Nars Velvet Shadow Stick Review

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LINKS // Nars Velvet Shadow Stick | Goddess | £21.00 | 0.05oz

I’ve wanted to try eye shadow sticks for a while now. Mostly because I wanted something small I could take with me in my bag when I go out in case I need touch ups, as carrying around a huge palette is not ideal. I’d heard a lot about these Nars Vvelt Shadow Sticks across various blogs and youtube videos and decided I would try them out. I treated myself to some Nars makeup is a small personal reward for doing well in my first year at Uni. Along with the Sheer Glow Foundation and Creamy Concealer I picked up the Nars Velvet Shadow Stick in the shade Goddess which is a shimmery pink champagne shade.

If you don’t know what eyeshadow sticks are, they are just a cream eye shadow in stick form. This one is a nice size, about the length of a pencil. It’s in a plain black tube with a kind of nude peachy tone on the end. It’s not the shade of the shadow but I guess it’s a sort of similar version. I think these very easy to use. I generally just swipe them across my eyelid and blend them out, sometimes adding another colour into the crease or sometimes just leaving it. I will say if you’re in a rush, this is your best friend, because you just draw it on, blend and your done.

The shadow lasts pretty much the whole day, without a problem. There are two downsides to the product, first of it tends to crease when put over eye shadow primer. I’m not sure why, I’ve tested this theory both with high end primers, like the Urban Decay Primer Potion and drugstore primers and I’ve just found whenever I’ve used a primer with it, it has creased like crazy. I skip primer whenever using this now, because it just works so much better without it. The second downside is that I find it can be a bit chalky if you layer it to much and because of this I tend to only do one quick sweep over a clean base to avoid chalkiness and creasing.

This eye shadow has amazing staying power. I swatched some on my hand, rubbed it with my finger and a wet cloth and it didn’t budge at all. In fact it looked no different. And that’s really the sort of staying power you want if you’re too lazy to touch your makeup up during the day like me. Although it does mean when removing your makeup you can’t just use a makeup wipe, you have to get all in with your cleanser and toner to get this baby off your eyelids.

This retails at £21.00 for 0.05 Oz on the Nars website, although other websites do sell it cheaper. John Lewis and Look Fantastic sell it for £20 and Feel Unique, which is where I got it from, sells it for £16.80, at a 20% discount. I would say that is worth the price. A lot of high end shadow sticks range in the £30-40 range so £20 I think is pretty good, especially for something of this quality. I’m definitely repurchase this, and actually looking at the others colours Nars offers, I really want to try Hollywoodland, Oaxaca and Aigle Noir, which are all shimmery colours. They also have a matte version of the stick, which I really want to try in Dark Angel, which is a beautiful dark chocolate brown.

If you’ve tried this product, let me know. I’d love to know if you liked it or hated it and if it did the annoying creasing over primer thing with you too. Maybe my issue is I’m not using the Nars Primer. I don’t know, if I ever buy it I’ll use them together and post an update. But apart from the annoying creasing and the chalkiness issue this is a solid 7/10 for me.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day :)

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Perfect Brows Review

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Before I start this post I have a bit of a confession to make. Before buying this product I had never used any product on my eyebrows. Nope not ever. I’ve been getting them threaded for the last 2 or 3 years but I usually just leave them to grow out and never do I actually put anything on them. I always wanted to but I never really knew how or what kind of product to use.

So I recently picked up this Perfect Brows Palette from Tanya Burr Cosmetics. Like all of Tanya Burr Cosmetic palettes this comes in very pretty purple and silver stripped packaging with hot pink scallop edging. I always find the palette edges to be way to thick, which results in them taking up a lot of unnecessary room in my makeup bag. The product itself comes with a pair of hot pink tweezers, a small angled eyebrow brush and 4 colours. One is a white shimmery highlighter called Fairy Cake, great for lining under the eyebrow. The second is a called Pebble and it’s a sort of Taupe Brown. The third is a warm brown colour called Chestnut and the last is a dark brown colour called Hot Cocoa.

I started off just using Chesnut because I was scared to use Hot Cocoa in case it was too dark on my brows. I found Chestnut to be a lot lighter on the skin and blended perfectly with my eyebrows. I’ve also used Hot Cocoa on my browns and found although it made my eyebrows somewhat darker it wasn’t so dark that it made my eyebrows look fake and drawn on. I tend to switch between Chesnut and Hot Cocoa, depending on how I do the rest of my makeup. I also often put Fairy Cake under my brows as highlighter. It’s a nice shimmery white colour that’s quite light on the skin and lifts the brow without making my brows look too glittery.

I find the staying power of the eyeshadow shades is quite good and lasts all day, however I do find the highlighter doesn’t have that great of a staying power and does need to be topped up throughout the day if you want it to last. The pigmentation of all of the colours is very good however and I do love the packaging and names of the colours.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day <3

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Review

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I recently took the expensive plunge and brought the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. I don’t normally spend this much money on a single piece of makeup but it was my birthday in January and I’ve been wanting this for a while, so I brought it as a sort of birthday present to myself.

Out of the three Naked Palettes I decided to pick this one up because it has a lot more pink and copper shades. I like to wear a sort of smokey rose gold eye with a little bit of brown on it. This palette has a lot of pink, copper, gold and brown shades so it’s the perfect palette for me. It comes with 8 shimmery shades and 4 matte shades. My favourite shades are definitely Buzz,  Trick, Mugshot, Factory and Liar, but really I love all shades in this palette. All the colours are really pretty and pigmented. They apply really easily and they have a very long staying power. This palette came with a sample of the Urban Decay Primer Potion which I’ve been wearing with this palette pretty much everyday. Both work amazing together to give a really nice look.

Overall this palette is really nice, and it’s definitely one of my all time favourite makeup products/eye shadow palettes. I was a bit worried after buying that it wasn’t going to be worth the money but I can now say it definitely is.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day :)

Swatches

Sleek Storm Eyeshadow Palette Review

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So another sleek palette review here, this time for the storm palette. Out of the Oh so Special Palette and this one I probably prefer this one, simply because I just like the colours a lot more. I tend to like a little bit of pink shimmer on my eyes and this palette offers a lot better pink shades than the other palette.

My favourites shades from this palette are Perfect Storm, Firestorm, Snow Storm and Sand Storm. As you can see every colour has a name that somehow is related to storms which is why it’s named the storm palette. There’s 9 shimmery shades and 3 matte shades in this palette, all of which look beautiful on and are really pigmented.

Like I said in my last sleek review as much as I love the pay off and how pigmented Sleek’s eyeshadows are I’ve found that they don’t have a very long staying power. I’d say that they maybe last 4-5 hours, which is pretty good if you’ve got a short day but when you have a full work day it’s not really what you want.

I’d give this a 7/10. Great colours but bad staying power.

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Storm Palette Swatches

Revolution Beyond Flawless Palette Review

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I’ve seen a lot of people raving about this palette for a while now, mostly because it has so many amazing colours in it. It has 32 shades, 27 are shimmer and 5 are matte. I love how it has so many different shades, mostly neutral with a few corals and greys thrown in there. I feel like you do just about every look with this palette as it has colours for every occasion. My favourite colours are probably Bare Pink, Zorba, Pug, Cookie Dough, Autumn and Whole Meal. I really love all the different colour names even if Cookie Dough does always make me hungry.

These are all really pigmented and really easy to reply. I will say however their staying power doesn’t seem to be that especially without any sort of eye primer. They last for a few hours but not really a full working day, so I really only tend to wear these if I’m only going to be makeup for a few hours or if I’m going to take it with me to update my makeup throughout the day.

I should also mentioned I love that this palette comes with a huge mirror, which should honestly be a standard for any palette. Also I did plan to do some swatches of the entire palette and then the memory card those pictures were on got corrupted, but when it’s fixed I’ll try and upload the swatches.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day :)

Sleek Oh So Special Eyeshadow Palette Review

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I’ve been using Sleek palettes for a while now and I’ve talked about the on this blog a few times in favourites posts and hauls but Ive never really done a review of one so I thought whilst I’m doing my rounds I might as well since I already have the pictures of this palette from when I brought it.This lovely palette comes with 5 shimmery shades and 7 matte shades. My favourite shades are the gold and pink shades, such as Bow, Organza, Gift Basket, Gateau and The Mail. They all blend nicely together and love really nice on.

I’ve always found the staying power of sleek eye shadows to not be that great (which is why I don’t really buy them anymore.) but they’re always really pigmented and look really beautiful on.

I would give this palette maybe a 6.5/10. Colour and pigmentation is great but staying power is not so great.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day :)

Oh so Special Swatches

Maybelline 24 hour colour tattoo review

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So I recently picked up two of the Maybelline 24 hour colour tattoos, aka cream eye shadows. I’ve heard a lot of people talk about these and how good they are. I have one in a nice light pink named ‘Pink Gold’ and another in a nice light bronze named ‘On and On Bronze’. Both have a slight shimmer to them and look really nice on. I really adore these and I’ve been using them every time I do my makeup for a while now. The thing I love most about them is that they make a really amazing base. I can wear this either by themselves or with eye shadow over the top. Lately I’ve been putting both on, blending them together and then adding a little bit of dark brown eye shadow in my crease. It all blends very well and gives a sort of light rose gold smokey eye, which is how I do my eye shadow on most days, considering rose gold is my favourite colour.

The staying power is amazing. The packaging says it lasts for 24 hours but I’ve never worn my makeup that long so I can’t confirm or deny if that’s true or not. I can say however this does last from the moment I put my makeup on to the moment I take it off. It’s staying power is amazing, with or without other product on top. This is the first cream eye shadow I’ve ever used but one of the best eye shadows in general I’ve used. I really like the two colours I own but I’m going to get some more at the moment because they have so many other beautiful colours I want to get.

I would give these a 10/10 because they’re just amazing and I love them.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day :)

 

Rimmel ScandalEyes Xxtreme Mascara Review

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I’ve been using this mascara for about a month now. I brought this in October last year and up until last month had never used it. I wanted to try it out because I’d just never tried it and was generally interested. I’ve heard great reviews about it, which is why I brought it in the first place so at the beginning of January I switched out my Roller Lash Mascara for this one.

I will say this mascara is very dark. It also has a short but thick wand, that has a small hole in the middle. I think this helps the mascara stick to it more. Because the wand is rather short I find it’s very good at getting to the corner lashes. It’s easy to apply and makes my lashes look very dark and thick. I will say the staying power is probably not that great. It doesn’t last all day and you’ll probably have to reapply it after a few hours. So although it’s a good mascara in terms of how it makes you eyelashes look the staying power isn’t that great and if you’re going to wear this you’ll probably need to reapply it at some point during the day.

Generally I’d give this mascara an 8/10. It’s really good and probably my favourite drugstore mascara.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day :)

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl liner Review

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So for the past month or so I’ve been absolutely addicted to this eyeliner by Rimmel. It’s the Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner and it’s honestly probably the best eyeliner I’ve ever used. Whenever I put on makeup I always apply this to my bottom and top waterline. This works amazing because unlike other eyeliners which rub off after an hour this last almost all day. It does smudge slightly which is the only downside but apart from that it really does work perfectly. It’s great quality, it doesn’t come off if your skin gets wet and it lasts all day.

Apologies for the bad picture quality, I took this a few months ago and would re take the picture except the writing has now all been scratched off and this is the only decent picture I have of the product.

Thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day :)

Rimmel London Exaggerate Undercover Shadow Primer Review

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hey so another little review here. This time it’s the Rimmel London Undercover Shadow Primer. Now I mentioned this months ago in a review and I said I really liked it. To be honest, when I posted that I’d only used it a few times. Since then I have used it many times and I just want to say it’s honestly really bad. The product feels nice on the skin and applies really easily but it doesn’t do anything. It doesn’t make me eye shadow look brighter nor does it help it last longer. All it really does is make me eyelids feel a little bit softer before I apply my eye shadow. I’ve used this both under drugstore eye shadow and more high end eyeshadow and it still does nothing. It’s a bad pretty useless product and judging from reviews online I’m not alone in thinking that.

So simply put, it’s bad. Don’t buy it unless you want to waste your money.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day :)