Swatches:

Trendsetter & Snobby




Contour & strobe set
Trophy wife & Shameless

Trophy wife & Shameless


This set is simply perfection to me. Trophy wife is the ultimate cool berry color and the combination with Shameless lip strobe gives your lips that beautiful shiny blushing color that no one can ignore. If you are able to get your hands on this one- do not hesitate!



Swatches:

Trophy wife & Shameless



I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what 2018 holds for this brand, no doubt there's a lot to come and my only hope is that it'll be worth buying!



Sunday, December 10, 2017

NARS Man Ray holiday 2017 collection- Part 2

So as I promised you in part 1 of this post, I truly couldn't restrain myself with the beautiful Man Ray collection and had to buy more pieces of it. The chosen ones were these 2 beauties:


NARS Man Ray holiday 2017 collection





NARS x Man Ray Love game eyeshadow palette

Love game eyeshadow palette



Love game eyeshadow palette


The Love game eyeshadow palette immediately caught my eye due to it's beautiful colors. The eye looks possibilities it offers are varied and interesting just like I like an eyeshadow palette to be and the packaging is gorgeous.
Unfortunately and like in many other eyeshadow palettes, the matte eyeshadows are a bit hard to work with and I have to make an effort to build the intense pigmentation I'm looking for. But when I do get it, the final look combining the mattes and the shimmers is simply stunning.
The palette was inspired by the vibrant muse of Man Ray, Ady Fidel, the first African American model to be featured in a fashion magazine, and interestingly enough, this palette is exclusively for international retailers, meaning it is not sold in the US- a surprising decision for NARS to make, considering everything is sold in the US. 


Love game eyeshadow palette



Swatches:

Love game eyeshadow palette





NARS x Man Ray The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set

The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set




The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set



When I saw this set it was love at first sight. A golden cosmetic case with 4 full-sized Velvet Matte Lip Pencils? Sold!
There are 2 new, limited-edition shades and 2 existing ones: 

  • Wild Ways- limited-edition, sheer mahogany 
  • Spellbound- limited-edition, sheer shimmering pink-beige
  • Endangered Red- rich Bordeaux
  • Toundra- rust. 

The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set



The colors are indeed beautiful and impressive when you first look at them, however since lately I have gotten used to the consistency and durability of liquid lipstick, I found the Velvet matte lip pencils to be too sheer for me and they don't survive not even a glass of water without fading. 
Would I buy this set again though? Of course. As a makeup collector this is a must for me. Would I recommend it for someone who's not a collector? Definitely not. There are much more successful products in this collection to invest your money in, such as the love triangles.


The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set



Swatches:

The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set




All and all I think that NARS outdid themselves with the Man Ray collection, and I cannot wait to see what they will bring out next!


Monday, November 27, 2017

NARS Man Ray holiday 2017 collection- Part 1

NARS has been a long time favorite brand of mine, and I think the main reason is because it has always kept it's high quality. No matter which products they decide to launch, you can be sure their performance will be impeccable. That's why I always pick up something from their holiday collection each year, and this year I really couldn't restrain myself.
The Man Ray collection is simply beautiful and I truly wanted it all.

But after a lot of thinking, I choose this threesome, and even received a little gift with purchase:




NARS Man Ray holiday 2017 collection





The veil cheek palette


The veil cheek palette




The veil cheek palette




The veil cheek palette



This is the most beautiful face palette, which contain the following shades:
  • Laguna Sun Wash diffusing bronzer (diffused brown powder with golden shimmer)
  • Lovesick blush (satin watermelon)
  • Surreal highlighter (glistening bronze rose)


The veil cheek palette



Laguna is their classic bronzer, a medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish, only in the new special texture which gives you that natural sun kissed color. The Lovesick blush (medium dark pink coral with a luminous sheen) and Surreal highlighter (rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen) are limited edition, pigmented, and have that capability to make you look blushed and highlighted in the most flattering way.



Swatches:

The veil cheek palette





Double take overexposed glow highlighter


Double take overexposed glow highlighter




Double take overexposed glow highlighter



This highlighter is simply irresistible, just look!

Double take overexposed glow highlighter



A gorgeous medium gold with warm orange undertones highlight, which is no doubt a collectors item. Did you really think I'll be able to skip on it?
I love highlighters which are straight on "boom in your face" type, and if the highlighter in the veil cheek palette, Surreal, is a bit more tamed, this one shines away and can be seen "from the moon".



Swatch:

Double take overexposed glow highlighter






NARS love triangle Dolce Vita


NARS love triangle Dolce Vita




NARS love triangle Dolce Vita



As part of the collection NARS also launched the love triangles, pairs of their blushes and Audacious lipsticks in a mini size. I choose the pair Dolce Vita, a blush I have long wanted to own, that came with Audrey Audacious lipstick.

NARS love triangle Dolce Vita




Dolce Vita blush


Dolce Vita blush 


Dolce Vita is a dark berry rose red with subtle sheen kind of a blush, which fits almost everyone, although I would not recommend it for those of you with a lot of natural redness in their cheeks since it might accentuates it. The durability, like all NARS blushes, is excellent and the color did not fade even after 8 hours on my cheeks.



Audrey Audacious lipstick


Audrey Audacious lipstick


The Audacious lipstick series with it's 40 shade collection is one of the most successful ones NARS has launched at the time. Audrey is a warm plum with a satin finish and the sense on the lips is smooth and moisturizing. Definitely a recommended one.



Swatches: 

NARS love triangle Dolce Vita





Laguna bronzer

Laguna bronzer


This is the classic and famous Laguna bronzer, I reviewed it in so many versions and posts in the past, and it's an oldy but most definitely a goody:

Laguna bronzer





And remember I said in the beginning of this post that I tried to restrain myself? Well, I tried, unsuccessfully, and that's why there's a part 2 to this post, coming your way soon!





Sunday, November 19, 2017

Huda Beauty

When the brand Huda Beauty first landed in Sephora Spain a few months ago, I found myself in a bit of a dilemma. On one hand, I'm a beauty addict who has the natural curiosity and need to try everything new. On the other hand, I'm an Israeli and forever will be, no matter where in the world I live. 
But I do believe that every person is entitled to have an opinion, as long as they can remain respectful and open to opinions different than their own. And if you let your personal opinions intervene with your business? Well, that's your problem.
So I eventually decided I won't let history, politics and hatred enter here, my happy place of all things beauty, and approached this brand without any prejudice. 

It was obvious to me that her iconic Textured shadows palette- Rose gold edition will be the first thing I'll buy, what I didn't know was that not a lot of time after the new and stunning Desert dusk eye shadow palette will drop. Of course I had to buy her too. And that's why you will get to know both of them in this post. 
I also think It's always interesting to see an evolution of a beauty brand throughout it's products, and in this case the evolution is pretty noticeable.


Lets start with the Textured shadows palette Rose gold edition. 


Textured shadows palette- Rose gold edition


This one came out about 2 years ago and had so much hipe at that time. A beautiful combination of 18 colors and textures which allows the possibility to create many interesting eye looks. However, the packaging.. 
A transparent cover with no mirror which gives the impression of a very delicate product, and in addition there were a lot of complaints about the difficulty of using the eye shadows, especially the textured ones.
Now is the time to point out that this palette is not for beginners. The versatility, the color scheme, the different textures which demands an experienced hand, all of this has to be taken into consideration when you're thinking about buying a palette such as this one.


Textured shadows palette- Rose gold edition


All and all, this is a nice palette. I found myself creating more looks with the rose tone colors rather than the yellow green ones so it wasn't that diverse for me, but the result was always beautiful, lasted all day and there was zero fallout.




Swatches:

Textured shadows palette- Rose gold edition



Textured shadows palette- Rose gold edition





The Desert dusk eye shadow palette, just like her older sister, is yet again not for beginners. 

Desert dusk eye shadow palette


It also contains 18 eye shadows, this time with a strong purple tendencies and it's a beautiful palette. The packaging is solid and with a mirror and if I see the Rose gold edition palette as more of a spring - summer compatible, the Desert dusk is definitely more autumn - winter friendly.


Desert dusk eye shadow palette


With this palette I found myself creating much more versatile looks, and that is why if I had to choose only one of them I would choose this one. Somehow the combination of these 18 shadows works better and make me want to be more creative, which for me indicates that this one is a winner. 
In terms of staying power, just like her older sister, the eye shadows last beautifully all day and the fallout is not an issue. 
Except for Cosmo. Which is pure pressed glitter shadow. 

Desert dusk eye shadow palette



Swatches:


Desert dusk eye shadow palette



Desert dusk eye shadow palette



And in case you're interested to know how to handle an eye shadow such as Cosmo, I'm happy to introduce you to the next product, which is the perfect answer to glitter fallout.
The Too Faced glitter glue is pure magic. Just a tiny amount and every glitter eye shadow you put on it will not move. Ever. Or at list until you decide to take it off. 
This is the best solution for that problem and since a little goes a long way, I feel this was a worthy investment.


Glitter glue





Cosmo eye shadow, without and with glitter glue




Here are the 2 beauties side by side, the only repeating color in both palettes is Angelic so if you still want to buy the 2 palettes- they definitely complement each other. 

Up: Desert dusk eye shadow palette
Bottom: Textured shadows palette- Rose gold edition



The iconic liquid lipsticks are what this brand is most known for, so I had to try at least one of them. First I have to point out that there are a lot, a lot, of options (16 to be exact). However, when I stood in front of the stand in Sephora my first impression was that there are many that look alike. 
When you start swatching you do see a slight difference among them, but not enough to justify so many in my opinion. 
At the end I choose the Bombshell duo, a beautiful and flattering pinky nude:

Lip-contour
Bombshell


Lip-contour bombshell



Lip-contour bombshell


Liquid-matte
Bombshell


Lliquid-matte bombshell



Liquid-matte bombshell


I have to say that what surprised me the most here was how easy they both apply. I don't need to put any effort into applying them, the result is beautiful and the sensation on the lips is comfortable and non drying.
The only disappointing side is the staying power, they stain my coffee mug and when it comes to a light meal they completely cave in and disappear. That of course won't stand in my way of buying more of them and already on it's way to me is the gorgeous  contour & strobe set in Trophy wife!



Swatches:


bombshell



And I'll leave you with a video of a comparison between the 2 palettes: